Commission okays proceeding towards buying Dayton floodplain land

March 31, 2008

In a step to prevent further development in the Carson River floodplain in Dayton, the Lyon County Board of Commissioners March 20 approved moving forward on seeking a grant to buy land along the Carson River.

Commissioner Bob Milz explained the county would apply for Question 1 grant funding from the state (program authorize by a Question 1 statewide ballot question approved by voters) and the 25 percent match would come from equity in the land value, as he said the owner would sell the land to the county below the value given from an appraisal, so that could be used as the required match.

Read the complete story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.


Court upholds Carson’s Ash Canyon water rights

March 28, 2008

Nevada State Engineer LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–The Nevada Supreme Court has unanimously upheld Carson City’s 1885 priority to water rights in Ash Canyon.

When Carson ran into regulatory troubles eight years ago, the state temporarily canceled the city’s permit to use the water. The city owns 60 percent of the water rights to the canyon, but because in many years the amount of water is very limited, that priority is important.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

Tahoe pier dispute continues (AP)

March 27, 2008

Lake Tahoe Nevada State ParkINCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe land use regulators have tentatively endorsed new rules designed to end years of controversy over new pier construction and other shoreline activities.

But property owners and environmentalists said problems remain with proposed shoreline development rules hammered out during February discussions among the lieutenant governors of Nevada and California and other officials.

“What I heard today is everybody really dislikes this plan so we must be getting close,” Allen Biaggi, director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and an appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board, said during an agency meeting Wednesday.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

Panel seeks emergency declaration in Tahoe Basin (Nevada Appeal)

March 22, 2008

The commission established to look into June’s Angora fire unanimously agreed on dozens of recommendations Friday and will ask the Bush administration to declare a state of emergency for the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The emergency request move would allow for federal funding to prevent future catastrophic wildlife. A five-year emergency plan has been estimated at $7.8 million.

The commission finalized dozens of recommendations to the governors of California and Nevada this afternoon after monthly and twice monthly meetings since August.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park update

March 18, 2008

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada

Fossil House and campground closed until further notice, park fee waived

BERLIN-ICHTHYOSAUR STATE PARK, Nev.—Heavier than normal snow accumulations have made some of the main attractions at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, such as the Ichthyosaur Fossil House and campground, inaccessible by vehicle.

As a result, the campground will be closed and Fossil House tours will be canceled until conditions improve. The town-site of Berlin is still accessible to vehicles. During this period of partial closure, the entrance fee to the park is being waived.

In addition, the Diana Mine Tours have also been suspended until further notice, pending a thorough assessment of the mine’s safety.

About Berlin-Ichthyosaur

Berlin, a turn-of-the-century mining town, is preserved in a state of arrested decay. A trail through the town site tells the story of Berlin and its mine. Remains of Ichthyosaurs (pronounced “ick-thee-o-sores”), ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago, are on display at the park’s Fossil House. These unique official state fossils attract visitors from across the world. A nature trail connects the nearby Fossil House to the campground. Guided tours of the Fossil House and the Diana Mine are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A short distance from the park, visitors can explore the historic towns of Ione and Grantsville. The park is located 23 miles east of Gabbs on State Route 844. The park is open all year, but winter travel may be prohibitive due to snow.

Firefighters and foresters worry about lack of firefighting funds (KRNV)

March 18, 2008

Nevada Division of Forestry LogoThe fire season is still several months away, but firefighters say they’re already concerned about a lack of manpower and money.

Fire season traditionally begins in May or June in Southern Nevada and moves north as the weather warms. State crews are at full capacity for this year, but Nevada forester Pete Anderson says, there will be less help when that fire season is upon us.

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Lyon Sheriff’s Office honors ‘heroes’ of Fernley flood (MVN)

March 14, 2008

Nevada State Parks LogoFERNLEY, Nev.–Last week, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Lyon Sheriff’s Employees Association honored the men and women who went above and beyond the call of duty to rescue and help victims of the Fernley flood, when the Truckee Carson Irrigation District’s canal breached in the early morning hours of Jan. 5.

Awards were handed out at last Wednesday’s Fernley City Hall meeting, after Mayor Todd Cutler read a proclamation thanking the first responders, law enforcement and citizens that helped rescue those trapped in the flood waters.

The Meritorious Service Award was handed out to two LCSO Deputies Travis Clarke and Matt Roman and two Nevada State Parks Rangers, Mark Fox and Rob Holley.

Read the complete story at the Mason Valley News.