Author: Eureka Sentinel

Federal land agencies show little concern for Nevadans

The Sagebrush Ecosystem Council, appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to try to stop the greater sage grouse from being listed under the Endangered Species act, has accused the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service of creating an action plan that contradicts federal law mandates to manage public lands for multiple use. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must decide by September 2015 whether the greater sage grouse found in 11 Western states warrant listing. The draft land use plan and draft environmental impact statement from BLM and the Forest Service would restrict or exclude new mining, renewable energy projects, recreational facilities and more across 60 million acres of public land that is considered sage grouse habitat. The Associated Press quoted J.J. Goicoechea, chairman of the sagebrush council, as saying, “This appears to be regardless of sage grouse populatio density, consideration of seasonal habitat requirements or importance of habitat to individual populations. … These proposed actions contradict BLM’s and USFS’s multiple-use mandate.” The council said the two federal agencies largely ignored the concept of predator control as a means of keeping the grouse population viable, as well as the positive impact on the sagebrush ecosystem that comes from livestock grazing. The American Exploration and Mining Association reached the same conclusion about the lack of multiple uses contemplated and said the sage grouse listing would do to mining what...

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Letter to the Editor: Feb. 20, 2014

Dear Editor, We had tremendous community support this year with our fundraising efforts for the High School Prom.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents who donated their time, money, supplies, and wonderful home-cooked food, for our Football and Basketball concessions stand. I would also like to thank several local businesses, who helped us out in our endeavors:  Raine’s Market, Sloppy Joes, Heather’s Kitchen, Darlene’s Catering, and the Owl Club.  We couldn’t have done it without you! Prom is on April 5, and our theme is Underwater Enchantment. On behalf of the ECHS Junior Class, we want to offer our warmest appreciation for your donations. Ralph Cuda ECHS Music Teacher and Junior Class Advisor...

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Medical marijuana stakeholders meetings scheduled in Nevada

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health is holding a Medical Marijuana Stakeholders meeting Feb. 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. Bureau Chief Chad Westom will discuss Legislative Counsel Bureau requirements related to cultivation and production of marijuana and an overview of the medical marijuana cardholders program. Deputy Administrator Marla McDade Williams will discuss LCB requirements related to testing of marijuana. Time is allotted for public comment. Meeting locations are at Nevada State Legislative Building, Room 1214, 401 S. Carson St. Carson City, and the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4412, 555 E. Washington Ave. in Las Vegas. The public can view a videoconference of the meeting online at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/ A toll-free dial in option is available: 1-877-336-1831 Access Code 4722526. Teleconference of the meeting from both locations is possible in the event of technical difficulties. The DPBH offers reasonable accommodations for disabled members of the public wanting to attend the meeting. For special arrangements, write Joseph Theile, Management Analyst II, DPBH Medical Marijuana Program, 4150 Technology Way, Carson City, NV, 89706, or call 775-684-3487 before 3 p.m. Feb. 20....

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Solar energy development bill introduced

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Dean Heller (R-NV) on Feb. 6, introduced a bipartisan bill to help more solar companies benefit from the tax advantages of investing in solar projects. The proposal would allow firms to qualify for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects that are under construction before the credit’s expiration date, rather than having to wait until those projects are completed and in service. “Investing in alternative energy sources cuts right to the core of whether and how we want to compete in the global and changing economy,” Bennet said. “This bill allows us to make an important investment in our diverse energy portfolio and supports tens of thousands of Colorado jobs. As Congress considers comprehensive energy tax reform, we ought to provide certainty in the interim by extending the existing slate of renewable tax credits and providing parity for the solar industry. With over 300 days of sunshine in our state, we should absolutely be taking advantage of this valuable energy source.” “The sun shines almost every day in Nevada, and we have tremendous solar energy resources. Providing every tool necessary for companies to develop solar energy will help us harness our vast potential,” said Senator Dean Heller. “Putting solar on the same playing field as other important Nevada resources, like geothermal, is critical to our state’s and our nation’s long-term all-of-the above...

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BLM seeking comments on Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District is making available for public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) for 139 parcels of public land nominated for lease within the Battle Mountain District in the July 2014 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale. These parcels have the potential for future oil and gas exploration and development. The 30-day public review period concludes March 12, 2014. The BLM received nominations for 166 parcels of public land to offer for leasing, totaling more than 285,000 acres. The BLM deferred several of the nominated parcels to protect Sage-grouse habitat. Other parcels were removed because of conflicts with existing mining operations.  A detailed listing of deferred parcels is available in the EA, which is available for public review at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do The remaining 139 parcels (230,989 acres) have been analyzed for potential impacts in the EA. Lease stipulations identified in the Shoshone-Eureka (1986) and Tonopah (1997) Resource Management Plans are attached to all parcels to help protect resources. The sale will be conducted on July 17, 2014. Additional information about the sale is available at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/energy.html. If you have questions or need more information about this project, please contact Mark Ennes, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, Tonopah Field Office, at (775)...

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