Congress or Trump could undo Gold Butte monument designation

There is a word for what President Obama did this past week in declaring Gold Butte a national monument: dictatorial. In just more than a year Obama has unilaterally declared off-limits to productive economic uses 1 million acres of Nevada land — … [Read more...]

Past time to abolish VA health system and give vets vouchers

This past week the Department of Veterans Affairs reluctantly released to USA Today quality of care rankings — one to five stars with one being the poorest and five the best — for its 146 VA medical centers. The VA health facilities in Las Vegas and … [Read more...]

Nevada could be ground zero for resurgence of national defense

Nevada knows nukes, or at least we used to. First, the election of Donald Trump reignited the debate over the possible resurrection of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. Now, with a simple tweet Trump has reopened discussions about the … [Read more...]

Senate should confirm Oklahoma attorney general to head EPA

After eight years of Obama appointees trying to grab dominion over every square foot of rural land in Nevada and the West, laying claim to every mud puddle, dictating how clean the air must be and generally trampling states’ rights under a stampede … [Read more...]

Reid in farewell speech calls on press to criticize …we oblige

In what Harry Reid himself called “my final speech” this past week on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Nevada’s senator for the past three decades and minority or majority leader of Senate Democrats for more than a decade rambled for 77 minutes in his … [Read more...]

Bunday proceedings to remain shrouded in secrecy

In order to maintain public confidence in a civil society, not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done. This past week Nevada’s Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro upheld a sweeping protective order by a federal magistrate … [Read more...]

Nevada joins challenge of Endangered Species Act rule changes

Nevada has joined an 18-state coalition that has filed suit against various federal land agencies for essentially rewriting the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) to in effect give themselves potential veto power over any use whatsoever on every … [Read more...]

A suggestion for a presidential commutation

President Obama has now commuted the federal prison sentences of more than 1,000 prisoners, mostly non-violent drug offenders. Most have served far more time in prison than if they committed the same crime today, because previous mandatory sentencing … [Read more...]

Trump appointees may hold key to Nevada economic future

What does a Donald Trump presidency forebode for Nevada? It is hard to say, because Trump has never kept a firm grip on any political position for more than a few hours, seemingly changing stances depending on with whom he has spoken most … [Read more...]

State agency orders feds to return stream to church retreat

Over a tiny tract of land — nestled in the middle of the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Pahrump that a church uses for a retreat — a state agency has pierced the dark bureaucratic clouds with a ray of sunshine. In 2010 the U.S. … [Read more...]