Authors break down barriers to Nevada’s beauty

Nevada and the Southwest are chock-full of gorgeous scenery from the heights of Wheeler Peak to the depths of Death Valley, but enjoying them often requires a bit of stamina. Along comes a unique book for those who want to see these sights but … [Read more...]

District Four primary results raise questions

In more than four decades of covering elections across four different states, half of those in Nevada, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like the results this past week in the Republican primary for Congressional District 4, which covers the … [Read more...]

Nevada leads nation in reducing carbon output

Those onerous and costly Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring power plants in each state to cut carbon output by 30 percent from its 2005 level by 2030 should not be so onerous and costly for Nevadans after all. We’ve already done … [Read more...]

Veterans should have better health care options

So, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned this past week as a result of the scandal over veterans dying while waiting to receive treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller’s strongly worded call for his ouster surely … [Read more...]

Parks designation a way to bypass Congress

President Obama this past week announced the creation of a national monument in southern New Mexico — the 500,000-acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which contains hiking trails, Native American ruins and Outlaw Rock, where Billy … [Read more...]

‘Gunfighters of Pioche’ has a certain Twain

One of the distinctive pleasures in reading Mark Twain is his ability to deliver of the most outrageous anecdotal details in such a matter-of-fact, nonchalant tone as to make it sound as though he was recounting the stitching craftsmanship at the … [Read more...]

9th circuit ruling on horses

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month voted 2-1 to reject appeals by several horse-lover groups intent on stopping the Bureau of Land Management from rounding up feral horses and burros. But  the dissent, … [Read more...]

Editorial: ‘Broken’ U.S. Senate blamed on Harry Reid

By Thomas Mitchell The spotlight is on Nevada’s senior senator, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and it is casting some dark and ugly shadows. Practically every news report out of Washington in the past few weeks has featured a snarling and … [Read more...]

Ethics law too vague when ‘willful’ intent must be determined by courts

Imagine if the traffic laws were written in the same manner as Nevada’s public ethics law — using a “reasonable person” standard. Thus the speed limit would be what a “reasonable person” would perceive it to be depending on traffic and road … [Read more...]

Losing grip on water grab

By Thomas Mitchell This past week’s ruling by a state judge is doubtlessly the last straw for an already moribund attempt by Las Vegas to expropriate groundwater from Lincoln and White Pine counties. Though the Southern Nevada Water Authority … [Read more...]