Feds hand counties a tiny fraction of public land revenue

It is that time of year again. The Interior Department has just announced the paltry sums it will dole out this year to counties that have federal public lands from which they can collect no property taxes to support public services. This year the … [Read more...]

Efforts to save endangered species can be counterproductive

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. In 1973, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA), intending to protect the likes of eagles and grizzlies and bison. Instead … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Question 1 would not stop criminals from getting guns

Since the American-born son of Afghan refugees shot to death 49 and wounded more than 50 more in a gay nightclub in Orlando recently there has been a constant drum beat for tighter controls on gun purchases. “This massacre is therefore a further … [Read more...]

Nevada should drop its renewable energy mandate

It is high time Nevada dumped its ill-advised, pocket-picking, job-killing renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS). By Nevada law by 2025 fully 25 percent of all electrical power generated in the state must come from renewable sources such as … [Read more...]

Nevada’s rural congressmen chip away at federal lands

Nevada’s congressional representatives who represent the state’s rural communities continue to chip away at the massive federal public lands under the control of various federal agencies in an effort to aid economic development and recreational … [Read more...]

Scouts curbs Wotus, but Congress needs to act

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this past week acted to finally curb, but not eliminate, the unfettered power of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to control every stream, ditch, wetland or muddy hoof print that … [Read more...]

Widely criticized BLM security agent promoted

No bureaucratic bungling shall go unrewarded. Be it at the State Department, Veterans Affairs, Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department, Immigration or the Bureau of Land Management. The man who was in charge of security for the BLM … [Read more...]

Eight candidates vying for the Democratic nomination

There are eight candidates in the crowded race for the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District — three of whom have served in the Nevada Legislature. The incumbent is Republican Cresent Hardy. The primary election is June 14 and … [Read more...]

Press fights for your right to observe justice while it happens

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, this newspaper and The Associated Press are continuing to push for public access to evidence in the federal case against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, four of his sons and 14 others. This past week attorney Maggie … [Read more...]

This is why the VA is a Mickey Mouse operation

Two years ago the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs resigned in disgrace after it was revealed that veterans were being subjected to exceedingly long waiting periods to obtain health care and benefits and department officials were … [Read more...]