Bill to speed up mining permitting process would be a boon to Nevada

Rep. Mark Amodei, who represents the northern half of rural Nevada, recently introduced a bill in Congress intended to force the federal land agencies to get into gear, setting the total review process for issuing mining permits at 30 months … [Read more...]

Proposed law takes the slap out Nevada’s anti-SLAPP law

Slinking quietly through the Nevada Legislature is a bill that would gut the state’s strong anti-SLAPP law that was once called the gold standard of such laws. SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation and is generally … [Read more...]

If lawmakers can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen

Lawmakers in Carson City are attempting to play Pontius Pilate and wash their hands of one of their responsibilities. Assembly Joint Resolution No. 10 proposes to revise the Nevada Constitution and set up a Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: A special thank you to the fire department, volunteers, and everyone that helped with the fire near my home. Your response time was excellent, and I feel very secure knowing you will be there when needed. I’m very grateful for all … [Read more...]

Democratic candidate sure would fill Harry Reid’s shoes

Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is imminently qualified to step right into the shoes of Sen. Harry Reid. This past week she became the first Democrat to announce her candidacy for Reid’s seat and he immediately endorsed her. For … [Read more...]

Let local governments opt out of collecting bargaining

While it seems most of the legislation coursing through the halls of the Legislature in Carson City seeks to tap deeper into taxpayers’ wallets, one might actually reduce the cost of local government by allowing local counties, cities and school … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

TO THE EDITOR: Thomas Mitchell did an excellent job of describing the legal foundation of the Western public lands issue. Those legal arguments are commonly stressed by those who are pro-state ownership. What I rarely see is a discussion of the … [Read more...]

Point of View

By Marion J. (Sam) Hanson Ely City Council In the “Point of View” Op/Ed piece in the Ely Times edition of 3 April 2015, Simon and Garfunkel perhaps best summed up the author’s approach in the lyrics to their song The Boxer—“a man hears what he … [Read more...]

On the issue of public lands, first, we have to get their attention

When my ol’ pappy broke the two-by-four across the muzzle of our stubborn 2,000-pound black Angus bull, he explained: “First, son, you have to get his attention.” Perhaps that is one way to look at Assembly Bill 408, which would prohibit the … [Read more...]

Bill would facilitate doctors ‘seeing’ patients remotely by using technology

Nevada already has one of the lowest doctor-to-patient ratios in the nation — 47th to be precise. Add to that the time and expense to bring the two together for in-person visits when the patient is living in a remote rural area. This is where a … [Read more...]