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California condor takes flight in wild after near extinction

September 20, 2017 — BIG SUR, Calif. — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.The giant vultures flap their wings and circle the sky before perching on branches and observing their observers. Wildlife biologist Amy List uses a […]

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4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

September 19, 2017 — SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted […]

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California challenges Trump’s end to young immigrant program

September 11, 2017 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California sued the Trump administration Monday over its decision to end a program that gives protection from deportation to young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children or by parents who overstayed visas. The lawsuit’s legal arguments largely mirror those […]

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Wildfire-weary Western US coughs through late-season surge

September 6, 2017 — The smoke, the flames, the aching lungs, the evacuations. They’re summertime facts of life in the U.S. West, where every wildfire season competes with memories of previous destruction.This year was supposed to be mild after an extremely wet winter and spring but has ended up […]

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National monuments explained

August 24, 2017 — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for some national monuments but no eliminations. President Donald Trump ordered Zinke to conduct an unprecedented review of 27 monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades on lands revered for their natural beauty […]

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Nevada on way to record-setting fire season

July 27, 2017 — Nevada is on track for a record-setting fire season, according to state and federal fire officials. The average number of acres burned is approximately 500,000 and Nevada has already burned more than 850,000 acres this summer with a month or more to go in a […]

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Harsh winter took heavy toll on wildlife across western US

July 3, 2017 — CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife suffered higher than normal losses this winter in severe weather across the western United States, where the toll included the deaths of all known fawns in one Wyoming deer herd and dozens of endangered bighorn sheep in California.Wildlife managers in […]

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Apple plans $1 billion expansion at data center in Nevada

May 11, 2017 — RENO, Nev. (AP) — Apple announced plans Wednesday for a $1 billion expansion of its massive data center east of Reno, doubling its investment and roughly tripling its workforce at the technology campus where company officials expect to hire 100 additional workers. The announcement came […]

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Nevada economic forum adds $140 million to the revenue pot

May 3, 2017 — Nevada lawmakers and the governor have a total of $140 million more to spend this Legislative session. An optimistic Economic Forum voted on Monday to increase its projections for general fund revenues to $3.9 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year and $8.3 billion […]

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California says oceans could rise higher than thought

May 3, 2017 — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said. The state's Ocean Protection Council revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise […]

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Stateline in Tahoe sees gaming win decrease in March; Nevada sees statewide increase

April 30, 2017 — Despite modest increases in gaming win percentages in surrounding areas such as the North Shore and Carson Valley, Lake Tahoe's South Shore trended the other way in March. South Shore casinos at Stateline reported $16.7 million in win — a decrease of 2.3 percent from […]

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Douglas County’s water is best in state

April 26, 2017 — Next time you're thirsty, reach for a cold glass of water — Douglas County has some of the best in the state. Douglas County Utilities was recently awarded best-tasting water in Nevada for the second time in four years. The Cave Rock Water Treatment Plant […]

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California unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March

April 22, 2017 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March. The state Employment Development Department said Friday the rate was down from 5 percent in February and 5.6 percent in March 2016. The department says the state's employers added 19,300 nonfarm payroll […]

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California high-speed rail chairman steps down from job

April 22, 2017 — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief executive officer of California's $64 billion high-speed rail program said Friday he's stepping down after five years seeing the project through a contentious and high-profile period in which it faced a constant onslaught of criticism from across the political […]

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For some, effects of punishing drought not over

April 20, 2017 — HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Knee-high tufts of grass dot the streets of Hardwick, a rural neighborhood with a few dozen homes hemmed in by vineyards and walnut and almond orchards in California's agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley. Nearby, the Kings River — swollen with rainwater and […]

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California Senate approves projects linked to gas tax hike

April 20, 2017 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate on Monday approved more than $900 million worth of road and train projects that were promised to lawmakers in order to secure their support for a hike in gas taxes and vehicle fees. The promised funding for projects […]

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Nevada transportation board approves Incline to Sand Harbor project

April 14, 2017 — The Nevada Department of Transportation Board on Monday, April 10, approved a $36.2 million project to build the bikeway-shared use path between Country Club Drive in Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park. Project Manager Nick Johnson told the board that the pathway will greatly […]

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Experts agree Nevada pot test flawed

March 8, 2017 — Law enforcement, drug lab chemists, public defenders and even a DUI victim's advocate all called on lawmakers to change the marijuana driving under the influence laws in Nevada, saying the existing law doesn't test for actual impairment. Existing law tests for "marijuana metabolytes" and says […]

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Raucous crowd greets Rep. McClintock

March 7, 2017 — Best described as Civil War II, Congressman Tom McClintock seemed in the middle of a shooting war Saturday as he defended the Trump administration and its policies to a town hall audience composed of people with opposing ideas about what the government's role should be. […]

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Outdoor Retailer seeking proposals for new host city

February 8, 2017 — SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The lucrative Outdoor Retailer show is again considering moving from Salt Lake City amid renewed concerns from attendees about state leaders' continued push for more control of public lands. Show organizers announced Monday they will request proposals from other cities […]

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