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2017 in Review, Part 2: The Year of Epic Struggles

2017 may have been just one year, but it had more than enough news to span a decade. That certainly proved true in the second half of the year, as Nevadans tried to make sense of Congress’ debate over health care and taxes. Las Vegas then suffered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and the nation once more had to come to terms with its gun laws. By the end of the year President Donald Trump signed his tax…

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As Trump Administration Eyes Changes to Gold Butte, Community Leaders Demand Monument Be Kept Whole

Just one day after President Donald Trump traveled to Utah to sign two proclamations to drastically reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke confirmed on a press call that he’s recommending some sort of reduction to Nevada’s Gold Butte National Monument. Moments after the news broke, local public lands advocates gathered in Las Vegas to make clear that Nevadans won’t accept any cuts to the state’s monuments. (more…)

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Trump Announces Reduction of Two Utah Monuments

Standing in front of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, President Donald Trump ended just over three months worth of suspense as he announced his decision on the future of several National Monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his report in August on the monuments he was tasked to review, but it wasn't until today when the White House finally confirmed Trump's plans to severely reduce the square footage of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in…

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Broken Promises: Nevadans Condemn Ryan Zinke Shutting Them Out of Monuments Review

Hours after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke abruptly left Nevada, Southern Nevada elected officials and local public lands advocates gathered in Las Vegas to express their outrage. Zinke had promised two days worth of meetings with environmentalists, Native Americans, and elected leaders to discuss Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments. Instead, Zinke left them hanging. (more…)

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Broken Promises: Ryan Zinke Avoids Key Local Officials During Tour of Nevada Monuments

In June, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to meet with key stakeholders when he’d return to Nevada to tour the two Nevada monuments included in the Trump Administration’s review. In July, Zinke left these local stakeholders off his agenda… again. Let’s dig deeper into the two key promises Zinke made in June, promises that Zinke would break one month later. (more…)

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Nevadans to Trump Administration: “Leave Our Monuments Alone”

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to return to Nevada later this month, as the Trump Administration continues its review of 24 National Monuments. In advance of Zinke’s return, Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas) and Dina Titus (D-Paradise) joined several other Nevadans in making clear to the White House they want Nevada’s Monuments left alone. (more…)

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Federal Monuments Review Comment Period Closes as Basin and Range National Monument Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

Last night, the Department of the Interior closed public comment on the administration’s controversial review of the designations of Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments and other monuments across the country. Ironically, this came on the same day as  the second anniversary of Basin and Range National Monument’s designation. Much to the White House’s chagrin, public comments were overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the monuments in place. (more…)

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Ryan Zinke Forced to Address Trump Administration’s Plans for Nevada’s Newest National Monuments

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke continued his jaunt through Nevada with a stop in Pahrump to announce the release of rural funds that were already appropriated. But when asked about the Trump Administration’s controversial “review” of National Monuments (including Nevada’s two monuments), Zinke was less than clear. So what exactly is in store for Nevada’s national monuments? (more…)