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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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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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Mesquite City Council Sneaks in Anti-Gold Butte Resolution for Quick Approval

On the final Mesquite City Council meeting before the Fourth of July holiday, the council voted 4-1 to approve a controversial resolution endorsing a reduction in the size of Gold Butte National Monument. Despite objections from Mesquite Mayor Allan Litman, his colleagues voted on the resolution which had very little public vetting before yesterday's meeting. (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…)

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Public Lands Advocates Greet Ryan Zinke in Tahoe, Urge Trump Administration to Leave National Monuments Alone

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke flew to Northern Nevada today to address a private event for Rule of Law Defense Fund, a right-wing group with ties to Republican Attorneys General. Public lands advocates greeted him as he arrived at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. They also urged him to appear in public and listen to Nevadans who want the Trump Administration to keep Nevada’s National Monuments intact. (more…)

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These Monumental Lands: Why Native American Communities Demand National Monuments Remain Protected

In April, President Donald Trump ordered a review of National Monuments designated from 1996 to 2016. Two of these happen to be in Nevada, and two others lie next door in Utah. Below the fold, we’ll dig deeper into what this fight is about and why Native American communities are fighting to defend these Monuments. (more…)