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Nevada Panel Advances $1.4 Million to Battle Yucca Mountain

CARSON CITY — A state panel on Tuesday approved nearly $1.4 million to continue Nevada’s fight against Yucca Mountain despite the nuclear waste repository project being described by one official as “the walking dead.”

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for May 14-21

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of May 14-21, 2014.

To celebrate newly expanded schedules, all seven Nevada State Museums are free July 20

Event Date: 
July 20, 2013 (All day)

All seven Nevada State museums will offer free admission Saturday, July 20, to celebrate newly expanded schedules. Train rides at the railroad museum in Carson City and Boulder City will be half price.

Additional details for Nevada Museums Summer 2013:

• Public invited to Rediscover Your Nevada Museums

• The Division of Museums and History announces additional days and hours of service for the public at all seven museums in the system.

Don Q's fishing report for week of July 17-23

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and stream in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of July 17-23. Be sure to pack sunscreen, plenty of cold beverages and your fishing license.

Legislative Panel Gets Update On Yucca Mountain, Takes No Action To Deviate From Long-Term Opposition To Project

CARSON CITY – The potential viability of Yucca Mountain as a long-term repository for nuclear waste was the focus of yet another discussion in Nevada today as lawmakers serving on the Legislative Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste heard status reports on the now defunded project.

Amodei's efforts to strike Republican compromise on Yucca faces first real test

Last spring, Nevada didn't have anyone in Congress who was open to the idea of bringing nuclear waste to the state. Now, it has Republican Rep. Mark Amodei — and he says he's ready to take on the pro-Yucca enthusiasts and try to work out a compromise.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller Calls On Congress To Continue Defunding Of Yucca Mountain

CARSON CITY – U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., today sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of both the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations asking them to continue defunding the proposed high level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

Sandoval says no way to Yucca Mountain

Gov. Brian Sandoval played his gubernatorial trump card Monday, telling the nation's energy secretary that Nevada doesn't support resurrecting Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear waste dump or hosting an interim storage site in the state, no matter what officials in rural Nye County say.
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Gov. Sandoval Says Nevada Does Not Want Nuclear Waste, But New Poll Shows Support For Research Facility

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today making it clear that he does not support any type of nuclear waste disposal or interim storage at Yucca Mountain.

Former Nevada Gov. Richard Bryan Calls Rep. Mark Amodei’s Remarks On Yucca Mountain “Unfortunate”

CARSON CITY – Former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Richard Bryan today described Rep. Mark Amodei’s recent comments about Yucca Mountain not being dead as a site to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste was as “unfortunate.”

Controversy Over State Use Of Outside Legal Counsel Expands To Robo-Signing Lawsuit

CARSON CITY – When state Sen. Greg Brower asked the Attorney General’s office earlier this month about the $6 million in outside legal costs incurred so far in defending the state in a freeway construction dispute, he said his motives were purely fiscal in nature.

Nevada Cites Concerns With Transport Of Hazardous Waste In Response To Draft Plan For Former Test Site

CARSON CITY – A draft environmental statement addressing the future of the former Nevada Test Site appears to be setting the stage for the transportation of mixed hazardous and low-level radioactive waste to the site through heavily populated areas of Las Vegas, the state

Nevada nuclear agency hires consultant

By Cy Ryan CARSON CITY – “Our job is to keep Yucca Mountain dead,” says Bob Halstead, administrator of the state Agency for Nuclear Projects. But serious challenges are coming up in January and February to revive the nuclear dump in Southern ...

State Board Authorizes First Contract With Former Employee As Required Under New Law

CARSON CITY – The state Board of Examiners today authorized the Agency for Nuclear Projects to hire a former employee in a contract position to help continue the fight against Yucca Mountain.

Guy W. Farmer: Republican candidates oppose Yucca dump

Although some Nevada Republicans think it would be a good idea to dump nearly 80,000 tons of highly toxic nuclear waste on our state, three leading GOP presidential candidates who addressed the iss...

Draft Plan For Future Of Former Nevada Test Site Questioned At DOE Public Hearing

CARSON CITY – Speakers at the fifth and final public hearing to comment on a draft environmental statement that seeks to map the future of the former Nevada Test Site expressed a variety of concerns Wednesday, including a failure to adequately address contamination of groundwater at the site.
Another concern focused on an indication in the document for what is now called the Nevada National Security Site that a previous agreement with the state of Nevada to avoid metropolitan areas in the transportation of low-level radioactive waste to the site for burial will be abandoned.

Yucca Mountain Is Dead Again

In a long awaited ruling, the federal nuclear safety agency has said Nevada can close down Yucca Mountain once and for all.
The Obama administration had asked Congress to zero out the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) work on Yucca as a follow up to the prior  termination of funding at the Department of Energy (DOE) project. The NRC has directed that all project casework be wrapped up by the end of the month.

Halstead to head nuclear projects agency

Robert Halstead has been named director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects.That agency is responsible for fighting the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear dump in southern Nevada.Halstead replac...

Gov. Sandoval Appoints New Executive Director To Oversee Stalled Yucca Mountain Waste Dump Project

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today appointed Robert Halstead as executive director of the Agency for Nuclear Projects, the agency responsible for oversight of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. He will start in the job Sept. 19.
Halstead will replace Joe Strolin, who has been serving as acting director since January.

Sandoval names nuke chief in fight against Yucca Mountain

By Cy Ryan CARSON CITY – A consultant to the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects has been named its chief to head the fight against locating a ...

Despite efforts to revive it, Reid says Yucca Mountain is dead

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday the effort by House Republicans to revive the Yucca Mountain project are going nowhere.And as majority leader of the U.S. Senate, he has considerable say ove...

Joseph C. Strolin: Yucca Mountain is no pot of gold

I have a great deal of respect for Tyrus Cobb and his long service to the country. But I have to respectfully disagree with his championing of the proposed Yucca Mountain project. As someone who ha...

Heller, Berkley say Yucca Mountain backers should move on

Both Democrat Shelley Berkley and Republican Dean Heller today called on their fellow House members to drop the push to resurrect the Yucca Mountain nuclear dump project.President Obama, keeping a ...

Yucca backers among protesters of Obama Reno visit

RENO - Backers of a broad proposal to expand a nuclear-waste dump site in Nevada criticized the Obama administration Thursday for paying lip service to the nuclear industry while ignoring the ne...

President Obama Touts Renewable Energy In Reno Visit

By Andrew Doughman
RENO – President Barack Obama highlighted Nevada’s renewable energy sector today with a visit to the heat-to-energy company ElectraTherm, in northern Nevada.
In front of a backdrop of “green machines” Obama touted plans to end $4 billion in subsidies for oil companies in favor of providing incentives for renewable energy companies.

Nevada Rep. Berkley Stresses Education, Alternative Energy In Remarks To Lawmakers

CARSON CITY – Recently announced U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley spoke to the Nevada Legislature today, stressing education, infrastructure and energy independence as ways to create jobs and get the state back on track.

Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty Talks About Gaming And Yucca Mountain In Vegas Visit

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican who is evaluating a run for president in 2012, said today he would be willing to reconsider whether Yucca Mountain is a suitable site for the long-term disposal of nuclear waste.

Guy W. Farmer: Japan's nuclear disaster and Yucca Mountain

My friend and fellow columnist Ty Cobb Sr. seems to think that the Japanese nuclear disaster makes the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump inevitable. I beg to differ, however, because I thi...

Richard Bryan: Yucca Mountain will not lessen spent fuel risks

Nuclear industry spokespeople and some in Congress have been very vocal of late suggesting that the nuclear accident in Japan requires restarting the defunct Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository...

Nevada Group Wants Yucca Mountain Energy Park legislation

By Sean Whaley / Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY – An organization that wants to see Yucca Mountain used as a temporary nuclear waste storage site with a research center to explore reprocessing has proposed an amendment to a bill in the Legislature to move its Energy Park idea forward.

East Meets West: Haley Barbour Visits Nevada, Confirms Likely Presidential Run

By Elizabeth Crum / Nevada News Bureau
Mississippi’s sixty-third governor today visited Nevada, a state which has been called “the Mississippi of the west”* because of its largely unskilled workforce and poor public education system.

U.S. Chamber Study Highlights National, Nevada Economic Losses Due To Stalled Energy Projects

CARSON CITY – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a first-of-its-kind economic study today identifying stalled energy projects – including 10 in Nevada – that are costing billions of dollars in lost gross domestic product.
The study says the delays are costing the state’s economy $66.9 billion in GDP and that 86,700 jobs a year could be created in Nevada during the construction phase of the projects.

Gov. Appoints New Director For Nuclear Agency

By Andrew Doughman / Nevada News Bureau
Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed a veteran administrator to keep up the fight against placing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Southern Nevada.
Joseph C. Strolin, formerly a planning division administrator for the Agency for Nuclear Projects, has agreed to be acting director of the agency until the governor can find a permanent director.

Nevada Officials Disappointed With Dismissal Of Yucca Mountain Legal Challenges

CARSON CITY – Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval today said he is disappointed with an order from a Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel dismissing Nevada’s legal challenges to the high level nuclear waste repository proposed for Yucca Mountain.

Federal Appeals Court Allows Yucca Licensing Dispute To Move Forward

CARSON CITY – A federal appeals court today lifted a stay on cases challenging the U.S. Department of Energy’s authority to withdraw its licensing application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

Reno Mayor Cashell Defends Reid, Criticizes Extreme Right Element In GOP

By Sean Whaley /Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY – Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said this week he expects to see Harry Reid continue to help northern Nevada in a variety of ways now that he has won re-election in a bitterly contested Senate race.

Nevada's nuclear legacy featured in book; lectures today and Thursday in Minden and Carson City

If you place X's on a map of Nevada to mark areas used for nuclear testing and O's to mark areas examined as potential nuclear sites, you end up with a tic-tac-toe game board in the shape of the Silver State, says Western Nevada College Emeritus English Professor Michon Mackedon.

Work Stoppage On Yucca Mountain Review Not The End Of Nuclear Waste Project, State Official Says

By Sean Whaley / Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY – Nevada remains in limbo over the status of Yucca Mountain as a potential repository for the nation’s nuclear waste even with a work stoppage on the project review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission due to funding limitations, a state official says.

Kenny & Me

There are about a million people who know Kenny Guinn better than I do.

But it's that fact that makes the interactions I had with him so interesting.

As a political columnist, I took my fair share of shots at him, on issues like Yucca Mountain and his big tax rebate program. Besides sending his nuke dump point man out to counter my criticisms, he never held those against me.

Former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn dies

Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, who guided Nevada from January 1999 through the end of his second term in 2006, died this morning of a heart attack in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Nevada Tops List On Federal Lobbyist Spending, Near Bottom On Returns

CARSON CITY – A dozen Nevada government entities spent more than $1.7 million taxpayer dollars last year to hire lobbyists in Washington, DC and have racked up nearly $400,000 in expenses in the first quarter of this year, according to data gathered by the national group Center for Responsive Politics.

Nevada’s Unemployment Rate Hits Record High In June at 14.2 Percent

By Nevada News Bureau Staff
CARSON CITY – Nevada’s unemployment rate hit another record high in June, reaching 14.2 percent as 193,000 residents looked for work, a state agency reported today.

Group Seeking To Turn Yucca Mountain Into Research Site Applauds Ruling Against U.S. Energy Department

CARSON CITY – A representative of a group seeking to turn Yucca Mountain into an energy park said a ruling earlier this week halting the withdrawal of the application to license the site as a nuclear waste dump is a huge opportunity for Nevada.
“We are thrilled with the ruling,” said Randi Thompson with Nevadans 4 Carbon-Free Energy. “It’s huge for Nevada.”

Group Seeking To Turn Yucca Mountain Into Research Site Applauds Ruling Against U.S. Energy Department

CARSON CITY – A representative of a group seeking to turn Yucca Mountain into an energy park said a ruling earlier this week halting the withdrawal of the application to license the site as a nuclear waste dump is a huge opportunity for Nevada.
“We are thrilled with the ruling,” said Randi Thompson with Nevadans 4 Carbon-Free Energy. “It’s huge for Nevada.”

Group Seeking To Turn Yucca Mountain Into Research Site Applauds Ruling Against U.S. Energy Department

CARSON CITY – A representative of a group seeking to turn Yucca Mountain into an energy park said a ruling earlier this week halting the withdrawal of the application to license the site as a nuclear waste dump is a huge opportunity for Nevada.
“We are thrilled with the ruling,” said Randi Thompson with Nevadans 4 Carbon-Free Energy. “It’s huge for Nevada.”

Group Seeking To Turn Yucca Mountain Into Research Site Applauds Ruling Against U.S. Energy Department

CARSON CITY – A representative of a group seeking to turn Yucca Mountain into an energy park said a ruling earlier this week halting the withdrawal of the application to license the site as a nuclear waste dump is a huge opportunity for Nevada.
“We are thrilled with the ruling,” said Randi Thompson with Nevadans 4 Carbon-Free Energy. “It’s huge for Nevada.”

Group Seeking To Turn Yucca Mountain Into Research Site Applauds Ruling Against U.S. Energy Department

CARSON CITY – A representative of a group seeking to turn Yucca Mountain into an energy park said a ruling earlier this week halting the withdrawal of the application to license the site as a nuclear waste dump is a huge opportunity for Nevada.
“We are thrilled with the ruling,� said Randi Thompson with Nevadans 4 Carbon-Free Energy. “It’s huge for Nevada.�

Group Seeking To Turn Yucca Mountain Into Research Site Applauds Ruling Against U.S. Energy Department

CARSON CITY – A representative of a group seeking to turn Yucca Mountain into an energy park said a ruling earlier this week halting the withdrawal of the application to license the site as a nuclear waste dump is a huge opportunity for Nevada.
“We are thrilled with the ruling,” said Randi Thompson with Nevadans 4 Carbon-Free Energy. “It’s huge for Nevada.”

Energy Department Loses Ruling To Terminate Yucca Mountain Licensing, State To Appeal

CARSON CITY – A ruling by a panel of federal judges saying the U.S. Department of Energy does not have the authority to withdraw its licensing application of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository will be appealed, a Nevada official said yesterday.

Lowden Attends Pro-Nuclear Energy Meeting In Reno

RENO — U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden last week attended a meeting of the U.S. Nuclear Energy Foundation, an independent foundation that promotes the expansion of nuclear energy, listening to what its members have to say about nuclear power as well as the plight of the Yucca Mountain storage facility and its potential impact on Nevada.
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