Sage grouse bill garners support

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If the federal land agencies insist on requiring special protections for sage grouse in Nevada and across the West, they should bear the brunt of the cost and not the state and local governments and private landowners, says Rep. Mark Amodei, who … [Read more...]

BLM: Treat people with respect

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If you were to park your car on federal public land and a federal agent came along and destroyed it with a sledgehammer, you would be able to file a felony criminal charge with the local sheriff against that agent or whoever instructed him to carry … [Read more...]

A little defence for Sen. Reid

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You’ll seldom see Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended in this column. However, there’s so much to legitimately complain about the senator’s politics and how he accomplishes his goals, it doesn’t seem right to flay him over misconstrued … [Read more...]

Mesquite city workers deserve praise

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We owe a lot to our public employees. The members of Public Sector Teamsters Local No. 14, which includes the staff at Mesquite City Hall, recently agreed to a new labor contract with the city. That three-year agreement does not include any raises … [Read more...]

Is Cliven Bundy a hero?

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If you’re a supporter of states rights, Cliven Bundy is a hero to you. If you’re an environmentalist concerned about protecting desert tortoise habitat, you might see him as a threat. Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity fits into the … [Read more...]

Help on the way for poor readers

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If you can read this, you’re better off than many people in Southern Nevada. According to the National Center for Education Statistics about one-fifth of Clark County residents lack basic literacy skills. That includes not only poor readers, but … [Read more...]

A just sentence in Flores case

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Moapa Justice of the Peace Ruth Kolhoss, presiding in Mesquite Municipal Court on Monday, sentenced Starr Flores to one year in jail. Flores also must reimburse the $745.26 she wrung out of the generosity of Virgin Valley residents and businesses. … [Read more...]

More questions that can now be answered

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The agenda for Tuesday’s Mesquite City Council meeting had an item deserving of celebration. The council was to approve the 2013-2016 labor agreement with the Nevada and General Sales Drivers, Delivery Drivers, and Helpers & Representing the … [Read more...]

It’s a matter of time and priorities

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Regular readers of the Fire Calls column in the Mesquite Local News, may have noted a slight change in the report. The listing for "No Resources Available To Respond To Additional Calls" has been deleted. If you think this was done to cover up … [Read more...]

City hall may return to five-day operation

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Mesquite City Hall may be open soon on Fridays, City Manager Andy Barton told a small group Feb. 20.. All that’s needed is for the city hall workers to ratify the agreement. The contract has been in negotiations since last spring. If the contract … [Read more...]