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Utah restricts Virgin River water use

Many farmers and residents in southern Utah will no longer be able to use water from the Virgin River because of ongoing drought conditions that have greatly diminished water levels in the river and its tributaries.

Heller seeks federal help against quaggas mussels

Already this summer, inspectors have intercepted 24 boats headed to Lake Tahoe with troublesome quagga mussels and other invaders attached, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Wednesday in seeking more federal help to track and contain the hostile species.

Unger correction

A Thursday story about a bill to help clean up the Three Kids Mine in Henderson incorrectly stated the relationship between two of the people leading the effort. Bob Unger and Mindy Unger-Wadkins are brother and sister and partners in the project.

BLM: Bundy must be held accountable

RENO — U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they agree with a Nevada sheriff’s position that Moapa rancher Cliven Bundy must be held accountable for his role in an April standoff between his supporters and the federal agency.

Tahoe bear conflict campaign kicks off with bear run-ins

For better or worse, Mother Nature helped Nevada wildlife officials kick off a monthlong “bear awareness” campaign this week to combat danger on the roadways around Lake Tahoe and, more importantly, conflicts in neighborhoods with bad trash habits up and down the Sierra Nevada’s eastern front.

Anti-fracking suit tries to block Nevada drilling

A rural Nevada group is asking a federal judge to block the sale of oil and gas leases they say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and other development that poses a much greater threat to sage grouse and other wildlife than the U.S. government claims.