Governors in 16 states unveiled a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project in Las Vegas on Thursday that they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region’s environmental treasures — an ambitious effort that’s winning praise from conservationists and the energy industry.
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With Pat Mulroy’s departure now official, the race is on to find a new general manager for the Las Vegas Valley’s wholesale water supplier and its largest water utility.
For the second time since 2009, a judge has stripped the Southern Nevada Water Authority of permission to siphon billions of gallons of groundwater a year from across eastern Nevada.
Five months after Ash Springs was closed by federal officials, nearby residents are pushing for more local control of the popular swimming hole 100 miles north of Las Vegas.
Clark County commissioners made it clear Tuesday that they think there are better ways to spend the nearly $16 million that has gone toward conservation efforts to aid the desert tortoise since 2001, but not everyone agrees.
The Clark County Commission, sitting as the board for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, on Tuesday unanimously approved a series of annual rate hikes set to begin in January and top out in 2017.
Three fish the color of a dingy dime, only smaller, hover near the bottom of tanks No. 6 and 7 at a new research facility 90 miles west of Las Vegas. At 3 weeks old, they are already historic.
Clark County has spent at least $15.7 million since 2001 on efforts to protect the tortoise, which is listed as a threatened species by the federal government.
The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement Friday from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.
Nobody panic, but for the next five months or so the entire Las Vegas water supply will depend on a single pipe and pump station at Lake Mead.