The Southern Nevada Water Authority’s controversial pipeline is empty no more.
Nevada’s top water regulator on Thursday granted the authority permission to pump up to 84,000 acre-feet of groundwater a year from four rural valleys in Lincoln and White Pine counties.
That is about two-thirds as much water as authority officials were seeking, but it’s 5,200 acre-feet more than they got the last time around.
In 2010, the state Supreme Court struck down two previous rulings by the state engineer that granted the authority almost 79,000 acre-feet from Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar valleys.
Opponents vowed to appeal Thursday’s ruling, which they said would be the death knell for wildlife and livelihoods across rural Nevada.
CRASH PROMPTS CHANGE
The Clark County School District has changed the route of a bus that struck and killed 11-year-old Kaylee Derks on March 16.
Though some in the neighborhood complained of congestion around the bus stop, district officials did not say the route through the neighborhood was dangerous. Instead, they said they were changing it out of respect for the family and the community.
ATTORNEY FOUND DEAD
Nancy Quon, the embattled construction defects attorney who was a key target of a federal investigation into fraud and corruption at Las Vegas Valley homeowners associations, was found dead in the bathtub of her condominium at The District in Henderson.
Police said no foul play is suspected.
Earlier this year, a Clark County district judge dismissed an indictment against Quon, 51, and her boyfriend, former Las Vegas police officer William Ronald Webb, 43, charging the couple in an arson scheme.
Investigators involved in the federal homeowners association probe were among the law enforcement authorities who showed up at the death scene.
OBAMA’S SUNNY STOP
Backed by nearly 1 million glittering solar panels in Boulder City, President Barack Obama vowed to keep investing U.S. tax dollars in clean energy to power more U.S. homes.
The president’s three-hour stop in Southern Nevada was his eighth trip to the state since his election in 2008.
It came as part of a two-day, four-state tour to promote his "all of the above" energy policy. It’s an election-year push to develop both green energy such as solar, wind and geothermal as well as more oil and gas production in the United States.
CASINO BOYCOTT MULLED
The president of the national AFL-CIO said a nationwide boycott of Station Casinos is under consideration, but he stopped short of calling for one at a news briefing in Las Vegas.
Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, which represents some 11 million workers, was in Las Vegas to lend support for the ongoing campaign by Culinary Local 226, which is leading the charge to organize some 5,000 of Station’s 13,000 workers.
BROKERS GET PRISON
A federal judge sentenced former mortgage broker Steven Grimm to 25 years in prison for orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme in Las Vegas.
A federal jury convicted Grimm and his ex-wife, former real estate broker Eve Mazzarella, in December of multiple fraud-related charges prosecutors said caused banks to lose at least $52 million.
Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt sentenced Grimm shortly after sentencing Mazzarella to 14 years in prison.NUMBERS
Voter turnout in Tuesday’s special election for the vacant Ward 2 seat on the Las Vegas City Council. Former state lawmaker Bob Beers won the seat.
The number of men’s basketball teams from the Mountain West Conference that advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Cost of renovations under way at the Golden Gate downtown. The 106-year-old building is getting a makeover, but the famous shrimp cocktail will stay.
How much the Metropolitan Police Department has agreed to pay to a man who said he was beaten by an officer as he shot video from his driveway.
"He did his best to keep the politics out of what was good for us. If there was a flu outbreak, he’d be the one we’d see on the news keeping us calm."
Michael Green, College of Southern Nevada history professor, talking about Clark County public health pioneer Dr. Otto Ravenholt, who died March 18 at the age of 84.
"It’s been very unsettling. I don’t know how this happened in a campground."
Carma Roper, spokeswoman for the Inyo County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department, talking about the mysterious disappearance of a 67-year-old San Francisco man from a busy campground in Death Valley. The man was found dead a few days later. No foul play is suspected.
Jerry Tarkanian, when a nurse at MountainView Hospital asked him who was going to win this year’s NCAA tournament. The 81-year-old Former UNLV coach was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday.
"We’re not going to walk away from places like Boulder City."
President Barack Obama, touting his administration’s commitment to solar energy development like that in Boulder City during a three-hour swing through Southern Nevada Wednesday.
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