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  • Wish You Weren’t Here

    Quagga mussels – an extraordinarily prolific and costly invasive species – have appeared in Lake Mead, and no one is sure how to keep these unwanted newcomers from infesting the West.

  • A Western historian and a Western hero

    Las Vegas historian, author and community activist Hal Rothman may be dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease, but he’s determined to go on his own terms – with courage, grace and a sense of humor.

  • Running on empty in Sin City

    Although many rural Nevadans are unhappy with Las Vegas’ plans for a giant groundwater project, the six other states that rely on water from the Colorado River are hoping the Nevada project goes ahead.

  • The Latest Bounce

    White Pine County, Nev., seeks federal help to fight Las Vegas groundwater grab; fired workers suddenly regain jobs at National Renewable Energy Laboratory; marijuana is Washington’s No. 8 agricultural product

  • Colorado River states reach landmark agreement

    The seven states of the Colorado River Basin have come to a groundbreaking agreement that, among other things, will allow cities such as Las Vegas to lease water from out-of-state farms during times of drought

  • Squeezing Water from a Stone

    With only a tiny share of the Colorado River available to it, Las Vegas decides to get the water it needs from elsewhere in the state – underneath the rural high-desert Basin and Range country

  • Nevada desert to be sold for debt relief

    The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act is making money from auctioning off the Las Vegas valley desert – and the Bush administration would like to get its hands on that money

  • A water-and-wilderness bill kicks up dust in Nevada

    Critics say an economic development initiative could suck desert springs and rural counties dry

  • Leaving Las Vegas

    Now that she’s left Las Vegas, the writer recalls the surrealistic city, and is haunted by the memory of the desert that surrounds it

  • Sin City keeps its fringes wild

    Las Vegans rally to fight a prominent developer’s plans for building on Blue Diamond Hill, a former gypsum mine that now serves as a buffer between the city and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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