15 Mar 2008, 6:53pm
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Mineral County residents reject wilderness

In a 2 1/2 hour meeting similar to the one in Smith Valley last week, nearly 200 Mineral County residents told three representatives to Nevada’s congressional delegation to “Leave us alone!” when it comes to any wilderness designations in a Lyon-Mineral Lands Bill.

Many of those residents meeting in the convention center in Hawthorne also heard for the first time a resolution adopted the previous day unanimously by the Mineral County Commissioners rejecting wilderness; and an appeal from that same commission to have Lyon and Esmeralda counties join them in such action. (See MC resolution reprinted in this edition of the MVN)

In response to requests from representatives Matt Tuma of Senator Reid’s office, Kevin Kirkeby from Senator Ensign’s office and Verita Prothro from Congressman Heller’s office for public input, MC commissioner and liason to the delegation Jerrie Tipton introduced and read the county’s resolution which drew a round of applause from the audience.

Tipton then pointed to a 1984 resolution in which the county has it “doesn’t need a lands bill” and “thanks, but no thanks” to wilderness this time around as well. … [more]



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