Author: Dave Maxwell

Serpents State Title Repeat Bid Comes up Just Short

Boys fall in title game to Spring Mountain Mineral County was right where they wanted to be last Saturday at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, a chance to capture a second straight Class 1A boys basketball championship. The Serpent fans hadn’t seen that since the girls team won four in a row from 2000-2003 But the boys had to face Spring Mountain from Las Vegas, boys who grew up playing street ball with lots of speed and athleticism. Senior point guard Shawn Shumpert scored 19 points and helped the Golden Eagles to a 50-36 victory over Mineral County...

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New NIAA League Realignments Revealed

Beginning this fall, the Nevada Interscholastic Association (NIAA) has voted to not divide the larger members of the NIAA in Clark County into a new 5A classification. Regarding Class 2A and 1A, Assistant NIAA Director Donnie Nelson said no changes will be made in Class 2A other than adding Coral Academy of Reno to the North, while the South division will be able to add charter schools that later might qualify for 2A status. Class 1A is again being divided into four regions, a Northern East and West as exists now, but creating again in the Southern region a Central league and South league for volleyball and basketball. The Central and South leagues existed before, but were combined into just one South league in 2008. Nelson said changes for baseball and softball, if any, will be decided later. Nelson said the reasons for going to the four 1A divisions was “because of travel and facilitating equal leagues. Also, the West was getting so big. Eleven schools there, only five in the East, and they weren’t getting playoff representation, plus anywhere between five and eight teams in the South.” Playoff structures in Class 1A are not developed yet, as Nelson noted. “But it won’t always be Central versus South, as it was 10 years or so ago. It’s not really like it had been, a simple North and South region.”...

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Debate continues in efforts to take back public lands

There are many in the western United States dedicated to taking back much of the public land the BLM has long had control of. The American Lands Council is a non-profit organization made up of individuals, counties, businesses, organizations and community leaders; it is leading the charge to secure better access, better health, and better productivity of public lands through local stewardship. At the same time, some others feel many myths and misunderstandings are being touted about the Transfer of Public Lands movement. A recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Doug Nielsen, a conservation educator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, claims, “the states simply don’t have the financial wherewithal to create and sustain the organizational infrastructure required to manage the nearly 640 million acres of publically owned lands that are now managed by the federal agencies…consider the states’ track record when it comes to federal land grants. It is none too good.” In addition, Nielsen’s article claims “If America’s public lands become private, there will be no such thing as public input when it comes to managing them, and there will be no public access…” Lincoln County commission chair, member of the 17-man Nevada Public Lands Task Force, and vice-chair of the Nevada Association of Counties, Kevin Phillips, strongly disagrees with Nielsen’s conclusions. “This isn’t new,” he said. “While we were working on the whole thing...

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Congressional leaders seeking mining reforms

Congressional Natural Resources Committee chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and three others held a conference call recently to talk about a package of legislative reforms to address failures leading to the Animas River spill in Colorado in August, and about historic challenges in the federal approach to abandoned mine reclamation. Also involved were Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals chair Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV). Lamborn is the author of HR 3843 “Locatable Mineral Claim and Maintenance Act;” and Hice is author of HR 3844 “Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation Establishment Act of 2015.” Workers for the Environmental Protection Agency used heavy equipment to enter the defunct Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado, near Durango, Aug. 5, 2015, and sprung a leak. A massive one. Water tainted with heavy metal, especially lead, gushed from Gold King into the nearby Animas River, turning it a solid mustard color. It flowed downstream for dozens of miles crossing state lines into Utah and New Mexico and damaged the lives of thousands people who depend on river water. Published reports by the U.S. Geological Survey, noted about 3 million gallons of heavy metal filled wastewater spilled into the river. “That’s about 60,000 bathtubs full,” the report stated. Bishop said the Department of Interior recently released “a technical evaluation undercutting EPA’s assertion that the Animas River spill was inevitable.”...

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Pahranagat Valley claims 7th straight state title

Magnificent Seven. Tabor Maxwell threw for six touchdowns and ran for another in leading Pahranagat Valley to a 66-34 win over Spring Mountain in the NIAA Division IV state championship game at The Meadows High in Las Vegas last week. It was the third straight year the teams have met in the state finals and the third win for the Panthers (12-0), extending their active national winning streak to 81. It also gives PVHS a state record seven straight football titles, and tenth in the last 14 years for coach Ken Higbee. With the Eagles (9-3) keying in on...

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