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  • Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada’s new Cannabis Compliance Board has adopted a fresh set of regulations to govern the marijuana industry and lifted restrictions that have been holding up license transfer requests since allegations of shady conduct emerged last October.
    The board, which only has three of the five members it is intended to have, assumed oversight of the cannabis industry effective July 1. The Nevada Department of Taxation most recently had jurisdiction of marijuana regulation, but the Cannabis Compliance Board was designed to have a singular focus on the marijuana realm and oversee the industry in a manner similar to the well-respected Gaming Control Board.
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    On July 15, the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office concluded the 2020 Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) Emergency wild horse gather. 
    The BLM gathered and removed 85 wild horses from areas within and outside of the HMA located in Humboldt County, Nevada. 
    The action was necessary due to lack of water and declining health of the wild horses. Gather operations were conducted using the water and bait trap method.
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved $18.4 million to reimburse the State of Nevada for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of state, county, and tribal personnel, healthcare facility workers, and first responders.
    “FEMA’s reimbursement gives the state the opportunity to buy additional personal protective equipment to support Nevada’s COVID response efforts,” said Governor Sisolak. “We appreciate the federal government’s assistance to help Nevadans with emergency protective measures during this unprecedented time.”
  • Lahontan Cutthroat Trout thrive at Paiute’s Summit Lake in far northern Nevada
    Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, North America’s largest freshwater native trout species. 
    Research to understand the reasons why this population continues to thrive, where others have not, will be used to protect the fish and its habitat – as well as to apply the knowledge to help restore other Nevada lakes that once had bountiful numbers of the iconic fish that historically reached 60 pounds.
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    Lawmakers finalized hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to state agencies on Sunday, adjusting a budget that is set to lose a quarter of the revenue previously projected because of the pandemic and wrapping up a protracted session marked by false starts and delays.
    Despite significant animus between Democrats and Republicans throughout the session, the omnibus budget cuts bill AB3 passed with bipartisan support after Democrats proposed an amendment allocating $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding toward K-12 students who are expected to struggle with distance learning.
  • Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Bureau of Land Management is accepting sealed, written bids for the commercial harvesting of pine nut units in the BLM Battle Mountain, Elko and Ely districts. The deadline to submit a bid is 9:30 a.m. PDT, Tuesday, Aug. 11.
  • Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 AM
    In the time of covid-19, when many of us have extra time on our hands, why not give something new and different a chance? From rafting to running, from competing to showering, there are so many adventures within your reach.
  • Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Patient Protection Commission plans to explore the issue of health care pricing transparency, including the possibility of a state medical claims database, at its next meeting in two weeks.
    The commission’s members voted at their Monday meeting to begin narrowing the scope of their work after several weeks of presentations focused more broadly on health care issues facing the state, including workforce development, COVID-19 response and telehealth. The body is allowed to bring forward three policy proposals to the 2021 Legislature, though they have not yet decided what those bills will look like.
    However, commission members are taking a closer look at health care pricing — specifically some sort of a proposal that would enhance “patient health care experience and state outcomes by implementing transparency measures that help understand data trends.” That policy could eventually be one of the commission’s bill draft requests, should it so choose.
  • Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 AM
    A controversial bill that would increase taxes on major mining companies in Nevada — by limiting their tax deductions to 60 percent of normal -- fell one-vote short during the recent 12-day special session of the Nevada Legislature.
    But the Democrats’ push to limit mining tax deductions to increase state revenue will be a priority when the Legislature meets in its 2021 regular session, Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, and some key lobbyists said on Nevada Newsmakers this week.
    “We started that discussion (on capping mining deductions) and I anticipate in the 2021 session we will continue that discussion,” Yeager told host Sam Shad. “Because from voters I have talked to, they don’t feel like mining is paying their fair share of taxes because of constitutional protections and otherwise.
  • Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 AM
    Senate Democrats announced Saturday morning that they had reached a deal to revive legislation removing several mining tax deductions and direct the revenue toward education, which was expected to take a major hit as lawmakers try to close the state’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall.
    However, just three hours later, that deal appeared to be off the table.
    Republican Sen. Keith Pickard was expected to make a motion to reconsider the measure, which failed in the Senate early Friday morning, and join Senate Democrats in support of it with an amendment directing the additional money toward a hard-fought weighted funding formula. However, Pickard told the Las Vegas Review-Journal just before noon on Saturday that he would not be supporting the measure and hinted the Senate Republicans have come up with their own plan.
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