Last summer was one of the worst on record for Nevada ranchers. High heat and dry conditions forced them to sell their stock and buy feed, cutting profit margins and convincing some that they'd be better off in some other line of work.
The Strip is bulging with casinos, traffic, loud music, and flashing billboards. But there are parts of rural Nevada where people live far from bright lights - often in the middle-of-nowhere. What is the appeal of that rural life? What does it inspire in people emotionally and creatively? And what parts of the Wild West do we preserve far from the blazing lights of Las Vegas?
The Southern Nevada Water Authority recently lost a major decision in the
Nevada Supreme Court when the court invalidated all the claims the authority
had made on rural water dating back more than two decades. We recently spoke
with the attorney who won the case for the rural Nevadans.
The Nevada Supreme Court has killed the applications lodged more than 20
years ago by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley
Water District. The claims were to water in rural Nevada but now the
authority may have to back and start the whole application process again.