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FILE - This May 13, 2006 file photo shows a desert tortoise at its new home in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve east of Leeds, Utah. More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. The four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists. The Spectrum newspaper reported the road would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. Bureau of Land Management officials opened the public comment period in December 2019 and say they will now go through all of the comments before releasing a draft environmental impact statement. (Brain Passey/The Spectrum via AP, File)

Over 16K comment on highway set for desert tortoise habitat

Jan. 9, 2020 2:40 PM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah, federal officials said. The proposed four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists, because...

This June 1, 2019, photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, shows the rare desert wildflower Tiehm's buckwheat in the Silver Peak Range about 120 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. An Australian mining company has agreed to a moratorium on new activities at a planned lithium mine in Nevada in exchange for conservationists dropping a lawsuit to protect a rare desert wildflower they say doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

New deal with mining company to protect rare Nevada plant

Jan. 6, 2020 4:59 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Australian mining company has agreed to a moratorium on new activities at a planned lithium mine in Nevada in exchange for conservationists dropping a lawsuit to protect a rare desert wildflower they say doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. The Center for Biological Diversity...

National wildlife refuges in Nevada face staffing shortages

Dec. 26, 2019 2:36 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A massive wildlife refuge north of Las Vegas established to protect desert bighorn sheep is severely understaffed, according to advocates and employees, and it's not the only refuge in need of workers. Amy Sprunger, manager of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, is set to become the only...

Carter helps No. 15 Mississippi St. women beat Virginia

Dec. 21, 2019 10:07 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rickea Jackson scored 17 points, Jessika Carter had a double-double, and No. 15 Mississippi State beat Virginia 72-59 on Saturday in the championship game of the Duel in the Desert. Carter finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks. Jordan Danberry and JaMya Mingo-Young added 10...

Bibby, Jackson lead No. 15 Mississippi St women past USF

Dec. 19, 2019 9:27 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chloe Bibby hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, Rickea Jackson had a double-double and No. 15 Mississippi State opened the Duel in the Desert with an 86-61 win over South Florida on Thursday night. Jackson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-2), who took control with a...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, mustangs recently captured on federal rangeland roam a corral at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's holding facility north of Reno, in Palomino, Nev. Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

Push to accelerate mustang captures draws fire in Congress

Dec. 12, 2019 1:59 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, whose high-desert state is home to about half the mustangs, also...

Large Southern California solar project gets green light

Dec. 11, 2019 10:48 AM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Officials have approved plans for a large solar energy facility in unincorporated desert communities of inland Southern California despite opposition from some residents. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday denied an appeal by opponents of the project on...

Protesters plan on gathering in Tucson to oppose border wall

Dec. 7, 2019 12:11 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters plan to gather in Tucson on Saturday in opposition of more border barriers that are being built in the southern Arizona desert. The protesters will include U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Tucson Democrat and opponent of President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Activists...

Some Nevada trees, plants to be stressed by climate warming

Nov. 29, 2019 11:35 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water officials have identified six species of trees and a dozen other plants commonly found in Las Vegas-area landscaping that could see extreme heat stress in 40 years as the climate warms. The Southern Nevada Water Authority warns that even some desert flora with cooling properties...