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Several regional agencies organize public trainings for the evacuation of forest fires, the preparation
By Gustave Sagrero

Several northern Nevada agencies are planning two public training sessions for residents on wildfire preparedness and evacuation. Partner organizations include fire and law enforcement agencies, as well as the University of Nevada, Reno’s Living with Fire program.

On June 7, there will be an event for Topaz Ranch Estates residents of Douglas County at the Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center. On June 16, there will be a session for the Spring Creek Community of Elko County at Spring Creek High School. Both events will discuss how to respond to evacuations in these areas. The organizers will also provide general guidance to community members living in other areas.

Home Secretary Haaland announces support for clean energy projects
By Yvette Fernández, Mountain West Press Office

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited Mountain West this week and announced plans to support clean energy projects. Climate change poses an existential threat to our environment, health and economic well-being, according to the secretary.

In Las Vegas, Haaland announced two new developments to aid renewable energy efforts. The first is a new policy to reduce rents and fees charged for wind and solar projects on public lands by 50% for existing and new projects.

“This will incentivize industry to partner in responsible solar and wind development and help encourage and inspire to invest and compete in the clean energy economy,” Haaland said.

A second development is the creation of five new Renewable Energy Coordination Offices to manage the growing number of requests from wind, solar and geothermal developers through the Office of Land Management.

Coordinating offices include a national office at BLM headquarters, state offices in Arizona, California and Nevada, and a regional office in Utah.

Western Nevada Development District Appoints New Executive Director
By Shelby Herbert

The Western Nevada Development District announced a new executive director named Christine Brandon. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, where she presided over the environmental cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

The Development District is a multi-county planning organization that facilitates economic development. The organization encompasses the cities of Reno, Fallon, Fernley, Carson City and Winnemucca. It also includes the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the University of Nevada Economic Development Center.

Brandon said his goals for his term include supporting programs focused on improving infrastructure, attracting new businesses and promoting economic resilience and vitality.

California details racist past in report on slave reparations
By The Associated Press

The reparations movement reached a turning point with the release of a comprehensive report detailing California’s role in perpetuating discrimination against African Americans. Wednesday’s report is a major step toward educating the public and setting the stage for a formal government apology and argument for financial reparations.

The 500-page document exposes the harms suffered by the descendants of slaves long after the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation creating the two-year task force in 2020, making California the only state to move forward with a study and plan. California is home to the fifth largest black population in the United States

Examination of BLM facility where 145 feral horses died reveals multiple violations
By Kaleb Roedel, Mountain West Press Office

This spring, 145 feral horses died of equine flu at a Mountain West detention facility, and a review found multiple violations of federal policy.

The review found that the Bureau of Land Management failed to vaccinate horses in a timely manner at its facility in Cañon City, Colorado. Many had not been vaccinated at all, despite having been there since last summer. The report, compiled by BLM officials, said the facility was significantly understaffed.

Scott Wilson of the American Wild Horse Campaign said the deaths should not be considered an isolated incident.

“You can’t keep piling wild horses into a broken system,” Wilson said. “Obviously they are safer in the wild. The BLM report somehow adds – in my assessment – ​​to the overcrowding of an inadequate system.

The agency plans to release another report soon to further explain why some horses were not vaccinated. The BLM holds approximately 58,000 wild horses across the west. About 64,000 are free-roaming — more than half in Nevada.