Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Crowd turns out to pan Las Vegas water plan
A pipeline that could tap water from an arid basin straddling Utah and Nevada could be years away from reality — if it ever gets to that — but opposition remains strong in this rural area of ranchers and farmers. "The alternative I would like to see is no action," said Frank Paxton from neighboring Kanosh. "This pumping and pipeline project would have a huge impact on the rangelands of this basin that at this point I am emotionally involved with." Paxton was among a handful of residents who voiced concerns Thursday night at Delta High School's gymnasium during a public meeting hosted by the Bureau of Land Management over a groundwater project. A draft environmental impact statement was released by the federal agency earlier this summer and is going through the public input process for comments. The deadline for comments is Oct. 11. In a departure from what is usual, the federal agency did not approve or reject the pipeline plan or any alternative, saying a conclusion is impossible without knowing how much groundwater ultimately will be tapped. That remains to be determined by the Nevada State Engineer, who will convene hearings on water right applications in late September. Still, the agency was criticized by some for going through a process described as premature given the pending water rights issue and for evaluating impacts when locals say they already know the water withdrawals cannot be sustained...more