NV drops opposition to Anaconda superfund status: How could anyone oppose this?

Nevada is dropping its long-held opposition to having a World War II-era copper mine added to the priority list of the nation’s most polluted Superfund sites, Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sandoval said he was reluctantly agreeing with the agency’s latest proposal, which would make $31 million available to help clean up the abandoned Anaconda mine.

Sandoval told the EPA in recent months he wasn’t yet willing to support the listing because of continued resistance from some local businesses and community leaders.

WTF is that all about?

Source: Las Vegas Sun News

Elon Musk and and Warren Buffett fight to see who can screw Nevadans more

In an effort to lobby Nevada lawmakers for the development of solar energy following the Public Utilities Commission’s decision to slash net metering, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive organized an event Wednesday night at the Gigafactory for Nevada politicians and top government officials.

Tesla and SolarCity executives held presentations meant to be “forward-looking and educational” and the whole event also included a tour of the Gigafactory.

Last December, the change in net metering rules imposed a 75% reduction of the price electric utilities pay for electricity generated from rooftop solar. SolarCity and several other solar installers have since stopped their rooftop solar installations in the state.

The situation was framed has a battle of billionaires with Elon Musk, Chairman and largest SolarCity shareholder, on one side and Warren Buffett, his Berkshire Hathaway’s energy group owns Nevada’s largest public utility NV Energy, which lobbied for the change in net metering, on the other side.

Source: Electrek

Obviously Morse Arberry Jr.’s word means nothing…he’s just a crook

Yup…he’s pretty much just a crook…

Morse Arberry Jr. never made good on the $121,545 he promised to pay back in 2011 after illegally funneling campaign contributions from a Nevada Assembly run into his personal bank account.

The North Las Vegas Democrat struck a deal in October 2011, pleading to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent appropriation of property. In exchange, six felony charges were dropped and he avoided jail.

As part of the deal, Arberry agreed to pay the state the same amount as restitution, plus a $1,000 fine.

The disgraced former assemblyman is again running for public office. Last week he filed as a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 4th Congressional District. The seat is held by U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nev., who is seeking a second term.

Public records show that more than four years since the plea deal, Arberry still owes $120,345, plus a $2,406.90 fee because the debt is past-due.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bundy to appear in federal court

The Nevada rancher at the center of a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents was due to appear on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, seeking to be released from custody ahead of his trial on conspiracy and other felony charges.

Cliven Bundy, 69, has been jailed since his arrest on Feb. 10 at the Portland International Airport after arriving there on his way to show support for anti-government militants who had taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.

Bundy and two of his sons, Ammon and Ryan, who were indicted in connection with leading the Oregon occupation and also face charges with their father in the Nevada standoff, have become popular figures for groups challenging federal control over vast stretches of public land in the West.

Prosecutors have said the elder Bundy trespassed on federal lands for over 20 years, refusing to secure the necessary permits or pay the required fees the government charges ranchers to let their cattle graze on U.S.-owned public property.

Source: Reuters

Eeeeewwww! FBI nails Las Vegas Strip illusionist Jan Rouven on child pornography charge

Strip illusionist Jan Rouven has been arrested by FBI agents on a felony child pornography charge.

The German-born Rouven, star of the “The New Illusions” show at the Tropicana, was charged under his full name, Jan Rouven Fuechtener, with one count of receipt or distribution of child pornography.

After a detention hearing Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen ordered him held without bail on grounds he posed a danger to the community (no kidding!!!) and is a flight risk because of family ties in Germany.

Leen said graphic images of child pornography involving “very young children” were found at his Las Vegas home during a court-approved FBI search.

Awful! Nice work FBI.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

It’s looking more and more like #Chumlee is a gun runner and drug dealer

The arrest report for Austin Lee Russell, who is also known as “Chumlee” on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars,” reveals that detectives found multiple guns, methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax in his home.

Many of the items police recovered are commonly found with persons who package and sell controlled substances, i.e. plastic baggies and digital scales.

Russell was arrested and booked into Clark County Detention Center after his arrest. A blood sample was also taken from Russell after his arrest.

Source: 13 Action News