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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, August 18th
9:00am-1:00pm 4-H / FFA Exhibit Entries & Interview Judging - Blue Building
9:00am-3:00pm 4-H / FFA Livestock Entries Livestock Scales Area
2:00pm Showmanship Clinic Livestock Arena
3:00pm WPJLS Ultrasound - Livestock Area
Saturday, August 19th
8:00am Livestock Judging
Market and Open Class
10:30-11:30amCheet Grass Brass Band
11:30-12:30pmDoughnut Eating Contest
12:30-1:30pm Plowed Under Band
1:30-2:30pm Kids Games
3:00-5:00pm Plowed Under Band
Sunday, August 20th
9:30am 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale Livestock Arena
10:30-11:30amCheet Grass Brass Band
12:00pm-2:00pmPlowed Under Band
2:30pm-3:30pm Mrs. Viv's Dance Class
TBA - Pie Baking Contest and Bounce Houses
Opponents Make Case Against Eastern Nevada Water Pipeline
Las Vegas, NV – August 1, 2017 – On Monday, US District Court Judge Andrew Gordon heard arguments in a lawsuit seeking to block a proposal by the Southern Nevada Water Authority from building a 300-mile long pipeline to extract billions of gallons of groundwater from the eastern part of the state.
Attorney Simeon Herskovits represented a broad coalition of local governments and nonprofit groups in Nevada and Utah, including White Pine County and the Great Basin Water Network. Along with tribal governments and other environmental advocates, they sued the federal government in early 2014. Plaintiffs argue the Bureau of Land Management’s assessment of the environmental impact of the project lacked enough detail and improperly delayed studying certain effects from the proposal. They ask that permission to build the project across public land be revoked until the analysis is revised.
“The hearing shows once again the shell game that SNWA is playing to build the pipeline,” said Gary Perea, a White Pine County Commissioner. “They, along with the state and BLM, point fingers, make excuses, and cut corners while constantly working to move to the project forward.”
Over the course of about an hour and a half on Monday, pipeline opponents and representatives of the federal government and SNWA laid out their positions. After asking a series of questions to both sides, Judge Gordon anticipated making a ruling by the end of September, when Nevada’s State Engineer will again take up the issue of how much water to grant to SNWA. Previous decisions by the top water official were voided in state court for being insufficient.
“All of these agencies are trying to avoid making a detailed plan to avoid or mitigate the damage from this multibillion-dollar boondoggle until it’s already built,” Perea said. “Why? Because the costs to ratepayers and the affected plants, animals, and communities would be massive. If those things were all made clear up front, the choice would be clear: reject the plan outright.”
There is no specific timeline for when the pipeline project, estimated to cost at least $15 billion, would be built, nor a breakdown of how such an expenditure would be paid for. SNWA has already spent millions of dollars purchasing land, including active ranches in rural Nevada, and pursuing necessary approvals at both the state and federal levels since initially filing applications for water rights in the target valleys in 1989.
The proposed project faced a recent setback when water rights granted by the state were overturned in Nevada Court. After a lawsuit from similar groups, in2014 Senior District Judge Robert Estes ordered King to recalculate how much pumping should be allowed and develop detailed triggers for corrective action should large-scale withdrawals result in damage.
Great Basin Water Network is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working for sustainable water policies that protect the Great Basin’s watersheds for current and future residents – human, animal, and plant. GBWN is committed to bringing disparate communities together to preserve and protect the West’s environment, economies, communities, and cultures.
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White Pine County Horse Races Set to Run Again
by Lorraine Clark
The Annual White Pine Horse Races will be held August 18th through the 20th this year at the White Pine County Fair Grounds. This year there will be three days of racing.
Horse Races first began here in 1934, organized by local business owners. The Ely Elks Lodge took over the races in 1954 and continued the tradition until 1993. Improvements to the fairgrounds were made over the years with investments of nearly $250,000, including restrooms, a pari-mutual building, paddock, jockey room and several new horse barns.
After the state of Nevada set up money to assist in providing purses for the races, the Elks again took up the races in 2006. By 2010, an independent organization, The White Pine Horse Racers, had been formed and continue the racing tradition here in Ely.
This year the races will feature three days of racing thanks to increased sponsorship. Typically there are 140 to 150 horses competing, bringing in 2,000 to 3,000 attendees, horse owners, jockeys, grooms, and families.
Improvements have been made to the fairgrounds including the track, paddock, and stalls. Volunteers are an important part of running the races and are greatly appreciated for all their hard work. For more information about the races, call 775-289-8589.
696 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301775-289-4929
Caliente Teen Selects BLM
"Happenings" in WPC
Friday, August 11
White Pine Rodders Car Show
Thursday, August 17- 20
White Pine County Fair and Exhibits
Friday, August 18-19
White Pine Horse Races
Friday, August 18
EVFD & White Pine Cattlewomen's BBQ
CAMPING HUNTING FISHING
1500 Aultman St.
Ely, Nevada 89301
700 Ave I Ely, NV
BLM Seeks Public Comment on Egan and Johnson Basin Restoration Project
ELY, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is asking the public to review and provide comment on the Egan and Johnson Basin Restoration Project Preliminary Environmental Assessment. The 30-day public comment period concludes Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.
The Egan and Johnson Basin Restoration Project would reduce catastrophic wildfire risk and improve Greater Sage-grouse habitat within the Egan and Johnson basins, about five miles west of Cherry Creek, Nev., by treating up to 24,375 acres in 21 treatment units. Proposed treatments would include manual and mechanical thinning of pinion-juniper, treatment of invasive plant species, such as cheatgrass, and use of prescribed fire. The BLM would also manually thin pinion-juniper in specified areas outside the treatment units, but within the total 84,675-acre project area.
The Egan and Johnson Basin Restoration Project Preliminary Environmental Assessment is available at http://bit.ly/1T9Yesn. Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301, Attn: Katie Walsh or fax them to the office at (775) 289-1910. You may also submit comments electronically at email@example.com.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information, contact Katie Walsh, BLM Ely District natural resource specialist, at (775) 289-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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September 7 - 9 2017
Territorial Statehouse Park
A Festival to Celebrate and Promote the Arts and Living History