Volume 6, Number 4 April,
Silver State's Story
The U.S. Forest Service Tries
to Rewrite History
by Steve Miller
It was the
story of Nevada all over the state
or at least so we thought. Whether Virginia
City, or Austin, or Aurora, or Midas, local history usually started more or less the same
The prospector saw some
sparkle, located a ledge, and recorded his claim. And then, when the news leaked out, from
all over the Pacific slope lots of other folks rushed in, feverish with dreams of wealth,
wanting to try their luck, too.
They were Irishmen pushing wheelbarrows, bratwurst-frying mining
experts from Baden-Wurttemberg, painted Jezebels from older, played-out mining camps, and
lawyers following their nostrils toward the scent of lucrative litigation.
There were pick-ax laborers, Frisco capitalists rumbling in on the
fastest stage, scuzzy journalists, andsooner or later, if the ore lastedfolks
setting up ranches and truck farms to supply the boomtown with hay for the horses and food
for the folks.
That, time and again, is the Silver State Story as recounted in
old newspapers, history books and, indeed, movies. It is not the Nevada story as
the U.S. Forest Service has been seeking to recast it, especially in documents the agency
has been quietly filing since at least the mid-1980s. [more]
Wayne Hage's War
How the Monitor Valley Adjudication Came to Be
by Diane Alden
The problem and the scary
thing is the lack of understanding of the American people as a whole, notes rancher Wayne
Hage: " I look at my country today and say if they just understood it ... our
grandparents understood ... that if the government takes, they have to pay."
Hages heartfelt belief is that if the American people
understood what has happened to him over the last 20 years at the hands of the federal
government they would be outraged. [more]
Should Know About
Western Water Law
The "ins," "outs" and unexpected wrinkles of an especially arcane
area of law are explained by water rights specialist Carl Haas.
Go for the Social Security
'Opt Out' Resolution?
Paul Farago of the Cascade Policy Institute explains Oregon's
plan to bid farewell to Uncle Sam's antiquated Social Security retirement
plan. [the article]
Feed Me! Feed Me!
Concerned citizen and political activist Lois Gross
relates the full story behind Clark County's expensive voting machine fiasco. [the article]
Politicians Battle to
Prove Congress Cant Be Trusted
Citizen Alerts "Mobile Chernobyl" show wasnt much of a crowd
generator when it came through Elko last month. The official count at the rally around the
"mock nuclear waste cask" parked at Great Basin College was "a few
students." .... [more]
Crime and Punishment
The United States prison and jail
population grew by another six percent last year, from an estimated 1.6 million inmates as
of June 30, 1996 to 1.7 million as of June 30, 1997. As measured and reported annually by
the Bureau of Justice Statistics, last years jump was slightly smaller than the
increases recorded in the immediately preceding years, but none-the-less gave the United
States the distinction of having one of every 155 U.S. residents behind bars. .... [more]
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