Rural areas question Las Vegas water grab

The Clark County Commission, Las Vegas Valley Water Authority, Clark County Water Reclamation District and the Big Bend Water District are set to vote today on resolutions to support the Southern Nevada Water Authority's plan to sink $2 billion into a system of pipelines purported to meet Las Vegas' water needs.

At hearings yesterday the several local groups and rural residents spoke against the proposition. "There is not enough research to support what they are trying to do," Ann Brauer, chairperson of the Indian Springs Town Board told the hearing.

Earlier this month Las Vegas councilman Gary Reese was the lone "no" vote when the Las Vegas council voted to support the water grab.

None of the political entities in or around Las Vegas has yet explained what they will do after this water grab fails to supply the needs of the valley. At some point perhaps they will begin to consider the necessary limits on growth the the middle of the desert.

Las Vegas developer applies for Sandy Valley water rights

A Las Vegas development company, JV Properties, LLC, made application to the state of Nevada for 3620 acre feet of water a year in Sandy Valley. JV Properties, LLC has been involved in developing several properties in Clark County including the Mountain's Edge community in the vicinity of Blue Diamond and Buffalo in Las Vegas.

Read more for the complete application.

APPLICATION TO APPRORIATE WATER NO. 72909 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that on the 7th day of June 2005 JV Properties, LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada made application to the State Engineer of Nevada for permission to appropriate 5.0 c.f.s. of the public waters of the State of Nevada. Diversion is to be made from an underground source at a point located within the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Section 14, T25S, R57E, MDM or at a point from which the SW corner of said Section 14 bears S 30° 53' W, a distance of 5616 feet (approx. 3 1/2 miles SE of Sandy, NV). Water will be used for municipal purposes from January 1st to December 31st of each year. Hugh Ricci, P.E. State Engineer PUB: Aug. 11,18,25 Sept. 1, 2005 LV Review-Journal

Accessory apartments for Clark County?

The Clark County Commission will consider a change to the county's land-use code, Title 30, allowing accessory apartments in several single-family residential areas. Accessory apartments would be limited to 30% of the square footage of the main residence and in the urban and suburban areas could not exceed 1000 sq. ft. In rural areas the maximum size, also limited to 30% of the main residence, is 2000 sq. ft.

In rural areas the accessory apartment can be the building that was originally the primary residence but the accessory apartment cannot be rented or leased until the principal residence is occupied by the property owner. A condition of the accessory apartment proposal would require that the property owner occupy either the primary residence or accessory apartment and that a deed restriction be placed on the deed listing and acknowledging the conditions of the accessory apartment provision.

House increses spending in Indian Springs, Nevada

$60 million could be headed to Indian Springs, Nev., after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (PDF). The bill provides $84 million for construction and land acquisition in Nevada, including over $60 million for construction at Indian Springs Auxiliary Air Field where the Predator program is based.

Google Satellite Maps and American History

It seems that Apple once was forced to remove references to Groom Lake from its products. I wonder if Google will have to do the same with this map. Google has done a great job of adding satellite images to their mapping product. I wonder what the aliens will do now that their once secret landing spot is so readily visible? :-)

Don Park has another use for Google Maps, picking out bicycle routes.

Update: Some truly amazing images can be seen in looking at the history in this view of the history of atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site. Subsidence craters from many of the hundreds of underground nuclear tests conducted by the United States and United Kingdom are visible.

Nevada political happenings

The Committee to regulate and control marijuana is unhappy with Nevada Assembly Speaker Richard Perkins' comments at the opening of the 2005 session of the Nevada Legislature.

Meanwhile on the National scene The Red State Rebel takes issue with the GOP's anti-Harry Reid memo from earlier this week. Among other things the memo labels Reid's efforts to block conservative judicial appointments as blocking a Republican "talkathon," on delaying tactics.


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