Nevada board OKs $8.1M in mining fee refunds
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Owners of small mining claims — and large mining operators — will receive a combined $8.1 million to reimburse them for mining fee increases that were adopted during a 2010 special session and repealed by Nevada lawmakers this year. The Board of Examiners, chaired by Gov. Brian Sandoval, approved the refunds during a meeting Tuesday in Carson City, with Secretary of State Ross Miller also voting in favor. Attorney Gene...
Dead birds found trapped in Nevada mine markers
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Plastic pipes used to mark mining claims across Nevada have become a death trap for the state's wild birds, which get stuck in the uncovered tubes and then slowly starve to death, according to state officials. The widespread deaths have prompted environmental activists to launch a campaign urging the public to remove the tubes upon sight. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Southern Nevada is also targeting the animal death ...