Year: 2012

Guest blog from the Comstock Resident Association

We first told you about Comstrock residents battle with mining corporations who want to drag their gargantuan hauling trucks through their town with impunity (roads, environment and the residents ears be damned) a few months ago, and the battle continues. Here is guest blog  from Robert Elston of the Comstock Resident Association describing the complicated battle residents are waging to protect their rural town from the mining industry:   The good news is that Comstock Mining Inc. (CMI) and Storey County, Nevada, have lost the first battle of their effort to stop legal action against them initiated by the Comstock Residents Association (CRA).  The story is a little complicated, so bear with me.   Recall that Comstock Mining Inc. (CMI) decided not to apply for a haul road permit to cross Federal (BLM) land from the Lucerne Pit, apparently because they realized doing so would trigger an environmental study. Instead, they started using it anyway, claiming they owned the land. This resulted in a BLM cease & desist order.   To avoid another costly slow-down, CMI requested that Storey County not enforce Condition 5 of CMI’s existing special use permit (SUP) regulating the open pit mine in Gold Hill, which prohibits running heavy ore-haul trucks on State Highway 342, the only paved road that connects residents of the area to Virginia City & Carson City. Condition 5 has been part of the SUP (SUP 2000-222-A)...

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Voting, foreclosures, mining and more, Howard on The Agenda

The Agenda had our field director Howard Watts III on their show to talk about Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s visual verification bill, banks pushing back against foreclosure reform, mining taxes and his receipt of the Mario Savio Young Activist Award.     Nevada’s top politico Jon Ralston blogged about Howard’s appearance and Secretary Miller’s new bill, also giving a shout out to our State Director Bob Fulkerson’s Reno Gazette Journal OpEd on the issue. What do you think? Will visual verification lead us down the path to modernization and stronger, safer and more honest elections, or are we headed down the path toward voter ID requirements and voter suppression? Leave us a comment below....

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The Truth About the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

The following is a guest blog from Southern Nevada small business owner Shaundell Newsome: Yesterday, I was on a call with the White House staff and the US Black Chamber of Commerce to discuss this “Fiscal Cliff” and negotiations between Congressional Leaders and President Barack Obama.  The Chamber has its opinion.  The President has his ideas.  Congress has its platform.  Shaundell Newsome tells the truth. The following views expressed are those of Shaundell Newsome; not Sumnu Marketing or any other groups that he’s affiliated with. When I was a teenager I worked at a grocery store stocking shelves and bagging groceries in Brooklyn, New York.  I was elated because I would be earning some extra money for school lunch and my activities as a youth.  Payday could not come fast enough.  However, when I received my paycheck the elation was deflated instantly.  Where is my money?  Who is FICA, FED and the other letters sharing in my compensation for hard work?  I rushed home to complain to my dad.  He told me “Son, you are always going to have to pay your fair share of taxes.  That’s the way life is.” Later in life I would join the United States Air Force and get an understanding of what our tax dollars did for the country.  Today as a small business owner, I pay taxes in many ways.  I am just as deflated at times similar to...

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