Home Office funds sagebrush conservation projects

Wolf Pack Announces New Sporting Director
By Shelby Herbert

The University of Nevada, Reno has announced Stephanie Rempe as its new athletic director. Rempe’s career in sports administration spans over 25 years. She has overseen athletic programs at several institutions, including the University of Arizona, Texas A&M and, most recently, Louisiana State University.

During his tenure, the LSU Athletic Department received national recognition for its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement. Rempe earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Arizona, where she played volleyball.

Rempe is set to replace Doug Knuth, who had served as UNR’s sporting director since 2013 and whose contract expired last month.

Department of the Interior Funds $9 Million in Western Sagebrush Conservation Projects
By Shelby Herbert

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the allocation of $9 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act of 2022 to support sagebrush ecosystem conservation projects in eight western states.

Funded projects aim to control invasive weeds and forest fires, reduce invasive conifers, save water resources and promote economic sustainability. Spanning over 175 million acres, the American sagebrush ecosystem is the largest type of contiguous habitat in the United States.

The ecosystem contains biological, cultural and economic resources of national significance. It is also home to over 350 species, including pronghorn, elk, mule deer and sage grouse. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, habitat degradation is the primary threat to sagebrush ecosystems — particularly destructive wildfires fueled by the encroachment of invasive plants.

Biden signs big pay raise for federal firefighters
By The Associated Press

President Joe Biden has agreed to give federal firefighters a big raise for the next two fiscal years. The move announced Tuesday affects more than 16,000 firefighters and comes as the West braces for a tough wildfire season.

Wage increases for federal firefighters were included in last year’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, but were delayed as administration officials studied recruiting and employment data. detention to decide where to deliver them. Agencies are allowed to increase the base salary of federal firefighters by $20,000 per year or 50% of their current base salary, whichever is less.

US Senate race promises to be a fight for nonpartisan voters
By The Associated Press

Nevada’s U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican challenger Adam Laxalt is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in the nation. The result in November could influence the balance of power in the Senate.

Experts say the race will hinge on the candidates’ respective ties to President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. Laxalt led unsuccessful legal challenges to overturn Nevada’s 2020 election results based on false allegations of fraud. Cortez Masto has often distanced herself from her party, and it’s not yet clear if she’ll ask for Biden’s help.

Democratic voters slightly outnumber Republicans in Nevada, but more than half a million nonpartisan voters in the state could swing the result either way.

Reno High grad, WCSD settles lawsuit over allegedly unreasonable research
By Joseph Davila IV

A Reno High graduate and the Washoe County School District have agreed to settle and dismiss a federal lawsuit alleging the district subjected the student to unreasonable body searches.

Lucas Gorelick and his family filed a lawsuit last month, alleging administrators and other students intimidated Gorelick with anonymous information reported through SafeVoice — the state’s hotline for school threats. According to Associated Press, Gorelick said his backpack and van were searched for weapons five times in two weeks after pranks were started. Gorelick said he was once bullied because of his Jewish heritage.

In the joint press release, the Gorelick family acknowledged that district administrators acted in good faith in responding to tips. The district also acknowledged that Gorelick was never a threat. Going forward, the district will work with law enforcement, SafeVoice, and the Nevada Department of Education to identify possible misuse of the hotline.

Jose Davila IV is a body member of Report for America, an initiative of Project GroundTruth.

Walker River Paiute Tribe Chairman Named to DOI Tribal Advisory Committee
By Shelby Herbert

Amber Torres, president of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, will join the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Department of the Interior. Torres is a tribal citizen of the Paiute tribe in Schurz, Nevada. She has served on the Walker River Tribal Council since 2010 and served as Tribal Chair since 2016.

She currently represents the tribes of Nevada through her services on the National Indian Health Board, the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and the Native Farm Bill Coalition.

The Interior Tribal Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from each of the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regions. It was formed to ensure tribal leaders will have a direct line of communication with ministry officials regarding funding and programs that affect Native American communities.

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