RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lingering drought is taking a toll on wildlife across northern Nevada, shrinking deer herds on the high desert and drying up fisheries in the valleys. State wildlife officials say the third consecutive year of drought could result in the loss of some fisheries by the end of the summer. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the drought is already pushing rodents and snakes into urban neighborhoods in the Reno-Sparks area.
MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. (AP) — Fire prevention advocates, area residents and Clark County officials are marking the one-year anniversary of the start of a massive wildfire on Mt. Charleston. The lightning-sparked burned for more than three weeks last July, forcing evacuations of hamlet homes and charring more than 43.5 square miles while more than 1,300 firefighters battled to contain it about 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A chain of casinos in northern Nevada is getting into the online gambling business. Peppermill Resorts launched the new online poker partnership today with Las Vegas-based Ultimate Poker. Peppermill officials say players can make deposits at their flagship casino in Reno at the Western Village in Sparks, and three hotel-casinos in Wendover on Interstate 80 along the Utah line.
MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are planning an autopsy on human bones that an inmate work crew found in a remote, wooded area east of Spooner Lake. Douglas County sheriff's officials launched a death investigation after remains were found in the Kings Canyon area north of Highway 50, near the top of Spooner Summit.