MARTIN GRIFFITH
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December 29, 2012
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Conservationists praise NV wilderness proposal

RENO - Conservationists are hailing compromise legislation to revive copper mining and create a 48,000 federal wilderness area in an economically ailing rural northern Nevada county.

U.S. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., last week introduced a bill to transfer to the city of Yerington 19 square miles of federal land near Pumpkin Hollow, a copper mine being developed by Nevada Copper.

In August, Reid said he'd support transferring the land to Yerington at fair-market value if the deal included creating a wilderness area in the region. Earlier this month, Lyon County commissioners signed off on plans for …

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