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Sustainable SITES to See

On a cool spring morning, landscape architect Chris Brown walks through George “Doc” Cavalliere Park in Scottsdale, Arizona, pointing out sustainable features of the 34-acre park. Native plantings dot the park, and several ancient mesquite trees were incorporated into its design. Read More

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Fire, From Afar

After a seven-hour journey, Rachael Sellars and I reached our hotel suite in Copper Mountain, Colorado. It was July 3, and we were there for Wanderlust—the annual mountaintop yoga/music/hula-hoop fest—she to teach, and I to assist her. It was late, and I was tired, but Rachael’s first class wasn’t until noon the next day, so I spent a while unwinding the way reporters do: I checked my Las Vegas newsfeed. With growing dismay, I read the first five Read More

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A Deep Trust

Since 2007, Boulder City resident Tony Taylor has regularly made the three-hour drive to Flagstaff to spend a few days volunteering for the Grand Canyon Trust. At the trust’s headquarters, Taylor, a retired Nellis Air Force Base employee and an avid hiker, hops on a van packed with other volunteers and group leaders and heads out to remote reaches of the Colorado Plateau. There, the group tackles projects ranging from eradicating invasive cheatgrass on ranch lands to planting native crops on a Navajo farm Read More

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The Future of Saving Our Future

The first thing you notice about the four-story building at the edge of Arizona State University’s main Tempe campus is what looks like a row of whirligigs perched along the roofline. Past the pale lemon and palo verde green walls of the breezeway, an elevator stands ready to whisk you upstairs. Inside, a sign explains it Read More

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The Beer Factor

Las Vegas is a town about to have two water parks and two observation wheels. It’s still up in the air whether or not we need a stadium (or two), but after what I witnessed in Denver recently, I’m convinced that what we really need are a few more bars. No, seriously! Bars, pubs, Read More

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The Beer Factor

Las Vegas is a town about to have two water parks and two observation wheels. It’s still up in the air whether or not we need a stadium (or two), but after what I witnessed in Denver recently, I’m convinced that what we really need are a few more bars. No, seriously! Bars, pubs, breweries, brewpubs. And, more importantly, we have to support them. That’s key, and here’s why: Right now, Las Vegas has about the same chance of ever prying the annual Great American Beer Festival from the death grip of beer-fanatical Denver as it does of hosting the Winter Read More

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Divided They Fall

In 1978, the good voters of California passed a ballot initiative called Proposition 13. The measure put strict limits on property tax increases and sparked the national tax revolt we’re still coming to terms with 34 years later. One of the toxic ripple effects of Prop 13 has been to steadily push the once-proud California public-school system into the dumps. California now ranks 43 in per-student education spending and consistently hovers near the bottom in Read More

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The Big Dump

This election cycle has brought much consternation and gnashing of teeth about tax loopholes. They’re top of mind and tip of the tongue for politicians, pundits and the public. In August, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brendan Greeley wrote that doing away with such loopholes was “an idea appealing in principle and toxic in practice.” Greeley Read More

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The Big Dump

This election cycle has brought much consternation and gnashing of teeth about tax loopholes. They’re top of mind and tip of the tongue for politicians, pundits and the public. In August, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brendan Greeley wrote that doing away with such loopholes was “an idea appealing in principle and toxic in Read More

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Seaside Revelry

Beyond HQ There is, of course, more to do than just party at Revel. It’s closest kin would be the Cosmopolitan, as it’s chock-full of interesting restaurant concepts and a booming, youthful vibe. My favorite eatery is Distrito Cantina, a taco truck by Iron Chef’s Jose Read More

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So Long, Starry Skies

A little more than 90,000 people visit Great Basin National Park each year. Compare that to Zion’s 2.8 million visitors and you begin to understand that Great Basin, nestled in Nevada’s White Pine County, is a sort of stealth park, an under-the-radar beauty. Maybe that’s why it’s a frequent target for really bad ideas. The latest is part of the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plan to pump tens of thousands of acre-feet of water per year from valleys in northeastern Nevada and bring it to Las Vegas via a massive pipeline that would cost upward of $3 Read More