Amodei promotes his experience during campaign stop

WINNEMUCCA — The Republican candidate for Nevada’s Congressional District 2 Special Election was in town Tuesday (Aug. 9) to promote his campaign to local voters.  Mark Amodei outlined his background and promoted his strengths – to include his lengthy experience working with land-use issues and his legislative service.

A reception for Amodei was hosted by the Northern Nevada Republican Women (shown right with the candidate).

Tracy Guinn, president of the NNRW, explained the purpose of the organization was to promote Republican candidates, and they were pleased to stand by their principles in promoting Amodei, whom she called “A true, blue Republican.”

Although Amodei was the former chairman of the GOP and the president of the Nevada Mining Association, many of the event attendees acknowledged they didn’t know much about him.

When Sharon McAllister was asked what she knew about the candidate she replied, “Nothing.  I’m here to learn.”

The same was true for Candace Puls, who acknowledged her attention has been on the national news.

After spending considerable time speaking with the candidate, Puls said, “I think he’s very genuine, personable, and down-to-earth.”

She asked him about the possibility for future town hall, similar to those hosted over the telephone by other representatives, but Amodei said it was his preference to spend time in the district talking face-to-face with the constituents.

Puls said she found his willingness to attend get-togethers, like the one held Tuesday, admirable.

Resident Norla Draper, on the other hand, came with a message for the candidate.

She said, “What I want is a candidate who can go to Congress and vote in the interest of the people and not party affiliations.”

This was supported by the folks sitting with her.

She said she was tired of smear campaigns and commented, “All I want to know is what they’re going to do in Congress — not all that other stuff about other campaigns.”

Amodei stopped by Draper’s table and promoted his military service, in which he was with the Army JAG Corps, his years of experience as an attorney in which he worked on land-use issues, and his 12 years in the Nevada Legislature.

His platform includes the following:

  • Amodei has campaigned on a tax-fairness platform in which he pledges to 1) make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent, 2) support the abolishment of the estate tax, 3) retain the mortgage interest deduction on primary and secondary homes, and 4) reduce the marginal tax rates on individuals and small businesses (the marginal tax rate is – in essence — the additional money owed in taxes as incomes increase, which some believes discourages people from working harder and earning more money).
  • Further, Amodei supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
  • On the energy front, Amodei supports more US drilling (to include the Outer Continental Shelf and Arctic Coastal Plain in Alaska), more energy exploration in the US, and increased oil refinery capacity by rolling back certain EPA regulations currently in place that hinder the development of refineries.
  • Supports securing US borders as the first step in a comprehensive immigration policy.
  • On the national security front Amodei would place funding of US troops in the field as the top budgetary priority for the Pentagon; would focus defense spending on innovation and new technology.
  • A federal water policy that would, among other things, would require fair allocation of water from the Lower Colorado River.
  • Supports protection of 1872 Mining Law.

Amodei pointed out whoever is elected will only have 16 months to serve.  He promoted himself as the candidate who was most able to pick up quickly from where Dean Heller left off.

On hand to help promote his fellow legislator was Assemblyman Ira Hansen who said, “Mark will carry on the conservative pattern established by Dean Heller. They seem to be cut from the same cloth and they will be an excellent duo for our state.”

He concluded, “Mark will hit the ground running.”

BLM Announcement: Record of Decision for Ruby Pipeline released

The U. S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday, July 12, signed a Record of Decision (ROD) and Right-of-Way Grant (ROW) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, a proposed 678 mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of Federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminating near Malin, Oregon.  The BLM Nevada State Director, as the designated Federal official, signed the ROD and authorized the ROW for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of the pipeline and associated facilities across lands under jurisdiction of the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the four states.

The ROD is for the selected alternative for the Ruby Pipeline Project, and the ROW is for the route certificated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with the inclusion of the Newmont and Southern Langell Valley reroutes.

The FERC is responsible for authorizing interstate natural gas transmission facilities under the Natural Gas Act and was the lead Federal agency for the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released in January 2010 in compliance with the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act.  The BLM has the primary responsibility for issuing ROW grants and temporary use permits for natural gas pipelines across most Federal lands pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.  On April 5th, FERC issued its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Ruby Pipeline Project authorizing construction and operation of approximately 672.6 miles of 42-inch diameter mainline natural gas pipeline, approximately 2.6 miles of 42-inch diameter lateral pipeline, and related above ground facilities.

The BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Utah Public Lands Policy Coordination Office, and the Board of County Commissioners in Lincoln County, Wyoming, served as Cooperating Agencies in the preparation of the EIS.  The BLM decision is based on extensive environmental analyses; consideration of agency, tribal, and public comment; application of pertinent Federal laws and policies; and information contained in the Final EIS for project-related actions affecting the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands.

A copy of the ROD is available at affected Federal, state and local government agencies and interested parties.  It will be available on the Internet at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html and at the following Federal agency offices:
    BLM, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY
    BLM, Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT
    BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV
    BLM, Winnemucca Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV
    BLM, Lakeview Resource Area, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
    BLM, Klamath Falls Field Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR
    BLM, Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA
    Fremont-Winema National Forests, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT
    Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR

An electronic copy of the ROD is available on CD by request via e-mail at: blmruby@blm.gov or by mail to: Mark Mackiewicz, BLM National Project Manager, c/o125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501.  Questions concerning the ROD may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at the above address or by phone: 435-636-3616.