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Jan. 03, 2011

Is Nevada's agriculture department being targeted because of opposition to SNWA water grab?

Channel 8's I-Team in Las Vegas reported that "A weakened department rolled into another agency could remove powerful voices in opposition to the Southern Nevada Water Authority's plans for the water pipeline."

The head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Pat Mulroy, is on the "transition team" for the newly elected governor Sandoval. The new administration could be bowing to pressure from the powerful Clark County water czar to muzzle the state's Agriculture Department by forcing it into another state agency, eliminate its director, and ability to report directly to the governor.

It is especially curious since 14 of Nevada's 17 counties count on agriculture for a significant chunk of their revenue. Agriculture hasn't fallen off the cliff like the economy's of urban Clark and Washoe Counties which were so dependent on the failure of house building and casino expansion.

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