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Off-road vehicle drivers are trying to re-open the disputed Jarbidge road.

Read about how the Jarbidge ‘shovel brigade’ fought to open a washed-out jeep track to an outhouse and trailhead using a bogus RS 2477 claim--and got help from the Bush administration to do it.

Read about the Shovel Brigade's radio ads accusing Forest Service personnel of being "armed and dangerous."

Read a fact sheet about the notorious battle between Elko County, Nevada, and the federal government over the Jarbidge Road. Rebuilding the road--which the county has tried to do, illegally, would seriously harm protected trout.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), opening his reelection campaign, has offered to try to mediate the dispute over the Jarbidge Road. Read an account from the Elko Daily Free Press of May 28, 2004.

On June 23, 2004, the Fish and Wildlife Service complicated matters somewhat by recommending that 131 miles of the Jarbidge River be designated critical habitat for the bull trout. Read an Associated Press story from  the Reno Gazette Journal.

In the spring and early summer of 2005, the Forest Service reconsidered the issues and decided that it would leave 1.5 miles of the road open in a "primitive state" and close the last .4 miles. Elko County is considering challenging this decision in court. Read an article from the July 5, 2005, Elko Daily Free Press and another from the Magic Valley Times/News.

In March 2006 there was a five-day court hearing trying to determine whether the Jarbidge road existed before the area was added to the Humboldt National Forest. Read an account from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In late September the judge approved the Jarbidge settlement, by dividing the baby. Public-lands defenders were not happy. Read an account.

In September 2006, the US District Court for the District of Nevada reinstated the settlement between Elko and the United States. The Wilderness Society and Great Old Broads for Wilderness have appealed that ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Elko has moved to dismiss the appeal. If Elko's motion is denied, written briefing on the merits of the appeal will be filed in the spring of 2007.

Recently! The Nye County Commission won't get involved in R.S. 2477 over private property. Read a September 21, 2007 Pahrump Valley Times article.

More Nevada News! Read an August 31, 2007 article from the Pahrump Valley Times about a developer and RS 2477 near Death Valley.

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