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A black helicopter swoops past a group of wild horses running across western Utah’s high desert. It’s mid-morning and already hot.

Lisa Reid, a public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, is watching the action while sitting on a blanket under an umbrella. The chopper swoops past the herd again, trying to move them towards a corral.

“The helicopter works like a sheepdog,” she says. “It works the horses from side to side, guiding them in the direction it wants them to go.”

A house-like structure on concrete stilts is propped out of a very small amount of water. There are many rings on the structure and a nearby sandy beach, which shows how high the water has been in the past. There is smoke in the air from California fires.
Courtesy of Nevada State Parks

Drought has drastically impacted water levels at the Lahontan State Recreation Area, and the effects are being felt by farmers, wildlife and recreationists.

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Here are the local morning news headlines for Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.

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Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

More than 200 of the world's leading climate scientists will begin meeting today to finalize a landmark report summarizing how Earth's climate has already changed, and what humans can expect for the rest of the century.

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Courtesy / Douglas County Library

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, July 16, 2021.

During years with average or above-average precipitation, both black and grizzly bears in the Mountain West are pretty good at finding food, whether that's insects, berries, or root-like plants. But those natural food sources are vulnerable to drought. It doesn't help that hot and dry conditions of historic levels are currently gripping the region.

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Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, July 9, 2021.

The Interior Department is asking Congress for $17.6 billion next year, about $2.5 billion more than this year.

An image of a fire in the forest
Courtesy / Eldorado National Forest

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Parts of the Mountain West are experiencing the worst drought conditions in more than a century, prompting the Biden administration to pledge a government-wide response to the crisis.

On Tuesday, administration officials testified during a virtual congressional hearing on the drought. They included Craig McLean, the acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

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Here are your local morning news headlines for Friday, May 28, 2021.

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David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your morning news headlines for Monday, May 17, 2021.

A color-coded map showing the drought severity throughout the U.S.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

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David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021.

An image of Lake Mead dried up.
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The entire state of Nevada is under some level of drought. Wildfire season is already underway and the Sierra just experienced the second consecutive dry winter.

In honor of Earth Day, Nevada Climatologist Steph McAfee shares the state of Nevada’s climate and where things are headed in this interview with KUNR's Morning Edition Host Noah Glick.

An image of Lake Mead
Kyle Simourd / CC BY 2.0

Here are the morning news headlines for Monday, Apr. 19, 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021.

Dry and cracked soil covering a large span of sparingly bushed landscape.
Famartin

Nevada had its driest year on record in 2020, according to the National Center for Environmental Information, and recent trends point to it continuing to get drier. Currently, all of Nevada is in drought, with over 72% of the state’s land experiencing “extreme drought conditions,” according to Drought.gov. Desert Research Institute Assistant Research Professor and Climatologist Dan McEvoy says our conditions in the summer months are dependent on the precipitation our area gets in the winter.

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Richie Bednarski / Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

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