Amargosa Valley, NV

Beatty solar project raises questions

Things got uncharacteristically heated, or at least moderately warm, at the Beatty Town Advisory Board’s May 9 meeting as Board Chair Erika Gerling clashed with resident Teresa Sullivan over the workings of the board’s solar project committee. Sullivan criticized what she saw as the closed nature of the...

Beatty residents say NextEra project will ruin scenic views

Beatty resident Ann Marchand was moved to tears during a workshop with NextEra Energy April 23 as she spoke of Beatty’s history as a gateway to Death Valley and the impact the company’s proposed Beatty Energy Center project might have on the town’s tourism economy. She said...

Beatty Hornets get first win of the season

The Beatty High School baseball team won their first game of the season in a 14-2 victory over the Adelson School on Thursday, March 31. Both teams entered the doubleheader without a win on their record. Adelson was 0-3 on the season and Beatty was 0-4 to begin their season.

EDITORIAL: Nye County secrecy shows transparency law needs teeth

When government officials refuse to hand over public records, they’re typically trying to hide misconduct or embarrassing information. Just look at Nye County. The Review-Journal’s Art Kane recently dug into a tragic car crash north of Beatty near Scotty’s Junction that occurred a year ago. A family from Idaho was driving south when Tyler Kennedy, who was impaired, slammed his northbound truck into their SUV. Kennedy killed three people, including one child. Two other children in the car were injured.

Expect lane closures on U.S. 95 between Beatty and Amargosa Valley

State road crews will begin resurfacing a 28-mile stretch of U.S. 95 beginning April 11 from south of Beatty to south Amargosa Valley just past the junction of Highway 373, according to Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials. Work will include widening the northbound and southbound lanes of the road,...

Mega solar company NextEra Energy Inc. eyes Beatty for project

NextEra Energy representative Matt Morris came before the Beatty Town Advisory Board Monday seeking a workshop to discuss the company’s solar energy plans for the area. He joked that he was “taking my life in my hands.”. Most people in the audience were not in favor of a...

Poker run proceeds will help rebuild Short Branch Saloon

Nye County motorcyclists and motorists raced about 100 miles across the region on Saturday for a “poker run” to raise money to reopen an iconic saloon. A network of Western-themed bars in Pahrump and Amargosa Valley banded together this weekend to help fund the reconstruction of Miss Kathy’s Short Branch Saloon in Crystal, which suffered damage from a fire on Jan. 16.

Amargosa from above: why water conservation is crucial in these desert lands

Embedded in the Amargosa Desert lies a segment of the 185-mile long Amargosa River that is split between Nevada and California. The river starts north of Beatty then flows south through the town to Ash Meadows and crosses over to strike the small villages of Shoshone and Tecopa, California, before wrapping its way into Death Valley.

Solar boom casts shadow on Death Valley National Park

Solar energy developers are eyeing thousands of acres of federal lands inside a rural Nevada county to house more than a dozen commercial-scale projects capable of powering millions of homes across the West. But the onslaught of project applications, all filed in the last 14 months, has sparked fears among...

Beatty officials: Greenlink West an inconvenient problem

Kevin Emmerich came before the Beatty Town Advisory Committee at its Monday meeting, asking that they consider writing a letter to the Bureau of Land Management in opposition to one of the alternative routes being considered for the Greenlink West transmission line. The 525-kilo-volt power line from near Las Vegas...

Beatty Senior Center ‘self-sufficient’ in first year as nonprofit

The Beatty Town Advisory Board expressed appreciation and admiration on Monday for the accomplishments of Beatty Seniors Inc. and for David Spicer’s efforts to help develop Beatty into an outdoor recreation destination. The board backed up their sentiments by providing funding to the causes. Patti Butler reported that Beatty...

The Gateway to Death Valley Is Lined with Ghost Towns, Saloons, and Dunes

Just under two hours northwest of Las Vegas, Beatty, Nevada, sprung to life in 1904 when gold was discovered about 8 miles down the road in what would later become Death Valley National Park. But as boomtown stories go, the glory was fleeting: what looked like a golden opportunity quickly turned into one of the shortest-lived (albeit biggest) gold rushes in the area.

Beatty resists proposed solar project

When Devon Muto, from EDF Renewables gave a presentation at the Beatty Town Advisory Board’s Jan. 31 meeting about his company’s plans for a utility-scale solar project near Beatty, he had about as much success in winning over the board members and most of the audience as Nancy Pelosi at a Trump rally.

Getting to Know: Cristel Lopez

From the biggest city in Arizona, to an unincorporated town in Nevada, Beatty High School senior Cristel Lopez has lived on both ends of the population spectrum. Lopez was born in Phoenix and lived there for the early stages of her life. When Lopez was eight, her family relocated to Amargosa Valley to be closer to other family members.