Rural Nevada: Independent Spirit Alive and Well

Rural Nevada seems to be rebounding in most communities that were hit the hardest, and recovering in a very positive manner.

Nevada’s rural economies are microcosms of the state’s economy, each with its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. While the rest of the country experienced the economic downturn, several of Nevada’s northeastern rural counties barely even blinked. As the economy dove and gold prices rose, mining counties like Elko are just now catching their breath as… [More...]

Mining in Nevada: The State of the Industry

The state, and hence the future, of mining in Nevada may hinge less on what legislators and Nevadans think of Senate Joint Resolution 15 (SJR15).

The state, and hence the future, of Nevada’s mining industry may hinge less on what legislators and Nevadans think of Senate Joint Resolution 15 (SJR15), which would remove the mining industry’s 5% tax cap on net proceeds from the Nevada Constitution, and more on how they perceive the mining industry in general: a bunch of… [More...]

Mining in 21st Century Nevada

Flannel shirt, pickax, maybe a battered tin for separating out the gold ore. That’s one historical and most likely imaginary picture of mining in Nevada. Nope, not accurate. Mining in the 21st century is a highly technical field that utilizes computer modeling, satellites and GPS locations. “A lot of mining operations have very large remote… [More...]

Rural Nevada: Micro-Economies in a Macro State

While Nevada is one of the hardest hit states and still battling its way back from the recent great recession, the Nevada economy is made up of micro-economies.  The state as a whole saw 13.2 percent unemployment in March, but the rate varies by county.  At first glance, it might be assumed that Nevada’s rural… [More...]