Reid Breathes Fear into Nevada BLM,
|When Larry Paulson went to the Las Vegas District Office of the Bureau of Land Management the first week in December, 1996, and asked to see the case file on Phase 1 of the Del Webb land-swap, he was told the appraisals on the land exchange were "confidential."|
| So, on December 8, the former
research professor and director of UNLV's Lake Mead
Limnological Research Center, wrote Nevada's senior U.S.
Senator, Harry Reid.
"Can they do that?" asked Paulson, who had visited the BLM office in his role as water consultant for the Nevada Seniors Coalition.
"It doesn't seem right that we can't find out what the property is worth," he wrote. "Is that the way the so called "Olympic" land swap that involves 3,800 acres and the "American Land Conservancy" deal for another 6,002 acres in the southwestern portion of the valley will be handled too?"
It is four weeks later now, and if Dr. Paulson has not yet heard from Senator Reid, it may be because Reid doesn't know quite what to say.
That's because, Electric Nevada has learned, Nevada's senior senator is himself a major source of in-state BLM officials' anxiety that nothing at all should interfere with the Del Webb land swap.
Reid is now, because of his ranking status on the U.S. Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the single most powerful Democrat in the Senate
when it comes to either
natural resource issues or power over the U.S. Department
of Interior -- of which the BLM is a part.
personal interest and
assist Del Webb in any way possible within the
committee (PAC) -- suddenly found occasion to gave Reid a
total of $40,000. And, that same year, according to
F.E.C. records, individual contributions from Del Webb
employees and lawyers to the Reid campaign came to a
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