"Newlands was a
mistake" -- Part II
|To this day, people in the Lahontan
Valley who have encountered him wonder why Disheroon, now
a U. S. Justice Department Solicitor assigned
specifically to the Newlands issue, seems to take the
matter of water right and land acquisition in the valley
so personally, almost as if he has a grudge against the
The whole answer may not be there, but it seems to begin with Disheroon trying to carry out the directions of Reid and, indirectly, the advice given to Reid by Tribal Attorney Robert Pelcyger.
Disheroon, however, wasn't the only federal bureaucrat on whom the Nevada Senator imposed his demands to remove farmers from the Newlands Project.
Whatever promises were made to the Pyramid Lake Tribe, however much it depended on a deal with Sierra Pacific Power Company and the Reno developers, Reid's basic political obligations were still in Las Vegas.
It was a Reno Republican, Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich, who carried Reid's barely-passed bill to President George Bush at virtually the last minute of the 101st Congress.
"Think about it," said a Fallon politician. "What choice did she have? Could she have risked her own
re-election by bucking
Reid on a complicated issue of principle?"
implementing Reid's 1990 'settlement' legislation, more
help for Del Webb was available.
aid to help Sierra
Pacific secure a "water quality" agreement that
amounted to nothing more than a "water
quantity" deal providing funds to purchase
downstream water rights from farmers along the Truckee
recover their losses
but begin to show a profit, especially from
"free" water spread as flood prevention onto
previously dry fields.
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