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Steve Pearce

Nevada critics lose again in grouse fight; July trial looms

A federal judge has rejected a rural Nevada water district's latest attempt to expedite construction of a storage tank in greater sage grouse habitat near the Utah line in a legal battle now expected to drag into the summer.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du denied this week the final part of a request for a preliminary injunction that White Pine County officials say is necessary to set aside federal regulations protecting the bird so the town of Baker can replace a leaking water tank near Great Basin National Park.

The court battle in Reno hasn't received the same attention as the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in neighboring Oregon where a group of armed men say...