KUNR Right this moment: New legislation takes intention at gender pay hole in Nevada, Tenting on public lands surging

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Here are the local headlines for the morning of Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.

Hear the headlines on the morning news for Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Nevada’s new law aims to bridge the gender pay gap
By Bert Johnson

Nevada women earn less than 80% of what their male counterparts take home. That is less than the national average, but a change could come soon.

The US gender wage gap has remained around 82% for the past decade, but Sarah Purdy, a senior lecturer in the Department of Gender, Race and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno, said it doesn’t have to be this way.

“The states that do it best, [that] have the smallest loopholes, have the strongest legislation, so there is definitely a correlation, ”Purdy said.

A new law in Nevada that went into effect earlier this month aims to change that. In the last legislative period, the legislature voted to forbid employers from asking about an applicant’s salary history. The law was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, a Democrat. She said it was specifically designed to narrow the gender pay gap.

Ammon Bundy: Report on under-counted members of the far-right group
From The Associated Press

The founder of a far-right anti-government group says a report estimating the organization’s rapid growth over the past year was underestimated by half. Ammon Bundy challenged the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights report, saying the People’s Rights group was actually much larger and more of a network than an organization.

The report released last week found the organization grew about 53% to more than 33,000 members over the past year, expanding rapidly nationwide, and penetrating Canada. Bundy says the report is inaccurate and People’s Rights now has more than 62,000 members. The organization has mainly focused on addressing public health restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Public camping in the countryside is becoming increasingly popular
By Nate Hegyi, Mountain West News Bureau

Camping on public land in the west has skyrocketed over the past six years. This emerges from a new report by the non-profit nature conservation center for western priorities.

During the main season last year, 57% of all campsites that could be reserved in the federal state in the west were occupied. That is an increase of almost 20 percentage points compared to 2014. The pandemic led to a high turnout last year, but those numbers rose even before that.

Tyler McIntosh is the lead author of the report. He said the data suggests Americans have a better appreciation for the outdoors, but at the same time, more people camping on public land may come with some downsides.

“There can certainly be a negative impact on the landscape, whether it be in terms of garbage or the way they leave a footprint,” said McIntosh.

Montana, Idaho, and Colorado were among the nation’s most popular states for campers in 2020, but Utah and Wyoming have seen some of the biggest increases in camping usage since 2014. In Nevada, the occupancy rate on reservable campsites increased from 35% in 2014 to 44% in 2020 during the summer season.

The Washoe School Board Trustees encounter the decision of no confidence for Trustee Jeff Church
From KUNR employees

The Washoe County School Committee ended the special session Monday night without a decision on whether or not to blame Trustee Jeff Church. KOLO reports that the trustees voted 4-2 to continue talks at a future meeting.

Church is accused of violating several board of directors policies, including promoting lawsuits against the school board and promoting misinformation. Church said Monday that other trustees also disagreed with the board but were not reprimanded.

Study: Humans influenced the atmosphere centuries before industrialization
From Noah Glick

Human activity has resulted in several changes in the Earth’s climate, mostly through fossil fuel emissions, but a new study shows that humans actually changed the planet’s atmosphere hundreds of years ago.

In 1300, people made their way to the island nation of New Zealand and began burning large swaths of land, releasing black carbon – or soot – into the atmosphere. Scientists have now found evidence of this black carbon in Antarctic ice cores.

That’s according to a study published this month in the journal Nature. Joe McConnell is a research professor at the Desert Research Institute and the lead author of the study.

“Before that there weren’t any people. Then people came and brought fire, and so they brought fire into a landscape where there was no natural fire before,” said McConnell.

McConnell added that these types of historical studies are key in helping scientists create more predictive and accurate climate models.

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