Watch it Here: Tim Dyhr on Nevada Newsmakers to Talk About the Bill Signed Into Law Earlier This Year

In case you missed it, Nevada Copper’s Tim Dyhr appeared on Nevada Newsmakers yesterday, January 13th to talk about Nevada Copper and the Lands Bill that was passed in Congress and signed by the president earlier this year. Watch below or click here to visit the Nevada Newsmakers website.

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Host: Sam Shad
Co-Host: Paul Enos, CEO, Nevada Trucking Association
Guests: Tim Dyhr, VP Environment & External Relations, Nevada Copper Corp.
Pundits: James Smack, Former Nevada Republican National Committeeman
Tray Abney, Director of Government Relations, The Chamber
Chip Evans, General Manager, America Matters Media

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Mayor George Dini on Nevada Newsmakers to Talk about the Economic Turnaround Expected for Northern Nevada

In case you missed it, Mayor George Dini appeared on Nevada Newsmakers to talk about the economic turnaround expected to happen in Northern Nevada as a result of the Lands and Jobs Bill that passed earlier this year. The bill will jumpstart Nevada Copper providing much needed jobs in Lyon County and across the state. Here, Reno Gazette Journal’s Ray Hagar, asks Mayor George Dini about Nevada Copper, the reclamation plans and the Lands Bill.

Reno Gazette Journal Ray Hagar interviews Mayor George Dini:

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To view this on the Nevada Newsmakers website, click here.

To go straight to Mayor George Dini’s interview, skip to minute: 2:49

Tune in tomorrow to see Nevada Copper’s Tim Dyhr or see it here on our blog.


Source: http://www.nevadanewsmakers.com/video/default.asp?showID=2042

 

Passage of the Land Bills hits #2 Top Story for 2014 – A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!

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Reno Gazette Journal’s Ray Hagar, ranked passage of Nevada’s Land Bill his number two top story in 2014. To see the full article visit Reno Gazette Journal or click here. The Nevada Lands Bill #2 highlight from the story is below.


Nevada Copper ends this year with a jump start for 2015!

2. Massive Nevada land bills pass Congress: A collection of eight land bills that transfers 130,000 acres of federal land in Nevada to local control passed Congress after languishing in Washington for more than five years. A main part of this bill will transfer 10,400 acres of BLM land near Yerington to local control. It will jump-start Nevada Copper’s open-pit copper mining, leading to the creation of more than 3,000 direct and ancillary jobs in Northern Nevada. These bills probably would have never passed the U.S. Senate but Reid and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., tied them to the Department of Defense appropriations bill. Copper, it was argued, is the second most-used metal in defense projects and Yerington is sitting on a ton of it. Plus the land transfers aids expansions of Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and the Naval Air Station near Fallon.

Read the full story here.


 

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http://www.rgj.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/23/red-wave-tops-nevada-politics/20839915/

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Obama Signs the NDAA – Copper Projects Will Now Advance

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President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Dec. 19th, 2014. The NDAA includes additional provisions that contain the largest public lands package since 2009.

The provision will direct the sale of 10,400 acres of land from the federal government to the City of Yerington.  The land purchase will help the Pumpkin Hollow Copper Project realize its potential and bring high-paying jobs to Lyon County.

Click the link directly below to read an article from Dorothy Kosich at MineWeb which states that two copper projects will benefit from the provisions in the bill.


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Two copper projects in Arizona and Nevada will now advance to the next stage as the National Defense Authorization Act has now become law.

Article Source: http://www.mineweb.com/obama-signs-mining-land-swap-measures-law/

 

Nevada Copper Press Release – President Signs National Defense Authorization Act That Includes The Yerington Land Transfer

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December 22, 2014
President Signs National Defense Authorization Act That Includes The Yerington Land Transfer


December 22, 2014 – Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company”) is extremely pleased to announce that on December 19, 2014 United States President Barack Obama signed into law the Congressional bill authorizing the conveyance of Federal land to the City of Yerington within 180 days.Section 3009 of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), the bill signed by President Obama, directs the sale of 10,400 acres of land from the federal government to the City of Yerington (“Yerington” or “City”). This section of the NDAA is entitled the “Land Conveyance to Yerington, Nevada”. The Company will work with the BLM, consultants and others to ensure the land conveyance is completed before June 17, 2015 within the 180 day period provided for in the law.

Giulio T. Bonifacio, President and CEO, stated: “The land transfer is now law. Nevada Copper has already begun to advance the much larger Stage 2 open pit project on an accelerated basis. In anticipation of enactment, the Company had already initiated preparation of an updated and optimized Stage 2 feasibility study, finalization of State permits and preparation of the development agreement with the City. Since 2008, the Company has a proven track record of getting necessary approvals and permits in a timely fashion, having received them for the advanced exploration shaft and Stage 1 underground mine.”

Pumpkin Hollow Project — A Clear Path to Production

Pumpkin Hollow has overwhelming support from the community, Yerington, Lyon County and the State of Nevada. Environmental baseline studies have been conducted and there are no land use conflicts, endangered or threatened species, critical wildlife habitat, sage grouse, nesting golden eagles, surface waters, groundwater conflicts with adjacent agricultural areas, cultural resources, Native American sites, wilderness areas near the project, or other issues that could delay development of the project. The Company has a water service agreement with the City sufficient to supply both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the project and will complete the land use development agreement for both mine and adjacent commercial and industrial development with the City within six (6) months. The key permit from the State of Nevada, the Water Pollution Control Permit, has been received for both the underground and open pit stages of the project. The other two key permits, the reclamation and air quality permits have been issued for the Stage 1 underground and only require modification to include the Stage 2 open pit facilities. Once the project is located within the City, the project will be governed by the development agreement with the City and there will be no further need for a Lyon County Special Use Permit. All necessary Stage 2 state permits are expected to be completed in Q2-2015, at which time construction could begin, subject to arrangement of appropriate financing.

With completion of the land acquisition set for June 2015, the Pumpkin Hollow Stage 1 and 2 development footprints will be entirely within private lands owned or controlled by Nevada Copper, and with all key development and operating permits in hand.

A fully-permitted large open pit project and adjacent high grade underground mine located entirely on private ground in Nevada is unprecedented for a junior copper developer. This situation allows the Company to conduct a thorough reassessment of its development plans for Pumpkin Hollow with the goals of optimizing the copper production profile and utilization of capital, as well as lowering of copper unit production costs.

About Nevada Copper

The Company’s advanced stage Pumpkin Hollow project in Nevada consists of a fully permitted, 6,500 tons/day Stage 1 underground copper mine development, currently in construction, and a nearby Stage 2, 70,000 tons/day open pit mine copper project in the advanced permitting phase. Assuming development as separate mines, expected average copper production for the first five years is 75 million lbs./year from the Stage 1 underground mine, and 221 million lbs./year from the Stage 2 open pit mine. Total proven and probable reserves include 5.2 billion lbs. of copper; 989,000 ounces of gold and 32.9 million ounces of silver1 . The project is located near Yerington, Nevada, close to roads, rail, and power infrastructure, and with all future water supply requirements met.

1 The associated mineral reserve tonnages and grades are supported by Technical Reports filed on SEDAR and disclosed on the company website at www.nevadacopper.com.

For further information please visit the Nevada Copper corporate website (www.nevadacopper.com) and the Pumpkin Hollow project website (www.pumpkinhollowcopper.com).

NEVADA COPPER CORP.

Giulio T. Bonifacio, President & CEO

Cautionary Language
This news release includes certain statements and information that may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information specifically include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: receiving Stage 2 permits in mid-2015, expectations regarding the future results of the feasibility study update, as well as the Company’s plans in general at the Pumpkin Hollow Project.

Forward-looking statements or information relate to future events and future performance and include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the realization of mineral resources and mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, capital costs, costs of production, capital expenditures, success of mining operations, environmental risks and other mining related matters. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “potential”, “is expected”, “anticipated”, “is targeted”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.

Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to: requirements for additional capital; loss of its material properties; interest rates increase; global economy; no history of production; future metals price fluctuations, speculative nature of exploration activities; periodic interruptions to exploration, development and mining activities; environmental hazards and liability; industrial accidents; failure of processing and mining equipment to perform as expected; labor disputes; supply problems; uncertainty of production and cost estimates; the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; possible variations in ore reserves, grade of mineralization or recovery rates may differ from what is indicated and the difference may be material; legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions; accidents, title matters; regulatory restrictions; permitting and licensing; volatility of the market price of Common Shares; insurance; competition; hedging activities; currency fluctuations; loss of key employees; unanticipated political risks in the United States, other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 25, 2014. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements or information except as required by law, and you are referred to the full discussion of the Company’s business contained in the Company’s reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. For more information on Nevada Copper and the risks and challenges of its business, investors should review Nevada Copper’s annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

The Company provides no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For further information call:
Eugene Toffolo
VP, Investor Relations & Communications
Phone:     604-683-8266
Toll free: 1-877-648-8266
Email: etoffolo@nevadacopper.com
Robert McKnight, P.Eng., MBA
Executive Vice President  & CFO
Phone 604-683-1309
Email: bmcknight@nevadacopper.com

1 The associated mineral reserve tonnages and grades are supported by Technical Reports filed on SEDAR and disclosed on the Company website at www.nevadacopper.com.

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Len Stevens, the Executive Director of the Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada Chamber Comments on the Bill

The letter below was written by Len Stevens as a Letter to the Editor. Here, Stevens thanks Nevada Leadership and looks forward to the creation of new jobs via Nevada Copper. To visit the Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada Chamber Website, click here.


 

Chamber logo (1)It is fitting that as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, today we also celebrate the passage of the Northern Nevada Lands and Conservation Act by both houses of Congress.

This bill not only provides important protections of our beautiful natural resources, but it also provides meaningful economic development opportunities here in Northern Nevada.

This bill will bring thousands of high paying jobs to our region, as Nevada Copper will finally be able to undertake operations in the Yerington area.

We want to thank Senators Reid and Heller and Congressman Amodei for so effectively shepherding this legislation through a contentious Congress, and seeing it finally enacted as the law of the land.

Len Stevens
Executive Director
The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada

Nevada Copper Press Release – Bill Passes

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December 15, 2014
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Pass Land Bill


December 15, 2014   Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company”) is extremely pleased to announce passage of the Yerington Land Bill (the “Bill”) by both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.Nevada Copper and the City of Yerington will now complete the acquisition of federal lands from the Bureau of Land Management within six months, as mandated in the Bill. Concurrently, Nevada Copper will move to complete the remaining Stage 2 State permitting by Q2-2015 which will allow for construction of the much larger 70,000 tons per day open pit mine, described below. Passage of the Bill is also expected to have major positive cost benefits for both the fully permitted, 6,500 tons/day Stage 1 underground mine development, currently in construction, and the Stage 2 open pit mine.Land Bill
The U.S. Congressional legislation authorizing the transfer of 10,400 acres of land from the federal government to the City of Yerington (“Yerington”) passed in the United States Senate on December 12, 2014 and the House of Representatives on December 5, 2014. The Bill was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) as Section 3009, the “Land Conveyance to Yerington, Nevada”. The Bill will now go to President Obama for what is a routine signing before year-end.

The legislation requires that legal acquisition and transfer of the land to the City of Yerington must be completed by the Bureau of Land Management within 180 days of passage. During this period, Nevada Copper would work to complete the remaining two Stage 2 State permits. These are the Stage 2 Reclamation and the Air Quality Permits which will be modified to reflect the private land status. The Company and the City of Yerington have already been collaborating on work needed to meet that 180-day deadline and sets the stage for issuance of all key Stage 2 permits by Q2-2015.

Giulio T. Bonifacio, President and CEO, stated: “We are extremely pleased with the passage of the Bill as it will enable Nevada Copper to advance the much larger Stage 2 open pit project on an accelerated basis. With passage of the Bill our total proven and probable reserves1 of 5.2 billion lbs. of copper; 989,000 ounces of gold and 32.9 million ounces of silver positions Pumpkin Hollow as one of the very few large copper projects in the world that has a clear path to production while also being located in an ideal jurisdiction with existing infrastructure.

With permitting on Stage 2 effectively in hand we will now move forward with the completion of an updated and optimized feasibility study for our Stage 2 open pit operation which will further enhance project economics.”

Timothy M. Dyhr, Vice President, Environment and External Relations, stated: “Pumpkin Hollow has overwhelming support from Yerington, Lyon County and the State of Nevada, and has no environmental issues or land use conflicts. We want to thank the Nevada Congressional delegation, Nevada State officials, Lyon County, Yerington and the local community for their efforts and unwavering support during this time. The Company looks forward to partnering with Yerington to develop the mine and create the economy and jobs so desperately needed in this area.”

Stage 2 Open Pit Feasibility Study Update
As more fully described in the Company’s press release dated November 4, 2014 the Company will be updating its Stage 2 Open Pit Feasibility Study that was published in 2013. The update will include the results from 9,880 meters (32,414 feet) of additional drilling on the North Deposit. In Q2-2014, the Company decided to incorporate these drill results and ascertain if the data would improve the present mine design. In particular, drill hole NC12-34 as previously disclosed in a news release dated September, 13, 2012, on the southwestern edge of the North Deposit ultimate pit intersected 690 feet (210.3 meters), 625.3 feet (190.6 meters) true thickness, grading 1.17% copper, including 150 feet grading 3.80%. Another drill hole, NC13-05, disclosed in a news release dated June 17, 2013, along the western edge of the North deposit and not included in the 2013 Feasibility Study, intersected several zones including 125 feet (38.1 meters), true thickness, grading 1.45% copper.

The new information resulted in an opportunity to significantly improve the grade profile and reduce mine waste rock quantities by re-evaluating the pit shell in the North Deposit. Preliminary work to date on the mineral resource calculations and production schedule has demonstrated extremely positive results with respect to the copper grades and copper production in the early years, as well as overall life-of-mine copper grades. Management believes that the positive initial results support completion of an updated and optimized feasibility study for the Stage 2 open pit operation. The updated feasibility study will incorporate the new and updated technical and cost information on the Stage 2 project.

The results of this updated feasibility study are targeted for release in Q1-2015.

Readers are cautioned that until the updated feasibility study is completed, the implications of the copper grade, production increases and cost updates on the project, including the impact on project economics, cannot be fully determined.

Qualified Persons
The technical information in this release has been reviewed and approved by Gregory French, P.G., Vice-President, Exploration & Project Development, Timothy Arnold, P.E., Vice President Operations, and Robert McKnight, P. Eng., Executive Vice-President and CFO of Nevada Copper, all of whom are Non-independent Qualified Persons within the meaning of NI 43-101.

About Nevada Copper
The Company’s advanced stage Pumpkin Hollow project in Nevada consists of a fully permitted, 6,500 tons/day Stage 1 underground copper mine development, currently in construction, and a nearby Stage 2, 70,000 tons/day open pit mine copper project in the advanced permitting phase. Expected average copper production for the first five years is 75 million lbs./year from the Stage 1 underground mine, and 221 million lbs./year from the Stage 2 open pit mine. Total proven and probable reserves include 5.2 billion lbs. of copper; 989,000 ounces of gold and 32.9 million ounces of silver. The project is located near Yerington, Nevada, close to roads, rail, and power infrastructure, and with all future water supply requirements met.

For further information please visit the Nevada Copper corporate website (www.nevadacopper.com) and the Pumpkin Hollow project website (www.pumpkinhollowcopper.com).

NEVADA COPPER CORP.

Giulio T. Bonifacio, President & CEO

Cautionary Language

This news release includes certain statements and information that may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information specifically include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: receiving Stage 2 permits in mid-2015, expectations regarding the future results of the feasibility study update,  as well as the Company’s plans in general at the Pumpkin Hollow Project.

Forward-looking statements or information relate to future events and future performance and include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the realization of mineral resources and mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, capital costs, costs of production, capital expenditures, success of mining operations, environmental risks and other mining related matters. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “potential”, “is expected”, “anticipated”, “is targeted”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.

Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to: requirements for additional capital; loss of its material properties; interest rates increase; global economy; no history of production; future metals price fluctuations, speculative nature of exploration activities; periodic interruptions to exploration, development and mining activities; environmental hazards and liability; industrial accidents; failure of processing and mining equipment to perform as expected; labor disputes; supply problems; uncertainty of production and cost estimates; the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; possible variations in ore reserves, grade of mineralization or recovery rates may differ from what is indicated and the difference may be material; legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions; accidents, title matters; regulatory restrictions; permitting and licensing; volatility of the market price of Common Shares; insurance; competition; hedging activities; currency fluctuations; loss of key employees; unanticipated political risks in the United States, other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 25, 2014. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements or information except as required by law, and you are referred to the full discussion of the Company’s business contained in the Company’s reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. For more information on Nevada Copper and the risks and challenges of its business, investors should review Nevada Copper’s annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

The Company provides no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For further information call:
Eugene Toffolo
VP, Investor Relations & Communications
Phone:     604-683-8266
Toll free: 1-877-648-8266
Email: etoffolo@nevadacopper.com
Robert McKnight, P.Eng., MBA
Executive Vice President  & CFO
Phone 604-683-1309
Email: bmcknight@nevadacopper.com

1 The associated mineral reserve tonnages and grades are supported by Technical Reports filed on SEDAR and disclosed on the Company website at www.nevadacopper.com.

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Senate passes bipartisan package of Nevada land bills

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After more than five years of wrangling, the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan package of land bills to spur Nevada’s economic development while extending protection to some unspoiled areas.

Friday’s action follows the House’s approval of the measures last week. The legislation, included in a defense spending bill, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was pleased by passage of a package that was forged after years of hard work by diverse interests. It was the product of collaboration by local officials, tribal leaders, ranchers, miners, conservationists, sportsmen and others.

“Our public lands are part of who we are in Nevada — and the diversity of our lands reflects the diversity of our identities,” he said in a statement. “This legislation respects that diversity and provides for balanced development and job creation throughout Nevada while protecting vital natural and scientific resources.”

One of the measures allows the sale of 10,400 acres of federal land to Yerington to support development of Nevada Copper Corp.’s mine and other business projects while creating the 48,000-acre Wovoka Wilderness.

Another bill sets aside 26,000 acres northwest of Winnemucca as the Pine Forest Range Wilderness while allowing nearby ranchers to secure land exchanges with the government to ensure their economic future.

Other measures will make thousands of acres of federal land available for private development and job creation across the state.

In the north, Elko County will receive 275 acres for a motocross park and the Fallon Naval Air Station will get 400 acres for housing. In addition, Fernley will end up with 9,100 acres and Carlin with 1,400 acres for multi-use development.

In the Las Vegas area, the legislation creates the 22,600-acre Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and expands the 195,819-acre Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by 1,530 acres.

Also in the south, measures designate nearly 1,900 acres of federal land for a new University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus in North Las Vegas, some 650 acres to both Las Vegas and North Las Vegas for “job creation zones” and 1,200 acres to Clark County for an off-highway vehicle park.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., who introduced six of the seven land bills in the House, called the package of bills historic.

“I want to thank the people of Northern Nevada for their patience and hope they will benefit from these measures,” he said in a statement.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said the legislation would have a direct impact on all Nevadans.

“This bill will open the door to economic development, job creation, mining, ranching, and protect some of Nevada’s treasured lands which will preserve our state for its next generation of citizens,” he said.

Lyon County Manager Jeff Page said the legislation would allow Yerington and Nevada Copper to start planning the roads, water, sewer and power to serve both the mine and other business projects. His county was the hardest hit of Nevada’s 17 counties by the recession.

“This is a great day for Yerington, Lyon County, Northern Nevada, and indeed all of Nevada, to add another cornerstone for economic development in this region,” he said.

Nevada could get 3,000 jobs after Congress OKs land bill

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Legislation that will allow for the transfer of more than 130,000 acres of federal land in Nevada to state or local control cleared its final hurdle in Congress Friday.

And that could mean jobs — lots of them.

The centerpiece of the deal is the Yerington land transfer, which will transfer 10,400 acres of land near the Nevada Copper mine to the City of Yerington for uses as an industrial area, business park, outdoor amphitheater and room for businesses that will be adjacent to the mine. It will also jump-start Nevada Copper’s open-pit mining phase at the Pumpkin Hollow site near Yerington.

In all, the Yerington land transfer will lead to 1,200 mining and construction jobs at the mine and 1,800 more ancillary jobs, with many of those sprouting up in the Reno-Sparks area, according to studies by Nevada Copper.

The 3,000 jobs expected to be produced by the mining operation is not as large as the 6,500 expected at the Tesla Motors battery gigafactory near Reno. Yet taken together, they promise a major upswing in the economy and population of Northern Nevada.

“These projects in Lyon County and Tesla in Washoe County, taken together are a real major deal,” Yerington Mayor George Dini said. “You are taking about 30,000 plus people moving to this region with that kind of job count. This will be a major program, combining them both together in the same region.”

A long road to passage

The land bills, which were attached to the U.S. Department of Defense’s major spending bill, is the largest single land-transfer in Nevada “in a long time,” according to the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Many of the bills had been languishing in Congress for as long as six years. Attaching them to the National Defense Authorization Act was perhaps the safest and only way to get them through a senate chamber where transfers of federal lands in western states have languished for years, members of Nevada’s federal delegation said.

“If you would have told me the only way to get these passed was to put them in a defense authorization bill, I would have said, ‘Huh?’ ” said U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City. “But after this, hey, it is fine with me.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Nevada’s junior senator, Dean Heller, R-Nev., pushed the lands package as a vehicle for job creation in Nevada.

Good news, but at a cost

Lyon County has been Nevada most economically depressed county in Nevada during the recession. Yerington, the Lyon County seat, has seen its economy and population shrink over the last decade.

Now, the town has the potential to boom again.

“For the last several years, we have been declining in population as well as economic activity in the valley so this is a big step forward for us,” Dini said.

“You have to have a flagship operation like Nevada Copper that brings in all of the rest of the goodies,” said Dini, son of the revered former Assembly Speaker Joe Dini. “That includes property taxes, new homes.

“There will be a snowball effect,” Dini said. “It is not going to happen overnight. There is still a lot of groundwork to be done. A lot of development agreements have to be figured out and finalized. But I’m sure there will be new investors in the (Mason) Valley. In new housing alone, I would expect a couple of hundred houses to go up in the next couple of years.”

The expansion of the Nevada Copper mining operation and the construction of the Tesla gigafactory will put a strain on the region for the upcoming years, Dini said.

“What you are going to find is a Catch 22,” Dini said. “It will be hard to find construction people. Goods and services will be at a premium for awhile. This is not going to happen overnight, though. Neither one of these projects are going to bring in that high number of jobs over night. You have to grow into it. Development of a copper mine takes a lot of time but it takes people to help get it done, so that is the good news.”

Other land transfers in the deal

Yerington is not the only Northern Nevada municipality that will benefit from land transfer deal.

Now, Fernley will be able to purchase about 9,000 acres of federal land within its boundaries. The land will be earmarked for commercial and industrial development.

Elko will receive about 300 acres of federal land for a motocross park and to provide housing for the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe for housing.

Carlin — in Elko County — will receive about 1,000 acres of federal land to be used for economic development.

The Naval Air Station near Fallon will receive 400 acres of federal land for a buffer zone for explosives testing and housing for military at the base.

A long-standing issue in Storey County will be resolved by the transfer of 1,700 acres of federal land to Virginia City, ending a long-standing dispute that has put private-property rights in question.

Also, the bill will establish the Pine Forest Wilderness Area near Winnemucca while directing land exchanges between the Bureau of Land Management and local ranchers. The transfers are expected to improve the economic prospects of those privately owned ranches.

In Southern Nevada, the bill will establish Nevada’s first national monument at the Tule Springs fossil beds, expand Nellis Air Force Base and create the Nellis Off-Highway Vehicles Park.

It will also allow federal land transfers to benefit Great Basin College in Pahrump, the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.