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By Kent Larsen

Longtime Southern Nevada Mormons Worry about Growth

ALAMO, NEVADA -- The federal government is selling off land in Lincoln County, Nevada under a law passed one year ago, but longtime residents in the county, many of whom are Mormon, aren't happy with the change, which they feel will have a negative affect on their lifestyle. All but 2 percent of the county is owned by the federal government, and the residents say that the County Commission and the BLM have overlooked the consequences of the sale, which are expected to bring nearly 60,000 suburbanites into the rural county, with its population of 4,165 people.

Seventy-year-old Ed Hansen was born on the 80-acre farm that his Mormon pioneer grandfather settled after leaving Nephi, Utah, to settle. He still works the farm, raising Angus cattle and alfalfa. But he worries that the land sale worries and subsequent development will create a powerful suburban voting bloc aligned more with urban interests than Lincoln County current rural population. Agricultural water rights, a local farmland property tax reduction and other staples of rural life could be at risk as newcomers arrive, Hansen said. "We'll get too much growth here with people who don't understand our lifestyle. If they take the water from agriculture for residential, then it ends farming, which is what we came here for."

Rural residents feeling neglected
Las Vegas NV Review-Journal 7Oct01 T2
By Michael Weissenstein: Review-Journal
Many worry land sale will alter lifestyle


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