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Lawmaker who stalled Nev. monument bill tours site

- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Utah congressman who stalled a bill to create the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in Las Vegas is showing signs of changing his tune.

Rep. Rob Bishop held bits of mammoth bone while he took a whirlwind tour of the site Monday. He was joined by project supporters including Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1dblYKn) Bishop said he thinks he can change an amendment that angered supporters and stopped the bill's progress last month.

The amendment would have directed proceeds from land auctions away from Nevada by circumventing the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

Tule Springs could be Nevada's first national monument. It includes nearly 23,000 acres of hills full of fossils.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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