- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A century of public records could go online in Clark County.

Documents related to plans for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain are among the records that would be digitally archived through the Clark County clerk’s office, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2grrL4g).

County commissioners approved the office’s request to pursue a $100,000 grant for the project.

People would be able to search the documents by subject, content or date.

“Just like Google,” county Clerk Lynn Goya said. “So it’s simple for the user.”

About eight years of records that are already digitized will go into the online database during the next few months. Documents going back to 1909 will be added later in what is anticipated to be a yearslong effort.

The records would stack 488 feet tall.

Senior office specialist Rocio Leon said the filing system doesn’t make finding older records easy. It can take hours or days to assemble documents for a public records request.

“When we put this stuff in the system, we can just search by keywords,” Leon said. “And if they have a range of years, we can narrow it down with an advanced search. It will make it a lot easier for us to locate the records.”

The work could turn up previously unknown pieces of the county’s history, Goya said.

“We believe with this project we’ll find a lot of things we don’t even know about it,” she said. “It’s like a treasure hunt.”

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

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