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Nye County, Nevada

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Nye County is one of 16 counties in Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the population was 32,485. As of 2007, the population was estimated to be 46,308. At 18,159 total square miles, Nye is the third largest county in terms of area in the United States, assuming one excludes the boroughs of Alaska. Its county seat is Tonopah. The center of population of Nevada is located in Nye County, very near Yucca Mountain. The largest community in Nye County is Pahrump, an unincorporated town.

The county features several environmentally sensitive areas, including Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the White River Valley, several Great Basin sky islands and a portion of Death Valley National Park. Visitors to Death Valley often stay at Beatty or Amargosa Valley.

The county has no incorporated cities. The seat of government in Tonopah is 160 miles (260 km) from Pahrump, where about 86 percent of the county's population resides.

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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

The good

  • The website has county commissions' meeting information. [1]
  • The website has information on elected and administrative officials. [2]
  • The website has budget information available. [3]
  • The website has audit information available. [4]
  • The website has building permits and zoning information available. [5]

The bad


Main article: Nevada government sector lobbying

Nye County has one registered lobbyist.[6] Nye spent $200,000 on lobbying in 2009, and has spent $50,000 on lobbying as of July 2010.[7]

Public employee salaries

Former District Attorney Robert Beckett earned $105,000 annually. Beckett crashed two county vehicles in drunk driving accidents and was charged with 20 counts of fraudulent appropriation for raiding a bad check fund.[8]

Yucca Mountain controversies

The Nevada Test Site and proposed nuclear waste repository Yucca Mountain are located in the southwestern part of the county and are the focus of a great deal of political and public controversy in the state. The federal government also owns 92 percent of the land in the county. This is also a controversial subject for the county and for the state.

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