Jarbidge Road Dispute in Court this Week
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists waging a longtime legal battle aimed at shutting down a national forest road that runs through the habitat of threatened fish in northeast Nevada say the laws of nature eventually will hand them a victory in the form of another flood that washes out the road along the Jarbidge River. But in the meantime, The Wilderness Society and the Utah-based Great Old Broads for Wilderness are trying to persuade the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to do it for them based on their claims the Forest Service illegally bowed to local political pressure and rebuilt the road in violation of a series of federal environmental laws. Both sides were back in court this week making their arguments before a three-judge appellate panel in San Francisco.