Elko County maintains its road is grandfathered in because miners and ranchers regularly traveled the route before the area first was reserved in 1905.
The case dates to 1999 when the Forest Service sued Elko County, Nev., to halt reopening of a washed-out road for fear of harming fish.
An Assembly committee passed the bill earlier in April after being heavily gutted and amended to only say that county sheriffs are the primary law enforcement in unincorporated parts of counties.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is facing a Sept. 30 deadline for deciding on whether to list the
It’s the earliest the flow has been cut off since record keeping began.