Deseret News archives
In 1933, my grandfather moved to Las Vegas and bought the 40-acre ranch developed by the first Las Vegas Postmaster just outside of town. It was a beautiful oasis with a free-flowing, cold water spring and pond.
As Las Vegas grew with the building of Hoover Dam, natural water supplies diminished and well-drilling began. Within a few short years my grandfather's spring and most others in the valley dried up and all these mini oases became dry and desolate.
If Gov. Gary Herbert signs the Snake Valley agreement, history will repeat itself and all the west desert springs upon which many families and ranchers depend will dry up and generations of their way of life will surely end. Why sacrifice what Utah has now developed, which Las Vegas itself destroyed some 80 years ago?
Michael R. Johnson
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