November 28, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Despite opposition by residents, a Storey County panel has recommended plans by a mining company to haul truckloads of ore on the winding state highway frequented by tourists.
The county planning commission, on a 4-2 vote Thursday night, endorsed Comstock Mining Inc.'s request to use State Route 342 in conjunction with its open pit mine operation near Virginia City.
Comstock Mining plans to use a mile-long stretch of the highway near Gold Hill for truck traffic between the mine and its processing site.
But residents pledged to continue a fight against the plans, saying the trucks will be a safety hazard and impede tourism in the historic Comstock mining district.
The county commission is expected to take final action on the request in August.
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