October 26, 2014
MOAPA, Nev. (AP) - Moapa Band of Paiutes tribe members, activists and faith leaders are planning a 16-mile Earth Day weekend walk to highlight calls for closing a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas and building a solar energy plant.
Tribal leader William Anderson says the "Coal to Clean Energy" walk begins at 6 a.m. Saturday at NV Energy's Reid Gardner generation station and heads to a planned 350-megawatt solar project on the Moapa Paiute Reservation.
He says about 100 people took part last year, but this year's event is drawing more people - including the Sierra Club and other groups.
NV Energy recently announced it'll close the Reid Gardner plant by 2017.
A 3 p.m. rally at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza off Interstate 15 precedes a walk to the solar project site.