Thursday, 31 December 1992 17:00


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For the last three years, there have been many newspapers, sportsmen's groups, agricultural, and mining groups calling for the dismissal of Nevada Department of Wildlife Director, Will Molini. This resentment continues to grow and never was it so overwhelming than at the Wildlife Commission meeting in Elko on July 25, 1992. Mr. Molini was quietly going to shut down Elko County. He sent two letters to the Forest Service which recommended that 4900 acres be set aside for each pair of nesting goshawks. If there were one nesting pair every 4900 acres, in essence, the county would be closed down. In addition to the goshawk, he wanted acreage closed down for the Coopers and Sharp-shinned hawks.

In order to find this information, Attorney Grant Gerber had to use the Freedom of Information Act. How many other concealments has Mr. Molini used?

This was one of the many reasons that were presented to remove Will Molini. Listed below are some of the organizations and their representa­tives who called for his ouster:

Chairman of Elko County Commissioners: Ernie Hall

Elko County Commissioner: Norm Thompson

Nevada State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. President: Betty Thompson

Elko Snowgoers President: Brad Roberts

Nevada Land Action Assoc. President: Vaughn Sorrenson

Hunter's Alert Chairman: Cecil Fredi

Nevada Hunters Assoc. President: Dr. Gerald Lent

Candidate for Elko County Commission: Roberta Skelton

Rancher: Cliff Gardner


Reprinted from the Las Vegas Review Journal, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 12, 1992.

Bureaucratic foot-dragging

Delays in private hunting tag program are shameful.

A 1990 audit of the state Wildlife Department's hunting tag drawings found so little control over the process that the tags could easily be issued on the basis of favoritism, graft, or outright whim.

The Legislature a year ago ordered the Wildlife Department to turn the drawings over to a private firm.

Two weeks ago—nearly a year after the Legislature adjourned— Wildlife Director William Molini's request for an $85,000 consultant to help him figure out how to do this was turned down by the Legislative Interim Finance Committee.

Retiring to his tent to sulk, Molini pouts that without the extra funds it is unlikely his department can meet a 1993 deadline to initiate privately-run drawings.

"I sense a reluctance by the agen­cies to be completely cooperative in this process," State Senate Minority Leader William Raggio said Monday.

"I wonder if this isn't dragging of feet by agencies because they don't want to see privatization," added Sen. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora.

As understatements go, these rival Gen. Guderian's admission upon reaching the English Channel in 1940 that the British now con­fronted him with "a superior anti­tank ditch."

"Private industry could have knocked this out in 60 days," Sen. Rhoads continued. We can only add

"probably sooner."

The way to find a private firm willing to take on such a project is to solicit bids. Molini could have done so last month, or last December, and he can certainly do so now. Private outfits manage to figure out whose subscription to Time magazine is expiring this week, and how to deliv­er free junk alarm clocks to those who renew, from among a pool of names thousands of times larger and less cooperative than the num­ber of Nevadans who hope to bag a deer.

At a time when state budget shortfalls mandate the slashing of budgets everywhere, this tiny step toward privatization is long past due. If Mr. Molini cannot figure out how to get it done, we hope Gov. Miller will promptly replace him with someone who can.


Reprinted from the ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS, Elko, Nevada, Friday, July 24, 1992.

Nevada's Board of Wildlife Commissioners are scheduled to meet here tomorrow and we suggest the group takes the opportunity to tie the can to Willie Molini, director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Several local residents asked the commission to fire Molini last month because of the report the director fabricated in support of the U.S. Forest Service listing of the goshawk as a sensitive species. The commission denied the request but did order Molini to rescind his biased report and prepare another one.

Molini issued his new report this week and we feel it still misses the mark and proves the bullheaded

director is more interested in pro­moting his "green agenda" than managing the state's wildlife.

Studies by the mining industry and independent biologists have proven that the local goshawk pop­ulation is increasing. There is absolutely no reason for govern­ment interference with an expand­ing population. Furthermore, the only documented losses to the hawk, population have been at the hands of NDOW—the agency gave 10 hawks to falconers last year and has been harassing the nesting birds in their helicopters—all the while urging the forest service to shut down mining to save the hawk.

Last month's trip to the wood­shed didn't seem to improve Molini's attitude. It's time the com­mission either fire Gov. Miller's good friend, or trade him to Texas for some Wild Turkey.

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