(Nation) GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day
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WASHINGTON (AP) — With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version.

By a near party-line 242-179 vote, the House voted to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortion coverage. The bill would also block tax credits for many people and employers who buy abortion coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

A White House veto threat and an uncertain fate in the Senate mean the legislation has no realistic chance of becoming law. But on a day when crowds of anti-abortion demonstrators stretched for blocks outside Capitol windows — and hours after the embarrassing GOP stumble on another abortion measure — Thursday’s vote let party leaders signal that the Congress they now command is at least trying to end abortion.

The GOP’s passage of one bill and the abrupt derailment of another forbidding most late-term abortions underscored the party’s perilous balancing act of backing abortion restrictions crucial to conservatives while not alienating women and younger voters wary of such restrictions.

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SnoBowl land could transfer to City of Elko
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ELKO – It’s been a tough winter for the SnoBowl with little snowfall and temperatures too warm to sustain home-made snow.

The nonprofit-run ski slope, about a 10-minute drive north of town, offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter, as well as mountain bike riding in the summer.

“There hasn’t been any winter,” said Roche Bush, SnoBowl manager. “It is too warm.”

When temperatures had dipped, two of the three snow-making machine compressors busted.

“My inkling at this point is that we won’t be having skiing at the SnoBowl this year,” he said.

But warmer weather hasn’t dissuaded Elko’s Parks and Recreation Department, which already operates ski and snowboard lessons, to become more integral to the SnoBowl operations. This move would free up the Foundation to focus on fundraising, said James Wiley, parks and recreation department supervisor.

The department had been examining ways to strengthen a partnership with the SnoBowl Foundation for about a year.

“Eventually, we landed with ownership as the cleanest and best way to get involved,” Wiley said.

The first step is acquiring the land.

The Elko County Commission agreed on Wednesday to do a quitclaim deed to the city. Next, the department needs to talk to staff and legal counsel to develop a plan to present to city leaders for approval.

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