Amodei bill would transfer BLM land to Storey County

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei has introduced a bill requiring the transfer of surface rights to about 1,745 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management property in Virginia City to Storey County.

Called the Restoring Storey Act, Amodei says the measure would resolve decades of conflicting ownership and title claims in the historic Comstock region.

The Carson City Republican says faulty surveys, maps and lost documents make it nearly impossible to sort out ownership claims. As a result, he says many residents who believe they own their property are considered trespassers on BLM land.

Amodei’s office says a 25-acre parcel at the center of a dispute between the BLM and Comstock Mining Inc. is not part of the bill