(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Debate over Nevada public land flared anew on Friday when Sen. Dean Heller warned President Barack Obama against designating a national monument in the Gold Butte region of Clark County.

Heller told Obama he should think twice if he was thinking of taking action on Gold Butte, where the Bureau of Land Management engaged in a testy standoff in April with Cliven Bundy and the controversial rancher’s armed supporters over cattle rights.

Heller did not mention Bundy by name, but he told the president any move to assert more federal authority “would not serve the area well.” He said it would escalate anger and frustration “in a region of our state where tensions are already presently high.”

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