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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 8:30 AM
You won’t find Screenagers at movie theaters or on Netflix. Its producer, Dr. Delaney Ruston, wants to promote dialogue. That’s why she releases her documentary only to community settings. Pershing County parents can watch the film on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the PCHS auditorium. It lasts about an hour and ten minutes, followed by discussion. 
“Pershing County School District is pleased to host a showing of Screenagers, a film that offers ideas on how we can help children navigate the digital world,” said an invitation recently sent home by  Superintendent Russell Fecht and Principals Shea Murphy (PCMS), Tom Brooks (PCHS) and Ted Wells (LES and IES).
  • Rural Family Medicine residents at Humboldt General Hospital twice a year spend a Saturday in Reno screening Downwinders, individuals affected by radiation from the atmospheric nuclear testing done at various nuclear testing sites, like the Nevada Test Site. 
    Downwinder history
    In the 19050s, the Nevada Test Site 65 miles from Las Vegas conducted hundreds of underground and above-ground nuclear detonations. The atmospheric (above-ground) detonations created fallout, radioactive material that would drift away from the site into the rural communities as far as southern Utah, affecting residents, livestock, wildlife and the contaminating the ground. Since the residents often consumed locally-grown and produced food, the risk of radiation exposure increased over time.
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  • In an effort to address increasingly extreme wildfire activity, Republican Sen. Pete Goicoechea and Democratic Assemblywoman Heidi Swank plan to empanel a working group to study the issue and recommend ways to fight runaway blazes.
    The idea for the working group came out of the interim Public Lands Committee, which Swank chaired. On Thursday, Swank said she and Goicoechea came up with the idea at “the many diners in rural Nevada that we had breakfast at” during the committee’s sessions last year.
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  • Veterans and members of the American Legion Post 0005, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Winnemucca Masonic Lodge gathered at the Masonic Lodge in Winnemucca on Sunday, Feb. 3 to remember the sacrifice of four World War 2 Army chaplains for the Four Chaplains interfaith memorial.
    The chaplains, who represented three different faiths, gave up their life jackets and their lives as their ship, the Dorchester, sank in the north Atlantic after being hit by an enemy torpedo on Feb. 3, 1943.
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  • Humboldt Advocates for victims of abuse (AVA) is hosting a free support Survivors Overcoming and Recovering (SOAR) support group for women over the age of 18 who are survivors of crime and personal trauma to safely meet and find peer support and healing. 
    The group is for anyone who is struggling with consequences of trauma including an eating disorder, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or just need a safe and confidential place to talk with others. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transexual, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally and two-spirit (LGGBTQIA2) services are also available. 
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  • A coalition of more than 20 child-health, privacy, and consumer groups has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether YouTube is violating a federal law designed to protect children on the internet.
    The complaint claims that a significant portion of popular content on YouTube is designed for kids, whose personal information—including IP address, geolocation, and persistent identifiers used to track users across sites—is unlawfully collected by Google, YouTube’s parent company, and then used to the data to target ads.
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  • University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Educator Steve Foster hosted a webinar on “Regenerative Agriculture.” A Midwest consultant promoted soil health practices that are always up for debate among farmers but of interest to others concerned about the future food supply.
    North Dakota farmer and soil health expert Gabe Brown said growers should practice no or low till farming, grow a diversity of crops and integrate livestock to rebuild organic matter and soil nutrients along with little or no use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and other chemicals.
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  • When visiting a classroom a poster stated words to the effect, “Read with wonder”. I loved this suggestion – reading and wondering about the characters, setting, facts, opinions, key concepts and ideas. Imagine if we all read with an open mind to new knowledge, letting viewpoints bounce about in the brain as we make sense or reject it as just too out-of-the-norm, bizarre, or unacceptable. Compare this to the thought process: It is a wonder that this has even been published.
    I pondered this idea as we drove through Battle Mountain last week, remembering the wonderful (yes, full of wonder!) teachers with whom I taught and later worked with in professional development. Several of these individuals drove to Winnemucca for a week one summer to create common assessments for their classrooms.

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Skylar Estes
Skylar Estes
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 8:27 AM
Lowry High School has hired a new varsity  volleyball head coach to replace Brandon Eastman who will be leaving to continue his schooling out of state. He will be looking to get his degree in Sports Management.  
Skylar Estes has been promoted from the JV squad coach to the varsity job and will begin in the 2019-20 season. 
“This is my second year teaching Pre-K at Grass Valley Elementary,” Estes said. “I was Lowry High School’s freshman volleyball coach for one year, and then I was the JV coach last year.”
  • The Rural Basketball League was in McDermitt on Saturday, Feb. 9. Everyone started off the day traversing some gnarly roadways and if that wasn't gut wrenching enough, the close games and defeats that were handed out while in the gym definitely kept spectators on their toes. 
     In a Division 1 game, Orovada took on Denio/Fields and at the buzzzer, Orovada took the 25-24 win.
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  • The McDermitt High School (MHS) girls basketball team matched up with the Braves on the road last Saturday, and they emerged with a 60-47 victory. 
    The win clinched the Eastern 1A regular season title and the Lady Bulldogs will be one of two No. 1 seeds for next weeks regional tournament in Reno. 
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  • The most decorated men’s basketball player in Nevada history will receive one of the greatest honors on Feb. 27 when Nick Fazekas will see his No. 22 Wolf Pack jersey hoisted at Lawlor Events Center Continue this story


  • Want to learn more about illegal drug use in schools? The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Parental Drug Education Program at Grass Valley Elementary School for parents on Wednesday, March 21 from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
  • The following animals were recently picked up by animal control. 
  • The following individuals were granted divorces recently by the Humboldt County Clerk: 
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  • Items in the Court Dispositions are compiled from public records contained in the Union Township Justice Court and the Sixth Judicial District Court. News4Nevada reports all felony hearings, misdemeanor convictions and dismissals for which the court releases information. When requested by the individual, N4N will post the person’s mug shot with their court disposition.
  • Items in the Police Blotter are compiled from public information contained in Winnemucca Police Department reports. News4Nevada reports all incidents about which law-enforcement agencies release information. Charges or citations listed in the blotter do not imply guilt, which is determined in court. Mug shots are provided by law enforcement as part of the public record. Persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
  • Tirso De Jose Luis Rojas was recently granted a suspended sentence with 36 months of probation in Sixth Judicial District Court fol-lowing a no contest plea to possession of a controlled substance, a category D felony. 
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  • Yoga classes for bureaucrats. Brown snake eradication program. Congressional pensions. Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. Those are actual lines in recent federal budgets totaling $150,000, $668,000, $38 million, and $65 million respectively.
    All are “chump change” compared to $363 billion (with a “b”) to be spent this year on interest on the debt. That’s $53 billion higher than last year, a 17% increase. 
    Interest payments are now 8% of the budget and increasing, crowding out vital programs and priorities. 
    What do Americans get for $363 billion? Absolutely nothing. Interest is the price paid for decades of spending beyond revenues, as finance charges on credit cards pay for privileges to spend beyond one’s income.
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