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Team members pull out a rider at the 20th Annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain.
Team members pull out a rider at the 20th Annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 1:00 AM
Three world records were set in Battle Mountain this past week at the 20th Annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge during morning and evening races on the famous arrow-straight stretch of Highway 305 south of town.
Ilona Peltier of France set the women’s world record by coming in at first place at 78.61 mph. It was a tight competition, as earlier in the week the record had been broken by Human Power Team Delft & Amsterdam. Second place in the women’s race was taken by Vittoria Spada of Italy at 76.98 mph, and Rosa Bas of the Netherlands took third place at 75.88 mph; all three were record-breakers.
In the men’s race, Fabien Canal of France came in first place at 84.99 mph; at second place was Andrea Gallo of Italy at 84.81 mph; and Guillaume de France of France came in third place at 72.16 mph. 
  • Health authorities urge people to stop vaping; vape industry responds
    Nevada public health authorities recommended ceasing use of vaping products after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported three deaths and 450 cases of pulmonary illness potentially linked to vaping.
    There were no reported cases of pulmonary illness associated with vaping in Nevada. No specific product or compound has been linked by investigators as of yet, but all patients reported using e-cigarette products or vaping, and many patients reported using products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — which is the active ingredient in marijuana. 
    “The public health authorities are advising people not to use vaping products and e-cigarettes,” authorities from the Carson City Health and Human Services, Southern Nevada Health District, and Washoe County Health District said in a statement. “These products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not currently use tobacco products.”  
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  • Rye Patch to host Children’s Metal Detector Hunt
    It’s not quite Halloween – but Pershing County treasure hunters are in for an early treat. Maybe they’ll dig up some loot at the Children’s Metal Detector Hunt at Rye Patch State Park this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
    Jim Hadsall hopes so. He promotes metal detecting through his activities with the GPAA of Northern Nevada and Reno.
    The Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA), headquartered in Temecula, Calif., helps people find gold on a recreational scale, for the fun of the hunt. They have chapters across the United States, including northern Nevada and Reno.
    “Our event will take place at the River Bend camp, in the lower campground by the dam,” says a spokesperson. 
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  • Relief Canyon Mine owner changes name, logo
    In anticipation of gold production at Relief Canyon Mine, Americas Silver has changed its name to Americas Gold and Silver along with a new gold and silver logo. According to a company statement, the new brand “reflects the increasing importance of gold in the company’s portfolio and the transition from a silver focused producer to a diversified gold and silver company.”
    “The recent acquisition of the Relief Canyon Mine and reserve growth from our existing operations have increased our gold equivalent reserves by approximately 250 percent and is expected to increase our precious metals production by more than 500 percent by 2021,” Americas Gold and Silver President & CEO Darren Blasutti said the statement. “This significant increase in our leverage to gold creates a unique re-rating opportunity for our shareholders as we transition to a diversified precious metals producer with multiple assets in North America.”
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MORE LOCAL STORIES

  • According to Battle Mountain General Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Jason Bleak, the Kingston Clinic is not necessarily closing. 
    “We don’t know if it’s closing, at this point,” said Bleak. “We are in the exploration mode. What brought this on, and we’ve been working on it for three or four months now, is that financially – since the day of inception – it’s really been a drain on public funds from the hospital.”
    Bleak stated the hospital has seen six-digit losses, somewhere between $110,000 and $150,000 each year in the one clinic in Kingston.
    Bleak said he and the hospital board feel they need to figure out how to take better care of their public funds, so they have set out to find a way to do that, and to also keep the clinic in Kingston open.
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  • The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) announced Sept. 9 that Winnemucca Junior High 7th-graders demonstrated the “most dramatic gain” of any group in the state during the 2018-2019 school year on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The school led the pack with a 7.18 percentage point increase to 45% in the English Language Arts (ELA), and a 9.27 percentage point increase in its proficiency rate to 46.25%. 
    According to NDE’s press release, Humboldt was one of four other counties to show ELA percentage point gains over the previous year in ELA. The increases across the four counties are Mineral (6.62 points), Storey (3.77 points), Pershing (3.45 points), Humboldt (2.83 points) and the State Public Charter School Authority (2.53 points).
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  • The Director of the Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol is warning Nevadans about genetic testing company representatives offering “free” genetic tests to Medicare beneficiaries.
    These tests can also be referred to as DNA screenings, cancer screenings or hereditary testing and company representatives go door-to-door or visit senior centers, senior housing, veterans events, health fairs, and other locations where people gather to convince people to let them take a cheek swab for testing. 
    These fraudulent companies promise that the results will help recipients avoid diseases or find the right medications and all they require is a cheek swab and the person’s Medicare number.
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  • Governor Steve Sisolak announced today that Tesla will invest $1 million to support Nevada’s computer science education initiatives as part of the company’s statewide education investment.
    “Nevada is proud to have Tesla doing business in the state and fulfilling its commitment to the community by promoting STEM education,” Governor Sisolak said. “Our students are our most valuable asset, and I commend Tesla for playing a key role in investing in the next generation of workers and leaders in our state.”
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SPORTS

The Battle Mountain defense lines up against Coral Academy during Saturday night's game in Reno.
The Battle Mountain defense lines up against Coral Academy during Saturday night's game in Reno.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 1:00 AM
The Battle Mountain High School football team was back on the road Saturday night to take on Coral Academy at Wooster High School in Reno.
The Longhorns made quick work of the Falcons, scoring 34 points in the first quarter en route to a 62-8 win. Coral Academy is playing its first official year in the Northern 2A.
"The kids came out fast again this week,” said BMHS coach Mitch Domagala. “That was good to see after a long bus ride.  You never really know what to expect on the first road game of the season."
Battle Mountain (2-0) forced a 3-and-out by the Coral Academy offense and when the Longhorns took over on offense Cody Ostler scored on the first play for a 6-0 lead.  
  • Lowry holds on to beat Fernley, improve to 4-0
    It’s just four weeks into the season, but there might be something special happening with the 2019 version of the Lowry High School football team.
    The Buckaroos improved to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Northern 3A with a 34-28 victory over Fernley on Friday night in Winnemucca. It was Lowry’s first win over Fernley since the 2013 season.
    “This team's tenacity is unreal right now,” said LHS coach Taua Cabatbat. “Their run game was killing us at the beginning and we made some adjustments. That’s a tough team right there. It feels good to finally beat those guys.” 
    After Lowry forced Fernley to punt on its first drive in three plays, the offenses went into full gear from there. The Buckaroos used up just a little over five minutes to score on their opening possession.
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  • Gymkhana kids rock rodeo all year
    With saddles blazing, the Northern Nevada Gymkhana Club completed its third season this past summer. 
    Some of its riders have branched out from Lovelock’s rodeo grounds to compete near and far — and they’re bringing home buckles, saddles and lifetime memories.
    The Gem State Rodeos, headquartered in Idaho, named Myles Macedo, 5, the Rookie of the Year. He’s earned 12 buckles so far this year in Idaho, Oregon and Nevada.
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  • Pershing County volleyball falls to North Tahoe
    Nothing challenges a volleyball team like going up against a more experienced opponent. 
    The Pershing County volleyball girls traveled to Tahoe City, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
    Lovelock lost to the Lady Lakers in three sets (13-25, 10-25, 16-25), but coach Monica Halverson sees the loss as a learning experience for the girls in red and black.
    With the loss, Lovelock sits at 2-5, overall, and 0-3 in the 2A Northern League.
    “We stepped onto the court confident that we’d have a good game,” said Halverson. “Daralyn (Moura) was all over the court digging up balls and our offense was setting up nicely.”
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Announcements

  • 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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  • Two men recently pleaded guilty to Nevada category B felonies in Sixth Judicial District Court. One was sent to carry out a mandatory prison sentence and the other was given the chance to avoid prison and a felony conviction by completion of a drug court diversion program. 
  • Items in the Sheriff’s Report are compiled from public information contained in the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office report. 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.
  • 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.
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