In January The first round of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were administered to residents over the age of 75 in a drive-thru flu pod at the Pleasant Senior Center in Winnemucca, with nearly 275 vaccines administered.
In January The first round of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were administered to residents over the age of 75 in a drive-thru flu pod at the Pleasant Senior Center in Winnemucca, with nearly 275 vaccines administered.
The following compilation of highlights covers January - June, 2021.



January

New county commissioners welcomed 

Newly elected county commissioners Tom Hoss and Jesse Hill were both sworn in at the commission meeting on January 4. 

New crime reporting system

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center transitioned to the use of a new National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in compliance with requirements of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) effective January 1, 2021. 

Loon announces project end

Project Loon, a subsidiary of the Alphabet parent company of Google announced the end of its global project, which utilized just over 15 acres at the Winnemucca Municipal Airport complex under a license agreement with the city. 



February

Judge rules against rural county mining lawsuit

A judge ruled against a suite of rural Nevada counties and a mining conglomerate that challenged a trio of proposed constitution amendments changing mining taxation rates that were passed during a special session over the summer. 



March

Back to school

The Humboldt County School District announced students would be returning to the classroom with full-time attendance beginning March 8 after being under a hybrid learning model since March 2020 when Governor Steve Sisolak issued directives to close schools and non-essential businesses due to COVID-19. 

Hospital Cybersecurity incident

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Humboldt General Hospital lost communication and other functionality due to a cyber security network issue caused by a virus, although the hospital’s IT department and staff spent weeks cleaning up the mess that the breach left behind. 



April

Commissioners oppose AB 286

The Humboldt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a letter opposing the passage of Assembly Bill 286 which would take away the right to keep and bear arms by limiting the right to open carry or concealed carry almost everywhere a person may go including a ball game, rodeo, shopping mall, concert or church. The bill passed through the legislative session. 

Nevada Gold Mines defers ‘Cut 40’ in open pit operations

Nevada Gold Mines confirmed the deferral of the open pit ‘Cut 40 expansion’ project at the Turquoise Ridge open pit (formerly Twin Creeks) operation approximately 45 miles northeast of Winnemucca, impacting approximately 112 jobs and deferred to 2023. 



May

Pandemic cancels Burning Man official event

For the second year in a row, Burning Man officials cancelled the festival due to the pandemic, although the playa was still open to the public and many attended an unofficial event. 

City, County join development district

Humboldt County and the City of Winnemucca unanimously voted to join the Western Nevada Development District, an economic development district which aids in project funding and economic development. 

College breaks ground on new building

Great Basin College in Winnemucca broke ground on its new $9M Health Sciences and Technology Building with expected completion summer 2022, which will approximately double the Winnemucca GBC campus footprint. 



June

Animal sanctuary permit denied

The Regional Planning Commission unanimously denied a special use permit for an animal sanctuary with large cats such as tigers to be built near the Winnemucca Municipal Airport in Humboldt County on 160 acres after many public comments of concerns over safety and other issues. 

Lithium Nevada presents $12M school design

Lithium Nevada Corp. presented a generalized preliminary design of the Orovada school they committed to building if the project is cleared to begin construction, to gain feedback from community residents. The mining project is currently awaiting a decision on the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection permits for air, water pollution control and mining reclamation.