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Chief Staci Bristow accepts the keys from Donovan Walker, BLM Winnemucca District Fire Management Officer.
Chief Staci Bristow accepts the keys from Donovan Walker, BLM Winnemucca District Fire Management Officer.
Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
On Sept. 27, the Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, transferred a type 4 wildland fire engine to the Rye Patch Volunteer Fire Protection District. The transfer was part of the BLM’s new Rural Fire Readiness (RFR) program, which is designed to enhance collaborative wildland firefighting capabilities by providing equipment to local wildland firefighting partners at no cost.
After over a dozen years of firefighting in Nevada, the fire engine, which holds 750 gallons of water and can pump up to 50 gallons a minute, completed its federal service at BLM Station 21 in Winnemucca and became eligible for the RFR program. 
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The American Bar Association has joined an appeal challenging the death sentence of a Nevada man it says was mentally ill when he was convicted of the 1998 hatchet slaying of a campus police officer. 
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The following business items were voted on during the October 8 regular city council meeting:
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    On October 8, 2019, the Humboldt County School District Board of Trustees approved the following agenda item:
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The 2019 legislative session brought several significant changes to the way employers and employees do business, including the minimum wage rate, how much time off an employee receives per year and additional overtime pay requirements. 
    The minimum wage in Nevada is currently $8.25 per hour and $7.25, meaning employers pay $8.25 if qualified health insurance is not offered or made available and can pay a minimum of $7.25 per hour if qualified health insurance is offered. 
    Nevada SB192 revises provisions relating to health care and the qualified health benefits, effective Jan. 1, 2020, and establishes the minimum level of health benefits that an employer is required to make available to an employee and his or her dependents for the purpose of determining whether the employer is authorized to pay the lower minimum wage rate.  
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Humboldt County Commissioners unanimously passed a non-partisan resolution declaring the county to be a Second Amendment supporting county. The commissioners passed the resolution at the Oct. 7 meeting. 
    “We took the resolution that the folks offered us,” Commission Chairman Jim French said, “and we incorporated a good portion back into the county's version and kind of made it a hybrid resolution to try to demonstrate that … several of the bills that were passed in this last legislature are, in my view, crossing a line, from the  Second Amendment perspective.  This was our shot at informing the State as well as the legislature our position on that.”
    The push for a county-wide resolution began in July when Dawn Principe, representing Second Amendment supporters, confronted the commissioners about its position regarding recent firearm legislation. The gun rights advocates were concerned that laws such as AB291 are unconstitutional. Under AB291 (dubbed the “red flag law”), firearms would be temporarily seized from a person who was thought to be a threat by family or law enforcement. 
  • Local Main Street America group needs community input
    Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    It doesn’t take much to make a downtown area look attractive and inviting — a coat or two of paint, some planters with greenery, a stunning piece of artwork or two. What it does take is a concerted effort by the community to come together and share their ideas and vision. Winnemucca’s own Main Street USA committee is looking for community members to show up and share at their next meeting on Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Museum.
    The Main Street Program is a national effort to economically develop historic downtown areas across the country while preserving a downtown’s unique character. The movement grew out of the idea that a healthy downtown is vital to a community’s pride and economic wellbeing. The program is designed to foster a grass-roots approach to revitalizing downtown districts by encouraging local leaders and community members to share ideas and resources. According to the program’s flyer, a community’s reputation is based on the condition of its downtown area.
    Local organizers are seeking input from residents about what they would like to see in Winnemucca’s downtown district. The organizers would like to have a diverse group and invite all participants to the meeting. 
  • Fall fun at Lazy P
    Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    This year’s festival promises lots of family-friendly activities, as well as some white-knuckle, hair-raising experiences for the older crowd (and perhaps the braver young ones) inside the haunted house. Going into its seventh year, the fall festival features traditional events such as the country store, bounce house and the ever-popular six-acre corn maze. For more information, including hours of operation and offered activities, visit www.lazyp.com or call (775) 625-1194 for more information. Lazy P Adventure Farm is located at 8280 Grass Valley Road. 

     
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    Every minute I spend in schools, I learn something new – sometimes the situation is devastating, but regardless it is educational. Although this first incident occurred several years ago, it is still fresh today. We teachers had a student who struggled in class as well as during hallway passing and at lunch. Concerned, the counselor called a meeting with the single mom to determine how we could rally to assist this student. In a quiet meeting room, mom entered and began to relate her son’s story. Mom definitely cared and wanted her son to succeed, but the details she revealed were horrific.
    First, she mentioned that her son’s dad was in prison for murder. Oh, my. Then she added that he had murdered her boyfriend with her son as a witness. Oh, double my! Sister was a high school drop-out, finding school just too difficult to navigate as she wound herself through drug court and rehabilitation measures. Grandma, our student’s mother, cared for her three small children, two of whom had serious medical issues. The entire family had recently been evicted from their home because of non-payment of utilities and rent, but, she smiled and continued, “We have found a fairly cheap motel room.” I wondered how she could be positive under such a grim description but then she went on with other life aspects including drugs, prison, poverty, and crippling living conditions. 
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The technical committee charged with guiding the implementation of the state’s new school funding formula already met some resistance during its inaugural meeting Friday.
    The newly formed Commission on School Funding met Friday and assessed the Herculean task that lies ahead. But before members even dug into their work, political divisions appeared during public comment when the Nevada State Education Association criticized the new formula and the commission makeup. The Clark County Education Association then offered its support to the commission.
    In the waning hours of the Legislature, state lawmakers approved Senate Bill 543, which overhauls the state’s 52-year-old education funding formula by placing revenue streams in a single funding pot and moving toward a weighted funding model in which student groups with more needs receive extra money.
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The next head of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is likely to be Business and Industry Department Director Michael Brown, after a search subcommittee enthusiastically endorsed the former Barrick Mining president to lead the economic development agency over its current interim director, Kris Sanchez.
    During a meeting of the search subcommittee recently, board members almost unanimously praised Brown, hired by Gov. Steve Sisolak in January 2019, and recommended that he be hired to be the next full-time leader of the agency, which is best known for offering a variety of tax incentives and abatements to new or expanding businesses in the state. 
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