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  • 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 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. 
  • Youth dental care on wheels
    Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Today and tomorrow, youth can obtain dental care in the McDonald’s parking lot in Winnemucca via Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. 
    The mobile dental unit will be at 1930 W. Winnemucca boulevard in Winnemucca Wednesday, Oct. 9 (Today) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and tomorrow Oct. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. closed both days from 12-1 for lunch.
    As part of Nevada Health Centers, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is staffed with dentists, hygienists and assistants, offering full dental services to children up to the age of 21. 
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Lander County Economic Development Authority Coordinator Kyla Bright recently met with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology and stated they are requesting residents and business owners to complete an important survey regarding broadband services to be brought into the Battle Mountain area.
    Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.-20) introduced the ACCESS BROADBAND Act in April of this year, which is legislation that fosters the development and growth of broadband resources for businesses as well as underserved communities, such as rural communities in Lander County.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Lander County School District has applied for and been awarded two large grants, one for $80,000 and the other for over $450,000. 
    Superintendent Russell Klein said the $80,000 grant from POOL/PACT will be spent on three items he applied for totaling $110,000 that will result in a reduction of liability. 
    The Nevada Public Agency Insurance Pool (POOL) was formed in 1987. By pooling resources, Nevada public entities discovered they could obtain property casualty coverage at a reasonable cost and access risk management resources superior to those previously offered to rural municipalities. The Public Agency Compensation Trust was formed in 1996 to provide workers compensation coverage. POOL/PACT is a consortium of many different government entities whose members include counties, cities, school districts, special districts and towns. Every member actively manages the risk encountered as a public agency.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Every five years the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes a Census of Agriculture report. The Census aims at a complete count of America’s farms, ranches and the people who operate them. The Census covers the period from 2012 to 2017. 
    The national, state and county-level data on the NASS website highlights the number of farms, land in farms, land use, value of sales, and producer characteristics, such as years of experience, average age and more.
    The report shows a national, state and county level. At the national level, in 2017, the total number of producers in the U.S. was 3.4 million, while the total number of female producers increased by nearly 27% since 2012. During that same period, the number of male producers decreased by 1.7%.  The average age of all producers was 57.5 years, which is 1.2 years older than 2012’s average. This reflects a long-term trend of aging in U.S. producers.
  • Public Lands Day celebrated as way to boost outdoor recreation, conservation
    Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Gov. Steve Sisolak declined to take a firm position on the contentious proposed expansion of a military bombing range onto hundreds of square miles of public land in Nevada, even as elected officials and conservation activists throughout the state gathered on Saturday to highlight the beauty of Nevada’s vast public lands and economic benefits of outdoor recreation.
    Nevada has the highest percentage of public land — broadly defined as non-privately owned land controlled by the federal government — of any state, with more than 63 percent of the state’s landmass under federal control. Although much of the state’s population is clustered in urban areas, outdoor recreation is a lucrative part of the economy —  one study estimates that it creates 87,000 jobs and generates $4 billion in wages and $12.6 billion for Nevada’s economy. 
  • New veterans’ home provides state-of-the-art care
    Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    An open house for the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home on Thursday has begun a new chapter in state-of-the-art health care for veterans, their loved ones and Gold Star families.
    Gov. Steve Sisolak, who signed 20 veteran-related bills during the last legislative session, said the community worked together to make the new 102,000 square-foot facility a reality. 
    The official ribbon cutting occurred in December 2018, but the facility didn’t accept residents until finishing touches were completed and furniture installed. The Nevada Department of Veterans Services said 28 veterans are currently receiving care at the $47-million facility. The veterans’ home will be able to serve 96 individuals. 
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Bureau of Land Management Elko District and Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District liftined fire restrictions that have been in place since Aug. 15. Restrictions expired on Oct. 1 
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