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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. 
  • Pershing County leaders may reorganize emergency services
    Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Pershing County emergency services leaders sounded the alarm last week due to a decline in volunteers responding to emergency calls. A few of the older volunteers, retired from daytime jobs, respond to most of the daytime calls according to Lovelock Fire Chief Rodney Wilox.
    Many of the Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department’s younger members have out-of-town jobs, or even in-town jobs, that make it difficult for them to respond as needed to medical and fire emergencies, Wilcox said. This has become a problem across the county at the three other volunteer fire and
    ambulance departments in Rye Patch, Imlay and Grass Valley where many of those volunteers also work out of town for the mines, hospitals, the county or other employers.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    County leaders postponed a decision on a commercial fire inspection program until they have more information on the number of businesses in Pershing County that could be impacted by the program. A list of county-licensed businesses was requested from the Sheriff’s Department.
    Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department member Mike Heidemann, a certified fire inspector, has advised county leaders that a fire inspection program could be educational for the public, increase public safety and reduce fire insurance rates for homeowners and business owners.
    Regular fire inspections are a factor in a community’s ISO rating, Heidemann said. The ISO rating is one of the many factors considered as insurance companies set fire insurance rates.
  • Lovelock’s new animal control officer is on the job
    Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    Charlsie Duffy-Wilcox seized the day. When she heard the City of Lovelock needed a full-time animal control officer, she applied right away. 
    Duffy-Wilcox, 30, had interviewed for the position eleven years ago but lost out to a more experienced candidate. Sheri Burrows performed the demanding job with gusto for more than a decade. 
    Last month Mayor Mike Giles, Lisa Booth and LPD Sergeant Darrell Mancebo interviewed Duffy-Wilcox. She now joins part-timer, Shailynn Sample, at the animal shelter on 700 South Meridian Road. Sample has been helping the new animal control officer feel at home. 
    “Shailynn does a great job and is passionate about the animals,” says Duffy-Wilcox. Until age 11, Duffy-Wilcox lived off-grid in Limerick Canyon, surrounded by horses, dogs, chickens, pigs,  rabbits, cats and donkeys.
    After her family moved to Lovelock, her passion for animals continued to blossom. Like most animal lovers, she learned a sad lesson — you can’t help them all.
  • 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. 
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