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Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:00 AM
During this time of year, it is beautiful to look from the valley up and out to the mountains and see them covered in white. As desert dwellers, we find comfort knowing that the snow in the mountains is the source of our water. The snow that melts off each spring provides essential runoff to streams and reservoirs, while snow in the valley melts and recharges ground-water aquifers. Did you know that the snowpack is carefully monitored and used for water predictions by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)? The NRCS provides snowpack data and streamflow forecasts to help with water supply management, flood control, recreation, climate modeling, and conservation planning.
  • Dedicated drivers make sure athletes get where they need to go
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:00 AM
    If you want to learn about a high school sports team, talk to their bus driver. During the school week, Shelly DeBraga drives the Unionville/Imlay route, 245 miles a day, four days a week, a grand total of 980 miles. She runs a tight ship and loves her job, rising at 3 a.m. to begin work at 4:10 a.m. sharp. 
    On Friday, March 12, DeBraga put in some extra hours. She drove the Pershing County Mustang volleyball team to their game in West Wendover, a nine-hour round trip. Due to Covid restrictions, the drivers, athletes and coaches all wore masks. It didn’t slow them down.
  • Veterans honored at unaccompanied services
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:00 AM
    A number of veterans have recently been remembered for their service to the United States in two separate military ceremony at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.
    Monthly military service recognizes veterans who remains were unaccompanied. The Nevada Veterans Coalition conducted ceremonies in February and March.
  • Mormon Crickets have begun hatching
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:00 AM
    Mormon crickets have begun hatching in northern Nevada, including Winnemucca and throughout Humboldt County, first reported in late March. 
    “We began our regular surveys last week and found them in the Winnemucca area, Golconda (south side of I-80), Grass Valley, above Rose Creek, Orovada, Sand Pass and Silver State Valley,” said Nevada Department of Agriculture Entomologist Jeff Knight. “Preparations are being made to treat when hatching appears to have been completed and the necessary documents are finalized.” 
  • Workshop offered to attract beneficial insects, help with pest control
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:00 AM
    Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are crucial for helping to produce the fruits and vegetables grown in Nevada. But it’s not just bees and butterflies. 
    Wasps and flies also visit native flowers, and they provide another important service as pest control for many farm and garden insect pests. 
    To encourage homeowners to support native pollinator populations, University of Nevada, Reno Extension is presenting free workshops in Reno and Elko on using native plants to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
  • Is it Spring yet?
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:00 AM
    Lately, everyone seems to have the same question, “When is it going to be spring?” The answer to this question is, “Only Mother Nature knows for sure.” However, I can give you some information that helps predict when spring will arrive, along with other answers to common spring gardening questions.
  • Check out the library
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:00 AM
    What’s going on at the Pershing County Library? It’s not exactly a re-opening. They’ve stayed open in a limited capacity for most of the past year. It’s more like a readjustment, unfolding page by page like any mystery.
    “When the governor locked down the state (March 15, 2020), we closed our doors for about two weeks,” says Director Kathie Brinkerhoff. But, the staff began offering at-door-service. Library aides Kameron Mitchell and Mandy Springer answered phone calls from people in need of a good read or movie.
  • Proposed salmon farm makes progress
    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:00 AM
    The face of agriculture in northern Nevada faces changes over the next decade as environmental issues, food trends and new types of crops enter to change the industry. One such change is aquaculture. 
    The Norwegian based company West Coast Salmon AS intends to raise Atlantic salmon at a proposed facility at Cosgrave Farm near the Humboldt and Pershing County line. Project Manager Ralph Runge said the company secured the Cosgrave Ranch with water rights. The ranch is north of Mill City. 
  • 4-H Youth Development Program to teach youth about legislative process
    Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:00 AM
    With the 81st Nevada Legislative Session in full swing, there is no better time for Nevada youth to learn about the legislative process.
    Throughout April, University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program will offer a six-session workshop series called 4-H Citizenship, Nevada Focus, which will focus on teaching youth the role they can have in policy making and shaping the future.
    “Extension 4-H Youth Development Program’s goal is to teach youth the power they have to impact the world around them,” 4-H Program Manager Sarah Chvilicek said. “We want them to leave knowing how to make an impact.”
  • Lucky Signs of Spring
    Friday, April 2, 2021 1:00 AM
    It’s springtime in the northern Nevada! That means buds are blooming, seeds are spreading, and wildlife is waking up. Migratory birds and butterflies are returning from their winter homes to mate and breed. Insects, like bees and ladybugs, are thawing from their states of frozen animation known as diapause and amphibians and reptiles are rousing from brumation (a state of inactivity during cold temperatures). Small mammals such as squirrels, mice, and voles are rousing from hibernation and larger mammals such as bears and raccoons are rousing from their deep winter sleep known as torpor. 
  • How to control dodder
    Thursday, April 1, 2021 1:00 AM
    I recently had a conversation with a local farmer about his alfalfa fields and the presents of Dodder. Dodder, is a parasitic annual plant that infests many crops, ornamentals, native plants, and weeds. More than 150 species occur worldwide, although dodder is most prevalent in the Americas.
    Dodder is a parasitic weed that causes serious problems in forage and seed alfalfa fields. Parasitized alfalfa plants grow less vigorously, often becoming so weakened that they die. Because dodder is succulent, heavily infested alfalfa may require at least an extra day to cure. A severe dodder infestation can thus reduce stand, cause improper curing of hay, and lower forage and seed yields. As a result, hay prices may be discounted, often by more than $10 a ton
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