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  • Agape gives 1950s-themed sock hop to thank community
    Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    The members of Agape Hospice and Palliative Care gave a 1950s-themed sock hop to thank the members of the Battle Mountain community for their efforts in raising over $5,000 in funds. 
  • House lost in fire; no injuries
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    Fire engulfed and completely burned a house at 1080 Skyline Blvd. in Battle Mountain but no injuries occurred.
    Lander County Sheriff Ron Unger stated the fire started on the front porch and was reported at approximately 12:26 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29.
    Firefighters arrived and battled the fire for over four hours but the structure was a loss. 
    Wind was a key factor. 
  • Sheriff’s Office holds press conference to address concerns with “Red Flag” Law
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen called a press conference Oct. 31 to discuss residents’ concerns about firearms legislation passed during the 2019 Nevada Legislative session and to “clear up some misinterpretations of this new law.”
    Under AB291, firearms would be temporarily seized from a person who was thought to be a threat by family or law enforcement. The law takes effect January 1, 2020.
  • USDA Sets Interim Hemp Rules
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    Hemp production in the U.S. has seen a resurgence in the last five years; however, it remains unclear whether consumer demand will meet the supply. High prices for hemp, driven primarily by demand for use in producing CBD, relative to other crops, have driven increases in planting. Producer interest in hemp production is largely driven by the potential for high returns from sales of hemp flowers to be processed into CBD oil.
    The 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to establish a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States. USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through an interim final rule. This rule outlines provisions for the USDA to approve plans submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of hemp. It also establishes a Federal plan for producers in States or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan.
  • How a stargazing-themed train ride is boosting tourism in rural Nevada
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:00 AM
    On a chilly fall evening, a train conductor clad in a flat-topped hat and gold-buttoned suit jacket inhaled deeply and delivered his customary greeting.
    “All aboard!” he shouted, lingering on each syllable.
    The announcement spurred action at the Nevada Northern Railway’s train depot in Ely, where a group of Chinese travel agents formed a line last week. Single file, they boarded the red-lit passenger cars bound for a desert area outside Great Basin National Park. They hoped to see a pristine nighttime sky free of light pollution and, therefore, full of stars.
    Several years ago, this scene — international travel agents scouting an attraction in Ely (population: 4,000) — may have seemed outlandish. But not anymore. 
  • Victim of 2007 sexual assault at UNR renews call for campus carry
    Friday, November 1, 2019 1:00 AM
    In 2007, former University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) student Amanda Collins-Johnson was raped at gunpoint in a parking structure on campus — on the same floor that campus police park their cruisers.
    Collins-Johnson and Antonia Okafor, an advocate for gun carry laws on college campuses, spoke to students and community members last week at an event co-sponsored by the Center for Conservative Women and the UNR College Republicans. They are both survivors of sexual assault and believe one of the most effective ways of keeping women safe is to teach them how to use and carry a firearm so they don’t have to depend on police in emergencies.
  • State’s school superintendent stops in Battle Mountain 
during recent listening tour
    Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:00 AM
    Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Nevada Department of Education Jhone Ebert stopped in Battle Mountain on her statewide listening tour of all 17 Nevada school districts. Ebert visited classrooms and spent time with students, teachers, and school board and community members. 
    Ebert stated, “My goal is to better understand the treasures of our communities as well as the desires and challenges of greater student success.”
    Ebert, a lifelong educator, said she spent 25 years in the Clark County School District and started out as a math teacher. She held many different roles, was Director of Public Schools, and had the opportunity to go to New York to the State Department of Education.
    “It was fascinating to be there because it’s not a K-12 system, it’s a P-20 system, where higher education is included. It was wonderful. I traded 300,000 kids for 3 million kids. And now I have half a million kids. It’s been good to come back home to Nevada and visit schools around the state. A lot of the students have been singing ‘Home Means Nevada,’ and it’s been great.”
  • Wild horses and inmates alike learn discipline through prison ranch program
    Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:00 AM
    Tens of thousands of wild horses roam the sagebrush-speckled range of Nevada, untouched by humans.
    So it takes some courage — and a lot of patience — to finally put a saddle on one of those untamed horses and jump aboard.
    “Nothing’s more nerve-wracking than throwing your leg over the saddle for the first time,” said Michael Gotschall. “They generally trust you, but you really don’t know what they’re going to do.”
    Gotschall, 45, is a minimum security inmate serving a sentence at the Stewart Conservation Camp in Carson City. But he’s also a horse trainer, spending eight-hour days on a fully functional prison ranch trying to domesticate animals that the Bureau of Land Management has rounded up from the wild.
  • Judge Russell as Nevada Day Parade grand marshal is a family tradition
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:00 AM
    He said he’ll ride this year along with his wife Jeanne and two grand daughters in a 1915 Ford.
    He said it’s also a good time to announce that he will seek election to another six-year term as Carson district judge.
    When his current term expires at the end of next year, he said he will have 14 years on the bench.
    “I’m gong to be 72 in November but I’m going to run again,” he said adding that he’s in good health and wants to, “keep going for a while.”
    A Carson City native, Russell said he rode in the parade every year: “We always had to ride as a family, dad and mom made us ride, all five of us kids.”
  • Austin-Tonopah, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger Districts start 
selling Christmas tree permits on Nov. 1
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:00 AM
    Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Austin-Tonopah, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger Districts on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Nov. 1.
    The U.S. Forest Service Christmas Tree Program is designed for families, businesses, and institutions wishing to cut their own trees for decorating.  
    Christmas tree permits must be purchased in person and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for $5 each with a limit of five per household. Permits are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and only valid through Dec. 25, 2019. 
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