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  • Friday, October 18, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada is announcing a 30-day public comment period on the environmental analysis for its Feb. 11, 2020 and March 24, 2020 oil and gas lease sales. A total of 226 parcels (approximately 355,195 acres) of federal lands are proposed for lease. The parcels are located in White Pine and Lincoln counties, Nevada. The comment period will run from Oct.16-Nov. 14, 2019.
    Revenues from onshore oil and gas production on federal lands directly fund the U.S. Treasury and state budgets, and support public education, infrastructure improvements, and other state-determined priorities. Forty-eight percent of lease sale revenue goes to the state while the rest goes to the U.S. Treasury. The state also receives half of the revenue from royalties if oil and gas are developed on the lease.
    The BLM is a key contributor to the Trump Administration's America-First Energy Plan, an all-of-the-above strategy that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals, and renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, and solar – all of which can be produced on public lands.
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    New fraud research shows that people who live alone or have low financial literacy levels are more likely to lose money to fraudsters. 
    The research also shows that the highest engagement and victimization rates involve online purchases and social media—outpacing telephone, mail and email fraud.
  • Ormat to resurrect Jersey Valley Hot Springs
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    On October 8, the Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain District announced a 30-day comment period for the agency’s Environmental Assessment of Ormat Nevada’s proposed mitigation intended to restore water to the Jersey Valley Hot Springs in east Pershing County.
    The BLM confirmed that, after flowing for over a hundred years, Jersey Valley Hot Springs water flows started to decline not long after Ormat started commercial power production at the McGinnis Hills geothermal power plant in July, 2012. Two subsequent expansions have made McGinnis Hills the largest geothermal power plant in Nevada and the largest on BLM land.
  • Between life and death, patients left with little 
choice on air ambulance costs in rural Nevada
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    Living in Elko, Gerald Ackerman has become all too familiar with air ambulances.
    Several years ago, one of his daughters was riding a scooter when she shot off the sidewalk and into a church parking lot where she was run over by a car. The elementary-school-aged girl was rushed to the local hospital by ground ambulance, and the emergency room staff told Ackerman to expect the worst when they loaded his daughter onto a plane to transfer her to a hospital with a higher level of care. In Salt Lake City, she was placed on a ventilator and kept unconscious for a few days while the swelling in her brain subsided. 
    Even when it appeared she would pull through, the doctors gave Ackerman a three-inch binder filled with pages upon pages of all of all the problems his daughter could face throughout her life, including permanent brain damage and neurological impairment. Eventually, the doctors took the binder back. To this day, a scar on her chest is the only lingering reminder of the accident.
  • NV Energy sends termination notice to 
massive Tonopah solar project, developer accuses Energy Department of taking over
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    NV Energy notified a widely watched solar facility that it was terminating its power contract after it “failed to produce” the required amount of energy, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
    In the complaint, the project’s original developer, SolarReserve, claims the Department of Energy “sought to amass increased control” over the $1 billion project and its operator. The federal agency backed the Crescent Dunes solar project with a $737 million loan guarantee in 2011.
    The lawsuit, filed in a Delaware court and retrieved by Bloomberg, paints a stark picture of a 110-megawatt solar facility that has faced several recent management and operational issues. 
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    Come test drive the latest electric vehicle models at the Electric Vehicle Guest Drive event hosted by NV Energy and the Nevada Department of Transportation on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive, Reno.
    The event will take place by the softball fields. 
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and Crisis Support Services of Nevada (CSSNV) have been awarded the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline FY20-21 State Capacity Building Grant of almost $170,000. 
    Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, issued this 2-year grant that will help CSSNV add staff in order to raise answer rates and increase the number of Nevadans in crisis they assist. 
     Vibrant is granting these capacity-building funds to help build and sustain long-term partnerships between states and their respective Lifeline call centers to serve more local callers.
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that its quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Nevada resulted in competitive bids for 19,051.53 acres.  
    A total of 269,184.41 acres were offered during this sale, which was in keeping with the Administration’s goals of promoting American’s Energy independence.
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    Many children in our community benefit from the Foster Grandparent Program. Foster Grandparents are people 55 and over who enjoy spending time with children. “Grandmas” and “Grandpas” volunteer time in schools mentoring and tutoring children. Foster Grandparents become a part of the culture and fabric of the classroom and school. 
  • Engage students and share the story of 
agriculture with food and farm facts
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    The new Food and Farm Facts book, map and pocket guide, produced by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, are now available.
     “Food and Farm Facts provides the opportunity to share the story of agriculture – how and why farmers and ranchers do what they do to produce food, fiber and renewable fuel. I hope it also puts into perspective how blessed we are to be Americans,” said Foundation Chairman Zippy Duvall, who also serves as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
    Food and Farm Facts helps answer the questions “Where does our food come from and who grows it?” by exploring topics about agriculture in the U.S.
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