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Warren Paul embraces his son while Mary Paul greets Prim.
Warren Paul embraces his son while Mary Paul greets Prim.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:00 AM
A dog yipped as Warden Renee Baker stepped up to the podium. “I’ve got a fan!” she joked, before beginning her speech. The audience of veterans laughed, clearly enjoying the lighthearted moment.
  • City: Water meter rates likely to increase
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:00 AM
    The city has proposed to increase water rates based on a water study showing that Winnemucca’s water rates are lowest in the state and a that shows a declining water fund ending balance and increasing expenditures. City council has voted to move forward with the increase. 
    City manager/engineer Alicia Heiser said that currently, water usage revenue enough to cover ongoing expenditures, but not enough to cover capital projects and improvements such as water tank painting and cleaning, replacement of alleway systems and continual upgrading of other systems. 
    The increase will be based on the water meter size and not water usage and may increase gradually. 
  • Advocate group seeks postponement of planned roundup of wild horses
    Friday, January 17, 2020 1:00 AM
    A group that advocates for protection of wild horses says a federal agency didn't provide adequate notice of a weeks-long roundup planned to begin Monday in eastern Nevada and western Utah and is asking for a postponement.
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:00 AM
    USDA Rural Development has rural energy funds available for small rural businesses and agricultural producers to improve energy efficiency systems or install renewable energy systems under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
    The REAP grant can provide up to 25% of the project costs for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems. 
    Applications can be submitted year-round and the application deadline is March 31. 
  • Sheriff Jerry Allen intends to join lawsuit blocking red flag law
    Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:00 AM
    Last week, Sheriff Jerry Allen asked Pershing County leaders to support his opposition to the state’s red flag law. He hopes to join a lawsuit blocking AB 291 that requires law enforcement to seize firearms from those considered by a judge to be possible threats to themselves or others.
    “You may see that I have joined on but I have been advised that I cannot independently sue anything in my capacity as the sheriff,” Allen told the county commission. “Although I have not officially joined, I’m sure you’ll see me there because I saw it (media) there yesterday when I went to the meeting. I was surprised when I walked into the meeting that I was a part of that. However, I think it’s more appropriate for the legislative body of the county (to respond).”
  • At CES, Ivanka Trump asks companies to ‘reskill’ existing workers, expand apprenticeships
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 AM
    Ivanka Trump championed apprenticeships and encouraged employers to invest in their workers during her keynote Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology show.
    Trump’s appearance, however, sparked controversy before she even took the ballroom stage, as some tech industry members criticized her inclusion, questioned her qualification and vowed to boycott the annual conference.
    Despite the backlash, the first daughter and White House adviser appeared with Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, for a discussion about the future of work — not far from convention floors featuring technology that could disrupt the workforce by potentially threatening jobs or creating new industries. 
  • Victim grants slated for Nevada agencies
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has released the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for state fiscal year (SFY) 2021.
    The VOCA Formula Grant Program, created under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act, provides federal funding nationwide to support victim assistance and compensation programs, to provide training for diverse professionals who work with victims, to develop projects that enhance victims' rights and services, and to undertake public education and awareness activities on behalf of crime victims.
  • Reno battalion prepares for deployment to Poland
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 AM
    The first Nevada Army National Guard battalion to deploy to Europe in peacetime received a sendoff Friday in a mobilization ceremony conducted at the Harry Reid Readiness Center north of Reno.
    Approximately 70 soldiers representing every corner of the Silver State will first travel to Fort Hood, Texas, for additional training for at least one month and also to link up with other companies assigned to the 757th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. The battalion staff begins a one-year deployment to Poland and other countries — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary — in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The mission focuses on the United States commitment and dedication to its NATO allies to ensure peace and stability in the region since the Russian intervention in Ukraine six years ago. 
  • Is customer-based water conservation a drop in the bucket in Southern Nevada?
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 AM
    Reduced precipitation from climate change and disputes over Colorado River water rights loom over Nevada’s water supply, but the agency that oversees it says officials can manage the uncertainty with a boost from new conservation programs and legislative mandates.
    The Southern Nevada’s Water Authority’s (SNWA) Joint Water Conservation Plan was approved by the board’s seven member agencies in December, after significant updates to the conservation formula and strategies for 2019 through August 2024, when the five-year plan will be updated.
    “Beginning in 2000 and continuing today, the Colorado River Basin has experienced drought conditions that quickly developed into the worst drought in the basin’s recorded history,” the plan says.
  • PCMS hosts National Geographic Bee
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 AM
    If you ever get lost, head over to Pershing County Middle School for directions. Nine students displayed their geographic skills last Wednesday morning. 
    They competed in the opening round of the National Geographic Bee.
    The students sat along a table in the school library. Overhead, a shelf full of trophies won by the PCMS Colts gleamed in the sunlight. 
    A smattering of proud parents and grandparents watched from the audience. Each of the competitors had aced a schoolwide qualifying test.
    Soon, one contestant would add another prize to the school’s treasure trove. Would the winner be a sixth, seventh or eighth grader?
  • Martin fire area gets a healthy crop of sagebrush
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:00 AM
    More than a year after the Martin fire in northern Humboldt County, restoration efforts are well underway. Part of the restoration program is to plant a keystone species — sagebrush — to a land scarred by wildfire. And a large part of that program is the Sagebrush in Prison program headed by projected coordinator Shannon Swim.
    Swim oversees a group of inmates at the Lovelock Correctional Facility who have volunteered to plant sagebrush seeds, care for them and harvest them to be planted across the West. Swim says the purpose is to restore wildlife habitat especially for the sage grouse while also engaging state prison systems. Swim said the program not only grows desperately-needed plant material, but also teaches inmates a bit of ecology along the way. 
    “We go into these institutions and we teach the inmates how to grow the sagebrush which includes how to sow, how to care for it, and then we also have this whole educational aspect where we teach them not just how to grow but why we are growing,” she said.
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