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  • Tree Lighting Festival brings community together
    Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:00 AM
    “If you didn’t know you were in Battle Mountain, you’d think you were in a Hallmark Christmas movie,” said one resident at the first ever Lander County Tree Lighting Festival in Elquist Park.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:00 AM
    A nonprofit conservative group has filed a lawsuit seeking to block implementation of Nevada’s newly adopted “red flag” law before it takes effect next year.
    The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Carson City District Court by NevadansCAN, a self-described “non-profit citizens action network” based in Henderson and led by Mary Rooney, a former Republican state Assembly candidate and a conservative activist. Attorneys representing the group are Alan Lefebvre and William Schuller of the Kolesar & Leatham law firm.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Lander Economic Development Authority (LEDA) presented updates recently on several activities and projects in the Battle Mountain area. 
    LEDA will be expanding the Battle Mountain Trail Sites by 10 additional sites. Once the map is approved, the public can expect applications to be available by the end of January or the first part of February 2020. 
    Lander County Planning Coordinator Kyla Bright said, “Our goal is to start placement of the sites by the first part of Spring 2020.”
    LEDA is looking into the possibility for funding to construct a non-motorized, asphalt trail extending out of Hilltop Road, Airport Road, and possibly Old 8-A.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:00 AM
    Through an executive order Friday, Gov. Steve Sisolak directed his administration to develop a coordinated plan to address climate change, saying during a speech in downtown Reno that it builds on “substantial progress” his administration and the Legislature made in less than a year. 
    The announcement marks a significant shift for an executive branch that was early to embrace renewable energy, but until recently had shied away from making explicit policy statements on an issue that scientists say is playing a role in rising temperatures, more extreme wildfires and increased variability of mountain snowpack, the source of drinking water for most Nevadans. 
    “We are here to acknowledge that our fight is far from over,” Sisolak said in front of an electric bus at the Reno Transportation Commission of Washoe County. “In order to protect Nevada and reach our goals, we must continue to take steps to address this serious issue.”
    Sisolak said the state will start moving to stronger emission standards. He said the state needs to turn its attention “to transportation, the largest source of carbon pollution in our state.” 
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to make Federal Student Aid a standalone entity, removing it from the purview of the U.S. Department of Education, she said Tuesday in Reno.
    DeVos’s remarks came during the annual Federal Student Aid Training Conference, held this year at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The conference is geared toward financial aid professionals at higher-education institutions that receive Title IV funds. 
    Federal Student Aid — commonly called FSA — is the nation’s largest provider of college and career school financial assistance through billions in grants, loans and work-study funds. FSA has more than $1.5 trillion in outstanding loans from roughly 42 million borrowers.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Bureau of Land Management, Black Rock Field Office, is requesting all new and returning persons or businesses wishing to conduct commercial activities at the 2020 Burning Man Event, submit their application by the close of business (4:30 p.m. PST) on Feb. 11, 2020.
     Returning persons or businesses that held a permit at the 2019 Burning Man Event must also apply by Feb. 11, 2020. Returning applicants must be in good standing with the Bureau of Land Management to be considered for the 2020 renewal process. 
    Returning businesses’ standings were provided in their 2019 evaluations and should be reviewed before applying.
     Persons or businesses that wish to provide commercial aviation services to the event must apply with Dusty Charters Inc. You may apply at markresch@dustycharter.com.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two proposed changes, and one final rule change, to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which serves more than 400,000 Nevadans.
     The final rule, published on December 5, 2019, addresses changes to SNAP recipients classified as Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD).
     The new rule limits states’ ability to override work requirements for SNAP recipients. The order affects adults who are less than 50 years old who do not have disabilities or dependents.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    September 2019 consolidated tax (CTX) numbers were down for Lander County and compared to those from 2018. Humboldt and Pershing Counties’ CTX numbers increased. Statewide, taxable sales were up 9.8% year-over-year, at $5,566,410,959.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    With the holiday season in full swing, the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada reminds residents that safety is paramount, whether it’s decorating the tree, the house, using the fireplace, or ensuring that toys are safe. 
    The following tips will help make your holiday season safe: 
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:00 AM
    The robots are coming—and according to some experts, they’re here to take our jobs. Artificial intelligence and automation have made our world an increasingly futuristic wonder to behold.
    However, some “experts” still apparently worry such a future is a dystopian one—where robots, AI and automation will slowly phase out Americans workers, costing tens of millions of jobs in the decade ahead.
    It’s not hard to see why these warnings are taken seriously. After all, Amazon is on the verge of opening up “cashierless” stores—grocery stores where customers are free to waltz in, grab their products, and walk out without ever needing to interact with a minimum-wage teller, cashier clerk or even a self-checkout kiosk. Such AI-powered shopping, if successfully implemented by Amazon, will soon be adopted by other retailers—and eventually even small businesses.
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