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  • Lithium Nevada donates to the Dictionary Project to Humboldt County School District
    Friday, November 27, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Winnemucca Literary Guild, one of the oldest community clubs in town (only being outdone in longevity by the Century Club) has been in charge of the Dictionary Project for the past 20 years. The Dictionary Project is a nation-wide project where dictionaries are donated to every 3rd-grader in a community. The Literary Guild has been very proud of being in charge of this community event, but 2020 has brought it’s own share of disappointments to everyone and the Literary Guild has not been excluded. Because of Covid-19, older members are staying away from meeting in public and instead staying home to be safe, which led fundraising for the dictionaries in dire straights.
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 1:00 AM
    Two ballot initiatives backed by the Clark County Education Association that would raise the state’s sales and gaming tax rates have garnered enough signatures to move forward to the 2021 Legislature, setting up a potentially politically fraught fight over taxes next year.
    The union submitted nearly 200,000 signatures for each petition to county election officials on Tuesday, one day before the deadline set in state law for initiative petition backers to submit the required 97,598 signatures. John Vellardita, executive director of CCEA, said the teachers’ union “clearly ran up the score” with the number of signatures collected — roughly double what was needed — while also navigating a pandemic. 
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 1:00 AM
    The New York Times had intriguing articles on lousy book endings. This idea grabbed me as I despise a crummy resolution. Some might say I devise my own endings anyway, regardless of what the author writes, but that isn’t necessarily true. Knowing we do not live in Disneyland, the termination of reading a novel or non-fiction must possess a degree of enlightenment and intelligence, an “Aha!” moment, not just a tidy tied-up swarm of triviality. Don’t you hate slogging through a book, hoping for a redemptive message, only to discover ceaseless drivel? I’ve chosen several books to review on this topic plus some that I think have ideal endings.
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 1:00 AM
    Enrique González was already facing tough times when he had his hours as a cook at the Aria Resort and Casino cut to two or three days a week and saw the unemployment checks that buoyed him earlier in the pandemic dwindle to nothing some weeks.
    But he was still shocked last Tuesday morning when authorities showed up to his door, gave him 15 minutes to grab essentials and booted him from the home he’s lived in for five years. González has a pending application for government-funded rental assistance and has invoked a federal eviction moratorium in effect until the end of the year, but it was still ineffective against a court order that he be removed.
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Humboldt County Commission approved Humboldt County Treasurer Rhona Lecumberry’s request to sign a service agreement with Point & Pay for merchant services. The merchant services include the Treasurer’s Office ability to accept debit cards, credit cards or electronic checks (e-Check). The new system will shift the responsibility of merchant processing fees from the county to the individual payers who use these methods of payments. 
    “I’ve mentioned in previous treasurer reports, our merchant fees have continued to increase year after year,” Lecumberry told the commission at the Nov. 9 meeting. “Humboldt County has been absorbing those fees, but it is my opinion that we can no longer afford to do so.  With more and more people using credit and debit cards as a form of payment it has simply gotten too costly.”
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada resident Diana Santeliz has been struggling so much as she waits for a resolution on her stalled unemployment claim that she has been unable to pay for a car she needs to continue as an Uber driver. As of Thursday, she had just $6.50 in her checking account. 
    So it was a shock when, a few days earlier, she received two letters from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). One said she was overpaid $8,483 and that it needed to be paid back within 11 days. The other said she owed the state another $10,200. 
    “Oh my God, I started crying,” said Santeliz, 47. “And then I was sick in the bathroom, my stomach upside down.”
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the 2021 signup periods for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and CRP Grasslands offers. General signup for CRP will be open from Jan. 4, 2021 to Feb. 12, 2021; signup for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021 to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.
    “The Conservation Reserve Program and the many focused programs that come under it, like CRP Grasslands, are some of our most critical tools we have to help producers better manage their operations while conserving natural resources,” said Janice Kolvet. “As one of our nation’s largest conservation endeavors, CRP has proven to protect our Nation’s valuable resources; and next year’s signup gives our farmers and ranchers an opportunity to enroll in CRP for the first time or continue their participation for another term.
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    County officials in Nevada have launched a new reporting tool allowing residents to make requests for service and bring attention to issues such as COVID-19 restriction violations.
    The FixIt Clark County application allows residents in Las Vegas and surrounding suburbs to report issues based on their location by submitting pictures and writing descriptions of their concerns.
    Residents can report issues such as potholes, graffiti, street lights, trash, short-term rentals and COVID-19 violations at county businesses and then track the progress of their reports.
  • Family Support Center fundraiser is an investment in mental health for all
    Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    Health has been headline news for months — but physical health is only part of a larger picture. Those who work with the Family Support Center in Winnemucca work to fill in the whole picture - including relationship health, family health, individual resilience, healing from trauma, and help for those whose health is threatened by substance abuse.
    This rural community came together to make an investment in those facets of health care by supporting a Family Support Center (FSC) fundraiser held the last day of October. 
  • Marketing your cull cows
    Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    This is the time of year most Ranchers are gathering in the calf crops, weaning, vaccinating, and pregnancy checking cows. 
    It should also be a time when marketing strategies and plans are determined.
    This means taking some thoughtful time and looking at the options that are available and making a decisions based on the best market and time frame for the operation, not necessarily the most convenient.
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