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  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 AM
     Applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Nevada is going to be a smoother process thanks to the extension of a federal waiver. 
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Humboldt County School Board of Trustees voted at the July 28 meeting in favor of the reopening plan proposed by the school district, which includes pushing the starting date to September 8, with additional changes to the original plan. 
    The revised reopening plan will now include Governor Steve Sisolak’s recently issued Directive 28, which requires masks to be worn by all students and adults within the building and to maintain social distancing protocol.
    Humboldt County School District Superintendent Dr. Dave Jensen emphasized the need for the district to adapt to what is happening within the county as well as at the state level. “This has to be a fluid plan,” Jensen says, “because it’s going to change in the next month before we start to see staff and students return.”
  • Trio of mining tax hike proposals pass out of 
special session; first step to amend Constitution
    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada lawmakers have kickstarted a process that could eventually raise taxes on mining companies by passing three potential constitutional amendments during the special session.
    In separate floor votes on Sunday, the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate voted in favor of AJR1, AJR2 and SJR1 — three measures that would modify the current 5 percent cap on the net proceeds of minerals tax set in the state’s Constitution. Progressives have been seeking more revenue out of the industry, saying it has had a “sweetheart deal” in the Constitution since Nevada gained statehood in 1864.
    Two of the proposals (AJR1 and SJR1) would remove the 5 percent cap and implement a 7.75 percent rate on gross mining proceeds, with portions of the new tax funds earmarked either for education or health care (AJR1) or a separate fund for payments to “eligible persons domiciled in this State” (SJR1).
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 AM
    On July 28, the Humboldt County School District Board of Trustees held their regular meeting. 
    The board approved the following agenda item:
  • Officials: Don’t plant mystery seeds
    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 AM
    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives are concerned that mysterious seeds arriving in the mailboxes of residents throughout the country could be an invasive species that may harm native plants and agricultural efforts. 
    The USDA has confirmed that residents in all 50 states have received these anonymous seed packages, labeled as “jewelry” and originating from China. 
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 AM
    In the midst of an unexpected recession and staggering job losses across the country, NV Energy has proposed a massive new transmission infrastructure project that it says will create jobs, boost the economy and help promote renewable energy development.
    If that line sounds familiar, that’s because it’s happened before. In 2009, the state’s primary electric utility made many of those same arguments about economic recovery and renewable energy in its pitch to build a 235-mile, 500 megawatt “One Nevada Transmission Line” linking Southern and Northern Nevada for the first time.
  • Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada’s new Cannabis Compliance Board has adopted a fresh set of regulations to govern the marijuana industry and lifted restrictions that have been holding up license transfer requests since allegations of shady conduct emerged last October.
    The board, which only has three of the five members it is intended to have, assumed oversight of the cannabis industry effective July 1. The Nevada Department of Taxation most recently had jurisdiction of marijuana regulation, but the Cannabis Compliance Board was designed to have a singular focus on the marijuana realm and oversee the industry in a manner similar to the well-respected Gaming Control Board.
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    On July 15, the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office concluded the 2020 Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) Emergency wild horse gather. 
    The BLM gathered and removed 85 wild horses from areas within and outside of the HMA located in Humboldt County, Nevada. 
    The action was necessary due to lack of water and declining health of the wild horses. Gather operations were conducted using the water and bait trap method.
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved $18.4 million to reimburse the State of Nevada for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of state, county, and tribal personnel, healthcare facility workers, and first responders.
    “FEMA’s reimbursement gives the state the opportunity to buy additional personal protective equipment to support Nevada’s COVID response efforts,” said Governor Sisolak. “We appreciate the federal government’s assistance to help Nevadans with emergency protective measures during this unprecedented time.”
  • Lahontan Cutthroat Trout thrive at Paiute’s Summit Lake in far northern Nevada
    Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, North America’s largest freshwater native trout species. 
    Research to understand the reasons why this population continues to thrive, where others have not, will be used to protect the fish and its habitat – as well as to apply the knowledge to help restore other Nevada lakes that once had bountiful numbers of the iconic fish that historically reached 60 pounds.
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