NSC hears arguments in dispute over special master in mining case
CARSON CITY – The Nevada Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday (May 13) for and against the appointment of a special court master in the ongoing dispute between Coeur Rochester, Inc. and Rye Patch Gold over mineral rights in Pershing County.
From the beginning, RPG has protested the appointment by the trial judge, Michael Montero, of the 6th Judicial District Court, who sought assistance in the case due to the complexity of the issues. Judge David Hagen, retired, was appointed to hear pretrial matters and make recommendations to Montero, who then issued orders based on the recommendations. Both parties were free to appeal those decisions.
Taco Time gets new look with buckaroo mural
Taco Time has a new look in the form of a mural that marries art and modern technology. The new buckaroo on the front of the building was originally painted by local artist Belinda Bell.
However, she did not paint the mural directly onto the building, which would fade with time from exposure to harsh weather. Instead, Bell created the painting then turned it over to Jim Billingsley, of Jim Dandy's Productions, who scanned it into a computer program and reprinted it on two 4 x 8 ft sheets of metal, which were bolted onto the wall of Taco Time.
WPD investigating death of woman
Detectives from the Winnemucca Police Department are investigating the death of a woman, described as bring in her mid-forties, who was found deceased in her apartment last Wednesday (May 8). Detective Andy Rorex said there was nothing at the scene to indicate the death was the result of a criminal act. Little will be known until the results of the autopsy are received, which could take months. The woman's name was not released.
Developer compromises on Rose Creek property; commissioners grapple with the extent of private property rights
WINNEMUCCA – The potential for development on Rose Creek Road highlights the primary issue locals are debating in the face of massive development: the rights of private property owners v's what's best for the community as a whole.
The discussion stemmed from a zone-change request made by Rose Creek LLC through their representative, John Milton, of Desert Mountain Surveying. Rose Creek LLC was attempting to develop 97 acres off of Rose Creek. They requested a zone-change from M3 (open land use, 2.5 acres) to Rural Ranchette1.25, which would allow them to develop the parcel into 1.25 acre lots.
Nevada Outdoor School celebrates first ten years – preparing for many more
WINNEMUCCA – When organizers first began discussing the possibility of starting an environmental education program in Humboldt County, those proposing the Nevada Outdoor School were not well received. Some critics thought the programs might include anti-mining or ranching messaging. The backlash was such the group carefully avoided the term “environmental education” for years.
Humboldt General welcomes Eddy Davis back to financial department
INNEMUCCA —A long-time veteran of Humboldt General Hospital is back on the job. Eddy Davis hasn’t worked at the facility since 2004, but before that, he logged more than 18 years with the organization, first as an accountant beginning in 1986, and finally as Chief Financial Officer. Now, in his new role as comptroller, Davis will act as the accounting/audit expert at HGH while implementing and monitoring internal controls, independent of the Chief Financial Officer.
National Kids to Parks Day is May 18!
CARSONCITY – The Nevada Division of State Parks encourages Nevadans of all ages to step outside on National Kids to Parks Day to celebrate the great outdoors and support the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside! initiative.
"We want to inspire children to, at least occasionally, put down their phones and spend time outdoors,” said Eric Johnson, deputy administrator of the Nevada Division of State Parks. “Programs and interpretive events are scheduled year round at parks throughout the state to help reconnect our increasingly urban population with the real world.”
Locals in the news: Carl Hammond talks about life in rural Nevada
From ABC Brisbane: Carl Hammond discusses life in Winnemucca, the town's history, and the Buckaroo Hall of Fame.
To listen to the interview: Around the World in 80 Songs: Winnemucca
Drug cases following slew of arrests begin working through the justice system
The first of what will be many drug cases was heard in Union Township Justice Court on Tuesday (May 7) following a slew of recent drug arrests involving local residents and the sales of methamphetamine. The arrests followed multiple investigations by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Team.
EPA effort to remove contaminated soil in McDermitt making progress
For years folks in McDermitt used waste from the Cordero mine as backfill at their residences. It was not until much later, after testing by the EPA and NDEP, did they learn the waste had elevated concentrations of mercury and arsenic.
Starting in April, the EPA began removing the contaminated materials and filling in with fresh dirt (shown).