Author: Heidi Bunch

Hawthorne Man Receives 25-Year Sentence for Drug Trafficking

On Tuesday, June 26, Eleventh Judicial District Court Judge Jim Shirley, sentenced Robert Maurice Wilson (of Hawthorne) to twenty-five years incarceration in the Nevada Department of Corrections. In a press release from Mineral County District Attorney Sean Rowe, it is stated that Wilson was convicted by a Mineral County jury in December of 2017 on counts of “trafficking in Heroin and Methamphetamine as well as additional counts of unlawful possession of Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Diazepam and Tramadol and child endangerment.” The charges within this case come from a Mineral County Sheriff’s Office investigation dating back to November 2015 when deputies...

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Watson Named Next District Superintendent

Mineral County School District has named a new superintendent after meeting with candidates. The decision was made on Friday, June 29 when Karen Watson was chosen to be the next superintendent of Mineral County School District. This news comes after the announcement (earlier this year) that the former Mineral County School District Superintendent Walt Hackford tendered his resignation. He told the trustees that he was planning to enjoy retirement. The Mineral County School Board heard public comment from Jean Peterson who explained the history of the school since the retirement of Arlo Funk and Granville Gage and the turnover of many superintendents that have been through the district. “We need stability,” she told the board. “Karen is what this district needs… I believe she is in it for the long haul,” Commissioner Garth Price explained about Watson and her affiliation with Mineral County. Watson is a Mineral County High School graduate and her family still resides in Hawthorne. Ann Kee, secretary for Hawthorne Elementary School, explained her interaction with Watson and the touring of the schools. “She [Watson] took time to introduce herself to everyone on that tour, including the two gentlemen who were installing an air conditioner in Mrs. Schumann’s room who are not even employees of the district,” Kee told the trustees. Board of Trustees President Tyler Viani asked the other trustees for their opinions, thoughts on...

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New Hawthorne Army Depot Commander Introduced at Ceremony

The Change of Command ceremony, executed on the parade grounds of the Hawthorne Army Depot, a ceremony dating back to the 18th century was performed in front of guests, friends and family to witness the passing of the flag from one commander to another. LTC Dustin G. Bishop relieved LTC Scott M. Bishop of his command of the Hawthorne Army Depot on June 20. Master of Ceremonies Charles King introduced those who attended with the history of the depot. “From a town practically devastated by the flames of a July 6, 1926 fire, Hawthorne ironically found future economic growth...

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No Races Affected After Missing Votes Discovered in Mineral County

The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners met in a recessed meeting on June 19 to canvass the results of the primary election which was held on June 12. Clerk Christopher Nepper explained that he and his office completed the canvass of the 2018 election and that there had been an issue. “I accidently put three unread USB’s in the ‘read’ cartridge bag so our vote count was off for Election Day for the Schurz polling location,” he explained to Commissioners Jerrie Tipton and Chris Hegg who were in the meeting and while Commissioner Garth Price participated via the telephone. “One of those machines had 13 votes, another 17 and the other 40 votes.” He explained that once his office found out that they were missing the votes; his office immediately got with Dominion [Mineral County voter machine contractor] and tallied the votes. “This was a huge error on my part,” Nepper apologized to the board. Tipton explained that this year’s voting equipment is a whole new system. Nepper went on to explain the canvas to the commissioners, stating that Mineral County had 1,097 voters which was 43.43 percent of the voters. “Not a great turnout,” Nepper said. “With the missing votes, it did not change any of the winners,” he explained. This would not be the first time that Mineral County would be faced with uncounted or missing...

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Depot Welcomes New Commander

The Hawthorne Army Depot held their annual change of command presentation on Wednesday, June 20. Outgoing commander, LTC Scott Bishop handed over control of the depot to incoming commander, LTC Dustin G. Bishop. LTC Dustin G. Bishop joins the Hawthorne Army Depot, assuming the position from his previous assignment in Plans and Exercises Division of the United States Southern Command Logistics Directorate, which he began on Oct. 1, 2014. In that position, LTC Dustin G. Bishop provided strategic direction on all logistical matters to the command deliberate, crisis action and operational planning efforts. His planning efforts guided and supported...

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