Routes for proposed interstate remain a question

Mineral County Planning Commission members David Ellis and Mark Nixon met with the Independent-News last week urging the Nevada State Senate to ensure that the Intermountain West Corridor (I-11) does not bypass Mineral County. Nixon explained that much work has been accomplished since the first town hall meeting where questions and support were raised regarding… [More…]

Miss Nevada attends Armed Forces pageant

Miss Armed Forces Day pageant contestants were treated to a surprise visit by Miss Nevada Bailey Gumm. Gumm volunteered her time to travel to Hawthorne on Saturday night to not only judge the Miss Armed Forces Day contest but to also show the girls where hard work and poise can land you, if you try… [More…]

Mineral County girls shine at Miss Armed Forces Day pageant

The start of the Armed Forces Day celebration always begins with the crowing of Miss Armed Forces Day but getting ready for the stage starts a month ahead of time for Mineral County ladies. Only one lady tried out for Miss Armed Forces Day this year. Unfortunately for Cheyenne Walker, the coaches for this event… [More…]

Two arrested on meth charges

A broken windshield led to the arrest of two on meth charges in Hawthorne last week. A Mineral County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a white Chevrolet sedan in the 100 block of A Street in Hawthorne on April 25 which had been observed around Hawthorne with a broken windshield on numerous occasions. After confirming the windshield… [More…]

CAHS celebrates 40 years of service to Mineral County

Consolidated Agency of Human Services, better known as CAHS to Mineral County residents can be an overlooked asset in our community, until which time you realize that their services to our community are truly valuable. At their 40th anniversary, the CAHS building was dedicated to JoAnn Jackson, the former Executive Director of the establishment. Jackson… [More…]

Flooding still projected for Schurz, Yerington

Mineral County Emergency Manager Patrick Hughes spoke to the board of commissioners and the public regarding potential flooding along the Walker River. Hughes stated that as of April 4, the Walker Basin has 640,000 acre feet of water in the snow pack. That amounts to 2,008,000 gallons of water in the mountains as of that… [More…]

Officials discuss details of proposed state park

The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners met with Nevada State Parks to discuss the proposed East Walker River property acquisition. Nevada State Administrator Eric Johnson presented a slide-show with an answer and question period to only a handful of Mineral County residents at a public hearing on April 25. The Walker River State Recreation… [More…]

Army representative discusses cleanup of Whiskey Flats area

Mineral County Independent-News recently sat down with a representative from the US Army as well as their contractor regarding the remedial cleanup of the Whiskey Flats area. Speaking with Greg Jacobs, Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot Environmental representative and Melanie Enman, contractor for HWAD with Engineering/Remediation Resources Group, Inc. (ERRG) from California. The Whiskey Flat Munitions… [More…]

Ribbon cutting ceremony marks completion of solar energy center

Celebrating the completion of the Luning Solar Energy Center, Liberty Utilities invited members of our communities, state representatives and interested groups to join them for the official ribbon cutting at the center. Travis Johnson, Vice President for Operations of Liberty Utilities, explained to those in attendance that the “Luning project” is a 50 megawatt project.… [More…]

State of Emergency declared for projected flooding

The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners made a Declaration of State of Emergency for the Walker River Paiute Reservation after the current measurements of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains shows that levels are in excess of 230 percent. The U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the Desert Research Institute and the Walker Basin… [More…]