Author: Heidi Bunch

New Voting Equipment for Mineral County Introduced

Mineral County Clerk Christopher Nepper held an open house Monday night to introduce voters to the new voter equipment that the county has recently purchased. “This is going to streamline the process and also we will be able to cut down our poll workers from around 20 to 13 so we will also be saving taxpayer money,” the clerk told the Independent-News. The polls in Nevada close at 7 p.m. and in the past, election workers have had to burn the midnight oil fussing with picky equipment, incomplete ballots or other problems as they arise. “The previous equipment was...

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AFD Celebration Begins with Annual Pageant

  Armed Forces Day countdown officially kicked off with the opening event of the Armed Forces Day pageant held on Saturday, May 5 at the Hawthorne Convention Center/USO. This year a Mr. Armed Forces Day started off the night with three young men vying for the position. Miles King was named Mr. Armed Forces Day after being judged by a panel of his peers after reciting a poem. Always a highlight for parents is the Mini Miss contest where sparkles and toothless smiles shine from the stage. The opening number, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake from the...

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Local Girl Makes Unusual Friend Outside Army Depot Home

One young lady made a surprise friend when a Dusky Grouse (better known as a Blue Grouse) showed up at the Hawthorne Army Depot housing complex where she lives. Shawna Clark made fast friends with the grouse, she named “Rebecca”. Local photographer Vic Trujillo explained to the Independent-News that he had never witnessed a bird take so fondly to a person. The National Audubon Society describes the Dusky Grouse to be “slow-moving, inconspicuous and often surprisingly tame.” With that description, it must be said that anywhere that Clark went, so did “Rebecca”. She would keep in constant eye contact...

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Washington at WorkCommunity, NDOT Weigh in on Dangerous Traveling Conditions on Windy U.S. 95

Mineral County residents have battled the winds for years and have questioned time and time again as to why Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) waits until an accident occurs before closing down Highway 95. The Independent-News reached out to NDOT after a reader posed the question for the Question of the Week, “What can be done proactively before the wind blows over vehicles on U.S. Highway 95?” The question sparked many solutions from our Facebook readers such as Charlie Morris from Walker Lake who wrote, “NDOT needs to step up. Instead of turning on a sign and kicking back...

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Bighorn Sheep Findings Has Wildlife Officials Searching for Answers

The discovery of two bighorn sheep remains, found this fall in a vertical cave in the Fish Creek Range, Cave Canyon in Eureka County has the Nevada Department of Wildlife updating their historical records. The two young ewe carcasses were found on the bottom surface of the ground, having fallen into the cave around 1955, as taken from several samples at the bottom of the cave which was carbon dated tested through Beta Analytic, a form of radiocarbon dating – a process used on organic material to determine the age of an object. Beneath the two ewes, a mandible and carpal bone were excavated, approximately ten inches below the surface, which belong to either one or two not previously identified bighorn sheep, radiocarbon dating back to 1875. The findings of these sheep have wildlife officials looking for answers as the Nevada Department of Wildlife has no documentation of native bighorn in the Fish Creek Range, a NDOW department activity report stated. NDOW has enlisted the help of Dr. Marjorie Matocq in helps of gathering further DNA on bighorn sheep for comparison with the “statewide genetics research project NDOW is funding.” Matocq teaches and conducts studies such as those done on the cave bighorn at the University of Nevada, Reno – Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station. Her research program focuses on a number of ecological and evolutionary questions. Besides her work...

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