Senate hopeful makes stop in Hawthorne

  In a town hall setting at G & B Bistro in Hawthorne, Jesse Sbaih gave the Independent-News a one-on-one interview as he begins his run for Nevada Senate, going up against incumbent Senator Dean Heller. A Henderson attorney, Sbaih explains that his story comes back to him being the son of to Jordan immigrants… [More…]

Governor’s Office of Economic Development suggests changes to MCEDA bylaws

After the Mineral County Board of Commissioners requested that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) look into concerns regarding Mineral County Economic Development, a letter from Steven D. Hill (dated June 23) has been received noting the concerns of the commissioners. In the letter, it states that staff of GOED has been working with… [More…]

Search & Rescue saves injured man on Boundary Peak

Mineral County Search & Rescue (SAR) made a successful rescue after a California man found himself stranded on the top of Boundary Peak in neighboring Esmeralda County. SAR was called out on Wednesday, June 21 in the mid-afternoon after a 911 dispatch call to Esmeralda County was made informing the dispatcher that the California man… [More…]

44 years later, case of missing Hawthorne child remains cold

  On Nov. 14, 1973, crowds of well-wishers cheered for Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips as they wed in the Westminster Abbey in England, but in Hawthorne, a boy was lost. Last seen on that Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m. near the El Capitan Casino, where he worked as a bus boy, Michael David… [More…]

Noxious weed threatens vegetation

  Mineral County has a long list of noxious weeks, including the dodder that is pictured. This parasitic plant is capable of growing in many soil types, environments and in many conditions. The dodder affects plants by altering their composition and function in riparian areas. It can threaten native vegetation by killing host seedlings or… [More…]

Former Stanley Ranch transferred to Walker River Paiute Tribe

The Walker Basin Restoration Program recently reconveyed the former Stanley Ranch property to the Walker River Paiute Tribe, along with any associated Bureau of Land Management grazing permits. In a press release from Jeff Bryant, Director of the Walker Basin Conservancy, it states that the “reconveyance of this land will address a longstanding trespass issue… [More…]

One dead after crash on US 95 north of Hawthorne

  A serious injury crash happened on US Highway 95 just north of Hawthorne on Saturday, June 3 at approximately 9:25 a.m. One fatality was reported from the crash. In a media release from the Nevada Highway Patrol, it states that the preliminary investigation shows that a maroon 2013 Honda Accord was traveling along US… [More…]

Former resident makes history

  The first black female state court judge in Nevada was sworn in on Friday, June 2 in Las Vegas, but her roots begin right here in Hawthorne. Tierra Jones, was one of three jurists who were honored at a formal swearing-in. She had been a former Clark County deputy district attorney who had been… [More…]

Hawthorne airport receives grant

  The Hawthorne Municipal Airport received a federal grant to help with lighting. In a U.S. Department of Transportation announcement, $4.6 million in federal grants were awarded to Nevada cities and counties to help repair and improve airports and aviation equipment in rural Nevada. Hawthorne Municipal Airport was awarded $93,750 of those funds to “replace… [More…]

MCHS seniors graduate

Friday night marked a major stepping stone for 33 Serpent seniors as they went from students to alumni of Mineral County High School. Family and friends applauded and cheered as the small class of 2017 entered the gym and walked onto the stage eager to receive the diploma that many had worked over 12 years… [More…]