Author: Heidi Bunch

Hughes will be greatly missed in community

Each morning for seven years, I was greeted with a “Good Morning” from a kind man who sat smack dab in the middle of two others, typing away at his old Mac computer with a style all his own. Having learned to set type on a Linotype machine, he greeted the new technology of computers by installing his own twist to typing. He would still use only two fingers, but could still manage to type over 50 words per minute with those digits. The man who sat in the middle was known as Ted. He was the youngest of the Hughes brother, three of which, owned and operated Mineral County Independent-News since purchasing the hometown paper from Jack McCloskey in the 1990’s. A gentle soul, who was born and raised in Hawthorne, he began his career at the newspaper while still in high school and would finish his career, in the same place where he started, in his early 70’s. Before retirement called his name, Ted worked literally from sun up to sun down at the paper. He was a master printer, running all the old machines that today sit quietly and are collecting dust. A trained ear would alert him to a skipped paper on the old “Chief”, the last press he operated before retirement. From the backroom, you would hear him while he worked, whistling old County...

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Best in the Desert roars through Mineral County

In what is described as the “Longest Off-Road Race in America,” the desert was screaming last weekend when Casey Folks brought his Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race through Mineral County. This year was just as exciting as years’ past, but mother nature decided to help out the spectators by throwing in many wash outs and ruts that caused problems with not only motorcycles and quads, but also the trucks and truggy’s. This event could not happen without the volunteers in each count and this year, Mineral County’s volunteers were exceptional. From the Nye County line to...

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Hawthorne nurse remains missing after eight years

Time doesn’t always heal all wounds. Ask the family of Nita Mayo. Eight years ago they received the tragic news that their beloved mother had gone missing on a road trip to Sonora, Calif. Instead of the family receiving postcards or photos from their mother, the family was notified that Mayo had not returned to Hawthorne. Mayo, a nurse at Mt. Grant General Hospital, had decided to take a road trip over Sonora Pass with a friend. At the last minute, the friend had to cancel. Instead of canceling her plans, Mayo would set out on her own. This was not unusual for...

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Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape Hawthorne

On April 5, 1933, during the Great Depression, men between the ages of 18-25 enrolled in the newly formed Civilian Conservation Corps. These young men and war veterans left their cities and rural homes for an opportunity to find work during a time when money and jobs were scarce. Under the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, these men worked long, hard but honest hours doing outdoor work in forests, parks and fields. Six months after the founding of the CCC, Company 1915 arrived in Hawthorne, and those who could be spared from setting up the camp went directly...

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