Author: Heidi Bunch

Search & Rescue; Mineral County’s lifeline

Volunteers of Mineral County Search & Rescue leave their families behind to help save those who are having the worst day of their lives. These volunteers miss dinners, sleep and family events just to make sure your loved one comes home safe and sound. The phone call they each receive, places not only adrenaline into their system, but sometimes a touch of fear. Fear of the unknown; fear of what they may find and fear of what they may see but still  – they continue forward leaving no stone unturned to return the lost. Each volunteer is unique in...

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Jackson fundraiser a success

Remembering the legacy of a woman who gave so much back to her community, a special group of individuals came together to raise money for the Jackson family after the death of Hawthorne resident, JoAnn. In true JoAnn spirit, this group made more than 500 Indian tacos and fry bread, feeding the hungry of Mineral County on Jan. 25 for a mere donation which was given to the Jackson family. JoAnn was active in many aspects of the Mineral County communities. From feeding the under-privileged; to drying the eyes of the abused or counseling to the lost, her place...

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Soldier addresses elementary school

Spec. Sheridan Sterling, a Mineral County resident and graduate of Mineral County High School, took time out of his much-needed time off from the U.S. Army to visit with students at Hawthorne Elementary School last week. Sterling is currently serving with the 101st Airborne Division, known as the Screaming Eagles in Bagram, Afghanistan. Principal Stephanie Keuhey said that the young soldier spoke eloquently on his position within the military, shared his dreams with the children, and described how the military supports the people of Afghanistan and the importance of all of the rolls and the military. Besides answering questions...

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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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