Author: Mineral County Independent News

Millie Babb McCarthy

Millie Babb McCarthy In the early morning hours of May 22, 2018, just shy of her 91st birthday, Millie Babb McCarthy passed from this life into the next.  Millie was born May 26, 1927 in Fallon to Verne and Irene (Fisk) Babb. Mom lived in Fallon from 1927 to 1932 when the family moved to Tonopah. In 1942 the family moved again, this time to Hawthorne where she graduated from Mineral County High School. Millie was preceded in death by her husband Kevin of Reno; daughter Frances (Baptiste) of Las Vegas; brothers Robert and William of Hawthorne and Richard of West Point, Calif.; sister Carolyn (Cheatham) of Sierra Vista, Ariz. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen of Sparks and son Sean of Reno.  She had 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Millie was a familiar face at Long’s Pharmacy in the Village Shopping Center in Reno where she worked for many years.  We will always remember the love, laughter and smiles she brought into our lives. We look back on the summers of fun as we headed to the lake with family and friends for swimming and waterskiing. We’ll remember mom’s love for travel.  As soon as she returned from one trip she would begin planning for the next one. She had an amazing zest for life and shared it with all who knew her.  In Millie’s honor may...

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Carolynn Louise Milks Ehninger

Carolynn Louise Milks Ehninger On June 25, in Gulfport, Mississippi at the age of 66 Carolynn Louise Milks Ehninger (Milks) was called home. Born and raised in Hawthorne, she was a fourth generation Nevadan. She was born December 3, 1951 to Harry and Avis Milks. She attended Babbitt Elementary and would graduate from Mineral County High School; she would later go on to attend UNR. She married her best friend of 33 years Bob Ehninger. She would go to work for DZB being the first female to write the “Standard Operating Procedure” in the 1980’s for their new “D-Mil...

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Joan McCloskey Gazaway

Joan McCloskey Gazaway Joan Ellen McCloskey Gazaway, a loving and understanding wife, mother and friend, after suffering for a long four years, finally lost the Battle. Joanie passed away on June 25 at 1:10 in the morning at Carson Tahoe Hospital. Even in death she kept that ever present glow and smile on her face. Joanie, the daughter of Jack and Pauline McCloskey who preceded her in death, was born in Reno on Jan. 8, 1947. She graduated from MCHS and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. After leaving school, she served on Senator s Alan Bible’s and Paul Laxalt’s...

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H.A. ‘Pete’ Gunn

H.A. ‘Pete’ Gunn Services for H.A. “Pete” Gunn, who passed away on May 3, 2018, will be held on July 13, 2018. Interment will be at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley at 10 a.m. A memorial service/Celebration of Life dinner will be held at 4 p.m. at the VFW Post in Hawthorne. Please join family and friends of Pete’s to help celebrate his...

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From Increased Car Insurance Minimums to New Education Policies, New Laws Took Effect July 1

By Megan Messerly, The Nevada Independent It’s been more than a year since the end of the 2017 legislative session, but some laws are only now taking effect. Several education-related laws officially kick in today, meaning that they will be in place for the upcoming school year: High schools are allowed to offer a civics exam to their students next school year in preparation for a requirement that will go into effect for the following school year; graduating high school seniors will be able to receive a STEM or STEAM seal affixed to their diplomas at the end of the 2018-2019 school year if they meet certain requirements; and high school ethnic and diversity studies courses will have to meet certain standards. There are also new minimum standards for car insurance, new rules for the state on interacting with companies that boycott Israel and extra requirements to protect Native American burial grounds. Here’s a rundown of some of the laws that took effect Sunday. TRANSPORTATION SB308: Minimum standards for car insurance Starting Sunday, car insurance in Nevada is required to cover a minimum of $25,000 for bodily injury to or death of one person in any crash, $50,000 for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one crash and $20,000 for injury to or destruction of property of others in any one crash. The...

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