Author: Mineral County Independent News

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I have some thoughts on Meg Ragonese comments in last week’s Headline on ‘windy U.S. 95’. I appreciate that she is only the spokesperson, but at the same time would like to point out that what she said is exactly the problem. NDOT is not taking the human factor into account. The truck driver from Arkansas has been on the road for three weeks and has a deadline to meet. So she pushes her luck. The retiree with the brand new motor home has never driven anything bigger than a SUV. The pickup with Texas plates and pulling a 5th wheel has never experienced winds and wind shears like we have here. Ms. Ragonese says their office in Reno makes the decision of when to turn on the sign and when to stop traffic. In the almost eight years that I’ve lived here since moving back, the only time I have know the road to be closed for high winds is when there is an accident. I’ve never heard anyone say that NDOT has closed the road to high profile vehicles to prevent accidents. I bet if you were to ask the Highway Patrol or Sheriff’s Office, they would much rather be out there stopping high profile vehicles than picking up broken bodies and lives. Wouldn’t you? How would you feel if they treated the speed limit...

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Serps Win Streak Halted at 14 After Split with Smith Valley

By Darren Hamrey The Mineral County High baseball team had been waiting since their last loss, 15 games ago, to redeem themselves against Smith Valley. The Bulldogs issued the Serpents an 18-12 loss in their 5th game of the season, which sparked the following 14-game winning streak. But, that streak came to an end last Friday in a doubleheader against the Bulldogs once again. After the longest winning streak in the school’s known history, the Serpents fell to Smith Valley by a score of 13-3. The Serpents were handled by the Bulldogs pitcher over five innings and posted only...

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Arrest Record

The following people were arrested in Mineral County on or after April 22 and were in jail on Monday at or after about 8 a.m. All charges against them are misdemeanors unless otherwise noted. All are innocent until proven guilty in court. Names and charges appear as they have been received from the sheriff’s office. • Jacob L. Anderson was arrested on April 24 by Mineral County Sheriff’s Office on a drug court hold. No bail listed. • Zachary E. Green was arrested on April 24 by Mineral County Sheriff’s Office for possess hypodermic devie; possess schedule V controlled substance, (first) and use/under influence schedule I, II, III, IV controlled substance. Bail set at $6,420 bond/cash. • Steffan W. Hughes was arrested on April 24 by Mineral County Sheriff’s Office for contempt of court – 11th Judicial District Court. No bail. • Jamie S. Miller was arrested on April 26 by Mineral County Sheriff’s Office for false report of crime. Bail set at $1,140 bond/cash. • Wayne D. Pina was arrested on April 26 by Walker River Tribal Police for arrest on other agency warrant – Fernley Municipal Court; drive with suspended driver’s license; operate vehicle with expired registration/plates and basic speed – 11-15 miles per hour over posted limit. Bail set at $720 cash and $1,580 bond/cash. • Evelyn M. Robles was arrested on April 26 by Nevada...

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Registration Forms Due May 11 for AFD Talent Show

The AFD Gallant Talent Show is coming to the Hawthorne Convention Center very soon. This year’s theme is “Be Brave and Entertain”, so get your registration sheets turned in before May 11, 4 p.m. at the Independent-News office, located at 420 Third Street, Suite B in Hawthorne. Forms can be found at the newspaper office, Patricia’s Thrift and Estate Store, Souled Out, P & P Hair Designs and Mr. Beane’s or they can be seen posted at various public information boards around town. Elementary school students were sent home the entry forms and the high school office has a display with forms. All participants from Mineral County are invited to be a part of this special evening, but pre-registration is required to sing, dance, perform magic, jokes or play instruments. Why not do a skit or an original reading? Use whatever unique talent you may have, as you register as a group or a single performer. Be creative and costumes are encouraged. You must be pre-registered to perform, so the three categories can be properly arranged before dress rehearsals. Elementary-aged children will perform first, with judges awarding early, so the kids can stay or leave. Junior high and high school performances will be next, then adult performers. Each of these three categories will have three winning spots, with each first place taking home $75; second place $50 and third...

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