Local Gas Station Supporting Mineral County Booster Club

  One local Hawthorne business owner was seeking to be more than a just another service station when he decided to use his enterprising platform to embrace the community spirit by giving to local teens in a solid way. On-site manager, Sarah Favero, explained, “The owner of Scotty’s Sinclair is already a giving man, but… [More…]

Good Turnout for Pumpkin Bash Tourney

This year’s 2017 Pumpkin Bash Golf Tournament ended “Par-fectly” with the area weather providing a scenic, crisp Fall day. The seasonal display of golden leaves on the surrounding cottonwood trees pleased the visiting golfers, with some admitting to an hour drive to attend. Among over 60 participants, the golfer coming the farthest arrived from Portland,… [More…]

Geothermal Drilling Continues at Mineral County High School

  As the Parson Drilling company from Fallon, joined forces this week in a dual effort of completing the necessary holes for the school districts completion of Geothermal, inside units were making their way into the high school building. Tom Gallegos, the Maintenance Supervisor, was on hand to explain, “This new company set-up and is… [More…]

Students Learn New Skills by Renovating Ticket Booth

  Ladders, hammers, roofing materials and busy woodworking students took to the Mineral County High School ticket booth, located at the entrance to the stadium, as a recent renovation took place. The maintenance assistance was directly part of the Career and Technical Education program. Instructor Victor Montoya explained that the CTE students are hands-on upon… [More…]

Marijuana in Mineral County Discussed at Meeting

  As the recent Mineral County Town Hall meeting began, commissioner and vice chairman Jerrie Tipton stated there had been many months in which an agenda item at the commissioner’s meetings allowed that the topic of legalized marijuana be discussed in relation to this rural county. Only one resident took advantage of attending and he… [More…]

Music Students Perform Fall Concert

  The teenagers of Mineral County High School and Hawthorne Junior High took to the stage, providing an evening of choral renditions that included some unexpected props and a well-rehearsed band that shared their own talents on a range of various instruments. Opening the evening with musical numbers conducted by instructor Dr. Benjamin Gooch and… [More…]

Local Counselor Attends Summer Conference on Identifying Mental Health Concerns

  Christine Mayes, Hawthorne Elementary School (HES) counselor, shared information regarding a summer conference she had attended entitled, Beyond Paper Tigers. This grant-funded experience went beyond the basic concerns of bullying as it explored mental health issues that can surface when a child is surrounded by a trauma-induced environment. Mayes explained the process by using… [More…]

Local Vietnam Veteran Reflects on Battle with PTSD After War

  As the recent Las Vegas shooting unfolded on television sets across the country, Hawthorne resident John Johnson, a former Marine with the First Battalion during the Vietnam War years of 1966-1969, reflected upon his personal memories of experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). “A portion of me was thankful that I could emotionally feel… [More…]

Hawthorne Elementary Students Participate in ‘Week of Respect’

  As the week of Oct. 3-7 was proclaimed as Nevada’s annual “Week of Respect” by Governor Brian Sandoval, the opportunity was embraced to support respect within schools across the state, including Mineral County’s Hawthorne Elementary School (HES). Learning strategies and activities were designed by the teachers and staff at HES to highlight the importance… [More…]

Independent-News Earns High Honors at Annual Press Banquet

  A banquet room of writers and editors gathered at Carson City’s Nugget for the 2017 Nevada Press Association convention and awards ceremony. General Manager, Eric Dahlberg, who represents Mineral County Independent News and other Nevada-based Battle Born Media owned newspapers, accepted the number one spot for the general excellence award for the Sparks Tribune,… [More…]