Author: Sheri Samson

Community Comes out for Annual Earth Day Event

The weather cooperated with streams of sunshine as the community came out to enjoy the Veterans Park celebration of Earth Day, an event organized by the University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension staff and sponsored by SOC and Financial Horizons Credit Union. A craft fair with booths filled with healthy soaps, make-up, oils and candles were mixed among various food courts which included hot dog lunches to the Dream Team’s cotton candy. Various interactive themed games were offered to join in the day’s fun. Presentations of music from DJ Tyler Viani and other hosting businesses filled the air with...

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School District Purchases Pair of Much Needed New Buses

As transportation director for the Mineral County School District, Will Gemelke was proud to showcase the two 2018 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2, 72 passenger buses as a tribute to the longstanding endeavor which began under former director, Ed Stidham’s efforts. “He was the one that did all the research and spent the time ironing out all the details, including the funding and ordering. All I did was make the final call to order them, then I had the fun of receiving them into our district fleet,” Gemelke admitted. Gemelke was right. In November of 2016, school board member, Donna Glazier...

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Strong Turnout for Ledcor Career Fair

When the doors to the Hawthorne Convention Center building opened, a line of candidates were already waiting as the Mineral County Economic Development Authority hosted the Ledcor Mining Group in a Career Fair. Currently seeking equipment operators, equipment mechanics, service people, laborers, drillers, blasters and grade setters for the upcoming Isabella Pearl mining operation, located between Luning and Gabbs, Ledcor representatives were encouraged to meet over 30 candidates within the four-hour timeframe. They also received applications previously completed through the MCEDA office with Director Shelley Hartmann, which garnered many more qualified applicants. On hand to answer questions and conduct...

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Area Leaders Meet to Discuss Community Needs

What was deemed as The Mineral County Stakeholders meeting, a coalition of local and out- of-area professionals came together from various areas of expertise last week, including health, housing, mental health, social services and safety with an effort to develop a co-op of support in meeting the local issues and crisis situations within Mineral County. By collaborating resources, including the support from outlining communities, it was stated that more can be accomplished in reaching the goals within each county. Solutions can be discussed as suggestions are shared. Receiving answers toward achieving a general improvement facing any rural community includes relying upon an outside network. Resources are limited, so learning how other counties are succeeding within their struggles presented a foundation for everyone present. “This is all about creating healthy communities. I appreciate the transparency of sharing with others from surrounding rural communities, so we can achieve success together and set realistic goals of our own,” Community Health Nurse Wanda Nixon shared. This month’s speaker was Blayne Osborn from the Nevada Rural Hospital Partners in Reno and Mount Grant Hospital’s Administrator, Hugh Qualls, sharing an upcoming program involving Community Para-medicine, being initiated within Mineral County. By utilizing a mobile integrated healthcare method, combined with the existing professionals in place, there can be a possible cost saving to the current emergency room experience as a preventative measure is created. This program...

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Spring in Full Swing at Boys & Girls Club

  New basketballs are bouncing at the Boys & Girls Club as well as other new equipment thanks to a personal donation recently made by Matt Goodrich, who kindly stopped by with an armful of new stuff. A foosball set and Goodrich’s goodwill provided a needed bike pump, so that all the balls were refilled by him. This made for a happy crew of kids, as everyone crowded around to assist him in each task. Director Brooke Sasser was on hand as the children made Goodrich a giant thank you card. Goodrich felt like one of the kids, as...

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