Author: Sheri Samson

Kihuen Makes Mineral County Visit

Bearing armfuls of library books, Democratic politician Ruben Kihuen, Representative for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District and his associates, made a recent tour to visit various rural schools. Stopping in Mineral County, Kihuen took a minute to share some gifted books with the Soar Awards Store at Schurz Elementary School, meeting with Principal Mike Domagala and Mineral County Board Member Sheri Samson. “These are really special books, as they came directly from the Library of Congress, which is the second largest library in the world,” Kihuen explained. Promoting the donation program of receiving books in an effort of supporting children’s...

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Dogs Now Have Own Area at Veterans Park Thanks to Local Vietnam Vet

As a dedicated Marine, serving during the Vietnam War years, Hawthorne resident Jon Johnson visited the local landmark of Veterans Park for a place of solitude and reflection. Sitting among the monuments and the many tributes within the framework of the park’s structure, Johnson admitted being disheartened by the disrespect he was seeing as visitors allowed their dogs to run freely. “They just let their dogs use these monuments as if they were fire hydrants where these pets could relieve themselves. They weren’t even picking up after their dogs and to me it was becoming more of a dog...

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Woodworking Class Teaches Skills That Last a Lifetime

In a room full of electric saws, drill presses, hand tools and nail guns, one can find junior high and high school students working independently on their own woodworking projects during class time, under the direction of instructor Vic Montoya. “These projects are happening by the generous donations coming from this community,” Montoya shared. “My student, Matthew Castro, was instrumental in his family donating stacks of high grade wood, along with buckets of hinges and hardware pieces, which gave an opportunity for my students to begin building some pretty creative things.” With careful oversight, 7th grade student Mason Buchner...

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SBA Director Visits Hawthorne

With an intent to understand rural areas and the smaller townships within Nevada’s borders, Joseph Amato, district director for Nevada’s Small Business Administration, made Hawthorne his first stop in a series of touring locations. “I want to be relevant and try to help the cities that I visit, so I decided to take my staff and tour the smaller townships in Northern Nevada, hoping to hear from you the people, so I can truly see what Hawthorne needs and how we can assist.” First, a facilitated tour of the historic USO building was presented by the Economic Development Director, Shelley Hartmann and her board members. An hour-long tour of the Hawthorne Army Depot was given by Lt. Col. Scott Bishop, which included some SOC employees and others that accompanied Amato. This tour was to familiarize guests with the layout of Nevada’s largest industrial opportunities available, at the Hawthorne Industrial Park. (An extensive map of this Industrial Park remains on display at the Economic Development offices in Hawthorne.) The afternoon concluded at The El Capitan, with a presentational display given by various business entities, including Lt. Col. Bishop and Alyssa Burke, Commercial Coordinator for SOC, who reviewed the four-part oversight in securing base tenants who potentially desire to use governmentally owned and operated land. “We currently have four tenants and are anxious to build more relationships with outside firms, by...

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JAG Students Learn New Skills at Vegas Conference

As five Mineral County High School students and their advisor, Lyndsey Burell, entered a chartered bus for the JAG (Jobs for American Graduates) Career Development Conference in Las Vegas, the excitement and preparation was evident. “This was truly a big deal, not only for our students to attend this conference but also to participate, as our students brought their own presentations to this professional event,” Burell explained. JAG had assisted with prior appropriate clothing options as needed and with the preparation of all costs involved, so Nevada students could experience a wider career environment. Burell shared that the entire...

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