Author: Sheri Samson

Volunteers crucial in keeping local fire departments running smooth

A group of fire fighters and volunteers drove a fleet of fire trucks and ambulances in the 65th Armed Forces Day parade. Parade goers gave a thumbs-up, with waves of approval as they drove by. “We rely heavily on volunteers in every portion of our acting county fire stations. Being a rural area, the funding dictates just a few paid staff members – in fact, out of 26 EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians) only five are full time employees, so there is a crucial need to keep our volunteer staffing properly trained and updated.” TC Knight, Chief of the Mineral County Fire Department explained that the actual EMT training requirements have four basic levels. “To drive the ambulance, there is a basic driver’s certification required. This level also addresses basic first aid; CPR; basic ambulance knowledge in properly accessing and driving a specialized vehicle; use of lights and siren; plus weight and obstacle safety.” Knight continued to explain that phase two involved the actual EMT certifications – with background checks and a physical; also included are state certifications for driver use; an Emergency Medical Tech Certification; 160 hours of class/training which includes hospital exposure and emergency procedures; ambulance care and the National Certificate Training, which shows that one has been state certified as an EMT. A third level is called “Advanced EMT”, which trains in life-saving techniques, allows for administration...

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Community shows off skills at talent show

The USO Convention Center was buzzing with excitement on May 13 for the Armed Forces Day talent show. A packed room of community audience members anxiously awaited the 14 competing acts, which were divided into two categories – under 18 and over 18 years of age. The MC of the evening, Russell Bowles, welcomed everyone with a soldiers poem, expressing his masterful, poetic talent of  rhyming words which were reminiscent of the old “beatnik days”. Shane Young played his electric guitar in a rock-styled version of The Star Spangled Banner, which helped set the tone for other professionals to...

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Armed Forces Day shirts donated to MCHS band

Under the direction of Emily Cannell, a sixth year veteran teacher, the Mineral County Varsity Band gathered together to receive their “Serpent-colored” band shirts donated by the Armed Forces Committee. The school band is made up of high school and junior high school students, with the youngest coming over from the 6th grade classes. Student Julie Sanchez, who plays the bass clarinet, was happy to play some sample notes from their recent May 2, All-State Band competition held at the Nugget in Reno. The Mineral County Varsity Band joined a “Small School” group of 100 other students to play several renditions of popular band selections. “Our favorites were Silver State Fanfare, Northwest Suite and the National Anthem. It was so cool to practice here, with just a few of us, but then sit in and play alongside other small town band classes. Together we made up this huge group that could compete with the sounds of the Reno and Las Vegas bands,” Sanchez explained. When poling the band for the student that will have the hardest time walking and playing their instrument in the Armed Forces Parade, the entire class pointed to Joseph Bandoni, who plays the baritone saxaphone, which almost dwarfed his size. The band will be marching in the Armed Forces parade while playing Stars and Stripes and proudly wearing their new shirts on Saturday, May...

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MCHS students perform play

An unsolved crime case was presented, involving an entire cast of famous Nursery Rhyme characters as the Mineral County High School and Jr. High students acted out the Fairy Tale Unit of Law and Order, written by Jonathan Rand, on Friday evening May 8. Director and teacher, Jeannie Jepson and her assistant Sheena Douglas, led the students into a full production that involved a painted backdrop, props, staging and memorized dialogue by many students and dedication from everyone. Costumes were done by Natausha Dupree; artwork by Jessica Trujillo and stage building by Brian Peatean, Tristan Reynolds and Mr. Domagala....

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Garden club cleans up

The effort of cleaning up someone else’s overgrown weeds, shrubs and trees on a commercial property became an unusual quest for The Garden Club of Mineral County.  Meeting together on Saturday morning, May 9 the volunteers came prepared, wearing heavy duty garden gloves, hauling their own rakes, shovels, garden cutters, brooms, trowels and a powered chainsaw.  The club saw this as a necessary project with Armed Forces guests coming into town this week.  This old motel structure is across from the Veteran’s Park and directly facing the McDonald’s – both key locations as you enter Main Street. The Garden Club volunteers worked alongside some high school students that took advantage of helping out with a small reward.  The Lions Club offered a $50 educational certificate for every high school student that would donate their time and efforts toward helping the town’s blight.  This project would give them credit toward attending a Great Basin local college course, made possible by school counselor John Gavin. Hawthorne Utilities providing a roll-off container for debris, the crew began filling it with downed foliage, excess dirt, garbage, structural breakage such as broken glass, bricks and blown off roofing pieces.  In speaking directly to the owner of the property, who resides in Henderson, he stated that he knew the Garden Club had volunteered to take on this project.  He asked about the fountain being fixed, at...

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