Routes for proposed interstate remain a question

Mineral County Planning Commission members David Ellis and Mark Nixon met with the Independent-News last week urging the Nevada State Senate to ensure that the Intermountain West Corridor (I-11) does not bypass Mineral County. Nixon explained that much work has been accomplished since the first town hall meeting where questions and support were raised regarding… [More…]

Mineral County girls shine at Miss Armed Forces Day pageant

The start of the Armed Forces Day celebration always begins with the crowing of Miss Armed Forces Day but getting ready for the stage starts a month ahead of time for Mineral County ladies. Only one lady tried out for Miss Armed Forces Day this year. Unfortunately for Cheyenne Walker, the coaches for this event… [More…]

Officials discuss details of proposed state park

The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners met with Nevada State Parks to discuss the proposed East Walker River property acquisition. Nevada State Administrator Eric Johnson presented a slide-show with an answer and question period to only a handful of Mineral County residents at a public hearing on April 25. The Walker River State Recreation… [More…]

Ribbon cutting ceremony marks completion of solar energy center

Celebrating the completion of the Luning Solar Energy Center, Liberty Utilities invited members of our communities, state representatives and interested groups to join them for the official ribbon cutting at the center. Travis Johnson, Vice President for Operations of Liberty Utilities, explained to those in attendance that the “Luning project” is a 50 megawatt project.… [More…]

Mineral County special education teacher arrested on drug charges

A Mineral County School District teacher is in jail after a traffic stop was conducted on April 9. A 2007 Nissan hatchback, registered to Michael Harris of Mineral County, was involved in a traffic stop after the vehicle left Hawthorne towards Walker Lake. The female passenger of the Nissan, Sherry Treagresser, was removed. While speaking… [More…]

More support for I-11 through Mineral County

Members of Mineral County communities traveled to Carson City on Thursday, March 30 to support Nevada Assemblymen as they urge the U.S. Congress to support and ensure that Intermountain West Corridor (I-11) does not bypass Mineral County. Supported by Ira Hansen, John C. Ellison and Richard McArthur, the assembly joint resolution explained the creation of… [More…]

High winds topple Hawthorne sign

The iconic Hawthorne sign at Veteran’s Park fell on Friday, March 24. Public Works Director Eric Hamrey said that the damage looks like year’s of wind had taken it’s toll on the pipe which held up the sign that welcomed people to Hawthorne. The sign had been rescued from the now demolished Hawthorne Club on… [More…]

Future of county’s economic development authority in question

The fate of Mineral County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) is uncertain after a heated meeting of the board of county commissioners asked the executive director of the state economic development agency to look into concerns regarding MCEDA. Deputy Clerk Heidi Johnson read into record a letter from Mineral County Board of Commissioner Chairman Garth Price… [More…]

Questions surround proposed Walker River State Recreation Site

To help answer the questions some have raised regarding the making of a state park in and around the Walker River area, State Park Director Robert Mergell spoke with the Independent-News about the concerns. The proposed Walker River State Recreation site would encompass lands within Mineral County, mostly ranch properties including: The Pitchfork Ranch, Rafter… [More…]

Local teen singing her way to success

As a junior in high school, Madeline Bennett stepped before the Northern Nevada Zone adjudicators review board to sing her solo rendition of an 1800’s French song entitled “The Gathering Rose” by Cesar Franck. Accompanied by Katherine Kaler on the piano, Bennett sang the Aria not only in French, but with a clear soprano voice… [More…]