US Forest Service asks drone pilots to comply with regulations

Before heading to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to fly a recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drone, U.S. Forest Service officials ask pilots to comply with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The FAA has regulatory authority over all airspace, including recreational use of airspace by UAS. Information on FAA’s UAS regulations is available at… [More…]

Defense bill promises $10 billion for military base requirements

Mineral County residents can breathe a sigh of relief as the Hawthorne Army Depot will not be affected with a base closure. The House committee passed at $696.5 billion defense bill which includes the interest of the military in Nevada. The National Defense Authorization Act will take “significant steps toward rebuilding the military” according to… [More…]

Senate hopeful makes stop in Hawthorne

  In a town hall setting at G & B Bistro in Hawthorne, Jesse Sbaih gave the Independent-News a one-on-one interview as he begins his run for Nevada Senate, going up against incumbent Senator Dean Heller. A Henderson attorney, Sbaih explains that his story comes back to him being the son of to Jordan immigrants… [More…]

Cooperative extension holds summer program for local kids

Submitted The Mineral County Cooperative Extension held a week long Veggies for Kids summer institute last month in Hawthorne. Mineral County Cooperative Extension provided this program in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of Mineral County. There were an average of 40 students in attendance each day, doubling the program’s participants from last year.… [More…]

Hawthorne youths enjoy week of music at Boys & Girls Club

As Rock Star Week ended at the Hawthorne Boys & Girls Club, some of the kids came together to form their own make-believe band called, The Bashers. With lead singer, Joey, taking center stage with her sunglasses and a handmade microphone, her musicians and guitarists stood in formation behind her. Jordan, Fredd, Ramsey and Wesley… [More…]

Temporary shooting restriction in place for Humboldt-Toiyable National Forest

Due to wildfires, the Humboldt-Toiyable National Forest has instituted a temporary shooting restriction. The restriction went into effect on Friday, June 30 and will remain until Saturday, Sept. 30 unless condition changes. The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyable National Forest encompasses over 400,000 acres in Nevada (136,232 acres and California (270,208 acres). The forest… [More…]

Tourism brochure unveiled

Last year the Mineral County Convention and Tourism Board was deeply involved in coordinating a new, updated, tri-fold brochure which would bring business into the county and create interest to those visiting. This endeavor alone logged in over 100 hours of compilation time and incorporated many local photographers work. The final layout was deemed to… [More…]

New boat ramp installed at Monument Beach

Monument Beach, at the Walker Lake County Beach area, received a lot of county support as heavy equipment was brought in to level off and clean rocky spots within the park. This created more efficient parking for those pulling off US Highway 95 to spend time at the shoreline. For locals and lake lovers, the… [More…]

Combat helicopters arrive at Ordnance Museum

There are but few combat helicopters that are able to come back home in one piece and able to prove to America that they truly supported and provided security to our troops in extreme combat conditions. Learning that the U.S. Army had two UH-1 Huey Gunships available, officials of the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum (HOM) inquired… [More…]

Governor’s Office of Economic Development suggests changes to MCEDA bylaws

After the Mineral County Board of Commissioners requested that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) look into concerns regarding Mineral County Economic Development, a letter from Steven D. Hill (dated June 23) has been received noting the concerns of the commissioners. In the letter, it states that staff of GOED has been working with… [More…]