Wachsmuth named Player of the Year

Submitted by Coach Pete Summerbell After a dominating season on the court, a perfect conference record and a state title, the Mineral County High basketball team had several players honored with all-league awards. Taylen Wachsmuth was named player of the year in the 1A Western Conference, while Andre Davis and Robert McFalls earned 1st team… [More…]

Missing flag returned

When Vera Reynolds returned to her office after running midday errands for Bill Frazier’s State Farm office on E Street in Hawthorne, she was sad to see their American Flag had disappeared from the porch due to extremely high winds. Upon closer inspection she saw that the flag holder had snapped off, causing the flag… [More…]

Former Walker Lake resident gets five years on attempted rape charges

Former Walker Lake resident, Jeffrey Noel Van Arkel, 36, was recently charged in Oregon for a 2005 rape in Lane County. Van Arkel took a plea agreement with Lane County prosecutors and received a five-year sentence. He had been charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree rape but with the plea deal, the charges were… [More…]

Schurz Elementary School hosts literacy night

The Schurz Elementary School auditorium was busy hosting a literacy night with a hot dog dinner on Wednesday, March 1, as parents and students took to the variety of evening events. Activities included five word and literacy game stations, designed for the students to rotate into. With a fully decorated room of inspiring areas, such… [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…]

Gaming Control Board declines to release Laxalt recording

The Gaming Control Board has refused to release to Battle Born Media newspapers an audio recording surreptitiously made by Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett of a conversation with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt concerning litigation involving Las Vegas Sands executive Sheldon Adelson, saying the recording is not a public record under state law. The existence… [More…]

Hawthorne’s Raeane Johnson places fourth in state hoop shoot

In the hype of basketball for all in Mineral County this weekend, one lucky elementary girl took to the floor to represent her age bracket in the district annual Elks Hoop Shoot. Raeane Johnson, who competed in the 10-11 girls age bracket, would place fourth in the competition. Nevada Hoop Shoot director, Steve McBride of… [More…]

4th Congressional District representative visits Hawthorne

Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Representative Ruben Kihun came through Hawthorne on Thursday, Feb. 23, while on a three-day listening tour within the district’s cities and towns. As the vast district is made up of varying developments, Representative Kihuen personally expressed his goal of meeting as many within the varied communities as possible. He hoped the… [More…]

Walker River Tribal police introducing explorer program

The Walker River Tribal Police is introducing the Walker River Tribal Police Explorer program in Schurz. All community members between the ages of 15-20 (age 14 if the 8th grade is completed). Both boys and girls can join the police explorer program. Recruitment night will be held on Mar. 14 at 6 p.m. at the… [More…]

Hawthorne utilities director explains new landfill charges

Larry Grant, Director of Hawthorne Utilities, explained the landfill charges and assessment fees to the Independent-News. He states, “The landfill assessment was increased from $10 to $12 and the gate fees have been removed completely for residence no matter how many loads they bring. This does not apply to contractor or commercial haulers waste that… [More…]