Mineral County Commission News

Building permit waved Tom Gallegos, maintenance supervisor for Mineral County School District met with the commissioners to request that building permit fees be waived for Mineral County School District underground heating and cooling project. Gallegos explained that the school district did not expect the $12,000 in building fee permits. Mineral County Superintendent Walt Hackford explained… [More…]

Family, friends gather to remember former county commissioner

  When the Celebration of Life was held for former Mineral County Commissioner, Paul MacBeth, at the local VFW, a mixture of laughter, smiles and tears created an honorary portrayal of a husband to Norma MacBeth, a father to two daughters and a son, a grandfather and a man committed to his country, his family… [More…]

Officials break ground on new State Veterans Home in Sparks

“This is a day that I’ve been looking forward to for many, many years,” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval stated at the July 17 groundbreaking ceremony of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. More than 450 excited people gathered in a tent to laugh, honor, and celebrate the start of construction of the highly anticipated 102,000… [More…]

Local Lions Club continues to grow

  A special evening was prepared at the home of Jean Peterson, for the Hawthorne Lions Club to host Barry Temple, the Lion’s District Governor for the 2017-18 year, as well as his predecessor, Cal Bushek. Accompanying this group was Lion’s Vice District Governor, Al Van Gordon with his wife, Evelyn who had traveled in… [More…]

Plenty of bargains had at Community Yard Sale

As the Independent-News sponsored their third annual Community Yard Sale over the July 29 weekend, many participants were enjoying the sunny morning which followed a full-on storm that came through town Friday evening, full of lightening, thunder and rain. Declutter, Kathy Trujillo, admitted that setting up the evening before seemed like a great idea until… [More…]

Another public pension warning flag raised

Researchers at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University have published their annual “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition,” and Nevada ranked a respectable 14th among the states in overall fiscal health and accountability. The study ranked each state based on short- and long-term debt and other obligations, such as unfunded pensions. The unfunded pension… [More…]

Nevada receives donation to establish new state park along Walker River

The creation of a new Nevada State Park, known as the Walker River State Recreation Area is official. This week, the Nevada Division of State Lands accepted the gift deeds facilitated by the Walker Basin Conservancy, and will assign the donated property to the Nevada Division of State Parks for the development and management of… [More…]

Nevada Traveler author visits Hawthorne

When David Toll, author of The Complete Nevada Traveler, speaks of “this silver state”, one can easily see the reflection of a deep love, drawn from his own historic roots. As a resident from Gold Hill, south of Virginia City, he is appropriately from Storey County. Toll admits that his own life’s journey surprisingly unfolded… [More…]

A Coyote Hunt at Candelaria

By Harold Fuller G.R.A. Brown, an enterprising citizen if Canderlaria, was simply called “GRAB” by his friends. No one seemed to know what his initials stood for and no one cared. He was just always known as Grab Brown. Well, in 1887 Grab enclosed about an acre of ground below town, near the old Columbus… [More…]

Bodie employee claims to have contracted Hantavirus at state park

A Bodie State Park worker is recovering after claiming to have contracted Hantavirus from the famous state park just over the state line. Spencer Fry, a recent graduate of Sacramento State, had accepted a job at the historic mining town because of his love of anthropology and the outdoors. Fry had complained of a headache… [More…]