As we end the year and get ready to start a new one, we look back at some of the top stories that happened in Mineral County in 2016.
• Borealis Mining Company, LLC announced another round of lay-offs at the mine located approximately 16 miles from Hawthorne.
• Signage is discussed at the Mineral County Convention and Tourism board meeting to help draw travelers into the county.
• Chandler Isom was named Hawthorne VFW Post 2313 winner of the “Voice of Democracy” contest.
• Walker River Tribal Police confiscate 30.8 pounds of marijuana after stopping a speeding vehicle. The street value was listed at $98,560.
• A “Tonopah Low” blew through Mineral County leaving much snow on much of the valley floor of Mineral County.
• Hawthorne VFW member, Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers, received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Feb. 29.
• A town hall meeting is conducted to discuss the possibility of a four-day week for Mineral County schools.
• Mineral County High School boy’s basketball team moved on to the state playoffs after winning two in regionals.
• Mineral County High School boy’s basketball team loses by five points in semifinal game that went into overtime.
• Some Mineral County registered Republican voters were turned away at the Republican Caucus on Mar. 23.
• Work began on the Luning Solar Energy Project outside of Luning in Mineral County. The expected life span of the project is 30 years as they supply power to California.
• Mineral County Commissioner Cliff Cichowlaz passed away suddenly at the age of 69.
• A drone successfully delivered a package to an abandoned residence in Mineral County. This was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the U.S.
• Mineral County residents gathered to have their input heard on the I-11 route that could possible come through Mineral County.
• Glenn Bunch is named Elks Citizen of the Year.
• The Lady Serpents win in a double-header against Carlin.
• Jaci Norman was named Mineral County prom queen. Brandon West was named king.
• A new 18,000 acre industrial park on land managed by SOC and owned by the U.S. Army is currently under development.
• Incoming Commander Lt. Col. Scott Bishop received a command overview briefing from Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons before Bishop takes over the Hawthorne Army Depot next month.
• 2016 Miss Armed Forces Day pageant was held. Alisia Palacios was named queen. Shaylee Gavin was named Junior Miss Armed Forces Day.
• Hailey Lahre and Tony Dominguez are named top male and female athletes of Mineral County from Hawthorne Elks Lodge 1704.
• The Mineral County High School baseball team received an escort as they left town for the state playoff.
• Wind couldn’t stop the 66th Armed Forces Day celebration.
• The Mineral County High School class of 2016 was featured as well as their scholarship awards.
• An apartment complex is evacuated due to missing ordnance concerns. The FBI was contacted and conducted the search of the residence on the 400 Block of H Street in Hawthorne.
• Hawthorne residents discuss life one year after a freak tornado hit the town and damaged many businesses and homes.
• A ribbon cutting is held at the Hawthorne Army Depot which became a certified Diversify Nevada site. The 16,800-acre industrial center is open to industrial lease and is the largest of its kind in Nevada.
• Lt. Col. Scott M. Bishop takes command of Hawthorne Army Depot from Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons. Lt. Col. Bishop served as a Logistics Lieutenant Colonel Assignments Officer in Fort Knox, Ky. prior to taking command.
• The Cliff Cichowlaz Training and Learning Center was dedicated in the late commissioner and former manager of SOC.
• Mineral County residents helped “Cram the Cruiser” for school supplies. CAHS distributes the supplies to students.
• The El Capitan celebrates their 75th anniversary with street party
• Congressman Mark Amodei met with Mineral County Commissioners to clear up concerns on the I-11 project.
• Esmeralda Mill, located at the historic Aurora Mine site, sold for $80 million to Klondex Mine.
• John Shelton, age 43, was killed when his Jeep Cherokee rolled near the “Elbow” on Walker River.
• Hawthorne schools begin a four-day school week.
• Caitlyn Rogers and Alyjah Dotson attend the Young Americans workshop in California.
• The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation purchases the Flying M Ranch once owned by Barron Hilton for a price tag of $20 million.
• The Fallon Naval Air Station looks at increasing their training ground into Mineral County.
• Walker River Paiute Tribe files a suit against Mineral County wanting in-person voter registration and in-person early voting sites on the reservation.
• Mineral County Independent-News is named best community paper in the state at the annual Nevada Press Association awards. General Manager of the Independent-News, Eric Dahlberg accepted the award.
• The US Justice Department sided with the Walker River Paiute Tribe in their petition to allow satellite voting sites on the reservation.
• The Naval Warfare Department from the Fallon Training Complex set up a town hall meeting to discuss the expansion of training grounds in Mineral County.
• Jordi Medlock and Brandon West are named Mineral County High School homecoming king and queen.
• Mineral County School District makes a push for the approval of their school bond issue on this year’s ballot.
• Mineral County Clerk Chris Nepper dropped his lawsuit against Mineral County, after votes were found uncounted in a drawer from the 2014 election.
• A large deadly blaze leaves one dead in Mina after the fire gutted nearly half a block.
• Chris Hegg and Garth Price are voted in as new commissioners for Mineral County.
• Many Mineral County residents were on hand for the Walker Basin Research Project, which featured over 100 researchers, scientists and other members to discuss the future of the ancient lake.
• Mineral County is one of four counties asked to recount votes from the general election due to a request filed by presidential candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente.
• Mineral County High School boys finish 3-2 at Serpent Classic.
• Jeffrey Van Arkel is jailed in the Mineral County Detention Center after a DNA test in Oregon comes back to him after a 2005 alleged rape.
• Betty Easley, volunteer at the Hawthorne Airport, is featured by the FAA after her hard work and dedication to the airport.