Lander County News


El Aero services LLC agrees to pay over $2.1 million for response to Sheep Creek Fire

LAS VEGAS – El Aero Services, LLC has entered into a civil settlement agreement pursuant to which it has agreed to pay over $2.1 million dollars for fire response and suppression costs arising out of the Sheep Creek Fire in 2018.

Bengoa nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NV — Samuel Bengoa, a Senior at Battle Mountain High School of Battle Mountain is a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to be held June 26 - June 28, 2024, just outside Boston, on the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus.

Battle Mountain dancers featured at festival

The Winnemucca Basque Festival returned for its 44th annual event at the Winnemucca Convention Center on June 8-9.

Battle Mountain High School honors Class of 2024

BATTLE MOUNTAIN — A year ago, Mother Nature provided tears from the sky, as the skies opened up during the Battle Mountain High School graduation. This year, she provided a gorgeous sunset background, as the Class of 24 met one last time on Thursday, May, 30, at Tim Knight Field. “Well graduates, I am so glad you guys made it to this but none of our homecoming clean ups,” joked senior class president Jenna Chopp. “On a serious note, we did it. As a group, we started at the very bottom, as a group we walked into kindergarten not knowing a single person and scared out of our minds. To now as a group, getting our names called and walking across the stage to get our diplomas.”

Great Basin College closing Battle Mountain Center

BATTLE MOUNTAIN – Great Basin College, the leader in distance education for Nevada, continues its commitment to students and the communities it serves by meeting the evolving education needs of the region. After careful consideration and planning, Great Basin College has made the decision to close the Battle Mountain Center, located at 835 N 2nd St., as of July 2024.

Battle Mountain General Hospital announces data security incident

Battle Mountain General Hospital ("BMGH") has become aware of a data security incident that occurred on January 25, 2024, potentially affecting the electronic records of both employees and patients, including personal health information (PHI).

Virtual foster parent training begins statewide to address shortage of rural foster homes

With 400 children in the rural foster care system, Humboldt County is among those in dire need of more foster homes, with only four total to support displaced children. Virtual training provided by the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) for potential foster families is taking place March 19, March 21, March 26 and March 28, 5:30-8 p.m. on the Microsoft Teams application in order to introduce new, streamlined parent training in Nevada’s 15 rural counties.

Lander County chosen for Cypress Creek Renewables’ Scholarship program

After awarding scholarships to 35 students across seven counties in 2023, the Cypress Creek Renewables' program — Energizing Tomorrow’s Leaders — is being expanded significantly for 2024 to students in 27 counties, including Lander County.

GBC launches free telehealth counseling for students

ELKO — Great Basin College has partnered with BetterMynd, an online therapy platform, to offer enrolled GBC students, 18 and older, access to free teletherapy sessions from a diverse network of licensed mental health counselors. Dr. Amber Donnelli, Associate Vice President for Faculty Success, helped spearhead the new service to meet what she says is a growing need among students for mental health support.

Battle Mountain ushers in holiday season with tree lighting, fireworks

On Dec. 2, 2023 Christmas cheer was spread across the streets of Battle Mountain. The community celebrated the holiday season with a tree lighting and exquisite firework show at Elquist Park hosted by Lander County. They give a special thanks to Sean Bakker and staff at the Lander County Recreation Center and Donnie Prince and staff at Public Works.

Students in Battle Mountain learn about different civilizations

Second grade students in Mrs. Katie Vezina's class at Battle Mountain Elementary School have been learning about different components of ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations. The five components of a civilization include jobs, cities, writing, religion and leaders.

Battle Mountain District cancels this season’s Joshua Tree sales

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District has suspended the sale of Joshua tree permits for personal use in 2023. Joshua tree permits that would normally go on sale October 15, will not be issued to the public this year.

Nevada's senators at odds with Biden administration over mining proposals

It was a busy week on Capitol Hill, between Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announcing an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and the House unable to pass any spending bills as the government barrels toward a shutdown. Amid all the chaos, the Biden administration released a much-anticipated report with mining reform suggestions. But if Nevada’s two senators’ reactions are any indication, moving forward will be a slippery slope.

Controlling Invasive Plants in Fall and Early Winter

Fall is an excellent time to control invasive weeds with herbicides. Fall applications can often provide equal or better weed control compared to spring or summer herbicide applications; however, success or failure will depend on: 1) the target weed species, 2) herbicide being applied, 3) growing conditions, and 4) soil residual properties of the herbicide.

Tri-counties see rise in homelessness, other issues in 2023

Measuring homelessness in a community can be a challenge for many reasons but the Point-in-Time (PIT) Report captures a glimpse of the numbers collected in counties across Nevada on a specific day each year and is published after the numbers are put together.