Lander County News


After judge denies GOP request to block presidential primary, party appeals to Nevada Supreme Court

The Nevada Republican Party filed an appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court seeking to block the state from holding a presidential primary election next year after a Carson City judge denied the party’s case in District Court, court filings obtained by The Nevada Independent show.

GOP Senate leader Heidi Seevers Gansert won’t run for re-election in 2024

After nearly two decades in Nevada politics, Republican Senate Minority Leader Heidi Seevers Gansert (R-Reno) told The Nevada Independent that she will not run for re-election in her competitive Northern Nevada Senate district in 2024, leaving her seat open for the first time since 2016. Selected as the Senate minority leader for the 2023 legislative session, Seevers Gansert, 60, was among the most powerful Republican lawmakers in Carson City last session, wielding a caucus just large enough to block measures, such as tax increases, that required two-thirds passage.

Agency given deadline to explain why wild horse roundup should continue

A judge has asked federal land managers to explain why they should be allowed to continue capturing more than 2,500 wild horses in northeastern Nevada — a roundup opponents say is illegal and has left 31 mustangs dead in 26 days.

NV Energy seeks to convert final coal plant to natural gas

NV Energy intends to convert its last coal generation plant to natural gas, the utility announced Wednesday, July 19.. The utility will file an amendment to its 2021 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for review by the Public Utilities Commission later this month outlining the retirement plan. The amendment is the utility’s fifth to its IRP.

Indy Explains: What Nevadans should know as student loan pause expires

After three years, the federal government’s student loan repayment pause came to an end June 30. Come September, student loan servicers will begin to collect interest, and Nevadans with student loans will be expected to resume payments in October, per the U.S. Department of Education. As an expense borrowers have not had to consider in three years, economists are concerned repayment could boost defaults on all types of loans as well as depress discretionary spending, a potentially concerning trend for Nevada’s economy.

Superintendent says permitting is in place for new Orovada school, teacher vacancies down

A conveyance process that previously was moving along quickly has stalled a bit, according to school district officials.

Learn to recreate safely this summer with Nevada Outdoor School programs

Nevada holds some truly unique recreation opportunities for kids and families and the Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) and their community partners are teaming up to help people recreate safely this summer.

Remains found stuffed in garment bag 45 years ago in rural Nevada ID'd as Ohio woman

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In 1978, a garment bag containing a woman's heavily decayed remains was discovered in a remote area of northern Nevada. The case soon went cold - and the victim remained nameless for 45 years.

High school classes could start later under proposed state-level regulation

Start times at public high schools are the target of guidelines in a new regulation the State Board of Education is preparing to draft.

Nevada hunting curtailed as excessive snow, extreme drought diminish big game herds

The frustration is hard to hide on Cody Schroeder’s face as the wildlife biologist steers his pickup off Interstate 80 and into the Carson Range to monitor mule deer habitat. A once-bushy and tree-covered mountainside near Verdi is bisected by construction access roads, flat patches of dirt piled high with boulders that have been cleared out to level the steep slopes.

LaRena's Race slated for Aug. 5

It has been 20 years since the first LaRena Smith Bengoa Run, Ride or Walk for the Cure. The event has moved locations, added activities and survived Covid. It has never lost sight of the mission to help those battling cancer and taking treatments away from home, with monetary assistance and aid.

DeSantis headlines 8th annual Basque Fry

With the jagged, snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada rising behind him, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke Saturday (June 17) before an estimated crowd of 2,500 people at this year’s Basque Fry by extolling his statehood accomplishments for the past four years and what he would propose if elected president.

Nevada Mining Association announces 2023 individual safety award recipients

The Nevada Mining Association (NVMA) announces the recipients of its 2023 Individual Safety Awards, which celebrate the industry professionals whose outstanding efforts ensure mine workers return home safely after every shift.

Feds announce $31.2 million in PILT funds headed to Nevada

The Department of the Interior today announced that 17 local governments in Nevada will receive a total of $31.2 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2023. Because local governments cannot tax federal lands, annual PILT payments help to defray the costs associated with maintaining important community services. Humboldt County will receive $2,184, 255, Lander County $1,190,500 and Pershing County $1,307, 830.

Little League all stars get underway in Elko and Fernley

The Little League District 3 all-star tournament gets underway this week in Elko with three divisions of action. The 8-10-year-old division starts on Friday with Silverada (Dayton) playing Walker River (Yerington) at 8 a.m. In the other portion of the bracket Winnemucca plays High Desert (Fernley) at 5:30 p.m.