Health and Human Services increases loan forgiveness for OBs, midwives who practice in rural areas

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday a $25,000 increase in loan forgiveness available to primary care providers in designated underserved areas. That means qualifying individuals are eligible for up to $75,000 in forgiveness if they commit to two full-time years of service.

Nevada National Guard is maintaining strong recruitment numbers for the first six months of the fiscal year

Buoyed by a good fiscal year in 2023, the Nevada National Guard continues to maintain strong enlistment numbers among the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia. It has exceeded its goal at the federal fiscal year’s six-month mark as of April 1.

I-80 lane closures/shifts in Humboldt County as NDOT constructs truck climbing lane/truck parking

CARSON CITY – Beginning April 29, additional lane shifts and traffic crossovers will take place on Interstate 80 over Golconda Summit east of Winnemucca as the Nevada Department of Transportation continues a two-year project to install truck parking lots and climbing lanes.

Public input sought on lithium mine plan, Tiehm’s buckwheat

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment during the next 45 days on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Mine in central Nevada.

New rule to close ‘gun show loophole’ finalized by Biden administration

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday finalized a new rule that would require anyone selling a gun to obtain a federal license and conduct background checks. The rule aims to close what’s known as the “gun show loophole.” Gun merchants who sell online, by mail or at flea markets and gun shows until now have not been subject to the same federal regulations as those who own and operate gun stores as their main source of income.

Lawmakers raise questions after terminated contract with troubled immunization nonprofit

Lawmakers peppered health officials with questions about the future of Nevada's vaccine outreach after the state terminated millions of dollars worth of grant agreements with the only statewide nonprofit working on increasing immunizations.

Rosen: USPS stonewalling over proposed Reno-to-Sacramento move

The United States Postal Service could begin moving mail processing operations out of Reno in January, but postal service officials were otherwise unhelpful in providing more information to state officials in a recent briefing, Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) told reporters Thursday.

NV households seeing increase in SNAP theft

Nevada families in need of food assistance are at risk of losing their monthly benefits to cybercriminals as the state faces a large spike in stolen benefits through skimming and cloning. Skimming and cloning is a high tech form of fraud allowing thieves to electronically steal Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) account information as customers swipe their card at checkout.

Analysis: Resolving open meeting law complaints can take years — and is taking longer

Editor’s Note: This story is a collaboration between The Nevada Independent and Carson Now. In May 2021, Tony Stephenson filed an open meeting law complaint against the Lyon County Commission, alleging that the board violated the state’s bedrock open government law by not fully disclosing the legislation it planned to lobby against ahead of commission meetings. Stephenson, the chair of the county’s Democratic Party, eventually got his answer — the attorney general’s office determined that the commission’s votes to officially oppose bills related to tiny homes and criminal charges for obtaining “ghost guns” being considered in the 2021 Legislature were violations of state law, and required the board to include a notice of the violation on its next agenda.

County on the hunt to fill top financial position following retirement

During their regular meeting on April 15 the Humboldt County Board of Commissioners approved efforts to expand their search for a new Comptroller, as the current Comptroller has announced her retirement, although the date is open-ended.

State Entomologist believes mormon cricket population is on the decline

Nevada Department Agriculture (NDA) State Entomologist Jeff Knight told the Humboldt County Board of Commissioners that he believes that Nevada is on the tail end of a peak in the Mormon Cricket population. His comments came during their regular meeting on April 15.

New Nevada Mining Association President settles into position and aims to advocate

Nevada has a lot to be proud of, including its illustrious mining industry and the 20 different critical minerals that it supplies not only domestically, but throughout the globe. Amanda Hilton, the Nevada Mining Association’s (NVMA) new president as of January 2024, is dedicated to being an advocate for the industry and the thousands of individuals that work at and with Nevada’s mines.

Color the Mucc 3K and 5K happening this weekend

Enjoy the spring weather this Saturday, April 20, during the annual Color the Mucc 3K and 5K beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ralph Whitworth Recreation Complex. Registration open at 9:30 a.m., and celebrate afterwards at the Party in the Park with Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services (WDVS).

Nevada prisons can’t pay NV Energy bill

The Nevada Department of Corrections is asking NV Energy to keep the lights on in the state’s prisons while it comes up with the money to pay the bills.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest seeks comments on proposed changes recreation fees on five ranger districts

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is seeking public comments on fee changes at certain recreation sites across four of the Forest’s ranger districts and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. These fee changes will assist the Forest in closing that gap and continue to maintain sites to the level visitors have come to expect, as well as expand current opportunities.