Ruby Mountain protections: Where we’ve been, where we are going

The Ruby Mountains in northeastern Nevada stretch for nearly 100 miles in Elko County, with 10 peaks towering over 10,000 feet. These rugged, glacier-carved mountains and their cold, clear streams serve as a stronghold of native cutthroat trout and other wildlife, while providing an abundance of world-class public land opportunities for hunting, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation. They are also the origin of one of the most important big-game migration corridors in the state, utilized by one of its largest mule deer herds, and home to many other fish and wildlife species, including the Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Nevada Department of Education secures $10 million grant for Innovative Project to Improve Outcomes for students with disabilities

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is thrilled to announce it has secured a $10 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for a project that will help young people with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. NDE will work in partnership with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), centers for independent living, and other organizations to support the Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) - Pathways to Partnerships Innovative Model Demonstration Project, known as the Nevada Transitions Roadmap through Innovative Partnerships (Nevada TRIP) initiative.

Nevada Association of Conservation Districts meets in Winnemucca

Nevada Association of Conservations Districts (NvACD) held its annual meeting at the Boys and Girls Club in Winnemucca, Nevada on November 8, 2023. The NvACD advocates for the 28 Conservation Districts (CDs) in Nevada. More information can be found at NvACD.org. CDs are comprised of locally elected residents who work together to address local natural resource concerns in their communities. They are a division of the state government and hold and manage grants to promote on-the-ground, locally-led conservation activities.

NV Energy reminds customers to remain vigilant of scams ahead of holiday season

As we move into the holiday season, NV Energy is reminding customers to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for scams - which tend to increase during the holiday season. “We want all of our customers to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and make sure customers are aware of practices to protect themselves and their families and avoid falling victim to a scam,” said Antoine Tilmon, NV Energy Vice President of Customer Operations.

As Nevada farmers retire, few taking their place as number of farms continues to shrink

For more than 50 years, Rick and B. Ann Lattin operated Lattin Farms in Fallon, a 400-acre farm that started in 1909. But this year, the Lattins, both in their late 70s, laid down their tools, leased their land and stepped back from agricultural production. Their retirement marks the end of an era for the Fallon agricultural community. It also highlights a larger trend in Nevada agriculture — the state’s farmers are aging without a steady stream of young farmers stepping in to replace them, and the number of small-to-medium-sized growers is declining. Compounding the problem, farmland in the state — as in much of the West — is being developed into industrial spaces and housing.

Protecting Northern Nevada residents from contractor scams during harsh winter weather

As harsh weather approaches Northern Nevada, it is crucial to raise awareness about the potential risks’ residents face in the aftermath of natural disasters. Illegal contractors often prey on vulnerable homeowners during these challenging times. The Nevada State Contractors Board is committed to protecting our community, particularly vulnerable individuals, such as senior residents, from contractor scams.

Medicaid seeks public comment for new State Innovation Waiver

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (Nevada Medicaid) announced the beginning of a 30-day public comment period for a State Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver application. The public comment period is open from Nov. 20 through Dec. 20, 2023.

Precarious rocks may be used to map seismic hazards

RENO — After a 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Antelope Valley near the border between Nevada and California in 2021, researchers were surprised to find that several boulders, precariously perched above a cliff less than four miles from the epicenter, hadn’t tumbled to the ground. The researchers now think they know why. The earthquake, which struck a series of fault lines in an area along the California-Nevada border known as the Walker Lane, had a 6.0 magnitude.

USDA/U.S. Small Business Administration strengthen partnership to create jobs and economic growth in rural America

RENO — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is strengthening its longstanding partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to create jobs and expand access to new and better market opportunities for people in rural America.

Speaker Johnson makes Jan. 6 footage available to public

WASHINGTON — Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is making good on his promise to House Republicans to release more than 40,000 hours of U.S. Capitol Security tapes from Jan. 6, 2021.

A's owner 'gratified' as Las Vegas relocation approved by MLB owners

When Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher began exploring Las Vegas as a potential relocation option for his Major League Baseball franchise, he was enthused by the number of people he saw wearing team gear for the Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Raiders. But it was a brief conversation with a couple of military members stationed in Las Vegas that sold him on the city. “They were talking about how great Las Vegas was and it was a place where you would want to live,” Fisher told The Nevada Independent in a brief interview Thursday. “That kind of was the start, about two-and-a-half years ago.”

D.C. Download: How Nevada Democrats plan to capitalize on $2B from Biden's infrastructure bill

At the two-year anniversary of the infrastructure law, Nevada has received billions of federal dollars — and Democrats plan to campaign on it. And reader, rejoice — the government will not shut down! (At least until the next deadline in January.)

Advocates again push ballot measure to take redistricting out of Legislature’s hands

Backers of an initiative to create an independent redistricting commission for Nevada are again launching an effort to get a question on the ballot. Two initiatives were filed recently with the secretary of state’s office on behalf of Fair Maps Nevada, a group led by College of Southern Nevada professor Sondra Cosgrove, who also spearheaded the 2020 and 2022 efforts to change Nevada’s redistricting process.

USDA Rural Development Celebrates $27 Million Groundbreaking in Lovelock

LOVELOCK, Nev., Nov. 21, 2023—USDA Rural Development Nevada State Director Lucas Ingvoldstad today celebrated the groundbreaking for a $27 million investment made through the USDA ReConnect Program and awarded to Uprise Fiber to increase internet access in the City of Lovelock. Uprise Fiber will utilize the funding to deploy a Fiber-to-the-Home network that would offer economical and dependable internet to Lovelock residents nearly thousands of times faster than their current internet, which can be insufficient for basic activities such as teleconferencing or streaming.

City council sees possible designs for new aquatics center

With 386 surveys collected from the public and multiple focus group sessions held, Knit Studios put together possible designs for a new aquatics center in the City of Winnemucca and presented them to the Winnemucca City Council at their most recent meeting on Nov. 21 (with Mayor Rich Stone, Councilman Mike Owens, and City Attorney Kent Maher absent from the meeting).