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Today's Top Stories Archives for 2019-12

2019 The Year In Review

We take a look back at some of the biggest stories of 2019.



Estates 411 to Auction Toy Trucks New Year's Day

Estates 411 will auction off more than 500 brand new, in-the-box toy trucks on New Year's Day. Ski Censki tells us about the big event and how you can get involved in the bidding.



Save A Pet - Precious

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Precious, a 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, ready for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.



Man's Arm Becomes Stuck In Hide-A-Bed

A young man whose arm was trapped in a hide-a-bed for several days is rescued Monday, then flown to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment.



Two Hurt In Crash on Fritz Lane

Two people were transported by Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue medics Sunday afternoon following a single vehicle crash on Fritz Lane.



Save A Pet - Sally

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Sally, a one-year-old all-black cat in need of a loving home and available from Desert Haven Animal Society.



JAMA Publishing Clinical Trial Addressing D-Prescribing

A new study is looking at how pharmacists may be able to help people reduce the number of medications they're taking. Seth Trueger, of The Journal of the American Medical Association takes a closer look at the so-called D-Prescribe trial.



Angie's List: Winter Home Readiness

With winter here, it's time to take action. Prepare for the changing season with a winter-readiness checklist in today’s Angie’s List report.



News At 5

It's Monday December 30, 2019 and here are just two of the stories we'll be bringing you on today's 5 o'clock news...


Over this past weekend two people were transported by Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue medics this afternoon following a single vehicle crash through a fence and into several large metal fence posts. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor.



A large pickup truck went off the roadway and crashed into a brick retaining wall. As well as the driver, there were also reportedly children inside the vehicle at the time of the crash that were uninjured.




Have you checked KPVM TV Community Calendar lately? Here are two of the latest community-submiited event entries:


Monique Allen 1st Annual Memorial DAV Dontion Dinner -


Early New Year's Eve with John Michael Ferrari at Vince Neil's Tatuado

Save A Pet - Tippy

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Tippy, a cat ready for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.



Entertainment This Week with Maria Guerra

The Los Angeles District Attorney is going over eight cases against embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Maria Guerra has that story and more in Entertainment This Week.



Change in Zoning to Allow For Retail Center

The Nye County Commissioners have approved a land use and zoning change request that will allow a local contractor to build a retail center off Homestead Road.



Court Report with Eunette Gentry

Eunette Gentry has a look at one of the cases making its way through the courts in Nye County.



Angie's List - Wrangling The Wreath

Trees, lights, ornaments, garlands, wreaths—there is a lot we can include in our holiday décor. But what do you when it’s time to put it all away? This week’s Angie’s List report gives guidance on wrangling your holiday decorations.



New Holiday Task Force Serves Christmas Eve Dinner

Linda Wright from the New Holiday Task Force says that the Christmas Eve Dinner was well attended even though the day had changed from the traditional Christmas Day dinner.



Salvation Army Food Bank Extends Hours

Jon Watt from the Salvation Army tells us that the location on Boul Road has expanded their food bank hours to serve our community.



Local Family Gets Christmas Surprise

The Nye County Sheriff's Office and the Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Service, with help from many others in the community, surprise a local family with a Christmas they won't soon forget.



Save A Pet - Baby

Darbie O'Donnell visits Desert Haven Animal Society and introduces us to Baby, an adult male short-hair cat available now for adoption.



Road Conditions

Traveling from Pahrump to Vegas via Hwy 160 today?  Expect delays...


  • (7am, click here for the latest road conditions) Road Closed (Snow On Roadways) - on SR160 in both directions between Red Rock Canyon Rd and Pahrump in Mountain Springs, Clark County Nevada. Expect delays.
  • Mountain Pass closed to Baker, California due to snow. Expect a long delay or use other routes.
  • Road Closed - on I-15 southbound at Nevada/California Stateline in Primm, Clark County Nevada. Road Closed - on SR-164/Nipton Road westbound at Nevada/California Stateline to I-15 in Searchlight, Clark County Nevada.


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Two-vehicle Crash On Bourbon Street

Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle crash on Bourbon Street. The crash occurred between a vehicle that allegedly fled following the crash and a NCSO dispatcher. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue arrived on scene as well as Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies. No one claimed any injury at the time of the crash which appears to be a rear end collision. Stay tuned to KPVM TV for more information on this developing story.



First Responders Deliver Food, Gifts to Local Families

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations, The Nye County Sheriff's Office and Pahrump Valley Fire & Rescue Service are able to deliver holiday meals and gifts to local families.



Shop With A Cop Held At Pahrump Walmart

The Nye County Sheriff's Office takes part in this year's Shop With A Cop program, helping buy gifts for local children this Christmas.



Children and Pets Get Photos with Santa

Santa's been making his rounds in Pahrump. And he made two more stops over the weekend, at Wheeler Springs Plaza and Kamp K-9.



PV Fire & Rescue / NCSO Public Relations

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and the Nye County Sheriffs Office surprised a special family today with presents, dinner, a tour inside and out of a fire truck, sheriffs vehicle and patrol motorcycle. The family has just learned that their little one has leukemia. Bless them and give them strength.


Big City, Little Kitten

Troopers in Las Vegas rescued this scared little guy in the center median of the I-15 and the US95. The cat was taken to Animal Foundation Shelter. If you would like to give this cat a fur-ever home go check out the Animal Foundation website at


NWS Chrstmas Day Forecast

National Weather Service predicts somewhat higher temps and  ... rain.


KPVM TV, Albertsons, & Quality Signs & Designs Community Outreach

Thanks to Albertsons we were able to secure dinners for those in need here in Pahrump! These dinners were generously donated by Albertsons (a special thanks to Marlina Calleros and the Deli Manager!) with the assistance of Deanna O’Donnell with KPVM-TV and the entire crew at Quality Signs & Designs! And of course Bradley was on-hand to supervise and direct.


Happy Holidays everybody! We had a spectacular time delivering all 32 family meals!


Nielsen: 16M U.S. homes now get TV over-the-air, a 48% increase over past 8 years

The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using a digital antenna has jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past 8 years to reach 16 million homes, according to a new report from Nielsen. Today, 14 percent of all U.S. TV households are watching television over the air, it found. More ...


One Killed in Two-Car Crash in Death Valley

One person was killed and six others seriously hurt in a head-on crash in Death Valley. Pahrump Valley Fire & Rescue was called to assist in life-saving efforts.



Save A Pet - Caroline

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Caroline, a border collie looking for her forever home and available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.



National Weather Service Predicts Rain

It's Gonna Rain! But where? When? How much? We're starting to hammer out the details a little more each day.


What we know now... 0.10-0.25" of rain & 3-6" of snow above 5000 ft expected Monday & Tuesday before we encounter a brief dry spell Christmas morning.




Law Enforcement increases DUI enforcement as part of holiday Joining Forces campaign

UPDATED: 12/21/19: Last night, we joined forces with Northern Nevada’s best to save lives. These two individuals - one at a .250 and another at a .206 - were removed from the roadway before they could kill someone with their impaired driving. Not pictured are the numerous other drivers arrested for driving under the influence of meth, marijuana, and prescription pills. It’s simple: drive sober, save lives. Don’t be the reason someone doesn’t make it through the holiday season.





POSTED 12/20/19: There is no excuse for driving under the influence. Make plans now and stay safe later.


As Las Vegas residents make plans to celebrate the coming holidays, the Nevada Highway Patrol and other Nevada law enforcement agencies ask that you make sure those plans include viable alternatives to driving under the influence.


Whether it's a designated driver or public transportation, everyone should make sure they have alternatives in place to avoid any chance of making a bad decision that could lead to unnecessary tragedy.


As part of efforts to increase traffic safety and reduce driving under the influence during the holidays, law enforcement is participating in a statewide Joining Forces campaign to heighten enforcement of DUI violations and increase awareness of the dangers of DUI.


From December 20, 2019 through January 3, 2020, the Nevada Highway Patrol will dedicate extra deputies specifically to look for drivers under the influence. Funding for these extra patrols is made possible by a Joining Forces grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety.


The goal of these enforcement campaigns is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving. 

Shop With A cop

Shop with a cop at Walmart today. We had a blast!


Vehicle versus structure accident on Winery Road

Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a vehicle versus structure accident on Winery Road. The home sustained major damage. According to Fire Chief Scott Lewis no one was taken to the hospital at the time of the crash.


Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies Community Outreach

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies are delivering presents and food to families throughout Nye County who are in need this holiday season. Thank you to all of the sponsors who participated and donations from the community.


We'll have more information on this story in Monday evening's newscast. Stay tuned to KPVM!


Three Arrested on Drug-Related Charges

The Nye County Sheriff's Office has arrested three people on charges related to drug sales and possession, including a health aide at Pahrump Valley High School.



Tonopah DMV Office Closing For 10 Days

If you need to use DMV services in Tonopah, you'll have to wait -- at least for now -- or use another location. Brad Francis explains.



The Bearded Lady Saloon Opens Tonight

A new bar opens tonight in Pahrump. And it promises to bring a new experience to the valley, including top-notch entertainment. Kelli Sater and Andrew Hanzelic are excited to be opening The Bearded Lady Saloon.



Entertainment This Week with Maria Guerra

Star Wars star Mark Hamill has dropped a big hint about the new movie. Maria Guerra has that story and more in Entertainment This Week.



Save A Pet, Joe Cocker Spaniel

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Joe Cocker Spaniel, a very active K9 looking for his forever home.



NCSO Arrests Gonzales

The Nye County Sheriff's office arrests a Tonopah man for numerous auto thefts.



Christmas Week Weather Preparedness

Several weather systems will move through the Desert Southwest next week, bringing precipitation chances along with them. And the National Weather Service says if you plan to travel, it's important to be prepared.



K-rail B-gone!

source: Cheryl Andersen via Facebook


We’ve come a long way! From slow moving trucks Vegas side to pahrump near overhead billboard. Thousands of Krail 7-8.3 miles at a time. You now have double lanes on both sides [of the mountain], plus a brand new Hwy. All the krails on pahrump side gone!!! Thank you for your patience all of u!


Former CEO Angela Evans Will Not Face Charges

Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia says he is not moving forward on the alleged embezzlement case against the former CEO Of Valley Electric.



Two-Car Crash Sends Two To Hospital

An adult and child were taken by ambulance today to our local hospital after their vehicle slammed into the back of another car on the highway.



News Across Nevada

Here's Deanna O'Donnell with a look at what's happening across the Silver State.



Two-vehicle Accident - Hwy 160 & Homestead Rd

Medics have cleared the scene of a two car crash at Homestead Road and Highway 160. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue transported a female and a small child to Desert View Hospital by ground ambulance. Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies conducted a field sobriety test on the female before transporting her to the hospital. The northbound Highway 160 left hand turn lane is currently blocked until vehicles can be removed from the scene of the rear end collision. Stay tuned to KPVM for more information on this developing story.




KPVM, Ace Country Radio, & Salvation Army

Deanna O’Donnell and Ubaldo Alvarado from KPVM TV and Ace Country Radio representing at Walmart bell ringing for the Salvation Army.




Pahrump Residents Voice Opposition to Proposed Water Fee Increase

Nearly 20 people appeared before Nye County Commissioners Tuesday to voice their opposition to a proposed increase in per-parcel water fees. The rate hike has already been approved by the Nye County Water District Governing Board, but is likely to be overturned by county.



Court Report with Eunette Gentry

Eunette Gentry has the latest from the courts in Nye County, with more on the cases of Michael Anthony Horn and Cole Engelson.



Shadow Mountain Quilters Surprise Seniors With Handmade Gifts

A quilt guild in Pahrump is helping spread holiday cheer this season, by delivering handmade items to some lucky seniors. Bartha Cupernall, a member of Shadow Mountain Quilters, tells us about their visit to Inspirations senior living community.



Save A Pet, Arnold

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Arnold, a four-year-old corgi mix looking for his forever home.




CARSON CITY Nev. - For the second year in a row, Nevada's high school students graduated at the highest rate ever at 84 .11 percent for the Class of 2019 - an increase of 3 .26 percentage points since 2017. "Our mission is to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness and this continued increase in our graduation rate demonstrates our collective progress as a statewide education system," said Jhone Ebert, Superintendent of Public Instruction. "The rising graduation rate coincides with other positive trends reported this year, including 184 schools that increased their rating by one or more stars and assessment outcomes that indicate that more of our students are demonstrating proficiency and college and career readiness." Nevada's three largest districts - Clark County School District, Washoe County School District, and the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA, which is considered a district for accountability purposes) - all showed increases in graduation rates. SPCSA had the most dramatic jump in graduation rates since 2017, with a 12.51 point increase. Other highlights include Douglas County School District, which improved by 3. 73 percentage points, and increases in graduation rate by more than 2 percentage points for the Lyon County, Carson City, Clark County, and Washoe County School Districts. The full list of graduation rates for 2018-19 is as follows:




Pershing (94.55 percent), Eureka (93.33 percent), and Douglas (91.26 percent) have the highest graduation rates in the state. There are IO school districts with graduation rates that exceed the state average of 84 .11 percent. Graduation rates for students across all races/ethnicities are higher than in 2017: 


  • American Indian/Alaska Native students increased 0.45 percentage points to 74.36 percent;
  • Asian students increased 1.09 percentage points to 94.18 percent;
  • Black students increased 4 .4 5 percentage points to 72.18 percent;
  • Hispanic students increased 3.25 percentage points to 82.95 percent;
  • Two or More Races students increased 4.43 percentage points to 85.68 percent;
  • Pacific Islander students increased 6.18 percentage points 88.52 percent.
  • White students increased 3. 16 percentage points to 87.34 percent.;.


"We are proud that all of our students are demonstrating progress, but we are committed to addressing achievement gaps for student groups, including for our American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, and Hispanic students, as well as students who are differently abled, English language learners, and students who are eligible for free-or-reduced-price lunch," Ebert said. "Expanding access to educational opportunities and ensuring equitable access to effective educators vill be key to our efforts to provide every student who graduates with the tools they need to build a home, a life, and a future." Here are the graduation rates for students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, and English learners over the past two years: 


  • Economically Disadvantaged students increased 3.97 percentage points to 80.81 percent;
  • Students with Disabilities increased 2.42 percentage points to 67.15 percent; and
  • English Learners (EL) decreased 4.86 percentage points to 76.8 percent since 2017; however, ELs increased 0. 76 to 76.8 percent over last year.


Graduation rates for Career and Technical Education students increased 2.96 points over the past nvo years. Career and Technical Education students have the highest graduation rate of any student population in the state at 94 .19 percent. 

Trump Support Rally

A rally was held in support of President Donald Trump on the evening of 12/17 on the corner of Highway 160 and 372.


Holiday Gift-Giving Tips

Deanna O'Donnell talks with the experts at Angie's List who share some great tips to help you check off the people on your holiday shopping list.



Fireworks Over Pahrump

Watch Pahrump’s sky sparkle with fireworks during specially designated holiday weekends.  Launch your own fireworks in a safe and supervised environment or enjoy the show during the following holiday weekends:



New Year’s Weekend | Dec 27 – Dec 30 | 5pm – 11pm

New Year’s Eve | Dec 31 | 5pm – Midnight



All visitors who want to launch their own fireworks must have a special permit from one of the five fireworks stores: Area 51, Phantom Fireworks, Red Apple Fireworks, Black Jack Fireworks, Outlaw Pyro. Launch permits are $5 each. The site is first come first serve within a 30-minute limit.

The Fireworks Over Pahrump launch site is located one mile west on Gamebird Rd. right off of Highway 160

For more information, contact the following retailers:


Area 51
Phantom Fireworks
Red Apple Fireworks
Black Jack Fireworks
Outlaw Pyro



Road Maintenance Update


‎Cheryl Andersen‎ posted to I NEED HELP IN PAHRUMP



Starting at 6:30 am - 2:30 on 12/17/19


Give yourself extra time going to Pahrump and also up near Lovell canyon. Slow down and watch for krail trucks turning into your Vegas bound lanes. They don’t realize your doing 80 and you get to them faster. Also watch for their flashers as it takes them a minuit to pick up speed. You don’t want to come flying up and realize, your passing lane has cars and u can’t get over! Also Vegas.. the loaded krail trucks are slow going. If u get caught behind one it will alter your time.


We are removing krails (the temporary cement dividers) and flagger holds are up to 20 minutes. NDOT allows 20 minuits on hold times although they have been running around 15ish.


We’re trying to get these krails gone so u can both lanes back. Be patient a little bit longer Thank u.


And .. my boss said, by Wednesday we should have all krails gone!


And you have both sides done wooohoo!

Local Pizza Delivery Vehicle Involved In Another Crash

A pizza delivery SUV from Tarantino's Pizza was involved in a weekend crash at Bell Vista and Barney. It's the second time a Tarantino's Pizza vehicle has been involved in a crash in the last year.



Loved Ones Remembered at Light Up A Life

Dozens attend the annual Light Up A Life remembrance ceremony, held Friday evening. The event is sponsored by the Center For Compassionate Care, the counseling arm of Nathan Adelson Hospice.



O Happy Bread Ready To Celebrate 3 Years In Pahrump

O Happy Bread has been serving Pahrump for nearly three years, bringing the taste of France to Nevada. Deanna O'Donnell talks with the owners about what they do and what makes them unique.



Save A Pet - Daddy-O

Darbie O'Donnell takes us to Desert Haven Animal Society, where we meet today's pet, Daddy-O.



Duck Pond Cleaning and Maintenance

UPDATE on Duck Pond cleaning and maintenance at the Calvada Eye: Last week the two main ponds were drained and cleaned. Approximately 100 fish and addition turtles were moved to the upper pond area while the two larger areas are worked on, including the improving of water flow for the contained self-contained ecosystem.

The project should be completed and the ponds refilled by Friday, December 19th.


Duck Pond Cleaning and Maintenance


For Immediate Release FCC PROPOSES DESIGNATING 988 AS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION & MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE NUMBER Agency Begins Formal Rulemaking, Seeks Comment on Proposal -- WASHINGTON, December 12, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today started the process of designating 988 as a new, nationwide, 3-digit number for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This designation will help ease access to crisis services, reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions, and ultimately save lives.



Today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes that calls made to 988 would be directed to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of 163 crisis centers that is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Currently, the Lifeline is available by calling 1- 800-273-TALK and through online chats. In 2018, trained Lifeline counselors answered over 2.2 million calls and over 100,000 online chats.


Today’s effort began with Congressional passage of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018. That statute tasked the FCC, in consultation with SAMHSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, with examining and reporting on the technical feasibility of designating a shorter number—“a simple, easy-to-remember, 3-digit dialing code”—for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.


In a report to Congress released in August, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Economics and Analytics recommended 988 as that new 3-digit dialing code. The report found that a 3-digit suicide hotline number “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.” The report noted that, from 1999 to 2016, suicide increased in 49 of the 50 states, and the increase was greater than 20% in more than half of those states. It also noted that suicide rates are higher across various at-risk populations, including Veterans and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities. The report examined the feasibility of using various 3-digit numbers, including a wholly unique 3-digit number like 988 and N11 numbers (i.e., 211 to 911), and found that the technical and operational issues associated with implementing 988 could be addressed and resolved more quickly than any consumer re-education efforts needed to repurpose an existing N11 number.


The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes requiring that all telecommunications carriers and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers make, within 18 months, any network changes necessary to ensure that users can dial 988 to reach the Lifeline. The Notice also seeks comment on all aspects of implementation, including whether a longer or shorter timeframe would be needed to make 988 a reality.


The Commission will begin taking public comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking following publication in the Federal Register. Following review of that public record, the Commission will move toward final rules.


Action by the Commission December 12, 2019 by Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 19- 128). Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, Rosenworcel, and Starks approving. Chairman Pai, Commissioners Carr, Rosenworcel, and Starks issuing separate statements. WC Docket No. 18-336




Media Relations: (202) 418-0500 / ASL: (844) 432-2275 / TTY: (888) 835-5322 / Twitter: @FCC /


This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).



More Santa Claus Sightings

12/15/19: Santa's bikers (Tribe M/C) are out again today delivering presents to families around town. The motorcade can be quite lengthy, so please watch out and be patient if you see them while you're out driving today.



Three Vehicle Crash

Traffic is being diverted around a three vehicle crash at Highway 160 and 372. No injuries have been reported. Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies, Nevada Highway Patrol and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene. Stay tuned to KPVM TV for more information on this developing story.




Accident Results in Rollover

All occupants declined to be transported from a two vehicle crash involving a pick up truck and a pizza delivery vehicle. This is the second collision that has impacted the small pizza shop called Tarantino’s in recent years. The SUV rolled over as a result of the collision and was rolled back onto its tires by citizens at the scene located at Barney and Bell Vista. Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched. Traffic is being diverted during the investigation and clean up. Stay tuned to KPVM TV for more information on this developing story.



NHP Truck Hit By Out-Of-Control SUV On Mount Charleston

The Nevada Highway Patrol has released dash and body camera video that shows an accident involving and SUV and one of their pickup trucks. Six people in the SUV were hurt and transported to local hospitals.



County Commissioners Back Moving Money To Keep Jail Funded

A lack of ICE detainees in the Nye County Jail is leading to a projected deficit. So, as a stop-gap measure, commissioners have approved moving money from the general fund to the jail fund to help pay vendors and employees.



Save A Pet - Live P.D.

Darbie O'Donnell takes us to Desert Haven Animal Society for a look at today's pet, a cat named Live P.D.



State Schools Superintendent Visits Nye County

State Schools Superintendent Jhone Ebert is traveling the state to visit local schools in all 17 counties. She stopped in Nye County this week to meet with educators, administrators, children and their parents, and spoke about the importance of parental involvement.



Accident On Hwy 160 Near Smith's Shopping Center

No injuries reported at a minor two vehicle crash on Highway 160 in front of Smith’s. Traffic was blocked while Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies helped move the vehicles off the roadway.


News Across Nevada

Here's Deanna O'Donnell with a look at what's happening across the Silver State.



Walmart Presents Check To 2019 Tribe Toy Run

Walmart makes a generous donation of $2,000 to Oasis Outreach and the Tribe Motorcycle Club. That money will help more than 100 families this holiday season.



Accident on Hwy 95 near mile marker 34

UPDATED 8:05PM PST DEC 11, 2019: Update on fatal accident from Fire Chief Scott Lewis from Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue.
Emergency crews are working a head on crash tonight at mile marker 34 in Nye County on US Highway 95. One person is declared deceased on scene. Two people were transported via Mercy Air helicopter to a trauma center in Las Vegas. Two other individuals were taken by ground ambulance to a Las Vegas Hospital. The highway is closed during the investigation by Nevada Highway Patrol.


UPDATED 7:05PM PST DEC 11, 2019: According to Nevada Highway Patrol the fatal crash on US Highway 95 is between a Toyota passenger car and a pick up. The passenger car drifted over the centerline and struck the pick up. A passenger in the Toyota has died, the driver and other passenger are critical. The two other individuals in the truck are in serious condition. Traffic is being diverted around the crash at a Highway 373. One car is from Idaho and one from Nevada.


POSTED 6:05PM PST DEC 11, 2019: Traffic is blocked on Highway 95 at Mile Marker 34 for a fatal two vehicle head-on crash involving a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck. One person was entrapped and two unconscious according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office. Two Mercy Air helicopters are landing on the roadway to transport the victims of the crash. .


Accident on Hwy 95 near mile marker 34

Court Report with Eunette Gentry

In today’s Court Report, Eunette tells us the final defendant has been sentenced in the 2018 murder of a man in Tonopah.



Save A Pet - Brittney

Darbie had a difficult time today not adopting this sweet dog today at Desert Haven Animal Society. Brittney the dog is available right now at our local shelter.



Nevada Silver Tappers Christmas Show

The Nevada Silver Tappers hold their 29th annual Christmas Benefit Show to help benefit some great non-profit agencies and causes in our community.



Robin Barber appointed to the Board of Directors of Valley Electric Association

Robin Barber, a former labor representative in California, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Valley Electric Association. Barber will fill out the unexpired term of former Board member Dave Dawson, who retired as District 6 Director in November after 12 years on the Board. District 6 includes North Pahrump, the area north of Highway 372.


"Robin brings a career of member representation experience to the table," said VEA Board President Kathleen Keyes. "She has excellent communication skills and knows what it takes for a board to make good decisions. Our members will find Robin to be honest, trustworthy and of the highest integrity. We welcome her to the Board."


Twenty-two members from District 6 applied for the Board vacancy. VEA Board members met last week to review the applications and again on Monday to interview candidates. Ten members were interviewed by the Board on Monday.


Barber said she is honored to receive the appointment and is excited to begin. "Part of my DNA is to be an activist, and I am eager to serve the community on the VEA Board." Barber has lived in Pahrump since March 2018 after retiring as a labor representative for the Service Employees International Union in Santa Barbara, Calif.


"I come with a diverse skills set," said Barber in her application for the Board vacancy. "I am comfortable as a leader in organizing, presiding, presenting, researching, analyzing, speaking, compiling data, negotiating contracts, assessing budgets, conflict resolution, training, directing, in municipalities, civil and judicial boards. I am confident I can positively contribute to the needs of this community in a transparent and honest way."


Latest Arrests In Nye County

We get an update on the latest arrests across Nye County. Brad Francis has the details.




Highway 160 Flash Flooding Rescue


A Pahrump driver gets caught up in flash flooding on Highway 160 Sunday evening, needing to be rescued by Pahrump Valley Fire & Rescue.

Save A Pet, Kittyhawk


Today Darbie brings you a dog named Kittyhawk who is available for adoption at Desert Haven.

Hwy 160 Roadwork Update


The $59 million upgrade of State Route 160 that entails widening a 6-mile stretch of highway from two to four travel lanes between Mile Markers 16 and 22 in southwest Clark County, creates a safe passing lane for slower moving traffic while altering the roadway geometry for fewer twists and turns.


The project additionally entails rehabilitating 22 miles of deteriorating roadway from roughly the Nye County line to just past the Mountain Springs community. This weekend, eastbound traffic opened to the newly upgraded roadway with two travel lanes along the 22-mile stretch. However, westbound traffic is still down to one lane while barrier railing is picked-up through the end of the month, which could lead to potential travel delays. Construction is still scheduled to finish in August 2020.

Protest at Local Library


There is a public protest at the Pahrump Community Library whose board is considering banning guns inside the children’s library reading room. This came about in October when an adult female was enjoying the reading room with her younger sister. The woman was wearing a open carry holstered firearm. The library in the following days installed signs saying no guns or dangerous weapons allowed in the child reading area. The item was also put on the Library Board meeting being considered this morning. Many people are speaking against the item and several in favor of the item being passed. County Commissioner John Koenig says considering this item is against the board’s open meeting law.

Road Closure - Highway 160 Near Roadrunner Road

POSTED 8:06PM December 8, 2019: Highway 160 north of town, near Roadrunner Road is currently closed by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, due to severe flooding and debris in the roadway. Please seek alternate routes, and use caution.


UPDATE: 9:06PM - Area will be closed until 10:15PM. Avoid flooded areas.

Oasis Outreach & Tribe M/C Toy Run


Oasis Outreach and Tribe Motorcycle Club hold part 1 of their annual Toy Run today, December 8, 2019. Riders are on their way with Santa delivering gifts and meals to area residents. Please always be alert and watch out for motorcyclists on the roadway.

Accident Near Bannavitch & Cody Disrupts Electric Service


The power was knocked out this evening in the area in Bannavich and Cody Street. A single vehicle hit a power pole causing the pole to break. The driver and only occupant declined to be transported by Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue medics to local medical facilities. Valley Electric crews were dispatched to repair the pole. Nye County Sheriffs Deputies blocked traffic in the area.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


On Aug. 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft.

NCSO Announces DUI Enforcement Effort, Seat Belt Crackdown Results


The Nye County Sheriff's Office announces a state-wide effort to crack down on impaired driving. And they release the results of a Thanksgiving seat belt enforcement effort and reminds drivers about the importance of buckling up.


Save A Pet, Daisy


Darbie O'Donnell has today's Save A Pet, and how you can help give Daisy her forever home.

House Fire on West Gally Road, Pahrump


A house fire on West Gally Road causes major damage to the home. No one was home at the time, and no injuries are reported.

Nature Conservancy in Nevada completes and tests innovative Wetland Rapid Assessment Method

New tool will help improve resource monitoring, assessment, protection, and restoration for Nevada's wetlands

The Nature Conservancy in Nevada, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Natural Heritage (NDNH, previously the Nevada Natural Heritage Program) and the Desert Research Institute, recently completed the Nevada Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (NV RAM), a draft assessment protocal developed as a product of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) grant awarded to NDNH. The NV RAM will help advance smart strategies from the State of Nevada Wetland Program Plan to improve wetland resource monitoring, assessment, protection, and restoration throughout the state.

Wetlands are vital to Nevada, as they link land and water and create highly productive ecosystems with unique plants and wildlife. Nevada is the driest state in the nation, and an estimated 52 percent of the state's historic wetland acreage has been lost over the years. The new NV RAM field manual establishes consistent methods for performing rapid assessments of Nevada wetlands to provide key insights surrounding the distribution of the various types of wetland habitats statewide, and the status of these precious natural resources. The tool's development was guided by the shared need of agencies to find a cost-effective way to assess wetlands within Nevada's hydrographic areas (groundwater administrative units) and specific units of land.

The NV RAM is designed to be carried out by an experienced team of two people in four hours and is ready to be used in the field, however the method is considered draft until additional field verification is conducted. Future goals for the NV RAM include its use to create a wetland database or use as a tool for land or resource managers to measure wetland ecological integrity, target sites for restoration and protection, identify stressors, and track changes over time. A full Ecological Integrity Assessment could also be developed to help understand how some wetland systems in Nevada are influenced by human land and water management.


For more information see:

USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP

CARSON CITY, NV – Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two proposed changes, and one final rule change, to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which serves more than 400,000 Nevadans.


The final rule, published on December 5, 2019, addresses changes to SNAP recipients classified as Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD).

The new rule limits states’ ability to override work requirements for SNAP recipients. The order affects adults who are less than 50 years old who do not have disabilities or dependents.


The current rules require the group to work at least 20 hours a week for more than three months during a three-year period, but states can waive the rule if work is not available. The new rule will limit the state's ability to do that unless unemployment reaches a specific rate in that area.

Today, the State of Nevada was informed it has received a three-month waiver for this rule which applies to all Nevada counties, with the exception of Washoe.


The waiver of the time limit will be in effect from January 1, 2020 through March 30, 2020. As mandated by Nevada law, the State will continue to apply for waivers but, if future waivers are denied, then more than 32,000 individuals will be transitioned off SNAP when they exhaust their three months of benefits.


Proposed Changes

Additionally, there are two proposed rules; Broad-Based Categorically Eligibility which addresses the types of government benefits that automatically qualify families for SNAP and Standard Utility Allowance regarding the guideline states use to calculate standard utility allowances.


The proposed rule will eliminate the Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) policy and impose a financial asset test on SNAP applicants that were approved under BBCE. The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services estimates about 46,000 SNAP recipients will no longer be eligible, and 7,415 children who are on National School Lunch Program will be affected by the proposed rule.


The second proposed rule for the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) may show an increase of more than 4% to recipients, according to USDA analysis. Currently, Nevada’s average SNAP benefit per household is $220.06. If the proposed rule on SUA values is approved as written, the average benefit per household in Nevada will increase by $9.44, per month.


Currently 117,968 out of 221,272 SNAP households qualify and receive the Standard Utility Allowance.



For additional informatio, see the press release at the USDA website

Tiles For Miles Sponsor Angel Tree

Tiles for Miles is sponsoring and angel tree this year and we need your help Pahrump!


Please come and see us, Tiles for Miles at 1266 E Calvada Blvd and pick out an angel to donate gifts to. We have so many children that need our help in Pahrump and we all want to make sure they have a Merry Christmas!


Please please come see us! Donations need to be new unwrapped clothes or toys with the angel tag attached and can be turned in to us no later than December 18th. Thank you!

PAWS Kitten In Need Of Good Home


Pets Are Worth Saving has a lot of pets available for adoption. Today, we meet Elf, a six-week old kitten ready for his forever home.

Recruit Nevada Hiring Events Statewide


The Nevada Department of Public Safety is embarking on a statewide recruitment effort called 'Recruit Nevada.' They hope it will encourage men and women to join the state's law enforcement agencies.

Save A Pet - Reagan


Darbie O'Donnell shows us Reagan -- a great dog available for adoption from the Desert Haven Animal Society.

Las Vegas Veterans Job Fair

DAV and RecruitMilitary will host the Las Vegas Veterans Job Fair on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Conference Center of Las Vegas. This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and Reservists features employers ready to hire.


In addition to providing career opportunities for veterans, RecruitMilitary is also focusing efforts on the more than 600,000 military spouses in the United States who are unemployed and/or underemployed in their professional careers. The company is actively working to help address the exorbitantly high unemployment rate of military spouses - nearly 25% - a rate more than six times the national average. This is the highest unemployment rate of any singular group in the U.S. Through its partnership with Google, a new job search tool is now available to assist military spouse and military trained talent to explore 8,000 remote work options in the RecruitMilitary database of more than 250,000 jobs. With more than 140 veteran and military spouse job fairs this year, RecruitMilitary offers veterans and military spouses the most opportunities of any organization to help facilitate their future career goals.


For more information, visit the event website at:

Illegal Firearm 'Straw' Purchases

This is an interesting story that came to fruition thanks to our dedicated and thorough Evidence Technicians. It starts off slow so you’ll have to stick with us to the end. Let’s begin...


On November 7, Troopers responded to a crash at McCarran and Nugget. They retrieved a handgun from the involved vehicle for safekeeping while the driver was transported to a local area hospital.


On November 11, Troopers responded to a reckless vehicle call that turned into crash in Fallon. Guess what? Same driver again. Troopers located a rifle that was booked into evidence for safekeeping.


The owner of these guns contacted Evidence wanting to retrieve them. The Evidence Technician, following protocol, completed a background check and discovered that this person was prohibited from owning firearms. She ran the guns and discovered that they were purchased in Nevada.

Troopers were able to pull surveillance footage of the purchases. This is where the plot thickens. Footage shows this driver’s wife completing the Brady paperwork while he pulls money from his pocket for the purchase. We also see him leaving the store carrying a rifle. If you’ve ever legally purchased a firearm, there is a question followed by a warning in bold letters asking if you are the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm. She must’ve closed her eyes for this portion of the form.


Fast forward to December 2 when we arrested the husband and wife for multiple felonies, including conspiracy, sell/transfer a gun to a prohibited person, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Here’s the lesson to be learned: never buy a firearm on behalf of someone else. This is a straw purchase. This is bad. This is illegal.


#nhpnortherncommand #youcantdothathere #notonourwatch #doitrightorpaytheprice #dontliefortheotherguy





Nevada Silver Tappers Christmas Show


Tickets are on sale for the annual Nevada Silver Tappers Christmas Show, set for Saturday, December 7. This year's variety show will benefit several non-profit organizations in our area.

NCSO Arrest Tony Sadler


Tony Sadler is arrested and charged with trying to strangle his wife.

Winter Weather Advisory






Event: Winter Weather Advisory
.Another winter storm will bring a quick round of mountain snow 
to the region late this evening through Wednesday night. Heaviest 
snow is expected during the day on Wednesday. 
* WHAT...Snow expected above 7000 feet. Total snow accumulations 
of 5 to 10 inches. Rain may mix with snow at times between the 
7000 and 8000 foot elevations during the day Wednesday. 
* WHERE...Sheep Range and Spring Mountains...particularly the 
higher elevations of Kyle and Lee Canyons. 
* WHEN...From 4 AM to 10 PM PST Wednesday. 
* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult due to wet, snow 
covered, and icy roadways. 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult especially 
on State Routes 156, 157, 158.

Instructions: A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Target Area:
Sheep Range
Spring Mountains-Red Rock Canyon



Sandy Valley Residence Fire Displaces Family

Fire crews responded to a home fire this evening in Sandy Valley. Two adults and one infant have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting. No injuries have been reported. Stay tuned to KPVM for more information on this developing story.

New Holiday Task Force Thanksgiving Dinner


Linda Wright announced the first annual New Holiday Task Force Thanksgiving Day Feast at Nye Communities Coalition. The group which has restructured is holding another holiday dinner on Christmas Eve.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Pahrump


The Community Christmas Tree will remain in the parking lot of the Pahrump Nugget until after the New Year for all to enjoy and even take holiday photos. Over the weekend the tree was decorated and a lighting ceremony was held.

NCSO Arrest Tyre Brown


A man is in the Nye County Detention Center, charged with stealing items from a car at a local gas station.

Cat Escapes Rescue


A cat thought to be injured fooled a homeowner over the weekend after it escaped responders who were dispatched to help get the animal off the roof of a house.



Save-A-Pet, Star


A beautiful young dog found in the desert is now available to take home in time for the holidays.

Spring Mountain Medical Toy Drive


This morning Spring Mountain Medical Clinic donated a check for 500 dollars and lots of toys to the Tribe Motorcycle Club for their Christmas Toy Drive.

Sandy Valley Residence Fire Displaces Family

Fire crews responded to a home fire this evening in Sandy Valley. Two adults and one infant have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting. No injuries have been reported. Stay tuned to KPVM for more information on this developing story.

Delivering Supplies To Our Homeless


Delivering supplies to our homeless. Thanks to Melisa Marie Fay, Ryan Muccio, Dust Bunnies Cleaning and Handyman Service, KPVM Tv, ACE Country Radio, Emcompass Home Health, Kristin A. Swan, Laura Jean Daun , with Vicky (our new friend).

Two-vehicle crash at Highway 372 and Linda Street


One person has been transported to Desert View Hospital from a two vehicle crash that occurred this morning on Highway 372 and Linda Street. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies as well as Nevada Highway Patrol responded. They were assisted with traffic control by Nye County Animal Control. There were a total of 5 occupants in both vehicles which sustained major damage. NHP is investigating what caused the crash. Stay tuned to KPVM TV for more information on this developing story.