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Evolution Strength & Fitness Opens in Pahrump

A new gym is now open in Pahrump. Evolution Strength & Fitness specializes in CrossFit. And they have something for every capability and fitness level. Becky Kaucky says she decided to open the gym to offer valley residents a unique experience. For more information, including a class schedule, you can visit them online at They're also on Facebook. And you can call them at 775-513-0363.



Friday Sports with Michael Donohue

A racing legend succumbs to his illness and are you ready for Superbowl Sunday? Michael Donohue has the scoop.



Save A Pet - Kitty

Today we meet Kitty, a 2-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, available for adoption from Desert View Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell has more.



Northern Nye County Health Services Change

On January 22nd, a letter was sent to the residents of Northern Nye County regarding a change in health care services in the region in late February, early March.


Below is that letter. Please contact if you have any further questions.


Also, if you would like to receive alerts to your phone or email about upcoming Board of Trustees meetings, register at and click the "Notify Me" button in the right corner of the agenda center.


Health: Baby Girls Meets Life-Saving Dual Living Organ Donor

More than twelve-thousand people are waiting for a life-saving liver transplant. And one-year-old Katelyn Kutscher was one of them -- until a complete stranger gave a piece of himself to save her life. Erica Foreman has more on the generous donor, who keeps on giving.


Dr. Hashimoto says many people don't realize you can donate a portion of your liver and save someone's life. He says there's now a minimally invasive procedure available making it easier than ever before to become a living donor.



4-H Robotics Gala Raises Money For Trip to State Championship

The local 4-H robotics team is raising money to fund a trip to the state championship in Reno. 4-H Program Coordinator Stormy Ingersoll says the team should be able to make the trip this year thanks, in part, to money raised during the 3rd annual robotics gala.



Telehealth Program Helping Hundreds at Pahrump VA Clinic

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is leading the way in telehealth innovation, ensuring veterans can access care when and where they need it.


VA Telehealth Services launched in 2017 to provide better healthcare options for veterans living in rural areas. Today, in Pahrump, that technology is helping nearly nine-hundred veterans access high-quality VA care.



PAWS Food Donation Drive

Hi folks PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is low on kibble dog food and have a rescue full of hungry babies. They can really use your support! Everybody at PAWS is always grateful to folks in our community that makes the mission of helping pets and their families possible. This short 46-second video gives you all the details.


PAWS is located at 2031 Gamebird Ste C, Pahrump, Nevada 89048, and can be contacted at (775) 253-5051.



Community Christian Academy Visits Nye County Offices

First graders from the Community Christian Academy visited the County and Town of Pahrump administrative offices on Friday, January 24th, and Monday, January 27th, as part of learning about government.


County Commission Chairman John Koenig talked to the students about the process of government and how meetings are conducted. He also led the students on a tour of the administration offices at the Calvada Eye, as well as the Nye County Board of County Commissioners Chambers where many students had fun banging the gavel and speaking into the microphones.


The students visited with parents and their teachers Karen Houston and Carol Diedrick.


CCA first grade class visits Nye County Administrative Offices

Clark County resident being tested for novel coronavirus

Carson City, NV – Today, the Southern Nevada Health District reported the first person under investigation (PUI) in Nevada for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing samples from the Southern Nevada resident who has been identified as a PUI. Currently, Nevada has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus.

As announced by the Southern Nevada Health District, the patient is in isolation and being monitored in a local hospital. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services continues to work closely with partners in the local health authorities, providing support if needed and sharing information on this quickly changing public health concern.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance to health care providers, medical facilities and laboratories regarding the clinical characteristics of 2019-nCoV, assessing patients with compatible symptoms and recent travel to Wuhan, China, clinical specimen collection and testing, and effective health care infection prevention and control.

“While this novel coronavirus may be causing concern, it’s important to remember that there are only five confirmed cases in the United States and all of those cases had travelled to Wuhan, China,” said the Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Officer Ihsan Azzam, Ph.D, MD. “Currently, this virus is not spreading in the United States. Early detection of cases; prompt application of case isolation and timely quarantining contacts, in addition to practicing proper hygiene, will help us control this outbreak. We continue to monitor the situation and work with our state and federal partners.

“Seasonal influenza, or flu, continues to circulate throughout Nevada. It’s not too late to get a flu shot,” he said.

The flu vaccine is still available for residents, and Nevadans are encouraged to contact their health care provider for more information. The CDC recommends routine, annual flu vaccinations and specifically notes the importance of a vaccine for high risk populations.

About Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, runny nose and/or sore throat. However, limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with this illness.

Currently, the CDC is the only entity that can test for 2019-nCOV.

Based on what has been seen previously during respiratory disease outbreaks caused by coronavirus, it is believed that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear anytime between two and 14 days after exposure. At this time, it is unclear how easily or sustainably 2019-nCov is spreading between people, but the current risk to the U.S. and Nevada public remains low. There is currently no vaccine for 2019-nCoV, but like any respiratory viral illness it is recommended to practice good health hygiene habits.


To prevent the spread of flu and viruses:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


The Division of Public and Behavioral Health technical bulletin can be found at:


More information can be found on the CDC website:




Health: Teen Screen Time Impacts Sugar, Caffeine Intake

If your teen received a new device for the holidays, you'll want to hear this. Recent research shows when teens spend time on screens, they often turn to energy drinks and sodas to quench their thirst. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Susan Albers did not take part in the study, but says these drinks are notoriously high in sugar and caffeine.



Donations for Brian Cates Burial Expenses

Former Town Board Member Amy Riches lost her son unexpectedly on January 10th. Brian Cates passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Amy does not have the money needed to pay for Brian's burial expenses. We are asking the community if they would like to help this mom pay for, her son's funeral.


KPVM TV just happened to interview Brian during our "Question of the Day" news segment at Walmart 8 days before he died. Brian told us in the upcoming New Year his hope was for a better job and a girl that really loves him.

Any donations should be made to:

Pahrump Family Mortuary
5441 South Vicki Ann Road
Pahrump, Nevada 89048



Save A Pet - Blaze

Darbie O'Donnell visits Desert Haven Animal Society to introduce us to Blaze -- a 2-year-old lab mix looking for his forever home and available for adoption now.



414th Combat Training Squadron "RED FLAG" at Nellis (27-Jan - 14-Feb)

What's that booming noise? Fear not, it's the mighty arm of the US Military and her allies.

Training will occur between January 27, 2020 and February 14, 2020.


RED FLAG is a contested combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. It is coordinated at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). It is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the United States Air Force Warfare Center and Nellis Air Force Base.


Sr. Airmen Nancy Bartel and Diana Medina, both back-shop armament technicians, post flight an F-16 on day two of Red Flag 12-2 Jan. 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Coalition partners from South Korea and Saudi Arabia participated in the joint training exercise that's been around since 1975. (USAF photo by Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)


Aircraft and personnel deploy to Nellis for RED FLAG under the Air Expeditionary Force concept and make up the exercise's "Blue" forces. By working together, these Blue forces are able to utilize their diverse capabilities to execute specific missions, such as air interdiction, combat search and rescue, close air support, dynamic targeting and defensive counter air. These forces use various tactics to attack NTTR targets such as mock airfields, vehicle convoys, tanks, parked aircraft, bunkered defensive positions and missile sites. These targets are defended by a variety of simulated "Red" force ground and air threats to give participant aircrews the most realistic combat training possible.


And breaking the sound barrier produces a very real sonic boom. For additional information about Red Flag exercises, >read here<.

Off-road-vehicle Pursuit Ends With Guns Drawn

An off road vehicle leads police on a pursuit ending with guns drawn at a home on Marne Court. Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies have one person in custody for warrants, felony eluding, and a possible stolen vehicle. The rider reportedly drove into a garage at a residence followed by officers who surrounded the home. The suspect was then quickly apprehended. The ATV was impounded by police at the scene.


Dog Goes Missing After Crash on Basin Avenue

Luckily the driver of an SUV was not seriously injured last night when her vehicle rolled just off Basin Avenue. The woman however did lose her precious puppy during the collision which was later located.



Recruit Nevada Seeking Qualified Local Officer Recruits

The Nevada Department of Public Safety oversees three agencies -- the Nevada Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, and Capitol Police. And the department is traveling the state, hoping to recruit new officers through its 'Recruit Nevada' events. The tour stopped in Pahrump this past weekend. And the goal is simple -- to find qualified local candidates to fill vacancies in their own communities.



Health: Is My Kid Contagious?

When a child comes home from school with a runny nose and a cough, it's usually a common cold. But, according to Dr. Frank Esper of Cleveland Clinic Children's, pretty much everything that makes your child sick has the potential to spread to others.

Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

On January 28, 1986, the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter undertaking mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members: five NASA astronauts, one payload specialist, and a civilian school teacher.

The failure was caused by the failure of O-ring seals used in the joint that were not designed to handle the unusually cold conditions that existed at this launch. The seals' failure caused a breach in the SRB joint, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB aft field joint attachment hardware and external fuel tank. This led to the separation of the right-hand SRB's aft field joint attachment and the structural failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces broke up the orbiter.


Approximately 17 percent of the American population witnessed the launch on live television broadcast because of the presence of high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who would have been the first teacher in space. The Challenger disaster has been since been used as a case study in many discussions of engineering safety and workplace ethics.


STS-51-L crew: (front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair; (back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik


M7.7 Earthquake Strikes Near Jamaica

At approximately 11:10am PST, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck 125km NNW of Lucea, Jamaica. A tsunami of 0.4 feet was recorded in the Cayman Islands at George Town, but no tsunami was observed at Port Royal, Jamaica, or Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The earthquake was felt over a widespread area with reports of people having felt shaking as far away as Miami, FL. There are no initial reports of damage or casualties.

Save A Pet - Kobe

Darbie O'Donnell stops by Desert Haven Animal Society to introduce us to Kobe, a playful and friendly, 1-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, available for adoption now.



Health: Coronavirus in the U.S. -- What You Need to Know

In recent weeks, a new respiratory virus, known as the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus, was identified in China. According to the CDC, the virus has made its way to the U-S, as the first case was confirmed in Washington State last week. According to Dr. Steven Gordon of Cleveland Clinic, Coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses that range in severity from the common cold to severe disease.



Desert Haven Animal Society Gets 1-year Contract Extension with County

Desert Haven Animal Society will continue to provide animal shelter services for Nye County for at least another year. The Nye County Board of Commissioners has voted to extend Desert Haven's contract until June 2021. The original proposal called for a three year extension. Commission Chair John Koenig abstained from the discussion and vote due to his re-election bid.



STATE ROUTE 160 BLASTING MIDDAY CLOSURE JANUARY 27 (11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m)

PAHRUMP - The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will temporarily close State Route 160 in both directions, just west of Williams Ranch Road, from 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., January 27, in Clark County.


This is the main highway between Pahrump and Las Vegas Valley.


The closure is needed for blasting to remove fractured bedrock as part of a $59 million upgrade project that entails widening a 6-mile stretch of State Route 160 in southwest Clark County. Aggregate Industries SWR Inc. is the general contractor. Construction calls for expanding the asphalt highway from two to four travel lanes between Mile Markers 16 and 22, creating a safe passing lane for slower moving traffic while altering the roadway geometry for fewer twists and turns. Work additionally entails rehabilitating 22 miles of deteriorating roadway from roughly the Nye County line to the Mountain Springs community. The project, which broke ground in the summer of 2018, is scheduled to finish this fall.


Motorists, meanwhile, should be prepared for an up to two-hour delay, although it will likely take less time. Although no other blasts are currently planned, rock excavation conditions possibly could require additional blasting in the future.


Below is an 86 second video from July 2019 when county officials attended a blasting as guests of the Nevada Department of Transportation.


Blasting Video (YouTube)

In Memory of Art Bell

A plaque and bench have been installed in memory of Art Bell, a long-time Pahrump resident and radio personality who passed away April 13, 2018 at age 72.


A member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, Bell is best known for his paranormal-based radio show Coast to Coast AM. He also was the founder and original owner of KNYE 95.1 FM in 1999, which still operates today.


The bench and plaque were paid for by Friends and Fans of Art Bell with a contribution from the county including installation of the bench and plaque.


M4.6 (preliminary) Earthquake Near Barstow, CA

At approximately 7:03pm PST, a M4.6 earthquake occurred near Barstow, CA. The main event was felt lightly in Pahrump, NV, and followed shortly after by a much smaller M2.9 aftershock. It's too early to say if the M4.6 was a main sequence event or a foreshock.

We live in earthquake country. It's always best to be >prepared<.




Horse Rescue Seeking Donations To Replace Stolen ATV

Someone stole an ATV from a local horse sanctuary last week -- then crashed it into a pickup truck on Thousandaire Boulevard. The vehicle was totaled. The suspect ran away. Now, the rescue organization is seeking donations, through Go-Fund-Me, to help them replace it. Jennifer La Mana runs New Beginnings West Paso Fino Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. She spoke with News 25 about the need for a replacement vehicle.



Health: Trouble Sleeping? A Warm Bath May Help

Do you toss and turn before dozing off to sleep? According to a recent study, taking a warm bath might help you get some rest. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Reena Mehra did not take part in the research, but says results show a little time spent relaxing in the tub may help.



Save A Pet - Conan

Darbie O'Donnell visits Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Conan, a male grey-brown tabby looking for his forever home.



Health: The Flu in 2020 -- What's Happening This Year

The middle of winter finds us 'smack-dab' in the middle of flu season. And according to the CDC, the flu has been a little out of the ordinary this year. Erica Foreman has more on what you need to know about the flu in 2020.



NFL Draft Unveils Grand Plans for Las Vegas Events

Officials with the N-F-L have unveiled grand plans for the 85th N-F-L Draft, coming to Las Vegas in April. Clark County Commissioners heard all the details during a presentation Tuesday. Draft organizers were seeking some major, but temporary, road closures. And after assuring the county they're doing everything to minimize the traffic impacts, commissioners unanimously approved the closure requests.



Annual Crab Fest to Help Pioneer Territory CASA

Pioneer Territory CASA is dedicated to providing training and support for Court Appointed Special Advocates--or CASAs--in Nye and Esmeralda counties. The volunteers they train help support neglected or abused children in the foster care system by giving them a voice in the courts. As a non-profit, Pioneer Territory CASA seeks donations from individuals and businesses. And as Executive Director Kathie McKenna explains, one of their largest fundraisers is just three weeks away.



Court Report with Eunette Gentry

Eunette Gentry has this week's look at the cases moving through the court system in Nye County.



NyE Communities Coalition Holding 6-Week Diabetes Program

NyE Communities Coalition is offering a six-week diabetes care program to help those living with the disease better manage it. It started last week. But it's not too late to get started , by joining tomorrow's class. NCC's LeeAnn Luna tells us more.



Health: Feeling Down and Sluggish? Your Thyroid Could be to Blame

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Up to 20 million Americans have thyroid disease. But often times, it's easy to miss. Symptoms of thyroid disease may mirror other ailments -- like irritable bowel syndrome or even depression. So people may not suspect their thyroid is to blame.



Save-A-Pet - Pioche

Darbie O'Donnell heads to Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Pioche, a 4-month-old gray-hair tabby looking for her forever home and available now for adoption.



The Hubb to Host Food Drive Fundraiser

The band Ear Candy is having a food drive this Saturday at The Hubb bar on Bell Vista Road. Band member Mike Hickey talks about the event and how you can make a donation.



Health: Can a 'Dry January' Benefit Your Health?

Did you overindulge during the holidays? If so, you may be one of the many adults trying a 'Dry January' -- and avoiding any alcohol for the first month of the year. But can it really help your health? According to Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Jamile Wakim-Fleming, going 'dry' can decrease liver inflammation caused by alcohol.



3rd Annual 4-H Robotics Gala To Recognize Team Accomplishments

The local 4-H Club's robotics team has really taken off. They are top in their class currently, and are big contenders coming up in the Nevada State Competition. A gala is happening this Friday night at the Bob Ruud Community Center here in Pahrump. All are invited to attend.



Free Radon Test Kits Available

To protect the lives of all Americans, the Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It's colorless and odorless, and it's the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U-S.


In general, radon levels are slightly-elevated in the Pahrump Valley. But given the potential health dangers, experts recommend every homeowner test for the presence of radon gas. And the state is now offering free test kits.



County Leasing Space to First Choice Pregnancy Center

The Nye County Board of Commissioners has approved a lease agreement that allows a local non-profit to occupy a portion of a county-owned medical building. First Choice Pregnancy Center has agreed to lease 2,000 square feet at 1501 East Calvada Boulevard, at a cost of 50 cents per square foot.



KPVM Has a New News Vehicle

Braking ... er ... Breaking news from Deanna O' Donnell!


Congrats Deanna, and thank you Saitta-Trudeau!



ATV Accident Sends Rider to Hospital

Police, medics and an air ship was sent to a ATV Crash off Mesquite Avenue Sunday afternoon. Deputies searched the area for the crash and after pinging the phone and making contact with another rider they were able to pin point the victim's location on Higley Road near a large power pole.



MLK Luncheon Celebration Raises Money for Student Scholarships

The Pahrump Community Church off of West Street, once again hosted the annual “The MLK Foundation’s All Peoples Luncheon” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The money all goes to provide scholarships to youth right here in Pahrump.



Save A Pet - Guinevere

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Guinevere, an 8-year-old domestic longhair with beautiful green eyes. She's available for adoption now from Desert Haven Animal Society.



Two-Car Crash Closes Highway 160

A two-car crash Friday night on Highway 160 at Betty Lane closed 160 for a short time as first responders helped the victims and cleared the scene.



SafeTalk Training Program Aims to Prevent Suicides

A program aimed at preventing suicides is being held this weekend in Pahrump. LeeAnn Luna, of NyE Communities Coalition, tells us more about the program, and how you can get involved.



Health: Make Popcorn a Healthy Treat

In case you missed it, Sunday was National Popcorn Day. While popcorn may not always have the reputation of being a 'health food,' according to Cleveland Clinic Deititian Ariana Fiorita, it does have some healthy qualities. It all comes down to where you get it and how you make it.



Off-Road Accident on Higley Road North of Mesquite

One adult male was taken to a Las Vegas trauma center with injuries received in an off-road accident on Higley Road north of Mesquite Avenue. The ATV rolled several times, according to reports, and the man sustained head, hand, and back injuries. Mercy Air landed on Higley Road while Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue attended to the patient and assisted in loading him into the helicopter. Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies are investigating the crash.


Off-Road Accident on Higley Road North of Mesquite

The Bearded Lady Saloon welcomes The John Zito Band

Today at 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM The Bearded Lady Saloon 1330 Fifth st, Pahrump, Nevada 89048 Deanna O'Donnell of KPVM will filming at the event. Come on down and see us!



Health: What is the Keto Diet?

Are you eyeing a new diet in the new year? One of the most 'searched for' diets online in 20-19 was the Keto Diet. But just what, exactly, does a Keto Diet look like? Cleveland Clinic Registered Dietitian Camille Skoda says the Keto Diet involves reducing carbohydrate intake to about five percent.



Stolen Vehicle

Stolen Vehicle

This ATV was taken from a home on the corner of Kellogg Road and Elizabeth Street in Pahrump on the evening of 1/15/2020 or early morning off 1/16/2020


stolen vehicle


The photo shown is the same color make and model. It is a Yellow/ black and white 2002 Polaris Trailblazer. The thief took this vehicle from a Disabled American Veteran who uses it to fee rescue horses. They say the suspect rolled the ATV down the road or onto a trailer. The keys were not in it. A report has been filed with the Nye County Sheriff's Office. If you have any information contact NCSO at 775-751-7000

Veterans Transition Fair, Town Hall Meeting

What: The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in partnership with the Southern Nevada Veterans Community Engagement Board will co-host a Veterans Transition Fair and quarterly Veterans Town Hall to update the local-area community on VA services and community care.

When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(SNVCEB Transition Service Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
(VA Veterans Town Hall from 11 a.m. to noon)

Where: North Las Vegas VA Medical Center
6900 N. Pecos Road
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89086

Background: The Veterans Transition Service Fair will include approximately 40 community and 20 VA organizations providing Veterans, their families and caregivers with information on a variety of Veterans-related topics and resources.

The Transition Service Fair is open to Veterans, active-duty, Guard, Reserve, family members and caregivers and geared toward providing current servicemembers and recently separated Veterans with information, assistance and requirements for accessing VA benefits and services.


The moderated quarterly Veterans town hall runs from 11 a.m. to noon in the auditorium and will include updates from local VA Veterans Health Care, VA Benefits and state leadership on national and local activities and initiatives, followed by a Q&A session where a moderator will ask leaders pre-submitted questions, or questions of general interest submitted on a comment card prior to and during the town hall.


A presentation by the Veterans Benefits Administration on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 that took effect on Jan. 1 will follow the town hall. This law extends presumption of herbicide exposure to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and provides changes to the VA Home Loan Program for all Veterans.


Veterans can submit questions in advance to Questions of a personal nature or those unable to be addressed during the town hall will be sent to the appropriate representative for a direct response back to the submitter.


The meeting is open to the public. As a courtesy to those Veterans that do not want to be photographed, a section has been set aside in the back of the Auditorium.


Location: 6900 N. Pecos Road North Las Vegas, Nevada 89086


Event Website

A Different Type Of Campaign

This morning, eight Cadets donned their Campaign Covers for the first time. These individuals endured 16 weeks of the Nevada Department of Public Safety Basic Academy followed by nine weeks at the NHP Advanced Academy in Carson City. Please join us in congratulating Academy Class 86 as our newest Nevada State Troopers.


Campaign Cover



Nye County Commissioners Reverse Water Fee Increase

The Nye County Board of Commissioners has reversed a decision made by the Nye County Water District Governing Board. In December, the Water Board approved increasing the per-parcel fee to 35 dollars to help pay for an exploratory project aimed at finding new sources of water for the Pahrump Valley. The Private Well Owners Cooperative Association of Nye County filed an appeal with the Board of Commissioners to reverse the Water Board's decision. And Tuesday, commissioners did just that -- reversing the decision and cancelling the proposed fee increase.



Fair Showcases Available County Services

A social services fair held today in Pahrump helps familiarize residents with health and social services available in our area.



Health: Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Woman, With MS, Walk

For people with Multiple Sclerosis, or M-S, walking can become a challenge. The disease disrupts signals from the brain and often robs people of their mobility. Today, we meet an Ohio woman battling M-S step-by-step, with the help of a high-tech robot.



Save A Pet - Butch

A dog that was found in Death Valley recently is under medical care for a painful skin infection and is now up for adoption and looking for a loving home.



Health: Do You Know What's In Your Child's Food?

Grocery shopping for your family has never been more complicated. With labels screaming 'low calorie,' 'low sugar' and 'reduced fat,' how can you really know what's in the food you're buying? Diana Schnee is a dietitian at Cleveland Clinic Children's. She says it's important to read between the lines on the label.



Nevada Senators Call For CoreCivic Investigation

Nevada Senators call for an investigation into Corecivic Detention Center in Pahrump after information was discovered about a senior employee, Captain Travis Frey age 31, actively posted on a neo-Nazi website and expressed interest in starting a white supremacist group. Frey is now been placed on administrative leave. Corecivic on Mesquite Avenue houses inmates facing a wide array of charges including US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)



No Safe Place For Impaired Drivers

We want everyone to ring in the new year alive. This next decade, our goal is the same as the last – zero fatalities.

Driving impaired endangers everyone on our roads and we’ll be out in numbers tonight looking to keep these drivers from hurting or killing anyone. Last year, there were 10,511 people killed nationwide in impaired driving crashes. The tragedy of these deaths will be felt for a lifetime. We’ve partnered with the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition to let you know that there’s no safe place for impaired drivers to hide on our roads.

Let your first resolution be to not drive impaired. Happy New Year, Nevada.


Batten Down The Hatches!

Time to tie down the kid's trampoline and tuck the lawn chairs away. Typical of our desert, we have wind coming our way with a 40% chance of rain early Thursday morning.


noaa wind advisory

2nd Amendment Rally at Pahrump Library

One month ago, dozens turned out to protest the Pahrump Library Board's proposal to ban guns inside the children's reading room. That proposal was scheduled to be back on the agenda at today's meeting, once again drawing a large crowd. The item was pulled from today's agenda at the last minute.


But those against the proposed gun ban say they won't be deterred and insist their voices be heard.


Kelly Zahn Arrested, Facing Charges of DUI and Resisting a Public Officer

An intoxicated female showed up at a Tiger sanctuary on the north side of town a while back. The owners of the property, Karl and Kayla Mitchell were in their yard enjoying some time in the sun, when they suddenly spotted someone trying to make contact with their animals.



Longstreet Casino Wedding Chapel Draws Couples to Amargosa Valley

Jim Marsh is probably best-known for his Las Vegas auto dealerships. But he's also responsible for building the Longstreet Hotel, Casino and RV Resort in Amargosa Valley. Marsh thought Amargosa Valley was the perfect location for a resort. And it's becoming a popular place for weddings too. Longstreet has a new chapel, set against a beautiful mountain backdrop, inspired by a chapel built in the 1800s.



Commissioners Approve Agreement with R/C Aircraft Club

The Pahrump Valley Model Aviators are cleared for take-off at the Pahrump Valley Fairgrounds. The club signed an agreement with the town of Pahrump in 2015, allowing its members and guests to fly radio-controlled aircraft at the fairgrounds site. The club wanted a four-year extension of that agreement. But after a bit of discussion, the Board of County Commissioners approved a one-year extension instead.



Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) Education Classes

Family and Community Engagement Services - CLASS
A Clark County School or FACES Engagement Center


Anti-Defamation League Nevada (ADL) Announces Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) Education Classes
January 10, 2020 By Ann Sliman


LAS VEGAS – Anti-Defamation League Nevada (ADL) announces Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) education classes scheduled January 13, 2020 through February 28, 2020. The classes are 1.5 hours long and only open to parents during the school year. The classes are free and available to all parents through the Clark County School District FACES program.

This training course is designed to give parents a basic understanding of what signs and symptoms to look for in their child regarding bullying. It will also give parents and families an opportunity to learn what steps they can take to prevent bullying, how to report it, and the state laws regarding bullying.


“ADL offers this program through the Clark County School District in order to help inform parents and caregivers about the basics of bullying so they can combat the issue before it happens and what to do when it does happen,” said Katrina Sandigo, Education Director at ADL Nevada.

The following schools are confirmed for January and February 2020 education classes.

• Lee Antonello ES (1/13)
• Gibson MS (1/14)
• Schofield MS (1/15)
• Bertha Ronzone ES (1/28)
• Red Rock ES (1/29)
• Harmon ES (2/5)


The course is offered at any Clark County School District school or FACES Family Engagement Center. Any interested parent should contact their child’s school who can request FACES programming.


ABOUT ADL NEVADA: ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. More at


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Two Hurt in Rollover Crash on California 178

Two people required medical attention today after their pickup truck crashed and rolled off Highway 178 just west of the Nevada-California state line.



Save A Pet - Freckles

Meet Freckles. This older male mixed breed dog is in search of his forever home and available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.



Artesian Cellars To Expand Wine-Tasting Room

Soon there will be a new location to hang out. Especially for those who love wine. Owner of Artesian Cellars Tim Burke tells News 25 that they are planning big expansions to their wine tasting room located on Highway 160 in the near future.



Fire Damages Home on Morgan Lane

A homeowner is devastated today after reporting the smell of smoke inside the home which quickly extended to an almost fully involved structure fire.



Nye County Sheriffs Office Pursuit

One person was transported to Desert View Hospital via Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue ambulance after leading police on a pursuit through town this morning. It begin with a traffic stop in which the vehicle as stolen by Nye County Sheriffs Office Dispatch. The suspect then fled the scene in the SUV striking a deputy and his patrol motorcycle. The pursuit traveled on the highway, backroads and at one point on a sidewalk. Two individuals were reportedly inside the car when the chase began, a male driver and female passenger. Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers joined the pursuit with NCSO Deputies. The chase ended with the suspect car rendered disabled in the parking lot of Gold Town Casino. The vehicle went over the sidewalk hitting and damaging a cactus, and a large landscape rock. The driver was taken into custody at that time. The female was allegedly dropped off during the chase, but found by police a short time later. No injuries have been reported by the officer. His motorcycle sustained major damage. Captain David Boruchowitz explains.



KPVM TV Weekend Cinema

The First Wives Club (1996) (IMDB)
Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.

Saturday: 1pm - 3pm

2 Days in the Valley (1996) (IMDB)
48 hours of intersecting lives and crimes in Los Angeles. 

Saturday: 9pm - 11pm

Freedom Writers (2007) (IMDB)
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school.

Sunday: 12pm - 2pm

Good Burger (1997) (IMDB)
Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry.

Sunday: 8pm - 10pm


A Night at the Roxbury (1998) (IMDB)
Two dim-witted brothers dream of owning their own dance club or at least getting into the coolest and most exclusive club in town, The Roxbury.

Sunday: 10pm - 12am

Cultures of Las Vegas: The Chinese' Airs through Feb. 9

“Cultures of Las Vegas: The Chinese,” a discussion of the culture, traditions and history of the Chinese people in the Las Vegas Valley and beyond, will debut on Clark County Television (CCTV) Monday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. and air through Sunday, Feb. 9.


Guest moderated by Fox 5 Reporter Tiana Bohner, “Cultures of Las Vegas: The Chinese” is a 30-minute discussion featuring Jan-ie Low, organizer of Chinese New Year in the Desert, the largest celebration of the lunar new year in Las Vegas; Asian Community Development Council President Vida Chan Lin and Eric Jeng, director of civic engagement; and Peter Lung, a master of feng shui. This show was produced by the Clark County Office of Public Communications & CCTV to coincide with the Lunar New Year, or “Chinese New Year,” which occurs on Jan. 25 and ushers in the Year of the Rat.


The show also may be viewed on Clark County’s YouTube channel at A direct link to the show: The show is also available on Clark County’s “Cultures of Las Vegas” podcast available for iPhones and Androids.

“As a Chinese-American deeply rooted in tradition, it was eye opening for me to learn even more about our culture, customs and superstitions, tied to the popular holiday Lunar New Year,” said Bohner.


“The Chinese culture is among the world’s richest and most significant,” said Erik Pappa, the County’s director of Public Communications. “We are fortunate in Las Vegas to have such a vibrant Chinese community and I’m glad to showcase it here. I want to thank Fox 5 Reporter Tiana Bohner for moderating this discussion as well as the panelists for their insights.”

Additional CCTV air times in the coming week: Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 3 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 5:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 16 at 4 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 19 at 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Subsequent dates and times will be viewable at CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at and CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.



Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 13th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.3 million visitors a year (2018). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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News Across Nevada

Here's this week's look at what's happening across the Silver State.



Save A Pet - Sandy

Meet Sandy, a tan pit bull mix available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.



'Friends Day Out' Helps People Living with Dementia

For people living with dementia, a weekly program in Pahrump offers a hands-on, fun learning experience. And it can also provide a much-needed break for the primary caregiver.



Court Report with Eunette Gentry

Eunette Gentry has the latest from the courts in Nye County, including the cases of William Spangler and Brad Selbach.



Entertainment This Week with Lynn Peterson

Lynn Peterson has the latest entertainment news, with stories about Rascal Flatts, the Boulder City Film Festival, and The Golden Globes.



Las Vegas: Latest Technology Showcased

The largest and most influential tech show in the world has come to a close. CES, taking place in Las Vegas this week, showcases the latest technology from hundreds of companies. Today, we give you a peek at a handful of the gadgets and gizmos designed to improve our lives.



Audit of Nye County Finances Delayed

A problem in getting needed documentation has delayed an audit of Nye County's finances. The Las Vegas accounting firm conducting the audit has received an extension from the department of taxation, as it continues to examine Nye County's cash and investments for fiscal year 2018 to 2019.


Dan McArthur appeared before county commissioners this week with the latest on the audit process.



FEMA workshop: Flood Rate Insurance Maps (FIRMs)

The Nye County Planning Department would like to announce a local workshop hosted by Nye County, Nevada Division of Water Resources, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region IX, to provide information on the pending revised Flood Rate Insurance Maps (FIRMs), covering the southern area of Nye County.


The FEMA workshop will be held on January 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Letters have been sent out to property owners in the area.


The changes will also be discussed at the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday, January 15th. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.


Why this is important: If a property is mapped into a high-risk area and the owner has a mortgage through a federally regulated or insured lender, flood insurance will be required when the FIRM panels become effective. Property owners who obtain flood insurance before the FIRM panels become effective and then maintain it may be able to benefit from the NFIP’s “grandfathering” insurance rating process and pay a lower premium.


Location: 2100 E. Walt Williams Drive Pahrump, NV 89048


Historic Reintroduction of Bighorn Sheep to Lake Range

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (Tribe) will release bighorn sheep to the Lake Range on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation Monday, January 13, weather permitting, in a historic project between NDOW and the Tribe to reintroduce the species to the mountains surrounding Pyramid Lake where they once thrived.

Bighorn sheep are native to the Lake Range, two-thirds of which is on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. Explorer John C. Freemont wrote in his journal on Jan. 11, 1843 during his travels through the Lake Range that he and his party “saw herds of mountain sheep”. While the native fish of Pyramid Lake were historically the primary food source for Paiute people (Numu) other large game species were harvested including bighorn sheep (Koepa).

“It is an extremely important reintroduction both from a wildlife standpoint, as well as a cultural standpoint for many Native American Tribes across the west,” said Larry Johnson, a long-time bighorn sheep conservationist. “This has been a large priority of mine for decades. Luckily, the stars finally aligned and there has been a memorandum of understanding developed between the Tribe and the Nevada Department of Wildlife to not only allow this to occur, but hopefully for future wildlife projects.”


For years, Johnson has been heavily involved with NDOW in bighorn sheep restoration efforts. In June of 2018, PLPT Tribal Council approved to have their staff collaborate with NDOW in the development of a bighorn sheep restoration plan. Through close collaboration between the NDOW, the Tribe and Johnson, planning and coordination for the bighorn restoration efforts were conducted for more than a year.

“This is a win-win quite frankly, for everybody involved. This is the result of a lot of efforts put in by the Pyramid Lake Natural Resources Department, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and of course funding from multiple sources,” Johnson said.


Funding came from multiple sources, including a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and the Nevada Wildlife Record Book Foundation.


NDOW has captured and translocated over 4,000 bighorn sheep within Nevada and throughout western U.S. and Canada, helping to restore Nevada’s and other state’s bighorn sheep herds. Nevada’s population was as low as 2,000-3,000 animals in the early 1960s, but now sits at more than 12,000.


A helicopter crew will capture bighorn sheep from a herd in the Sheep Creek Range in Lander County. After NDOW and PLPT biologists, wildlife veterinarians, and volunteers evaluate vital signs and health, collect samples, and attach tracking devices, the sheep will be transported to the Lake Range. The release is expected to take place in the late afternoon.


If you are interested in attending release please contact PLPT Natural Resource Biologist, Emily Hagler at 509-929-1105, and view the regulations for tribal lands listed below.




On Sunday, December 15, 2019, at approximately 5:08 AM, Nevada Highway Patrol responded to a crash located at the intersection Blue Diamond Road and El Capitan Way.


Preliminary investigation has determined that a white 2017 Honda CR-V was traveling westbound on Blue Diamond Road in the left turn lane at the intersection with El Capitan Way. At the same time, a white 2015 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Blue Diamond Road approaching El Capitan Way. The CR-V entered the intersection directly in front of the Civic, causing the Civic to strike the CR-V. The Honda Civic was then redirected into a traffic sign and a wooden billboard located southeast of the intersection. The driver of the Honda Civic was transported to University Medical Center, where he later succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced deceased on December 26, 2019.

The male operator of the Honda Civic has been identified as 72 year old Robert Glenn Largen from Henderson, Nevada.


The Nevada Highway Patrol is seeking additional witnesses to this crash. If you were a witness to this crash, please contact the Nevada Highway Patrol Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T.) at



RSVP Provides Assistance to Local Seniors

There's a state-wide program that provides trained volunteers to help seniors with a variety of services and resources. It's called the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program -- RSVP for short. And Nye County Field Representative Tonya Brum wants to get the word out, so more people can take advantage of the help.



News Across Nevada

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



Art For Seniors Lets Creativity Shine

Tonya Brum tells us about the Art For Seniors program, a monthly opportunity for seniors to get together and let their creativity flow through art.



Save A Pet - Boxer

Today, we meet Boxer, a 3-year-old brindle American Staffordshire Terrier ready for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.




Update: Restoration Continues at Scotty's Castle

More than four years after a devastating flood, restoration efforts continue at Scotty's Castle. The project, which is costing 40 to 50 million dollars, will restore the famous Death Valley landmark and make improvements to protect the site from future flooding.



CES Show: Mercedes Benz Unveils Concept Inspired by 'Avatar' Film

There are lots of cool products and gadgets being unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One of those is an Avatar-themed concept vehicle -- a joint venture between Mercedes Benz and well-known film director James Cameron.



Under Arrest: Bud Ruis

Bud Ruis is under arrest and facing two counts of assault with a deadly weapon after an incident on West Stagecoach Road.



Commissioners Approve Marijuana Facility Move To New Location

The Nye County Board of Commissioners has given the go-ahead for a Pahrump marijuana facility to move to a new location. But the owners will need to address some concerns from neighbors. Brad Francis has more.



Pahrump Moose Lodge Hosts Dinner to Benefit Disabled Veterans

The community came together Sunday to support the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans, through the first annual Monique Allen Memorial Day Donation Dinner. Monique started the annual dinner several years ago. She passed away suddenly last year. And this year's dinner, held at the Pahrump Moose Lodge, honors her legacy.



Save A Pet - Benny

Darbie O'Donnell takes us to Desert Haven Animal Society to meet Benny, a dog with special needs in search of his forever home.



Local Entrepreneur Says It's 'Good 2b Bad'

Laura Daun says when it comes to wellness, it's 'good to be bad.' And that concept is reflected in the business she started. Daun says we should rebel for wellness. And she tells us about the company she's created -- Good 2b Bad.



KPVM-TV Now Broadcasting in Las Vegas

We have some exciting news to share. And we want to welcome our newest viewers from Las Vegas. As thousands rang in the new year from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, K-P-V-M Television was throwing the switch at our transmitter atop Black Mountain, enabling two million people living in the Las Vegas valley to see our programming.



Under Arrest: Tammy Delatorriente

Tammy Delatorriente is under arrest and facing charges of burglary and embezzlement after allegedly stealing from the Family Dollar on South Homestead Road in Pahrump.



Salvation Army Kicks Off 'First Saturday' Event

The Salvation Army is providing a way for women in the community to meet, exchange ideas and show what they do. Phoenix Arthur tells us more and explains how women can get involved in the event.



Save A Pet - Red

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Red, a male pit bull available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.



Under Arrest: Kelly Peart

A man from Arizona is under arrest and facing several charges after being stopped for driving his off-road vehicle in Pahrump.



Under Arrest: Gary Kase

A man out of California is under arrest and facing several charges in connection with a stabbing in Pahrump.



Save A Pet, Brian

Darbie O'Donnell heads to Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Brian, a 3-year-old Mastiff mix available for adoption



Discuss County's Ambulance Services

The Nye County Board of Commissioners is working on a study to assess the county's ambulance needs and looking at whether changes could improve the quality of service for valley residents.



KPVM TV 25 Is On The Air In Las Vegas



KPVM TV 25 is on the air now in Las Vegas. At 8:43 PM 12/31/19 we officially started transmitting our Pahrump station in Las Vegas. Viewing Population now is over 3 million. A very happy time for the entire KPVM TV staff and our continued growth since 1997.


Thank you to all those that contributed.


Vernon and Ronda.