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Nye County Board of Commissioners Meeting: Materials and Participation

See bolded notes below for instructions on how to call in/comment during meeting.

 

 

TONOPAH, NV- In response to Governor Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 006 suspending certain requirements related to the conduct of public meetings (available on the Governor’s website here: 

 

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Nye County is taking the following actions as proactive measures to safeguard the citizens of Nye County against health threats related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to reduce public gatherings and promote social distancing.

 

The Board of County Commissioners will be conducting their future meetings electronically to reduce social gatherings and interpersonal contact until the state’s Declaration of Emergency is lifted. Consequently, there will be no physical location designated for future Board meetings where members of the public are allowed to attend and participate in-person. Copies of the agenda will no longer be posted at a physical location. Please review the following ways to access meeting materials or to participate in upcoming board meetings.

 

Meeting materials will be posted on the following websites:

 

State of Nevada Public Notices: https://notice.nv.gov/

Nye County Meeting: https://www.nyecounty.net/AgendaCenter/Board-of-County-Commission-Meetings-2

April 3rd Agenda: http://nyecounty.net/AgendaC…/ViewFile/Agenda/_04032020-3182

 

Members of the public may watch the Board meeting by using this web link: http://nyecounty.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=4

 

Public Comment by phone


During the meeting, may participate in public comment by calling 602-610-2062 and enter access code 187965. Please provide your first and last name when prompted.


Commenters must press 5 * on their telephone keypads to notify Administration they wish to speak. Commenters will be called upon by name. The Chair of the Board of County Commissioners will open public comment periods by announcement.


The teleconference number will always be available during the meeting. If you get an error message regarding call capacity, please hang up, wait a few moments and try again.


Public comment is limited to three minutes.

 

Nye County appreciates its citizens’ patience and cooperation as we make accommodations to continue the people’s business while complying with the directives of Governor Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency and we attempt to ensure the safety and public health of the public. Please contact the County Administration office at if you have any questions or need assistance regarding public meetings 775-482-8191 or nyeadmin@co.nye.nv.us.

 

Public comment can be given by calling 1-602-610-2062 and entering access code 187965.


Please provide your first and last name when prompted.


The Chair of the Board of County Commissioners will open public comment periods by announcement.


Commenters must press 5 * on their telephone keypads to notify Administration they wish to speak. Commenters will be called upon by name.
The teleconference number will always be available during the meeting. If you get an error message regarding call capacity, please hang up, wait a few moments and try again.

 

The teleconference is also viewable at http://nyecounty.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=4

 

Stay Home For Nevada, Stay Home For Nye

3/30/20 - UPDATE FROM NEVADA STATE PARKS

3/30/20 - UPDATE FROM NEVADA STATE PARKS: To protect public health and help slow the spread of COVID-19, Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park and Rye Patch State Recreation Area will be fully closed effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Closure of the two State Parks includes camping, day-use, and boating (Rye Patch) until further notice. All other Nevada State Parks remain open for day-use only, with limited services, and day-use fees still apply. Each individual State Park's status is subject to change based on the ability to provide services and maintain social distancing and other public health guidelines and requirements.

 

Nevada State Parks is actively supporting Governor Sisolak's Stay Home for Nevada Initiative, including closing all State Park Campgrounds, Museums, Visitor Centers, Gift Shops, and Offices, as well as canceling or postponing interpretive programs and special events.

Nevada's State Parks play an important role in the lives of all Nevadans and visitors by providing a restorative, natural setting that promotes physical and emotional well-being. However, given our collective efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, Nevada State Parks will offer only limited day-use service for the time being, and we urge Nevadans to take part in "flattening the curve" by participating in hyperlocal recreation, such as backyard activities, neighborhood walks and local bicycle rides.

 

If you do visit one of the Nevada State Parks that is open, we recommend you bring soap for hand washing and hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol when water is not available. The Governor's mandate on social distancing requires by law that you refrain from gathering in groups larger than 10 people while visiting a Nevada State Park. Please also visit the Nevada State Parks website for further information and additional updates on State Park operations, which may change on short notice as events warrant.

 

The CDC also recommends the following precautions:

 

  • * Avoid close contact with sick people
  • * Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • * Wash your hands with soap and water when possible for at least 20 seconds
  • * Bring soap and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • * Limit contact with others while exploring the great outdoors
  • * Most importantly, stay home when you are sick in order to avoid exposing others

 

To purchase Nevada State Parks annual permits, please visit the Annual Permits web page for information on how to apply by mail.

Please visit parks.nv.gov for updates, follow us on Facebook @NVStateParks, and thank you for your understanding in support of Governor Sisolak's Stay Home for Nevada initiative.

 

In the case of an emergency, please call 911. All other inquiries call (775) 684-2793.

Local Med Students Helping Out During Coronavirus Pandemic

The medical community has a lot going on right now. And a local couple is doing what they can to help. Chase Shropshire -- a Pahrump Valley High School graduate -- and his wife Nicole are both med students. But their medical training is on hold right now. So they're doing what they can to help, by volunteering and fielding phone calls in coronavirus call centers. Chase also happens to be a KPVM-TV alum. He was a technical director for news about 11 years ago.

 

 

Health: Slowing Coronavirus: How Telemedicine Can Help

Many of us are doing everything we can to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. According to Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Matthew Faiman, one of the best ways to keep illnesses from jumping from person-to-person is through the use of technology -- or telemedicine.

 

 

NCSO Seeks Public Help in Death Investigation

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of 55-year-old Delia de la Cruz Valdovinos. Her body was discovered inside a car just a few miles from where she was last seen alive.

 

 

NCSO Releases Body Camera Video That Shows Deadly Shooting

The Nye County Sheriff's Office has released new details of the shooting last Wednesday at a home in Pahrump. One detective was shot multiple times. Another detective shot and killed the suspect. Body cameras recorded the entire incident.

 

 

Weekend Fire Destroys Pahrump Home

The Red Cross is assisting an elderly couple whose home, located on Old Spanish Trail, was destroyed by a weekend fire.

 

 

Health: What We Are Learning About COVID-19

Experts believe COVID-19 has been circulating in the U.S. for a few weeks now. And every day, doctors learn more about the virus. Dr. Frank Esper, an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic Children's, says we're starting to notice differences from cases reported overseas.

 

 

Save A Pet - Olivia

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Olivia -- a one-year-old dog hoping to find her forever home. Darbie O'Donnell is at Desert Haven Animal Society with her story.

 

 

Shadow Mountain Feed Remains Open for Business

While many of us struggle to find certain products in the stores these days, we may also find it difficult to find items necessary for the care of our animals. Shadow Mountain Feed wants to remind Pahrump Valley residents that they remain open, with food and supplies on hand for your pets and farm animals.

 

 

DETR To Expand Online Helpdesk Business Hours

DETR to Expand Online Helpdesk Business Hours to Accommodate Surge in Unemployment Insurance Claims While Encouraging Online Filing

LAS VEGAS, NV —On Saturday, March 27th, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) will add system and staffing support to accommodate those who need login or PIN assistance, as individuals needing assistance to reset their UI login information or PIN has been the main issue individuals have been encountering when filing online at UI.nv.gov . Security Helpdesk hours will now include Saturday hours, from 8 a.m. to noon, to provide Login (username/password) or PIN support in English and Spanish with additional translation available as needed. Individuals can reach the Security Helpdesk at (775) 687-6838 in Northern Nevada and (702) 486-3293 in Southern Nevada. Only filers with Login and PIN password issues should contact the Security Helpdesk during the Saturday hours. “We continue to take steps to address the issues we know many claimants are experiencing during these unprecedented times. We will continue to evaluate and revise our systems and staffing as the need arises to meet the increased demand from our online filers," said DETR Director, Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner. As previously announced, DETR, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, have also developed a new tool for constituents needing assistance with resetting their username, password or both. The state has launched a username/password reset request form available at: http://gov.nv.gov/Forms/Unemployment/. The completed form will result in state staff providing instructions on the next steps through the preferred contact methods selected on the form.

 

The Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR) is the state’s lead workforce development agency. It consists of divisions that offer workforce related services, job placement and training, services for people with disabilities, investigation of claims of discrimination, unemployment insurance benefits, labor market data and more. Many of these services are provided through Nevada JobConnect career centers and in cooperation with its community partners.


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The UI claims call centers will continue to operate on the already expanded hours of M-F from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. to provide general support. To file a claim via telephone, claimants must call one of the two state claims call centers: Northern call center: (775) 684-0350 and Southern call center: (702) 4860350. Claimants located in Nevada rural areas and out-of-state can call (888) 890-8211. Filers needing help with their Login or PIN should be contacting the Security Helpdesk not the claims call centers.


To file for unemployment online, claimants can visit http://ui.nv.gov/css.html Claimants encountering technical problems can email INTERNETHELP@detr.nv.gov or call (775) 684-0427. Online users can also refer to the resources listed on ui.nv.gov and the updated NV Unemployment Insurance (UI) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) document at: https://detr.nv.gov/Page/COVID19_(Coronavirus)_Information_for_Claimants_and_Employers

 

 The public is highly encouraged to file online and reserve the phone lines for individuals who are not able or do not have the necessary resources to file online. DETR also encourages online filing during non-peak hours, such as early mornings, at night or weekends when claim volumes tend to be lower.

Coronavirus Forces Changes in Nye County Courts

The courts in Nye County have had to change the way they operate, by relying more on video-conferencing, and even delaying some proceedings. Pahrump attorney Jason Earnest is a partner with Mountain West Lawyers. He says despite the restrictions caused by the coronavirus, judges and attorneys are doing everything they can to keep the wheels in motion. Earnest says his office is considered essential and remains open to assist clients. You can learn more by going online to mountainwestlawyers.com.

 

 

VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Training

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – As health care facilities around the nation deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is ensuring its staff is ready. Following the temporary closure of many of its non-critical services, VASNHS is using the excess manpower to staff critical care areas within the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center. As such, VASNHS is currently providing refresher training to more than 80 nurses, intermediate care technicians, and medical equipment technicians who could potentially shift from their regularly-assigned duties to critical care positions in support of COVID-19 response operations.


“We understand the gravity of this situation, and are looking at models from other countries,” said Quentin Hart, clinical nurse educator and instructor for the critical care training program. “Our leadership is looking at those models and trying to learn from that [foresight] to better prepare us.”


VASNHS Nursing Professional Services staff provided critical care training to the operating room (OR), post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), special procedures unit (SPU), interventional radiology (IR) and cardiac catheterization lab nurses as part of the COVID-19 surge plan. During a week-long course, staff honed their nursing skills such as safely drawing blood, performing electrocardiograms (EKGs), and giving respiratory treatments.


“Being a nurse means you have that basic training anyway,” Hart said. “We just try to facilitate refreshing of those skills. An OR nurse would not normally be doing lab draws, medications, or respiratory treatments. These are functions that are performed before or after surgery, so those things aren’t in their normal scope of practice. We’re making sure they can document their actions, they understand where the orders are going to be coming from, and we’re refreshing some of the physical skills that are required in the acute care setting.”
For the nurses themselves, the specialized nature of their normal jobs means that the refresher course is a way to sharpen those general skills. “The training provided by Nursing Professional Services is a great foundation which allowed us to practice hands-on for procedures and processes that we don’t typically utilize in our departments,” said Kimberly Macasieb, operating room nurse participating in the course. “Understanding what knowledge and skills we do have that can be applied to other areas and what we can do to help the critical care nurses is paramount. This training provided an overview of some tasks we may be able to do that will help ease the workload of the critical care nurses.”
While this refresher training is specifically geared toward handling a potential COVID-19-related patient surge, VASNHS staff practice for these types of scenarios regularly. “Our leadership has us prepare for these types of scenarios with exercises like mass casualty drills,” said Hart. “We have an entire department set aside for emergency preparedness. I don’t know if anyone in the private sector has prepared to the extent that we have. This is just giving us an opportunity to put [our training] into effect. COVID-19 is not unique in how we prepare for pandemics. This type of emergency is practiced routinely.”


And the nurses participating in the course are taking to the challenge, knowing that they may have to put these lessons into action soon enough. “I think it’s safe to say that everyone is nervous about the unknown,” said Macasieb. “It’s like waiting for a battle to start. We see what is happening in places like Italy and New York and it is scary... All we can do is prepare the best we can and see how we can help each other to provide the best care possible for our patients.”


“They understand the usefulness of trying to practice these skills before they are interacting with real patients,” Hart said. “We understand the gravity of this, and why it’s important for us to establish best practices in case we experience an influx of patients like we are seeing around the country.”

 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Issues Reponse To DOD & DHS Visa Waivers

(Washington, D.C. – March 26, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement in response to the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to authorize temporary waivers for in-person interviews for eligible H-2 visa applicants.

 

“Temporarily waiving in-person interviews for H-2 visa applicants streamlines the application process and helps provide steady labor for the agriculture sector during this time of uncertainty,” said Secretary Perdue. “H-2 labor is vital to the economy and food security of America – our farmers and producers depend on these workers to continue to feed and clothe the world.”

 

USDA has been directly engaged with the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure minimal disruption in H-2A and H-2B visa applications during these uncertain times. This Administration is doing everything possible to maintain continuity of this critically important program. These flexibilities will allow our farmers and ranchers to utilize workers they have used in the past, or those who are already in the U.S., to get our food from the farm to our tables.

 

Health: Talking to Children About COVID-19

Many schools, activities and travel plans have come to a grinding halt due to the COVID-19 outbreak. And these changes may cause some uncertainty for kids. Erica Foreman has more on how parents can help.

 

 

Save A Pet - Penny

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Penny. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

There can be a number of reasons your computer is running slowly. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne runs through some of those reasons and explains what you can do about it.

 

 

Mini Baloon Glow

TONIGHT -- 03/27/2020 at 6:30 - 7:00, weather permitting -- 1340 Dollar Street

 

Sat night there will be another mini glow at Desert View Hospital -- see Baloons Over Pahrump page for more info.

 

 

 

Local Author Publishes New Book

Pahrump is now home to a newly-published author. Some of you may know her as Marie Toland, KPVM's Marketing Director -- or, as she's known in the literary world, Anne Nelson. News 25's Ronda Van Winkle sat down with Marie to talk about her new book, 'All in a Daydream.'

 

 

Pahrump: Stabbing Suspect Shot and Killed, Officer Wounded

The suspect in a stabbing Wednesday night in Pahrump was shot and killed by a Nye County Deputy, after the two reportedly exchanged gunfire outside a home on Warehouse Road. 19-year-old Matthew Moore died at the scene. The officer, who has not been identified, is being treated at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

 

 

Health: COVID-19 Can Stay on Surfaces for Hours, Study Says

As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, research is emerging about how long the virus can remain on surfaces. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Nikita Desai says results show the virus is capable of living on some objects for days.

 

 

Missing: Freyja

This is Freyja. She is 4 months old and she was in a roll over accident last night on Hwy 95 between Goldfield and Beatty. She was scared and ran off, and her owners are looking for her. Please call us at 775-751-7020 if you have any information.

 

PVAP Corona Virurs Update

Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza Update concerning the Corona Virus and how GM and PVAP are there to help.

 

 

Attorney Explains COVID-19 Changes to Court Procedures

Like everything else today, the courts in Nye County are having to change the way they do business. And if you're set to appear in court, you may be wondering how those changes will affect you. Local attorney Jonathan Nelson spoke with News 25's Ronda Van Winkle, explaining what you can expect.

 

 

Registered Sex Offender Faces New Charges

Ian Gordon allegedly tried to assault a woman after a night of drinking. Today, he's facing one count of attempted sexual assault.

 

 

Health: Are Playdates OK During COVID-19 Pandemic?

Many schools, libraries and activity centers are closed to help contain COVID-19. So what's a kid supposed to do all day? Parents may think a playdate is the answer. But according to Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Purva Grover, we need to use caution.

 

 

USDA Rural Development Provides Coronavirus Relief Assistance To Rural Communities

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF
Rural Housing Service Single-Family Housing
Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans are subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. This action applies to the initiation of foreclosures and evictions and to the completion of foreclosures and evictions in process.


Guaranteed Loan Program:


• Guaranteed Loan borrowers who are in default or facing imminent default due to a documented hardship can have payments reduced or suspended by their lender for a period not to exceed 12 months delinquency. Once the hardship is resolved, the lender can modify the loan to cure the delinquency or make up the missed payments based on the borrower’s individual circumstances.
• Guaranteed Loan servicing questions should be directed to: sfhgld.program@usda.gov .
Direct Loan Program:
• USDA has waived or relaxed certain parts of the application process for Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, including site assessments, and has extended the time period that certificates of eligibility are valid.
• A Direct Loan borrower who is experiencing a reduction of income by more than 10 percent can request a Payment Assistance package to see if he/she is eligible for payment assistance or for more assistance than currently received.
• Moratorium Assistance is available for Direct Loan borrowers experiencing medical bill expenses (not covered by insurance) or job loss because of COVID-19. Qualifying borrowers can receive a moratorium on house payments for a period of time, repaid at a later date.
• Direct Loan questions should be directed to USDA’s Customer Service Center at 800-414-1226 (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday) or https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/loan-servicing. Call volume and wait times are high at this time.


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Multi-Family Housing


Multi-Family Housing is taking several steps to help owners, management agents and tenants maintain quality housing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, three immediate steps are effective for Section 515 Multi-Family properties:


• Tenant certifications due March 31, April 30 and May 31 for Multi-Family properties have been extended to June 30 with no late fees or overage charges, as allowed in Multi-Family guidance (HB-3-3560, Chapter 4, Section 4.11). This extension will allow for additional time to complete needed certifications while avoiding face-to-face meetings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• Late fees on Section 515 mortgages will be waived, subject to waiver authority in 7 CFR 3560.403 (c)(3).
• Section 515 Annual Financial Statements due March 31 will be extended 30 days, as per Multi-Family guidance (HB-2-3560 Chapter 4, Section 4.16-H). USDA is exploring whether a longer extension is appropriate and will provide further guidance.
• Current policy states that owners must process an interim recertification at the tenant’s request if there is a change in income of $50 or more per month. The owner should already have this policy in writing and apply it consistently. To the maximum extent possible, we encourage all owners to work with all tenants with impacted income to adjust rent payments.


USDA encourages all owners to work with impacted residents and families to adjust rent payments, enter into forbearance agreements, and lessen the impact on affected residents. At this time, no additional subsidy funding has been made available. If borrowers are temporarily unable to make loan payments, the Agency may waive late fees and enter into an official workout plan.


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Rural Utilities Service


• On March 20, 2020, USDA extended for 60 days the deadline for Telecommunications and Electric Program borrowers and grantees to submit their annual CPA audit. In most cases, such audits are due to the agency by April 30, 2020.


• USDA is waiving borrower covenant requirements for loan agreement financial ratios for the period from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. Additionally, USDA is waiving all financial reporting requirements associated with existing Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan and grant covenants beginning Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.


• The RUS Administrator has delegated authority to the RUS Telecommunications, Electric, and Water and Environmental Programs to consider requests to waive certain site inspection requirements during the current COVID-19 National Emergency.


• Applicants will be able to use alternative methods to notify the public, such as through videoconferences, teleconferences and public notices on websites and in local newspapers, as a substitute for the public meeting notification requirement for water and waste projects.


• On a case-by-case basis, USDA will help Electric Program borrowers gain access to obligated funds more quickly at current low interest rates by considering extensions of loan terms (within statutory limits); considering requests to move obligated funds between the Electric Program’s six budget purposes where the new purpose has cleared environmental review; and by considering Temporary Normal Inventory (TNI) requests.


For assistance, please contact:
• Electric Program:
Christopher McLean, Christopher.mclean@usda.gov, 202-407-2986
• Telecommunications Program:
Laurel Leverrier, laurel.leverrier@usda.gov, 202-495-9142
• Water and Environmental Programs:
Edna Primrose, edna.primrose@usda.gov, 202-494-5610


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Rural Business-Cooperative Service


• Beginning immediately, through July 31, 2020, USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantees (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Guaranteed lenders may assist borrowers experiencing temporary cash flow issues by deferring payments for a period no longer than 120 days. The lender must notify The Agency in writing of any payment deferments. Written notification to the Agency will meet the standard for concurrence until July 31, 2020. A response from the Agency is not required. This guidance applies to ALL borrowers that had a current repayment status as of March 1, 2020.


• If the guaranteed loan has been sold on the secondary market, the secondary market holder and lender must agree to the deferment actions being taken. The Agency will expect a written agreement from both parties in these instances.


• RBCS intermediary borrowers continue to have authority to service loan portfolios independent of USDA. Intermediary borrowers participating in these programs may approve loan payment deferrals may to their borrowers without USDA approval.

 

These programs are:
o Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
o Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)
o Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL and REDG)
o Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
• For existing Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and Rural Economic Development Loan (REDL) borrowers, the Agency is committed to maintaining well-capitalized intermediary lenders and will work with you on loan servicing requests on a case-by-case basis to make sure you remain a pillar in our rural business communities.


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EXTENSION OF APPLICATION DEADLINES
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
• USDA extended the application deadline for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program to April 15, 2020. For more information in Nevada, contact the state office https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices/nv USDA announced the extension in an Unnumbered Letter posted March 19, 2020.


USDA extended the application deadline for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to April 15, 2020. For additional information, see page 16925 of the March 25, 2020, Federal Register.

 

Save A Pet - Helen

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Helen -- an Australian Cattle Dog who's looking for her forever home. Darbie O'Donnell has more.

 

 

RSVP Offering Limited Services to Residents in Pahrump

Tonya Brum spoke with News 25 about how the Retired Senior Volunteer Program continues to help people in our community, while taking steps to protect their volunteers from the coronavirus.

 

 

Nye County Unveils Financial Transparency Portal

As a taxpayers, we may want to know how our tax dollars are being spent. And Nye County is rolling out a new online tool that provides some insight into the county's finances. It's called the Nye County Financial Transparency Portal.

 

 

Local Attorney Communicating with Clients in New Ways

Local attorney Jonathan Nelson is still helping clients navigate their legal needs. But in this day of social distancing, it's the way he's helping that's different. Like many other individuals and businesses, J-K Nelson Law is now relying on the phone and video calling to communicate with clients. Nelson says he expects to see an increase in the number of bankruptcy consultations in the coming weeks and months, as people seek advice for how to handle their financial situation.

 

 

Health: Cover Your Cough to Stop the Spread of Germs

Stopping the spread of germs is top of mind these days. And covering your cough is a first line of defense. Dr. Frank Esper of Cleveland Clinic Children's says there's a proper way to cough to stop germs in their tracks.

 

 

DMV Offers Extensions

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Public Safety want to reassure Nevadans they won’t be penalized for an expired driver’s license or vehicle registration during the closures related to COVID-19.

 

The DMV has issued an automatic 90-day extension on any DMV document with an expiration date that falls between March 16 and April 30, 2020.

 

“We’re committed first and foremost to the health and safety of Nevadans. We’re asking you to Stay Home for Nevada,” said DPS Director George Togliatti. “But If you must drive, rest assured that our Highway Patrol troopers are well aware of the DMV closure and will handle each situation appropriately.”

 

The DMV website, dmvnv.com, has an Extension Letter that motorists can print and present to law enforcement. The extension does not apply to vehicle liability insurance. Motorists must maintain their insurance.

 

“An expired license or car registration is one thing you don’t have to worry about during the COVID crisis,” said DMV Director Julie Butler. “Print out the extension letter if you need to, then take care of yourself and your family.”

 

The Department is asking Nevadans to call the DMV only for advice on more-complicated issues. Motorists should not call DPS, the Nevada Department of Transportation or rural County Assessors for any DMV questions.

 

The Department is also developing a web page to address specific concerns related to the COVID-19 closure.

 

DMV field offices remain closed for the safety of the public and the staff. Offices are expected to remain closed until April 16 at the earliest. Online services remain available.

 

The Animal Foundation Reaches Out To Public

The Animal Foundation is reaching out directly to our community to help clarify the “why” behind the actions we have taken during this unprecedented and difficult time for our community and our nation. The most important message we want to send at this time is that The Animal Foundation and our dedicated employees have been, and remain, here and available for the animals who need us. We have rotating teams of employees working every day, and we have also implemented a “reserve” system to ensure that we are able to keep operations running should one or more of our employees become ill,and/or be required to quarantine. We remain, as always, committed to serving our community and to providing our four-legged guests with the highest level of care while they stay with us. We have indeed made some changes to our operating practices during this interim, unpredictable, and rapidly changing environment. We have done so in close communication and coordination with our local government partners, and consistent with the guidelines issued by The National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA), designed to address the very issue of how animal control and shelter services should respond during this pandemic. Specifically, the NACA guidelines recommend taking active measures to reduce non-essential shelter intake. Measures taken should include returning pets in the field instead of impounding them, suspending non-emergency owner surrender intake, and encouraging owners who are ill to keep their pets at home whenever possible. These guidelines are also being recommended and supported by our shelter medicine program partners at UC Davis, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Florida; as well as our national animal welfare partners including The Petco Foundation, PetSmart Charities, Best Friends, and Maddie’s Fund, who have each publicly provided the NACA guidelines as a resource.All temporary changes in operating hours or protocol can be found on our website animal foundation.com The situation we have been asked most about involves stray animals found by members of the public. At this time, we are asking that individuals who encounter these animals utilize all of the resources available to them to help the animal return home, prior to reaching out to animal controlor The Animal Foundation, who may or may not be able to assist at this time, depending on each individual circumstance. With the community’s help, Animal Control sta? can respond to emergencies involving sick,injured, or dangerous animals, and the shelter can address animals with the most critical and urgent needs; all while doing what is possible to protect the health of our employees and the public. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely, and as new information becomes available,we, like the rest of our community, nation, and world, will remain nimble and adapt accordingly. We are allin this together. The Animal Foundation will continue to do all that is possible to protect the health of ouremployees, the public, and most certainly our four-legged guests. A tricky balancing act during this time,but we remain committed to making it work.Of great priority to TAF, is to extend our profound thanks and gratitude to our community who have, as they always do, stepped up in a multitude of ways to be part of the solution.

 

See: https://www.nacanet.org/covid19/

Death Valley National Park Modify Operations, Implement Latest Health Guidance

Death Valley National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

 

Death Valley, CA– Death Valley National Park, in response to Executive Order N-33-20 issued by the Governor of the State of California and the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

As of March 21, 2020, Death Valley National Park will offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Death Valley National Park, the following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the California order:

 

  • The park will no longer provide public restrooms at most trailheads and viewpoints.
  • Parking lots at Zabriskie Point, Badwater, and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are closed.
  • The following campgrounds are closed: Furnace Creek, Mesquite Springs, Texas Springs, Emigrant, Sunset, Stovepipe Wells, Thorndike, and Mahogany Flat.
  • Visitor centers are closed.
  • The Oasis at Death Valley has closed lodging, camping, stores, and restaurants.
  • Stovepipe Wells Resort has closed lodging, camping, and restaurants.

 

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Death Valley National Park is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website (nps.gov/deva) and social media channels.

 

Outdoor spaces at Death Valley National Park remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance, in addition to entry fees being waived for visitors.

 

  • Restrooms are available outside Furnace Creek Visitor Center and at Emigrant, and at the Stovepipe Wells store.
  • Fuel is available at The Oasis at Death Valley (pay-at-pump only), Stovepipe Wells (pay-at-pump only, and only during calm winds), and Panamint Springs.
  • Stovepipe Wells General Store is open.
  • Panamint Springs Resort is open for camping and take-out dining.
  • Regulations for backcountry camping or dispersed road-side camping are online at: www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/backcamp.htm.
  • The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Death Valley National Park during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
  • The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

 

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

 

Updates about nationwide NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Death Valley National Park’s current conditions can be found at www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Essential Services Available From Nevada Health & Human Services

Essential services available from Nevada Health and Human Services


Starting Monday, services will be available online and over the phone

 

Carson City, NV - To support the Governor’s directive to “Stay Home for Nevada” the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has consolidated a list of Department services available to support our citizens.

 

COVID-19 is impacting families, businesses and communities nationwide, but DHHS won’t let it interrupt the important services our state’s residents need now more than ever.

 

“Continuity of services is our number one priority and staff are available to assist,” said DHHS Director Richard Whitley. “The Department of Health and Human Services is ready and able to help Nevadans who may be facing uncertainty at this time and we encourage citizens to visit our websites or call the numbers provided for information on programs and services available throughout the Department.”

DHHS has prepared a list of important services that are available by phone, email or on the web. The Department acts as the state’s social safety net providing medical and food assistance, mental health resources and other programs to support children, seniors and Nevada families.

 

These services, along with the means to access them, can be found at dhhs.nv.gov/essentialservices or by calling 775-684-4000.

 

DETR Requests Employers To Submit Reports ASAP

DETR Requests Employers to Submit First Quarter 2020 Employer’s Contributions and Wage Reports Online As Soon As Possible; Employer Billing Statement for March Only Available Online

 

LAS VEGAS, NV — The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR) is requesting those employers who will close before the end of March to submit their first quarter 2020 Employer’s Contributions and Wage Reports as soon as possible. Employers can utilize online services for filing and making payment. The advanced timeline applies only to reporting, with payment of any taxes not due until April 30, 2020.

 

Employers in Nevada are required under state administrative code to file all quarterly wage and tax reports electronically as those wages could be needed to establish claims for benefits by their employees. Compliance with the regulation is mandatory for all employers in Nevada. Online filing is available by going to http://ui.nv.gov . Additional information pertaining to the electronic filing can be found online or by calling (775) 684-6300.


Direct payments can be made through an online account or through a financial institution. Before making a UI direct payment for the first time, the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Debit Authorization Request form must be completed and faxed to (775) 684-6351 for approval.

“We ask employers in the Silver State to partner with us in support of the national and state directives to minimize risk to all Nevadans. We highly encourage employers to utilize our online services specifically tailored for employers. Our online services provide a convenient and safe way for employers to meet state reporting and payment requirements,” said Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner, DETR director.

Employers should also note March Employer Billing Statements for unemployment insurance contributions initially scheduled for mailing beginning March 23, 2020, will only be available thru the online Employer Self Service (ESS). Employers can view online billing statements by logging into their ESS account at ui.nv.gov.

 

Employers may submit a waiver for temporary exemption to e-file their quarterly Employer’s Contribution and Wage Reports. E-File Waiver Request Form submittals are at the discretion of the Administrator upon establishment of good cause and are valid for not less than 24 months.

 

The E-File Waiver Request Form and Instructions can be downloaded at http://ui.nv.gov/PDFS/E-File_Waiver_Request_Form.pdf or found by selecting “Download forms for employers” on the UInv Employer page .

 

See: https://detr.nv.gov/

Town of Pahrump Closes Playgrounds and Other Park Amenities Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The Town of Pahrump is closing until further notice all of its playgrounds, park restroom facilities, sports areas such as ball fields, the skate park, and sports courts, picnic tables, and the rodeo arena, and all other park amenities.

 

The amenities are at Petrack Park, Blosser Park, Ian Deutch Memorial Park, and Simkins Park.

 

The Town announced last week that facility rental operations have been put on hold until further notice and all rentals that were scheduled to take place through mid-April had been canceled.


https://www.pahrumpnv.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=57

 

A list of Town parks and facilities can be found online at http://pahrumpnv.org/

 

Nye County and Town of Pahrump officials are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation in coordination with state, local and federal health officials and will keep the public advised of any updates.

Man Dies in Pahrump House Fire

The Nevada State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate a deadly house fire late Friday night in Pahrump.

 

 

Weekend Fire Destroys Home in Pahrump

Fire destroy a home at the corner of Vicki Ann Road and Bridger Street. Investigators are searching for the cause.

 

 

Fire Breaks Out at Homeless Camp

Fire destroys a structure at a homeless camp, located off East Charleston Park Avenue in Pahrump.

 

 

News Across Nevada with Ronda Van Winkle

The Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation is ramping up to handle a spike in the number of people needing assistance due to unemployment caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Ronda Van Winkle has that story and more in today's News Across Nevada.

 

 

The Phoenix Adjusting to Serve Customers

Their doors may be closed to the public, but The Phoenix is now offering carryout and delivery service to customers in Pahrump.

 

 

Save A Pet - Oliver

In today's Save A Pet segment, we meet Oliver -- a one-year-old orange tabby available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell has more.

 

 

New Facebook Page Helps Pahrump Residents Find Groceries

The Nye County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management have teamed up to help Pahrump residents shop for groceries and supplies. They've launched a new Facebook page -- Pahrump Grocery Information Network. And the page will help guide shoppers to stores that have the grocery items they need. Sheriff Sharon Wehrly explains, in this video posted to the sheriff's office Facebook page Friday morning.

 

 

Doctors Still Available to See Patients

Healthcare is an essential service. As such, many local doctor's offices are still open for patients, though some have shortened their hours. Optometrist Doctor George Leaks says it's important for patients to get the care they need, and provide a safe environment.

 

 

Health: Stay Healthy While Caring for a Sick Child

Cold and flu season is especially hard on kids. And now we have the coronavirus pandemic to deal with too. But having a sick child at home doesn't necessarily mean the entire family should catch the bug. Erica Foreman has more on how to increase your chances of staying healthy while caring for your little one when they're sick.

 

 

Save A Pet - Bunny

In today's Save A Pet we meet Bunny, an all-black cat looking for a great home. Darbie O'Donnell is at Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

CMS Releases Recommendations On Adult Elective Surgeries

CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response


Earlier today at the White House Task Force Press Briefing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
As more healthcare providers are increasingly being asked to assist with the COVID-19 response, it is critical that they consider whether non-essential surgeries and procedures can be delayed so they can preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), beds, and ventilators.
“The reality is clear and the stakes are high: we need to preserve personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of this fight,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.


This will not only preserve equipment but also free up our healthcare workforce to care for the patients who are most in need. Additionally, as states and the nation as a whole work towards limiting the spread of COVID-19, healthcare providers should encourage patients to remain home, unless there is an emergency, to protect others while also limiting their exposure to the virus. They should also urge patients to follow the President’s recently issued guidelines to help slow the spread of the virus.


The recommendations provide a framework for hospitals and clinicians to implement immediately during the COVID-19 response. The recommendations outline factors that should be considered for postponing elective surgeries, and non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures. Those factors include patient risk factors, availability of beds, staff and PPE, and the urgency of the procedure. This will help providers to focus on addressing more urgent cases and preserve resources needed for the COVID-19 response. The decision about proceeding with non-essential surgeries and procedures will be made at the local level by the clinician, patient, hospital, and state and local health departments.


The recommendations can be found here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/31820-cms-adult-elective-surgery-and-procedures-recommendations.pdf


These recommendations, and earlier CMS guidance and actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here www.coronavirus.gov for further information. For a complete and updated list of CMS actions, and other information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

 

Blood Drive @ Pahrump Community Library

Vitalant is having a blood drive Friday March 20 at the Pahrump Community Library on east Street. Thee will also be drives on the following Fridays March 27 & April 3 & 17, from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. Appointments can be made at www.bloodhero.com and enter code: PAHRUMPLIBRARY or call Vitalant @ 877-258-4825.

 

People wanting to give blood can enter through the Northside doors and will only have access to the meeting room where the blood drive is being held and restrooms. The rest of the library will be closed to the public. They have assured me extra precautions will be taken to keep everyone safe.

 

source: People Helping People during Coronavirus Pandemic

Californina Issues Statewide Mandatory STAY AT HOME Order

California Governor Gavin Newsum issues statewide mandatory STAY AT HOME order. Those that work in critical sectors should go to work. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and more will stay open. We need to meet this moment and flatten the curve together.

 

Virus covid19.ca.gov to learn more.

 

 

Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Highway 160

A pedestrian is struck and killed by a Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Medic unit Wednesday night. Fire Chief Scott Lewis spoke with News 25, telling us it appears the driver did everything they could to avoid hitting the man.

 

 

Minor Crash Sends Vehicle Airborne, up a Pole

A close call for a driver in Pahrump Wednesday afternoon, as their car goes airborne and lands up against a utility pole next to the Pahrump Valley Times building.

 

 

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Water

46-year-old Jason Palmo, of Pahrump, is under arrest and facing a charge of grand larceny after he allegedly stole containers of water from a local business.

 

 

Road Improvement Projects In The Pipeline For Pahrump

Nye County Director of Public Works Tim Dahl says his department is working on several major road improvement projects. And an increase in the speed limit on a portion of Pahrump Valley Boulevard is another step closer to reality.

 

 

Health: Springtime Symptoms -- Allergies or Illness?

Today marks the first day of spring -- which means spring allergy season is just around the corner. But in the midst of current public health concerns, it's important to be able to distinguish allergy symptoms from other illnesses. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Alice Hoyt says there's one telltale sign that you're suffering from seasonal allergies.

 

 

Mom's Diner Offering New Options in Wake of COVID-19

Mom's Diner in Pahrump continues to serve up customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, since every restaurant in Nevada has had to close their doors to dine-in customers, the only option is to order for carry-out. And quite a few people are taking advantage of that service.

 

 

Valley Electric Association Issues Statement Concerning Electric & Broadband Service

Valley Electric issues a statement concerning members accounts for electrical and broadband service during this time of crisis.

 

Effective March 16, 2020, Valley Electric Association will suspend non-pay disconnects and associated late payment penalties for both traditional electric and broadband consumers affected by COVID-19. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will reassess as necessary. Any members needing payment assistance, please call (775) 727-5312.

 

Pre-paid accounts, as defined below, will function as normal. In order to assist during these unprecedented times, we have reduced the minimum required balance to automatically re-connect a meter from $25.00 to $10.00. Those affected by COVID-19, who are having difficulty maintaining a minimum balance, please contact us prior to your balance running out should you need assistance at (775) 727-5312.

 

(Description: Pre-Paid Metering offers the members an alternative to a normal monthly billing statement. While a credit reference and deposit are not required, members must establish a pre-paid metering account with an initial credit of $50. Instead of receiving a paper bill each month, member energy usage is calculated and billed daily against a self-managed credit balance on their account. When the credit balance runs out, the meter automatically disconnects power. In order to restore the service automatically the member needs to have a $25.00 credit balance on their account. However, Pre-Paid Metering accounts will not be charged disconnect or reconnect fees. Once a credit balance is restored to a Pre-Paid Metering account, the power will be automatically turned back on within minutes)

 

Nye County Emergency Declaration Issued

Nye County Emergency Declaration issued

 

Last night Nye County was notified by the state with information on the first resident with a confirmed test of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. PRIOR TO THAT NOTICE, Nye County Manager Tim Sutton, along with County Commission Chairman John Koenig, Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis, and Sheriff Sharon Wehrly had already signed a "Declaration of Existence of Local Emergency," which is attached.

 

https://www.nyecounty.net/DocumentCenter/View/36256/COVID-19-Emergency-Declaration-pdf

 

Statement from County Manager Tim Sutton:

 

"In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to better protect the citizens of Nye County, I am issuing the attached Emergency Declaration. This is being done in an abundance of caution and is similar to the Declaration issued during the recent Storm Area 51 event. The Board of County Commissioners is unable to meet at this time due to restrictions on public gatherings but the Board will have the opportunity to review and ratify this Declaration at a future meeting. Several other Nevada counties have taken this precautionary step, which allows for quicker response in times of emergencies. The Declaration is also necessary to qualify for state and federal grant funding so we can hopefully offset some of the costs associated with fighting, treating, and containing the virus. Thank you all for your patience during this challenging time, and please know that we are doing all we can to reopen our offices and provide full county services."

 

Last night's release on first COVID-19 case http://nyecounty.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=925

Nye County Emergency Management announces first positive case of COVID-19 in a Nye County Resident

Nye County Emergency Management was notified on Wednesday evening of a positive case for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the county.

 

The patient is male and in his 60s, and lives in Beatty. The patient is self-quarantined in his home. Emergency Services has made contact and is continuing to investigate the source of the infection and retracing his movements for the past few weeks. The public is urged to follow the governor’s guidance and Stay Home for Nevada.


Emergency Services and Nye County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation, and further information will be released when it becomes available.

 

source: Nye County, NV Facebook page

Annoucement from Saitta Trudeau

Due to the recent suggestions from Governor Sisolak, Saitta Trudeau will be changing our hours:


Service Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm
Sales Monday-Friday 9am-5pm


As we adjust to these changes, we will continue to provide services to our community. Transportation is a vital need to our emergency personnel, medical personnel, and others that continue to work to ensure that we have access to food, medicine and other necessities.


The safety and health of our employees, customers, and community are of utmost importance to us. If you have health issues that put you at a higher risk or concerns about coming to the dealership for service or sales, we will pick up/deliver vehicles as well sign paperwork in your home in an attempt to limit physical contact.


If you would prefer to talk but not come in to the dealership, call us and we can answer all of your questions. We also have someone monitoring our website and the dealership email. We are continuously cleaning and disinfecting common areas that include all counters, door knobs, and railings.

 

This is a fluid situation and we will continue to make whatever adjustment necessary to provide service to our community without jeopardizing the health and well being of those we come in contact with. Thank you for your support of local small businesses like ours. Together, we will get through this public health crisis and emerge stronger as a community.

 

Sincerely, Don Trudeau

Saitta Trudeau

Walmart Corporate Further Adjusts Operating Hours

March 18, 2020
By Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

 

Our associates have been nothing short of heroic in their commitment to serve customers, stock shelves as quickly as possible and keep their stores clean. When their communities needed them the most, our people have been at their best. Their efforts continue to be a tremendous source of pride for everyone at Walmart.

 

Over the weekend we adjusted our operating hours to help make it easier for associates to stock and perform enhanced cleaning and sanitizing. We’re pleased with the results we are seeing and will take additional steps beginning Thursday, March 19.

 

Store Operating Hours

  • Walmart U.S. stores will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. This will further help associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and sanitize the store. While the store hours change for customers, our associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours.

Special Shopping Hours

  • We know our older customers could be more vulnerable to the coronavirus and to better support them, Walmart is offering special shopping hours. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Our Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

 

Item Limitations

  • We know communities are counting on us more than ever and we are determined to serve the broadest number of customers and ensure they have access to the key items they are looking for. Our stores will have limits for customers in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

 

Essential Services

  • Our people are working hard to have every part of the store ready to serve customers. To help support our people and focus on the most critical areas of the store right now, we will temporarily shut down our Auto Care Centers to allow those associates to focus on stocking and cleaning in the rest of the store.
  • Also, our Vision Centers will operate on their normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repair and helping customers pick up existing orders. We will have at least one associate to serve the needs of our Vision Care customers, while the other associates will help in the rest of the store.

 

I think every one of us has had to adjust our daily routines in some way, and it’s likely that could continue. We are paying very close attention to our stores and communities and will continue making the necessary changes to help make sure our associates are taken care of and that our customers can get what they need. Let’s all take care of each other out there.

 

source: https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2020/03/18/latest-walmart-store-changes-to-support-associates-and-customers

Navy Veterans Who Served in Vietnam War Eligible for New Health Benefits

Navy veterans who served in the Vietnam War may now be eligible for benefits that were previously only available to ground troops -- namely health benefits that cover exposure to the powerful herbicide Agent Orange. That chemical was used throughout Vietnam during the war to destroy jungle vegetation used as cover by enemy troops. And it's been linked to a number of health conditions. Willie Clark, Deputy Under Secretary with the Veterans Benefits Administration, details the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.

 

 

Goodheart Medical Group Offering COVID-19 Testing

The number of people being tested for COVID-19 is expected to grow. Goodheart Medical Group is one of several medical facilities in Pahrump now offering the test for the coronavirus.

 

 

Health: Travel Recommendations During COVID-19

For many of us, our plans continue to change amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some folks wonder if now is a good time to postpone or cancel their spring break travel. According to Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Nikita Desai, there are good reasons to avoid hopping on an airplane during a viral pandemic.

 

 

Save A Pet - Delilah

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Delilah, a black cat looking for her forever home. She's available for adoption now from Desert Haven Animal Society.

 

 

Single Vehicle Crash Involving A Suspected Drunk Driver

Single vehicle crash involving a suspected drunk driver through a fence and into a pick up truck in a yard on Cline Street. The suspect reportedly fled the scene to his home which is next door. Police and medics are on scene. No injuries reported

 

03-17-2020 Scott Lewis Outlines Local Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The number of people being diagnosed with coronavirus continues to grow. A Clark County man in his 60's is the first confirmed COVID-19 death in Nevada. So far, there are no confirmed cases in Nye County. But the pandemic continues to affect nearly everyone, through mass cancellations and closures. Nye County Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis explains what the county is doing as the pandemic continues.

 

 

Fire Damages Pahrump Duplex

Fire investigators say a candle may be the cause of a fire at a Pahrump duplex on Red Butte Street. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis tells us more.

 

 

PUC Requests Data From Nye County Regarding Great Basin Water Co.

Today's Nye County Board of Commissioners meeting was canceled due to the coronavirus. That means it'll be a little longer before they can continue discussion and possible action on an item regarding Great Basin Water Company's application with the Public Utilities Commission for a rate increase. The Public Utilities Commission had submitted a data request to the county, asking for data concerning Ishani Ridge bond monies. Commissioners talked about the request at their March 3rd meeting. But feeling they didn't have enough information to make an educated decision on the request, they decided to take it up again at today's now-canceled meeting.

 

 

Health: Avoid Crowds to Prevent Illness Spread

The luck of the Irish couldn't save many Saint Patrick's Day parades from getting canceled this year, due to the threat of coronavirus, or COVID-19. But before you head out to find an alternative celebration, Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Matthew Faiman says it's best to avoid large crowds or crowded places.

 

 

Many County Government Offices Closed To Walk-in Traffic

The following County Government Offices have notified the county administration that they have closed for an undetermined amount of time to public walk-ins but will maintain regular business hours to respond by email and phone, and process electronic filings. These steps are being taken out of an abundance of caution in the face of Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. 

 

This is a highly dynamic list and changes often. Please see: http://nyecounty.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=921 for the most up-to-date information.

NCSD - 3/17/20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences Canceled

Due to the cancellation of all schools within the state of Nevada, Nye County School District has canceled all Parent/Teacher conferences scheduled to occur March 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2020.

 

By avoiding the gathering of large groups of people in public spaces, the District continues its efforts to flatten the curve and potentially impede the spread of COVID-19 within our communities.

 

See the full press release at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/622582/20-03-17_-_Parent-Teacher_Conferences_Canceled.pdf

 

source: https://www.nye.k12.nv.us/article/212648

Fire Destroys Structure on Silver Sage Drive

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue is investigating the cause of a small fire on the north side of town that destroyed what appears to be a small trailer.

 

 

Health: Good Hand Washing is the Best Way to Stay Healthy

Everyone is concerned about staying healthy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But experts agree, one of the best things we can do to prevent the transmission of any illness is to keep hands clean and germ-free. Erica Foreman has more.

 

 

Save A Pet - Josephina

Josephina is a sweet, loving black lab mix who's in need of her forever home. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

Sinking Semi-Tractor/Trailer

A Star Nursery dump truck spills several tons of gravel onto the shoulder of Bell Vista Avenue in Pahrump.

 

 

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is assisting the Nevada Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and Small Business Administration (SBA) to collect information on the impacts to small businesses as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

It is important to note this is not an application for funds and doesn’t not guarantee loan approval.

 

For more information and to participate in this asssessment, please visit the Southwest Central Regional Economic Development Authority website at http://www.swcreda.com/small-business-administration-sba-disaster-assistance-in-response-to-the-coronavirus/

CDC: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready

Guidance as of 3/15/2020

 

NOTE: This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

 

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

 

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

 

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

 

LINK: The Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

Statewide School Closures From March 16 Until April 6

Governor Steve Sisolak announced on Sunday statewide school closures from March 16 until April 6. This closure applies to all schools, K-12, public, private and charter.

 

NOTE: This is posted as a community service. The County has no oversight or direct input to the Nye County School District’s operations.

Below is a letter from Superintendent Dale Norton.

 

 

source: Nye County, NV Facebook page

Nevada's State of Emergency & Nye County Response

Thursday night, Gov. Steve Sisolak declared a State of Emergency in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Declaration at the state level will help facilitate Nye County in accessing some additional tools and flexibility to prevent, and then if necessary, mitigate and contain COVID-19.


As of this posting Friday morning, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Nye County.

 

The Governor also announced the creation of the new “Nevada Health Response” website, which was created in close coordination with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, to provide up-to-date information, guidance, and news pertaining to COVID-19. You can access the website here: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
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Nye County also established a webpage earlier this week to share information related to COVID-19, including a link to the CDC and all press releases, and the Governor's Declaration.

 

http://nyecounty.net/1066/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information

 

Please read the procedures below on seeking medical attention and protection:

 

The public can help the response:

 

 

  • Do not go to the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
  • Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Two New Members Appointed to Pahrump Library Board

The Pahrump Library Board is getting two new members. The terms of Carlton McCaslin and John Pawlack expire this month. So the Nye County Board of Commissioners has selected two members from a list of twelve applicants, which included Pawlack, who applied for a second term. Both Newyear and Zimmerman are new to the library board. They'll start their four-year term this month.

 

 

Save A Pet - Lily and Verena

Lily and Verena are sisters. And the black lab mixes are looking for their forever home. Darbie O'Donnell has their story in today's Save A Pet.

 

 

President Trump Declares National Emergency Due To Coronavirus

President Trump spoke to the nation to day and declared a National Emergency due to coronavirus. As many are aware, a state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions or impose policies that it would normally not be permitted to undertake. A government may declare such a state during a natural disaster, medical pandemics/epidemics, civil unrest, or armed conflict.

 

WHO declared coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, 2020.

 

What does this mean for the oridinary person? Such declarations alert citizens to change their normal behavior, and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans. Several such plans were outlined during the President's address:

 

  • 1.4 million tests will be available as of next week. Dr. Deborah Burkes spoke saying not everyone needs a test. Quest and LabCore are showing 1-2% of people with respiratory illnesses are testing positive so far. Meaning that 98-99% of people experiencing respiratory illnesses do not have coronavirus.
  • They announced a site for you to be able to screen your symptoms and learn when and where you can be tested if the need arises. The Google site will be announced Sunday.
  • Many stores, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and others will work together with the CDC to create testing areas in select areas. Manufactures, Quest and Labcore are fully engaged in cooperation with the CDC and FDA, approving, creating and implementing the testing needed.
  • College Students: Emergency Executive Action to waive all interest on loans held by the Federal Government.
  • Vice President Pence stated that effective at midnight, travel from foreign countries has been suspended and/or screened heavily.
  • He spoke alot about the actions that President Trump has been taking over the past few weeks.
  • Remember to wash hands and stay home if you're not feeling well.

 

Addditional coronavirus preventation guidelines may be found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/prevention/

Clark County Monitoring Coronavirus As Three New Cases Reported

Contact: Arnold Knightly 
Phone: 775-751-4282 
Email: aknightly@co.nye.nv.us 


Nye County Department of Emergency Management and County Administration of aware of three new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in neighboring Clark County, bringing the total there to five. There are also two in Washoe County. 


There have been no cases in Nye County, and Emergency Management and County Administration are working diligently to stay informed of the latest developments. The county has also been in contact with various departments and elected officials to make sure they have everything they need to keep themselves and the public we serve safe and protected.  


Nye County is also communicating with the communities throughout the county to keep the more rural areas informed. Nye County has set up a webpage at http://nyecounty.net/1066/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information to help share information when available. 


Below the procedures listed is today’s press release from the Southern Nevada Health District regarding the three new cases. 


Please read the procedures below on seeking medical attention and protection as promoted by the state: 


The public can help the response: 

 

  • Do not go to the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
  • Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Southern Nevada Health District announces three new positive cases of COVID-19 A total of five presumptive positive cases reported in Clark County 


LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting three new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to five cases in Clark County. All investigations are ongoing and additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Based on current information, close contacts of these individuals are being identified or have been notified and are following self-quarantine procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as someone who was within approximately 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time. Close contact can occur while caring for or living with someone. Health care workers who care for patients are also at higher risk.   


New Case Updates 

 

  • A female in her 40s who was hospitalized on March 8. She is isolated and in stable condition. This individual is a visitor from New York. She arrived in Las Vegas on March 5, and attended the Women of Power Summit at The Mirage. The Health District is working with the facility and conference organizers to inform attendees and to identify close contacts of this individual.
  • A male in his 60s who is isolating at home and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
  • A female in her 70s who is isolating at home and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Previously Reported Case Updates

 

  • A male in his 50s with a travel history to Washington state. The patient remains hospitalized in serious condition.
  • A female in her 70s with underlying medical conditions with in-state travel history to Reno, Nev., and no out-of-state or international travel history. The patient was asymptomatic while traveling. The patient remains hospitalized in serious condition.

If a patient’s travel history dictates a notification to passengers that are not Clark County residents, this is determined and coordinated through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  


The Health District is reminding the public that flu and other respiratory illnesses are circulating in Clark County. It is understandable that people who are sick may want to be tested for COVID-19. However, not everyone who feels ill needs to be tested. Health care providers or the Health District determine who should be tested based on an individual’s specific symptoms and  circumstances. People who have mild symptoms such as a cough or fever should stay home and away from other people.  


The Health District is working with its health care and community partners to ensure there are strong public health measures in place to respond to COVID-19 in the community. Updates about COVID-19 are also available by calling the Health District’s Information Line at 702-759-INFO(4636) or 1-866-767-5038.  

 

source: https://www.nyecounty.net/DocumentCenter/View/36152/Emergency-Management-release-on-Coronavirus-March-11-2020-pdf

 

 

Regional Coalition Working to Clean Up Brownfield Sites

The Rural Desert Southwest Brownfields Coalition was created in 2011 to address environmental and economic development needs in several southern Nevada counties and Inyo County, California. The coalition works to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites, so the property can be used again. Rachel Schlick, a consultant for Nye County, told commissioners the coalition has made great progress in the last year.

 

 

Health: Top Places Germs Hide in Your Office

With the spread of COVID-19, you may be thinking more about cleaning your office or desk. And that's a good thing. According to Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Dan Allan, our work environments are literally covered in germs and bacteria. And many times, germs can be found in places where we eat.

 

 

Pahrump Working to Attract Off-Roaders

The Pahrump Tourism Advisory Committee wants to let everyone know that we're a great place for an off-road adventure. Robert Adams is the OHV Ambassador for PTAC. And he says several projects already in the works will make it an even better place for people to enjoy their off-road vehicles.

 

 

Deanna O Donnell Recognized By Local Community Groups

From Deanna's facebook page: "Thank you to The Kiwanis Club, Key Club and Reva Braun for this amazing honor. This is truly about you and all your hard work!"

 

[webmaster] Actually, Deanna, this is about your endless effort and love for the community. Really nice job!

 

 

Angie's List: The Deep Clean Difference

When was the last time you pulled out your furniture or broke out the scouring pads to clean your home? If you can't remember, it's probably time for a deep clean. And you may need some help. In today's Angie's List report, we learn what to expect when the cleaning crew goes deep.

 

 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered, Man Arrested

A LoJack alert leads to the arrest of Joshua Pirnie in a Pahrump parking lot. He's now facing a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

 

 

After Restoration, The Office Reopens as The Phoenix

A Pahrump bar, damged by fire last October, is open again -- sporting a new look and feel. Before the fire, it was called The Office. Today, it's The Phoenix. Manager Megan Cantrell says they want offer patrons a new experience.

 

 

Save A Pet - Willy & Wally

Two dogs that were found at the Pahrump Walmart are now up for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell has more.

 

 

Health: Is Taking a Nap Good for Heart Health?

Are you known to doze off for an afternoon power-nap? According to a recent study, your heart may be better or worse off -- depending on how much you're napping. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Reena Mehra says results show when it comes to napping, shorter is better.

 

 

Great Basin Water Co. Suspends Service Disconnects

Effective immediately, Great Basin Water Co. is suspending water service disconnections for delinquent payments. This decision was made "to support community efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19," Wendy Barnett, President of Great Basin Water Company said in a press release:

 

Lincoln Day Dinner Keynote Speaker Believes Democrats, Republicans Share Values

Couy Griffin started a group called Cowboys For Trump. And the republican county commissioner from New Mexico was the keynote speaker at this year's Lincoln Day Dinner in Pahrump. Griffin told the crowd he believes the Democratic Party has been hijacked. But he believes many Democrats and Republicans share many of the same values.

 

 

State-Wide Effort Underway to Recall Governor Sisolak

A group called Fight For Nevada is gathering signatures state-wide in an attempt to recall Governor Steve Sisolak. If you've been out and about, you've most likely seen them set up in various locations in Pahrump. The petition needs nearly 250-thousand signatures to recall the governor. And local volunteers are doing what they can to make that happen.

 

You can learn more about the petition to recall Governor Sisolak at Fight For Nevada's website -- FightForNevada.com.

 

 

Health: Breastfeeding Benefits Moms' Health Later in Life, Study Says

It's well-known that breastfeeding has many health advantages for infants. But a new study shows breastfeeding is good for mom's health too. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Kathryn Goebel says moms who breast-fed infants through their first birthday saw the most benefit.

 

 

DAV Recognizes Efforts of VA Clinic with BBQ Dinner

Disabled American Veterans will recognize and thank the staff at the Pahrump VA Clinic by hosting a BBQ lunch this Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. All local veterans are welcome to attend.

 

 

Nevada Cruise Ship Passengers Being Evaluated

State of Nevada grateful to local health authorities for swift action upon notification

 

Carson City, NV – Forty Nevadans who were passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship are being contacted by health authorities to assess their health and any symptoms that may be consistent with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The passengers disembarked from the ship on Feb. 21.

 

The case that was announced as a presumptive positive through the Washoe County Health District was a passenger on the ship which also included passengers from other states who have since tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The patient, a male in his 50s, is reported in stable condition and self-isolating at home.

 

On March 4th and 5th the State was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Nevada passengers and local health authorities responded immediately to contact and assess all passengers for sign of illness.

“Our local health authorities continue to show that they are dedicated to the health of our communities, and the State is grateful for their swift response to connect with these passengers to assess their health,” said Richard Whitley, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):


Patients with confirmed COVID-19 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.

 

Based on what has been seen previously during respiratory disease outbreaks caused by coronavirus, it is believed that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear anytime between two and 14 days after exposure. At this time, it is unclear how easily or sustainably COVID-19 is spreading between people. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, 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.

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Battle Born Financial Open at New Location in Pahrump

Battle Born Financial Advisor and Health Insurance Brokerage is celebrating the agency's move to a new location in Pahrump. Certified Financial Planner Brent Leavitt says the new location will enable his company to continue to grow in Pahrump.

 

 

Veterans' Extravaganza Showcases Available Resources

There are a lot of resources available to our local veterans. And the annual Veterans' Extravaganza is a great way for veterans to learn about those services. Cles Saunders says about two hundred veterans turned out for this year's event.

 

If you didn't make it to the extravaganza, don't worry. There's plenty of help available year-round. If you're a service provider or agency that would like to participate in next year's Veterans' Extravaganza, you can learn more by contacting Cles. You can email him at ClesSaunders@ATT.net.

 

 

Health: Coronavirus COVID-19: Reducing Your Risk

As health officials around the world respond to the outbreak of the Coronavirus -- or COVID-19 -- concern within the US continue to grow. But what can we do to help minimize our risk of infection? Erica Foreman has more on how to improve your chances of staying healthy.

 

 

Save A Pet - Zula

It's time for Save A Pet. And today, we meet Zula, an eight-month-old German Shepherd mix who's in search of her forever home. Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to this energetic and playful K-9.

 

 

Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

“Coronavirus: What You Need to Know” is a special report featuring a discussion about the coronavirus, which goes by the acronym COVID-19, how it’s contracted, what you can do to avoid it, what can be done to fight it in Clark County, Nevada. Taking part in the discussion are Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) medical investigator Dr. Vit Kraushaar, SNHD Senior Public Health Preparedness Planner Misty Robinson, University Medical Center’s Dr. Shadaba Asad, who is Medical Director of Infectious Disease, and Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck, who oversaw the County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) until being appointed chief in February. The OEM is a part of the Clark County Fire Department. The discussion is hosted by CCTV’s Randy Swallow. This is a production of Clark County Public Communications and Clark County Television. It was recorded March 4, 2020.

 

 

Free Help Available For New Business Startups

If you're looking to start a business, a free class coming up later this month can help you through the process. Brad Francis has the details, including how you can register for the seminar.

 

 

Health: Regaining Weight Reduces Heart Health Benefits, Study Says

Losing weight is tough. But keeping weight off can be even harder. A recent study looks at what happens to health benefits, after shedding weight, if we don't keep it off. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Leslie Heinberg did not take part in the study, but says blood pressure and diabetes were impacted when people regained weight.

 

 

Save A Pet - Lily

It's Friday. And that means it's time to meet another great pet just waiting to find their forever home. Today, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Lily.

 

 

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

What is a social engineering attack?


In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity. However, by asking questions, he or she may be able to piece together enough information to infiltrate an organization's network. If an attacker is not able to gather enough information from one source, he or she may contact another source within the same organization and rely on the information from the first source to add to his or her credibility.

 

What is a phishing attack?


Phishing is a form of social engineering. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization. For example, an attacker may send email seemingly from a reputable credit card company or financial institution that requests account information, often suggesting that there is a problem. When users respond with the requested information, attackers can use it to gain access to the accounts.

 

Phishing attacks may also appear to come from other types of organizations, such as charities. Attackers often take advantage of current events and certain times of the year, such as

 

  • Natural disasters (e.g., Hurricane Katrina, Indonesian tsunami)
  • Epidemics and health scares (e.g., H1N1)
  • Economic concerns (e.g., IRS scams)
  • Major political elections
  • Holidays


What is a vishing attack?


Vishing is the social engineering approach that leverages voice communication. This technique can be combined with other forms of social engineering that entice a victim to call a certain number and divulge sensitive information. Advanced vishing attacks can take place completely over voice communications by exploiting Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions and broadcasting services. VoIP easily allows caller identity (ID) to be spoofed, which can take advantage of the public’s misplaced trust in the security of phone services, especially landline services. Landline communication cannot be intercepted without physical access to the line; however, this trait is not beneficial when communicating directly with a malicious actor.

 

What is a smishing attack?


Smishing is a form of social engineering that exploits SMS, or text, messages. Text messages can contain links to such things as webpages, email addresses or phone numbers that when clicked may automatically open a browser window or email message or dial a number. This integration of email, voice, text message, and web browser functionality increases the likelihood that users will fall victim to engineered malicious activity. 

 

What are common indicators of phishing attempts?

 

  • Suspicious sender’s address. The sender's address may imitate a legitimate business. Cybercriminals often use an email address that closely resembles one from a reputable company by altering or omitting a few characters. 
  • Generic greetings and signature. Both a generic greeting—such as “Dear Valued Customer” or “Sir/Ma’am”—and a lack of contact information in the signature block are strong indicators of a phishing email. A trusted organization will normally address you by name and provide their contact information.
  • Spoofed hyperlinks. If you hover your cursor over any links in the body of the email, and the links do not match the text that appears when hovering over them, the link may be spoofed. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net). Additionally, cybercriminals may use a URL shortening service to hide the true destination of the link.
  • Spelling and layout. Poor grammar and sentence structure, misspellings, and inconsistent formatting are other indicators of a possible phishing attempt. Reputable institutions have dedicated personnel that produce, verify, and proofread customer correspondence.
  • Suspicious attachments. An unsolicited email requesting a user download and open an attachment is a common delivery mechanism for malware. A cybercriminal may use a false sense of urgency or importance to help persuade a user to download or open an attachment without examining it first.


How do you avoid being a victim?

 

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
  • Do not provide personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person's authority to have the information.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.
  • Don't send sensitive information over the internet before checking a website's security.
  • Pay attention to the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of a website.
  • If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Do not use contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information. Information about known phishing attacks is also available online from groups such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group. 
  • Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters to reduce some of this traffic. 
  • Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.


What do you do if you think you are a victim?

 

  • If you believe you might have revealed sensitive information about your organization, report it to the appropriate people within the organization, including network administrators. They can be alert for any suspicious or unusual activity.
  • If you believe your financial accounts may be compromised, contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.
  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed. If you used the same password for multiple resources, make sure to change it for each account, and do not use that password in the future.
  • Watch for other signs of identity theft.
  • Consider reporting the attack to the police, and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.


Authors
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Veterans Extravaganza & Census Kickoff Event Friday, March 6

This is part of a larger event.

ALSO SEEhttps://kpvm.tv/local-pahrump411/community-calendar/20200306/details/

 

Nevada Census 2020 to Hold Nye County Veterans Census Kickoff Event in Pahrump

Nye County veterans and residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the benefits of participating in the Nevada Census count

WHO: Nevada Census 2020

 

WHAT: Nevada Census 2020 continues its march towards the 2020 Nevada Census count with a kickoff event aimed at educating Nye County veterans and residents about the benefits of participating in the Census and encouraging responses. Representatives from Nevada Census 2020 will hold an engaging presentation on the Census to discuss its importance, how to participate, potential funding amounts for the community, important deadlines, and common misconceptions around the Census count. Pastor Jon Watt, Pahrump Salvation Army’s service center director, and a Veterans Group director will discuss how Census data can help fund Veterans programs.

 

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and an open forum for community members to discuss how best to reach Hard-To-Count populations in the county, as well as how community members can become ambassadors for Nevada Census 2020.

 

WHEN: 1 - 2 p.m.
Friday, March 6, 2020

WHERE: Bob Ruud Community Center
150 N Hwy 160, Pahrump, NV 89060

 

WHY: The event will be a part of a series of outreach effort is to drive home the message that Nevada matters in the countrywide 2020 Census, and it’s essential that every resident be counted. Data collected from the Census count will help determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is spent each year on state-level infrastructure and services across the country. Nevada will earn $20,000 in federal funding over the next ten years for every man, woman and child who is counted.

 

New Charges For Defendant in Child Abuse Case

In the wake of additional charges, Judge Lisa Chamlee increased the bail amount for one of the defendants in the child abuse case involving four defendants.

 

 

How to Register and License Your Pets in Nye County

If you live in Nye County -- and you own a dog or cat -- it's important to register and obtain a license for your pet. Desert Haven Animal Society is the agency that issues those licenses. And they want everyone to know about the benefits of registering your animals.

 

For a spayed or neutered dog or cat, a three-year license is just 15 dollars. You can register your animal by visiting Desert Haven Animal Society, located at 1511 Siri Lane, right behind the jail. They're open Wednesday through Sunday from eight to five. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

 

 

Annual Event Showcases Resources for Local Veterans

The Committee For Veterans' Issues is preparing for a big event that helps local veterans. Cles Saunders spoke with News 25 about the Fourth Annual Veterans' Extravaganza, and how it provides local veterans a one-stop shop for resources they may need.

 

 

Health: Plan Ahead to Avoid Time-Change Misery

This Sunday, March 9th, we 'spring ahead' by moving our clocks forward by one hour. But can one hour of 'lost' sleep really impact how we feel? Erica Foreman has more on how to prevent feeling sluggish in the days after the time change.

 

 

Great Computer Deals Tech Tip with Josh Osborne

If you're in the market for a new computer, you'll want to choose the type that works best for you. In today's Great Computer Deals Tech Tip, Josh Osborne looks at the pros and cons of buying a laptop.

 

 

Southern Nevada Health District announces positive case of COVID-19 in a Clark County resident

Management is in continuous discussions with state health officials and state emergency responders on the situation. It is key to note that the Clark County Health District states that “While the COVID-19 outbreak is as serious public health threat, the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Clark County and the United States remains low at this time.”

 

Southern Nevada Health District announces positive case of COVID-19 in a Clark County resident

 

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is announcing the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident. Test results are considered “presumptive positive” until the result is confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient is a male in his 50s who is hospitalized and currently in airborne isolation.

 

The patient reported a recent travel history to Washington state, where community spread of the virus is being reported, and Texas, which recently reported its first travel-associated case. The Health District is working with its health care partners and leading the effort to quickly identify close contacts of the patient.

 

While the COVID-19 outbreak is as serious public health threat, the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Clark County and the United States remains low at this time.

 

The Health District will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.

 

The public can help the response:

 

  • Do not go the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
  • *Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
  • *Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • *Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • *Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • *Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • *Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • *Stay home when you are sick.

 

*Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. Up to date information is available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

source: Nye County, NV Facebook page

Scott Lewis Provides Local Perspective on Coronavirus

Local authorities are preparing for the worst as the Coronavirus continues to spread. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Lewis shared the latest information about the virus, and offered some common-sense steps we can all take to protect ourselves from the Coronavirus -- or any other influenza.

 

 

Health: Colon Cancer -- What You Need To Know (At Any Age)

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In recent years, reports have shown a disturbing trend -- more young adults being diagnosed with the disease than ever before. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Matthew Kalady says when it comes to colon cancer, there are warning signs, regardless of age, that should never be ignored.

 

 

Pahrump Albertsons Sporting Fresh New Look

Albertsons Supermarket in Pahrump has a fresh new look. And they officially unveiled it during a grand reopening Wednesday morning. Brad Francis has more.

 

 

Save A Pet - Sweet Pea

Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Sweet Pea, a friendly dog looking for her forever home and available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.

 

 

Accident - Blagg Road and Irene Street

One person was transported by ground ambulance this morning as a result of a two vehicle crash that occurred at Blagg Road and Irene Street. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies were dispatched to the scene where the occupants were reported to be several students on their way to school.

 

accident - Blagg Road and Irene Street

Deputy Under Arrest After Officer-Involved Shooting

UPDATED: 3/10/2020:

 

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING UPDATE: The Nye County District Attorney's Office has denied prosecution of James Ramos, the Nye County Sheriff's Office deputy that was arrested following an officer-involved shooting incident near Walmart in Pahrump. Ramos was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon where someone might be injured in early March by the Nye sheriff's office.

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Nye County Deputy James Ramos is under arrest, and facing two charges in connection with the pursuit of a shoplifting suspect and officer-involved shooting last week outside Walmart.

 

 

Fire Chief Scott Lewis Provides Local Coronavirus Update

There are now more than 90-thousand confirmed cases of Coronavirus worldwide. So far, there have been no reported cases in Nevada. But local officials are keeping tabs on the crisis. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue's Chief Scott Lewis provided an update on the situation in Nye County at this morning's Board of County Commissioners meeting. Nye County elections officials are being proactive too. They've purchased cases of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for use at polling locations for the primary election in June.

 

 

Health: Baby's Life-Threatening Heart Defect Healed with Unique Surgery

Heart defects are common at birth. But some are more serious than others. Meet an Ohio family who, like all new parents, expected to greet a bouncing baby boy -- but instead, their infant son face life-threatening heart problems. Erica Foreman has more on how his tiny heart was healed.

 

 

Shadow Mountain Players Performing Interactive Murder-Mystery

If you like a good 'whodunit' murder mystery, Shadow Mountain Community Players has just the show for you. For the next two weekends, they're performing 'Murder Most Foul' -- an interactive, murder-mystery dinner theater experience, happening at Nevada Treasure RV Resort.

 

Carlton McCaslin says it's a lot of fun for everyone. Show dates are March 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. Show time is 6:00 pm. Again, it's happening at Nevada Treasure RV Park, at the corner of Highway 160 and Leslie. Advance tickets are 25 dollars, and available ONLY at the Pahrump Community Library. Tickets are 30 dollars at the door. Admission includes dinner and the show.

 

 

County Officials Monitoring Coronavirus; No Cases in Nevada

From Nye County Emergency Management

 

The World Health Organization has raised its RISK ASSESSMENT of CORONAVIRUS to VERY HIGH as the number of cases continues to grow. Worldwide there have been over 86,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths. The number of cases within the United States has grown with six reported deaths, all in Washington state, as of Tuesday morning, March 3rd. A pandemic has not yet been declared, but everyone should prepare for the probability. Currently, there is no antagonist or inoculation available for this virus.

 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) remains the primary US response agency for confirmation testing, but presumptive testing kits have been distributed to State governments. U.S. officials continue to stress that the risk to Americans remains low and more deaths occur from seasonal influenza.

 

Full county release: https://nyecounty.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=916

 

Businesses at risk for cyberattack but take few precautions

NEW YORK (AP) — Although businesses are increasingly at risk for cyberattacks on their mobile devices, many aren’t taking steps to protect smartphones and tablets.

 

That’s one of the conclusions of a report on mobile security released last week by Verizon, which found that nearly 40% of companies had their mobile security compromised, up from 33% in 2019. But many companies don’t prioritize mobile security — 43% said they had sacrificed security while owners and managers focused on other concerns.

 

Forty-three percent of the companies surveyed said mobile security was sacrificed to meet deadlines or productivity targets. These companies were twice as likely to be compromised as those that didn’t take precautions.

 

A big threat to cybersecurity comes from free public WiFi services. A fifth of the organizations that reported their mobile devices had been attacked said an unapproved or insecure WiFi service was used.

 

These WiFi services, available in places like coffee shops and public transportation hubs, are favorite targets of hackers who can intercept communications and data including account numbers and passwords. Cybersecurity experts warn against accessing any sensitive information while using public WiFi, and they also warn against enabling mobile devices to automatically connect to these services.

 

The Verizon report found that many companies are at risk for cyberattack because 72% of employees have used public WiFi. About half of those surveyed said they prohibit employees from using public WiFi.

 

The survey questioned 876 people responsible for the purchase, management and security of mobile devices at companies of all sizes. While the results were not broken out according to company size, they do indicate the risks that small businesses face. Many owners run their companies from their mobile devices.

 

One precaution cybersecurity experts recommend is multi-factor verification, which requires a password and a code in order to use a device or to access an account. But such security steps require extra time and effort. Among those surveyed, 62% said security was sacrificed in the interest of speed and 52% said convenience was the reason.

 

Companies are taking risks even though the damage from a cyberattack — for example, down time, money stolen from accounts, even lost customers — can be severe. Two-thirds of the companies that reported they had suffered an attack said the incident had a major impact on the business.

 

source: https://apnews.com/6580a08069971dc8dbfbce741b0b0155

Education Dept. to Cut Off Federal Funding for Some Rural Schools

While some may be hesistant to take part, an accurate 2020 U.S. Census is especially important for rural towns like Pahrump.

 

A recent story by Erica L. Green in the New York Times explains why and as it turns out, it isn't because some Mr. Grinch is throwing a monkey wrench in the works. See: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/us/politics/rural-schools-funding-cut.html

 

Also see: http://www.ruraledu.org/WhyRuralMatters.pdf

 

 

Apple to pay up to $500 million to settle U.S. lawsuit over slow iPhones

(Reuters) - Apple Inc has agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle litigation accusing it of quietly slowing down older iPhones as it launched new models, to induce owners to buy replacement phones or batteries.

 

It calls for Apple to pay consumers $25 per iPhone, which may be adjusted up or down depending on how many iPhones are eligible, with a minimum total payout of $310 million.

 

Apple denied wrongdoing and settled the nationwide case to avoid the burdens and costs of litigation, court papers show.

 

The Cupertino, California-based company did not immediately respond on Monday to requests for comment.

 

Friday’s settlement covers U.S. owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7Plus or SE that ran the iOS 10.2.1 or later operating system. It also covers U.S. owners of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before Dec. 21, 2017.

 

Consumers contended that their phones’ performance suffered after they installed Apple software updates. They said this misled them into believing their phones were near the end of their lifecycles, requiring replacements or new batteries.

 

Apple attributed the problems mainly to temperature changes, high usage and other issues, and said its engineers worked quickly and successfully to address them. Analysts sometimes refer to the slowing of iPhones as “throttling.”

 

Lawyers for the consumers described the settlement as “fair, reasonable, and adequate.”

They called payments of $25 per iPhone “considerable by any degree,” saying their damages expert considered $46 per iPhone the maximum possible.

 

The lawyers plan to seek up to $93 million, equal to 30% of $310 million, in legal fees, plus up to $1.5 million for expenses.

 

Following an initial outcry over slow iPhones, Apple apologized and lowered the price for replacement batteries to $29 from $79.

 

The case is In re Apple Inc Device Performance Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 18-md-02827.

 

NCSO Vehicle Struck

A Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputy on a traffic stop was almost struck by a vehicle thought to be operated by a drunk driver. It appears that the door on the deputy’s cruiser was struck by the vehicle described as a dark SUV with front end damage traveling west on Charleston Park. NHP is investigating. The deputy and K9 on board narrowly escaped injury.

 

 

Deputy James Ramos Arrested For Assault

Deputy James Ramos was arrested for Assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm where a person is endangered. Investigation into the shooting from 02/26/2020 revealed that the shooting was not in accordance with NCSO Policy.

 

 

Weekend Fire Destroys Southside Pahrump Home

A Pahrump family is dealing with the aftermath of a weekend fire that destroyed their home on the south side of Pahrump. Everyone made it out of the house, but four pets did not. Heavy black smoke could be seen from miles away. And Fire Chief Scott Lewis says his department faced a number of challenges fighting the flames.

 

 

Pahrump Veteran Receives Purple Heart Medal

Nearly 50 years after the Vietnam War, a Pahrump war veteran is receiving two prestigious awards. U.S. Representative Steven Horsford presented Army Specialist Patrick Nickolls the Purple Heart Medal and certificate... and the Valorous Unit Award.

 

 

Health: Can Working Overtime Mean High Blood Pressure?

For many people, working overtime is all part of the job. But, according to a recent study, working more than forty hours a week may put you at risk for 'masked' hypertension. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. George Thomas did not take part in the study, but says 'masked' hypertension happens when a person's blood pressure is high at work, or home, but not at the doctor's office.

 

 

Soroptimists Hope to Make Mardi Gras Ball an Annual Event

Soroptimist International Pahrump Valley is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The group held its first Mardi Gras Ball Saturday night at the Pahrump Nugget. Linda Fitzgibbons tells us more about the evening of food, fun and fundraising -- and explains the group's mission.

 

 

Nye County Right To Life Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Nye County Right To Life is calling its first fundraising event a huge success. The organization, which was formed just this year, sold more than three-hundred tickets to its spaghetti dinner, held Saturday at Our Lady Of The Valley Roman Catholic Church. Joe Burdzinski spoke with News 25 about the event, and Nye County Right To Life.

 

 

Save A Pet - Mister Kitty

Today, we meet an older cat who's looking for a great home in which to live out his final years. Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Mister Kitty, and has the story of how he ended up at Desert Haven Animal Society.

 

 

Nevada Division of Forestry to review expanded protection for rare Nevada buckwheat wildflower species

Nevada is home to more than 150 plant species that live exclusively in our state, including the Tiehm buckwheat, a rare desert wildflower that is only known to exist in particular geologic conditions in the Silver Peak Range of Esmeralda County. Since its discovery in 1985, the Nevada Division of Natural Heritage has monitored the status and risks to the Tiehm buckwheat in its native habitat. Until recently, the species did not face any significant impacts in its remote location in Nevada. In recent years, however, there has been increased interest in and exploration for mining critical minerals, such as lithium, in the buckwheat’s limited known habitat.

 

Given these developments, in November 2019, the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) announced that it would undertake a comprehensive review to determine if enhanced protection under state law is needed for the rare Tiehm buckwheat. As part of this process, NDF will be hosting two public workshops, as follows, to gather input surrounding the status of the Tiehm buckwheat and to discuss the possibility of adding the species to Nevada’s List of Fully Protected Species of Native Flora (pursuant to NAC 527.010):

 

When: April 3, 2020, from 1pm - 3pm
Where: Tonopah Convention Center (301 Brougher Ave., Tonopah)

 

When: April 10, 2020, from 9am - 12pm
Where: Richard H. Bryan Building, Tahoe Hearing Room located on the 2nd floor (901 S. Stewart St., Carson City). This workshop will also be video conferenced at the Grant Sawyer Building, Red Rock Conference Room (2080 E. Flamingo Rd, #319, Las Vegas)

 

Input from the public and the use of the best available science will help guide the appropriate path forward in determining whether further protections for Tiehm buckwheat are necessary. If NDF decides to pursue adding Tiehm buckwheat to the State List of Fully Protected Species of Native Flora, a formal announcement will be made at a future public hearing.

 

As part of its mission, the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is committed to protecting Nevada’s precious native species and sustaining the state’s diverse biological heritage. For more information on the upcoming Tiehm buckwheat public workshops, please call 775-684-2500.

 

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