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Ryan Henderson Facing Charges in Home Invasion

A homeowner detains Ryan Henderson at gunpoint after he allegedly broke a window and entered the residence. Today, Henderson is under arrest and facing charges.

 

 

Fitness for $10 Reopens Under Nevada's 'Roadmap to Recovery' Plan

Nevada has entered phase two of the state's 'Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery' reopening plan. Gyms and fitness centers are one of the many businesses allowed to reopen starting today. And Lisa Duncan, Manager of Fitness for $10 in Pahrump is thrilled to be back in business.

 

 

Save A Pet - Tash

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Tash -- a domestic short-hair cat found as a stray in Pahrump. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

Education News: High School Senior Wins Chance of Lifetime

In every state across the country, students dream of becoming the nation's next top chefs. This year, with the disappointment of a curtailed 'senior year' it's especially exciting for one young woman to have won the chance of a lifetime. Kim Martinez reports.

 

 

Health: Keeping Your Skeleton Strong Amid COVID-19 Fears

May is National Osteoporosis Month. COVID-19 has impacted medical care for millions of Americans, including those with osteoporosis -- a disease that weakens bones, making them more susceptible to fracture. Some people have had bone-strengthening osteoporosis treatments postponed in order to comply with stay-at-home orders. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Susan Williams says that approach is okay for some, but not for others.

 

 

Two-Car Crash Sends One Car Into Building

The people involved in a two-car crash on Charleston Park Avenue in Parhump say the incident started with an altercation in which someone was maced.

 

 

PVHS Seniors Provided 'Graduation' Photo Opportunity

There will be no traditional commencement ceremony at Pahrump Valley High School this year. But students are still celebrating. From a special drive-in photo opportunity, to celebratory signs around the Calvada Eye, and the virtual graduation ceremony to be seen right here on TV-25 -- students, their parents and school administrators are finding ways to celebrate the Class of 2020. We caught up with Pahrump Valley High School Principal George Campnell at last night's special event. The virtual graduation ceremony for Pahrump Valley High School can be seen Friday, May 29 at 8pm, right here on KPVM-TV. And if you can't watch over-the-air, you can stream it through Facebook or YouTube.

 

 

Nye County to Auction Over 600 Properties

Time's running out to register for this year's public auction of property in Nye County. The treasurer's office is auctioning off 620 real estate parcels currently held in trust due to unpaid tax obligations.

 

 

Health: COVID-19 Research -- Are We Closer to Finding a Treatment?

The world is anxiously awaiting effective therapies to treat COVID-19. Doctors are studying a handful of drugs, hoping to find a treatment to help the sickest patients recover faster. One drug we've heard a lot about is the antiviral, Remdesivir. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Daniel Culver says results of a recent study suggest it may help decrease the magnitude of the disease.

 

 

Daniel Scott Arrest Update

Nevada DPS, Parole and Probation Division, in Coordination with the USMS and LVMPD Narcotics Bureau, Arrest Fugitive

 

Las Vegas, Nev.- On May 13, 2020, the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS), Division of Parole and Probation (NPP), working in conjunction with the US Marshals Service (USMS), located and arrested absconder Daniel Scott, a Parole and Probation fugitive with a lengthy criminal history.

Officers conducted a protective sweep of the residence Scott was located in and observed multiple indicators of narcotic sales readily visible. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

 

(LVMPD) Narcotics Bureau, upon approval of a search warrant, conducted a search of the residence. The search yielded 19.3 gross grams (gg) of heroin, 61.3 gg of methamphetamine, 15.3 gg of alprazolam, and $20,515.00 in US currency.

 

Scott was transported to the Clark County Detention Center by NPP Officers and booked on violating the terms and conditions of his parole.

The LVMPD Narcotics Bureau took custody of the narcotics and currency and will adopt and rebook Scott on any new charges.

 

The mission of the Nevada DPS, Parole and Probation Division, is to provide professional supervision services to the courts and supervised individuals and assist individuals in rehabilitation to become productive members of the community and successfully reintegrate into society. The Nevada DPS, Parole and Probation Division works in coordination with the USMS, LVMPD, and partnering agencies statewide to help keep Nevada communities safe.

 

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

Is your computer not doing what you'd like it to do? In this week's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne explains what signs might indicate it's time to buy a new computer.

 

 

Propane Tank Explosion Rocks North Pahrump Neighborhood

A massive explosion rocked an area on Pahrump's north side Tuesday night. And the ensuing fireball engulfed a large portion of a property on Shady Lane. There are no report of injuries. But it was a dramatic scene. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis describes what happened.

 

 

Nye County Clerk's Office Open for Early Voting

The Nye County Clerk's Office has reopened to the public. That means you can visit the clerk's office to cast a ballot in-person for the June 9th primary.

 

 

Fire Chief Offers Reminder About Fireworks

Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate holidays like the Fourth of July. But those fireworks can also be dangerous when used improperly. There is only one approved location from which to launch your own fireworks in Pahrump. And as Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis reminds us, it's not at home.

 

 

Health: COVID-19 Mental Health -- Creating New Routines

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Everyone is feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. From kids to adults, we're all dealing with a new situation, and a good deal of uncertainty. Erica Foreman has more on how creating new routines can help us manage the stress of it all. Doctor Bea says in a time like this, it's reasonable to expect your emotions to fluctuate. He reminds us that mental health professionals are available -- even virtually or over the phone -- to help if you're struggling with depression or thoughts of self-harm.

 

 

Save A Pet - Leo

It's Wednesday. Time to meet another great pet up for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Today, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Leo.

 

 

Fire Destroys Home on Pioche Street in Pahrump

A structure fire Sunday destroys a home on Pioche Street in Pahrump. All residents escaped unhurt, but a firefighter was bitten by a cat he was rescuing from the flames.

 

 

Pahrump: Driver Crashes Car into Pole, Runs Away

Officers searched for the driver of a Chevy Camaro that struck a utility pole at the intersection of Wilson Road and Linda Street. The driver fled on foot after the crash.

 

 

Health: Is Eating Meat Bad for Your Health?

If you're planning your next cookout, you'll want to hear this. There's been a lot of talk about whether eating meat is hamful. And now, another study adds to the notion that too much meat could be bad for your heart -- and your overall health. Cleveland Clinic's Kate Patton says it shows eating both red and white meat may come with risks.

 

 

Save A Pet - Buddy

In today's Save A Pet we meet Buddy -- an all-black cat looking for his forever home. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

DAV Memorial 2020

DAV holds a virtual memorial service for all Veterans and Family

 

 

DMV Releases Reopening Plan; No Date Set

DMV Releases Reopening Plan; No Date Set

Offices will have limited services for first 30 days

 

CARSON CITY – The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is preparing to reopen after shutting down on March 16, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a reopening date has not been set. All full-service DMV offices remain closed.

 

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The DMV thanks you for your continued patience,” said Director Julie Butler. “We’re releasing our plan well in advance so everyone will know what to expect. We’re going to serve motorists with the most pressing needs first and ask others to use alternative services or hold off from visiting a DMV office.”

 

The DMV's reopening plan focuses on the safety of employees and the public and is predicated on a three-step process: Go online first, wait if possible, and be prepared if you do have to come into the office. While the DMV offices are closed, the DMV encourages you to complete common transactions like vehicle registration renewals online.

 

The DMV will be offering only services that directly impact a person’s ability to drive during the first 30 days after its reopening. Initially, the Department will offer only the following:

 

• Driver’s license suspension or revocation reinstatements

• Driver’s license knowledge tests

• License or ID for customers with no form of valid ID

• Original vehicle registration of recently-purchased vehicles not eligible for online registration

• Vehicle movement permits

• Title transfers

• Renewals of documents that expired prior to March 16

• Transactions involving bad debt with the Department

• Commercial Driver License services (where available)

• Dealer Services, Fleets, Motor Carriers, Registration Services and Occupational License Renewals

 

Driving skills tests for non-commercial licenses will not be offered until a later time due to social distancing requirements.

Only walk-in customers will be accepted during the first 30 days. Appointments will not be available in the metropolitan offices. All previous appointments are canceled.

 

Customers should visit the DMV website, dmvnv.com, before visiting an office. Customers should follow the guidelines posted for three general groups:

 

• Do it online or at a kiosk - it is more important than ever to use the DMV’s alternate services

• It can wait – An automatic 90-day extension on expired documents is in effect. Other transactions that can wait include personalized plate orders, new resident licensing and registration and Real ID upgrades

• Be prepared if you do come in – Visit the website, gather all necessary documents and have forms filled out in advance

In the metropolitan offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno, DMV staff will be walking the lines outside the offices using the same three steps outlined above. Customers who can use alternate services or wait until a later time will be directed to do so. Those who are served may be asked to wait outside in their vehicle until called.

 

Only customers and necessary assistants will be allowed into the buildings. Rural offices will allow only ten customers inside at one time. The DMV will make limited exceptions for customers with disabilities and those who lack online access.

 

DMV staff will be wearing face masks and asks customers to do so as well. The department will observe all current CDC and Nevada Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on social distancing, building occupancy and cleanliness. Sneeze shields have been installed.

 

The DMV staff will be brought back to work beginning May 26 for training and to work on backlogs prior to reopening.

 

“The DMV has created a thoughtful, phased approach to reopening that is fair to all and, most important, keeps customers and staff alike as safe as possible,” Butler said. “We’re looking forward to reopening to serve Nevada’s motorists.”

Golden Entertainment, Inc. Announces "Golden Commitment"

Golden Entertainment, Inc. Announces “Golden Commitment,” a Health and Safety Plan for the Company’s Operations

 

LAS VEGAS — Golden Entertainment, Inc. has announced its “Golden Commitment,” a comprehensive plan that outlines new health and safety protocols and procedures for the company’s hotels, casinos and taverns. The “Golden Commitment” was developed through guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state governments in which we operate, and the Southern Nevada Health District.

 

The “Golden Commitment” includes COVID-19 testing for team members; health and safety training; entry point monitoring to ensure a maximum capacity of 50% or less; general health screening, including temperature checks; limiting group sizes; enhanced sanitizing of high contact areas including slot machines, countertops, tabletops, door handles and seat surfaces; check-in kiosks at select hotels cleaned after every use; removal of every other chair on casino slot floors as well as tavern bars; hand sanitizers throughout each property; and hands-free digital menus at all restaurants available via mobile devices.

 

Additional measures at Golden Entertainment’s casinos include: reduced guest contact with playing cards; more frequent replacement of decks of cards; daily sanitizing of gaming chips; single use drinkware on casino floors; plexiglass barriers placed at cashiers, True Rewards centers, concierge desks and other guest interaction locations; enhanced guest room cleaning protocols; and reduced occupancy reminders at all elevators.

Social distancing guidelines have been developed for each property in accordance with guidance from state governments in which we operate. To ensure social distancing, each property will post signage with social distancing reminders and guidelines and guests will be asked to practice appropriate spacing from other guests.

 

Guests will also be asked to delay their trips or visits if they have a cough, fever or other symptoms related to COVID-19; as well as delay their visits by 14 days or more if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive.

 

The guidelines set by the company’s “Golden Commitment” apply to all of Golden Entertainment’s properties, including: The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas; Aquarius Casino Resort and Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada.; Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone, Maryland; Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino, Gold Town Casino and Lakeside Casino & RV Park in Pahrump, Nevada; and the company’s PT’s Taverns, including PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Company, Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar.

 

The “Golden Commitment” is subject to change based on potential revised guidelines set by state governments where we operate. More information and any updates to the “Golden Commitment” can be found at goldenent.com/commitment.

 

see: https://goldenent.com/commitment.html

 

BLM Asks Visitors to Recreate Responsibly

BLM asks visitors to recreate responsibly and safely on public lands during Memorial Day weekend

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) asks visitors to follow state and local public health guidance, come prepared, be flexible, and respect other users as well as natural and cultural resources on public lands. The BLM provides great opportunities for visitors to enjoy America’s open spaces – and to reflect on the sacrifices made by the United States Armed Services veterans who died serving our country.

BLM employees are hard at work for the American people and we continue to provide service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public lands offer great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at a safe distance from others. Because the safety of our employees and the public remains paramount, the BLM reminds visitors to recreate responsibly and safely on Memorial Day weekend and throughout the remainder of the year by following our recreation tips.



Recreate Responsibly, Recreate Safely Tips

• Stay home if you don’t feel well or have recently been sick.

• Follow guidance from local and state authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

• Avoid heavily used or crowded trails, parking areas, and sites and seek dispersed recreation opportunities in your local area. Have a backup plan to avoid crowded high-use areas. If you find an area to be crowded, turn around.

• Check with local offices for current conditions, including closures and changes in service, before visiting popular areas and visit blm.gov for operating status updates.

• Practice social distancing. Be considerate of others enjoying the outdoors by giving them as much space as possible in parking lots, at trailheads, and out on public lands.

• Help prevent human-caused wildfires. Completely extinguish campfires by using the “drown, stir and feel” method. Don’t park on dry grass and ensure tow chains aren't dragging and tow straps are secured. Observe fire danger restrictions on BLM lands designated as high-risk early in this fire season. Follow fireworks restrictions and target shooting requirements at all times.

• Avoid unnecessary risks while recreating to prevent overwhelming medical facilities.

• Bring supplies for sanitation with you and pack out your trash. Facilities, including bathrooms and visitor centers may not be open or available for in-person contact.

Following guidance from the White House, CDC, and state and local public health authorities, we are increasing access and services to BLM-managed public lands, offices and facilities in a phased approach based on regional, state, and local conditions. Before visiting BLM lands, offices and facilities, please check the appropriate website to determine its operating status and current conditions, or contact your local BLM office.

Truck Topples Pole, Live Wires Fall Across Highway 372

A dump truck snags a utility pole guy-wire Friday afternoon, pulling down two poles and causing live electric lines to fall across Highway 372 in front of the Dollar Tree store in Pahrump.

 

 

GoFundMe Campaign Established to Help Accident Victim

29-year-old Merrill Winstrom, who was critically injured in a crash May 2, continues to recover in a Las Vegas hospital. His family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover his medical expenses.

 

 

Avery Church Under Arrest, Facing Arson Charge

Avery Church, who was acquitted of the 2013 shooting death of an Amargosa Valley man, is under arrest again. This time, in connection with an alleged arson in Pahrump.

 

 

Woman Reported Missing Found Safe

46-year-old Deborah Skiles was reported missing Thursday. She was found safe less than 24 hours later.

 

 

Governor Sisolak Press Conference Scheduled For Tuesday 5/26

Ahead of the holiday weekend, I wanted to announce to all Nevadans that I will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, May 26, to discuss the next phase in Nevada’s reopening plan. As long as our data stays consistent, I expect to announce a Phase 2 date for reopening. ?

 

Additionally, the Gaming Control Board will meet Tuesday & will consider any action necessary with regard to reopening. Pending the evaluation of trends in our data and results of this meeting, I have set a target date of June 4, 2020, for reopening Nevada’s gaming industry.

 

?Over this holiday weekend, I want to remind Nevadans to stay safe by staying home, wearing face coverings if in public, avoiding large gatherings of ten or more and practicing aggressive social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people. ?

 

 

 

Health: For Sun Protection, Skip the DIY Formulas, Study Says

The Friday before Memorial Day weekend is known as 'Don't Fry Day.' It's a reminder to use sun protection when outdoors. And when it comes to sunscreen, it's best to skip any DIY formulas, according to a recent study. Cleveland Clinic's Melissa Piliang says homemade sunscreens may be a recipe for sunburn.

 

 

DAV Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

The annual Memorial Day ceremony hosted by the Disabled American Veterans has canceled this year's live event. Instead, the DAV is producing a special Memorial Day program to be broadcast on KPVM-TV and across social media. The program will air on KPVM Monday at noon and will air again in place of our newcasts that day.

 

 

Save A Pet - Gracie

It's Friday. Time to meet another great pet just waiting to be adopted from Desert Haven Animal Society. Today, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Gracie.

 

 

NCSO Announces New Smartphone App

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is giving residents a new way to stay connected with law enforcement. They announced their new smartphone app in a video posted to Facebook.

 

 

More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Nye County

Nye County continues to see a growing number of people testing positive for COVID-19. The Department of Emergency Management is now tracking a new category of patients. And DEM Director Scott Lewis says the county has now recorded its first COVID-related death.

 

 

Progress Continues on Leslie Street Resurfacing

Nye County Director of Public Works Tim Dahl says crews are making good progress as they work to improve a section of North Leslie Street in Pahrump. He provided an update to county commissioners during their meeting this week.

 

 

Health: Using Convalescent Plasma to Treat COVID-19

There are still many questions about treatments for COVID-19. Some doctors believe answers may be running through the veins of survivors. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Simon Mucha says blood plasma donated from people who have recovered from COVID-19 may help treat those who are severely ill.

 

 

Educators Gain Insight From Growing Use of Distance Learning

With schools across the country switching to virtual classroooms and online learning, there are some significant take-aways for parents, teachers and students. As Kim Martinez reports, an educator who runs an online public school has some valuable insight, from both an educator and parent perspective, when it comes to distance learning dos and don'ts.

 

 

State of Emergency Declared for US 95, US Route 6, and US Route 360

 

Today, the Governor declared a state of emergency for US 95, US Route 6, and US Route 360 north of Tonopah due to the damage caused by the largest earthquake the State has experienced in the last six decades.

 

Following the declaration, at 5:22 pm, another 5.3 magnitude quake hit 32 miles NW of Tonopah.

 

Press release: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/5.21-Declaration-of-Emergency.pdf

 

Declaration: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Declaration-of-Emergency-Earthquake.pdf

 

Photo courtesy of Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

Is your computer running slower than it used to? If so, it might be time to replace it. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne offers some telltale signs that it's time.

 

 

Save A Pet - Jamie

In today's Save A Pet segment we meet Jamie -- an all-black cat in need of her forever home. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

NCSO Remembers Fallen Officers During Annual Memorial Service

The Nye County Sheriff's Office remembers those who have died in the line of duty during their annual fallen officer memorial service. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the ceremony, held last Friday, was not open to the public. Sheriff Sharon Wehrly and Undersheriff Michael Eisenloffel read the names of each fallen officer during the bell ceremony.

 

 

Health: Can Vaping Increase COVID-19 Health Risks?

Experts are working every day to learn more about COVID-19. Now, another recent public health crisis may be playing a role in the pandemic. Erica Foreman has more on how vaping presents new challenges for doctors as they work to treat people with coronavirus.

 

 

Pourhouse Prepares to Reopen with Free Food, PPE Giveaway

The Pourhouse restaurant in Pahrump is getting ready to reopen its doors. And to celebrate the reopening, the restaurant handed out free meals and personal protective equipment during a drive-through event Wednesday. Starting Thursday, Pourhouse will be open daily from noon to 8pm.

 

 

Fitness Expert Offers Free Courses for Families in Quarantine

While this undoubtedly is a tough time for families, there might just be a silver lining. Take it from a pro -- there's opportunity now unlike ever before for families to come together -- and exercise! This major leaguer is offering his shape-up courses for free in an act of generosity during a time when parents and children need it most.

 

 

Nathan Adelson Hospice Partners with August Services

Nathan Adelson Hospice is teaming up with August Services of Pahrump. The strategic partnership helps provide streamlined care to patients in their homes. Vivian McCuneo and Karen Taylor spoke with News 25 about the partnership, and what it means for the patients in their care.

 

 

New Show 'Doc Talk' to Premier on KPVM

We're excited to announce a new local show, airing right here on KPVM. It's called 'Doc Talk.' The show is being hosted by Brent Leavitt, a financial advisor who serves clients through his own business, Battle Born Financial. Each week, he'll talk with local medical professionals about healthcare in Pahrump, and answer your questions too. The show will air Thursdays at 2:00 pm and repeat Saturday at 11:30 am.

 

 

Health: Habits That Help Boost Immunity

When it comes to boosting immunity, nothing beats healthy habits. And while you can't improve your immune system overnight, Cleveland Clinic's Kristin Kirkpatrick says you can start by looking at the foods you eat.

 

 

Save A Pet - Leslie

For today's Save A Pet, we meet Leslie -- a two-year old mixed breed found as a stray who's now available for adoption. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

Social Security Administration Stopping Visits

The Social Security Administration will not be visiting any rural locations until further notice.

You are urged to call 800-772-1213 or visit their website at www.socialsecurity.gov for additional information.

 

Robbery Suspect's Arrest Triggers Citizen Complaint

25-year-old Alexander Bautista is facing several charges in connection with a reported robbery at Walmart. And his arrest, not far from the store, triggered a complaint of possible use of excessive force from a concerned citizen.

 

 

NCSO Seeks Suspect in Weekend Hit and Run Crash

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck a person and several other vehicles, then fled the scene of a family gathering in Pahrump.

 

 

Health: Don't Ignore Difficult Feelings During COVID-19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are experiencing a gamut of emotions. According to Cleveland Clinic psychologist Scott Bea, during times of crisis, it's not uncommon for people to engage in panic-shopping.

 

 

One Mask At A Time Seeks Donations For Growing Need

As the State of Nevada begins to reopen business and industry, the need for face masks is greater than ever. The non-profit organization One Mask At A Time, started right here in Nye County, is asking for additional donations so they can continue providing free masks to anyone in need.

 

 

Crown Vic Impersonates Police Cruiser

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a black crown Victoria police style vehicle that was being operated with colored lights, siren and PA on the south side of Pahrump. Thanks to the numerous tips from the public by social media the owner was identified and came to the Sheriff’s Office and had the vehicle inspected. The owner has been advised to remove illegal equipment and advised that any subsequent use of equipment to impersonate a Peace Officer will result in enforcement action. If you see anyone operating what you believe to be a counterfeit emergency vehicle please call dispatch immediately at 775-751-7000.

 

 

U.S. Highway 95 Reopened Near Tonopah Following Earthquake

TONOPAH, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), at roughly 2:05 p.m., reopened U.S. Highway 95 between U.S. Route 6 and State Route 360 in Esmeralda County. Department maintenance crews made emergency repairs at four different locations following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake at 4:03 a.m. this morning, 20 miles southeast of Mina, resulting in a temporary highway closure.

 

Crews, as a temporary fix, shaved down cracked roadway surfaces with up to 3-inch gaps along a half-mile-long section of U.S. Highway 95 located roughly 6 miles north of Coaldale. The largest repair entailed a 9-foot-wide by 40-foot-long pavement patch. Permanent repairs will be scheduled in the future, although it’s too early yet to determine the cost and timeline.

 

NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.

 

NDOT and its contractors continue vital highway construction and maintenance activities upkeeping Nevada’s transportation system for essential travel and supply chain deliveries. The department actively practices COVID-19-related public health and safety protocols, including social distancing of six feet or more and restricting groups to 10 or less, thereby keeping our team, families and communities safe and connected.

 

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Tonopah

So did you feel it? A 6.5 magnitude earthquake, centered near Tonopah, shook parts of western Nevada around four o'clock Friday morning -- the strongest quake to strike the state in more than 65 years.

 

 

IRS Warns of Scams Targeting Economic Impact Payments

Where there's money, there are likely scammers. And some of the latest scams are targeting IRS economic impact payments. Sometimes, it's hard to distinguish the good guys from the bad. So the IRS has produced a video to shed some light on the situation -- and help protect you from crooks trying to steal your money.

 

 

UPDATE ON PVHS GRADUATION SIGNS

 

The signs are all finished!!!

 

We have the approval for them to be placed in the Calvada Eye.

 

We have been working closely with Nye County and the town of Pahrump on this project, and we are so excited to have the happen for our graduates.

 

GRADUATION SIGN PICKUP TIME/LOCATION:

THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY @ CALVADA EYE

5PM-7PM

 

Directional slips will be included at the time of pickup, so everyone has a clear understanding of how we plan for this to work.

 

We will have a list of the graduates, and will be checking off names of those who are picking up.

 

Every PVHS graduate will be getting a sign!

KPVM-TV Thanks Nye County Volunteers with Special Deliveries

KPVM-TV is hitting the road once again to deliver goodies to local agencies. Last time, we delivered cookies to Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue, Nye County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management. This time around, we wanted to recognize certain volunteers who are helping out and filling the gap during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

PVHS Principal Thanks Staff for COVID-19 Response

Pahrump Valley High School is preparing to wrap up the school year. Principal George Campnell says these are unprecedented times. And he wants to recognize the efforts of staff, whose actions have helped support students during the coronavirus closure.

 

 

Save A Pet - Verena

It's Friday. Time to meet another great pet available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Today, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Verena.

 

 

Balloons Over Pahrump Offering PVHS Graduates Free Rides

Balloons Over Pahrump, like many other local businesses, is suffering because of the coronavirus shutdown. Owner Doug Campbell is looking forward to getting back to business. And he's handing out free rides to Pahrump Valley High School graduates.

 

 

U.S. Highway 95 Temporarily Closed Near Tonopah Due to Earthquake

 

TONOPAH, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) reports that a 6.4-magnitude earthquake occurred at approximately 4:03 a.m. this morning, 20 miles southeast of Mina, resulting in minor pavement damage to a half-mile section of U.S. Highway 95, north of the U.S. Route 6 junction in Tonopah. Most of the cracked areas have a minor lift that, as a temporary fix, will be shaved to minimize roadway surface bumps until a full repair can be scheduled in the future.

 

As a preventative safety measure, meanwhile, the department has temporarily closed U.S. Highway 95 between the U.S. Route 6 junction and U.S. Highway 360, with traffic being detoured while maintenance crews perform emergency repairs and inspect for further damage. The temporary closure will remain in place until 5 p.m., May 15.

 

Motorists should use take alternate detour routes, if possible. NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.

 

NDOT and its contractors continue vital highway construction and maintenance activities upkeeping Nevada’s transportation system for essential travel and supply chain deliveries. The department actively practices COVID-19-related public health and safety protocols, including social distancing of six feet or more and restricting groups to 10 or less, thereby keeping our team, families and communities safe and connected.

 

Photo courtesy of Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office

 

source: Nye County, NV

 

6.5 Earthquake 56km West of Tonopah, NV

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From NCSO

 

 

 

 

From USGS

 

The May 15, 2020 M 6.5 earthquake 56 km west f Tonopah, Nevada, occurred as the result of strike slip faulting in the shallow crust of the North America plate. Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the event, which describe the style of faulting in an earthquake, indicate slip likely occurred on a steeply dipping fault striking either east-west (left-lateral) or north-south (right-lateral). This earthquake occurred within the Walker Lane, an active zone of seismicity roughly aligned with the California-Nevada border. Tectonically, the Walker Lane accommodates up to 25% of the North America:Pacific Plate motion, with the remainder mostly accommodated on the San Andreas fault system.

 

About two dozen M5+ earthquakes have occurred within 100 km of this event over the past 50 years, mostly to the west and south. Two M6+ events have occurred over the same region in the past century – a M 6.5 earthquake 40 km to the northwest in January 1934, and a M 6.8 event 50 km to the north in December 1932. Both of these earthquakes caused severe local shaking (MMI VIII); the 1932 earthquake is documented to have caused damage in the sparsely populated surrounding region. As of 12pm UTC, 6 M4+ aftershocks have occurred since the M 6.5 earthquake, extending over a region about 30 km to the west of the mainshock.

 

Be ready for more earthquakes

 

  • More earthquakes than usual (called aftershocks) will continue to occur near the mainshock.
  • When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater which means that the chance of damage is greater.
  • The USGS advises everyone to be aware of the possibility of aftershocks, especially when in or around vulnerable structures such as unreinforced masonry buildings.
  • This earthquake could be part of a sequence. An earthquake sequence may have larger and potentially damaging earthquakes in the future, so remember to: Drop, Cover, and Hold on.

What we [USGS] think will happen next

 

According to our forecast, over the next 1 Week there is a 4 % chance of one or more aftershocks that are larger than magnitude 6.5. It is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next 1 Week, with 3 to 710 magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks. Magnitude 3 and above are large enough to be felt near the epicenter. The number of aftershocks will drop off over time, but a large aftershock can increase the numbers again, temporarily.

About this earthquake and related aftershocks

 

So far in this sequence there have been 23 magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes, which are strong enough to be felt, and 1 magnitude 5 or higher earthquakes, which are large enough to do damage.

Our detailed aftershock forecast

The USGS estimates the chance of more aftershocks as follows: Within the next 1 Week until 2020-05-22 13:10:00 (UTC):

 

  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 3 or higher is > 99 %, and it is most likely that as few as 3 or as many as 710 such earthquakes may occur in the case that the sequence is re-invigorated by a larger aftershock.
  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 5 or higher is 45 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 8 such earthquakes may occur.
  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 6 or higher is 10 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 2 such earthquakes may occur.
  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 7 or higher is 1 %, such an earthquake is possible but with a low probability.

About our earthquake forecasts

No one can predict the exact time or place of any earthquake, including aftershocks. Our earthquake forecasts give us an understanding of the chances of having more earthquakes within a given time period in the affected area. We calculate this earthquake forecast using a statistical analysis based on past earthquakes.

 

Our forecast changes as time passes due to decline in the frequency of aftershocks, larger aftershocks that may trigger further earthquakes, and changes in forecast modeling based on the data collected for this earthquake sequence.

 

This forecast was issued: 2020-05-15 13:03:27 (UTC)

This forecast will be updated on or before 2020-05-22 13:03:27 (UTC)

 

source: USGS Twitter feed

 

 

PVHS Graduation Ceremony Going Virtual This Year

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of this year's traditional graduation ceremony at Pahrump Valley High School. But students will still graduate. And there will still be celebrations. It'll just be a little different this year. KPVM-TV is coordinating the production of a virtual graduation. And Friday, May 29th at 8:00pm, we'll broadcast the ceremony on Channel 25 and stream it on Facebook and YouTube. Principal George Campnell says it's a great way to still be able to celebrate the students' accomplishments.

 

 

NCSD Helping More Than 300 Homeless, Students in Transition

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 is a federal law that provides federal money for homeless shelter programs. Linda Fitzgibbons is the homeless liaison for the Nye County School District. She says money from the McKinney-Vento Act is helping more than three hundred students in the district. And the need right now is greater than ever.

 

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance System to Launch Saturday

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance System to Launch Saturday for Self-Employed and Independent Contractor Claimants 

 

LAS VEGAS, NV – Nevadans eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program can begin filing online Saturday, May 16, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) announced today.

 

The new system will begin to accept PUA claims Saturday, May 16, 2020 at www.employnv.gov. The first payments are expected to be made beginning May 23, 2020.

 

The new filing system will be independent of the traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) system and will facilitate a streamlined method for the public to file for PUA benefits. Claimants will have a dedicated call center for all PUA related questions with a new phone number: 1-800-603-9681.

The PUA program is one provision under the federal CARES Act and is designed to offer unemployment benefits to independent contractors and others historically unable to qualify for traditional unemployment insurance benefits.

 

The following individuals may be eligible for PUA:

 

• self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and gig workers;

 

• employees whose wages are not reported for unemployment insurance;

 

• employees who have not earned enough wages or worked enough hours for standard unemployment benefits due to COVID-19; or

• people who were unemployed or going to start work but could not due to COVID-19.

 

Claimants must also be able and available for work as defined in state law, must have prior earnings in Nevada or a job offer to work in Nevada and must not be eligible for any UI benefits, including regular UI, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and State Extended Benefits.

 

DETR contracted with Geographic Solutions (GeoSol) to implement the new claim filing system. “We are excited to partner with GeoSol to provide this critical resource to eligible Nevadans. We know there is a high demand and expect our call center and claims portal to be very busy the first few days,” said DETR director, Heather Korbulic. “The Division and our dedicated staff have been working day and night to stand up this system and we look forward to the relief it will bring to tens of thousands of Nevadans.”

 

Geographic Solutions specializes in developing and maintaining online software for the workforce development, economic development, education, corrections, human services, and unemployment insurance industries. GeoSol has already successfully implemented similar systems in several other states, including Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

 

Staff will closely monitor the PUA site www.employnv.gov during and post-launch. The phone line will be open for PUA claimants Saturday May 16, 2020 and Sunday May 17, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as the system launches and will be monitored by the Alorica call center. After the first weekend, operating hours for the PUA call center will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – noon Saturdays.

 

The Alorica call center will no longer take general information calls effective 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020, as staff prepares for the transition. Questions about standard Unemployment Insurance can be answered by visiting www.ui.nv.gov can be directed to DETR call centers at (702) 486-0350 and (775) 684-0350.

 

Look for upcoming announcements related to the PUA call center, filing system, and resources on the agency’s website at:

 

https://detr.nv.gov/pua

Health: Getting the Most Out of a Virtual Doctor's Visit

Technology makes interacting with others easier -- including our doctors. But conducting a virtual health visit can take some getting used to. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Neha Vyas says the first thing you want to do before a virtual visit is make sure you're prepared.

 

 

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

If your computer isn't performing like it used to, it might be time to upgrade. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne says if you're running on an old version of Windows, it's probably time for a new PC.

 

 

Save A Pet - Ryder

It's time to meet another great pet looking for their forever home. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society and introduces us to Ryder.

 

 

Meet The Candidates: Judge Douglas Herndon, Nevada Supreme Court Candidate

Judge Douglas Herndon is the District Court Judge for Department 3 of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas. But he has his sights set a bit higher. Judge Herndon is seeking election to the Supreme Court in the June 9th Primary. And he says his years of experience make him the best choice for the state's high court.

 

 

Clark County Ready for Mail-In Ballot Primary

For the first time in history, Nevada voters are casting ballots almost exclusively through the US Postal Service for the June 9th primary. And while it's something new here, other states have used mail-in voting for years. Clark County's Registrar of Voters, Joe Gloria, sat down with Clark County Television's Randy Swallow to talk about the process -- and what it means for voters.

 

 

Health: Persistence Pays Off for Man Fighting Cancer Despite COVID-19 Shutdown

As COVID-19 spread, some cancer centers stopped enrolling patients in clinical trials, dashing the hopes of people hoping to try experimental therapies to extend their lives. But one man fighting pancreatic cancer wouldn't take 'no' for an answer -- despite coronavirus. Erica Foreman has his story. Doctor Shepard encourages people with advanced cancers to be persistent when seeking treatment options -- regardless of COVID-19. Because of coronavirus social distancing measures, there are more virtual options available than ever before, making it easier to connect with doctors across the country.

 

 

Pahrump VFW Post Provides Food, Clothing to Local Veterans

There are several food pantries in Pahrump. And one of those -- located at VFW Auxiliary Post 10054 -- is just for veterans. Jill Fishler, who helps run the food bank and clothing closet, says they offer a variety of assistance programs for veterans.

 

 

Census Participation Brings Vital Funding to Local Communities

The US Census happens just once every ten years. And the information gathered through the census can drastically impact the allocation of federal dollars to local communities. That's why Kerry Durmick, with Nevada Census 2020, says it's crucial for everyone to fill out and return their census questionnaire.

 

 

New Hope Food Bank Serving Needs of Community

The need for local food banks is greater than ever. And New Hope Fellowship Church is one of several local places in Pahrump for people to get free food. Darlene Miller, who helps run the New Hope food bank, says their mission is to serve the community.

 

 

Free Medical Clinic Returns to Pahrump in October

Since 2016, a nonprofit organization called Remote Area Medical -- or RAM -- has provided more than 650-thousand dollars in care to Pahrump valley residents -- for free. And preparations are underway to bring another RAM clinic to Pahrump this fall. Ryan Muccio, the local RAM Committee Co-Chair, spoke with News 25 about the free healthcare clinic, and how it benefits our community.

 

 

Health: Keeping the Elderly Safe -- How You Can Help

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are concerned about keeping our elderly relatives, friends and neighbors safe. According to Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Ronan Factora, one way to help our seniors is to minimize their exposure to stores and public places.

 

 

Game Warden Rescues Trapped 3-year-old

Trapped under capsized boat, 3-year-old girl safely rescued by Game Warden

 

A three-year-old girl was rescued from under a capsized boat on Lake Mead when more than a dozen members of a church group were thrown into the water by the extremely rough wind-generated waves during a Mother's Day boat trip Sunday night.

 

Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) game wardens responded to a report of an overturned vessel in Swallow Bay on the northwestern side of Lake Mead around 7:25 pm. When they arrived on the scene, they found the water littered with multiple men, women and children. Luckily, most of the victims were wearing life jackets.

 

"Lake Mead can often times surprise boaters when the wind picks up without warning, so we respond to accidents like this on a pretty consistent basis" said Game Warden Thomas Hamblin. "But to see that many people in the water was definitely out of the ordinary."

The first game wardens to arrive on scene began pulling the victims out of the water when one of the victims reported that a three-year-old girl was missing and believed to be stuck under the boat. By this time two other NDOW boats, along with rangers from the National Park Service (NPS) had all arrived on scene.

 

Several game wardens and rangers entered the water and held the bow of the vessel above water in an effort to keep the vessel from sinking as Game Warden Sean Flynn swam under the boat to find the girl. Warden Flynn found the frightened girl in an air bubble near the stern of the vessel along the centerline. He was able to pull the child to safety where she was immediately examined by NPS medical personnel on scene.

“As I made my way down the centerline of the boat, I was expecting the worst," said Flynn. "I brought the flashlight under the water to illuminate the rear section and I saw her arm and immediately grabbed it. She moved when I grabbed her arm and I was able to light up her face. I immediately felt a rush and yelled out to the rest of the team."

 

NDOW game wardens and NPS rangers finished pulling all the victims from the water and transported them to safety along with the capsized boat. No one required medical treatment.

 

“I am proud of the dedication our game wardens display every day in keeping the public safe,” said Chief Game Warden Mike Maynard. ““You get into this job to hopefully make a difference and our game wardens definitely did that today. Without the professionalism and courage of our wardens and the National Park Service, this situation could have easily ended tragically.”

 

This Mother's Day was especially busy on Lake Mead with NDOW and NPS responding to more than 80 incidents, including two capsized vessels.

Insurance Companies Returning Money to Customers

Many auto insurers are giving drivers a break -- through reduced premiums and money back. Fewer people are driving. That means fewer accidents, and fewer insurance claims. So companies are passing the savings back to their customers. Kathryn Weill, a local Allstate Insurance agent, explains more about the program, and how much customers can expect to save.

 

 

Weekend Fire Destroys RV, Damages Boat

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue is searching for the cause of a weekend fire that destroyed a recreational vehicle and damaged a nearby boat.

 

 

Governor Sisolak Facing Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Closures

A Pahrump business owner is filing a lawsuit against Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. In the complaint, Denyce Khoury, owner of Aqua A Salon, alleges the governor has acted beyond his authority in shutting down local businesses. Las Vegas attorney Craig Mueller is representing Khoury. He spoke with News 25 about the lawsuit -- and the governor's actions. Mueller says the lawsuit has the potential to attain class-action status, saying he's spoken with other small business owners interested in the case.

 

 

NCSO Reopens Office to Walk-In Visitors

The Nye County Sheriff's Office has reopened its office to the public. Lieutenant Adam Tippetts outlines what you need to know in a video posted to Facebook.

 

 

Nye County Republican Central Committee Busy For Primary

Just a month ahead of the Nevada primary, the Nye County Republican Central Committee is quite busy. Joe Burdzinski chairs the committee. He spoke with News 25 about this year's primary, and the unique situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

Health: Child Vaccine Rates Drop Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As families are abiding by statewide stay-at-home orders, national data is showing that many children are missing out on crucial vaccines. Cleveland Clinic Children's Doctor Kimberly Giuliano says experts believe COVID-19 fears are likely keeping many parents from bringing their children in for immunizations.

 

 

Public Invited to Virtual Town Hall

Residents wishing to watch the town hall may do so on the County’s Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ClarkCountyNV) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV) channels, Clark County Television (CCTV) and the County website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. 


“COVID-19 has fundamentally affected the way we live our lives,” said Commissioner Gibson, “but the actions of this community have flattened the curve and allowed us to move into Phase 1 of the recovery. This Virtual Town Hall is an opportunity for residents to find out where we stand and what’s next. I encourage anyone with questions to email those in advance to ccdistg@ClarkCountyNV.gov and we’ll try to answer them during the town hall.”


CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.


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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

Save A Pet - Poppy

It's Monday. Time to meet another great pet looking for their forever home. Today, Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society to introduce us to Poppy.

 

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue respond to RV Fire at Park Retiro

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue as well as Nye County Sheriffs Office Deputies and Auxiliary Units responded to Park Retiro in the north side of town for a recreational vehicle fire that extended to a boat on residential lot. The fire was contained to those two vehicles. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue will be investigating the cause of the blaze. No injuries have been reported at this time.

 

GREAT BASIN WATER CO. OPERATOR COMES TO THE RESCUE

GREAT BASIN WATER CO. OPERATOR COMES TO THE RESCUE Puts out vehicle fire with aid of annual fire safety training

 

 

Pahrump, NV. – On Friday afternoon, May 1, 2020, a Great Basin Water Co. operator was returning to work from his lunch break when he observed a truck on the side of the road completely engulfed in flames. As he approached the corner of Country Place and Highway 160, the operator noticed an older model Chevy truck had a fire in the engine compartment and several other citizens had stopped to assist the driver.

 

“The first person there had an extinguisher, but I could not help but notice driving up that all he did was point and shoot. I jumped out, grabbed my truck’s extinguisher, ran up, and using the correct “Pull, Aim, Shoot, Sweep” (P.A.S.S) method, killed 98% of the fire. The rest was put out by a guy with a shovel and dirt,” according to the operator.

 

GBWC requires annual training that includes the proper use of a fire extinguisher. Part of that training includes the P.A.S.S. method of extinguisher use. After six years of receiving this training, the operator felt like this was second nature to him “When you make it a habit it kicks in naturally. Practice makes perfect,” said the operator, stressing the importance of this kind of training, “Don’t take them for granted, it kicks in with adrenalin and instinct. I am just blessed to have the equipment available from the company.”

 

According to the operator, there were several other citizens there doing anything they could to help from trying to throw water on the fire from water bottles to shoveling dirt onto the flames.

 

“The employees of GBWC are proud citizens of the communities they serve as exemplified by the selfless act demonstrated by our operator,” stated Wendy Barnett, President of GBWC. “Our company instills a safety culture that includes regular safety meetings, equipment training, and continuing education. I am confident our focus on safety and training combined with great instinct and bravery by our operator resulted in the fire being quickly extinguished without injuries to anyone.” Barnett added that “GBWC says a big thank you to the Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Department for their annual training.”

 

Great Basin Water Co. (GBWC) is a privately-owned water and wastewater utility and began serving Nevada in 1996. GBWC has four divisions: Cold Springs, Pahrump, Spanish Springs, and Spring Creek, serving more than 16,000 customers.

 

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Phase One Reopening of Nevada Begins at Midnight

The Phase 1 State Guidance document may be found at the following location: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Roadmap-to-Recovery-Phase-One-Initial-Guidance.pdf

 

Nye County Guidance may be found at the following location: https://www.nyecounty.net/1081/12409/Reopening-Nevada-Guidance

 

During a news conference Thursday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak outlined plans to begin reopening the state. Some businesses will be able to reopen for business starting at midnight -- with some restrictions.

 

 

Health: Don't Let School Closures Equal Weight Gain for Kids

Research shows children tend to gain weight during the summer months when they're not at school. So how can parents keep kids from putting on excess weight while navigating COVID-19 school closures? Cleveland Clinic Dietitian Julia Zumpano says parents should start by setting a meal plan for the day.

 

 

Save A Pet - Nalla

In this Friday installment of Save A Pet, we meet Nalla -- a one-year-old owner surrender who's available for adoption now from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell has her story.

 

 

Car Crashes Into Healthcare Partners Building -- Again

It's happened again. A vehicle strikes the Healthcare Partners building on South Loop Road in Pahrump. This is the third time in six months that a vehicle has struck the building. This time, a car hit a wall near the urgent care entrance Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

Nye County Schools Fall Pre-K Enrollment Underway

The Nye County School District's Pre-Kindergarten program has grown a lot over the years, as more parents take advantage of the opportunity. Pre-K is open to children who will be four years old by September 30th. And it's free for parents who meet the income requirements. Linda Fitzgibbons, the Pre-K Grant Site Representative, explains more about the program, and how to enroll your child.

 

 

Health: Continuing Cancer Care Despite COVID-19 Concerns

Each year roughly 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma of the skin. And whether you're fighting melanoma, or any other type of cancer, staying on top of treatment if important. But now, due to COVID-19, some patients are fearful of the virus and hesitant to seek care. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Dale Shepard says when it comes to fighting cancer, everyone's infection risk is different.

 

 

Meet The Candidates: Greg Hafen, Candidate for Nevada Assembly District 36

Nevada Assemblyman Gregory Hafen has served the 36th district for two years. And the Pahrump resident is hoping to serve another two years. He's running for re-election in the June 9th primary. And he says he looks forward to picking up where he left off. To learn more about Gregory Hafen's campaign for re-election, you can visit his website -- Hafen4Nevada.com

 

 

Gov. Sisolak Announces Phase 1 Reopening Plan

Who may reopen?

 

Restaurants -- including bars, HOWEVER bars that *only* serve alchohol may *not* reopen. No gaming restaurants will open. If a bar *also* serves food it may open for dine-in business. Employees must wear face coverings. Guests are encouraged to also wear face coverings....?

 

Barber shops, hair salons, etc. may open with strong social distancing protocols in place. This includes cube walls/partitions, chairs that are placed 6 feet apart. Appt only. No walks ins. One cust per stylist. All staff must wear face masks. Clients are also urged to wear face coverings.

 

Retail business may now reopen to up to 50% of capacity.

 

Malls - open air -- same as business standards.  Indoor malls remain closed.

 

Auto, rec vehicles business may now reopen to up to 50% of capacity.

 

Face Masks are *required* for all retail business employees.

 

Strong recommendation that everybody wears face masks in general.

 

Just as with Easter, Mother's Day get togethers are strongly discouraged.

 

 

Not reopening 

 

(alcohol-only) Bars, night clubs, taverns (that not serving food), gyms and fitness facilities (yoga, etc.), enterntainment such as movie theaters, recreational activities such as bowling, live sports, arcade), strip clubs, brothels, massage parlots, tattoos, body piercing, etc.

 

NO GAMING UNTIL THE GAMING BOARD SAYS.

 

Counties may modify but not exceed state minimum guidelines. For example, state says 50% max capacity, but a business owner may say only 25%. Business owners may not say 75% capacity because that exceeds state minimum guidelines. Businesses may require all customers wear face masks.

 

Eviction moratorium is still in effect.

 

Private businesses are not required to reopen. Each business owner may make their own choice in this regard. Private business owners may also modify but not exceed minimum state guidelines.

 

This directive goes into effect this Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 12:01am and remains valid until May 30.

 

Full guidelines available at: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Roadmap-to-Recovery-Phase-One-Initial-Guidance.pdf

Meet The Candidates Compilation

Ballots are on their way, and Meet The Candidates interviews.

Last updated: 05-07-2020

 

Additional: Deanna is interviewing candidates! Any candidate that might be reading this post, please contact Deanna O'Donnell at KPVM TV - 775-727-9400.

 

 

BALLOTS ARE ON THE WAY

 

Nye County Clerk Sandra Merlino Says Ballots Are On Their Way

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/505714

 

Voters Have Plenty of Time to Return Mail-In Ballots

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/505940

 

MEET THE CANDIDATES

 

Meet The Candidates: Louis Baker, District 3 Nye Commissioner Candidate

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/512450

 

Meet The Candidates: Leo Blundo, Candidate for Nevada's Fourth Congressional District

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/505710

 

Meet The Candidates: Frank Carbone, Candidate for Nye County Commission, District 2

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/506779

 

Meet The Candidates: Greg Hafen, Candidate for Nevada Assembly District 36

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/507238

 

Meet The Candidates: Judge Douglas Herndon, Nevada Supreme Court Candidate

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/508295


Meet The Candidates: Bruce Jabbour, Candidate for Nye County Commission, District 1

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/506995

 

Meet The Candidates: John Koenig, Candidate for Nye County Commission, District 2

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/506524

 

Meet The Candidates: Jim Marchant, Candidate for Nevada's Fourth Congressional District

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/505936

 

Meet The Candidates: Deanna O'Donnell for Nye County Commissioner District 3

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/506780

 

Meet The Candidates: Sam Peters, Candidate for Nevada's Fourth Congressional District

https://kpvm.tv/todays-top/506165

 

Gunshot Victim Transported via Mercy Air

Mercy Air has landed on the roadway to transport a gunshot wound victim to a trauma center following a domestic dispute at a home on Quail Run Road. NCSO and PVFRS are on scene. This is a breaking story. KPVM will have more information on tonight's 5:00 news.

 

 

Man Seriously Hurt in Apparent Hit-And-Run Crash

A Pahrump man was flown to a Las Vegas trauma center late Tuesday night after being found seriously hurt on North Barney Street. Authorities believe he was hit by a vehicle.

 

 

Rise Broadband Affected by Tower Collapse in Pahrump

Authorities have some leads in the vandalism of a Pahrump communications tower that caused its collapse early Tuesday morning. The outage has affected some Verizon Wireless customers and led to internet outages for Rise Broadband customers.

 

 

Meet The Candidates: Bruce Jabbour, Candidate for Nye County Commission, District 1

Due to term limits, Lorinda Wichman will not be able to pursue another term as Nye County Commissioner for District One. But there are plenty of other candidates ready to take her place. Six to be exact. And one of them is Bruce Jabbour. Jabbour, who lives in Tonopah, says he wants to bridge the gap between the northern and southern areas of Nye County.

 

 

Health: Avoid Pitfalls While Working From Home

There's no place like home for American workers right now. But can your home office also be wrecking your healthy habits? Erica Foreman has more on how to avoid common health pitfalls while working from home.

 

 

Salvation Army Food Pantry Serving Clients Twice a Week

The Salvation Army food pantry is serving a growing number of people -- many who are struggling in the midst of the coronavirus shutdown. The food pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 to 2:00 -- just like they've always been. And Jon Watt says that won't change. Seniors may visit the food pantry twice a month. Everyone else may visit once a month. The Salvation Army is located at 721 South Buol Road, which is just north of Star Nursery.

 

 

Save A Pet - Izzy

In today's Save A Pet, we meet Izzy -- a senior poodle mix who's ready for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell has more.

 

 

NCSO: Vandalism Leads to Collapse of Communications Tower

The valley's tallest communications tower collapses. And the Nye County Sheriff's Office believes vandals are to blame, breaking into fenced areas to cut guy-wires that supported the nearly 400 foot tower.

 

 

Health: Easing Stress Through Meditation

Many people are feeling stressed over COVID-19. And over time, stress can knock down immune health. According to Cleveland Clinic's Jane Pernotto-Ehrman, coping with stress is an important part of staying healthy. And meditation is a good way to sooth the psyche.

 

 

Salvation Army Hopes to Save Pahrump Valley H.S. Prom

High school seniors in Pahrump may get to enjoy their prom afterall. The Salvation Army wants to host the event for students who've missed out due to school closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Jon Watt spoke with News 25 about the plans they're making. If you'd like to volunteer to help out with cleaning up the Salvation Army grounds -- or to help with the food distribution program -- just drop by to learn more. They're located at 721 Buol Road in Pahrump. You can also call the Salvation Army for information at 775-751-6181.

 

 

Summit Restoration Disinfects Nye County Vehicles

Emergency vehicles in Nye County are germ-free, thanks to a free service provided by Summit Restoration and Everest Construction. The Las Vegas company spent two days in the Pahrump Nugget parking lot, spraying fire, police and other emergency vehicles with a disinfectant that kills germs, including the coronavirus. Summit Restoration offered a similar service for emergency services and first responders last week in Las Vegas. They even disinfected other vehicles too, like Forestry Service trucks and Mercy Air helicopters. For more information, visit Summit Restoration on Facebook.

 

 

Agricultural Producers Eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today applauded the announcement that agricultural producers, for the first time, are now eligible for the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs.

 

“America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers need the same help that other American businesses need during this unprecedented time,” said Secretary Perdue. “This significant new authority signed by President Trump will make a tremendous difference for America’s agricultural community.”

 

SBA’s EIDL portal has been closed since April 15. However, the Agency is able to reopen the portal today, in a limited capacity, as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, which was signed into law by the President one week ago, provided additional critical funding for farmers and ranchers affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

In order to help facilitate this important change to EIDL Loan and EIDL Advance assistance eligibility, SBA is re-opening the Loan and Advance application portal to agricultural enterprises only. For agricultural producers that submitted an EIDL loan application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will move forward and process these applications without the need for re-applying. All other EIDL loan applications that were submitted prior to April 15 will be processed on a first-in, first-out basis.

 

For more information, please visit: www.sba.gov/Disaster

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Online Purchase of Food Using SNAP

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Nevada to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow Nevada to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time. Nevada’s SNAP participation is nearly 400,000 individuals, more than 200,000 households, and totals nearly $600 million annually in federal benefits. This announcement further demonstrates President Trump’s whole of America approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring those affected are fed.

 

Background:

 

SNAP online purchasing is currently operational in Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, and Washington State. The authorized retailers working with all states are Amazon and Walmart, while Wrights Market and ShopRite are working with Alabama and New York respectively. USDA previously announced Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Vermont, and Minnesota would also be implementing online purchasing in the near future. With these states, more than half of all households receiving SNAP will have access to online purchasing.

 

Multiple stakeholders – notably, state agencies, their third-party processor, and any retailers that wish to participate – must work together to implement online purchasing using SNAP benefits. To ease the process, FNS put together a simplified template for states that want to operate online purchasing and provided guidance to interested retailers, which is available online.

 

USDA continues to provide significant technical assistance to all interested stakeholders to ensure implementation plans are thorough and appropriate preliminary testing is conducted to avoid compromising the state’s entire benefit system. Each state, EBT processor, and retailer presents their own mix of challenges so FNS is providing customer service based on each of their specific needs.

 

Until States are prepared to operate the pilot, USDA recommends utilizing other options that retailers may already provide, such as Pay at Pick-up (also known as “Click and Collect”), where SNAP cardholders can shop online and then pay for their purchase using their EBT card at pick-up. Grocery pickup is already an option that these retailers offer beyond SNAP so they are already thinking through how they can provide a safe environment to do so with the growing concerns around social distancing.

 

During these challenging times, FNS is working hand-in-hand with state program leadership, to provide support and guidance to adapt to the challenges of this public health emergency. FNS is granting states significant program flexibilities and contingencies to best serve program participants across our 15 nutrition assistance programs. For up to date information and to learn more about flexibilities being used in FNS nutrition programs, please visit the FNS website.

 

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UPDATE: The individual was indeed intoxicated.

 

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