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Woman Arrested for Domestic Battery

According to the declaration of arrest, on August 29, Nye County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the Stagecoach Hotel and Casino in Beatty regarding a domestic.

 

 

Man Arrested with Narcotics in his Car

On August 29 at approximately 8:30 pm Nye County Sheriff's Officers were traveling on State Route 372 when they observed a silver Hyundai Tiburon traveling east on 372. According to the declaration of arrest, Officers conducted a traffic stop because they noticed that the cars side headlight was not illuminated.

 

 

Help for Seniors with Medicare Enrollment

The annual Medicare enrollment period is just around the corner. And with all the options now available, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming choosing the best option. That's where Simple Senior Benefits comes in. The company helps seniors find the best plan to fit their health care needs. For more information about Medicare enrollment options, just go online to simple-senior-benefits-dot-org. You can also call Gena directly, at 702-499-2038.

 

 

Governor Steve Sisolak Announces Larger Gatherings

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced A NEW Emergency Directive adjusting the COVID-19 Statewide Baseline Mitigation Standards, including increasing limits on gathering sizes.

 

 

Report on the First Presidential Debate

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were in Ohio last night for the first of four presidential debates. The debate took place at Case Western University in Cleveland with only a fraction of an audience compared to past presidential debates.

 

 

Health Report from the Cleveland Clinic

Research is shedding some light on how COVID-19 impacts children. Data suggest the disease is relatively mild for many kids, especially those under the age of ten.

 

 

Pahrump Valley Rotary Club Delivers Books to Mt. Charleston Elementary

The Pahrump Valley Rotary Club has partnered with Save The Children in a new community-based, early childhood learning initiative called 'Together We Read.' And that means a fresh new batch of books for the reading room at Mt. Charleston Elementary School.

 

 

Simple Senior Benefits Helps Seniors Find Best Medicare Plan

The annual Medicare enrollment period is just around the corner. And with all the options now available, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming choosing the best option. That's where Simple Senior Benefits comes in. The company helps seniors find the best plan to fit their health care needs. For more information about Medicare enrollment options, just go online to simpleseniorbenefits.org. You can also call Gena directly, at 702-499-2038.

 

 

Refinancing Jail Bonds to Yield Big Savings for Nye County

The Nye County Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation at their September 16 meeting regarding the refinancing of the Jail Bond Refinance Project. The Board voted unanimously to approve the bond refinance which equals a big savings to the county. John Peterson, municipal advisor with J & A Consulting Group breaks down the numbers.

 

 

Health: One in Five U.S. Children has Pre-Diabetes, Study Says

According to the CDC, more than 84 million adults have pre-diabetes, or elevated blood sugar levels. Now, a recent study looks at how many children and young adults are impacted. Doctor Eva Love of Cleveland Clinic Children's says the numbers show diabetes is no longer just an adult concern.

 

 

Report: Lakeview Executive Golf Course Losing Money

A representative of CourseCo -- the company hired to manage the taxpayer-funded Lakeview Executive Golf Course -- says the course is expected to lose about $130,000 this year. County Commissioners want to see that number improve, or may consider selling the golf course.

 

 

Pahrump: Firefighters Rescue Three Pets from House Fire

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire that caused major damage to a Pahrump home on Tahachapi Avenue Sunday afternoon. All occupants are safe. And as Fire Chief Scott Lewis explains, firefighters were able to locate and save three pets from the flames -- which led to an emotional reunion.

 

 

Nine New Officers Join Ranks of Nye County Sheriff's Office

On September 26th, the Nye County Sheriff's Office graduated 9 new deputies in a ceremony that was celebrated socially-distant and via Zoom. There were guest speakers, awards presentations, badge pinnings and a swearing in ceremony. Sheriff Sharon Wehrly spoke to News 25 about the academy, COVID, the training these new deputies completed and challenges they will face.

 

 

Education News: CareVillage Connecting Families to Learning Pods

With parents nationwide struggling to meet the needs of their children and work responsibilities during COVID, a former Uber executive has hit upon an innovative solution that's sweeping major cities. The old saying 'it takes a village' is his team's inspiration for creating an online platform where families can make crucial connections with one another. All have the mutual goal of learning, playing and surviving the pandemic together, by joining community pods. Kim Martinez reports. Michael and team say no matter how big CareVillage.us grows, they will always offer the basic matching service to families for free.

 

 

Save A Pet - Harry, Willie and Charlie

For today's Save A Pet, we meet three brothers -- adorable kittens available for adoption right now from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Harry, Willie and Charlie.

 

 

Eric Trump Stops in Pahrump to Campaign for His Father

With election day now less than 40 days away, President Donald Trump's son Eric is making the rounds, drumming up support for his father. Thursday evening, he made a stop in Pahrump, appearing before a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters at Pahrump Valley Winery.

 

 

Eric Trump's One-On-One with News 25's Deanna O'Donnell

After his appearance last night, Eric Trump spoke with News 25's Deanna O'Donnell. Here's part of that conversation, including a question by viewer Pamela Bailey, asking how we can help ensure a fair election.

 

 

Suicide Prevention Iniative Aimed at Helping Veterans

September is Suicide Prevention Month. VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is stressing the importance of suicide prevention... and helping to connect veterans and their families to the resources they need through a new program, called Be There. Every day, nearly 20 veterans or active-duty servicemembers take their own lives. Of those, only about a-third have received recent VA care. If you know a veteran facing a tough time, help and resources are available. And it's just a few clicks away, by going online to BeThereForVeterans.com

 

 

Health: Young Girl is Cancer-Free Aftger Year-Long Battle with Rare Sarcoma

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, nearly 16-thousand kids in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. 10-year-old Lucy Spada (spah-duh), from Wisconsin, is one of them. She spent the last year battling a rare cancer -- and inspired everyone along the way. Kyle Michael Miller has her story of hope.

 

 

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

If you're in the market for a new desktop computer, Josh Osborne, of Great Computer Deals, has some advice. In today's Quick Tutorial, he explores the top reasons for and against buying a desktop.

 

 

Save A Pet -- Maddie's Pet Adoption Days

This weekend is a great time to consider adopting a local shelter pet. Thanks to funding provided by the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, all adoption fees are being waived for this event. So you can adopt a dog or cat for free. Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society with more.

 

 

John Dearborn-Murphy Under Arrest for Possession of Stolen Vehicle

John Dearborn-Murphy is under arrest after a call for a home invasion leads Nye County Sheriff's Office deputies to a traffic stop, where they identified Dearborn-Murphy as the driver of a vehicle reported stolen out of Las Vegas.

 

 

Social Worker Says Parent Involvement is Crucial During COVID-Era Learning

Since school has been back in session, we've had the opportunity to speak with some students and a teacher about their experience so far. Today we talk to the support staff. Alicia Lewis is a social worker at Rosemary Clarke Middle School. Alicia took some time to tell us about how she thinks school is going so far. Alicia even had a tip for looking on the bright side. Once again we hear how important parent interaction is. Remember, if you have questions regarding your child, the teachers and support staff invite you to reach out to them. They realize that there are so many changes in your child's education right now and they want to help you to understand them all.

 

 

Nevada Realty Donates Minivan to Tails of Nye County

A Pahrump non-profit that helps pets -- and pet owners -- has a new ride. Tails of Nye County assists people who cannot otherwise afford to spay and neuter their cats and dogs. The organization also works to reduce the population of stray cats in our community. That requires a lot of trips to Las Vegas. And now, thanks to a generous donation from a local real estate office, they have a safe, reliable vehicle for their travels. To learn more about the spay and neuter programs, volunteer, or make a donation to Tails of Nye County, give them a call at 702-306-3245. You can also visit them on Facebook at Tails of Nye County.

 

 

Save A Pet! Meet Kenan!

Today we sent John Kohler out to play with the dogs....well at least one dog! Meet Kenan. Right now he lives at Desert Haven Animal Society but he could be living with you! And his adoption fee could be free!

 

 

Local Man Arrested

On September 5 at 11:15 am Nye County Sheriff's deputies responed to Peitrick Park for a report of a fight in progress.

 

 

Remote Area Medical to be in Pahrump

Remote Area Medical -- or RAM for short -- returns to Pahrump in just two weeks. The event provides FREE medical, dental, vision and mental health care to area residents. As RAM Committee Co-Chair Ryan Muccio explains, it really is free. And... there's no catch.

 

 

BOCC Approves Pahrump Valley Days

At the September 16 BOCC meeting Doug Dubin of the Vino Jazz Foundation asked the board to approve a festival license for an new event. Pahrump Valley Days would be held February 18th-the twenty first.

 

 

Health: Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster of COVID-19

One Day COVID-19 numbers are down, the next they're climbing again. At times our 'new normal' can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. According to Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Scott Bea (Bee), refusing to feel helpless is the key to a smooth ride. He recommends taking action and finding things and people that bring positivity into our lives.

 

 

Adoption Fees Free This Weekend at Never Forgotten Animal Society

Never Forgotten Animal Society is a 501c3 animal welfare charity in Pahrump. They work hard to find forever homes for animals in need and reduce euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals. Its a special week for Never Gorgotten Animal Society and also for those looking to adopt a pet!

 

 

Defendants in Child Abuse Case Arraigned on 24 Charges

Mickey Cagle, Danny Hicks and Vicki Bachli made their first court appearance today for arraignment. Each appeared from the Nye County Detention Center via television to be arraigned on myriad of heinous charges ranging from incest, lewdness with a child under 14, beastiality, possession of child pornography, child abuse and more. 24 charges total.

 

 

Pahrump Apartment Fire Ruled Suspicious in Nature

Some tense moments Tuesday morning at the Courtyard Apartments in Pahrump, as a fire forced the evacuation of Building 6. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis says it was a bit of a chaotic scene as crews arrived on scene. Authorities say the cause of the fire is suspicious and is under investigation.

 

 

Children Receiving Reimbursement for Missed Meals

Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program are receiving a one-time refund for the cost of school lunches that were missed when schools were closed earlier this year due to COVID-19. The money is coming from the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program -- more commonly referred to as P-EBT. Julie Balderson, who works with the State Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, explains how it works. The state has a dedicated hotline to answer questions about the P-EBT program. That number is 702-486-9640. You can also learn more by visiting the state's welfare website, at DWSS.NV.gov.

 

 

Court Report with Missey Kohler

Missey Kohler follows some of the biggest cases moving through the courts in Nye County, including those involving defendants James Bonetti and Ashley Winn.

 

 

Health: Does Elderberry Reduce Severity and Duration of Flu?

Elderberry is becoming a popular natural remedy during cold and flu season. But does it work? One recent study examines whether elderberry extract decreases severity and duration of the flu. Doctor Michael Macknin, from Cleveland Clinic Children's, led the research.

 

 

Save A Pet - Hansel

It's time for another trip to Desert Haven Animal Society. For today's Save A Pet, we meet a very energetic poodle mix who eagerly awaits his forever home.

 

 

Appointments Still Available for RAM Event in Pahrump

Remote Area Medical -- or RAM for short -- returns to Pahrump in just two weeks. The event provides free medical, dental, vision and mental health care to area residents. As RAM Committee Co-Chair Ryan Muccio explains, it really is free. And... there's no catch. The number to call for an appointment is 865-500-8592.

 

 

Appointments Still Available for RAM Event in Pahrump

Remote Area Medical -- or RAM for short -- returns to Pahrump in just two weeks. The event provides free medical, dental, vision and mental health care to area residents. As RAM Committee Co-Chair Ryan Muccio explains, it really is free. And... there's no catch. The number to call for an appointment is 865-500-8592.

 

 

Nye County Reporting Encouraging COVID Numbers

Nye County's Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis had some positive news to report at the September 16th Board of County Commissioners meeting. Lewis also reported on the subject of air quality saying that the wildfires burning in the western United States are causing poor air quality to our area that equal that of smoking several packs of cigarettes a day. He advises caution when participating in outdoor activities and for those prone to respiratory illness. Air quality is expected to continue to be poor for the forseeable future.

 

 

Coronavirus Forces Cancellation of Miss Pahrump Pageant

The 2020 Miss Pahrump Pageant has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means Miss Pahrump 2019 Aliya Bolton and her court will serve another year -- until next year's pageant, which is set for June 12 at Saddle West. For more information about next year's Miss Pahrump Pageant, you can go to The Miss Pahrump Pageant on Facebook.

 

 

Health: What to Expect When You're Expecting During COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the way we celebrate big moments -- including the birth of a child. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Tosin Goje says if you're expecting a baby during the pandemic, you'll want a clear understanding of your hospital's COVID-19 rules and restrictions.

 

 

Save A Pet - Roudy and Tyrus

It's Monday. Time to meet another great pet available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Actually , for today's Save A Pet, we meet two dogs -- brothers that must be adopted together.

 

 

DA Chris Arabia Addresses Sentencing of Michael Wilson

Last week, Michael Wilson was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his mother in 2018. Some people believe Wilson should received a harsher sentence. But Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia says because Wilson was a juvenile at the time of the murder, Nevada law limits the severity of the sentence.

 

 

Fire Destroys Trailer in Remote Area of North Pahrump

A 911 call reporting a fire in north Pahrump appears to indicate the cause may be suspicious. That fire, around noon Friday, destroyed a trailer being used as a permanent structure.

 

 

12th Annual Diaper Run Set for This Weekend in Pahrump

It's time for the 12th annual Diaper Run in Pahrump. Proceeds from the event benefit First Choice Pregnancy Center. And last year, the event raised not only cash donations for First Choice -- but also brought in more than 20-thousand diapers. First Choice Pregnancy Center Executive Director Nancy Erwin says the event is a lot of fun for everyone. If you'd like more information about the diaper run or would like to register in advance, just go online to diaperrun.us.

 

 

Nye Teachers Report on State of Education in COVID Era

Now that the kids have been in school for a few weeks we wanted to find out how things were going. We spoke to Kristle Whitt, a Language Arts Teacher at Rosemary Clarke Middle School about how everyone is doing and how things differ from years past. Something we heard from both the students and the teachers is how important parental involvement is right now. The students appreciate their parents keeping them on task and the teachers appreciate the parents keeping informed of what the students are doing. Parents if you are at all unsure or confused about your childs day or the work they are doing, the teachers are happy to help and they ask you to reach out.

 

 

Simply Divine Seeking Nominations for 'Project COVID-19'

Do you know a lady that could use some uplifting? Covid has hit her hard and she could really use the smile put back on her face? Simply Divine Hair Salon wants to help! They are having a contest they are calling Project Covid-19. We talked to Elizabeth and Karol about the contest and why they wanted to do it. Here is where you come in. We are looking for nominations for Project Covid-19. Email us. Tell us about a lady you know that would love a makeover. Tell us why you think she could really use some uplifting and how the pandemic has affected her. You can send your nominations to deanna@kpvm.tv and be sure to have your nomination in by October 1st. Thanks to Karol and Elizabeth at Simply Divine Salon for having such a fun contest that will truly make someone feel Simply Divine!

 

 

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

If you're in the market for a new computer, you may be asking 'what's the best brand?' But in today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne explains it's not so much about the brand -- it's more about the model.

 

 

Save A Pet - Oakley

For today's Save A Pet, we head to Desert Haven Animal Society, where we meet Oakley. This adorable little dog is eager to find his forever home. And that might just be you.

 

 

Health: Being a Good Sport Helps Kids' Mental Health

Young athletes are excited to hit the field this fall after many sports were cancelled because of the pandemic. But as parents head back to the stands, it's important to remember -- winning isn't everything. Doctor Joe Austerman of Cleveland Clinic Children's says sometimes parents can get overly competitive and critical at youth sporting events -- and it can have detrimental effects.

 

 

Accident at 160 and 372

Traffic was diverted this morning at the intersection of 160 and 372 because of a two vehicle accident.

 

 

Security Cameras Capture 3 Burglary Suspects

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is looking for your help in identifying 3 burglary suspects. Please call 775-751-7000 if you recognize these suspects.

 

 

Keeping Kids Motivited while Remote Learning

A new school year had begun-- but instead of being in a classroom, many students are learning from home. So how do you keep them motivated when they'll have all kinds of new distractions?

 

 

Nevada Silver Tappers Featured in Mike Rowe Facebook Series

In February, Pahrump gathered together for something very special. Nobody really knew how special though because it was a big secret! Mike Rowe was in town so everybody knew it had to be something good....or perhaps a Dirty Job. Mike brought along a film crew and a Vegas icon...Charro! Mike's visit was all about Returning the Favor. A new show on Facebook that does just what the title says! That day in February was all about honoring and thanking a Pahrump icon, BJ Hetrick-Irwin. No one was more surprised than BJ. She thought that she and the Silver Tappers were part of a little documentary. But it was bigger than that. After many months of waiting the show premiered on Facebook today and the Silver Tappers had a watch party to celebrate. Here is how it all went down from our cameras! Returning the Favor can be found on Facebook. The show did a great job of showcasing a group that is very dear to the community of Pahrump, The Nevada Silver Tappers. We hope you will watch.

 

 

Smokin' J's Barbecue Big Hit in Beatty

The newest eatery in Beatty, Nevada is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Smokin' J's Barbecue opened its doors July 4th. And owner Jason Thompson says despite opening in the middle of a pandemic, business has been pretty good. Smokin' J's Barbecue is located at 107 West Main Street, in the heart of Beatty. They're open Tuesday through Sunday 11 to 9, and closed Monday. You can learn more and see their menu on Facebook.

 

 

Court Report with Missey Kohler

Missey Kohler takes a look at some of the big cases moving their way through the courts in Nye County.

 

 

Pahrump Valley Fire Using Specialized Masks to Save Pets

Each year, about 40 thousand pets die in house fires in the US. But specialized equipment can help save animal lives. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis explains how his department is using pet oxygen masks to help save the lives of our four-legged friends. If you'd like to let first responders know about pets in your home -- or flag any other situation that might be important to police or fire -- it's easy. Just call the Nye County Sheriff's Office, at 775-751-7000, and tell them you'd like to add information for your address to the Computer Aided Dispatch system.

 

 

Health: Fighting Pandemic Precaution Fatigue

Are you growing tired of wearing a mask and social distancing? As the pandemic continues with no end in sight, it can be difficult to maintain safe habits that feel somewhat confining. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Scott Bea says it's not easy, but we have to find it within ourselves to make sure COVID-19 safety measures don't slip.

 

 

Large Crowd Turns Out to Celebrate Life of Dusty Park

Nearly two hundred people got together Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of Dusty Park. The 39-year-old race car driver and youth soccer coach died suddenly August 31. More than a dozen people took the mic at Pahrump Valley Speedway to speak of Park. And all of them spoke of how he was always putting others before himself.

 

 

Artesian Cellars Vineyard and Winery Now Open in Pahrump

After more than a year of work behind the scenes, Artesian Cellars Vineyard and Winery is now open in Pahrump. Artesian Cellars offers a wide variety of wine, wine tasting opportunities, food and a gift shop. Owner Tim Burke says he and his staff are excited to bring a new experience to the valley. Artesian Cellars is located at 1731 South Nevada 160. They're open Monday through Thursday 11 to 7... Friday and Saturday 11 to 9... and Sunday noon to 5. For more information, you can head to their website, or check them out on Facebook.

 

 

Nye County Students Adjusting to Online Classes

When students started school this year it was anything but normal. We spoke to two students at Rosemary Clarke Middle School about this new experience. What is this new hybrid system like? Do they feel like they are learning? What is their social life like? How is on line learning? So many different things to think about. From wearing masks to social distancing. Students seem to be adapting well but one thing they all have in common is missing how their school life used to be. Both students we spoke to said they felt they had access to extra help with their teachers if they needed it. It seems students have developed an appreciation for in classroom learning as well and they all really miss their in school activities.

 

 

Health: Why it's More Important Than Ever to Get a Flu Shot

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, flu season is just around the corner. Each year the flu kills thousands of people. But the good news is there's a vaccine to help prevent it. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Susan Rehm says, in the midst of a pandemic, it's more important than ever to get a flu shot.

 

 

Save A Pet - Miner

If you are looking for a new friend to join your family and purrs and cuddles fit the bill....then Miner could be perfect for you! It is time for the Monday edition of Save A Pet.

 

 

RSVP ACTIVE AND LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Pahrump is still active and busy helping seniors in our community. RSVP has been providing services in Pahrump for many years; but with the addition of the pandemic, not everyone realizes we are still here, still providing our services and that all services are compliant with the CDC and State guidelines.

 

RSVP provides transportation to medical appointments, shopping, banking, running errands, picking up prescriptions, picking up groceries and more. We ask that all clients and drivers wear masks and comply with social distancing guidelines.

 

RSVP is able to help, but we need more volunteer drivers to support elders and adults living with disabilities in Pahrump! We are looking for drivers willing help those in need and drivers who are willing to comply with the regulations of wearing masks and social distancing while volunteering. If you are interested in joining our transportation team please call Sandy Jennings at 775-751-5282, or Tonya Brum at 702-845-4748

 

RSVP also provides Home Companions, based on the safety requirements of the client. Our Home Companion volunteers have been providing telephone reassurance, calling dozens of our local seniors to chat with them and make sure they still feel connected as well as providing referrals to other needed services. Some are visiting in the home as long as everyone is comfortable with it and as long as everyone complies with social distancing, wearing masks and feels safe. Friendships are being forged daily with people who probably would never have met, all through our Home Companion program.

 

One of our busiest programs is the Homemaker Program. This is the program most in need of workers willing to do light housework for seniors who no longer have the strength or ability to keep up with cleaning. Our Homemakers do light housekeeping, vacuuming, dusting, changing linens, mopping floors and provide general help to keep a home clean and safe. This is a contract position that pays $10.00 an hour and it is part time. If you would like to be part of this exceptional program and help the seniors in our community, please contact us.

 

To learn more about all of RSVP’s programs and services please call Tonya Brum today at 702-845-4748.

 

Pahrump Valley Fire & Rescue Remembers Events of 9/11

19 years ago today, terrorists used jetliners to wage the largest attack ever on American soil. Four passenger jets were hijacked that day. Two were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, causing the collapse of both towers. Another crashed into the Pentagon. And the fourth crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania as passengers and crew tried to regain control of the plane. In all, nearly three thousand people were killed in the attacks. And 19 years later, it's a day no one will forget. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Lewis says the anniversary is a somber reminder of the tragic events of that day.

 

 

Rotary Club Wants Everyone to Remember 9/11

Members of Pahrump Valley Rotary Club gathered Friday outside Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Station 1 to remember the lives lost on 9/11. And Rotarians are proud to have established a First Responders Reflection Area to honor our local first responders.

 

 

Pahrump VFW Post Remembers Victims of 9/11 Attack

Pahrump VFW Post 10054 also marked the 9/11 anniversary with a special ceremony. Post Commander Marty Aguiar says it's important to remember the lives lost... and the heroes who came forward that day.

 

 

Artesian Cellars Open For Business

Artesian Cellars is open. They have a wide array of wines in their wine tasting room at 1731 South Highway 160. They also have a tasty menu. Check out their website and Facebook page.

 

https://www.artesiancellars.com

 

 

Save A Pet - Blue

For today's Save A Pet, we meet Blue -- an adorable gray cat available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society.

 

 

Driver Killed in Wrong Way Crash

Preliminary information is that on September 11, 2020 at approximately 1:48am, a silver 2003 Hummer H2 was traveling southbound in the northbound travel lanes on the US95, north of Russell Road. At the same time a silver 2012 Nissan Sentra was traveling northbound on the US95 in the middle travel lane. The Hummer and Nissan converged resulting in a head on collision. The Hummer rolled over and continued southbound until it came to rest on its roof. The driver and sole occupant of the Nissan was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Hummer was transported to UMC Trauma with non-life threatening injuries.

 

The deceased driver of the Nissan Sentra has been identified as 58 year old Susan Teves from Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

The driver of the Hummer H2 has been identified as 32 year old Benjamin Ames from Las Vegas, Nevada. Ames was taken into custody by the Nevada Highway Patrol and booked on the following charges:

 

  • Probation Violation
  • Driving Under the Influence, Above the Legal Limit Resulting in Death
  • Reckless Driving Resulting in Death or Serious Bodily Harm
  • Duty to Stop at the Scene of Accident
  • Driving Wrong Way on a One Way Road
  • Fail to Give Information to Party at Vehicle Accident
  • Driver Fail to Report Unattended Vehicle
  • Proof of Insurance Required
  • Fail to Wear Safety Belt.

Investigators believe speed and impairment were factors in the crash.

This is the 41st fatal crash in the Nevada Highway Patrol – Southern Commands jurisdiction resulting in 47

fatalities for 2020.

Dozens Attend Free Child Car Seat Safety Event in Pahrump

NyE Communities Coalition is working to improve the safety of children riding in vehicles. Periodically, the organization sponsors free child car seat inspections and installations. Dozens of parents turned out for the latest event, held at Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza. And those we spoke with say they're thankful for the program. For more information, including a list of upcoming car seat installation events, you can go online to zerofatalitiesnv.com.

 

 

Nye County COVID Testing: Deep vs Shallow Swabs

The Nye County Sheriff's Office says it's received a number of complaints about the method used to test for COVID-19. Nye County administers a test that requires a deeper swab of the nasal cavity. It's considered more invasive... and more uncomfortable. But the sheriff's office says the county intends to continue using this type of test. They explain why in a video posted to Facebook.

 

 

Health: Tips for Safely Visiting Grandparents

September 13th is Grandparents Day. COVID-19 precautions have forced many of us to keep our distance from grandma and grandpa. But Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Ardeshir Hashmi says, with careful planning, it's possible to visit older relatives safely. Before heading out the door though, he recommends we assess our own health first.

 

 

Save A Pet - Darla

For today's Save A Pet, we head out to Desert Haven Animal Society. That's where Deanna O'Donnell introduces us to Darla.

 

 

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

If your computer is broken, you have a decision to make -- fix it or replace it. But how do you know if it's worth fixing? In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne helps answer that question.

 

 

Pahrump Bars Reopen at Midnight (9/10/20)

Bars to reopen in Pahrump at 11:59 pm tonight (Thursday)

 

Liquor establishments in Pahrump, including bars, will reopen Thursday night at 11:59 pm under the County action plan submitted Wednesday and agreed today to by the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force.

 

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Nye County is pleased to announce liquor establishments in Pahrump, including bars, may reopen Thursday night, Sept. 10th, at 11:59 pm under the County action plan submitted Wednesday and agreed today to by the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force. See the submitted plan linked below.

 

Nye County Jurisdictional Assessment & Action Plan, Amended Request Reopen Liquor Establishments

 

The restrictions still in place include required face coverings for employees and customers, and a 50 percent capacity limit.

 

The establishments in Pahrump join all other liquor establishments in Nye in opening, whose restrictions were lifted in August.

 

The State’s release is below

 

Arnold M. Knightly

PIO, Nye County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 10, 2020

 

COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force approves Washoe, Nye County plans to adjust certain elevated restrictions due to improved data

CARSON CITY, NV — Today, the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, chaired by Nevada COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage and created via Directive 030, met with seven counties flagged last week for having an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19.

 

Based on data provided this morning by the Department of Health and Human Services, three counties are no longer meeting two of the three criteria for having an elevated risk of transmission. Lander, Lyon and Nye County have dropped off the list.

 

Churchill, Clark, Elko and Washoe remain on the list, and Eureka County has been added to the list for the first time. Eureka will be required to submit an assessment and action plan to the Task Force next week.

 

Since Nye County has fallen off of the list, the Task Force approved allowing bars in the City of Pahrump to reopen at midnight tonight, following the statewide mitigation and enforcement measures, which includes required face coverings for employees and customers and a 50 percent capacity limit.

 

Additionally, the Task Force took action on Washoe County’s plan to reopen bars, pubs, taverns, breweries, distilleries and wineries with additional restrictions in place, including increased enforcement measures throughout the county. This measure will go into place no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and will include input from the Task Force on increased enforcement and mitigation measures. At a minimum, the reopened businesses must follow statewide standards and enforcement measures, which includes required face coverings for employees and customers and a 50 percent capacity limit.

 

No other county plans were voted on by the Task Force this week, mitigation measures approved last week would not have yielded results in the data.

 

The following is a detailed summary of the information presented to the Task Force during the public meeting today for counties that are still under review by the Task Force.

 

NYE COUNTY

Assessment summary:

• This week, Nye County had a 6.4 percent positivity rate, a decrease from last week (11.4%).

• Two weeks ago, the Task Force approved allowing bars to reopen in the areas of the county outside of Pahrump, including an enforcement mechanism to allow county officials to reclose the bars outside of Pahrump if cases increase.

 

Approved Action plan:

• Given that Nye County has fallen off of the list, the Task Force approved reopening the bars, pubs, taverns, breweries, distilleries and wineries in Pahrump at midnight tonight. These businesses must still follow all of the statewide standards, which include mandatory face coverings for employees and customers and a 50 percent capacity limit.

 

WASHOE COUNTY

Assessment Summary:

• Washoe County continues to meet 2 of the 3 elevated disease transmission criteria, although the county logged a drop in the test positivity rate in the last week from 8.3% to 7.3%.

• This week, Washoe’s average number of tests per day dropped, but officials anticipate that is a short-term trend and are reporting plenty of testing capacity available.

• Washoe reported that the majority of its cases are associated with workplaces, retail, recreation and dining, and private social gatherings.

 

Approved Action Plan:

• This week, the Task Force approved Washoe County’s plan to reopen bars, pubs, taverns, breweries, distilleries and wineries with certain restrictions in place, including increased enforcement measures. This measure will go into place no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and will include input on increased enforcement and mitigation measures. At a minimum, the reopened businesses must follow statewide standards and enforcement measures, which includes required face coverings for employees and customers and a 50 percent capacity limit.

 

CLARK COUNTY

Assessment Summary:

• Clark County continues to meet 2 of the 3 elevated disease transmission criteria.

• Clark continues to maintain high test positivity (11.2%), however the rate continues to drop lower week over week. Clark’s case rate continues to drop and is above the threshold for the average number of tests per day.

• Clark County is currently conducting a testing program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the State of Nevada to administer up to 60,000 additional drive-through coronavirus tests over 14 days at three separate locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley at no cost to individuals. The additional testing runs through September 18.

 

ELKO COUNTY

Assessment Summary:

• In the last 30 days, Elko County has reported 315 new cases and 241 recoveries and is reporting 71 active cases.

• In the last week, Elko’s positivity rate dropped from 17.9% from 14.8 percent to 12.6%, saw a slight uptick in case rate and decrease on the tests per day measures.

• Last week, the Task Force approved the action plan submitted by Elko that continues current restrictions for bars, pubs, taverns, breweries, distilleries, and wineries for another two weeks.

• State officials will continue to work with Elko on enforcement and mitigation plans moving forward to bring the test positivity rate down.

 

CHURCHILL COUNTY

Assessment Summary:

• Churchill maintains a low testing number. However, due to a high case rate and high positivity, it still met two of the assessment criteria. The county experienced another decrease in test positivity this week (10.7%) from last week (7.5%).

• Churchill has maintained its initial surged hospital capacity implemented at the start of the pandemic and reports no patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

• Churchill’s approved action plan from last week includes focusing on education, community testing, rapid contact tracing response and compliance with State directives.

 

Based on Directive 030, the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force is authorized by the Governor to review and then accept or modify the plans proposed by the elevated risk counties.

 

All plans, and implementation dates, will not be considered finalized until action to approve is taken by the Task Force.

 

All counties -- regardless of risk level -- must maintain the statewide baseline mitigation measures, including wearing face coverings, limits on gathering sizes and capacity in businesses.

 

More information about the task force can be found online on the Nevada Health Response page at nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/, under “News and Information” and “COVID Task Force Assessment.”

 

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Michael Wilson Sentenced in Pahrump District Court

Michael Wilson was sentenced in Pahrump District Court today in the case of the State of Nevada versus Michael Wilson and Dakota Saldivar. Both men were being sentenced after pleading guilty for the murder of their mother Dawn Liebig in 2018.

 

 

Marco Torres is Arraigned in District Court

Marco Torres appeared in district court on September 4 to be arraigned for the alleged April murder of his roommate over a spilled bag of marijuana.

 

 

Helping Kids Adjust to Remote Learning

School is going to look much different this year as some districts switch to remote learning. It's also going to pose some new challenges for kids. So how can parents help them adjust? Doctor Emily Mudd with Cleveland Clinic Children's says you can start by making a schedule.

 

 

Living Free Health

Every year, thousands of people in the U-S die from a drug overdose. Opioid abuse is one of the leading causes of death. But help is available for those who need it. Shelley Poerio says Living Free Health provides a number of treatment options for patients dealing with addiction.

 

 

Nye County is now accepting applications for CARES Act Funding

Accepting applications now. Eligible Uses for costs incurred during the period of March 16, 2020, through December 30, 2020.

 

The applications will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. For details on the CARES Act Programs, please see the Nye County CARES Act Policy for eligible uses and other program details. For businesses, you must have a state business license, and a Town of Pahrump business license if business is located in Pahrump, to be eligible.

 

Nye County has created the following programs to help local communities:

 

• CARES Act for Non-Profits to offer Rental, Mortgage, Utility, and Food Assistance to Community

• CARES Act for Public – Rental, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance

• CARES Act for Small Businesses – PPE & Rental Assistance

• CARES Act for Sub-Entities – PPE, Telecommuting, Medical Facility Modifications, and Retrofit

 

WORKING CAPITAL GRANT

Nye County is working with the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) on a Working Capital Grant to support small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Eligible uses include utilities, and payroll not covered by PPP, inventory etc. This grant program is being supported by federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds.

 

NACo Grant awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 for the Working Capital Grants depending on the number of employees up to 19. Applications for this Grant is open September 8 thru October 6, 2020.

 

The Nevada Small Business Development Center is partnering with NACo to provide help to businesses that may need it. Request free and confidential assistance by calling 800-240-7094 to make an appointment with a counselor through one of their 13 statewide locations, including in Pahrump.

 

Community Invited to Celebrate Life of Dusty Park

The Pahrump community will come together this weekend to celebrate the life of Dusty Park. Dusty died suddenly August 31 at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. He was being treated for a previous health condition when he suffered a heart attack. He was only 39 years old. Dusty is well-known for his work as a youth soccer coach and for his efforts to establish mini dwarf racing for kids at Pahrump Valley Speedway. Dusty's wife, Amber, says she's received an outpouring of support from the community. Dusty leaves behind Amber, their three daughters, ages 12, 13 and 19, and a baby granddaughter, born in early August.

 

 

DCFS: Fewer Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect

The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services works to support children and families in a variety of ways, which includes protecting children from abuse and neglect. Alexis Tucey is the agency's Deputy Administrator. She says there's been a significant drop in the reports of abuse and neglect. But she reminds everyone it's still out there. And it's important that you say something, if you see something. For more information about the Division of Child and Family Services, you can go online to dcfs.nv.gov.

 

 

Health: Fast-Acting Father Beats Colorectal Cancer

Some men delay going to the doctor until it's absolutely necessary. And sometimes, that may be too late. Meet a young father who acted fast when cancer symptoms appeared -- and it likely saved his life. Erica Foreman has more. Family history plays an important role in colorectal cancer risk. So be sure to have honest discussions with family about colorectal cancer and polyps. And don't delay being checked because of COVID-19 fears. Doctor's offices are taking extra precautions to keep patients safe.

 

 

Save A Pet - Venus

It's time to meet another great pet available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. For today's Save A Pet, we meet Venus.

 

 

Save A Pet - Storm

For Today's Save A Pet, we head to Desert Haven Animal Society, where we meet Storm. Deanna O'Donnell has more.

 

 

Nye Schools Distributing Internet Hotspots to Students

With distance learning now the norm it's vital for students to be connected to the internet. And thanks to donations and grants, the Nye County School District is handing out internet hotspots to families without a connection. The Nevada National Security Site recently donated 34-thousand dollars to the district, which will connect 50 families. District Director of Technology Robert Williams explains how that donation came about and what the district is doing to help everyone get connected.

 

 

Governor Says State Seeing Improvement in COVID Numbers

Governor Steve Sisolak says Nevada is making progress in its fight against coronavirus. But there's still work to be done. And he stresses the importance of lifting restrictions responsibly.

 

 

Health: Survey Shows How Men Are Coping with COVID-19

We're all feeling the emotional strain of the pandemic. A new survey shows men, in particular, are stressed. Erica Foreman has more on how guys are coping with COVID. The survey shows more than half of men don't expect the pandemic to end any time soon. But the majority of respondents say they're still optimistic about the future.

 

 

Court Report with Missey Kohler

Missey Kohler has an update on cases moving through the courts in Nye County, including those involving defendants Vicki Bachli, Mickey Cagle, Eric Garcia, Danny Hicks and Nickolas Von Alst.

 

 

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.

 

 

Wheelchairs Donated to Pahrump Senior Center

The Pahrump Senior Center is the happy recipient of ten brand new wheelchairs that they will be able to either loan or give to Pahrump residents with a need.

 

 

Man Arrested For Outstanding Warrant

On August 5 Nye County Sheriff's Office detectives were notified of an active felony warrent issued by Pahrump Justice court for Kenneth Osborn, for narcotic related offenses.

 

 

Save A Pet - Sidewinder

It's time to meet another great pet available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Sidewinder.

 

 

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Millions of people have high cholesterol, putting them at increased risk for heart disease. The good news is high cholesterol is treatable at any age. According to Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Luke Laffin managing your choleserol starts young.

 

 

Bar Owners, Workers Speak to the Need to Reopen

Today's Board of County Commissioners meeting opened as most meetings do, with General Public Comment. Many of today's comments came from bartenders at local Pahrump establishments. And the ask was the same. For their families, the businesses and for their patrons, please open up the bars.

 

 

Desert Haven Animal Society Holds Auction to Benefit Friend of the Shelter

The continuing closure of bars in Pahrump has led to financial hardship for many owners. That includes Ruthie Edwards, who owns Bounty Hunter Saloon. Every year, Ruthie has hosted a fundraiser to benefit Desert Haven Animal Society. And now, Desert Haven wants to return the favor. Jane Carbone tells News 25 what they're doing. You can bid on a basket through Desert Haven Animal Society's Facebook page. You can also find more information there and see photos of the baskets. Bidding closes at 5 pm, Saturday, September 19. If you have something you'd like to donate for the auction, call Desert Haven at 775-751-7020. They're accepting cash donations too. And again, all proceeds go to Bounty Hunter Saloon.

 

 

O'Brien's Bar and Grill Now Open in Pahrump

There's a new restaurant in Pahrump. O'Brien's Bar and Grill is now open at Nevada Treasure RV Park, at the corner of Highway 160 and Leslie Street. Owner Joan O'Brien says the restaurant is a great opportunity for her to showcase her signature comfort foods.

 

 

Clark County Clarifies Flag Waving Laws

Clark County is trying to set the record straight when it comes to the waving of American flags at rallys and protests. County Commissioners and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say there's been some recent misinformation. So they've teamed up to produce a video explaining the law... and what you can and can't do.

 

 

Health: Staying Sane While Working and Learning Remotely

The coronavirus pandemic has changed many of our lives. More parents are working from home -- and now, some kids are learning from home too. It's a situation that's sure to create some stress.

 

 

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