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Today's Top Stories Archives for 2021-02

Local Dietitian Has Tips for Healthy Eating

We hear time and time again why it's important to eat a healthy diet. But that's sometimes easier said than done. That's where a dietitian can help. TJ Hellyer is a registered dietitian in Las Vegas with an office in Pahrump. He explains how a good diet can lead to a better quality of life. Hellyer says he can help patients with diabetes, kidney and heart disease and assist those just wanting to lose some weight. For more information, you can find TJ Hellyer on Facebook or call his office at 304-415-1384.



Health: Can Vitamin C and Zinc Help Fight COVID-19?

If you're unlucky enough to get COVID-19 and hope to speed your recovery with vitamin C and zinc -- don't bother. A recent study suggests the popular immune health supplements are no match for novel coronavirus.



Save A Pet - Remy

It's Friday. Time to meet another great pet in need of a loving home. For today's Save A Pet, we're back at Desert Haven Animal Society, where Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Remy.



Nevada Seeing Smaller Pay Gap Between Women and Men

Nationwide, women earn less than men. But women in Nevada are having more success closing that pay gap. While that's good news for women... men in Nevada are some of the lowest paid in the nation.



Vegas Law Firm Suing Ten US Auto Insurance Companies

A Las Vegas law firm is suing ten major auto insurers -- saying the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic. The class-action suit could benefit thousands of Nevada insurance customers.



Medical Minute from Spring Mountain Medical

We all know the importance of a healthy lifestyle. And if you need a little help, Spring Mountain Medical offers a wide variety of health care services. Here's Spring Mountain Medical CEO Levi Rogers, with today's Medical Minute.



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.



Nye Commissioners Address Zoning of 'Illegal' RV Park

The Board of County Commissioners was asked to once again take a look at a Pahrump property that has been determined to be out of compliance. The commissioners had to weigh the zoning of the property against evicting 9 residents.



Health: Infant Survives Rare Life-Threatening COVID-Related Illness

While coronavirus can be deadly for adults, it's often mild in most children. But that wasn't the case for one Ohio infant. Erica Foreman has more on a baby girl who survived a rare life-threatening complication of COVID-19 -- and her mother's message to others. Doctor Daniels encourages parents to contact a health care provider if a child develops a prolonged or unexplained fever associated with a rash, red eyes or unusual abdominal pain, chest pain, diarrhea or difficulty breathing. She adds, most children who receive treatment for MIS-C recover and do well, however because the condition is still new, doctors aren't sure what long-term implications may be.



Save A Pet - Molly

If you're looking to adopt a dog, we encourage you to check out one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, we're at Desert Haven Animal Society, where Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Molly.





Government Offers New Lifeline to Struggling Small Businesses

President Joe Biden is announcing a new plan to help small businesses struggling to survive the pandemic. Starting tomorrow -- and for the next two weeks -- businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for federal loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. President Biden is also pushing Congress to pass the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The president proposed the one-point-nine trillion dollar stimulus package to address the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. The plan also includes $1400 direct payments to most Americans.



Pahrump Rotary Club Offers Incentives for Kids to Read

As a service organization, the Pahrump Rotary Club puts its support behind a number of causes. One of those is reading. And the Rotary Club is offering an incentive to get children to read -- cold hard cash.




Lord's Treasures Thrift Store on a Mission to Help Community

A Pahrump thrift store is on a mission. Lord's Treasures thrift store at Pahrump Valley United Methodist Church uses proceeds to help people in our community. Laurie Wilson says donations make it all possible. Lord's Treasures thrift store is located at 1300 East Highway 372 in Pahrump -- right behind Pahrump Valley United Methodist Church. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 1:00?pm, and the store is open for shopping every Friday from 9:00am to 1:30pm. For questions, call 775-764-9866.



Structure Fire Reignites at Pahrump Residence on Sutton Drive

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue was called out to a reported structure fire on Sutton Drive Tuesday afternoon. Fire Chief Scott Lewis says it appears embers from an overnight fire at the residence reignited.



Health: Don't Let Pandemic Impact Checkups and Screenings

Some people have put off medical care due to fears of contracting COVID-19. But we can't let the pandemic stop us from making health a priority -- especially when it comes to routine checkups and screenings.



Daft Punk 'Powered Down' at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

The iconic and influential electronic music duo, Daft Punk, is splitting up. To mark the announcement, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is powering down the pair -- at least for now.



Health: Continue COVID-19 Precautions After Vaccination

If you've gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering if pandemic precautions are still necessary. According to Doctor Kristin Englund, an infectious disease specialist with Cleveland Clinic, you can't let your guard down just yet.



Save A Pet - Annie

It's Monday. Time to meet another loving pet available at one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell joins us from the cat house at Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Annie.



Public Memorial Held for Nye County Bailiff Gerald 'Bear' Smith

The Pahrump community had an opportunity this weekend to say goodbye to a well-known public servant who died last month from complications due to COVID-19. COVID-19 is also blamed for the death of Nye County Deputy District Attorney Don Chairez. Chairez died January 21 -- just three days after Smith.



Nye Commissioners Briefed on County's COVID Situation

Director of Emergency Management, Chief Scott Lewis delivered his report to the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday. Lewis reported on COVID cases as well as the vaccine disbursement.



Health: Choosing a Diet to Shed Pandemic Weight Gain

Nearly half of Americans say they've gained weight during the pandemic, according to a recent survey. If you're one of them, you may be thinking about going on a diet. But with so many to choose from, how do you pick the right one?



Governor Sisolak Issues Guidance for Continued Reopening

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced a new round of changes to further ease the state's COVID restrictions. Among the highlights -- getting more students back in the classroom, allowing some high school sports and lowering the COVID vaccination age to 65. Those 65 or older are eligible to get a COVID vaccination starting next week. For more information, you can go online to If you'd prefer to speak with someone, you can call the state's COVID help center, at 800-401-0946.



Save A Pet - Mister Kitty

For today's Save A Pet, we meet a familiar feline by the name of Mister Kitty. Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to this older cat who's hoping to find his forever home.



Las Vegas: Major Intersection Gets New Traffic Signal

A major intersection in the southwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley is now a bit safer. Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, who lives in the Mountain's Edge community, flipped the switch this morning, activating a new traffic signal at the intersection of Mountains Edge Parkway and Rainbow Boulevard. Commissioner Jones says 16-thousand drivers travel through the intersection daily.



Walmart Pharmacy Turns Away Man Wanting to Pay With Rolled Coins

An incident last fall at the Pahrump Walmart pharmacy is going viral -- after a man tried to pay for his prescription with change. That man is James Murdock. And his frustration was captured on video by Devan Burrows, who just recently posted that video to social media. Burrows says he's been bombarded by calls and emails asking how they could help. So he set up a GoFundMe account to collect donations for Murdock. If you'd like to help, go to, and search for 'James Murdock.'



Pahrump Family Escapes Early-Morning Fire

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue is investigating an early-morning house fire on Blosser Ranch Road that sent a family and their pets running for safety.



High School Rodeo This Weekend in Pahrump

Organizers are preparing for a big event this weekend in Pahrump. The High School Rodeo is February 19th through the 21st at McCullough Arena -- that's right next to Petrack Park. Buddy Krebs says despite the pandemic, the show will go on.



Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

Solid-state hard drives are becoming more commonplace in PCs and laptops. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne explains why they're such a great option.



Friends, Family Mourn Loss of Carlton McCaslin

The Pahrump community is mourning the loss of a beloved resident and founding member of the Shadow Mountain Community Players. Carlton McCaslin passed away Monday at the age of 78.



Nye Commissioners Briefed on End of Fiscal Watch

Having Nye County taken off the fiscal watch list was a big relief to the Board of County Commissioners. At the February 2nd meeting the commissioners expressed their gratitude to Treasurer John Prudhont and his staff for their hard work in identifying deficiencies and correcting those deficiencies, Nye county was removed from the watch. Prudhont also praised his staff for their work and the Commissioners gave the team a standing ovation for their strong efforts.



Health: What We Know About COVID-19 'Long Haulers'

Most people who get COVID-19 recover in about four weeks. But, for others, coronavirus symptoms can linger for months. Doctor Kristin Englund is an infectious disease specialist with Cleveland Clinic. She says early studies suggest anyone who contracts the virus is at risk for long-term symptoms.



Save A Pet - Alex

It's Wednesday. Time again to meet another great pet available at one of our local shelters. Today, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to a familiar feline face -- Alex.



Clark County Adopts Climate Action Plan

Clark County has adopted a climate action plan. The plan was approved at the Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting . With the plan Clark County plans to promote sustainable practices and climate action in its operations in order to thrive in the face of climate change. The plan will focus on five key areas. Clean, reliable energy, resiliency, smart waste management and reduction, sustainable transportation and water conservation and protection. Here is more on the areas of focus.



Education News: Virtual Fans Cheer on High School Athletes

The pandemic has made this quite a long year for student athletes. From cancelled seasons, sidelined scholarship dreams and limited attendance at games, it's dampened the spirit in sports. But at one school, a bit of creativity has brought back some of the crowd hype for high schoolers, by selling cardboard cutouts to family and friends. AD Garrison says the cutouts were also a mini fundraiser for the school, charging each participant 50 dollars, with volunteers taking photos for those who didn't want to email in one of their own.



Health: Tips for Managing Pandemic Headaches

The pandemic has been a headache -- literally, for some of us. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Emad Estemalik says the daily stress we're feeling over COVID-19 can cause our heads to pound.



Nye Commissioners Briefed on Public Works Projects

Nye County Director of Public Works, Tim Dahl gave a general report to the Board of County Commissioners at the February 2nd meeting. He detailed some of the projects under way in the county.



Harmony Project Teaches Music to Disadvantaged Kids

When an innovative music program for disadvantaged kids was first faced with COVID-19, it seemed to some, it would be impossible to continue. But the Harmony Project people did not miss a beat. Check out their success at keeping this California-born -- but not nationwide -- program going. Kim Martinez reports.



Kyle Bickerstaff's Parents Offer Reward for Information in His Death

Kyle Bickerstaff was shot and killed last summer after what authorities say was a botched robbery. Kyle's parents say he's no criminal, and they want to set the record straight. So they're offering a reward, hoping someone comes forward with new details about their son's death.



Save A Pet - Golden Eye

If you're thinking about adopting a dog or cat from a local shelter, we have some ideas. For today's Save A Pet, we're back at Desert Haven Animal Society, where Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Golden Eye.



Health: Many Skip Heart Care and Meds Due to COVID Concerns

February is American Heart Month -- a time when we're reminded to care for our hearts. But, according to a recent survey, many Americans are putting their heart health on the back burner due to fear of contracting COVID-19. Erica Foreman has more. According to the survey, about 85 percent of Americans say they fear contracting COVID-19 at the doctor's office or hospital. But Doctor Kapadia says healthcare facilities are taking every precaution to keep patients safe. He adds, care for chronic, or emergency, issues should never be ignored.



Nye Commissioners Consider Four-Day Workweek

Item number 27 on the February 2nd Board of County Commissioners meeting was discussion and deliberation to consider a schedule of four days per week, with ten hour days or alternate work schedules for County offices and Departments. Thoughts on the subject were varied.



Governor Sisolak Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Governor Steve Sisolak is ready to ease COVID restrictions -- signaling a move toward a return to normal. The changes take effect beginning Monday. The governor says the state will continue to follow the science as it eases restrictions. That means some businesses may continue to see tighter restrictions -- at least for the time being.



Behind The Scenes at Nellis AFB Red Flag 21-1

Red Flag 21-1 wraps up today at Nellis Air Force Base. The exercise brings together airmen and support staff from across the US and around the world. Hundreds of aircraft take off and land during the three-week exercise. Airman First Class Lexus Wysocki, from Alaska, is responsible for making sure those planes are ready for action. This feature story was provided to us by Nellis Air Force Base.



Save A Pet - HaHa

Desert Haven Animal Society has some great dogs and cats ready for adoption. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to HaHa.



Weekend Event to Help Raise Money For This Year's High School Rodeo

This past year has been challenging for youth sports and the Pahrump Valley High School Rodeo club has had it equally as tough. The club is having a fundraiser for the High School Rodeo and you can help. News 25 spoke to Director Buddy Krebs about upcoming events.



Living Free Health Considers Adolescent Enrichment Program

Living Free Health is working on a new program, with a focus on teens. Shelley Peoria says the proposed Adolescent Enrichment Program would help address issues affecting young people in our community. If you'd like to get involved in discussions for the Adolescent Enrichment Program, just call Living Free Health or stop by their office, located at the corner of Highway 160 and Mesquite Avenue in Pahrump.



Health: Quarantine Brings Some Couples Closer

There were many predictions that quarantine was going to have a negative impact on relationships -- leading to more break-ups and divorces. But, Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Susan Albers says a recent survey shows some couples feel it brought them closer together.



Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

Solid state hard drives are not only faster -- they're more reliable too. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne explains why they're the best option for data storage -- and why you should get one now.



All Girls School Opens Amid Pandemic

Imagine opening a brand new school amid the pandemic. It happened in Las Vegas, in an area where families often face financial difficulties. An all-girls school is aiming at changing the outcomes for youngsters who have faced trauma, assault or bullying in their community. Kim Martinez reports.



Avoid Carbon Monoxide Danger in Cold Weather

Losing power during cold weather can be more than just an inconvenience-- It could spell carbon monoxide danger. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Tom Waters says the one thing you absolutely do not want to do during an outage is use your gas oven for a heater.



Will the COVID-19 Vaccine be Effective Against the New COVID Variants?

We continue to hear about the emergence of COVID variants. The concern is how effective current vaccines will be in fighting these new mutations of the virus. Preliminary data shows minimal effectiveness of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine against one of those viral variants. And a group of experts with the World Health Organization is meeting to review that evidence.



Nature Health Farms Celebrates a Birthday!

A man who wants to create a Bonnie Springs experience in Pahrump celebrates his birthday in style -- and gives locals a sneak peek at what he's building on Bunarch Road.



Look At This Cute Husky Mix Looking For A Forever Home!

Do you have the time and energy for a dog that has the time and energy for you? Darbie O'Donnell is at Desert Haven Animal Society today and she wants to introduce you to a silly boy named Goofy!



Health: Debunking COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Many people still have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccines -- and rumors continue to swirl. Erica Foreman helps us debunk some of the most common myths. Vaccines are a step toward ending the pandemic, but doctor Goje reminds us it will be months before we achieve herd immunity -- the point where disease is no longer likely to spread.



Pahrump VA Clinic Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is now providing COVID-19 vaccinations to veterans in Pahrump. More than four hundred veterans lined up to receive their vaccine this past weekend. And veterans who missed out will have another opportunity Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21. Physician Assistant Bill Carle says it's exciting to be able to help veterans at our local VA clinic. If you missed last weekend's clinic, you do have another opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Pahrump VA Clinic. To make an appointment, just call the VA at 775-727-7535. And just a reminder -- this round of vaccinations is ONLY for veterans age 70 and older. Veterans under the age of 70 should not contact the reservation line. Additional information about the availability of COVID-19 vaccines is available on the VA's website.



Never Forgotten Animal Society Planning Fundraisers

Never Forgotten Animal Society is one of several animal welfare organizations in Pahrump. Those organizations are always in need of donations to fulfill their mission to help pets in need. Never Forgotten Animal Society held a fundraiser this past weekend at the Elks Lodge. But if you missed that one, you have another opportunity to help next month. Never Forgotten Animal Society is located at 520 East Street in Pahrump. For more information or to make a donation, visit them online at, or on Facebook, at Never Forgotten Animal Society.



Governor Sisolak Outlines Plan to Combat Vaccine Inequity

Governor Steve Sisolak is concerned about a growing trend involving the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. So he's announcing a new initiative to address where the vaccine doses are going and who's getting them.



Nye County Sheriff's Office Responds to Reported Stabbing

The Nye County Sheriff's Office and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the area of Wilson and West Street Sunday night for a reported stabbing. The sheriff's office closed off the area as they searched for the suspect. But Fire Chief Scott Lewis says the victim had not actually been stabbed.



Save A Pet - Pete

For today's Save A Pet, we head back out to Desert Haven Animal Society. That's where Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to a very energetic boy named Pete.



Pahrump: Postal Service Delivery Truck Collides with Trailer

We've probably all heard the phrase 'neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.' That's the informal motto of the U-S Postal Service. And they lived up to that promise today, after a minor accident involving a Postal Service delivery vehicle in Pahrump.



Nye Commissioners Pass Resolution to Reopen Economy

The Nye County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting yesterday. The first item for possible action on the agenda was discussion and deliberation to adopt, amend and adopt or reject a Nye County resolution in support of the local economy and businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, including requests for a reduction of said restrictions to protect local businesses.



Save A Pet - Stella

It's Friday. And you know what that means. Time to meet another great pet available for adoption. Today, Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Stella.



Four People Under Arrest in Connection with Stolen Vehicles

We now know the names of the four suspects caught after attempting to flee from Nye County Deputies this past weekend. And the sheriff's office has released some dramatic dash-cam video of the incident.



Nye Commissioner Relieved by AG's Dismissal of Ethics Allegations

Pahrump Town Manager Tim Sutton filed an ethics complaint against Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo in November. Sutton alleged Blundo should have abstained from voting on a matter that financially benefited his local restaurant. Now, it appears the Attorney General's Office will not pursue any charges against him. Speaking to reporters outside the Nye County Administration Building today, Blundo says he feels relieved. In a written statement today, Sutton says he's disappointed the AG's office apparently dismissed the matter. Sutton filed the complaint after Blundo failed to abstain from a vote that involved COVID relief money for businesses. The passage of that measure ultimately allowed Blundo's restaurant -- Carmelo's Bistro -- to get a larger chunk of COVID relief money.



Health: Ablation More Effective Than Medication for AFib, Study Says

Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is an irregular heart beat that can cause poor blood flow. It can lead to blood clots, stroke, and in some cases, heart failure. Cleveland Clinic Doctor Oussama Wazni says it's important to see your doctor if it feels like your heart flip flops or skips a beat.



Medical Minute from Spring Mountain Medical

In this week's Medical Minute from Spring Mountain Medical, Dr. David Lewis explains how a chiropractic adjustment can help improve your health.



Cameron Culbertson Appears in Court

Cameron Culbertson appeared in court this week for a defense motion regarding witness testimony and restitution. Culbertson has pled guilty to two counts of destroying or concealing evidence as he allegedly cleaned up the crime scene by collecting the gun shell casings.



Awkward Silence Robotics Team Has Sights on State Competition

High school robotics teams from across the state are competing in virtual matches, with hopes of getting to the state finals later this year. Awkward Silence is one of the two teams in Pahrump. Students showcased their skills during the latest match this past weekend.



Health: Importance of COVID-19 Vaccine in Minority Communities

Many people in racial and ethnic minority groups are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19. It's important for those at high risk to get vaccinated, but some minority communities may be hesitant. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Tosin Goje says hesitancy is often rooted in a history of medical distrust and racial discrimination.



Save A Pet - Canelo

It's time to meet another great pet in need of a loving home. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Canelo.



Health: Healthy Diet Helps Keep Immune System Strong

We all want a healthy immune system to help fight off infection -- especially during a pandemic. But, did you know your diet plays a role? Cleveland Clinic's Kristin Kirkpatrick says regularly eating a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables is a good place to start.



Education News: How COVID Has Changed US Education

The COVID-19 crisis in America has given rise to a wide range of both difficulties and innovation, especially in the world of academics. After nearly a year of upheaval, many, but not all schools were able to meet the challenge of distance learning, which sparked a boom in enrollment for quality online schools, as well as parents getting innovative and starting neighborhood learning pods across the nation. That's just a couple of examples of why it's unlikely that education will ever be the same again in America. Kim Martinez reports.



NyECC Prepares for Quarterly Career Fair

NyE Communities Coalition is preparing for its quarterly career and volunteer fair. It's a great opportunity for employees and employers to connect. Adult Workforce Programs Manager Ed Kelly says employers will be ready to hire -- so come prepared. For more information about the upcoming career fair... or to get assistance with preparing a resume, contact Rachel Leddy at NyE Communities Coalition, at 775-727-9970 or go to their website --



Health: Survey Shows Some Don't Realize COVID-19 Can Harm Heart

COVID-19 has weighed heavy on our hearts for months. But, did you know the virus may actually harm your heart? A Cleveland Clinic survey show some Americans don't realize the impact coronavirus can have on heart health.



Save A Pet - Zeus

Desert Haven Animal Society has a lot of cats in need of a loving home. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to one of them, named Zeus.