We continue to hear a lot of about COVID-19 variants. But should we be concerned? And how effective are the current vaccines against these newly-emerging variations of the disease? We sat down with Doctor Rosha McCoy, Senior Director of the Association of American Medical Colleges, to get her take on the situation.
The Pahrump Balloon Festival isn't the only big event in town this weekend. The Wild West Extravaganza is also underway. This year, it's happening at the Pahrump Valley Museum, on Basin Avenue. We caught up with Ski Censke, who gives us a rundown of what we can expect to see this year.
We all want to protect our computers -- and the data on them. And that requires a bit of due diligence. In this week's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne reveals the top three enemies of your computer.
After a delay due to the pandemic, the Pahrump Balloon Festival kicks off today, starting with a soft opening this evening. This year's event is taking place in a new location too -- Ian Deutch Memorial Park.
Anyone looking for an apartment to rent in Pahrump, knows that they are hard to come by. The April 20th Board of County Commissioners meeting might have made that search a little easier with the approval of some property land use designations.
China Ranch Date Farm, just south of Tecopa, has begun to recover from wildfires that caused significant damage to portions of the farm. Travis Brown says the first fire ignited Friday, April 16 as the result of someone using fireworks. It burned several acres. But the second fire, a few days later, grew much larger. And that's the one that caused the most damage. As Brown mentioned, despite the wildfires, and the fact that portions of the area are still an active fire scene, China Ranch Date Farm remains open for business.
It's going to be a busy weekend at Tails of Nye County. The Pahrump animal welfare organization is holding one of its two annual yard sales. And while it officially doesn't start until tomorrow, that wasn't keeping people away earlier today.
If you're thinking about adding a cat to your household, we hope you'll consider adoption. There are dozens of cats available at our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, we head back out to Desert Haven Animal Society, where we meet Taz.
A rising little league baseball star is making a great recovery on the diamond right here in Pahrump. News 25's Deanna O'Donnell caught up with Austin Abelar, who says despite his injury, nothing can stop him.
For many students, distance learning has been difficult. And that's having real-world consequences. Testing of students shows there's been a drop off in both reading and math skills. And that's left parents scrambling to get their children in tutoring centers, which are moving to the forefront in the education community. Kim Martinez reports. For more information about KUMON and possible scholarships for tutoring, check with the KUMON center in your area.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash Tuesday that seriously injured two people on California 178, about 11 miles west of the state line. Both victims were flown to UMC trauma center in Las Vegas.
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a Tuesday night crash in Pahrump. No one was seriously hurt in this one. Southbound 160 was closed for about an hour while crews cleared the scene and troopers conducted their investigation.
The road to recovery from COVID-19 will soon be in the hands of local authorities. Governor Steve Sisolak has approved Nye County's mitigation and enforcement plan. Starting Saturday, the county will be able to decide what's best for people here, including some notable changes for how we gather and do business.
With alarming numbers about math scores falling in the US during COVID, it's not a surprise that parents are looking for resources to help their children. One app that's booming is called Photomath. A quick picture with your cell phone is saving parents across the world the agony of trying to figure out their kid's math assignments. Kim Martinez reports. To find out more about Photomath, you can check it out by going to your app store. There is both a free and a paid version.
There's good news today for the Pahrump Balloon Festival and Pahrump Valley Little League. The two parties were able to reach an agreement that allows both to share space this weekend at Ian Deutch Memorial Park in Pahrump.
Inspirations Senior Living in Pahrump wants to let local seniors know about the resources available to them right here in our community. So they teamed up with Nathan Adelson Hospice to host a drive-through health fair. Inspirations Sales Director Ryan Muccio says they're excited to help get the word out.
In addition to this weekend's Balloon Festival, there's another big event happening in Pahrump. The Wild West Extravaganza starts Friday. This year, like the Balloon Festival, it's in a new location -- the Pahrump Valley Museum. Laurie McCaslin says they hope to make the museum a permanent home for the annual event. This year's Wild West Extravaganza will include a blacksmith demonstration, art show, horse and burro adoptions through the BLM, vendors, food and music -- and, of course, the fan-favorite melodrama. It's an outdoor event, and it's totally free. Just keep in mind that COVID restrictions will apply. So keep the masks handy. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 to 7 and Sunday, 9 to 4. For more information, including the schedule for the melodrama, visit them on Facebook, at Pahrump Wild West Extravaganza.
The fate of this year's Pahrump Balloon Fest is in the hands of Nye County Commissioners. They're meeting tomorrow morning at nine to discuss whether to rescind the outdoor festival license issued to the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Balloon Fest was approved for Ian Deutch Memorial Park this year. But that booted the Pahrump Valley Little League from the park's ball fields, causing a stir in the community. Local balloon operator Doug Campbell is hopeful the two sides can find common ground -- and both the Balloon Fest and little league games can go on as scheduled. Tomorrow morning's special meeting starts at 9 am in the Nye County Commission Chambers, on East Walt Williams Drive in Pahrump. We should mention that the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce has not responded to our requests for an interview regarding the Balloon Fest controversy. They have, however, posted a statement on their Facebook page calling for their members to attend tomorrow's meeting to show support for the chamber, and this year's Balloon Fest.
Folks concerned about our environment came out Saturday to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at the annual event in Pahrump. Local event organizer John Pawlak says this year's celebration was a big success. And a big congratulations goes out to Heather Freeman, who works as the Master Gardener Coordinator at the University of Nevada extension office here in Pahrump. Freeman is the recipient of this year's Environmental Person Of The Year Award.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 54 US children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, we introduce you to an inspiring teenager who's thriving after overcoming the challenges of autism -- and two organ transplants. Erica Foreman has more on his journey. Paul's family says they try to stay one step ahead of his autism with programs and experiences to help him grow and learn new skills. They hope he continues to work at the family business, and one day live as independently as possible.
The Nye County Sheriff's Office is trying to figure out who vandalized the offices of Living Free Health in Pahrump. Founder and CEO Shelley Poerio tells News 25 how she found out about the damage... and where they go from here. If you know anything that can help investigators locate the person or persons responsible for the damage at Living Free Health, please call the Nye County Sheriff's Office, at 775-751-7000. Again, this happened around 8 o'clock Saturday evening at Highway 160 and Mesquite Avenue -- right behind the Horizon Market.
The Nye County Sheriff's Office is mourning the death of former deputy and candidate for sheriff Thomas O'Donnell, who died over the weekend. Today is also the 11th anniversary of the death of deputy Ian Deutch. Historically, April has been a deadly month for law enforcement in Nye County. To recognize O'Donnell's service, and to honor those who've lost their lives in the line of duty, Nye County law enforcement officers will shroud their badges through Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15th.
Pahrump will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day this weekend. John Pawlak, organizer of the local event, says the 13th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day event is tomorrow at Ian Deutch Memorial Park. Hours are 10 am to 1 pm, or until they run out of the green goodie bags. So plan to get there early.
The Pahrump Valley Lions Club is pitching in to help children who end up in the care of the Division of Child and Family Services. The local club is donating backpacks filled with all kinds of supplies. As Brigitte Dubin explains, the effort is part of the larger, nationwide Cases For Kids campaign.
There's a long list of questions to consider when you're beginning a home improvement project. One of the biggest questions is licensing. In today's Angie's List Report, we learn about the benefits of hiring licensed contractors.
We usually see Chief Scott Lewis at the Board of County Commissioners meeting delivering the Emergency Management Report. He briefs the Board on COVID Cases, Immunization Pods and testing. At the April 20th meeting, Scott was able to deliver some happy news about a gift that Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue received. Jinx, the community also thanks you for your gift to Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and we are looking forward to the details on how the department will apply your donation.
Today is Earth Day -- a time to think about the environment. And global warming and climate change are often top of mind. The gradual warming of earth's atmosphere affects extreme weather like droughts and hurricanes. You may not realize it, but these types of natural disasters can play a role in disease spread and pandemics.
The Nye County Sheriff's Office is investigating a three-vehicle crash that happened Wednesday morning at the intersection of Center Street and Second Street. A man driving a blue Crown Victoria sedan, which was involved in the crash, describes what happened. That driver told News 25 he was headed to the hospital so that doctors could diagnose his chest pain. No other injuries are reported.
County Manager Tim Sutton presented the Nye County Mitigation and Enforcement Plan to the Commissioners at the April 20th meeting. The plan was reviewed and approved by both School Superintendent Dr. Warren Shillingburg and CEO of Desert View Hospital Susan Davila.
Pahrump Valley Little League is scrambling to make alternate arrangements for dozens of upcoming games. The Pahrump Balloon Festival is taking over Ian Deutch Memorial Park this year. And that's leaving the league -- and more than 250 players -- without a place to play. Broedling says they're waiting to hear back from the county about the league's request for a special meeting. Meantime, County Manager Tim Sutton issued a statement, saying, 'though we try hard to accommodate all requests for field allocations, we simply do not have sufficient space for all of our clubs and organizations. Because of this, smaller events routinely get bumped for larger ones and all applicants are aware of this unfortunate reality.' Sutton goes on to say, 'We are working hard to try to accommodate the little league at other locations before their scheduled event.'
It's Monday. Time to meet another great pet just waiting to be adopted from one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Harry.
Warmer temperatures are here. For many, that means time to hit the pool. And while the pool can be a lot of fun, it's important to keep a watchful eye on children to prevent water-related injuries and drownings.
It's been a tough year for students, teachers and parents as they all worked to navigate learning during a global pandemic. Tim Wombaker, Principal at Rosemary Clarke Middle School is happy to see the kids back in the class room. We asked how the transition back is going. Principal Wombaker says there will be a Summer Safe program this summer as well as a summer school program for kids that are credit deficient. He also said that plans are up in the air as to how they will celebrate the graduating 8th graders but the staff will find a way to honor them while remaining CDC safe.
Today is World Voice Day. Research suggests people who've been working from home during the pandemic have experienced an increase in voice-related problems. You may not realize it, but constant virtual and phone meetings have the potential to strain your voice, even more than meeting in-person.
Item number 12 on the agenda for the April 6th Board of County Commissioners meeting was to ratify a collective bargaining agreement, extension agreement for the Nye County Law Enforcement Association. The Board determined more time was needed before approval.
For those of us who are dog owners, this story may not be surprising. But a new study finds Nevada ranks as the fourth most puppy-loving state. If you'd like to take a closer look at the study, we've put a link to it on our Facebook page.
Community members had questions of the Commissioners at the April 6th Board of County Commissioners meeting regarding a a levy of a special assessment on all taxable property within the confines of the Pahrump Valley Groundwater Basin and also the Groundwater Basins within Nye County.
Doctors recommend exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. But what about when you're sick? In today's Medical Minute from Spring Mountain Medical, Doctor Jacob Steckel says, in most cases, even if you have a medical condition, it's still a good idea to remain active.
The Nevada Assembly has passed a bill that would abolish the death penalty. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it's future is uncertain. Governor Steve Sisolak says, should the bill reach his desk, he'll give it careful consideration, adding, in most cases, he's opposed to capital punishment.
If all goes well, Nevada businesses will soon be able to reopen at 100 percent. Governor Steve Sisolak says the target date for that to happen is June 1st. The governor says about 40 percent of Nevadans 16 and older have started the vaccine process and 25 percent of Nevadans 16 and older are now fully vaccinated.
If you're thinking about adopting a cat, you should consider looking at one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to two cats looking for their forever homes -- Jupiter and Zeus.
A local chapter of the national organization Jobs for America's Graduates is trying to make life a little better for homeless people in our area. Representatives with Jobs For Nevada's Graduates, at Pahrump Valley High School, say they're thrilled to be able to provide solar backpacks to those in need. In addition to the solar items, each backpack was also filled with personal care supplies, like toothpaste, a toothbrush, soap and shampoo... clothing, including socks... and food, which was donated by local organizations.
Baseball season is here, and there's nothing like the crack of the bat and the cheer of the crowd. Meet an Ohio man who lived and breathed the game -- and had major league dreams -- until he lost his hand in a freak accident. Kyle Michael Miller has more on his recovery, and the surgery that allowed him to throw again. Luke recently welcomed his first child -- a baby girl -- and he can't wait to teach her how to play baseball too!
A Pahrump family is getting help from the American Red Cross, after their home was heavily damaged by a fire Sunday morning. Chief Lewis says the one missing cat was found later and had apparently escaped the fire unhurt.
Hot and dry weather conditions create like we have had lately make for perfect fire conditions. We spoke to Chief Scott Lewis of Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue about Southern Nye County's Red Flag Warning.
Jenney Sartin of the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce was present at the April 6th Board of County Commissioners to ask for issuance of an outdoor festival license for the 2021 Pahrump Balloon Festival.
Nearly a year later, the decision to close schools due to COVID is taking a big toll on the mental health of children who've been relegated to distance learning. A deep feeling of isolation is triggering alarming rates of anxiety in children of all ages. Kim Martinez reports.
If it seems like you get a lot of unwanted calls, you might be right. Cell phone and internet comparison website WhistleOut crunched the numbers, and found Nevada to be one of the worst states for robocalls last year.
A new analysis finds Nevadans pay lower taxes than residents of most other states. WalletHub compared state and local tax rates with the national median... and their findings show Nevadans are able to keep more of their hard-earned money.
At the April 6th Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners edited and finalize a resolution to send to the Governor's office asking to terminate the State of Emergency that was declared on March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April is Donate Life Month. Meet a 29-year-old who found himself in a dark place, struggling with mental health after business failures, financial setbacks and loneliness. See how giving the gift of life to his young nephew, ended up saving his own. Erica Foreman has the story. To this day, Andrea wears a bracelet inscribed with 'let's go, baby,' -- the words Grant shouted when he called to tell her he matched as Brooks' donor. Brooks and Grant have both recovered since the surgery and are thriving.
Chief Scott Lewis delivered the Emergency Management Report at the recent Board of County Commissioners meeting. Nye County remains out of flagged status and COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more available.
Petrack Park and Nye County Emergency Management hosted FEMA today for a COVID Vaccination pod. If you missed out don't worry, they are here a few more days before they travel to other Nye County locations. When you show up to Petrack Park to get your vaccine, be prepared in case there is a wait. Bring a chair if you like, plenty of cold water and sunscreen. Everyone is assigned a number and they will call as they are ready for you.
If you're in the market for a new computer, you have choices. And the first step to making the right choice is to assess your needs. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne has the top reasons for and against buying a laptop.
Nevada Gold Mines wants to give Nevada students a chance at a better education. To do that, the company is donating more than 300-thousand dollars to a non-profit organization that works with students at increased risk of dropping out.
For today's Save A Pet, we introduce you to Princess and Estrella. The two dogs were found together as strays, and are now available for adoption now from Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell has their story.
Baseball season is underway, and many fans are eager to be back in the stands. Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Joseph Khabbaza says attending a game in-person should be relatively low risk -- as long as you follow COVID-19 precautions.
It's getting easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you want one. FEMA Mobile Vaccination Units will be in Pahrump for the next 3 days offering the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine for those age 18 and older. News 25 spoke with Chief Scott Lewis, Director of Emergency Management, about the vaccination pods that will be offered through FEMA this week.
The Nye County Sheriff's Office is looking for the suspect in an early-morning crash in Pahrump. Authorities say Eric Daly drove his vehicle into a marked patrol car, then fled the scene. Captain David Boruchowitz spoke with News 25 late this afternoon.
The State of Nevada, FEMA and local partners have launched two mobile vaccination units -- or MVUs -- to support equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in rural and tribal areas where limited medical infrastructure exists. One of those units is coming to Pahrump.
The past year has been tough for a lot of workers -- especially those in retail and restaurants. And a new analysis by a team at Business.org finds retail workers earn far less, on average, than people in other types of jobs.
It's time once again to meet a great dog available for adoption from one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Kingman.
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford hosted a Stop the Hate Town Hall on Tuesday night. Leaders from across the state and nation were invited to join Ford as more hate crimes against Asian Americans happen across the country.
In a March 30th on line briefing, World Health Organization Scientist Dr. Ben Embarek said more data is needed to study respiratory conditions, including COVID-19. Dr. Embarek and other experts discussed a joint report on the Global Study of the origins of COVID-19.
Easter is Sunday, and many families are looking forward to celebrating together, especially as the rollout of the vaccine continues. But a Cleveland Clinic doctor says we still need to be cautious with big events.
Do you like exercising outdoors? Then we've found the perfect energetic buddy for you! Darbie O'Donnell is at Desert Haven Animal Society and she is ready to introduce you to a high energy husky named Goofy!
The Nye County Sheriff's Office Regional Training Academy is in week 3 for recruits aiming for a job in law enforcement. Part of their training is in handling high-stress situations. News 25 spoke to Sheriff Sharon Wehrly and Lieutenant Adam Tippetts about what the recruits are going through.
The Pahrump Holiday Task Force is preparing to feed hundreds this Easter. The organization, with help from the Pahrump Disabilities Outreach Program, usually serves the meal in Petrack Park. But Linda Wright says, this year, they're making some changes to keep everyone safe. The Easter meal curbside pickup is Saturday, April 3rd, from 10 am to 1:30? pm, at NyE Communities Coalition, 1020 East Wilson Road in Pahrump.