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Today's Top Stories Archives for 2021-05

Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

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



Nye County Sheriff's Office to be Featured on New Show

The Nye County Sheriff's Office will once again be in the spotlight. A new streaming channel -- called the American Sheriff Network -- will feature the work of our local law enforcement officers. Sheriff Sharon Wehrly says the project is the brainchild of a colleague from Arizona. The American Sheriff Network is a subscription service. So there is a monthly fee to watch the shows. You can learn more by going to the website --



Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

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



PDOP Treats Kids to Night Out at Pahrump Valley Speedway

Pahrump Disability Outreach Program treated kids to a night at the racetrack and a good time was had by all. News 25 spoke with Stacy Lee of PDOP about the outing. To find out more about PDOP you can find them on Facebook and on line at



Arrested: Travis Stephens

A California man is arrested after a call from the Holiday Inn.



LVMPD Investigating Homicide of Boy, Found in Mountain Springs

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the homicide of a young boy, whose body was discovered Friday morning in Mountain Springs. Lieutenant Ray Spencer says they hope someone out there knows something that can help them identify the victim. Lieutenant Spencer says it appears the boy's body had been left at the scene within the last 24 hours.



Save A Pet - Katie

It's Friday. Time to meet another pet available for adoption. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell joins us from Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Katie.



Seniors Recognized, Honored at Pahrump Valley High School

Dozens of Pahrump Valley High School Students were recognized during a senior award ceremony Wednesday evening. The Class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian were also announced. Senior Kathryn Daffer is graduating with a GPA of 5.3, earning her the honor of salutatorian. The Class of 2021 valedictorian, graduating with a GPA of 5.425, is Makayla Gent.



Education News: Students Start Early on Path to College

For students who will be the first in their families to attend college, knowing what it takes to get there is often a mystery. But thanks to a program called Junior Rise, middle schoolers are being exposed to everything from the application process to resume writing and the importance of community service. Kim Martinez reports. Since its inception more than a decade ago, Junior Rise Scholars has helped nearly 500 students with their dreams of going to college. Almost all have been first generation college students.



NHP Investigates Fatal Crash in White Pine County

Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal head-on crash on US93 in White Pine County. A Phoenix man died when his pickup collided with a tractor trailer near Lages Junction.



Health: Sunscreen Application Tips for 'Don't Fry Day'

The Friday before Memorial Day is known as 'Don't Fry Day.' One in five Americans will develop skin cancer -- and sunburns increase your risk. That's why it's important to protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is a good place to start. But according to Cleveland Clinic's Doctor Melissa Piliang, many people don't use enough.



American Rescue Plan Provides New Benefits for Veterans

The American Rescue Plan allocates 17 billion dollars in support of veterans, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Murphy is the Acting Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says one key program will help a veteran who's lost a job get retrained for a new career.



Former DMV Office Will Soon Become Gun Shop and Indoor Shooting Range

Work is underway to convert the old Pahrump DMV office into something new. The building, on Basin Avenue, just west of the Nye County Courthouse, will soon be home to 2nd Amendment Guns and Shooting Range. Owner Kalif Gordon says he's excited to be coming to Pahrump.



Hypno Comics & Games to Host Yellow Power Ranger

If you've ever wanted to meet a real Power Ranger, here's your chance. Tracy Lynn Cruz, who plays the Yellow Power Ranger, is coming to Pahrump this weekend, for a special appearance at Hypno Comics and Games. Hypno Comics and Games is located at 720 East Street, right across from the Pahrump Community Library.



Historic Scotty's Castle Photographs Now Available Online

People from around the world can now learn more about Death Valley's historic Scotty's Castle, without ever setting foot in California. You can check out the photos here --



Nye Commissioners Discuss Possible Lawsuit Against State

On May 3rd, Governor Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive that updated mask and face covering requirements for the state to align with the CDC's recommendations. This resulted in the mask mandate being dropped for those that have been vaccinated. This, however, wasn't enough to remove the subject of a possible lawsuit against the state from the Board of County Commissioners agenda.



Save A Pet - Mickey

For today's Save A Pet, we're back inside the cat room at Desert Haven Animal Society. Here's Darbie O'Donnell, to introduce us to Mickey.



Nye Commissioners Approve Renaming Portion of Courthouse for Former Bailiff

When Gerald 'Bear' Smith passed away in January, it left a hole in the heart of his family, many people in the community and his work family at the Ian Deutch Government complex. To honor his many years of service and commitment as a bailiff, a resolution was presented at the May 18th Board of County Commissioners meeting to name the Courthouse within the Ian Deutch complex after him. Bear was also honored at the May 6th Fallen Peach Officers ceremony in Carson City. His name was added to a memorial monument along with Las Vegas Metro Lieutenant Erik Lloyd who also died of complications of COVID and Nevada Highway Patrol Sargent Ben Jenkins who was killed in the line of duty.



Health: Teen Baseball Player Returns to Field After Suffering Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes most often happen in adulthood. But they can strike at any age. Meet a high school baseball player who never expected to be sidelined by a rare type of stroke. Erica Foreman has more on his inspiring comeback.



Pahrump Teen Diagnosed with Leukemia Organizing Blood Drives

A Pahrump teenager diagnosed with leukemia is beating the disease. 'Super' Mikey Welch needed life-saving blood transfusions starting at the age of seven. And now, he and his mom, Ashley Welch, organize annual blood drives to help others -- the most recent at Rosemary Clarke Middle School.



Pahrump: Shed, With Ammunition Inside, Catches Fire

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue is also investigating a shed fire on Thousandaire Boulevard, which caused some concern for firefighters. Ammunition was being stored inside.



Save A Pet - Taz

If you're looking to adopt a cat, you might want to visit the cat room at Desert Haven Animal Society. They have dozens of cats available for adoption. And that's where we meet Taz. Here's Darbie O'Donnell with today's Save A Pet.



Arrested: Jennifer Walker

A Pahrump woman has been accused of allegedly embezzling a large sum of money from her former employer.



Pahrump's Sanders Family Winery Reopens

Sanders Family Winery in Pahrump is open again. The winery held a grand post-COVID grand opening event last weekend, with performances celebrating Armed Forces Day. Entertainment Director Kim Cornell Lyle says it's good to be back. You probably heard some music in the background. Well, that was The Swing It! Girls, performing a salute to the armed forces. Pahrump's own Silver Tappers also took to the stage -- their first public performance in more than a year. For more information, and to see a complete list of upcoming events at Sanders Family Winery, just head to their website --



Pahrump Rotary Donates Balloon Fest Proceeds to Little League

The Rotary Club of Pahrump Valley is throwing its support behind little league baseball. The organization has presented Pahrump Valley Little League a check for more than $1,400. For more about Pahrump Valley Little League, including how to sign up for the fall season, just head to their website --



State Officials Discuss Fire Season Outlook

The State of Nevada is gearing up for an active fire season. Agency representatives met to discuss current conditions and how they're preparing to handle any wildfires.



Health: Survey Reveals How The Pandemic Has Impacted Health of Americans

It's no secret, the pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. Now, a recent survey takes a look at how our health has been impacted -- for better or worse. Erica Foreman has more. The survey shows Americans are also struggling with sleep. Nearly 50 percent say they're not getting enough, with a large number admitting to sleep-sabotaging behaviors, like sleeping with their cell phone, or watching TV in bed.



Save A Pet - Butterscotch

For today's Save A Pet, we're back inside the cat room at Desert Haven Animal Society. That's where we catch up with Darbie O'Donnell, who introduces us to Butterscotch.



Nye County Community Invited to 'Stand In Solidarity' This Weekend

Commissioners have declared Nye County a Bill of Rights sanctuary county. And this weekend, the community is invited to 'Stand In Solidarity' and celebrate our 2nd Amendment rights. Bruce Schoenberger and Rich Bushart are helping to organize the event.



Under Arrest: Terrance Chess

A man's effort to evade law enforcement leads to an arrest in a Pahrump neighborhood.



Under Arrest: Scott Franklin

A call for a domestic between a woman and her ex boyfriend leads to one arrest.



Save A Pet - Sparky

For today's Save A Pet, we meet Sparky -- a very energetic and playful puppy, available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. Here's Darbie O'Donnell.



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.



Saitta Trudeau Works to Maintain Inventory at Pahrump Dealership

Auto dealerships nationwide are struggling to deal with a lack of inventory. But Saitta Trudeau Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, in Pahrump, is working hard to ensure options for its customers. General Sales Manager Jesse Quiroz says they've leveraged all available resources to keep cars, trucks and SUVs on their lot.



Tonopah Getting Ready for 50th Annual Jim Butler Days

The biggest celebration of the year in Tonopah is just over a week away. Jim Butler Days kicks off May 23rd and runs through the 31st. The annual event always attracts large crowds. But with easing COVID restrictions, this year's event may be even bigger than usual. Marc and Tiffany Grigory run The Tonopah Liquor Company. They say the week-long celebration has something for everyone. You can also find more information, including a schedule of events, on Facebook, at Jim Butler Days. The event is free and open to the public.



Two People Under Arrest After Crash in Pahrump

We have a follow-up now to an accident we told you about last week. A pickup crashed into an apartment off Bourbon Street. Now, the driver -- and his passenger -- are under arrest and facing charges.



Health: Habits That Help Boost Immunity

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



Pahrump: Two Hurt, Two Classic Cars Damaged in Weekend Crash

A three-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Pahrump sends two people to the local hospital and causes significant damage to two classic cars. Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating. Troopers tell News 25 the chain reaction crash started when a vehicle stopped suddenly due to a mechanical failure. That vehicle was not struck during the collision.



Pahrump Music Festival Coming in June

The organizers of this year's Pahrump Music Festival are hard at work behind the scenes, getting ready for June 3-6. Doug Dubin says they have a lot of great things planned for the event.



Pahrump Woman Opens New Real Estate Office

A Pahrump woman -- stuck at home during the pandemic -- put her time to good use. She went to school. Then, she opened her own real estate office. Shirayne Waite explains how Line by Line Realty came to be.



Save A Pet - Leeta

For today's Save A Pet, we're back at Desert Haven Animal Society. That's where Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Leeta.



Student Tutors Helping Fellow Students Who've Fallen Behind

Tutoring is proving to be key in helping millions of US students left behind by distance learning. Even some of the nation's top schools admit that some of their students are not at grade level after COVID school closures. So how are schools going to meet the tutoring demand? One school has found a solution within their own student body. They're taking their best student leaders and matching them with kids who have fallen behind. Kim Martinez reports.



Save A Pet - George

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



NCSO Releases Video of Bike-Patrol Vehicle Collision

The Nye County Sheriff's Office has released video that captures the moment a bicyclist collides with a patrol vehicle outside the jail.



The Nye County Sheriff's Office has released video that captures the moment a bicyclist collides with a patrol vehicle outside the jail.

Pahrump Valley Speedway Listed For Sale

The owner of Pahrump Valley Speedway says it's time to let it go. It's now up for sale at just under a million dollars.



Southwest US Seeing Increased Risk of Wildfires

The US Southwest if in the midst of a mini heatwave. Temperatures are well above normal in the region. AccuWeather senior meteorologist David Samuhel says that's setting us up for an active fire season.



Health: FDA Grants COVID-19 Vaccine EUA For Children 12-15

Another group of Americans is now eligible to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA recently granted emergency use authorization for children ages 12 to 15. Doctor Michelle Medine, a pediatrician with Cleveland Clinic Children's, says research shows the vaccine works well in preventing COVID-19 and is safe for adolescents.



Market Conditions Lead to Soaring Used Car Values

If you're looking to sell a used vehicle, there may not be a better time than right now. But if you're looking to buy a new vehicle, your choices may be limited. Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza General Manager Greg Mier explains what's happening in the market and what that means for buyers and sellers.



Save A Pet - Stitch

If you're looking to adopt a cat, we hope you'll visit some of our local shelters. Desert Haven Animal Society has a number of cats eager to meet their new families. For today's Save A Pet, we meet Stitch.



State Fire Marshal Investigating Fire at Pahrump Denny's

Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of an early-morning fire that damaged the Denny's restaurant in Pahrump. A passerby noticed flames at the back of the building around two o'clock Tuesday morning. While firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading, there was significant water and smoke damage throughout the restaurant. The cleanup is already underway, and an employee told us they hope to reopen by the end of the week.



Bicyclist Collides with Nye County Sheriff's Office Patrol Vehicle

A bicyclist is being treated at a Las Vegas trauma center after his bike collided with a Nye County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle. Captain David Boruchowitz says, right now, it appears the bicyclist failed to yield as he exited the jail parking lot.



Nevada Volunteers Encourages Volunteerism in Communities

A statewide non-profit organization is focused on volunteerism, and recognizing volunteers in our communities. That organization is Nevada Volunteers. As local representative Shannon Moore explains, Nevada Volunteers is all about empowering Nevadans to improve their communities through service.



NCSO Auxiliary Pitches in to Help Fellow Member

Members of the Nye County Sheriff's Office auxiliary often pitch in to help in the community. This time around, they're helping one of their own. With some help from a couple of young recruits, they helped clean up the property of fellow auxiliary member Billy Toler.



Save A Pet - Junior

For today's Save A Pet, we're back inside the cat house at Desert Haven Animal Society. That's where we meet Junior.



Health: Home Remedies Backed by Science

Who doesn't love a good home remedy? But not all home remedies are created equal. Some are supported by scientific research, while others are tall tales. Erica Foreman has more on what works -- according to science. It's best to forgo home remedies if you're in severe pain, having trouble breathing, or if you're not able to eat, drink or keep fluids down. Doctor Kightlinger says you'll also want to contact your doctor if the home remedy you're using isn't working, if it's making your ailment worse or you develop new symptoms.



Toni Boner Under Arrest For Allegedly Texting, Stalking Boyfriend

A Pahrump woman is arrested for violating a temporary protective order. But an investigation by the Nye County Sheriff's Office points them in a different direction... and leads to the arrest of another woman, who's now facing charges in connection with the case.



Circle K Now Open in Pahrump

A new gas station, convenience store and automatic car wash is open in Pahrump. Circle K opened its doors today at the corner of Basin Avenue and Blagg Road. It was a busy place when we stopped by Friday morning... and General Manager Grace Blair says the new store has a lot to offer. Circle K is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



Firefighters to Help Burn Victim Clean Up Her Property

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue has teamed up with the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation to help a recovering burn victim clean up her property. They will be having an estate sale tomorrow with some of the treasures found on the property. News 25 spoke with volunteers on the project. The estate sale will take place tomorrow, May 8th between 10am and 2pm and is located at 4470 Whirlwind in Pahrump.



Save A Pet - Tank

There are dozens of dogs and cats available for adoption in our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell visits Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Tank.



Pahrump Senior Center Open Again

More than a year after closing its doors because of the pandemic, the Pahrump Senior Center is open again. Dozens of seniors were happy to be back when the doors opened Monday.


NCSD Program Helps Level Playing Field For Homeless Students

Believe it or not, hundreds of students in Nye County are considered homeless. Linda Fitzgibbons, who works for the Nye County School District, explains how the Students in Transition Program can help. For more information about the Students In Transition program, you can call Linda Fitzgibbons at the Nye County School District, at 775-727-1875.



Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial with Josh Osborne

If your computer isn't running like it used to, there's a good chance it can be fixed. In today's Great Computer Deals Quick Tutorial, Josh Osborne says if you've done something that's caused the problem, it's important to learn from your mistake.



Business to Receive COVID Funding After Appeal to Commissioners

Since the inception of the Nye County Covid Relief Fund, the Board of County Commissioners has worked to find ways to get money in the hands of local small businesses. Part of that work was determing policies for the fund. And some of that information can be a moving target.



Health: The Science of Giving Gifts Mom Will Love

Buying a gift for Mother's Day can sometimes be stressful. But it doesn't have to be. Cleveland Clinic Psychologist Doctor Susan Albers says there's actually a science to finding that perfect present.



Woman Claims Nye County Deputies Used Excessive Force; Sheriff's Office Responds

A Pahrump woman took to social media to suggest she'd sustained injuries during an interaction with Nye County Sheriff's Office deputies. She also said they used excessive force. The sheriff's office disputes her claims, and released body camera video it says proves their officers did nothing wrong.



The Pourhouse Karaoke Competition Finalists Compete

Karaoke takes center stage three nights a week at The Pourhouse Restaurant and Bar in Pahrump. This past weekend, the best of the best performed in the finals of a karaoke competition, with 35-hundred dollars up for grabs.



Save A Pet - Sarah

For today's Save A Pet, we're back at Desert Haven Animal Society... where Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Sarah.



Health: Act Now for Ragweed Allergy Relief

Many people are in the midst of spring allergy misery. But if you also wrestle with ragweed in the fall, you'll want to start seeking relief now, according to Cleveland Clinic allergist Doctor Sandra Hong.



Court Report with Missey Kohler

Missey Kohler has the latest on some notable cases moving through the courts in Nye County, including those of defendants Ashley Winn, Christopher Hulderson and the settlement of a lawsuit brought by a Rachel, Nevada business over the 2019 Storm Area 51/Alienstock event.



Victor Casillas Sentenced for Role in 2018 Nye County Pursuit

Victor Casillas was in court Friday for sentencing. You may remember him better as part of the duo that dashed out of their Holiday Inn hotel room window during a search warrant execution and leading police on a chase that was captured on video and aired on Live PD and right here on KPVM.



Mail Truck Crashes Into Pahrump Home

A reported mechanical failure results in the crash of a US Postal Service mail truck into a house in Pahrump.



Pahrump Wild West Extravaganza Enjoys First Run at New Home

Another Wild West Extravaganza is in the books. The popular annual show drew large crowds to the site of its new, permanent home -- the Pahrump Valley Museum. Sheriff Sharon Wehrly says the event offers a wide variety of entertainment for the entire family. The Wild West Extravaganza is dedicated to the memory of Carlton McCaslin -- probably best-known for his role with Shadow Mountain Community Players -- and Gordon Wix.



Visitors Enjoy Pahrump Balloon Festival, Despite Mother Nature

Mother Nature put a damper on this year's Pahrump Balloon Festival, which concluded Sunday at Ian Deutch Memorial Park. High winds kept the hot air balloons grounded Saturday and Sunday. But we found of plenty of people still enjoying the food, drinks and carnival rides.



Health: Cancer Survivor Shares Story of Hope for Melanoma Monday

Today is Melanoma Monday -- a day set aside each year to help raise awareness about melanoma, which is considered the deadliest form of skin cancer. We spoke with a young woman about how she found out she had melanoma and why it's important to get checked if you notice anything unusual. When it comes to prevention, Doctor Gastman says it's important to regularly apply sun screen and avoid getting sun burned. UV protective clothing can also be helpful if you're going to be outside for a long period of time.



Viewers Share Pahrump Balloon Festival Photos, Videos

While the balloons may have been a no-show for most of the weekend, there was still plenty of fun to be had at the Pahrump Balloon Festival. We asked viewers to send in their photos and videos from this past weekend's event. Here's what they shared.



Save A Pet - Fido

For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell introduces us to Fido -- a two-year-old black lab eager to find his forever home. And you can meet him at Desert Haven Animal Society.