Author: Eureka Sentinel

Dozens of Schools Have Not Conducted Lead Testing, Audit Finds, as State Seeks to Expand Screening Program

By Daniel Rothberg, The Nevada Independent Nearly 80 elementary schools across the state have yet to complete lead testing on drinking water, according to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, despite commitments from most superintendents that their districts would screen their water fountains or kitchen sinks. The division’s safe drinking water program, which is administering the voluntary tests as part of an Environmental Protection Agency grant, was the subject of a recent legislative audit that brought the issue to light. Since Nevada does not require public water systems to test for lead within a school district’s facilities, the division wanted the grant to fill a data gap for testing lead, an element linked with brain damage and development issues, especially in young children. “We’ve generally had this question in the back of our minds as to what might be going on in the elementary schools,” said Jennifer Carr, a deputy administrator with the division. “We saw that [data gap] as a potential hole in our understanding of the drinking water for young kids.” Even if lead is absent in city pipes, contamination can still arise closer to the delivery point if the piping around water fixtures — drinking fountains or sinks — contained lead and corroded. Of the 314 elementary schools that have been tested so far, data has pointed to nine places — mostly sinks — where lead...

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Track Team Set for Regional Meet

The Vandals had but only a few of their team members competing at the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca last week. Garrett Todd did the best for the boys with a fourth place finish in the high jump. The girls team only participated in four events. This week the teams take part in the 3A-1A Northern regional meet at Yerington High Friday and Saturday. The top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet May 18-19 in Carson City. BOYS 400 meters – Alex George, 1:05.80, Tyler Blanco, 1:13.43 800 meters – George, 2:56.5, Steel Raine, 2:57.8 1600...

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New Voting Machines to Be Used in Eureka Primaries

Primary elections in Eureka County this year will have something new – updated secure electronic voting equipment. According to an article in the Eureka County Commission newsletter, the primary on June 12 will be the first time county voters will be using the new machines. A video on the County Clerk/Treasurer’s webpage has a presentation on how to use the new machines at http://www.co.eureka.nv.us/. The county purchased the equipment with assistance of a grant made possible by Assembly Bill 519 of the 2017 state legislative session. Electronic voting equipment was used in Eureka County in 2004. The updated equipment will be used in all ballots, including precincts 3 and 4. As noted in the article, “the new equipment uses a touch screen tablet along with a paper printer to verify the vote cast. Answering questions that have been raised, the article stated the voting system is the equipment used to create ballots, cast and count votes, and display elections results. “Nevada’s voting system is a “stand-alone” system and is not connected to a network or to the internet and does not have wireless connection capabilities. Before any component can be used in Nevada’s voting system, it must first go through a series of tests and audits. Additionally, each component maintains a chain of custody with tamper-resistant security seals and access limited to authorized personnel.” County Clerk Beverly Conley said...

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