Author: Eureka Sentinel

Amodei votes to delay ACA individual mandate

Eureka Congressman Mark Amodei voted in favor of H.R. 4118 this week, the SIMPLE Fairness Act, which would delay for one year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate – that is the requirement that individuals pay a tax for not maintaining “minimum essential coverage” as defined by the ACA. The bill passed the House 250 to 160 with the support of 27 Democrats. “President Obama has announced yet another one-year suspension of the employer mandate. In addition to the fact that he does not have the Constitutional power to unilaterally change the law, it is grossly unfair to exempt businesses from the ACA penalty without providing hardworking Americans with similar relief,” said Amodei. “The ACA is broken. I think everyone should be exempt, not merely businesses. I hear from numerous Nevadans who are being punished by ACA regulations. Most recently, a married couple in Winnemucca shared their struggle,” said Amodei. “Prior to the ACA they had affordable coverage they liked, noting that they never had a claim rejected. Now, thanks to the ACA, they pay a higher monthly premium and saw their deductible increase from $400 to $5,000 a year. They are in good health and have rarely spent $5,000 a year on medical care, so essentially their future costs will be out of pocket. They were also notified that their coverage will no longer be offered by...

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Lady Vandals come up short in title game

By Dave Maxwell  The Eureka’s County High girls basketball team was looking for a repeat of their state basketball championship at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno last Saturday, but Bailee Hosier of Pahranagat Valley proved to be too much for them. Hosier lit up the place with five three-point shots (she made a state record eight the night before in the semifinals), and 21 points total, and despite a furious fourth-quarter rally, the Vandal gals fell short 50-46 in their attempt at a second straight title. It was the third time the teams had played this season, both...

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Proposed minimum wage increase would help some, hurt others

The proposal out of Washington to raise the minimum wage nearly 40 percent over the next two years — $7.25 to $10.10 and hour — is a redistributionist scheme that would aid some and devastate others. While as many as 16.5 million workers currently are paid less than $10.10 an hour, according to the Congressional Budget Office, as many as 500,000 to 1 million would see their wages decline 100 percent, because they would lose their jobs. The CBO did not estimate how the subsequent increase in the cost of goods and services would hurt those on fixed incomes, such as retirees, or decrease the purchasing power of everyone. The CBO, which is notorious for underestimating the costs of taxes and regulations, said the minimum wage hike would reduce the number of people living below the poverty threshold by 900,000, but did not project what the future poverty level would be due to inflation. The CBO spelled out the redistributive nature of the proposal, estimating that households currently earning less than six times the poverty level would see their income increase $19 billion, while those earning more than six times the poverty level would lose $17 billion. By Nevada law the minimum wage for those who do not receive workplace health insurance is a dollar higher than the federal minimum. How that would affect Nevada jobs is unclear, especially...

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Eureka County eligible for conservation program

A lack of moisture, over an extended period of time, has caused producers in Nevada to suffer from the effects of severe drought conditions. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under ECP. This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA), which provides cost-share assistance if the damage is so severe that water available for livestock or orchards and vineyards has been reduced below normal to the extent that neither can survive without additional water. Eligible Nevada counties are:  Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and Carson City. Also included are: Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties in California which are serviced by the FSA county office in Yerington, NV. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 50 percent of the cost of installing eligible temporary measures. Cost sharing for permanent measures is based on 75 percent of the total eligible cost. Cost-share assistance is limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per natural disaster. Approved practices and measures may include: • Installing pipelines or other facilities for livestock water • Constructing and deepening wells for livestock water Producers who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring outside assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water may contact the local FSA County Office.  Requests for assistance...

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Public hearing slated on hazardous waste storage

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is providing notice that a Public Hearing has been requested in reference to a draft permit for a hazardous waste storage and treatment facility proposed to be constructed in Eureka County, Nevada. The draft RCRA Permit was prepared for Precious Metals Recovery, LLC (PMR), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barrick Gold of North America. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Crescent Valley Town Center, 5045 Tenabo Ave., Crescent Valley, Nevada. All persons wishing to provide comment on the draft permit are invited to attend. The proposed PMR facility will be located on private land in northern Eureka County, approximately 12 miles east of the Town of Crescent Valley. The facility is intended to receive mercury-containing wastes recovered from environmental controls at Barrick’s gold processing operations in Nevada. The received waste material will be treated and stored at the proposed facility before shipment to a national repository for the long term storage of elemental mercury. Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations or assistance at the public hearing are requested to notify NDEP no later than 5 p.m. on March 20. For additional information regarding this hearing, please contact Mike Leigh at (775) 687-9465 or e-mail...

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