Author: Eureka Sentinel

NHP steps up enforcement on Highway 50

The Nevada Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement efforts on US 50 (Lincoln Highway) effective today through Aug. 12. These efforts will emphasize on stopping and citing motorists who exceed the posted speed limit; in addition to the speed enforcement campaign, troopers will be looking closely at other traffic violations such as reckless or aggressive driving, Driving Under the Influence, following too closely, talking or texting on a hand-held cell phone and lane change violations. Anyone violating these offenses will be receiving a citation as part of a “Zero Tolerance” approach to reduce accidents in the area. We...

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Vesco retires from state Conservation Commission

CARSON CITY – State Conservation Commission Vice-Chair, Vance Vesco, has retired after 12 years on the commission, and his contributions were recognized during the body’s June 27 meeting. “It’s hard to walk away, but it’s time,” said Vesco. “We’ve gotten a lot accomplished and have kept the conservation districts funded and alive. Those guys, serving throughout the state, are the real unsung heroes.” The State Conservation Commission is comprised of seven commissioners appointed by the Governor, as well as the Dean of the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources (CABNR) and the Director of the Department of Agriculture or their appointees. The Commission is charged with carrying out policies on renewable natural resource programs by guiding and regulating Nevada’s 28 conservation districts. Conservation districts work for the conservation and proper development of the state’s natural resources, including land, soil, water, vegetation, trees, natural landscape and open space by taking available technical, financial and educational resources and coordinating them to meet the needs of landowners and land users. Also during the June 27 meeting, Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the 2013 Nevada Agriculture Analysis and Opportunities Report. The report shows Nevada’s agriculture industry sector as a major contributor to the overall economy of the state. “Agriculture has been a stable economic sector in Nevada ever since statehood,” said Joe Sicking, Chairman of the...

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Joan Fontes obituary

Joan was born in Grand Junction, Colorado to Emmett Colescott and Nellie (Emmons) Colescott. The family moved to Tres Pines, California when she was twelve. There she met and married Gene Fontes at the age of sixteen. They were happily married for 68 years until Gene passed away in February of this year. Gene spent most of his life working on ranches in Nevada and Joan usually worked right along side of him as a ranch cook. In her spare time she loved to fish and enjoyed the outdoors. She also spent a lot of time sewing. Through the...

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Taxable sales jump 6.1 percent from a year ago

CARSON CITY — Taxable sales in Nevada jumped 6.1 percent in May from the same month a year ago, with gains fed by big boosts in construction and vehicle sales, the Department of Taxation reported last week. Merchants sold $3.9 billion in goods during the month, on which the state collected $308 million in gross sales and use taxes. The tax revenue is up 6.6 percent compared with May 2012 and 6 percent for the fiscal year. Sales in Clark County rose 4.7 percent to $2.8 billion, up from $2.7 billion the year before. In northern Nevada’s Washoe County, sales leaped 8 percent to $501 million, up from $464 million. In all, 13 of Nevada’s 17 counties saw improved sales over May 2012, with Eureka, Lander, Lincoln and White Pine being the exceptions. Big gains were realized by car dealers and the construction industry. Vehicle and auto part sales rose 10.9 percent, while the construction industry saw a 23.6 percent boost in activity. Furniture and home furnishing sales also posted a doubledigit increase of 10.1 percent, while sales at bars and restaurants rose 2.3 percent. Rental and leasing services were up 19 percent, and sales of clothing and accessories rose 4.9 percent. On the down side, accommodations, a key indicator of Nevada’s vital tourism industry, fell 18.8 percent. Sales of durable goods dropped 2 percent. The portion of tax...

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Four candidates interviewed for Nevada schools superintendent

LAS VEGAS — Public interviews got underway last week for four semifinalists being considered for Nevada superintendent of public instruction. The state Board of Education interviewed contestants during an open meeting in Las Vegas and will recommend three names to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who will make the final appointment. The candidates are: • Rorie Fitzpatrick, who was named interim superintendent after the abrupt resignation in March of James Guthrie, who left after a year on the job in the midst of the legislative session. Previously, Fitzpatrick was deputy superintendent and represented the Department of Education throughout the legislative session. • Dale Erquiaga, a former senior adviser to Sandoval who left the administration in 2012. Previously, he was a deputy secretary of state and former government affairs director for the Clark County School District. He is currently interim executive director of the Arizona Humane Society. • Rene Cantu Jr., executive director of the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s Community Foundation. He was one of three finalists for the state superintendent’s job last year and served briefly on the Clark County School Board to fill a vacancy. • Michael Sentence, a former secretary of education in Massachusetts and former assistant attorney general in that state. The upcoming choice will mark the second superintendent appointment by Sandoval, who was given authority in 2011 to name the state’s top school chief. Before the 2011...

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