Author: Eureka Sentinel

Heller opposes sage grouse listing

By Dave Maxwell Senator Dean Heller R-NV, spoke with reporters during a rural telephone conference call Feb. 4 focusing on the potential listing of the Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act and recent efforts to lessen the impact of such a listing. Heller, along with Senator Hary Reid, released a discussion draft of legislation that would help protect Nevada’s economies from the listing of the Sage Grouse as an endangered species. Senator Heller is currently in the process of receiving feedback about the draft bill. “I absolutely oppose listing of the sage grouse,” he said. In my conversations...

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Sentinel hires new publisher

Gary Cook, a veteran publisher and marketing executive with strong Nevada roots, has been hired as publisher of the Eureka Sentinel and The Ely Times. Cook replaces Dave Costello, who has moved on to work for Robinson Nevada Mining Company. “Dave was a great publisher for The Ely Times and Eureka Sentinel and we will miss him,” said Kirk Kern, chief operating officer of Battle Born Media, which owns the newspaper. “He was instrumental in our transition from the previous ownership group when we took over in 2011. “We didn’t skip a beat under Dave.” Cook relocated from Algood,...

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Reid allegations warrant a thorough ethics probe

A year ago the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the owners of the Sahara hotel in Las Vegas, now renamed SLS Las Vegas, had obtained the last piece of the $415 million in financing needed to renovate the Strip resort. The story included a statement from Nevada’s senior senator, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said the investment in SLS “will create thousands of jobs, infuse millions into the local economy, and help bring new energy to the north end of the Strip.” It went on to say that Reid said he has supported the project “from the outset and am so pleased that SLS Las Vegas is officially breaking ground.”Just how supportive Reid was came out in December in an exclusive story from The Washington Times, which reported that Homeland Security had denied visas for some of those investors from Asia because of “suspicious financial activity.” That decision was ineligible for appeal. According to the Times account, one U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official reported getting into a shouting match with a Reid staffer over the denial of those visas. “This one is going to be a major headache for us all because Sen. Reid’s office/staff is pushing hard and I just had a long yelling match on the phone,” that official wrote in an email. That official was later called by Reid himself, seeking the help of...

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Basketball teams finish busy week

Lady Vandals sweep road trip Off to one of the stronger starts in school history, the Eureka County High girls basketball team continued their dominance last week with a pair of road wins. The Lady Vandals were without leading scorer Natalie Norcutt on the two day trip, but the rest of the team stepped up in her absence. Taylor Usry scored a team high 13 points and  had 13 rebounds in the Lady Vandals 50-27 win over Wells on Jan. 18. Megan Damele wasn’t far behind with 12, while Shara Green finished with 8. The Lady Vandals were back...

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Lincoln Day breakfast joins politicians with citizens

By Garrett Estrada, Eureka Sentinel Staff Writer More than 150 people packed into the Postal Palace in Ely  Saturday morning to enjoy this year’s annual Lincoln Day breakfast put on by the Ely’s GOP Central Committee. U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and State Sen. Pete Goicoechea were among the many in attendance at the sold out event. Donna Bath started organizing this year’s breakfast shortly after Thanksgiving. She said it’s “very important to have an informed voter population” and that the goal of the breakfast is to help the community meet their political representation. “The whole reason that we do this...

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