Author: Eureka Sentinel

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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Letter to the Editor: August 1, 2013

Dear Editor, I attended a meeting of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council July 30 (my third) in Carson City. Like a lot of things that go on in government, few readers will have heard of the council. It was set up late last year by Gov. Sandoval in an effort to forestall the feds’ putting the sage grouse on the endangered species list, a measure that would declare large swaths of Nevada off limits to business and recreation. The Legislature earmarked $304 million to fund the council. Now the council, comprising representatives of several federal agencies and state offices is working on preserving habitat for the birds. In the recent hearings and writings by the council there is little said about preserving the birds, only habitat. Cliff Gardner of Elko County and Floyd Rathbun and Bob Clifford of Churchill County have spoken at previous meetings, pointing out errors and misconceptions the council is making. Both Gardner and Rathbun have extensive knowledge of the sage grouse and its habits. While the council sees farming and ranching as harmful to the bird, Gardner and Rathbun have facts showing that sage grouse numbers were highest in the 1950’s when agriculture was prominate in Nevada and that since the usurping of control over public land by federal agencies the population has diminished. The council seems uninterested, however, in listening to facts and has entered...

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NOVS ROVER program to visit Eureka in August

The Nevada Office of Veterans Services Veterans Outreach “ROVER” Program will visit the Eureka Fire House, so veterans and family members will be able to meet with a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to learn about benefits and services they may be eligible for but unaware of. “We continue to ask local businesses, city officials and anyone willing to help us spread the word, to post a flyer at their location or download and email the flyer to their personal network,” says Executive Deputy Director, Kat Miller. To download; go to the NOVS ROVER page at http://www.veterans. nv.gov/rover.html to find the ROVER schedule and scroll down to the date of the event. Wednesday – Aug. 13 – Eureka Fire House – 290 N. Main St. – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Veterans and family members can make an appointment to meet with a Veterans Service Officer to discuss their benefits and pre-scheduled appointments are suggested. Walk-in appointments are welcome, but can only be seen as time permits. “Appointments at some recent locations have filled up prior to the date,” says program supervisor, Scott Fincher. “With help from the community, the word has been getting out and we really encourage veterans or family members to consider making an appointment in advance.” To schedule an advanced appointment, contact Pamela (775) 688-1653 ext 6 or Barbara at (775) 321-4880. Veterans are advised to...

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