Author: Eureka Sentinel

Maverick-Medicine wild horse gather concludes

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District Office concluded the Maverick-Medicine wild horse gather on Monday, Aug. 5. A total of 64 wild horses were gathered from Cherry Spring in the Maverick Range of the Maverick-Medicine Herd Management Area. The water trap gather was necessary to prevent a further decline in animal condition caused by minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to severe drought conditions. This action was analyzed as part of the Three HMA Environmental Assessment released in May 2013. Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Maverick Medicine HMA is 166-276 wild horses and the current estimated population is 587 wild horses. BLM has been monitoring the condition of the wild horses due to the on-going drought conditions. The wild horses removed from the range were sent to Gunnison Correctional Facility, Utah where they will be prepared for BLM’s adoption program. Un-adopted wild horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM does not sell or send any wild horses to slaughter. The gather began Aug. 2 and concluded on Aug. 5. No wild horses died or were euthanized during the course of the gather. “The BLM’s efforts made prior to the gather by hauling water and improving the troughs helped us...

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Ithurralde honored during National Basque festival

On July 7, during the National Basque Fetival in Elko, Eureka resident Jim Ithurralde was awarded the Bizi Emakorra, or lifetime achievement award, along with Bob Goicoichea of Elko. Current members of the North American Basque Organization (NABO) current delegates vote on the idea and is presented to people who have made an extraordinary contribution to Basque Culture in the United States. NABO is celebrating its 40th year. NABO is a service organization and its prime purpose is the preservation, protection and promotion of the historical, cultural and social interests of Basques in the United States. Its motto is...

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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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