Author: Eureka Sentinel

GOP Attorney General Hopeful Wes Duncan Discusses Improving Mental Health Services

By Michelle Rindels, The Nevada Independent As he joined Attorney General Adam Laxalt on his statewide get out the vote tour, Republican attorney general candidate Wes Duncan took time to answer a few questions from The Nevada Independent about his race, his ideas for addressing mental health problems in the state and his most controversial endorsement. He’s facing a primary challenge from Republican attorney Craig Mueller, and if he wins, he’ll face off with Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford. Here are his responses: Campaign outlook A Nevada Independent poll in mid-April showed 92 percent of Nevadans didn’t know who Duncan was, while 85 percent of voters didn’t know who Ford was. Duncan said he’s not too concerned, and added that the primary has been a good opportunity to get out and meet voters face to face. “I feel like we’ve hit a good place in our campaign. We’re up on TV trying to bring our name recognition up,” he said. “I don’t really take too much stock in polls that early, especially for down-ballot races. I think the data told us that both Sen. Ford and I — there’s not a lot of name recognition for either one of us, so we’ve got work to do to reach voters and get our message out.” Re-entry and crime prevention Duncan’s campaign slogan is “A Safer Nevada,” and he...

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Air Races Set to Blaze a Trail Across the Ely Sky

By Teri Vance Nevada’s White Pine County is no stranger to an adrenaline rush. It holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on a public highway from the “Silver State Classic Challenge.” It is home to Fears, Tears and Beers, the oldest mountain bike enduro race in North America and Race the Rails, which pits bicycles against trains. “We have no problems setting records and doing things that have never been done before,” said Meg Rhoades, event planning specialist for the White Pine County Tourism Authority. “We like stepping out of that box.” Having already conquered the...

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Distance Learning Connects Rural Communities

By Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Nevada’s small towns and rural communities are home to some of our state’s most inspiring students. Yet, for many young men and women in Nevada’s rural and underserved communities, more needs to be done to tear down barriers to high-quality education and to provide crucial resources to help students thrive. That is why it has been one of my priorities in the Senate to advocate for more funding and support for our nation’s public schools, community colleges, vocational schools, and universities; particularly in low-income and rural school districts where the need is often most profound. Rural school districts across Nevada are already in the midst of promoting exciting initiatives to broaden their student’s educational opportunities. Lyon County is preparing to install more than two thousands new computers into schools across the county. In January, I joined a bipartisan effort to urge President Trump to create a federal-state partnership to invest in the infrastructure of our nation’s public schools so that more districts can follow in Lyon County’s footsteps in ensuring their schools are properly funded, and modernized for the 21st century. Last month, I held video conferences with high school students from Battle Mountain High School and Carlin Combined High School about the importance of financial literacy and civic engagement. Thanks to an internet connection and a television monitor, I was able to hold...

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Blessing Ceremony Set for Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum

Spiritual leaders from the Paiute, Washoe and Western Shoshone tribes will conduct a special blessing ceremony at site of the future Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum on Wednesday, July 11. The 9:30 a.m. ceremony is intended to bless the site before construction begins to renovate the former Stewart Administration Building into the new cultural center and museum, said Sherry L. Rupert, Executive Director of the Nevada Indian Commission. “We want to start our renovation of the building with a good heart and good intentions,” Rupert said. “We also wanted an opportunity to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and...

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Backers of State Senate Recalls File Last-Chance Appeal, Likely Heads to State Supreme Court

By Riley Snyder, The Nevada Independent Backers of groups attempting to recall two Democratic state senators are moving to appeal a court decision that found their efforts failed to gain enough signatures to qualify for a special election, likely sending the case to the state Supreme Court. The two political action committees seeking to qualify a recall effort against state Sens. Nicole Cannizzaro and Joyce Woodhouse on Tuesday filed a notice of intent to appeal an April decision by District Court Judge Jerry Wiese that neither recall petition had enough signatures to qualify for a special recall election, after the removal of several blocks of invalid signatures. The appeal is a last-chance effort for backers of the recall efforts, which were launched 10 months ago and need a favorable ruling from the state’s highest court to continue moving forward. Although the two recall efforts initially submitted enough signatures to qualify for a special election, Democratic groups opposing the efforts were able to turn in thousands of signature withdrawal requests that drove the number down below the qualifying threshold. The appeal will likely focus on whether the court should accept a group of signature withdrawal forms turned in after the recall petition was submitted to county election officials. In March, Wiese upheld the constitutionality of those signature withdrawals. Nevada law requires recalls to obtain the signatures of 25 percent of...

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