Author: Eureka Sentinel

Mammovan Set to Visit Eureka

Early detection is the best prevention in the fight against breast cancer. Part of that fight is having regular mammography screenings. Nevada Health Centers’ Mammovan makes mammography services accessible and convenient for women by bringing services to them. The Mammovan is continually criss-crossing Nevada, visiting various locations across the state, and it will soon be stopping in Austin and Eureka. Please remind the women in your life to take advantage of these important preventative screenings. Mammograms are always primarily for women age 40 and older, and don’t require a physician referral. Call 1.877.581.6266 to make an appointment. Mammovan Location Thursday, May 31 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Austin Medical Center 121 Main Street Friday, June 1 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eureka William Bee Ririe Clinic 250 S. Main Street Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) operates the Mammovan, a mobile mammography van that provides convenient access to mammography services to women. It has the same credentials as brick and mortar facilities, but being on wheels allows it the flexibility to visit rural communities. The Mammovan began operations in 2000, and was initially made possible by a grant secured by former Congressman John Ensign and former First Lady of Nevada, Dema Guinn. NVHC’s mission is to provide access to quality healthcare services throughout Nevada. We accept most insurance plans, Medicaid and Medicare. Uninsured patients should call to see if they qualify...

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Rural Counties Fear Speculation as Company Files to Control as Much Water as Nevada Gets from the Colorado River Every Year

  By Daniel Rothberg, The Nevada Independent U.S. Water and Land, LLC is in the opportunity business. It knows that where there is scarcity and volatility, there is opportunity. And it knows that where there is water, there is often both. It also knows that few places deal with scarcity and volatility as directly as the Humboldt River, a small river that Mark Twain once described as a “sickly rivulet” but the economic lifeblood for several Northern Nevada communities. Knowing this, the entity — an investment vehicle for a New York hedge fund — filed an application late last...

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Dozens of Schools Have Not Conducted Lead Testing, Audit Finds, as State Seeks to Expand Screening Program

By Daniel Rothberg, The Nevada Independent Nearly 80 elementary schools across the state have yet to complete lead testing on drinking water, according to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, despite commitments from most superintendents that their districts would screen their water fountains or kitchen sinks. The division’s safe drinking water program, which is administering the voluntary tests as part of an Environmental Protection Agency grant, was the subject of a recent legislative audit that brought the issue to light. Since Nevada does not require public water systems to test for lead within a school district’s facilities, the division wanted the grant to fill a data gap for testing lead, an element linked with brain damage and development issues, especially in young children. “We’ve generally had this question in the back of our minds as to what might be going on in the elementary schools,” said Jennifer Carr, a deputy administrator with the division. “We saw that [data gap] as a potential hole in our understanding of the drinking water for young kids.” Even if lead is absent in city pipes, contamination can still arise closer to the delivery point if the piping around water fixtures — drinking fountains or sinks — contained lead and corroded. Of the 314 elementary schools that have been tested so far, data has pointed to nine places — mostly sinks — where lead...

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