First snow for the date in Winnemucca since at least 1877

ELKO — It was less than 1 inch (25 millimeters), but the snow that fell in Winnemucca broke a 142-year-old record.

The National Weather Service says the .8 inch (20 millimeters) recorded Sunday at Winnemucca Airport was the first time it snowed on that date since it started keeping records in 1877.

The trace of snow at Elko Airport tied the old record of a trace set in 2007.

Elko also set a rainfall record Saturday with .74 inches (18 mm), topping the 1968 record of .26 inches (6 mm).

Eight inches (20 centimeters) of snow was reported Saturday into Sunday at Red Rock about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Reno. About 1.5 inches (38 mm) of snow also fell over the weekend at Lake Tahoe.

A half-inch (12 mm) of rain or more fell at Sparks, Stead and Sutcliffe.

Nevada panel begins work on changes to school finance plan

LAS VEGAS — A state commission has begun working on helping shape an overhaul of Nevada’s decades-old system for funding public schools.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the state Commission on School Funding met Friday for the first time.

The 11-member panel is supposed to guide the Department of Education’s work in revamping the school funding system so changes can take effect in 2021.

Gov. Steve Sisolak in June signed legislation to replace the state’s 52-year-old education funding formula with one aimed at streamlining and adding transparency.

Critics have said the plan doesn’t address students’ needs, and the commission will make recommendations to Sisolak on possible changes.

Specific areas for review include additional funding for various categories of students, including those learning the English language and those who deemed gifted and talented.

Nevada casinos report strong month of winnings in August

LAS VEGAS — Nevada casinos reported a strong month of house winnings in August, up 4.3% compared with the same month a year ago, state regulators said Friday.

It was the third straight monthly increase statewide in the year-to-year comparison, after five months of decreases, Nevada Gaming Control Board analyst Michael Lawton said.

However, the $952 million in casino “gaming win” was down from $1.02 billion in July.

The state took in $50 million in taxes, called percentage fees, on the August 2019 figures. That was up 6.9% from a year ago.

Key drivers in August were sports pools and table games other than baccarat, including blackjack, craps and roulette, Lawton said.

He said the $36.3 million win figure for those games was up 17.9% from a year ago, mainly due to increased volume and house hold percentages.

Slot win figures were down slightly, while baccarat win came in at $98.6 million, up 6.4% from the same month a year ago.

Las Vegas Strip properties reported an 8.9% increase in overall winnings in August. Reno casinos reported a nearly 4.7% increase. Properties in West Wendover reported a 16% jump.

The Las Vegas Strip has now also recorded three consecutive monthly increases in the year-over-year comparison, Lawton said.

The monthly report is a key index of state fiscal health. Gambling taxes in Nevada are second to sales taxes as a percentage of the state’s $14 billion annual budget.