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A Burning Man art project that took days to build is burned to the ground in minutes.
A Burning Man art project that took days to build is burned to the ground in minutes.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 1:00 AM
Last week, the BLM issued a Special Recreation Permit that limits Burning Man to a maximum peak population of 80,000 for the next 10 years. After the announcement, Pershing County leaders approved Sheriff Jerry Allen’s Burning Man law enforcement budget for the festival.
A 10-year 2013 settlement agreement between Pershing County and Burning Man determines the amount Burning Man will pay the county for law enforcement, courthouse and other services based on festival attendance. The 80,000 peak population permitted by the BLM would have increased Burning Man Project’s payments per the agreement but a BMP official at last week’s county commission meeting told officials that the 2019 population would not reach that level.
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    Every year, an estimated 4,100 Nevadans die prematurely as a result of smoking, and 41,000 children alive today in Nevada are expected to die early from it.
    Lawmakers who more than doubled the per-pack cigarette tax in 2015 and approved a 30 percent tax on vaping products this session have said they want to price people out of the habit to prevent some of those deaths, and avert some of the more than $1 billion in annual costs in Nevada directly attributed to lighting up. They also want to curb a trend they said they were “horrified” to discover just a few years ago — while years of work has pushed the youth cigarette use rate below 7 percent, nearly 16 percent of youth are vaping. 
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  • Airport project to double heavy aircraft capacity
    The city recently awarded a contract to Q&D Construction for the heavy aircraft apron and concrete hardstand expansion at the Winnemucca Municipal Airport as part of the airport capital improvement plan, an improvement that will double the heavy aircraft capacity. 
    The project is paid for from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) match grant funding, with 6.25% of the project cost split and paid for between the city and county as part of the cost-sharing agreement. 
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  • Pool feasibility study to be completed

    Upon preliminary investigation and documentation into the feasibility of the indoor pool, City Manager/Engineer Alicia Heiser estimates the cost of current needed repairs at Bode Howard to be approximately $410,868 with a possible 25% ($102,717) additional contingency for unexpected and unknown repair costs, for a grand total of $513,585. 
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  • The staff at Battle Mountain High School continues to prepare for the new year, and several events are scheduled for incoming students and their parents. 
    Teachers have been getting their classrooms ready, and construction work has been done on the school.
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  • The long-awaited acquisition of the Unionville Cemetery by Pershing County is nearly complete according to BLM Winnemucca District Manager Ester McCullough. The final step is publication in the Federal Register of the sale and transfer of the 10.4 acres of public land to the county.
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  • The innovative behavioral health home model that Nevada helped to pioneer two years ago isn’t going away anytime soon, state officials said on Monday, despite reports that clinics in other early-adopter states notified staff and patients of layoffs and service cuts after Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the program last week. Continue this story
  • The Humboldt County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Humboldt County Courthouse Meeting Room 201, 50 West Fifth Street, Winnemucca. Continue this story
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SPORTS

Dennis Houston follows through.
Dennis Houston follows through.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 1:00 AM
Chad Chambers pulled names out of a baseball cap. He and Lee Houston organized a horseshoe tournament on Friday, July 20, at McDougal Park. Time to pair up.
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  • Good Times Drag Strip hosts annual event
    The Good Times Drag Strip hosted the King of the Hill races last Saturday night and it was attended by racers and visitors from the western United States. 
    Five hundred dollars and a trophy were awarded for the first place finish, and $100 was awarded to the second place finisher.
    The Good Times Drag Strip features a 1/8 mile paved drag strip with a state of the art wireless timing system and it is located about six miles out Jungo Road.
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Announcements

  • Want to learn more about illegal drug use in schools? The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Parental Drug Education Program at Grass Valley Elementary School for parents on Wednesday, March 21 from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
  • The following animals were recently picked up by animal control. 
  • The following individuals were granted divorces recently by the Humboldt County Clerk: 
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  • Items in the Court Dispositions are compiled from public records contained in the Union Township Justice Court and the Sixth Judicial District Court. News4Nevada reports all felony hearings, misdemeanor convictions and dismissals for which the court releases information. When requested by the individual, N4N will post the person’s mug shot with their court disposition.
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