weather icon Clear

Beatty High graduates 18 students in latest class

BEATTY — The town’s high school graduated its latest class on Monday, giving diplomas to 18 seniors.

“I never thought I’d be so excited for a Monday,” exclaimed Maggie Cathcart, in her valedictory address at Beatty High School’s graduation ceremony.

She advised her classmates that they would never be 100 percent ready for what life would bring them. “It’s never going to be just the right time, but that’s the point. It means that every moment is the right moment.”

Cathcart counseled the graduates to make mistakes. “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not really learning anything.”

She took the opportunity to thank Principal Gary Flood and teachers Mary Beth Aragon and Jim Benshoof, who are leaving the school, for all they had taught her and each meant something to her development.

The valedictorian, who plans to attend the College of Southern Nevada to become a dental hygienist, took a line from Star Trek and told class members to “live long and prosper.”

Salutatorian Erin Young also plans to attend CSN, but her course of study will be veterinary technology. She told her fellow graduates that no matter what different paths they might take, they will always have a special place in her heart and she will always be a Beatty Hornet.

The guest speaker was former Beatty and Amargosa teacher Patty Duszynski, whose late husband, Mike, taught for many years at the high school. She took the opportunity to return to some of the graduates notes they had written years ago that she had found on the playground and kept.

The BHS Class of 2016 received a total of $176,600 in scholarships, $25,000 of which were local …not bad for a class of only 18 graduates.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness maintaining local trails

Nevada is a state filled with beautiful wilderness areas, many of which can be found right here in Nye County, but the value and benefits of those areas cannot be realized unless they can be accessed by the everyday person.

Pinkbox opening in Pahrump Nugget

An illuminated oversized doughnut already overlooks Highway 160, in a central area of Pahrump where passersby will see it on their way to Death Valley. Many local leaders in the valley are excited about the grand opening of popular chain Pinkbox Doughnuts beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday inside the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino.

Pahrump man injured in gunfire with deputy

Nye County Sheriff Joe McGill told the Pahrump Valley Times the incident occurred at a residence along Bunarch Road at approximately 7:30 a.m. on May 14.

Burn ban in place — what you need to know

A new BLM Nevada Fire Prevention Order is in effect through Oct. 31. The order, issued by the Bureau of Land Management, prohibits specific fire-related activities on all BLM-managed land in Nevada.

Nye County solar regulations nearing completion, moratorium extended

Nye County has spent the last year and a half working to create local regulations for the burgeoning solar industry and following plenty of research and the careful gleaning of input from various stakeholders, that process is finally nearing completion.

Motorcycle rider flown to UMC Trauma

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services Chief Scott Lewis told the Pahrump Valley Times that crews were dispatched to a report of a serious two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Sandpebble Street and Kellogg Road on the south end of the valley at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8.

US 95 head-on crash kills one in Nye County

The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash along US 95 at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday morning, May 13, according to Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services Chief Scott Lewis.