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Bruce Breslow named to Nevada PUC

Bruce Breslow is the newest appointee to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced.

Breslow, a former Sparks mayor, will replace Paul Thomsen, who stepped down from the commission earlier this year.

The appointment is effective Sept. 5.

Breslow currently serves in the governor’s cabinet in his role as director of the Department of Business and Industry.

As the director, he oversees 14 state regulatory and administrative divisions including the Athletic Commission, Transportation Authority, Financial Institutions, Housing, Mortgage Lending and the Real Estate divisions. Previously, Breslow served as the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the executive director of Nevada’s Agency for Nuclear Projects and as a commissioner of the Transportation Services Authority. Breslow served as mayor of Sparks from 1991 to 1999.

“Bruce has served in my administration since day one and has served as a thoughtful problem solver as a member of my Cabinet,” Sandoval said in a statement. “He is a seasoned regulator, and I know he will do a fine job as the PUCN continues to make important decisions related to Nevada’s energy future.”

Sandoval also announced the promotion of C.J. Manthe from housing administrator to director of business of industry for the state, replacing Breslow.

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.