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County taxable sales down, again

Taxable sales in Nye County continue their downward trend in December as construction of Crescent Dunes outside Tonopah is concluding.

However, key county business categories also saw declines during the big holiday month.

Taxables sales for December were $49.3 million, a 23.4 percent decline from the same month in 2013, according to recently released numbers from the state Department of Taxation.

Sales to specialty trade contractors declined 92.7 percent to $1.4 million, cutting $18 million from taxable sales.

The top sales category was general merchandise stores reporting $5.3 million, a less than 1 percent increase. Machinery manufacturing reported a 3.6 percent increase to $4.5 million, plastics and rubber products manufacturing posted $3.9 million in sales.

Restaurants and bars saw sales increase 10.1 percent to $3.5 million in December, pushing a 5.2 percent increase to $20 million between July and December.

After a few months of increases, car dealerships saw a 11.3 percent decrease to $4.4 million in December. However, category sales remain up 3 percent the first six months of the fiscal 2015 year.

County taxable sales revenue is down 29.3 percent the first six months of the 2015 fiscal year to $247.5 million.

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.