91°F
weather icon Clear

Homeowner finds mysterious powdery substance in mailbox

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue crews, along with Nye County Sheriff’s deputies, were dispatched to the intersection of Leslie and West Irene streets for a two-vehicle collision just before 1 p.m., last Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver of one vehicle who fled the scene after colliding with the second vehicle.

“Upon arrival, we found one vehicle with four occupants inside, including a pregnant female,” Fire Chief Scott Lewis said. “All were evaluated at the scene and declined transport to the hospital.”

Upon their initial investigation, sheriff’s deputies discovered the fleeing vehicle’s license plate was left behind as a result of the collision. Nye County Sheriff’s deputies are following up on that lead.

On Monday afternoon, fire crews responded to the intersection of Pahrump Valley Boulevard and Highway 372 for a collision between a bicyclist and a vehicle.

The rider was transported to Desert View Hospital with undisclosed injuries, while the sheriff’s office is investigating the cause of the collision.

Later that day, emergency crews were dispatched to the 1600 block of Manzanita Street when a homeowner discovered a yellowish powdery substance in her mailbox.

“The substance had been removed out of the mailbox but a small sample was obtained and an analysis was completed where the substance was found to be benign,” Lewis said. “It was a yellow powdery substance and it is believed to be something similar to that of a dry chemical from a fire extinguisher. It was that type of consistency.”

While responding to recent service calls firefighters were challenged by temperatures upward of 112 degrees. Combined with their PPE’s (Personal Protection Equipment), including a helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and an air pack, firefighters carry roughly 45 pounds of equipment.

At times, additional equipment such as a thermal-imaging camera, radios and a Halligan Bar, fire crews can carry up 75 additional pounds of equipment depending on the type of emergency response.

Lewis noted that his crews routinely keep a close watch on each other to minimize or avoid heat-related disorders.

During extreme situations, one method of cooling down consists of simply dousing the firefighter with cool water.

“If we start to see any signs and symptoms from any of our crew members, we immediately get them to shade and get some cold water on them,” he said. “We were very concerned during the course of that fatal structure fire on Sunday because temperatures were really starting to climb. The crews that we didn’t need on scene, went back to their respective stations. The crews that we maintained on location for the investigation, we rotated in and out of the apparatus so they could stay cool.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Very dry summer triggers campfire ban on all public lands in Nevada

The ban and other restrictions, which previously applied only to federal lands such as the Humbldt-Toiyabe National Forest, have been expanded to all public lands in Nevada.

Meadows Bank total assets reach $1 billion

Meadows Bank, headquartered in Las Vegas, announced Wednesday that it had reached $1.1 billion in total assets as of June 30. Total equity capital also grew 17% to $126.8 million.

Assembly Bill 4 sparks backlash in Nevada, Nye

With the 2020 general election just three months away, Nevada legislators passed Assembly Bill 4 this month, among a stir of outrage from the Legislature’s Republican minority as well as a plethora of residents all across the state. The move has even caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who filed a lawsuit to halt the bill after slamming Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and Democratic legislators for what he termed a “late night coup” that he Tweeted would make it “impossible” for Republicans to win the state in 2020.

2020 Pahrump Fall Festival canceled

The fate of the 2020 Pahrump Fall Festival has now been decided, with the Nye County Commission, sitting as the governing board for the town of Pahrump, voting to call off what is hands-down the largest event in the valley each year, all in the name of public health and safety due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Pahrump’s 2020 Back to School Fair hailed a success

The start of the 2020-2021 school year is just over two weeks away and though students will be heading into an academic year that will look quite a bit different than in years past, one thing that has not changed is the necessity for students to be prepared with all of the school supplies they will need to pursue educational success.

New COVID-19 cases number 649 in Nevada

Nevada Health Response reported Nevada logged 649 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 52,828.

IN SEASON: The time is now to plan your fall and winter annual vegetable garden

It may seem too early to be thinking about our fall and winter garden while we are in the thick of brutal summer temperatures, but cooler weather is just around the corner. By starting seeds indoors now, you can give yourself a head start on the fall and winter garden season.

DPS appoints Dyzak State Fire Marshal Division chief

Nevada Department of Public Safety Director George Togliatti on July 27 appointed Mike Dzyak as chief of the Nevada DPS, State Fire Marshal Division. Dzyak previously served as lieutenant and as acting fire marshal following the retirement of former Chief Bart Chambers.