weather icon Clear

John Glenn honored in Pahrump

David Jacobs/Pahrump Valley Times

The American flag flew at half-staff in Pahrump and around the United States on Thursday in honor of former U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at age 95.

Glenn, of Ohio, was being buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery.

His family asked for his burial to be scheduled for Thursday, the 74th anniversary of his marriage to his high school sweetheart Annie, according to a McClatchy news story.

President Donald Trump ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at all public buildings, grounds and other sites as a tribute to Glenn, who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the earth.

Glenn returned to space at age 77 in 1998 as an astronaut on the space shuttle Discovery.

The flag was to fly at half-staff until sunset Thursday “as a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn,” Trump said in a proclamation.

A Democrat, Glenn served in the Senate from 1974-1999.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Tonopah will build new $15.2M elementary near town high school

Tonopah will create a centralized learning campus for pre-k through 12-grade students by constructing a new elementary on 5.5 acres near the town’s high school.

Funding will help save endangered Pahrump poolfish

Bureau of Land Management officials have worked with other agencies over the past five years to improve habitats for the threatened fish, which can be found in three locations at the Shoshone Ponds about 30 miles south of Ely.

Fairgrounds parking lot will be used for motorcycle trainings

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Riders Group of Pahrump is expected to begin hosting motorcycle training sessions at the parking lot of the Pahrump Fairgrounds.

2 transported to hospital after crash

One person was transported by air to UMC Trauma, while another was transported to Desert View Hospital following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Gamebird Road and Winchester Avenue just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

NBC exhumes Ted Binion case on ‘Dateline’ episode

Casino magnate Ted Binion was found dead in September 1998, but many believe he buried treasure at his Pahrump property.

Rise of COVID-19 cases have canceled visits at Nevada prisons

Following a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, the Nevada Department of Corrections suspended inmate visitations until further notice. The agency did not indicate whether inmate and attorney visits are part of the suspension period.

Staffing crisis at area hospitals continues

An increasing number of sick employees and an continuing rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations have extended a staffing crisis in Southern Nevada hospitals for a second week.