weather icon Clear

Nevada Dept. of Transportation’s Tony Illia passes

On Monday, August 2 it was announced that Tony Illia, the public face of the Nevada Department of Transportation for the past seven years, has passed away.

“It is with profound sadness that NDOT announces the passing of Public Information Officer Tony Illia, a committed public servant and dear friend to many throughout the department, the media and the Las Vegas community,” a news release issued by Illia’s successor to the PIO position, Adrienne Packer, stated. “No words can adequately express our sadness or our gratitude for Tony’s tireless work for NDOT over the past seven years. NDOT offers its sincere condolences to Tony’s family, friends and all who were touched by his kind spirit.”

As detailed in the press release, Illia started at NDOT in 2014 and had served as the department’s PIO and its primary spokesperson for Southern Nevada. Throughout the years, Illia had focused his energy on informing the media and the general public about the many projects undertaken by NDOT, issuing regular press releases and conducting hundreds, if not thousands, of interviews regarding the specifics of road work projects all over Southern Nevada, including those in Pahrump and throughout Nye County.

Effective Monday, Packer has now assumed Illia’s title of PIO and will continue to provide the public with details on the roadway construction efforts, both major and minor, taking place in Nevada.

Illia is reported to have passed away last week, although information on cause of death and the date on which he died were not available as of press time.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.

Arby’s eyes completion; new coffee cafe coming to Pahrump; local bakers make cake for ‘Growing Up Hip Hop’ wedding and more…

Cell phone signal was key to rescue of 2 hikers at Death Valley

Two unidentified hikers were rescued by helicopter from Telescope Peak Trail on Wednesday, Feb. 1, after sliding downhill in freezing and icy conditions, park officials say.

Here’s where to turn to when grief becomes too much

Nearly every person will experience the loss of someone they know and love but the manner in which each individual deals with such events can vary vastly. GriefShare is there to help.

New parents can find help at this diaper bank ‘pop-up’ event

Pahrump Salvation Army is holding a freediaper bank pop-up event for area parents at its service center, 40 Dahlia St. from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 10. No registration is required.

Cortez Masto takes aim at egg prices, price gouging

Nevada’s average price for a carton of eggs has surged to $6.07 at the end of 2022, while the national average is $4.25, according to Catherine Cortez Masto’s letter.

ICYMI: See the animals at the Nature Health Farms ‘fun’draiser

Nature Health Farms was the venue for plenty of amusement this past Saturday, with a bevy of activities and entertainment taking place during the farm’s 3rd Annual “Fun”draiser.