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NCSO to lay off 6 Beatty, Tonopah dispatchers

TONOPAH — Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo expressed concerns about cuts to dispatch services in Tonopah and Beatty, which will only be operating during regular business hours starting May 1.

County researching cheaper Hoover Dam power

Nye County Commissioners last week directed county staff to submit a non-binding application for a Hoover Dam power allocation, which could reduce power costs for county governmental entities, despite objections from Tim Hafen it may affect the bottom line of Valley Electric Association.

UICN to PUC: Expect higher rates

The 2014 integrated resource plan filed by Utilities Inc. of Central Nevada, which the company is required to file with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission listing capital improvements planned for the next three years, would require a 12.7-percent hike in residential water rates and a 3.5-percent hike in sewer rates, the company states.

Man who escaped child sex charge back in court

A man who recently escaped a child sex assault conviction was back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on charges that he was allegedly in possession of child pornography in 2011.

Riches takes point in opposing Kulkin’s push

After Pahrump Town Board Chair Harley Kulkin renewed his vow to incorporate last month, board member Amy Riches decided to counter his proposal.

Kennels, marijuana permits on county agenda

TONOPAH — People who own more than six pets could apply for a pet fancier’s permit instead of a residential kennel, under an amendment to Nye County Code under consideration by commissioners at their 10 a.m. meeting here Tuesday.

Crime corner

COPS: Two arrested following high-speed motorcycle chase

Oil find reported near Gabbs

CARSON CITY — Sierra Nevada Oil LLC announced last week it staked three additional well locations near Gabbs in the vicinity of their Paradise 2-12 discovery well, which the company said is producing the first oil in western Nevada.

Travel policy amended for board members

The town board approved an amended policy relating to board travel expenses this week.

DA’s Report

• Michael Steven Villeda was charged on March 3 with obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person to avoid or delay prosecution; driving under the influence of alcohol; driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended; vehicle entering highway or roadway from private way; and vehicle entering intersection marked ‘stop’ or ‘yield.’

Dole runs for public administrator; Tonopah man seeks assessor post

Robert “Butch” Dole, who previously ran for Nye County Commission and even governor of California, has filed to run for public administrator in the 2014 election, while Albert “Nick” Bradshaw IV became the second candidate from Tonopah to file for countywide office, the assessor position.

AG’s office warns residents to beware of IRS phone scam

The Attorney General’s Office is warning Nevada residents to be on the look out this tax season for scammers posing as the Internal Revenue Service. The crooks attempt to gain access to personal information and then use it fraudulently.

Arson suspect pleads not guilty to ID theft attempt

A woman accused of attempting to procure a driver’s license in another person’s name to avoid prosecution on arson and animal abuse charges pleaded not guilty to the offense this week in District Court.

Board hears year-round swimming proposal

Pahrump Town Board members dove head-first into the issue of providing year-round swimming for local residents this week.

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