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Raising taxes is what weak and lazy politicians do

Democrats love tax hikes because they mean more money for government to do more things. Conservatives loathe tax hikes because they mean more money for government to do more things. Philosophically-challenged Republicans vote for tax hikes because … well, they stand for nothing, so they’ll fall for anything.

County funds Yucca contracts

Nye County is still funding consultant work for the all-but-dead Yucca Mountain project. Last week commissioners renewed 21 contracts, while Senate Republicans in Washington, D.C. threatened to resurrect the project.

Spring Mountain horse gathers proposed

Major reductions in wild horse and burro numbers in the Spring Mountains could begin with gathers starting as early as October 2014, depending on space in holding facilities, to reduce numbers down to what the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service consider appropriate management levels, in a 10-year management plan under consideration.

New program lets jail inmates return to work

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office launched a new work release program this week for jail inmates who meet certain conditions.

Roundabouts OK’d at highway intersections

Negotiations with the Nevada Department of Transportation to construct roundabouts at State Route 372 intersections with Pahrump Valley Boulevard and Blagg Road were approved by county commissioners Tuesday.

Ex-town manager wants job back

Former Pahrump Town Manager Dave Richards says he wants to assume the position again when the present town manager, Bill Kohbarger, officially leaves the post.

Nye insurance premium drops to $640,747

Nye County will spend $67,221 less in the coming fiscal year on its payments to the state public agency insurance pool due to a better claims history, County Manager Pam Webster told commissioners Tuesday.

Former network engineer is new Nye IT director

Nye County Manager Pam Webster said the county will save $70,000 by hiring Milan Dimic as the new director of management information services, replacing Mark Hatfield.

DA Reports

• Isaiah Broderick Allen was charged on June 17 with car seat required and driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended.

Crime Corner

One woman was arrested last week after she allegedly stole more than $2,500 worth of equipment from her neighbor’s property.

NCSO promotes Medina to lieutenant

A local Nye County Sheriff’s sergeant was recently promoted to lieutenant after being tasked with taking over management of the new county jail.

Nevada Digest

RENO (AP) — Washoe County deputies are investigating after some students at a Catholic high school in Reno ingested an illegal substance at a “Safe and Sober’’ graduation party.