weather icon Clear

Record graduation spending projected in Nevada

Consumers in Nevada will spend an estimated $86.8 million in graduation-related transactions, according to projections by the Retail Association of Nevada.

“Retail spending is poised to set records for another special event, spring graduations,” Bryan Wachter, senior vice president of the association, said in a statement. “This shows that Nevada has a strong retail sector that is continuing to grow and create jobs in Nevada.”

Retail Association of Nevada projections are based on a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, which estimated that consumers across the country are planning to spend an average of $107.46 on graduation gifts for a total of $5.5 billion in spending nationwide.

More than a third (34 percent) of respondents reported to be celebrating a graduation this year, up slightly from the previous year.

Cash will be the top gift of choice for more than half of respondents (53 percent), according to the National Retail Federation survey. Greeting cards (41 percent) and gift cards (33 percent) are the next two most popular choices. The gift list rounds out with apparel (15 percent), electronics (10 percent) and other gifts (5 percent).

Nevada’s two largest universities, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) awarded more than 6,200 degrees combined this spring. High school graduations are taking place all over the state with the majority starting this past weekend.

Nearly 30,000 students are expected to receive their diplomas in 2019, the Retail Association of Nevada said.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
NO STIGMA NEVADA: Carson City therapist: How to deal with stress and despair

As the COVID-19 pandemic death toll reaches nearly 100,000 in the U.S. and continues to rise, as do the numbers of unemployed, living with fear, anxiety, stress and even despair has become the new norm in Nevada and beyond.

Man charged in NHP Sgt. killing, faces additional charges

The man arrested in the killing of a Nevada Highway Patrol officer is facing additional charges, according to the Nye County District Attorney’s Office.

Local veterans hold two-man Memorial Day observance

An interesting coincidence occurred just days before Memorial Day, as two local veterans made separate plans to honor this nation’s fallen servicemen and women at the Chief Tecopa Veterans’ Memorial.

Ford joins coalition suing over Clean Car Standards

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford on Wednesday joined a multistate coalition of states, cities and counties to file a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rule rolling back the national Clean Car Standards.

In Season: Strawberries are not just for northern climates

If you hail from a cooler, northern climate, you may have nostalgic memories of picking fresh wild strawberries in the spring and summer. The red juices flowing down your chin feel like a bit of heaven. Perhaps this is why I’ve received many questions lately about strawberries. Chief among them, can they be grown here?

Sisolak announces negative test for COVID-19

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday his COVID-19 swab test came back negative. Sisolak was tested Tuesday evening and learned of his results Wednesday.

Eight Republicans, six Democrats battling for Nevada’s Congressional District 4 nomination

Editor’s Note: The Pahrump Valley Times had a misprinted page in its 2020 Special Election section on Friday, May 22. Four candidates from Nevada’s Congressional District 4 were affected by this incident (Also, see note to readers from the Times on A1 in this edition). This writing only includes the lost content and doesn’t reflect the original writing in full.

Leslie Street paving to commence tomorrow in Pahrump

Pahrump Valley motorists who regularly travel along Leslie Street might want to consider another route this Thursday and Friday, May 28 and 29, as the repaving project for the stretch of Leslie Street between Basin Avenue and Irene Street is set to take place over the next two days.

Beatty High School sends off seniors drive-thru style

“Pomp and Circumstance” played, and the Beatty High School Class of 2020 gathered at the school’s football field to receive diplomas. It was a typical high school graduation ceremony. Except it wasn’t.