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Sisolak: Full reopening by June 1 still the plan

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday announced his goal to have all Nevada counties open to 100 percent capacity by June 1.

In an effort to help meet that goal, the governor also announced that the statewide social distancing mandate will be removed May 1 and that decisions on social distancing will transition to local authority in accordance with the Roadmap to Recovery timeline that was previously announced.

“Across Nevada great strides have been made in our response to COVID-19 to strengthen our partnerships, build capacity within our public health infrastructure and vaccinate Nevadans,” Sisolak said. “It’s because of this progress that I am proud to announce the goal of having every county in Nevada reopen to 100 percent on June 1. I am confident that if Nevadans continue to remain vigilant as more and more people get vaccinated, we can accomplish this together.”

COVID-19 mitigation measures will transfer to local authority starting May 1, and each Nevada county has been working with the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force to finalize plans for this transition. Each county will be able to make decisions based on what is best for their communities while taking into account transmission of the virus, vaccination, testing and other infrastructure needs specific to their communities.

Under the governor’s plan, the Gaming Control Board will continue to maintain authority over gaming areas of licensed properties in Nevada, and decisions related to mitigation measures in Nevada schools will transition to school districts. While the state will be transitioning authority over social distancing measures to the counties, the mask mandate will remain in effect statewide.

On April 5, vaccine eligibility opened to all Nevadans 16 and older and, as of Tuesday, approximately 40% of Nevadans 16 and older have started the process, and one quarter of Nevadans 16 and older are fully vaccinated.

The governor’s Emergency Directive implementing these changes will be finalized and published later this week.

Landscape Tour will highlight local yards

The Pahrump Valley Garden Club is all set to hold its 16th Annual Landscape Tour and anyone with an interest in gardening, plants or yard art will not want to miss out. This year’s event features six local yards, all hand-picked by the Garden Club members to give attendees a wide variety of landscape types to peruse.

GALLERY: Celebrating the lives of lost loved ones

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Local families invited to Community Baby Shower

Raising a child can be hard. That’s something the members of Pahrump Mothers Corner understand all too well. In an effort to ease the challenges of parenthood, particularly for new and expecting families, this group of local moms banded together to host a Community Baby Shower and the event proved to be very popular, leading to its return for the third year running.

Tonopah to be home to experimental hypersonic testing facility

Ambitious. It’s an apt word to describe Michael Grace’s vision for the future of his company, Longshot Space Technology Corporation, which, if all goes to plan, will build what he calls the world’s largest potato gun.

Pahrump man arrested for elder abuse

A Pahrump man wanted by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of elder abuse was arrested while attempting to purchase multiple vehicles at a Las Vegas car dealership, according to authorities.

Nye sheriff explains why you shouldn’t flee from the law

A man suspected of driving a stolen vehicle out of Las Vegas led Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed pursuit into Pahrump on Monday morning, April 15.

Amargosa veterans honored with their own Quilts of Valor ceremony

The Nye County Valor Quilters are on a mission — to cover local veterans in the comfort of healing Quilts of Valor to honor the service and sacrifices they’ve made in the name of freedom – and now, these talented artists have started to expand their reach outside of the Pahrump Valley.

Vehicle in garage destroyed by fire

No serious injuries were reported after fire gutted a vehicle inside the garage of a home along the 2400 block of Zuni Avenue on Wednesday, April 10.