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Small Business Saturday: Chamber, CEDA encourage residents to spend their shopping dollars in Fallon

Turkey, family and shopping. These are three traditions associated with the Thanksgiving holiday, especially the shopping season which extends four more weeks.

Council appoints police chief

Alexander brings more than two decades of experience to the position

A veteran police captain with more than 20 years of experience in community law enforcement has been appointed Fallon’s new police chief.

Solis resigns WNC post

College president accepts similar position in Texas

Western Nevada President Vincent Solis is returning to his native Texas after accepting a similar position at Brazosport College south of Houston.

Amodei uncertain if 2022 NDAA includes Fallon range modernization

Congressman said committee is addressing cultural and warfighting needs

Speaking before the Fallon Rotary Club on Nov. 9, Congressman Mark Amodei, R-Congressional Dist. 2, said he doesn’t know if the modernization proposal for the Fallon Range Training Complex will be included in discussion this week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022.

PHOTOS: Virginia City Veterans Day Parade

Virginia City's annual Veterans Day Parade on C Street.

Virginia City dedicates veterans memorial

Veterans Memorial Monument was dedicated in Virginia City.

Local vets impressed with the nation’s memorials

Honor Flight Nevada made a 4-day trip to Washington, D.C.

NAS Fallon welcomes first female command master chief

Knight left the mountains, but now the mountains beckon her back

Her life was spent overseas and on ship, but as this sailor’s career begins to wind down, the mountains are beckoning her to return.

Gehman retires as Fallon’s police chief

City interviews candidates to replace popular lawman

Kevin Gehman said the 13 years he was Fallon’s police chief have gone by like the snap of a finger.

Serving on the funeral team

Nevada soldier says it’s an honor to serve the community

The soft breeze flapped the large U.S. flag overlooking the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery on an early autumn afternoon.

Korsmo leads VFW Post 1002

Navy veteran enjoys working with the community

The commander of Fallon’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1002 knows with hard work comes the rewards of leading a community-based organization.

Area events need community’s help

Toys for Tots, Wreaths Across America and Wishing Tree seek donations for Christmas programs

Area events are struggling this autumn with donations, and they seek the community’s support. Toys for Tots, Wreaths Across America and Wishing Tree said donations are slowly coming in to support their respective endeavors.

Fallon student debuts new movie

Strange extraterrestrial occurrences in ‘Monte Carlo’

Colton Urquhart is not quite a household name, but as the years progress for this Fallon 15-year-old, the world of the movie-making business will be easily at his fingertips.

Senate candidate makes stop in Fallon

Sam Brown meets with residents to discuss his vision

U.S. Senate candidate Sam Brown has been making his rounds in rural Nevada as well as the metropolitan areas.

Fallon rolls to third consecutive win

Greenwave play at North Valleys in quarterfinal playoff game

A formidable wall has been controlling the line of scrimmage for the last half of the football season.

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is county’s largest water-right holder

In the middle of the Nevada desert lies a vast wetland covering almost 80,000 acres and designed as an important stop for migratory birds.

Fallon’s running game rolls over Lowry

Greenwave earns berth in Northern 3A playoffs

Fallon may be saving the best for last after dominating their second straight opponent to secure a berth in the postseason football playoffs.

World War II veteran Montanaro, 100, rejoins shipmates

Earlier this year, Charles “Charlie” Montanaro skydived to celebrate his 100th birthday. Today, the centurion flies with the angels.

Watershed depends on the Sierra Nevada

Groups promote the understanding of the Carson River through education

Like three other rivers in the Great Basin, the Carson River has been an invaluable tributary for the area’s ranchers and farmers and other users beginning in Alpine County near Markleville, Calif., to the Carson Sink.

A community mourn for coalition leader

Brett Palmer’s vision improved state veterans’ cemetery at Fernley

Brett Palmer not only touched the military family with his leadership and vision for the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, but he also was remembered for his years as a law enforcement officer who protected his community and county.

Sweet smell of success: Federal bills treat hemp industry as normal businesses

Adrienne Snow, co-owner of Western States Hemp Co., recognizes the sweet smell of success. The Fallon businesswoman recently gave an overview to the Churchill Entrepreneurial Development Association about the business and what it now offers to consumers.

Defense rattles Fernley in Northern 3A rivals’ game

Fallon takes advantage of 2 interceptions to post 45-14 win against longtime rival

Friday night under the lights ended with a milestone achieved by Greenwave football coach Brooke Hill. Not only did Fallon beat cross-valley rivals Fernley in a Friday night game at the Vaqueros’ field, but Hill also won his 100th game as Fallon’s head coach as the Wave walloped Fernley, 45-14.

Brett Palmer’s vision improved state veterans’ cemetery at Fernley

Brett Palmer, who died Aug. 23 at his Fernley home, was president of the Nevada Veterans Coalition.

Reclamation develops big river system

Building of dams, recent fish screens enhance the Truckee River

During the past 120 years, the development of dams and other systems have enhanced the delivery of water to farmers as well as providing additional water to Pyramid Lake and its fisheries.

October storms roars through valley

Rain a respite from summer’s record-setting temperatures

October has come in with a crack, snapple and pop with the area’s first major storm to begin a new water year.

DVI month brings awareness to abuse

Mayor says domestic violence hurts, destroys families

Domestic Violence Intervention Month kicked off Friday with the ceremonial purple dyeing of the Maine Street fountain and a relocation to downtown Fallon to better serve their clients.

Water: More precious than gold

Reclamation Act makes the desert bloom for ag producers

To ranchers and farmers in the Lahontan Valley, water is more precious than gold in providing an agricultural lifeline to the thousands of people who call this area home.

Laxalt makes first campaign stop in Fallon

Former attorney general hosts ‘greet and meet’

Former Nevada Attorney General Paul Laxalt, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Catherine Cortez Masto, made a meet and greet stop in Fallon on Sunday at a local pizza parlor to introduce himself and to talk about some of the issues.

Reid’s aide had hand in NAS Fallon improvements

Retired general killed last month in auto accident

A military service was conducted Saturday in Las Vegas for Robert Herbert, a former policy adviser to Sen. Harry Reid and retired major general in the Nevada Army National Guard.

Remembering one of Fallon’s greatest athletes

Val York played on championship teams and served in Vietnam

His shooting from the basketball court led to championships for both Fallon and the University of Nevada.

Newlands Project breathed life into agriculture

The Truckee Canal’s Derby Dam channeled water to Fernley and Hazen

A congressional act more than a century ago changed the Lahontan Valley from a desert to a blooming paradise for agriculture.

Memorial service honors 8 veterans

FERNLEY — Eight veterans were remembered Thursday for their service to the nation in a military ceremony at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

Colleagues remember general’s legacy to Nevada

Tributes are pouring in for Robert Herbert, a former policy adviser to Sen. Harry Reid and retired major general in the Nevada Army National Guard.

Clampers honor Fallon Theatre’s centennial

Plaque recognizes the 1920 opening of the iconic downtown business

The Fallon Theatre received a special recognition on Sept. 11 to honor the iconic movie house for its 100 years.

Amodei introduces act for the Navy range expansion

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei has reintroduced the Northern Nevada Economic Development, Conservation and Military Modernization Act that would be included in the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Acts for possible consideration later this year.

By land and by air: Wave’s balanced offense sinks Vikings

Before every game, Churchill County High School football coach Brooke Hill preaches balance, so the Greenwave can attack their opponent effectively through the air and on the ground.

Twenty years later: A day that changed the country

Amodei, Tedford reflect on 9/11 and how a nation won’t forget

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei said he was humbled to be in attendance at Fallon’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday that honored the 2,977 people killed 20 years ago during a coordinated terrorist attack.

Aces, Vietnam vets rededicate POW-MIA seat

WWII Army veteran honored during the game with Tacoma

A former Army soldier and prisoner of war became the first honoree to occupy a special chair at Greater Nevada Field.

Truckee rolls in a 21-6 win over the Wave

COVID testing offers challenges to the Fallon roster on game day

Planning and executing a game plan for Friday night has been an early-season challenge for Greenwave football coach Brooke Hill and his staff.

Carson City reflects on how 9/11 changed America

“We were attacked, and we came together as a nation, people and Americans."

Carson City to remember 20th anniversary of 9/11

Observances to mark the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, will be conducted Saturday in Carson City, Minden, Fallon and Fernley.

Churchill County School District implements face coverings for students

Recent outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases, increased number of quarantines prompts officials to take action

The Churchill County School District will require beginning today (Sept. 9) all students to wear a face covering for at least a month because of an increase number of positive COVID-19 cases in the schools.

Fallon Post 16 celebrates centennial

Ceremony follows the city’s 911 remembrance

American Legion Post 16 has two tasks to commemorate on Saturday. First, the post members will participate in the city of Fallon’s annual 9/11 ceremony, and then later in the day, the post is recognizing its 100th anniversary when an American Legion charter was signed on Sept. 11, 1921.

Museum presents 7-part lecture series on Newlands Project

Water has been a lifeline to the Lahontan Valley since construction of the Newlands Project began more than a century ago. Construction commenced in 1903 on a project that would cover land in a four-county area and, according to the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, provide water for 57,000 acres of irrigated land in Churchill County near Fallon and the bench lands near Fernley in Lyon County. The two other affected counties are Washoe and Storey.

9/11 shocked the nation

Nevada wheeled into action to provide security at its civilian and military facilities

An emerging sun slowly climbing over the Stillwater Mountains east of Fallon didn’t foreshadow the tragedy that both the Lahontan Valley and the rest of the country would encounter. With the East Coast already experiencing the early morning rush, millions of people on the West Coast — which is three hours behind — were stretching their bodies and preparing for a new day.

IHOP Shooting: Nevada Guard keeps the memory alive for four victims

Friday was the 10th anniversary of the Carson City IHOP shooting that resulted in five deaths and seven injuries.

Photo gallery: 2021 Cantaloupe Festival

Photo gallery: 2021 Cantaloupe Festival

High-school students moved at unaccompanied military service

A dozen Bishop Manogue High students attended the 30-minute service.

Learning the county’s agricultural roots

Churchill County fifth graders learned more about agriculture and its importance in the Lahontan Valley on the first day of the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair. Other students belonging to the High Desert Grange could also be seen with their animals throughout the three-day festival.

Junior rodeo ushers in busy Labor Day weekend

Annual Lions Club Labor Day parade features 10 categories

The annual Lions Junior Rodeo ushers in another busy weekend in the Lahontan Valley, starting first with the queen contest Friday night at the Churchill County Fairgrounds and action in the arena for the next three days.