Loose screws focus of Reno air race crash probe
RENO — Federal safety regulators are focusing on loose screws in the tail of a World War II-era fighter plane modified to race faster than 500 mph (800 kph) as a likely cause of the horrific crash that killed the pilot and 10 others during air races at the Reno National Championship Air Races last September.
GOP seeks to boot ‘none’ off Nevada ballot
RENO — In a high stakes election that could help determine the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate, attention in Nevada is turning this week to one option on the ballot with no shot of winning: None of these candidates.
Calif. squeeze pushes pot grows to other states
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Law enforcement crackdowns on illegal marijuana groves on California’s public lands appear to be pushing some growers into other states, federal authorities said Tuesday, prompting a multi-agency effort across the West this summer. There has been a decrease in the number of marijuana plants seized in California in recent years, though the state still accounts for the bulk of the illegal pot harvest. There has been an incre...
USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered food supply
FRESNO, Calif. — Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating Tuesday whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply. The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption. The investigation will determine whether sick cows...
At the bottom of the Prater Pit
NV Energy supervisor Scott Kay holds a line used to purge gas from a main that’s being replaced at the corner of Stanford Way and Prater Way. At the bottom of the pit,Troy Callahan grinds excess metal from the new line. The project, to replace 1950s-era lines, is ongoing, but the crew is planning to finish this particular section by Wednesday. Granite Construction will then repave the street with the goal of finishing this week before school b...
Fires wreak havoc on Nev. antelope hunter access
CARSON CITY — Nevada wildlife officials say antelope hunters who drew tags in three prime areas ravaged by fires can return their tags and retain their bonus points for next year. But the tags must be returned in person to a Nevada Department of Wildlife office, no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday. Pronghorn antelope rifle season opens Wednesday. Wildlife officials say fires are limiting access to three hunting areas in northern Nevada — areas 031, 0...
Apple sets record for company value at $624B
NEW YORK — Apple is Wall Street’s all-time MVP —that’s Most Valuable Property. On Monday, Apple’s surging stock propelled the company’s value to $624 billion, the world’s highest, ever. It beat the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom. After a four-month dip, Apple’s stock has hit new highs recently because of optimism around what is believed to be the impending launch of the iPhone 5, ...
Wildlife Board approves changes to waterfowl reservation pro...
Tribune Staff Nevada’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners has approved a regulation change that now requires waterfowl hunters to submit a paper application if they want to hunt the Moapa Valley portion of the Overton Wildlife Management Area (WMA) the first two days of the duck and goose seasons or opening day at the Key Pittman WMA. A similar requirement for dove hunters went into effect earlier this summer. Due to the popularity of the two man...
Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles
NEW YORK — Some of the most promising talent in show business was on the bill one day and night in 1955 at San Francisco’s Purple Onion: Eartha Kitt and Alice Ghostley; Paul Lynde and Robert Clary; a singer and dancer with the stage name Maya Angelou, and an eccentric former housewife, a few years older than her fellow performers, with the married name Phyllis Diller. Angelou’s family, including two small children (Clyde and Joyce), were seate...
Nevada judge refuses to toss ‘Shovel Brigade’ deal
LAS VEGAS — A federal judge on Monday refused to grant a request by environmentalists to throw out a settlement agreement between the federal government and local officials in Elko County that would legitimize the existence of a controversial road in northern Nevada. The decision by U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt means the 13-year-old case is likely to grind on for some time yet unless those involved reach a new agreement. Hunt encouraged a...
Taking care of our own
A 36-star American flag, signifying Nevada’s declaration of statehood, hangs widespread in a glass display case at the back of the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center. The 36th star was sewn on the flag in 1865, one year after Nevada’s admittance to the union, and its faded colors and tattered edges prove its timeworn fashion.