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State briefs: Home energy retrofits offered for seniors

State offering home energy retrofits for seniors

As cold weather arrives in western Nevada, the Governor's Office of Energy and Nevada Housing Division are working together to provide low-income seniors help in reducing their energy costs.

The Home Energy Retrofit Opportunities (HERO) program provides up to $6,000 to qualified applicants to improve the energy efficiency of their home. That includes weatherization, tests to identify carbon monoxide levels and other improvements.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said the goal is to provide eligible seniors ways to save money, conserve energy and live in healthier, safer homes.

To qualify, seniors must be 60 or older, an NV Energy customer and own or live in their own homes. They must also have income that falls at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. For one person, that cutoff is $23,760 a year. For a household of two people, the limit is $32,040 annually.

For western Nevada seniors, contact the Nevada Rural Housing Authority at 887-1795, Extension 124. The authority handles Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon and Storey county residents.

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Voter registration has reached record levels in Nevada with more than 1.5 million active voters and nearly 1.7 million total voters.

As of the end of November, Democrats maintained a registration advantage just shy of 100,000 with 595,816 to 498,550 Republicans. When total voters are tallied, that lead expands to 120,000 — 668,699 to 548,964.

But in Nevada as in many other states, it's the non-partisan voter who decides close elections. In Nevada there are 313,826 active non-partisan voters registered, 357,872 total non-partisans.

The next largest group of voters is the Independent American Party with 65,630 actives and 75,773 total registered.

In Carson City, total registration finished November at 31,700 — 28,931 of them actives.

In Douglas County, the total registration was 35,673 — 31,465 listed as active.

Active voters are those who voted in the most recent elections. Inactive voters either didn't vote or didn't return the voter registration card indicating they are still residents of the state and their county. They are still entitled to vote on election day.

Heller pushes for better care for women veterans

Sen. Dean Heller has written to the three VA medical centers serving Nevada veterans asking about services they provide to the growing number of female veterans.

The letters ask whether those facilities are conducting required inspections to ensure they are meeting standards including privacy, dignity, sense of security and safety considerations and for a report on any instances of non-compliance.

He also asked how many women veterans are using those facilities, whether the center has an OB-GYN on site and how many women's care providers the system has.

Those letters went to the Sierra Nevada center in Reno, the Southern Nevada center in North Las Vegas and to the Salt Lake center in Utah.

He said the Government Accountability Office found that the Veteran's Health Administration didn't have complete and accurate data on whether those centers comply with standards for the care of women veterans and that more than a quarter of those centers don't have an on-site gynecologist.

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