2021 Year In Review Part I

The Lahontan Valley News takes a look back at the events of 2021. Today, we feature the first six months.

Retired Councilman John Tewell, with his wife Faye at the 2020 Christmas tree lighting, died in June.

Retired Councilman John Tewell, with his wife Faye at the 2020 Christmas tree lighting, died in June.

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Alayah Gomez is the county’s first-born baby of 2021.
Two new Churchill County commissioners and four members of the school board took their oaths of office.
A New Year’s Day fun run and walk rang in 2021.
Churchill County establishes COVID testing dates for January and also a vaccination schedule. Educators began receiving their vaccinations in January.
Area residents remember the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm.
Delayed because of COVID protocols in November, CEDA’s (Churchill Entrepreneurial Development Association) annual awards were presented virtually.
Veterans legislative council lays out their priorities for the 2021 Legislature.
WNC welding program awards seven students with AWS certificates.

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Churchill County established a COVID-19 vaccination schedule at the fairgrounds in January.


Assemblywoman Robin Titus, who represents District 38, is concerned with statewide budget cuts.
Sierra storm brings more water to the Sierra.
School board has concerns about a proposal to outsource maintenance, custodial and transportation.
NAS Fallon conducts its annual pinning for chief petty officer.
Major security drill conducted at NAS Fallon.
Nevada Highway Patrol closes case on September 2020 Rice Road crash that killed a 13-year-old boy.
Spring film series presented by Churchill Arts Council ends.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1002 in Fallon recognizes winners of VFW essay/speech contest and Patriots Pen essay contest.
Bull sale stampeded into town for its annual event.
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The annual bull sale came to Fallon in February.


Churchill County School District retains its hybrid instruction model of both classroom and online learning.
Why You Matter begins second installment.
Fans now allowed to attend home athletic contests.
SNOTEL reading at Mount Rose shows adequate snowfall and water content as long as the storms keep coming for March and April.
Chamber of Commerce announces its annual awards.
Nevada Department of Transportation announces plans to transition Dixie Valley road with crushed gavel.
School district allows Fernley fans to attend football game at Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex. The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association previously had a ban on visiting fans attending games.
Both Vietnam and women veterans honored in March.
Western Nevada Title announces new ownership.
WNC Fallon announces graduation date for late May.
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Jeff Anderson, a hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, conducts a reading for snow depth and water content in March at the Mt. Rose summit.


Child Abuse Awareness month kicks off for the month.
Bill introduced in state legislature to abolish death penalty (later failed)
Lack of March storms may cause  the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District to readjust length of water season.
U.S. Department of Defense directs NAS Fallon to establish a committee to continue discussion on the Fallon Range Training Complex modernization.
Churchill County High School graduation ceremony to be in person in early June.
Churchill Arts Center announces it will have a Farmers Market.
April is Grange month.
Churchill County Junior Livestock Show held at fairgrounds.
A new Fallon business opens to offer thorough cleaning for the coronavirus.
Commissioner Pete Olsen’s father, dairyman Harold Pete Olsen, dies.

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Western Nevada College conducted its graduation on the Fallon campus in May.


Carson Lake and pasture become the state’s newest Wetland Management Area.
Commission approves its latest master plan for the county.
Churchill County names new museum director, Teri Hedgpeth.
Churchill County School District recognizes May as the Month of the Military Child.
Soroptimist Home and Garden Show opens for weekend run.
County announces testing and vaccination schedules.
Free UTV training offered.
Trailer fire kills county resident.
Trustees approve tech contracts.
Great Basin Urgent Care opens a clinic in Fallon.
Frey Ranch earns prestigious medals for its bourbon.
Memorial Day observed.
High Desert Grange hosts competition.
WNC conducts its graduation on campus.

Oasis Academy, Adult Education and Churchill County High School hold their graduations.
Governor recognizes local businesses.
County hosts community gathering for former commissioner, Bus Scharmann.
Merchants announce their sponsorship of Fourth of July parade.
Octane Fest kicks off.
County takes more control over William N. Pennington Life Center’s operations.
Fallon Cantaloupe Festival queen crowned.
Sparks man killed in Churchill County auto accident.
County announces a plan to offer incentives for people receiving COVID vaccinations.
Nevada Experiment Stations serves state, region
Former Elko and Fallon councilman John Tewell dies.
Jack Beach, former Greenwave and Nevada Hall of Fame athlete and coach, dies.


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