Community news briefs for week of June 3

The Fallon Chamber of Commerce is organizing activities for the annual Fourth of July holiday.

The Fallon Chamber of Commerce is organizing activities for the annual Fourth of July holiday.
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Fourth of July parade

Fallon’s traditional Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. featuring the theme of “Fallon Forward.”

The red, white and blue window decorating contest is open to all businesses in Churchill County. Entries are due June 28 and windows must be decorated by July 1. The best use of theme and voter’s choice award winners will each receive a $100 cash prize.

The pie bake-off will be June 29 at the Cottage Schools, 255 E. Stillwater Ave. Pie drop off is 10 a.m.-noon with judging at 1 p.m.

The annual Bed Races at the Maine Street fountain begin after the parade approximately at noon. Entry form and $30 fee must be submitted by June 21. Entrants must register in a racing group, either 18 years of age and older or ages 13-17. Winners will receive a trophy and cash prize.

Information and contest registration forms are available at

Bark in the Park 5K June 8

The 17th Annual Bark in the Park 5K walk/run will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Registration for the 5k is from 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. The walk/run begins at 8 a.m.

The registration fee is $40 on the day of the event. You can download the registration form by going to to pre-register. Dogs walk for free but must be on a leash.

Father’s Day performance

A man armed only with a banjo and a bass drum can be a formidable force, especially if his name is William Elliott Whitmore.

Whitmore appears on Father’s Day weekend for a free June 15 performance at the Oats Park Centennial Stage. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Whitmore has repeatedly carved his own path, honoring the longstanding tradition of folk music throughout his nearly 20-year career, while always allowing his blues, soul and punk rock influences to shine through.

Nevada Expeditions trip

The first Nevada Expeditions trip of the season is June 8. Explore the historic Stillwater and La Plata townsites — two former county seats of Churchill County that are rich in history.

If you have a 4x4 vehicle and you're interested in attending this guided tour, register at Cost is $25 for each vehicle.

Basketball summer skills

Churchill County Parks & Recreation is offering a new Basketball Summer Skills Series.

Upcoming fourth-12th graders are welcome to join one or all three training sessions, sharpening their game and making friends along the way.

If you're interested, visit

Greenwave games

Greenwave Games will host two gaming-related summer camp classes for youth in fourth-12th grades July 22-26 at the Churchill County High School vocational building, room V-11. Cost is $100 per course.

Esports camp will meet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Campers will play against high school esports competitors using Blizzard, Riot, Epic and Nintendo and learn about earning scholarships through tournament play.

Game development camp will meet 2-6 p.m. each day. Campers will learn to use Blender and Unreal Engine 5 to program and create assets for their own games.

For information and registration, email instructor Aaron Holt

New museum hours

The Churchill County Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Pennington Life Center

Plenty of good eats at the Pennington Life Center: All are welcome to partake. Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Cost is $6 for those under age 60 and a suggested donation of $3 for those 60 and older.

Activities and resources are plentiful at the Pennington Life Center in June. Here's what's happening:

Food Bank commodities distribution is on June 13 and 24.

USDA funding

Funding is available from USDA Rural Development Nevada for nonprofits, tribes, colleges and universities to create revolving loan fund programs and support training and technical assistance for rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises.

Application deadlines are June 30. For information or to apply contact 775-443-4756.

Changes to state minimum wage

The Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner is announcing changes that will impact Nevada’s minimum wage beginning July 1.

Assembly Bill 456, passed in 2019, increased the minimum wage in increments of 75 cents annually over a five-year period. The final increase effective July 1 will bring Nevada’s minimum wage to $12 per hour.

Unless otherwise exempted by law, the $12 minimum wage applies to all employees in the State of Nevada.

An increase in the minimum wage will also increase the daily overtime rates, except for those employees exempted from overtime requirements under NRS 608.018.

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