Nevada Briefly Sept. 22 |

Nevada Briefly Sept. 22

F.I.S.H. thrift store back in business

After a hiatus while the floor was replaced, the F.I.S.H. thrift store, 138 E. Long St., is open again and accepting donations.

Anyone with donations for pickup should call 882-3474. F.I.S.H. also is accepting volunteers to assist in the daily activities of the thrift store.

Safety fair this weekend

Lowe’s, Petsmart, Office Depot and Q’s BBQ will host a free safety information fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in their parking lot, corner of Fairview Drive and South Carson Street.

The Be Aware Be Prepared Family Block Party will include car seat checks, fingerprinting kits for children and presentations on document preservation and how to protect pets during a disaster, among others.

The Division of Forestry also will land a helicopter.

Q’s will offer hot dogs and hamburgers with samples of their pulled pork, said Jo Misuraca, the community events planner for Lowe’s.

Public input sought for street closure, BAC expansion

The Brewery Arts Center will host a public meeting Thursday to discuss the planned closure of South Minnesota Street between Second and King streets and the center’s expansion plans.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. inside the BAC’s performance hall, 449 W. King St.

An artists rendering has been developed for the expansion and will be presented at the meeting. Public input is needed to assess cyclist and pedestrian rest areas and outdoor space for exhibits, art fairs or other social gatherings where Minnesota Street now runs.

CDC report: Nevada improved emergency preparedness

(AP) – A new report by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Nevada has improved its preparedness to respond to public health emergencies.

The report released Tuesday gave Nevada a score of 89 for the efficiencies of its public health labs and overall planning. A score of 69 is needed to be considered acceptable performance in plans to receive, distribute and dispense medical assets.

The review said the state’s laboratory response network could test for biological agents and had round-the-clock emergency contacts.

Results in Tuesday’s report were based on data from 2008 and 2009.

A similar report issued in 2008, based on 2006 data, gave Nevada a score of 55.

Home of couple in Ensign scandal could lose home

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Nevada couple ensnared in a sex scandal involving Republican Sen. John Ensign could soon lose their home.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that the home of Doug and Cindy Hampton will be auctioned off next month unless the couple pays $1.3 million to a Bank of America subsidiary.

Ensign confessed last year to having an extramarital affair with Cindy Hampton. The Hamptons and Ensigns have been close friends for years. The Hamptons also worked for Ensign.

Ensign is under federal investigation for potential ethics violations after his parents gave nearly $100,000 to the Hamptons. Ensign also helped Doug Hampton gain employment with a lobbying firm.

Hampton has said he is unemployed.

West Nile found in Churchill Co. person

(AP) – State health officials have confirmed Nevada’s second human case of West Nile virus.

An unidentified person in Churchill County contracted the less severe form of the disease called West Nile fever. That’s the same variety that health officials confirmed last week in Washoe County.

Neither person required hospitalization.