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Steve Ranson

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Whistle-stops across the West: Big Boy hits Hazen

Local train enthusiasts gather for a glimpse of the legendary Big Boy locomotive.

Fastest Gun Alive event begins this week

Competitors from the U.S. and three countries face off this week in Fallon.

Nevada’s adjutant general announces retirement

Berry has served in the military for 38 years

Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry announced Wednesday he is retiring as Nevada’s 30th adjutant general effective Oct. 31. Berry, who has served 38 years in the military and the last five years as the state’s adjutant general, said he will work with Gov. Joe Lombardo to ensure a smooth transition. It is expected Lombardo will appoint a new adjutant general to replace the longtime Nevada Air National Guard leader.

Fallon's Wohle remembered as advocate for soldiers, students

76-year-old Henry “Hank” Wohle died unexpectedly in June at his ranch east of Fallon.

Mountain lion attack results in warning for valley

Navy notifies NDOW of incident at May Ranch stables.

New WNC Fallon director offers campus, programs update

College invites students to learn more about its aviation program this weekend.

Area, state temperatures to remain in triple digits

NWS: Temperatures will hover around the 100-degree mark going into the weekend, with Friday being the hottest day at 104 degrees.

New funding announced for Nevada housing projects

Lahontan Valley, Wadsworth among communities to benefit.

Battle of the Badges pits CCSO against police

Friendly rivalry taps into community for blood donations.

Lahontan Valley, Wadsworth get funding for housing projects

The Federal Housing Loan Bank of San Francisco announced funding for affordable housing that will include 200 homes in the Lahontan Valley.

Locals attend D-Day 80th anniversary ceremonies

The worlds of Army soldier Anthony “Tony” Pagano of Sparks and Holocaust survivor Leon Malmed of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., intersected June 6 at the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in northern France.

Tedford, Hyde and Blakey win their seats

A low turnout of Churchill County voters cast ballots Tuesday night in the primary election, re-electing Fallon’s mayor, retaining the justice of the peace and selecting two new commissioners. The tally is unofficial until the county receives the rest of the mail-in ballots, which must be received no later than Friday, and the approval of the current commissioners who canvas the final results.

Voting calendar down to a few days

Early voting ends Friday, while the final in-person day is Tuesday.

Memorial Day ceremony honors veterans from all wars

Observance at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery focuses on duty, honor and service.

Oasis graduation: ‘The world is yours to conquer’

Former CEO, graduates reflect on their years at Oasis Academy.

Churchill graduates receive Adult High School diplomas

The Churchill County School District Adult Education program graduated 27 students this spring.

Assembly speaker highlights Churchill Democrats dinner

Yeager touts 2023 Legislature and the passage of education spending.

Ranson: Beach is Greenwave's angel in the dugout

Jack Beach’s presence was strongly felt in the title-winning 2018 season, as it was last weekend when Fallon defeated Fernley twice to again take home the 3A trophy.

Memorial Day weekend: Northern Nevada events, services

Operation Battle Born to carry dog tags from three wars.

Reno’s Day of Remembrance details Jewish resistance to Nazis

Doris Rappaport spoke at this year’s Day of Remembrance on May 6 in Reno and told of one story after another of how the Jews resisted the onslaught of the Nazis who invaded their homelands.

Fallon Armed Forces day gives back to military

Annual event features vendors, veteran groups.

Candidates Night coming up for local offices

The Churchill County Republican Central Committee is sponsoring the event on Monday (5:30 p.m.) at the Fallon Convention Center.

Fallon street dance coming Friday

For the third straight year, the Fallon-Churchill Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating with a street dance in front of the fire house on Carson Street.

Night of Fights: 'Destroyer' claims main event

Annual boxing night features 24 bouts, with proceeds helping Greenwave wrestlers.

Fallon baseball's Baylor Sandberg signs with Sacramento State

Senior standout will continue his career after leading Greenwave to a perfect league record.

Amazon to build ‘last mile’ distribution center in Fallon

Facility will distribute goods to customers within a 60-mile radius

The Oasis of Nevada has become the newest member of the Amazon family by approving the sale of 10.59 acres in the city’s industrial park for a Last Mile Facility of distribution center, the final destination before packages are delivered to customers with a 60-mile radius. The Fallon City Council approved on Wednesday the sale for $635,000 during a special meeting. Both the city and the buyer, PDC RENO/LV/PHX/LPIV, LLC., first began discussing the parcel at the New River Business Park in 2023. New River Business Park was formed in 2004.

Candidates Night slated for May 20 in Fallon

Featured candidates will come from the contests for Churchill County Commission districts 1 and 3, Justice of the Peace and Fallon mayor.

Day of Remembrance: 'Beyond Courage' author highlights Reno event

Doreen Rappaport brings attention to resistance fighters and others who defied the Holocaust during WWII.

Justice of the Peace candidates speak at chamber luncheon

The New River Township Justice Court nonpartisan office is for a six-year term.

Commission candidates address housing, water

Candidates for Churchill County Commission Districts 1 and 3 offered perspectives on the issues critical to the Lahontan Valley at an April 25 gathering.

Senator’s aide known for reaching out to the rurals

After moving to the West, Kurt Englehart made the needs of Nevadans as a top priority.

Mustang 22 memorial adds another static display

Nevada helicopter was shot down in southern Afghanistan, killing entire crew.

CEDA candidates’ forum set for April 25

Breakfast meeting will feature county commission races.

Month of the Military Child: Captain thanks students for resolve

Navy Capt. Shane Tanner speaks at every county school to help promote April honor.

Senator’s aide dies in Reno crash

Kurt Englehart was a speaker Friday at Fallon’s Child Abuse and Prevention ceremony.

Home & Garden Show opens this weekend

23rd annual event offers ideas for home and business, and showcases local groups.

April is the Month of the Military Child

Churchill County schools, NAS Fallon partner to support families and students.

Justice of the Peace: Ingram touts county experience

Candidate has been director of the county’s Court Services since 2009.

Vietnam vets ceremony honors service, heroes and sacrifice

The annual Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day on March 23 honored the military for their service a half-century ago in Vietnam and recognized those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congressman headlines Lincoln Day dinner

Amodei discusses land bills, the Air Guard and local mail processing.

Ranson: Remembering my colleague Norine Arciniega

For almost seven decades, the Arciniegas — Norine and Ed — were the epitome of educators diligently teaching generations of students at Churchill County High School.

Women's History Month: Retired Fallon professor praised for service

For more than three decades, retired WNC Fallon educator Doris Dwyer touched the lives of hundreds through teaching history and her performances in Chautauqua.

Vietnam vets remembrance day Saturday in Reno

This year’s theme is Reflections, and a presentation will be conducted by the veterans of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Gold Star families.

Filing period for local, statewide offices closes

Light turnouts for school board, Assembly District 38, and city council races.

Jardine files for commission’s District 3 seat

Rusty Jardine is a retired general manager for the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District.

Longtime Fallon resident files for commission

Todd Moretto touts growth, housing as main concerns.

Ranson: JaVale makes a nostalgic visit to Reno

Almost two decades ago, the 36-year-old McGee made one of the most important decisions in his life — he accepted coach Mark Fox’s invitation to come play in Reno.

Women's History Month: Judge oversees five-county ‘drug court’

Judge Deborah Schumacher speaks to Rotarians at their weekly luncheon.

State ceremony recognizes veteran award-winners

Nevada’s newest veterans of the month and military support award-winner were recognized Feb. 28 in a ceremony at the Nevada State Library and Archives.

NAS Fallon wraps up Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain exercise

The exercise trains the readiness of Navy security personnel who respond to threats.