Has Nevada been reliant for too long on gaming, construction, and mining? State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford thinks so.
During the Sept. 11th legislative roundtable, Horsford described the upcoming legislative session as potentially “bleak”, as lawmakers are dealing with an anticipated $3 billion budget shortfall. The State Senate Majority Leader indicated that the state was spoiled by the boom in the gaming and construction industries, and is now facing an unemployment rate of 14.3% and the highest housing foreclosure rate in the country.
Assemblywoman Debbie Smith agreed that Nevada has to do something about the boom and bust cycle. With the state paying $44 million a week in unemployment benefits, Smith says we need to “take control of what we can control.”
The panel discussed the precious metal industry boom with gold near all-time highs. With Mining Association President, Tim Crowley, stating that there is “a lot of optimism in mining, not just gold, but silver, copper, lithium, and molybdenum.”
Sen. Dean Rhoads pointed out that Nevada Mining Association reports show mines paid nearly $204 million in taxes in 2009 to the state which so desperately needs it. The Senator called mining “the lifeblood of rural Nevada”, and urged state and federal governments to support the mining industry and encourage the industries vendors to consider the booming market in Nevada.
First and foremost, our deepest condolences go out to the families of Daniel Noel and Ethan Shorr. We are so very sorry for your loss. Each person who has a loved one working in the mines shares your pain. Many in the community have given to the recovery mission, whether they are there in person, home consoling a loved one or lending a helping hand where needed. There are many, many heroes in this very sad situation.
Most articles I have read mentioned previous mine accidents and listed fatalities, which is important but there is always another aspect. A very significant fact that has not been mentioned is that Meikle had 2 million man hours without a single incident within the last two years, a huge milestone and very noteworthy — doesn’t that say something about the safety Barrick insist on in its mines?
Barrick is headquartered in Canada and an on-line comment compared them to BP as a “foreign company that shouldn’t be in the U.S.,” complaining about them raping our country, leaving gaping holes and making money off us.
Barrick shouldn’t even be said in the same breath as BP. Yes, they make money — as do their U.S. employees. They are environmentally responsible and do not leave any mine sites barren with gaping holes; millions of dollars are spent on reclamation when a mining site is completed, often it’s better when they leave than when they began.
No one complains about gold mines safety when they are wearing fancy gold watches, jewelry, or using their computers — that much of the gold mined here is used for — which our country is very dependent upon — and what people are using to write their reports or to leave negative on-line comments.
As we all know, Barrick is a huge supporter of our community with many generous donations being made for the better of all of us yearly. They treat their employees with respect and take care of them. Mining plays a very important role in Nevada’s economy. Be supportive of the companies that support you.
Excerpts from Elko Daily Free Press
Hello hello! Well, we have done some updates on our blog- and I am happy to say we are back in business.
As you may know, mining is a huge part of our heritage here in Northern Nevada and more than a substantial part of the economic vitality of this area. As we are closing in on the Annual Mining Expo (June 8-12 at the Elko Convention Center), we would like to give a great big thank you to all the miners, mining companies and all the other associated companies that make such a big impact on Elko, Nevada.
Other big news in Elko is that the El Paso Gas Pipeline was approved this month, and we would like to welcome all the guests who will be coming into town to work with the pipeline. We are looking forward to the growth and business this will bring our little town. Of course we have set aside some spaces in our park, Iron Horse RV Resort, for the pipeline workers and invite anyone needing a space to give us a call! No RV? No problem, check out our fully furnished cottages with kitchens. Perfect for your home away from home.
Enjoy a great community festival for all ages on December 12th at 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM as the Downtown Business Association holds the Snowflake Festival. Enjoy entertainment, treats, tractor rides and a visit with Santa, among many other activities. More info: http://bit.ly/3my6pC
The Nurses’ Bazaar has been a long running holiday event in the Elko area. People from all around look forward to perusing the many booths of hand made items and crafts. We have vendors and artists that come in to sell their goods from as far away as Texas. We hope to see you there! 12-05-09 – 12-06-09 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Elko Convention Centerhttp://bit.ly/MTz5i
Get ready for another great Ruby Mountain Symphony Concert: “East Meets West” featuring recording artist, Lacy J. Dalton will be November 21, 2009 Elko Convention Center, Henrik Jul Hansen, conductor call 775-738-4187 for more information.
The Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival is an annual event sponsored by Ruby Mountain Hot Air Inc., a non-profit, local organization whose mission is to come together as balloonists; pilots, crew and interested individuals, to educate and share the sport of Hot Air Ballooning. The Balloon Festival will host a variety of vendors selling unique balloon items and festival attire.
The event runs from Thursday, September 24th – Sunday, September 27th.
For more information on the event, go to: www.rubymountainballoonfestival.com
For more information and to check for availability during the event, call the Iron Horse RV Resort at: 1-800-RV2ELKO
If so, today and tomorrow are the days as our neighbors to the west just a few miles away in Carlin host the Carlin Smokin Hot Chili Cook-Off. Great chili and great times are to be had by all and its all for a good cause as all proceeds go to help fund the new Carlin Equestrian & Event Park. We hope to see you there! For more information please visit: Carlin Smokin Hot Chili Cook-Off.
It’s almost time for the Morrodders 22nd Annual Gamblers Run Car Show! From September 11th through the 13th, Elko City Park will be transformed as both stock and modified cars going all the way back to simpler times will be displayed for your enjoyment.
The event will include more that a car show with Chuck Wagon Breakfasts, Poker Runs, Street Dances, Swap Meets, Hot Wheels Races, Concessions, Parades, Drive-In Movies and Raffles all scheduled. For more information please visit the Morrodders web site: http://www.morrodders.com
Big story on Elko, NV on CNN.com this week!!!
Elko, Nevada: Where the recession never hit!!!