SHES undergoes thorough cleaning after reported cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease

WINNEMUCCA — Three confirmed cases and two suspected cases of hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported at Sonoma Heights Elementary School since Friday (Sept. 23).

According to Superintendent Mike Bumgartner, the district has consulted with the Nevada Department of Health and the Nevada Department of Education.  As a result of the consultation, the district took actions to minimize chances of spreading the disease at the school.

School district stepping up services

WINNEMUCCA — The Humboldt County School District is increasing services to students following the suicide of a Lowry High School sophomore on Friday (Jan. 14). The suicide followed what authorities described as an attempted suicide four days prior.  Both events are still under investigation and involve juveniles so very little information has been released to the public.

According to Superintendent Mike Baumgartner, counselors from Nevada Mental Health will meet with faculty before classes begin on Tuesday (Jan. 18) in order to help guide them in discussing the events of last week with their students.

Commentary link

WINNEMUCCA — In the wake of recent tragic events, the attempted suicide of one young person and the suicide of another, many are calling for a community-wide conversation with local young people. One young person has stepped forward to start that conversation.  She has courageously written about her experience and readers may find it on the commentary page:  Bullying and the butterfly effect

Boil water order remains in place

WINNEMUCCA — A boil water order issued for Gold Country Estates water users remains in place as of Friday (March 5) afternoon.  The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection is awaiting the results of recent tests before lifting the order, the agency reported. The order may remain in place until Monday.

Grass Valley residents on the system were informed Sunday (Feb. 28) that tests performed two days before tested positive for E. coli.  They were advised to boil their water for one minute before drinking it, using it in food preparation, or for brushing teeth.

Students at Grass Valley Elementary School were provided with bottled water.

This was the second boil water order issued within the last three months to Gold Country Estates water users due to E. coli.