WVFD releases statement on fatal structure fire

Winnemucca City Fire Department was dispatched to 7042 N. Estate Rd for the report of a structure fire on Sunday October 23, 2011 at approximately 2:30 am.   On arrival firefighters observed a single-wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames.

According to Fire Chief Alan Olsen, it took firefighters approximately fifteen minutes before they could make entry into the home.  Once inside the residence firefighters located four deceased people.

Two-vehicle accident causes mess on Grass Valley Rd.

WINNEMUCCA — A two-vehicle accident shut down Grass Valley Road near Tycana early Friday (Oct. 21).  The first vehicle was a passenger car; the second was a commercial vehicle carrying glass. Yeah, it was a mess.   The accident is being investigated by Nevada Highway Patrol. (shown) Trooper Johnny Peoples works the broom while Sgt. Greg Johnson directs traffic around the debris.

WPD investigates collision between vehicle and fire truck

WINNEMUCCA — The Winnemucca Police Department is investigating a collision between a passenger car and a fire truck from Winnemucca Rural Fire Department.  The collision occured in the intersection of Baud and Fourth Streets late in the afternoon.  One person from the car was transported to Humboldt General Hospital. Additional information is expected to be released on Monday (Oct. 3).

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.

Victim in parking lot accident dies

WINNEMUCCA — The woman who was struck by a pickup at Khoury’s Market parking lot on Sept. 17 died early Friday evening (Sept. 23) at Renown Medical Center in Reno.  She was identified by authorities as Antonia Solis, 73.

The charge against the driver of the vehicle, John M. Farley, will be amended by the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office to DUI causing death.

NWS issues flood warning

WINNEMUCCA — The National Weather Service in Elko has issued a flood warning for the lower Humboldt River as a slow-moving flood wave works its way downstream.  The Humboldt River will continue to rise past flood stage today (Tuesday, May 31).

According to the NWS, flood stage is 9.5 feet; as of 2 a.m. today the stage was 9.7 feet.  Minor flooding is occurring.

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.