COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: HGH ER to have temporary location; Dr’s prepare to move; Walk-In Clinic about ready for business

WINNEMUCCA — For more than a year, the community has watched Humboldt General Hospital’s new medical office building take shape.

On Monday, July 11, residents will finally get to enter the more than 30,000 square feet of space that includes eight medical office suites and a central reception and scheduling area.

Crews continue to work on smaller expansions of some departments in the hospital including Radiology, Respiratory, the Business Office, Medical Records and Emergency.

THE EMERGENCY ROOM at HGH will move to temporary quarters later this month.  Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18, the ER will move from its current location to the hospital’s Physical Therapy Department.

Emergency Room patients may access the temporary location through the hospital’s Harmony Street entrance—the same entrance patients and visitors have been using for six months during the hospital’s medical office building expansion.
Patients should follow the signs for both parking and admittance.

Those who experience extreme difficulty accessing the changed location once on campus should call 911 and the hospital’s EMS personnel will lend assistance.

July 11-15, crews from R&O Construction will construct the temporary Emergency Room in the Physical Therapy Department. The ER will remain in its temporary quarters until Monday, August 22, at which time it will move back to its permanent—albeit completely remodeled—location.

The new and improved ER will include a private check-in area as well as walls between beds in order to heighten patient privacy. The nurses’ station also will be moved and remodeled in order to allow for a more commodious and efficient work environment.

Following its remodel, the Emergency Room may still be accessed from Mizpah Street; however, it will now connect to the new physician clinics as well as the hospital’s administrative offices with its own enclosed lobby. This much-improved emergency waiting area will serve our community well into the future.

The temporary Emergency Room will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information, please contact HGH Quality Management Director Andy Hum at (775) 623-5222, ext. 280 or call Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 623-5222, ext. 0.

PHYCIAN OFFICES: Dr. Soon Kim, Dr. Shouping Li and Dr. Sharon McIntyre, begin seeing patients in their respective suites in the new building after moving in next week.

Three nurse practitioners also will open new family practice clinics. Sandra Deveny, APN-C, Lisa Jonkey, FNP, and LaDonna Reyka, FNP-C will treat patients ranging from infants to the elderly.

The three providers also will help staff The Walk-In Clinic.

All other patients for Radiology, Laboratory, Respiratory, Cardiac Rehab and other departments should also access the building via the new entrances. Once inside, patients should check in at the central reception desk, located on the main floor.

Residents needing assistance from the Business Office or Medical Records will find personnel in temporary quarters in the new Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room. Please ask for directions from any member of the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary or at the central reception desk.

To reach the new clinics, patients should park in the hospital’s main patient parking lot, which can be accessed from Mizpah or Harmony streets.

Patients may access the building through the main entrance facing the ambulance station or through the side entrance facing City Park.

The offices of Dr. Li (Suite A), Dr. Kim (Suite B) and The Walk-in Clinic (Suite C) are on the main floor of the building.
The offices of Lisa Jonkey, FNP (Suite E), LaDonna Reyka, FNP-C (Suite F), Sandra Deveny, APN-C (Suite G) and Dr. McIntyre (Suite H) are located on the second floor.

The building includes elevator and stairway access for both levels.

Please call physicians at their respective phone numbers. To schedule an appointment with the new nurse practitioners, please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 0.

Please direct all other inquiries to the hospital’s central reception desk at (775) 623-5222, ext. 0.

WALK-IN CLINIC:  HGH will open its new “Walk-In Clinic” to the public this weekend.

“The  Walk-In Clinic” will move from its current 211 Aiken Street location to its new space in Humboldt General Hospital’s recently completed medical office building on Friday evening, July 8.

The clinic will then open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 118 E. Haskell Street.

To reach the new clinic, please park in the hospital’s main patient parking lot, which can be accessed from Mizpah or Harmony streets.

If you enter the building through the main entrance facing the ambulance station, take the elevator down to the main floor or descend the staircase located to the left of the main entrance. You also may enter the building through the side entrance facing City Park by descending the ramp.

Once on the main floor, The Walk-In Clinic is located in Suite C.

The clinic is staffed by Dr. Bill Celentano, a board certified family medicine physician, as well as Sandra Deveny, APN-C, Lisa Jonkey, FNP, and LaDonna Reyka, FNP-C.

All ages are welcome for minor ailments such as cough/colds, flu, sore throat, ear infection, allergies, rashes, urinary tract infections, stitches, athletic injuries and more.

Those experiencing chest pains or true emergencies should go immediately to the Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Room located at 118 E. Haskell Street.

The clinic’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The clinic is closed from noon to 2:30 p.m. Fridays. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, please call the clinic at (775) 625-7000 or call Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 623-5222, ext. 0.

Online, print entry now open to tri-county fair exhibitors

WINNEMUCCA  — Attention blue ribbon contenders: The 2011 Tri-County Fair Guide is now online and accepting entries.

Those who prefer to mail in paper entries will also find everything they need to participate in this year’s event atLabor Day Fair.

This year’s Tri-County Fair & Stampede will take place from Thursday, September 1, through Sunday, September 4. Not only will the Labor Day event provide area residents with the opportunity to display their talents, but the weekend also promises great entertainment, food and plenty of good times.

“We really have planned a fun weekend,” said Darrel Field, chairman of this year’s Tri-County Fair Board. “There are so many things to do, and the majority of them are free. We specifically planned this year to be a really fun end-of-summer celebration.”

This year the Fair will offer competition in more than 20 different divisions, including Ceramics, Crafts, Creative Arts, Crocheting/Knitting, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Floriculture, Foods, Food Preservation, Fruits/Vegetables/Crops, Handwork/Needlework, Photography, Quilting, Recycling, Sewing, and Youth Division.

Some old favorites are returning — including the Potato Critters competition, the Create-a-Picture, Write-a-Story, Coloring, Pie and Watermelon Eating contests, the Biggest Home Grown contest, The Mutt Show, Mini-Construction Projects, the Pig Wrestling contest and the Great Basin Challenge.

Exhibitors are encouraged to start preparing early, though, as paper entries are due to the Winnemucca Convention Center or the Humboldt County Cooperative Extension by 5 p.m. Friday, August 26. Online entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, August 27.

Field said returning exhibitors will need to create a new online account as user accounts do not carry over. The secure site will ask only for the information necessary to process entries.

“Our goal is to make entering exhibits as quick and easy as possible, without having to wait for the printed guide,” said Field.

The printed version of the guide will be available by Friday, August 5, at the Winnemucca Convention Center, the Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce, the Humboldt County Library, the Winnemucca Events Complex Office, the Humboldt County Cooperative Extension, the Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce, the Lovelock Chamber of Commerce, the Orovada Post Office, the Paradise Valley Post Office, the McDermitt Post Office, or online atLabor Day Fair

For more information on entering this year’s Tri-County Fair, please visit Labor Day Fair or call the Tri-County Fair at (775) 623-5071, ext. 102, or (800) 962-2638, ext. 102. All Tri-County Fair & Stampede information can also be accessed at: WCVA

Hospital Auxiliary celebrates volunteer accomplishments

WINNEMUCCA — Volunteers from the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary were honored for their service during an awards banquet at the Winnemucca Convention Center.  The ‘Pink Ladies’ have donated hundreds of thousands of hours since 1969.

In all, 26 Auxiliary members were honored for donating 15,157 volunteer hours to the organization through Fiscal Year 2010-2011, either through service at the Poke & Peek Thrift Shop (the group’s primary source of income) or through inservice hours at Humboldt General Hospital, special project hours or meeting hours.

Members were individually honored for hitting new milestones including: Joyce Dahlka – less than 100 hours; Belinda Bell, Ann Burhans, Vicky Cisna, Martin Cramer, Joe Gough, Beverly Mendiola, Lori Mitch, Jeanne Moritz, Sue Rego and John Siegfried – 100 hours; Belinda Bell, Sue Fox, Kathleen Schlicht and Robert Wagoner – 500 hours; Beverly Asher, Rose Cox, Joe McIntyre, Estella Monarrez, Charlene Salmi and Paul Tafoya – 1,000 hours; Helen Hurtado – 2,000 hours; Ida Unger and Magda Williams – 5,000 hours; Norma Kearns – 7,000 hours; Diane Kearns – 8,000 hours; and Dorothy Fiske – 9,000 hours.

HGH Administrator/CEO Jim Parrish was on hand to help celebrate the accomplishments of Auxiliary members.. Following the event, he took a moment to thank the organization for its generous help to the hospital.

“The hospital could not function without the service provided by members or without the thousands of dollars you contribute to our organization each year,” he said.

Since 1969, the Auxiliary has donated over 341,511 hours and over $2 million to the hospital.

“I am very grateful for their efforts,” said Parrish of Auxiliary members. “This group is a tremendous asset to the hospital.”
Also during the annual awards banquet, Auxiliary officers were installed for 2011-2012  Kathleen Schlicht will serve as the organization’s president, Joe McIntyre will serve as vice president, Dorothy Fiske will serve as recording secretary, Joy Darre will serve as corresponding secretary, and Carol Acree will return as treasurer.

For more information on the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary, please call Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 623-5222, ext. 0.

NDOT update

WINNEMUCCA — The debate over what to do with the Bridge and Haskell Streets intersection is a long way from being settled,  but over at the SR 140 and US 95 a new lane will benefit truckers on the long, steep road over the pass by Paradise Valley.

First things first, it looks like the bridge over the Humboldt River on Reinhart Rd. will get through the season above water.

According to Dave Lindeman, Assistant District Engineer for NDOT, they’re keeping an eye on Reinhart Rd. where the Humboldt River has threatened to spill over its banks three times this year.  To date, they’ve not had to close the road, and they’re hoping they won’t have to in the near future.

While there’s been a lot of rain this year, the instances of rain showers have been spread out to allow the water to recede between showers.

One project the public is keeping their eye on is the intersection of Bridge and Haskell Streets.

Lindeman said while the traffic study requested by the City of Winnemucca has been completed, the results are not ready to be released.

The results of the  previous traffic study led NDOT to conclude the volume of traffic at the intersection did not warrant a traffic light.

However, the city requested another, more comprehensive study be completed.  The concern is that people are using residential side streets and the parking lots of businesses to avoid the congestion on Haskell St. that results during high-traffic time periods.

The city has offered to pay for the installation of a traffic light, but the intersection is under the jurisdiction of the State of Nevada, whose representatives have declined that offer.

One project that got the green light was the construction of an auxiliary lane on SR 140 that would remove the stop for those making the transition from SR 140 to US 95 southbound.

The auxiliary lane would be a 25 mph curve that would allow traffic to merge with that of US 95.

Lindeman explained the challenge here is primarily for truckers traveling the steep grade to US 95 – then facing another steep grade southbound.  It would be beneficial to them, and to all the motorists on SR 140, if they could keep their momentum.

That project was awarded to Aggregate Industries and construction should resume within the next couple of months.

Lindeman predicts the project will be completed by fall.

NV Energy promotes programs and future possibilities

WINNEMUCCA — Representatives from NV Energy were in town on Monday (April 18) to promote energy savings, new programs, and renewable energy projects to community leaders.

One of the changes that will have the biggest impact to local users is the ongoing implementation of Smart Meters, which will bring meter reading into the digital age.

The project will cost an estimated $300 million and is being paid for, in part, through a grant from the Department of Energy utilizing ARRA funds.  Once implemented, NV Energy estimates the program will save the company millions of dollars, streamline operations, and will benefit consumer, too.

Digital meters create two-way communications between the meter and the company.  The meters will automatically send a meter read to the company every 15 minutes.

NV Energy has promoted Smart Meters as a way to make the system more efficient and data more reliable.  The best part:  They will also know immediately when there is a power outage so they can get crews moving to fix the problems — sometimes before the users even realize the power is out.

The meters will also help homeowners make decisions about their energy consumption by allowing them to see where power usage is the highest.

For example, energy companies have long encouraged consumers to save the use of high-energy appliances and electronics to the evening hours – especially in the summer.  Those with air conditioning are going to use it during the day when it’s hottest; there’s no shifting that use.

However, if a homeowner is going to run the air conditioning, than he or she may make the decision to dry the laundry in the evening when there’s less demand on the grid.

With smart energy choices, NV Energy can reduce demand on the grid during the day, when energy is more expensive, to the evening when there’s less demand for energy and it’s cheaper.

It’s simple:  If they save money, you save money in the long run. To read more about Smart Meters visit: NVEnergize

Most people are looking to save money now that fuel prices are on the rise.

At the meeting to promote electric vehicles was Travis Johnson, who noted one of the best parts of owning an electric car is they all use domestically-produced energy.

Johnson said the Nevada’s power grid could handle over 1 million electrical cars – assuming they’ll be charged at night when there’s less demand on the grid.

To date electrical cars have not been as affordable as the old-fashioned gas guzzlers.  However, because supply has increased, prices have decreased — making electric-powered cars more affordable for consumers.  Johnson added with current production levels consumers can expect electrical cars to be cheaper still in the future.

The big question, of course, is what plugging your car into your house will do to your electric bill.  Johnson said at 1,000 miles a month, which is what the average person drives, the added cost to the homeowners electric bill would be $37/month at today’s rates to keep the car charged.

The electric car can travel an average of 73 – 100 miles per charge.

Johnson acknowledged not everyone may be ready for an electric car.  He commented, “Will you still need a truck to pull things?  Sure.  Perhaps the electric car could be your second vehicle.”

If cost-savings aren’t enough to get people to trade in their fossil-fuel consuming vehicles for something more environmentally friendly, consider the lithium needed for the batteries in electric cars will soon be mined in Humboldt County.  So, electric-powered cars are just good for the local economy.

For further reading:  Western Lithium

Addressing the audience on NV Energy’s goals for the future was Mary Simmons, vice president of external affairs, who told the audience the energy crisis at the beginning of the last decade caused the company to consider better ways of doing business – with less reliance on energy sources outside of the state.

They decided their business strategy had to include more local power generation and less reliance on outside markets.  As an example, they built the Tracy Power Plant outside of Reno, which uses natural gas and is 30 percent more energy efficient than other power plants, Simmons said.

She said NVEnergy prioritized efficiency because it keeps prices down.  Rates are currently comparable to what they were in 2004-2005.

Another effort by the company to work more efficiently is the One Nevada transmission line, which connects power grids in northern and southern Nevada and will help transmit renewable energy sources from rural to urban areas.

Simmons said, “It helps us share resources between the north and the south.  We’ve never been able to do that.”

The company continues to reach out to the public with information on renewable energy projects, rebates, and smart use of energy.

Community Announcement: Public invited to explore their creative side at Art in the Garden

This Saturday, the Community Garden Farmers’ Market will be alive with the arts—so come on out to the Garden any time from 8 a.m – 1 p.m and explore your creative side! In addition to the Market’s local vendors, yard sales, and nonprofit organizations, there will be a special outdoor gallery exhibiting local artistic talent, including the work of Winnemucca artist Teddy Swecker!

The “Art in the Garden” Farmers’ Market promises fun for all ages; the perfect venue for kids to discover and unleash their inner da Vinci! There will be a special kids’ crafts tent with a variety of projects to choose from. Kids and families can paint their own clay flower plots to take home and plant in; they can paint dried decorative gourds, and also make potpourri pouches with many different scents and patterned fabrics!

There will be demonstrations of flowers arrangements by Donna Kiker.  Donna previously owned three flower shops in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.  She graduated from the prestigious Western School of Floral Design inPortland and has received awards for her innovative approach to design.  Now that Donna is a retired florist she enjoys creating floral arrangements for friends and family using everyday items as containers, and taking an organic approach to arrangements that use fruits, vegetables, and herbs as well as flowers.  Fresh flower bouquets and arrangements will be available to purchase with proceeds benefiting the Winnemucca Community Garden.

Want to learn more about the Saturday Farmers’ Market, and see a complete summer schedule with weekly themes and events? Visit the Winnemucca Community Garden website for information about the Farmers’ Market and the Garden’s many other programs at

The Community Garden is looking for extra volunteers to help run the season’s remaining Farmers’ Markets, which will continue every Saturday until September 11th. We need help during the market, setting up, and taking down, as well as help with promotion and planning for next year. If you’d like to get involved in any way, please contact Katie at the WCG at 775-623-2333, or email at

‘Superior Auction’ returns for 18th straight year

WINNEMUCCA, Nev.—The largest livestock auction in the United States has set up shop this week in Winnemucca as part of “Video Royale XVIII.”

The televised auction, which will be broadcast via satellite from the Winnemucca Convention Center starting Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6, will bring together cattle sellers with buyers who will bid on cattle previously filmed on video.

The auction is hosted by the Fort Worth-based Superior Livestock company. Jim Davis, one of 300 Superior field representatives across the country, said Video Royale XVIII will see several thousand head of cattle change hands over the course of the five-day event.

The auction is expected to draw hundreds of people to Winnemucca with thousands of others watching via satellite. If the past 17 years are any indication of who will participate, there will be a good mix of ranchers from across the nation as well as a few foreign countries.

For those who do travel to Winnemucca for the sale, a host of special events are on the agenda, including a golf tournament at Winnemucca’s own municipal golf course and an invitation-only steak cookout with top-name entertainment.

Superior Livestock Auction introduced satellite video marketing to the nation’s cattle industry in 1987. Since that time, Superior has grown to become the largest livestock auction in the United States, selling 1.5 head of cattle annually.

Community Announcement: Fair guides available; pre-entry deadline approaching

WINNEMUCCA, Nev.—The Tri-County Fair may be over a century old, but every year there’s a new adventure in store for tri-county residents.

This year’s Labor Day weekend celebration, set for Thursday, September 2, through Sunday, September 5, is detailed in the newly published Tri-County Fair Guide.

Tri-County Fair Board Chairman Darrel Field said with only a few weeks remaining until the pre-entry deadline, now is the time to get organized. Pre-entry forms are due by 5 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2010.

The annual guide contains information on the Labor Day Parade as well as the QRC Outlaw Kart Races, the 89th annual Labor Day Rodeo and the Great Basin Challenge. Each guide also provides information on the Labor Day Carnival, Fair entertainment, and much, much more.

Of course, the guide contains all the information exhibitors will need to participate at this year’s Fair. Competition is open in over 20 divisions, including Ceramics, Crafts, Creative Arts, Crocheting/Knitting, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Floriculture, Foods, Food Preservation, Fruits/Vegetables/Crops, Handwork/Needlework, Photography, Quilting, Recycling, Sewing, Youth Division, and the Potato Critters, Create-a-Picture, Write-a-Story, Coloring, Mini-Construction, Pie and Watermelon Eating, Biggest Home Grown, Mutt Show and Pig Wrestling contests.

Past exhibitors should receive a guide in the mail this week. Copies also are available at the Winnemucca Convention Center; the Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce; the Winnemucca Events Complex office; the Humboldt County Extension office; the Winnemucca, McDermitt, Orovada and Paradise Valley post offices; the Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce; and the Lovelock Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, fair exhibitors may visit to enter their exhibits online as well as download all the information they will need to participate in this year’s event.

Participants may create a quick and easy user account by clicking on the menu option, “Fair Guide,” on the website’s homepage. Returning exhibitors will need to create a new online account as user accounts do not carry over. The secure site will ask only for the information necessary to process entries.

The website is updated every week, so event officials are encouraging Fair participants to visit often.

For more information on entering this year’s Tri-County Fair, please visit or call the Tri-County Fair at (775) 623-5071, ext. 102, or (800) 962-2638, ext. 102. All Tri-County Fair & Stampede information may also be accessed by visiting

Community Announcement: HGH offers childbirth education course

WINNEMUCCA, Nev.— Mothers-to-be in their fifth to eighth month of pregnancy are invited to take part in this weekend’s childbirth education course sponsored by Humboldt General Hospital.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 7, mothers-to-be will learn how to make informed decisions during the birthing process.

The childbirth education class will include instruction on labor and delivery, comfort measures and breathing and relaxation techniques.

Birthing coaches, who are encouraged to attend the class along with mothers, also will be instructed regarding their role in the birthing process. The instruction will further include information for the postpartum mother as well as some instruction aimed at helping parents care for their new baby.

Instructor Anebet Muceus said the class is meant to help women understand that there is no right or wrong way to give birth. “I believe that parents should be educated and then they can make their own decisions about labor and birth,” she said.

Pre-registration is recommended but not required. To pre-register or for more information, please call Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 623-5222, ext. 142. Participants are encouraged to bring a couple of pillows and wear comfortable clothing throughout the instruction.

The course will take place in the conference room at Humboldt General Hospital. Cost is $45; $35 for mothers who deliver at HGH. Lunch is included in the cost of instruction.

Fifties Fever 2010 brings out the car enthusiasts

WINNEMUCCA —They came in their muscle cars, their Model A’s and T’s, along with a few tractors to the 18th Annual Fifties Fever. The event included car shows, street drags, and entertainment for the kids. There were events all over town from Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 1.

Bill Paul, of Spring Creek, attended the event in his 1911 Cadillac, which would go on to win Best of Show in the antique category. The beauty, which is approaching its 100 year birthday,  was the talk of the show. Paul reports the original owner bought the car in December of 2010 then sold it in 1929 to a 16-year-old in Beverly Hills who needed the car for his newspaper route. In 1969 he second owner put the car in storage where it remained until Paul purchased it from the estate. Everything on the car is original. Paul said while he never bought a part for it, it did require some elbow grease to get the shine on the original paint job. The tires were put on in 1947. Although his friend said the car belongs in a museum, Paul disagreed. He drives the car in Horseless Carriage Tours, which is limited to vehicles made before 1915. When he bought the car it had just 10,000 miles on it; he’s added another six thousand – more or less. Paul believes in sharing his treasure, so the public can enjoy the car as much as he does. The Cadillac is only one of three still in existence.

The Schoori family is shown with their 2009 Dodge Challenger, which won Best of show in the Modern Category. Reese Schoori, of Battle Mountain, reports he purchased the car last July in South Carolina. Why go so far for a car? Schoori reports he wanted a real muscle car. He looked at the Mustangs and Cameros before deciding on the Challenger because it was more retro in appearance.

Randy Waldron, of Winnemucca, is shown with his 1970 Ford Ranchero. Waldron already owns a 1975 Ford F100 that’s been good to him on the race track. However, a friend found the Ranchero on and said to him “This is your car.” Waldron agreed and made the purchase.

Jeff and Danyle Nimmick, of Winnemucca, are shown with their 1968 Chevy Malibu, which Jeff inherited from his grandmother in 1992. He reports everything on the car is original — with some modifications. The Malibu gets special treatment — including its own enclosed trailer.

Last year’s Best of Show winner was back this year and won another First Place prize in its category. The 1923 Ford T Roadster belongs to Glen and Helen Campbell, of Redmond, Ore.

This 1930 Model A beauty is owned by Lynn Allan, of Winnemucca, who took home a First Place prize. Allan inherited the car from her Uncle. The inside was all custom created and done by hand; the folks at DeLong’s did the paint job using Ford-correct colors. The vehicle did have to have some restoration work, with special reference to the chrome. Allan reports the Model A had more accessories to purchase than any other car of its kind, and she’s been collecting those accessories. She belongs to the Model A Ford club, which is one of the largest car-enthusiast clubs in the world,  and commented, “The Model A Ford are wonderful, fun people.”

When Ken Remmer, of Hermiston, Ore., first saw his classic 1939 Mercury it was sitting in a wheat field with a registration dated 1951. Ken took the car home and worked for five years to transform it into the classic seen today. He did the work himself, except for the upholstery, customizing the car to his taste. The judges liked what they saw and Ken took home a first-place award.

Pat Davis, of Lebanon, Ore., is shown with her 1966 Ford Mustang. Pat is only the third owner of the vehicle and everything on the car is original — including the paint. She took home a first-place prize in the Mustangs & Corvettes Category, which was a very competitive field.