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Ruby Mountain Rios chapter donates Thanksgiving Turkeys to CADV

ELKO – The Ruby Mountain Rios local state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation donated 19 turkeys to the Committee Against Domestic Violence for families in need this Thanksgiving.

“This goes towards the families we help, not only in residence here, but also in their own homes as they begin their lives over again to give them a Thanksgiving dinner,” said CADV Executive Director Marianne McKown. “That can be very expensive when you are starting over.”

This is an annual event that the Ruby Mountain Rios, the local chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation, has participated in for the past 19 years.

“It shows that turkey hunters care,” Pyke Bowles of the Ruby Mountain Rios said. “We started giving 10 turkeys in the beginning, and then the demand increased as they had more families to feed, so now it is closer to 15 or 20. It’s part of our service. They are very appreciative, kind and caring, and I get that feeling every single year.”

The Lamoille Women’s Club also collects donations of canned goods and other items for meals for the CADV. The club has been partnering to complete the meals for the families for the past 10 years.

With the combined efforts of both organizations, the donations allow the center to provide full Thanksgiving meals for 15 families.

“They divide it as they need for the families,” Bowles said. “It is the gift of the giving season.”

These donations save the Harbor House and the CADV money for their overall food costs that is received through matched federal and state grants. The organization serves meals from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program budget, and, therefore, the donations of food and money from organizations in the community help save for expenses not covered by their grants and program.

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ACLU sues to block proposed anti-sanctuary cities ballot measure

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a proposed ballot initiative that aims to essentially make “sanctuary cities” unconstitutional, arguing that the language of the proposed amendment and language on a petition being circulated by the initiative’s backers is misleading.

The lawsuit was filed in First District Court in Carson City on the last day the group was eligible to do so. Under Nevada law, any group seeking to challenge the “description of effect” of a proposed ballot measure needs to file their contention within 15 business days of the proposed measure’s filing with the Nevada Secretary of State.

“This expansive initiative, if approved, would significantly undermine the public safety and welfare of the people of Nevada,” said Marc Elias, a well-known Democratic lawyer who worked for Hillary Clinton and is also helping the Nevada State Democratic Party fight off recalls of three state senators. “Among its many defects, it does not sufficiently describe the effect it would have on people in the state, willfully ignoring the actual chilling impact on the immigrant community in terms of participation in government-sponsored activities and programs and the financial costs the state would incur in implementing the initiative.”

Plaintiffs, who include a leader with a nonprofit that helps immigrant victims of crime, argued that the measure overall will discourage immigrant communities from helping law enforcement with investigations. They also said the term “sanctuary city,” which is used in the title of the “Prevent Sanctuary Cities Initiative,” is pejorative and doesn’t have a legal definition.

An aide to Senate Republican Leader Michael Roberson, a prominent figure in the sanctuary cities ballot measure campaign, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The language being challenged is text that voters are provided when shown a petition to sign. The petition needs 112,544 valid signatures to qualify the sanctuary cities measure for the ballot and would need to be twice approved by voters, once in 2018 and again in 2020, to make the change to the state’s Constitution.

“If enacted, this measure will add a new section to the Nevada Constitution that will prohibit the Legislature, a county or a city from enacting a law or ordinance, or otherwise adopting, enforcing or endorsing a policy which prohibits, limits or discourages cooperation with the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States,” states the description of effect.

The lawsuit says the language should be invalidated because it violates the single-subject rule for petitions by being excessively broad and does not fully explain the financial and public safety ramifications of the measure. It also argues that, in violation of state petition requirements, it doesn’t set legislative policy but is “executive or administrative” in nature because it involves the enforcement of previously enacted immigration law.

The proposed constitutional amendment was filed with the secretary of state’s office in October. Roberson, who serves as the honorary chair of the ballot initiative committee, promised to introduce such a measure during the legislative session earlier this year.

Roberson strongly opposed Democrat-supported efforts to enact some sort of policy during the 2017 legislative session that would limit the role of local law enforcement in federal immigration activities. He called a bill that would have prevented state and local law enforcement agencies from participating in federal immigration enforcement without a warrant “the most recklessly irresponsible piece of legislation” he had witnessed in his time in the Legislature.

Nevada's recreational pot sales top September projection

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest data shows Nevada recreational marijuana sales continue to surge.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports data released Monday by the Nevada Department of Taxation says the state’s licensed and regulated cannabis dispensaries sold approximately $27.7 million in recreational marijuana in September. That’s more than $5 million more than Nevada’s projected sales for the month.

That’s down from August’s sales numbers, which topped $33 million, and slightly up from July’s $27 million.

September’s sales equated to $2.77 million in taxes going to the state’s rainy day fund through the 10 percent excise tax.

The state has generated more than $12.5 million in taxes from the marijuana industry through its first three months since recreational sales started July 1.