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NNRH welcomes first baby of 2019

ELKO — Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital rang in 2019 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and measuring 19.5 inches, Lincoln Ray Groth was born to Emily and David Groth on Jan. 1 at 7:28 a.m.

The Elko County Cattlewomen presented the Groth family with a gift basket filled with onesies and baby supplies. Spokeswoman Sidney Wintermote stated that the organization has donated a basket for several years now.

“We love babies, and it’s always a pleasure to come celebrate the first baby of each new year,” Wintermote said.

The NNRH Auxiliary also prepared a gift basket to welcome the new arrival. Included were handmade booties and a blanket, as well as a check for $350.00 to purchase further baby supplies.

“We just wanted to help the family celebrate their new little one,” said Auxiliary member Phyllis Anderson. “We volunteer here at the hospital to help brighten up the day of all the patients who come through the doors.”

Cinda Peurala, director of Women’s and Newborn Services at NNRH, stated that the Obstetrics Department was pleased to welcome the “New Year’s Baby,” along with each and every new infant.

“It is our privilege to provide a safe, comforting and welcoming environment for our newest and littlest community members,” Peurala said. “Our team of expert clinical staff is dedicated to ensuring that every patient has a positive, healthy experience during this special time.”

Peurala went on to state that NNRH is committed to providing high quality care close to home for new and expecting parents throughout the region.

The NNRH Obstetrics Department offers a series of free prenatal classes and breastfeeding classes throughout the year. Those who are interested in attending may visit www.NNRHospital.com/class or call 775-748-2140.


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Pelosi sees 'new dawn' for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON — Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s post Thursday as the 116th Congress ushered in a historically diverse freshman class eager to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government.

Pelosi, elected speaker 220-192, took the gavel saying U.S. voters “demanded a new dawn” in the November election that swept the Democrats to a House majority and are looking to “the beauty of our Constitution” to provide checks and balances on power.

Pelosi faced 15 dissenting votes from fellow Democrats. But for a few hours, smiles and backslapping were the order of the day. The new speaker invited scores of lawmakers’ kids to join her on the dais as she was sworn in, calling the House to order “on behalf of all of America’s children.”

Even Trump congratulated her during a rare appearance at the White House briefing room, saying her election by House colleagues was “a tremendous, tremendous achievement.” The president has tangled often with Pelosi and is sure to do so again with Democrats controlling the House, but he said, “I think it’ll be a little bit different than a lot of people are thinking.”

As night fell, the House quickly got to work on the partial government shutdown, which was winding up Day 13 with Trump demanding billions in Mexican border wall funding to bring it to an end. Democrats approved legislation to re-open the government — but without the $5.6 billion in wall money, which means it has no chance in the Republican Senate.

The new Congress is like none before. There are more women than ever, and a new generation of Muslims, Latinos, Native Americans and African-Americans is creating a House more aligned with the population of the United States. However, the Republican side in the House is still made up mostly of white men. In the Senate, Republicans bolstered their ranks in the majority.

In a nod to the moment, Pelosi, the first female speaker — who reclaimed the post she lost to the GOP in 2011 — broadly pledged to make Congress work for all Americans even as her party readies to challenge Trump with investigations and subpoena powers that threaten the White House agenda.

Pelosi promised to “restore integrity to government” and outlined an agenda “to lower health costs and prescription drug prices and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions; to increase paychecks by rebuilding America with green and modern infrastructure from sea to shining sea.”

The day unfolded as one of both celebration and impatience. Newly elected lawmakers arrived, often with friends and families in tow, to take the oath of office and pose for ceremonial photos. Then they swiftly turned to the shutdown.

Vice President Mike Pence swore in newly elected senators, but Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no plans to consider the House bills unless Trump agreed to sign them into law. That ensured the shutdown would continue, clouding the first days of the new session.

McConnell said Republicans have shown the Senate is “fertile soil for big, bipartisan accomplishments,” but the question is whether House Democrats will engage in “good governance or political performance art.”

It’s a time of stark national political division that some analysts say is on par with the Civil War era. Battle lines are drawn not just between Democrats and Republicans but within the parties themselves, splintered by their left and right flanks.

Pelosi defied history in returning to the speaker’s office after eight years in the minority, overcoming internal opposition from Democrats demanding a new generation of leaders. She will be the first to regain the gavel since Sam Rayburn of Texas in 1955.

Putting Pelosi’s name forward for nomination, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the incoming Democratic caucus chair, recounted her previous accomplishments — passing the Affordable Care Act, helping the country out of the Great Recession — as preludes to her next ones. He called her leadership “unparalleled in modern American history.”

One Democrat, Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan, cast her vote for Pelosi “on the shoulders of women who marched 100 years ago” for women’s suffrage. Newly elected Rep. Lucy McBath of Georgia, an anti-gun violence advocate, dedicated hers to her slain teenage son, Jordan Davis.

As speaker, Pelosi will face challenges from the party’s robust wing of liberal newcomers, including 29-year-old New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has risen to such prominence she is already known around the Capitol — and on her prolific social media accounts — by the nickname “AOC.” California Rep. Brad Sherman was to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump.

Republicans face their own internal battles as they decide how closely to tie their political fortunes to Trump. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s name was put into nomination for speaker by his party’s caucus chair, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the daughter of the former vice president. He faced six “no” votes from his now-shrunken GOP minority.

As McCarthy passed the gavel to Pelosi he said voters wonder if Congress is “still capable” of solving problems, and said this period of divided government is “no excuse for gridlock.”


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Elko man arrested on child pornography charge

ELKO – An Elko man was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges after police received a tip from a national task force aimed at protecting children.

James A. Rector Sr., 51, of Elko was arrested at 1805 Ruby View Drive for possession of visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a person under 16 years of age.

The Elko Police Department was contacted by the group Internet Crimes Against Children, which reported a local resident was possibly downloading child pornography. Lt. Mike Palhegyi said detectives used the tip to obtain a search warrant.

Police recovered evidence including electronic devices that will be forensically examined. No local children are believed to have been involved.

For the first offense, a person convicted under the category B felony could be sentenced to 1-6 years in prison and fined up to $5,000.

According to ICAC’s website, the group is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 4,500 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

ICAC advises anyone who suspects child sexual exploitation to contact local police, the ICAC Task Force or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline (www.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678).


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Elko SnoBowl open this weekend

ELKO — The Elko SnoBowl Ski opens for the second weekend of the season Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.

“SnoBowl is a kick. Don’t expect CO-sized resorts, but do expect a ‘beach’ scene much like A-Basin used to be,” Elko SnoBowl posted on facebook.com/snobowl. “Bring your tailgate grill.”

A tow rope to a beginners’ area, ski lift with access to several slopes of varying steepness, and a sledding hill are some of the ski hill’s features. The mini resort also offers ski and snowboard package rentals.

This weekend, the lift will provide access limited areas of the bowl because snow cover is still shallow.

Prices are $5 for tow rope; $20 for adult ski lift; $15 for youth ski lift; and $20 for equipment package rentals.

Visitors who don’t want to ski or snowboard can still ride the lift to take advantage of the mountaintop views.

“[T]here is a very nice picnic spot up on top (stellar views!) and you can ride back down when you’re [done],” SnoBowl wrote on Facebook.

The Elko SnoBowl opened for the first time this winter on Dec. 28-29 with just the beginners’ slope and tow rope open.

This is the first season that the winter recreation area has operated under the City of Elko’s park system. It was previously owned by the county.

Elko Parks and Recreation Coordinator Mandiee Ferguson said that despite cold temperatures last weekend, lots of people turned out to play in the snow.

“We’ll see ya next weekend, and create a great day,” says a recording on the Elko SnoBowl hotline, 775-777-7707.

To access the SnoBowl, 1992 SnoBowl Road, travel north on Fifth Street on an unpaved, plowed road and take a left on SnoBowl Road.