Here are your local morning news headlines for Friday, May 28, 2021.
Drought Conditions In Douglas County Result In Water Conservation Efforts
By Isaac Hoops
As portions of the U.S. West are experiencing some of the worst drought conditions in more than a century, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners is encouraging a water conservation resolution.
The Carson River, which is the main source of water for the county, is experiencing a low water flow for this time of year.
The county is encouraging residents to help with water conservation efforts and observe voluntary water schedules.
A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held at Little Flower Church Friday and Saturday to serve Reno’s Latino community.
The event is a collaboration among several community organizations. It will be hosted by a group of students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in partnership with the Nevada Public Health Training Center.
“Really, what we wanted to do is provide a place for the Latinx population, for the Latinos, to feel comfortable to come and get vaccinated––for it to be easy for them to know that we’re going to have all of the information in, in their language, you know, they don’t have to bring ID,” said Diana Sande, communications manager of UNR’s School of Community Health Sciences.
The group held its first vaccine clinic at a Latino church earlier this month, and it resulted in the distribution of more than 450 vaccines.
The event is open to all and will be held at the Little Flower Church Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 2-7 p.m.
Cannabis Consumption Lounges One Step Closer To Becoming Reality
By Paul Boger
Nevada lawmakers may soon pass a measure allowing for the creation of public cannabis consumption lounges.
When Nevada voters approved recreational cannabis in 2016, the wording of the measure only allowed for its consumption on private property. That means, many tourists who have consumed legally-purchased pot in a casino or out in public have unintentionally broken the law.
To fix that issue, the Assembly approved AB341. The bill allows pot merchants to attach a lounge to a dispensary, or independent license holders can open what is essentially a bar and sell single-use products.
The measure will now head to the Senate, where Democrats will need to get the support of two Republicans to send the bill to the governor.
Site Has Been Chosen For Elko Veterans Cemetery
By Isaac Hoops
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen a site for the National Veterans Cemetery in Elko.
Elko has been under consideration for a veterans cemetery for almost ten years. Back in 2011, the VA’s Rural Initiative determined Elko was in need of a burial ground. Currently, the closest veterans cemeteries are more than 200 miles away in Fernley or Salt Lake City.
With the site now chosen, this cemetery will serve…