Churchill County



Churchill County, Nevada, located an hour east of Reno, is approaching a population of 25,000 and continues to grow at a measured pace in light of the economic expansion of Northern Nevada.  The local economy is supported by a strong agriculture industry that includes alfalfa, corn, dairies, and a growing local produce sector. Fallon Naval Air Station -- the Navy's "aircraft carrier in the desert" employs a large sector of the community between navy and civilian personnel. County Commissioners Pete Olsen, Bus Scharmann, and Carl Erquiaga represent the community, while County Manager Jim Barbee conducts the daily administrative duties.  Recently hired, Anne McMillin serves as the Public Information Officer and can be reached at 775-423-2266.


Planning Commission meeting notes

By The Publisher | January 17, 2020 |

  by Susan Weikel — The Churchill County Planning Commission met in a regular meeting on January 8, 2020. In old business the commission approved a renewal of the temporary use permit for Rick Johnson at 4150 Margoree Lane for temporary quarters during the construction of his home. Commissioners also approved a three-month renewal of…

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Fire Department receives highest rating from ISO

By The Publisher | January 13, 2020 |

by Rachel Dahl — Representatives from the Insurance Service Office presented Mayor Ken Tedford with the ISO Public Protection Classification Summary Report, last week for the Fallon Churchill Volunteer Fire Department. The department was awarded an ISO rating of Class 1. ISO looks at the quality of public fire protection and a Class 1 distinction…

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County Commission Wrap-up of January 6th meeting

By The Publisher | January 9, 2020 |

  by Rachel Dahl —  Churchill County commissioners met on Monday, January 6, 2019 in a regular meeting, rescheduled due to the holidays. During the meeting they voted to extended for three years the professional services contract they have had with Jeff Cruess as the County Surveyor. Mr. Cruess has served in this capacity for…

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Amateur Radio operators offer event for local youth

By The Publisher | January 2, 2020 |

Twice a year, Amateur Radio of Churchill County (ARCC) teams with the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) to offer an event designed to promote Amateur (Ham) Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church, and the general public. Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience…

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Public Announcement — Prevent Mail Theft

By The Publisher | January 2, 2020 |

The Churchill County Sheriff’s office has seen a marked increase in mail theft from county road mailboxes. The Sheriff is asking residents “if you see suspicious activity near mailboxes, please contact the Sheriff’s Office right away.” The Sheriff also offers several tips to make it more difficult for thieves to get to mail or packages:…

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Fallon/Churchill Volunteer Department – in a class all their own

By The Publisher | December 27, 2019 |

by Rachel Dahl —  There were 31 members of the original Fallon Volunteer Fire Department when it was organized in 1915 – one for every day of the month to inspect their equipment. From that time, the tradition and pride in the modern-day, ISO Class 1 rated volunteer department has done nothing but grow. According…

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Dispatch and Patrol: Public-Facing Aspects of Sheriff’s Office

By Editor | December 27, 2019 |

Working together to keep residents safe — by Anne McMillin You have probably seen personnel from the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office driving around town or while attending an event at the fairgrounds. The Sheriff’s Office has quite a bit going on, so let’s take a look at some of those moving parts, courtesy of Sheriff…

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County Commission wrap-up Dec. 18th meeting

By The Publisher | December 21, 2019 |

by Susan Weikel —  Three employees received 4th Quarter Employee Service Awards. Daniel Michael was honored for 10 years of service to the Churchill County Sheriff Department, and both Shawn Summers and Brenda Ogden received recognition for 25 years of service to the Churchill County District Attorney’s Office. Bureau of Land Management reported that there…

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Wild Goose Bridge to be Re-installed

By The Publisher | December 15, 2019 |

–courtesy of Anne McMillin, Public Information Officer, Churchill County Churchill County Commissioners approved a bid this morning from King Construction of Fernley to reinstall the Wild Goose Bridge on Pioneer Way below Diversion Dam. The bridge has been unused since the county road department raised it by several feet during the 2017 flooding to allow…

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RenewGeo Moves a Step Forward

By The Publisher | November 26, 2019 |

New geothermal power production technology in Northern Nevada acquires well field equipment – UC Won, LLC had acquired the well field equipment necessary to begin testing RenewGeo technology. UC Won, LLC announces it has acquired the well field equipment necessary t begin development of the first RenewGeo power plant. Mark Hauenstein, managing partner at UC…

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