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Mass-Casualty Drill Six Weeks Before Amtrak Train Crash Helped Emergency Responders Sharpen Their Skills

By Jennifer Burton

About a month before a truck crashed into an Amtrak train outside of Fallon, killing six people, emergency responders in Churchill County staged a mass-casualty drill at Churchill County High School to help hone the skills and coordination efforts of local, regional, state and federal agencies.
Officials dubbed the plan Operation ARCO (Aircraft Mishap Full Scale [...]

Governor Visits Train Crash Victims and Volunteers at Emergency Shelter in Fallon (see photos)

By Jennifer Burton

Volunteers who set up an emergency shelter in Fallon for survivors of the train crash near Lovelock Friday, were surprised and pleased to see Governor Brian Sandoval walking through the crowd and asking how things were going.
The Governor stopped by E.C. Best elementary school where hundreds of people were bussed after their train was hit [...]

Fallon Dances with the Stars March 25th

By Jennifer Burton

It takes courage to dance in front of a big crowd, but that's what Lynne Heller, wife of Congressman Dean Heller, will do on Friday, March 25th at Churchill County High School.  Lynne Heller will join other local celebrities for the 4th annual Dancing with the Stars event.  Ten prominent grownups will pair up with [...]

PNN Meets Blue Angel Number One

By Jennifer Burton

What does it take to be the Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels, the Navy's premier Flight Demonstration team?  For Commander Greg McWherter, it takes guts, incredible focus and a sense of humor.
I caught up with Blue Angel Number One recently at the Officers' Club at NAS Fallon.  Even surrounded by some of the best [...]

Navy Bomb Squad Practices for Fallon Air Show

By Jennifer Burton

Usually when you want to say thanks to people, you don't blow things up.  If you're the Navy, sometimes you do. Monday, I watched as the Explosive Ordinance Disposal squad detonated some charges as practice for the upcoming air show at NAS Fallon.  The September 11th show is a way for the base to say [...]

We Lost a Good One

By Jennifer Burton

Commander Luther "Meat" Hook was meant to have girls, and he had seven of them.  This Memorial Day weekend we lost this father, military man and community leader along with three of his daughters from his first marriage.  As with many weekends, Luther had flown down to Fresno in his private plane to pick up [...]