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By Associated Press |

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Astronomers say a loud explosion heard across a large swath of Nevada and California on Sunday morning was likely
caused by a meteor.

The sound of the explosion around 8 a.m. prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada in the two states.

The explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to
Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield areas in California.

Some people in the two states reported seeing a fireball streak across the sky at the same time.

Dan Ruby of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, says the reports indicate the meteor broke up above Earth somewhere over the Sierra southwest of Reno.

There were no reports of earthquakes at the time.

Five things we learned from Wolf Pack’s big win

in Local News/Sports

Big plays make for big wins

Nevada 28, San Diego State 24:

San Diego State outgained Nevada (456 to 297), averaged more yards per play (5.9 to 4.5), had more first downs (24 to 14), won the time of possession battle – and still lost by four points.

How does that happen?

Because Nevada won the big-play battle. The Wolf Pack’s first-quarter safety not only stopped the bleeding from a 14-0 deficit, but it was also essentially a nine-point play – two for the safety and seven more when a short field led to a five-play touchdown drive. That drive was capped by one of the game’s great individual efforts, as running back Toa Taua took a short Ty Gangi pass and danced his way down the right sideline for a 40-yard score.

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In just over two minutes of game time, San Diego State went from a 14-point lead and possession of the ball to a five-point lead and a complete momentum shift to the home sideline.

Later, Nevada took advantage of a Jordan Byrd fumble on a punt return, with the Pack’s Jomon Dotson recovering at the SDSU 18. That set up a short Ramiz Ahmed field goal for a 28-24 lead with 8:54 to play, which turned out to be the game’s final points. The four-point margin also kept the Aztecs from being able to win or tie on a field goal from John Barron II, one of the nation’s top kickers.

Warren Buffett vs. Sheldon Adelson Over Nevada’s Energy

in Business/Local News

Sheldon Adelson and his company Las Vegas Sands have funneled more than $20 million into supporting a constitutional amendment which would allow Nevada customers to choose their own power providers.


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By DARIUS DIXON and ERIC WOLFF 10/27/2018 06:43 AM EDT

Warren Buffett's Nevada energy utility is clobbering Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson in a power struggle over the fate of the state's electricity supply.

The Omaha investor and the Las Vegas gambling magnate are on opposite sides of a Nevada ballot measure that could rattle the electric power industry: Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway owns NV Energy, a government-regulated monopoly that ranks as the state's largest utility. And Adelson is bankrolling a campaign to break up the company and take control of where his power-hungry casinos buy electricity.

The fight has drawn more political money than Nevada's fiercely contested Senate race, while scrambling political partnerships in the state: Allies of former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid are working with Adelson, while local environmentalists have joined forces with Buffett's utility.

Adelson and his company Las Vegas Sands have funneled more than $20 million into supporting the Energy Choice Initiative, a constitutional amendment which would allow Nevada customers to choose their own power providers. In addition to Adelson's eight-figure contribution, making him its largest patron, the data storage company Switch has also contributed $12 million to the cause, according to state campaign finance records. But NV Energy has thrown roughly twice as much money into its efforts to kill the amendment, which will appear on the November ballot as Question 3.

Both sides are offering a similar pitch — promising lower energy prices and more opportunities for renewable power — but the “No” campaign seems to be doing a better job drawing voters to its side.

“It's clear that Buffett has decided to loosen the purse strings,” said Nevada political expert Jon Ralston. “They’ve way outspent [proponents] and they’re going to win.”

The $62 million NV Energy has put toward defeating Question 3 has gone into branding the initiative as a “new, unknown system” and a “risky experiment” that echoes the Western energy crisis in the early 2000s.

“On top of higher rates, electricity deregulation in other states has led to less reliable power and even rolling blackouts,” a firefighter says in one anti-amendment ad, as newspaper clips about California power outages in 2001 zip by the screen.

Marc Spitzer, a former regulator in Arizona and at FERC, said reminders of the California crisis remain potent in the region. “The West is different in that regard and they have longer memories for the California implosion,” he said.

Jon Wellinghoff, a former FERC chairman close to Reid, has been working on the pro-amendment campaign for several months. He blasted NV Energy’s attacks as “scare tactics” and “total garbage,” but acknowledged they were having some success.

“The bear is fighting for its life, basically,” Wellinghoff said. He says their investment to date is “probably the tip of the iceberg.”

Question 3 supporters have responded with commercials featuring Jonathan Scott, co-star of home renovation show “Property Brothers,” and a series of “telephone townhalls” that have included former Republican FERC Chairman Pat Wood to help answer questions about how the electricity market in Texas has worked.

But that campaign appears to have started too late to prevent voters from abandoning the measure. Only 32 percent of likely voters supported it compared with 51 percent opposed, according to a September poll from the Reno Gazette-Journal and Suffolk University. The measure won 72 percent of the vote when it first appeared on the ballot in 2016; Nevada law requires initiatives to pass twice to amend the state's constitution.

Adelson's forces “certainly should not have let the other side have the field for so long and outspend them the way they did,” Ralston said.

With more than $95 million raised by both sides, the ballot fight outstrips the spending in the race that could unseat Sen. Dean Heller, one of the most endangered Republicans this fall. Heller and his Democratic opponent Jacky Rosen have raised less than $30 million combined as of the end of September, according to FEC records, and outside groups have spent another $38 million, the Nevada Independent reports.

More than a dozen states have broken up their electric monopolies over the past quarter century in favor of competitive markets, but Nevada would be the first to do so by ballot initiative. Squashing the amendment in Nevada could help stave off similar challenges to utilities in other states where regulated monopolies have dominated — and made steady cash — for a century.

Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park

in History/Local News

Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park is a public recreation area and historic preserve that protects undisturbed ichthyosaur fossils and the ghost town of Berlin in far northwestern Nye County, Nevada. The state park covers more than 1,100 acres (450 ha) at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,100 m) on the western slope of central Nevada's Shoshone mountain range, 23 miles (37 km) east of Gabbs.

Fossil Barn protects In situ. Preserving dinosaur fossils and other artifacts discovered on the land.

Berlin, Nevada

in Heritage/History

The Berlin Historic District encompasses the ghost town of Berlin in Nye County, Nevada. The town was established in 1897 as part of the Union Mining District after the opening of the Berlin Mine the previous year. The name is a transfer from Berlin, in Germany, the native land of a share of the local prospectors. The town never prospered to the same extent as other boom towns like Tonopah and Goldfield and declined following the Panic of 1907. The town was largely abandoned by 1911. The site was acquired by the state of Nevada as part of Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in 1970.

Nevada Soccer looses 2-1 to San Jose

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Nevada Soccer Release


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In its first match back in Mackay Stadium in over two weeks, Nevada (4-7-2, 1-4 MW) dropped its match against San Jose State (5-5-2, 4-1 MW) by a score of 2-1 on Friday night. Freshman Olivia Carter scored her first-career goal for the Wolf Pack’s lone score.

After not registering a shot through most of the first half, the Pack capitalized on its first opportunity. In the 41st minute, Carter sprinted down the right sideline on a breakaway opportunity and was able to drill her shot past the keeper to give Nevada 1-0 lead. The Pack took its advantage into halftime.

The Spartans were able to respond early in the second half. After a yellow card was issued to Kendall Riley, the Spartan’s Karlee Pottoroff drilled a free kick from about 25 yards out past keeper Kendal Stovall to tie the match at one.

Just seven minutes later, the game-winning goal was scored by Haleigh Wynne to make the score 2-1. That would be upheld, as the Spartan’s stood strong defensively the rest of the match.

The Pack finished with five shots, led by senior Angel Meriwether with two and one on goal. Freshman Casey Crawford also recorded a shot on goal in the contest.

The shots by both teams were an even four in the second half. Freshman Kendal Stovall finished with one save on the night.

The Pack will be back in action on Sunday back in Mackay Stadium when it battles Mountain West foe Fresno State at 1 p.m.


Sparks Man Caught Poaching Big Game

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Photo: Nevada Poaching KSNV

A 57-year- old Sparks man was sentenced for possession of an unlawfully harvested big game animal; a gross misdemeanor, in 4th Judicial District Court in Elko on Oct. 1.

The sentencing stemmed from a 2015 investigation in which a cow elk was killed in hunt unit 076 near Rock Springs, where Kenneth Wayne Hines did not have a tag.

The investigation was also related to a bull elk that was allegedly killed by Hines in 2014, for which he also did not have a tag.

While in court Hines stated, “I apologize for my conduct, and I am very remorseful.”

Hines was fined $5,000 in civil penalties, $28 in administrative fees, and ordered to forfeit the bolt action rifle and his Polaris ATV used in the commission of the crime.

This conviction will also result in revocation of Hines’ hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for five years in the State of Nevada, and the 47 additional states that participate in the Interstate Wildlife Violator’s Compact.

“This case would not have been solved without the assistance of the dedicated sportsmen who came forward with information witnessed in the field,” says Nevada Department of Wildlife Game Warden, Nick Brunson.

NDOW encourages anyone who has witnessed a wildlife violation to please gather as much information as possible, and call 1-800-992-3030 to report the violation immediately.

Nevada’s 31 field game wardens rely heavily on the public’s assistance in detecting wildlife crimes and catching those who would steal from the public’s wildlife resources.

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Nevada Sport’s Report’s

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Football Rankings for the week of September 10-16, 2018

NEVADA (1-1, 0-0). The Wolf Pack offense had just 14 first downs and controlled the ball for just 23:58 against Vanderbilt.

Last week: Vanderbilt 41, Nevada 10.

This week: Oregon State at Nevada, Saturday.

UNLV jumped over Nevada to the No. 6 spot after ripping UTEP 52-24.

The Rebels outscored the Miners 24-0 in the second quarter.

The Wolf Pack, now ranked No. 7, was outscored 24-0 in the second half in a 41-10 loss at Vanderbilt.

The Pack offense mustered just 250 yards after getting 600-plus against Portland State the previous week.

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