Elko City news update in advance of the council meeting includes a recap of recent action and ongoing issues. Councilwoman Mandy Simons appeared with guests from the Elko City Parks and Recreation Department to promote October special events and provide details on the Elko Regional Sports Complex construction that is winding down for the season in time for a spring 2020 opening.
Elko City Mayor Reece Keener talked about the proposal for a Youth Challenge program for 16-18 dropout students to be hosted by the Nevada National Guard at the Nevada Readiness Center near Carlin. The 17-month program includes a residency and offers at-risk youth from across the state a chance to excel in a military and police academy environment while earning high school credits toward graduation. The mayor also spoke of threats to the local economy if a “hostile” stock takeover as proposed by Barrick North America of Newmont Gold holdings were successful. Keener favors competing companies to retain jobs and promote economic