May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Lynette Vega is a facilitator for Survivors of Suicide Loss, a support group, and co-founder of “Zero Suicides Elko County,” a network and advocacy collaborative. Vega is also a Life Skills teacher with the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement, Elko’s Charter School. The program focused on balancing social media to maintain wellness, local support from NAMI, and the significance of parent and community involvement in bringing awareness and ongoing support.
Elko City Arts and Culture Advisory Board Chairman Catherine Wines and Creative Director Eric Brooks of ArtspotReno.org talked about the first-ever Elko Mural Expo coming to downtown Elko September 25-29th with a kickoff party at the Western Folklife Center. More than 30 artists will create some 55 murals throughout the community during the event. Wines explains the goal is to generate support for the arts and create a “place and experience,” for residents and visitors in the downtown area. The collaboration will include local artists, civic support and business sponsorship. Find more online at