Elko County School Superintendent Todd Pehrson discussed legislative issues that could impact local schools, gave an update on the construction of Liberty Peak Elementary in Spring Creek, and responded to concerns about the school district policy that critics say discriminates against transgender students.
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