As the largest county, by area, in the State of Nevada, Nye County is vast, diverse and unique. To best reflect the work of Northern and Southern Nye Extension offices, this annual report is divided into two sections: Program Impacts of Northern Nye County and Program Impacts of Southern Nye County.
All children face risks as they grow and develop, and most children can benefit greatly from positive interactions with caring adults. Children who have strong interpersonal skills and support are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.
COVID pandemic restrictions, and school/classroom closures, challenged our traditional ways in serving youth and families. So, we responded by creatively problem-solving solutions and serving our community in novel and non-traditional ways.
STEAM Classroom Kit Topics
Planters (Root Systems)
Owl Pellets (Dissection)
Stringed Instruments (Vibration & Sound)
Bug Bingo (Insect Identification)
Northern Nye County Extension Office, in Tonopah, complied with all state mandated COVID restrictions and provided free PPE to visitors. Anna Whiteside was recruited as the new Administrative Assistant for Northern Nye Extension Office, maintaining our community presence and office hours in Tonopah. The search committee’s recruitment efforts for Extension Educator were ongoing.
Less than 15% of seniors exercise regularly, despite the fact that regular exercise can help prevent chronic diseases and falls. In addition, many seniors report that traditional exercise programs aren’t enjoyable. Bingocize, mixes exercise, health education, and bingo to get seniors moving, socializing and having fun.
Helping just one child stay healthy and be successful in school can save well over $20,000 in estimated educational, medical and incarceration costs. Despite this year's challenges with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been able to continue offering quality programs with new, innovative delivery methods.
Club Program Topics
DRUG USE AVOIDANCE
ENGINEERING & ROBOTICS
MENTAL HEALTH & MINDFULNESS
civic involvement, community service
competitive robotics club
canine club – handling, showmanship
BULLSEYE SHOOTING SPORTS
nationally competitive shooting club
Community Club has projects for youth to learn about livestock, reptile, creative writing, gardening, and LEGO League. The Community Club participates in local events such as Fall Festival with the parade and high school rodeo, and Wild West Extravaganza. The members of this club complete service projects donating school supplies for 600 students, maintaining the Little Free Library on our property, and a food drive for The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW) Food Bank. In this way, these youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are an important part of the community today.
Dog Den canine club remained active via Zoom even during the shutdown, providing youth not only a chance to work on their canine projects but a connection to supports and leadership skill development. Club members also participated in an after-school program to demonstrate tricks and obedience training they learned in this club. Dog Den hosted its first County Level competition at Simkins Park Pahrump where members demonstrated their dog handling, showmanship, agility and rally skills. The club is still going strong as they prepare to participate in the Fall Festival & Parade.
Bullseye Shooting Sports had youth compete in State Expo in October 2020 and did very well. Two of their club members qualified to compete in the Annual National Shooting Sports Competition held in Nebraska in June 2021. Both team members did very well in the shotgun division, showing their skills not only as marksmen, but also with sportsman like conduct, working as a team with other kids from across the US and jumping in to help staff members and volunteers with anything they could. State Expo is coming up again in Winnemucca and they have two more members that have qualified to compete in the archery event.
Awkward Silence is our competitive robotics team in the worldwide “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (FIRST) Tech Challenge. Involvement in FIRST encourages teamwork and STEM skills. The team competed in scrimmages and then at Regional and State Levels. They scored the highest in the State for their robot game, and were looking forward to competing at a National Level, before the competition was canceled related to COVID-19. As they continue to demonstrate strong teamwork, engineering and building skills, they consistently perform well and embody the nature of both FIRST and 4-H. They adapted to changes and ran fundraisers and secured sponsors. Awkward Silence recruited new team members, as the majority graduated May 2021. They are excited for the upcoming FIRST year with new challenges, builds and team members.
Southern Nye County Extension Office, in Pahrump, complied with all state mandated COVID restrictions and provided free PPE to visitors. The search committee’s recruitment efforts for Extension Educator were ongoing.
The Extension Horticulture program is very important to the residents of Southern Nye County, and Pahrump, that have come to rely on the education and expertise provided by their local help desk.
*Office Closed March 2020-July 2020 due to COVID.
Trained Master Gardener staff and volunteers distribute research-based Extension Fact Sheets and Special Publications, provide recommendations to homeowners regarding successful gardening, weed and pest management techniques.
The Market managers guide Produce Vendors to obtain and display current Nevada Producers’ certificates, and Cottage Foods vendors register with the NV Dept. of Health to follow safe recommended preparation, handling, packaging and labeling practices. The Market is located in the parking lot of Tractor Supply at 900 E. NV Hwy 372, Pahrump.
The Market observes Nevada Health Response guidelines, featuring essential produce, eggs, honey, cottage foods, hand-made soaps and crafts, ensuring access to fresh local food for area residents, visitors and shoppers.
County Funds Summary
$107,848 – Opening Balance
$303,744 - Total Revenue
$305,000 - Total Expenses
$106,592 - Total Balance
Expenditures Benefiting Nye County
$305,000 – County
$157,778 - State
$27,823 - Federal
$69,198 - Grants
$81,959 - Other
$641,758 - Total
Allen, M., 2021, Nye County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2020-2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, County Reports
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