Col. Carol L. Lynn, commander of the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), recently visited Carson City to attend Nevada Aviation-Aerospace-Airports Day at the Capitol. Nevada Aviation Day is an event where airport managers, aviation industry representatives and other aviation-related officials meet at the Nevada Legislature, discuss ways to improve the impact of aviation in the state and get a chance to meet state representatives. Lynn attended a luncheon sponsored by the Nevada Business Aircraft Association, Aviation Suppliers Association and the Nevada Airports Association, where she heard from several aircraft manufacturers’ representatives and officials from national and local aviation organizations on how their organizations will help aviation grow in the state.
Lynn was then escorted through the Legislature by Lt. Col. Brad Spires, a mission pilot with the Douglas County Composite Squadron, Nevada Wing. Spires was appointed Nevada wing government relations adviser, and as such he has had years of interaction with Nevada’s elected officials. They were able to speak with Reps. Chris Edwards, Robin Titus, Jim Wheeler, Speaker Pro Tem Irene Bustamante Adams, and Minority Leader Paul Anderson. On the Senate side, they met with Becky Harris and Minority Whip Ben Kieckhefer.
It was a great opportunity for us to represent CAP at the Legislature. While we have no pending legislation affecting us this session, being able to have this visibility with our elected officials was very positive. We were met with open arms. A real credit to those of us who serve our communities through the Civil Air Patrol. Lt. Col. Brad Spires
“It was a great opportunity for us to represent CAP at the Legislature,” said Spires. “While we have no pending legislation affecting us this session, being able to have this visibility with our elected officials was very positive. We were met with open arms. A real credit to those of us who serve our communities through the Civil Air Patrol.”
Next, Lynn visited the Carson City Composite Squadron’s (CCCS) information and recruiting display in the Carson City Airport terminal. She was met by Major Paul Thorne, CCCS commander; and 2nd Lt. Ian Hoffman, Cadet Airman Branden Lightle, and Cadet Airman Ryan Wood, all members of CCCS. Later that evening, Lynn attended a legislative reception at the Governor’s Mansion.
“Civil Air Patrol has operated in Nevada for decades serving in several of our communities in several capacities: youth development, education outreach, search and rescue, and disaster response,” remarked Lynn. “Our relationship with the state of Nevada has always been a good one, but is strengthening through opportunities such as Nevada Aviation Day. We look forward to more opportunities to serve the citizens of Nevada.”
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.
Feds grant Nevada $5.6M for opioid crisis
CARSON CITY (AP) Nevada is receiving $5.6 million from the federal government to combat an opioid crisis largely stemming from addiction to prescription painkillers. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen Sandoval, have pushed for reforms in doctors’ offices and easier access to drugs that can counter the effects of an overdose. State health officials say the award announced Thursday will be used primarily for prevention and treatment programs, education for prescribers, enhanced data collection and the antidote naloxone.
Sandoval signed a law in 2015 requiring doctors to occasionally review a statewide computer system that tracks opioid prescriptions. Now, he wants to expand that database to include how long opioid prescriptions are expected to last and other states where patients are prescribed opioids. Funds will come from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Man arrested for setting fires in Trump hotel
LAS VEGAS (AP) Police say it’s not clear if a 28-year-old man accused of setting two fires at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas was motivated by the name on the building. Officer Michael Rodriguez said Thursday that Roger Michael Fraley told investigators following his Wednesday evening arrest that he wanted to create mischief. Fraley was jailed on $90,000 bail pending an initial court appearance on multiple felony arson and burglary charges that could get him decades in prison.
It is not immediately clear if he has a lawyer
Clark County fire officials say towels and toasters were used to ignite fires that were quickly doused in a pool deck restroom and a 17th floor hallway. Rodriguez says a hotel security guard received minor injuries detaining Fraley before firefighters and police arrived.
Utah Rep. Chaffetz will be out for foot surgery
WASHINGTON (AP) Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the political world last week by announcing he will not seek re-election. He said in an Instagram post Wednesday he needs surgery to remove screws and pins from a foot he shattered 12 years ago. Chaffetz posted X-ray images showing the 14 screws and a metal plate in his foot. He said he injured his foot during a fall from a ladder at his home.
He said he was “sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington … but medical emergencies are never convenient.”
Chaffetz, 50, has not announced his future plans, although he says he’s considering private sector jobs. He is a possible candidate for Utah governor in 2020.
Idaho man sentenced for hate crime in gay man’s killing
BOISE, Idaho (AP) An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime for his role in the death of a gay man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. KTVB-TV reports 23-year-old Kelly Schneider was sentenced Wednesday in connection with last year’s death of 49-year-old Steven Nelson.
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The sentence for the hate crime charge of willful assault based on sexual orientation is in addition to a life term Schneider received earlier this month for first-degree murder. He’ll serve at least 28 years behind bars before he’s eligible for parole.
According to court documents, Schneider lured Nelson to a remote area and used steel-toed boots to kick Nelson repeatedly while Nelson begged for his life. Nelson was then left alone and died after finding help at a home about half-mile away.
‘Mountain man’ granted parole in 1984 killing
DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) Self-described “mountain man” Don Nichols has been granted parole after serving nearly 32 years for kidnapping a world class athlete on a training run in the mountains of southwestern Montana in July 1984 and killing her would-be rescuer. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole granted parole to the 86-year-old after a hearing Thursday at the state prison in Deer Lodge.
Nichols was sentenced to 85 years in prison for kidnapping Kari Swenson in the mountains near Big Sky and killing Alan Goldstein as he tried to rescue Swenson. Swenson was shot in the chest by Nichols’ son, Dan, before the two escaped. Don and Dan Nichols were arrested after a five-month manhunt in southwestern Montana. Nichols told the board he plans to live in Deer Lodge.
Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers killed more than 100 Afghan Army soldiers Friday at a base in northern Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. It is one of the deadliest attacks on an Afghan military base since the war began. The Taliban fighters disguised themselves as fellow soldiers as they launched the attack on those attending Mosque prayer services on a compound of the Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps in Balkh Province, reports The Associated Press.
“Today, there was even a shortage of coffins,” Ibrahim Khairandish, a member of the provincial council in Balkh Province, tells The New York Times. An Afghan army spokesman tells CNN the attack lasted six hours and by the end at least five attackers were killed and one was arrested.
A U.S. Navy spokesman tells NPR’s Tom Bowman, while there were more than two dozen Coalition forces at the base at the time of the attack, they sheltered in place and there were no Coalition casualties.
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By Saturday, the Taliban had claimed responsibility, with a spokesman saying the attack was carried out by ten assailants as retribution for the recent killing of several senior Taliban leaders. President Ashraf Ghani declared Saturday a national day of morning. As Tom notes, the attack comes shortly after National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s visit to Afghanistan, amid calls for the U.S. to send a few thousand additional troops to train Afghans.
The U.S. officially withdrew from the war in 2014, but maintains a presence of more than 8,000 troops in the International Coalition.