Shining some light on the news

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  By Barry Smith In the years I’ve been writing Sunshine Week columns, rarely have I turned around the lens to examine the responsibilities of the press in making sure our role in democracy is transparent and honest. Usually I’m haranguing … [Read more...]

NOT ALL DUIs ARE ALCOHOL RELATED (rx meds, sleep aids, etc.),

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But They’ll All Get You Busted! Clifford Gravett, Esq.   “I can’t believe I got a DUI! I’ve never done anything like this in my life.” I hear this statement, or some variation of it, in my office on a regular basis and those saying it … [Read more...]

Are we There Yet?

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Why it probate takes so long and what you can do about it Clifford Gravett, Esq. As anyone who has ever been through the probate process (the legal proceedings whereby a deceased person’s estate is passed to his or her heirs) can attest, it … [Read more...]

The great Winnemucca bank robbery of 1900

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Dennis Cassinelli History records that on Wednesday, September 19, 1900, the First National Bank of Winnemucca at the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Bridge Street in Winnemucca, Nevada. was held up by three unmasked men. The estimated … [Read more...]

The lives and hard times of dogs:

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How to keep your pet out of the slammer Clifford Gravett, Esq.   Mesquite is nothing if not a pet lover’s town; from Great Danes to Chihuahuas to everything else in between (not to mention cats, fish, and other more exotic pets). Given … [Read more...]

Leaving People Out: How to safely disinherit a family member

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“To my first wife Mabel, who I always promised to mention in my will, Hi Mabel!” All joking aside, there are often good reasons why a person or couple may decide to leave someone out of their estate plan. Perhaps a child has already received … [Read more...]

John C. Fremont’s original cannon

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Everyone loves a treasure hunt. The treasure I am talking about in this article is the elusive mountain howitzer abandoned during a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1844 by John C. Fremont. Otherwise known as the Fremont Cannon, this … [Read more...]

Don’t Do it! Undue Influence in Elder Care Matters

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Clifford Gravett, Esq.   A man knew he was going to inherit a fortune as soon as his father, who was very sick, died. The man was determined to find a woman with whom he could share his vast inheritance. A few days later, he happened to … [Read more...]

An Entity for All Seasons: Why You Should Consider an LLC

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Clifford Gravett, Esq.   We all know the old saw, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and, in some cases, particularly liability associated with business dealings, it’s probably true. In the American legal tradition, there … [Read more...]

Nevada’s first two train robberies happened on the same day

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Dennis Cassinelli One of the first jobs I had after I left the ranch was as an engineering aide for the Nevada State Highway Department (Now NDOT) in 1962. I was assigned to a survey crew on the first Interstate 80 freeway project heading east from … [Read more...]