Where to Vote

There are four different polling locations in Lincoln County on November 8th, all opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.: Alamo Annex – 121 Joshua Street; Caliente City Hall – 501 Clover Street; Panaca Town Hall – 1046 E. Main Street; and the Lincoln County Courthouse in Pioche – 181 Main Street.

Early voting is available at the county courthouse until 6 p.m. tonight.


Katschke on board of commissioners

A letter to the editor in the Oct. 28 issue of the Lincoln County Record questioned whether Adam Katschke should remain on the board of county commissioners.

Katschke pled guilty this past summer to felony charges of one count of Medicaid fraud and one count insurance fraud with regard to his Meadow Valley Pharmacy business. He agreed to pay $1.5 million in restitution and $100,000 in investigative costs.

On Oct. 12, the state pharmacy board ordered Katshcke to surrender his license and sell or close the pharmacy by Jan. 11, 2017.

Sentencing by the 7th Judicial Court in Ely is expected sometime this coming January.  However, Katschke has not been available for comment.

At present, Katschke is retaining his seat on the commission board. Chairman Kevin Phillips said in a telephone interview with the Record, “the judge will rule in January. Adam has not chosen to resign, and I am not asking him to. However, after the judge’s ruling he will have to resign. NRS says when a member of the board of commissioners is convicted of a felony, not pled to, but convicted of, they cannot serve on the board.”

Phillips said Katschke has been valuable on the board, in particular with the work and negotiations, along with Commissioner Mathews, done regarding the county solid waste issues. “We will miss him sorely. He’s got a good mind, etc. I’ve been trying to hold on to him as long as we can.”

– Dave Maxwell

No McMullin

Neighboring Utah, which historically has been a lock for Republican presidential candidates is up for grabs this year thanks to the emergence of independent candidate Evan McMullin. FiveThirtyEight.com gives McMullin an 18 to 25 percent chance of winning Utah, as the conservative candidate has pulled support away from Republican Donald Trump and created a three-way race between McMullin, Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Polling shows Trump with a narrow lead in the state

McMullin gives Utahns a conservative alternative to Trump, as many in the Beehive State have not been able to stomach pulling the lever for the brash real estate mogul. However, those in Lincoln County, and throughout Nevada, will not have the same option. McMullin is not on the Nevada ballot as he missed the filing deadline. There is not a write-in option in the state.


None of These

In Nevada, per NRS 293.269 of our State Law, you are allowed to choose the option labeled “None of these candidates.” The state introduced this option back in the 1970s during the Watergate Scandal. If voters are fed up with their choices, they may not even bother to vote so this option allowed them to still voice their opinion when upset with the choices. However, the law states, “Only votes cast for the named candidates shall be counted in determining nomination or election to any statewide office or presidential nominations or the selection of presidential electors.”

Therefore, despite dissatisfaction in options for a particular position or office needing to be filled this next year, if one chooses the option labeled “None of these candidates,” the vote will not be counted towards anything.

– Sarah Judd

The Lincoln County ballot

By Sarah Judd

The 2016 election cycle has several candidates with various views on the current issues of the nation. The following shows each of their platforms so you can better align your goals for this nation with the candidate who supports your interests. Information provided below was derived primarily from candidates’ official websites.

This article also attempts to summarize state and county questions on the ballot.

President/Vice President

Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine – Democrat

In regards to the black lives matter movement, Hillary Clinton wishes to set up new standards for police situations and restore bonds between police and communities. She wants the judicial system to be in favor of individuals and not for corporations or the wealthy. She supports civil liberties like voting and reclassifying marijuana for research purposes. She wants to expand renewable energy. She is pro-choice. She wants comprehensive background checks for gun purchases. She wants to increase taxes for the top 1 percent, tax companies who work overseas, fight against Wall Street and impose a risk fee as well as let banks fail in crisis. She is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). She wants the U.S. as a leader in world affairs. She also wants stricter screenings for visas from areas that were Islamic State-Controlled in the last five years and to use military force against ISIS.

Donald Trump/Mike Pence – Republican

Donald Trump believes in strengthening U.S. immigration laws by building a wall along the Mexican-American border and allowing immigrants to stay if they are not criminals. He wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act and replace it with his own healthcare reform plan. He is pro guns. He is anti-abortion unless in unfortunate circumstances. He believes the same-sex marriage issue should have been decided by the states. He wants the states to decide about transgender bathroom use. He wants to renegotiate or withdraw from international trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and TPP. He wants to eliminate the estate tax, give tax deductions for childcare and lower taxes. He wants to repeal financial and environmental regulations. He wants to raise the minimum wage to $10. He wants a more aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East and find common ground with Russia.

Darrel Lane Castle/Scott Bradley – Constitution Party

Darrel Lane Castle wants withdrawal from the United Nations. He wants to end the Federal Reserve and have the dollar be based off a fixed amount of gold. He wants the U.S. Treasury to accept major currency like bitcoin as payment for taxes. He wants to keep private property rights. He is pro-life.

Roque De La Fuente/Michael Steinberg – Reform Party

Roque De La Fuente wants to create higher paying jobs along with more jobs. He wants to embrace immigration. He wants to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs. He wants to attract businesses with higher paying jobs for college students. He also wants America to take more responsibility for damage to the environment and make efforts to improve it.

Gary Johnson/William Weld – Libertarian

Gary Johnson wants to shrink the size of the federal government. He is against government-mandated insurance and wants to make cuts in Medicare and Medicaid. He wants to eliminate the Department of Education so state and local governments have more control. He supports same-sex marriage. He is pro-choice. He wants to legalize marijuana. He wants to set term limits for elected officials. He is a proponent of gun rights. He wants a separation of church and state. He wants to reform immigration to make work visas easier and have it easier for entering the country legally. He wants to get rid of income and corporate taxes as well as the IRS. He wants a federal consumption tax on how much you spend instead of earn. He wants free trade and would sign the TPP. He would withdraw troops from Afghanistan. He is against mass data collection and the government watching you.

U.S. Senate Nevada

Catherine Cortez Masto – Democrat

Catherine Cortez Masto supports a bill to make sure federal funds are used to serve and educate students and that they do not get misused by colleges for advertising, recruiting and marketing. She supports higher wages and small businesses. She wants to protect Medicare and Social Security. She wants to secure our borders and help current immigrants gain a path to citizenship. She wants to go after big banks to punish them for taking away so many of Nevadan’s homes.

Joe Heck – Republican

Joe Heck wants to keep America safe by ensuring law enforcement and military have the resources they need. He wants to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare, put the patient first, not the insurance companies, and help with the shortage of doctors. He supports real-world vocational training and making higher education more affordable. He wants to expand solar and geothermal energy production on public lands while supporting alternative fuels and fossil fuels. He wants to fight for public lands owned by federal government to be back under the state’s control. He wants to strengthen border security and have a better legal immigration system. He is pro gun rights but wants to improve keeping them out of the hands of people who would do harm. He wants to protect your Fourth Amendment rights of privacy in collecting our data. He wants to strengthen Medicare and Social Security.

Tony Gumina – Independent

Tony Gumina wants to reform education so Nevada is ranked high, like it was in the 1960s. He is against the Affordable Care Act because it doesn’t help people ages 40 to 64. He is pro-choice. He wants to address supporting families with mental health needs. He wants to help small businesses succeed and incentivize staying in Nevada. He believes foreigners should help their own countries first before coming here. He believes in gun ownership. He wants to put a hold on legal immigration until U.S. citizens are employed first and the job market stabilizes. He supports civil servants who protect us and agrees all lives matter. He believes Nevada should undergo the largest solar project ever to create clean energy for our state.

Tom Jones – Independent American Party

Tom Jones is pro God. He is pro country. He is pro family. He is pro constitution. He is against increased taxes. He is against illegal immigration. He is against “Big Brother” government.

Thomas Sawyer – Independent Candidate

Thomas Sawyer wants to bring God back into this country. He wants to stop illegal immigration. He wants to fix schools. He is against the government controlling peoples’ lives.

Jarrod Williams – Independent Candidate

Jarrod Williams believes the state needs to move now to change to green, renewable energy. He believes in free, universal healthcare. He believes in free tuition for higher education. He wants a universal basic income given by the government either bi-weekly or monthly so people can have the basic needs provided. He wants six months paid family leave for both parents when a baby is born. He believes in equal pay for women and equal rights, reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights. He believes in an open border and a path to citizenship if an immigrant can prove at least six months of residency.

U.S. House Nevada District 4

Ruben J. Kihuen – Democrat

Ruben J. Kihuen wants to hold Wall Street executives accountable. He wants to increase their regulations and make sure profits are claimed as capital gains, not income. He wants to continue fully-funding the Head Start program for early childhood education. He wants to ensure proper training and tools for teachers. He wants to make higher education free. He wants paid leave, equal pay and access to affordable child care. He wants to raise the minimum wage. He wants to protect and expand Social Security and Medicare. He wants to fully-fund the VA system so veterans can get the help they need. He wants to expand renewable energy and end big oil subsidies. He wants to end for-profit prisons. He wants universal background checks for all gun sales and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He wants to take big money out of politics. He wants to prevent repeal of the Affordable Care Act so no one is uninsured. He wants to pass a comprehensive immigration reform.

Cresent Hardy – Republican

Cresent Hardy wants to focus on balancing the federal budget to reduce the trade deficit. He wants job creation and retention. He believes education shouldn’t be federally regulated and should have merit pay for teachers and voucher programs. He believes the Affordable Care Act is no good. He wants to secure our borders. He wants to ensure Nevada is not overlooked with any federal programs addressing home foreclosures. He also wants to get money back from the federal government for Nevada, claiming the state gives more to the feds than it gets back in services.

Steve Brown – Libertarian

Steve Brown wants to get rid of private prisons. He wants to legalize marijuana. He wants major tax cuts for small and medium businesses. He wants to make college more affordable. He wants to allow anyone to buy into Medicaid for coverage. He wants to give current immigrants an accelerated path to citizenship and then lock down the borders to control immigration. He wants to shutdown the Department of Education to give principals and teachers better control. He wants to make college more affordable. He wants to stop the NSA from spying and invasion of privacy. He believes tips and second jobs shouldn’t be taxed. He wants term limits for Congress and Supreme Court.

Mike Little – Independent American

Mike Little wants to modernize farming. He wants to pursue alternative energy resources. He believes in leading edge school development and autonomous curriculum choice. He wants to use the 10th Amendment to take away any rights and liberties barriers.

Nevada Supreme Court Seat A (Uncontested)

James Hardesty

He is part of Foster grandparents program. He is a former member of Nevada state Board of Education and Former President of Rotary Club of Sparks. He has a conservative ideology.

Nevada Supreme Court Seat E (Uncontested)

Ron Parraguirre

In 2004, Ron Parraguirre was President of the Nevada District Judge Association. He was on the Nevada State-Federal Judicial Council. He is on the Supreme Court Funding Commission. He has access to the Justice Resource Center. He is part of the Supreme Court Jury Improvement Implementation Committee. He is part of the District Court Settlement Conference Committee.

Nevada State Senate District 19

Peter Goicoechea – Republican

Peter Goicoechea fights against water grabbing and for water rights in Nevada. He wants to help veterans when they return home from service with jobs and services. He wants to give control back to counties with Home Rule.

Janine Hansen – Independent American

Janine Hansen wants to restore constitutional limited government. She wants to slash federal and state gas taxes. She wants to lift the ban on exploration, drilling and refining of oil. She wants to reduce taxes on individuals and businesses. She wants to restore sound money and cut red tape and counterproductive regulations. She wants to stop the flow of illegal aliens. She is pro-guns. She opposes seizure of real and personal property. She wants to protect water rights. She is for traditional marriage. She wants to make America a sovereign nation and bring troops home. She wants to protect free speech and petition. She wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and is against required medications and vaccinations and forced health care programs. She wants to stop REAL-ID, PASS-ID, mandatory bio-metric identification and chipping. She wants jury trials for all cases involving government agencies. She wants to take away Common Core Standards.

Nevada State Assembly District 36

James Oscarson – Republican

James Oscarson wants access to healthcare and specialists for all Nevadans. He works for veterans to get a VA clinic in Pahrump and what they need. He is pro guns rights. He supports accountability for school funding. He is for renewable energy.

Dennis Hof – Libertarian

Dennis Hof wants to repeal the commerce tax. He wants to help make the educational system in the state better. He wants to fight sex trafficking in the state by working with law enforcement to charge the criminals involved. He also wants to provide modern and convenient resources for veterans and seniors.

County Commissioner District A (Uncontested)

Adam Paul Katschke – charged with two category D felonies (charged with insurance fraud and submitting false claims; medicaid fraud)

County Commissioner District C (Uncontested)

Varlin S. Higbee

County Commissioner District E (Uncontested)

Nathan J. Katschke

Court of Appeals Judge Department 1 (Uncontested)

Jerry Tao

Court of Appeals Judge Department 2 (Uncontested)

Michael Gibbons

Court of Appeals Judge Department 3 (Uncontested)

Abbl Silver

State Board of Education District 4

Len Marciano

Len Marciano wants to get rid of Common Core Standards. He wants to bring back the American Dream through education. He wants to increase parental choice and involvement and hire excellent teachers who are accountable. He wants to stop excessive standardized testing.

Mark Newburn

Mark Newburn wants innovative, statewide K-12 programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He wants more accountability in our education system. He wants to have more teacher training and recruitment. He wants to improve the performance in underperforming schools. He wants to expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

State Question No. 1

Amendment to Title 15 of the Nevada Revised Statutes

Should we prevent a person from selling or transferring a firearm to another person unless a federally-licensed dealer first runs a federal background check on the future buyer or transferee?

yes__ no__

Explanation – If you are not a licensed dealer, importer or manufacturer of guns, you have to meet one for a fee as the buyer and seller of said gun to perform a background check by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in order to buy or sell a gun.

Exemptions to the rule:

  1. The sale or transfer of a gun by or to any law enforcement agency.
  2. If it is your job or duty to sell or transfer a gun to any peace officer, security guard who needs a weapon, member of the military and federal official.
  3. The sale or transfer of an antique gun.
  4. The sale or transfer of a gun between immediate family, either spouse, domestic partners, parents, kids, siblings, grandparents, grandkids, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, whether whole or half-blood, adoption or step-related.
  5. The transfer of a gun to an agent, administrator, trustee or personal representative of an estate or trust that happens by law after the death of the previous owner.

Temporary transfers of a gun without a background check would be allowed as long as it is to a person who is not prevented to buy or possess a gun under state or federal law, the person transferring the gun has no reason to believe the person getting it isn’t allowed to have it and the person transferring it has no reason to believe it will be used for a crime.

Authorized temporary transfers include:

  1. Temporary transfers needed to prevent anticipated death or great bodily harm.
  2. Temporary transfers at an established shooting range approved by the governing body of the area it is located.
  3. Temporary transfers at a legal organized competition using a gun.
  4. Temporary transfers while being a part of or practicing for a performance by an organized group that uses guns in a public performance.
  5. Temporary transfers while hunting or trapping if the transfer occurs in the area where it is legal and the transferee holds all licenses or permits required for such activity.
  6. Temporary transfers while in the presence of the person transferring the gun.

Lastly, if this were passed, it would put forth criminal penalties on an unlicensed person who sells or transfers one or more guns to another unlicensed person if the law is not followed. The first offense is gross misdemeanor, which brings up to a year in county jail, a fine up to $1,000 or both. For the second time and each other time, it is a category C felony, which brings one to five years in state prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

A “yes” vote would change the law to prevent, unless in certain events, anyone who is not a licensed dealer, importer or manufacturer of guns from selling or transferring a gun to another unlicensed person unless a licensed dealer conducts a background check on them first.

A “no” vote would keep the law the same and allow a background check but do not require one before a private sale or transfer of a gun.

State Question No. 2

Amendment to the Nevada Revised Statutes

Should the law be changed to allow a person, 21 or older to buy, grow, possess or consume some marijuana or concentrated marijuana, as well as manufacture, possess, use, transport, buy, distribute or sell marijuana things; have a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale sales of marijuana; require the regulation and licensing of marijuana cultivators, testing facilities, distributors, supplies and retailers; and provide for certain criminal penalties?

yes__ no___

Explanation – This would allow a person 21 or older to buy and consume one ounce or less of marijuana or one-eighth an ounce or less of concentrated marijuana. Nevadans would also be allowed to grow no more than six marijuana plants for personal use as well as get marijuana paraphernalia if 21 or older.

It would also allow marijuana establishments to operate under the Department of Taxation. For the first 18 months, they would only allow licenses to those holding Nevada wholesale liquor dealer’s license unless there wouldn’t be enough suppliers in such a case.

No establishment would be allowed within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school or 300 feet away from a community facility. There would be a limit on how many license are issued per county. In Lincoln county, only two retail licenses would be allowed with a population of less than 55,000.

It would still be against the law to drive under the influence of marijuana or sell to younger people.

A “yes” vote would allow a person, 21 or older to buy, grow, possess or consume some marijuana or concentrated marijuana, as well as manufacture, possess, use, transport, buy, distribute or sell marijuana paraphernalia; have a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale sales of marijuana; require the regulation and licensing of marijuana cultivators, testing facilities, distributors, supplies and retailers; and provide for certain criminal penalties.

A “no” vote would keep things the same in which it would be against the law to have, use, cultivate and sell or deliver marijuana for non-medical reasons as well as for paraphernalia.

State Question No. 3

Amendment to the Nevada Constitution

Should Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution be changed to require the Legislature to make it possible for an open, competitive retail electric energy market that prevents monopolies and exclusive franchises for generating electricity?

yes__ no__

Explanation – This change allows an open market for energy by July 1, 2023. The legislature must include reducing costs for customers, protecting against service disconnections and unfair practices and preventing monopolies and exclusive franchises for generating electricity. The law passed by the Legislature can’t limit a person or entity’s right to sell, trade or otherwise dispose of electricity. This has to be approved in two consecutive general elections before becoming law.

A “yes” vote would change Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution do that Legislature would be required to pass a lay by July 1, 2023, that makes an open and competitive retail electric market and includes a way to reduce costs to customers, protect against service disconnections and unfair practices and prevent monopolies and exclusive franchises for the making of electricity.

A “no” vote would keep things the same.

State Question No. 4

Amendment to Nevada Constitution

Should Article 10 of the Nevada Constitution be changed to require the Legislature to have a law to allow durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment and mobility enhancing equipment prescribed by licensed health care providers to not be taxed on sale, storage, use or consumption or personal property?

Explanation – This does not create an exemption, but rather requires the Legislature to initiate by law an exemption. Approval is required at two consecutive general elections before happening.

A “yes” vote would say the sale, storage, use or consumption of the durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment and mobility enhancing equipment urged by healthcare providers would not be taxed.

A “no” vote would not exempt this equipment from being taxed.

Lincoln County Ballot Question #1

Should the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners start a law where taxes will go up annually for certain car fuels based on construction inflation that will not go over 7.8 percent so that it can fund repairs and maintenance for roads and projects, reduce traffic bottlenecks and increase public safety between January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2026?

yes__ no__

Explanation – There is already a County Fuel Tax Law. The new tax will give the county revenue from the new tax to fix streets and alleys, etc. in Lincoln County.

A “yes” vote would start a law where taxes will go up annually for certain car fuels based on construction inflation that will not go over 7.8 percent for every gallon sold in Lincoln County so that it can fund repairs and maintenance for roads and projects, reduce traffic bottlenecks and increase public safety between January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2026.

A “no” vote would not give the extra tax money to do the repairs funded by the new increase to fix the roads and alleys.

Lincoln County Ballot Question #2

Lincoln County School District Bond Question

Should the school district be allowed to release general obligation school bonds to fund acquisition, construction, improvement and equipping of schools?

yes__ no__

The bonds will not bring up existing school bond property tax rate of 22.31 cents per $100 of assessed value. That portion of the taxes made by this tax rate can be used for capital projects for the District. If approved, it will expire November 8, 2026 and any property tax levied will be other than the normal caps.

Explanation – It would create public revenue for use in paying debt service on bonds given by Lincoln County School District

A “yes” vote will allow the school district to release general obligation school bonds to fund acquisition, construction, improvement and equipping of schools.

A “no” vote wouldn’t allow the District to issue general bonds or using the property tax revenues for capital projects and would eventually mean reducing and/or getting rid of the District’s current property tax levy for school bonds.