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KUNR Today: Amodei still weighs race for Nevada governor, dragonfly species rediscovered near Tahoe

Here are the headlines from the local morning news for Monday, October 11, 2021.

Amodei ‘torn’ between gubernatorial candidacy and possibly GOP majority, to make decision this month
By Humberto Sanchez, The Nevada Independent

Rep. Mark Amodei said in a recent interview that he was still undecided about a possible Nevada gubernatorial candidacy and would make a decision later this month.

Amodei said he remains undecided on a possible gubernatorial candidacy as he considers concerns about the economy. He is also questioning the possibility of having more power under a GOP majority in the House after the midterm elections, if he chooses to try to stay in Congress.

Amodei first pitched the idea of ​​running for governor in December. In recent months, a large slate of serious candidates have joined what is expected to be a very competitive Republican primary for governor. They include former US Senator Dean Heller, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, Reno attorney Joey Gilbert, businessman Guy Nhora and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.

Read the full story at thenevadaindependent.com.

Accidental drug overdose deaths in Nevada increase by 55%
Through The Associated Press

Nevada health officials have reported a dramatic increase in drug overdose deaths in the state between 2019 and 2020.

The Nevada Overdose Data Program said accidental overdoses among Nevadans totaled 788 in 2020, a 55% increase from 510 in 2019. The number of overdose deaths among people under 25 nearly tripled, from 38 in 2019 and 106 in 2020.

According to the state’s drug overdose reporting system, one in two overdose deaths involved someone with a mental health problem, while three in four overdose victims had an identified substance abuse problem unrelated to alcohol. .

Report: The gender pay gap widens in Western states
By Bert Johnson, West Mountain Information Office

On average, women across the country did about 82% of what men did last year, but Matthew Insco of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said it wasn’t a comparison of apples to apples.

“For all the jobs women work in and all the jobs men work in, women earn less, and this is largely related to the types of jobs men and women work in,” he said. -he declares.

Registered nurses, teachers and administrative assistants were the main jobs held by women, and more men are in well-paid engineering positions.

In most western states, female workers lag even further behind – Nevada, Colorado, and Idaho are all below the national average. Utah is in last place at 72.7%.

Women have gained ground over the past 40 years, but this progress has stagnated over the past decade.

Dragonfly species rediscovered near Tahoe
By Michele Ravera

Citizen scientists have rediscovered a species of dragonfly near Tahoe that had not been seen for over a century.

While the Spiny Baskettail dragonfly is easier to find in Canada and some woodlands in the northern United States, it was last seen near Tahoe in 1914. Clarence Hamilton Kennedy made the discovery at Donner Lake, the year World War I broke out. The species was not seen near there, although people were on the lookout.

” Many people, [including] biologists / dragonfly enthusiasts researched it and revisited Donner Lake at the right time, and it just hadn’t been seen, ”said Will Richardson, executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the organization that led the team of volunteers who made the discovery.

“It really shows how citizen science and ordinary people with an open mind and open eyes can make real discoveries and important discoveries,” said Richardson.

With limited public budgets for monitoring various species, these efforts can go a long way.

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