Carson City, Nevada - Thanksgiving is one of our nation’s oldest and most time-honored traditions. This uniquely American holiday exemplifies the very essence of those courageous pilgrims who chose to settle a new land and the generosity and selflessness of the indigenous American Indians. The character of these men and women continue to define the American Spirit. The pilgrims were pioneers, some of our nation’s first immigrants who were willing to risk everything, including their lives, for the promise of something better and the opportunity to pursue the grand idea of freedom. And by sharing their traditions and way of life, the American Indians forged our nation’s first bonds of community.

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointed members of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission for K-12 public education. Passed by the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature and signed into law by Governor Sandoval, Assembly Bill 421 created the SAGE Commission as one of many public education spending accountability measures.  The SAGE Commission represents a diverse group of leaders across the state with deep experience and expertise in K-12 and higher education, government, public policy, operations, finance, and community development.

Carson City, Nevada - Nevada’s unemployment rate dipped to a seasonally adjusted 6.6 percent in October, the lowest it has been in more than seven years. This is down 0.6 point from a year ago, the 56th consecutive month of annual declines.

Carson City, Nevada - The Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) today announced it has awarded STEM Workforce Challenge Grants to three Nevada Community Colleges.  The total grant funding the colleges will receive is $335,975.

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison to the Governor’s Commission on Homeland Security for a term ending December 31, 2018.

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval announced the appointment of retired United States District Court Judge Philip M. Pro to the Nevada Gaming Commission, effective December 1, 2015. Judge Pro will replace Pat Mulroy who resigned from the five-member Commission. He will fill the remainder of the term which lasts until April, 2019.

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval today announced a successful launch to a major school choice initiative, the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, also known as Opportunity Scholarships. Sandoval introduced tax-incentive scholarship legislation during his first term and has continued to champion school choice throughout his tenure. After calling for legislation in his 2015 State of the State Address, he worked with the Legislature to see the Choice Scholarship bill through final passage.

Carson City, Nevada - “If the Greater Sage-grouse had been listed as an endangered species, the consequences of that listing would have been permanent and inflexible. It would have given exclusive control of the management of the bird as well as the habitat to the federal government.

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced counties in Nevada will receive more than $1.9 million in additional Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding from the United States Department of the Interior. These monies were appropriated by Congress and became available in October following the initial disbursement of more than $23 million in June of this year. This additional money brings Nevada’s total 2015 distribution to more than $25 million which will help local government leaders provide basic public services to their constituents.

Carson City, Nevada - Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW) 3 Sailors going through training at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, participated in community relations projects (COMRELS) October 3 and 10.