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State will dismiss citations against county and airport connected to President’s visit

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Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump rally in a peaceful protest at Minden-Tahoe Airport on Sept. 12.
Ron Harpin

Two citations issued by the state in connection with President Donald Trump’s Sept. 12 outdoor campaign rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport will be dismissed, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration has agreed to dismiss the two citations they issued Oct. 23, based on alleged violations of Section 10 of Gov. Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 021 prohibiting public gatherings in groups of more than 50 people in any indoor or outdoor area. 

The citations levied against Douglas County and ABS Aviation, Inc. were categorized by Nevada OSHA as serious violations with penalties in the amount of $2,950 and $2,603, respectively. Douglas County and ABS Aviation formally contested both the citations. The dismissals will be formalized in settlement agreements, and no formal complaints will be filed before the Nevada OSHA Board of Review, bringing this matter to a successful conclusion. 



The district attorney’s office represented both Douglas County and ABS Aviation, Inc., which is an independent contractor hired by Douglas County to manage and operate Minden-Tahoe Airport. 

The full dismissal of both citations was the result of several settlement conferences between OSHA representatives and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Arguments regarding selective enforcement, lack of evidentiary proof, and several legal issues related to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution formed the basis for the District Attorney’s argument for dismissal.