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6 Thursday, January 9, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Predictions for '97 Three Cheers, But No Chairs It's a whole New Year ahead for the Nye County government. The only thing that's for certain is that there is bound to be some changes in the way this county is going to be run in the year ahead. As reported elsewhere in this same edition, the five-member board of county commissioners finally has a new captain at the helm to chart a new course for our floundering ship of state to steer local taxpayers away from the treacherous rocks of budgetary destruction. Their sweeping action for change on the governing board may have avoided a mutiny by taxpayers over the way the county and its finances have been abused by past administrations. At the first official meeting of the New Year, veteran commish and north county rancher Dick Carver of Smoky Val- ley was elected to take command of the county's governing body, along with returning Commis- sioner Bob Revert of Beatty who was elected to serve as vice-chairman, a more than able first mate. The County Board is off to a good start with the recently re-elected Carver taking command and with the help of two new, recently elected mem- bers, Tonopah's Bob Davis and Beatty's Revert, to bolster the roster of the governing board of elected officials charged with spending our hard-earned tax dollars. Their slate, like I said, is relatively clean for the months ahead, but there's no way for the board, both the two new members and those elected to serve another term, like Carver and Ira Copass, and former chairman Cameron McRae, to avoid having to pay the piper for the sins committed by the past administration during the first six months of FY 96-97 and, for that matter, before. There ain't no way those sins of the recent past can be swept under the rugs of the county court- house any longer. There are just too many lumps left over from years past. Particularly in the form of still-pending lawsuits against the county and its top officials left over from the days when Art Wehrmeister was the county's DA before the voters in their wisdom sent him packing on a not-so-slow boat to China. After a series of disastrous terms in the cat bird's chair, it was good to see the board return to its former, proven procedure of electing its chairmen on a rotating basis of annual one-year terms, a long-standing commission procedure changed by Pahrump's McRae when he first took command of the bully-pulpit. Although, to give the devil his due, I get conflicting reports regarding McRae's acceptance of his demise as chairman. Attempting to be completely fair, some say he accepted his fate and turned over the reigns of command with a degree of "dignity and decorum" - their words not mine, while other commission-watchers reported observing a decided visual increase in his blood pressure level over his loss of the coveted chairmanship. Or, could his observed reactions have been a sign of relief to being taken off the firing line before the really big stuff starts hitting the fan ? Don't know if I should be offering Carver and his new commission team my warmest congratulations or my sincerest condolences. All I know, is that things seemed a lot simpler back in the old days when the commissioners met in the old courthouse up on the hill above the judge's house. Back then, it would have been easy to follow the commissioners into the men's room to hear them holler in joy or defeat between the flushes of the commode. Isn't that what supposedly happened when one of them (guess who?) ratted on an alleged con- spiracy to fire the former county manager. That one cost the county $250,000. Wonder how many rubles that got Frank when he went over to the former SovierRussia? PREDICTION #1: This one's going to be easy. Based on what happened in Tonopah on Monday, it's going to be a whole new ball game in county government with a new team in command at long, long last, but don't underestimate Big Mac's continuing influence on the board, not as long as his two hand-picked cohorts, manager Les Bradshaw and controversial cohort Rachel Nicholson, continue to call the shots on a daily basis. Both of them are deeply indebted to McRae, and vice-versa, for raking in two of the highest paid salaries in county government in the entire state of Nevada. PREDICTION #2: It's showing up on my infallible crystal ball again this year. The image is clear that a high-placed county official will take a big fall, and I mean really BIG. His/Her, can't tell which it is, but some Big shakeups will be coming during the spring. Never fails, what goes around, is starting to come back around. PREDICTION #3: The Pahrump Valley Ga- zette, successor to predecessor publication, the Death Valley Gateway Gazette, will continue to emerge as Nye County's only independent and objective news source despite some cheap shots and vindictive attempts from certain jealous wannabe competitors to the contrary. Watch for some really big things begin to happen in '97. PREDICTION #4: Again, this one should be easy for regular readers. Nye's shady lady of politics will make good on her threats of a quarter-million dollar lawsuit against a certain elected official, her former boss, charging her abrupt firing was the result of gender discrimination. Poor baby. Not only will she ask the insurance company to pony up another 250 grand to settle, but she also wants her high-paid job back. Could there be more here than meets the iris of my crystal ball? Will the iceberg of collusion surrounding the firing of her former boss, Bill Offutt for alleged sexual harassment of female county employees, be finally revealed if this one ever gets to court? Tar ge by Joe aiehards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS