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Thursday, March 20, 1997 Most read newspaper in Nye, [smeralda, & Death Valley !/OI. XlV, NO. |2 Conflicting Glimmers of hospital hope and despair Commissioners drop another half million into regional medical center By: Susan Keck and Brent Mathenson gazette staff The New County Commission, meeting as the Nye County Hospital District Board of Trusties, voted to approve an action item allowing Nevada Rural Hospital Project (NRHP) to take interim control of Nye Regional Medical Center (NRMC) with Cameron McRae voting no and Red Copass abstaining on the 3- 1-1 decision on March 18, 1997. Minutes before, the Board had voted 5-0 to table a proposal by Nevada Rural Health Centerlnc. to assume operations at the NRMC clinic. Nevada Rural Health Center's proposal alleged that the NRMC Hospital part of the operation was not financially viable or sustainable. The implication was that it should be shut down. Speaking at the conference was Bill Welsh of NRHP who outlined what services they could provide i the short term to help Nye Regional to come up with an appropriate operating plan as well as preparation for their upcoming meeting with the department of taxation scheduled April 3. Because of the recent RItYOLITE REStrlIRECTEIg(L) Miss Beatty, Kimhedy Hickinbotham, 16, d Lisa Sanderson, 15, help recreate the mining town's history. Story and photos on page 28 photo by Patti Babcock concerns raised in meetings that NRPH attended with commissioners and state agencies Welsh said. "We would review the general ledger and financial statements and correct any errors to obtain accurate financial reports." Welsh also went into more detail regarding the hospitals extended care facility and the potential that service have to bring in revenues. Welsh concluded that they would be able to provide a more through plan in 45 to 90 days and if the decision was made to close it down they could assist in that process as well. Commissioner Dick Carversaid,'l think we need to proceed with their assistance." Commissioner Cameron MeRae said. "For the public Continued on Page 3 Rumors run rampant on Teacher's Death By: Robert Lowes The sudden death of Mindy Moutague, 27, Pahmmp Middle School teacher, over the weekend remains under investigation by the Nye County Sheriff' s Department, although preliminary autopsy results appear to indicate there was no foul play revolved. However. her sudden death has spurred rampant rumors throughout the fast growing South County Community. Apparently her young age had a lot to do with the rampant false rumors that ranged from possible assumptions of rape and strangulation. Continued on Page 3 PMC is not a picture of health by C. Michael Carlson Pahrump Medical Center was once a sigh of relief to many in and around the Pahrump Valley. But now, it is has become yet another headache to a town with many frustrations. Arcon Health Care took over operations earlier this year, after Henderson based St. Rose Dominican excused themselves from their agreement, citing financial losses. According to local newssources, Arcon agreed to have Continued on Page 2 Senators move to De-Rail Northern Nevada Nuke Train DOE Scheduled to Ship High-Level Nuke Waste From Foreign Reactors Thru Nevada WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Richard Bryan and Harry Reid, both D-Nee., are alarmed by the Department of Energy plans to ship containers of highly enriched uranium waste from Taiwan, Korea and Japan through Nevada this summer. "I am deeply concerned with how this decision by the DOE was made and how it is being implemented," Reid said, "Not only have there been no hearings conducted for residents along the transportation routes, but it appears that many Nevada towns scheduled to have waste come through were left out of recent emergency management training workshops and planning meetings by the Department of Energy." "Unfortunately, keeping effected communities out of the loop has become the modus operandi for the Department of Energy," Bryan said. "There is no more dangerous substance that could be transported on our nation's highways or rail lines than nuclear waste. It Continued an Page 3 6:00 fun -/0:00