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Run for the Boarder .......... Continued.fi'om Page 1 Town Board Member Bob Little asked Fire Chief Vern Long to file paperwork with the state, so the town can col- lect $100 a run from insurance companies. Little's colleague, Charlie Gronda was opposed to this idea. "'If someone doesn't have insurance, who do we charge? It's not fair to charge only some people a fee for the town's services." "It's state law for insurance companies to pay," said Little. Long will see the fire station manned 24 hours a day by at least two people. At Tuesday (March 25) night's Town Board Meeting, the board voted 4-0 to replace the program which had come to end in February. As soon as the proper paperwork is filed with the IRS, the station will return to 24 hour operational status again. The town ran into some problems with the way it was done," said Chairwoman Charlotte La Var. Long said at last week's budget meeting, that "If someone is • in a car accident, response time is faster, because a crew is ready 4.) don't have to volunteers out of bed," said Long. go; you get He would like to build three more stations and buy three new attack trucks. At the board meeting, Lame Duck Town Manager Scott Neilson was directed by the board to make inquiries about leasing the desired vehicle from the state. If it is not in the interest of the town to lease from the state, it will likely go up for bid. "We can't afford not to spend the money, it would take to bring the station into the 2P t century," said Jim Smith, member and organizer of the Retired Professional Fire Fighters. "I toured the main fire station once. I thought the situation was deplorable." Smith's remarks came at last week's budget meeting. Little, who was absent at Tuesday's board meeting explained to Smith, that the town can not spend money like a big city. "I understand your passion. The Federal Government used to buy equipment, and then sell it after they were through with it a short time later. But that isn't the case so much any- more. People come here and they think we should spend money like Clark County does." "The town voted down the paid fire-department along with everything else, and now people want more paid positions," said La Var. "We have to be realistic." Boos were heard at the budget meeting when it was sug- gested taxes be raised. La Var voiced her opposition to a property tax. I'm already paying taxes on my land," she said. There was little opposition to board memberGal'y Hollis' There was a bit of irony at Tuesday's board meeting. AS the board discussed the-situation concerning the fire depart- ment, sirens could be heard racing down the street. Etiics Continued fi'om Page 1 were possibly taking place in Nye County government. The alleged felony violations revolve around the manner in which the special assistant to the Nye County Manager, Ms. Rachel Nicholson, was hired and is being paid. The Nevada Ethics Commission was scheduled to decide the jurisdictional question at a meeting of that board on March 21, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The scheduled meeting on that date ran 10 hours long with a single 10-minute break in the morning and another 10-minute break in the afternoon. A mere 30 minutes was set aside for lunch. The board's time was entirely consumed by two hearings being conducted on matters unrelated to Nye County. The jurisdictional question that was agonized concerning the Nye County Commission has been postponed until April 25, 1997. The postponement was made necessary when the hearings had to be adjourned so that members of the board could make a scheduled air- lines flight back to Reno, Nevada. t I@•••@I@••Q•Q@•@•@•••••••@• • " HOP ON OVER & " • FILL YOUR BASKET • • WE CARRY A LARGE SELECTION OF • • EASTER SPECIALTY CANDIES • • " • " Wheeler s-p00-n-gs N02" The Gazette's best guess and confident prediction that the Nevada Ethics Commission will take jurisdiction on the complaint against the Nye County Commission is not based on inside information, a buried source, or any hot tip. This information was gained from the simple expedi- ent of going to an Ethics CommissiOn hearing and watch- ing it in action. During the long day parts of two hearings were observed. Both cases involved hearings that had been continued at an earlier date. Both cases were serious mat- ters. One involved charges against a Clark County Com- missioner and the other against the Clark County Constable. The Gazette's prediction that the Ethics Commission will take jurisdiction on the Nye County issue is based partially on naked logic. Although the observed hearings were on matters of importance and of a most serious nature they would seem to be as nothing when set alongside the charges leveled against the NyeCounty Commission by the Amar- gosa Town Advisory Board. The advisory board's complaint appears to be well documented and if the evidence so far presented is accurate the charges will be difficult to refute. If the Nevada Ethics Commission makes a determination to accept jurisdiction in the matter a heating date will be set (probably in June 1997) and an inquiry conducted to estab- IIII III I Grandaughter of ' ..... Bob and Mari0n Fraz" ,,r , ..... '/' : /ill This 5pc Dinette features 4 caster chairs Now stocking Mia Rose* I I I lll II Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, March 27, 1997 3 " lish the truth, or lack thereof€ in the complaint made against the Nye County Commission: Potential ramifications of such a heating could include the Nevada Commission on Ethics causing the Nevada State Department of Taxation and the Nevada Attorney General's Office to become involved with Nye County business and politics. Goldfield Editor Continued from Page 1 Ken, as most knew him, arrived here in Goldfield in July of 1996, from California, having been around the paper and publishing business since age I l. In September, of that year, he founded Goldfield's first newspaper since 1958. His loyal staff consisted of 15 enthusiastic volunteers. Ken did the paste-ups (getting the pages ready) then early every Monday morning headed to the printer in Yerington. 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