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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, April 10,1997 3 Commission Chairman Denies Allegations By Brent Mathewson TONOPAH--Nye County Commission Chairman Dick Carver, in an interview with this reporter denied allegations that have been floating around the county for the last 8-10 weeks that he owes Nye Regional Medical Center (NRMC) approximately $I00,000 in medical expenses. The allega- tions are that the expenses have not been billed to him from that facility in return for his heavy support as a member of the Nye County Commission to keep the facility open. Carver stated, "I have not been in that hospital as a patient since the time I was born there." Carver acknowledged that his mother was a patient in the extended care facility at NRMC but that her financial obligations were not his any more than his financial obligations were hers. Alluding to the app.arent or appearance of a severe conflict of interest in- volved in Carver's votes on the commission to spend $2.25 6 Anti Student-Teacher Sex Bill Continued from front page Teachers in Nevada would be forbidden to have sex with any student ages 16, 17. or 18. Senators Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas and Dean Rhoads R-Tuscarora were the only two opposed to the bill, citing it as unconstitutional. Their position stands that if it were passed, it should apply to everyone; not just students and teachers. Neal pointed out that teenagers who worked at fast food restaurants or stores could have sex with their bosses as long as they were 16 years of age or older; Nevada's legal age of consent. McGinness countered by stating that those individuals who felt pressured or coheres into sex at work could quit. Students in school cannot do this and are subject to failing grades if they say no. He added that when Nea_l's argument was brought before legislative attorneys, the attorneys felt that the bill would withstand any challenges of it being unconstitutional. Senator Ernie Adler, D-Carson City, a supporter of the bill said that he expects more responsibility on the partof school administrators to halt ongoing student-teacher relations. Bill 122 is set to go to the Nevada State Assembly for further review. Please see the sidebar story on excerpts from Ladies Home Journal on Joseph Peterson for more detail to Pahrump's role in this bill. Terri Miller-Her fireless campaign payed off. I I 'f'- million dollars of Payment Equal To Taxes (PET'F) fund money during the past five months in order to keep the central Nevada rural hospital in operation. Carver said, "I tried to abstain on a vote on this issue during a telephone conference call when an emergency meeting was taking place because of the potential conflict of interest and two of my fellow com- missioners would not allow it." The Gazette contacted the temporary administrator of NRMC, Charlie Rodewald, to gain access to accounts receiv- able information at the county run facility and was told, "I know where you're headed, and I know what you're looking for. It is my opinion that accounts receivable information is confidential under the patient-doctor relationship." Asked whether there were patients at the extended care facility that were never billed for its services Rodewald stated that, "it is Your Skin Has Help! Jeffrey Ross Gunter M.D. Diplomate American Board of Dermatology Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the HSC School of Medicine Pahrump Dermatology Skin Cancer Surgery' Acne Moles Skin Diseases Pediatric Dermatology Fruit Peels Vein Treatments Most Major Insurances Accepted Medicare Assignment - Courtesy Insurance Bdlinc Call 727-0146 New patients Always Welcome "1330 Highway 160, Suite 12 Pahrump, NV ii . h my understanding that most patients in extended care are covered by Medicare, private insurance or some other third party entity. No one is singled out to not be billed. No one in extended care is billed on a regular basis to my knowledge." When asked about high profile people using the day to day facilities at NRMC and not being billed for it Rodewald stated, "I have heard allegations to that effect taking place in the past. If any of that crap was going on it will certainly not take place in the future." When contacted by the Gazette the Nye County District Attorney, Bob Beckett, said, "it is my feeling that all financial information concerning the county hospital, accounts receiv- able, accounts payable, contracts, building maintenance or whatever, is public information and should be available to the public." I h977 II Ill Ill Celebrating "1 I II III III j 19971 20 Years Serving Pahrump! 2rid Lart 'tarmers lnsutunce A/lent in die qlnited Stat Worden's Insurance Agency PHONE QUOTES NOTARY IMMEDIATE ISSUE SR22's MORTGAGE INSURANCE ALL LINES BROKER AUTO. HOMEOWNERS MOBILE HOMES RECREATIONAL VEHICLES LIFE HEALTH COMMERCIAL. LONG-TERM CARE BONDS BAIL BONDS 6 Licensed Agents for Convenient Professional Service NELL WORDEN-DANIEL Agent & Owner 2210 E Commercial Rd PO Box 580 " ' Pahrump, NV 89041 (702) 727-5241 Dedicated to being PoArump 's Premier Insurance company/ I II I I I