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Southern rebel pettion Continued from front page district 4. He is trying to run the entire show," said board member Gary Hollis. The campaign was officially started with the signing of the petition by the board. "Carver recently made a statement: For every dollar Pahrump generates we get back three dollars," said Hollis. "We' ve got to do what's right" he added. Hollis was supported by his colleagues and members of the audience. "I understand your frustrations," said Steve Rainbolt. "I think they're going to spend every dime we've got. The only way to circumvent this situation is to have a petition, but it is the hardest thing to do." It is unclear if Amargosa, Beatty and other southern Nye communities will support Pahrump's effort. Former board member Diana Stiles, who also supports Hollis' efforts, said Pahrump should have backed Amar- gosa at the ethics committee. "If we incorporated in '95, we wouldn't be in this mess," said Stiles. If the issue passes, all five commissioners could be from Pahrump. "I believe Pahrump voters will vote for anyone who can do the job, whether it be from Tonopah, Beatty, or wher- ever. Pahrump voters have always voted responsibly," said Hollis. Districts four and five, which are in Pahrump (Sbuthern Nye) have 67.64 percent of the registered voters in Nye County. Districts one and two are in Northern Nye, and has a total of 21.83 percent of the voting population. Issues concerning the Pahrump Valley Volunteer Fire Department probably won't go away anytime soon. In other actions, the town board discussed approving funds for the installation of several new phone lines in the fire station. Fire Chief Vern Long said former Town Manager Scott Neilson had previously recommended the expense. "It's a budget increase, because a phone bill comes every month," said board member Bob Little. "I want to see a work order." Charlie Gronda thinks the town has a management prob- lem, and would like to see procedures. "A lot of things have been circumvented in this area," said Charlotte La Var. Town Attorney Leonard Smith said only repairs to the lines should be authorized by the town manager, but other- wise it should come before the town board because it is a capital improvements project and affects the budget. "We're not chastising the fire department, but we say go ahead and do whatever you want and then at the end of the budget year..." said La Var. A decision on the outcome will be made when the paperwork is found. The board also voted unanimously to give Charlie Gronda, the board's liaison.to the county commissioners, permission to ask the commissioners for funds for the Pahrump Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Gronda would like to purchase a pumper truck at a cost of approximately $200,000. He will also ask for approximately $750,000 for a new fire station. Members of the board jokingly asked Gronda if he was going to ask before or after word of the petition. He did not respond publicly. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, April 10, 1997 21 STOP 0 FEMA Recruiting Public Affairs Officers for Temporary Disaster Assignment WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently recruiting qualified public affairs professionals to join its cadre of people that provide critical information to disaster victims following Presidential Disaster Declarations, according to Vallee Bunting, FEMA director of Emer- gency Information and Media Affairs. As part of the FEMA disaster response and recovery team, FEMA Public Affairs Disaster Assistance Employ- ees serve as key staff members in Joint Information Cen- ters located near disaster sites. "It's our responsibility to ensure that disaster victims are quickly informed about the availability of federal assistance needed to begin the recovery process," Bunting said. "We are looking for individuals with backgrounds in journalism, public affairs, public relations, newspapers, television, radio, corporate public affairs, advertising, marketing, marketing communications, emergency infor- mation, crisis communications or the Internet and World Wide Web for a variety of emergency information assign- ments." Drawn together from a variety of technical and editorial fields, the cadre of FEMA Public Affairs Specialists serve as "civilian FEMA reservists" who work on an intermittent basis. They must be willing to travel to disaster sites often for extended periods of time. "FEMA reservists are really the backbone of our emergency operations," Bunting said. For more information about becoming a FEMA Public Affairs Officer Reservist, call the FEMA re- cruiting hotline at 1-800-879-6076 or FAX your resume to (703)-542-2482. Information is also available on the World Wide Web at http//www.fema.gov/fema/dae.html Send electronic mail to eima@fema.gov. 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