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April 17, 1997

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Pahrump hosts Nye Commissioners meeting A tragic Weekend blaze forces local family to start over By C. Michael Carlson PAHRUMP--A Pahrump family is homeless after their mobile home caught fire, Saturday, April 12, 1997. It is believed that the cause was an electrical fire in the nearby garage. Single mother of three, Pare Burns, was in Arizona with her children when the incident occurred. "It was quite a shock when we got home," she said. "We lost everything." Even though she has insurance, she is in immediate need of clothes and other items. "The people in this town have been wonderful. One woman gave me her last $20 bill," she said. Her former co-workers at the Mirage are also collecting donations. Burns is staying at Saddle West till Friday. After that, she thinks she will find an apartment. A disaster fund has been established for her and her three kids, at Nevada State Bank, account # 250004215. Burns' neighbors watched the Pahrump Volunteer Fire Department control the blaze. Among those present was Pahrump Town Board Mem- ber Charlie Gronda. Although he was not a neighbor, he stood by in case help was needed. The volunteers were able to gain control of the fire with the help of county commissioner Cameron McRae. By Andy Holtmann The Nye County Board of Commissioners met at the Bob Ruud Community Center in Pahrump on April 15 to hold a public forum in which many issues that affected Pahrump were discussed. For the board, made up of Chairman Richard Carver, Vice Chairman Bob Revert, and Commissioners Cameron McRae, Ira Copass, and Bob Davis, this was their first trip to Pahrump in a long while. While a lot of the meeting involved nothing more than setting dates for future meetings, reading things into the records, and requests for consideration, there were pertinent topics brought up which held interest for Pahrump. Charlie Gronda asked for approval for PETr funds to be used to build a new fire station and add a new, state of the art fire engine to the Pahrump Valley. The fire station is to be 40 feet by 60 feet and the engine is to be a 1500 gallon pump truck with hoses and a ladder. The total cost for both was estimated at around $1 million. The board requested copies of the proposal for consideration. The Nye County Emergency Services have been under fire lately due to their response times and thin staff. Gronda said that this addition would help increase the chances of a safe environment for Pahrump's citizens. "We don't need to get as high tech as I have seen in Clark County," said Gronda. "However we can function better at a "B" level in which more training is given and more equipment is put to use." * Gronda also asked the Commissioners for a letter of support for pending state legislation to establish a $500,000 natural disaster relief fund. If passed the Governor would appoint a special commission to administer the fund. The Commissioners agreed to send a letter of support for the bill. Nye County's water situation was addressed as supporters of a water basin protection plan pushed for more control of exported water from the county. Supporters said that Nye County should have the strict say so on water exportation and should limit exportation to 20% of the perennial yield. Under pressure from citizens in Amargosa Valley, there was a call by Sheriff Wade Lieske for an animal control system in the area. According to him, in the last month, there were 29 calls to the sheriff's department for animal assis- tance. He felt that this warranted some sort of reform. Lieske went on to state for the record that Sheriff's-_ deputies Lori Pringle and Derek Welch did not rough up a citizen who refused to sign a ticket involving the citizen's animal. According to him, Pringle wrote the ticket, the citizen refused to sign, Welch arrived and informed the citizen that if he did not, he would be subject to arrest, and the citizen signed. The situation had, according to Lieske, been blown out of proportion. "If someone comes forward and makes incorrect state- ments, they should have facts to back it up," said Lieske. The nuclear depository proposed for Yucca Mountain was discussed as well. Commissioner Revert stated that he wanted all the documents pertaining to the safety regulations Continued on page 3 \\; \