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10 Thursday, April 17, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Pahrump Town Board Here we go again. According to a report in last week's Gazette the Pahrump Town Board voted to approve a petition campaign to allow the county to accept voting "at large" for Nye County Commissioner seats on the ballot in the next election. This would undoubtedly result in having four or five commis- sioners from the Pahrump area. Well, I think the Pahrump Town Board only shot them- selves in the foot, or maybe the mouth. They have done nothing more than show their continued loathing for anyone that lives further than five-minutes out of Pahrump. What they really want is what the voters have turned down soundly w incorporation. Isn't it ironic? When Commissioner Cameron McRae, whom I have the highest regard for, was commission chair- man the folks in the north were beside themselves with grief. "The south wants everything," they screamed. Now, with Round Mountain's Dick Carver in the role of chairman, the south is screaming echoes of the north. "He [Chairman Dick Carver] is trying to run the entire show," said board member Gary Hollis. Well of course he is Gary, he's the Chairman of the Board. So was McRae when the north was screaming tor his head. True intents were exposed, to me anyway, when former board member Diana Stiles reportedly said, "If we incorpo- rated in '95 [sic], we wouldn't be in this mess." Who is "we" Diana? It was the voters that said, "No!" When will you folks learn that the voters are in charge of this county, not what you think "we" are. I really don't care if Pahrump incorporates, splits into another county or annexes into Clark County. That's up to --- lessons not learned the voters (gosh, there's that word again) of Pahrump. Another argument presented was an alleged comment by Dick Carver that for every dollar Pahrump generates, "we get back three dollars." Well, that statement, in context, NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Dave Downing doesn't make much sense. Is Carver saying that the rest of the county contributes three times more than Pahrump? Does it mean PETT or PILT monies? How can Pahrump generate one dollar and Tonopah get three out of it? Sounds like a good deal to me. I wouldn't presume to speak for Dick Carver but, I suspect, the general meaning of the statement refers to the simple fact that Tonopah is the county seat. The money comes to Tonopah. It is where all county officials, elected and appointed, work. There is a huge $10 million county complex and courthouse facility. Records are stored here. The primary sheriffs office and jail is located here. The expenses for a large part of county government are here. The current form of representation is the best possible. There are two commissioners from Pahrump, one from Beatty, one from Tonopah and one from Round Mountain." I guess you could say there are two in the north, two in the south and one swing vote in Beatty. Seems like a good check and balance system. It wasn't that long ago that Pahrump was nothing more than a bump in the road. Tonopah constantly supported the Pahrump area at that time. Now the tables have turned and Tonopah is in desperate need of Pahrump's help. On the other hand, those of us in the north have got to realize that the vast majority of the population is now in Pahrump. County services need to be expanded in that area. Pahrump is having tremendous growing pains and it needs to be fixed. The days of rural living are over for the south county. Soon we'll be seeing things that other counties take as a matter of routine. Building codes, a greatly expanded police force, education facilities that meet federal regula- tions for handicapped, etc., etc. Many of these will meet opposition from the north. Meanwhile the things important to the north will meet opposition from the south. It's already happened. In the last election, from Beatty to the north county line, the voters overwhelmingly approved funds for the library system and museums. However, the Pahrump vote was overwhelmingly against this tax increase. The vast number of Pahrump voters resulted in a rejection of these ballot issues, despite every other Nye community voting for these issues. There's trouble ahead. Somehow the north and south county must resolve their differences and learn to respect the needs of the vastly different types of communities. The current check and balance in the Nye County Commission works toward this goal. Don't let the radicals in this county fool you. Alienation has never succeeded. Pahrump Then and Now By Bruce Stevenson How many in Pahrump remember when electricity came from a generator. Making telephone calls meant cranking the telephone if you had a telephone. Highway 160 was Route 16 and 372 was Route 72. Think back to one of your early postmasters Jewel Anderson and Dodge's Market had the freshest produce. For those that frequented the Cotton Picker when it was at the state line on Highway 372 later becoming known as Fred's Place, several years later one of my relatives shot the bartender, also getting shot himself. How about all that light pollution that now plagues the valley at night and all the new houses painted some outstanding colors. Pahrump has its McDonald's, Burger King, Smith's, Terrible's Town with more planned, is this progress? Vehicle traffic is almost as good as Las Vegas, adding the dust makes it even better than the big city. You no longer know everybody anymore. Remember when Pahrump was all green with cotton and alfalfa. Shoshone- Tecopa had more people than Pahrump, and Death Valley Junction was a thriving community with regular train service. Mankins Corner served liquor, dell, and Texaco gaso- line where the Bank of America is now. A short while ago a Las Vegas resident was telling me a story. He said he had heard about this Pahrump. Deciding to travel over the new Highway 16 (160) over the "Hump to Pahrump" he drove out. Saying under his breath that it was a lot farther than he imaged. After over an hour of driving he came to many lights moving on a highway. Thinking to himself this is a big community. Stopping at the stop sign, he noticed that the Highway sign in front of him, said US Highway 96, Lathrop Wells to the left and Las Vegas to the right. Did we forget to mention this was before Valley Electric power and was in the middle of the night? Returning to the solitude that the Greater Death Valley Area afforded when everybody knew everyone might be enjoyable, whether it was their business or not, they always had an opinion. No telephone, no electricity, no paved roads, no television, just each other. Step back into history to meet the pioneers that opened dais country. Some pioneer's believed water was not to drink or bath in but to water animals. Soon some of us will meet these Death Valley pioneers, and a few will be shoveling coal to feed the fires in the bowles of our earth, where they still have not found a use for water. Others will get wings and a harp to pluck while sitting on that cloud complaining "look how you kids have messed up Pahrump." Reminiscing a little and looking back before electricity and telephones were commonplace, television nonexist- ence in rural areas. Back to reality realizing that I wrote this on a computer with spell check, grammar check, and the saurus. I think I will stick up for progress and technol- ogy. ,O Ii b a: tl h Criminals are all around us, and you may be one too! By Andy Holtmann They're out there....roaming the streets, and you could be their next victim. But relax, do not fear, for authorities are doing a good job rounding up America's true criminals. The only thing is, there is an increasing trend toward busting average citizens for petty crimes. Take for instance, the elderly woman in Cincinnati who was arrested last year for, yes, putting money in a parking meter. You see, the meter was not hers. She was doing a favor for some poor soul whose time had run out. There is a law on the books in Cincinnati that forbids individuals to feed meters other than their own. The woman was scolded for her actions by a police officer, and when she dared to do it again, she was arrested under the city's Repeat Metering law, This woman was incarcerated for being a good samaritan. The schools have lately been society's battleground of political correctness with the police, as usual, being used as the final arbitrators of justice. Children have been on the receiving endof harsh punishments for infractions that one could hardly call capital crimes. Several instance of "sexual harassments" have popped up in elementary schools. I remember the day where kissing a in the fourth grade would get me slapped at most. Now, ifcaug_ht in a surreptitious smooch, children are suspended or expelled, theirparents publicly humiliated and accused of bad parenting techniques. In one case, a child was even arrested. Throw the book at the moppets, is the message delivered by the PC , of me0000tion have 00ven to he at least for middle school authorities, no excuse to bring an aspirin or midol to school. Two girls were recently suspended from their junior high back east when they were caught passing these "deadly" pills between them. In November of 1996, a nine year old girl brought a steak knife to school to cut her chicken breast that her mother packed for her lunch. When she showed the knife to her teacher to ask if it was permitted, the teachercalled the police, had the child arrested, and her parents questioned. Even those who know that they are committing a nonvio- lent crime are often times treated more severely than rapists and murderers. One of the first people to fall under California's Three Strikes law was a man who stole pizza. For those of you who are unaware: the law basically says that if you are convicted three times of a violent crime, you go to jail for life. One thief stole pizza three times and was three times caught. Since all of his victims were kids, the offense counted as a violent crime. Actor Woody Harrelson, who is known for promoting hemp to be used in paper and textile production, was also arrested for openly planting four hemp seeds. This was counted as a misdemeanor. Planting five would have landed him a felony. Then there are those who had no idea that what they were doing was classified as an illegal activity. In 1992, FBI agents, along with officials from six other agencies raided the Black Hills Institute of Geological Re- search in South Dakota and seized a skeleton of a Tyranno- sanrus Rex and all records pertaining to it. The reason? The land where the excavation team had uncovered their find was owned by the federal government. Neal and Pete I.arson, the brothers who had worked hard to dig up the skeleton, were breaking the law. The government wanted their precious property and did not care a wit about science. Then there is the story of the four men who were playing poker on one of New York City's metro trains. The four friends, who had engaged in the game to pass the time, were handcuffed, arrested, fingerprinted, and thrown in jail for violating New York's gambling laws. The four men were playing a social game, betting matchsticks; after they were caught, the"conspirators" were taken away in front of dozens of stunned onlookers. One more irony to add; on the wall of the car the men were in was a poster of a public announcement suggesting a friendly game of poker as an alternative to fighting. There are literally thousands of cases such as these that make news each week across America and countless more that go untold. It sure seems funny to me that.authorities drag their feet when it comes to violent crime but are so quick to jump on those who commit minor offenses whether they know it or not. So beware if you are caught walking down the street with a pocket full of quarters, a slice of pizza in your mouth, and aspirin in your hand. You just may wind up on America's Most Wanted. The views expressed above are those of the Pahrump Valley Gazette. All other opinions expressed on these pages are those of the artist or author indicated.