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12 Thursday, May 29, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Community College coming to Pahrump? Continued from frontpage of the Legislative Task Force that was formed to bring the college center to Pahrump, and who was instrumental in getting the group together. "The other areas brought highly paid lobbyists," Dan Simmons, coordinator of the CCSN classes in Pahrump, said. "But they were most impressed with our kids. They were Bloomingdeals Has Moved ****************** Bloomingdeais Consignment Store is re-locating at , ,, 421 S. Frontage Rd. , (next to Domino's Pizza) OPENING JUNE Ist New Extended Hours Mort Sat 9a.m. - 7p.m. Sun - 11a.m. - 4p.m. NOW accepting Master Card & Visa We will also be offering a new Line of Discount shoes for the Entire family, Our new space lets us offer YOU an extended hne o!f men's and women's quality clothing & accessories. 751-3436 outstanding and well-prepared." "After I gave my testimony, Mrs. Evans (D, Sparks) said she hopes to see me run for office some day," Steven Hommel, 17, said. Hommel was one of the eight high school students giving up their time before final exams to lobby for the college center. Hommel has a 3.789 grade point average, is PVHS Senior Class President, Treasurer of the Drama and Debate Club, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Key Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and on the yearbook staff. He will not benefit directly from the proposed college center since he is planning to attend Ameri- can University in Washington D.C. to study communications, legal in- stitutions, economics and govern- ment. That doesn't bother him, though. "I have a lot of underclassmen who are friends and I did it for them. I wanted to give them an opportunity that I didn't have. "It all depends on them now. It's all money. We made enough of an impact that I think they will get us the college," he said. Tracie Sledge, 14, will likely ben- efit from the center, if it is built soon. She is a freshman at PVHS this year and plans to eventually attend the University of Nevada at Rent or UNLV to study politics. "I think we made a very good impression on them. Vonne Chowning (D, N. Las Vegas) said we don't act as young as we are," Sledge said. Sledge is a member of the Drama Club, Key Club, is a cheerleader and was on the Dance Squad. She has a 3.0 grade point average. Summer Brown is her best friend and they roomed together during the trip. Candice Trummel couldn't go on the trip at the last minute, BEATTY RAILROAD DAYS Experience Some History of the 1900-1920 Sponsored By THE BEATTY MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY JUNE 7 & 8, 1997 BEATI'Y, NEVADA Gas Engine Display, Model Train Display, Antique Car Show Open Market Fair, Button Sales, Box Social, Outdoor Theater Presentation, C.rafts, Kangaroo Court, Food Vendow) Pig Roasts, Horseshoe Pitch Native American Lecture LOTS OF HISTORY PARADE ALL-A-BOARD FLOAT CONTEST Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Parade Starts 10:00 a.m. WAGON and/0r BIKE PARADE Sunday 2:30 p.m. COSTUME THEME 1900-1920's VENDOR INFORMATION (702) 553-2967 but she has acted as the stu- dent representative to the task force. She reported to the student body on the progress of the task force and was in- strumental in telephoning to make appointments for the students and legislators to meet before the general as- sembly session. Trummel and Terra Loffredo were instrumental in putting together little pack- ets of Smarties candies taped with bright colored paper which read, "Be Smart. Vote for Pahrump. AB 253." They were assembled by the stu- dents on the bus trip and pre- sented to the legislators in private lobbying sessions before the Friday general as- sembly meeting. This even impressed the legislators as they often have to sit long hours in the assembly room without lunch. Other behind-the-scenes actions by the students were a colorful brochure put together by Mrs. White's word processing students and Mr. Owen's art students. Richard Johnson and George Pelletier were the main impetus behind the brochures that were also presented to the legislators. Leaving nothing to chance, Mrs. White's and Mrs. Apodaca's students got together and wrote more than 100 letters to the legislators, which were mailed to arrive just before the Friday session, so they would be fresh in their minds as the lobbying efforts were presented. Daniel Hippler, 17, is also a se- a nior at PVHS where he is Senior i!:i- Class Vice President, Drama Club l President, Key Club Vice Presi- dent, and National Honor Society representative to the student coun- cil. He has been accepted to the honors program in Pre-marketing at UNLV with a 3.7 gpa. "They (the legislators) were im- pressed," he said. "They changed their minds about teen-agers of to- day. They don't see many good things about teen-agers. I was re- ally happy they were impressed with us. We proved we are the ones who deserve the college and I think they agreed. It was a great learning experience," he said. Hippler wanted to bring the col- lege to Pahrump because, "I have close ties to the community. I've lived here for almost 18 years and I really love this town. I want only good things to happen to it. I have some good friends who can't afford to even drive into Vegas to go to the community college there," he said. Orlando Sandoval, Associate Vice President for Planning and Campus Sites, spoke for himself and Dr. Richard Moore, President of CCSN, when he said, "It went well. They did an excellent job. Money is tight and they (the legislators) may have tO pick and choose which site.., but we're feeling very good about Pahrump receiving this center:" The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, before which the group testified, asked Dr. Moore if he had to choose which area would receive a college center, which one would it be. "We were of the opinion that the Township of Pahrump, because they were so enthusiastic and so aggressive in their approach...they deserve this center. Pahrump has a greater need rather than Clark County." Charlie Gronda said that the town doesn't expect to get an answer about the college center until the end of the session. There were some questions to iron out as the three bills that were introduced only called for the construction of the col- leges, not for operations and maintenance. That was to come out of the state general education fund and the committee had to decide how to allocate the available funds. "There's a lot of potential in these kids," Gronda said. "It was a good experience for them. They worked very hard. They didn't even get to have lunch on Friday." The school district chaperones treated the students to the new "Lost World" movie Friday night as a reward for their efforts. "No one had any lobbying experience except for Mike (DeLee, of Amargosa who has worked for Assemblyman Neighbors and who served as an adviser to the group). I don't know what politics played a part in this, but we showed a greater need. And, we asked for less money," Gronda said. 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