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,L Divided we fail: message to youth center proponents by Patti Babcock Gazette Staff Pahrump needs and wants a youth center according to a large majority of the audience attending the Town Board meeting Tuesday night. In answer to a request for all those who were there because they supported a youth center to stand, most of the audience stood. Linda Fitzgibbons, of the Neighborhood Council, asked the Town Board members to note supporters included citizens of all ages: seniors, youth and middle age. A frequent item on the Town Board agenda for several years, the topic has been studied, referred, reconsidered and tabled. Some money has actually been allocated for a center. A consensus on what type center should be provided has never been reached. Nye County Commissioner Cameron McRae said people need to get together and present a plan. He cited Tonopah as an example. They approached the county commission with a plan for a youth center and the county provided the space. The space was part of a land purchase from Anaconda Copper for a county complex. The former spa area was designated for the youth center. McRae said, "Pahrump's people need to take this ap- proach. As long as there is a divided, scattered approach it will be hard to present. You've got to get it concise. It's hard to support something no one agrees on'" Three diverse representatives approached the podium to speak to the youth centerissue. Fitzgibbons, represented the Pahrump Family Resource Center (PFRC) as a board member of the Neighborhood Council the "Guiding Light" for PFRC. Emphasizing that her group has no affiliation with No To Abuse, Fitzgibbons said her group had conducted a poll/ survey of a cross-section of the people of Pahrump. She then asked audience members who were there to support a youth center in response to calls from PFRC to stand. "We want more than a glorified pool hall," Fitzgibbons said. "We have the funding, the staffing and the volunteer bto operate a youth center." She admonished the board, "You should know the kids are next in line to be up there." Board member Bob Little asked Fitzgibbons if there was Continued on page 12 Pahrump disappointed over not getting education center by Mary Ann McNeiU Gazette Staff CARSON CITY--Southern Nye County learned that you may not always get what you want when you want it at the closing of the Nevada State Legislature session on Monday. Although a contingent of area high school students, com- munity college leaders, legislative task force, and concerned citizens traveled to Carson City to speak before the legislature and WOW them with the resulting presentations, Nye County lost its "high-tech learning center" to Carson City, who brought along highly-skilled and paid lobbyists to fight for their cause. Carson City got $5 million for a computer learning center and Nye County only got $75,000 through public works bills to do site preparation and planning for its center, possibly to be built after approval next year, according to Assemblyman Roy Neighbors. Neighbors sponsored the assembly bill 253 that would have brought the center to Pahrump. "(State Senator) McGinness and I were very supportive of the high-tech center and we were severely disappointed that it didn't go through," Neighbors said. They (Carson City lobbyists) had more people. They had the land, the specs and the plans in order and presented it all together in a booklet form," he said, indicating that the professional presentation possibly made it appear that Carson City was more prepared for the school. But Neighbors all but promised that  community col- lege center will be approved for building from the legislature next year. He reasoned that the legislature wouldn't waste the appropriated $75,000 for site prep and planning, if they weren't looking to actually build in the near future. Neighbors mentioned a couple appropriations that he did win for Pahrump and Southern Nye County that he has kept secret until "they looked more positive for funding." Neigh- bors said he learned of a couple other counties vying for money for mental health clinics for their areas and joined with them to ask for the funds. "This clinic will serve over 30,000 people from Sandy Continued on page 4