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12 Thursday, July 17, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Service Forum, /02-727-5512 / "Your Inl Full Time Office" 50 yrs Experience e o Free hearing evaluation u -Cleaning & Electronic u check of your Hearing Aid : batteries - Buy one pack : get One free Limit 2 z n ," of Home $-- Hwy 160 South of 3'72 Wheeler Springs Plaza & Pahrump Station 751-3600 TIME Pahrump Housesitting Services We provide housesitting services le you are away from your home We: r Check your house , Feed your animals Water your plants Vacati? llusiness 1Hps? Yma" House Is In gl hands 7 Days A Give us a Call 751-2159 Chinese Health Balls A perfect gift of well being. rl  Mamdm bdleved that Chlne HIth llalh promote weJJ be ot body md serenity of the spj Order today by mcneg check or Money Oer for $10 wl your name & Adclmu to ManckcM Imports 2t67 H.  Blvd.t Las Vegas, NV 89108 Letters to the Editor i Domestic violence victims should contact No to Abuse Those whose lives are affected by domestic violence may contact No To Abuse to request needed services as of July 1, 1997. Crisis intervention services and outreach education; including emergency hofline and shelter ser- vices; are no longer provided by Support Inc. in Pahrump Valley as of this date. Funding has been awarded to No To Abuse through the State of Nevada, Dept. of Human Resources, Marriage License Grant in the amount of $30,830 for the provision of these services to Pahrump Valley, Amargosa Valley and Beatty. Request was made of Support Inc., by the State of Nevada, Marriage License Grant Administration, in June, 1995 for provision of needed services to Nye and Esmeralda Counties, after the Inter- cept program became inactive. Support Inc. has consis- tently provided these services since Sept. 1, 1995. The funding allocation of Marriage License Grant monies for the one-year cycle July 1, 1997-June 30, 1998 determines that No To Abuse is now responsible for domestic violence intervention/outreach education services to Southern Nye County. Support Inc. plans to re-open the program office in Pahrump when alternative funding is secured; to continue its mission to provide education and intervention to pro- mote an end to family violence and sexual assault. Ser- vices provided at that time will not include hotline and emergency shelter provision - those in need must contact No To Abuse to access these services. It is our hope to relocate the Support Inc. office with the Pahrump Family Resource Center and fellow services providers' facility in Pahrump. Until then, Support Inc. continues to be avail- able through the Tonopah office at (702) 482-5598 and toll-free at 888-815-1773. Crisis intervention hotline/ emergency services remain available with Support Inc. throughout northern Nye and Esmeralda counties; as well as in Lincoln, Eureka and White Pine counties. Collect calls are accepted gL ....... l,,. locatibnftom those in need of services. Support Inc. wishes to thank all Pahrump service pro- viders with whom we have had the opportunity to work; all churches and businesses which have so generously con- tributed toward our mission; special thanks to the Nye County Sheriff's Dept. Deputies whose cooperation and encouragement have been a source of strength to staff; many thanks to the Canteen Bakery; and to those of you who continue to volunteer your energy and creativity with Support Inc. please know that this work relies on your generosity of spirit. Karen Peper Support Inc. PV pool season Last year at this time we seniors and handicapped citizens appeared before you, requesting that the Pahrump Valley Swimming Pool season be extended for one month. Later, in an open letter thanking the board, we further requested that you consider the feasibility of heating the pool's water and further extending the swimming season from April through October. Since then we have informally met from time to time and agreed to renew our request that a heating system be installed and the season be extended. Some information may he helpful in making a positive determination: For example, good pool management, we are told, precludes draining of pool water; and pool water be kept in daily circulation. If you accept that condition as a given and if you have pool money available to install a heating system and if the heating system can heat the pool water to approximately 80 degrees, then with outside temperatures in the 80s and the 90s as they are in April, May, September and October, the Pahrump Valley Swim- ming Pool would be made most attractive and suitable for general and therapeutic exercise and swimming, espe- cially considering that those months include our 216 aver- age clear and sunny days. Given a heating system and our warm daily tempera- tures, we believe that the following groups would more than adequately pay for the personnel and the upkeep of the pool: seniors, adults, handicapped, families, aerobic groups, learning-to-swim groups, as well as the continued rental of the pool for private parties. We believe this project will pay for itself, be a benefit to all, and make manifest the name of our town: Pahrump, meaning water flowing from a rock. Thanks again for your time, consideration, and positive action. John D. McKinnon Pahrump In my opinion I address this to the Nye County School District: It is the state and federal mandate that any taxpayer is allowed to have access to all information, including all policies and procedures. But when a parent or tax-payer tries to get this informa- tion, the district wants to charge the tax-payer 25 cents per copy per sheet which is an inflated charge. Funny thing about this picture, we pay the secretary's wage. We also paid for the office and the ink, paper, copy machine, and then they want to charge us again. I again urge the parents of the community to do some checking and you will see that the school district has violated many of the state and federal mandates and, when they are called on it, they just laugh about it. But if you join in the effort to stop this by writting your state representa- tives, we can stop this. This is hurting the children and this is the reason there are no services for children. If you don't know who to call, please feel free to call me at anytime and I will help you in anyway I can. John Espana Pahrump McDermott rebuttal Despite the fact that I am no longer a candidate for the position of Pahrump Town Manager, I nevertheless feel compelled to respond to the recent newspaper articles which dramatiz!!y distort the facts surrounding that s.earch Members of my family, who currently reside in Nevada, have provided me with newspaper articles which describe with total inaccuracy some of the circumstances which preceded my withdrawal. I read with utter disbelief'Board members put up a definite red light, however at the contract's stipulation that McDermott could not be terminated by anything less than a 4-1 vote of the board.' / 'Board resists McDermott/New Jersey man looking for more pay, time off. I was advised by telephone, on May 28, 1997, that I had been selected to serve as the Town Manager, at an annual salary of $50,617. This amount exceeds the range adver- tised. I was also advised that any potential for future longevity payments had been eliminated. I had no objec- tion to the elimination of longevity payments and certainly would not object to an increase in salary before I accepted the position. I accepted, contingent upon the successful construction of a mutually agreed upon contract. I might add that I was prepared to accept the position for the advertised salary. I never made any request beyond what was offered. I was eager to resolve the contractual matters quickly and attempted to do so by contacting the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System, Pahrump Town Office and Attorney Smith's office. As a result of my call to Smith, I received a fax Friday, May 30, 1997. The fax was , I believed, a proposed contrt between the Town of Pahr- ump and the Town Manager. Charlotte LeVar, who is described as 'exasperated', 'disturbed by the motivating factors' and is quoted as "having a very bad taste in my mouth," should, as chairperson, be aware of the following: Section Three, of the draft which I received, contained language which provided "Termination of employee shall Continued on next page The Pahrump Valley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors should be brought to the attention of the newspaper by calling 727-5583. ooe All opinions expressed on the letters page are those of the artist or author indicated. The Gazette reserves the right to edit all letters for length and libel. Furthermore, letters with names withheld will only be published if a legitimate fear of retribution exists.