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Pat Copeland remembers Bill by Mary Ann McNeiU Gazette Staff AMARGOSA VALLEY--It was one year ago, August 6, that Bill Copeland, one of Nye County's most popular com- missioners, succumed to the painful cancer that he had fought so hard against. This week, his widow Pat, remembered some of Bill's accomplishments and looked to the future that he would want for the citizens of Nye County. "I really don't mind people calling me to talk," Pat said. "I hope to follow in his footsteps and further the causes he was fighting for. Bill fought hard to represent the rural area we live in and also.., he knew that progress was coming in. He dealt cau- tiously with it and felt there-was a way to keep progress and ...rural...together," she said. In a prepared statement to the PVG, Pat stated: "We will all leave Nye County sometime...as leaders, what will we leave in our wake? "I am sure Bill thought of that in his last days bfore his death. He held this county so tightly, working to keep it together, but was unaware at that time of prob- lems that lie just beneath the surface. Some of the events that have taken place this p, t year cause me great concern. "Bill was very up fro,, with the public--perhaps too much at times for his peers. "Yes, I plan to stay in the political field. I certainly had a good teacher. There are many new bridges to cross and avenues to follow. Bill's hand reached far beyond Nye County. "Will I run for the commission? A year ago Bill prepared a man to follow in his footsteps. He held the seat very briefly Bill Copeland during, but in that short interim of time, he filled the void, brought sound judgement among the board of commissioners, and gave a sense of security throughout this county. That man was Jeff Taguchi--you'll have to ask him what his plans are. I wonder what kind of wake he would leave... "I do not know of any other person with the ability to do the job as well as he can do. "Even if he only gave us one term, I believe in that time we could rebuild and reconstruct our county. I know Jeff has deci- sions to make as there are other levels of government that are seeking his leadership. I would feel very proud to have him as the leader of our district in Nye County. "I feel concern for our com- missioners. Our waters have be- come very deep, but until they regain control and leadership and become a stronghold--we are the recipients." Bill was born in Santa Bar- bara, California, April 19, 1934, and moved his family to Amargosa Valley in 1968. Bill '93 commission race also filled the following posts during his career: Chairman of the Nye County Liquor Licensing Board; a member of the Board of Directors of Nevada Home Health Care; member of the Amargosa Town Advisory Board; President of Amargosa Valley Improve- ment Association; Amargosa Chamber of Commerce; Amargosa Fire Department; AV Senior Project Council Chair- man. He was also a Navy veteran, in the VFW and active in the Church of Amargosa. Pat is currently a member of the Amargosa Valley Town Advisory Board. Woman killed after avoiding pedestrian Patricia Leach, 61, died early Sunday morning in a single- vehicle accident on Highway 160. It was reported in the Review Journal that Leach was driving west and swerved to avoid a pedestrian on the roadway. Leach and a passenger, Anthony Neal, 18, of Las Vegas, were thrown from the vehicle. Neal and a third passenger, Stephanie Jones, 16, of I_,hs Vegas were taken to University Medical Center, where Neal was treated and released. Jones was listed in fair condition Sunday evening. The pedistrian, 75, was taken into custody for a men- tal health examination. He was not formally charged. She had many friends in Pahrump. Wanda Towns, Plus Communications, said, "It was like Patty to avoid hurting another human. We will all miss her." Leach received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Country Music Association for her work and dedication in Country music. I I F00non. Mod00 Tonopah Internet knocked out by lightning TONOPAH -A lightning strike Monday evening, Au- gust 4, hit telephone lines in Tonopah and knocked out internet service to the Tonopah area. A spokesman for Sierra Net, Tonopah's internet pro- vider service, indicated that the phone company was working on the problem but there was no indication when service would be restored Sierra Net told the Ga- zette that despite the current problem, over which it has no control, new fiber optics cables are expected to be in service within a few weeks. This will increase the line capacity of the system and alleviate the problem of busy signals during prime hours. Sierra Net has been in Tonopah since March when local citizens approached the company and asked them to supply service to the area. FUTON00! 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