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16 Thursday, September 18, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Workshop casts floodlight on problems in Nye On September 9, 1997, the Nevada Department of Taxation conducted a workshop for the Nye County Commission sitting as the Nye Regional Medical Center (NRMC) Board of trustees. The three and a half hour workshop took place in Tonopah and was in the form of a condensed mini-seminar addressing effective correct procedures to follow if a governing board wished to carry out its duties and responsibilities in a manner that abided by Nevada Statutes and, at the same time, insure that such a board would regain positive control of an entity for which it was responsible. It went without saying that it was the state's position that Nye County had lost any and all control, financial or otherwise, of NRMC many years ago. The state had hired a professional in the field, Robin Keith, to give the presentation. Ms. Keith made it clear from the beginning, and reminded the commissioners throughout the morning session, that because of the compacted time allowed, she would only be touching the highlights of the subject matter presented and strongly suggested that, if the commissioa felt the in- formation presented might be useful, they schedule atten- dance at an in-depth seminar in the near future. Again, because the time allowed was so short, the information given was broad based and would be per- fectly and completely applicable not only to a hospital Cameron McRae is already being recalled, and any other commissioner voting for this idiotic animal control ordinance, will be likewise recalled at whatever expense. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; and shall receive the reward of their un- righteousness. I! Peter 2:12.13 Acquiring treasures by lying is the fleeting fan of those who seek death. Prorbs 21:6 Irresponsible civil leaders are they who are either blind, ignorant, lazy, greedy, self cen- tered, dnmkards, or act for their own gain. Isaiah 56:10.12 their office and to themselves. Civil rulers are not to use position to bring gain Deuteronomy 17:16.17 %, 1 Call us at 1269 Bill Ballew Pahrump, Nevada THIS MAN'S OPINION by Brent Mathewson board of trustees but to any governing board, whether it be in the public or private sector. This certainly would include the Board of the Nye County Commission. Keith talked about the most basic of subject mat- ter. Items that which, with- out their implementation, any governing board would be at a complete loss at sea, with nowhere from which to cast an anchor, leaving it adrift, rudderless, aimless, without thought or ambi- tion enough to look for a direction to head toward. I'm talking about things as fundamental as having a clear understanding of what a board's primary goals are and having enough vision to write, read and under- stand a mission statement in support of those goals. Natural leaders in both the public and private sector, grasp this type of thinking almost instinctively. In the private sector any person that does not possess this ability either learns it or had best stay out of a lead- ership role. The Nye County Com- missioners do not seem to be capable to lead, follow or even get in the way. The entire County is apparently run at the whim of the Nye County Manager, Les Bradshaw, with the very questionable assistance of his special assistant, Rachel Nicholson. Ms. Keith spoke almost constantly for three and a half hours giving examples of correct procedures and options to follow in order to be an effective governing board and, at the same time stay within the law. Interestingly, in all that time she gave not one piece of advice that was pres- ently being practiced by the commission, either in their role as hospital trustee or the Nye County Board of Com- missioners. At the conclusion of her talk, she asked if there were any questions. There were no questions. Zilch, Nada, Nope, Zero. Two of the commissioners were ap- parently enlightened and made the following comment: e ,,i think I see the problem. The tail is wagging the dog." In the afternoon on that September 9 date, the commis- sion went into a special session to hear a report from Gene Etcheverry, of the Nevada Department of Taxation, re- garding the financial condition of NRMC. Yhe commis- sion as a whole, led by its chairman, Dick Carver, dis- played the fact that it had learned nothing from the lessons given earlier in the day during the workshop. Taking an adversarial stance, Carver belittled the state for the progress it has made since taking over NRMC in March of this year. Etcheverry's detailed report was presented in a conser- vative manner but even the most pessimistic interpreta- tion revealed that the state has cut losses since taking over control of the facility by 85 percent. A more honest interpretation would force an acknowledgment that the hospital is now running in the black. Modest additional changes recommended by the state, in addition to drastic procedural and policy changes already implemented, are projected by Etcheverry and his staff to allow NRMC to run at an annual profit of as much as $419,000 per year. This goal would take no miracle to achieve. All it would take is the successful duplication of policy and procedures already in place in other rural hospitals in the geographic region. It would involve no cut in services and would, in fact, result in an improvement in service presently being rendered. A critical observer might well wonder if such a state of affairs would be the last thing that the present Nye County administration would want to take place since it would be such in your face proof of wasted millions of dollars of taxpayer's funds that have taken place in the past. In a somewhat related matter, an interesting allegation was made to this writer late last week. It seems that the Nye County Manager's assistant, Rachel Nicholson, ap- parently spends her time at Nye County Commission meetings playing computer games on her laptop com- puter. A Nye County citizen, who has proven to be highly reliable in the past, states that at a recent commission meeting held in Pahrump, the source observed Rachel engaged in vigorous activity on her laptop computer, during a discussion that was taking place that did not appear to warrant computer access or stored knowledge. The question arose in the observer's mind as to whether or not it might be possible that Nicholson was playing a computer game during a commission meeting. A few minutes later, a break was called. All county employees got up and left their seats along the western wall of the Pahrump Community Center. The citizen boldly walked around behind the table that Rachel had been sitting at and observed her computer screen. In the center of the screen against a dark green background a single playing A card was allegedly observed. If" It is felt by some that any games Rachel may be playing on her laptop are less damaging to the taxpayers than the games she and Bradshaw play with the county. That is this man's opinion Copyright 1997 by Brent Mathewson The Best Little HaiL. Souse Ia * (7000) Co:r.na 0 Leslie & Irene St,. its.