Author: Lisa J. Wolf

County Commission News

On June 9, the Eureka County Board of Commissioners heard from the Medical Clinic Advisory Committee (MCAC) concerning requests for proposals for medical/clinical services in Eureka County. Two proposals were received from William Bee Ririe Clinic and Renown. In looking at the pro’s and con’s, Garney Damele for the MCAC noted William Bee Ririe’s close proximity to Eureka and WBR’s being a rural small community hospital and a smaller corporation is an advantage as well as their willingness to partner with Eureka and the Duckwater community. WBR’s small size was seen as a benefit versus Renown as a large conglomerate hospital and Damele said the MCAC “related better with their executive team” whom they found more responsive and understanding of “frontier medicine.” Their affiliation with the University of Utah was also seen as an advantage as well as their ability to get specialists that come from St. George and areas in southern Nevada and Utah. William Bee Ririe also said they would provide an opportunity to keep the existing staff to minimize interruption with the local clinic. Both proposals included telemedicine. WBR offers a daily lab courier so blood samples from Eureka will go to Ely, resulting in a faster lab result for patients. Two telemedicine carts need to be purchased for Eureka and Crescent Valley. Duckwater already has their own telemedicine cart. The proposal from Renown involved a...

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Eureka County Commission News – March 30, 2017

BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS In considering Fiscal Year 2017-18 revenue projections, the County received finals from the State and Kim Todd said, “It looks like they’re keeping it right about where it was; it did go up a little bit; you’ll see on the first page the secured and unsecured is at $788 and the net proceeds is at $246, bringing us to $1,034,728,897; so we will calculate revenue based on the pro forma from the state” which “will be out next week, which is where they will figure the abatement, so we will budget those figures in the budget.” Todd said, “We’re still at that $200 million on the assessed value; and yeah it didn’t look like the motor vehicle fuel tax, any of those one cent; any of those cents increased; so those all seem to remain the same in this final projection from the state.” Todd said, “The CTAX went up a little bit; they estimated $5,099,885; it went up just about $10,000 or so; last year on the CTAX we budgeted $4.5 million and I’m still recommending that we budget about $4.5 million on the CTAX.” Chairman Goicoechea said, “Isn’t that rosy? So, Ron how much road can you build for $15,000?” Ron Damele, Public Works Director, said, “Not very much.” Todd said Net Proceeds are projected to be “roughly $4 million, but you have to figure...

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Eureka County Commission News – March 23, 2017

ROAD DEPARTMENT Raymond Hodson reported the Road Department “for the first part of the month we had some snow removal and then after that it warmed up; and we spent quite a bit of time on culverts and straightening and making sure they were flowing; and we’ve replaced four culverts at the JD Buckhorn ‘Y’” and started blading and “cutting tops of roads and smoothing things up.” Hodson said, “We can’t really get in the ditches yet but we can smooth the top of them up. We have someone pushing in the Roberts Creek pit when time allows” and plan “to continue that gravel haul down the JD Road” and “have the mower over on the Fish Creek Road and are doing some mowing there when time allows.” Hodson said the North End crew spent some time with snow removal in the beginning of the month as well; but then it quickly turned to flood control; they’ve spent quite a bit of time keeping culverts clean and flowing; and they’ve also installed several culverts on the Spa Rd and Cortez Road.” Hodson said, “No roads actually washed completely out in Eureka County; we kept them flowing; we did have some pretty good washes on the shoulders but no roads were actually taken out where they were impassable.” Hodson said, “They did have to replace half a cattle guard on...

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Eureka County Commission News

COMMISSIONER REPORTS Commissioner Sharkozy participated in a Nevada Works meeting in Reno on Feb. 10, and on the 13th, the Search & Rescue meeting in Crescent Valley; and on the 14th, the Fire Department meeting in Crescent Valley. Chairman Goicoechea met with Forest Service representatives on Feb. 17 regarding implementation of their Record of Decision on grazing; as well as a board meeting with Nevada Cattlemen’s that afternoon. On the18th, the Chairman met with the BLM State Office on their implementation of their grazing plans and will give NRAC an update at their next meeting. He did an interview with NPR out of Washington, D.C. on local government’s role in federal land management regarding cooperation and coordination, and was followed on the program by representatives from Utah discussing the Antiquities Act. The Chairman said it was “more fun to listen than participate” and he reserved the right to amend the news report. March 3, Goicoechea will participate in the Sage Brush Ecosystem meeting with the Governor’s office about credits on federal land. The Chairman thinks the Conservation Credit system has been fine-tuned and will be ready to roll out March 3 at NDOW’s Reno office. PUBLIC WORKS Ron Damele, Public Works Director, reported all the utility systems are “fine” and Public Works has been working on the Eureka upper ballpark restrooms and raising the fence along foul lines since...

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Feb. 6, 2017 meeting COMMISSIONER UPDATE REPORTS Commissioner Sharkozy attended the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority meeting by phone. Chairman Goicoechea on Jan. 20 attended the Sage Brush Ecosystem Council where they “did not get important things approved” but at the March 3 meeting they’ll “make another swing at those for the Conservation Credit System” and the Chairman has been talking to Idaho policy makers who are “trying to build something very similar” and “gave him a few pointers.” On Jan. 27, the chairman participated in the NACO conversation on AB400 and what’s happening there and where we’re going. He spoke to the Society of Range Management over the border in Utah on the impact of wild horse mismanagement impact. Tony Jones also spoke. Jones owns half of a processing plant in Chihuahua Mexico that processes horse 155,000 domestic horses per year at a cost of $55 per horse for people to eat. Goicoechea noted in some countries meat from horses is “a major source of protein” and that presently “the transportation” of that “protein source to other countries” is “stopped” and he asked listeners to “gut check ourselves on where that’s going.” The “beach head team at Interior’s been contacting me so hopefully we’ll get some thing done,” the Chairman said referring to the new Trump appointee’s at the DOI. RAYMOND HODSON, ROAD DEPARTMENT Assistant Public Works Director,...

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