weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Horsford reps to open mobile office at DVH

Getting assistance on issues such as Social Security, Medicare and veterans affairs just got a bit simpler for local residents.

Congressman Steven Horsford announced that service representatives from his staff will be hosting regular mobile office hours in Pahrump at Desert View Hospital.

Community Liaison Michael Flores said Horsford wants to reach out more to the people he represents especially in Nevada’s rural communities.

“We wanted to make sure that we are accessible and provide resources to all of the constituents. It’s good to have the mobile office to work with those who have different issues ranging from veteran matters, Social Security and the IRS. We have been able to help a lot of residents get money they were owed from Social Security and also medals to heroes who served in various wars,” he said.

The new program kicked off this week.

Flores said service representatives from Las Vegas will make regular visits to Pahrump.

Horsford’s office is now working on a set schedule where locals will know exactly what particular week the reps will be in town.

“It won’t be every day. We are planning on seeing when we will be visiting Pahrump again. The holiday season is fast approaching and we want to make sure that we make this a regular program. We will be located inside Desert View Hospital. On Tuesday we made our first visit and the case worker had a real good response. She was able to open several cases and help some folks out,” he said.

On Monday, Horsford issued an official press release stating his intention to be more visible to his constituents in the Silver State’s smaller communities.

“My job is to represent everyone in my district. I’m proud to announce that we will be increasing our outreach in Pahrump.”

Flores, meanwhile, said locals may need to provide certain documents pertaining to their particular case.

“When they come in, they will first need to fill out a privacy release form which gives us the legal ability to inquire within an agency on their behalf. If there is any relevant paperwork that they believe would be appropriate to show the service workers, that would be very helpful too. Within the privacy release form, they give us all of the information and also the background information on the case and that’s pretty much all we need,” he said.

Flores also said this new effort is just an expansion of the services Horsford’s office has provided in the past as both a state senator and now a U.S. Congressman representing Nevada.

“We’ve been out to Pahrump a number of times but we have not done a mobile office,” he said.

For more information on the mobile service office at Desert View Hospital, residents are urged to call Horsford’s Las Vegas office at (702) 802-4500.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Pahrump Fairgrounds water applications protested by Great Basin Water Co.

For more than a decade and a half, the town of Pahrump has been working toward development of a huge patch of land with the ultimate goal of turning 427 acres of property into a major recreation facility, the Pahrump Fairgrounds.

Pahrump parcel fee hike overturned by Nye commissioners

Many Pahrump area property owners have been angry these past few weeks about a future hike in the per parcel fee assessed on their property taxes. And owners haven’t been shy about expressing their frustrations either.

Nevada 2020 Democratic caucus includes early voting option

The Nevada 2020 Democratic Caucus, the “First in the West” as it is proudly being hailed, is just over a month away, and the Nevada Democratic Party is preparing for the major undertaking that will help decide the Democratic presidential nomination.

Tourism Commission recommends candidates to lead agency

The Nevada Commission on Tourism has recommended two candidates from Northern Nevada to direct the agency that has been without a leader for more than two years.

Army veteran receives Silver Star medal – 50 years later

The forbidding jungle, hot and steamy on an early March day, shrouded the movement for the North Vietnamese Army as they infiltrated the border from Cambodia to South Vietnam’s Central Highlands.

Nye County employee faces theft, embezzlement charges

A longtime employee in the Nye County Juvenile Probation Department is facing at least three theft-related felonies for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the department.

Former Pahrump Arts Council official arrested

The former president of the Pahrump Arts Council was arrested in early January on suspicion of embezzlement. Kristin Swan also was arrested on suspicion of obtaining money under false pretenses and theft, between $640 and $3,500, according to information from the the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

Nevada redistricting group files amended petition

A group seeking to turn the once-a-decade process of redistricting political lines in Nevada over to a commission rather than the Legislature has refiled a petition with the secretary of state, after a judge ruled the original was misleading.

After roughly a century, bighorn sheep return to Pyramid Lake

Nevada state officials and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe worked to reintroduce desert bighorn sheep to the hills above the lake Monday, the first time since the early 1900s that they’ve been seen in the area 50 miles north of Reno.