weather icon Clear

It’s official, Holiday Inn Express expects to open late spring 2015

Although ground work has been underway for a couple of weeks, Holiday Inn Express gave a positive vision for Pahrump’s economy as the official groundbreaking took place yesterday morning.

Part-owner Jeff Burgess is excited. “We’ve been looking at doing this for two years. Finding a good, ideal location took some extra time. Partnering with Golden Gaming, I think, ended up being the best decision for us,” he said. Golden Gaming is leasing the land adjoining Gold Town Casino to the franchise owners.

The permitting process is not yet complete, however, applications for the project were submitted before the impact fee moratorium was lifted in January, making it less expensive for the project to be constructed.

Burgess said, “We have the grading permit completed and we’ve got the final plans sent back in for review. We had to make a couple of modifications per Holiday Inn Express. We are not as far along as we hoped to be with the building plans, but with a month of site work to do, I think it’s realistic that we’ll be ready by the time we’re done with the site,” he said.

Wulfenstein Construction is responsible for the ground work and the concrete contractor is Pahrump Concrete. Floyd’s Construction is installing the utilities.

Burgess said, “Most of the bid process has taken place as far as the construction. The general contractor is based in southern Utah. There are some local contractors including a couple from Las Vegas. They might still be looking for a couple of contracts.”

General contractor Dave Holmes said the company has not gotten bids for HVAC services. “We were talking with Desmoni Plumbing for the plumbing work but other than Desmoni, no one else has come forward wanting to bid the plumbing.”

When completed, the motel will add 103 rooms to the town’s ability to house visitors to local events and more projects like it may help bring the possibility of professional rodeos back, a concern of Town Board Chairman Bill Dolan, who was present for the groundbreaking.

He said, “Once this project is completed, the town can accommodate more visitors. Many people want the big rodeos to come back to town. We were short of rooms to be able to pull the Westerns Finals Rodeo down here from Ogden, Utah. We will be going back to see if they still want to bring their finals to Pahrump. Overall, the economic development to bring people into town and have more rooms to stay in is exactly what we need,” he said.

The 60,000-square-foot, three-story facility will have an outdoor pool and spa and a fitness center. It is expected to open in late spring of 2015 and offer 25 to 30 jobs to valley residents.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Appreciation Picnic honors Pahrump’s and Nye’s first responders

With red, white and blue decorations gracing tables, American flags and banners lining the fence and snapping in the breeze, balloons floating in the air and big smiles at the ready, area residents came together last week to honor the men and women who take on the duties of first responders for not just Pahrump but the entire county of Nye.

Pahrump pool season sinks amid lack of lifeguards

After the announcement that the 2020 Pahrump Community Pool season had been scrapped because of a lack of staffing applicants and the subsequent push to get more locals to apply for one one of the open positions that followed, the town of Pahrump was hoping that this year’s pool season would be saved.

UNR scientists make key advance in X-ray images

A team of scientists, led by University of Nevada, Reno’s Hiroshi Sawada, an associate professor of physics, demonstrated that numerical modeling accurately reproduces X-ray images using laser-produced X-rays. The images were obtained using the university’s chirped pulse amplification-based 50-terawatt Leopard laser at their Zebra Pulsed Power Lab.

Studies determine shutdown saved millions

Two separate research studies determined that shutdown orders prevented about 60 million coronavirus infections in the United States and saved about 3.1 million lives in 11 European countries.

Bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

A Pahrump man is dead after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle Friday evening, July 3rd.

Camp Fire of 2018 leads to new wildfire research

Moved by the tragedy of the 2018 Camp Fire, a team of engineers and scientists are coming together in a new five-year project to develop a comprehensive computational, live digital platform to predict and monitor wildfire risk that can be used by wildfire managers, emergency responders and utility companies to plan for, respond to and remediate wildfires.

Pahrump man, 20, faces murder, 3 other charges

The Nye County District Attorney’s Office has charged Nick VonAlst with murder and armed robbery in connection with an incident that occurred in northern Pahrump during the early morning hours of June 24.

Extension of census deadline provides more time for scams

With the deadline to respond the 2020 census extended until fall, scammers continue to target Nevadans around the county, including phishing emails and text messages, individuals claiming to be with the U.S. Census Bureau, approaching the doors of residents and asking for sensitive information such as Social Security numbers and credit card information, or by mailing fake census forms to unsuspecting residents that ask for sensitive information.