weather icon Clear

Last Chance Park application gets fresh endorsement

Pahrump Town Manager Susan Holecheck picked up the endorsement of Nye County commissioners Tuesday on the town board’s application for a recreation and public purpose lease from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for the long-proposed Last Chance Park.

The park, at the northern end of Pahrump Valley at the base of the Shadow Mountains, would ultimately include parking lots and trail heads for people and horses.

Town officials considered scaling back the project, as recent BLM changes preclude developing a well at the park, requiring plans to be changed.

Then there were cost estimates of $43,000 to put in infrastructure like a toilet, picnic tables and fencing. The town board request states developing Kellogg Park may better serve the current needs of Pahrump residents.

The Pahrump Town Board Dec. 10 voted to submit a revised application to the BLM for 10 acres to be developed into trail head gateways for equestrian use and hiking.

Holecheck said one member of her board has a lot of expertise in dealing with the BLM. She asked Nye County Public Works Director Dave Fanning to work on the project with the town.

“We also are moving forward on beginning discussions for someplace for the horses to be. We talked about a parking lot. There are several issues we need to work through. Our people have waited a long time for something to happen at Last Chance,” Holecheck said.

Last Chance Park was conceived by Noel Smithers, a resident of the area, who suggested a 600-acre parcel — later increased to 1,500 acres — would be accessed from Bell Vista Avenue and Bannavitch Street.

Federal and state officials held a community meeting in October 2009 at the Pahrump Nugget after which the Pahrump Town Board selected the present site for the proposed state park.

Commissioner Dan Schinhofen said the request considered Tuesday was for a letter to support the town’s lease application, not all the details.

But he added, “I think this board supports withdrawing land from the BLM.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Nye County Dems and rural caucus touring Nevada

Two members of the Nye County Democratic Central Committee and Nevada Rural Democratic Caucus are striking out on a tour around the Silver State this month, aiming to drum up support and leadership in preparation for what is anticipated to be a highly contentious election in 2022, and Democrats in Nye, Esmeralda and Lincoln counties will have the opportunity to meet the duo over the next week.

Forget-Me-Not fundraiser set for this weekend in Pahrump

When it comes to veterans, Pahrump is well-known as a community that cares deeply for these men and women who have served the country. Former military service members have often sacrificed their own personal pursuits and happiness, and even their physical and mental health, in their effort to ensure America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave, and this weekend, area residents will have the chance to once again show just how much they support their local veterans during the two-day Forget-Me-Not campaign.

TIM BURKE: Government may finally release a UFO report

The truth is out there. Maybe. Nevada is a hot spot for UFO sightings and conspiracy theories regarding a government cover-up. Area 51 has long been rumored to be a location where UFOs are hidden from the public.

Early morning fire closes Denny’s restaurant

More than two dozen Denny’s employees are out of work for the time being after a fire broke out early Tuesday morning, May 11.

State AGs urge Facebook not to launch Instagram Kids

A coalition of 44 attorneys general are urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13. In their letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the attorneys general cited serious concerns about the safety and well-being of children and the harm social media poses to young people.