weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Merlino pleads for election workers

Beatty and Round Mountain voters may be casting absentee ballots in the election this year unless enough election workers step forward soon, Nye County Clerk Sam Merlino warned Tuesday.

Merlino said she would have to submit a request to the Nevada Secretary of State to begin absentee balloting in those communities.

“We’re running out of time. I sent out almost an emergency request to the state,” she said.

The clerk’s office starts training election workers May 2, she said, adding if there is a whole new group of workers they would be uncomfortable running an election themselves.

In Round Mountain there are a lot of shift workers at the mine, Merlino said. There’s only one person available who’s worked an election before.

“People do it for some years and they get tired of it,” she said.

Residents in small communities like Belmont, Manhattan, Crystal, Ione and Gabbs already have mail-in ballots, Merlino said.

Voters throughout the county have the option of casting early votes in person at the Nye County courthouses in Tonopah and Pahrump, if they want to travel there.

Merlino told county commissioners, “I will be going forward and I have to put it on the agenda and I will be taking public comments. Hopefully the communities will be happy doing mail-in voting rather than traveling to towns 50 miles. It’s just that I’m down to the wire and I can’t find workers.”

“If I get approval I’ll go to it in November. If not, I will go back to election workers,” she said.

Election workers are paid $100 on election day.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Supreme Court rejects California church’s challenge

Chief Justice John Roberts again was the deciding vote Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a California church’s attempt to overturn the state’s coronavirus restrictions on in-person religious services.

U.S. 95 closing for repairs in Nye, Esmeralda counties

The Nevada Department of Transportation is temporarily closing U.S. Highway 95 between the U.S. Route 6 and State Route 360 junctions from 6 a.m. June 3, through 4 p.m. June 17 in Esmeralda and Mineral counties, a closure needed for $2.43 million in federally funded emergency repairs.

Golden announces Pahrump properties will reopen June 4

Golden Entertainment, Inc., announced Friday that Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino, Gold Town Casino and Lakeside Casino & RV Park will reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 4.

Administration considers resuming nuclear testing

The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences for relations with other nuclear powers and reverse a decades-long moratorium on such actions, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Fire destroys several structures, vehicles

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services crews were met with explosions and red hot embers raining down upon them as they battled a destructive multi-structure fire on Tuesday evening, May 26th.

Thousands watch Nye County GOP virtual debate

The Nye County Republican Central Committee, with the participation of the Pahrump Valley Times, hosted a GOP debate last weekend for the contenders vying for the Republican vote in the 2020 primary election, with nearly three dozen candidates joining in to tackle a variety of topics pertinent to their various offices and thousands of voters watching over two days of discourse and debate.

Striving for success, commission reduces Pahrump Fall Festival vendor fees

The Pahrump Fall Festival is, hands down, the single largest community event in the valley each year but over the past few years, it has been dwindling a bit in terms of participation by vendors offering merchandise and goodies for the thousands of people who turn out on a regular basis. With this in mind, town and county officials have made the decision to revise the vendor booth fee schedule, lowering the prices in an effort to attract more vendors and make the 2020 Fall Festival a resounding success.

Pahrump’s Movies in the Park given the go-ahead

It’s been more than two months since the last community gathering was held in Pahrump and though certain restrictions are still in place regarding the number of people allowed to congregate in public or private settings, the town is now readying for the first large-scale public event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nevada, its annual Movies in the Park.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Wednesday, May 27 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $10 million.