73°F
weather icon Clear

Planning for possible ‘Storm Area 51’ chaos in southern Nevada

Area governments are preparing for the upcoming dates when an abundance of people could potentially descend upon rural Nevada.

Nye County is taking precautions for the potential of a large influx in traffic and masses of people that had signed up to descend upon a top-secret Air Force base known as Area 51 through a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post. Though the post’s creator has moved toward holding a festival in downtown Las Vegas, Nye County and other local governments have announced they are readying for potential fallout.

On Sept. 13, Nye County stated on social media that “Residents of Amargosa Valley, Beatty and Tonopah are encouraged to stock up on essential supplies such as food, water, fuel and medicines ahead of next weekend’s unknown influx of people to the region for the Storm Area 51 event.”

The Facebook post was created by Matty Roberts. His event, known as “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” attracted more than 2 million people who are seeking out extraterrestrials, believed by many to be housed at the military facility.

The original meeting point was the Area 51 Alien Center in Amargosa Valley, where attendees would eventually “storm” the Area 51 military base in Nevada.

Since then, Roberts shifted gears and was looking, until recently, to put on a festival known as “Alienstock” in Rachel, Nevada. Roberts, however, pulled out of that event in mid-September in favor of having a gathering in downtown Las Vegas.

Roberts, along with his business partner Brock Daily, issued a cease and desist letter to Connie West, who owns the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, in mid-September “stating that she was no longer to use the term “Alienstock” and they deemed the event canceled due to lack of preparation,” a Sept. 13 report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal stated.

On alienstockfestival.com, it was stated that “Due to the lack of infrastructure, planning and risk management, along with concerns raised for the safety of the expected 10,000-plus attendees, we decided to transition Alienstock away from the Rachel festival toward a safer alternative.”

The statement continued: “We are officially disconnecting from the Little A’Le’Inn, Rachel Nevada, and Alienstock’s affiliation with them. We will no longer offer our logo, social media, website or Matty Roberts likeness or scheduled appearance. In short, the relationship has ended permanently.”

Festivals in Rachel and Hiko are planned to occur this weekend.

Though no permitted events are planned in southern Nye County related to the Area 51 Facebook post, officials in the county are monitoring the situation.

According to a Facebook post from Nye County, “Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation through Sunday, Sept. 22.”

Nye County’s statement on Facebook said, “…There is still concern that a large number of people may gather in Amargosa Valley. Nye County Department of Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office have been working with state and federal partners to assure the health and safety of residents and anyone who may visit the county.”

Nye County has been operating under a declaration of emergency since the end of August.

According to the county’s post, “The Declaration enables the state to allocate resources to the county as needed while partnering on strategy and tactics.”

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com on Twitter @MeehanLv

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
COVID-19 contact tracing attracts scammers

Contact tracing can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and a contact tracer from the health department might call if you have been exposed. But scammers are pretending to be contact tracers, and residents should be wary.

Blood donors can learn COVID-19 antibody status

Vitalant, the first national blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is heading to Pahrump for a blood drive. All donors will receive a COVID-19 antibody test with each successful donation.

Red Cross seeks volunteers to help during wildfire season

As large fires, including the Poeville, Mahogany and Numbers fires, have affected hundreds of people as hot, dry, windy conditions have taken hold, the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers.

State’s initial unemployment claims rise 12.4% last week

Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 12,484 for the week ending July 4, up 1,374 claims, or 12.4 percent, compared to last week’s total of 11,110.

Exposure forces closure of Pahrump Justice Court

The Pahrump Justice Court announced Monday that it will be closed effective Tuesday, July 7 because of a COVID-19 exposure.

Tax deadline coming up on July 15

The IRS is reminding taxpayers who have yet to file that IRS.gov has tools and services to help them meet their tax obligations. The deadline is Wednesday, July 15.

Bars closed again in Nye, 6 other Nevada counties

Nye County was one of seven Nevada counties affected when the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced the elevated disease transmission criteria for determining whether a county must revert to Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan for bars.

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.