During the June 4 Lincoln County Regional Development Authority meeting, Jeff Fontaine, Executive Director, commented that he is working to secure additional funding for the Caliente Youth Center and C.O. Bastian High School.

Fontaine said he, along with Caliente Councilman Cody Christiansen, State Senator Pete Goicoechea, and Matt Carpen, met on May 7 with Richard Whitley, Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services; Vanessa Alpers, DHHS Deputy Director; Stacey Johnson, DHHS Deputy Director; and Ross Armstrong, of Child and Family Services.

According to Fontaine, Whitley agreed to include funding for 140 students at the Youth Center in his budget proposal for the next biennium.

Whitley also encouraged the center to apply for grants administered by the Department of Human and Health Services as another way to increase resources for the current biennium and beyond. Some of the grants are for nutrition and health education and could possibly be used to hire a teacher.

Whitley noted that he is willing to help the high school administrators with any follow-up.

Goicochea stated that he is also well aware of the Youth Center and high school’s importance to the community and youth of Caliente.