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The Lincoln County Coalition seeks to improve communication and coordination throughout the community. Community members and out-of-county stakeholders have held monthly meetings since October 2016 to share information and discuss various community issues.

Particular items of focus have included youth substance abuse prevention, mental health issues, and emergency preparedness.

The group was formed under the umbrella of the NyE Communities Coalition (NyECC), a non-profit based out of Pahrump that serves Nye, Esmeralda, and Lincoln counties.There are three divisions within NyECC – Health & Wellness, Adult Workforce, and Youth Workforce. A similar coalition has also been formed in Tonopah.

As the coalition moves forward, a new chair and co-chair will be selected to lead the meetings and some meeting format changes are in the works as the group zeroes in on specific issues to focus on.

At the May 29 meeting, community members and stakeholders shared updates from the various organizations they are involved in.

Those interested in participating in the coalition can contact the communications coordinator for the group, Ben Rowley, at (775) 962-2461 or email ben@nvcmedia.com.

Drug-Free Events

Collin Anderson, Lincoln County Record, mentioned that the Pioche Chamber of Commerce had a big Nerf War in Pioche’s Town Hall, which had a good turnout for the kids and made a little money for the chamber. Anderson has an extensive collection of Nerf guns and suggested it as something fun for the kids to do which can earn the Coalition a little bit of money, maybe at the high school. It’s easy to set up and very inexpensive, besides the cost of darts, which is about $30.

Mary Duff suggested it might be a fun Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs (ATOD)-free event. Anderson said he is willing to set it up. It could be tied into something like “darts, not drugs.”

Grad Nights took place in both Panaca and Alamo on graduation nights. These events provide an ATOD-free environmental for high school seniors to celebrate graduation.

The Law Enforcement Association is available for funding these types of events. It’s a matter of obtaining feedback and getting information out there.

Emergency Preparedness

Lincoln County Emergency Manager Eric Holt announced the fire district held its annual fire awareness day at Mount Wilson’s volunteer fire station. They had close to 40 people, which was a good turnout. They discussed fire awareness, how to become a fire-adapted community, and the benefits of preparing a home for wildfire.

Holt is still working closely with the EMS program and trying to bring it under the fire district to improve training and response time.

Emergency Management recently was trained on the CodeRed reverse 911 system, which calls out to the community on emergency situations. Most landlines are already registered. Cell phones need to register for free on the sheriff’s office homepage at lincolncountynv.org. Click on CodeRed, and then add your cell phone number and address, email address, and approve text messages. This is useful when there’s an incident and everyone who is registered and accepts text messages gets vital information. CodeRed has a free app across the nation that can be tailored according to your geographical location to send info such as flash flood warnings.

Holt also mentioned his organization is meeting to finalize the ongoing emergency management performance grant. Also, two new sets of HAZMAT radiation equipment were received.

The EMS banquet was successful. It recognized volunteers for years of service and accomplishments. Holt would have liked to see more people from the community be there. It was suggested that, next time, something be done in tandem with First Responders Week.

It was mentioned that communication could be better, with suggestions on sharing the information through more channels.

Another suggestion was that coalition members could help coordinate or support the EMS banquet. The Senior Center in Caliente could cook food, for instance.

Holt stated that there is an evacuation plan in place for the county but there needs to be a clear contact for people like seniors so they can ask questions and stay informed during emergencies, such as when I-15 was washed out. There needs to be a volunteer pool to pull from since EMS is already overwhelmed.

The importance of an emergency preparedness plan for pets was also mentioned.

Those interested in emergency preparedness issues can reach Holt at (775) 962-2376 or Eholt.em@Gmail.com

Foster Care

According to the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), there are no foster homes in Lincoln County. There are currently five local cases and those children must be moved out-of-county, taking them out of the community, and creating additional trauma for the child.

A foster parent can be single, married, or in a domestic partnership. Requirements include 27 hours of training in trauma and the DCFS system, an interview, and a monthly home check. A monthly stipend is approximately $600 for younger kids and $700 for older. To make locals more aware, the coalition would like to have a state representative come speak to the community about this issue.

It was suggested to coordinate with different churches to provide information and organize presentations.

A suggestion was made to streamline the process because it’s extensive and has a lot of red tape including fingerprinting. The sheriff’s office is willing to help any way they can, including waiving fingerprinting fees.

Any church or organization willing to host a community meeting to discuss this issue, please contact Ben Rowley at (775) 962-2461 or ben@nvcmedia.com

Human Services

This month’s food drops were on June 13, in Alamo, and June 22, Caliente.

Commodities were on June 27, in Caliente and Panaca, and June 28, in Rachel and Alamo.

Lincoln County Human Services can be reached at 775-962-8084 or humanservices@lincolnnv.com.

Nevada Senior Services (NSS) and Nevada Care Connection Resource Center (CCRC) continue to offer support for seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, and those seeking access to long-term services and support in rural Nevada. Individuals living in Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, and Clark counties are eligible to receive services from NSS & the CCRC.

Available programs are free, and include: Resource and Service Navigation (help accessing long-term services and supports), RCI REACH (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health), Care Consultation (ongoing telephone support for caregivers), “Caring for You, Caring for Me” workshops (education and support for family and professional caregivers), and Medicare counseling. A “Dealing with Dementia” workshop is coming soon.

Please call the CCRC with any questions at 702.364.2273 or toll free at 1-844-850-5113.

Marijuana Legalization Issues

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee was part of the Nevada group of around six that attended a marijuana summit in Mt. Hood, Oregon. Lee attended along with Laura Oslund of the Nevada-based PACE Coalition.

The two-and-a-half-day event had guest speakers on issues that are going on in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada, since those states have legalized recreational marijuana use. A sheriff from Idaho gave a talk about what the bordering states are dealing with as well.

The biggest issue so far has been DUI. There have already been fatal accidents. The problem is that marijuana isn’t a solo drug. There’s alcohol and marijuana, along with marijuana and other drugs, so it’s difficult to tag things directly to marijuana alone. There’s also not a test like a breathalyzer for marijuana which poses a problem with law enforcement because the only test is a blood test, which requires a search warrant. So there will need to be state legislation.

Senior Services

The Panaca Senior Center offers lunch at 11:15 a.m. to anyone. The cost is $3 for seniors, $4 for non-seniors. The building is available to rent for events at $35 per day, with a refundable $25 cleaning deposit.

Those wishing to get involved may contact Irvin Wright at (775) 728-4662 or email drirvinwright@gmail.com.

Substance Abuse Issues

The coalition is working to identify someone who can visit the senior centers to provide training on drug issues medication management. There have been cases of medications being stolen and the hope is that some training on keeping medications secure will reduce the problem. The sheriff’s office and Caliente’s Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) have discussed providing the training, and the hope is to bring in someone who provides these trainings often.

Lee mentioned the attorney general included a grant for patrol officers to be trained to administer naloxone, a drug to treat people suffering from an opioid overdose. The training was very simple. The medication is an easy-to administer-nasal spray. Beyond providing the drug, the coalition discussed the need to provide a resource to refer individuals to in order to help them overcome a drug problem.

Lee will talk to Teresa Lloyd, who does alcohol and substance abuse counseling. She might be someone who can provide cards for follow-up referrals.

Law enforcement will be carrying naloxone. Mary Duff, with the NyE Communities Coalition (NyECC), has used a first responders’ grant to train community members on naloxone. It was mentioned that EMTs should be equipped to administer the drug as well.

SLee emphasized naloxone can’t hurt someone. It blocks the effects of opioids and only lasts half an hour to an hour, but even multiple doses won’t hurt someone. Because of the medication’s short-term duration, however, people can still relapse into an overdose, so they have to be taken to the hospital after the medication is administered.

NyECC is working on putting a substance abuse task force together to address these issues. Sheriff Lee wants resources where, after naloxone is administered, there’s a specific procedure that’s followed, step by step, in conjunction with Grover C. Dils Medical Center.

Narconon is considering how it might help with opioid withdrawal and detox. The organization is working with the hospital. Lee wants to keep every door open and is willing to use them as a resource. Though the problem isn’t as big in Lincoln County as elsewhere, treatment is very costly.

Tourism

An update was given on recent events that took place under the Lincoln County Authority of Tourism (LCAT). The Lincoln County Drone Expo, May 18-19, in Alamo, drew around 90 people over two days. Several drone pilots raced both indoors and outdoors and the goal is to do the event yearly.

A two-day Lincoln County Photo Festival took place June 1-2 in Caliente and Pioche. Friday morning included breakfast at the Depot, followed by basic and landscape photography workshops. Saturday, Pioche hosted environmental portraiture and night-sky workshops with night sky moving to Cathedral Gorge State Park for hands-on instruction. Participants also had dinner and watched slideshow of photos of the county at Thompson’s Opera House.

The goal is also to make this a yearly event.

Community members and visitors are invited to visit LincolnCountyNevada.com to view upcoming events and learn about local attractions. Details on any events happening in Lincoln County can be sent to info@lincolncountynevada.com so the events can be promoted through the website, social media, and advertising efforts.

Holly Gatzke, with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, mentioned Hunter Blood has been hired for an AmeriCorps position and he will be working a lot of projects related to the new mountain bike trails.

Youth Community Service

Bonni Smith, secretary of the 4-H council, mentioned kids will be involved in community service over the summer. For instance, Shooting Sports is going to repaint the hospital pad which hasn’t been redone in about 15 years.

For 4-H inquiries, contact Hayley Gloeckner at (775) 726-3109 or gloecknerh@unce.unr.edu

Veterans Services

A booth on available veterans services will be at the Lincoln County Fair in August. For more information, contact Linda Rollins at (775) 962-1304.