Column: Familiar face at Indian Hills table

A new face on the Indian Hills General Improvement District is not new at all.

While she is on the other side of the table, Rhonda Pascoe is no stranger to the district's board room.

She worked for the district for five years, quitting in January 1999. She even spent a brief stint, along with district board member Ron Kruse, managing the district.

"I enjoy being back involved with the crew," she said. "I'm putting some time into working with the group here."

Rhonda has lived in Indian Hills for 11 years. She is married to Ken and has two children, Megan, 16 and Matthew, 12.

She found herself representing the district after manager David Campbell quit under a cloud and before the district hired present manager Jim Bentley.

Rhonda will be on November's ballot along with the district board's other new members, Dan Hall and Dianne Humble-Fournier.

Douglas County Clerk Barbara Reed said both candidates submitted valid petitions to be included on the November ballot.

Under Nevada law, someone seeking office can get on the ballot by gathering 1 percent of the signatures cast in the last general election by the fourth Tuesday in August.

In the case of Indian Hills that meant the two candidates only had to gather 10 signatures apiece.

Douglas County school board member George Echan realized the value of this law last election when he gathered signatures to be included on the ballot after his appointment.

My research shows 16,836 were cast in Carson City in 1988. One percent of that number is 169, meaning that it would be pretty easy for a stealth candidate to slip onto the ballot without showing up for the two-week election filing period.

The "Mobile Chernobyl" was hanging out in front of the Nevada Appeal earlier this week as members of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board were in town for a hearing.

"Mobile Chernobyl" is the name painted on a mockup of a nuclear waste transport cask that has been hauled all around the country by those opposing the transport of the waste.

Citizen Alert sponsored a function at the Washoe Valley home of Joe and Judy Finnegan last weekend.

There former Douglas County resident Kaitlin Backlund offered an update on the organization's battle agaist the storage of high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

Citizen Alert's mock cask was stuck in Tonopah last weekend when the truck used to pull it blew a transmission.

After the tow truck hauled the whole rig into town, the owner offered to lend a truck so the cask could be in the Jim Butler Days Parade in Tonopah.

Overheard on the police scanner Friday night: Someone reported that they saw a young woman pushing a stroller with a for sale sign on it.

The Boys & Girls Club will benefit from the seventh annual Kids Auction and World's Greatest Barbecue at the Nevada State Railroad Museum on Aug. 26.

Mark Jacoby of the club said the barbecue will be quite a party and that tickets are on sale for $50. A table will run you $400 and an advertisement in the program is $100.

"We have a Harley Sportster, a quad runner, fine sculptures, and a 1963 Mercury Monterey for sale," he said of the auction. "Last year we sold 640 tickets. We are expecting to sell 700 tickets this year."

The event is sponsored by the Pinon Plaza, Carson Station and Comstock Dairy.

The auctioneer will be Greg "Lightning" Williams, and Stu Stewart will provide the entertainment.

Kurt Hildebrand is assistant managing editor at the Nevada Appeal. His column appears on Sunday.

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