PAHRUMP, NEVADA GETS A NEW PARI-MUTUAL HARNESS RACING FACILITY

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!

Greetings sports fans of all flavors, and children of all ages. Welcome back my friends to the column that never ends, Vegas Valley Sports Beat. That daring little darling of Ethical Internet Sports Journalism you either love to hate or hate to love. Either way, there is no denying it. You can’t put it down. Okay, so maybe you can put it down if you put your mind to it, but hopefully, we’ll be able to grab your attention and hold onto it for a few minutes more.

Just long enough for me to tell you the wonderful news, and for you to get all excited about it. And awayyyyyy we go.

Yes, my dear friends, you did read the headlines right. Yes, Pahrump, Nevada that shining little ghost town that refuses to give up the ghost and dissolve quietly into the desert sands like every other boomtown that came before it, is going to be building a harness racing facility right here in the very unlikely town of Pahrump. My jaw is still on the floor where it fell when I read the news myself.

Just to get a harness racing track would be awesome, but this is reportedly going to be a mega-project that may include a waterpark, stables, theater, and of course the centerpiece a new resort casino. As if that isn’t reason enough to say holy cow, it is going to be built very close to home for me.

This project, be it a mega-project or not is going to mean a great deal to the people that live n the area as it brings in new construction jobs and revenues, and then once it opens to the public the facility will provide many more people with gainful employment in the form of management, general staffing, and supporting role type jobs.

That is incredible news to me, as I’m sure it must be incredible news to many other people in Pahrump and Nye County. This is indeed a most welcome shot in the arm for our local economy. I personally love harness racing and having a water park as well as a new casino to give the local monopoly a run for their money is like pennies from Heaven only better.

The resort casino would be 40,000 square feet and it will be focused around the racetrack which will cover 7/8ths of a mile and stables that will hold as many as 280 racehorses at a time. The planners speculate that there would eventually be restaurants, shops, batting cages, a theater, a waterpark, and a campground that will have room for up to 2,500 vehicles and as many as 200 RVs at a time.

Tim Bohannon, the president of the Nevada Standardbred Association Inc., was the one that pitched the project to Nye County Commissioners last week. “It’s forward-looking and may be subject to change.” He told the Pahrump Valley Times. The Nevada Standardbred Association was founded several years ago by a group of locals who have an interest in bringing the thrill of harness racing to Nevada and base it here in Pahrump.

Nevada offers nearly every type of legal gambling you can name, but horse racing is scarcely found in the state, and there are no major facilities such as the one proposed by Tim Bohannon’s group. As of now, there is no set price tag for the project, but Bohannon says the Western Saddlebred Association is going to raise a large portion of that funding on their own initiative as Nye county commissioners reacted favorably to the initial pitch and it was eagerly cosigned by Commissioner Leo Blundo, and Bruce Jabbour, while Commissioner Debra Strickland told developers last week that she was sure they will… “find support from within our commissioners.”

“This is very exciting, I’m in favor of it. Commissioner Jabbour reportedly told reporters.

The proposed racing season will run from the end of October through the end of May if it gets conditional approval from the Nevada Racing Commission. There would be two race days every week and each day will feature 12 live harness races throughout the season, and the races could be simulcast across the globe from Pahrump, Nevada. This would effectively bring neighbors closer to us all from all over the world and I can only see this as a very good thing for all of Nye County and Nevada as a whole. I would love to work at this track with the horses or in maintenance perhaps, but if I do nothing else I hope to infect some of you with enthusiasm and moral support for this project.

I have no stake in this whatsoever, my interest is for the sake of the people of Nye County, Nevada, and the USA in that order and equally even if it might mean more flies during the Summer months. It’s not like all the raw trash piled up in the town dump causes any fewer flies. Given also that BLM can round up 1000 wild horses from our backyard every 2-3 years tells me that any argument spoken in that vein would be a load of road apples. The difference between how much manure a wild horse excretes compared to a racehorse is like comparing light to dark. Wild horses drop some huge piles.

To that end, the developers are forward-thinking in their approach to the issues of water conservation, reclamation, and flies. A high-tech reclamation process will be designed for that purpose. Meanwhile, a manure processing facility will help deter a lot of the flies. They say that it will tend to make the project more sustainable for the future.

There’s no question that raw fertilizer is going to come in handy in the coming days, but this is the perfect time for a project like this for Pahrump and I hope the Commissioners will agree as one. Our economy is based upon the confidence of the American consumer and confidence remains high in spite of the destructive economic disaster called the DNC.

But I digress. Feel free to prove me wrong anyway. Meanwhile, back to business.

The new multi-use facility would also have an education and training center that could be utilized for activities held by the FFA (Future Farmers of America) 4H groups, and it could play host to other community-driven events such as weddings, graduations, and the like. Just as Jeff Zidek, a consultant associated with the project said, “There is a major opportunity here. The western part of the country has very few tracks.” Indeed so. It’s about the community.” he added

No doubt about that in my mind. The project’s plans call for no fewer than 96 dormitories to be built on-site to house the workers. The developers say the Pahrump Valley Equine Performance Center of Excellence is going to draw thousands of visitors to Pahrump’s new hotels, restaurants nightlife, and shopping choices and Nye County can expect to see some fresh new revenue from the $39,000,000,000 industry that employs approximately 1,.4 million people in countless full-time jobs.

The main concerns of everyone involved in this historic project are many, but the group has taken a lot of comprehensive, and innovative new approaches to those concerns, and by George, I think they’ve got it!

ENDING ONE AND KICKING OFF THE SECOND SEASON with vegas valley news

Vegas Valley Sports Beat

 January 31, 2019Charles Ramos Jranniversaryces 2018Charles Ramos Jrlas vegasvegas valley sports beat

HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY VEGAS VALLEY SPORTS BEAT

Greetings sports fans and welcome to a very special first-anniversary edition of Vegas Valley Sports Beat the quirky little column that is one year old today. The rest of the country is locked down in ice so I beg of anyone who reads this now.

If you see someone who is homeless or a pet stuck out in the cold please get them to shelter of some kind. Don’t just turn away and tell yourself that someone else will do it when you might be their last hope. Step up and be a Knight in the defense of the meek because everyone needs a superhero in their life. Even a Jedi.

It can be something as simple as a smile or a kind word but it could be the ray of hope that leads someone out of darkness. That someone could very easily be you.

It has been quite a remarkable year here at Vegas Valley News, to say the least. I started out by answering an ad online for writers who were willing to work on a start-up news agency and who would not mind doing it for free until they can get funding.

I was happy as a clam when I was contacted the same day by my editor and yours Mark Satorre who told me to hand in 3 columns by the end of a week and Vegas Valley Sports Beat could be all mine. To sweeten the deal I got to choose what I wanted to cover and corny as it may sound it was a case of 2 lifelong dreams of being just like Oscar Madison from The Odd Couple. A grouchy old slob with his own sports column.

By the time I’d turned in my third column, Mark texted me saying he had made me a staff writer and I was in hog heaven. And he said I had earned it too.

I love my job and I truly love Vegas Valley News for allowing me to do my own thing. That has been crucial to the survival of this column in the face of dealing with family issues and recovering from kidney cancer. I struggle daily with pain and fatigue. It’s all I can do to write this now but when you get to do what you love it’s not work.

I was only two weeks on the job last Valentine’s Day, and Vegas Valley Sports Beat was up and running like a champ. I got to cover my first Super Bowl right off the bat and I got to cover many Las Vegas Lights games.

I had just published a review of the world famous Mountain Springs Saloon when a newsflash came over the wore of an active school shooter in Parkland, Florida. I sent Mark the link asking WTF? His immediate answer was; cover it, get video, quotes, pictures, everything. “Write it up and publish it as you go,” he said.

I spent 24 hours were easily the ugliest hours of my life and it can not possibly ever be the same again but then again who wants to stay stuck in a rut forever anyway. 123 Not it. Some of the things I have seen and some of the stories I could tell you would blow your brainpan right out through your little brown bum scrunchie.

I have had good days and bad days but I would not change a thing if I could. Being a part of Vegas Valley News has given me inroads and unique insights into avenues that have allowed us all to change the world dramatically in the span of only one year. That world is a better place by far now. Even if it doesn’t always seem that way.

Issues like the disgusting state of the Veterans Affairs Administration which has seen vast reform already, and the heartbreaking issue of homelessness in Las Vegas and America itself. People are coming to their senses in many cases and opening up their hearts to those who huddle in the cold and the dark of night praying for a miracle. Many of those people sleeping on your sidewalks are veterans and over a million of them are children.

We as human beings simply cannot allow this to happen. That much is crystal clear. If we turn away from the suffering that brings those caravans of people to our doorstep and we do nothing, that then makes us the bigger cowards. Why? Because we had a chance to make a difference on the side of someone incapable of defending themselves from state-sponsored tyranny, abject poverty, and social injustice, and we blew it selfishly.

I don’t have much else, but thanks to, Mark Satorre and Vegas Valley News I have a voice and I have changed the entire planet by making that voice heard. Not everyone can write for a news agency but every person has a voice all their own, and with it comes a social obligation to use it in the defense of one’s weaker fellow human beings.

This is the basis of the freedoms which we now enjoy. This is the basis of America and of life itself.

Happy 2nd Anniversary                                                                                                                                                                                 More