Dear Editor,

After the last Walker Lake Advisory Board meeting held June 19, where four residence, one guest, two board members and myself attended. No quorum (the minimum number of members of an assembly that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of the meeting valid and legal), virtually no participation.

These meetings are for our local’s safety and health, ideas for a better place to live, promotions, charities etc. (not a complaint session).

We’ve had a few months where we had anywhere from 15 to 25 residents attend, a few months where we had 8 to 12 residents attended.

These meetings were mainly to get our board formed and operational. Selecting friends, neighbors and strangers to serve as our volunteer board members. Problem we have now is that we are having very low attendance including getting our board members to merely show up.

Our board is a five member board with a three member quorum in order to make our meetings valid and legal, but for the past three months, no valid meetings have been held due to only two board members having attended these meetings. My question is why volunteer to serve as a board member and then blow the meetings off?

I have called Walker Lake home for 44 years now and have to say, this is the poorest excuse of a board I have witnessed in my entire time living here. Normally the board and residents are anxious to offer their volunteer services and or suggestions and ideas to improve our little village. The past boards were attempting to improve our overall situation here with positive suggestions and ideas, not by starting vicious rumors and spreading hate and discontent among the residence and neighbors. At this point I’m about at wits end with ideas to gain interest and legitimate board members willing to sacrifice the little time it takes to attend one meeting a month and then back whatever you’ve volunteered.(as we all now know, two people attend and follow through with suggestions at the Mineral County Commissioners meetings. One board member and one resident). As of now (unless something changes) I will not be attending any more board meetings due to the low interest in our laws and safety, willingness to participate, poor attitudes and despicable actions by of some board members.

Oh, and by the way, for those of you that prefer to sit at home watching your TVs ignoring our community needs and safety. There will be a dumpster set at Walker Lake for our annual clean-up, free dumping service for approximately a week. We were going to offer a few trailers to help haul you junk, trash and unwanted stuff for you, but beings that interest in your community is lacking so; we are pulling that assistance offer off the table.

Lawrence Worthen

Walker Lake

Dear Editor,

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.

Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following:

Keep your pets indoors during fireworks display.

Turn on the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. Keep pets in a soothing, dark room with light jazz or classic music playing. The idea is to muffle the fireworks noise with something soothing. Close draperies to help soundproof the residence.

Many suggest walking or exercising the pet prior to the fireworks in an effort to tire out the pet in the hopes the pet will sleep through the fireworks.

Be home or have someone at home indoors with the pet to offer encouragement and support for the pet.

Close all the windows and doors and block pet doors to prevent escape.

You could try distracting the pet as soon as the fireworks begin by involving the pet in something enjoyable like “fetch.”

Prepare a safe area where the pet can “burrow in” to feel safe. Maybe some blankets under a bed or a blanket draped over a small table. Play a radio near that area. Feeding the pet in the area will help the pet associate the area with other good things.

Do not take your animal to a firework show or let the pet outdoors while fireworks are being used.

You might consider consulting with your veterinarian several weeks before firework season. Some pets may require sedation. The veterinarian could suggest some behavior modification techniques.

Many of these suggestions have come from Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.; Blue Cross for Pets (UK); Pet MD; Humane Society of U.S. and The Telegraph (UK).

Phantom Fireworks hopes you enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely and show courtesy and compassion to your pets and animals.

Very truly yours,

William A. Weimer

Vice President- Phantom Fireworks

Dear Editor,

Mina Mania, Inc. had a great poker run on June 9.  Thank you to all who participated.

Enough funds were raised from our event that Mina Mania, Inc. is proud to be able to provide support, in the way of a monetary donation to the Mina Senior Services Care and Share center, which provides very important services to the seniors of our small, aging town.  Thank you Mina Senior Services for your great work.

Mina Mania, Inc. would like to thank the following for their raffle donations that helped to make the Mina Poker Run a great success.

Big R both Fallon and Fernley stores; Troy Hagg of Carson City; STI of Ceder Rapids, Iowa; Larry Christensen of Luning; Carol Noble, Frank Anderson, Carla McMuller, The Mina Club, and Merritt Construction of Mina.

And a special thank you to the breakfast and dinner cooks that cooked and serviced great meals.

Without your support our event would not have been such a success.

Mina Mania, Inc