I have some thoughts on Meg Ragonese comments in last week’s Headline on ‘windy U.S. 95’. I appreciate that she is only the spokesperson, but at the same time would like to point out that what she said is exactly the problem.
NDOT is not taking the human factor into account. The truck driver from Arkansas has been on the road for three weeks and has a deadline to meet. So she pushes her luck. The retiree with the brand new motor home has never driven anything bigger than a SUV. The pickup with Texas plates and pulling a 5th wheel has never experienced winds and wind shears like we have here.
Ms. Ragonese says their office in Reno makes the decision of when to turn on the sign and when to stop traffic. In the almost eight years that I’ve lived here since moving back, the only time I have know the road to be closed for high winds is when there is an accident. I’ve never heard anyone say that NDOT has closed the road to high profile vehicles to prevent accidents. I bet if you were to ask the Highway Patrol or Sheriff’s Office, they would much rather be out there stopping high profile vehicles than picking up broken bodies and lives. Wouldn’t you?
How would you feel if they treated the speed limit the same way? Oh, I know, everyone is doing 5 or 10 miles over the posted limit. But how would you feel if the police didn’t react until someone doing 80mph coming into town actually crashed? Then hear the comment, “But we have the sign there that says 45 Speed Limit.” I’d feel the same way.
From June 1946 until March 1956, Hawthorne was incorporated as a self-governing city. Due to a bizarre set of circumstances, cityhood for Hawthorne only lasted for a decade. But that was then.
Hawthorne’s greatest asset is its location as a layover stopping point for truckers, travelers and tourists.
In the year 2020 (a symbol for clear vision) it is time the people of Hawthorne reincorporated as a self-governing city, to evolve out of decaying properties and stagnated economic growth.
If we adopt Walker Lake as a district within the City of Hawthorne and begin a decade of controlled property development and limited recruitment of new vital business’s, property owners would see a gradual but steady increase in the values of their property and more jobs would be developed.
Of course we do not want to become another Reno or Las Vegas. But with the majesty of the surrounding mountains, the variety of wildlife and many beautiful historic landmark buildings still standing which could be put to practical use; Hawthorne has a great potential to become “The Jewel of Northern Nevada” and a better quality of life for all who live here.
Hawthorne being governed by Mineral County, is akin to Nevada being governed by Washington D.C.
Scott R. Hadley
In response to last week’s Mineral County Commission Highlights, the article on the Hawthorne Mobile Home Park made no mention of those small and large RV’s that are there which have illegal wood/pellet stoves in them. These people have installed them and are using them with no inspections. These are a danger to the RV owner as well as the home owners surrounding them. Anyone who drives by, especially going through the alley can see them, why hasn’t the inspector done something about them?
Patirica A. Pletzer
With all of the concerns of high wind creating highway closures, emergency services, business stoppage etc. I would like to mention that during the last high wind event, and upon a medical emergency, attempted a trip into Hawthorne to the local hospital, where after driving part of the way in (the gravel pits), to be stopped due to a truck overturned on the highway. Had to turn around and make our way to the Fallon hospital emergency room (over an hour travel time).
It’s a crying shame that NDOT doesn’t take our situation seriously. I remember when an elderly couple (my parents) was rear ended by a semi truck carrying potatoes that ended up flipping onto the smaller private vehicle trapping one of the occupants in the crushed vehicle for several hours. We petitioned NDOT with most of Walker Lake resident’s signatures to lower the speed limit through our little community. Well in their infinite wisdom, NDOT decided to raise the speed limit by 10 MPH (they flipped us the bird) rather than lower it as the majority of Walker Lake residents had requested through the petition.
Therefore as time has passed and more wind related accidents seem to happen at a fairly regularly rate these days. I wonder if the “pole line road” can be used as an alternative emergency route whenever an accident has closed the highway blocking any way of travel either way. I understand that the little maintained pole line road cannot be an alternative for the major through traffic, but for an emergency situation.
Or maybe close the highway to high profile vehicles that act as a boat sail. But then again NDOT has got to actually listen to the locals ideas and solutions before the possible inevitable tragedy awaiting to happen.
How do we as “the people” get NDOT to listen and take us seriously?