MINDEN – Plans for another prescribed burn in the Pine Nut Mountains less than a year after one got away are causing concern among Douglas County residents.
They told commissioners on Thursday they’re fearful of what might happen if the fire escapes its controlled burn boundary near Jack Wright Summit.
The Bureau of Land Management’s problems with last year’s burn in the Mt. Como area were a focus of the arguments against the idea.
Commissioners said they shared the public’s concern and urged the federal agency to look at other alternatives to reduce the threat of a major fire in the region, between Topaz Ranch Estates and Smith Valley.
The BLM extended the public comment period on an environmental assessment of the proposed project for 30 days to March 16 to deal with the heavy interest in the plan and to give county officials additional time to weigh in with their position.
INCLINE VILLAGE – Beach access along the east shore brought out nearly 100 people to a meeting here.
At issue is whether owners of parcels annexed after the Incline Village General Improvement District was first formed should have access to Incline and Burnt Cedars beaches. There are 427 parcels.
Nearly 100 people attended the meeting, the first discussion since August. A different board of trustees sits on the board since the last meeting.
CARSON CITY (AP) – Supervisors, agency heads and other unclassified employees will get a 9 percent pay hike next year under Gov. Kenny Guinn’s salary proposal. Most other state workers will get 4 percent.
Guinn proposed a 4 percent hike for all state employees during each year of the coming two-year budget. The proposal includes both classified workers and their unclassified supervisors as well as those in professions such as lawyers.
Guinn also proposed creating a new pay step to recognize and keep veteran workers who have been with the state the longest and have reached top scale within their job classification. That increase is worth about 5 percent more the first year of the biennium.
Director of Administration Perry Comeaux said nearly half of all state workers in classified jobs will get the longevity increase because they’re at the top of their grade. In addition, he confirmed that all unclassified employees will get it.
Comeaux said most unclassified employees would qualify for the longevity step in any case, but that it was necessary in many cases to make sure the supervisors’ pay stays at least 5 percent above the top employees.
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