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Regional preparation begins for census

by Sally J. Taylor

Officials are gearing up for the 2000 census which is only a year and a half away.

Census information is used to draw political boundaries and determine how federal funds for roads, schools, hospitals and other services is disbursed.

It is important information but finding everyone to count is not easy.

Later this summer, workers in Douglas and Washoe counties will travel the highways and byways to mark street maps with the location of houses.

“We’ve got to find all the houses,” said Field Operations Supervisor Richard Hobbs who works in the Bureau of Census office in Reno. “We have to know where (residents) are physically.”

Though the census employees will knock on doors to get names, phone numbers and mailing addresses, they will not be asking census questions. Different people will start that process in the spring of 2000.

“All we’re trying to find is the building,” Hobbs said.

The mapping process is used in rural areas where many people have post offices boxes or rural route addresses. The concentration of vacation homes in the Tahoe Basin is expected to add to the difficulty of census mapping.

The address list process begins July 30 in the counties. The process will be going on nationwide, beginning in areas where snow could hamper the effort later in the fall and winter months.

Hobbs needs temporary employees, especially people who live and are familiar with the areas to be mapped.

Hours are flexible but a vehicle is required.

Clerks, crew leaders and address listers will be paid from $7.25 to $10.50 per hour plus mileage. Training for crew leaders begins July 6 and for address listers in late July.

Anyone interested in the positions, which will last about six weeks, can arrange interviews by calling a Nevada Employment Security Division office in Carson City at (702) 687-4560, in Reno at (702) 688-2300 or Sparks (702) 688-1145.

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