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"Mud-a-thon" today in Ranchos

Sheila Gardner

Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School’s student volunteers will be out in force today in the Gardnerville Ranchos for the “Mud-A-Thon” to raise funds for school projects and help out residents whose homes and property were damaged by the New Year’s flood.

The young volunteers were honored with a standing ovation at Thursday’s county commission meeting after chairman Jacques Etchegoyhen read a proclamation honoring students for donating more than 3,000 hours of their time during the cleanup.

“The students of Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School are to be commended for providing outstanding service to our community in the aftermath of the New Year’s Flood of 1997, and are herein presented with this proclamation by which the Board of County Commissioners joins with the entire community in extending a sincere ‘thank you’ for a job well done,” the proclamation read.

“In the not too distant future this county shall be yours,” Etchegoyhen said. “You’re off to a good start.”

Student representatives Scott Forrester and Candice Beam were accompanied to the commission meeting by PWLMS principal Charlie Condron and Vice Principal Fritz Battcher.

Today’s “Mud-A-Thon” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and will end with a barbecue at the home of Gerald and Jerry Bing, 1580 Fifth Green Court. Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, R-Minden, county commissioners, Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District trustees and other elected officials are expected to be on hand to serve the students and other volunteers for the time they have donated to the clean-up.

Battcher said he expects more than 200 volunteers today to help residents clean out the mud and debris left by the flood. Fifteen teams of staff, students and parents have been competing to see who could raise the most money in pledges. Battcher said he was hoping for $10,000.

For more information about the fund-raiser, call county volunteer coordinator Pam Jenkins at 782-6288 or Linda Curtis, 782-1970.

Residents of the flood-damaged area received good news Friday that repairs to the breached Carson River levee were complete.

“We’re hopeful this will hold off the spring thaw from coming over the bank which generally occurs in May,” said county commissioner Bernie Curtis. “I still think flood mitigation things have to happen to homes in the Ranchos so the flooding won’t recur, but things are looking better and better every day.”

Curtis said successful completion of the repairs represented a cooperative effort between the county, the Washoe Tribe, private business, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“This is very good news,” Curtis said. “Everything should be done but the revegetation.”

The process was stalled late last month when the contractor was unable to obtain rock from a source in Alpine County and had to haul supplies from Carson City.