PAHRUMP, Nev. -- The odor wafting from an empty lot next to a Pahrump viewer's home was so pungent, that she called News 3 to complain.
We sent Jerry Brown out to Nye County to nose around and see what gives.
There is a certain irony at play out here in Pahrump today. Water, the very lifeblood of our desert existence is causing a stink in these parts, both figuratively and literally.
Marsha Raznick is steamed. It's been over a week since her Pahrump street flooded, and there is still standing water in the lot next door and lots of it,too.
“This over here is still a lake and it is disgusting...you can see how bad it is,” Raznick said. “It stinks, it's filthy, I'm scared to death about the mosquitoes.”
Raznick says she contacted Pahrump and Nye County officials but all they did she says, was 'pass the buck.’
“All the way down the line. I've called like ten different places yesterday,” Raznick said.
One number she didn't dial was this one on the "for sale" sign on the adjacent lot. New 3 dialed it, and within 10 minutes the broker for the property, Cathy Slaughterback, was on the scene.
Slaughterback poo-pooed any health concerns over this watery miasma.
“If they don't walk in it how is it going to be a health hazard if they don’t sink up to their knees? I dont understand,” Slaughterback said.
After prolonged discourse-none of it especially Socratic, a consensus was achieved.
There's an old Paul Newman motion picture called Cool Hand Luke. One line in particular characterizes the flick, "what we have here is… failure to communicate.