WINNEMUCCA - I hope that everyone survived the ghosts and goblins last night. Halloween is the scare that tells us the end of the year is near. Where did it go! Winter definitely made its appearance the beginning of this week. The moisture is great but the cold can wait a little longer.

The state of Nevada marked another year of statehood yesterday. Today the state begins a yearlong celebration to mark our sesquicentennial. Any suggestions on how Winnemucca should celebrate our state's 150th birthday?

So what is the city celebrating? The summer road projects are completed. What a great improvement. Water Canyon Road turned out great and such an improvement. Take a drive up to the cattle guard and check it out.

At our next city council meeting (Nov. 5) we will know the adjusted dollar numbers for the new firehouse. If everything is approved, building will start in early spring of this next year and we should have a new building in place by fall.

The city accepted the bid for the new sewer interceptor project. This is a major undertaking but it is a needed alternate sewer connector. This will be a winter project which will make it a little less accommodating however the water levels are at their lowest during the winter months and we do need to dig deep to place the sewer pipes.

The project will begin at Second Street and Hanson Street and proceed to Baud Street The new sewer lines will then proceed up Baud Street and meet our current line along Haskell Street.

During this time there will be street closures and it will have some inconveniences for businesses and residents. Please be patient and know that this is an improvement for our community. I will keep you posted each month on the progress of this project.

Our community is improving and we have great people to thank for their efforts. Earlier this month, Judge Michael Montero was awarded the 2013 Champion of Justice award by the Nevada Legal Services Inc. Congratulations Judge Montero - your reach in our community goes far beyond the legal service you serve. Thank you for all that you do.

And to our medical community - great job on the flu shot drive-thru clinic. This team gave out 745 free flu shots in a period of four hours. They were hustling to provide immunization coverage to all residents. There will be a flu season; however, maybe in Humboldt County it will be less severe.

There is a board in place for the Boys and Girls Club. It has been showen that this club does indeed make a difference in the youth of a community. Those youths involved in this organization have an increased graduation rate. I would definitely like to see our youth exceed in our community and in all endeavors.

We are looking at doing a community assessment to ascertain what the real needs of our community are. This would include not only the need is for a Boys and Girls Club but also ascertain what the recreational needs are for the future of Winnemucca youth.

Our golf course has officially closed but I know there will be golfers on the course anytime the weather is accommodating. Once the temporary greens have been put in place, motorized golf carts will not be allowed on the course until March 1. This will preserve our grasses. This doesn't mean that you cannot golf - it just means you will need to walk the course.

For those that keep their carts at the course, the cart sheds will be locked. If you need to retrieve or check your cart, please call City Hall to make arrangements for someone to meet you at the course.

We are entering into the Holiday season. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This is the beginning of the season when we take a special look at the plight of all people including those in our community. Extend a helping hand, well wishes or donate to a special cause. We are a community that cares.

I would like to conclude by reiterating that communication is the key to success. I would like to keep you apprised of projects, issues, and general information regarding the city and my representation as your Mayor.

In return I ask for your input and communication. Please feel free to call (623-6341) or email me ( I do try to respond to all questions and I am very interested in your comments and appreciate your participation.

Di An Putnam is the mayor of Winnemucca and writes a monthly column for the Sun.