Nye County is home to 50,000 people spread across an area bigger than some states.
The director of emergency management for the sprawling county is Scott Lewis, who is just as likely to be found tending to an accident victim as he is detailing the latest pandemic statistics to the Nye County Commission.
“He's a real pro,” said State of Nevada contributor John L. Smith. “When you see people who are good at what they do, and they're dedicated to the community, it's certainly an impressive thing.”
Smith said Lewis patiently goes through the numbers and explains the situation, even as some elected officials and citizens loudly question the need for masks.
“Fortunately for Nye County, despite some grim statistics, you know, they've got those kinds of people on the job,” Smith said.
Also in his reporter’s notebook: The infighting among Nevada’s Republicans continues, with a recent Clark County party meeting turning into a shouting match in which a Proud Boy leader and Metro police make cameo appearances.
John L. Smith, contributor, State of Nevada