At last Thursday’s Caliente City Council meeting, Holly Gatzke, from Lincoln County Authority on Tourism (LCAT), received approval for $8,000 from room tax funds to support tourism-related projects.

The mission of LCAT is to grow tourism in Lincoln County through advertising and marketing and managing the local tourism website at as well as various social media pages.

This year LCAT is planning two new events, and part of the requested funds will be for the one held in Caliente, a photography festival. The event will start in Caliente and finish up in Pioche. The funds will also be used for improving local tourism infrastructure and distributing information materials locally.

The council approved this request if funds are available.

Mayor George T. Rowe asked LCAT to keep Councilman Victor Jones advised of goings on. Councilman John Ahlstrom asked that when LCAT has events they notify the Beautification Committee so they could post it on their Facebook page.

Gatzke then ask the council for a letter of support for a multi-use trail from Kershaw-Ryan State Park to the Caliente Depot. This will be a non-motorized multi-use path like the one between Panaca and Cathedral Gorge. The council approved to write a letter of support. Ken Dixon said it should mention that it would improve safety for the Park to Park Pedal, where 150 bike riders go up the road every year.

In other items, a business license was approved for Better Homes & Gardens Realty for Sherry Pattinson.

The council approve Raymond Thompson’s request to annex 200 acres +/- contiguous to city boundary and located at 4902 S. US 93, APN- 013-030-27. The first reading will be at the March meeting. Mayor Rowe welcomed Thompson to Caliente.

David Martin/Groundshakers MC was approved for their desert race in the city on April 28 and was asked to keep the council informed on any changes.

Chris Glassburn asked the council for $5,000 from the room tax fund for the Memorial Day Softball Tournament. All receipts from last year’s donations were turned in by Glassburn and the $1,000 unspent was split between the 6th grade Washington DC trip and the Wounded Warriors Project. The council approved this and commended him on a job well done.

Revocation of license for the Mull’s Midway Motel was tabled. Attorney Dylan Frehner said he felt that the city ordinance required a written notice to be given to the Mull’s which he hadn’t done. This will be on the agenda on March 1.