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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Just like the old west, a high card breaks a draw election

PAHRUMP -- Nye County Commissioner Andrew "Butch" Borasky drew the high card Thursday, thereby qualifying for the general election.

Borasky, who is seeking re-election, drew a queen of clubs and beat his challenger, Carl Moore Sr., who drew a 10 of clubs.

The card draw was set up to break a 381-381 tie vote in the June 8 Republican primary.

Borasky will face Libertarian candidate Sandra Darby in the general election.

Heath Care Reform Begins Today, July 1, 2010

From a press release:

This week there were a number of important health care updates that will result in improved coverage for Nevadans while enabling them to make informed decisions about their health care coverage.

Today, as required by the new health care reform law, the Department of Health and Human Services launched to provide information for consumers regarding both public and private health coverage options.  This powerful new tool will empower Nevadans to make the best decisions about their health care and find plans that are tailored to their specific needs.  Whether you suffer from a pre-existing condition, are on Medicare, or just graduated from college, can help you find a plan that is right for you.  By increasing transparency and choice for families and small businesses, this website will help improve competition that leads to higher quality care and lower prices.

Today also marks the beginning of the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP).  PCIP offers coverage to uninsured Americans who have been unable to obtain health care coverage because of a pre-existing condition until 2014 when insurance companies will no longer be allowed to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions.  More information about how to apply is available at

Finally, employers who offer health coverage to early retirees were eligible earlier this week to begin applying for help with those costs.  The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program will help make small businesses more competitive by easing the burden of skyrocketing health care costs.  As the President of Business Roundtable has said, “The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program reduces costs and allows many of our member companies to continue providing this critical coverage to retirees and their families.”

I was proud to support these important changes as part of health care reform.  If you have any questions or if I can ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.


Dina Titus
Links to Everest College Daily Course Objectives and notes may be found in the right hand column on the web site under Everest College (scan down).

Day Two:                    The Communication Process
Class Name:                Oral Communication / SPC 62016
Instructor:                   Mr. Lynch

Daily Objectives: After this lesson you will understand or be able to:
V1         Be able to introduce another student in an organized manner       
V2            Understand the basic Communication Model
V4                 Apply interpersonal to Communication Model
V5            Further investigation of how model works

VT           Chapter lectures begin, along with discussion (an important part of this class!)

Statement: The first two days are overview. Do not feel it will all be this fast or general. Take the time to read, study, ask questions and come up with creative ideas for group discussion and for your speech presentations. Day One sheet distributed should be reviewed as you review for speeches, quizzes and finals.

Vocabulary: empathy, interpersonal communication, communication, communication model, transmitter/speaker, receiver/listener/audience, message, channel, noise/interference/screens/filters, encode, decode, feedback, codes (verbal, vocal, visual), demographics, psychographics

Note: all important terms and concepts will be repeated many times, today we are introducing these concepts and term. Always think about how you can use the information in your own life, and feel free to ask questions.

Lesson may include:
Note this site is for a variety of classes at several schools. Use it for finding additional information, to further investigate the concepts of the course, to expand your own horizons and to review course material in the right hand column under “Everest Oral Com”.

Assignment for Monday:
Read chapters 1, 2, 4
Bring in at least one question or personal example for each chapter
Review your notes and handouts
Go to the website and post one idea, response or suggestion on the blog Be sure you indicate your name and “Everest M W 6 AM”

If you have problems with Website access, see me. Contributions in writing may be turned in during class in place of posting them.

Notes from Monday July 12, 2010
Introductions, why communication is important, interpersonal and group communication, subtext, the meaning is not always in the words, things get in the way of meaning.

              Lesson Plan for Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Distribute and explain official syllabus
Introduction and/or review of:
Private reasons for understanding oral communication
1.     Grade
2.     Increase income and opportunity
3.     Promoting your professional self
4.     Presenting ideas to decision makers
5.     Becoming a decision maker
6.     Creating change in the workplace and the world
7.     Becoming a force in meetings, in society
8.     Developing active listening skills
9.     Thinking outside the box
Public reasons for doing well in this course
1.     Your degree
2.     Becoming a critical thinker
3.     Functioning as an informed citizen
4.     Raising the level of public discourse (discussion)
5.     Promoting ethics and social improvements
K.   Benefits 
1.     Benefits include grades, 
2.     Success and/or $’s, 
3.     Civic duty and responsibility
4.     And personal.

        Intro into basic course concepts
A.    The Communication Dynamic
B.    Communication Model
1.     Transmitter, 
-                         Intent of Transmitter, 
-                         What was meant to be communicated
2.     Sender, Source, Speaker
3.     Channel,
4.     Medium.  Media
5.     Message, intended message
5.     Receiver,  Listener, Audience
6.     Feedback
10.     Encode
11.  Decode
12.  Codes
a.     Verbal, 
-       Words, actual language, vocabulary
b.     Vocal, 
-       How you say the words, voice, inflection, etc.
c.     Visual, 
 -            Everything else, see, hear, smell, touch, etc.
d.     Proofs,
-       How we prove and argument, why we believe things
13.  Screens, Noise, Filters, Interference, anything that gets in the way of the message
14.  Internal Screens, 
-       Whatever happens inside your mind or body to interfere with understanding the message as intended, or to interfere with transmitting the message in a way that will be understood by others.
-       Internal noise is what is occurring inside the transmitter or receiver. For example an event earlier in the day or in the life of the individual could change the way they interpret or send signals. Physical, psychological, cognitive forms of interference may impact how message is encoded or decoded, interpreted or received. Disabilities, health, fatigue, hunger, external events impact on how you feel or think, and unrelated thoughts are examples of internal noise.
15.   External Screens
-       Whatever happens outside of your mind or body to interfere with understanding the message as intended, or to interfere with transmitting the message in a way that will be understood.
-       External noise is what occurred outside of the sender or receive. This could include sound, smell, lighting, temperature, time of day, events occurring at the same time as the message, other messages conflicting or concurrent with the intended message, environment, etc. 
16.  Cultural Screens
-       Differences in culture (including Demographic, Psychographic differences) that interferes with understanding the message as intended. 
-       Differences in culture interfere with transmitting the message in a way that will be understood.
-       Cultural noise comes from the self-identity, backgrounds, beliefs and culture of the sender and/or the receiver.
-       Messages can have differing meanings. Protocol, prolific, etc.