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Back Story: Not All Roads Lead to Rome

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BY PATTY CAFFERATA, ESQ.
An appointment with reminded me not to drift over a judge is never a casual the center line. event. I was comfortably but In Tonopah, where I professionally dressed in a stopped for gas, Treat asked, navy blue knit suit to spend “Is this station really called hours sitting in the car on my ‘Giggle Springs’?” way to meet the judges in the “Yes.” Fifth Judicial District Court. About 30 miles down On April 14 at 9:15 the road, a few Joshua Trees a.m., under sunny skies, were sprinkled across the my husband, Treat, and I valley floor before we reached jumped into our silver Toyota Goldfield. I had promised Mineral County Courthouse 4-Runner and headed for Justice of the Peace Gus Mineral, Nye and Esmeralda Sullivan I would be in Beatty counties. Soon we were as close to 5 p.m. as possible. driving east on Interstate 80 We arrived exactly on time at along the Truckee River. the William Sullivan Justice About 30 miles later, we Center, named after Sullivan’s turned southeast at Fernley late father. We reminisced onto a two-lane road: U.S. about his dad and he Highway Alternate 95. Once introduced me to his German out of town, we left behind the shepherd, Lacy, who walks the tall, leafy trees, houses and judge to work every day. After other buildings. As far as we the interview, we toured his could see, the beige, sandy and courtroom, decorated with an hilly landscape was dotted with antique pendulum clock from low, pale green sagebrush. the ghost town of Rhyolite. Taking the cutoff past the His article appears on page 14. Mason Valley Wildlife area, we shaved 10 minutes off We spent the night at the Stagecoach Inn, where our almost eight-hour ride. Traffic was light as we we ate dinner. The next morning, we left at 10 a.m., whizzed by a few tractor/trailer trucks and passenger drove south and turned west toward Pahrump on cars. We drove southeast on Highway 95, past the Highway 160. The desert flowers were in bloom. All azure Walker Lake, and arrived in Hawthorne at noon. along the roadside we saw white, yellow and pink At the Mineral County Courthouse, Treat took flowers that looked like tiny, colored gum drops photographs while I walked into the courtroom and dusting the desert. sat down on a tan folding chair behind the bar. After I promised Judge Robert Lane I’d meet him close finishing the last case on the calendar, Judge John to 11:30 a.m., but we arrived in Pahrump around Davis said, “Mrs. Cafferata, please come on back.” noon. When we pulled into the parking lot of the In his chambers, I interviewed him for the article Nye County Government Complex, the odometer on page 11. After the interview, Treat and I drove registered 415 miles from Reno. Lane gave me a to the old Mineral County courthouse, where he tour of the building before I interviewed him for the photographed the building. See page 7. article on page 12. North of town, we inhaled lunch at McDonald’s Treat and I drove south to Laughlin for a history and took the truck route bypassing Hawthorne – conference and, days later, we drove back to Reno another time saver. The road took us mostly through on Highway 95. We stopped in Beatty, Goldfield the desert valleys with snow-topped mountains and Tonopah where Treat took photographs of the jutting up on either side of the highway. The empty courthouses and towns because we had not had time land contained no buildings or trees until we drove through the old railroad towns of Luning and Mina. on our trip south. See pages 7-14. We were glad to Soon the two-lane road narrowed so much that be home after having driven 830 miles round trip the area past the fog line was about a foot wide. A through Nevada’s wide open spaces to interview the rumble strip running down the middle of the road judges in the Fifth Judicial District Court.
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Nevada Lawyer
August 2010

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