Tiny Nevada town gets county OK to lift ban on alcohol sales


LAS VEGAS– Alcohol sales will quickly be allowed a small Nevada town where spiritual roots resulted in a decades-long restriction on purchasing beer, red wine and alcohol.

Bars still will not be enabled, however shops will have the ability to offer alcohol in Alamo after the Lincoln County Commission on Tuesday all backed a regional board vote taken a number of months ago to reverse a restriction embraced in 1985, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Many of the roughly 1,100 individuals who reside in the unincorporated jurisdiction about a 90- minute drive north of Las Vegas are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Town Board Chairman Vern Holaday informed the Review-Journal ahead of the county commission vote.

The faith, commonly called the Mormon church, preaches abstaining from alcohol.

Alamo’s repeal might end up being efficient in about 30 days, Lincoln County District Attorney Dylan Frehner stated.

That will leave Panaca as the only staying town in Nevada to forbid alcohol sales, the Review-Journal reported. That town of 1,000 individuals is the Lincoln County seat and is a more than two-hour drive north of Las Vegas.

A handful of neighborhoods in surrounding Utah, where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is based, likewise restrict alcohol sales. Citizens in Blanding, a rural town of about 3,300 citizens that brings in visitors to national forests consisting of the Grand Canyon turned down a 2017 tally step that would have permitted beer and red wine sales for the very first time in more than 80 years. In Hyde Park, population 4,000, citizens in 2013 raised a restriction on alcohol sales.

Alamo leaders chose in 2015 they desire the regional grocery store and filling station to be able to take on competing organizations beyond town that offer alcohol, Holaday informed the county commissioners.

” It’s not like there’s going to be a bar in every corner in the area” he stated. County law prohibits alcohol sales within 1,500 feet (457 meters) of a church, school or other alcohol organization.

A Las Vegas-based corner store chain has actually proposed including a motel, filling station and a market offering alcohol at a previous truck stop it got simply outdoors Alamo, Holaday informed the Review-Journal. The chain currently offers alcohol at a shop 7 miles (11 kilometers) away in Ash Springs.

Holaday did not instantly react to a message left by The Associated Press at his company, the 16- space Alamo Inn.

Varlin Higbee, a county commissioner who owns a cattle ranch remains in Alamo, kept in mind in an e-mail that alcohol licensees still should satisfy town and county requirements.

” An over the counter bar isn’t going to take place in Alamo, zoning laws wont permit it,” Higbee informed the AP on Wednesday.

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