U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen is on a 7 town fact finding mission this week. The Senator's first stop was Tuesday in Fernley. Senator Rosen stopped by Fernley to talk to the Chamber of Commerce and community leaders. It's part of what she's calling her “listening tour” of towns that she represents. “The majority of Nevada is rural but we have zero voice because we have no population. It would be really good if we could get some help,” said Fernley Chamber of Commerce President Dana Uhlhorn.

Several issues were brought up. “One of our biggest issues is traffic. Another is funding. The areas that are being built in the state that has industry moving in. Unfortunately they don't allow housing in some of those areas,” said Uhlhorn. Members of the public were not able to participate in the discussion.  “We need a hospital. We need better healthcare around here,” said Fernley resident Christina Perazzo. “Maybe having a full time fire station and a full time police force would be a good idea. And we should have more things for the kids to do here,” said Fernley resident Danielle Conley.  “It is congested with traffic for a large part of the time. You can't get in or out,” said Fernley resident Jill Alberts. “When it comes to concerns about our highways, rural broadband, our infrastructure, and healthcare. You realize as you go from community to community that they are facing the same issues,” said U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen.

Solutions for some of these issues were discussed during the meeting. “There is a land swap we might be able to do to leverage some money for affordable housing. And also we have an interchange that needs to connect to a highway. So hopefully we get some federal money,” said Uhlhorn.  Some Fernley residents are hopeful Senator Rosen will speak to the public as well, so she can get a complete picture of what the town needs before she heads back to Washington D.C.
Senator Rosen also plans to visit Fallon, Lovelock, Ely, Winnemucca, Elko, and West Wendover later this week.