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With all the state’s troubles, governor should cut out the sweet nothings

Casanova, he ain’t.

Gov. Jim Gibbons has consistently denied being involved in an affair with the wife of a Reno podiatrist even after reports this week that he used his state-issued cell phone to text-message the woman some 860 times between March and early April 2007.

On Wednesday, he apologized for using the state cell, reiterated that he’d reimbursed Nevadans the $130 cost of sending the private messages, and added that even his 91 after-midnight texts with the woman identified as Kathy Karrasch were limited to discussions of their dogs, children and taxes.

Now that’s some kinky stuff.

You know, nothing sparks the flame of amour like midnight whispers about the deliciously wicked wonders of the 1040 short form.

Or perhaps when he said “taxes,” he was just repeating his campaign pledge not to raise anything against the people’s will.

Then there’s that sure-fire canine conversation starter, “Skippy seems to have lost all his energy since we neutered him.”

Speaking of neutered, Gibbons is battered in divorce court documents and accused of carrying on with “the other woman,” who has been identified as Karrasch. Lawyers for the first couple this week circulated a signed statement stating they’d have no further comment during the divorce settlement negotiations.

Meanwhile, the story of the governor’s marital discord has circulated throughout the national media.

Surely some marketing wonk at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will soon be able to tell us whether that kind of exposure is good for Nevada’s wobbly tourism industry.

And none of the governor’s personal troubles does a thing to solve the expanding budget crisis, which he announced Thursday was $60 million worse than previously believed.

With fuel prices rising and the state gaming win sagging, it’s no time for the state’s chief executive to be distracted.

UNHEALTHY GLOW: ESPN Radio’s best host, former KVBC-TV, Channel 3 sports director Colin Cowherd, on Thursday was riffing on the healthiest and unhealthiest places to live. Cowherd, an unabashed Las Vegas lover, kept it real when describing the valley. Then he added something that’s sure to get conspiracy theorists buzzing.

“Plus they had those nuclear tests in the ’50s,” he said. “There’s gamma rays all over the place.”

JAZZ FIX: Lovers of traditional club jazz haven’t been stuck without a place to call home while Pogo’s Tavern on Decatur Boulevard was undergoing its regularly scheduled, every-50-year remodel. But new owner Bill Stypowany says jazz returns at 8 tonight at the venerable watering hole.

The bar should now be good to go for another half century or so.

And everyone is sure to be pulling for Dick Fazio, the keyboard man and leader of the band who suffered a stroke shortly after Pogo’s closed for the remodel.

GOOD LUCK, GONDO: Friends of Glen Gondrezick are attempting to raise the funds necessary to pay for a heart transplant for the former UNLV basketball star. Nobody hit the hardwood with more tenacity than Gondo.

If you didn’t have a chance to buy a ticket to tonight’s fundraiser at the Orleans Arena, you can still donate by sending a check to Glen Gondrezick Transplant Fund, 631 N. Stephanie St., Box 450, Henderson, 89014. Donations also may be made at any Bank of America.

MATT’S GREATEST GAME: A fundraising tournament for cancer survivor and golf fanatic Matt Snodgrass is set for July 4 at the CasaBlanca Golf Club in Mesquite. Matt, 19, has battled brain cancer since age 9.

Just how devoted to the sport is he?

When it came time for Make-A-Wish to send Matt and his family on a vacation, he chose a golf outing to Scotland.

For more information, call 498-9303 or e-mail ssharman@sharmark.com. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is one of the tournament’s beneficiaries.

ON THE BOULEVARD: Now that an ousted NBA referee has raised the specter of game fixing in the league, will Congress or perhaps presidential candidate/college sports-betting critic John McCain suggest a hearing on the matter? What would his Strip supporters think? I’m betting McCain will remain silent. … Conservative firebrand Chuck Muth has landed an essay-writing assignment from The Wall Street Journal on the political pitfalls of the Gibbons administration.

Have an item for the Bard of the Boulevard? E-mail comments and contributions to Smith@reviewjournal.com or call (702) 383-0295.

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