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6 Thursday, January 16. 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette i Railr,00;ld through Payrump? You may not have read anything about it. In fact, the Department of Energy, the ever-lovin' DOE didn't even put out their usual news release about this one. Apparently, they didn't want any publicity about their plans Although government scientists have not yet declared Yucca Moun- tain, deep in the heart of Nye County, suitable to keep the nation's nuke waste secure for the next 10,000 years, DOE contractors met in Las Vegas last week to discuss proposed rail routes leading to the proposed dump. And would you believe one of the routes being considered runs through Payrump and southern Nye County to the disposal site? According to my inside sources, whose jobs would be in jeopardy if I revealed their names, no actual lines have been drawn, but the areas under consideration closely match those suggested by former Sen. Bennett Johnston, the Louisiana Democrat who authored the so-called "Screw Nevada" bill that singled out Yucca Mountain for the nation's nuclear dump. Although retired from the Senate, the ghost of his nuclear after-life remains with us. Routes, as proposed by the sinful southern senator, would bring the hazardous wastes through Southern Nevada on existing tracks. Ac- cording to my sources, no alternative routes were considered or discussed by the government contractors, but there is no existing rail line to either the Nevada Test Site or Yucca Mountain. A short history lesson for my younger readers: All of the existing rail lines in Nye and Esmeralda counties were torn up and sold to the Japanese to melt for scrap metal prior to the outbreak of World War II. The environmentalists are worried about running the proposed nuclear routes near the sites of some endangered species, namely a rare bird. the phainopepla and the more common Mojave Desert tortoise Hey, what about considering the species known as Homo sapiens, we live here too? II I ::!il;i! Newly install hada! " v r I Nye County Commion Crman Dick r e the change, Interview in the Las Vegas i favorable publicity for a inillilllll II I I I II I IIIII I  Hant00::irtL,; back? For the first time, local area chipmunks have shown some evidence of exposure to the potentially deadly hantavirus disease. According to Clark County Health Department officials, positive anti-bodies were identified in test  ,. samples of six chipmunks during ....  a routine survey of the neighbor- ,,  . ingMt.Charlestonarea, butonly further testing will determine if the animals are infectious. In the meantime local residents and visitors are being urged to exercise extreme caution in the wild around chipmunks and squir- rels. In the past, as in northern Nye County where previous cases of the disease were reported, the emphasis was always on mice as the primary carrier. Now health officials are being more general in identifying potential sources. Hantavirus is fatal nearly 50 percent of the time. Symptoms include a high fever and accompanying body aches, followed by a rapid onset of respiratory failure. Hikers and desert dwellers should avoid rodent droppings or urine, especially when opening sheds and other seldom-used buildings. Wa00, to go G,a v After nine years in the governor's mansion, Nevada Gov. Bob Miller continues to get good grades from the majority of constituents. It's not easy for any politician to maintain such a high approval rating through- out his terms in office. According to the state constitution, he can't run for another term, he's already had more than his two-term limit. Without any particular inside track to the workings of high-level politics, it wouldn't surprise me the least little bit to see our shining star appointed to some high-level post in the Clinton administration. Stranger things have been known to happen. In fact, it wouldn't same=thinghappen onourownNyety d of Commissioners before a certain term expires. At least that going to be the deal the way it was told to me just before the very ,()n Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! The IRS has made it harder to deduct for a home office. a home-b business and you I rform your services outside ] ehou (iie, paintersi sales- I oplei etc,)the IRS will not I cept y, !, : di a, I ",