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Pahrump Valley Gazette Thursaday, February 20, Serving all of Pahrump, Nye, Esmeralda, and Death Valley Vol. XIV, No. 28 News Briefs Mrs. O'Leary Hints Yucca 'Done Deal' Speaking to a reporter at the National Press Club, out- going DOE Secretary Hazel O'Leary, while continuing to endorse the Clinton administration's opposition to interim storage at the Ne- vada Test Site, predicted that Yucca Mountain would eventually be built and li- censed in Nevada Passing an interim storage bill that was reintroduced in the Senate last month would detract from efforts to com- plete scientific studies at Yucca Mountain in Nye County for a permanent re- pository. Park road reopened Another portion of storm- damaged Yosemite National Park - the area known as Crane Flat on the western side of the park - was opened to visitors this past weekend. According to the National Park Service (NPS), Yosemite Valley itself will remain closed through the rest of the month of Febru- ary; however, the Wawona area and the Badger Pass ski development have been re- opened. When the storm-damaged "main floor of the valley does open, the NPS intends to impose a reservation system for day use in Yosemite Val- ley through the summer sea- son. Also beginning this week, late spring and early sum- mer reservations will be ac- cepted for camp sites at the upper Pines campground in Yosemite Valley, and for Wawona and Hodgdon meadows camps between June 15 and July 14. For reservations, call DESTINET, a reservation service at 800-436-PARK. Vintage aircraft to return to Nye County :.:,L:: Commissioners ponder complex proposal for Tonopah Airport Special to the Gazette At its February 18 meeting the Nye County Board of Commissioners voted to go forward with a plan for Tonopah Airport that might result in a major aircraft maintenance facility  but will al- most certainly result in the storage on the site of a collection of aged military aircraft. After taking in a presentation by representatives of Aviation Technologies Ltd (ATL), based in Sparks, and the Arlington, Virginia based SRS Technologies, the commissioners told the staff to draft a resolution that will enable ATL to buy county and BLM land at the airport and to ap- proach the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for grants that the firms claim will finance much of the project. A sad so long to Sheriff "Jay" Howard By Robert Lowes Like most people in the newspaper business, I cut my editorial teeth writing obituaries. They are one of the first writing assignments that most edi- tors will entrust to aspiring young reporters - and usually, like most journalistic rules, there's a good reason. It's not that obituaries, the last words writ- ten about a person's life on this earth, aren't im- portant. They are, especially to the surviving fam- ily and friends of the recently departed, however, they are written to standard format. They only become difficult to the degree that the writer knew the deceased personally, which is the current case Continued on page 2 Robert Alan Kemp, who heads ATL (the company's only other officer is one Robert Orval Kemp), outlined plans to establish a privately run Continued on page 3 Beatty Bomb Bust By Gazette Staff BEATTY - What began as a routine Saturday morning traffic stop of a 5th wheeler in Indian Springs quickly turned into a major bomb threat investigation involving local and federal law en- forcement agencies, resulted in the discovery of a substantial cache of explives in a rural resi- dential area in the m_id-Nye County community of Beatty. "There were enough explosives discovered to have blown up the entire township of Beatty," Continued on page 2 6:00 - fO:O0 tun