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6 Thursday. FebruaCy 20. 1997 Pahrunip 'diiy Gazeite" ----'T+ For Sale: Giant roto-rooter The U.S. Department of Energy, better known by its DOE initials, has put its million dollar tunnel-boring machine, better known as the "Yucca Mucker," on the block for sale to the highest bidder. The slightly-used mining mole is presently being used to excavate a five-mile-long tunnel through Yucca Mountain in the heart of Nye County to allow scientists to determine the suitability of the desert site as the nation's first high-level nuclear waste dump for the next 10,000 years or until such time as some yet-to-be born genius figures out what to do with the radioac- tive hot stuff. Ordered back in 1994, the rare, one-of-its kind 720-ton, 460-feet-long "Yucca Mucker" has been carefully maintained at great taxpayer expense since it was delivered, also at great expense, from the factory in Kent, Washington. All interested bidders should contact Jack Scroggs at the GSA, (415) 522-2809 for a test drive. Revenues derived from the sale of the surplus equipment will be returned to the Nuclear Waste Fund, an $11 billion kitty procured from the utility bills of nuclear rate payers mostly from states east of the Mississippi River. The interest-bearing fund was established in 1962 when Congress passed the original Nuclear Waste Policy. The horseshoe.shaped 25-foot wide tunnel carved by the boring machine should be completed by next month to give government scientists a deeper look at the volcanic rock that has to shield people and the environment from the deadly nuclear wastes. When its job is done, the custom-built "Yucca Mucker" officially becomes government sur- plus property. Wouldn't it be something if the Nye County Commissioners decided to purchase the Mucker? How about with PETT funds yet? What would they use it for? Well, properly outfitted with lights it would be the damndest Sheriff's car on the highway. Cam the Garbage Man could sure use it to bore holes into Charleston to hide his garbage. Carver could use it to open a new road. Talk about boring a hole in the budget, eh? e --- and then some If they weren't in enough trouble already, e Army has taken an unprecedented action by suspending its top-ranking enlisted man pending the outcome of an investigation of that the top sarge sexually harassed a subordinate, also a six-striper. Army brass said the allegations against Ser, C. McKinney made it diffi, cult to function in his official capacity, Bill Offutt. Nye's ex,county manager was accused V' ..... " of ha mg committed multiple acts of sexual harassment with several female county employees, was ousted from his job as the county's chief " " " C adnnmstratlve offi er, The still.pending multi.million dollar lawsuit names cerin Nye County Commissioners, current county manager Les Bradshaw and his scial assistant Rachel Nicholson, terminated from her former position as a deputy district attorney, as defendants in the federal lawsuit, They are all being sued both personally and in their official county capacities, The Army's Uniform Ce of Military Justice differs from civil law in that the accused is presumed guilty until proven innocent rather an the other way around: I Ill II[lll I I I I I Did 9 you know Physician Heal Thyself-- IRS should do same IT SEEMS THAT it happens every year just around tax season, that taxpayers get another reminder of the incompetence of the very agency of government that is about to take a big bite out of our pocketbooks. It was just a couple of years ago, the General Accounting office issued a report showing that the Internal Revenue Service, those not always friendly folks at the IRS, had such an unreliable and antiquated accounting and collection process that it was unable to get the $130 billion it was owed in back taxes, it failed to respond to fraudulent filings and it did not properly record taxpayer records. After that somewhat embarrassing revelation, you would think big brother would have cleaned up the act. Not so. Just last week news broke that the IRS spent some $4 billion of our tax money on computer systems that don't work in the real world. Move over County Manager Les Bradshaw, you ain't the only one to be accused of having made a bad computer deal with taxpayer money. Electron|c |3ling of tax returns, my CPA tells me, would solve part of the problem, since IRS clerks would not have to transfer data from paper to computer information as they now do with the printed tax forms. But the IRS has been slow to promote electronic filing, Nobody likes taxes, but seems to me, the feds could at least collect them in a fair, polite and somewhat efficient manner. Never did expect them to smile or say thank you, but it would be nice. | IT WAS CALLED SLANG back when I was a kid. Today, the word ain't is version o! From what I've read the current movement got started over in Northern California when the school board there voted to include the hip-street slang as part of the official school curriculum. That touched off a storm of public controversy, pro and con, that spread like wildf'tre all the way to L.A. That's what it be like, ya know. sure Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! For years doctors have been trying tokeep their high-strung patients from drinking coffee, especially caffeinated coffee: Now a study has come out that says women who drink it com- mit suicide less often. A ten year study of 86,626 nurses between the ages of 30 and 59 found that among those who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day the sui- cide r'-t was less than half when compared to the rate of those who said they never drank cof- fee. What does this prove? Who knows? Or, maybel who cares? What I'd really like to know who pays for these stupid stud- ies? Life-sal,4,00r Deputy Doug Doyle, of Phoenix, AZ, found a reason to keep on working at a hard job with a lot of pain and not enough rewards. With the help of a civilian, Doyle rescued a newborn baby out of a septic tank, where the child had been left for dead by its mother. The seven-pound baby was in good condition at the