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Thursday, February 27, 1997 Serving all of Pahrump, Nye, Esmeralda, and Death Valley Vol. XlV, No. 29 Pahrump Valley Gazette Proposed Fort Irwin Expansion Explored Help me before it's too late By Mike Dougherty BAKER, CA - The fourth in a series of meetings to review the draft environmental impact state- ment for the proposed expansion of Fort Irwin was held in Baker Thursday, February 20. The pro- posed expansion would withdraw 333,000 acres of land in the Sil- 'urian Valley between Baker and Shoshone on both sides of state Highway 127. People from throughout the Pahrump/Amar- gosa areas expressed concerns that the expansion would severely impact tourist and business traf- fic to the areas off of the northern end of Highway 127. The meeting was chaired by James Reagan, a private contrac- tor who is arranging these meet- ings under contract with theArmy Corps of Engineers. Brig Gen. Scott Wallace, Commanding Of- ricer, National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, represented the U.S. Army. Tim Reid, Area Manager of the Bureau of Land Management RLsourceArea, Represented the BLM. The Barstow Resource Area of the of the lands in the pro-. General Wallace opened the meeting and spoke on the mission of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. General Wallace explained that NTC is in charge Continued on page 3 MORE T HANABAKgRS Nevada border turhed out in force to hear military septesentotive plans for a proposed Fort Irwin desert training expansion. Among locals to testify were: shov teft-to-righ Brian Brow, China Rathl  Lavon Setbach, Rancher, Amargosa Valle), Jim tarsh, owner, Longstreet Inn and Casino, Amargosa Valley; Lois Clark. owner, Clark's Trailer Park, Baker, Herb Deitch, Prospector/Miner, Silurian Valle), Marta Becket, Professional dancer, Operahouse, Death Valley Junction. Shirley DougherO, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce. President, Baker Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees (School Board), m Reid, B Manager, Barstow Resource Area, General Scott Wallace, Commander, Fort Irwin Helicopter crashes into Mount Potosi High winds hinder rescue of the injured crewmen By Robert l_owes GOODSPRINGS - High winds and snowy conditions combined to hamper the rescue of the pilot and two local radio station engi- neers earlier this week when their helicopter smashed into the side of Mount Potosi between Las Vegas and Pahrump. The trio was extremely lucky to have survived the early after- noon crash, according to Russ Cameron of the Clark County Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services. "The helicopter was busted into a thousand pieces. It's a miracle they're alive," Cameron said in an interview at the crash scene. "It's possible that the high winds may have blown their aircraft into the side of the mountain," he said. Michael Liles. chief engineer for KXPT. and assistant engineer. Richard Roy (no ages immediately available), were both listed in serious condition at University Medical Center. where they were air-lifted as darkness started to fall on the rugged 8,515-foot-moun- tain some 20-miles southwest of Las Vegas. UMC Nursing supervisor, Denise Dufak, said the pair sustained injuries that required hospitalization, "but were not considered at this time to be life-threatening." The pilot for Sundance Helicopters, whose name was not im- mediately available, was still undergoing treatment for his inju- ries. Dufak said, but indicated his condition was not considered as serious as that of the two passengers who were aboard the Bell Jetranger helicopter when it went down. Billows of black smoke were reported from the Pahrump Ga- zette offices in the suburban community, some 40-miles to the northwest of the crash site. Gusting winds prevented landing a rescue helicopter at the crash continued on page 28 o: tun - iO:O0