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Pahrump Valley Gazette, ThursdayMarch 20, 1997 3 Medical Center Contintted fi'om Page 1 record. I am pessimistic as to the outlook of successfulness of this plan of attack and I think it's nothing more than another mile down the track of disaster. I will not support it at this time." 13ob Davis county commissioner and acting chairman for the board of trustees said, "I believe there is a lot of hope and promise in what Bill has to offer and I believe we can have a facility in our community that everyone can live with. I will not give up on this issue." A formal motion to proceed with NRHP was made by Carver and seconded by commissioner Bob Revert. Later in the day. while meeting again as the Nye County Board of Commissioners. the Board voted 4- I, with McRae again casting the deciding vote, argued vigorously against the action to approve a loan of $560,000 out of payment equal to taxes (PETT) fund money to pay NRMC expenses that had accumulated since the first of the year. The use of PETT fund money - supposedly set aside for capital improvement projects- that has been spent to keep NRMC open and operating since November, 1996 now totals $2,310.000 with no end in sight. In a comment seemingly contradictory to his vote made earlier in the day Commission Chairman, Dick Carver while voting to borrow another half-million dollars out of the PETT fund account, stated that, "I realize that we are . probably only going to end up with just aclinic in Tonopah." All PE'I'T funds received to date, plus $2.5 million out of the $6.4 million not expected to be received until late November 1997 have now been expended or heavily encumbered by Nye County Commission action. i i' Nuke Train Continued from Page 1 should never be acceptable that communities along the transportation routes are left without knowing of the shipments or are ill-prepared to deal with emergencies that could occur." ., The 110 tons of high-level waste will be shipped by boat to Concord California this summer, where it will then be shipped through Nevada for temporary storage at the Idaho National Engineer Laboratory, (INEL). The Department of Energy has ordered an Environmental Impact Statement and conducted EIS hearing at the port city in California and the final destination in Idaho, but DOE has not conducted any hearings for states and towns along the proposed transportation routes. 'Cities like Reno and Sparks should not be put at risk by these shipments," Bryan said. "Transportation of nuclear waste is fraught with peril when it is sent through communities that have not received the proper training to deal with an accident. If the recent floods have taught us anything, it is Teacher's Death Continued from Page 1 Montague, a sixth grade teacher was described by her principal at Rosemary Clark Middle School, Herb Gailey as an attractive, popular young woman, will liked by staff and students. Her body was discovered by concerned associates when she did not arrive at school. The telephone in her bedroom was found off the receiver as if she had been talking or attempting to call someone. However, according to Sheriff Wade Lieseke, there was no evidence of a struggle or that a crime had been committed. that we need to be prepared for the worst. DOE instead has chosen to move forward without holding public hearings and providing the necessary training. Once again, DOE has left Nevada in the dark." "Right now, due to the floods, high-level nuclear waste is scheduled to travel right through downtown Reno and Sparks," Reid said. "City officials are having a tough enough time handling increased train traffic from the Union Pacific merger without having to deal with a potential deadly accident involving uranium." The Senators said that by keeping Nevada officials in the dark about these proposed INEL shipments, the DOE is acting counter to the advice of the Chairman of their own Nhclear Waste Technical Review Board, who testified at a recent Senate hearing that the country was not ready to undertake the transport of high level nuclear waste. They also underscored that they will use this unprecedented action by the DOE to make their case against the interim Immediately prior to print deadline this week, Nye Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Becht confirmed by phone that autopsy results to date did not indicate that any foul play was involved. Her last known contact, according to Lieseke, was a boyfriend in Salt Lake City at some unconfirmed time during the weekend. Still, widespread, yet unfounded, rumors persist among stunned students, their families and neighbors of the young teacher. i ii ii ii T nuclear storage bill pending in the Senate. "Transportation of nuclear waste is one of the principal reasons other senators cite for supporting us in our fight to stop the nuke dump," The Senators said. "We cannot railroad nuke waste down the throats of small town America or try and sneak it pass them in the dark of the night." Bryan and Reid are currently exploring options with the DOE and Governor Miller's office to halt the shipments, including sending a letter to new Energy Secretary Federico Pena. "The State of California is expected to file a lawsuit to stop these shipments, and that is certainly an option we shouldn't rule out," the Senators said, "At the very least, we must ensure that all town s along the transportation route receive emergency disaster training and that every alternative route has been considered." See related story from San Francisco Examiner elsewhere in this edition. CLOCKS WATCHES  South w Nkll/ (702) 727-4937 Pahrump. NV 89048 LEE GREEN MICHAEL K. SMITH -! IT'T" " It * Primary care, laboratory and radiology services Affiliated visiting medical specialists * Special series of educational lectures for seniors * Most major insurances accepted Office Hours: M-F, 8 am to 12 pm and 1 to 5 pm Have questions? We will be happy to assist you. 00Summit Family Heairhcare A Division of Desert Springs Hospital 727-5509 1 1 51 S Highway 1 60 " Pah ru rap, Nevada 89048