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1 P ......................... !i ilii siiiiiiiiii!ili!!!iiiiiii!!iiii!ii!ili!iiiiii!iiiilJ ahrump Valley I lll I I Illl I I (.a, rom,'s 00.aoor00-) [Madness Big Fund Raiser  see page 3 .,p' azette Big Lottery winner See story page 9 Gibbons urges basics before computers Nevada's Jim Gibbons returned Tuesday to the state Legislature to tout the need for students to learn the ba- sics before they log on to computers. Congressman Gibbons, R-Nev., told a joint session that children need reading, writing, math and science courses before mov- ing on to computers. Lawmakers critical of lobbying office Two lawmakers this week questioned the need for Nevada's lobbying office in Washington, DC, and said the office's proposed $239,000 budget for next fis- cal year could be a waste of taxpayers' money. Other of- ficials defended the office as valuable in keeping an eye on available federal money. Union nurses denied access to care areas Visiting nurses from around the country failed in an effort Tuesday to access patient care areas at Colum- bia Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. They were permitted to tour only public and general access areas, not patient wards. Access debated for ficense plate records An Assembly panel was urged Tuesday to give report- ers and private investigators access to license plate infor- &,mation that both groups said hey were granted in the 1995 legislative session. Will Ethics Commission Accept Jurisdiction over Nye Abuses? County Commission Looks in the eye of Trouble By Brent Mathewson Nye County Commission spent 3.5 million dollars of Information recently gained exclusively by the Gazette indicates that the Nevada Commission on Eth- ics will accept jurisdiction on a complaint filed against the specifically. The request for an opinion of the Ethics Commission that was made earlier this month by the Amargosa Town Advisory Board alleges that the Nye County Commission has Payment Equal to Taxes (PET1") fund money in vio- lation of Nevada Statutes, that improper transfers of large amounts of money have been allowed to take place, " the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Reckless drivers'have caused the deaths of three people By C. Michael Carlson (PILT) money is not dis- persed properly, that the manner in which net pro- ceeds taxes is distributed in Nye County cannot be deter- mined by the county audit, that the closing fund balance of the Nye County General Fund shown in the FY95-96 county audit is off by a mil- lion dollars, and that the Nye County Commission has completely ignored an opin- ion of the Nye County Dis- trict Attorney that multiple class "C" felony violations [ Just waiting for the Easter Bunny Three people were killed in tragic crashes on Nye County Highways, in two separate, unrelated, vehicle collisions. According to Nevada Highway Patrol Spokesman Steve Harney, the first fatal accident occurred outside of Beatty on U.S. Highway 95 on Friday March 21. "A Ford Pick-up driven by 55 year old Clyde Smith of Prescott, Arizona was southbound in the north bound lane," said Harney. "He struck a Ford Sedan, driven by Kathleen Thompson, head on causing it to fall into the southbound lane, where it struck a 18-wheeler." Thompson and her 15-year-old son, Ethan, died at the scene. DUI charges are pending against Smith, according to the NHP. The second accident alsooccurred Friday eveningon State  Route 160, outside of Pahrump. An 87 Mercury, driven by 36 year old Jerry Barker of Pahrump, attempted to pass into on coming traffic. He hit a 97 Dodge Truck driven by 31-year-old Christie Johns of Pahrump. Barker and Johns were neighbors in Pahrump. Barker was ejected and died at the scene. There are over 300 car accidents a month on Nevada's Highways," said Harney. Johns, a sixth grade teacher, was taken to UMC, treated, and released, according to school officials, she reported to her class assignment on the following Monday. If your domain catches fire, run for the border By C. Michael Carlson PAHRUMPmln last year's General Election, residents of the Pahrump Valley voted against a paid fire department, for fear of higher taxes. The impact of this decision was heard at Thursday's (March 20) budget hearing. The cost of operating the Pahrump Valley Volunteer Fire Department has risen from $126,308 in Fiscal year 93-94 to $474,319 for the 97-98 year. The maintenance of old equipment has contributed to the increase. Continued on Page 3 The Foster family children of Pahrumpare anxiously awaiting the Easter Bunny. L to R- Jennifer, Grey Lee, Cidney and Robert Goldfield Editor Found Dead in Apartment By Carol Sirnes Waves of disbelief swept through the small rural town of Goldfield and surrounding areas Saturday, where a friend found the body of the Silver Trails Prospector Newspaper I editor Ken Jackson, age 53, expired on the floor in his apart- ment. Continued on Page 3 Nevada State Spelling Bee Winner A/d_,ar_,a00 d/pane 6:00 -/0:00