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4 Thursday, March 27, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Staying in touch... Senator Harry Reid REDUCING FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Reid-Nickles Regulatory Reform Act I count on input from my fellow Nevadans to help me do my job. Your calls and letters keep me and my staff up to date as to what certain agencies in the federal government are doing. One of the agencies I keep a close eye on is the Bureau of Land Manage- ment, because they control so much of Nevada's public lands. I have long felt that Congress needed to reduce the amount of regu- lations that are issued by Washington bureaucrats. As a result, last session of Congress, I wrote the Reid-Nickles Regulatory Reform Act, with Don Nickles, head of the Republican Policy Committee. Our landmark law gives Congress the power to strike down any needless regulations. Recent actions by the Depart- ment of Interior's BLM indicate that my law is well-timed. I have been concerned about two sets of regula- tions proposed by the Clinton Ad- ministration which could have a dev- astating impact on life in rural Ne- vada. Using the threat of my Regula- tory Reform Act, I rounded up sup- port from other western Senators. We recently managed to kill one set dealing with BLM law enforcement powers. We still have more work to do. Late last year, the BLM pro- posed a set of law enforcement regu- lations which would have signifi- cantly broadened the agency' s power to determine and punish criminal of- fenses. With close to 90 percent of Nevada lands under federal control, we must be vigilant in how much power the federal government has over Nevadans. I urged top officials in the Interior Department to scrap these regulations before the Senate did it for them. They listened and pulled the regulations on March 1 l, 1997. The BLM law enforcement regu- lations infringed on our freedom and liberties. The proposed 3809 regula- tions that Interior Secretary Babbitt is proposing for the mining industry will hit us right in our pocketbooks. With the price of gold falling and some claims being shut down, the last thing Nevada miners need is new federal regulations. Any "modernization" of the rules should be done with input from people who understand and work in the in- dustry. We all agree there is a need for mining law reform in this coun- try, but the Administration needs to work with western Congressmen, in- stead of trying to go around us, In the coming days, I will con- tinue discussions with the Depart- ment of Interior about the mining regulations. Thanks to our Regula- tory Reform Act, Nevada's bargain- ing position has gotten a lot stronger, and I am hopeful we can persuade Interior to withdraw these controver- sial regulations, just as we did the BLM law enforcement regulations. Jerusha Caliguire of Sarcobattus Flats Wins Nevada State Spelling Bee BEATTY-Jerusha Caligiuri, 13, from Saccabatus Flats took top honors in the recent Nevada state spelling bee at UNLV in Las Vegas when she correctly spelled the word "circumlo- cution "- the use of an un- necessarily large number of words to express an idea and then spelled the word "taunt" correctly when Scott Allison, a Henderson eight-grader missed it. The shy seventh-grader survived a grueling 23 rounds of word competition to emerge Nevada's top speller. Her two-tiered trophy is nearly as tall as she. All sixth, seventh and eight graders plus several home- schooled students, won their individual County contests. The contestants had only a few weeks to study the 500 words in the Sponsor Bee Guide. Clint Karlsen/Review-Joumal Seventh-grader Jerusha Caligiuri of Beatty ac- cepts the first-place trophy in the Nevada State Spelling Bee from Pronouncer Matthew Cun- ningham Saturday at UNLV. She said the guide was her constant companion on the 20 plus mile daily ride on the llye County School bus from home to the mid-Nye County Community. When only 15 spellers were left, it was nail-biting time for parents. Mothers, who had spent hours reading the words for their children clasped their hands tightly and breathed sighs of relief after the correct spelling of each word. Some parents videotaped the competi- tion, while one mother knitted a sweater during the morning long session. Other finalists who received trophies Saturday were C. J. Bridges of Churchill County; Matt Austin and Leah Burton of Douglas County; Charles Culverwell of Lincoln County; and Eva LaValley of Washoe County, The state bee was sponsored by the Donrey Media Group of Nevada, publishers of the Review Journal, which graciously provided the accompanying photograph. 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