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Unemployment Rate dips for Record Month The Silver State's 4.5 per- cent uhemployment rate is the lowest it has been'since the end of 1989, and one-tenth of a percent point lower than a month ago. Nevada jobless rate results from the States phenomenal job growth, which out-paces every other state in the nation. The National unemploy- ment rate is 5.3 percent. The Las Vegas metropolitan sta- tistical measurement area in- eludes Clark and Nye Coun- ties in Nevada and Mohave County in Arizona. Desert Wee Ba.ker's! i i i:. iiiiiil iiiiiiii!iiii}iiiiliiiii ;ii:ili[i ::I:::: 11  ,.:: :::: = 00Nem Nye Dips Deeper into Uncle Sam's Pocket $900,000 of PETT Money used to Meet County Payroll By Brent Mathewson The lid came off any apparent restrictions on the t, se of payments equal to taxes (PETT) fund money at the April 1, 1997 Nye County Commission meeting in Tanopah. PETT money is received from the Federal Government as a result of activity on the Nevada Test Site in Nye County apd its use is supposedly restricted to builcling up Nye County infrastructure and capital improvement projects. Under pressure frord various county employee unions to meet back payroll obligations of a 10 percent pay raise, another 5 percent pay raise, and a clothing allowance that had previously been set aitie until a possessory use tax lawsuit could be, sett!ed with the Federal Go:'ermnent - The commission voted 3-0 to pay the full amount due out of PETT fund money. Commissi.ners Red Copass of Pahrump and Bobby Revert, Beatty-Amargosa Valley, were absent when the vote was taken. The Continued on Page 3 A man and his Llama Crystal entrepreneur Ron Matheny and petting zoo star "Sullivan" team up in Crystal Clean-Up s story on page 15 Judge dismisses Trooper Lawsuit By Andy Holtmann A lawsuit filed against the U.S. Postal Services by maimed Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Kenneth Gager regarding the mail bomb that wounded him and his wife Deanna was dismissed by a federal judge. Gager, who formerly worked the Pahrump Valley as both a trooper and sheriff' s deputy before being trans- ferret] to northern Nevada, sued the U.S. Postal Service for negligence in recogniz- ing risks of harm in theirpack- ages. He was seeking $40 million in damages. U.S. District Judge Phillip Pro issued an order that de- nied the Gagcrs' claim or. ",he basis that individually exam- ining billions of parcels would involve increased costs and delays. The Postal Service Fire Consumes Property L.A. Cops on the Run By Andy Holtmann Black Smoke filled the morning sky aix, ve Pahrump on April 2 as a fire gutted a mobile home on the conler of Vondell Drive and Linda Street. The fire apparently started around 8:25 ta,a according to neighbors. The Pahrump Volunteer fire department aarived on the scene six to eight minutes later according to one onlooker. The owners of th property were not home at the time and there were no reports of any injuries. The fire however, completely gutted the building and left 6nly ite steel fimne standing. Two concern citizens acted quickly to move a horse trailer away from the blaze before it spread. No one knew for sure who called the fire department, but Continued on page 3 Over 7,000 runners and race personnel will descend upon the Mojave desert communities of Baker and Shoshone, California the weekend of April 12-13 to participate in the annual Baker to I.as Vegas, Challenge Cup Relay Race, the World's Largest Law Enforcement Athletic Event. Officers from departments ranging from as far away as Edmonton, Canada to Dallas, Texas will participate in the 13  edition of the race. + Beginning at noon on Saturday April 12, runners take off (on the hour) from the starting point on Hwy. 127, about 19 miles north of Baker High School (assembly point for runners and support personnel). Following the desert roadway over the Ibex Pass to Shoshone, runners turn fight along Hwy, 178 and turn onto S.R. 372 in Nevada arid climb the mountains to Continued on page 14 has their own method of for- mulating security measures and trains their employees ap- propriately, the judge ruled. Gager was :njured when the mail bomb exploded at his home on September 8, 1993. He lost his left eye aad hand when the blast, consist- ing of dynamite and shrap- nel, went off. The convicted master- mind of the bomb Robert Collins, reportedly sent the bomb to Gager's home after a traffic stop that led to Collins's arrest.