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." .... d&apos;q" <'! : +;v -' "+",I"  t " Building Bridges in the Desert? RENO--The University of Nevada, Reno has taken another step toward becoming a leading bridge research center. The civil engineering department has obtained about $400,000 over five years from the National Science Founda- tion to establish a National Bridge Research and Information Center. The center will be directed by civil engineering chair Emmanuel "Manes" Maragakis and engineering professor Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi. "The purpose is to centrally control and disseminate infor- mation on bridge research, short courses, conferences and activities as they relate to bridge problems," Maragakis said. "We will develop a high-tech center with a web site, which will eventually provide service worldwide. Several local compa- nies will participate." Some of the issues the Bridge Research and Information Center will address include the deterioration and obsolescence of highway bridges that are very important components of the major infrastructure problems the nation is facing. "Recent earthquakes in California have caused $30 billion in damage," Maragakis said. "With the technology derived from our Bridge Engineering Laboratory, we can help allevi- ate this problem. Unless the money is spent to rehabilitate our bridges, the costs will only be greater in future years. "About 41 percent of the 600,000 bridges in the United States have been labeled either structurally deficient or obso- lete. We have estimated that $94 billion needs to be spent on repair or replacement on our bridges by the year 2005." The information center will improve the coordination and dissemination of information related to bridge engineering advancements that will include data on seismic design, retro- fitting, analytical studies, development of nondestructive evalu- ation techniques, use of new materials and construction. The center will be international, covering every aspect of bridge engineering and will cooperate with a wide variety of bridge engineering organizations, including universities, re- search institutes and state or federal organizations, such as departments of transportation. The information center complements other ongoing bridge research within the civil engineering department that includes the development of a $5 million earthquake shaking tables laboratory, the largest of its kind in the United States. Town Advisory Board Turns up the heat By Brent Mathewson The Amargosa Town Advisory Board fired its second salvo across the bow of the Nye County Commission in an extenu- ation of its present conflict with the Nye commissioners and administration on March 27, 1997 at a regularly scheduled meeting of the five-member board. The battle was engaged in late February 1997 when the small town's local government body voted 4-0, with board member Ralph McCracken absent, to file a formal complaint against the Nye Count), Commission with the Nevada Com- mission on Ethics. The lengthy and apparently well-docu- mented complaint is scheduled to be addressed on April 25, 1997 when the Ethics Commission will make a determination on taking the information in the complaint under its jurisdic- tion. When it does take jurisdiction on the issues involved it could conceivably result in one or more Nye County Commis- sioners being removed from office. The Amargosa Town Advisory Board's latest action in- volves a letter to the Nevada Department of Taxation and cites 13 violations of Nevada Law that it alleges the Nye County Commission has engaged in, with the advice and encourage- ment of the Nye County Manager, Les Bradshaw, and his special assistant, Rachel Nicholson, that have placed not just the Nye Regional Medical Center @qRMS) in a state oflevere financial emergeficy but also Nye County as a whole. The advisory board's letter asks that the Nevada Depart- ment of Taxation exercise all means available to it in NRS 354:695 by making a determination that a severe financial emergency does exist at NRMC. Essentially what the advisory board's letter is requesting is that the Nevada Department of Taxation take over complete financial control of Nye County government. A hearing on this matter is to take place at the convention center in Tonopah at 6:00 p.m. on April 3, 1997. Pizza, Pizza, Party, Party By Ann Nusbaum J.V. Industries, a Pahrump manufacturer and distributor of concrete accessories for the trade, recently hosted a pizza party for local contractors and their work crews. The purpose of the party was to introduce J.V. Industries' products to local contrac- tors. This company handles concrete accesso- ries, anything for the ce- ment contractor. They have concrete inserts, an- chor bolts, stakes, re-bar, wire, mesh, work gloves, tie-wire, knee skidders, drop-in anchors, sono tubes, and visqueen poly sheeting. The company recently expanded their The vote to approve the letter being sent was 4-1 with board chairman Jim Quirk.and board members Bob Eastman, Brent Mathewson, and Lyle Records voting to approve and vice- chairman Ralph McCracken casting the dissenting vote. McCracken was not comfortable with wording in the letter. At least part of his dissatisfaction centered on the following sentence: "It is quite apparent that the Nye County Commission and Management believe themselves to be above the law and this attitude was vividly born out on March 18, 1997 when a member of the commission made a public statement that it was not the poficy of the Nye County Commission to pay attention to opinions of the Attorney General of the state of Nevada, unless such opinions were backed up by a court of consensus." As the Gazette goes to press it would appear that Nye County Commission action on April 1, 1997 to spend $90@000 of payment equal to taxes 0aETr) Fund money to pay payroll expenses will not be helpful in showing fiscal responsibility on the part of the County when the hearing takes place before the Nevada Department of Taxation in Tonopah on April 3, 1997. product line to include beam sleeves, deck for the advertising coming event. sleeves and mini sleeves. They have samples on dis- play and are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to accom- modate their contractor customers. Their products are industry approved and competiti ,ely priced. Con- tractors can save both time and money buying supplies locally without the need to drive to Las Vegas. J.V. Industries will be hosting another pizza party the last part of April for the local contractors and their crews. 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