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Out Esmeralda Way DOE cleans up by Carol Sirnes During the next six-to-eight weeks, local residents will be seeing more than the usual traffic going through town. The Department of Energy (DOE) has begun the transporting of waste resulting from the clean-up of a 7.48-acre portion of the Nellis Air Force Range, known as Clean Slate 1, which was contaminated by nuclear weapons testing during the early 1960s. The DOE is removing about 125,000 cubic feet of soil at depths of six inches or less from the site. The department will then transfer the contaminated soil inside super polypropelene wrappers in covered, compartmentalized trucks that meet DOE requirements, to the Area 3 disposal site at the Nevada Test Site. These strong-tight containers will travel by a combination of government roads on the Tonopah Test Range and Nevada Test Site, and on public roads including Nevada State Route 504 and U.S. Highways 6 and 95. In 1963, as part of a joint U.S. - United Kingdom operation called "Roller Coaster," the Atomic Energy Commission (now DOE) tested the safety of nuclear weapons in simulated accident conditions. The Clean Slate I test, which contained 3,269 pounds of explosives including three pounds of plutonium, contami- nated the soil. As the second of four Operation Roller Coaster sites to be remediated, Clean Slate 1 follows the Double Tracks demonstration site which was selected because of its closeness to a populated area which was Goldfield, 14 miles to the west, and because it was the smallest of the plutonium contaminated areas. Disturbed areas will be stabilized and in the fall of 1997 DOE will revegetate the sites. Now, for the other side of the coin! The DOE was a little late on releasing this news! As a matter of fact it has been transporting through Goldfield for about six months now. In an interview with Undersheriff Bob Rogers, he said the DOE did NOT notify their office to be on the alert in case of any accidents or spills. Calls to the Santa Fe Enterprises in Las Vegas to see if it has employed any of the local area residents have not been returned. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 29, 1997 13 N()W OPEN!! 4 cyl $37.95 Regularly S42.95 S, Taxation Emergency meeting/ On May 21, 1997, at 2 p.m.. the Esmeralda County Commissioners held an emergency meeting telephone con- ference in the Goldfield Courthouse related to notification from the Department of Taxation regarding reduction of estimates for net proceeds of the mines for the FY (fiscal year) 1997-98, and related budget matters affected by the reduction of net proceeds of the mines. At the meeting were Susan Dudley, chairperson, Norah Adams, auditor; Lynn Scott, recorder; and District Attorney Steve Evenson. On the three-way phone hook-up was Esmer- alda County CPA Mike Cox in Las Vegas, Commissioner Ben Veljoen in Silver Peak, and Commissioner Gary O'Connor in Fish Lake Valley. First, a motion was made and passed declaring this an emergency item. After discussing many options, a motion was made to reduce the Contingency Fund Account from $50,000 to $25,000 to eliminate the $76,000 Community Support fund, and reduce the ending balance by $528,000. This item will be placed on the next agenda for June 3, 1997, tor more discussion, decisions, and public input. Esmeralda County School District May 30 - 97 - Goldfield 8th grade graduation Dryer 8th grade gradua- tion June 1-4 - Eighth grade trip; Silver Peak, Fish Lake Valley and Goldfield will be going to'Las Vegas June 6 - Last day of s:hool! Goldfield 8th Grade Graduates Sharleine Arnold, Amanda Elsea, Heidi Hafer, Heidi Metscher, Jackie Stanley, Adam Siri, Jillian Cain, Veronica Farmer, Kassandra Huskey, Jennifer Rice, Tyler Scott, David Tyson. The Goldfield 8th grade will be graduating Friday, May 30, 1997 at 7 p.m. inthe Goldfield Gym. The guest speakerswill be Susan Dudley, chairman, Esmeralda County Board of Commis- sioners; and Harold Tokerud, superintendent, Esmeralda County School District. Cake; punch and coffee will be served immediately fol- lowing the graduation. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a con- gratulations dance for the 8th graders. There will be a disc jockey with all your favorite music. The dance will be over at 10:30 p.m. Parents are re- minded to pick theirchildren up by 10:30 p.m. The EsmeraldaCounty 8th graders will be leaving on their end-of-the-year trip to Las Vegas June 1. 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