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County takes proactive stand for driving school by Patti Babcock County Commission Chairman Dick Carver said, during the Tuesday meeting of the Commission in Pahrump, the County should "step up to the plate" and help a business that could be a major contributor to Nye County. Help would be talking to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official i to oppose a protest of the sale | of 275 acres of land for a driving school in Pahrump. "This is a good way to demonstrate the benefits of the law suit. (A suit riled by Nye County against the Fed- eral Govetnnmnt challenging their right to control local - land. Nye County lost the . -ase, but did win some con- ssions which include hav- ing input in decisions about local BLM land and having a BLM agent work with County officials to resolve problems.) "We could sit down with a person at the B LM and work with them to get this resolved immediately," Carver said. The issue that needs to be resolved is a protest to the land sale filed by Las Vegas Motor Speedway who is alleged to have obtained some of their land from the BLM in a non- competitive sale. Driving school owner Rupert Bragg-Smith asked the County Commissioners to write letters to every- body they can think of to oppose the protest. He said stopping the driving school would not only be financially devastating to him but would also hurt the people of Nye County. Bragg-Smith operated his driving school at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three years. Last year he moved the school to Bakersfield, California. He believes Pahrump will be a better location and more accessible to his students who come from all over the country to take driving instruction from beginner level to race driving. Bragg-Smith was as- sured by BLM officials in Washington, D.C., that be- cause the public would ben- efit from the stated land use, he met the requirements for a non-competitive bid for the property. Subsequently, Bragg-Smith obtained the required, environmental im- pact study on the land located near the gravel pits along south Wheeler Pass Road. He also paid for a tortoise study and said he had people ready to install the tortoise fencing. For months, he has run into numerous obstacles in his dealings with BLM offi- cials in the Clark County of_ rice. The one person who did help him, Larry Sip, was re- moved from the case. Thinking the sale was finally settled, Bragg-Smith projected an opening date of October 1997 and is already receiving student deposits. Wulfenstein and other contractors are ready to move, be said. The protest could delay or even kill the sale, Bragg-Smith told the Commission- ers as he asked for their help. The Commissioners agreed to send a fax immediately to oppose the protest. Carver said he would meet with the BLM Wednesday. NEEDS SUPPORT-Rupert Bragg-Smith ask County Commissioners for help with the BLM. PAHRUMP VALLEY TEMPORARY : LABOR SERVICE Call Joy Morrissey 727-4144 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 17, 1997 17 Pahramp Valley Insurance Life Group Medical 7276700 Phone & Fax Roger W. Burnley C.L.U. Pahrump's Only Complete. Over 4,000 Plants in Stock Cactus Desert Plants Succulents (702) 727-8155 - Fax (702) 727-6303 201 S. Frontage Rd. PRINTING, Inc. Quality offset printing done in PAHRUMP Monday ~ Friday 8am/5pm Saturday ~ 10am/3pm Member Pahrump Chamber of Commerce Beatty Chamber of Commerce Death Valley Chamber of Commerce  i i ii iiiiiiii ii i Hours Carry Our 727-4300 10 a.m, - 8 p.m. Patrol Services Guard Services Vacation Watch Immediate Communication anti on Dwin Child Visitation. Personal 727-1609  !nassmentAntimiclation Latch Key Children