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-I ! I ! Gazette on the street. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 17, 1997 19 What role should the L. S. play in space exploration? Pahrump Pahrump Pahrump Pah00mp ,i  sh itself involved exploration. There are tons and tons ofgs to find out. there are other civilizations that humanity could learn from." involvement don t care whatm on M . "I r on research development because a-lot of good has come from it. I don't think the government should monopolize iL" Compiled by  sta/y plutos.es 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tono 3ah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pah ru m 3 Nevada-then and now Dedicating Derby Dam by Phillip 1. Earl Nevada Historical Society n Oct. 29, 1968, John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks hosted a dedication for a historic marker for Derby Diversion Dam, the first project completed under the Arid Lands Act of 1902. " The dam is located 22 miles east of Reno on the Truckee River, just off 1-80. The ceremony had been scheduled for the actual site, but rain and high winds that day forced the proceedings indoors. Officials of the Truckee-Carson Irri- gation District were on hand, as were Sens. Howard Cannon and Alan Bible, Nevada State Sen. Carl Dodge of Fallon, the Regional Director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Robert J. Pafford Jr., and Eric Cronkhite of the Nevada State Park System. The speakers chronicled the history of the dam and praised the foresight of Sen. Frances G. Newlands of Nevada,. who wrote and pushed through the legislation which created the federal reclamation system and led to the TCID and the com- munities of Fallon and Fernley. They also noted that Derby Damhad never been officially dedicated. Not quite. The dam was completed in May 1905, and was ceremoniously opened a month later, June 17, 1905, in exercises presided over by no less a personage than Sen. Newlands himself. There had never been a historic marker at the site, however. Reno civic officials organized the 1905 dedication to coincide with a tour of the western states by members of the respective irrigation committees of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Elwood Mead, at that time head of irrigation investigations for the Department of Agriculture was also with the congressional party, as was James I. Parker, Division of Lands and Railroads, Department of the Interior. Also on hand for the ceremony were former U.S. Sen. William Morris Stewart of Nevada, California Gov. George C. Pardee and Southern Pacific Railroad officials. Scene at Derby Dam, June 17,1905, the day the structnre was officially dedicated. photo by Nevada Historical Society Arriving in Reno from Sacramento on the Southern Pacific at 8 a.m., the visitors spent an hour socializing at the depot before boarding a special train for a trip to the dam. Sen. Newlands, acting as master of ceremonies, spoke on the significance of the day and of the dam, "humanitarian, business-like and democratic in the large sense that it is intended for the benefit of the entire people." Congressman Frank W. Mondell of Wyoming, chairman of the Irrigation Committee, also spoke, as did Leon C. Taylor, project engineer, Gov. Pardee and Frederick H. Newell, engineer of the U.S. Reclamation Ser- vice. The congressmen, their wives and other members of the party then made their way across and Mrs. Newlands broke a bottle of White Seal champagne on the face of the dam at exactly 10:23 a.m. This was a signal to two Sens., Fred J. DuBois of Idaho and Frank P. Flint, Cali- fornia, Congressman Mondell and Gov- ernor Pardee to turn the cranks lowering the gates and send a torrent of water rushing down the canal and on east to the reservoir site at the junction of the Carson River. The members of the party walked up the canal to Derby where they reboarded the train for Hazcn. A brass band from Fallon greeted them as they stepped off at the depot and carriages were provided for a tour of the reservoir site, now Lake Lahontan, to the south. They returned to Reno at 6:30 where the men attended a banquet at Eagle Hall and a reception was held for their wives at the Riverside Hotel. At the time of the 1968 ceremony, several speakers noted the economic impor- tance of the development of Lahontan Valley and the Lower Truckee River, but other citizens of northern Nevada suggested that Derby Dam was the "beginning of the end" for Pyramid Lake, which had once received all the waters of the Truckee River. This controversy is too complicated to go into in this space, but Derby Dam today continues to be a political issue of great magnitude.