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4 Thursday, August 2 I, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette AUIU Accidenls Bankruptcy Criminal I)efcnse Divorce Incorporation Wills & Trusts LAW OFFICES OF LOUIS M. MINICOZZI, !11 A Professional Corporation PAHRUMP 361 S, Frontage Rd- Suite 2 Telephone: (702) 751-1200.. LAS VEGAS 333 N Rancho Dr,- Suite 410 Telone: (702) 6484950 .Toll Free: ()246-1960 .Oil Changes From $1&95 ,Tune. ups From $29.95 (.rot v00Saes) From ,Radiators. New And Rebuilt (We I)o t00otorhomes, Also!H) M-F 8:3(m..15p.m. and 8p.m.- lOp.re..Ju.te Canteen Bakery & Party Shop llE. Second. (702) 727-7447 Assorted Donuts & Goodi Hrs- 4:30 am -1:30 pm Tm- Sat VALLEY BIKES, Will our water dry in the near future? by Geoff Kreis Gazette Staff For a town that is growing by leaps and bounds in terms of population, a problem of decreasing water becomes a big concern. Tom Buqo, a researcher on water concerns, who has been looking at the water situation in the Pahrump Valley for years now, gave a presentation at the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission Wednesday, August 13. In 1996, his statistics showed that 26,866 acre feet of water were pumped into the valley. That is a 14 percent increase over 1995. Now 7,178 water wells exist in Pahrump, includ- ing 722 new wells that were installed in the last year. In this year' s Nevada State legislature, 21 water issues appeared, but Buqo said few passed. Buqo mentioned that Pahrump was pushing the town's threshold of 40,000 acre feet of water per year. Currently, he said that the town can support no more than 30,000 people. Buqo's figures come from the U.S. Geological Service stud- ies that have been conducted in the area. Those statistics may not be correct," said resident John Bartlett. "Some people may not be using their wells and some have been abandoned." Buqo acknowledged Bartlett's concerns, but said that the U.S. Geological Service does an accurate study. Those fig- ures which he reflects in his presentation are therefore as accurate as can be. "The numbers are accurete in terms of usage," he said. "Based on the information we have available I feel this is as close to real as we can get." Buqo said that there are two options for the town. Water can be sought outside of the valley, or a sound water PAHI/.LIMP COMMUNITY LIBRARY 2101 E. Calvada Blvd. .,, 727-5930 New Hours management plan could be adopted. The idea of getting water from other places was virtually an unrealistic idea, he said. The water that Pahrump does have, exists in the form of underground water flow and tables formed by runoff from the Spring Mountains. Most of the water flows southwest- erly toward Southern California. Switching topics, Chairman Ben DePue wanted to hear about nitrate levels that existed in the water. He cited his own well as an example, saying he experienced levels as high as 11.5, well over the normal conditions. Down the road at another well, which was used as one of the U.S. Geological Service test wells, a level of only 2.9 existed. DePue wanted to know what caused these inconsistencies. "Sometimes, like a rat's nest stuffed in a well can increase nitrate levels," said Buqo "Other elements that add to nitrate levels include sewage, natural resources, and agriculture waste." Many audience members were upset that so few wells in the valley were physically inspected by Buqo. They sug- gested that he would get better results if he physically surveyed a series of wells. Buqo said the funding did not exist to actually perform this task. He reiterated his point that the U.S. Geological Service studies were accurate. "I still think that if we were to test working wells instead of relying on old data, better results would be seen," Bartlett said. DePue ended the talks by thanking Buqo for his report and added a final consolation. "Don't get scared if we hammer you with questions," he said. "Some of us have a real challenge with saying we're going to be dried up in a day or two." Park denied by Planning Commission - Tues, Wed. & Thurs .... 9a.m. to 7p.m. J Friday ................ 9a.m. to 5p.m. I : Saturday .............. lla.m, to 5p.m. I ,i, iii i Closed Sunday & Monday 1 I by Andy Holtmann Plans to turn an area set aside for a small park into four parcel maps were denied by the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday The park is located at the end of four cul de sacs owned by Calvada Meadows and Preferred Equities Corporation be- B,m00t evrt_a aou" / / / / / P  SINGLE ENTRY FORM - Hat 80  or 20 Teal]lJ MULTIPLE OR TEAM ENTRY FORM Name Nam Name Name Enclosed:  S50 l-I $100 J $150 All Tickets and Entries are non-refundable For Additional Information Call Nick Matsuk at 727-0677 Uz or Jan at 727-7300 Drop Your Forms Off At The Stagestop, 100 W. Stagecoach Rd. Pahrump, NV tween Pahrump Valley Bou- levard and Dandelion Stre6t. When completed, it would serve as open space for the residents that live in the area. Planning Director Ron Williams said that for the area to be turned into parcel maps, there would be a call [br sewer and water hookups to the area. The nearest, he said, was 1,400 feet away. Mark Prasse, the PEC representative at the meeting said that he thought parcel maps themselves did not require utilities. "If whatever you are go- ing to put on the land needs water and sewer, then so too does the parcel map," Will- iams said. Commissioner Charlotte Levar said the area should remain a park and made a motion to deny PEC's re- quest. "The people moved out there with the assumption of apark being nearby, shesmd. "Let's keep it that way." DOMESTICGRICULTURF F.XPIDRATORY. PUMP SALES, SERVICE & INSTALLATION COMPLETE SYSTEMS INSFAI WlTI-I 5 YF.AR WARRANTY AVAILABLE PV Bird /