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Construction tax decision still on hold by Andy Hoitmann DON'T PLAY WITH MATCHES!-One message Pahrump Volunteer Firemen impressed on this Kindergarten class at J. G. Johnson Elementary School during a visit on Wednesday to recognize Fire Prevention Week. photo by Patti Babcock alfunctioning rocket slams into Esmeralda County by Mary Ann McNeill PVG Staff GOLDFIELD -- A rocket launched from the Nevada Test Site in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 4, mal- functioned and impacted in Esmeralda County between the town of Goldfield and Silver Peak, Nevada. The rocket test originated in Area 26 of the Nevada Test Site and was conducted by the Sandia National Laboratory. The rocket was originally destined to land on a dry lake bed at the Tonopah Test Range and was not supposed to stray out of the Nellis Range Complex. The rail launched, two-stage rocket measured about 34 feet long by 31 inches in diameter and was the second such test conducted. The first test was successfully conducted last Feb- ruary. The rocket was heard and seen by many residents of Goldfield and was reported to the Esmeralda County Sheriffs Department. "Around 12:28 a.m. we started getting calls from residents," Esmeralda UndersheriffBob Rogers told the PVG. Esmeralda Sheriffs Sgt. Rick Rose, deputies John Martino and Darin Wake responded to the area and could see the burning rocket in the desert. The Silver Peak ambulance and Fire Department responded to the area also. "The Department of Energy notified us as to what had happened and we secured the area until government personnel arrived ," Rogers said. The area of the crash was sealed offby security guards from Continued on page 2 PVG Staff Developers and new residents to Nye County may find another price tag added to building costs in the near future. A proposal of Bill #9%14 was brought before the County Commissioners on Tuesday, October 7 which would impose a tax on residential construction in the Pahrump Valley. The purpose for the taxation is to fund the rapidly expanding Nye County School District. Tremendous growth that has recently occurred in the southern portion of the state has created a need for new schools, classrooms, and equipment. In the past, the school district has squeaked by due to a steady concentration on the growth and some assistance through PETT (Payments Equal To Taxes) funds. Even with this and school bond issues to he appearing on upcoming election ballots, the district feels that their capital needs will overshadow their resources by mid- 1998. To aid the problem, the school district agreed that a construction tax would be a reasonable solution to their growing problem. By paying the additional $1,600 per lot for new development, officials hope that the growing town will pay for its own education. Commissioner Cameron McRae made his point clear though that he was not in favor of the bill as it was written. He felt that if all of Nye County would benefit from d'te taxes, then Pahrump should not be the only one paying for it. "I have simply relayed what residents' have relayed to me," he said. "The need is county wide and individuals here don't want to be footing the entire bill." McRae said he has not taken a position on the issue yet. He is waiting for the public hearing to come before the commis- sion so he can hear more of the residents concerns. The commissioners directed the school district to review their proposal and try to work out a county wide taxation system. "The chief complaint was that (the commissioners and Continued on page 4 Crash site . Tonopah i' L