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2 Thursday, October 9, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette The Pahrump Valto  Gazette, formerly known as the Death Val- ley Gateway Gazette. (ISSN #07467419), established July 22, 1983, adjudicated as a legal news- paper of general circulation July 10, 1985, is published weekly on Thursday by Goldfield Group Pub- lishers, Inc. Editorial, production, and advertising offices at the 1570 E. Hwy 372, Pahrump, Nevada 89048. Telephone 702/727-5583 or FAX 702/727 -7192. Periodical postage paid at Pahrump, Nevada and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: send address changes to The Pahrump Valley Gazette, P.O. Box 97795, Las Vegas, Ne- vada 89193. For billing or sub- scription inquiries please tele- phone 800/682.2640. Copyrights: No paJ t ˘ is publication may be copied or reproduced by any means without the express written per- mission of the Publishers. Included are photos, stories, staff produced advertiments, columns, cartoons and all other materials. All rights rerved by The Pahrump Valley Gazelle. Editorial Policy Opinions of the Pahrump Valley Gazette columnists are their own and do not necessar- ily reflect those of the Gazette staff or management. Letters Policy We welcome letters to the editor. Letters must be signed, with the writer's address and telephone number included. Unsigned letters will not be published. Short, concise let- ters are preferred. Letters will be edited for length and libel. Mail to 1570 E. Hwy 372, Pahromp, NV 89048 i , Nevada Northern and Central Friday...A slight chance of showers mainly east otherwise dry. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s. Saturday and Sunday...Dry aad cooler. Lows in the 30s east to mid 40s wesL Highs in tlm upper 00s and 70s. Southern Nevada Friday through Stmday...Dry and cooler. Lows in e 60s to lower 70s. H/ghs in he mid S0s to mid 90s. Callfonda I)esert Arem Fr/day...Panly cloudy and lo- of showers or m. Ovmilows fmmmidto upper 40s Ows Valley t0 the lower 70s Death Valley. Higlm from the mid to upper 80s OwensValleytonear 100Death VaUcy. Saturday...Mostly clear Breezy in the afternoon across northern deserts. Lows from the mid to upper 4 Owens Valley to rile lower 70s Death Valley. Highs from  mid to upper 80s Oweas Valley m near 102 Death Valley. Sunday..Mostly clear and locally btzy. Lows from the lower m mid 40s Owens Valley to the lower 70s Death Valley. Highs from tl lowex 80s O..m Vall to neat ioo ot Valley. Rocket slams into Esmeralda Continued from front page the Tonopah Test Range and no one was allowed into the area. It's believed they will be there for several days. Goldfield resident Joyce Haskew had gone to bed around 11:30 p.m. and soon after she heard a series of loud sonic- booms. "I wasn't quite asleep and they woke me up. I ...... thought, at first, that there was some blasting at the local mines," she said. "There were more than three loud booms and my dog ran to the north- west section of my property and began barking. I think there were six explosions." Wade Barton, former Esmeralda County Commis- sioner and a strong supporter of alternative uses for the Ne- vada Test Site voiced concern over the crash. He and his wife, Kay, had witnessed the rocket flight and described it as a "ball of fire." According to Barton he had gotten out of bed earlier to do some work and around midnight heard a series of booms. "It was a curious type of sound," he said. "It didn't sound like something we were used to hearing." His wife went outside and he went to get some binoculars then headed outside. "My wife almost knocked me down running back inside screaming there had been an explo- sion out there." After seeing the rocket he immediately called the Esmeralda Sheriffs Department and was told that they were already responding. NO ENTRY  Security vehicles were scattered throughout the area of the crash site in Esmeralda County. No one was allowed in to view or photograph the downed rocket that slammed into the desert near Goldfield in the morning hours of Saturday, OcL 4. PVG staff photo "I'd like to know the facts on this," Barton told the, PVG. What was the payload on this rocket and why did it malfunc- tion? There needs to be a full disclosure on this." Barton also concedes that mistakes do happen and is hopeful this will be an isolated incident. Susan Dudley, Esmeralda County Commissioner voiced some concern about the mal- functioned test. "It's possible the commissioners may dis- cuss a protest to Sand|a, how- ever, I don't know enough of the details at this time to say for certain." Darwin Morgan, spokes- man for the Department of Energy, stated that a joint in- vestigation with Sandia Na- tional Laboratories into the cause of the malfunction will begin immediately. It was stated that technicians at the launch site had never seen this type of anomaly occur in this type of rocket before. "All our efforts are being directed toward determining why this happened," said Morgan. The test was one of a series of tests to be conducted from the Nevada Test Site to establish the necessary infraslructure to support rocket launch activities. The Department of Energy has . been searching for new uses for the test site since the nuclear test moratorium in 1992. Gazette staff reporters contributed to this story. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month In conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Arcon Pahrump Center for Healthcare is offering special mammography rates. During the entire month of October, mammographies will be available for $50.00, when paid at the time of service. Each patient will also receive a free handbook dealing with women's health issues. In addition to mammography, the center offers a variety of services from full physical exams, pap smears, cholesterol screening, and cancer screenings  all under one roof. Call now to schedule an appointment. Arcon has lots of new ideas about healthcare. Programs focusing on women's health issues is just one of them. J Pahrump Center for Healthcare 1501 E. Cah, ada Blvd Pahrump, NV 89048 702-727-6060 Established 1981 MaryAnn McNeill Reporter/Photographers Patti Babcock Andy Ho/tmann Geoff Kreis Production Director Dann Weeks Art Director Sean Wilson ProductioNCovv E˘itor Ann Smart Production Kevin J. Simpson Teresa Stanton Gina Moore Photoaravhy Ethel Messer Bruce Stevenson Advertisina Director Carlton McCaslin Beverly Sacca Resident A oent/Controller Marie Lapriore AdministratioNCir˘˘lation Angle Lapriore, Admin. Asst. Norm Leavitt, Distribution You can contact the .... 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