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Out Esmeralda Way by Carol Sirnes PVG Staff It's a chilly Sunday morning October 12 with 28 degrees above at 6:30 a.m. with gusty winds from the north. A few days ago the remaining zucchini, squash, cantaloupe, honey- dews and three small pumpkins were brought in. Zucchini and squash vegetable soups were made and frozen for a future snowy day. Even though the growing season here is short, the bamboo that was brought up from Pahrump a few years back managed to grow two more feet this summer. The bamboo, the red ice-plants and the deep purple petunias are still hanging in there. Commissioners meeting The Esmeralda County Commissioners met on October 7 with Chairwoman Susan Dudley presiding. * Mike Anderson reported that the drop boxes for Silver Peak and Fish Lake Valley had arrived. The work on the drop box area in Fish Lak e Valley is progressing with the retaining walls up and they am ready to pour the concrete pad. Mike would like to thank Carl Shrider and his crew and Fred Anderson and his department for their support and help. * Mark Swinney, along with Bob Buffer, Dave Davis, and Gene Ottonella, from the Bureau of Land Management, spoke on ,,,  the Battle Mountain Fire Management Plan and some new changes in their policy. One billion taxpayer dollars were spent in 1996 fighting fires in Nevada. Their fire suppression plan would protect the land and cause less erosion. In some cases, they would let the fire burn itself out naturally if not located near any populated areas. They are also asking the Federal Communications Conlmis- sion (FCC) to increase radio frequencies in emergency commu- nication equipment. * A bid was received and opened on the trailer/truck that had been advertised in the nc, .'apers. The bid was from the BenLee Company Inc. in Michigan stating they had a 40 foot long, 1990 trailer for $14,295 which included a paint job. Mike Andson called them to check on its past maintenance record and it had already been sold. The bid will be re-advertised. * Revised applications for the Silver Peak and Fish Lake Valley dmpboxes and a reworded permit application for the Ooldfield Landfill and request for an extension of closure was sent to Nevada Division of Enviromneaatal Protection, (NDEP). * The revised amendment to the interlocal agreement for the county match program was passed. * Tom Rinaldi asked that the Mineral Ridge Water Agree- merit with Esmeralda County be renewed (use of water from the Hotsprings in FLsh Lake Valley). * Nora Adams discussed the Vision renewal plan with Ameritus as their eopayment has increased to $20, and it was approved. * Tom Rinaldi and Doug Moore presented a slide presenta- tion on the progress at Mineral Ridge Resources (MRR). Mineral Ridge covers 2,000 acres, has nine pits, at one time had been an active fault, and mines in that area have been on going since 1863. Blattner and Sons, D.c. does contract mining for them. MRRPresently employs 75-80 people and the projoct may last seven to eight years. They poured their first gold on June 24, 1997. * Commissioner Ben Vcljoen of Silver Peak discussed using the clay froln the old Sunshine Mine to line the dry Silver Lake bed. It was approved. DOE faces angry county residents Because of the  Sandia rocket that landed be- tween Goldfieldand Silver Peakon4,Commissiotmr Susan Dudley asked the Departnvto (IX)E) to meet withcounty residents on Ocber 7 after the Commissioners meeting. Eric Hanson, DOE project manager, and Nancy Harkness passed out brochures and showed slides explaining the purpose of the rocket test. These were two-stage Sandia developed rockets, which they had launched over 1,500 and 42 of this type. They were 35 feet tong, 31 inches in diameter, both rocket motors were solid propellant with no radioactive mateals on board. These weigh about seven tons and have no destruct or abort mechanism on them. Hanson said they knew within the first two minutes that something went wrong, and it still traveled 150 miles up into the air, then droPlxXl down on the other side of the ,, mountains from Goldfield. The main target that it was supposed to hit was a giant concrete pad, 750 foot in diameter and eight inches thick, on the Tonopah Test Site. The atmosphere in thq commissioners' room was highly explosive as it was filled with upsetresidents, many of whom had long lists of questions to ask the DOE. One of the questions asked was, Wday do they fire at night instead of day6m?" The answer was that it is more convenient at night taxuutse of less air traffic. Also asked,"Why was the sheriffs depammnt the only one notificdT' Why wen any of the commissioners notified?" There was no response to either of these questiom. Hanson said the  oftht roclm launch was to test the Navy Impact Fuze. Commissioner Gary O .onnor from F'mh Lake Valley asked, '3f these am Navy  tests, why is the DOE involvedT' * Hanson explained it's like a stockpile stewardship mission and the testing is under civilian control. RJ. Gilhm brought up the fact again that Goldfield has no monitoring system to check on gamma, alpha, or be rays, and asked if the DOE could furnish Esmeralda County with any of this equipment. The cost of one of these rockets is two million dollars. Slim Sirnes askzd what the tcal cost ofoue of these tests was and they didn't know. They didn't have answers to many questions asked from the audience. Afseveralhounodiscussion, Hanson and Hadmess went over to the Community Center for anyone still wishing to talk and for those just getting Of[" work. Juvenile crime control In a nutshell, S. 10, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act, is about getting serious with violent young criminals, it's about trying these offenders in adult, courts. Anti-gun members of the U.S. Senate see the legislation differently. They see it as a vehicle to attack you, the law-abiding gun owner. When the bill comes to the Senate floor this fall, they have pledged to make every effort to taekon an anti-gun wish list. Here's what we are in for:. Mandatory trigger locks: Buy a handgun and you must buy a trigger locking device. You might not want one, or you might already own several. It won't matmr if the anti-gunners succeed, they want it to be the government's call, not your choice. "JunkGuns": Sen. BarbaraBoxer calls them"junkguns," you probably know them as affordable handguns, the very guns that a low-income family might have to rely on for protection. Yon also know them as compact handguns, the kind that are becom- ing more and mo pracal as more and morn states recognize your right to carry. Anti-gun idealogies such as Sen. Boxer need to be reminded that self-defense is also a civil fight. One-gun-a-month: Anti-gun Senators think they have the authority to limit how often a law-abiding citizen way exercise a constitutionally guarantd fight. Limiting your right to pur- chase one handgun in 30 days would he only the beginning. Remember that a decade ago Sen. Ted Kennedy proposed a two- gun- a-year restriction. He'll settle for one a month now, if honest gun owners swallow gun rationing. Regulating gun dealers out of business: Bill Clinton has cut in half the numbers of federally licensed firearms dealers during the last three years. Following his lead, anti-gun senators will try to decrease the number furth by adding to their cost of doing business. The anti-gunners want to expand Btmmu of Alcohol, Tobacco and F'm authority to determine what they consider to be "appropriate security measures" for Federal Fh-earms Licenses(FFL). Brady Act fixes: Sen. Herb Kohl and Rep. Charles Schumer want to shift the burden of conducting background checks from local law enforcement nthorities to the backs of firearm dealers. Instead of hassling dealers, responsible legislators are joining the chorus of calls to the White House and Justice Department to stop dragging their heels on implementing the National Rifle Asso- ciation backed national instant check system. Semi-auto/magaziue bans: You can bet the Senate anti- gunners won't miss the opportunity to try and expand the Clinton-Fcinstein semi-auto and magaziue ban that passed as part oftbe 1994 crimebill. Need proof?In 1994, the anti-gummrs exempted the MI Carbine from the gun ban. Today Senators such as Frank Lautenberg claim the Carbine is the choice of criminals and demonize it as having been "designed for war." In a conversation with U Bob Rogers, he said, 'q'he original bill itself is good and many people are in favor of it, but not with all these other items added on." Editors Note: This article was written by Tanya K. Metaksa andtakm fromtheSeptemberimuedtheAmerkanRifleman Magazine. Those of you wishing to oppose the adding d amendments to S-10, please write your senators at these addresses: Sen. Richard Bryan 600 E. Williams St. Slate 304 Carson City, Nev. 89701 Ph: (702) 885-9111 Fax: (702) 8.$.V0 Sheriff's blotter or Harry Red 600 W. Wintmms SC Suite302 CanmOty, Nev.SSr000] Fax: (702) 803-1980 Gilbert Anthony Chacon II was booked Octobea" 3 into Goldfield jail on charge of domestic batty, trespassing, resist- hag a public officer. Bail was set at $3,000. Alvin P. Swearingen was arrested October 7 on charge of outside wmant, served time and was mlsl. Michael John Diaz was booked October 9 into Goldfield jail on charge of second offense DUI, driving left of center. Bail was set at $2,580. PahrL?m! 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