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J t Moratorium altered, parcel map applicants still unhappy ! , medical i accident that oc[urred in the intersection of Highways 160 and 372 Friday, Oct. 31. Mason was taken to UMC in Las Vegas with severe injuries by night for Life. For another accident this week see page AA7. photo by Kevin Simpson Quake jolts area... by Dave Downing PVG Staff TONOPAH -- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolted many central Nevada residents out of bed Sunday rfiorning, Nov. 2 at 12:51 a.m. Nevada Earthquake onopah , Bi,, ,oidfieid .___ / N?00ue PVG graphic based on data supplied oy u.S.G.S. The epicenter was located at the north end of the Death Valley-Furnace Creek Fault Zone along the northeast flank of the White Mountains, approximately 45 miles west- southwest of Tonopah. According to Esmeralda County UndersheriffBob Rogers, the quake produced considerable shaking in communities throughout the region although there were no reports of damage. The quake was reportedly felt as far north as Fallon, Tonopah and Goldfield. The quake was widely felt in eastern California including Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. A dis- patcher for the Nye County Sheriffs Department in Tonopah stated that "the entire building began to shake." The Furnace Creek fault has considerable geologic his- tory and a branch of that fault produced the largest earth- quake ever recorded in California which occurred in 1872 in Owens Valley. Continued on page 2 by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff The controversial parcel map moratorium that has been on the minds of many in the Pahrump Valley saw a new twist on Tuesday, November 4. The issue once again came before the Nye County Com- missioners at their meeting in Tonopah, this time in an attempt to have it amended to exclude subdivisions from the process and allow for continued development. Several weeks ago, Nye County Planning Director Ron Williams asked for the moratorium in an effort to tend to what he considered bigger health and safety issues associated with the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission's (PRPC) draft master plan. Williams said that the steadily growing number of parcel maps that were coming before the PRPC took away from concentration on other planning issues. "We are addressing the concerns of water rights and septic tanks, but there are many other areas that we haven't been looking at," Williams said. Another reason Williams wanted the moratorium was due to the fact that many parcel maps were being approved before new rules and regulations were enacted. If the problems were not addressed now, then the town and county would have a more difficult time correcting them later, he said. At the October 21 commission meeting in Pahrump, the commissioners adopted the moratorium despite a lengthy list of protestors, including several members of the PRPC. Pahrump Parks and Recreation Advisory Board ChairLisa Mendel and local contractor and developer Ron Murphy have been called the unofficial leaders of the movement against the Continued on page 19 RENO -- Increased earthquake activity seems to have arrived with the announcement, last week, that the University of Nevada. Reno's College of Engineering has become a vital link in the nation's mostimportantearthquake strdcl-t T Pockets Oatabm, BL.'-t & lirav. 1st 8pro- Kidnil00t I