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4 Thursday, November 27, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Auto Accidents Bankruptcy Criminal Defense Divorce lncoqoration Wills &.Trusts Law Offices of Louis M. Mlnicozzi,lli A Professional Corporation Pahrump 361 S. Frontage Rd. - Suite 2 Telephone (702) 751 - 1200 l.as Vegas 333N. IUmdm Dr. - Suite 410 Telepheme (702) 648-4950 Toll Free, (8118)246-1960 Canteen Bakery & Party Shop llE. SecondSt. (702) 727-7447 Sugar Free ff-famSlcinity Cakes Pies & Pastny  Pies & Bread Assorted Dontts & Goodies H.rs- 4:30 am - 1:30 pm Tues - Sat CHRISTMAS LAYAWAY NOW Open Sunday 10:00- 2:00 (through December) Open a-S Mon- Sat +SUN 141 S. Western Wear Feed, Tack Corral/Panels Mail Order Catalog Sales over 1200 Manufacturers DISTRIBUTORS WANTED Organization speaks out against parks agreement between UN and US i ...... SIGN OF THE TIMES--- Members of the Amargosa Valley chapter of People for the West stand next to a sign they erected near Death Valley National Park. The sign is their reminder that not everyone wants the United Nation's involvement in America's parks. Pictured left to right are: Fred Johnson, Mike Gilgan, Maureen Gilgan, Mike O'Neill, Dave Boyd and Betty Boyd. by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff Several Nevada chapters of People for the West are sending a message to the United Nations (UN) that they don't want outside parties dictating what can or cannot be done with land in their area. Mike O'Neill, vice chairman of the Amargosa Valley Chapter, said that his organization is fed up with the recent American Land Sovereignty Protection Act, an agreement between the United States and the UN regarding national parks. The UN now has influence over how many parks are to be preserved, regulated and used. O'Neill said this agreement allows an organization outside the realm of the United States"own government to have power and say so about what the citizens are allowed to do. He said that wasn't right and that his organization will protest the agreement until something is changed. What concerns the Amargosa Valley Chapter the most is the Death Valley National Park area. In 1994, the park was designated as a UN World Biosphere Reserve. Strict regula- tions were put on the land through what O'Neill said was strong influence from the UN. The California Desert Protec- tion Act and expansion of the park threatened to close two |emrn Ccnnec00on Rocky Mountain, StetsOn, Wrangler, Montana Silver Smith, Versmith, Leanin Tree, Roper, Tony Lama 7?.7.7008 economically viable mining projects. (The PV Gazette ran a story on one of the mines in the October 23 issue). "There are some very good economic benefits with those mines both locally and nationally," O'Neill said. "By placing either strong restrictions or telling the owners they can't mine at all hurts the economy and makes the overall environmental threat even greater. These owners might go to another country and mine where no regulations exist at all." While People for the West leaders say there is no direct evidence that the UN has ever made a direct management decision regarding any of the nearly 50 biological reserves across America, they do say that several U.S. Park Service Documents provide evidence of strong collaboration be- tween the two entities. In a newsletter obtained by the PVGazette, the organiza- tion claims that the US has bound itself to international agreements and treaties that stipulate that lands across the country would be managed in such a way as to secure international goals and objectives. Congress, however, has never passed any law permitting the U.S. to enter into agree- ments that require commitments such as the restrictions now in effect at Death Valley National Park. If the UN were dictating the rules, opponents say both the US and the UN would be in the wrong. People for the West advocates like O'Neill say that what is occurring now is as close as it gets to the UN actually controlling the nation's parks. Many towns in Nevada were created due to mining and many people have opted to settle in rural areas like Pahrump and Amargosa Valley due to the laxed regulations and per- sonal freedoms. While the number of mines have dwindled, the populations have grown. Recent restrictions placed on land in the region though, have shut down operations, limited employment, and confused many about where they can go and what they can do when they get there. William 7(ltman has been a resident ofPahrump, Amargosa Valley, Beatty and Baker, Calif. He said that what is happen- ing with the park service and public lands disgusts him. Altman said he is not a member of any organization, but that he sides with People for the West. "I moved to the west to escape big city bureaucracy and now, no matter where I move, I still find myself right in the middle," he said. "I wonder when the governments of this world will let the land issue go and realize it is there for everyone, not some silly science project." Liz Arnold is both the Nevada and National Chairman of People for the West. The Beatty resident doesn't want her organization to he seen as one to start riots or lock themselves to gates, What they want to do is try and convince the higher powers that land is there for everyone. The UN deal bothers her because of the third party involved. "We would like to do see our Senate and Congress maker the decisions not the UN," she said. "The real issue here is over who is in control and why does our own government seem to no longer have a say?" Officials from the National Park Service and Death Valley National Park were not available for comment by press time. Those with People for the West said they will keep trying to influence those who have been influencing them.