Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada on January 8, 1980 · Page 14
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14 Reno Evening Gazette Tuesday, January 8, 1980 Futures panel ballot box stuffing alleged W Sit By SUE VOLEK ; The Commission on the Future of Nevada staff has - : thrown out several hundred opinion surveys because ."it suspects a developer's organization tried to stuff the ballot box. ; But the executive director of the Nevada Environmental Action Trust. Thomas Young, denied that .allegation. ' State Planning Coordinator Bob Hill acknowleged ; Monday his office, which staffs the blue-ribbon panel studying Nevada's growth, has discounted "between ::2(M) and 300" of the 22,000 questionnaires returned. The commission developed the advisory survey to .glean public opinion about growth-related matters. Hill confirmed his staff had received "confidential information" several hundred surveys had been completed by a few persons under the direction of the Nevada Environmental Action Trust, which represents developers. "We have pulled out a group of from 200 to 300 surveys," said Hill. "Obviously, all were completed by one individual group. The color of ink indicated that all were filled out at the same time and when we further looked at the fill-in-the-blank questions, they were the same." The planning coordinator said the confidential information identified NEAT as the group behind the alleged mass survey completion and the open-ended questions advocated continued development. He would not elaborate further on the incident, other than to say the color of ink identified by the informant was distinct and matched the ink used on the questionable surveys. Young flatly denied his organization orchestrated any such move. . "I filled one out; my wife filled one out, and we urged our members to complete their own surveys." he said, but refuted allegations NEAT organized a ballot-box-stuff. Ironically, the question of rigging the response arose after a representative of the Building Association of Northern Nevada told a Futures Commission meeting Monday the survey was slanted in -favor of a no-growth viewpoint and no-growth groups might have attempted to skew the results by filling .out extra questionnaires. Deanna DeLuca warned commissioners against taking the survey results as gospel because the questionnaire was not distributed to a statistical sample. "We weren't happy with the way it was put together," Mrs. DeLuca said. She referred specifically to one question which asked whether respondents would accept deterioration of air quality; increased water shortages, traffic, federal regulations and population; reduced public services and limited access to public hunting and fishing areas. "We're not advocating uncontrolled or runaway growth," she said, "but we are concerned that the results could be misleading." Mrs. DeLuca was assured by commission Chair-rnan Mort Galane the panel would keep in mind the unscientific nature of its public opinion poll. Hill said the survey questions should be compiled toy early February. The results will be added to .information from public meetings to direct the com-'rmssion in making specific recommendations later this year. Recreation funds given CARSON CITY (AP) - The award of $1.5 million in federal land and water conservation funds to 11 Nevada communities was announced Monday by Gov. Robert List. The funds will be used for park and recreation projects. Applications for the funds were recommended by the state Park Advisory Commission. The commission reviewed 19 applications and picked 13 for the governor's approval. Funding includes $100,000 for Galena Creek, $50,000 for Mayberry Park, and $282,000 for Incline Village Park, all in Washoe County: $33,600 for Miner's Park in Storey County; $15,000 for Community Field in Battle Mountain; $53,489 for Chimney Dam Park in Humboldt County; $42,350 for the Pioche pool; and $100,000 for Governor's Field in Carson City. In Clark County, there's $97,500 for Sunset Park soccer field,, $200,000 for Winchester Township Park ; $50,000 for Wells Parks in Henderson; $200,000 for Fountain Park in Las Vegas ; and $200,000 for Walker Pool in North Las Vegas. List also said that besides the $1.5 million, there's another $370,000 in state park bicycle path funds. That includes $250,000 for Incline Village and May-berry Park, and $120,000 for Sparks. CasualIndustrial office moving The Reno CasualIndustrial Office is scheduled to move to 55 South Wells Ave., Reno, on Jan. 15. The new location is one door south of the corner of East Second and Wells Ave. Marlite Walltile Furnished & installed Most tub areas UNDER 1349S Remove old tile & plumbing Replace with new wall tile Re-install plumbing Clean up complete job WILSON WALLB0ARD & WALLTILE Call Anytime Lie. contr. No. 1 1 185 358-7818 RENO, NEVADA LEASE C.3ECI Why pay a Middleman LEAS! FROM THE DEALER! LEASE FOR LESS AT... la!!inan I U grain LEASING Ha cir m4 tnclu ikaaW b. kat t "Nt Car DMtar" GEOLOGICAL PROCESSES -THE EARTH'S CRUST Geological Processes the Earth's Crust is a new course to be offered at TRUCKEE MEADOWS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (formerly Western Nevada Community College) in the spring semester. This class will introduce the layman to the aesthetic as well as the scientific aspects of the earth's crust. The student will learn the basic geological terminology and become familiar with the various theories on how the structures on the earth's surface are formed. Lorre Moyer, instructor for the class, says she feels that you can make your hiking, camping or out-of-town driving a more enjoyable experience by increasing your understanding and observation of the physical landscape of the world around you. Registration for the course will be Jan. 16 and 17 at the campus. For more information call TRUCKEE MEADOWS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 673-4666, extension 210. The "Cheap Trick" in concert at Reno's Centennial Coliseum Monday night. Gazette photo by Doug Dili 'Cheap Trick' rock concert a Gazette review By MARK CRAWFORD "We're all all right," Cheap Trick sang Monday night in the Centennial Coliseum. And a capacity crowd seemed glad to agree, raising arms and cheers in one of the loudest, happiest ovations in Reno rock concert history. They also seemed to accept the Trick's darker words about "Dream Police." But again it was a happy-faced agreement, contrasting with the answers to Frank Zappa's prophetic question 13 years ago: "Who Are the Brain Police?'" The concert itself stayed notably peaceable in view of hard music calculated by the Rockford, 111., quartet to keep a teen audience on the ropes. Cheap Trick certainly put on a show that was hard to counter. Visual interest bounced about between lead guitarist Rick Nielsen (acting like a 30-year-old holdover from the Our Gang comedies) and lead singer Robin Zander (bleached blond).- Bassist Tom Petersson and drummer Bun E. Carlos, pounded. Musically, the group stayed mainly in the plain, hard rock with obvious bows to Paul McCartney's style ( "Voices," as close to ballad as things got) and rock 'n roll antiquity ("Ain't That a Shame"). All four, plus a keyboard player, were strong, and the production sounded remarkably loud and clear. Three lights-out breaks ( for the average listener to light one Zippo and curse the darkness was two too many. Precisely, each return was as anticlimactic as the one before. (The concert had peaked midway with the tasty dissonance of "Gonna Raise Hell.") Nielsen, however, could have pranced all night and the crowd could have stayed. I couldn't have. Moon Martin and the Ravens had offered a more balanced, better paced .set, earning good response. Martin's sound, being just a bit quieter, was that much cleaner and denser, featuring twin vocal harmonies and tasty twin-guitar rifting. The percussive nature of Martin's voice made his words tell, as in the rhythm 'n blues-flavored "Cadillac Walk.'" Martin also kept a very propulsive beat, to which he bounced in tight red pants. "Heartbreak Hotel," nevertheless, typically avoided an Elvis pelvic number in favor of a group coup.

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