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Nevada Thursday OCTOBER 18, 1984 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Section C 13C OBITUARIES 13-20C CLASSIFIED Shoestring campaign for Vucanovich foe CARSON CITY - Democratic candidate for Congress Andrew Barbano is running a shoestring campaign, according to financial records released Tuesday. Campaign disclosure reports filed this week with the Secretary of State's Office show Barbarno has received only $3,178 in contributions so far this year. His opponent Rep. Barbara Vucanovich, R-Nev., has collected $163,571 this year. i The $3,178 is less than most candidates collect in running for a seat in the Nevada Legislature. Barbano's biggest contribution of $1,000 came from the International Association of Retired Federal Employees. He personally has loaned his campaign more than $3,000. Vucanovich, for the reporting period of Aug. 16 to Sept. 30, collected $36,842. Her biggest contribution of $4,950 came from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund of Washington, D.C. She had received $2,000 in the primary from the same organization. The Automobile and Truck Dealers Political Action Committee chipped in $2,000 to the Vucanovich campaign during the August to September reporting period. Contributions of $1,000 came from Dr. Michael Gaughan of Las Vegas, Judith and Hugh Marshall of Reno, Gerald Smith of Reno, Andrew and Susan Tompkins, both of Las Vegas and the Tenneco Employees Good Government Fund. 4 groups bid for hotels LAS VEGAS Four groups are actively seeking to buy the Stardust and Fremont hotels and "things are progressing hourly," Gaming Control Board Chairman Jim Avance said Wednesday. "I expect a signed deal within a week," Avance said in a telephone interview from his office in Carson City. "There's a lot of activity and it's not just with one group. I think someone is going to emerge with a deal soon. "At the current time there is not a signed contract with any of the parties that are negotiating," Avance said in response to published reports that the Boyd family had completed a deal for the two properties. Sam and Bill Boyd, owners of the California Hotel and Sam's Town, have been running the Stardust since it was taken over oy gaming authorities earlier this year. Gaming authorities took control of the properties after charging that owners Allan Sachs and Herb Tobman failed to halt alleged skimming at the Stardust. Sachs and Tobman were ordered to sell the hotels and have been in negotiations with various groups for several months. Dog eats winning ticket LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas gambler's $10,000 prize in a football parlay contest this week almost went up in smoke or maybe down in the mouth when Joe King's dog, Jake, ate King's parlay ticket, casino officials said. "Holy dog, what am I going to do?" asked King, who had no tangible evidence to prove he selected 13 winners in 14 National Football League games this past weekend in a football handicapping contest at the Palace Station Casino. Roger Sims, head of the casino's sports book, calmed the gambler and said all King had to do was present his contest contract to receive his winnings. Sims, however, advised King to use some of his gambling winnings to purchase dog food for Jake, a Siberian husky. Utility donations for needy Sierra Pacific Power Co. has begun its annual drive to assist the needy in paying their winter utility bills. The Reno-based utility is asking its customers and employees for donations to be used to help pay the bills of needy. The company's stockholders will match the contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 for the Special Assistance Fund for Energy program. This year, customers have the option of either making donations at any time or pledging donations each month and having them added to their monthly Sierra Pacific payments. Since its inception in the fall of 1982, the SAFE program has dispensed more than $215,000 to the needy. For more information customers can call utility ombudsman Virgil Aramini at 789-4522 or by addressing a letter to the Ombudsman, Sierra Pacific Power Co., P.O. Box 10100, Reno, 89520. State prison inmate shot CARSON CITY A Nevada State Prison inmate was hit in the legs with birdshot Wednesday after ignoring a guard's order to get off a fence and lie down on the ground, Associate Warden John Ignacio said. Inmate Frank DePalma, serving 18 years plus life for murder, grand larceny, battery and other offenses, refused medical treatment for the three or four pellets that hit him, Ignacio said. WIRE SERVICE AND STAFF REPORTS G uilfly verdict in By KEN MILLER A federal court jury deliberated less than an hour Wednesday night before convicting a 35-year-old former sports car salesman of kidnapping a university coed last June. Loyd Gale Dickenson, who was on bond on an unrelated Washoe County rape charge when he abducted the woman, faces life in prison on the lone federal conviction. He will be sentenced Dec. 3. He also faces related kidnap and sexual assault charges in Washoe County and in Alpine County, Calif. The victim testifed at the outset of the two-day trial in U.S. District Court that she met Dickenson through an "employment wanted" classified ad in the Reno Gazette-Journal. She and a friend were vi it Mark Crosse Gazette-Journal SNOW PLAY: Michael MacDonald, 3, rolls up a giant day. Tuesday night's snow in the Truckee Meadows caused snowball while playing at Reno's Northwest Park Wednes- traffic problems, minor power outages and fun for the kids. We're improving, medical school dean says By BELMA JOHNSON Robert Daugherty, dean of the University of Nevada Medical School, summarized the school's condition with one word improving. . In his second annual state of the school address Wednesday, Daugherty critiqued faculty and students, announced a new $2,500 merit incentive for faculty, and offered the peace pipe to the Nevada Legislature, with whom the school has battled over funding and operations. Since most of his audience of 70 were faculty, Daugherty's comments centered on teaching. "It is not enough for us to provide the opportunity for our students to become scientifically and technically competent," Daugherty said. "It is our additional responsibility to provide them role models of ethically competent, sensitive and caring members of a helping profession." Daugherty pointed to honors won by four faculty members and two students in the past year as examples of leadership Hidden Valley residents seek hook-up fee probe By WAYNE MELTON Dozens of Hidden Valley residents signed a petition Wednesday night asking the Public Service Commission to check into what Purity Utilities has done with hook-up fees earmarked for the cleanup of its arsenic-contaminated water system. Frustrated after waiting years for their water system to be cleaned, many of Purity's 700 customers contend an accounting is necessary to show whether the utility has caused unnecessary delays in cleaning the system since it acquired Hidden Valley Water Co., in 1980. But Purity attorney Mike Soumbeniotis, who wasn't invited to the residents' one-hour meeting in Hidden Valley Country Club, said the money has already been accounted for by the PSC staff and there have been no unnecessary delays. The state Board of Health next week will consider Purity's request that it be allowed to connect a transmission line from a new clean-water well to the neigh-See WATER, page 2C Assembly District 32 race pits experience against By LENITA POWERS Bob Sader is running on his record and experience in seeking a third term to Assembly District 32 against opponent Jim Dixon's promise to bring innovative ways to raise state revenue and hold down taxes. The race for the district, which encompasses northeast Sparks, Sun Valley, Panther Valley and Golden Valley, has been an amiable one. Sader has called Dixon "a very nice man," but terms his opponent's view of many issues as "simplistic." Dixon said he is seeking the legislative seat to ensure taxes won't be increased and "to bring innovative and creative ideas that haven't been brought into the looking for a part-time summer job between semesters at school. Dickenson, who did not testify and who had sought before the trial to keep the media out, was on a Washoe County bond on a rape charge at the time he met the woman. He told her he owned a mine outside Markleeville, Calif., and needed a driver to run supplies to and from town. She agreed to look over the mine, but when the two reached a remote spot near Markleeville, Dickenson knocked her down, pulled out a pocket knife and dragged her back to his truck, where she said he sexually attacked her. Arguing for Dickenson, Assistant Public Defender Patrick Flanagan said it is not "reasonable" to suggest someone on bail for a rape charge would commit such an attack. 9 'Only novices and fools try to predict Nevada weather or our Legislature.' Robert Daugherty, dean University of Nevada Medical School He said he wants to further encourage this exchange of knowledge. "It is, therefore, with great pride that I announce a new faculty peer recognition award which will be known as the Excellence in Teaching Award and which will carry with it an honorarium of $2,500. I will annually ask each chairman to nominate a faculty member deemed to be the department's outstanding teacher, and will have the personnel committee review the nominations and make recommendations." Daugherty also praised third-year students who recently ranked in the 55th percentile on the national medical boards. It is an improvement of about 10 percentage points over last year. THE WINNER: Randy to driver Andy Hall, a dent, during the Dodge CAMPAIGN coed kidnapping "Why is it reasonable?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Sullivan answered rhetorically. "Because he likes it. Having sex normally just isn't exciting for him. "I think it's pretty stupid, myself." Sullivan produced the victim in the alleged March rape that Dickenson is charged with, and the woman testified she met Dickenson in a Reno restaurant and drove with him toward Sparks on an errand. But she said he drove clear to Wadsworth, where he raped her. Flanagan also hammered at what he called inconsistencies between the testimony of the woman in this case and the statements she gave to the police. He said she couldn't recall such things as his height and weight, the clothes he wore and other details. "The evidence consists of maybes, of 1 Students improved by 20 percent over last year on the anatomy tests and scored higher than any preceding class in pharmacology, Daugherty said. But treating patients with a mastery of medical techniques isn't all a physician needs. "It has always amazed and dismayed me that although the practice of medicine is a thrilling and exciting profession, the job of learning medicine that is, surviving medical school largely consists of sitting in class listening to lectures and memorizing facts, without seeing the relevance to caring for patients. Daugherty also discussed the sometimes frosty relations between his school and the state Legislature. "Only novices and fools try to predict Nevada weather or our Legislature," but he believes legislators will improve funding for the school. He said he hopes to attract support among the state lawmakers by offering a credible medical school that would enter joint projects with prospective high-technology companies. Pobst giv nships Universitylfcf Nef da-J Natior irida Legislature." A Republican, Dixon unsuccessfully ran against Sader in 1982 and expects to spend approximately $700 on this year's campaign. Dixon said he received no major contributions. Sader, a Democrat, estimates his campaign will cost between $10,000 and $15,000. He said the only major contributions he received have been $1,000 from the Humana Hospital-Sunrise and $500 from the Golden Nugget, both in Las Vegas. The candidates were asked their stances on the following issues and also discussed their own legislative priorities. Education DIXON supports increased funding for UM similars, of I-don't-knows, of it-could-have-beens," he argued. "The government is desperate. The government needs something to throw against this man, but it doesn't have enough." "We all make mistakes," Sullivan answered, "but she didn't forget his face." The woman pointed Dickenson out three times during the trial as her assailant. "If you believe the testimony (of the victim), you could forget all the other evidence," Sullivan said. Flanagan also alluded to the possibility that the government didn't prove the woman didn't consent to travel with Dickenson to Markleeville. Sullivan said there is "overwhelming evidence to prove we got the right guy." And, pointing to the defendant, he told jurors, "That's the right guy." Pioneer may become sports museum site By RICHARD MORENO Promoters of a sports memorabilia museum want to use part of the Pioneer Theatre as a future site, but those plans may not coincide with a Sierra Arts Foundation request to assume management of the theater. The museum group, led by collector Joel Piatt, is asking the Reno-Sparks Convention Authority today to consider turning over land at the entrance to the theater for a four-story sports museum. The group would also like to use the theater for museum-sponsored films and lectures. However, the Sierra Arts Foundation has already asked the authority, which owns and operates the theater, to take over management of the building. The foundation wants a six-year contract to operate the theater and is requesting the authority to underwrite them for about $400,000 a year the amount the authority loses each year it keeps the theater open. Sen. Randolph Townsend, D-Reno, who has been working with Piatt's group, said he doesn't think the two plans are at odds. "We would like to help the Sierra Arts Foundation any way we can," Townsend said. "We're there to support them, not be in conflict with them." Townsend said the sports group's plans call for improving the theater, which means Sierra Arts could continue to use it for cultural and musical programs. But Townsend said he would prefer that Sierra Arts move its programs to the Lawlor Events Center. He said Lawlor could be upgraded with a music theater that would accommodate the programs. Miles Ottenheimer, representing Piatt, said he will ask the authority at its meeting today to delay making a decision on the Sierra Arts management proposal. "What we'd like to do is get a 12-month option," Ottenheimer said. "But we're not trying to push the arts foundation out on the street." Townsend has suggested the state might pay to upgrade Lawlor, although he wasn't sure how that would be done. He said the plans are sketchy and he's open to any suggestions from Sierra Arts. He added that if Sierra Arts doesn't like the museum idea, "we'll back off." Sen. Thomas "Spike" Wilson, D-Reno, See PIONEER, page 2C 3k Jean Dixon Alkin Gazette-Journal set up Wednesday in a UNR parking winner was btan bmitn, wno earned a tree for the finals. innovative ideas education and higher salaries for educators, but opposes financing them through tax increases. "I think we should have creative ways of raising money without raising taxes. For instance, the Engineering School at the University of Nevada-Reno is in need of money and in danger of losing accreditation. Why can't we offer a tax break for contributions? For every dollar contributed, they (the contributors) would receive a 25-cent break on their property taxes. So that would be a 75 percent increase in revenue right there." Dixon acknowledged that such a tax break would reduce government revenues from property taxes, but he said it See DISTRICT 32, page 2C 'a .

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