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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 27

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Wednesday, February 13, 1985
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Nevada Wednesday FEBRUARY 13, 1985 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Section C .4C OBITUARIES 4C VITALS 6-13C CLASSIFIED Unions want nuclear waste site looked at CARSON CITY - Seventeen southern Nevada labor unions Tuesday urged elected officials to take a wait-and-see posture on the proposed high-level nuclear dump site aooui iuu mues norm 01 Las vegas. Frank Caine, president of the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council, said union officials, representing more than 50,000 workers, are "excited and hopeful over the possibility of Nevada getting some of the Department of Energy's proposed nuclear energy programs. Caine's "wait-and-see" stand mirrored that of Rep. Barbara Vucanovich, who told the Nevada Legislature Monday not all the information was in on the adverse and beneficial effects of a dump. Gov. Richard Bryan has urged the Legislature to unite with him in opposing the dump's location in Nevada. Caine said one of the proposed projects is a program to develop nuclear power for use in space. "If Nevada can get this nuclear project it would mean many additional jobs, a $500 million boost to the economy plus untold technological advantages in both civilian and military areas," he said. Body near lake identified A body found Saturday by two hunters near the Pyramid Lake " Highway has been identified as Allan Gene Kilen, 45, an unemployed Reno area resident who once worked in local casinos. Detectives are investigating the death as a "possible homicide," said Bill Mathews, Washoe County sheriff's chief criminal deputy. Coroner Vern McCarty said an autopsy failed to determine cause of death. The body was fully clothed when found by two hunters in sagebrush one mile north of Winnemucca Ranch Road, 20 miles north of the Truckee Meadows. "The body appeared to have been there for some time," Mathews said. Health directors elected Dr. V.A. Salvadorini has been re-elected chairman of the Washoe County District Board of Health. Vice Chairman William Burrous also was retained by trustees in a recent vote. Both terms are for two years. t Salvadorini, retired director of laboratories at Reno's Washoe Medical Center, has been on the board since 1977 and its chairman since 1981. Burrous, vice president of Duffel Financial & Construction Co. in Reno has been a trustee since 1981 and vice chairman since 1983. As appointed representatives from Reno, Sparks and unincorporated Washoe County, the trustees are responsible for all local public health policies and programs. Landfill contract OK'd WINNEMUCCA - Humboldt County commissioners have approved a 10-year landfill contract with Tom Hoss of Hoss Disposal Inc., effective April 1. The city has had to amend its landfill ordinance to allow a private contractor to take over the dump site. The county, which had no landfill, had to adopt an ordinance defining a district in the county whose residents would be required to pay for the operation of the dump. The district is bounded by Button Point to the East, the Pershing County line to the south and the sand dunes to the north. County residents will be charged the same amount as the city 80 cents per cubic yard for business service and $1.25 monthly per residence. The City Council approved the contract after requiring a fund be set aside for at least a year, should something happen and Hoss could not continue the operation of the landfill, forcing the city to take it over again. Hoss will take over the landfill operation April 1. Teen-age suicide probed rtADcnM rtT; n : rr t t.. l . said Tuesday deputies are investigating whether a television movie Sunday about a suicide pact involving teen-agers may have prompted a 15-year-old boy to fatally shoot himself Monday. Gary Hunter was found dead in his home with a bullet from a .45 automatic in his chest. There was no note. Hunter recently had lived with his father in Modesto, Calif., but was sent last week to live with his mother for more supervision, said Dunn. Correction Tuesday's Gazette-Journal mistakenly noted the proposed 469-room Harrah's expansion would make it the second largest hotel-casino in the Reno area with a total of 1,033 hotel guest rooms. If all construction is completed as approved, the MGM Grand-Reno will have 2,954 rooms, the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino will have 1,625 rooms, the Sands Hotel-Casino will have 1,404 rooms and the Peppermill Inn & Casino will have 1,133 rooms. Staff and wire service reports. County OKs new home day care rules By Lila FujimotOGazette-Journal New regulations governing home day care operations with two to four children were approved Tuesdav by Washoe County commissioners, clearing the way for required licensing of the child care homes in 2xk weeks. The rules adopted Tuesday are meant to guide the operation of small family day ,' cares that don't need to be licensed now. The county Social Services Department will print 500 copies of the rules to hand out to child care providers. Only those who are paid for watching five or more children are now required to be licensed. But stricter rules to cover smaller day cares were proposed last Sale pending on two Vegas hotel-casinos By Myram BordersGazette-Journal LAS VEGAS - Officials of the Boyd group seek Nevada Gaming Control Board approval today to buy the Stardust and Fremont hotels for $178 million. The licensing would end a two-year saga of state supervision sparked by a state investigation into skimming, siphoning money from casinos to avoid taxes. Owners Herb Tobman and Al Sachs surrendered their gambling licenses at the two resorts in January 1983 and agreed to sell the businesses. Numerous on-again, off-again deals were announced, including a sale to entertainer Wayne Newton, before the Boyds negotiated the purchase last December. Charles Ruthe, senior vice president of the California Hotel and Casino Co., says the necessary financing has been pledged by a consortium of 10 to 12 banks. First Interstate Bank of Nevada will be the primary lender. Ruthe anticipates no delay in licensing despite the fact some loan documents still await lender signatures. The buyers, headed by Sam Boyd and his son Bill Boyd, expect escrow to close late this month if the Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission approve the deal. The Nevada Gaming Commission meets Feb. 21 to finalize Wednesday's Control Board recommendations on a 43-page agenda. - The Boyd group, which currently operates three southern Nevada casinos, is buying out Tran-Sterling Inc. headed by Sachs and Tobman. Constellation Inc., a subsidiary of the Boyd group's California Hotel and Casino Co., has been the court-appointed supervisor of the Stardust since December 1983. The Del E. Webb Corp. has acted as the state's supervisor of the Fremont Hotel since July. Under terms of the sale, Trans-Sterling Inc. receives $119.5 million at close of escrow but must pay off a $73.9 million first mortgage held by the Golden Nugget Inc. The Golden Nugget bought the first mortgage for $58.6 million last year when it was placed on the open market and See SALE, page 3C Neighbors are urged to meet with By Wayne MeltonGazette-Journal More than 150 north Reno residents, who vowed they have a right to a peaceful neighborhood, were urged Tuesday by Reno Police Chief Robert Bradshaw to try to work out their differences with Sigma Nu Fraternity. "I'm afraid for my life, I'm tired of being afraid," said one woman whose words elicited applause from many of those who attended the meeting, originally called to discuss ways of ousting the fraternity from the neighborhood. The gathering, at the American Legion Hall on Ninth Street, also was attended by approximately 70 fraternity members. Residents complained of vandalism, excess noise ana litter after late-night parties at the fraternity house. Bradshaw urged the two groups to seek a peaceful solution. "I know some of you would like to bull WW mull. WHmm jwi iwu , V V ' J) OLD-FASHIONED WAY: First-graders at Alice Maxwell Elementary School learned from Louise McConnell Tuesday how people made candles in the days when Abraham Lincoln was president. The demonstration was part of a Lincoln's birthday celebration. spring in response to an increase in complaints about legally unlicensed day cares. Beginning March 1, the Social Services , Department will require day care providers who are paid for watching two to four children to pay $20 for business licenses and to be inspected by the department. They will also be required to provide proof of good health, tuberculosis tests and liability insurance. The requirements are not as strict as those for people who watch five or more children. Child care providers who aren't paid or who spend 15 or fewer hours a week watching children won't have to get licenses. p VM"wlv ' 1 , .v H V - " 4 i f T jt - . . ': x J Marilyn NewionGazene-journai BAREFOOT TIME: Tuesday's Reno weather was so unseasonably warm that Jean Omeara decided to take her shoes off while she did some art work along the banks of the Truckee River. In the background are Jeff McNamara and Jean Pascucci. The three are members of an Old College art class. doze the building down and go on your way," Bradshaw said. But he added if the two groups don't resolve their differences now, "it's going to lead to additional confrontations." Neighborhood resident Kenneth Hunn, who organized the meeting and circulated a petition titled "Neighborhood Against Sigma Nu," said after the session he still hopes to meet with the Reno City Council to discuss the issue. "Why do we have to put up with it?" Hunn asked the group. "The answer is we don't have to. The answer is we have an inherent right to live in peace." Hunn, who lives next to the Ralston Street fraternity house, said he's tired of broken promises from the fraternity. He said the group continues to disturb the peace, breaking promises it made after meeting with residents in 1980. Several residents said the fraternity men are well-mannered during the day II 1 ! '. .,.'.! Tom SpltiGdzeue-Joumal "The licensing process is simple and assures the parent clients of these businesses that the child care provider and the household has been checked out," said Sharon Gibbons, the county's child care licensing supervisor. She said care providers who don't get licenses could be cited for misdemeanor violations and fined up to $1,000. Commissioners approved the rules Tuesday after changing a requirement that child care providers be able to read and write English. Instead, Commissioner Belie Williams suggested the rules require care providers be able to notify police or fire department officials in an emergency. UNR fraternity to and help people in the neighborhood. But neighbors say some members cause excessive problems at night, especially during parties. The meeting had been scheduled even before a Saturday night brawl in the house that saw 23 Reno police officers summoned to break up a fight between fraternity members and at least 10 non-members who arrived at the house uninvited. There were no injuries but one person was arrested. Some of the intruders were University of Nevada-Reno football players who may face disciplinary action from school deans, said Dave Hansen, university director of enrollment planning and new student programming. UNR football coach Chris Ault was unavailable for comment. Fraternity President Tim Heydon acknowledged after the meeting some excessive noise has been caused by the Laxalt not opposed to president's commission on crime, aide says By Larry HenryGazette-Journal CARSON CITY - U.S. Sen. Paul Lax-alt supports the operation and goals of President Ronald Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime, a Laxalt press aide said Tuesday. Laxalt aide Tom Loranger said a Scripps-Howard News Service story saying Laxalt, R-Nevada, is "not happy with commission plans to hold hearings this summer on the influence of organized crime on Nevada gaming casinos" is inaccurate. The story hinted that Laxalt, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, could scuttle funding for the commission and went on to say that Republican and Democratic congressmen are unhappy with the commission and might not request continued funding. Loranger said Laxalt has met with commission Deputy Chief Counsel Stan Hunterton and expressed "he is supportive of their goals. Hunterton said he discussed the commission's goals in a Feb. 5 meeting with Laxalt and received assurances Nevada's senior senator backs the commission. "He expressed a good reaction to what we had done and pledged his support," Hunterton said. He added, "We have been given no indi In other action Tuesday, commissioners: Approved a zone change and special use permit for the Pyramid Pinch Estates Unit 4 subdivision in Spanish Springs. The subdivision, which is being developed by James Haw, would consist of 207 lots on 103 acres on the west side of the Pyramid Lake Highway. Approved a zone cho"g snd special use permit for Caughlin Creek, a 270-unit townhouse subdivision on 89 acres. The project is part of the Caughlin Ranch development. Developers said the project will eventually be annexed into the city of Reno. Ways to halt waste dump are outlined By Rodney FooGazette-Journal CARSON CITY - Nevada may have as many as six chances to halt a proposed high-level radioactive dump site even if Congress overrides a state veto, the state director of the Nuclear Waste Project said Tuesday. Experts gathered at a League of Women Voters meeting on the Department of Energy's proposed nuclear waste repository also said another factor completely out of the state's control could end any ideas of locating the facility at Yucca Mountain. That is the Western Shoshone tribe's land claim that takes in the Yucca Mountain site. The claim, stemming from an 1863 treaty, is under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the Western Shoshone win their case, they would control Yucca Mountain. The mountain is located just off the edge of the Nevada Test Site, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Nuclear Waste Project Director Bob Loux said his office has contacted the Indians, who told them they would not accept the repository, the proposed home for 70,000 metric tons of spent fuel from nuclear reactors. "They are totally opposed to the idea," Loux said. Yucca; Hanford, Wash., and Deaf Smith, Texas have been selected by the Department of Energy as sites to be thoroughly reviewed for the nation's first high-level nuclear waste dump. The president is expected to select one of the three in early 1987. Gov. Richard Bryan has gone on record opposing the location of a dump in Nevada and has said he would take the option left to him under the Nuclear Waste Act to veto the energy department's selection if it chooses Nevada. However, the act allows Congress to override the veto by a simple majority vote. Still, the state has other options, Loux said. "I would envision perhaps as many as a half-dozen opportunities, in addition to the veto," Loux said. resolve conflict fraternity and added "we want to work with the neighbors on this." He emphasized, however, that much of the noise may be coming from a local pub and from unwanted or uninvited guests at the house. He said members clean trash from the neighborhood after each party. Bradshaw and UNR Police Chief Raymond Wedmore said they have proposed several measures to solve the dispute, some of which they said are already in effect. Those measures include: Asking the fire department to inspect all fraternity houses and put reasonable limits on the maximum number of people allowed in the structures. Bradshaw said there might have been far too many people in the Sigma Nu House Saturday night. See FRAT, page 3C cation by members of Congress or their staff people that they're dissatisfied with the commission or want to put it out of business. 'J He said Reagan has directed the commission to prepare "a complete review of the organized crime problem in the United States, both overall and region by region," including information about the Mafia and emerging groups, such as motorcycle gangs. The commission has no enforcement authority, but has been directed to "hold hearings for public education." Though no hearings have officially been scheduled for Nevada, Las Vegas would be a "logical place" to hold hearings on the influence of organized crime in gambling, he said. Hearings are considered tentative until two weeks before a hearing date. Hunterton said the Senate committee, "with bipartisan support," has decided to grant the commission part of its budget request and withhold part while the commission proved its worthiness. The committee sought $5 million for two years. Half was withheld, and $800,000 was trimmed off the $2.5 million budget for 1985. The commission, however, has asked that more than $600,000 be reinstated. T

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