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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 28

Reno, Nevada
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Friday, March 1, 1985
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2C Reno Gazette-Journal Friday, March 1, 1985 r New and old owners of Stardust, Fremont counting cash By Myram BordersGazette-Journal LAS VEGAS The countdown of millions in casino cash at the Stardust and Fremont hotels started before midnight Thursday to clear the way for new owners to take control of the resorts at 12:01 a.m. today. "All of the assets are counted down to make sure everybody is getting a clear and accurate accounting of what is on the premises," said Control Board member Guy Hillyer. "That means all the money in the slot machines, table games, cashier's cage, vault and anywhere on the property where cash is located," said Hillyer. Executives of Trans-Sterling Inc., the selling corporation, and California Hotel and Casinos, which bought the two hotels for $178 million, started the countdown at 10:30 p.m. simultaneously at both resorts. However, the coin count in slot machines began Thursday afternoon. "The counting is done by the buyers and sellers with gaming control agents observing," said Hillyer. "Wagering continues throughout the process." At the stroke of midnight new gambling Deputies stumped in river slaying Investigation of the recent shooting death of a young Reno woman whose body was found in the Truckee River has turned up neither motive nor suspect. Washoe County Sheriff's Department chief criminal deputy Bill Mathews said Thursday he might ask Secret Witness for help in solving the slaying of Sandra Whit-lock. Her body was found in the river about 15 miles east of Sparks Saturday. Legislative summary Senate Measure approved GLASER DAM - SB57. Names a dam and state park proposed for South Fork of Humboldt River in Elko County after former state Sen. Norm Glaser. To Assembly. Measure defeated MUNI COURTS - SJR8 of 1983 session. Would have amended state constitution to let municipal courts be designated as courts of record. Lost on 9-11 vote. Measures introduced WASHOE WATER - SB196, Government Affairs. Creates Washoe County Metropolitan Water District. To Government Affairs. TEACHERS - SB194, Ryan. Gives teachers discretion to promote or send back a pupil. To Human Resources. POWER PROJECTS SB192, Government Affairs. Makes unconditional the contract obligations of local governments, utilities and others in deals for purchase of electrical power. To Government Affairs. CAMPAIGNS SB193, Government Affairs. Imposes felony perjury penal ties for phony campaign contribution or expenditure reports. To Government Affairs. Assembly Measure approved TAHOE AB59. Pulls Nevada out of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. To Senate. Measures introduced CHILD PORN - AB285, Humke, 15 others. Imposes a maximum 6-year prison term for second conviction on child pornography charge. PICKETS AB285, DuBois, seven others. Confines strikers to one side of a picket line and security officers to the other. WATER AB279-81, Dini. AB289-90, Natural Resources. Appropriates money for dam on Walker River in Douglas County, for dam study on Carson River, and for Truckee River litigation. Sets up board for financing water projects. WASHOE WATER - AB278, Government Affairs. Creates Washoe County Metropolitan Water District. Tahoe pullout ; From page 1C ; meet the requirements as set out in the ; 1980 compact signed by California and ' Nevada, and ratified by Congress. Assemblyman Louis Bergevin, R-Gard-nerville, AB59's sponsor, rose after Scho-. field made his proposal and said, "This would do no more than prolong what has been going on for too many years . . ." Bergevin has often taken TRPA to task for passing regulations that have prevented owners of environmentally sensitive lots from building on their property although they continue to pay taxes on the land. Schofield's amendment was rejected after a voice vote. "I am personally not ready to throw in the towel and start a new approach," Dini said. ". . .It (TRPA) is the best game in town. Show me a better one." "Fifteen years of tyranny at Lake Tahoe is enough for anyone to stand," said Bergevin. Assemblyman James McGaughey, R-Las Vegas, said TRPA "has trampled and ignored the property rights" of land owners. The TRPA met Thursday to continue settlement negotiations with the league and the attorney general and has reached agreements on 14 of 18 critical issues, said TRPA member Jim Reed. If a final agreement is reached by TRPA's March meeting, the 1985 May-October building season would be saved, he said. The basin has been under a building moratorium either by the agency or courts since August 26, 1983. The agency also selected a new director, Bill Morgan, chief of the U.S. Forest Service's Tahoe Basin Management Unit, at Thursday's meeting. Morgan replaces acting Director Gary Midkiff April 1. chips were switched at all table games and the old chips were carted away to the counting rooms. Gamblers at the blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and baccarat tables didn't miss a beat. "I doubt that the customers even know what is taking place," said Chuck Ruthe, senior executive vice president of the California Hotel and Casinos. "We have our chips ready to go and take away Trans-Sterling chips, it's that simple," he said. . Ruthe estimated more than $1 million would be counted at the Stardust Hotel and a slightly lesser amount at the downtown Fremont Hotel. At a Feb. 21 meeting, the Nevada Gaming Commission formally granted California Hotel and Casinos, headed by William and Sam Boyd, gambling licenses at the Stardust and Fremont Hotels. The Boyds, a pioneer southern Nevada gaming family, financed the hotel acquisitions through a consortium of a dozen financial institutions. Four family trusts and 54 individuals, including U.S. Sen. Chic Hecht, R-Nev., are minority stockholders on the gambling license with a 39.8 percent invest ment. William Boyd is president of the California Hotel and Casinos and his father, Sam Boyd, is chairman of the board. The Boyds also own Sams Town on the outskirts of Las Vegas, the downtown California Hotel and Sams Gold River in Laughlin. Trans-Sterling, headed by Herb Tob-man and Al Sachs, were ordered by the Nevada Gaming Commission in 1983 to sell the Stardust and Fremont Hotels. Tobman and Sachs surrendered their Nevada gambling licenses in December of 1983. She had been shot in the back. Mathews said it is unknown whether she was shot at that location and when she was shot. A boyfriend told Reno police Jan. 16 that he last saw her the afternoon of Jan. 5 in a downtown casino. He said she was going to gamble and that they had planned to meet again later that night. Mathews said detectives are trying to learn who her associates were. Health care From page 1C The lawmaker said Thursday he would "have to decide" whether to vote on "a particular issue" relating to hospitals, ''but on this cost containment bill I don't see any particular conflict because this affects the whole industry." "This is a concept," Raggio added. "If someone can point out a conflict to me, I'll consider it. But I don't see one now." Raggio's law firm represents the Nevada Hospital Association, which opposed SB136 during the same hearing on the bill sought by Democratic Gov. Richard Bryan. The law firm also represents Truckee Meadows Hospital in Reno, the Monte Vista Center now being built in Las Vegas and the Mount Grant Hospital in Hawthorne. Raggio also is a director of Sierra Health Services in Reno, and has represented other hospitals and hospital organizations in the past. Fred Hillerby of the Nevada Hospital Association told the Human Resources panel SB136 is a step in the wrong direction because of the controversial provision for a rate-setting commission. Rates would be set if the state Health Coordinating Council determines medical costs show no signs of abating. But Hillerby said regulation as "reprisal" isn't the way to go. Hillerby added that such regulation would "totally stymie" increased competition among health care providers that would eventually bring medical costs down. SB136 was outlined by Jerry Griepen-trog, Bryan's Human Resources Department director, who said the rate-setting provision in the measure is only a "last resort" if hospital charges don't come down. Griepentrog said the rate-setting plan wouldn't take effect unless competitive market reforms over the coming two years don't work. Griepentrog said the idea of a committee review is to "depoliticize" the question of health care costs. He also said many points of view are needed in developing a health care policy for the state. Slot cheat trial From page 1C progressive $1 slot machine with an approximate $144,000 jackpot that she was to play. "I played the machine for about an hour, then a man moved in and set it off. I didn't look at his face. I was very nervous at this time. He came on the left side of me, sort of stepped in front of me. I stood ' back a little bit. He inserted a wire and set the reels." It took only a couple of minutes and then the jackpot bells rang. "People came up, congratulated me and they wanted to take my picture." Reverend said Cal Neva officials later 'Cooling off' proposal said to have loophole CARSON CITY - A bill imposing a one-year "cooling off" period before state officials could work for industries they once regulated has a loophole enabling officials to circumvent the requirement, Gaming Commission Chairman Paul Bible said Thursday. Bible urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to close what he termed an "oversight" that would let former state gaming officials immediately work for a holding company or publicly traded corporation that controls a casino, but not the casino itself. He said SB5's intent is to cover all corporate entities involved in operating a casino. Bible also called for flexibility in the proposed law, saying an absolute one-year prohibition would prevent the state from calling upon former gaming officials to serve as supervisors of casinos with revoked licenses. However, Sen. Bob Ryan, R-Las Vegas, suggested there are enough qualified gaming officials in the state to avoid the problem. became suspicious when she hesitated to tell them who had accompanied her "They didn't like the jackpot. They said it smelled bad. They asked me who I was with." Reverend said she left the casino and it was arranged for her to bring a phony boyfriend before the Cal Neva's officials, "but they didn't make me produce my ' boyfriend because they'd gone over the machine with a fine-tooth comb." 'By 3 a.m., five hours after the wired jackpot, she was paid $144,000 in cash, took a taxi and made several stops to ensure she wasn't being followed before returning to her motel. The following day, she, Cullinen, Snider and the woman called Diana returned to Sacramento. She said en route, Cullinen gave her $18,000 and loaned her another $35,000 of his own money "because I didn't think it would look good to deposit only $18,000 after a large win. I was concerned about the taxes and Mr. Cullinen told me he'd help me with it. But it was understood it was just a loan." In the meantime, the Cal Neva already had called her husband. "My husband never knew about all this. But unbeknownst to me, the Cal Neva called and told him I'd won $144,000. 1 fabricated a story and told him I'd gone up there with six other women and we had gotten together and decided if one of us won a jackpot, we'd split it. I told him I'd lost $6,000 of my share." Water shortage From page 1C behind Alaska. Firth said Nevadans will "have to stretch" the small amount we now have. "We're down to the point where we have a limited amount of water and increasing competition for that water," Firth said. He predicted a future of dwindling supplies and increasing numbers of lawsuits over water rights. In addition, Firth said water quality will become more of a constraint as current supplies become more polluted from sewer treatment plants and chemicals entering the ground water. "Some of our wells are starting to show increased amounts of arsenic, manganese, iron" and other chemicals, Firth said. He also said water resources in the Truckee Meadows face "serious problems" from expansion of the Reno-Sparks Wastewater Treatment Facility. Part of the water quality problem, he said, is the growing sophistication of chemical tests that reveal minute amounts of heavy metals and other toxics in water and the resultant tighter restrictions by federal and state water quality agencies. Fenton Kay, a biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, predicted shrinking wildlife habitats as streams and marshs are dried up for urban and agricultural water uses. "We realize wildlife is going to come out on the short end of the water use," Kay said, predicting lower wildlife populations as the human population increases. Farmers and ranchers also face a growing shortage as more and more water is required for urban uses, said Lyman McConnell, project manager for the Truckee Carson Irrigation District. The district supplies water to the New-lands Reclamation Project near Fallon. Noting agricultural uses generally have a lower priority for water rights than urban and industrial uses, McConnell predicted farmers in Nevada will become an "endangered species" much like the cui-ui fish in Pyramid Lake. He said there has been little incentive for conservation by farmers because the water saved just goes to competing interests. Contending Pyramid Lake cui-ui and Lahontan cutthroat trout are an economic boon to Reno and Sparks, fishery director Alan Ruger said efforts to increase the capacity of the Reno-Sparks sewer plant at the expense of Pyramid Lake is wrong. Ruger said new industries will only come to the Truckee Meadows if there are quality recreational areas such as Pyramid Lake nearby. Doug Olson of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said such things as sophisticated digital computers would help in the management of dams and reservoirs. "But even with all the water management that I've discussed here, it is unlikely that there will be sufficient water to meet the anticipated needs in the future," Olson cautioned. One of the more popular plans for increasing Nevada'a future water supply, according to the experts, is the drilling of deep wells into underground aquifers 5,000 to 7,000 feet down. Called the carbonate aquifer, this source is currently untapped. Other ways to increase supplies, according to the experts, include transfers from other states, new reservoirs, better management of current supplies, conservation and the use of water meters, higher residential density, cloud seeding and better use of sewage effluent. Assembly spat From page 1C mitted by Swain to the Legislative Counsel Bureau was redrafted by Commerce Committee Chairman John DuBois, R-Las Vegas, and introduced to the floor under his name. Democrats said Swain had intended to introduce a bill authorizing income be withheld from parents who are delinquent in child support payments, but sent it to the bill drafter's office for correction. DuBois filched the idea, said Democrats, and redrafted the bill, placing his name at the top. DuBois' bill, AB210, was introduced last week. Meanwhile, Swain corrected the inaccuracies and resubmitted her bill. Her legislation, AB273, was introduced this week. DuBois said he submitted a bill draft request Nov. 20 and did not know Swain had planned to introduce her legislation. He said he introduced a similar bill in 1981 and was simply trying to update a new federal law, HR3546, which addresses delinquent payment. However, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Stone, R-Sparks, whose committee will hear the bills, said he investigated and found some of Swain's allegations to be accurate. He said he "got upset" about the incident and has complained about it to Assembly Speaker Byron Bilyeu, R-Elko. Freshman Morse Arberry, D-Las Vegas, said he too may be undergoing an attempt by Republicans to redraft one of his bills. He said if he discovers his suspicion is true, "You're going to have a mad moose on your hands." Democrats also griped that their bills are not being released from the bill drafter's office or introduced as quickly as Republican-sponsored legislation. Francis, however, noted that Republicans have introduced 46 bills so far, while the Democrats have introduced 45. On other matters, Assemblyman Marvin Sedway, D-Las Vegas, said Republicans are rushing money items through the Ways and Means Committee and not allowing Democrats to ask questions. "The budget is not going to receive full consideration," he said. "Everytime a question is asked they say we'll bring it up in subcommittee. Education is going to end up getting screwed." Several southern Nevada Democrats complained of not being given a chance to spealc on the floor this week in behalf of a bill authorizing funds for an engineering school at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Sedway also has complained that Ways and Means Committee Chairman John Marvel, R-Battle Mountain, has refused to let him ask questions during meetings. Democrats claim Republicans schemed to keep Sedway, outspoken in his belief that education in Nevada is underfunded, off the Ways and Means subcommittees on education. Bob Price, D-Las Vegas, said the inexperience of Repubican majority leaders also has led to a lack of "common courtesy." Growth rate From page 1C Nevada than northern," Grose said. John Walker of the Governor's Office of Community Service also said Nevada's reputation as a frontier, which has historically attracted the adventurous, also has something to do with the nation's continued migration to the Silver State. "Nevada has always been a frontier, and if you look at statistics in that perspective it helps explain Alaska's growth, too, because Alaska is America's final frontier," Walker said. People move to such states in search of new employment and the hopes of something better, Walker noted, adding, "Nevada's 'boom or bust' mining industry has always drawn some people to the state." Also, Nevada is noted for it's recreation, which provides an attractive location for many, he said. Although reasons such as this have contributed to Nevada's recent rapid growth, Walker added that persons should look closely at the Census Bureau's figures in determining just how rapid that growth has been. He pointed out one reason for the high percentage increase in growth is the fact Nevada's population base is small to begin with. "Since our population base is so low, it doesn't take much to expand our percentage," he noted. Walker also cited previous figures comparing Nevada's growth to Alaska's. From 1970 to 1980 Nevada grew from 490,000 to 800,000, an increase of 63.8 percent, while Alaska increased from 303,000 to 402,000, an increase of 32 percent. Obituaries Alvia H. Casteel Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ross, Burke & Knobel Mortuary for Alvia H. Casteel, 79, who died .Tuesday at,his Reno residence. A native of Arcadia, Neb., he was born Feb. 26, 1907, and had lived in Reno for 17 years, coming from Chico, Calif. He was a chef for Sierra Sids for six years. Surviving are sons, Alvia H. Casteel Jr. of Reno and Kenneth D. Denny of Sparks; daughter, Cindy Esquivel of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Joe of Chico, ' Calif. ; brother, Walter and a sister, Eva Davis, both of Corning, Calif.; brothers, Delbert of Stockton, Loyde of Roseburg, Ore., and Arville Betz of Scottsb-luff, Neb.; and sisters, Alta Mcintosh of Whitman, Neb., and Delia Garahm of Oakland, Calif. . A funeral is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with burial at the Mountain View Cemetery. Anna C. Hallahan Recitation of the rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the Walton Funeral Home, Reno, for Anna C. Hallahan, 83, who died Thursday at her Reno residence, 'v A native of Cripple Creek, Colo.,!she was born Aug. 25, 1901, and had lived in Renounce '1931, coming from Tonopah. , She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband, Francis T. and sons, Jack and Bob, all of Reno; sister, Ella Barnalce of Kentfield, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, with private burial at the Mountain View Cemetery. John R. Hughes A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Walton Funeral Home, Reno, for John Richard Hughes, 76, who died Tuesday in a Reno hospital. A native of Almira, Wash., he was born June 17, 1908, and had lived in Reno for 50 years, coming from Southern California. He attended Washington State University for three years, and was a retired manager of Crown Zeller-bach. Hughes was a member of the Rotary Club of Reno, Washoe Lodge 35 F.& A.M., and Crown Zellerbach for 45 years. Surviving are a son, Richard Smith of Ridgecrest, Calif.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Cremation will be at the Sierra Crematorium. A memorial is being established with the Rotary Club of Reno, 135 N. Sierra St., Reno 89501. Julia N. Ibarra Julia N. Ibarra, 59, died Wednesday in a Reno hospital. A Reno native, she was born Dec. 12, 1925, to Bau-tista and Paula Ibanez Ibarra, and was a lifetime resident. She worked as a registered nurse and was a retired associate chief in education, having worked for the Veterans Administration for 33 years. Mrs. Ibarra was a member and past president of the Nevada Nursing Association, and received many honorary degrees related to the nursing field. Surviving are her mother, brother, Anthony and sisters, Amalia Barbier and Beatrice Roth, all of Reno; and a sister, Fabiola Jabaut of Glens Falls, N.Y. Recitation of the rosary is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Saturday at St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church, followed by a memorial Mass at 11:30 a.m. Inurnment will be at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, under the direction of the Ross, Burke & Knobel Mortuary. Ruth R. Parks ELY A funeral is scheduled for 1:30 p.m today at the Wilson-Bates Mortuary for Ruth R. Parks 71 who died Monday in an East Ely care center. ' ' A Baker native, she was born March 18, 1913 to George and Myrtle Ramsey Robison. Mrs. Parks attened schools in Baker and White Pine County High School. A homemaker, she was a member of the Elv Loval Order of Moose. Surviving are sons, Orvis Tilby of Monmouth, Ore and Burton Loper of Missoula, Mont.; sisters, Mable Fntsche of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lila Whipple of Las Vegas; five grandchildren; and one nephew and two nieces. Burial will be at the Ely City Cemetery.

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