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Tuesday, November 11, 1980
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I Reno Evening Gazette Tuesday, November 198023 judge's ruling would open Western lands to exploration By The Associated Press A federal judge in Cheyenne, Wyoming has overturned an Interior Department opinion closing nearly 21 million acres of Western roadless areas to oil and gas exploration. In an order signed Friday and filed Monday, U.S. District Judge Ewing Kerr said Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management restrictions on leasing and exploration of wilderness study areas are much stricter than the Wilderness Act itself. To allow the Interior Department restrictions would be "ludicrous" and would be counter the intent of Congress, the judge said. The court ruling could affect some of the 3 to 4 million acres of public lands under consideration as wilderness study areas in Nevada. The BLM plans to re lease its final wilderness study area recommendations Friday. A wilderness study area would have to go through extensive studies, including mineral surveys, and receive recommendations by state BLM officials, the interior secretary, president and, finally, Congress, before it could become a wilderness area. But in the meantime, a study area would be managed in a way to protect its wilderness values under the BLM's interim guidelines. Monday's court decision found these guidelines, as they pertain to oil and gas exploration, too severe. Kerr's ruling came in a lawsuit filed two years ago by the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association, a trade assocation of (550 oil and gas companies based in Denver. In granting summary judgment for the assocation, Kerr said the Wilderness Act itself does not preclude leasing and limited exploration, so it would be sense less to prohibit leasing and exploration on lands being studied for possible inclusion in the wilderness system. "In essence, defendants would have this court agree with a statutory interpretation that imposes a stricter standard and duty on lessees than the Wilderness Act (which is the goal) itself imposes," Kerr said. "The legislative history of the Wilderness Act clearly demonstrates congressional intent that the public lands should be utilized for multiple uses," he added. "Mineral development is obviously a primary concern and goal." The suit was filed against Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus and Krulitz. The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation and the Wilderness Society joined as interveners on behalf of the Interior Department. Krulitz's opinion limited oil and gas leasing on grounds it could impair the wilderness values in question. The non-impairment standard has been so strictly applied that oil and gas exploration and development have come to a virtual halt in wilderness study areas," Kerr said The judge also said his review of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act clearly indicates it attempts to balance wilderness values with mineral and other concerns. " Conflicts between policies such as development of minerals and environmental protection are bound to occur." he said. "One policy should not suffer for the benefit of another. Compromises must be worked out. "The solicitor's opinion leaves no room for compromise," he added, "mineral development is completely and totally sacrificed for environmental concerns." Local briefs Wrangler suffers burns One of two wranglers, who got into a dispute in Northern Washoe County Monday, was treated at a Reno hospital for burns from a branding iron. The Sheriff's Department reported Timothy L. Mulloy, 21, suffered severe burns on his hands, head and leg. Ted J. Papenfuss, 41, is held in the county jail in lieu of $51,500 ball on charges of battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. The spokesman said the dispute occurred in a line shack they shared about 14 miles southwest of Empire. Assault charges against 2 Reno police arrested two men Monday on charges they sexually assaulted a third man. The victim, a young man, was taken from the downtown area to a vacant house at 24 River Rock St. Sunday night, police said. He told police Monday the men, who had a pistol, released him downtown Monday morning. Police arrested Thomas A. Fox, 30, in No Name Alley, at the rear of 132 West St., at 11:15 a.m. and Keith J. Jamison, 26, who also was booked under the name Ronnie James Gibbons, at the house shortly thereafter. Neither listed a permanent address. They were booked on charges of sexual assault and battery with intent to commit sexual assault. Additionally, Jamison was held on a second charge of sexual assault and false imprisonment. Fox's bail is $13,000 and Jamison's is $24,500. i No action in ad charge ! CARSON CITY Selling candidates is not the same as selling soap, suggests the Nevada Attorney General's office in declining to take action against a Oarson City School Board candidate accused by her rjval of deceptive advertising. Andrew Cleeland, campaign manager for Jerry Thurman, complained to the attorney general about newspaper ads by Marcia Grisemer which, he said, implied erroneously that she was the District 2 incumbent. '.In a written response. Deputy Attorney General Don Klasic said Cleeland's complaint was based on a s(ate statute which deals with commercial and not political advertising. ;"By no stretch of the imagination do we deem a political ad to be for the purpose of purchasing or selling personal or professional services," Klasic said. $20 million lawsuit filed American Motors Corp., Jeep Corp. and American Motors Sales Corp. are named as defendants in a $20 million Washoe District Court suit resulting from a passenger's death in a rollover of a Jeep CJ-5. The civil complaint says the defendants acted with malice in failing to warn users the rollbar would bend into a diamond shape in a rollover. The suit alleges the lack of a warning was to avoid a chilling effect on sales. The accident happened Nov. 5, 1978, a mile north of" Del Puerto Canyon in Stanislaus County, Calif. Reno attorney Peter Chase Neumann filed the suit last Monday for Fred Duda, an Oakland attorney. Duda said it was filed in Nevada because this is the home of Jeep Corp. . The Jeep was driven in a designated hill climb area b'. Terry Lee Boyer, the suit says. The accident claimed the life of passenger David Alan Barrows, lis whose estate is in probate in Santa Clara County, Calif.. Superior Court. Ely-Reno bus route proposed ' AUSTIN Lander County Commissioners are on rtord as supporting an application to the state Public Service Commission by A & E Enterprises Inc. of Las Vegas for bus service betweeb Ely and Reno. ' The route would follow U.S. 50 and Interstate 80. '. The firm presently runs a similar line from Las Vegas to Ely and has made application to the PSC for taxi service in White Pine, Lincoln, and Eureka Counties. The Ely-Reno route has had no public transit since Nevada Central went out of business several years ago. BLM to take wild horses The Bureau of Land Management will gather wild horses in the Clan Alpine Mountains east of Fallon next month, Carson City District Manager Tom Owen announced. "We plan to remove about 600 head of the estimated 1900 horses in that area," said Owens, adding that the roundup is needed to reduce the wild horse population to a level the range can support. The BLM must conduct a public hearing because it plans to use a helicopter in the capture effort. Before it became illegal for private individuals to use aircraft to capture wild horses, there was public concern that aircraft harassed the horses. Now, the BLM is authorized by law to use helicopters, but the public meeting is required to ensure that horses are not abused in the process. "We have become very efficient in the humane capture of wild horses using helicopters in the past few years, and we do not anticipate any difficulties in this case," said Owens. The hearing for the roundup will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Churchill County Public Library, 553 S. Maine St., Fallon. Written comments should be received at the BLM office. 1050 E. William St., Suite 335, Carson City, Nev. 89701, by Nov. 21. The captured horses will be taken to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Placement Center near Reno, where they may be adopted by eligible individuals. ipy the(artwright Our hotel has now developed a fine following among visitors from Nevada The location and rate? ore most attractive and I know that you will apprecia'e the.personal touch so often lacking in today s mass production economy Mvy I bv youi hos' .n Son ('C('S(0 4,r0,c A Acts P'or ctor thti(cirtvrii;ht 52-1 SUTTER STREET AT POWELL SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA 94 1 02 oni block north of- umov squari Telephone: (415) 421-2865 Conference on foreign tourists LAS VEGAS (AP) Las Vegas resort representatives attending a tourism conference this week will discuss how to attract foreign visitors and how to make them comfortable while they are here. "The conference isn't meant to be definitive. It's more to state the problem than solve it," organizer Terry Parker said in announcing the Foreign Arrivals Conference scheduled to begin Wednesday. The problems consists of recognizing that foreign visitors contribute substantially to Las Vegas and that steps must be undertaken to woo the foreign visitor and make his stay more comfortable, Parker said. Beatty may get Hanford waste LAS VEGAS (AP) - A top state health official says he does not believe nuclear waste from Three Mile Island will be buried in the state's nuclear dump near Beatty. But State Human Resources Director Ralph DiSibio said Monday he could not keep the waste from the plant out of Nevada if it is packaged right. The waste currently is buried in the Washington state dump in Hanford, but the public there voted in last week's general election to close the dump. DiSibio, however, said he expects the nuclear industry lo fight the shut down in a court appeal of the vote. But if the Washington dump should close, DiSibio said he would require an inspector to check every barrel of waste as it leaves the nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pa., 'if Washington closes, than this is the only place it could go," DiSibio said. "But I don't think the Washington referendum will withstand the slings and arrows of the nuclear industry." The nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island came into the public eye more than a year ago when one of it's reactor's malfunctioned, releasing radioactivity into the surrounding community. Wings West expands flights Judge delays Columbia meeting HAWTHORNE - Wings West Airlines will begin part-time air service between Hawthorne and Reno Saturday. Fl'ghts between the two towns are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Wings West has been providing air service between Santa Monica, Calif., and the Bishop-Mammoth Lake area for several years. In addition to carrying passengers. the airline will also have a small package freight service. Wings West uses turbo-charged 402C nine-passenger planes. LAS VEGAS (AP) U.S. District Judge Harry Claiborne has ordered stockholders in Columbia Pictures Inc., to postpone a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in New York. The judge accepted a request by Las Vegas financier Kirk Kerkorian who asked for the delay until a proxy statement could be issued explaining his battle with Columbia. Kerkorian is suing the company for $54 million, alleging the Columbia board of directors has allowed company management to be usurped by producer Ray Stark and Herbert Allen, a New York investment banker who is on the board. The complaint charges fraud, breach of contract and conspiracy. Claiborne must approve the proxy statement, and attornevs for Columbia said they did not know how long the statement would take to draw up. The judge changed the date of the trial on the case from Jan. 13 to Jan. 27. Columbia is expected to file a count-ersuit soon in an attempt to force Kerkorian to divest himself of his 24 percent of stock in the movie company. The businessman also owns 47 percent of rival MGM Inc. Kerkorian has offered to merge the two companies through an exchange of 55 million MGM shares, but Columbia refused the offer. IRVIN FIL04 KENN fSLO v " " ' rr i h ! - 3 r m i v r . i is V Hi- I r . J ee3 1 I a V 111 4t MB. n ! i j -I k L If f CHARGE TICKETS : - - - .. .. . rr.. ..: ) Hill. I' I H II 1 ;i l' 1 Ml li il III Wed. DEC. I Mi! TICKETS ON SALE COLISEUM BOX OFFICE SEARS RENO RECREATIONAL TOURS (Ticket Station TURNTABLE MUSIC SHOP (Carson City) RUBBER SOLEBOAT WORKS (Tahoe City) INCLINE SPORTS HAUS (Incline Village FOR INFORMATION CALL: (702) 826-6304 FOR GROUP RATES CALL: (702) 826-9097 PERFORMANCES-AM PM DEC. 10 KOLO-Tv FAMILY NIGHT Thu.DEC. 11 Fn. DEC. 12 Sat. DEC. 13 11:0G Sun. DEC. 14 All Tickets $2 00 OH 3 00 2:00 PM 7:30 7:30 7:30 8 00 6:00 SAVE $1.50 H On Kids Under 12 At Starred Performances All Seats Reserved $6.50 -$8.00 Price Includes Tax MAIL ORDERS: Send seH-addressed stamped envelope, with check or M 0 payable to ICE FOLLIES 4 HOLIDAY ON ICE. Centennial Coliseum. P.O. Box 25000. Reno. Nevada 89502

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