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2C Reno Gazette-Journal Wednesday, September 4, 1985 R Hecht says Bryan's trip to Washington wasn't necessary By Brendan RileyAP CARSON CITY - U.S. Sen. Chic Hecht and Gov. Richard Bryan clashed Tuesday over Bryan's role in winning concessions from the Navy in efforts to curb military expansion in Nevada and compensate people affected by that expansion. The Republican senator, appearing on KOLO-TV's "Nevada Newsmakers" show to be aired Sept. 8, said there was no need for the Democratic governor to make a recent trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Navy Secretary John Lehman on the military expansion issue. Bryan countered that the trip may not have been necessary if Hecht had helped "early on" in making sure Nevada inter ests were protected as the Navy developed its plans for a 7,000-square-mile central Nevada operating area. "Well, I have to laugh," said Hecht, adding he had been working with Lehman on the issue for more than two years. He added that Lehman came to Nevada with his top staff months ago but Bryan never showed up. "First you must get the facts. Then you can distort them any way you want to," Hecht said, paraphrasing a line from Mark Twain. But he said later he wasn't accusing Bryan of distorting the facts in his comments on the Navy plans. He also suggested Bryan was more interested in traveling to Washington in order to meet with former U.S. Rep. Jim Santini and encourage him not to switch from the Democratic to Republican Party. Santini made the switch anyway. But Bryan, in a separate interview, said his accomplishments during the meeting with Lehman included Lehman's announcement he would agree to a compensation committee to review claims for payment from people in the Fallon area affected by training activity at the Fallon Naval Air Station. Bryan also said Lehman agreed at the meeting to seek a coordinated approach between branches of the service in developing and using training areas in the state. Bryan also cited Lehman's withdrawal of a request that any families wishing to stay in the area sign hold-harmless agreements that would have prevented them from filing compensation claims in the future. Hecht said Bryan's stance on military expansion and nuclear waste proposals for Nevada will hurt the state's efforts to get a $6 billion federal "atom smasher" project located within Nevada. On other subjects, Hecht said: The death penalty should be reinstated for Americans convicted of spying for the U.S.S.R. or any other Communist country. He added national security must be increased to prevent spying incidents, n There's no need for him to moderate any of his conservative positions. He said a recent Republican poll shows 75 percent of Nevadans favor President Reagan's policies. A Republican primary would be good in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev. Hecht added he's "absolutely" confident that Republicans can retain the seat. He would encourage President Reagan to adopt a get-tough stance and veto some congressional spending plans in efforts to cut the deficit. He said the deficit is the major problem for Congress. "We've got to stop all these foolish wasteful programs," Hecht said. Jailed lawyer won't talk to authorities PROVO, Utah (AP) A Phoenix attorney charged in the murder of his grandmother is refusing to talk to Utah County detectives following his arrest Friday in Sparks, the Utah County sheriff said Tuesday. Herbert A. LaLonde, 33, was arrested by Sparks police after he attempted to cash a check at a bank Friday, said Sheriff Dave Bateman. Detectives sent to Nevada to interrogate LaLonde returned Monday. "He wouldn't talk about the charges and he didn't want to return," the sheriff said, adding LaLonde wanted to consult with an attorney before deciding whether he will fight extradition to Utah. "We're disappointed with the results of our questioning but I guess you could expect the results because of his experience with the law" as an attorney, Bateman added. A first-degree murder charge was filed against LaLonde Aug. 1, 10 days after the body of Clara Kulpecsha, 78, owner of a Tupper Lake, N.Y., resort, was recovered from the Spanish Fork River. The body was wrapped in a quilt and sheets of plastic. Both LaLonde and Kulpecsha were reported missing after she made a trip to Phoenix in June, Bateman said. He said Utah County's investigation indicated LaLonde traveled by plane and car "all over the U.S." after the 4th Circuit Court issued a warrant for his arrest. Death sentence upheld CARSON CITY (UPI) - The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence given Mark J. Rogers, convicted of killing three members of a mining family at their remote Pershing County home in 1980. Rogers contended errors made during the trial and the penalty hearing warranted a new trial and the reversal of his death penalty. But the court rejected that, saying the three victims were repeatedly shot and stabbed. Emergy Strode was shot three times and stabbed twice. His wife Mary had been stabbed in the back and shot in the chest. Daughter Meriam, whose wrists were bound with an electric cord, was shot in the back "in an execution type killing," said the court. "Under the circumstances, the jury was justified in finding aggravating circumstances that the victims were tortured and the murders were committed with depravity of mind," said the unanimous opinion. Honor for disabled worker The Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped is accepting nominations from employers for handicapped workers of the year. The winner will receive the governor's award at an Oct. 5 banquet at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Nomination forms and reservations may be obtained by calling the committee at 885-5348. The deadline for filing nominations is Sept. 25. Mark CrosseGazette-Journal a towering carnival attraction Tuesday in FAIR TIME: Ride workers install preparation for today's 4 p.m. opening of the Nevada State Fair in Reno. The fair, billed as Nevada's biggest show, runs through Sunday. Hours for Wednesday through Friday are 4 p.m. to 1 1 p.m. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to midnight, with the closing day starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at 10 p.m. State won't pay Carson police expenses CARSON CITY (AP) - The state Board of Examiners refused Tuesday to pay a $27,854 claim from Carson City for expenses incurred by law enforcement officers during a peaceful demonstration last March by foes of Nevada's motorcycle helmet law. Board members explained they lacked legal authority to pay the claim, and Carson Sheriff Hal Dunn would have to seek the money from the state Legislature. Dunn told the board he had received "admittedly conflicting" information in advance that "outlaw" motorcycle gang members planned to cause trouble during the protest demonstration. "History proved us wrong," Dunn added. The expenses included nearly $9,000 in overtime pay for Carson City sheriff's deputies, just over $8,000 for Washoe County deputies called in to help, about $6,600 for deputies from Douglas County, and nearly $2,000 to the state adjutant general's office for lost body armor and gas masks. The Board of Examiners also endorsed plans to seek $305,292 from the Legislature's Interim Finance Committhee to keep the state's food distribution program going. Board members were told that federal funds for the assistance program expire at the end of this month and the president's budget doesn't include any further funding. There are several bills before Congress to fund the program but they haven't been approved. Board members also agreed to reopen the case of Carl Williams, who was shot in the head in Las Vegas and filed a victims-of-crime claim with the state. The board also agreed to pay inmate Incel Ball $2,000 and transfer him to a prison in Utah to settle aBall's claim against the state for treatment received while in prison here. Prison flaws From page 1C Under the plan endorsed by the board, Sumner will ask the Legislature's Interim Finance Committee for the money to put a bar grid over the roof and install a perimeter fence and metal plates to keep inmates from picking door locks. Sumner said the electronic locks can be unlocked by grounding electrical wires from an emergency call button on the door frame in cells. He also said locked doors can be picked by pushing a thin, stiff material against the lock mechanism. As part of a separate project approved by the 1985 Legislature, four guard towers are being built at the prison. But board members were told the design work would take about four months. Attorney General Brian McKay, also on the board, complained about that, noting it took only 16 months to build the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Bryan also said that on future prison jobs, experts with proven records of secure prison construction should be consulted. He cited past problems with other recently built Nevada prison facilities, including high-security units at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City. Sumner said he intended to use a project manager to make sure work is done properly on future jobs. In other action, the Prison Board adopted a new draft of virtually all prison system rules involving inmates and employees. Many of the revisions were prompted by a class-action lawsuit launched by inmates. The revision work has taken about 2V2 years, and there is still more to do, board members were told. Beach club From page 1C will pose more problems than we already have." Mike Harper, assistant director of the Regional Administrative Planning Agency, which recommended the project's approval, said Kover needed to prove that his proposal would not create material damage to adjacent properties and not endanger the general safety and welfare of the surrounding communities. Water rights From page 1C vided for by past court decrees concerning the division of water in California and Nevada. While the agreement includes the Indians' dismissal of various federal court suits over water rights, it does not affect two suits against Reno and Sparks over the cities' jointly owned wastewater treatment plant and discharge levels into the Truckee River, which dumps into Pyramid Lake. The agreement does, however, address several other disputes that have been the subject of other lawsuits, including the oldest pending court case in U.S. history. Despite Johnson's claims about flaws in the agreement, Pyramid-Paiute tribal chairman Wilfred Shaw said Tuesday he is satisified with the proposed legislation. Shaw said his tribe was to meet Tuesday with one of Hecht's Reno aides to discuss the proposal. Basically, the settlement calls for: Ratification of the 1971 California-Nevada water compact. Dismissal by the tribes of the various suits against state, local and federal government agencies over the allocation of various water resources in Nevada. Those suits have so far cost litigants about $10 million in legal fees over the past 10 years. Guaranteed water supplies for Reno and Sparks from Stampede Reservoir estimated to be enough to allow for growth in the Truckee Meadows through the year 2005. The setting of a minimum lake level for Pyramid Lake a crucial concern with the Pyramid Paiutes with guarantees that the federal government will pay the tribe if the lake level falls short. Ade quate water supplies for Pyramid are important in maintaining the endangered Lahontan cutthroat and cui-ui fishes. Establishment of a $10 million Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe trust fund for economic development and a $29 million fund for cutthroat and cui-ui propagation programs. The bill, supported by Laxalt and Hecht and Reps. Barbara Vucanovich and Harry Reid, is expected to pass Congress by year's end. Johnson warned, however, that the settlement does not address certain water allocations as imposed by various federal court decisions, particularly as they pertain to downstream users on the Truckee, Carson and Walker rivers, among other sources. Shaw said he understands the Walker Paiute tribe may be affected by the compact, but he said his tribe is satisfied with the bulk of the agreement. "The Planning Commission has to be convinced by the applicant that (his project) will not create harm," Harper said. "There was not enough evidence to their satisfaction." However, some residents, such as Steven Mahoney of Old Washoe City, were in . favor of the beach club, saying it would provide some organization for a much-used natural resource. "I've seen the increased use of the lake by windsurfers and others and there's absolutely no control, no security," Mahoney said. Stardust's claim rejected CARSON CITY, Nev., (UPI) - A $32.2 million claim against the state by the former owners of the Stardust and the Fremont hotel-casinos in Las Vegas was unanimously rejected by the Nevada Board of Examiners Tuesday. Allan D. Sachs and Herbert L. Tobman, who surrendered their license after allegations were made about skimming at the Stardust, filed the claim seeking to recover the $3 million paid in fines and for money paid the state supervisors who operated the hotels. They also said they were entitled to $22 million the amount between the fair market price and the amount they received for the hotels in the sale. Attorney General Brian McKay said Sachs and Tobman tried to sue in federal court and lost to recover the money. He moved, and the other two board members agreed, to reject the latest claim. Ely man's body found A body tentatively identified as that of a missing Ely man was found Tuesday on Mount Rose. The Washoe County Sheriff's Department, which had searched that area most of Tuesday for missing Bret Joy, 24, of Ely, said positive identification of the body Utility firm purchased LAS VEGAS Desert Springs Utility Co. in Spanish Springs Valley northeast of Reno has been purchased by Southwest Gas Corp. for $126,000. The public utility is serving aboui 350 customers with the had not been made Tuesday night. But White Pine County Sheriff Robert Sampson said Washoe officers told him the body appears to be Joy's and the cause of death was possibly suicide. Sampson said Joy, a guard at a state honor camp for about a year, disappeared Aug. 28. existing propane system. Plans call for converting customers to natural gas by extending a gas line now five miles away. Southwest Gas previously reached an agreement with Washoe County to provide water service to Spanish Springs Valley. RECENTLY DISTRIBUTED TO OUR CUSTOMERS The misses' corduroy trousers advertised in this week's sale section are shown with a belt. A belt is not included with this item. In addition, this item comes in navy and toast, not taupe. The L2884 25" portable color TV will not be available. Rainchecks will be offered at the sale price thru 914 with additional TVs scheduled to arrive by 101. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers. Montgomery Ward "Horizon" 1" mini-blinds "Horizon" 1" horizontal mini-blinds tilt for easy light control. An array of 200 colors, woodgrains, metallics and more. Sale ends September 28th. New "Petite Pleat" verticals You must see this fashionable, new vertical blind to see the distinctive look it will bring to your decor. 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