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Extraterrestrial Highway

["The The Governor of Nevada joins forces with the Fox movie studio to christen State Route 375 the "Extraterrestrial Highway." The Area 51 Research Center raises objection, saying democratic processes were bypassed and governor has not addressed safety and civil rights issues. Tensions escalate as both sides harden their positions. Fox and Governor plan heavily hyped unveiling ceremonies for April 18. Research Center promises "counter-event." Stay tuned for fireworks!

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Facts about The Alien Highway

In early 1995, State Assemblyman Roy Neighbors introduced a bill to designate State Route 375 "The Extraterrestrial Alien Highway." A hearing was held but no official notice of it was given to local residents. The State Assembly passed the measure but it was killed in the Senate as "frivolous" and a waste of the Legislature's resources.

In February, Governor Bob Miller resurrected the measure without notice to local residents and it was passed in a meeting of the State Transportation Board, which he chairs. Testimony was heard only from Pat Travis of the Little A'Le'Inn and "Ambassador Merlyn Merlin II" a Northern Nevada man who claims to be an alien. Shortly after passing the measure, the Governor flew to Los Angeles at taxpayer expense to negotiate an agreement with the 20th Century Fox movie studio to jointly market the "E.T. Highway" and Fox's upcoming movie "Independence Day." There is no evidence, however, that the Governor ever visited the highway itself, and he never consulted with any official of Lincoln County regarding this measure.

Independence Day is a big-budget Sci-Fi drama about an alien invasion of earth. According to the producers, Devlin and Emmerich, they wrote the script in four weeks and sold it to the studio in one day. The movie is a thinly veiled remake of War of the Worlds. Billions of people are killed and most of the world's major cities wiped out until the alien mothership is destroyed with a computer virus. The film takes place partly at "Area 51," although this facility in no way resembles the real thing. All of the parts of the film supposedly taking place in Nevada were filmed in Utah and California.

The Area 51 Research Center in Rachel believes the "E.T. Highway" should not be unveiled until issues of visitor safety and civil rights are addressed and county officials are consulted. The "E.T. Highway" is adjacent to the tense and poorly marked border of "Area 51," where many tourists have been arrested and harassed and lost film and other personal property without accounting. The highway renaming also changes the character of the area, and local residents and elected officials should be consulted, not locked out of the process as they have been.

The Research Center also believes that the State of Nevada should not be seen to endorse a commercial product. The join agreement between the governor and the Fox studio is a grave breach of government ethics. The governor is promoting a movie that was not even filmed in Nevada. He consulted with a out-of-state movie company, but never solicited the concerns of his own constituents.



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