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|A large spring important to ranchers in Ruby Valley, southeast of Elko, was deliberately destroyed with heavy equipment at the same time as the U.S. Forest Service had a track-mounted bulldozer in the area, says a report issued by the Elko County grand jury.|
the federal agency is refusing to allow its employees to
testify before the grand jury or respond to subpoenas,
said the panel, the investigation will not resume, or
proceed toward an indictment, until a court compels the
agency to cooperate.
Since February the grand jury has been looking into activities of U.S. Forest Service employees in Elko County. This report, announced as the first of several, focused primarily on the filling-in of Woolverton Spring, in North Ruby Valley.
Not only is the federal agency's account of what happened at the spring not credible, said the panel, but there is a suspicious gap in the relevant Forest Service records.
"Documentation and testimony reveals that the U. S. Forest Service had a track-mounted dozer and operator in the Woolverton Spring area in the spring of 1989 specifically working on water development projects.
"Records normally kept for the equipment which identify what project the equipment was working on and for how long, show that the dozer was used for a number of hours which are not accounted for in the records.
"Due to legal objections and a lack of cooperation from the U.S.F.S., the Grand Jury
was unable to obtain additional accurate
and detailed documentation for project work in North Ruby
Valley during the time in question."
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