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JRS VOLUME #7; ISSUE #32

JRS: V7:#32:Special Edition 06.05.03

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Well, we warned you in a recent JRS that we might soon be asking for your help, and the time has come! We're fighting back against the Washoe County Board of Commissioner's attempts to stop us from lawfully using our own land - the staging area that we use to prepare for and clean up after Burning Man.

For those of you who haven't been following the saga, we have been getting a real primer in local politics while dealing with our application for Special Use permits for the Ranch we use as a staging area for the event. The latest installment had the appeal against our permits being upheld by the Washoe County Board of Commissioners. This flawed decision essentially tries to freeze all of our activity on the Ranch, seriously hindering our ability to build and take down Black Rock City.

Now we need your help to show the County the economic and political influence of the Burning Man Community.

Here's what you can do to help:

-- Come Join Us Tuesday, June 10, in Reno, NV at the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting --

We're planning a show of strength at the next Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting, being held June 10 in Reno at 2:00 PM. Each meeting starts with an opportunity for public comment; each speaker gets three minutes to share with the Commissioners their opinions on any topic that is NOT on that night's agenda.

You don't need to be from Washoe County or even Nevada to speak - our goal is to get as many Burners as possible there to show the Commissioners the importance of Burning Man to the financial and cultural sustainability of the area. So, grab your friends from your theme camp and carpool out to Reno. It will be a blast! If you're planning to attend, email rae so we can have an idea of the expected turnout and send out updates if we have them.

Meeting Details:
Tuesday, June 10
2:00 PM
Washoe County Commissioners Chambers
1001 E. 9th Street
Reno, NV
Map: makeashorterlink.com/?E2C625B74

Exit off of 80 in Reno at Wells (Exit #14) and head North. Make a right on 9th and a left into the Washoe County offices' parking lot.

Another valuable contribution can be made by those not within driving distance of the meeting:

-- Write a Letter to the Editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal--

We're also playing this game in the court of public opinion, and that includes the media. Again, we're hoping to show Washoe County residents that Burners are important contributors to their area - particularly in the financial realm. So, tell the Gazette-Journal your tales of the amount of money you spend in Nevada on your way to the event, how many times you've returned to the area because of being introduced to it by Burning Man, and any other ways that you have positively contributed to their County.

Letters are limited to 200 words and submissions that are considered potentially libelous will not be published, so keep to the facts and keep it short. Please include all of your accurate contact information (no playa names for this purpose, please!)

Information on submitting letters electronically is available at rgj.com...letter_to_editor.php or you can also fax your letter to the editor at 775-788-6458 or send it by USPS to Reno Gazette-Journal, Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 22000, Reno, NV 89520.

Even if your letter does not get printed, the Gazette-Journal keeps a tally of the number of letters received for and against issues, and publishes that data on a weekly basis.

Please do it today!

Thanks so much for your support - it really makes all the difference!

We'll keep everyone updated on what twists and turns this story takes - but have no fear, Burning Man 2003 will burn as strong as ever!

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