Decision On Fate Of NV Fire Academy Delayed Again

LAS VEGAS (AP) - University regents have delayed a decision on the fate of the financially troubled Fire Science Academy in Carlin until February.

Regents, meeting Friday in Las Vegas, delayed action on the University of Nevada, Reno facility at the request of Gov. Jim Gibbons.

UNR President Milton Glick says Congress has allocated about $11.5 million to build a new National Guard Readiness Center in nearby Elko.

He says he has been talking with top Gibbons aides and the head of the Nevada National Guard to determine if the Guard would buy the academy and convert it into the readiness center.

University officials also are exploring an arrangement that would allow the Guard to share the facility.

And they're considering a plan by a stakeholders' group that outlines ways to increase academy revenue and pay down debt.

Earlier this year, regents began discussing the possibility of closing the academy because of its debt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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