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Events In Nevada Towns Near Area 51 Get Final County OK

PIOCHE, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada county has given final go-aheads to two events centered around a "Storm Area 51" drive that began as an internet joke.

Lincoln County commissioners Tuesday accepted a promoter's plan to hold a music festival for 5,000 people in tiny Hiko, and an inn owner's effort to let perhaps 10,000 camp on her property in Rachel, the town closest to the once top-secret Area 51 military base.

The board last month drafted an emergency declaration, with the sheriff planning to team resources with the state and neighboring counties ahead of Sept. 20-22 events inspired by the internet invitation.

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Commissioners and Sheriff Kerry Lee say promoters' plans to bring in food, water and entertainment could help people survive in the desolate desert nearly three hours' drive from Las Vegas.