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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 2, 1997 23 VS ays, her, llllt [  on ;elf. Open Tuesday- Friday 7:30 4:3e Saturday 7:30 till 2pro nd at, ad ld II Ill II The desert-a very small t-wn The last paper of the year brought me great joy. A reader named Bauer took me to task for a peice I'd written about the Amargosa. I was very pleased to note that at least one person reads my efforts (Bauer gender unspecified). Reader Bauer asks what I might mean when I write about the Amargosa. Do I mean the river, the valley, the old mining camp south of Bull Frog, the valley in California or the valley in Nevada? Do I perhaps refer to prehistoric Amargosas recently created by newly annointed historians? What could I possibly mean when I refer to "The Amargosa"? Well, yes. All of the above. But even more than a geographical or historical Aprientation, I consider the 3lAmargosa to be a state of mind. Many years ago I came to consider the deserts of the western United States to be merely one small community covering a vast area. Here at the end of the calendar for 1996, let me share with you what I consider to be, The Amargosa. The Amargosa River? Beatty 1968-69. Where the Stage Coach is now was a fine modern trailer park. The river rose up and tumbled the trailers and cars around and slopped the town full of mud. Stateline, 1985, my didn't it rain! Trapped for several days at the Stateline Saloon. Roads out all over the west and the California Highway Patrolman tries to stop us good odd boys from four wheeling thru the shallow spots. Can't get to Vegas. Shoshone and Tecopa isolated. Highway 127 closed. Bridges out at Tecopa and the 30 mile crossing on 127. The Amargosa Valley? To me that starts north of Beatty and ends at the Amargosa Canyon at Tecopa. North ofBeatty, 1969, way up canyon from the placer mill. Walked down into the canyon from the old mill workings. Down canyon is narrowing sheer black walls. Very tired, very hungry, a grand Briefly Noted In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty ACADF der of Eastern Star, 1st & 3rd PAHRUMP- AdultChil- Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at the dren of AtCoh01is and, CommuityCenter. (ACAI)U.,) wiU.be mcethag Wednsday 7:30 pm at Wednesdays 10:30a.m: atthe Saddle West. 1st Step Club on Second St. Caregiver Support For further information call (702) 751-3918. Group Masonic NO TO ABUSE, family crisis and child abuse preven- Organization's tion center is sponsoring a free Meetings caregiver support group ThePahrumpMaso-nic9 r. weekly for families and ganizations announce their caregivers involved with meeting dates: Ahlzheimers patients The Pahrump Lodge #54, 2nd group will be a confidential and 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm free forum group Call Penny at the Community Center for date and time (702) 751 Stardust Chapter #32, Or- 1118 adventrue. Petroglyphs, ancient rock enscribed graffiti, what does it mean? Am I understanding the prehistoric messages, or am I just getting a wee hallucinogenic with hyperthermia and dehydration? I give it a listen, I turn up a narrow opening in the sheer black wall and find a pool of water. I drink. Not being a mystical type I attribute my serendipity to luck and continue my discovery of"The Amargosa." Tecopa, not so very long ago, walking down the Amargosa Canyon towards Dumont. Flies. Damn flies will bleed you out and carry you away. Vegetation is all deciduous Tama- risk, and they call this a Riparian Forest. Alkali water in the stream, but fine fresh spring water flowing from the green sides of the canyon. Pretty damn fine exploring. The people of the Amargosa. The occasional bar, gas station, and information center. People who are spoken of with awe now were only regular floks trying to get by back then. Then, as now, the people of the Amargosa are the hard working folks we al! know who, in another quarter century, will be viewed with historic wonder by those who have yet to come to the Amargosa. The Amargosa of which I write is a state of mind. A place of openness, a place of wonder, a place of danger and a place of peace. Try to quantify the Amargosa? Not very likely. Might as well try to describe light or heat. My Amargosa is a warm place in my heart. A place where I learned. A place where I worked. A place where I asked Shirley to share the rest of my life. So reader Bauer, I can't really nail down what I mean when I write of The Amargosa. If there are towns, there have been towns before. If there is water, there has been water before. If there be treasure beneath the ground, such has been sought Women's support group Women' s support group - free and m-fidential for all women interested in explor- ing the issues in their lives. Group times vary. Call Cindy for more information. (702) 751-1118. Parenting classes meet Parenting classes forming now - low income and at-risk parents have priority. Class size limited to 10 participants. Second class will be formed if there is enough interest. Childrens class available at thesametimewithnotice. Pre- registration required. Call Cindy (702) 751-1118 forres- ervation and application. Saturn Sales Specialist Jacob Henn There's never been a better time to come into your neighborhood Saturn Retailer..Test drive the all new line of 1997 Saturn vehicles. Special .sport'-t0ned suspension system, dent resistant body panels and a dual overhead_cam performance engine have helped make Saturn one el the top selling au[omobiles in America. Come enjoy the Saturn experience. You'll never haggle over price. . .what you see is the price of the vehicle. No hype, no pressure. Just courteous knowledgeable, and friendly sales people. " , P_lease speak with me personally. You'll find complete satisfaction is my. only goal. STAIfflNG AT JUST l[' 5325 WEST SAHARA $10,4/50' g00,q 252-8900 and found in days past. If some mighty academician tells that the Amargosa ran up hill in years past, I don't neccessarily doubt him. I do however believe that for all of his great know ledge of the past, he might have difficulty remembering what he had for lunch on Tuesday last. If I might quote from Richard Lingenfeiter's book Death Valley and The Amargosa: "One of the simplest lessons of history is that we respond not so much to what is happening around us as to what we believe is happening - not to what we see but to what we believe we see. Rarely has this gulf been wider or more persistent than in Death Valley and the Amargosa." There you be gentle reader. When ! speak of the Amargosa, I speak of a place, a people, a time. I speak through my memories of days past and friends long traveled on. To me, the desert, including the Amargosa, is a very small town. It's my town. 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