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12 Thursday, January 9, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Household Chores Have You Blue? Who can you turn tot Mrs. Clean 727-20023 Most Homes can be done For as little as $25* a week Licensed & Bonded Pahrump Housesitting Services we provide housesitttn services while you away from your home. V/e check your house, feed your animals, water your plants seven days a week. Go on vacation knowing your house, pets en. .n. ,. , ,o c, Give us a Call 751-2159 Personal Income Taxes t'00ared Corporation Taxes Done Bookkeeping by appt. only Income taxes can be done by mail if desired Lee J. Fellows 1-(702) 727-0297 Pahrump Valley Insurance Life * Group * Medical 727-5700 Phone & Fax Roger W. Burnley C.L.U. Are you Afraid of the Intemet? You can do business and make money on the Internet with ease when You make the Right Connection! Ph. (702) 751-0865 Fax (702) 727-1606 (702) 751-3715 / Fax (909) 928-4965 MCMICHAL EHTERPRISES Tool Design, Tool Making Precision Machining Rubber Mold Specialty Special Machines, Prototypes Development Programs Gary Mlohalsky Death Valley still a bargain with increased fees DEATH VALLEY-Zabriskie Point jutting out from the rugged badlands of the Funeral Mountains with winter clouds boiling over the Panamint range in the background, photo by Patti Babcock by Patti Babcock Gazette staff PAHRUMP-Death Valley has some of the most spec- tacular views in the world. It remains a recreational bar- gain even with increased fees. Ann Holeso, Death Valley Na- tional Park Public Infor- mation Of- ficer, says park officials do not think the increased fees will af- fect the num- ber of people visiting Death Valley, cur- rently exceed- ing one mil- lion per year. Fees, which in some cases have not been adjusted in three decades, will increase in all the national parks. Effective January 1, 1997, the fees in Death Valley increased from $5 to $10 per vehicle regardless of the number of occupants. Individual fees, for hikers and 00allstate i IWv Buy C'ar For ( ash 727-1000 0 ill , people on bikes, were raised from $3 to $5. The annual DV Park pass, based on the calendar year, remains at $20 and allows unlimited access to the park. The Golden Eagle Passport, honored nationwide at all national parks, Bureau of Land Man- agement and federal recre- ational facili- ties has doubled from $25 to $50 per calendar year. Holeso said there will be no charge for vehicles traveling through the park on Cali- fornia State Highway 190 when the oc- cupants do not plan to visit the park. She said through travelers are a minority as most people coming into the park are there to see Death Valley. Visitors come from all over the world and from all walks of life to visit the largest national park in the lower 48 states. The 3.4 million acre park has numerous hiking, biking and horse riding trails. Still, the majority of visitors choose to see the vast park by road travel. Scotty's Castle is a popular man made attraction com- plete with gift shop and shaded picnic area. However, it is nature's art work that appeals to most visitors. Broad vistas, rolling sand dunes, the pallet of multi-hued colors, and the striking rock formations combine to provide an awe- inspiring experience. Dante's View, Artists' Point, Badwater, Devil's Golf Course and Zabriskie's Point each offer unique, spectacular views and un- excelled photo opportuni- ties. Visitors can rest and relax at Furnace Creek, a privately operated area within the park. There are restaurants, rooms, camp grounds, a store/gift shop, a post office and a museum. Yes, Furnace Creek visitors should pay the fee as they have come to see Death Valley. November through April is the best time to visit the park according to Holeso. The busiest time is during the 49er celebration in early November and dur- ing the holidays when many families visit. Europeans are undaunted by the heat and visit even during the scorch- ing summer heat. Holeso says there is nothing com- parable to Death Valley in Europe where there is no desert and not much heat. t Each year more Americans are also choosing to visit during the summer. Death Valley will ben- efit directly from the $5 in- crease in vehicle fees. Holeso says 80% of the in- crease will stay in the park where it originates. The re- maining 20% will be dis- tributed throughout the park system. Most of the money will be used for restoration and maintenance of restroom and campground facilities and other public use areas. "T