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12 Thursday, January 14, 1999 Pal, rump Valley Gazette :1 :1 :1 Foofefepe... by Sandi Stark PVG Staff Ash Meadows has long been a virtual oasis in an uncom- promising desert. As one of the few remaining repositories left from the last ice age in the Great Basin area, it consists of 22,000 acres of natural springs, seeps and wetlands amid an otherwise alkaline desert. The thousands of acres of grass- lands and abundant water sources attracted the early settlers to the area; the first Americans as well as the encroaching miners and homesteaders. During pre-contact times, the area was well known to the desert peoples. There is evidence of inhabitation dating back to prehistoric times. The meadows were the northernmost settlement of the Las Vegas Paiutes and home to the Kauyaichits, a mixed Shoshone and Paiute people. After white settlers began to homestead the area, most of the native population retreated to a common ranch located approxi- mately one mile to the east of Longstreet Spring. By most accounts, Tecopah was the Pakwinavi, or spiritual leader of the Ash Meadows Paiute{ during the late 1800s. However, after the gradual disintegration of the tribal culture another man known as Ash Meadows Charlie claimed to be Pakwinavi. Charlie was murdered by a white in 1907. The men of his band, in an attempt to adhere to the anglo form of justice, tracked down his murderer and turned him into the local authorities. The jury acquitted the man. In 1872 Charles King settled in the area and gave it the name Ash Meadows due to the number of trees around the springs. He moved in about 1300 head of cattle and built the firststone house at Point of Rocks Spring. During thePanamint gold rush King drove his cattle across Death Valley to butcher. The cattle at that time were worth more per ton than ore taken from the mines. Subscription Form $25 for 52 weeks(mail deliveries West of Mississippi) $30 for 52 weeks (mail deliveries East of Mississippi) $35 for 52 weeks (outside of Continenta! USA) .. , Name Address .... State , n , Zip Phone .Clip and mail this to: P00z, ump V00LI.y Glmamt00 P.O. Box 97793, Las Vegas, NV 89193 mechanization-a gas powered drill modified from a WWI submarine engine. Clay City consisted of over 100 workers and their families. The stock market crash and new oil refining methods tbrced the majority of workers to leave the area. The Ash Meadows area now is part of the National Wildlife Refuge managed by the Bureau of Land Manage- ment, The refuge is in the habitat restoration stage and will likely remain so for many years. The spring diversions and King's irrigation system have been returned to their natural courses and much work has been done to recreate the environ- ment before min changed the indigenous plant and wildlife of the area. Non-native plants and animals are in the process of being removed. The refuge area provides the habitat for at least 24 plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, including 12 species that are currently on the threatened or endangered lists. Ash Meadows has also been designated as a Wetland of International Importance, one of only tour such areas in the country. Ash Meadows represents a link to the past. Not only is it rich in the history of human occupation, but also in the geological history of the Great Basin. The vast underground water system stretches nearly 100 miles to the northeast. It's "fossil" waters are believed to have entered this vast aquifer thousands of years ago. The 30 or so springs and seeps water ages-old plant varieties and animals descended from another point in time; preserved for us. This is the 13th article in the series. During the 1920s and 1930s millions of dollars were made processing "Death Val- ley Clay," hydrous magne- sium silicate, used to clean and purify oil. What started as a 400 ton monthly output escalated to almost 5,000 tons by the 1930s due mainly to NOTICE OF VACANCIES ON THE PAHRUMP REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION'S TRANSPORTATION PLANNING COMMITTEE The Pahrump Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is accepting letters of interest identifying any relevant experience from persons interested in working with RPC with assistance from the Nevada Department of Transportation, identifying current and future traffic problems areas in Pahrump with the goal of developing plans to address problem areas and future transportation system needs. Please submit your letter of interest by Friday, January 22, 1999 to: Mr. Zak Tucker, Assistant Planner Nye County Planning Department 400 North Highway 160 - Suite 1 Pahrump, Nv 89048 "The Ash Meadows area now is part of the National Wildlife Refuge managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The ref- uge is in the habitat restoration stage and will likely remain so for many years." I Starflre Realty 4540 O. $. Homestead Rd. Pahrump, Hevada 89048 United ountry- Oce: (775) 727-8884 Fax: (775) 727-880) Cathy Slaughterback Ilorne: (775) 727-1354 A/..[CII I Cell: (7751 764-011 No One Knows the Country like we do