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12 Thursday, January 30, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Slim Has A Bout With Long Underwear different than ours. They fit pretty good, although just a tad tight in the armpits and other areas. Maybe it ain't only their sizing standards that are different Slim Sez by Slim Sfl'nes than ours. The trap door flaps and but- tons was in the wrong place. At first 1 thought I was putting them on upside down. I need some help, something that comes as no surprise for those who have known me for any length of time, or even for that matter, upon the first meeting. What it was that I need help on is that usually on the 21 st or 22nd of December the first official day of Winter, if I haven't done it sooner, I don my winter set of longjohn underwear, that is if I remembered to take them off from the previous year. I still favor the old fashioned rear trap door models made here in the good old USA. One time I went for some imported jobbys made in one of them furron (now I got me an argument with the spell check this word processor comes equipped with. It wants me to use the word "foreign" but what does it know?) countries. I didn't mind their fabric choice. In fact, I kinda liked the feel of unborn burlap once it stopped scratching and having ordered extra large as these people's sizing standards are One guy I knew got him a pair of pants from overseas (why do they call one pants a pair?) and for a long time had to go around zipping the zipper down. The male judge at his trial fortunately had a similar experience and the charges were Letters to the Editor dropped. Anyway, as I was donning my trusty set of longjohns a ballad that I had heard in my formative years popped into my mind, titled as near as I can recall "Longjohns." And I'm not sure if it was Elvis or Welk who did the performing. Like most songs a person has heard, you can't remember all the words. About the only words I do recall are in the refrain, "She took his dough and let him go in his long underwear." So I'd be purely grateful if anyone of the readers who happened to have the words, or even better yet the sheet music of this classic sent to this paper. Maybe if the sheet music came along with the words, I could do a two part recording with me doing both the vocal and Kazoo accompaniment. This would be a limited time offering and it wouldn' t be found in any respectable music store. I' m waiting to hear from you. In the meantime, have a good one. Rail lines in Nye Not all of the once exi.sting rail lines in Nye County were torn up before WWII. The Tonopah and Tidewater was existent in 1941 and was not torn up until 194,2 to 1943. The line was requisitioned by the War Department and contractors Sharp and Fellows started tearing up the tracks in Beatty in July of 1942 and finished at Ludlow, CA in July of 1943. The above information comes from Railroads of Nevada & Eastern California Volume IL by David F. Myrick. The book makes interesting reading and is hard to put down once started. Is/Arthur J. Solie Pahrump, NV Pahrump Advisory Fair Board Wish List The following is a list of potential activities, facilities, projects, and ventures submitted by members of the Advisory Fair Board and interested citizens for inclusion in or at a Pahrump Valley Fair Grounds. Keep in mind that this is a long range project and it may be several years before any of the proposals can be placed in use. Please indicate your desired order of priority and any that you would like to propose. Please forward your completed survey to: Pahrump Advi- sory Fair Board, % Town Office, 400 North Hwy 160, Pahrump, NV 89048. * Sufficient parkin.gspaces * Sufficientrestroomsthrough- out * A large convention center type facility with meeting rooms and exhibit space * Picnic area/tables with natural or artificial shade * A covered 4000 seat rodeo arena with covered chutes and pens * a built-in food service facility for concession- aires (under the grandstand) * Spacious, grassy carnival midway area * A 20,000 sq. ft. agricultural building with dirt floor * A 20,000 sq. ft. agricultural building with concrete floor, kitchen, showers, arm restrooms * 200 covered stalls * RV parking for horse people (large spaces) next to the arena, Restrooms & showers * Outside show area * A quarter mile horse track * Full blown lighted sports complex. Ball dia- monds, ball/soccer fields, indoor swimming pool * Municipal golf course * Skeet and trap range * Small arms range * Walking paths * Amphitheater * Multi-cultural performance center which includes a music performance venue, a theater, a recording shop, and a learning center for all aspects of produc- tion * BMX and/or moto-cross race track * Drag race track * ATV race track * Skateboard rink/ramp * Permanent educa- tional displays, i.e. live animal, beehive, garden display * Chariot race track. Is/Pahrump Adqsory Fair Board The American Legion wants support We of the American Legion, Edward McDaniel Post 22, are asking for your support in sending girls to Girls State and boys to Boys State for June of 1997. We try to send three girls and three boys, and it is very hard to come up with $200 fee for each delegate. Instead of asking one person or business to sponsor a delegate, wouldn't it he a lot better for our community to donate smaller amounts? The delegates are Jr. and Sr. high school students from our local schools. If you can donate $10 or more it sure would help and he gratefully appreciated. You may designate your dona- tion for boy or girl. These boys and girls go there to learn about how to run local, state, and national government. The girls who went in 1996 were the following: Candice Trummel, Christine Thorsen and Jane Thurlow. Boys were: Clads Hermoa, Steven Hommel and Daniel Hippler. Please send your donation for Girls State to: American Legion Post 22, P.O. Box G441, Pahrump, NV 89041. For Boys State, send to: American Legion Post 22, P.O. Box 3506, Pahrump, NV 89041. Make checks payable to American Legion Post 22. Any questions, call Dave Wainman, Commander at 727- 6906 or Gill Roth, Finance Officer and Marge Roth, Treasurer at 727-6707. Thank you very much. Is/All the officers and members of Edward McDaniel Post 22 Pahrump, NV National Park System gobbled up I am appalled and outraged. The federal government continues to take our riches and our land and there is no outcry from our press, only glowing articles full of praise. Not a single questioning of the reasons or facts and figures behind their actions. January 9 issue, article by Patti Babcock at the Pahrump Valley Gazette. Patti reported the doubling of fees for visiting Death Valley, "From $5 tO $10 per vehicle" and "Golden Eagle passport from $25 to $50 per calendar year." Not a word on what the annual income from fees prior tot he increases or what the income to the government will be after the increases are in place. Only the headline the "Death Valley still a bargain with increased fees." "Most of the money will be used for restoration and mainte- nance or restroom and campground facilities and other public use areas." Even "Furnace Creek Visitors should pay the fee." The Government already gets its "fair" share from the operators of Furnace Creek. The users of the campgrounds and restrooms are charged for their use. The citizens have paid taxes to operate their National Park System. Taxes are based on a percentage of our income and are thus "indexed" assuring that the government gets their annual operating cost increases every year. The fee increases are simply another way to get into our pocketbook. Calculate what the fee increases will generate, report it to us if you are going to claim to be a good journalist. Compare the boundaries of Death Valley in 1955 (When I Began using the area) and report how much has been added since then. Visit Saratoga Springs and report on the improve- merits that have taken place since 1955. Show photographs from 1955 and today. Report on the land grab at the Grand Canyon and interview the people of Utah and Arizona. Soon our land will be gobbled up in the name of saving it for us and only the rich will be able to gain entry into our National Park System. IS/Ron Riddle Bend, Oregon, Part time Pahrumpian and frequent Death Valley Visitor Ambulance Service volunteers respond Re: Ambulance Service Feasibility study approval, PVG, 1/ 16/97 We must never forget that volunteers started this ambulance service with an old paneled truck. The keys were hung on the wall behind the bar at the Cotton Pickin' Saloon. With 16 hours of training, they drove down-an old gravel road, the Hwy. 160, with their hearts in their hands and a prayer trying to help a neighbor live. As the revenue from the calls came in and time went by, they eventually got a real ambulance and more training and more calls for help. This group of volunteers grew. Thevolunteers earned money with many fund raising activities to buy equip- ment, radios and uniforms. Twenty-five years have passed since this early beginning. We have a few paid staff and approximately 60 volunteers. The volunteers are still ma important part of this service and still hold fund raising activi- ties like the Christmas Bazaar and raffle. No matter what name is on the side of the ambulance, the volunteer is inside. The volunteer is the one who makes this service what it is. No one owns a volunteer. The volunteer is committed to the commu- '' nity; is devoted to the sick and injured; and gives time freely with only a few needs in return. As a volunteer, we first need a leader who believes in us, with our own chain of command. We need a few paid staff to assist us. We need a uniform to be proud of, a radio to communicate with, equipment that we can depend on, the best training available at the highest level possible, and fair reimbursement. We also need the love and support of our family, who understand our need to be running off at all hours of the day and night to help a stranger. We want you to understand that we are human beings wanting to provide the best to our community. We are not irrelevant. Treat us with the respect we earned. We are not equipment to be bought and sold. We are leaders and not followers. Do not assume we are with you or against you. Don't just ask for more, allow us to have a voice. We, the true professionals, can help you to continue to provide the best service for this community. We are the true owners. Without volunteers for the past 25 years, without the fund raisers, without the push for more training, would we have this service? We worked as a team, gave all that we had, so we could push air into a breathless patient or bring a new life into this worm We comfort a sick child or hold the hand of a scared patient. We don't ask for a thank you. We receive that in a smile from a concerned family member when we come through the door. - Whatever path this community takes, whether a county service or a town service, the EMT volunteer will serve this community but will demand the respect that we earned. We ask the community to continue to support us. We are the volunteers who work from the heart. Thank you for listening. Is/Members of the Pahrump volunteer EMTs We are going to get radioactive waste regardless After reading all of the editorials, letters, and columns being published in all of the various newspapers in Southern Nevada, concerning the Yucca Mountain project; I have come to the grave conclusion that the D.O.E. is going to stick'it to me and all other Nevadans - without the benefit of Vaseline - with their high level nuclear waste, whether we like it or not. Inevitable as it seems to be, since we Nevadans are going to be forced to accept everyone elses untreated high level nuclear waste for the next 10,000 years in our backyard; I think it behooves our states go,ernment to consider the idea of ship- ping all of Nevada's garbage, waste, and untreated sewage to their backyard and let them see firsthand how we feel. This is just one man's opinion... Is/Walter D. Cosdon Pahrump, NV The Pahrump Valley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors should be brought to the attention of the newspaper by calling 727-5583. otto All opinions expressed on the letters page are those of the artist or author indicated. Furthermore, letters with names withheld will only be published if a legitimate fear of retribution exists. CORRECTION In the January 16 edition of the Pahrump Valley Gazette, it was reported Orlando Sandoval, Associate Vice-President for Planning and Campus Sites for the Community College of Southern Nevada advocated local residents lobby the Nevada Legislature for a CCSN facility in Pahrump. Sandoval did not assume a political stance. Actually, local CCSN Coordinator Dan Simmons encouraged citizen involvement The article stated the Nevada Public Works Board and the Nevada Board of Regents rejected rural Nevada and opted instead to ap- prove urban hi-tech centers. In fact, only the Nevada Public Works Board rejected rural Nevada.