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-- Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, March 6, 1997 5 Pahrump hosts Nevada High School Rodeo by Patti.Babcock Competitors from every area of the state arrived to compete in the 19th Annual Pahrump Valley High School Rodeo held last Saturday and Sunday at the McCullough Memorial Arena. Each day featured a complete points rodeo. Local motel rooms were full and all the restaurants were busy with rodeo partici- pants, families and fans. Some of the guests stayed with their rigs and horses. Others were . hosted by local rodeo enthu- siasts who opened their homes for people who were unable to find rooms. It was an excitement packed weekend with plenty of thrills. Spirits remained high in spite of the cooler than expected weather. Spectators bundled up and cheered for the riders, ropers, barrel rac- ers, pole benders, goat tiers and steer wrestlers. The Nevada High School Rodeo top All Around Cow- boy for Saturday was Tommy Lee from Fallon. The Re- serve All Around Cowboy was Bryce Barnes, Carson City. Top All around Cowgirl was Marvel Murphy, Fallon. Re- serve All Around Cowgirl was Kylee Bendickson, Fallon. On Sunday, Tommy Lee and Marvel Murphy were again the top All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl. Clint Chambers, Fallon, was Reserve All Around Cowboy and Rosie Mar- GOOD TRY-Marcee Jensen of Lund looks disappointed at loosing the calf during break-a-way roping competi- tion. Better luck next try. photo by Patti Babcock vel, Humboldt, was Reserve All Around Cowgirl. Pahrump senior and club vice-president, John Cadwell, scored well in bareback riding. He rode to a third on Saturday and scored sixth on Sunday. On Saturday, sopho- more Blanca Rodriquez was third in break-a-way calf rop- ing and seventh in barrel rac- ing. Sunday freshman Rebecca Gregory was fifth place in barrel racing, and freshman Amanda Maeder was sixth place in poles. The NHSRA calendar is full between the Pahrump Ro- deo, the first for the spring season, and the state finals June 18-22. Competition will move around the state. This weekend the rodeo will be in Panaca. The following week- end, March 15-16, it will ifiove to Fernley then to Yerington and the month will close with a rodeo in Carson City. There are only two open weekends on the schedule. The Pahrump Valley High School Rodeo team has 22 members. These athletes compete in a sport demanding a high level of skill and dedication. Unlike other sports, the athlete is required to be responsible for the care and train- ing of his horse as well as for himself. The competitor is also responsible for his own transportation and expenses for all events. Fortunately, some business sponsors help defray part of the expenses. RODEO ACTION-Cowboys and cowgirls came from all over Nevada to compete in the PVHS rodeo last weekend. Pictured here are bull rider Vealton Hayes of Elko, tying the goat is Julia Beebee of Las Vegas and aboard a bucking bronco is Richie Kniefel of Tonopah. photos by Patti Babcock Rhyolite Festival 1997 History of a time and place that was Special to the Gazette Beatty Chamber of Commerce and Rhyolite Historical Society RHYOLITE-Put on your top hats and bonnets and fire " up the Model T. It's time for the Sixth Annual Rhyolite, with help from the Beatty Museum and Historical Society, and numerous other local groups. For those who are new to the area or haven't heard about Rhyolite, a little history is in order. Rhyolite is probably the best example of a "boom or bust" town in all of Ne- vada, and possibly in the entire country. The whole thing started in 1904 when Shorty Harris discovered gold in the hills to the southwest of what was to later become Rhyo- lite. This started a major gold rush in the area. In 1905 Rhyolite became an official townsite. By 1907 the popula- tion was estimated to be 3,500 in the town itself and per- haps as many as 6,000 in the entire district. At it's zenith, the town had three water systems, three swimming pools, 50 mines, two daily newspapers and one weekly, telephone and electric service, and opera house, three train lines, 18 grocery stores and over 50 saloons, The predicted population for 1910 was 10,000 but by that time what little gold there was had run out, and with the financial panic or 1907 causing investori; to cease specu- lations in gold mining companies in the area, the popula- tion had actually dropped to only 675, and by 1920 there were only 14 people still in residence. Over the years the orig'ma_l lroad Depot served as a bar, restaurant, gift shop and such. It was filled with col- lectors items that would make ones eyes fill with glee. Sadly today the depot is closed and awaits the return of the trains and people of another time. This year the festival takes place Saturday and Sunday March 14-15 at Rhyolite and in Beatty. The full Schedule of Events for "Rhyolite Days 1997" are included elsewhere in the Gazette.