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$ Community News The gun, the badge, and the Snake Adventure can not happen on Thulay morning. At sunrise I&apos;m dig- ging,q tiw post holes in the coolness of the ptxlawn hours. It's a simple project, I have nothing scheduled lbra tkw days, and this is the time tbr pleasant springtime home chores. The telephone. Fifteen yem ago I had never had a telephone, and now... Ken George, of Ken George Trucking and Towing. A fire family man and a long time Baker businessman. Ken seldom calls with really good news and this is no exception. Seems there's a fellow stuck in the sand somewhere East of Dumont Dunes. Tripple A can't get anywhere close to him and can I go back and eitber get him out, or call for Ken's huge trtor to be Ixough out. The fellow has spent the night stuck in the sand and his condition is unknown. He's been in cellular contact with his wife in the city, but cellular service at the dunes in spotty at best. The Isuzu Trooper is ready to go, as always. Planks, shovels, chains ans straps ane stowed in the back. As are tools water, rations, first aid gear, flares and her assor "Get unstuck" supplies. I stop at Ken George's to get the latest info and to talk money. Because it's Ken, I have a reasonable price in mind. Because it's me, Ken has a much more pleasant price in mind. I don't argue, maybe we can buy groceries Iftis week Ken hands me amap that has in some way been faxed to him. He describes a Range Rover that is bright yellow and seriously stuck. I doubt the serious part, but the fellow is stuck and tired of the desert rmon my way. At the dunes I head up S'ry Wash because ofinfo I have is that the rig is stuck on the road bed of the old T&T rail road. The T picks it's fotLr wheeled way up the Amargosa River to the opening of the Amargosa Canyon. There are no tire tracks leading into the canyon. I search the old mad bed pretty will because it is an easy place to get .seriously high centered. Nothing. I leave the wash and head to the road bed nearer the dunes. I cruise the old abandoned rail bed honking the horn and watching fbr anything yellow. I believe that may be yellow up ahead. Not only is it yellow, it is a brand new Land Rover Detnder 90 0390 Ibr the enthusiasts). The top of the 1390 is adomed with super huge Lucas Lights. Each Lucas Tamp costs as much as a smalljeep. There is a small tangle of antennas ",dom- ing the top of the fig, and a giant brand new Warn winch sets proudly nestled inside the heavy iron aftermarket bumper. This is indeed a serf ofa sruall .md dune. A liisky German sbepaJd runs barking to greet me and a rather sheep- ish looking tletlow comes over and inmxluces hiru.lf. The klbw's name is John and he rays he's doing resh on the old Tidewater and Tonapah Rail Road. Cing to write a Ixk, be says. That's OK with me, I didn't In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Doughtery ask Never do. John allows as how be was driv- L ing down the old road bed and tried to top a small dune and got stuck. This I can see. Been there several tines myself. I start to reach for a shovel, this may take twenty minutes or so. John StOpS rue and suggests that we try out his new winch. Anything that is instead of a .shovel always sounds good to me. The new winch is a 9000 pound electric unit from Warn Wmch. It's a dream to use. I freewheel it out, sel the end loop over my hitch, put a few blocks under the wheels of the hwa, and we're ready to go. Smooth as silk. Tiae car eases off'of the dune and mils onto finn ground. I unhook the line and feed it back through the fairlead and onto the slowly winding spool. , Reaching the side of the car I notice something shiney on the ground. I believe thers are ejected automatic pistol cartridges. 1 don't look too close, but they're bright, silver colored and appen- to be different than the old APC stuff we used in 45 calibre military rigs. John notices my atten- tion to the expended rounds and points out one very dead side winder rattle snake. Seems John was sleeping on the ound axl briber snake decided to join him. John took exception and tumed the slithery critter into snake burgers. I can understand John's discomtbrt. Still, that must be quite some weapon he used. I don't ask, but I believe some government outfits am now using a 10 mm pistol. That would explain the large car- lridge case, but I don't ask. Later, when it's paper work time, we're parked on a little rise and we're ous off road rig. It is also somewhat stuck perched firmly aslride the ridge talking to Ken George on the cellular. Ken George on the cellular. Ken Calendar of Events posted A town meeting was held Thursday the 13th. Tie h3ard received a industhN park". Copies ofthe petition are at tx stores, theclinic, andtown response tiom the Elhics Comrnksion regarding their letter to the gover- office awaiting your signature. Aresolution in  of the hi-tech cam- rxr. The commission will deckle whether or not to pursue their request the 21 s't of March at the new state building kx:ated at 555 E. Washington. The brd will only be able to dgserve at thks meeting. The commission will n(t) ik'tx wd ofwkr l-,c :ai;,gs will he, if they decide in akejufiic- fi(l over s ruatter. There are .some es that will be up for bid if back taxes on then am not paid. The town has the ability to pay the back taxes on flse ixo p - erties belixe they go to the auction. Them was some discussion regarding the legality of this. At the next n'eeting, which will be held March 27th at 6 pro, the will deckle whether or not o ciwaxlate a petilion for becoming atownboard lbnn of govenunent rather than an advisc . 15% of file registered pu center being built in Pahrump was signed. A health ctem committee was finned with Ralph M'Cracken serv- ing as chaimtn. Tilis comruittee will correspond with the Rural Health Cxmrit.n 4x)ut concerns with the Anwg Clinic. They wilt also deal with any (d" I,dth concerns of the valley. A legal resea1h conlmittee was al) txrned to research legal tc- ic and bring inlbnnation to lhe l'xyd. Brent Mathewson was appointed chairman. A calendar of events will now be hung in the community center with ALL events in the valley. This will voters that voted at the last election will need to sign it before it can be hopefully keep two organizations [ I..) Around A O from planning con- I / . .mar00,osa flicting events on the =ltsof00qu=on- I [ with Andrea naire were mad: 13 in [ a, dy thing you have favor of zoning, 14 |   For more information: to do is caU tbe town against it, 4 in fauxof |  Call (702) 372-5459 office and let me incorporating, 14" know when your against, and 13 that need rnore infm'nalion.The reMts are in the town event is. Iterus to be discussed atfle office for anyone who would like to review lhent next meeting are the morn tax di- The lxard approved a petition to change the wccling SB 104 concem- nance, zoning, districts, and incoqx ing the induslrial park at  Walls fiorn "industrial park" to "only ratiort 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'-tfined suspension system, dent resistant body panels anda dual overhead_cam performance engine have helped make Saturn one oI the top selling aufomobiles in America. Come enjoy the Saturn experience. You'll never haggle over price. . ,what you see is the price of the vehicle. No l=ipe, no pressure, dust courteous knowledgeable, and friendly sales people. Please speak with me personally. You'll find complete satisfaction Is my, only goal. ffAIITl$; AT duff $10,450' *A.C  CASSETTE, SATURN 5325 WEST SAHARA 252-8900 "Plus twt, translpm'tation and dealer PrelF Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, March 20, 1997 19 / / and John ,am discussing payment and Jobtl gets out his wallet to access his credit card. Unusual wallet ( of course I look) there seems to be an extra flap that ckesn't do anything. Oops, yes it does. The simple black flap conceals a gold badge with a darker center. The badge is unusually flat but looks mighty official. John flips the cover back in place and exlracts his credit card. Interesting. When the payment rituals are completed, John asks me about water- side camping. I agree to show him the good places on tl,,e way out I ask almut tbe map I'd been gil:em to fu'd him. John took me to his D90 and showed me a device that plotted his ation on a topol map using satalite guidance and then explained be could print out the resulting map and fax it b.v cellular. We didn't have this when I was in lhe Boy Scouts. Said goodbye to John in the Sperry Wash. He .said he was going upstream to lind a gcr, d waterside camp site.That's the last I saw of Johil. He, his yellow I)90, and his German shepard,  ,scout, faded in the rearview mirror as I headed back to the blacktop and home to Baker. Interesting morning. I made a couple of dollars, met a friendly fellow in the dunes, and rescued a sand stuck Land Rover. However, I wcier what the wal stay is behind the gun, the badge, and the make. There's slill a mystery or two in these western lands. Madness Kiwanis Fund loiser Every Saturday in March free ranur-e will be loaded in your private vehicle. 8 a.rn. to 2 p.m. Basin and Bla88 at the Dairy. Sorry, no  commerciol ((((_) ( vehicles, h M.<--- PT voteg Dar'y Volley g:&_ and  ..... u!X .... .i SALOON & 00ASlNO Saturday Nights Chuck Wagon Dinners 6pm Live Music Sunday Mornings Chuck Wagon Breakfast I0 am - 1 pm Friday & Saturday "Country Mint Band" Sat. 8 PM R.V. Spaces and Rooms available. PIONEER TERIII'I00R W/00GOII TOURH Day and Overnight wagon trips in Ash Meadows For Reservations Call (702) 372-1717 Crystal, Nevada Gateway to Devil's Hole #