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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, April 24, 1997 21 i A Very Shady Proje c t Glistening, shining, sparkling in the sun. A rare mechanical diadem radiating a heavenly spectrum of reflected sunbeams to dazzle and enthrall the passing viewer. This is my beautiful and ethereal dune buggy. Painted a shimmering and icy white, squatting gracefully between fat bulgy sand tires and powered by a snarly snapping unmuffled engine designed to frighten the neighbors and dis- tress the deputy, the beautiful buggy is tastefully adorned with bits of shining chrome that serve to highlight it's beauty and efficiency. A glorious machine it is and a suitable shining compli- r' hadow .......... In The Thermomete s S ment to me numbJe noomty oht s -  owner. by Mike Dougherty /ct And therein lies the problem. '  ' 1,,':une buggies don t like sunshine. : Seems unreasonable that a mac h_.e designed to operate in the :,:i! desert is allergic to the sun, but that s how it is. Sunlight quickly -e fades the best of paints, it soon drys and cracks the robber in the tires, fuel lines, brake lines, and oil lines. Unprotected uphol- stery quickly resembles a cloth of straw. Dune buggies,just like that car in your driveway, don't like sunlight. First attempts at protecting the new and expensive buggy were basic tarping procedures. A large canvas was bought at Harbor Freight and suitable ropes and bungees were assembled to accomplish the tie down. Only if there was totally no wind could this be considered a one person job. Often my very understanding and loving wife was pressed into service to help with this chore. Our marriage survived. Tying the canvas in place was at best a half hour job. Usually done at the end of a very strenuous day. Wind, wonderful desert wind. The canvas would flap against the restraining ropes and gently wear away the paint it was supposed to protect. Sharp edges of the buggy would eat holes in the straining canvas and strips of tom canvas would flap in the breeze. Life expectancy of a large tarpauline, about sixty days. Time to wrap and unwrap the buggy was always unacceptable and never convenient. To fold and store the unwieldy canvas was a joyful chore all of its own. To make the canvas experience totally wonderful, after a rain moisture would collect under the canvas and induce rust in the expensive new buggy. Time to consider alternatives. Car covers. Ready made car covers cost over a hundred dollars and none are shaped like my buggy. Custom made car covers start about three hundred dollars and nobody is inclined to believe the shape cover I need. Modern modular sun shading carport type structures advertized in the auto magazines. Try four thousand dollars. In Pahrump they'll build you a whole garage for that kind of money. What to do. What to do. The buggy on its trailer stands eight feet tall and the ideal would be a structure under which I could tow the buggy on its trailer and Around Amargosa with Andrea 'byAndreaLynn The Amargosa Clinic would Fife to encour- age patients to bring in tbeir copay atthe time of their visit. Also, if you have a new insman please bring in your card so itcan be copied. If you have a new address, phone number, etc., come in and update your patient information sheet. Thank you for your help with these mat- teas. As always the clinic is open from 9 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Chamber of Co is holding a Business Open House Saturday, May 24th at the community center. This is for all businesses in the valley. Come show your stalE. There will also be a swap meet, conmaunity potluck, and bingo on Saturday from 9 &m.- 5 p.m. Tables for just unhook and it's done. Dream on. Begin the Great Car Port Study. Pahrump is full of homes with awnings, car ports, ramadas and such. ! slowly cruised the neighborhoods like an aspiring burglarchecking out the various structures. Why this brace, why this strut, is this structural or decorative? Shoshone, Tecopa, Baker, all of the desert towns were checked. Plans available at building supply stores were checked and it seemed those plans are designed to sell lumber and nails. A visit to the Gazette's Patti Babcock. Husband Brent is an engineer in I..as Vegas. He does a bunch of light building on Rancho Babcock and close pe- rusal of his efforts provided some profitable insights into economical design. A night with pencil and graph paper. A design is produced calling for 6 ten foot 4x4 posts, 14 ten foot 2x4s, twenty sheets of corrugated iron roofing, and assorted fasteners and paint. A free standing car port of 20 feet by ten feet is designed. The top is to be bolted to the uprights so it can be disassembled and moved. The idea is to park the dune buggy under the roof and drive away. Materials are bought at Home Base in Victorville and the project begins. Every time a job is started, the phone rings and I have to go make some money. The work area is a jumble of stacked lumber and roofing. Careful measurements are made and the uprights are placed and lean in all directions looking totally confused until they are leveled and tamped. Long side pieces are assembled on the ground and lifted into place most carefully on a calm day. The side pieces twist and dangle from the center supports until the bolts can be tightened and the end pieces set. A box like structure takes place atop the 4x4 uprights. Barn red paint is applied to all surfaces including the painter. The paint makes the new construction fit in with the existing barn red sheds. The corrugate metal roofing is installed. Oops. Bad instructions. Should have bought more roofing and increased the overlap. It's only a car port so not to worry. Screws are used to fasten the roofing for security and to avoid a lot of hammering of nails on the light supporting structure. Its starting to look ILke I might have known what I was doing..Sheer luck. It's done ! I pull the trailered buggy under the new shaded the swap meet are $5.00 each. The swap meet extends until Sunday, and will be fmished off with a raffle. The proceeds from the raffle will go towards beautification of our eemeaaT. If you would like more infommtion or want to reserve a table call Mike at the Senior Center (702) 372- 5413. He is there Tuesday through Thursday from 9 m. - 5 p.m. Kindergarten screening takes place Tuesday, April 29th at the community center from 8 n .3 p,m. R will be in the apstairs meeting room as the VFW is holding a bicycle safety class for the students in the gym are For more information on the kindergarten g call the school, (702)372-5342. . Y ROCK & SAND 727-1490 High.Quality Construct/on Materials Plaster Sands Masonry Sands Top Soil Type 2 (Brown or Grey) Pit Run Reject Sand * Blow Sand Concrete Sand Pea Gravel 3/4 Rock (Brown or Grey) Leach (Septic) Rock Oversized Rock LANDSCAPE DESIGN & PLACEMENT SAVE MONEY " DO IT YOURSELF It OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK On Rachel Court, East of Vieki Ann. South of Manse parking area (with Shirley's help to make sure I clear on all sides and the top) It works! A few recent winds haven't bothered the structure a bit and the buggy needs merely be unhooked under the tall car port and it's fully protected from the sun. There's only one small problem. The buggy no longer sits glistening in the desert sun. Nobody can see it shining in all of it's glory. The beautiful buggy sets demurely in the shade and none can admire its sparkling beauty or it's owner. Total cost of materials: Under $300. Labor was free which is about what it was worth. Illllll Illl I II The Tommh JUs mil  Jmm Dmer At the Tonopah Convention Center May I0, 1997 Cocktails 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Prime Rib Dinner Music No Host Bar Door lh4.sos Raffles Fun $20.00 per person Tickets can be purchased at ABarL Brown's Photo Western Auto Tonopah Middle School All proceeds go to the Tonopah Arts Council To brtug the arts to our community For more information Can 482-5O95 Celebrate the Artsl i Gi, i " 'i '- iii,l' ? i' , KHWK Radio From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered! For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. If you're traveling the vast distances of Central Nevada's desert terrain you still can't miss us! Member. Associated Press Great Basin Radio Network 92.7 - Tonopah 93.5 - Beatty 94.3 - Lida and Scotty's Junction 94.3 - Gold Point 95.9. Pahrump 103.9 - Bishop, Mammoth and Big Pine 104.9 - Round Mountain 105.5 - Hawthorne