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Community News Pahrmnp Vle Cazette,urday, lday 8, 1997"2" A Sidewinder for the I suppose, after reading Rattlesnake Redux in this Journal, that I may have inadvertently bent a law or two concerning the protection and preservation of our reptilian brethren. It was never my intent to kidnap or capture a protected species, but here's how it all came about. It was starting out a fine morning. I was down at the truck stop waiting to meet some film school graduate students - occasionally I work with students at very re- duced rates. No charity here, these folks are on their way up and will soon be controlling large budgets. A friend who works at the local prison pulled up and parked beside my Trooper. He stepped from his car gingerly holding a .large clear plastic jar with a blue lid. He walked over to my ,r as though the jar was full of very unstable nitroglycer- ine. Handing me the jar, the young fellow explained that he had found and caught a baby sidewinder on his front lawn. Not knowing what to do with a very angry baby rattlesnake and knowing I know a thing or two about the desert, he came looking for me thinking I could handle his problem. Not wanting to disappoint the young fellow, ! placed the jarred snake in the back seat of the Trooper and told him I'd take care of it. The students arrived and forgetting about the snake I greeted them and loaded their camera equipment into the back of the Trooper and off we went to see some desert. First stop was at the Little Dumont Dunes right along highway 127 at the 30-mile marker. We took a few pic- tures, some compass readings to compute the location of sunrise and sunset, and walked over a small dune or two. We were getting back into the car when Anne gave a little squeal and cried, "what's in the jar?" She wasn't "margosa db dl exactly thrilled when I explained it was just a wee baby sidewinder. I took a minute or two and pointed out the little red stub where the rattle would eventually form and the two small horns on the head that so easily identify the sidewinder. Seems that film students have different interests than biology students. Anne wasn't entirely sure she wanted to share the back seat with a genuine side winding desert rattlesnake. It didn't much reassure her when I took the jar into the front seat and held it on my lap as we left the small In The Thermometer's Shadow __ by Mike Dougher_ dunes A mile or two down the road " , ;: the Amargosa River flows un- der 127 through a new culvert and bridge system. (It usually flows, this week it dried up leaving only a strip of damp sand). There's a few shrubs growing beside the stream and it seems a good habitat for the small mammals and such that make up the diet of a sidewinder - that's if they can't find a few film students to eat. I pulled the Trooper to the side of the road and stepped out carrying the jar of rattlesnake. Robert and Anne were right behind me peering over my shoulder and asking what I was going to do with the snake. I explained the habitat bit prepared to release Brother Snake. I found a small propitious-looking bush that cast a bit of shade and seemed a likely spot for a youthful sidewinder to establish himself. The students watched in silent awe as I simply unscrewed the blue lid from the jar and prepared to release the snake. The snake was being a bit rambunc- tious. His tail was a vibrating blur and he was making repeated thrusts at the side of the jar. No doubt a reptilian's sign of affection. Gently tilting the jar allowed the small sidewinder to slide out and onto the ground. The wee snake paused for a minute to get his bearings and quickly took possession on the low shrub. He gave a few exploratory twists, a wiggle or two, and then he simply seemed to disappear as he blended into his new environment. Robert and Anne watched closely as the snake appeared to become one with the desert. The angry young rattler had found a new home and we were the intruder. I gently explained that we could best help the little fellow by leaving him alone and letting him work out his own problems in his new home. In answer to their unasked question, I gently explained that we needn't leave any food or water and our slithery friend was well equipped to fend for himself in the natural world. I didn't mention hawks, eagles and owls - the real natural environment has teeth. Our day progressed and we concerned ourselves with filming in the desert. Plans were made, locations were chosen, and sparse budgets were bemoaned. The students were sharp and it was a well organized day with little wasted time and strong goal directed activity. A fine day and good people to work with. As we returned down 127, Ann and Robert noticed the crossing of the Amargosa and suggested we stop to check our sidewinding friend. We did but he was nowhere to be found. Undoubtedly he was upon some far ranging snakey adventure of his own. Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn The school kids put on a great perfor- mance Saturday and again oa Monday for Cinco De Mayo. There were several Span- ish dances and even a skit written by two students. Ethnic food and candy was sold, [ ,j along with several crafty items made by the students. There was even a pinata con- test. Taylor Payton won Best Overall with her parrot, and the first grade won Most Original with their big, crazy looking pi- nata. Don't forget about the Amargosa Cham- ber of Commerce Business Open House, Swap Meet, Potluck, and Bingo coming up the 24th and the 25th of May. The swap meet will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call Mike at 372-5413, Tues- day through Thursday from 9a.m.-5p.m. for a table. The business open house and potluck will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Raffle prizes will be drawn at 4 p.m. and Around Amargosa with Andrea For More Information: Call (702) 372-5459 bingo will start at 4:30 p.m. All pro- ceeds from this fund- raiser are go- ing towards beautification of the cemetery. Oh yeah, it all takes place at the community center. Calendar of events: Mondays: Boy Scouts, 3-4 p.m., Com- munity Center Tuesdays: Senior Tap Dancing, 9-11 a.m., (C/C) Crafty Ladies Club, 9:30 a.m., Senior Center Girl Scouts, 3-4 p.m., C/C Wednesdays: Bingo, 7 p.m.C/C Girl Scouts, 2-3 p.m. C/C MAY Monday, 12: Planning Board mtg., 7 p.m., C/C Monthly 000073&e 0000giamona Cactus Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants ~ Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clariet Teddy Bear, Beaver Trail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees Free Cactus Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. PAGERS Open: 9 am ~ 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am - 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blu Diamond Rd. 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