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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 15, 199725 A Big Wind for Baker What's that noise? I look out the window and all is brown. Sand swirls around our mobile and the shingles on the roof begin a dance of disaster in the screaming wind. I race to the bathroom and crank open a window to equalize the air pressure in the house. The bedroom door slams behind me as the wind crashes through the house. I roughly shove the bedroom door open and throw down a chair to wedge it open. I continue to slightly open windows throughout the house and a fine brown mist of dust fills the rooms. Curtains stand straight out from their rods and I adjust the windows to keep the air flowing through the house without destroying the contents. The heavy chairs on the front porch tear across the deck and slam into the porch rails. The wooden rocker sails across the yard. The sheds and new carport are still standing finn but some poor neighbor's roofing paper is sailing across the yard. A bit of wind in Baker, Rob Fulton, the manager of Zzyzx, ' calls and says there's no wind at his location, but Baker has FOidisappeared under a thousand foot column of black dust. Rob asks are we OK. Well, maybe. A semi truck and trailer slams into the back of another rig on the freeway just behind the Del Taco. Fire and ambulance creep out of town in the blasting wind-driven sand storm. Freeway closed by a spill of white paint. Driver trapped in cab of rear truck. Jaws of Life used, Flight for Life called. Interstate rerouted through Baker while winds continue to batter the town. A brief afternoon respite and a time to survey the damage. Big Lotto sign in front of Wells Fargo Country Store blown apart, crews clearing it from in front of the store. Parking lot of Bun Boy covered with downed tree limbs. The World's Tallest Thermometer stands firm. Duplex on Highway 127 loses roof, wires down. Fire department from Harvard Road responds to cover Baker emergency while local crews are still struggling with freeway crash. More homes lose roofing, but roofs stay intact. New construction at Union and Chevron stations stay intact. Sberiffs Deputy Gene Slack contacts Bun Boy Restaurant to cheek wind velocities recorded on anemometer atop tallest thermometer. Winds hit 99 miles per hour during height of In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty storm. No injuries in town. Sev- eral cars trashed by blowing de- bris. Citizens venture outdoors and begin picking up trash as winds continue to abate. That was just the beginning. The afternoon storm merely warmed us up for the night-time biggie. Laying down catching up on some reading. Late evening, peaceful, quiet. A scream that comes from all directions. The house shudders and trembles. The roof strains and pulls at its fastenings. A hideous screeching from outside, the porch fuliture slams into the house, the screaming of the wind reaches a volume of pain and the tooth-grinding screeching from outside ends in a ripping, tearing sound. I've got to check the neighbor family, a widow with four kids in the home. I pry open our front door and push out into the stinging wind-driven sand of the freshening storm. The neighbor's house is still standing. Something's wrong with the sky. Holy... The neighbor's 20x40 foot carport has blown away and the whole roof is hanging in the Tamarisk trees, blocking out the western sky. The huge roof is balanced upright in the trees. If it comes down it will take out a garage and a parked car. If it blows away it will take out the next home down the block. I knock on our neighbor's door and she and her children stand wide-eyed in the entry, surveying the damage. I ask her permission and then call the fire delmrtment. There is nothing finer than the response of small town emergency services. First on the scene is Sheriffs Deputy Slack. He checks the problem and talks to the woman and her children. Neighbors from down the block gather round com- forting the small family. The first fire truck rolls into the yard staffed by Baker firefighters and inmates from the small local prison. First chore is to move the car to safety. With people and vehicles securely out of bann's way, the problem of how to drag the huge roof out of the trees without incurring further damage is addressed. Ropes are unwound and pike poles are unloaded. All to no avail. The wind shifts and freshens. Men flee as the metal and wooden structure shifts in the tree top high above. A harsh gust of storm driven wind lifts the roof from the tree and slams it to the ground. God was with us. The roof hit no structures, vehicles, or people. As the wind again lightened, firefighters swarm over the fallen structure, tearing it apart and anchoring the pieces so it can't be lifted again by the shifting furies of the storm. The emergency crews load up and prepare to leave for other damaged sites. The small family returns to the safety of their home. The neighbors say goodbye and walk into the night. I right the overturned dumpster and it's the end of another desert evening. There was a big wind in Baker. Baker survived. Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Remember to come out to the Ambulance Service Ben- efit Barbecue. For several years now the Amargosa Volunteer Ambu- lance Service has put on a Mother's Day brunch and raffle as part of its annual fund raiser, but this year decided to do something a little bit different: a barbecue and dance. It's going to be Saturday evening May 17 starting at 5 p.m. in the Community Building. They will have the barbecue first with beef, chicken and maybe some hamburgers and Jaot dogs forthe young ones. There will be beans, salads, and desserts as well, all prepared by the ambulance crew and friends. The VFW will be selling beer all evening. During supper they'll be selling :raffle tickets for the drawing. The prizes, like gift certificates from casinos, and gift items from local businesses will be raffled off later in the evening. After several hours they'll clear the tables for the dance. South Bound is the band they've lined up for the evening. They are a three (sometimes four) piece band from Las Vegas that play country and old-time rock and roll dance music. They've been out to Stateline, so many of you have danced to their music before. Besides being an opportunity to get out to see your friends and neighbors and have a little food and fun, it's important that the community come out and support the Ambulance Service. Our ambulance crew is all volunteer and they only do this one fund-raiser each year. It's a family affair, so bring the kids and grandma at least for the first half of the evening. They are planning on the same crowd that they have gotten every year for their brunches. There will be an admission charge (same as previous years), hut it will cover both the barbecue and the dance. They might make a little money off the barbecue but the raffle is real important to them, and they expect to have another exciting collection of prizes. As part of this annual fund raiser they have been writ- ing to local businesses ask- ing for donations or gifts for the raffle. They do this to raise money for unusual pur- chases and expenses that aren't covered in the Nye County budget. This money has been used to buy portable diagnostic equipment for the ambu- lances. 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They will come to wherever you are and do what they can. presen ts To Benefit The PVH8 Golf Program Entry fee: $50.00 per player (Includes green feea. cart. Luau 8r 5how) Date: Saturday Septemtmr 6, 1997 Time: Straight Times Starting 8:00 AM 4 Person Scramble Handicap & NH = No Handicap Calloway Flights Per-Mutual Buy-In Mulligans Long Drive (closest to pin Mens & Ladies) Music Danit $1ning 6" Just Good Ole Times at the TAGOP after the Golf Tournament Extra Tickets For Luau & Show are SZO.O0 each SINGLE ENTRY FORM - (1st 80 Players or 2Z=r] / Name HDCP (.IHN Telephone MULTIPLE OR TEAM ENTRY FORM / Name HDCP GIHN Telepr,.one / Name NOCP GIHN Telephone / Name HOCP GIHN Telephon =. / Nat/Tie HDCP GIHN Telephoto? Enclosed:  $50 '--I $100  $150  $200 All Tickets and Entries are non-refundable For Additional Information Call Nick Matsuk at 727-0677 Liz or Jan at 727-7300 Drop Your Forms Off At The Stagestop, 100 W. Stagecoach Rd. Pahrump, NV