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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette,.Thursday; May 22,, 199723- r i i i Shoshone hosts Hong Kong film crew Shoshone, a sleepy desert village 30 miles west of Pahr- ump and mostly famous for being on the way to Death Valley. A gentle oasis with a few tourist amenities and a friendly small town population of good folks who mostly make their living being hospitable to the desert traveller. Hang Kong. A bustling British Crown Colony --soon to become apart oftbe Republic of China--located on the south east coast of mainland China. Hang Kong has the world's fastest growing economy and a burgeoning population of hard-driving capitalists carving themselves a share of the world's markets. For a few days the small town on the edge of Death Valley was the focus of an intense effort by a Hang Kong company to create a television commercial for Asian consumption. The commercial, in stressing the universal reach of the company's products and services, featured other worldly locations. Shoshone was chosen for its unique desert geology, from fiercely twisted and broken boulders to towering white can- yon walls. Shoshone is also known as a film-friendly commu- nity and permission to film is easily obtainable. Excitement ran high as the large film crew pulled into a desolate canyon on the edge of Shoshone. Huge trucks began arriving in Shoshone and turning, towards the canyon along-side the Amargosa River. Glen Fivella had worked his chain saw magic and trimmed the trees allowing entry to the caravan. Shoshone EMT's Robert Barbee and Allan Brace were on hand to welcome the crew and provide a watchful eye for emergency medical needs. Your humble scribe accompanied the visitors and tried to straighten out any problems unique to the desert and keep the long train of vehicles untangled as they fought for parking in the rough clay canyon. As usual with hard working crews of long experience, it all swiftly came together. I laid out a trail to the top of the canyon so talent could be taken up later. A self propelled crane was eased into position and raised to the canyon rim. The catering truck began preparing a meal while make up and hair people performed their magic. The silent running generator was powered up to provide high intensity lighting and the location began to hum. In the midst of all the activity, doing my bit as location manager, I cast an eye to the weather. Oops, very interesting. High dark clouds building above Amargosa Valley, in Ne- vada. A brief message to the director about the weather did not engender any great joy or happiness. The filming continued. The cloud build up also continued. Came a hatful of wind a In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Doughe 1 :W drop or two of rain. Came the I i!! Mother of all Desert Storrfls. [ ii: The actors and actresses fled I. ....... ,a.,.. .... for the motor homes and vans. The caterer grabbed what he could and closed up his truck. The extended crane was lowered to a safer level. The blue pop-up tents ripped loose of their sand bag ballast and flew around the location endangering men and equipment. The men and women of the production crew began to earn their keep. The cameras, both film and video, were quickly covered and held firmly as camera men fought to free them from their tripods. Lights and reflectors were tied off and lowered to the ground. The wind rose in fury and dust filled the eyes of the struggling crew. Tents that were still intact were thrown to the ground and sand bagged. The storm intensified. Hanging onto straining ropes the crew bowed their heads as hail and rain blew sideways in the howling wind. The storm eased. The crew reassembled and began re- rigging. The cast came forth and with a bit of help from their attendants again looked glamourous. The clouds passed to the west and the crew was back in production as the sun again shone through the clouds. Extras were placed high on the canyon rim. The most beautiful woman in the whole world posed gracefully with a cellular phone. (Never has a phone looked so good.) The EMTs moved to a different location as stunt men began leaping from a high cliffinto huge foam cushions. These folks do earn their money. The work went on. Visitors pulled in off of the road to watch the crew in action. A few local children watched the movie magic in wide-eyed wonder. A couple of fellows on motorcycles pulled up and we all wished we could spend a bit of time touting the desert on bikes like them. Folks from Pahrump out for a Sunday drive stopped and spent a bit of time visiting and watching the action. The work went on. The sun went down. It's a wrap! (Movie talk for the job is done.) In full darkness we break it down and put it away. The crew is to stay at Furnace Creek that evening and film in Death Valley the following day. Us Baker Boys are released and for once on this job, may be home by midnight. Some difficulty making the crew believe they better fuel in Shoshone and the caterer won't believe that Smith's, in Pahrump, is the nearest major grocery source, there must be a super market in the city of Death Valley. Smart caterer. It was done. For a brief time the people of Shoshone and the people of Hang Kong came together in common cause and it worked. A hard job well done. Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn The Ambulance Service BBQ and Dance was a lot of fun for everyone who attended. Some of the raffle prizes and winners were: Shane Clark and Christina Settlemire, Dinner for Two at Kenny Rogers in Terrible's Town; Kari Coughlin, Russ Mourton, and Irene Osterhoudt, Champagne Brunch for Two at Longstreet; Bob Arnold, Sid Rudich, Bob Cameron, Joe Pritchard, $50 off power bill from Valley Electric; Bob Hoerster, Dinner for Two at the Wrangler Steakhouse in Furnace Creek; Dot Courtner donated her $50 cash prize back to the ambulance service. There were many other winners. The Storytellers put on their performance Sunday. They did a wonderful job and will be performing again at the swap meet on Saturday the 24th at 2:30 p.m. Don't miss it this time! The swap meet begins at 9 a.m. with a potluck and bingo, following the Storytellers' performance. Saturday is also the day for all the businesses to take part in the business open house. The swap meet will also be open on Sunday at 9 a.m. This fund-raiser is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Amargosa cemetery. Saturday, May 31, is the day for road cleanup. Meet at the corner of Farm Road and Hwy. 373 at 8 a.m. The cleanup will only be for a couple of hours so the heat shouldn't be too bad. After cleaning up the roadway, r head over to the racetrack. Time trials will be going on all day with the races beginning at 7 p.m. Amargosa Calendar of events: Mondays: Boy Scouts, 3- 4 p.m. Community Center Tuesdays: SeniorTap danc- ing, 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, 7p.m., C/C Girl Scouts, 2-3 p.m. C/C MAY 00Zue 00iarnon00 00'Vurser00, 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 I Sat. 24: Swap Meet, Business Open House, Potluck, Bingo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. C/C Sun. 25: Swap Meet, 9 a.m,-2p.m. Thur. 29 : Town Board meeting, 7 p.m., C/C Jan McDonald, M.D. Dermatology Clinic Of Nevada, Ltd. Harvard Medical School & M00yo Clinic Trained at Pahrump Medical Center 1501 E. 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