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" Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 29, 1997 23 i i1| iiii ii i Community News In The Thermometer's Shadow  by Mike Dougherty, i! simple matter of afewsprinklers It seemed so easy. The neighbor lady has a lawn that requires frequent watering. Her oldest son is only 13 and sometimes self discipline isn't fully developed at that tender age and daily chores sometimes are let slide a bit. I tried to keep the lawn watered, but at my tender age self discipline isn't well developed either. A problem. No problem! There used to be a sprinkler system under the new lawn and all I need do is find the risers, install some sprinkler heads, and set the timers. A simple afternoon chore with a little spraying water to keep everything cool. First stop is a city hardware store for parts. Cheap, not expensive, low priced stuff. Until you buy several of each black inny little plastic whatsits, and then the few pennies each ..arts to make dollars. I fill a sack with what I figure I might need and a special tool to keep it simple, this will be an easy one. Afternoon at the neighbor's house. The boys are home from school and I'm the most interesting thing on the block. They even invite their friends over to observe this master sprinkler mechanic at work. First order of business is to figure out the electronic secrets of turning on the system so I can find where I need sprinkler heads. I read the directions several times and determine that they really are written in English. I push several mysterious buttons and water sort of starts to burble from the ground. I run out and mark where heads are needed and then work on shutting down the system. By this time I am approaching a condition of maximum soggy. I'm wearing swimming trunks so the wet doesn't much matter and the youthful audience seems rather amused. Simple to twist on new sprinklers. Except when the riser breaks under ground. "Are you digging a hole, Mr. Dougherty ? Why is the hole full of water, Mr. Dougherty? My mother won't let us say that word, Mr. Dougherty." The main sprin- kler feed pipe is half-way to China and it takes forever to set the sod aside and dig down to the main line. Laying in the wet grass reaching into a hole full of muddy water and trying to clean a broken riser from the pipe threads on the T fitting, this is not my idea of summer fun. I can't give up in front of the boys. I have to do this damn job. There's not even a plumber in town I can call. Why did I ever... Finally, at last, the riser is repaired. The hole is filled and the sod is laid. A row of fresh black sprinkler heads run in a row down the center of the lawn and it's starting to look like I might win this one. I operate the system on manual and it works! The sprin- klers pop up perky as can be and drool and dribble water all over themselves. Seem to need a bit of adjusting. The only way I can see to adjust a sprinkler is when it's operating. A fellow could get a wee wet. The boys are having a fine time watching the old fellow in the red trunks lean over the spraying sprinklers trying to fit a tiny little screwdriver into that little brass screw while his glasses are a running streams of water. Open this one a bit, and that one goes down a little. Turp this one up, go turn that one down. Finally two sprinkler stations are fully adjusted and it's time to set the electronics. ' Remember the old mechanical timers? Set the peg and turn the screw? Those were the days. Now it's gone all modem. Read the directions four times before even starting. Try to figure out what the engineers are talking about. Get it straight in the head and go step by step into the wonderful world of automatic electronic controls. Set the time. Set the hour first. Is that a.m. or p.m.? They use military time and I can't even figure out how to say 5 p.m. Now that the hour is set, set the minutes. Now pay attention, there are four control stations on the timer, I am only using two stations, so two must be disabled. Push each station and set the time you want the sprinklers to operate. Those two unused stations can't be forgotten, they must be set at No time of operation. Keep pushing the little button until the little red light reads "00." And on it goes. I want the sprinklers to operate more than once a day so we've Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn The Chamber of Commerce had a fund-raiser over the weekend to raise money for the Amargosa Cemetery. The chamber has already donated $1,000 for Fred White to start on the watering system. This weekend, they brought in approximately $315.25 which will go toward replacing the dead trees. The chamber wishes to thank everyone who helped, in- cluding a special thanks to Marie Reagle, Penny McGhee, and the school kids for the great job they did performing for everyone. Thanks also to Pahrump for participating in the swap meet. Don't forget the Sand Drags this weekend. This one is a money race, which means there will be more races than usual. Time trials begin at 7 a.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. There will, as always, be food and drink in the snack shack and a good time watching the races! Calendar of events: Mondays; Boy Scouts, 3-4 p.m, Community 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 Friday, May 30: 8th Grade Graduation, 7 p.m., C/C Saturday, May 3 h Road cleanup, 8 a.m., Comer of 373 and Farm Rd., Sand Drags, time trials 8 a.m., races 7 p.m., Race Track JUNE Wednesday, June 4: People For The West, 7:30 p.m., C/C 00_00Zue 00qgiamon00 00Nu.er V Cactus ,. Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants ~ Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Ciadet 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 IFme Cactus Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. Over 4,000 Desert Plants in Stock!!! Open: 9 am ~ 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am ~ 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy 159) ! ..,.lt (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 m i LaIMI '::'m  Oalmm. d s, hm "=="k illm Dblamd J m got to do something fancy there. Eventually it's done. The right lights are lit and everything appears as it should. I am not going to watch it over the next 24 hours to check it. The lawn either gets wet or it doesn't. The job is done. A simple little chore that only involved one trip to town, six hours labor, and numerous helpful remarks from my young associates. Last week, Slim mentioned a new type of irrigation in his column, I wonder how that high colonic irrigation works on Wednesday: 2 Tostadas - ground Thursday: 2 Sopes - ground Friday: Came con chili Colorado Saturday: Pozole Open lla.m. - 8p.m. Smoke - Free Dining Atmosphere Rosa's Mexican Restaurant (702) 372- 1131 Hwy 373 & Mecca Road. "Authentic Mexican Food" II 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