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According to Bob Philpot, the head of postal operations for the valley' s post offices, mail delivery and operations have im- proved dramatically since moving into the new build- ing on Postal Road, an ex- tension of Loop Road. The lack of street signs and an organized, digital, address system, however, serve as a major inhibitor in the mail carrier's quest for timely and effective deliv- ery. "Street names and ad- dresses are critical to our operations," said Philpot. "But there are some roads that we can't get to, some that are not accepted yet and put on maps, and some that simply don't exist." The post office handles 15 routes and around 9,000 home deliveries per day. The carriers drive an average of 3,500 miles per week trying to make sure everyone gets their mail. But not every par- cel can get through to its intended desti- nation. So what happens with the mail that cannot be de- livered? Philpot stated that a lot of it is returned to the sender. Nearly 7,000 pieces of mail are sent to Las Vegas ev- ery week to be sorted and traced to find correct addresses. This does not happen without careful inspection though. In many cases, street names are spelled wrong or an address incomplete. It is up to Philpot and his crew to take the role of detective to try and solve these postal mysteries. In one such case, there were several pieces of mall sent to various addresses on Pointe Road. According to maps of the Pahrump area, no Pointe Road exists. Yet, how could nearly one dozen articles of mail be sent to this non-existing street? In cases such as these, Philpot calls a directory assistance hotline run out of Reno. And attempts to get phone numbers of the people who the mail was sent to. TYPICAL MAILBOX--No name or. address on the mailbox, or numbers on the house. EFFICIENT SERVICE-Sally helps Mary McCrum with postal needs inside the new, spacious building on Loop Road. But, there are still a lot of problems with home delivery. Photos by Brenton Cooper He then calls the individuals and personally asks the exact name of the street on which they live and how to get there. After two failed attempts to contact people, Philpot finally got a hold of one resident who stated that the street in question is actu- ally named Paiute, not Pointe. It is common mix ups such as these that give the post office headaches. Ron Williams, the di- rector of planning for the Pahrump Regional Plan- ning Commission, has been working on the street address problem for some time. He hopes that by the year 2000 Pahrump will have a fully functional digital address system. One of the main setbacks and causes of the problem is the block system in the valley. The current system is not in a square and defined form. Most blocks are defined by noticeable boundaries such as streets or county lines. According to Williams, the blocks in Nye County are not. He has sought help and advice from census officials to come up with a better system. For the post office, the year 2000 is too far away. They have to deal with the problem now. As Philpot ex- plains, the last updated map they received" was in 1994, "People need to know their street names and street signs have to exist," said Philpot. "The (plan- ning) commis- sion has worked well with us, but new streets and addresses have to be brought to the attention of the post of- fice." Philpot states that currently the post office is doing well, but it could be better. He is hoping that sorting machines will be arriving soon. The machines would help to alleviate some of the time problems that the postal workers run into. Instead of a handful of workers spending five to six hours per day sorting, these ma- chines would do this in an hour. Like anything, postal rates might go up to accommo- date for the cost of the machines. Philpot, said the cost will be worth the rewards. With the new machines, employees will have more time to concentrate on making sure everyone in the Pahrump Valley receives their mall Barrick Goldstrike donates to med school RENO -- Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., one of Nevada's leading gold mining companies, is donat- ing $100,000 to the Landra Reid Center for WOmen's Studies, which will be housed in the expanded medical library and educa- tion building being planned by the School of Medicine on its Renocampus. Last year, Barrick donated $1.3 million to charities and projects in Nevada communities. Barrick employs more than 2,000 people in Nevada, primarily in the communi- ties of Elko and Beatty, Vice President and Gen- eral Manager D9n Prahl said Barrick "welcomes the op- portunity to assist the work of the University of Nevada School of Medicine with this donation. We are pleased that a Nevada university is one of 40 institutions participat- ing in the national Women's Health Initiative, and we are proud to provide our sup- port." Landra Reid is a long-time advocate of women's issues, particularly women's health. Barrick is the second larg- est gold producer in the world, with 11 producing mines in Peru, Chile and Nevada. W