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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June i2, 1997 2,3 Gazette on the street... Why would you like to see a CCSN learning center here in Pahrump? Sandy Valley BOB CRIPE-- Retiredmechanic -- "To encourage education because some people would by- pass !t, if they had to drive into Las Vegas." Pahrump ROY MANKINS -- Insurance sales-- "So my kids wouldn't have to leave town to get an education. I have two kids in college in town and traveling is difficult for them. I would like to take classes too." Pahrump GEORGE MaeKENDER -- Retired sales -- "I think it is a growing area. I'm high on education and it would add to the community." Pahrump GARY JACOBS--Auto sales -- "We have a lot of people here in Pahrump who go to college and travel that road everyday. Some have moved to Vegas to eliminate the drive." Pahrump HADLEY KOPP -- Retired business owner -- "I think it would be a great benefit to Pahrump. I would like to take classes." Compiled by Gazette staff photographers 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump 1 Nevaaz00 - then now National Outlaw and Lawman Association by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society n July 1985, I attended the annual rendezvous of the National Associa- tion for Outlaw and Lawman History, NOLA, which was meeting in Sparks. At that time, I spoke on Nevada's outlaw and lawman tradition. Two years later, I became a member of the board of directors and continue in that posi- ' tion. When first contacted about speaking, I was reluc- tant. Nevada has no outlaw tradition which in any way compares with that of Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas or Arkansas. Billy the Kid was never here. Nor were the James gang, the Youngers or the Daltons. Gunmen the likes of Clay Allison, Ben Thompson, John Wesley Hardin and Wild Bill Longley were never here, nor were there bank heists on the scale of those in Northfield, Minn. or Coffeeville, Kan. Nevertheless, I agreed t 9 speak, covering the Verdi Train Robbery in November t870, the first in the West, the last stagecffach robbery at Jarbidge in December 1916, and:several lynchings, including those of Adam Uber 'in Genoa in December of 1897, and William "Red" Wood at Hazen in February 1905. I also mentioned Butch Cassidy's reputed involvement in a bank robbery in Winnemucca in September 1900. Thos# present seemed to be pleased with the opening up of this new territory and I have pursued research on Nevada's part in this aspect of the his- tory of the American West since that time. The Quarterly Journal of the National Outlaw and Law- man Association has published two of my articles, one on the life and times of Morgan Courtney, a thoroughly bad man0who died in a gunfight in Pioche in 1873 and another on the murder of Nye County Sheriff Thomas Logan in a Manhattan brothel in April 1906. I have also published law enforcement pieces in the Humboldt Historian, the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, the North- ]0000OLA, NOLA- National Association for Outlaw & Lawman History, Inc. eastern Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, an article on the Mircovich- Gregovich murder, Tonopah, May 1912, in a book honoring the late Wilbur Shepperson and several articles in this series. Additionally, I have spoken on female outlaws and other law enforcement related : topics at several other endeavors. As I get into the topic, it seems that there is much more to it than I had once thought and I feel that it is time to introduce NOLA, as we are known, to readers. We are not a "shoot-em up" outfit, but, rather, a group of serious researchers who publish extensively. We also collaborate on research, put up markers at historic sites and are currently in- volved in setting up a site for a national research center and museum focusing upon outlaw and lawman history. Every summer, we gather in rendezvous at some location in the West for seminars and tours of historic places. In 1987, we met in Kansas City, Mo. where we visited sites associated with the James, Dalton and Younger gangs. We have also visited the courthouse of Judge Isaac Parker, the "hanging judge," in Fort Smith, Ark., Lincoln, N.M, the location of the famed Lincoln County War, sites associated with the Johnson County Cattle War in Wyo., the OK Coral in Tombstone, Ariz., Brown's Hole, Wyo., a stop on the Outlaw Trail where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were once well known, and Hole-In-The-Wall, Wyoming, the Cassidy gang's headquarters. This coming summer, we will meet in Kileen, Texas. photo by Nevada Historical Society - If you think that NOLA would add a new dimen- sion to your life, we invite you to join us. Write Paula A. Miller, Membership Secretary, 1201 Holly Court, Harker Heights, Texas, 76548-1538, or call her at (817) 695-6518, home, or (817) 634-7233, work, or fax her at (817) 634-8399. First year membership is $25. Subsequent yearly dues are $35. If you want to speak to me personally, call the Nevada Historical Society in Reno at (702) 688-1191. I