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4 Thursday, June 19, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette CooW'. l00otoOapby Now Offers: aul= PbotoOsplQ for l-;inaen CUu== r SIS  & 2gwlth a tri_p on Ang S. Tree. ep,n.. 850 per pinion. You provide your own 85 mm euet & film. J Instruotors. Sip up NOW - Spue is Limited. more information Call 797-979T DON'T DELAY; CALL NOW! Major setback for two local organizations by Andy Holtmann Gazette Staff The Nov. 5, 1996, ballot marked a major setback for two local organiza- tions. Voters chose not to approve funding for the development of new facilities for the library and the museum. Today, nearly a year later, both organizations are having to cope with what they have. Joan Lewis, the head librarian at the Doris Shirky Pahrump Community Library, said that the cramped space and lack of workers has left them struggling to cope. "Sometimes there are so many people in here that the tables are filled and we have long lines," Lewis said. "We're making do I i I i[ "ish00p Veter'nary"spi00 Tonopah Clinic L Dr. Lind will be in Tonopah " June 25 J[ Front downstairs office- 42 Belmont St. II |1 Appointmenlsllnfo, Call 482,6453 after 5 p.m. II II Dr. Linda will be in every other Wednesday II II 6 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, II |1 including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery, etc. II II 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cows, etc. _ lip Ildit% "qlmtl |1 'Tonopah5:30p.mto7:30p.m.  .1| l/ Sound Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. II l/ Same dates as Tonopah Clinic II Dr. Dennis G. Campton the best we can." Hardest hit seems to be the children' s area of the li- brary. The shelves are completely crammed with books and there is little space available to host the many childrens' programs the library of- fers. "We can barely fit 40 kids in the youth room at a time and that is pushing it," said Young Persons and Childrens' Librarian Charlene Board. "Sometimes we have wait- ing lists that have as many as 20 groups who want to use the facility." Canna J. Kreitler To Serve You The Arcon Pahrump Center for Healthcare is pleased to introduce its outstanding family physicians, Dr. Dennis G. Campton and Dr. E. Charles Freer, Jr. They join Executive Director Carma Kreitler in working to provide the highest quality healthcare in Pahrump. For appointments, please call 7.27-6060. Pahmmp Center for Healthcare 1501 E. Calvada Blvd. Pahrump, NV 89048 702-727-6060 Dr. E. Charles Freer, Jr. To make do with space concerns, both sections of the library have had to weed books out that were duplicates or were not current enough for reference use. The books are then given to the Friends of the Library organization to be sold at discounted prices in book sales. The profit from the sales are given back to the library. Lewis and Board stress that Preferred Eq- uities Corp. has been especially good to the library. PEC's Vice President Fred Conte has sponsored summer programs and donates time and money to hire storytellers. He has also been generous with the rent, only charging the library $10 per year to operate. "Mr. Conte has helped us out in so many ways," said Lewis. "PEC has remodeled our building free of charge and has been very supportive of our efforts." The Town Board has donated land for the new complex near Highway 160 and the cem- etery. It was ultimately up to the voters to approve funding that would have slightly raised taxes. "We thought the people would have wanted it," said Lewis. "The library is for everybody to use and we invite any support. The new facility would have been a worthwhile project for the whole community. We're still trying." The Pahrump Valley Museum, which is located on Basin Avenue and Blagg Road, has experienced similar problems. Space is not a concern here. The concern is the lack of funding to erect a main building to house artifacts and exhibits. Members of the Pahrump Valley Museum and Historical Society have succeeded in moving the old Chamber of Commerce building and the Raycraft House over to the Basin Avenue site as well as many old pieces of farm equipment and Indian artifacts. "We're relying on donations and the time and efforts of the community to keepgoing," said President Chuck Gallivan. "The bond issue is definitely not going to slow us down one bit." Harry Ford, the treasurer of the Museum and Historical Society, explained that in the past, Nye County had a budget around $50,000 for the museum. After the budget crunch and the bond issue, those funds were not available. "We asked the town for money to restore the old chamber building," said Ford. "The people of Pahrump" voted against it and they have their reasons. The town has still been very good to us." Ford has a special interest in the museum. His father built the original Raycraft House in 1946. The Raycrafi family owned a large ranch in Pahrump in the mid- 1900s. Jim Raycraft hauled lumber from the Johnny Mine and railroad ties from an unused railroad in Tonopah to build the house. The Raycrafts, who were friends with the Fords at the time, got assistance from Harry's father, who actu- ally constructed the now famous home. "I was only about 10 years old at the time and my family had been here since 1944, so I got first dibs at collecting everything," said Ford. "We began to put what we had saved from the era together and other people started donat- ing. That's how the museum got started. It's sort of funny that my dad built the original Raycraft House in 1946 and I helped restore it 50 years later in 1996." The museum is not open right now, but they hope to be soon. They are still trying to raise the money to build their main building. In the meantime, they have been moving most of their exhibits into the Raycraft House. A new bond issue is scheduled for 1998. Lewis said that the library will definitely lobby for funding again this time. As for the museum, Ford and Gallivan are not sure whether they will be on the ballot or not. Each organization is hoping that somehow, someway, someone will find a way. I I Smoke Signals Indian Trading. Post Authentic Indian Jewelry NewSmme, rHours INDIAN Open 7 Days a Week OWNED 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. & oPERATED (Near 160 & Basin) d ; ! i/ i i;i