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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 10, 1997 23 Community News Complete Site Improvements Packages Available ( Now it is summer July 1, 1997, the low evening temperature is 56 degrees Fahrenheit. The first time in my short memory that a July temperature was ever so low. With midsummer temperatures holding in the springtime range, chores are an early morning breeze. Comfortable though it may be, summer business does not prosper in temperate environs. Auto repair and towing jobs are down. Sales of radiators and hoses are nonexistent. Blown head gaskets and air condi- tioner hoses don't happen in cool summer temperatures. I suspect that even ice cream sales may be down. The water in the local swimming pool is a bit cool for early July swimming. Working at the Dumont sand .... dunes is almost easy. The top numbers on the World's Tallest Thermometer never light and maybe high numbers won't be needed this summer. Never fear. The early July frigidity is merely a fluke. The mighty summer warmth of the Mojave Desert is soon back with us. There is no new ice age over the horizon and the glaciers have not begun their southern march. The early rise of the solar orb again heralds the burning days of the desert summer. As I scribe these few words, it is before 10 a.m. and already the outdoor temperature is at 110 degrees. This past week in downtown Baker, the World's Tallest Thermometer has reached 121 degrees. What the temperature may be at the dunes shall not be speculated upon. Suffice to mention that an early morning photo assignment that included Shoshone and Dumont was exceedingly warm well before noon. The water in the Charles Brown memorial swimming pool has reached a degree of warmth that is enough to be both cooling and refreshing without causing necessary chilling or goose pimpling. Evening swimming has begun and the crowds are greater at the end of the day as the heat eases a bit and the sun lowers. The tow trucks are again harvesting the unwary from the Baker Grade and there is a brisk business in automobile radiators and head gaskets. Baker sits in a bit of a bowl, and on the way to Las Vegas AroundAmargosa by Andrea Lynn The VFW did its usual 4th of July celebra- tion. There was music, dancing, food, games and, of course, fireworks. The volunteer firefighters did a great job again. On Sunday the Longstreet had quite the crowd for its luau. Six pigs were roasted and everyone was entertained by the hula dancing. Some of the locals even joined in. There will-be an open meeting on the Resource Management Plan for the Test Site Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at the community center. The groundwater will also be discussed. A planning workshop is scheduled for Mon- is a 13-mile upgrade. The road is well posted with highway signs advising travelers to turn off auto air conditioners to avoid overheating engines. The less intelligent motorist theo- rizes that as long as there is cool air coming out of the air conditioner, the auto is obviously cool. This slight fallacy is automotive physics leads to great happiness amongst those who earn their keep rescuing the automotively inept from the consequences of their own misguided thinking. .......... The motels again fill early each day as more experienced travelers stop during the hot- i  test part of their journey to relax in clean modern pools and enjoy an evening of air- :: ': .... conditioned sleep before start- : .. :? :i!! :,5!V/ .... ing out again in the coolness of the predawn morning. To those of you who may read words and not reside in our arid environs: The steering.wheel is so hot that white gloves are carried in the car to avoid burning the hands while waiting for the air conditioner to kick in. Any outdoor chore becomes a challenge as it is swiftly learned that no metal tool can be held in the bare hand without immediate burning pain. If you must work outdoors, gloves are worn or tools are kept in a bucket of water. Shorts are never worn more than once while working. The first time it is necessary to kneel on pavement blistered knees are the immediate reward. Sun tanning is a natural. Even with the deepest tan, working unprotected in the sun will result in a deep disturbing pain, something more than just a normal sunburn. Even professional tanners, like myself, wear long sleeves and a hat after the first few hours. Some children seem to be able to barefoot it in the summer, most of us can't handle it. Ground temperatures often approach 150 degrees in the mid-day heat and toes become warm. A real experience is working hot asphalt in the summer heat. Very exciting. Summer is back with us in all of its burning strength. There are a few unwritten rules to In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty day, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the community center. Work will be done on the map to add the new roads. Come and give your input. We are a growing community and the planning board needs to know how the residents feel about the different issues they are looking into. Don't let the deci- sions be made by someone else. The summer seems to be slowing things down around here. If you have any news give me a call at 372-5459. I'll be happy to include it in my column. i i I I i iiiiii 0000Y31ue 00iamonO Cactus ,,. Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants ~ Succulents Lots of native Nevada #ants 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 | O 12740 Blue Diamond Road I 1/2 Mile ff 160 W" n Blue Diamnd Rd' (Hwy'5.59"L)_-= (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 I I summer activity. No matter when a building project is planned, it will be done in the summer. Two new service stations are nearing completion in Baker. Each was scheduled to be done in the winter. Air conditioners and swamp coolers are re- paired only on the hottest days. We never maintain them in January. Summer wind will always blow during fireworks displays and outdoor weddings. New sod lawns seem to always be laid on the most intemperate days available. But summer is what the desert is all about. We take a bit of pride in the fierceness of our summers and remember that if it wasn't for the inhospitable weather, we might enjoy the populations of a Los Angeles or a Chicago, J , j,,,i i i,i WELI00ILLING LLC Well Drilffng Complete submersible Pump & Water Tank System Installed Power Pedestal (200amp) Trenching for Power and Installing Water Lines from Well to Home S_pystems Includes: Pert. Test Construction Permit Occupancy Permit Pads Mobile Home Garage Driveways Lot Cleared l fill l lllll l I I lllllll "o presents To Benefit The PVHS Golf Program i ! IIII Entry le: $50.00 per player (Indud green fees. cart, Luau  Show) Date: Saturday eptember 6, 1997 Time: Straight Times Starting 8:00 API 4 Person Scramble Handicap & NH = No Handap CaPoway Flights Pari.Mutuel BW-In Mulligans Long DHv tciosest to pin Mens & ladies) lJIIII.II Hawaiian |m | . Music. DanclaB  4 Just Good Ole Times at the TAGP atter the GoJ[ llaamt Extra Tlekets lr Luau & 81w are $. ea - - (!st 80 Players QLZQ_T.g=[I} Name HDCP /. GIHN HDCP GtHN HDCE' GIHN HDCP GIHN Teept-,one Telephone MULTIPLE OR TEAM ENTRY FORM Nrne Name Name NO Enclosed:  $50  $100 P CHN $50  $2o0 All Tickets and Entries are non-refundable Telept',o  epho For Additional Information Call Nick Matsuk at 727-0677 Liz or Jan at 727-7300 Drop Your Forms Off At The Stagestop, 100 W. Stagecoach Rd.-- Pahrump, NV Ill IIll Illll I Ill II Illl Illll