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4 Thursday, July 17, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazelle AUlO Accidenls Bankruptcy Criminal Defense Divorce Incorporation Wills & Trusts LAW OFFICES OF LOUIS M. MINICOZZi, !!! A Professional Corporation PAHRUMP 361 S. Frontage Rd,- Suite 2 . Telephone: ('tO2)751-1200. LAS VEGAS 333 N Rancho Dr. - Suite 410 Tehone: L702) 648-4950 ToilFree: (888)246-! .O//Changes From $12.95 ,Tune. ups From $29.95 (most vehicles) From $29.95 .Radiators. New lind 00built (We Oo Noto00omes, A00lll) M-F 8:30Lm.-Sp.m. and 8p.m.- lOp.m. Jane 751-ARTS " 7274777 (888) 85700 k (702) 727,SlSl Canteen Bakery & Party Shop I 1061 F- Second St. (702) 727-7447 Sugar Free Spedm C_u Pies & Pastry Pies & Bread Assorted Donuts & Goodies i 4:30 am - 1:30 pm Tm- Sat .-, GT & Diamondback m"s00(21 Speed Mountain Bikes) at$219,99 Planning ComJ00,00i00sion Workshop by Andy Holtmann Discussion of the state of Pahrump's parks and recreational areas was the key topic of a Planning Commission Workshop held Saturday morning, July 12. Commission members noted that the town currently lacks a sufficient number of parks and recreational facilities to accom- modate its residents. In an eftort to try and address this issue, members under the guidance of Ron Williams revised the Draft Master Plan to include many new ideas and suggestions. According to Commission Member Charlotte LeVar, the Parks and Recreation Department that was canceled some time ago, is being re-instated. They expect to have it up and running within a few months. In the mean time, the commission' s goal is to think of ideas to improve the parks and recreational requirements for the town and give the new parks department something to keep them busy. One idea is the development of a park that includes a two- bay fu'e station and a police substation. Several sites have been looked at, including the areas of Simkins Rd. and Blagg Rds., Woodchips Road and Highway 372, Calvada Boulevard and Old West Avenue, and Homestead Road and Dandelion Street. If approved, the project is estimated to cost around $3 million and should be completed within two years. Simkins Park, located in the north part of the valley, is an ongoing project which has come under fire lately. Citizens are split on whether the area needs the park or not. LeVar said that many people who live in the area don't feel the need for it, due to the lack of children living there. Local resident Sally Devlin, however, stated the town does indeed need more parks and that the process of getting Simkins completed is taking too long. The park is being funded by a federal grant specifically for the completion of the facility. LeVar said that if the town tried to use that money for some- thing other than that park, it would be in trouble. According to town board member Charlie Gronda, the town is currently trying to ac- quire 1,200 acres of land near the winery tbr a fairground to house the ann ual Harvest Fes- tival. "Thedowntown areaisjust not adequate with the enor- mous growth that we are ex- perlencing,"LeVar said. "Can you imagine how big the fes- rival is going to be in five years?" The youth of the valley were also noted by the board as they told of recent ideas that have come to their atten- tion. Bob Tomato's efforts to create a youth center out of the old vitamin plant building that is now Uncle Al's Oasis Swap Meet on Oyster Road. Some $67,000 has been set aside by the town for implementation of a youth center, but they felt that Tomaro's idea had flaws. "If you are just going to box in there, that place would be fine," LeVar said. "'If you are going to play basketball though, you'd better be a midget." Currently there are a number of youth service groups that are joining forces to form a committee that will make recommen- dations to the town. Nearly $8,000 of the $67,000 set aside we+nt to a study to see what kind of current youth programs the town has and how well they work. What the study found was that the schools and community were in favor of programs, but that little organization and communication have occurred. With these issues in mind, the commission created a list of goals, objectives and policies concerning parks and a recreation. Among them included providing quality recre -, ation to all community residents, recognizing the lack of recreational activities for the youth in the community, working with other entities, both public and private, pursu- ing and preserving additional parks and open space, install- ing a new policy that would have developers pay for the costs and construction of new parks as terms of their parcel agreements, and investigating possible avenues of funding for new projects. The issue of money has been a downfall to many potential projects in the Pahrump Valley that have sought financial aid from the town, county or state. Among recent victims were the librai'y, museum and youth center. "It all comes down to money," Devlin said. "Years ago you could build a city with $3 million. Now, you can barely construct a building." STUDYING MAPS---That's what they do. Left to right, Charlotte LeVar, Donna Lamm, Carol Lindberg, Ron Williams and Ed Bishop look at a map at a recent planning commission meeting. Western lore I )ps reading program AMARGOSA - The Amargosa Valley Community Li- brary started off its 1997 Summer Reading Program July 10 with 22 children and 4 adults attending. The theme was "Living in the Wild, Wild West!" and each session focuses on a different aspect of the West. The program is held twice each week, from 3-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. The first session was called "Tell a Tale: Western Legends and Heroes" and dealt with legendary characters such as Pecos Bill and Davy Crockett. It started by making coonskin caps out of paper for everyone. Then there were discussions about the meaning of myths, legends, folklore, fairy tales, and tall tales. Library Aide Betty DeLaFuente used the flannel board to tell a story of Crockett and how he learned to grin at the bears. Each child participated in creating a tall tale about Pecos Bill. Did you know that Pecos Bill battled the scorpions and giant worms in the sand dunes right here in Amargosa Valley? The scorpions were almost winning but Pecos Bill ate them and got away. He rode a dust devil and then went to Las Vegas and ate donuts and submarine sandwiches. He also ate hamburgers in Pahrump, and he ate the library in Amargosa Valley! In addition to the children's tall tale, volunteer helper Bob Patten had some great whoppers to tell about Pecos Bill and about Davy Crockett's brother. Each child created their own Big Book of Tall Tales to 6 take home. Then the children read the story The Gullywasher, a modern tall tale about a Mexican-Ameri- can grandfather and his exploits as a cowboy. Before leaving, each participant received coloring booklet of several legends collected by Library Director Michelle DeLee from various books in the library. The legends included familiar stories and some that may not be so familiar, such as that of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirl- wind Crockett, the wife of Davy Crockett. She wore alLB beehive for a bonnet and a bearskin for a dress. She coulo " out-scream an eagle and out-claw a mountain lion. And she could jump over the Grand Canyon with both eyes shut. Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett may not have really lived, but "Stagecoach Mary" Fields did. "Stage- coach Mary" was an African-American who was 6 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds. She lived in Montana in the 1880s and when someone did her wrong, she just laid him out with a right cross to the jaw. She was a tough woman who drove a stagecoach when she was more than 60 years old. Mexican-Americans in the 1850s were helped in their struggle for voting rights and land ownership by a legend- ary character named Joaquin Murrieta. This Robin Hood- like character was handsome, was pushed into a life of crime by an evil government, and was a friend to the poor. Topics for future sessions include: Creatures of the West, the Gold Rush, Natives of the Great Basin, Settlers, Cowboys, and more.