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12 Thursday, August 7, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Three fires in Nye County Continued from front page were brought in early Tuesday morning to start the clean up. Fifteen to 20 acres were destroyed. "Mesquite trees have very deep and far-spreading roots, we have to extinguish the fire from the roots to prevent the flame from reccurring," Captain Tim Taggart stated. The mesquite trees in this area are home to hundreds of animals, from burrowing ones to birds. The loss of wildlife is unknown at this time, but sources reported it to be very high. Long reported only minor injuries to firefighters from, smoke inhalation, "several from heat exhaustion, and a back injury." The fire at this time is still under investigation, "how- ever they it is considered to be of a suspicious nature," Long stated. NDOT fire destroys communication TONOPAH--Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) communications equipment was destroyed by fire on July 30 at around 11:49 a.m. according to Chief Sam Jeffrey of the Tonopah Fire Department. The fire department responded on scene just minutes after the call came in. Because of the close proximity of the fire department to the DOT office, the fire was contained to only the communications bay, no other structures were damaged. The fire was reported to be due to an overloaded circuit causing an electrical fire. Damage of the communication equipment was reported to be approximately $50 to $60 thousand. All radio equip- ment was lost during the blaze and communications were rerouted to other sources. Trailer fires leave man homeless PAHRUMP--Robert Starr of 4370 S. Jackie awoke to the smell of smoke and flames outside his window Monday morning around 5:16 a.m. He called 911 then tried to extinguish the flames until firefighters arrived on the scene according to Chief Vern Long of the PVFD. The fire started on the out- side wall of the home, burn- ing toward the inner walls. The estimated damage cost of the property and the home are not known at press time. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall. i HELICOPTER BATTLES BLAZE - Mesquite trees become a blazing inferno as a j helicopter tries to douse the flames, photo by Mary Lamar Letters to the Editor [ I I I I II II Continued from previous page the mold prescribed by American Little League. The tone of your call today continues the pattern. I feel confident in saying not everyone in America likes this Little League structure. I'm going to venture that not everyone in Pahrump does eithe, even if it is a minority. Although, I'd be willing to bet that the ratio of Pahrumpians soured on Little League rigidity, outrank that of the rest of the country because of the type of individualists who are attracted first to Nevada, and then migrate here for the freedom Nye has. Consequently, I feel confident in my opinion that there are kids who stop playing organized baseball because the Little League is literally the only game in town and to them, it stinks. "If you gave up on Little League, Give us a try." Why? The PVBA plans to incorporate a few things to loosen up the ropes and just may bring the disgruntled back. For example, (a) we will not haee the audacity to control what is said in the stands (we will request a refraining from the use of profanity) or on the field. Strong, healthy rivalries, which are certainly fun for all involved, require, and do result in some verbal goading for perpetuation. Thus the boys (and the umps) must learn how to clip their "rabbit ears." (b) to avoid favoritism in creating the lineups, a father will not be allowed to manage (they may coach) a team that his son is on, yet he will be encouraged to take an opposing team to promote friendly competition around the house. (c) All-star teams and MVPS will be picked by players, managers and fan balloting similar to Major League Baseball. Yes, it could degenerate into a popularity contest but that risk is minimal (figuring our town folk at large want to really send our best to play other towns) compared to what actually happens now. And, (d) the most important clause will allow teams to form by "free agency". This garbage where the kids try out and then get picked and thrown like interchange- able, faceless cattle onto a team whose "personality" may be diametrically opposed to his (or his parents) is one sure way to chase potentially great players into other sports (most likely non-team games). If you want to manage in the PVBA, put together 12-15 guys you want on your team to match your style; if you want to play, find a manager who you will like. To avoid "stacking" and to keep the competition fun, each team will be allowed three or four "A" players, three or four "B" players and the rest "C's" and "D's." Tryouts and/or previous season's performance will determine ranking. If you don't have enough, we'll then draft from a pool and allow for a "trading deadline" to comfort the still unhappy. Cool, just like in the Majors, teams may take a while to formulate. There are other ideas I have but for space limitations, I must stop. Although one can see from just the above mentioned, things will be very different in the PVBA. Bottom line Sally, is that this country is really a republic where the majority has its say, but it's not entitled to rule or control the minority. There is definitely room for another league around here, so I believe. Whether there's a market remains to be seen. Americans, especially Pahrumpians, are not cookie-cutter robots; small groups with different desires can peacefully coexist. Competing league? To a point. We want to run "seasons" only in summer (after All-stars and perhaps in friendly competition/cooperation with our only "Big League" team), winter (late September to early Decem- ber), and "spring training" (late January to the beginning of Little League/High School Baseball). My initial desire to create this league was to aid with the enhancement of the Little League and high school programs. Honestly, we should be fairing much better considering the size of the towns we compete with. Year-round competition plus a program that could help alleviate the culture-shock resulting from the transition of Senior Little Leaguer into high school level player (because of our lack of a Freshman team) would benefit us greatly. As far as my ads go, or anything in.them, I'll market this league as I see best, regardless of whether you would take such an approach or whether or not you would approve. In addition, this vhole valley would he better served if you would refrain from communicating with me as ifI was one of your children. Besides, if you see anything threatening your freedom, I'd suggest you look into your own house first. If everything was in such good order, the racket caused by my "negative" placements would certainly he falling on deaf ears. To put it gently, I don't suspect we'll be working together. For, I gather our personal philosophies of life differ greatly. But by me, that's ok, because, you know what? I know for a fact, Pahrump is not "Sally's Valley." P.S. As I said on the phone concerning "the 25 people" who called you complaining or wondering about the meaning and tone of my ad, have them call me at 727-1097 ex.2255. Please have them read this letter first. Remaining in the hope that we may peacefully coexist and remain civil, Chuck Geshlider i ii iii J r The Pahrump Valley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors should be brought to the attention of the newspaper by calling 727-5583. eel All opinions expressed on the letters page are those of the artist or author indicated. The Gazette reserves the right to edit all letters for length and Hbel. Furthermore, letters with names witldadd will only be published ff a legitimate fear of retribution exists. I I