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Community News Pahrump Valley G'lzetie, hulsda/, August 28,  igcj7 23 A mile past the end of the pavement The 4 a.m. predawn stillness is shattered by the explo- sive ringing of our bedside telephone. Vacation living has ted me to believe that early morning is a time for sleeping. Welcome home, sucker. Shirley is just bubbling over with happiness as she assures whomever may be on the other end of the "Devil's Instrument" that Mike would be happy to get up and go adventuring. I struggle from bed gently cursing our return to real desert living. It's still full dark out and a stout hot wind is ruffling the shingles on our roof. This is not a time to be facing a new day. It's Rich on the other end "ff the wire. He's just had a 'j:all the Sheriffs Depart- from ent. He needs to take his big tow truck and pick up an impound for the National Park Service. I'm afraid to ask where the impound might be that it requires our personal attention. With a sly smile in his voice, Rich assures me that it's no problem at all as the Ranger indicates the vehicle is on Ivanpah Road, about a mile past the end of the pavement. I should have stayed in Oregon. I drag a razor around my beard, down a couple of youth preserving vitamins, and pull on jeans and boots. I'm stand- ing on the porch checking out the new Duracells in my Mag light as Rich eases the big tow truck through our gate. These tow truck guys really know how to live. Break- fast is two candy bars and a bottle of water. The country station is on the radio and Rich points our rig up the Baker Grade. The end of the pavement off of Ivanpah Road is not just another luxurious air-conditioned flight down the Interstate. No sir. The Baker Grade is a three lane race with every semi in the country trying to be first into the Las Vegas docks. At the Cima exit we point our truck up the two lane that rises over Cima Dome. Rich likes to push it a bit, but I keep pointing out that this is open range and there are 2,000 pound organic speed bumps walking around out there. My Range Radar is working and we don't bump into any cow critters. At the Union Pacific tracks we turn down hill on In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty the Kelso Cima cut off and wind down the grade to the Ivanpah Road. The Ivanpah Road doesn't really go anywhere special unless you're going to Goffs which is 60 miles away and there's lots easier ways to get there. We are pulling up hill again and the road passes under the last of the power lines and the pavement peters out. This is country. We had expected to be met by the Ranger but there are no cars in sight. We keep on, keeping on until we come to a really rough looking old Chevy van stuck on the berm at the side of the road. Tracks indicate that some very exciting driv- ing put the old van at this loca- tion. I check out the van and start unloading hooks and chains. Rich gets on the cellu- lar - which works fine at this 4,000 foot elevation and con- tacts the dispatch folks. We're making the final connections to-load the van. We've winched it back on the road and now we're prepar- ing to roll it onto the tilted bed of the tow truck. Traffic. Two rigs coming at us, one is the Ranger and the other is Dennis Benson from Nipton. Seems they were waiting for us to come through Nipton, but we took a short cut. The Ranger assures us we have the right car, Rich checks on the paper work, and I make the final hook up. Naturally there's a bit of a story from the Ranger. According to what I could overhear while under the van hooking the chains, the Ranger stopped a strangely driving van with no plates. Two young men in the van decided that there was only one Ranger and they could just push him aside. Excessive injesting of foaming beverages will often lead to these erroneous assumptions. When the dust settled, the Ranger still stood tall and calm while two very con- fused young men ran into the desert. Being a very smart desert Ranger, the men were not pursued. That's a desert out there and they'll walk to- wards water before the sun Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Come to the benefit evening for Don and Gail Williams, Saturday August 30 at the VFW Post 6826 on White Sands. Don has cancer and support is really needed. There will be a spaghetti feed at $3.50 a plate. Also, bring your baked goods for the pie and cake auction. It all starts at 4 p.m. The AVIA Blast From The Past is coming up Saturday, September 6. There will be lots of games for kids and adults beginning at 10 a.m. at the Amargosa Race Track. A BBQ at 5 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m. will take up the rest of the evening. Dinner is $5 or less depending on your age. 00_00lue 00giamonO Cactus - Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants - Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants 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 Free Cactus Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. Open: 9 am ~ 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am ~ 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hw/159) (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 I $mol Rnm Lake Mead l OiKkaatm Sahsa "="""'d'll Bluc t is two hours up. The young men are facing a very depress- ing experience in this coming week. Very smart Ranger. No shooting. No "Duking It Out." No million dollar SWAT teams. Just a couple of drunks and they're in a world of trouble when they finally surrender to the summer desert. Rich and I finished loading the van. Dennis Benson, for whom the young men worked, retrieved some of his tools from the van. We bid good morning to a very tired Park Ranger and headed towards the Primadonna at State Line to fuel both men and equipment. They've made some very exciting improvements at the Primadonna. Even at 7 a.m. it looked pretty good. Had breakfast in the coffee shop served by a Baker high graduate, played a few losing hands and mounted back up for the ride home. Back in Baker by 9 a.m. Just another fun filled start to a standard desert day. Why must all desert adventures start before dawn and involve going a mile past the end of the pavement? Mortgage Life Insurance / Jan McDonald , M.D. Dermatology Clinic of Nevada, Ltd. Harvard Medical School & Mayo Clinic Trained at Pahrump Medical Center 1501 E. Calvada Call: 727-6060 Summit Family Health Care 1151 S. 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