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..... - ...... Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 4, 1719 September song Practically a cold wave here in Baker. The high temperature today was a balmy and pleasant 108 degrees. The days are not only getting cooler, but also shorter. Sunrise isn't until after 6 a.m. and sunset is shortly after 7 p.m. So long summer. The evenings are a delight. When the sun goes behind the mountain and the stars begin to come out, the 100 degree temperatures are but a memory as the evening heat fades into the low 90s. This is like it ought to be. Thoughts turn to autumn chores and the brown spots in the lawn start to green in the short cool days. There are some rumors that El Nino will bring winter rains and maybe I should repair the roof, but there's always tomorrow for that and it's just about cool enough to do some recreational dune buggying. % Being the first of September it's about time for the Christmas catalogs to start arriving. Don'tquite understand why the catalogs come so early, but it's kind of fun to look at all the heavenly woolen clothes, wood stoves, sleds and such. Maybe this year we can take a few days and head north to check a real winter, but I wouldn't want to live there. September is the time for school. Doesn't much affect my life any more, I can remember stiff new shoes, an end of summer haircut and new jeans still all stiff and scratchy. School, suppose to be happy and exciting memories, but what I seem to recall most, is the musty smell of sunbeams shining through the suspended dust motes of a chalky smelling classroom as I stare forlornly out the window at the real world, wondering what happened to summer. The end of summer here in the desert is not a time of mourning. It's an end to days of reaUy dangerous heat. It's an end to restricting outdoor activities. It's a chance to go run around without giving a thought to the time of day or the position of the sun in the blazing sky. And best of all, the end of summer is the beginning of the desert party season. Warm days, comfortable nights, and a lot of good friends met under the stars. Not being a band of starry eyed Hippies, we adults don't just run around feeling "groovy." No sir, we have to organize ourevenings of dancing under the skies of Autumn. We have a super whiz bang Harvest Festival in Pahrump, a grand and glorious Death Valley Fall Festival over in Shoshone and my super favorite, the Baker Fall Festival right here in good old Baker. The good folks up in Amargosa have been known to whoopee a bit on Veterans Day. We had some fine times up there back in the 80s. In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty I I Illll II II Ill There's gonna be music in the moonlight and dancing in the streets. Desert folks do know how to party. That talk of the return of El Nino is a bit disconcerting. Forecasts of doom and high water for the desert. Maybe if we just all ignore the warnings it won't happen. Yeah, right. Our home can go a few days without power and a bit of high water, but the shingle roof doesn't get any better. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to buy a few bundles of shingles and a can of "Henry's Number Two" tar and spend a morning balancing on the roof and hanging from a ladder. When I win the lotto, I won't be fixing any roof. rll just buy a new house. September, that means it's only maybe 100 or so days until Christmas. There goes the year. Expect a fine crop of winter tourists and snow birds. Death Valley visitors increase every year and now that folks are learning about the Mojave National AroundAmargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Don't forget to attend the AVIA Blast From The Past, Saturday, September 6. There will be lots of games for kids and adults beginning at 10 a.m. at the Amargosa Race Track. A barbecue 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. The Amargosa Town Board met last Thursday. A public laring date was set for the room tax at the second commission meeting in September. This meeting will be held in Beatty, on Tuesday, September 16. The commission accepted the cemetery policy and inter local agreement giving control of the cemetery to the town. The fire department had 9 calls in August. EMT classes start September 5. Call Vern at 372-5659 ifyou would like to take them. The libraries hours have changed to the following: Sunday - Closed; Monday nOon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday I0 a.m. to 6 p.m. The dinning area at the Senior Center will soon have a room for smokers. This will make the dining area smoke free. The next meeting for the Veterans Day Planning Committee "will be September 4 at the Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is urged to attend. ARrs application for 25,000 acre feet of water was denied by the state engineer. We won. There are still some appeals in court that are being worked on. Any water rights that were forfeited will be held by the state. The Fly Abatement Committee will be meeting again Sep- tember 19 at 7 p.m. at the community center. If you have any comments about the flies in your area, call Nancy 372-5212. She would like to know the area of the valley you live in. The board would like to adopt a voting policy that allows for absentee voting. Some ideas were suggested, but nothing was voted on. A quarterly flyer will be sent out informing the resi- dents of Amargosaoftheitems discussed at town board meet- ings. Bob Eastman volun- teered to request an appoint- ment to the Nye County Park and Recreation Commission. A representative from Amargosa is not currently on the board. Raffle tickets for the Veteran's Day Celebration are on sale at Mom's Place and the Town Office. They are $1 each. The first prize is a sur- prise and the others are free rooms in casinos, dinners, show tickets and amusement passes. #, 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. Over 4,000 Desert P ants n Stock!!! Open: 9 am ~ 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am ~ 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160  on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy 159) (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 [ L,a= Me,a '=='m d S=, -'am=.k llil.e Dtlmoed To II Illll IIIllll II Ill Preserve, a lot of travelers are learning they have a brand new National Park Service area to play in and no crowds, yet. Baker has some new and modern gasoline stations now. Union, Chevron and Arco are all expanded and modernized. Already they have overflow business. Shoshone can expect their usual explosion of visitors and business as fall travel increases. During the 49er days, in the whole Death Valley area, you can't find a parking place or a cold drink. It's not unusual for the stores to run out of bread, milk and beer. The Longstreet Inn up in Amargosa is getting to be known. Expect their winter crowds should be large. The Longstreet is right on the edge of Death Valley and has reasonable prices. Beatty does pretty well too. The experienced Death Valley visitor knows Beatty for being pretty much a 24 hour town with fair prices and several good eating places. On many past journal- istic expeditions to Death Valley we've found ourselves in Beatty for breakfast. Probably just a coincidence. So, as the summer thermometer winds down from it s lofty 125 degree perch, the cool days of Autumn are coming upon us. As always, it's been a long summer. We do love desert living, but it doesn't always have to be summer. 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Make your reservations for one of these Saturday tour dates, September 20, October 18, or November 15, by calling 295-5555, weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. * Non-U.S. citizens please call for more information. YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT