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September 11, 1997

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33rd annual Pahrump Harvest Festival and Fair by Mary Ann McNeiU Gazette Staff PAHRUMP--Sarah Ames will reign over this weekend's festivities with First Attendant Kathleen Pohlmeier and Second Attendant Je Gub. The annual event, expected to draw thousands  visitors to the area, starts Thursday afternoon with the Inland Empire Shows Carnival. See the Pahrump Valley Gazette's complete listing of events in the special Harvest Festival section in this week's edition. The festival and fair promises lots of fun and excitement through food, contests, stage entertainment, rodeo events, a Saturday parade, exhibits, a special community church service, two special Pahrump Valley Speedway races Friday and Saturday nights, the Search and Rescue Deep Pit Barbecue, and the Elk's Lodge daily breakfasts. The U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard from the Logistic's Base at Barstow will lead Saturday's parade. And Bonnie Ludwig's woodwind insment class at Rosemary Clarke Middle School won the honor of being the Grand Marshall and will ride in the lead float as their prize. The theme is "Pahrump and Progress." Now if we can j ust get through the weekend without more storms coming through like that which devastated the area last week. HARVEST QUEEN---Sarah Ames, 1997 Miss Pahrump, will reign over this weekend's festivities with First Attendant Kathleen Poldmeier and Second Attendant Jenni Gubler Photo by Patti Babcock Storm left hqmvy damage, by Andy Holtmann but brought people together Gazette Staff PAHRU/VIP The recent torrential rains and flooding in the Pahrump Valley may have done more harm than good, but it still provided local and county officials the opportunity to work together under emergency situations. According to Nye County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Steve Maison, the late August and early September flooding was the first time the Nye County Emergency Plan was used. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Vern Long was in command when the storms broke out and Maison said that under his direction, the town handled the crisis very well. "Vern ran the show," he said. "It looked like (the town officials) had been working together like this for over 100 years." Maison said that the county has prepared for this by creating mock disasters and training .officials to handle different types of situations. The puxpose of the emergency plan and the .'' :raining was to unite the different entities together when the need arose. Maison said the recent floods were a perfect example of how the town proved this true. Continued on page 17 LIGHTNING TREE--One of the victims of last week's devastating storms was this tree that stands near the fire department in Petrack Park. They're trying to save the tree rding to Vern Long, Pahrump Fire Chief. photo by Carlton McCaslin