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16 Thursday, October 2, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Valley Rock and Sand celebrr00tes new facility by Patti Babcock The 15 employees, their families and the customers of Valley Rock and Sand have a lot to celebrate. Saturday, October 4, the landscape, rock, sand and gravel company will host the grand opening of their new sales yard located on the east side of Highway 160 between Mesquite and Irene. The public is invited to join in the celebration and share food, fun, western music and have a chance to win one of the many prizes. The highlight will be on landscaping materials and design. Landscape rock of many colors including reds, sandstone, lilac, white, green, gold and the standard Pahrnmp gray/tan tones are at the new location. Over 150 colors are available through Valley Rock and Sand. Ten types of colored sand, stucco sand and four types of wash sand provide creative choices. Stepping stones, flagstone and even marble pavers offer some exciting possibilities. Boulders can anchor the landscape while a wide variety of statuary, bird baths, fountains and waterfalls can be used as landscape focal points. Landscape edging and the ever popular railroad ties are in stock at the new yard as are top soils and planting mix. In addition to the multitude of materials available from Valley Rock and Sand, the grand opening will feature displays by Jordan/ Chelsa Design & Nursery, Tiberti Fence, Ace Hardware and local builders. Celebration is also in order for the purchase of 80 acres of land where Valley Rock and Sand mines much of its gravel and sand. The purchase of the land and per-aal property (primarily equip- ment to mine and process the matexial) was ordered finalized by an order of Judge Davis of the Fifth Judicial District (2ourt located in Tonopah, Nevada dated August 28, 1997, The purchase process became involved in litigation that has been cosily and disruptive according to Lisa Mendel, CEO of Valley Rock and Sand, Inc. The corporation had leased the land and earlier this year entered into an agreement to purchase the land Illll I I II I I PAHRUMP FAMILY DENTAL Jeffrey A. Meckfessel; D.D.S. 2340 Calvada Blvd. Suite #1 Pahrump, NV 89048 Tel: 702-751-5888 MOST INSURANC COMPANIES ACCEPTED and personal property. According to court documents Angel Calhoon (aka Clara Calhoon), a widow whose desceased husband primarily managed the business for the couple, agreed to sell the east 80 acres of the 120 acre property and personal property to Valley Rock and Sand for $200,000. Escrow was handled by Markham Escrow in Pahrump. Subsequently, a second sale agreement for the property was entered into between Calhoon and American Concrete, Inc. and Billy Kuhn & Sons Construction which resulted in an escrow account with Lawyers Title of Nevada, Inc. in Las Vegas. Mendel said they were forced to seek legal remedy when she became aware of the second sale agreement/escrow. She says, Valley Rock and Sand had been "locked out" of the pits and thus access to the gravel and sand they provide to customers. On July 14, 1997, following three days of testimony, Judge John Davis issued an order validating the second Lease Agreement and Purchase Agreement between Calhoon and Valley Rock and Sand. Mendel said she was upset by a subsequent article in the Pahrump Valley Times by Doug McMurdo which alleged a number of things that supposedly were said between the three parties involved in the lawsuit. She said she declined to comment on McMurdo's story because there was continuing litigation, the sale had not been finalized and she had no desire to injure either the Kuhn family or Calhoon. Mendel said the dispute has been upsetting and costly to her, her husband Tom and their family of seven children ranging in age from 4 to 22, their employees and their customers who in many cases they were unable to serve. The good news is Valley Rock and Sand is processing materials from the pits on the 80 acres. They can often deliver Type II gravel and sand on the same day or within a day of receiving the order. More good new is the new sales yard will make access much easier for customers who can purchase material by the yard or by the bucket or bag. "We have people who come in once a month, on payday, and buy a garhage can full of deco- i rative rock and eventually complete their landscape project," Mendel said. "Our goal is to serve our customers, and we don't want to exclude anyone. We want to help beautify Pahrump." Mendel helps her community in many other ways. She currently serves as Chairman of the Pabrnmp Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Nye County Parks and Recreation Committee, is Vice President of the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Pahrump Valley Kiwanis and is Treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 808. Mendel also serves on the Board of Directors for No To Abuse. She, Tom, their children and crew volunteered many hours in early summer to make the Not To Abuse sponsored youth center a reality. Mendel says her major community goal is to see Pabrnmpians work together to build a Parks and Recreation building. More celebration is iri order. Ed Henseley has joined Valley Rock and Sand as Geral Manager. His wife Dawn, an experienced landscape specialist, wilTld up the landscape division. Self-help landscape design and advice is free. The Mendel family and all the Valley Rock and Sand eaploy- ees invite everyone in Pahmmp and the surrounding communities to visit their new yard and help them celebrate. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 727-1490. V,'ttr ROte a S,NO NttU 00ocg s sa#D 7ZT-14tO SAT. OCT. 4, 1997 GRAND OPENING I LANDSCAPE ROCK & SUPPLY YARD " 2161 Highway 160 ALL NEW PRII#O [R rIFlED $A L f$ Oust north of Mesqu/te) also __. n[ - OPENING Sand / Rock Quarry _._ Highway 160 & Carrol (8 miles north of the 1|sht) I0 NEW COLORS OF IMtO00t ROeg !! MOI FOUNTAI# m Tfl STA TUARF MORE LTEPPI# $7"0 f1#0 TRIMS 6 8OR .Mlff & kMRSLf FLA#STO#E IMIID OPE#IH# FREE DIM Wl##$ FOR OLOR ROI - FOUNTAIN- 81RDIMT!I - MIIEL - SAND 01# 7 DAYS 4