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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 30, 1997 23 i A mousand miles of desert A great job. Some folks want to scout desert locations for the making of an Asian auto commercial. This will be an easy one, a quick trip to the sand dunes and they'll fall in love with the scenery and my job will be done. How easy can it get? Sometimes this old desert hand isn't too bright. The dunes are nice and the folks like what they see, however, they would like to see just a little bit more. Actually, they would like to see a whole bunch more. They break out the story boards (sketches of the scenes and locations they want to film) and ask gently if there is any place in the desert that looks like the boards. Oh my, this is going to be a challenge. Well, that's what I'm here for and away we go. We roar out onto uncrossed dry lakes covered in dust and salt. "Not quite here, maybe over there." Again and again we sail across the salt. This is the week of winds and any salt we don't kick up off of the dry lake, the wind delivers to us. They drive rental cars. "Don't be gentle, it's only a rental." I drive my own car. While they retire to motel rooms at the end of the day, I crawl under my Trooper with a hose full of cold water and try to remove the salt. Roads. We need roads. Blacktop roads, dirt roads, gravel roads and awful horrible super bumpy roads. The roads have to have a certain look. The far distant scenery has to be just so. The sun must rise in just the right place in relation to the road. None of these roads are anywhere easy to get. Naturally there must be, no fences, powerlines or immodestly shaped bushes. Every road in the desert has to be checked and at various times of day. Oh, my poor Trooper. The miles add up. At the end of each day, I log the miles for both billing and maintenance purposes. These film guys are serious about this. No Sunday drive in the country here. Hard core back road traveling at bone-jarring speeds. Not reckless or careless,just have to see a lot of country in a short time. All of my years of back country poking around has not prepared me for this fun filled week of rough country touring. Bouncing down a road at a soul rattling 20 miles per hour. Dust fills the car and everything stored on the dash board is on the floor. Don't even blink. The water that occasionally flows across the road leaves small gullies that will suck an inattentive driver to a broken wheeled halt. Accelerate, brake, bounce and rattle, In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty this used to be fun? Just about the time the road begins to smooth and speed can be brought back up to 25, it's time to come to a panic stop and take photo- graphs and compass readings. The despotic boards are checked again and we remount our dusty, salt crusted steeds. I understand that some people do this for recreation. The bright spot in this dust breathing back country safari is lunch. Always at the Mad Greek, and always good grub and lots of it. After a morning of eating wind blown salt and dust, a pitcher of fresh squeezed orange juice is the ultimate realization of a dry mouth fantasy. The help is friendly, the food is good, and damn, how we eat. Permission to film. Not all land can be traveled by motorized vehicles (wilderness area, you know). Some land is private and owners must be asked. Some land is public and ,government agencies must be asked. Roads are either county, state, or non- existent and those agencies must be asked. All have certain permitting procedures that must be followed and fees that must be paid. Time is critically important to the production company and the various government agencies try to be efficient, but we want it yesterday. Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn The Amargosa Christian Fellowship is having a Mother/daughter brunch Saturday,of November 1. It will start at 9:30 a.m at the community center. There will be a speaker, songs, brunch and a craft lesson. The craft is easy so if you are worried about that, don't. Anyone can make it. Please bring $5 each to cover the cost of the craft and brunch. 1t your morn or daughter is not close by, adopt one to bring along. Our annual Veteran's Day celebration is coming up November 8-9. The deadline for entry into the chili-enchilada cook-off on Sunday November 9 has been extended. Call 372-5459 to enter. I think you may be able to get squeezed in on the baby pageant and parade too. If you would like to enter any of these, call the same number. There will also be a number of events that you can enter during the weekend such as the water fight, tug-o-war, volleyball, horseshoes, tricycle race, bingo, etc. The following schedule of events should help you plan your weekend. See you there. Saturday, November 8 8 a.m. - Amargosa River Baby Pageant 9 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast by Linda Gilliland 10:30 a.m. - 97th Annual Amargosa Valley Parade and Opening Ceremony i 1:45 a.m. -'Flea-Market - snow cones concessions 12 noon - "Nevada Silver Tappers" - Cajun fried turkey lunch I p.m. - Volleyball and horseshoe tournaments - cake walk - dunk tank 2 p.m,- Auction - cake walk 3:30 p.m. Tricycle Race- water fight- open participation Dave Steel Country Band 4 p.m.- Tug -o-war- Amargosa Town Board 5 p.m. - Potluck dinner - bring a dish -Fela market closes 6 p.m. - Bingo -Amargosa Chamber of Commerce Sunday, November 9 9 a.m. - Pancake breakfast by Linda Gilliland 10 a.m.- Flea market i I a.m. -Performers from Pahr- ump - Horseshoe tournament 12:30p.m. Chili-Enchiladacook- off judging i p.m. - Chili-Enchilada cookoff serving 2 p.m.- Water fight - open par- ticipation 3 p.m. - Raffle- auction 5 p.m.- Jam session, amateurs, dancing and entertainment 7 p.m. - Bingo Tuesday, November 11 11 a.m. Memorial Service at VFW Post 6826 Call (702) 372-5459, or 372- 5413 for more information. i 00_00Zue 00iamon00 00Nu.er00 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 Plants in Stock!!! 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. (Hwy 159) HI Qwlmm (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 I II II I It's up to me to know what land longs to whom and how to permit it. If the land is completely unpermittable, it's obviously my fault. I try to work miracles and get 21 locations approved. I am unable to permit one very sensitive area, and my clients seem to think this is because of a moral weakness on my part. Fm so tired, I tend to agree. The days bluron. Camera locations are marked and road areas are marked for sign removal. All the government agencies, county, state, and federal are efficient and helpful. I am in trouble again. It's my fault the wind is blowing. The wind stops blowing and it's my fault the clouds and dust hang in the still air. Equipment is hired, actors are cast, a huge tent goes up at the dunes. It looks like a small army is arriving, and so it is. I scribe these words at 4:30 a.m. because the job is not over. At dawn we'll be back in the field., The Trooper is clean and shiny, but will be a salt-encrusted dust ball before breakfast. My log shows well over a thousand miles of hard desert travel. The Trooper is headed for the shop at the end of this job. A little tightening and lubricating will refresh the stout little rig. I might even get to sleep in one morning, probably not. The chores are piling up. It's a great life. Imagine roaring around the back country and getting paid for it. Sometimes we get tired, but that only shows we're having fun traveling our thousand miles of desert. II Bishop Veterinary Hospital f TonopahClinic L /[ Dr. Lind will be in Tonopah November II Front downstairs office-42 Belmont St. l[ I Appointments/Info, Call 402-6458 after 5 p.m. II I Dr. Lind will be in every other Wednesday II ] 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, [| I including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery, etc. II L;' 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cow,etc, l| NIGHT CLINIC [ 1 ll' Tonopah 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. v dll [ Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 ik-. "-"'1| No,,, to,:,o. - smoky vy F.o.. c II Same dates as Tonopah Clinic I I I II IIII I I I i  and Saddle Auction GROOMING I'I'EMS, DRIVING HORSE HARNESS, GARCIA SILVER BITS, SILVER BRIDLES, REINS, CLIPPERS, BREAST COLLARS, NYLON HALTERS, ' LEAD ROPES, STABLE BLANKETS, SADDLE PADS and BLANKETS, CINCHES, WHIPS, SPURS and 100'S OF ITEMS NOT MENTIONED. 97 New Saddles Silvered Show, Pleasure, Roping, Youth, Cordura, English, Australian and Pack SADDLES By Circle Y, Billy Cook, Santa Fe, Three Bars Saddlery and Texas Saddlery. ( Manufacturers written warranty on all saddles ) AUCTIONEERS NOTE ! ! I've been commissioned by the owners of Three Bars Saddlery of San Antonio, Texas to conduct a PUBLIC AUCTION for this BRAND NEW merchandise which consists of items that've been overstocked, returned from catalog sales, Salesmens samples or items consigned for immediate sale by Manufacturers/Distributers. Phone 800 554 0322 A,,tio.eer. Spencer Rogers Terms: Cash/A TM/Credit Cards (No Checks) Friday, Nov. 7th, 6:30 PM DOORSAT 5:30 OPENpM Henderson Convention Center 200 Water Street, Henderson, Nv. I Ill I