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12 Thursday, November 6, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Service Forum 00IIIWW@UK$ Pahrump's Only Complete One Stop Music Ma00+t Instruments; Lessons ' Sales, Service, Rentals & Repair I .i Over 4,000 Plants in Stock Cactus Desert Plants Suecnlents r.o. .. (702) 875-1 968 11740 Blue Dhmond fax (7) 8'/$-11)15 Blue bond, Nv 80004 (702) 727-8155 + Fax (702) 727-6303 201 S. Frontage Rd. PRINTING, Inc. Quality offset printing done in PAHRUMP Monday ~ Friday 8am/5pm Saturday ~ 10am/3pm Member Pahrump Chamber of Commerce Beatty Chamber of Commerce Death Valley Chamber of Commerce DON'S RADIATOR SERVICE "THE LEAK STOPS HERr co.00qz cooang and Heeens S00tem Se00ce 751"2000 Doug Grlpp 1060 E. Third St. * Pahnmp, IW 89041 (TMM and Center) (mr Esmeralda Way by Carol Sirnes PVG Staff Good Morning! Had a wonderful weekend in Shoshone, Calif. at the Death Valley Fall Festival. The temperature in Goldfield may be cooling down, but not in the Tecopa-Shoshone area. A lively parade started offthe fall festival,the tourists had already started arriving and browsing a few hours earlier. The Flower Building was full of beautiful hand-crafted items fit for any holiday occasion, or just to surprise a friend These people really put their time, energy and inspiration coming up with new ideas year after year. Even some alumi- num recycling art showed up. It was a great weekend for visiting old friends and meeting new ones. Fish Lake Valley- Hot springs (interview with Dr. Iztverne Anderson) Dr. Anderson and his wife, Mary, have owned land in Fish Lake valley since 1977 and now live there full time. They have three grown children. He began his chiropractic services in 1952 and is now retired. Q - Where are Fish Lake Valley Hot springs located? Dr. A. - At the north end of Fish lake Valley, approximately two blocks north of Chiatovich Creek; a dirt road with a "Mineral Ridge Mining Company" sign goes east of Highway 264. Follow that road for about seven miles and you will see the white fence just offto the left of the road. There are two small lakes there and the hot spring concrete tub. Q, - How many acres does this cover? Dr. A. - I think the parcel is about 120 acres and it's on BLM land. I believe the county has a lease on it. Q - Has it been used as a public swimming pool? Dr. A.- No. The history of the hot tub, as far as I'm concemed, goes back to about 1977. At that time, I was a partner in the A_demont Ranch. The ranch manager took me around showing all the land including the BLM land that went with the ranch. He showed me this bole in the ground that had some pipes coming out of it and a valve. He said that years ago, someone had dug for oil and they hit the l'ot water, then they closed the valve and it sat like that for many years. I said let's open it up and see what happens. We both got down in the hole and eventually turned it on. The water spewed up into the air about 35 feet, getting us wet. At that time the water was cold but it warmed up rapidly. We left the valve on part way. put a rock on it so it wouldn go up in the air, and left it that way. That was the beginning of the hot tub. People of the valley used to come, wade through the water that had accumulated on the outside of the box, and sit in this 4x4 box with the valve in the middle. The county eventually got the right to develop it and did a wonderful job of it. Now there are fireplaces, a concrete box about 6x I 0 for sitting in the water and the two small lakes, one of which is warm water A fence surrounds the property so cars have to stay out of the area. The water comes out of the ground at a perfect temperature, winter and summer. Q. - I understand the state wants restrooms and sbowers installed. Dr. A.- There have been meetings and a committee formed to try to find the best way to cooperate with the state and still keep the hot tub for everyone to enjoy. There are going to be additional requirements and I hope we can all live with them. Q. - What is some of the wildlife there? Dr. A. - There are a lot of birds because of the water, different kinds of ducks, geese, herons, ravens, swallows, etc. Q, - What about reports of vandalism? Dr, A - There are no buildings there to destroy. Some of the concrete blocks with the wood seats on them have been destroyed. Most of the visitors treat the area very well. At one time the heavy metal fence was tom off the posts, but some regular visitors bought bolts and were able to fix the rails. The county has discontinued emptying the trash barrels so everyone is asked to take their trash out with them. It's working out pretty well. Once in a while younger groups have a party and don't pick up very well but someone always seems to be there to take care of the area. It's amazing how many people from out of the area visit the tub. It is listed in the "Nevada Book of Hot Springs" and visitors come from Europe as well as the U.S. Sierra Pacific inks deal with Mineral Ridge Mine Sierra Pacific Power Company has signed a five-year contract to provide electric service to the Mineral Ridge Mine, a new gold mine 35 miles southwest of Tonopab near Silver Peak. Among utility facilities constructed to serve the open-pit mine were five-and-one-half miles of 60,000-volt electric transmission lines and a substation. Mineral Ridge is paying for the construction of the equipment which is owned by Sierra Pacific. The mine is expected to produce 50,000 ounces of gold annually over the next five-and-a-half years. This arfide was taken from the October 1997 issue or the Nevada B Journal, Halloween carnival On the evening ofThursday, October 30, from 6-8 p.m., the Goldfield Elementary School put on a Halloween carnival including a concession stand, pumpkin carving contest and cosum contest, lots of games and cakewalk. Chris Tallant and Dave Elsea were in charge of the penny toss. Johnny Rice was in charge of the football toss. Ryan Payne and David Cain were in charge of the darffballoon toss. Chad Relyea was in charge of the duck pond. James Collier was in charge of the milk can throw. Patrick Mortenson was in charge of the milk bottle toss. Dawn Sligar was in charge of the cake walk. Danny Sligar was in charge of the clown toss. The ticket booth was manned by Lydia Bridgrnan, who mentioned this school event had been going on almost 20 years. Those dishing out the goodies in the kitchen were: Ronda Bridgman, Rover ; Leslie Husky, Sylvia Tyson and Elva Smalley. Pumpkin carving contest winners were: Ages preschool to three years: PamelaH: Ages fourtoeight: ShawnGumbmann;Adult: Susan Rice Costume winners were: preschool to one,:Ava Toner;, two to five: Tommy Womack; Six to eight: Shawn Gumbmann. The bean guess was won by Susan Rice. Mr. James Matheny and MissTina Snyderdrove abusload of students over from Silver Peak to enjoy the carnival. The Goldfield School personnel wish to thank everyone for their time, food and donations to help make this another successful carnival. Commissioners meeting The Esmeralda County Commissioners met on November 4 in the Goldfield Courthouse, with all members present. * The useofthecounty vehicle for Economic Development Ksmeralda Nye business (E DEN) from ti me to d me depending on avail ability passed. * The approvalofEDEN amended bylaws and current board member list passed. * Re-advertisement of the position opening for cmergency response supervisor without change to qualifications passed. * The Ksmeralda County Employee Hand Book review for approval passed. * Three bid proposals for the purcha of bulk unleaded fuel for the Goldf'mld road- yard we re opened with the bid going to Rebel Oil w bo had the lowest bid. * Assemblyman Roy Neighbors, Steve Bradhurst, Consultan't for Rural Counties, and Walt Lombardo, Nevada Division of Minerals, spoke on the opportunities forcommercial development of mineral resources on the Nellis Air Force Base Gunnery Range. A resolution urging the Secretary of Defense to make certain mining districts located on the Nellis Air Force Base Gunnery Range (and near the boundary of the range) to be available for use by the public passed. * The approval of the local emergency planning committee member- ship list to be recommended to the State Emergency Response Commis- sion passed. * Approval of the bylaws of the Esmeralda County Emergency planning committee passed. * The acceptance of the resignation of James Smart, District attorney, passed. * Advertising for position of district attorney passed with applications being accepted by November 14,1997, and interviews to be on November 18 after the commissioners meeting. * Approval of agreement to use account for low-income bousing welfare set-aside funds by Esmwalda County wi state of Nevada Depart- ment of Business and Industry Housing Division, with Esmeralda County's program description allowing our county to qualify for the program. * Right-of-way #N62084, that constitutes an offer for the portion of Coyote Road that was assigned to Esmeralda County by Mineral Ridge Resources approval and signatures needed on the tight-of-way passed. * The setting up of a separate bank account for funds to be received by DepartmemofEmrgy foPd,,e Repository Oversight Program was approved. * An approval of the Repository Oversight Program plan to be submitted to the Department of energy was passed. New assistant Noni Bagarose, formerly of Tonopah, now Goldfield, is the new assistant to Carol Loring in the district attorney's office. Replacing old lines This past week Mike Anderson and Joe Elsea of the Ks memlda County Water Department, have been busy replacing old water lines on Franklin Street between US Highway 95 and Ramsey. Some of these lines are 40- 50 years old and with the  changes dropping lines are breaking and leaking. Mortgage Life