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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 6, 1997 21 Community News Adventures of a proud little Trooper A genuine 1990 Isuzu Trooper, a staid little work horse with four wheel drive and an unsavory reputation with a consumer magazine that thinks stout little Troopers shouldn't be inclined to tip over when driven like a teen operated sports car. Maybe some of those East Coast consumer scribes should see how this humble, hard-working Trooper handles itself in the real off road world for which it was designed. Recently finished a job that took us into all the bad back country the desert has to offer. Sand, mud, dirt, heavy ruts, cross-grained trails, washboard and more sand. The proud little Trooper acquitted itself well and honorably. Each day brought new challenges and each time the stout-hearted little rig rose to meet each challenge with courage and aplomb. Humble and hard working, this brave back country adventurer asked only an occasional sip of gasoline. The hard working Trooper toiled in grand company. The rental yards of California had been emptied to provide massive Suburbans and Yukons for the job. Private autos included off road offerings from Land Rover and Mercedes. The finest names in the off road auto world were represented, but the mighty little Trooper outshone them all. The gutsy little rig boasts only a four cylinder engine. When the awesome powerful behemoths would fly over the pavement at crime wave speeds, the high winding little engine stayed right with them. Scouting chores took the small location crew into the never never, land of the back country. Each time as the going became more treacherous, the Trooper would lead the way safely through the bad lands. When the mighty mega buck off road giants would grind to a sand-bogged halt, the humble little Trooper would extend a helping yellow nylon strap to the stranded giants and with a quiet grind into low range the wee worker would strain its automotive heart and ease the bogged behemoths back to firm ground. Time and time again the brave little Trooper would back into position in front of it's mired co-workers and return them to mobility. In fact, the only time the courageous small wagon was unable to extract a sand bound friend was when the cesspool pumper got stuck. The Trooper tried, but although the wheels strained to move the In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty multi-toned truck, the little rig only spun itself into the unforgiving sand. All other vehicles yielded to the efforts of the hard-working Trooper. The catering truck was pulled from the sand. A suburban was eased off of slick mud. A heavy grip truck was given enough of a pull to get it moving again. Cars beyond counting were eased from sandy graves to again speed glamourously across the desert. Perhaps the grandest extraction of all was when the world's smartest highway patrolman got stuck, and kept trying until he was really maximum stuck. The California Highway Patrol provides offduty officers to help guide traffic when filming on the roads of California. These officers are a happy bunch and good folks to work with. Being relatively young and of hi gh spirits, they tend not to pay much attention when some over the hill civilian tells them how to drive. While turning around in a soft sandy staging area, a young patrolman sank his rear wheels into the sand. Ignoring suggestions to the contrary, he continued to let his wheel spin as the car dug itself ever deeper until the frame lowered Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn The Mazoula Children's Theatre will be giving a produc- tion on Saturday, November 15, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Kids from the school will be practicing the previous week. Be sure to attend. Our annual Veteran's Day celebration is coming up No- vember 8 and 9. The deadline for entry into the chili- enchilada cook-off on Sunday, November 9 has been ex- tended. 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 oi 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 sched- ule of events should help you plan your weekend. See you there. Amargosa Valley Veteran's Day Celebration November 8-9 Amargosa community center and park. 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 11:45 a.m. - Flea Market - snow cones - concessions 12 noon - "Nevada Silver Tappers" - Cajun fried turkey lunch 1 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 -Flea market closes 6 p.m. - Bingo -Amargosa Chamber of Commerce Sunday, November 9 9 a.m. - Pancake breakfast by Linda Gilliland l0 a.m.- Flea market 11 a.m. -Performers from Pahrump - Horseshoe tourna- ment 12:30 p.m. Chili-Enchilada cook-off judging 1 p.m. - Chili-Enchilada cook-off serving 2 p.m.- Water fight - open participation 3 p.m. - Raffle- auction 5 p.m.- Jam session, ama- teurs, 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 I : Odental " Futons Furniture Gifts A Beautiful... 1997 Oriental Calendar!l 8. a Letter Opened! To get your flee 1997 calendar & Oriental Letter Opener, just make a purchase & present this gift coupon!l Hurry upll First come first Served, no rain checks, please!! Bi Sale ! | MANDARIN IMPORTS 2167 N. Decatur 702-646-1818 I i i J itself on to the sand. The Trooper drove up beside the foundering lawman and some unsolicited remarks were directed to the officer concerning his ability to drive. Officers are not used to hearing these sorts of remarks. While other lawmen gathered around wearing ill concealed smiles, a yellow tow strap was extended from the small four cylinder Trooper to the mighty Corvette powered highway patrol pursuit vehicle. The Trooper shifted down into low range, and to the laughter of his watching companions, the sand-bound cruiser was eased from the sand by the straining Isuzu Trooper. The job progresses. Work started before dawn and continued until after dark. Huge Greyhound type buses were driven where they ought never go, and years of experience and blind underserved luck got them in and out of the land that eats cars. The Trooper laid out paths of cones across uncrossable lands and changed the routes as the sand was torn up by traffic. Working in concert with a large articulated loader on the larger endeavors, the little Trooper was able to insure that stuck vehicles never slowed production. "It's a wrap!" The finest words there are. It means the job is done and it's time to move on. As is custom, the brave stout little Trooper guided the last of the production vehicles across the sand and honked them a friendly farewell as they sped into the night headed for their homes in Los Angeles. A fine hard worker, the Trooper will be groomed a bit, have a taste of fresh fuel and lubricants and again be ready to challenge the back country of our western deserts. Call Mrs, Clean Commercial Seal Grout Clean -up & cleaning Residential Carpet Cleaning Windows and moroo.o. Senior Discount Some can be REAL BORING! We've been boring for over 15 years! Come see what we've discovered. Meet some of the top minds in earth sciences and learn about the results of our boring and drilling programs. While you tour Yucca Mountain, you'll also hear about nuclear and environmental sciences and waste management. To reserve your tour date, you'll need to provide your full name, address, social security number, date and place of birth, and telephone number. Tours are open to any U.S. citizen* over the age of 14, and will be filled on a first-come basis. Box lunches will be provided at a cost of $6 per person, or guests may bring their own lunches. So discover a whole new mountain of learning, Yucca Mountain. 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