Due to scheduling issues with several annual event in
the area, it was decided to look for a day that did not conflict with these
annuals. Well a day was found in January 2011. There is a fifth Sunday
and we have the RRBar town of Chimney Rock. That day is January 30th.
Several have already gotten the word and have let me (Cliff
Hanger) know they are coming. I have again gotten use of the Town of Chimney
Rock for us to make all the smoke and noise we want. The match fee is reasonable
again at $15.00 for your first category and another $10.00 for a second
category should you choose to shoot two.
As in the past I needed 25 shooters to put on this match.
This time we will go with what we can get. But as in the past I need a
minimum of 25 shooters to commit to the match and lunch to get the Lion's
to open up their kitchen and serve their $5.00 lunch.
You don't have to send your entry fee in but just let
me know you're coming and what categories you plan to shoot. You can change
your mind on the category right up to sign up at the range the morning
of the match. I need a good count on how many are coming. I keep the shooter's
list up dated as you let me know.
As always we have our normal 7 categories and guest. Take
a look and mack sure you know what equipment is needed as they differ from
SASS categories. Only Plainsman is the same. Our categories are equipment
based. What style you shoot your guns is up to you. One handed, Two handed
or gunfighter. As long as you're safe, go for it and make smoke!
Couple of links.
Information and form Print it out and bring it with
you. Or not.
But let me know you're coming.
E-mail me at Cliff
Hanger Thunder Valley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pistoleros and Double
R Bar Regulators our host for this match.
|Thanks go out to Tom "Forty Rod" Taylor for writing
articles for the Brimstone Gazette. A years worth. Thanks Tom.
I would really like to know how many readers the
Brimstone Gazzet has.
Is it worth continuing?
Most of the time it feels like I'm putting this together
for myself and my dad, who gets a printed copy as he is not a computer
guy. Says unless it has two cans and tight string, he isn't going to get
it unless I print it out and bring to him.
Let me know by sending an e-mail to me. Brimstone
Gazette - Editor
|Newberry Springs, California from Wikipedia
Newberry Springs is an unincorporated area, 117 sq mi
(300 km2) in size, located at the foot of the Newberry Mountains in San
Bernardino County, California, USA. It is located in the western Mojave
Desert of Southern California -- 20 mi (32 km) northeast of Barstow, approximately
40 mi (64 km) due west of the Mojave National Preserve, and approximately
100 mi (160 km) south of Death Valley National Park.
The region maintains an average daytime summer temperature
of 107 °F (42 °C). In the winter, lows generally get into the 20's,
with a dry, cold climate -- the immediate area receiving less than 10 in
(250 mm) of rain per year and is approximately 3,000 ft (910 m) in above
sea-level. Interstates 15 and 40 encompass Newberry Springs along with
historic U.S. Route 66 and California State Route 58.
Newberry Springs is a classic desert oasis. The area is
also known for its diverse and abundant agriculture, as it is irrigated
by the Mojave Aquifer, the largest aquifer in the Western United States.
This is the aquifer that allows for the abundance of man-made lakes in
the region, as well.
The original, given name of Newberry Springs was "Water".
Since its earliest days—the main purpose of the area in and around Newberry
Springs has been to be a source of water for the arid Mojave Desert region.
The site of Camp Cady is located just a few miles from present-day Newberry
Springs, and was a resting place and watering hole along the Mojave River
for wagon trains coming to California in the 1850s on the old Mormon Trail.
In the 1880s the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad hauled tank cars of water
from Newberry Springs to the stations and towns in the region, making life
in this arid land possible.
Rich in its own unique, colorful history, and most notable
for its ancient volcanic rock formations, lava beds, sand dunes, mineral
springs, hidden mud-baths, an abundance of vast, man-made, backyard Water
Ski/Jet Ski-racing "oval"-style lakes as well as extensive "grand prix"-configured
water race courses and desert motocross/dune buggy/ATV racing areas, along
with desert camping, hunting, fishing backpacking and paraflying.
The climate in Newberry Springs is relatively mild and
ideal for many crops, including pistachios, apricots and alfalfa.[citation
needed] Because of this, Newberry Springs is known for its many farms and
ranches, which produce ostrich, horse, buffalo, duck, turkey, catfish,
Nearby is the old, Calico Ghost Town attraction, the Calico
Early Man Site, Camp Cady wildlife reserve, the Solar One green energy
project, nationally-known Peggy-Sue's Diner, The Silver Valley Sun (Nudist/Naturist)
Club, and the actual Bagdad Cafe (sic) film location and restaurant (which
still exists in present-day—completely functional as a working motel/restaurant)
from the 1987 Jack Palance/CCH Pounder film of the same name. Because of
its wide panoramic vistas—as well as its prior-mentioned geographic diversity,
and the close proximity of a long-established "Movie Ranch" with all its
inherent film and lodging amenities, from the early days of film on through
to the present-day, local film production companies—as well as those from
across the globe, routinely utilize the area for location filming.
On the northern outskirts of the city limits rests the
currently vacant Lake Dolores/Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark -- once a vital part
of the surrounding desert community. Newberry Springs is also home to the
Holy Resurrection Monastery of the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Rite of the
Roman Catholic Church. Every November, the town is the host of the annual
Newberry Springs Pistachio Festival. Additionally, running east to west,
approximately 8 mi (13 km) due south of the town, is historic Route 66,
as well as the Union Pacific Railroad which also runs through town on trackage
rights on BNSF Railway's main line to Salt Lake City, from where the BNSF
then heads to Chicago.
 Newberry Mountains Wilderness Area
The Newberry Mountains are home to the Newberry Mountains
Wilderness Area behind town.
Newberry Springs is most likely the only area in California
that offers 5 professional championship ski lakes, several private ski
lakes, and 5 jet ski boat lakes. This specific area can
boast about the Horton Lakes Water Ski School, which has been regarded
as one of the finest water ski schools in the world, the beautiful Wet
Set Village which has shade [trees, flowers and manicured lawns, and has
featured championship water ski tournaments that have been featured on
ESPN. Another lake in the Newberry Springs area is the privately owned
Cheyenne Lake, which offers water skiing and jet skiing as well. Situated
within the area is Paraflyte Ranch, Paraflying School—one of the few schools
of its type in the world.
|Zzyzx, California from Wikipedia
Zzyzx, California (pronounced /?za?z?ks/), formerly Camp
Soda and Soda Springs, is a settlement in San Bernardino County, California.
It is the former site of the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa and
now the site of the Desert Studies Center. The site is also the location
of Lake Tuendae, originally part of the spa, and now a refuge habitat of
the endangered Mohave tui chub.
Zzyzx Road is a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) long, part paved and
part dirt, rural collector road in the Mojave Desert. It runs from Interstate
15 generally south to the Zzyzx settlement.
The settlement is in area code 760 and ZIP code 92309.
The nearest town is Baker, California, 7 miles (11 km) north on I-15. Las
Vegas, Nevada is the nearest major city, about 100 miles (160 km) northeast.
Soda Springs, a natural spring, has long seen human activity.
The area was a prehistoric quarry site, and projectile points and rock
art can be found in the area. The Mojave Road ran past the spring, as did
the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad. Remnants of a wagon road stop and railroad
artifacts are readily seen. Evaporative salt mining and mill sites can
be found here as well.
The name Zzyzx was given to the area in 1944 by Curtis
Howe Springer, claiming it to be the last word in the English language.
Springer made up the word's pronunciation "zi-zix". He established the
Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa in 1944 at the spot, which was federal
land, after filing mining claims for 12,000 acres (49 km2) surrounding
the springs. He used the springs to bottle his water and provide drinks
for travelers through the hot desert. Springer also imported animals from
around the country to attract more families to visit his ranch. He used
Zzyzx until 1974, when he was arrested by the United States Marshals for
misuse of the land as well as alleged violations of food and drug laws,
and the land was reclaimed by the government.
Since 1976, the Bureau of Land Management has allowed
California State University to manage the land in and around Zzyzx. A consortium
of CSU campuses use it as their Desert Studies Center.
Word Ways magazine verified the source of the lexicography
as an undated San Bernardino County map published by the Automobile Club
of Southern California. The magazine characterized Zzyzx Springs as "a
hydrologic feature and a privately owned spa catering to the senior citizen,
about 8.5 mi (13.7 km) south of Baker on the western edge of Soda Dry Lake,
off the abandoned right-of-way of the old Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad."
Zzyzx was approved as a place name by the United States
Board on Geographic Names on June 14, 1984. As is the case with the road,
Zzyzx, California, is the USBGN's lexicographically greatest (alphabetically
last, at least in English alphabetical order) place name.
|Las Vegas, Nevada from Wikipedia
The first reported visit to the valley by someone of European
descent was Raphael Rivera in 1829. Las Vegas was named by Spaniards in
the Antonio Armijo party, who used the water in the area while heading
north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800s, areas
of the Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive
green areas or meadows (vegas in Spanish), hence the name Las Vegas.
John C. Frémont traveled into the Las Vegas Valley
on May 3, 1844, while it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a
group of scientists, scouts and observers for the United States Army Corps
of Engineers. On May 10, 1855, following annexation by the United States,
Brigham Young assigned 30 missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints led by William Bringhurst to the area to convert the
Paiute Indian population to Mormonism. A fort was built near the current
downtown area, serving as a stopover for travelers along the "Mormon Corridor"
between Salt Lake and the briefly thriving colony of saints at San Bernardino,
California. However, during the Utah War, Mormons abandoned Las Vegas in
1857. Las Vegas was established as a railroad town on May 15, 1905, when
110 acres (44.5 ha) owned by the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad,
was auctioned off in what is now downtown Las Vegas. Among the railroad's
most notable owners and directors were Montana Senator William A. Clark,
Utah U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns and R.C. Kerens of St. Louis. Las Vegas
was part of Lincoln County until 1908 when it became part of the newly
established Clark County. The St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church near 4th
and Bridger in downtown was founded in 1910. Las Vegas became an incorporated
city on March 16, 1911 and Peter Buol was the first mayor.
Las Vegas started as a stopover on the pioneer trails
to the west, and became a popular railroad town in the early 1900s. It
was a staging point for all the mines in the surrounding area, especially
those around the town of Bullfrog, that shipped their goods out to the
rest of the country. With the proliferation of the railroads, Las Vegas
became less important but the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam in 1935
resulted in the growth of residents and tourism. The dam, located 30 mi
(48 km) southeast of the city, also formed Lake Mead, the US's largest
man-made lake and reservoir. Today, tours are offered into lesser known
parts of the dam. The legalization of gambling in 1931 led to the advent
of the casino-hotels, for which Las Vegas is famous. Major development
occurred in the 1940s. The success of the city's early casino businesses
was owed to American organized crime. Most of the original large casinos
were managed or at least funded under mob figures Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel,
Meyer Lansky or other mob figures at this time. The rapid growth of this
gambling empire is credited with dooming Galveston, Texas; Hot Springs,
Arkansas; and other major gaming centers in the 1950s.
With the arrival in the late 1960s of businessman Howard
Hughes, who purchased many casino-hotels, as well as television and radio
stations in the city, legitimate corporations began to purchase casino-hotels
as well, and the mob was run out by the federal government over the next
several years. The constant stream of tourist dollars from the hotels and
casinos was also augmented by a new source of federal money. This money
came from the establishment of what is now Nellis Air Force Base. The influx
of military personnel and casino job-hunters helped start a land building
boom which, as of today, has leveled off a bit.
Though Las Vegas's gambling revenues have been surpassed
by Macau, the Las Vegas area remains one of the world's top entertainment
Geography and climate
Las Vegas is situated on the arid desert floor within
Clark County. The surrounding environment is dominated by desert vegetation
and some wildlife, and the area is subject to torrential flash floods.
Enabling the rapid population expansion was a major addition to the city's
sewage treatment capacity. The sewage treatment expansion resulted from
a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funding 2008 programs to analyze
and forecast growth and environmental impacts through the year 2019.
The city is in an arid basin surrounded by dry mountains.
City elevation is around 2,030 ft (620 m) above sea level. The Spring Mountains
lie to the west. Much of the landscape is rocky and dusty. Within the city,
however, there are many lawns, trees and other greenery. Due to water resource
issues, there is now a movement to encourage xeriscapes. Another part of
the water conservation efforts include scheduled watering groups for watering
residential landscaping. According to the United States Census Bureau,
the city has a total area of 131.3 sq mi (340 km2), of which 131.2 sq mi
(340 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) of it (0.04%) is water.
Snowfall in Las Vegas is rare but possible as seen in
Las Vegas' climate is a subtropical arid climate (Koppen
climate classification BWh), typical of the Mojave Desert in which it lies.
The city enjoys abundant sunshine year-round and has an average of about
300 sunny days per year and more than 3800 hours of sunshine, with about
4.2 inches of rainfall, which on average occurs on 29 days per year.
The summer months of June through September are very hot
and mostly dry with average daytime highs of 94 to 104 °F (34 to 40
°C) and nighttime lows of 69–78 °F (21–26 °C). There are an
average of 133 days per year above 90 °F (32 °C), and 72 days above
100 °F (38 °C), with most of the days in July and August exceeding
that benchmark. However, humidity is very low and often under 10%.
Las Vegas' winters are of short duration and the season
is generally mild, with daytime highs near 60 °F (16 °C) and nighttime
lows around 40 °F (4 °C). The mountains surrounding Las Vegas accumulate
snow during the winter but snow is rare in the Las Vegas Valley itself.
Several years apart, however, snow has fallen in the valley. Temperatures
can sometimes drop to freezing 32 °F (0 °C) but winter nighttime
temperatures will rarely dip below 30 degrees.
Annual precipitation in Las Vegas is roughly 4.5 in (110
mm), which mainly occurs during winter but is not uncommon anytime of the
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