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<p>Brenda M. Klinger/Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - Dr. Jack Thomas examines a "patient" of the four-legged kind at the Animal Care Center. Thomas, who has been a veterinarian in Pahrump since 2007, acquired the business and took over operations on June 1.</p>

TOP DOG: Employee takes ownership of Animal Care Center

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:45am

It’s a brand new day at Animal Care Center of Pahrump” is the friendly greeting clients hear when calling the veterinary clinic.

But, it’s also a new beginning for Dr. Jack K. Thomas, Jr.,...

<p>Lexis Bray/Pahrump Valley Times - Rebecca Oshiro, manager of the Subway restaurant on Highway 372, delivered a meatball sub to a local 80-year-old woman after her life long friend called the restaurant from Florida. </p>

The lifelong friendship and a meatball sub

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:48am

True friendship can span decades, no matter the distance in miles between two people.

Friendship that goes beyond simple words can sometimes be found in an act of love, and a meatball...

<p>Mick Akers/Pahrump Valley Times - The father and son duo of John O’Brien, left, and Eddie O’Brien have been working all week prepping the 22-minute long choreographed firework show set to go off July 4 at Petrack Park. This year's show will consist of more than 1,000 shells.</p>

Finishing touches on fireworks spectacular

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:28am

Preparations for the Liberty Festival’s fireworks show have been going on all week at Petrack Park as it is a several-day affair.

The 22-minute choreographed show, with the theme of “...

COMMUNITY VIEWPOINT: Introducing cutting-edge optical fiber broadband service

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:44am

Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) recently announced its plans to provide optical fiber broadband communications service to all homes and businesses in our service area.


Special to Pahrump Valley Times

New traffic procedures in place following fireworks show

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:31am

Pahrump Chamber of Commerce officials want to address the issue of gridlock following Saturday night’s Liberty Festival fireworks show at Petrack Park.

The chamber, along with the Nye...

<p>Selwyn Harris/Pahrump Valley Times - Grover Rice, 86, left, imparts sage wisdom to Riley McGough, 10, during the boys visit to Inspirations Senior Living facility this week. McGough and other kids enrolled in the Pahrump Valley Youth Activities program, read to the residents each week.</p>

No good deed goes unreturned for volunteers

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:40am

Pahrump resident Glover Rice turned the tables on a young man whose sole mission was to entertain the 86-year-old resident of Inspirations Senior Living on Wednesday.

The young man, Riley...

<p>Lexis Bray/Pahrump Valley Times - Sue Thompson celebrated her pending 90th birthday at a community event that also celebrated another birthday, and the 10th anniversary of the of Red Sky BBQ & Catering, one of their favorite eateries. Thompson is pictured with son Greg Penny from Ojai, California, and daughter Julie Jennings. </p>

Restaurant owner serves up good time, food at dual birthday celebration

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:50am

When country singer Sue Thompson walked into the Bob Ruud Community Center on Sunday, this signaled the start of what would become a major family-friendly community occasion.

More than 300...

Pahrump nearly eclipses hottest June on record

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:33am

With Las Vegas experiencing its hottest June on record last month, Pahrump came close to breaking a record of its own.

The mean average daily temperature for June 2015 in Pahrump was 82.53...

<p>Mick Akers/Pahrump Valley Times - This sign on Highway 160 atop Spring Mountains warns drivers that it is illegal to posses or use fireworks on BLM-owned public land and fines of up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail could be levied on a person for each offense.</p>

BLM: Fireworks are banned on all public lands

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:35am

With Fourth of July this weekend, fans of the red, white and boom will be out to show their enthusiasm for the holiday by shooting off fireworks purchased at one of the several firework businesses...

<p>Deborah Wall/Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - The Stokes Castle, built of native granite and finished in 1897 can be found just outside of Austin in central Nevada.</p>

Daytrips & Getaways: Austin center of state’s preserved mining ghost towns

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:53am

Austin, a formerly booming mining town founded in 1862, is home to fewer than 400 people today.

Yet it’s one of the best-preserved early mining towns in Nevada and well worth a visit by...