42°F
weather icon Overcast

Las Vegas off-road group eyes Beatty for event

Beatty, already becoming known for off-road exploration and racing, may be seeing even more action, according to Kevin Bailey of Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers.

Bailey was recently invited to Beatty by Beatty Town Advisory Board members Randy Reed and Perry Forsyth, who are interested in developing a 4-wheel obstacle course. He attended the board’s Aug. 26 meeting to discuss the club’s interest in Beatty as the site for an event similar to the “Hump and Bump” they have been holding annually in Logandale for over 30 years.

He said Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers is strictly for full-size off-road vehicles — no motorcycles, no side-by-sides, and no ATV’s. They do not race but explore and enjoy the off-road experience.

The club is a non-profit that gives the money it raises from events to various charities and to the host community. Bailey said they gave $12,000 to the town of Logandale last year, which, due to fluctuations in economics, was $5,000 less than the year before.

Bailey was pleased to learn from board treasurer Erika Gerling, that Beatty already has miles of trails mapped, with GPS coordinates, that can be found on the Nevada Off-Highway Vehicle Program website.

The club adheres to a “tread lightly” philosophy, according to Bailey. “We don’t want to tear up the land,” he said, adding that they want to preserve the experience for future generations.

There was no new business on the board agenda, as a report on wild burros from the BLM had been canceled.

Beatty Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Harmon and Nye County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Alan Lynn advised those present to be prepared for what the “Storm Area 51” event might bring.

Their advice included stocking up of gas and essential supplies in advance because there may be heavy traffic on Highway 95. In that event, Lynn suggested taking a detour through Death Valley to bypass the Lathrop Wells area.

Both men said that exactly what might happen is unknown and that they are waiting for further information to be gathered and made available.

Fred Summers, owner of the Happy Burro in Beatty, showed a special kit he has prepared to sell for those planning to storm Area 51. The kit includes a body bag and a toe tag.

Richard Stephens is a freelance reporter living in Beatty.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
 
Photos: Showcasing the history of American flight

The showcase of military firepower is expected to draw more than 200,000 over two days, so attendees are advised to arrive early at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for bus service.

Winter storm moving through region near Pahrump

The first major snowstorm of the season was heading toward the mountainous regions near Pahrump, prompting a winter storm warning starting today for an area that includes the Sheep Range, the Spring Mountains, Red Rock Canyon and areas of neighboring Inyo County.

Electric vehicle charging station goes live in Southern Nevada

Two DC fast chargers were added at Terrible’s Road House in Jean, about 30 miles south of Las Vegas, as part of the Nevada Electric Highway initiative.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Saturday, Nov. 16 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $7 million.

Conservation work continues at Scotty’s Castle

Scotty’s Castle, located in the northern region of Death Valley National Park, has been closed since Oct. 18, 2015 when almost three inches of rain fell on the Scotty’s Castle area in Grapevine Canyon.

Details emerge on fatal wreck north of Beatty

A driver who died when her car collided with the tractor-trailer rig in rural Nye County earlier this month was identified Monday as a 21-year-old Arizona woman.