As always, this is Not a Best List but a list of some of the people, places and things we encountered in the past year that we feel deserve a shout-out. Enter your own nominations at our Facebook page or in the Comments at the bottom of this page. And please, treat yourself to these Nevada wonders, excitements, pleasures, comforts and satisfactions and others like them in 2019. Travel Hero - Don Newman Raise a farewell toast to Don Newman, the recently retired 12-year E.D. of the Elko Convention & Visitors Authority and Convention Center. Don is a native of Las Vegas but escaped young to Elko. He was General Manager of the Red Lion when he came to the CVA in 2006. He has represented rural Nevada on the Tourism Commission since 2011 and was a member of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission, which sponsored or approved more than 600 projects statewide 2013-2014, including Don's favorite, the Garcia Sesquicentennial Saddle.Read more
Sixteenth Annual Old Sheepherders' Gathering January might be cold, but that doesn't keep folks who love sheep from gathering at the Border Inn on January 18 and 19. This event is one-of-a-kind, with sheepherders, sheep owners, filmmakers, poets, musicians, and more gathering. The event starts Friday night with an invitational dinner followed by my favorite event of the Gathering: open-mic night. Listen to an array of stories, poems, and music of recent and distant memories about sheep. On Saturday, start your day with a sourdough pancake breakfast, a film screening, a performance by magnificent cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, a family style Basque dinner (reservations required), and music by the Baker Front Porch Pickers. The dinner is quite an event, and I wholeheartedly recommend it (and plan on attending!). For more information, check out the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership website.Read more
The book follows the journey of G.S. Garcia and J.M. Capriola, two legendary saddle makers in northeastern Nevada who made their living from the working cowboys and ranchers in the Great Basin. Entering into the present are the Bear and Wright families who have chosen to continue the tradition and heritage of leather craftsmanship. Today, customers entering the J.M. Capriola Co. are met with the same smell of leather that greeted G.S. Garcia’s patrons over 100 years ago. The book is 130 pages with 300 photos, many never seen before. See More Here This story of the famous Elko saddle is adapted from chapter 3 of 'Legacy of Silver & Saddles by Paula Bear Wright, Janet Pearce Petersen, DeeDee Garcia Wright and Linda Harris At the Garcia Harness and Saddlery, G.S. was the leather cutter for the hundreds of saddles that were made in a year.
by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Well. . . . I know, a pretty deep subject. And, waiting for those Tahoe Deep Powder Days . . . January weather is going to be hit and miss. The first week of 2019 will stay warm and dry with high pressure building in. After that, we are hoping that the weather pattern changes with a Winter Storm Warning that might open the storm door. We got through the Christmas & New Year Holidays with a couple of ample refresh storms coming through with enough snow to freshen up the slopes and get a few more lifts & terrain open for the holiday crowds. Most Tahoe resorts are 90% to near 100% open with lifts and terrain available but with snow packs that are below 60” (5 feet) in their upper elevations.
OATBRAN Part II, Putting Away the Bikes and Breaking out the Skis-OATBRAN Ride continues on US Highway 50 across Nevada. My last write-up featured the start from Lake Tahoe to the Lunch Stop at Bean Flat between Austin and Eureka. This the continuation of the ride and includes *Notes to the Mochila”. In honor of the Pony Express, we ask each rider to carry a saddlebag [...]
Bicycling Nevada in August-by Curtis Fong, “the Guy from Tahoe” August with its hot daytime temps and thunder showers is the Dog Days of Summer when it comes to bicycling events in Nevada. Still, August is still a great time to get out and ride, no matter where you are in Nevada. Road Biking in Northern Nevada and [...]
Bicycling Nevada – July is Looking Hot!-by Curtis Fong, “the Guy from Tahoe” The Bicycling Season in Nevada has started and is going strong with many exceptional June events and more upcoming in July. America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on Sunday June 3 was sold out and had 3000 participants with 1040 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training bicyclists coming [...]
Jampacked June for Bicycling in Nevada-by Curtis Fong, “The Guy From Tahoe” Holly Molly! Did you see how fast that Peloton was moving through Carson Valley? Amazing Race! Women’s Stage 2 The 13th Annual Tour of California, Men’s Stage 6 and Women’s Stage 2, provided excitement and drama as both races came through the Carson Valley and climbed up and [...]
Heritage and tradition Carson Valley is known for its rich agricultural history and celebrated traditions, both long-standing and somewhat new. And there is possibly no better example than the Eagles & Ag event which takes place at the end of January and is now in its 17th year. Photo by John Humphrey What is Eagles [...] Continue Reading
Happy New Year from Elko. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering The “Gathering” is less than a month away. If you have not gotten your tickets, do not wait much longer as I heard that tickets are going fast. Cowboy poet and musician Sid Marty ///27th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Thursday, January 27, 2011. (Photograph [...] Continue Reading
Bodies are swarming Las Vegas in January! After the holidays are over you would think Las Vegas would slow down for a month … not happening! January ramps up with bodies everywhere in town at the conventions, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Adult Entertainment Expo (AVN) and at the hotels. Hundreds of thousands of [...] Continue Reading
Train Nuts get Chance to Play Casey Jones by John Hollenhorst Would you be willing to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for an hour or two of fun? Well, if your idea of fun is to drive a train — yes, a full-size, real-life locomotive with you as the engineer out on the [...] Continue Reading