NevadaGram from the Nevada Travel Network Telling Nevada's story 365, 24/7 Fri, 25 May 2018 22:37:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Northern Nevada Arts & Artists for June Fri, 25 May 2018 22:08:02 +0000 Hans Meyer-Kassel at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno

Welcome June in northern Nevada.

Carson City

Check out 2018 Stewart Father's Day Powwow in Carson City on June 15th and 17th. If you have been to a Powwow then you know the excitement and pageantry that comes with a gathering of talented dancers and drummers. This is a free event with over 200 dancers, over 40 arts and crafts vendors, Indian Tacos, and community spirit. As with all Powwows this an alcohol and drug-free event.

For More Information email the event organizer or call 775-687-8333.


The Hans Meyer-Kassel exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art is a must-see for anyone interested in Nevada Art, or Nevada History for that matter. This acclaimed painter immigrated to the United States at the end of World War I to escape the postwar turmoil of his native Germany . He endured the Great Depression in New York City, but after being invited to exhibit in Pasadena California in 1935 he became enamored with the American West within a year he and his wife Maria settled in Reno you're moving to Carson City before settling in Genoa where he worked from his small studio at the base of the Tahoe Range.

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Meyer-Kassel loved Nevada from the time of his first visit and he painted it prolifically. Although his primary interest was portraiture which included European royals, prominent businessmen, academicians, and several governors of California and Nevada. Meyer-Kassel delighted in painting portraits of family and friends around him. He also painted unique still life works, becoming known for his vividly colored floral pieces, most notably his paintings of lilacs, as well as many dramatic, often of whimsical allegorical paintings.

The exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art provides an overview of the artist's life and work from his early life in Kassel, Germany, through his formal education and classical training at the University of Munich, to his settlement and work in Nevada.

Self-portrait by Hans Meyer-Kassel at the Nevada Museum of Art, RenoDrawings, pastels and oils from a number of private and institutional collections have been selected to reveal the artist's unique perception of the objects, people and places around him. Particular emphasis is made on his romance with Nevada, where from his home in Genoa, his more formal classically influenced style mellowed to a painterly perfection, resulting in breathtaking interpretations of Nevada's landscape.

The works of Hans Meyer-Kassel will be on exhibit until September 2nd. Don’t miss this exhibit!

Reno is theatrically busy this month.

Bruka Theater is presenting Abducting Diana, A farce that promises to be very entertaining. Runs June 1st through June 23rd.

Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company will present "ZOE JAKE'S HOUSE OF TAROT" for one weekend only. House of Tarot is the brainchild of Zoe Jakes, who is the choreographer, dancer, music composer, costume/set designer, and inspiration for this project.

I spent some time at the Peppermill attending the RT Booklover’s Convention. The authors are full of energy and inspiration.

Here is a video of a few of the authors talking about what they do, how they started, and offering sage advice to get started in writing.


In Sparks Restless Artist Theater will present Ages of the Moon. In this Sam Shepard play, two old friends reunite over whiskey and end up putting their friendship to the test over the barrel of a gun.

Last Chance Joe, Sparks NevadaIn 1957 the founder of The Sparks Nugget, Dick Graves, commissioned a mascot for his casino. On May 12, 1958, a train arrived from Hollywood with Last Chance Joe in three pieces. It was assembled and anchored in place outside the Nugget Casino where it stood, carefully maintained, for 56 years. But when new owners took over from John Asquaga, they decided Joe was old and in the way. This was Joe's Last Chance and Joe came through like a Champ!

After much planning and fundraising Joe has been moved to his new home in front of the Sparks Museum on Victorian Blvd. The tale of Joe's travels over the past 4 years is complex and at times frustrating, but now Sparks is under the watchful eye of Last Chance Joe once again.

Being a long time Sparks resident, I can say that seeing Joe in all his historic glory pleases me and keeps me hopeful for the preservation of our past. This is Street Art with a Heart!

Here is a glimpse of Joe in his new home, watching over his hometown.

~Dana Nollsch~

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Jampacked June for Bicycling in Nevada Wed, 23 May 2018 12:33:37 +0000

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 over Kingsbury Grade before descending to South Lake Tahoe to finish at Heavenly Mountain Resort's California Base.

With the threat of rain and thunder storms, hundreds of race fans lined the start area of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Stage 2 race at Heavenly's California Base Lodge. Fifteen International Women's Pro Teams, including 7 teams from USA, competed on May 18 and headed out on the 67.1 mile road course at 11 am.

The course led them in a counterclockwise direction over Luther Pass followed by a descent down Highway 88/89-Woodfords Canyon, around Diamond Valley and along Foothill Road before making the climb up Kingsbury.

The descent from Daggett Pass down to Stateline was fast and the climb up Ski Run Blvd. separated the leader: Crossing the finish line to win the stage was Katie Hall with the United Health Care team.

The Men's Stage 6 Race

The Men's Stage 6 Race started the same morning in Folsom, California at 9:30 am and headed out on a 122.1 mile course through Placerville, up Mormon Emigrant Trail to Highway 88, past Kirkwood and over Carson Pass, descending through Hope Valley and then following the same route of the women's race.

Team Sky's Egan Bernal, a young and upcoming Colombian rider, created drama as he broke way from the peloton and defending yellow jersey race leader, Tejay Van Garderen, near the top of Kingsbury Grade – Daggett Pass and descended fearlessly down to South Lake Tahoe and held off all attackers to take the stage win.

The weather held and both races finished with the thunder sounding pounding of the Finish Line Barricades by the hundreds of race fans that showed up at Heavenly.

A Great event with live television coverage and replay on NBCSN, not only in the U.S. and Canada, but distributed to more than 150 countries around the world.

Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley are becoming a world class cycling destination. Info:,,

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Another bicycling event that has gained national recognition and is bringing thousands of bicyclists from all over the U.S. is the 27th Annual America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe, coming up on June 3. This event has partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's successful Team in Training Fundraising program and this year they have over 1100 Team members from 47 different cities across the U.S. bicycling around Lake Tahoe and raising $3.6 Million.

In its 22-year partnership with America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, LLS will have trained and brought to Lake Tahoe over 30,000 athletes and will break the $100 Million mark in total fundraising. One out of 6 registered riders for this event is coming from out of state; not counting California, but all other states across the U.S.

This event is my baby, and Bike the West is thankful to the Reno Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Commission on Tourism in helping to attain match grant marketing funds to develop this event many years ago, as well as with the 16th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue event on September 9 and the 27th Annual Oatbran Ride Across Nevada, September 23-29, 2018. For more information visit:

June 1 is the kick off of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition's annual Tahoe Bike Challenge, inviting individuals, students and businesses to ride their bikes to work, school and play. And, to log their bicycling miles onto a collaborative website with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Bike to School Week, Community Bike Path Clean Up Day, And many other activities are scheduled through June 14.

Join in the activities with the Tahoe Bike Challenge Kick Off Event on June 1 from 3 to 7 pm at Blue Zone Sports, 2011 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. There will be lots of cool and fun activities for everyone including free food and refreshments and chance to win cool prizes including a new bike.

One June event you don't want to miss — and is on the rise for national recognition — is the Epic Rides - Carson City Off Road, June 15-17 in Carson City. Three fun-filled days of amateur and professional mountain bike racing and activities in the shadow of the Capitol Building.

There are 15, 35 & 50 Mile courses starting in town and racing up and into the Carson Range through Ash Canyon, Kings Canyon and along the infamous Marlette Flume Trail.

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Plus, Vendor Expo, Kids Race and Pro Fat Tire Crit & Backcountry Race — and the Four Peaks Brewing Company Concert Series.

This event is bigger and better with more competitors and activities for the entire family. Plan to be in Carson City for this mountain bike experience and celebration.

On June 30, 2018, the Alta Alpina Cycling Club will host its annual Alta Alpina Challenge – Riding the Wild Sierra event. Wild Sierra - Alta Alpina ChgallengeThis takes place on roadways in Alpine County, starting and finishing at Turtle Rock Park. This ride is truly a challenge. There are a variety of ride options offered, starting with a 64 mile Metric Century with 5,000 feet of climbing; a 110 mile, 3 Pass Century with 11,000 feet of climbing; a 134 mile – 5 Pass Challenge with 16,000 feet of climbing; and last but not least. a 198 mile (Double Century) with 20,300 feet of climbing. Are your legs & butt hurting just reading this?

Alta Alpina offers opportunities for bicyclists, members and non members to gather and ride socially with weekend rides and posted rides on their ride board. They also host a Thursday evening road racing series, juniors race team and more. For more information and to register for a ride option, click here.

June Mountain Bike action continues with the 6th Annual Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival, June 30 and July 1 in Meyers California. Saturday, June 30, kicks off with the Triple Crown Ride, the festivals signature ride covering 30+ miles with 5,200 feet of elevation gain. This ride is followed up with an After Party featuring a Barbecue, Beer Garden, Vendors and Kids Zone, plus live Music till 6 pm.

The following day is a fun day to test new mountain bikes with free bike demos and shuttles up the Corral Trail, featuring most of the top brands in state of the art mountain bikes to include bikes from Specialized, IBIS, Norco, Pivot Cycles, Intense, Rocky Mountain and more. This demo day has two sessions that one can sign up for and each session has a limit, so if you want to demo the newest mountain bikes around, you must sign up for a session.

Whether you ride a road bike or mountain bike, June is the time to get outside and explore the freedom of riding. Whether you ride to commute, ride for health & recreation, ride for fun on multi-use bike paths, single track, fire roads. ride with friends, family, buddies, ride events or on your own — Just Get Out and Ride!

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The Last Spike and the First Glimpse of the new Nevada Southern Railway Sun, 06 May 2018 10:45:04 +0000 Proposed Visitor Center, Nevada Souhern Railway

On Friday morning April 27 Robin and I visited Boulder City and the Nevada State Railroad Museum, home of the Nevada Southern Railway.

The little depot on Yucca Street was just coming to life when we arrived, not with choo-choos but with railbikes. These are industrial grade quadricycles-built-for-two that run on railroad tracks when pedaled, and they can be joined together so that whole groups can travel as one, all pedaling . . . gently at first, and then going like mad. Great fun!

Their adventure takes them west on track originally laid in 1931 to connect the UPRR from Las Vegas to Black Canyon and the Boulder Dam construction site, ending just northwest of the Railroad Pass Hotel/Casino at the US 93/95 Freeway. This has also been the end of the line for the weekend excursion trains since they began in 2002.

Number 844, Nevada Southern RailwayBut on this day that would change in a big way. A special train was waiting to carry invited guests to a ceremony at the opening of a new bridge carrying the rails across the new Freeway to Henderson.

Celebrities arrived one by one and two by two; Governor Sandoval, Senator Heller and 40 or 50 people representing constituencies, contributors and participants in the project. And at 11 o'clock we got on board the two coaches, a dining car, an open-sided observation car (all acquired from Utah's "Heber Creeper" in 1992) and the VIP Caboose and a vintage diesel pulled us gently to the bridge.

In 1985 the Union Pacific Railroad sold its Las Vegas-Henderson spur to the City of Henderson with an agreement that the city would maintain the rails and the UP would continue 5-days-a-week service to the city's industrial businesses. Beyond Henderson the line was unused, and in 1988 NDOT paved over the rails that crossed the highway.

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By 2000 the State Railroad Museum consisted of the track, the big shop across Yucca Street, the shaded platform and the fully rehabbed equipment from Utah. All of this was accomplished by the sole employee on site, Greg Corbin, working with contractors.

All that was lacking was running trains, so in 2002 Museums Administrator Peter Barton contacted southern Nevada members of the National Railroad Historical Society and asked if in addition to loving railroads they'd like to run one. It turned out they would, and they formed the Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway to fire up the locomotives and carry 2000 riders on the run to Railroad Pass the first year.

Annual ridership is now about 37,000 on the weekend runs plus the Special Trains — during December the Holiday trains all sell out, and carry some 10,000 passengers.

Preparations for the advent of Interstate 11 have had a big impact on the operation of the NSRy, starting with the redesign of US 93 and US 95 at Railroad Pass. When those plans were announced, Corbin reminded NDOT that the original rails had been paved over 20 years before, even though the right-of-way, despite being unused at the time, had never legally been abandoned. As a consequence the bridge we'd gathered to inaugurate was added to the highway realignment plans and constructed by NDOT. The small bridge a little farther west carries the bike trail.

Another consequence of I-11 was that Boulder City officials realized that rerouting highway traffic around the city would hurt local business. They came to the Railroad Museum wondering if it could be expanded to become a more significant attraction.

Governor Sandoval drives spike spike at new bridge over US 93/95 FreewayThat, of course, is up to the Legislature and it's

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anticipated that funding the three phases of development will take a mix of public and private financing. A federal grant is being sought to develop and maintain the biking/hiking trails, and the museum itself will be a mix of State bonds and private money. Phase One is a $15 million Visitor Center/Passenger Depot at the now undeveloped east end of the property. Phase 2 is to be development of the access drive from Yucca Street into a landscaped greenbelt roadway, and phase 3 fills in the gap between the current platform and the new Visitor Center with more exhibits.

Oh but that's just the beginning. After the ceremony by the bridge (after hearing that Governor Stanford went 0 for 3 when trying to drive the Golden Spike at Promontory Point in 1869, Governor Sandoval practically got onto his knees to tap-tap-tap the Silver Spike carefully into place) we reboarded the train and made the first passenger run to Henderson.

The tracks don't extend very far beyond the highway crossing yet but preliminary plans suggest that an operating agreement now being negotiated with the City of Henderson will extend the run on a regular basis by about a mile, to the end of current UPRR directed freight service. An anticipated operating agreement between the City, the Museum and Union Pacific would allow Special trains to a Henderson passenger platform where the tracks run near to Water Street, the original downtown, and ultimately to the area of the Fiesta Casino, about seven miles west of the bridge.

Tourist trains back and forth between the two cities are a natural; there are even giddy thoughts of establishing daily commuter trains from Boulder City all the way to Las Vegas. Complex negotiations are underway between the Museum, the City of Henderson which owns the rails within its borders, and the Union Pacific Railroad that's running trains five days a week on the Henderson tracks, to figure out what's next. Until they do, that next thing is not going to happen.

But when it does, it will be a very big thing indeed, involving scheduled trains between downtown Henderson and the expanded passenger depot and Visitor Center mentioned above at Boulder City.

Just to whet your appetite, here are some of the development plans for the Railroad Museum at Boulder City. First, the property as it is now:

The current depot is at the upper left; on the right the track ends far enough out of the photo to allow a train to move beyond the switch that then permits it to back into the wye and get turned around.

Here's the plan. That new Visitor Center and passenger depot of the Nevada Southern is at the intersection where incoming traffic eastbound on US 93 turns north, away from the downtown district of Boulder City.

For a closer look click here:

Nevada State ailroad Museum, Boulder City NevadaHere is the Visitor Center and passenger depot with a gift shop.

And here is the Visitor Center interior:

Hurry up with it, ladies and gents. We want to ride that train!

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Baker Correspondence – May 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 08:12:52 +0000

Branding Time

Every weekend in May is a branding event, when the calves are separated from their moms to get their vaccinations, ear tags and castration. Some ranches will brand their calves, while others mark them with a distinct ear cut. It takes a lot of people to do a branding, and while some are paid, many volunteer. After the calves and moms are separated, cowboys and cowgirls will go rope a calf (it’s not so easy!). Once a hind leg is caught, they take the calf to the processing area, where a team does their work in just a couple minutes. Then the calf is released, and it’s time to go get the next calf. Up to about 600 calves can be processed this way, although that’s a long, all-day project, and usually the numbers are smaller. A big lunch is provided for everyone who helps out. You might see some branding events as you drive the roads — just look for those horse trailers.

School’s Out!

This year’s graduating class from EskDale High School in Snake Valley is one. She’s the valedictorian. And the senior class president. And gets to have the stage to herself! Needless to say, schools are a little different in this very remote area. We basically have a one-room schoolhouse for grades kindergarten to second in Garrison, Utah, with one teacher for all three grades and 15 students. Then they go to Baker, Nevada for grades third through sixth, with one teacher for all grades (and fortunately some extra help for science, art, and music). Then junior and senior high school are at EskDale, Utah, about 20 miles from Baker. A bi-state agreement makes things work smoothly, and two school buses help collect and deliver students from distant locations. Some students live about 40 miles from school.

R & R Rest Stop

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Want to come to Baker and have some extra space to stay but still sleep on a bed? One great option is the R & R Rest Stop, a vintage 1952 recently refurbished trailer. Owners Rex and Rowena Leonard can offer plenty of advice on what to see and do in the area, as they’ve been long-time residents. Pets are allowed, and the views and reviews are great.

Upcoming Events

The Border Inn celebrates the Cinco de Mayo with a big party on Saturday night.

Great Basin National Park offers astronomy programs on Saturday nights. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy a program and telescope views into the dark night sky. Memorial Day weekend generally kicks off the busy season for the area.

The Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive should be open to 10,000 feet, and there will likely be snow to play in at that elevation. Be sure to make your Lehman Cave tour reservations in advance at, as they fill up fast.

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And check out the yellow-bellied marmots on the Baker Creek road—just go slow, as they like to dig in the middle of the road and are slow moving out of the way.

--- Gretchen Baker

Check out Gretchen’s fascinating outdoor adventure blog, Desert Survivor.

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Elko Correspondence – May 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 08:09:55 +0000 Halleck Bar Party  The public is invited to the Annual party at the Northeastern Nevada Museum that starts at 6 p.m. on May 4th. It features a contest for best Old West-styled costume, a souvenir picture booth by Light Chaser Photography, silent auction, and saloon music played on the piano by Connie Muir. A $20 [...]

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Las Vegas Correspondence – May 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 08:06:29 +0000

Diamond Jack wasn’t surprised when he received an invitation to visit El Burro Borracho at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. The restaurant, adjacent to the lively VooDoo Beach pool, comes from Emmy Award-winning television host Guy Fieri, who I met and spent time with when he opened Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel.

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The literal translation of El Burro Borracho is "Drunken Donkey," and one can achieve that moniker by enjoying Fieri’s signature jalapeno-infused Caliente Margarita.

However, it’s always about the food for Diamond Jack, and he enjoys Lava Rock Shrimp, Trash Can Nachos and assorted enchiladas, tacos and burritos served with an array of proprietary salsas. Mrs. Diamond Jack is crazy about Fieri’s El Hombre, a signature hamburger made with shredded beef machaca, queso casero, pepper jack cheese, black beans, salsa molcajete, shaved jalapeno, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, burro sauce, crispy tortillas, guacamole and pico de gallo on a garlic toasted torta bun. Ole!

El Burro Borracho opens nightly at 4 p.m.

Las Vegas is all about big and bigger. Now, the world’s largest free-standing outdoor sign has received a digital upgrade that makes it even bigger and better. The iconic Westgate Las Vegas Resort sign stands 28-stories tall near the corner of Paradise Road and Elvis Presley Blvd. The sign has a state-of-the-art LED video display that covers a combined 15,000 square feet and that means an LED display area of nearly 5,600,000 pixels … larger than the Dallas Cowboys’ famous stadium sign. Visitors landing at McCarran International Airport will be able see the new sign from more than three and a half miles away. It joins the 267-foot indoor 4K LED screen in the world-famous Westgate Superbook, home to Nevada’s largest wagering system.

A man was telling his neighbor that he had just bought a state-of-the-art hearing aid.

“It cost me four thousand dollars,” he said. “It’s perfect.”

“Really,” answered the neighbor. “What kind is it?”

“Twelve thirty.”

--- Diamond Jack Bulavsky


Get Your Groove On And Relax In Vegas!

Have you ever thought about learning to tap dance? You thought this was a dying art, didn’t you? Go and see for yourself at the Las Vegas Tap Festival (LVTAPFEST) being held May 11th through 13th at UNLV’s Ham Fine Arts Building (HFA) in the Black Box Theater. This is their 6th festival where you can learn to tap, or if you already know how to tap, can join the intermediate, advanced or master’s classes.

The beginner’s package is $239.60 and includes 11 full classes and is for those who have had 1 year or less of training or those that want to enjoy the experience at a slower pace. The intermediate and advanced packages both include 9 full classes and are $265.99 each. The individual master’s class is $44.28. They also offer a senior package for only $134.02.

All the packages include classes in technique, specialty and mastering the art. You can also drop in on a class for $33.72 if you do not have the time to attend the full package. And the show, Keepin’ The Classics, is $23.16 presale. The show will feature Arthur Duncan who performed on The Lawrence Welk show for 18 years and  appeared on Little Big Shots and The Talk. (All prices above include the fees.)

Have you been out to Lake Las Vegas yet? If you missed their dragon boat races last year you can try their MonteLago Village Beerfest between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12th. They will have tents set up for 30 breweries pouring over 100 different beers. You can stroll through their village and relax in the outdoor scenery of the lake.

Note: They are only selling 2,000 tickets for this event! Admission tickets will get you a wrist band and souvenir glass for the beer. Try to order the tickets in advance from their website Tickets in advance for the VIP admission at 2 p.m. are $45 and are limited to 1,000 attendees. General admission at 3:30 p.m. is $35, limited to 750 people. They will only have 250 tickets available on site at the Admission Tent; however, the 2 p.m. entry fee will be $60 and general admission will be $45 if you wait until the day of the festival.

Keep in mind that if you miss the opportunity to purchase admission tickets there are still other vendors and restaurants open for you to enjoy. The trip is worth the drive to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake area.

Looking for some peace and harmony? Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas is hosting The Love In May 18th through 20th. This is the first Silver State Cannabis Festival. This is truly a weekend event, with over 3,000 campsites and RV spaces being provided to keep you in the groove. Musical acts, including Ziggy Marley, tribute bands to The Grateful Dead, Journey, Chicago, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, and others will be performing throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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Food vendors, art, yoga, snacks, meditation, dancing, cannabis education, breweries, and games will be featured, along with networking, connecting and socializing with others.

Single day general admission is $85 while 2 day is $150. A camping spot is $65 and RV space is $110. Note: Campers with tents or RV’s must also purchase either a 2 days or VIP ticket. Campers also can arrive on Friday, May 18th at 2 p.m. and must depart by noon on Monday, May 21st.

The VIP festival pass is $450, which includes The Spot, a private section with best views of the stages and access to the performers and to exclusive bars, a VIP buffet and special activities/performance on Friday plus a preferred entrance to the festival.

The South Point Arena & Equestrian Center hosts dozens of events throughout the year, including a couple of events which are free in May. May 19th through 26th they are holding the Wild Card Reining Challenge Horse Show, and the National Barrel Association Professional's Choice Super Show is running from May 31st through June 3rd. Both events will include the Western Gift Show for your shopping pleasure.

Again, both events are free to the public, and parking is free at the South Point Hotel & Casino.

--- Pauline Cimoch

 Cinco de Mayo Happenings

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Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will host its 5th “Sexy de Mayo” fiesta in celebration of Cinco de Mayo from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s edition is inviting guests to meet and mingle with international model and social media personality Carmen Ortega, to dance to the music  of Los Angeles-based mariachi band Mariachi Los Toros, and to enjoy $5 drink specials.

The Plaza downtown is planning a free Cinco de Mayo party under the bright lights of the entrance dome on Saturday, May 5 starting at 7 p.m. Entertainment will feature a Mariachi band, Folklorico dancers, eight Lucha Libre wrestling matches and DJ spinning top radio hits and Latin music. Festivities will include downtown’s largest piñata, with prizes and authentic food and drinks specials.

In Downtown Summerlin, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant will host an all-day fiesta with mariachis, traditional Mexican food and Patron Barrel Select Reposado shot specials on May 5.

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Freed’s Bakery, the featured bakery on Food Network’sVegas Cakes,” will create two festive cupcakes in celebration of Cinco de Mayo: the Tequila Sunrise and the Horchata. Each cupcake is $3.25.

Commonwealth, in the Fremont East Entertainment District downtown, will partner with the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) Foundation to host a “Seersucker and Sombreros” party in celebration of the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The afternoon will be celebrating the 144th annual Kentucky Derby with a classic mint julep, passed hors d’oeuvres, music by The Moonshiners Band, and the opportunity to win prizes by entering in a Derby hat competition. At 5 p.m., Commonwealth will open its rooftop patio for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Tickets to the “Seersucker and Sombreros” party are $20 online and $30 at the door with all event proceeds going to the VGK Foundation.

Ramon Ayala will visit the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm

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Latin award-winning artist Ramon Ayala will appear in concert at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

Ayala is known as “El Rey del Acordeon (the king of the accordion),” which is an instrument he began playing at age six. He eventually performed in several notable bands before setting out on his own and forming the legendary band Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte. The group earned multiple Grammy nominations and awards including Latin Grammy awards for albums “Quemame Los Ojos” in 2001 and “El Numero Cien” in 2002.

Ayala has been in the music industry for more than 50 years and continues to be one of the leading influences of Norteño music.

"Marilyn! The New Musical" planned for Paris

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Marilyn Monroe will be coming alive on stage when “Marilyn! The New Musical” opens at Paris in May with 20 original musical numbers. It will tell the sexy icon’s story from her days as Norma Jeane with a troubled childhood to her rise to stardom and eternal fame.

“Marilyn! The New Musical” is an original musical written, directed and produced by Tegan Summer, CEO of Prospect House Entertainment, in partnership with Authentic Brands Group, owner of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe. The resident Monroe will be played by actress-singer Ruby Lewis known for appearing in mainstream television series, “BAZ” in Las Vegas, and as The Leading Lady in Cirque du Soleil’s first Broadway show “Paramour.”

Other cast members will represent Norma Jeane and important characters throughout her short life, including husbands Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. Preview performances for the show will begin May 23 with the grand opening set for June 1, which is Monroe’s birth date. Performances will be Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.

Bomb Tacos Opens Downtown

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Bomb Tacos opened its new second valley location downtown at 616 E. Carson Ave. and celebrated with an explosive grand opening serving more than 300 guests in three hours with the first 250 receiving a free taco and soft drink. The look is reflective of an authentic taqueria with brightly colored furniture, corrugated tin walls, Mexican artwork, and hand-painted murals done by restaurant owner and executive chef Robert Solano. Hours are daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.

-- Jackie Brett

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Laughlin Correspondence – May 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 08:03:10 +0000

On the Road from Las Vegas to Laughlin: Laughlin

This is Part 5 of a series. Read Part 1 (Searchlight) , Part 2 (Cal-Nev-Ari), Part 3 (Laughlin) & Part 4 (Laughlin)

Continuing on at The Aquarius…

[caption id="attachment_33627" align="aligncenter" width="750"]                                                                                The Aquarius casino resort in Laughlin[/caption]

After the world of The Riverside, your first impression of The Aquarius Casino Resort will be that it is clean, bright and expansive because of the high ceilings and spread out areas. If you are entering from the closest riverwalk entrance from The Riverside it will take you past the buffet and Café Aquarius. If you enter farther down the riverwalk you will enter going past The Outback Steakhouse, and the last entrance is by The Cove.

You have your choice of numerous places to eat in the Aquarius. The chain restaurants are Outback Steakhouse, Panda Express, McDonald’s, Subway and Dreyer’s.

[caption id="attachment_33626" align="aligncenter" width="750"]                                                                                   Windows on the River in the Aquarius[/caption]

The Windows on the River buffet opens at 7 a.m. each day and has a pretty good Sunday Champagne brunch, with mimosa and bloody Mary bars. The Sunday brunch seems to be the best brunch they offer during the week because of the selections and the price. Their nightly buffets run from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. They have a seafood buffet on Friday night which is pretty good and includes wine or 2 beers. They also have a prime rib and crab legs Saturday night buffet. There are discounts if you have a players card!

The Café Aquarius, their not-quite 24 hour restaurant, and Duet, a coffee and wine café, are both open daily at 6 a.m. Café Aquarius closes at Midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends. Duet closes at 11 p.m. during the week and Midnight on weekends. They both offer a discount with a players card!

Keep in mind that any of the restaurants can be closed earlier if they have slow business during the week. The weekend hours above should be good as shown.

They have a nice relaxing area called The Cove, which is non-smoking, in the non-smoking southeast part of the casino. This is a bar/lounge that is open at noon during the week and 9 a.m. on weekends. They serve appetizers such as chicken fingers, Kobe beef sliders, Oysters Rockefeller, pizzas, a few desserts, and your favorite or specialty drinks. Also, if you have a players card you can receive a 10% discount!

The Aquarius is a “No Resort Fee” hotel with 2 towers, California and Arizona, with mini-refrigerators, coffee makers, free Wi-Fi, and full length windows in every room. The California is the adult tower. When checking in, keep in mind that if you stay in this tower on the south side of the building you will hear the activity in the parking garage at night, including motorcycles, screeching tires and car alarms. The Arizona is the north tower, which is for families.

[caption id="attachment_33622" align="aligncenter" width="750"]                                      The recenly-added  Aquarius pool area with the Colorado River and Bullhead City, AZ beyond.[/caption]

The hotel’s amenities include a recently added pool area located where the outside concert area formerly was, between the river and the parking garage. They have 9 cabanas, 2 hot tubs and 100 lounges and daybeds and are open from 7 a.m. until midnight. There is a small outdoor bar, The Rivers Edge, which has burgers, hot dogs, pizza, wraps, and fresh fruit, along with drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, throughout the day. The hotel also has a nice fitness center and 3 tennis courts on their 3rd floor.

I have to admit that I am not a fan of their parking areas. The outside parking to the front of the garage is tight and spread far from the hotel entrance, so it’s a bit of a trek to the reservation desk. If you park there you are better off taking the walkway between the garage and the hotel (the southside entrance coming from the garage) instead of walking to the main entrance. The garage is tight for maneuvering, although they have 5 floors of ample spots to park. They do have free valet parking, so that might be a better option ... at least for your first day if checking in to the hotel with luggage.

Also, save some wear and tear on your vehicle and the extra walk from the hotel to the garage and looking for parking by just walking to a few of the other hotels. Again, by using the riverwalk you are close to the Riverside, and if you continue south of the Aquarius you will reach the Edgewater and Colorado Belle. So park for a couple of days and walk along the river. Keep in mind the outdoor temperature before you walk and always have water or an iced drink with you to keep hydrated.

But if you decide to take a drive or want to walk as far as the Colorado Belle then hang a right and walk across to The Tropicana! The Tropicana is directly across the street from the Colorado Belle and its very long parking lot. (We’ll explore The Tropicana in next month’s edition.)

Note: Since we just left the Riverside, I wanted to give some words of warning on playing the video poker machines at casino bars. At this time, Aquarius has not updated their machines located at the bars with the “we are watching you for free drinks” feature. This has popped up at all Caesar’s properties in Laughlin (Harrah’s), Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. The Riverside also has started this program. These hotels have rolled out an automated comp drink monitoring system which shows 3 lights on a panel attached to each machine at their bars to see if your play deserves a comped drink. You will no longer get a comped drink by playing a quarter every time the bartender walks by you!

This system requires you to put in and play at a certain dollar amount level in order to receive “free” comped drinks, including for just soda or a bottle of water. The normal amount you have to insert in the machine upon sitting down is $20, which activates the blue light. This tells the bartender you have inserted money. At this point, you will have to start playing the maximum coin amount of $1.25 for several hands to activate the green light. This will get you a comped drink. You must continue playing to keep that green light lit to get a second drink, etc.

If you stop playing or play too slowly to talk with someone or check your phone or watch TV, the green light will turn to red meaning you have to start playing their minimum amount again for several hands to turn it green again. Believe me -- the bartenders are watching all the machines, and some are relieved they do not have to make the decision on giving away drinks anymore. You will also notice fewer people sitting at the bars because most people are used to the old way of doing things.

With all this being said, you can see what color light is on by putting your hand, or a piece of paper or cell phone, towards the back of the machine. And, the bartenders will also tell you if you played enough for a comped drink; just ask them! If you are just playing for entertainment you will be fine. If you are trying for comped drinks you are better off just paying for your drink.

(Coming in June – The Tropicana continued)

--- Pauline Cimoch

Harrah's Highlights Tex-Mex Music

Little Joe & La Familia, one of the most popular Tex-Mex bands, will headline the Fiesta Showroom at Harrah’s Friday-Saturday, May 11-12 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $27.

Mexican singer José María De León Hernández, better known as Little Joe, grew up in Texas and came from a musical family. He joined his cousin’s band at age 13 and became known for performing many genres of music, including Noretno, Tejano and Chicano. Recording albums since the 1960s, Little Joe has racked up five Grammy Awards.

Tropicana Holds Saturday BBQ Dinners at Victory Plaza

Folks can dine, picnic or take-out style at the Tropicana’s Down Home BBQs in Victory Plaza, a recently renovated outdoor patio event gathering area with a brand-new Trellis Bar adjacent to the casino floor. Upcoming dinners with a selection of BBQ entrees, sandwiches, sides and a slice of pie for dessert are May 5, 12 and 19 beginning at 4 p.m.

Pitbull Will Visit Laughlin

Grammy-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur Pitbull will bring his act to the outdoor Laughlin Event Center on Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $60.

Miami native born Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, who was raised by an inspiring family of Cuban-American expatriates, lives by the motto “turn a negative into a positive.” Defying odds, Pitbull emerged victorious and a testament to the American Dream. His relentless work ethic helped transform him into a Grammy-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur.

Riverwalk holds Weekend Theme Events

Following the Baja Days Riverwalk Festival May 4-6 honoring Cinco de Mayo, will be the Hot Miami Nights Festival Friday-Sunday, May 18-20 with free live entertainment on the Loading Dock Stage and Cuban cuisine for sale such as jerk chicken with rice and beans, fish street tacos, and guava pastries.​


The Memorial Weekend Riverwalk BBQ will be held Friday-Sunday, May 25-27 with a barbecue menu, beverages from Riverwalk vendors and free live American country entertainment featuring groups Sweet Home Alabama and Aces & Eights.

--- Jackie Brett

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North Lake Tahoe Correspondence – May 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 07:58:53 +0000

As the warmer temps start creeping into North Lake Tahoe, locals and guests may notice mountain bikes

[caption id="attachment_33648" align="alignright" width="300"]                            Open mic at Rosie's[/caption]

strapped to car racks, skiers and riders shedding down the hill in shorts and tank tops, and plenty of reasons to get outside and play. From foodie events and open mic nights to Cinco de Mayo celebrations and paddleboard races, North Lake Tahoe has it all.

Opportunities to Show off Your Talent

Every Tuesday night at 9pm, Rosie’s Café hosts open mic night for local artists who want to show off their musical skills. If singing is more your thing, then check out karaoke night at Fat Cat Bar & Grill on Thursdays at 9 (they are located a couple of doors down from Rosie’s). Who knows, you might be Tahoe’s next rising star!

May North Lake Tahoe Foodie Events

[caption id="attachment_33646" align="alignright" width="510"]     A Chihuahua racer at one of Caliente’s Cinco de Mayo parties (Photo courtesy Caliente!)

For those that consider themselves local foodies, then the Food Wars at Brewforia should be a necessary stop on your weekend tour. May the fourth be with the Republic and the Empire battling it out for universal dominance to establish the best dishes of Incline Village for the day. Each side will cook up their favorite food and diners vote whose menu is better. The fun starts at 10:30am on Friday, May 4.

Or if you’re more of a taco and tequila person, then don’t forget the festivities of Cinco de Mayo. On May 5, Caliente! In Kings Beach will be hosting Chihuahua races, Hot Lips Limbo, Pink Taco Eating, and the Kentucky Derby is going on as well. Reservations are highly recommended…call (530) 546-1000 or visit for more information.

[caption id="attachment_33645" align="aligncenter" width="750"]                                                                                               The Chateau in Incline Village[/caption]

Treat your mom right with a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch at the Chateau in Incline Village. Located right on the Championship Course, the brunch is $80 per person for those 13 and older, $25 per person for ages 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free. Claim a $20 discount if you make your reservations before May 6!

Spend Time Outdoors Memorial Day Weekend

Deemed the Spring Skiing Capital of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley is celebrating its closing weekend in style by showcasing the snow leftover from the record amount of snowfall that fell in March (18 feet) and local artisans displaying and selling their crafts at Made in Tahoe Festival in the Village of Squaw Valley. Check out the Squaw Valley Closing Day webpage for details about what’s going on.

The Tahoe Cup 4-event paddling series is kicking off Memorial Day Weekend with the May 26 Waterman’s Memorial Race at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay. Three-mile short course and a 6-mile long course options are available, and you can compete in both since the races are scheduled at different times. It’s open to all human-propelled watercraft and ability levels; pre-registration is $35 or $45 the day of the event, kids 10 and under are free.

See you on the slopes, at the Chihuahua races or in the lake this May!

--- Kayla Anderson

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Pahrump Correspondence – May 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 07:55:34 +0000

Pahrump Has the Need for Speed

[caption id="attachment_33714" align="aligncenter" width="750"]                                                         A crowd enjoys a night time race at the Pahrump Valley Speedway.[/caption]

Not all towns can say they have a speedway. The Pahrump Valley Speedway is a hidden gem, especially if you enjoy watching action packed motorsports.  I say "hidden" because people can live here for years, and, unless they follow motorsports or race themselves, they may never find out that the track even  exists.

It is a small track and is hidden away, but it is a gem for the amount of action and entertainment value it creates. It’s in the center of town near the Sheriff’s station. A little hard to find, but with modern GPS as it is, no problem. The track is located on Panorama Road,  north of Basin Avenue.

It truly is good family entertainment run by people that want to put out a good show for the crowd. The owner operator of the track is a local businessman named Chad Broadhead.

The speedway is a quarter-mile dirt track and has races  every two weeks. The price is right, too. It’s $10 per adult, and kids are $6. They even have senior and family discounts.

The following classes race at the speedway: Modified, Mini Stock, Super Stock, Coupes, Dwarfs, Hobby Stocks, Mini Modified, and Sports Mods.

[caption id="attachment_33715" align="aligncenter" width="750"]                                                                             Modified racers line up in the pit before a race.[/caption]

The track, like most speedways, has its history. It is one of two in Nye County (the other is Tonopah). The track is known for getting people started in racing.

About 15 years ago, two well known current  NASCAR drivers, Kurt and Kyle Busch learned on this track.  The two brothers are from Las Vegas, but made the one hour trip to hone their skills on Saturday nights. Most of the old timers remember the Busch brothers in Pahrump.

Jason Pike, a local racer, who grew up on the speedway in  Pahrump , once took on the Busch brothers. “Both Buschs raced out in Pahrump,” he said. “It is like a little known secret. Kyle was 14 when he started racing out here, and I even beat him. I remember he didn’t even own the car that he raced out here. He borrowed it.”

Pike said it wasn’t the best car but Kyle made the best of it.

I think the best thing about this track is it lets the fans buy a pit pass for $25 and watch the races from the pits. From there, the  race fans can even talk to the drivers. The racers are some of the friendliest people you will meet. The drivers are always willing to talk to the fans about the sport they love.

The racing runs from February until November, with usually two or three special race days each year honoring past drivers or certain classes. One such race is the Stormin' Mormon race, which is held every March to honor Ray Wulfenstein, a former racer at the track.

[caption id="attachment_33713" align="aligncenter" width="750"]                                                                  Racers enjoy a Pahrump sunset before the start of a race.[/caption]

The track also supports a growing youth racing program that is unique. Unique in the sense the kids learn at an early age -- as young as 5 years old. The program uses a class called the Mini Dwarfs. These cars are powered by a 6.5 horsepower  lawnmower engine and have a top speed of 35 mph. The cars have all the safety features of a normal racecar and the kids suit up just like their adult counterparts.

“The kids race from 5-13 years of age,” said Dusty Park, the Mini Dwarf Race Coordinator. “The program teaches them all the safety they need to know and all about racing. It prepares them for the bigger track and teaches them all about driving on a dirt track.”

The cars are on the pricey side, with some going for as high as $10,000 brand new and as low as $1,500 used, but if racing is in the parents' blood they find a way to get their kids out there.

If you are from out of town and want to enjoy a good race weekend, one of the best times to come is during the Fall Festival, when there are two nights of back-to-back racing. But you have to book that stay early for the lodging goes fast during that time of year.

--- Vernon Hee

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South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – May 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 07:53:58 +0000

When you’re up at South Lake Tahoe this spring, head on over to Zephyr Cove Stables, hop on a horse and go for a ride .  As soon as the clouds parted and the sun started to shine on a regular basis, the cowboys and cowgirls at the stables were ready to show visitors a fun time on the dusty old trails in the hills above Zephyr Cove Resort and Beach.

Since 1987, the McGill family has been running this wonderfully located equestrian center, located in the heart of historic Zephyr Cove, directly across from the beach and just four miles from the Stateline casinos.  The view of the lake that greets patrons from the parking lot is grand, and people will know they’re in for a memorable experience.  Guided horseback rides are provided daily, weather permitting, and breakfast, lunch and dinner rides are also available.  Make a reservation either by calling the office at 775-588-5664 or by email at

A fun treat is the dinner ride -- a good way to round out a day of vacation.  Head up the hill and mosey through the forest till you reach a clearing that provides a great view of the lake.  A truly authentic Western adventure that makes one feel like a pioneer the likes of Kit Carson, if just for a moment.  Some lucky riders might be able to see some of Tahoe’s wildlife; maybe a bear or a bobcat will make an appearance. Then, when the ride is over, head back to the coral and get on the hayride over to the picnic area for a hearty barbeque dinner of tri-tip, chicken, potatoes, and salad, and wash it down with an ice-cold beer.  After a little digesting, hang out for S’mores by the campfire and maybe play a match of horseshoes while the sun sets on a beautiful day.

With the opening of the stables, the beaches and campgrounds are kicking into gear as well in May, when the Forest Service opens the gates for people to enjoy.  Nevada Beach and campground opened on April 28. Round Hill Pines Resort opens May 10; renovations to the old resort have been happening all winter long, which should make for a fun summer.  Remember that May is still spring and the weather can change on a dime, so take the good with the bad and enjoy Lake Tahoe.

--- Brendan Packer

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