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Las Vegas - Correspondence - December 2015

Las Vegas – Correspondence – December 2015

Las Vegas In some parts of our glorious state, there is snow, sleet, hail and rain. In Las Vegas, there is sun, lots of sun. And because there is a lot of sun, there is a one-of-a-kind extravaganza where guests are encouraged to come in costume and drink from beer tubes, enjoy insane bottle presentations, and party with celebrity hosts. The Ghostbar Dayclub (GBDC) at the Palms Casino has a strong local following who bring out-of-town guests for a perfect ...
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River Fork Ranch trail

Carson Valley – Correspondence – December 2015

Carson Valley We think the Carson Valley this time of year is the best place on Earth. The grasses with their warm yellow glow, the pristine blue skies, the panorama of snow-capped mountains, the crisp fresh air filling the lungs, the soaring raptors, the stark cottonwoods with their moldy-smelling leaves, and the meandering river are an absolute delight to the senses. After spending the summer hiking in the High Sierra, Erik and I shift our focus to the valley and ...
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Sunset over- the Snake Range Gretchen Baker

Baker – Correspondence – December 2015

Baker Christmas Bird Count What birds live in your backyard? December is the perfect time to find out, as it's the month for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest citizen scientist project in the world. On Christmas Day in 1900, an ornithologist proposed that instead of shooting birds, they should be counted. Others agreed, and thus began this birding tradition. Since then, the count has grown to over 2,300 locations in 17 countries. You're invited to participate in the Snake ...
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Lincoln County in December

Lincoln County – Correspondence – December 2015

Lincoln County I trust you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. And now it’s December and the Christmas season. Here in Lincoln County, there are a number of activities that fill up the holiday calendar. Kershaw-Ryan State Park will hold their 7th annual Wonderland and Toy Drive. They have a nicely done winter holiday scene at the park and even a visit from Santa for the kids. The Toys for Tots Foundation has an event there, as well. Last year, over ...
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Union Pacific locomotives near Weso

Railfanning Correspondence – December 2015

Railfanning in Weso This month's railfan dispatch is all about watching trains in Weso, Nevada.  Wait, where? If you try locating information about Weso on the the internet, you will be hard pressed to come up with anything substantial.  If you are lucky, you will find a map with a tiny dot marking Weso just a few miles northeast of Winnemucca.  That will be about all, as Weso has largely receded into history. Despite its obscurity, Weso is a very ...
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Tuscarora Ladies Club

Tuscarora – Correspondence – December 2015

Tuscarora The Tuscarora Ladies Club Making apple and pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas is the Tuscarora Ladies Club biggest fundraiser. A couple of Saturdays before Thanksgiving, club members convened at Society Hall, our community center, to peel and chop eighty pounds of Granny Smith apples, roll out pie dough and prep pies for the freezer.  The club takes orders from folks in the valley and also delivers to Elko, even in a snowstorm. There’s an old-fashioned scrapbook in Society ...
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Wayne Newton at Casa de Shenandoah

Nevada Correspondence – November 2015

In this edition: Baker, Gold Point, Las Vegas(2), Laughlin, Lincoln County, Mesquite, Tuscarora, Virginia City, West Wendover, Railfanning in Nevada Baker Although November sees fewer humans in and around Baker, it's the time of year when thousands of sheep return to the valley. Snake Valley, the long valley that contains Baker and several other small communities, has long been an important wintering location for sheep. In the old days, it was a contest to bring sheep from more populated areas ...
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Sheep crossing a highway near Baker

Baker – Correspondence – November 2015

Baker Although November sees fewer humans in and around Baker, it’s the time of year when thousands of sheep return to the valley. Snake Valley, the long valley that contains Baker and several other small communities, has long been an important wintering location for sheep. In the old days, it was a contest to bring sheep from more populated areas along the Wasatch Front in Utah to the isolated areas near Baker. There would be one or two sheepherders for each ...
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Salt City Cycle Cab

West Wendover Correspondence – November 2015

West Wendover Casinos Killed Wendover Bicycle Taxi Says Owner The owner of a bicycle taxi service threw in the towel this week and decided not to come into Wendover after all. “The casinos said they would charge me with trespassing,” said Salt City Cycle owner Louis Gasper. “It just wasn’t worth my time or my effort to fight them. We decided for now not to come out to Wendover and not throw good money after bad.” Less than three weeks ...
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Virginia City Thomas's Day Out

Virginia City Correspondence – November 2015

Virginia City "A Day Out With Thomas" Thrills Kids in Virginia City The antique Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Virginia City hosted the famous railway locomotive and television star, Thomas the Tank Engine, loved by millions of children around the world, on the weekends of October 23rd through 25th and October 30th through November 1st. We remember Thomas from way back in the '80s, when his British animated children's TV series Thomas & Friends was first shown in the U.S ...
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Gold Point Fire

Gold Point Correspondence – November 2015

Gold Point It’s almost that time of year when the ghosts and goblins come out in your neck of the woods -- unless you live here in Gold Point, where we have ghosts every full moon. It’s also that time of year to invite you to our annual Day After Thanksgiving Dinner, next month on Friday November 27th at 2 pm-ish. Chips, dips, a variety of veggies, and Sandy’s stuffed deviled eggs will be put out around noonish. We will ...
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Laughlin Night Life

Laughlin Correspondence – November 2015

Laughlin Yardbirds and Manhattans Appear at Harrah's The Yardbirds, an English rock band formed in London in 1963, will headline the Fiesta Showroom at Harrah’s Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. The band had famous guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, and a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including “For Your Love,” “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul.” The current Yardbirds lineup includes original band members Jim McCarty (drums) and Top Topham (lead ...
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Mesquite – Correspondence – November 2015

Mesquite – Correspondence – November 2015

Mesquite Mesquite is back in action! Mesquite continues to offer attractions that make the town an outdoor sports paradise as well as a rising star in the NV cultural community.   From its bike-friendly designation and ATV and OHRV fun to its new symphony orchestra, Mesquite hits all the right notes. Target shooters will be excited to learn that The Smokin’ Gun Pistol Range and Shot Shooting Club has opened at the old Oasis Gun Club location.   For information about the ...
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in Lehman Cave

Baker – Correspondence – October 2015

Baker October is one of the most beautiful months to visit Great Basin National Park. The cool, crisp air and changing colors makes it a great time to explore. One of my favorite places to visit in October is Strawberry Creek, where trails lead through meadows and riparian zones and connect with the historic Osceola Trail. The recently opened Snake Creek road is another great option, and the newly-constructed Serviceberry Trail is a rolling 3.6-mile scenic jaunt. One special event ...
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Nevada Correspondence - October 2015

Nevada Correspondence – October 2015

In this edition: Baker, Las Vegas(3), Lincoln County, Mesquite, Tuscarora, West Wendover, Railfanning in Ely Baker October is one of the most beautiful months to visit Great Basin National Park. The cool, crisp air and changing colors makes it a great time to explore. One of my favorite places to visit in October is Strawberry Creek, where trails lead through meadows and riparian zones and connect with the historic Osceola Trail. The recently opened Snake Creek road is another great option, ...
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Wendover Pedicab

Wendover Correspondence – October 2015

West Wendover Local Pedicab Service Hits Casino Roadblock Pedicabs, or bicycle powered rickshaws, will not be coming to Wendover as soon as expected, according to Salt City Cycle owner Lewis Gasper. “We have had some problems getting the casinos on board,” Gasper said Tuesday. “They have to get the okay from corporate, but we still plan to come.” The major issue, Gasper said, was whether the pedicabs would be allowed to wait for fares on casino property, have to wait ...
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The Big Lonely, Mesquite Film Festival

Mesquite – Correspondence – October 2015

Mesquite Mesquite’s “Best of Fest” Film Festival, Oct 5-8 Just in time for the arrival of snowbirds and all film fans, Mesquite welcomes you to its third  annual Best of Fest, an ancillary of Docutah International Documentary Film Festival staged by neighboring Dixie State University.  As its name implies, the Mesquite event gleans the very best from the 77 fine films screened at Docutah, and brings them to an even wider audience. The Festival opens with a kick-off, “Lights, Camera, ...
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Sea Monsters Revealed exhibit will open adjacent to Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay

Las Vegas – Correspondence – October 2015

Las Vegas It's time for Oktoberfest in Las Vegas! Motley Brews presents the Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival on October 24th for adults over 21 years of age featuring unlimited samples from over 60 breweries with over 200 craft beers. Tickets were a little cheaper had you bought them in September; however, until 10/24/15 you can get general admission for $40 for entry from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Early bird tickets are $50 if purchased by 10/24/15 and will ...
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Brazilian Fire Eater

Nevada Correspondence – September 2015

Each month our intrepid correspondents file dispatches from around the state. In this edition: Las Vegas(3), Lincoln County, Mesquite, Reno, Smith Valley, Tuscarora, Railfanning in Verdi Las Vegas Rio Hotel & Casino How often do you visit the Rio Hotel & Casino? You might be missing out if you have not taken a tour of this just-off-the-Strip location. It’s easy to get to if you're not driving. They have a free shuttle bus that runs every 30 minutes from 10 a.m ...
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Reno 7 Card Stud

Reno – Correspondence – September 2015

Reno The Last 7-Card Stud Game in Nevada The Eldorado has had a poker room for more than 25 years, although it has been moved around the growing casino, the room is now quite permanent, and so is their one 7-card stud game. It’s the last stud game in town. In fact, it’s the last 7-card stud game in the state, so they baby it, keeping the game open, and allowing regulars a reason to play. The room has 11 ...
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