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Ely Correspondence - February 2016

Ely Correspondence – February 2016

Ely Ely Renaissance Plans for 2016 The Ely Renaissance Society is ready for 2016. The Ely Art Bank will host at least 5 art shows: Native American art in mid-April for the Nevada Indian Tourism conference, the local student art show in May, the July National Spelunkers Conference display of Lehman Caves in the 1950’s and the same photos today, Anthony Ithuralde's Andre the Alligator book presentation the end of July, and, finally, a tentatively planned show brought here by ...
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Elko Correspondence - February 2016

Elko Correspondence – February 2016

Elko Megateuthis  Makes its Debut in Elko The giant, mechanical squid known as Megateuthis was a Burning Man sensation this summer.  Elko artist Barry Crawford spent countless hours designing and making this sculpture.  The installation at Burning Man was his second at the renowned art festival and mega party in the Black Rock Desert. Crawford received a grant from the Burning Man organization to complete his project and a small sum of money from friends through Go Fund Me.  But, ...
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Carson Valley Correspondence - February 2016

Carson Valley Correspondence – February 2016

Carson Valley Dangberg Ranch If you have any interest in the history of the Carson Valley or western agriculture, the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is a must-see. H.F. Dangberg came here from Germany in 1856, and he and his family built a ranching empire spanning nearly 78 square miles. They also founded the town of Minden and were responsible for the construction of numerous prominent buildings in town, several of which were designed by renowned Nevada architect Fredric DeLongchamps (including part of the ...
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Baker Correspondence - February 2016

Baker Correspondence – February 2016

Baker Interesting Things to Do and Places to See in February February may very well be the quietest month of the year to visit Baker. That can be a good thing, with little traffic, plenty of hotel rooms, beautiful winter light, and lots of clean air. Tours of Lehman Caves at Great Basin National Park are offered every day at 1 pm, with additional tours at 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays. You can borrow snow shoes from the Lehman ...
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Lincoln County Correspondence - February 2016

Lincoln County Correspondence – February 2016

Lincoln County New Ash Springs Proposal The popular Ash Springs Hot Springs picnic area, about seven miles north of Alamo on U.S. 93, was closed by the BLM in 2014 because they determined the swimming area had become too unsafe after one of the walls to the swimming pool had been broken down. Not by natural means, but by “unauthorized maintenance.” A big lock and chain on the gate and fence keeps people out. This year, however, a local group ...
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Mesquite Balloon Festival

Nevada Correspondence – January 2016

In this edition: Baker, Carson Valley, Ely, Las Vegas (3), Mesquite, Silver City, Tuscarora, Railfanning ...
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Railfanning January 2016

Railfanning Correspondence – January 2016

Railfanning Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Photo Spectacular Welcome to 2016, we hope you had a joyous holiday season and we hope this new year will be a great one for you and all of your loved ones.   Did any of you take a trip to see Santa on one of the excursion railroads around the state?  If so, we hope you had a great time. With the holidays now behind us, it is time to turn our attention to ...
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Nevada Postcard by Marti Bein

Tuscarora Correspondence – January 2016

Tuscarora The Wild Women of Tuscarora If you are in Elko for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 25-31, don’t miss the opening of the Wild Women show on Thursday, January 28. From the Western Folklife Center in downtown Elko, saunter across the parking lot to the Duncan Little Creek Gallery and Bar where you’ll enjoy the work of some of the finest artists and craftspeople in Nevada. From their website: "The Wild Women Artists work in a variety of media, ...
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Winter scene in Silver

Silver City Correspondence – January 2016

Silver City Visit Silver City's 1860 Post Office The Comstock community of Silver City, Nevada is sometimes mislabeled a "ghost town," but it is far from it. Located just a three miles from Virginia City, the town is part of the region's National Historic Landmark.  Although the residents enjoy their privacy most of the year, they are also warm hosts to a number of free, public events and programs that are refreshingly distinct from cliched tourist destinations. A Little History: ...
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Yoga with dolphins

Las Vegas Correspondence – January 2016

Las Vegas In Las Vegas, It's That Time of Year for ... Exercise! Sure, you could go to the fitness centers in Las Vegas in January and do the normal treadmill, step-walker, row-boat, jog around the building, pulse pumping, weight loss routines, or you can add some excitement with heart-stopping exercise that will keep you off the exercise treadmill for at least the next month! Start with Gravady, billed as an "Extreme Air Sports" facility, has a trampoline park and includes ...
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Mustangs in East Carson Valley

Carson Valley Correspondence – January 2016

Carson Valley Bighorn Sheep Outing at Walker Lake As enamored as we are with the Carson Valley, we looove us a good field trip! And I'll just have to admit that I am crazy about sheep! Bighorns, that is. So, when Erik told me there is a place where one is virtually guaranteed to see them in the wild, I jumped at the opportunity. Our first sheep "hunting" trip to Walker Lake, on the way home from the Burning Girl festival on the ...
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Mesquite Correspondence 2016

Mesquite Correspondence – January 2016

Mesquite Mesquite is a town that thrives on good times. Guests come for the sunshine and outdoor sports, but January provides some extra twists that double the fun. January 15-17 brings the roar of engines to Mesquite Boulevard as Mesquite Motor Mania returns to town. This classic car show is open to all comers -- trucks, early classics, hotrods, rat rods, muscle cars are welcome to enter the show and cruise down memory lane. This is an extremely popular FREE ...
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Fire and Ice Festival

Ely Correspondence – January 2016

Ely Cave Lake Ice Fishing Derby Saturday, January 30, 2016 8 a.m. — 3 p.m. Cave Lake State Park Top Tagged Fish - $5,000 dlderbidge@gmail.com or 775-289-4689 Before the event, 15-25 tagged fish will be released. If you catch a tagged fish you must immediately notify a contest official, Do Not Remove the Tag. All eligible tagged fish numbers will be placed in a hat and one number will be drawn as the winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize. All ...
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Pondering some mysterious tracks

Baker Correspondence – January 2016

Baker Baker Happenings Sheepherders' Gathering, January 15-16 Join the fun in one of the most unusual parties in the state -- one to honor those in the sheep industry. Sheep herders, owners, and others associated with the sheep business come to the Border Inn near Baker, Nevada to share stories, dance, eat delicious family-style dinners and sourdough pancakes, listen to great music, and more. This will be the 13th annual gathering. Over the years, many folks have attended, including Nevada ...
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Bellagio Conservatory

Nevada Correspondence – December 2015

In this edition: Baker, Carson Valley, Las Vegas(2), Lincoln County, Tuscarora, Railfanning in Weso ...
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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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