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Sheepherders’ Gathering a Success

Foks traveled from as far as 700 miles to make it to the 16th annual Sheepherders’ Gathering at the Border Inn. Friday night offered up fun stories about sheepherding (mis)adventures, music, and cowboy poetry by Waddie Mitchell. Saturday’s events included a film screening, more great cowboy poetry, and a delicious Basque family-style dinner that filled the Border Inn to capacity. The Front Porch Pickers performed their musical magic to a full house and included the audience with numerous sing-a-longs and foot stomping beats. More coverage is found in the Millard County Chronicle Progress.

Fire and Ice Festival

With its new format, the Fire and Ice Festival in Ely had something for everyone, indoors and out. The Ely Birkebeiner showcased not only cross country skiing, but also a snowshoe race and a fat-tire mountain bike race. Conditions turned out to be great, with just enough snow to make it all work.

Sunday at Cave Lake had snow sculpture competitors battling it out for the $1000 top prize. Engine 93, celebrating its 110th Anniversary, won. Sledding, ice skating, ice bowling, and ice fishing also took place at the frozen lake. Two nights of fireworks and a huge bonfire kept folks going into the evening.

Love Music is in the Air

The Border Inn is hosting a special Valentine’s dinner, where you can not only treat your palate to delicious food but also your ears to the fine music of the Front Porch Pickers. The local musical group  plays a variety of country and folk music on guitar, violin, mandolin, harpsichord, keyboard, and more. Their name derives from where they practice in the summers: on the front porch! They also perform at Kerouac’s and Great Basin Cafe in the summer.

Snow Sports

Ready to play in the snow? Bring your cross country skis, snow shoes (can also be borrowed from Lehman Caves Visitor Center), or sleds and head up into the higher country. Recommended places are Upper Lehman Campground, which is closed during the winter. If there’s enough snow, you can head up the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. A beautiful loop is over on Baker Creek. Drive to the gate and then head into Grey Cliffs Campground. From Loop C, take the trail up to Baker Creek Campground, then come back down the road. Alternatively, continue up to the trailhead if you have extra energy! If you want an even quieter place, Snake Creek is great. Drive as far as you can and then get out and enjoy the snow. Hopefully, February will see more snow storms, providing that very important moisture to the high desert.

— Gretchen Baker

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Baker Correspondence – February 2019

Sheepherders’ Gathering a Success Foks traveled from as far as 700 miles to make it to the 16th annual Sheepherders’ Gathering at the Border Inn. Friday night offered up fun stories about sheepherding (mis)adventures, music, and cowboy poetry by Waddie Mitchell. Saturday’s events included a film screening, more great cowboy poetry, and a delicious Basque […]

Baker Correspondence – January 2019

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 […]

Baker Correspondence – August 2018

                                                                  Kids showing their lambs at the White Pine County Fair Summer is still in full swing in August in Baker, with lots of park visitors enjoying the beautiful scenery, cave tours, and astronomy programs. Kids go back to school in mid-August, and locals prepare for the White Pine County Fair, held August 17 – […]

Baker Correspondence – July 2018

Historic Dam at Stella Lake Escaping the heat is a priority in the hot month of July. A great place to escape both the heat and crowds is Hendry’s Creek in the North Snake Range. This creek is home to Bonneville cutthroat trout, which have survived since the times when Lake Bonneville filled Snake Valley. […]

Baker Correspondence – June 2018

Beetle BioBlitz Great Basin National Park will host its 10th Annual BioBlitz on June 12-14, 2018. This year focuses on beetles (Order Coleoptera), and Nevada State Entomologist Jeff Knight will lead participants to find beetles all over the park, day and into the night. The event is timed for the New Moon so that it […]

Baker Correspondence – May 2018

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 […]

Baker Correspondence – April 2018

                                                                                                Indian Paintbrush Awakening Spring is here, and Baker is awakening out of its winter slumber! A number of businesses are reopening for the season. The Great Basin Café at Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National Park opens April 1 and will be open on weekends throughout the month, expanding to more days […]

Baker Correspondence – February 2018

Winter Wildlife                                                                                                 A watchful weasel At first glance, it might seem like all the animals have disappeared in February. But it doesn’t take long before you can start finding wildlife, although it might take a little extra effort. One of the best ways to see wildlife is to borrow some snowshoes from the Lehman […]

Baker Correspondence – December 2017

Need an excuse to get outside in December? Join your local Christmas Bird Count, and not only do you get                             A loggerhead shrike spotted on the Christmas Bird Count fresh air, you also help provide data for the longest-run citizen science project in the world! The Snake Valley Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be […]

Baker Correspondence – November 2017

                                                             The 25-yard rifle competition at the annual Baker Turkey Shoot November ushers in colder weather, but that doesn’t stop people from going out for the annual turkey shoot. We don’t shoot turkeys, but those who have the highest scores shooting targets win frozen turkeys. The 16th annual event will be held Saturday, November 18th, […]

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