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Pine-Nut Time

If you like pine nuts, then fall is the time to visit Eastern Nevada. The mountain pinyon trees are heavy with their delicious crop this year, if you know where to look and have the patience to harvest them.

The Bureau of Land Management and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest allow individuals to gather as much as 25 pounds of nuts on public land without a permit or fee. Great Basin National Park also allows the same amount of harvest per household. That’s a lot of pine nuts.

For centuries, the raisin-sized nuts were a vital subsistence food for Nevada Indians. Besides being tasty, pine nuts are rich in protein and magnesium, and also contain important antioxidants and nutrients that support heart and vision health.

These days, their sweet, subtle flavor makes pine nuts a popular ingredient in fine cuisine. But what many people don’t know is that most store-bought pine nuts come from Europe and Asia. Nevada pine nuts aren’t just local, they’re also larger and easier to shell than the imported varieties.

Pinyon pines (Pinus monophylla) are easy to identify: They’re the only American pine species with a single needle structure, rather than clustered needles like other pines. The nuts can be eaten raw or roasted. They store well for up to two years if frozen.

Harvesting pine nuts is a great excuse to get outside and learn a little about nature. But it’s also a lot of work, so bring friends. And for an excellent read on everything pine-nutty, check out Ronald Lanner’s book, “The Piñon Pine,” published by University of Nevada Press.

The Ghost Train Returns


Another Ely fall treat is the Ghost Train, a special series of trips aboard the historic Nevada Northern Railway. It’s an after-dark, Halloween-themed excursion on the original mainline track from Ely toward Ruth.

Passengers are encouraged to wear costumes, and they’ll be treated to a series of surprises along the way courtesy of local volunteers who get really into the Halloween spirit. Two tunnels along the route are said to provide special thrills.

The Ghost train runs every Saturday in October at 7 p.m. with an extra trip on Friday, Oct. 27, also at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39 for adults and $20 for children 4-12 years old. You’ll want to reserve tickets in advance.

Silver State Classic Celebrates 30th Year

Where else but Nevada can you drive your car on a public highway as fast as you dare — without getting a ticket? That would be the Silver State Classic Challenge, hosted in Ely, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in September.

Twice each year, in May and September, organizers obtain permission from   the Nevada Department of Transportation to close 90 miles of State Highway 318 between Lund and Hiko. This September, more than 130 drivers signed up (entry fees range from $200 to $900) for the chance to test themselves and their cars against the open road.

Competitors come to Ely from all over the world for the event, which is hosted by the Hotel Nevada and includes a parade and car show for the public.

Robert Wood’s yellow Ultima GTR., an English-made, Chevy-powered supercar, set an average speed of 171.39 miles per hour in September’s Silver State Classic Challenge. It was the sole entry in 170 MPH Class.

In the “unlimited” car class, the goal is simply to set a personal top speed record. In last May’s event, the record for top speed on a public highway was broken by Robert Allyn, 60, of Tucson, Ariz., who reached 219.643 mph with navigator David Bauer in the shotgun seat. Their car was a 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo that previously ran on the NASCAR circuit.

In other race classes, the goal is simply to maintain a set average speed — 170 mph, 160 mph and so on, which classes starting at 95 mph. So the field is open to showroom-stock sedans and vintage muscle cars all the way up to expensive exotic sports cars and converted racers.

Fastest average speed in the September event was set by Joel and Diane Hannig, of North Dakota, in a 1995 Ford Thunderbird (also ex-NASCAR) at 195.74 mph.

The next Silver State Classic is set for the weekend of May 18, 2018, in Ely.

— Alexa Mergen

Ely Correspondence – October 2017

Pine-Nut Time If you like pine nuts, then fall is the time to visit Eastern Nevada. The mountain pinyon trees are heavy with their delicious crop this year, if you know where to look and have the patience to harvest them. The Bureau of Land Management and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest allow individuals to gather as […]

Ely Correspondence – September 2017

The Cherry Creek Hot Springs Mural Refreshed Ely has 20 murals that depict its rich heritage of mining and ranching, along with the people who called this part of eastern Nevada home. The Cherry Creek Hot Springs mural has just been refreshed with fresh paint, 17 years after it was first painted. Located at 696 […]

Ely Correspondence – August 2017

1987 Ely Centennial Celebration – Thirty Years Later Mining is an up and down activity, with the price of minerals controlling the rise and fall of the economy in a mining town. The 1980’s were very typical of the mining boom and bust cycle and had a lasting impact on the future of White Pine […]

Ely Correspondence – July 2017

July 4th in Ely                                                                          Independence Day parade in Ely, July 4th, 1918 July 4th is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Ely. There is a long history and tradition for this. In the early days of the mining and ranching here, workers were recruited from all over the world because of […]

Ely Correspondence – June 2017

Ely’s Great Bathtub Race at Cave Lake Ely has a history of creating off the wall events, and one of the wackiest has to be the Great Bath Tub Race held each June at Cave Lake State Park. After one of the local motels remodeled their rooms a few years ago, a late night brainstorming […]

Ely Correspondence – May 2017

Ely’s Open Road Race Twice a year Ely hosts an open road race where anyone who enters can run 90 miles of highway flat out or as fast as they want. How is this possible? The third weekend of May and September, Highway 318 from Lund to Hiko, is closed to traffic. The race starts […]

Ely Correspondence – April 2017

Ely Art Bank Adds New Exhibit                               Wally Cuchine, collector, and Jennifer Messina of the Ely Art Bank discuss placement of his collection. The Ely Art Bank will host an open house on April 1 for its newest art exhibit. Wally Cuchine has been collecting Nevada Art for over 40 years. Part of his collection […]

Ely Correspondence – March 2017

Ely and White Pine County: Full of History During its past, Ely was a mining town.  In the 1870s and ’80s, White Pine was part of a boom when British money was invested in the silver mines. After 1900 came the copper boom. In the next 70 years, more than a billion dollars in copper […]

Ely Correspondence – February 2017

Ely’s Nevada Northern Railway Photo Shoot The whistle from the steam engine echoes across the valley as the white, puffy cloud of steam rises in the early morning chill. Snow covers the ground and the sun is just coming up. The clear, crisp mountain air shimmers, highlighting the frost on the trees. Activity at the […]

Ely Correspondence – January 2017

Fire and Ice Festival Snow and Ice Sculpture Competition Cave Lake State Park is the location for the Snow and Ice Sculpture Competition that takes place January 13 through 15, 2017. Contestants have two days to build their entries for the judging that takes place Sunday afternoon. In addition to the ice sculptures, also enjoy food […]

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