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Skiing in Nevada

by Curtis Fong “The Guy From Tahoe”

Miracle March? March Madness? During this past month the Storm Door finally opened and Mother Nature brought winter back to northern Nevada… Gotta hand it to Punxsutawney Phil!

And, as I write on this first full day of Spring, a Winter Storm Warning is posted with the caveat that this system includes an Atmospheric River (i.e. Pineapple Express) to bring much needed rain to our valleys and snow at higher elevations. How much more snow before the end of the month? Stay tuned, as it’s not over until it’s over or until the Fat Skis sing! . . .

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Art and Artists in Northern Nevada

by Dana Nollsch

ana NollschHere’s how April is shaping up in Northern Nevada.

Carson City
Carson City has a very positive arts community with many summertime events and art galleries as well as the Nevada State Museum.

Next month we will come back for a closer look at the art happening Carson City.

In the meantime, check out an artist reception at one of my favorite Carson City art galleries, Artsy Fartsy.

(Also Ely, Fallon, Reno and Sparks) . . . Read More

 

Robin and I drove east along The Loneliest Road and made our first stop in Fallon. This old farm town has become surprisingly well-known for its eminent cultural presence at the Oats Park Art Center, and now — even more surprisingly — it’s known for its food. We count half a dozen excellent sources of deliciosity in Fallon. And the Churchill County Museum has some interesting quirks.

 

Five Years Ago in the NevadaGram

The signature scene that remains in my mind from Rural Round Up 2013 took place in a hallway leading off the casino floor past the poker room and the big bingo parlor to the meeting rooms, where it makes a right-hand turn to get to the bowling alley.

It’s not a particularly wide hallway, although it widens out after the turn, and Jack Sanders was set up in the narrow part with a long table from which he and three assistants were pouring tastes of the wine they make at the Sanders Family Winery. Right at the corner was the cash bar.

Rural Roundup, Pahrump 2013So at six o’clock when the corks were popped and the tasting began, the hallway was jammed with people. Eventually they all had tastes, some more than one, and after priming their pumps with these thimblefuls of bottled sunshine, graduated to the bar for bigger glasses of lesser stuff. As they did, the wider part of the hallway at the entrance to the bowling alley slowly filled up with people from around the state happily babbling together.

I was a part of it, immersed in a conversation with a couple of guys about the nature of life, humanity and civilization, and back around the corner the corridor was still jam-packed at the tasting table. The hallway was buzzing like a hive full of bees.

Rural RoundUp in Elko 2017Which is when the bowlers arrived for Thursday Night league play, two, three, four at a time, pulling little carts full of accouterments and pushing silently into the mass of chatter. The crowd of eagerly conversing wine tasters parted before the silent advance of the bowlers, and closed back up again behind them until the next little cluster came pushing through. This went on for a semi-surreal five minutes, so zany it could have come from Jacques Tati or the Marx Brothers.

Are We There Yet? - photo by Robin CobbeyRead the whole thing here

I am talking about the Photo Booth which sometimes travels with museum Director Dan Ingram to public events, where it quickly becomes the center of attention.Photo booth at the Churchill County Museum Fallon Nevada It’s not really a booth — i would call it a funny-looking gizmo — but it does what a photo booth does, which is to accept a $1 bill and snap a picture of whatever is in front of it. If that’s you, when the photo appears it shows you standing in front of a hallowed Fallon landmark! It’s hard to snap just one!

History Sox at the Churchill County Museum Fallon NevadaIn the Gift Shop, along with History Socks at $10 a pair there are lots of Nevada books . . . pus a collection of head-scratchers. “Cool Comfort: America’s Romance with the Air-Conditioner” was one, along with “Jesus & Gin”, “Toothpick: Technology & Culture”, “Footnotes on Shoes”, and “Eating for Beginners”. This oddly charming agglomeration of strange books lends a mite of whimsy to the atmosphere.

More fun: Tours of Hidden Cave are offered on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (excluding federal holiday weekends). On these days the museum opens at 9 am, the BLM guide arrives at 9:30, and at 10 participants caravan out to the cave site.

Fallon is the jumping off point from the solid ground of modern civilization into the shock of the desert. The deeply rooted havens of Middlegate and Cold Springs Stations cater to the travelers on the Lonely Road.

Through Austin, over the Toiyabes, down the other side and out again into the sagebrush. Finally, at the last rise before Eureka — we see . . . a mirage.

Not the shimmering dazzle across the pavement ahead that we see on a sweltering afternoon, but — a Supermarket!

Out here?

Raine’s Market was a tradition on Main Street since the Raine family bought it from the Kitchen family about three generations back, and began decorating the walls above the shelves in the high-ceilinged old building with taxidermy. They seemed to stock all of life’s necessities on the jam-packed shelves and could help you find them. “Wax paper is right below the moose head over there.” The Raine’s met the needs of the community with graceful efficiency but increasing difficulty because of the old structure’s limitations and stricter health codes.

Raines Market in Eureka Nevada

This big new store — it’s no mirage — contains a Nevada State Bank and an Ace Hardware as well as a cornucopia of groceries and a full-service deli. It is spacious and open and sparkling new, a striking contrast with the old store’s maze of narrow aisles and oiled wood floors. This would be a very nice store anywhere. Out here it is spectacular.

Customer service at Raine's Market in Eureka NevadaIt’s good to see the old city looking busy again. The closing of the Ruby Hill Mine just uphill to the west and the Pancake Mine east of town had sucked some of the energy out of this happily remote community. Without those jobs, For Sale signs sprouted in dispiriting profusion.

And now the profusion is of white pickup trucks, most of them mud-spattered with red banners flying, cruising in and out of town. Mining has come awake again, and Eureka is waking up with it.180 N.Main Street in Eureka Nevada The Gold Bar Project on the southwest slope of Roberts Mountain — formerly the Atlas Mine — is expected to put about 200 people to work in construction, and 150 to operate it once it’s built. The Tonkin site around the mountain on its northwest side is also being evaluated. To the east the Pan Mine is being prepared to go back into production and the word on the street is that a second pit is being considered there as well. Rentals are scarce and the For Sale signs are coming down.

Baskets at Eureka Restoration EnterpriseThere is no Visitors Center in Eureka, but out-of-towners are welcome to bring their curiosity about Eureka County, food and lodgings included, to the Court House where the staff is glad to answer your questions during business hours. On weekends during spring and summer the Eureka Restoration Enterprise, a local organization devoted to to helping create a more inviting community (thus the murals beginning to appear around town) opens its doors at 180 N. Main to offer regional art and homemade Nevada products. The volunteers are happy to help you find your way around.

The Owl Club has been at the center of the action for visitors to Eureka since Ted Carrion bought it in 1981 and his son Ron came from Lake Tahoe to manage it in his convivial style. Now Ron’s daughter Eleny Mentaberry runs it with her husband Scooter. The tone that Ron established for his restaurant has been retained, with a full bar adjacent and a big room used for banquets and dances just past the bar.

Rich McKay grew up here, and in 1983 he confronted the career options facing every graduate from Eureka High: #1) live and work on the ranch (if you have one, which Rich’s family did), #2) go to work at the mine (if the mines were running (which they were in ’83), or #3) go to work for the County. Rich took Option #4) which is to leave, and went off to college in Idaho. That became his springboard to a career in high-tech in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He didn’t have any thoughts about coming home until he had kids, and then he did, more and more. So when Aunt Margie’s Sundown Motel across Main Street (US 50) from the Owl Club became available, Rich came home. With his nephew Giovani Minolete, he bought it, along with the Chevron station at the uphill corner and the Eureka Hotel/Cafe at the downhill corner. Now it’s likely to be his wife Crystal who checks you in at the motel while Rich is stocking the shelves at the gas station,  or working on the hotel rooms he’s renovating above the Eureka Cafe. This was a Chinese cafe for more than 50 years beginning in the 1940s. It’s not ready to reopen yet, but the Eureka Saloon is going strong, just a few steps up the block.

Ten Years Ago in the NevadaGram

CMI drill rigs poisoning the air in Gold Hill

Stayed home to resist the destruction of the Virginia City National Historic District by Comstock Mining Inc.

Are We There Yet? - photo by Robin Cobbey

One of the town’s great treasures is underneath that Cafe: an intersection of elaborate brick tunnels built to connect various buildings in town to facilitate moving around in the frozen winter. One tunnel connected the home of Governor-to-be Reinhold Sadler to his store on Main Street so he could walk between them without concern about the weather. Or to avoid talking with his neighbors, as another story has it.

Rich is thinking about how to conduct tours of this underground wonderworld, but he is pretty sure it wasn’t wasn’t built by Chinese workers. “At the time the tunnels were built the Chinese were relegated to menial tasks and trades and it’s doubtful there were skilled Chinese bricklayers available for a job this big. The style suggests a European tradition, and I’m guessing the tunnels were built by English or Italian workmen who were here in large numbers.”

I was struck by Ely‘s plan to beautify 12 downtown blocks by way of an NDOT grant. Add that to the murals already on so many walls, and to the Cuchine Collection Art Show, an exhibit of nearly 200 pieces from Wally Cuchine’s fabled collection of Nevada art. At this rate we will have tourists from all over the world visiting Ely and descending eagerly into the basement gallery beneath the Garnet Mercantile.

The Opening will be April 1 with a reception for Wally from 2-4 pm.

But that’s not all the excitement in Ely. Mark Bassett, Director of the Nevada Northern Railway says that last year was the best for revenue in the lt 30 years, and this year is shaping up to be even better.

“We hit the Trifecta of publicity last year!” he told me.

First, he said, the New York Times included the railroad’s “Be the Engineer” program in a December article about unusual Christmas gifts and they sold lot of ‘lifelong memories’.

Then, on Christmas morning CBS broadcast a special on the railroad’s Star Train and the phone immediately began to ring. “We had to break away from Christmas and come to the office and book orders. The Star Train schedule was sold out for the year before it even started!”

Then in February the photographer who manages the traditional Winter Photo Shoot phoned to say that the railroad was featured on “The Big Bang Theory” in an episode all about Sheldon getting a “Be the Engineer” ticket on the Nevada Northern!

And finally (check my math, but I think this makes it a Quadrifecta), there is an Iron Rule that engine crews are to be on hand and ready to roll 45 minutes before the scheduled departure. One morning as Mark was checking the railroad’s Facebook page he was horrified to see a that video had been posted showing the engine crew cooking bacon on a shovel in the locomotive’s firebox. Mark sprang for the telephone.

“David!” he cried when he reached the volunteer who’d posted the video. “Get that video down! That’s a clear violation of the rules! We can’t have that up there!”

And as he waited he noticed that the video, posted two hours before, had already been viewed 20,000 times.

As Mark watched, the video was deleted.  He sprang for the phone and called the volunteer again.

“David!” he cried. “Put the video back!”

The restored post accumulated clicks at the rate of 20,000 an hour and eventually totalled 1,200,000 hits.

And on September 2nd this year the NNRy will host the first Iron Horse Cook-Off at the depot in East Ely.


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Fifteen Years Ago in the NevadaGram

Laughlin is a great place for having fun and I am a big Fats Waller fan, so I’m snapping my fingers and strutting on down to the Ramada Express where Ain’t Misbehavin’ is playing for 10 days. So unless your feet’s too big, bring your honeysuckle rose and get there, because the joint will be jumpin’. Across the street at the Flamingo The Comedy Stop is performing two shows nightly, 3 comedians each show, with new comedians changing out each Monday. Laughlin NevadaThe following weekend is Laughlin River Days, a citywide boat racing spectacular with a Beach Boys concert.

David Walley’s Resort about 1.3 miles from downtown Genoa (oldest settlement in Nevada) is welcoming guests for a Memorial Day Weekend of peace and quiet in the bubbling hot springs pools with their beautiful views of the surrounding valley and majestic mountains.

Walley's Hot Springs pool, Genoa NevadaIt’s delightful and serene with lots of amenities: restaurant and deli, massages in a full spa, swimming pool. They have time shares they also use as a hotel open to the public, Yep, that’s the event, peace and quiet. A little slice of heaven.

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Truth is Beauty at Burning Man in Nevada


Parting Shot
‘Truth is Beauty’ by Marco Cochrane, photo by Eleanor Preger, in the New York Times

Ely Correspondence – April 2018

History and Art with Laura Rainey Stop by Garnet Mercantile or the White Pine Public Museum and you might be fortunate enough to find artist Laura Rainey at work sewing and beading custom moccasins.                                Laura Rainey sewing custom-made buckskin moccasins “We always sewed,” she said, in between signing in visitors to the museum where […]

Ely Correspondence – March 2018

Feel Good at Tsaa Nesunkwa, Ely’s New Marijuana Dispensary                                        Tsaa Nesunkwa is the only marijuana dispensary in Eastern Nevada. (Photo by Matt Weiser) Bring cash and valid identification to Tsaa Nesunkwa, Ely’s new marijuana dispensary, and leave with a custom-selected product to smoke, eat, drink as a tea, or use as a tincture. As […]

Ely Correspondence – February 2018

Tacos, Tamales and Nopales!                          Mother and daughter, Claudia Coble and Emilia Aguayo, in front of Jr. Street Tacos. (Photo by Matt Weiser) In November, drivers along Great Basin Highway took in the new and welcome sight of Jr. Street Tacos, operated by Claudia Coble and parked at the Sinclair gas station. The food truck […]

Ely Correspondence – January 2018

Skis and Snow (or Slush): The Bristlecone Birkebeiner “It’s nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air and God’s country and the exercise. It’s a good sport,” says Marlene Vlahos of cross-country skiing in the mountains around Ely. In the 1980s when thick winter snow frequently blanketed the region, Vlahos was an early participants […]

Ely Correspondence – December 2017

Cold Mountain Fun with Fire & Ice As January cold settles into the mountains of Ely, Cave Lake comes alive with the annual Fire & Ice Festival. The festival melds artistic skill, physical endurance and the beauty of dark skies and bright lights into a weekend celebration open to all. Fireworks launched from a steam […]

Ely Correspondence – November 2017

Scenic Fall Drive Aspen leaves (Populous tremuloides) rattle in the wind along scenic Success Loop. The trees’ bark was historically harvested as a quinine substitute. (Photo by Alexa Mergen) Before winter sets in, take a drive along 38-mile Success Loop to glimpse the last of the autumn aspen leaves. Along the road are numerous places […]

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 […]

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