Saturday, November 28, 2020
Photoplay Magazine/Edna on th cover

Edna Purviance: Nevada’s Forgotten Movie Star

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Wholesome . . . Delectable . . . Enchanting Watch Her Movies Here by David Toll You might think that a state with so few celebrities to brag about would make a big deal about a movie...
Silver City Guard

Silver City Guard Ambushes BiCentennial Wagon Train

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by David Toll b&w photos by Gary Elam (except as noted) When it was announced that Nevada's Bicentennial Wagon Train would make its first stop at Silver City on its way to Valley Forge, local BiCentennial...
Joe Brown on horseback.

Joe Brown

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If I hadn't slowed to look down the road west, I probably wouldn't have noticed the eight-year-old Chevy parked on the shoulder about 100 yards down from the intersection. The hood of the car...
Harry Motson Gorham

NevadaGram #224 – The Mind Reader

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by Harry M.Gorham Due to the frenzy of speculation occasioned by the ore discovery in the Sierra Nevada, every stock quoted in the San Francisco exchange was quoted at ridiculous prices, and those who could...
Butch, Sundance and the Wild Bunch

NevadaGram #223 – Butch Cassidy & the Great Winnemucca Bank Robbery

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Winnemucca is a tranquil town on the Humboldt River, a trading post transformed by the railroad into a lively shipping center, a bumptious cow town and county seat. Its history resembles that of dozens...

Hiking Among Carson Valley’s Spring Bloom

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by Amy DeMuth As winter days lengthen into spring, nothing ushers in the new season like an ample dose of sunshine, a big breath of fresh air and a ramble among the company of nature....
Helicopter delivering Bighorn sheep to Pyramid Lake Reservation

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reintroduces Bighorn Sheep on Tribal Lands

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by Kalen Goodluck/High Country News The day began early for the crew of scientists, state and tribal officials — long before the sun rose across the snow-covered sagebrush. “How many are you going to give...
Butch, Sundance and the Wild Bunch

Butch Cassidy and the Great Winnemucca Bank Robbery

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Winnemucca is a tranquil town on the Humboldt River, a trading post transformed by the railroad into a lively shipping center, a bumptious cow town and county seat. Its history resembles that of dozens...
Elko County Fair

2019 Elko County Fair

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We're on our way to the Elko County Fair but you'd never guess it from our route. Elko is on I-80, about 100 miles from the Utah line. Heading out from Gold Hill, about...

OATBRAN 2019 – Part II

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by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" Thursday, September 26: “Rolling Beauty – Is This Nevada?” Eureka to Ely: 79 Miles – 3900 vertical feet of climbing Another absolutely beautiful Central Nevada morning, as I headed out...

Dirt Road to the Leviathan Mine and River Ranch

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by Gage T. Smith, "The Picon Guy" Lately I have been rediscovering the area around my home. In September, a few friends and I decided that we would take the rocky, bumpy road from US 395...
Mountin View Hotel, Pioche Nevada

Mountain View Hotel, Pioche

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The Mountain View Hotel of Old Pioche by Dave Maxwell Once as elegant a hotel as graced anywhere in the western states between San Francisco and Denver, the Mountain View Hotel in Pioche has fallen into...
Mark Twain Rides a Bicycle

Taming the Bicycle

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By Mark Twain I thought the matter over, and concluded I could do it. So I went down and bought a barrel of Pond's Extract and a bicycle. The Expert came home with me to...
Minnehaha Steep

Dirt Road to the Top of Minnehaha Canyon

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by Gage T. Smith "the Picon Guy" Sometimes we tend to overlook what is right in our own back yard. A few weeks ago, some of my buddies decided to do a ride in the Pine...
Rosa Bas sets new 200M world record

A Day at the Races – The 2019 World IHPV Speed Challenge at Battle...

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It's a little after 7 on a clear September morning and we are standing on a large open flat on the east side of Highway 305 about 20 minutes south of Battle Mountain and...
OATBRAN

September Rides

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by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" Just because the kids are back in school and it’s September, it doesn’t mean that summer is over, and if you’re thinking of storing your camping gear or...
Gage Smith's Goldfield Gang

Six Days in Goldfield

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by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" To most folks, driving to Las Vegas on Highway 95, Goldfield is just a minor irritant.  First of all, you have to slow down to 25 and after...

Mark Twain’s Collar Buttons

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by Dan De Quille The Golden Era, December 6, 1863 If I had known that Mark Twain's shirts were all without collars I would never have gone into partnership with him in rooms. I should have...

A Visit to Battle Mountain During HPV Speed Challenge

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We are in Battle Mountain for the World’s Fastest Human-Powered Speed Challenge, which is a contest to see whose bicycle can go fastest on five miles of straight, flat Highway 305 about 15 miles...

The Famous Garcia World’s Fair Gold Medal Saddle from Elko

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The book follows the journey of G.S. Garcia and J.M. Capriola, two legendary saddle makers in northeastern Nevada who made their living from the working cowboys and ranchers in the Great Basin. Entering into...
Red's Old 395 Grill, Carson City

Legislators and Lobbyists Guide to Power Dining in Carson City

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Urban safari: Observe Legislators and Lobbyists At Work from a nearby table in Carson City by Barry Smith As 63 legislators and hundreds of lobbyists arrive in Carson City for the 2019 session of the Nevada Legislature,...
Ichthyosaur dig in the Augusta Mountains of Nevada

Icky to Underwrite Ichthyosaur Digs

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The Ichthyosaur is Nevada's favorite fossil, and it has been given a new lease on life by a German professor of Paleontology and a beer brewer in Reno. Metaphorically, I mean, not that Old Stonybones...
Bicycling Nevada by Curtis Fong

Bicycling on the Hot Seat in August

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by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" Wow! Where is this summer going? Its already August and the tourist season is definitely upon us, limiting road biking events, due to summer traffic and warm temperatures....
Gage's Gang rides into Austin

4th of July in Austin

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by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon guy" Founded in the 1860s, Austin has always been the town that refused to die. Forever, it was the county seat of Lander County — until it wasn't. The...
Curtis Fong

Summer’s Here — Let’s Roll!

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The Big Bicycling Event in July is the 39th Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride, set for Saturday, July 13, 2019. This is a premiere ride for endurance bicyclists and is long...

Down the Dirt Road to Green Creek

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A nice day outing with some spectacular scenery awaits you in the Green Creek area just inside California, or, as we say around here Far Western Nevada).  Located a few miles south of the...
Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road

Curtis Fong Pedals Into June

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by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" June bicycling will be kicking into high gear this month with a variety of events and activities — June 1st - 14th: the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition will kick...
bikers at Lake Tahoe

Bicycling Nevada – May 2019

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Put Up Your Skis and Bring Out the Bike by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Just like that . . . Winter turns to Spring and Spring turns to Summer. . . . Plenty of snow...
Amgen bikers at Lake Tahoe

Curtis Fong Puts the Skis Away and Pedals Off into the Sunshine

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Just like that . . . Winter turns to Spring and Spring turns to Summer. . . . Plenty of snow left in the mountains and Heavenly will remain open Fri-Sun, and through Memorial Day,...
Splash

Skiing Nevada: Making Turns into April — and Beyond?

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by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" March came in like a Lion. Will it go out like a Lamb? Don’t hold your breath! It appears that unsettled weather will continue into the first week...
Finish Line, Bristlecone Birkebeiner, Ely Nevada

Ely’s Bristlecone Birkebeiner is Nevada’s First, Best(and Only) Crosscountry Ski Race

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by Erick Studenicka First contested in 1983, the Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts club bills its annual Bristlecone Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race in rural White Pine County as the longest running Nordic event contested in Nevada. But...

Curtis Fong Skis Nevada – March 2019

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by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" With recent record snow fall in the Lake Tahoe region, Nevada ski resorts are enjoying unsurpassed conditions to be able to extend their ski & snowboard seasons into...
Box kite, water tank and Haboob, Boulder City Nevada 1935

See the Wind and Catch it

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Based on the true story that Ila Clements Davey (Godby) told me and I imagined it by Alan Goya There was a lot for a kid to do in Boulder City in the spring of 1935,...
Goldfield Nevada

Dirt Roads in Black & White

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by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" I've always had an interest in photography and packed a camera with me just about everywhere since I was a kid. But in the days of film, not...
Elko SnoBowl

Skiing Elko’s SnoBowl

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by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" When skiers talk about skiing in Nevada, they bring up well know resorts such as Heavenly, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak. but, no one ever mentions...
Brick house on a Nevada dirt road

Four Brick Buildings Along A Dirt Road

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by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" I guess it is an age related thing but I am finding that in my travels, what was supposed to be the focus of the trip gets relegated...
Curtis Fong at the Olympic Express overlooking Lake Tahoe

Skiing Nevada – January 2019

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by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Well. . . . I know, a pretty deep subject. And, waiting for those Tahoe Deep Powder Days . . ....
Poopy pants lights at Burning Man

Dancing with Poop in his Pants

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by Chicken John Allow me to explain . . . Ya see, he had an idea for a camp-type thing at Burning Man. He and a bunch of friends were gonna build a windmill thing....
Mount Rose Skiing

Skiing Nevada — Winter Starts Now!

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by Curtis Fong "The Guy from Tahoe" Winter is now upon us and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is up and running for the season. Thanksgiving storms have graced the mountains with enough natural snow to...
Lori at the Martin Hotel, Winnemucca Nevada

All (Dirt) Roads Lead to Picon

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by Gage Smith See my recipe for a Perfect Picon below I am known to some as The Picon Guy. Now how can a guy like me be saddled with such a moniker? It all started...
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