Elko Correspondence – February 2017


Old West Murals in Downtown Elko

In November and December, eleven photo murals were installed in downtown Elko. These photo murals, taken by Deon and Trish Reynolds of Eureka, showcase life in rural Nevada. The photo murals pictured here are in the alley behind the Western Folklife Center. Deon and Trish will give a walking tour of the murals on Friday Feb 3rd from 9:30 – 10 am and on Saturday Feb 4th from 8:30 – 9 am. They will also have a pop-up gallery at 225 Silver Street Suite #105 across from the Star Restaurant during the Cowboy Poetry Gathering (see below). A big thanks to the Western Folklife Center for organizing the murals, and NV Energy and ArtPlace America for providing funding.

Real Stories, Straight Up

The 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is underway as this edition of the NevadaGram comes out, and there is still time to get tickets and enjoy the week-long celebration of Western Life. The Gathering features a week of varied events — poetry, music, art, discussions, dances, and workshops. This year’s theme is ” Real Stories, Straight Up,” and the storytellers and poets that are lined up are bound to please. Visit the Western Folklife Center  to see the whole Cowboy Poetry Gathering schedule and to buy tickets online. There are many other “satellite” events and shows around town hosted by other groups and businesses that are also worth checking out. These include the Wild Women Show at the Duncan Little Creek Gallery, the Native American Market at the Girl Scout House, and a Western Art and Gear Show at the Stockmen’s Hotel.

Time to Ski the SnoBowl

Winter Skiing and Snowboarding at the Elko SnoBowl has been underway since New Years. The recent storms have put down some good snow and the skiing is fun. This small ski hill is located 5 miles north of Elko on North 5th Street. There is one chairlift and a rope tow on the bunny www.snobowl.org/slope. Check out the Elko Snobowl Facebook page. Before you head up the hill, call (775) 777-7707 for Roche’s Report. He will give you the latest and greatest regarding days and hours of operation, and a summary of the conditions at SnoBowl.

— Doug Clarke