Elko Correspondence – January 2019


Happy New Year from Elko.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The “Gathering” is less than a month away. If you have not gotten your tickets, do not wait much longer as I heard that tickets are going fast.

Cowboy poet and musician Sid Marty ///27th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Thursday, January 27, 2011. (Photograph by Jessica Brandi Lifland)

The Gathering is the nation’s original cowboy poetry and music festival. Since 1985, ranchfolk, rural denizens and aficionados of the American West have traveled to meet in remote Elko, Nevada. Here in Elko, they are captivated by poets and musicians whose verses speak of a life lived on the land. They listen, they learn, they kick up their heels and enjoy a week filled with entertainment, delight, and laughter at the Gathering.

Known for its big-heartedness, the Gathering welcomes all! Come early in the week for hands-on workshops and intimate evening performances. Stay through the later part of the week, when things really ramp up with full days and nights of offerings. Learn about creative solutions to current challenges in the rural West, listen to poems and songs from the finest Western wordsmiths, take in talks, exhibits, films, vendors and family shows exploring just about everything of interest to the ranching West…or simply dance the night away. Friends, new and old, await at the historic Pioneer Saloon, located in the Western Folklife Center, the heart of it all.

In honor of the Gathering’s 35th anniversary, we’ll be revisiting our past and charting our course for the future. Come reminisce with us as we remember our roots and refine our routes forward! For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/westernfolklife/

Update on Lamoille Canyon

The Forest Service and many partners worked hard this fall after the Range 2 Fire to re-open Lamoille Canyon and provide safe public access. Just before Christmas vehicle access was opened up to what I call the Climber’s Rock which is about four miles up the canyon. With the snow we have been getting, now is a good time to hike, ski or snowshoe in the canyon and have a great winter adventure.

— Doug Clarke