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Baker Correspondence – September 2019

Take It to the Lake The Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts host a great array of events throughout the year aimed at people getting outside and getting healthy. In September, their flagship event is held, Take It...
Bicycling Nevada by Curtis Fong

Bicycling on the Hot Seat in August

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....

Baker Correspondence – August 2019

August is one of the busiest months in White Pine County! Arts in the Park – Ely, Nevada The first weekend of August is Arts in the Park in Ely, with over 100 vendors offering a...

NevadaGram #201 – Art, Skiing, Driving Old Lonely, the April Calendar

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...

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. “We always...

Ely Correspondence – March 2018

Feel Good at Tsaa Nesunkwa, Ely’s New Marijuana Dispensary 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...

Ely Correspondence – February 2018

Tacos, Tamales and Nopales! 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...

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...

Ely Correspondence – November 2017

Scenic Fall Drive 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 to pull over to bask in...

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...

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...

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...

Ely Correspondence – July 2017

July 4th in Ely 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,...

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...

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?...

Ely Correspondence – April 2017

Ely Art Bank Adds New Exhibit 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...

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...

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...

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...
Great Basin Nationnal Park sky observatory

NevadaGram #185 – Great Basin Observatory, Nevada Correspondence, Sourdough Slim in Eureka

Sourdough Slim at the Eureka Opera House Story and video below  Among the many things they can brag about, the rangers at Great Basin National Park can point to the sky and say, "It gets really dark...
Lehman Cave mural, Ely, NV

Ely Correspondence – December 2016

Ely Adds Two New Murals This summer saw the addition of two murals to the outdoor art that tells the story and history of Ely. The Ely Renaissance Society (ERS) believes that outdoor art blends...
The Polar Express of Ely brings the story to life

Ely Correspondence – November 2016

Ely Celebrates the Christmas Holiday The small hometown of Ely begins the holiday season Thanksgiving weekend and then offers a variety of events through the end of the year. The Polar Express train begins November 19...
Star Lake above South Lake Tahoe

Nevada Correspondence – October 2016

In this edition: Boulder City, Carson Valley, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Lincoln County, Mesquite, South Lake Tahoe   Boulder City Good Citizens The biggest event of the year in Boulder City is the Annual Art in the Park...
Halloween in Ely

Ely Correspondence – October 2016

Halloween in Ely A Ely celebrates the fall harvest and Halloween in a variety of ways, all designed to take advantage of our great fall weather. The Nevada Northern Railway's Haunted Ghost Trains run each Saturday...

Working on the Railroad

by Mark Bassett   Working on the railroad all the live-long day. If you have driven from Ely to Ruth, you might have noticed that is just what we’re doing. Track equipment is out on the...
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Ely Correspondence – August 2016

Ely Ely in August There are always a variety of great events and happenings in Ely, but August especially has something for everyone. The month kicks off with Fun Friday, August 5, in downtown Ely at...

Baker Correspondence – July 2016

Baker Escape the Heat There are three fun ways to escape the summer heat in Baker: get wet, go up high or go underground. Six streams drain the eastern side of the South Snake Range, and...

Ely Correspondence – July 2016

Ely National Speleological Society Convention in Ely The National Speleological Society (NSS) will hold their 2016 Convention in Ely, Nevada, July 16-23.  Over 1000 cavers are already registered to attend this convention and this will mean...
Ely Renaissance Village Store

Ely Correspondence – June 2016

Ely Ely’s Renaissance Village Has New Residents In 2005, the Ely Renaissance Society purchased a piece of property from the Geraghty family that they had owned since 1911. Nine small houses, a barn, general store, and...

Ely Correspondence – May 2016

Ely Ely Art Bank Host Reception The Ely Renaissance Society has plans for a busy season with a reception/celebration planned from 4-7 p.m. on Friday May 6, at the Ely Art Bank located at 399 Aultman...

Ely Correspondence – April 2016

Ely Garnet Mercantile Revitalizes Ely’s Downtown Area When Ely lost its main retail store, JC Penney a few years ago, steps had to be taken to provide clothing, shoes and household items for the community. After...
Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive No. 40 rolls out of the enginehouse

Railfanning Correspondence – March 2016

Railfanning Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Photo Spectacular Gallery Back in January, we told you about the Winter Steam Photo Spectacular, hosted in Ely, Nevada, by the Nevada Northern Railway.  We invited you to attend and...
Railfanning January 2016

Railfanning Correspondence – January 2016

Railfanning Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Photo Spectacular Welcome to 2016, we hope you had a joyous holiday season and we hope this new year will be a great one for you and all of your...
Fire and Ice Festival

Ely Correspondence – January 2016

Ely Cave Lake Ice Fishing Derby Saturday, January 30, 2016 8 a.m. — 3 p.m. Cave Lake State Park Top Tagged Fish - $5,000 dlderbidge@gmail.com or 775-289-4689 Before the event, 15-25 tagged fish will be released. If you catch a tagged...
Bellagio Conservatory

Nevada Correspondence – December 2015

In this edition: Baker, Carson Valley, Las Vegas(2), Lincoln County, Tuscarora, Railfanning in Weso              
Union Pacific locomotives near Weso

Railfanning Correspondence – December 2015

Railfanning in Weso   This month's railfan dispatch is all about watching trains in Weso, Nevada.  Wait, where?  If you try locating information about Weso on the the internet, you will be hard pressed to come up...

Nevada Correspondence – October 2015

In this edition: Baker, Las Vegas(3), Lincoln County, Mesquite, Tuscarora, West Wendover, Railfanning in Ely   Baker October is one of the most beautiful months to visit Great Basin National Park. The cool, crisp air and changing colors makes...

Stalagmites Pinpoint Drying of the American West

Research suggests western U.S. deserts were relatively wet up until 8,200 years ago. By Jennifer Chu, MIT News   All around the deserts of Utah, Nevada, southern Oregon, and eastern California, ancient shorelines line the hillsides above...
Holbrook Junction by Neil Lockhart

NevadaGram #169 — Lovelock Cave, Comstock Mining Update, Nevada Correspondence and More

One of Nevada's greatest attractions to visitors goes mostly unmentioned, even by our most enthusiastic promoters: Time Travel. This is conveniently accessible and easy to do here, and one enjoyable way to do it is...
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