Officials brief governor on fire season

May 30, 2008

Controlled burn in Lockwood, Nevada.

CARSON CITY, Nev.–Despite nine straight days of rain over western Nevada, area fire officials say they are preparing for another dangerous fire season.

A group of officials representing federal, state and local agencies briefed Gov. Jim Gibbons on their predictions Thursday.

Forestry Division Fire Program Manager Mike Dondero told him five of the 10 worst fire seasons since 1960 have been in the past seven years.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.


Tour Rock Point Mill site at Dayton State Park June 14

May 30, 2008

DAYTON, Nev.–Join a historian on a tour of the Rock Point Mill site on Saturday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Now just a quiet spot across from the Dayton State Park’s entrance, the site, after gold and silver were discovered in the 1850s and 60s, was anything but quiet. The Rock Point Mill was one of the largest stamp mills on the Carson River and one of the only ruins left from those mining days.

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Partial closures in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Backcountry

May 30, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev.– Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park personnel announced yesterday a temporary closure of portions of the Marlette and Hobart Backcountry area. The closure will be Monday through Friday and will last through September.

Backcountry trails that will be closed are: the Lakeview Road, the section of Hobart Road between Marlette Lake and Hobart Lake, the Red House Flume Trail and the Tunnel Creek road in the Red House and Franktown Creek area. Access points that will be affected are the gate above Lakeview Estates in Carson City and the gate at the top of Musgrove Canyon, in Washoe Valley. The closure will also affect backcountry travel permit holders. Read the rest of this entry »

Elko honored as a Tree City USA community

May 28, 2008

ELKO, Nev.–Elko was recently named a Tree City USA community by The National Arbor Day Foundation to honor the city’s commitment to community forestry. Eight other Nevada communities re-certified their “Tree City USA” designation for their activities in 2007.

The “Tree City USA” award recognizes communities that effectively manage public tree resources. More than 3200 communities ranging in population of a few hundred to several million were awarded the “Tree City USA” status this year.

“Trees in our Nevada communities help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives,” said Pete Anderson, Nevada’s state forester and firewarden. “Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest.” Read the rest of this entry »

A mark of Manson (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

May 22, 2008

Charles Manson graffiti at Belmont Courthouse State Historic Site in Nevada. Photograph by Bob Conrad.

Cultist’s name left in Nevada ghost town
Reproduced in full from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Investigators just wrapped up a fruitless dig for bodies at Charles Manson’s hide-out in California in Death Valley, but you don’t need a shovel to find what the Manson family might have left at one Nevada ghost town.

If someone is around to let you inside the old Nye County courthouse in Belmont, you can look for it on a door frame on the first floor — a simple patch of graffiti that now carries haunting undertones.

Many old-timers in central Nevada believe the mark was left by a member of the doomsday cult, maybe even Charlie himself. And though state officials and historians won’t confirm the notion, they don’t exactly reject it either.

“I have more reason to believe it than I do not to believe it,” said Eric Johnson, region manager for the Nevada Division of State Parks.

“It’s hard tellin’,” added Tonopah native and historian Bill Metscher. “To me, it’s entirely possible.”

Even State Archivist Guy Rocha, a man who has dedicated his career to busting fantastic-sounding historical myths, doesn’t completely dismiss the story of the Manson family in Belmont.

For one thing, he saw the graffiti himself decades ago.

“There is something there that relates to the Manson family. Whether they put it there, I don’t know,” Rocha said. “It’s a long-standing belief. It’s claimed. I don’t know how you verify it forensically.”

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Fuels reduction continuing on East Carson Range

May 22, 2008

Fuels reduction continuing on East Carson Range

CARSON CITY, Nev.–The Nevada Division of Forestry and Division of State Parks are continuing fuels reduction work in northwest Carson City. Work consisting primarily of brush removal and thinning smaller diameter trees started as a result of the 2004 Waterfall Fire. Approximately 34 acres have been treated since work began in 2005.

“In 2007, the Division of State Parks and the Division of Forestry worked together to complete a 10-year fuels management plan to address the threat of wildfires starting in or moving through Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park,” said David Morrow, Division of State Parks’ administrator. Read the rest of this entry »

Increased law enforcement at Lahontan during Memorial Day weekend

May 20, 2008


SILVER SPRINGS, Nev.–Nevada Division of State Parks personnel are gearing up for a busy Memorial Day weekend at Lahontan State Recreation Area.

Up to 15,000 people are expected each day at Lahontan during the weekend. Preparation includes increased law enforcement activities designed to crack down on underage drinking, driving under the influence, fighting and other offenses. Read the rest of this entry »