Fort Churchill now peaceful but has seen share of strife in past (LVRJ)

August 27, 2008

FT. CHURCHILL, Nev. — Stripped of roofs, windows and doors, stark adobe ruins remain of buildings that once comprised Nevada’s first military installation. Strife between native Paiutes and white settlers in 1860 resulted in the establishment of Fort Churchill east of Carson City. Now preserved as Fort Churchill State Historic Park, the outpost saw nearly a decade of active use during turbulent times.

Fort Churchill lies about 390 miles from Las Vegas. Southern Nevadans traveling north on U.S. 95 toward Reno turn at Schurz onto Alternate U.S. 95 through Yerington to reach the park. Follow the short, paved park road leading to a visitor center near the ruins.

Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


Environmental cleanup of colony site complete

August 21, 2008
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Logo

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

Brownfields loan clears the way for redevelopment

RENO, Nev. — The cleanup of environmental contamination at a future retail site on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony was completed using a $950,000 federal loan from the State of Nevada Brownfields Program, made possible by a $2 million grant from Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP).

“This is a historic moment for all of the entities involved,” said Leo Drozdoff, NDEP administrator. “The project is the first of its kind to be completed in Nevada and the first on an Indian-owned site in the entire western region.”

The loan helped the Colony complete the final phase of the cleanup of petroleum and lead contamination left by previous tenants of the site located on East Second St., just east of U.S. 395. Previous businesses located there included an auto storage facility and a radiator repair shop. The recently completed cleanup was accomplished by digging out and hauling away the contaminated soil. Construction of a large retail store will begin on the site in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »


High Desert Council gets federal funds for new projects in southern Nevada

August 19, 2008

LAS VEGAS — Laurelle Hughes, president, High Desert Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., and Ron Davidson, acting state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Nevada, have signed an agreement to partner on five new projects in southern Nevada.

The five projects will stimulate economic development and increase conservation efforts in southern Nevada. “We’re really excited about these new opportunities to help our rural areas,” said Hughes. “The projects will create jobs and make the areas better places to live.” Read the rest of this entry »


VIDEO: Nevada’s Wild Horses: The gentling process

August 14, 2008

With the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo occuring this weekend in Reno, we went behind the scenes at the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City to see how Nevada’s feral horses are trained and gentled so that the animals can be adopted to the public.


Director’s Update August 2008

August 11, 2008
Allen Biaggi, director of the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

Allen Biaggi, director of the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

Good afternoon to everyone in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Following is the Director’s Office update for August. I hope you are having a great summer.

Sand Harbor’s heroic lifeguards

Three of State Park’s seasonal lifeguards had their training tested in late July. Samuel Lawrence, Alisa Johansson and Dennis Sanders rescued two people from the icy waters of Lake Tahoe at Sand Harbor. One person died in this incident; however, the quick work of Sand Harbor’s lifeguards was instrumental in preventing further tragedy.

I would like to personally commend all of Sand Harbor’s on-duty lifeguards on their response in this situation.

The passing of a Forestry employee

I am sad to report that the Nevada Division of Forestry lost one of its seasonal firefighters recently. Nate Manca had been with NDF as a seasonal for four years. Nate was a top-notch employee who will be dearly missed. NDF held a very moving memorial and tribute to Nate on July 31 at Washoe Lake State Park. It was well attended by Nate’s family and his coworkers. Please keep Nate and his family in your thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »


Beginning Dutch oven cooking at Washoe Lake State Park Aug. 16

August 8, 2008

WASHOE VALLEY, Nev.– Join guest chefs and park staff for a traditional night of Dutch oven cooking and tasting at Washoe Lake State Park on August 16.

Bring an apron and be prepared to do some cooking. A Dutch oven is a thick-walled cast iron cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. White hot coals are placed on top as well as below the Dutch oven to provide a more uniform internal heat.

The program is limited to 40 participants. Call 775-687-4319 to reserve your space.

Everyone will meet in the main group area pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, but there is a $ 4.00 per vehicle park entrance fee. Read the rest of this entry »


Introduction to basic GPS navigation at Dayton State Park Aug. 16

August 7, 2008

DAYTON, Nev.– Each year people become lost, stranded or worse in the outdoors. This program will introduce you to the GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and will explore what GPS is, how it works and how it can be used to navigate in the outdoors.

This free program will be held on August 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Dayton State Park.

A limited number of handheld GPS units will be available for the program, so participants are encouraged to bring their own GPS unit.

Please call 687-5678 to reserve a space. Everyone will meet in at the group pavilion.

Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada’s very earliest Comstock settlements. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, was once used to process rich silver ore from nearby Virginia City—remnants of the mill are still visible within the park. Picnicking, camping, hiking and group use facilities are available. Dayton State Park is located on U.S. 50, 12 miles east of Carson City.

Dayton State Park
Dayton State Park