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 »

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Seasonal opening and fee change at the Elgin Schoolhouse

March 4, 2008

Elgin School House

CALIENTE, Nev.—Starting March 1, 2008, the Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site, located 20 miles south of Caliente in Rainbow Canyon, began charging a museum admittance fee of $1.00 per person, even for those with annual passes. Children under the age of 12 are free.

The schoolhouse will open for tours starting on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Tour hours will be 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and during the months of April, May, September and October.

Visitors are reminded that State Route 317, in Rainbow Canyon, still has significant damage from the 2005 flood and to use caution.

The Elgin Schoolhouse is a historic, single-room school in rural Nevada’s Lincoln County. The schoolhouse was used from 1922 through 1967, when its last student reached eighth grade. In 1998, the building was restored to its original appearance and volunteers opened the building for tours by request. It became a part of Kershaw-Ryan State Park in July 2005. The schoolhouse features half of the school’s original furnishings – books, teaching material and other items are authentic to the time period. Elgin Schoolhouse is located 20 miles south of Caliente in scenic Rainbow Canyon off State Route 317.