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May 7th, 2018

Last week we talked about early films made or at least set in Reno, before Vegas became the natural Hollywood magnet it is today. This week I want to share with you what I think are the most important films set (and made) in Reno and Northern Nevada. To note every movie that has been shot in Reno would take too long and would likely turn out to be one of those less interesting list type articles that sound more like a textbook than a column aimed at holding your interest. Suffice it to say, a lot of movie magic has been produced here and in the surrounding area; films which were partially made... Read More


April 27th, 2018

When you think of movies filmed in Nevada, your mind probably goes straight to Vegas and the many, many Hollywood productions that have been filmed there, which is fair. Sin City is a natural attraction for Tinsel Town product; in fact, we bet you can name three movies that have the word “Vegas” in the title. But Reno has seen its fair share of Hollywood films, and in some cases this includes movies made before Las Vegas even became a gambling town. Bugsy Siegel is typically given credit for turning Sin City into what it is today, but his renovated Flamingo Hotel didn’t open until 1946,... Read More

Why Nevada Became a State

April 20th, 2018

You’ve probably seen the Nevada Flag (pictured) with the state motto “Battle Born” across the top and wondered about the context of those particular words. Perhaps you even searched online and found the usual explanations; the Civil War, silver in the Comstock, the need to ensure a victory over the rebellious Confederate States, preventing those same states from getting their hands on the Comstock wealth. To some Nevadans, the Silver State was forged in the flames of war, born of a righteous cause, and emerged into the world on the correct side of history. Perhaps that’s true to an extent.... Read More

Nevada Past Times

April 13th, 2018

Greetings! And welcome to the first edition of Nevada Past Times, the weekly column at that will take a look at the history of the Northern Nevada region with stories about some of the more interesting characters and events that shaped and molded the Truckee Meadows into what it is today. For the first installment, I thought it might be a good idea to get an overview of the area’s history and perhaps a preview of some of the stories that will be featured in this space. Some of them you’ve probably heard or read before, but we promise to find the lesser known facets of Northern Nevada... Read More