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Berle was a local 'jewel to promote'
If things go as expected tonight for the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack football team, it is almost certain that next week’s game of the year to decide the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship will be a reality. At press time, the next to last game for Boise State had yet to be played but it was presumed to be a lock for the Broncos, just as tonight’s game for Nevada at New Mexico State is supposed to be for the Silver and Blue...
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Biggest game of the year for the Wolf Pack
Today at 1:05 p.m., the most important game the Nevada football team will play to date will kick off at Mackay Stadium. No, it is not against perennial Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State but it will certainly set the stage for that important season ender. Nevada has to take care of a tough Fresno State opponent today in order to ensure at least a shot at an all-out, or shared, WAC championship at the end of the season. Defeating ...
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RTO goes club-to-club with ACC and British Open
Golf enthusiasts in this area will have a plethora of tournaments to watch come next July. According to an announcement this week, the Reno Tahoe Open of 2010 will be staged in mid July and will be played on virtually the same dates as the American Century Championship at South Shore, Lake Tahoe and the fabled British Open, many time zones away. Reaction to the announcement was mixed, with the South Shore promoters pretty upset that the RTO ha...
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Happy birthday to the Silver State
Weather should warm considerably today for the annual Nevada Day celebration in Carson City, which features the largest and most colorful parade in the entire Silver State. The most memorable Nevada Day holidays that this writer recalls were held in the late ‘40s when almost the entire student body of the University of Nevada, Reno made its way south to the capital city. Those were days of a wide-open, citywide “beer bust” as we used to call i...
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Happy birthday to the Silver State
Weather should warm considerably today for the annual Nevada Day celebration in Carson City, which features the largest and most colorful parade in the entire Silver State.
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Happy homecoming! (for whichever name you choose)
Today is Homecoming Day on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. For those of us who attended the “U” in the middle of last century, the school will always be known as “University of Nevada.” In fact, the football and basketball teams have opted to drop the “Reno” from their uniforms and promotions and prefer to be known simply as “Nevada.” Adding the “Reno” to the name decades ago prompted all sorts of printings and reprintings as the comma ...
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‘Rail City’ is still the ‘Rail City’
Thanks to Sparks Mayor Geno Martini, the iconic nickname for the town — “Rail City” — will continue to be the official moniker for the city of Sparks.
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Sparks shortchanged again
If you caught the picture of the new RSCVA logo in this space last week, you know that the city of Sparks was once more excluded from its rightful position of being identified as both contributor and member of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. The new logo, pretty generic in design, got the full treatment from this area’s largest “critics corner” when those members, who meet regularly at the Gold and Silver Inn each morning fo...
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The Gaylords: big-time entertainment
Members of the local Good Old Days (G.O.D.) club got a rare insight into what big time entertainment was like in the 20th century when Burt Bonaldi of the Gaylords group spoke to them at their September meeting. Bonaldi, who has been a northern Nevada resident for many years and who still performs with the new Gaylords, gave a running commentary as he showed a Power Point presentation of the famous acts with whom the Gaylords shared the stage ...
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One man can make a difference
As the 46th annual National Championship Air Races take to the skies over Reno today and tomorrow, there will probably be no mention of the man who made the event possible. Only those long-time founders of the first races, which were held in 1964 at the Sky Ranch on Pyramid Highway, will recall the name of Bill Stead. No, the Stead airfield is not named after Stead. Rather it is named after his brother, who was also a pilot. However, it was th...
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Of balloons, camels and pigskin
Today is one of the most picturesque and exciting days on the special events calendar in this area. Colorful balloons will be greeting the dawn on what should be a picture-perfect day, and in the afternoon the 50th anniversary of the Virgina City camel races will be taking place. The timing of the two events could not be better since the balloons like to fly early in the a.m. and the camels prefer to strut their stuff in the heat of the aftern...
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Save ‘Reno 911!’ — You can’t be serious
If “image is everything,” as the tennis great Andre Agassi used to tell us in his TV commercials, then the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority must have its own image of Reno seriously flawed. About two weeks ago, when the atrocious “Reno 911!” was canceled, the RSCVA was quick to jump on the bandwagon to retrieve the tawdry offering. Poorly written, even worsely acted, the show was one of the most denigrating things to happen to the...
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Tahoe’s mini Hearst Castle: Thunderbird Lodge
If you travel over the Mt. Rose Highway to Lake Tahoe and take a left where the road dead ends at Incline Village, you will then proceed a few miles to Sand Harbor. Once you have passed that large beach you begin looking to your right for the entrance to the Thunderbird Lodge — aka the Whittell Castle. Currently, the stately edifice and grounds are under the ownership of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society and tours can be scheduled by ...
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Mark of Seniority
Reed High School seniors kicked off their final year of high school with a sunrise tradition.
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Encounters with iconic reporter Walter Cronkite
To become well respected and almost venerated is about as high in public esteem as any practitioner of the art of journalism can hope to go. But it was an easy climb for the late Walter Cronkite once he took over the anchor desk at CBS to do the nightly news. Today, a short while after his passing at the age of 92, he has even hit the supermarket tabloids as some unflattering news is breaking over how his children short-circuited a second marr...
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The man who brought us the Fun Train, giant slot
On early Monday morning, Don Burke, one of the iconic leaders in tourism and conventions passed away. For 14 years (1977-91), he was at the helm of the sales efforts of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority as their national sales manager. During that period of time, he got more than his share of major conventions for the hall on South Virgina Street while competing against sales reps from such major locations as San Francisco, Los...
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The camels are coming, the camels are coming!
One of the more interesting special events that occur in this area is the camel races in Virginia City. This year’s international Virginia City camel races will take place on Sept. 11, 12 and 13. Also this year the camels will be racing for the 50th year, but the true 50th anniversary of the races is next September. The reason for that is the first actual race occurred in 1960, when “The Misfits” was being filmed in the northern Nevada area. T...
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Punter to printer: the life of Pat Brady
Spencer remembers the UNR graduate and former NFL player who lived in Reno for many years.
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A torrid political season is approaching
With the news earlier this week that the state of Nevada had achieved the dubious ranking of the second most dysfunctional state in the union, primarily because of the foibles of some of its top politicians, it ratified what many political pundits have been saying — that 2010 will be the wildest election year in the history of the Silver State. For a long time, Gov. Jim Gibbons got the most negative press nationwide. Then Lt. Gov. Brian Krolic...
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Centennial celebration for the governor’s mansion
This month, the historic governor’s mansion in Carson City will celebrate its 100th birthday. The first “first family” to occupy the mansion was that of acting Gov. Denver S. Dickerson and his wife, Una, who moved in in July 1909. The marvelous structure was designed and built by George Ferris and Co. of Reno. Basically a two-story mansion in the Southern Colonial style, the unbelievable building was constructed for the sum of $40,000, which h...
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