Jack Dempsey’s first trip to Nevada came in 1915 as he clung to the underbelly of a train, a dangerous practice known as “riding the rods” and utilized by those too poor to purchase a ticket. Many people are surprised to learn that Dempsey, the heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926, once called Nevada home. Little remains to commemorate that time except the yellowed archives of Nevada newspapers and the memories of a handful of old-timers. The fact is, Dempsey left footprints all over the Silver State.
Author Guy Clifton’s presentation, “Dempsey in Nevada,” is an untold chapter in Nevada’s history and an untold story in the life of one of the great sports figures of the 20th century.
Dates for the presentation are:
Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Pkwy. in Reno. Call 851-5190 for more information.
Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Sparks Library, 1125 12th St. in Sparks. Call 352-3200 for more information.
Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St. in Reno. Call 827-3232 for more information.
Are you prepared for flood season?
RENO — Flood season has arrived in the Truckee Meadows and the Truckee River Flood Project is asking that the community be aware of the dangers of flooding and be prepared. The project has prepared tips on how to make a kit and a plan to stay flood safe and be flood prepared for your home, family, pets and business. For more flood information and a kit checklist, visit www.floodawareness.com. The site also includes a list of area sandbag locations.
Flooding Fast Facts in the Truckee Meadows:
• There were major floods in the 1800s.
• A major flood has occurred almost every 10 years since the 1900s.
• Typical flooding cause: warm “rain-on-snow” events versus flash floods from rainstorms.
• The biggest flood was in 1997 causing approximately $700 million in damages in Washoe County and overall $1 billion in damages in six counties
• Climate change is increasing flood risk all over the United States, especially northern Nevada.
NCOT awards rural tourism grants
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) has awarded 68 grants totaling more than $365,000 to help rural communities promote attractions that draw visitors and generate revenue for local economies.
“While the tourist attractions in our larger cities are certainly well known, our rural communities have many special treasures awaiting the visitors who travel across our state,” Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki, NCOT chair, said. “The Rural Grant Program gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our rural attractions and NCOT is proud to play a part in that.”
NCOT awards grants twice a year to public entities such as visitors authorities, cities and chambers of commerce and each grant must be matched in value with local funds or labor.
“Grant recipients must match the funds either monetarily or in kind, and that guarantees an excellent commitment by the recipients to make the most of the money they receive,” NCOT director Dan Lewis said.
Requests for grants are meticulously reviewed by NCOT staff and an advisory board before being approved by the commission. This round of grants was approved at the December commission meeting. For more information on NCOT and the grant program, visit www.TravelNevada.biz.
Globetrotter to visit Boys & Girls Club
RENO — Buckets Blakes of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters and hundreds of children will be at the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows on Monday at 5 p.m.
Blakes will be speaking about the team’s “CHEER For Character” program, which was designed with assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.
The interactive program focuses on cooperation, healthy mind and body, effort, enthusiasm and responsibility, using the acronym CHEER.
During his visit, Blakes will incorporate the Globetrotters’ signature ball handling skills into a motivational presentation to the kids.
The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their spectacular 2010 “Magical Memories” World Tour to the Lawlor Events Center on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.