November 1, 2013 |
In Elko poets gather to dodge Nevada chill To read, hold forth and blather As versifiers will. This January hoedown joins horsemen and their kin to artists who aren't highbrow. One year I will sneak in. In other words, the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nev., is staging its 30th Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2014. The programming honors horsemen Bill and Tom Dorrance.
April 30, 2013 |
Poker fanatics in Nevada now have an online play-from-home option to gamble. The first legal online poker website launched Tuesday in the Silver State, home to the casino city of Las Vegas. The site, UltimatePoker.com , went up just two months after the cash-strapped state legalized online poker. PHOTOS: The strangest business sponsorships Nevada had been racing to beat New Jersey, which also legalized online gambling, in implementing wagering websites.
July 25, 2013 |
O.J. Simpson, the former football superstar who has become just as well-known for his twists and turns through the criminal justice system, said he regrets the crime that put him into a Nevada jail cell. Speaking to Nevada parole officials from prison Thursday, Simpson, 66, said he's been a model prisoner and asked for leniency. Parole officials are expected to rule on the request by next week, spokesman David Smith told the Los Angeles Times. Simpson has been at Lovelock Correction Center, about 90 miles from Reno, since 2008, when he was sentenced to up to 33 years on a variety of charges stemming from what he said was an attempt to regain his sports memorabilia from dealers.
February 26, 2013 |
Nevada State Sen. Don Gustavson knows how long and boring some of those drives across the Silver State can be. So he wants to speed things up a bit. On Monday, he introduced a bill that paves the way for Nevada to increase the maximum speed limit to 85 mph in those areas where state transportation officials determine that speed is safe. If enacted, the new speed limit would match the one in Texas for the nation's fastest. “I drive on rural roads a lot here in northern Nevada -- my district is huge,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
October 21, 2013 |
Living on a golf course is supposed to be a good thing. But it seems that someone forgot to inform a Nevada man that it comes with the occasional errant shot in your backyard. Jeff Fleming of Reno has pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon after shooting a golfer whose wayward ball shattered a window at his home beside the Lakeridge Golf Course last year. The 53-year-old Fleming became so enraged that he ran onto the course with a shotgun and fired a single round.
April 12, 2013 |
Officials in Nevada's isolated Pershing County want to make it perfectly clear: When it comes to the wild-and-wacky Burning Man festival held each year in their midst, they're not going to get burned financially. Not even close. The want to increase their bill for law enforcement and security for the Labor Day weekend bacchanal in the Black Rock Desert, on land overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. So far, state legislators aren't buying any price increase plans. A Nevada legislative panel this week narrowly approved a bill to prevent the sprawling county (population 6,734)
August 15, 2012 |
Sometimes the town of Sparks, Nev., located just outside Reno in the state's northern reaches, still seems like a Wild West holdout featuring the ghosts of all those shoot-'em-up cowboys. Well, Sparks lived up to its old gun-slinging ways this week, but this time with a dash of Barney Fife panache straight out of Mayberry: a movie-goer accidentally shot himself in the buttocks the other night during a showing of the movie"The Bourne Legacy. " Police say a 56-year-old man, permitted to legally carry a concealed weapon, shifted in his seat and a handgun dropped from his pocket.
August 30, 2013 |
UCLA opens against Nevada at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night. The Bruins hope their season ends there too - perhaps in the Rose Bowl game. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: Under the gun The Bruins will see some version of the pistol offense, a scheme that flopped in Westwood for two seasons. Nevada averaged 514.9 yards per game last season, ranking the Wolf Pack eighth nationally. Quarterback Cody Fajardo threw for 2,786 yards and gained another 1,121 rushing.
February 18, 2010 |
In November 2008, Alex Gevedon cast his presidential ballot for Barack Obama, joining thousands of independents who helped deliver an unexpectedly huge win for the Democrat here in Nevada. But ask his feelings about the president today and Gevedon lets out a long burst of air, as though he -- and not just his view of Obama -- was rapidly deflating. He sighs once. Twice. "Honestly? I didn't think the country would stay that bad this long," Gevedon finally says. He is 23 and works part-time doing cleanup work at a surgery center.
May 9, 2010 |
When federal Judge Brian Sandoval stepped off the bench last fall, the political aristocracy all but anointed him as Nevada's next governor. After all, look at his chief primary opponent. That would be Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons — gaffe-prone, reviled by many legislators, embroiled in a bitter divorce, accused of extramarital affairs and sued by a cocktail waitress who claimed he tried to assault her. Yet, politically quirky Nevada has a way of defying conventional wisdom.