Transcontinental Railroad

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  On May 10, 1869, the railroad   was completed with the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah. This followed an intense year of construction of the Central Pacific Railroad through the mountains and deserts of the Great Basin known … [Read more...]

Adoption: The Happy Legal Work

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If you have walked the halls of a courthouse, you’ve probably noticed people aren’t happy to be there. But, every once in a while, you might notice a smiling couple holding a baby. They stand out among the other frazzled court-goers. When I see these … [Read more...]

A tribute to our mothers

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Dennis Cassinelli  On this Mother’s Day, we will have a family barbecue to celebrate and thank all the mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers among us. This will be a time for appreciation of not only those with us today, but a remembrance … [Read more...]

Calling all Homesteaders

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  Unfortunately, no one is offering fifty acres and a mule to homesteaders any more, but the State of Nevada does offer an extremely generous homestead exemption to homeowners, which means that should you ever be in the unfortunate situation … [Read more...]

The First Indian War At Pyramid Lake

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Dennis Cassinelli         In my previous article, I told about the raid and destruction of Williams Station along the Carson River by a band of renegade Paiute Indians from the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation on May 6, 1860. The Comstock Lode had … [Read more...]

If you want to smoke weed, you’d better know the laws

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Nevada is one of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes allowing anyone to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, one/eighth ounce of a concentrate and paraphernalia associated with smoking marijuana. So with the recent … [Read more...]

I’m Just Sayin’

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by Tom Garrison © 2017 Tom Garrison As any student of English knows, it is a dynamic language. Words and phrases are borrowed from other languages, sometimes to add a bit of gravitas (Latin), sometimes for a mardi gras (French) sort of fun. … [Read more...]

Dayton’s Pony Express Stations

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Dennis Cassinelli   In 1849, Abner Blackburn and other prospectors heading to the California gold fields discovered the first Nevada gold where Gold Canyon reaches the Carson River at a place that later became Dayton. In the early 1850s, Spafford … [Read more...]

Don’t Let a Timeshare Become a Trap

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Timeshares are an extremely common form of property ownership in Nevada, which is not surprising given how important tourism and vacations are to Nevada’s economy. For some people, timeshares can be an excellent vacation option; however, for others … [Read more...]

The Pyramid Lake Indian Wars

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Part 1: Williams Station Massacre Dennis Cassinelli         This is the first in a series of articles about some of the most tragic events in the history of Nevada. About once a month, I will send out a story to describe the events that forever … [Read more...]