Whoa! We spent $22m on what?

By Sherman Frederick Do you believe in UFOs – unidentified flying objects? How about UFPs – unidentified funded programs? Mark me as curious about UFOs, but dead set against UFPs, especially when the UFP is about UFOs. That’s the gift the … [Read more...]

The night before a Comstock Christmas

A poem by Dennis Cassinelli ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the mines, The men heard the whistles that signaled the time. From the bowels of the earth, they were pulled to the top, Up out of the shaft, then they came to a s … [Read more...]

The tragedy at Susan’s Bluff

Dennis Cassinelli         I first heard about the legend of Susan’s Bluff over 40 years ago from Oliver Perondi, a fellow employee at the Nevada Department of Transportation. We were traveling east on Highway 50 a few miles east of Dayton when he p … [Read more...]

Tax reform debate falls down a rabbit hole

If you are trying to follow the debate in Washington about tax reform in its various and evolving iterations, you are likely to come away muttering: Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure. This past week the House passed its version of tax reform … [Read more...]

Medicare changes revealed for 2018

By Andrew Bird Every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) publishes updates to Medicare’s deductibles and copays for the following year. CMS recently released the changes for 2018 and there are some worthy of note if you a … [Read more...]

Carson City’s V & T Shops

Dennis Cassinelli           When the V & T Railroad reached Virginia City from Carson City in 1869, the owners built the original engine house and repair shops for the railroad in a small building at the southern end of Virginia City. By 1872, … [Read more...]

Stay Alert on Medicare Plan

Always be on the alert for what your Medicare plan does not cover. Just like with other health insurance coverage, Medicare insurance doesn’t necessarily cover everything. Obviously, you know what your deductibles and co-pays are, but you also n … [Read more...]

More about Potosi

Virginia City’s older sister Dennis Cassinelli           Since I wrote a previous article about the similarities and differences between the old silver town of Potosi in Bolivia and our own Virginia City here in Nevada, I have had some questions f … [Read more...]

Stand-Alone Plans Help Seniors

By Andrew Bird Medicare is a great program for seniors. It covers a lot of the major medical costs that accompany many of us as we age, such as most stays at the hospital and most major surgeries. If you are on Part B it will even cover most … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Contribution to the Civil War

Dennis Cassinelli           No sooner had the Pyramid Lake Indian Wars ended and fear of attack from hostile Indians subsided in the Nevada Territory and on the Comstock in 1860, the American Civil War began. Fortunately, the Comstock militiamen ha … [Read more...]