Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nevada Magazine Highlights Reno-Tahoe Territory

Photo: Chris Talbot
Nevada Magazine’s November/December 2011 issue — the Reno-Tahoe Territory Special Edition — will be available soon on newsstands throughout Nevada. In it are a feature on Lake Tahoe ski resorts and a roundup of northwestern Nevada cities and towns, including Carson City, Reno, and Virginia City.

Also highlighted are Reno-Tahoe Territory’s lakes and parks, the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, noteworthy events in the territory, and a history story titled “The Six-Week Cure,” about Reno’s liberal divorce laws in the 1930s and the effect they had on the city.

The issue concludes Nevada Magazine’s 75th-anniversary year. To celebrate the milestone, the magazine covered Nevada’s six tourism “Territories” in 2011, customizing each of the year’s six issues to honor Las Vegas Territory, Pony Express Territory, Cowboy Country, Indian Territory, Nevada Silver Trails, and, finally, Reno-Tahoe Territory. Read all the Territory issues here.

Nevada enthusiasts can package the six special Territory issues with other great Nevada Magazine products such as the 75th-Anniversary Edition and 2012 Nevada Historical Calendar. The magazine is offering a number of great holiday gifts, such as the Nevada Lover's Package. Find out more at, or by calling 775-687-0603.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Great Basin National Park Celebrates 25 Years

Great Basin National Park's Lehman Caves.
Superintendent Andy Ferguson welcomes visitors to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center Thursday, October 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the park’s establishment in 1986. During the all-day open house there will be special displays. Light refreshments will be served at 10 a.m.

Due to this special occasion, Ferguson will suspend collection of cave-tour and camping fees for the day. There are four scheduled tours of Lehman Caves at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. There are 20 spaces per tour. Advance ticket sales (no fee) will be taken until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26. You can also call 775-234-7331 (ext. 242) to request an advance ticket. If there are any spaces remaining, they will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Campground fees will also be suspended for the night of October 27.
Nevada Magazine's June 1987 cover,
featuring Great Basin National Park.

The Western National Parks Association Bookstore at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center will offer a 15% discount on all products including cards, maps, books, and games.

On behalf of Great Basin National Park, Ferguson expressed his appreciation for all of the support and goodwill that has been shown over the past 25 years. He hopes to be an even better neighbor in the years to come.

View more photos from Great Basin National Park here. Read more about Great Basin National Park and Pony Express Territory's other parks here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nevada Magazine’s 2012 Historical Calendar Now Available

Early 1900s Lake Tahoe is featured on the cover of the 2012 calendar, which also includes black-and-white images from Carson City, Las Vegas, and Reno.
The 2012 Nevada Historical Calendar, produced by Nevada Magazine, is now available for purchase. For 40 years, Nevada residents and enthusiasts have enjoyed the award-winning wall calendar full of black-and-white photographs from years gone by. It also makes for a great holiday gift.

Each calendar is $12.99 plus $4 shipping and handling. To order, visit, or contact Publisher Janet Geary at 775-687-0603 or

Nevada state employees can get the calendar for a special price of $10 each by contacting Pati Stefonowicz at 775-687-0633 or

Also available are a number of exciting subscription offers, such as the Nevada Lover's Package, which make great holiday gifts as well. The Nevada Lover's Package includes the 2012 Nevada Historical Calendar, the 191-page 75th-Anniversary Edition, six 2011 issues dedicated to Nevada's Territories, and a one-year (six issues) subscription.

To learn about the the many combo offers available, visit, or call Geary at 775-687-0603.

Nevada Press Association Honors Nevada Magazine

Left to Right: Melissa Loomis, Carrie Roussel, Matthew B. Brown, Janet Geary, Tony deRonnebeck. Not Pictured: Charlie Johnston, Sean Nebeker, Pati Stefonowicz
Nevada Magazine won First Place-General Excellence, and Editor Matthew B. Brown was named Outstanding Journalist, among other accolades, in the Magazines category of the 2011 Nevada Press Association awards. Plaques and certificates were distributed at a ceremony at the historic Piper's Opera House in Virginia City on Saturday, October 15.

Among Nevada Magazine's other distinguished honors are:

Advertising General Excellence

Best Page Designer(s)
First Place: Tony deRonnebeck
Third Place: Sean Nebeker

Best Entertainment Writing
First Place: Charlie Johnston

Best Regular Department
First Place: “History

Best-In House Promotion
First Place: Sean Nebeker, “We're Traveling Nevada

Best Multiple Photo Essay
First Place: Tony deRonnebeck (designer) and various photographers, “Wildflowers of Nevada”

Best Feature Story
Second Place: Charlie Johnston, “Tales From Las Vegas

Best Illustrated Photo
First Place: Steve Woodbury (Nevada Commission on Tourism), “Rhyolite

Best Feature Photo
First Place: Rachid Dahnoun (freelancer), “Pyramid Lake”

A complete list of 2011 Nevada Press Association award winners can be found here. Nevada Magazine also won First Place-General Excellence in 2009, the first year the Nevada Press Association added magazines to its annual awards competition.

"This is especially rewarding during our 75th-anniversary year," says Publisher Janet Geary. "We are extremely honored to be recognized by our peers in the journalism industry."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sandoval Declares October Nevada History Month

Governor Brian Sandoval signed a proclamation on September 30 declaring October Nevada History Month. Sandoval selected the month of October because Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864. 

“Nevada is a state with a rich history, borne of different Nevadans' experiences,” Sandoval says. “Visiting a museum, a park, or reading a history book during this month can help Nevadans better understand their own families’ history. History helps us understand all that we are today.”

During history month, Sandoval will be tweeting historic trivia every day from his twitter account @GovSandoval using the #nvhistmo hashtag.

Kicking off historic trivia, on September 30 in Nevada history in 1935, Hoover Dam was dedicated. To learn more about the Dam, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation has put together a classroom lesson plan on the Dam. It can be found here: “The Greatest Dam in the World”: Building Hoover Dam.

To read more about Nevada history, visit Also, visit the Nevada state museums or parks websites. Much of Nevada’s history can be discovered at Online Nevada Encyclopedia as well.