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Kayla Snell- 4th Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

Fourth Place Name: Kayla Snell School: Hugh Gallagher Elementary As part of the Nevada Day celebrations and to help kick-off the celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, Governor Brian Sandoval launched his annual statewide poster and essay contest for Nevada school children in October. This year’s theme focuses on Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, celebrating 150 years in statehood. The contest, which was open to all Nevada school children in grades K through 12, in district, charter, private or home schools, includes four categories depending... Read More

Reanna McVey- 3rd Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

Third Place Name: Reanna McVey School: Cottonwood Elementary As part of the Nevada Day celebrations and to help kick-off the celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, Governor Brian Sandoval launched his annual statewide poster and essay contest for Nevada school children in October. This year’s theme focuses on Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, celebrating 150 years in statehood. The contest, which was open to all Nevada school children in grades K through 12, in district, charter, private or home schools, includes four categories depending on... Read More

Stacie Laird- 2nd Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

Second Place Name: Stacie Laird School: Cottonwood Elementary School As part of the Nevada Day celebrations and to help kick-off the celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, Governor Brian Sandoval launched his annual statewide poster and essay contest for Nevada school children in October. This year’s theme focuses on Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, celebrating 150 years in statehood. The contest, which was open to all Nevada school children in grades K through 12, in district, charter, private or home schools, includes four categories depending... Read More

Mikaela Christenson- 1st Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

First Place Name: Mikaela Christenson School: Home Schooled As part of the Nevada Day celebrations and to help kick-off the celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, Governor Brian Sandoval launched his annual statewide poster and essay contest for Nevada school children in October. This year’s theme focuses on Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, celebrating 150 years in statehood. The contest, which was open to all Nevada school children in grades K through 12, in district, charter, private or home schools, includes four categories depending on... Read More

Governor Sandoval launches Sesquicentennial themed statewide poster and essay contest

Carson City – As part of the upcoming Nevada Day celebrations and to help kick-off the celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, Governor Brian Sandoval today launched his annual statewide poster and essay contest for Nevada school children. This year’s theme focuses on Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, celebrating 150 years in statehood. The contest, which is open to all Nevada school children in grades K through 12, in district, charter, private or home schools, includes four categories depending on grade level. Students in grades... Read More

Dennis Doyle – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

I am a native of Nevada. I have lived 60 years in this little piece of heaven we call the Great Basin. I have always loved the beauty of the wide open spaces and our version of “Big Sky” country, but what really fascinates me is the “little” spaces; the small springs and oasis areas that define our nature. The areas that feed and water our wild animals and the areas that provide shade for a nap! This “little space”... Read More

David Walker – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

On September 28th, my wife and I, as serious amateur photographers, wanted to visit what we call Little Finland near Whitney Pockets. We camped at Whitney Pockets with our camping trailer so that we would be close to Little Finland for an early start the next morning. We wanted to photograph some stars and our campfire lit up the rock formations surrounding the camp site creating a unique look and feel. I wanted to capture the Milky Way and the... Read More

Cheryl Hobbs – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

I call her Valentine, a mustang with a heart-shaped mark on her forehead. She roams the Mt. Charleston Wilderness. I met Valentine while taking a predawn trip toward Cold Creek with hopes to see wild horses and elk in the area. She greeted me at sunrise, grazing in the desert below Bonanza Peak. Nevada’s outdoor spaces thrill me. Adventure is limitless and scenic wonders are infinite. As a 25-year Las Vegas local, I’m still in awe of my surroundings. As... Read More

Chip Carroon – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

As an avid hiker on BLM lands, I was interested in an exploration of the Muddy Mountains Wilderness in Clark County. Though close to Las Vegas, I had heard that visitation of the area was low. It seemed like my kind of place. Access is somewhat difficult but I was pleased to find excellent exposures of the red, Aztec Sandstone on my hike toward Muddy Peak. These outcrops are essentially fossilized sand dunes from a Sahara-size desert that existed here... Read More

Michael Balen – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

I took the photo because of the intense profusion of wildflowers that bloomed in the area during spring 2013. The time of day offered low-angle sunlight and nearly perfect lighting and contrast conditions. The clouds added to the scene and the illumination of the Sheep Range in the background added to the sense of place. I was attempting to emphasize the contrast between the concept of the dry, brown desert and the unusual occurrence of abundant wildflowers in a place... Read More

Kent A. LeFevre – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

The Rainbow Mountain Wilderness is one of my favorite places. This image was taken early in the morning after a winter storm swept through the Red Rock escarpment. The sun was beginning to burn off the low enveloping fog. The outside temperature was below freezing and it was snowing as I packed all my gear to the spot I had in mind near the Oak Creek Trail. As the fog lifted, I was amazed at the grand vista and the... Read More

John Boehmke – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

The photo was taken from the crest of the Sonoma Range, looking north. The Sonoma Range is just south of Winnemucca. It was taken October 31, 2011, so the vegetation was in good fall colors. I was hiking with my daughter, Gretchen Westhoff, who lives in Winnemucca. We enjoy hiking in the beautiful mountains of Nevada. Image Copyright © 2013 John Boehmke – All Rights Reserved.

Scott Mortimore – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

There are few places in the world as rich in public lands as Nevada. If you see a mountain you want to climb, a rim you want to hunt, a stretch of desert you want to explore, odds are it’s there for the taking. You simply go. This photo of the first light on a sage hen hunt in northern Washoe County just seemed to capture that sense of freedom. Image Copyright © 2013 Scott Mortimore – All Rights Reserved.

Michelle Jetzer – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

The picture is at the entrance to Red Rock National Park, just as the sun was setting and the moon rising. I had moved to Vegas only three weeks prior and was out exploring what Nevada had to offer. I was taken back by the peacefulness the desert had knowing Las Vegas was only minutes away. I now go there periodically with my dog to enjoy the beauty and serenity it provides. Image Copyright © 2013 Michelle Jetzer – All... Read More

Shanell Owen – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

I took this particular photo because it showcases one of the many beautiful spring areas in Elko County. One would have to personally experience how breathtaking it is, but I think the picture reflects it to some degree. Image Copyright © 2013 Shanell Owen – All Rights Reserved.

Jamey Pyles – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada helped celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial by seeking photos that highlight Nevadan adventures and activities on public lands and historic sites. Winning photos are featured on the BLM site and the Nevada Sesquicentennial site. Image Copyright © 2013 Jamey Pyles – All Rights Reserved.

Dominic Gentilcore – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada helped celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial by seeking photos that highlight Nevadan adventures and activities on public lands and historic sites. Winning photos are featured on the BLM site and the Nevada Sesquicentennial site. Image Copyright © 2013 Dominic Gentilcore – All Rights Reserved.

Ali Smith – BLM Nevada Photo Contest Winner

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada helped celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial by seeking photos that highlight Nevadan adventures and activities on public lands and historic sites. Winning photos are featured on the BLM site and the Nevada Sesquicentennial site. Image Copyright © 2013 Ali Smith – All Rights Reserved.

Nevada 150 on KNPB

“Nevada’s 150th Anniversary,” The Battle Born State embarks upon a year of pride and reflection.  Host Brent Boynton explores some of the highlights, including the fascinating story about Admiral Halsey’s Saddle.  Visit Nevada’s Sesquicentennial website for more information or to tell your own story at:  www.Nevada150.org Following is a link to Brent Boynton’s story:  http://watch.knpb.org/video/2365115574/  

Patty Cafferata, I Traveled the Back and Main Roads of Nevada

I moved to Reno just before my 10th birthday in 1950. At the time, Reno boasted about being the biggest city in the state with a population of about 50,000. I graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School and Bishop Manogue High School, both schools were situated along the banks of the Truckee River. After I married Treat Cafferata, a Reno native, I graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. We are the parents of two daughters, Elisa and... Read More

Social media channels created to encourage public’s engagement

Nevada 150 Social Media Outlets Established Social media channels created to encourage public’s engagement  Carson City — Nevada 150 is encouraging all Nevadans to participate yet one more way in the Sesquicentennial through social media channels created for the celebration including:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and a blog. The social sites will act as additional resources to keep users informed of stories, events and facts related to the celebration in the Silver State. The website, www.nevada150.org, also plays an... Read More

Parus Dudley, Growing up with a Game Warden

I remember that my Dad Earl Dudley became a Nevada State Game Warden in 1948 and seemed to work the entire northern half of Nevada based out of Elko.  Back then things were a little different and it was not unusual for Dad to take his two sons along on his patrols, they were 6 and 7.  We learned to fish, hunt, trap, use a bow and arrow, camp out, and had every type of pet one could think of. ... Read More

Phil Aurbach

My dad moved to Vegas in about 1950 from Florida where gambling was questionable.  He was a pit boss at the Desert Inn when it opened. Life or Look magazine have a huge picture of the casino workers who were hired for the opening.  I never saw this picture until I was on the second floor of the Mob Museum.  The picture was blown up to about 4′ by 6′ and I noticed my dad.  I scanned a picture I... Read More

Sandy Hawkins, 6 Generations of the Savage Family in Carson City

I can’t separate this place, Carson City, Nevada, from what I know of the nature of my family past and present.  All of my personal relationships were with my dad and two of his older brothers.  Sure, I met my grandmother once or twice.  She was nearing 80 and living in San Francisco.  I possess a single, vivid memory, at around age six, of screeching, bright blue parakeets darting at my head while an austere old lady glared at me. ... Read More

Joan Henderson Reil, From Pioche to St Thomas to Las Vegas

My story starts with some ancestors, Luke Syphus and Christiana Long, living in Nevada as early as 1864 in Clover Valley, Nev., east of the Humboldt Range, (presently Barclay).  Over the years they moved to Panaca then Mesquite before they ended up in St. Thomas, Nev. that was once under water from the building of Hoover Dam. From the waters receding one can now see the foundations of the home and business that my great great great grandfather, Luke Syphus... Read More

Euskal Jaiak, Celebrating Basque Culture

For the last 50 years, Basque families from throughout the American West have gathered in Elko, Nevada on 4th of July weekend to celebrate their culture and the opportunities afforded them in the USA. Filmed over the three days of the 2013 National Basque Festival, “Euskal Jaiak: Celebrating Basque Culture” offers the viewer an all-embracing view of this multi-faceted event. This film is part of Nevada Stories, an online video project of the Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Program, funded through... Read More

Jon Ralston, After 29 years, home means Nevada to me

The interview barely lasted a half-hour before Charlie Zobell, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s city editor, offered me the job covering the night police beat. “Wow,” I thought to myself, “I am either the greatest thing since sliced bread or they are desperate to find someone, anyone to take this job.” When I walked into the newsroom a couple of weeks later, I knew the answer. “So you’re the sucker they finally found,” one of my new colleagues snickered. That was... Read More

Nevada 150 Celebrates Veterans Day with Statewide Events

Carson City, NEV. – Nevada’s Sesquicentennial is celebrating Veterans Day with statewide events taking place throughout the week.  Nevada residents and visitors are invited to join the celebration and demonstrate patriotism by honoring those who have fought for Nevada and the Country’s freedoms.  Following is a listing of statewide Veterans Day events that kicks-off Nov. 8 and continue through Nov. 17: Nov. 8-10: Laughlin Veterans Festival.  Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Laughlin.  http://www.laughlinveteransfestival.com/ 702-795-7772. Nov. 8-10: Annual Veterans Day Powwow.... Read More

Nevada Day Parade Pictures

Here are some great pictures of the Nevada Day Parade. A big thank you to those who attended this event and special Thank You to Neena Laxalt who shared the photos with us.  

Don Newman

Home means Nevada to me…..although I was not born in Nevada, my family arrived in Las Vegas in 1960 and in Nevada we have stayed. Growing up in Las Vegas in the 60’s and 70’s was an incredible time for me. A product of Crestwood Elementary, Fremont Junior High, Las Vegas High and Valley High schools, my life was shaped by many incredible events and opportunities that were taken for granted each and every day. Walking to or from school... Read More

Nevada State Society Pictures

Great photos of the kick off celebration held by the Nevada State Society in Washington DC on Tuesday October 29th. A big thank you to our entire delegation; Senator Reid, Senator Heller, Congressman Heck, Congressman Amodei, Congresswoman Titus and Congressman Horsford for attending this event. A special Thank You to Josh Navarro who took all these photos and shared them with us.

Nevada 150 Unveils New Website

New design connects the celebration to Nevada communities Carson City — The Sesquicentennial Commission revealed a new design for Nevada 150’s official website, www.nevada150.org, which includes more information about how Nevadans can get involved with the Sesquicentennial celebration. The newest additions to Nevada 150’s website include upcoming events, storytelling and education resources.  A new feature on the website allows Nevada communities to submit requests to make their events official Nevada 150 events.  Communities all around the state have the chance... Read More

Andy Kirk, UNLV History Department

I moved to Nevada in 1999 with my wife and three month old son to start a job at UNLV. Within a few hours of pulling into Las Vegas I drove to the Red Rock National Conservation area and took a trip around the scenic loop. I was one of the only people on the road that afternoon and it was glorious. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard more about such an amazing place. It was a feeling I had... Read More

Nevada 150 Kicks-Off Celebration with Statewide Events

Carson City, NEV. – Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, a yearlong celebration commencing late October, will kick-off with a weeklong Nevada Day celebration and series of statewide events planned Oct. 24 – Nov. 3. Nevada residents and visitors are invited to participate in many of the first wave of events to celebrate 150 years of statehood. Nevada’s Sesquicentennial kick-off events include: Governor’s Nevada Day Banquet: On Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m., the Third Annual Governor’s Banquet will take place at the Grand... Read More

Third Annual Governor’s Banquet to Celebrate Nevada Sesquicentennial

Event kicks-off year-long birthday festivities Carson City, NEV. — Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will host the Third Annual Governor’s Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. This year’s banquet celebrates 75 years of the Nevada Day Parade and kicks-off the Nevada Sesquicentennial celebration. The banquet includes a no-host bar and dinner service. Activities include a live and silent auction, special guest speakers and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from the night benefit... Read More

Nevada Sesquicentennial Medallions Nearing Sell-Out

High Demand Calls for Subsequent Mintages Reno, Nev. – As Nevada’s first sesquicentennial commemorative silver medallion reaches a near sell-out of the first mintage, additional mintages of the medallion have been approved for further pre-orders. The first production date has been set for Friday, Oct. 25, the observance of Nevada Day, at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nev. “While demand has been overwhelming and we are nearing a sell-out of the first design of the sesquicentennial medallions for... Read More

Nevada Sesquicentennial Medallions Available for Purchase

Nevada Sesquicentennial Medallions Available for Purchase Orders now being taken through the Nevada Legislative Gift Shop Reno, Nev. – Orders for the first of four commemorative medallions marking Nevada’s 150th birthday are now being accepted through the Nevada Legislative Gift Shop. Considered a collector’s item, the silver medallions are being manufactured from a 1,000 ounce bar of silver mined from Coeur Mining’s operation in Rochester, Nev., to commemorate the state’s Sesquicentennial celebration. The first production date has been set for... Read More

Nevada 150 new site launched!

The Nevada 150 website recently launched in preparation for its 150th anniversary. Nevada is celebrating its admission into the Union as only Nevada could: by promoting the independent spirit of state through education, tourism and history. Check out the commemorate Sesquicentennial website which was designed educates folks about the celebration and allows people to get involved. The Sesquicentennial celebration will  commence on Nevada Day 2013 and will conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration on October 31, 2014.

Sandoval Announces Availability of 150th License Plates at DMV

Governor Brian Sandoval announced that the 150th anniversary license plates will be available at metropolitan DMV offices beginning July 29th. The plates will be available at rural offices beginning July 31st. Sandoval also announced that beginning July 9th, DMV offices will begin accepting orders for personalized 150th license plates. In June the Nevada Legislature approved and Governor Sandoval signed into law AB 24, which authorizes a specialty license plate in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission into the Union. The... Read More

Nevada 150 Seeks Business Partners For Commemoration

Reno. NEV. — As Nevada gears up for its year-long celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of statehood, the Nevada 150 statewide planning committee is seeking to identify interested marketing and merchandising-related professional services and consultants for consideration by the Statewide Commission for opportunities related to the Sesquicentennial Celebration. All qualified Nevada-based businesses that specialize in fundraising, public relations/communications, merchandising and website development are invited to participate in a request for qualifications and proposals. The current statewide planning committee will begin... Read More

Nevada’s 150th Logo Winner

Governor Brian Sandoval unveils Nevada’s 150th logo Statewide contest marks one year countdown to celebration Reno – Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval tonight announced Faiss Foley Warren, a STATEWIDE public relations agency, as the winner of Nevada’s 150th anniversary logo contest. The Governor unveiled the anniversary logo at the Nevada Day Governor’s Banquet to mark the one year countdown to the year-long celebration commemorating Nevada’s 150th anniversary of statehood. As part of the Celebration’s first pre-event initiative, Nevadans were invited design... Read More

Ralph Burns, Paiute Language Teacher

Ralph Burns is an accomplished language teacher and knowledgeable about the oral traditions of Paiute culture. He regularly tells traditional stories, myths and legends in both Paiute and in English. Here he tells a mythological tale about the Stone Mother, that explains the origins of his people. He tells the story at the actual site of the dramatic Stone Mother figure, a Tufa formation on the shores of Pyramid Lake. The Stone Mother is an important figure in the storytelling... Read More

Mike Williams, Paiute Decoy Weaver

Born and raised in Carson City, Mike Williams is a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. He is dedicated to creating accurate replicas of the canvasback duck decoys woven by his ancestors in ancient times, as a way of honoring and perpetuating their culture, heritage, and traditions. According to the archaeological record and their own oral traditions, the Numu (Northern Paiute) were resident in Nevada for many thousands of years before they encountered Euro-Americans. They lived in proximity to large... Read More

Supatra Chemprachum, Thai Dance Choreographer

Born in Thailand, Supatra Chemprachum moved to Las Vegas in 1986. She learned folk and classical Thai dances and how to teach them from her mother, who was a well-known performer in Bangkok. Supatra founded the Thai Cultural Arts Association (TCAA) in 1993 to preserve and promote Thai traditions in Las Vegas. Her deep knowledge of Thai culture and traditions are evident in the elaborate costuming, intricate choreography, and informative explanations included in the dance productions she presents. Under her... Read More

Bill Maloy, Saddle Maker

Bill Maloy was a renowned saddle maker and silversmith. He opened his first saddle shop in Reno in 1959 at the age of 22, and continued to build hand-crafted saddles, prized and collected, as well as used by cowboys and celebrities up until a few months before his passing in March 2011. Maloy was born in 1936 in Visalia, California, a center of vaquero-style saddle making and silver engraving, giving him a head start in his profession. He began making... Read More