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Northern Nevada Railway puts dads and grads in the same cab

(PRESS RELEASE) ELY, Nev — June is the month for grads and Dads; with school out and Father’s Day just around the corner on June 19, reward them both with a unique gift from Nevada Northern Railway. Put Dad and the grad in your life right in the cab of a locomotive — in the Engineer’s seat, hand on the throttle.

Blowing that iconic steam whistle can actually be a dream come true with the Nevada Northern "Be the Engineer & Take the Throttle” program.

This unique present for Graduation, Father's Day, birthday, anniversary or ‘just because’ is sure to be well-received and long-remembered. Plus, two can share the joy of this amazing experience. Anyone 18 or older with a valid driver's license can drive/operate a locomotive (steam, diesel or both), under Engineer's supervision. And, new for 2011, drive the locomotive WITH the train (freight cars) attached (the only other place to do this is in Poland). Prices range from $595-$3,500 - tax-free. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

On Father’s Day, June 19, all Dads ride the train for FREE. There are two trains scheduled: the 9:30 a.m. steam toward Ruth and a 1 p.m. diesel toward McGill.

Cab rides with the Engineer are available for $95 each, limit two per train.

Another unique offering is Nevada Northern’s Railroad Reality Week, with two sessions for adults and one for teens.

This Friday, June 10, begins the first Adult Railroad Reality Week and there are still spaces available. If you find yourself singing, “I’ve been working on the railroad…all the livelong day,” then this is for you. It’s a hands-on, working, learning, living, breathing experience of working on an historic railroad – one which the Smithsonian considers “the best…bar none.”

The seven-day session is $845. Enrollment is limited to just 12 persons. (There's also another adult session August 26-September 2; and a Teen Session for six days, July 24-30 for $795. All offerings are tax-free.

Summer at Nevada Northern Railway would not be complete without its Saturday Night Specials at 6:30 p.m., complete with dinner aboard the train and a souvenir. Upcoming June specialty trains are as follows:

Sat., June 11 Chocolate Train Chocolate Desserts $52/$25 ($47/$20 WP/Eureka)
Sat., June 18 Rockin’ & Rollin’ Geology Train Cornish Pasty $46/$25 ($41/$20 WP/Eureka)
Sat., June 25 BBQ Train Slow-Cooked BBQ $52/$25 ($47/$20 WP/Eureka)

The Chocolate Train will feature a dinner of decadent chocolate desserts and a souvenir glass. The Rockin’ & Rollin’ Geology Train includes a lively presentation by consulting geologist, Roger Bowers, including some mining and railroad history, and a show and tell of ore samples; plus a Cornish Pasty dinner, and a souvenir. The Cornish Pasty is a beef and potato pie-crust-like sandwich; a standard meal for miners back in the day. Finally, the BBQ Train will feature a savory, slow-cooked barbecue dinner. All dinners are prepared by Nevada Northern Railway’s own Maggie O’Brien. Bottled water and soda are included with all meals; beer and wine are an additional $3 each. Early reservations are suggested for all dinner trains, in order to guarantee seating.

The Happy Friday Pizza and Beer train continues every Friday at 4:30 p.m. and features a steam locomotive train on the Keystone Route toward Ruth. This regular fare train offers an optional add-on for pizza and beer. A large slice of pizza and a beer is an additional $6; a large pizza slice and a soda or bottled water is an additional $4. Mangia!

Kids ride FREE Mondays through Thursdays, on all regular fare trains, when accompanied by an adult. The Monday trains at 9:30 a.m. feature a steam locomotive; Wednesday and Thursday trains feature a diesel locomotive. All these trains take the Keystone Route through two tunnels toward Ruth. The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is closed on Tuesdays – until July, when it’s opened seven days a week.

All offerings at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum are tax-free, as it is a National Historic Landmark and nonprofit museum – considered “the best…bar none” by the Smithsonian. Patronage helps support the Museum and preserves this important piece of American history and culture. Memberships and unique programs are available.

For tickets and more information, please call toll-free at (866) 40-STEAM (866-407-8326), locally at (775) 289-2085 or visit our website at www.nnry.com. You can also find us on Facebook; and see action videos at www.youtube.com/nnry1. White Pine and Eureka residents receive a $5 discount on all tickets, regularly priced at $24/adults and $15/children 4-12 years. Anyone is welcome to explore the grounds with a guided or self-guided tour (complimentary with train rides) and shop for gifts and souvenirs in the Gift Shop. Open daily, except Tuesdays, starting at 8 a.m.; Friday and Saturday nights open till 6:30 p.m.; Sundays till 4 p.m. Starting in July, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum will be open daily – 7 days a week.

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Nevada's Pony Express Territory sits on 17 million acres of wide open space with 150 years of rich history, rugged undisturbed nature and black night skies. The Territory is where the Pony Express riders once galloped along its main trail, now Highway 50, connecting the six adventurous towns of Dayton, Fallon, Fernley, Austin, Eureka and Ely. Twenty years ago Life Magazine designated this section of Nevada State Highway 50 – “America’s Loneliest Road” as it winds itself thru the 1,840 miles of land called the Pony Express Territory. For more information, visit www.ponyexpressnevada.com or call 1-888-359-9449.

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Sponsored by the Carson City Downtown Business Association, our goal is to carry on a local tradition, hosting an event which showcases a monthly Downtown celebration. It’s a Saturday stroll with a glass of wine through historic downtown Carson City where boutiques, local shops, galleries, restaurants and casinos, pull out all the stops to awaken your taste buds and tantalize your senses... experience a Downtown taste sensation!.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A package of Northern Nevada lands bills — six introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-2) and one by Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4) unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.

The bipartisan support clears the way for the legislation to be brought to the House floor in September as a non-controversial suspension bill, according to a news release from Amodei's office.

The compromise agreement was made possible after adjustments to the legislation were made to a version passed in January.

UPDATE: Care Flight has taken one victim to the trauma ward of Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno following a pedestrian accident this morning at Fifth and Roop streets. A second victim was taken by ambulance. Reports to dispatch were that a woman and child were hit by a pickup at the intersection.


Carson City fire and ambulance are responding to Fifth and Roop street after a woman and an 8-year-old child were reportedly hit by a truck. Care Flight was ordered.

A Reno man was booked Tuesday into Carson City Jail on a felony charge of probation violation. Timothy Ryan Gillenwater, 25, was stopped after a Carson City sheriff’s deputy observed the vehicle he was driving speeding 50 mph in a 40 mph zone and twice crossing the white travel lane divider, according to the arrest report.

Officers could smell a slight odor of alcohol from his breath and observed four opened and empty beer cans in the back seat of his vehicle, the arrest report states.

As July closes so does Nevada Department of Wildlife's month-long BEAR Logic campaign, designed to teach residents and visitors how to live and recreate in bear county. This week NDOW advice provides tips if people should have a bear encounter.

Keep in mind that bears exhibit stress behaviors that indicate their anxiety and preference to avoid conflict with you. These are not necessarily signs of an aggressive bear.

— Moaning and woofing while avoiding direct eye contact with you.
— Clacking of their teeth and smacking of their jaws.

A few months ago, Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell was out of the state when he received a message from his city hall office that a secretary from the Navy wanted to arrange a meeting with him.

Crowell, a Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War, suspected the meeting might be about recruiting. He was delightfully wrong.

This year, the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first visit to these shores. The "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" is excited to provide two exciting Beatles events in honor of that occasion.

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health launched two new Nevada-specific websites Tuesday to help schools protect students from sexual assaults on college campuses.

The websites, www.preventsexualviolenceNV.org and www.stepupstopviolence.org, define sexual assault and consent and offer approaches for individuals, students, and community members to safely intervene when observing a potentially high-risk situation.

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 30 through Aug. 5, 2014.

The Salvation Army of Carson City is collecting Back Packs and School Supplies for underprivileged children through August 13th. The Salvation Army has been getting calls from families in need for several weeks asking for help. Children from Carson City School District, Silver State Charter School, and Douglas County School District will receive all back packs and school supplies that are collected.

Similar to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree program the Army has started an Apple Tree program with “Apples” that have a child’s wishes on it to help donors shop.

Carson City's biggest public safety awareness event of the summer is next week and organizers are looking for some added help to make this year's event fly out of the park.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will host National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mills Park.

Carson City Ward 2 Supervisor Brad Bonkowski will hold his monthly “Breakfast with Brad” on Friday, August 1, 7:30 a.m. at the Cracker Box restaurant. All Carson City residents are invited to attend.

“There are many issues right now that are provoking strong opinions from residents” Bonkowski said. He added “I’m hearing from lots of people regarding the MAC, the animal shelter, the potential corridor improvements and of course medical marijuana. It’s important that I get input from residents, and also to explain how the process will work.”

The following arrests were made by Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies from July 26 to the morning hours of July 29, 2014. Those arrested and facing charges are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

— A 43-year-old Carson City man was arrested Tuesday, July 29, 12:36 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Lompa Lane on a misdemeanor warrant charge of petit larceny. Bail: $1,000.

Douglas County is hosting the Western Nevada College “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” arts and humanities exhibition as part of a special Nevada Sesquicentennial tour sponsored by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

David H. Garza had vehicle expenses disallowed because he did not keep adequate records and evidence as Section 274(d) and the related regulations require.

He did not record the amount, time and business purpose of each business use of his truck. He worked as an outside sales representative for Time Warner Cable.

He claimed the vehicle expenses as employee business expenses on form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Time Warner Cable policy did not provide him with any reimbursement of his business driving.

A railroad mystery, Nevada history, a dog and a ghost are the central figures in a new book by author Jan Pierson, set to visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. The author will sign copies of her book “Ghost Girl in Car No. 9,” the fifth in her series “The Ghostowners,” in the museum store.

This week’s It’s Your City features Cortney Bloomer who announces a new weekly TV program, Carson TV News, to premier Monday, Aug. 4 on Charter Cable Channel 193, at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.

Follow Carson TV News at www.facebook.com/carsontvnews for updates, information and to learn more about the program. You can also submit photos and video to CarsonTVnews@gmail.com.

When you live in the stream of life, instead of fighting the current, you find a sense of peace. This is what I realized after a deer ran into my passenger side headlight this weekend on the way back from a little getaway.

What began as a battery investigation where a convenience store clerk was hit with a banana, ended with the arrest of a man after he crashed his vehicle into a natural gas line forcing the evacuation of a casino early Sunday morning, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested at 1:41 a.m. in the 2100 block of East Long Street after a vehicle and foot chase. He faces felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving willful conduct and eluding with endangerment as well as misdemeanor charges of DUI, obstructing and hit and run.

The Dayton Valley Days Committee invites crafters, vendors and anyone who wants to reach a large number of people to reserve booth space for the 26th annual street festival held in the heart of historic Old Town Dayton.
Dayton Valley Days is scheduled Sept. 20 and 21 with an expected attendance over 15,000.

CARSON CITY — Messy executions in Arizona and Ohio that made national headlines could buoy efforts by death penalty opponents to stave off capital punishment for some 80 Nevada inmates awaiting execution.

The cases could be used to pile on to the ever-growing number of legal challenges to capital punishment in the Silver State, adding the argument that the use of lethal injection should be considered a cruel and unusual form of punishment, said Clark County Deputy Public Defender Scott Coffee.