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National Train Day at the Nevada Railroad Museum set for May 10

V&T McKeen Nevada State Railroad Museum
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May 10, 2014 - 10:00am

To commemorate National Train Day the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will operate and offer rides on May 10 aboard Virginia & Truckee Railway's McKeen motor car No. 22.

The car entered service for the V&T on May 9, 1910, and was retired in 1945. No. 22 is the only restored and operable McKeen motor car in the world. In 2012, the Secretary of the Interior granted the No. 22 National Historic Landmark status, which recognizes the McKeen motor car's significance to United States history.

Virginia and Truckee Railroad season begins with annual Mother's Day train to Virginia City

Mothers will be the star passengers Sunday, May 11 on a special edition train ride from Nevada's capital, Carson City to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City.

Tickets are on sale now for a window seat into Nevada's Old West aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The ride features storytelling, history and lore, shopping, a long stem rose for mom, and brunch opportunities in Virginia City.

Virginia and Truckee Railway at mid-century featured at March 20 Carson City lecture

The Carson City Historical Society will present its first "Third Thursday" lecture of 2014 with "The Virginia and Truckee Railway at mid-century and beyond: A personal glimpse," by Steve VanDenburgh.

The March 20, 6 p.m. presentation is at the Business Resource Innovation Center, also known as BRIC, which is a partnership of Carson City Library, Office of Business Development, Building, Engineering, Planning and Business Licensing, located at 108 E. Proctor Street.

V&T Wine, Cheese and Dessert Train set for April 12

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April 12, 2014 - 9:30am

The Fifth Annual V&T Wine, Cheese and Dessert Train, sponsored by the Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary, will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The Train departs Carson City Eastgate Depot at 10:00am for a trip through the Comstock to Virginia City and will return to Carson City at 3:00pm. Tickets are $70.00 per person. Ticket includes: Wine, Cheese and Dessert to and from Virginia City, lunch in Virginia City, a shuttle to and from the Virginia City station to Main Street, plus other amenities.

Text of Carson City Mayor's State of the City speech

Read the full text of Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell's State of the City speech, after the jump.

Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau launches new seasonal promotion video

The Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched the first of several video promotions on Youtube.

Produced by THS Visual Production's Todd Simon, who also does video production for the Nevada Commission on Tourism, the 2 minute, 53 second spot is a seasonal highlight of Carson City, said Joel Dunn, executive director of CCCVB.

Train sends Santa off one last time in Carson City today at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

Today is the last railroad run with Santa Claus at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.

The historic and picturesque V&T Railway steam locomotive No. 25 pulls the Santa Train, departing from Carson City’s Wabuska Depot at the corner of Fairview Drive and Carson Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All seats are $3 and children 3 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the depot.

Santa Train at Nevada Railroad Museum delights families Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 14-15

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Santa Claus makes room for lots of children on his express runs at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 14 and 15.

The historic and picturesque V&T Railway steam locomotive No. 25 pulls Santa Train, departing Carson City’s Wabuska Depot at the corner of Fairview Drive and Carson Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All seats are $3 and children 3 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the depot on days the train operates.

Polar Express holiday train aboard V&T Railroad sells-out third straight year

It’s a proven hot ticket to catch a ride from Carson City to the North Pole. For the third year, The Polar Express train aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad has sold out. More than 16,000 passengers secured tickets on the Christmas season-flavored, children's story-inspired holiday passenger train.

Even with the addition of 18 more trains representing 6,500 seats over last year’s 10,000-plus capacity, a 66 percent increase, the train’s popularity continues to grow, V&T officials note.

Polar Express tickets aboard V&T Railroad going fast, seats on four dates remain

With the holiday season just weeks away, THE POLAR EXPRESS train is cannonballing down the fast track, with nearly all tickets aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad sold out.

The Nevada Day 2013 celebration continues all weekend long

As an "Old Timer" who was born and raised in Carson City, the Nevada Day celebration has always been something special in my life.

Through many years of living in Carson City, I have enjoyed many of the activities associated with the celebration of our state's admission to the Union, way back on October 31, 1864.

Carson City man jailed on felony weapon and drug charges

A 41-year-old man with an extensive criminal history in Carson City was arrested Wednesday and faces felony charges of being a felon in possession of a loaded weapon, possession of methamphetamine and prescription drugs. A 25-year-old female passenger with him faces two misdemeanor charges.

Franklin Trevino was stopped for speeding 11:18 p.m. in the area of Saliman and 5th Street. According to the arrest report, officers patrolling paced the Chevy sedan Trevino was driving doing 35 in a 25 mph zone. The vehicle also crossed over and straddled the yellow line for nearly one city block.

Historic steam train rides this weekend in Carson City at Nevada Railroad Museum

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will offer a special run of the famous V&T Steam Locomotive No. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.

Normally operated only on summer holiday weekends and for Santa Train, the historic and picturesque locomotive will pull the train, giving visitors a rare opportunity to ride the rails and photograph the equipment in fall splendor.

Special steam train event planned for Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson

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October 12, 2013 - 10:00am

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will offer a special run of the famous V&T Steam Locomotive No. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13. Normally operated only on summer holiday weekends and for Santa Train, the historic and picturesque locomotive will pull the train, giving visitors a rare opportunity to ride the rails and photograph the equipment in fall splendor.

Empowered Lives Through the Cancer Journey Fundraiser - Spirit Train

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October 19, 2013 - 5:00pm

Empowered Lives Through the Cancer Journey Fundraiser Event - Spirit Train V & T Railroad "F" St. Train Depot Virginia City Evening of Fun ! Night includes a train ride, music, beer, wine, appetizers, silent auction, raffle, costume contest, MUST BE 21 or older to attend $55.00 per individual or $100.00 for 2 For tickets or more information contact Crystal Lopez @ (775) 883-3336 or email crystal@sierracancer,com

ALL PROCEEDS goes directly to helping local cancer patients & their caregivers

It's Your City with Candy Duncan of the V&T Railway discusses the season and upcoming Polar Express

V&T Railway's Candy Duncan is this week's guest on It's Your City. Candy discusses the train from Carson City to Virginia City that has hosted more than 10,000 rides this season. She also discusses the popular Polar Express trains set to fire up during the holiday season. Candy is joined by a special guest from the North Pole. For tickets go to www.vtrailway.com.

Local nonprofit Ventana Sierra to host Monster Ball fundraiser

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October 26, 2013 - 8:00pm

Ventana Sierra, who is a local non-profit who helps homeless and aged out foster kids with housing and college tuition, is hosting a Monster Ball as their major fall fundraiser.

The event will be held at the Plaza Hotel confrence room on October 26th from 8 PM to Midnight, and is for adults ages eighteen and over.

There will be a live DJ, costume contest, food, games and prizes, and much more. Tickets are on sale now for $25.00 and are being sold at V&T Pet Clinic at 2230 South Carson Street.If you have questions about this event, please call 775-384-2290.

V&T Halloween Spirit Train: A fundraiser to help cancer patients and their caregivers

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October 19, 2013 - 5:00pm

Take part in a special evening of historic trains, spirits (beer, wine), music, and special treats for adults 21 years of age and older to help local cancer patients and their caregivers.

The non-profit foundation, Empowered Lives through the Cancer Journey, housed at the Sierra Nevada Cancer Center, is hosting this adults-only fundraising event – an evening of Halloween fun and gaiety. The event is scheduled for October 19, 2013 at 5 p.m., at the V&T Railroad, F Street Station in Virginia City.

Polar Express Carson City holiday train tickets on sale now

Returning with more rides and seat options for its third season after two consecutive years of sold-out tours, tickets to the Carson City Polar Express aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad are on sale now for the 2013 holiday season.

With just 30 trains in the U.S. that travel to the North Pole, the Polar Express aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad has captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of children, their parents and grandparents making the train tour into a holiday tradition for Carson City area families.

Historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad adds two 'Toast of the Canyon' tours to season

Date night takes a trip back in time Saturdays on the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad “Toast of the Canyon” route. Wine and appetizers are served aboard the round trip historic steam engine excursion through the Carson River Canyon, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.

Discounted V&T Railroad fare offered in August to Nevada residents

Nevada residents receive 25 percent off a round trip train fare on the historic V&T Railroad in August. The discount is good for adult, child and senior/veteran fares for the Sunday 10 a.m. steam engine departures. (Twenty-five percent discount with online ticket purchases by using the code: NEVADA).

Motorcyclist injured after Highway 50 crash near Dayton Hill

A motorcycle crash on Highway 50 near Mound House late Thursday morning sent a Carson City man to the hospital via Care Flight, the Nevada Highway Patrol reports.

The crash happened at 11:45 a.m. near Dayton Hill around mile marker 4 east of Carson City, said NHP Trooper Barbara Stapleton. The motorcycle rider, David Reed, 44, of Carson City rear-ended a 1999 Subaru driven by a 59-year-old Dayton woman.

Kids ride historic V&T trains for free Fridays through summer

On track with summer vacation, the historic V&T Railroad now offers adventure-seeking children 12 and under the chance to climb aboard and ride a diesel train for free every Friday through summer.

Service today for Nevada advocate for elderly, former Carson City Supervisor Janice Ayres

UPDATE: A funeral service for Janice R. Ayres, a longtime Carson City resident and champion for the elderly and disabled in Nevada, will be held today, Friday, in Carson City at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Musser and Division streets.

A gathering for family and friends of Ayres will follow at Cafe at Adele's, 1112 North Carson Street.

Ayres was 92 when she died May 27, 2013.

Nevada advocate for elderly, former Carson City Supervisor Janice Ayres dies

Janice R. Ayres, a tireless advocate for the elderly and the disabled, an unshakable Democrat and former member of the Carson City Board of Supervisors died Monday morning at Carson Tahoe Hospital after battling cancer. She was 92.

Ayres was the executive director of the Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, a position she held since 1979. RSVP Board member Charlie Abowd confirmed her passing and said directors will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss arrangements.

V&T steams up for season

The summer season for the V&T Railroad opened Saturday with nearly 190 excited people boarding three historic passenger cars lined up behind the V&T No. 18 steam engine.

Ride the rails into history, V&T season begins this weekend

History fills every rivet, trestle, whistle blow and clatter of the tracks. On Memorial Day Weekend passengers can take a journey more than 150 years old and join the ghosts of miners, gamblers, persons of ill-repute and politicians on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

Children's choir gives voice to historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad season

A 60-second radio spot sung by the Sierra Nevada Children's Choir will be used as part of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad 2013 advertising campaign.

V&T Railroad season kicks off with Mother's Day train

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May 12, 2013 (All day)

This Mother’s Day, give Mom a window seat back in time with a tour of the Wild West aboard the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Sunday, May 12.

This special edition train ride from Nevada's capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City, will provide Mom with a long stem rose, Old West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery.

Historic V&T Railroad opens season with Mother's Day wild west train ride

This Mother’s Day, give Mom a window seat back in time with a tour of the Wild West aboard the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Sunday, May 12.

This special edition train ride from Nevada's capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City, will provide Mom with a long stem rose, Old West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery.

Dog Hit By Car on Hwy 50 and Left For Dead - Rescued

Wednesday morning this dog was struck by a car on Hwy 50 in Mound House, just under the V&T overpass, and left for dead. A good Samaritan stopped and picked him up, took him to Lone Mountain Vet in Carson City.

Last call to submit your Carson Memories photo to win cash, prizes and become part of historic mural

Carson Memories, Carson Nugget, Beverly Caputo, mural, art
Carson memories, mural, Carson Nugget, Beverly Caputo, Star Anderson, history

Time is running out for you to submit your photo or photos for the “Carson Memories” contest. The deadline is Friday, March 22, 2013. Photos selected will become part of an historic mural exhibit on display at the Carson Nugget. The mural is being painted by renown Gardnerville artist, Beverly Caputo.

The three top submissions selected will win prizes; 1st is $500; 2nd is an iPad; 3rd is a Kindle Fire.

After BLM trapping, advocates suggest wild horse sanctuary for Carson City

Efforts by wild horse advocates to stop the trapping of 11 horses this week may have been dashed but there are plans in the works to see if the horses can be allowed to roam elsewhere, including the Silver Saddle Ranch. Margie Quirk addressed the Carson City Board of Supervisors Thursday.

Fourth Annual V&T Wine, Cheese and Dessert Train

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April 6, 2013 - 10:00am

It is time to welcome spring with good friends, good wine, good food and a great Train Ride on the Comstock! The V & T Wine, Cheese and Dessert Train, sponsored by the Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary, will be held on Saturday, April 6, departing Carson City Eastgate Depot at 10 a.m. for a trip through the Comstock to Virginia City.

Tickets aboard historic Comstock-era V&T Railroad line on sale now

Nevada's window into the Old West is now wide open with tickets available aboard the historic Comstock-era Virginia & Truckee Railroad which launches its 2013 season in May with runs from Carson City to Gold Hill and Virginia City through October.

Watch it Live: Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting

The board of the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau will meet today to discuss, among other things, hiring an interim executive director. The board began its search for the interim director after Candace Duncan retired in December.

'Bonanza' TV show fans to hold 2014 Roundup Convention in Carson City

A fan club of the TV Show "Bonanza" has announced it will hold its 2014 Bonanza Roundup Convention in Carson City at Gold Dust West.
The event is set for June 26-30, 2014 and marks a return to the Silver State, which hosted a similar Roundup in 2009.

According to the official Bonanza Roundup website, Carson City organizers have planned to open up many locations and homes that were a part of the popular TV show that ran from 1959 to 1973 with 430 episodes.

Mural Project spotlights talents of local artist and seeks to engage community

Carson Nugget mural
Carson Nugget mural
Carson Nugget mural
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February 1, 2013 (All day)

The white walls on the second floor, outside the banquet rooms of the Carson Nugget, are in the process of being transformed. Right now they contain the mural paintings of Kit Carson, V&T Railroad, Dat So La Lee, the Carson Mint, Carson Nugget, Roosevelt’s Speech Capital Building, Carson Brewery and Capital Building; but soon those walls could contain so much more.

“The hope is to show Carson City’s uniqueness as well as the love and pride we have for our home and community,” said Gardnerville artist Beverly Caputo.

Love Our Pets Wine Tasting

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February 8, 2013 - 5:00pm

The Love our Pets Wine Tasting will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.
The event is sponsored by the Carson Animal Service Initiative and will be emceed by Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at:
Purple Avocado (www.thepurpleavocado.com/)
Artsy Fartsy (www.artsyfartsyartgallery.com/)

Polar Express tickets aboard Carson City V&T have sold out; two options available for train enthusiasts

The 2012 Polar Express train aboard the historic V&T Railway in Carson City has sold all of its tickets, officials said. The all-ages train ride is set for 15 different dates, Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. The V&T officially sold all 10,794 of its tickets as of Thursday, said Candy Duncan, executive director of the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Enter to win four tickets aboard the Polar Express

“All Aboard!” for your chance to win four tickets for your family (or friends) on the Polar Express Tuesday, Nov. 20. Enter by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

Tickets going fast for Polar Express Holiday Train on V&T Railroad

Weeks away, the 2012 Polar Express train is on the fast track Carson City countdown, with 80 percent of the coach class and nearly 99 percent of the VIP Parlor Car tickets sold. This time last year, 39 percent of tickets had been purchased.

Santa Train Fun for Families Dec. 1,2,15,16 at Nevada State Railroad Museum

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December 1, 2012 - 9:00am

Santa Claus will make an express run on the Nevada State Railroad Museum’s steam train pulled by V&T Railway locomotive No. 25 on two December weekends. The museum’s Santa Train departs Carson City’s Wabuska Depot at the corner of Fairview Drive and U.S. 395 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 and again on Dec. 15 and 16.

Trains run continuously throughout the day, sun, rain or snow. Each Santa Train trip leaves the depot as soon as Santa and passengers have boarded. Tickets are $3 per seat and available at the depot.

Invest in the Future

Perhaps if Carson City wasn't so quick to give million-dollar tax breaks to move car dealerships down the street; and spend millions more on a tourist train the public doesn't even want, the city might not have to resort to divisive bond elections to fund basic services like libraries.

It's sad to see so many people unwilling to give something back to a community they claim to love. Unfortunately you're about as likely to get a good deal on a car from those grateful dealerships as the new V&T is to pay for itself.

Three-hour Nevada Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. along Carson Street route

Sunny skies and crisp fall temperatures are in motion for the 74th annual Nevada Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. down Carson Street in Carson City. The three-hour four mile-long parade features hundreds of colorful floats, high-stepping equestrian units, and spirited marching bands from throughout the state. The traditional 10 a.m. flyover of military aircraft from the Fallon Naval Air Station and Nevada Air Guard will kick-off the parade.

Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau director Candy Duncan to retire

After 21 years serving as executive director of the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Director Candy Duncan has announced her retirement.
She will officially retire on Jan. 1, she told the board in a letter. During her tenure, Duncan oversaw the transformation of Carson City as a travel destination, changing the tourism paradigm by highlighting the area's rich history and modern amenities as attractive attributes to luring visitors to the capital city.

Outdoors with Don Q: Celebrate Nevada Day 2012

As an "Old Timer" who was born and raised in Carson City, the Nevada Day celebration has always been something special in my life.
Through many years of living in Carson City, I have enjoyed many of the activities associated with the celebration of our state's admission to the Union, way back on October 31, 1864.

Halloween train ride aboard V&T to raise money for cancer patients and caregivers

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October 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

All aboard the V&T Railroad for an unforgettable Halloween train ride where the living spirits of Northern Nevada can lift and embolden cancer patients and their care givers.
The Oct. 27 Halloween V&T train is a fundraiser for the nonprofit foundation Empowered Lives through the Cancer Journey, an organization established to support, encourage and empower both the patient and their caregivers throughout their cancer treatment.

V&T McKeen Motor Car designated as National Historic Landmark

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced the designation of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad McKeen Motor Car #70 based in Carson City as one of 27 national historic landmarks.
Calling the McKeen Motor Car #70, Virginia & Truckee Railway Motor Car #22, "the best surviving example of the first commercially viable application of internal combustion power in a self-propelled railroad car" the designation possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States, Salazar said.

Four-day Nevada statehood bash celebrates the Silver State's military past, present and future

Nevada Day festivities will celebrate the 148th year since joining the union with the theme, “Honoring Our Military and Families Past, Present and Future” Oct. 25-28.

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