Double Down posts from August 2014

Aug 18, 2014 | Posted by Daniel Enrique Pérez

In their heyday, Tuscarora and Jarbidge had populations of approximately 4000 and 1500, respectively. Today, they each have less than 100 year-round residents. Whereas they at one time had enough residents to sustain schools and other vital services, they are now at risk of becoming ghost towns. And if it were not for the commitment and love that locals indefatigably demonstrate for these unincorporated communities in Elko County, Nevada, they would surely become specters of an era long past. Instead, they remain full of life and unique opportunities for engaging with others and nature.

I had the privilege of visiting these two areas for the first time in early August of this year. Tuscarora is approximately 50 miles northwest of Elko while Jarbidge sits 100 miles northeast;...

Aug 14, 2014 | Posted by Denny Hope

(Guest blogger Denny Hope was born and raised in Reno, and attended North Valleys High School. Currently attending TMCC, Denny is pursuing degrees in English and Communications.)

I can’t remember the first time I saw Robin Williams on screen. He was present in various movies of my childhood: Hook (1991); Aladdin (1992); Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); Jumanji (1995); Jack (1996); Flubber (1997). I can recall that by the time the latter was released I not only knew who Robin Williams was, but I knew that he was special.

I was 5.

I don’t know how I came to recognize an actor as ‘great’ before I could spell the word recognize……or actor…..or great, but it happened. Maybe my parents pointed at the screen and told me...

Aug 10, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

This is my last blog as a Nevada Humanities staff member.  Friday was my final day with the organisation and on Saturday I started the 2000 mile plus drive from Las Vegas to Columbus, OH, where I’m due to embark on a PhD in Folklore in a couple of weeks.

Working for Nevada Humanities has been a privilege, as has being in Nevada.  I’ve lost count of the number of different places I’ve lived in as an adult but the Silver State definitely ranks among my favourites.

As a way of marking my moving on, I thought I’d make a list of the top five things I’m going to miss about living here.

In no particular order:

  1. THE SPRING MOUNTAIN RANGE:  Red Rock Canyon, Blue Diamond Hills, Lovell Canyon, Mount Charleston; these beautiful places - all so close to hand to my...
Aug 6, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Who would own an independent bookstore in this day and age?

Christine Kelly, that’s who. 

Christine is the owner of Sundance Books and Music in downtown Reno, the silver state’s largest independent bookstore. I was privileged to spend some time with this wonderful woman as she’s the focus of the latest edition of Nevada’s Hidden Stories (an occasional series that sheds light on the unique people, places, and communities that make Nevada the place we call home). 

To find out more about Christine’s journey to her role at the helm of Sundance, take a listen here:

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