Double Down posts in Reno

Dec 17, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin
Lyndsey Langsdale (left) and Toni Ortega (right) at Lost City Farm. Photo courtesy of Rachel Hopkin/Nevada Humanities.
 
While the weather outside is frightful (fingers crossed), it's a good time to reflect upon urban farming!
 
Nevada's Hidden Stories is an occasional series that sheds light on the unique people, places, and communities which make Nevada the place we call home.  It’s produced by Rachel Hopkin and Nevada Humanities.  This report is about Lost City Farm which is Reno's first modern urban farm. It's situated on the corner of Center Street and Moran in the midtown area of the city and its the creation of two young entrepreneurs - Toni Ortega and...
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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Jul 22, 2014 | Posted by Nancy Cummings

My mother, Ruthe Deskin, a third generation Nevadan was born in Yerington, Nevada, once known as Pizen Switch. Through the years, she was fondly referred to by others as “the girl from Pizen Switch.” 

During her school years in Yerington, she served as the editor of the high school newspaper, and captain of the championship girls’ basketball team. Her best friend Mugs (Marjorie Guild Russell) nicknamed her Cutie which stuck throughout high school.

When she graduated from high school, her father moved the family into Reno as he was determined to have his children attend college.           

She graduated from UNR in 1937 with a degree...

Jul 11, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

Getting out into the open spaces this spring has been heaven, and the idea of a real slide show where you get everyone together and make them look at your travel photos like some grand explorer seems dreamy. I realize that it’s mostly fun for the person putting on the show. Slides shows have new life these days - with everyone instantly posting their experiences, dinner, oddities, etc… but the whole story at one sitting may be lost among the vast snippets of life we are endlessly shooting into cyberspace. I hope these blog posts serve to share a bit of the story as well.

On my way up to Reno for the annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua, my friend Anne Hoff and I took a...

May 21, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

I got an email from my Dad last week that said, "Hey! David Sedaris talked about Reno on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart!"

Oh dear. Usually when Reno makes it into a conversation on a national stage it's never a flattering moment -- especially when the mention is on a show celebrated for its biting wit, and said conversation is between two of America's greatest observational satirists.

If you live in the Reno area or watch The Daily Show, then you might have seen the clip or read the Reno Gazette-Journal article discussing Sedaris's comments.

Here's the brief interview clip if you want to watch before you continue reading:

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Apr 22, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

What can we say about the week of April 15, 2013?  This week must have brought back to many of us the days of September 11, with the questions of why, how, what on earth could have been the motive to take the lives of people who were just going about their everyday business.  In the case of the Boston bombing, to walk into a group of family and friends and take their lives, injure entire families, and knowing by doing such an act, ending their own lives as well.  These are questions I have been hearing all week as we talk with each other and watch the non-stop news, and think about the people across the globe who also have been living in situations of chaos and violence.

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Feb 15, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

"To Reno, the biggest little city in the world, American cradle of liberty."
"To Reno, beautiful emblem of the great divide."

Two toasts to Reno from George Cukor's 1939 film, The Women, as a train filled with women from New York head west to Nevada, the divorce capital of the twentieth century. The ONE has a great article on this Reno phenomenon, written by historian and anthropologist Mella Harmon.  As she explains, "journalists and gossip columnists called it the 'Great Divide,' a destination for divorce seekers who wanted to take 'the cure,' get 'Reno-vated,' and according to legend, throw their wedding rings into the Truckee River from the Virginia Street 'Bridge of Sighs.'"

Read Harmon's article, "...