A Land of Great Diversity...and sometimes the "unexplained"
Above photo by Patricia Fua
Highway 50 Across Nevada
By Lorraine Clark
Often called “The Loneliest Road in America”, Highway 50 extends east to west across the middle of Nevada. It follows the routes of the Butterfield stage line, the Pony Express, and the Lincoln Highway. These routes were all put in place following the paths the Shoshone Indians had used for hundreds of years following the deer and other game the Indians hunted.
But people have found that traveling this route is a scenic way to see the rural side of Nevada. The beautiful, high desert basin and range land has tree-covered mountains and beautiful valleys with sagebrush, the state flower, and a variety of wildlife. Wild horses, deer, elk, coyote, rabbits and eagles can all be seen while traveling this wide open country. Herds of cattle and sheep, being moved along by cowboys on horses is a look at the old west that is alive and well here.
There are several small towns along the road including, Baker, Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Dayton, The road then runs into Carson City, the state capitol. These towns offer full services of gas, food, motels and hotels, and lots of museums. Special events that are held along the way provide entertainment that often evolve around the history of the area. Some of the more unique include the Sheepherders Gathering held in January in Baker that is based on the stories of the Basque sheep herders in the area. The Lincoln Highway Car Show is held in April in Austin. And Fallon hosts the Spring Wings with activities for bird watchers hoping to catch sight of many birds in the wetlands around Fallon. The Pony Express Re-Ride takes place in June with riders carrying the mail along the Pony Express route. Riders can be seen carrying special mail pouches called mochillas.
Progress and growth in these communities can be seen with new motels, restaurants,
housing, and retail businesses all being built. Nevada is the 5th fastest growing state in the country with people coming for jobs, and a better life style. While Las Vegas and Reno offer all the bright lights and glitz with big city amenities, the small towns along Highway 50 are the rural side of Nevada. Friendly people welcome you to enjoy their communities and events. Each of these communities has websites with all the information needed to plan a trip along this route and see the rural side of Nevada.
Ruby Valley Contains Many Hidden Treasures
Photography above by Kade Rogers
Photography above by Kade Rogers
From the website : Ruby Lake
BLM Accepting Comments on Environmental Assessment for Nevada December Oil and Gas Lease Sale
Nearly half the bid and rental receipts from lease sales go to the state of Nevada to directly support public education, infrastructure improvements and other state-determined priorities.
ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada is opening a 30-day public comment period on its preliminary Environmental Analysis (EA) for a proposed Dec. 10, 2019 oil and gas lease sale. A total of 451 parcels encompassing 777,197 acreslocated in Lincoln and White Pine counties are proposed for lease. This notice initiates a 30-day public comment period on associated environmental documents that opens Aug. 8 and closes on Sept. 6, 2019.
The BLM is a key contributor to the Trump Administration's America-First Energy Plan, an all-of-the-above strategy that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals, and renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, and solar – all of which can be produced on public lands.
By statute, the BLM is required to offer quarterly oil and gas lease sales of available federal lands. These lease sales represent parcels that have been through environmental review and public comment. The BLM issues both competitive and non-competitive leases for a 10-year period. A lease is a contract to explore and develop any potential oil and gas. A lease may earn an extension if the lessee establishes production; otherwise the lessee pays an annual rental fee.
Responsible energy development includes thoughtful consideration of parcels nominated for leasing as well as potential resource impacts of decisions to lease. An additional environmental review will take place during processing of an Application for Permit to Drill (APD), when site-specific Conditions of Approval will be placed on the permit in addition to the stipulations attached to the lease.
The BLM generated a record $1.1 billion from 28 oil and gas lease sales in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The oil and gas industry on public lands in Nevada contributed $3.1 million in total economic output in FY 2019. Revenues from onshore oil and gas production on federal lands directly fund the U.S. Treasury and state budgets, and they support public education, infrastructure improvements, and other state-determined priorities. Nearly half the bid and rental receipts from lease sales go to the state of Nevada. The state also receives half of the revenue from royalties if oil and gas are developed on the lease.
The preliminary EA, maps and attached stipulations can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xyJrr. Public comments must be submitted in writing to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301 or faxed to Tiera Arbogast at (775) 289-1910.
Please note that the most useful public comments are substantive and identify issues relevant to the proposed action. These may question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of information, methodology or assumptions, and present reasonable alternatives other than those analyzed. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences, or comments that are essentially identical to other comments, will not be specifically addressed in the environmental review process.
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your public scoping comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information, contact BLM Planning and Environmental Coordinator Tiera Arbogast at (775) 289-1800.
Nevada Northern Railway
CAMPING HUNTING FISHING
1500 Aultman St.
Ely, Nevada 89301
Hey! Where are you going after the raid on Area 51?
Here is one sighting in Ely not far from the Extraterrestrial Highway
Find this, and many other books on Amazon about the history of UFO sightings etc in the high desert of Rural Nevada as well as in the Mohave. Don't accept 'Vegas as your only destination when you visit Nevada because we are so much more of a complete package. Nevada has it all!
...( from Amazon website) "Nevada has been a UFO hotspot for more than 100 years. In this first book to ever present a comprehensive history of extraterrestrial encounters in the Silver State, you will find a dazzling array of sightings, landings, face-to-face encounters, abductions, and even UFO crash/retrievals arranged by decades. With eighty-four percent of the state owned by the Federal Government (more than any other state) Nevada’s military bases have been deluged by sightings. UFOs hovering in the heart of Las Vegas, dramatic UFO-car chases in the remote Nevada deserts, cases of aliens walking among us—they’re all here, and more. Read about Truman Betherum, who had a series of encounters with friendly humanoids, and country singer Johnny Sands, who had a face-to-face visitation with strange ETs in the desert outside Las Vegas. Find out about the 1962 UFO crash over Las Vegas and what really is going on inside the super-secret Area 51. The truth is so strange, it will be difficult to accept."
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696 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301775-289-4929
A Land of Surprising Diversity