And They're Off!
Will it be Win, Place, or Show?
by Jack Smith
This is a story written for the Rural Nevada News by Jack Smith about the horse races. In celebration of their continuance we wanted to run this story in memory of Jack Smith and his hard work over the years in all events in White Pine County. Rest in Peace Jack!
The early races were administered by a county appointed Fair Board and continued this way until 1950 when thunderstorms wiped out one weekend of races and they could not pay all of their expenses. Thus it was decided to discontinue the races.
This created a voluntary group to continue with the various groups taking over individual tasks. The Rotary club handled the finances and twenty to thirty concession booths, the Lions club took care of admission and programs, and the Elks handled the pari-mutuels. The name of the event was changed to the Pony Express Days.
This lasted through 1953 and it fell apart because of the lack of interest in some of the groups. The Elks Club was asked to take over the entire program. For the 40 years, until 1993 when finances ran out, the Elks Club was in charge of the horse races. From 1994 until 2000, the Ag District and the Fair Board took over until finances forced them to drop out also.
The state legislature passes a tax on casinos to subsidize live horse racing in the state. Elko benefited greatly from this, as they were the only ones with live horse racing in the state. Because of this tax, the Ely Elks Lodge decided to give horse racing another try. With the great support from the community, business support, tourism board, and many individuals, our two days of racing in August of 2006 was a great success.
Now qualifying for the state subsidy, Ely once again continues the tradition of horse racing here in White Pine County.
Above: Jack Smith could be seen many a Saturday guarding the cantaloupe at the Renaissance Village .
The Paulick Report: Old Time Racing Trends Then and Now click to read.....
from the Great Basin National Park Website
GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARKNevada’s largest national park is filled with fabulous natural treasures, from spectacular alpine lakes to limestone caverns and even a small glacier, yet it has an unusually low number of annual visitors. Visitors to the park in spring or fall can conceivably hike for hours on backcountry trails without seeing another soul.
100 GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK
BAKER, NV 89311
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With Push to Drill in Nevada, a Failure to Consult Native Peoples
Plans to lease oil and gas drilling rights near the Ruby Mountains threaten Te-Moak tribe's culture and tradition along with local ecosystems... (click to continue reading.)
This article originally appeared in The Revelator.
April 3, 2019
BLM REOPENS PUBLIC COMMENT, ANNOUNCES NEW DATE FOR OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reopened the public comment period and changed the date for this summer’s proposed oil and gas lease sale due to the inclusion of additional parcels in the Ely District and the issuance of the new Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment on March 15, 2019.
The lease sale, which was previously announced for June 11, 2019, will now be held on July 30, 2019. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of promoting American energy security, BLM proposes to offer 200 parcels, totaling approximately 389,334 acres located in Battle Mountain, Elko, and Ely Districts, at its July 30, 2019 quarterly oil and gas lease sale. This notice reopens a public comment period that will end on May 6, 2019 for the environmental documents associated with the sale. The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com.
This comment period complies with the terms of a Preliminary Injunction issued by the U.S. District Court of Idaho in W. Watersheds Project v. BLM (No. 1:18-cv-00187-REB), which required lengthier comment periods on environmental compliance documents associated with parcels that intersect Priority or General Habitat Management Areas for Greater Sage-Grouse. The recent amendment of plans guiding management of sage-grouse habitat on BLM-managed lands in Nevada may have adjusted some habitat boundaries and may require changes to the stipulations attached to some leases offered in this sale.
Responsible energy development includes consideration of parcels nominated for leasing as well as potential resource impacts for each parcel. Additional environmental review will take place during processing of an Application for Permit to Drill, when site-specific Conditions of Approval will be placed on the permit in addition to the stipulations already attached to the lease at the time of sale.
Documents detailing compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the parcels in the Battle Mountain and Ely Districts can be viewed on the BLM NEPA Register website at https://go.usa.gov/xEQAN. Written comments will be accepted until May 6, 2019 and can be submitted online at the NEPA Register site, mailed to the BLM Battle Mountain District Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820, faxed to Thomas Schmidt at (775) 753-0325, or emailed: blm_nv_bmdo_2019OilGasLeaseEA@blm.gov. Documents for parcels in the Elko District can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xEUuG. Comments for the Elko District can be mailed to the BLM Elko District Office, 3900 East Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
The oil and gas industry on public lands in Nevada contributed $3.1 million in total economic output in Fiscal Year 2018. Continuous exploration, development, and site restoration is required to sustain production rates, jobs, income and royalties.
If you have questions please contact Melissa Jennings, (775) 482-7800, email@example.com; Thomas Schmidt, (775) 753-0343, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Tiera Arbogast, (775) 289-1872, email@example.com.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.
Mountaintop removal for mining....what harm could it possibly do? click for story...
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Nevada Northern Railway
Welcome! Here's a quick summary of what's going on up here. Click on any event below for more details. You can browse and book any Nevada Northern Railway events from this page. Hover over a date on the calendar below to see all events for that day, then click to book.
Excursion Train90 minute train ride up toward the Ruth mine, pulled by a vintage locomotive.
You can ride in the passenger coaches, or the open-air flatcar, or consider one of the following upgrades:
Evening / Special TrainsOn most Saturday evenings in the Summer, and other selected times throughout the year we have a specially themed train. They are a fun, new way to see the beautiful scenery around here. Read more about these special trains.
Be The Engineer: You operate one of our vintage locomotives out on the main line on your own special run "up the hill" toward the old Ruth Mine. Your hand on the throttle, Your hand on the brake. Your hand on the whistle. Run a locomotive.
Haunted Ghost TrainWeekend nights in October we dare to dispatch a trainfull of brave souls "Up the hill", toward the Old Ruth Mining District in search ghosts and goblins.
Polar ExpressWeekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas come experience the magic of this season as we take a journey to the North Pole to meet Santa
Caboose LodgingStay overnight in a working caboose parked on a siding in our railyard
BunkhouseStay overnight in a working railroad bunkhouse
Winter Steam SpectacularRailfans from around the world come to Ely to photograph winter steam. Early February each year.
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