Second Story Man

Somewhere in the back of my mind I sensed I might be walking into an ambush. But I also knew I had to face the five men at some point so I decided the sooner, the better. Normally I would have come up the back stairs of the barracks as the door to my room … Continue reading Second Story Man


As Goes Superman — So Goes the Nation

Superman has started a stink by declaring he intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship in a move aimed at giving him more global authority. He makes the decision in "Action Comics" No. 900. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, who created the comicbook hero, must be spinning in their graves. It has caused anger among readers who liken the Man of Steel's declaration … Continue reading As Goes Superman — So Goes the Nation

Buying Someone Else’s Diary

For 25 years now, I have searched to find "The Journals of Alfred Doten," a three-volume set, weighing in at roughly forty-pounds. They were edited by Walter Van Tilburg Clark and published by the University of Nevada Press. Each volume contains plates from engravings, photographs and maps and are bound in cloth with spines lettered in gilt. … Continue reading Buying Someone Else’s Diary

Washoe Schools Need to Return to the Basics

Washoe County School District Superintendent Heath Morrison says making $35 million in budget cuts could mean laying off for as many as 200 teachers, administrators and support staff, and dipping again into school book funds and reserve accounts. During the same town-hall meeting one parent said if she had it to do over she wouldn't … Continue reading Washoe Schools Need to Return to the Basics

Ensigns Resigns; Heller Expected to be Appointed

Reno 2011 -- The Senate Ethics Committee says it will complete its investigation into Nevada Senator John Ensign despite his resignation.  However the committee cannot take disciplinary action against Ensign once he is no longer a senator, but could issue a statement on Ensign's behavior and even recommend a criminal investigation. As recently as last … Continue reading Ensigns Resigns; Heller Expected to be Appointed

Greasing Online Gambling in Nevada

Reno 2011 -- Last week a top Nevada state Legislature lawyer said it was okay for three state lawmakers to take overseas trips last year at the expense of an Internet poker company.   Legislative Counsel Brenda Erdoes says she told state Senate Democratic Majority Leader Steven Horsford and Assembly members Kelvin Atkinson of North Las … Continue reading Greasing Online Gambling in Nevada

The Man Under the Hat

UNR President Milton Glick was having dinner at a restaurant with his wife Peggy when he suffered a massive stroke, later dying at a Reno-area hospital. Glick, a one-time chemistry professor and former executive vice-president and provost at the University of Arizona, became UNR's 15th president. The news article was typical, run-of-the-mill stuff. It's what … Continue reading The Man Under the Hat

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are located on 47 acres and offers everything from colorful floral displays to crashing waves. The weather makes it a garden worth visiting year-round. It includes formal gardens, a coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and coastal bluffs overlooking the ocean. In … Continue reading The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens


First off, I'm not a ghost-hunter, a paranormal investigator, a medium or a sensitive -- but I have seen a few unusual things from time-to-time. Call it imagination or call it supernatural -- I'm not in the business of explaining these thing -- I'm jus' telling of what I observed and how I responded. To preface … Continue reading Shadow

The Strange Case of Key Pittman, U.S. Senator

The rumor started with the senator's aide telling a newspaper reporter they were "keeping him on ice." And like many rumors, it became more interesting than the truth. Key Pittman was playing cards with friends the night before elections when he fell ill. A doctor was brought to his room at the Riverside Hotel and … Continue reading The Strange Case of Key Pittman, U.S. Senator