Silver Tailings: A Pig, a Dog and a Jumping Frog

"Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery," wrote Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Clemens, better known to the world as Mark Twain, was friends with a Comstock prospector named Jim Gillis.  The pair met when Clemens was still trying to strike it rich as a miner. Both men were first-class story tellers. They often spent their evenings … Continue reading Silver Tailings: A Pig, a Dog and a Jumping Frog


Thousands of Acres Scorched In Nevada Wildfire

Fire season is picking up steam in Nevada.  A wildfire that destroyed two homes in the rural neighborhood of Topaz Ranch Estates may have been caused by an illegal burn. The fast-moving brush fire in Douglas County forced the evacuation of residents and continues to send up huge plumes of black smoke. Sierra Front Wildfire spokeswoman … Continue reading Thousands of Acres Scorched In Nevada Wildfire

The Loaming of Deputy Cari Tom Owens

She was sitting at the counter of “Dippin’ Donuts,” jus’ north of Adelanto proper, working on a cup of coffee when she noticed the tiny ripples forming in the dark liquid. Before Cari could think any further -- the earth jumped forward, then backwards, splashing coffee all over the counter. She’d been in earthquakes before, … Continue reading The Loaming of Deputy Cari Tom Owens

Silver Tailings: Nevada State Prison Decommissioned

The last inmates left in January 2012, and now the 150-year-old Nevada State Prison is officially removed from operation. The decommissioning ceremony was held on the prison grounds in Carson City and was the first time the public had the opportunity to walk the grounds and see the cell blocks that at one time housed … Continue reading Silver Tailings: Nevada State Prison Decommissioned

Silver Tailings: The Speech Never Given

A historic marker displayed on the front of Dayton's Odeon Hall claims Ulysses S. Grant spoke from the balcony of the building.  And while the pages of Nevada newspapers were filled with reports on Grant's visit -- he never spoke in Dayton. The Lyon County Times in its November 1st, 1879 issue noted, "General Grant...passed through … Continue reading Silver Tailings: The Speech Never Given

Tom’s Hawaiian Scramble

Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped SPAM 1/3 cup chopped fresh pineapple 1/4 cup butter or margarine ½ cup milk 4-eggs Salt and pepper Directions: Cook SPAM and pineapple in butter until glazed. Blend in eggs. Cook over low heat, folding SPAM and pineapple into eggs. Serve while still hot.

Fort Bliss Medic Wounded

It’s always tough news to hear when a friend’s child is injured in combat. Ron Worrel’s 22-year-old son Travis is Combat Medic with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, 1-41 Infantry Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas. Ron reports Travis was severely injured when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded next to him during a dismounted patrol in a village, near Kabul, Afghanistan. Travis … Continue reading Fort Bliss Medic Wounded

Boom Box

It was a laughable moment – a woman I know exclaimed, “Let Tom pay for it, he’s in radio and famous. He make’s lotsa money.” Laughable because anyone who has ever been in radio broadcasting, whether it’s behind the microphone, sales, engineering, support or management, knows making LOTSA money is something that happens few and … Continue reading Boom Box

The Russians Are Coming

Russian "Airborne Assault Forces" will be arriving in Colorado this May for joint terror-war exercises with U.S. soldiers, according to U.S. officials and Russian military personnel cited in media reports. The Kremlin’s Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense both said it would be the first time in history that American and Russian airborne … Continue reading The Russians Are Coming

Silver Tailings: The Golden Hotel Blaze

Early on the morning of April 3, 1962, workers were welding in the basement of Reno's Golden Hotel. The oxyacetylene tank exploded, erupting into flame. The workers tried in vain to put it out, but before they could,  it was burning upward to the ground floor. New car, parked as a jackpot prize, caught fire and soon the … Continue reading Silver Tailings: The Golden Hotel Blaze