Behind Roff Way

We call it the Roff Building, mostly because we don't know what else to call it and it sits on the corner of Roff Way and West 1st Street.  Roff Way gets its name from a prominent Reno family that helped settle the area in the 1860's. Built in 1936, my wife and her business partners … Continue reading Behind Roff Way


Services For Two Aurora Shooting Victims

Praised for her boundless energy,  family and friends gathered in San Antonio to remember her.  Jessica Ghawi, who narrowly escaped a shooting in Toronto earlier this year, has been laid to rest. "If this coward could have done this with this much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love," her brother, Jordan told … Continue reading Services For Two Aurora Shooting Victims

“The Dark Knight Rises” Massacre

The suspect in the shooting at a Colorado theater is reportedly telling police he's the Joker, Batman's arch nemesis and is known for chaotic violence. This, according to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.  The suspect is 24-year-old James Holmes and is in the Arapahoe County Jail in Centennial, a suburb of Denver.  Aurora police … Continue reading “The Dark Knight Rises” Massacre

Silver Tailings: Bombing Run Over Elko

Somebody shouted smoke was pouring from the old warehouse behind the Post Office, the one used to house roofing and construction materials along with electrical equipment. Immediately, a call went out to the fire department. Elko only had a volunteer fire department, with five trained members and several dozen volunteers in August 1964. By the time the … Continue reading Silver Tailings: Bombing Run Over Elko

Silver Tailings: Mina is for Ferminia

Mina was founded as a railroad town in 1905 and was named for Ferminia Sarras, also  known as the "Copper Queen."  Sarras came to Nevada sometime around 1881, which was the date she was first listed on Esmeralda County tax records, described as "Spanish Lady, Belleville." Writing in the September/October 2011 edition of "Nevada Magazine," … Continue reading Silver Tailings: Mina is for Ferminia

Andy Griffith Remembered in Northern Nevada

Andy Griffith, who played Sheriff Andy Taylor in the fictional town of Mayberry, died at the age of 86. Born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1926, Griffith graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1949 with a degree in music. He originally planned on being a preacher, but instead became a teacher. After … Continue reading Andy Griffith Remembered in Northern Nevada