New Advice: Trust but Verify


“Just the facts, ma’am,” are one the most popular words ever spoken in the 1950 through the early 70’s TV crime drama known as, “Dragnet.” The show was created and produced by Jack Webb, who starred as stoic Sergeant Joe Friday. Over the years, “Just the facts,” has been parodied and used in various forms … Continue reading New Advice: Trust but Verify

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Biden Calls for Gay Rights Bill


Vice-President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. He said it was time for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA. Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign … Continue reading Biden Calls for Gay Rights Bill

The Nevada Actor with Three Names


A question that comes up regularly in film trivia quizzes is to name The Magnificent Seven. It's easy to start with: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn. Harder still is naming number six, Horst Buchholz. But what about number seven, the man who portrayed Harry Luck? “Actor Brad Dexter, who rode with Yul … Continue reading The Nevada Actor with Three Names

Common Core: An Assault on States’ Rights.


It states in the 10th Amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a set of national K-12 educational standards. Proponents of Common Core want you … Continue reading Common Core: An Assault on States’ Rights.

Farad Hydroelectric Power Plant


The Farad Hydroelectric Power Plant, located about 18 miles upstream from Reno, was constructed in 1899 by Truckee River General Electric Co, the predecessor of Sierra Pacific Power, (known now as NV Energy.) The facility was originally built to fulfill an electrical power contract with the Comstock Pumping Association of Virginia City. As a side note -- Virginia … Continue reading Farad Hydroelectric Power Plant

The Genial Irishman of Patrick Creek


It was New Year’s Eve 1904, when 84-year-old miner, George Dunn was found dead in his isolated cabin near Patrick Creek, along the Smith River. Doctors who examined his body said the crime was committed earlier in the week. Dunn, a well known miner was reputed to be quite wealthy. Described as a genial Irishman and who … Continue reading The Genial Irishman of Patrick Creek

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During his recent ‘State of the City,’ speech, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini claimed the economic picture for the city has stabilized and some revenues will increase over the next couple of years. However, Martini also said he expects to make cuts upwards of $1.9 million, but doesn't expect any layoffs. I responded to an online posting about his … Continue reading Tool

Lessons from the Crimea


It was December 1994 when the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. was signed in Hungary. The memorandum’s purpose is to provide security to Ukraine for agreeing to the ‘Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.’ The 'Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons’ design is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and technology, to … Continue reading Lessons from the Crimea

Banning a Word Doesn’t Change Nature


Jus’ in time for International Women’s Day, the chief operation officer for Facebook and author of the book "Lean In," Sheryl Sandberg is heading up a campaign to ban the word "bossy," saying the word stops girls from “pursuing leadership roles.” I think it’s more about money and yet another attack on free speech. “This … Continue reading Banning a Word Doesn’t Change Nature

Late 1890’s San Francisco Mint Mystery Heats Up


The California couple who found a stash of buried gold coins in February 2013 valued at $10 million may have found money stolen from the US Mint in 1900. According to U.S. treasure laws, the anonymous couple could have it taken away from them. The coins, dated from 1847 to 1894, are mostly Double Eagles, … Continue reading Late 1890’s San Francisco Mint Mystery Heats Up

Klamath’s ‘Old Ned’ Hunter


'Old Ned' Hunter, who is standing in front of Cate's Brothers Auto Garage, in the town of Klamath,  in March of 1927. He’s the father of Martin's Ferry operator, Jim Hunter and Tolowa native, Amelia Brown. He was raised as an Indian, although his father, "Nigger John" was Black.  Old Ned is also a survivor of the Brother Jonathan … Continue reading Klamath’s ‘Old Ned’ Hunter