Marcella Marie Dennison, 60, of Wakeman, Ohio, passed away on October 22, 2022. Marcy, as she was better known, was born on June 25, 1962, to Ted and Madge Dennison (nee Greyeyes) in Reno, Nevada, joining her sister, Cheryl Renee. In 1965 the family relocated to Crescent City, California, where Ted and Madge divorced. Later, … Continue reading Marcy Dennison, 1962-2022
My Cousin Elmo says, "I had the slowest, rudest and nastiest cashier today. I’m done using the the self-checkout."
In her British accent, Texas asked Bishop, as he paid Helene for the cup of coffee, "How long should I keep mums outside in these colder temperature?" Bishop wrinkling his face, said, "I wouldn't leave your mom outside, ever." "Not mum," Texas shot back, "Mums!" Bishop took a sip of coffee, rolled his eyes, and … Continue reading Mums the Word
Watercolor and ink, 8 x 11 inches
CORRECTION: In tiny print is the address 1630 S. Commerce St., Las Vegas, Nev., 89102 -- home to Culinary Workers Union Local 226...so not only dishonest but a misdirect... Every day until Tue., Nov. 8, we will be bombarded with political mailers and ads in Nevada. I generally throw them away without ever looking at … Continue reading Another Distorted Political Ad
My Cousin Elmo says, "It would be fun if Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, changed the bird logo from blue to red, jus' so we could see a few heads explode."
Perhaps I ought to pay a bit more attention to how I ask a question. The other morning I heard my wife pass air. Then she came down the hall only to do something not in her nature. "Whew!" she announced. "I have bad gas." "Where do you think it came from?" I asked, wanting … Continue reading Passed Air
The tension was palpable that late morning. Some who were there might have even said you could have cut it with a dull knife. The two groups, one made up of the 'woke' crowd, the other 'unwoke.' Because what else could one call them? Fascists? Nazis? MAGA Republicans? They shouted names, pejoratives, slurs, and insults … Continue reading Dance Off
My Cousin Elmo says, "I self-identify as a conspiracy theorist. My pronouns are they/lie."
The witches sat in their sewing circle, stitching together skins of whatever flesh they had gathered since the Wednesday midnight meeting of the week before. The oldest of the coven asked, "Have any of you eaten at that new spoonery, 'The Cockroach and Cauldron?'" Several of the knarled grotesques answered 'yes.' "How was it?" she … Continue reading The Cockroach and Caldron Review
Watercolor and ink, 8 x 11 inches
She and her husband had purchased the three-acre farm in the early Spring, and she was still exploring its features the morning after the first heavy rain swept through the area. With her dog, she set off towards a large tree with a newly formed pool of water next to it. The water filled a … Continue reading Black Pool
My Cousin Elmo says, "Jehovah Witnesses don't celebrate Halloween. They don't like random people coming to their door."
My Cousin Elmo says, "The worst thing about getting up at four in the morning is knowing some people do it jus' so they can exercise."
Inside the Virginia City Silver Terrace Cemetery, a historical plaque commemorates Mary Jane Simpson. Like others of her kind, she spent hours in darkness, working the tunnels beneath the town. Mary Jane was a mule. So when she died in the Great Fire of 1875, the miners placed an inscription on her grave: “The within … Continue reading E Clampus Vitus: Preserving the Smaller Histories
My Cousin Elmo says, "Properly inflated tires can save three cents per gallon, but properly counted ballots can save three dollars a gallon."
It is odd that I should think of Lily and miss her after so many years of doing neither. We worked the swing shift as security officers and were often paired up on the casino floor or the hotel hallways. She is a petite Latina, born in Nicaragua, but tough as nails when push comes … Continue reading Lily
My Cousin Elmo says, "Had Adam and Eve been Rednecks, they have ignored the apple and eaten the snake and we wouldn't be in all the trouble we're in today."
The off-broadway play, An Awkward Inheritance, is coming to Piper’s Opera House this July. Written and directed by Elise Maurine Milner, a New York City-based playwright, producer, and director, she grew up in Virginia City before founding her own theatrical production company in 1999. It will be the first time she has brought her talent … Continue reading New York Playwrite Brings Her Work Home
Batman bought Catwoman a drink. She spent the rest of their date slowly pushing it off the table.
Sam Clemens traveled through Wyoming in what was then the Nebraska Territory while heading for the Nevada Territory with his brother Orion. Sam often sat atop the stagecoach and drank in the scenery mile after mile while Orion sat inside the coach, bouncing on top of the mailbags. In 1872 Clemens, now more widely known … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Travel Review
Pencil, 8 x 10 inches
New vending machines, courtesy of the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) offer self-tests for COVID-19, but none for Storey County. The vending machines are situated to reach the most people, with approximately 9,000 people using the Bonneville Transit Center daily and an untold number at Mesa View Regional Hospital. The tests are free, but a … Continue reading No Candy or Soda Here
Godmonster of Indian Flats is a 1973 movie written and directed by Fredric Hobbs and stars Christopher Brooks, Stuart Lancaster, and E. Kerrigan Prescott. Hobbs, who died in 2018 at the age of 86, made only four films in his cinematic career but going by the evidence of "Godmonster," he crammed in more outré ephemera … Continue reading The Time a Godmonster came to the Comstock
Since March, after being forced to take up printing of the Comstock Chronicle and sister publication, Dayton Valley Dispatch, we have enjoyed the use of a building whose foundation was poured in the late 1940s. Our paper's tiny shop is part of a two-room structure on F Street that fronts now a caved-in and secured … Continue reading Hale & Norcross: Where the Present and Past Come Together
For hundreds of years, the Lahontan cutthroat trout swam in the alpine rivers and streams of the Sierra Nevada. By 1938, the fish was believed extinct. The 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City resulted in the clear-cutting of forests in the Tahoe Basin and beyond, coating the rocky river beds with sawdust … Continue reading A Quick History of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
Two-day-old reheated coffee, three handfuls of stale cashews, a shower, and clean clothes, and I am finally sitting at my keyboard. And that was the easy part. Severe depression is hell, ya'll! Forty-five years ago, I would have arrived at work, pulled the news from the wire, and preread the paper before passing it to … Continue reading Weird in a Severely Depressed Way
Virginia City unveiled a statue honoring a woman with a unique place in Comstock history. "True, she was a woman of easy virtue. Yet hundreds in this city have had cause to bless her name for her many acts of kindness and charity. That woman probably had more real, warm friends in this community than … Continue reading New Wood Carving Goes in Place of Diseased Tree
Pencil, 8 x 11
Since it was family night, my assignment was pretty straightforward: take photographs of families, moms, dads, and kids having fun. But before the evening was over, things would take a decidedly nasty turn for the worse. As I looked for my next shot, I found myself cornered by three men wearing faded denim vests and … Continue reading The Pusillanimous Motorcycle Gang
It was the pained scream that alerted me to the fact the two neighbor boys were on the front porch. It is one of their favorite places to hang out and play. Rushing outside, I found one of the boys with a hammer in one hand and a large sewing pin in the other. The … Continue reading The Shallow End
Multimedia, 10 x 14 inches
The invite came from Texas, a woman born and raised in England and nicknamed after the 28th state in the Union. It read: "You are invited to the Virginia City Idioglossic Breakfast Club gathering this Monday at 9 a.m." Fuzz répondez s'il vous plaît'd immediately. The morning of the gathering came, and Fuzz learned it … Continue reading The Idioglossic Breakfast Club
For years I have called myself a 'mediocre man,' not because I don't try hard, but because I have not found that source that leads to an increase in paychecks or fame beyond my self-belief. I can write, photograph, draw, paint, produce short videos, and do all kinds of broadcasting. But none of these have … Continue reading Random Thought About Myself
Watercolor and ink, 9 x 12 inches
Markleeville, Calif., resident Susan Korngold recently learned from a cousin doing their family tree that she was related to James Fennimore, half-brother to her great-great-grandfather. In 1900, William Hickman Dolman described James as a "frontier hunter, and miner, a man of more than ordinary ability in his class, a buffoon and a practical joker: a … Continue reading A Discovery Worth its Weight in Silver
Acrylic and ink, 10 x 14 inches
All along the Comstock, Adolph Sutro is synonymous with mining and engineering, having designed and built the tunnel that bears his name. In early 2021, Friends of the Sutro Tunnel approached the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation (JASHP) if they would donate historical interpretive markers and three National Park Service-style inclined laybys. The JASHP … Continue reading A Heritage Restored
It began with a used 16mm movie camera he bought in the early 70s. “A long time ago, I got into film and wanted to make my own movies,” Donald Fitzgerald told the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash. One of the first things he filmed were the camel races in Virginia City, where he quickly became … Continue reading Used Movie Camera Leads to Camel Races
South of the Humboldt sink in Northern Nevada, Brady found two bodies. Miners murdered, bearded, hairy heads mounted on nearby pikes. Removed cleanly by a sharp instrument, Brady felt sure he was looking for someone with a sword. The hoof and dog prints made him think of a mounted Calvery soldier in the company of … Continue reading Brom Beenderen’s End
My Cousin Elmo says, "I just now realized I've never had an epiphany." h/t: Joe Kneer
There are two historic, old west mining towns named Virginia City, one in Montana and the first being in Nevada. In spring 1863, six prospectors set out from Bannack, Mont., towards the Yellowstone goldfields. The men were taken prisoner by the Crow and released on the condition that they go no further. En route back … Continue reading That Other Virginia City
Water was brought to the Comstock from natural springs and nearby wells by horse and mule, and by the early 1870s, Virginia City outstripped the local water supply. An elaborate project to bring in water from Hobart Creek, involving flumes, reservoirs, tunnels, and an “inverted siphon,” a length of pipe that dropped down to cross … Continue reading The 1873 Flume Box of Mt. Davidson
"Ernie, the one-legged acrobat who is now performing in Virginia City, lost his leg at the age of four years," writes the Nevada Appeal. "At the age of sixteen, he decided to be an athlete and acrobat." "He can lie on his back and lift 425 pounds. He does wonderful work on the horizontal bar … Continue reading The Boxers, A Lawmen, and a Bunch of Gymnasts and One-Legged Acrobats
My Cousin Elmo says, "Ghosts are jus' people who've died trying to fold a fitted sheet."
The Old Washoe Club is a favorite hangout for residents and visitors, but because of its antiquated history, it also has a reputation for being haunted. Ghost Adventures decided to do an all-night lockdown there, hoping to capture evidence of ghosts. The episode yielded one of our favorite moments. Leaving a recording device on the bar counter, … Continue reading Spirits of the Old Washoe Club
My Cousin Elmo says, "Jeffery Dahmer's bologna really did have a first name."
She began riding horses in 1969 during a visit to Virginia City. “Of course, naturally, we had to buy a horse for me,” Kathie Perry told Gold Country Media. “We went to the Arabian-type horse at the time, but because we lived in the Bay Area, we did not have a lot of space for … Continue reading She Got Her Start on the Comstock
My Cousin Elmo says, "100 percent of all biting dogs agree that Vegans taste like meat."
Felt-tip pen, 8 x 11 inches
In August 1861, Sam Clemens followed his older brother west into the Nevada Territory, determined to find his fortune and purpose. Several weeks after he arrived, he met another traveler with similar aspirations named John Kinney. Clemens and Kinney decided to become partners and head to Lake Tahoe in hopes of staking their timber claim, … Continue reading Sam Clemens’ Campfire Story
Felt-tip pen, 8 x 11 inches
George Papadopoulos of the Conservative Brief always has these incredibly and sometimes misleading headlines for his Twitter posts. For instants, his latest reads, "Hunter’s ex wife is exposing it all." The first thing I thought, knowing he likes to write 'grabber' headlines, was that the ex-Missus Biden was appearing in the pages of Playboy. Nope, … Continue reading Exposed or Exposé?
Minden, like Virginia City, sounds a siren each day. A group of more than 50 people gathered for an eight-mile protest run at the sounding of the siren on Sat., May 28. The town used to sound the siren each evening starting in 1921, requiring people of color to leave town at sundown through 1974. … Continue reading Minden Siren Remains Under Protest