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Did you know? County Factoids

Humboldt County was designated as a county in 1856 by the Utah Territorial Legislature and again in 1861 by the new Nevada Legislature. Lyon County is Nevada’s third most populous county. It was one of the nine original counties created in 1861 and was named after Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union General to be killed in the Civil War.


VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. – While Virginia City remains true blue to its 1850s heritage, visitors can now connect with the past via free Wi-Fi. The new “VC Visitor” access provides free 24-hour access with a simple email login for visitors in the business district. A sweet deal from a local company made it possible to visit


By Jack Harpster As a seventeen-year-old living in the bucolic Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Duane Leroy Bliss had been bitten by the gold bug. It was 1850, and two prior stints as a cabin boy on a sailing ship to South America had roused an adventurous spirit in the young man. When news of


Q&A with Assemblyman Derek Armstrong

For conservative Republicans, Governor Sandoval’s call for $438 million in new taxes a year was unthinkable – and an idea unmatched since 2003, the year Nevada implemented a payroll tax on businesses. Sandoval had the backing of moderate Republicans in the Assembly and Senate leadership in both parties on the basis that new revenue would


Q&A with Assemblyman Paul Anderson

Featured on this issue’s cover along with fellow Republican Derek Armstrong , Majority Leader Paul Anderson spent the 2015 Legislative session trying to build bridges and put out fires in an often-divided caucus. In the end, he was a key player in getting Governor Sandoval’s revenue and reform deal across the finish line. Anderson has

Nevada Sen. Patricia Farley, R-Las Vegas, talks about the session in her office at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Her daughter Brooke, 9, is behind her. 
Photo by Cathleen Allison/Nevada Photo Source

5 Things with Senator Patricia Farley

Territorial Enterprise editor Elizabeth Thompson chatted with Senator Farley the morning after the 2015 Legislature adjourned. Here are five things Farley said about her service. PROFILE R-Las Vegas Elected November 2014 Committee Service Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy (Vice Chair) Senate Legislative Operations and Elections (Chair) Senate Transportation (Member) Education University of Arizona, B.S. in


Primary Concerns

By Jim Hartman The Legislature adjourned on the evening of June 1 after failing to act on a GOP-backed presidential primary bill (SB 421), thereby exasperating Republicans from Winnemucca to Washington, D.C. The worthy measure had the support of Republican National Chair Reince Priebus, Governor Brian Sandoval, and several 2016 presidential hopefuls. Its failure may


My Three Cents on Prevailing Wage Law

By Jim Hartman Prevailing wage law in Nevada was recently highlighted in the acrimonious debate and clear partisan divide over SB 119, a bill that excludes construction projects for school districts, charter schools, and the Nevada System of Higher Education from Nevada’s prevailing wage requirements. Sponsored by Republican Senators Becky Harris and Ben Kieckhefer, the


The Washoe Canary

By Ron James The Desert Canary, known locally as the Washoe Canary – “Washoe” was then a common term for what would later become Nevada – was a playful name for the prospector’s donkey in the late 1800s. He was a beast of burden, a stalwart companion, and an icon of the old Mining West. 


Letter to the Editor: Washoe Canary

April 9, 1865 Dear Editor, The Virginia City Chapter of the Comstock Audubon Society hereby announces it’s annual pursuit and solemnization. This year, as in all past annums, the objective of our dogmatic efforts is the elusive Washoe Canary. A rare warbler and crony to that other local rarity, the lone miner, has been spotted near