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Letters to the Editor-2014

November / December 2014 Issue

Hi Megg and Eric,

I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed reading your “Wide Open” article in the latest Nevada Magazine! As a fairly new Nevada resident, I poured over the details, and have started planning my family’s trip to our state’s northwest corner. Thanks for the tips and the great read!

Tracie Barnthouse, Reno

Tracie, welcome to Nevada! So glad we could be a resource for your family trips. We’d love to hear about your adventure, too! – MM


Just received our Sept./Oct. copy and have read it cover to cover. This issue is many times better than the last one. Every time I thought “This is it; It has to be the best article in the issue,” I found an even better article on the next page. I will go back to spend more time with the feature article since there are things I want to visit. But finishing with those incredible photos was genius.
Kay Loudon, Reno

Kay, thank you! We were pretty proud of this issue too, and we loved the photo contest winners. Make sure you check out the staff picks on our website for more great contest photos. – MM


Love Nevada. Love the magazine. Home is Nevada. While I have no “tall tales” to present, there are a couple of clarifications to note in the Sept./Oct. issue:

Among the Nevada Silver Trails adventures (ad, page 25) Death Valley/Scotty’s Castle are listed. They are in California so don’t get lost. And if you do, the areas of Nevada east of Death Valley offer spectacular exploring.

High Rock Canyon is mentioned as home to “pronghorn antelope” (page 32). Pronghorns are not “antelope,” although they are so often mistakenly identified as such it’s become the colloquial truth. Happy sesquicentennial!
Janet Thorpe

Janet, the Nevada Silver Trails group does know those areas are in California, but as many tourists base their Death Valley adventures in Nevada, they have included it in their territory advertisement, which isn’t subject to our editorial influence. The pronghorn antelope term is, as you say, a colloquial truth; the BLM, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Friends of the Black Rock each refer to the animals in High Rock as the pronghorn. We got our information from those sources. Thank you so much for taking the time to write us. We always strive to be 100 percent accurate, and it’s readers like you who help us! – MM

In our Sept/Oct. issue, page 56 incorrectly states that the cost of constructing of the Basic Magnesium, Inc., plant in Henderson was “$150 billion.” The actual cost was a little over $130 million. Thank you, Burt Nemcher, for your awesome attention to detail, and taking the time to let us know.


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September / October 2014 Issue


Just got the July/August issue and loved the cover—a sort of western/alien funk. Kudos! It’s eye-catching and fun. Also enjoyed immensely the article on the USS Nevada. Having stood on the remnants of the Arizona in Pearl Harbor, I was brought to a mix of sadness, solemnness, and tears. The saga of the Nevada gives me pride and reverence for the “Greatest Generation.” John Stetz, Garden Grove, Calif.

John, thank you. Nevada is rife with great scenery, but it was fun to mix things up. Thanks for your service! -MM


Thank you for placing a map in the magazine. It really helps when sharing it with others. We look forward to your new “travel” section; so much to share!
Miyoko Ono-Moore, Henderson

Miyoko, we’re so glad you like the map. We agree it’s a great tool. Also, look for a new travel story at –MM


I enjoyed all of the stories in this issue.  I thought they all pertained to the theme of Nevada sesquicentennial. However, more than the stories, my favorite sections are: Letters to the Editor, Up Front (always my favorite as it updates me on Nevada news), Las Vegas Show reviews (my second favorite as I use this to help me plan our annual February trip to Las Vegas) and my newest favorite—Wide Open. My least favorite: Events and Shows; not inclusive enough and takes up lots of valuable space.
John Wilda, Swanton, Vt.

John, I love your comments, and we’ll keep working on the best way to present our shows and reviews! -MM


Congratulations on the editorship and your first issue of Nevada Magazine. I trust you will enjoy your time at the magazine as much as I did before I retired in 2006.  Pretty good issue; liked a number of the features and what they were trying to do. Some general suggestions: It may be time for a redesign. A lot of publications redesign every two or three years to give the mag a new, fresh look. Some stories of 8 or 10 pages seem a bit too long; would be fun to read more stories about people, past and present. Book excerpts can be good reading. And the cover; good idea to try for unusual cover image, but not sure if it works.
David Moore, Dayton

David, your time in this chair makes you a great asset, thank you. (See one of David’s issues above.) We’ve got some changes in mind as we move out of our sesquicentennial series…keep reading! -MM


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JA2014CVRJuly / August 2014 Issue

I love Nevada Magazine, although I would truly appreciate the stories telling of the lives, struggles, cultures, and rich history of the Native American Indians such as the Shoshone, Paiute, and Washoe Indian tribes here in our state of Nevada, as they represent a very important part of our state.

The stories of the Shoshone, Paiute, and Washoe and other bands of native American Indian tribes which live in or lived in Nevada are a vital part of Nevada.
John Marchese, Henderson

Love this magazine. Thank you very much for great Nevada stories. Would love to see more wild horse articles.
Sandra Sanders

You guys have sure made a great change to the magazine website. It looks terrific and informative as always. Nice use of white space, fonts, pix, the whole enchilada. I just read the letters of the editor, and they are right on the money.

Please pass along kudos from me to the staff.
Joyce Hollister, Genoa

I am afraid that the story about Herman the World’s Biggest Steer (“On the Road to Cowboy Poetry” May/June 2014) was a lot of “bull” as anyone can clearly see the statue is “udderly” female!
Kristine MacDonald, Silver Peak

Just got my May/ June issue of your magazine. I wait every two months for it to come, and really enjoy reading it cover to cover. Had a good laugh while looking at the cow photo on page 23. I thought everyone could tell a bull from a cow. That animal is definitely not a bull. Bulls don’t give milk. Thanks for the laugh, and your great magazine.
Karin Baldwin, Illinois

Sarah Ning missed the history story of the Holy Cow and the man with two great obsessions – animals and old Nevada. Jim Marsh built the Longstreet Inn and Casino in 1995, and named for a living legend who had moved to the Amargosa Valley about 100 years earlier. He was supposedly related to General Longstreet, and fought in the Civil War prior to his arrival in Nevada in the 1880s. Jim Marsh deserves notice by Nevada Magazine. He purchased the Santa Fe Saloon in Goldfield in 1976. He purchased property in Tonopah, Belmont, Manhattan, and Pioche. His passion for history means real jobs in rural Nevada. He felt moved to rescue Holy Cow after her 10 years of service atop the Holy Cow Cafe and Brewery on the corner of Sahara and the Strip. He moved her to his Amargosa casino property in 2002. His famous steer was born in 2004 and died July 25, 2013. Along the way, he greeted thousands of visitors. I like your magazine.
Wayne Thurston, Las Vegas

*Editor’s Note: The statue of Herman, the world’s largest steer, is, as our sharp-eyed readers noted, “udderly female.” Sure enough, a call to the Longstreet Casino confirmed the statue is actually of Alphie, a “giant desert bovine.” At the time we checked, The Longstreet Casino’s website identified the statue as Herman, who sadly passed away last year.

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Flood Victims Not Forgotten

February 24 2014

JanFeb2014CVRYour [January/February 2014] article about Eldorado Canyon told so much of the positives about it, and I am grateful you chose also to mention the flood that swept through the area in 1974. That tragedy is very much a part of the canyon’s history now.
My husband, Jim, was the National Park Service ranger on duty that day when a black cloudburst sent a 30-foot wall of mud and torrential floodwaters rushing through the canyon. It took several lives and virtually destroyed the tiny vacation village.
When he was able to get back to the scene of the disaster, he found he had lost everything except what he was wearing. His losses included not only his home and vehicle, but also his first wife, five-year-old son, and three-year-old daughter. The lives of all the people lost there should never be forgotten.
Carole W. Modlin

More January/February 2014 feedback…

In your [January/February 2014] article on Black History in Nevada, on page 38, the gentleman [in the top photo] third from right is Ray Sheffer, the youngest Chief of Police in the nation at that time. He was a product of Searchlight and Las Vegas High School who served in the Navy in WWII.
Gail Andress

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Snowbirds Flock Together

February 23 2014

I have been getting Nevada Magazine since 1989, and it has changed our lives. Because of the stories, photography, and points of interest, my wife and I have relocated to Mesquite during the winter months from Alaska. But we are not the only ones who are snowbirding in Nevada. We were responsible for eight other couples buying winter homes in Mesquite. We especially love the stories about the people and places of Nevada’s past and present. Keep up the good work.
John Stallone
Anchorage, Alaska

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Texas-Sized Love for Nevada

February 22 2014

Our appreciation of the state has been enhanced with our subscription to your magazine, and I don’t know that we would have seen some of these places without your articles.
We have visited many places but cannot think of another one that holds the appeal of Nevada. Whether it is the crisp, cool mornings of the desert, or the beauty of the mountains and lakes, my wife and I—as 
well as our grown kids now—love the state, and it is always in our vacation-planning conversations.
Thanks for a great state and a wonderful, informative magazine!
Joe Pelletier
Plano, Texas

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