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Notable Nevadan

A spotlight on a person (or persons) with close ties to Nevada who has made a noteworthy impact on our state. Typically, he or she is born and/or living in Nevada.


Notable Nevadan: Don Newman

November/December 2018

Don Newman has been the head of the Elko Convention & Visitors Authority for 13 years, but will step down at the end of this year. Don’s contributions to the area are innumerable—from helping the Elko Convention Center become a reality to supporting the town’s growth at every step—and he will be sorely missed. He’s also served as a commissioner for the Nevada Commission on Tourism for six years, and was on the Nevada Sesquicentennial Committee in 2014. Publisher Janet Geary talked with Don recently.

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Hudson Root Q&A

September/October 2018

Back in 2012, Hudson Root got a call from his grandmother. He was only 12, but he was already her tech guy, helping her with computer and cellphone problems. Hudson began helping some of his grandma’s friends and he started thinking about how many seniors hadn’t grown up with apps, laptops, or cellphones. Hudson—now a high school senior—has recently launched geeksforseniors.com, which he hopes will connect teens with seniors in need of free technical support.

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Hugh Roy Marshall Q&A

July/August 2018

Hugh Roy Marshall is an iconic figure in northern Nevada, with his trademark TV show and as owner of the Marshall Mint in Virginia City. He’s amassed his fortune through is myriad mining holdings, and readily shares his love of Nevada with everyone. Our Carrie Roussel recently spoke with him about his Nevada connections.

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Kacey KC Q&A

May/June 2018

Native Nevadan Kacey KC has traveled the world in pursuit of helping others, but her passion brought her home to Carson Valley where she now serves as the first female State Forester/Firewarden for the Nevada Division of Forestry. Our Carrie Roussel sat down with Kacey to discuss how she got to where she is, and what brings her joy here in the Silver State.

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Betty Snyder Q&A

March/April 2018

Betty Snyder was born in Manhattan in 1925, in a house that still stands today albeit looking a little different. Her life may seem ordinary, but the stories this Nevada native tells of living in some of central and northern Nevada’s most iconic towns are the stuff of legend. Her fierce love of the Silver State brought this notable Nevadan to the attention of our Carrie Roussel, who sat down with Betty at her residence.

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Buck Weaver Q&A

January/February 2018

Buck Weaver is a native Nevadan who spent a few years in the spotlight with his 1963 TV show, “Buckaroo 500.” The show has continued off and on through the years, and promoted positive values in children. Our Carrie Roussel recently talked with Buck from his home in Las Vegas.

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Suni Chabrow Q&A

November/December 2017

Suni Chabrow has taken a cruel twist of fate and turned it into something sweet for others. Her son, Specialist Douglas. J. Green was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. Our Carrie Roussel recently talked with Suni about how she turned personal tragedy into a successful business and nonprofi t foundation that touches the lives of Nevadans serving their coun-try overseas.

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Mark Hall-Patton Q&A

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Mark Hall-Patton didn’t set out to become a celebrity, but thanks to his frequent appearances on TV’s “Pawn Stars,” he’s become just that. Mark is to southern Nevada history what Elvis was to music—an innovator with an enduring legacy. Mark talked to our Carrie Roussel recently about what life is like when the cameras stop rolling.

 

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Maria Perry Q&A

Notable NevadanJuly/August 2017

Known to many as Mama Maria, Maria Perry has created a culinary institution in Las Vegas. She and her husband, Al, opened their first restaurant in 1949 and she hasn’t slowed down since. She recently turned 100, and while playing host to such celebrities as Howard Hughes, Marlene Dietrich, and Sammy Davis Jr., Maria raised a family including her daughter, Lorraine Hunt-Bono, Nevada’s former lieutenant governor. 

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Eric Whitacre Q&A

Notable NevadanMay/June 2017

 

Eric Whitacre is a Grammy-winning composer and conductor. He is the creator of The Virtual Choir where he united singers from more than 110 different countries, and he is a highly sought-after motivational speaker.

 

 

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Larry Friedman Q&A

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Larry Friedman spent more than 26 years at the Nevada Commission on Tourism, now TravelNevada. During his tenure, he developed the annual Rural Roundup conference; helped educate the industry through the Nevada Tourism University; assisted with the creation of Nevada’s National Scenic Byways; and expanded the rural grants program, resulting in special events and historic building preservation across rural Nevada.

 

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John Ascuaga Q&A

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For 60 years, John Ascuaga could often be seen walking the casino floor of his namesake hotel-casino in Sparks. John Ascuaga’s Nugget became an anchor of the city, and one of its most fervent supporters.

 

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Kathleen Sandoval Q&A

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Kathleen Sandoval has been Nevada’s First Lady since her husband, Brian, was elected governor in 2010. Mrs. Sandoval is the mother of three children, and has devoted herself to causes benefitting Nevada’s children. She is the director of the Children’s Cabinet, the largest nonprofit organization in northern Nevada.

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David Toll Q&A

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David Toll is synonymous with rural Nevada. His book “The Complete Nevada Traveler” is considered the one resource roadtrippers can’t live without when traveling Nevada’s back roads and small towns.

 

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Lonnie Hammargren Q&A

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Dr. Lonnie Hammargren is a straight-up Nevada institution. A retired neurosurgeon , former Lieutenant Governor, and lover of all things Nevada, Dr. Hammargren often opens his home and eclectic collection of memorabilia to the public for tours on Nevada Day. Our Carrie Roussel talked with Dr. Hammargren from his famed Las Vegas home.

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Dawn Wells Q&A

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Dawn Wells is a Reno native and a national treasure. A former Miss Nevada, Dawn will forever live in our hearts as Mary Ann Summers—the Kansas farm girl from “Gilligan’s Island.” Dawn hasn’t slowed down since the show’s end, but she took a moment to talk with our Carrie Roussel about life before and after the island.

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Women’s History in Nevada

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This year—2014—has garnered a lot of attention in the Silver State, and for good reason: it’s Nevada’s 150th birthday. But the year should also be known for another important anniversary. One hundred years ago, on election day—November 3, 1914—the women’s suffrage resolution won in the state by a decisive margin.

Determined women such as Anne Martin campaigned vigorously to earn the victory in Nevada, five whole years before the 19th Amendment granted suffrage on a national level. In fact, March 3, 2014 marks 100 years since suffragists marched on Washington D.C.

In March, as a nation we celebrate Women’s…

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Black History in Nevada

DavidBMeadows-Nevada-teaserJanuary/February 2014
On Monday, January 20, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Nevada and the rest of the country. King is the recognizable face and symbol of the mid-1900s civil-rights movement, even making a trip to Las Vegas in 1964 in support of his friend and local activist Bob Bailey.

In fact, Vegas was so segregated a half a century ago that it carried the unenviable moniker of the “Mississippi of the West.” Like their Southern Nevada counterpart, most hotels and restaurants in Carson City and Reno also refused service to blacks at the time.

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