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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.


Larry Friedman Q&A

Larry-indexMarch/April 2017

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

johnascuaga-ranch-web-indexJanuary/February 2017

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

AOC-Kath-&-Brian-index2November/December 2016

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

David-Toll-indexSeptember/October 2016

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

IMG_7625July/August 2016
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

AnneMartin-Nevada-teaserMarch/April 2014
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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