November – December 2018


Along with a chat with the governor, this issue covers a wide range of subjects. Walker River State Recreation Area opened this fall, and we’ve got a look at our newest state park on page 28. On page 56, we talk to Melvin Dummar. We last wrote about Melvin in 1981, and while the story of Howard Hughes and the Mormon Will has faded from the headlines, it’s still a fascinating look at how fortunes can turn into misfortune.

On page 64, we talk to some of Nevada’s game wardens, and that’s something we hadn’t done before. Who these officers are, what their jobs entail, and how they help protect our wildlife resources might just surprise some. We’re ending our yearlong coverage for Nevada’s railroads with a look at one of the railcars at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City that played a part in the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad; read about Coach 17 on page 72. And finally, on page 38, we present our 2018 Nevada Gift Guide full of great ideas for all the Nevada lovers on your holiday gift list.

Issue Cover November – December 2018

What’s Inside

Governor Brian Sandoval

A conversation with Nevada’s 29th governor. BY MEGG MUELLER Brian Edward Sandoval was elected Nevada’s 29th governor in 2010. Due to term limitations, he will re­enter the private sector when the state’s soon-to-be-elected 30th gov ... read more

The Man Howard Hughes Left Behind

Melvin Dummar recounts his brush with fortune and loss.   BY SHAUN ASTOR “I grew up in Fallon. There was an airport, where the Churchill County rodeo grounds are at,” Melvin Dummar, now 74 years old, recalls on a warm evening as the sun falls behind the Resting Spring Mountain Range to the west of his home in Pahrump. “I was 6, 7 year ... read more

Game Warden 2.0

Nevada’s Department of Wildlife protects all aspects of the Silver State, on and off the water. BY CHRIS LEWIS It’s the start of Labor Day weekend in southern Nevada. Along the state’s highways in the morning hours, a long procession of ... read more

Coach 17

Vagabond rolling stock was centerpiece on the day America changed. BY GUY CLIFTON As artifacts go, Coach 17 is not the prettiest piece of Virginia & Truckee (V&T) rolling stock at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. Its ... read more

Don Newman

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 co ... read more

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