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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

1863: Truckee is born

In 2013, the town of Truckee celebrates its founding 150 years ago. In 1863, Joseph Gray erected Gray’s Toll Station along the Truckee River in...

Camels: A Desert Military Experiment

The crazy idea of importing camels to the United States got its start back in 1836 during the Second Seminole War, when Army quartermaster...

Above par golf

Golf is usually a relaxing game for me, not a contest. Unfortunately, this golf season has started out for me about the same as...

Death knell for Tom Bell

In the early 1850s, a former medical doctor and his gang of rough and ready road agents terrorized travelers in the Gold Rush camps...

Broken engine

While I still wonder where the white goes when the snow melts, it means that it is again that hopefully fixed-broken boat launching time...

Changing seasons means time for golf

Since the middle of December, everyone I know has been looking for deep, untracked powder snow. Now in the late spring, many of the...

Memorial Day Flash Flood, Part II

Nature is capricious and chaotic. Remote and random events sometimes combine to produce cataclysmic forces of destruction. Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches and floods exact...

Ski migration

I think migration to the far away, snow-covered mountains of the West really began in a railroad yard in Omaha, Neb., during the summer...

1983 Memorial Day Flash Flood, Part I

It’s been 30 years since the big winter of 1983 triggered a massive landslide on Slide Mountain near Carson City, a cataclysmic event that...

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Train Adventure

Author Robert Louis Stevenson fell in love with Fanny Osbourne, a married California woman nine years older than he. In 1879, Fanny sent the...