Eureka County History: Murder in Cortez

Once there was a mining town by the name of Cortez, very near the border between Eureka and Lander county. Historians say its long history began in 1862, while the Civil War was raging full scale back east when a group of Hispanics discovered silver ore next to Mount Tenabo. After being sent to Austin,… [More…]

Vandals Open Season Tonight at Smith Valley

Time to get after it. The season opens for Eureka County High football team tonight. The team is on the road to Smith Valley for a non-league game with the Bulldogs. Looking to improve on last year’s 5-5 record, and make the playoffs again, coach Frank Minoletti says the boys are coming along well after… [More…]

Eureka Girls Begin Play Next Weekend

Volleyball has not gone well for Eureka over the past 10 years, so there is always hope for better things ahead. The best year was 2011 when the girls finished 19-9, placed second in the 1A North (east), but lost 3-0 to Sierra Lutheran in the first round of the Northern League playoffs. In 2013,… [More…]

Vandals Looking for Big Things this Season

Fourteen players were on the Eureka Vandals football team last season, and they have 14 again this year, at least at the time of this writing, and looking to do as well or better that before. Coach Fred Minoletti, entering his fifth year, has had the boys on the practice field for a couple of… [More…]

Vandals to Open the Season with String of Road Games

Football for the Eureka County High Vandals season opens on the road at Smith Valley Aug. 26, and four of the first five games are on the road. Coach Frank Minoletti had done a nice job with the team, taking a 0-9 record in 2011 and turning the corner to fashion a 22-26 mark since… [More…]

Raine’s Market Celebrates First Year in New Location

According to owner/manager Scott Raine, their new store in Eureka is a “revolution in retail.” The 35,000 square foot store celebrates its one-year anniversary Aug. 15. Scott said after 43 years in the same location, on Aug. 15 last year, Raine’s Market moved into a new facility on 7.68 acres at 901 North Main Street.… [More…]

Eureka County history: The little railroads

Historians note that except for a few Spanish explorers in the 1540s into parts of Southern Nevada, and some sporadic visits by trappers of the Hudson Bay Company between 1800-1820, it may be said that white men never saw most of what today comprises the state of Nevada until 1826. Then, for the next two… [More…]

Portable Masterpieces theater show coming to opera house Aug. 5

Before the Internet, before television, there was radio, and before radio was Vaudeville. The small orchestras of the radio shows and the vaudeville stage often performed varied repertoires from short snappy commercials to full-length works by major composers arranged for their size. Trinkle Brass Works presents Portable Masterpieces, a salon/theater orchestra that will bring this… [More…]

Trial and error in Eureka

Most of the west was not affected by the Civil War that raged back east, thus prospectors and miners from many other places were moving a bit eastward following the discovery of silver-lead ores in the Prospect Mountain area around Eureka in 1864. In addition, some miners came up from Austin. The Union forces need… [More…]

Eureka County History: The Eureka Sentinel

The first newspaper, or what might be called a newspaper in what later became the state of Nevada, was a small, handwritten one-sheet called the Gold Cañon Switch, around Virginia City in 1854. Later, the Scorpion was published in Genoa, and then just before the big Comstock Lode discovery, the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City.… [More…]