Author: Dave Maxwell

Local Events Planned for Wildfire Awareness Month

May is Wildfire Awareness Month. In keeping with the theme, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is urging all residents of the state to prepare for wildfire year round. No one knows when one might happen, it could be almost any time. Therefore, the Cooperative Extension is once again coordinating the collaborative efforts of federal, state and local fire services, public safety agencies, community organizations, and others to participate in Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month throughout May. The theme chosen for this year’s efforts is “Prepare Now-Wildfire Knows No Season!” Residents in wildfire prone communities are encouraged to prepare their homes and families, anticipate environmental conditions and take precautions on Red Flag Warning days and evacuate quickly if so requested by emergency responders. Ed Smith, UNR Cooperative Extension natural resource specialist and director of the Living with Fire education program stated, “Wildfire occurs year round in Nevada. Examples include three large fires that occurred in the Reno-Carson City area in November and December, 2011, and January, 2012. “Knowing this,” he said,” residents in wildfire-prone areas need to be prepared, any time, any day.” Events are being scheduled in parts of western Nevada as well to encourage residents to take precautionary action. One event includes the Ember House Activity at the Eureka Community Firewise May 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eureka County Fairgrounds, and at the Crescent...

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Track Team Impresses at Ward Coates Invitational

The Vandals track teams, small in numbers, still got some high finishes at the Ward Coates Invitational last week in Elko, but team scores were not posted. Garrett Todd took third place in the High Jump and Triple Jump. Tristan Bircham took fourth place in the boys Shot Put. For the girls, Angelica Townsend was second in the 800 meters and third in the Triple Jump. Angel Greeley was first in the Discus with Skylar Merritt third place. Alia Minoletti placed second in the Triple Jump and third in the Long Jump. This Friday, the Vandals host their own Eureka Invitational. Each of the athletes are preparing for the final meets of the regular season while at the same time looking toward the Northern regional state qualifying meet, May 11-12 in Yerington and the state meet May 18-19 in Carson City. The top four in each event at regionals qualify for the state meet the following week. BOYS 100 meters – Garrett Todd, 12.56, 400 meters – Seonmin Choi, 1:19.21 800 meters – Choi, 3:05.57 Shot Put – Tristan Bircham, 34-4 Discus – Bircham, fourth place, 111-0, Choi, 42-8 High Jump – Todd, third place, 5-08, Long Jump – Todd, third place, 18-6, Bircham, 13-7 Triple Jump – Todd, 34-3½ GIRLS 100 meters – Alia Minoletti, 15.06, Sydney Norris, 15.28 400 meters – Angelica Townsend, 69.87 800 meters –...

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Lacovara Leads Vandals in Route of White Pine

It was a banner day for Eureka’s Mikel Lacovara last Friday against the White Pine JV team. Lacovara almost hit for the cycle in leading the Vandals to a 26-18 victory. He singled and tripled in the first inning, doubled in the second and singled again in the fourth. Eureka collected 25 hits and White Pine had 12 in the high scoring affair. The Vandals batted around in the first inning, hammering White Pine starter Jeff Doty for 17 runs on 17 hits in his 3-and-a third innings, including 10 runs on eight hits the first inning. Bryson Wells...

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Eureka History: Fires Too Close

In the late 1870’s, Eureka was equal in importance to any other major mining towns, including its sire, Austin, and what some authors say was “pompous” Virginia City. Historian and author James Ashbaugh notes, “It boasted a population of over 8,000, 135 saloons, 25 gambling houses, 15 tent shows, an assortment of other adult entertainment establishments…and three newspapers to report on all the activities.” Such a town was most certainly a target for attempted, and sometimes successful, stagecoach robberies of the Wells Fargo bullion shipments, and Eureka had its share. One of the most notorious was attempted by A.J. “Big Jack” Davis. Ashbaugh writes Davis had been one of the gang that took part in the first train robbery at Verdi in 1870. After being captured, he spent a reasonable length of time in jail for that robbery. After his release, seems he couldn’t resist the urge to do better the next time. And he did. Ashbaugh says “his stage holdups were as well organized as some of today’s master-minded criminal exploits.” On a given day, the Eureka stage was bound for Tybo. A rich load of gold and silver coin for the mine payroll was on board. Davis had showed himself to be good at planning his stage heists, but he also earned a reputation of being a very gentlemanly stagecoach robber. One day he robbed the Eureka...

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Round Mountain Scores Late to Top Eureka County Boys, 10-9

A late score spoiled the Vandals return to baseball action after Spring break. In the non-league game Tuesday with Round Mountain, the Knights broke a 9-all tie in the top of the seventh inning when a one out ground ball to the shortstop that scored a runner from third base. The Vandals then did not score in their last at bat and lost a 10-9 decision. Eureka had 11 hits, Round Mountain got eight and both teams committed three errors. The Vandals got on the scoreboard at the beginning with two in the first inning, then added three in...

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