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BONN vivant Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. July here is busy. There’s Artown all month long, of course, and going-up-to-the-lake season is in full bloom. Here at the world headquarters of the RN&R, July means a couple of specific things. First, it’s time for Rollin’ on the River, our free summer concert series at Wingfield Park, every Friday in the early evenings before the Movies in the Park series. Rollin’ on the River is an official Artown event, but fun fact: it predates Artown by a year. In previous years, I’ve been involved with booking the concerts, but this year I didn’t lift a finger. Lisa Ryan, our badass office manager, took on the booking along with most other aspects of the series—contracting food and drink vendors, working with the city, etc. I’m excited to see what she’s come up with. Some veteran local favorites, like the Sextones and Mojo Green, are back again this year. The first night, July 5, kicks off with TapWater and the Snakeboy Johnson Band, two groups about which I know nothing. The other big July activity around here is prepping for our Best of Northern Nevada issue. Voting for the readers’ poll ends on July 18, so head over to www. bestofnorthernnevada.com and express yourself. Last week, I regaled y’all with my stock answer to a common question/complaint about the contest. (Long story short: “Who do I need to pay?” “You don’t.”) I promised that this week I’d tackle another common question, and here it is: “Last year, you had a category that was Best SuchAndSuch, and that category isn’t part of the contest this year. What gives?” “Good question. Every year, we add new categories and cut categories for various reasons, mostly because they were the previous year’s lowest performing categories (in terms of overall number of votes). We might add them back in the future, though.” For more information about Rollin’ on the River, turn to page 4. And for BONN, check out page 18.
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(“Snuffing free choice,” editorial, June 20): The Electoral College was always intended to prevent “city ruffian proletarians” from electing anyone not pre-ordained by the landed gentry. For Americans today to tolerate one more election cycle using the Electoral College should be grounds for treason based on the effects of rigged elections. Methinks they have no clothes. Just because they subscribe to pockets of right-wing habit doesn’t mean their votes count more than anyone else’s. David Morgan Carson City
Sheila’s endorsement Re “Needed: A trustworthy president” (Left Foot Forward, June 20): Should we be surprised that the leanings of Sheila Leslie land her in the camp of Elizabeth Warren for President? From income inequality to the opioid epidemic, Ms. Leslie supports the proposed policies of Ms. Warren, as she looks for “intelligent, honest and decent” leadership. Isn’t this the same Elizabeth Warren who lied about being of American Cherokee ancestry? Perhaps Ms. Leslie is right. This could be the special brand of decency and honesty that’s needed in the White House. It certainly appears to be the type she finds attractive and prefers. Defining deviancy down. Thom Waters Reno Re “Needed: A trustworthy president” (Left Foot Forward, June 20): Ms. Leslie states that she is “searching for a candidate who inspires me.” To imply that one must be “inspired” by the Democratic Party candidate in order to vote for her or him is wrong and dangerous. Trump is president because too many Democrats and non-affiliated voters who weren’t “inspired” by Clinton decided not to vote or to vote for a third party candidate. Literally any of the 20-plus Democratic candidates would be
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better than Trump. One should support his or her favorite during the primary, but once the nominee has been chosen, we must vote for that person. Conservatives are good at this; progressives are not. Michael Powell Reno
The border Enough is enough. The outrageous conditions that the children of immigrants and refugees are being subjected to is not who we are as a country and society. I thought things would be corrected when the horrors of child detention were first shown to the public, but recent investigative reports show that children are still taking care of children in conditions that would horrify any parent. The harm being done to these children will last a lifetime and be remembered for generations beyond. I remind you of the very first declaration in our own Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Some things to note: There is nothing in there about a time window of opportunity or a time limit on those truths. And even though it says, “men,” it must be universally accepted that it really means “people.” If you believe that these immigrants and their children must be kept separate from the population, as a human being you must still insist that they be provided basic necessities, and I suggest you base your definition of necessities on what you would expect for your own child or grandchild. If you believe that these people should not be held separate from the rest of the population, there are options for properly managing this crisis. But there will necessarily be a lag between when action is started and when it manifests itself. In the meantime, we need to insist on improving conditions that currently exist in these holding pens. This has to happen now, not after months and months of congressional deliberation. If the government
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is unable to provide the personnel and resources to fix the situation, they must allow private institutions and volunteers to step in. There are a zillion ways to do the right thing, and maybe the reason it’s not being done is that not enough people are making enough noise to the right people about it. Again, regardless of your position on immigration in general, as a human being you must do your part to stop this inhumanity. Contact your local and federal representatives. Contact your friends and your friend’s friends. This is real, and it won’t stop unless someone makes it stop. We are better than this. Civilized societies, by definition, are better than this. Enough is enough. Michel Rottmann Virginia Highlands
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Chris Gabrys Self-employed
No. I’m an independent, and I’ve voted Democrat, Republican, back and forth. But I love Trump, and I think he’s saving our country. I can’t think of a person that could do what he has done to help us.
baile y Vollmer Student
No, but I recorded it. I’m going to watch it. I was interested in seeing Bernie Sanders because I really like him, and I saw him when he came to UNR. ... I was interested in seeing what they had to say about the immigration stuff and the birth control and abortion that’s been going on. Kurt allenbauGh Financial professional
Scoring the candidates Here’s what we thought of the Democratic candidates during the first Democratic debate(s). Michael Bennet: Who? 1/10 Joe Biden: Being the frontrunner puts a big target on your back. Considering that he was under constant fire, he did fine. Probably didn’t win anybody over, but only really embarrassed himself once. (“My time is up.”) 5/10 Cory Booker: He succeeded in adding another “Booker’s face when” meme to the books when Beto O’Rourke beat him to the speaking-platitudes-in-Spanish punch. 4/10 Pete Buttigieg: Fun fact: Did you know that South Bend, Indiana, is smaller than Reno? But, holy cow, if he isn’t the best public speaker since Barack Obama. 10/10 Julián Castro: He did better than everyone expected him to—especially Beto O’Rourke. 8/10 Bill de Blasio: Give him a break. He has to be Trump’s hometown mayor. 4/10 John Delaney: The Democratic candidate pool is so diverse it evens includes a Republican! Talk about inclusivity. 3/10 Tulsi Gabbard: Low in public perception, she’s still driving foreign policy discussions. 6/10 Kirsten Gillibrand: Voted against President Trump’s agenda perhaps more than any other senator, but does anyone remember that before moving up from the House, she had an A-rating from the National Rife Association? 4/10 Kamala Harris: OK, she clearly won the food fight. Some, like our good friend Trevor Noah (see page 14), thought the way she took on Biden seemed authentic. We thought it was shrewd and calculated. Either way, it was a master class in debate skills. 10/10
John Hickenlooper: Kept saying he’s a scientist, but somehow failed to mention he’s also a brewer. Too bad, because it’s frankly the second most appealing thing about him, after his eventual embrace of legal marijuana. 3/10 Jay Inslee: He sued Trump over the Muslim travel order. What’s not to like? 5/10 Amy Klobuchar: Successfully running anonymously. 1/10 Beto O’Rourke: It’s time to stop relying on his good showing in 2018. That was the last war. 4/10 Tim Ryan: We think he’s really just trying to attract attention as a possible VP candidate. “Hi, I’m a boring do-noharm white guy, but I can deliver Ohio!” 2/10 Bernie Sanders: In many ways, the 2020 Democratic race is a sequel to Sanders’ 2016 campaign. Many of the issues in this campaign grew out of his 2016 effort. 9/10 Eric Swalwell: We’re suspicious of anyone who talks a lot about their “generation.” How can you represent all of us if you only seem to care about people who are the exact same age as you? 1/10 Elizabeth Warren: Ferociously smart, and she has the clearest, most refined policy ideas. 10/10 Marianne Williamson: We’re all for radical thinking, but for whatever reason, this whole anti-planning stance makes us a bit nervous. Also: It’s possible that we misunderstood her since our Olde Hippie is a bit rusty, but did she say her top priority, if elected, would be calling the president of New Zealand to talk trash? 1/10 Andrew Yang: His most memorable thing: He did not wear a tie. And apparently he thinks he can bribe everyone to vote for him with a measly thousand bucks. 0/10 Ω
Yeah. Kamala Harris, I didn’t like her, the way she kind of came down on Biden—attacked Biden. It was probably planned. It was a good move on her part, I guess. ... So, I’m looking forward to when it gets narrowed down to the real candidates.
yar a muñoz Student
Part of it. [I saw] some news coverage later. I changed my mind about some people who are running. Julián Castro did his closing in Spanish. I had a different perspective on him before. ... He was good.
bret turner Teacher
I watched a summary of the first night. Like, “summary” in that I watched some from the New York Times, some from The Daily Show [laughs]. I didn’t see any of Thursday’s because I was traveling. ... I still don’t know.
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by SHEILA LESLIE
Hostage-taking in a hot economy You can sense the simmering anger whenever the subject comes up, which is often in a city where 42 percent of residents live in rented housing. You can read about their frustrating circumstances in the comments section of news stories as people lament rent increases of 40 to 50 percent while noting their income has hardly risen at all, despite the much-heralded Republican tax cuts or all those new taxpayer-subsidized jobs. As one Twitter pundit sarcastically put it, “That trickle down will be coming any day now ...” The Reno Gazette Journal reported recently that “43.2 percent of apartment hunters who reside in Reno-Sparks are looking to move to a different city,” higher than the national average of 29 percent. Tesla, Switch and other subsidized corporations have brought thousands of new residents to the Truckee Meadows along with surging rents, driving many local families downward in the housing market, effectively diminishing their quality of life while business boosters brag about their new wealth.
Everyone sees the problem, but those benefiting from Nevada’s corporate welfare claim the market will respond while also demanding even more tax credits or the elimination of sewer and impact fees as the price of their participation in building affordable housing instead of the more lucrative luxury housing aimed at the higher-income new residents. Local and state government aren’t doing much to solve a crisis they created by giving away our taxes to attract corporations who hold us hostage to the promise of new jobs, offering platitudes and vague promises instead of engaging in a serious discussion about protecting tenants from no-cause evictions and huge rent increases or funding a serious expansion of affordable housing. We need bold political leadership focused on helping those drowning in the quicksand of unbridled growth coupled with unsurpassed income inequality. Oregon’s legislature passed a mandatory rent control bill this year, limiting rent increases to no more than 7 percent, once a year. The
legislation was pushed by tenant advocacy groups across the state, fueled by personal experience of skyrocketing rents, no-cause evictions and housing shortages. In Southern Nevada, Clark County Commissioners are funneling $12 million a year from their marijuana licensing fund towards an array of housing solutions, from youth shelters to rapid rehousing of evicted families. The county plans to start building its own affordable housing units and fund renovations of existing housing stock while expanding mobile crisis intervention teams and community case managers to relocate people using a “housing first” model. Back in Reno, you don’t have to look much beyond your local coffee shop to see the suffering. A friend of mine relayed his encounter with one family whose members congregate at his neighborhood Starbucks during evening hours to use the free Wi-Fi and recharge phones while the kids use the restroom to get ready for another night sleeping in the family car. Both parents work but were forced out of their 2-bedroom
apartment recently when their rent increased by $600 to $1700 a month. They don’t have time to wait for one of the 600 affordable apartments the $10 million in tax credits approved by the Legislature is expected to produce statewide or a subsidized housing voucher that wouldn’t be enough to rent an apartment anyway. At this point, they might be better off moving to Las Vegas. Reno needs an activist tenant association to harness the collective anger of our community and turn it into political power, becoming just as aggressive as the Nevada Association of Realtors—a group that argued vehemently in the legislature against the mildest movement towards balancing Nevada’s landlord-tenant laws. Furious renters have power, but only if they’re organized and ready to fight for their rights. Reno is their home too. Ω
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by Dennis Myers
Headlines of tHe week
This photo of an angry eagle facing off with a bighorn sheep was used with an AP story on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
Bloomberg News: “Buffett’s Nevada Utility Offers One Customer Millions to Stay” Green Entrepreneur: “Pot Smokers in Nevada No Longer Need to ‘Study’ for That Pre-Employment Drug Test”
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andrea engleman 1940-2019 The leading expert on Nevada’s open meeting and open records laws died on June 12. Born in Los Angeles and raised in both California and D.C., Andrea Engleman eventually took her first journalism job in the nation’s capital at WTOP, now WUSA. Returning to the West, she settled in Carson City. She worked in journalism for Reuters, KOLO News and a political newsletter. From 1984-1987, she served as an agency chief in Gov. Richard Bryan’s administration and later became the spokesperson for the secretary of state’s office. Later in her career, she was a commentator on Nevada Newsmakers. She recently chaired the Carson City Utility Finance Oversight Committee. In 1983, she became manager of the Nevada Press Association office, beginning her immersion in public access issues. She departed the association for a time but came back and expanded the job into an executive director’s post. She learned the ins and outs of press law intimately, sometimes coaching lawyers on the issues and jumping into frays that did not initially seem like open government disputes but which were later shown to engage public access. Assertive and sometimes abrasive, she seldom conceded anything if the public’s access was involved. She went over legislation with a fine toothed comb, often spotting problems lawmakers had to fix. In an article for the RN&R in 2005, she wrote of one measure, “There’s also a more basic sentence structure problem with the new law—the phrase ‘knowing such report to be false’ appears, but because of the tortured 57-word sentence in which it is located, it refers to the police instead of a complainant.” “Ande had a unique ability to take complex subjects and make them understandable to the general public,” said her colleague Sam Shad. “That was quite a gift.” In learning she was dying in April, Engleman told a friend in an email, “Have a few months after I start chemo. Hope someone will look out for open government because the Dems are closing it all down.” She warned against 2019 legislation drafted by the state Open Meeting Law Task Force. In her last weeks, she underwent some chemotherapy, but only, she said, to buy herself a little time to put her affairs in order. “Thank goodness it’s not dementia! I want a quality of life and that’s my choice :-) Can’t keep food down so am getting weaker and weaker. Chemo is just [to] ensure I have a month to get things wrapped up. :-).”
Nevada refuge in spotlight Planned inroads draw wide opposition the Pentagon’s plans to carve out more of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada are facing more and more scrutiny. At public hearings in March, not one member of the public supported the idea. The Nevada Legislature has enacted a resolution in opposition, and press scrutiny is intense, including a lengthy piece in the New York Times last week that reported, “In a state increasingly described as politically purple, both Republicans and Democrats have spoken out against the expansion of the Air Force range, and it has become the rare issue that unites voices as diverse as the Sierra Club and the most conservative lawmakers in the state.” The Air Force proposal would take another chunk of the Refuge into the Nevada Test and Training Range, a bombing and gunnery facility that
occupies 4,531 square miles of the state. That figure already includes about half the Refuge. Notwithstanding modern miniaturization and claimed precision of new weapons, the Air Force says it needs additional land to test such weapons— and to allow U.S. allies to do the same. “Since enemy technology has become increasingly advanced and complex, more space is needed to replicate threat configurations,” said the Air Force in an environmental impact statement. The Refuge was established on May 20, 1936. The adjoining military facility came into being in 1940. A year later, about 38 percent of the gunnery range was allowed to overlap with the Refuge. Then, during the Vietnam war, more than 70 percent of the refuge was carved out for military
use. Now, another 225,000 acres is on the block. Nevada has long been a favored site of the federal government for projects other states do not want. A sampling: Dec. 5, 1913: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Franklin Lane announced that President Woodrow Wilson had approved withdrawal from public use of about 4,500 acres of land in the basin of the Owyhee River. Feb. 23, 1937: President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order withdrawing from public use land in Nevada to be used for erosion control demonstrations. (The order was revoked on September 27, 1965.) Oct. 29, 1941: Six weeks before Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed executive order 8927, withdrawing Nevada public lands from public use for the gunnery range. Feb. 11, 1958: President Dwight Eisenhower signed an executive order withdrawing from public use airspace for “an airspace reservation” over facilities of the Atomic Energy Commission, and over Groom Lake. Such takings sometimes drew criticism, as when Nevada Surveyor General Wayne McLeod criticized repeated federal “withdrawals” of public land in the state. His comments were exquisitely if inadvertently illtimed. He made them on Dec. 6, 1941. But, generally, Nevada officials until late in the 20th century welcomed many federal projects, however disagreeable, as economic development. But beginning in the 1970s, the public’s opposition to nuclear activities became common, as well as greater environmental concern. The new effort to shrink the Desert National Wildlife Refuge has drawn remarkably broad opposition inside the state and is attracting growing attention outside. The Associated Press, the world’s largest press organization, sent out a long story a few weeks ago— accompanied by a dramatic photo at the refuge—that was picked up in numerous newspapers as well as special interest sites from the Air Force Times to Business Breaking News (which posted the piece under the section title “Weapons for spiritual warfare”). Outdoor Life magazine ran a piece emphasizing the efforts of volunteers and wildlife officials in getting rainwater to wildlife on the Refuge during droughts.
would prevent proper management by wildlife professionals and conservationists.” High Country News, in an article re-posted One Renoite, Kirk Peterson, suggested in a by Mother Jones magazine, managed to slip a letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Sun that the mention of the refuge into an article on Mexico problem be taken over by Texas. border policies: “About 6 percent of Nevada’s land is used “In southern Nevada, where the Mojave for national security,” he wrote. “In Texas, that meets the Great Basin Desert, two US number is 0.3 percent. … In the 1980s, West Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement Texas was determined to be ideal for national officers are responsible for patrolling security use, given that there was low or the entire Desert National Wildlife no significant impacts on mining, Refuge complex. Their job wildlife, native species, wildlife comes with a diverse set of habitat or public recreation—all “More space responsibilities: enforcing issues of significance in hunting and fishing regulaNevada.” is needed to tions, stopping park vandalBy the time of the deadline replicate threat ism and rescuing stranded for public comments in March, configurations.” visitors, among other more than 30,000 people had things. At 1.6 million acres, filed one. U.S. Air Force this is the largest wildlife The Nevada Legislature’s refuge in the country outside of resolution opposed more than just Alaska, home to over 500 plant the reduction of the Refuge: species and the desert bighorn sheep, “The final legislative environmental Nevada’s state animal. So why are these two impact statement also includes proposals officers being sent hundreds of miles away that the United States Air Force designates from the refuge on rotating missions to the as ‘Alternative 3A’ and ‘Alternative 3A-1’ to US-Mexico Border?” (Rangers from Lake withdraw either 18,000 or 15,000 acres of land Mead National Recreation Area and Death outside the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Valley National Park were also sent to the but near the town of Beatty, for incorporation border.) into the Nevada Test and Training Range, Wild Sheep Foundation chair Brett which would result in substantial encroachment Jefferson says the refuge—which also has on the town of Beatty and result in significant tribal petroglyphs—was established to protect negative impacts to the local economy, the bighorns, but it doesn’t stop there: including losses of revenue from existing “Desert bighorn are not the only species and planned trails, ecotourism activities and dependent upon these water installations. mining.” So are 67 other species of wildlife, includThe agreement allowing use of the Refuge ing mountain lions, mule deer, birds and by the military expires in two years. Ω reptiles. Cutting off access to Alamo Road
A crane hovers over the Park Lane site at Plumb and Virginia, where work has been going on since early 2018. Construction of shopping, housing and office space is underway. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
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by Kelsey Penrose
After the last Fourth, volunteers posed with 2018’s load of picked-up trash.
Come clean Beach cleanups Despite the thousands upon thousands of pounds of trash still removed from Lake Tahoe beaches each year following the Fourth of July, preventative efforts undertaken by the League to Save Lake Tahoe have overall made our beaches cleaner. In 2014, the League, with 120 volunteers, cleaned up 2,260 pounds of trash across six Lake Tahoe beaches. Last year, that number was down to 1,458 pounds. Instituted last year, thanks to an advocacy effort made by the League, styrofoam products have been banned from South Lake Tahoe businesses. The ban went into effect last October. It’s too soon to tell if the styrofoam ban has had a significant effect on trash reduction at the lake, said the League’s Jesse Patterson, but they hope to have more data by the end of the season. A push to ban styrofoam from the rest of the lake is moving forward slowly but surely. “Currently, most other jurisdictions are in the education and awareness phase and are still not ready to pass regulations,” said Patterson. “We hope that the leadership at CSLT [City of South Lake Tahoe] combined with the data from our beach cleanups will help encourage those jurisdictions to take proper actions and pass reasonable regulations.” The most littered items during the Fourth are always single-use plastics and cigarette butts, of which volunteers have removed nearly 25,000 since 2014. Last year, the League and its volunteers picked up over 8,000 cigarette butts and nearly 7,400 pieces of single-use plastics. This included 708 styrofoam pieces, 244 plastic utensils and 1,196 straws. Cigarette butts pose a significant threat on their own. They are non-biodegradable, 8 | RN&R | 07.03.19
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and if they’re not eaten by an unsuspecting creature who calls the lake its home, then they will begin to release toxins into the environment and water once they start to break down. “Lake Tahoe is too important to wait for there to be proper environmental protections for all litter types marring our beaches,” said Patterson. “The League is using over five years of data from volunteer clean-ups to identify problem litter and hot spots where they keep showing up. That information informs our solutions and education efforts.” For example, this year, the League is launching a cigarette butt disposal program in partnership with the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association. Disposal bins are “being placed at hot spots along with educational information,” said Patterson. “They are being installed as we speak and will be out there for the Fourth of July.” League Communications Manager Chris Carney says the best thing visitors can do to keep our lake clean is to abide by the old adage “Pack it in, pack it out,” and use reusables over single use items such as bottles and plastic cutlery. Last year, several beaches instituted a no alcohol policy for the Fourth, with fines for consuming ranging between $1,000 to $5000. This was in response to acts of violence and public drunkenness local law enforcement was dealing with each year from Zephyr Cove and Nevada Beach. This year, the following beaches will have an alcohol ban on July 4 from 6 a.m. until midnight: Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort, Zephyr Shoals (formerly known as the Dreyfus Estate). In addition, Chamber’s Landing Beach will extend an alcohol ban from July 1 through July 6. Ω
You can register as a volunteer for the July 5 Beach Clean-up by visiting keeptahoeblue.org
of independence Some Nevada Small couNty ty folkS waNt to walk by Dennis Myers
n Jan 21, following a planning meeting on Jan. 16, a group of 13 state residents read a declaration of independence from Nevada in front of the Nye County Courthouse while wearing school crossing guard or highway construction flagger outfits. The declaration event was reported in one print newspaper—the Pahrump Valley Times—and on one website, the Epoch Times, an arm of the Falun Gong movement. Otherwise—and foolishly— no Nevada media entity that we have been able to find reported the event. A video report was attached to the Epoch Times textual report, but it included reportage of uncertain accuracy and contained no attribution or reporter sign-off. “Our action is based upon the God-given rights of every person,” said Robert Thomas III at the Pahrump event, according to footage taken. “In this declaration of independence from the State of Nevada, we repeat what our founding fathers said in our nation’s Declaration
of Independence, that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among that—those—are life, liberty, possession of property and the pursuit of happiness. However, when any government becomes destructive of these legitimate ends, it is the right and duty of the people to alter or abolish this destructive government and to institute a new government.” It’s uncertain how the entire declaration reads. In addition to the speech by Thomas, there’s some verbiage posted on a website, but neither are clearly identified as the declaration itself. If Mr. Thomas’s reading during his speech was the full Nevada declaration, he did not actually “repeat” the 1776 declaration, as he said, since he inserted additional wording here and there. It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to put one’s own words in Thomas Jefferson’s mouth. There are—or have been recently— secession movements in south Florida,
Maryland’s eastern shore, northeast Colorado, northern California, the upper peninsula of Michigan, southwest Kansas, southern Arizona, and—until proportional election districts were created—Chicago. Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin once ran for mayor and city council president on a ticket together with a platform of making New York City the 51st state. University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds has written, “In fact, intrastate secession is the true secession fever: not the perennial postelection calls of losing parties to secede from a nation controlled by the opposition, but a growing movement for secession from states, with the rural parts of states—sometimes geographically very large parts of states—wanting to separate from the population-dense urban areas that essentially control state decision-making. Feeling ignored, put-upon and mistreated, secessionists want to take their fate into their own hands. These movements are common, but not likely to succeed on their own, as intrastate secession is, though not entirely unknown (see, e.g., West Virginia), very difficult to achieve. “But these movements do indicate a widespread sense of dissatisfaction
among—mostly rural—populations who feel that they are governed by people in distant urban centers who know little, and care less, about their way of life. Such sentiments, which in a way resemble those regarding Britain in the lead-up to the American Revolution, have probably worsened since the Supreme Court’s line of cases, beginning with Baker v. Carr, weakened rural areas’ political position in favor of urban areas.” That’s one way to describe it. Another is as basically a new way of gerrymandering. By breaking part of the state off into a shape that serves their purposes, excluding those Nevadans with whom they disagree, they have created a new voting district.
New Nevada We made an effort through the Nevada movement’s website email to obtain the full text of the declaration as well as to contact a spokesperson for the effort and were unsuccessful. However, the
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A group of secessionists declare independence in Pahrump.
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Congress until 1965. Each county had one senator and the rural counties controlled the senate.” This is misleading. Nevada’s founders carefully avoided creating a Nevada Legislature modeled on the U.S. Congress and wrote a constitution requiring proportional representation in both Assembly and Senate. Nevada did not have a “little federal plan.” Over many decades, Nevada’s state lawmakers sometimes broke the law to have such a system, but it was illegal because they did not reapportion the legislature periodically, as required. To put it another way, they illegally denied the urban counties the representation to which they were legally entitled. At one point, state legislators even exceeded the allowable number of legislators and state courts had to order them to reduce the size of the legislature to comply with the law. In 1950, the legislators belatedly put their illegal scheme on the ballot and succeeded in getting voters to amend the state constitution to finally allow a little federal plan—one senator per county—and it lasted until 1965, when it was overturned as unconstitutional under the federal constitution. Today, some of those in the small counties want that arrangement reinstated. In seeking a remedy to the small counties now having little influence, Mr. Burke argues for a couple of non-starters. He suggests the small counties could join the imaginary “State of Jefferson” or join one of the three proposed components of California when that state splits in three. It’s hard to know where to start, but these are probably the best place: There will never be a State of Jefferson, and California will never split in three. Reality intrudes on those proposals. (Millionaire Tim Draper’s plan to split California into six pieces in 2014 and three pieces in 2016 failed to make the ballot either year.) Even if the small counties could somehow make one of those things happen, it would not increase their population or exempt them from proportional representation, a national requirement. When Mr. Burke says the small counties have “only” three senate seats, he should know that is the number of seats given to 385,794 residents in both the urban and rural districts. Neither region has an advantage. As the U.S. Supreme Court has found, “legislators represent people, not trees or acres, [and] legislators
website and the Pahrump newspaper’s account have been helpful in learning of the effort’s grievances. “The court decision Reynolds v. Sims mandated that state senators be elected by population,” the Valley Times quoted a news release issued by the group. “This decision created what our Founding Fathers feared; a tyranny of the majority (‘mob rule’). Now, large population centers out-vote all the rest of rural Nevada with distressing regularity. That injustice can be corrected by the formation of a New Nevada State.” This is a longstanding grievance in the small counties. In the Pahrump newspaper on April 20 last year, local resident Tim Burke wrote that Nevada’s small counties suffer a “lack of representation” in the Nevada Legislature. But they don’t. They get the exact same representation as residents of large counties—one person, one vote, one assemblymember per district, one senator per district, with the districts all of the same population size. When redistricting happened after the 2010 census, urban and rural Assembly districts were both created to contain 64,299 residents each, and Senate districts in both areas contained 128,598 residents each. Small counties and large counties get exactly the same representation. Neither Baker v. Carr or Reynolds v. Sims took anything away from the small counties, but merely restored proportional representation to both urban and rural areas. Mr. Burke also wrote, “In Nevada we followed a system modeled after the U.S. 10 | RN&R | 07.03.19
are elected by voters, not farms or cities or economic interests.” Last year in Range magazine, published in Washoe Valley, Hank Vogler wrote, “With 85 percent of the voting population in Clark County … and 10 percent in Washoe County … that leaves very little voting power for the rurals.” That’s entirely true, but hardly improper or illegal. It reflects the way Nevada’s population evolved. In 1981, the legislature was enlarged to give the small counties a better chance of electing their own legislators. The legislative halls were altered to fit more desks, adding members so the small counties could have their own lawmakers. But that was a temporary fix that was then overtaken by growth. Nothing stopped the way the population of the small counties dwindled as a percentage of the state. It was not a fix that can be repeated every time the small counties fall in their share of voters. For much of Nevada history, the most populous county—in the days of the illegal legislature, it was Washoe—seldom complained that it was being illegally deprived of its legitimate representation in the legislature. Its officials just coped. Today, with the small counties legally being given their equal representation in the legislature, they are handling the situation with far less grace. That is likely because, unlike the early and mid20th century, there are figures in Nevada who thrive on polarization, and enjoy stirring up a sense of grievance, of us-against-them.
property values that would accompany new coal plants, nor were they offering to take on the cost of environmental tracking, increased air and water pollutants and other impacts, instead leaving them to taxpayers. Nor were they willing to pay the costs of illnesses and deaths from the effects of the power plants (when Nevada’s Reid-Gardner coal fired power plant in Moapa was shut down, a $4.3 million settlement of health claims was paid to the nearby Moapa Paiutes). Nor were they willing to assume the cost of any cleanup if the plants closed, the cost of acid rain generated or the tab for coal industry subsidies paid by government—that is, by taxpayers. What the late U.S. Sen. Clair Engle once said in another context applied to the projects in White Pine County—“They wanted us to build the store, and all they want is the cash register.” In other words, the businesspeople wanted the kind of deal Tesla and the Oakland Raiders later got from Nevada, which was reasonable. Why should corporate welfare stop in the urban areas? But the damage to quality of life was not the only drawback to the coal-fired plants. Most of all, White Pine business people were incredibly ill-informed about what was happening to the price of coal. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and many others knew that as renewables came on line, they were becoming cheaper than coal. As the years passed, the cost of solar-generated power in particular dropped like a rock while the cost of coal-generated power moved steadily higher. If White Pine had succeeded in getting the two plants built, there was an excellent chance they would never have opened because, by then, their operating costs would have been so high. And if they had opened, bankruptcy soon thereafter would have been a very real possibility. Anyone who doubts it need newnevadaMovement,Prepared statement, Jan. 16 only type coal-fired power plants bankrupt into the Google search field. On pollution grounds, Reid engineered the cancellation of the plants in 2009, enraging the cleanpower White Pine business community. “He killed the Some of the recalcitrants are also unhappy coal project, and that is personal,” said retired because environmental considerations have engineer and sometime Ely resident Phil Leibold repeatedly kept counties from luring jobs to to the Los Angeles Times. There was little projects in their areas—Yucca Mountain in gratitude for the things Reid and Nevada state Nye County, two coal fired power plants in government had done for White Pine. White Pine County, a huge waste incinerator in Reid, as a U.S. House member, had won Lincoln County. creation of Nevada’s only national park, Great But when businesspeople try to lure new Basin, headquartered in White Pine, which drew businesses to the state, they often either do not a steady stream of tourists. (The power plants understand all the implications or assume that would have reduced the quality of the air in the government will take care of those downsides. park.) The state had built a prison in Ely, creating Let’s look, for example, at the case of the jobs and bringing family visitors regularly. When White Pine power plants. Local officials and Kennecott Copper shut down its mine in White businesspeople wanted the plants for the jobs Pine in 1978, it donated its Nevada Northern they would provide and the spending they would Railway to the locals and the Nevada Legislature generate. provided money to plan for making it a tourist But that did not mean they would railroad and museum. Many tried to support the indemnify homeowners against the decline in small counties.
“largepopulationcenters out-votealltherestof ruralnevadawithdistressing regularity.”
Buying trouBle There’s one part of seceding from Nevada that, from the website and public statements, it appears leaders of the effort have not told their followers about, if they know of it. It is this: Seceding would cost the residents of the new state money—lots and lots of it. The traditional function of urban counties is to subsidize counties whose small tax base and few residents keep them from generating enough funds to function on their own. The small counties do not pay their own way. We asked our writer Sheila Leslie, a former state legislator, if it was true that the urban counties subsidize the small counties. Leslie served on the budget committees in both houses of the Nevada Legislature. “Oh, most definitely,” she said. “And actually, Clark County subsidizes all of us if you look at it from a state level. That’s why after September 11, things were so bad, when the tourists stopped coming to Vegas. If the strip fails, the entire state fails.” For example, would the 850 residents of Esmeralda County—some of them children— be ready to pay the $20,750 per pupil spending in that county during the next biennium? In Lincoln County, it’s $12,131 with 5,223 residents. In Pershing, $9,691 with 6,508 residents. This is a factor that fluctuates, usually with the price of minerals. At the moment, two counties—Eureka and Lander—are funding themselves. So is Storey, for as long as Tesla is
in business. Otherwise, small county residents may want to think long and hard about how attached they are to county health, police, fire, street paving and other infrastructure, courts and so on, before deciding to secede. The Epoch Times reports that the secessionists also have two other complaints. One is that the “state’s one-party-controlled state Legislature wants to enact sanctuary state policy, restrictions against the Second Amendment, and more and higher taxes.” In other words, they oppose some public policies. The second is that “the current state Legislature has failed to provide a republican form of government, as guaranteed by Article IV, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution.” That section of the Constitution reads, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” Nevada has representative government, so that satisfies the requirement for a republican form. Some right-wing commentators have argued that the number of migrants entering the country constitutes an “invasion,” though if that is what concerns the Nevada secession movement, their complaint is with the federal government. Why break up Nevada over federal action or inaction?
in common cause In the late 1970s and early ’80s, the federal government tried to install a basing mode for the MX nuclear missile system in Nevada and Utah. It was a giant railroad that would shuttle the missiles from shelter to shelter to prevent the Soviet Union from effectively targeting the missiles. It would have been the largest construction project in human history and would have locked off large swathes of land and vacuumed up resources. It was fiercely opposed by urban environmentalists and rural ranchers, who made common cause. Abby Johnson, now of Carson City, arrived in Nevada in those years and quickly became involved in the anti-MX campaign. She later wrote about her first meeting of the campaign, “where I learned how to work with and build coalitions, and began to understand the power of coalitions. The Great Basin MX Alliance was Nevada and Utah ranchers, miners, Indians, environmentalists and citizen groups who parked their disagreements at the door to forge common agreement that the MX project should be stopped.” When the MX was defeated, the two sides went back to their normal causes, sometimes opposing each other. Then the Las Vegas water grab in eastern Nevada came along, and the two sides reunited to try to stop it. Once again, Abby Johnson is one of them. Rural and urban residents fight alongside one another. She worked with Snake
Valley rancher Dean Baker in the MX fight, and he also later opposed the water transfers, passing away before the water fight was resolved. She knew Cecil Garland during the MX fight and his widow Annette is now fighting in the water battle. Those kinds of coalitions are possible because of respect among the participants, a willingness to abide different points of view on other issues even while fighting together on an overlapping issue. Alliances become impossible when viewpoints are intransigent, when respect for others is absent, when the outcome of battles are not accepted, when differences of opinion are criminalized. When Washoe and Clark county legislators enlarged the legislature to keep some rural seats, when Reid generated tourism for the small counties, when urban legislators allocated money to build a prison in Ely and develop a tourist railroad there, they were acts of people with common goals whose politics sometimes overlapped and sometimes faced off. Amity sometimes generates remedies. Everyday citizens had—and have—a choice in how to react. They can respond to those who want respect and cooperation, or they can respond to those who want division and secession. Ω
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Mary Bennett has been leading ghost walks for nearly a decade now.
’s still hot and sunny in the late evening in downtown Carson City. But as the group of us make our way west uphill on West Robinson Street, with its stately old mansions and mature trees, the cacophony of sounds from the Brew Fest at McFadden Plaza, an outdoor concert at Brewery Arts Center, and a variety of backyard and sidewalk gatherings fades away behind us. Our climb up the hill is steady and requires our concentration. The only sounds are the trees rustling in the breeze, our trudging footsteps and reverential murmurs among our group. The sunlight fights its way through the thick canopy of leaves overhead, but darkness encroaches. Here, in the oldest part of one of the
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West’s most notorious haunted places, it’s easy—and fun— to let our imaginations run wild. That’s what Mary Bennett, a.k.a. Madame Curry, is hoping for.
History comes alive Bennett, producing artistic director of Reno’s Brüka Theatre, has played the role of Madame Curry, the leader of the Carson City Ghost Walk, for almost 10 years. Dressed in a black satin gown over a corset and hoopskirt, Madame Curry, wife of Carson City founder Abraham Curry, takes participants on a 90-minute stroll past some of Carson City’s earliest haunts while she spins
yarns—some educational, some bizarre and some downright spooky—about life in the mid- to-late 1800s during the capital city’s infancy. Now in their 27th season, the ghost walks, Bennett explains, were the brainchild of Mary Walker, former Carson City finance and redevelopment director, who visited Boston and walked the Freedom Trail. Inspired by that walking tour of historic Colonial places, led by tour guides in period costumes, Walker returned to Carson City and proposed a similar, Wild West-themed tour of historic sites in Carson City, which turned into the 2.5-mile “Blue Line” Kit Carson Trail. The idea was a hit, and, before long, themed historic tours, including daytime
ghost walks, were drawing participants from around Northern Nevada. A reporter at the time, Bennett walked the trail and wrote about the experience. Walker and Candy Duncan, who was at the time executive director of the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, knew Bennett as both a journalist and an actress with a penchant for history, and they approached her about becoming creative director for the ghost walks. Bennett eagerly agreed, and she began developing themes, writing scripts and hiring actors to play some of the characters described on the walks—living and dead. “Almost 10 years ago, the city made the decision not to run them anymore, and because I’d done it and loved it, I approached my daughter Bailey about us running it privately,” Bennett says. “We’d utilize Brüka for actors and some of the resources like props and costuming, and Bailey said yes, so we took it on and expanded into doing evening tours.” Now a family business that involves Bennett’s four children and her grandchildren, Carson City Ghost Walk also relies on a cohort of volunteers from area schools and community members, as well as members of the Brüka family, all working together to support what Bennett calls “a heart passion.” The ghost walk is an ever-evolving tour that takes participants past historic sites and homes, including the Governor’s Mansion, Bliss Mansion, Ferris Mansion and Rinckel Mansion. Summer evening walks, which take place on about three Saturdays a month between Memorial Day weekend and October, are narrative and feature character-driven stories. Come October, the spookiest time of year, the walks ramp up to feature themes, tours inside homes and dramatized stories. “I’ll populate the walk with actors and characters that come from a story to link throughout the tour,” Bennett explains. “Sometimes we’ll do two tours, one longer one with up to five houses that we can go inside, thanks to their kind residents, and then we’ll do a smaller tour that’s shorter, for people who aren’t able to walk as far, and is more family-oriented, with a bit more of an old-fashioned trick-or-treat element, but I still bring in the history.” Bennett says the goal, really, is to get people excited about history. “Overall, we try to get people to understand the intention of Abraham Curry, how he wanted all the houses in Carson City to be built with the doors facing the capitol, in order to create this sense of community, and how that has really remained. I like to enhance and tell those stories,” she said.
Ghost stories Madame Curry and her Spirit Wranglers—Bailey and her three young children, who all bring up the rear of the tour and treat participants to drinks and conversation—impart fascinating stories of the intriguing and so-crazy-they-must-be-true original residents of Carson City, from visionary Curry himself to George Ferris, Jr., inventor of the Ferris Wheel; to Orion Clemens, first and only territorial secretary of Nevada and brother of author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain); to Major William Matthew Ormsby, who was killed leading a vigilante force against Paiute Indians in the Pyramid Lake War; to Alfred Chartz, a local attorney convicted of murder whose house is the stuff of nightmares; and many more. “It truly is 27 years’ worth of story gathering,” Bennett says about the origins of the wealth of information and storytelling. “A lot of it is from the library. I used to go do a summer trip every year and spend a full day at the Nevada State Library, looking through old newspapers—old copies of the Nevada Appeal and Territorial Enterprise. I also use books found at the Nevada State Museum and the Visitors Center. I’m constantly picking up new books. I try to read as much as I can so I have a base of history, but also, depending on the group or day, the ability to keep it fresh and tie in new information.” Woven into the historic anecdotes are numerous tales of ghost sightings and unexplained encounters, which Madame Curry relates with relish and which are enough, on this breezy, darkening summer evening, to raise the hairs on the back of my neck and cause my 10-year-old daughter to snuggle up next to me as she listens and whisper in my ear, “Is that real?” Well, is it? Bennett says many of the ghost stories come from residents who have stayed or lived there, and others come from peculiar
encounters she herself had while working at the Rinckel Mansion, which is now home to the Nevada Press Association, or when she lived in an apartment near the Washoe Club in Virginia City. One of Bennett’s favorite things about the walks is afterward, when she bids her guests goodnight and they linger to relate their own stories of mysterious happenings. “I think we’ve all had things that feel like coincidences, or like someone’s trying to remind us that they’re there,” she reflects. “It’s the senses being awakened. Maybe pictures are falling down, or there’s a smell. A spirit won’t tap us on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you,’ but we have those reminders, that energy around us. … I think it’s up to the individual person to determine what that is. So it’s really important at the ghost walks for us to share memories and think about experiences—not to create bizarre illusions, but to open people’s hearts and minds.” □
“I think we’ve all had things that feel like coincidences, or like someone’s trying to remind us that they’re there. It’s the senses being awakened.” Mary Bennett
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Comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah weighs in on Trump, the Democratic debates, and his favorite kind of pie
riter and comedian Trevor Noah has been the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show since 2015. In 2016, he published the bestselling book Born a Crime, about his childhood experiences growing up in South Africa. He has several standup specials, the most recent of which, Son of Patricia, is available on Netflix. He’ll perform at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena on July 5. What did you think of the Democratic debates? It was purely what I think American voters need to be hearing about. Because it helps people figure out who they want to support and why they want to support them, so for me, I thought it was really good. There was some conflict. There was some tension, which is never a bad thing as long as people keep it within the scope of politics.
Who stood out to you? On the first night, I think Elizabeth Warren did well. I mean, she just has her policies laid out. She knows what she wants to do. [Julián] Castro had a good showing. I still don’t think he’d win, but he had a good showing. I think on the second night, we really saw the powerhouses come out. Bernie [Sanders] was strong as always. [Pete] Buttigieg is fantastic at navigating difficult issues. And then, by far, the biggest breakout of all the debates was Kamala Harris. I think what connected with so many people is that it wasn’t contrived. She really had a moment of authenticity, where she just spoke from the heart and who she was as a person. It’s something that’s rare to see from politicians because a lot of the time they’re so focus-grouped and so practiced that we don’t get to see who they really are and their feelings. So that was a moment, I think, that
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struck a chord with everybody. I think Joe Biden didn’t come off that great, because, you know, he was very defensive. It seemed like it was a moment where he could have taken just a little bit of a breather and gone with a more humble angle in responding to Kamala who was saying, these polices affected my life, and I come from the world that you were writing laws about. So, we’ll see where it goes from here. But that was the first round of the debates—with 20 people.
It was a lot of people. They had to break it up into two nights, and even then it was difficult to keep track of everyone who was on stage. Right. But at the same time, I think it’s good for the Democrats, because, unfortunately, America is really addicted to entertainment. And one thing that the Republican debates [in 2016] gave people was entertainment value, and when there’s entertainment, people tune in. And when people tune in, they’re more aware of what’s happening. So, in a weird way, having the 20 [candidates] and having the two nights is actually better, because now you have two nights to talk about policies, two nights to focus on Democrats and their ideas.
I watched the debates on Hulu, and on the Hulu page, it said, like, “season one, episode one” like it was a TV show. It is treated as entertainment. I think you’re in a position where you’re straddling that line, too. You’re commenting on current events on The Daily Show. It’s a comedy show, but so many people find out their news through you. Do you feel pressure to inform people? No. I only feel pressure to put on a good show. For me, I only want to talk about those things. I don’t spend time with my friends or in my personal life talking much about nothingness. I’m not a big tabloid person. I’m not someone who spends my time talking about random stuff. I like to talk politics. I like to talk issues. I like to talk about what’s happening in the world. If anything, The Daily Show is an extension of the world that I exist in. So, the only pressure I have is to put on a good show. How do I engage with an audience? How do I keep people entertained? How do I make people laugh? And how do I try to spark the same thoughts and moments that I think trigger all good
conversation? And that’s all I’m trying to do on the show. … Everything that you do is a product of who you are. And who you are is going to shape what you believe in, and the two intertwine, and they affect each other, I think, equally in different ways. So, for me, I take whatever I need to take into either space, and then I go from there. But everything I do is an extension of who I am. I’m not trying to create a different persona on The Daily Show. I’m presenting a show, so there’s a certain energy and a vibe that I’ll have because I’m working within the limits of the time that I’ve been given and the medium. But when I’m on stage, it’s the same thing. I am who I am, and I perform accordingly. And I always try to make sure that the people who have taken their time or spent their money to come and support me, I give them the best show possible.
So, my kids are fans. I told them I was going to talk to you, so they gave me two questions to ask you. These are from my kids who are 12. That’s dope!
The first question is, “What’s your favorite kind of pie?”
and optimism. Donald Trump is very good at stoking people’s fear and divisiveness. So, that’s who he is as a person. And he believes in his cause. He genuinely believes in what he is doing and who he is doing it for. I don’t think he’s a very honest individual. He lies way more than most people I’ve ever come across in politics. But one thing he’s really good at doing is connecting with the emotions of the people who he’s supporting and representing. And I think that’s one thing that many politicians can learn from him—how to hone in on what people are feeling. … The weird thing about Donald Trump is, he’s the most dishonest authentic person you’ll ever meet. … I will always laugh at absurd politicians or people in power—even if those people are doing things that are negatively affecting the world that we live in. It doesn’t discount what’s happening, but for me it’s how I process what’s happening. Because without that laughter, what? I’m just going to exist in a space of panic the entire time? That’s not who I am as a human being. I believe in action. I believe in engagement. And most importantly, I believe in not losing yourself in whatever fight you’re engaged in or whatever cause you’re engaged in. Still, be who you are and maintain the same passion. That’s what I try and do every single day. So, when I process that information, I go, “Hey, man, Donald Trump is going to say a funny thing.” Those funny things that he says that don’t affect anybody, I can laugh at those things or those moments. I also think that sometimes making a person too serious gives them a certain level of gravitas that they don’t deserve. And I think it’s good to point out the moments of complete buffoonery that we see from our leaders. Otherwise, we very quickly slip into a place that Noah many countries are in where everyone looks up to the leader like this complete supreme being, and I don’t think that’s healthy for any democracy. For me, any leader should be open to shots, and the person can take jokes. You can say, “Hey, this is what’s funny about this person, and these are the jokes that we can make about the person.” Because if we can’t do that, then you’re not living in a free society. ... With The Daily Show, I love how informed I get to be. I get to be in a job where I every day I’m learning. I’m learning about American policy, I’m learning about what’s happening around the world. I’m learning about issues. I’m learning about people. I’m eternally grateful, because those are things that I may not have been forced to engage in at the level that I am while hosting the show. If anything, I see everything as an opportunity to enjoy myself, and that’s what gives me energy every day.
It’s good to point out the moments of complete buffoonery that we see from our leaders.
My favorite kind of pie—hands down, apple pie. In fact, when I first moved to America, I gained too much Trevor weight because in South Africa, it’s not common that you just find apple pie. So my rule—my cheat thing in life was, if there’s an apple pie on the menu, I always order it. So, in South Africa that meant, like, one in every 20 times that I would eat out there would be apple pie. In America, I quickly learned it meant that at every single meal, I could consume apple pie. So I had to cut down. But that’s still easily my favorite pie.
The second question that the kids asked me to ask you—they’re of the generation where they watch a lot of stuff on YouTube. And I think they think you’re a YouTuber. They see your show in segments. So, my stepdaughter said, “He’s got a lot of really funny videos about Trump, so ask him his personal opinion of Trump.” That’s interesting. My personal opinion of Trump? I think Donald Trump is a simple yet complicated person. He’s a very smart entertainer who knows how to engage in the right triggers to get people to feel a certain way. I don’t think he’s a very good policymaker. I also think he’s someone who is very good at exploiting people’s hatred toward each other. And he knows how to mobilize that. All politicians have a different tool that they use, and, in many ways, the reason Obama won is that he figured out how to stimulate everybody’s hope
Plastic is everywhere. From toothbrushes to yogurt cups, diapers to disposable razors and more; there is hardly a product out there today that isn’t made of plastic or wrapped in plastic. So what exactly is plastic and how is it made?
The word plastic is derived from the ancient Greek word plastikos, meaning “moldable.” The earliest uses of plastic date back 3,500 years ago. The Olmecs of Mexico used the sap from gum trees to create latex balls used in mesoamerican sports. In the 19th and 20th centuries, synthetic plastics were born from inventors like Alexander Parkes, who invented Celluloid and Leo Baekeland who invented Bakelite.
Although plastic production didn’t take off until the 1950s, today’s global plastic production has reached 9.2 billion tons of plastic. Most of the plastic products made today end up in the trash. Single-use plastics constitute about 40% of all plastic waste. Plastic products can also end up in our environment as litter. Scientists predict that by the year 2050, plastic waste will outnumber fish in our oceans. Plastic doesn’t decompose, but instead breaks up into tiny pieces called microplastics. These microplastics are getting into our waterways and bioaccumulating in our ecosystems, damaging natural habitats, threatening wildlife, and polluting communities.
Simple steps lead to positive change! Join Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful this Plastic Free July by reducing your reliance on plastic. You can start by bringing your own cup to Artown to refuse single-use plastic water bottles. Reduce plastic products you could not refuse by shopping bulk to avoid excess plastic found in packaging. Don’t forget to take your own reusable shopping bag to the grocery store. Finally, make sure you are recycling right. Only recycle plastic tubs, jars, and bottles and remember not to bag your recyclables on collection day. You can take your plastic bags back to a grocery store near you. Visit www.ktmb.org/ recycle for more information on proper disposal of unwanted items.
That’s awesome. Thanks for the time. Thank you so much. And say what’s up to the kids for me. I appreciate the questions. Ω
Trevor Noah performs at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 U.S. 50, Stateline, on July 5 at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit apeconcerts.com/ events/trevor-noah-loud-clear-tour
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Night out Oxbow After Dark During the day, people flock to Oxbow Nature Study Area to walk its trails and catch glimpses of the myriad species of wildlife that live there. But when Oxbow closes at dusk and the people leave, the animals take over this little wooded haven between Dickerson Road and the Truckee River. However, on some evenings, a small group of people remains as the sun sets below the horizon. They’re there to join biologist Jessica Heitt, a wildlife educator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, on a nighttime trek through the study area to find the nocturnal creatures that call it home. Heitt leads a team of NDOW and AmeriCorps biologists that works within the study area and the broader community, leading programs that include nighttime walks to see a bat colony in Sparks and classroom projects that allow school kids to raise and eventually release trout into the Truckee River. “Oxbow After Dark” is among the newest of these programs. “The park typically closes at sunset, so it was kind of a fun experience to be able to get people in here after hours and hopefully get to see some animals,” Heitt said. “But wildlife isn’t super predictable, so I can’t guarantee them anything.” So far, though, the three or four groups Heitt has led through the nature study area after dark have succeeded in spotting various animals. “We’ve been pretty lucky,” Heitt said. “Between a couple of different walks, we’ve seen lots of ducklings and goslings. We saw deer once. And
we’ve seen the beaver twice. He’ll come out of the pond and flap his tail at us a little bit.” To increase the odds that participants will see animals, Heitt tries to keep the number of people on any given walk to no more than 30. “Just to keep the numbers down so we don’t scare off anything that we might get to see, or we don’t want to be changing the wildlife behavior by having too many people here … we do try to cap it about 30 people,” she said. “I get emails all the time—and if I can try to squeeze a few more in, I will. … And if there’s a group that’s interested in it—like a Girl Scout or Boy Scout group or some kind of civic group like a Rotary club—we can do private tours for it.” “Oxbow After Dark” starts with an educational talk about some of the study area’s animals. Heitt sets up a table outside with stuffed and mounted animals as well as pelts and skulls. She explains the ways in which animals ranging from deer to raccoons and bats to beavers live within the little ecosystem. One of her favorites to discuss is a stuffed and mounted beaver called Cornelius, a sort of Oxbow mascot. After that, the actual walk begins. “The walk itself, when we do the full loop, is about a mile long,” Heitt said. “And then we have the pond, and we’ll all go gather on the pond deck and sit quietly wait and hope to see the beaver or have somebody come out. And there’s typically bats flying all over when we do that. … It’s kind of just a nice time to be serene and quiet and connect with nature.” Ω
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John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum
The gun opera that is the John Wick franchise keeps on rolling and shooting with gory gusto, and some great dogs to boot. When we last saw Keanu Reeves as John Wick, he had himself a little time before getting excommunicated from the assassination club The High Table and all its perks. His killing a fellow assassin within the walls of the Continental Hotel means no more room service or dog sitting. He’s got a multimillion dollar bounty on his head and no place to kick his feet up. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum picks up right where the last one left off, with a battle-weary Wick running in the streets, putting distance between himself and the hotel and trying to figure out his next big move. Wick basically runs from one action set piece to another, with returning director and former stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski making each of those set pieces a thing to behold. A gun battle inside a weapons museum counts as a franchise highlight, as does Wick’s gunfight atop a motorcycle. And, yes, dogs play a major role in the shenanigans, which makes this dog person very happy.
Let it be boring Man, I just wanted to punch this stupid movie in the face for nearly the entire time I was watching it—stupid-assed, stupid movie. Yesterday takes an interesting premise—“What would the world be like if the music of the Beatles didn’t exist?”—and totally squanders it. Danny Boyle (127 Hours, 28 Days Later) directs the straining saga of Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), a wannabe musician working part-time in a grocery store while also busking on street corners and playing small solo gigs with his trusty guitar. Jack’s burgeoning music career is managed by Ellie (Lily James), who is fostering a decades-old crush on Jack while getting him gigs at closing hotels and side tents at music festivals. Riding his bike home from a gig, the world suffers a solar flare and a worldwide power loss, and Jack gets hit by a bus, knocking out a couple of his teeth and sending him to the hospital. Just before his accident, Jack swore to end his music career, probably a good idea because he totally sucks. Post-accident, Ellie and some friends give Jack a new guitar and suggest he bust out song for them. He goes with “Yesterday” by the Beatles, and the group is moved, as if hearing the song for the first time. That’s because they are hearing it for the first time. A quick Google check by Jack confirms the impossible: Somehow, someway, Jack now lives in a parallel world where John, Paul, George and Ringo never came together to make music. So what does Jack do? Why, he plagiarizes the entire Beatles catalogue, of course. He plasters Post-its for their songs all over his room and starts recreating their tracks. He struggles with the lyrics to “Eleanor Rigby,” but he gets enough right to catch the eyes and ears of agents and producers everywhere. Jack doesn’t really look like a rock star but, no matter, with the music of the Beatles propelling him, this kid is going places.
“Why do Flat Earthers hate the Beatles? Because the Earth is round, it turns them off.”
Now, this act, stealing the music of the best group in rock history, is a grievous action, is it not? Only a true prick would steal music and try to pass it off as his own, right? Well, this is where the movie goes terribly wrong. Rather than exploring the dark side of plagiarism in a comedic way, Boyle’s movie begs you to love Jack—and to sympathize with him while he tries to figure out his romantic interest in Ellie. This results in a movie that is always uncomfortable to watch because Jack is nothing short of a total dick. Rather than crafting a film that seriously addresses a world without the Beatles, the movie becomes scared of itself and becomes nothing but a lame rom-com. An opportunity for some mind-bending dark comedy becomes nothing but an exercise in whether he will kiss her or not. Actually, the movie does take a stab at something profound with a special appearance by an historical figure late in the film. Beatles fans will cry blasphemy because the movie simply doesn’t earn this moment. Furthermore, the moment is treated with a strange kind of casual bemusement that struck me as offensive. As for the appearance of Ed Sheeran, I was actually OK with a scene where the pop star got put in his place because, you know, fuck that guy. Movies that feature Beatles music can be a great thing. Apart from the films the actual Fab Four participated in, Across the Universe stands as a fine exercise on how to use their music in the modern film era. Yesterday is a vapid, unimaginative mess. It has no real reason to exist other than trying to find a way to roll out Beatles music for a new generation of moviegoers. The film actually had me wincing at the sound of their music given the mode in which it was presented. You have to really screw up to make the Beatles boring. Ω
Men In Black: International
The fourth film in the MIB franchise is the second-worst MIB film after Men in Black II. The original and Men in Black III were the only good ones. International amounts to a wasted opportunity, an admirable attempt to restart things with a mostly new cast that doesn’t quite hit all its marks. Replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones—along with Josh Brolin as the young Tommy Lee Jones—are Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as agents H and M. H is the bold, brash, superhot dude of MIB, He and Agent High T (Liam Neeson) saved the world years ago from an evil alien force called the hive. M is the latest recruit, having found MIB’s secret headquarters after years of searching. As a child, M witnessed an alien encounter—and saw her parents getting their minds erased—starting a curiosity fire that doesn’t get put out until Agent O (Emma Thompson) gives her a chance to basically save the world as a probationary agent. Tessa Thompson is great in anything she does, and she is great here. She brings a fun energy to the role, with a slight edge of wiseass. Hemsworth is a performer who seems to like himself a little too much, but still manages to be likeable. The two make for a good pair, as they did in Thor: Ragnarok. While it’s fun to see them standing next to each other again onscreen, it’s a little baffling what the screenplay puts them through.
I’m a big fan of anthology horror movies and TV shows. Creepshow stands as one of my all-time favorite horror movies, so when I see another anthology horror film getting good buzz, I get excited. Word had it that this one was a blast but, as things turn out, it totally blows. Mickey Rourke plays the Projectionist, a purposeless dude screening horror films in an old, mystical theater. The premise for the multiple short films in this movie has something to do with the main characters walking into the theater, sitting down and seeing their stories. Each one of those stories, including a demon possession tale, a crazy mother, a cabin in the woods scenario, and a kid who sees dead people, is lame, lame, lame. There isn’t an original moment to be had in this thing. It should just be called Mickey Rourke Actually Gets a Job because that’s the only shocking thing about it. Standard gore effects, terrible writing, and lousy direction abound. Even Joe Dante, the man who made Gremlins, accomplishes next to nothing with his stupid short about an evil plastic surgeon. It’s as if a bunch of studios took a group of throwaway horror scripts, repurposed them as an anthology and tried to pass them off as having some sort of binding theme. It’s a disjointed, sloppy mess. (Available for rent and download during a limited theatrical release.)
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Dexter Fletcher, the very same director who helped take a shit on Freddie Mercury’s legacy with the dumpster fire that was last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody—he finished the job after Bryan Singer was fired— fares much better with this celebration of Elton John. The movie tells John’s story through musical numbers and fantasy sequences and, as it turns out, it’s a good approach to the life of Elton John. John is played by Taron Egerton (who starred alongside John in the wonderfully weird Kingsman: The Golden Circle), and there will be no lip-synching here, thank you very much. Egerton confidently sings John’s tunes, including “Tiny Dancer,” the title track and, unfortunately, “I’m Still Standing.” Jamie Bell plays John’s writing partner, Bernie Taupin, and the movie works as a nice testament to their contributions to rock’s legacy. The results are a lot of fun, even with some slight miscasting (Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mom!). It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s a bold and interesting approach to a rock biopic that has more in common with Across the Universe than Bohemian Rhapsody.
For my money, Bob Dylan peaked during that strange time during the mid ’70s when he hit the road with a traveling circus of his musical and poetry friends, covered his face with white makeup and delivered some of the rawest, most straightforward rocking performances of his career. Martin Scorsese, for the second time, goes the documentary route with the musical icon, combining archival concert footage and interviews (most notably, a new one with Dylan himself) to tell the story of the most interesting tour of the man’s career. Dylan had just finished touring stadiums with The Band and wanted to play more intimate venues. So he did, and he brought the likes of Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsburg and Joan Baez along with him. The concert footage shows Dylan in focused, driving and sometime very funny form as he delivers some new music along with his already classic songbook. New songs like “Isis” and “Hurricane” destroy alongside transformed versions of “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Watching these concert moments, it’s immediately clear that anybody who was present for the shows was witnessing vital music history. The interviews flesh out the “story” in what amounts to another triumph for Scorsese, who has given himself a nice side gig doing rock documentaries. (Streaming on Netflix.)
No one would blame you for thinking Toy Story 3 was a definitive end to the story of Woody the Cowboy (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear the Space Ranger (Tim Allen) and company. That movie was, in a word, perfect in the way it tied up the story of Andy and his lifelong toy companions. I count myself among those who thought Toy Story 3 should’ve been the final chapter in the franchise. I now count myself among those who are fine with one more chapter in the totally satisfying Toy Story 4, a movie I never thought I would see and wasn’t wishing for. Pixar and director Josh Cooley—making his directorial debut with their most precious franchise—have chosen to mess with perfection and extend the story of Woody and friends. The results are less than perfect, but still very worthy of Toy Story lore and a welcomed breath of fresh air in a summer movie season that has been laying a series of big franchise stink bombs (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Men in Black: International, Dark Phoenix). It’s not surprising that Toy Story 4 is the most visually impressive of the lot. The ending of Toy Story 4 will, once again, have fans and critics alike proclaiming that this must be the end for the franchise. It certainly feels like a closing chapter, but we all said that about the last movie.
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A generous order of veggie pakora is served with dipping sauces, alongside a shami sandwich.
Fast feast Dawat Fast Food & Restaurant’s location isn’t great, but a preponderance of signs touting “halal fast food” of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian origins certainly caught my eye. Dawat means “feast” or “invitation to feast,” indicating a great opportunity to round up my hungry family group for a meal. As you enter, spicy, heady, pungent smells from the open kitchen hit your nose, creating anticipation. Counter orders were quickly delivered to the table. Canned and bottled soft drinks are available, but the owner surprised us by offering free bottled water. I commensurately bumped up the tip. Dishes were served in attractive metal bowls and glass plates, though with sauces in foam cups and plasticware and paper plates for dining—an odd but utilitarian juxtaposition. Chicken biryani ($9.99) was served with three chutneys: sweet, minty and spicy. The turmeric-yellow basmati rice was fragrant with a little kick, piled atop tender bone-in chicken chunks fried in chickpea flour and spices. It was absolutely great, with the chunky, herby chutney a standout. Baskets of plain and garlic naan ($3.99) featured crispy, pillowy flatbread topped with sesame seeds. I dipped bits of naan in a bowl of nihari ($12.99), a slow-cooked stew of shank meat, onion, bone marrow and spices. I’m guessing it was either mutton or goat, though the menu didn’t specify. Topped with fresh cilantro, it was hearty and rich—and the meat practically fell off the bone. Rice wasn’t served with the stewed dishes, so we used the plentiful biryani to good end. Chicken tikka masala ($12.99)—a mix of grilled chicken, onion and spices—was considerably different from others I’ve encountered. The small chunks of chicken included bones you had to watch out
for, and it was pretty heavy on the ghee (clarified butter)—different, but delicious. A serving of paya ($12.99)—beef feet stewed with a considerable amount of hot spices— was essentially cross sections of bone with a healthy amount of fatty, jellied collagen attached. I’m assuming a true devotee would just pick them up and nibble off the bone, but I made the effort to tear bits off with a plastic fork. The dish was smooth, creamy, buttery and great combined with naan. It’s probably not for everyone, but don’t knock it ’til you try it. Vinegared cucumber and cabbage sprinkled with ground spices was provided as accoutrement for the meal and was not a bad salad on its own. Ground beef kabobs ($7.99) made with spices and onion were served on a bed of the same salad, perfectly grilled and easily the spiciest dish of the bunch. I wrapped garlic naan around a chunk of this and topped it with salad and some chutney. Bliss. Veggie pakora ($4.99) were aboveaverage examples of the crispy, fried chickpea flour fritters that are common to Indian subcontinent cuisine. They were plenty flavorful on their own, though I did enjoy dipping them in all the sauces and stew broths. Dal chana ($7.99) was akin to chana masala, a spicy chickpea stew that may have used dal (lentil) for the thickened goo. Regardless, it was spicy and good. We completed the meal with a big, shared bowl of gajar halwa ($7.99), a lightly sweet carrot and nut dessert. I’ve had a few versions of this in the past, but I’d enjoy this particular piping hot bowl of healthy goodness more as breakfast than dessert. Ω
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The New York City band Surfbort, featuring singer and Gucci model Dani Miller (third from left), are part of this year’s Debaucha-Reno, taking place July 3 and 4.
Pool party Debauch-a-Reno Even decades after it was birthed, fuzzed-up, freaked-out garage punk is still enduring for those who like it loud. Longtime, perennial Reno resident Pete Menchetti has been at the forefront of bringing this style to the people as the head of Slovenly Records and the organizer of three Debauch-a-Reno events in the past decade or so, all featuring garage rock prominently on their bills. The fourth Debauch-a-Reno is at our grubby little doorstep, with some newer acts to Reno as well as old faves. The main event is on the Fourth of July at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel, a different venue from events held in various local dives and bars. Menchetti said the Sands was “the hotel that everyone was staying at” during last year’s popular Debauch event. “They encouraged me to try a pool party, and when I looked at the calendar and saw that the Fourth of July was on a Thursday before the [Burger] Boogaloo, it was too fun of an opportunity to pass up.” Indeed, Debauch-a-Reno may be a pregame for those going to Oakland’s annual Burger Boogaloo music festival, which has its share of loud punk. One band playing both events is The Chats, an Australian group that will have its first ever show on U.S. soil at Debauch-a-Reno. “They’re a bunch of teenagers who have already toured around Europe, and they are sort of a YouTube viral sensation because they put out a couple of crazy and fun videos, one of which
topped 7 million views,” Menchetti said. Another band playing Reno that’s flirting with the mainstream in odd ways is Surfbort. The NYC band’s lead singer, Dani Miller, is featured as a model in a campaign for Gucci. Menchetti described them as “just a great band, trashy fun punk rock. She just goes bonkers onstage.” The Sands show also features the Spits, a Michigan band that has released albums on Slovenly and whom Menchetti called “the best punk band on planet Earth.” It’s headlined by the Dickies, the stalwart L.A. punk group known for its insane cover versions and upbeat melodic punk tunes. It’s their first time playing in Reno that anyone involved can remember. “They are one of the longest and hardest working bands in punk rock,” Menchetti said. “They have been doing it for over 40 years and they are one of my favorite bands, period.” Debauch-a-Reno actually starts on July 3, with a show in the courtyard of Plaza Maya on Wells Avenue. It features Oregon band Arctic Flowers along with locals Skew Ring, Spitting Image and Dissidence. The fest moves over to Shea’s Tavern that night with Spanish group Hollywood Sinners, Bay area band Control Freaks, and locals Eddie and the Subtitles. The July 4 event also includes a Vinyl Record Fair from noon to 5 p.m., featuring vinyl from indie labels and a record swap, plus music starting at 2 p.m. from San Francisco band Greasy Gills and Reno’s Slow Wow. There’s also an afterparty on July 4 at “a secret location” with L.A. band Night Times and locals The Saturday Knights, plus DJs, including Menchetti, likely until dawn. The tie that binds the bands is simple: unabashed good times. “They may not all sound alike, but they are alike in spirit,” Menchetti said. “If I try to throw a party, I want to make sure all the bands are fun.” Ω
Debauch-a-Reno takes place over two days: July 3 starting at 6 p.m. at Plaza Maya, 1644 S. Wells Ave.; at 11 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.; and starting at noon at July 4 at the pool at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 345 N. Arlington Ave. Get details at sloven.ly/4july
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The Nugget Casino Resort hosts the 20th annual Independence Day party and fireworks celebration. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks with food and craft vendor booths and live music by The Garage Boys. There will also be a ticketed VIP viewing area that includes prime views, seating and a food and beverage buffet of picnic-style choices. Tickets to the VIP area are $55. Victorian Square, however, is open to the public for free fireworks viewing. Bring a picnic chair but leave dogs, glass bottles and barbecues at home. Park-and-ride shuttles to downtown Sparks will be available starting at 6 p.m. from 510 Greenbrae Drive, near the corner of Greenbrae Drive and Fourth Street in Sparks, as well as the RenoSparks Livestock Event Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave. Fireworks are expected to begin about 9:30-9:45 p.m. (wind conditions permitting). Visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com.
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FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 3, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. LIGHTS ON THE LAKE FIREWORKS: South Lake Tahoe’s popular Fourth of July fireworks show is visible across the area. Some of the best viewing spots include Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina at the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge, The Tallac Historic Site, Edgewood-Tahoe, Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach and Lakeside Beach. Thu, 7/4, 9:45pm. Free. Various locations along Highway 50 and Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 544-5050, tahoesouth.com.
MOVIES IN THE PARK: The Artown event kicks off with a showing of the 1994 film Speed starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Fri, 7/5, 9pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2. S Arlington Ave, artown.org.
MR. LUCKY: Artemisia MovieHouse presents
Artown’s Monday Night Music Series kicks off with a concert by the Venice, California-based, eightpiece band Dustbowl Revival. The group garnered critical acclaim early in its career for its vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. The Los Angeles Times wrote the band “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter.” But over time, the ensemble’s music has evolved into a more soulful, funky sound as heard on their latest album. Dustbowl Revival will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. Admission is free. Call 322-1538 or visit artown.org.
4TH OF JULY PARADE: Virginia City’s Independence Day celebration includes a parade, raffle and auction, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, Old West shootouts, V&T train rides and a fireworks display at dusk. Thu, 7/4, 10am-11pm. Free. Along C Street in downtown Virginia City, (775) 847-7500, visitvirginiacitynv.com.
2019 BEERFEST & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The 13th annual event features two stages of live bluegrass music, numerous craft beers and ciders, hiking, mountain biking, yoga and other activities. Fri, 7/5Sun, 7/7. $25-$75. Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.northstarcalifornia.com.
A PERFECT PICASSO PICNIC: Bring the family to this all-ages, interactive art event. Listen to fun music while creating instructor-guided masterpieces along the sparkling Truckee River. For a $5-$15 fee per person, all painting supplies will be provided. There will be food, drink and sweet treats available for purchase. A portion of this event’s proceeds will help fund Artown. Sat, 7/6, 11am. $5-$15. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 322-1538, artown.org.
4TH OF JULY BIKE PARADE: Free red, white and blue decorations will be available in front of Mine Children’s Store to decorate your bike, scooter, stroller or dog for the parade. Kids can get their face painted and meet local first responders before the parade starts. At 2pm everyone who wants to participate is guided around the village and onto the rink while onlookers cheer them on. Thu, 7/4, noon. Free. Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.facebook.com/Northstar.
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4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS AT DONNER LAKE: The all-day event features live music, games and activities, barbecue and a fireworks show at 9:30pm. Thu, 7/4, 9am-10:30pm. $6. West End Beach, Donner Lake, 15888 South Shore Drive, Truckee, (530) 582-7777, chamber.truckee.com.
than 20 wing cookers will participate, competing for the best sauces and new found fans, during the seventh annual event. There will be a free entertainment on outdoor stages, including performances by A Thousand Horses and Lindsay Ell. Fri, 7/5-Sat, 7/6. Free. Downtown Reno, North Virginia Street, www.silverlegacyreno.com/event/ events/biggest-little-city-wing-fest.
a screening of the 1943 comedy/romance directed by H.C. Potter and starring Cary Grant and Laraine Day. Sun, 7/7, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 6363386, www.artemisiamovies.weebly.com.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball team plays the Sacramento River Cats. Thu, 7/4, 6:35pm; Fri, 7/5-Sat, 7/6, 7:05pm; Sun, 7/7, 1:05pm. $13-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.milb.com/reno.
SQUAW VALLEY 4TH OF JULY FREEDOM FEST: Celebrate summer skiing and the Fourth of July at this festival featuring three days of live music, including performances by Grant Farm at Gold Coast and a free show at KT Base Bar with Paul Oakenfold, followed by a fireworks display. Thu, 7/4-Sun, 7/7. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.
TAHOE CITY 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW: Tahoe City holds its 74th annual
fireworks show. Thu, 7/4, 9pm. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, www.tahoecityfireworks.com.
TRUCKEE 4TH OF JULY PARADE: This year’s theme is “The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad in Truckee.” The parade starts at the Truckee High School and winds along Donner Pass Road to Historical Downtown Truckee and ends at the corner of Bridge and Church streets. Thu, 7/4, 10am. chamber.truckee.com/events.
ART ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Rockin’ Out Art Show. Artist Co-op Gallery of Reno presents its annual benefit for the Nevada Rock Art Foundation. The opening reception is on July 7, noon4pm. Thu, 7/4-Wed, 7/10, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: Visionaries: Women Artists of the Great Basin Artist Reception. Sat, 7/6, 1pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100, artown.org.
ONSTAGE 9TH ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT ON THE GREEN: The annual event features performances by The Fog City Swampers, a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Hollywood U2, a U2 tribute show. Sat, 7/6, 6pm. $20-$40. Tahoe Donner Driving Range, 12790 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, www.tahoedonner.com.
AMERICAN SALUTE: In celebration with Artown, the Reno Phil Orchestra and Chorus will perform patriotic and classical favorites. Conducted by Laura Jackson, the performance will begin at 7:30pm and will end with a fireworks finale. Come early with a picnic dinner and save your spot on the lawn. Thu, 7/4, 5pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 323-6393, www.renophil.com.
CHEERS FOR 50 YEARS: The Sierra High Notes celebrates its 50th anniversary with a program of choral music. Sun, 7/7, 6pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 324-1940, sierrahighnotes.org.
COOL JULY NIGHTS—FLAMENCO: Edward Martinez performs classical and flamenco guitar music. Fri, 7/5, 7pm. Free. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 298-1686, www.cgwest.org.
CULTURAL CONNECTIONS—TIEMPO LIBRE: The three-time Grammy-nominated AfroCaribbean music group plays a mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. Wed, 7/10, 7:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., artown.org.
DANCING BY THE RIVER: The Artown event features the members of the Sierra Nevada Ballet performing a variety of dance styles, as well as international tap dance star Sam Weber and singer Cami Thompson and her trio. Tue, 7/9, 8pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., www.sierranevadaballet.org.
EVENINGS ON THE RANCH: Sage Creek
performs bluegrass music. Wed, 7/10, 7pm. Free. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.
EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR!: Restless Artists Theater presents Lauren Gunderson’s smart, dark revenge comedy. Thu, 7/4Sat, 7/6, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/7, 2pm. $8-$15. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074, rattheatre.org.
FAMILY SERIES—OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS: Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. Mon, 7/8, 6pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., artown.org.
FUN HOME: Good Luck Macbeth presents this musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. Fri, 7/5-Sat, 7/6, 7:30pm. $18-$20. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 322-3716.
INFINITY—A COSMIC CONCERT: A celebration of the infinite cosmos accompanied by the music of Accent, under the direction of Eileen Brownell, and “poastromy” and science by poet and outreach astronomer Tony Berendsen. The evening will feature a world premiere performance of Infinitiy’s Middle, composed by Stephanie Ann Boyd to Tony’s poem “The Flattened Rock.” Tahoe Star Tours will offer telescopic viewing following the concert. Wed, 7/10, 7pm. Free. The Grove at South Creek, 95 Foothill Road, artown.org.
THE LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The 47th annual festival includes productions of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew and Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony-winning rock ’n’ roll tribute. The festival also features the Showcase Series and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare program. Fri, 7/5-Wed, 7/10, 7:30pm. $15-$99. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, laketahoeshakespeare.com.
LEVITT AMP— ALEX NESTER: The singersongwriter performs her raw, unfiltered take on soul and R&B. Pop/folk group The Novelists will open the show. Sat, 7/6, 8:30pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
PINK MARTINI: The band crosses genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. Tue, 7/9, 7:30pm. $50-$75. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, artown.org.
ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: The RN&R’s summer concert series kicks off with a performance by Tapwater and opening act Snakeboy Johnson Band. Fri, 7/5, 5:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 324-4440.
SENSE & SENSIBILITY: Reno Little Theater’s presents Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel following the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters. Fri, 7/5, 7:30pm; Sat, 7/6, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 7/7, 2pm. $12-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.
TOCCATA-TAHOE’S “BOPS” CONCERT: TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra 14th annual concert features patriotic favorites, light classics, opera arias and an audience a sing-along. Fri, 7/5, 7pm. $0-$40. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road; Sun, 7/7, 4pm. $0-$40. Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, toccatatahoe.org.
VICTOR/VICTORIA: Brüka Theatre presents Blake Edward’s musical fable about mistaken identity, sexual role-playing, love, innocence and sight gags. Fri, 7/5Sat, 7/6, 7:30pm, Sun, 7/7, 2pm. $24-$30. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.
by AMY ALKON
The Incredible Sulk I’m a married lesbian working on having another baby with my fab wife. My new best friend is an attractive straight girl who lives in another state. We talk and text every day. It isn’t sexual or romantic at all, but my friend gets me in a way that, I’m sorry to say, my wife does not. My wife seems jealous. How can I reassure her without giving up my new friend? Spouses can’t meet each other’s every need—and shouldn’t be expected to. Still, it makes sense that your wife is getting all green monster-y. Human emotions, including jealousy, are a tool chest for solving the mating and survival problems that have kept popping up throughout human history. Jealousy is a guard-dog emotion, rising up automatically when we sense that our partnership might be threatened—like by an attractive rival moving in on our boo. Research by evolutionary psychologist David Buss finds that our jealousy, in turn, triggers mate-retention behaviors, such as going around all hangdog mopeypants to try to guilt our partner into spending less time with their sparkly new friend. Now, it seems like you could just reason with your wife: “Come on—my friend’s fiercely hetero, she lives in another state and I’m having another baby with you.” However, though we each have the ability to reason, reasoning takes effort, while emotion comes up automatically, without mental elbow grease. So it turns out that emotion does a lot of our decision-making, and then we dress it up as reason after the fact. Your best bet is be extra loving to your wife—basically to loveydovey her off the ledge. Psychologist Brooke C. Feeney’s research on the “dependency paradox” finds that the more an insecure partner feels they can count on their partner for love and comforting the less fearful and clingy they tend to be. In other words, you should consistently go a little overboard in showing affection, like by sending your wife frequent random texts (“in supermarket & thinking about how much i love u”), caressing her face, doing little sweet things. Basically, stop just short of boring her to death with how much you love her.
Mourning wood My male neighbor was married to a wonderful woman for 15 years. She died, and he was grieving heavily for several months, telling my husband and me she was the love of his life and he didn’t “know how to do life” without her, etc. Well, six months later, he was dating, and in less than a year, he’s engaged to somebody new! I’m beginning to wonder if all his “I’m so grief-stricken” was just for show. It isn’t surprising that you’re “irate” at what you perceive to be a suspiciously speedy recovery. Evolutionary psychologist Bo Winegard and his colleagues believe grief evolved to be, among other things, a form of advertising. “Prolonged and costly” grief signals a person’s “propensity” to develop deep emotional attachments to others. This, in turn, suggests they can be trusted as a friend, colleague or romantic partner. The reality is, there are individual differences in how people respond to loss that don’t always square with widely held beliefs about how grief is “supposed” to work. These beliefs, explains grief researcher George Bonanno, “tend to create rigid parameters for ‘proper’ behavior that do not match what most people go through.” They end up fostering doubt and suspicion about what’s actually successful coping. “When we cast suspicion on a bereaved person just because we think she coped with death too well or got on with her life too quickly, we only make her loss more difficult to bear.” Understanding this, maybe you can try to be happy for the guy and support him in his new relationship. Don’t assume that his finding new love means he’s forgotten his late wife or no longer misses her. Consider, as Bonanno observes, that if somebody had a wonderful relationship, they may feel an acute void and long to have the wonderfulness back. It’s not like the guy was on his phone at the funeral, drying his tears in between swiping on Tinder. Ω
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com).
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by ROb bRezsny
couldn’t vote until 100 years ago. Women in Japan, France and Italy couldn’t vote until the 1940s. Universal suffrage has been a fundamental change in how society is structured. Similarly, same-sex marriage was opposed by vast majorities in most countries until 15 years ago, but has since become widely accepted. African-American slavery lasted for hundreds of years before being delegitimized all over the Western world in the 19th century. Brazil, which hosted 40% of all kidnapped Africans, didn’t free its slaves until 1888. What would be the equivalent of such revolutionary transformations in your own personal life? According to my reading of the astrological omens, you have the power to make that happen during the next 12 months.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini musician Paul
Weller is famous in the U.K., though not so much elsewhere. According to the BBC, he is one of Britain’s “most revered music writers and performers.” To which I say: revered, maybe, but mentally healthy? Not so much. He bragged that he broke up his marriage with his wife Dee C. Lee because “things were going too well, we were too happy, too comfortable, everything seemed too nice.” He was afraid that “as a writer and an artist I might lose my edge.” Don’t you dare allow yourself to get infected with that perverse way of thinking. Please capitalize on your current comfort and happiness. Use them to build your strength and resilience for the months and years to come.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian voice actor
Tom Kenny has played the roles of more than 1,500 cartoon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Spyro the Dragon, Jake Spidermonkey, Commander Peepers and Doctor Octopus. I propose that we make him your role model in the coming weeks. It will be a favorable time for you to show your versatility; to demonstrate how multifaceted you can be; to express various sides of your soulful personality.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leo author Donald Miller
reminds us that fear can have two very different purposes. On the one hand, it may be “a guide to keep us safe,” alerting us to situations that could be dangerous or abusive. On the other hand, fear may work as “a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” After studying your astrological indicators for the coming weeks, I have come to the conclusion that fear may serve both of those functions for you. Your challenge will be to discern between them; to know which situations are genuinely risky and which situations are daunting but promising. Here’s a hint that might help: Trust your gut feelings more than your swirling fantasies.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Why do flocks of geese fly
in a V formation? Because doing so enhances the collective efficiency of their travel. Each bird generates a current that supports the bird behind it. Let’s make this phenomenon one of your power metaphors for the coming weeks. What would be the equivalent strategy for you and your tribe or group as you seek to make your collaborative efforts more dynamic and productive? Unforeseen help will augment any actions you take in this regard.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “A conversation is a
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dialogue, not a monologue,” mused Libra author Truman Capote. “That’s why there are
so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.” That cynical formulation has more than a few grains of truth in it, I must admit. But I’m pleased to tell you that I suspect your experience in the coming weeks will be an exception to Capote’s rule. I think you have the potential to embark on a virtual binge of rich discussion and intriguing interplay with people who stimulate and educate and entertain you. Rise to the challenge!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In accordance with
astrological rhythms, you are authorized to make the following declarations in the next two weeks: 1. “I refuse to participate further in this situation on the grounds that it might impinge on the expansiveness of my imagination.” 2. “I abstain from dealing with your skepticism on the grounds that doing so might discourage the flights of my imagination.” 3. “I reject these ideas, theories and beliefs on the grounds that they might pinch, squash or deflate my imagination.” What I’m trying to tell you is that it’s crucial for you to emancipate your imagination and authorize it to play uninhibitedly in the frontiers of possibilities.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I invite you to make
a copy of the testimonial below and give it to anyone who is in a position to support your Noble Experiment. “To Whom It May Concern: I endorse this Soulful Sagittarius for the roles of monstertamer, fun-locator, boredom-transcender, elation-inciter and mountaintop visionary. This adroit explorer is endowed with charming zeal, disarming candor, and abundant generosity. If you need help in sparking your enthusiasm or galvanizing your drive to see the big picture, call on the expansive skills of this jaunty puzzle-solver.”
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Life will conspire to
bring you a surge of love in the coming weeks—if you can handle it. Can you? Will you be able to deal adeptly with rumbling love and icy-hot love and mostly-sweet-but-also-a-bit-sour love? Do you possess the resourcefulness and curiosity necessary to have fun with funny spiritual love and running-through-the-labyrinth love and unexpectedly catalytic love? Are you open-minded and open-hearted enough to make the most of brilliant shadowy love and unruly sensitive love and toughly graceful love?
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I don’t endlessly
champion the “no pain, no gain” theory of personal growth. My philosophy holds that we are at least as likely to learn valuable lessons from pleasurable and joyful experiences as we are from difficult and taxing struggles. Having said that, I also think it’s true that our suffering may lead us to treasure if we know how to work with it. According to my assessment, the coming weeks will bring one such opening for you. To help you cultivate the proper spirit, keep in mind the teaching of Aquarian theologian and author Henri Nouwen. He said that life’s gifts may be “hidden in the places that hurt most.”
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The Japanese word
“wabi-sabi” refers to an interesting or evocative imperfection in a work of art that makes it more beautiful than if it were merely perfect. “Duende” is a Spanish word referring to a work of art that gives its viewers the chills because it’s so emotionally rich and unpredictably soulful. In the coming weeks, I think that you yourself will be a work of art with an abundance of these qualities. Your wabi-sabi will give you the power to free yourself from the oppressive pressures of seeking too much precision and purity. Your duende can give you the courage you need to go further than you’ve ever dared in your quest for the love you really want.
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by JERi DAVis
Amanda Williamson is the marketing director for the Nevada Humane Society, which will be holding a free cat adoption event from July 8-14 at its shelter, 2825 Longley Lane. Visit nevadahumanesociety.org or the Nevada Humane Society Facebook page to learn more.
Is there a concern that giving animals away at no cost could result in them living in homes where the people may not have money to care for them?
Start by telling me about being at “cat-pacity,” which you do appear to be. Yes, we are definitely at cat-pacity— over cat-pacity, actually. We have almost 500 cats right now, which is more than we’ve had in a long, long time. Part of that is due to this kitten season being insane. We’re not entirely sure why. We think it has something to do with the weather. Maybe it was the somewhat mild winter. So, kittens are just flooding in. But we also have a lot of older cats here right now. … Because we have so many kittens, we’ve had trouble adopting out our older cats. They’d rather take a kitten home than a cat that may be 13 years old or may have a kidney issue. Those less adoptable cats have just been hanging out here with us way too long.
So the idea is to get some of those kittens and older cats out the door.
That’s the goal. We’re including kittens in the promotion as well, just because of the sheer amount we have. But our goal is really to get the older cats out. We’ve also been bringing in cats from outside of Reno—because we’re helping out other communities that may not be “no kill” communities. We’ve been taking all of those cats in, so now we’re just at our max.
How will adoptions work? They can come in. They can look through the cat colonies and the cat showcase … and if they find a cat that’s their match—that they feel is going to do well in their home—then the adoption fee is waived. It’s pretty simple. I mean, they still have to go through our adoption process. They have to be qualified to adopt.
Right. So, there are a lot of studies that prove that there is no less love or care given to the animal if they’re adopted for free. I believe the ASPCA did one of those. Maddie’s Fund has done one, but, despite that, we have an adoption process that they go through—and they have to be qualified to adopt. … You have to be a match. For example, if the cat is an “angel cat” [one with special medical needs that the shelter covers or subsidizes], you’ll have to be able to get them in for appointments. … But if you want to adopt a cat, there’s one here you’re qualified to adopt.
How many cats do you hope to get out the door? All of them would be amazing. We already have other shelters in the community and in nearby communities who are asking us to take cats, and we’re turning them down because we don’t have the room. So if we could clean out the shelter as much as possible and bring in those cats from outside of here, then it would just be saving more lives. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
East Walker beauty One thing I have learned in my time on this, the Third Stone From the Sun, and learned indelibly, is that women really, really, really hate being lied to. For many, being lied to is nothing less than an Instant deal-breaker. Do I speak from experience? You’re damn right I do. (It just didn’t seem like that big of a deal!) So if we agree on this assertion, then how the hell did it come to pass that 47 percent of U.S. women voted in 2016 for the most blatant, brazen, lying bullshit artist in the history of history? This is Twilight Zone shit, man, straight from Serling City. My guess is that number will be significantly lower in 2020 (assuming that Don Don escapes the primary challenge of Bill Weld, who just may be a bit of a factor in the next eight months, mark my words).
• Way back in the ’80s or ’90s, the magnificent PBS series Nature ran a terrific episode on a very special place in Nevada. Great Basin National Park? Nope. The awesome Ruby Mountains? Nope. The very predictable Lake Tahoe? Nope. It was a look at the East Walker River and the beautiful stretch of that stream that runs from Bridgeport Reservoir in California to its confluence with the West Walker in Mason Valley, near Yerington. The show was called The Flowing Oasis, and it was an excellent and memorable tribute. Did you know there is now a new state park on the East Walker? Established last year, the Walker River State Recreation Area is open and ready for action, and it’s pretty doggone nice. A park that’s def built for the future, it boasts some features that are quite attractive, especially to those of us who have
switched over to RV/trailer mode. The two campgrounds are wide open and very spare, 35 spaces total, not terribly pretty, but very functional. Boasting a central main bathroom with nice showers (a first for Nevada?) and lots of pullthrough campsites with plug-in electricity, it’s very appealing for large, fatass 35-foot RVs. Each site has its own permanent picnic table, shaded by a pyramid-shaped structure, which is dandy. The visitor center is nothing less than gorgeous, and the rushing river itself is pretty and precious, featuring a perfect walking trail right alongside. Since the park is brand new and almost totally unknown, it’s gonna be all yours this summer no matter when you show up. The road going in is just fine, about four miles of easy gravel. All in all, a very positive first impression. Ω
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