Double Down posts in Elko

Aug 18, 2014 | Posted by Daniel Enrique Pérez

In their heyday, Tuscarora and Jarbidge had populations of approximately 4000 and 1500, respectively. Today, they each have less than 100 year-round residents. Whereas they at one time had enough residents to sustain schools and other vital services, they are now at risk of becoming ghost towns. And if it were not for the commitment and love that locals indefatigably demonstrate for these unincorporated communities in Elko County, Nevada, they would surely become specters of an era long past. Instead, they remain full of life and unique opportunities for engaging with others and nature.

I had the privilege of visiting these two areas for the first time in early August of this year. Tuscarora is approximately 50 miles northwest of Elko while Jarbidge sits 100 miles northeast;...

Feb 7, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

This year, as last, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. It was the event’s thirtieth anniversary and since that milestone happened to coincide with its home state’s sesquicentennial celebration, there was – for the first time in the Gathering’s history – a special focus on the cowboy culture of Nevada.

Consequently, there were a number of sessions with a Silver State theme, including a Friday night sell-out show entitled “Nevada in my Heart”.  It featured a range of performers who all possessed, in different ways, a significant connection to this place and...

Feb 8, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

"Nevada Vista, North Ely." Photo by Bobbie Ann Howell.

Oh what the heck is a blog? What do I know about blogging? Do I have anything to say that will be of use or interest? These are the questions I have been thinking about as I launch into the blog o’ sphere.

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering – On the road in Nevada

A very fine week was spent recently traveling to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, just a bit north of my daily stomping grounds in the Las Vegas valley. I always feel lucky when I can once again make this trip. I have always loved traveling in the west and especially...

Feb 7, 2013 | Posted by Christina Barr

It's always exciting to attend the programs Nevada Humanities supports with partnerships and grants, and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering - held in Elko each year - is no exception. Nevada Humanities has been supporting the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering since 1984, when the first Gathering was being planned. The Gathering has grown enormously since then, and we're proud to have been part of the group that helped plant the seed.

This year I had the pleasure of joining cowboy poet and rancher Randy Rieman in welcoming attendees to a special Nevada Humanities funded session on Evidence Based Horsemanship. Neurobiologist Dr. Stephen Peters and horse trainer and clinician Martin Black introduced us all to a deeper understanding of the relationship between the science of...

Feb 6, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Last week, I attended the Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the first time. It’s an annual event that takes place each year in Elko, Nevada, and as an Englishwoman who has only been living in the state for a few months, I can say that its plethora of poetry, prose and musical performances, panel discussions, exhibits and workshops, all provided a splendid means of getting acquainted with traditional Western culture. Among the highlights was having the chance to chat with two of the finest cowboy poets around – Paul Zarzyski and Wally McRae.

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