BLM publishes free Nevada adventure book for kids

From a BLM news release

BLMjrexplorerTwo new fun activities–the Nevada Adventure Book for Junior Explorers and a series of geocaches–from the Bureau of Land Management encourage everyone to get out and have an adventure on their public lands. The book and geocaching activity feature landmarks and information about recreation and cultural heritage opportunities around the state including the California Trail Interpretive Center, Rhyolite Historic Townsite and Grimes Point.

“The book and geocaches were designed as part of BLM’s contribution to Nevada’s sesquicentennial celebration but we hope they will continue to inspire people to get outdoors and explore this great state for many years to come,” said BLM Nevada State Director Amy Lueders. Although separate activities, the book and geocache locations share the same six sites within the state.

The book is free and will be available at BLM offices and visitor centers next week. It is currently online at It features stories, activities and games about interesting BLM sites all around Nevada. A young person who has read the book and filled in all the activities can take it to a BLM office or visitor center, sign the Junior Explorer pledge and receive an official BLM Nevada Junior Explorer pin.

The geocaching activity consists of boxes hidden in locations on public lands throughout the state that visitors will need to find using GPS. Each cache contains a special code which gives finders access to a web page where they can download the stamp for their Nevada Geocaching Passport. In addition, there is a limited edition geocaching coin placed in the boxes for “First to Find.”

This geocaching activity is an Official Nevada 150 Event. As a bonus prize, the first 10 individuals/families to visit all six geocaches, complete their passport with all six stamps and email or mail their completed passport to BLM will receive a commemorative Nevada 150th Anniversary copper medallion provided by the Nevada 150 Commission.

Additional information about the geocaching activity and passport program can be found at

‘Christmas in Nevada’ released in time for it

From a University of Nevada Press news release

ChristmasNVDelightful and touching stories in Patricia D. Cafferata’s new Christmas in Nevada tell how Nevada’s residents have celebrated the Christmas holiday from 1858 to the present. Some are told by well-known Nevadans, such as Robert Laxalt and former governors Bob List and Richard Bryan, but much more of the book shows ordinary Nevadans celebrating the season in diverse ways.

Through extensive research and personal interviews, Cafferata has created a heartwarming collection of stories. The range of the state’s ethnic and immigrant heritage is showcased by stories of Basque, Mexican American, Native American and African American celebrations, along with traditions of Italian, German, Danish and Serbian origins.

Some of the more unusual accounts include the story of three miners trapped underground for 45 days during the Christmas season, Tonopah’s “Nevergreen” tree and Reno’s Santa pub crawl.

Cafferata has served in the Nevada Assembly, as Nevada state treasurer and as district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties. She is co-author with her mother of Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again. She is a lifelong resident of Reno.

Author Appearances

Nov. 1, 4-5:30 p.m.
Sundance Books and Music

Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grassroots Books

Nov. 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Gold Hill Hotel, Virginia City

Nov. 22, 2-4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble

‘Rosalind, Nevada’ author to be at Sundance Sunday

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

RosalindcoverA pre-release reading and book signing with Amelie Welden will celebrate the publication of her new book, Rosalind, Nevada (Virginia Avenue Press) 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Sundance Books and Music. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Set against the backdrop of desert and sagebrush, the wide Nevada night sky and the Extraterrestrial Highway, Rosalind, Nevada delivers the stories of three very different characters whose lives converge—and diverge—in a small desert town.

Welden grew up in Carson City and currently lives and writes in Oregon. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and previously published Girls Who Rocked the World, a collection of biographies for young readers.

Advance Praise
“Told in spare, unadorned prose infused by turns with wry wit and acute insights into loneliness and isolation, Welden beautifully evokes a landscape of disappearing. She brings alive the dirt roads and long black strips of rural Nevada highway, guiding us through a landscape where the mining jobs have all dried up and where people seem to vanish like rain evaporating in the desert. These are interlocking stories deftly threaded together by vastly different perspectives on life in the rural West, showing us that the middle of nowhere isn’t just tumbleweeds and ghost mines, but that the middle of nowhere has a voice, and this is what it sounds like.”
—Ansel Elkins, author of Blue Yodel and winner of the 2014 Yale Younger Poets Prize

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This event is made possible through a partnership Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.