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Howard Hughes, Part I

Half a century ago, Nevada's world turned upside down. On November 27, 1966, a Union Pacific train stopped where the tracks cross Carey Avenue in North Las Vegas. A stretcher carried a man to an ambulance. But he didn't go to the hospital. He went to the Desert Inn Hotel. Howard Hughes had moved to Las Vegas.He would stay four years. His role here would be significant. It also would be misunderstood and become mythical.

Parry Thomas, Part 2

Last time, we talked about E. Parry Thomas, the Las Vegas icon who died recently. We focused on his coming to Las Vegas in 1955 to run the Bank of Las Vegas.To say the bank was a success would be an understatement. Eventually, it merged with Valley Bank, based in Reno. Then it became part of Bank of America. To put it another way, my downtown office is in what was originally known as Valley Bank Plaza, and now it's Bank of America Plaza.

Parry Thomas, Part 1

If you made a list of the people who made modern Las Vegas possible, who would you put on it? Many who know this area's history would say that if Edward Parry Thomas doesn't top the list, he's certainly near the top. He died late in August at age ninety-five.

Tree Removal

You've planned ahead. Now's the time to cut down that tree. It's only taken a few years, but Norm's been planning for a fall when he can take out a tree.The tree cut down is Arizona Cypress. The replacement is Silver Sephora Mountain Laurel, also called Silver Mountain Laurel, as called Texas Mescal Bean.

New Season, New Plants

Fall is a great time to add plants to your yard, Norm Schilling has a list for your next trip to the nursery.Support comes from

Bonnie Bryan

The voice you usually hear on Nevada Yesterdays is that of Senator Richard Bryan. But this time we're going to be talking a bit about him and especially about Bonnie Bryan. They had been married two days shy of 54 years when she died late in August. We're hurting for the Bryan family, but this was a loss for all of us.

National Parks, Part 2

Last time we talked about the national park service centennial and how Nevada has the first official national recreation area: Lake Mead. Tule Springs has become a national monument, thanks to its ice age beginnings. A couple of national historic trails go through the state. And we have one national park—and that's a story unto itself.

National Parks - Part 1

A hundred years ago, America came up with what has been called its best idea—creating a national park service. When it comes to America's national parks, Nevada has managed to be in the lead AND at the rear—the first to have a national recreation area and one of the last states with a national park.

Heat Damage

Temperatures are cooling down – some – in the Las Vegas valley, and Norm Schilling has a look at the casualties of summer.Support comes from


Nobody would ever call the Mojave Desert a commercially important fruit production region, but home orchards are popular, and no wonder. During the spring, peaches and nectarines are gorgeous trees with wonderful flower displays. Even if they didn't give some of the tastiest fruit ever, we'd probably still grow them.Some fruit trees thrive in the intense summer we face in this challenging area. Among the surprising producers are pomegranates (Punica granata).

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