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Two Governments

Last time, we had talked about the Las Vegas army gunnery school. The school almost didn't happen. That brings us to the seventy-fifth anniversary of an event Las Vegans have no need to brag about ... when the city had two governments.

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Winter Weeds

This winter's been a relatively wet one, so it really shouldn't come as such a big shock when many plants in this region respond to the abundance of water. Even though temperatures have definitely been chilly, they weren't horribly cold for an extended period. That would have been a detriment to plants, but only the most sensitive ones were damaged.Weather permitting, soil moisture causes seeds to swell, something they need to do if they're going to germinate.

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Winter Planting

It might be cool outside but if you want healthy shrubs, roses and trees around your home, get outside and get busy says Norm Schilling. Starting small is smart and sustainable.Norm Schilling stands in front of his Mesquite treeChinese Pistache

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75th Anniversary Of Nellis Air Force Base, Part 2

Last time, we talked about the origins of what is now Nellis Air Force Base. In 1941, the city of Las Vegas and the Army Air Corps signed an agreement for a gunnery school to operate at the city's old airfield.

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75th Anniversary Of Nellis Air Force Base, Part I

As diamond jubilees go, this one may not seem to have a lot of jewels. But January marks the 75th anniversary for Nellis Air Force Base ... or, more accurately, what is NOW Nellis Air Force Base. First it was the Las Vegas Army Air Corps Gunnery School.

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Protecting Your Plants

There are some winters, like the one we've been experiencing, when the temperature suddenly drops. All of us intrepid desert gardeners race to get the raised beds covered. Cool season vegetables need a little shelter from high winds and cold weather. These include all the leafy greens – spinach, lettuce, kale – as well as tubers and roots like potatoes or beets.

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Cold Weather

We've had a run of cold nights and Norm Schilling has some advice on keeping the cold in perspective.Support comes from

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Sinatra: The Las Vegas Story, Part III

Last time, we were talking about the Rat Pack and the Summit at the Sands. There would be repercussions that affected the life of Frank Sinatra, who was born a century ago, December 12.

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Sinatra: The Las Vegas Story, Part II

Last time, we talked about the life of Frank Sinatra. Nevada in general and Las Vegas in particular were an important part of his life.

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Frank Sinatra: The Las Vegas Story, Part I

Let's play word association. If I said entertainers and Las Vegas, what combinations come to mind? A lot of them, I'm sure. Liberace, certainly. Siegfried and Roy, of course. Wayne Newton? Sure. You might think of other entertainers, or symbols like the showgirl, the production show, or the Cirque show. But you can't talk about entertainment in Las Vegas without talking about the Rat Pack.

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