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Country Star Jo Dee Messina Performs in Reno Tahoe

Jo Dee MessinaMultiple No. 1 hits and a series of popular albums, including some pop cross-over success, has propelled Jo Dee Messina in to the music-scene forefront. This Friday, you can see Jo Dee Messina live in the Celebrity Showroom, July 30, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Part of country music’s late-’90s crop of female crossover stars, Messina’s appeal nonetheless remained more with country fans than pop audiences. It seems like it only took a few short years for Messina to rise to the elite ranks of female country artists who headline their own tours. The truth is, however, that Messina has been singing and plugging away since her early teens, determined to be nothing else but a country music star. She sang in musical plays starting at age eight but discovered country music at age 12 and got hooked on the likes of the Judds, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton. She soon started performing live, and by 16 she was playing local clubs with a rhythm section made up of her brother and sister. At age 19, she moved to Nashville in search of greater exposure and sang regularly for prize money in local talent competitions. One win led to a regular gig on the radio show Live at Libby’s, which in turn caught the interest of producer Byron Gallimore, who helped her assemble a demo tape. Gallimore was also working with the young Tim McGraw around the same time, and Messina befriended him. Backstage at one of his concerts, Messina met an executive from his label, Curb, and jokingly suggested that they needed a redhead. Producer James Stroud, who had just heard Messina’s demo, stepped up to vouch for her, and she soon wound up on Curb, with Gallimore and McGraw serving as her producers.

Messina’s self-titled debut album was released in 1996 and gave her two Top Ten hits in “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” The album sold well, setting the stage for Messina’s star-making sophomore effort, I’m Alright. Released in 1998, it made Messina the first female country artist to score three multiple-week number one hits from the same album: “Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand Beside Her.” She nearly had a fourth, but “Lesson in Leavin’” stalled at number two. Honored by both the CMA and ACM in 1999, Messina staked out even pop-friendlier territory on her third album, 2000’s Burn. It became her first number one album, and the lead single, “That’s the Way,” her fourth number one single. Two more Top Tens followed in “Burn” and “Downtime,” and a fourth single, the Tim McGraw duet “Bring on the Rain,” also topped the charts, helping Burn sell over a million copies. Messina followed it with the holiday album A Joyful Noise in late 2002, and just months later, with only three albums to her credit, Curb released a Greatest Hits compilation. In 2005 she released her official follow-up to Burn, called Delicious Surprise, with Unmistakable coming in 2010.

Jo Dee Messina plays one night, July 30, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $50 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com. Dinner and show packages are available.

It’s messy, it’s painful and it’s a ball!

PaintballsI really should’ve taken a picture of the small, perfectly round welt that formed on my wrist. Aside from this blog and the video, it was the only physical evidence of my presence at the Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. (RIP) studios.

RIP President Lawrence “Larry” Kagawa became a paintball enthusiast in the Army. In his 21-year military career, he experimented with non-lethal military training that involved both laser tag and paintball. He fell in love with the spirit and professional aspect of the sport, and decided to test his entrepreneurial side in Reno, Nevada two years ago.

“Paintball is an extreme sport with the teamwork of a traditional sport,” Kagawa said.

Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. is the only indoor paintball facility in all of Northern Nevada. Players are as young as 10 and as old as 72.

“He comes all the way from Fallon to train and really gets into it,” Kagawa said of his oldest player.

DSC_0003It hosts tournaments, coaching clinics and is home to the national champs, NV Reign. The squad currently holds the national title for the National Professional Paintball League, and in two weeks the team is headed to Washington D.C. to see if they can retain that honor. Talk about bragging rights. (No pressure. You’re only representing the state of Nevada.)

And that’s not all. Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. is proud to announce that the Regional Paintball League (RPL) will be visiting Reno July 24 and 25. It’s the first paintball tournament in Reno history! Teams will travel to Reno from San Diego, Oregon, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. The ultimate goal of RIP is to entice the National Professional Paintball League to host its annual tournament in the Biggest Little City.

Immediately following this history-making event, Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. is supporting the Western States Police and Fire Games.

To learn more RIP or what it takes to be a paintball player, check out the video! Listen closely. You can hear when I get pelted.

US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships

 US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014

The additional event bookings will generate 190,000 room nights in Reno Tahoe USA. 

USBC Queens 2The LA Times didn’t call it the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” for nothing. While most cities have a bowling alley, Reno Tahoe USA has an entire stadium dedicated to the sport, and it’s the one-of-a-kind facility and community spirit that has enticed the U.S. Bowling Congress to return year after year.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced Tuesday that Reno has been selected to host the Women’s Championships in 2013 and both the USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014. This marks the first time in USBC history that both events will take place simultaneously in the same city.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the host city for the 2013 and 2014 USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships,” said Ellen Oppenheim, RSCVA President and CEO. “We are equally thrilled to continue to build our long-time partnership with the prestigious events. We are looking forward to welcoming participants of the USBC and their families to our destination for several more years to come.”

Approximately 85,000 bowlers from across the United States and several foreign countries including England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Bermuda, Canada, Bahamas and France participate in the Open Championships. Additionally, more than 45,000 guests will visit Reno Tahoe for each tournament. The economic impact for both the additional Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014 is projected to be $242 million in direct local spending.

“The positive impact of winning this piece of business in 2013 and 2014 will be felt by all of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shops in the destination,” said Oppenheim. “It also brings Reno Tahoe the opportunity to continue to host one of the largest events in the country. This agreement demonstrates that the National Bowling Stadium is a first rate venue and bowlers enjoy coming to Reno Tahoe.”

The USBC Open Championship will be held inside the one-of-a-kind bowling stadium with simultaneous competition for the Women’s Championships inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC). The last time the RSCC was used for a bowling event was in 1990.

Reno is writing a new page of USBC history in becoming the first city to ever host consecutive tournaments. During previous Open Championships in Reno, 106,916 teams (representing more than 535,000 participants) have competed for more than $30 million in prize money. The Open Championships or Women’s Championships have been held at the National Bowling Stadium 11 times in the past 15 years and are scheduled to return seven  more times.

Sometimes a bowler just has to face the music. Why not do it in the National Bowling Stadium?

 

About United States Bowling Congress:

The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to nearly 2.5 million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

                               

About the RSCVA:

The RSCVA is the primary tourism agency supporting convention and tourism business for the Reno Tahoe region.  Reno Tahoe supports unlimited possibilities from outdoor recreation to 24-hour Nevada style gaming and entertainment.  For more information about Reno-Tahoe call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.

Rand McNally selects The Animal Ark in North Reno

Rand McNallyRand McNally’s travel experts scour the country for outstanding trips and stops, representing the best that America has to offer.  Of the many submissions, Rand McNally editors drive five new road trips and share their findings in the annual Road Atlas. 

Rand McNally, America’s most trusted source for maps, directions and travel content, has chosen Reno’s Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary over hundreds of other locations as a unique travel destination, awarding the Ark their prestigious “Best of the Road” designation.

In the 2011 Road Atlas of America, editors present several 2-3 day road trips highlighting a geographic area’s unique attractions: those which best capture the region’s essence and appeal to a broad range of people. Their trip entitled “Earth Tones: Reno Nevada to Yosemite California” describes a route that showcases the browns of the high desert, deep blues of Lake Tahoe, cool greens of the sierras, the granite gray bluffs in Yosemite and soaring red sequoia trees.  The Animal Ark is listed as one of ten intriguing attractions along this driving tour.   Page 137 offers the details and map.

This designation by Rand McNally is an exciting honor for the Animal Ark and all of Reno Tahoe USA.

Each “Best of the Road” tour has 10-12 recommended stopping points. On the Earth Tones route from Reno, NV to O’Neals, CA, the noted stops include:

Animal Ark

Westbrook Winery (O’Neals, CA)

TNT Stagecoach (Virginia City, NV)

Tahoe Maritime Museum (Homewood, CA)

Sugar Pine RailRoad (Fish Camp, CA)

Local’s BBQ & Grill (Carson City, NV)

Thunderbird Lodge (Incline Village, NV)

Camp Richardson (So. Lake Tahoe, CA)

Tahoe Trout Farm (So. Lake Tahoe, CA)

Nature Center at Happy Isles (Yosemite)

The editor’s route starts in Reno, heads south and around Lake Tahoe, rejoins Hwy 395, south to Lee Vining, then over Hwy 120 and south, ending up in Sequoia.

The Animal Ark in Reno shares this pretigious spot with the following trips:  

Wild, Warm Alaska:  Anchorage to Valdez, Alaska

Earth Tones:  Reno, Nevada to Yosemite, California

Seaside to Summit:  Manchester to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Around Lake Erie:  Cleveland, Ohio, to Windsor, Ontario

Following Old Man River: Natchez to Tunica, Mississippi

In developing the trips, editors consider locations that are lesser-known or off the beaten path, are unique or have special character, capture the region’s essence, and appeal to a broad range of people.   For many travel enthusiasts, these 150-200 mile trips satisfy their search for a long weekend of adventure.  Each trip includes maps and directions and lists of “best known” spots.  In addition, Rand McNally’s experts have presented stops along the route that showcase the unique aspects of each region. 

“We congratulate The Animal Ark for being identified in our 2011 Best of the Road® listing.  While there are multiple options for planning and on-the-road navigation, Americans continue to rely upon the Rand McNally Road Atlas each year to give them the big picture and the finer details of each road they travel,” said Dave Muscatel,  CEO of Rand McNally. 

The Animal Ark is a nonprofit organization that houses animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Glass viewing areas offer visitors a window into nature as they see wildlife up close in natural habitat exhibits.  Educational programming is scheduled for school age youngsters throughout the year and special events offer recreation education for all ages.

4th of July Festivities in Reno Tahoe USA

Courhouse at NightCan you believe we are officially more than half-way through the year? Time sure flies when you’re having fun in Reno Tahoe USA – and the fun happens 365 days a year here, by the way.

This weekend it’s time to celebrate our nation’s independence, and Reno Tahoe USA is packed with more barbecues, shows and family events than the biggest firework you’ve ever seen! Approximately 34.9 million Americans plan to travel this weekend. We’re willing to bet 33.9 of those wish they were here.

 We’ve put together a list of weekend festivities – from history-making celebrations, to music in the park, to the longest, most spectacular fireworks show in our region – we’re sure to have something for everyone. With daytime highs in the mid-80’s to low-90’s, whip out your red, white and blue – it’s time to get outside!

 ARTOWN – July 4th Weekend Events

Pops at the Ranch with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, July 3, 8 p.m., FREE, Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 775-323-6393

To kick off the Reno Philharmonic’s summer concerts, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform patriotic music to get the crowd ready for the 4th of July weekend. The orchestra is led by Jason Altieri, conductor of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras and the UNR orchestra. For more information, click here.

SwedenCelebrates Virginia City with the Sigtuna Brass Sextet

Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m., Tickets $7.50 and $15

Pipers Opera House, Virginia City, 775-847-0433

Due to some key Swedish inventions like dynamite, nitro-glycerin and even the match, Virginia City was able to flourish. Alfred Nobel was pleased with Virginia City’s applications of his inventions for mining purposes. The Sigtuna Brass Sextet portrays the experience of those early days in uniform playing instruments and music of the day while celebrating Virginia City and the nation it helped build. For more information, click here.

 Patriotic American Fourth Concert, a Family Affair with MasterWorks Chorale

Sunday, July 4, 4 p.m., FREE, Wingfield Park, 1st St. & Arlington Ave., 775-324-1940

The MasterWorks Choralepresents a 4th of July patriotic and American folk music concert. Special music such as “Stars Spangled Banner,” “When I First came to this Land,” “Oh Susannah,” “Camptown Races,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and “Shenandoah”, plus the well-known “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  It’s music and fun for the whole family. For more information on Artown, click here or call the office at 775-322-1538.

Sparks, Nevada 4th of July Extravaganza

The Sparks Marina will be open for swimming from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., and of course the newest whitewater park in Reno Tahoe USA is open to everyone!

The region’s preeminent holiday celebration and fireworks display – Star Spangled Sparks – takes place on Sunday, July 4, on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks. This 11th annual celebration of family and freedom is highlighted by a 20-minute state-of-the-art pyrotechnic display, framed by the Nugget’s picturesque hotel towers, making the fiery light exhibition the longest and most spectacular show in the region.

The activities start on Victorian Square at 4 p.m., with kid’s rides, multiple food and drink vendors and a National Guard flyover. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. The Legends at Sparks Marina will run a shuttle from the shopping center to the Marina from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FireworksNorth Tahoe July 4th Celebrations

Gene Hamilton’s BetterRide Downhill Camp to Northstar Resort

Date: Jul 2 (Fri) – Jul 4, 2010 (Sun)

BetterRide is putting on a 3-day downhill mountain bike camp at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced coaches in the sport. Learn to rail corners like Mitch Ropelato; fly through rock gardens like Graeme Pitts and race like Greg Minnaar. Sign up soon as this camp is limited to 14 riders to ensure the optimal athlete coach ratio! Designed for downhill racers and riders, this Downhill Camp focuses on the core skills that the BetterRide coached pros use, mental preparation and of course, FUN. For more information on costs, rules and registration email betterride@gmail.com or call 970.261.1869.

Tahoe Star Tours ~ War & Love Meet in the Sky at Northstar Resort

Date: Friday, Jul 2, 2010, 8:30pm-10:30pm

Guests interested in taking advantage of the resort’s unique mountain setting which is ideal for star gazing may choose to participate in a Tahoe Star Tour. Led by star guide Amateur Astronomer Tony Berendsen, these evening sky tours take guests on a trip across the heavens. Tours are highly interactive and allow guests to have a hands-on experience at amateur astronomy. Tahoe Star Tours meet at the top of the Highlands Gondola at the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. From there, guests are escorted to the viewing location on the deck of the Big Springs Day Lodge, located mid-mountain at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Proper walking footwear is recommended. There is a cost to participate. All tours include a commemorative flashlight. For more information or reservations, click here.

Free Show! Austin Blues Great Carolyn Wonderland

Date: Jul 2, 2010 (Fri) at Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV, 10:00 p.m.

Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitar and trumpet musician and can she sing! A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. For more information, click here.

Kings Beach’s 2010 Music Series, Kings Beach, CA

Date: Jul 2, (Fri) – Aug 20, 2010 (Fri)

The lineup has been confirmed for the 2010 Kings Beach Music on the Beach series. Local favorites the Blues Monsters will again kick off the series at the opening show on July 2. The ALWAYS FREE music series kicks off Friday, July 2 and runs every Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., until Aug. 20 at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The Trey Stone Band is slated for the series finale on Aug. 20. For the complete lineup call (530) 546-9000 or click here.

Red, White and Tahoe Blue Tahoe July 2-4 Events! Various Locations in Incline Village, NV

Date: Jul 2, 2010 (Fri)

This weekend event includes festivities during both day and night with all types of patriotic activities – barbecues, pancake breakfast, opening ceremonies, dress up doggie contest and Fireworks on the 4th. It’s fun for everyone! For all of the details, click here.

Run to the Beach: 5K and 10K ~ Starting at the North Tahoe Regional Park

Date: Jul 4, 2010 (Sun), 8:00 a.m.

Run to the Beach 5 and 10k starts at the North Tahoe Regional Park. From the park you have an option of participating in the 5 or 10k distance both of which finish on the “Big” beach in Kings Beach, CA. Kings Beach is a great place to spend your July 4th weekend. Fireworks are scheduled for the evening of July 3rd. For more information, clik here.

Reno July 4th Celebrations

Reno Aces

The Reno Aces return to Reno for July 4th for a four-game run against the Sacramento River Cats. Festivities will start at 2:00 p.m.

Although Sunday’s 6:35 game is completely sold out, fans are welcome to join the festivities on the plaza in front of Aces Ballpark beginning at 2 p.m. The plaza will be home to inflatables for kids, water balloon and potato sack races, a visit from Archie and more.

In addition, the newly-opened Beer Garden at the Freight House District will be holding volleyball and bocce ball tournaments throughout the afternoon. The Harters will play a pregame concert at 3:45 p.m., and a number of Aces players will participate in an autograph session at 4:30 p.m.

Fans are also welcome to view the game and the postgame fireworks show at the Freight House District, located at Aces Ballpark, from inside Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Grill, outside on the Bugsy’s Sports Bar Patio or on one of the more than 30 high-definition flat-screen televisions located throughout the Freight House District. Open year-round and seven days a week regardless of whether the Aces have a game or not, the Freight House District will be one of the premier viewing locations for the much-anticipated Aces Ballpark Independence Day fireworks show.

Grand Sierra Resort, Reno -Centennial Celebration: Johnson vs. Jeffries

Exactly one hundred years ago on this July 4, the whole world was watching Reno, Nevada, in perhaps one of the most important events in American Boxing History. 20-thousand boxing fans from around the world poured into Reno to witness the “Battle of the Century”. (That was 5-thousand more people than Reno’s population at the time!) It was a matchup between Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson, the first African American to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. Johnson was an intimidating boxer and was considered a pariah amongst white America because of his refusal to live his life according to the bigoted social norms prevalent during 1910.

Now, exactly 100 years later, the city of Reno will honor the legacy of this most famous of fights with a three-day celebration, July 2-4, 2010, featuring boxing celebrities, family members of those involved in the original fight, as well as live professional boxing at the Grand Sierra Resort, which will be aired by Fox Sports Net.

The list of professional boxers includes Reno native and super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs), former Jr. flyweight champion Ulises Solís (30-2, 21 KOs) and undefeated up-and-coming middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (12-0, 9 Kos).

Visitors to the 100-year anniversary celebration will have the opportunity to tour the original fight site as well as the locations of both Johnson’s and Jeffries’ pre-fight training camps.

Dates, times and more details about these and other events planned for the Johnson-Jeffries 100-year anniversary celebration can be found here , along with more history of the original fight and information about lodging packages available for the weekend.

RSCC FireworksPeppermill Resort Casino

July 3, don’t miss an exciting night of Rock! Arnel Pineda of “Journey” plays his Love To Rock concert with Rachelle Ann Go and the Ammo Band in Peppermill’s state-of-the-art Tuscany Event Center. Ticket prices start at $48 and are available online or on site at Peppermill’s Information Booth or Hotel Front Desk, or by phone at (877) 525-7469.  Doors open at 7pm.

 Eldorado and Silver Legacy Resort Casino

There’s quite a bit to do at the Eldorado and Silver Legacy for 4th of July weekend. Here’s the rundown:

The Eldorado:
“Shake, Rattle & Roll” – Special Summer Pricing, tickets starting at just $19.95 for adults

Silver Legacy:
Cafe Sedona – All American Burger and Fries, with Soda $6 with beer $8
Bud and Bud Light $2.50 at all casino bars

Co-Sponsored Events:
The Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook Off – July 3-5 on Virginia St.

It’s spiciest, most affordable 4th of July festival to ever hit Downtown Reno—Silver Legacy Resort Casino is hosting the 9th Annual Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook-off on Virginia Street this 4th of July weekend!

From Saturday, July 3 to Monday, July 5 you’ll have a chance to sample the best sauces, taste top-notch wings and watch the best in the business compete for poultry pride. Nearly a dozen restaurants and bars will be on hand to compete, including last year’s defending champ from right here in Nevada, the “Havin’ an Affair” sweet and spicy sauce from Las Vegas. For more information, click here.

Chinese Concert – July 4 at the Reno Ballroom, 8 p.m.

Vietnamese Concert – July 4 at the Pioneer Center, 6 p.m.

Pops in the Park, presented by the Sierra Philharmonic League
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Jason Altieri conducting
July 4, 4:30 p.m. Mormon State Park, Genoa NV, FREE
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra has performed at “Pops in the Park” in Genoa to capacity crowds for over 25 years, and could be a best kept secret in Reno. The Sierra Philharmonic League organizes the family friendly event with clowns, strolling musicians, along with silent and live auctions.

Travel Channel’s Food Wars is Coming to Reno!

Awful AwfulThe Travel Channel wants to know… where would you rather eat your Awful Awful burger – at The Little Nugget Diner or John Ascuaga’s Nugget?  This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the world how you really feel! Food Wars on Travel Channel wants only the loudest and proudest fans to tell viewers everywhere which Awful Awful burger is better.

Below is the filming schedule. Be there or be a square.

  • Wednesday, June 30th at Rosie’s Café in John Ascuaga’s Nugget from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431)

 

  • Thursday, July 1st at the Little Nugget Diner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (233 North Virginia St)

 

  • Friday, July 2nd is the Food Wars Challenge at the Poolside Terrace or Celebrity Showroom (TBD) at John Ascuaga’s Nugget from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Food War between the two Awful Awful burgers is a true celebration of all things fantastically quirky inReno Tahoe USA, home of the burger as big as your head.

“Super Fans” of either restaurant that are interested in being interviewed for the show should contact foodfancasting@gmail.com

About Food Wars:  There’s a debate brewing across the country, and it’s taking place in Everytown, USA, with legions of loyal fans passionately defending the local eateries and the iconic dishes that make their towns famous. From Detroit’s hot dog war — Lafayette’s vs. American Coney Island’s — to one of the most famous battles in the country — the Philly cheesesteak war between Pat’s and Geno’s — it’s time to end these rivalries once and for all as Travel Channel presents Food Wars.

Host Camille Ford, travel enthusiast and lover of all things food, sets out to find the country’s most celebrated dishes — foods that define destinations and create local rivalries spanning generations. From family feuds to stolen recipes to secret ingredients, Food Wars pits the nation’s most famous culinary rivals against one another for a final showdown, where a blind taste test will settle the debate: Who makes the Best Dish in Town?

To learn more about the hit series Food Wars click here.

The Truckee River is Among the Top Sportsman Summer Destinations!

Fly FishingSportsman Channel has announced its Top Sportsman Summer Destinations and lo and behold, the Truckee River is on the list! Hosts of Sportsman Channel spend their days hunting, fishing and shooting throughout North America. That’s their job! So they should know a quality, living body of water when they see one. With summer now officially upon us, Sportsman Channel surveyed its talent, as well as its newly appointed CEO, to create the Top “Sportsman” Summer Destinations List.

The Truckee River came in 4th place! Here’s what Chad Belding had to say about our river:

Chad Belding of The Fowl Life: “My favorite summer destination is the Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Reno in the beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. The river provides some excellent fishing during the summer months and the guides at the Reno Fly Shop are experts on the local water. They know the hatches, the timetables, the riverbeds, and food beds. Bottom line, they know how to get you on the fish. This in addition to these guided trips, being very affordable is what keeps me coming back to this area year after year. I love to either navigate the river on a float trip or by cruising the shorelines in search of some new honey holes. My favorite locations to fly fish on the Truckee River are literally minutes from Downtown Reno Nevada and Lake Tahoe. There is a ton to do after I get off of the river with great food, summertime activities, concerts, sporting events, and of course the mountains. I suggest staying at the El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno. The Eldorado is a locally owned Hotel-Casino that offers nothing but first class accommodations.” Fishing with Reno Fly Shop Guides – El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno: www.EldoradoReno.com and www.renoflyshop.com

 

You said it best, brother!

 

For a complete list of the top Sportsman Channel summer destinations, click here.

Team Edward and Team Jacob Unite for the Ultimate Giveaway!

Eclipse PosterIf you’re gaga for the Twilight saga, this is your chance to win big!

Circus Circus Reno, along with Z93.7, Sunny 106.9, Alice 96.5, The CW, Univision, and Barnes and Noble invite you to attend the Twilight Fan-Tasy II event on Saturday, June 26 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Doors will open at noon to allow time for fans to sign up for the team contests that begin at 1 p.m. (In other words, expect a line!)

The event will be in the Mandalay Ballroom on the lower level of Circus Circus and it’s FREE! Everyone will have a chance to win more than $15,000 in fantastic prizes like tickets and snacks for an exclusive eclipse Midnight Premiere. Get this, Circus Circus bought out two entire theaters to accommodate our winners! (Two whole theatres full of ravenous Twighlight fans!) You can also win Twilight swag, dining certificates, and midway plays.

Here’s how you can win:

1) A Family Feud-style team fan competition where teams of three will compete with a single elimination format to test your Twilight saga knowledge. Prize packages will be awarded to each member on the teams winning the top three places. All teams must be signed up by 12:30 p.m. and will be awarded spots on a first come, first serve basis. (So ix-nay on inviting your friends who don’t know who the Volturi are.)

2) Biggest Fan – each person who wishes to compete will be required to complete a Twilight trivia questionnaire.  All questionnaires with all questions answered correctly will be entered into a drawing for movie tickets and other prizes.

3)  Best home-made T-shirt contest.

4)  Best home-made themed centerpiece.

5)  Best costume.

6) Even though entry is free, when you bring non-perishable food items (benefiting The Food Bank of Northern Nevada) you will receive one raffle ticket per food item for door prize drawings – the more food you bring, the more chances you get to win!

Representatives from Z93.7,Sunny 106.9, Alice 96.5, The CW , and Univision will be on hand to add to the festivities and will be bringing some additional prizes – like eclipse soundtracks – for guests to win.

Barnes and Noble will also be there so guests can purchase Twilight books, both in English and in Spanish, Twilight swag, Vampire Diaries books, and also get information on community programs, such as the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program.

For more information, call 775-329-0711.

Reno Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary of Historic Boxing Match

BE053704Exactly one hundred years ago on this July 4, the whole world was watching Reno, Nevada, in perhaps one of the most important events in American Boxing History. 20-thousand boxing fans from around the world poured into Reno to witness the “Battle of the Century”. (That was 5-thousand more people than Reno’s population at the time!) It was a match up between Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson, the first African American to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. Johnson was an intimidating boxer and was considered a pariah amongst white America because of his refusal to live his life according to the bigoted social norms prevalent during 1910.

Jeffries, the former champion who had retired undefeated three years earlier, never having agreed to face Johnson – had come out of retirement as the “Great White Hope” to take back the heavyweight championship for the white race.

A fight anticipated like no other, before or since, the Johnson-Jeffries match is still cited as one of the most important sporting events of all time.

The fight, which was promoted and refereed by legendary boxing promoter Tex Rickard, was originally scheduled to take place in San Francisco; however, one year before the fight was scheduled to take place, California Governor James Gillette withdrew his support for the fight, making Rickard scramble to find another venue to host the event.

At the time, Nevada was the state most friendly to boxing, and Reno was conveniently located on the railroad, allowing for thousands of fans to be brought in easily from both coasts. A ring, with seating for 20,000, was built in downtown Reno for the event.

Johnson defeated Jeffries in 15 rounds to retain his heavyweight crown on the custom-made boxing ring in downtown Reno. The 1910 victory sparked race riots across the nation, and changed boxing forever. Until Johnson took the heavyweight crown, boxing had never let a black boxer compete for the heavyweight title.

And now, exactly 100 years later, the city of Reno will honor the legacy of this most famous of fights with a three-day celebration, July 2-4, 2010, featuring boxing celebrities, family members of those involved in the original fight, as well as live professional boxing at the Grand Sierra Resort, which will be aired by Fox Sports Net.

The list of professional boxers includes Reno native and super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs), former Jr. flyweight champion Ulises Solís (30-2, 21 KOs) and undefeated up-and-coming middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (12-0, 9 Kos).

“We’re very excited that family members representing all four of the principle parties involved in making the original fight happen – Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries, promoter Tex Rickard and acting Governor Denver Dickerson – will be able to attend the 100-year anniversary celebration,” said Terry Lane of Let’s Get It On Promotions, which is helping organize the celebration.

Visitors to the 100-year anniversary celebration will have the opportunity to tour the original fight site as well as the locations of both Johnson’s and Jeffries’ pre-fight training camps.

Dates, times and more details about these and other events planned for the Johnson-Jeffries 100-year anniversary celebration can be found online, along with more history of the original fight and information about lodging packages available for the weekend.

It’s Professional Cycling with Mint Juleps, Of Course.

Female CyclistThe Tour de Nez has a way of turning spectators into participants.

From June 17-20, the event’s cycling races and festivities move from Sparks to Reno and finally through Tahoe. Tour de Nez attendees will see a lightning quick time trial, cycling team tactics and a furious circuit race through the narrow streets of the Village at Northstar, but the race would not be complete without a tasty mint julep.

But what is more unique about the Tour de Nez is what attendees can do: race messenger-style bikes through the streets of Reno, straddle a clunker for  low-speed laps for a chance to win prizes, or saddle up and soak in the Tahoe scenery with a group of pros.

Even after cyclists climb off the bike, the party goes on with live music, an expo and food and drink sprinkled in between cycling events.

“The festivals include live music and big parties every day,” said Tim Healion, founder and race director of the Tour de Nez. “You can ride your bike all day in the Sierra then watch a killer bike race and party all night.”

The festival feel keeps the event true to its roots as a party that over time grew into a prestigious domestic cycling race.

“Every race I know started as a bike race, and then they had to figure out what to add to get people to come,” said Healion. “We did it backwards – we started out as a party for the first seven years, and then we added the bike race to make it more interesting.”

Today, the Tour de Nez is an important stop on the professional cycling circuit, attracting many of the top U.S. professional cycling teams including UnitedHealthcare (formerly Health Net), Kelly Benefit Strategies, Bissell, Jelly Belly and Fly V Australia.

Pros, masters, women and handcyclists will compete over three days at a time trial in Sparks and circuit races in downtown Reno and at Lake Tahoe’s Village at Northstar, all with the goal to be crowned Tour de Nez champion.

To properly sum up the experience, here’s what the 2007 Overall Champ had to say, “This race is awesome. The others are stupid.”

Well said.

2010 Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 17 – Sparks, Nev.

• Sparks Nugget Prologue Time Trial starting and finishing right in the middle of the craziest farmers market you’ll ever experience. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. with music and food to follow at the Sparks Farmers Market.

Young CyclersFriday, June 18 – Reno, Nev.

• Group ride with athletes in the morning with coffee stop.

• Downtown Reno Circuit Race that starts and finishes on 1st St. at West St. (Pro men/elite women/masters)

• National championship handcycle race.

• Races for clunkers, messengers, and kids at West Street Plaza on the Truckee River in Reno.

• Party afterwards at West Street Plaza.

Saturday, June 19 – Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif.

• Village circuit race at the Village at Northstar-at-Tahoe for Pro men/women/handcycles/masters and Lance Armstrong Junior Road race Series.

• Village races for clunkers and kids.

• Expo, music, demos, food, festival, and party all in the Village at Northstar

Sunday, June 20

• Ride with the Pros

For more information and registration visit the Tour de Nez site.