After three years on social media, Spirit of Nevada will soon be also available on television in Southern Nevada on Cox channel 14 and 1014/HD. For those outside the Cox viewing area, the weekly stories can be found on Facebook and YouTube. Continue the colorful journey through Nevada in expanded episodes as Sam discovers the heroic people, epic places and giving organizations making the Battle Born State the best.
Local hero, Andrea Dupper, has helped several charities and businesses grow their brands; Pawtastic Friends, Vegas Wish, and local entertainers to name a few. Her philanthropic work has led to the creation of her own Facebook group called Impavida Rose, encouraging people to overcome their fears. The site is filled with inspiring stories while also providing emotional support for those in need.
The proposed Avi Kwa’ Ame (Spirit Mountain) National Monument spans more than 380,000 acres of public land in Southern Nevada near Laughlin. This vast area is sacred to 12 Native American tribes and contains some of the most visually stunning, biologically diverse and culturally significant lands in the Mojave Desert and features dramatic peaks, scenic canyons, natural springs, ancient Joshua tree forests, and a rich history of rock art and other cultural sites. Preserve this land for the enjoyment of present and future generations by visiting HonorSpiritMountain.org.
An hour north of Las Vegas lies Palm Creek Ranch RV resort and picnic grounds. Amenities include a BBQ area, communal fire pit, volleyball net, and RV parking. Stop by this hidden gem and enjoy the refreshing thermal stream running through this natural desert oasis.
|The unique geology and thermal springs of the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge make it an important location for native wildlife like the endangered Moapa Dace fish. Sam dives deep into how this refuge managed to increase the population of this endemic fish and the importance of banding songbirds with diminishing populations. Only an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, the refuge is perfect for a day trip to connect with nature and features a vibrant picnic area and several trails to observe birds and other wildlife. The refuge is typically open September through May. Please visit their website for updated hours of operation before visiting.|
Officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department go beyond their call of duty during these trying times. To show appreciation to these heroes, the Richard Harris Law Firm partnered with Foodie Fit to hand out 300 meals to local police officers. Metro serves the city of Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County. Thank you LVMPD for making Las Vegas safe for its citizens and visitors.
Just about an hour northwest of Las Vegas, tucked in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lies magnificent Lee Canyon. Part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Lee Canyon offers a wide variety of summertime activities such as disc golf, archery, scenic chair lift rides, hiking and great food. It’s a wonderful getaway from the Vegas heat.
The Department of Public Safety’s Basic Academy provides training to those seeking a career as a trooper with the Nevada Highway Patrol. Join us as we honor the recent graduates of the academy and commemorate nearly 100 years NHP has ensured safe, economical, and enjoyable use of Nevada highways. We are forever grateful to the men and women of law enforcement who form the thin blue line to keep us safe.
Follow Sam down memory lane as she revisits Pioneer Saloon, McKee Ranch, Peppermill, Lake Las Vegas, and Boulder City in this special summer episode.
Located 90 miles north of Las Vegas lies the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The Pahranagat refuge is an essential stopover for waterfowl and songbirds as they migrate along the Pacific migration flyway in the Spring and Fall. In the Paiute language, Pahranagat means “Valley of Shining Water,” which is a fitting name for this wetland mecca situated in the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts. Several lakes, marshes, wet meadows, and desert uplands fill the refuge, making it a wonderful place to watch over 300 species of birds. Hunting, boating, and fishing are also permitted during designated times of the year.
For 20 years, the Foundation for Positively Kids has provided quality healthcare to medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed children. Over time, the organization expanded its services to assist children in the foster care system and partnered with Children’s Dentistry. Together, local heroes, CEO Fred Schultz, Dr. Steven Delisle, and community partners have gone the extra mile for special needs and at-risk children and their families.
Every year, the Richard Harris Law Firm sponsors a scholarship contest for Clark County high school students. In this episode, each of the 4 winners are honored for expressing their interpretation of this year’s theme, “Treasures of the Silver State.”
80 miles northeast of Las Vegas lies Mesquite, a quaint city on the Nevada/Arizona border. Situated on the north bank of the Virgin River, the city has many attractions including golf, restaurants, and hotel-casinos. Mesquite is also home to the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum and Mesquite Fine Arts Center, highlighting the historical and cultural importance of Mesquite.
From a young age in Hungary, local hero Stephanie Furstahl wanted to teach children to become confident in themselves. She followed her passion in fitness, becoming the three-time world champion in aerobic gymnastics. After finishing her degree in Sydney, Australia, she moved to the United States to pursue her dream of building an aerobic gymnastics gym in this country. Today, she coaches kids from around the world on her online platform usaerobics.com.
The Ely Film Festival showcases cinematic creations captured in Ely and White Pine County. The festival also includes 5-minute films of local students. This year, Spirit of Nevada’s videographer, David Purdy, sat on the expert panel and provided helpful tips on drone safety while Sam went behind the scenes to interview Hollywood director and local hero, Dutch Marich, about the upcoming release of his movie Reaptown, filmed in Ely.
The Richard Harris Law Firm and its The Defenders and Ticket Buster’s divisions have stood by their clients and staff for 40 years. Not even a pandemic gets in the way. With advanced technology and a great leadership team, the Richard Harris Law Firm continues to deliver the extraordinary client service and results people expect.
Samantha sits down for an exclusive interview with her Mom in honor of Mother’s Day. See Sam behind the scenes where being a mom to a special needs child inspires her to always strive to be her best self.
Local hero, Dale Darcas, started Serving Our Kids Foundation to feed children with no access to food on the weekends. Every Friday morning, the Foundation provides bags of food at several schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley. If someone you know could use a weekend meal bag, please share this post.
During these uncertain times, talented artists have beautified boarded-up buildings along Main Street, Las Vegas. See how their bright and colorful works of art have inspired others to come together and support local businesses Downtown.
Austin, Nevada lies along an old Pony Express route, now Highway 50, dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America.” Once a mining boomtown, Austin is a living ghost town with 11 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. St. George’s Episcopal Church built in 1878, is considered the prettiest frontier church still in regular use.
Located on Highway 50 lies Eureka, “The Friendliest Town on the Loneliest Road in America.” Back in 1864, Eureka was the birthplace of the silver-lead smelting industry in the United States. Eureka’s population quickly boomed to 10,000 people before the mines closed. Today, Eureka’s historic heritage lives within its well-preserved buildings, particularly the distinctive courthouse and opera house, the cultural center for this community of 600.
Governor Sisolak ordered all Nevada non-essential businesses, schools and casinos to remain closed until at least April 30th. The Coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and uncertain about the future. But even with restrictive mandates in place, Las Vegas is pulling together and staying strong.
As we enter Spirit of Nevada’s fourth year, our host, Sam, and videographer, David, discuss what Spirit of Nevada means to them. With over a hundred episodes and over 6 million views, join us as we discover the local heroes, wonderful places and worthy causes making Nevada great.
Corinne Entratter Sidney made a lasting impression with her beauty, sense of humor, and classy style. While pursuing her career as an actress, Corinne appeared in multiple film projects including: Murderers’ Row, The Party, and Who’s Minding the Mint? During the 1960’s, she also had the opportunity to witness several talented musicians such as The Rat Pat take over the stage at The Sands Hotel. Corinne was married to two cultural icons: Jack Entratter, President of the Sands Hotel, and movie director George Sidney, who directed the Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas. Today, we are able to capture a small facet of the amazing life she experienced through the beautiful display of her designer wardrobe at the Nevada State Museum.
Local hero, Wendi Schweigart, started Project Marilyn to help women maintain dignity when it comes to having their periods. The nonprofit is named after, and dedicated to, Wendi’s mother and it collects and distributes monthly menstruation supplies to Southern Nevada women and teens in need.
Every year, hundreds of culinary students participate in the Flavors For Life Next-Gen Program. Founder, Annarella Jordan, shares her strong passion for healthy cooking by teaching students the importance of reading food labels and modifying regular recipes into nutritious ones.
Located near Nevada’s eastern end of U.S. Highway 50, “The Loneliest Road in America,” lies Ely, the largest city in White Pine County. Originally a stagecoach station, Ely boomed with copper mining in the early 1900’s. Today, the city offers breathtaking views of forested mountains, snowy peaks, and antique buildings. People from around the world arrive daily to ride the historic trains pulled by century old steam engines at the Northern Nevada Railway Museum.
The Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum exhibits are spread throughout several airports in the Clark County Airport System, but the main exhibit resides inside Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport. The museum showcases the men, women and artifacts of aviation history in Southern Nevada from the first flight to the introductions of jet airliners.
First Friday celebrates the local arts culture in lively Downtown, Las Vegas. This community festival held the first Friday of the month features art from emerging artists, live music, delicious food and more.
The Nevada Northern Railway, located in the mountains of Central Nevada once connected one of the largest copper mines in North America to the Transcontinental routes of the North. Today, visitors enjoy a 90 minute train ride on one of the original coal fired standard gauge steam locomotives while being immersed in a place where time has forgotten.
Explore the wondrous surrounding areas of Ely as Sam takes us on an adventure through the Ward Charcoal Ovens, Cave Lake State Park and Lehman Caves located in Great Basin National Park.
The Fire and Ice Winter Festival celebrates everything White Pine County offers during its winter months. The two day event features snow sports, tournaments, fireworks, bonfires and live music.
Downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Arts District 18b encompass culture and art with an emerging community of creative people.
Renowned makeup and special effects artist, Tom Devlin shares his love for horror films in historic Boulder City, Nevada. Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum preserves the art and history of special makeup effects, giving credit to the artist behind the creature.
Founded by William Gilcrease in 1979, Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary provides a lifetime safe haven for a wide variety of animals. They also offer educational opportunities on proper pet care, adoption, and conservation.
The holiday season brings joy for most families, but can also be a very difficult time for many. The Giving Machine in Downtown Summerlin provides a quick and easy way to help those in need locally, or in third world countries and make the Christmas season more meaningful for themselves.
Since 1986, Cowboy Christmas is the ultimate Western experience in Las Vegas. Complementing the 10 days in December of the National Finals Rodeo, visitors find unique gifts and the best Western fashions at hundreds of boutique shops.
A wintery Christmas experience awaits at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in historic Boulder City. Ride aboard the Santa Train to Railroad Pass with Mr. & Mrs. Clause, friendly elves and the Grinch; while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate.
This holiday season, The Napoli Group Challenger Demons and Sin City C/10’s have been helping raise money and toys for children throughout Las Vegas making Christmas a little merrier for those in need.
Get in the holiday spirit by experiencing Glittering Lights, a one of a kind spectacular light show at the Las Vegas Speedway. From now until January 5th, you can view the lights while enjoying hot cocoa and popcorn in the comfort of your car.
This year, Pole Position Raceway hosted their 4th annual charity FUNdraiser, Paint for a Cause, where 100 percent of the proceeds supports programs, projects and services providing transformational healing to trauma survivors and their loved ones.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum features a variety of interactive and educational exhibits ranging from the prehistoric age to colorful marine life and the treasures of Egypt. This inspiring gateway to history gives us a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world, the sciences, and ourselves.
The first ever Las Vegas Balloon Glow took place at Craig Ranch Regional Park to celebrate Nevada Day. Nevada entered the Union as the 36th state on October 31, 1864 during the American Civil War, and commemorates its “Battle Born” legacy the last Friday of the month.
Vegas Wish passes it forward by giving away tickets to events, concerts and games to those less fortunate. This organization recently received the most votes In Spirit of Nevada’s most worthy charity contest.
80 miles northeast of Las Vegas lies Mesquite, a quaint city on the Nevada/Arizona border. Situated on the north bank of the Virgin River, the city has many attractions including golf, restaurants and hotel -casinos. Mesquite is also home to the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum and Mesquite Fine Arts Center, highlighting the historical and cultural importance of Mesquite.
Join us on an epic journey through Nevada, as we feature the hidden gems, exceptional places and local heroes of our great state.
Grab some tasty apple cider and stroll through the most fertile farmland in the Las Vegas Valley. The Gilcrease Ranch began in 1920 when Edna and Leonard Gilcrease purchased over 900 acres including natural artisan springs for cultivating crops and raising livestock. The 60 acre Gilcrease Orchard is all that remains of the ranch and has evolved into a nonprofit organization aiming to educate about local food sources giving us a better appreciation for the earth’s bounty.
Opportunity Village presents a spine tingling, family-friendly adventure this HallOVeen. Nightly entertainment, trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, and festive pumpkin displays, along with gifts fill the Magical Forest. Proceeds from this event go to providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services for adults in Southern Nevada with intellectual and related disabilities.
The Nevada State Museum sits on a 70,000 square-feet of exhibit space in the Springs Preserve campus. The museum contains a research library and paleontological fossils from the Triassic Period, along with several theatrical pieces such as an 8,000 piece costume set from the legendary Folies Bergère show which ran for nearly 50 years at the Tropicana Hotel.
The American Cancer Society teamed up with some of the most influential leaders in the Las Vegas community to elevate awareness and raise money for cancer research, patient services, and education around screenings and risk reduction. This year, the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign held their launch party at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa with the goal of raising $150,000. Help get one step closer to a world without cancer by donating to RickWearsPink.com
In 1912, visionary French immigrant, David Lorenzi purchased 80 acres west of the downtown Fremont Street area and built Lorenzi’s Lake Park. One of Las Vegas’ first parks, Lorenzi Park contained a dance pavilion, swimming pool and two lakes, quickly becoming a popular destination for prize fights, rowboats, live music, dance contests, beauty pageants and a place to ignore Prohibition.
Sam goes on an epic adventure to Sturgis, South Dakota with Law Tigers in search of Nevadans who ride at one of the largest motorcycle gatherings in the world. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally runs for 10 days in early August and welcomes over 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts, concert fanatics, and street-food connoisseurs from around the country.
From now until September 1st, Spirit of Nevada wants your vote for your favorite Nevada hero, organization or hidden gem. The location, charity or deserving person with the most tags on this post will be featured in a Spirit of Nevada episode. The two winners will be announced on September 3rd.
Richard Harris Law Firm partnered with Foodie Fit, Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation and others to give the kids at Robert E. Lake Elementary a fresh start to the school year with new backpacks filled with supplies. Please donate and help raise awareness for this campaign by sharing this post so we can help even more kids at other schools.
This September, enter abandoned hallways, secret rooms and escape routes at the renovated Hotel Apache and Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel with the Elite Vegas Paranormal Society.
In 1864, the first silver mine opened in Pioche, Nevada. Many traveled far to get rich quick in one of the roughest towns in the Old West. Today, visitors revisit history at the Pioche Historical Museum, Million-Dollar Courthouse and Boot Hill Cemetery where local legend says 72 men were laid to rest following gunfights before anyone died of natural causes.
Pawtastic Friends makes the world a better place for sheltered dogs throughout Nevada. This local nonprofit helps homeless pets find their forever home while also supplying toys, food, medical care and swim lessons. #AdoptDontShop
Cathedral Gorge State Park with its dramatic and unique landscape formations lies in the Meadow Valley of Lincoln County. Nearby Caliente served as a water stop on the railroad line until steam engines were replaced by diesel locomotives in the 1940’s. Still standing is the historical Caliente Railroad Depot and the antique Boxcar Museum.
Beatty offers one of the best opportunities to recapture the Old West. Miles of roads meander through the Bullfrog Mining District and into Death Valley. The town features a historic museum giving visitors a look into the last gold boom in the West. Just a few miles up the road are perfect photo opportunities in the ghost town Rhyolite. Don’t forget to grab a cup of the famous chili at Happy Burro Chili and Beer.
Go back in time at the Hollywood Cars Museum in Las Vegas to see some of the most recognizable and unique cars in the entertainment industry. This world-class collection includes iconic vehicle masterpieces from beyond the realm of Hollywood and any imagination.
Only 3 out of 100 Americans give blood, yet every two seconds, someone needs it. The American Red Cross hopes to change these statistics through the #MissingTypes movement by inspiring blood donors, especially new donors, to give this summer.
Forrest Mars spent his career making every day treats M&Ms, Snickers and Twix. In 1981 he retired to Henderson Nevada to make a premium chocolate brand to honor the Mars family legacy at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory.
Thirty minutes from Las Vegas lies the Desert National Wildlife Refuge; the largest reserve in the lower 48 states. Corn Creek, hub for the refuge, is an excellent starting point to see wildlife, birds, spring-fed ponds and lush vegetation. Enjoy camping, hiking, backpacking and horseback riding on the range. High clearance vehicles are recommended.
Skybot Challenge inspires students to find purpose in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through 3-D robotics. This yearly competition empowers young minds to solve technical problems, practice sportsmanship and develop entrepreneurial skills.
The unique 30 – acre site of the Clark County Museum features primitive and contemporary periods of Southern Nevada. Stroll down Heritage Street with its collection of restored buildings depicting lifestyles of important periods in local history.
This week, hundreds of athletes compete in the 2019 Special Olympics Nevada Summer Games in Reno. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics; a year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
This is for the Richard Harris: Spirit of Nevada Scholarship Contest. This video showcases the Clark County Black Caucus and how it truly embodies the theme: “Home Means Nevada”
The 4 winners of the 10th annual Spirit of Nevada Scholarship Contest are celebrated for discovering Home Means Nevada.
Southern Nevada’s only food bank, Three Square, gives hunger relief for thousands by delivering nutritious meals to hundreds of neighborhood locations, organizations, schools and feeding sites. Three Square relies on volunteers and a network of community partners to provide millions of meals to the food-insecure every year.
This is for the Richard Harris video competition. Filmed and edited by Braxton Hilton at The Old Mormon Fort.
Local hero, Kerry Quinney through Spectrum on Ice, teaches children and young adults of all abilities to ice skate and play hockey. The non-profit organization is dedicated to raising autism awareness, promoting acceptance, and providing team building opportunities on and off the ice
Top secret Area 51, together with reports of unusual phenomena, have attracted many to travel the Extraterrestrial Highway to Rachel, Nevada, the closest town to America’s highly classified military base.
Just 45 minutes from Las Vegas, beautiful Cold Creek is surrounded by wildlife including the free-roaming mustang horses symbolizing our western heritage.
Along the banks of the Colorado River, lies Laughlin, the town ignited by gaming pioneer Don Laughlin in 1966. Today, Laughlin welcomes millions of visitors who enjoy water activities, live entertainment and special events.
The iconic Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge made their debut in 1972 and have been featured in several TV shows, music videos, and old-school Vegas movies.
The Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn, the world’s oldest wild sheep conservation group, brought the magnificent desert bighorn back from near extinction. With more than 100 guzzlers placed throughout Nevada, the desert bighorn and other wildlife can now access water in remote desert locations.
Downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of culture and community thanks to the contributions of Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Hsieh’s Downtown Project showcases local makers, curators, artists, musicians and culinary innovators.
16 years ago, former NFL player Tony Berti and his wife Nikki co-founded the Goodie Two Shoes Giveaway, a one-day event that provides disadvantaged children with new shoes. The Goodie Two Shoes Giveaway became the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation in 2007, and it has served tens of thousands of children in need throughout Southern Nevada.
As we enter Spirit of Nevada’s third year, we hope you will join us by sharing the people, places, hidden treasures, and worthy causes that make Nevada great. – Richard Harris.
Nestled in the Bullfrog Hills, 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas on the edge of Death Valley, lies the once booming town of Rhyolite. With modern works of art sprinkled around pristinely preserved relics of another time, Rhyolite is one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West.
Las Vegas businesswoman Jennifer Walsh leads the Power in Purple campaign, a local fundraising effort that brings awareness and hope to those fighting cancer. Funds raised by Power in Purple are part of a united effort of the American Cancer Society to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by cancer. Please visit relayforlife.org/snv for more information.
Downtown Las Vegas is a unique, fun and hip spot to enjoy weekend brunch. Walk down historic Fremont Street and you’ll discover The Kitchen at Atomic located next to Atomic Liquors, one of the oldest bars in Vegas featuring executive chef Justin Kingsley Hall’s creative seasonal fare. Just a few blocks over lies the trendy and friendly, Downtown Terrace, located inside the Container Park where you can dine on a sophisticated shareable menu while enjoying a birds eye view of live music and entertainment.
One of the richest silver strikes in the West occurred at Tonopah when prospector Jim Butler stumbled upon ore while tracking down his mule. Today, people visit Tonopah for nighttime stargazing, underground exploration at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park, and quiet evenings at the unique Clown Motel.
Get ready for a day filled with adventure for the entire family. Lee Canyon offers a fun winter sports getaway and a cozy lodge. If you forgot your winter gear, don’t worry—the resort has daily rentals and even offers free beginner lessons.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to provide a supportive home away from home for families and children who are receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment. Since 1998, Ronald McDonald House of Greater Las Vegas has served more than 4,600 families. This year, the NFL Raiders helped remodel the Ronald McDonald House playroom and revamped the RMHC van, which is used to transport families and deliver lunches to hospitals.
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”
Just north of downtown Las Vegas lies the Old Mormon Fort, the first permanent, non-native structure built by missionaries in the Las Vegas Valley in 1855. Two years later, the mission was abandoned due to harsh weather conditions and challenges with the natives. Today, a portion of the original adobe stockade wall, underground foundations of ranch buildings, and historical artifacts remain in stark contrast with vast and modern Las Vegas.
Breathe in the alpine mountain air and learn some Nevada history at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. A memorial honors the Silent Heroes of the Cold War, and Seven Stones Plaza represents the Seven Southern Paiute Native American tribes. Finish the day with a cup of world-famous hot chocolate at the Mt. Charleston Lodge.
Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude—virtues that unlock the fullness of life. This holiday season, we’re taking time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
Mt. Charleston is a pleasant retreat from the intensity of Las Vegas. The surrounding Spring Mountains provide a forested, spring-fed haven for wildlife. It’s also the home of the ancient bristlecone pine, the oldest living thing on the planet.
Just south of the entrance to Mountain’s Edge, Exploration Peak, the focal point of Exploration Park, offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding Spring Mountains. Another unique element of the park is the custom Old West setting, which blends the natural elements of the area’s geography and history.
The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada, is said to have the spirits of guests who never checked out roaming its hallways and rooms. You may not believe in ghosts, but the Mizpah Hotel has a spirit that will never die.
F.E.A.T. (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) of Las Vegas is hosting its Annual Family Picnic & Resource Fair at Mission Hills Park on October 27. The non-profit organization provides support for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (A.S.D.) and related disorders.
Get into the Halloween spirit at the Moapa Valley Corn Maze! Day and night activities include zombie paintball, pig races, hay rides, and amazing mazes. Enjoy this spook-tacular, one-of-a-kind attraction where the fields “come alive.”
The 25th Annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival returns to Sunset Park from October 12 to 14. Travel back in time to join knights, maidens, and minstrels. The festival features a variety of live entertainment throughout the day, including jousting tournaments, live combat battles, magicians, storytellers, jokers, jugglers, flame eaters, belly dancers, trained parrots, and pirate shows.
McKee Ranch is a family owned, non-profit foundation committed to education, ranch preservation, and adopting and caring for animals. Now through October 31, join the fun at McKee Pumpkin Patch, where a $20 donation covers an entire day of family fun and all proceeds go towards keeping the animals nourished throughout the year.
Majestic palm trees, shimmering lake waters, and beautiful resorts make Lake Las Vegas a desert oasis for adventure, leisure, and outdoor recreation.
The breathtaking greenery of Blue Diamond, Nevada, tucked away in massive Red Rock Canyon, makes the town of only 300 people feel anything but small.
Relive the distinctive history of Las Vegas from the 1930s to present at the Neon Museum, chronicled through a one-of-a-kind collection of artistic signs and the unique personalities and stories behind their creation.
Head with us to the Valley of Fire, where we run into the Challenger Demons and join Adrenaline ATV Tours for scenic fun in the desert sun.
In the spring of 1844, John C. Fremont discovered a shortcut through a mountain pass on the Old Spanish Trail. Wagon trains soon followed the route over the Spring Mountains. Today, at the top of the pass, the world famous Mountain Springs Saloon is a favorite watering hole for bikers and other travelers.
Not all superheroes wear capes, but we found one who does. Join Sam, our very own Wonder Woman, and Nathan Harris, the “Caped Crusader,” on their mission to bring smiles to patients and their families at the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center.
Six years ago, Tony and Linda Bonnici started a scholarship fund for aspiring students to pursue their dreams in broadcasting. This year, the Nevada Broadcasters Association & Foundation and the Tony & Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund will award 32 scholarships to talented and dedicated Nevada students.
Just west of the Las Vegas Strip is Chinatown, the only place in Las Vegas where you can get truly authentic Asian ethnic cuisines. Grocery stores with live fresh seafood and imported Asian foodstuffs add to the vibrant mix.
The boomtown of Goldfield was once the largest city in Nevada and hosted a world championship boxing match. Home of legendary lawmen, Wyatt and Virgil Earp, the mining town never recovered from a devastating fire from an exploding moonshine still in 1923.
Local hero Amy Meyer-Terry is the founder of White Horse Youth (WHY) Ranch, a program devoted to helping socially-challenged children. WHY Ranch inspires and empowers youth by giving them the opportunity to interact with horses and other animals.
Four winners of the 9th annual Spirit of Nevada Scholarship Contest are celebrated for Discovering Both Sides of Nevada.
Enjoy the historic Spring Mountain Ranch State Park with hiking and tree-shaded picnic spots by day and live outdoor Super Summer Theatre by night.
With spectacular sandstone cliffs, challenging rock climbing, and peaceful hiking, Calico Basin is an exquisite preserve right outside Las Vegas.
Hope flies high with Miracle Flights. The Las Vegas-based nonprofit helps seriously ill children and their families overcome the impossibility of distance to see lifesaving medical specialists throughout the country.
Award-winning wines from grapes grown in Nevada can be found at Pahrump Valley Winery, Nevada’s oldest, largest, and most popular winery.
The Nevada desert is not known for camels, but visitors to the family-friendly Camel Safari can experience camels and other exotic creatures in a hands-on way.
Tonopah, Nevada is a historical mining town with equal parts Wild West, remote desert hideaway and hotbed for prospecting politicians and corporations. Tonopah is home to one of Nevada’s most historic hotels, the Mizpah, built in 1907. This “Jewel of the Desert” takes you back in time with occasional visits from guests who never checked out. You may not believe in ghosts, but one thing is certain, the Mizpah Hotel has a spirit that will never die.
The DISCOVERY Children’s Museum provides vibrant and engaging exhibits and programs redefining Las Vegas as a city that values culture and the arts. Children participate in playful learning experiences igniting a love of lifelong learning.
The magnificent Hoover Dam, in the Colorado River’s Black Canyon on the border between Nevada and Arizona is one of the seven wonders of the industrial world. Constructed during the Great Depression and dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt, Hoover Dam tamed one of the world’s most dangerous and unpredictable rivers and created Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States.
Take in the spectacular mountain peak views and discover some of Nevada’s history at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. A memorial honors the Silent Heroes of the Cold War and Seven Stones Plaza features the Seven Southern Paiute Native American tribes. Finish the day with a cup of world famous hot chocolate at the Mt. Charleston Lodge.
Each week Spirit of Nevada recognizes local heroes, activists and caretakers of our heritage who embody the essence of what it means to be battle born.
Originally built in 1834 as a stopover for wagon trains on the Old Spanish Trail, Bonnie Springs Ranch is located in the heart of Red Rock Canyon and includes a zoo, restaurant and replica of an 1880’s mining town.
Tucked away in the Spring Mountains, Lee Canyon offers a fun winter sports getaway and a cozy lodge. Don’t worry if you forgot your winter gear, the resort has daily rentals and even offers free beginner sessions.
It’s not possible to tell the history of Las Vegas without noting the influence of organized crime. The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement nicknamed the Mob Museum says “there are two sides to every story — and then there’s the truth.”
Following 1 October, we were humbled to be part of a community that rose in the face of tragedy and came together. Vegas Strong showed the world that Las Vegas has a heart.
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.” – Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol
Less than an hour’s drive from lively Las Vegas is majestic Mt. Charleston, the tallest point in Southern Nevada, with year-round scenic vistas and outdoor activities. It’s the home of the ancient Bristlecone pine, the oldest living thing on the planet.
Nestled in the Bullfrog Hills 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas lies the once booming town, Rhyolite.
Nevada PEP empowers families with children with disabilities through education and encouragement.
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (F.E.A.T.) provides information on treatment resources for families with children diagnosed with autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and related conditions. The program consists of 200 volunteers and 18 programs benefiting the autistic community in Nevada.
Following 1 October, Las Vegas proved to the world we are a strong community. Police Wives of America is a remarkable group who support law enforcement families all year long with love, experience, compassion and strength.
Attention: Marvel Fans
The only Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) in the United States is located inside Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip.
Across from McCarran International Airport is one of the largest parks in Las Vegas, Sunset Park. This year, the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival returned for the annual three-day event that takes festivalgoers back in time to the medieval era of knights, hand-crafted art and epic jousting battles. Mark your calendars for next fall to join in on the fun!
Just off Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas is McKee Ranch, a working ranch in a rural setting. This family owned, non-profit foundation is committed to education, ranch preservation, and the adopting and caring of animals. There is no better way to experience fall in the desert with their traditional harvest themed pumpkin patch.
In the midst of the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting and in the hours and days following, incredible stories of heroism and selflessness emerged. Lines of donors formed at UMC and United Blood Services. It was all hands on deck, coming together to provide compassion and help.
Nevada is constantly evolving. The pioneers and trailblazers of yesterday are gone, replaced with tourists and adventuresome locals. Join us as we seek the Spirit of Nevada among the ruins of a lost city, St. Thomas, which reemerged on the receded shores of Lake Mead.
Jump in and buckle up! Head out to Valley of Fire as we tag along with a Southern Nevada car club for some scenic fun in the desert sun. On the highway or off the beaten path, let Spirit of Nevada take you where you want to be!
While it’s true not all heroes wear capes, we found one in Las Vegas who actually does. Join Sam, our own Wonder Woman with Nathan, the “Caped Crusader” on a mission to bring smiles to patients and their families at the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC.
Lying on the outskirts of Northwest Las Vegas you’ll find Tule Springs, a place where Southern Nevada’s history, both prehistoric and modern, are intertwined with the surrounding oasis and wildlife.
Tucked between the towering sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Canyon and the bustling neon-lit Las Vegas Strip lies the small village of Blue Diamond. This important desert oasis has quenched the thirst of ancient Native Americans, Spanish explorers, pioneers, miners as well as today’s travelers seeking to re-connect with the Spirit Of Nevada.
Southern Nevada is the fast lane – with lights, gambling and all that comes with it – the exception is just beyond the valley: Boulder City.
Oh, the cool places we have been, the great people we have met! Our greatest hits, this week on Spirit of Nevada!
They used to be the heart of the community – barber shops were the place to debate politics, trade a few jokes and get a real haircut and the closest shave of your life. In Las Vegas, they are few and far between but the good ones are doing just fine.
In springtime, Red Rock comes alive with wildflowers. But in the summertime, Red Rock comes alive with music. It’s a Las Vegas tradition.
Discover what it means to be “Battle Born!” It was a day to remember for the five winning students who submitted their most creative work describing what it takes to embody the Spirit of Nevada. Our host, Sam, shines a spotlight on the Students with a Cause Scholarship event.
Find it hard to believe that world-class grapes can thrive in the desert? Believe it! Our host, Sam, explores the award-winning Pahrump Valley Winery, Nevada’s winery in the desert.
Celebrate the Wild West frontier history of Las Vegas! Our host, Sam, visits the cowboys and cowgirls of Helldorado Days, our town’s longest-running civic event.
Day tripping! Less than 45 minutes from Las Vegas, you can step back in time to the Pioneer Saloon, where miners threw down a cold one more than 100 years ago and Clark Gable waited for news of his wife Carole Lombard’s missing plane. Haunted? Probably!
It’s a vivid burst of colors amid a scenic desert backdrop that will catch your eye and capture your imagination. Our host, Sam, checks out Seven Magic Mountains, the larger-than-life outdoor art exhibit south of Las Vegas.
With flowing natural springs, sandstone cliffs and spectacular desert scenery, it’s an exquisite sanctuary right outside Las Vegas. Our host, Sam, visits Calico Basin in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
The mission of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation is to preserve and foster public accessibility to the history associated with the Nevada Test Site and the nation’s nuclear weapons program. The NTS Historical Foundation promotes and supports cultural, educational, and scientific programming to encourage the development and public exchange of views regarding the Nevada Test Site and its impact on the nation. The major program of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation is the National Atomic Testing Museum.
Three Square’s mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. The non-profit organization combines food banking (warehousing canned and boxed goods), food rescue (obtaining surplus or unused meats, bread, dairy and produce from hospitality and grocery outlets), and ready-to-eat meals to be the most complete food solution for Southern Nevada.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world’s largest pinball collection, open to the public.
That Others May Live Foundation has a crucial mission: providing scholarships and other support to the families of military members who are killed or severely wounded.
The Clark County Wetlands Park includes 2,900 acres of water, trails, and trees along the Las Vegas Wash. The Wetlands Park includes walking and biking trails in designated areas, plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography, and simply escaping to a unique natural environment.
Ivy’s Hope provides support, education and assistance to Cerebral Palsy families to enrich the lives of children affected by the disability.
The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks, as well as other items deemed essential for good health and positive development.
By the St. Baldrick’s Foundation working closely with leading pediatric oncologists, they determine the most promising research to fund and create funding priorities to make the greatest impact for children with cancer. Here are some creative ways they’re doing just that:
- Providing hospitals the funds to open high-impact clinical trials for rare disease types, placing more children on studies to increase the rate of progress, while also increasing the likelihood for a child to receive the best treatment plan in a hospital near home.
- Funding researchers to work together, so that research currently underway by the best and brightest investigators is shared between institutions, and even across continents, giving all children with cancer the best chance for a cure.
- Training the next generation of researchers—in 2005, a shortage of pediatric oncologists was predicted, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation stepped in to ensure that every child with cancer will have a doctor and tomorrow’s research will not be interrupted.
- Funding supportive care research to improve the quality of life for patients and survivors. Supportive care research addresses the side effects of treatment, long-term effects faced by survivors, psychosocial aspects of childhood cancer and more.
Toys 4 Smiles’ mission is to provide a toy to children of all ages in need of a smile, while providing a sense of purpose, caring, and community to the volunteers of Toys 4 Smiles.
These toys are not simply playthings, but tools that help unlock a child’s ability to think, to be creative, and to cope with the world around them.
Nevada School of the Arts provides world-class music instruction and a life-changing experience to students of all ages and backgrounds for generations to come. Our mission is to ignite a lifelong passion for the arts by inspiring, enlightening and nurturing an appreciation of music.
For nearly 40 years, the Nevada School of the Arts has offered arts education to residents of the Las Vegas valley. A non-profit 501(c)(3) educational institution, we are the state’s only member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and hold “Certified Member” status.
Their students are recognized locally, regionally and nationally for the excellence of their work. Their faculty includes many of southern Nevada’s most gifted music and art educators. Community leaders, parents and faculty serve on their Board of Trustees.