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Nevada Public Radio presents the latest editions of our popular features: Nevada Yesterdays and Desert Bloom. Refreshes most weekdays. Want the inside dope on Las Legas living? Subscribe to this feed. Refreshes weekly. 4-6 minutes.

Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:02:15 -0700

Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:03:14 -0700

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New Season, New Plants

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:02:15 -0700

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  

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Bonnie Bryan

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:07:18 -0700

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.

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National Parks, Part 2

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:53:50 -0700

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.

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National Parks - Part 1

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:31:31 -0700

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.

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Heat Damage

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:19:14 -0700

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

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 11:38:06 -0700

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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Pools and Palms

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:07:12 -0700

An aging pool brings all kinds of problems.  Even though we love the lush look of plants surrounding a pool, Norm Schilling explains it's a potentially expensive dilemma.Support comes from  

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Caesars 50th, Part 2

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:00:54 -0700

Last time, we opened Caesars Palace. August 5 marked the legendary hotel’s fiftieth anniversary. It opened with a bang, and things never seemed to slow down. It has grown to six towers and nearly 4,000 rooms. But it wasn’t always easy. The original builders, led by Jay Sarno and Stan Mallin, ran into problems. Sarno and hotel president Nate Jacobson fought over who ran the hotel. Running the casino was Jerry Zarowitz, who had mob connections. And Teamsters money from the mob-controlled pension fund helped them build Caesars in the first place.

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Caesars 50th, Part 1

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:59:20 -0700

Today, let us hail Caesar. Caesars Palace, that is. August 5 marks the 50th anniversary of its opening. It’s been quite a ride … from its prehistory.

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The Greatest, Part 2

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:10:57 -0700

Last time, we were talking about Muhammad Ali … before he was actually Muhammad Ali, just starting out as a professional fighter and winning the seventh bout of his career when he fought for the first time in Las Vegas.

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