Thanks to the time-bending effect of magazine lead time, we’re writing this stadium-story update precisely as the hastily assembled Legislature in Carson City pretends to debate the merits of public financing for the Sheldome.
Hey, everyone, it’s a guy from Brumby! Reading Desert Companion! He’s in a picture on Facebook, reading our February edition — “Best of the City,” though surely you haven’t forgotten because how could you?
The new year’s fresh bouquet of Chris Brown headlines (sample: “Chris Brown allegedly punched woman in the eye at Palms hotel in Las Vegas”) nicely underlined Tovin Lapan’s tough piece about alleged celebrity abusers in our January issue.
Heidi Kyser’s Open Topic piece from November, about the bureaucratic horrors of trying to recover her maiden name after getting married, continues to resonate. Particularly with a reader named Michael Farrell Ellsworth, formerly just Michael Farrell — he took his wife’s surname when they were recently married. Why?
“Just finished your piece in Desert Companion about changing your name,” Erin Timrawi of Las Vegas recently Facebooked to staff writer Heidi Kyser. It was a reference to Kyser’s October “Open Topic” piece detailing her struggle to reclaim her maiden name after getting married.
Even as it slumbers in the Desert Companion archives, our big July 2014 report on the late Dr. Ralph Conti — a beloved local pediatrician whose career was ruined by a stem-cell scam — continues to touch readers.
Scrumptious as it was, July’s DEALicious Meals package didn’t taste right to everyone. First Last, a commenter on desertcompanion.vegas, for instance. “I’m getting so sick of every single restaurant/meal article/review full of dead animal meals,” he or she wrote furiously.
Wielding hashtags like throwing stars, the social-media ninjas at the Nevada National Security Site showed us some love for Alan Gegax’s account of touring the former Test Site, which ran in our May issue: “Great #article by Desert Companion magazine about the many #cultural resources at the #Nevada National Security Site,” they posted.
There must be something in the air, because this month’s mailbag is rife with anxiety about it — whether it’s floating cat germs, airborne asbestos or rogue, munchie-inducing pot clouds coming to turn your children into li’l stoners.
Let’s think water: In a March story headlined “Real thirst,” Heidi Kyser reported on companies that bottle treated, alkalized Vegas tap water and sell it as a healthful drink, in particular the brand Real Water.
1 For “Out There,” an essay in our November issue, journalist George Knapp looked back on his decades of reporting on Area 51, and the craziness that followed his first story on UFO whistleblower Bob Lazar, 25 years ago. “Love all your stuff, George,” effused commenter Moe Flanagan.
1 Timed to last month’s Nevada sesquicentennial — a word, thankfully, that we’ll never have to use again — the October issue’s cover story sought to parse this city’s and state’s history through their epic thingness. Specifically, 25 objects from throughout time … time … time … that collectively add up to our story.
1 “Downtown Summerlin, for all its aesthetic and commercial comforts, will lack the essential ingredients for an actual downtown,” Geoff Schumacher declared in our July issue. Summerlin Senior Vice President Tom Warden replies: Downtown Summerlin is much more than a glorified mall.