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It’s Nevada, not Nev-ah-da . . . Happy Nevada Day!

nevada-day-cake-from-aec-001Before it was a political issue in the presidential race, it was an issue in my family.  Relatives from out of state just could not get the name right.  And like a certain candidate, my relatives insisted that the linguistic pronunciation was correct.    However, the pronunciation represents the duality and independence of the state it identifies.  The cowboy boots and bolo ties worn by attorneys and judges in court have given way to the brogues and ties of other jurisdictions.  Our eponymous horseback riding citizens, like Judge Ellsworth no longer crisscrossing the Las Vegas Valley year round and now limited to the Admission’s Day Parade.

nevada-day-balloon-from-aecNevada means “snowcapped” and our beautiful pined mountain ranges are gorgeously dusted with snow.  Yet great tracts of the state are dry high desert populated with resilient yuccas and Joshua trees.  Born from battle and created for a prosperous peace, Nevada traveled its own path after statehood and offered unusual economic development and enterprises which still comprise our identity.  Ranching, mining, and gaming remain part of our economy.  Neon draped hotel-casinos in the forest of Lake Tahoe or the New York-Paris-Arthurian England skyline of Las Vegas demonstrate the dichotomy of the state’s nature and the human imprint on it.  Perhaps it was not history but destiny that gave us Halloween and Nevada Admission’s Day on the same date.

Over 44 years I have been fortunate to observe the ongoing path of our state and my neighboring Nevadans outside of Clark County.  In 8th grade I saw only two hands raise when the teacher asked how many of us were born in the state.  Now I am surrounded by many natives raising their own families here.  Growing up in the South and spending college in the North, I experienced those sides of this large multifaceted state and the diverse people who inhabit it.   On this, our 152nd year of statehood, we honor our history and look forward to our evolving future.  The many personalities of Nevada unite to recognize our exceptional uniqueness from the other 49 states of the union.  And they call it Nevada.

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