weather icon Overcast

Creativity in art, music highlight festival as Burning Man event returns to Beatty area

Updated July 19, 2019 - 7:00 am

Hundreds of “Burners” (Burning Man enthusiasts) filled Spicer Ranch at Beatty.

Held June 6-9, this was the third year the regional Burning Man event, called SNRG (standing for Southern Nevada Regional Gathering, and pronounced “synergy,”) has been held at the ranch.

Burners consider themselves a community, and the event is an opportunity for them to gather and enjoy the Burning Man lifestyle. This includes heavy doses of creativity and fun in many forms. There are no paid entertainers. Participants are encouraged to provide entertainment for each other.

Although there is plenty to do during the day, night is when the Burning Man event really shows its stuff. There is always music somewhere, and vehicles, sculptures, and even people come alive with all sorts of brightly colored lights.

The culmination of the event, which occurs on Saturday evening, is the “burn,” when structures built for the purpose are ritually burned. This also includes dancing by “fire spinners” who twirl and spin torches in the form of batons and hoops, all to the wild beat of drums.

A spectacular fireworks display also accompanies the burn and includes impressive aerial fireballs.

Richard Stephens is a freelance reporter living in Beatty.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Nevada hits point of ‘critical mass’ on issue of water scarcity

Nevada’s director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Nevada has already reached the point of “critical mass” or the breaking point when it comes to the problem of water scarcity.

Report gives insights on Nevada’s women-owned businesses

The number of women-owned businesses in Nevada is keeping pace with the national level, according to a new report commissioned by American Express. Nevada is No. 5 in growth for women-owned businesses, according to the report.

Photos: Showcasing the history of American flight

The showcase of military firepower is expected to draw more than 200,000 over two days, so attendees are advised to arrive early at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for bus service.

Winter storm moving through region near Pahrump

The first major snowstorm of the season was heading toward the mountainous regions near Pahrump, prompting a winter storm warning starting today for an area that includes the Sheep Range, the Spring Mountains, Red Rock Canyon and areas of neighboring Inyo County.

Electric vehicle charging station goes live in Southern Nevada

Two DC fast chargers were added at Terrible’s Road House in Jean, about 30 miles south of Las Vegas, as part of the Nevada Electric Highway initiative.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Saturday, Nov. 16 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $7 million.

Conservation work continues at Scotty’s Castle

Scotty’s Castle, located in the northern region of Death Valley National Park, has been closed since Oct. 18, 2015 when almost three inches of rain fell on the Scotty’s Castle area in Grapevine Canyon.