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Nevada Opens Mormon Cricket Season

For those of you that want to experience something different than a Las Vegas show, you might consider trekking up to Northern Nevada and watch something way different:  the Mormon cricket show. mormoncricket

Growing up to 2 inches long as adults, the Mormon crickets swarm in groups thousands strong, devouring lawns, gardens, livestock forage and crops. 

The infestation of the Mormon crickets, made infamous by nearly destroying the crops of Utah’s Mormon settlers in 1848, began spreading to Nevada about eight years ago and peeked in 2005, when roughly 12 million acres of the state were taken over by the bugs.  Now, the scope of the infestation is down to about 1 million acres. 

The biggest Nevada concentration of the crickets is reportedly north of Elk, Independence Valley, up toward Owyhee, Mountain City, and Jarbidge. 

Last year, efforts to control the pests cost about $280,000, the year the costs are predicted to be the same or a little less.

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Take a Las Vegas Gambling & Sin Break- Dig for Dinosaur Bones!

Las Vegas is not just all about bright lights and glitz.  For a break from gambling and sin, take a unique and refreshing six-hour trip outside Las Vegas, and you’ll find a much cooler environment – 30 to 40 degrees – that’s a quarry for the really unlucky bastards- creatures called trilobites, the partiers that freely roamed the ocean floors 500 million years ago (pre Paris Hilton).trilobyte

It’s a 40-acre wide place called U-Dig Fossils, a trilobite quarry located about 52 miles west of Deltah, Utah.   You can scale large mountaintops and break into rocks to try to find the original partiers for $28 to $70 from Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For further information: 435-864-3638 or www.u-digfossils.com

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