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Old, new intermingle in Elko

To begin to understand the texture of this increasingly cultured cowtown, it helps to set foot inside Cowboy Joe Coffee.

Cerca Calendar June 2014

Festivals abound in Cerca country in June, ranging from Father’s Day celebrations to rodeos to parties for Nevada’s 150th year of statehood.

Expect changes, restrictions in Spring Mountains

Because of last summer’s disastrous Carpenter 1 fire, subsequent floods and an ongoing schedule of improvements, visitors to the Spring Mountain retreat this summer should expect some changes and restrictions.

8 ways to outsmart Disneyland crowds

Disneyland can quickly turn from “The Happiest Place on Earth” to a nightmare. The amusement park rakes in more than 16 million visitors a year, and while some seasons are heavier than others, there are tried and trusted tricks to make the trip a little easier.

Theme parks opening new rides and slides in 2014

Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in Orlando, the world’s longest and fastest inverted roller coaster in Ohio and water parks in every corner of the United States are among the many new attractions at theme parks this season. And families with young kids won’t be disappointed, either: Many parks are unveiling rides appropriate for children, yet exciting enough to thrill adults.

Feds want airlines to openly disclose seat, bag fees

Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren’t included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they’ll cost.

Disneyland increases admission to $96

The price of a ticket at Disneyland is creeping closer to triple-digits. A single-day ticket for either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park is now $96 for those 10 and up.

Residents of Gold Point help preserve ghost town

Because it has always had a few residents to watch over it during its down cycles, the ghost town retains a few original streets, where about 50 weathered wooden structures remain.

After a long winter, Americans are ready to hit the road this Memorial Day

A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend. That’s the forecast from AAA, which expects a total of 36.1 million people to travel 50 miles or more. If that estimate holds true, it would be the largest amount of people traveling during the holiday weekend since 2005.

How to get compensated for air travel delays

The right of consumers to collect cash from airlines for international as well as domestic flight delays is not well known, says Christopher Elliott, author of “How to be the World’s Smartest Traveler” and ombudsman for National Geographic Traveler. “The rules are obscure, and airlines intentionally keep them that way.”

CDC tells airports, including McCarran, to post MERS warning

Signs in McCarran International Airport that advertise to tourists the shows they might want to attend in Las Vegas have been joined by a poster from the CDC that warns travelers about a MERS virus they should stay away from.

7 So Cal festivals worth a weekend trip

Southern California is only a few short hours away from Las Vegas, and at the end of the drive is a plethora of renowned celebrations unique to the state. The combination of wineries, live music and beautiful beaches creates a thriving environment, and as new events pop up each year, festivals can be found nearly every weekend of the year.

Western US home to many Rails to Trails Hall of Fame routes

In many parts of the country, abandoned train tracks have been repurposed into multi-use exercise trails. The best of them — a little more than two dozen routes in all — are in the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame, and several of those are located in the Northwest region of the United States, in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.