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CA-NV Chapter OCTA
 Meeting and Symposium

April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018
Fernley and Fallon, Nevada


Friday, April 27th …………is the OCTA Board meeting at the Fernley Government Offices, 595 Silver Lace Blvd, Fernley NV, 9:00 to 3:00, lunch to be determined. President’s reception wine and cheese. Location and details to be determined.

Saturday, April 28th at 9:00 am………… is the chapter dedication of the Fernley Swales kiosk in Fernley.  Then travel to the Churchill County Museum by 11:00am for a continental breakfast, day of speakers, lunch and a chapter meeting. The speakers include Bill Adams on the 40 mile desert, Lee Dummel on Fremont’s canon and a Nevada Pony Express Association speaker.  Welcoming remarks by museum and Fallon Chamber of Commerce representatives. Dinner and awards starting at 6:00 pm at the Stockman’s Casino.

Sunday, April 29TH. …………… will be tours of trail sites on the 40 mile desert, or Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon.  Then both tours will meet for lunch at Grimes Point Archeology Site with a private tour of the Grimes Point Hidden caves.

Special hotel rates are available at Holiday Inn Express in Fallon. Use OCG code, or indicate you are with OCTA     $114.00 nightly       775-428-2588.  Closing date is April 15, 2018 for group rates. This is adjacernt to the Stockman’s Casino where the dinner is being held  There are other hotels that did not offer rates (Comfort Inn and a Best Western). Fallon RV about 6 miles from the event.

Deadline for registration is April 15, 2018.  For additional information or to make special needs arrangements please contact Steve or Patty Knight at 775-882-1488, 775-560-5958, 775-220-5525 or 1knightpa@gmail.com

Print Registration Form for the symposium:
Symposium registration April 2018 Fernley and Fallon

At the time your reservation is received Patty will send you a comprehensive schedule of activities, time, places, addresses, maps, speakers, tour information and a complete menu.  Please remember that Fallon is a very small community and doesn’t offer a lot of choices. Make SURE to enclose your contact information so you get everything.

A fun and productive day at the Fernley Sand Swales clean up. Great cooperation between BLM, Cal Nevada chapter of OCTA, Boy Scouts, City of Fernley, Fernley Rotary and the local community!


On Saturday, September 30 (National Public Lands Day), there will be a community cleanup of a segment of the historic Fernley Deep Sand Swales, a most arduous portion of the Truckee River Route of the California Emigrant Trail.

Participants will meet at 9 am where the pavement ends on Truck Inn Way, a quarter-mile north of the Terrible’s Travel Center at the I-80 East Fernley exit, exit 48.  Visitors can stop by and see the new Fernley Swales interpretive signs at Terrible’s entrance on their way to the event.

Work will conclude no later than 4 pm.  Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen and a sack lunch. Long sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat are recommended.  Gloves, shovels and rakes, trash bags, and water will be provided by BLM and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

The cleanup is coordinated by Fernley Boy Scout Troop 1783 in partnership with the Fernley Rotary Club, the City of Fernley, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Nevada Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association, and Terrible’s Travel Center.





National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands and brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America’s public lands.    https://www.neefusa.org/public-lands-day.


Check out the new photos of the Fernley Swales Interpretive Signs Installation on the
Fernley Swales Page


Dick Young  

Dick Young

Richard (Dick) Carroll Young, 85, of Yuba City, passed away August 6, 2017. He was born in Sacramento to Anne and Jacob Young and graduated from CK McClatchy High School. He married Joan Bosworth in 1954, graduated from UNR in Civl Engineering to begin his 38 year career at Division of Highways/CalTrans.

During his life, Dick presided as Mayor of Yuba City and President of Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and El Dorado County STAR at So. Lake Tahoe.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Young; children, Sharon Wonder, Peter Young, Christina Estabrook; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and two cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation, 2170 South Avenue, SLT, CA 96150 or South Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd., SLT, CA 96150 or Oregon California (emigrant) Trails Association, 524 S. Osage Street, Independence, MO 64050.

A Celebration Life will be held at St. Andrew Church, Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1-4 pm.

Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 19 to Sept. 18, 2017

2018 Activities

For more information about upcoming activities email the Chapter at canvocta@gmail.com


Reno Gazette-Journal   August 8, 2017

Preserving history: Saving the Fernley Swales