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    Ringing slot machines, elaborate, star-studded shows, and glamorous hotels may come to mind when you first think of Nevada, but the state has a bounty of riches to be found outside of the city centers. Discover Adler Publishing’s latest release Nevada Trails Southern Region ($24.95), and explore Nevada’s amazing backcountry.

    Skirt a section of the Nellis Air Force Range, the 3.1-million-acre, government-owned site that encompasses Area 51, the Nevada Test Site, and Yucca Mountain. View wild horses in their natural habitat. Enjoy a drink in the Santa Fe Saloon, a historic watering hole located in the old mining town of Goldfield. Explore the ruins of southern Nevada’s many ghost towns. Travel through Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and enjoy stunning views on the shore of the lake, south of the awe-inspiring Hoover Dam.

    This book includes 44 of southern Nevada’s most scenic routes and best off-road trails, located near the towns of Las Vegas, Laughlin, Tonopah, Goldfield, Beatty, and Pahrump. Each trail includes a fascinating history of notable Nevada places and residents, with a focus on the state’s boom and bust mining days. Hundreds of color photos help bring the trail to life, while numerous historical photos allow you to compare today’s landscape with that of the past.

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      The National Guard Polaris Coastal Drilling Yokley Racing Team hauler traveled to Louisville Kentucky for the annual Thunder over Louisville on April 16. This one day event features the largest annual fireworks show in the country, kicking off the festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.

      Unusually volatile spring weather in the region made less than perfect weather conditions for the event. Intermittent rain, cool temps and windy conditions kept the attendance less than normal. However, 300,000 people attended and witnessed a great air show featuring 90 military and other aircraft, including the latest $150 million F-22 Raptor fighter jet. As well, 58,000 shells were exploded for the grand finale 30 minute fireworks display.

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        AT V Racing continues its global expansion with the Red Bull Qaher El Tou3ouss in Qatar.

        Red Bull recently released a video with highlights from what is being called the first ATV race ever in Qatar. The race took place in the Mesaieed dunes and was won by Qatar’s own Al Emadi.

        Obviously the racing isn’t up to the level we have in North America, but it’s good to see the sport expanding on a global scale.

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          This may surprise you, but you don’t have to be particularly smart to be a thief. The latest example of this comes from a story we found in the Daily Press.

          An 18-year-old Ashland, Wis. man broke into a storage garage which contained, among other things, an ATV. He apparently tried to move a trailer loaded with some heavy objects to get at the ATV when the tongue of the trailer gave out and his legs got trapped underneath.

          The would-be thief then called his mother for help, but she couldn’t get into the building because it was still locked. After what we can only imagine was a good deal of mulling over options, the pair decided to call the police.

          “I can honestly say I don’t think in my 25 years that I’ve had a would-be criminal trap themselves and call for help,” Ashland County Police Lieutenant Greg BeBeau told the Daily Press.

          After a quick trip to the hospital to get his injuries treated the incompetent criminal was incarcerated for violating his probation.

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            From the looks of things, Arctic Cat is planning what could turn out to be the party of the year for snowmobile, ATV and UTV enthusiasts.

            Arctic Cat’s 50th Anniversary celebration is scheduled to take place on July 29 and 30 in Thief River Falls, Minn. Upwards of 5,000 people are expected to attend and the weekend promises to be packed with Arctic Cat action.

            Full details of the event are expected in the coming weeks, but Arctic Cat promises vintage and current product displays, races teams/haulers, a huge Team Arctic autograph session, bands, factory tours, and much more.

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