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Trouble in the Valley of the Dolls

The IRS called her clients “hookers and pimps.” Karen Dennison knew better.

In northern Nevada in the 1960s, no brothel owner had earned more notoriety than Joe Conforte. His bevy of brothels in and around Reno were trailer-sized in their illegal days—big enough to house his customers but small enough to tow over county lines whenever an informant tipped him to an upcoming sheriff raid. Mustang Ranch, a few miles east of Reno near Storey County, became Nevada’s first licensed brothel in 1971, paving the way for legalized prostitution in 12 of the state’s 17 …

The Simple Life

Cowboy-poet Al Marquis has a (mostly true) story to tell

As a boy in the wilds of western Washington, Al Marquis rode horses, wore cowboy boots and strutted around his parents’ ranch house with a holster and toy gun. More than 30 years into his career as a Las Vegas trial attorney, he has not let go of the simple ease of the rancher life. He still wears a hat and boots. He rides horses. He lives with his wife, Joanie (aka “Tex”), on a ranch in Sandy Valley, a town 50 miles south of Las Vegas that’s as close to a set of a TV western as …

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