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16th Annual Silver Peak or Bust Hike

10 days ago


bill kirby hike fund

Saturday, october 21, 2017, 5:30 AM, EAGLE ROAD, Fish Lake valley, nv


Superintendent Makes the Grade

Annual Silver Peak or Bust Hike

Scott Thibodeaux and Cedric Kirby, teammates on the 2007 Tonopah Muckers State championship varsity football team, led the way for the 16th annual Silver Peak or Bust 34 mile Hike.  Scott’s time was 8 hours and 31 minutes.   Richard Torres, John Scates, Delia Scates, Daniel Villa, and Dr. Neil Terhune, Superintendent of Schools, Esmeralda, followed as finishers for the grueling trek.   Finishers had to climb 3,000’ out of Fish Lake Valley over the Silver Peak Range to the Old School Saloon in Silver Peak, NV.   The course is all wilderness with no services over a rugged jeep trail.   The hikers started from Highway 264 and Eagle road at 6:00 A.M. sharp in cool 24 degree weather, Saturday October 21.   

Other participants were Russel Torres 24 miles, Brian Sanderson 24 miles, Brianna Sanderson 22 miles, Chase Sparks 22 miles, Angela Garcia 18 miles, James Williams 10.7 miles, Yvonne Cornforth 10.7 miles, and other participants that followed or hiked parts of the course.  They were Jasmine Simental, Chastin Sparks, Aiden Cornforth, Victoria Villa, Winifred Sanderson, and Bill Kirby. 

For the second year in a row, Pete Swan, 70, of Dyer rode his mountain bike to lead the way, finishing first in 7 hours and 30 minutes.

John Scates, Academic School Officer, Dyer Elementary School stayed with his daughter, Delia Scates, 4th grade, Dyer School to set the fastest time for a female student and the youngest female to complete the hike at just 9 years old.   Other Dyer School students to participate were Daniel Villa (his 3rd year to finish), Victoria Villa, James Williams, Brianna Sanderson, Russel Torres, Aiden Cornforth, Chase Sparks, and Chastin Sparks.

Trail angels who provided the safety net, water, and nourishment, as much and when      needed, included Doug Kile, Theresa Terhune, Debbee Kirby, Bill Kirby, Jessica Villa, Wendy and Brian Sanderson, and Yvonne and Branden Cornforth.

Pizza and refreshments were available at the Old School Saloon in Silver Peak until all finishers came in.   

The hike funds provide funding for student extracurricular activities nots funded by taxpayer dollars.   Funds contributed some of the money to put finishing touches on the Fish Lake Valley recreation center and are being used to help with the Dyer athletic field.  Sponsors are needed.  If you wish to become a sponsor, send your donation to the Esmeralda School District, P. O. Box 129, Dyer, NV 89010.  Put Hike fund in the memo     


By William Kirby
Founders William and Deborah Kirby

Photo's above courtesy of William Kirby

Hike participants

Hike participants and trail angels


October 14th was the day set aside by for our annual Silver Peak Hike. I did take up the challenge and completed the entire 34 miles in 14 plus hours. I will not do it again. It was only on my bucket list once. Bill Kirby tried to tutor me in a more efficient pace, but I am too old a dog for new tricks. More importantly nine-year old Delia Scates finished it for the first time. All the donations go to our kids and Bill Kirby deserves a lot of credit for the vision and execution of this annual event.
By Dr. M. Neil Terhune

Photo's in this section courtesy of Dr. M. Neil Terhune

Dr. Neil Terhune, Superintendent

National Championship Air Races Field Trip

10 days ago

5 students
Instruction of students at air show

student operating equipment at air show

students operating equipment at air show

student sitting inside helicopter

students playing at the air show

students interacting

Superintendent News

The Esmeralda County District (ECSD) participated in a Field Trip at this year’s RENO Air Shows on Thursday September 14th. Thirty—six students, grades 4-8, and nine adult chaperones traveled to Stead Air Field to witness world-class pilot air maneuvers, vintage aircraft, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Expo.   The purpose for this trip was to allow Students from Dyer, Silver Peak and Goldfield an opportunity to put their hands on the newest 21st Century career opportunities in STEM.

Featured offerings in this year’s STEM Education Discovery Zone included:

  • 8 flight simulator stations
  • Drone Flight training area
  • HTC VIVE Virtual Reality (VR) Zone, including virtual reality flight simulators – letting users virtually pilot an aircraft
  • Interactive information touch-screens and interactive roving robots of all sizes
  • Wearable arm computers with special sensors and capabilities
  • Themed banners/posters on drones, aviation and 3D modeling
  • 3D virtual models of locations across Nevada and the globe”

Our students were well-behaved and genuinely excited to participate in what turned out to be a very long day.  I appreciate the assistance of our parents and staff.  We are always looking for ways to provide authentic, real world career information for our youth. This trip was well worth the effort. We all extend a special thanks to Mr. Reza Karamooz at the STEM Education Discovery Zone for providing the invitation and the free tickets.”

By Dr. M. Neil Terhune

Halloween Fun!

3 days ago

Students at Halloween Party

Dyer Elementary School Halloween Party

Students at Halloween Party

Goldfield Elementary School Halloween Party

Pictures courtesy of Dr. M. Neil Terhune and Winifred Sanderson