weather icon Clear

Foundation to present unique show

In 1937, Boulder City resident Grace Nusser received a call from lawyers for her husband, George, telling her he had filed for divorce without informing her. She also found a love letter from the woman, who was reportedly a beauty parlor owner or waitress, he was having an affair with.

So she drove to Las Vegas, bought a .38, returned home and shot her husband to death as he was sleeping.

On the 82nd anniversary of the murder, April 27, residents are invited to learn the details of Nusser’s fall from grace and what drove her to killing when the Boulder City History &Arts Foundation presents an original production, “Gun Crazy.”

The play will introduce the audience to those who played a role in Nusser’s life.

According to Justin Keogh of the History &Arts Foundation, groups of as many of 15 people will walk through the grounds surrounding the old water filtration plant, led by a police detective, who will stop at intervals along the way introducing “characters” involved in her life.

The play was written by Ray White, a new resident of the community. Keogh said White, who moved to Boulder City from Colorado Springs, was inspired by Nevada State Museum Director Dennis McBride, who presented a historical lecture, “Blood in the Gravy,” that focused on the town’s less savory incidents.

“She was very, very drunk and very, very driven,” McBride said about Nusser in 2014 as the state was celebrating its sesquicentennial.

According to McBride, she fled to Hoover Dam, where she was arrested, after killing her husband. She slipped out of the jail and fled about 20 miles across the desert until an airplane spotted her. She was sent to prison in Carson City, which only housed two other women at the time. Mental issues over the next year and a half prompted her transfer to a facility in Sparks, where she died in 1952 from a chronic medical condition, reportedly the result of an injury inflicted by her husband.

Keogh said the show is being performed by a mix of professional actors and volunteers.

Performances are scheduled every 30 minutes between 2 and 5:30 p.m. April 27 and 28 at the historic water filtration plant, 300 Railroad Ave.

Tickets are $10 each and can be bought at the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at hsaylor@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Boulder’s Best: Great places to play tourist at home

With the arrival Friday, June 21, of summer, the time when many people take vacations and travel, it’s also a great opportunity for those in Boulder City to play tourist in their town. To help residents decide where to go and what to do, we here at the Boulder City Review have compiled a list of places in town to play tourist. This list provides a variety of options and is not exhaustive.

Surprise ingredient makes easiest jam ever

I remember every summer my mom would make the best jams and jellies with all the perfectly ripe seasonal fruits. She made strawberry, peach, plum, apricot and even strawberry rhubarb jam.

Chamber recognizes business leaders

The Boulder City Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual installation and awards program where several local businesses and community members were honored.

Seen on Scene: At the Chamber Awards and Installation

City Councilwoman Peggy Leavitt, in back, spends some time with Judge Victor Miller and his wife, Cora-Lee Miller, at the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards and installation ceremony June 12 at The Patio at Chilly Jilly’z.

Names in the News, June 20

Lehr named to dean’s list at Wisconsin college

Community Briefs, June 20

Library to present shows on Einstein, magic

Senior Center, June 20

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday at 813 Arizona St., 702-293-3320. Visit the center’s website at www.seniorcenterbouldercity.org.

Scheppmanns serve side by side

Side by side by side. That’s how Doug Scheppmann and his sons, Tony and Scott, work and serve together.

Lifesaving message goes global

Next week, people in Boulder City can participate in something fun, free and educational with the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Popcorn ceiling removal can pose health risks

The dreaded popcorn ceiling, aka cottage cheese, stucco, etc., has long fallen out of favor in the design world. That objectionable lumpy surface — dated, dust collecting, difficult to clean — is something most homeowners can’t wait to get rid of. We are familiar with this angst as many of our houses were constructed during a time when “popcorn” wasn’t just for eating.