Author Jim Reed to Speak at Mono Basin Historical Society Meeting
On Monday, June 3, author Jim Reed, will present "The Fatal Affair in Monte Diablo Canyon: The Convict Lake Story; Robbery, Murder and Vengeance in the Old West"at the monthly Mono Basin Historical Society meeting. A potluck dinner and business meeting begins at 6 PM at the Lee Vining Community Center; the program will be at 7 PM. Reed's book, The Fatal Affair in Monte Diablo Canyon is the true story of the gun battle between escaped convicts from the Nevada State Prison and a posse in 1871. At the time of the battle at what is today called Convict Lake, the canyon and rugged peak above the lake were both called Monte Diablo. The story actually began nearly a year before, with history’s first robbery of an express train on the new transcontinental railroad. The robbers were caught and convicted and escaped from the prison. Violent death runs through the story, which is told in the context of its time: construction of the railroad and the birth of Reno; the Virginia City boom and life in the mining camps of eastern Nevada; the preference for vigilantism over tiresome judicial procedures.
Jim Reed was born and raised in a mining town in eastern Nevada’s White Pine County. His ancestors were in the area 12 years before Nevada became a state. After law school at Hastings College of Law he worked as chief counsel to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, where he helped draft California’s iconic environmental quality act (CEQA). He was a member of the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for a decade, representing the speaker of the Assembly. He has published professional articles on legal ethics and on consumer protections. He practiced environmental law for years, most recently as a member of the firm of Liebersbach, Mohun, Carney & Reed in Mammoth Lakes.
Bookswill be on hand to purchase and be signed by the author. All are welcome to this free event.