Vegetation as air cleaner

May 8, 2013 — 

A gardener asked me about what shrubs to plant as a screen against a fence for privacy, to filter noise and provide a barrier against car exhaust coming into her yard.

Can plants remove air pollutants? The answer is yes. Leaves remove gaseous pollutants from the air by absorbing them through their pores. Leaves, stems and twigs also trap air pollution particles on their surfaces. Some particles are absorbed into the plant, while others are washed off by rain or overhead irrigation or dropped to the ground via leaf and twig drop. Trees are good absorbers of sulfur dioxide. A hedge may remove as much as 50 percent of sulfur dioxide blowing through it or reduce airborne lead by 40 to 60 percent. Not only do the plants absorb pollutants through their foliage, the soil surface around them is another effective pollution sink for carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons.

Can plants also reduce noise pollution? The answer is, not much when there are just a few plants, but in dense buffers, they can reduce noise somewhat. You get five to eight decibels (dB) of sound reduction per 100 feet of buffer width. A power mower three feet away puts out 107 dB; bird calls are 44 dB. In order for plant buffers to work at all, the plants have to be close together, have dense foliage (leaves) and the buffer must be the correct length and height. Foliage of the plants should grow from the ground up. A combination of shrubs and trees usually works best. The buffer must be planted close to the noise source rather than close to the area to be protected. On a road with speeds less than 40 mph, a 20- to 50-foot-wide buffer planted within 20 feet of the center of the nearest traffic lane can reduce road noise. On a road with speeds greater than 40 mph, a buffer would need to be 65 to 100 feet in width and within 50 to 80 feet of the center of the nearest traffic lane to be effective (USDA National Agroforestry Center). What works better to reduce noise is a solid fence, wall, soil berm or other solid material.

JoAnne Skelly is the Carson City/Storey County Extension educator for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and may be reached at or 887-2252.

Valley loses longtime resident Dale Abbott

May 8, 2013 — 

Sadly, one day after his 96th birthday, Dale Abbott passed away in Coupevillle, Wash. He had been living there with his son, Ed, since 2011, but was still a local in the community’s heart. A service was held at his gravesite in Coleville on May 4 and touched many. Dale had been a very active part of the Valley in his support of our residents and will be missed.

New Walker Transfer Station hours

The Walker Transfer Station (the dump to some) has changed their yearly schedule to simplify our usage. Instead of changing the hours of operation between winter and summer times, they will now be open all year on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. I have also been advised that they have eliminated charges for manure dumping as well as extending the dumping of wood waste at no charge for the entire year. To leave the wood waste, you need to contact the local fire department to get a Wood Waste Waiver.

Memorial Day Book & Bake Sale

Saturday, May 25, the Antelope Valley Friends of the Library will again be holding this enjoyable sale of good books and homemade baked goods. They’ll have pies, cookies and more for you to take advantage of. The sale will be held at the Walker Mini Mall, starting at 9 a.m.

This and that

I haven’t heard of anyone in the area hitting the big Power Ball numbers, but I hope we’re all trying. Both the Walker General Store and the Walker Country Store can sell you the possible winner. It’d be great to see a local win a good prize.

The Antelope Valley Fire Department will be holding a tri-tip dinner and no host bar June 14 at the firehouse on Larson Lane. As a real bonus, music will be provided by Nighthawk, and there’ll be a barn dance to enjoy, as well as raffle prizes and a silent auction. I’ll remind you again a little closer to the date, with some more information.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms.

Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552

Be careful with lawn herbicides and dogs

May 8, 2013 — 

When my dogs were alive, I avoided using herbicides in my yard. While chemical labels state safe reentry times after application, I just never felt comfortable about it. Recently an article came across my desk about herbicides being detected in the urine of pet dogs following home lawn herbicide application. This has been associated with “significantly higher bladder cancer risk in dogs” ( The chemicals tested were some of the common ones used for lawn weeds: 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba. Not only are these chemicals found singly in herbicide products, they are often found in fertilizer/weed killer combination products. What I also found interesting in this study is that chemicals were found in dog urine prior to lawn treatment with herbicides, after lawn treatment and in dogs on untreated lawns. This suggested that dogs were picking up chemicals that blew into their yards and from visiting other areas that had been treated. Dogs are at risk because they get chemical residues on their fur and paws, which they lick. They may inhale chemicals as they roll or play on the grass. While you may not use herbicides on your lawn, they are often used in parks or other places you might take your dog. As I looked further into studies and then into the US Environmental Protection Agency response to these studies, I realized that the studies were inconclusive about the dangers to dogs of exposure to lawn chemicals. In 2012 the EPA stated that while additional research on connecting 2,4-D exposure to cancer in dogs was warranted, “it does not believe that there is evidence of critical animal health issues which warrant changes to its current conclusions” ( What this EPA response didn’t take into consideration was other kinds of active ingredients, or how various ingredients might affect dogs in combination. Depending on your research bent, you can find articles on both sides of the issue. Some will say pesticides are horrible and cause cancer and others will say they are completely safe. It is up to you to make decisions about your chemical use in your yard and landscape. If you decide using pesticides is acceptable, read and follow the label carefully and exactly. You will find safety information including how long to restrict access to pets and people after using the pesticide, where and how to use the chemical, and safe storage and disposal information. It is your legal responsibility to follow all the information on the label.

JoAnne Skelly may be reached at or 887-2252.

Jesus paid the price for our forgiveness

May 3, 2013 — 

When Jesus was asked by his followers to “teach us to pray,” one of the petitions he left them with was to request that the Lord “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” I don’t know if I’m bold enough to make that request. I’m not sure if I want my Heavenly Father to apply the same amount of forgiveness as I do with those who have stepped on my toes (that’s a less formal way of saying those who have “trespassed against me”).

Could it be that my prayers are not getting very far (bouncing off the ceiling) because I haven’t removed the ceiling of unforgiveness from my life and my heart? Maybe I’ve forgiven a few on “my list,” but that may only allow for some slow filtering through the roof of my prayers, and little room for answers to return and enter in. Anybody with me so far?

Good ole “flap jaw” Peter (I like to call him Rocky) asked the Lord, “How many times must I forgive?” The reply, “seventy times seven,” probably wasn’t what he wanted to hear. I have trouble hearing that myself for that matter. I think that pretty much meant an unlimited amount. For me, I think the first time is the hard one. You see, I’ve got to be forgiven first and may need 70 times myself in order to become free enough to forgive many of my “debtors” — the ones that “owe me.”

Somewhere in the ’60s, Christians had a little three letter word that they liked to use, and even had some little symbols on their shelves with the letters, “JOY.” Those in the know, knew that it represented the slogan, “Jesus first – Others second – Yourself last.”

A great friend of mine, once taught a Bible study where he asked permission to switch the letters around to “J-Y-O” saying that we can’t successfully live our lives, and love our neighbors properly, until we have a wonderful love relationship with our Savior and then the “O” (others) will be loved and better loved than before.

Let’s recall that our Savior already asked the Father for our forgiveness while he was paying the price. Remember he said, “they don’t know what they are doing.” Could it be that, that person at the top of the list, doesn’t truly know? They need to hear from us.

First, begin a process of totally forgiving yourself and receiving the forgiveness Jesus already pleaded for you. Cash in that gift. Spend some time reflecting on what a great gift it was long ago. Then forgive that “debtor – trespasser” with all the appreciation you have. Pray for help if you need it (I certainly do if I’m to be successful at all).

If you’re now humble enough and grateful enough, follow the idea recently portrayed in the movie “Pay it Forward.” Set out to contact the person (one-on-one as the Scripture says) and see if you can’t begin the reconciliation process Jesus provided in Matthew 18 (especially verses 12 and following). See that person with forgiveness and the value that would lead one to leave the 99 sheep and go after the one. Often it’s been said, “If you were the only person alive, Jesus would have died just for you.” And, you know what? He did.

Pastor Bill Baltz is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.


May 8, 2013 — 

Lillyan Jade Schmanski

Gardnerville residents Lindsay Straw and Alex Schmanski are parents of a daughter, Lillyan Jade Schmanski, born April 16, 2013 at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Lillyan weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce at birth.

Kenzie Grace Werth

Gardnerville resident Kathleen Wilborn is the mother of a daughter, Kenzie Grace Werth, born April 15, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Kenzie weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces at birth.

Lucas Dean Humphreys

Gardnerville residents Chelsea and Nicholas Humphreys are parents of a son, Lucas Dean Humphreys, born April 18, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Lucas weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces at birth.

Emily Sadie Gurewitz

Gardnerville residents Sarah and Jeffrey Gurewitz are parents of a daughter, Emily Sadie Gurewitz, born April 19, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Emily weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces at birth.

Macie Brianne Meeks

Gardnerville residents Brandi and Jashua Meeks are parents of a daughter, Macie Brianne Meeks, born April 19, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Macie weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces at birth.

Paxton Danny Lee Sampson

Minden resident Kelsey Sampson is the mother of a son, Paxton Danny Lee Sampson, born April 23, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Paxton weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth.

Matthew Conness Vaillancourt

Gardnerville residents Erin and Marc Vaillancourt are parents of a son, Matthew Conness Vaillancourt, born April 23, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Matthew weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces at birth.

Minden Rae Lamb

Gardnerville residents La Rae McCarren and Christopher Lamb are parents of a daughter, Minden Rae Lamb, born April 24, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Minden weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.

Jagger Slade Clore

Minden residents Tianna and Mark Clore are parents of a son, Jagger Slade Clore, born April 26, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Jagger weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.

California fishing season opens Saturday

April 24, 2013 — 

There are a whole lot of people out there who are really excited that California’s fishing season is opening this Saturday, April 27th. The weather looks like it will cooperate and make it a fun opener. Locally, licenses can be purchased at the Walker General Store and the Walker Country Store. In addition, the Country Store will be having raffles Saturday and Sunday. They will have raffles for fishing equipment and separate raffles for kids’ prizes, and their snack bar will have food at bargain prices. Get out there and catch a bunch of fish and enjoy our beautiful locale.

High Point Curve update

I recently received a memo from CalTrans about the status of roadwork at Topaz Lake. We all know that they are behind their original time frame, so it wasn’t surprising when the memo said that completion of the project is now estimated to occur by July of this year. We can all look forward to that occasion, except for realizing that there will be more traffic stops before they are finished, while they are paving, etc.

Fire Fee billings delayed

We had been advised that we would receive a couple of bills this year for the Fire Fee, but so far we hadn’t received any. It turns out that many people who weren’t in the State Responsibility Areas (SRA) were incorrectly billed, so now they are trying to sort everything out before issuing more bills. We’ll wait and see what happens next.

Pet licensing soon

Saturday, June 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mono County will be holding their annual low cost vaccination and licensing clinic at the fire station on Hackney Drive. The cost for the 2013-2014 license is $10 for each and vaccinations are $6 each. This is such a convenience for those of us in the valley with pets, saving us a trip to town for their shots.

Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552.

National honeybee population in decline

April 24, 2013 — 

Honeybees are dying in alarming numbers across the United States according to researchers and commercial beekeepers.

“Populations have declined in North America almost 50 percent over the past two decades,” (Cline, 2013, Western Farm Press). USDA reports major bee declines since 2006.

K. Keatley Garvey from UC Davis writes in Western Farm Press that every winter honeybees are dying in large numbers. 2012 was one of the worst winters on record for bee deaths. One example of the pressing need for bees for successful production is California’s 800,000 acres of almonds. UC Davis Extension apiculturist, Eric Mussen says, “We need 1.6 million colonies…and California has only about 500,000 colonies…We need to bring in a million more colonies, but due to winter losses, we may not have enough bees.” Mussen goes on to state that 2012 may have been one of the worst honey production years in the history of the nation depriving bees of their food source. “Some beekeepers have reported winter losses of 90 to 100 percent” (Mussen, 2013).

“Almond growers want productive hives with at least eight frames of bees per hive,” Mussen states. Beekeepers are finding many hives have died this past winter and other hives are maintaining only four or fewer frames of bees. This is a serious decline. Beekeepers are hard pressed to provide enough bees to meet the pollination demand not only for almond production but also for other fruits and vegetables. Some California almond growers are having to order their bees from beekeepers in the eastern U.S.

What is killing the bees? No one is quite sure what causes Colony Collapse Disorder. It may be mite infestations and viruses, bad beekeeping, pesticides, reduction of habitat and pollen sources, or weather including drought. However, if this bee decline trend continues, commercial beekeeping may become a thing of the past in the U.S.

If you are interested in learning more about conserving native bees and other pollinators, attend the Pollinator Conservation Planning Course, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Western Nevada College in Fallon. Contact WNC Specialty Crop Institute,, 775-351-2551,

The next University of Nevada Cooperative Extension “Grow Your Own” class is April 24, 6 to 8 p.m., Gardening in Nevada’s Soils, A Hero’s Journey. On May 1, 6 to 8 p.m., the topic will be nutrients and fertilizers for your vegetables. These classes are free at 2621 Northgate, Suite 12, Carson City. Call 887-2252 or email to reserve a spot.

Births for April 17

April 24, 2013 — 

Ty Jensen Campbell

Gardnerville residents Leslie and Gary Campbell are parents of a son, Ty Jensen Campbell, born April 2, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Ty weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth.

Parker William Rose

Minden residents Hollie and Timothy Rose are parents of a son, Parker William Rose, born April 2, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Parker weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces at birth.

McKenna Lee Crawford

Gardnerville residents Meagan Turkington and Daniel Crawford are parents of a daughter, McKenna Lee Crawford, born April 5, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. McKenna weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth.

Tips for attracting good insects to yard

April 16, 2013 — 

Of the more than one million types of insects in the world, less than 5 percent are harmful. Some insects can be nuisances, but don’t cause plant damage. Beneficial insects are important tools for managing insect pests in your yard. Almost every insect pest has one or more natural enemies that reduce its population when it gets out of control.

Beneficial insects kill or reduce the numbers of bad insects in your yard. Learn to recognize them. See University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s photo gallery at These good guys will hang around your yard, if you treat them well. The balance between good and bad insects is critical to a healthy landscape. A change in weather patterns, use of a pesticide or even removal of a shrub that provides cover can disrupt the balance between good and bad insects. You can minimize this imbalance by keeping your plants vigorous and healthy throughout the year.

Insect management does not mean killing every pest insect in your yard. Eliminating all pest insects reduces your population of beneficial insects. Pest insects attract the good insects that eat them. The key is to find a level you can tolerate and let nature take its course.

Beneficial insects are available commercially for release into your yard. You must follow label directions carefully for good results. Insects released in your garden may not stick around if they find food, shelter or water elsewhere.

Here are tips to boost populations of good insects:

Plant more flowers to provide nectar and shelter for good insects.

Use lures to attract good insects. Many use chemicals that emit the scent of a specific pest insect.

Use insecticides only as a last resort. They can kill your good insects.

Accept a level of pest insects that will attract more good insects. Good insects need something to eat.

Identify the insect before you take action so you don’t do more harm than good.

Provide a fresh water source such as a bird bath.

For more information on beneficial insects and other pest management topics go to

JoAnne Skelly is the Carson City/Storey County Extension educator for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and may be reached at or 887-2252.

Art association donates painting

April 24, 2013 — 

On March 22, Carson Valley Art Association members gave the Veterans Guest House in Reno a painting, which they had selected from the in-house show at Western Nevada Community College’s Minden campus.

Noreen Leary from the Veterans Guest House was there to receive the painting.

Leary said she was originally a school teacher, but was drawn into working for this cause.

She said it had been noticed that in some cases, veterans and their families had been sleeping in their cars on cold winter nights in Reno waiting for their medical treatments at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

A home was found that the veterans could use, and since then they have added more homes and managed to provide modest meals.

Denning received $200 from CVAA for the painting.

Power Ball has arrived at the Walker store

April 24, 2013 — 

I have seen a lot of stories on TV about Power Ball and people in other states who have won, but it has just become available in California. This will be available to try at the Walker Country Store, with the first drawing today. If you have wanted to find out about it and possibly try it, go on down to the Country Store. In addition to everything else, they now also have a snack bar with lots of good stuff, including $1 hot dogs or corn dogs on Wednesdays.

Valley fever alert

The Mono County Health Officer has sent a reminder that we are now entering Valley Fever season. The best information they can give at this time is that it gives symptoms similar to the flu and can keep you laid up for a little while. They also advised that it is possible to get some cases of it in Mono County. Please be careful.

Protect your home

With a couple of recent burglaries in our area, the Sheriff’s office is advising all of us to take certain steps to protect ourselves and our homes. They remind us to keep our homes locked and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. They have increased the number of deputies patrolling in the valley, but want us to call their office at (760) 932-7549 ext. 7 if we see anything suspicious. Please don’t put yourself in danger.

Thanks to the golfers

The Lions Club’s 13th Annual Cow Pasture Golf Tournament last weekend was a great success, thanks to all who participated. All proceeds go toward the scholarship fund for Coleville High graduates, in honor of Jackie Giorgi, so it is a great event to support, as well as being a lot of fun.

Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552.

Colt spooks in Genoa

April 24, 2013 — 

120 years ago

April 14, 1893

A colt owned by J. R. Johnson, hitched up to a cart for the first time created excitement in Genoa Tuesday. The bit broke in the horse’s mouth, making him uncontrollable. A broken shaft was the only damage done.

95 years ago

April 12, 1918

Contracts have been let and ground was broken this week for a new brick building at Minden that will be occupied jointly by the farmers’ Bank of Carson Valley and the offices of H.F. Dangberg Land and Live Stock Company.

80 years ago

April 14, 1933

Members of the junior-senior class of Douglas high school are arranging final details for their annual dance to be given at Carson Valley Improvement Club Hall, Minden Saturday evening, April 22nd. The hall is to be artistically decorated for this special occasion and good music will be provided for the dance.

50 years ago

April 11, 1963

The Minden Town Board last week voted to install a street light near the Coventry Cross Episcopal Church, and also to install stop signs on First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and tenth streets where they join the County Road.

25 years ago

April 14, 1988

Douglas County schools will be tobacco free when students, teachers and staff return to the campuses in September. By a vote of four to two, the school board Tuesday decided to ban tobacco products from all district property effective Sept. 1.

10 years ago

April 9, 2003

A week ago, Air Force Reserve Capt. Shean Galvin appeared on Good Morning America after he accompanied rescued POW Jessica Lynch to a hospital in Germany. Galvin, a Minden resident, is a nurse from Washoe Medical Center.

A look back at past editions of The Record-Courier by R-C intern Carson Costa.

BIRTHS for April 5

April 24, 2013 — 

Tripp Aaron Peters

Gardnerville residents Michele and Joshua Peters are the parents of a son, Tripp Aaron Peters, born March 25, 2013, at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Tripp weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces at birth.

Nimue Elizabeth Schultz

Gardnerville residents Naomi O’Keefe and Robert Schultz are the parents of a daughter, Nimue Elizabeth Schultz, born March 26, 2013, at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Nimue weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces at birth.

Spring time to manage fruit tree pests

April 24, 2013 — 

Pest management is an important aspect of raising fruit trees. An integrated pest management approach combines an assortment of tactics that cause as little disruption to the environment as possible while managing pests effectively.

To use IPM for fruit tree care, consider timing. Use horticultural oils to control aphids, scale and other slow-moving pests while trees are at the dormant, delayed dormant or ¼-inch green tip stage. Right now, the buds on most fruit trees are swollen (delayed dormant stage). The ¼-inch green-tip stage occurs when the spring leaves start to emerge. Oils smother and suffocate overwintering insects and eggs before they hatch.

Horticulture oils are very safe for humans and the environment and they dissipate quickly. They have little effect on wildlife. They are accepted for use in organic practices. However, only the insects coated by the spray solution are controlled, so thorough coverage, even of the undersides of branches, is required. Horticulture oils can also kill beneficial insects if they are present during spraying. Beware — horticulture oils can burn plants if applied improperly. Some plants, particularly maples, blue junipers and spruce, are extremely sensitive. Temperatures should be above 32 degrees F and less than 90 degrees F. Do not apply if rain is expected. If you choose to spray, use only products specifically recommended for your particular plant; read and follow the label. Do not spray when your fruit trees are in bloom. You will kill the bees and other pollinators.

Battle codling moths after the flowers drop. Their wormlike larvae cause messy tunnels in apples and pears. When populations are minimal, sanitation is the first step. UC Davis entomologist Dr. Mary Louise Flint recommends, “Every week or two, beginning about six to eight weeks after bloom, check fruit on trees for signs of damage. Remove and destroy any infested fruit showing the frass-filled holes. Removing infested fruit before the larvae are old enough to crawl out and begin the next generation can be a very effective method for reducing the population. Thinning out the infested fruit has the added benefit of encouraging the remaining fruit on the tree to grow larger.”

Enclosing young fruit in bags right on the tree four to six weeks after bloom can prevent the adults from laying eggs on them. Either bag all the fruit, or as many as you think you will need. Check any unbagged fruit regularly for worms and remove from the tree. For more information, go to

A bit of care now will yield fruit benefits later.

JoAnne Skelly is the Carson City/Storey County Extension educator for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and may be reached at or 887-2252.

Trinity Lutheran presents financial series

April 24, 2013 — 

Trinity Lutheran Church is presenting a biblical-based series by Dave Ramsey that teaches people how to handle money God’s way.

This video class is open to the community with the purpose of helping people achieve their financial goals by showing how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before.

“You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever,” a press release stated. “In nine action-packed lessons, you’ll learn how to beat debt, build wealth, invest for the future, give like never before, and much more. There will be lessons on cash flow planning, dumping debt, retirement and college planning, insurance and mortgage financing, etc.”

The weekly financial series begins 6 p.m. April 10, and continues through June 5.

Financial Peace University lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey; Jon Acuff, author of Wall Street Journal best-seller “Quitter,” and popular blog Stuff Christians Like; and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization.

“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” said Ramsey. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.”

Trinity Lutheran offers a 5:30 p.m. dinner preceding each class for $3 per person or $8 per family. Child care is available.

The class meets at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 1480 Douglas Ave. in Gardnerville.

The price for the entire series is $89 per family.

Each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramsey’s “Complete Guide to Money,” an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons.

Contact Holly Nelson at 782-8153 for more information or to register.

It's yard sale time

April 24, 2013 — 

I know a lot of us have been cleaning out our closets and garages to make room for spring and summer stuff and are planning to have a yard sale very soon. Please remember that items that you don’t sell there will really help the Thrift Store in Walker if they are in decent condition and sellable. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and they would really appreciate your help with good donations. The proceeds they make go to assist our Valley seniors, so it is all for a worthy cause.

Pasture golf

Remember, April 6 is the Lions Club Cow Pasture Golf Tournament. It is held at the Giorgi Ranch on Topaz Lane and is always a really fun day. Signups are at 9 a.m., with the tournament beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, call Dave at (530) 495-2822 or Mike at (530) 495-2552.

Easter Egg hunt

The Antelope Valley Lions Club will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids of all ages on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Please be sure you are there before starting time so your kids won’t miss out on the rush to find some eggs. This event is held at the park area of the Community Center in Walker and always has a great crowd of kids.

This and that

Recently, we have all missed the chance to have a tasty breakfast in the Valley, but the good news is that there are now two places to enjoy the morning meal. The Meadowcliff Restaurant still has their good meals, and now Mountainview Barbecue is serving really great ones, too. Both restaurants are only open on weekends for now, but they will soon expand their schedules.

A reminder for area seniors is that the Senior Center has free bingo games in April on the Friday the 12th and the 26th. The games start right after lunch is over and don’t cost anything to play. The winners of the games receive a certificate for a free lunch at the senior center.

Happy Easter to all.

Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552.

Cow Pasture Golf coming soon

April 24, 2013 — 

Starting with signups at 9 a.m. April 6, the Antelope Valley Lions Club will be holding their 13th annual Cow Pasture Golf Tournament at the Giorgi Ranch on Topaz Lane. This is such a fun event held yearly to benefit the Lions Scholarship Fund for Coleville High School grads. The cost for pasture golf and a delicious barbeque lunch is $30. Lunch only is $15. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams, and there are loads of great raffle prizes to win. This is really a “don’t miss” event.

St. Patrick’s buffet

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority is holding a buffet at the Community Building in Walker this Saturday, from 5 to 7 p.m. They will be serving corned beef, short ribs, several side dishes, and desserts for only $12 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. There will also be a no-host bar by the Lions Club. They will also have many raffle prizes, with the grand prize being a $500 Visa gift card. Their proceeds also go to the Coleville High School Scholarship Fund. Hope to see you there.

Thrift Store sales

From March 18 through 23, the Walker Thrift Store is having their monthly Bag Sale at bargain prices. A bag of shirts, pants and/or shorts is only $5, while you can buy a bag of other clothing including shoes, jackets, belts or snow gear for just $10. Stop by and get a deal on things you can use.

This and that

Sadly, our valley has lost another good community member and friend. On March 2, Lee Sims passed away. A long-time Marine, firefighter, Lions Club member, as well as a member of the Senior Citizens Workshop Board, he was a valuable part of the Valley and good friend who will be greatly missed by many.

The Mono County Public Health Officer has sent out a bulletin saying that the flu season is slowly ending. Take care, though, since it isn’t totally gone yet.

Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552.

Spring brings many garden chores

April 24, 2013 — 

I saw a double rainbow this morning, the first day of spring. What a nice way to start a new season. The forsythia and daffodils are blooming. Soon will be lilac time. Of course, garden chores accelerate with the coming of spring, but that can’t dampen my spirit. I love this time of year, especially the changeable weather. You never know what will happen next.

I turned on all the sprinklers last weekend to deep soak my yard. I hand-watered everything that isn’t watered with my irrigation system. As I stood there watering, I began to think of all the tasks I need to accomplish. I want to “trim” the edges of my lawn with a weed killer. This will prevent the grass from growing into my shrub and flowerbeds. I have already started weeding other spots, while the seedlings are small and easy to pull out. However, weeding is a never-ending chore.

There is a lot of cleanup to do with downed branches and twigs of the poplars, leaves blown into deep stacks in the corners of the fence and the dead leaves on the clumps of red hot poker plants. I have to cut back my Shasta daisies too.

I hired a certified arborist to prune my old apple trees and remove a dead pine, but I will still need to prune all the water sprouts out of the crabapples. My lawn is looking ragged. Mowing it isn’t a bad idea, even though it isn’t growing yet, to make it look tidier. It’s almost time to fertilize. I had better remind my husband to sharpen the blades and tune up the mowers. Aerating would be a good idea too.

I want to put compost in my garden, turn the soil over and plant peas and greens. I should trap and kill that first ground squirrel I saw yesterday, before he populates the entire neighborhood with his pesky progeny that eat my veggies and flowers.

Here are some things I don’t need to do yet. I don’t have to prune the roses; that happens after April 15. Forsythia, lilacs and other spring bloomers get pruned after they bloom, not now. It is still a bit early to start tomatoes and other cold sensitive plants indoors, maybe when it’s six weeks before putting them outside.

Spring is here and so are landscaping chores. It feels great, doesn’t it?

JoAnne Skelly is the Carson City/Storey County Extension educator for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and may be reached at or 887-2252.

March 14, 2013 — 

Jared Alexander Valdivia

Coleville, Calif., residents Stephanie and Lorenzo Valdivia are parents of a son, Jared Alexander Valdivia, born Feb. 28, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Jared weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces at birth.

Logan Drake Barstad

Minden residents Tracy Davidson and Eric Barstad are parents of a son, Logan Drake Barstad, born Feb. 27, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Logan weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.

Ryland Thomas Harrison

Gardnerville residents Alyssa Burt and Gregory Harrison are parents of a son, Ryland Thomas Harrison, born Feb. 27, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Ryland weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces at birth.

Kelix Christopher Cooley

Minden residents Marie and Brian Cooley are parents of a son, Kelix Christopher Cooley, born Feb. 27, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Kelix weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces at birth.

Reagan Grace Carrion

Gardnerville residents Laura and Paul Carrion are parents of a daughter, Reagan Grace Carrion, born Feb. 28, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Reagan weighed 6 pounds at birth.

Tyler Gary Wells

Coleville residents Shoshana and Jason Wells are the parents of a son, Tyler Gary Wells, born Feb. 22, 2013, at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe.

Toby Charles Palian

Reno residents Taylor (Clark) and Matthew Palian are the parents of a son, Toby Charles Palian, born Feb. 26, 2013. Minden residents Toby and Traci Clark and Sparks residents Charles and Cheryl Palian of Sparks are the grandparents. Toby weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces at birth.

Hawkins Foundation pledges $10,000 to Valley Arts Council

April 24, 2013 — 

The Hawkins Foundation of Reno has pledged $10,000 to the Carson Valley Arts Council’s capital campaign if it reaches 50 percent of its goal.

With the Hawkins Foundation’s pledge of support, CVAC has now raised $365,000 in cash and private pledges.

With the $900,000 fundraising threshold required for retiring the note on the Copeland Building, board members said CVAC is well on its way to meeting its goal.

Other recent contributions from the Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley and the Fortnightly Club have also been received, and contributions from individuals continue to come in.

“It’s not just the big gifts that help,” said Steve Farnsley, CVAC executive director. “Small gifts add up and demonstrate community support.”

Farnsley encourages individuals to show their support by giving small donations through CVAC’s big check campaign.

“For a gift of just $25 we’ll give you a piece of original jewelry created and contributed by Pam Brekas, and we’ll take your picture with CVAC’s big check,” he said. “Major donors are impressed when we show that we have support from individuals and civic organizations in the community.”

To learn more about the Carson Valley Arts Council and its capital campaign go online to, visit them on Facebook, or call 782-8207.

The Carson Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law.

April lecture features Nicholas Clapp

April 24, 2013 — 

Nicholas Clapp will be Douglas County Historical Society’s lecture speaker 7 p.m. April 11 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Documentary filmmaker and author Nicholas Clapp has studied and filmed the deserts of the world. He has a master’s degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. Over the years, he has worked for David L. Wolper, the Walt Disney Co., Columbia Pictures, all three networks and PBS. He will be speaking about the Mojave Desert and the towns of Tonopah and Goldfield. His book “Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of the Last Frontier” will be available.

Admission is $3 for nonmembers and free to members.

The museum is located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

For more information, call 782-2555.

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