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R-C Running Commentary

March 12, 2013 — 

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The RC Morning Report for April 5

April 5, 2013 — 

Road Task Force

County commissioners ordered staff to form a task force to tackle the road repair issue, and to come up with $1 million more for the road fund on Thursday. We’ll have more on that in Sunday’s edition.

More moisture

But not much more. I read a tenth of an inch in my rain gauge in Genoa. Heavenly reported a dusting overnight and Kirkwood reported an additional 2 inches at the summit. Showers are supposed to come back on Sunday with a slight chance of snow on Monday.

Nice today

Today we’ll see partly sunny skies with high temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 30s. There’ll be a breeze in the afternoon of 5-10 mph.

The R-C Morning Report for April 4

April 4, 2013 — 

Road discussion today

County engineers will be making the case for increasing support for road maintenance today, even as a report card issued by a national transportation research firm reports more than half of Northern Nevada’s roads are in poor condition. The TRIP report out this morning says 55 percent of Northern Nevada Roads are in bad shape, while only 12 percent are in good condition. The Douglas County commission meets at 1 p.m. today.

Stormy weather

It’s already windy out today and it will be getting windier. Expect wind gusts of 35 mph along Highway 395 and on Highway 88 further south as the storm arrives. Blowing dust will be a problem in the deserts, thanks to the lack of moisture during the first quarter.

Will it rain?

Maybe not. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers, and even if some precipitation falls, there won’t be much. Today’s forecast is calling for about .05 inches through tonight. The weather will remain warm as well, with the high hitting 64 degrees today.

The R-C Morning Report for April 3

April 3, 2013 — 

Hitting the trail

Genoans agreed to accept maintenance of the Vista Trail at their meeting on Tuesday. With a vote of 4-1, the town board approved an agreement that takes ownership of the trail to Walley’s Hot Springs Resort. While there was substantial opposition from residents to maintaining the trail last year, there wasn’t much in evidence on Tuesday night.

Lawyers, pumps and money

Minden Town Board members will discuss hiring a new lawyer and annexing the property where the booster station for the new water station is located. The town meets today starting at 5:30 p.m. in the CVIC Hall, but the action agenda doesn’t start until 6:30 p.m.

April showers

Look for a high temperature in the 70s under partly cloudy skies today. It won’t start to really cloud up until tonight bringing a chance of showers on Thursday.

The R-C Morning Report for April 2

April 2, 2013 — 

Gardnerville looks at road bids

A bid for road work in Chichester Estates will go before the Gardnerville Town Board, which meets 4:30 p.m. today. Work on surfacing Gillman Avenue, Chichester Drive, Marion Russell Drive Lampe Road and Harvest Avenue plus an alternative including North Hampton Circle, Wilson Circle and Easton Way is included in the project. The town board meets at its hall located at 1407 Highway 395.

Genoa hits the trail

Besides a series of agreements to maintain the Genoa Vista Trail, Genoa town board members will hear an update on next month’s Cowboy Festival at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. today.

Nice day to be outside

It will be a nice day today with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the 60s warming up into the 70s on Wednesday. We may see some more rain on Thursday.

The R-C Morning Report for April 1

April 1, 2013 — 

No joke, chain controls over 88, 50

Chains or four-wheel drive are being required on Highway 88 from Hope Valley over Carson Pass and on Highway 50 over Echo Summit. Kirkwood said they had 5-6 inches of new snow. Heavenly is reporting 1-2 inches of new snow on the mountain.

School’s out this week

School’s out this week for spring break. Keep an eye out for kids near the parks, swim center and the theater.

Rainy weather clearing out

We may see some additional showers this morning as the weather system starts to push off to the east. I had about a tenth of an inch in the rain gauge on Sunday morning. Expect a high temperature of around 60 and lows in the 30s.

The R-C Morning Report for March 29

March 29, 2013 — 

Unemployment drops

Douglas County saw an increase in the number of workers and a decrease in the jobless rate in February. In all 18,610 people were employed in the county up 210 from January, while unemployment dropped 130 people to 2,340 making the jobless rate 11.2 percent in the county, down from 11.8 percent in January.

Happy Good Friday

It’s good Friday, which means that Sunday is Easter. It’s also the last day of school for a week as Douglas County enters spring break. Watch out for kids around the parks next week.

Cloudy, on the ground

For a day when it’s supposed to be rainy, the only cloud is the one pinned to the Valley floor, and that’s burning off pretty quick. There’s supposed to be more coming, with a chance of snow snarling the passes on Sunday. We’ll see how that goes.

Rainy Easter weekend

Today expect a high temperature of 66 and clouds moving in tonight. The low pressure system is moving in slow, so it doesn’t appear like we’ll have a lot of wind this weekend, but we could see about a fifth of an inch of rain on Sunday.

The R-C Morning Report for March 28

March 28, 2013 — 

Airport Road wreck

One person was injured this morning in a single vehicle accident at Highway 395 and Airport Road. The driver of a yellow work truck was northbound on 395 when he lost control of the pickup, clipped a stop sign and landed in a field next to the highway at about 6:15 a.m. The driver of the pickup was transported by Care Flight helicopter. The pickup was well off the roadway so there was no need for traffic control.

History in a nutshell

Posted on the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s Web site is 152 years worth of Douglas County’s legislative history. The earliest entries include the county’s first representative to the Territorial Legislature in 1861. It also includes a list of everyone who ever served an elected office in the county. Check it out at

Tacos for dinner

The Elks are serving tacos 5-7 p.m. at the lodge on Kimmerling. Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Cory Farley is the speaker at tonight’s Douglas County Democratic Central Committee meeting, 7 p.m. at 1513 Highway 395.

Rainy days

There is a slight chance of showers today building through the weekend. There were some sprinkles against the foothills last night and it looks like we’ll see more there today. Expect a high temperature today in the 60s under cloudy skies.

The R-C Morning Report for March 27

March 27, 2013 — 

Charges filed in deadly crash

The Albuquerque police officer responsible for the crash that killed former Gardnerville resident Ashley Browder is facing a charge of vehicular homicide in the deadly accident. Bernillo County Sheriff’s investigators turned the result of their probe into the crash on Tuesday. According to Albuquerque television station KOB, a hearing has been set for April 9 for charges against Sgt. Adam Casaus.

Controlled burn

Firefighters are on scene at a controlled burn on Albite in Topaz Ranch Estates this morning. The report was that the burn is larger than regulation. Firefighters are also responding to a noninjury accident in Minden near Douglas High School.

Sunny today

It will be nice today, but there is a chance of showers starting Thursday and lasting through Easter. Expect partly cloudy skies and a high temperature in the 60s today. It will be breezy in the afternoon.

The R-C Morning Report for March 26

March 26, 2013 — 

House fire in Dresslerville

An early morning fire claimed a Dresslerville home on Washoe People Boulevard. No one was injured in the fire at 836 Washoe People Blvd., but neighboring homes were evacuated. The fire was called out at 1:10 a.m.

Follow-ups from Monday

We’ll be following up on both last night’s fire and the controlled burn from Monday afternoon this morning. We’ll also see what we can find out about what happened at a meeting in Woodfords regarding the recall of the Washoe Tribal Chairwoman.

Showers delayed

The forecast showers keep getting pushed back closer to April. Today we’ll have partly sunny skies and a high temperature in the 60s. The rain is supposed to come on Friday.

The RC Morning Report for March 25

March 25, 2013 — 

Washoe recall effort

Members of the Washoe Tribe are meeting in Woodfords tonight to discuss removing Chairwoman Wanda Batchelor from office. The 6 p.m. meeting was announced on the Tribe’s Website and will be held in the Woodfords Wellness Center.

Blood drive

Piñon Hills Elementary School is hosting a blood drive 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the school’s multi-purpose room. The school is located at 1479 Stephanie Way. Call 267-3622 for more information.

Nice day today

Looks like another nice day, with mostly sunny skies and a high temperature close to 65 degrees. The wind will pick up this afternoon. We may be getting some April showers a few days early when rain enters the forecast starting Wednesday.

The RC Morning Report for March 22

March 22, 2013 — 

Back to burning

Backyard burning starts on Saturday, so don’t be surprised to see the smoke plumes rising all over the Valley. If you plan to burn, make sure you go to or check in Wednesday’s paper for the rules. I get the feeling firefighters will douse first and ask questions later if a burn looks out of parameters.

Paid content back

We’ve begun charging for Web content again, so if you run into the big screen asking you to log in, that’s what that’s about. If you want to browse a bit go ahead and log in and you’ll be able to read the material until the customer representative calls. If you already subscribe to the paper, they’ll hook you up. If you don’t subscribe, and like what you see, sign up for a bit.

Sunny but cool

It will be sunny out, but the high temperature will be in the low 50s, thanks to a wind out of the north blowing 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. It will warm up into the 60s over the weekend.

The R-C Morning Report for March 21

March 21, 2013 — 

Lands Bill

The Douglas County Lands Bill should be introduced in Congress after the Easter break County Manager Steve Mokrohisky told members of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Taking over for TRPA

County commissioners will discuss a contract between the county and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to delegate permitting authority to Douglas County for residential construction at Lake Tahoe. This is part of the TRPA’s new plan that’s being challenged by the Sierra Club. County commissioners meet 1:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Transportation Center.

Breezy yesterday

It was a windy Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service with peak winds clocked at 66 mph in Carson Valley on Highway 395 north of Minden and 65 mph at Sheridan Acres. Winds shearing off power poles caused outages in Carson City.

Not much moisture

While the storm brought a lot of wind, it didn’t do much for the snow pack. Carson Pass, which is leading the Carson River Basin with 87 percent average moisture has picked up an additional 2.4 inches of moisture since the beginning of March. That compares to 2.6 inches through the months of January and February. Ebbetts Pass picked up 3.4 inches since the beginning of the month, which is better than the inch of moisture that fell there in February.

Sunny skies today

Today’s not going to do much for the snowpack either with sunny skies and a high near 58 degrees. The wind will be out of the north at 5-10 mph

The RC Morning Report for March 20

March 20, 2013 — 

Chain controls over passes

Road controls are in effect for Interstate 80, and Highways 50 and 88 through the Sierra this morning as a storm howls into Western Nevada. A wind advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. today with winds 15-25 mph gusting to 40 mph this morning. Winds will pick up to 20-30 mph, gusting to 50 mph this afternoon.

Snow staying in the mountains

The snow levels today will be stuck at 6,500-7,000 feet. Down in the Valley we can expect a little bit of rain, but not too much. The desert valleys will see blowing dust, so be careful out on 95Alt and Highway 50 out toward Silver Springs.

Scattered showers

It’s the first day of spring, so of course it will look more like winter for a bit. At least it won’t be snowing. Look for scattered showers before 11 a.m. and partly sunny skies. The high temperature will top out at 59.

The RC Morning Report for March 19

March 19, 2013 — 

Alleged bank robber in court

Accused bank robber Jarell R. Williams is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court this morning for a review hearing. Williams, 26, was arrested within minutes of the Jan. 4 robbery after a motorist spotted a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle and followed him to a Carson Valley ranch.

Genoans meeting tonight

Members of the Genoa Town Board are meeting 6:30 tonight to discuss major projects they’d like included in the Douglas County Capital Improvement Projects Program and the town budget for 2013-14.

Family fitness

Scarselli Elementary School is hosting a family fitness night 6 p.m. Tuesday in the lunchroom. There will be free games, activities, snacks and water.

Blustery weather

It’s going to be windy today as a cold front rolls into the Eastern Sierra and Western Nevada. Expect winds of up to 40 mph tonight across the region, with stronger winds on Wednesday gusting to 50 mph. 6 inches of snowfall is expected at the higher elevations of the Tahoe Basin, with light rain possible in the Valley.

The RC Morning Report for March 18

March 18, 2013 — 

Looking good

Susan Sanford and Sybil Dunagan are doing makeovers for women with cancer at the Carson Valley Medical Center 2-3:30 p.m. today. I don’t know if they’re still making reservations, but you can call Susan at 267-4398.

Busy scanner night

I got a couple of scanner tips including one that a couple had to be chased down after a report of a theft at the Gardnerville Walmart late Sunday night. Both were detained by Douglas County deputies. The other was a broadcast for officers to be on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run on Highway 50 at the Goodwill Store in Carson City at 10:40 p.m. The TV stations are reporting someone was arrested.

Change in the weather

We won’t see snow in the Valley, but it will cool down and there may even be some rain on Tuesday night. For today, we’ll see more sun and a high temperrture in the 60s.

The RC Morning Report for March 15

March 15, 2013 — 

Ides of March

Unemployment in Douglas County saw an increase in January, according to figures released this morning by the state. The county posted an 11. 8 percent jobless rate up from 10.9 percent in December. The total number of employed workers was 18,400 in January, up 200 from December, but the number of people collecting unemployment was also up from 2,220 to 2,450.

Lots going on

The Carson Valley Arts Council’s hosting the murder mystery “The Irish Eyes Murder,” tonight at the Carson Valley Inn while across the Valley the Tahoe-Douglas Elks are honoring a fire department and paramedic appreciation dinner. These and other weekend events are in today’s edition of The Record-Courier.

Still warm

We’re looking at a high temperature above 70 today, but it will cool down a little bit over the weekend to the more seasonable 60s. We’ll be way below the record high for today, which was 82 degrees set in 1994. There’s a chance of rain and snow next week if the high pressure clears out.

The RC Morning Report for March 14

March 14, 2013 — 

Open burning

Open burning returns on March 23 after a year’s hiatus. According to the East Fork Fire District’s website, burning will run through May 19. Permits will be available at the web site starting next week. Go to for more information and to get a permit.

Historical lecture

Patty Cafferata will be in town tonight to discuss women in politics at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center as part of the lecture series. Cafferata is the daughter of Nevada’s first congresswoman, Barbara Vucanovich, and has been a district attorney is several counties around the state. The trouble starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $3 for nonmembers.

Sunny days

Well, maybe partly cloudy would be a better description, and really warm. Stateline broke a record for high temperature on Wednesday and is expected to crack it today. In the Valley, I doubt we’re forecast to hit 75 degrees, which is well short of the 80-degree record set in 2007. On Wednesday, my car said it was 81 out, which doesn’t break the record of 83 for March 13, but could indicate we’re in for warmer than forecast temps today.

The March 13 RC Morning Report

March 13, 2013 — 

New Website unveiled

You’re looking at a whole new this morning. Take a little bit and poke around. Access to the site will be free for this week, but starting March 20, full access will only be available to subscribers. We hope you see things you like. We’d love to hear from you about the site, so drop me a line at if there’s something you like or even something that needs fixing.

Crosswalk for Genoa Trail

Genoans are working with the state on getting a crosswalk over Main Street between the Post Office and the Genoa Vista Trail. In other trail news, the town is a mess thanks to construction on the downtown landscaping and work to correct the final 60 feet of the Vista Trail into town. Other construction is ongoing on Johnson Lane, which was down to one lane while workers fixed the south road edge.

Balmy out this morning

It was practically shirt-sleeve weather out early this morning with the low barely dropping below 40 degrees. Expect the high temperature to hit 70 degrees under sunny skies today.

The R-C Morning Report for March 12

March 13, 2013 — 

A Carson Valley man who talked two juveniles into stealing a weapon from a rival gang member is scheduled to appear for sentencing this morning in Douglas County District Court. Robert Fordin, 20, admitted back in June to one count of being a principal to burglary. Both sides agreed to recommend that he receive probation. Fordin was permitted to participate in a six-month drug program run by the Salvation Army.

county budget meeting today

Douglas County commissioners meet 3 p.m. today at the Carson Valley Inn for their quarterly budget workshop. They’ll spend an hour on the strategic plan and another hour on priority based budgeting. Then there’s a big budget gala at 6 p.m.

Sunny skies again

The forecast for today is for mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 65 degrees. It’s just going to get hotter through the week with a high temperature at 74 degrees by Thursday. That’s not enough to break the record of 80 degrees set in 2007, but it’s getting warm.

The RC Morning Report for March 8

March 13, 2013 — 

Snow tires or chains are required over Kingsbury and along Highway 50 at Lake Tahoe this morning as we awake to the third day in a row with snow on the ground. Not much snow, mind you, but a little bit. Highway 88 is requiring chains or four-wheel drive over Carson Pass, but 50 and 80 look pretty clear this morning.

The real weather fun is further south where a big rig is blocking the slow lane of Highway 395 at Deadman Summit, the California Highway Patrol reported at 6 a.m. They had another on 395 at Horseshoe Curve around 4 a.m.

Heavenly Ski Resort is reporting they received two feet of snow over the past week, with 5 inches of that over the last 24 hours. Kirkwood reported getting 4-6 inches over the past 24 hours.

We’re supposed to see a few more snow showers today, but little or no accumulation. Today’s forecast is mostly cloudy with a high near 43 and the wind out of the northeast at 5 mph. The storm should clear tonight leaving sunny skies over the weekend.

The RC Morning Report for March 7

March 14, 2013 — 

A proposal to landscape the right of way along Highway 395 at the Minden Gateway Center will go before Minden Town Board members at their regular meeting 5:30 p.m. tonight. Also before the board is a request for $5,000 to fund the Valley Vision, which will “visualize a Carson Valley of the future, which enhances environmental, economic and community well-being.”

Carson City Republican Woman Janice Baldwin will talk to the Douglas County Republican Women about project Americans Coming Together. The meeting is 11 a.m. today at the Carson Valley Inn. Lunch is $20.

The snow is slowing down a bit, and it’s above freezing this morning, so expect it to melt off pretty fast today. I think we’ve seen our half and inch so far for the day. The wind will continue through the day out of the southwest 25-30 mph, gusting to 45 mph. It’s supposed to get below freezing tonight.

The RC Morning Report for March 5

March 14, 2013 — 

The man who was District Judge Dave Gamble’s last adult case is scheduled to appear this morning for sentencing on a charge of battery causing substantial bodily harm. Huy Phan, 27, will appear in Douglas County District Court this morning before District Judge Tod Young.

Gardnerville Town Board members discuss the town’s budget in preparation for submission to the county. Also on their agenda are three applications for events inside the town including two from the Douglas County Historical Society and one from FEAT for a walk run. Gardnerville meets 4:30 p.m. today in its downtown offices.

The Genoa Town Board will talk about putting a crosswalk between the Vista Trail and the post office at their meeting tonight. Also on the agenda is a request for a carillon bell for one of the town’s buildings and including the Peddler’s Fair and Autumn House Boutique in the town’s outdoor festival permit for 2013. Genoans meet at 6:30 p.m.

We had a 10-minute power outage on the west side of the Valley at 2:40 this morning. Not sure who else was affected, but I’ll drop a line to NV Energy’s Karl Walquist.

A wind advisory kicks in at 1 p.m. today and is expected to last through the night. Expect winds out of the southwest at 20-35 mph, gusting to 55 mph as the cold front rolls in. Aside from the wind, the Valley will still be warm with a high of 60. We should see some moisture after 10 p.m. in the form of rain. The snow level will come down overnight.

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