The Record-Courier was born in 1875 as the Carson Valley News, begun by Douglas County District Attorney A.C. Pratt.
Pratt operated the newspaper for five years and then sold it to Boynton Carlisle, who changed the name to the Genoa Weekly Courier.
Carlisle’s operation of the paper prompted George Smith, with support of others to found the Genoa Journal in 1880 and after a year of head to head competition, Smith purchased the Courier and closed the Journal.
The Gardnerville Record was founded in 1898 as competition for the Courier, which moved to Gardnerville the following year.
Both newspapers covered Carson Valley for six years until 1904, when the Record burned to the ground and its owners purchased the Courier and combined the two nameplates.
That was the same year that longtime owner Bert Selkirk went to work for the newspaper as editor and publisher. Four years later, Selkirk purchased the publication and owned it until 1944.
The R-C’s distinctive banner was an original Lew Hymer’s woodcut of the Carson Range as it appears above the Valley. It originally appeared in the banner on March 12, 1926.
The newspaper published on Friday’s for most of its lifetime. It shifted to Thursdays and then began publishing twice a week on Thanksgiving 1989.
A third edition of the paper inside the Nevada Appeal began printing in July 2003.