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Ranchers recognized for hay donation

Eric Rieman puts the last load of donated hay on a truck, bound for Jackson to help animals made homeless by the California wild fires, prominent in September.

Carson Valley ranchers, who gathered and donated more than 50 tons of hay to California fire victims in September, were recognized by the county last week for their efforts.

Members of the Stodieck family coordinated efforts among Carson Valley ranchers to send a second load of hay to Jackson, where the Butte Fire was burning.

"When these folks gather together and see a need, I think that's a great thing and should be recognized by the county," County Commissioner Barry Penzel said.

In a note to The Record-Courier, Meggan Stodieck Melandow said that after the first truckload went out on Sept. 15, the Stodiecks were contacted by a few other farmers willing to donate more.

She said that the Stodiecks made some more calls and within a few days had enough donated hay to make another run over the mountains.

"The only problem was finding a trucker to donate the time to haul it over the hill," she said. "Clint Berrington was generous enough to offer one of this trucks."

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Fuel for the run was donated by Hunt and Sons Inc. in Reno.

Gardnerville resident Eric Rieman loaded up the truck.

Melandow thanked Steve and Linda White, Drew Kolbe, Frank and Anne Godecke, Genoa Livestock Co., Jessica Ledbetter, Nate and Kim Leising, Nick Uhart and Ahern's Chris Sorenson for their donations.

"The Stodiecks are very proud to be part of our wonderful Carson Valley Ag community," she said.

Between two loads, an estimated 50 tons of hay were donated by ranchers went to Laughton Ranch, which is taking in evacuees' animals from the fire.

The horse boarding ranch boarded hundreds of horses, donkeys and goats, in addition to other animals made evacuated as a result of the fire.

The 70,868 acre Butte Fire destroyed 475 homes and 343 outbuildings. Two people were killed in the fire.

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