Letters to the Editor for May 5
May 4, 2017
Showcasing business a hit
On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, I'd like to extend our thanks to all who made our Annual Business Showcase at the Community & Senior Center a success. This year saw our greatest number of exhibitors ever and the second highest number of attendees ever.
Our sponsors are critical to the event. The Record Courier has been a full and valued partner in this event since year one. Carson Valley Medical Center makes it possible for us to secure the space at the Community & Senior Center and we could not stage the Showcase without the full support of Douglas County, East Fork Fire and the DC Sheriff's Office. We were pleased to also welcome the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 FC as sponsors this year.
Thank you to DART, who supplied the shuttle to move folks from the parking lot at Lampe to the Center and to Search & Rescue, for providing traffic control in the parking lots and on the street. Thanks also to the Town of Gardnerville for supplying all our outdoor signage and to Scott Doerr, Sheryl Christian, Liz Baumgartner and the staff at the Community & Senior Center for their assistance.
Chamber Ambassadors Gary Dove (he's also the Chief Electrician), Ted Thran, Kathi Rittenhouse, Susan Conner and Joe Hooven put in long hours doing everything from planning to set up to check in to the proverbial 'other duties as assigned'. Our beverage honcho Byron Waite more than handled the heavy traffic with dexterity and efficiency and volunteers Debbie Dove, Shelly Forman, Monica Montoya, Stacy Holst, Josh Mayhulin, William Craig, Steven Tucker and Hayden Lane provided an incredible amount of great attitude and help. We thank all of them.
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Thanks to our members who take the time and expense to be exhibitors. It ain't easy, but every one of them did a great job in renewing their relationships with old friends and creating new ones as well.
Thanks to Chamber Manager Alicia Main and Administrative Assistant Gina Macabales, who somehow manage to pull together the million details of an event this size. And along with all the thanks, we congratulate Steve Sopocko who won the Grand Prize Drawing and will soon be enjoying a new Weber Spirit Grill from Ace Hardware.
Finally, we want to thank everyone who took the time to come out and visit with us at the event. We hope you enjoyed it, found out about some offerings from our members, and have it on your calendar for April 12, 2018.
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
Marijuana bills will continue to drain lawmakers' time
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler correctly identified 25 marijuana-related bills introduced in this Nevada legislative session as consuming an inordinate amount of time and attention of lawmakers. Time spent on the state run marijuana program is time stolen from dealing with larger questions of economic development/job creation, education reform and funding, transportation needs and public health and safety.
However, Nevadans haven't seen anything yet. Expect even greater focus on marijuana in future legislative sessions. In Colorado, state law enforcement organizations asked for a legislative moratorium after 81 marijuana-related bills had been introduced from 2013-2016. This blizzard of legislation left police and prosecutors complaining that they were lost in enforcing marijuana laws.
Local governments should also anticipate a similar attention drain in implementing marijuana legalization. A Massachusetts legislative special committee on marijuana observed "legalization by our state and local governments would consume enormous amounts of time and energy that could otherwise be spent addressing other challenging issues already facing our cities and towns"
Douglas County public officials — District Attorney Mark Jackson with a unanimous Planning and County Commission — have demonstrated great wisdom in "zoning out" commercial marijuana establishment uses in this county. By doing so, Douglas County officials can give their full attention to other more productive and higher priority matters.