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Special diabetes programs available


Native Americans have the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. Diabetes prevention and treatment efforts are important priorities to decrease the onset of diabetes and its complications.


For three decades, the IHS has served as a leader in the fight against the diabetes epidemic in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, earning national recognition for diabetes quality improvement. Major accomplishments include developing monitoring systems of diabetes clinical care, such as the annual IHS Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit, and creating diabetes surveillance systems for tracking diabetes prevalence and complications. The IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) has also developed and mobilized an extensive network to conduct diabetes treatment and prevention programs and activities throughout the Indian health system. Given the limited resources available for diabetes care, the IHS focuses on applying scientifically proven methods to prevent the onset of diabetes and costly diabetes-related complications, such as cardiovascular, eye, nerve and kidney diseases


In the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress established the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) and provided $30 million per year for "the prevention and treatment of diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives." The most recent authorizations have been for $150 million per year. SDPI is currently authorized through fiscal year 2017.

The major components of the SDPI are administered by the IHS DDTP. There are 301 community-directed diabetes grant programs in 35 states that implement diabetes treatment and prevention programs based on scientifically proven Best Practices. These programs are designed to address local community priorities. Another 66 SDPI Demonstration Projects successfully completed a six-year program translating the results of diabetes prevention and cardiovascular disease risk reduction research into diverse, real world Indian health settings. Toolkits have been developed in partnership with these sites which will help disseminate their positive results, best practices, and lessons learned throughout Indian Country.

Diabetes health outcomes have improved significantly in AI/AN communities since the inception of the SDPI. One of the most important improvements has been an eight percent reduction in the average blood sugar level (A1C) of AI/ANs with diagnosed diabetes between 1997 and 2015 (see chart). Improved blood sugar control contributes to reductions in complications from diabetes


The IHS continues to strengthen its diabetes infrastructure at the Headquarters and Area office levels to maintain and improve diabetes surveillance, technical assistance, provider networks, and clinical monitoring, as well as promoting culturally sensitive prevention and treatment programs. ❂

Valley Church finds new home

After 26 years of searching, one Valley church has found its permanent home in Minden.

Valley Christian Fellowship has purchased the former Lira's Market building on Lucerne, with plans to start holding services there in late fall.

"The fact that we now have a permanent home will allow us to focus our energies, resources, gifts and talents into serving our members and community," senior pastor Leo Kruger said. "Not being under the control of a landlord will allow us to minister how the Lord leads, and not be limited in how we serve. One example is that we are blessed to have been selected by Multnomah University to be their Carson Valley campus. MU is a fully accredited college which offers diverse programs allowing Valley residents to pursue educational degrees as high as a masters' right here at home."

Raising the funds needed to purchase the 19,848-square-foot building was made possible through donations from church members and nonmembers alike.

"The total amount raised apart from our congregation was $260,000," Kruger said. "It is a great encouragement our friends catch the vision for the church and are willing to support it in such a significant way."

One of the many advantages Kruger said of owning such a large building is the ability to better serve its members and the Valley.

"A goal of ours is to minister and serve every age group from babies to the elderly. Our children's ministry and youth are a major priority for us. This new building will provide the room to expand those important ministries," he said. "The building comes with a large commercial kitchen which will enable us to serve our congregation and expand our outreach to include meals. The large fellowship area will give us lots of room to have meals together and encourage people to spend time enhancing and developing friendships."

The purchase of the building was the first major expense for the church. Now, it must raise the funds to remodel the building from a grocery store to a well-suited church.

To help with this cost, Shadow Mountain Church in Gardnerville has offered to host a silent auction 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29.

"I want to thank them for helping another church be successful. This is a testimony of the love of Christ being shared by other congregations," Kruger said. "It has always been my heart to work together with other churches that hold to the Word of God and honor who Jesus is, and what He has done for the world. The more we work together, the better we can help the people Jesus came to save."

Items donated for the auction include cars, trucks, motorcycles, art, several firearms, furniture and appliances valued at $100 or more.

Items in good, working condition are welcome.

Kruger said he is grateful for all the people who came together to make his vision of a permanent home a reality.

"I would like to thank Russ Davidson with Remax and Shele Pandl with Coldwell Banker for working extra hard putting the purchase together and United Federal Credit Union for giving us the best terms available, enabling us to secure the needed financing," Kruger said. "I would also like to thank my local pastor friends who prayed and supported us along the way. Pastor Rich Lammay with High Sierra Fellowship, Gene Holman with Living Word Fellowship, John Wiltse with Bread of Life Christian Fellowship in Mound House, Bill McCready with LifePoint, and Jim Peckham with FISH. Most of all, I would like to thank the Lira family for their generosity toward us. Please pray for the success of their business and the health of their family."

Nevada is sorely pressed


April 30, 1897

The Capital experiences a cold chill when spoken about Nevada. But we don't need to fret about it. This state can support a quarter of a million people without feeling their weight. As things stand now, we feed up better, work less, economize less, wear better clothes and entertain less anxiety of the morrow than almost any other people in the United States.


April 27, 1917

Believing that the opening of the road to Lake Tahoe from this Valley will result in much good from an advertising standpoint, the business men of Minden and Gardnerville have joined in a movement to bring about an early opening of the highway and will go in a body to the summit of Kinsgbury grade.


April 30, 1937

The county road equipment opened Kinsgbury route to Lake Tahoe Monday, cutting through drifts six and eight feet deep. The route is not in good condition and automobile owners are advised to keep off the road until next week unless they want to drive over a one-way road, hub-deep in some places with slush and water.


April 27, 1967

A possible archaeological "find" was stumbled upon in Carson Valley last week as a team of surveyors walked an area of benchland preparatory to mapping.


April 26, 1992

The Douglas County School District began team-teaching last year in order to comply with the mandated classroom size reduction act passed by the Nevada Legislature in 1989.


April 26, 1997

Changes made by the planning commission to the "quality of life issues" which are outlined in the county's master plan include the removal of several items including the availability of affordable housing.


April 18, 2007

Old Town Antiques property has been sold and the 25-30 dealers who rented space there were give a 10-day notice to move. There are no known plans on what the new owners have in mind for the property.

A look back at past editions of The Record-Courier by Sarah Drinkwine.

Scouts keeping community clean

The Wolf Den of Cub Scouts Pack 8583 completed its community service project earlier this month. The second-graders split into three groups and picked up trash at Jacks Valley, Pinon Hills, Minden, Gardnerville, Meneley and Scarselli elementary schools, as well as Stodick, James Lee and Aspen parks. For information about the pack, go to https://www.facebook.com/nvcubscouts8583/.

Birth Announcements

Gardnerville residents Raycine Bandy and Christopher Webster are the parents of a daughter, Elenore Jean Webster, weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces, born March 31, 2017, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Gardnerville residents Jade Hamilton and Micheal Gerth are the parents of a daughter Jocelyn Eula-Faye Gerth, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, born March 31, 2017, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Genoa residents Stacy and Gregory Carman are the parents of a daughter, Heidi Ann Carman, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, born April 11, 2017, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Douglas rounding up unwanted prescription meds

Douglas County will be one of thousands of communities around the nation rounding up unwanted prescription medications 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's "National Drug Take Back."

"Forty-six thousand people a year die from drug overdoses and more than half of those die from prescription opioid overdoses," Sgt. Bernadette Smith said. "Four out of five new users of heroin began with abusing prescription opioids."

She said the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Partnership of Community Resources and East Fork Fire and Paramedic District will collect every unused, unwanted and expired prescription, along with non-prescriptive medication at the five drop-off locations this weekend.

Residents may also drop off pet medications and liquid forms of medication.

This is the eighth year Douglas County has participated in the drug roundup.

Community services director honored

Douglas County Community Services Director Scott Morgan has been selected for the 2017 Healthcare Excellence Award, presented by the Carson Valley Medical Center Hospital Foundation. This award is given to those who have made significant contributions to healthcare initiatives in the Carson Valley and have made a lasting impact on the community's health and well-being. This award is open for public nominations and is voted on by a selection committee that includes hospital staff and the community members that make up the Hospital Foundation board.

Noted for spearheading the planning and implementation of the Douglas County Community and Senior Center, "one of the community's most valuable assets," Morgan is being honored for the broad-reaching impact of the many local programs and services under his leadership. In his role as the Director of Community Services Morgan oversees Douglas County Parks and Recreation, Senior Services, Community Health, Social Services and the Adult Day Club.

"The programs that Scott oversees are the foundation of the quality of life for our community – they offer affordable and accessible opportunities for our community to engage in positive physical, social, and mental health activities," said Shannon Albert, CVMC Foundation Board Director. The Healthcare Excellence Award will be presented to Morgan at the CVMC Hospital Foundation's upcoming "A Day at the Derby" fundraiser May 6. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cvmchospital.org/derby or by calling 782-1697.

Man arrested after threatening to ‘blow up’ trailer of RV park manager

A Minden man was arrested Sunday for allegedly making a bomb threat.

Bruce A. Sobred, 55, threatened the manager of an RV park, saying he would "blow up his trailer" if an agreement to his living status wasn't resolved, according to court documents.

Allegedly Sobred later admitted to the threat, but said he didn't mean it.

His bail is set at $25,000.

A Gardnerville Ranchos man was arrested Friday on charges of theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Louvain G. Erwin, 37, is believed to have been part of a February vehicle theft that left a second perpetrator in the hospital.

Deputies in February responded to a report of a Yamaha Grizzly 600 all-terrain vehicle abandoned on Verde Way. The vehicle was not running and apparently had been towed to the site.

On the same day deputies also responded to 1120 Azul Way, where it was reported a man had a broken leg and a head injury. The injured man and Erwin allegedly worked together to take the Yamaha Grizzly.

According to court documents, the injured man's girlfriend reported that the injured man sustained a concussion and a blood clot in his brain.

Erwin's bail is set at $10,000.

A California man allegedly transporting marijuana through Douglas County was arrested Saturday on multiple charges.

Anthony C. Wilcher, 31, of Mountain Ranch, Calif., was pulled over on Highway 395 for traveling 37 mph in a 25 mph zone. A search of his license plate number showed a warrant out for his arrest and that his license was suspended on a failure to appear charge.

The deputy that pulled Wilcher over reported he noticed Wilcher's pant legs were covered in marijuana "shake" and that a pouch and a scale were allegedly between the driver's seat and door. Wilcher allegedly told the deputy he is a "marijuana courier and there could be up to 6 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle." Deputies reportedly found 12 ounces in a backpack, another 1-2 ounces in a glass jar and a loaded handgun beneath the driver's seat.

Wilcher is charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, speeding, driving with a suspended license and no insurance and possession of marijuana.

His bail is set at $13,500.

JoAnne Skelly: Getting started with a vegetable garden

It is time to get vegetable gardens going. In Northern Nevada, there are three seasons during which we can grow food: early spring, summer and early fall.

In March, we plant cool season crops. By mid-April, depending on where we live, we can direct-seed most cool-season crops such as lettuce, Swiss chard, beets and carrots until the end of May.

After the last frost in May to early June, we can plant warm-season transplants (small plants started indoors from seed or bought at a nursery) such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and squash.

Plant a second season of cool-season vegetables starting in August. Many of these plants can be harvested well into autumn and will overwinter if protected. Garlic is best planted in the fall for a summer harvest.

Our average last frost date is May 15 and the earliest frost date is around the end of September giving us a frost-free period of about 90 days or less. In cooler areas, the frost date may be later. In West Washoe Valley, my last frost date is June 1. Planting dates depend on plant hardiness. Very hardy plants can go in as soon as the soil can be worked. Semi-hardy veggies can be planted two to four weeks before the average last frost date. Frost-tender and cold sensitive vegetable seedlings can go in the ground after the danger of frost is past.

To get started, pick a site that gets full sun for at least six to eight hours per day. Make sure there is easy access to water. Build up the soil by digging in compost or humus. Pick vegetable varieties that will mature in less than 90 days. Seed packets and seedling labels provide this information. Plant seeds at the depth directed on the packet. Water gently and often.

If this is a first adventure in vegetable gardening, start small. Don't underestimate the time it will take for thinning young plants, watering, fertilizing, weeding the bed and harvesting the produce. Start with a small area of the yard: a strip of land on the south side of a garage or a sunny space near the patio. Or, tuck a few vegetable plants in flower beds; just remember not to use herbicides or pesticides in these areas. By starting small, with a few easy-to-grow vegetables, chances for success increase.

For more on specific varieties and planting dates read "Getting Started with a Vegetable Garden" by Heidi Kratsch, Ph.D., Horticulture Specialist, http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/ho/2010/fs1015.pdf.

JoAnne Skelly is Associate Professor & Extension Educator, Emerita at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at skellyj@unce.unr.edu.

Bridgette DeBoer: Brave and daring

Being human is quite amazing. The process of our thoughts correlating with our perspective and then forming our reality is both spectacular and unforgiving. What we believe truly effects our day-to-day living, which is a culmination of our past, present and future.

Have you ever asked yourself "Is this all there is?" This is a very powerful inquiry. It by no means suggests being ungrateful or lacking in stride. It is a ponderous space of inner reflection. Asking yourself this beckons questioning all that you believe to be true. This is courageous, to be able to suggest and investigate your belief system possibly being fallible.

If, for example you were born into an environment in which you intuitively filled a need of service to those around you and this became the foundation of your existence, then you most likely forgot about or overlooked your own needs along the way. This happens quite often in families. Everyone plays an unspoken role; many times these roles are not who we truly are but more who we think we are supposed to be. At some point serving others may lack satisfaction. You may find yourself asking the cosmos "is this all there is to life?" The simple truth is the answer will come to those who seek.

What if the answer questions your whole foundation of beliefs about your purpose? Are you willing to set aside all that you believe to entertain something entirely new? No matter what leads you to the question, you will find mistruths along the way. Those who are willing to look deeply into these confabulations will most surely find peace in the process. Letting go of what you believe to be true in order to make room for the embrace of what you have evolved into is brave and daring.

No one ever said we have to live with unwavering beliefs about how we choose to embrace ourselves in the world. And if someone did suggest this to you, then that is surely something to question.

Bridgette DeBoer M.A., is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, marriage and family therapist. She can be reached at 450-6632.