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Election Night 2014: Final Results

With final Douglas County results in, Sheriff Ron Pierini won the primary election with 69.36 percent of the vote. David Brady has 20.67 percent of the vote and Michael Gyll is trailing with 9.97 percent of the vote. Pierini and Brady will face off in the November General Election. Total turnout, including absentee, early voting and four polling locations is 32.83 percent of the active voters so far. Assemblyman Jim Wheeler continues to lead challenger Robin Reedy, 62-37 percent, which pretty much reflects the rest of the district's vote. Democrats in the county preferred none of these candidates to any of their gubernatorial hopefuls. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval had 93.61 percent of the vote in Douglas County. Only 23 votes separate Gardnerville resident Brian Dempsey from his Incline Village challenger Kristen Spees in Douglas County. Spees is leading Dempsey districtwide with 38 percent of the vote to Dempsey's 31 percent. The winner of the race will face Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., in a district with a strong Republican majority.

Early voting wraps up today

With the help of his 6-year-old son, Ender, Brian Dempsey cast his vote Wednesday with high hopes of winning the Democratic Congressional nomination and taking on Mark Amodei in November. "I feel positive about winning the primary and moving forward into November. Win or lose we're going to open some eyes and turn some heads running this campaign," the Gardnerville resident said. "I know this will be a hard campaign to win, but if we can make some progress it will put us in good position for a 2016 run." Today is the last day to vote early. On Tuesday, voters will have to go to the polling locations listed on their sample ballots. Dempsey stepped down from his management position to a clerk position at Smith's Food & Drug in Gardnerville to devote more time to traveling the state and meeting the constituents. "It's going great. I've got a lot of support from Washoe Dems, Carson Dems, Douglas Dems and out in all the other rural communities. I'm going to represent the people, not just the party. We need someone who's for the people, not big business and not foreign mining companies." Dempsey said. "It's been rewarding meeting the people and hearing their stories. Stories about hard times paying the bills and putting food on the table." Along with education and the economy, Dempsey's platform includes immigration reform. "I've been hearing stories about immigration reform from people who made the journey into our country illegally. We need to do all we can to get them documented and keep families together," Dempsey said. "I grew up in a single-family home and I know how important having two parents is." At 36 years old, Dempsey said his age hasn't hurt him in the race. "The age thing hasn't been an issue. It's been more of a blessing because I'm still young enough to reach the young voters," Dempsey said. "This election is about getting the right person in office. Someone who will do the job he's elected to do, someone who will work across the aisle to get something done for Nevada and all Americans because the people deserve better, Nevada deserves better and America deserves better." As of Thursday morning, 3,262 voters cast a ballot early, with most of those at the Historic Douglas County Courthouse. Republicans had the highest turnout, with 2,415 to Democrats' 563 and 284 other voters. Including absentee ballots, 4,070 Douglas County residents cast ballots in the 2014 primary, representing 14.4 percent of the electorate.

Girls’ Golf: Wurster wins third league tournament

STATELINE – Even though Bethany Wurster represents Douglas High School and Alexis Holmes plays for South Tahoe High, they are more like golf teammates. As good “teammates” do, Wurster and Holmes root for one aonother and inspire each other. For two of the top golfers in the Sierra Division, and the state for that matter, a friendship has formed out of competition. “It will fuel you to strive for something better. You just want to beat them. You love them, but you want to beat them at the same time,” Wurster said Tuesday afternoon following a 3-over-par round of 75 that topped the Sierra Division event at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. “It’s kind of like, ‘Oh, I hope you do well, but I hope I do better.’” Wurster, who birdied six holes, finished seven strokes ahead of Holmes, who came in third with an 82. The last of Wurster’s birdies on No. 18 cost Holmes a dinner. “Once I get my scoring figured out, it’s going to be fun,” said Holmes, who believes mismanagement of her game at times prevents her from scoring in the 70s. “I’m driving the ball really well, but I’m just hitting bad irons. I overcompenstate sometimes when I shouldn’t, so I’m 20 yards long, and it’s very difficult to two-putt from there. “Hopefully by zone I’ll get it figured out.” The two friends played Edgewood Tahoe on Sunday in preparation for Tuesday’s round, and Wurster beat Holmes 74-76 by eagling the final hole. Bishop Manogue’s Mackenzie Souers broke up the 1-2 Wurster-Holmes finish by shooting an 80. Alex Phillips, the defending state champion and also playing in the group with Wurster and Holmes, came in fifth with an 85. “It’s the first time all three have played together,” said STHS coach Marsha Butler. “Bethany and Alexis have developed a really good friendship, but they are always real competitive with each other.” Manogue, the defending state champions, were far superior than their division foes on Tuesday, as four Miners scored 90 or better en route to a 339 team total. Damonte Ranch was second with 419 strokes and Galena and Carson tied for third at 422. South Tahoe, which placed third in the previous tournament, finished sixth at 458. The Vikings’ Morgan Murphy shot 109 and Brittany Rumble fired a 118. Team scores 1. Manogue 439, 2. Damonte Ranch 419, 3. Galena 422, 3. Carson 422, 5. Fallon 453, 6. South Tahoe 458, 7. Douglas 467, 8. Wooster 526. Individual scores Manogue: Alex Phillips 85, Maggie Jones 84, Mackenzie Souers 80, Elise Levy 90, Megan Anderson 136, Lexi Robertson 114. Damonte Ranch: Shayla Miller 104, Ashleigh Westover 96, Rachael Schryer 101, Morgan Pisane 118. Galena: Hayley Jensen 100, Skylar Antencio 105, Sydney Atencio 113, Gabi Lucas 109, Rachael Zunino 107, Amanda Parmer 110. Carson: Megan Justice 113, Whitney Nash 102, Elayna Shine 105, Katie Cowperthwaite 110, Lindsay Burroughs 105, Katie Livermore 110. Fallon: Megan Hill 109, Brittyn Tidwell 103, Sarah Frandsen 123, Sara Parsons 118, Ashley Bowers 128, Katie Moore 131. South Tahoe: Alexis Holmes 82, Morgan Murphy 92, Brittany Rumble 118. Douglas: Bethany Wurster 75, Kelsey Endter 118, Megan Welch 151, Bri Burnside 138, Emily Downer 136, Kristen Greenhut 153. Wooster: Alana Crosby 123, Zoie Oberg 116, Karlee Day 130, Samantha Burrows 157.

Gardnerville man files for Congress

Gardnerville resident Brian Dempsey knows getting to Washington will be a challenge, but it's one he is more than willing to take on. Dempsey, 36, filed with the Nevada Secretary of State on Monday as a Democratic candidate for Congressional District 2. "I looked at all the seats in the area and I decided Congress would be the best fit for me. I want to make a difference, but I want to make a big difference," Dempsey said. "The difference between me and somebody else is I'm not afraid to reach across the aisle. We need to put party politics aside and start doing what's best for the American people." Nevada's 2nd Congessional District has never been won by a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Republican Mark Amodei. "It's a big mountain to climb, and it's going to be a tough race. Amodei has a lot of financial and political backing, so I knew taking on this challenge was going to be tough," Dempsey said. "I know if I talk to the people and let them know my concerns and what I'm going to fight for, I can overcome Amodei." Dempsey has been campaigning since last March, driving the district and meeting with thousands of residents to gain an understanding of what's important to them. "Reaching people is the key. If I have to do it one voter at a time, I will," he said. "Win or lose, meeting these people and hearing their stories, makes it all worth it." A graduate of South Tahoe High School, Dempsey moved to Carson Valley in 1996. After leaving the Marine Corps, he studied at Western Nevada College and built a career as a grocery store manager. He is a single father to his 6-year-old son, Ender. "I'm just your average everyday person trying to make a difference. I havn't been a career politician, I've been a worker just like 95 percent of Americans," Dempsey said. "I go to work every day and work hard for my family. I have the life experience that other people have lived, and I know what they're going through." Two of Dempsey's biggest passions are equality and education. "Women are getting paid less than men for the same job, and that's not right," he said. "And I have a 6-year-old son who I want to see get better educational opportunities. I don't feel our government has done enough for our children." Dempsey realizes he's the underdog in this race, but encourages people to contact him with their concerns. "I want them to see that there's a chance at making a difference. Once I get to Washington, there's going to be a learning curve, but if we're coming up with common sense solutions it shouldn't be difficult," he said. "What makes it difficult is party politics and the money that goes into lobbying efforts. It shouldn't be about that, it should be about what's right for the people." Democrats Vance Alm of Sparks and Ed Lee of Reno are also seeking the nomination. For more information, visit http://www.dempsey4congress.com, or find him on Facebook.

2014 Primary Election results

Congress District 2 — Democrat Douglas District *Kristen Spees 540 8,205 Brian Dempsey 563 6,799 Vance Alm 233 3,221 Ed Lee 185 3,163 Governor — Democrat Douglas State * None of these 526 21,718 Bob Goodman 213 17,950 Stephen Frye 252 8,229 John Rutledge 260 6,038 Charlie Chang 100 5,617 Chris Hyepock 131 4,740 Allen Rheinhart 96 3,605 Abduyl Shabazz 260 2,730 Frederick Conquest 35 1,866 Governor — Republican *Brian Sandoval 6,096 105,826 Eddie Hamilton 115 3,758 None of these 198 3,508 William Tarbell 81 1,966 Thomas Tighe 66 1,495 Gary Marinch 39 1,195 Lieutenant Governor — Democrat *Lucy Flores 1,112 52,305 None of these 339 11,508 Harley Kulkin 198 9,366 Lieutenant Governor — Republican *Mark Hutchison 3,953 62,920 Sue Lowden 1,912 42,280 Chris Dyer 359 6,824 None of these 345 5,008 State Controller — Republican Douglas State *Ron Knecht 4,562 56,480 Barry Herr 519 20,815 Cort R. Arlint 440 14,734 None of these 738 15,420 State Assembly District 39 — Republican Douglas District *Jim Wheeler 4,037 5,070 Robin Reedy 2,443 3,012 Sheriff Douglas *Ron Pierini 6,335 David J. Brady 1,888 Michael T. Gyll 911 District Judge Dept. 1 *Tod Young 7,643 District Judge Dept. 2 *Michael Gibbbons 7,817 School Board Area 2 *Robbe Lehmann 7,182 School Board Area 6 *Thomas Moore 7,182 School Board Area 7 *Ross Chichester 7,564

Douglas final basketball season statistics

Record: 23-9 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-2 home, 8-1 away, 7-6 neutral Team Statistics Points for: 2,113 Points against: 1,767 3-pointers for: 114 3-pointers against: 121 Free throws for: 383-610 Free throws against: 345-527 Field goals for: 879 Field goals against: 633 Scoring by quarters Douglas 486 509 545 565 8 – 2,113 Opponent 402 413 457 492 3 – 1,767 Individual statistics *Keith Olson 203 71-116 477 *Mike Gransbery 133 49-66 386 *Jeff Nady 92 59-90 248 James McLaughlin 78 28-49 200 *Kevin Emm 74 27-42 194 Joe Nady 76 21-34 177 David Laird 55 46-62 156 *Nate Whalin 27 5-16 59 Jared Trowbridge 10 33-47 55 Ryan McPeek 16 17-32 50 Brandon Bernard 7 12-19 27 Herman Fillmore 4 11-16 19 Ross Bertolone 8 2-12 18 *- Starters 3-pointers Mike Gransbery 72 Kevin Emm 18 James McLaughlin 17 Joe Nady 4 Keith Olson 2 Brandon Bernard 1 Ryan McPeek 1 Fouled out Jeff Nady 4 Joe Nady 4 James McLaughlin 2 Kevin Emm 2 Keith Olson 1 David Laird 1 Nate Whalin 1 Record: 14-17 overall, 8-6 Sierra League, 5-3 home, 5-6 away, 4-7 neutral TEAM Points for: 1,353 Points against: 1,297 INDIVIDUAL SCORING *Jessica Waggoner 370 *Bridget Maestretti 173 Dana Pardee 149 *Taryn Williams 107 (from 12/27) *Dany Heidt 71 *Sarah Hartley 70 Nicole Didero 29 Katie Buffo 20 Allie Hughes 18 Kaela Horse 18 Michelle Richardson 12 Lisa Christen 8 Kristin Wyatt 6 Gina Pfaffenberger 2 * – Starters

JACK DEMPSEY left his mark in Nevada

Jack Dempsey is remembered as a legend of boxing and one of the most significant athletes from the Roaring '20s. Reno author Guy Clifton takes it one step further, though, when he makes a strong case that Dempsey was the most famous of that decade. "In his day, he was the most famous athlete in the world," Clifton said on Saturday during a presentation at the Dangberg Home Historic Park. "When we look back at the 1920s now, most people will say Babe Ruth was. But Babe Ruth's highest salary with the New York Yankees was $88,000 in 1927; Jack Dempsey made $717,000 for one fight against Gene Tunney in 1926. He fought in the first million dollar gate, the first two million dollar gate and the first million dollar gate where there was no title attached to the fight itself. So, he was as big as it gets. "He went to Hollywood, he starred in some of the movies of the 1920s, he was known to hang around with all the actresses of the day and everything like that. So if there was a matinee idol of the Roaring '20s, it was Jack Dempsey," added Clifton, a retired journalist who worked as managing editor for The Record-Courier in 1989-90. Clifton spoke about his book, "Dempsey in Nevada," during the one-hour presentation held as part of the park's Ferris Family Speaker Series. Dempsey, known as the Manassa Mauler (born in Manassa, Colo.), followed a road to the world heavyweight championship (1919-26) that passed through Nevada, where he lived and fought many times. His first trip from Utah to Reno to take on an April, 26 1915 fight at Jack Thurm's Jockey Club in downtown Reno was far from a luxurious one. "He was too poor to afford a seat on the train, so he tried a practice the hobos used called riding the rods, which means he went underneath the train and held on to the brake rods from Salt Lake all the way to Reno," Clifton said. Nor did he resemble a heavyweight fighter. "He was a skinny 19-year-old, far from being the heavyweight champion … he got booked for a fight in the 158-pound weight class," Clifton added. Dempsey wasn't even expected to win his bout against Emmanuel Campbell. "He ended up knocking the guy out," Clifton said. "It depends on which newspaper report you read, it was either at the end of the first round or he knocked him out in the third round. He did such a good job that nobody else in Reno wanted to fight him." A month later, Dempsey was back "on the rods" on his way to Goldfield, where he was set up for a 10-round bout against Johnny Sudenberg. The two fought to a draw on May 31, 1915 in Goldfield and again 12 days later in Tonopah, however, the post-fight outcome is the stuff of legend. "He couldn't even afford a hotel room so he stayed in one of the caves where the miners stayed in Goldfield during the rush," Clifford said of Dempsey. "So after the fight, they took him across town in a wheelbarrow and just dumped him into the cave. "He got paid $150 for that fight, but he woke up the next day and went to look for his manager, who was a guy named Jack Gilfeather, and come to find out, Gilfeather had gotten drunk and gambled all the money away playing craps," Clifton added with a chuckle. The two fighters were given a rematch in Tonopah, which once against turned into a slugfest "This time, they were paid $100 and they were so happy, they went into the Cobweb Saloon to celebrate and in behind them came two gunmen who stuck up the place and took everybody's money," Clifton said, drawing a round of laughter from his audience. "Now, when I read that in Dempsey's 1959 autobiography, I said, 'There is no way that happened.' But then I went back to the newspapers of the day, and sure enough, there was a report of two gunmen who stuck up the Cobweb Saloon. "So that's two fights, Dempsey and Sudenberg decided they were going to skip town. They find an unattended hand car and jump on it heading north. They push this thing about 60 miles before they stop at one of the saloons and offer to fight an exhibition if people will pass the hat for them. They made $3.60, so they fought 30 rounds and made $1.80 each." Dempsey saw his fortunes begin to rise within the year. He teamed with manager Jack "Doc" Kearns — "The Don King of his day … he had the diamond stick pin and fancy rings," Clifton noted — and had 49 bouts coast-to-coast from 1916-19. It was all part of a build-up to his July 4, 1919 world championship date with Jess Willard, the "Pottawatomie Giant." Famed promoter Tex Rickard (also founder of the NHL New York Rangers) needed some persuasion to book Dempsey for a fight against Willard. "When Rickard first saw Dempsey, he said, 'I am not going to make this fight because if you get in the ring with Willard, he'll kill you,'" Clifton said. "Willard had already killed a man in the ring in 1908. And he was worried … Willard was 6-6 and about 260; Dempsey was 6-1, 180, if he had rocks in his pockets. But Dempsey finally convinced him to do so." Reno was considered as a location for the fight before Rickard decided on Toledo, Ohio. Dempsey, then 24, quickly took charge of the fight as he knocked Willard, 37, down seven times in the first round. Dempsey won it when Willard was unable to answer the bell to start the fourth round. That completed the rags to riches story for Dempsey, who was then able to travel in his own private rail car. "In those days, the heavyweight champion immediately went on Vaudeville, making tours all over the country and recreating their fights," Clifton said. "So he was making $1,000 to $2,000 a week just for Vaudeville and everything." In time, Dempsey would relinquish his title after two losses at the hands of Gene Tunney on Sept. 23, 1926 in Philadelphia (the first million dollar gate) and on Sept. 22, 1927 at Soldier Field in Chicago (the first $2 million gate and a reported crowd of 104,943). The second fight with Tunney would go down as Dempsey's last official fight, although Clifton said he made 60 appearances during a comeback that was launched in 1931 out of Reno. So, what was Dempsey's attraction to fans that brought him fame and fortune? That aggressive style was part of it. He was also friendly with the press, known for signing autographs and posing for photographs, especially when it came to kids. "I think, at that time, the heavyweight boxing champion was considered the greatest athlete in the world," Clifton said of the 1920s. "There was no NFL and a lot of other stuff hadn't started yet, so he was the big sports star of the day. And he was pretty charismatic." Dempsey was known for his left hook, however, the "Manassa Mauler" brought other strengths to the ring. Start with a tenacity that supported his nickname. "He was super strong through his shoulders, his arms, and he lived to fight when he was a little kid. That was his favorite thing to do in the world and his older brothers were fighters," Clifton said. "He was relentless, he fought out of a crouch all the time, he would crowd his opponent all the time and he was constantly active. He'd take a lot of punishment to be able to dole out a lot of punishment."

Tiger golf takes 4th place

Freshman Michele Nikkels continued her successful rookie season, shooting a 100 to lead the Douglas girls’ golf team to a fourth-place finish at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Wednesday. Reno’s Alyson Felesina took first overall with a 79 and Melissa Slocumb shot an 81 to take second for the Huskies. Reno won the match as a team, shooting a 442. For Douglas, Sarah Schonian shot a 113 and Kristin Wyatt shot a 114. Jolie Kizer shot a 118, Shelby Louie shot a 129 and Alyssa Matus shot a 131 to round out the Tigers’ afternoon.

Douglas turnout heaviest in more than 20 years

Turnout was heavy in Douglas County for the 2000 general election, but Dresslerville topped everyone with 100 percent. The precinct’s 119 voters all cast ballots, leading what Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Reed said was the highest turnout she’s seen in more than 20 years of working on Douglas County’s elections. “We had hundreds of inactives show up,” Reed said Tuesday. “That’s the first time it’s happened.” She said some polling places ran short of ballots, but supplies were bolstered and no problems resulted. The election went well, Reed said. The count was completed shortly after 11 p.m. and Douglas County’s 33 precincts averaged nearly 85 percent turnout. A total of 18,246 votes were cast. The interest was not unexpected. More than 5,500 people voted early, 25 percent of the active voting population. Reed said the turnout numbers are higher because of the inactive voters. There are 21,561 active voters and more than 6,000 inactive voters. However, the ballots cast aren’t categorized based on whether the voter is active or inactive, and the total number of votes is compared to the active number, which can raise the turnout average, Reed said. Douglas County, which has a Republican majority, supported that ticket. George W. Bush got 62 percent of the vote compared to Al Gore’s 32 percent. U.S. Senate candidate John Ensign got 67 percent of the Douglas vote while his Democratic opponent, Ed Bernstein, mustered less than 27 percent. Congressman Jim Gibbons, also a Republican, won nearly 73 percent of the vote to Democrat Tierney Cahill’s 22 percent. For complete returns, go to the Douglas County clerk-treasurer’s web site at http://cltr.co.douglas.nv.us. Statewide returns can be viewed on the Secretary of State’s site at http://sos.state.nv.us.

Nevada nonpartisan voters continue to climb

CARSON CITY – The secretary of state’s office says more people registered as nonpartisan voters in Nevada last month than those who registered for all other political parties combined. As of the end of October, 184,276 people were registered as nonpartisan in the state, an increase of 356 from September. The number of registered Democrats increased by 182 to 523,345, while the number of active Republicans fell 116 to 425,635. Election officials 1,197,252 Nevadans were registered to vote as of the end of October, and increase of 525 from the month before. As of Nov. 1 in Douglas County, there were 16,493 registered Republicans, 9,425 Democrats and 4,113 nonpartisan voters.