Law enforcement veteran to represent Rep. Amodei |

Law enforcement veteran to represent Rep. Amodei

Gardnerville resident Bernie Curtis has been named Rep. Mark Amodei's field representative for Northern Nevada. A former Douglas County commissioner, Curtis most recently served as chief of the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation. A longtime law enforcement officer, Curtis was undersheriff under Douglas County Sheriff Jerry Maple. He also served as undersheriff in Elko County and was chief deputy in the Carson City Sheriff's Office. In the private sector, Curtis was general manager of Sharkey's, where he was named supervisor of the year by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2007. Curtis joins Amodei's staff in a part-time capacity and will undertake outreach to local government, law enforcement and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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.

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

Basketball: Warriors fall short against Nuggets in OT

The Warriors had a bench consisting of only three players, all NBA Development League call-ups, but still forced the Northwest Division leaders to overtime Wednesday. Led by 39 points from guard Monta Ellis and 33 points from forward Corey Maggette, the Warriors took the Denver Nuggets to the final minute of overtime. But Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups was too much to overcome, scoring 10 points in overtime as the Warriors fell 123-118. “They’re full strength, we were not, and we’re still in these kind of games,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “It’s tough, you give all that effort … and you have it in your hands.” But it was Billups who had the game in his hands. He tied his career high with 37 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists. He scored Denver’s first eight points in overtime, including a layup that put the Nuggets up 113-111. Curry gave the Warriors the lead with a 3-pointer inside the two-minute mark. Moments later, Ellis put the Warriors up 117-116 with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Nuggets guard J.R. Smith answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Ellis had a chance to tie the score at 119, but he split a pair of free throws with 25.5 seconds left. After two free throws by Billups, Anthony Tolliver missed a 3 from the corner, sealing the Warriors’ defeat. The Warriors have been plagued by injuries all season, and things nearly got worse before the game. Ellis pulled out of the afternoon shootaround complaining of soreness in his left ankle. Ellis then didn’t come out for pregame warm-ups until seven minutes before the game and took only a handful of shots before lying on the floor and stretching. He leads the NBA in complete games (nine) and was averaging a league-high 42.2 minutes before playing all 53 against Denver, but he denied that the heavy workload affected his ankle. “It’s just that I have a plate in my ankle, and when it rains my ankle throbs,” Ellis said. “So it wasn’t nothing like I’ve been playing on it too much and it was hurting. It was just because of the weather.” Even with Ellis in the lineup, the Warriors could only a muster a bench of Cartier Martin, Chris Hunter and Tolliver. Not surprisingly, they struggled out of the gate. They missed seven of their first 10 shots and managed just 12 points over the first six minutes of the game. Golden State shot 34.6 percent for the quarter. But Denver led just 30-25 entering the second quarter. The Warriors eventually erased their deficit, which was as high as 51-32 after a layup by Nuggets guard Aaron Afflalo at the 7:38 mark. The Warriors put together an 11-1 run to take the lead, a spurt started by Martin’s fade-away as the shot clock expired and capped with a dunk by Hunter. Golden State led 43-42 with just over five minutes left in the first half. The Warriors’ rally set the tone for what would be a closely contested game the rest of the way. The final five minutes of the first half saw five ties. Two free throws by Tolliver sent the Warriors into the locker room tied at 53. The Warriors entered the fourth quarter up by one, but perhaps should have been ahead by more. They led 80-71 with just over three minutes left in the third after Maggette scored seven straight points. Golden State led 82-78 in the final seconds of the third quarter. But Denver guard Ty Lawson was fouled by Ellis while taking a buzzer-beating heave from midcourt. After review, referees determined Ellis’ foul came before the horn, and Lawson was awarded three free throws, making all of them. Ellis was involved in a similar situation Jan. 5, resulting in a heartbreaking loss to the Nuggets. Denver needed a basket in the final seconds, and Ellis, contesting Smith’s desperation heave, was called for a foul. Smith made all three and the Warriors lost by a point. Still, the Warriors led 95-92 with just under six minutes left after Ellis found Hunter for a layup. But Denver went on a 10-3 run over the next four minutes. Billups answered a 3-pointer by Curry with one of his own. The Warriors trailed 102-98 with just over two minutes remaining. The deficit was 105-100 moments later, and Billups fouled Ellis in the act of shooting a 3-pointer from the corner. Ellis made two of three free throws. The Warriors gave up consecutive offensive rebounds before center Andris Biedrins tied up Carmelo Anthony with 32.5 seconds left. The Warriors got the ball back after a Nuggets violation during the jump ball. The Warriors, out of the timeout, ran a play that appeared to be designed to get Ellis a 3-pointer. Ellis drilled it, tying the score at 105 with 28.4 seconds left. After Anthony missed a runner in the lane, the Warriors got the ball back and called a timeout with two seconds left. But the play out of the timeout resulted in Tolliver taking the final shot. It wasn’t close, and the game went to overtime.

Amodei touts importance of local control, private sector growth

When it comes to promoting economic growth for communities like Douglas County, the federal government needs to be responsive, not reactive, to private sector interests, Congressman Mark Amodei, R-Nev., argued at GE Energy in Minden on Friday. "You represent livable wages and benefits packages so people don't have to rely on the emergency room for healthcare. You are the fabric of your community," Amodei told a group of GE employees. "These things also generate tax collections without having to create new tax structures. We're not going to get back to a balanced budget until the private sector gets going." Amodei toured the Minden plant after receiving the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award from the National Association of Manufacturers. "What goes on in Washington has a profound effect on what goes on here in business," said GE Bently Nevada General Manager Art Eunson, who presented the award to the congressman. Eunson listed regulatory areas where Amodei's support helped manufacturers, such as coal ash restrictions among power generators, shale gas and other unconventional energy exploration, and export/import bank financing, all of which, Eunson said, "were aimed at driving manufacturing jobs in the U.S." Amodei described his political support as "intuitive." He said he wants stability and predictability in terms of regulation and tax structure. He emphasized streamlining and expediting federal permitting processes and also the sale of public lands near urban interfaces. The latter, he argued, could circumvent the lengthy lands bill process. "No one wants bad water or air. No one wants irresponsible use of land or the destruction of animal species," he said, "but it is possible to use natural resources in a responsible way." Good policy, he maintained, is allowing local control where possible, and, at the federal level, fostering collaboration and communication between applicants and permitting agencies. An example of bad policy, he continued, was when FEMA adopted new flood insurance maps for Carson Valley watersheds in 2008, leading to a protracted legal battle. "I don't want to ever have one of my counties suing you (FEMA) again and have it turn out they're right," he said. Referring to the Douglas County Lands Bill, Amodei said he prefers local parties solve any disputes before federal lawmakers act. He expects the bill to be introduced in the next 30-45 days and passed in the 113th Congress. Amodei reiterated that land use and resource decisions should be based upon empirical evidence. "Let's not go into a resource issue for the sake of claiming political victory," he said.

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.

Commission candidates speak tonight

A full house is expected to meet candidates for Douglas County commissioner at the Community Hall Debate from 6-8 tonight at Minden’s CVIC Hall. The hall holds about 250 people and those who want to sit should arrive early, said Renae Louie, executive director of the Business Council of Douglas County. The event is sponsored by The Record-Courier and the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Business Council of Douglas County, Louie said. “The Council wants to enhance the flow of information within the community,” she said. “We want voters to understand the candidates’ goals and objectives, learn about their personalities and why they’re running. “Many people don’t know the candidates, especially in District 3,” she said. “Bernie Curtis is not running again, so there are several.” “Every commission candidate except Sam Dupuis, Independent American candidate for District 3 commissioner is participating,” Louie said. “And he said he’d be listening in the audience.” First on the agenda Wednesday will be Question 1, an advisory question that would raise utility taxes for construction of a new senior center, performing arts center and recreation facilities in the Carson Valley. An estimated $27 million to $30 million will be needed for the projects, which include a two-story senior citizen center and public library near Kahle Park in South Lake Tahoe. Questions from the audience will be taken after a 15-minute break at the end of the debate. Each candidate for county commissioner will then be given four minutes to give their presentation. Amodei will ask each candidate a different question. Following those responses, candidates will take questions from the public. For more information, call Louie at 782-6715. Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, will serve as moderator and refreshments will be served. — Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 213 If you go What: Community Town Hall Debate When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday Where: CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda St., Minden

Palmer Recognition Day Sept. 24

The Carson Valley Swim Center will host "Krysta Palmer Recognition Day" on Sept. 24 from 3-6 p.m. Palmer, a 2010 Douglas High graduate who went on to become two-time Mountain West Conference Diver of the Year and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer, will share her story during the Saturday event and put on a diving exhibition as part of an event that is free to the public. She will also provide coaching to young participants. Punt Pass & Kick set for Sept. 24 The annual Carson Valley NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition for boys and girls 6-15 years of age on Sept. 24 at Stodick Park. Skills in punting, passing and place kicking will be tested in five age groups starting at 9 a.m. There is no charge to participate in an event hosted by the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by the National Football League. Age group winners will advance to compete at sectional level. Senior men's golf features team play John Masiello, Nick Paul, John Lewis and Gary Mick won Flight A last Wednesday during the Empire Ranch Senior Men's Golf Club four-man teams Cha-Cha-Cha tournament in Carson City. The winning foursome shot a net score of 100 at Silver Oak Golf Course with a format that counted one score on six holes, two scores on six holes and three scores on six holes. David Knighton, Bob Warzynski, Terry Thomas and Tony Barbaria took second-place at 112. Robey Willis, Duane Carroll, Dennis Justin and a blind bogey partner placed third at 115. Gene Gaston, Henry Teague, Tom Sawyer and Marshall McCurdy shot 116 to place fourth. The winning team in Flight B was Fred Blackburn, Bob Pitcock, Carl Slate and Victor Roscha at 107. Bill Langs, Joe Stewart, Ralph Bothe and Bob White took second-place on a tie-breaker over Tom Welton, Nils Sharpe, Steve Isaacson and a blind bogey partner, as both teams shot 113. Pete Youngdahl, Fred Coons, Richard Torok and Melvin Ness placed fourth at 116. Closest-to-the-pin winners included John Lewis on the second hole, Chuck Bell on No. 6, Al Giannotti on No. 7, David Voss on No. 12 and Bob Pitcock on No. 14. Pancreatic golf Saturday Skills in golf, distance running and power lifting will be tested by participants at the third annual Carson City Kiwanis Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day Saturday at Empire Ranch Golf Course. A bench press contest — hosted by Fitness For 10 and billed as the Carson City Bench Press Championships — will be held from 7-9 a.m. KAIA Fit and the Tahoe Mountain Milers will co-host a 5K/10K run and walk at 8 a.m. And the four-man scramble golf tournament starts at 9 a.m. Forms are available at KAIA Fit, CV Sports and the website. Contact Robey Willis at or Steve Lyon at 775-224-5798 for information.

Golf: Wurster wins third regional title in four years

SPARKS – It was a huge day for Carson Valley golfers Tuesday afternoon at the NIAA 4A Regional Golf Championships at Red Hawk. Carson High’s girls golf team reached the state tournament for the first time in coach Terry Gingell’s eight-year tenure as head coach, and Douglas High’s Bethany Wurster won the 4A regional individual title for the third time in four years. Spanish Springs won the team title with a 36-hole total of 684, including a 338 on Tuesday. Carson was next with a 714, which included a 360 after an opening-round 354. Bishop Manogue was third at 726. Wurster won the individual title with a 151, five shots better than Tess Jones of Spanish Springs. McQueen’s Kelsey Roberts was third with a 159. “Bethany kept her focus and was able to pull off her third regional title,” Douglas coach Steve Gustafson said. “She struggled a bit the second day. There were some tough pin placements, a little wind, and the pressure from Tess Jones. “At one point, they were dead even. Bethany carded a birdie on sixteen, which gave her the motivation needed to finish strong.” Douglas finished fifth as a team (763) behind Reno. “As a team, they played better than any coach could ask,” Gustafson said. “We were not the strongest team in the field, but the kids shot their season bests. “Fifth place was quite an accomplishment for this team. We didn’t have a lot of experienced players, besides Bethany, most of our girls started playing within the past year.” Tawnie Wentz took 16th (95-91-186), Molly Jordan was 37th (107-106-213), Emily Gosselin was 39th (105-110-215), Megan Welch was 41st (113-108-221) and Devyn Hotho was 47th (119-113-232) for Douglas.

Amodei hosts town hall meeting

Among other issues affecting veterans, Congressman Mark Amodei will discuss the change to the TriCare Prime service area during a town hall meeting on Thursday. Amodei will answer audience questions from 10 a.m.-noon in the Douglas County Administrative Building, 1616 Eighth Street in Minden. Parking and access for the disabled is located in the rear of the building. "I want to continue to meet with our veterans and listen to them regarding the issues and challenges they face," said Amodei. "In addition to thanking them for their service, this is an opportunity to familiarize them with the assistance my office can provide, as well as to continue to identify areas where I can help as a member of the House Appropriations Committee." Representatives from the Veterans Association, Veterans Benefit Administration, and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services will also participate. Amodei filed for re-election Wednesday at the Secretary of State's office as a Republican candidate for Nevada's 2nd District. "It has been a busy 30 months advocating for the people of Nevada," said Amodei. "I took the lead on moving legislation through the U.S. House focused on our public lands, agriculture, mining, tourism and veterans, with an overall eye on creating jobs in Nevada across all sectors of our economy, while also supporting the creation of 76,000 acres of wilderness." According to the Brookings Institution, Amodei is one of the most productive members of the U.S. House, introducing 16 pieces of legislation in the 113th Congress and passing four bills out of the House, which ties him for ninth out of 435 representatives. "Not many other people in this job can say that they have stood for the voters almost every 12 months for a performance review," said Amodei. "I look forward to this next personnel session with my bosses – the people of Nevada's 2nd Congressional District." For more information, contact Ken Gray at (775) 686-5760.