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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.

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.

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.

Valley resident retires as state parole and probation chief

Former Douglas County Commissioner Bernie Curtis retires Monday as chief of the Parole and Probation Division, finishing out a law enforcement career that started in 1968. Curtis was honored by more than 75 friends, colleagues and others at a retirement party Wednesday in the Old Assembly Chambers of the state Capitol. "He has a helluva patch and badge collection," said Public Safety Director Jim Wright, pointing to the list of law enforcement agencies Curtis has worked for over the years. Curtis, a Fish Springs resident, was presented with more than a half-dozen plaques and honors, including an official parole issued by Connie Bisbee, head of the state Parole Board, releasing him after six years as head of P&P. "The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners do hereby release Bernard Curtis from lifetime supervision," the framed document states. After beginning at the Butte County Sheriff's Department in California, he was undersheriff at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years and assistant sheriff in Carson City, and he briefly headed the Nevada Highway Patrol while still managing P&P. Looking at the list, he quipped, "It's been said before: I can't keep a job." Curtis spent more than a year as general manager of Sharkey's after he returned to Carson Valley from Elko County. He was named supervisor of the year by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce in November 2007. Curtis worked for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office from 1972 to 1994, attaining the rank of undersheriff before he retired. He went on to serve two four-year terms as a Douglas County commissioner. He worked for Holder Hospitality Group as director of government relations from 2002 until 2006.

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 svasquez@recordcourier.com 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

Former county commissioner heads for Elko

Staff Reports Former Douglas County commissioner and Gardnerville businessman Bernie Curtis has taken the position of Elko County undersheriff. Curtis, 58, said he and wife Linda will be in Elko today looking for housing. He starts work in the first week of February. Curtis served as Douglas County undersheriff for 18 of the 21 years he spent with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He became undersheriff in 1977. Curtis also served on the Douglas County Planning Commission. He retired from the sheriff’s office in 1994 and moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington. He ran for Douglas County commissioner upon his return to the Valley in 1996 and served until 2004, when he didn’t seek re-election. He was chief deputy for the Carson City Sheriff’s Department and deputy director of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety. Presently, he is director of government relations for the Holder Hospitality Group, which owns nine casinos in northern Nevada, including four in Elko County. In that position, he recently testified in Hawthorne before the base realignment and closure committee in an effort to save the Army Ammunition Depot there. Curtis said he is excited about the new job. “I’ve been interested in law enforcement all my life,” he said. “I’m going back to my roots and will be back in the field I’ve had a lot of experience in. It feels like a good fit.”‘ Curtis said Elko County Sheriff Neil Harris was an old friend who was a deputy in Douglas County. “I’m really excited about going there,” he said. “My mom was born in Elko and raised in Independent Valley near Tuscarora. “I spent summers in Lamoille with my aunt and uncle and her family. It’s old Nevada.” Harris announced he was hiring Curtis on Tuesday. “With this blend of law enforcement training, management level experience and elected skills, Bernie will be a valuable asset, not only for the sheriff’s office but to the citizens of Elko County as well,” Harris said in a written statement. n The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Wrestling: All-Northern 4A postseason honors

Northern 4A All-Region Lower-weight Wrestler of the Year Willy McDonald, Bishop Manogue Co-Middle-weight Wrestlers of the Year Joey Lavallee, Reno Drew Smith, Damonte Ranch Upper-weight Wrestler of the Year Steven Elicegui, Wooster Coach of the Year Tim McCarthy, Carson First Team 106 Ryan Long, Spanish Springs Kyle Sharp, Carson 113 Austin Lee, Spanish Springs Sammy Mercado, Carson 120 Curtis Lampert, Spanish Springs James DeLeon, McQueen 126 Cole McCarthy, Carson Logan Ames, Douglas 132 Willy McDonald, Bishop Manogue Dan Morrissey, Wooster 138 Blake Nauman, Spanish Springs Taylor Hagar, North Valleys 145 Joey Lavallee, Reno Terry Mason, Reno 152 Drew Smith, Damonte Ranch Jordan Luhrs, Carson 160 Curtis Bright, Bishop Manogue Jaycob Jones, Spanish Springs 170 Steven Elicegui, Wooster Brik Chesley, Spanish Springs 182 Nicolas Garcia, Carson Zachary Singer, Douglas 195 Broc Westlake, Reed Sullivan Cauley, Douglas 220 Spencer Empey, Reed Patrick Cooke, Carson 285 Jeremy Macauley, Reed Joe Delliquadri, Galena Second Team 106 Austin Sweet, McQueen Payton Tsukamoto, Reno 113 Tyler Poalillo, Spanish Springs Gavin Chickering, Reed 120 Jake Otuafi, Reed Adan Ortega, Carson 126 Joei Jones, Spanish Springs Nick Oliver, Galena 132 Austin Yohey, Spanish Springs Nicholas Lani, Carson 138 Eric Dougherty, Galena Forrest Hansen, Bishop Manogue 145 Zach Perez, Spanish Springs Matthew Barrett, Damonte Ranch 152 Adam Kamikawa, North Valleys Tony Paccella, Spanish Springs 160 Louis Glasco, North Valleys Jared Johnson, McQueen 170 Brady Rivera, Carson Rory Anderson, Damonte Ranch 182 Zack Ewert, Damonte Ranch Blake Whitlock, Galena 195 Bob Wood, McQueen Javier Torres, Carson 220 Omar Torres, Wooster Luis Gonzalez, North Valleys 285 Brayan Burgos, Carson Chase Hauder, Spanish Springs

Pair accused of marijuana sales

Two Gardnerville men were arrested recently by the Douglas County Street Enforcement Team in connection with the sales of marijuana. Joshua Swanick, 23, and Nicholas Brumblay, 27, were served with arrest warrants and taken into custody without incident. According to reports, investigators arrested the men after a two-month investigation. They reportedly purchased more than 113 grams of marijuana from Swanick in five sales transactions. Brumblay was accused of supplying the marijuana. Investigators found an additional 28 grams of marijuana and $8,000 in a search of Brumblay’s house. The money and marijuana were seized as evidence. Sgt. Jim Halsey said investigators believe Swanick and Brumblay are associated with other suspects involved in drug sales.

TRIAD helps to protect seniors

The population in the United States is aging. And the statistic, that one in eight people are age 65 or older, can be applied to the Carson Valley as well. That is one of the reasons why TRIAD, The Record Courier’s featured community organization for November, was formed, according to Lon Curtis, chairman of the organization. In 1996 members of the Douglas County community recognized the need for an organization that would protect seniors from criminal victimization and to enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to the community Based loosely on a program from St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, a council of representatives from law enforcement and the senior community was formed. Called SALT (Seniors and Law Together) the counsel was reorganized several months later into TRIAD. “The letters in TRIAD don’t stand for anything,” said Lon Curtis, chairman of the organization. “It is a triangle of support between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, East Fork Fire and Paramedics Districts and the senior community.” One of the first actions of the TRIAD council was to place Tips from TRIAD in local newspapers. The column informed elderly citizens of various scams and schemes that are used to victimize seniors. Since then, TRIAD has introduced many programs into the Carson Valley to improve the quality of life for seniors, increase education and prevent seniors from being victims of crime. “The RUOK (Are You OK?) program can impact more seniors than any other,” said Curtis. “And it does just what it says. The program is free. And every day we get in touch with the people by using a computerized telephone system just to make sure that everything is OK.” If the phone isn’t answered, information on file at the sheriff’s office is pulled. A neighbor is contacted, and if they haven’t seen the RUOK participant, an officer is dispatched to the home. “It’s an important service,” said Ron Pierini, Douglas County’s sheriff, and a member of the TRIAD council. “Just imagine if you fell down and couldn’t reach the phone to call for help. This service ensures the well being of our elderly population.” In keeping with the goal of lessening crime to elderly people, TRIAD sponsors the Douglas County Senior Law Enforcement Academy. Specifically for people 50 or older, the academy is designed to educate senior citizens in various aspects of law enforcement and criminal justice,and the protection they provide. Classes include criminal justice, the sheriff and paramedic departments, court and jail tours and general information. There is also a segment on defensive driving and self-defense. The academy is one afternoon per week for 10 weeks, with the current class scheduled to graduate on Nov. 19. Pierini said that the academy allows seniors to become ambassadors to the sheriff’s department as they become more comfortable dealing with law enforcement personnel. “Not only do they learn what they can do to prevent crime,” said Pierini. “But what is most important to me, as the sheriff, is that they form a friendship with the instructors, most of whom are from my department. That becomes very important when gathering information and addressing problems.” The File of Life Program was designed to improve emergency care by paramedics. The file, provided by TRIAD, is hung on the refrigerator and contains vital information about a senior’s health. When entering a home, the paramedics have all the information necessary to provide optimum care. Other TRIAD programs include the Widows and Widowers Relief Assistance pamphlet, which contains information about services and programs available after losing a spouse, and the Disaster Preparedness Kit designed to help prepare for an emergency, such as flood, earthquake or fire. “This kit contains important information concerning what to gather and what to put aside for those emergencies,” said Curtis. The Home Again program is a registration service for seniors in the event they become disoriented. “The registration is simple, and requires only that you sign up to be photographed and fill out a form with important data which is kept on file the county and state offices,” said Curtis. “The dementia program (Home Again) allows an officer to research a disoriented person with less impact and stress on the person,” said Pierini. “It also takes less time for an officer to contact the correct people and get the senior back home again.” TRIAD is a non-profit organization and all members of the council serve on a voluntary basis. Costs are offset by contributions by other organizations and by an annual spaghetti feed and silent auction in the spring. “Most of our programs are low cost,” said Pierini. “We do ask for donations to cover some of our expenses, but if a senior can’t afford to pay, various service organizations contribute to our cause.” “The members of the TRIAD board are dedicated to serving our senior population,” said Curtis. “We speak at community events, and we show a tape of our RUOK program. Our local community access TV station (DCCATV Channel 26) also shows the tape for people who want more information.” Yet according to Pierini, the most important thing that TRIAD members do is to listen to the senior community. “We must listen to their concerns,” said Pierini. “We need to have a constant dialog with seniors. We welcome their ideas. Communication is important. “People don’t want to be a burden to anyone, yet seniors must realize that we aren’t trying to pry, but that we want to help. I wish more people would participate because TRIAD is for them.” If you are interested in more information about TRIAD, Pierini urges seniors to call 782-9858. TRIAD board members Lon Curtis, chairman, retired law enforcement, Elks International Samantha Heers, Secretary Soroptimist International of Carson Valley Greg Hubbard, deputy, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Ron Pierini, sheriff, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Robert Lekumberry, captain, East Fork Paramedics Maryon Lewis, senior advisor, RSVP Virginia Reid, senior citizen representative Burt Lacenbauer, RSVP Eldercare Coalition Nancy Hunter, state of Nevada, Elderly Protective Services Al Walker, Senior Nutrition Board Kathy Maidlow, Douglas County Senior Services John Amundson, Silver Haired Nevadans, legislative representative The Record-Courier E-mail: rc@tahoe.com Visitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | Community Copyright, tahoe.com. 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Commission abandons three 50-foot easements in Alpine View

County commissioners voted to abandon three 50-foot easements in the Alpine View Estates area of Jacks Valley and replace them with 20-foot easem ents. The area behind Alpine View is public land, but resident Jack Norberg said that property may eventually be sold or swapped, paving the way for development of a subdivision. “We didn’t want a road going through us to a subdivision,” said Norberg. “But we didn’t want to prohibit horses and pedestrians.” Norberg said he is not opposed to a subdivision, but he said he doesn’t want a road leading to it through Alpine View. Commissioner Kelly Kite said he was opposed to treating the three easements as a “one size fits all” proposition, as he said there were different issues with each different easement. Commissioner Bernie Curtis said he didn’t like the idea, as a 20-foot easement is more difficult for emergency services personnel to negotiate than a 50-foot easement. Norberg brought the proposal before the planning commission, asking for the abandonment and rededication of only 10-foot easements. He said the planning commission recommended the 20-foot easements. Bob Allgeier, former county commissioner and president of the 65-resident Alpine View Estates homeowners association, spoke to the commission to explain the association’s view of the easements. “The position of the board was not to oppose as long as there are at least 10 feet of easements,” said Allgeier. Resident Donna Allgeier said 20 feet of easement still leaves access for horses, fire trucks and walking. There’s no need to abandon,” said resident Jim Loughery, opposing the idea. “You were right then (in July when the commissioners voted down a similar proposal) and you should do right now.” Curtis opposed the shrinking of all three of the easements. “These are very fire-prone areas,” said Curtis. “There is a real fire concern there. It would be a material detriment to the fire services. Curtis, a former Douglas County law enforcement official, said when people escape from the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, they generally tend to travel through the Alpine View area to go up the Clear Creek canyon in an attempt to make it to California. “We need to maintain some access through that area,” said Curtis. Curtis said the easement by former commissioner Dave Pumphrey’s residence could be abandoned as it was never used, but he said he’d like to see the other two kept or improved. “Fifty feet is kind of overkill,” said Norberg.