Stories for February 2006


Tuesday, February 28

Climbing Jobs Peak a worthwhile challenge

Jobs Peak seems to be a special place. People admire it from Carson Valley, local businesses are named for it, and some folks just have to hike it. At 10,633 feet, Jobs is not the tallest peak around but, its summit looks over the Valley and beckons those of us that play outdoors.

Turn down those annoying lights

Looks like it's time - time to talk about light pollution again. More and more lights are popping up all over our little mile-high valley and many residents are grumbling and say they want to do something about it. Several of our neighbors have asked me to write about this growing problem in the "Fish Springs Flier." I am happy to do that as the creeping light pollution affects our family too.

String musicians needed; rehearsals begin March 8

Attention musicians. The Carson City Symphony will begin rehearsals for two April concerts on Wednesday, 7:15-9:30 p.m., at the Carson High School band room.

High school journalists raising money for trip

Douglas High School senior Elizabeth Rice brought by a magnetic tiger paw the yearbook and newspaper students are selling to go to the Journalism Education Association convention in San Francisco during spring break.

Husband and wife team performs through Sunday

"Chazz" continues in the Carson Valley Inn's Cabaret Lounge through Sunday, "Shake, Rattle & Roll" appears Tuesday through March 12, "Major Link" returns March 14-19 and various groups entertain on Monday nights. Carson Valley Inn Cabaret Lounge entertainment is presented with no cover and no minimum.

Girl Scouts promote healthy living

Girl Scouts worldwide participated in Thinking Day, Friday evening, which promotes healthy habits and exercises from around the world.

Sapp wins share of state title

Douglas High senior Holden Sapp breezed through the Tahoe Basin Ski League regular season, and stormed into the state championships with two impressive runs over the weekend.

Digest: Girls' softball sign-ups ending soon

The Carson Valley Girls Softball Association is hosting sign-ups for the 2006 season at the Douglas Country Parks & Recreation annex building across from Lampe Park.

Duryee excels at golf academy

Douglas High graduate Casey Duryee is currently in his second semester at the San Diego Golf Academy in California and has been tearing up the links so far this season.

Sponsorships and raffle items needed for spring fashion show fundraiser

The Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club will host its second annual Spring Fashion Show Extravaganza at Genoa Lakes Golf Course, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 23. The benefit will also feature a champagne brunch. Proceeds during the event will be donated to special needs children and their organizations within Douglas County.

Monday, February 27

St. Gall schedules Lenten events

St. Gall Catholic Church Lenten schedule: March 1 mass will be offered at 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Spanish.


A funeral service will be 11 a.m. today at Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 1281 Roop St., Carson City for Joelle "Judy" Ecklund, 71, who died Feb. 25, 2006, at Carson Tahoe Hospital.

Let Kathy run

We find ourselves in the unusual position of coming to a candidate's defense. Typically, we might be calling for Controller Kathy Augustine to skip her bid for state treasurer because of the impeachment proceedings which colored her term.

Artists needed for 'Bears By The Lake ... A CeleBEARtion!"

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is seeking applications from all talented artists willing to pour their heart and soul into one of Lake Tahoe's largest public art displays and community fundraisers ever, "Bears by the Lake... A CeleBEARtion!" The deadline for artist applicants is March 15.

Audience ready for 'Same Time, Next Year'

They said they would do it and they did.The Dakota Organization brought a professional theater production to Carson Valley - and became the Valley's second theater company, along with the Carson Valley Community Theatre which returned to the Valley last year after a 17-year hiatus.

'Who let the bunnies out?' asks new Johnson Lane Journal columnist

"Who let the dogs out, who, who, who, who?" My teenage boys love this song. Even my 5-year-old daughter knows the words. So here is my question. If you live by Henning Street in the Johnson Lane area, who let the rabbits out, who, who, who, who? We are inundated with loose domestic rabbits. Perhaps an owner tired of taking care of them? These rabbits may be cute, but they are causing a big problem for the neighbors.

Middle schooler takes third in state Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

Carson Valley Middle School eighth-grader Catie Davis was entered in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, at the state level of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.

Middle school students are academic competitors

A group of motivated students have met faithfully after school every week on Tuesdays since the beginning of September to practice for "Math Counts."

County libraries go 'In-N-Out'

The Douglas County Public Library has joined with In-N-Out Burger for the Food for Thought reading program from March 4 to April 15. Children ages 4 to 12 are eligible to receive a free hamburger or cheeseburger simply by reading books.

Saturday, February 25

Talent competition accepting applications

The Carson Valley Kiwanis Club announces that the eighth annual Stars of Tomorrow Talent Competition will be held on April 22 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. This contest is open to students in grades nine through 12 in the Carson Valley, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, Smith Valley, Dayton and Fallon, including home schoolers. The $1,000 Gene Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship is the first prize; the second prize is a $500 scholarship.

Friday, February 24

Derby T-shirt logo winner announced

The winner of the drawing contest for the 2006 Kids' Fishing Derby is 9-year-old Logan James Clark of Gardnerville.

Students get snaps for coffee house poetry

They laughed, they cried, they drank lattés. As the highlight event of their poetry lesson, 22 sixth-grade students from Meneley Elementary School read their poems at Northern Nevada Pony Espresso Friday.

Classes teach how to grow fruit trees in Northern Nevada

Do you dream of plucking a crisp apple right from your own apple tree? Attend a free master gardener workshop, "Selecting and Growing Fruit Trees," presented by Michael Janik, master gardener volunteer of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, at 6:30 p.m., March 7, at Bartley Ranch in Reno.

Summer family concert series coming

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor the 10th Summer Family Concert in the Park Series. Spend an evening with family and friends at Minden Park and enjoy music all summer long. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, sponsored by the Carson Valley Active 20/30 Club.

I want to be an R-C reporter

Third-grade students at Jacks Valley Elementary School became members of the community Thursday, at least for the one day.

'Lifestyles' television show heads to Tahoe

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" makes the trip to South Shore for the March edition.

Snyder memorial dinner set for Tuesday

This was supposed to be the beginning of Nicole Snyder's senior softball season, the culmination of a blossoming multi-sport career at Douglas High School.

Thursday, February 23

'Senior for a day' candidates wanted

Douglas County Nevada TRIAD is sponsoring the "senior for a day" contest.

Barton Hospice relies on volunteers

Two types of volunteers are what keep the Barton Hospice of the Lake/Valley in business - the business of helping others through what could be one of the most difficult times in their lives, dealing with death.

Wednesday, February 22

Garden club is back at Douglas County Senior Center

Spring is approaching and it is time for the garden club to get back into action. The group is open to everyone interested in gardening or learning about digging in the soil.

A local view of eagles and agriculture

Local residents had their own chance to view the interaction of eagles and agriculture Wednesday during the first Eagles and Agriculture Tour Locals' Day.

Gardnerville couple celebrates 60th anniversary

Betty and Phil Pinder celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family and friends on Sunday.

Sunday event benefits county children's center

The community is invited to taste "Chili for Children" this Sunday. The Carson Valley Children's Center will host this fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nelson's Take Five, 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

Juber appears locally on March 11

Laurence Juber, former guitarist for Paul McCartney and Wings, will make an appearance at the Carson Valley Plaza on Topsy Lane on March 11.

Reduce wildfire risk

Wildfire season is just around the corner. The most important person in preventing a house from being destroyed during wildfire is the homeowner. It's the actions a homeowner takes before a wildfire occurs that often make the difference.

Our children create own Olympics in California state capital

Friends and the Olympic games are an inspiration


Floyd Scott Breckenridge, Jr., 76, a 10-year resident of Gardnerville, died Feb. 17, 2006, in Gardnerville.

Tuesday, February 21

League champs have plenty to look forward to

As far as first seasons go, it couldn't have gone much better for Douglas head wrestling coach Lamont McCann.

Updates on Douglas grads

For the week ending Feb. 19, 2006

Nature at my doorstep

Whoa baby - I'm glad February is almost over. These last couple of weeks have been really cold out here in Fish Springs. On many mornings we woke up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Eagles & Ag kicks off with reception Friday

Two raptor experts will speak at the upcoming Eagles & Agriculture reception scheduled for Friday evening at the Carson Valley Inn.

Little Miss Douglas County Pageant takes place Saturday

This Saturday, 36 contestants will compete in the Little Miss Douglas County Pageant in five age divisions. Girls ages 2-17 years will vie for the titles of Little Miss, Junior Miss, Baby Miss, Teen Miss and Wee Miss Douglas County. The girls will compete in three areas: interview, modeling and talent.

Democratic Central Committee meeting place changed

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee has changed its meeting place. The committee now will meet 7 p.m.

'Same Time Next Year' opens Friday

The Dakota Organization will produce Bernard Slade's "Same Time Next Year," a romantic comedy about George and Doris who have been meeting every year for the last 26 years even though they are married to other people.

Sibling scouts achieve high-ranking awards

Rachael Lambin and her brother John-Henry Lambin of Carson Valley both have earned achievements in scouts. Rachael, 15 earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for writing and illustrating a children's book. John-Henry, 13, earned his Boy Scout Eagle rank for leading a project to create public service announcements on disabilities.

Goodbye No. 3: Lehr passed away Jan. 31

The news of former Douglas High School standout Kevin Lehr's passing came as suddenly as one of his trademark sweeps down the sideline.

Monday, February 20


A funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fountainhead Foursquare Church for Lula "Pat" Copier, 79, who died Feb. 16 at her home in Gardnerville.

Calling all seniors

Sid Hayes, site director, and committee members met last week to work on their objectives for the senior center.

Master plan is a guideline

The master plan is not the Bible, nor is it the law, it is a guideline on which Douglas County bases its decisions about the future. It contains policies and goals for county growth.

Weekly columnist needed for 'Sweetwater Notes'

The Record-Courier is searching for a columnist to write the "Sweetwater Notes" column. Columns should cover topics of community interest every week pertaining to the Sweetwater, Topaz, Holbrook area

Event celebrates life of 'Snowshoe'

The 150th anniversary of the Snowshoe Thompson initial mail run from Placerville to Genoa will be celebrated on March 11.

Friday, February 17

CVMS sweeps tournament

The seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams at Carson Valley Middle School swept the South Tahoe Optimist Tournament recently.

TenBroeck takes over No. 1

In a scintilating run of tournament wins, Kari TenBroeck, 10, has succeeded in taking over sole possession of the girls 10 No. 1 ranking in Northern California.

Brenn Hill to appear at Carson Valley Inn

Carson Valley residents and visitors will have an opportunity to hear the music of award-winning Utah singer-songwriter Brenn Hill when the Red Cliffs recording artist appears in concert at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden on March 3. Hill's solo acoustic performance will feature material from his five-album catalog and spotlight songs from his current Red Cliffs Press CD, "Endangered."

Thursday, February 16

Bingo night for police dog, Jon-Jon

The Gardnerville council of the Knights of Columbus are dedicating their Feb. 24 Bingo Night in memory of police dog, Jon-Jon, of the Douglas County Sheriff's Canine Unit who died while on duty Feb. 3, in an accidental car fire.

Exotic colors, reception, whole new look for Gardnerville gallery

The East Fork Gallery is going through a dramatic face lift during the next few weeks. Gallery president Jo Linda Smith, along with Gallery Director Margaret Biggs and all the other gallery members, have taken turns, paint brush in hand to give the gallery a newer, more modern look.

Minden artist wins best of show

Carson Valley artists made a strong showing in the Nevada Artists Association Members Only Winter Show which began Feb. 6 and continues through March 17.

Fire prevention in a can, this weekend

Do you dispose of your fireplace ashes in a safe and effective manner? Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Thomas says most of us don't.

Wednesday, February 15

Honoring the big 9-0

Seventy-eight members of the Douglas County Senior Center are age 90 or older.

Chance to influence history coming next week

I received a call from Suzanne Sturtevant, who is park supervisor for Mormon Station State Park and the Dangberg Historic Home Ranch.

Doing battle with the meth scourge

Nevada was a black state before it was a red one. According to an investigation by the Portland Oregonian and Frontline, the silver state turned black in 1997, when the number of people in treatment for methamphetamine addiction hit 40 or more per 100,000 residents age 12 or older.

'Same Time, Next Year' opens next weekend at CVIC Hall

The Dakota Organization, a Carson Valley theater group, will present its first production, Bernard Slade's "Same Time, Next Year," Feb. 24, 25 and March 4 and 5 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Democratic Central Committee to meet

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee will hold their next meeting 7 p.m. March 2 at the Overland Restaurant in Gardnerville.

Artist works on silk canvasses

Working with fine silk and brilliantly colored dyes, Louise Noel Howes takes familiar subjects, Tahoe landscapes and Carson Valley pastures, and portrays them in her whimsical style.

In search of women of honor

Nominations are being accepted by the Douglas County Historical Society for women who have made a significant historical contribution to the quality of life in Douglas County.

Eagles and ag event rafting trip shows views of Valley wildlife

The annual raft/canoe trip in support of the Eagles and Agriculture Tour held in the Carson Valley is filling up fast, according to officials

4-H Club welcomes members

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites area youth to join the 4 Paws 4-H Dog Club for its meeting, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at Fuji Park Exhibit Hall in Carson City. The club is open to new members in March, and meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., at Fuji Park Exhibit Hall. When the weather warms, the group moves out of the Exhibit Hall to the open park space.

Choose your hat; it's high time for tea

A few St. Gall Women's Society committee members for "The Best of Yesterday" High Tea got together at Carol Bennis' home to try on vintage hats that they will wear as hostesses for the event.

Just a dog? Not Jon-Jon

Jon-Jon was just a dog, it's true. But what does it mean to be just a dog? Does it mean that Jon-Jon didn't feel pain or that he didn't understand what was said to him? Did it mean that when he was doing what he was bred and trained to do and was wagging his tail that he didn't feel some form of happiness?

Traveling for some 'sole' searching

Fish Springs has its own "Shoe Tree," just like the Loneliest Road in America has its special tree. The main difference is the kind of shoes that seem to be growing on these trees.

Take a break from the vice president's hunting accident - go to church

Hello Carson Valley. What could I possibly write about today that could compete with the fascination some in our nation have with our vice president's hunting accident. I don't know but it better be good.

Tuesday, February 14

Ski team doctors have Valley ties

Landing a medical position with the U.S. Ski Team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, doesn't grant physicians and trainers with an all-access ticket.

Resident wins national Ultimate Bodyshaping Course contest

Longtime Carson Valley resident Inge Costa has been named the newest National Ultimate Bodyshaping Course champion. Costa participated in the Ultimate Bodyshaping Course offered through Northwest Martial Arts, losing 20 pounds and more than 6 percent body fat in just 10 weeks.

Soroptimists present scholarships, awards

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley recently honored several Carson Valley Head of Household women, enabling them to attend college, and improve their employment status and financial status, while raising children in a single-parent home. The luncheon meeting recognized and presented awards and scholarships to what they considered as three deserving women.

Area artist gives demo at meeting

The next Carson Valley Art Association meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the meeting room of the Douglas County Public Library in Minden. This month's art demonstration will be by watercolorist and mixed media specialist Ann Armijo who has lived in South Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley for a number of years.

Miller takes state championship

From the beginning of the season, Douglas wrestling coach Lamont McCann said Shane Miller had more than a realistic shot at winning the school's first state title in 12 years (Douglas' last champ was Sean Buscay, who went 33-6 in 1994 and took the 119-pound title).

Wiffleball tourney earns state recognition

What started as a simple idea to get people outdoors in the slow midsummer months has come full-circle to earn honors from the Nevada Recreation & Parks Society.

Freshman girls share Sierra League title with Reno

The Douglas freshman girls' basketball team finished the season Friday with a big 53-11 win over Wooster, clinching a share of the Sierra League title.

Monday, February 13

District 40 rep to speak

Douglas County Democratic Women will hold its monthly luncheon March 6 at Carson Valley Inn's Donegal room. Guest speaker is Nevada State Assembly member Bonnie Parnell who represents District 40. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Atchison, Spiers to wed

Holly Atchison and John Spiers, both Reno residents, have announced their engagement; a fall wedding is planned at Edgewood, South Lake Tahoe.

Scouts information featured at library

During February, the Douglas County Public Library in Minden is featuring a display by Boy Scout Troops 240 and 340 to promote outdoor adventure and fun with a purpose.

Students expand on topic of Internet at Lions Club event

The 69th annual student speakers contest sponsored by the Lions Clubs of California and Nevada was held Friday at the Community Building in Walker.

Columnist needed for Johnson Lane Journal

The Record-Courier is searching for a columnist to write the Johnson Lane Journal. Columns should cover topics of interest every other week pertaining to the Johnson Lane area.

Time to strikedeal on growth

On Thursday Douglas County commissioners will discuss the county's future involvement in the legal proceedings surrounding the Sustainable Growth Initiative.

Walley's jazz night kicks off Thursday

David Walley's Restaurant is now featuring live jazz every Thursday night, starting this Thursday. From 5:30-9 p.m. the Red Davidson Trio will bring their blend of mainstream jazz to Walley's Hot Springs Resort, 2001 Foothill Road, Genoa.

Senior center honors 90-plus year olds

The Douglas County Senior Center will have its annual 90-plus Birthday Celebration today. This is the time that the center honors all those 90 years and older, plus those turning 90 in the year 2006.

Saturday, February 11

Douglas thumps Wooster to end season

The Douglas boys' basketball team put an exclamation point on the end of its 2005-06 campaign Friday night, topping Wooster 98-44 in the Tigers' home finale.

Lady Tigers coast into playoffs

All the Douglas girls' basketball team needed heading into Friday night's game against Wooster was a win to make the playoffs.

Friday, February 10

Raising cattle for more than a century

The cattle pulled at 4 tons of hay from both sides of the harobed truck as it made its way around the loop of the Settelmeyer's pasture in Northern Minden.

Church hopes to have positive impact

"This book is going to have a very positive impact on this Valley," said Leo Kruger, senior pastor of Valley Christian Fellowship in Gardnerville of the best-seller, "The Purpose Driven Life."

Looking for next Miss Douglas County

The Miss Douglas County Pageant will hold it's first meetings 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Pizza Barn Restaurant in Gardnerville.

Relay for Life 'boot camp' scheduled

Learn about the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event, coming Aug. 26-27 at Lampe Park, with a training session "boot camp," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at GE's Bently Nevada location, 1631 Bently Parkway, across from Western Nevada Community College's Douglas County campus. Lunch is provided.

Car club revs up in Valley

A new car club is organizing in Carson Valley. It is called the Carson-Tahoe Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Thursday, February 9

'Chili for Children' benefits children's center

The community is invited to taste "Chili for Children" on Feb. 26. The Carson Valley Children's Center will host this fundraiser at Nelson's Take Five located at 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Come inside from the cold for food and live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Secretary of State Dean Heller speaks at Republican women meeting March 1

The Douglas County Republican Women will meet March 1 at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden.

Cookie dough sales support student program

The Carson Valley Middle School annual Cookie Dough Fundraiser will begin Monday and continue through Feb. 27.

Sweetheart Dance leads February events

The Douglas County Senior Center held a Sweetheart Dance on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 8

Douglas boys out of postseason

The last hopes of a playoff spot slipped out of the Douglas boys' basketball team's fingers Tuesday night as the Tigers second-half rally sputtered in a 79-61 loss at Reno.

Lady Tigers in 3rd place as playoffs near

The Douglas girls' basketball team hung with Reno for a quarter Tuesday evening and then the Huskies got rolling.

Douglas High graduate represents state in Miss USA competition

Lauren Scyphers, a 2004 Douglas High School graduate, was crowned Miss Nevada USA in November and will compete for the Miss USA 2006 title, April 21 in Baltimore, Md. The competition will be televised and the winner will spend a year in New York.

Free Pops concert coming Feb. 19

Carson Valley Pops Orchestra presents "From Tales of Vienna to Tango Argentino," a free concert.

Valentine for fire crew

Last week, the Carson Valley Residential Care Center honored the paramedic team of the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Station No. 7, in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Peking duck, fish heads and rice

Happy Valentine's Day to sweethearts everywhere. What kind of romantic things do you have planned for Tuesday's special day? Sweet rolls in bed with honey? A gourmet dinner? For my man, that would be pork chops and applesauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, fresh asparagus and homemade bread. And for his favorite dessert - me, along with a piece of scrumptious cherry pie topped with vanilla ice cream.

A few modest proposals

We've been told that one of the reasons the intersection of Highway 88 and County Road does not qualify for a traffic signal is because most of the time it just isn't that busy.

Good time for adopting at animal shelter

Tired sets of eyes stared through the bars after a day of being examined by about 160 people.

Annualice fishing event soon

Sorry I have been away so long, but now I'm back to tell you of the annual Mac-the-Naw ice fishing get together. It will be Feb. 18 if the weather cooperates. If the weather is questionable it will be moved to the next day.

Elks' essays educate on patriotism

Three fifth graders at Minden Elementary School were given cash awards for their renditions of what they feel when they look up at the American flag.

Romance abounds in the Ranchos

Ranchos couple Ron and Tanya Sayed have been making other's wedding dreams come true for nearly 20 years.

Douglas boys eliminated from playoffs

A third-quarter rally and solid defensive effort in the second half was nearly enough to erase a nightmare of a first quarter for the Douglas boys' basketball team at Reno Tuesday night.

Library closed for President's Day

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden and the Lake Tahoe branch will be closed on Feb. 20, for President's Day. The library will resume its regular schedule on Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. For more information call the library at 782-9841.

Tuesday, February 7

Coleville girls fall from 1st

The Coleville Lady Wolves fell out of first place Saturday, dropping a 59-45 contest to Pyramid Lake.

Talking tomatoes

Warm days have gardeners talking tomatoes. It is too early to plant tomatoes outdoors, but it's not too early to order or purchase seeds. One online site that offers help on choosing and growing tomato varieties is Ohio State Cooperative Extension's,

Dancing at Lake

Full moon dancing to the big band sound of the 17-piece band "The Lake Tahoe Dance Band" is offered 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at Kahle Community Center in Stateline.

Chinese NewYear

Sonia Carlson performs the fan dance during the Chinese New Year performance at Meneley Elementary Schol, Friday. Ingrid Carlson, 8, does the dance, 'Little Girl Playing by the River' as part of the Carson Valley Chinese Cultural Group's performance

Lady Tigers win eighth out of last nine

The Douglas girls' basketball team continued its torrid march toward the playoffs Saturday with a big 55-33 win over Hug in north Reno.

'Same Time Next Year' slated Feb. 24 through March 5

The Dakota Organization will produce Bernard Slade's "Same Time Next Year," a romantic comedy about George and Doris who have been meeting every year for the last 26 years even though they are married to other people.

Sapp takes 4th consecutive race

The Douglas High ski team came in third at the Tahoe Basin Ski League meet at Alpine Meadows last week, taking advantage of another strong outing from senior Holden Sapp.

Hug tops Douglas boys

Regardless of what the Douglas boys' basketball team is able to do this week, a whole lot of its playoff hopes will be tied to what North Valleys does.

Dolfins ready for state

The Douglas Dolfins swim team hosted the Last Chance Invitational recently, giving swimmers one last shot to make the Nevada State Championship qualifying times.

Valley kids jumping rope for heart health

Valley elementary school jump-ropers have been performing before University of Nevada, Reno, games.

Monday, February 6

Senator awards grad a scholarship

Fallon Frye is a freshman attending San Luis Obispo Cal Poly where her brother Gilbert also attends. Frye was recently awarded a scholarship by Senator Dave Cox who represents the first Senatorial District and the Sacramento Region Community.

Reflections Beauty Salon opens in Topaz Ranch Estates

Deborah Boulet announces the opening of her Beauty Salon "Reflections," formerly Janis' Reflections II, in the Sweetwater Shops, 3920 Carter Drive, Suite A, in Topaz Ranch Estates. Specializing in perms, coloring, weaves, and haircuts for men, women and children. Waxing and ear piercing services are also available.

Friday, February 3

Roe, Currer to have summer wedding

Dave Roe and Lori Currer are very happy to announce their engagement. Both Dave and Lori are residents of Gardnerville.

Class intended to make you smile

Artists express their emotions through their work, according to Reiko Hervin, who recalls her life experiences that have affected her own drawing and painting.

Senior center denial no surprise

We can't say we're surprised that the utility tax was defeated. We anticipate the question of whether and how to fund the senior center will return to the county board with a request to be included on the ballot for voters to ponder in the fall.

Thursday, February 2

School board accepts $1 million donation

Work should begin on Douglas High School's track in mid-March after Douglas County School trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to accept a $1 million donation from Big George Ventures.

Preparations under way for Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair

The Carson Valley Sertoma Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair is not far off; the dates for the event this year are April 22 and 23, at the Carson Valley Inn.

It's Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair time again

The Carson Valley Sertoma Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair is not far off; the dates for the event this year are April 22 and 23, at the Carson Valley Inn.

Teen Game Day offered at library

The Dragonslayers, the Douglas County Public Library Teen Advisory Board, invites you to Teen Game Day on Feb. 17. Join the fun at this free program from 4-7 p.m. for teens ages 12 to 18. Pizza and soda as well as a variety of games will be provided.

County 'little misses' to be chosen in pageant

The Little Miss Douglas County Pageant will take place Feb. 25. The pageant will be hosted by the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department and the Dance Workshop Performing Arts Center, 1697 County Road in Minden.

Wanted: Prospective owners

Super Dog Saturday, an adoption event, will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Animal Shelter, 921 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville.

Wednesday, February 1

Roundabout bad plan for Minden

Over the next few months the Nevada Department of Transportation will host meetings with the public to discuss the construction of a roundabout at Highway 88 and County Road in Minden.

Carson Valley Inn Blackjack winners will compete in tournament

Dave Myers of Minden won the $750 first place prize in the Carson Valley Inn's January monthly blackjack tournament, Josh Daniels of Gardnerville finished second for $450 and Gary Griffith, also from Gardnerville, captured third place and $300.

Gust, Alstead announce engagement

Bryce C. Alstead and Emily Gust announced their engagement to be married, with the wedding to take place on Aug. 18, 2006, near Portland, Ore.

Talent search for 'Battle of the Bands 2006'

Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting "Battle of the Bands 2006" for teens on April 15 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building in Gardnerville. Local teen bands will compete for a first-place prize of a recording session, as well as other prizes.

Women's society meeting scheduled

The St. Gall Women's Society regular monthly meeting will be 7 p.m., Tuesday. The guest speaker will be Rosemary Nebesky of La-Tea-Da Tea Shoppe, at 108 W. Telegraph St., Carson City.

'Ritz' dresses it up this year at Genoa Lakes

The annual fundraising event, "Puttin' on the Ritz," will be held on March 18 at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club, 1 Genoa Lakes Drive, to benefit the Family Support Council of Douglas County.

Brownies, it's not just cookies anymore

A dozen enthusiastic Brownies helped cook a pizza meal Tuesday ... then they ate it.

Firefighter volunteers for quarter century

Jay Hoogestraat (pronounced who-ga-strat) has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 25 years.

Club searches for great citizen

The Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club is attempting to reinstate a tradition. In the past, the men's group has elected a Citizen of the Year, but the last couple of years the practice has fallen through the cracks.

Small groups to answer big question

Later this month, people in small groups all over the Carson Valley will begin to formulate an answer to one of life's biggest questions. The study guide for this quest will be the best-selling book "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren, sub-titled with the question "What on Earth am I here for?" The book will be supplemented by six weekly 20-minute video sessions in small groups throughout the Valley.

Frogs don't like heat no matter how it's applied

I almost put an editor's note on Richard Frost's letter to the editor appearing in Wednesday's edition, but space and editorial decorum stayed my hand.