Stories for July 2006


Monday, July 31

A slower pace

We seem to be in a pre-Labor Day lull, with many taking their last vacation trips before school starts and community groups being more idle till September. I'm not complaining, as it has been wonderfully relaxing after all the early summer activities that took place around here. With the heat we've had lately, it sure feels good to sit in the shade and do nothing; but I think we can count on things getting busy again before long.

AARP driving classes sign-ups are now offered

Sign-ups are now being taken for three AARP Driver Safety classes. The purpose of the all-day classes is to help seniors continue to be good drivers as long as possible. There is a $10 fee, payable at the class. Those who complete the class may be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance. For more information call Doug Dill at 783-4388.


A memorial service is 10 a.m. Friday at Minden Park for Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, 85, who died at his home in Minden on July 26, 2006.

Kelly and Crandall married June 10

Megan Kelly and Joey Crandall, both of Gardnerville, were married at the Grace Community Church in Minden on June 10.

Remembering 'Jake' recalls a better time

It's not so long ago in Douglas County that it was pretty easy to get to know who was running for office, because the person was usually your neighbor, or shopkeeper, or in the case of Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, the oil man.

Saturday, July 29

Friday, July 28

Senior trips in Alpine County

The Fifty-Plus Club of Alpine County will be taking the following weekly bus trips this month:

Smokey Bear's birthday celebrated

Smokey Bear will make a special appearance at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Smokey Bear's birthday is Aug. 9, 1944.

Coffee drive-up holds fundraiser for families of Douglas boys

A memorial fundraiser in memory of Alex Haas and Tim Coleman from Douglas County will take place 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Nevada Joe/Coffee on Main in MInden.

Summer workouts at Douglas ongoing

The Fall sports season is rapidly approaching at Douglas High School.

Genoa concert features Red Davidson Trio

The Concert on the Green at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Genoa Community Park will feature the Red Davidson Trio with Monique Haviland. Haviland is a local pop singer who is joining the group for this special event.

Thursday, July 27

Glocknitzer, Kugler compete at nationals

The Nevada high school rodeo team placed in three events in the top 10 Monday morning at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in Springfield, Ill.

Taysom, Hines married July 1

Christina Taysom and Andrew Hines were married July 1 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake City Temple.

'Northern Nevada Lifestyles' features American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" heads to South Shore for the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course after starting things off at the Douglas County Animal Shelter.

Community invited to share memories at celebration of life for 17-year resident

A 17-year resident of Topaz Ranch Estates, Fred Critser, died July 24. His wife of 21 years, Bette has planned a celebration of his life 4-7 p.m. at the Topaz Ranch Estates Community Park Building at the end of Carter Way this Saturday. She wants to invite all their friends and family to share with her, their special memories of Fred and his life.

Beat the heat with a houseboat vacation on Lake Shasta

Located about 200 miles from Reno, Lake Shasta is just north of Redding, California on Interstate 5.

Summer workouts at Douglas ongoing

The Fall sports season is rapidly approaching at Douglas High School.

Hawk to be released at middle school

The Douglas County Public Library and Douglas County Animal Control are sponsoring a raptor release 4 p.m. on Aug. 7. Meet at the Carson Valley Middle School athletic field at 1475 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Nancee Goldwater from Douglas County Animal Control will talk about raptors in the Carson Valley before releasing a rehabilitated hawk.

Carson Valley Classic, district championships this weekend

For the third consecutive year, the Alta Alpina Cycling Club has landed the Northern California/Northern Nevada Masters District cycling championships. The club will host the races - a road race in Woodfords Saturday and a criterium race around Minden Park Sunday - this weekend.

Douglas takes honors at Bishop Tri-County Fair

On July 12-16, the Bishop Tri-County Fair took place and the Douglas County 4-H livestock clubs and the FFA livestock club were there.

One of the signs you're living in a small town

While researching Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen's life for The Record-Courier, I was able to find both his birth announcement and his graduation announcement on the front page of the paper.

Donations needed for fundraiser garage sale

Organizers of the Douglas County American Cancer Society Relay For Life event on Aug. 26-27 are looking for good quality garage sale items for The Record Courier's Relay For Life garage sale/fundraiser on Aug. 5. Donations are needed by Aug. 4. Call Victoria Grathwohl at The Record-Courier for more information, 782-5121, ext. 221

Following your calling in life is not easy

The bible has many applications for life, some coming from direct teachings, like Jesus giving us lessons for salvation and life. Or the Epistles where we find practical advice for what faith looks like.

Wednesday, July 26

Election heatsup summer

The signs have sprung up all over the Valley, candidates are walking the neighborhoods and showing up at Valley events like ants to a picnic.

Museum gala event features work of popular local artist

The Douglas County Historical Society announces an exhibit of popular local artist Mimi Jobe. The exhibit of her art opens Aug. 12 at Carson Valley museum and Cultural Center. This exhibit will contain art works showing the development of her style from early years to the present.

Carson River photograph inspires artists

Everyone sees the world around us in a different way. Just to prove the theory, 22 Nevada Artists Association members created 28 images from the same photograph of the Carson River in the fall. Their efforts are being showcased on the back wall of the Brewery Arts Center Gallery , 449 West King St. in Carson City. The gallery is open daily except Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the show will run until Aug. 11.

Carson Valley soldier heading for Baghdad

Kira Schreckengost, a member of the seventh generation to serve her country in the U.S. Army, is leaving for Iraq in the next few weeks.

Clyde, leave the baby quail alone

Oh, how we love to see the quail birds - especially this time of the year when the babies are all over the place. I should put a bumper sticker on my car that says, "I brake for quail." I'd have to put another sign saying, "and bunnies too," as those tiny cottontail bunnies are so cute.

Tuesday, July 25

Seniors stumble at Little League state championships

The Carson Valley Senior Little League baseball club spent most of its season just looking for teams in their own age group to play.

Library is a happening place

The Douglas County Public Library is having a book sale in the front lobby of the Minden branch during regular library hours. All books will be on sale through Saturday. Fiction and non-fiction books will 50 cents each.

Fundraising continues for Relay For Life

The Record-Courier is selling two different Relay For Life bears for $10 each. All proceeds go to The American Cancer Society.

Banana Sluggers win White Lightning

While the number of teams that showed up remained the same and last year's tournament champs defended their title, the second annual White Lightning Wiffleball Tournament presented by the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department still showed plenty of areas of growth.

Vacation bible school offered at Hilltop Community Church

Son Treasure Island is the theme for Hilltop Community Church for their 2006 Vacation Bible School 9-11 a.m. Aug. 14-18.

Digest: Soccer camps offered

The Carson Valley Net Rippers are hosting a youth soccer camp exclusively for 5-to-7-year-old boys and girls.

Monday, July 24

Family Support Council offers help

When we bring children into this world, we hold the hope and expectation that they will grow into independent and successful adults. Most of us expect that we will one day be grandparents, getting to spoil and play with grandchildren without the responsibility of being the primary parent. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 2.4 million grandparents in the United States have had these hopes shattered and are raising a collective 4.5 million children.


A burial Mass is 10 a.m. Aug. 5 for Alpha Eugene Day Annett, 99, at the Infant of Prague Catholic Church in Bridgeport, Calif. Mrs. Annett died July 22, 2006, in Gardnerville.

Camping in our own backyard

With high gas prices, I wanted to make our first camping trip fairly close to home. Right here in Douglas County we have a wonderful campground run by our Parks & Rec Department at Lake Topaz. For $10 a night you can camp under the large cottonwood trees and swim in the nice warm water. They have hot showers and clean bathrooms with flush toilets. That is a very important feature to me. Ted and Gary are great camp hosts and they'll even deliver bags of ice right to your site.

Fire meeting was informative and positive

Obviously, last week the biggest concern for us and our neighbors to the east and northeast was the stubborn fire, smoke and thunderstorm weather.

Housing market'shills and valleys

The wave that was Nevada real estate values has crested and now homebuyers and sellers may have to spend a little bit of time in the trough.

Sunday, July 23

Friday, July 21


A memorial service for Valerie M. Flynt, 74, a 10-year Gardnerville resident, was 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ, 3209 Airport Road.

Sporting clay competition coming

The Nevada State Sporting Clay Competition will be Aug. 9-13. This event is open to the public. For members of the National Sporting Clay Association this is a sanctioned event. For non-members there is a Hunter Class entry. Registration is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9-11 during the preliminaries and 7 a.m. to noon the morning of the main event Aug. 12. Cost for 100 Birds Saturday and Sunday is $150.

It's summer time again

Yes, it is summer time again in stunning Carson Valley; we have waited for what seems like a very long time for it to get here. Now we can go camping, boating, floating, swimming, hiking, picnicking and drinking and have all kinds of adventures and have fun together as a family.

Thursday, July 20

Linens and tables and bikes, oh my!

Jeans are stacked 3-feet high, tables are reserved for sweaters, boutique items, housewares and linens, there are two rooms filled with electronics and the gymnasium resembles a large orderly flea market.

10- and 20-year Douglas High reunions coming up

The Douglas High School class of 1986 will have their 20-year reunion the weekend of July 28-29. The celebration includes an informal gathering at the JT Basque Bar & Dining Room at 7 p.m. July 28 for cocktails; a family day will be at Cathy Hopkin's house July 29, food provided, directions provided at the JT. Adult-only dinner party will be July 29 in the Carson Valley Inn Shannon Ballroom, starting at 6 p.m. with an open bar from 6-7 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. The cost is $45 per person, make checks payable to DHS 1986 Reunion and mail to Heidi Neilson (Feil), 4202 Kyle Drive, Wellington NV 89444. For information, call Heidi Neilson, 266-9277.

Artist's reception and workshop coming next month to gallery

An artist's reception for Howard Rees, a plein-air painter from Amador City, will take place 5-7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio.

Such a peaceful place for this to happen

Here is a small lesson in how one should never take things for granted.

Wednesday, July 19

Miss Wanda's swan song

There were gourmet picnics from gourmet baskets, wine drunk from real wine glasses and vodka cocktails parked in the drink holders of gourmet lawn chairs. People get serious about their picnics for the free shows in Minden Park during the summer-long concert series.

Basket weaver represents Washoe tribe at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

A basket weaver from Indian Hills recently attended the 40th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Barbecue was a great time

The 15th annual barbecue hosted by the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department was a big success this year.

Grasshoppers' migration

Beware - the grasshoppers are coming to Fish Springs and bunches of them are already here. These young, brown little nymph grasshoppers are about 1/2-inch long and they can hop pretty darn high. When I walk across the lawn I see them jumping ahead of me and sometimes they jump up under my skirt! What's worse is that they're in my herb garden. While I was weeding there yesterday several of them hopped right over my hand. No fear at all.

Move cancels show

The Nelson's Take Five crew is moving to the Backroads site on Airport Road and hopes to open a new restaurant/bar as soon as mid-August.

FEAT hopes for center for autistic children

When Wendi and Garritt Fauria's son Dave was 13 months old, Wendi had suspected something was wrong for quite some time. He never had pointed at anything like 1-year-olds normally do and didn't respond when they called his name. He had stopped smiling and babbling. The last word he had spoken was "Mama" on Mother's Day at 11 months old.

Guitarist is first performer at Minden Village

Through his connections with bands, music lover and promoter Doug Reynolds brought some first-rate musicians to Carson City, and now they're coming to Carson Valley.

Tuesday, July 18

Origami demonstration coming Monday

Origami will be featured at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden on Monday at 6:45 p.m. Origami will be featured at the Douglas County Public Library in Zephyr Cove on Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.

A caterpillar can become a butterfly

Picture a caterpillar - hairy and fuzzy; it is anything but beautiful. It lives in the dirt and muck of this world. But a caterpillar does not continue to conform to its world.

Stork Raving Mad performs Friday at concert in the park

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music at Minden Park, located in downtown Minden. The performance, one in the 2006 Summer Family Concert Series, takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday.

'The Curse of the Hanging Tree'

Cowboys bellied up to the bar as loose women sashayed around the room in the first act of the four-act play "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" presented by the Douglas County Historical Society Friday and Saturday nights in Genoa.

Hospice volunteers recruited at meeting

Want to help out by giving back to your community? Come to Lampe Park on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon to meet and talk with the active hospice volunteers. See which of the five volunteer activities best suits you and your talents. Make a difference in someone's life. Call volunteer coordinator John with questions at 783-3076.

Monday, July 17

'Lips Together, Teeth Apart'

The New York Times called it "a comedy that hurts." But "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" by Terrence McNally - the most recent production from The Dakota Organization - does a lot more than that. It makes you laugh, cry (if you're a sap like me), want to yell at the characters, but most of all, it makes you think.

Harker, Safford to be married

Roger and Sheryl Harker of Minden are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Amanda Harker to Roby Safford of Minden, son of Steve and Maggie Safford of Clover Valley. The wedding date has been set for Sept. 16 in Minden Park.

Lower end of the chain

After being awakened in the middle of the night several times by screaming smoke alarms when there was no fire and repeatedly re-setting clocks and the answering machine, I decided to go to the source with my questions.

Safety education can be fun at Northwest

Northwest Martial Arts will host a free Community Safety N.E.T. (No Easy Target) presentation 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 22 at the Northwest Martial Arts Gym, 1321 Highway 395 (next to the Rite-Aid) in Gardnerville.

Renaissance Faire just over the horizon

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Come one come all to the 10th annual Genoa Renaissance Faire July 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Friday, July 14

Pets invited to library show

The Douglas County Public Library and the Douglas County Animal Control are sponsoring a pet show on July 26 at 3 p.m. Bring your pet to Minden Park to win ribbons for fuzziest tail, smallest pet, biggest ears and more.

Artist Hervin to do demo at CVAA meeting

Demonstating for the Carson Valley Art Association meeting will be artist Reiko Hervin, who was featured in the June 30 issue of The Record-Courier.

Registration open for watercolor class

Award-winning artist, Reiko Hervin offers a quality, fun drawing and watercolor painting class from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (seven classes total) at the Nevada Cooperative Extension of Douglas County in Gardnerville (across from Lampe Park).

Dog obedience class offered by Parks & Rec

A dog obedience class is offered by Douglas County Parks & Recreation through Aug. 16. Classes are 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Carson Valley Middle School.

Shipley's concert performed Sunday in Minden Park

It's time for the third annual Shipley Concert in Minden Park, today from 6-8:30 p.m. This follows the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Concert in Minden Park on Friday by De-ja-Blues.

Local art shown in Tahoe

The Valhalla Grand Hall will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 24-28, with two local artists showing their paintings. The Grand Hall is on Highway 89 in the Tallac Historic Site about 3 miles north of the "Y" in South Lake Tahoe (just past Camp Richardson).

Tickets available for Taste of Gardnerville

The tickets are here now and a limited amount are still available for the annual Taste of Gardnerville which will be 5 p.m. Aug. 5. The Douglas County Historical Society has arranged new food tasting experiences for ticket holders and a variety of musical treats as people stroll the downtown area.

Rhymers Rodeer is coming

Cowboy poetry - along with a smattering of cowboy music - will be featured at the 19th annual Rhymers Rodeer in the Carson Valley Inn's Shannon Ballroom on Nov. 3 and 4. Jim King, Jim Parsons and Ron Brinegar will provide the rhyme, trail tales and stories; Juni Fisher will display the musical talents that garnered the Academy of Western Artists 2005 Female Western Vocalist of the Year award; and McAvoy Layne in his Mark Twain character will attempt again to keep it all under control.

Thursday, July 13

Scholarships awarded

The Minden Rotary Club recently awarded $2,500 Minden Rotary Persistence Scholarships to two local Western Nevada Community College (WNCC) students. The scholarships are designed to assist students needing a "helping hand" to further their education. The recipients are Rhonda Vega and Rachel Rosete-Gantner.

New member joins fire department team

Wednesday night was a training night for one of the newest volunteers to join Topaz Ranch Estates Volunteer Fire Department. Laurie Pendleton, a resident of TRE since 2003, decided to join the department after going out horseback riding several times with Fire Chief Coreen Hutchison.

Donations, volunteers needed for shopping spree

The women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club is partnering with the men's Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club and the co-ed Carson City club for the organization's annual children's shopping spree, set to take place on Aug. 5 at Wal-Mart in north Douglas County.

Watercolor workshop and oil painting class offered

St. Mary's Art Institute in Virginia City is a new venue for Mark Tompkins and Sonnie Imes, starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 22, with classes at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and 24.

Wednesday, July 12

Bluegrass band features local musician

The second annual Bluegrass on the Comstock features bluegrass and traditional music in Virginia City. The event begins Friday from 7:30 a.m. until the musicians drop with an open jam at the old V&T freight depot. Saturday from noon to 8:30 p.m. bands will play at Miner's Park followed by an open jam at the old V&T freight depot; and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday will be more music at Miner's Park.

The Monohans retire after 20-plus years as fire department volunteers

Editor's note: Johnson Lane Journal columnist Lisa Welch writes about growing up with her parents, Norbert and Linda Monohan, who retired from their positions with the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department Station 9 on Tuesday after more than 20 years of service. The Monohans both retired from their regular jobs four years ago. Linda Monohan was the school secretary at Gardnerville Elementary School for 20 years.

Life in the retirement lane

Editor's note: Columnist Linda Monohan writes about retirement and how she and her husband Norbert Monohan retired from the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department Station 9 after more than 20 years of service. This column is followed by one written by Record-Courier columnist Lisa Welch, whose parents happen to be Linda and Norbert Monohan. Welch gives a first-hand account of some of the funnier aspects of growing up with firefighting parents.

It's all in the telling

Under a shade tree next to the Farmers Market in Lampe Park in Gardnerville sat about 35 children Wednesday, most of them listening intently to Carol Nageotte, known as "Miss Carol," tell stories.

Zidane's last play reminds me of a verse

Greetings Carson Valley. The World Cup is over. Can you believe that last game between France and Italy? Ten minutes till the end of overtime and Zidane, the French team's captain, assaults one of the opposing team's defensive players, Materazzi. Unbelievable.

Bible school coming next week

The First Action Heroes Vacation Bible School will be held next week, July 17-21. From 6-8:30 p.m. children ages 4-12 are invited to join the action-packed adventure as heroes from the Bible are shared in a "super heroic" setting.

Station 7 BBQ Saturday night

Grab your dancing shoes and bring your appetite; the volunteer firefighters at Station 7 in the Ranchos are putting on their annual barbecue and dance tomorrow evening and everyone is invited.

Cowboyup 4 Kids: Fundraiser for Carson Valley Children's Center

The community is invited to Cowboyup 4 Kids on Sept. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. The Carson Valley Children's Center will host this lively fundraiser at the Corley Ranch located at 859 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and live music.

Turn back time at the Genoa Renaissance Faire

Step back to the year 1590 and imagine yourself entering the village of Genovese. This is the weekend of the yearly joust and revelry. You have waited a year for the much anticipated games. Genovese is a place where nobles, peasants and every sort of scalawag rub elbows. It's a village whose livelihood depends on the sea and pirate trade.

Tuesday, July 11

Concert in the Park features Deja Blues, Friday in Minden

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music at Minden Park, located in downtown Minden. Deja Blues can be described as a variety band, or a party band. Their repertoire includes rock, ballads and standards, as well as blues.

Local painter wins award in Colorado

Markleeville artist Charles Muench received the "best of show/artist's choice award" for his painting, "Morning Light in the Alley," at the 2006 Telluride Plein Air Exhibit in Telluride, Colo.

Arenacross Triple Crown set for Saturday

The facility that has hosted everything from rodeos to roller hockey games will add yet another wrinkle this weekend.

Death Ride draws big crowd

Over the last 26 years, the Tour of the California Alps: Death Ride has developed its own mystique across the globe.

Sale Saturday benefits children's home

A fundraising event to benefit Austin's House will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Real Estate Mall at 1674 Highway 395 in Minden.

Art sale to benefit museum

The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center will present a showing of the life-long work of local artist Mimi Jobe. The art sale will benefit, in part, the museum and cultural center. There will also be a raffle of a framed 24- by 36-inch gicleé print on canvas, "Sierra Vista," with proceeds from the raffle to benefit the museum as well.

Monday, July 10

Firefighter helps his community

Seth Gardner, 20, is one of the newest recruits at our Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department, Station 6. Seth graduated from Douglas High School in 2004 and is currently a student at Western Nevada Community College as well as a part-time worker at the Home Depot in the kitchen and bath department.

Democratic summer barbecue coming Sunday

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee is holding its third annual summer barbecue/fundraiser on Sunday at the Hollister Ranch in Genoa from 2-7 p.m.

Community-minded attend help day

For those of you who weren't able to attend the Community Help Day, Saturday, you really missed seeing what community can be about. There were 28 volunteers attending, each of whom worked to the maximum. So much was accomplished at the park, and everyone had a good time to boot.

Happening at the senior center

On Sunday, Young At Heart will be having their monthly bingo. Doors open at noon. Early bird games start at 1 p.m. and regular games at 1:30 p.m. Must be 21 years or older to play. Progressive for July is $450 on 55 numbers ... the pot increases by $50 each month and 1 number if not won. The game continues for black-out for one half of the take for the special progressive game. Free coffee and snacks. Hot dogs and chili will be sold at the snack bar. For more information, call 267-4897.

Catch two plays in the Valley this weekend

This weekend there is not just one, but two theatrical performances taking place in Carson Valley - the Douglas County Historical Society's "Curse of the Hanging Tree" and the Dakota Organization's "Lips Together, Teeth Apart."

Sharing news about visit to art museum

Recently, the Carson Valley Art Association took a trip to the Nevada State Museum of Art in Reno. They were met by docent Colin Robertson who explained the various exhibits in the museum.

Composting of natural vegetation at various sites

Is your yard overgrown? Are there tree branches hanging over your house? Have you got piles of yard waste you've been meaning to get rid of?

Sunday, July 9

Saturday, July 8

Book sale begins Monday

The Douglas County Public Library is having a book sale in the front lobby of the Minden branch during regular library hours. All books will be on sale Monday through July 29, 2006. Fiction and non-fiction books will 50 cents each. The Minden library is located at 1625 Library Lane. For more information call 782-9841.

Sign-ups due today for 4-H Youth Fair

Where can you see a dog show, some terrific home arts projects, and a horse training demonstration? The Carson City/Storey County 4-H Youth Fair, July 21Ð22, at the Carson City Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall at Fuji Park, 601 Old Clear Creek Road. Youth will be showing off a variety of projects that they have been working hard to complete at this annual family event. Admission for spectators is free. Enjoy the festivities 8Ð10 p.m. on July 21, and 8-9 p.m. on July 22.

Children's Game Day is Saturday

Kids ages 7-12 are invited to Children's Game Day on Saturday.

Friday, July 7

Sierra Nevada Media Group names athletes of the year

The Sierra Nevada Media Group named Galena's Cole Dowty and Whittell's Katrina Kacirek as its high school athletes of the year for 2006.

Douglas grad competes for state title

Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2006, Annie Austin is spending a week in Mesquite for the Miss Nevada Pageant which started on Monday.

10-11 All-Stars faring well

The Carson Valley Little League 10-11-year-old All-Stars got off to a strong start in round robin play during the Nevada District I tournament at Washoe's South Valleys Sports Complex earlier this week.

Our fourth purpose is to serve God by serving others through ministry

In my last article I wrote about the third of five purposes for our lives. In the book, "The Purpose Driven Life," Pastor Rick Warren asked the question, "What on earth am I here for?" The first purpose is to worship God. We were planned for God's pleasure. God is pleased with true worship. Loving God is our first and foremost purpose.

Meet the artist, pottery featured at East Fork Gallery

The East Fork Gallery is featuring Reno artist Dale Pappas at the July reception, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Thursday, July 6

Time to prepare for wildfires

A downed power line coming to rest on a barbed wire fence behind The Roadhouse and adjacent mobile home park at Holbrook Junction sparked the small wild land fire which was quickly contained and extinguished by responding units from Topaz stations 4 and 5 on Wednesday. An old power line and wind were the stated causes by Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Fields.

Bike wheels meet wheels of iron

Nevada Wandering Wheels, a local street motorcycle group here in Carson Valley, was at this holiday weekend's "Iron Horse Days: An Extravaganza of Fire, Steam and Old Iron" at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. As a side event, on the Fourth of July, on display were 14 motorcycles including two sidecars.

Artist's work featured at gallery reception

There will be an artist reception for featured artist, Ric Rose, at Artistic Viewpoints 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Rose's work will be the focal point at the gallery for the month of July through Aug. 8 when the show will be replaced by the father-and-daughter team of photographer, Robert Feltman and artist, Karen Aleman.

Pops in the Park

The Sierra Philharmonic League's 23rd annual Pops in the Park was a "great event," according to league president Bill Bandes, who was happy to have the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra's main conductor Barry Jekowsky conducting.

Student gives own account of award gala

During a trip to New York City to collect a $10,000 award, a 16 year-old Carson Valley resident was interviewed and photographed for the August issue of Teen Vogue magazine that hit newsstands July 5. Here is an excerpt of Rachael Lambin's account of her experiences.

Wednesday, July 5

Open house at Fish Springs firehouse and croaking frogs

The members of the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department would like to invite all of our Fish Springs and East Valley neighbors to come to a special open house at the firehouse on July 22, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Carson Valley 9-10 All-Stars top Reno American

The Carson Valley 9-10 Little League All-Stars stumbled a bit out of the gates, but rebounded to capture an impressive win during the opening weekend of the Nevada District I Little League All-Star Tournament at the South Valleys Sports Complex.

Veteran firefighter found his niche

Veteran firefighter Paul Twichell just recently returned to full duty with the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department after recovering from hip replacement surgery in February. His recovery has been so complete that he says he has no pain and is amazed at how good he feels. I caught up with him just before he left on a trip to Carlin, about 100 miles east of Winnemucca and about 25 miles west of Elko, to do some public relations work for a potential job.

Gardnerville fourth-graders surprise DAWG

Jim Joseph of Douglas Animal Welfare Group called me to say the group received a check for $376 from the Gardnerville Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Organization.

Feds need to pay ranchers

We've been reporting on the purchase of conservation easements by the federal government to protect ranch lands for a couple of years now. What we haven't known until just recently is that in exchange for all those easements exactly zero dollars have so far been paid.

No easy task to venture forth on the Fourth

I wish I could say "happy Fourth," but at the moment I'm feeling a little "bah-humbug." (Oops, wrong holiday.)

Digest: Death Ride volunteers still needed

Plans for the 2006 Tour of the California Alps - Death Ride are in full swing and volunteers are needed for the event, which is Friday and Saturday in Alpine County.

Wild horses shine in competitions

Caitlin George, a 12-year-old Carson Valley Middle School student, has been competing and winning a series of special equestrian competitions with a bay mustang named Emmett.

20-30 club president goes national

The women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club welcomes a new national president for a job well done.

Del Vecchio, Nickerson to wed

Al and Lisa Del Vecchio of Minden announce the engagement of their son, Alfred A. Del Vecchio II, to Christianne Nickerson, daughter of Gary and Cindy Nickerson of Arvada, Colo.

Monday, July 3

Obituary Hodges

A celebration of life is 10 a.m. Friday at Crossroads Nazarene Church, 1788 Pinenut Rd. in Gardnerville for Michelle "Shelli" Marie (Manchester) Hodges who died June 30 in Gardnerville after a year's battle with breast cancer.

Library gets children's computer

As we have heard lately, there have been more than 15 fires of substantial size just over the state line in Northern Nevada. Unfortunately, we can look ahead and worry about similar fires in our area, both lightning-caused and man-made.

July 4th memories

I was thinking about my favorite July 4th weekend. Even my childhood memories couldn't top camping at Twin Lakes outside of Bridgeport two years ago. I didn't let on to my choice, but I asked each of my children individually and then my husband. We all picked the same trip. I knew it was great. But we'll each say why that was our best trip.

Sunday, July 2