Stories for March 2006


Friday, March 31

Kolbe, Christian to wed June 24

Kathryn Nicole Kolbe and Christopher Allen Christian of Wellington are pleased to announce their engagement. The wedding is set to take place June 24 at Topaz Lake.

Spaghetti feed fundraiser held for Gardnerville woman

The Linda Kraten Leukemia Fund presents a spaghetti feed fundraiser 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Rappin' to Minden takes place at spring festival

The Northern Nevada Chapter invites all International Inliner members, wives and guests to its second annual Rappin' to Minden to take place in conjunction with the Minden Spring Festival June 3-4. Inliners will be the only featured group of vehicles and will be displayed at the Town of Minden Park. Minden Spring Festival fills Esmeralda Avenue with booths of arts, crafts and food vendors, as well as live music to dance to.

CVCT's female 'Odd Couple' opens Friday at CVIC Hall

"The Odd Couple (Female Version)," a Neil Simon comedy, will be presented by the Carson Valley Community Theatre this weekend on Friday and Sunday, and May 19, 20 and 21, at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The lead roles of Florence Unger and Olive Madision are played by Maggie Allen and Margaret Edson, respectively.

Thursday, March 30

California season approaches

Hello fellow anglers.

Tourney results for Carson Valley Men's Golf Club

The Carson Valley Men's Golf Club conducted its opening tournament earlier this week.

Miller makes top 16 at nationals

Shane Miller's remarkable senior-season run has come to an end.

Silk artist featured at gallery reception in Gardnerville

Visit with artist Louise Noel Howes 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at an artist reception in her honor at Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio.

Children's celebration in Woodfords

The Alpine County Family Support Council invites everyone to come celebrate the Week of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Talent competition auditions on Wednesday

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 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.

Local artist's work shown in S.F.

Nancy Clark's original oil paintings will be part of the collection to be shown at the Celebration of Western Art in conjunction with the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace in South San Francisco.


A funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday for Raymond William Fostey, 82, at Antelope Valley Methodist Church in Coleville.

Bartender/cook makes a difference at Topaz Joe's

Susanne McLaughlin moved to Topaz Ranch Estates about a month ago and is now the new bartender/short-order cook at the bar, providing some of the best tacos and hamburgers available in TRE.

Douglas students featured on TV show

Four Douglas High School students are featured this month on Northern Nevada Lifestyles, a program hosted by Terrie Q. Sayre which airs on local cable access channel 26. A sample of hard-working young people, Allison Andraski, David Mathews, Sara Miller and Lisa Shoemaker, were chosen to represent their classmates.

Douglas golf ties for 4th in league meet

The Douglas High School boys' golf team shot a 236 to tie for fourth place at the Sierra League match at Washoe Golf Course Tuesday afternoon.

Jim Gibson to speak to Democratic women

The next speaker in Douglas County Democratic Women's ongoing series of Democratic candidates will be Jim Gibson, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and mayor of Henderson. He will be at the luncheon, Monday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Wednesday, March 29

Math? Elementary, my dear Watson

Students in Susan Hoffman's sixth-grade class at Jacks Valley Elementary School got a math lesson Tuesday afternoon that they're possibly not soon to forget. After all, the lessons the elementary school students were learning were ... "elementary."

AARP drivers safety course offered

An AARP Drivers Safety Course, 55 ALIVE, sponsored by the Indian Hills General Improvement District, will be Tuesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Indian Hills General Improvement District Board Room, 3394 James Lee Park Rd. in Indian Hills. Pre-registration is required. Call the Indian Hills office at 267-2805, ext. 28 to sign up. A $10 classroom fee, payable at the beginning of class, covers workbook and material costs.

Tuesday, March 28

Valley churches offer Easter services

The congregation of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church would like to invite all members of the community to join them for the upcoming Holy Week activities. On April 13, Maundy Thursday, at 7 p.m. a Readers' Theater program titled "The Last Supper" will be presented. The Chancel Choir will sing, and communion will be celebrated.

The Record-Courier honored with art association painting

The Record-Courier Publisher Janet Geary accepted a pastel painting created by Linda Townsend in a presentation at the Carson Valley Art Association monthly meeting, Friday.

Lady Tigers split weekend with Damonte, Carson High

After dropping the first game, 5-2, to the Douglas softball team, and after trailing 7-1 in the third inning of the second game, Carson dug deep and took a 14-9 victory over Douglas for the split.

Congratulations to spelling bee winners

Six hardworking students represented Antelope Elementary in the county-wide spelling bee on March 24 in Lee Vining. Tori Park, Jacob Park and Hannah Cain made up the team while Buh Hamilton, Nicole Smith and Joey Cruz were the alternates. All six students had been practicing feverishly since the beginning of February staying after school to prepare with coach, Sandra O'Hara.

Girls' track team captures second place

Although the weather conditions were far from perfect, the Douglas track & field team performed above expectations at the Fallon Elks Invitational this past Saturday.

Big check passes for big track

It's a day that Douglas cross country coach Keith Cole always knew would come.

Douglas sweeps Damonte Ranch' baseball

D.J. Brady and Tyler May turned in two dominating pitching performances Monday afternoon as the Douglas baseball team swept Damonte Ranch 5-1, 10-4 in south Reno.

Church project advances ninth grader toward Eagle Scout rank

One phase of Eagle Scout qualification is performing a service project to benefit an organization or the community.

Cougars top swim team

Josefina Sigala led the Lady Tigers swim team in a narrow loss to Spanish Springs Friday.

Valley Easter services

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville, will celebrate the Passion according to Saint Mark on Sunday, April 9 with Festive Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., followed by Christian education for all at 9:30 a.m.

Church services held in Carson Valley on Easter Sunday

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville, will celebrate with services held throughout the Easter week.

Barton Hospital Hospice of the Valley needs new volunteers

Looking to make a difference in your community? If so, Barton Hospital Hospice of the Valley needs your help. They are looking for volunteers who have strong office and phone skills. Become a significant part of the Hospice team, because without you, the program would not exist. For more information or to become a volunteer today call John, 783-3076.

Easter services at Valley churches

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville, will celebrate the Passion according to Saint Mark on Sunday, April 9 with Festive Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., followed by Christian education for all at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, March 27

Learning to care for pygmy goats

Several years ago, my family was in the market for a couple of pygmy goats and I contacted Ray and Larna Hoyt, Johnson Lane residents. The Hoyts started the Silver State Pygmy Goat Association 12 years ago with only three member families. There are now 100-plus members from 17 states. Since we wanted to learn as much as possible about the care of our pygmies, we joined the association. It's open to everyone interested in all varieties of goats.

Senior center volunteer coordinator joins staff

The Douglas County Senior Center's new volunteer coordinator was an easy choice, since she brought with her plenty of experience in the field.

Kids & Horses presents an equine wellness clinic

Kids & Horses of Minden presents an equine wellness clinic 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Molly Wells, EBW, certified equine electro-acuscope therapist, will demonstrate and discuss the benefits of electro-acuscope therapy, equine stretching techniques, and game ready equine.

Food closet requests spring cleaning donations

The shelves at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet are looking sparse for spring. It's time to check your pantry for canned food to donate. Donations from the community help round out food closet shelves with foods received from our grocery store sponsors. Other items needed are paper products, baby diapers and toiletries. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Wednesday and on Friday from 1-4 p.m.

World T'ai Chi and QiGong Day event

With music from a CD called "Zen Garden" playing in the background, Earl Mussett leads his T'ai Chi and QiGong pupils in movements designed to relax the body and improve health.

Democratic Central Committee meeting on April 6

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m., at their new headquarters in the old Minden Creamery, 1617 Water St., Minden.

Taysom and Hines wedding set for July 1

Christina Taysom and Andrew Hines of Provo, Utah, have announced their engagement with a wedding planned for July 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Blazek and Haight to wed Saturday

Roxanne Rachel Blazek and Robert Harrison Haight, both of Smith Valley, will be married in the Town of Minden, April 1.

Parents must be involved

One of the key factors in preventing drug abuse by teens is parental involvement. That's why the turn-out at last week's drug symposium was so disappointing.

Sunday, March 26

Friday, March 24

Library presents Food for Fines

The Douglas County Public Library is presenting Food for Fines, April 3 through 15. For each can or box of non-perishable food donated, patrons may choose to waive an overdue fine or select a free book from the library's sale rack.

Support council puts on the Ritz

The Family Support Council's Fourth Annual Puttin' on the Ritz fundraiser held March 18 at Genoa Lakes Golf Club was a huge success.

CV 20-30 club gearing up for Easter egg hunt

The Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club annual Easter egg hunt is coming up Sunday, April 16.

Shoes for children who need them

Payless Shoe Source on Topsy Lane is offering an Easter Shoe Program.

Pasture golf tourney tees off

The sixth annual Jackie Giorgi Pasture Golf Tournament will be Saturday, in a cow pasture.

Pau-Wa-Lu spring concert to feature young violinist

Violinist John Scott will be the featured soloist when the Carson Valley Violin School presents its Spring Concert 2006 4 p.m. Sunday at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road, Gardnerville. The performance, which is co-sponsored by Friends of the Carson Valley Youth Orchestra, is open to the public without charge.

Two workshops offered for family caregivers

The Nevada Caregiver Support Center and the Douglas County Senior Center will be conducting two workshops for family caregivers of persons with dementia titled "Coping with Stress and Communication Skills Workshops for Caregivers."

Student prepares for trip to China

Douglas High School junior Matt Gilkerson has his sights set on a 17-day trip to China this summer as a student ambassador in the People to People program.

Lady Tigers drop marathon match to Damonte Ranch

For the second Thursday in a row, Douglas High's Mitzi Olsen turned in an absolute gem in the circle.

Douglas golf takes third at Sierra

The Douglas golf team took third at the league match at Sierra Sage Golf Course earlier this week.

Mustangs take win from Tigers

Damonte Ranch pitcher Matt Gardner hurt the Douglas baseball team from both the mound and the plate Thursday afternoon at Tiger Field in Minden.

Thursday, March 23

22 of the area's best honored on hoops squads

It's no surprise that Galena High placed a total of five players on the All-Sierra Nevada basketball teams.

World T'ai Chi/Qi Gong Day observed at event

In observance of World T'ai Chi/Qi Gong Day, the Carson Valley T'ai Chi Club and the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department are sponsoring a free event to educate the community on the wonders of these arts.


Carole J. Bettencourt, 61, died March 20, 2006, in Reno.

Finally: Track groundbreaking Monday

It's a day many around the Douglas High School track and field community thought would never come.

Student welding sculpture added to Carson Valley Days Art Show

The Carson Valley Artist Association is sponsoring a welding sculpture competition for high school students.

Digest: Hunter safety classes offered

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will host two hunter safety courses this spring.

Wednesday, March 22

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Top Ten

(First place votes are in parentheses, ties are broken by highest average vote)

Obituary Carson

There will be a Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m. March 26 at Topaz Landing, (the marina at Topaz Lake) for Robert "Bobby" James Carson, who died Jan. 15, 2006 in Topaz, Calif.

Veterans pancake breakfast scheduled April 15

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Topaz No. 3630 will have its pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m. April 15 at the Topaz Park Building. Members will serve pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, orange juice and coffee.

Musings, memories and mochas at the Pony Espresso

Like many of you, I was dismayed to open last Friday's paper and read that the Pony Espresso would be closing at the end of the month. I've enjoyed the coffee and camaraderie there since they opened several years ago, and have appreciated the convenience and friendly staff of our neighborhood coffeehouse.

Auto shop T-bucket is cruisin'

Cade Baligad's auto shop class at Douglas High School has been tinkering with a T-bucket, a 1923 Model T they purchased as a kit.

Big Mama's Show & Shine Car Show coming

The Douglas County Senior Center will host its Sixth Annual Big Mama's Show & Shine Car Show at the Lampe Park Pavilion in Gardnerville on May 13. Check-in time is 8-10 a.m. and the Show & Shine lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the awards presentation at 3 p.m. Music will be provided by "Time Warp."

Tuesday, March 21

Digest: Adult softball sign-ups open

The Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department will take registration for summer adult softball through April 21.

Senators pull off double-header sweep

For a few minutes Saturday morning, it appeared that Douglas High's Niko Saladis had found yet another way to deliver the Tigers a late-game victory.

Junior varsity Tigers thump Carson

The Douglas High softball team opened its season with an 11-1 win against Carson at Lampe Park Thursday.

Douglas runners enjoy successful opener

The start to the 2006 Douglas track & field campaign had another delay on Saturday.

Pau-Wa-Lu, CVMS excel at Carson Qualifier

Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School has 20 wrestlers compete at the annual Carson Middle School Qualifier Tournament Saturday. Of those 20, all but two placed in the top four of their respective weight classes.

Monday, March 20

Craft space available for chili cookoff

Craft space is still available for the 14th Annual Carson Valley Sertoma Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair. The charitable fundraiser will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 at the Carson Valley Inn behind the RV park. With 70 exhibitors at the 2005 event, the available space was at capacity. Sign-ups for this year's event are filling up fast but there is still space available. Sign up soon to assure a space.

In search of wild babies in the Pinenuts

I ran into a neighbor while walking my dog a few days ago. He has not lived here too long, and we started talking about the wildlife in the Carson Valley. I mentioned the two mustangs that were just down from my house the other day. They were the first I have seen here in Johnson Lane in the nine years I have lived here.

Mono County loses special lady

Jan Work died last Thursday at her home in Mammoth Lakes after battling cancer with courage and grace. She had been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that affected her liver 10 years ago, but continued to work for the Office of Education and raise her family of three with her husband, Robert.

Care Flight visits during Topaz Ranch Medical Clinic open house

Care Flight was in attendance at the open house of the Topaz Ranch Medical Clinic, 3919 Carter Drive in Topaz Ranch Estates, March 17. The three member crew, Capt. Art Vano along with Heather Emmot and David Gore, critical care nurse and paramedics, were there to introduce themselves to the residents, give the public a closer look at the helicopter transport capabilities and introduce the visitors to a cost-effective program now available through Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority.

Friday, March 17

The road to true pleasure

The Bible tells us that God created man in His own image. A major characteristic of man is a conscious desire for joy and pleasure. It is accurate to assume that since we were created with this desire it must also be a part of God's own nature.

Rotary club moves to noon meetings

After 80 years of night meetings, the Minden Rotary Club is moving its weekly meeting to noon.

Cattlewomen celebrate 50th with dinner/dance

The Western Nevada Cattlewomen are celebrating their 50th year and are extending a warm invitation to the community to attend their annual Spring Dinner and Dance, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The cost is $15 per person, $7 per child ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger.


A memorial service will take place 2 p.m., March 24 at Hilltop Community Church 3616 Sunridge Dr., Carson City for Lee Baumgarth, who died March 20, 2006.

Class Roundup

n Free Family Event: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Michael's Arts & Crafts, 955 Topsy Lane. Try the new Crayola Color Wonder Paint'Ems, mess-free fun for all ages. For more information, call Michael's at 267-1938 or visit the Web site

Martial arts seminar offered

A two-part seminar on throws and ground fighting will be offered by Sierra Dojo and High Desert Martial Arts 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1434-B Industrial Way, Gardnerville.

Thursday, March 16

Time to start gardening

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. There are three master gardeners involved in the club: Howard and Harriet Althouse and Ingrid Texeira. All worked this past fall improving the landscaping around the Douglas County Senior Center in Gardnerville by setting out flower beds.

Cauley captures triple crown

Ten Douglas Wildcats and six Douglas High School wrestlers competed in the Nevada State USA Wrestling Championships last weekend at Spanish Springs High School.

Fundraiser allows family to cheer daughter on in Miss USA pageant

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.

Swimming: Tigers to rebuild with large class of juniors, sophomores

Losing 17 seniors off last season's squad and coming into his first year as head coach at Douglas, Charlie Bowman has set about steadily rebuilding the program.

Wrestling: Miller headed for national tourney

It might have been easy to sit back and enjoy the ride after claiming the school's first state wrestling championship in 12 years.

Digest: Death Ride volunteers needed

Plans for the 2006 Tour of the California Alps - Death Ride are in full swing and volunteers are needed for the event.

Wednesday, March 15

4-H Dog Club Open Fun Match coming

Douglas County Happy Heelers 4-H Dog Club will be putting on an Open Fun Match, an all breed show, open to adults and youth whether or not they are a 4-H member.

Wings guitarist awes onlookers at music store

The guitarist from Paul McCartney and Wings, Laurence Juber, appeared Saturday at Maytan Music Center for a guitar clinic and afterwards played four songs on the music store's stage.

Republican women to meet Wednesday

The Douglas County Republican Women meet Wednesday at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden. Social begins at 11 a.m. and luncheon/meeting is at noon.

Authors to sign books at Gardnerville book store

Authors Alora Knight and Jane Lehrman will be on hand at The Book Den from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday for a book signing event.

Douglas High presents play today and Saturday

The Douglas High School drama club is presenting their performance of "Every Seventeen Minutes the Crowd Goes Crazy!" today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Douglas High School theater.

Spring reception shows off gallery renovations, new art

Elfriede Short has been painting her renditions of birds and animals on wooden and real eggs for 20 years. The artist speaks softly in her German accent about her miniature creations, some depicting characters from German children's books, now on display and available for purchasing at East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville.

Check out the incredible lights of God's universe - they're out of this world

Go with me today, to a place out of this world. That's right, the heavens.

Lampe make over

If you're sick of the dreary brown grass and the dull snowy sidewalks, here is your opportunity to help bring color into Carson Valley as spring arrives.

Volunteers keep fire department running

Greg Marenco is one of the founding members of our Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department.

Tuesday, March 14

Lady Tigers pick up first win at Tokay Invitational

After shaking off some of the early-season rust, the Douglas softball team managed to settle into a rhythm and claim a win and a tie at last weekend's Tokay Invitational in Stockton, Calif.

Spring is in Fish Springs

Tomorrow is the first day of spring - let us rejoice and be glad of it. One of the most stimulating things about living at this mile-high elevation is the unpredictable nature of the weather. Just last week we had very chilly wind that was followed by snow falling from dark grey skies - and then, the promise of approaching warm days.

The Mark Castro Band performs this weekend

The Mark Castro Band will perform Saturday night at Nelson's Take 5, 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, following a performance earlier in the day at T's Tavern in Carson City.

Panther wrestling stays solid

The Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School wrestling team enjoyed another solid week at Eagle Valley and Fernley.

Falcons wrap up 1st varsity season

The Sierra Lutheran boys' basketball team finished out its first full varsity season in impressive fashion, picking up a victory over Gerlach, a team that had beaten the Falcons by 24 points earlier in the year.

CVAA paintings on display at college campus

Original paintings from members of the Carson Valley Art Association will be on display in the hallway at Douglas County Campus of Western Nevada Community College through the end of the month.

Middle school pirates come to high school stage

Students from Carson Valley Middle School will bring to life the late 19th century comic operetta "The Pirates of Penzance," written by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

March Gardening

What does a home gardener do in March? I turned to master gardener and local fruit tree expert Michael Janik for some advice. Janik says March is a good time for planting bare root trees. You can purchase these at local nurseries or from catalogs.

Monday, March 13

Spaghetti fundraiser set for April 8

A local fundraiser to benefit Helen Sturdy will take place on Saturday, April 8 at 5 p.m. The spaghetti dinner will be held at the Walker Community Center with the local Lions sponsoring a no-host bar.

Prints of original drawings to benefit Kids & Horses

Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit center located in Minden, accredited by North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, is bringing back two limited-edition pencil drawing prints for sale as a fundraiser for the riding center. Both are images of horses who have provided dedicated services to therapeutic riding centers in their lives.

Lights, camera, action for teens against tobacco

Douglas County Teens Against Tobacco wrapped their first commercial promoting the protection of children's health, by asking parents to provide a safe environment through smoke-free cars and homes.

Carson Valley Inn serves up an Irish buffet

St. Patrick's Day is today and the Carson Valley Inn is marking the holiday with their traditional bountiful Irish buffet in the Shannon Ballroom plus a free slot play bonus for all adults who attend.

Douglas graduate completes Navy's Nuclear Power Program

Garrett Wanket, 19, was a 2004 graduate of Douglas High School and a Johnson Lane resident. He completed Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., in October 2004 and went on to Nuclear Field A School in Goose Creek, S.C.

Children's theater gets ready to 'Rock Around the Block'

Twenty young actors, ages 7-16 years, have been rehearsing for a production of the musical "Rock Around the Block," a show set in the 1950s with characters and music similar to "Grease."

Relay for Life kick off on Wednesday

The kick off for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser will be 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday at GE Energy. The actual Relay for Life event will be at Lampe Park on August 26-27.

Women honored for contributions to County

Before Sunday, four women had seemingly nothing in common except their commitment to their families and the area they call home. They come from different generations, and each went about her respective life in her own way.

Speaker at High Sierra Fellowship

High Sierra Fellowship of Gardnerville will host Richard Hill of CJF Ministries 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

Women in history

Scores of people turned out Sunday to honor the contributions of four Douglas County women.

Friday, March 10

Gardnerville gallery to hold Spring Reception

The East Fork Gallery will have its Spring Reception from 12-5 p.m. March 26, to celebrate its "new look." Newly renovated, the gallery is now designed to showcase the original art of this region.

I Love Lucy

"You watch what you say now," said Lucy Sanchez, a resident of Carson Valley Residential Care Center in the Gardnerville Ranchos, warning her boyfriend that the press is there.

Tigers bring youthful roster

The Douglas boys' golf program has steadily grown larger and younger over the last three years.

Violinist was child prodigy

Andrew McIntosh has played music for more than three quarters of his life, which is a long time, considering he's only 20.

Douglas splits opening two

A big fourth inning propelled the Douglas baseball team to an 11-0 win over Lowry Thursday afternoon at Tiger Field.

Thursday, March 9

Music conjures up images of Old West

Last Friday, the Shannon Ballroom at Carson Valley Inn was filled with the sights and sounds of the real west as up-and-coming cowboy singer, Brenn Hill, played to an appreciative capacity crowd. If you haven't heard of him yet, just hang on, it won't be long before his name will be on the top of the western music charts. He is a true "Northern Star," guiding the direction of a fresh new sound in western music.

Ergonomic gardening comes to the rescue

When we age or are injured, gardening activities we once took for granted may become more physically challenging.

Tigers reload for title defense

Looking simply at the roster breakdown - four seniors, nine juniors and five underclassmen - the Douglas High baseball team has all the makings of a rebuilding year.

Cattlewomen's dance is March 25

The Western Nevada Cattlewomen Scholarship Fundraiser Western Dinner and Dance will be 6 p.m. March 25 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Knights donate to sheriff's canine fund

At the March 8 Gardnerville Knights of Columbus general meeting, Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini was presented with a check for $1,800, raised during the Feb. 24 bingo night in memory of police dog, Jon-Jon.

Cohee finds his groove at Silver Star

Douglas High student Nick Cohee has endured a tough skiing season, battling two tough injuries at the outset.

Pierce, Cauley take golds at Reed

Eight of the 10 Douglas Wildcat wrestlers who competed in the Reed Folkstyle SWA youth wrestling tournament earned medals Sunday.

Wednesday, March 8

Bedtime stories presented at library

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden is presenting bedtime stories. This once-a-month storytime is for families with children of all ages.

Children's Resource Center showcased

The folks over at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden are excited, and for good reason. Next Friday marks the debut of the new Children's Resource Center, a labor of love that took four months to complete. Construction began last June and wrapped up in October.

Pleased with generosity

We are pleased to see that Douglas County has been the recipient of quite a bit of corporate generosity lately. By far the largest single gift has been the $1 million from Big George Ventures to Douglas High School to refurbish what has been referred to in the past as a track, but is more of a mud puddle. Big George has also donated $200,000 to Douglas County Parks & Recreation for the Kahle Community Center weight room.

Dennis, Smith will say 'I do' forever, April 22

After 14 years of trials and errors and blissful moments, Michael Leon Smith and Sherri Lynn Dennis, both of Gardnerville, will finally be saying "I do" forever, 4 p.m. April 22, 2006, at Circus, Circus in Reno.

High school holds craft fair

A notice to all you crafty people in the Valley. Douglas High School will have their annual Spring Craft Faire in the Commons April 1.

Entertainment offered in Minden

"Shake, Rattle & Roll" continues in the Carson Valley Inn's Cabaret Lounge through March 12, "Major Link" appears March 14-19, "RETRoACTIVE" returns March 21-26 and various groups entertain on Monday nights. Carson Valley Inn Cabaret Lounge entertainment is presented with no cover and no minimum.

Scrapbooking event to benefit Operation Kids

Close To My Heart, local independent consultants, are hosting a community scrapbooking event designed to raise awareness and funds for the Operation Kids network of children's charities. The event will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 1 at Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

MountedPosse hosts equine clinic and tack sale

The Douglas County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is hosting its annual Spring Equine Clinic and Tack Sale. This year's event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Pinenut Road in Gardnerville.

Tuesday, March 7

Southern gospel quartet sings at Nazarene church

Liberty, a traditional southern gospel quartet, is appearing in concert at Crossroads Nazarene Church, 1788 Pinenut Road, on Monday. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Sullivan, Scolari to wed

Jerry and Frances Sullivan of Minden are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Risa Linda Sullivan to Cody Scolari of Reno.

3-7 obit Itano

A memorial service for Iluminada S. Delacruz, 67, a Gardnerville resident since 1988, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville, with burial following at the Eastside Memorial Park Cemetery in Minden. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City.

Lady Tigers have new look

Things are going to look a little different at Lady Tiger Field this spring.

Sign-up by Saturday for scrapbooking

Are you one of those people who have old, dingy photo albums sitting in the back of their closet, the edges of the pictures browning and fading due to time and neglect? It's time to bring on spring cleaning, get those pictures out and turn them into well-preserved memories; start scrapbooking.

Douglas shows well at championships

Months of work came down to just two and a half minutes Saturday for the Douglas High School varsity cheerleading team.

Fly fishers hold fundraiser on Saturday

The High Sierra Fly Casters annual fund-raising dinner will be this Saturday at the CVIC Hall in Minden. A no-host bar begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.

Carson/Douglas rodeo enjoying early success

The Carson/Douglas High School rodeo club is gearing up for its rodeo April 8 and 9 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Monday, March 6

Gardnerville couple to marry in Pennsylvania

Shana Kleckner and Stephen Snyder have announced their engagement. The wedding will take place July 1 in Allentown, Penn.

Savor the Flavor raised $25,000 for community

The 11th annual Savor the Flavor fundraiser Saturday at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort raised more than $25,000 that will go back into the community.

Antique show and sale coming to Genoa this weekend

Antiques abound in Genoa Saturday and Sunday for the 13th annual "twice yearly" antique show and sale. You never know what you are going to find, anything is possible with dealers coming from around the West.

Sign up for pasture golf tourney

The sixth annual Jackie Giorgi Pasture Golf Tournament will be April 1 in a cow pasture. Go south on Highway 395, five miles past Topaz Lake to Topaz Lane and follow the signs or, from the other direction, it's 3 miles north of Coleville to Topaz Lane and follow the signs.

Pastel artist to demonstrate

The Carson Valley Art Association will have its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. March 24, in the Douglas County Public Library, Minden.

Friday, March 3

Girl Scout cookies on sale

Girl Scout troop 633 will be selling cookies in front of Raley's in Gardnerville, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 11. For more information, call Kim Carlson at 882-9123.

Thursday, March 2

Olson, Knight head all-region honorees

When it came down to dominant centers during the 2005-06 basketball season, Douglas High School had the market cornered.

Douglas cheerleaders prepare for state competition

The team with the longest season out of any of the sports at Douglas High School will finally get a chance to compete Saturday.

Teens teach dangers of tobacco

The Carson Valley and Pau Wa Lu middle school Teens Against Tobacco Use clubs were invited to present the facts about tobacco to the sixth-grade students of Jacks Valley, Piñon Hills and Gardnerville elementary schools in February. The presentations were centered around an opening skit giving the sixth graders the opportunity to understand why they should say no to tobacco.

Sierra Sierra opens season Sunday

After taking a year off, Sierra Sierra Enterprises - a Minden-based open-wheel racing team - is ready to give it another go.

What on earth am I here for?

When we consider the question, "What on earth am I here for?" we have joined a long list of past and present thinkers. This age-old question has consumed and frustrated humanity throughout all history

Carson Valley Quilt Guild features work at artists' reception Monday

"Home Means Nevada," featuring challenge quilts from the Carson Valley Quilt Guild, will be on display in the College Gallery at Western Nevada Community College Bristlecone Building in Carson City, Monday through March 30.

4-H horse club available for young riders

Are your children interested in learning more about horses? Whether they have a horse or not, they can learn all about horses by joining the Carson City Savvy Riders 4-H Horse Club. New members are welcome at the next meeting, 6:30Ð8:30 p.m., March 16 at Bordewich Bray Elementary School in Carson City. The club meets at the school at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

'The Odd Couple' theater auditions held Monday

The Carson Valley Community Theatre is holding additional auditions for two male and two female roles for The Odd Couple (female version), Monday, March 6.

'Body' returns to the library

Do you know about the Body in the Library? It's the name of the Douglas County Public Library's winter reading program for adults.

Douglas High drama presents modern dark comedy: 'Every Seventeen Minutes ...'

The lighting is dim as the characters, dressed in black and barefoot, step up toward the edge of the stage, speaking in unison. The music pulses faster and faster before the characters break out.

Library celebrates grand opening of Children's Resource Center

The Douglas County Public Library invites everyone to the grand opening celebration of the new Children's Resource Center on March 17. Join library staff at the Minden Library from 4-6 p.m. to meet the members of the library board of trustees and library foundation. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

County's little misses chosen

Thirty-nine contestants vied for the titles of: Baby Miss Douglas County, 2-3 year olds; Wee Miss Douglas County, 4-5 year olds; Tiny Miss Douglas County, first through third graders; Little Miss Douglas County, fourth and fifth grade; Junior Miss Douglas County, sixth and eighth grade; and Teen Miss Douglas County, ninth and 11th grade.

Digest: AYSO sign-ups continue

Carson Valley AYSO will host youth soccer sign-ups for the fall season March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gardnerville Elementary School and March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Douglas High.

Seniors celebrate Fat Tuesday

Seniors at the Douglas County Senior Center celebrated Fat Tuesday with a party, and several people came wearing feathered masks. Mardi Gras is often observed by parades and festivities. But, what is the history of Mardi Gras?

Wednesday, March 1

Weaver helps keep Ruhenstroth safe from fires

Jeff Weaver is one of three captains in our Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department, joining in 1995 two years after moving to Nevada. Previously, Jeff spent about seven years with a fire department in the Bay Area before he moved his family here to get away from the crowds.

Revival services offered at two locations

Valley Springs Baptist Church is hosting revival services at two locations March 12-15: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 12 at 1617 Water St. in Minden across the street from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and 6:30 p.m. March 13-15 services will be at Carson Valley United Methodist Church located at 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

Allsip, Mathers to wed March 18

Hayward and Sherry Allsip of the Gardnerville Ranchos are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of the their daughter Nichole to Tyler Mathers, son of Steve and Merry Mathers of Reno and Bill and Kim Notley of Yakima, Wash.

Flooding nature's roulette wheel

You know trouble's brewing when the volunteers are filling sandbags down at the fire station.