Stories for May 2006


Wednesday, May 31

Our future is in our past

It is clear to us that Carson Valley's future will be inextricably linked to its past. If there is one way this place will thrive and survive it will be to market the history that makes it special.

Localstudent portrays baseball star

When Wyatt Eichhorst's teacher assigned a biography report earlier this year, he never dreamed where it might lead.

Entertainment offered both nights at Nelson's

Nelson's Take Five, 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, is offering entertainment on both Friday and Saturday nights this weekend.

Weekend show has 'em in stitches

The Carson Valley Quilt Guild will be hosting a quilt show Saturday and Sunday at the Fuji Park Exhibition Hall in Carson City, across from Costco. This year's theme is "Home Means Nevada."

Tour provides information on riding center and local 20-30 women's club

The women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club invites the community to Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the riding center located off Stephanie Way to learn what the riding program is all about.


A memorial service was Tuesday for Miriam Inez Sexton, 80, a 12-year Minden resident, at FitzHenry's Funeral Home.

Tuesday, May 30

Back Forty Bluegrass band appears

The Back Forty Bluegrass band will return for a Friends of Hope Valley benefit concert this year at Sorensen's Resort located on Highway 88 in Hope Valley, near Picketts Junction. The day will include music and appetizing food from the Sorensen's Cafe. The concert will be 1-7 p.m. Sunday.

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles" highlights Minden Centennial Celebration

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" takes a look at summer celebrations throughout the area on this month's show.

A tale of three cities

Minden was one of three railroad towns founded in Nevada during the first decade of the 20th Century.

Gardnerville woman accepted into Marines officer candidate school

A lifelong Gardnerville resident was accepted into the Marine Corps Officer Candidates Course program.

Paintings accepted for art association reception

The Carson Valley Art Association Mini Show took place May 16 with 52 entries at the East Fork Gallery in The Record-Courier Center on Highway 395. The exhibit will be on display through July 18 and many have already been sold. The public is invited to come and view these miniature original paintings.

Why aspens aren't the best white wood tree

If you've ever seen my crew and I out working, you'd know we both could easily be singled out for public humiliation on the fashion show "What Not to Wear." I'm sure Phipps and I have committed many fashion faux pas on a day-to-day basis as we dress to work in the gardens of Douglas County - I'm shamed to admit we are both over 50 and resolutely will not give up our jeans and work boots.

'Strings in the Summer' program begins June 12

Carson City Symphony's "Strings in the Schools" program will continue through the summer as a morning program, "Strings in the Summer," June 12 to Aug. 3, at Maytan Music Center, 911 Topsy Lane, Carson City. The summer program, for string players of all ages, will include three sessions each week. All sessions meet 8:30-10 a.m.

Be on the look out for spider mites in the summer

Summer weather has arrived. With hot, dry days, gardeners should be on the look out for spider mite damage to plants, especially in areas of the landscape where plants are near rock, driveways, streets, or other hot reflective surfaces.

Firefighters pay visit to elementary school

On May 25, the Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Department had some of their vehicles and equipment on display at the Antelope Valley Elementary School, along with several of their volunteers there to meet the people who came by. I envied the kids - they sure had fun climbing on the trucks and wearing their fireman hats.

Saturday, May 27

Friday, May 26

Library closed Saturday a.m. for parade

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden will be closed 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday for staff participation in the Carson Valley Days Parade.

Mice no match for Valley columnist

Are you having trouble with mice? I sure am. I don't like to use poison, because we have too many animals that could ingest it and I don't like vet bills.

Local dancers take high awards in Vegas

The Dance Workshop dancers competed May 20 in Las Vegas in a large regional dance competition. The Dance Workshop brought five pieces to compete and brought home 10 trophies.

Thursday, May 25

To the Kochs: Keep on keepin' on

There is a wonderful revelation that comes to everyone with the small community mentality like ours in Topaz Ranch Estates, and that is, "When a neighbor is in need, there is always other neighbors there to help."

Douglas baseball gets one step closer to the top

John Glover comes into every season admiring the power programs in the North, often commenting that the Renos, Carsons and Galenas of the world don't just rebuild, they reload.

Introduce children to God

I spoke to a young Christian mother who told me she didn't want to "push" her faith on her children. To tell you the truth, her comment caught me off guard. "Pushing her faith" may be something that she did not want to do but raising her children in the ways of God is something God tells her to do.

Gardnerville farmers' market opens for the season

Visitors to the Lampe Park Farmers' Market in Gardnerville can expect fresh produce plus an assortment of garden and health items and, if they're lucky, maybe even a shady parking spot.

New developments coming to Fish Springs

Some new development is about to happen here in Fish Springs and it looks like we need to have some citizen participation regarding the very important issues involved. The property in question is the 60-acre old Fingar Ranch along Windmill Road and the 80-acre parcel that's north of it and is owned by Palmatiers Properties.

Homes and gardens on tour

The Genoa Home and Garden Tour will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 at locations around the town of Genoa. The cost for the event is $10 to benefit, in part, the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra.

Memorial weekend report

Yes, the Naw is on vacation. But I wanted to take some time to let you know what is happening on our fishing world, and what is not.

Tall Task: Bertucci brings home first title since 2000

From the beginning, the high jump has just been a natural fit for Douglas High senior Ryan Bertucci.

Carson Valley Pops performs at St. Gall Saturday evening

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Danny Yale, will take the audience on a musical journey to Latin America, Vienna, Paris and New York with a free concert "From Tales of Vienna to Tango Argentino" on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the St. Gall Pastoral Center, next to St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville. This concert offers "unlimited" seating to provide room for the entire family.

Wednesday, May 24

Writers' conference registration accepted

The 2006 Juniper Creek Writers Conference will be July 14-16 at Western Nevada Community College in Carson City. The three-day event features workshops for all levels of writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplay, songwriting and children's literature.

Douglas High play: It's 'All in the Timing'

This humorous dialogue is from "Sure Thing," the first in a series of one-acts that are all part of the play "All in the Timing," the latest Douglas High School drama department production.

Donations to Cruisers benefit Carson Valley

The Valley Cruisers Club is collecting items for the upcoming three-day "Main Street Event," with all proceeds from the donations to go to Carson Valley charities. The cut-off date is June 10 for accepting raffle prizes, gift certificates or cash donations.

Museum prepares for reception

Now that the mural of Kit Carson is complete at the entrance to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, artist Beverly Caputo is working on a much larger depiction of wild horses in the main gallery.

Friday's museum reception has new exhibits on display

The Douglas County Historical Society wants everyone to experience the opening of several new exhibits 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395.

Couple gives to the community

When asked how they got started volunteering, Harriet Althouse said, "Our parents did volunteer work so I guess it's genetic. The big bucks are always an added attraction," she added with a smile.

Tuesday, May 23

Farmers' Market opens today

The Lampe Park Farmers' Market opens today, with a local bakery featured this year.

Bertucci wins state championship

Douglas High's Ryan Bertucci followed up an impressive runner-up finish at last week's Northern 4A Regional Track championships with an even more impressive state championship win over the weekend at Reno High School.

Digest: Skateboard competition coming up

The Herbig Park Street Jam, a street-style skateboard competition, will be June 11 at the Herbig Skateboard Park across from Lampe Park during Carson Valley Days.

Softball: Tigers have plenty to build on

From the outset, it had rebuilding year written all over it.

Toastmasters demo and open house

Carson Communicators Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting and Open House will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Grandma Hattie's Restaurant, 2811 S. Carson St, Carson City.

Kurtz, Killian to wed

Warren and Donna Kurtz of Gardnerville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Brianna Ashley Kurtz to Seth Orion Killian.

Mini art show winners announced

The East Fork Gallery was host for the Carson Valley Art Association's annual Mini Show. This was a juried show for association members. Artist Mark Tompkins, show judge, presented ribbon awards at a reception that took place Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. at the Gardnerville gallery.

Monday, May 22

Being safe can be fun

The small room with about a 4-foot-high ceiling filled with white liquid smoke - something the group of three adults and five children had never experienced.

Heritage Park Rockathon was Saturday

The count was 44 and growing at the '50s Rockathon Car Show at about 11 a.m. on Saturday at Heritage Park in Gardnerville, with automobile enthusiasts gathering for the second weekend in a row, on the heels of Big Mama's Show & Shine Car Show last weekend.

Women's club installs officers

New officers for the coming year were installed at a luncheon on May 18, at the Club's last meeting until September. They are: Frances Rich, president; Cindy Harvey and Marylin Portman, co-vice presidents; Ann Maiforth, secretary; and Nancy Sims, treasurer.

Douglas couldlead the nation

Who knew Douglas County would be so critical to the future of the nation? With the second highest number of Republicans in the 2nd Congressional District, Douglas will be a battleground in the Republican primary for that seat.

Mmmmm ... Ice cream and grapes on Johnson Lane

The Ninth Annual Ice Cream Social Friday at Piñon Hills Elementary School was a huge success. I have never seen that many people at this function before.

Storytime changes places

The Douglas County Public Library will move its weekly Storytime to Lampe Park today. It will continue every Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 30.

Kindermusik camp starts soon

Kindermusik camp will be held on July 11 through Aug. 8.

Martial arts event succeeds on 2 levels

The Martial Artists SMASH Juvenile Crime and Break the World Record event Saturday at Lampe Park was a fundraiser for Project Action as well as an attempt to break a world record.


A celebration of life for Audrey I. Cooper, 75, will be 2 p.m. June 3 at the Cooper family home.

Friday, May 19

Parks & Recreation offers summer camps

Douglas County Parks & Recreation sponsor camps at The Discovery Center for ages 4-6. The camps include theme-oriented, hands-on activities. Children need to bring a packed lunch and wear light clothes for water and dirt activities in the following themes:

The path to God is not through isolation

In my last article I wrote about the first of five purposes for our lives. In the book The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren ask 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.

Musical workshop offered at Valley church

National recording artist Kathy Zavada is offering a musical workshop, "Letting Go: A Key To Greater Happiness," 1 p.m. this Sunday in the Unity Church of Today Sanctuary at 1701 Lucerne St., Minden. The workshop teaches to achieve happiness through freedom from negative feelings.

Vacation Bible school offered at Valley churches

n St. Gall Catholic Church's vacation Bible school classes will be 9 a.m. to noon June 26-30. For information, call St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, at 782-2852.

Thursday, May 18

Exploring Topaz Lake's early beginnings

In a search for items to place in the "Remember When" column that appears every Wednesday in the B section of The Record-Courier, I came across several interesting articles on the early beginnings of Topaz Lake. It was fun for me to find some of the first accounts of how our beautiful lake came into being.

Used Pet Sale coming Saturday

Douglas Animal Welfare Group will sponsor a Used Pet Sale adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Animal Shelter.

Minden man torn for opening round of NCAAs

All through his granddaughters' high school careers, Ron Wilcks had to spend at least three games every softball season at a loss as to who he should cheer for.

TenBroeck qualifies for Western championships

Kari TenBroeck, 10, endured the sweltering heat in Fresno, Calif., en route to qualifying for the Western United States Championships.

Valley squad wins team golf tourney

The team of Doug Swalm, Jim EnEarl, Alex Woods and Keith Logan won the North Nevada Golf Association's Four-man Team Championship over the weekend.

Wednesday, May 17

TRE fire station grows to meet demands

Topaz Ranch Estates Volunteer Fire Department will soon raise a new sign over its station designating it the "East Fork Fire Department." The department has expanded, along with the building, making it a fully-staffed, 24-hour-a day fire station.

Medical center hosts Health and Fitness Day

Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395 at the south end of Gardnerville, is hosting a Health and Fitness Day on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Farmers Market opens

Opening day for the ninth season of the Farmers Market in Gardnerville is about to commence.

Rockathon rocks in at Heritage

The '50s Rockathon Car Show and car-related swap meet will be presented by the Town of Gardnerville and Valley Cruisers Car Club on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 16

A day for families

To celebrate the end of the school year, Head Start students and their families attended the Washoe Family Day at Lampe Park Friday afternoon.

Reed ends Lady Tigers' season

Coming off a solid win against Manogue Thursday afternoon, the Douglas softball team saw its season come to an abrupt end Friday against the No. 4 Reed Raiders.

Boys' swimming takes third

The Douglas boys' swim team used a solid all-around performance Saturday to take third place at the Northern 4A Regional Championships.

Boys' golf finishes in seventh place

The Douglas boys' golf team wrapped up a successful rebuilding season Thursday at the the Northern 4A Regional championships in Elko, taking seventh as a team.

Ducks on sale for Wacky Waddlers' Wiver Wace

The Wacky Waddlers duck race is seeking community support for a good cause. Profits from the event help families in need.

Digest: Derby volunteer meetings to start

The 17th annual Kids' Fishing Derby is set for June 3 and 4 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Strategic moves win the game

Students scrambled to take their seats in the Jacks Valley Elementary School auditorium, and with a "On your mark, get set, go" the games began for about 30 pairs of players.

4x400 team pulls off big win

A year ago, the Douglas girls' track team walked away from the Northern 4A Regional championships in dead last.


A memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel of Carson Valley for fifth-generation Nevadan Rockwell "Rocky" Gilbert, 56, who died May 11, 2006, in Mesa, Ariz., with his family around him.

Monday, May 15

It wasn't your everyday gift

I hope all mother's had a wonderful Mother's Day.

It's spring in Antelope Valley

We waited for so long, it's hard to believe that spring has finally arrived. Everything is so fresh and alive, with trees getting their leaves almost overnight, lawns a bright green, and the return of the hummingbirds to our yards. The iris in our yard are such a gorgeous purple that it's hard to believe they're real. The beauty of the green hills and valley remind us that this is a great place to live.


Brooke R. McKee, 80, died at her home in Minden on May 9, 2006. Mrs. McKee, a resident of Minden since 1992, was born Feb. 14, 1926. in South Carolina to Edgar Esse and Nellie Brooke Routh. She married Van V. McKee 58 years ago, July 17, 1948. in Bronxville, New York. Her previous place of residence was Sacramento, Calif. She was a member of St. Gall Catholic Church.

Deadline for Coyote Chase registration is Friday

The Smith Valley's Annual Coyote Chase Run/Walk is scheduled for June 17.

Friday, May 12

Music of the West played locally

A fourth-generation saloon singer will perform Nevada roots music and a "sagebrush experience" at a Gardnerville bookstore on Saturday evening.

Music man of many faces performs at Nelson's

Larry Elliott is a born entertainer.

Walters, Pierini plan wedding

Ron Pierini and Celeste Walters, both of Carson Valley, are pleased to announce their engagement to be married. Ron was born and raised in Carson City, where his parents, Pete and Ruth Pierini still live. He is currently the sheriff of Douglas County and has served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 1976.

How much for a roundabout?

We conceded defeat on the roundabout at Highway 88 and County Road and had planned to remain silent on the issue and let nature take its course.

Thursday, May 11

Sharkey's Swing For A Cure golf tourney tees off Saturday

The Sharkey Begovich fourth annual Swing For a Cure golf tournament is Saturday at Carson Valley Golf Course, 1027 Riverview Drive in Gardnerville. This year there are some new twists and surprises, "just as Sharkey would have liked," according to organizers.

Artist demonstrates plein-air

Artist and art teacher, Luverne Lightfoot of Reno, will present a demonstration at the monthly meeting of the Carson Valley Art Association 1 p.m. Friday at the Douglas County Public Library, Minden.

Digest: CV Days skateboard competition coming up

The Street Jam street-style skateboard competition, slated for June 11 at Herbig Park across from Lampe Park during Carson Valley Days, will benefit the proposed Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley.

Tigers stay alive with win vs. Reed

As the Douglas baseball team gathered in front of its dugout down 8-3 midway through the third inning Wednesday afternoon at Reno High School, one couldn't help but sense the season was ebbing away in a hurry.

Spring is a time for cleaning up

Wow, do ya suppose spring has finally sprung around here? I was driving down Pebble Road the other morning and realized that maybe it should be called Lilac Lane instead.

Jackson, Leo to marry in October

Kimberly Jackson and Chris Leo both of Gardnerville have announced their up-coming marriage, Oct. 7 at David Walley's Hot Springs Resort.

Wednesday, May 10

Canada geese a usual sight in Valley

Usually the flocks of Canada geese can be heard as they fly overhead on their way to any of their favorite spots here in the Valley. But last week a pair became separated from the main group and the male landed on our rooftop while his mate landed on our neighbor's roof.

Tribe makes Children's Mental Health Awareness annual event

A parade of preschoolers with Teddy bears in tow walked single file from the Head Start building to the Washoe Tribe Health Center in Dresslerville on Wednesday.

Lessons from an 'Old West cowgirl'

Brownies from troop 633 raised their hands to ask questions as they waited to take their turns riding horseback. Their instructor Julia King answered as she demonstrated how to brush a horse - teaching them how to read the horse's moods - then she saddled Pecos Bill, a black gelding.

Celebration of John Beaver's life

There was a "celebration of the life of John Beaver" on May 6 at his home on Lupo Lane in Fish Springs. Beaver died on April 28 at the too-young age of 68. He and Ginger, his wife of 46 years, moved here from Downey, Calif. in 1992.

Classic rock band comes to Nelson's Take 5

The Mark Castro Band will perform 7-11 p.m. tonight and Saturday night at Nelson's Take 5, 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. The Mark Castro Band is a rock group from the Bay area. This trio is led by guitarist, Mark Castro.

Blood drive held at Pau-Wa-Lu

The seventh-grade leadership class is holding a blood drive at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School 2-6 p.m. May 18. You must be 17 or older to donate blood.

Donations benefit Carson Valley

The Valley Cruisers Club is collecting items for the upcoming three-day "Main Street Event," with all proceeds from the donations to go to Carson Valley charities. The cut-off date is June 10 for accepting raffle prizes, gift certificates or cash donations.

Methodist church prepares for rummage sale this month

The Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville, will hold its annual rummage sale Friday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pretzel makers toil for good cause

How good can a pretzel be? Or better yet, how much good can it do?

Tuesday, May 9

Tigers roll into baseball, softball playoffs

For a little while, it appeared as though the Douglas baseball team was going to have to play a game that had no effect on the Tigers' playoff seeding just a day before the Northern 4A Regionals were set to begin.

Ten rules for a blessed day

Most folks I know have a calendar, photos and notes posted on their refrigerator. These reminders help them to plan, organize or just remind them of what is important.

Open house held at Hussman Building

The Carson Valley Food Closet and the Family Support Council of Douglas County are hosting an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1255 Waterloo Lane. The two tenants of the Hussman Building are celebrating their 10th anniversary in the one-story building.

'The Odd Couple' returns this weekend

Behind the scene look at Carson Valley Community Theatre

Multicultural Arts Festival is Wednesday

Carson Valley Middle School in Gardnerville will present a Multicultural Arts Festival 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Kid & Nic Show performs at Carson Valley Inn

The Kid & Nic Show continues in the Carson Valley Inn's Cabaret Lounge through Sunday, American Made returns Tuesday through May 21, ATOMIKA appears May 23-28 and various groups entertain on Monday nights. Carson Valley Inn entertainment is presented with no cover and no minimum.

Family Support Council of Douglas County: Literacy begins at home

Literacy is an important and vital part of any child looking to strive in school. Developing the foundation for literacy and school success needs to be laid during the early years of a child's life - the years before children start formal schooling. This is the time when young children develop the skills and attitudes needed to be successful. Parents, caring adults, and community programs are all vital in providing opportunities for the child to develop these skills.

Douglas High School Spring Art Show tonight features scholastic art award winners and more

The outstanding art department of Douglas High School has a lot to be proud of with 20 awards to students from the ceramics class of Kelly Yost and the art class of Nancy Bargman placing in the top three winning categories of the Northern Nevada Region Scholastic Art Awards in April.

Schiller wins Lakefest

It's been a bit of a dry spell for Gardnerville's Mike Schiller, but the former world champion IHBA drag boat racer found his way back to the top two weeks ago at the 23rd annual Lakefest in Phoenix.

Ritger wins debut

Playing in her first Northern Nevada Junior Satellite Tournament, Amelia Ritger, 12, won the girls' 14 challenger division at the Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno recently.

Digest: DHS Boosters select board

The Douglas High School All Sports Boosters appointed their board for the 2006-07 school year recently.

Sharks on display

During May, the Douglas County Public Library is featuring a display about sharks by Selena Ketter, 12.

Monday, May 8

Topaz Ranch Estates, Holbrook conduct annual cleanup

The annual Topaz Ranch Estates and Holbrook Junction Volunteer Community Cleanup Day will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the TRE Park Building on Carter Way at 7 a.m.

Horsemanship clinic offered this week

The Eighth Annual Roy Yates Horsemanship Clinic is coming this week to the Amacker Ranch, 975 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Daughters of Norway meet

The Daughters of Norway Queen Maud Lodge No. 42 will meet 6 p.m. May 18 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Saliman and Highway 50, Carson City.

Lots of news in the valley this week

The Antelope Valley Fire Commission's regular meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Walker Fire Station. This meeting is open to the public. Among items on their agenda, they will be discussing and acting on applicants for the fire chief position.

A lesson handed down to us by immigrants

May and with the first of the month spring calvers, like ourselves, put their cows and yearling heifers in with the bulls starting next year's calf crop. Snow pack is still heavy. The river is up running fast and high. Water is easy to spread out thick across the pastures. Warmer weather has brought the grass on nicely and this year's calves are growing fast. Beef prices are holding steady. Not much to complain about. New buds are on the trees and RVs are sprouting on the highway.

Church celebrates 10th anniversary

Sunday, May 21, will be the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Christ Presbyterian Church. Guest pastor for this special day will be The Rev. Dr. Jack Schutte of the Sierra Mission Partnership office in Sacramento. Schutte serves as associate for congregational support for three Presbyteries. The service will include the Lord's Supper served by Chaplain Jeffrey Quinn and The Rev. Dr. Bob Stover.

Garage sale offered at Food Closet

The Food Closet Crafters will hold its annual Spring Garage Sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Food Closet parking lot at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. A wide variety of usable household items will be available for sale.


Have you ever had your septic tank pumped? According to my mother-in-law who will be 89 next month and has lived in the same home her husband built way back in 1966, "If a septic tank is working right, you should never have to have it pumped."

Concert bursts with dance

The Academy of Dance Arts, under the direction of professional dancer and choreographer Kelly O'Fallon, will present its 12th annual Spring Concert in the Montbleu Theatre located in the Montbleu Hotel (formerly Caesars Tahoe) on June 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. both nights.

Friday, May 5

Vacation Bible school offered at Valley churches

n St. Gall Catholic Church's vacation Bible school classes will be 9 a.m. to noon June 26-30. For information, call St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, at 782-2852.

Setting her sights on Broadway

Rachel Jackson has a goal in mind when she sings.

Education night, Bible school coming up at St. Gall

St. Gall Catholic Church's religious education registration night for the new 2006-2007 school year will be 5-7 p.m. May 23, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thursday, May 4

2006 Summer Family Concert Series begins May 26 with the Rip Tides

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music at Minden Park, located in downtown Minden. The 2006 Summer Family Concert Series begins on Friday, May 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with the Rip Tides. The May 26 event is sponsored by the Carson Valley Inn.

Education night, vacation Bible school coming up at St. Gall Catholic Church

St. Gall Catholic Church's religious education registration night for the new 2006-2007 school year will be 5-7 p.m. May 23, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who need a specific day for their child/children to attend.

Wednesday, May 3

Chico wildflower ride a nice way to ring in spring

Spring has finally sprung around here. How lovely to be outside beneath a blue sky and warm sunshine, admiring the beautiful flowers in bloom.

Images in metal

Rick Rosaschi's latest creation, a metal sculpture of a buffalo, was put in an appropriate place, at the Buffaloe residence on Candy Dance Lane in Genoa.

I used to go to church

Greetings, I hope you are finding this new warm weather in Carson Valley to your liking. I'm sure you've noticed, of course, that lots of things happen when this great sunny weather returns. The flowers start to blossom, trees get their new leaves, the grasses green up, and last but not least, a million weeds spring up everywhere they're not wanted. That's just a part of the nature of things, isn't it?

Genoa Court House Museum hosts open house Saturday

The Genoa Court House Museum will open its 2006 season this Saturday with an invitation to the public to tour its exhibits free of charge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


A celebration of life is 1 p.m. May 6 at 1362 Lupo Lane, Gardnerville for John T. Beaver, 68, who died in Gardnerville March 28, 2006.

Many ways to help the community

In rural communities, volunteers for the sheriff's office, the volunteer fire departments, local service clubs and special projects are vital to the safety, well being and sometimes even survival of its residents. Here in Topaz Ranch Estates, Holbrook Junction and Topaz Lake, we are lucky to have a tight web of people willing to give of their time and energy to help their neighbors, but the south county area is growing and growing fast.

Community invited to raffle and ice cream social

The Gardnerville Elementary School Parent/Teacher/Student Organization would like to invite the community to attend its Sixth Annual Charity Basket Raffle and Ice Cream Social, 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday.

'Big Mama's' car show is Saturday

The sun seems to be here to stay, and one event this weekend will likely be fun for everyone, both the young and old.

Century-old juniper tree grows mushrooms

We lost one of the oldest juniper trees in our yard last month. It slowly turned brown until the whole tree was dead. When my husband finally cut it down, I counted way over 100 rings on its trunk. Just imagine what was happening when this century-old tree was growing.

80-year-old takes a ride on a warbird

On Monday, when Minden resident Adele Bachman turned 80, she had already had her birthday present.

Summer Family Concert Series 2006 season begins May 26 in Minden Park

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music at Minden Park, located in downtown Minden. The 2006 Summer Family Concert Series begins on Friday, May 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with the Rip Tides. The May 26 event is sponsored by the Carson Valley Inn.

Tuesday, May 2


A memorial service is 11 a.m. May 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville, for Earl Franklin Kleinhans, 71, who died at his Gardnerville home April 30, 2006.

Digest: Fall sports clearance night

A clearance night for all fall sports at Douglas High School has been scheduled for June 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Douglas High School commons.

Get creative to bring culture to Carson Valley

All of the time I hear my fellow peers complain about the lack of "culture" in Carson Valley. As a Bay area native, I tend to disagree, using the argument that there can be culture anywhere, if you look hard enough. But lately I have been feeling a lack of cooperation among aspects of the cultural community of Carson Valley.

Huskies sweep Douglas baseball

An error-plagued second inning and a missed opportunity with the bases loaded in the third inning provided the majority of the damage for the Douglas baseball team Saturday morning as the Tigers dropped an 11-1 decision to No. 2 Reno at Tiger Field.

Tigers return to pool

The Sigala sisters came up big for the Douglas High School swim team over the weekend against Galena after a nearly one-month hiatus from competition for the Tigers.

Food Closet directors host volunteer dinner

The Carson Valley Food Closet Board of Directors prepared and served a barbecue dinner to a 115 volunteers and guests April 26 at the St. Gall Pastoral Center.

Duck replacements ease sorrows

In 2003, my daughter was just turning three years old in the spring when our mama duck started to hatch out a nest of eggs.

Chess tournament signups due today

The Fourth Annual Jacks Valley Elementary School Chess Tournament is 4-9 p.m. May 12. The Tournament is open to all J.V.E.S. students (all grades).

Douglas improves playoff hopes with win

The Douglas softball team saw its playoff hopes drastically improve Monday afternoon, picking up a 5-4 win over Wooster.

Monday, May 1

Pau-Wa-Lu student on way to China

Dakota Stephan, 14, a ninth-grader at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, is looking forward to almost everything on her trip to China as a People to People ambassador.

Battle of females made for funny afternoon

Face it Florence, there's more to being a female than waiting on other people," was the message that Olive Madison was trying to get across to her poor friend, a compulsive homemaker, who had just been dumped by her husband of 14 years.

Track team wraps up successful week

The warmer weather proved to be quite favorable for the Douglas High School track & field team as several season, stadium and school records were broken on Wednesday at a four-team conference meet at Damonte Ranch.

Lots happening in Antelope Valley

To introduce myself - My name is Lynne Katusich. My husband, Mike, and I moved to the Antelope Valley almost two years ago. For over 40 years I was in the title and escrow business, with my own escrow coordinating business for the last 11 years.

An interestingidea in Carson

We were interested to hear Kevin Coleman's take on the development of Fuji Park and how it related to Douglas County.