Stories for November 2006


Thursday, November 30

This weekend in Carson Valley Sports

The much-anticipated debut of the 2006-07 Douglas High boys' basketball season is tonight (Thursday) at South Tahoe at 6 p.m.

R-C Ski Forecast for Nov. 30

6 lifts and 1 terrain park open. Forecast: Sunny with little wind. Should be between 22 and 28 degrees.

Miniature Minden backdrop rescued by neighbor

One of my worst faults, and I will freely admit to it, is my uncanny ability to totally underestimate the time it will take me to do something.

Basketball: Battle-tested Tigers ready for tough campaign

For all the lumps this group has taken, you'll have to forgive the senior class of 2007 if they are looking forward to reaping the rewards of all their efforts.

CVMS 8th-graders stay strong

The Carson Valley Middle School eighth-graders are still undefeated on the year after beating up on Carson, South Tahoe and Incline.

Fishing sporadic, but possible in Tahoe

Hello, fellow anglers, and welcome to winter. Not much is going on in our fishing world, but I will give you a little update.

Wrestling: Douglas expects to improve after stumbling in opener

Spurred on by a good dose of "guts" - not to mention a flurry of pins - the Carson High wrestling team opened its season with a bang on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 29

R-C Ski Forecast for Nov. 29

6 lifts and 1 terrain park open. Forecast: Sunny, but very cold with little wind. Should be between 10 to 29 degree

Mu Masters conduct degree rituals

Members of the Mu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will be conducting two degree rituals at their next gathering on Dec. 4. The festive evening will be held at the Gardnerville home of Lucy Corliss.

CVMS 8th-graders stay strong

The Carson Valley Middle School eighth-graders are still undefeated on the year after beating up on Carson, South Tahoe and Incline.

Magic in Minden

Building a town is no easy job but it appears 74-year-old Jack Flannery is well on his way to creating a picture postcard version of Carson Valley, only his re-construction will consume a lot less acreage, with no need for a master plan except his own.

Pastor moves to Valley to start Baptist church

On Oct. 1, Vista Grande Baptist Church became one of Carson Valley's newest churches.

Yoga for seniors moves

Due to the Douglas County Senior Services "yoga for seniors" program's enormous success, and the lack of available space at the senior center, the yoga class will be moving to the Carson Valley United Methodist Church located at 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville beginning Tuesday. The program will continue to run each Tuesday and Thursday at its new time, 10-10:30 a.m. This class is offered free of charge to anyone 60 years of age or older.

Basketball: JV girls open with win

Opening on the road at Spanish Springs, the Douglas junior varsity girls used a tough defense and some quick scoring to beat the Cougars 42-26.

Museum hosts Christmas tree contest

The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville is hosting a decorated Christmas tree display today through Dec. 29, and visitors will be asked to vote on their favorite tree. Each vote costs 25 cents.

Area poet reads at jazz concert

One of writer Krista Benjamin's poems has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of "Best American Poetry." She will read "Letter from my Ancestors" and other poems from the anthology at the Mile High Jazz Band's free concert on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The event takes place at Comma Coffee, located at 312 S. Carson Street in Carson City.

Community Messiah Sing is canceled

Due to unfortunate circumstances the Annual Carson Valley Community Messiah Sing, previously scheduled for Dec. 10, has been canceled. Please watch for next year's event.

Football: Pee Wees lose a dog fight

The Douglas Pop Warner Pee Wee football team ran into a bigger, faster Las Vegas squad Saturday at Damonte Ranch in the state championship Silver Bowl team.

Open house to support ferret rescue

The Soul(e) Ferret Rescue Shelter is hosting its second annual open house 1-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Festivities will take place at 977 Pleasantview Court in Gardnerville.

Tuesday, November 28

R-C Ski Forecast for Nov. 28

6 lifts and 1 terrain park open. Forecast: Overcast, possible snow flurries, 5-10 degrees with moderate winds.

Updates on Douglas High grads for the week ending Nov. 26, 2006

Andy McIntosh, soph., WR, Nevada: Played in a 38-7 loss to Boise State Saturday.

Digest: Youth wrestling sign-ups

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for the new teen basketball league through Dec. 1 and the season will begin on Jan. 13.

Thorson faring well on sprint circuit

Carson Valley fifth-grader Tanner Thorson has been enjoying a solid season on the Red Bluff Outlaws Box Stock class circuit through the first four races.

Home alone

The holidays are upon us and mixed feelings tend to bombard many who are away from home or those who had lost a loved one. The feeling of loneliness can easily steer a person into despair and emptiness, feeling home alone.

Library takes a 'Leap'

Last week, the Douglas County Public Library in Minden unveiled new learning resources from the Language First! Program, to a crowd of about 15 preschoolers and kindergartners.

Fish Springs early settler, storyteller dies

Fish Springs lost a great friend and neighbor on Thanksgiving Day as Don Hale died at the age of 78. He was born in Texas but has lived here for the past 27 years and he can tell more stories than we can remember.

19-year-old collects gifts to give to women's shelter

Help collect donations for the less fortunate this holiday season with 19-year-old, Nikki Villoria who is conducting a food, clothing and toy drive called, "Help For the Holidays."

R-C Sports Notebook: More scrimmage results

The R-C Sports Notebook is a weekly online-exclusive column that appears every Tuesday on It contains observations, rumors, scoops and briefs from the Douglas County sports world.

Monday, November 27

Genoa art gallery presents miniature art show and sale

Have you ever heard of an art gallery hosting a miniature show? Miniature shows are when artists are given specific size guidelines - in this case, at The Davis Gallery; images are to be no larger than 108 square inches, or essentially a 9- by 12-inch painting.

Order 67 always busy

Order 67 has been keeping busy with two upcoming concerts to look forward to.

Bar BQ Boys plays at grill

The Bar BQ Boys, a group of Carson Valley musicians, will be playing at the Coyote Sports Bar & Grill tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m..


Lisa Goeringer, 51, a 15-year resident of Minden, died Nov. 14, 2006, in Minden. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

Lady Tigers stumble vs. Cougars

The Douglas girls' basketball team entered Saturday's season-opener looking at the matchup at Spanish Springs as a pop quiz.

Escape 'to' Alcatraz

I remember this movie from when I was a child. I have always thought it was a good idea to have prisons out in the ocean or in the middle of the desert, a far less likely chance of escape, right?

Roasting chestnuts? Count me in

With Thanksgiving behind us, the shopping fervor has begun, and just ahead, (and I mean just), are a multitude of holiday happenings beginning with Gardnerville's kickoff that starts at 5 p.m. today.

'Tis the season

Several things will be going on in the Antelope Valley before Christmas. A few are:

R-C Ski Forecast

The Record-Courier will post a morning ski report every weekday through the winter season for Carson Valley's closest resorts.

Welcoming Christmas for the season

While Friday marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, today marks the opening of Christmas lighting week.

Church Services

Unity Church of Today will hold two services on Christmas Eve in the sanctuary, located at 1701 Lucerne St., Minden. The first service at 6 p.m. is designed for families and children, while the second service at 7:30 p.m. features candlelight and a Unity Chorus performance.

Friday, November 24

Methodists hold food round-up

For the four Sundays prior to Thanksgiving the congregation of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church held its annual Fall Food Round-up

Digest: Wildcats wrestling sign-ups

The Douglas Wildcat youth wrestling will be taking sign-ups for the 2006-07 season Nov. 27 and 30 at the Carson Valley Middle School multi-purpose room from 6 to 7 p.m.

Chance to write to Santa, soldiers

The Douglas County Public Library is hosting the Light the Lights celebration in Minden from 6-8 p.m. Friday, as participants write letters to Santa and letters to soldiers. The program continues on Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the Parade of Lights celebration.

Holiday concert returns

The fifth annual Joyful Noise Community Holiday Concert returns to the CVIC Hall in Minden 7 p.m. Dec. 17. The concert offers something for all ages and musical tastes, with holiday treats and hot cider to follow the show. Admission is a love offering for the heart-warming evening of fun for families and friends.

Wednesday, November 22

Mitchell hired to take over softball program

Douglas High School introduced its fifth head softball coach in as many years earlier in the week.


A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at FitzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville for Mary Beres, 55, who died Nov. 18, 2006, at her home in Gardnerville.

There's a new church in the Valley

On Oct. 1, Vista Grande Baptist Church became one of Carson Valley's newest churches.

'Tuna' makes a splash at DHS

It's easy to see why "A Tuna Christmas" is described as a "red-neck comedy" and at the same time is a "poignant and touching" holiday play after five minutes of watching rehearsals at Douglas High School.

A Thanksgiving to remember

The celebration of Thanksgiving in my family always seemed to come with a set of rules when I was growing up. It always consisted of the gathering of just family, and for me, my family was fairly small. There was Grandma, Grandpa, my mom, my sister, my unmarried Aunt Bonnie (who doted on my sister and me) and my father for the first five years of my life.

Black Friday? Nah.

Did you eat too much yesterday? It's probably a safe assumption that most of us did. I hope you were able to enjoy some quality family time and find some things to be thankful for in your life. This time of year brings so much joy to our lives we sometimes forget that it is also one of the most stressful times of the year. So don't forget to take some time for yourself as the end of this year fast approaches.

2nd call for Valley talent

The Dakota Organization is presenting a variety show on Dec. 15 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Basketball: CVMS seventh-graders hold off late run by Pau-Wa-Lu

The Carson Valley Middle School seventh-grade boys' basketball team jumped out to an early 10-2 lead against cross-valley rival Pau-Wa-Lu Tuesday afternoon and cruised from there.

Girls' basketball: Mix of youth and experience for Lady Tigers

They've taken their lumps, now they're ready to show off what they learned.

Digest: Elements tryouts

The Carson Valley Cougars competitve traveling baseball program will be conducting tryouts for its 13U and 14U squads in early December.

Junior Midgets fall in Snow Bowl game

On a wet, freezing, miserable day in Sparks, the Douglas Tiger Junior Midgets failed to capture the Snow Bowl by losing to the Sparks Steelers 12-6. The Tigers kept pushing until the final minute, but just came up short.

Tuesday, November 21

R-C Sports Notebook: Boys' hoops squad turns heads during scrimmages

The R-C Sports Notebook is a weekly online-exclusive column that appears every Tuesday on It contains observations, rumors, scoops and briefs from the Douglas County sports world.

Washoe culture display featured at Minden Inn

During the remainder of the month of November, a small exhibit depicting Washoe culture is on display in the lobby of the Minden Inn.

Road Warriors became champions

About the only thing the Douglas Tigers were missing in their 2006 storybook football season was that elusive happy ending.

Gransbery, LeFever head All-League selections

Boosted by record-breaking seasons and strong offensive and defensive efforts on several different playing venues, the Douglas fall sports programs hauled in a number of Sierra League awards for 2006.

Church celebrations are offered at St. Gall

St. Gall Catholic Church invites you to join us for the celebrations to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, 4:45 p.m. Dec. 9 with mariachi music in the gathering area. A

Updates on Douglas grads for the week ending Oct. 29, 2006

Andy McIntosh, soph., WR, Nevada: Had one tackle in a 42-0 win over Lousiana Tech Saturday.

Digest: Cougars, Wildcats hosting tryouts

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for the new teen basketball league through Dec. 1 and the season will begin on Jan. 13.

Bond burning is free swim day

An open house is planned to celebrate final payment of the bond on the Carson Valley Swim Center. The final payment on the East Fork Swimming Pool District Construction bond was made this month and the district will celebrate this 20 milestone on Saturday with free admission offered all day and a list of special events:

Douglas Disposal gears up for Christmas food drive

The employees of Douglas Disposal are sponsoring their 12th annual food drive in Carson Valley. Customers can look for flyers to be distributed Dec. 4-8. The flyers will be left on refuse containers with all information about the drive. This is an invitation for participation to help those in need during this holiday season. Simply place a bag of nonperishable food items beside your refuse container. Plastic bags are preferred to protect against rain and moisture. The employees will then collect the contributions the week of Dec. 11-15.

Monday, November 20

Giblet was for Thanksgiving

I like my food to be as natural as possible without artificial growth hormones. Since moving here to Northern Nevada, we have raised a lot of chickens and ducks for dinner, but a few years ago I mail-ordered two turkeys. A white Holland female we named Giblet (short for Thanksgiving) and a broad-breasted bronze male named Gravy (short for Christmas). I didn't want my sons to worry about the turkeys' future. Besides, my father used to tell us girls when we were little "don't play with your food."

Concert promotes performing arts center in Minden

The Carson Valley Arts Council is presenting singer-songwriter Edie Carey in concert at the CVIC Hall in Minden on Thursday. Join the Carson Valley Arts Council for an evening of great music, wine and cheese, and news about the proposed Copeland Performing Arts Center. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m., and dessert at 8:15 p.m. To learn more about Edie Carey and her music, visit the Web site at

Learn to build gingerbread houses

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden presents a gingerbread house-making workshop at 6 p.m. Monday. Dennis Little will be on hand to help children build gingerbread houses using graham crackers and other sweet things.

Douglas County Teens Against Tobacco receive training so they can share knowledge

Sixteen teens from Douglas High School, Carson Valley Middle School and Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School came together on Nov. 15 for a day-long educational opportunity to study the deadly effects of tobacco use, so that new members could become teen teachers and established members could spend the day planning school and community events.

Turkey 'BINGO!'

With nary a gobble, nor even a squabble, Carson Valley folks racked up $2,600 for Douglas High School scholarships and programs during the Carson Valley Kiwanis Club Turkey Bingo on Saturday.

Casting call out for local playwright's 'Blackjack Bottom'

A few years back, Paula Nelson, while living in Carson City, composed a musical play called "Blackjack Bottom," about a cowhand from the fictional town of Blackjack Bottom, Texas.

Adoption month display featured at library

During November the Douglas County Public Library in Minden is featuring a display by the State of Nevada Division of Family Services.

Knight, Gingrich to be wed

Retired Col. Don Knight, USAF and his wife, 2nd Brig. Gen. Elaine Knight, USAF, of Colorado Springs, Colo., are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Alicia Knight, of Colorado Springs, Colo., to Philip Gingrich, son of Dennis and Alice Gingrich, all of Gardnerville. The wedding is to take place Dec. 30 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Boy Scouts score big with food drive

The Boy Scouts of Minden and Gardnerville earned a big "thank you" from the Carson Valley Community Food Closet with the success of their Nov. 11 food drive.

Time to pencil everything in for Christmas

The Christmas season officially "kicks off" on Wednesday with the second annual Christmas Season Kickoff presented by the Town of Gardnerville. The event is truly a small-town old-fashioned Christmas, complete with roasted chestnuts and performances by a middle school band and local theater group.

What to do with your leftover turkey

Do you still have turkey leftover in your refrigerator from Thanksgiving dinner? If so, it's time to get creative and think of new ways to present that bird to your family. Anyway that's what my mother would do. There were seven kids in our family so no food was thrown away.

We can choose how we treat our families

Welcome to the busiest travel day of the year. As we rush around preparing to travel, buying groceries, preparing for the big Thanksgiving day, let's stop for a moment and remember what is important.

The American Dream IS possible

Sometimes we tend to forget how much is achieved by regular folks from small communities in our country. I have been reminded of that again lately, with the increased public prominence of General John Abizaid, Commander of the Central Command for 27 countries in the Middle and Far East.

Troops need a holiday too

Support Our Soldiers, a local effort to provide gifts for American troops in Iraq at Christmas, is still looking for contributions. The deadline for dropping off items is Saturday.

Saturday, November 18

Adoption month display featured at library

I love Thanksgiving, the family, the fun, the football and the food.

Friday, November 17

Future looks bright for Tiger spikers

Coming off a regional runner-up, league-championship season and losing five starters who all went on to play at the next level, the Douglas volleyball program was expected to drop off a little.

AAU basketball tryouts soon

Tryouts for the Carson Valley Tigers sixth-grade AAU basketball team will be Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Douglas High School gym.

Thursday, November 16

Community championless in planning process

Again, the community is championless, their voices drowned out by the virtual din of a three-minute timer. At a Douglas County Planning Commission hearing this week, a packed throng gamely made public comments opposing yet another major master plan amendment and major zoning map amendment; this one proffered by the much venerated land steward of Douglas County, Don Bently, and employee James Usher.

Time to vote in holiday contests

The Carson Valley Arts Council is hosting its annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center starting today and running through Dec. 16. This is the second year in a row for this contest, and the museum is filling up fast with the festive creations, according to contest organizer and fellow gingerbread house maker Dennis Little.

Digest: Teen hoops league sign-ups

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for the new teen basketball league through Dec. 1 and the season will begin on Jan. 13.

Football: Pee Wees capture Snow Bowl title

For the past two seasons, the group of athletes playing on the 2006 Douglas Pop Warner Pee Wee football team have been unbeatable.

Girls' Soccer: Lady Tigers wrap up transition year

With a crop of younger and first-year varsity players infused into the lineup, the Douglas girls' soccer team still found its way into the regional playoffs for the 13th consecutive year.

Spaghetti feed, auction benefit Midget Cheer

Pop Warner's Midget Cheer is having a spaghetti feed, silent auction and raffle 8 p.m. Saturday at Minden Elementary School.

Christmas is just around the corner

The first weekend of November was a busy time in quiet little Topaz Ranch Estates. The Sagehens hosted their annual Fall Boutique and shoppers turned out early to get the best buys and a jump start on Christmas shopping.

CVMS boys' hoops teams off to unbeaten start

The Carson Valley Middle School boys' basketball teams raced out of the gates with both the seventh- and eighth-grade squads winning their first three games.


Lillian F. Witt, 84, a 14 year resident of Wellington, died Nov. 1, 2006 in Carson City.

Post-Thanksgiving holiday craft workshop offered

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden is having a holiday craft workshop at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The fun starts when the craft cupboard full of paper, glitter, glue and patterns is opened. Children 4 and older will create a calendar to count down until Santa comes. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, November 15

Give Valley Bar a break

We're flabbergasted that the Douglas County Planning Commission rejected a request from longtime Valley resident Julian Larrouy to have a master plan amendment to rebuild the Valley Bar.

Cowboys perform for Christmas

What is becoming a holiday tradition, Christmas in the Sierra returns to the historic "Raycraft" Town Hall in Genoa with two performances on Dec. 16 starting at 5 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.

Lone Tree artists meet public during Second Saturday event

The Lone Tree Gallery and Framing celebrated its 22nd Anniversary Nov. 10 with a "meet and greet" for the artists the gallery represents.

Is Wal-Mart coming and why should we care?

OK, I'll share what I know: Wal-Mart is always interested in building new stores in favorable sites and there are usually people who want to sell their land to Wal-Mart.

Gingerbread house contest applications due

There is still time to enter a gingerbread house contest, to be held at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center the first two weeks of December.

DMV employee retires after two decades

Everyone who's visited the Minden Department of Motor Vehicles office over the years for everything from obtaining first driver's permits to registering new vehicles may remember Holly Walthall.

Docie Doe at Buckaroos tonight

The country western band Docie Doe will be playing tonight and Saturday night at Buckaroos Saloon, 1435 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Some of the songs from the long list the band performs include: "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Honky Tonk Woman," "It's a Heartache," Lay Down Sally" and "Margaritaville."

Variety show raises funds for Alzheimer's

The Dakota Organization is presenting a variety show on Dec. 15 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Art of gicleé

Still in its fledgling stages of acceptance into the world of fine art and photo reproduction, gicleé prints are the path to the future for any high-quality, digitally produced, fine-art print. This is the service Michael Nelson, owner of Grafx 8 in Minden, provides.

A bird of a different feather spied

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, my husband, Scott, son, Samuel and I ventured out to Faye Luther trailhead for a hike. We weren't the only ones out to enjoy the stunning autumn weather; the parking lot was as full as I have ever seen it.

Tuesday, November 14

R-C Sports Notebook: A look ahead to winter sports

The R-C Sports Notebook is a weekly online-exclusive column that appears every Tuesday on It contains observations, rumors, scoops and briefs from the Douglas County sports world.

Minden library closed for holiday

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. The library will close at 5 p.m. today, and will resume its regular schedule on Saturday at 9 a.m. For more information call the library at 782-9841.

Order 67 rocks Holy Grounds

Order 67 played Friday at Holy Grounds Coffee House on Highway 395.

Students pick up their turkeys at pottery party

Turkeys were made by students in Lorraine Felix's Thanksgiving pottery class.

Updates on Douglas grads for the week ending Oct. 29, 2006

Andy McIntosh, soph., WR, Nevada: Played but didn't record any stats in a 42-0 win over Utah State.

Boys' Soccer: Tiger boys will return large crop

Douglas High School boys' soccer coach Milko Vasquez knew heading into the 2006 season that his team would be very young.

Senior center presents Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, Young At Heart Senior Citizen Club, will present the 11th annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Digest: Tryouts for spring soccer clubs upcoming

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for the new teen basketball league through Dec. 1 and the season will begin on Jan. 13.

Local Rotary clubs celebrate foundation

Five local Rotary Clubs join together for a Rotary International Foundation dinner on Thursday. The Carson City Sunset Rotary Club is the host for this gala event that includes members of the Rotary Club of Carson City, Minden Rotary Club, Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club.

Couple makes home in Gardnerville

Brianna Kurtz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren and Donna Kurtz of Gardnerville was married to Seth Killian, son of Johnny Killian of Ione, Wash., and Susan Thompson of Caldwell, Idaho, on Sept. 2 at the Orchard House in Genoa.

Monday, November 13

Key Club donations taken at Turkey Bingo

Along with the Carson Valley Kiwanis Club Turkey Bingo on Saturday, about 20 Douglas High School Key Club members will be holding a fundraiser of their own, and they are looking for donations.

Christmas kick-off coming

The Town of Gardnerville will present the second Carson Valley Christmas Season Kick-Off 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Heritage Park Pavilion.

Volleyball: Coleville comes up short at state

Alamo, the school that has prevented the Coleville Lady Wolves from claiming the state 1A volleyball championship the last two years, prevented the Wolves from advancing to the championship round on Friday.

A week full of Christmas activities

The first weekend of December will be a huge Christmas celebration in Carson Valley and Santa will be making appearances all over the Valley.

Masons past masters recognized

During the October stated meeting, the Masons of Carson Valley Lodge No. 33 of Gardnerville recognized their past masters. There were 13 past masters present.

What is a Drumchik?

My daughter Jenee brought home the November newsletter from Piñon Hills Elementary School and it said the school was having another assembly featuring the "Drumchiks."

Make case for taxbefore campaign

The defeat of Douglas County's three ballot initiatives is being analyzed by their proponents, some publicly, some less so.

Spirit begins with gingerbread house contest

It's time to dig out your supply of peppermint candies and gum drops for some good old-fashioned holiday fun.

Fainting goats?

Recently my neighbor, Alice, and I had the opportunity to visit Pam Weeks at Fall Over Farms in Topaz. Pam raises and shows a breed of goat known as "fainting goats.


A visitation for Geraldine Smokey Collett, 80, a lifetime Nevada resident, will be noon-2 p.m. Friday at Walton's Chapel of the Valley, with the burial immediately following at Lone Mountain Cemetery, and a reception at the Dresslerville Gymnasium in Dresslerville.

Sunday, November 12

Friday, November 10

Douglas/Carson high grads to marry

Rachel Halverson and Wesley Deputy, both of Carson City, have announced their wedding date of Nov. 25 to take place 3 p.m. at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue in Minden.

When you hear a knock, donate to food closet

Every year the Douglas High School chapter of National Honor Society participates in its largest community service event, the annual Thanksgiving Food Scavenger Hunt.

Early Christmas at the library

The Douglas County Public Library is having a Books are Fun Book Fair on Saturday. It's Christmas in November for one day only from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Do your Christmas shopping early. Choose from hundreds of new books and gifts for yourself or the whole family.

Teens Against Tobacco training day offered

The Douglas County Teens Against Tobacco will have a free training day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at The Partnership of Community Resources at 1528 Highway 395, Suite 100, Gardnerville.

Firefighters award young lemonade stand entrepreneur

Seven-year-old Jim Matthews decided to run a lemonade stand this summer, but instead of spending or saving the proceeds for himself, he wanted to give it to the local fire station's burn fund program.

Art reception fundraiser for Stewart Indian Cultural Center

The Nevada Indian Commission in partnership with Artistic Viewpoints Gallery of Gardnerville is hosting a dedication and fundraising reception for the future Stewart Indian Cultural Center. The reception will be held 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Stewart Facility (south Carson off of Snyder Avenue) in Carson City.

Newspaper photographer presents talk on new book

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden is presenting a book signing and slide show with Reno Gazette-Journal photographer Marilyn Newton at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Newton's new book "Alkali Angels," is a historical and photographic project documenting Nevada's remarkable cemeteries.

Thursday, November 9

YAH presents craft fair on Nov. 18

The Young at Heart 11th annual Holiday Craft Faire will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

A time for celebration, hope ... reflection

Walt Spaelti was one of about 36 veterans, one of five in his branch of the military, who attended the United Service Organizations Veterans Day Celebration at the Douglas County Senior Center on Wednesday.

God knows ...

Greetings, Carson Valley. Well the elections are mostly behind us. The Congress and the Senate are now controlled by the Democrats.

Gingerbread decorating applications accepted

The Carson Valley Arts Council is hosting its annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center from Dec. 1 through Dec. 16.

Call for Christmas fair vendors

The annual Genoa Christmas Faire is looking for vendors. The event is scheduled in the Genoa Town Hall and the old fire house, Dec. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lekumberry takes team roping title

Smith Valley High School junior Linsey Lekumberry was hoping just to qualify for the Idaho-Nevada State Rodeo Finals in Winnemucca last month.

Youth Soccer: Eliminators win Kit Carson title

The U12 girls' division in the Kit Carson Shootout has belonged to Carson Valley AYSO for about the last six years.

Oesterling competing at nationals

Carson-Douglas High School Rodeo club member Spencer Oesterling got into bull riding simply because he saw a friend do it and it looked like fun.

Digest: Carson Valley golf results

The Carson Valley Men's Golf Club hosted a four-man scramble at the Carson Valley Golf Course Sunday, marking its last tournament of 2006.

Girls' basketball: CVMS 7th-graders win Tah-Neva conference title

The Carson Valley Middle School seventh-grade girls' basketball team shocked previously unbeaten Carson last month to take the Tah-Neva league tournament championship 32-31 last month.

Future of Valley is being decided now

Douglas County is completing a 10-year update of its master plan. The Douglas County Planning Commission will continue, and possibly complete, its review on Dec. 12, and county commission hearings will follow, probably in January.

Wednesday, November 8

Olson makes it official

Douglas' Keith Olson made it official Wednesday afternoon, signing his national letter of intent to play at Northern Arizona University in a small ceremony in the Douglas High School gym .

Voting's a duty

Just over 40 percent of Douglas County's active voters turned out to the polls on Tuesday to cast a ballot.

Today is a time to honor our veterans

Today is the recognized holiday for Veterans Day on Nov. 11

The loss of a landmark in TRE

I guess it all falls under the title of "progress" but it just seems that sometimes progress tends to take away rather than give something to a community. Such is the case of the "enhancement" given to our ugly little A-frame building at the corner of Highway 208 and Albite Drive in Topaz Ranch Estates.

11-8 Kudos BMX

We would like to thank the community for their generous support in purchasing tickets for our "Team BMX Rush" car wash, which was recently held at the North Wal-Mart in Carson City.

Thanks for the memories

Fleet Week was celebrated while we were in San Diego earlier this month and it included a special tribute to Bob Hope for his 60 years of entertaining our military men and women that were stationed in foreign lands. His USO shows brought them much joy and a little taste of home. Hope and his troop of famous entertainers even put on a show on the tiny island of Guam where my husband and I and our three children lived during the Vietnam War era.

Order 67 performs Friday

Local band Order 67 is making an appearance at Holy Ground Coffee House Friday night.

Remember our soldiers during the holidays

During this holiday season it is more important than ever that we keep those people who are fighting and dying in our name in far away lands in our hearts and thoughts.

Letters to the Editors

I hope the politicians in Douglas County finally got the message that we do not want to spend money to build a new senior center.

Tuesday, November 7

Volleyball: Wolves take second place at regionals

The Coleville volleyball team fell in the 1A Regional championship match in three games to Owyhee Saturday after an inspired first two rounds.

R-C Sports Notebook: Playoff weather sets in again

The R-C Sports Notebook is a weekly online-exclusive column that appears every Tuesday on It contains observations, rumors, scoops and briefs from the Douglas County sports world.

Monday, November 6

CASA volunteer meetings offered

The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, CASA of Douglas County, is a volunteer-driven organization committed to serving abused and neglected children and children who are involved in custody cases or other matters before the court.

Douglas tennis honored for classroom achievements

The Douglas boys' tennis team followed its 6-5 season with an impressive showing on the NIAA All-State Academic team, announced last week.

Youth Soccer: Eliminators win Kit Carson title

The U12 girls' division in the Kit Carson Shootout has belonged to Carson Valley AYSO for about the last six years.

Crouch, Ratajesak married Sept. 23

Linda Crouch of Fresno, Calif., and Paul Ratajesak of Dixon, Calif., were married Sept. 23 in an double-ring informal Hawaiian-style ceremony in the garden of the bride's mother's home in Minden.

Veterans honored at senior center celebration today

The Douglas County Senior Center will be conducting the seventh annual United Service Organizations Veterans Day Celebration, from 10:30 a.m. to noon today at the Douglas County Senior Center located at 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville.

Updates on Douglas grads for the week ending Oct. 29, 2006

Andy McIntosh, soph., WR, Nevada: Had one catch for 13 yards in Nevada's 45-7 win over Idaho Saturday. He also had one tackle on a kickoff return.

Damonte Ranch too much for Douglas

After an inspired start, the Douglas volleyball team couldn't fend off the aggressive Damonte Ranch attack Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs advanced to the regional championship match with a four-game win over the Tigers at Galena High School.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas final season stats

Record: Overall 15-6-2, Sierra League 8-5-1, Home 6-2-1, Away 5-3-1, Neutral 4-0.

Seeing Minden for the trees

The ditch that runs along County Road in Minden isn't there to water landscaping and it's not there for recreation.

Football: Douglas final season statistics

Record: 8-3 overall, 7-0 Sierra League, 1-1 home, 4-1 away, 3-1 neutral

Happy birthday, Marine Corps

Since there are so many currently active and former Marines living in the Antelope Valley, this week's 231st birthday of the Corps is very special to much of our community. To observe this event, there will be a lunch at noon on Thursday at the Walker Senior Center. The public and all former or active military members are welcome. Reservations are a must, so call (530) 495-2323. Semper Fi!

I feel like a fireman

This is the time of year that I feel like a fireman. I get anxious to go out and get ready to set my pile on fire. I get out my pruning sheers, my hand saw and a cordless Saws-all

Tiger runners make top 10 at state

For the second year in a row, the Douglas High cross country team was the only fall sport at the school to send athletes to state.

Amateur photographers wanted for photo club

Calling all amateur photographers. We are interested in starting a local photo club to share our photography, experience and tips.

2006 CVAA Scholarship Benefit art show a success, again

This year's Carson Valley Art Association Scholarship Benefit art show took place Nov. 2-5 at the CVIC Hall in Minden with the support of the Town of Minden. More than 89 artists entered 133 pieces, up from 116 entries last year, mostly from Carson Valley and Eagle Valley. A few were from Lake Tahoe and Reno. More than half were from non-CVAA members and many were new to CVAA Shows.

Friday, November 3

McQueen holds on for win against Tigers

For the first quarter and a half, there was just about nothing the Douglas offense could do to get the ball moving.

Cow reality isn't always pleasant or kind

Feudal kings were known to keep jesters to mock themselves and their courts. A dose of ridicule provided perspective to the smooth-tongued courtiers applying false praise trying to curry favors. Without perspective one gets lost. Cows provide the same service.

Fixing 'botched' paintings with pastels

A "California transplant," Sabina Bye, is active in the Carson Valley Art Association, the Nevada Artists Association and the Tahoe Art League.


A private memorial for family and close friends will be 1-5 p.m. Nov. 11 for Phyllis "Grandma Foo" Ashurst, 73, who died Oct. 21, 2006 in Gardnerville.

McQueen slips past Douglas

For the first quarter and a half, there was just about nothing the Douglas offense could do to get the ball moving.

Thursday, November 2


A memorial service is today at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Reno for Edith Jane Dettling, 84, who died Oct. 27, 2006. Mrs. Dettling was born July 24, 1922, in Lodi, Calif.

Parenting techniques clinic offered Thursday

Disciplining children in a loving and logical way without stress; using empathy and consequences is the premise of the Love and Logic Parenting Technique presented by Janet Carter, hosted by the Trinity Lutheran Childcare Center, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville.

Thanks for help with spaghetti dinner

The Topaz VFW Post Auxiliary 3630 would like to say thank you to all the following businesses for their donations and participation of our spaghetti dinner. Thank you also to all the individuals who donated and participated. All money goes toward our community and to veterans in need. Many appreciations to our candidates and elected officials who participated as well as merchants from Carson City-Gardnerville-Minden and Wellington:

Remembering our veterans during November

This month the Elks honored our hospitalized veterans with a visitation to the VA Hospital in Reno and by placing flags at the graves of those who have honorably served our country at Eastside Memorial Park.

JV spikers sweeps final week of play

The Douglas junior varsity volleyball team ended its season with a big week of wins.

Breakfast with the dogs

Eastern Sierra Feed will host a Breakfast With The Dogs seminar starting with breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at Eastern Sierra Feed, followed by a seminar beginning at 9 a.m.

Project Santa gears up for winter clothing drive

It is time for the volunteers with Project Santa Claus to start gathering all of their resources to make certain that Douglas County children in need will be provided for during the holiday season.

Local seniors receive CVAA scholarships

The Carson Valley Art Association's scholarship winners have been announced. From Douglas High School the winners are Niles Randall Crow and Lisa Shoemaker. From Whittell High School, winners are Sarah Angstadt and Sebastian Diaz.

Plant wildflowers and conservation grasses now

With the chill in the air, gardeners may be thinking more about putting the landscape to bed than about planting for spring. However, wildflower meadows and grass plantings for fuel breaks, dust or weed control, or wild area management need to be seeded now for spring growth. Often gardeners plant wildflower and conservation grasses in the spring, and then wonder why they are not successful. Native plant seed self-sows in the fall, not in the spring, and gardeners must mimic this cycle by sowing now.

James a part of Antelope Valley lore

Amazing how our sleepy little Antelope Valley can contain so much wonderful history and that so few people really know about it.

This weekend in Carson Valley sports

It will be a very familiar opponent standing across the field from the Douglas Tiger football team Friday night.

Local school honors veterans with special program

Next Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., staff and students at Scarselli Elementary School will present a special program in honor of our United States veterans.

Sierra Ballet Theatre slated for Montbleu

The Sierra Ballet Theatre Company will present its gala performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Montbleu Theater in the Montbleu Resort. The company will perform the ballet "Paquita," followed by excerpts from Mozart and ending the program with a jazz ballet titled "That Was The Week That Was."

Cheerleaders head for nationals

Cheerleading is a serious sport for a group of young women ages 5-18 that are members of the Silver Spirit All-Stars Cheer and Dance Club.

Scholarship art show/raffle Nov. 3-5

The CVAA Scholarship Benefit Art Show will be held in the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue in Minden. The proceeds from the show provide scholarships for continuing art students from Douglas High School in Minden and Whittell High School at Stateline.

Minden gallery celebration offers music and art from other lands

A view of international artwork from your own back yard is available at Artisans International.

Local artists place in annual show

The Nevada Artists Association presents the 56th annual Nevada Days Art Exhibit through Dec. 8 at the Brewery Arts Center Art Gallery, 449 West King Street in Carson City (corner of Division and King streets). The works were judged by Jan Rollenhagen.

Wednesday, November 1

Galleries host weekend of events

The Carson Valley Art Gallery Association continues with its Second Saturday events in November. The CVAGA was formed by the seven galleries in Carson Valley to promote visual arts in the area. Each gallery holds special events on the second Saturday of every month - from artists' demonstrations, music and food to workshops and special art shows. A gallery brochure and map is available at all seven of the Carson Valley Galleries.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls

The Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls are voted on weekly by reporters from around the Northern region. One computer formula is included in football voting, although it is given the same weight as the human voters. Schools from any league or classification in Northern Nevada are eligible for the polls. Complete voting results follow.


A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville, for Ralph Daryl Smith, 65, who died Oct. 27, 2006, in Reno.

Douglas High grads to wed

Aimee Smith and James Fikkers are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple plan to marry in Minden Park, Sept. 22, 2007.

Election on the horizon

You are holding the last regular edition of The Record-Courier until after Election Day.

Schools can participate in poetry recitation contest

The Nevada Arts Council in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education and the Nevada Alliance for Arts Education is accepting registrations from schools wishing to participate in the second year of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest for high school students sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.