Stories for September 2006


Saturday, September 30

Tigers shut down Panthers

Facing up against one of the more potent offenses in the region, the Douglas football was up to the test.

Friday, September 29

Douglas shuts down Panthers

Facing up against one of the more potent offenses in the region, the Douglas football was up to the test.

First juried art exhibit to be held at museum

A new fine art exhibit by sculpture students and professionals will be offered at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Douglas grad to marry

The wedding ceremony of Kristen E. Valentine, daughter of Laura and Matt Valentine, all of Gardnerville and Keith Goff of Reno, son of Jim Goff and Susie Shea of California, will be 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in Reno with the Minister Dawna Mantei performing the ceremony.

Equine clinic offered by Sheriff's Mounted Posse

The Douglas County Sheriff's Mounted Posse and Great Basin Equine Medicine and Surgery, Inc. are hosting an equine vet clinic 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Tigers shut down Panthers

Facing up against one of the more potent offenses in the region, the Douglas football was up to the test.

Thursday, September 28

Dogs and celebrities can 'escape the pound'

A specially constructed dog pound has been made for this year's second annual "It's a DAWG's Day" animal awareness event to take place on Saturday.

Time for the Fall Family Festival

Volunteers are hard at work, preparing for the Fall Family Festival & Pumpkin Patch, to be held 10 a.m. Ð 2 p.m., Saturday at Lampe Park pavilion in Gardnerville. This annual event is in its 11th year, and is sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's 4-H program and Douglas County Parks and Recreation.

Democratic rally is on Oct. 15

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee is having a "Rally in the Valley" 1-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Hollister Ranch off Jacks Valley Road in Genoa. Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, is welcome to come hear the candidates and enjoy great food, beverages and music. The cost is $5 per person. There will also be a raffle for great prizes donated by local businesses.

Washoe Tribe contributes to Carson Valley

The beautiful Carson Valley and its environs are as close to the heart of the people of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California as anyone on earth. Historians have documented the presence, historic and cultural connection of the "people from here," in this region for many thousands of years.

Douglas travels to North Valleys tonight

The Douglas football team will take its stingy defense up to North Reno tonight to face the upstart North Valleys Panthers in a 7:30 p.m. game.

Digest: Punt, Pass & Kick slated for Saturday

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department will host the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick competition Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Stodick Park, field 3.

Tennis: Huskies top Tiger girls, boys

After ripping through their Sierra League slate with rarely a hiccup, the Douglas High School girls' tennis team ran into a wall against top-seeded Reno.

Golf team shocks Reno at Washoe

Douglas girls' golf coach Steve Gustafson was hoping merely to fight for a team playoff spot this season.

Pop Warner: Tiny Mites 3-0 in inaugural season

The Douglas Pop Warner Tiny Mite Tigers Black, comprised of rookie football players between the ages of 5 and 7, is competing for the first year.

Look to the Lord for answers

As I sit down this morning to write this article I find my brain just will not engage. The events of this week have just seemed to overwhelm my thoughts for writing. Yet as my fingers dance across the keyboard, I find myself drawn to some important words of our Lord Jesus.

Comma Concerts brings traditional music icon to Gardnerville Oct. 6

In a continuing effort to bring world-class musicians to Carson Valley, promoter Doug Reynolds' Comma Concerts series will present its first area indoor show on Oct. 6 at Shady Grove Coffee Co. Performing that night will be one of the leading figures of "old-style Americana music," singer and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky. Tickets are $15 and are available online at or at Shady Grove. Due to seating restrictions, there are only 65 tickets available for the show.

After the fire

A beautiful late September day seemed like the ideal setting for another ride to Desert Creek and up over Risue Canyon Road to see some of the damage left behind by the Jackass Fire that ravaged the area. The lightning-caused fire that started the afternoon of July 17, was soon whipped out of control in tinder dry conditions of ancient Piñons and sagebrush.

Volleyball sweeps Hug

The Douglas High School volleyball team swept Hug Tuesday evening to improve to 14-6 overall on the year and 4-1 in Sierra League play.

Tigers' next 'home' game to be at Whittell

The Douglas High School football team will play in Douglas County for the first time of the 2006 season next week against South Tahoe.

Wednesday, September 27

Big surprise for Douglas County volunteer

No one was more surprised when she was named volunteer of the year than Beverly Thayer.


A funeral service for Faith Caroline Fischmann, 5 months, 26 days old, of Minden, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hilltop Community Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City.

No. 1 Reno pushes ahead for win over Douglas soccer

In all the talk of the Sierra League boys' soccer powers - Carson, South Tahoe and Douglas - many have missed Reno's quiet rise to the top.

A different perspective on the Minden siren

In response to the editorial board's opinion and Bill Driscoll's letter in the Sept. 20 edition, "Minden siren needs fair trial."

Cards, letters and donations sought for Justin

I got some bad news from Lisa Wetzel this week. Former Gardnerville resident Justin Stegemann, who has been fighting neuroblastoma, isn't doing very well.

From acorn to oak tree? And don't feed the wild horses

When we first moved to Fish Springs 25 years ago, we looked for property that had trees already growing there so it wouldn't look so much like a desert. We found the perfect 5-acre lot which bumps right up to a Bureau of Land Management hill in our back yard. Another plus - there were 36 mature, native juniper trees already growing there. Over the years we've planted hundreds more trees, including a productive orchard.

It's the little gestures that mean a lot

Catalogs are so much fun.Where else can you cover so much ground in such a short amount of time shopping for just about anything your little heart desires right in the comfort of your own home?

Tuesday, September 26

Art Trail brochure leads the way on gallery tour

The Carson Valley Art Gallery Association is continuing the Second Saturday Art Trail event for the month of October. The event in which the seven art galleries of the Carson Valley feature special demonstrations, art shows and furnish refreshments for visitors, has met with great success over the last few months.

Crafters, artisans needed for Kids & Horses event

The Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center third annual pumpkin patch event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. There will be games, prizes, pony rides, pumpkins for sale, food, a costume party, entertainment and a craft fair.

Artist's reception held Saturday

Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio will be hosting an artist's reception for Reno artist Nancy Giannini 1-4 p.m. Saturday, as part of the Carson Valley Art Gallery Association's Second Saturday events.

JV, freshmen football win

Tyler May ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Douglas junior varsity football team to a 50-30 victory over Damonte Ranch Friday night.

Coleville freshman quarterback leads way in blowout

The Coleville Wolves bounced back from last week's dissappointing loss with a dominating 52-15 victory over the visiting McDermitt Bulldogs.

Tigers next 'home' game to be at Whittell

The Douglas High School football team will play in Douglas County for the first time of the 2006 season next week against South Tahoe.

Horse sense is people sense

School was in session for a small group of Douglas County kids, who learned lessons about the finer points of communicating with horses Sunday.

Lady Tigers pick up first home win

While the Douglas girls' soccer team had remained unbeaten at home through their first two tries, the Lady Tiger had yet to taste victory on their home turf.

Gransbery's 3 goals lead Douglas past Hug

The Douglas offense did what it does best and the defense did what it does best as the Tiger boys' soccer team thumped Hug High School 6-1 Saturday at Douglas High in the team's first home game in two weeks.

Updates on Douglas grads for the week ending Sept. 24, 2006

Andy McIntosh, soph., WR, Nevada: McIntosh recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter on the kickoff after Nevada scored on a 24-yard interception return in a 31-21 win over Northwestern Friday. Nevada was able to run the clock out from there. McIntosh was in on 19 seperate special teams plays.

Digest: Carson Valley 7th-graders off to strong start

The Carson Valley Middle School seventh-grade girls' basketball team has built a 3-2 record to begin the season, picking up wins against Alder Creek, Eagle Valley and South Tahoe.

Monday, September 25

Saturday, September 23

Tigers take 13-0 victory in defensive struggle

The Douglas defense keeps ending up in the right place at the right time.

Friday, September 22

Food Closet donations received

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet wishes to thank the local business and individuals who made contributions for the month of August. Both cash donations and collected can goods supplement the supply from local grocers and bakeries. Together these generous gifts keep the Food Closet shelves stocked for distribution to those in need here in the community.

Douglas 4-H receives awards at state fair

Douglas County 4-H Happy Heelers and Wavy Cavy members took several awards at the Nevada State Fair Aug. 22-27 in Reno.

Gathering in Quincy for a BMW motorcycle rally

Do you ride a street motorcycle? Do you belong to a motorcycle riding group? It is a wonderful experience to go to a rally year after year, to reacquaint yourself with the same people each year who have "your" same interest in riding on the open roads.


A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at FitzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville for Brenda G. Mavrakis-Nielsen, 52, who died at her home in Wellington Sept. 19, 2006.

California free fishing day set for Saturday

This is a short special report to let you all know to go fishing on Saturday for California free fishing day.

Tiger volleyball rolls over North Valleys

Coming once again off a tough five-game loss, the Douglas volleyball team completely dismanteled its next opponent, this time cruising past North Valleys in three games at Douglas High Tuesday night.

Soccer: Lady Tigers tie No. 1 South Tahoe

When it comes to soccer, ties are always viewed in the eye of the beholder. For Douglas, a tie against South Tahoe would be a happy moment. For South Tahoe, a tie against Douglas would be an unhappy moment.

Cross Country teams win home meet

Things couldn't have gone much better for the Douglas High School cross country team at Lampe Park Wednesday afternoon.

Pop Warner: Tiger Pee Wees beat Sparks to remain unbeaten

The Douglas Tigers Pee Wee Pop Warner football team opened up the season with two shutout victories.

South Tahoe downs Tiger boys

Going into the season, the big question was who would be South Tahoe's primary goal scorers.

Tigers pick up win behind strong defense

The Douglas defense keeps ending up in the right place at the right time.

Golf takes third

The Douglas High girls' golf team took third place for the second time this season, shooting a 532 at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course and coming in behind Reno and Carson respectively Tuesday afternoon.

Football: Douglas 'hosts' Damonte Ranch tonight

The Douglas Tigers 2006 football tour continues tonight as the Tigers play "host" to Damonte Ranch at Galena High School in Reno with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Girls' tennis qualifies for playoffs

For the first time in three years, the Douglas girls' tennis team will be making plans as a team for the postseason.

Thursday, September 21

Methodist church variety show

Members of the music department of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, under the direction of Cindy McIntosh, will present their 10th annual Variety Show on Sunday. This year's theme is "The 'I's' Have It," and the show features songs which begin with the letter "I" including solos and ensembles of "I'll Be Seeing You," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "I'm a Woman" and "In the Navy."

Gardnerville Old Town Days revisits Civil War

Old Town Days will return to Gardnerville Oct. 7-8 in Heritage Park. Throughout the weekend visitors can experience Civil War living history camps and view how the Confederates and the Union survived during the 1860s.

Douglas grad marries

Kirk and Sue Kelly of St. George, Utah, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jeslyn Kelly, of Gardnerville to Marcus Evan Wittig, son of Gary and Susan Wittig, all of Gardnerville.

Marine comes home from Afghanistan

One of our Marines, Gunnery Sgt. Tim Cooper, 37, is home from Afghanistan. After seven months, six of them spent in Afghanistan, he was deployed from Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., "Coop" is back with us for a little while but not for long as he will be leaving in December for Salt Lake City where he will be a training officer joining an active duty team to train reservists for military action.

Scarecrow Festival is Oct. 7

A Scarecrow Festival will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Minden Park. Come and make a personalized scarecrow to take home while supporting the local artistic community. The cost is $8 per scarecrow-making kit, $1 for face painting. The annual Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the East Fork Gallery. For more information call 782-7629.

Elks luau is postponed until later date

The Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge luau planned for this Saturday was canceled.

Memories of Molly bring comfort

My family suffered a terrible loss when our dog, Molly, died unexpectedly last May. I planned on writing a September column in her memory since she would have been 11 this month. Imagine my surprise when I read Lisa Welch's Johnson Lane Journal last Wednesday, which talked about her dog's passing and ways we can keep our dogs safe. My condolences go out to Lisa and her family as they work through this difficult time.

Knights of Columbus supports Boys & Girls Club

On Sept. 18, Grand Knight for the local Knights of Columbus council Chuck Ripoli presented a check for $1,000 to the board members of the Coalition for a Boys & Girls Club in Carson Valley.

Bedtime stories begin

The Douglas County Public Library presents Bedtime Stories at the Minden branch. Join Miss Carol this Monday at 6:45 p.m. for finger plays and poetry.

Wednesday, September 20

It was skill that saved the day

The Roman philosopher Seneca wrote that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Friendship Force helps break down barriers

When I first heard about the Friendship Force I envisioned people in tights and capes saving the world.

Tuesday, September 19

Tennis: Ritger claims junior satellite tournament

In another application of determination and physical endurance, Amelia Ritger, 13, won the girls' 16 division at the last Junior Satellite Tournament of the season.

Digest: High Sierra Flycasters meeting tonight

The monthly meeting of the High Sierra Flycasters will be held Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

Family celebrates Valley couple's 50 years together

Douglas and Coyla Struthers of Douglas County will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The celebration of their life together will be at the Carson Valley Inn, in Gardnerville, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Updates on Douglas grads for Sept. 20

Andy McIntosh, soph., WR, Nevada: Did not play last week in a win over Colorado State. He has one catch for nine yards on the year.

Football: Lee Vining beats Coleville football

The Coleville Wolves fell to the visiting Lee Vining Tigers 39-28 Saturday.

Grab your steins for Oktoberfest

Welcome to the traditional fall event, Oktoberfest. Join the Carson Valley Sertoma Club during its 16th annual celebration from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. This year the event will take place at a new location, in Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Admission is free.

Sixty happy years for Wellington couple

Twenty-two-year residents of Wellington, Leo B. Carter, 82, and Delores N. Carter, 78, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6. They were married in 1946 in a chapel in Los Angeles, Calif.

Monday, September 18

Peddler's Fair coincides with Candy Dance

The Candy Dance has been a tradition for many years, but a new tradition began a decade ago. For the last 10 years, Martha and Bob Williams, owners of Antiques Plus, have been putting on the Peddler's Fair during the Candy Dance. The Peddler's Fair is an arts and crafts fair.

Minden siren needs fair trial

It would be a lie to say we had never heard that the 6 p.m. siren was established to tell the Washoe to get out of town.

Straw-stuffin' seasonal fun

A Scarecrow Festival will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Minden Park. Come and make a personalized scarecrow to take home while supporting the local artistic community. The cost is $8 per scarecrow-making kit, $1 for face painting. The annual Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the East Fork Gallery. For more information call 782-7629.

Girls' Soccer: Lady Tigers thump Panthers

Morgan LeFever punched in four goals to lead the Douglas girls' soccer team to a big 9-1 victory over North Valleys Saturday afternoon in north Reno.

Go get 'em, Wolves

On Sept. 14, candidates Bob Peters, Bill Reid (supervisor), Doug Northington and Rick Scholl (sheriff) took part in a forum moderated by Dianne Evans. T

Former flight attendant soars into new skincare career

Following a successful 32-year career as a flight attendant, Gardnerville Ranchos resident Judi Cohee-Coleman is applying her well-honed hospitality and service skills in a more land-based setting; she now works as a medical aesthetician at Alpine Medical Associates in the Minden Village.

Boys' soccer: Douglas tops North Valleys

Douglas continued its offensive barrage Saturday afternoon, pummeling North Valleys 7-1 to improve to 8-1 overall and 3-0 on the road.

Raising money against domestic violence

The Giant Thrift Store sale was last weekend and the Candlelight Vigil is coming up Oct. 2, all in the name of domestic violence prevention.


A graveside service is Friday at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. for Margaret E. Waldron-Hall, 92, who died Sept. 13, 2006, in Gardnerville.

'A Walk Among Trees'

East Fork Gallery presents "A Walk Among Trees" featuring the artistic wood designs of Frank Temple. The show will run through Nov. 15 with an artist reception at the gallery 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

Saturday, September 16

Douglas tops Carson for Rippee's 100th win

It may have started off a little ugly for the Tigers, but in the end they managed to haul in a 19-12 victory over archrival Carson Saturday afternoon at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, marking coach Mike Rippee's 100th career victory.

Rippee wins No. 100

It may have started off a little ugly for the Tigers, but in the end they managed to haul in a 19-12 victory over archrival Carson Saturday afternoon at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, marking coach Mike Rippee's 100th career victory.

Friday, September 15

Old Town Days is trip back in time

Begin your journey back in time at Heritage Park as Gardnerville celebrates Old Town Days Oct. 7-8. Experience the life of the Civil War soldier, his camp and his battles.

Douglas High grad marries

Kirk and Sue Kelly of St. George, Utah, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jeslyn Kelly, of Gardnerville to Marcus Evan Wittig, son of Gary and Susan Wittig, all of Gardnerville.

Peach crisp

The grandparents luncheon at Piñon Hills Elementary School was a huge success. I wasn't last in line, but I had to eat outside because the multipurpose room was full. They served your choice of cheese pizza, corn dogs or bean burritos. Then there was a fruit salad and green salad, cookies and milk or orange or grape juice. Thank you for all the parents and grandparents who supported our school. It was wonderful to see you all.

Douglas County 4-H teen achieves goals

John-Henry Lambin, a 14-year-old Douglas County 4-H member from Gardnerville, has faced challenges with dyslexia and asthma, but that hasn't stopped him from setting goals and reaching them.

DAWGs and cats

The second annual "It's a DAWG'S Day" Animal Awareness Event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds indoor pavilion.

Area art teacher offers classes

Carson Valley artist Mark Tompkins works as a teacher at both the Western Nevada Community College Douglas Campus and at the new art gallery located at 88 Cups in Minden Village at the corner of Lucerne and Highway 395.

Thursday, September 14

Markleeville artists prepare for open studio tour Oct. 7-8

The Markleeville Artists Autumn Open Studios are getting ready for an open art studio tour planned for the weekend of Oct. 7-8. This year the Markleeville artists will celebrate the "Changing of the Leaves," and with a little luck, Mother Nature will join this group of talented artisians by "painting" her canvas, the aspens of Alpine County, with her array of golden yellows and vibrant orange in time for the event.

Fishing: Mix-up with regulations at Caples Lake cleared up

First I would like to clear something up. I have recieved too many phone calls from people that do not communicate with each other very well.

Boys soccer: Tigers beat up on Mustangs

The Douglas boys' soccer team dominated virtually every aspect of the game Wednesday afternoon at Damonte Ranch, topping the Mustangs 8-0.

The library presents bedtime stories

The Douglas County Public Library presents bedtime stories at the Minden branch.

Pop Warner: Junior Pee Wees thump Truckee

The Douglas Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee football team beat Truckee 32-0 Friday night with a dominating defense and explosive offense.

Golf: Lady Tigers take third

The Douglas girls' golf team posted its lowest team score in years, shooting a 513 at Eagle Valley East Tuesday.

Nothing like going home

We just returned from a family reunion for my father's side of the family in Jacksonville, Fla. It was the first reunion that my husband, Richard, has attended since moving out West in 1995 and only the third for me since then. With the loss of several cousins and one very dear aunt over the past year, it was a time of reconnecting with our roots and watching the children who now have children of their own.

Volleyball: Tigers thump Senators

The Douglas volleyball team jumped out to a 4-1 lead Tuesday night and didn't look back.

Football: Douglas, Carson renew rivalry

While the Carson football team still owns the advantage in the all-time series, Douglas has taken control of it over the last four years.


Michael Kevin Holman, 43, died at his home, Sept. 8, 2006, after a lengthy illness. He was born April 1, 1963, in San Jose, Calif., and grew up in Simi Valley, Calif. He moved to Nevada about 20 years ago and has lived in Gardnerville for the past 14 years.

First Show and Shine at TRE is this weekend

The monthly meeting of the Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District was well attended Wednesday as over 30 residents including GID board members and Douglas County Parks and Recreation board members came together to discuss many issues of public interest.

Methodists present annual variety show

Members of the music department of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, under the direction of Cindy McIntosh, will be presenting their 10th annual Variety Show on Sept. 24.

Tiger tennis improves to 4-1 in tiebreaker win

The Douglas girls' tennis team hasn't wasted any time breaking in the Northern 4A's new tiebreaker system.

Wednesday, September 13

High cost of housing hard on everyone

We've heard a lot about how hard it is to recruit law enforcement officers in recent weeks.

Tuesday, September 12

A day at the celebration from start to finish

Long before crafters, tired from Saturday's events, have risen to start the second day of the 22nd annual Minden Arts and Crafts Street Celebration, the rumbling, clattering sounds of the huge Town of Minden dump truck maneuvers its way through the alleys and side streets on either side of Esmeralda Avenue to empty the overflowing Dumpsters in preparation for another day.

22 perspectives of one photo offered at R-C reception

In November 2005, 22 area artists accepted the task of recreating the same photograph of the Carson River in their own art form.

Domestic violence in our neighborhoods - what is it, and how do we recognize it?

Have you been reading the statistics in The Record-Courier lately on the subject of domestic violence? If not, you may be interested in doing so. Domestic violence is not something new to our area or to men, women and children across the country; it has been taking place for centuries.

Candlelight Vigil is Oct. 2

The Family Support Council and The Purple Ribbon Coalition invites you to the ninth annual Candlelight Vigil Oct. 2. The Candelight Vigil takes place the first Monday in October which is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Sports Schedule

Saturday: Douglas vs. Carson at Manogue, noon.

Digest: Open Gym basketball

Men 35 and older interested in playing pickup basketball are invited to the basketball court in the Pastoral Center at St. Gall Catholic Church every Sunday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Football: Coleville picks up first win

The young Coleville Wolves football team picked up their first win of the season with an impressive 30-6 victory over the visiting Owyhee Braves.

Music, food, crafts, sunshine

The 22nd annual Minden Arts and Crafts Street Celebration has come to a close after offering a variety of arts, crafts, food and toe-tapping entertainment for all who attended the event. Mild temperatures and brilliant blue skies added to the enjoyment of both days, Sept. 9 and 10.

Senior center activities planned

Activities take place at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville this week:

Monday, September 11

Tigers nearly stun No. 1 McQueen in overtime

For an entire glorious second half of football, it appeared the Douglas High School football team was going to end its 14-year drought against the McQueen Lancers.

Banned books on display

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden is featuring a display of banned and challenged books to celebrate Banned Books Week.

Closet Crafters donate quilt to national Quilts With Love project

The Closet Crafters at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet have donated a quilt top to Quilts With Love, a grassroots group in Republic, Mo. The group sends quilts to servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan. The project was started in 2003 when a serviceman in Iraq wrote his mother requesting a warm blanket. In response his mother and a friend posted a request on the Home & Garden TV message board for quilters to send quilt blocks.

60-mile jaunt raises money for breast cancer

Fifty-nine-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos resident Pam Sturlin has overcome physical challenges most of her life - has been called athletic in spite of it all - and now is charging into a new venture.


A memorial took place Tuesday at the Topaz Lodge and Casino Buffet Room for Paul Foerstel, 61, who died Aug. 8, 2006, in a Carson City hospital. Mr. Foerstel was a 12 year resident of Topaz Ranch Estates.

On RPAC, candidates, fire commission and football

t the Mono County Regional Planning Advisory Committee Sept. 7 meeting, representatives from Mono County Public Works and Planning departments were full of information about planned repairs to County facilities and proposed ordinance changes.

The Mark Castro Band performs at Topaz

The Mark Castro Band performs Friday and Saturday night at Topaz Lodge and Casino on Highway 395 at Topaz Lake. The musicians play from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. For information, call 266-3338.

Open meeting law for everyone

There have been two major cases involving the Nevada Open Meeting Law over the past few weeks, fortunately neither in Douglas County.

Saturday, September 9

Tigers nearly stun No. 1 Lancers in overtime thriller

For an entire glorious second half of football, it appeared the Douglas High School football team was going to end its 14-year drought against the McQueen Lancers.

Tennis: Douglas evens record

The Douglas boys' tennis team was nearly flawless in defeating a much-improved Wooster squad 15-3 Thursday afternoon in Minden.

Volleyball: McQueen rallies for win vs. Lady Tigers in home-opener

Douglas fans got their first view of the rebuilding Tiger volleyball program Thursday night.

Friday, September 8

'Grave Concerns' highlights Haunted Weekend

Make sure the final will and testament is updated as thrills, chills and mysteries abound during "Haunted Weekend," a series of four "spirited" events, Oct. 20-22, throughout the Carson City/Carson Valley areas.

Football: Douglas to take on No. 1 McQueen

It will be the Douglas football team's home-away-from-home-opener Saturday afternoon against top-ranked McQueen Saturday at Manogue High School.


A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Doyle Cemetery in Doyle, Calif., with an honor guard presentation by the Reno Police Department for Jesse Lee Courtney, 72, who died Sept. 5, 2006, in Carson City.

Soccer: McQueen girls top Douglas

The No. 6 Douglas girls' soccer team ran into a tough McQueen squad Tuesday, losing 4-1 on the road.

The loss of a family dog is difficult

Our chihuahua named Peaches died. Her body was older than her age, but it finally gave out on her. While we mourn her loss and remember all the good times we've had with her I also remember last year our 5-month-old puppy named Moto died of a black widow ingestion. Instead of writing about our chihuahua I would like to write about the hazards our dogs face in common foods that are harmful and even fatal.

Douglas PTSO meeting scheduled for today

The Douglas High School Parent/Teacher/Student Organization meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the media center/library.

Tigers improve to 6-0

Heading into Saturday's match against rival Carson, the Douglas boys' soccer team is riding a pretty strong wave of momentum.

Judge a cowboy by his horse and his dog

The first full week of September, woke at first light to the sound of horse trailers coming down the lane. They are shipping out cattle. The cowboys are gathering up at the corrals. Towing their horse trailers into the yard holding a "who can be the loudest" contest. Horse trailers sound like loose bolts rattling around in coffee cans, lots of bolts, in very large cans. At the sound of the first one you may as well get up. Others will follow and then the cattle trucks will pull into the yard. You don't want anyone thinking you sleep past dawn on a workday.

Golfers take 4th at Wildcreek tournament

Playing on the most difficult course the team will see this season, the Douglas High girls' golfers responded with a fourth-place finish in its Sierra League tournament at Wildcreek Golf Course Tuesday afternoon.

Tennis: Lady Tigers suffer first loss at home

The Douglas High School girls' tennis team ran into its toughest test of the young 2006 season, taking on unbeaten South Tahoe in Minden Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, September 7

Award-winning Indian Heritage artwork displayed in Gardnerville

Carson City artist Ray Freeman recently was awarded the Indian Heritage Award at the 24th annual Western Art Roundup Buckaroo Heritage Show in Winnemucca. The award is given to the best work of art in the show that depicts Native Americans, their nobility and heritage. The annual show is held at the Winnemucca Events Center in conjunction with the Humboldt County Fair and Rodeo, and a celebration for induction into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, September 6

Teen Nights Out starts Friday

The Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for Friday night trips for teens this fall. All trips depart and return from the recreation department office, 1327 Waterloo Lane. Trips include transportation, supervision and admission costs. Additional spending money is recommended.

Digest: Carson Valley Men's Golf Club

The Carson Valley Men's Golf Club hosted an individual stroke play tournament at the Carson Valley Golf Course Sunday.

'O-ho the Wells Fargo wagon is a-comin' down the street'

Young actors from Carson Valley learned old favorites from the 1962 movie "The Music Man" starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, in order to perform them for a Valley audience.

Former flight attendant soars into new skincare career

Following a successful 32-year career as a flight attendant, Gardnerville Ranchos resident Judi Cohee-Coleman is applying her well-honed hospitality and service skills in a more land-based setting; she now works as a medical aesthetician at Alpine Medical Associates in the Minden Plaza.

Barbecue/fundraiser for fire department was a success

When most folks were planning a mini vacation and a farewell to summer fun, the volunteers at the Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department were donating hours and hours of time to organize their fundraising barbecue, now in its 39th year.

Gardnerville artist receives seven awards at state fair

Gardnerville artist, Pam Brekas, entered 10 of her photographs in the Nevada State Fair with very pleasing results. Out of her 10 entries, she garnered seven awards including a grand champion and a first-place award for a black-and-white photo in the "buildings" category showing reflections in a globe at Union Square in San Francisco. Brekas also received a first place in both "digitally enhanced" for a black-and-white study of a truck on the Mack Ranch in Minden and a black-and-white nature study she titled "Silhouette of Sweet Peas" as well as a first place in "mixed media."

Genoa Community Church presents free concert

Genoa Community Church is offering a free concert 4 p.m. Sunday in Genoa Park. The concert will feature talent from the church - Patrick Jolly, Ray James, Bob Whitting and guest artists Mischa Z and Maria Di Pietro. Wine and cheese will be served. Attendees should provide their own blankets or chairs. For more information, call the church at 782-8696.

Don't confuse the meaning of 'humility'

Seven of the worst sins are listed in Proverbs 16:6. They are commonly called, the seven deadly sins or "abominations." The very first one on the list is pride. Anyone familiar with scripture knows that the Bible emphatically condemns the kind of pride that leads a person to ignore or deny their personal need for the Almighty. The reason this sin is such a serious offense from God's viewpoint is clear. The denial of a personal need of God is a denial of the universal need of human redemption and therefore makes a mockery of the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus.

Wandering wheels motorcycle club members like Monitor Pass

Nineteen members of our local Nevada Wandering Wheels Motorcycle Club (which includes seven neighbors who live in Fish Springs) did some serious wandering around the high Sierra mountains recently. You can't keep some guys down when the weather's so perfect and the scenery so spectacular. And best of all, it's all right here in our backyard. A favorite ride, especially to motorcycle riders, is to go over Monitor Pass, but be sure to check your brakes before you go.

Girls' soccer: McQueen girls top Tigers

The No. 6 Douglas girls' soccer team ran into a tough McQueen squad Tuesday, losing 4-1 on the road.

Gardnerville duo takes battle of bands to Carson

Gardnerville duo Mary with a K is competing in this weekend's Jester Joust in the parking lot of the Carson Nugget in Carson City.

Stand watch for freedom

There are many who say our freedom has been purchased in blood, and that is in many ways true.

Local artist's work highlighted at reception in Genoa gallery

The Davis Gallery in Genoa will host an artist reception and one-man show for local artist Greg Drinkwine opening with an artist reception from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 15. More than 20 of Drinkwine's newest works will be on display. The event will be fully catered with fine foods and champagne as well as music.

Tuesday, September 5

Food Closet gives thanks for support

The Carson Valley Food Closet received numerous donations for the month of July. The support from the community provides food to assist qualified individuals and families in need. The community donations are a vital part of this successful program.


A private family service will take place for Vernon K. Cook, 80, who died Sept. 2, 2006, at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City.

Football: JV Tigers top Spanish Springs

The Douglas passing game again carried the junior varsity football team, this time leading to a 34-6 victory over Spanish Springs Friday night.

Digest: Carson Valley Basketball Association Crab Feed tonight

The Carson Valley Basketball Association, in conjunction with the Austin Kirby Foundation, will host an Alaskan King Crab Feed tonight at the St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

Cross Country: Douglas hosts successful season opener

The Douglas High School cross country team got solid performances from its returners and a couple pleasantly surprising performances from its newcomers Friday in the region's season opener at Lampe Park.

Golf: Young Tigers poised for another postseason run

Extremely young and extremely talented.

Donations needed for rummage sale

The Annual Rummage Sale sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3630 will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Topaz Ranch Estates Park Building located at the end of Carter Way in TRE.

'Froading on Labor Day weekend

For 19 years now my Aunt and Uncle have been hosting a Labor Day weekend deep pit barbecue to family, friends, and oh yes, us dirt bike riders. I have made it to most of them, even when I drove up here from San Diego when we lived there. Any excuse to ride in the sage brush and "eat dirt," right? This year was different because of the Jackass Flats fire. I happened to be camping at Lake Topaz when the lightning stuck and started the fire. It also hit the neighbor's house behind my aunt's house. This poor senior lady was baby-sitting her son's dogs when the lightning hit the roof, making a hole in the ceiling and then traveled down the corner bead and knocked it off the wall. I just thought she was just a messy house guest until she told me the story.

Artists accepted in competition

Three local artists from Artistic Viewpoints Gallery were recently accepted into the Grass Valley, California Draft Horse Classic art show. Teri Sweeney, Karen Aleman and Margo Petterson submitted photographs of their artwork to be considered by the show committee to hang during the four-day event. Sweeney, a watercolorist, and Aleman, who works in pastels, each had one piece selected and two of Petterson's oil paintings were chosen.

In the mood for ajumble?

The jumble sale is an event that harkens back to the English countryside of the 1800s. It is a sale of second-hand goods, usually by an institution such as a church, as a fundraising effort.

Services for longtime Nevadan Margaret Bay on Thursday

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday for long-time Nevadan Margaret G. Bay, 80, who died Sept. 2, 2006 in Gardnerville.

Comma Concerts will return, says promoter

Carson Valley showed its support of the arts once again Friday night with close to 300 people attending an outdoor concert and art reception at 88 Cups in the Minden Village shopping center.

Tennis: Villoria picks up victory

With 127 entrants, the fifth stage of the Northern Nevada Junior Satellite tournament series was held at both the Carson High School and Centennial Park courts in Carson City recently.

Football: Coleville runs into tough Big Pine squad

The Coleville Wolves ran into a buzz saw Friday afternoon in Big Pine, Calif., losing 60-22.

RC Letters

The opposition to the roundabout continues to amaze me.

Monday, September 4

Angle challengedid little damage

We were pleased that congressional candidate Sharron Angle dropped her challenge to the Aug. 15 election of Dean Heller to represent Republicans in the November general election.

Saturday, September 2

Douglas picks up first win

The Douglas defense was simply stifling Friday night, holding the once vaunted Spanish Springs running game to just seven yards on the ground as the Tigers picked up a 19-7 victory.

Football: Douglas tops Spanish Springs

After being shut out for six consecutive quarters, the Douglas offense found its way into the end zone.

Friday, September 1

Tigers battle Spanish Springs to standstill in first half

The first half of the Douglas-Spanish Springs Friday night football game has been a defensive slugfest.

Prepare for a Haunted Weekend

Haunted Weekend plans are now under way by the Douglas County Historical Society, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority and the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau for a weekend of fun, historic and haunted events in both Carson Valley and Carson City

New Girl Scouting year begins

Confidence. Courage. Character. These are the building blocks of Girl Scouts, and now is your chance to help your daughter gain them all. As the new 2006 Girl Scouting membership year began in August, girls ages 5-17 will have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that will change their lives

Worldly artist's work shown on Friday

Artist Manual Pena Prado, whose paintings and photographs are hanging in the Eddy Street Book Exchange, was born 20 years ago in Paris to a Peruvian father and a French mother. When he was two years old, his family moved to Tahiti. He returned to Paris for a time but now lives in Lima, Peru, where he will be attending art school in September. He is currently visiting his aunt Gladys Turissini in Gardnerville.