Stories for April 2007


Monday, April 30

Hatchett picked up by Miami Dolphins

Douglas High graduate Gabe Hatchett has been picked up by the Miami Dolphins, becoming the first former Tiger in quite some time to get a shot at the NFL.

TV show features Swing for a Cure

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" is in Zephyr Cove this month meeting guests and talking about upcoming special events and community fundraisers.

Carson Valley FFA wins at state

Twenty-six Douglas High School students represented the Carson Valley FFA chapter in eight different career development events at the 78th annual Nevada FFA State Convention in Reno.

Gone fishing

What is that old saying "the worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work?" Last September I bought a little old green aluminum fishing boat from a Johnson Lane resident.

Loss of eyesight doesn't stop music in Valley bass player

Johnny Walter said people are having trouble getting used to the fact that he is legally blind, since they have seen him for years with regular sight.

Bazaar is coming Saturday

This Saturday, 8 a.m., the Antelope Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization is holding their annual pancake breakfast and bazaar in the school's gym. The last time I went, they put on a really good breakfast for this fundraiser.


I was talking to a musician who played the bass for about 30 years before going blind a little over a year ago. His story was in Wednesday's Record-Courier.

Round two in growth debate

Round two in the county's proposed growth ordinance is Thursday. According to the agenda, commissioners will hear the second reading of an ordinance setting the county's growth limit to a compounded 2 percent annually.

Do homework on issues and let leaders know

We do not write a political column and it is our belief that the growth control matter, as it has been rabidly contested locally, is a battle of propagandists engaged in a political dispute. We are, however, long time members of this community, active professionals in a profession with direct knowledge of the matter, and are now compelled to comment ... professionally, not politically.

Sunday, April 29

Softball: Douglas splits vs. Damonte Ranch

The Douglas softball team split a doubleheader against Damonte Ranch Saturday afternoon in Minden.

Saturday, April 28

Baseball: Douglas salvages split, first place against Damonte Ranch

With first place in the Sierra League on the line, the Douglas baseball team came together just in time to salvage a doubleheader split with Damonte Ranch and maintain control in the race for the league crown.

Friday, April 27

Softball: Damonte Ranch pulls past Douglas

Despite outhitting the Damonte Ranch Mustangs Thursday afternoon in Reno, the Douglas High softball team couldn't find a way to bring enough runners around the bases.


A graveside service is 1 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery for Donald Richard Wallace, 63, of Minden. Mr. Wallace died April 25, 2007.


Librarians shelve books for a reason

Gardnerville farmers market opens Wednesday

Opening day for the 10th season of the farmers market in Gardnerville is about to commence. Wednesday mornings, farmers and vendors from far and wide will convene for a rendezvous in Lampe Park. The market opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday and runs through 1 p.m., weekly.

Thursday, April 26

Douglas baseball rally falls short versus Damonte Ranch

In a match-up between the Sierra League's No. 1 and No. 2 teams, Damonte Ranch used a five-run second inning to upend the frontrunning Douglas baseball team Thursday afternoon in Reno.

Sports Today: Douglas track shines at Damonte Ranch

In the final conference meet of the season, the Douglas track team got a little experimental, shifting some athletes to new events and giving others a chance to step up on different relay teams.

Garden Cemetery cleanup is Saturday

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is one of the nationwide sponsors of Join Hands Day.

Gardnerville couple announces engagement

Robert J. Barker, formerly from San Diego, Calif., and Donna L. Carlgren, formerly from Yerington, plan to wed in July. The couple lives in Gardnerville.

Reed tops Douglas baseball in 8 innings

After a string of 10 consecutive wins at home dating back to the 2006 regular season finale, the Douglas baseball team finally met its match.

Softball: Lady Tigers sweep Vikings

Coming into Tuesday's doubleheader between the Douglas and South Tahoe softball teams, both coaches were essentially looking for the same thing.

Soccer: Four Tigers sign with WNCC

The Western Nevada Community College women's soccer team has set a standard for excellence on and off the field.

Tiger golfers take fifth

The Douglas boys' golf team finished fifth at a Sierra League match at Rosewood Lakes Tuesday afternoon.

California fishing opens Saturday

Welcome to the California fishing season, which opens Saturday.

Wednesday, April 25

Sports Today: Reed tops Douglas baseball in 8

After a string of 10 consecutive wins at home dating back to the 2006 regular season finale, the Douglas baseball team finally met its match.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll

Through April 21 TeamPtsPvs

Local artist teaches portrait painting workshop

The portrait art of Ray Freeman will be featured at Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio through the end of May.


A special thanks to all those who donated bikes to the Carson Valley Middle School bike drive on March 24. Thanks to your donations, we were able to collect over 50 bikes and various parts.


Lots of stuff to do this weekend, if you're willing to get out and lend an ear to hear local musicians. I might even hit a couple of spots if I can work it out.


No services are planned for Ervin F. Rost, 78, who died in Minden, April 20, 2007.

County students honored in trails poster contest

The prize-winning and honorable mention posters from the Carson Valley Trails Association's Hike for Health Children's Poster Art Contest will be displayed at two Douglas County Public Library locations throughout the month of May. The subject of the posters is trails, nature and hiking for health.

Dry weather could lead to fire

Looks like we might be in for a warm spring and summer

Improvements at Joe's

Things are really changing at our local store and watering hole. For Joe Scalise, owner of Nevada Trading Company and Topaz Joe's Grill and Bar on the corner of Albite and Carter Way in Topaz Ranch Estates, receiving his unrestricted gaming license means some changes can finally take place.

Walking for Christian education

The second annual Sierra Lutheran High School Walkathon was held Saturday to celebrate anticipated construction of a permanent Christian high school in the Carson region. Children, teenagers and adults walked around a 1-mile loop at the future site to draw attention to the new school and to generate revenue for Christian education at several participating schools.

Tuesday, April 24

Softball: Douglas sweeps South Tahoe

Coming out of Tuesday's doubleheader between the Douglas and South Tahoe softball teams, both coaches were essentially looking for the same thing.

R-C Sports Notebook: With no home, track & field teams heading into final stretch

Coming off an exceptional weekend in Chico, Calif., the Douglas High School track and field team has quietly turned itself into the darkhorse candidate to win a team regional championship.

Matos continues to roll

Three weeks into the Champ Car Atlantic Series, Sierra Sierra Enterprises' Raphael Matos has seen nothing but checkers.

Wrestlers strong at West Coast Nationals

Going into the 2007 Asics West Coast Nationals Wrestling Championships, the Douglas off-season wrestling program was hoping to make an improvement on last year's three-medal performance.

Baseball: Douglas sweeps doubleheader from Carson

So far this season, no one outside of the Douglas baseball team has been able to stake a claim to the Tigers' home field.

Tigers find success at Chico track meet

In first two years at the helm of the Douglas High track program, Rick Brown would take his team to the prestigious Chico Invitational and come away in the bottom third of about 70 teams.

Calling Douglas High alumni, 100-year reunion coming up

It is time to find old chums from high school.

Swimming: Douglas freshman wins Aqua 5

Douglas freshman Haley Von Schottenstein took advantage of the unique format of the Zephyr Aqua 5 swimming pentathlon Saturday, winning the league-wide meet which compiled individual times over five events and four disciplines.

Digest: Swing for a cure moves to Genoa Lakes

The fifth annual Shakey Begovich Memorial Swing for a Cure Golf Tournament will be May 20 at the Genoa Lakes Resort Course.

Monday, April 23

Rockathon features cars, swap meet and '50s rock 'n' roll

The Town of Gardnerville and the Valley Cruisers Car Club will be hosting the semi-annual '50s Rockathon Car Show & Swap Meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Rock 'n' roll music will be provided by Time Warp.

Fashion show tickets still available for pre-purchase

Wine, food, great gifts and of course fashion will be featured at the Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club's third annual Spring Fashion Show Extravaganza held at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday. Proceeds will benefit special needs children and their programs in Douglas County.

Nevada spring anyone's bet

Mother Nature is blowing hot and cold as she does every year.

Golden eagle pair spotted

I have received numerous reports of a pair of golden eagles flying over the Sunrise Pass, Fremont Street and the East Valley Road area. I am not sure I would be able to tell them apart from a large hawk, so I set out on a mission to find out more about the golden eagles and here is some of what I learned.

Historic barn tour and barbecue is Saturday

A walk around a 100-year-old barn, investigating it from its towering rafters to its musty corners, can tell a lot about the history of the people who lived at the ranch.

Rider takes a break from her 'remarkable journey'

It may seem like a universal leap from ballet instructor to long rider but, in the mind of Bernice Ende, "50 something," all it took was a small leap of faith.

VFW voted top Caltrans volunteers

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3567 has been honored by California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) with their award of "Volunteer of the Year" for the way they care for the section of Highway 395 that their group has "adopted." Congratulations for the hard work and good results.

Dakota Organization's 'Sylvia' features man's best friend

From the moment you meet Sylvia, you'll fall in love with her. Lost and alone in the world, this dog is looking for a home. With only a dog tag that says her name, she is found in the park. But that is only the beginning. Bringing this dog home causes major challenges for a New York City couple.

Sunday, April 22

Saturday, April 21

Baseball: Douglas sweeps Carson

So far this season, no one outside of the Douglas baseball team has been able to stake a claim to the Tigers' home field.

Friday, April 20

Softball: Stephanie Harper contains Senators as Douglas stops Carson

It's always been an age old question when a favored team is knocked off by the underdog rival. Did the favorite come out flat or is it just a matter that the underdog deserves all the credit?

Baseball: Carson gets away with win

It's no secret that the Douglas and Carson baseball teams know each other pretty well.

Parenting classes offered

Many people believe parenting should come naturally. Some people even believe that parenting skills are picked up as they go along with the help of family and friends.

Couple celebrates 59 years of marriage

Longtime South Lake Tahoe residents Joe and Ann Buffo celebrated 59 years of marriage April 8 with a combination anniversary party and Easter dinner. The family gathering took place at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Elaine Buffo in Gardnerville.

God's will is for us to grow

There are things concerning the will of God that are unmistakable. One of those is God wants us to grow. If we are a Christian it is very clear in God's word that we are not to stay the same. We are to grow from being babes in Christ to maturity in our faith. This does not happen automatically, nor is it easy.


A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday at FitzHenry's Funeral Home in Gardnerville for Margret Elaine Casebier, 82, who died April 18, 2007, in Gardnerville.

Thursday, April 19

Carson baseball gets past Tigers; Douglas softball pulls out win

It's no secret that the Douglas and Carson baseball teams know each other pretty well.

Carson get past Douglas baseball; Lady Tigers squeak out win

It's no secret that the Douglas and Carson baseball teams know each other pretty well.

Digest: Hole in one at Genoa Lakes

Ed Saldivar aced the 135-yard 12th hole at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort's Lakes course April 5 with a 9 iron. Saldivar was hitting from the blue tees and was trying out a brand new set of irons that day.

Rummage sale donations needed

The Carson Valley United Methodist Church, located at 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville, is holding its annual rummage sale on May 4 and 5. Community donations of "previously owned treasures" are appreciated. Items should be brought to the church noon to 7 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday. There is also room for items that need to find a home now.

Weather continues to hamper track project

The only thing keeping the all-weather track project at Douglas High School from rolling through to completion is the long-awaited arrival of spring.

Softball: Lady Tigers pull away from Vikings

Bolstered by a big push in the final two innings, the Douglas High School softball team was able to put South Tahoe away 11-3 Tuesday afternoon in blustery conditions at the Lake.

Golf: Swing for a Cure heads into fifth year

After Sharkey Begovich passed away in August of 2002, friends and family rallied around the cause to find a cure for cancer.

Sierra Lutheran wins championship; heads for walkathon

The Sierra Lutheran High School Academic Olympic Team was able to compete and win the state championship in Laughlin in part due to the Falcon Boosters

Tonight's Mexican dinner benefits children's program

A Mexican dinner to benefit the Alpine Children's Center's Home Visitor program and Alpine Kids program will be 5-6 p.m. tonight at the Diamond Valley School Gym.

Net Rippers take 2nd in Boise tourney

The Carson Valley Net Rippers girls' soccer team traveled to Boise, Idaho over the weekend and qualified for the championship game and a rematch against Boise Capital Premier - a team Carson Valley lost to in the 2006 championship 2-1.

Wednesday, April 18

Sports Today: Douglas softball pulls away from South Tahoe

Second-year South Tahoe softball coach Joann Allister wants the days of moral victories against the traditional Sierra League softball powers to be over. Judging by her reaction to Tuesday's 11-3 loss to Douglas, maybe they already are.


Through April 14 TeamPtsPvs

World T'ai Chi/Qigong Day

The health benefits of the ancient Chinese exercises t'ai chi and qigong are being realized around the world, but some Carson Valley folks say they have known about them for years.


A memorial service is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Walton's Chapel of the Valley for Norma E. Bernard Cain, 77, who died April 17, 2007 in Carson City.

Clyde is a scardy cat

Our cat jumped across the living room and quickly flew upstairs when the vacuum cleaner turned on last weekend. "Scardy Cat Clyde" we called him.

Budget choices not happy ones

There are a lot of folks from outside Douglas County who nod knowingly when they hear of our county's budget troubles.

South Lake convention center is a boondoggle

Taxes raised in Nevada will be paid to California if a bill passed by the Nevada Senate Tax Committee becomes law this year.

Confirmation class participates in Walk for Hunger

The first-year confirmation class at St. Gall Catholic Church will be participating in a 10-mile Walk for Hunger starting 8 a.m. May 5, beginning at the Silver City RV Park located on Highway 395 and walking to the church on Centerville Lane in Gardnerville. The candidates will attend the masses the weekend before, April 28-29, asking for pledges or donations which will be given to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Tuesday, April 17

R-C Sports Notebook: Some new faces toward the top this season

You'll have to forgive anyone glancing at the current Sierra League baseball standings for any double takes.

Digest: Adult softball sign-up deadline coming up

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for summer adult softball for returning teams.

Updates for Douglas High graduates for the week ending April 15, 2007

Bryan Miller, jr., OF, Troy University: Miller went 3-for-4 with an RBI and his first stolen base of the season in a 14-4 win over Louisiana Lafayette.

Douglas High fall honor roll

Allison Andraski Michael Barnes

Rodeo: Douglas students dominate cutting

The Carson/Douglas high school rodeo team hosted its cutting competition Friday and then hosted the Lincoln County cutting competition as well. Both events were at Corley Ranch.

Auto Racing: Matos wins 2nd-straight

Everything is coming up roses for Minden-based Sierra Sierra Enterprises' lead driver Raphael Matos so far this season on the Champ Car Atlantic circuit.

Kent, Luce to wed Aug. 24

Annette Lilly and Jim Kent of Gardnerville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Lynn Kent of Sparks, to James Michael Luce, also of Sparks and son of Michael and Catherine Luce of Las Vegas and Sandy Luce of Auburn, Wash. The wedding is planned for Aug. 24 at The Ridge, Tahoe.

Wrestling: Panthers produce two champs

The Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School wrestling team had a relatively small number of competitors this season, but managed to parlay that into two individual champions and a number of runner-up finishes at the recent Tah-Neva Conference Championships.

Track & Field: Tiger boys take 7th at Reed Rotary

Bolstered by an exceptional afternoon from its relay squads, the Douglas boys' track and field team turned in its top finish in years at the prestigious Reed Rotary Invitational over the weekend.

Monday, April 16

Slow and steadywins this race

With at least two more marathon sessions coming up to discuss the implementation of a growth control ordinance, we have only one thing to ask from those scheduling the meetings, mercy.

Chili with cornbread on top

With winter returning and a cold, cold breeze it was time to think about making "comfort food" again. This is one of my husband's favorites on a cold winter evening, I think because it smells up the house so good for several hours while I'm making it.

Close up of Valley's historic barns

Eleven years ago Roger and Gail Teig came to Genoa and moved into the historic Van Sickle Station, with a barn that will be part of the Douglas County Historical Society's historic barn tour and barbecue in May.

A means of providing workers with housing

People who serve as the teachers, law enforcement, fire/safety, and county employees of Douglas County should be able to live in our community.

Just passing through

Last Monday, I got to meet and enjoy someone really interesting and different from the usual. Coming home from the store, I turned off the highway and saw a man walking, with two burros and a mule in a row


A graveside service is 1:30 p.m. today at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden for Dolores May Crowe, 79, who died at home April 12, 2007.

Barn tour features theJubilee

The Jubilee barn in the Genoa foothills hasn't changed much since it was built around the turn of the century, except for its name.

A warrior returns home from Iraq with hope

The time has finally come, I should be in greener pastures within the next week. Literally, I haven't seen anything green and growing since I've been here. I can't wait to be where things can actually grow. I have reached the end of my tour in Iraq.

Children's book writer to speak

The Douglas County Public Library has invited writer Ellen Hopkins to Minden to read from her work, 2 p.m. Saturday. Light snacks will be served. Admission is free.

Knights make donation

On April 13, Phil Kerrigan, chairman for the Gardnerville Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive, felt a great sense of accomplishment when he presented $2,244.83 to the Ormsby Association of Retarded Citizens in Carson City.

Valley photo club announces winners

A photo of grandson Jake Whisnant of South Lake Tahoe, seated on a rock with Jobs Peak in the background, won first-place honors from the Carson Valley Photo Club for Ray Moore of Gardnerville.

Friday, April 13

Sports Today: Fishing Derby logo winners announced

The Kids Fishing Derby board and committee members selected a winner out of the 53-plus drawings submitted from children ages 3-12 from area schools.


For lack of something heart-stirring to say about music this week, I thought I'd share something that we discovered on our new Firefox favorites this morning, that I have no idea how it got there. "Rolling Stone" magazine came up, and my morning Internet junkie discovered it listed the Best of the Rolling Stone awards. For lack of space, here are some highlights.

Enter the magical world of Narnia

Hilltop Community Church theater will present "The Magician's Nephew," a dramatization by Aurand Harris adapted from the story by C.S. Lewis, first published in 1955, the sixth of seven "Chronicles of Narnia."

Thursday, April 12

Sports Today: Douglas baseball stops Livingston

The Douglas baseball team picked up a 5-1 victory over Livingston, Calif., at the Atwater Easter Tournament Wednesday to advance to the tournament championship.

Boys' golf takes fifth

The Douglas High boys' golf team took fifth at the Sierra League match at Washoe Golf Course Tuesday.

Daughters of Norway to meet

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

Rejoice in the Lord

Greetings Carson Valley! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

Crafters raffle spring quilt

The Closet Crafters have created a spring-theme quilt as the prize for their upcoming raffle. The 40-by-57-inch wall hanging or lap quilt features branches and blossoms of flowers reproduced using a crayon transfer process that creates a watercolor effect. The design squares were pieced by Marian Bitton and completed by Diane Malone. A friend of the Closet Crafters did the machine quilting.

Digest: Carson Valley Men's Golf Club results

The Carson Valley Men's Golf Club hosted a four-man orange ball tournament at Carson Valley Golf Course Sunday.

Opening day fishing approaches

Just two more weeks until opening day for the California fishing season for most of our rivers and streams.

Cycling: Alta Alpina Club spring party set for Tuesday

The Alta Alpina Cycling Club ( will be having its annual spring party at the CVIC Hall in Minden starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Pau-Wa-Lu student wins Youth Champion Award

Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School eighth-grader Natalie Freitas was honored for her academic and athletic acheivements Tuesday night at the University of Nevada's 12th annual Salute to Champions Dinner.

Carson-Douglas high school rodeo this weekend

The Carson-Douglas High School rodeo team will host their rodeo this weekend at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Douglas stays spotless at Atwater

Through the first two games at the Atwater Easter Tournament in California, the Douglas baseball team didn't allow a single run.

The best I can do is say 'thank-you'

I can't remember very much of my life when I wasn't surrounded by people who weren't either firemen or policemen. At the risk of being politically incorrect in my opening statement, I have just aged myself terribly because when I was growing up, "men" was the only suffix to both those titles. Nowadays, of course, it is so much different, and rightfully so.

50th anniversary celebrated

Spec and Pat Rahbeck have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in Reno on April 12, 1957.

Bidding farewell to a great place to work

Wow, this is really hard to write. I knew how invested I was in this community and in this paper, but I didn't know it would be this hard to say goodbye.


A memorial service will be 10 a.m. April 21 at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville for Perry Phil Phillips, 68, who died April 11, 2007, at his home in Topaz Ranch Estates.

Wednesday, April 11

Sports Today: Douglas baseball stays spotless at Atwater

Through the first two games at the Atwater Easter Tournament in California, the Douglas baseball team has yet to allow a run.


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Chili cookoff coming up

Spring is on the way. So, if you want to jump-start your summer taste buds come to the 15th annual Carson Valley Sertoma Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28-29 to see and talk to some champion chili cooks. You'll be able to have the famous "Sertoma Chili Con-Carne" along with the normal fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, plus beer, wine and soft drinks.

Saying farewell to our beloved publisher

We'll be saying farewell to R-C Publisher Janet Geary on April 20 with a party at the Carson Valley Inn's Dublin Room and we'd love to have you join us.


I just thought of another thing my former bass teacher, Art Rodriguez, said.

Support ourfirefighters

There are 740 square miles in Douglas County and it is nearly 60 miles from one tip to another. Two mountain ranges divide the county in thirds and yet, no matter where people live, they can count on their fire services.

You can't be too prepared for fire; disaster action classes forming

Usually this time of year we would be hearing about how we are getting ready to enter fire season but this past year we have had no break from brush fires.

Tuesday, April 10

R-C Sports Notebook: Depth will be key

It would seem that the very definition of the Douglas baseball team this season is balance.

Sports Today: Douglas baseball blasts Merced

The Douglas baseball team got off to a strong start in the Atwater Easter Invitational Monday, taking a 10-0 win over Merced in six innings.

Historic Barn Tour and Barbecue coming in May

Tickets are now available for the Douglas County Historical Society's Historic Barn Tour and Barbecue to be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. Tickets are limited and it is suggested that you get your tickets early at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, in Gardnerville, also at the Tahoe Ridge Winery at 2285 Main Street in Genoa.

Off the beaten trail - an oasis

Spring is finally here and we're getting to take some interesting road trips. While cruising around Palm Springs and Palm Desert a couple weeks ago we saw a thick patch of green vegetation out in the middle of the barren desert. It looked very much out of place so we drove about 10 miles east of Palm Springs to check out the green oasis.

Home is where you park your burros

To most of us, at first glance, we would have cast him aside as being homeless and destitute.

Ghost town Aurora is topic of museum lecture

Bob Stewart - former reporter, press secretary, natural resource agencies liaison and Bureau of Land Management public relations officer - will give a presentation on the Nevada ghost town Aurora on Thursday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Coleville splits with Virginia City

The Coleville baseball team fell victim to the season debut of Virginia City's Jerod Craig as he pitched a complete game one-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader Friday while slugging three home runs in a 9-2 win.

Douglas girls' track team takes third

Even with a roster depleted by spring break vacations, the Douglas High girls' track team put on an impressive show at the Fallon Elks Invitational Saturday in Churchill County.

Lady Tigers sweep season series from Colts

With three swings of the bat, Lauren Hoppe accounted for six of the Douglas softball team's seven runs Saturday as the Lady Tigers completed a doubleheader sweep over the Wooster Colts 1-0 and 6-5 in Minden.


A memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City for native Nevadan Ellen M. Butler, 81, who died March 26, 2007.

Updates on Douglas Grads for the week ending April 8, 2007

Bryan Miller, jr., OF, Troy University: Miller is batting .250 on the year with two doubles, one triple and four RBIs.

Tiger baseball tops Merced in tourney opener

The Douglas baseball team got off to a strong start in the Atwater Easter Invitational Monday, taking a 10-0 win over Merced in six innings.

Monday, April 9

Sports Today: Lady Tigers sweep Colts

With three swings of the bat, Lauren Hoppe accounted for six of the Douglas softball team's seven runs Saturday afternoon as the Lady Tigers completed a doubleheader sweep over the Wooster Colts 1-0 and 6-5 in Minden.

Don your finery; it's high time for tea

What could make for a more satisfying afternoon, than to attend a high tea?

Offseason wrestling off to good start

Douglas had 11 wrestlers at the WOW tournament in Reno this past weekend, kicking off the offseason wrestling circuit for the Tigers.

Growth rate trail long and twisty

Nearly four and a half years ago, voters in Douglas County approved a fixed 2 percent growth cap. That cap called for the county to issue only 280 permits a year.

Trails poster winners announced

Hike for Health is the theme of the upcoming Carson Valley Trails Association celebration 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Genoa Town Hall.

Garden Cemetery Association has annual meeting

The Garden Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting 6:30 p.m. April 24 in the meeting room of the Douglas County Public Library, Minden. Elections and filling positions will be on the agenda.

Libraries closed for volunteer reception

The Douglas County public libraries in Minden and Lake Tahoe will close at noon on Friday for the annual volunteer reception. Both libraries will resume their regular schedules on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Teen poets invited to café

Douglas County Public Library is hosting a Teen Poetry Café on April 21 at 6 p.m. in celebration of National Library Week. All sixth through 12th graders are invited to read an original poem or read a favorite poem by another author.

Pasture golf tourney draws largest crowd ever

The seventh annual Lions Club Pasture Golf Tournament was a great success. There were so many people there, both golfing and just enjoying the barbecue lunch and visiting with each other

Birdhouses are pretty and practical

There are several birdhouses around our yard - some that I have made in the past from scrap pieces of wood and some I bought at the craft stores and painted pretty. A


The 4-H Happy Heelers Dog Club had a dog show on March 31 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The show was a great success. We had a good turn-out with people coming to participate from as far away as Winnemucca.

Friday, April 6

Sports Today: Lady Tigers use big 7th to put away win

After keeping a slim 2-1 lead through the first six innings, the Douglas softball team broke out with three runs in the seventh to take a 5-1 victory over Wooster in Reno Thursday afternoon.

Whimsical and western art highlight galleries' Second Saturday event

The Carson Valley Art Gallery Association has lined up events for the Second Saturday in April. Participants can visit all seven galleries in the Carson Valley area: Genoa, Minden and Gardnerville and check out the special activities lined up on Saturday. Some of these activities include:


Gary Gordon Mistak. 59, a 27 year resident of Gardnerville, died at home April 1, 2007.

Soroptimists gather in Reno

Members of the Soroptimist International of Carson Valley will join 400 other Soroptimists at the Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International of the Americans, Inc., on April 27-29 at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. Local Soroptimist Club members will join Soroptimists from 59 other Soroptimist clubs in Nevada and Northern California for this three-day event.

Tickets on sale for 20-30 club's spring fashion show

Wine, food, gifts and fashion will be featured at the Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club's third annual Spring Fashion Show Extravaganza held at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 29. Proceeds will benefit special needs children and their programs in Douglas County.

Models needed for 20/30 club's annual spring fashion show

The Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club will host its third annual Spring Fashion Show Extravaganza 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 29 at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort. Proceeds will benefit special needs children and their programs in Douglas County such as Kids & Horses, Brain Power, among others.

Thursday, April 5

Douglas baseball outlasts Wooster

After hanging a nine-spot on the Wooster Colts in the 30-minute top half of the first inning Thursday afternoon, one might have thought it was going to be easy sailing for the Douglas High baseball team.

Tiger golfers take fifth

The Douglas High golf team took fifth at the Sierra League tournament at Sierra Sage Golf Course Tuesday.

A look at the origins of Easter

To some, Easter may be just another gratefully accepted opportunity for a break in the hum drum routine with little serious thought given to its meaning or origin. To others it may be a harmless observance of a myth from the distant past that gives an opportunity to provide a fun day for the children with chocolate bunnies, cute baby chicks and colorful Easter eggs.

Schiller makes first-day cut at free ski championships

Douglas High grad J.J. Schiller was just hoping to make it to the second day of the North American Freeskiing Championships at Kirkwood last week.

April is time to begin irrigating Valley fields

It's April and it's been a busy irrigation season already. Irrigation off the West-by-God-fork of the Carson River starts April 1. And it did. But if you drove around the Valley in late March you might have noticed an abundance of stock water flowing over fields. When that happens it means it is going to be a bad water year.

Racing: Sierra Sierra opens season in Vegas

Last year, the Minden-based Sierra Sierra Enterprises open wheel racing team made a strong comeback in the Champ Car Atlantic Series - taking fourth overall and missing out on the series championship by a couple of bad breaks.

Wednesday, April 4


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Tiger track excels at Outer Relays

Competing in an odd format with new combinations on two different squads, the Douglas High School track and field team made a strong statement last week that it will be very difficult to contend with in the relays throughout the rest of the year.

Tot Egg Hunt is over, more Easter egg hunts on the way

Children have been getting in the spirit of spring and the Easter holiday for the last couple of weeks, starting in the schools before break began on Monday.

Valley Vibrations

My electric bass teacher, Art Rodriguez, said something one night in class that I thought was inspirational. We were listening to different versions of songs performed by various groups over the years and he said, "That's what's fun about music - you can always take it and make it your own."

Easter traditions

It's Easter morning, a most special day at our house as it always reminds me of the resurrection and new life. While living out here in the country you see it all around you.

Softball: Lady Tigers struggle in doubleheader against Reno

The Sierra League-leading Reno High softball team made short work of the Douglas Tigers over the weekend, completing a season sweep with 15-3 and 14-0 victories Saturday in Reno.

2 Valley teams win soccer tourneys

Tenacity, a U18 girls' soccer team made up of Carson Valley and Carson City athletes, recently won the Sagebrush Start Up Tournament championship with three wins, no losses and one tie.

Youth sports: Impulse takes second at Vegas

The Carson-Douglas Impulse U-16 girls' soccer club took second place at the Las Vegas Premier Soccer Tournament last weekend.

Updates on Douglas HIgh graduates for the week ending April 1, 2007

Bryan Miller, jr., OF, Troy University: The Trojans lost two of three against Western Kentucky over the weekend.

Tiger swimmers sweep Lowry

The Douglas High swim team pushed ahead to victories on the boys' and girls' side Saturday, sweeping the Lowry Buckaroos Saturday in Fallon.


A funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at FitzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville for Rena Anthony, 78, who died April 2, 2007, in Carson City.

Baseball: Coleville picks up two wins

The Coleville High School baseball team picked up two wins last week, topping the Whittell Warriors at Lampe Park 18-9, and beating league foe Smith Valley 6-2.

Digest: Fishing Derby registration now open

Registration for the 2007 Kids' Fishing Derby opened Monday.

Special guest appears at the library

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden will be celebrating National Library Week with a special appearance by Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. National Library week is April 15-21. Special programs at the library emphasize the importance of reading to learn, enjoy and grow.

Tuesday, April 3

Baseball: Tigers escape with win against Manogue

The Douglas baseball team scored its third come-from-behind victory in its last four games Tuesday afternoon, taking an 8-7 victory over the Manogue Miners on a two-out, two-on single from Phil Mannelly in Minden.


An inurnment service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastside Memorial Park for Vera E. Price, 92, who died March 24, 2007, at Riverview Manor, Gardnerville Ranchos.

Senior center activities offered starting Sunday

Douglas County Senior Center in Gardnerville has planned its activities for the month of April.

Fancy Nancy party at the library

Celebrate National Library Week at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden. The library is hosting a Fancy Nancy party at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Concert No. 5 to raise funds, awareness

Architect Ralph Eissmann volunteered to donate his $3,000 fee for creating architectural renderings of the Copeland Building if the community could match it. The renderings show the Minden building transformed into a 400-seat Carson Valley Performing Arts Center, something the Carson Valley Arts Council and members of the community have been working toward for more than a year.

Winners abound at the Carson Valley Inn

There was an abundance of cash prizes given away at the Carson Valley Inn during the last few weeks. Winners shared $16,700 in cash prizes in the Fall Tri-Game-A-Thon, more than $20,000 in the "Are You Inn or Out" promotion and $1,500 in the monthly Blackjack Tournament.

Services next week for Justin Stegemann

Services are April 9-10 for Justin Stegemann, a former Gardnerville resident, who died March 29, 2007, in Avon, Ind., at home with his family. He was 17.

Monday, April 2

Sports Today: Weekend Roundup

Competing in an odd format with new combinations on two different squads, the Douglas High School track and field team made a strong statement last week that it will be very difficult to contend with in the relays throughout the rest of the year.

Middle school student makes it onto San Jose Junior Sharks

Devyn Hotho started playing inline ball hockey in the parking lot at Meneley Elementary School when she was 5 years old. She did that for several years before she started going to the rink at the Pavilion in Carson City.

Kids in time for Easter

Last Friday, my husband, Mike, and I, and our neighbor, Alice Campbell, went to visit the new arrivals at the Fall Over Goat Farm. I

Sunday, April 1