Stories for August 2007

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Friday, August 31

Second Saturday art event at CVIC

The six galleries of the Carson Valley Art Gallery Association combine forces for a two-day art show during the Second Saturday weekend, Sept. 8-9.

ANNIV Tovlum for 9-14

Tage and Birthe Tovlum are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 18, 1942, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and in 1949 they immigrated to America.

Thursday, August 30

Boys' Soccer: Douglas thumps Manogue

The Douglas High boys soccer team continued its hot start, improving to 5-0 with a 4-0 win at Manogue on Wednesday.

Town welcomes back Markleeville postmaster

Markleeville Postmaster Margaret Daniels was greeted by a banner and flowers upon her return to work.

Story behind 'The Hanging Tree'

Mob rule reigned in Douglas County in 1897 and it will reign again when "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" is re-enacted Sept. 21 and 22 in downtown Genoa. Ticket holders can relive the historic events that led to the lynching of Adam Uber and the curse of the hanging tree.

The deep pit barbecue tradition

The last hurrah of summer, Labor Day weekend, is just around the corner and preparations for the 40th annual barbecue at the Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Station 5 are being finalized.

Homegrown vegetable ideas sought for Carson Valley Almanac

The ground is tilled, seeds are planted and, if the weather cooperates, sprouts sprout and plants grow. And if the quail don't eat all the sprouts and the plants survive the wild weather fluctuations of freezing and heat in June, it's possible to grow a home garden in Carson Valley.

Vibes col. 8-31

People were enjoying the great summer evening, having picnics and listening to the music of the Michael Powers' band in the last concert of the series in Minden Park last week. A friend commented that if he was driving through town for the first time and saw the crowd at Minden Park, he would think this would be a great place to live.

Wednesday, August 29

Season Preview: Tiger volleyball ready to build on last year

It doesn't get much better than opening your season with victories over some of the top teams in the state, including the defending state champion.

Tennis: Douglas sweeps Wooster in tennis

Both the Douglas boys' and girls' tennis teams cruised to easy victories over the Wooster Colts in the season-opener for both teams Tuesday afternoon.

Girls' Soccer: Lady Tigers thump Manogue

The Douglas High girls' soccer team ran all over Bishop Manogue Tuesday afternoon, winning 4-1.

Golf: Tigers capture first league tournament

The Douglas High School girls' golf team entered the Sierra League season knowing it was the team to beat.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls

Top Ten Through Aug. 25

Spending some time on Lake Tahoe's shores

An invitation to Lake Tahoe seemed rather tame after reading a thrilling story about Lake Tititaca of Inca empire fame. At 12,257 feet, Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and is shared between Bolivia and Peru in the same way California and Nevada divide Lake Tahoe. I found it fascinating that Bolivia has a navy and yet is a landlocked country, a tempting conundrum for a fledgling "travel correspondent."

Women's 20-30 writes big check to Boys & Girls Club

The Women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 No. 730 presented a $10,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club of the Carson Valley on Aug. 22 to help with supplies and activities for the children that attend the Boys & Girls Club.

'Meth is Death' and 'Native Pride' essays to be part of student anthology

Two students of Woodfords Community Day School are having their school work published in the upcoming anthology, Celebrating What's Important to Me.

September on Nevada Lifestyles

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" features two locations in historic Genoa on the September edition of the locally produced show.

Water planners need input

The Ruhenstroth water planning steering committee has been very busy tabulating the results of the survey mailed to neighborhood residents in June. Out of the 545 surveys mailed, just over 160 responses have been returned. If you are like me and still looking for some of the supporting documentation or misplaced the survey, you can still turn it in.

Take care over Labor Day

Typically the last gasp of summer, the three-day Labor Day weekend, may be a quiet one this year as high fuel costs and the start of school reduce the number of people traveling the highways.

Obituaries

No services have been announced for Rose Ellen Valentine, 86, who died Aug. 26, 2007, in Carson City.

Tuesday, August 28

R-C Sports Notebook: 3A rising

Granted, the opening weekend of high school football saw some of the Northern 4A's worst teams taking on some of the Northern 3A's best.

Boys' Tennis: Shawhan, Chipp should form strong singles group

With a roster of only 11 players, its a safe bet that everyone on the Douglas High boys' tennis team is going to see a lot of playing time this year.

Volleyball: Tigers stomp Damonte Ranch

With a young team heading into a highly-competitive environment for its season-opener, Douglas High first-year volleyball coach Suzi Townsell wasn't sure what to expect.

Coming events at Douglas County Historical Society

We have an interesting few weeks coming up here at Douglas County Historical Society's two museums.

Monday, August 27

Updates on Douglas graduates for the week of Aug. 26

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Nevada opens its season at Nebraska on Saturday.

Coleville football wins opener

The Coleville football team opened the season with a 36-26 victory at home over Round Mountain.

Boys' Soccer: Updated stats through Aug. 25

4-0 overall, 0-0 Sierra League, 0-0 home, 1-0 away, 3-0 neutral, 4-0 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Weekend Wrap-up: Boys' soccer rattles off four wins

The Douglas High boys' soccer team opened its season with four consecutive wins on the road while outscoring its opponents 12-2 at the Elko Tournament over the weekend.

Entertainment books on sale to benefit museum, DAWG

Lake Tahoe/Reno Area Entertainment 2008 books are on sale in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center's Main Street Bookstore and at the Genoa Court House Museum.

Oktoberfest comes to Carson Valley

Munich comes to Minden and Gardnerville during Carson Valley Sertoma Club's 17th annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Heritage Park.

New officers installed officers

The Carson Valley Sertoma club installed new officers June 19 at Genoa Lakes Country Club: Pat Smith, president; Barry Smith, president-elect;

Sertoma awards scholarships w/photo

Carson Valley Sertoma club members hosted a breakfast reunion for 2007 scholarship winners Michael Barnes and Will Morgan on June 15 at Sharkey's.

Parks & Rec fall classes begin at Parks

Here are Douglas County Recreation Division's classes for September 2007:

ValleyVibrations

To keep Valley Vibrations going, we have to hear from you: at jhill@recordcourier.com or sirete@recordcourier.com, by phone at 782-5121, ext. 213 or 210 or by fax to 782-6132.

8-27 Drivers Safety

An AARP Senior Drivers Safety course sponsored by Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8

Food closet thanks those who made donations in July

The hot July temperatures didn't hamper the flow of donations from the community. The Carson Valley Community Food Closet extends thanks to those who donated for the month of July.

Endless pool comes to Johnson Lane

An Endless Pool sounds like something I picture in Hope Valley or up by Blue Lakes. Umm, beautiful.

Saturday, August 25

Updated Douglas football statistics through Aug. 24

0-1 overall, 0-0 Sierra League, 0-1 home, 0-0 away, 0-0 neutral, 0-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Football: Reed runs over Douglas in opener

It may have been a matchup between the defending champions of each Northern 4A league in Minden Friday night, but it quickly turned into the Zack Parker show.

Friday, August 24

Reed leads Tigers 31-7 at halftime

The Reed Raiders are leading the Douglas Tigers at halftime 31-7. Reed scored three times in the first quarter. The Tigers sole score came in the second quarter when fullback Brandon Lowrante made a 59-yard run with the ball. The game is being played in Minden.

Girls' Tennis Preview: Strong singles group should boost Tigers

Coming into the season with their fifth head coach in as many years, there might be reason to believe that the Douglas girls' tennis team would be headed for a transition year.

Sports Fodder: Hey, athletes, walk away when it's about Vick

Some people -- sportswriters, ex-wives, that guy who calls every night at dinnertime asking you to buy insurance for your cell phone -- just don't know when to keep quiet.

Reed runs over Douglas in opener

It may have been a matchup between the defending champions of each Northern 4A league in Minden Friday night, but it quickly turned into the Zack Parker show.

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On behalf of the women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club No. 730, I would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all the donors that helped us with our annual children's shopping spree on Aug. 18 at Wal-Mart.

Thursday, August 23

Football: Defending league champions meet Friday night

Battle of the defending league champions. Hall of Fame game. Season-opener.

Girls' Soccer Preview: Defense will be key for reloaded Tigers

Even when a team heads into the year with young, unproven talent, the coach always has the hope that the experience will pay dividends in the future.

Sports Today: Tigers to induct 4 into Hall of Fame

While the Douglas High football program opens its season at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Reed, it will also enshrine four of its past legends as has become tradition at the school.

Fix the minutes and move on

Correcting the minutes of a public meeting should be a simple matter. So why wasn't that true, when it came to omissions concerning the proposed Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino?

8-23 Topaz 40th

It has been 40 years since the Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department was organized, March-April of 1967, under the name of Topaz Lake Engine Company No. 1

Bingo Knights for Austin's House

The proceeds of tonight's Knights of Columbus bingo night will go to the Carson Valley Children's Center, also known as Austin's House. The event is at St. Gall Pastoral Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, and is open to everyone 21 and older.

Wednesday, August 22

Family Support Council part of the community

Kristie Traver is ready to roll up her sleeves for her new job as the executive director of the Family Support Council of Douglas County.

Jonni Hill will keep on keepin' on in Minden

In the next few weeks, The Record-Courier will be looking for my replacement for this column. It was a long thought out and very hard decision to make but, for all good reasons, B.J. and I have decided to move to Minden.

September events in the Gardnerville Ranchos

The fun folks from the Minden Douglas Elks Lodge in the Ranchos would like you to know about some special events they're hosting in the month of September.

Valley featured prominently among 'Treasures'

I've received a copy of "Treasures of Nevada," after hearing from former Record-Courier advertising representative Kathy "K.C." Johnson.

A gentler felony DUI

On July 1, with very little fanfare, Nevada's driving under the influence law lost some of its ferocity.

Cruisers event

Carson Valley has been celebrating American music, food and especially cars every August thanks to the Valley Cruisers.

An official list of favoritesfrom Valley Cruisers show

Classic cars came to us when the Valley Cruisers had their 20th annual Main Street Event last weekend. The Cruisers' car show always brings a crowd but it's not as crowded as Hot August Nights in Reno and Sparks and we don't have to drive 100 miles to see some great cars.

Tuesday, August 21

R-C Sports Notebook: Opening weekend a matter of hours away

After preparing throughout the summer, the Douglas High School fall sports teams will get things rolling this weekend with a number of the Tigers' most promising teams playing their season-openers.

Football: With 33 seniors, Tigers appear built for success

Even losing seven all-leaguers off of one of the most vaunted defensive units at Douglas High School ever, it's going to be a stretch to call this a rebuilding year for the Tiger football team.

Updates on Douglas grads for the week ending Aug. 12, 2007

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Nevada opens its season at Nebraska on Sept. 1.

Sports Today: Galliett wins series crown

Dylan Galliett, 9, of Minden, brought home series titles in the 65cc beginner class and the 50cc open class of the 2007 Triple Crown of Night Motocross, bolstered by a strong finish at the series finale earlier this month.

Historical society hosts photo contest

Next week is the beginning of September which means that Saturday, Sept. 1, will be Student Day at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Kids & Horses fundraiser Thursday in Crystal Bay

The barbecue fundraiser for the therapeutic equestrian program Kids & Horses is 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Bay Club, North Lake Tahoe.

Monday, August 20

Library presents gathering of local authors Sept. 8

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden presents A Gathering of Local Authors, 3-5 p.m. Sept. 8. The event will feature the works of Carolyn Ahern, Ruza Bogdanovich, Todd Borg, William Hill and Helen Martin. The authors and the illustrator will sell their books, meet readers, and sign autographs.

They came, they shopped

There were 59 children, each with $100 in hand, who shopped for school clothes at Carson Valley Wal-Mart on Saturday as part of the children's shopping spree sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Women's Active 20-30 Club.

Hundreds attend annual Minden event

It starts with one and when two tractors are parked in a yard, they start to multiply.

Ghost town lecture/9-13

The historical lecture series sponsored by the Douglas County Historical Society continues 7 p.m. Thursday with speaker Stanley Paher on the topic of Western Nevada ghost towns.

ValleyCruisers thank sponsors

On behalf of the Valley Cruisers Car club, I wish to thank all the local businesses and also the personal contributors for their wonderful raffle prizes, trophy sponsorship and cash donations toward the 2007 Main Street Event. Your support helps make this event special to the participants and all the charities we fund. It was also fun meeting and talking with so many receptive owners, managers and their staff.

Rotary seeks young ambassadors

Interested in spending April in Brazil as part of a Rotary goodwill exchange? Rotary District 5190 and Minden Rotary are accepting applications for the 2008 Group Study Exchange to Brazil.

Taylor Wanket heads to BYU

Taylor Wanket worked for AT&T Cingular Wireless for this past year working 45 hours a week selling cell phones to families and local businesses in San Diego. He also worked at Red Robin Restaurant as a waiter to save all his money to pay for his tuition and a deposit on his apartment.

Input needed on highway proposals

Town hall meeting very informative

Food closet thanks those who made July donations

The hot July temperatures didn't hamper the flow of donations from the community. The Carson Valley Food Closet extends thanks to those who donated for the month of July.

Call to artists

Artists in all media are invited to participate in a juried exhibit and sale, Nov. 13 to Dec. 22, at Artisans International Gallery. Artwork theme to be featured is "Places I Have Been."

Father asks for lenience in trafficking case

Editor's Note: This is a letter sent by David Liebowitz to Judge Dave Gamble regarding his son Elliot's sentencing scheduled for Tuesday.

School's open,drive safely

Today is the first day of school for Douglas County elementary school students and the little tykes will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops all over the county.

TRPA has a narrow window of opportunity

Because of the Angora fire and other incidents, the TRPA has a window of opportunity to make Lake Tahoe much safer from catastrophic wildfires.

Saturday, August 18

Friday, August 17

Boys' soccer: Tigers loaded, but so is the rest of the Sierra

Any coach with nine returning starters and 14 returning lettermen from a team that advanced to the regional semifinals generally likes his chances heading into the year.

Beta Sigma Phi hosts fashion show

Mu Master and Xi Alpha Zeta chapters of Carson Valley Beta Sigma Phi host the annual Beginning Day event for Beta chapters in Carson Valley and Carson City.

Obituary

A celebration of life service for Anthony "Tony" Barbish, 83, a 13-year Gardnerville resident, will be Aug. 25. For details call 265-6678.

Thursday, August 16

Season Preview: Cross Country - Tigers bring in plenty of experience

Generally, Douglas High cross country coach Keith Cole enters every season trying to ease his team into the needed distance workouts.

Tractor show returns to Valley

The whistling and whirring coming from Heybourne Road this weekend means the return of the annual Antique Tractor Show.

The wonder of Elvis

I'm fascinated with the people who are fascinated with Elvis. In case you've been in a cave for the last week, you must know that Aug. 16, 2007, was the 30th anniversary of the King's death.

Where are the checks and balances in government?

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. This forum was the August meeting of the county planning commission, and the funny things once again involved north county (what else?) and the latest issue, the proposed Beverly Hillbillies casino. I decided to ask my friend Bo the Builder what he thought of the latest gambits.

Wednesday, August 15

Valley kids play at Nevada State Open

The NorCal-sanctioned Nevada State Open was recently held at the Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno.

Roberts leads jet ski series

Former Gardnerville resident Ian Roberts has moved into the points lead in the Pro Stock Division of the Western States Cup Jet Ski Series after placing first in each of the last three rounds.

Sports Today: Sierra Sierra reaps Champ Car Atlantic rewards

Although Minden-based open wheel racing team Sierra Sierra Enterprises clinched the Champ Car Atlantic Championship series title two weeks before the series finale, they reaped a whole slate of additional awards during the season-ending awards banquet Sunday night in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Another tenant lined up for Church Row

I know it has been 10 years since I first heard Highway 756, also known as Gilman Avenue and Centerville Lane, referred to as the Highway to Heaven.

Modern emigrants on their way to California

We couldn't be more pleased with the quick response to the Power Dam fire on Tuesday.

Camera buffs bloom at photo club meeting

A close-up picture of an ice plant blooming on a rock won a first-place ribbon for Lynda Chen'e in the Carson Valley Photo Club's monthly competition.

Power Dam fire too close for comfort

Now that one was just a bit too close for comfort, don't you agree? I am referring to the Power Dam fire that occurred on Tuesday afternoon. We were lucky this time but it sure was a wake-up call for how prepared we are for a major fire or flood in our neighborhood. I found myself wondering what I would take if I had to make a quick getaway.

Letters to the Editor

Here we go again. Another newspaper article on how we (humans) are the cause of all of the problems with the bears vandalizing our property and attacking us in our homes.

'Hanging Tree' play dates change

The Douglas County Historical Society's "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" play dates have been changed to Sept. 21 and 22.

Lamb family offers thanks for support for young James

Our family would like to say thank you to the community of Douglas County. On Aug. 5, you all came together to make our son's world a little brighter.

Obituaries

A celebration of life for Mike Bournazian, 62, an eight-year resident of Gardnerville will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the family residence.

Tuesday, August 14

R-C Sports Notebook: It's not going to be the Great Wall of China

Okay, Okay. We might have poked a little too much fun at Douglas High School for wanting to install a 12-foot fence around the newly-renovated sports complex in Minden.

Sports Today: Matos takes 2nd in ChampCar series finale

Truth be told, Sierra Sierra Enterprises and lead driver Raphael Matos didn't even need to show up for the Champ Car Atlantic series finale in Elkhart Lake, Wis., over the weekend.

Updates on Douglas grads

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Nevada opens its season at Nebraska on Sept. 1.

Genoa Court House Museum has newdisplays

Where has this summer gone? In less than two weeks the kids are back in school. I'm glad the heat is over, but I sure don't want to see the end of the farmers markets and all that fresh produce.

Ben celebrates 90 years young

Ben Dykes, a resident of Smith Valley, had his 90th birthday, hosted by his four sons and their wives as well as his wife of 43 years Bea, now 85, who helped plan the special surprise. More than 100 friends and family joined Ben in celebrating his special day.

All About Dance classes begin for fall

Fall classes begin at All About Dance on Sept. 4. There will be teacher demonstrations at an open house event and preregistration, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 31.

Active 20-30 clubs host children's shopping spree

The Sierra Nevada Women's Active 20-30 Club is seeking donations for its annual children's shopping spree at the Carson Valley Wal-Mart on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the women's club with assistance from the men's Carson Valley No. 85 Club.

WNC fall classes PR

More than 1,100 classes are filling up at Western Nevada College's three campuses, five learning centers, and online for the fall semester. They range from traditional college courses in English, math, history and science to specialized technology and work force skills courses in dozens of areas. Classes begin Aug. 27.

Briefly today

The Carson Valley Hurricanes softball organization will conduct tryouts at the Douglas varsity field Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Aug. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Sports Digest: Volleyball officials sought

The Northern Nevada Volleyball Officials Association is looking for officials for the upcoming high school season.

Monday, August 13

Sports Today: Douglas girls strong during summer season

When it comes down to it, things really couldn't have gone much better for the Douglas High School girls' basketball program during its voluntary summer schedule.

Douglas graduatesmarried in June

Cory P. Fry and Christine R. McCrum were married June 23, 2007, at the Masonic Hall in Genoa.

Walker community asked to discuss highway changes with Caltrans

From 4-7 p.m. Wed. Aug. 29, Caltrans is holding a public meeting at Walker Community Center to discuss proposed changes to Highway 395.

Mountain lion pays a visit to East Valley

In March this year I had a neighbor who lives on Squires call me to report a mountain lion with one or maybe even two cubs that were in their yard. It is happening again so I wonder if it could be the same one. Perhaps it is here in our neighborhood again because there is not much water up in the Pine Nut Mountains this time of year.

Northern Nevada has great geothermal potential

I wish to comment on the renewable energy conference and the climate change (global warming) theme, popularized by Albert Gore Jr.

'Nerd' auditions are Sunday

Second auditions for the Dakota Organization's production of "The Nerd," are 2 p.m. Sunday, at 1669 Lucerne St., Minden. There will be cold readings from the script. Parts available: three males and a female in their 30s, one male and one female in their 50s, and one boy about 8. Director is James Skoggins. Performances Nov. 9-11 at the CVIC Hall, Minden.

Where is the money?

If things go as expected, the interchange proposed to be built at highways 50 and 395 by 2010 will be overwhelmed by traffic in 2030.

Sunday, August 12

Friday, August 10

Registration begins at St. Gall for religious education

The St. Gall Catholic Church Religious Education Department is accepting registrations for the new school year. Classes begin the week of Sept. 9.

Thursday, August 9

Skydive Tahoe is region's only drop zone

For the residents of Johnson Lane: If you have happened to notice numerous individuals parachuting out of the sky in recent weeks, you aren't seeing things.

Sports Today: Fall sports season opens at Douglas

The Douglas High football team opened practice Thursday morning with its first official full-team drills. Contact practice starts Monday.

Obituaries

A celebration of life for Mike Bournazian, 62, an 81Ú2 year resident of Gardnerville will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Walton's Douglas County Mortuary.

8-9 Founder's Day

The 6th annual Bridgeport Founder's Day Celebration, which honors the pioneer spirit of the early settlers of the Eastern Sierra is Sept. 1 and is sponsored by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, the Mono County Historical Society and the Mono County Tourism & Film Commission.

4-h refer B1

The aim of 4-H programs is to improve the head, heart, hands and health. Four-H is a national youth organization of programs for young people in home economics, agriculture, community service and personal development.

Digest: Volleyball officials sought

The Northern Nevada Volleyball Officials Association is looking for officials for the upcoming high school season.

Wednesday, August 8

Sports Today: Douglas senior fares well at warfare training challenge

It's not much of a stretch to call the Boyds a military family.

Learn bike safety in Risk Watch program

Douglas County Parks & Recreation and the East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts will offer a the Risk Watch safety program during Adventure Camp. Risk Watch is an injury prevention program designed to help children and families create safer homes and communities by teaching them the skills and knowledge they need to make positive choices about their personal safety.

Kids & Horses dream realized

When Kids & Horses founder, Sam Waldman, realized his dream of opening a therapeutic riding center at his Double W Ranch in 1999, Katie Fried and her twin sister Molly were two of the first students Waldman worked with. Waldman never got to see his dream fully realized. He died in October of 2000, just four years after his purchase of the Double W Ranch.

More on bee populations

Last week, I wrote about the declining bee populations widely discussed in mainstream media. What has not been as widely reported is that organic colonies are not collapsing.

Where are the bees?

Honeybee populations seem to be on the decline. According to National Geographic News, because of their pollinating, bees are responsible for 15 to 30 percent of the food we eat. Cornell University studies have shown that honeybees have a role to play with every third bite of food eaten in the United States. Honeybees are important in $14 billion worth of food production.

Airplane has lots of miles on it ... all on the ground

For an aircraft that has never flown, Jim Morris' Compair 8 kit plane has traveled a lot of miles.

What's happening 8-10

The Town of Gardnerville presents the 1942 classic movie "Casablanca" as this month's Movie in the Park tonight in Heritage Park. Carson Valley Lions Club will be selling popcorn and cold drinks, vendors will be selling pizza, ice cream and Italian ices. Entertainment provided by Wayne's Family Music. Movie starts at dusk. For more information, 782-7134.

Ranchos family shares the scoop

Recently, the folks living near the Doerr family received a pleasant summertime surprise. They were treated to a neighborhood ice cream social, which the family won in June after entering the Dreyer's Neighborhood Salute contest.

The Perseids are coming, the Perseids are coming

The Perseid meteor shower is the showboat event in the sky this week, peaking on Saturday, but don't forget to look up for the space shuttle, Mars and other heavenly bodies. What a treat that one of the showiest meteor showers of the year happens in the summer when it's not all that inconvenient to view shooting stars in pajamas in your own backyard.

Good soldiers in the fight against cancer

What price do the residents of Carson Valley place on the battle against cancer?

Obituaries

A memorial service will be announced at a later date for Cinda Rene Anderson, 50, an 11-year resident of Gardnerville, who died July 30, 2007, in Gardnerville.

Tuesday, August 7

Life comes full circle on the shooting range

In some ways, somehow, life just seems to go full-circle. Thirty-six years ago I was living in Placerville, Calif., my first son, Michael, was born and within 18 months my second son, John, was born. My husband was a police officer on the Placerville Police Department at the time. I

Taste of Gardnerville a success

Thank you so much, Douglas County, for your wonderful participation in this year's Taste of Gardnerville. It was a huge success and we at the Douglas County Historical Society are very grateful.

Sierra Ridge wins ROP challenge

Rite of Passage hosted its annual Run, Ride, Swim, Survive event last week, drawing some of the top students from Rite of Passage schools around the region.

Digest: Net Rippers youth soccer camp

The Carson Valley Net Rippers will host their second youth soccer camp Aug. 13 through Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Tryouts start Monday at Douglas High

The fall sports season is rapidly approaching at Douglas High School.

Soccer: Tournament fundraiser for Vega this weekend

The Carson Valley soccer community is rallying together to help out one of its own this weekend.

Fundraiser for Smith Valley resident Aug. 25

Smith Valley business owners and residents are pulling together to support 20-year-old Alicia Marriott's battle with breast cancer. Marriott has been diagnosed with stage one cancerous cysts and is the subject of a fundraising event Aug. 25.

Monday, August 6

Sports Today: Minden's Jones wins X Games gold medal

After capturing a silver medal in last year's X Games Moto X Freestyle event, Minden resident Adam Jones pulled off one of the biggest upsets of this year's X-Games by topping Nate Adams for the gold.

Mortuary services meeting in Walker on Tuesday

Since there is no mortuary in Mono County, for years our residents have had to undergo a very complex practice when faced with the death of a loved one.

Roundtable makes excursion to Bridgeport

It's a dangerous thing to have too much time on your hands. Teenagers hear that all the time and it's true for those of us in our "golden years."

Valley artists' work accepted to draft horse art show

Five artists from Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio have been accepted into the 2007 Art at the Classic at the Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley, Calif.

Protect your skin from the sun

A friend of ours died last week - the killer was skin cancer. This insidious disease sneaks up on you, little by little, day by day, especially while living here in this high desert environment. The ultraviolet rays from the sun are a silent danger that we don't always recognize - until it's too late that is.

Douglas teams raise more than $100,000

As of Sunday, Douglas Relay for Life raised $100,633.70 for the American Cancer Society. And the donation money is still coming.

Win a car at 'Deal or No Deal' fundraiser for Austin's House

The public is invited to the second annual "Deal or No Deal" fundraiser presented by the Austin Kirby Foundation at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Horizon Casino Resort, Stateline.

Fence not end-all solution for track

Robert Frost wrote that good fences make good neighbors.

An abundance of coyotes seen and heard around Johnson Lane

It seems this past week or so I have heard and seen an awful lot of coyotes especially in the morning and evening hours when it cools down.

Taste of Gardnerville a success

All of us at the Douglas County Historical Society would like to thank you, the communities of Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa, for making the Taste of Gardnerville such a huge success. The streets were filled with diners and shoppers and the dancing at the J.T. (Basque Bar & Dining Room) went on till all hours.

Saturday, August 4

Friday, August 3

What is the height limit in Douglas County?

Height limits are one of the most common features of zoning regulations, just as speed limits are one of the most common features of traffic regulations.

Cash for cans to benefit food closet

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is sponsoring a Cash for Cans drive to help fill the shelves of the Carson Valley Food Closet, Aug. 11-19.

Obtuaries

A rosary will be said 6 p.m. Thursday with a celebration of life service 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville for Al Blythe, 82, who died July 31, 2007, at his Gardnerville home.

Thursday, August 2

Sports Today: Football league to mix athletics with academics

Organizers of a new youth tackle football league in Douglas County are hoping that the lessons their organization teach will extend far beyond the field and into everyday life.

Stroller class for mom and baby

Stroller Strides is a fitness program for new moms offering a workout combining power walking and intervals of body toning using the stroller, the environment and exercise tubing. It's a great way to get in shape, meet other new moms and have fun with your baby.

Dirty DAWG Wash a great day

The day of the Dirty Dog Wash 2007 dawned bright and hot - no worry of thunderstorms raining us out. It was a new location and day this year so I was concerned that would confuse people and affect our turnout. I was thrilled to be pleasantly surprised thanks to wonderful media pre-event publicity helping to make sure everybody who wanted to come knew where it was.

A story in honor of Sarah

High in the Pine Nut Mountain Range, somewhere between mounts Siegel and Como, on a bench overlooking the expanse of Carson Valley to the north and the west, just a short climb to a summit where the Antelope Valley and Topaz Lake can be seen to the south, four white crosses are scattered in a swell between the peaks. Four of many others, just like them, scattered amongst the rugged summit peaks of the Pine Nut Range.

Junior rodeo set for Saturday, Sunday at the fairgrounds

As has become somewhat of a Valley tradition for the first weekend of August, the Douglas County Junior Rodeo will run Saturday and Sunday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Sun Devils eliminated in DiMaggio World Series

On a day when the temperature was 100 degrees plus and the action on the field was just as heated with every close call coming under scrutiny, Sierra Sun Devils manager Nick Kuster was left with of all things, goose bumps.

Relay holds special meaning for Valley athletes

The news of 17-year-old Justin Stegemann's passing fell hard upon Carson Valley last March.

Fishing: Time to put out the fires

Let's talk about bozos, yes I said bozos. The people that continually break the law, and put our lives at risk.

Wednesday, August 1

Sports Today: Louie participates in RTO

An elite group of Northern Nevada youth golfers were selected to participate in the Reno-Tahoe Open Pro-Am Monday.

This weekend a busy one at Valley museum

I'd better make this short. You guys are going to be busy this weekend. Today from 2 to 4 p.m. you plan to be at the reception for watercolorist Mechele Johnson. She's the featured artist for the month of August in the Main Street Bookstore at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

No easy fixes forthe environment

A wise man once said that even if democracy wasn't spreading around the world, at least dictators wanted to seem democratic by taking titles such as president.

Active 20-30 clubs set to host shopping spree

The Sierra Nevada Women's Active 20-30 Club is seeking donations for its annual children's shopping spree at the Carson Valley Wal-Mart on Aug. 18. The event is sponsored by the women's club with assistance from the men's Carson Valley No. 85 Club.

A warning about shooters

They came, they ate, they played, they danced, they made new friends and reconnected with old friends, they even hula-hooped. Of course I am talking about the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department Annual Bar-B-Q (aka our very own neighborhood block party) which was on July 21. The weather cooperated - a cooler day amongst the sweltering days of the week. The fires 'laid down' and friends and family came out to support and thank our volunteers.

Cruisers host 20th annual classic car event

Classic cars take to the streets in the Valley Cruisers 20th Annual Main Street Event beginning Friday on Esmeralda Ave. in Minden. Festivities start with a barbecue dinner at 5 p.m., live music is provided by Rush Hour from 6-10 p.m. and in-between eating and dancing, there will be up to 250 participating classic cars to check out.

8-1 ENG Schuler/Rasmusson

Tom and Mindy Schuler of Gardnerville announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Schuler, to DJ Rasmusson, son of Dale and Gale Rasmusson, all of Gardnerville.

Poker Run set for Thursday

More than 800 cars are expected to attend the 21st Annual Hot August Nights Poker Run, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 9 in Minden Park.

Leadership needed to make a difference

With due respect, I am compelled to respond to the letter submitted by former elected official Lynn Hettrick. He cites two studies provided by two different consultants, both paid for by the same interests

Micah tells how to best serve God

Micah 6:6-8: "With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

Looking for the return of the pollywogs

We're happy to see that the irrigation wheel lines are finally working on the ranch across the road from us and hopefully the grass hay will start to turn green soon.

Young artists learn about the masters

It's Van Gogh day at Trinity Lutheran Preschool and paintings of brightly colored flowers hang around an outside patio. The most diligent artists of the group stand over their creations, concentrating on where to place the next brush stroke.