Stories for February 2007


Wednesday, February 28

Sports Today: State skiing championships set

There's one more switch for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Skiing Championships " this time to a two-day format.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 27

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy, chance of snow.

Bedtime stories offered at the library

The Douglas County Public Library presents bedtime stories at the Minden branch. Join Miss Carol on Monday at 6:45 p.m. for St. Patrick's Day stories.

Life is good

Oh, what a life! It's Tuesday, and I woke up this morning to see beautiful white, deep snow. I ran all around inside the house opening up all the shades so I could see the dramatic views surrounding our home. It's "picture perfect" and I think I'll put a snow picture in our next Christmas letter.

A time for focusing on the important event

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very heart of orthodox Christian faith and the most astonishing claim in the Bible. We are approaching the season when Christians around the world renew their focus on this important event. Through the centuries, scholars and theologians have heatedly debated the evidence for the resurrection. Through all these discussions, the words of the great Apostle of the Christian faith is very definitive.


A memorial service is 10 a.m., March 5 for Robert Vaughn Plimpton, 66, who died Feb. 26, 2007, after a courageous fight with cancer. The service takes place at Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierra, 930 Julie Lane, South Lake Tahoe with a burial service immediately following at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe.

Fifth-generation Northern Nevadan portrays early Valley settler on Student Day

Sarah Jane Kinsey may have been dead since 1905, but museum volunteer Laurie Hickey will bring the early Carson Valley settler back to life again for Student Day at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday.

Unexpected house guest

Last fall a house guest arrived on our doorstep unexpectedly. She (I am just guessing about the gender) has been quite enjoyable and rarely interferes with our schedules. She does hold the record for the longest guest we've had over the years. We weren't sure just how long she would stay, but I am pleased that we have had the opportunity to watch her grow over the past few months.

Barbershop quartets: Not just for men any more

Ted Nagel of Carson Valley has been president of the Carson City Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society - Chorus of the Comstock - for three years, and is in his ninth year with the group. They currently have about 20 members, double the amount of a couple of months ago.

Facing 5 years of bad road

It should be no surprise that the proposals for an improved road network would mean increased taxes in one form or another.

Self-check machine installed at library

In 2006, the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation donated $10,000 to cover half the cost of an Apex XpressCheck self-check machine at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden. T

Aurora Cemetery raises questions

Last week we were in Aurora where there was more information hidden in the sagebrush and piñons than I had space and time to write about. High above the old town site, the Aurora Cemetery seems to be at the top of the world. It must have had a 360-degree view from its location before piñons closed in and hid it from view.

Temple Bat Yam celebrates

All are welcome to attend a fun celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim with costumes, music, song, food and beverages at 11 a.m. Saturday at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail, South Lake Tahoe.

Kudos Food Closet

The New Year is starting off with generous donations from the local community. Now, with the holidays behind us, once again those grocery shelves must be restocked. Thanks to the many who remember the Carson Valley Food Closet throughout the year.

Tuesday, February 27

R-C Sports Notebook: If it's any consolation ...

You weren't sure how to feel when the Galena boys' basketball team won its first state title in school history over the weekend.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 27

18 lifts, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly cloudy skies, snow.

Digest: Snyder scholarships available

The Nicole Snyder Memorial Fund is offering various scholarships for Douglas High School students graduating in the 2006-07 academic year who wish to pursue their studies at any level of post-secondary education.


No services are planned for Allan Lewis Dotson, 79, who died Feb. 25, 2007.


"Thanks man, I'm so happy," said an enthusiastic poetry reading contest winner, Jake Reid, a junior at Douglas High School, as he shook drama teacher James Scoggins' hand, Friday.

Author/archaeologist to speak at museum

Nevada author, Dennis Cassinelli, will offer a lecture on the Great Basin Indians March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. Cassinelli, a Northern Nevada resident, has spent most of his life as an amateur archaeologist.

I call it finger dancing

What happened to our nice warm "spring like" temperatures? I had to find a CD to listen to, to warm me up. The Caribbean influence of Kenny Chesney's most recent CD titled "when the sun goes down" does the trick. I can picture my toes wiggling in the warm sandy beach as I sing along.

Community Choice awards coming up

Greater Nevada Credit Union will present the third annual MEFIYI Community Choice Youth Awards Banquet this year at Genoa Lakes Golf Club at 6 p.m., May 31.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers built for the future

It would appear that after two "rebuilding" years, the Douglas High School girls' basketball program is once again set to contend.

Women's hockey club gaining numbers in weekly sessions

Every Thursday night this winter, the smack of pucks and slap shots fill the frigid air of the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. Hockey players wearing shoulder pads engage in skating motions that involve sprinting and cutting.

Monday, February 26

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 26

12 lifts, 2 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly cloudy skies, snow flurries.

Zoo brings elephant-sized surprise

My neighbor, Alice, told me a great story about her husband Ray's granddaughter, Andrea. All her life she has enjoyed going to the zoo wherever she has been. Her special favorites of all the animals have always been the elephants. Recently, her boyfriend asked her if she wanted to go to the zoo that afternoon, which was great with her.

Wetter storms are better

It may be too early to declare a fabulous February from the standpoint of precipitation, but after a disappointing December and a junky January, this latest round of storms is looking pretty good.

Sunday, February 25

Friday, February 23

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 23

22 lifts, 10 terrain parks open. Forecast: Cloudy skies, snow.


A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Spruce and Deseret Street, Minden, with a viewing at 10 a.m., for Dr. James Windsor Decker, 78, who died Feb. 21, 2007, at his home in Minden.

Thursday, February 22

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 22

22 lifts, 9 terrain parks open. Forecast: Cloudy skies, snow.

The 'best thing' about being 90-plus

Thirty-six 90-plus-year-olds and three other more-than-100 year-olds were honored at the 90-plus birthday party at the Douglas County Senior Center on Wednesday.

Wrestling: Tiger wrestlers got one step closer in 2006-07 campaign

The Douglas wrestling team entered the year having lost two of the top heavyweight wrestlers in the state (189-pounder Shane Miller and 275-pounder Matt Castro) to graduation.

Digest: Snyder scholarships available to Douglas seniors

The Nicole Snyder Memorial Fund is offering various scholarships for Douglas High School students graduating in the 2006-07 academic year who wish to pursue their studies at any level of post-secondary education.

Video is tribute to Nevada's oldest ranching families

A special Exploring Nevada program focusing on two families who have worked the land in Nevada for over a century will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Eight Douglas High art students awarded

The artwork of eight Douglas High School students was recently selected to receive regional awards at the Northern Nevada Regional Scholastic Art Awards 2007, sponsored by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Wednesday, February 21


Through Feb. 17 TeamPtsPvs 1. Galena (8)801 2. Douglas724

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 21

20 lifts, 9 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy and light snow.

Meneley on the lookout for volunteers

Due to the overwhelming success of its new "Share a Book" program, the staff at Meneley Elementary School is searching for more folks who might be interested in participating as classroom volunteers.

Country girl comes home to painting murals

Her name is Annie Reavey. She was a textile designer in London, England, and now she paints murals.

Soroptimists award students

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley continued its long-standing tradition of service to the community and honored young people at a Feb. 20 luncheon at Two Guys from Italy. Three different awards were given.

A girl remembers her incomparable dog

I received this poem that 11-year-old Lauren McLaughlan wrote about her incomparable dog, Jackson, from her grandfather Jerry Gibens.

Essay winner announced

The John C. Fremont Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held its February meeting at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City.

'A Murder is Announced' returns to library for costume party tonight

"A Murder is Announced" at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden. An Agatha Christie costume party will take place 7 p.m. today at the library. Come dressed as your best Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple.

Boy Scout delivers food closet donation

Levi Jenkins, a member of Boy Scout Troup No. 140 in Gardnerville, single-handedly made a large donation to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet this week.

Child Find screenings at Minden Elementary

The Douglas County School District Early Childhood Special Education Program is holding a Child Find from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Minden Elementary School. The Child Find screens children, ages 3 to 5 years, for possible delays, special needs, in speech, language, cognitive/pre-academic skills, self-help and/or motor skills.

A vote for the cap takes away property rights

Did you vote for the 280 Sustainable Growth Initiative growth cap?

A trip to the top of Mt. Whitney

Are you getting itchy for a little ride out of town? It's been a long and very cold winter and sometimes you just need a change of pace. A day-long road trip down Highway 395 along the dramatic High Sierra Mountains might just make your day. We live just a few hours drive away from the highest mountain in the United States, well, at least in the lower 48 states. Mt. Whitney is 14,495 feet tall.

Local comedienne teaches comedy class

So you think you are funny? Or maybe you just want to be able to speak in front of a group of people without passing out? Either way, Kat Simmons can help.

Do you know God's 'Amazing Grace?'

May 10, was a day John would never forget. As an experienced sea captain he had traveled the waters off the coast of Africa many times.

And the winners are ...

The Little Miss Douglas County pageant, hosted by Douglas County Parks & Recreation and the Dance Workshop Performing Arts Center, took place Friday and Saturday at the Dance Workshop in Minden.

Cajun blues at Shady Grove

Bob Malone will bring his gravely voice and fiery cajun keyboards to Shady Grove Coffee Company on March 2.

Tuesday, February 20

R-C Sports Notebook: This year's seniors were 'once in a lifetime'

Once in a lifetime. It's not a phrase anyone should throw around lightly.

Why is state investing in expensive roadway?

In The Record-Courier on Jan. 28, the state transportation officials presented the Highway 395, circa 2030. The officials, of course, are from the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Couple celebrates 50th anniversary

Congratulations to Bill and Claudine Broquist on their golden wedding anniversary.

Valley Vibrations

So now we're really rockin'. This week's Valley Vibrations features the blues, rock 'n' roll, country western, d-d-d disco and everything in between. There's even a human juke box, whatever that is, but you won't know until you've gone to see him.

Neighbor helping neighbor

The following story is amazing, and happening right here in our Valley. I have a neighbor who must be Wonder Woman's relative.

You make me feel like dancing

Students in physical education classes at Piñon Hills and Minden elementary schools got a big dose of what it would be like to be a dancer during a program, Dance in the Schools, brought about through a collaboration of several agencies.

Women's Wellness Day celebrated at the Lake

Celebrating all things feminine, the annual Women's Wellness Day is designed by women for women to encompass information and education on health, fitness, beauty, sexuality, fashion and food.

Because I said so

About this time of year, my father wakes up and says to my mom, "Gotta go skiing, it's too beautiful outside." So my mom calls me and asks if I'd like to go see a movie.

Speech contest winner headed for finals; plus lots going on

The annual Lion's Club speech contest was held Feb 13, with the students' topic being "Global Warming - Fact or Fiction?" The contestants were Brittney Rupp and Jay Seghers from Coleville High School, Kelsey Northington and Erik Porter from Eastern Sierra Academy, with Erik declared the winner. He will face a speaker from Mammoth Lakes in the near future, in the finals for our zone.

Chaos in Reno

Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour rocked Reno Feb. 18 at the Lawlor Events Center. Six bands took the stage, while screaming fans crowded the building and shared the experience of a life time. Chiodos, Aiden, Saosin, Senses Fail, 30 Seconds to Mars, and The Used performed, and the fans went wild.

Monday, February 19

Douglas final basketball season statistics

Record: 23-9 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-2 home, 8-1 away, 7-6 neutral

R-C Sports Today: Coleville bows out of playoffs

The Coleville boys' and girls' basketball teams were both victims of tough playoff draws over the weekend as the boys lost to Wells 64-43 and the girls lost to Owyhee in the semifinals.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 19

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy and light snow.

A quad trip to the ghost town, Aurora

Last Saturday, a gorgeous day sandwiched between two storms, seven of us took advantage of this "spring-like" day, loaded up the quads and headed for Aurora. I

Warm Up America with knitting tea party

As part of the Warm Up America program, the Carson City Michael's Arts & Craft will have a Knitting Tea Party from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the 911 Topsy Lane store.


Hugo Bracci, 83, an 11-year resident of Wellington, died Feb. 16, 2007, in Gardnerville. He was born Jan. 18, 1924, in Lucca, Italy, to Alceste Bracci and Irene Lena.

Updates on Douglas High graduates

For the week ending Feb. 18, 2007

Galena slips away with one-point win

In a game that the Douglas boys' basketball team won in nearly every facet, the Galena Grizzlies somehow found a way to win the facet that matters the most.

Tiger skiers qualify 3 for state

The Douglas girls' ski team rallied to its best team finish of the season, taking third in the standings at the Diamond Peak slalom race last Wednesday.

Basketball: Galena slips away with one-point victory

In a game that the Douglas boys' basketball team won in nearly every facet, the Galena Grizzlies somehow found a way to win the facet that matters the most.

Saturday, February 17

Galena beats Douglas for regional title

After leading throughout the game and building a nine-point lead with six minutes left, it appeared that the Douglas boys' basketball team was in fine position to claim the Northern 4A Regional title Saturday at Spanish Springs High School.

Galena tops Douglas for regional title

After leading throughout the game and building a nine-point lead with six minutes left, it appeared that the Douglas boys' basketball team was in fine position to claim the Northern 4A Regional title Saturday at Spanish Springs High School.

Douglas rolls over Reno to advance to regional title game

While some may have thought the Douglas boys' basketball team had a reasonable shot to knock off No. 2 Reno Friday in the Northern 4A Regional semifinals, no one would have expected this.

Douglas boys roll over Reno into Regional title game

While some may have thought the Douglas boys' basketball team had a reasonable shot to knock off No. 2 Reno Friday in the Northern 4A Regional semifinals, no one would have expected this.

Friday, February 16

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 16

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with warmer temperatures. New snow: None.

Senior bingo is Sunday

The monthly Young at Heart bingo game will be held Sunday at the Douglas County Senior Center. Progressive for February is $350 on 53 numbers. The pot increases by $50 each month and one number if not won. The game continues for black-out and one half of the take for the progressive game.

Angels in poetry

All angels, near and far Being wherever you are

A Valentine parallel

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. My wife and I did. I got her a very cool coffee mug and took her out to dinner that evening. Actually, my word for next year is "reservations."

Thursday, February 15

Douglas wins first playoff game in 15 years

It was a night of firsts all the way around for the Douglas boys' basketball team as the Tigers rolled to a 77-51 win over Reed High School in the first round of the Northern 4A Regional playoffs in Sparks.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 15

20 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with warmer temperatures.

Smith Valley resident presents way to preserve memories

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to find an affordable way to save treasured photographs and special family documents along with a written account of memories about family and friends, then to be able to have all of this printed in a beautiful hard-bound book to be shared for generations?

Let Valley's infrastructure catch up to growth

Keith Ruben offered up a guest opinion article in the Feb. 9 edition. It set forth a proposal to urge the county commissioners to adopt a growth management ordinance that would be "flexible" in that the commissioners could change the growth rate every five years to meet variable conditions. But first he urges adoption of a 3 to 3.5 percent fixed growth rate until a fully funded capital improvement plan can be adopted.

Church needs trailer for Sunday School

The congregation of the Antelope Valley United Methodist Church in Coleville is in need of a modular building to be used as Sunday School class rooms. The church is hoping to find something like a construction office trailer about 12 feet and no longer than 40 feet for this purpose.

Chili for Children, Austin's House benefit is Sunday

The community event Chili for Children is Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Carson Valley Children's Center will host this fundraiser, which includes food, a raffle and live entertainment, at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Wednesday, February 14


(First place votes are in parentheses, ties are broken by highest average vote)

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 14

18 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a trace of precipitation.

Picturing the Valley's future

There's a picture of Carson Valley we all carry around in our heads. In the foreground is green grass with cows placidly standing about. In the background, blue and white mountains reaching for the sky. Above it all, a bright blue sky.

Opinions on growth full of errors and half-truths

Much of what has been in the letters and Guest Opinion column in recent days is replete with half truths and mistakes.

What does history say about growth paying?

I do not believe that the growth control element of the Douglas County master plan is grounded exclusively or even primarily on public finance concerns. Still, after the Feb. 1 meeting, I felt I needed a better understanding of whether, in Nevada, "growth pays for itself and more."

Mom gives final note on honor choir/band at DHS

I've written a few stories on the honor band and choir performance that took place Feb. 8, but I have something to fess up to. I had more than just work-related reasons to cover the event. My son, Bryce, was in it.

Everyone's a winner in 'Not So Newlywed Game'

Seniors at the Douglas County Senior Center laughed heartily at the Valentine's Day and February birthdays celebration on Wednesday.

TRIAD enters its 11th year

Members of Douglas County TRIAD signed a proclamation Wednesday to proclaim the group's dedication to the senior citizens in the county for the 11th year.

Valley Vibrations

OK, so it's the first week of this column. I got some good reviews, but not the response I was hoping for. But, I did hear from some musicians and clubs I hadn't heard from before, so that's good, huh? Although I'm sure there are lots more of you musicians performing out there.

Brownies sell cookies to send to troops

Brownie Troop No. 351 is hoping to raise $3,000 so they can send Girl Scout cookies to the troops. They need to sell 857 boxes by Feb. 26 to reach their goal.

Girl Scouts collect school supplies for Iraqi children

Girl Scout Troop No. 633, third-graders at Piñon Hills Elementary School, are collecting school supplies for a program called Operation Iraqi Children.

Window breakersendangered lives

We don't know if David Scott Killen is responsible for a rash of window breakings stretching from Stateline to Carson City.

Manogue has too much for Lady Tigers

Through the first 22 minutes of the game, there simply wasn't much separating the Douglas' girls basketball team and the Manogue Miners.

Basketball: Manogue has too much for the Lady Tigers

Through the first 22 minutes of the game, there simply wasn't much separating the Douglas' girls basketball team and the Manogue Miners.

Tuesday, February 13

R-C Sports Notebook: College coaches seeing much more than Olson

Douglas standout center Keith Olson has opened the floodgates for the rest of Carson Valley when it comes to getting noticed on the national level.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 13

18 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy with cold temperatures.

Victim of an ant invasion

Ants, ants in your pants." That's one of the childhood songs we used to sing when I was a kid. It reminded me of the problem we've been having with ants recently. I awoke last Wednesday morning to discover hundreds of ants invading my kitchen counter tops. Little tiny black ants were swarming all over the place. No food was out for them to eat, but maybe they hungered for something else. Perhaps they were thirsty for water?

Library book sale starts Tuesday

The Douglas County Public Library is having a book sale in the front lobby of the Minden branch during regular library hours. Videos, DVDs, audio books and paperback books will be on sale Tuesday through March 6. Paperbacks will be 50 cents each. Other items will be priced as marked.


There are no services scheduled for Kenneth Roberts, 68, who died Feb. 5, 2007 in Gardnerville.

All nine Carson Valley Sinfonia students rated 'superior' at festival

All nine student members of the Carson Valley Sinfonia who participated in the Northern Nevada Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Festival at Dayton High School, received "superior" ratings.

Father and daughter sweethearts dance the night away

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation annual Father/Daughter Dance was sold out as it has been every year, Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

Updates on Douglas High graduates through Feb. 11

Autumn Burtt, fr., F, Lassen College: Lassen beat Siskiyous 100-97, beat Feather River 78-57 and beat Shasta 80-57.

Soroptimist International awards recipients selected

This year, Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is presenting its Women's Opportunity Award to Rebecca Nielsen. The award helps give a deserving woman the resources she needs to improve her education, skills and employment prospects. The winner must be providing the primary financial support for her family and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.

Monday, February 12

Douglas High winter sports season statistics through Feb. 10

Record: 21-8 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-2 home, 7-1 away, 6-5 neutral

"Missing skier" apparently just reflection on fence

A call earlier this morning about a possible out-of-bounds skier above Jobs Peak turned out to be just a reflection on a fence on the mountainside.

R-C Sports Today: Wrestling 10th at state

Things were over pretty early for the Douglas wrestling team at the Nevada 4A state championships over the weekend.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 12

18 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 20.

Big Brothers Big Sisters holds open house

Big Brothers Big Sisters new satellite office serving Carson City and Carson Valley is holding its very first "Little Moments," an opportunity for community members to visit the office and learn about this free direct service to children and its positive measurable impact that actually effects change.

Library offers Teen Game Day

The Dragonslayers, the Douglas County Public Library Teen Advisory Board, is offering Teen Game Day on Saturday. This free program will be from 4-7 p.m. for teens ages 12 to 18. Pizza and soda as well as a variety of games will be provided.

'Little Miss' pageant begins

The Little Miss Douglas County Pageant will take place Friday and Saturday at Dance Workshop Performing Arts Center, 1697 County Road, in Minden. The pageant is hosted by the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, 782-9828 and the Dance Workshop, 782-8717.

Beware of the phone scam

Several local residents have recently received telephone calls that purport to be soliciting funds for the Mono County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

Jim and Jerry Adams

Johnson Lane residents Jim and Jerry Adams are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week, how wonderful and we all congratulate you.


A Masonic memorial service will be noon Saturday at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, for John "Jack" McAvoy, 74, who died Feb. 5, 2007, in Gardnerville.

Eagles 'n Ag highlighted during reception

Artisans International Gallery and Artistic Viewpoints Gallery will be celebrating their month-long art exhibit with a wine and cheese reception for the artists in the Eagles 'n Ag art exhibit 5-7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Artisans International Gallery.

Savor the Flavor event is March 3

With less than a month before the Savor the Flavor event, Soroptimist International of Carson Valley, sponsors of the event, are finalizing the restaurants and wineries that will serve the people attending.

Senior activities planned this month

Taxes will be done at the Douglas County Senior Center every Thursday until April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments take one hour. For an appointment, call 783-6455.

Sunday, February 11

Douglas sweeps Damonte Ranch

After a too-close-for-comfort finish against Wooster the night before, the Douglas boys' basketball team wasn't about to let it happen again against Damonte Ranch Saturday night.

Saturday, February 10

Douglas sweeps Wooster

Heading into Friday night's game at Wooster without his top three scorers, Douglas boys' basketball head coach Rob Streeter was simply looking at the game as a chance to peek into the future.

Friday, February 9

R-C Sports Today

The Douglas High School boys' and girls' basketball teams head up to Wooster tonight to take on the Colts.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 9

Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a high of 37 and a chance of snow in the afternoon.

Easter services at St. Gall

Easter is right around the corner and Lenten preparations are well under way at St. Gall Catholic Church. Holy Triduum has been called the "Mother of all liturgies" and offers us the opportunity to reflect in a powerful and dramatic way on the saving events of Christ's life, death and resurrection.

Getting into fly fishing

The High Sierra Fly Casters will be holding its monthly meeting on Feb. 21. The meeting is open to interested fisherpeople. Ladies encouraged. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church at 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

Lifelong resident demonstrates watercolor painting technique

Margaret Biggs, a fourth generation native of Gardnerville, has been drawing and painting since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. Encouraged by her mother, Lois Jones, who was also an artist, and mentored by Geraldine Lawrence, she went on to earn an AA degree in Fine Arts from Cottey College in Nevada, Mo.

Roy and Janet Crago

Roy and Janet Crago of Minden celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 12 by renewing their vows in a private ceremony in front of their family.

Thursday, February 8

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 8

18 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a high of 38 and a chance of now in the afternoon.

Quilting shop opens in TRE

Step through the door of the new Quilter's Quarters in Topaz Ranch Estates and you enter a world of warmth and comfort. Alice Raymond and Sylvia Milam, a 30-year quilting veteran, are there to greet you with a welcoming smile.

Brenn Hill returns to Carson Valley Inn

On Saturday, Carson Valley residents and visitors will have their second opportunity in as many years to listen to the music of award-winning Utah singer-songwriter Brenn Hill, when the recording artist returns to Minden to appear in concert at the Carson Valley Inn. Hill's solo acoustic performance will feature material from his six-album catalog and highlight songs from his just-released CD, "What A Man's Got To Do."

Daughters of Norway 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, at the corner of Saliman and Highway 50.

Realtors award oldest member

Marjorie Springmeyer was honored on Wednesday for being the oldest member of the Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors. The award presentation took place during a lunch meeting at Genoa Lakes Golf Club.

Presentation celebrates diversified culture

Born in China, Sonia Xian Na Carlson brought an art she learned as a young child to the U.S. when she moved here in 1987. She teaches Chinese music, dance and traditions to students, which culminates in a Chinese New Year performance, presented at Minden Elementary School on Feb. 24 from 1-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7

R-C Sports Today

The Douglas High School freshman boys' and girls' basketball teams each clinched Sierra League championships Tuesday night, picking up twin victories over Reno.


Through Feb. 3 TeamPtsPvs

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 7

Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a high of 45 and a chance of now in the afternoon.

Easter Services

St. Gall Catholic Church will celebrate Ash Wednesday Feb. 21. Services will be 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m., l p.m. (Spanish) and 5 p.m. at the St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane Gardnerville. Daily Mass throughout Lent will be 8 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Every Wednesday starting Feb. 28 through March 28, Stations of the Cross/Soup & Supper.

Gallery spring reception is Sunday

The annual East Fork Gallery Spring Reception will be noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at 1503 Highway 395, in The Record-Courier Center, Gardnerville.

Gallery reception is today

The annual East Fork Gallery Spring Reception is today from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 1503 Highway 395 in The Record-Courier Center in Gardnerville.

Lodge gets new leadership

Past Grand Master of Masons in Nevada Edward M. Block installed the 2007 officers for Carson Valley Lodge No. 33 of Free and Accepted Masons. Timothy R. Johnson was installed as the lodge's worshipful master for 2007. Also installed in key leadership positions were Andy Anderson, as senior warden and Scott Hall, P.M., as junior warden.

Cattlewomen meeting is Saturday at Topaz Lodge

The Western Nevada Cattlewomen held their fall meeting Nov. 4. Officers elected were president Joy Uhart, vice president Jody Laxague, secretary Linda Turria and treasurer Rika McKinney.

Art show benefits Boys & Girls

Art! Rageous is hosting a benefit art show featuring local artists. Proceeds from the show will be donated to help the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley.

Realizing that we are a needy people

Although we live in a land of plenty, where opportunities are abundant, where dreams may come true, and where possibilities are endless, many people still find themselves in need of something they cannot find or produce for themselves.

Special gifts for Valentine's Day

Oops, only four more days before its Valentine's Day. Have you found the perfect gift for your sweetheart yet? Being kind of practical, I got out a tool catalog and found the best gift for my husband - a bench grinder to sharpen his tools. He'll really love that gift. But after 46 exciting years married to him, the romantic side of me came out with an even better gift of love this Valentine's Day - some flashy off-road motorcycle riding pants. I want to make sure that if he falls down, he'll be padded in all the right places.

Gardnerville couple makes magazine cover

Last summer when Ding Medic owners Dawn and Rick Ackerson were first contacted by Auto Reconditioning magazine for an article, Dawn thought that, at most, it would be an item.

Route to futurea crowded one

Traveling through Carson Valley isn't going to get any easier in the foreseeable future if our past is any indication.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers give Huskies a scare

After being decimated by the Reno Huskies by nearly 40 points just three weeks prior, the Douglas Lady Tigers discovered they could stay on the same floor with the No. 2-ranked team in the region and then some.

Boys' basketball: Reno slips past Douglas

With the exception of a two-minute collapse late in the first half and a two-minute collapse late in the fourth quarter, there wasn't much more the Douglas boys' basketball team could have done better Tuesday night.

Reno takes advantage of Tiger collapse in win

With the exception of a two-minute collapse late in the first half and a two-minute collapse late in the fourth quarter, there wasn't much more the Douglas boys' basketball team could have done better Tuesday night.

Tuesday, February 6

R-C Sports Notebook: Lady Tigers growing up in a hurry

It didn't go without notice that playing in a high-stakes game at home late in the year with playoff seeding, even qualifying, on the line that the Douglas High School girls' basketball team started the game with three sophomores on the floor.

R-C Sports Today

The Coleville girls' basketball team remained in first place in the Western 1A League with a 36-15 win over Sierra Lutheran at the Stewart Gym in Carson City Monday night.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 6

18 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 55.

Chili for Children features Roaddaddy

The community is invited to join together for a "Chili for Children" fundraiser on Feb. 18 to benefit the Carson Valley Children's Center. The event will be held at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event celebrates a good cause with food, fun and live music.

Comma Concerts moves to Valley

Carson City's coffee house concert series is permanently moving to Carson Valley. The first show will feature a concert by acoustic rock pioneer John Batdorf at Shady Grove Coffee Co. on Feb. 16. This show will be followed by several concerts throughout the year at various locations in Minden and Gardnerville.

Carson Valley Vibrations

Either the music scene is upping its tempo here in Carson Valley, or else clubs and bands are letting me know more what they're doing, but either way, I think it's time for a weekly column.

Second Saturday features Carson Valley gallery events

The Carson Valley Art Gallery Association continues its Second Saturday events during the month of February. The Carson Valley Art Gallery Association is a group of seven galleries in the Carson Valley - Genoa, Minden and Gardnerville -

Twain honored in free Reno banjo jam tonight

They'll be "strummin'" on the ol' banjo" in Reno, with Gardnerville's Georgette Twain joining more than 50 banjoists at Harrah's Casino Hotel in Reno tonight.

Take a bow, honor band and choir

Students in honor choir and band at Douglas and Whittell high schools and Pau-Wa-Lu, Carson Valley and Kingsbury middle schools met Monday afternoon at Dayton High School to rehearse with several other area schools for a concert at Douglas High School Thursday night.

Reservations needed for library murder mystery featuring local celebrities

"A Murder is Announced" at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden. Join other participants on Friday at 7 p.m. for the "No Murder Please, We're British," mystery party at the Minden library. Who is guilty of the crime?

Over 50, time to ride

The weatherman says it will be over 50 degrees today. It's time to ride the motorcycle. I checked my book and I haven't ridden since early November. I put the charger on the battery last night and I am ready to go. I put in a couple hours of volunteer time in at the school while I am waiting for it to make it to 50 degrees, now it's time to head up to the lake for a winter ride.

Time again for pasture golf

It's that time of year again, time for the 7th annual Jackie Giorgi Cow Pasture Golf Tournament and a chance to play the most unusual golf course in America. Tee-off begins 8 a.m. April 7 at the Baldo Giorgi "cow pasture" Country Club on Topaz Lane in the Antelope Valley.

Genoa, Italy, comes to Carson Valley

The Carson Valley Arts Council continues its concert series with a free performance by steel-string acoustic guitarist Beppe Gambetta at the CVIC Hall in Minden on Saturday.

Monday, February 5

R-C Sports Today: Douglas wrestling takes 2nd at 4A Regionals

Everyone expected it to be close and the four top teams in the region proved the crowd right Saturday as the Carson Senators held on to claim the team regional championship.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 5

20 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high of 55.

Hoops roundup: Coleville regains 1st place

The Coleville girls regained sole possession of first place in the Western 1A League over the weekend with wins over Gerlach and Pyramid Lake.

Let's let people have a chance

It's our impression that a lot of people showed up at the joint meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Douglas County Planning Commission expecting something to happen.

Schizoid Johnny: There's a reason for his name

It was standing room only at Topaz Joe's in Topaz Ranch Estates Friday as Schizoid Johnny, a "varietal virtuoso," capped his performance with comedy and surprises to entertain the crowd.

Swim center to stay open later

The Carson Valley Swim Center will be staying open one hour longer on Monday through Thursday nights.

Church building approved

At the planning commission meeting Feb. 1, the Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church building request was approved for construction of the new chapel, which will be located on the property of John and Mary Nygard, south of Marine housing. This is good news for the Catholics in Antelope Valley, who have gone too long without a church. The church will gratefully accept donations by mailing to Our Lady of the Valley Chapel, P.O. Box 200, Coleville, Calif., 96107.

Digest: AAU basketball tryouts

The Carson Valley Basketball Association will be conducting tryouts for current eighth-grade boys for its spring and summer-league teams Feb. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Douglas High School.

Updates on Douglas grads for the week ending Feb. 3, 2007

Autumn Burtt, fr., F, Lassen College: Stats not available from last week.

Wrestling: Molina, Ferris claim regional titles

Sean Molina's dream senior season continued Saturday evening as he upset top-seeded Miles Wallace out of South Tahoe to take the 189-pound title at the Northern 4A Regional Championships at Hug High School.

Saturday, February 3

Hug tops Douglas boys; Lady Tigers win third-straight

Take how well the then No. 4 Douglas boys' basketball team came out against No. 2 Hug two weeks ago in Reno and flip-flop it, and you'd have a good picture of what happened Saturday night as the Hawks came to Minden.

Douglas basketball squads sweep vs. South Tahoe

After the South Tahoe boys basketball team hit baskets on its opening three possessions Friday night, it looked as though the Vikings were going to be able to make a ballgame of it against the No. 2 Douglas Tigers at South Tahoe.

Friday, February 2

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 2

Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high of 36.

Tiger skiers race to fourth place

The Douglas High School ski team turned in a fourth-place finish Wednesday at the Sierra-At-Tahoe slalom run.

Wildcats stay on a roll

The Douglas Wildcats youth wrestling program closed out the folkstyle portion of its season competing at North Valleys and Wooster over the last two weeks.

Bedtime stories offered for children

The Douglas County Public Library presents Bedtime Stories at the Minden branch.

Card design contest winners announced

The Partnership of Community Resources announced the 2007 winners of the Holiday Card Design Contest. This contest was designed to showcase youth talent in the community and gather some great designs for holiday cards. The winning designs will be made into greeting cards which will be available for purchase this fall from the Partnership of Community Resources. Proceeds from the sale of the cards will benefit substance abuse prevention efforts in Douglas County.

Council needs volunteers

The Family Support Council of Douglas County is in desperate need of volunteers to help in the Hidden Treasurers Antique Thrift Shop. People are needed to sort the donations coming into the store daily; hang out clothing and help organize the store.

Thursday, February 1

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 31

20 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high of 37.

Hoops Roundup: Falcons split four games

The Sierra Lutheran boys' basketball team finished its most exhausting stretch of the season by winning two of four games in a five-day period.

Lady Tigers thump North Valleys

Douglas High girls' basketball coach Werner Christen was just looking for some consistency from his team.

Fishing: Longer days mean more fishing

As we approach later into our year you will notice that the sun is setting later. Before you know it, we will have enough light to get in a couple hour of fishing after work.

Wrestling regionals could go any direction

There simply isn't a clear-cut favorite to win the Northern 4A Regional team wrestling championship this weekend.

Local musician: Ricketts performs at Comma Coffee

Only 18 years old, Minden resident Miles Ricketts is a singer/songwriter who has been performing in the Carson Valley/Carson City area for years.

Pick a growth plan that works for the future

Being a county commissioner is a tough job. It requires responsibility not only to the wishes of the people, but also to their interests. Sometimes it seems the two are in conflict, but this is indicative of what happens when people are passionate about an issue, but not fully informed. Difficult decisions are placed before these five people on a regular basis and it is hard to craft win-win solutions when the issue is as divisive and momentous as the one that is now before them.