Stories for January 2007

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Wednesday, January 31

SIERRA NEVADA SPORTS MEDIA POLL

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

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 31

20 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with a high of 35. New snow: None.

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.

Basketball: Douglas pushes past North Valleys

At the pace both teams were keeping in the first half, it was a fair bet that both the North Valleys and Douglas boys' basketball teams would finished in triple figures.

In the western states, we should celebrate Marmot Day

Today is Groundhog Day, the only U.S. holiday named after an animal and a day watched by most of us with interest.

American Red Cross trailer arrives in Douglas County

As the Disaster Action Team Leader for Douglas County, I was on hand for the arrival of the American Red Cross shelter trailer on Jan. 29.

At the end of the day, it's still just a game

A little more than a half-an-hour after the Douglas boys' basketball team managed to hang on for an exciting 59-46 win over Carson last Friday night, things turned ugly on the county line.

Showing their style

Eight years ago, after a disappointing first year of the Senior Health Fair, organizer Esther Hildebrand took someone's suggestion to add an afternoon fashion show. Since then, the fashion show has been the highlight of the fair.

Sometimes growth pays

Does growth pay for itself in Douglas County? That's the question members of the Coalition for Smart Growth asked of Meridian Business Advisors and their answer was yes.

The buffalo are back

h give me a home where the buffalo roam ... and the skies are not cloudy all day." That sounds like Fish Springs all right, with lots of clear blue skies and a small herd of buffalo living alongside Fish Springs Road.

Music and Super Bowl party offered at Topaz Lodge and Casino this weekend

It's Groundhog Day and Topaz Lodge and Casino will present the music of The Mark Castro Band with music to dance to on their spacious dance floor tonight and Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the main floor lounge.

Douglas basketball teams sweep North Valleys

At the pace both teams were keeping in the first half, it was a fair bet that both the North Valleys and Douglas boys' basketball teams would finished in triple figures.

Tuesday, January 30

R-C Sports Notebook: At the end of the day, it's still just a game

A little more than a half-an-hour after the Douglas boys' basketball team managed to hang on for an exciting 59-46 win over Carson Friday night, things turned ugly on the county line.

Skiing: Cohee just misses first place

Gardnerville's United States ski team hopeful Nick Cohee continued to prove he is one of the top juniors in the nation this past week, as he was just 0.11 seconds out of first place in the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series Super Giant Slalom, held at Beaver Creek Resort in Vail, Colo.

Digest: Late Little League sign-ups scheduled

Late sign-ups for Carson Valley Little League will be conducting a late sign-up session Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Minden Elementary School.

Basketball: Douglas boys top Elko, Tiger girls fall after late rally

It took until the final quarter to finally pull away, but the Douglas boys' basketball team put together a decisive 60-40 victory in a loud gym environment at Elko Saturday evening once again without its two primary post players.

'Northern Nevada Lifestyles' offers Valentine's suggestions

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" offers suggestions on how to make your February sweet.

Monday, January 29

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 29

21 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy with mild temperatures and light winds.

Emergency notification given

The following is part of a press release received from Sgt. Dave O'Hara of the Mono County Sheriff's Department Office of Emergency Services:

Thanks for the donation

Douglas County 4-H would like to thank Muscle Manipulators for their generous contribution of $50 to the 4-H Teen Institute. Thank you for supporting our newly developed teen program.

Retiring flags accepted for ceremony

The Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 will have its annual flag retirement ceremony 10 a.m. Feb. 17.

Wrestling: Win against Reno forces three-way tie

The Douglas High School wrestling team wrapped up its regular season with a 50-22 win over Reno Friday.

Piñon Hills Math and Science Night was fun

What a kick. Lots of families showed up last week for the Piñon Hills Elementary School Family Math and Science Night.

Gerry Bing is Elks Citizen of the Year

Gerry Bing Jr.'s answer when congratulated on his distinction as Citizen of the Year was humble. He makes sure you realize it's an acknowledgement only by one group, the Elks.

Phase 1 of arts center $500,000 away

Drumming up the millions to build a future Carson Valley Performing Arts Center won't be easy, but the Carson Valley Arts Council has already brought it closer to fruition than ever before, according to council president Brian Fitzgerald.

National politicscome to Minden

In the old days, politicians used to follow the rails, going from town to town giving speeches and meeting voters.

Knights' donation goes to Lenna

On Jan. 23, Grand Knight of the Gardnerville Knights of Columbus Chuck Ripoli presented Peter Axelson of Tools for Life, a check for $1,600 raised at the Knights' Dec. 8 bingo night dedicated to Lenna Fagan. Lenna received her new prosthetic leg last November and donations over the amount needed were to go to Tools for Life and help other folks with similar needs within Carson Valley.

Photo workshop coincides with Eagles & Agriculture

Local photographer Steve Noble of Moments in Time, will be offering a photo workshop class and field trip during the Eagles & Agriculture event in Carson Valley. This two-day opportunity to learn from a international wildlife professional photographer will be offered Feb. 24-25 and cost the participants $60.

Turn Nevada Blue a success

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee wants to thank everyone who made our "Turn Nevada Blue" dinner such a huge success. Thanks to our dynamic speakers, retired Gen. Wesley Clark and presidential candidate Gov. Bill Richardson, this sold-out event was attended by over 240 people from throughout the state.

Masons award scholarships

Past Grand Master of Masons in Nevada Edward M. Block and current Grand Senior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Nevada David K.

Deadlineapproaching for Padgett scholarship

The submission deadline for Padgett Business Services Foundation Scholarship applications is quickly approaching. This program offers scholarships to dependents of small business owners. Lee Wendt, owner and operator of the local Padgett Business Services office, a financial reporting and tax consulting business, participates in the program by providing a $500 award for Douglas High School seniors.

Saturday, January 27

Douglas pulls away late against Carson

Coming out of the gates in the second half, the Douglas boys' basketball team hit two consecutive baskets to pull out to a 17-point lead against Carson in Carson City Friday night.

Friday, January 26

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 26

21 lifts, 9 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy with mild temperatures and light winds. New snow: None.

Thursday, January 25

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 25

21 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny with temperatures in the mid-40s.

Wrestling: Douglas grapplers take Wooster down

The Douglas High wrestling team sent its seniors out in style Wednesday night, dominating the Wooster Colts from the start, recording pins in the four of the first five matches and running away with a 49-9 win.

Sagehens do their good work

The Sagehens gathered for their annual Christmas party in the buffet room at Topaz Lodge and Casino in December. T

Jiminy Cricket knew what he was talking about

A disturbing trend in American society can be observed in recent generations. It is the de-emphasizing of the positive benefits of the human conscience. C

Senior center art sale coming up

On Feb. 28, there will be an art sale of oil and watercolor paintings at the Douglas County Senior Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Community artists are invited to participate in this sale. For information, call Janice Frost at 783-9626 or the senior center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

DHS 1987 reunion date set for Aug. 4

A time and place has been set for the 20-year high school reunion for Douglas High School graduates of 1987.

Senior Health Fair and fashion show is today

Today, the eighth annual Senior Health Fair will be held in the Shannon Ballroom at Carson Valley Inn from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is co-sponsored by Carson Valley Inn and other health organizations within the community. Vendors from the professional and medical fields will be there to explain and hand out brochures on the subject.

Wednesday, January 24

Women's group hopes to fight frumpiness in Carson Valley

Carson Valley residents can breathe a sigh of relief.

SIERRA NEVADA SPORTS MEDIA POLL

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R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 24

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny, light winds and cold temperatures. New snow: None.

Youth Wrestling: Wildcats underway on 2007 season

The Douglas Wildcat youth wrestling season got underway in the first week of January.

Swimming: Dolfins compete at state swim meet

The 2007 Nevada State Short Course Swimming Championships were held in Carson City in January.

TenBroeck runs into stiff competition at national tourneys

Despite losing practice time due to the weather and recovering from an illness, James TenBroeck, 12, performed well in two tournaments in Tucson, Ariz.

Elks Lodge kicks off the year with special events

Members of the Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 have wasted no time in gearing up for the new year. There are already several fun events planned over the next week or so, with the promise of many more to come in the following months.

Super Dog event set by DAWG

In the Super Bowl spirit, the Douglas Animal Welfare Group will hold its Super Dog Saturday, a pet adoption event at the Douglas County Animal Shelter, 921 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville, Feb. 3.

55 ALIVE driver safety course offered by AARP on Feb. 4

An AARP Driver Safety Course, 55 ALIVE, sponsored by Douglas County Senior Services, meets at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Pre-registration is required. Call the senior center at 783-6455 to sign up. A $10 classroom fee, payable at the beginning of class, covers the workbook and material costs. The instructor is Irvine Phillips.

Could it be a petrified dinosaur egg?

My friend Sylvia Arnett was out riding Little Guy, her horse, along the dry creek bed at the east end of Juniper Canyon when she saw what appeared to be an egg.

Thrivent elects leaders

The Douglas/Alpine Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans have elected their 2007 leadership board. The leadership board is responsible for managing and administering Thrivent Financial's Care Abounds in Communities chapter program in the Carson Valley.

Tiger skiers take 5th at Heavenly

Despite a depleted roster, the Douglas ski team still managed a fifth-place team finish at Wednesday's slalom race at Heavenly.

Open mic at Buckaroos

John Spradley of the local band, the Coppertunes, will be master of ceremonies at an impromptu open mic event at Buckaroos Saloon in Gardnerville on Sunday.

What growth cap is best?

Douglas County commissioners and planning commissioners have scheduled a joint meeting for Feb. 1 to discuss a growth element as part of the master plan.

Winter concert presented by Sinfonia

Under the sponsorship of Friends of the Carson Valley Youth Orchestra and the Carson Valley Violin School, the Carson Valley Sinfonia will present its winter concert at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School on Sunday. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public without charge.

Tuesday, January 23

R-C Sports Notebook: Hug win big in many respects

It's been hinted at all season, but until Saturday night, no one around the Northern 4A would've readily tabbed the Douglas boys' basketball team as a regional title contender.

Trial opens in bank robbery

A jury of 10 men and three women was seated Tuesday in the trial of a 27-year-old snowboarder accused of taking $4,807 at gunpoint from the Minden branch of Bank of America.

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 23

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny, light winds and cold temperatures.

Hoops roundup: Lady Wolves come back to beat Smith Valley

The Coleville girls' basketball team put together a furious fourth quarter comeback Friday night to defeat the visiting Smith Valley Bulldogs 38-34.

Wrestling: Tiger grapplers win Alhambra tournament

Last weekend, for the third time in the Lawrence Miller Memorial Wrestling Tournament's history, the Douglas High School wrestling team claimed the team title.

Flying scholarships for women available

The Reno Area Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots is awarding three flying scholarships to women. Two scholarships will be in the amount of $3,000 each. They will award two women who already have a private pilot certificate and wish to continue training towards an advanced rating or certificate. One scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is in the process of learning to fly. She must have soloed prior to making application. Scholarships may be used for power aircraft, glider or balloon.

'Little Miss' contestants sought

The Little Miss Douglas County Pageant will take place Feb.16-17 at Dance Workshop Performing Arts Center, 1697 County Road, in Minden. The pageant will be hosted by the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, 782-9828 and the Dance Workshop, 782-8717.

Volunteers needed for Kids & Horses

Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, located in Minden, provides therapeutic horseback riding to to special needs children and adults.

Volunteers needed for senior Companion program

Douglas County Senior Services is seeking volunteers for the Companion program. Douglas County Companions lend a hand to seniors, touch the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes and communities by offering companionship, assist with simple chores, provide transportation or just add richness to their client's lives.

Douglas grad thrives in the racing world

Douglas High School graduate David Boyer is a member of a nationally ranked nitro drag racing team based out of Ypsilanti, Mich.

Museum lecture features Ellison

The Carson Valley Historical Society will be hosting the second lecture on local history, Thursday night.

Another episode of 'The Edge of Redevelopment'

I had an excited phone call from my friend Bo who could hardly contain himself. Bo's a builder.

Food Closet holiday donations over the top

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet had a very joyous December. Many deserving families and individuals received holiday dinners along with monthly groceries.

Douglas picks up big win without its bigs

With standout center Keith Olson on crutches and 6-8 sixth man Joe Nady home sick, the Douglas boys' basketball team got a good look at what life would be like without its big men Monday night.

Monday, January 22

Boys' Basketball: Douglas High season statistics through Jan. 20

14-6 overall, 5-1 Sierra League, 6-0 home, 2-1 away, 6-5 neutral Points for: 1,345

Girls' Basketball: Douglas High season statistics through Jan. 20

8-13 overall, 2-4 Sierra League, 2-2 home, 2-4 away, 4-7 neutral Points for: 925

Wrestling: Douglas High season statistics through Jan. 20

13-2 overall, 4-1 Sierra League, 2-0 home, 3-2 away, 8-0 neutral Wesley Peterson 1-1

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 22

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny, moderate to strong winds and cold temperatures.

Updates on Douglas High graduates for the week ending Jan. 21, 2007

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

Amanda Woolsey Hershey graduates basic training

Clint and Effie Hershey have returned from the Chicago area, where they proudly attended granddaughter Amanda Woolsey Hershey's graduation from basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. In addition to her training division receiving top honors, Amanda was one of only four recruits to score Sharpshooter on the rifle range - the other three were young men. Good going, girl.

'Whistlestop' holds extra performance

The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center's original melodrama, "Return to Whistlestop," running this weekend, is sold out Friday and Saturday, with just a handful of tickets left for Sunday's matinee.

Water study a wash

The long-awaited U.S. Geological Survey study of water usage in Carson Valley was anti-climactic at best.

Teens get out for dancing and fun

Douglas County Parks & Recreation has thrown teen dances periodically for quite some time now. The popularity of the dances, held at Douglas County Fairgrounds, has only increased, according to recreation coordinator Keris Meyers-Dahlkamp.

Douglas graduate married in November

Eva Jones and Matthew O'Dell, both of Reno, were married at 4 p.m. Nov. 4, 2006, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.

TRIAD signs charter

The eleventh annual signing of the charter and declaration of the Douglas County Nevada TRIAD will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Douglas County Senior Center. The document will be signed by Samantha Heers, Chairman of Douglas County Nevada TRIAD; Ron Pierini, Douglas County Sheriff; Bobby Wartgow, Deputy Chief of the East Fork Fire and Paramedics Department and Warren Bottino, Douglas County Senior Services Supervisor.

'One man band' comes to Topaz Joe's

The Legendary Schizoid Johnny will perform at Topaz Joe's Bar and Grill in Topaz Ranch Estates starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 2-3 with no cover charge. Schizoid Johnny is a "one man band" singer-songwriter-performance artist all rolled into one with an eclectic mix of music styles from cover rock, country and thought-provoking originals. Keeping his musical production values alive, he has developed characters, hence the name Schizoid, that he carries out in an entertaining comedic style.

Saturday, January 20

Douglas walks over Hug in upset victory

This one didn't end up being that close either.

Voters said they wanted controls on growth

Since its passage in 2002, I've watched the Sustainable Growth Initiative move along at something approaching the viscosity of room-temperature glass Ð the world's slowest flowing substance. The movement is discernable after a century or so, when the bottom of the window pane becomes thicker than the top. But I'm beginning to think the panes of glass in my house may actually be moving faster than the enactment of this voter-approved and Nevada-Supreme-Court-affirmed initiative.

Douglas runs past South Tahoe in boys' and girls' games

This one didn't stay close for long.

Friday, January 19

Video: Comedienne breaks tension at filming of commercial

There are benefits to hiring a comedienne to be the announcer for a commercial, as the small crew of Martin Garry's discovered on Wednesday. Taking up the art gallery at 88 Cups in the Minden Village was a camera man, a crew of four, plus Kat Simmons and Garry, promoting the 77-year-old world champion powerlifter's new product, Youth Quest vitamins and minerals.

CVAA to meet

A Carson Valley Art Association meeting will take place 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Elizabeth Johnson Room of the Douglas County Public Library on County Road.

DHS 1987 reunion is in planning stages

A reunion for 1987 graduates of Douglas High School is in the works, with the date to be set sometime in August.

In 1943, times were different

Robert Tupa is a Johnson Lane resident and I got a chance to sit down with this neighbor and hear his stories from back in 1943 when he headed west from Minnesota to the employment office in Reno. They got him a job at the old Buckeye Ranch working for the Dangberg's for $2.50 a day.

'Eagles & Ag' themed show at two galleries

Artisans International Gallery in Minden and Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio in Gardnerville are presenting an "Eagles & Ag Art Exhibit" featuring local artists. Both galleries wanted to support the Eagles & Agriculture community event that has been gaining in popularity every year and felt it was important to showcase local artists to the community and to visitors outside the area.

Local singer-songwriter to perform

Bronwyn Mason, owner of Artisans International Gallery in Minden Village, is hosting a free concert featuring local singer/songwriter Duane "Beans" Sousa.

Thursday, January 18

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 18

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny, moderate to strong winds and cold temperatures. New snow: None.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas runs past Carson

A week prior, the Douglas boys basketball team was intent simply on slowing the game down against the high-octane North Valleys offense.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers stick with Carson until late fade

For the first half, everything seemed to be going the Douglas girls' basketball team's way, even to an uncanny extent.

Nerves a hindrance at speech and debate contest

The students politely shook my hand after each competition. It didn't help that you could practically see your breath in the classrooms where they held their debates, but I knew it was also nervous jitters that made their hands so cold.

Cold causes escapades with Mama Kitty

OK, enough already with the freezing temperatures. What a challenge it has been to stay warm and avoid freezing pipes. I understand a few have been unfortunate to have their pipes burst.

Bad news and good music

With the ever present attempts on behalf of some of our youth in the area to pass themselves off as old enough to "tip a few" in our local drinking establishments, kudos and congratulations need to be made to one vigilant parent, (who shall remain nameless), and also to the action taken by the owner of one bar in our area, to ensure his employees and other patrons were aware of this underage person

Arts center concert and fundraiser is next Friday

The Carson Valley Arts Council will present acoustic steel-string guitarist Peppino D'Agostino in a free concert to support the Copeland Performing Arts Center project.

Senior Health Fair for information, and, oh yes, fashion

Health and beauty are what's promoted at the Senior Health Fair each year, with information and activities for all ages. The event always proves to be as entertaining as it is informative.

Wednesday, January 17

SIERRA NEVADA SPORTS MEDIA POLL

TeamPtsPvs 1. Galena (10)1161

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 17

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny, light winds and cold temperatures.

Fishing: Ice fishing appeals to all ages

This time of year, many of us put away the gear, awaiting the warm spring months to go angling again.

Lady Tigers stick with Carson until late fade

For the first half, everything seemed to be going the Douglas girls' basketball team's way, even to an uncanny extent.

Douglas runs past Carson

A week prior, the Douglas boys basketball team was intent simply on slowing the game down against the high-octane North Valleys offense.

Talented students needed for music contest

The Minden Rotary Club is looking for talented students in middle or high school that are interested in entering the Rotary Music Contest. This annual contest has cash prices from the local club, and the winners go on to area and district level competition.

Officials to speak at Turn Nevada Blue

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee is honored to host two distinguished guests, retired General Wesley K. Clark and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, at the third annual Turn Nevada Blue dinner on Jan. 27 at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden.

The greatness of God

Psalm 19:1-3: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard."

Footprints in the snow

You think you haven't got much wildlife out in your yard, huh? Just take a look outside whenever there's snow on the ground. There were literally thousands of animal footprints in our yard during the cold, snowy days last week. It was mostly birds that left evidence of their presence but there were also plenty of bunny trails - big jack rabbits and smaller cottontail footprints were all over the place. That's where the adventure began.

Basketball roundup: Coleville boys top Excel Christian

The Coleville boys' basketball team topped Excel Christian Tuesday night with a balanced scoring attack.

Soroptimists present Savor the Flavor

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley will present its 12th annual Savor the Flavor fundraiser on March 3. This event will celebrate food, friends, wine and micro brew tasting from 6-9 p.m. at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort.

Reno concert was the best

Jan. 12, the New Oasis in Sparks held a concert featuring Unwritten Law, I Hate Kate, and Fletch.

Seniors' bingo and January birthdays

Sunday is the monthly Young at Heart Club bingo. Progressive for January is $300 on 52 numbers. The pot increases by $50 each month and one number if not won; the game continues for black-out for one half of the take.

Tuesday, January 16

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 18

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny, light winds and cold temperatures. New snow: None.

West Coast Martial Arts students test for black belts

West Coast Martial Arts sent 12 students to San Jose to test for their black belts in November.

Monday, January 15

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 15

22 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny, light winds and cold temperatures. New snow: None. Base depth (on trails w/ snowmak

Boys' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Jan. 12

11-6 overall, 2-1 Sierra League, 4-0 home, 1-1 away, 6-5 neutral

Girls' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Jan. 12

7-11 overall, 1-2 Sierra League, 1-1 home, 2-3 away, 4-7 neutral

Wrestling: Douglas season statistics through Jan. 13

13-2 overall, 4-1 Sierra League, 2-0 home, 3-2 away, 8-0 neutral

Girls' Basketball: Lady Huskies blow past Douglas

Coming off one of its best games of the year earlier in the week, the Douglas High School girls' basketball team ran into a wall against No. 2 Reno Friday night.

Basketball: Lady Wolves take possession of 1st

The Coleville Lady Wolves basketball team took over first place in the Western 1A League with two weekend victories.

Wrestling: Douglas takes 4th at Spring Creek

After winning last week's Carson Valley Lions' Club Invitational, Douglas wrestling coach Lamont McCann remarked that on any given day, one of four or five teams is capable of stepping up and winning the regional title.

Updates on Douglas grads for the week ending Jan. 13, 2007

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

I never imagined

Since my entire computer experience had been with dial-up internet connections, I had gotten used to nothing happening with any speed on my computer. It has been total culture shock for me to see what having wireless service is like. When I turn the computer on, right then it's ready to do whatever program I want.

Calling all Johnson Lane residents

We need to protect the children of Johnson Lane from methamphetamine. Did you watch the special on all the networks last week called "Crystal Darkness?" I am a mother of four children, and I don't want meth even close to where my children can be exposed. Our children are our future. Right here in Johnson Lane, in our own back yard, there was a big drug bust at 2861 East Valley Road on Jan. 10.

77-year-old powerlifter subject of infomercial

Today, a filming of an international infomercial will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 88 Cups in Minden.

Minden couple celebrates 55th wedding anniversary

Amber and Jim Kneeland of Minden will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 10, 1952, in the St. Lawrence O'Tooles Catholic Church in Oakland, Calif.

'Don't take it to the dump'

Just about everyone must have an intriguing item that was in their parents' home the whole time they were growing up that they never thought much of. But, as an adult, they look at it and ask themselves, "I wonder what it's worth?"

Carson Valley only a click of the heels away

I remember the whispers of excitement on graduation day last June. "I can finally get out of the Valley!" exclaimed the newly independent high school graduates. They talked of joining the military and going overseas; of being accepted into prestigious universities on the East Coast; of moving out of their parents' houses and into cities that offered so much more to see and do. Freedom, they said. Opportunity, adventure, culture. Things they couldn't find here.

Boys' Basketball: Tigers battle back to take the lead in fourth quarter only to see Huskies prevail

Based on this past week, the Sierra League boys basketball race should be one fun, wild ride.

Good Sam RV Club officers installed

The Sierra Nevada Sams Chapter of the Good Sam RV Club recently installed its officers for 2007. They are, left to right, President June Dutton, Vice President Mel Swingrover, Secretary June Bachman, Treasurer Peggy O'Hearn and Wagonmaster Bob Voss.

Sunday, January 14

Friday, January 12

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 12

21 lifts, 8 terrain parks open.

Tiger skiers take 4th overall

The Douglas High School ski team came in a solid third as a team Wednesday at Heavenly and the Tiger girls fell just short of a second-place finish, settling for fourth behind Truckee, South Tahoe and North Tahoe.

Two Nevada Arts Council grants received in Valley

The Nevada Arts Council approved 21 grant awards totaling $13,129 in support of statewide arts and cultural activities in fiscal year 2007.

Senior Health Fair offers services, fashion and more

The Douglas County Senior Center will present the eighth annual Senior Health Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Shannon Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395 in Minden.

Health education event offered at Carson Valley Medical Center

In preparation for American Heart Month, Carson Valley Medical Center is offering a free presentation on Nutrition and the Healthy Heart at 11 a.m. on Jan. 27. Presenter Renie Tharp is a registered dietitian who specializes in lipid management. A healthy lunch will be served following the presentation.

Knights of Columbus bring back old Gardnerville tradition

The 4th Degree Sierra Assembly of the Knights of Columbus is planning a cioppino dinner on Feb. 17 at the St. Gall Pastoral Center.

Douglas Republican women to meet

Members of Douglas County Republican Women will meet Feb. 7 at Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395, Minden.

Funk, Schneider engagement announced

Tina Marie Funk and Dyson Schneider, both of Ducor, Calif., announce plans to be married March 17, 2007.

Assistance is needed

The Family Support Council of Douglas County would like to thank all the individuals, families and businesses who helped with this year's first Christmas Story Book to assist local families with basic needs through the holidays

Thursday, January 11

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 11

21 lifts, 8 terrain parks open. Forecast: Cloudy, moderate to strong winds and light snow.

I'm a grandma

When I took over the position of doing "Sweetwater Notes" I had made a promise to myself and all of you that read my column

BasketballRoundup: Coleville tops 2A Whittell

The Coleville boys' basketball team picked up after an even first half to take a 53-35 win over 2A Whittell Tuesday night.

Watercolor classes taught by award-winning artist start next month

Spring watercolor class registration opens as award-winning artist, Reiko Hervin, offers drawing and watercolor classes from February to May (seven classes in all) at the Nevada Cooperative Extension of Douglas County in Gardnerville.

Wanted: Loving homes for mature dogs and cats

As you walk past their kennels you are met with soulful, patient eyes waiting for someone to adopt them. Ever hopeful, they wait patiently for someone to give them a home. While it is hard to imagine how anyone could lose or abandon these wonderful pets, they are awaiting adoption at the shelter. Once faithful to previous owners, they are now alone.

Douglas High gym gets a facelift

When the Douglas varsity basketball teams return home for a Jan. 19 matchup against South Tahoe, spectators will see a much different gym than they did during the squads' last home game nearly a month prior.

Wednesday, January 10

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R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 10

Forecast: Partly cloudy, moderate to strong winds later in the day. Temperatures between 23 and 33 degrees

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers net first league win

The Douglas girls' basketball team trailed twice in the third quarter to a tough North Valleys squad but came back to pick up their first Sierra League win of the season, a 43-37 triumph in North Reno Tuesday night.

Douglas hockey sweeps Fallon

The Douglas inline hockey club picked up two easy wins over Fallon at Pony Express Pavilion in Mills Park, Carson City last weekend.

Reading program at Meneley seeks volunteers

Looking to contribute something meaningful during this new year? Do you have a little time to spare during the week? Are you interested in positively affecting the lives of children by giving them the gift of literacy? If so, a new program over at Meneley Elementary School may be just the thing for you.

Happenings at the public library

A murder is announced at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden's winter reading program for adults. It starts Jan. 20 and continues through March 2. Sign up for the program at the Minden or Lake Tahoe branch of the Douglas County Public Library starting Jan. 16.

Call for art with Eagles, Ag theme

Artists in all media are invited to participate in a juried exhibit and sale at Artisans International Gallery, Minden and Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio, Gardnerville during the month of February.

Knights of Columbus bring back old Gardnerville tradition

The 4th Degree Sierra Assembly of the Knights of Columbus is planning a cioppino dinner on Feb. 17 at the St. Gall Pastoral Center.

'Soup's on!' at the senior center

Come Tuesday late morning the buzz at the Douglas County Senior Center will be "soup's on!"

Concert promotes visual arts center

The Carson Valley Arts Council presents a concert by acoustic steel-string guitarist Peppino D'Agostino on Jan. 26 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Wine and appetizers are served at 6 p.m., the concert begins at 7 p.m., with dessert at 8:30 p.m. Come and hear the latest information about the proposed Copeland Performing Arts Center.

Why God loves you

If I were to tell you that "God loves you," you might say, "I know, I saw that on a bumper sticker." The question might be better stated ... "Do you believe that God loves you?"

Go away big winds

It was last Thursday, Jan. 4, when the big wind started to blow at our house here in Fish Springs. At 4:45 p.m. the snowstorm began to howl while blowing the heavy snow sideways. It was exciting to watch through the living room windows but it reminded me of a similar snowstorm that caused us big problems.

Event benefits children's center

Chili for Children, a family dinner event held last year to benefit the Carson Valley Children's Center, is returning next month.

Cowboy dream: 'Blackjack Bottom'

Paula Nelson is one of those people who appears to have lived her dream.

Douglas boys topple North Valleys

Coming off a week-long layoff and heading in against one of the fastest offenses in the North, the Douglas boys' basketball team wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Tuesday, January 9

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 9

21 lifts, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny skies, light winds with temperatures in the mid-40s.

One last call for CASA volunteers

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

CVRCC Thank-you

Carson Valley Residential Care Center is an assisted living community located in the Gardnerville Ranchos. We are licensed for 92 seniors and many have no family or loved ones in the area. It can feel quite isolated and lonesome, thank heavens for kind strangers who come and befriend our residents.

Monday, January 8

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 8

21 lifts, 4 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny skies, light winds with temperatures in the mid-40s.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas season stats through Jan. 6

Record: 10-5 overall, 1-0 Sierra League, 4-0 home, 0-0 away, 6-5 neutral

Girls' basketball: Douglas season statistics through Jan. 6

Record: 6-10 overall, 0-1 Sierra League, 1-1 home, 1-2 away, 4-7 neutral

Wrestling: Douglas season statistics through Jan. 6

Record: 12-2 overall, 3-1 Sierra League, 2-0 home, 2-2 away, 8-0 neutral

1A Basketball: Lady Wolves top Virginia City

The Coleville girls' basketball team opened league play with a 51-37 home win over the Virginia City Muckers.

Wrestling: Douglas claims home tournament title

Pitted against two of the top teams in the North, Fallon and Carson, Douglas expected Saturday's Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational to be a suitable preview of the upcoming Northern 4A Regional Championships.

JV/Frosh Roundup: Douglas boys run past Galena

The Douglas boys' freshman basketball team is making its lone loss of the year look more and more like an anomaly.

Baseball: Estes re-signs with Padres

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 1991 Douglas High graduate Shawn Estes accepted a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres Friday.

Digest: Adult soccer sign-ups being accepted

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for adult men's & women's soccer leagues.

Happy Days Dance Party presented Saturday at CVIC

The Carson Valley Sertoma will present a Happy Days Dance Party 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The music and show will be provided by Time Warp, with a performance by the Douglas High Dance Line. Elvis will be in the building. Hotdogs, root beer floats, beer and wine will be available.

What changes when you turn 18?

A few weeks ago I turned 18. That's right, I entered into adulthood on Jan. 9, and you know what? I don't feel any different.

Updates on Douglas Grads for the week ending Jan. 6, 2007

Autumn Burtt, fr., F, Lassen College: Burtt was a part of community college history last month when she and Leeja James started for Lassen in a Dec. 28 game against Mendocino College. It was the first time in California community college basketball history that five Native American players started for one team. Lassen won the game 77-52. Lassen is 16-5 on the year and is currently ranked 10th in the state.

Skiing: Tigers open season in 3rd

Despite having not skied on an actual gated course and despite heavy snow, the Douglas ski team battled through the adversity and opened the season with a third place finish last week at Alpine Meadows.

Saturday, January 6

Resolving to use exact change for the new year

Last year I made a New Year's resolution to use exact change while out shopping. It was easier than trying to lose weight or being kind and understanding to all humanity. Every time I had to come up with 39 or 17 cents I dug around in my purse until I counted out every dime, nickel or penny needed. Each time I did it I realized I was taking a little more time than necessary to pay for my purchases, but I was also reminding myself of something.

Friday, January 5

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 5

20 lifts, 2 terrain parks open. Forecast: Extremely cold with clear skies and a high of 12 degrees.

Obituaries

James L. Breeden, 72, a 32-year resident of Gardnerville, died at his home Dec. 22, 2006.

Thursday, January 4

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 4

14 lifts, 2 terrain parks open. Forecast: Heavy snow with temperatures around 29 degrees.

31st Lions Invitational this weekend

Anyone looking for a preview of the Northern 4A Regional wrestling tournament in February might as well drop by the Douglas High School gym Saturday for the 31st annual Lions Invitational wrestling tournament.

CVMS basketball team tied for first

The Carson Valley Middle School boys' basketball team remained tied in first in the Tah-Neva Conference through early December, improving to 11-1 on the year.

Fishing: Topaz opens season with large turnout

Hello fellow anglers, welcome to the new year.

Girls' basketball: Lady Tigers go 2-3 at Centennial Tournament in Las Vegas

After picking up a win over Canyon Springs in the first round of the Centennial Bulldog Classic in Las Vegas last week, the Douglas girls' basketball team played some tight games against some of the state's best teams in the final four games of the tournament.

Time to 'pass the (Christmas) torch'

How many of you had family and-or friends come to visit over the holiday season? We had a full house with all three of our children as well as our 4-year-old grandson, Anthony, along with my husband's 83-year-old mother and her 66-year-old sister. I had forgotten just how much energy one 40-pound child can generate. Now I know why naps were invented - a definite two fold purpose: Rejuvenation for the adults as well as for the child.

Womens' 20-30 club hosts guest bartending night at Buckaroos

Drink specials and karaoke will be included in the evening on Jan. 25, when the women of Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club host a "recruitment/guest bartending night" at Buckaroos Saloon, 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

Loss of a character

On Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, cowboy poet and life-long character Ernie Fanning died at the age of 71. Fish Springs now suffers yet another loss of our great story-tellers as it's only been a month since Don Hale died on Thanksgiving Day.

Artistic Viewpoints owner featured this month

For the last year and a half, Carson Valley artist, Teri Sweeney, along with her husband Bill, have devoted their time to the promotion of art and artists in the Valley in their gallery, Artistic Viewpoints in Gardnerville. During this time, Teri has worked hard to promote everyone's work other than her own. But, Sweeney comes with a long list of credits and her watercolor work is award winning. She will be the featured artist for the month of January at their gallery.

Scratch art demonstrated at East Fork

Award-winning artist and the newest member of the East Fork Gallery, Margie Leslie is going to do a scratch art demonstration on Feb.10. The demonstration will be from 1-3 p.m. She will show tools and techniques for this fun project using ink and white clay board.

All aboard!

Amidst lines like "I'm so alone and helpless," and "Curses, foiled again," heroes, ladies in distress and a villain will once again grace the stage at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center for a sequel to the 2005 production of "Whistlestop."

Nominations sought for women's history project

"Douglas County Women: Beauty, Brains and Brawn" is the theme chosen for the Douglas County Historical Society's eighth annual Women's History Remembering Project.

Genoa Antiques Show and Sale is this weekend

The 13th annual Genoa Antiques Show and Sale will be in the historic Genoa Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Wednesday, January 3

SIERRA NEVADA SPORTS MEDIA POLL

TeamPtsPvs 1. Galena (7)1051 2. Hug (2)922

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 3

19 lifts, 2 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly cloudy with moderate to high winds and a high of 44.

Airport weight limit questions

We understand the motivation behind allowing large aircraft to land at Minden-Tahoe Airport with prior permission. Finding out how many overweight aircraft even want to land at the airport during the course of a year seems like a valid scientific pursuit.

Farewell, dear Herald, you will be missed

I fear that Volume 5, Issue 5 will be the last copy of the Saratoga Springs Herald I'll hold in my hands for a while.

Tuesday, January 2

R-C Sports Notebook: Midseason reports

With half of the season already in the books, it would appear that the big three winter sports at Douglas are well-prepared for the thick of league action.

R-C Ski Forecast for Jan. 2

19 lifts, 2 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with light winds and a high of 45 degrees.

The wind won

The winds on the day after Christmas caused their share of trouble for many of us. I know of two families who had trampolines for their kids. One family's was blown up into a tree, and sometime later blew back down.

The Christmas gift

Editor's note: Betty Lee, 90, is a resident of Carson Valley Residential Care Center. Although this memory was received too late to run along with all the other stories of this Christmas season, it is still a good read for two reasons:

Noel dinner warms hearts

The eighth annual Noel Christmas Dinner for those without family was the largest group ever, with 76 people eating dinner. Many of these people volunteer their time and talents, too, according to dinner organizer Rita Hill.

Casino employee remembers her grandparents; organizes gift delivery

The final deliveries will be made today and Thursday for recipients of Meals on Wheels who will receive New Year's gifts along with their regular meals.

Scheidt, Williams to be wed

Lisa and Vinnie Scheidt of Gardnerville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Toni Scheidt to Justin Williams with the wedding to take place at David Walley's Resort Hot Springs and Spa in Genoa, Jan. 27. Justin Williams is the son of Brad Williams and Lisa Hall of Gardnerville.

Genealogy society meets on Thursday

Thursday's Carson Valley Genealogy Society program will be presented by Janice Frost, member of both the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames 17th Century. She will show slides of the unusual artifacts and antiques on display at the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C.

Smarter than theaverage human

It has been the position of The Record-Courier in the past that people are smarter than bears, but we're beginning to wonder if that's really true.