Stories for July 2007


Tuesday, July 31

R-C Sports Notebook: Tiger grads get some revenge

Sure the stakes were entirely different and they were playing under a different banner, but for the core of Douglas High baseball players who were on the field against the Galena Spartans Sunday afternoon, victory had to taste pretty sweet.

Sports Today: 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.

Antique Tractor show coming to north Valley

The 12th annual Antique Tractor Show will be held Saturday and Aug. 18 and 19 at Stephanie Way and Heybourne Road north of Minden

Relay for Life events at Lampe Park on Saturday

Cancer survivors are invited to a celebration of life at Relay for Life of Douglas County will begin 4 p.m. Saturday in Lampe Park with the opening ceremony and the survivors' victory lap. After this lap, the relay begins for family, friends and supporters.

Lifestyles spotlights golf tournament in August

Interviews with celebrities from the American Century Championship at South Lake Tahoe's Edgewood Golf Course will be broadcast on the "Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" program through August.

Trinity Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Eric Borchers will be ordained as Pastor of Family Life and Youth in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod at Trinity Lutheran Church on Aug. 5.

President to Gardnerville native 'nice hat'

Our assemblyman, James Settelmeyer met President Bush during the American Legislative Exchange Council's 34th annual meeting, which was held July 25-29 in downtown Philadelphia.

Rummage sale

St. Gall Catholic Church's annual rummage sale is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Among the items donated this year include a boat and trailer. Boy Scouts Troop 411 will be serving coffee and donuts as well as hot dogs and hamburgers.

Mom and daughter catch a big one

We spent a morning down at Topaz Lake last week trolling in the boat. We were going a little faster than normal and had only been out about 15 minutes when Jenee asked if she could hold onto my pole. I said, "Sure," and handed it to her. It wasn't 30 seconds later and she said, "Mom, I've got a fish."

Monday, July 30

Douglas High runner takes 2nd at San Francisco Marathon half-marathon race

Douglas High School senior-to-be Whitney Lindsey traveled to the Bay area over the weekend for what was to be her first serious half-marathon.

Sierra Sierra Enterprises captures ChampCar Atlantic title

Even with one race remaining in the Champ Car Atlantic series, Minden-based open wheel racing team Sierra Sierra Enterprises is already celebrating the championship.

Minden residents Jones, Buyten prepare for X Games

Minden residents Matt Buyten and Adam Jones have been invited to compete in the Moto X competitions at X Games 13, which starts Thursday in Los Angeles.

Sports Today: Tiger-led Sundevils stay alive against Galena

Welcome to the Joe DiMaggio World Series, where reality almost ceases to exist and the impossible is never out of the question.

Horses, paper, recycled art in gallery event

Art featuring Nevada's wild horses, paper making demonstrations and exhibitions of art created from recycled materials are offered during Carson Valley Art Gallery Association's Second Saturday event on Aug. 11.

June donations fill food closet shelves

The Carson Valley Food Closet wishes to thank all those who donated during the month of June. It was a busy month for the food closet. The annual Wacky Wiver Race was held and generated lots of fun and funds.

Relay team ready

Local Relay for Life team is ready


A celebration of life will be held in Carson Valley area this fall for Doris Bliss, 82, of Peachtree City, Ga., who died July 13, 2007. Mrs. Bliss moved to Nevada in 1954. A longtime resident of the state of Nevada, she lived in Las Vegas, Reno, and Minden.

Douglas grad goes to Sweden in youth exchange program

Patty Salazar, a 2007 Douglas High School graduate, left July 31 to spend a year in Sweden to live and study as part of the Minden Rotary's Youth Exchange program.

Nosenzo, Robertson to be married Sept. 8

Joe and Tara Nosenzo of Minden, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Alise Marie Nosenzo of Minden to Adam Corey Robertson, son of Jerry and Renee Robertson of Chester, Calif.

State treasurer speaks at Sertoma meeting

Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall was guest speaker at the Carson Valley Sertoma's breakfast meeting July 27. To make her point about the importance of the state's unclaimed property checklist, she handed out surprise notices to several Sertomans, informing them how much money the state owes them.

Giant sale at Hidden Treasures

There will be sales on school gear, raffle drawings, Indian tacos, music and pony rides at the third annual Giant Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Hidden Treasures Antique Thrift Shop, 1224 Pep Circle, Gardnerville. All proceeds benefit the Family Support Council's domestic violence programs and the women/children's shelter.

Sunday, July 29

Friday, July 27

The bard, Smokey's birthday celebration at Douglas County Public Library this week

The Nevada Shakespeare Company presents a play for teens based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" during the YNK, or You Never Know, summer reading program 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Douglas County Public Library.

Of interesting bird and animal behavior

Last week our big cat Clyde brought a cute little killdeer bird over to our deck and dropped it in front of my husband. The bird appeared stunned as it lay down and fluttered a bit. The cat sometimes brings us "presents" but we don't want him to kill the little birds. Mice and skunks are in a different category.

Thursday, July 26


"Sylvia" tells the story of how pets can make a difference in our lives and the importance of second chances.

Topaz Relay for Life team practices

A rainbow, in a full arch, appeared over the Antelope Valley, stretching from the Sweetwater Range to the Pine Nuts, last Tuesday night.

Film and art festival at MontBleu

The second annual Blacklist Film and Art Festival, an event showcasing the talents of artists and filmmakers, is Aug. 19 at the MontBleu Casino. Doors to the theater open at 3 p.m. for the art showcase, films will be screened promptly at 5:30 p.m.

The rest of the story for a restless world

"The Rest of the Story," Paul Harvey's commentary on some obscure fact brings new light to some well-known event in history. This is not the case here.

Digest: Douglas High soccer camp upcoming

The Douglas High School soccer program will host field and goalkeeper training Aug. 6 through 9 for boys and girls ages 6-12.

Digest: Kugler, Glocknitzer strong at national rodeo

Alyce Kugler and Jonathon Glocknitzer have put themselves in position to qualify for the championship round at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Springfield, Ill., after their first go-rounds.

Cycling: Carson Valley Classic rolls into town

Several hundred of the top cyclists in the area will descend on the Valley this weekend for the two-day Northern California/Northern Nevada Masters District Championships at the annual Carson Valley Classic cycling races.

Offseason workouts scheduled for Douglas High fall sports

Voluntary offseason conditioning sessions and workouts for fall sports at Douglas High School will be conducted throughout the summer.

Wednesday, July 25

Web site good source for Douglas County history

Ever been curious about how many Web sites there are out there in cyberspace? The NetCraft site reports that in February 2007 there were 108,810,358 sites. By now that number may have doubled, or even tripled. So, with all those to choose from, how can you narrow it down to one really great site that will tell you just about everything you need to know about Douglas County History? Just to go to Everything you need is right there.

'Curse of the Hanging Tree' returns to Genoa

Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for the Douglas County Historical Society's production of the "Curse of the Hanging Tree," which returns Sept. 7 and 8.

Study exchange offered through Rotary Club

Minden Rotary is looking for young business and professional men and women who are interested in a cultural and learning experience through Group Study Exchange. Next year's Group Study Exchange is to Brazil from April 7 to May 7, 2008. Application deadline is July 31, 2007.


A memorial service was Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church for Jose Casanovas Garcia, 81, who died July 23, 2007 at his home in Gardnerville.

Painting, drawing classes set for fall

Fall watercolor class registration opens as award-winning artist, Reiko Hervin, offers six drawing and watercolor classes from September to December at the University of Nevada, Reno, Cooperative Extension in Gardnerville.

Parenting classes offered at Family Support Council

The Family Support Council offers classes in parenting and support for families with infants to teens with information on breast-feeding, There are support groups for grandparents raising children and victims of domestic violence.

Tuesday, July 24

R-C Sports Notebook: Will there be more foggy football?

There are still two and a half weeks until the first official day of football practice at Douglas High School, but the memory of that fateful playoff game against McQueen High School last November undoubtedly remains fresh on the minds of the returning players.

Jump right into the pond tour

Ted and Mary Ann Voyles wanted to hear the sound of trickling water from a small pond in their backyard. The Voyles consulted a landscape specialist and their idea of a small pond became part of a bigger project.

Celebration of Art event in Genoa this weekend

A Celebration of Art is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Genoa Park on Nixon Street across from the Genoa Community Church.

Pastor celebrates 50 years in the ministry

Even before the Rev. Russell Howen became a pastor he liked to pretend he was one.

Valley youth faring well on tennis circuit

James TenBroeck, 13, has been tearing up the NorCal tennis circuit, winning three of his last four tournaments in the 14 division.

Hitting the Sierra high country

Lana is a striking blonde who glides through life with the ease and sophistication of someone born in Connecticut. She's our new neighbor and we're itching to show her some of our favorite spots hereabouts.

Valley Floor Fashions closed after loss of owner

Margaret Long came by the office last week to thank Valley residents and the customers of Valley Floor Fashions. She is closing the business after trying to sell it over the past five months since her husband, Roger, died.

Local club enjoys some of the finer things of life

The Carson Valley chapter of WINOS (Wine Investigations for Novices and Oenophiles) is a group of about 100 people who all share a fondness for their beloved beverage.

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.

World line class record broken at Lahontan

Well, whoever said there wasn't a pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow has never met Dan Hannum.

Banana Sluggers strike again

The White Lightning Wiffleball Tournament at Stodick Park last weekend produced the same champion that it has in each of its first two runs, but the rest of the field continued to get more competitive.

Monday, July 23

Pine Nut cleanup a success

People ranging from children as young as 7 to seniors showed up a week and a half ago on Saturday morning to help clean up our Pine Nut Mountains. The group included a couple who came from Jackson, Calif., who love to come here once a month to ride their quads.

One barrier that we welcome

Three years ago, Nicole Snyder was killed on Highway 395 near Genoa Lane when a driver in the opposite lanes lost control of her car and was launched into the air by the median.

Sword seminar offered

Northwest Martial Arts hosts a Kenjutsu seminar featuring Sensei Ron Taniguchi from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11.

Call this a downturn?

There is some concern that the cycle of boom and bust Nevada has experienced for most of its history may have once more eased over into bust.


A celebration of life will take place 1 p.m. Saturday at 119962 Highway 395, Topaz Lake Mobile Home Park, for Charles William Davenhill, 60, who died in Gardnerville July 16, 2007.

Trout planted in West Walker River

The How Big Is Big fishing derby will run another week, until July 31. The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce handled the planting of a lot of great fish.

Friday, July 20

How the county made growth profits disappear

Bo the Builder and I met in a Minden coffee emporium to continue our conversation about where the largesse from 10 years of rapid growth have disappeared to.

Slick Racing moves into top spot

Slick Racing, a drag boat race team based at Lake Tahoe, moved into the No. 1 points position in the International Hot Boat Association's Division 1 Top Eliminator class last weekend.


A celebration of life will be Aug. 4 in Portland, Ore., for Patrick E. Ossenkop, 60, who died July 15, 2007, in Minden.

Artists return to Valhalla

The Valhalla Grand Hall is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6-8 for a display of oil landscapes by Nancy Clarke and watercolor landscapes by Dee Manning. Both have shown their art in the grand hall the last two summers, after many years in the Pope Twin Cabins.

Patrick E. Ossenkop

A celebration of life will be Aug. 4 in Portland, Ore., for Patrick E. Ossenkop, 60, who died July 15, 2007, in Minden.

Thursday, July 19

Sports Today: Tentative fall sports schedules released

Note: Douglas girls' soccer has not yet released a schedule.

Landscape show at Brewery Arts

The Nevada Artists Association is pleased to announce its second annual "Landscape Show" now on exhibit through Aug. 24 at the Brewery Arts Center Gallery in Carson City.


A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for Carl Frederick Hipsley, 85, who died July 18, 2007 at his Gardnerville home.

Valley artist Mechele Johnson has August show

Watercolor artist Mechele Johnson will be showing her work in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center book store during the month of August. There will be a reception for the artist from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 for her show.

Karaoke benefits Relay for Life

Calling all singers! Relay For Life will be hosting an on-site fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Lampe Park.

For a sister who gave so much of herself

To my sister: Again, I must apologize for using this column for something shamefully personal to me, but in knowing what I am about to write, maybe I can say something that will be a little personal to a lot of us in Topaz and, anywhere else for that matter.

Digest: Club soccer tryouts wrap up Saturday

Elements soccer tryouts scheduled

Carson Valley aims for fall Little League

Last year, Warren Bottino hoped to find a place for his son to play some extra baseball during the fall in order to prepare for the move up to live-arm pitching.

Counting down to kickoff: Reed, Manogue head Douglas football schedule

The tentative fall sports schedules at Douglas High School have been released, and the defending Sierra League champion Tiger football team will be the first to get in action with a Aug. 24 matchup against defending High Desert League champion Reed at the recently-completed Keith Duke Roman Field at the Big George Ventures Sports Complex in Minden.

Wednesday, July 18

Travel trials and tribulations

Tomorrow is the annual barbecue hosted by our volunteer fire department which has been commonly referred to as a backyard or neighborhood block party.

Show benefits wild horses

The Eastern Sierra Professional Artists, a group of Carson Valley artists, have dedicated much of their time this year working on art portraying the wild mustangs of Northern Nevada.

Oregon Trail floozies are discovered in Jackson Hole

If you've ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyo., you must have seen the very unique elk antler arches that surround the town square. When we were vacationing there in 1988 a Japanese man asked my husband if he could take his wife's picture alongside Norbert because he was wearing a cowboy hat and boots and they wanted a picture of "a real American cowboy." We laughed a lot about that.

East Fork Gallery reception Sunday

The East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville celebrates its 28th anniversary, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Featured artists are Helen Martin and Kas Monson.

Art from recycled materialsdisplayed

Artisans International Gallery presents an exhibit of work by the California Fiber Artists beginning Aug. 4. The exhibit and sale's theme is Deconstruction/Reconstruction - Art from Recycled Materials. An artist reception where visitors will have a chance to meet many of the artists whose work is featured in the exhibit is 2 - 5 p.m. Aug. 11.


A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City for Johnny Paxton Jr., 53, who died July 18, 2007, in Carson City.

Boys & Girls Club a good first step

The three-year promise of a Carson Valley Boys & Girls Club was kept on Monday morning when a chapter opened at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.

Tuesday, July 17

R-C Sports Notebook: Giving umpires the ability to heckle

I'm serious, what if we gave baseball umpires the privilege to answer back to the heckles, hollers, taunts, threats and jeers they receive during the course of a game?

'Don't take it to the dump'

This is Jo Rafferty's story from Jan. 17 about getting a family heirloom appraised at the Genoa Antique

'Pioneer Lady' at museum during First Saturday

Here we are, almost at the end of July. The summer that took so long getting here is now practically over. But that doesn't mean the summer's events are over - not by a long shot.

Lindsey lands spot on national triathlon team

In mid-June, Douglas High graduate Andrea Lindsey traveled to Sacramento to compete in the Tri-4-Fun sprint triathlon - a jaunt that covered just over half a mile in the water, 16 miles on a bike and 3.3 miles on foot.

Program gives Douglas students a fighting chance

The Fighting Chance abduction prevention program was presented to fifth- and sixth- graders in Meneley, Scarselli, Jacks Valley, Minden, Gardnerville, Piñon Hills and Zephyr Cove elementary schools and Kingsbury Middle School during the 2006-07 school year.

Valley has strong showing at motocross series kickoff

When the Big Valley Honda Triple Crown Night Motocross series made its debut at the Douglas County Fairgrounds last year, it made a huge splash in the area.

Headwinds, heat make for grueling Death Ride

Crazy. Insane. Demented. Nuts.

Digest: Club soccer tryouts ongoing this week

The Carson Valley Elements United U12 girls' soccer team will hold open tryouts for the fall 2007 season Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stodick Park.

Comstock Cowboys draw record crowd in park concert

The free Concert in the Park, sponsored by Douglas County Parks & Recreation and various Carson Valley businesses, drew a record crowd last Friday night as the Comstock Cowboys took to the gazebo stage in Minden Park.

Monday, July 16

Brooke Eddy is 2007Miss Nevada Princess

Brooke Eddy, daughter of Brent and April Eddy of Minden, was crowned Miss Nevada Princess at the Palace Station in Las Vegas on June 16.

County subsidizing business in north county

Comments in the July 13 Record-Courier indicate Max Baer is unhappy your newspaper hasn't printed enough of the cacophony of gushing praise he or someone orchestrated in the Nevada Appeal as well as The Record-Courier. I have a question for Max:

Two weeks left for How Big is Big fishing derby

This Saturday, starting 10 a.m. at Coleville High School, the Antelope Valley Relay for Life team is having a fundraising car wash. The proceeds will go to the fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society. Cost will be $5 for cars and $10 for trucks. What a bargain! Please support their efforts in this fight against the big killer.

Approve all or nothing

It doesn't seem to us that there was much point in approving Max Baer's Beverly Hillbillies Resort and Mansion without the oil derrick.

Candy makers needed

The Town of Genoa is seeking volunteers to help make 4,000 pounds of Genoa's famous homemade candy for the 87th Annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire on Sept. 29 and 30. Candy making begins Aug. 6 and 7, with a fudge-making workshop presented by Genoa candy-maker, Marian Vassar.

Kloepfer, Studley married June 10

Jenny M. Studley and Kevin E. Kloepfer exchanged wedding vows June 10 at Round Hill Pines on the beach in Zephyr Cove. The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. David Beronio and witnessed by 80 family members and friends.

Genoa introduces letterboxing

The Greater Genoa Business Association placed four letterboxes in the Town of Genoa to introduce adults and children to letterboxing, an activity that will help them discover and enjoy the historic town and its businesses. Letterboxing combines treasure hunting, navigation, exploring and visiting new places.


A private family service will take place at a later date for Eleanor B. Cryderman, 89, who died July 4, 2007, in Carson City.

Sunday, July 15

Saturday, July 14

Friday, July 13

Whitewater rafting in Idaho on the Snake River

It was the second warm day of the start of the summer season when we arrived at the KOA Campground south of Jackson Hole, Wyo. We spent the afternoon in the shade of the big trees lining the edge of the river. Jenee caught two small garden snakes and was letting them climb up and down her arms. Snakes on the Snake River, is this a coincidence?

Carson Valley shut out of tourney

After coming within just several outs of advancing to the district championship game last year, the Carson Valley 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars had high hopes heading into this year's tournament.

Thursday, July 12

Things change but God is always the same

In a society and culture that is always changing, it's good to know that God is always the same. Society's values are always changing, culture evolves in what is acceptable, and fashionable. But the Bible declares that God is always the same.

Old Fallen Leaf Lake cabin was a world away

"Would you like to spend three days at our cabin? Tom and I will be there for one night and then you and Orllyene (my wife) can be on your own."


A private family service will take place for Helen Louise Giannotta, 83, who died July 6, 2007, in Carson City. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

People editor leaves for Coos Bay newspaper

I am sad to say that I am leaving Carson Valley, although most of you may know this already.

Katie Pagen and Mike Hackler wed

Katie Pagen and Mike Hackler, both of Gardnerville, were married May 19, 2007, in a garden wedding at the Orchard House in Genoa. Bishop Robert Hook officiated the ceremony.


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Garbage will be bearproof eventually

Douglas County commissioners decided last week to propose being the first in Nevada to expand a bear-proof trash can ordinance outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Wiffleball tournament set for third go

After two consecutive years of nine-team tournaments, the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department's White Lightning Wiffleball Tournament is hoping to expand.

Offseason workouts scheduled for Douglas

Voluntary offseason conditioning sessions and workouts for fall sports at Douglas High School will be conducted throughout the summer.

Douglas High sports complex nears completion

Think of it as a marathon runner taking those final grueling steps toward the tape.

Wednesday, July 11

Sports Today: Carson Valley 11-12-year-old suffer two losses

laying in the toughest bracket in the Nevada District I Little League All-Star Tournament, it was a given that the Carson Valley 11-12 All-Stars would run into a couple of big challenges.

Princess now a prince?

Her name was Princess, but now she's called Prince. Some relatives from Washington were having coffee out on our deck one beautiful morning recently. Everything was peaceful until suddenly a large gray and black bird flew right into our circle of people and then it laid down on the floor and started to shiver. I recognized Princess as the turkey next door but she had changed since I last saw her.

Robinson/Lunn engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Andres Aguilar are proud to announce the July 4 engagement of their granddaughter, Cierra Dawn Robinson to Neil Ira Lunn.

7-11 ENG Sella/Sipko

Aldo and Lisa Sella of Gardnerville announced the engagement of their daughter Kaitlin Ancilla Sella of Gardnerville to Ryan Walker Sipko also of Gardnerville. The wedding is set for Aug. 26, at Heritage Park in Gardnerville.

Rodeo photo tops in monthly competition

A photograph of cowboys roping a calf at the Bridgeport, Calif., rodeo took top honors at the July meeting of the Carson Valley Photo Club.

Local talent stars in 'Sylvia'

Local talent Elizabeth Brissenden has the lead role in the play "Sylvia" at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Sylvia is a dog rescued from Central Park by a sympathetic man and he gladly brings the dog home to his wife. The once-happy New York couple react to the new addition with mixed emotions creating a love triangle. The dog, a street-smart Labrador and poodle mix, displays unusually human characteristics that challenge the couple's relationship.

Elks carnival coming up

Get ready for some summer fun; the carnival is coming to town.

7-11 ENG Robinson/Lunn

Mr. and Mrs. Andres Aguilar are proud to announce the July 4 engagement of their granddaughter, Cierra Dawn Robinson to Neil Ira Lunn.

7-11 ENG Sella

Aldo and Lisa Sella of Gardnerville announced the engagement of their daughter Kaitlin Ancilla Sella of Gardnerville to Ryan Walker Sipko also of Gardnerville. The wedding is set for Aug. 26, 2007 at Heritage Park in Gardnerville.

New look, same character for historic Minden church

The Coventry Cross Episcopal Church in Minden will begin a long-awaited expansion to its parish house while retaining the historic character of the church nave and sanctuary.

Tuesday, July 10

Museum - bring the kids

"Mom, I'm bored. There's nothing to do." Ever hear that from your kids? Ever said that when you were a kid? I did - a lot.

Some suggestions for the Highway 395 corridor

I live in the Sunridge development on the east side of Mica, and Highway 395, in north Douglas County. My concerns deal with the movement of traffic along Highway 395, between Mica, and Highway 50 just across the Carson county line.

Quick response, fortuitous conditions helped in containment of Sleeping Elephant fire

Erratic fire behavior and shifting winds are to blame for the spread of the lightning-caused Sleeping Elephant fire Friday.

Goal line stand prevents disaster

Before Henri Pétain became the traitorous head of Vichy France, he uttered those famous words in 1916 in response to the German advance on Verdun.

Monday, July 9

Sports Today: Carson Valley reaches title game

After winning six consecutive games, the Carson Valley 9-10-year-old Little League All-Stars ran into a wall against perennially-tough Washoe.

Dirty Dog Wash today

The Dirty Dog Wash is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Dakota Organization's play 'Sylvia' opens tonight

The Dakota Organization's production of "Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney opens tonight at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The play is about a dog found in Central Park and her unexpected adoption by an otherwise happy couple.

Fall class registration available now online

Registration for fall classes at Western Nevada College is available on the by Internet. More than 1,100 classes are being offered at the college's three campuses, five learning centers and online. Students can access the fall class schedule and register at

Former Douglas coach creates summer haven for pro, college stars

It's not like you just wake up one morning and decide to head out on the road to teach the pros how to play better basketball.

Northern Nevada Pond Club tour details

Learn about pond construction and water gardening at the Northern Nevada Pond Club's 10th annual pond tour on Saturday.

Dogs get cool, clean at Dirty Dog Wash

Record-breaking temperatures have everyone looking for ways to beat the heat and our furry friends across Northern Nevada are ready to cool off and enjoy a howling-good time at this year's Dirty Dog Wash.

Bowlers needed for cancer society fundraiser

The "Nailing a Cure" team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life presents A Bowling Team Challenge fundraiser, 6 p.m. July 23 at the Silver Strike Bowling Center, 1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos.

Trip to old country brings past to life

He traveled more than 6,000 miles to deliver the invitation in person so we felt we had to RSVP we would be attending and there would be four in our party.

TRE made it through another fire

The summer of 2007 may very well be remembered as the year the West caught fire.

Women's Active 20-30 Club seeks donations for children's shopping spree

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

Saturday, July 7

Friday, July 6

Sports Today: 9-10-year-old all-stars finish pool play undefeated

The Carson Valley 9-10-year-old all-stars wrapped up a perfect slate in pool play at the Nevada District I Little League All-Star tournament at Aspen Park Thursday night with a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Carson National.

Mussetts celebrate 60-year anniversay

Earl and Marlysrae Mussett were married July 11, 1947 in Waterloo, Iowa. In August of that year they traveled to California where Earl attended Cal-Aero Technical Institute engineering school in Glendale.

Native American Arts Festival this weekend at Tallac

The summer fun spotlight on Lake Tahoe shines on the Washoe Tribe's 17th annual Wa She Shu It Deh Festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tallac Historic Site on Highway 89. Traditional Native American basket weaving, Native American arts, crafts, foods and cultural activities will be offered by vendors from across the nation.

Thursday, July 5

Sports Today: Wurster wins state golf championship

Getting a last-minute tune-up before the Nevada State Junior Golf Amateur Championships was just what Bethany Wurster needed.

Identify a new vision for Douglas County's future

Mitch Dion's Guest Opinion in the June 27 edition was quite provocative. We need more of that in this neighborhood.


In case you don't know, this will be my last Valley Vibrations column since I am moving to Coos Bay, Ore., on Saturday.

Yellowstone, my favorite place

Yellow, yellow, oh so yellow. What makes those stones so gosh darn yellow?

Ranchos Fire/Rescue ready to eat and rock at annual fundraiser

The Gardnerville Ranchos Fire/Rescue Dinner & Dance begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with food and continues with dancing until midnight.

Pops Plays

Concert-goers bore the summer heat on the Fourth of July - with a high of 107 - while getting a musical high to the tunes of the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra.

Fourth continues with bike parade

For the fourth year, residents will participate in an Independence Day bike parade in the Johnson Lane community. The bike parade begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at Clapham and Johnson lanes, continues along Clapham to Stephanie Way and ends at Johnson Lane Park. The grand marshal is Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Steve Eisele.

Elements wrap up successful season

The Carson Valley Elements United U14 and U16 girls' soccer teams recently wrapped up a breakout season at the South Tahoe Come Up For Air Tournament.

Digest: AYSO youth camp next week

The American Youth Soccer Organization and UK International Soccer Camps will present a youth soccer clinic July 9 through July 13 at Westwood Park.

Water well concerns addressed in survey

The second meeting of the Ruhenstroth Water Planning Ad Hoc Committee was held June 27.

Romero-Ebel ENG

Lissa Romero, a former Carson Valley and Carson City resident, got engaged to Brandon Ebel on March 1, 2007, during a trip to Kona, Hawaii.

Topaz Lodge and Casino is back

The much anticipated reopening of Topaz Lodge and Casino has finally happened, much to the appreciation of the south county and northern Mono County. Our local place to congregate and enjoy entertainment and restaurants has taken on a new look. There are more games as 20 new machines have been added as well as more gaming tables and yet the interior seems to appear so much bigger.

Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association hosts cleanup at end of Johnson Lane

The Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association will be hosting a cleanup-trash removal at the east end of Johnson Lane 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14.

Michael Powers performs Saturday at Minden Village

On Saturday, Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Powers will perform at 7 p.m. at Minden Village. Powers is on tour promoting his tenth CD, "Cinco de Michael." This new album is a collection of Latin songs and Latin-themed versions of popular songs, influenced by the spirit of Cuba, Spain, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Combos, Monson married June 30

Jessica Ashley Combos and Chase Lowell Monson of Gardnerville were married on June 30, 2007, at the Orchard House in Genoa. The evening ceremony was held under the trees on the lawn followed by an outdoor dinner reception.

Tuesday, July 3

R-C Sports Notebook: What will they think of next?

My wife and I have taken to watching infomercials with some of our free time.

R-C Sports Notebook: Summertime blues

My wife and I have taken to watching infomercials with some of our free time.

Carson Valley athletes strong at Tilly Botti

Four Carson Valley junior tennis players acheived solid results in the Norcal-sanctioned Tilly Botti Reno Open.

People pose big fire risk

After decades of stressing how dangerous fire is in the forest, you'd think it would be ingrained into the public consciousness by now.

9-10s score big comeback against Reno National

The Carson Valley 9-10-year-old All-Stars came up with two clutch victories over the weekend to open the Nevada District I Little League All-Star Baseball Tournament at Ranchos Aspen Park.

Digest: AYSO Youth camp coming up

The American Youth Soccer Organization and UK International Soccer Camps will present a youth soccer clinic July 9 through July 13 at Westwood Park.

Offseason workouts scheduled for Douglas

Voluntary offseason conditioning sessions and workouts for fall sports at Douglas High School will be conducted throughout the summer.

Rodeo: Glocknitzer headed to nationals

Participants in high school rodeo often have a tough enough road finding the support to make their way through the rugged Nevada circuit.

Genoa's answer to 'Antiques Roadshow'

Artwork, furniture, collectibles and appraisal clinics will be found at the Genoa Antique Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday at the Genoa Town Hall.

Monday, July 2

10-11-year-old all-stars split opening two

The Carson Valley 10-11-year-old Little All-Star team lost its opener to Reno National 6-2 on Saturday, but came back to beat South Tahoe Sunday 10-7.

Sports Today: 9-10s score big comeback against Reno National

The Carson Valley 9-10-year-old All-Stars came up with two clutch victories over the weekend to open the Nevada District I Little League All-Star Baseball Tournament at Ranchos Aspen Park.

Tough fire restrictions

Effective June 28, the Bridgeport Ranger District on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest implemented very strict fire restrictions which apply to all roads, trails and other areas in their district. Similar restrictions were imposed in other districts of the forest.

A world in glass

Tulsa native Kas Monson spent her formative years between Oklahoma and Texas. Her early years included college at Oklahoma State University, where she specialized in housing and interior design.

Author helps pets, people get 'back to nature'

Minden resident Ruza Bogdanovich discovered the health benefits of eating natural, raw foods and made it her quest to let other people know. Now she has extended that pursuit to pets.

Museum column makes debut

Everything old is new again. Someone wise once said that. Many years ago there was a weekly column about the history of Carson Valley. Today, this is the first column of what I hope will be a regular feature about the history of Carson Valley and how to find out more about it in the Valley's museums.

Happy birthdayto the declaration

Today we celebrate the 231st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. While it does not carry the force of law, the declaration serves as a mission statement for our nation and should guide us when we come to a crossroads.

Good reasons to celebrate the Fourth of July

I was born and raised for the first half of my life in the capital of India. My birth country was recovering from one war as my parents brought me into this world when, a couple of years later, it had to engage in another war with a neighboring country.