Stories for June 2007


Saturday, June 30

Friday, June 29

Sports Today: Carson Valley enjoys strong run through Renegade tournament

The Carson Valley Renegades All-Star team enjoyed a strong run through the Nevada District I Little League Renegades tournament at Swope Middle School over the last two weeks.

Little League All-Star tournaments at Aspen Park

Little League All-Star action goes into full swing this weekend with two Nevada District I All-Star Tournaments at Ranchos Aspen Park.

Tent camping on a motorcycle

Whoa - what a trip. We're just home from a two-week camping vacation on motorcycles. My husband and I rode our Honda Goldwing and pulled a neat little trailer loaded with a tent, sleeping bags, clothes and a coffee pot and ice chest. Our daughter Lisa and her 7-year-old daughter Jenee rode their sidecar motorcycle and pulled Lisa's beautiful bike trailer that she made herself.


Well, I did it. I packed up my electric basses. Yes, basses. I was indulged with the purchase of three of them in my first two years of playing - a Fender standard jazz bass, a Fender active precision bass and a violin bass, knock-off brand. We were going to go further, but I thought I should have to earn the privilege.

Field events at sidecar rally

Most motorcycle rallies have some sort of field events for the participants to challenge their driving skills and show off a little. At a sidecar rally, the events are quite unusual. For example, nine years ago I accompanied my father as his passenger on a 14-day trip across the United States to St. Joseph, Mo., for a sidecar rally.

Farmers market open on Tuesday

The Esmeralda Farmers Market in Minden will be all decked out in red, white and blue to commemorate Independence Day.

Enter my joy

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'" - Matthew 25:21

Thursday, June 28

Autism benefit weekend coming Aug. 3-5

Since Dave Fauria was born five years ago, his parents, Wendi and Garritt Fauria have learned what it's like to raise a child with autism.

Hot Shots emerge as runners up in CV Classic tournament

Playing in its first tournament of the season, the Carson Valley Hot Shots U10 softball team took second place at the Carson Valley Classic earlier in the month.

'Northern Nevada Lifestyles' showcases Dangberg Historic Home Ranch

"Northern Nevada Lifestyles with Terrie Q. Sayre" is on location at Carson Valley's Dangberg Historic Home Ranch for the July edition of the locally produced show.


A celebration of life will be planned for a later date for Linda Louise Heiser-Ewalt, 62, who died at her Gardnerville home, June 22, 2007.

Battle in the Gymnasium tonight at Dresslerville

Quentin Blue Horse has taken many wrong turns in the path of life and now he's trying to help keep fellow Native American youths and other young boxers from going down that same road.

Wednesday, June 27

Food closet thanks those who donated

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet would like to thank all the generous donors who gave in May. Food donations in May included (in pounds):

Getting there firstest with the mostest

The Angora fire has been burning up more than trees and houses, it has been burning money. Estimates for damage to structures alone has hit $141 million.

Culture ... not just for big cities anymore

Not long ago, I took a trip to the Bay area or Los Angeles to experience the art and culture that was mostly reserved for the elite and well to do.

Share the love with community services

Since the birth of our son, Sam, several years ago, I've forgotten how quickly little babies grow. Clothing that fits his baby brother, Max, seems to magically shrink overnight, but I recently learned about a great way to pass these almost-brand-new items on.

Bo the Builder on growth and Douglas' future

My friend, Bo the Builder, met me again to exchange thoughts on recent builders association attempts to make it seem Douglas County can't exist without growth.

Here's my sign

No not "Here's your sign" like comedian Bill Engvall is famous for saying. I was asking if you have a sign as a part of your "yard art." I

Valley residents hit the road for different causes

Gardnerville resident Vince Pacheco will be a member of a team bringing eyeglasses to Bulgaria.

I can sympathize, first-hand, with those who lost their homes

As the ashes cool and the fire subsides from the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe, more than 200 families will be returning to sift through the rubble, retrieving the bits and pieces of what remains of their mementos.

Tuesday, June 26

R-C Sports Notebook: Thacker should make a good fit with Tiger basketball

You just got the feeling early on that the man hired to take the helm of the Douglas boys' basketball program was going to come from out of the district.

Atchison,Spiers married Oct. 6

Holly Kay Atchison and John William Spiers of Reno were married Oct. 6, 2006, at Edgewood, Stateline, Nev. The late afternoon ceremony was held on the stone patio overlooking Lake Tahoe and was followed by a sit down dinner reception.

Carson Valley Hot Shots win Winnemucca tourney

Coming off a second-place finish at the Susanville Summer Slam, the Carson Valley Hot Shots 12-under softball team claimed its fourth tournament championship in six tries this season, winning the Winnemucca Gold Rush Tournament over the weekend.

Denny kids qualify for junior high rodeo

Two Carson Valley athletes have earned spots on the Nevada Wrangler Junior High rodeo team and will compete in the Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M. from July 2 to 7.

Digest: Tennis camps available through summer

There will be several summer youth camps availabled this summer. Contact parks and recreation at 782-9828 for more information.


A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. July 8 at the First Baptist Church in Minden for Elinore Louise DuBois, 94, who died June 21, 2007, at the Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville.

Dancing through life

Dorothy Heacock turned 88 years old on Wednesday, but what's so special about her isn't necessarily her age.

Many activities offered at Cottonwood Creek Farm

In participation with the Carson Valley Magiko celebrations, which will continue until July 6, Barbara Flanagan's Cottonwood Creek Farm was host to a demonstration by four Carson Valley artists on Monday.

Hoppe, Harper and Weaver make All-Sierra Nevada team

Editor's Note: Every season, the Sierra Nevada Media Group selects a postseason honors team that recognizes the top athletes from the newspapers we cover. Athletes eligible are from schools regularly covered by the Nevada Appeal, Tahoe Daily Tribune, The Record-Courier, Lahontan Valley News, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Sun.

Whole slough of reasons to preserve wild places

My grandfather, who homesteaded in Iowa with his family in the late 1800s, was bigger than life to me. One of the farms he built with his father is about 140 acres not too far from the Mississippi River.

Christ Presbyterian Church pastor ordained Saturday

Christ Presbyterian Church, Gardnerville, and the Presbytery of Nevada are pleased to announce the ordination and commissioning of their new pastor, Bill Baltz.

Little League Hooligans suffer setbacks at district

After winning its first two games of the Nevada District I tournament, the Carson Valley Little League Hooligans All-Star team suffered double setbacks over the weekend.

Monday, June 25

More concerts than ever this year

Can you hear it? It's the tinkling of the ivories; the strumming of guitars; the pounding of the bottom, bass and drums; the sure sounds of horns blowing; and the movement of bodies swaying ... to a lot of music.

Michigan fiddlers to teach workshop, perform

A fiddlers' workshop will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. July 3 in the Genoa Town Hall and is open to string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) with two or more years of experience on their instruments.


A celebration of life will be 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Topaz Ranch Estates Park Building, 4001 Carter Way, Topaz Ranch Estates, for Willie V. Briam, 92, who died at his home, April 15, 2007.

A chat with Bo the Builder about redevelopment

With all the hyperbole about north county development I thought it was time for another chat with my old friend Bo the Builder.

Tickets on sale for upcoming annual Taste of Gardnerville

Tickets are now available for the Fourth Annual Taste of Gardnerville to be held starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. This is a walking tour of the restaurants and shops along Main Street (Highway 395) from Mill to Mission streets. Participants can browse in the shops, taste the food and enjoy the musicians scattered along the way.

A holiday week

Things have been going at a much slower pace here in the valley in the last week or so. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that next week is a holiday week, with the 4th on Wednesday, and people are planning ahead for the events coming.

Sunday, June 24

Saturday, June 23

Friday, June 22

Sports Today: Hooligans use big sixth again for win

For the second night in a row, the Carson Valley Little League Hooligans all-star baseball team used a big sixth inning to take a win.

Douglas County's face changing like it or not

Your article is right about recognizing the future. But it is incomplete regarding the radical changes to be coming to north county and Douglas County in the whole.

St. Gall rummage sale

St. Gall Catholic Church will accept left-over yard sale items. Call for pick-up at the church office, 782-2852. Items can also be dropped off in the back of the pastoral center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 5.

Lenna goes to the Reno Rodeo

As the Reno Rodeo Wish recipient, Lenna Fagan and her family were invited to sit in the president's box, front and center, at the Reno Rodeo on June 20. Lenna spent very little time there because she was enjoying the rodeo from behind the scenes.


A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Tahoe Community Church at Stateline on Kingsbury Grade for Kimberly Anderson, 53, who died June 20, 2007, at her home in Zephyr Cove.


I am sad to announce to all my friends - musical or otherwise - that I will be leaving Carson Valley in a couple of weeks. I will do my best to make sure this column will keep going - the increasing size of Valley Vibrations shows we really need it here!

Thursday, June 21

Little League Hooligans win opener

The Carson Valley Little League Hooligans all-star team opened the Nevada District I Tournament with a 14-8 win over Sparks Centennial Wednesday night at Swope Middle School in Reno.

Sports Today: Northern 4A to stay more or less as is

In the end, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association decided against varying from its traditional enrollment formula for aligning high schools.


A memorial service is 1:30 p.m. July 1 at the Lutheran Church activity room, 1900 First St., Sparks for Clement Dwayne Blakney, 83, who died at his Carson City home, June 8, 2007.

Be prepared - fire season is here

It is officially summer and we are approaching an extremely volatile fire season where the slightest spark can get out of hand very quickly. Who would have ever thought that a golf club swinging in the rough (getting a ball in an out-of-bounds area of tall, dry grass) would create a spark capable of causing a fire that would burn 20 acres and require 50 firefighters to put out?

Faith Christian Academy finishes first season

Competing in its first athletic season, Faith Christian Academy recently wrapped up the track and field season on a positive note.

Disney comes to Minden: Film crew tours North Sails loft

A large tour bus pulled up in front of the North Sails 3DL loft in Minden Saturday morning and out poured a crop of 15 athletes who might as well have walked straight out of the pages of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.

Digest: Youth soccer camp set for late June at Lampe Park

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for the Steve Maltase Youth Soccer Camp.

Items needed for bake sale

On June 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. La Dolce Vita, 1561 Highway 395, will be hosting a carwash/bake sale to raise funds for Relay For Life. For information or to donate, call Francesca at 782-8070.

Dakota Organization's 'Sylvia' opens July 20

Local theater group, the Dakota Organization, will be performing their first play of 2007, "Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney in July.

Wednesday, June 20

At least bearscan't fly, yet

What do bears and Minden-Tahoe Airport have in common? At times, such as this weekend, the airport can be a lot of fun.

Mormon pioneer days to be relived at Genoa park

A group associated with the present-day U.S. Mormon Battalion organization will return for the third year to Mormon Station State Historic Park to show the public how their ancestors lived after settling in Genoa in 1851, then called Mormon Station.

Portraying characters from history

Sixteen members of the Douglas County Historical Society Young Chautauquans have been practicing since January to portray characters from the country's early history.

Guns of the West came into town

When the Pony Express Re-ride comes to town, so does a presentation by Nevada State Parks, Guns of the West.

Who would do such a senseless act?

To most of us, as residents of Topaz Ranch Estates, water is a precious commodity that we value but, apparently, I don't speak for all of us. Sometime in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 16, someone opened a fire hydrant on Slate Road in the Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District.

Shepherd of Sierra pastor to be ordained on Sunday

Norm Milz will be ordained and installed this coming Sunday at 4 p.m. as pastor of Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church. He has served as vicar there for the past year.

Thacker hired to lead Douglas boys

Leading a class of 30 kids through a basketball drill in a hot gym while

Tuesday, June 19

Thacker hired to lead Douglas boys

Leading a class of 30 kids through a basketball drill in a hot gym while clad in a shirt and tie, Corey Thacker looked every bit the part of Douglas High School's next basketball coach.

Hatchett catches on with Billings squad

Despite another bump in the road, Douglas High grad Gabe Hatchett is still plugging along.

R-C Sports Notebook: Tigers showed everyone a touch of Douglas football

The annual Sertoma Classic All-Star football game showcases the best the region has to offer individually every June.

Sports Today: Dunn headed to Utah State

Kayla Dunn, former Douglas High and Feather River College softball star, has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Utah State.

Digest: Sierra Lutheran golf tournament

The fifth annual Sierra Golf Classic hosted by Sierra Lutheran High School is scheduled for June 23 at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort.

Candy Dance apprentices sought

The Genoa Candy Dance Planning Committee is seeking a volunteer candy-making apprentice for the months of August and September in preparation for the 87th Annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire.

Sheriff's captain solves crime scene

"You Never Know" is the theme for the summer reading program for teens at the Douglas County Public Library. Join them at 6 p.m. Monday for Teen C.S.I. with Captain Mike Biaggini from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

'What Condition My Condition Was In'

The song, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" was written by Mickey Newbury and first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1967, but became a hit when The First Edition recorded the song in 1968 when Kenny Rogers was lead guitarist. Newbury wrote the song to inform listeners of the dangers of using the psychedelic drug LSD.

All-Sierra Nevada baseball team released

Editor's Note: Every season the Sierra Nevada Media Group selects a postseason honors team that recognizes the top athletes from the newspapers we cover. Athletes eligible are from schools regularly covered by the Nevada Appeal, Tahoe Daily Tribune, The Record-Courier, Lahontan Valley News, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Sun.


A celebration of life for Stewart "Bruce" MacClements, 59, a Gardnerville resident for a year, was Tuesday in Sharkey's banquet room.

Historical society shindig honors Nevada mustangs

A grand opening reception for Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center's new permanent exhibit "Mustang America's Living Legends" will take place 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. The event is presented by the Douglas County Historical Society.

Ads benefit Relay For Life

The Record-Courier will run a Relay For Life tab on July 20 and is offering to the general public opportunities to put ads in this "in honor" or "in memory" of loved ones who are battling or lost their fight to cancer. A portion of the proceeds will go back to the American Cancer Society.

Unusual pots decorate yard after container gardening class

Lowe's was having four seminars on container gardening. I needed some lumber and thought this would be a fun class to attend. Kathy Rosten, a master gardener and a Carson Valley resident, was the host of the class.

Democratic women award scholarships

he membership of the Douglas County Democratic Women would like to congratulate Kaylee Hames of Douglas High School and Sioban Curley of Whittell High School, both winners of $1,000 college scholarships.

Rodeo: Kugler wins state title

Alyce Kugler of the Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club defended her state title in girls cutting in a competition that went down to the wire on Sunday in the finals of the Nevada State High School Rodeo in Winnemucca.

Silver escapes with win in Sertoma Classic

RENO - Steve Struzyk and his all-star football team dodged a bullet.

Carwash for Jessica a success; spaghetti feed is Thursday

About $1,400 was raised at a carwash in the Stratton Center on Saturday for Jessica Vega, a 14-year Gardnerville resident who contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome on May 10.

Monday, June 18

Sports Today: Kugler wins state title in girls' cutting

Alyce Kugler of the Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club defended her state title in girls cutting in a competition that went down to the wire on Sunday in the finals of the Nevada State High School Rodeo in Winnemucca.

North Douglas'changing face

Someone traveling into Douglas County from Carson City in 1987 would have a hard time envisioning the rolling desert hills as anything resembling the county's economic future.

Three cheers for Coleville graduates

When you have been reading about the graduations at schools in the area closest to the Antelope Valley, it is a bit of culture shock to attend Coleville High School's exercises.

Senior celebration: 30 year anniversary

More than 20 walkers turned out for the early morning walk-a-thon to commemorate the first fundraising walk-a-thon that took place 30 years ago. The 75 degree weather made it a perfect day for the participants in the event.

Shoes an important decision for graduation

It was decades before they were knighted, but when I graduated from high school, Sir Paul and Sir Elton were singing "Band on the Run" and "Crocodile Rock." The motto for my Western High School class of 1974 was from the popular book, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull."

Young offender shares view of drug abuse

Editor's Note: The following was written by an inmate of Aurora Pines Youth Camp for female offenders. It was the winning essay in a contest held at the camp and she read it to members of Minden Rotary. Her name is being withheld in deference to her age and predicament.

Friday, June 15

At the Lake: Bicycle Coalition unveils free map

As part of this weekend's Opening Day at the Lake festivities, the Lake Tahoe Bike Coalition will unveil a free trail map for the entire Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond.

Library presents Nature's Critters

The Douglas County Public Library presents the Nature's Critters "Who Am I?" nature program with Julie Allen for a special appearance at Minden Park on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Art events offered during Magiko

Barbara Flanagan, owner of Cottonwood Creek Farms Bed and Breakfast, will host two free art events as a part of the Carson Valley Magiko celebrations.

Thursday, June 14

Sports Today: Lenhart headed to Seattle University

Douglas High graduate Courtney Lenhart had a breakout season for the Western Nevada Community College Wildcats women's soccer team last year, leading the team by a wide margin with 10 goals and five assists.

Area youth honored at community choice awards

The 2007 Greater Nevada Credit Union Community Choice Youth Awards Banquet celebrated the excellence of 44 Douglas County youth at Genoa Lakes Golf Club last week.

Tickets available for golf tournament benefit

There's still time to sign up for the Family Support Council Be Seen On The Green golf tournament to raise funds for domestic violence prevention.


A marketing group sent me the latest CD, "How About Now," by Kenny Loggins. I had forgotten how good his music is since it had been so long since I heard him.


A 10:30 a.m. rosary followed by a Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Carson City for Margaret Christine Busatto, 89, who died June 10, 2007, in Carson City.

Wood, Woods named Sierra Nevada's tops

Dayton High's Travis Wood knows there were many other excellent candidates who could have been chosen as the Sierra Nevada Media Group's overall Male Athlete of the Year.

Voice of the Tigers says farewell

Perhaps no one else's voice has become as associated with high school football in Northern Nevada as that of Ken Carr.

It was 40-years ago today

On June 16, 1967, a friend and I decided to go to Monterey, an hour-and-a-half drive from our hometown of San Jose.

When all else fails, play the 'glad game'

Being the kind of person that I am, when I am surrounded by bad things happening around me, I always try very hard to find something, even the smallest thing, good to help me deal with the bad. I have been chided many times in the past for being a "Pollyanna" but I have found through the years that, just like Pollyanna, I have to play the "glad game" when life deals out a situation that seems to be a losing hand.

Wednesday, June 13

CongratulationsClass of 2007

Ninety years ago, Douglas County High School's class of 1917 consisted of six women and one man.

Animal pictures win Carson Valley Photo Club monthly contest

Dogs, horses, llamas and alpacas took center stage in this month's Carson Valley Photo Club contest. Photos of the animals won first-, second- and third-place ribbons.

Summer Science Camp offered by 4-H

Join 4-H for a Summer Science Camp where students learn about how light travels, shadows and reflections, how light can be turned into electricity and more.Youth can have fun with flashlights, glow toys, solar beads, lightsticks, solar balloons and other activities.

Summer not soon enough, but just around the bend

There's just something about the month of June. The warmer weather, the hint of summer in the air, and the beginning of a new era for many of our local teens; Whittell and Douglas high schools both host graduation ceremonies today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.


A funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at FitzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville for Barbara Ann Billing, 73, who died June 11, 2007, at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City. Mrs. Billings was born Aug. 31, 1933, in Hollywood, Calif

Gardnerville couple celebrates 60 years

Elmer and Billie White celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, June 16. The couple was married June 14, 1947, in Cambridge City, Ind. in a small back yard wedding. Elmer is a retired airline mechanic for United Airlines and Billie is a retired circuit board inspector for Cinch-A-Graphics

Two little Ranchos boys love their daddy

Sunday is Father's Day and Gardnerville Ranchos resident Jenni Russell said her boys, 4-year-old A.J. and 8-month-old Damian, idolize their father, Dennis.

Tuesday, June 12

R-C Sports Notebook: Sertoma game features strong senior class

All right, we know that Douglas High School's graduation ceremony is scheduled for Friday night, but just in case you didn't have any other plans and you happen to really enjoy football, you might want to think about making the drive up to Reno.

Hot Shots win Carson Valley Classic

The Carson Valley Hot Shots under-12 softball team won the Carson Valley Classic fastpitch tournament over the weekend at Stodick Park.

Sports Digest: CVSC meeting

The Carson Valley Soccer Club will be holding its general meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rancho Grande Restaurant in Gardnerville.

Auto Racing: Hinchcliffe takes 2nd twice in Portland

Minden-based Sierra Sierra Enterprises took over the top two spots in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Series season standings last weekend after a month-long hiatus.

NBA rookie coming to town for youth camp

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap met former Douglas High boys' basketball coach Aubrey McCreary while attending an Adidas camp in Atlanta in the summer of 2005.

The warm weather made me do it

I just couldn't help myself. The warm weather these past couple of weeks made me do it. Every year I try to test Mother Nature. I want organic veggies as soon as possible. I

Blazing onto the national scene

As far as inaugural seasons go, they don't get much better than this.


A funeral mass will be 1 p.m. Friday at St. Gall Catholic Church for Juan Gutierrez Cruz, 28, who died June 9, 2007, in Sparks. Mr. Cruz was a resident of Minden for 22 years.

Senior center activities coming up

The Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, has the following activities coming up. Information or appointments, 783-6455.

Daughters of Norway meeting

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

Horn blowing presentation comes to library

Dan Ballard's "10,000 Years of Horn Blowing" could be called not your average music concert. Complete with skits, funny hats, and horns of all kinds, it's a full hands-on experience for children to get involved in music.

Locals win CV Days softball tourney

For the second time in three years, a local team won the Outlaw Invitational Softball Tournament at Lampe Park during Carson Valley Days.

Monday, June 11

Freedom and prosperity comeat a high price

The 97th annual Carson Valley Days Parade was an event worthy of its founder.

Thanks to all who put out the fire

You would think, with all the happenings in the Antelope Valley the last couple of weeks, that this would be the simplest column to write.


A visitation took place June 8 at Walton's Chapel of the Valley for Matthew Lee Brochers, 39, who died at Stateline June 2, 2007.

Sunday, June 10

Saturday, June 9

Friday, June 8

Coleville High grad married June 2

Nicole René Duffié married Lt. Eric J. Bell June 2 at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Washington, Ill., Pastor Alice Gwin performing the ceremony. The bride's father, John Duffié walked her down the aisle.

Fire department has come a long way

Our Fish Springs fire station is sure looking good nowadays. It's got a fresh new paint job on the firehouse itself and also on the garage so it matches. It looks as good as new - or better than new.

Storytime is Tuesdays throughout the summer

The Douglas County Public Library Minden branch will continue its afternoon storytime on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. throughout the summer. "

Anyone for a game of chess?

A coveted trophy displaying all the names of past chess tournament winners in the front lobby of Meneley Elementary School was what chess players were vying to get their names on June 6.

Never give up!

I am a cancer survivor and keep making headway with the limitations I had endured through my year-long battle against the disease. I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma - bone cancer - in March 1997 when I was 25, and began my treatments within two weeks at University of California, San Francisco.

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of you who meet the criteria of being a "dad." We hope it's a great day for you - one that's filled with the love and affection of your family

Thursday, June 7

Sports Today: Eight Tigers headed to Sertoma game

Come the night of June 15, eight Douglas High School seniors will forgo the traditional graduation ceremony in order to add just one more night to their high school athletic careers.

Look beyond reason

Dr. Jack Kavorkian, has been released from prison after serving time for admittedly assisting in the death of more than 150 people.

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Backdraft wins Capital Classic

The Carson Valley Backdraft U16 girls' soccer team finished its season last weekend, winning the championship in the Capital Classic Tournament in Carson City.

Douglas grads to wed

Tony and Lynda King of Minden are pleased to announce up-coming marriage of their daughter, Sarah King of Reno to Tristan Hall, son of Rick and Nancy Hall of Gardnerville and Ginger Hall of Minden.

Public invited to local Elks' Flag Day ceremony

Thursday is Flag Day and the Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 in the Gardnerville Ranchos has a special celebration planned to honor the different flags that have flown throughout our country's history.

OFC joins the parade

Carson Valley Days Parade on Saturday is going to have a great addition this year. In keeping with its 2007 theme, "Tribute to Our Troops," and in the spirit of having good fun, the OFC, otherwise known by its exclusive membership as "The Old Farts Club," headquartered at the historic French Bar in Gardnerville, will have a special entry this year.

Another year of Minden Street Fair memories

Smells of barbecued beef and pulled pork competed for attention with the teriyaki-soaked chicken being grilled a couple of booths over at the 21st annual Minden Spring Street Festival last weekend.

Minden Ranch Rodeo set for this weekend

Tucked away in the East Valley this weekend, located well away from the action downtown will be the element of Carson Valley Days perhaps most rooted in Carson Valley's true tradition.

Senior center activities coming up

n On Thursday, at 2 p.m., the Minden/Gardnerville Caregiver's Support Group will meet at the Douglas County Senior Center. All interested people are welcome.

Douglas High grads to wed

Tony and Lynda King of Minden are pleased to announce up-coming marriage of their daughter, Sarah King of Reno to Tristan Hall, son of Rick and Nancy Hall of Gardnerville and Ginger Hall of Minden.

Fishing Derby winners announced

Carson Valley's 18th annual Kids Fishing Derby drew more than 2,100 children last weekend.

Wednesday, June 6

Old motorcycle racers gather in living ghost town

Randsburg - they call it a living ghost town. This century-old mining town still has year-round permanent residents and maybe a few ghosts too. It was ghosts for us anyway - ghosts from our past.

Wiver wace coming Sunday

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet's 15th annual Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace is under way. The "wace" this year will be held on Sunday as a part of the Carson Valley Days celebration.

Chautauqua comes to the park

The Douglas County Historical Society Young Chautauquans will be performing under the tent in Genoa at Mormon Station Park, today and Thursday at 5 p.m. Bring the family and a picnic supper to the park and learn about history.

Legislature allows more sunshine in government

As the sun rose on the morning after adjournment, it was clear the 2007 Legislature's actions will help shed more light on Nevada's state and local governments.

Summer movies set at Heritage

Gardnerville's "Movies in the Park," a free event that drew up to 500 people a night last year, is kicking off its second season with a showing of "Arthur and the Invisibles," an animated film about 10-year-old Arthur and his quest for the treasure that will save his grandmother's home from developers.

Helping out during the fire

Well, that scary four letter word caused quite a stir this week. I'm talking about FIRE - specifically the Walker or Larson fire that began last week with a lightning strike. I

Many thanks

The Spotts family would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals and businesses for their assistance during the recent fundraiser for their son T.J.

Things change fast in a fire

On Tuesday morning, the Larson fire wasn't much to worry about. It was 80 percent contained and barely smoldering, much less the raging inferno it would turn into hours later.

Spaghetti feed for Jessica

Jessica Vega, a 14-year Gardnerville resident, recently contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome. She is partially paralyzed and requires physical therapy and ongoing medical treatment.

Western entertainer headlines FFA's Sagebrush Serenade

The Western Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, Dave Stamey, will be headlining Smith Valley FFA Alumni Association's Sagebrush Serenade, Saturday at Dressler Park on Highway 208 in Wellington. Gates will be open from noon until 9 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults 18 and older; $10 for ages 6-17; free for ages five and younger.

Library book sale starts Saturday

The Douglas County Public Library is having a book sale in the front lobby of the Minden branch during regular library hours.

Tuesday, June 5

Growth rule back again

On Thursday Douglas County's leaders will once more take up the issue of growth control. This will be the fifth hearing on a growth control ordinance, which if approved, will take effect on July 1.

Scholarship honors Max Jones Jr.

The dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, Monday announced a new scholarship endowment in renewable energy in honor of alumni Max LaMar Jones Jr.

Field trip to Spooner Lake was fun

I was a chaperone for a field trip to Spooner Lake last week. Eighty-plus-degree temperatures were predicted with a slight chance of thunderstorms. I haven't been up to Spooner since Jenee was a baby, and then it was to help haul firewood out of the forest.

Firefighters battle Larson fire

As everyone is probably aware, on Friday, there were two lightning-strike fires on the west side of the Valley.

Pony Express Re-ride in Genoa Wednesday

Facing perils we can only imagine, from St. Joseph, Mo., through Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, until they reached their Sacramento destination, the Pony Express riders of the Central Overland and California Pikes Peak Express Company delivered the mail on horseback for 19 months in 1860-61.

Operation Gratitude collects at Days

On behalf of the Operation Gratitude non-profit organization, the Douglas County Democratic Women and the Douglas County Democratic Central Committee will be collecting items for our troops in Iraq at the Carson Valley Days Parade and celebration June 9-10. Items will be collected along the parade route and at the booth in Lampe Park.

Scrap For a Cure coming

La Dolce Vita is hosting Scrap For a Cure 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23. This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and proceeds will be donated at the Relay for Life of Douglas County Aug 4-5.


Heard Johnny Walter of the Bar BQ Boys finally got his trip to the Mayo Clinic.


A memorial service is 11 a.m. June 23, at the Genoa Town Park, for long time Genoa resident Virginia "Ginny" Henry, 89, who died May 27 after battling lymphoma for several months.

Monday, June 4

Agreement close on growth management

The proposed growth management ordinance is scheduled for what appears to be a final hearing Thursday before the board of county commissioners.

How many cows does Father's Day cost?

Ranchers are frugal. Look to their antique collection of just-in-case machinery spare parts of metal and wood scraps as proof. They would never throw away a perfectly good 1928 thrasher. Could use the pulleys in it in the old '46 scrapper stored up in the sagebrush that the '68 tractor could pull as long as it's still running. And it will run as soon as the battery charges, the plugs get cleaned, and better check the filters too.

Juniors win Powder Puff

Using a number of misdirection plays on the ground, the Douglas High School junior girls rumbled to a 28-18 victory over the seniors at the school's annual Powder Puff football game Friday night.

Sunday, June 3

Saturday, June 2

Friday, June 1

Call for artists of mustangs

Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio, 1368 Highway 395, B, Gardnerville, is looking for artwork of Northern Nevada Wild Mustangs for their mustang show, to be held Aug. 7 through Sept. 1. This juried show will be in all media, including: oil, pastel, watercolor media, mixed media, graphite, photography and 3-D sculpture.

Webb, McIntire to wed

Bill and Cindy Webb of Gardnerville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Ellie Webb of Minden to Kim McIntire, son of Gary McIntire of Gardnerville.

1,200 attend first Concert in the Park

Music was flowing through Minden Park, Friday, as the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department kicked-off the first family Concert in the Park.


A memorial service will be 5 p.m. June 9 at the home of Phillip E. Corbitt, 71, of Gardnerville, who died May 27, 2007 in Gardnerville. Mr. Corbitt was a resident of Gardnerville for 25 years.