Stories for November 2007


Friday, November 30

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers open with win

The Douglas girls' basketball team broke out with a 15-2 run in the first quarter of their season-opener Thursday afternoon against defending 2A state champion Battle Mountain and cruised to a 47-25 win at the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca.

Sports Fodder: Maybe kids at mall can play defense for Nevada

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

R-C Ski Forecast for November 30

4 lifts, No terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly clear skies, high in the 30s.

Genoa antique show returns in January

The Genoa Antique Show and Sale with appraisal clinic is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19-20 at the Genoa Town Hall. Admission is $1.50 and appraisals are $5 per item. The show benefits the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra which brings free concerts to Carson Valley.

Christmas Service Round-up

-- The Shepherd of the Sierra Choir presents "A Festive Celebration of Christmas Joy," 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16 at Shepard of the Sierra Lutheran Church at 3680 Highway 395 in Carson City.

Genoa antique show, sale and appraisal clinic benefits Pops

A day of entertainment for a $1.50 admission seems like a throwback to the old days but going to the Genoa Antique Show and Sale is a good way to spend a winter day. Event organizer Martha Williams said people look forward to the January show when weather is cold and they have cabin fever.

Douglas drama department performs Shakespeare's comedy 'Twelfth Night'

Set in the mythical city of Illyria, Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" tells the story of a young woman who survives a shipwreck, loses her brother and disguises herself as a eunuch. What better setup for what is described as the bard's funniest comedy?


A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Dec. 15, at Dimond & Sons Silver Bell Chapel in Bullhead City, Ariz., for Claude B. Love-stedt, 87, who died Nov. 24, 2007, at his home in Bullhead City with his wife Helen at his side.

Douglas Disposal sponsors food drive

Douglas Disposal employees are gearing up for their 13th annual holiday food drive for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. Last year Douglas Disposal employees collected a total of 9,260 pounds of canned goods for the food closet.

Letters to the Editor

Referring to Jack Van Dien's Nov. 30 guest opinion conversing with "Frank the Farmer," I agree wholeheartedly that burdening the businesses of Douglas County with a new business tax is not the right way to solve the County's budget woes. It is indeed adding insult to injury after last year's $24.7 million liberal bounty to Riverwood Redevelopment.

Thursday, November 29

Douglas falls to rival Carson in wrestling season opener

With one match remaining and Douglas leading 36-33, the season-opening dual between the Tigers and Carson fell into the hands of two unproven commodities.

Boat Racing: Slick Racing wins IHBA title

Paul "Slick" Fontenot, owner of Tahoe-based Slick Racing, won the International Hot Boat Association's Top Eliminator class World Championship last weekend.

R-C Ski Forecast for November 29

1 lift, No terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly clear skies, high of 34.

Boys' Basketball: Tigers lose nail-biter to Reed in season-opener

Somewhere toward the beginning of the fourth quarter Wednesday night, the Douglas boys' basketball team's matchup against Reed turned from a run-of-the-mill season-opener to a playoff atmosphere.

Wednesday, November 28

Tigers lead Reed at halftime

The Douglas Tigers are leading the Reed Raiders 26-24 at the half of tonight's basketball game.

Pop Warner: Junior Midgets fall just short

Matched up against a bigger, faster, stronger and flat-out more athletic football team, the Douglas Pop Warner Junior Midget football team came out and matched the Tri-City Titans punch for punch in the Pacific Northwest Regional Championship game in Woodside Calif., Saturday.

Football: Roman named Carson coach, Bateman to assist

Carson High football fans may think they're going back to the future again when it comes to the 2008 season.

R-C Ski Forecast for November 28

4 lifts, No terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny, high of 22.

Ferret Rescue Shelter hosts open house

The Ferret Rescue Shelter in Gardnerville invites everyone to its third annual open house on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1-4 p.m.

Keeping the holidays safe

We've heard that there have been a couple of instances in some of the county's larger establishments where a fire alarm has gone off and everyone just stood there.

Soroptimists selling cookbooks

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is selling cookbooks in time for the holiday season.

Gingerbread on display

The Carson Valley Arts Councils' third annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest begins Monday and continues through Dec. 15.

Scare tactics being used to stop planning

I would like to make some comments regarding the debate concerning the development of the master plan for the Minden-Tahoe Airport. It has come to the point where it appears that a particular group of individuals is attempting to convince the public that somehow the airport is going to become another air carrier airport, even though the Reno-Tahoe Airport is so far from its potential capacity that it is continuously reaching out for additional air carrier flights.

Busy weekend of holiday events planned at Carson Valley Museum

Here it is - the weekend we at the Douglas County Historical Society have waited for, albeit not so very patiently. Wow, cookies and Santa and trees and a tea, all in the same weekend.

Prevention worth pounds of cure when it comes to children's protection

Here is something to think about. Topaz Ranch Estates resident, Esther Villegas, called me with information about something she is very concerned about. According to Esther, some very little children have been seen, unattended, at the school bus stop on Pearl near Highway 208.

Proud papa has son, grandson in the Army

Johnson Lane resident David Goetsch told me both his son and grandson are in the U.S. Army. Son David is a bird colonel in the Army Reserve and recently relinquished command of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Tuesday, November 27

R-C Sports Notebook: The great heist

I've watched with interest over the last several years as a literal industry has sprung up out of athlete development.

Carson, Douglas wrestlers to renew rivalry in opener

For the first four years of the Sierra League, Carson and Douglas met up in the last match of the regular season.

Boys' Basketball: Tigers looking to get back to title game

The goal for the Douglas High School boys' basketball team heading into the 2007-08 campaign is simple.

R-C Ski Forecast for November 27

No lifts, No terrain parks open. Forecast: Clear skies with a high of 42 degrees.


A celebration of life will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for Les J. Benis, 75, who died Oct. 29, 2007. He was a 12-year resident of Minden.

Consider why we give thanks this holiday

As another Thanksgiving Day has passed and the Christmas holidays are fast approaching, I think it is a good time to consider who we give thanksgiving to, and why we "give Him thanks."

Historical society's Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Cookie Walk is Sunday

Don't be late for an important date like the White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland." Tickets are available now for the Douglas County Historical Society's Mad Hatters Holiday Tea is 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Mad Hatter's tea party, cookie walk this weekend

Don't be late for an important date like the White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland." Tickets are available now for the Douglas County Historical Society's Mad Hatter's Holiday Tea, 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Register now for eagles and ag event

The Carson Valley agricultural and ranching community with the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and the Great Basin Birding Observatory host the annual birds of prey viewing and agricultural education Eagles and Agriculture Event, Feb. 20, 22, 23, 24.

Gardnerville residents celebrate 65th anniversary

Hank and Margaret Olesen were married 65 years ago on Nov. 28, 1942, during World War II in Burbank, Calif. Hank was born in Connecticut in 1914 and Margaret in Los Angeles a few years later.

Use rocks as landscape interest

As winter closes in, and trees and shrubs become barren, landscape vistas change. Good landscape design includes winter interest, such as the red twigs of dogwood, the waving flower stalks of ornamental grasses and the red berries of mountain ash, pyracantha, viburnum and holly. There are many ways to create charming winter scenes. For added visual interest during the dormant season, I like to use rocks.

Fish Springs resident bags 5-point elk in Ely

Fish Springs residents Sue and Rich Lammay had quite an adventure while they were elk hunting near Ely last month. Who do you suppose brought home the bacon (so to speak)? Yes, it was Sue who bagged the 5-point bull. She had waited patiently for eight years to get the tag and the day finally came.

Town of Gardnerville opens season's festivities tonight

The Town of Gardnerville presents the third Carson Valley Christmas Season Kickoff, 5:30 tonight at the Heritage Park pavilion. The family-oriented event features the Sierra Ringers from Carson Valley United Methodist Church, a quartet singing holiday music and Carson Valley Community Theater's presentation, "Santa's Little Helper Part 3, Which Way is North?"

Monday, November 26

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts

For the week ending Nov. 25, 2007 FOOTBALL

Skiing: Cohee awarded Far West ski scholarship

Nick Cohee, a Gardnerville resident and graduate of Douglas High School was recently named the recipient of the 2007 Dave van Ruiten Memorial Scholarship by Far West Skiing.

Douglas jurors aren't pushovers for prosecutors

While we've been diligent in keeping up with the news in the murder proceedings against Karen Bodden, we are a little surprised by the claim that pretrial publicity will make it impossible for her to get a fair jury in Douglas County.

Parade of Lights tonight

The 13th annual Parade of Lights begins 5 p.m. Saturday at Lampe Park, continues on Highway 395 and ends in Minden Park at about 6 p.m. The theme of this year's annual Parade of Lights is "Old Fashioned Holiday."

Holiday season warming up

The fifth annual Let There Be Light Christmas home decorating contest is underway. There are cash prizes for first through third places in the contest, not to mention adding Christmas spirit to the valley. You must enter by Dec. 4 at (530) 495-2508, with the judging taking place Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Get in the spirit and enter your home in this fun contest.

Minden Christmas event begins Friday

Minden's annual Weihnachts Strasse Fest, German Christmas Market, opens noon, Friday in the old C.O.D. Garage.

Donations stock food closet shelves

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet received the following donations for the month of October. Canned goods and nonperishables received

Carson Valley chapter in existence since 1914

During the November Stated Meeting, the Masons of Carson Valley Lodge No. 33 of Gardnerville recognized 17 Past Masters.

Childcare available in Johnson Lane

Terra and her husband Andrew Huber grew up in Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley but a year ago they decided to live here in the Johnson Lane area. Terra said the typical one acre lot size was appealing to her for the children to have lots of room to play. They found a lovely home off Stephanie that is in a very quiet neighborhood. They also felt Piñon Hills Elementary School was the best school in the Valley for their children to be educated.

Authors gather at library for book signing and discussion

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden hosts an evening with local authors, 5:30-7:30 tonight. Children's book author Linda Chambers, children's book author Jim Darrough, ecologist and poet Craig Downer, author and musician Robert Frost, cowboy poet Ken Gardner and mystery writer Frank Rocha will be available for book signing and discussion.

Minden German Christmas Market opens today

Minden's annual Weihnachts Strasse Fest, German Christmas Market, opens noon today in the old C.O.D. Garage.

Friday, November 23

A stress-free holiday dinner

I'm writing this the morning after Thanksgiving, which is usually a day after I've overdone it with too much food, drink and stress. But I didn't overdo it this Thanksgiving and I have to say it's a good thing.

Wednesday, November 21

Baseball: Hadlock signs with Cal Poly

He made his mind up nearly a year ago, but Douglas High senior Jordan Hadlock made it official Wednesday afternoon.

R-C Sports Notebook: The All-Since-I've-Been-Here Football team

I've found myself in the last couple of months saying the phrase, "He's one of the best (fill in the blank) I've seen since I've been here."

Football: Douglas Pop Warner in regional semifinals

As a football coach, maybe once or twice a season the thought crosses your mind that your defense could shut out another team.

Wrestling preview: Tigers look for three-peat

As the Douglas High School wrestling team funnelled into the school's small gymnasium for the first official week of practice, coach Lamont McCann gave his squad a little extra incentive.

Water news and bear sightings

Have you noticed the flyers from our Ruhenstroth Water Resource Planning Committee posted at the mailboxes? The committee has updated our Web site with some very important information in a frequently asked questions link.

Historical society holiday happenings coming up

It's almost here! I don't mean Christmas; that will be here soon enough. What's almost here is Dec. 1, Student Day. Santa's sleigh is already on the front porch of the Carson Valley Museum. Soon it will be decorated with bells and packages and a Christmas tree or two. And of course, Santa will be here to take pictures with your kids. He'll be here between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 and photos are $5 each.

Thanksgiving is about friends

The holiday season is officially here and I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, I know we did. But, it was a time, at least for me, to think about those who would not be with us this year. I guess that is some of what Thanksgiving is all about; a time to be thankful for all of those who have touched our lives in one way or the other and have left us with a smile and happy memories when they are thought of, even though they are no longer with us.

Tuesday, November 20

Oh Christmas tree

For many folks, the weekend after Thanksgiving is the beginning of the Ho! Ho! Ho! season. Many people will be ringing in their holiday season by putting up a Christmas tree, whether it is a cut, faux or living tree.

Monday, November 19

Swimming: Dolfins enjoy successful run at state

Thirty-nine Douglas Dolfins swam at the Fall 2007 state swimming championships in Carson City last weekend.

Girls' Basketball Preview: Veteran team expecting big things

A quick glance down the 2007-08 Douglas High School girls' basketball roster gives off the impression that coach Werner Christen just photocopied last seasons and submitted it this year.

Updates on former Tiger standouts

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: McIntosh had two solo tackles and one assist in Nevada's 28-26 loss to Hawaii Friday night.

'Nutcracker ballet' in Carson

The Pinkerton Ballet Theatre presents its 19th annual production of "The Nutcracker" ballet Thanksgiving weekend at the Carson City Community Center.

Christmas social at Walker Center

Dec. 8, the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Christmas social at the Walker Community Center. Social hour with a no-host bar is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner immediately after. The cost for this evening will be $10 per person. They will have karaoke, raffles and a dessert auction. Reservations need to be made by Dec. 4 at (530) 495-9666 or (530) 495-2508.

What are you thankful for?

Talking with some children and staff members at Piñon Hills Elementary School about what they were thankful for, this is what I heard. Gage Hoyle said he was thankful for the green grass. He must have meant this summer because my grass is yellow now.

Seniors shuttle to Carson for 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town'

Seven people who may not have a chance to go to the movies are getting a free ride Monday to see "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" at the new Galaxy Theater in Carson City courtesy of the Douglas County Senior Center.

Don't be late for Mad Hatter's tea party

Don't be late for an important date like the White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland." Tickets are available now for the Douglas County Historical Society's Mad Hatters Holiday Tea is 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Friday, November 16

Sports Fodder: Chances for Nevada depend on defense

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Christmas kickoff set for Wednesday

The Town of Gardnerville presents the third Carson Valley Christmas Season Kick Off, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Heritage Park pavilion.

Carson Valley Art Association's scholarship show a success

The members of the Carson Valley Art Association would like to thank the merchants, artists and individual community members who, through their donations, helped make the 2007 Carson Valley Art Association's Scholarship Benefit Show a huge success.

Sagehens thank donors

The Topaz Sagehens would like to thank all the merchants and our generous community for the donations of raffle prizes, help and support for the two big fundraisers, the fall boutique and the spring rummage sale. The money raised from these two annual events goes back to our community.

Author gathering at library

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden hosts an evening with local authors, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Children's book author Linda Chambers, children's book author Jim Darrough, ecologist and poet Craig Downer, author and musician Robert Frost, illustrator Helen Martin, cowboy poet Ken Gardner and mystery writer Frank Rocha will be available for book signing and discussion.

Minden Christmas market begins Nov. 30

Minden's annual Weihnachts Strasse Fest, German Christmas Market, opens noon, Nov. 30 in the old C.O.D. Garage.

Thursday, November 15

Douglas High to host alumni basketball tournament

An alumni athletic tournament isn't a brand-new idea, but the Douglas High School All-Sports Boosters club decided to give one a try in an effort to create a yearly tradition at the beginning of every basketball season.

Fall Sports: Douglas places 7 on first-team All-Sierra League squads

The All-Sierra League postseason honors teams were announced over the weekend for soccer and volleyball.

Football: Douglas program turning into a perennial power

Starting about six years ago, things started to change around the Douglas High School football program.


A funeral service is 2 p.m. today at the Full Gospel Fellowship Church at 921 Mitch Drive, Gardnerville Ranchos for Lucille Coulston, 88, who died at home in Topaz Ranch Estates, Nov. 9, 2007.

Soroptimists seek applicants

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, seeks applicants for three of its women's award programs.

Wednesday, November 14

Motocross: Valley youth wins national title

Ty Tremaine has much the same dream as one would expect from any other sixth-grade boy in Carson Valley.

Book signing by Gardnerville author

Gardnerville author Tomacina Hochgurtel signs copies of her book, "Aunt Mommy," noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Borders Books.

Kiwanis host Turkey Bingo

The Carson Valley Kiwanis Club hosts its annual Turkey Bingo Saturday at the CVIC Hall in Minden. This year there are two sessions - 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Bingo cards are 25 cents each per game, no limit to the number of cards. Games last until all turkeys are given away and the grand prize of a DVD player is awarded.

Northwest Martial Artists win awards

Members of the Northwest Martial Arts team brought home awards from a competition they recently attended in Sacramento.

A conversation with Frank the Farmer

A local lady who read my conversations with Bo the Builder suggested I talk with her friend Frank the Farmer for another point of view. "You and Bo are too jaded," she chided.

Uncomplicated Christian faith

About a third of the world's population embraces the Christian faith. The historical impact of Christianity on every segment of society has always been, and is today, very significant. Yet, for all this, Christian faith is unbelievably simple.

Teton photo wins club contest

John Dykes was driving through Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming when he spotted several people with cameras parked along the Snake River. He took several photos himself and decided to return early the next day to record the scene in the morning light.

Time for Elks spaghetti feed

It's time to tap into that holiday spirit - the annual lighting of the Minden gazebo and tree will take place on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.

Museum lecture attracts 100

Thank you to everyone who came out for Terri Geissinger's presentation on Lottie Johl and Bodie. Terri was excellent and the entire evening was a huge success with about 100 people in attendance. Thank you for such wonderful support.

Remembering Sgt. Phillip Allen Bocks

It is always so hard to hear about the loss of any military personnel in the Middle East conflict this country is facing right now. To me it means another one of this country's youngest and brightest hopes for our future is forever gone. It hits me even harder when the lost life is someone I have met and talked with. Such is the case of Sgt. Phillip Bocks, who lost his life in Afghanistan, on Nov. 9.


A Rosary and memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for Gregory Raymond Gibbons, 85, who died Nov. 6, 2007, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Tuesday, November 13

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts through Nov. 11

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Bye week. Jake Peterson, soph., LB, Pennsylvania: Did not play in Penn's 23-7 loss to Harvard.

R-C Sports Notebook: Saluting a special group of seniors

"It was just something special," Douglas boys' soccer coach Milko Vasquez said Monday afternoon, almost under his breath, thinking back on the last three months.

Forgetting the bad, remembering the good

Russ Earnest returned from a 14-month mission as part of the Nevada National Guard in Iraq on Sept. 1, 2007, and said he's trying to remember the good and forget the bad.

Bingo Knights benefits Kids & Horses tonight

The Gardnerville council of the Knights of Columbus is dedicating tonight's bingo night to the Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit organization in Carson Valley that provides a bridge leading to a life of freedom and self-fulfillment for children and adults with physical and/or emotional disabilities

A privilege to live among wild horses

Most people who read my Fish Springs Flier already know my feelings about the wild horses. Ever since we found the little mile-high valley of Fish Spring Flat back in 1978 we fell in love with it and all it's wild animals - including a few interesting homesteaders too.

Visiting Butterfly Town, Pacific Grove

I just visited Pacific Grove, Calif., known as Butterfly Town USA. At the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, I looked at what appeared to be a grove of eucalyptus trees

Monday, November 12

All-Sierra League teams released for volleyball, soccer

The All-Sierra League postseason honors team were announced over the weekend for soccer and volleyball.

Girls' Basketball: CVMS wraps up season

The Carson Valley Middle School girls' basketball teams wrapped up their seasons with successful records.

Football: Coleville's dream season comes to an end

After surprising the rest of the state and putting together a 10-game dream run into the Nevada 1A State Semifinals, the Coleville football team met its match Saturday.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas final season statistics

20-5-1 overall, 10-3-1 Sierra League, 6-0-1 home, 5-4 away, 7-1 neutral, 19-4-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Mountain lion returnsto Johnson Lane

I have spoken with several Johnson Lane residents who all had something to share about the mountain lion. She's back, but perhaps she never left. Recently she (or it could be a he) has gotten very bold as she has attacked two neighborhood dogs on Halloween evening.

Sometimes it's hip to talk like a hick

My very best friend likes to check out all kinds of music so we've been watching MTV, VH1 and CMT. After not seeing cable in a while, my observations are that MTV videos have to do with pole dancing in bars, VH1 videos are filmed in airplane hangars and people in Country Music Television videos like to hang out in convenience stores.

Why people won't go to airport plan meetings

The opinion Mr. LaSor wrote on Nov. 7, 2007, ignores the message and attacks the messengers. Instead of explaining his total disregard to the voters' wishes, he chose namecalling as his vehicle.

Gingerbread contest entries wanted

The Carson Valley Arts Council's third annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is Dec. 3-15 at Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. Entry deadline is Dec. 1. Gingerbread houses will be displayed at the museum until Dec. 15 with a reception 1-3 p.m. Dec. 3.

Thanks to all troops

Last week, six members of VFW Post 3567 were honored at the Coleville schools for their efforts and sacrifices in past wars.


A funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Smith Valley Baptist Church, 888 Hudson Way, in Smith, for native Nevadan Joseph Edward Giomi, 89. Mr. Giomi died Nov. 7, 2007.

Business licenseis just a new tax

Douglas County has long been on its own in not having a business license tax. The idea has been suggested, but rejected several times because our business community has rightly pointed out that it would just be another source of revenue for the county.

Saturday, November 10

Boys' Soccer: Douglas comes up just short in state title game

Pitted against a team with superior speed and superior numbers, the Douglas boys' soccer team gave all it possibly could Saturday afternoon in the state title game.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas advances to state title game

After last weekend's regional title win over South Tahoe, Douglas boys' soccer coach Milko Vasquez called starting goalie Jose Alcaraz the team's MVP.

Friday, November 9

Western Nevada drops women's soccer

The Western Nevada College women's soccer team was proving to be possibly one of the nation's top programs - both athletically and academically - in the making. It will never be known what the program could have been.

Fun in the sun for less than a bill

I squeezed a full work week into four days to take a Friday off to do something outside on a beautiful day. Fishing was supposed to be crummy because the flow was way down so I suggested to My Very Best Friend that we should go to Apple Hill. He said we spent too much money the last time we went.

Children's Book Week events at Borders on Saturday

The Friends of the Douglas County Library celebrate Children's Book Week on Saturday, at Borders Books, 911 Topsy Lane, Carson City. Volunteers from the Share a Book read aloud program at Meneley Elementary School in Gardnerville provide children's story times in the children's section at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.


A memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Autumn Funerals & Cremation in Carson City for Sandra Neil Lewis, a Topaz Ranch Estates resident, who died, Nov. 3, 2007. She was 63 years old.

Here's an idea for a new rule

A few people keep too many dogs, so there's an ordinance against that. Someone left their sandwich board sign out where somebody tripped over it, so there's an ordinance about that.

Thursday, November 8

Pop Warner: Junior Midgets advance to Snowbowl

The Douglas Tigers Pop Warner Junior Midget football team advanced to Saturday's Snowbowl Championship game with a win over the Reno Patriots 27-0 Friday night.

Girls' Soccer: Seniors set the tone for the future

This year's Douglas girls' soccer team will lose six starters to graduation, but the Tigers will retain their top three goal-scorers and three of their top-five leaders in assists.

Volleyball: Tigers' dream season comes up just short

It doesn't get much closer than Saturday's five-game epic regional championship match between Douglas and Reno.

Cross Country: Faith Christian Academy completes first season

Faith Christian Academy, a middle school based in the Gardnerville Ranchos, completed its first cross country season this fall.

Operation Postcard

Thousands of service men and women will have holiday greetings on Christmas thanks to the efforts of the Blue Star Moms' Operation Postcard. Carson Valley Blue Star Moms have about 10,000 recycled Christmas cards to distribute and send to U.S. troops this year.

Support is main focus

Debra York's son, Marine Lance Cpl. Nathan York, drives one of the five brand-new mine-resistant Cougar vehicles with bullet-proof glass in Fallujah, Iraq.

Wednesday, November 7

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls

Top Ten Through Nov. 3 (First place votes are in parentheses, ties are broken by highest average vote)

Winter sports schedules released

Varsity Boys Nov. 17: Scrimmage: Westwood Senior High School

Age not slowing Valley tennis player down

It's not uncommon for Carson Valley resident Brad Childers to see someone more than half his age standing on the other side of the net.

Carson Valley Men's Golf Club results

The Carson Valley Men's golf club hosted a four-man team, two best ball tournament on Sunday at the Carson Valley Golf Course.

Applications being accepted for Snyder scholarships

The Nicole Snyder Memorial Scholarship fund is offering various scholarships for Douglas High School students graduating in June 2008 who wish to pursue their studies at any level of post-secondary education, including trade schools and vocational training facilities.

Pray-4- Snow benefit party at Jimmy G's

The Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club serve drinks at Jimmie G's Smokin' Hot Cigar Bar, 1595 Highway 395 in Minden, 8 p.m. tonight to benefit Austin's House and the Douglas County CASA Program.

Account set up for man injured in accident

An account has been opened at Greater Nevada Credit Union to benefit 24-year-old Marshal Wright, who is in a coma after he was involved in a traffic accident near Ukiah, Calif., on Oct. 30.

State 4-H exposition results

The State 4-H Exposition was held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville on Oct. 12-14. There were 215 4-H Club members who exhibited 614 entries at the event that was hosted by Douglas County 4-H.

Douglas County history unfolds in Remember When column

Among the many varied jobs I do at The Record-Courier, the one I find the most enjoyable is doing the Remember When column. It gives me a chance to read the history of Douglas County, as it unfolded, from firsthand information. Granted, journalistic style in the early years was written heavily saturated with personal opinion, but it has given me a great appreciation for just how valuable a newspaper is to a community in recording events, the opinions of the times, the pros and cons of certain issues, a real snapshot of how and why things are the way they are today.

Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department welcomes new member

"This is some of the best experience in my mind in my field," said Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department's newest member, Rhiannon Broersma. "I have friends who do volunteer work (as part of the requirements for the pre-med degree) but don't get the patient contact that I do, such as interviewing people, etc., and the other firefighters are very helpful in training, taking the time to show me different things, and I meet a lot of good people."

We know the one who holds the future

On our journey to finding rest in a restless world, last time we looked at our past and how we need to understand that we do not need to carry guilt from the sins of our past. We examined King David's life and how he had fallen so badly, yet when he repented, he was forgiven and restored. None of us have sinned any worse than David. We found out that the day we were born again we were as clean as we will ever be.

Green roofs can save energy

Green roofs may be next the eco-building design wave. A green roof is planted with vegetation to allow for water absorption. Green roofs are widely used in Europe.

Tuesday, November 6

R-C Sports Notebook: A tip of the hat to the boys' soccer team

It was just 12 weeks ago that Douglas boys' soccer coach Milko Vasquez surveyed his 2007 team across the practice field and talked frankly about what a struggle it would be to even make the Northern 4A Regional Playoffs this season, just considering the sheer level of talent in the Sierra League.

Fall Athletics: Individual sports reap postseason honors

To say that the individual sports at Douglas High School accomplished something special this fall would be somewhat of an understatement.

Stralings celebrate golden anniversary

George and Patricia Straling were married Nov. 9, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colton, Calif. The maid of honor was Patricia's sister, Theresa Powell. George's best man was Carl Westby.

Concrete example of bad planning

Another cement wall is going up on the north end of Minden following last weeks' approval of Minden Gateway Center by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners - yet another symptom of the Douglas County's planning system's inability to provide the kind of quality planning critical to keeping Carson Valley beautiful.

Carnival to benefit Toys for Tots, food closet

Play carnival games, win prizes and help support Toys for Tots and the Carson Valley Community Food Closet at the Carson Valley Cares Carnival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Northwest Martial Arts, 1321 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Historical society's October photo contest results in

The October photo contest winner is Becky Stockwell of Gardnerville. Runners up are Irene Gutierrez and Kathleen Belles, both of Gardnerville. The winning 2009 calendar pages are on display at the entrance desk at the Carson Valley Museum in Gardnerville. Thanks to everyone who entered. Your October pictures were really great.

Monday, November 5

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Had an assisted tackle in Nevada's 40-38 win over New Mexico State.

Girls' Soccer: Douglas final season statistics

13-6-1 overall, 9-4-1 Sierra League, 6-1-1 home, 5-3 away, 2-2 neutral, 13-6-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Nov. 3

19-4-1 overall, 10-3-1 Sierra League, 6-0-1 home, 5-4 away, 6-0 neutral, 19-4-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Volleyball: Douglas final season statistics

33-5 overall, 13-1 Sierra League, 9-1 home, 9-0 away, 15-4 neutral, 20-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams, 82-23 games

Football: Douglas final season statistics

8-3 overall, 6-1 Sierra League, 3-3 home, 5-0 away, 0-0 neutral, 8-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Youth Soccer: Net Rippers make Lodi tournament finals

The Carson Valley Net Rippers girls' soccer team continued their success this fall with an appearance in the championship game at the Lodi Fall Classic.

Cross Country: Lindsey, Love take state runner-up honors over the weekend

Douglas High senior Whitney Lindsey's biggest goal heading into the state cross country championships at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno Saturday was simply to break 20 minutes on the course she'd come to know so well during her three-year career at Douglas.

Caucuses only time for input on nominee

It will be a year before Douglas County residents vote in the general election but preparations for what has already been a long political season are under way.

Coleville football undefeated

After 15 years of not reaching the playoffs in their league, the Coleville Wolves football team is now 10-0 for the season.

Fall means burn season

This is my least favorite time of the year. The garden is shriveled up and brown and almost all the deciduous trees in my yard have lost their leaves. We've gone from a lush green park to a light brown color in the backyard. Thank God for the evergreens. That's what pulls me through to spring when we can once again feel the joy of the colors green, red, yellow and white.

Knights donate to Austin's House

The Gardnerville Knights of Columbus presented a check for $1,000 to Pam Wise, director of the Carson Valley Children's Center on Nov. 1. The funds were raised for Austin's House during the Knights of Columbus Bingo Night on Aug. 24.

Gallery adds Western music

Lacy J. Dalton's CD, "Last Wild Place Anthology," has been added to the Western artists during the 22nd anniversary show at Lone Tree Gallery & Custom Framing in Minden, continuing through Nov. 24.

Elks bingo, spaghetti feed Friday

The Elks Lodge bring in the holiday season with a spaghetti feed and Christmas tree bingo event, Friday at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

So you think you're funny?

Three students earned diplomas earlier this month by getting on stage in front of a live audience and performing standup comedy acts.

Thank defenders of our freedom on Veteran's Day

Today is Veterans' Day - a special day set aside to remember all those defenders of our freedom and our many fallen heroes. Remember, "the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." Thank a vet today.

Art show results

The Carson Valley Art Association scholarship show featured 140 entries from artists from Carson Valley, Carson City, Stateline, Incline Village and Markleeville, including some of Mary Kay Kaluza's Douglas High School photography students.

Sunday, November 4

Football: Coleville upends Wells in first round

Only one question remains following Coleville's 52-38 first round playoff drubbing of Wells Saturday in Coleville.

Volleyball: Reno upends Douglas in regional title match

With the two best teams in the region on the floor Saturday night in the Northern 4A Regional Volleyball championship, two things became readily apparent.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas wins regional title

Of anyone to face off against in the Northern 4A Regional Championship Game, the South Tahoe Vikings were probably the last team in the world the Douglas boys' soccer team would have chosen.

Saturday, November 3

Volleyball: Douglas tops Fallon to advance to semifinals

The Douglas High School volleyball team advanced to the Northern 4A Regional semifinals with a three-game win over Fallon Friday night at Galena High School, 25-13, 27-25, 25-23.

Football: Reed runs away with playoff win over Douglas

Bad weather has plagued Douglas football playoff games at home for the last five years.

Tigers behind Reed at half-time

The Douglas Tigers are trailing Reed 23-0 at half-time in Minden.

Friday, November 2

Football: Coleville caps dream season with first playoff berth in 15 years

Tucked away just off Highway 395 South, players clad in blue jerseys and yellow practice pants trickle out on to the football field at Coleville High School.

Letters to the Editor

Water victory will be shortlived


Celebration of life will be planned at a future date for Les Benis, 75, a 12-year Minden resident, who died Oct. 29, 2007. He was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Budapest, Hungary, to Joszef and Lidia Benis, he emigrated to the United States after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Fear of airport master plan misplaced

Record-Courier readers have now heard from two critics of the airport master planning process. It is time for a little balance in this discussion.

November means working among the cows

November means weaning around here. With the few animals carrying our brand it is a pretty simple process. But not uneventful.

Kent, Luce wed

Katie Kent, daughter of Annette Lilly and James Kent of Gardnerville and Jim Luce, son of Michael and Sandy Luce of Las Vegas and Auburn, Wash., were married, Aug. 24, 2007, during a ceremony at The Ridge Tahoe, Lake Tahoe.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas clinches state berth with win over Reed

Through the first half of Thursday night's Northern 4A Regional Boys' Soccer semifinal match-up between Douglas and Reed, a casual observer might have thought the Tigers had already packed up their offense for the season.

Thursday, November 1

Girls' Soccer: South Tahoe squeaks past Lady Tigers

With their season on the line, the Douglas girls' soccer team came up with one of their most physical and well-played games of the season.

Garden-inspired decorating ideas

As the holiday season fast approaches, thoughts turn to garden-inspired decorating ideas. Fall pruning yields an abundance of greens - juniper, pine, spruce and others. It may also provide berries and colorful foliage from pyracantha, viburnum, holly, and even rose bushes. Why not combine fall pruning with holiday decorating?