Stories for October 2007


Wednesday, October 31

Scarselli presents Veteran's Day program

All veterans and active military personnel in our community are invited to attend a special performance by Scarselli Elementary School students on 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Table setting event set

Holiday Forecast is the theme for the second annual Adventures in Table Setting event sponsored by the Douglas County Republican Women, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, at Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville. Proceeds from the event support scholarships given in June.

Soroptimists grant $65,000

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley awarded $65,000 in grants at their fourth annual awards luncheon at the Carson Valley Inn on Oct. 23.


Editor's Note: Services for Mary Clifton were incorrect in Wednesday's edition.

Plan a good start to future

Douglas County was settled by thrifty people made more so by a lack of resources. They followed the farmer's code of make it do or do without.

Valley artists place in Nevada Day show

The awards for the 57th annual Nevada Day Show sponsored by the Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Art Gallery in Carson City were announced with an artist reception at the gallery Oct. 27.

TRE road project done before winter

In a phone call from Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District's Operations Manager, Ole Chavez, proudly announced the completion of 3.3 miles of road base upgrades on the following roads: Diamond, Flint, Breccia, Rock, Opal, Agate, Ruby, Garnet, Pine Nut, Piñon, Spattercone, Marble, Slate Court and Lava.

Future of airport riding on planning process

Editor's Note: This is an open letter to Douglas County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Doug Johnson

Tuesday, October 30

R-C Sports Notebook: Lindsey completes rare trifecta

When Douglas High senior cross country runner Whitney Lindsey crossed the finish line nearly 18 seconds ahead of her nearest competition at the Northern 4A Regional Championships at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno last week, the fact that she'd become the school's first female individual champion in the sport was impressive enough on its own.

JV/Frosh Roundup: JV, freshman football teams wrap up perfect years

The Douglas junior varsity football team wrapped up a 7-0 season last week with a 13-7 win at Carson.

Volleyball: Coleville wins 4th-straight league title

The Coleville Wolves volleyball team picked up three wins last week to claim its fourth-consecutive Western 1A title.

Douglas graduate directs Oswego theater production

Gardnerville resident Lucaya Luckey-Bethany, a senior theater major at the State University of New York at Oswego, will direct the college's student honors production, "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek," opening Nov. 13 in Tyler Hall's lab theater.

Second Saturday events

November brings some special activities to the Carson Valley Art Gallery Association's Second Saturday events.

Cruising as much about the company as the scenery

How is it possible to fly 2,500 miles, cruise for eight days through the Hawaiian Islands, sail for five more days to Ensenada, Mexico, and the first words I want to put down on paper are Faina and Ellis?

Gingerbread structures 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.

Saturday is Student Day at museum

Tomorrow is the first Saturday in November, otherwise known as Student Day. This time Miss Clara Ritger of Genoa will portray Billie Jean Rightmire, our Douglas County Historical Society historian. Hans Meyer-Kassel, the world famous artist who lived in Genoa, was a neighbor of Billie Jean when she was a young girl. Like all young kids, Billie Jean loved to fish. Come find out what a world famous artist and a young fisherman have in common. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with guided tours of the museum at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Monday, October 29

Boys' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 26

17-4-1 overall, 10-3-1 Sierra League, 6-0-1 home, 5-4 away, 4-0 neutral, 17-4-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Volleyball: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 24

31-4 overall, 13-1 Sierra League, 9-1 home, 9-0 away, 13-3 neutral, 20-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams, 74-19 games

Football: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 24

8-2 overall, 6-1 Sierra League, 3-2 home, 5-0 away, 0-0 neutral, 8-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Girls' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 25

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

Forum about Medicareat Walker Senior Center

Thursday, Nov. 15, from 1-3 p.m. at the Walker Senior Center the Inyo Mono Area Agency on Aging will be holding a forum to educate us about all parts of Medicare, as they are scheduled for 2008. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this very important information session. For further information, call (530) 495-2323.

Halloween can be exciting and scary

In the early 1970s, I remember one Halloween in particular, that was very different from what most children experience.

Museum series continues with lecture on Bodie

The Douglas County Historical Society's lecture series continues 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville. This month's topic is the California ghost town of Bodie by Terri Geissinger who will speak in the character of one of the town's inhabitants.

WHAT is what's on TV

WHAT is a new television show produced by Mardi Lester and Michael Smith telling the who, the where and the why. WHAT focuses on the passion of an individual or group for the benefit of others. WHAT tries to let these people communicate their passion through the camera lens of Mardi Lester or Michael Smith.

Water challenges a challenge

Last week was a pretty good one for Douglas County. The Nevada Water Engineer finally brought some sanity to the challenges by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe against water rights transfers within Carson Valley.

Sunday, October 28

Boys' Soccer: Late goal propels Tigers in first round

When the Elko boys' soccer team was awarded a corner kick well into injury time with the score tied at one against Douglas toward the end of the second half Saturday afternoon, the Indians decided to play for the win.

Saturday, October 27

Girls' Soccer: Douglas tops Elko in overtime

The Douglas HIgh girls' soccer team came up with a clutch win in overtime against Elko Friday afternoon in the first round of the Northern 4A State Girls' Soccer Playoffs at Damonte Ranch HIgh School.

Friday, October 26

Geneology meeting Nov. 1

The Douglas County Genealogy Group's workshop is 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Douglas County Public Library where holiday gift ideas for children and grandchildren will be discussed.

Truck donated to food closet

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet took delivery of a brand new 2007 GMC panel truck donated by Big George Ventures and Steve (in memory of).

Kudos for 4-H Fall Festival and pumpkin patch

Douglas County 4-H would like to thank the following people for their contributions of donations and services at the 12th annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 6.

Cross Country: Lindsey wins regional title

Douglas High's Whitney Lindsey became the school's first female runner to ever win the individual regional cross country title by posting a time of 20:07.92 at the Northern 4A Regional Championship meet at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno.

Volleyball: Douglas captures Sierra League title

It couldn't have gotten much closer between teams so evenly matched, but when the dust cleared on Thursday night's regular-season finale between the Douglas and Reno volleyball teams in Reno, the Tigers emerged with the five-game victory and the Sierra League title.

Football: Peterson runs wild in win over Carson

Douglas High senior tailback Brock Peterson ran for 343 yards, believed to be a school record, and three touchdowns Thursday night as the Tiger football team used a big second half to blow past rival Carson 48-20 in Carson City.

Thursday, October 25

Tigers ahead of rival Senators 14-12

The Douglas Tigers carried a 2-point lead over rival Carson Senators at half time.

Pop Warner Football: Pee Wees stay unbeaten against Patriots

The Douglas Tiger Pee Wee football team prevailed 12-6 over the previously undefeated Reno Patriots in a hard fought thriller on Friday night at Stodick Park.

Rusted Chain Gang rides again and again

Mike Garcia leads social rides from his home behind Douglas High School on beach cruiser bicycles almost every day.

Changing the airport into a biz jet center

If I was a county official intent on converting Minden-Tahoe airport to a jet center, what would I do? Before I answer, a bit about myself and the airport development process.


A public memorial Mass will be 1 p.m. today at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for Mary Marcelline Clifton, 77, who died Oct. 24, 2007.

To feed or not to feed

To feed or not to feed, that is the question. And, I'm not talking about the bear controversy. I'm talking about birds. I'm an avid birder and love to watch the many species around my home. Each fall, I start hanging various feeders throughout the yard, including thistle socks, hangers for black-oil sunflower seeds and other mixes and a suet feeder too.

Dakota Organizationpresents ' The Nerd'

The Dakota Organization presents "The Nerd," Nov. 8-11 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Christmas in Sierra

"Christmas in the Sierra" returns to the Genoa Town Hall for performances at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 15.

Gallery of Trees sign-ups

It's time to sign up to furnish decorated Christmas trees for Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center's 11th annual Gallery of Trees.

Wednesday, October 24

JV/Frosh Roundup: Tiger freshmen roll to win

Bolstered by some outstanding play from its special teams units, the Douglas High School freshman football team beat South Tahoe 58-0 on Saturday.

Volleyball: Tiger spikers sweep Hug, set up title match with Reno

Aces were the name of the game Tuesday night as Douglas recorded an impressive 25 of them in a three-game sweep of Hug in the Tigers' home finale.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll

Top Ten Through Oct. 21 (First place votes are in parentheses, ties are broken by highest average vote) TeamPtsPvs

Airport plan must fly thin line

Work on a plan has been ongoing for the Minden-Tahoe Airport since commissioners set a committee to the task early this year.

Thanks for the nice casino

While I'm no fan of his hillbillies casino, I do thank Max Baer for shining a clear light on some of the problems with governance in Douglas County. Let's take a look.

What Nevada Day means to me

As a kid growing up in Las Vegas, I always thought we were out of school every Oct. 31 because it was Halloween. In those days, Nevada Day was on Oct. 31, even if it fell in the middle of the week.

Ferocious fires burning

We sure lost a lot of sleep last week during all those ferocious fires in Southern California.

Be compassionate as God is compassionate

Many have pondered - just what is the central quality or thread running through the Gospels? The short answer is Jesus. It's obvious to most Christians that Jesus is the whole point of the New Testament.


A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Coventry Cross Episcopal Church in Minden for Beatrice Schroth Kibler Lindsay, 89, who died Oct. 17, 2007, in Gardnerville.

Check out museum's Main Street Bookstore

The Douglas County Historical Society has had so many events and lectures going on this year, we haven't taken much time to look at what is inside the Carson Valley Museum in Gardnerville. Even though we still have a lot of events to talk about, I thought we might take a moment to look at the Main Street Bookstore.

Janice's right foot

A recent injury to Janice Johnson's right foot brought back some fun but rather painful memories.

Girls' Soccer: South Tahoe upends Douglas

The South Tahoe girls' soccer team put the wraps on an undefeated season Tuesday night while ending Douglas High's 17-game unbeaten streak at home in the same stroke.

Tuesday, October 23

R-C Sports Notebook: Playoff picture shaping up

It's that time of year again when the regular season gets more or less erased and each qualifying team takes its best shot at the regional title with the onset of the fall playoffs.

Updates on former Tiger standouts

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Had an assisted tackle in Nevada's 31-28 win over Utah State.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas settles for tie with South Tahoe

Douglas High's Kyle Gardner stole a victory away from the South Tahoe boys' soccer team Monday night, scoring a goal in the 79th minute as the teams settled for a 1-1 tie Monday evening in Minden.

Lone Tree Gallery celebrates 22 years

Lone Tree Gallery & Custom Framing celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a reception, 4-9 p.m. Friday, in the gallery, 1598 Esmeralda Ave., downtown Minden.

Monday, October 22

Obituaries: Jeffrey H. Wright

A funeral service was Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dayton, for Jeffrey Hugh Wright, 57, who died on Oct. 17, 2007 in Dayton.

Cross Country: Falcons third at Rite of Passage

The Sierra Lutheran High School cross country team competed in the last race of the regular season leading into this week's regional championships at Carlin.

Football: Coleville clinches league title

The Coleville High School football team wrapped up a perfect 9-0 season and clinched the Western 1A league title with a 70-0 whipping of McDermitt.

Tennis: Tigers ousted in first round

With entries at the state tournament for the first time in several years, Douglas High put on a bit of a show in the first round.

Boys' Tennis: Douglas final season statistics

5-6 overall, 5-3 Sierra League, 2-3 home, 3-3 away, 0-0 neutral, 5-6 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Girls Tennis: Douglas final season statistics

Singles: 71-33 Doubles: 58-42

Girls' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 20

12-5-1 overall, 9-3-1 Sierra League, 6-0-1 home, 5-3 away, 1-2 neutral, 12-5-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Girls' Soccer: Tigers pick up win at North Valleys

Ally Freitas scored two goals to lead the Lady Tigers to a 6-1 win over North Valleys Saturday.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 20

16-4 overall, 10-3 Sierra League, 6-0 home, 5-4 away, 3-0 neutral, 16-4 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Soccer: Douglas shuts out North Valleys

The Douglas boys' soccer team moved within a game of clinching its first Sierra League title Saturday, beating North Valleys 3-0.

Volleyball: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 18

29-4 overall, 11-1 Sierra League, 8-1 home, 8-0 away, 13-3 neutral, 18-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams, 68-17 games

Football: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 20

7-2 overall, 5-1 Sierra League, 3-2 home, 4-0 away, 0-0 neutral, 7-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Football: Douglas picks up big win over South Tahoe

South Tahoe High hadn't forgotten the 75-7 shellacking Douglas administered in their previous confrontation.

Art events

-- Artisans International Gallery presents an exhibit of work on the theme of "Love Me Tender" by local artists in a variety of media Jan. 8 to Feb. 16.

Play auditions Nov. 13

The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company auditions multiple featured leads, dance troupes and choruses for "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Damn Yankees," 6 p.m. Nov. 13, in Sarah Winnemucca Hall at Western Nevada College's Carson City campus.

Rural Nevada living

As we spread further and further into rural open spaces in search of solitude and country lifestyle, why is it that some of us fail to include a mentality for accepting wildlife as part of that lifestyle?


A funeral service was Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dayton, for Jeffrey Hugh Wright, 57, who died on Oct. 17, 2007, in Dayton.

Caring for dogs versus cats

Our daughter and I were reading a school library book last week about the kinds of pets we choose for our families and it got me thinking.

Art students receive scholarships

The Carson Valley Art Association awards yearly scholarships to Douglas County high school students pursuing a career in art. This year's recipients are:

'If Walls Could Talk' coming to area

"If Walls Could Talk," the weekly series Sundays on Home & Gardens TV, is coming to the area to film homes with intriguing pasts and unusual stories.

Saturday, October 20

Friday, October 19

Girls' Soccer: Tigers salvage tie against Carson

Even when it appeared the Douglas girls' soccer unbeaten streak at home would slip away into the night, the Lady Tigers found a way to extend it one more game.

Volleyball: Tiger spikers sweep South Tahoe

The Douglas volleyball team ran its record to 29-4 overall and 11-1 in Sierra League play as the Tigers topped South Tahoe 25-13, 25-14, 25-21 at the Lake Thursday night.

Santoro's Sports Fodder: Nevada-Boise was great on entertainment, bad on football

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . The Wolf Pack football team is going to be faced with an interesting problem next summer. Who is going to be the starting quarterback?

Bridal open house in Genoa on Nov. 3

An open house for future wedding couples to showcase wedding sites and vendors in the historic Nevada town of Genoa is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Genoa Town Hall, 2287 Main St., downtown Genoa.

Dancing and living a dream

Audrey Uhland, one of the 23 members of the Sierra Ballet Theatre Company, has spent 11 of her 17 years dancing. Besides good posture, she said dancing gives her a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Bridal open house

An open house for future wedding couples to showcase wedding sites and vendors in the historic Nevada town of Genoa is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Genoa Town Hall, 2287 Main St., downtown Genoa.

Thursday, October 18

Boys' Soccer: Tigers shut out Damonte Ranch

The Douglas High boys' soccer team kept pace with Carson for first place in the Sierra League with a 5-0 win over Damonte Ranch on Wednesday at home.

Cross Country: Tiger runners pick up big win

The Douglas High boys' and girls' cross country teams picked up a big win in the final conference meet of the regular season Wednesday afternoon at Hug.

Ghosts walk tonight

The Haunted Weekend begins tonight with the Gardnerville Ghost Walk and continues with Carson City Ghost Walk and the Douglas County Historical Society's Mottsville Cemetery Tour on Saturday and the Genoa Ghost Walk on Sunday.

'Steel Magnolias' continues this weekend at CVICthis weekend

The Carson Valley Community Theatre's production of "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling continues tonight through Sunday at the CVIC Hall, downtown Minden. Cost is $15 for general admission with senior, student and group (eight or more) tickets for $12.

'Steel Magnolias' debuts in Minden

"Steel Magnolias" begins with wedding preparations, the sounds of barking dogs and gunshots and a mysterious stranger's arrival to a beauty parlor in a small Louisiana town where everyone knows everyone.


A memorial service was 4 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Spruce and Deseret streets in Minden for Patricia "Tricia" Sherwin, 78, who died at her Minden residence. She was born May 30, 1929.

Wednesday, October 17

Soccer: JV girls' shut out Damonte Ranch, Reno

The Douglas High girls' junior varisty soccer team rolled to a 12-0 win over Damonte Ranch Tuesday afternoon.

Sports Today: Net Rippers win tournament in shootout

The Carson Valley Net Rippers U14 girls' soccer team survived an epic battle with the Diablo Valley Soccer Club that ended with Carson Valley prevailing in the penalty kick round.

Pop Warner: Junior Pee Wees top Truckee 32-6

The Douglas Pop Warner football junior pee wee team remained unbeaten on the season, beating Truckee 32-6.

Volleyball: Coleville tops Eureka

The Coleville volleyball team beat Eureka 25-19, 25-17, 25-13 over the weekend to improve to 20-4 overall on the season.

Girls' Soccer: Lady Tigers topple Damonte Ranch

The Douglas girls' soccer team posted its third shutout in four games and extended its home unbeaten streak with with a 5-0 win over Damonte Ranch Tuesday afternoon.

Volleyball: Douglas sweeps North Valleys

The Douglas volleyball team put on a show Tuesday night, sweeping easily past North Valleys in three games, 25-14, 25-14, 25-10.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

Top Ten Through Oct. 13 (First place votes are in parentheses, ties are broken by highest average vote)

Floating spider webs, horny toads,

It happened last Monday afternoon when we saw lots of long strings of spider cobwebs floating over our backyard. Many were from 10-20 feet long. My husband and I saw this strange phenomenon around the same time last year. It was very curious then, and it's very curious now. I'm wondering where these delicate strings that shimmer in the sunlight are coming from, and where are they going?

Main st for 10-19

Thank you for your support of our September photo contest winner. Feedback has been great. The September winners' photos are on display at the main desk of the Carson Valley Museum in Gardnerville. Stop by and see the winning photo as well as the two runners-up. All three are very good and truly express September in Douglas County.

New to do in TRE

There are a lot of good things to do and a lot of good things to eat in the next couple of weeks. The Sweetwater Shops on Carter Way offer several food choices with the new businesses of Coffee Corral and LG's Off the Grill.

Harvest festival focuses on family fun

My family and I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Carson Valley Harvest Festival at the Corley Ranch last weekend and it was a blast. The folks at the ranch have really outdone themselves and created a welcoming atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

Girls' Golf: Tigers come up short at state

After putting together a six-stroke lead after the first day of competition at the NIAA 4A State Golf Championships in Las Vegas, the Douglas High girls' golf team couldn't find enough to hold off the charge from Silverado.

Tuesday, October 16

R-C Sports Notebook: Freshman girls enjoy historic week

Douglas High, long the bridesmaid, rarely the bride when it came to the country club sports in the Northern 4A, turned the regional hierarchy on its side last week.

Girls' Golf: Lady Tigers in first after Day 1 at state championships

After the first day of the Nevada 4A State Girls' Golf Championships, Douglas held a slim six-stroke lead over second-place Silverado, carding a team 463 compared to the Silverhawks 469.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas upsets Carson

The Douglas boys' soccer team remained perfect on Keith "Duke" Roman Field Monday night, knocking off top-ranked Carson 1-0 to pull into a tie for first place in the Sierra League.

Who would make a perfect county commissioner?

An open letter to Assemblyman James Settelmeyer:

Monday, October 15

Updates on former Tigers through Oct. 14

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Had an assisted tackle in Nevada's 69-67 loss to Boise State.

JV/Freshman Roundup: JV girls' soccer tops Wooster

The Douglas High School junior varsity girls' soccer team put together a 10-0 win over Wooster last week.

1A Roundup: Coleville clinches playoff berth

It's been 15 years, but the Coleville High School football team is going to the playoffs.

Girls' Tennis: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 13

8-3 overall, 7-1 Sierra League, 5-1 home, 3-2 away, 0-0 neutral, 8-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Tennis: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 13

5-6 overall, 5-3 Sierra League, 2-3 home, 3-3 away, 0-0 neutral, 5-6 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Girls' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 12

10-5 overall, 7-3 Sierra League, 5-0 home, 4-3 away, 1-2 neutral, 10-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 13

13-4 overall, 7-3 Sierra League, 4-0 home, 4-4 away, 3-0 neutral, 13-4 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Volleyball: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 11

27-4 overall, 9-1 Sierra League, 7-1 home, 7-0 away, 13-3 neutral, 16-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams, 62-17 games

Football: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 12

6-2 overall, 4-1 Sierra League, 3-2 home, 3-0 away, 0-0 neutral, 6-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams

People and bears a dangerous mix

On Thursday, Douglas County commissioners will discuss expanding an ordinance requiring bear-proof trash cans for East Fork residents who've had documented instances where a bear has raided their trash.


A private family memorial service will be Wednesday for Joy Ann Barker, 63, who died in Gardnerville Oct. 13, 2007, following a 13-year battle with breast cancer.

Donations made to food closet in September

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet has been busy receiving and distributing food to the community during the month of September. Thanks for the generous donations and the volunteers who give their time to help stock and pack groceries for recipients.

Haunted Weekend begins Friday in Gardnerville

For those dying to visit Nevada's oldest cemetery or encounter ghosts of former Carson Valley residents, plan to attend the Haunted Weekend beginning Friday.

Fire safety iseveryone's responsibility

Afire that raged through Centerville last week was a reminder that the days when we could count on an end to fire season are long gone.

Winterizing pond plants

A gardener's work is never done. Fall is the time for winterizing everything, from irrigation systems, tools, and equipment to water features. Water features may include not only ponds and waterfalls, but also fish and plants. How should pond plants be prepared for winter?

Professionals bring dance and drama workshop

The Dance Voyage dance and drama workshop is 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21 at the Plaza Hotel conference center in Carson City.

Flu shots givenat Walker center

Mono County Health Nurse Carolyn Balliet has said that she will give more flu shots as wanted when she is here Oct. 23 for the shingles vaccine clinic. If you would like the shingles vaccination, you need to call her at (760) 924-1832 and make a reservation. She will be at the Walker Senior Center from 2-3 p.m. that day.

Winds, burn pile didn't mix in Centerville

On Oct. 10 at 1 a.m. a two-day old burn pile on our property reignited under strong winds. The fire burned north through our property and reached three of our neighbors.

Head bangin' with a twang

Every song the Xenophobes play starts off - and stays - all out. And in decibel levels appropriate for a larger venue than drummer Fil Corbitt's garage.

Middle school student places in Bishop horse show events

Caitlin George is an eighth grader at Carson Valley Middle School and a Johnson Lane resident. When she was just a year old, her grandmother put her on a horse and she's been riding ever since. Her passion is riding in wild horse and burro competitions.

Elfriede/East fork

Elfriede Short, an original member of the East Fork Gallery, is known for painting Easter eggs in the spring and glass ornaments for Christmas.

Saturday, October 13

Tennis: Ritger wins regional title

Douglas High freshman Amelia Ritger rumbled through the latter half of the Northern 4A Regional Tennis Championships Saturday, beating Galena's Hannah Llop 6-1, 6-4 to win the regional title.

Football: Douglas crushes North Valleys

What was billed heading into the night as a game featuring two of the top running backs in the region quickly turned in the Tiger offensive showcase as the Douglas football team rolled over North Valleys 43-3 in Minden Friday.

Tigers ahead of North Valleys, 29-0 at halftime

At halftime, the Douglas Tigers are leading the North Valleys Panthers, 29-0.

Friday, October 12

Football: Tigers, Panthers clash in league showdown tonight

Something has to give Friday night as North Valleys and region-leading running back Chris Castellanos come to town to take on Douglas and its region-leading defense.

Tennis: Ritger, Barns advance at regionals

The first day of the Northern 4A Regional Tennis Championships saw the two Tigers advance and the rest take a quick exit.

Volleyball: Douglas tops Damonte Ranch

The Douglas High School volleyball team made it a clean sweep of Damonte Ranch, beating the defending state champions for the fourth time this season Thursday night.

Sports Fodder: Packs needs to find a defense ... quick

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Halloween safety tips

As ghosts, goblins and witches prepare to hit the streets in search of fun and treats, the National Fire Protection Association urges caution in order for children and adults to be safe this Halloween. According to a recent report from NFPA, Halloween is the fifth highest day of the year for candle fires, falling in behind Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day and New Year's Eve.

Artisans gallery hosts African group

African music group Anouaze Beat plays at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Artisans International Gallery.

Thursday, October 11

Pop Warner: Pee Wees shut out Wolfpack

The Douglas Tiger Pee Wee Football team pitched another shutout on Friday evening against the Sparks Wolfpack, prevailing 26-0 at Stodick Park.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas shuts out Hug

The Douglas High boys soccer team strengthened its hold on second place with a 3-0 win at Hug on Wednesday.

Republicans meet Sunday

The Douglas County Republican Central Committee hosts a meet and greet event for Republican National Committee co-chairman Jo Ann Davidson, 2- 4 p.m. Sunday at Antioch Coffee Company, 1411 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

Girls' Golf: Tigers claim regional title

The Douglas girls' golf team made a little bit of history Wednesday afternoon at Red Hawk golf course, claiming the school's first golf regional title in 15 years.

Wednesday, October 10

Girls' Soccer: Lady Tigers shut out Hug

Douglas goalie Jamie Greer posted her ninth shutout of the season and the Tiger defense stretched its scoreless streak to 169 minutes in a 2-0 win over Hug Tuesday afternoon in Reno.

Volleyball: Tigers push past Senators in three-game sweep

As the ball drifted to the left side, Douglas High outside hitter Taryn Williams hammered it home for the kill to put the match away and sum it up nicely in one swing of the arm.

Golf: Lady Tigers take commanding lead after Day 1

The Douglas High School girls' golf team posted a new season low with a team score of 422 Tuesday afternoon and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Lady Tigers.

'If Walls Could Talk' coming to area

"If Walls Could Talk" the weekly series Sundays on Home & Gardens TV, is coming to the area to film homes with intriguing pasts and unusual stories. Now in production on its ninth season, the series is about homeowners who make surprising historical discoveries about their homes as they explore and restore them. Some might learn from the "If Walls Could Talk" appraiser that the historic artifacts discovered are worth a fortune.

Gail Davis col for 10-12

The Ruhenstroth Water Planning Steering Committee recently elected officers. They are Jim Liles, chairman; Rick Oliver, vice chairman and Stephanie Hicks, secretary.

September photo winner announced

The winner of the September photo contest is Virginia Henningsen of Gardnerville.

Overstating receipts doesn't benefit anyone

In the Oct. 12, Record-Courier, Dan Holler makes the Max Baer casino look like a financial savior to Douglas County. Dan claims lost sales tax on 130,000 square feet of retail stores displaced by the casino will be a deficit of only $36,000, more than offset by $250,000 in room tax and $182,400 gaming tax, making the county better off by almost $400,000. I doubt it.

Window shooter got a real deal

It has been eight months since David Scott Killen took his wild ride from Stateline, through Carson City, and then down to Gardnerville, shooting up windows and scaring motorists.

Norway daughters meet

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

Photo clubwinners announced

Amateur photographer Kathy Port of Gardnerville Ranchos won Carson Valley Photo Club's top honors for October with a shot of an old car in Bodie, Calif., titled "Fixer Upper."

Another face leaves the scene in Genoa

Last week I attended the farewell party for Genoa postal worker Margaret Elmer, who has given up on Nevada to move to Tyler, Texas.

Moses wanted a little bit more from God

Moses was a man like no other of his time and I dare to say no one since. The Bible says that he spoke with God as we speak to one another. Yet Moses still wanted to know God better.

Beyond basic bulbs

Fall is bulb-planting time. Most people are familiar with the basic bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips. But what about some of the plants commonly called bulbs that are actually corms, rhizomes, tubers or tuberous roots? All of these terms refer to the specialized underground structures that are storage organs for many of our spring-blooming plants.

A band of brothers reunites in San Diego

Have you ever seen a flying boat? This large gray and white airplane with pontoons hanging from the wings was an anti-submarine patrol aircraft during the Vietnam War.

Tuesday, October 9

R-C Sports Notebook: Coleville making its case for league title

Don't look now, but the Coleville football team is making quite a charge just outside the county border.

Youth Soccer: Net Rippers take 3rd in Central California

In most tournaments, the championship game is played at the end, but at the recent tourney in Visalia, the opening game proved to be the tightest contest of the weekend.

Basketball: CVMS off to quick start

The Carson Valley Middle School eighth-grade girls' basketball team has put together a 5-1 record through the first half of the season.

Tennis: Ritger leads Tiger tennis teams into regionals

Heading into this week's Northern 4A Regional Individual Tennis Championships, Douglas High freshman Amelia Ritger will be the Sierra League's No. 1 seed.

JV/Freshmen Roundup: Douglas JV football stays perfect

The Douglas High junior varsity football team improved to 5-0 on the year with a 41-12 victory over Damonte Ranch Friday night.

The day Lucky Bill's fortune changed

Even for someone named Lucky Bill, there would be an indication that things aren't going so well when you know a gallows is being built before the verdict of your trial is decided.

10-9-ANN Borges

Ken and Bea Borges, residents of Johnson Lane in Minden for 16 years, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary in Maui. The couple was married Oct. 11, 1952, at St. Joseph Church in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. The Borges met in high school while attending St. Anthony's Boys and Girls School in Wailuku, Maui.

American principles inherited from Swedish ancestors

The recent immigration crackdowns on illegal aliens has brought to mind so many memories of my own family history. There are darn few of us in this country that can boast the privilege of a heritage that goes back more than three or four generations before we find the roots to our family tree growing in another country.

Construction starts on new Mormon church in Walker

Construction began Saturday on a new building for the Walker Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the existing church property on Highway 395 in Walker.

Monday, October 8

Updates on former Tigers for the week ending Oct. 7

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Played in Nevada's 49-41 loss to Fresno State Saturday.

1A Roundup: Coleville thumps Virginia City football

The Coleville football team ran away with a 52-18 win against Virginia City over the weekend, improving to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in league play on the year.

Girls' Tennis: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 2

8-3 overall, 7-1 Sierra League, 5-1 home, 3-2 away, 0-0 neutral, 8-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Tennis: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 2

5-6 overall, 5-3 Sierra League, 2-3 home, 3-3 away, 0-0 neutral, 5-6 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Volleyball: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 4

25-4 overall, 7-1 Sierra League, 6-1 home, 6-0 away, 13-3 neutral, 14-1 vs. Northern Nevada teams, 56-17 games

Girls' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 6

9-4 overall, 6-2 Sierra League, 5-0 home, 3-2 away, 1-2 neutral, 9-4 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Girls' Soccer: Douglas shuts out Wooster

The Douglas girls' soccer team (9-4, 6-2) posted its eighth shutout of the season and the Tiger offense broke out with a flurry of second-half goals for a 4-0 win.

Boys' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 6

12-3 overall, 6-2 Sierra League, 4-0 home, 3-3 away, 3-0 neutral, 12-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Soccer: Douglas tops Wooster

The Tigers (12-3) gained revenge for a loss to the Colts in the first round. Douglas took a 1-0 lead when Andrew Andraski threw the ball in from about 30 yards and Ross Gardner took it and beat two defenders to score.

Football: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 5

5-2 overall, 3-1 Sierra League, 2-2 home, 3-0 away, 0-0 neutral, 5-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Geneology mtg 10-18

The Douglas County Genealogy Group's second introductory workshop is 9-11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Public Library.

Enormous apples can grow in Nevada

Is it true if you pinch all the flowers except one off your pumpkin plant you will produce one large pumpkin? How does that work with your apple tree? I didn't pinch flowers off my tree, in fact, out of our 20 apple trees, one had four small apples, but to my surprise, our tree named after our oldest son Garrett, who is in the Navy, had one enormous apple. It was large enough to maybe make a whole apple pie itself.

CVIC Hall home to two theater productions

Carson Valley theater enthusiasts can look forward to two plays featuring local talent this fall. Carson Valley Community Theatre production of "Steel Magnolias" will be performed Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. The Dakota Organization presents "The Nerd" on November 8-11.


A graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, at Eastside Memorial Cemetery in Minden for Jimmy Ed Johnson, 75, who died Oct. 8, 2007 in Gardnerville.

Crafts, food, music, rubber ducks at Walker Festival

This Saturday and Sunday is the annual event of crafters, artists and flea marketers, as well as the rubber duck race.

Letters to the Editor

My name is Stephanie Carney and my daughter and I are the victims of David Scott Killen - the victims who did the citizen's arrest that got this young man and his friend out of the Gardnerville Ranchos so they could not harm anyone else.

'Steel Magnolias' opens Friday

Tickets are on sale for the Carson Valley Community Theatre's production of "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Cost is $15 for general admission with senior, student and group (eight or more, purchased in advance) tickets for $12.

Simmons ruling a gag order

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that District Judge Michael Gibbons should not have admonished convicted bank robber Steven John Simmons during his sentencing because Simmons never admitted he committed the crime.

Season ballet PR

The Sierra Ballet Theatre Company's performance of The Seasons, a traditionally classic ballet with a European flair, followed by an upbeat jazz performance, "A British Invasion."

Sunday, October 7

Saturday, October 6

Football: Douglas pulls away late against Damonte Ranch

The Douglas football team pulled away in the second half against Damonte Ranch Friday night, outscoring the Mustangs 27-3 over the final two quarters for a 41-17 win in Reno.

Friday, October 5

Tigers tied with Damonte Ranch at halftime

The Douglas Tigers are tied at halftime with Damonte Ranch in Reno, 14-14.

Football: Douglas at Damonte Ranch tonight

The Douglas High football team will try to rebound against Damonte Ranch tonight after last week's 21-7 loss to Reno.

Falcons strong at cross country invitational

Sierra Lutheran High School performed well at its first showing at Stanford Invitational, one of the West Coast's more prestigious cross country events.

Cross Country: Lindsey wins San Rafael race

The Douglas High cross country team kept striding toward the upcoming regional championships Wednesday as Whintey Lindsey won the girls' league race at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno against Reno and Wooster.

Volleyball: Douglas sweeps Wooster

The Douglas High Volleyball team rebounded from its loss to Reno earlier in the week with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-10 win over Wooster in Minden Tuesday.

Sports Fodder: Swagger has returned to Mackay

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Artists, get ready for the big show

Nevada and California artists are invited to enter their best work in the Carson Valley Artists Association Scholarship Benefit Show, Nov. 2-4 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Proceeds from this show provide scholarships for Douglas and Whittell high school students continuing in art education.

Thursday, October 4

Golf: Tiger golfers claim first Sierra League championship

Tucked away in the portable buildings that border the Douglas High School baseball field, the Lady Tiger golf team gathered around a desk in coach Steve Gustafson's classroom to celebrate Wednesday afternoon.

Boys' Soccer: Senators take advantage of wind in first half, then hang on to defeat Douglas

Adam Updegrove was the smallest player on the field Wednesday night, but he may have had the biggest impact on the game.

Pop Warner: Tiger Midgets top Fallon

The Douglas Pop Warner Midgets got back on the winning track last Saturday with a 33-6 win over the Fallon Greenwave.


'Tis the season for pumpkins, scarecrows and haunted cemeteries and Carson Valley has several events coming up that celebrate the fall season.

Was it quieter here when you were younger?

I and my significant other, who doesn't like to have his name in print so I will call him Bob, were sitting on top of a granite boulder near the summit of Carson Pass on Highway 88 looking down at Red Lake thousands of feet below us. In October things are pretty quiet on the ranch; irrigation is pretty much over, feeding hay is still another month away and the cattle are big enough to be ignored for a few days so Bob and I were hiking in the mountains.

Topaz RanchEstates' beginning

It all started with trying to put the growth of the Topaz Sagehens organization in some sort of chronological order. As I talked to a few of the remaining charter members of the club, I came to realize I was also talking to folks who had lived in Topaz Ranch Estates from the very beginnings of the community and had lived in the same homes for 30 years or more.

Tuesday is Carson River work day Tuesda

Conserve the Carson River Work Day is 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9, at the Park Cattle Co. on the site of the old Dangberg Ranch on Highway 88. There will be 146 students from the Douglas County School District spending half a day in an outdoor classroom along the banks of the Carson River.

I hope that someone gets my,I hope that someone gets my...

Message in a bottle. Writing articles for the newspaper feels like throwing messages out to sea. I know people must read some of my stories but it's not until I receive a comment that I realize my messages wash up on some shore.

Letters to the Editors

Last week, Jon Hannan wrote that the airport manager and county manager are acting like a monarchy. This is so far from the truth. Our county officials are hired to do a job. Part of that role is to protect the safety of the citizens that live in Douglas County. Jim Braswell is just doing the job he was hired to do.

Wednesday, October 3

Tennis: Douglas tennis teams knocked out of playoffs

Although Spanish Springs spoiled the Douglas girls' tennis team's perfect record at home, knocking the Tigers out of the Northern 4A Regional playoffs 13-5 Tuesday afternoon in Minden, Tiger freshman Amelia Ritger managed to escape with her unbeaten record still intact.

Girls' Soccer: Carson trips up Douglas

The Carson Senators girls' soccer team pulled away with a 5-2 win over Douglas Tuesday night in Carson City.

Volleyball: No. 3 Reno stuns Lady Tigers

The Douglas and Reno High volleyball teams took different paths to Tuesday night's Sierra League matchup in Minden between the two regional front-runners.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls

Through Sept. 29 (First place votes are in parentheses, ties are broken by highest average vote) Team Pts Pvs

Happy birthday, Chuck

Not many people live long enough to celebrate their 90th birthday, but Chuck Jones is an exception. He was born on Oct. 12, 1917, and grew up on a sheep ranch in Jerome, Idaho.

Masons PR

Douglas High School 2007 graduate Teddi Griffin received a Carson Valley Masonic Lodge scholarship. Griffin is a student at Western Nevada College and plans to earn an associate degree in deaf studies to become a sign language interpreter.

What the world needs now is God's law

Hal David and Burt Bacharach composed a song in the late '60s titled, "What the World Needs Now." The famous tag line of the song resonates,

Riding over the mountains to Paso Robles

When I finally leave on a trip, it takes me a while to realize I'm on vacation. Driving along Highway 88, soaring over Carson Pass (elev. 8,850), the moment arrived. Then it vanished as we wriggled between 18-wheelers on U.S. 99 in the San Joaquin Valley.

Letters to the Editor

I've attended Genoa's Candy Dance as a consumer for over 40 years, and during that time I have watched it grow dramatically in popularity, attendance and number of participating vendors.

County has crowned airport manager king

We have no king in Douglas County but the Board of County Commissioners has given this extraordinary power to Airport Manager Jim Braswell in the Airport Rules and Regulations. Not only have they given him this power, he has used it against Soar Minden five times in the past. Every time he has used it, the county manager has upheld it. In fact, the last time it was upheld, Mr. Holler stated in a letter to Soar Minden, in effect, that the next time Soar Minden might be banished for life.

Spotlight for 10-5

The Carson Valley Children's Center hosts the third annual Cowboyup 4 Kids, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave., Minden. L

Hope nature deals us a flush winter

On Sept. 30, Western Nevada said good-bye and good riddance to a water year that could be characterized as anything but wet.

Elks host luau

Members of the Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge #2670 invite you to attend their second annual Hawaiian Luau, Friday at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Autumn arrives

The gardener's year seems to wind down with the arrival of autumn. But, for avid gardeners, that may not be the case. If you aren't quite ready to put away your gardening tools yet, there are several ways to put them to work during this beautiful time of year.

Gardnerville residents establish library in Ghana

Two Carson Valley residents who work at Carson Valley Medical Center spent a week in Ghana to open a library.

Tuesday, October 2

R-C Sports Notebook: New leagues, new rivals, how could it be bad?

Athletic directors from around the Northern 4A voted to shake up the High Desert and Sierra Leagues Monday afternoon.

Cross Country: Biaggi takes 7th at Stanford Invite

Douglas junior Taylor Biaggi made a big statement Saturday at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto.

Volleyball: Lady Wolves go 4-0 on the week

The Coleville volleyball team topped previously unbeaten Virginia City last week in three sets.

'Nerd' is a comedy about a house guest who wears out his welcome

When a man saves your life, you owe him everything. In Larry Shue's comedy, "The Nerd," this obligation becomes unbearable and downright impossible.

Photo contest rules, 'Lucky Bill' lecture and Haunted Weekend information

When we at the Douglas County Historical Society first decided to write this column, my biggest concern was that we would run out of things to write about. Oh boy was I wrong! This is one of those weeks when we could use two columns.

Monday, October 1

Northern 4A leagues may be shaken up next season

Athletic directors from around the Northern 4A voted Monday afternoon to reccomend a new North-South league alignment that would see Reno, North Valleys and Hug move up to the High Desert League and Galena, Bishop Manogue and Fallon move down to the Sierra League.

Updates on former Tigers through Sept. 30

Andy McIntosh, jr., WR, Nevada: Played in Nevada's 27-20 win over UNLV.

Football: Coleville's Peters goes wild in win over Smith Valley

The six touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown that Coleville's Jason Peters had were all fine and dandy Saturday in Smith where the Wolves opened 1A West Division league play with a 58-26 win over Smith Valley.

Football: Douglas season statistics through Sept. 28

4-2 overall, 2-1 Sierra League, 2-2 home, 2-0 away, 0-0 neutral, 4-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Girls' Golf: Douglas season statistics through Sept. 26

Aug. 28: Wolf Run Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 470; 2. Carson 476; 3. South Tahoe 536; 4. Reno 563; 5. Damonte 592

Girls' Tennis: Douglas season statistics through Sept. 27

8-2 overall, 7-1 Sierra League, 5-0 home, 3-2 away, 0-0 neutral, 8-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Tennis: Douglas season statistics through Sept. 27

5-5 overall, 5-3 Sierra League, 2-3 home, 3-2 away, 0-0 neutral, 5-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Girls' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Sept. 29

8-3 overall, 5-1 Sierra League, 4-0 home, 3-1 away, 1-2 neutral, 8-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Volleyball: Douglas season statistics through Sept. 28

24-3 overall, 6-0 Sierra League, 5-0 home, 6-0 away, 13-3 neutral, 13-0 vs. Northern Nevada teams, 52-14 games

Boys' Soccer: Douglas season statistics through Sept. 29

11-2 overall, 5-1 Sierra League, 3-0 home, 3-2 away, 3-0 neutral, 11-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams

Boys' Soccer: Douglas upsets No. 2 South Tahoe

Ross Gardner's goal in the 65th minute of Saturday's matchup at South Tahoe propelled the Douglas boys' soccer team to an upset 1-0 win over the No. 2 Vikings.

Halloween Roundup

-- Children go door to door in a mock ghost town to collect candy and participate in contests for prizes at Trick or Treat Safety Street, 3-8 p.m. tonight at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The annual event is sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, local businesses and service organizations. There is a $2 cover charge per child.

Thanks for August food donations

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet wishes to thank the local businesses and individuals who made contributions for the month of August. Both cash donations and collected can goods supplement the supply from local grocers and bakeries. Together these generous gifts keep the food closet shelves stocked for distribution to those in need here in the community.

Markleeville artists open studios for fall tour

Alpine County artists want to share the changing colors of fall and open their studios to the public at the fifth annual Markleeville Artists Autumn Open Studios, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Main registration for the tours is at the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce.

Minutes ruckusmay cost county

The Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer's Office and some planning commissioners are at odds over what constitutes adequate minutes for the group's meetings.

Lions fundraiser barbecue Saturday

The 43rd annual Lions Club Deer Hunters Family Barbecue will take place Saturday, 5 p.m. at the Walker Community Center.


A funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday, at Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora , Calif., for John Louis Kelley, 62, who died Sept. 26, 2007, in Mariposa. He had lived in Coulterville for the last 10 years.

Saturday art events

Events from this month's Carson Valley Art Gallery Association's Second Saturday event include:

Sertoma entertainment coupon books on sale

The Carson Valley Sertoma Club is selling entertainment coupon savings books to raise funds to support its many causes in Carson Valley. The entertainment books contain two-for-one deals and discounts for up to 50 percent at local and national restaurants, hotels and resorts and retail stores.