Stories for April 2008


Wednesday, April 30

Baseball: Douglas tops Reno in series opener

It came down to a whole lot of action in the first two innings and a pair of dominating performances on the mound through the rest of the game Wednesday afternoon at Tiger Field in Minden.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll

Through April 26 (First place votes are in parentheses)

Wrestling: Douglas scores at West Coast Nationals

Douglas Wrestling, after having 15-plus wrestlers at the Reno Worlds 2 weeks ago, maintained a strong off-season momentum by taking 15 wrestlers to the Pavilion at UC Davis last weekend to compete at the 2008 Brute West Coast Nationals.

Backdraft 2nd at Comstock Shootout

The Carson Valley Backdraft U16 girls' soccer team took second place last weekend in Carson City at the 15th annual Comstock Shootout.

Slick Racing wins Lakefest boat racing event

Paul "Slick" Fontenot, a Douglas County resident, and owner of Slick Racing, a drag boat race team based in Lake Tahoe won the International Hot Boat Association's 2008 season opener in the Top Eliminator class this past weekend.

Cohee to ski for University of Utah

Nick Cohee, a graduate of Douglas High School and a member of the Kirkwood Elite FIS Ski Team for the past five years, will ski for the University of Utah, one of the nation's top NCAA Division I ski teams, beginning the 2008-09 winter season.

Golf: Douglas boys headed to regionals

When Douglas boys' golf coach Brent Eddy was informed that this year's Northern 4A Regional Championships would be played on the Tigers' home course, Genoa Lakes, it gave his squad extra incentive to qualify for the tournament.

'Anything Goes' at Pau-Wa-Lu

Thursday was the premiere of "Anything Goes," an All City Musical at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School. This impressive production features performances by students from Pau-Wa-Lu and Carson Valley middle schools as well as Douglas High School.

Valley Vibrations

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

Genoa museum opens Saturday

Saturday is a banner day for both museums. The Genoa Court House Museum opens for the season at 10 a.m. and Saturday is also Student/Senior Day at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville where students and seniors get in free.

Cruisers host car show, swap

The Valley Cruisers Car Club and the Town of Gardnerville host the '50s Rockathon Car Show and Swap Meet, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17, at Heritage Park.

Let's double downfor safety this year

Tuesday's 1,200-acre East Lake fire in northern Washoe Valley should be a reminder that fire season is here with a vengeance.

What makes heirloom tomatoes special

Tomatoes purchased at the store never taste as good as homegrown tomatoes. In addition, store-bought tomatoes are rarely as fragrant as homegrown tomatoes. With little flavor or scent, why buy tomatoes from the store when you can grow your own? Once you decide to grow your own, think about planting heirloom varieties.

Rocking and rolling in Fish Springs

Oh, oh - the earth is trembling again. Hundreds of little aftershocks shaking, rattling, rolling and trembling have been reported in Nevada during the last couple of weeks. They're even talking about Gardnerville having an earthquake last Tuesday morning. Now we're getting close to home. Maybe too close.

Tuesday, April 29

Swimming: Douglas splits final home duals

The Douglas High swim teams closed out their regular season with a split against the Bishop Manogue Miners at Carson Valley Swim Center Saturday.

R-C Sports Notebook: Sorting out the playoff venues

There has been some confusion as to what the format for the upcoming high school baseball and softball regionals will be.

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts

Shawn Estes, P, Portland Beavers (Padres AAA): Estes struck out three, walked three and allowed two earned runs in a win against Oklahoma City Monday night. He is 3-2 on the year with a 4.61 ERA.

All singing, all dancing 'Anything Goes'

The All City Production of Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" featuring students from Pau-Wa-Lu and Carson Valley middle schools and Douglas High School opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pau-Wa-Lu Cafetorium.

Monday, April 28

Lady Tigers win Big George Invite

After winning the Big George Invitational Saturday on their home track, the Douglas High girls' track team put the finishing touches on a stellar regular season that saw two invitational wins and second-place finishes at two other invites.

Softball: Douglas season statistics through April 26

21-5 overall, 15-3 Sierra League, 6-2 home, 9-1 away, 6-2 neutral, 15-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Baseball: Douglas season statistics through April 26

20-7 overall, 15-3 Sierra League, 8-1 home, 12-6 away, 1-0 neutral, 18-6 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

50-cent-per-gallongas only a memory

On the CD "Big Dog Daddy," Toby Keith sings about gas being "50 cents an gallon. They put it in for you, they pump your tires, check your oil and wash your windows too."

Pianist first in talent show

Alice Sady won first-place and the People's Choice Award at the Carson Valley Kiwanis Club's 10th annual Stars of Tomorrow talent show on Saturday in Minden's CVIC Hall.

Many services offered at Mono County Clinic

The Mono County Health Nurse will be at the Walker Senior Center again on May 13 and 20, noon to 1 p.m. As I have mentioned before, you can get blood pressure checks, immunizations, etc.

Waddlers available for Wiver Wace

The 16th annual Wacky Waddlers' Wiver Wace is June 15 at Lampe Park. The sale of the wacky waddler rubber ducks benefits the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. The food closet provides supplemental food to qualified Douglas County residents in need.

World T'ai Chi Day a success

The World T'ai Chi/Qigong Day event in Minden on Saturday, April 26, was a great success, with at least 50 people participating, but would not have been the success it was without the efforts of many persons and groups.

Show raises more than $1,000

Anton Anger was named Mr. DHS on Friday night at Douglas High School for his Shakespearean soliloquy and tap dance.

Sunday, April 27

Baseball: Douglas sweeps doubleheader from Hug

The Douglas High baseball team took care of business Saturday, ensuring that the upcoming week's series against Reno will decide the Sierra League title.

Softball: Lady Tigers clinch Sierra League No. 2

Coming off their best game of the season Thursday, the Douglas High softball team parlayed the momentum into a doubleheader sweep of Damonte Ranch Saturday in Reno.

Saturday, April 26

Friday, April 25

Track & Field: Big George Invite set for big first run

While the new all-weather track facility at Douglas High School made its debut during a pair of interleague four-way meets to open the season, this weekend will be the $2 million facility's coming out party.

Boat racing: Schiller attempts drag boat title defense

When Mike Schiller went down to Arizona last November, he went alone.

Mac-the-Naw: Open season for fish

Welcome to the 2008 fishing season.

Sports Fodder: On drafts, mama's boys and baseball

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Samaritans make prom memory

I'm from Yerington and April 19 was my prom. A group of seven of my friends and I decided to go over to Minden to eat dinner at Fiona's Bar and Grill. When we arrived everyone was very nice and asking why we were all dressed up. As we were being seated the manager came and thanked us for driving the distance that we did and for supporting them.

Mobile health tour in Markleeville on Monday

Families are offered tips and tools to help children build healthy dental habits at the First 5 Alpine's Children's Celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Alpine Learning Center, 100 Foothill Road, Markleeville.

Picture of Engine No. 8 wins blue ribbon

A frigid morning and an historic iron horse were the key ingredients for Ralph Elligott's first place winning photograph in the latest Carson Valley Photo Club competition.

Letters to the Editor

I had occasion to frequent the Douglas County Senior Center for lunch. I was appalled at the dining room. It's like eating in a sardine can. The whole place is bursting at the seams. The efforts of Warren, Shannon and Tammy, plus all those volunteers who give of their time, are endless.

Thursday, April 24

Softball: Douglas tops Damonte in series opener

Even taking infield practice prior to the start of Thursday's game against Damonte Ranch, the Douglas High softball looked like a group fired up and ready to go.

Spotlight for 4-25

Meneley Elementary School hosts Scrappin' 4 Slides fundraiser for playground equipment, 6 p.m. today at Holy Grounds Coffee House, 1267 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Tickets include dinner, prizes, access to scrapbooking supplies, vendors, silent auction. Information, 265-3154.

Valley 4-H'ers go on to Nevada Junior Livestock Show in Reno

Members of Douglas County 4-H Livestock projects competed with 4-H and FFA members of Douglas, Carson and Storey Counties for the annual Livestock Qualifier at the Silver Saddle Ranch in Carson City on April 12

Remembering the old days in Gardnerville

I'm sorry to say that I'm not a native Nevadan, but I've been here since 1962 and in Carson Valley since 1969. I was born and raised in "Old" California, family there since 1832. So, I can sympathize with those that have come to Carson Valley seeking a better way of life. Apparently the new publisher of The Record-Courier, Mr. Don Rogers, isn't one of them.

Something for everyone: sales, fashion show, T'ai Chi and chili

-- The Valley Cruisers Car Club Embezzlement Reimbursement Car Parts and Rummage Sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at WT Cool Cars, 2480 Precision Way, Unit K, in the Johnson Lane area.


Tahoe Youth & Family Services drop in center is in need of bags of socks, bags of men's boxers, feminine hygiene products, plastic utensils, paper plates, board games, puzzles and teen-appropriate DVDs.

Wednesday, April 23

Golf: Douglas 4th at Wild Creek

Heading intothe final week of league tournament, the Douglas boys' golf team is poised to clinch a spot in the regional championships.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media rankings

Top Ten Through April 19 (First place votes are in parenthes

Actually, our audience has never been greater

The same harpies that began circling newspapers with the advent of radio peck at the medium now, with the evolution of the Internet from novelty to natural, everyday tool.

Genoa Court House Museum opens May 3

Mike Maloney stopped in at the museum to say that his band, All Hat, No Cattle, will be performing noon to 3 p.m. May 3 at the opening of the Genoa Court House Museum. All Hat, No Cattle will also perform for the Taste of the Towns in August.

Take care of Mother Earth

Tuesday was Earth Day. Our little Fish Springs community really looked good to me after spending four days in the big cities of Southern California. There was so much traffic, noise, smog and rushing around. Did anyone stop to smell the roses?

Valley Vibrations

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at or 782-5121, ext. 210.

Help control yellow starthistle

Nevada is greening up. Unfortunately, mixed in with that luscious green vegetation are noxious invaders that are ready to infest and take over native species habitat. Yellow starthistle is one of these.

Every day a new normal

Have you ever thought about how you would react to being told you had an incurable illness? Would you want to fight the illness or give in to it and the effects it would surely bring to your life? Would you be able to accept the diagnosis?

Tuesday, April 22

R-C Sports Notebook: Douglas field appears to be in the clear

Reports surfaced over the weekend that a pair of artificial athletic fields in New Jersey were shut down after state health officials detected what they said were unexpectedly high levels of lead in the synthetic turf.

Weekly update on former Douglas High standouts

Shawn Estes, P, Portland Beavers (Padres AAA): Estes struck out seven and walked one in five innings of work against Colorado Springs to pick up a win. He followed that up with four strikeouts and one walk in a loss to Salt Lake City.

Slogans: answers

Here are the answers to the 25 corporate slogan questions:

High tea

People came in fancy hats, listened to live music and enjoyed champagne, cucumber sandwiches, desserts and tea at the St. Gall Women's Society's Best of Yesterday High Tea in the church's pastoral center on Saturday.

Saving first ranch good first step

What better day than Earth Day to learn there is a preliminary recommendation that Nevada's oldest ranch be preserved for future generations?

Letters to the Editor

Stop signs in Ruhenstroth. Isn't it amazing, nobody got killed and they put up some stop signs. When investigating this area as a possible area to relocate to in 2002, I nearly got T-Boned on Mustang by someone doing 40-plus on Arabian. There weren't any stop signs then, but there are now. I drive with extra caution in this area. So I don't believe it was a waste of money for those stop signs.

Monday, April 21

Douglas swimmers sweep Panthers

The Douglas High boys' and girls' swim teams raced to big wins over North Valleys Saturday at the Carson Valley Swim Center.

Track & Field: Tiger girls take 2nd at Chico Invite

The Douglas High girls' track team continued its strong season over the weekend with perhaps its strongest statement yet " a second-place finish at the West Valley/Chico Track Invitational.

Softball: Tigers clinch playoff spot

The Douglas High softball team is bound for the playoffs.

Baseball: Vikings upset Tigers in Game 2 of doubleheader

It was comparable to UC Davis beating Stanford in basketball, or Fresno State knocking off USC in football.

Fish fry feast Friday

The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce is having a fish fry dinner this Friday evening, beginning 5 p.m. at the Walker Community Center. The cost for adults is $12 per person. There will be a lot of fun people there, so try to attend.

Fun with slogans

I was out fishing with our daughter a few days ago and she asked if I'd like a piece of popcorn and I replied, "I can't eat just one."

Proud papa supplies two sailors to the fleet

Tom Hays can be forgiven for bragging about his two children serving in the U.S. Navy.

Sunday, April 20

Letters to the Editor

I was not at the trial, nor even made aware of it; it is not clear who defended the public or spoke on my behalf, maybe that is what is meant by unfettered discretion.

Friday, April 18

Sports Fodder: Class is in Sessions for Bucks

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Softball: Douglas slams Hug

The Douglas High softball team made short work of Hug High in Reno Thursday afternoon, picking up a 17-4 win.

Baseball: Douglas tops South Tahoe

Douglas realized in the second inning Thursday that South Tahoe wasn't a club to take lightly.

Thursday, April 17

Work begins on football, track walls of fame

Members of the Douglas High football team and Block D letterman's club joined Valley mason Mark Duryee Saturday to help construct a pair of identical brick walls on the northeast end of the Big George Sports Complex Saturday.

Golf: Wicker wins Sierra League tournament

Douglas sophomore Thomas Wicker continued his stellar golf season Tuesday, winning the Sierra League tournament at Washoe Golf Course with a 75.

Parks & Recreation celebrates Scrapbook Day May 10

Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department's National Scrapbook Day class taught by Jackie Gorton is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 10 at Gardnerville Elementary School.

Flip flop sale 4-30

Tumbleweeds Gymnastics and Flip Flop Kids Shop hosts the kids consignment sale, today through May 4. They are joining with Carson Valley schools, churches and day care centers to raise funds to help fight childhood obesity.

Nev econet

Earth Day in Reno Idlewild Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday April 20, features live entertainment, workshops on how to green up the home and office, children's activities, sustainable farmer's market, booths and exhibits, free cell phone and car battery recycling.

Spotlight 4-18

The Record-Courier is in need of a bimonthly columnist for the Topaz Ranch Estates area. Requirements include that you must live in TRE and have access to e-mail. Contact R-C People Editor Sharlene Irete at 782-5121, ext. 210 or

Earth Day 2008

For Earth Day this year, I'd like to recommend to everyone to pick up trash around the neighborhood, install some energy-saving light bulbs or make sure to recycle your cell phones - but I'm sure I'd get some excuses why these tasks couldn't be done.

Valley Vibrations

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

Barn tour tickets on sale

The Douglas County Historical Society's Historic Emigrant Trail Barn Tour is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24. The Van Sickle and Jubilee, some of the first barns built in Nevada, are included on the tour.

Nat geo tips

-- Reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce the amount you discard, reuse what you have and recycle as much as you can.

Wednesday, April 16

Golf: Wicker wins high school tournament

Douglas sophomore Thomas Wicker continued his stellar golf season Tuesday, winning the Sierra League tournament at Washoe Golf Course with a 75.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

Northern Region Top Ten Through April 12 (First place votes are in parentheses)

Softball: Douglas season statistics through April 12

15-5 overall, 9-3 Sierra League, 3-2 home, 6-1 away, 6-2 neutral, 9-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Baseball: Douglas season statistics through April 15

16-6 overall, 10-2 Sierra League, 6-1 home, 9-5 away, 1-0 neutral, 13-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Genoa museum opens May 3

What an April this has been and we are only half way through it. Doesn't this weather make you want to get out there and take some pictures? We'd sure like you to submit some of those to our April photo contest. Send us a picture of whatever Douglas County in April looks like to you. Entry forms are available at the museum and on line.

Bearing the suspense for new summer

It doesn't surprise us that Carson Valley generated more than a quarter of the nuisance bear calls handled by the Nevada Department of Wildlife last year.

Scrapbooking event to benefit Meneley

The innovative playground committee at Meneley Elementary School has organized a special scrapbooking evening in order to raise additional funds for new playground equipment.

T'ai Chi Day is April 26

World T'ai Chi/QiGong Day will be observed 10 a.m. to noon April 26 in Minden Park. The free event is open to the public and sponsored by the Carson Valley T'ai Chi Club and Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department in coordination with the 10th annual T'ai Chi Day.

Valley resident earns award

Genevieve West of Gardnerville, a member of Carson Valley Auxiliary No. 8583, was awarded a medallion recognizing her leadership during the National Conference of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States on April 4-6.

Weaving class begins at senior center May 1

Instructor Marilyn Elligott offers a six-week weaving class, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning May 1 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

The aphids are coming

Spring is a gardener's favorite time of year. We get back to play in our beloved gardens once again. We happily dig, weed, prune and plant. The weather is delightful, just right for working in the yard, aerating, fertilizing and mowing.

Where to go for guidance

Where do you go for guidance when life's decisions are before you? The older I get, the deeper the decisions I seem to face. Of course, life is full of times when we all need guidance. Life is full of times we must ask, "What is the right thing to do? What is the right way to go?" So where do you go for your guidance?

Getting stung part of commentator's role

Folks have asked, as they often ask people foolish enough to dip into punditry, if I feel stung after stepping into a controversial subject.

'Sounds of Broadway' show a success

We would like to give our regards and many thanks to everyone who helped make our latest production of "Sounds of Broadway" a huge success.

Tuesday, April 15

Baseball: Douglas comes back to top Reed

After eight innings, 10 different pitchers, 19 runs, 25 hits and 10 errors, it was one final error that decided the outcome of the game.

R-C Sports Notebook: Building up the walls

I received an e-mail several weeks ago from a reader asking why there is no hall of fame for track & field at Douglas High School.

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts

Shawn Estes, P, Portland Beavers (Padres AAA): Estes took the loss against Sacramento Thursday, surrendering five runs in six innings with three strikeouts.

Football: Pop Warner sign-ups Saturday

Douglas Pop Warner kicks off 2008 sign-ups with its Super Saturday festivities at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Softball: Lady Tigers complete sweep of Vikings

The Douglas High softball team ran its win streak to six Saturday at Lake Tahoe, sweeping a doubleheader from the South Tahoe Vikings 11-3, 9-3.

People line streets to remember fallen soldier

It's easy to lose touch with the world when you live in paradise. Western Nevada has everything to offer if you are an outdoorsman; the Sierras, the fresh air, friendly people and Mother Nature.

Tickets on sale for charity fashion show

The Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club hosts their fourth annual Spring Fashion Show Extravaganza, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 27, at Genoa Lakes Golf Course. The benefit features a wine lunch, silent auction, raffle and fashion show. Proceeds benefit special needs children and their programs in Douglas County.

Monday, April 14

Swimming: Tigers split with South Tahoe

The Douglas High School swim teams earned a split with South Tahoe at the Carson Valley Swim Center Friday as the girls' team beat the Vikings 174-105 and the boys' team lost 139-96.

Track & Field: Tiger girls take 2nd at Rotary Invite

Last week, the Douglas girls' track & field team solidified their position as one of the elite teams in the Northern 4A with a first-place finish at the Fallon Invitational.

Moto X: Minden's Buyten wins Step Up gold

Even though it was a controversial finish, Minden's Matt Buyten again showed his the king of the Moto X world when it comes to Step Up.

Johnson Lane resident runs for county commissioner

Stuart Posselt is a Johnson Lane resident and has made the commitment to run for Douglas County commissioner, District 5. He is a retired architect and has an impressive background in real estate development and land planning, management, and CFO of an employee leasing company.

Kinnaman, Cervantes engaged

Paul and Vicki Kinnaman of Gardnerville announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Jean Kinnaman, to Jacob Anthony Cervantes of Gardnerville.

Pops presents spring concert

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra presents their annual free spring concert, 4 p.m. today at the Carson Valley Christian Center auditorium, 1095 Stephanie Way, Minden.

Food donations keep coming

Sporting two holidays and the beginning of spring, March was a busy month for donations at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. We appreciate the community's generosity and support.

Bill for term limits due

There was a time back in the early 1990s, when limiting the terms of legislators seemed like a good idea.

Happy 90th, Dorothy, and welcome to the pope

April 20-it's Dorothy's birthday. She's a very special person in my life and I've known her for 50 years. I met her when I was starting to date her oldest son, Norbert Jr. Dorothy and her husband, Norbert Sr., had five sons and liked to tell stories of their rambunctious little boys when they lived out on a farm in Indiana.

DAWG event Saturday

A low-cost microchip identification and vaccination clinic sponsored by Douglas Animal Welfare Group and the Douglas County Animal Shelter is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter on Dump Road.

Retirees taking experience with them

Two of Douglas County's most experienced dispatchers are retiring in the near future. They will join a host of experienced county and school district employees who have already retired over the past two years.

Please donate, but don't dump

It also lets people know that it a misdemeanor offense to do that. Unfortunately, some people must think they are pretty cool when they pile their items under this very sign when the store is not open

Watercolor demonstration at CVAA meeting

Artist Reiko Hervin will give a demonstration on negative shape painting in transparent watercolor at the next meeting of the Carson Valley Art Association, 1:30 p.m. April 25 at Western Nevada College, 1680 Bently Parkway in Minden.

Saturday, April 12

Baseball: Hoelzen's no-hitter highlights doubleheader sweep

If the rest of the Northern 4A hadn't taken notice of Douglas left Tyler Hoelzen before Saturday, that'll change now.

Friday, April 11

Baseball: Tigers roll against North Valleys

Bolstered by a seven-run first inning, the Douglas baseball team rebounded from a tough Tuesday loss to McQueen by beating up on North Valleys in Reno Thursday afternoon.

New black belt at Sierra Dojo

Sierra Dojo Martial Arts Center welcomes a new shodan, or first degree black belt, in Isshin-ryu Karate. Charles Duarte was awarded his shodan at the 2008 Winter Shiai for the Order of Isshin-Ryu in Elkton, Md.

Artists needed for art and wine festival

Applications are being accepted for artist participation in the Douglas County Historical Society's Art and Wine Festival. The festival will be 4-8 p.m. July 19 on the front lawn of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Thursday, April 10

Softball: Douglas zips past South Tahoe

After plugging away at the South Tahoe Vikings for two runs over the first three innings Thursday afternoon, the Douglas Tigers broke things open in the fourth.

In Carson: Doctor first to announce run for mayor

The first candidate to announce a run for Carson City mayor in this year's race is a 35-year-old podiatrist who says the city needs a change from "the good old boys."

Carson-Douglas Rodeo set to host event

The Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club figures it's going to have to do a lot of fund-raising in a short time this summer.

Locals in MotoX World Championships

Northern Nevada has become the capital of Moto X sports of sorts and four Northern Nevada motocross athletes will be on display this weekend during the Moto X World Champions.

Sertoma Chili Cook-off April 26-27

The 16th annual Carson Valley Sertoma Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 and 27 in the Carson Valley Inn parking lot. Red chili-, green chili- and salsa-makers compete for a slot in the World Championship Cookoff. Event features 70 craft vendors, food services, live music, raffles and contests.

April's Student-Senior Day at museum a success

We hope you were able to get to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center for Student-Senior Day. Ken Gardner was a great teacher and had some really terrific poetry for us.

Spotlight 4-11

Celebrate National Library Week at Teen Game Day, 3 p.m. today, at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden.

Letters to the editor

Candy Dance, a time-honored tradition for Genoa and Douglas County, began in 1919 as a means to provide funds for street lights in Genoa. Over the years it has evolved from not only a dinner-dance, but into a two-day juried arts and crafts show, providing the primary source of revenue - 75-80 percent - to support the town. It was never intended to be an event for personal gain.

Artisans Gallery celebrates two years in Minden Village

Artisans International Gallery will celebrate their two-year anniversary in Minden Village 3-5 p.m. Saturday with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. The gallery offers art and jewelry from more than 40 countries.

Valley Vibrations

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

2nd sat 4-12

-- Second anniversary wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Artisans International Gallery, 1653 Lucerne Street, Minden Village.

Wednesday, April 9

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts

Shawn Estes, P, Portland Beavers (Padres AAA): Estes threw six innings of shutout ball against Fresno over the weekend, striking out four and walking one. He picked up the win and also collected a hit at the plate..

Golf: Tiger boys take third at Sierra Sage

After two first-place finishes to open the season, the Douglas boys' golf team stayed in the mix of the Sierra League title race with a third-place finish at Sierra Sage Monday.

Bateman named athletic director at Carson High

The circle of Carson High has been completed so to speak with the hiring of Bob Bateman as the school's new athletic director.

Softball: Douglas season statistics through April 5

12-5 overall, 6-3 Sierra League, 2-2 home, 4-1 away, 6-2 neutral, 6-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Baseball: Douglas season statistics through April 8

12-6 overall, 7-2 Sierra League, 3-1 home, 8-5 away, 1-0 neutral, 9-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Get fit, go green at consignment sale

Tumbleweeds Gymnastics and Flip Flop Kids Shop hosts the kids consignment sale, April 30 through May 4. They are joining with Carson Valley schools, churches and day care centers to raise funds to help fight childhood obesity.

Corleys celebrate 50th anniversary

Paula Jackson and Jon Corley were married April 12, 1958, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheridan, Wyo.

Body and spirit are God's

Being a Christian is not so much about what we do as it is about who we are and who we are has everything to do with whose we are.

Grass growing in Fish Springs

Hallelujah, the grass is finally turning green. Not just the grass around my house but it's also greening up at the ranch right across the road from us. About 50 acres of grass hay is being watered right now. The large irrigation wheel line was left on last Monday night and the temperature dropped into the mid-20s. The result - lots of ice on top of the grass.

Soroptimists attend regional conference

Members of Soroptimist International of Carson Valley will join 400 Soroptimists from 59 regional clubs at the Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc. on April 25-27 at the Atlantis Hotel/Casino in Reno.

Sometimes just asking hurts, too

There is a theory that if you ask for a lot, you will sometimes get a little. We believe that's what the Wilderness Project thought when they put together a proposal that called for the conversion of more than a half-million acres of public lands in Lyon and Mineral counties.

Workshop addresses addictions, stress and pain

Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, was introduced in South Lake Tahoe more than a year ago as a form of stress reduction. And the easy, effective technique has become so popular that massage therapists are signing up to learn more and are earning education credits.

Preschool hosts chocolate fair

Taste a variety of homemade chocolate treats at the Trinity Lutheran Preschool and Childcare Center Chocolate Fair, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Relay for Life meetings this week

-- Kathi Shoemaker and the Curators Relay For Life team will meet 1 p.m. Sunday at the Topaz Marina.

Photo club announces winners

Minden resident Pat Stanley had all but given up hope he'd get a photo worthy of entering into the monthly Carson Valley Camera Club contest when he stumbled on a winner while washing his kitchen windows.

American Red Cross celebrates 110 years

This June marks the 110th year for the American Red Cross presence in Northern Nevada.

Tuesday, April 8

Baseball: Lancers drop Tigers in non-league outing

On a day when things were already going badly for the Douglas baseball team, things got exponentially worse with a simple bloop single out to right field.

R-C Sports Notebook: Tiger track on the map

The Douglas High girls' track team has very quietly worked its way right into the thick of the regional title chase.

Lecture presents new information about Dayton pioneer

Nevada State Archivist Guy Rocha and Associated Press writer Martin Griffith and his wife, Carole Griffith, will give a lecture on a central figure of early Nevada history at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Items needed at youth centers

Tahoe Youth and Family Services recently opened a drop in resource center for youth in the Gardnerville Ranchos to implement the alcohol and drug prevention curriculum, Project Alert through a grant from the Partnership of Community Resources.

Big Mama's Show & Shine benefits Meals on Wheels

Make plans to spend Mother's Day at Douglas County Senior Services' eighth annual Big Mama's Show & Shine Car Show, May 10, at the Lampe Park Pavilion in Gardnerville.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

This is the second year for Family Support Council to take part in the Pinwheels for Prevention program that seeks to increase awareness about child abuse and neglect. Pinwheels representing each child abuse report filed during the previous calendar year are planted in front of courthouses, government offices, schools, playgrounds, libraries and parks. During April, many businesses will offer patrons a pinwheel to raise awareness about child abuse.

Monday, April 7

Swimming & Diving: VonSchottenstein shines at Aqua 5

Douglas sophomore Hailey VanSchottenstein and senior Marco Hyman were consistent, to say the least, at the Zephyr League Aqua 5 at the Carson Valley Swim Center Saturday.

Track & Field: Tiger girls win Fallon Invite

If the rest of the Northern 4A hadn't taken notice yet, they did on Saturday.

Knights donate to Ormsby ARC

The Gardnerville Knights of Columbus donated $1,700 to the Ormsby ARC in Carson City on April 2. The ARC is a nonprofit organization that works with children and adults with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Help needed planting wildflowers

The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce has undertaken an energetic project to rebeautify part of our community. They have purchased wildflower seeds which will be planted in the locations burned in last year's fire near Larson Lane and between the Meadowcliff Lodge and Coleville. The seeds will be spread Sunday, April 13, and the chamber is looking for volunteers to help make it all happen that day.

Big Mama's Show & Shine benefits Meals on Wheels

Spend Mother's Day at Douglas County Senior Services' eighth annual Big Mama's Show & Shine Car Show, May 10, at the Lampe Park pavilion in Gardnerville.

Mahoneys celebrate 60th anniversary

Patricia and Gerald Mahoney of Gardnerville will celebrate their 60th anniversary April 10, 2008.

Clustering ordinance important tool for ranchers

The board of commissioner's failure to act on the clustering option for property in the flood plain is a big mistake. Mr. Burr summed it up pretty well when he said that rancher's can sell off their water and basically brown out our green open space and flood plain.

Silver State Cheer club brings home hardware from JAMZ Nationals

All of the 55 members of the Silver Spirit All-Star Cheer Club placed in the JAMZ National Cheer & Dance competition in Las Vegas on March 29-30 with the youth squad placing first.

Letters to the editor

Mr. Shearer hit the nail on the head. The point about the true meaning of gun-free zone is, as he mentioned, really killing zone. Killing zones prove that gun control works best for those who have no intention of obeying the law. Announcing that a zone is gun free is basically an invitation to someone looking for innocent targets just where they can be found.

Dirt bike riders need to respect speed limits

I am sure I have told this story before and for that I apologize if I sound like a broken record, but I do have a valid point to make. When I was a teenager I bought a brand new RM125 Suzuki motocross motorcycle. My sisters and I would ride three blocks from our home on paved roads to access open space. We could ride 26 miles to Poway, in San Diego County, before hitting another paved road.

Sunday, April 6

Softball: Harper, Sliva combine for no-hitter

The Douglas softball team capped off its three-game sweep of North Valleys in resounding fashion Saturday afternoon as pitchers Stephanie Harper and Dorothy Sliva combined for a no-hitter.

Baseball: Douglas takes 2-of-3 from Damonte Ranch

After dropping the first game of the day 9-3, the Douglas baseball team didn't waste any time showing how it was going to respond against Damonte Ranch Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, April 5

Friday, April 4

Sports Fodder: Ten reasons for McGee to go pro: Money

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Thursday, April 3

Softball: Lady Tigers stomp North Valleys

The Douglas High softball team picked up a big win over North Valleys Thursday afternoon, topping the Panthers 14-4 in Minden.

Baseball: Douglas snaps Damonte's win streak

The Damonte Ranch baseball team came to Tiger Field Thursday afternoon riding a 14-game win streak .

Soccer: Backdraft takes second at Sagebrush Start-up

The Carson Valley Backdraft U16 girls' soccer team placed second at the Sagebrush Start-up Tournament last weekend in Reno.

Gymnastics: Two Tumbleweeds to compete at this weekend's regional championships

The Gardnerville Tumbleweeds competitive gymnastics team will put the finishing touches on its season this weekend as two athletes compete in the USA Gymnasitcs Region 1 Championships in Reno.

Spotlight 4-4

Carson Valley Sertoma Community Bingo is the first Saturday of the month at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Valley Vibrations

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

Valley Cruisers rummage sale April 26

Called the Embezzlement Reimbursement Car Parts and Rummage Sale, the Valley Cruisers Car Club is hoping to raise money so they can start making charitable donations again.

Wednesday, April 2

Golf: Tiger boys take 2nd-straight win

The Douglas High boys' golf team stayed hot to start the Sierra League season, winning its second-consecutive tournament Monday at Wolf Run Golf Course.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls

Northern Region Top Ten Through March 29

Former Tigers update for week of March 29

Bryan Miller, sr., OF, Troy University: Miller is batting .300 with 14 doubles, one home run and 19 RBIs.

Football: Former Tiger Peterson going strong at Penn

Coming back from a two-year Mormon mission last fall, Douglas High grad and University of Pennsylvania football player Jake Peterson was a little more than eager to get back into things.

Letting your fingers do the walking can be frustrating

Welcome to the real world of the unemployed. In the light of our present economy and what is happening to so many of our friends and neighbors, I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined it could be so complicated, as well as frustrating.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Things were pretty black and white for me in the psychedelic '60s. Right and wrong and good guys and bad guys were very clear in my idealistic preteen eyes. And I knew we lost one of the good guys on April 4, 1968.

Doesn't power steering make turning easier?

But first, April is here. Branding gets done, irrigation starts and dragging is finished, at least out here anyway.

March photo contest winner announced

We have a wonderful winning photo for our March contest. Wendy Francis from Topaz Ranch Estates agrees with many of us that bright yellow daffodils are the epitome of March in Douglas County. Seems every yard you look at has some. Thank you, Wendy, for your beautiful photograph. And thank you again to Kathleen Belles for her runner-up photo of an early blooming forsythia. As far as we in Douglas County are concerned, March is spring.

Swing into spring with golf classes

Things are really heating things up over at the Carson Valley Golf Course in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Several fun events for women and kids are featured throughout this month.

Shopping is one way we can help economy

President Bush was widely mocked for saying this, but he was right: Keep shopping.

Jurors, court define term'first class'

We were hoping to learn the legal definition of "first class" as the result of the civil trial between Park Cattle Co. and Wimar Tahoe, owners of the Horizon Casino in Stateline.

Green lawns are possible in desert

Lawn care is one of the most prevalent gardening activities in the country with more than 5 million acres of home lawns. People spend approximately $6 billion a year on their lawns. Green velvet is often the look new gardeners to Nevada expect of their lawns, even though we live in a desert. Unfortunately, this expectation is not only challenging and labor-intensive to achieve, it is not environmentally sustainable. Don't despair. You can have a "green" lawn, both in color and from an ecofriendly perspective.

Museum lecture

Nevada State Archivist Guy Rocha and Associated Press writer Martin Griffith and his wife, Carole Griffith, will give a talk on their research on a central figure of early Nevada history at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Gardnerville.

Arts council hosts acoustic evening with Shana Morrison

Carson Valley Arts Council presents an evening of music with Shana Morrison Saturday at CVIC Hall in Minden.

On over-the-hill birthdays and scary drivers

Happy forever young birthday to our famous motorcycle racing friend Warren Ryan, our dear Fish Springs nurse friend, Gail McCormick, and to my forever loving husband Norbert.

Tuesday, April 1

R-C Sports Notebook: Reno packs a heavy punch

Not many were on hand to see the Reno softball team unleash an offensive slaughter on Douglas Saturday afternoon.

Golf: Douglas, Carson go 1-2

For the second straight week, Douglas and Carson finished 1-2 at the Sierra League golf tournament at Wolf Run Golf Club Monday afternoon.

Softball: Douglas JV sweeps Reno

On Thursday, the Douglas High junior varsity softball team beat Reno 27-0 with a combined no hitter being thrown by Megan Michitarian and Rachel Davis.

Valley talent performs musicial revue

Carson Valley Community Theatre presents the "Sounds of Broadway" musical revue April 3-6 in the Shannon Ballroom at Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Centenarian celebrates 100 years all week

Roxie Richter had a vanilla malt for lunch and her birthday cake had three candles on it - the numerals 1-0-0.

Letters to the Editor

Max Jones was a great guy. I remember his droll sense of humor. We met almost a half century ago.

Mustangs up for adoption

Mustang Adoption Day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at S&W Feed, 2292 S. Carson St., Carson City. There will be 10-12 mustangs, from weanlings to young adults, offered for adoption by state or Bureau of Land Management agencies. The horses are in the process of being halter broken.

Lack of guns makes schools vulnerable

The March 28 headline of The Record Courier read: Lock down at Tahoe schools. Fortunately the scare panned out to be just that, a scare. The federal, state and local law enforcement elements are to be commended for their response and subsequent search for what appeared to be "a man carrying what appeared to be a rifle outside the school." Sheriff Pierini said a Zephyr Cove Elementary School aid called 911 at 11:30 a.m., and officers were on the scene within minutes.

Tahoe Singles meet April 19 for potluck

Tahoe Singles hosts a potluck and fundraiser, 6 p.m. April 19 at Cottonwood Creek Bed and Breakfast in Gardnerville. Bring food, drink and photos to share. The event supports the Smile Train.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

This is the second year for Family Support Council to take part in the Pinwheels for Prevention program that seeks to increase awareness about child abuse and neglect. Pinwheels representing each child abuse report filed during the previous calendar year are planted in front of courthouses, government offices, schools, playgrounds, libraries and parks. During April, many businesses will take part in offering patrons a pinwheel to raise awareness about child abuse.

1908 events

Born in 1908: Don Ameche

'Sounds of Broadway' runs through Sunday

Carson Valley Community Theatre presents the "Sounds of Broadway" musical revue, today through Sunday in the Shannon Ballroom at Carson Valley Inn in Minden.