Stories for August 2008


Sunday, August 31

Saturday, August 30

Football: Wildcats hang on in wild season-opener

Any time two teams combine for over 900 yards of offense, it goes without saying that things got wild.

Friday, August 29

Tigers trailing Las Vegas Wildcats at halftime

The Douglas Tigers are trailing the Las Vegas Wildcats 14-21 at halftime. The Tigers managed to pull ahead early in the game with a 3-yard run by runningback Jordan Cruz and a quarterback sneak from 1-yard out by Tim Rudnick to go ahead 14-0.

Girls' Tennis: Tigers rebuilding with athletic talent

On one hand, the Douglas High girls' tennis team returns the defending regional champion in singles.

Girls' Soccer: Complex offense highlights new look

Even with an exceptionally young team, Douglas High girls' soccer coach Lorraine Fitzhugh said she feels the Tigers will enter the year with one of the best collective soccer IQ's in the region.

Life is a race to be run

The Bible often uses sporting imagery to bring out spiritual principles. The Apostle Paul compares the Christian life to a fighter who trains and has purpose. He also speaks of the Christian life as a race to be run. Having just watched the Olympics, I thought we would consider a Scripture that gives us that perspective on faith.

Fire departments' dinner dances are for good causes

We had a great time at the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department's recent dinner dance. We go to all of the volunteer fire departments fundraisers as these are the folks that protect us, and we appreciate them.

Thursday, August 28

What's wrong with my trees?

Locust trees are dropping leaves. Aspen leaves are browning and look desiccated. Poplar and maple trees are showing fall colors. What's going on?

Senior excursion to see 'Aphelion'

Douglas County Senior Services will be reaching beyond traditional entertainment with a trip to see Aphelion on Oct. 4 at the El Dorado Hotel and Casino in Reno. The event starts with dinner at the seafood buffet followed by the 7 p.m. show.

September is Save Your Sight month

In honor of Save Your Sight Month in September, the Nevada Ophthalmological Society and EyeCare America, a national non-profit organization that provides eye exams and eye health information to medically underserved communities, provides five tips for a healthy aging eye.

Valley Vibrations for Aug. 29

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.

Kids & Horses fundraiser Sept. 13

The Kids Helping Kids barbecue fundraiser for the Kids & Horses therapeutic equestrian program is 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Crystal Bay Club, North Lake Tahoe.

Art show at Merrill Gardens

Merrill Gardens hosts its annual Garden House Art Show, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 6. View artwork created by the residents and enjoy refreshments and violin music.

Visiting the Anastasia Island Alligator Farm in Florida

While in Jacksonville, Florida, we took a day trip to an alligator farm on Anastasia Island, a barrier island just east of St. Augustine.

New exhibits at museum

We state in our closing paragraph that we do not receive any regular state of county funding. Despite that and thanks to your support, the Douglas County Historical Society is installing two incredible new exhibits in the main gallery of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

In the Spotlight for Aug. 29

The Disabled American Veterans will have their annual fundraising Forget-Me-Not sale today and Saturday at Raley's, Smith's and Scolari's in Gardnerville. Information, Nancy Rowan, 265-2531.

Candy Dance tickets on sale

Tickets are available now for the 2008 Genoa Candy Dance dinner dance, 4-10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Orchard House in Genoa.

Green exhibitors needed for fair set for Sept. 13 and 14

The second annual Sustainable Living and Renewable Energy Roundup is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The mission of the Sustainable Living and Renewable Energy Roundup is to promote sustainable practices, renewable energy and environmental responsibility in the way people work, play and live. The fair supports and encourages area green businesses, working toward a sustainable community.

Last concert of the season plays tonight

The end of summer can't be too far away when the concerts in Minden Park end for the season.

A great playhouse

I wanted to thank you and your crew for all the hard work you put into building the yellow playhouse. It was delivered just before my granddaughter's birthday party. She was thrilled. My grandchildren, their cousins and friends have spent many hours playing in it. Just wanted you to know how much we enjoy showing it off to all our visitors, also.

Horse park important to future of Valley

At the planning commission meeting in early August, I spoke very briefly about a potential plan for the Nevada Horse Park to be developed on the Park Cattle Co. land between Muller and Genoa lanes on the west side of Highway 395. Since that time there have been several articles addressing what folks "think" a horse park is or what it encompasses.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 29

Editor: Alas, Mr. Hettrick, where do you stand? In your guest opinion of Aug. 20, you state, "Growth does pay for itself as shown in the only scientific study conducted " a study endorsed by UNR.

Careful on the highway this holiday weekend

More than a 10th of Nevadans are expected to take to the roads this weekend for the annual Labor Day motor trip.

Fish Springs woman wins Internet photo contest

Fish Springs photographer Martha Brodkey won The Record-Courier's online photo contest.

Wednesday, August 27

Football: Douglas to induct 5 into Hall of Fame

Douglas High hosts its annual Hall of Fame football game tonight, hosting the Las Vegas Wildcats. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26

People are also a force of nature

The debate over controlling invasive species raises the question of humanity's role in the world of nature.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 27

Thank you to all the people in this community that supported me for county commissioner. It was an honor to run in the community that I grew up in and a privilege to have the opportunity to be involved.

Horse park supportable without density

In a previous letter I outlined an approach in which Park could develop the 600 units allowed under clustering while preserving its option to apply in the future for the type of amendments it seeks today, when circumstances might have changed to create a public need for or benefit from them, which do not exist today.

Celebrating a 50-year anniversary with the family

Tom and Arlene Becker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary after Tom coordinated an 18-day vacation in Palmer, Alaska, for their family " son David Becker, chief of the Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department, his wife Rosa and their sons Keith and Jarrod, and son Doug Becker, his wife Sandy and their daughters Carli and Jessalynn from Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Brooks, Nelson plan wedding

Lori Brooks and David Nelson plan to be married Sept. 6, 2008, at the pavilion in Bently's Ferris Park in Minden.

Steele, Wooldridge engaged

Nicole M. Steele and Eric Wooldridge are engaged to be married Dec. 13, 2008, at Lake Tahoe.

DAWG days at fairgrounds Sept. 13

Douglas Animal Welfare Group hosts its fourth annual It's a DAWG's Day animal awareness event, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13, in the Douglas County Fairgrounds pavilion.

Last storytime in Lampe Park today

Maria Pearson of the Douglas County Public Library reads 'The Very Clumsy Click Beetle' by Eric Carle at Lampe Park during storytime on July. The library hosts the last storytime at the park at 10 a.m. today. Beginning Sept. 2, storytime will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the library. Information, 782-9841.

Kudos Poker run benefit for Austin's House a success

The second annual Austin's House Poker Run which was held Aug. 24 went off fairly well and we raised $6,600 and counting. The children of Austin's House (current and future) are and will be forever grateful for the all of the hard work, time and love that everyone put into making this year's poker run a success.

Douglas County 4-H orientation Sept. 15

Learn more about 4-H and sign up for the upcoming 4-H project year at the Douglas County 4-H Orientation Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 15, at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

Kudos July donations appreciated

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet received generous food and cash donations for the month of July. The food closet provides supplemental groceries to qualified families and individuals in need. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the local businesses, organizations and individuals for their contributions.

Dog days of summer bring activities to Antelope Valley

This Saturday at 7-9 p.m. will be a very enjoyable evening of wine tasting and exhibits of art by our local artists, with some of the art items available to purchase. The wine and art event will be at the Walker Community Center, at a cost of $25, which includes wine tasting, appetizers and a souvenir wine glass, as well as the art show. Admission will be limited to those 21 years and older, so please don't bring children. We'll look forward to seeing you there.

Hangin' in Genoa

Rebecca Dixon, one of the floozies, claims Phil Ritger's wallet after he is hanged during 'The Curse of the Hanging Tree.' Left, Phil Ritger laughs as his attorney, Jim Hales, tries to defend him in court during 'The Curse of the Hanging Tree' on Friday in Genoa

R-C Sports Notebook: Thoughts from the scrimmage

Watching the McQueen and Douglas football teams test each other out Saturday, it was tough to tell how much each was holding back.

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts

Shawn Estes, P, San Diego Padres: Estes, in the middle of a minor league rehab assignment, was sent to Triple-A Portland last week. He is expected to make three starts for the Beavers before coming off the disabled list. He has been recovering from a broken thumb on his throwing hand suffered in June.

Tigers show strengths, weaknesses vs. McQueen in football scrimmage

It's tough to tell exactly what Saturday's scrimmage between the Douglas and McQueen football teams means in the long run.

Volleyball: Improving defense will be key for Tigers

It took 10 months, but Douglas High volleyball coach Suzi Townsell finally sat down and watched the film from last season's epic regional title matchup against Reno.

Monday, August 25

Carson High grad coaches decathlete to gold medal

After Johnny Unitas led the Baltimore Colts to a touchdown drive in overtime to give them a 23-17 win over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship Game, he was asked wasn't he taking a chance by passing up a game-winning field goal?

Sunday, August 24

Saturday, August 23

Friday, August 22

Never too late for Jesus to bring deliverance and peace

Life goes on normally and comfortably at times but circumstances often pop up quite suddenly that have frightening possibilities.

Last concert in the park Friday

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Departments' 12th annual Summer Family Concert Series in Minden Park concludes with the Michael Powers Group, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold by the Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 with proceeds to be used for community projects.

Strange animal behavior

A very strange thing happened in our yard last week and I have never witnessed such animal behavior before. It all started on the morning of July 22 when my husband and I saw 10 coyotes walking in a line at the bottom of the BLM hill that's behind our house. Four of the coyotes were full-size adults but the other six were still smaller pups. They all trotted to the top of the steep hill and then started howling.

Sports Fodder: Lippincott deserves more national recognition

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

Girls' Golf: Defending champ Tigers enter season with optimistic outlook

Even after losing one of its top five from last season's Northern 4A Regional Championship squad, the Douglas High girls' golf team was still going to be in solid shape heading into 2008.

Thursday, August 21

Schools facing hard choices

If projections for next year's school budgets are close to accurate, the Douglas County School District is facing 14 percent cuts in revenue from the state over the next two years.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 22

People living in the Ranchos need a lot more traffic control.

Valley Vibrations for Aug. 22

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.

Comedy tonight at CVI

Comedians Karen Rontowski and Adam Stone join host and producer Kat Simmons for a triple-header of laughs at Comedy Night Live at the Carson Valley Inn on Aug. 22.

Poker run to benefit Austin's House on Sunday

Bring your motorcycle, hot rod or daily ride to the second annual Austin's House Poker Run to benefit the Austin's House Carson Valley Children's Center on sunday

'Curse of the Hanging Tree' swings into town this weekend

Tonight and Saturday night are your chances to see this year's performances of "The Curse of The Hanging Tree." This is a re-enactment of a famous crime, trial and hanging in Genoa not all that many years ago. Was the crime really worth the death penalty? Was the trial rigged? Was the hanging justified? You can answer those questions by attending a performance.

Big brothers and sisters needed

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada is searching for people ages 15 and older to participate in their Bigs in Schools mentoring program at Pau-Wa-Lu and Carson Valley middle schools.

Summer reading program winner

Senior Library Technician Maria Pearson awards an iPod Shuffle to seventh-grade homeschooled student Heidi Pommer as the grand prize in the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Douglas County Public Library. More than 100 teens took part in the reading program this year.

Just another day in the life of Carson Valley

Sequoia Rohr helps Daniel, 4, and Sandra, 6, with their origami cicadas at the Douglas County Public Library. This photo is an example of what happens in a day in the life of Carson Valley.

What to do in the case of the invasion of slime mold

Suddenly, disgusting masses of a vomit-like substance appeared on a resident's compost pile and lawn, as well as under her shrubs. Unfortunately, when she brought in a sample of this gross matter to our Cooperative Extension office for identification, I opened the bag, and the stench was awful! I knew I had seen this substance before, but couldn't immediately remember the name.

Gardnerville nursery helps with DAWG event Sept. 13-28

PlantIt Nursery of Gardnerville will donate 20 percent of all sales Sept. 13-28 to help kick off the Douglas Animal Welfare Group's It's A DAWG's Day animal awareness event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Sept. 13, according to nursery owners Kris and Heather Kahabka. The event is DAWG's primary fundraiser.

Sign up now for tutor training

Staff Reports Carson City Literacy Volunteer Organization's new tutor training for certification in the Laubach literacy program is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17

Spotlight for Aug. 22

Today's the day to photograph what happens on a summer day in Carson Valley as part of the Day in the Life feature in The Record-Courier's 2009 Almanac.

Ray goes to Argentina

Ray Kaffer will be heading to Argentina by Sept. 1 to learn the country's culture, play some soccer and satisfy his travel bug.

It will be a good day for a hanging

Actually, it will be a couple of good days for a hanging at the Douglas County Historical Society's performances of "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" in Genoa today and Saturday.

All-Sports Booster club always looking for additional help

Looking at the multi-million dollar Big George Sports Complex at Douglas High School, one would never guess that the most valuable part to the Tiger athletic program would be the 30-year-old snack bar.

Cross Country: Strong returning core should lead Tiger runners

Losing your head coach and your top performers on the boys' and girls' sides can change the complexion of a team pretty quickly.

Wednesday, August 20

Olympics: Clay begins his quest for gold

Bryan Clay will begin his quest to become the world's greatest athlete when the decathlon begins tonight in the Olympics in Beijing.

Tuesday, August 19

Letters to the Editor Aug. 20

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those who either helped directly or supported me by word or vote in the recent election.

River the final judge of floodplain

The confluence of two separate floodplain-related issues could mean thousands of dollars in increased costs to Carson Valley homeowners.

Setting the record straight on a few things

I read with some amusement the attacks on me in the last day or two before the primary. I guess the theory was that if you have nothing bad to say about the candidates, attack the consultant.

Cool Valley cruising

The view of cars and people down Esmeralda Avenue during the Valley Cruisers 21st annual Main Street Event in Minden. Dave and Lisa Baker's car on display on Esmeralda Avenue.

Walk set in memory of suicide victims

The Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County is co-sponsoring a three-mile walk Sept. 13 in memory of people who have died from suicide.

Johnson Lane Scouts camp at Twin Lakes

Cub Scout Pack No. 33 from Johnson Lane went on a wonderful camping trip to Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Calif. Camp hosts are Tom and Maddi Paulsen at the Craggs part of Twin Lakes. If you haven't camped up there, it is a very relaxing place to stay. I haven't yet been in a tent, but we've spent lots of summers there and I can't say enough good things about this camping area.

Registration open for Kindermusik

Fall registration is open for Kindermusik classes, where parents and children from newborn to 7 years old, sing, dance and make music together to develop better learning skills for the child.

Photos wanted for A Day in the Life of Carson Valley feature for 2009 Almanac

What does Carson Valley mean to you? Is it the scenery, the people? The past two Carson Valley Almanacs have had A Day in the Life features that have given residents opportunities to take photos of what is important to them in the place where they live.

Antelope Valley students return to school Aug. 27

The first day of school for Antelope Valley students will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, with a minimum day. The school buses will be taking them home starting at 12:45 p.m. for elementary students and 1:30 p.m. for high school students. After that, there will be full school days with regular schedules.

Art association meets Friday

Dave Russo from the Tahoe Art League will give a painting demonstration at the Carson Valley Art Association meeting, 1:30 p.m. Friday, at Western Nevada College's Douglas campus, 1680 Bently Parkway, Minden. Information, Ron Clarke, 782-8035.

Tickets on sale for 'Curse of the Hanging Tree'

Tickets are on sale for "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville and the Genoa Court House Museum. Performances of the Douglas County Historical Society's "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" are at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Genoa.

Masons award scholarship

Andy Anderson, Worshipful Master of Carson Valley Masonic Lodge No. 33 in Gardnerville and Win Ho, Worshipful Master of Carson Lodge No. 1 in Carson City presented a $500 scholarship to Western Nevada College student Rebecca England

Sorority opening day

Mu Master and Xi Alpha Theta chapters' beginning day luncheon is Sunday in Minden.

Donations accepted for Elks flea market

The Elks host a flea market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6, at the Elks Lodge, 1276 Pit Road, Suite C, in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Football: New look Tigers ready for tough slate

When Douglas and Las Vegas line up for the opening kickoff Aug. 29 at Keith "Duke" Roman Field, there will be very little that hasn't changed for the Tiger football team.

R-C Sports Notebook: Tigers appear to be in top condition

Conditioning has always been a main focus for Douglas head coach Mike Rippee's football program.

Monday, August 18

Sunday, August 17

Friday, August 15

Crafters wanted for 4-H harvest festival

The Carson City/Storey County 4-H Council is accepting applications until Sept. 1 from crafters who produce handmade items and are interested in participating in the 4-H Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 8, at the Fuji Park Exhibit Hall, 601 Old Clear Creek Road, Carson City.

Symphony begins rehearsals Aug. 27

The Carson City Symphony begins rehearsals for the 2007-08 season, 7:15-9:30 p.m. Aug. 27, at the Carson High School band room. The season includes five concerts in Carson City and one in Fallon, all featuring guest soloists or groups.

Kids Club program begins Aug. 20

Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department offers the before- and after-school Kid's Club program at all Douglas County elementary schools.

Watch out for rattlesnakes

Our longtime friends and neighbors, Carol and Ron Swan, have a serious problem with snakes. Not just any snakes, but the infamous rattlesnakes. We

Sports Fodder: Phantastic Phelps is becoming the king of Beijing

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Thursday, August 14

De judge vu for former Carson Valley residents

Former Willowbend resident Audrey Prupas called on Friday to tell me that her granddaughter was married Aug. 2 in a ceremony just a month shy of 30 years after her mother was married in Genoa on Sept. 10, 1978.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 15

Last Friday morning a friend and I were swimming at the Minden swim center early in the morning.

Money not biggest factor in campaign

We heard at least one candidate complain that more money might have made the difference in this primary campaign.

Time to look at ranching the way it used to be

August and dry brown spots are gathering in the pastures. But the cattle are fat and doing fine. The first week of August we'd just returned from vacation. I was literally trying to get all the sand out of my suitcase, thinking over our vacation, when the phone rang bringing me back to Carson Valley. We had been in Australia diving the Great Barrier Reef and now needed to dig through laundry to look for something to wear for a Dangberg Home Ranch tour the caller invited me to.

Valley Vibrations for Aug. 15

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.

Comedy Night Live plays at Carson Valley Inn on Aug. 22

Comedians Karen Rontowski and Adam Stone join host and producer Kat Simmons for a triple-header of laughs at Comedy Night Live at the Carson Valley Inn on Aug. 22.

Good days for Genoa hangings

Performances for "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" are 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23.

Visiting Georgia's Cumberland Island

We were in Florida in July and took a day trip to Cumberland Island National Park and Seashore. It's about six miles east of St. Mary's, Ga., and is one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands in the world. It's also home to a large maritime forest teeming with wildlife, including wild horses and many endangered species.

Free wellness presentations at museum

Information is given about food labels and disease prevention in the Family Nutrition Made Simple wellness presentations, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 and Sept. 11 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

There's time to plant a vegetable garden for fall

I didn't plant a vegetable garden this spring. I thought I would be quite happy buying my fresh produce from the farmers' markets. However, each day as I walk by my empty garden plot, I realize I miss my garden. So, I have decided to plant a fall garden.

Child care program celebrates 25 years

Trinity Lutheran Church marks the 25th anniversary of the child care center with a family reunion celebration Aug. 24.

Lucky 13th annual tractor & engine show this weekend

Rose and Bill Smiley in the tractor parade at the 2007 Antique Tractor & Engine show. This year's event is is open until 5 p.m. today, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

In the Spotlight for Aug. 15

The Town of Gardnerville's Movies in the Park continues with Carson Valley Pops Orchestra entertaining with show tunes before the classic movie "Citizen Kane" at dusk today in Heritage Park, one block east of Highway 395 off Gilman Avenue.

Cruisers Main street Event begins today

The Valley Cruisers 21st annual Main Street Event runs through Sunday.

Goal surpassed in blood drive

Chris Hall, 17, of Genoa reacts as Victoria Urias inserts the needle into his arm at Nick Hales' blood drive for his Eagle Scout project Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. Hall said this was his first time giving blood

Tryouts, practice begin at Douglas High on Monday

Tryouts are 7 to 9 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, and 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Golf: Two junior golfers win Graeagle event

Two Douglas High golfers finished first in their divisions in a tournament at the Plumas Pines Golf Course in Graeagle, Calif., recently.

Douglas High fall sports snapshot

Editor's note: With camp officially opening for the fall athletic teams at Douglas High, here are some storylines to keep an eye on in the upcoming season.

League shuffle creates new rivalries, competitive balance

The realignment of the Northern 4A leagues goes into effect starting this fall.

Wednesday, August 13

On the Radar: Series wrap-up

While this year's senior class at Douglas High is one of the most talent-laden the school has ever had, the simple reality remains that the type of recruiting local athletes will be seeing this year is an anomaly.

On the Radar: While scholarships are rare, roster spots still abound

Shawhan has already been contacted by Boise State and Nevada. The biggest block between him and the recruiting game at this point is the fact that he is off to Europe to attend the elite Spain Tennis Academy in Barcelona. Shouldn't hurt his chances of landing a college scholarship at all, but we won't get to see much of him in Carson Valley this year.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 13

Orthopedic surgeon Paul J. Fry II is not one of the authors of a series of letters in support of Greg Lynn.

Waiting on the housing market to bounce

More distressing news gleaned from housing reports have national analysts flummoxed. But national is as national does, to butcher a quote from that font of wisdom Forrest Gump.

Teenager sentenced to drug court in heroin sales case

A 19-year-old Minden woman who said she delivered heroin to support her own habit was sentenced Monday to Western Regional Drug Court.

Tuesday, August 12

Community education classes offered

Western Nevada College, Douglas campus, offers non-credit community education classes this fall including massage therapy, watercolor painting or mosaics.

Historic barns recognized with proclamation

The historic value of Carson Valley barns and other agricultural structures was recognized with a proclamation at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Disaster drill Aug. 23

On Saturday, Aug. 23, Mono County, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the U.S. Marine Corps at Mountain Warfare Training Center and base housing will be holding a disaster drill beginning at 9 a.m. The drill will cover four areas, including the MWTC location, as well as base housing in Coleville. This exercise is being done to assess the response capabilities needed in case of a real disaster situation. This is only an exercise and not a real disaster happening.

Tickets on sale for Ayn Rand's 'Night of January 16th' courtroom drama

The Carson Valley Community Theatre presents "Night of January 16th" by Ayn Rand, edited by Nathaniel Edward Reeid. Maggie Allen directs the cast of 15.

Get ready for picture day

Darleen Dils submitted a photograph of the Red Hat Valley Chicks at Russell's Mercantile after seeing 'Mamma Mia!' at Ironwood Stadium Cinema. Take pictures of your life, your family, your co-workers or anything that catches your eye on Aug. 22 and submit them to The Record-Courier for our 2009 Carson Valley Almanac Day-in-the-Life feature. Send your high-resolution digital

Welding classes expand at WNC

Saturday and evening classes will allow more working students to take introductory welding classes this fall at Western Nevada College, Douglas. There are plans to offer more advanced classes in the future.

Road tripping in a motor home

School bus driver Danielle Nishiguchi and her children Kori and Ginger piled into Grandma's (Sandy Frische) motor home for a road trip this summer.

Datebook for Aug. 13

n Kids Club. Calvary Kids Club for grades K-6 meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Calvary Chapel, 1004 Dresslerville Road, Gardnerville. Information, 265-3259.

Get ready for Valley cruisin' this weekend

The Valley Cruisers 21st annual Main Street Event is Friday through Sunday.

Happy birthday, Smokey

Cyrus Mendoza, 8, gives a thumbs up while getting his picture taken with Smokey Bear at the Douglas County Public Library on Saturday.

Newspaper pioneer portrayed in museum lecture series Thursday

The life and travels of Nevada newspaper pioneer Nellie Mighels Davis are chronicled in a Chautauqua-style presentation by Sue Ballew, past president of the Carson City Historical Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

R-C Sports Notebook: Olympic overload

Something about watching a three-minute feel-good feature on an athlete can erase the next three hours of my life as I wait for said athlete's event to begin.

Olympics: Carson family watches close friend, Lezak, become legend

Jim and Gabby Phalan had to wait until after 11:30 p.m. Sunday night to watch the race of their lives.

Softball coaches more concerned about experience, not wins in summer

Like many sports at the high school level, softball coaches realized that to improve their in-season program they had to become involved in the summer months, too.

Monday, August 11

Friday, August 8

Douglas youth soccer clinic starts Monday

The Douglas High School girls' soccer program presents field and goalkeeper training Aug. 11 through 14 at the high school soccer fields.

Sports Fodder: Why are they selling Foley's jersey

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Why are the New York Jets so excited?

Thursday, August 7

True sustainability requires eye to future

This letter is addressed to all the long time hardworking residents of Douglas County; those residents who still work for a living, who are raising children, those who own a small business or work for one and those who dream of owning a home or building their dream house someday.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 8

If the Sustainable Growth Committee can't successfully buy the election of our Douglas County commissioners, they will try to influence your vote through scare tactics, false innuendo, misinformation, and just plain dirty politics.

Waking up to the sounds of animals in Fish Springs

I love the sounds of morning here in Fish Springs. My day starts about 6:30 a.m. when my husband and I have coffee out on our deck or in the hot tub. We have two hummingbird feeders that five hummingbirds share. Sometimes they have real battles!

Reflections on the Word

Referring back to the fact that believers in Jesus Christ have been created to be like God, righteous and holy, it was the Apostle Paul who wrote these words in Ephesians 4:25-27, "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold."

Kudos to those who helped with rummage sale

Editor: St. Gall Catholic Church wishes to acknowledge the following businesses for their continued support with our annual rummage sale:

Get ready for picture day on Aug. 22

Kerri Moss took this photo of 7-year-old Alexa Moss blowing bubbles. Take pictures of your life, your family, your co-workers or anything that catches your eye on Aug. 2

Guide helps Sierra homeowners create defensible living space

The Sierra Nevada Alliance book, "Sierra Nevada Yard and Garden," is a guide for homeowners on how to create yards and gardens that guard against wildfire, are easy to care for, are in harmony with wildlife, use low-maintenance, native plants and protect and conserve community drinking water.

How to control false chinch bugs

False chinch bug, Nysius raphanus, populations are on the rise and on the move. Swarms of these bugs often alarm homeowners. The ground seems to move in one direction, as thousands of wingless nymphs and some winged adults walk to new food sources.

We've caught the reading bug, thanks to the library

Kudos to the Douglas County Public Library. They sure have added a lot of fun to our summer this year. Since June, we've enjoyed participating in the 10 a.m. story time under the trees at Lampe Park on Wednesdays. How convenient it's held on the same day as the farmer's market. Miss Carol always plans fun and interesting themes and it's a treat to watch all the kids right up front on their blankets, completely enraptured as she reads.

Auditions for 'South Pacific' on Tuesday

The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company will audition for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, "South Pacific," 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Sarah Winnemucca Hall at the Carson City campus of Western Nevada College.

Taste of Towns a success

Thank you to everyone in our community. Because of you our Taste of the Towns was the best one we've ever had. Thank you so much for your support of your local museums.

Churches present concerts Sunday

Southern gospel quartet Liberty will perform 10:30 a.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Minden-Gardnerville, 1311 Centerville Lane.

Local ties to the Olympic Games

As part of a continuing series through the summer, The Record-Courier featured several local and regional ties to this year's Olympic games. Here are the links to those stories:

Valley Vibrations for Aug. 8

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.

In the Spotlight for Aug. 8

A blood drive organized by Douglas High School senior Nick Hales as his Eagle Scout project is 1-7 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 891 Mahogany Drive across from Douglas High School.

Pow wow

Three-year-old Colson Lewis-Wyatt is shaded from the sun while dancing at the pow wow on the Douglas campus of Western Nevada College. The pow wow was Saturday and Sunday and featured dance and drumming competitions, food, crafts and information about the upcoming semester at the college. Fall semester begins Aug. 25. Information, 782-2413.

Mud volleyball tournament Saturday

Organizers are expecting about 10 teams for Mud Fest 2008 Saturday, although there will be room for more in the mud volleyball tournament.

Valley art events

Second Saturday events for August

Fundraiser for family of gymnast

Every time 12-year-old Malik De Pasquale has taken the floor for competition in the last year, his mind has been split between the task at hand and his family.

All eyes on Beijing: Olympics will have a particularly attentive audience in Carson Valley

As the 2008 Summer Olympic Games open Friday night in Beijing, a select group of local athletes will be paying particular attention to the gymnastics events, which begin with qualifying rounds this weekend.

Wednesday, August 6

Tuesday, August 5

Will we be ready when economy turns around?

One Webster's Dictionary definition for being in a rut is "a routine procedure, situation, or way of life that has become uninteresting and tiresome." Many of us cherish our work rut where we go to work, go home and collect our paychecks.

Letters stirred fond memories of service

In her July 18 letter to the editor, Ms. Sturgis asks for candor in identifying oneself when penning an opinion in our local paper.

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 6

Greg Lynn is a developer. He will use his years of insider knowledge and expertise for his own personal gain and not for the benefit of us citizens. A perfect example is in his platform on floodplain management as documented on page 3 of The Record-Courier's July 23 Political Primary 2008. He states "Do our property owners want to to provide a CLOMR and do a hydrology and hydraulics study to remodel their kitchens or build a shop or a mother-in-law unit?"

Dragons and spiders and roaches, oh my!

Six-year-old Sandia Johnson waits for Julie Allen of Nature's Critter's to hand her the bearded dragon during the presentation at Minden Park on Thursday.

How to create memories for your children

Memories are the most precious gift you can give with your child. No doubt they will cherish the grand gestures you have made: the trip to Disney World, their custom-made birthday cake or the front row seats to the circus. You have the photos and video to guarantee they'll never forget those moments.

Smokey Bear's birthday celebrated at library Saturday

Three-year-old Alexandra, who has the same birthday as Smokey Bear, and 6-year-old Jada Maglinao get their picture taken with Smokey at his 2007 birthday party at the Douglas County Public Library. Smokey's birthday is celebrated with an ice cream party at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sign up by Friday at 782-9841.

Off-road class a huge success

The more than 30 participants in the off-road class last Saturday, as well as their parents, were really pleased with the course offered by the Mono County Sheriff's Department and Rob Rickert Dirtbike Schools.

Treasure hunting at the St. Gall rummage sale

Kerry Radelfinger of Markleeville and her children, Paige, 5, and Jace, 3, look at books on the stage of St. Gall Pastoral Center during the rummage sale on Friday.

Crickets versus frogs, which are the loudest?

Crickets verses the frogs " you're probably thinking I am going to be writing about a couple of football teams or even basketball teams " not. What I want to talk about is the darn noise I hear at night when the sun sets. Not neighborhood dogs, but crickets and frogs. You almost have to wear earplugs they are so loud.

Offseason pays off for Tiger wrestlers

The Douglas Tiger off-season wrestling program concluded last week with the John Smith OSU Wrestling Camp in Reno at Lawlor Events Center.

Artellans celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Jerry and Louise Artellan were married Aug. 7, 1948, at the Carmel Mission, Calif., where seven generations of their families have been baptized and married.

Torch relay to run through Genoa

Working as a trainer with the 2002 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic bobsled team left such an impression on Kris Landry that she wanted to bring a little bit of that experience to Carson Valley.

Blood drive at LDS church Friday

A blood drive is 1-7 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 891 Mahogany Drive across from Douglas High School.

Olympics: Long journey ended with Olympic coaching gig

Carson Valley personal trainer Kris Landry still looks back to the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships 32 years ago and cringes.

"Curse of the Hanging Tree' tickets on sale

The darkest day in the history of Genoa was the lynching of Adam Uber from a tree on Genoa Lane in 1897.

Kids Club begins Aug. 20

Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department offers the before- and after-school Kid's Club program at all Douglas County elementary schools.

R-C Sports Notebook: McNutt hiring adds yet another dimension to the Sierra League

As though bringing two of the top baseballprograms in the region into the Sierra League next year weren't enough, Galena went ahead and took it a step further last week.

Monday, August 4

Football: Douglas not considering drug testing

McQueen High School's football program had its proposal to perform random drug testing on its players tabled by the Washoe County School District last week.

Saturday, August 2

Friday, August 1

Baseball: Miller called up to Single-A

A little over a week after signing a minor-league baseball contract with the Washington Nationals, Douglas High graduate Bryan Miller got called up to the Single-A Hagerstown, Md., Suns.

Donated toys going to fire victims

Ashlee Smith, Ericka Smith and Tara Addeo watch as John Dunham loads pallets of toys onto a trailer for Ashlee's Toy Closet.

A day in the life of Carson Valley is Aug. 22

Ingrid Carlson, 10, watches her mother, Sonia Carlson, draw calligraphy on a bookmark at the Douglas County Historical Society Art and Wine Festival at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Suddenly, the breaking in of a new world

The story of Saul's conversion in Acts 9 is alive today for us. In verse 3, Saul's on his way to Damascus and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. The word "suddenly" is also used in Luke 2:13-14, Matthew 3:17 and Acts 2:2 and means the breaking in of another world, a tearing apart. What's being torn is the curtain between the spirit realm and the physical realm. Suddenly a light shines and a man is reduced to putty in the hands of Almighty God.

Coyotes howling in Fish Springs

Coyotes are coming closer to us here in Fish Springs. On July 22, the loud howling began. We saw 10 coyotes: four were adults and six were still pups. They walked quickly along the bottom of the BLM hill directly behind our house and then turned and went west up the steep hillside. When they reached the top of the hill they begin to howl. A piercing "yip, yip, yip" broke the silence of the quiet darkness.

Pow wow today at WNC Douglas campus

There will be dance and drumming events by Native American competitors from Nevada and California, food, crafts and college information when Western Nevada College hosts a pow wow on the Douglas campus beginning at noon today. Admission is free.

Sports Fodder: Ault's QB decision should not be a shocker

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .