Stories for February 2008


Friday, February 29

Track team jog-a-thon Saturday morning

The Douglas High track and field team will host a jog-a-thon fundraiser Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the high school.

Sports Fodder: Britney Clemens = Athlete of the Year

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Letters to the Editor

County officials give lots of reasons for a business tax. I asked my friend Frank the Farmer if he knew what was really driving it.

Savor the Flavor is Saturday

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley celebrates food, friends, wine and microbrews at the 13th annual Savor the Flavor fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort.

Thursday, February 28

Girls' Basketball: Veteran squad set the table for next year

Senior-laden, veteran-driven and hyper-experienced.

Boys' Basketball: Tigers came together at the right time

There was a point about two weeks before the end of the year where it appeared that the wheels were about to fall off the cart for the Douglas boys' basketball team.

Wondering what heaven is like

What is heaven like? Have you ever pondered that question? Hollywood has given us some pictures of what they think heaven is like.

Genoa open house showcases bridal accommodations

An open house for future wedding couples to showcase wedding sites and vendors will be in Genoa 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Genoa Town Hall, 2287 Main St., Genoa.

St. Brigid fights for ladies' privilege

Leap Day is the day we tidy up the calendar. The year is 365 and a quarter days long so we put those quarters together every four years to create an extra day and confusion for anyone born on Feb. 29.

Museum Student Day features 'Pioneer Lady'

Saturday is Student Day at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center when students and a required accompanying adult are admitted free to the museum and to performances of "Portrait of a Pioneer Lady" by Grace Dangberg and Beatrice Fettic Jones.

Wednesday, February 27

Water planning meeting tonight

I hope you plan on being at the Ruhenstroth Water Planning Steering Committee meeting 7 p.m. today at the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department on Pinto Circle. The committee members have been working hard to provide us with options and information on our water situation, both for the present as well as for the future.

Thrivent donates to Austin's House

Austin's House of Carson Valley received $701 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Trinity Childcare Center.

Viewing Carson City's landscape standards

I teach proper landscape design and planting to homeowners and the green industry. People often want a concise but detailed reference about these topics. There are numerous books available, but an excellent resource is the set of landscape standards developed by Carson City's Planning Department, with the help of Molly Sinnott, consulting arborist.

Door lock first key to security

Douglas County has been on the outskirts of the Brianna Denison case. Denison, like many folks who grew up in Northern Nevada, had family in the Valley.

Still time to enter photo contest

Today is the last day to enter the Douglas County Historical Society's February photo contest. I'm hoping that some of you who attended Eagles and Agriculture will have captured really great eagle photos and will submit them to the contest.

Carson Valley Inn hosts Carson River raft trip

The above-average Sierra snowpack this winter should help produce an energetic river flow for the annual Carson Valley Inn Rafting Outing on June 7. The 20-mile float down the Carson River features views of wildlife, geological formations and snow-capped mountains set against the bright blue sky.

AARP tax meeting March 15

Douglas County AARP tax aid volunteers will be available to assist low-income seniors, 10 a.m. March 15, at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. The volunteers will be available after the second week in April for homebound seniors.

History of Meadowcliff

With the coming of spring, my thoughts turn to outdoor activities, and one of my favorite things to do is a leisurely ride south on Highway 395 from the state line to Bridgeport and beyond. I love to go while the snow still sets the rugged Sierra, stark white against a clear blue sky. There is so much to see along the way and one landmark that fascinates me the most is Meadowcliff, between Coleville and Walker.

Tuesday, February 26

R-C Sports Notebook: State tournament follow-up

There was an untold storyline running somewhere in the undercurrents of the NIAA state tournament.

Western Nevada will add softball in 2009

Western Nevada College is back in the business of offering women's athletics. And the school has hired a legendary coach to direct the new program.

Earthquake fault creeping up on Fish Spring Flat

It's been a very interesting week with the moon's total eclipse, the Navy's shooting down the spy satellite, the big snowstorm here and the 6.0 earthquake near Wells, Nevada. That might not sound like a very powerful earthquake but it was big enough to severely damage many of the old historic buildings from the 1860s.

Monday, February 25

Basketball: All-Northern 4A, all-league teams announced

Douglas High reaped the rewards of its strong basketball seasons with three all-region picks and a league MVP award.

Football: Former Douglas lineman headed to Navy

After splitting his high school career between Douglas High and the Stevenson boarding school in Pebble Beach, Calif., Billy Coats has signed to play his college career at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Skiing: Cohee stays hot in Park City

Gardnerville's Nick Cohee, skiing for the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation, battled members of the United States Ski Team and a number of NCAA All-Americans last week in Park City, Utah, scoring strong finishes in three days of slalom and giant slalom racing on the 2002 Olympic course.

Volleyball: Tiger volleyball clinic sign-ups

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for the Douglas High School Tigers youth volleyball clinic, scheduled for March 8 at Douglas High.

Skiing: Tiger skiers shine on first day of state

Through the first day of the NIAA State Skiing Championships at Mount Rose, Douglas High's Crystal Rutledge and Hillary Sapp made a big impression on the rest of the field.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb 25

21 lifts open, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with temps in the 30s.


A founding member of Friends of the Library, Grace Catharine Paxton Whear, 93, died Feb. 18, 2008 in Gardnerville.

Airport growthsparks debate

The latest news about expansion of hangars at Minden-Tahoe Airport has racheted up the debate over what sort of traffic the residents of Carson Valley are willing to put up with from their airport and what they can do about it.

County sold out to special interests at the airport

Well, the cat's out of the bag. On Feb. 15, 2008, Piñon Aero finally publicly admitted why they are building a massive jet port at Minden-Tahoe Airport: Our airport is going to be used for avoiding taxes on jets of corporations and individuals in Silicon Valley and other California locations. Douglas County building permits have been issued and construction of the first phase of what eventually will be 100 jet hangar "suites" is scheduled to start this month.

Coleville plays sheriffs Saturday

The third annual game between the Coleville High School boys' basketball team and members of the Mono County Sheriff's Department is this Saturday at the school gym. Game time is 6 p.m., with the doors opening at 5 p.m.

Beware of colds, flu, pneumonia

I am typing this article at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Our daughter, Jenee, has been here since early last Friday morning. Here's what happened.

400 attend Carson Valley Eagles and Agriculture event

It might have been called the Owl Prowl, but a goshawk was the star of the show on Saturday night.

Little Miss Douglas County pageant results

The fourth annual Little Miss Douglas County pageant for girls up to 17 years was Feb. 15 at the Dance Workshop Performing Arts Center in Minden. Emcees for the pageant were Raechel Prosser, Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2006 and Aleesah Herup, Teen Miss Douglas County, 2007.

Sunday, February 24

Saturday, February 23

Friday, February 22

Boys' Basketball: Douglas final season statistics

21-11 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-3 home, 8-1 away, 5-7 neutral, 18-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Sports Fodder: It took 10 years, but NBA is relevant again

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Solutions available 24/7 at online gardening site

What if you could have the horticulture research of all the Cooperative Extension universities at your fingertips? Guess what? You already do.

What's planned for Second Saturday

Carson Valley Art Galleries' Second Saturday events on March 8 include:

Elligott wins photo contest

Jack Frost took center stage for the Carson Valley Photo Club's monthly contest with Ralph Elligott capturing top honors for his close-up photo of frost-covered leaves.

Soropt PR

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley held a luncheon on Feb. 19 to honor this year's recipients of the Student Achievers Award.

Letters to the Editor

Does the Gardnerville Ranchos need another liquor store? With the issues of underage drinking and drunk driving in our community, does it really make sense for the county to issue a business license for another liquor store in the Ranchos?

Boys' Basketball: Douglas' run comes to an end against Cheyenne

The Douglas boys' basketball team knew heading into Thursday night's state semifinal matchup against Cheyenne that it was going to have to use its size advantage to have any chance of wearing down the swift squad from down south.

Thursday, February 21

Boys' Basketball: Tigers meet up with Cheyenne in first round of state

It's a fair bet to say that the Douglas boys' basketball team won't have much of a chance to settle in when it steps onto the floor at Lawlor Events Center Thursday evening.

Wrestling: Long road pays off for Wynar

Through four years on the Douglas varsity wrestling team, senior CJ Wynar was simply looking for a way to crack the starting lineup.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers take state academic championship

As the clock dwindled down to zero during last week's regional playoff loss to Spanish Springs, it appeared that the Douglas High girls' basketball team had lost its shot at any postseason hardware.

Wrestling: Tiger grapplers set for big run next year

When your program is going through a rebuilding year and you're still able to produce a regional champ, a state runner-up and three state qualifiers, you know you're in pretty good shape.

58 celebrated at annual 90-plus birthday party

The combined ages of the guests of honor at this birthday party would add up to more than five millennia.

Letters to the Editor

The small, albeit vocal, minority wishes people would state the correct facts when submitting letters or opinions to The Record-Courier.

Wednesday, February 20

When it comes to the arts, you gotta believe

There are no lack of things to believe in. Just about everything from letter A to Z. Right now one of the things I believe very strongly in starts with the letter C - as in the Carson Valley Arts Council.

Valley talent performs musical revue April 3-6

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

Community members honored by Minden Rotary

Minden Rotary gave honorary designations to three community members who devote time helping children in Douglas County.

Guitarist plays CVIC Hall today

Guitarist Chris Proctor will perform, 7 p.m. today, at the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda, Minden. A wine and cheese reception begins at 6 p.m. with dessert at 9 p.m. A $10 donation will be requested at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Carson Valley Arts Council.

Highway dangerous

How many head-on accidents will have to happen on Highway 395 south of Gardnerville before someone takes a good look at that 25-mile stretch of highway from the Pinenut Road intersection on the outskirts of Gardnerville to the Holbrook Junction of Highway 208?

Eagles and Ag this weekend

Carson Valley Eagles and Agriculture events are today through Sunday with wildlife viewing at area ranches, a birds of prey lecture and photo workshop. Information, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority at or 782-8144.

Time to celebrate now, or wait four more years

Next Friday will be a remarkable day. Not only will Feb. 29 mark Leap Day, it will also be the fifth Friday in the month. February 2008 started on a Friday and ends on a Friday. That hasn't happened since 1980 and won't happen again until 2036.

Living by grace

Greetings friends, hope you are well and enjoying this winter season as much as I am.

Touring a slice of old Nevada

In "Roughing It" Mark Twain describes being trapped in a flood after being lost in a snowstorm and trying to start sagebrush on fire with a pistol, spooking the horses. The horses found their way to shelter and were safe and warm when their riders finally found civilization.

Tuesday, February 19

R-C Sports Notebook: Off to Lawlor

At the beginning of this basketball season, Douglas boys' coach Corey Thacker, along with several of his players, mentioned the fact that they believed they'd be standing right back where they were at the end of last season " in the regional championship game.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb 19

22 lifts open, 9 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with temps in the 30s.

Fish Springs mourns Wayne Dickey

I'm sad to report that longtime Fish Springs resident Wayne Dickey died on Feb. 14. He has been ill for the last year and he passed away at the too-young age of 60. There will be a memorial service for him at 2 p.m. March 1 at the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Museum crew readies for spring events

Even though we know it's not spring, by mid-February we are all ready to get out and get doing. The Carson Valley Historical Society exhibit committee has been working overtime on a lot of new projects.

Coalition seeks greater oversight over airport

So how do Valley residents feel about Piñon Aero's plan to turn Carson Valley's airport into a regional jetport? These plans were detailed on the front page of the Feb. 15 edition of The R-C (Hangar builder hopes to serve Silicon Valley).

Youth resource center opens in Ranchos

Youth in Carson Valley will have access to a drop-in resource center starting this week. The Tahoe Youth & Family Services, based in South Lake Tahoe, has opened a satellite center at Tillman Lane and Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Kids & Horses off to a good year

Kids & Horses riding sessions began for the year Jan. 13 at the Double W Ranch in Minden. Kids & Horses is a nonprofit therapeutic riding center serving people with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities.

Scholarship set up in memory of Kyra

Wild Horse Children's Theater announces the creation of the Kyra Conway Scholarship Fund. The children's theater will be accepting donations in Kyra's memory to allow children to experience the beauty and magic of live theater through productions, classes and workshops.

Sign up today for Stars of Tomorrow

Carson Valley Kiwanis Club's 10th annual Stars of Tomorrow Talent Competition is open to youth in ninth through 12th grades in Carson Valley, Carson City, Dayton and Fallon. Applications are due April 7, auditions are April 19, dress rehearsal is April 25. The Stars of Tomorrow program is April 26 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Monday, February 18

Boys' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Feb. 16

21-10 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-3 home, 8-1 away, 5-5 neutral, 18-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Perfect dog owners aren't born, they're trained

Every day people come into the Douglas County Animal Shelter looking for the perfect dog. While we do have some perfect dogs we also have a lot that aren't. These dogs are just like people. Less than perfect.

Path to peace in recreation

One of the keys to having a nice place for people to go is to have a way to make sure it stays nice.

Martial arts expo March 9 March 9

Martial Arts Expo V goodwill tournament is March 9 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville and is open to the public and all schools and styles of martial arts. Event proceeds benefit Douglas County Sheriff's Search & Rescue.

Learning about the Father of Nuclear Navy

My son Garrett called from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington CVN-73, to say that Adm. Kirkland Donald was coming aboard for an inspection. He is the fourth successor as a nuclear power inspector since Adm. Hyman George Rickover. That got me curious as to who Rickover was and with the Internet so handy, I looked up "Father of the Nuclear Navy."

Apply now for Mrs. International Pageant

Married women between 21-56 years old and living in Nevada are invited to apply for the Mrs. International Pageant on July 15-26 in Chicago.

Country dance in Walker

This Saturday, the Walker River Colorguard is hosting an evening of fun, good music and dancing at the Walker Community Center.

'Whistlestop' a success

Thanks to The Record-Courier, especially Sharlene Irete, Shannon Litz and Ellen Caywood, for making the recent fundraiser for the Douglas County Historical Society so successful.

Sunday, February 17

Boys' Basketball: Reno takes regional title over Douglas

Through three quarters Saturday night, it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before the Douglas boys' basketball team would be able to break through against Reno in the Northern 4A Regional Championship Game at Spanish Springs.

Friday, February 15

Boys' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Feb. 14

21-9 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-3 home, 8-1 away, 5-4 neutral, 18-4 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Girls' Basketball: Douglas final season statistics

22-9 overall, 12-2 Sierra League, 8-4 home, 8-2 away, 6-3 neutral, 18-6 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Minden company's lawsuit against China highlights immunity to U.S. suits

When an American scooter maker lost patience with cheaper Chinese-made models flooding the United States market, it got some attention by filing an antitrust lawsuit.

Sports Fodder: Do us a favor Roger and please just go away

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

4-H members shine in competition

Douglas County 4-H members attended the competition Feb. 9 at the Reno Livestock Event Center and competed against other youth from Nevada and California.

Medication management program Friday

Are your medications interacting? Find out for sure what you're taking and what it's doing to you at a program to explain medication therapy management, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22, at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Letters to the Editor

During the '50s and '60s we had drive-in movies outside almost every town across America. With the advent of television, bigger and better movie theaters, the drive-in movies went the way of the Pony Express.

Ag info

Carson Valley Eagles and Agriculture events are Feb. 22-24 with wildlife viewing at area ranches, a birds of prey lecture and photo workshop. Information, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority at or call 782-8144.

Standing on solid ground

All of us from time to time find ourselves in difficult situations. The loss of a job, trouble in our relationships, personal struggles and the list goes on. I know personally of many people who are in some trying times right now.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas beats Galena, advances to regional title game and clinches first state berth in 16 years

It's been 16 years, but the Douglas boys' basketball team will be packing its bags for the state tournament next week.

Thursday, February 14

Parks & Rec classes

Preregistration is required for all classes at the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, 1327 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.

Parks & Rec March

This class offers students practice taking photographs with others who also enjoy taking pictures. Class includes discussions on photographic composition, critiques and field trips

Closing Minden airport would be a bad plan

It has recently come to my attention that a small, albeit vocal, minority of our community would argue that our Minden-Tahoe Airport should be closed. I suppose they have their reasons, but such a proposal would be ill-conceived and a grave set back for Douglas County. Why?

Soroptimists honor award recipients

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley held a luncheon to honor this year's recipients of the Women's Opportunity Award, The Landis Foundation Award, and the Violet Richardson Award.

Girls' Basketball: Spanish Springs upsets Lady Tigers

Heading into the fourth quarter Wednesday night, the Douglas and Spanish Springs girls' basketball teams appeared to be rolling toward a classic finish in the first round of the regional playoffs.

Wednesday, February 13

Boys' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Feb. 12

20-9 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-3 home, 8-1 away, 4-4 neutral, 17-4 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Girls' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Feb. 8

22-8 overall, 12-2 Sierra League, 8-3 home, 8-2 away, 6-3 neutral, 18-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Water planning committee meeting on Feb. 29

Mark your calendars for 7 p.m. Feb. 29 and plan to attend the Water Planning Committee's meeting at the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department. The committee has been working very hard to address the issues surrounding the water problem in our neighborhood since their inception at a neighborhood meeting on Dec. 15, 2006.

A glow missing from Golden Years

Whoever the benevolent person was who dubbed our senior years the Golden Years must have been decades from reaching those years for themselves. On the downhill slippery slope of attaining those years myself, I just don't see that golden glow ahead of me, and it is very frustrating.

Of access and eagles

The Douglas County Commissioner meeting room was filled with many residents from Fish Springs last Tuesday afternoon. Other interested people were there from the Back Country Horsemen, the Carson Valley Trails Association and the Pine Nut Preservation League. The issue before the planning commission was the abandonment or reduction of a portion of a 50-foot road easement from Windmill Road to Bureau of Land Management land in Fish Springs.

Historical society plans many events for spring

Often in February we get a break from all the cold and snow. We get a week or so of sunshine and the promise that spring really will get here. So, this week in the sunshine, I thought we'd take a look at upcoming spring and summer museum events. Beautiful as they are, we've looked at enough snowy photos for a while.

Arts council presents Chris Proctor in concert

Guitarist Chris Proctor will perform, 7 p.m. Feb. 22, at the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda, Minden. A wine and cheese reception begins at 6 p.m. with dessert at 9 p.m. A $10 donation will be requested at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Carson Valley Arts Council.

Hey, voter, can you spare a dime?

A recommendation to proceed with a school bond has been made to the Douglas County School Board.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas advances to regional semifinals with win over Reed

After opening its season with a 50-49 loss to Reed at home, the last thing the Douglas boys' basketball team wanted to do was end its season the same way.

Tuesday, February 12

Boys' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Feb. 8

19-9 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 7-3 home, 8-1 away, 4-4 neutral, 16-4 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

R-C Sports Notebook: Playoff week

The Northern 4A Regional Basketball playoffs are upon us this week, and for the first time since in at least 10 years (Our records currently only go back so far ... This might be the first time this has happened in school history) both the Douglas boys' and girls' basketball teams will be hosting a first-round game.

JV/Freshman Roundup: JV Tigers clinch league title

The Douglas High junior varsity girls' basketball team claimed sole possession of first place in the Sierra League with season-ending wins over Reno and Hug.

Skiing: Douglas takes fourth

The Douglas High ski team battled through a doubleheader on its home course last week, taking fourth as a team in the morning giant slalom and finishing fourth in the afternoon slalom in Tahoe Basin Ski League action at Heavenly.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb 12

22 lifts open, 9 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with temps in the low 40s.

Letter to the editor

So, Dan Holler is leaving. All I can say to commissioner Brady is, be careful what you wish for, because you might get it. I'm afraid Dave's personal dislike of Dan has clouded his professional judgment.

Where's the outrage at the fate of our children?

A group of board members from our new Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley attended the Boys & Girls Club of America Regional Leadership Conference this week.

Little miss pageant Saturday

The Little Miss Douglas County pageant is for girls up to 17 years old to demonstrate talent and win prizes.

The language of flowers

Two huge flower events have occurred since Christmas: the Rose Parade and Valentine's Day. According to the Web site, every single Rose Parade float is decorated with more flowers than the average florist will use in five years.

Monday, February 11

Douglas wrestlers strong at state

Douglas senior Tony Ferris came back from a tough draw at the Northern 4A Regionals last week to wrap up his high school career as the state runner-up in the 189-pound weight class at the NIAA 4A State Championships in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Ducks Unlimited fundraiser Saturday

Carson Valley Ducks Unlimited is celebrating its 27th annual benefit dinner and auction on Saturday at the Genoa Lakes Golf Resort.

Recreational sports: Upcoming sign-ups

The Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking registration for spring adult volleyball.

Soccer: Eliminators fundraiser Sunday

The Carson Valley Eliminators soccer team will host its annual fundraiser this weekend at the Silver Strike Lanes.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Wolves gain momentum heading into playoffs

The Coleville High School girls' basketball team took two out of their last three league games to clinch the second seed in the Northern 1A playoffs to begin Thursday in Winnemucca.

R-C Ski Forecast for Feb. 11

22 lifts open, 9 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with temps in the low 40s.

School's cultural evening a success

After a very special three days of assistance by international opera singers, Annalisa Winberg and Roy Stevens, our local students gave a wonderful performance in costume. Kindergarten through fourth grades performed German songs, fifth through eighth grades sang "The Song of the Toreador" from the opera "Carmen."

I've turned into one of them

It happened to me. Five years ago my oldest son was a senior at Douglas High School. He got a job at the local grocery store bagging groceries. With his very first paycheck he went out and bought a cell phone with a two-year contract commitment. He didn't learn this from me because I would have wanted to make sure I lasted at the job a little while before making such a long-term commitment.

Park, Wimar battle of titans

Barring last-minute legal maneuvers, opening arguments in a case that could affect the business landscape at Stateline will begin today.

International photographer teaches workshop

A chance to work with a professional wildlife photographer will be available to participants who sign up for the two-day Eagles and Agriculture workshop led by Carson Valley resident Steve Noble on Feb. 23-24.

Donations keep food closet shelves stocked

The chilly January weather didn't stop the community from remembering the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. Generous donations of food and cash were received to keep the shelves stocked for those in need.

Weaving class begins at senior center

Douglas County Senior Services offers a six-week weaving class as part of the Life Options program, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 21, at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Spring Fling benefit for Austin's House is Friday

About two dozen tickets are left for the Spring Fling dinner and dance fundraiser for Austin's House Carson Valley Children's Center. The gala event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the banquet pavilion of the Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort.

Students receive top awards at festival

Seven members of the Carson Valley Sinfonia received excellent or superior ratings at the solo and ensemble festival held at Douglas High School on Feb. 9.

The eagles have landed

The purpose of Eagles and Agriculture is to illustrate the importance of protecting wildlife in Carson Valley, said Dan Kaffer, Western Nevada Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator.

Richardson, Smith engaged

Mashelle Begovich and Jim Richardson of Gardnerville announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Sophia-Begovich Richardson, to Travis S. Smith of Gardnerville.

Saturday, February 9

Friday, February 8

Reservations taken for bridal open house

An open house for future wedding couples to showcase wedding sites and vendors in the Genoa is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Genoa Town Hall, 2287 Main St., Genoa.

Speech and debate team places in Carson tournament

Douglas High School's Speech and Debate Team competed Feb. 1 and 2 in Carson City. Travis Moore took second place in novice impromptu. Kevin Johnston was fourth and Kevin Kendrick was second in senior impromptu.

Thursday, February 7

Tiger boys defeat Vikings 70-49

Douglas High wasn't content with finishing second in the Sierra League. The Douglas Tigers obviously wanted to enter the Northern 4A boys' regional basketball tournament with more than just a home playoff game. They wanted to enter with momentum.

Tigers girls defeat Vikings 44-30

It would've been easy for the Douglas High girls' basketball team to overlook South Tahoe on Wednesday night. After all, the Tigers have a date with first-place Reno on Friday night.

Memoirs class begins Feb. 19

Learn how to preserve family memories at a memoirs writing class offered by Douglas County Senior Services in association with Western Nevada College instructor Katherine Weaver. No writing experience necessary and all ages are welcome.

Keep spiders out of your house

I was watering the tomato plants out in our greenhouse when I noticed a very disorganized cobweb in a dark corner of the floor. I got down on my hands and knees to check it out and I saw a funnel-shaped hole at the back - and a shiny black widow spider with a red spot on her belly. It's supposed to be shaped like an hourglass but I've never gotten close enough to tell.

Wednesday, February 6

Douglas boys clinch second

The Douglas High boys basketball team have second place in the Sierra League all to itself.

Genoa daughter performs tonight as Gretel

Genoa residents Al and Pat Talamantes' daughter Danielle is performing in the title role in "Hansel and Gretel" tonight and Sunday night.

Holler a hard act to follow

When Dan Holler was named county manager on Nov. 7, 1996, The Record-Courier editorial board proudly proclaimed we were "Dan Fans."

Boys get to do cool stuff like fishing

Oh, if only I had just one day to be a kid again. Looking at the huge smile on 5 1Ú2 year-old Paul Boulet's face after a day of fishing with his dad, Mario Boulet, at Topaz Lake a couple of weeks ago, pretty near says it all. I should have been born a boy, that's it, I just should have.

DAWG puts best paw forward

Pepper and Sinatra owe their new homes to Douglas Animal Welfare Group volunteers who got the new year off on the right paw.

At home on the slopes sliding on Sierra cement

Hmmm, more soup than the fluffy cloud that spoils skiers in the Rockies. Better exercise, certainly. Feel those quads.

Science fair judges needed, Elks host crab feed in Ranchos

Imaginative students at Meneley Elementary School have been hard at work in preparation for their science fair which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Grass that doesn't need mowing

To some, "bioengineering" is a dirty word. Why mess with nature? But, since 1856, when Gregor Johann Mendel became the pioneer of plant genetics with his famous plant hybridization of peas, we have been manipulating plant genes to benefit humans. Now, we combine biochemistry, genetics and other biological sciences with engineering to improve people's lives.

Tuesday, February 5

Barker, Wynar make all-region first team

Expectations were high for the Douglas High School wrestling team going into the Northern 4A Regional wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Hug High School.

Monday, February 4

Douglas lineman signs with Nevada today

Douglas High School 2007 Lineman of the Year Jeff Nady has verbally committed to the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ag essay submissions needed by Feb. 15

The Agriculture Council of America invites students in grades 7-12 to submit original essays of no more than 450 words about the importance of agriculture. The essay contest coincides with National Ag Week, March 16-22.

Health clinics at Walker center this month

The Mono County Public Health Department nurse will be at the Walker Senior Center on Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. to do blood pressure checks and immunizations. If you need to see them for an immunization, let them know in advance at (760) 924-1830.

New events rule has two edges

It's easy to look at the debate over a new events ordinance as a fight that just affects Genoa, but it's not.

FebruarySecond Saturday gallery events

Events for the Carson Valley Art Galleries' Second Saturday event on Feb. 9 include:

An episode of 'Love in the times of 'cow' lera'

It is appropriate that February, the month associated with passionate love, the red hearts, candy and flowers kind, should be the shortest one of the year. France's President's new girlfriend is quoted as saying, "Passion only lasts for a few weeks. Love takes a long time."

Coleville girls in first place

The Coleville girls basketball team swept two games over the weekend to move into a first place Western 1A League tie with Virginia City.

Eagles Ag info

Carson Valley Eagles and Agriculture events are Feb. 22-24 with wildlife viewing at area ranches, a birds of prey lecture and photo workshop. Information, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority at or call 782-8144.

Hannah Montana an excellent role model

It was so much fun taking our 7-year-old daughter and my mother to the Hannah Montana concert movie in 3-D at the new Galaxy Theater in Carson City. We wore those funky glasses (not like the ones when I was a kid that were made out of paper and were green and red lenses) that you can't see normal out of until the big screen is raring to go and then there she is, Hannah Montana.

Capital Volleyball Club 14 Black wins season's first tournament

The Capital City Volleyball Club's 14 Black team captured first place in the teams' first tournament of the season on Feb. 3.

Sunday, February 3

Saturday, February 2

Girls' Basketball: Waggoner has big night in win

Having a big game from center Jessica Waggoner has become almost commonplace for the Douglas girls' basketball team over the past month.

Boys' Basketball: Tigers get well against North Valleys

As North Valleys' Jesse Bajwa rolled an easy layup off his fingertips to give the Panthers a 33-32 lead with four minutes left in the first half Friday night, one couldn't help but feel that the Douglas boys' basketball team was in for another long night.

Friday, February 1

Sports Fodder: Maybe Bobby Thompson can help the Giants

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Life is a sacrament

Sacraments in Christianity are rites and ceremonies believed to impart spiritual benefits, graces and blessing to those receiving them. They are believed to have been specifically established by Jesus and mandated to be practiced by the church and all Christians. The number and definition of sacraments and the particular blessing they convey to recipients vary greatly among various denominations and church groups and mark a significant reason for all the divisions in Christendom.

Winter can bring exciting weather conditions anywhere

Last Sunday's heavy snowfall was certainly exciting - as long as you didn't have to drive in it. On the television news we saw pictures of people in California who were trapped in their cars while the rushing water moved all around them. They were captured in the fast-moving rivers.

Save your spot for a spot of tea

The St. Gall Women's Society's Best of Yesterday High Tea is 2 p.m. April 19, in the St. Gall Pastoral Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Minden-Tahoe Airport at a crossroads

If you've never driven out to Minden-Tahoe Airport, I suggest you do so. You'll find a sleepy, semi-rural, but surprisingly large, airfield with not much happening. Kind of the way we like it here in Carson Valley. Have a meal at the Taildragger Cafe while you're there.

Minden Rotary recognizes, awards Carson Valley residents

The Minden Rotary awarded $750 to Carson Valley individuals during recent meetings.