Stories for January 2008


Thursday, January 31

Girls' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Jan. 29

18-7 overall, 9-1 Sierra League, 7-3 home, 6-1 away, 6-3 neutral, 16-4 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas season statistics through Jan. 29

16-7 overall, 8-1 Sierra League, 6-3 home, 6-0 away, 4-4 neutral, 13-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 31

18 lifts open, 2 terrain parks open. Forecast: Snow showers. New snow: None.

True American patriots prevented from voting

I'm sure many of you will wish to rip on me after reading this dissertation. Go ahead. You can't degrade me anymore than my fellow Americans degraded me while in the service of my country.

Holiday thanks from food closet

The Christmas holiday at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet was one of great celebration. Food and cash donations were received throughout December from our very generous community. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to every individual, family, business and organization that contributed. To all who volunteered their time to help at the food closet and with food drives, we could not have done it without you.

What Young at Heart can do for you

Gardnerville resident Ann Smutnak made it her goal last year to help recruit 300 members for the Young at Heart senior citizens club. She and other Young at Heart volunteers surpassed that number.

Senior health fair well attended, well received

About 300 people wandered through the Carson Valley Inn's Shannon Ballroom at the Douglas County Senior Center's ninth annual senior fair on Wednesday, and wandered out with goodie bags filled with samples and information from the 40 businesses that attended.

Wednesday, January 30

R-C Ski Forecast for January 30

22 lifts open, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Morning snow showers.

Sign up now for February classes

Preregistration is required for all classes at the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, 1327 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays.

Opportunity knocks in tougher times, too

The politicians finally have discovered the economy. Congratulations! Now everyone knows.

Forcing branches for indoor spring color

I'm getting tired of seeing monochromatic landscapes under bleak gray skies. All this snow has me longing for spring flowers, even though I appreciate the moisture needed to recharge our aquifers.

Nevada weather: wait five minutes and it will change

All too often I find myself missing TRE and all the wonderful friends I acquired during the five years I lived there. Last Tuesday was one of those days, so, taking advantage of what appeared to be a break in our series of winter's nasty best, I headed south on Highway 395.

You can't even imagine

The prophet Habakkuk spoke directly to God and God responded to his concerns. Babylon had invaded Israel and they treated the people with brutality and violence. As Habakkuk began to speak his heart, God responded to his concerns. As he complains about the Babylonians, God's first response must have set the tone for the rest of Habakkuk's life.

Show a success thanks to many

Thanks and congratulations to all who participated in the melodrama this past weekend. It was a huge success. We hope you all had a great time because we sure did.

Girls' Basketball: Douglas tops Damonte Ranch

Bolstered by a strong defensive effort from its entire roster, the Douglas High girls' basketball team cruised to a 58-39 win over Damonte Ranch Tuesday night.

Boys' Basketball: Damonte Ranch upsets Douglas

The Damonte Ranch boys' basketball team pulled off the upset of the Sierra League season Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 29

R-C Sports Notebook: Nady drawing quite a crowd

It would seem Douglas senior center Jeff Nady is drawing quite a crowd this season.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 29

21 lifts open, 7 terrain parks open.

Senior fair

The Douglas County Senior Center hosts the ninth annual Senior Health Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Shannon Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395 in Minden. The free event is open for all ages.

Students serve for 'Bridge to the Stars'

Sierra Lutheran High School and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans present "A Bridge to the Stars," fundraising event, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Gall Pastoral Center.

Goodspeed and Allbright engaged

Bobby and George Goodspeed of Gardnerville announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Lee Goodspeed, to J.D. Allbright of Roswell, N.M.

Valley Super Bowl party happenings

Young At Heart Senior Citizens Club hosts a Super Bowl party, Sunday Feb. 3 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Doors open at 2 p.m., kick-off is 3:15 p.m. There will be a raffle for small prizes donated by professional sport organizations. Bring something to share for the potluck. Hot dogs and beverages also served. Information at the senior center, 783-6455.

Monday, January 28

JV/Frosh roundup: JV girls win three games

The Douglas junior varsity girls' basketball team locked down on defense last week, picking up three wins along the way.

Girls' Basketball: Coleville suffers first league defeat

The Coleville girls' basketball team suffered its first league loss of the season hosting the Virginia City Muckers Friday night.

Girls' Soccer: Backdraft club team to hold fundraiser

The Carson Valley Backdraft girls' soccer team will be having a fundraiser at Indigo Restaurant and Bar in Minden on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until closing.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 26

22 lifts open, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Snow throughout the morning with moderate winds and temps in the low teens.

Having babies is so much fun

It was several years ago when our Sunshine Kitty Cat was ready to have babies. She was a beautiful long-haired calico with the most wonderfully bushy tail. She was so cute, she would walk on the sofa behind us and put her little bottom right by our face. The father was a long-haired black kitty and the only unfixed male in our neighborhood.

CalTrans information available on High Point curve changes

I mentioned last week that I had received a book of information about the planned changes to a 1.8 mile stretch of Highway 395. This will run from slightly north of Highway 89 to slightly south of the state line. This book has so much information in it that our residents should become aware of.

Little miss pageant meets

The Little Miss Douglas County pageant is for girls up to 17 years to demonstrate talent and win prizes. The competition consists of interviews and talent for ages 6 and older and modeling party dresses for all contestants. The winners receive banners and crowns and will ride on the Little Miss Douglas County Float in the Carson Valley Days Parade.

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Coalition for Smart Growth, I must respond to Mr. Van Dien's recent letter to the editor in which he mischaracterizes statements made by Lynn Hettrick and disputes the findings of two independent economic studies.

Vandal not taking chance to change

Nearly a year after a vandalism spree from Stateline through Carson City and ending with his arrest in the Gardnerville Ranchos, David Scott Killen was sentenced Monday to a year in jail.

Sunday, January 27

Girls' Basketball: Douglas stops Carson

After battling to a 10-9 first quarter, the Douglas and Carson girls' basketball teams appeared to be on their way to another nail biter finish Saturday afternoon.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas holds off Carson's upset bid in overtime

It was a game that had all the makings of a blowout.

Saturday, January 26

Basketball: Tiger girls and boys sweep Wooster

After a first quarter that saw two teams combine to score just 14 points, it appeared the Douglas girls' basketball team was in for a fight against the upstart Wooster Colts.

Friday, January 25

Sports Fodder: NIAA needs to take record book more seriously

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

R-C Ski Forecast for January 25

22 lifts open, 37 trails groomed, 6 terrain parks open.

Our lives react to the Bible

When we read the Book of Acts, it's easy for us to read the stories as if they are just history stories. But the writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that the Bible is "living and active." In other words, the Bible isn't like other books that we read. Our life reacts to it. The story of the encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts chapter 8 demonstrates how the active, living words of the Bible affect our lives.

DAWG adoption event Saturday

Looking for unconditional love? That's what will be returned from any cat or dog adopted at the annual Super Dog Saturday event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Animal Shelter, 921 Pinenut Road across from the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville.

Thursday, January 24

R-C Ski Forecast for January 24

22 lifts open, 37 trails groomed, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Occasional snow with light winds and temps in the low 20s

Letters to the Editor

Pet problems not front page news

Wednesday, January 23

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll

Top Ten Through Jan. 19 (First place votes are in parentheses)

R-C Ski Forecast for January 23

22 lifts open, 37 trails groomed, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Snow with light winds and temps in the low 20s.

Budget crisis will take more than a resolution

Douglas County joined other Nevada school districts to oppose Gov. Jim Gibbons 4.5 percent budget cut for public education.

Helping Hands shop celebrates anniversary

Helping Hands Antique Thrift Shop celebrated their fourth anniversary with a dinner at Russell's Mercantile on Jan. 10. Those in attendance were individuals representing organizations who received donations from the thrift shop, Helping Hands Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.

Still dizzy from Fish Springs caucus

Wow, was that ever fast and hectic? I'm talking about last Saturday's presidential caucuses. I'm still dizzy from all the commotion - at least it was like that where I was caucusing at St. Gall Catholic Church. Is "caucusing" even a word? The brochures that I received in the mail (about eight of them) said, "A caucus is a small neighborhood meeting." That was no small meeting that I attended.

January photo contest entries needed

So far this week, there have been no further changes to our winter schedule. And once we put away the stage and props for the melodrama, things should get back to normal - whatever that is. We are an historical society and I'm not sure there is a normal around here.

Minden-Tahoe Airport master plan meeting Jan. 31

On Jan. 17, my neighbor Dave McNeil and I attended a public outreach session sponsored by the Minden-Tahoe Airport. It was one of four public meetings held to present airport master plan alternatives, a conceptual development plan, and also to gather public comments.

Girls' Basketball: Douglas runs past Hug

The Douglas High girls' basketball team overcame a slow start to pick up a big 57-34 win over Hug Tuesday night in Minden.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas holds off strong second half from Hug

The Hug Hawks hadn't led since early on, but after narrowing a 12-point halftime deficit to two with less than three minutes remaining, they had all the momentum in the world on their side.

Tuesday, January 22

R-C Sports Notebook: Morgan the unsung player in the North this year

I was joined in the bleachers Friday night by a local basketball junkie who comes out about once a year to take a look at the current season's vintage of the Douglas High boys' basketball team.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 22

22 lifts open, 39trails groomed, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Snow with light winds and temps in the low 20s.

Antique sale and show a success

The happiness factor indicates that last weekend's Genoa Antique Sale and Show was a success.

Kudos blue star moms

We, the Blue Star Mothers, extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our 2007 Operation Post Card Drive. In 2005, we collected 2,250 cards, in 2006, 4,240 cards; and this past season (2007) - we double again - to 7,570 cards collected and distributed to our country's sons and daughters in service.

A horticulture step back in time

When the early settlers traveled west to northern Nevada with gold fever, they had few thoughts about horticulture. Digging and panning were far more important than careful planting, pruning or cultivating. In the 1913 book, "History of Nevada," P. Beveridge Kennedy, University of Nevada, Reno, professor of botany and horticulture, wrote about local horticulture.


A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Feb. 23, 2008, at the Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge, 1276 Pit Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos for Barton Richard DeHart, 85, who died Dec. 21, 2007, at his Minden home.

Best way is one thing at a time

Like a fulfillment of a prophecy, when I got my high school yearbook, underneath my picture read, "The best way to do many things is to do one thing at a time."

Monday, January 21

Wrestling: Tiger grapplers take 2nd at Alhambra

With two weeks remaining until the Northern 4A Regional Championships wrestling tournament, the Douglas High wrestling team seems to be hitting its stride at the right time.

Boys' Basketball: Falcons pick up league win, lose to Pyramid

A 51-29 loss to Pyramid Lake Friday night was looking pretty good to Sierra Lutheran coach Alan Reed.

Youth baseball clinics coming up

Carson Valley Little League and the Carson Valley Cougars will team up to host a series of pre-season baseball clinics in the coming weeks.

Girls' Basketball: Coleville picks up three wins

The Coleville girls' basketball took three league games over the week to move into sole possession of first place in the Western 1A League.

JV girls sweep weekend

After slightly stumbling out of the gates Saturday afternoon, the Douglas girls' junior varsity basketball team stepped up and took a 64-19 win over South Tahoe.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers stop South Tahoe

Douglas' Jessica Waggoner netted six of her game-high 14 points in the final quarter as the Tiger girls' basketball team held off South Tahoe 41-29 Saturday at the Lake.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas rallies to top South Tahoe

The Douglas High boys' basketball team overcame its share of adversity in the first half on its way to a hard-earned, come-from-behind 69-63 win at South Tahoe on Saturday.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 21

22 lifts open, 41 trails groomed, 7 terrain parks open. Forecast: Snow with light winds and temps in the low 20s.

High school students needed for mounted posse scholarships

The Douglas County Sheriff's Mounted Posse will award a $1,500 scholarship to a high school or home-schooled student who plans to attend an accredited college in fall 2008. Interested students can obtain an application from Douglas or Whittell high schools or from the Douglas County Sheriff's Mounted Posse Web site at

Who cares how candidates say Nevada?

Well, you can't screw up the pronunciation of Nevada in print. That's just one of our many advantages over TV and radio.

Thank you for giving

The other day I spoke with Mary Hussman, organizer of the Giving Tree Christmas project. She wanted to be sure that many thanks were given for this great effort.


A celebration of life is March 8 in Minden for longtime Carson Valley businessman Charles "Chuck" W. Dickerson, who died Jan. 13, 2008, from heart failure.

Could you be a compact shopper?

I saw it on a news program last week and they were talking about "compact shoppers." It was about people who, maybe for their new year's resolutions, vowed to not buy anything new for a whole year. I also saw a news report about a family who gave up electricity for a year, but that's a story for another column. As far as the compact shoppers went, groceries, car maintenance and gas didn't count but could you do it? I started thinking.

A letter to parents, schools and businesses

The Nevada Association of School Boards represents the state's 107 elected school board members from 17 school districts who are, in turn, responsible for more than 425,000 students in Nevada.

Free master gardener workshops

Master Gardener Michael Janik will give the ins and outs of growing fruit trees in northern Nevada in two free presentations Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 in Reno and Sparks.

Fleet Reserve open to new members

The Fleet Reserve Association is open to all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans and active duty personnel.

'Whistlestop' melodrama plays at museum

Get ready to cheer for the hero and boo the villain in the Douglas County Historical Society Players' production of the melodrama, "Whistlestop III, the Last of the Trilogy."

Letters to the Editor

I have voted in every presidential election since I turned 18 in 1979, and in every one of those elections, regardless of where I lived, each party chose its candidate via a primary election Ð not a caucus.

Caucus through the looking glass

"'What is a Caucus-race?' said Alice. 'Why,' said the Dodo, 'The best way to explain it is to do it.'"

Information available on children's literacy

Parents and educators can find tips on how to improve children's literacy and language skills through two publications by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension accessed at

Sunday, January 20

Separating treasure from trumpery

Antique dealer Martha Williams can thrill a customer or dash their hopes when they bring her their antiques for appraisal.

Saturday, January 19

Girls' Basketball: Slow start too much for Douglas to overcome

As it turned out, the first four minutes of Friday night's game between the second-ranked Reno girls' basketball team and Douglas High proved to be all the difference.

Boys' Basketball: Reno topples Douglas for first place in Sierra League

For nearly three quarters Friday night, the Douglas-Reno boys' basketball game in Minden was every bit the battle of Sierra League heavyweights it'd been hyped up as.

Friday, January 18

Sports Fodder: Hooray! for everything in the world of sports

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

R-C Ski Forecast for January 18

22 lifts open, 41 trails groomed, 5 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny with light winds and temps in the mid-30s.

Douglas graduate spending a semester in Spain

Gardnerville resident Melinda Matus reports that her daughter Alyssa will be spending the next six months in Europe as part of the semester abroad program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Thursday, January 17

R-C Ski Forecast for January 17

22 lifts open, 41 trails groomed, 5 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny with light winds and temps in the mid-30s.

Genoa antique show details

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

Volunteers needed at Family Support Council volunteers needed

Family Support Council serves as a family resource center and domestic violence agency is in need of volunteers.

Parenting classes begin in February

Family Support Council offers classes and workshops in February to give parents the opportunity to meet other parents, learn how to manage stress and anger and discover new skills to create a happier family life. Family Support Council has three separate classes starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting about two hours.

Wednesday, January 16

Mac-the-Naw: Ice fishing get-together Saturday

Hello fellow anglers. It is that time of year again. Time for the Mac-the-Naw ice fishing get-together.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media polls

Top Ten Through Jan. 12 (First place votes are in parentheses) TeamPtsPvs

R-C Ski Forecast for January 16

20 lifts open, 38 trails groomed, 5 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny with light winds and temps in the mid-30s.

Remembering Martin Luther King's 'Dream'

Do you remember when you first heard the words, "I have a dream"? Like me, many of you probably heard them directly from the speech given in Washington, D.C., by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Cooking class at senior center

As part of the Douglas County Senior Center's new Life Options program, chefs from Trader Joe's will conduct a free cooking class to seniors age 60 and older, 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at the senior center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

'Whistlestop' actors ready for January performances

Some things are just facts of life: death, taxes and change whenever you print a schedule of events. The February schedule for Student Day and the lecture series that appeared here last week has been completely changed.


A celebration of life is 11 a.m. Jan. 26, 2008, at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City for Dianne Cook, 56, who died Dec. 28, 2007, in Stateline.

Mad as h..., and not going to take it any more

The editorials regarding our Douglas County commissioners in The Record-Courier opinion page of Jan. 16 has just put my outrage meter into the red zone.

New meeting place for art association

Get a rundown on the Carson Valley Art Association's schedule and see a demonstration by artist Mark Tompkins at the CVAA meeting, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in room 107 at Western Nevada College, Douglas campus, 1680 Bently Way, Minden.

Lending support on home makeover

At approximately 2 p.m. today, there will be lots of well-wishers standing in a lot off Apache Drive in Stagecoach yelling, "Move that bus!" along with the design team for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" show - Tanya McQueen, Rib Hills, Eduardo Xol, John Littlefield and team leader Ty Pennington.

Few willing to bet on turnout for caucus

No one's even willing to hazard a guess about how many people will turn out on Saturday for Nevada's first-in-the-West caucus.

Merrill Gardens hosts wine and cheese tasting

The residents of Merrill Gardens at Gardnerville sampled a variety of wines as part of the community's first Winter Wine and Cheese Happy Hour on Jan. 11. P.J.'s Liquors of Gardnerville, J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room of Gardnerville and D'Vine Wine Tasting & Bistro of Carson City donated a variety of wines for the residents to sample.

Kindermusik classes begin Jan. 30

Kindermusik classes through the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department begin Jan. 30.

Hulbert, Tang engaged

Jean and Tom Hulbert of Gardnerville announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Dawn to Peter Tang of Phoenix.

Tuesday, January 15

R-C Sports Notebook: Big Friday night

This one has been looming on the calendar since the prep basketball schedules were released early this fall, but Friday night's matchup between the Douglas and Reno boys' squads in Minden will be one of the must-see battles in the Northern 4A this season.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas boys hold off Carson

The Douglas Tigers jumped up on the Carson Senators early and withstood a trio of determined rallies - one in the first and two in the second half - to take a 60-51 victory at Morse Burley Gym on Monday.

Girls' Basketball: Douglas edges Carson

Everyone loves an underdog. Unless you are the Douglas Tigers girls basketball team and unless your opponent is the Carson Senators.

State not revealing whole truth about bears

I recently read an article in the Tonopah Times Bonanza & Goldfield News about a black bear that was found wandering around Goldfield eating what it could find.

Hawking club field meet begins today

The 37th annual California Hawking Club Field Meet will be at Topaz Lodge and Casino Jan. 16-19. The cost is $40 per person for participating falconers to register and free to spectators. More than 150 falconers, from all over the United States, have already registered with an expected 50 or more participants yet to sign-up.

Fishing pays big bucks

With a heavy covering of snow for the second week of the Topaz Lake Fishing Derby, fishing started out slow and ended with two tagged fish, and several fish weighing from 2 pounds 9 ounces to 4 pounds 6 ounces.

Evans and Honer wed in San Diego

Mary Evans, formerly from Redmond, Wash., and Rob Honer, formerly from Gardnerville, were married in a traditional ceremony, Aug. 4, 2007, by Pastor Gary McCartie at the North Chapel in San Diego.

Knights of Columbus donate to Kids & Horses

The Knights of Columbus of Gardnerville donated $1,000 to the Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center on Jan. 13. The funds were raised during the November Knights Bingo Night.

Monday, January 14

Ice Hockey: Grizzlies drop two to Tri-Valley

The Tahoe Grizzlies Youth Ice Hockey team dropped a pair of games last weekend to the Tri-Valley Blue Devils from Dublin, Calif.

Tennis league in organizing stages

The 2008 Genoa Lakes and Resort Course at Montana Tennis League will host an opening meeting Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Montana Health and Fitness Center clubhouse room at the Genoa Lakes Golf Resort.

Girls' Basketball: Coleville sweeps Gerlach, Pyramid Lake

The Coleville Lady Wolves basketball team opened Western 1A League play with wins over Gerlach and Pyramid Lake.

Fishing Derby T-shirt logo contest entries being accepted

The 19th annual Kids' Fishing Derby board and committee members will accept entries for this year's T-shirt logo drawing contest through Feb. 1.

Skiing: Sapp takes 2nd at Tahoe Basin League opener

The top two racers on the Douglas High girls' ski team came roaring out of the gates last week at the Tahoe Basin League season-opener at Alpine Meadows,

JV/Frosh Roundup: Freshman boys stay undefeated

The Douglas High freshman boys' basketball team piled up an undefeated record through the first month of the season, capping it off with an impressive run through the State Farm Holiday Classic at the end of December.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 14

22 lifts open, 38 trails groomed, 5 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with light winds.

Operation Military Kids teams with 4-H

Nevada Army Guard and Army Reserve families face deployment issues regularly, but the Operation Military Kids program may help children handle the absence of loved ones through leadership programs and 4-H in Nevada. With 4-H in 17

Winter gets nicer again

As I write this on Sunday, the snow from last weekend's storms is almost all gone at our house. We are lucky the temperatures warmed up a bit and that the sun can hit most of our property, and my neighbors all seem to be pretty well clear of the snow and ice we had for several days, too.

Three grandsons all look alike

I remember the day he was born, June 15, 1986, little Garrett Paul. He was our first grandchild and we loved him to pieces.

Life aboard an aircraft carrier

During the holidays my oldest son Garrett and his fiancee Rachael came home on leave from the USS George Washington CVN-73 nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Rachael is an electrician's mate for the Navy's nuclear power program and Garrett is a machinist mate for the nuclear power program aboard the same ship.


No services have been announced for Joyce Quario, 78, who died Jan. 10, 2008, in Gardnerville. Mrs. Quario, a previous resident of Oelwein, Iowa, moved to Gardnerville two years ago to be near her family.

Falconers captivated by raptors

Topaz Lodge and Casino is the gathering location for a group of raptor enthusiasts during their 37th annual California Hawking Club Field Meet continuing through Saturday. At this writing, more than 150 participants were preregistered for the four-day event but a lot of walk-ins are also expected. The CHC Field Meet is anticipated as being one of the largest and falconers are expected from Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California and Nevada.

Dreaming of flowers

The spring catalogs are arriving in droves. One of the first to arrive was High Country Gardens, which focuses on water-efficient plants tolerant of Southwest (which includes northern Nevada) environments.

Commissioners not Brady's constituency

We're dealing with a conflict of constituencies in Douglas County. County commissioners voted 3-2 against reappointing Dave Brady as vice chairman of the county board.

New setting, job but there's lot that's similar

Everything has changed. Everything.

Parks and Recreation has a class for every body

How about a brand new you for the brand new year? From cycling training to Pilates, Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department has many classes designed to get you into shape.

Sunday, January 13

Saturday, January 12

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers win thriller over Panthers

The Douglas girls' basketball didn't lead for much of the game Friday night, but they led when it counted and brought home a win in a down-to-the-wire thriller.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas topples North Valleys

After giving up a basket to North Valleys' Jesse Bajwa 40 seconds in to the game, the Douglas High School boys' basketball team barely gave another inch Friday night.

Friday, January 11

Sports Fodder: Despite clueless Bud, we care about baseball

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

R-C Ski Forecast for January 11

22 lifts open, 41 trails groomed, 4 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with temps in the high 20s.

Dance tickets on sale

There are two chances for fathers and daughters to celebrate Valentine's Day at the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department's Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance, 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 at the St. Gall Community Center.

Rotary donates to youth camps

The Rotary Club contributed a total of $2,500 to the China Spring and Aurora Pines youth camps.

Daughters of Norway meet Thursday

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

1-11 Obit Tennison

A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville for William R. "Billy Bob" Tennison, 78, who died Dec. 18, 2007, at his home in Gardnerville.

Knitting class Thursday at senior center

Linda Sawtelle teaches the Creativity through Knitting and Crocheting class, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday Jan. 17 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville.

Thursday, January 10

Wrestling: Tigers take Hawks down in final home dual

It was somewhat of an anticlimactic senior night for the Douglas High wrestling team Wednesday against Hug.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 10

22 lifts open, 41 trails groomed, 4 terrain parks open.

'And the award goes to...'

There will be a party celebrating the Academy Awards, writers' strike or not, when the Carson Valley Community Theater Co. hosts "And the award goes to..." fundraising event 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Carson Valley Inn.

Thank-you from Austin's House

Another holiday season has come and gone and again I sit in awe at the generosity of our community. The board of directors and the staff at Austin's House would like to take this opportunity to publicly recognize the numerous donors who helped make this a great Christmas for our organization and the children we serve.

Letters to the Editor

Editor's Note: This is an open letter from Commissioner Doug N Johnson, which will also be read at the Jan. 17 Douglas County Board of Commissioner meeting during public comment.

Spring Fling Feb. 15

Tickets are on sale 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. Feb. 15 in the banquet pavilion of the Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort.

Kaffer to receive watershed award

The Carson Water Subconservancy District has announced the nomination of Dan Kaffer to receive the 2008 Andy Aldax Carson River Watershed Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed.

Only the Holy Spirit can reveal God's true message

Holiday greetings to each of you and may God bless your year of 2008. I'm excited about this coming year in many ways, one of which is I get the opportunity to write to you. It's going to be one of my goals this year to communicate to you periodically of the character and attributes of God and also be able to dig into some of the deeper biblical concepts that are potentially confusing and easily distorted.

Wednesday, January 9

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers roll against Damonte Ranch

If the Douglas High girls' basketball team suffered any lag from its 10-day layoff heading into the final two months of the season, the Lady Tigers certainly didn't show it Tuesday night.

Boys' Basketball: Nady nominated for McDonald's All-American

Ten Northern Nevada high school players have been named to the 2008 McDonald's All-American Watch List.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 9

22 lifts open, 41 trails groomed, 4 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy with moderate winds and temps in the low 20s.

Keep tetanus immunizations current

As you make your gardening New Year's resolutions, think about getting a tetanus shot. Almost one-third of tetanus cases result from gardening or farming injuries. Even minor scrapes can cause a tetanus infection. According to the Center for Disease Control, five of the most common injuries that put gardeners at risk are lawnmower accidents, falls from a ladder, chain saw injuries, splinters and deep puncture wounds from thorns and brambles.

Park Cattle Co. doesn't refer to Parks of old

I am writing this letter to clarify myself, Bruce Park, my wife and my five adult children's position on Park Cattle Co. policies and attitudes on both Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe issues.

'And the award goes to...'

There will be a party celebrating the Academy Awards, writers' strike or not, when the Carson Valley Community Theater Co. hosts "And the award goes to..." fundraising event Feb. 24 at the Carson Valley Inn.

Hit by a Sierra cement storm

Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, was the start of our big, wet Sierra cement snowstorm. What a way to begin the new year. The wind blew powerfully throughout the day and then it finally started to rain.

Gardnerville resident wins December photo contest

What an outstanding winning photo we have for the December photo contest. Winner Kathy Port of Gardnerville submitted this photo called "Nevada Glory" which captured our judges' hearts. Thank-you, Kathy, for such a beautiful entry. This photo along with the December 2009 calendar page is now on display at the main desk at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Newspaper work runs in the family

Housebound, with nothing but swirling snow to look at last weekend, gave some time for daydreams and reflection. I was going over some research I had done for a story about past Record-Courier news editor and Topaz Ranch Estates resident Sally Lyda, who died Sept. 1, 1980.

Things could be a lot worse

What are we willing to do without? That's a question many of us have had to ask ourselves over the past few months.

Register now for art class

Area artist Janice Powell Shedd will be teaching beginning through advanced painting classes in day and evening sessions at the Douglas campus of Western Nevada College. The evening session meets 7-9:45 p.m. Tuesdays and daytime classes meet 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Gallery of Trees a success

I am pleased to report that the Gallery of Trees held recently at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville was most successful. We had a total of 13 trees.

Bad weather brings out good Samaritans

Well, winter finally arrived with a wallop. The storm that raged into the area last weekend left us with a beautiful landscape and much-needed moisture, but an awful lot of trouble as well.

Dancing and learning with the stars

It was his love of bicycles and motorcycles that got former Carson Valley resident Wil Orrock interested in ballet and eventually landed him on a "Dancing with the Stars" show in Santiago, Chile.

Basketball: Douglas gets past Damonte Ranch

The Douglas boys' basketball team picked up a 67-52 win at Damonte Ranch Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 8

R-C Ski Forecast for January 8

19 lifts open, 33 trails groomed, 4 terrain parks open. Forecast: Partly cloudy with moderate winds and temps in the low 20s.

Registration open for watercolor classes

Artist Reiko Hervin offers drawing and watercolor classes from February to May at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Brooke Eddy wins national pageant

Minden resident, Brooke Eddy, 6, was crowned National American Miss Princess in Southern California in November.

Monday, January 7

Weekly update on former Tiger standouts

For the week ending Jan. 7, 2007

Heavenly skiers on the rise

Three Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation freestyle skiers produced a slew of top-50 results at the U.S. Selection Events last month in Winter Park, Colo.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 7

20 lifts open, 27 trails groomed, 2 terrain parks open.

Thanks for keeping Walker seniors warm, comfortable

When our power in the Antelope Valley went out at 10:45 p.m. Friday, the Mono County Department of Social Services, in conjunction with the Northern Nevada Red Cross, prepared to help. At 6:45 a.m. Saturday, the Walker Community Center was open and available to any and all of our residents without a source of sufficient heat for their homes.

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.


No services have been planned for Frances Shuey Allen, 84, a Gardnerville resident since 1980, who died Jan. 1, 2008 in Reno, after succumbing to cancer and surgical complications.

Including Bud the cat shows lack of taste

Including Bud the cat was tasteless

Letters to the Editor

Three cheers for Dave Brady. He was the only one with enough intestinal fortitude to stand up to Dan Holler and his bungling and inept management of Douglas County.

Making exercise a habit

I have been in the habit of exercise for lots of years by walking my male miniature blue poodle named Moto. Three years ago right before Christmas, I underwent a medical procedure on my left heel for plantar faciatis.

Kleintjes, Scossa married

Ansie Nicole Kleintjes and Jeremy Scossa, both of Gardnerville, were married Jan. 8, 2008, at David Walley's Resort, Hot Springs and Spa in Genoa.

Sunday, January 6

Saturday, January 5

Friday, January 4

Wrestling: Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational cancelled

For the second time in four years, bad weather has forced a cancellation for the Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational wrestling tournament.

Sports Fodder: Players don't need Santa, they have bowls

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

R-C Ski Forecast for January 4

20 lifts open, 36 trails groomed, 4 terrain parks open.

Register for 4-H speaking with confidence class by Thursday

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers a free speaking with confidence 4-H program to help children conquer fears about public speaking. The course is 4-5 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 28 Ð April 7 (except legal holidays) at the Douglas County office of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.


A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church with a Rosary service 6:30 p.m. today at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City, for Sam Archuleta, 76, of Carson City, who died Dec. 31, 2007, in Carson City.

New pastor at Carson Valley Christian

The Rev. Craig Fuller joined the staff at Carson Valley Christian Center as associate pastor on Jan. 1. Fuller has been a full-time minister since 2004 but was a certified public accountant, tax planning specialist, estate planner and business valuator in Texas for 30 years.

Thursday, January 3

Boys' Basketball: Sierra Lutheran drops two

The Sierra Lutheran High School boys' basketball team brought its non-league schedule to a close with a pair of losses.

R-C Ski Forecast for January 3

19 lifts open, 33 trails groomed, 5 terrain parks open.

Hypnotist brings act to Galaxy

When trim and youthful Dan Kimm walks onto the stage, one might think he is switching from his professional career as a certified hypnosis therapist to showbiz, but it's really the same thing.

Scriptures are God's direct commands

Scripture reveals many things. There are direct commands from God. There are word pictures of how a believer is to live. There are examples from the lives of others, both good and bad - all there that we might know God, and knowing him, live according to his will.

New year brings about change on the ranch

This afternoon, only the second day of the new year, the feed truck broke-down in the middle of the lane and the new bull got into the field with the neighbor's horse. The cows had to be moved up to the pole barn before dark and the three newborn calves that have been born two months early were jumping through the fences as if they were invisible. Some days ranching just doesn't get any better than that.

Wednesday, January 2

R-C Ski Forecast for January 2

19 lifts open, 33 trails groomed, 4 terrain parks open.

New Year's celebration may have killed horses

Two horses had to be destroyed after they were spooked by a loud noise off Foothill Road south of Centerville on New Year's Eve.

Gallery of Trees winners announced, January events begin

Happy New Year everybody and welcome to what promises to be an eventful 2008.

Lecture series continues at museum Thursday

The subject of Douglas County Historical Society's Lecture Series is "Profits, Plots and Lynching" with speaker Chris Bayer, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Big catches on first day of fishing derby

The 2008 Topaz Lake Fishing Derby got off to a fantastic start on New Year's Day with more than $4,000 in winnings taken home by lucky anglers.

Viewing wildlife from the kitchen window

This time of year is great for observing the wildlife of our Valley from our kitchen window. The hawks and falcons are a common sight, roosting in the trees on the berm as they survey the area for squirrels, rabbits and other small game.

Almost time to come out of hibernation on Groundhog Day - almost

I've always thought there's something hopeful about Groundhog Day. It is smack-dab in the middle of winter but Feb. 2 is about the time I notice that our midwinter days are getting longer as they have been doing since the first day of winter around Dec. 21.

Fly-fishing classes offered

Introduction to fly-fishing classes begin Jan. 22 at the Angler's Edge. Students are instructed in casting techniques and mechanics of the cast, use of gear, knots, flies, area entomology, reading moving water and still water techniques. Couples encouraged.

Dealing with climate change and home horticulture

Climate change is now mainstream media fodder. But, what is the "greenhouse gas effect," and how might it affect our gardening future?

Tuesday, January 1