Stories for June 2008


Monday, June 30

Judge OKs program in New Mexico

District Judge Michael Gibbons authorized a New Mexico drug program for a 20-year-old man who admitted his part in the sale of 500 Ecstasy tablets to a drug informant for $3,500.

Baseball: Little League All-Stars off to strong start

The Carson Valley 10-11-year-old Little League All-Stars opened up the district tournament in dominating fashion over the weekend, scoring a 7-5 win over South Tahoe Saturday and a 16-5 win over Sparks National Sunday at the South Valleys Sports Complex in Reno.

Sunday, June 29

Friday, June 27

Sports Fodder: Drinking the Pack Kool-Aid

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Coexisting with wild horses

How do we coexist with the wild horses around us

National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meets Monday

The Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meets 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 North Virginia St., Reno, to discuss the management, protection and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.

Participants and spectators wanted for today's Johnson Lane bike parade

Participants and spectators are needed for the Independence Day Bike Parade that begins at the Johnson Lane General Store at 5 p.m. today and continues to a barbecue at the Johnson Lane Fire Station.

Thursday, June 26

How to stay cool and conserve energy

Sierra Pacific Power Co. reminds Nevadans how to conserve energy and reduce power bills while keeping their homes cool and comfortable in the summer.

Conserve water and prevent urban drool

"Urban drool," what an interesting concept. I was visiting near Riverside, Calif., recently and heard urban drool discussed on National Public Radio. Think of all the water that runs down the street when people irrigate incorrectly, wash their cars, hose down their driveways and sidewalks, or have leaks from their properties. That's urban drool.

Valley Vibrations for June 27

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.

Batdorf and Rodney next up in free concert series

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Departments' 12th annual Summer Family Concert Series in Minden Park continues with the Batdorf and Rodney Reunion, 6:30-8:30 p.m.tonight.

Children's theater auditions Tuesday

The Douglas County Children's Theater holds auditions for a professional youth adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," 3 p.m. July 1 at the Dance Workshop, 1697 County Road, Minden. Everyone, age 7-18, will be cast in the show and no experience is necessary.

Free movie tonight in Heritage Park

The Town of Gardnerville's Movies in the Park opens with "The Goonies" at dusk tonight in Heritage Park.

Minden teen set to plead in heroin sales

A 19-year-old Minden woman, accused of selling heroin to undercover officers, is set to plead guilty Monday in District Court to a conspiracy charge with a recommendation she be admitted to drug court.

Small treasures exhibited during Magiko

The Carson Valley Art Gallery Association presents the "Small Treasures" exhibit of small artworks. The exhibit will be on display at Carson Valley Galleries through July 31.

Swap meet set for Saturday

How did you like our first Douglas County Historical Society Swap Meet? If you're still not sure what that is, it's a little like a huge garage sale, discount store and craft fair all in one.

Johnson Lane bike parade Sunday

Participants and spectators are needed for the Independence Day Bike Parade that begins at the Johnson Lane General Store at 5 p.m. Sunday and continues to a barbecue at the Johnson Lane Fire Station.

Monterey Bay Aquarium a feast for the senses

Last weekend, Scott and I took our sons, 3-year-old Sam and 15-month-old Max, to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. That place is like an underwater fairy tale!

Cuda and McManus married in Levittown

Rachel Irene Cuda and Brooks Emerson McManus were married April 11, 2008, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Levittown, Pa.

Messer celebrate 60 years

Paul and Bette Messer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 12, 2008. They were married June 12, 1948, in Seattle.

In the Spotlight for June 27

The Town of Gardnerville's Movies in the Park opens with "The Goonies" at dusk tonight in Heritage Park, one block east of Highway 395 off Gilman Avenue. Starring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, "The Goonies" is about seven young friends who discover a pirate's treasure map.

New meeting house complete in Walker

A new building for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been completed in Walker. The first meetings were held on June 15 and an open house is scheduled for the public 2-6 p.m. Saturday with a dedication held 11:50 a.m. Sunday in the chapel.

Methodist church observes 150 years

Carson Valley United Methodist Church is celebrating 150 years serving the Carson Valley with a special service at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by a barbecue lunch.

Coventry Cross invites public to celebrate parish hall expansion

Coventry Cross Episcopal Church is hosting an open house on Sunday to introduce the new parish hall to the community. The church recently underwent a remodeling effort that added more than 2,200 square feet to the original church.

Little League All-Star tournaments start this weekend

The Carson Valley Little 9-10- and 10-11-year old all-star teams will be taking the field this weekend when the Nevada District I tournaments begin at South Valleys Regional Sports Complex in south Reno.

Baseball: 4 Tigers headed to Kelley All-Star game

When Nothern Nevada's top juniors take the field Saturday to take on the best Southern Nevada has to offer in the annual Kelley Baseball Showcase, Douglas High will certainly be well-represented.

LeFever to play soccer at Academy of Arts

For former Douglas High soccer standout Morgan LeFever, the past several months have been a collection of exceptionally good breaks.

Baseball: Washoe ends Hooligans season

The Carson Valley Hooligans saw their tournament come to an abrupt end Tuesday night in a 17-1 loss to Washoe.

Fires cause cancellation of Western States 100

The proliferation of Northern California wildfires and unhealthy air quality caused organizers to cancel the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, June 25

Baseball: Late rally proves to be too much for Carson Valley Renegades

The Carson Valley Little League Renegades were six outs away from taking a 10-3 win into the second round of the single elimination bracket at the Nevada District I Renegades tournament.

Tuesday, June 24

Artists open studios for Valley art tour

Visit working artists' studios during the free 2008 Carson Valley Open Studios Art Tour beginning Friday. The open studio tour features oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, silk and mixed media paintings, sculptures, photography, stained glass, ceramics and jewelry.

Summer classes begin in Genoa

The Town of Genoa has expanded its special interest classes for children and adults for summer. Call the Genoa Town Office at 782-8696 to register or for information.

Racing's in his blood

At the early age of 4, Johnson Lane resident Josh Tupa knew he wanted to race motorcycles. His parents used to ride three wheelers out in the desert in Southern California so he had the perfect opportunity to start racing three wheelers. When he turned 11 he was focused and determined to race with the professionals in motocross.

Upcoming events at Minden library

Catch the reading bug at the Douglas County Public Library at Children's Game Day. Children 6-12 are invited to play Wii Mario, Sonic at the Olympic Games and other video games, 3-5 p.m. Mondays.

Letters to the Editor June 25

As I look to when I will be closing my shop "Yesterdays," I would like to thank some folks. Thank you:

Meneley students benefit from grant

The students and faculty of Meneley Elementary were the fortunate recipients of a $1,600 grant from the Douglas County Education Foundation and would like to thank the foundation for their continued support of our school.

Bad economic math for local businesses

A sense of loss accompanies another set of business closings in Minden and Gardnerville.

A son's plea on behalf of a family in need

My name is Kyle Heidt and I'm 18 years old and a senior at Douglas High School. I live in Minden with my father, mother and two sisters. My family means the world to me and I would do anything for them. My story begins in asking for help in the community.

Merrill Gardens residents learn how to create container gardens

Summer color bloomed at Merrill Gardens at Gardnerville during a gardening class June 12. Kris and Heather Kahabka, owners of Plant It Nursery in Gardnerville, brought a variety of plants and containers to show Merrill Gardens residents how to create container gardens for outdoor areas with limited space.

Spring Fling prize winners announced

The weather wasn't real cooperative with the Spring Fling participants, bringing some showers and strong breezes. Hopefully, the vendors did well and the shoppers enjoyed themselves. The winners of the two big raffle prizes were Edie Maxey, who won the $250 Visa gift card and Linda Penfield, winner of a sterling silver and turquoise necklace donated by Out West Gallery. Congratulations, ladies.

Parents' Corner

Every parent's No. 1 concern is for their child to be healthy, happy and safe. And with summer in full swing, the water is the place to be for kids but there are a few tips to keep in mind while having a splashing good time.

4-H'ers receive Kiwanis scholarships

Douglas County 4-H would like to congratulate high school senior 4-H members Amber Friesen, Jonathon Glocknitzer and Shannon Martinez as winners of the 2008 Carson Valley Kiwanis 4-H Scholarship. Rebecca England is the recipient of the 2008 Norm W. Sharkey Memorial Scholarship.

Faith Christian Academy announces honor roll

The following students achieved honor roll status for the second semester of the 2007-08 academic school year at Faith Christian Academy Middle School.

Soroptimists accepting service grant applications

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is now accepting requests for funding for community service projects that benefit the community, and women and children in particular. The deadline for submitting applications for funding requests is July 15. The funding will be awarded to recipients in October.

Elks carnival ticket books on sale

The Minden-Douglas Elks 2008 Summerfest Carnival is July 30 through Aug. 3 at Lampe Park.

Commentary: Ending mars All-Star matchup

Something tells me when the coaches for the 2008 Sertoma All-Star Classic football game sat down earlier this spring to select the teams for Friday night's contest, this was the farthest thing from their minds.

Baseball: Hooligans stay alive with win over Reno American East

Needing a win to stay alive in the District I Little League Hooligans tournament at Ranchos Aspen Park Monday night, Carson Valley came through in a big way with a 17-8 win over Reno American East.

Topaz resident makes Reno Rodeo debut

Topaz resident Matt Hussman and Garrett Smith have been friends for a long time, and now they're teammates.

Locals qualify for National High School Finals Rodeo

The Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club ended a banner week at the Nevada State High School Rodeo Finals on Sunday in Winnemucca as it will send five of its members to the National High School Rodeo Finals.

R-C Sports Notebook: Nady sure looks the part

Douglas graduate and incoming University of Nevada freshman Jeff Nady has been putting in plenty of time in the weight room since basketball season ended.

Drug stings net six adults, one juvenile

Deputies arrested six adults and a juvenile in the last few days in connection with two drug trafficking cases, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a warning about the increased use of heroin by young adults.

Engineers raising money for concrete canoe

The University of Nevada, Reno, American Society of Civil Engineers' concrete canoe team is raising money to ship their creation to Montreal to compete in the national championship June 19-21.

Monday, June 23

Baseball: Hooligans drop a pair, still alive

The Carson Valley Little League Hooligans are facing a must-win situation heading into tonight's game against Reno American East.

Saturday, June 21

Football: Sertoma Game called because of unsportsmanlike conduct

For a period of time Friday night, it looked like the Sertoma All-Star Classic football game might be headed for a classic finish at Mackay Stadium in Reno.

Friday, June 20

Baseball: Carson Valley Hooligans blow out South Tahoe

It appeared as though nothing was going to be able to slow down the bats of the Carson Valley Little League Hooligans baseball team at Ranchos Aspen Park Thursday night.

Sports Fodder: Austin Powers III was better sequel that Lakers-Celtics

The Reno Silver Sox (yes, they are still playing at Peccole Park) are going to stage a mustache growing contest next month

Thursday, June 19

Letters to the Editor June 20

Interesting letter from Leslie Williamson in the paper. I too was at the lunch she spoke of and I find it interesting that Doug Johnson would support 600 more units for the Park master Plan Amendment than Mr. Blaine Spires.

Maybe this election will be different

We'll soon see if Barack Obama and John McCain live up to their earnest promises of high-minded campaigns. Now, that would be a welcome change.

Commissioner race decided in the primary

In Douglas County, this year's commissioner race is going to come down to the three R's. That's the three primary races to select the Republican nominees for county commission. The primary will determine who leads this county for the next four years.

Diagnostic screening available July 9

St. Gall Catholic Church will be hosting a Life Line Screening on July 9. Life Line Screening will offer three different Doppler color-flow ultrasound screenings and two others for people 40 years older.

National Pollinator Week is June 22-28

Nearly 80 percent of our world's crop plants require pollination. Pollinators are essential to life, according to the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and the Pollinator Partnership. June 22 - 28 is National Pollinator Week.

Valley Vibrations for June 20

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.

Summer's here

Summer is finally here. From all the activities Douglas County Historical Society has going on, you'd think summer started a month ago.

Soroptimists ask to help children of Ghana

The Ghana Rural Library Project needs money to ship their current donation of books to Ghana and for the scholarship program.

In the Spotlight for 6-20

The Douglas County Historical Society will hold swap meets beginning Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville. More swap meets are planned for June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Sept. 27.

Offseason workouts at Douglas

The 2008 school year just ended but the preparations for the fall sports season are already under way.

Auto Racing: Thorson blazing through Kart circuit

Carson Valley racer Tanner Thorson has gotten off to a quick start in the Kart season at Cycleland Speedway in Chico, Calif.

Browsing books at the museum

Tucked inside the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center is a place to go for summer reading books, gift ideas and research material. It may be a secret to some, but the staff wants it known that the Main Street Bookstore is ready for business.

Mac-the-Naw: Start of summer brings more fishing

Do you know what day this is? Today at 5 p.m. it will officially be summer.

Area artists ready for studio tour

Visit working artists' studios, June 27-29, during the free Carson Valley Open Studios Art Tour 2008. The open studio tour features oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, silk and mixed media paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics and jewelry.

Where the dogs and coyotes play

While most people may not enjoy sharing their community with the coyotes, we have always tried to appreciate them and have been fortunate to be able to watch a family of them grow over the years.

Wednesday, June 18

Softball: Hot Shots win Sierra Shootout

The Carson Valley Hot Shots 14-Under softball team took their fourth tournament this year by winning the Reno Sierra Shootout this past weekend.

Tuesday, June 17

Carson Valley Days a success

Successful events do not spring fully formed from the earth, ready to be plucked and eaten.

Letters to the Editor

The editor in his response to Dr. Pardee's letter quotes the higher authority of the "Associated Press Style Manual" that only MDs, DDSs, DOs, and DPMs can have the Dr. in front of their names.

R-C Sports Notebook: New league, just as tough

With the shake-up of the Northern 4A athletic leagues heading into the fall season, the Sierra League was already going to present a number of intriguing matchups in every sport.

Pony Express rides again... and again

The mail will again be carried by horses and riders from Sacramento to St. Joseph, Mo., to commemorate the 148th anniversary of the Pony Express.

Youth given a Fighting Chance

The Fighting Chance program abduction prevention program was presented to about 1,000 fifth- and sixth-graders in Douglas County elementary schools in the last school year and was made possible by Soroptimist International in coordination with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Instructors were officers Chris Griffith and Theresa Duffy.

Busy weekend in Antelope Valley

There will be several things happening this weekend in Antelope Valley and surrounding mountain sponsored by the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce.

Professionals needed for Italy trip

The Minden Rotary Club is seeking four professionals to visit Italy in May 2009 as part of the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Photo collection on display in Markleeville

The Ignacio "Nacho" Bravo Collection opens Saturday at the Alpine County Museum, 101 School St,. Markleeville.

Where are your keys?

A few months back we were at a meeting in town. When I got home the telephone was ringing. It was my dad saying they were at the market.

Local authors meet tonight

Local authors Terri Farley, Ellen Hopkins, Miki Trujillo, Jim Darrough, Nancee Goldwater, Barbara Hegne, William Hill, Fox Hughes, Helen Martin, Ruth Posselt, Frank Rocha and Evelyne Tannehill will meet readers, sell their books and sign autographs, 5:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden.

Young Chautauquans perform

The Young Chautauquans give free performances, 5-7 p.m. today and Thursday at the Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa. The characters to be represented include Marie Curie, Walt Disney, Betsy Ross, Jacqueline Kennedy, Kit Carson, Dr. Eliza Cook and Anna Sewell, the author of "Black Beauty." Musical entertainment provided by emcee Mike Maloney.

'Snowshoe' event at Genoa museum

Snowshoe Thompson Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Genoa Court House Museum, includes a visit from Don "Snowshoe" Thompson who gives a talk about the man who carried mail across the Sierra on cross-country skis from 1856 to 1876.

Waddlers' Wace results

Prize list from the 16th annual Wacky Waddlers' Wiver Wace on Sunday:

Outstanding youth recognized by MEFIYI

The 2008 Greater Nevada Credit Union Community Choice Youth Awards Banquet presented by the MEFIYIfoundation celebrated the excellence of 40 Douglas County youth at Genoa Lakes Golf Club in late May.

Inaugural 5K/10K draws 155

The inaugural Carson Valley Days Walk, Jog, Run featured 155 participants Saturday morning.

State rodeo finals this week

A number of Douglas County cowboys and cowgirls will be competing in the Nevada State High School Rodeo Finals this week in Winnemucca.

Monday, June 16

Saturday, June 14

Friday, June 13

Wacky Waddlers Wace today for food closet

The 16th annual Wacky Waddlers' Wiver Wace today features a gaggle of rubber ducks racing down the slough at Lampe Park. The sale of the wacky waddler rubber ducks benefits the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Sing with Dad on Father's Day

It's Father's Day today " a day in which many people express their gratitude, love and appreciation by giving their father gifts, greeting cards, dinners out or taking them fishing, hunting and even dirt bike riding.

We are complete in Christ

I recently had a conversation with a man about "spiritual things" and he spoke of all the different spiritual journeys he was on, which included some involvement with Christianity.

Thursday, June 12

In the Spotlight for June 13

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

Carson Valley Days events schedule and sponsors

n 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. " Carson Valley Art Association Art Show at the CVIC Hall in Minden

Local authors gather for book event

Local authors Terri Farley, Ellen Hopkins, Miki Trujillo, Jim Darrough, Nancee Goldwater, Barbara Hegne, William Hill, Fox Hughes, Helen Martin, Ruth Posselt, Frank Rocha and Evelyne Tannehill will meet readers, sell their books and sign autographs, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the CVIC Hall.

Become a master gardener volunteer

Do you love to garden and want to learn more about the best techniques to produce beautiful, productive plants? Does the science of horticulture interest you? Do you like socializing and working with others who share your passion for gardening? Do you want to give back to your community? Become a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer by applying for the fall Carson City/Douglas County Master Gardener training program.

June is for flags, food, fathers and summer fun

This year Flag Day coincides with Carson Valley Days. Members of Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 will march in the parade on Saturday carrying a large American flag. Afterward, the public is invited to attend a special celebration at 1276 Pit Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Starting at 2 p.m., local scout groups will present the history of Flag Day, followed by a barbecue for a small fee.

Thursday is Pony Express and 'Snowshoe' Day

Thursday is Pony Express Re-ride and Snowshoe Thompson Day. The Douglas County Historical Society has several events planned to help celebrate the day at the Court House Museum in Genoa.

Historic Minden Arts Show is June 20-21

The Second Annual Historic Minden Arts Show begins with an artists' reception 6-9 p.m. June 20 and continues through June 21 in the CVIC Hall at 1602 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden. Attendees may sip wine, enjoy food from Cafe Girasole, get to know the artists, and purchase art at the reception. A commemorative wine glass will also be made available to attendees of the reception.

Letters to the Editor June 13

In response to Dr. Stuart Pardee's letter in The Record-Courier on June 11, 2008.

Our favorite time of year

It has been 98 years since Minden founder H.F. Dangberg Jr. decided that what his new town really needed was a big party.

Valley Vibrations for June 13

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.

Wednesday, June 11

Softball: Hoppe signs with College of Idaho

Douglas senior Lauren Hoppe went ahead and took care of two major events in one weekend.

Tuesday, June 10

Letters to the Editor

On June 4, The Record-Courier published an article in its business section entitled "Minden chiropractor celebrates 25 years." This article was edited from a press release my office sent to The Record-Courier. Since I wrote the press release, I am intimately aware of its original contents.

Green a far better way to go for the West

With apologizes to Wallace Stegner, green looks good on this Valley. Tall swaying grass in June starts hay season. Large 14-foot wide swathers mow down fields of grass, laying it out in windrows to dry. Soon rakes, balers and harrow beds will roll across the Valley. It takes a lot of oil to harvest grass and it makes you see green.

Paving study supports limit

A paving study accepted by Douglas County commissioners last week supports keeping a weight limit at Minden-Tahoe Airport.

Re-ride celebrates 148 years

The history and future of the Pony Express are the subjects of the Douglas County Historical Society's free lecture series, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Museum happenings

Young Chautauquans ready to perform

Datebook for June 11

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.

School's out " time for family fun

It was quiet this morning outside sitting on the front porch with a cup of hot tea. Wait a minute, that's because our daughter is still sleeping and there are no school buses driving up and down the street. School is out for 77 days for the elementary school kids.

Minden Village hosts Magiko kick-off

Minden Village at Highway 395 and Lucerne Street hosts the third annual block party on June 19 as a kick-off to Magiko, which runs through July 5.

Spring donations at food closet

The month of April brought in many donations from the Carson Valley community. The Carson Valley Community Food Closet is a supplemental source of food goods to qualified individuals and families in need residing in Douglas County. We wish to express appreciation to all who donated and to the volunteers who helped distribute food.

Coleville High graduates 17

Last Friday evening Coleville High School's Class of 2008 " all 17 of them " had their shining moment. In this close-knit community, most people have known the students since they were small children, so it's always a full house for our graduations.

Kickathon benefits Relay for Life

More than 40 members of Northwest Martial Arts kicked a total of 22,757 kicks at an average of more than 500 kicks per person in a one-hour kickathon event to raise money for Relay for Life on May 31.

R-C Sports Notebook: Passing on Miller unbelievable

I'm not going to claim to know more (or even near as much) as a Major League Baseball scout.

Maestretti named Sierra Nevada Female Athlete of the Year

Douglas High's Bridget Maestretti, who was recently named The Record-Courier Female Athlete of the Year, has added another honor to her resume on the heels of her high school graduation last week.

Monday, June 9

Baseball: Bighorns complete three-game sweep of College of Marin

A six-run fourth inning propelled the Nevada Bighorns to an 8-4 victory over College of Marin at Western Nevada College on Sunday.

Saturday, June 7

Friday, June 6

On genuineness

A half century has passed since the great Christian pastor and writer A.W. Tozer wrote these words which are more relevant today than they were when he wrote them

Church worship times change

Christ Presbyterian Church meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays at 1436 Industrial Way, Unit C, Gardnerville, for worship and Sunday school. The church features traditional hymns and contemporary songs. Pastor Bill Baltz is the main speaker with local pastors as guest speakers.

Field EKG system demonstration at medical center

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center hosts a demonstration of the multicounty field EKG system, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, in the second floor reading room in the medical center, 1600 Medical Parkway, Carson City. Continental breakfast will be served.

Former Tiger Balcom drafted by Kansas City Royals

Former Douglas High standout Chris Balcom-Miller was drafted by the Kansas City Royals Friday afternoon in the 35th round with the 1,045th pick of the draft.

Sports Fodder: Forget about drafts and boxing, give us Kimbo-Tyson

There are a lot of things wrong in baseball ($8 beers, $25 parking spaces, owners named Steinbrenner, to name but three) at which to direct your anger

Thursday, June 5

Trying to bridge the communication gap

If you have lived here for more than a few months, you know that we, the citizens of Douglas County, have had some difficulty communicating with our county government.

Park Cattle offers blueprint for Valley's future

Into this summer's election year stew of economic, growth and environmental issues will drop Park Cattle Co.'s ideas for developing 4,500 acres of pasture over the next quarter of a century.

Goodbye and good luck to class of 2008

Tonight more than 400 people join the ranks of those who've graduated from Douglas High School, forever linking them to Carson Valley.

Carson Valley Days return June 12-15

The theme of the 2008 Carson Valley Days is "Keep Nevada Open." The annual event is celebrated with a parade, a hot air balloon launch, carnival, a rodeo and the Carson Valley Days Walk, Jog, Run on June 12-15.

Valley Vibrations for June 6

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.

Ruhenstroth water committee conducts measurement testing

The Ruhenstroth Water Steering Planning Committee conducted water measurement testing on various wells on March 29. The committee was formed after our neighborhood meeting in December 2006 to gather information and present options to the residents based on the trends of water usage and aquifer levels.

Movies in the park begin with 'Goonies'

The third season of the Town of Gardnerville's Movies in the Park opens with "The Goonies" at dusk June 27 in Heritage Park.

Volunteers honored

Douglas County Historical Society honored its volunteers at a reception at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville on April 26. Volunteers were treated to hors d'oeuvres and received engraved wine glasses.

In the Spotlight for June 6

Gentle Shepherd Bible Fellowship hosts a rummage sale all day today and Saturday, and a car wash, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the corner of Tillman Lane and Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. The events benefit the church's youth programs. Donations accepted. Information, Pastor Lou Bush, 265-5611.

May photo contest winner announced

The May photo contest is over and we have another outstanding winner. Andi Van Berkum's great shot of baby goslings is our winner and Wendy Francis is our runner-up. As usual, the winning calendar pages will be on display at the main desk of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville throughout June.

Upcoming library events

n Metamorphosis at Your Library is the theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program for youth 12 to 18 at the Douglas County Public Library that continues through Aug 16. Registration forms available in the Young Adult section at the library. Fill out a book review entry form for every 100 pages read to win prizes. Weekly prize drawings for certificates from local businesses are on Wednesday evenings. The grand prize drawing for an iPod shuffle is Aug. 18.

Fishing: Sawmill Pond Derby Saturday

It is that time of year again for the annual Sawmill Pond Kids Free Fishing Day.

Track & Field: Area middle schools strong in season finale

Three Valley middle schools turned in strong performances at the recent Tah-Neva Conference Middle School Track & Field Championships at Douglas High School.

Football: Wilcox to take at least a year off

This fall, Steve Wilcox won't be coaching with the Douglas football team.

Hockey: Nelson headed to Elmira College

Douglas senior Angela Nelson has always been just a little bit ahead of the curve.

Wednesday, June 4

Angler cheat sheets available

The Nevada Department of Wildlife calls them the 2008 Angler Information Guides, but you can just call them your cheat sheet for the best fishing in Nevada.

Former Tigers in summer baseball leagues

A number of former Douglas High baseball players have caught on with summer baseball teams in the area.

Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: On May 6, 18-year-old Matthew Cole Martin of Carson City admitted defacing property throughout Carson Valley with graffiti that advocated white supremacy and violence to Hispanics. On May 27, he was placed on formal probation by District Judge Dave Gamble. Martin wrote an apology to the community that he consented to have published in The Record-Courier.

Challenges too late out of gate

We believe that the government that is closest to the people is the best government. In Douglas County the government closest to the people are those folks who serve on the two dozen town and improvement district boards that provide most of our basic services.

Tuesday, June 3

4-H'ers compete at junior livestock show

Douglas County 4-H Livestock Clubs and FFA members attended the Nevada Junior Livestock Show to show and sell their beef, sheep and swine at the Reno Livestock Events Center on May 1-4.

A special Memorial Day

In spite of questionable weather, May 27 at the Coleville Cemetery was one of the most impressive events I have been to in many years. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3567 had their annual Memorial Day ceremony. As always, it was well attended by local adults, as well as the students from the Coleville schools.

Heart Beat TV begins Friday

The Heart Beat TV series on Carson Valley begins Friday on Community Access Television, Channel 16. Show times are Fridays at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 4 a.m., 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Mondays at 4 a.m. and 9 a.m.

R-C Female Athlete of the Year: Maestretti's 9 varsity letters stood out

From what Douglas senior Bridget Maestretti is able to remember of basketball tryouts during her freshman year, she still isn't quite sure how she made the team.

New chief at Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department

Dave Becker was elected to be the new chief at the Johnson Lane Fire Department right across the street from Pinon Hills Elementary School. Chief Becker and his wife moved here 12 years ago from San Diego. They have two children at Pinon Hills.

Marhevka and Martin engaged

Dr. Tom and Carrie Embree of Gardnerville announce the engagement of their daughter, Shanell Nicole Marhevka, to Ryan Alexander Martin.

Emigrant Trail barn tour a success

Editor: Thanks to all who supported and recently attended the Douglas County Historical Society's Emigrant Trail Barn Tour. The

R-C Sports Notebook: Breaking down the Douglas High football schedule

We're 13 weeks away from the opening kickoff of the high school football season and I managed to get a hold of the Douglas schedule for the 2008 season.

Town and Country Homemakers call it a day after 50 years

The Gardnerville women's club called the Town and Country Homemakers have been a viable group for more than 50 years. They now find, with their dwindling membership and the challenge of fundraisers with such a small group, it is impractical to continue, so have decided to disband.

Rummage sale begins Thursday

Gentle Shepherd Bible Fellowship hosts a rummage sale all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a car wash, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the corner of Tillman Lane and Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. The events benefit the church's youth programs. Donations accepted. Information, Pastor Lou Bush, 265-5611.

Monday, June 2

Juniors upset Seniors in Powder Puff win

More than half of the females in the Douglas High senior class were suited up to play in the Powder Puff flag football game Friday night.

Estes goes on DL after fall down stairs

San Diego Padres left-hander and former Douglas High standout Shawn Estes broke the thumb on his throwing hand when he fell on the tunnel stairs between the team's clubhouse and dugout Friday night.

Sunday, June 1