Stories for March 2008

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Monday, March 31

Swimming & Diving: Douglas swimmers split with Reed

Stocked with their full roster, small as it might be, the Douglas High boys' swim team picked up its first win of the season, 113-100 over Reed Saturday.

Baseball: Tigers, Senators split

Four words describe a doubleheader with a combined 43 runs, 49 hits and a six-run rally for the win in the seventh and final inning of the opener: It's Douglas and Carson.

Softball: Douglas season statistics through March 29

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

Baseball: Douglas season statistics through March 29

10-4 overall, 5-1 Sierra League, 2-0 home, 7-4 away, 1-0 neutral, 7-3 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Is your emu missing?

I received a strange call this week from a Johnson Lane resident who said while she was out walking her dog at the very east end of Stephanie Way, she saw an emu walking down the power line road that connects over to the Johnson Lane jumps. An emu I asked, like that Australian bird? She confirmed it was an emu because it had only two legs, a long skinny neck and a beak. She said her girlfriend had also seen it the day before. I suggested she walk with a rope in her pocket. Could she catch it? She thought it would be much too big to walk it home.

St. Gall High Tea April 19

Tickets are available and table decorators are wanted for the St. Gall Women's Society's Best of Yesterday High Tea, 2 p.m. April 19, in the St. Gall Pastoral Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Free concert Sunday

Sponsored by the Carson Valley Violin School and Friends of the Carson Valley Youth Orchestra, the Carson Valley Sinfonia, a 30-member student/community orchestra will present its annual spring concert 4 p.m. Sunday in the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Life sentence not enough for molester

Serial child molester James Hope received his third consecutive life sentence on Monday, which despite sounding impressive, means he could be out of prison by the time he is 67 years old.

Douglas County 4-H Sierra Riders meet Thursday for orientation

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is inviting all interested Douglas County youth and their families to find out more about joining the Douglas County 4-H Sierra Riders project, 6 Ð 8 p.m., Thursday, at Cooperative Extension, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. The project is open to youth ages 9 and up who currently have a horse and basic riding skills.

Pasture golf almost here

This Saturday will hopefully bring good weather for all the people who enjoy the Antelope Valley Lions Club's Cow Pasture Golf Tournament. It is eagerly awaited by all the golfers I know, and they are never disappointed. Tee-off time is at 9 a.m., with sign-ups at 8 a.m.

Sunday, March 30

Softball: Reno sweeps Douglas

Through the first three innings Saturday afternoon, the Douglas-Reno softball matchup was shaping up to be a classic pitcher's duel between the Tigers' Stepanie Harper and the Huskies' Ashley Rahming.

Friday, March 28

Sports Fodder: No CBI, so long C-Web and hello Cubbies

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Letters to the Editor

We are writing in opposition to the wilderness designation of approximately 188,000 acres in Lyon and Mineral counties. This letter is particularly directed to Sens.

Obituaries

A celebration of Skydive Tahoe co-owner Wes Harberts' life was Saturday at his hangar at Minden-Tahoe Airport. Mr. Harberts died March 23, 2008, when his parachute malfunctioned.

Models needed for fashion show

The Women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club hosts the fourth annual Spring Fashion Show Extravaganza and wine lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 27 at Genoa Lakes Golf Course.

Compromise not option on proposed wilderness

In response to your editorial regarding the Nevada Wilderness Project's proposal to designate 693,000 acres of public lands as wilderness, we have not the slightest intention of compromising with the wilderness project, the U.S. Forest Service or anyone else.

Softball: Reno takes down Douglas

Taking on the No. 2-ranked team in the region, the Douglas softball team got off to a strong start Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, March 27

Baseball: Douglas gets past Carson

In each of the past four years, the Thursday game of the Carson-Douglas baseball series has either come down to the final inning or has gone into extra innings.

Water polo continuing to grow in Northern Nevada

Northern Nevada isn't exactly known as a Mecca for water polo, but the sport continues to grown in the area.

Being unsentimental about a sentimental journey

We have all paid a visit to something in our past a time or two and, for the most part, the trip is usually an enjoyable one. Sometimes though, the sentimental journey turns out to be a destination better left alone, something unfortunately, you don't know until you go there.

Upcoming art events

The monthly meeting of Carson Valley Art Association is 1:30 p.m. today at the Douglas campus of Western Nevada College. Program includes the presentation of CVAA artwork to the University of Nevada, Reno, extension office and a critique of members' paintings. Information, Ron Clarke, 782-8035.

Valley Vibrations

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

Douglas students receive art awards

Seven Douglas High School students were recognized for outstanding artwork in the Scholastic Art Awards at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Letters to the Editor

It's a place where nearly every day three people tragically lose their lives. It's also a place where our friends, neighbors and fellow Nevadans work to improve our infrastructure. It's our road work zones.

Therapy cat passes

On Monday afternoon, my friend's beloved pet was found gasping for breath. He was rushed to the vet and they found that his lungs were completely filled with fluid so he couldn't get any air. He had been playing, running, eating and doing all the normal kitty things earlier in the day.

Spotlight for 3-28

The Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association and the Douglas High School Alpine Club meet at the north end of Vicky Lane for a cleanup of trails in the Mission Hot Springs area, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday, March 26

Douglas baseball team knocks off Manogue

The Douglas baseball team employed a committee of pitchers on its way to a 5-3 win over Manogue in a non-league game in Reno Tuesday afternoon.

Baseball: Douglas season statistics through March 25

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

Volleyball: Capital City Volleyball Club Wins Spring Classic Championship

The Capital City Volleyball Club's 14 Black team captured the championship of the 33-team Northern California Volleyball Association's (NCVA) Spring Classic March 15 and 16 in Santa Clara, California.

Open Registration for the 2008 Kids' Fishing Derby Begins on April 1

The 19th annual Kids' Fishing Derby is set for May 31 and June 1 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Boys' Golf: Tigers win Sierra League opener

Heading into the year, one of the Douglas boys' golf team's primary goals was to qualify for regionals as a team.

Family Support Council is Puttin' on the Ritz benefit at Genoa Lakes on Saturday

The Family Support Council of Douglas County is holding its largest fundraising event of the year, Puttin' on the Ritz, at Genoa Lakes 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

Election season coming soon

With Alpine County holding an election in June and Douglas County candidate sign-ups starting in May, The Record-Courier opinion pages are going on campaign alert.

Tuesday, March 25

Updates on former Tigers

Bryan Miller, sr., OF, Troy University: Miller is batting .323 on the year in 23 starts with 14 doubles and 17 RBIs. He's also stolen two bases. Troy is on a four-game win streak after beating North Florida and sweeping a three-game series from Western Kentucky earlier in the week.

Dressler making a name for himself in mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts. Cage fighting. Submission bouts. No holds barred.

R-C Sports Notebook: Southern girls' soccer may not be moving to fall after all

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss a complaint seeking to delay moving girls' soccer in the Southern 4A from the winter season to the fall season.

Baseball: Tigers sweep Colts

The Douglas baseball team entered the season with concerns about its run production.

Track & Field: Douglas comes out strong despite vacation-depleted roster

The Douglas High School track & field team put together its second solid showing at a home four-way meet against Carson, Damonte Ranch and Elko last week.

Wild Willy plays at Buckaroo's

Will Strickland brings his special style of entertainment to Buckaroo's Saloon tonight.

Letters to the Editor

In the past 12 years I have lived in Topaz (the California side) and traveled to and from work five days a week. This is the first year that I am disgusted.

Student-Senior Day is April 5 at museum

The March photo contest ends Monday. This is the last weekend to get out and snap some photos of Douglas County waking up to spring. Our weather has been so glorious that trees are leafing out and flowers are blooming everywhere. Does that mean it will snow soon? This is Nevada where all things are possible. Bring your photo to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, at 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville or e-mail it to me at in2my2cats@yahoo.com.

Time to plant cold vegetables

Yippee! It's spring and time to plant. Some vegetables are cold-hardy and seed can be sown as soon as the soil can be worked. These crops include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. They produce better during the cold part of year than in the heat of summer. Parsley, peas, rhubarb, horseradish, spinach, turnips and onions also like the cold weather. Asparagus crowns can also be planted. Additionally, kale, lettuce and many greens are cold-tolerant.

4-H Happy Heelers fun match is April 5

Cooperative Extension's 4-H Happy Heelers Dog Club's annual 4-H All Breed Conformation and Obedience Fun Match is April 5 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 920 Dump Road, Gardnerville.

New road signs for Fish Springs

You can tell that I like to write about small town happenings, but little things are sometimes a big deal here in Fish Springs. Last week the county road department installed street signs at the north end of Fish Springs for the first time. My husband and I moved here in 1981 and for the past 27 years we've had no street signs telling people where to turn when they're getting close to our house at the far north end of Fish Spring Flat.

Monday, March 24

Soccer: AYSO registration coming up

Registration sessions for the 2008 fall season of American Youth Soccer Organization in Carson Valley will begin April 16 at Scarselli Elementary School in the multipurpose room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ice Hockey: Grizzlies salvage tie against Tri Valley

The South Tahoe PeeWee Grizzlies ice hockey team recently split two games.

Funny thing about trends

The recent population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau are illustrative of a longtime Nevada trend. That just when you get ready bet on a trend, it evaporates.

How to be a nurturing parent

What does it take to be a nurturing parent? Begin today by being a positive parent or caretaker and help other family members, friends and neighbors be positive parents too.

Daffodil Hill destination for motorcycle day trip

Saturday was the day for our first motorcycle ride of the season. There were three sidecars and one solo bike that took on the challenge of the ride to Daffodil Hill. I have never been there and didn't know what to expect.

Easter a great day in Antelope Valley

The weather was beautiful, and I hope everyone enjoyed their day. There were some activities going on in our Valley that I hope you were able to participate in. The United Methodist Church, the Walker Baptist Church, and River Ministries combined to hold an Easter sunrise service at Coleville High School's athletic field, with a continental breakfast afterward.

A trip to Carmel brings peace to a hectic world

"Carmel-by-the-Sea" sounds a little presumptuous. A place where rich people go to be alone, much like Garbo. After a few days there, I change my mind. CBTS is only 1 square mile in size but its rough edges are all gone and what remains is as smooth as the front fender of a Rolls Royce.

Letters to the Editor

I am currently the secretary of the Friends of the Douglas County Library. I have donated thousands of hours of my time in three states working to support the public libraries where I have lived, including the Douglas County Public Library. I volunteer my time because I believe public libraries are an essential part of a literate and educated community.

Cowboy poet featured at museum

Student Day features "Sleepin' in the Bunkhouse" author Ken Gardner speaking about cowboy poetry at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Library events

Celebrate National Library Week at Teen Game Day, 3 p.m. April 11, at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden. The free program for youth grades six through 12 features Nintendo, Wii games, Guitar Hero III, Dance Dance Revolution. Pizza and soda will be provided. Teen Game Day sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library and the Dragon Slayers.

Valley talent performs in musical revue

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

Sunday, March 23

Friday, March 21

Former Tigers find home on rugby pitch

Rugby is internationally known as one of the most physical sports in existence.

Sports Fodder: Don't call Nevada's season a success

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Vogel, Matheney engaged

Robert and Lorraine Vogel of Gardnerville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jackie Lee Vogel, to Justin Lee Matheney of Gardnerville.

Thursday, March 20

Baseball: Douglas tops Wooster

In a matter of a couple of swings, the Douglas baseball team turned a potential two-run comeback into a breakout inning.

Golf: Lead trio will bolster deep squad for Tigers

With a trio of experienced golfers leading off the scorecard and a host of unproven talent fighting for the remaining varsity spots, it's no wonder that the Tigers are feeling pretty good about their prospects heading into the year.

Swimming & Diving: Tigers ready for title defense

Douglas High swim coach Charlie Bowman glances down his roster and muses about the amount of talent the team has this season.

Egg hunts

Easter egg hunt at Walker Community Park

Lindley, O'Keefe play CVIC Hall

Carson Valley Arts Council presents multi-instrumentalist David Lindley in concert with Danny O'Keefe, 7 p.m. tonight at the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden. A reception with wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres begins at 6 p.m. Desserts served after the concert. Admission is a $15 donation at the door. All proceeds benefit Carson Valley Arts Council.

Wednesday, March 19

Douglas softball finishes off sweep vs. Carson

Yes, it's a long season. But the Douglas High girls softball team sure took advatage of opening Sierra League play against its rival, Carson.

Effects of conflictvery real at home

In March 2003, forces of the United States invaded Iraq determined to bring down Saddam Hussein and establish a stable capitalist republic in the Middle East.

A new place for a familiar face

There is a new face at Topaz Lodge and Casino, but he is not a new face to many of you in the Valley. Bob Cherry has just taken the position of the food and beverage manager at the lodge. Many of you will remember his fine work at Fiona's restaurant in Minden. Cherry managed the restaurant for more than 2 1Ú2 years from around 2000 until he partnered with his wife of 41 years, Avis, to sell real estate. Working through Coldwell Banker, they called themselves Team Cherry.

Thank you for February donations

Valentine's Day was celebrated throughout the month of February at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. The community showed their continued support with both canned goods and monetary donations. Typically, this time of year our donations slow down. We are in need of paper towels, canned stew and boxed breakfast cereal. We could also use toothpaste and tooth brushes. If any of our local dentists could help us out with those items, it would be greatly appreciated.

Of memories and milestones

I can't recall a year when Easter was within a week of St. Patrick's Day, but since I became a parent of two young boys, recollection just doesn't rank high on my list of abilities anymore.

Historical society gearing up for spring, summer events

Have you ever taken your out-of-town visitors to see our museums? I have had dear friends visiting for the past few days and one of the first places we toured was the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. They were impressed. Your museums are something you can be proud of. Douglas County is rich in history and your museums are working to preserve it.

Tuesday, March 18

R-C Sports Notebook: Get beat to get better

Traditionally, the idea has been that if you want your team to have a chance to compete for a state championship, you take your kids down to Vegas during the preseason.

Baseball: Tigers pick up two wins in Vegas

After taking its lumps against a talented Coronado squad, the Douglas High School baseball team rebounded to pick up two wins during its weekend trip to Las Vegas.

Local authors gather at library Saturday

Area authors gather for book signing and discussion, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden. Authors attending include "The Spirit of Seabiscuit" author Jani Buron, "DeadStruck" writer Thomas Davis, "Penguin Paradise" author Barry Lar Rieu and "Carragan Adventures" writer Patricia Murphy.

Location, location

Compared to most of the world, America is in its infant state. When people talk about antiques or antiquities, things uncovered from the past or found in America, those things are usually not much older than 200-300 years old.

New life is all around us

Happy Easter Sunday, everyone. We hope it's a glorious day for us all. The Easter season always reminds me of the Resurrection and awakening. Living out here in the back country of Fish Springs, you see new life all around. Spring has definitely sprung.

Women's Active 20-30 Club donates to Kids & Horses

The women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club spent a day with the children and staff at Kids & Horses therapeutic riding program and presented them with a check for $500 in early March.

Don't duck if you have something to say

There's little more vexing for an editor than listening to critics complain about one-sided letters and guest columns, then refusing to speak up themselves.

Charity may be the answer to budget issue

I find it hugely interesting that just after the proposed new business license tax goes down in flames, our departing county manager is quoted as saying that "The general fund is close to being balanced and current projections show we will be able to replace the reserves used to balance last year's budget." Funny how those reserves were never mentioned while proffering a new tax burden on business.

Egg hunts and Easter services abound

Holy Thursday/Mandatum, 7 p.m. March 20

Exaggeration takes off over the airport

Looks like Chicken Little has taken wing over the airport.

Monday, March 17

Softball: Lady Tigers take 2 of 3 in Susanville

Despite intermittent snow throughout the first day of the Susanville Tournament, the Douglas softball managed to get in three games.

Softball: Douglas season statistics through March 15

7-2 overall, 1-0 Sierra League, 1-0 home, 0-0 away, 6-2 neutral, 1-0 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Camping trip holds less than fond memories

In 1968 my extended family planned a camping trip to Ice House here west of northern Nevada. What I remember as a 7 year old, was I was out fishing by the river. While I was there a bear came by and I ran back to the campground.

Egg hunt at Walker Park on Easter

The Antelope Valley Lions Club is again holding their Easter egg hunt on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., Walker Community Park. The kids always have fun with this event, and I'm sure this year will be the same. The grand prize is a golden egg, so bring your kids to the park for the fun.

Savor the Flavor a success

The 13th annual Savor the Flavor fundraiser on March 8 at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort raised over $22,000 that will go back into the community.

Wildland fight could get complicated

It sounds like a huge meteorite is headed right for the western boundary of Nevada. No one has actually seen the meteorite, but there have been lots of guesses as to its size. Some folks think the meteorite is 16 miles on a side. Others say it is more like 31 miles.

Pea planting time

St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, and it is the time to plant peas. These are the earliest garden vegetables to reach edible maturity and do well at lower temperatures than most vegetables. The plants survive a light frost, although flowers and young pods may be damaged. They do poorly when temperatures rise to 80 degrees and higher.

Sunday, March 16

Friday, March 14

Sports Fodder: Bonds is gone, Crystal is in...

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Douglas County is a safe place

Tahoe Youth and Family Services is expanding the Safe Place program in Douglas County. Safe Place is the first step for any youth in crisis or at risk. The community collaboration program, operated in Douglas County by Tahoe Youth and Family Services, makes it possible for any youth to access help at locations including restaurants, fire stations, libraries and schools which display the Safe Place sign. Youth under age 18 can easily find help at Safe Place sites in their own neighborhoods whenever they need it.

Nonagenarian does what he wants to do

Dick Wright turned 90 years old March 13 and uses the treadmill for 15-20 minutes a day. He's been a HAM operator for more than 50 years, belongs to the Elks and Masons and plays Texas hold 'em at the Carson Valley Inn about three nights a week.

Program seeks to raise awareness on child abuse

When Gov. Jim Gibbons designated April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, he said, "We recognize the many lives that have already been affected by abuse or neglect. The pinwheels planted throughout the state serve as a reminder that each one of us has a responsibility to advocate for child abuse prevention."

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

What should you do if you witness child abuse in a public place?

How to spot signs of abuse

Children who are abused may show physical and behavioral signs. You may be a child's only lifeline to safety. Pay attention to the treatment of children around you. Child abuse is everyone's business. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected in Nevada, call (800) 992-5757.

How to prevent child abuse

What can you do in your community to prevent child abuse?

Thursday, March 13

Softball: Lady Tigers escape with win in extra innings

Things began well for the Douglas softball team Thursday afternoon and they ended well.

What to do to be a better parent

What can I do to be a better parent?

Grace is the word

Grace is key attribute of God and is that which most distinguishes the description of God in the Bible from the supreme beings conceived in other religions. The full significance of God's grace stretches human comprehension beyond its limits.

Wednesday, March 12

Former Tigers: Weekly update for March 12

Amanda Essary, jr., F, Lindenwood: The Lions claimed their second national title in the program's five-year history, beating Robert Morris 2-1 Sunday in the ACHA Division I championship game.

Soaring eagle captures first place

Lisa Minter decided to try out a new zoom telephoto lens when she spotted a bald eagle soaring about 200 feet overhead in the Pine Nut Mountains.

Sanford Center on Aging offers classes at senior center

-- The Nevada Care Connection from the Sanford Center on Aging will be conducting a free four-hour workshop on how to do a better job of caring for elderly parents or spouses, 1-6 p.m. Thursday, at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Wilderness designation limits access

An expected lands bill, along with a mitigation of wilderness designation to lands now under multi-use in the Pine Nut and Sweetwater ranges of Nevada, was the topic of concern at a meeting conducted by the newly formed Coalition for Public Access, March 5 in Smith Valley.

Airport belongs to people

First Piñon Aero' s spokesman Anders O. Field Jr. says: "Another potentially large market is represented by large Bay area companies that base their corporate aircraft in Stockton or other Central Valley locations sending them to San Francisco-area airports when they're needed. If those planes instead are domiciled at Minden-Tahoe Airport, the companies can reap substantial tax advantages." (The R-C Feb. 15, 2008) Does that sound like they will not go after those potential tenants in their marketing plan?

Ruhenstroth committee discusses water situation

The Ruhenstroth Water Planning Steering Committee gave a very impressive presentation on Feb. 29 outlining what they have learned over the past year as they have explored options for our long-term water situation.

Still time to enter March photography contest

This warmer spring-like weather must agree with you photographers. We have already received a few photos for the March contest. You still have plenty of time to snap a picture of what March in Douglas County means to you and get it in to the museum before the March 31 deadline. Right now photos of lower heating bills might be what we love most about March.

Easter and holiday services

The Prayer Path labyrinth is 9 a.m. to noon and 5-8 p.m. March 16-18 at St. Gall Pastoral Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Constitution, free market set path

It is a sad statement that we have to remind people that the market will determine what will happen in private enterprise.

Tuesday, March 11

Track and field races to successful opener

Douglas High School's new all-weather track at the Big George Sports Complex is fast.

R-C Sports Notebook: All-Since-I've-Been-Here girls' basketball teams

This idea sprung up out of the phrase, "She's one of the best (fill in the blank) I've seen since I've been here.

Baseball: Douglas season statistics through March 8

2-2 overall, 0-0 Sierra League, 0-0 home, 1-2 away, 1-0 neutral, 1-2 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Softball: Douglas season statistics through March 8

4-1 overall, 0-0 Sierra League, 0-0 home, 0-0 away, 4-1 neutral, 0-0 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

IBM donates to Family Support Council

For Family Support Council, IBM continues to be a role model in their donation capability.

Monday, March 10

Baseball: Huskies silence Douglas

Through the first weekend of the season, the Douglas baseball team has already taken on two of its chief Sierra League rivals.

Softball: Lady Tigers go 4-1 at Sacramento

Aside from a scare on the first day of the season, the Douglas High softball team put up a fairly successful weekend at the Sacramento Preseason Tournament.

Golf: Carson Valley Men's Golf Club accepting applications

The Carson Valley Men's Golf Club is accepting membership applications for 2008.

Football: Spring youth league starts Saturday

Douglas Pop Warner recently welcomed a new spring football and cheerleading program to Carson Valley in the form of Excel Athletics.

Antelope Valley speaker wins more contests

Reno Probert of Eastern Sierra Academy, the winner of our district's recent Lion's Club speaker's contest, went on to the zone competition and won out over students from larger schools to move on to the regional finals. As I had said a few weeks ago, he is an impressive young speaker at only 15 years old. His speech in the district competition was great, but I have heard that he power-tuned it for the next level and was even better. Congratulations to Reno and we're rooting for you at the regionals.

Information available from Nevada Native Plant Society

Are you curious about Nevada's native plants? Would you like an opportunity to see them in the wild accompanied by an expert? You may want to check out the Nevada Native Plant Society.

Thanks for not approving business tax

We'd like to congratulate Douglas County commissioners on drawing the line at implementing the business tax.

Commissioners hold a line against new taxes

The Douglas County commissioners surprised everyone in the chambers, judging by the silence.

Soldier returns home to Fish Springs

One of our Fish Springs soldiers, Matt Williams, is finally home from Iraq. After four years in the Army and two tours of duty in Iraq, this 23 year-old soldier is finally home for good. Matt grew up in Fish Springs and he attended Gardnerville Elementary, Carson Valley Middle School and Douglas High School.

Trail cleanup March 29

The Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association along with the Douglas High School Alpine Club host a cleanup of trails in the Mission Hot Springs area, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29. The group meets at the north end of Vicky Lane.

Changes at Define Fitness

Marlene Koehler is 67 years young and she loves working out at the gym with new trainer Jill Fujii. Marlene also hikes up Jobs Peak, which is a five-mile hike, wearing her REI Yak Traks for traction in the ice and snow

Bingo night benefits Ristau

The Gardnerville Council of the Knights of Columbus is dedicating the March 14 Bingo Night to Cecilia Ristau.

Cheer and dance club goes to JAMZ national competition March 27-31

The girls in the Silver Spirit youth squad wear boxers, cropped stretch pants, tank tops and T-shirts in any combination of gray, blue and lime green during practice. They skip, clap, kick and mug at the mirrored wall of the studio. A pony tail flips from each of the 20 heads.

Sunday, March 9

Friday, March 7

Baseball: Tigers take down Damonte Ranch

The last time Douglas junior Tyler Hoelzen took the mound, it was in the Northern 4A Regional Championship game against a Galena High lineup that featured some of the fiercest bats in the state, including two Division I signees.

Sports Fodder: Favre was the greatest of all time

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Douglas student seeks sponsorship

Carson Valley resident Brittany Spohn, 15, is seeking sponsorships to participate in the National American Miss state pageant June 13-15 in Las Vegas.

Reporter leaving for (much) greener pastures

After almost four years as government reporter for The Record-Courier I've put in my resignation, a difficult decision considering how much I love the business.

Thursday, March 6

Baseball: Douglas splits openers

The Douglas High baseball team struggled through some season-opening miscues in a 5-2 loss to Reed Thursday afternoon but salvaged a split for the day with a 6-2 win over Santa Clara, Calif., in Sparks.

Softball: Tigers hope to build on breakout year

It was just supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Chukar dinner is a lot of hard work for a good cause

What does it take to produce the Carson Valley Chukar Club Dinner - Northern Nevada's second largest fundraising dinner for wildlife preservation? Answer: A lot of hard and dedicated work.

Classes planned on how to create a successful wedding

More than 90 people attended the Genoa Bridal Fair in the Genoa Town Hall on March 1.

Wednesday, March 5

Register for now Parks & Rec concealed weapons certification

A concealed weapons certification course taught through the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is 6-9:30 p.m. March 26 and March 29 in the recreation annex and at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the Douglas County shooting range. Cost is $75 plus a $10 insurance fee which is payable to the instructor. Spouses may enroll for half price.

No pleasure in reporting grief

Bad news travels fast, and that is truer in these days of instant communication than it has ever been.

Eagle star of photo contest

Once again, thanks to all of you who went out of your way to drop off or e-mail a photo for the February contest. Our winner is Almita Bey-Carrion of Gardnerville. Almita snapped this eagle, best characterizing the month. Thank you, Almita. Your photo is beautiful.

Easter services and events at St. Gall Catholic Church

Lenten and Easter events at St. Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Nutrition Made Simple at museum

Nutrition Made Simple presentations are 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. April 3 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Elks name Diane Gamble citizen of the year

The Minden-Douglas Elks in the Gardnerville Ranchos have named Diane Gamble their Citizen of the Year for 2008.

Tuesday, March 4

Track & Field: After 13 years, track team coming home

Much was made two years ago as the Douglas High football team set out on the road for the bulk of its season while artificial turf was being installed on its home field.

Baseball: Young Tigers look to defend league title

Last May, the Douglas High baseball team watched as Galena stormed the Tigers' home field in celebration after winning the Northern 4A Regional championship 8-5.

R-C Sports Notebook: All-Since-I've-Been-Here boys' basketball teams

This idea sprung up out of the phrase, "He's one of the best (fill in the blank) I've seen since I've been here.

Spring combine scheduled for high school football players

The Northern Nevada Football Coaches Association will host a spring combine for high school football players on May 31 at McQueen High School in Reno.

R-C Ski Forecast for March 4

21 lifts open, 10 terrain parks open. Forecast: Sunny with temps in the 40s.

Ranch women should be given their due

I have a bone to pick. For the last couple of months a number of commercial and government agricultural extension publications have printed articles on ranch and farm labor. Whether this is because of the attention focused on the need for immigration reform or the ever increasing cost of labor on an agricultural operation it is missing a key component, us.

Valley Vibrations

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

Gardening classes abound

A great way to satisfy the early urge to garden and improve horticultural knowledge and skills is to take a class. Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry St., Carson City, is offering a number of classes, each at 10 a.m. On March 8, learn about selecting spring-flowering plants. The March 15 class is Preparing Soil for Spring and will also cover organic growing. On March 29, Cool-weather Gardening and Starting Seeds Successfully helps gardeners get into their veggie mode.

Lucky gets free lunch at Sharkey's

A recent story in The Record-Courier reminded me of when I used to walk along the Martin Slough each week during my lunch break from Gardnerville Elementary School. There were two ponds out there near the Chichester Estates and I always stopped to watch the wildlife around them. Ducks and geese were normally there but there was also an unusual resident living around the ponds.

Monday, March 3

Sophomore skiers shine at state finale

Picture-perfect weather and cold temperatures boosted the Douglas High skiers

R-C Ski Forecast for March 3

21 lifts open, 10 terrain parks open. Forecast: Mostly sunny with temps in the 30s. New snow: None.

Women's group creates 55 quilts

Valley Friendship Circle, our local women's interdenominational fellowship, is in the process of making their 55th prayer quilt. They lovingly make these quilts and give them to members of the community who are facing surgery or fighting illnesses. If you are interested in joining with these giving ladies, you can call (530) 495-2213. They are really appreciated for all the heartwarming gifts they have given.

License maybe, but not a tax

It's hard to argue with the folks who say Douglas County needs a business license, but it's easy to argue against a business license tax.

Driver safety class Saturday

A driver safety program sponsored by AARP is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 8 at the Douglas County Senior Center. You need not be a member of AARP to attend. Insurance companies may reduce insurance rates by 10 percent after completion of the one-day course. Class fee, $10. Sign up by calling the senior center at 783-6455.

Teen tech week continues at library

The Douglas County Public Library celebrates Teen Tech Week through Saturday. This year's theme, Tune In @ your Library, encourages teens to use the library's nonprint resources for education and recreation. Teen Tech Week is the national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Brenn Hill returns to Valley

Singer/songwriter Brenn Hill was born and raised in Hooper, Utah, but has a connection with Nevada.

Real estate pendulum swings toward buyer

Sure, there's that recent slew of national reports suggesting ever-deeper holes for the economy in general and housing in particular. But the president of the Sierra Nevada Realtors Association pays far less attention to those than the multiple listing service for Carson Valley.

Douglas High School fall honor roll

Seniors GPA of 4.51-5.0

Feels like spring

I know spring is still a while off, but it sure felt like spring last Friday. Not only did I get to ride the motorcycle into town to go to the bank but I got to sit out in the back yard to soak up the sun and the changes I thought I could feel in the air.

Models needed for fashion show

The Women's Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club hosts the fourth annual Spring Fashion Show Extravaganza and wine lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 27 at Genoa Lakes Golf Course.

Saturday, March 1