Stories for August 2009


Monday, August 31

Boys' Soccer: Douglas beats Reno, ties Spanish Springs

Douglas got its season off to a start with a 1-2-1 performance at the Howell Memorial Tournament at Galena.

Volleyball: Lady Tigers win silver bracket at Las Vegas

After blowing through pool play without losing a single game, the Douglas volleyball team ran into a wall in the first round of championship bracket play at the Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend.

Girls' Soccer: Tigers claim season-opening tourney title

It came as a bit of a surprise last year when the Douglas girls' soccer team opened up the season by winning the Howell Memorial Tournament at Galena High in impressive fashion.

Football: Peters becomes state's all-time leading passer

The Coleville football team opened the 2009 campaign at home with a dominating performance, beating Smith Valley 76-18.

Sunday, August 30

Friday, August 28

Busy summer for Douglas library

It was a busy summer at the Douglas County Public Library. Records were broken as over 1,000 children signed up for the summer reading program, Be Creative @ Your Library.

It's what's in the cup

As Labor Day, with all its picnics and parties approaches, here is some food for thought.

Serving what purpose?

EDITOR: I admit. I went to the Walmart located in Douglas County once. They offered one item I had been looking for. With two - yes only two items in my hand - I

More questions after airport workshop

I attended an airport workshop meeting and had expected to hear two sides of an ongoing issue with weight controls. I don't believe I heard two sides. The following are my thoughts gathered from the meeting.

Football: Vegas topples Douglas 48-21

Las Vegas finished off a 48-21 season-opening win over the Douglas football team by scoring 27 unanswered points over the final quarter and a half at Las Vegas High School Friday night.

What is heaven going to be like?

I was talking to a guy last week and when he discovered that I was a pastor he quickly shared that he doesn't do the "church thing" anymore because its so boring. He connects with his god on hikes and by just being out by himself. I asked him if he was going to heaven and he laughed claiming of course because he's a good person and besides there's no such thing as hell anyway.

Drought-tolerant junipers may also be source of house fires

"Will your home survive when the embers arrive?" has been the wildfire awareness message this year. Embers landing in flammable vegetation such as junipers often cause ignition of homes even away from actual fires.

Thursday, August 27

Basketball: 1979 state champion Douglas Tigers finally get their chance to celebrate

Saturday night was a time of remembering some old and special times for Douglas High School's 1978-79 state championship boys' basketball team.

Girls' Soccer: Young Tigers looking to build upon 2008 success

Douglas High girls' soccer coach Lorraine Fitzhugh could barely believe her ears last October as she spoke before the other Sierra League coaches.

Carson Valley SYFL teams make debut in Reno

The Carson Valley Sierra Youth Football League junior varsity and varsity teams exploded into football at Saturdays' SYFL Experience Football Scrimmage at Golden Eagle Regional Park in Sparks.

Local team wins endurance off-road race

Looking to break into the world of off-road vehicle endurance racing?

Football: Tigers to take on Wildcats in the heat

The Douglas football team opens its season tonight more than 400 miles away from home.

In the Spotlight for Aug. 28

The Carson Valley Art Association meets at 1:30 p.m. today at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conference room, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. The meeting features artwork stations by association members Carolyn Denning, Beth Bosmans, Anne Armijo and Helen Martin.

Today is last of the year in Minden Park concert series

The GE Energy Family Concert Series concludes with Caravanserai: the legendary music of Santana, 6-8 p.m. today in Minden Park.

Museums gearing up for change of season events

This is your last chance to submit a photo for the 2010 calendar. The August contest closes 4 p.m. Monday. Tuesday we will choose a winner and take the whole calendar to the printer. So, take your best shot at what looks like August to you and get your photo in today. Winner announced here next week.

Teddy bears' picnic Saturday

The Berry Bear Ice Cream Party and open house is noon to dusk Saturday at My Nana's Doll and Toy Museum, 2830 Highway 208 in Wellington.

Hummingbirds mini hot rods at garden feeders

After reading Linda Monohan's Fish Springs Flier column about the hummingbirds in her yard, I started noticing the arguments at our feeder. I'm sure the bully from Linda's yard has been flying back and forth between our two areas. Always looking for ways to make everyone happy (including our feathered friends), I decided to add another multi-access feeder so more than one hummingbird could feed at a time. After a couple of days, though, they did settle down and worked out a sort of shared feeding schedule.

Candy makers needed in Genoa

Volunteers are needed to help make 4,000 pounds of candy for the 89th annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire on Sept. 26-27.

Why Catholic? program begins Oct. 4

Sign-ups for St. Gall Catholic Church's Why Catholic? faith journey program are Saturday after the 5 p.m. Mass and Sunday after the 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses.

Arts & Entertainment for Aug. 28

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

Auditions for Sierra Star Search

Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Program hosts singing auditions for the Sierra Star Search, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Incline High School.

Moooove 'em out

FFA cows in front of the Town of Minden office on Esmeralda Avenue. Douglas High School members of Carson Valley FFA are raising money to compete in horse judging, ag sales and floriculture at the national FFA contest in Indianapolis in October. If the herd is found grazing in your yard, students will round them up for $20, and for $25 the herd may be moooved to a home or business of your choice. Cows may also be purchased for $5. Information, Victoria Joncas, 721-9152 or Alysson Lammiman, (307) 760-9592.

Volunteers needed at Famiy Support Council

Volunteers are people who reach out to make the community a better place and the Family Support Council couldn't accomplish what they do without them. The Family Support Council is in need of volunteers to be child activity providers and receptionists.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services awarded grant

Tahoe Youth & Family Services was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada's Community Partnership Grant Program. The grant will be used to help sustain operations.

Baseball: Aces hold off late Vegas rally, extend win streak to 5

LAS VEGAS, Nev.-Travis Blackley picked up his first win since June 27, and Chris Young had four hits-including a two-run homer-as Reno knocked off Las Vegas 6-4 Wednesday night at Cashman Field, evening the Silver State Diamond Challenge at six games apiece.

Wednesday, August 26

Baseball: Aces rained out at Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- After a lengthy rain and lightning delay, the series finale between the Reno Aces and Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Security Service Field was cancelled. No makeup date will be scheduled.

Tuesday, August 25

Lester Vernon Swenson

Lester Vernon Swenson, 88, a Gardnerville resident died Aug. 22, 2009, at Carson Valley Medical Center. Born May 4, 1921, in Decorah, Iowa, Mr. Swenson is survived by his wife Maxine Swenson of Gardnerville; stepson Gary Kridler; sisters Nadine Waurin and Helen Larsen; step-grandson Josh Kridler, and step-great-grandchildren Kaden and James Kridler.

Congress failing us

We are being told by our leaders and many pundits that we must realize the cost of health care is escalating at an alarming rate and millions cannot afford adequate medical insurance or get proper health care. Well, that is not a big news bulletin. We, the average Americans, have known this for a long time. They are preaching to the choir.

Is there legitimate concern on reform?

There is a growing public alarm it seems over H.R. 3200, known as America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. The media has shown town hall meetings with angry citizens confronting their legislators about questionable wording in the bill; wording that suggests rationing of health care, limitations of health care for the elderly, mandatory taxpayer funding of abortion, mandatory counseling for end-of-life decisions, (many read euthanasia counseling).

Disappointed in board

After attending the school board meeting on Aug.13, I have to admit that I am disappointed. Whether or not I agree with the outcomes, my disappointment lies directly with the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees.

Say no to Walmart

I walked outside Wednesday morning and got my paper, sat down with my cup of coffee and there it was, front page, Walmart coming to Gardnerville. I know there are people who think it will be great to have a Walmart here, so they do not have to make that treacherous drive to north Douglas County. Oh yes, let's not forget the more than 300 jobs it will create. What about all of the people whose jobs will be eliminated at our local grocery stores, drug stores, and vehicle maintenance centers?

What are you thinking?

Again thanks to the county commissioners for helping maintain the small town atmosphere in the Valley.

Thought of Walmart horrific

The thought of a Walmart store and shopping center horrifies me. We are losing our small town atmosphere fast enough, without a big box store locating here.

Bye, local business

Despite the original resistance to the proposed Walmart project, somebody seems to have caved. In Aug. 19 issue of The Record-Courier, it was announced that the zoning has been approved for a Walmart Supercenter. No, it's all right, Douglas County; don't ask the residents. It's not like our opposition matters, right?

Watch out for school children

With all of Carson Valley's schools open, we feel the need to remind motorists to watch out for school zones.

R-C Sports Notebook: A word about The R-C Sports Network

After introducing our plans for the R-C Sports Network last week, I've received a lot of interest in participating. Against, what we are doing is launching a site that will allow coaches and parents in Carson Valley to post stories and photos about their games.

Remember when for Aug. 26

Clarence Dangberg went to Reno and closed a deal for the purchase of the Gardnerville garage, which was owned by Mr. Phillips of Verdi. Mr. Dangberg will conduct the Gardnerville establishment in connection with the C.O.D. garage of Minden. A competent mechinist will be placed in charge of the Gardnerville branch and a full stock of auto supplies will be carried.

Happy 100th birthday, Gertrude

Gertrude Battista was born Concetta Dalvano on Aug. 27, 1909, in New York City and will celebrate her 100th birthday Thursday having dinner with her family and playing slot machines at the Carson Valley Inn.

Upcoming classes, workshops in September

Class is in session, and not only for students in elementary and secondary schools. Classes, workshops and auditions are coming up in September.

Cross Country: Falcons aim high for 2009

The Sierra Lutheran High School cross country team has some high goals entering the 2009 season.

Cross Country: Future bright for Tiger runners

Graduation decimated the Douglas High boys' cross country team, taking away four of last year's varsity runners.

Kool Valley Nites benefits skin cancer awareness

The Kool Valley Nites benefit for the Knights of Columbus Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation is 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 19 at St. Gall Pastoral Community Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Entertaining San Diego visitors

My nieces Cortney and Christine from Ramona, Calif., came for a visit before going back to college next week. So, what does our family do with company? Silly question. We take them on a motorcycle ride up to the mountains of course.

The opposite of fast food is slow food

Chef Christoph Waldberger and Katherine Winans kick-off the Green Living Festival with the Slow Food Dinner, 6 p.m. Sept. 10, at Barone & Reed Food Co. in Minden. Cost of $35 includes a sustainably produced, locally grown three-course dinner and organic wines. Make reservations by Sept. 1 at or at or 267-0539.

Chipping for Children golf event Friday at Genoa Lakes

The second annual Chipping for Children fundraising golf event is Friday at Genoa Lakes Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit children with cancer.

Baseball: Aces squeak past Sky Sox

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- John Hester blasted a three-run homer in the fifth inning Monday night, lifting the Reno Aces past Colorado Springs, 5-4, at Security Service Field.

Monday, August 24

Updates on Former Tigers

Jeff Nady, Rfr., OL, Nevada: Season opens Sept. 5 at Notre Dame.

Clear Creek Tahoe - a natural fit

MINDEN - Descending into the Carson Valley from Spooner Summit, golfers have often wondered if a mountain course could somehow find a home among the magnificent Jeffrey and Ponderosa pines on the Eastern flank of the Sierra.

Baseball: Wolf Pack players earn summer honors

Reno, Nev. - Two Nevada Baseball Players were named to the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Team in Waylon Sing-Chow and Matt Langenfeld. They played for the Kamuela Paniolos in the six-team summer league, featuring athletes from varying universities.

Elliott, Evans will not attend Nevada this fall

RENO, Nev. - Incoming freshmen Devonte Elliott and Jerry Evans will not attend the University of Nevada this fall, first-year Wolf Pack men's basketball head coach David Carter announced Monday.

Baseball: Aces top Sky Sox

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Daniel Cabrera and Seth Etherton combined to hold the high-powered Sky Sox offense to just three runs on Sunday afternoon, as the Reno Aces topped Colorado Springs 6-3 at Security Service Field.

Baseball: Aces' Barnette wins 12th of the season

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Tony Barnette became the 2nd Pacific Coast League pitcher this season to reach the 12-win plateau Saturday night, as the Reno Aces collected a 6-5 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the series-opener at Security Service Field.

Sunday, August 23

Saturday, August 22

Baseball: Aces come back to beat Isotopes

RENO, Nev.- Ed Rogers drove in four of Reno's seven runs Friday night, as the Aces beat the Albuquerque Isotopes in the series finale before 9,263 fans, the largest crowd in Aces Ballpark history.

Friday, August 21

Boys' Tennis: Tigers charging into year on short notice

Up until last Wednesday, the boys' tennis team at Douglas High School was without a coach.

Education ongoing process for followers of Jesus Christ

"Back to school." For some that saying is a joy (mostly parents) for others it means drudgery, but the reality of education is an ongoing process every follower of Jesus Christ should take as a lifelong journey. The Bible gives us several examples of people who took learning to the level that I believe God would have for all of us.

Corpus Christi Catholic Community opens new church in Sunridge

A dedication Mass was celebrated Aug. 11 for the new $4 million Corppeus Christi Catholic Community church on North Sunridge Drive.

Community invited to join faith study

St. Gall Catholic Church would like to invite the community to hear an explanation of the "Why Catholic?" program at all Masses the weekend of Aug. 22-23.

Thursday, August 20

Cruisers thank supporters

The Valley Cruisers Main Street Event had a wonderful turnout and once again was a great success. The success of our show is due, in part, to our local businesses, as well as, our outstanding membership. Without them we would not have an event. The business contributions (monetary and raffle items) are truly appreciated by our club, especially considering the economy. They are the true heroes of our event.

Gardnerville Not that stellar a record

In an earlier letter, the writer delineated the liberal record of the last 75 years. A couple of those require a second glance.

Health care needs time

The present shouting match over health care reform was aptly described by Shakespeare: "Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Inform the people

I have watched the news shows on both the left and the right side with fascination. I have listened to the people from both sides comment about what is going on with the health care reform," and I have to say that I am appalled at the ignorance and the arrogance being shown from both.

Support staff responds to school board

Douglas County School District office support staff would like to thank those board members who took the time to research and understand the concerns of the support staff regarding the superintendent. Expressing our opposition to the extension of the superintendent's contract was a difficult thing to do.

Time to get school district back on track

The failure of certain Douglas County School District trustees to clearly recognize Carol Lark's achievements over the past three years and most particularly the past 12 months is simply another tragic lack of vision and lack of objective perspective by folks we've elected to oversee our children's education.

Better to keep zoning out of court

Maybe not today, or next week, but the only thing preventing a Walmart from going on property behind Les Schwab Tires will be Walmart's own business plan.

Sports Fodder: What else is Favre supposed to do?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Why is most of the media so angry with Brett Favre?

Younger talent featured at doubles tournament

ZEPHYR COVE - An infusion of young local talent corresponded with the return of the Tahoe Classic doubles tournament over the weekend.

Girls' Tennis: Tigers hope to ride offseason work to success

When a pair of seniors-to-be approached Douglas High girls' tennis head coach Roger Rusmisel about amping up the offseason workout routine last winter, the team came away with a clear mission for the future.

Rutherdale wins Junior Olympic gold

After a number of solid showings at local and regional qualifiers earlier this year, Carson Valley resident Jordyn Rutherdale brought home the gold from the recent Junior Olympics in Chula Vista, Calif.

Cycling: Recovery is the key to gaining strength

I just got back from vacation with my kids. It was just me and my four oldest kids, so vacation didn't mean any riding time.

Dreams do come true

The winner of the first eWomenNetwork's International Got Talent contest was none other than Carson Valley's own Kat Simmons.

Discover new exhibits at Gardnerville museum

There are several window dioramas worth discovering in the back door lobby of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

John Denver tribute concert Sunday

Friends With You Band, An Evening with the Music of John Denver, is Sunday at Genoa Town Hall. Reception at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Concert benefits the Carson Valley Arts Council arts education programming for Douglas County students. Members, $15, nonmembers, $17. Information, 782-8207.

Arts & Entertainment for Aug. 21

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

In the Spotlight for Aug. 21

'Wall-E' is the free movie in Heritage Park at dusk today. Vendors include Boy Scout Troop 411, Cold Stone Creamery, DHS Music Boosters, Centerfield Sports Bar & Grill. Heritage Park is off Gilman Avenue in Gardnerville. Information, Town of Gardnerville, 782-7134.

Author publishes first in Carson Valley saga

Soozie Lewis, author of "The Bloomingsons of the Nevada Sage, Haley Roo," will be featured in a book signing event, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, at Borders books on Topsy Lane in Carson City.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving family festival Saturday in park

The first Mothers Against Drunk Driving Family Festival sponsored by Carson Valley Medical Center is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Minden Park.

Chipping for Children golf event Aug. 28

The second annual Chipping for Children fundraising golf event is Aug. 28 at Genoa Lakes Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit children with cancer.

Jobs Peak hike Sunday

St. Gall Catholic Church celebrates their 90-year anniversary with a family hike and Mass on Jobs Peak on Aug. 23.

Youth services opens new office in Gardnerville

Tahoe Youth & Family Services has moved to a new office in Gardnerville and has added counseling as part of services offered.

Senior menu for the week

The menu for the week of Aug. 24-28 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Baseball: Aces fall to Isotopes

RENO, Nev.- Agustin Murillo hit his first home run since April, but Reno's comeback efforts fell short Wednesday night, as the Albuquerque Isotopes downed the Aces 4-2 at Aces Ballpark.

Wednesday, August 19

Baseball: Big first inning costs Reno in 8-4 loss

RENO, Nev.- Ruben Gotay smashed his 11th home run of the year, but it was not enough to overcome a six-run first inning by the Albuquerque Isotopes, who toppled the Aces 8-4 Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.

Say hello to the 'no party'

Well here we go again. The party of no has been reactivated. With the history of being against Social Security, civil rights, Medicare and the stimulus package, they are back targeting health care reform.

Change airport plan

County staff has presented four options for a new airport weight limit. The initial limit adopted by voters was 30,000 pounds. Voters were later convinced by their leaders to modify that to 30,000 pounds for single but 50,000 for dual-wheel aircraft. Now the county wants 60,000/75,000 pounds or, in one option, no limit at all.

Details support change

Our airport usage continues to get rapped by a few with a differing agenda than the majority. A recent letter being from someone seemingly not interested in the details or, for that matter, the necessity to increase the wheel weight for our main runway. The answer seems pretty straight forward. The FAA, contributing 95 percent of the airport funding, demands Minden-Tahoe comply with others in the category of airports.

Thanks to those who made relay a success

What an awesome community we live in. This year's Relay for Life at Lampe Park on July 25 and 26 brought in more than $112,000 that is going to fund cancer research and provide patient support. This dollar number is increasing every day as teams hold their final fundraisers. This is truly incredible, in light of the economy, but not surprising, given the passion, camaraderie, strength, and commitment of the people of Douglas County.

Shouting part of process

Much has been made of people shouting down representatives at town hall sessions on the national health care legislation.

Tuesday, August 18

Shopping in Genoa

Locals looked at crafts at Genoa Town Park during the Genoa Old Time Music Festival on Saturday.

Community potluck lunch on Sunday

At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, the River Ministries will be hosting a potluck lunch at the Walker Community Center. You don't need to bring any food for it, and there will be no charge for the lunch. Prior to that time, their regular Sunday services will be at the community center, 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend either or both events. It will be a nice time to get together with everyone, so try to attend.

Haglund and Miller engaged to be married

Jennifer Lee Haglund of Gardnerville and Daniel Hunt Miller of Sonora, Calif., are engaged to be married Aug. 29, 2009, in Genoa.

Remember when for Aug. 19

The Carson Valley orchestra will give a shirt waist dance at the CVIC Hall Minden this evening. The orchestra has been rehearsing a lot of new music for the past several weeks and the music for tonight's dance will be an enjoyment to all who attend. The Camp Fire Girls are to serve refreshments and everything that tends to add enjoyment to a dance is programmed for tonight's social affair.

Valley Cruisers thank Main Street Event sponsors

On behalf of the Valley Cruisers Car Club, I wish to thank all the businesses and also the personal contributors for their wonderful raffle prizes, trophy sponsorship and cash donations toward the 2009 Main Street Event. Your help made this event special to the participants and the charities we support.

Wine walking music on Thirsty Thursday

The Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk is 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $10 for wrist band, $5 for commemorative wine glass. Register and buy wrist bands at booths at the Town of Gardnerville offices, 1407 Highway 395 and at the Stratton Center, 1532 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

Photography club meets Sept. 8

Ron Dar's photo, "Out Standing in a Field" was the first-place winner on the theme of "fences" in the Carson Valley Photo Club's contest for August.

R-C Sports Notebook: Beefed up coaching staff for '09

Looking back at the three losses for the 2008 season, Douglas football coach Mike Rippee saw a glaring problem stemming from his defense.

Introducing The R-C Sports Network

As part of our ongoing effort to increase the youth and community sports coverage in Carson Valley, The Record-Courier is proud to introduce what we believe will be the next step toward providing all athletes in the area the coverage they deserve.

Football: Tigers looking for breakthrough year

That's been the Douglas football team's final record in four of the last five seasons. During that same stretch, the Tigers have been to the playoffs each season and even won a Sierra League title in 2006.

Baseball: Reno Blanks Round Rock, 8-0

Tony Barnette and three Aces relievers combined to shutout the Round Rock Express, 8-0, Monday night in a game that Reno dominated from the start.

Football: Mauga signs with Jets

"I think it's long overdue. I understand the business of the NFL and the fact that Josh was injured," former Fallon Greenwave coach Ray Holladay said. "I told him when he was visiting camps to just bide his time, that everything happens for a reason."

Monday, August 17

Baseball: Buckner shines in Aces win

Billy Buckner turned in yet another stellar outing for Reno Sunday night, tossing eight innings and adding two hits at the plate to lift the Aces to a 5-2 victory over the Round Rock Express at Aces Ballpark.

Baseball: Express edges Aces 10-7

Brandon Allen was one of four Aces with a multi-hit effort Saturday night, but Reno dropped a 10-7 decision to the Round Rock Express in the second game of the series at Aces Ballpark.

Saturday, August 15

Aces fly past Round Rock, 17-6

Three Aces collected four hits and two Aces drove in five runs Friday night, as Reno cruised past the Round Rock Express, 17-6, in the series opener at Aces Ballpark.

Friday, August 14

Wolf Pack Football To Host Youth Day On Sunday

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada football team will hold its annual Youth Day on Sunday, Aug. 16 at Wolf Pack Park, head coach Chris Ault announced today.

Kaepernick named to Maxwell Award watch list

Nevada junior quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award (Outstanding College Player). Kaepernick, the 2008 WAC Offensive Player of the Year and the 2009 WAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, threw for 2,849 yards and 2 touchdowns while running for 1,130 yards and 17 more TDs in 2008.

Ritger runner-up at Nevada Open

The NorCal-sanctioned Nevada State Open was recently held at the Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno.

Anybody out there got their ears on?

Crazy, the things that stick in your mind. I remember when I was first exposed to citizen band radios and CB talk. "Anybody out there got their ears on?" was one of the first expressions I picked up. Of course, it meant, "Is anybody out there listening, hearing my voice, maybe willing to chat a bit?"

Christian Science Church dedication ceremony Aug. 29

The members of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Carson City, announce the dedication of their church at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29.

Hiking in the Sierra

Jim Donald of Markleeville submitted this photo of a windblown white pine and hemlocks near Ebbetts Pass.

Thursday, August 13

Sports Fodder: Notre Dame is a landmark opportunity for Wolf Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Chris Ault has made absolutely no effort this summer to hide the fact that his Nevada Wolf Pack football team's defense was in a state of chaos last year.

Cycling events still out there as season dwindles

As the summer rolls on through August, the cycling season is drawing to an end.

Basketball: '79 squad returns home for reunion

The Carson Valley Basketball Association, an offseason AAU program geared toward bettering the future squads at Douglas High, will be taking a long look back next week at its annual crab feed fundraiser.

Kudos for help with Team Scolari's

On behalf of our Douglas County Relay for Life team, I'd like to thank the following residents and businesses for their support when the "purple pooper" was "dumped" at their homes or businesses. Without their help this American Cancer Society fundraising project would not have been the huge success that it was.

Health care arguments incite the gullible

I am furious with the stalling, lying tactics of those who hope to scuttle health care reform simply because they want to hand Obama a defeat. Never mind the millions who don't have decent care because the insurance companies won't cover them. Never mind that people need friends to put on spaghetti feeds to pay for lifesaving treatments. Never mind that a third of bankruptcies are due to medical bills. Making the president look bad and scoring points for their political party is more important.

Navigating California's hidden coast

I could feel our trip being ripped from my grasp. "Perhaps we could go sometime in late August," my friend Marilyn Wilens is saying. Our invitation for a two-week visit with her at her home on the northern coast of California is about to go up in smoke.

In the Spotlight for Aug. 14

Coventry Cross Episcopal Church hosts a community yard sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, in the church parking lot at the corner of Highway 395 and Eighth Street in Minden. Iced tea, lemonade, coffee and baked goods for sale. Spaces available. Information, Joy, evenings, 782-7139.

Streamlining the master plan process

When Edgewood Co. Chief Executive Officer Brad Nelson discussed providing more time for the master plan process, we're not sure what he had in mind.

Volunteers needed to create two tons of candy

Volunteers are needed to help make 4,000 pounds of homemade candy for the 89th annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire on Sept. 26-27.

Hot August cool cars

The Valley Cruisers 22nd annual Main Street Event begins today and runs through Sunday in Lampe Park and downtown Minden. Events include show and shine, barbecue dinner, swap meet, car corral, music and poker run.

Senior center closed for repairs next week

The Douglas County Senior Center will be closed Monday through Friday for repairs, but will operate with limited services at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

Summer events continue at museum

Remember the historic barn tour and barn photo contest in May? This is our last call for photos for that contest as we will be announcing a winner soon. Take your barn photos into the Gardnerville museum, the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce or e-mail them to the address below.

Chipping for Children golf event a Genoa Lakes

The second annual Chipping for Children fundraising golf event is Aug. 28 at Genoa Lakes Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit children with cancer.

So you think you are funny?

Develop your sense of humor at a six-week stand-up comedy workshop taught by Kat Simmons, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 3 at the Unity Center, 1219 S. Carson St. in Carson City.

Arts & Entertainment for Aug. 14

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

Football camp opens in preparation for 2009 campaign

For as much as football tends to stay the same, the opening of training camp brings with it a stark difference from what it represented a little over 10 years ago.

Music, food and fun at Old Time Music Festival

The Old Time Music Festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Genoa Town Park. The free event features the Country Valley Jug Stompers, Quake City Jug Band, Hot Two Plus One, Julio and the Honeybunnies and Mad Cow String Band.

Upcoming theater events

Pre-audition workshops for "High School Musical 2" are offered for age 7 and older through Wild Horse Children's Theater, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada in Carson City.

Senior menu for the week

The Douglas County Senior Center menu for the week of Aug. 17-21 at Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

Computer classes offered in Carson

Sign up now for ongoing computer programs offered for all ages at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, Carson City. Registration for September classes accepted with payment in the business office, 883-0703, ext. 222.

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

A view toward the bunk house at the Dangberg Ranch. Saturday's events at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park include a Chautauqua presentation at 11 a.m. and stargazing at 7-10 p.m. Information at or 783-9417.

Building good soil with compost tea

"Feed the soil, not the plant" has long been my mantra. A thriving soil full of organic matter and alive with microbes, worms and other living things provides a plant all the nutrients it needs.

Wednesday, August 12

Baseball: Reno falls to Omaha 7-6

OMAHA, Neb.- Reno scored three times in the eighth to take a three-run lead, but Omaha answered with four in the home half of the frame to take down the Aces 7-6 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Baseball: Aces rally for win over Royals

OMAHA, Neb.- Reno clawed back from a 3-run deficit Tuesday night, scoring five times over the final four innings to capture the 6-4 win over the Omaha Royals in the penultimate game of the series at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Tuesday, August 11

Tractor show rolls into town

This weekend's Antique Tractor & Engine Show has something for everyone.

Remember When for Aug. 12

As part of the new efficiency program of the Ford Automobile company of Detroit, the present price of all types of the Ford car is lowered materially. All those who purchase Ford cars will receive a special rebate of $40 to $60. Starting August 1st Ford cars in Gardnerville and every other city in the United States will be sold as follows: Runabout, $440, touring cars, $490 and town cars (coupe type) $690. Increased production is given as the reason for the present reduction in prices of Ford cars.

R-C Sports Notebook: Ready to roll

It's already been 81 days since the final out was recorded on the Douglas baseball team's dream season - 80 days since the state track & and field and swimming & diving championship meets were contested.

Cruisin' Main Street

The Valley Cruisers 22nd annual Main Street Event is Friday through Sunday in Lampe Park and downtown Minden. Events include show and shine, barbecue dinner, swap meet, car corral, music and poker run.

'Tahoe Boy' author at museum lecture

Author Pat Hickey will talk about life in western Nevada and Lake Tahoe when he discusses his book, "Tahoe Boy, A Journey Back Home," at the Douglas County Historical Society's monthly lecture Thursday.

A bunny, a moth and a frog

The Velveteen Rabbit has been visiting our yard the past couple of weeks. It is a beautiful gray Rex bunny with velvet like fur. I'll call her a she because she is so pretty, although it could be a boy.

Teacher tech training offered

The American Radio Relay League teacher enrichment training is held during the summer in four-day sessions in different locations around the United States.

Alpine's Native Sons host barbecue Saturday

Alpine's Parlor 200 of the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West host a barbecue, 3 p.m. Saturday, at Turtle Rock Park in Markleeville. The event includes a tri-tip dinner, horseshoe tournament and other games. Cost is $15. Information, (530) 694-2473.

Genoa kicks off Old Time Music Festival

The Old Time Music Festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Genoa Town Park. The free event features the Country Valley Jug Stompers, Quake City Jug Band, the Hot Two Plus One, Julio and the Honeybunnies and the Mad Cow String Band.

Upcoming events at Dangberg Home Ranch

Chautauqua and stargazing are some of the events coming this month at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, 1450 Highway 88, Minden.

Valley wine club forms

The Sagebrush Wine'rs wine makers club meets 7:30 p.m. Monday at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension classroom, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Hot August DAWG day

Volunteers with the Douglas Animal Welfare Group's annual Hot August adoption event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Douglas County Animal Shelter, 921 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville.

Time to roll into the fall season

We at The R-C annually take an issue to offer up an overview of what to look for in the next three months as the fall athletic teams at Douglas open camp. Detailed season-previews for each fall sport will be run in the issues leading up the the official start of the season (Aug. 28). For now, here's a small preview of what's to come.

Baseball: Aces shut out Royals

OMAHA, Neb.- Billy Buckner tossed seven scoreless innings Monday night, as the Reno Aces fired their second-straight shutout in a 5-0 victory over the Omaha Royals at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Monday, August 10

Wurster enjoying successful summer

In gearing up for her junior year of high school, Douglas golf standout Bethany Wurster has taken on a hefty summer schedule.

Cohee moves to No. 2 nationally

Douglas High junior Troy Cohee, younger brother of the University of Utah's All-American skier Nick Cohee, is following in his brother's footsteps as he moved to the No. 2 national ranking in giant slalom among athletes his age this past week.

Dresslerville wins tournament championship

Despite having to take the long route, Dresslerville Athletic Club came back to win the Cal Neva Native Softball Classic championship this past weekend at Stodick Park.

Roethlisberger accuser allegedly bragged about relationship

RENO - The woman suing Ben Roethlisberger for alleged sexual assault has been accused of bragging about having consensual sex with him to a co-worker.

Baseball: Aces pitchers one-hit Royals

OMAHA, Neb.- Travis Blackley took a perfect game into the seventh inning and the Aces lost their no-hit bid in the eighth, en route to a 1-0 series-opening victory over the Omaha Royals Sunday at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Baseball: Cubs rally to top Aces

DES MOINES, Iowa- Reno held a four-run lead in the sixth inning, but seven unanswered Iowa runs lifted the Cubs to a 10-7 victory over the Aces in the series finale at Principal Park.

Saturday, August 8

Baseball: Aces fall to I-Cubs

DES MOINES, Iowa- Reno put together a comeback effort in the ninth inning Friday night, but the effort fell short, as the Iowa Cubs topped the Aces, 4-2, in front of 12,772 fans at Principal Park.

Friday, August 7

Considering strangers

"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?" Matthew 5:46-47.

What's with the ugly tomatoes?

The long-awaited tomato harvest has begun. Tomatoes are ripening, but what's with the blackened leathery spot on the bottom? We put in all kinds of time and energy to grow lovely, delicious tomatoes and these are ugly.

Candy Dance tickets on sale

David John and the Comstock Cowboys provide music for the annual Candy Dance dinner dance, 4-10 p.m. Sept. 26, in Genoa Town Park. Opening entertainment by Lacy J. Dalton.

Baseball: Aces hang on to beat Cubs

DES MOINES, Iowa- Tony Barnette became the first Aces pitcher to reach double-digit victories on Thursday night, as the Aces topped Iowa, 6-5, in game two of the four-game series at Principal Park.

Thursday, August 6

Cambridge is no Selma

Rush Limbaugh thinks "Barack Nifong's" plan backfired. Obama had a stooge feed him a question at the health care press conference about Harvard professor Henry Gates' arrest.

Time to find common ground

Why is it that so many of us are so quick to point out in others what we don't like, without doing the same to ourselves? Is it that we all feel that improving our own likes, attitudes and feelings is much too difficult? I have found that we all do it, and that in and of itself, shows that we all are more alike that we realize.

Blazing new trails

On behalf of the Carson Valley Trails Association, I want to thank the community for supporting our first "Hike for Health" Hike-a-Thon.

Tired of being nickeled and dimed

I sent the below to the Douglas County tax collector on Aug. 3, 2009. I urge other Douglas County property owners who are fed up with being nickeled and dimed to death to contact the county treasurer to voice their opinion. In my opinion, the surcharges that have been added to credit and debit card payments amount to a non-voter approved tax hike and should be rescinded immediately.

Airport math doesn't add up

One can never shed too much light on Douglas County mysteries of "where has all the money gone?" Like our national quandary of "who got the treasury's trillions?" but on a smaller county scale it's the stuff novels are made of.

Fix FEMA mess

EDITOR: The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently produced a new map showing their concept of the Carson Valley floodplain.

County can't limit renewable energy options

I read with great interest the article by Wanda M. Holmes of the Gardnerville Ranchos on your opinion page of July 8.

Sports briefs for Aug. 7

The Bighorns fall baseball program will have tryouts for the 18-under and 14-under teams Saturday morning at Western Nevada College.

Native Softball Classic this weekend

Combine tradition with love for the game, some top-level talent, even a unique twist thrown in for good measure, and you have the ingredients for the Cal-Neva Native Softball Classic this weekend at Stodick Park.

NCAA bans tourney games from betting states

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA will no longer hold championship tournaments in states that permit betting on single games.

St. Gall annual rummage sale today and Saturday

Skis, books, clothing, household items, a fishing boat and two cars are some of what will be found at the St. Gall Catholic Church annual rummage sale, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Boy Scout Troop 411 serves coffee and donuts. Information, 782-2852.

Photo winner announced

The winner of the Douglas County Historical Society's July photo contest is Kathleen Belles. Her whimsical portrait of patriotism is reminiscent of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to Kathleen and thanks to all who entered the contest.

Arts & Entertainment for Aug. 7

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local arts and entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at 782-5121, ext. 210 or sirete@record

Musical theater workshops offered

Wild Horse Children's Theater offers one-week musical theater workshops instructed by professional New York actors Sierra Scott and Nicholas Aliberti beginning Monday.

Flash finds a home

As some of you may remember, the Carson Valley FFA had a colt named Flash that was raised by a couple of girls in the FFA for their SAE project.

Concert tonight in Minden Park

The GE Energy Family Concert Series continues with the Savannah Blue Southern Rock Revue playing at 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight in Minden Park. An opening band previously scheduled for 6 p.m. has canceled.

Senior menu for the week

The menu for the week of Aug. 10-14 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Douglas ag students attend Easter Sierra Tri-County Fair

The Douglas County 4-H and FFA members from Carson Valley Shepherds, Carson Valley Beef, and Douglas High School FFA participated in the Eastern Sierra Tri- County Fair on July 15-18 in Bishop, Calif. At the fair, sheep, beef, hogs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, and goats were shown.

In the Spotlight for Aug. 7

Create pebble pets or jewelry, play board games and compete on Wii during the Dragonslayers Teen Advisory Board's free teen summer reading event, 3-5:30 p.m. today, at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden. For age 12 and older. Snacks and drinks provided. Information, or 782-9841.

Sports Fodder: NFL all 'a-twitter'

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . The National Football League is in a turmoil over Twitter. Some teams won't even allow fans to send Twitter updates while they are watching practices this summer.

Cycling: A rite of passage on the bike

Every couple of years the readers might recall a progression of the Alta Alpina junior cycling team that is recounted like in this article.

Baseball: Cubs beat Aces on walk-off hit

DES MOINES, Iowa- Iowa strung together three-straight singles with two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning Wednesday night, unlocking a 2-2 tie and walking-off with a 3-2 series-opening victory over Reno at Principal Park.

Wednesday, August 5

Baseball: Sky Sox outlast Aces 12-10

Brandon Watson fell just a home run short of his second cycle of the season, but Reno lost the lead in the ninth and went on to fall 12-10 to Colorado Springs Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Preseason Football Poll

With football practice opening for McQueen Thursday and for the rest of the Northern 4A next week, the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll released its preseason football rankings Wednesday morning.

Keeping Death Ride rolling

On behalf of the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff a big thank-you to all involved in the 2009 Tour of the California Alps - Death Ride on July 11.

Cap and tax, tax, tax

EDITOR: Few have said that I have not been clear in my evaluation of Barack Obama, his cohorts in the executive branch, and the social progressives in Congress but I will reiterate nonetheless.

Offensive stereotype

Jerry Dennis Sullivan of Minden wrote "Is he an alcoholic? No, just Irish," referring to Ted Kennedy in his letter published on July 31. Is Ted Kennedy an alcoholic? That's not for me to say. But I will say that I am surprised that someone whose name would indicate they are of Irish decent would make such a degrading statement regarding the Irish.

Remembering mom

Growing up I never knew how lucky I was to have a mom who cared and loved so much for her children.

Judge needs to take gangs seriously

District Judge Dave Gamble needs to rethink his stance on gang sentencing after his recent sentencing of Miguel Rubio to five years probation for battery causing substantial bodily harm.

August a good time to watch the changes

This summer I miss the dairyman. This dairyman, down the road, made the summer rain come. If our fields needed a sprinkle of water we would check to see if this certain dairyman had cut his hay fields and if he did, sure enough, a good summer shower would build in the mountains and douse his cut hay. Sometimes damaging the quality of his hay but it offered moisture to the rest of us and our surrounding dry fields.

Owning water a pipeline to profit

A pipeline to Carson City from Minden may be the solution to several water problems in the north county and the capital.

Valley young people doing good work

Two instances involving nine young people doing the right thing are being recognized this week.

Tuesday, August 4

R-C Sports Notebook: Just one more week

This will be the last notebook before the high school sports season starts to get back in gear next week. Next week, I'll have a basic snapshot of some of the storylines to watch around the region in the next couple of months.

Douglas High drug presentations next week

The fall sports teams at Douglas High School will be holding voluntary conditioning sessions throughout the summer.

Sports briefs for Aug. 4

The Bighorns fall baseball program will have tryouts for the 18-under and 14-under teams Saturday morning at Western Nevada College.

McKinney wins UBC national title

What started as a logical way to meld an aerobic kickboxing with a resistance training class eight years ago has vaulted a Gardnerville martial arts studio toward the forefront of national Ultimate Bodyshaping Champion program.

Mud Fest set for 2nd run this weekend

Regardless of what happens the rest of the week, the second edition of the Douglas High School volleyball program's Mud Fest mud volleyball tournament will be bigger than the first.

Rummage sale Friday and Saturday

The pastoral center at St. Gall Catholic Church on July 27, before the annual rummage sale. They are recycling this year and are calling themselves the 'St. Gall Rummage Green Team.' The rummage sale is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Remember When for Aug. 5

At a session of the District Court held at Genoa, Judge Langan pronounced sentence upon Edward Delaney, who was found guilty of an assault with intent to kill. Defendant was sentenced to serve a term of not less than five years nor more than eight years in the Nevada State penitentiary. The story told on the stand by Delaney of killing a man at San Mateo for no other reason than that of wearing a fraternal pin on his coat, proved to be the truth.

Cruisin' at Main Street Event

The Valley Cruisers 22nd annual Main Street Event is Aug. 14-16 in Lampe Park and downtown Minden. Events include show and shine, barbecue dinner, swap meet, music and poker run.

Play poker for a good cause

Our local Relay for Life team, the Antelope Valley Survivors, is having a poker night, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Walker Community Center, which will be a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The cost is a $20 donation for this fun evening. There will be a 50/50 and other raffles, and cocktails will be available. Please come out and support their efforts.

Engagement announced

Brett Franklin and Shana Branson are engaged to married Aug. 29, 2009, in Gardnerville.

Two bands play in concert in Minden Park on Friday

The GE Energy Family Concert Series continues with two bands in Minden Park on Friday - the Savannah Blue Southern Rock Revue and opening band 2AM.

Minden stop on Hot August poker run

More than 850 cars in the Hot August Nights Poker Run are expected to make an official lunch stop, about 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, in Minden Park during the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority and Town of Minden sponsored event.

Douglas County Senior Center closed for repairs Aug. 17-21

The Douglas County Senior Center be closed Aug. 17-21 for repairs, but will operate with limited services at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

Eagle Scouts thank those who donated to projects

Richard James Francis and Dylan Jake Russell earned the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America and will be advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of high honor, 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building, 891 Mahogany Drive in Minden. All are welcome to attend.

Kudos from food closet

Summer is flying by and the food is certainly flying off the shelves. First things first, I need to make an apology to the Democratic Women for leaving their name off the list last time for both a donation of food and a cash donation. We do thank you and apologize for missing your name.

Baseball: Balcom-Miller pitcher of the week again

Former Douglas High standout Chris Balcom-Miller continued his impressive start in rookie league baseball with the Casper Ghosts as he threw six shutout innings against Orem Sunday while striking out five and walking one.

Baseball: Aces fall 7-1 against Sky Sox

Trent Oeltjen had two hits for Reno, but the Aces could only muster one run off three Colorado Springs pitchers Monday night in a 7-1 loss to the Sky Sox at Aces Ballpark.

Monday, August 3

Football: Kaepernick named to O'Brien watch list

Nevada junior quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named to the watch list for the 2009 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. See below for the official press release from the Davey O'Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee.

Baseball: Aces improve to 5-1 on current homestand

Brandon Watson only played one inning Sunday night, but made it count by blasting a pair of doubles and knocking in the eventual game-winning run, as Reno came back to defeat the Sky Sox 10-9 at Aces Ballpark.

Baseball: Aces thump Sky Sox 9-5

Tony Barnette threw 6.2 innings of two-run ball-and chipped in three hits-to help Reno defeat Colorado Springs 9-5 before 8,489 fans Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.

Baseball: Buckner solid in 8-0 win for Aces

RENO, Nev.- Billy Buckner tossed the first complete game shutout in Aces history Friday night, striking out a career-high 12 batters en route to an 8-0 win over the Tacoma Rainiers in front of 8,013 fans at Aces Ballpark.

Sunday, August 2

Saturday, August 1