Stories for December 2009


Thursday, December 31

Arts & Entertainment for 1-1

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

Art show at Copeland Center

The Abstractly Speaking art show with photos and paintings by Gardnerville resident Pam Brekas runs through Jan. 30 at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 Highway 395, Minden. An artist's reception is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The arts center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Wildhorse announces auditions for Aladdin, Spelling Bee

Actors, singers, and dancers ages 5-16 wanted to audition for Wild Horse Children's Theater production of Disney's "Aladdin, Jr." at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 and 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson St., Carson City.

Young Chautauqua program starts for year

Happy New Year! We hope you will start by supporting your local museums and attending the wonderful events and programs.

Explaining vitamin shots for trees

The shortest day of the year has passed. Days become lighter, little by little, and spring is just around the corner. Gardeners' thoughts turn to outdoor activities including fertilizing trees. As you plan your fertilizer regime, avoid the practice of injecting trees with fertilizer.

Kudos to Douglas Disposal

Douglas Disposal's 15th annual food drive was a huge part of Carson Valley Community Food Closet's successful holiday food drive. Customers contributed bags of food that were collected by Douglas Disposal employees and delivered to the food closet where it was sorted by volunteers for distribution to needy families.

In the Spotlight for 1-1

Menu for the week of Jan. 4-8 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

This resolution takes more than a year to resolve

Happy New Year! The question of the day, and upcoming weeks, will be: Did you make a New Year's resolution?

What to expect in 2010

Carson Valley is the home of events celebrating not only classic cars but classic tractors.

Use care to prevent herbicide damage

For your New Year's resolution this year, if you plan to use herbicides in 2010, resolve to be careful. Too often people apply weed killers and accidentally damage or kill desirable plants. This usually results from not reading the entire label carefully and not identifying the weed to be killed.

Young at Heart memberships available at senior center

The annual membership drive for the Young at Heart Senior Citizens Club is at the Douglas County Senior Center. Membership is open to anyone age 55 or older and annual dues are $3. Funds raised by Young At Heart are used for projects including holiday gift bags, repairs and upkeep at the senior center, fundraising for a new center, and community events.

East Fork Gallery raffle winner

Gardnerville resident Carolyn Smith and her great-grandson Mason Wilkerson, 4, from Ridgecrest, Calif., came to pick up Smith's raffle prize at the East Fork Gallery on Wednesday. Smith is the winner of a giclee print of Jobs Peak by Janice Powell Shedd, offered during the gallery's 30th anniversary Christmas reception in December. 'I just moved here in June and can see Jobs Peak from my house,' Smith said. 'This is a wonderful addition to my home.'

Updates on former Tiger standouts

Jeff Nady, Rfr., OL, Nevada: Nevada lost to SMU 45-10 in the Hawaii Bowl. Nady did not play. Nico Barker, fr., Montana State Northern: Stats not available.

Girls' Basketball: Close games part of a bigger trend for Douglas

If the Douglas High girls' basketball team has learned nothing else from the first month of competition, at the very least they know they can play in tight games.

Basketball: Pack prepares for conference play

The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team admits it hasn't spent a whole lot of time thinking about its Western Athletic Conference season just yet.

Football: Huskers harass Cats in first Holiday Bowl shutout

SAN DIEGO (AP)-After developing a reputation for high-scoring games and crazy finishes, the Holiday Bowl finally got the first shutout in its 32-year history.

LSU d-coordinator Chavis staying put

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)-LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is staying put after drawing interest from Georgia for the Bulldogs' vacant coordinator position.

Football: Bowden set for an emotional farewell

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)-For Bobby Bowden, the last month has been both gratifying and uncomfortable.

Football: Coaching uncertainty dominates Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS-Call it the Interim Bowl, the Bizarro Bowl or the Distraction Bowl.

Football: Arkansas suspends 3 before Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)-Arkansas suspended three players Thursday-including two defensive starters-for unspecified violations of team rules. The Razorbacks face East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl on Saturday.

Football: No. 11 Penn St. vs. No. 13 LSU in Capital One Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)-The stereotypes emerge every time a Big Ten school meets an SEC program in the postseason: the plodding behemoths from up North can't keep up with the speedsters from down South.

Football: QBs Masoli, Pryor add flavor to 96th Rose Bowl

LOS ANGELES (AP)-Although Terrelle Pryor always has flash in his game, he went a little bit Hollywood this week.

Football: Broyles catches 3 TDs as OU beats Stanford 31-27

EL PASO, Texas (AP)-Ryan Broyles set a Sun Bowl record with three touchdown receptions and Landry Jones passed for 416 yards to lead Oklahoma past Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart and No. 19 Stanford 31-27 on Thursday.

Tech coach who criticized James now offers support

SAN ANTONIO - A Texas Tech assistant who criticized Adam James in hopes of saving Mike Leach's job said Thursday the son of the ESPN analyst has his support in the wake of the head coach's firing.

Football: Air Force picks off bowl victory over Houston

FORT WORTH, Texas - With Asher Clark and Jared Tew grinding out yards and Air Force controlling the ball for more than 41 minutes, there were few chances for Case Keenum and Houston's potent offense.

Hocke: Snow falls, spirits rise in outdoor practice

BOSTON - The Green Monster, white snowflakes and red cheeks.

Football: Urban Meyer says he wanted to hide chest pains

NEW ORLEANS - Wanting to protect his children and football team, Florida coach Urban Meyer was "very careful" about releasing information regarding his hospital stay following the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Golf: Tiger a control freak who loves to take risks

His rivals used to joke that if you cut Tiger Woods open, all you would find were some wires and a few nuts and bolts.

Football: Just lose, and Rams picking first in draft

ST. LOUIS (AP)-The last time the St. Louis Rams had the No. 1 pick of the draft, they traded up for the rights to select future seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace(notes).

Football: Davis goes for NFL TDs record by tight end

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Vernon Davis knows that regardless of whether he catches another touchdown pass in San Francisco's season finale Sunday to tie an NFL record, he has produced a year to remember. A breakout season to say the least.

Football: Raiders get payoff for offseason investments

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Even as his peers recognized him as 1 of the top defensive players in the NFL, Oakland Raiders defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha wasn't convinced he'd be making a return trip to the Pro Bowl.

Football: Raiders season finale blacked out locally

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' season finale against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday will be blacked out locally because the team did not sell out the game in time.

Football: Three Raiders fined $40K total from penalty-filled game

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Three Oakland Raiders players were fined a total of $40,000 for their actions in last week's penalty-filled game against the Cleveland Browns.

Basketball: 76ers pull away in 4th, beat Kings 116-106

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Lou Williams scored 22 points, Allen Iverson had 20, and the Philadelphia 76ers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 116-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Hockey: Penalty shots fuel Sharks 5-2 win over Capitals

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks became the first team in more than 27 years to score on two penalty shots in a game and went on to win their sixth straight, 5-2 over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Wrestling: Douglas takes 44th at SNC, prepares for home tourney

Going up against some of the top wrestling programs in the Western United States this week, Douglas High finished among the top half of the field at the Asics Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno.

Sports Fodder: Maybe our Pack expectations are too high

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team is right back where it was a year ago. And it's the same place they found themselves in two years ago.

Wednesday, December 30

Golf: NBC, PGA Tour weigh in on dueling golf tournaments

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - More than a month has passed since the Legends Reno Tahoe Open announced that its 2010 tournament dates would coincide with the American Century Championship.

Women's Basketball: Pack falls to San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell, 72-60, to host San Diego in its first game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic at San Diego.

Hockey: Crosby, Brodeur to lead Canada's Olympic team

Sidney Crosby isn't the only kid on a Canadian Olympic hockey team that is being built around youth, speed and teammates who have grown comfortable playing alongside each other.

College Sports: Admissions exemptions aide athletes

If grades make you a long shot for college, you're much more likely to get a break if you can play ball.

Baseball: Giants, Infielder Mark DeRosa Agree on Two-Year Deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the San Francisco Giants have reached a preliminary agreement with veteran infielder Mark DeRosa on a two-year contract.

Football: 49ers, Raiders send 5 players to Pro Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis is headed to his third straight Pro Bowl, becoming the first 49ers player to be selected in each of his first three seasons since Ronnie Lott earned four straight appearances starting in 1981.

Basketball: Ex-Reno prep star Czyz may leave Duke for Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Former Reno High School basketball star Olek Czyz (CHIZH) is considering transferring from Duke to Nevada.

Basketball: Kobe's 44 push Lakers past Warriors 124-118

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant had a season-high 44 points and 11 assists while making all 16 of his free throws, and the Lakers survived Golden State's 55-percent shooting for a 124-118 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.

Baseball: A's bring back Duchscherer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have found a familiar face to be 1 of their front-line starters next season: Justin Duchscherer.

Football: Texas Tech fires football coach Leach

LUBBOCK, Texas(AP)-Texas Tech fired coach Mike Leach on Wednesday, two days after he was suspended by the school as it investigated his treatment of a player with a concussion.

R-C Sports Year in Review

As has become tradition at The Record-Courier, we take our last issue of the year to look back on the year that was. Along the way there were wins and losses, triumphs and tragedies, but in the end it lived up to everything we've come to know about sports in Carson Valley. Here are the headlines that stuck out the most to us from the past year:

Tuesday, December 29

R-C Sports Notebook: Story of the Decade

Seems everyone in the sports world is doing their stories, coaches and athletes of the decade stories, so I felt compelled to weigh in on it, at least a little.

Where'd the Walmart come from, again?

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (Marcellus in Hamlet by William Shakespeare). So how are things in the state of Douglas? A postmortem on Walmart might shed some light.

Thanks for all the help with Project Santa

A very simple but heart felt thank you to all the kind and generous people of Douglas County who took Project Santa Claus kids to their hearts in this time of great economic difficulty. Christmas 2009 we helped 786 children from 345 Douglas County families. This couldn't have been possible without overwhelming community support.

How many examples must there be

What will it take to make the dangers of underage drinking visible to all people? Between binge drinking and college hazing, the possibilities are endless.

Drinking and driving a dangerous prospect

Search "blood alcohol content" on The Record-Courier's Web site and open any of the results and you'll see why Nevada is so hard on drunken driving.

Young At Heart membership open

The annual membership drive for the Young At Heart Senior Citizens Club is in full swing. As you enter the Douglas County Senior Center, be on the lookout for Annie Smutnak. She is on the lookout for returning members as well as new recruits. In 2009, Annie's efforts helped bring Young At Heart's membership up to a record 404. This year's goal is to make it to 500.

People in 2009: September, October, November, December

September. The Douglas High School marching band performs their halftime show featuring the music of ABBA at the Douglas varsity football game on Sept. 4.

People in 2009: May, June, July, August

May. Jill Brune, Bodean Callahan, Kathia Figueroa and Aidali Davalos prepare tomato plants in Douglas High's greenhouse for the Douglas ag students' greenhouse sale in May.

People in 2009, January, February, March, April

In January, Ingrid Carlson was one of the dancers in Sonia Carlson's chinese Cultural Group readying for an event to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Ox on Feb. 2.

Remember When for Dec. 30

A real estate deal was closed this week in which Wm. Jacobsen purchased 181 acres of land from the J.F. Dangberg Land and Live Stock Company. The tract of land is situated near the East Fork school and comprises the farm now under lease to Ben Glock, as well as the 100-acre field adjoining the school yard. Almost the entire tract is under cultivation at this time.

Where in the Valley to ring in 2010

New Year's Eve party, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with favors and champagne toast at midnight and music by Wild Card. Buckaroos is at 1435 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Information, 782-9693.

Sick of turkey

It happens every year after Thanksgiving and the Christmas parties for the Fish Springs Fire Department and Nevada Wandering Wheels - I'm sick of turkey.

Football: Leach seeks court order to coach Alamo Bowl

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow him to coach in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

Basketball: Nocioni leads Kings over Nuggets, 106-101

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Andres Nocioni made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points, helping the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Denver Nuggets 106-101 on Monday night.

Basketball: Warriors hold off Celtics 103-99

OAKLAND -- Monta Ellis scored 37 points and converted two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from an early 18-point deficit to hand the Boston Celtics just their second two-game losing streak this season with a 103-99 victory Monday night.

Sharks top Coyotes in shootout

SAN JOSE -- Joe Pavelski scored once in regulation and the only goal in the shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.

Basketball: Wolf Pack wraps up non-conference play with win over Portland

The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team closed out its rollercoaster non-conference schedule in style Monday night.

Fishing: New year brings new derby

Hello fellow anglers. I hope everyone is ready for the new year.

Monday, December 28

Football: Ohio State's Pryor playing with knee injury

LOS ANGELES - Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has revealed he partially tore a ligament in his knee, claiming it didn't slow him down much while leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title.

Basketball: Northwestern slips into top 25

It usually isn't big news when a team from the Big Ten moves into The Associated Press' college basketball poll. It is when that team is Northwestern.

Football: Jets, Texans could get more help

As if the New York Jets and Houston Texans didn't get enough help in their chase for a playoff berth, they might get even more on Sunday from opponents who already own division titles.

Football: Jets end Colts' pursuit of perfection 29-15

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts kept saying a perfect season didn't matter.

Football: Meyer expects to be leading Gators in '10

NEW ORLEANS - It took an emotional team meeting, a sleepless night and about an hour of practice for coach Urban Meyer to change his mind about resigning at Florida.

Napolitano concedes airline security system failed

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded Monday that the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watchlist with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Football: Gore leads 49ers to 20-6 victory over Lions

SAN FRANCISCO - A week after getting knocked out of playoff contention, the San Francisco 49ers started slowly against Detroit.

Football: Raiders lose their cool, and the game

CLEVELAND - Walking through the wide doors of Cleveland's locker room, Browns coach Eric Mangini was greeted by smiling faces.

Basketball: Lakers edge Kings in two overtimes

SACRAMENTO -- Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from a humbling Christmas Day loss to Cleveland by beating the Sacramento Kings 112-103 on Saturday night in double overtime.

Basketball: Maggette, Ellis propel Warriors' win

OAKLAND -- Corey Maggette scored a season-high 33 points and had eight rebounds, Monta Ellis added 33 points and 10 assists and the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Saturday to end a seven-game skid.

Hockey: Sharks defeat Ducks, 5-2

SAN JOSE - Patrick Marleau scored twice in the first period, the first his 300th career goal, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Hockey: Marleau scores 300th, 301st goals

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Patrick Marleau scored twice in the first period, the first his 300th career goal, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Football: Southern Methodist routs Nevada to win Hawaii Bowl

Honolulu - Freshman Kyle Padron threw for a Southern Methodist-record 460 yards, leading the Mustangs to a 45-10 victory over Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Thursday night -- SMU's first postseason appearance in 25 years.

Running Commentary for December 28

Your daily look-in at what's going on around the Valley as it goes on.

Saturday, December 26

Thursday, December 24

Republic's been dead for years

Much has been written in letters to the editors, pro and con, about government overstepping its constitutional limitations as outlined in the simple English language of the work of years, and study by James Madison for example, but in truth what is now upon us is the same result expressed in centuries of self-rule republics.

Ruhenstroth Congress should be subject to same laws

First I want to say Merry Christmas to one and all.

Thanks from the photo club

Many thanks to everyone who helped make 2009 such a successful year for the fledgling Carson Valley Photo Club. The list is too long, but there are a few who deserve special mention.

Thanks to Douglas school bus drivers

I completely understand why the school district's decision to keep the Valley schools open on Dec. 7 resulted in outcry and concern from both parents and students. Those concerns were valid and I'm sure the district's decision to keep the schools open was a difficult one to make.

Still looking, yet feeling blessed

It has been well over a month since our little dog, Bodie, went missing. In the simple fact that we have no two-legged children, Bodie's disappearance has been heart crushing for us. But something truly wonderful has come from this experience.

Merry Christmas to all

On this Christmas Day 2009, we look back to a simpler time.

Speedy Peterson finds quick way to 3rd Olympics

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - A Hurricane in Vancouver? Speedy Peterson says, yes, it might happen.

Football: 49ers sign kicker Ricky Schmitt

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Ricky Schmitt began the week kicking field goals with his fiancee. Now he'll be doing it on Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers.

Football: Pass-rushing Ellis still going strong with Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Greg Ellis spent most of Wednesday afternoon indoors watching film while his teammates practiced for 2 1/2 hours.

Football: Charlie Frye will start at quarterback for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Oakland Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye has been cleared to play after sustaining a concussion against Denver last week and will start Sunday's game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns.

2009 was a year that could drive a sports fan bats

Manu Ginobili understood it was a night for basketball, not bats. That's bats as in Dracula, not Louisville Sluggers.

Basketball: James nets triple-double as Cavs beat Kings in OT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For 48 exhilarating minutes, the young Sacramento Kings stayed right with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and even had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation.

Basketball: Warriors lose seventh consecutive game

NEW ORLEANS - Chris Paul scored 20 points and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Golden State Warriors their seventh straight loss, 108-102 on Wednesday night.

Basketball: Nevada easily defeats Tulsa, 99-68

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Luke Babbitt scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Nevada over Tulsa 99-68 in the final round of the Las Vegas Classic on Wednesday night.

Baseball: A's finalize $5.25 million contract with Crisp

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Athletics have finalized a $5.25 million, 1-year contract with free agent outfielder Coco Crisp.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Savior

We have just celebrated a great time of year called the Christmas season. A time when we acknowledge the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Warmth, comfort and joy

Two-year-old Avie Proffitt carries a pillow through the Minden German marketplace on Fifth Street on Dec. 4. For more photos of the season's festivities, go to

Football: Pollack one of three Tigers to earn first-team all-state honors

Douglas' Johnny Pollack can add one more award to his already well-decorated senior season.

Basketball: Douglas goes 1-3 at Vegas tournament

The Douglas boys' basketball team headed to Las Vegas this week hoping to see where it stood against some of the Southern 4A's best.

Wednesday, December 23

Winners from art council's gingerbread house contest

Carson Valley Arts Council's fifth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday.

Mardi Gras dinner dance benefits Austin's House

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Minden on Feb. 12 to benefit Austin's House. The second annual Mardi Gras Magic dinner and dance in the Shannon Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn recreates the party atmosphere of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday with outstanding music, dancing, prizes and food.

Arts & Entertainment for Dec. 25

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

New Year's Eve dining at Carson Valley Inn

The Carson Valley Inn celebrates New Year's Eve with year-end specials in Fiona's Bar and Grill and Katie's Country Kitchen, a $10,000 cash giveaway the last three days of 2009 and live oldies tunes in the Cabaret Lounge with Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll.

Senior menu for the week

Menu for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

Ideas to help celebrate the season

Merry Christmas! I hope you and yours are celebrating in all the ways that makes your season special.

Holiday events and sales continue at Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center

Merry Christmas everybody. This year's gingerbread house contest was a huge success. Thanks to the 32 entries, to the many winners and to those of you who voted for your favorite. Best of Show went to the Pinon Kids Club.

Basketball: Randolph leads Grizzlies over Warriors 121-108

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Zach Randolph scored a season-high 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies withstood Golden State's strong start to beat the slumping Warriors 121-108 on Tuesday night.

Hockey: Sharks slip past Blackhawks 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) - Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves and Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to their third straight win, 3-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

TeamPts08-09 1. Manogue (4)583 2. McQueen (2)542 3. Douglas421

Basketball: Nevada women's squad tops Washington State

RENO, Nev. - Tahnee Robinson scored a career-high 21 points while Kayla Williams and Nicole Williams each added their first career double-double as Nevada beat Washington State 75-54 Tuesday night in front of 580 fans.

Football: Nevada disciplines two players

HONOLULU - Two University of Nevada football players have been disciplined and will not play in Thursday's Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl for a violation of team and athletic department policy, school officials announced today.

Baseball: WNC ranked 10th by Collegiate Baseball

CARSON CITY-Western Nevada College has been tabbed the 10th best junior college baseball team in the country in a pre-season ranking by Collegiate Baseball, the most widely respected publication for two-year and four-year baseball programs.

Football: Hawaii Bowl will feature two potent offenses

Chris Ault, not even a week past his 30th birthday and in just his first season as the Nevada Wolf Pack's head football coach, stared the run-and-shoot offense in its eye and refused to back down.

Football: Eight Douglas standouts selected to media honors team

The All-Sierra Nevada Media Group teams were selected by sports writers at the Nevada Appeal, The Record-Courier, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Sierra Sun, Lahontan Valley News and the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Athletes from the schools regularly covered by the group's papers were eligible for selection.

Basketball: CVMS wins Tah-Neva hoops title

Editor's Note: A story appeared in Friday's paper on the Carson Valley Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys' basketball teams winning their respective conference titles.

Football: TCU's Patterson AP Coach of Year

NEW YORK (AP) -- TCU's Gary Patterson was voted The Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year for leading the Horned Frogs to a perfect regular season and their first BCS appearance.

Tuesday, December 22

Best health care

Repeatedly during the ongoing debate over health care reform we are being told, "Americans have the best health care in the world. Right?"

Merry Christmas

So as I drive around town this week in all the beautiful snow, and I look in all the store windows, or the signs in front of the houses, or the windows in the restauraunts I see "Happy Holidays," "'Tis the Season" or "Seasons Greetings."

Airport rebuttal

Editor's Note: Hale Bennett is the pilot referred to in the letter. He relates the story of landing a B-29 at the Silver Springs Airport in 1945 because he couldn't land at Stead. Minden-Tahoe Airport served as an auxiliary training field. Former Minden-Tahoe employee Len Frueh reported the airport was used to train pilots for P-51s.

Walmart a lump of coal

Douglas County has given residents a lump of coal this year for Christmas. By approving the proposed Walmart in Gardnerville, the county has chosen to disregard the letter and intent of the master plan and the Virginia Ranch Specific Plan. The county has yet again elected to accommodate developers to the detriment of county residents and the quality of life we enjoy here.

Who has standing?

Like The Record-Courier, I went to the county code chapter 20 and reviewed the exact wording of who can appeal. I found their definition so narrow that I would question its constitutionality. I ask, when a permit application comes before the county to build a nuclear power plant in Carson Valley, will standing to appeal only include immediate physical neighbors? I suspect the whole country would request standing.

R-C Sports Notebook: The Holiday lull

I'm entering that two weeks of the school year where very little is going on and the stuff that is going on is doing so far away from here.

Remember When for Dec. 23

For the first time in history, the Indians are to enjoy the spirit of Christmas as well as their white brethern. On Saturday at 2 o'clock Christmas festivities will be held at the Gardnerville Methodist Church at which time the Washoes will be given their first insight to the real spirit of Christmas. Every Indian, which included the little boys and girls will be presented with a present by Santa Claus. The officers of the Indian School will be present and the program will be under the charge of Miss Corwin, a missionary among the Indians.

Valley residents come through with donations to food closet

We at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet want to thank you all again from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. The people of this valley have come through with food for the holidays and also a start on the later winter months when we sometimes fall short. We had more donations for our craft fair and thanks to those donating gift items and those who support us by coming every year and buying those items we were able to generate almost $5,000 in funds for donation.

Football AP Player of the Year: Suh scores one for the D

NEW YORK - Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh bulled past the guys who play the glamour positions and proved you don't have to score touchdowns or toss passes to be the player of the year.

Girl Scouts singing brings in Christmas

Carson Valley Girl Scouts Amanda Williams, Kayleigh Carlson, Cheyenne Williams, Terra Williams, Allison Meyer, Kendall Caruthers and Kelsey Carlson at Minden Park on Dec. 4 for the gazebo lighting. The Girl Scouts sang Christmas carols before Santa Claus arrived to light the lights.

Eagles and Ag features Carson River raft trip

Eagles & Agriculture, the annual celebration of birding and agriculture in Carson Valley, offers several programs over its three days each February. One of the most popular is a kayak/raft trip with expert birders on the Carson River. The experience is a serene trip on the river with the snowcapped mountains in the background while observing eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and other birds of prey roosting in the riverbank cottonwoods during the height of the winter calving season.

Antelope Valley donations make Christmas special

There are many people in the Antelope Valley who care about the quality of Christmas for our local children. As I mentioned in my last column, Debie Bush and many people through the Walker General Store donate gifts to the Giving Tree to be given out Christmas Eve. In addition, the Antelope Valley Lions Club will be distributing gifts on that evening for children not involved with the Giving Tree. All in all, it is wonderful to see these people give so much time, energy and caring for our kids. Special blessings should go to those involved in these efforts.

Where to go for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

Christmas Eve services at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville: children's service at 6 p.m., candlelight family service with Chancel Choir at 8 p.m. and candlelight communion service at 11 p.m. Thursday. Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Friday. Information, 782-4600.

Having a Merry Christmas

Earl Mussett and his dancers line dance for residents at Merrill Gardens in Gardnerville on Friday. Merrill Gardens resident Edrie Schwake claps for Earl Mussett and his dancers. Mussett's line dancers also performed at Evergreen Care.

Making Christmas Merry

Peggy Fort and her daughter, Lindy Leonard, wrap Christmas gifts for Project Santa Claus on Friday, Dec. 18, at Carson Valley Inn. The Crystal Angels adopted 61 children and purchased 490 gifts for Project Santa Claus.

Serena Williams is 2009 AP Female Athlete of Year

Playing her best at the most important events, Serena Williams re-established herself as the top player in women's tennis in 2009 and was a landslide choice as Female Athlete of the Year by members of The Associated Press.

Football: 49ers miss playoffs for seventh straight season but still aim to finish strong at 8-8

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For Mike Singletary and his San Francisco 49ers, this season has become a missed opportunity. A team that talked playoffs following an encouraging 3-1 start won't be in the post-season for a seventh straight year.

Basketball: Evans, Kings rally from 35 points down to stun Bulls

CHICAGO -- The buzzer sounded, the 35-point comeback was complete and both the ecstatic Sacramento Kings and the stunned Chicago Bulls had trouble describing what had just happened.

Hockey: Marleau scores twice in San Jose victory

DALLAS (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Joe Pavelski added another to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Dallas Stars 4-2 Monday night.

Football: Lampford Mark to start for Nevada

HONOLULU (AP) - Nevada coach Chris Ault says speedy running back Lampford Mark will start against Southern Methodist in Thursday's Hawaii Bowl.

Monday, December 21

Updates on former Tiger standouts

Jeff Nady, Rfr., OL, Nevada: Nevada plays SMU in the Hawaii Bowl on Thursday.

Basketball: Wolf Pack prepares for BYU

Joey Shaw could only sit there, smile and shake his head.

Football: Wolf Pack defense still looking for promised improvement

Nevada Day was fast approaching. His Nevada Wolf Pack football team had just allowed 45 points to the Idaho Vandals at Mackay Stadium the previous Saturday on Oct. 24. It was time, Ault said to himself, to get offensive about the defense.

Tigers show well at 'tough' Reno TOC

RENO - No doubt, the Reno Tournament of Champions lives up to its billing as the "Toughest Tournament in the USA." Just ask Douglas High coach Justin Shine, whose Tigers were finished after one day of competition in the 86-team event on Friday.

NASCAR's Johnson wins male athlete of the year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There was little recognition outside the racing world when Jimmie Johnson won his first NASCAR championship.

Basketball: Kansas' lead trimmed in AP men's basketball poll

Kansas is still No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, but No. 2 Texas has closed the gap a bit.

Football: NFL to ask its players to donate brains for study

The NFL is partnering with Boston University brain researchers who have been critical of the league's stance on concussions, The Associated Press learned Sunday.

Football: 49ers Playoff Hopes End Against Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb threw for one touchdown and ran for another, DeSean Jackson had 140 yards receiving and the Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers 27-13 Sunday to clinch a playoff berth for the eighth time this decade.

Football: Russell leads Raiders to victory

DENVER - JaMarcus Russell found redemption and Chaz Schilens together in the end zone.

Basketball: Evans Carries Kings Past Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tyreke Evans made a reverse layup around Andrew Bogut with 0.9 seconds left, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 96-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in a game that featured the NBA's top two rookies.

Basketball: T'Wolves Rout Kings 112-96

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Love put up 20 points and 16 rebounds, his fifth straight double-double and seventh in nine games since returning from a broken left hand, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Sacramento Kings 112-96 Friday night.

Basketball: Golden State drops fifth straight

Gilbert Arenas had season highs with 45 points and 13 assists and the Washington Wizards ended a six-game losing streak, beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 Friday night in Oakland.

Hockey: Thornton scores twice in Sharks' victory

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Thornton scored twice in the second period to help the San Jose Sharks snap a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Baseball: SF attorney says A's move to San Jose would hurt SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is calling on Major League Baseball not to allow the Oakland Athletics to move to San Jose, saying it would hurt San Francisco financially.

Baseball: Oakland poised to sign Crisp

OAKLAND - The Oakland Athletics were closing in on a deal Sunday with free-agent outfielder Coco Crisp on a one-year contract with a club option for the 2011 season.

Football: Nevada's Taua ineligible for bowl game

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team has lost another 1,000-yard rusher.

Basketball: Nevada tops Wagner as Olson makes debut

The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team played the role of a gracious host Saturday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Sunday, December 20

Saturday, December 19

Girls' Basketball: Douglas comes back for overtime win

The Douglas girls' basketball team got a big boost heading into its winter break Friday night, coming from behind to beat Lowry 43-42 in overtime in Minden.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas holds on for win over Elko

The Douglas boys' basketball team will take a five-game win streak down to the Amare Stoudemire Invitational in Las Vegas after hanging on for a 66-64 win over a scrappy Elko team Friday night.

Friday, December 18

Semas releases book of essays

Sierra Sage Magazine publisher Len Semas has published a collection of his essays.

Basketball: Olson to make his Wolf Pack debut Saturday

The entire communities of Minden and Gardnerville just might move about 50 miles north Saturday night.

Christmas dining at Carson Valley Inn

The Carson Valley Inn in Minden celebrates Christmas with holiday specials in addition to regular menu items in Fiona's Bar and Grill and Katie's Country Kitchen.

Basketball: Live updates from Friday night's games

We'll be posting live updates from tonight's girls' basketball game against Lowry (6 p.m.) and boys' basketball game against Elko (7:30 p.m.). Check back later, and throughout the game, for score updates.

Season of giving

Wrapping and sorting of presents for Project Santa Claus is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building. Children 10 and older welcome to help. Information, 782-4931.

Christmas a time of reflection

Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Soroptimists reach goal of $100,000 for cancer center

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, presented $100,000 to the Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare Foundation on Monday for the Cancer Center's capital campaign. The donation culminates a five-year fundraising commitment.

Golf: Tag Heuer to drop Tiger Woods from US campaigns

PORTLAND, Ore. - Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer said Friday that it will "downscale" its use of golfer Tiger Woods' image in its advertising campaigns for the foreseeable future.

Football: 49ers tilt offense back toward ground game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are at their best offensively when they get Frank Gore involved and keep going to their star running back.

Football: 49ers unleash Brooks, get big game in return

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers finally unleashed Ahmad Brooks, and the result was a takeaway festival unlike the team has seen for more than a decade.

Football: Raiders to start Frye over Russell with Gradkowski out

DENVER -- Charlie Frye waited more than a year for another opportunity to start in the NFL. JaMarcus Russell might find himself in a similar boat.

Football: McFadden fails to deliver big plays for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Darren McFadden entered the NFL a year ago with a reputation for being a big-play running back capable of breaking off a long touchdown on almost any play. The Oakland Raiders are still waiting for that to materialize at this level.

Basketball: Evans, Casspi help Kings hold on to beat Wizards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tyreke Evans scored 26 points, fellow rookie Omri Casspi had a season-high 22, and the Sacramento Kings held on for a 112-109 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Basketball: Nelson returns to Warriors bench

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State coach Don Nelson is back on the bench after missing the Warriors' 5-game road trip while recovering from pneumonia.

Hockey: Sharks snap 4-game skid

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 20 shots, and Joe Thornton and Devin Setoguchi added goals for San Jose. The Sharks beat the Ducks for the third time this season to move into a tie with the Los Angeles Kings for the Western Conference lead.

Skiing: Vikings sweep high school season opener

Those two words described what South Tahoe High School did to its Tahoe Basin League skiing foes at the season opener Wednesday at Alpine Meadows.

Basketball: Nevada beats Eastern Washington in final seconds

Brandon Fields saved the best for last Thursday night.

Thursday, December 17

Two bridges, a bay and a very steep hill

As we edge our way into the right hand lane that will take us across the San Francisco Bay Bridge, a 2-inch deluge of rain dumps on us. How uncharacteristic for California. Louisiana, perhaps, but the Bay Area, what's going on?

Some points to ponder

Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

How about answers?

I just finished reading another letter to the editor that slams our current president. I am so tired of hearing these complaints. Our last president led us into two wars, one of questionable necessity, the largest deficit in history and an economy in shambles. Yet through it all we stood behind him although we didn't necessarily agree with him.

Blame not productive

The letter from Irene Gutierrez on Dec. 2 singularly attributes this nation's economic woes to George W. Bush and or the Bush administration. Such one sided and egregious accusations serve as a smoke screen to hide or divert attention from the true root of our problems. While the Bush administration may well be blameworthy, they are merely one in a long line of those who are culpable.

Nevada football inks four mid-year transfers

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada has signed four mid-year transfers who will join the program next month, head coach Chris Ault announced Wednesday. All four players are on the defensive side of the ball and will enroll in the spring semester in January and will be eligible to go through spring drills with the Wolf Pack.

Hot water a good thing

We would like to thank Allan Reed of Barone & Reed Food Co. for providing the hot water (for hot chocolate) and coffee for the Red Cross to serve to those attending Trick or Treat Safety Street on Oct. 31 and also on Dec. 5 for the Christmas Parade of Lights. Christoph Waldburger is always willing to help us as is the entire staff.

Nevada football team hands out team awards

RENO, Nev. - Junior quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the recipient of the Golden Helmet Award at the 2008 Nevada Football Awards Banquet held Wednesday evening at the Eldorado Hotel. Kaepernick also won the award last season and is the first back-to-back winner of the Golden Helmet in Nevada's FBS history.

Who can appeal Walmart approval?

We assume someone will try to appeal the community development director's decision to approve the design review of the Gardnerville Walmart.

Swans for Christmas

The only time Nevadans might be thinking of swans may be while they're singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but this is the time of year when folks can get the chance to see more than seven swans a-swimming in lakes across the state. A good snowstorm in the northern part of the state last week forced swans to be on the move, heading from north to south.

Fishing report: Watch out for the ice

Hello fellow anglers. Here is a small report on what is going on with the high lakes in our area.

Sports Fodder: Seconds for everyone in this year's Hawaii Bowl

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Chris Ault is 1-5 in bowl games. The Nevada Wolf Pack football program is 3-6 in bowl games. That's why it is important that the Wolf Pack beats the SMU Mustangs on Christmas Eve in the Hawaii Bowl. This will be a game of seconds for the Pack.

Basketball: Panthers close out regular season with wins

The Panther eighth-graders closed out the regular season with a 38-18 win over Alder Creek.

CVMS teams claim conference titles

Both the Carson Valley Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys' basketball teams claimed the Tah-Neva Conference Championship Saturday during the postseason tournament at Carson Middle School in Carson City.

Soccer: All-Sierra Nevada Media teams announced

Alfredo Gonzalez, Fallon: His 18 goals this season tied a single-season school record, but he broke the school's career record with 49 goals.

Chautauqua program starts in January

An informational meeting for the Douglas County Historical Society's Young Chautauqua program is 6-7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Youth public speaking class offered through 4-H

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's free Speaking With Confidence 4-H Program may be just what youth need to conquer their fears and learn public speaking skills early in life. The course is 4-5 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 25- March 29 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Christmas lights up Ruhenstroth

"I loved it cause it made me feel happy," 7-year-old Emily Carr said of this year's winner of the Christmas lighting contest in the neighborhood. Nine-year-old Hannah Carr and her friend, Hannah Rose Mott, said they "couldn't wait to get to it. It drew us in when we were coming down the street."

In the Spotlight for Dec. 18

Art and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Washoe Housing Authority on 1588 Wata'sheamu Road in Dresslerville. Information, Ada, 265-7103 or Chris, 265-5001.

Arts & Entertainment for Dec. 18

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

Season of Giving

Project Santa. Wrapping and sorting of presents for Project Santa Claus is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building. Children 10 and older welcome to help. Information, 782-4931.

'Clara's Prayer' performed this weekend

A twist on a holiday favorite is on stage at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall this weekend.

Featured January classes at Douglas County Parks & Recreation

Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department offers classes for children to seniors. Registration required for all classes. Information at the office, 1327 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, or 782-9828.

Gingerbread houses and Christmas trees at museum

Have you voted for you favorite gingerbread house yet? The reception announcing the winners is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. Come in and vote and come back Saturday to toast the winners.

Running Commentary for Thursday, December 17

Your daily look-in at what's going on around the Valley as it goes on.

Wednesday, December 16

R-C Sports Notebook: Winter sports predictions

Time to weigh in with my preseason predictions. We'll revisit at the end of the year and you can all point and laugh ...

Volleyball: All-Sierra Nevada teams announced

The All-Sierra Nevada Media Group teams were selected by sports writers at the Nevada Appeal, The Record-Courier, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Sierra Sun, Lahontan Valley News and the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Athletes from the schools regularly covered by the group's papers were eligible for selection. Soccer teams will be published Friday and the football team will be published next week.

Meddles takes 3rd at Foot Locker Nationals

Sierra Lutheran High School senior Wade Meddles wrapped up his high school cross country career in impressive fashion over the weekend, taking third at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego.

Tigers take 2nd at Reed Invite

The Douglas High wrestling team made the most of a cancelled road trip over the weekend, taking second at the Reed Invitational after inclement weather wiped out their plans to compete at the Natomas Duals in California.

Girls' Basketball: JV goes unbeaten in tournament

The Lady Tiger JV squad went 3-0 at the High Sierra Winter Classic at Spanish Springs over the weekend.

Girls' Basketball: Sierra Lutheran splits weekend tournament

The Falcon girls' basketball team beat Excel Christian 38-18 over the weekend.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers win final two at High Sierra

The Douglas girls' basketball team bounced back from a pair of tough defeats in the High Sierra Winter Classic, to win its final two games.

Basketball: Olson preparing for Wolf Pack debut Saturday

Nobody would blame the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team if it refused to leave the comforts of Lawlor Events Center for the rest of the season.

Basketball: Douglas boys' run over Fallon; Lady Tigers lose to Greenwave

Any time a team puts up 74 points and the leading scorer only turned in 10 of those, the coach is bound to be happy.

Tuesday, December 15

Parade of thanks

The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority would like to thank all of the participants who made the 2009 Parade of Lights such a great event this year. Our event sponsors included the Town of Minden, The Record-Courier, Accolades Trophies and Carson Valley Country Club.

Dangerous spot

I was a first responder (I was seconds behind the collision) at the head-on wreck that killed James Perry and seriously injured Ken Ceglia. I held Ken's head until paramedics arrived to prevent further injury to Ken's neck.

Airport opinion a fanciful retelling of reality

The guest opinion piece by Jack Van Dien (Record-Courier Dec. 3) fantasizing about "The continuing drama at Minden-Tahoe Airport" certainly was full of opinion. Mr. Van Dien salts his fanciful farce with incomplete facts to create an appearance of reality. However, the fact is he is writing fiction.

Schools made right call

I read with disbelief your headline about Douglas County School District taking heat for not closing schools on Dec. 7. I'm no fan of government bureaucracy - in fact, I find that government generally makes the wrong decisions in most cases - but when I heard that Douglas was holding classes my response was "Good job."

Thanks for all the food

Once again Carson Valley has shown its amazing generosity. This year's KTVN Channel 2 News Share Your Christmas Food Drive at the Carson Valley Inn brought in 76,156 pounds of food (2008 - 58,682 pounds) and $37,539.25 in monetary donations (2008 - $31,530). In a year that we were prepared to receive less, we received the most ever from you the people of our fantastic community.

38 tons of food brings the glow

When we're making a point, we rarely use the exclamation mark. We prefer to let the facts speak for themselves.

Ornament sales benefit youth projects

The 2009 version of the Carson Valley Kiwanis Club's Christmas ornaments of the historical building series are available for sale at $6. This year's brass ornament features the Minden Courthouse and the old Douglas County High School, which now houses the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Horsleys celebrate 50th anniversary

Fred and Annzelle (Mori) Horsley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 16, 2009. They were married Dec. 16, 1959, in Carson City.

Photo earns horse laughs, first place

What do a laughing horse, a man dancing in the park and chattering chipmunks have in common? Photos of them tickled the funny bone of Carson Valley Photo Club judges and won them ribbons for December. The contest theme was "humor."

Local artists show their stuff in Montana

Paintings by Teri Sweeney of Gardnerville and Margo Petterson of Coleville have been selected to be auctioned in the 42nd annual C. M. Russell Auction on March 17-20 in Great Falls, Mont.

St. Gall Catholic Church hosts annual Noel dinner

The 11th annual Noel Christmas Dinner for those without family is Dec. 25 in the St. Gall Catholic Church Pastoral Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Remember When for Dec. 16

A Christmas dance will be held at Raycraft's hall, Genoa on December 23rd, the proceeds of which will go to the fund of the Genoa Union Church and will be used to complete the building. The new church at Genoa, which is to take the place of the one destroyed by fire a few years ago, has been built by popular subscription. It has been a year since a big dance was held at Genoa and from the fact that the people of that town always turn out to dances held on this side of the Valley, the people hereabouts should indulge in a little resoprocity and should make an extra effort to attend the Christmas dance at Genoa.

Visiting foreign ports from an aircraft carrier

My son Garrett Wanket and his girlfriend Rachael Thompson were aboard the USS George Washington Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, and finally made it back to America after being stationed on board the ship for 44 months. The past 20 months of that was being forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. While in Japan, the ship went out to sea several times pulling in to ports in such places as Australia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Guam.

'Clara's Prayer' presented at Brewery Arts Center

The Performing Arts Project of Northern Nevada's holiday production of "Clara's Prayer," a Christian adaptation of "The Nutcracker," is performed 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brewery Arts Center, 511 W. King St., Carson City.

Live updates from basketball vs. Fallon

The R-C will post live updates from tonight's boys' and girls' basketball games between Douglas and Fallon.

Monday, December 14

Dr. Orr selected to serve Olympians

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - South Lake Tahoe doctor Terry Orr is returning to the Winter Olympics.

Basketball: Nevada tops South Dakota State

Another home game, another snowstorm, another easy victory for the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team.

R-C Ski Forecast for Dec. 14

Weather: Temps hovering in the low 40s throughout the week with a chance of rain of Tuesday.

Football: Mark Ingram delivers Alabama its first Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK - Mark Ingram completed the trophy case at Alabama, delivering the first Heisman to a school that boasts one of the richest histories in college football.

Baseball: Giants let go 1B-OF Garko

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants have let Ryan Garko become a free agent, rather than offering him a contract for 2010.

Football: Offense changing for 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO - For months, Mike Singletary pounded home the notion that San Francisco's identity would be as a power-run offense, with Frank Gore as the central figure.

Football: San Francisco LB Ulbrich retiring after 10 seasons

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich is retiring after 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Football: Cardinals are more than ready for 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO - Kurt Warner is riding high. He beat Brett Favre and earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. His Arizona Cardinals are on the cusp of clinching a second consecutive NFC West crown.

Football: Redskins easily beat Raiders 34-13

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jason Campbell threw two touchdown passes to give Washington the lead and Quinton Ganther put it away by running for two fourth-quarter scores in the Redskins' 34-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Basketball: Pistons beat Warriors in Hamilton's return

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points and Charlie Villanueva added 24 as the Detroit Pistons won their fifth straight game, beating the Golden State Warriors 104-95 Saturday.

Hockey: Sharks woes continue with fifth straight loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix Coyotes have discovered a winning formula.

Baseball: Jack Cust cut loose by Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. - Jack Cust became a free agent Saturday when the Oakland Athletics failed to offer him a 2010 contract.

Sunday, December 13

Saturday, December 12

Boys' Basketball: Tigers claim CV Classic title with win over Faith Lutheran

After opening the year 0-3 last week, the Douglas boys' basketball completed an impressive weekend to pull even at .500 with a 64-47 win over Faith Lutheran of Las Vegas.

Boys' Basketball: Live updates from Douglas-Faith Lutheran

The R-C will be posting live updates from the Douglas-Faith Lutheran basketball game, which tips off at 4 p.m. today. Click on the box below for updates.

Meddles 3rd at Foot Locker Nationals

Sierra Lutheran senior Wade Meddles turned in one of the best times of his career Saturday, taking third at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships with a time of 15:24 on the 5K course.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas upends McQueen

The Douglas boys' basketball team picked up its biggest win of the young season Friday night, beating previously unbeaten McQueen 62-48 in Minden.

Friday, December 11

Boys' Basketball: Live updates from Douglas-McQueen

The R-C will be posting live updates from tonight's Douglas-McQueen boys' basketball game. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Here's wishing you a 'Merry Xmas'

I know. I heard it when I was growing up, too. "They're trying to take the Christ out of Christmas!"

Living in a winter wonderland

A terrific storm just came through with lots of snow. For the most part, the extremely cold weather kept the snow light. This is good in one way, because the snow load on trees and shrubs is not as heavy as the snow from a wet storm would be. However, a dry snowstorm provides less moisture to our plants. As I was shoveling and my husband blowing the snow, I was glad it wasn't any heavier!

Season of Giving

Turkeys and food are needed at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, 1255 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, 12:30-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. Information, 782-3711.

Young Chautauqua begins in January

An informational meeting for the Douglas County Historical Society's Young Chautauqua program is 6-7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Skiing: Douglas enters season with 35 racers

Heading into next week's season-opening race at Alpine Meadows, the Douglas High ski team is well ahead of where it was at this point in recent seasons.

Sports Fodder: Hawaii Bowl could be a 'pistol' party

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Expect the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve to be a Wolf Pack pistol party, something along the lines of Nevada 52, SMU 35

Basketball: Pack to take on South Dakota State

The time has come for the Nevada Wolf Pack's bench to stand up and be counted.

Girls' Basketball: Douglas falls late against McQueen

The Douglas girls' basketball team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the McQueen Lancers in the first round of the High Sierra Winter Classic Thursday afternoon.

R-C Ski Forecast for Dec. 11

Weather: Moderate to heavy snow expected over the weekend with temps in the mid 30s.

Football: Kelly arrives for work at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Brian Kelly arrived at Notre Dame on Friday to begin his job as the new Irish football coach.

Football: Raye of hope? Singletary sticking by 49ers' offensive coordinator

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary again found himself facing questions about whether or not he's satisfied with veteran offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye -- even after quarterback Alex Smith threw for a career-best 310 yards in last Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Football: Raiders OL Robert Gallery done for season

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders left guard Robert Gallery will miss the rest of the season with a lower back injury.

Basketball: Kings forward Greene dives in river to aide woman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento Kings forward Donte Greene says it felt "like it took forever" for a boat to reach him after he dove into a dark and chilly river to help a woman who had fallen from a boat.

Hockey: Brown scores game-winner in overtime to lead Kings past Sharks 5-4

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Teddy Purcell picked the perfect time to end their long goal droughts.

Baseball: City of Oakland offers 3 possible ballpark sites

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The City of Oakland has unveiled three waterfront sites as potential spots to build a new ballpark for the Oakland Athletics and ultimately keep the team from leaving town.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas takes home-opener

The Douglas boys' basketball team cruised in its home-opener, beating Lowry 80-50 in the first round of the Carson Valley Classic Thursday night.

Thursday, December 10

Health care resolution

The Alpine County Democratic Central Committee is very concerned about health coverage and has sent the following resolution to President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, and our two senators and the members of the House who represent our district.

Making Christmas happen in Genoa

The Genoa Christmas tradition happened again this year, thanks to a great village team of volunteers. The caroling in the church, the lighting of the Hope Falcke tree, the arrival of Santa on a fire truck, hot chocolate and cookies, were all made possible by: Lynne Speir, Phyllis Lemley, Roger Falcke, Keith and Suzanne Corban, Bill Hutchison, Dr. Vinnie D'Ascoli, Chad and Gina Coons, and Shawn St. Peter. What a wonderful way to begin our holiday season.

TRIAD helps seniors

Douglas County TRIAD, a volunteer service organization combining a cooperative agreement between the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts and Douglas County senior citizens, extend their appreciation to the Topaz Sagehens for their recent donation of $200 to the TRIAD organization.

Thanks to Smith and Bernhard

I was happy to see two town board members, Jerry Smith and Robin Bernhard, voting against the "new and improved" Walmart. It gives me a glimmer of hope we have a few of our leaders that give a darn about our valley and small business.

Protesting association

DITOR: In 1999, I moved to Gardnerville to escape high taxes and the culture that was developing in Southern California. I decided to purchase a house in Chichester Estates

Cultivating new readers finds new meaning

There are coffee cups all over this ranch. But I'm not going to discuss that this month except to say all is well out here; feeding cows hay. This is not a story about cows, nor is it really about a migrant field worker. Because of the holiday season and there still turmoil in the world, I will share a lesson from an evening literacy class.

Cold offers hard lesson

By the time this appears in print, hopefully the high temperature will have managed to clamber out of the freezer, and might even start melting off some of the ice that's been accumulating around the Valley.

Menu changes at senior center

Menu changes at Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Equestrian center offers Christmas program Saturday

Because of weather, last week's Christmas program and mounted games at Sheridan Creek Equestrian Center, 551 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, have been rescheduled to noon Dec. 19. Bring your own horse, $20 to enter. Event depends on the weather. To make reservations, contact Kristen at 265-7371.

Arts & Entertainment for Dec. 11

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

Museum's holiday gala a success

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Holiday Gala at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday. Even though the weather was cold, cloudy and a bit snowy, we all had a wonderful time. The weather didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits. Everyone enjoyed the museum's offerings.

Senior menu for the week

Menu for the week of Dec. 14-18 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

Giving Roundup

Food closet. Turkeys and food are needed at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, 1255 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, 12:30-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. Information, 782-3711.

Some ways to share joy this holiday season

There is still time to sponsor a child in need by choosing an angel from one of the Project Santa Claus Angel Trees around town. Trees are located at Bently Biofuels, Carson Valley Medical Center, Raley's, R&T Cleaners, Scolari's, Sharkey's, Taylor-York Salon and Tumblewind. Wrapped gifts must be returned by Dec. 16.

'Scrooge the Musical' continues this weekend

Pau-Wa-Lu Players present "Scrooge the Musical," featuring students, staff, teachers and administration from the Douglas County School District. Performances are 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

In the Spotlight for 12-11

Santa at Tumbleweeds The second annual pancake breakfast and photos with Santa is 7:30 -10 a.m. Saturday at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics Minden gym, 2231 Meridian Blvd. Unit 2, Minden.

IOC approves cycling changes, adds mixed doubles

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Olympic leaders approved major changes Thursday in track cycling - including elimination of the sport's signature endurance race - and the addition of mixed doubles in tennis for the 2012 London Games.

Football: Raiders defensive end makes switch to linebacker

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable seems to have struck gold with his decision to replace quarterback JaMarcus Russell with Bruce Gradkowski. Cable's experiment with the defense also seems to be working out fine.

Basketball: Spurs Down Kings Behind Jefferson's 23

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Richard Jefferson broke out of a slump with 23 points, including a dunk to cap a 14-point run at the end of the first half, and San Antonio ended a three-game skid with a 118-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Basketball: Warriors defeat Nets, stop losing streak

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Monta Ellis scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Jersey Nets 105-89 Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

R-C Ski Forecast for Dec. 10

Weather: Snow showers are expected to roll in this afternoon or evening and continue through most of the weekend. Highs will hover in the low-30, high-20 range through most of the weekend.

Boys' Basketball: Live updates from Tigers' home-opener tonight

The R-C will be posting live updates throughout tonight's Douglas boys' basketball home opener against Lowry at 6 p.m. Check back tonight for the game:

Wednesday, December 9

New Year's Eve dining at Carson Valley Inn

The Carson Valley Inn celebrates New Year's Eve with year-end specials in Fiona's Bar and Grill and Katie's Country Kitchen, a $10,000 cash giveaway the last three days of 2009 and live oldies tunes in the Cabaret Lounge with Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll.

Public speaking class offered through 4-H

The 4-H program has a history of turning out outstanding public speakers. If your children get the jitters when they have to make presentations at school the Cooperative Extension's free Speaking With Confidence 4-H Program may be just what they need to conquer their fears and learn public speaking skills early in life. The course will be held 4-5 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 25- March 29 at the Douglas County office of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Congressman drops effort to honor Tiger Woods

WASHINGTON - A California congressman is dropping his effort to honor Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Tree of Remembrance today in Gardnerville

Dec. 9 - Valley "Tree of Remembrance," an interfaith ceremony is 6:30-7:30 at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Greetings, social time and refreshments will follow. Honor someone's memory and have a candle lit in their honor at either of the ceremonies. Information, (530) 543-5614. Those who donate $50 or more will receive a porcelain keepsake ornament to commemorate the occasion.

Basketball: Nevada tops Fresno Pacific

Home is definitely where the victories are this season for the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team.

Football: Florida assistant Strong heading to Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong is headed to Louisville.

Bolt rewrites the record book - and fast

It's not that Usain Bolt breaks records.

Football: House panels passes college football playoff bill

WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee has approved legislation aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine a national champion.

Basketball: New Orleans Hornets sting Sacramento Kings

NEW ORLEANS -- Given the chance to stay on the court with the game on the line, Hornets reserves Darius Songaila and James Posey turned a broken play into a game-winner.

R-C Ski Forecast for Dec. 9

Weather: Clear skies and cold temperatures today with light snow showers rolling in on Thursday afternoon/evening. Highs in the low 30s at best. A heavier system is expected to bring significant snow on Friday night or Saturday morning.

Tuesday, December 8

R-C Sports Notebook: Nice slate for CV Classic, but will they all show?

There are some intriguing matchups at this year's Carson Valley Classic boys' basketball tournament.

Football: Tigers rake in postseason accolades

Coaches around the Northern 4A released their selections for the football postseason honors last week.

Football: Never mind the stats, Pollack was a team player first

Where do you start when looking at the highlights Johnny Pollack compiled for the Douglas High football team this season? Just be sure not to ask coach Mike Rippee because he won't know where to start.

Cross Country: Meddles qualifies for nationals, signs with Azusa Pacific

Wade Meddles continues to make the most of only his second season running high school cross country.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers go 1-2 at Whitney tourney

Douglas girls' basketball coach Werner Christen put it pretty simply before the season started.

Boys' Basketball: Tigers start season 0-3 at Wild West

The Douglas boys' basketball team opened its season 0-3 at the Wild West Shootout in Reno last week.

Dec. 7 births

Minden residents Viktoria Szlabonyi and Michael Broggi are the parents of a daughter, Naia Broggi, born Nov. 25, 2009, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Naia weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces at birth.

Where's the money?

EDITOR: I have noted with fascinated interest that significant claims are being laid at the doorstep of green energy. When

Asbestos and towers

EDITOR: Yes, indeed, Sept. 11 is a day for remembrance that not unlike past similar events shall pass into an unacknowledged place in memory, plus our children's textbooks.

End of artifice

Sen. Harry Reid's fall from political grace began with the end of artifice.

HIV positive immigrants?

Again our president has amazed us with his lack of foresight. Now he has opened our borders to HIV positive people. Will insurance companies be forced to insure these people at our expense?

Meeks ladies night

I was privileged to attend the ladies night last week along with perhaps 100 ladies. We had, without a doubt, a most wonderful experience with woodworking.

VFW thank you

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8583 Ladies Auxiliary, Minden-Gardnerville, would like to express their thank-you to Raley's, Smith's and Scolari's for letting us set up tables in front of your stores and being able to let the community make donations for Buddy Poppies, American flags and different military magnets. All the donations we receive go back into our community and/or veteran families. Again, we thank you for the donations this year.

Craft fair a success

The Carson Valley United Methodist Women would like to thank all those who made our recent craft fair a success. The money earned from this event goes to help those in need in our community and mission projects around the country and the world.

Schools made bad call

EDITOR: The decision by Douglas County School District personnel to hold school on Monday during a severe winter storm was ridiculous.

Where's my snow day?

EDITOR: Snow day? I think not. I've grown up in Douglas County and I'm a senior now. For the past 12 years of my life I have never had a snow day.

Your own snow day

A lot of folks are criticizing the Douglas County School District's decision to hold school despite a major snowstorm that gridlocked much of Western Nevada.

Nothing distinct about Walmart Supercenter

The Douglas County Community Development director will soon decide the fate of a design review application for an approximately 152,495-square-foot Walmart Supercenter proposed within the Virginia Ranch area.

Tumbleweeds offers photos with Santa

The second annual pancake breakfast and photos with Santa is 7:30 -10 a.m. Saturday at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics Minden gym, 2231 Meridian Blvd. Unit 2, Minden. Pancake breakfast is $5, and free for age 2 and younger. A 4-by-6 inch photo with Santa is $5.

Book signing at Borders

Johnson Lane resident Soozie Lewis, author of "The Bloomingsons of the Nevada Sage, Haley Roo," will be featured in a book signing event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Borders books on Topsy Lane. The book is set in 1967 Carson Valley with events seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Lissy Bloomingson.

Ghost town presentation tonight

Stan Paher speaks on ghost towns and railroads of Lyon, Mineral, Esmeralda and northern Nye counties at the Douglas County Historical Society's lecture of the month, 7 p.m. tonight, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Celebrate world music at free concert

A free live drum and dance production of "Durga, A Celebration of Cultures and Music Around the World" is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Carson Valley Methodist Church Conference Hall, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Remember When for Dec. 9

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Tree gives Christmas joy

Every year Debie Bush and her staff at the Walker General Store have the Giving Tree in the store to get gifts for children who need a little Christmas assistance and joy. It is so simple to contribute to this effort - just go to the store, take the card from the tree that has the child's name and their gift wish, buy the gift and return it to the store.

Christmas tree sales benefit youth ministry

The youth ministry of Freedom Church in Carson City will raise funds for its activities by selling Christmas trees, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Target shopping center on Highway 395 and Jack Valley Road.

Paiute, Shoshone, Washoe contribute to international storytelling project

Native Americans share music and stories of personal and ancestral significance, wisdom and humor during the StoryBox presentation, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Stewart Indian School Administration Building No. 3, off Snyder Avenue in Carson City.

Valley resident is Santa in holiday ice show

The Holiday Ice Spectacular continues in the Eldorado Casino Showroom in Reno through Dec. 29. The show features ice skaters from all over the United States performing to traditional Christmas music, rock 'n' roll, country and a revved-up version of "The Nutcracker."

Football: 'Bama's McClain wins Butkus Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - For once, the proverbial quarterback of No. 1 Alabama's defense was caught unprepared.

Football: 49ers' Singletary upset with calls in Seahawks' game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Mike Singletary is a little miffed by the number of calls he deemed "questionable" during San Francisco's loss at Seattle on Sunday.

Football: Gradkowski solidifying role as Raiders starting QB

ALAMEDA, Calif. - When Bruce Gradkowski saw a couple of offensive linemen looking at a replay on the scoreboard when the Oakland Raiders were trying to get up to the line during a 2-minute drill he let them know how just he felt.

Basketball: Warriors start 5-game trip with loss

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 28 points, rookie James Harden added a career-high 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder capitalized on a brief blowup by Golden State's Corey Maggette to pull away from the Warriors for a 104-88 victory on Monday night.

Football: Nevada's Moch WAC defensive player of year

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada defensive end Dontay Moch has been named the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the year and Wolf Pack receiver Brandon Wimberly the freshman of the year.

R-C Ski Forecast for Dec. 8

Weather: Clear skies and cold temperatures today and Wednesday with snow showers rolling in on Thursday. Highs in the low 30s at best.

Monday, December 7

Football: Irish QB Clausen, WR Tate turning pro

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and his favorite receiver, Golden Tate, will bypass their senior seasons at Notre Dame and enter the NFL draft.

Herzog, Harvey elected to baseball Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS - Manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey got the call Monday, elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

Mare kicks FG as time expires to lift Seahawks past 49ers

SEATTLE -- The Seahawks braced for another rampage from Frank Gore. Instead, they got a career passing day from Alex Smith, the 49ers' new spread offense -- and a gift win.

Basketball: Wade gets Heat going with 34 points, 10 assists in easy win over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The best and worst moments of Dorell Wright's NBA career have both come in Sacramento.

Sunday, December 6

Cross Country: Meddles qualifies for nationals

Sierra Lutheran High School Wade Meddles of Gardnerville, Nev., placed in the Top Ten at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) West Regional earlier today.

Saturday, December 5

Golf: Woods takes golf into a year of uncertainty

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Practically every new twist in the shocking tale of Tiger Woods includes an aerial view of his Florida home where his troubles began, when he pulled his SUV out of the driveway and drove it into a tree.

Baseball: A's acquire Miles from Chicago Cubs

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics acquired third baseman Jake Fox, second baseman Aaron Miles and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for three players.

Friday, December 4

Walmart should have a bumpy ride

Tuesday's hearing at the Gardnerville Town Board on Walmart had all the trappings of a classic Carson Valley standoff.

Life or death

I watched Harry Reid, et al, introduce to the public the 2,000 plus page (note comparison to the U.S. Constitution's 17 pages) medical reform bill. We are a state replete with patriotic, intelligent beasts of burden but unhappily have sent our biggest, self-serving jackass to the Senate. Looking at Harry and his accomplices reminded me of my days in the proctology clinic.

Thanks for help

The Freitas family would like to thank the following people for supporting the fall fundraiser for Keilani Rose Freitas on Nov. 14 at the Carson Mall, it was a huge success, and we could not have done it without their generosity and support:

Multiplying the good we do together

Linda Reid of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans with Carson Valley Community Food Closet Crafters Ruth Berkeley, Diane Malone, Nancy Hollenbach, Pauline Gordon, Marabel Moorhead, Donna Coker and Director Eileen Boettiger on Friday at the food close

Feeding birds rewards birdwatchers

Sitting at the dining room window with my mother-in-law this past week, we spotted a black phoebe, a bird I hadn't seen before.

Seniors learn how to be prepared

About 150 Carson Valley residents attended the TRIAD crime prevention dinner on Wednesday at Carson Valley United Methodist Church. Invited guests included graduates of the senior law enforcement academy, senior volunteers and members of the Douglas County Senior Center.

Value of a handshake

Last week my husband went for a blood test at the Carson Valley Medical Center. When he was ready to leave, his pickup would not start. He called home and I called Silver State Towing. Before I got there to pick him up, the tow company had already been there and got the pickup started. My husband told the young man he didn't have cash with him to pay. The young man said "how about a handshake?"

Cable increase unfair

Just about every single resident of the Carson Valley has felt the pinch of the current recessionary economy. Many have been laid off, while others have been cut back on hours or salary. We are all scrimping and shaving expenditures wherever and whenever we can.

The continuing drama at Minden-Tahoe Airport

Airport issues have been quiet lately, but in 2010 we still have to vote whether to increase the Minden-Tahoe Airport aircraft weight limit from the 50,000 pounds voters approved in 1992 to 75,000 pounds as the Federal Aviation Administration commands Douglas County voters to do.

Joyful Noise holiday concert in Carson

Staff Reports The eighth annual Joyful Noise community holiday show is 7 p.m. Dec. 16, at the Brewery Arts Center performance hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City.

Planning meeting for the 9th Noel Christmas dinner

St. Gall Church hosts the 11th Noel Christmas Day dinner for those without family. To become involved, attend a planning meeting, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12, in the pastoral center at St. Gall Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Volunteers are needed for set-up, food preparation, decorating, greeting, serving and clean-up. All volunteers are invited to the dinner.

Tumbleweeds offers photos with Santa

The second annual pancake breakfast and photos with Santa is 7:30 -10 a.m. Dec. 12 at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics Minden gym, 2231 Meridian Blvd. Unit 2, Minden.

Christmas for the dogs

DAWG holiday gift tree helps Douglas County shelter animals

Celebrate world music at free drum concert

A free live drum and dance production of "Durga, A Celebration of Cultures and Music Around the World" is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Carson Valley Methodist Church Conference Hall, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

How about Eagles and Ag for Christmas?

If there's someone on your gift list who craves the unusual, loves wildlife and the outdoors plus has all the gear he or she needs, the Carson Valley Visitors Authority suggests securing them a place in next year's Eagles & Agriculture event. Eagles & Ag, now in its eighth year, provides a rare opportunity to view and photograph bald eagles and other raptors that come to Northern Nevada's Carson Valley every winter during calving season. The 2010 event is Feb. 19-21.

Christmas dining at Carson Valley Inn

The Carson Valley Inn in Minden celebrates Christmas with holiday specials in addition to regular menu items in Fiona's Bar and Grill and Katie's Country Kitchen.

Dakota Organization's production of 'The Odd Couple' presented in February

Carson Valley's Dakota Organization theatrical production of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" opens in February.

Wrestling: Tigers enter year with new coach, plenty of experience

Justin Shine knows he has some big shoes to fill this year.

Motocross: Tremaine captures national titles

Pau-Wa-Lu eighth-grader Ty Tremaine has become quite accustomed to success in the motocross world.

Men's Basketball: Wolf Pack travels to Pacific Saturday

The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball just might be the most confident 2-3 team in the nation.

Sports Fodder: Tiger Woods signed on for this attention

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Don't feel sorry for Tiger Woods. The second he signed his first $50 million endorsement deal for Nike he knew what he was getting himself into.

Boys' Basketball: Douglas drops season opener

An impressive run over the final four minutes of the game came up short for the Douglas boys' basketball team in its season-opener Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, December 3

Arts & Entertainment for Dec. 4

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

East Fork's 30th holiday reception

East Fork Gallery artist Janice Powell Shedd with a giclee print of Carson Valley that will be raffled off in December. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The gallery hosts their 30th annual holiday reception noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1503 Highway 395, Suite K, Gardnerville.

Minden dancers in Reno show

Several dancers from the Dance Workshop in Minden perform with singer Cami Thompson and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra in the 'Spirit of the Season' show, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Reno's Pioneer Theater. Those performing are Katie Davis, Ariah Barth, Samantha Crawford, Raechel Prosser, Emily Katie Davis, Emily Lawrence, Ashley Hellwinkel, Rachel Davis, Kim Lowe and Megan Hellwinkel.

Douglas senior menu for the week

Menu for the week of Dec. 7-11 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

Musical adaptation of Dickens' holiday classic opens today

Pau-Wa-Lu Players present "Scrooge the Musical," featuring students, staff, teachers and administration from the Douglas County School District. Performances are 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and Dec. 11, 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 13 at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Pops performs free holiday concert

Members of the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra rehearse for their concert of holiday music, 7 p.m. Sunday, in the Shannon Ballroom of the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Minden Christmas festival begins today

Festivities for the Town of Minden's Weihnachts Festival beginning today and running through Sunday include a visit from Santa, entertainment, food and shopping.

Children needed to judge contest

It's time for our annual Christmas lighting contest. Are there any children interested in judging the displays this year? The judging will take place between Dec. 10 and 14 so we can publish the winners in the next column. If you or your child would like to choose the winners this year, please call me at the number below.

Museum gala Saturday

What a weekend this is going to be. Saturday is the Douglas County Historical Society's Holiday Gala and at 10 a.m. the doors will open on a Christmas wonderland. There will be displays of wonderful gingerbread houses. There will be cookies to buy on the cookie walk. There will be a variety of decorated Christmas trees. And at 10:30 a.m. Santa will be there for photos with the kids.

Christmas art and crafts fairs planned

An art and crafts fair featuring Christmas gift items from Native American vendors is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Washo Healing Center, 1555 Wata'sheamu Road in Dresslerville. Information, Ada, 265-7103 or Chris, 265-5001.

Weekend holiday events

The lighting of the gazebo and Christmas tree in Minden Park is 6 p.m. tonight. The German Christmas Marketplace is today through Sunday in downtown Minden. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Information, 782-2444. See page 14 for more information.

Boys' Basketball: Live updates from Douglas' season-opener

The R-C will post live updates from the Douglas High boys' basketball season-opener today at the Wild West Shootout in Reno. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m. Click on the box below for updates:

Wednesday, December 2

Women's Basketball: Nevada scores 101 in win over Sacramento State

RENO, Nev. - Reno High graduate Christina Gough's three pointer with 19 seconds remaining in the game pushed the University of Nevada women's basketball team over 100 points for the first time since 1986 as the Wolf Pack beat Sacramento State 101-72 Wednesday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center.

Baseball: Red Sox Dustin Pedroia to headline WNC dinner

CARSON CITY-Area residents have a chance to hear from one of baseball's greats next month. One of the few career .300 hitters in baseball, Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, will speak at the 2010 Western Nevada College Wildcats Athletics fund-raiser on Saturday, Jan. 16. The annual fund-raising event is at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno.

Baseball: Weiner succeeds Fehr as baseball union head

NEW YORK - Get ready for more postseason baseball games - and fewer off days.

Golf: Woods says he lets family down

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods said he let his family down with "transgressions" he regrets "with all of my heart," and that he will deal with his personal life behind closed doors.

Baseball: Giants don't offer salary arbitration to 7 players

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have declined to offer salary arbitration to any of their seven eligible players.

Football: 49ers lose Taylor for season with hip injury

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Rookie safety Curtis Taylor's season is over for the San Francisco 49ers.

Basketball: Warriors routed by Nuggets

DENVER - Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Chauncey Billups had 22 and the Denver Nuggets used their biggest scoring first half of the season to pull away from the short-handed Golden State Warriors for a 135-107 victory Tuesday night.

Hockey: Marleau, Sharks maul Senators

In the past five days, Dany Heatley faced the team he demanded a trade from and the team he refused to go to and came out on the winning end both times.

Hockey: Sharks claim ex-Canadiens defenseman Leach off waivers

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks have claimed defenseman Jay Leach off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

Football: Nevada's Lippincott out for bowl season

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada running back Luke Lippincott is out for the bowl season because of a broken toe.

Basketball: Nevada coach: Babbitt likely gone after 2010-11

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada basketball coach David Carter says he anticipates sophomore forward Luke Babbitt and junior guard Armon Johnson will be back with the Wolf Pack next season.

Tuesday, December 1

R-C Sports Notebook: New brand of ball

If you make the trip out to the Douglas High gym this winter, it's a fair bet you're going to see a different style of basketball than you have in the last eight years or so.

Who's exempt?

The health care debate is well under way and the Congress of the United States, both the House and Senate, have decided that we have a need for universal health care. Looking around at all the citizens I find not one who looks exactly like another. We are all created to not be exactly alike. From different color eyes to hair (if we have any left), short, tall, heavy and thin we are all different in many ways.

A Christmas story

The nativity of Jesus refers to the Christian belief that the Messiah was born to the Virgin Mary. The story of Christmas is based on the biblical accounts given in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 1:18 and 2:12) and the Gospel of Luke.

Where were they?

Not sure where some of the people writing letters to the editor were during the Bush Administration. Were they out of the country, sleeping for eight years or just listening to Fox Cable News that was telling them the only problems we had were the people who were questioning the direction the Bush Administration was taking this country?

Hooray for the arts

I am so excited about the all the concerts being sponsored by the Carson Valley Arts Council. It's great to have such talented artists come right to our community. I appreciate having these groups performing locally so we don't have to drive in the dark up to Lake Tahoe and Reno.

Govern by settlement?

I'm familiar with land use litigation from my 30-year county planning career. The Walmart controversy has drawn attention to the county's February settlement agreement with Virginia Ranch. It's an odd one.

Motocross memories

Editor's Note: This letter was sent to Douglas County commissioners.

Regarding Cynthia Trigg

Due to the recent issues concerning the superintendent of the school district I felt that, as a member of the community, it was my responsibility to be informed on the current issues. This being my first time attending a school board meeting I need to express my sincere disappointment in the mannerisms of the Douglas County School Board President Cynthia Trigg.

A holiday wish for Austin's House

At this time of year, I usually send out a press release that outlines the holiday wish list for the children at Austin's House. Last year, it listed items like gift cards for local stores, movie tickets, video rentals and Wii games. Once again, our generous community stepped forward and donated all of the gifts requested and even more. This year's holiday wish list is a lot different.

Time to light the lights for holiday season

The Thanksgiving leftovers are still in the fridge, yet today we are already talking about Christmas. They say the tryptophan in turkey slows you down, but with only three shopping weeks until Christmas, the time will pass at warp speed.

Silver Spirit Cheerleading takes first place

The Silver Spirit All-Star Competitive Cheer Club had an impressive showing at a regional competition Rohnert Park, Calif., with each of its three teams bringing home a first place award.

Girls' Basketball: Lady Tigers look to overcome youth with speed

The Douglas High girls' basketball program has had some young and inexperienced squads in the past, but this year's team may top them all.

Pop Warner Cheerleaders win regonal title

The Douglas Pop Warner Midget Cheerleading squad won the Pacific Northwest Regional title over the weekend.

Basketball: JV Tigers open season 3-0

The Douglas High junior varsity boys' basketball team got off to a solid start to the 2009-10 season over the weekend, going 3-0 at the Sierra vs. High Desert Tournament.

Football: All-Northern 4A and all-league picks announced

Player of the Year Johnny Pollack, sr., Douglas

Kids' Talking Wall opens Saturday in Carson Mall

Grand opening of the Kids' Talking Wall at the Carson Mall

Dejà vu all over again - winds rip through Valley

That Mrs. Anna Jensen, the slayer of her husband, has been insane since last May and was so insane on the day of the tragedy, was the substance of the report delivered to District Attorney Moore by Doctors Morrison, Bergstein and Lewis Tuesday says the Journal. The report diagnoses Mrs. Jensen's form of insanity as "maniac-depressive."

Memories shared over Thanksgiving weekend

With around 20 relatives gathered at my parents' house for the Thanksgiving weekend and my dad's three brothers able to be here with their wives, there was no shortage of conversations and memories shared.

Gingerbread houses on display Dec. 5

The Carson Valley Arts Council's fifth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is free to enter and is open to Carson Valley residents and community groups.

How to keep holiday gift plants happy

Blooming plants make lovely presents whether to self, friend or loved one. Who doesn't like a spot of color as gray winter days arrive?

Singer/songwriter performs Thursday

The Carson Valley Arts Council's fourth annual concert series continues with singer/songwriter Lisa Dawn Miller, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave., Minden. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a no-host reception. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers, $17 for members.

Story time changes at library

The Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane in Minden, hosts stories in the library castle, music, crafts on Tuesdays. Preschool story time for children 3 and older is 10:30 a.m.

Holiday gift tree benefits shelter animals

A holiday gift tree to benefit Douglas Animal Welfare Group will be displayed through Dec. 22 at Max's Pet Supplies in the Raley's Center in Gardnerville. Kori Snyder, owner of Max's, and DAWG are partnering to supply items for homeless animals.

Douglas County 4-H members and families send packages to troops

Members of the 4-H Teen Institute hosted Support Our Troops night at 4-H Community Club night on Nov. 16. More than 150 participants showed their support by bringing items to fill care packages. Members also wrote letters and drew pictures to include in the packages. In all, they filled 32 boxes to go to local troops from Douglas County who are serving overseas.

Minden-Douglas Elks offer scholarships

Annual scholarship opportunities for high school seniors are offered through the Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge, including the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarships and the Elks Legacy Award which is available to children and grandchildren of Elk members. Applications for these scholarships are available in September from high school counselors or at

Crystal Angels event benefits area children

The Crystal Angels philanthropic organization hosts the Christmas Tree Fantasy luncheon Dec. 10 in the ballroom of Antoci's Restaurant in Genoa Lakes. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to buy Christmas presents for children in need.

AP Source: 76ers offer deal to Iverson

PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers are close to a reunion.

Football: FSU coach Bobby Bowden to retire after bowl game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bobby Bowden will end his 44-year coaching career after Florida State plays in a bowl game. Bowden will retire as the second winningest coach in major-college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. The 80-year-old Bowden has won 388 games at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, where he spent the last 34 seasons.

Football: Steelers expect Roethlisberger to play at Raiders

PITTSBURGH - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has worked out without problems since missing Sunday night's game in Baltimore with a concussion and is expected to play Sunday against Oakland.

Basketball: Ellis scores career-high 45 points in Warriors' win

OAKLAND -- Monta Ellis scored a career-high 45 points, Anthony Morrow added 18 and the injury-riddled Golden State Warriors beat the Indiana Pacers 126-107 on Monday night.

R-C Ski Forecast for Dec. 1

Weather: Mostly sunny with highs in the low 50s and low winds. Snow storms are expected for Monday through Thursday of next week.