Stories for July 2009


Friday, July 31

X Games: Buyten wins bronze in Step Up

Freestyle motocross champion Ronnie Renner and supercross racing star Ricky Carmichael, despite coming from vastly different styles of dirt bike riding, shared a gold medal in Moto X Step-Up.

Baseball: Aces fall to Tacoma 9-1

Reno, Nev.- Brandon Allen extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 4-for-4 night, but Reno fell 9-1 to Tacoma Thursday, snapping an 11-game winning streak versus the visiting Rainiers.

Menu for the week at senior center

The menu for the week of Aug. 3-7 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Dealing with hail and lightning storms

We had some really exciting weather here in Fish Springs in June and maybe we'll have more of it in July and August. I was most interested in the hail attack we had. We seldom get hail and it was fun to watch it bounce all over our yard. It knocked lots of the flowers off the purple robe locust tree and that made a beautiful purple carpet under the tree.

Beware summer distractions

I lived in the beautiful state of Montana for nine years and enjoyed the abundance of outdoor activities. Fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, camping, and the list goes on. We often made the statement "Montana has seasons just like the rest of the country, nine months winter and three months relatives."

At the NuSystems Family LIfe Safety Fair

Jordan Davis, 8, and Nytasha Blackford, 11, at the NuSystems family life safety fair on July 25 in Gardnerville.

Thursday, July 30

President played race card

Wow, now we can see how intelligent our president really is. Any other president would have had enough sense to stay out of local police work, especially since he didn't know all the facts.

Congress should take own medicine

I note that the Congressional Ways and Means Committee (mostly Democrats) just voted against Rep. Dean Heller's proposed amendment (thanks, Dean) that congress be covered under the proposed health care reform legislation.

Thanks for the support

A belated but sincere thank-you to the folks that contributed to the end-of-year raffle for students of ASPIRE. Bob, with Music Trading Outpost, was most generous in his donation of a guitar.

Minden Taxes not going down

I just got my property taxes. Did yours go down as the value of your property may have? Not mine. They went up.

Great photo, Shannon

EDITOR: I just wanted to take a moment to comment on the picture of Cathi Rehm and her son James on the front page of the July 29 issue, which by the way, brought tears to my eyes.

Motocross a good thing

After reading the article in the paper about the concern for the animals at the shelter I understand how some may feel. Yet I do feel that the health of the county and local business outweigh the disturbance that might be caused by any events at the moto course.

Thanks for support in time of mourning

I cannot express enough the gratitude I feel for each and every person who attended my son's celebration of life. To thank each and every one of you in person would be impossible, so I chose to do it this way and hope everyone who attended receives my message.

Volunteers to the rescue

Power outages, wildfires, and the occasional deluge are all part and parcel of summer in Carson Valley.

Sports Briefs for July 30

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

Rodeo: Locals show well at national championships

Carson Valley high schoolers Grant Denny and Becka Glocknitzer posted a number of strong showings at the recent National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington, N.M.

Main Street open for Taste of the Towns

Saturday is a big day for the Douglas County Historical Society with Student-Senior Day and the Taste of the Towns walking tour.

Sports Fodder: Got a good ground game? Air it out

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Nevada coach Chris Ault said Wednesday at the Western Athletic Conference's football media gathering in Salt Lake City that the Wolf Pack will "throw the ball more than in the past."

TOAD presents 'Godspell'

The Theatre of Arts Discipline's summer production of the 1970 musical "Godspell" plays at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Gardnerville Ranchos.

Hot August poker run in Minden on Thursday

More than 850 cars in the Hot August Nights Poker Run are expected to make an official lunch stop in Minden Park on Thursday.

St. Gall rummage sale Aug. 7-8

St. Gall rummage sale volunteers Betty Thompson, Louise Sharp and Joann Freyler sort kitchen items at the pastoral center Monday for the annual rummage sale. They are recycling this year and are calling themselves the 'St. Gall Rummage Green Team.'

In the Garden: about squash bugs

Why are pumpkin or squash plants looking mottled and dried up? Squash bugs are a common pest of the cucurbit family: squash, zucchini, pumpkins and melons. They are called "stink bugs" because of the foul odor they exude when crushed.

Reunions and summer vacation with Anthony

We attended two family reunions in July. The Hatch family reunion (my husband's side) on in Mt. Olive, N. C., and the Smith Family reunion (my side) in Jacksonville, Fla.

In the Spotlight for July 31

The Minden-Douglas Elks Summerfest Carnival is today through Sunday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. Ticket books are $15. Proceeds support Elks' causes. Information, Jim Schramm, 783-4224.

Classes offered in August through parks and rec department

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

Arts & Entertainment for July 31

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

Lawson: Alert the media, Favre retires ... again

There is almost no mode of transportation not being used to right now to tell the world that Brett Favre has retired - again.

Wednesday, July 29

Soccer: Mannschreck signs with Academy of Art

Former Douglas High standout Kyle Mannschreck has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

R-C Sports Notebook: Shambles? Really?

Well, you heard it from Bob Bowman first. The swimming world is in shambles.

Baseball: Aces outlast Tacoma 5-3

Reno, Nev.- Brandon Allen smashed his eighth homer of the year, extending his hitting streak to a franchise-record-tying 12 games, as Reno defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 5-3 on a rainy night at Aces Ballpark.

Football: Nevada picked to finish 2nd in WAC coaches & media polls

SALT LAKE CITY - Boise State has been named the favorite in the 2009 Western Athletic Conference football coaches poll announced today at the league's football preview being held in Salt Lake City. It's the first time Boise State has been picked to win the WAC by the coaches since the 2006 season. Nevada was picked second, its highest selection since the poll began in 2005. Fresno State and Louisiana Tech tied for third.

Tuesday, July 28

Knee surgery will cost Tiger a step

I am a big Tiger Woods fan, but when it comes to knee surgeries, I can speak from experience, having had five knee operations on the left knee and although not reconstructive knee surgeries like Tiger, I can tell you from experience that the knee, which is a delicate component in one's ability to compete, is never the same again.

Thanks for support

The Topaz Cure-Aiders would like to thank the Carson Valley Clay Club for making this year's annual Fun Clay Shoot a big success. We would also like to thank all of the shooters and the following businesses for their support: Carson Valley Golf Club, Eagle Valley Golf, Empire Ranch Golf, Solutions Golf, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Sun King Window Tinting, Gun Trader, Walmart, Scheels, Quiznos Subs, Perdiz Sport Shooting, Ironwood Cinemas, Butch Pearson, Birds Landing, Capitol City Gun Club, Johnny's Roadhouse Grill and Topaz Lodge & Casino.

Health care bill must be read carefully

EDITOR: This message is in regard to President Obama's proposed health care program. It would behoove everyone to watch a video on and click on "Canadian Health Care - Exposed."

Uplifting humanity not government's job

Regarding the letter from Bill Thomas, I assume from the first paragraph with his reference to the 2008 election, he is talking about the United States of America, but I do not concur with his praise of the "liberal leaning people and administrations" for their "accomplishments."

Motocross track dusty

I agree with Ms. Manning about keeping the track temporary. I live in the area of Pinenut 2 Road and it is noisy and dusty. And, like the shooting range, they come out and shoot and ride all over the Pine Nut area instead of the designated areas. Whatever happend to the mastadon bone issue? I thought we were not supposed to disturb the ground.

Where's the water coming from?

EDITOR: I know there are a number of pros and cons to the new Gardnerville motocross track next to the Douglas County Animal Shelte

School district issues must be resolved

I was deeply involved in the original KIDS organization and the passage of the school bond in the early 1990s. Part of the deal was a strong focus on improving the quality of Douglas schools. Under Pendery Clark and John Soderman that promise seemed to put Douglas schools among the leading performers in the state. Nevada's school performance is still near the bottom nationally, so best in Nevada still means plenty of improvement is needed.

Taking a shot at the flu

A second case of the swine flu resulted in the closure of the Valley's Boys & Girls Club this week.

Theater auditions, workshops and productions

Proscenium Players, Inc. announces auditions for "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, 6:30 p.m. today at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson St., Carson City.

Gallery celebrates 30 years

Kristen Benz, 10, from Fremont, Calif., picks out artwork of a horse when asked what she likes at the 30th anniversary reception of the East Fork Gallery on Friday. Kristen is visiting her grandparents Maggie and Bernie Benz in Gardnerville.

Uncle Same is July winner

"Patriotism" was the theme of the Carson Valley Photo Club's July contest and first place went to Pat Stanley for his "My Favorite Uncle" taken on July 4th.

Comstock Cowboys play candy dancing music

The Comstock Cowboys provide music for the annual Candy Dance dinner dance, 4-9 p.m. Sept. 26, in Genoa Town Park.

Leonis and Sager engaged

Margarita Christina Leonis and Kyle Sager are engaged to be married Aug. 15, 2009, at the Genoa Lakes Golf Course.

Cheney and Medicine Crow wed in Alaska

Elizabeth Cheney and Cloud Medicine Crow were married July 18, 2009, on the island of Kake, Alaska.

Help needed to identify attack bird

Perhaps you can help me identify this strange black bird I have never seen before. All black with an orange spot on its head.

Senior center closed for repairs Aug. 17-21

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

Remember When for July 29

Genoa was visited by a fire Monday, at which time the home of B.L. Snelling was completely destroyed. Awakening from his sleep, Mr. Snelling found his home in flames, the fire having gained such headway before it was discovered, that it was only possible to save a few personal effects. Neighbors awakened by the cry of fire rushed to give their assistance but their efforts proved useless against the fierce flames.

Who do you know?

Cancer doesn't sleep and neither did the hundreds of people who walked and remembered throughout the night Saturday during the 12th annual Relay for Life in Gardnerville.

Baseball: Aces salvage series split with Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.- Rusty Ryal and Chris Snyder hit back-to-back homers in the first inning Monday night, and the Aces withstood a late Fresno rally to earn a series split with a 7-6 victory over the Grizzlies in the series finale at Chukchansi Park.

Monday, July 27

Snowden continues adaptive motocross rise

The opening of the area's new motocross track in Gardnerville brought out at all the known riders in the area. X Games medalists Matt Buyten and Mike Mason, both locals, were wowing the crowd with their ability to hit jumps, fly through the air and get past the next turn with ease. But while there was a lot of attention on the professional riders, many of them were more interested in the slowest guy on the track.

Baseball: Aces lose two to Grizzlies

FRESNO, Calif.- Ruben Gotay gave Reno an early lead with a solo home run in the first inning, but that was all the offense the Aces would get on Sunday, as the Fresno Grizzlies downed Reno, 6-1, at Chukchansi Park.

Sunday, July 26

Saturday, July 25

Baseball: Aces win 4th straight

FRESNO, Calif.- Hector Ambriz allowed just two runs over seven innings of work Friday night, pushing the Reno Aces to their fourth-straight victory, an 8-2 decision over the Fresno Grizzlies in the series opener at Chukchansi Park.

Friday, July 24

X Games 15 starts Thursday

When X Games 15 opens in Los Angeles on Thursday, Carson Valley will have a decent contigent on hand to participate.

Golf: Wicker shines at college combine

Douglas High golf standout Thomas Wicker has become accustomed to clutch performances during his still-young golf career.

Auto Racing: Thorson tearing up Chico circuit

Carson Valley resident Tanner Thorson, who has been a fixture on regional Outlaw Kart racing circuits over the past six years, is enjoying a strong campaign at the Cycleland Speedway in Chico, California this summer.

Baseball: Watson hits for cycle in Aces' win

RENO, Nev.- Brandon Watson hit for the first cycle in Aces franchise history Thursday night, lifting Reno to a 13-9 victory over the Portland Beavers in the series finale at Aces Ballpark.

Thursday, July 23

Motor Sports: Douglas grad wins national go-kart titles

It's not the dozens of trophies in his room that keep 17-year-old Travis Duhn competing in the national go-kart circuit, although the trophies are nice.

Sports Fodder: Vick could do well by playing in UFL

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... The United Football League insists it will play a two-month schedule starting in October with a four-team league in Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and Orlando.

Relay supports a great cause

More than 500 people will walk through the night to fight cancer. Their weapon will be the pledges they've gathered to raise money for cancer research.

Thanks for support

EDITOR: A huge thank-you goes out to every one of the almost 500 people, including Gov. Jim Gibbons, who attended the first king crab feed and steak cookout to benefit our local Boys & Girls Club. Thanks to you the event was an incredible, "sold out" success. A

Re-elect no one

I guess we have all heard about that South Carolina governor and his escapades to Argentina on Fathers Day to see his "not-so- secret lover" instead of being with his wife and children on this very important day. He even told his office to give out a press release that he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail (which by the way is not even in South Carolina).

CIA charges hard on morale

The most recent attention paid to the CIA's classified program to terminate with extreme prejudice the senior leadership of al-Qaida is almost impossible to comprehend.

School Board should wake up

All the controversy surrounding school superintendent Carol Lark should be evidence enough that the school district, from the top down, is in trouble. Despite having three years to build relationships, 76 percent of Lark's administrators don't support her and the majority of the clerical staff at the district office don't want her contract extended. These are bothersome revelations that some members of the school board have chosen to sweep under the rug.

Superintendent should resign

Call it what you want, politics, sour grapes, mismanagement or incompetence. Does it matter? Coming from any angle, it doesn't work for me. Is it acceptable to you? Ask Douglas County School District for a copy of the superintendent's evaluation meeting dated June 17, 2009. It's a public meeting and you have a right to know what's going on.

Reducing carbon dioxide critical to our future

Here is a possible reason for the dead algae, Humboldt squid, and jelly fish last week, is simply because of elevated ocean temperatures. Note that I am a registered electrical engineer in both Nevada and California, and that I am not a specialist on the topic.

Eternal life is a gift, not earned

In Ezekiel 18:25-29, the Israelites were complaining to God claiming He wasn't a just God. The Lord answers back, "You say the way of the Lord is not just, is it not your ways that are unjust?"

How to water wisely in hot weather

The weather is hot, hot, hot. Carson City residents are watering like crazy. On each watering day, they are using several million gallons more water than the 19 million gallons the wells are able to produce in a day. To give the wells a chance to recharge, Carson City declared a Stage 2 Water Alert last week, asking residents to quit irrigating for a few days voluntarily.

Minden lunch stop in Hot August poker run

More than 850 classic cars are expected in Minden Park for the Hot August Nights Poker Run about 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. The park is an official lunch stop during the 23rd annual Hot August Nights event.

In the Spotlight for July 24

The Carson Valley Art Association meets, 1:30 p.m. today, at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conference room, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Guest speaker is Dr. Yasmin Sayyed who discusses how the spiritual expression of art invites healing. Refreshments served. Information, Ron Clarke, 782-8035.

Gallery celebrates 30 years

The East Fork artists want to share 30 years of memories and thank patrons at their 30th anniversary reception, 4-8 p.m. today, at the gallery, 1503 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Beans, Blues and Brews to benefit arts council

Beer tasting, wine, cheese, sausage and music is featured at the second annual Beans, Blues and Brews fundraiser, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, at the Wild Rose Inn in Genoa. The event benefits the Carson Valley Arts Council.

Arts & Entertainment for July 24

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

Historical society hosts summer fundraisers

The Douglas County Historical Society has two busy weekends coming up. This Saturday is the second July swap meet. Booth space is only $10 for the whole day. Hours are 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you're a buyer, get there early so you don't miss the best of the bargains.

Gardnerville Ranchos family embraces green gardening

Jason and Dana Kyle pondered a problematic lawn, embraced their enthusiasm for growing their own produce organically and ended up with a truly remarkable garden.

Meals on Wheels to benefit from silent auction

Young at Heart senior citizens club hosts a silent auction as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Silent auction items include a three-piece pine entertainment center with glass inserts made by Ducks Unlimited and a 48-inch HDTV 1080 series Mitsubishi television.

Douglas County Senior Center menu for the week

The menu for the week of July 27-31 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

TOAD's production of 'Godspell' opens today

The production of "Godspell" gives the 19 young actors of Theatre of Arts Discipline a chance to dress in their idea of '70s garb - tie-dyed shirts, paisley prints, gauze skirts and peasant tops, high-top tennies, fringed vests, headbands, and in fluorescent yellow and orange.

Baseball: Allen homers twice in Aces win

RENO, Nev.- Brandon Allen connected on two mammoth home runs Wednesday night, carrying the Reno Aces to a 7-5 victory over the Portland Beavers at Aces Ballpark.

Wednesday, July 22

Baseball: Gotay lifts Aces to big win

RENO, Nev.- Ruben Gotay connected on four hits, including a seventh-inning home run, to push the Reno Aces to an 11-5 victory over the Portland Beavers Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.

East Fork celebrates 30 years

The artists of East Fork Gallery are throwing a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of their artists' co-op.

Remember When for July 22

A large crew of men are now at work on the Alpine State Highway, and will be thus employed for the next three months. The road from Woodfords to Lake Valley is to be placed in the best possible condition and will compare favorably with the chain of highways that are to link the towns and counties of that state. The Alpine highway, while probably a little longer, is the easiest route to lake Tahoe from the Nevada side of the Sierra and with the work now being done, is sure to become a popular route with the auto owners.

Antelope Survivors team in Relay for Life this week

This Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m., the Antelope Valley Survivors, our local team, will again participate in the annual Relay for Life at Lampe Park.

Being creative at the library

Events coming up for the summer reading program at the Douglas County Public Library continuing through Aug. 8.

Exhibitors needed for Green Living Festival

Exhibitors and presenters are needed for the third annual Green Living Festival, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12, at Lampe Park.

Jardine and Brady engaged

Dawn Jardine and Brandon Brady have announced their wedding engagement.

Emigrant Trail hikes offered

Emigrant Trail hikes are offered twice a month through Oct. 10.

Tuesday, July 21

Obama has Marxist leanings

One letter today in the writer's "Out Obama" theme, referred to one Frank Davis, whose full name is Frank Marshall Davis (now deceased), and more needs to be said about Davis who mentored young Obama for six to eight years. Davis led a group who openly advocated the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.

A few liberal achievements

EDITOR: I am referencing the letter from Dick Witzig where he is still trying to out President Obama with the same old trash that the right-wingers tried and failed with during the 2008 election

Please return the cars

To the man in the fancy car who came to our yard sale at 1404 Honeylocust in Arbor Gardens: shame on you.

Keep motocross track temporary

I am a resident of Ruhenstroth and am becoming increasingly alarmed over the temporary motocross track that was created at the edge of our community. Our first notice of the impending destruction to our peace and quiet came just before the commissioners quietly approved the project.

Son's death brings support from many quarters

My family are relative newcomers to the Gardnerville area having moved here in early 2002. We absolutely love the pristine beauty of the area, the kindness of the community and the pace of life in general. We even started a business here that provides employment training for individuals with developmental, mental and physical challenges.

Wiffleball makes its return this weekend

The White Lightning Wiffleball Tournament made its debut to a modest reception in the summer of 2005 and held a steady participation rate over the next two summers.

Baseball: Babe Ruth teams wrap up tournaments

After rattling off five stellar wins to advance to the district championship, the Carson Valley Little League 10-11-year-old All-Stars ran into a familiar foe Monday night.

Baseball: Carson Valley falls short in title game

After rattling off five stellar wins to advance to the district championship, the Carson Valley Little League 10-11-year-old All-Stars ran into a familiar foe Monday night.

Art meeting Friday

The Carson Valley Art Association meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conference room, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Baseball: Aces fall in extra innings against Portland

RENO, Nev.- John Hester homered twice and Reno scored five runs in the first, but the effort fell short Monday night, as the Portland Beavers topped the Aces 8-7 in 10 innings in the series opener at Aces Ballpark.

Monday, July 20

Baseball: Balcom-Miller off to hot professional sports

Former Douglas High standout Chris Balcom-Miller is off to a strong start in his young professional baseball career.

Golf: Rhoden wins ACC

STATELINE - Even when Rick Rhoden plays one of his worst celebrity rounds ever, the other stars can't beat him.

Golf: Gardnerville woman learns dangers of celebrity tournament

STATELINE, Nev. - Sally Capehart learned first hand the dangers of attending a celebrity golf tournament. She was watching the tourney from about 10 yards left of the par-3, 17th green bordering Lake Tahoe on Sunday when the tee shot of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub hit her square on top of her head.

Baseball: Allen's homer not enough for Aces

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Brandon Allen hit his third home run of the series, but that was all the offense Reno would get Sunday afternoon, as the Sacramento River Cats salvaged a series split with a 4-1 win over the Aces at Raley Field.

Baseball: River Cats get past Aces 5-2

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.- A pair of solo home runs off the bats of Brandon Allen and Rusty Ryal accounted for all of Reno's offense Saturday night, as the Sacramento River Cats downed the Aces 5-2 at Raley Field.

Saturday, July 18

Baseball: Aces hang on for win over Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Ryan Roberts homered, drove in two and stole two bases Friday night in a 7-5 win for the Reno Aces over the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field.

Friday, July 17

Baseball: Laing to join Mannelly at New Mexico State

Through sheer coincidence, two of the top power hitters to come through Douglas High School in the last 10 years will be playing for one of the top offensive ball clubs in NCAA Division I next season.

Thursday wine walking

Gardnerville residents Janice and Fred Edmunds walk along Highway 395 in Gardnerville on Thursday during the Thirsty Third Thursday wine walk. Main Street Gardnerville hosts wine walks on the third Thursday of the month through Sept. 17. The next wine walk is 4:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Information and a list of participating businesses at or 782-8027.

Jesus is our rock of endurance

The Bible speaks volumes about endurance and contains examples of those who endured hard things. We read how the one who endures to the end will inherit God's blessings. So, what is endurance and how does one gain endurance? Endurance is defined as the act of withstanding hardship. It's the ability to continue on to the end.

Baseball: Allen's blast lifts Aces over Rivercats

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Brandon Allen put Reno ahead for good with a solo home run in the fourth inning Thursday night, as the Aces kicked-off the season's second half with a 6-3 win over Sacramento at Raley Field.

Thursday, July 16

Plan could come in handy

The people who built the Douglas County School District didn't have a facilities master plan.

Airport master plan is the weightier issue

County officials say we must revise the aircraft weight limit adopted by voters years ago. Perhaps. That limit was put in place to keep ours a modest, rural, low-impact, local-serving airport.

Thanks for the quick response

On July 10 a serious asthma attack required 911 to be called.

Thanks for donations

The Gardnerville Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the following businesses and people who donated to the annual Pancake fund raiser held on June 13 during Carson Valley Days. With your support we were able to have another very successful event.

Legislature raised taxes

Every small business must budget, how dare you decrease our budgets to increase yours. In the waning economy small businesses are barely holding on.

Listen to your workers

The question for the Douglas County School Board is: Why aren't you listening? You have an entire school district voicing their studied opinion that renewing the superintendent's contract for another year would not be in the best interest of the school district.

Airport, or railroad?

Your article on July 15 about the airport weight ordinance was enlightening and illustrative, but it didn't shed much light on the actual issues at hand. Instead, it provided insights into how important decisions are made in this county.

Pro basketball player Antoine Walker arrested at Tahoe

Pro basketball player Antoine Walker was arrested at Harrah's Casino in Stateline early Thursday morning on three felony counts of passing checks/obtaining credit with insufficient funds to cover.

Sports Fodder: Fresh off a no-hitter? No better time for a bold move

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... Only 14 shopping days remain for the San Francisco Giants to prove to their loyal fans they are serious about getting to the National League playoffs.

Carson Valley Babe Ruth teams open state tournaments

The Carson Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old and 14-15-year-old All-Star baseball teams open their state tournaments this week.

Cycling: Carson Valley Classic coming up next week

The Carson Valley Classic is on schedule to happen July 25 and 26.

Arts & Entertainment for July 17

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

In the Spotlight for July 17

Join gardeners 9 a.m. today at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park to help recreate Gertrude Dangberg's garden. Bring work gloves, hat, sunscreen and drinking water. If available, bring large pieces of corrugated cardboard and newspaper to add as compost materials.

A small town boy writes home

One of the members of the Douglas class of 1989 will be missing his 20-year high school reunion because of a prior engagement in the Middle East.

Recognizing late blight in potatoes and tomatoes

Our spring weather was perfect to encourage the fungal disease late blight that infects tomatoes, potatoes and sometimes eggplants and peppers. This disease caused the great potato famine in Ireland in the 1840s to 1850s by killing almost the entire potato crop. It thrives in high humidity with temperatures around 45 to 60 degrees at night and 70 to 85 degrees during the day, very much like our spring.

Menu for the week at senior center

The menu for the week of July 20-24 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

Taste of Towns coming up

The correct time for the Taste of the Towns is 5 p.m. Aug. 1. The time reported in last week's column was incorrect. You have my apologies.

Quilt is Relay for Life raffle prize

Shirley Hanson, formerly with with Prudential Nevada Realty and now with Realty Executives, with one of the prizes to be raffled at Relay for Life in Lampe Park on July 25-26. Raffle tickets for the quilt are $1 each or six for $5. Information, 781-3124.

Lego creations at library

Thirteen-year-old Bryana M.'s Lego creation at the Douglas County Public Library. Enter Lego creations in the Summer Reading Lego Building Challenge until Saturday at the library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden. Lego creations on display through July.

Wednesday, July 15

Baseball: Carson Valley upsets Washoe

Over the past 10 years, one name has risen to the top when it comes to Little League baseball in Northern Nevada - the Washoe Little League.

Board approves 4-day week for Whittell

Douglas County School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to implement a pilot four-day school week for George Whittell High School's 2009-10 school year.

Tuesday, July 14

Thanks for the help

It is a rare occasion when you go to an unfamiliar community and an unfamiliar business and are treated honestly and fairly. At least this is what I thought as I traveled to your community on July 8.

Nice juxtaposition

Mr. Editor, I salute your sense of humor. Running two well-reasoned letters criticizing President Obama right after the rambling, almost hysterical, rant from the Ranchos liberal demanding that writers stop criticizing Obama was great.

All points of view

I have to say, as a long-term resident of the Valley, I did not find Mr. Galbreath's opinion either valid or appreciated.

Lark's darker side

In response to "Lark Deserves Support," Carol Lark is more than willing to take all the credit when something goes well. It's incredibly naive to think that Mrs. Lark, alone, is personally responsible for passing the bond. That she is personally responsible for student achievement. That she is personally responsible for radon abatement. The truth is her administrators and their support staff deserve the majority of the credit for all the behind the scenes work that gets accomplished.

Moving primary aims to warm up turnout

In all the haze generated by the budget fight between the governor and the Legislature, the fact that the primary election date and filing dates have been moved up two months was apparently obscured.

Remember When for July 15

Judgment has not yet been pronounced in the case of Dr. H. Frank Allen, who is charged with insanity. He was given a second hearing yesterday before Judge Moran and was again sent to the county jail to await the result of the deliberation. Dr. Allen said he gambled $75 at the recent carnival trying to win a teddy bear.

Chimes ring in kindness

Three Rooms Gallery/Felix Pottery teamed with the Partnership of Community Resources by making ceramic art and attaching bells for the Ben's Bells Project at the gallery Saturday.

Thirsty Third Thursday wine walk this week

Enjoy wine, food and music at the Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk at 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Main Street Gardnerville hosts wine walks the third Thursday of the month through Sept. 17. This month's event features a red, white and blue theme.

Camping out at June Lakes

When I was a kid, we went camping 51 weekends one year, and no, we didn't have a motor home. We would camp out in our van which had a canvas awning and enclosed room. The next year we only camped 49 weekends and felt deprived. Back then, even if we only brought peanut butter and jelly sandwich supplies, it was still a great adventure every time.

Summer camp begins

Douglas Country Parks & Recreation Department presents Wet and Wacky summer camps for 3- to 6-year-olds at the Discovery Center.

Scout gets good news about investment at antiques show

Minden resident Bill Semerau received good news about his $2.50 investment when he brought his Eagle Scout award collection to be appraised at the Genoa Antiques Show and Sale at the Genoa Town Hall on Sunday.

Arts council hosts show and reception

The Carson Valley Arts Council features the work in a variety of styles and subjects from members of the Nevada Artists Association through July at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center.

Valley artists in Tahoe exhibit

Carson Valley oil painter Nancy Clarke's Sierra landscapes and Tahoe artist Dee Manning's watercolors and etchings are featured in a free art exhibit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20-24, in the Valhalla Grand Hall at the Tallac Historic Site on Highway 89 in South Lake Tahoe.

Free concert in the park Friday

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department continues its 13th year of the Family Summer Concert Series with country rock band Rick Hays & American Steel, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, at Minden Park.

Summer events at the library

Staff Reports Lego challenge Use Lego materials to create an original work of art at the Summer Reading Lego Building Challenge at the Douglas County Public Library.

Monday, July 13

Taste of the Towns in Gardnerville on Aug. 1

Taste Mexican, Italian and Basque food samples, and sweets, coffee, pizza, and smoothies from 13 participating restaurants at the Taste of the Towns event, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 1. Park at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville to begin the tasting tour.

Myth busting with Guy Rocha

Former Nevada State Archivist Guy Rocha is featured in the Carson Valley Myth-Busting presentation, 11 a.m. July 18, at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.

Gardening volunteers needed for Dangberg Home Ranch project

Join gardeners at 9 a.m. July 17 at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park to begin work on Gertrude's Garden. The goal is to recreate the beauty of Gertrude Dangberg's garden as it was in the 1930s and '40s.

Stroke and osteoporosis screening July 28

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings by Life Line Screening are available July 28 at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville. Appointments begin at 9 a.m.

Sunday, July 12

Saturday, July 11

Friday, July 10

Thirsty Third Thursday wine walk this week

The Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk is 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. The event features a red, white and blue theme. Cost is $10 for wrist band, $5 for commemorative wine glass.

Red, White & Blue senior barbecue in Lampe Park this week

Douglas County Senior Center volunteer John Pekar talks with L. Nora Weaver while barbecuing at Lampe Park in June. The next senior center summer barbecue is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday

Arts council awards honor Nevada artists

The Nevada Arts Council recognized 12 Nevada artists with artist fellowships for the 2010 fiscal year.

Build soil to supply vegetables' nutrient needs

Vegetables need nutrients to grow and produce fruit. In an ideal world, a healthy soil provides these required plant nutrients. Nevada rarely has optimal soils due to a lack of organic matter and beneficial soil microorganisms. Gardeners must build their soil to supply a plant's nutrient needs.

Blame Congress

I agree that Congress got us into this mess. Both parties specialize in pork and earmarks and wasteful spending. Bush added $500 billion to the debt in just one year and now it looks like Obama is going to top that. If you aren't concerned about government spending consider these numbers:

Thursday, July 9

Farewell to a friend

My friend, musician and Gardnerville Ranchos resident John "Fingers" Spradley died Tuesday night, according to his wife, Bonnie. I never got to hear him play.

Bently's mystery bug identified by an expert

Jokingly, I made reference to an alien spider-like insect discovered on my property. I never encountered this type before.

Thoman sentence not the half of it

A far higher law than that for which Stacy Thoman was sentenced on Wednesday calls upon a mother to protect her children.

Letters show paper's right-wing bias

It is very apparent that in writing to The Record-Courier, it is quite acceptable to accuse the president of the United States and whomever else these writers wish to lump in at any given time - the "ilk" and "accomplices" - of every conceivable evil known to mankind.

Neddenriep reunion proclaimed a success

The Neddenriep Family Reunion USA 2009 was attended by more than 170 relatives for the western style barbecue at the Neddenriep Ranch, and more 75 for the Sunday brunch at the home of Marlena Hellwinkel. Fifty cousins attended Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday morning worship where special recognition was given to the reunion.

Column too liberal

I used to enjoy the column "Fence Lines" by Marie Johnson. Her writings about ranching in Carson Valley made for interesting reading. Her last few articles have been pointedly too liberal for me. Her July 8, 2009 editorial praised Iowa for its decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Her articles no longer contain much about cattle ranching. If I wanted to read about gay marriage I'd buy the San Francisco Chronicle instead of The Record-Courier.

Lark deserves support

EDITOR: I write these comments in response to an article titled "Superintendent Under Fire." My first meeting with Superintendent Carol Lark was over a year ago when the KIDS committee was formed to help pass the School Bond

Jethro's barbecue benefits Boys & Girls Club

Tonight is the night for the king crab and steak cookout hosted by Jethro's Oven-Grille and Sports Bar in the Gardnerville Ranchos. The summer evening barbecue gets underway at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.

Enrollment open for Kid's Club

Enrollment is open for the Kid's Club program for the 2009-10 school year offered through the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department. Kid's Club is a before- and after-school program for kindergarten through sixth-grade students at Douglas County elementary schools.

Arts & Entertainment for July 10

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

Douglas senior menu for the week

The menu for the week of July 13-17 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

You've been flocked

Flamingos decorated the front of the Coldwell Banker office in Minden as part of a Relay For Life fundraiser on June 19. Call 790-0752 to request the flock of 26 flamingos be placed in a friend's yard, who may then make a $20 removal donation. For donations of $25 or more, they can choose the next yard to be flocked. Relay for LIfe is July 25-26 in Lampe Park.

James Lawrence framed print is raffle prize

A framed print by East Fork Gallery charter member James Lawrence will be raffled at the gallery's 30th anniversary reception, 4-8:30 p.m. July 24. Tickets available now at East Fork Gallery, 1503 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Information, 782-7629.

Next historical society swap meet Saturday

Summer is just whizzing past and more fun summer events are coming up quickly. Next Thursday, July 16, is another of the Thirsty Thursday Wine Walks. These walks take place on downtown Gardnerville's Main Street and go from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Appropriately, the theme this month is red, white and blue. Show up wearing something supporting the theme and you could win a prize. Contact 782-8027 for further information.

Antiques sale and appraisal clinic in Genoa this weekend

The Genoa Antiques Show and Sale with appraisal clinic is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Genoa Town Hall.

Summer farmers markets

A beard-tongue penstemon pinifolius at the Nevada's Own Perennials booth at the Lampe Park farmers market on June 3. Weekly Valley farmers markets feature fruits, vegetables, flowers, bakery items, gifts, outdoor decor, music and food.

In the Spotlight for July 10

A summer crab and steak barbecue to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley is 5-8 p.m. today at Jethro's Oven & Grille on Kimmerling Road. Tickets are $25 each or $5 for children. Featuring Captain Keith Colburn, master of the Wizard on 'Deadliest Catch.' Tickets, Drew Aguilar, 782-7874 or Renea Louie, 782-6715.

Wednesday, July 8

Magic show at Smith Library

The summer reading program at Smith Valley Library includes "That's Entertainment" with magician Wayne Ferguson, 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, at the library, 22 Day Lane in Smith. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Information, (775) 465-2369.

Flushing out cancer

Help Relay for Life team Scolaris/JCP flush out cancer. A $20 minimum donation delivers the purple pooper to a business or residence of your choice. Information, Stacey, 782-7344. Relay for Life is July 25-26 in Lampe Park.

Knights of Columbus make donation to Austin's House

The Knights of Columbus, Immaculate Heart of Mary Council in Gardnerville recently made a $1,000 cash donation to Austin's House. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Council of St. Gall Catholic Church supports Austin's House with fundraising events every year.

Tuesday, July 7

Sport bikers come to Gardnerville

Just wanted to let you know that June 29 was the inaugural bike night at The New Rancho Grande restaurant on Highway 395 in Gardnerville, for the Sierra Sportbike Association (

Douglas limits windpower use

EDITOR: We recently watched a program about WindSpire "small wind" generators, and decided to investigate them as an option for helping to do more to reduce our carbon footprint and our dependence on the grid.

There are only so many customers to go around

Concerning "Large commercial project proposed for Gardnerville" on July 5, I find it hard to understand how these land owners, engineers and planners can come up with wonderful plans for building yet another empty commercial development. Just where do they plan on finding customers to keep these "three anchor tenants" in town. Clearly the empty stores at Topsy Lane have proven that the buying power of Carson Valley is marginal at best.

Celebrating differences in Iowa

July's here and celebrating among other things, the grass growing and our cattle getting fat.

Master plan change prompts comment

The mere proposal of a commercial project on Peri Enterprises land south of Gardnerville prompted more than a dozen comments on The Record-Courier Web site, reopening the growth debate.

Fishing derby underway

The annual How Big Is Big fishing derby is here again. This fun contest will be taking place from until July 31. When you catch a nice fish in the river, take it to the Walker General Store to be registered, weighed and entered. There are always a lot of really nice prizes to be won so give it a try.

Antiques sale and appraisal clinic returns to Genoa

The Genoa Antiques Show and Sale with appraisal clinic is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Genoa Town Hall.

Remember When for July 8

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Genoa antiques show and appraisal clinic Saturday and Sunday

The Genoa Antiques Show and Sale with appraisal clinic is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 at the Genoa Town Hall.

Minden Plaza Merchants host City of Refuge benefit Saturday

Minden Plaza Merchants host a community support event for City of Refuge at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11, at the Minden Plaza near the intersection of highways 88 and 395 in Minden. Check out Minden Plaza businesses and buy raffle tickets to win door prizes and a grand prize valued at $200.

Genoa Candy Dance is Sept 26-27

The 89th annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27. The fair features art and crafts, food and activity booths and 4,000 pounds of Genoa's famous homemade candy. Admission is free. Parking in designated lots is available for a nominal fee.

Parks & Rec summer concert line-up

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department continues its 13th year of the Family Summer Concert Series with country rock band Rick Hays & American Steel, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 17, at Minden Park.

Believe in the power of kindness

Three Rooms Gallery/Felix Pottery make ceramic art and attach bells for the Ben's Bells Project, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Artists team with the Partnership of Community Resources to spread the power of kindness.

Emigrant Trail subject of Thursday's lecture

The story of the Carson River Route of the Emigrant Trail through Carson Valley to Tragedy Springs is the subject of the lecture by Laurie Hickey, 7 p.m. July 9, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

What's going on at the senior center

Upcoming events at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Sign up for grief camp

Camp Sunrise Children's Bereavement Camp is Aug. 28 through 30 at the Galilee Episcopal Camp and Conference Center at Zephyr Cove.

Monday, July 6

Saturday, July 4

Offseason workouts at Douglas High

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

Congress is a failure

When results are measured against responsibilities Congress emerges as a dismal failure.

Binge drinking is bad

EDITOR: It is Monday morning after the Super Bowl and you are finding it difficult to function fully at work. You start to think back to the shots you drank after each score your team made.

Financial interests driving debate at airport

I welcome the R-C article on June 10 regarding the airport weight limit, and the editorial on the same topic on June 12. We should encourage comprehensive and spirited debate from all angles before driving decisions that best serve the interests of local aviators and residents alike.

Congrats Miss Nevada

We've been following Christina Keegan's career since she played the clever sister Camellia in the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School presentation of "The Flower Sisters" in 2000.

Friday, July 3

R-C travel blogger back in Nevada

Record-Courier blogger and Carson Valley native Marie Bradshaw has returned from abroad, where she lived with a French family for four months and then toured England and Europe.

Thursday, July 2

Time's up

A beloved friend of mine just lost their husband, another their son, another their sister - all unexpected.

Checking out ancient lava flow evidence in Lassen Volcanic Natonal Park

Today the Subway Cave is asleep, but somewhere around 30,000 years ago there was a lava flow deep in the cracks of the earth's crust. The red hot rock was liquefied by the heat and it covered the whole floor of the Hat Creek Valley. When the lava finally drained away it left a volcanic tube about one-third of a mile long.

Minden Plaza merchants host benefit

Minden Plaza Merchants host a community support event for City of Refuge at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11, at the Minden Plaza near the intersection of highways 88 and 395 in Minden. Check out Minden Plaza businesses and buy raffle tickets to win door prizes and a grand prize valued at $200.

Arts & Entertainment for July 3

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

What's happening on Fourth of July weekend

The fourth annual Glenwood Drive Independence Day Parade is 11 a.m. Saturday on Glenwood Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Set-up is 10:30 a.m. Information,

In the Spotlight for July 3

Valley Christian Fellowship honors veterans during their church service, 10 a.m. Sunday, at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. The Nevada National Guard honor guard is featured during service and at the 1 p.m. hot dog and hamburger barbecue and pot luck in Aspen Park.

If the crown fits

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. - The crown being a perfect fit could have been the indication that Christina Keegan was meant to be Miss Nevada for 2009.

Miss Douglas County learns from pageant

Mackenzie Cauley didn't place in the Miss Nevada Pageant on Saturday, but said everything went great.

Checking out Thunderbird Lodge

There is a hidden gem on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. The Thunderbird Lodge was built in the 1930s under the direction of George Whittell Jr., usually referred to as the "Captain." His original plan was for an upscale resort development with ski areas and a hotel-casino but his love for wild animals grew after he spent time traveling with the Barnum and Bailey Circus in the late 19th century.

Ways to Be Creative @ Your LIbrary

Use Lego materials to create an original work of art at the Summer Reading Lego Building Challenge at the Douglas County Public Library. Bring creations to the Minden or Zephyr Cove libraries until July 18 and fill out an entry form.

Summer museum events include Taste of the Towns

We have another wonderful photo contest winner for June. The winner is Kathy Port for her photo of a mother robin feeding her young. The runner-up is Merry Muller's Lake Tahoe photo. Once again we had so many wonderful photos and could pick only one winner. Thanks so much for all your great photos. Come see the June calendar pages in the Gardnerville Museum lobby.

Senior menu for the week

The menu for the week of July 6-10 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Wednesday, July 1