Stories for June 2009


Tuesday, June 30

Sidecar motorcycles invade Tahoe for rally

From "Side-car (sid'kar) n An extraordinary form of transportation that brings diverse people together for a multitude of reasons, the most prominent, sheer enjoyment."

Luecks celebrate 65 years

Leonard and Wini Lueck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June 24, 2009. Leonard was in the Navy and Wini worked at the naval ammunition depot when they met at the USO, danced together and started dating. They were married June 24, 1944, in Lakewood, N.J.

Bateman and Monson engaged

Daphne Laurel Bateman and Joseph Daniel Monson of Sacramento have announced their wedding engagement.

Thank you, Southwest Gas

Tahoe Youth and Family Services would like to give a Huge thank-you to Southwest Gas Corporation in Carson City. Headed by Chris Peters and Brandon Chaney, the Blue Team held a food drive recently for our Drop In Centers. The drive brought in over $550 in food and $145 in Safeway gift cards.

Area nonprofit groups help with Candy Dance

Nonprofit organizations that help with Genoa's annual Candy Dance are Douglas County Mounted Sheriff's Posse, Gardnerville and Jacks Valley elementary schools' parent/teacher associations, Douglas County Search & Rescue, Genoa Volunteer Fire Department and Douglas County Explorer Scouts.

People's Choice winner

Artist Sharlene Howdle with her People' Choice Award-winning pastel in the Carson Valley Art Association's Carson Valley Days show at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Farm bureau helps youth with agricultural projects

From all of us here at the Carson Valley FFA chapter, we would like to thank the Douglas County Farm Bureau for their generous add-ons to our livestock. National Junior Livestock Show was a great way for us to learn more about livestock production and the ag industry in general, and we are so grateful for your support.

Remember When for July 1

Arrangements have been made to bring the great Banner Carnival Company to Gardnerville on July 7th. The African Jungle show is something that you cannot afford to miss. Then, there's the Big Seven in One show, pronounced by those who attended the carnival at Reno to be the greatest attraction ever seen at a street fair and 12 concessions where you can try your skill and wits at a nickel a throw. Every evening the shows will be running full blast, the Gardnerville Band will be liberal with its selections and you will be quite out of it unless you make it a point to be on hand and join in the fun.

Area events for 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,

Kick-off to the 4th

The Johnson Lane patriotic bike parade has been held on the last Sunday in June for 10 years. Sunday's parade honored the military. Residents carried flags to walk and ride the parade route on Stephanie Way from the general store to Johnson Lane Park. Jacob Duff, 4, of Johnson Lane, has his bike decorated for the parade.

The passing of the baton

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra will play their Fourth of July concert under the direction of the first new conductor in 10 years.

Mexican evening primrose makes gardens pretty in pink

Masses of pink blooms can be seen in landscapes all over northern Nevada. Oenothera speciosa or Mexican evening primrose is a hardy, drought-tolerant flower widely used in harsh sites such as rock borders, slopes, parking strips and other hot spots in a landscape. Its name misleads as this primrose does open beautifully in the daytime, unlike its close relative, the yellow evening primrose, which opens only early in the morning and at night.

Don't trust Democrats

Remember, when Democrats cry "hypocrite" (as they always do) about the Ensign and Sanford affairs, that Ted Kennedy stands unrepentant and unpunished astride their party leadership.

There is a very significant difference

So Sen. Ensign cheated on his wife. Not a first-class nor wise thing to do.

According to Pravda

You say "Oz" and "Twilight Zone;" I say we've ventured through the looking glass. What do I mean you might ask?

Thanks to 20-30 Club

On behalf of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services, I want to extend our sincere gratitude to the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club No. 85 for sponsoring an outstanding event, the 99th annual Carson Valley Days.

Barn tour a hoot

EDITOR: On behalf of the Douglas County Historical Society I would like to thank all those who attended the "Great Barns of Carson Valley Barn Tour." We hope you enjoyed the tour and ice cream social that followed. Most of all I would like to thank the wonderful barn owners.

Smile for Molly

On April 23, 2009, our loving daughter and sister Molly, passed away. The shock and disbelief is stronger than ever for us. Each day reminds us of how much she brought us and what potential she had.

School drug testing unconstitutional

Thank you, editor (R-C June 24, 2009, "Conduct Public's Business in Public") for finally pointing out the illegalities and irregularities happening on a regular basis by our school board and school superintendent. Quite clearly someone needs to file some ethics charges against all involved here with the Nevada State Ethics Commission ( on conducting open meetings.

School district officials should take responsibility

EDITOR: The once proud and successful Douglas County School District has turned into an "Alice in Wonderland" parody.

400 compete in endurance run

Western States Endurance Run participants are severely tested by running through a series of elevation changes and by how their bodies adversely react to being pushed 100 miles.

Wiffleball tournament makes its return to Carson Valley this summer

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is offering its fourth annual White Lightning WiffleBall Tournament for ages 13 and up on July 25 and 26 at Stodick Park.

Football: Coats appointed to Naval Academy

William Coats, who played for the Douglas High varsity football team in 2006, has been appointed to the United State Naval Academy after completing the one-year prep program in Newport, R.I.

Baseball: Reno captures extra-inning win over Tacoma

Orlando Mercado celebrated his first-career game at Aces Ballpark with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday, lifting the Reno Aces to an 8-7 win over the Tacoma Rainiers.

Monday, June 29 founder suffers massive heart attack

Chuck Hildebrand, the founder and former owner of, has reportedly suffered a massive heart attack in Milwaukee and is near death, according to a police officer in San Jose, Calif.

Baseball: Renegades eliminated from tournament

A pair of heartbreaking losses spelled the end for the Carson Valley Little League Renegades at the district tournament over the weekend.

Basketball: Hug's Voyles resigns

The school community at Hug High School is excited to welcome one of our "local stars" to a new leadership role on campus! Charles (Jr) Walker will take over the helm of the HAWK men's basketball program beginning July 1.

R-C Sports Notebook: Top 5 in the last 5

In Wednesday morning's paper we are printing the beginning of what will be a casual look at the current state of Douglas High School sports.

Baseball: Hooligans break even in pool play

After suffering a 13-3 loss at the hands of the powerful Reno National squad, the Carson Valley Little League Hooligans baseball team bounced back to take a 10-6 win over Truckee Friday night.

Thank you for successful Fishing Derby

The 2009 Kids' Fishing Derby Board and Committee Members would like to thank all of the sponsors who have graciously submitted merchandise or monetary donations this year. Without your generosity, we could not have made our 20th annual derby such a success. We hope to see you all next year for Kids' Fishing Derby 2010.

Track & Field: Waggoner 14th at nationals

Though accustomed to competing on a state championship stage during her four years at Douglas High School, Jessica Waggoner learned a new lesson on Saturday morning.

Sunday, June 28

Baseball: Estes not retired, contrary to media reports

While it was reported in several media publications last week that former Douglas High standout Shawn Estes had retired from baseball, those reports have proven not to be true.

Baseball: North tops South in Kelley Baseball Classic

David Charles came to Satuday's Kelley Baseball Showcase in the hopes of showing scouts he was good enough to pitch at the college level. However, the

Saturday, June 27

Baseball: Aces swept in doubleheader

PORTLAND, Ore.- Reno's offense was limited to just three runs over the course of two games Friday night, as the Portland Beavers swept a doubleheader over the Aces to conclude the series at PGE Park.

Friday, June 26

Try to stay cool despite the heat

It's not even really hot out yet, but the tempers are beginning to flare.

Extension hanging in there

It didn't occur to me until Thursday morning that budget cuts for the university could affect the Cooperative Extension in Gardnerville.

How do we become a part of the unshakable kingdom?

It is safe to say we are living in very interesting times. Almost anyone you talk to would agree that we are living in very stressful days. It's evident many of the institutions we have put our trust in are being shaken. It seems like every day brings a new challenge in our world - nation rising against nation, turmoil within nations themselves, including our own.

Join in today's Johnson Lane bike parade

Participants and spectators are wanted for the 10th annual Johnson Lane patriotic bike parade, 5 p.m. today.

Baseball: Aces swing home Saturday after nine-day road trip

RENO, Nev.- After a nine-day tour of the Pacific Northwest, the Reno Aces return home Saturday night for a four-game homestand that will include the club's inaugural bobblehead giveaway, an appearance by the ZOOperstars! and much more.

Baseball: Aces extend win streak to six games

PORTLAND, Ore.- Josh Whitesell blasted a two-run home run in the seventh inning Thursday night, unlocking a 6-6 tie and lifting Reno to its sixth-straight victory, an 8-6 win over Portland at PGE Park.

Thursday, June 25

Clock is running

President Obama has now successfully effected the metastasis of Chicago politics to Washington. We now have mob rule. M..x, o.f, and b...h. To the mob we have added our own dufus, Harry "the dip" R..d. Abetted by "social progressives" in Congress, and under media cover, these assassins of our Constitutional heritage are incrementally destroying our country.

Thanks for helping

A huge shout out to all of our community members that contributed their time, effort and enthusiasm to make our inaugural pasta feed and our second annual walk, jog, run a rousing success. The Partnership of Community Resources wishes to thank every person that stepped up to the plate and sold tickets, cooked, served, cleared, cleaned, sold and purchased tickets for the pasta feed, silent auction, raffle, etc. All proceeds will benefit the prevention education arm of the partnership which means the youth of our community.

Health care reform now

EDITOR: I wonder if the people who yell the loudest about not wanting national health care are the ones who already have health care, either being rich enough to afford their own, or have it through their employer or Medicare. If you were ever without health care, I wonder if you prayed that you wouldn't get sick or injured so you couldn't work or care for yourself and your loved ones.

DMV closure politics as usual

I was very sorry to see that our branch of the DMV has been closed. I recently had business to conduct and was very pleased at the experience.

Washo people survive and will thrive

We, Art George and Allen Garcia, partners in AG Industries & Associates, are the founders of and also organizers of the Indigenous/Washo outreach program with Our goals are to bring about education in a series of stages through the compilation of years of observing the system discussed. The research that is created through this form of delivery is then archived and stored for future intent.

Be Creative@ Your Library

Oonagh Cameron and Brook Cameron, almost 6, build a book at the Douglas County Public Library on June 23. Children received free Build-a-Book kits to create their own story books to take home. The event was part of the Be Creative@ Your Library Summer Reading program. Information about summer library programs at or 782-9841.

In the Spotlight for June 26

Original art on the theme of Carson Valley ranching heritage is needed for the Town of Genoa and the Carson Valley Arts Council's poster contest for the Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. Submit 300 dpi jpeg image by Aug. 1 to Information,, 781-0150 or 782-8696.

Wildlife adventures may be experienced in Lampe Park

The other day my boys and I headed to the park to take advantage of the sunshine and feed the ducks. In my mind it seemed to be the perfect post-nap and pre-dinner-preparation activity.

Emigrant Trail hikes offered

Emigrant Trail hikes are offered twice a month through Oct. 10. Cost is $25 per person. Part of the proceeds benefit the Douglas County Historical Society's Trail to the Promised Land exhibit.

Deadline is Tuesday for photo contest

The deadline for entering photos into the June photo contest is 4 p.m. June 30. Bring them to the Gardnerville museum or e-mail them to the address below. We'll announce the winner in the July 3 column.

Senior menu for the week

The menu for the week of June 29 through July 3 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 783-6455.

'Moon Over Buffalo' auditions begin July 7

The Carson Valley Community Theatre holds auditions at 6 p.m. July 7 and 9 a.m. July 11 for their fall play, "Moon Over Buffalo," a comedy by Ken Ludwig, at the Copeland Cultural Arts Building, 1572 Highway 395 in Minden.

Parks & Rec classes for July

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.

Purkisses celebrate 50th anniversary

Douglas and Carolyn Purkiss celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 28, 2009.

Last weekend to see 'Rabbit Hole'

The Dakota Organization's production of "Rabbit Hole" plays a final weekend in Minden.

Rock and blues concert in Minden Park

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department continues the Family Summer Concert Series with American roots musician Shane Dwight, 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight in Minden Park.

Arts & Entertainment for June 26

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

Ukulele performances, lessons, exhibits in Minden this weekend

Bring your ukes to the Tahoe Area Ukulele Festival, Saturday and Sunday in Minden Village.

Johnson Lane bike parade a patriotic tradition

Participants and spectators are wanted for the 10th annual Johnson Lane patriotic bike parade, 5 p.m. Sunday.

Baseball: Hooligans blast Sparks National

The Carson Valley Little League Hooligans got their district off to a strong start Wednesday night, blasting Sparks National 11-3 at the South Valley Sports Complex in Reno.

Baseball: Renegades lost heartbreaker

The Carson Valley Little League Renegades lost their district tournament opener 8-7 against Sparks Centennial Wednesday night at the South Valley Sports Complex in Reno.

Cycling: Build-your-own Challenge a success

The innagural Alta Alpina Challenge was put on by the Alta Alpina Cycling Club on June 13.

Dennis Gates completes Nevada men's basketball coaching staff

RENO, Nev. - Dennis Gates has joined the Wolf Pack men's basketball staff as an assistant coach, University of Nevada head coach David Carter announced Thursday.

Sports Fodder: 'Neutral' is as bland as it comes

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . There should be no doubt now that coaches completely run college basketball.

Baseball: Aces game postponed

PORTLAND, Ore.- Wednesday's game between the Reno Aces and Portland Beavers at PGE Park has been postponed. The game will be made-up as part of a doubleheader on Friday.

Wednesday, June 24

Baseball: Aces win fifth straight

PORTLAND, Ore.- Seth Etherton allowed just a run over eight innings of work Tuesday night, vaulting the Reno Aces to a 4-1 victory over the Portland Beavers in the series opener at PGE Park.

Tuesday, June 23

Ukulele performances, lesson, exhibits in Minden and Carson this weekend

The Tahoe Area Ukulele Festival presented by 88 Cups Coffee in Minden and Comma Coffee in Carson City is Saturday and Sunday.

Remember When for June 24

Notices. Estray notice. There estrayed to my ranch one black sow, white spots on head, slit in right ear. No other marks visible. Owner can have property by proving ownership and paying feed bill and the cost of this notice. Wm. Stodieck

Summer concert in park Friday

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department continues its 13th year of the Family Summer Concert Series with the Shane Dwight Band, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, at Minden Park.

Authors gather at Minden library Saturday

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden presents An Afternoon with Local Authors, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The free event features area authors Elizabeth Leiknes, Megan Avila, William Hill, Charity Meadows and Pat Hickey, who will meet readers, sell their books and sign autographs.

Opinions wanted at monthly Mono County meeting

Mono County will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, July 2, 7 p.m., at the Walker Community Center, which will be in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the Antelope Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee. The purpose of this is to get public input for a Walker Community Center Area Master Plan. They want your opinions about the idea and what you would like to see happen in that area. Please make every effort to attend.

Legos contest at Douglas libraries

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 between July 1 and July 18 and fill out an entry form.

Record amount of donations to food closet

We wish to express our appreciation to all those who have continued to provide food and other donations to support our local Carson Valley Community Food Closet. We are proud to be able to continue as a supplemental source of food goods to qualified individuals and families in Douglas County as well as share occasional excess with the senior center.

"Rabbit Hole" plays this week

The cast of 'Rabbit Hole,' Ann Swallow as Nat, Matthew Ault as Jason, Dave Anderson as Howie, Teri Lynn as Becca and Michele Crain as Izzy.

Art meeting Friday

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

Farmers markets

April Boehner and 3-year-old Cadence choose cherries at the Minden farmers market on June 2 on Esmeralda Avenue. The Minden farmers market is 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays. The Gardnerville farmers market is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in Lampe Park.

'Rabbit Hole' pops up

Once again the incredible talent that abounds in Carson Valley has revealed itself. The Dakota Organization's production of "Rabbit Hole" is a truly moving, sad, humorous, and entertaining drama. It is live theater at its best, and will be showing for four more performances at the CVIC Hall in Minden this weekend.

You've been flocked

Flamingos lined the grass in front of the Coldwell Banker office in Minden as part of the Nailing a Cure team's Relay For Life fundraiser on Friday. 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.

Cupcakes for Austin

During Carson Valley Days, the Austin Kirby Foundation had a "cupcake booth" at Lampe Park. Almost 3,000 cupcakes were sold to the general public at $1 apiece. Staffed by agents and management of Century 21 Clark Properties, and Austin Kirby's family, with much of the expenses donated by Sysco Foods, Model Dairy, and the Carson Valley Inn, the foundation raised a little over $3,000 during the weekend.

Thanks for help with summer reading

On behalf of the Douglas County Public Library Foundation, I wish to extend thanks to our many supporters. Summer Reading Kickoff 2009 included a Scholastic Book Fair, a Nature's Critters show, an ice cream social and raffle.

Irrigation for optimum plant health

As summer heat starts stressing the plants in our landscapes, it is important to know where and how deeply to water for optimum plant health. The soil surrounding a plant's root system serves as a storage tank from which the plant draws moisture. The goal is to water the root zone where most water-absorbing or feeder roots are found. This is usually in the top 8-24 inches of soil and out one and one-half to four times as wide as the plant's canopy.

Airport supervision inadequate

Your opinion published in the June 12 edition regarding keeping our airport rural was very welcome. You proposed to keep the rural character by limiting the FAA funds to maintenance only. Although quite valid it does not go far enough.

Antiques sale and appraisal clinic in Genoa on July 11-12

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.

Trigg should apologize

"You can't let them think the Indians are running the camp?" As president of the Douglas County School Board and the Democratic candidate for Congress, you of all people, Cynthia Trigg should know better than to make such a politically incorrect statement. What does this insensitive statement say to our impressionable children, especially those of Native American descent?

Conduct public's business in public

We've never seen the side of Douglas County Superintendent Carol Lark described during last week's school board meeting.

Monday, June 22

Baseball: Aces complete sweep of Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash.- Tony Barnette dealt eight shutout innings of one-hit baseball, and Alex Romero notched four hits as the Reno Aces topped Tacoma 11-2 Sunday at Cheney Stadium, completing the first series sweep in franchise history.

Baseball: Reno edges Tacoma 2-1

TACOMA, Wash.- Cesar Valdez earned his fifth-straight victory and the Reno bullpen held Tacoma silent Saturday night, as the Aces downed the Rainiers 2-1 at Cheney Stadium.

Golf: Wicker wins, qualifies for Americas Cup

Douglas High senior Thomas Wicker shot a three-under par 69 at Washoe Golf Course on Thursday to win the NNJGA City Junior Championship by five strokes.

Saturday, June 20

Football: Silver squad wins Sertoma game

RENO - Duke Williams felt right at home, running in every direction at Mackay Stadium.

Baseball: 9-run inning lifts Aces to win

TACOMA, Wash.- The Reno Aces scored nine times in the sixth inning Friday night, turning a two-run deficit into a comfortable lead in a 10-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium.

Friday, June 19

Baseball: Aces belt four home runs in win over Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash.- Rusty Ryal hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, to lift the Reno Aces to an 8-5 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Thursday night at Cheney Stadium.

Thursday, June 18

Life, liberty and TV

I would like to know how and why the FCC and Congress in particular was permitted to ram through railroad-type legislation compelling all people to pay for digital cable or risk their right to watch television.

Remembering dad

Twenty-five years ago The Record-Courier published pictures of three windows located somewhere in the Valley. The prize for finding them was $50. My sister Kim and I worked at our father's title company, and at 9 a.m. we would leave the office to run errands. When we finished, we decided to go look for the windows.

Right track, but late

The Record-Courier is on the right track with your editorial encouraging a policy to keep Minden-Tahoe the modest, rural airport that it has been historically, and rejecting further federal funding if that comes with an obligation to open the airport to larger, faster, noisier aircraft. But I'm afraid you're a bit late to the game.

Time makes decision better

Some folks think that because an idea first comes to light from a certain quarter that automatically makes it a bad one.

Baseball: Vegas quiets Reno bats in win

Reno, Nev.- Brandon Watson had his 20th multi-hit game of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Las Vegas 51s knocked off the Aces 5-0 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.

Rudnick, Waggoner named Sierra Nevada Media Group Athletes of the Year

For the first-time in the five-year history of the Sierra Nevada Media Group Athlete of the Year awards, the two winners hail from the same school.

Offseason workouts coming up at Douglas High

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

10 Tigers earn press postseason honors

The Sierra Nevada Media Group, which consists of seven newspapers and associated Web sites in Northern Nevada and California, recently released its postseason honors teams for baseball and softball. Athletes covered by the Nevada Appeal, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Lahontan Valley News, Sierra Sun, Tahoe Daily Tribune and The Record-Courier were eligible for selection. The teams are as follows:

Sports Fodder: High School sophomore's move one of a kind

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . The world is not coming to an end, fireballs are not going to fall from the sky and drop into your living room and the sun, moon and stars aren't packing up and moving to Jupiter.

Look for opportunites to partner with the Lord

In John 6:5-13, we see the miracle of Jesus taking five barley loaves and two small fish to feed 5,000 men. Before Jesus multiplies the bread and fish, He asks Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"

Senior center menu for the week

The menu for the week of June 22-26 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Arts & Entertainment for June 19

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.

Raising chickens at home to get through tough times

Have you noticed how many people are keeping chickens on their property now? It may be for the fresh eggs or it could be one small way to get through these tough times. Recently Joyce Eckrem was telling me about her girls, Arianna, Buffy and Hillary, and how much fun it's been to have chickens as pets. Yes, they make great, low maintenance pets.

Dance Workshop production in Carson

The Dance Workshop Performing Arts Center presents an original show, "The Royal Bachelor," 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City.

Carson restricts watering

Summer water restrictions are in effect since June 1 for Carson City. The watering schedule is three days per week with the last number of your address determining your odd or even status.

DAWG host adoption event

Volunteers with the Douglas Animal Welfare Group host an emergency adoption event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27, at the Douglas County Animal Shelter, 921 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville, across from the fairgrounds.

Wine making class offered

Gardnerville wine maker Archie Reed teaches how to make wine beginning 7 p.m. July 14 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Movies in the park today

The fourth season of the Town of Gardnerville's movies in the park opens dusk today with "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. The movie was rescheduled from an earlier showing due to bad weather.

Summer events at the libraries

Upcoming summer events at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane in Minden. Information, or 782-9841.

Baseball: Nevada's Simas signs with Tampa Bay

Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada senior catcher Travis Simas has signed to play baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Elk Grove, Calif. native earned first team All-Western Athletic Conference honors this past season and will be assigned to play in Port Charlotte, Fla. for the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Gulf Coast League.

First historical society swap meet Saturday

There are less than two weeks left to enter the June photo contest. This is one of those months that has a lot going on. Finding the perfect photo should be easy. Hope to see your entry soon.

Always something going on at senior center

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

'Rabbit Hole opens tonight at CVIC Hall

The Dakota Organization presents the Northern Nevada premiere of "Rabbit Hole," today through June 28, at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Wednesday, June 17

R-C Sports Notebook: Aces a fine experience

The Reno Aces Triple-A baseball team has been a bit of a condrum for the papers within the Sierra Nevada Media Group. The club presents professional baseball within 40 to 60 miles of each of our seven newspapers, but it still, obviously, plays well out of our direct coverage area.

Baseball: Aces trim 51s to take series

RENO - Tony Barnette and three Aces relievers held the Las Vegas offense at bay in a 4-2 victory Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.

Officials warn Lake Tahoe boaters to prepare for cold water and unstable weather

As boating season heats up in northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe water temperatures hover in the low- to mid-sixties, prompting officials to remind boaters to wear life jackets and plan for the weather on early boating season outings.

Tuesday, June 16

Remember When?

'Borax' Smith has disposed of his Death Valley borax properties to London capitalists for approximately $4,000,000, according to a cablegram recently received in San Francisco from Mr. Smith, who is in London. With the passing from Smith's possession of the famous deposits which made him the Borax King, the control of the borax field in America has been transferred to the British syndicate, which now has become absolute master of the borax production of the world.

Wacky Wiver Wace winners announced

It was a slooow wace down the slough this year with some youngsters eventually having to jump in and shoo those silly ducks along their way! When confronted with all those yellow motorcycle-vested wibber duckies massed together and coming her way, one real mommy duck and her young'uns had to jump out and brave the spectators. They then rushed to jump back in behind the wacers to find relative peace and quiet.

Dakota's 'Rabbit Hole' opens Friday

The Dakota Organization presents the Northern Nevada premiere of "Rabbit Hole," Friday through June 28, at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

'Moon Over Buffalo' auditions July 7 and 11

The Carson Valley Community Theatre holds auditions at 9 a.m. July 7 and July 11 for their fall play, "Moon Over Buffalo," a comedy by Ken Ludwig, at the Copeland Cultural Arts Building, 1572 Highway 395 in Minden.

Cure-Aiders bunco fundraiser a success

The Topaz Lake Team Cure-Aiders would like to thank the following supporters for our Bunco Nite fundraiser: Topaz Fire Department, Johnny's Road House, Ironwood Theater, Pizza Barn, Topaz Lodge, Rosie's of Wellington, Rosy's of Minden. And to all our friends and neighbors for their support too.

Young Chautauqua in the park today

Shaelyn Dieter as Jacqueline Kennedy in mourning, performs in a 2008 Young Chautauqua presentation. This year's Douglas County Young Chautauquans perform 5-8 p.m. today in a free presentation at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa.

Barn photo wins in Carson Valley Photo Club contest

Gardnerville photographer Nancy Hulsey was running out of time to enter the monthly Carson Valley Photo contest, "so I just went out shooting anything." Her image of a rural barn beneath a cloudy sky was worth the effort - it won first place. She titled the picture "First Cutting."

Birthday black and blues

I know when I write this column it is supposed to be about good stuff. Well last Sunday was my birthday, 39 again. My mom and dad had called after church and breakfast and asked us to come over for an impromptu barbecue. We had all been working so hard this past week in our yards and gardens, it was time to take a break.

Square dance graduation

GENOA, Nev. Some of the 44 square dancers who graduated from beginning classes in Genoa on May 26. Dancers were from Gardnerville, Minden, Genoa and Carson City.

Authors gathering at Minden library on June 27

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden presents An Afternoon with Local Authors, 2-4 p.m. June 27. The free event will features area authors Elizabeth Leiknes, Megan Avila, William Hill and Charity Meadows, who will meet readers, sell their books and sign autographs.

Scholarship applications available

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley invites applicants to submit request for funding for community service projects that benefit the community, women and children in particular. Funding will be awarded to recipients at a luncheon in October.

New Eagle Scout

Michael Kubel, 17, son of Dr. and Mrs. Steven R. Kubel, successfully obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Sampson and Nielsen to be married in August

Hayley Sampson and Jeremy Nielsen, both of Carson City, are engaged to be married Aug. 8, 2009, at Lake Tahoe.

Weekly Valley famers markets

Sweet yellow nectarines from the Schletewitz family farms of Sanger, Calif., booth at the Minden Farmers Market on June 2. The Minden Farmers Market is open 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through summer between Fourth and Fifth streets in downtown Minden. Information, Roxanne, 782-2444 or Kregg, 782-9814.

Concert series continues with Shane Dwight on June 26

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department continues its 13th year of the Family Summer Concert Series with the Shane Dwight Band, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 26, at Minden Park.

Scholarships awarded

Cheryl Anderson of the Delta Kappa Gamma professional honor society of women educators presents a $300 academic scholarship to Douglas High School senior Edna Meza at Douglas Senior Awards Night. The scholarship is awarded annually to a high school and a college student planning to pursue teaching degrees. Not pictured is Nevada State College recipient Jackie Smith.

Pony Express in Genoa Thursday

Riders from the 30th re-ride of the Pony Express are expected to arrive in Genoa at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday on the way to Sacramento. The time may vary by hours.

Football: Coats appointed to Naval Academy

William Coats, who played for the Douglas High varsity football team in 2006, has been appointed to the United State Naval Academy after completing the one-year prep program in Newport, R.I.

Garden tour benefits Carson Valley Pops

EDITOR: The Genoa Home & Garden Tour was fun for the participants and the attendees. We gave away a gift basket valued at $600 to a lucky ticket holder.

Who pays the bill?

I recently purchased a home in Genoa - the old Carriage House (150 years old) which I renovated. I bought a home in Carson Valley, attracted by its beauty and gliding conditions - some of the best on the planet.

Legislature made some strides toward open government

One of the measures of a Nevada legislative session is whether lawmakers made government more open or more secretive.

Good work on Carson Valley Days celebration

As Carson Valley Days approaches its centennial, it's good to know that the party is still rocking, and its rural flavor preserved.

Douglas grad Kolbe earns Hall of Fame honor

Elliott Kolbe, who graduated from Douglas High School in 1998, was recently inducted into the Seattle University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Golf: Bing scores hole in one

D. Gerald Bing Jr., of Gardnerville, scored a hole-in-one on hole No. 18 on the Carson Valley Golf Course in Gardnerville on Sunday, June 14 during the weekly Men's Golf Club tournament.

Carson Valley Days sports roundup

Carson Valley Days weekend is quickly becoming one of the biggest sports weekends of the year in Douglas County.

Recession's impact: High school sports nationwide face cuts

MIAMI (AP) - Tyler Peters has wrapped up his high school athletic career - now he can only feel sympathy for friends who are underclassmen at Coral Gables Senior High.

Baseball: Ryal Powers Reno Past Las Vegas, 5-3

Reno, Nev.- Rusty Ryal's three-run home run in the second inning lifted Reno over Las Vegas in a battle of intrastate rivals Monday night at Aces Ballpark, as the Aces took the first of 16 games between the two Triple-A teams from the Silver State.

Monday, June 15

Golf: Wicker, Wurster qualify for Junior World

A pair of Douglas High golfers will be competing on an international level later this summer.

Track & Field: Meddles, Waggoner crack top three at Golden West Invitational

FOLSOM, Calif. - Wade Meddles experienced frustration at the end of his cross country season back in December when he missed qualifying for the Foot Locker national championships in heart breaking fashion.

Sunday, June 14

Saturday, June 13

Baseball: Aces win on Roberson's 11th inning heroics

Reno, Nev.- Chris Roberson's walk-off three-run home run propelled the Reno Aces to an 11-inning, 6-4 victory over Salt Lake Friday night in front of 7,132 fans at Aces Ballpark.

Friday, June 12

Stay out of the way of bears

Everyone knows there's bear in them thar hills. If you've spent any time in the Sierra or perhaps even the Pine Nut Mountains, you've probably had personal experience or heard stories about bear encounters. Residents of the Tahoe Basin, Spring Valley or Double Springs have often reported bears in their trash cans.

Farmers markets bring the fresh to town

Farm-fresh produce has arrived in Carson Valley. Summer brings the return of Carson City's farmers markets. You can find delicious ripe produce 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays in Minden and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in Lampe Park.

Baseball: Bees use early lead to drop Aces

Chalk another "first" off the list for the Reno Aces.

Thursday, June 11

Firefighter, medic of the year announced

The East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts hosted their 11th annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet at the St. Gall Parish Hall on May 9 to recognize firefighters and medics of the districts, both career and volunteer, for their efforts in preventing fires and protecting the lives of the citizens of Douglas County. In addition to the more serious awards presented for firefighter of the year and medic of the year, several members were roasted and presented with gag gifts that highlighted their participation during the past year.

The state of California is out to get you

Anyone who watches the news or reads this fine paper will surely know the financial straits California, our neighbor to the west, has found themselves in. Having spent into oblivion on every social program imaginable, they most recently resorted to considering taxing everything but breathing ... and that can't be far behind.

Soccer and politics

Soccer, unadulterated, is one of the most beautiful and exciting sports there is on the planet. If taught correctly, character can be learned, and it builds agility and strength. For the fan, the anticipation can sometimes be indescribable. However, when simple rules, such as not allowing a player to attack with the body or the extended arm, are not adhered to, the game becomes frustrating for the fan and can be demoralizing to the children playing the game.

Thanks for support

The Scarselli Scootch-A-Thon/Jog-A-Thon was held at Scarselli Elementary School on May 7, 2009. Students, staff, and volunteers had a great day.

Tax plan fails Economics 100

The Horsford/Buckley huge tax increases will do major damage to the already fragile Nevada economy.

Keeping a rural airport rural

It's a year and a half before the 2010 election, and the first campaign initiative has hit the silk.

Not just talking about the weather

I had a long talk on Thursday with the weatherman about Carson Valley Days. While there is a possibility there will be thunderstorms in the afternoon, U.S. Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Faucette said chances are they won't materialize until the parade is safely over.

'Rabbit Hole' opens June 19 at CVIC Hall

The Dakota Organization presents the Northern Nevada premiere of "Rabbit Hole," June 19 through June 28, at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Singer performs benefit

Brenn Hill is performing a benefit concert for Relay for Life and his son, Briggs, at the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday.

Fun summer events up at museums

This weekend may be one of the best for taking your winning photo of June in Douglas County. Carson Valley Days offer lots of options for your camera. Photos are due at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville by June 30.

Knights bingo benefits Boys & Girls Club

The Knights of Columbus host bingo tonight at the St. Gall Pastoral Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. with games to follow at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley.

Senior menu for the week

The menu for the week of June 15-19 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Chautauquans perform in park Wednesday

Daniel Barulich was Kit Carson in a 2008 Young Chautauqua presentation. This year's Douglas County Young Chautauquans perform at 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in a free presentation at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa.

Emigrant Trail hikes offered

Staff Reports GARDNERVILLE, Nev. Emigrant Trail hikes are offered twice a month through Oct. 10. Cost is $25 per person. Part of the proceeds benefit the Douglas Count

Letter Elks fashion show a success

The Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 held their annual follies and fashion show on March 30. There were over 100 in attendance who enjoyed the follies, fashion show, raffle and dinner.

Rudnick named R-C male athlete of the year

It's a rarity when a talented high school athlete will take a look at a variety of options to play at the next level and choose "none of the above."

Area student-athletes honored at MEFIYI

The fifth annual Community Choice Youth Awards Banquet presented by Greater Nevada Credit Union celebrated the excellence of 40 Douglas County youth at Genoa Lakes Golf Club on May 8.

Cycling: Rain made for interesting ride

Last week I wrote about not riding. Well, not riding when it is raining.

Fishing: Sawmill Pond derby this weekend

Hello fellow anglers, or should I say lil' anglers.

Sports Fodder: Ault coming into his prime ... again

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Chris Ault has always been The Biggest Little Football Coach in all of college football. T

Cubs take Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick

The MLB First-Year Player Draft came to a close Thursday morning with a low number of Northern Nevada players taken, as expected.

Wednesday, June 10

Football: Sertoma game rosters released

The Sertoma All-Star Football Classic announced the rosters for the annual football game at Mackay Stadium next week.

Golf: Mourning preps for celebrity tournament

Even though Alonzo Mourning has yet to play in an American Century Championship, he isn't the least bit concerned about beating one celebrity in the 75-player field.

Spots still available for Wolf Pack softball camps

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada softball team has space available in next week's youth camps, Wolf Pack coach Matt Meuchel said today.

Baseball: Balcom-Miller goes to Rockies in sixth round

Former Douglas High pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the sixth-round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, June 9

Government in action

On June 5, the day after he appointed a Great Lakes Czar, we hear President Obama is appointing a special master for pay compensation, ie, a Pay Czar. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg (who ably handled the federal oversight of compensation paid to families of 9/11 victims), will decide how much any company that received TARP funds can pay its executives.

Witzig's not the scariest thoughts

I got a real chuckle out of Mr. Witzig's comments about "Obama failing." No, make that a hearty belly laugh that brought tears to my eyes and almost made me fall out of my chair in uproarious hilarity.

Sent to lawmaker

I sent the following e-mail to Assemblyman John Carpenter:

Leave dog at home

I read with disbelief a May 28 letter that someone had the nerve to write and complain that a person had left a note on their car, regarding leaving a pet in their car while they were inside shopping at a business

Questioning motocross

In May 2009, the Douglas County commissioners approved the establishment of what the supporters are calling the Nevada Motocross Park on Pinenut Road on county property across from the fairgrounds and only a few hundred feed from the Douglas County Animal Shelter.

Remembering Candice

My family would like to genuinely thank Miki Trujillo and the students of All Students Pursuing Integrity, Responsibility and Education for their heart warming efforts in creating and finishing the memorial mural remembering fallen friends in front of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. We are the parents and brother of Candice Beam who grew up in this valley and tragically died 18 months ago.

R-C censorship

The Record-Courier, from my experience, continually and consistently practices the most heinous form of intellectual slavery - censorship. Your paper has published guidelines as to what you will and will not print. However, as policy, you do not follow these guidelines. You claim that "letters considered libelous, obscene or in bad taste will not be printed." This is, in fact, simply not true.

Festivals attract crowds and more

Carson Valley Days marks the beginning of festival season in Carson Valley, which essentially wraps up in September with Candy Dance.

Golden West next up for Waggoner

With a state championship in hand, Jessica Waggoner is taking her discus and shot put to the Sacramento area to compete at the 50th annual Golden West Invitational track and field meet on Saturday.

Waggoner named R-C Female Athlete of the Year

No matter what the sport or what she does Jessica Waggoner is always moving full-speed ahead and always striving to win. That was never any more evident than the February night when Douglas High School's girls basketball team played Reno in the Northern 4A Regional quarterfinals.

Monday, June 8

Baseball: Mannelly signs with New Mexico State

There was a time, late in his senior year of high school, that Phil Mannelly was considering going to college just to be a student.

Meddles wins presigious meet

Sierra Lutheran senior-to-be Wade Meddles won the 3,200 at the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic over the weekend in New Mexico.

Saturday, June 6

Singer performs benefit

Brenn Hill is performing a benefit concert for Relay for Life and his son, Briggs, at the Carson Valley in on Saturday.

Prayer is the filling station

OK, so the "survey says" that most people in America believe that there's a God. So does Satan. He knows there is.

Friday, June 5

Time to be prepared for wildfire season

The recent fire in the Leviathan Mine Road and China Spring area reminds us of the need to be prepared for the unexpected. Preparing our homes and yards with the appropriate defensible space will not only help our homes survive but will also help the firefighters. Being prepared takes forethought and an awareness of your surroundings prior to a fire. We live in an area prone to wildfires so we need to be as proactive as possible. The preparation will not only help us get to safety faster, it may also minimize damage and loss of life.

Pony Express riders at museum on Saturday

Saturday is Student-Senior Day at the Gardnerville Museum. At 11 a.m. only, Pony Express Re-riders Bob Moore and Mike Murphy will be at the museum. Bob will have his horse Casey with him. Bob and Casey will demonstrate the use of the mochila that held the mail. Also, T-shirts and books on the Pony Express will be available for purchase.

Thursday, June 4

Governments open their eyes to see the future

When building trust with your constituents is important, front line employees are the seed corn. Cutting these people may simply eat away your future. Douglas County should not negotiate as if tomorrow will not arrive.

Obama failing

Among other things since his inauguration Obama caused the trial of USS Kohl attacker al Nashiri to be aborted, and revealed our enhanced intelligence techniques that spared an attack on LA to our enemies in contravention to the advice of all of the CIA directors, including his own, dating to the Clinton administration. He has recommended cutting the defense budget and is especially interested in cutting missile defense funding. He believes, and would have us believe, that he can charm our avowed enemies into forsaking nuclear ambitions.

Thanks for support

EDITOR: The family of Hugh Smokey Sr. extends its deepest gratitude for the outpouring of kindness and generosity shown during our recent loss. Your expressions of sympathy - in word and deed - are sincerely appreciated.

Boys & Girls help

EDITOR: Once a year the Carson Valley Boys & Girls Club asks our community for donations. The club is open for school-age children after school during the school year and all day weekdays during the summer.

Thanks from Block D

On behalf of Douglas High School and the Block D Letterman's Club, we want to thank the community and the numerous contributors and supporters of our club.

It was our pleasure

I would like to give a big shout-out to all the staff at The Record-Courier. My family and I moved to Carson Valley in 1997 and with two young boys just getting into sports, The Record-Courier was always a big supporter of the youth leagues and then school sports my boys participated in.

Grateful for the help

EDITOR: I want to express my gratitude to the Douglas County School District.

Sports Fodder: Johnson could be best lefty ever

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Randy Johnson is the best left-handed starting pitcher in baseball history.

Baseball: Former Tiger may get high-round draft call

Scouts are calling it a lean year for Northern Nevada baseball.

Wednesday, June 3

Tuesday, June 2

Thanks from ASPIRE

We are the All Students Pursuing Integrity, Responsibility and Education program and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to members and businesses in our community who have assisted in the creation of our memorial mural in front of Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Shelter pets need help

Please help the Douglas Animal Welfare Group help the animals by donating good quality items for our eighth annual yard sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, across the street from Raley's in Gardnerville. (Call Tina for details at 265-3011.) Then come to the sale and find new treasures for your home. There will be some great deals to help get through these difficult economic times.

Thanks to firefighters

We would like to thank all firemen who did such a great job on the fire. We have always had an evacuation plan but when the firemen showed up to our house we knew all would work out well and we stopped packing our treasured things. We had the pleasure of having Capt. Pat Robertson, Perry Carlson and Jeff Davies from the Carson City Fire Department at our house. We knew we were in good hands and they kept us informed of what was going on with the fire. We stayed with our home knowing we had them and all the other men and women on the fire to keep all safe.

Updates on former Tiger standouts

Shawn Estes, P, Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers Triple-A): Estes is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA on the year. He's started 10 games and has struck out 29 batters in 54 innings pitched. He took a loss against Oklahoma City on Saturday despite giving up just one earned run and striking out three.

Six-legged spider found in Minden?

Here is a weird story about a possible six-legged spider. A normal spider as shown in the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders shows spiders as having four legs on each side for a total of eight legs not including fangs, except for the daddy long legs that appears to have six legs.

Realignment won't happen next school year

Wholesale realignment for Nevada high school sports has apparently been tabled until the 2010-2011 school year.

Baseball: 2009 Tigers had most wins in school history

Any coach who's had the opportunity will tell you that it takes a very special team to win a regional title.

All-Sierra Nevada Media spring sports teams

P Tyler May, Douglas " May was the Sierra League's Pitcher of the Year. He went 8-0 on the year and broke Shawn Estes' school record for career wins at 21. He had 74 strikeouts and 19 walks in 12 appearances. At the plate, he had 10 doubles, two triples and 11 home runs to go with 35 RBIs.

Football: Fisher signs with Pacific Lutheran

There were few players on the Douglas Tiger football roster last season that anticipated the season-opener as much as Davey Fisher.

Wrestling: Barker signs with Montana State Northern

For Douglas standout wrestler Nico Barker, it seemed familiarity was key when it came down to choosing where he'd go for college.

R-C Sports Notebook: Re-visiting preseason predictions

As has become my practice at the end of every high school sports season, I'm re-visiting my preseason baseball and softball predictions to see how I did.

Sunday is Genoa Home & Garden tour

This year the emphasis is on the garden, as speakers share their experience with visitors on the annual Genoa Home & Garden Tour on Sunday.

End of school year packed with activities

I can't believe the school year is at an end. Thursday is a minimum day for the elementary schools and the high school has graduation at 5:30 p.m., Friday, for my youngest of my old kids. Way to go, Davis!

Monday, June 1