Stories for March 2009


Tuesday, March 31

The new shape of The Record-Courier

The Record-Courier you hold in your hands is different from the one we put out a few days ago.

Clarifying costs for arts council

On behalf of the Carson Valley Arts Council I would like to respond to a letter to the editor on March 17.

Virtual academy an important resource

Thank you for publishing Mike Kazek's guest editorial about the Nevada Virtual Academy charter public school. It's important that Douglas County parents know they do have options, especially now with all of the proposed budgetary changes for our local school district.

Remember When?

The Washoe Indians have sent to the members of Congress a basket made by Sarah Jim, the youngest of two surviving daughters of Chief Jim, who died in 1875. The design on the basket describes Chief Jim securing and turning over the guns and ammunition of his tribe to the white settlers of Nevada that they might be successful in the war of 1865 against the Piutes.

The '30s all over again

Dejà vu? The 1930s " A foreign leader with hypnotic, fascinating, rambling speeches on the masses and utter fear in others with the ultimate goal for power and domination.

Spring activities picking up speed

The Antelope Valley Lions Club's Pasture Golf Tournament will take place Saturday at the Baldo Giorgi ranch on Topaz Lane, Topaz, Calif. It's easy to find, just one mile off Highway 395. As always, this will be a fun day of pasture golf, with a fantastic barbecue lunch of ribs with all the trimmings. If you haven't signed up yet or would like more information, you can call Dave at (530) 495-2822. Hope to see you there.

Pay hard way to measure

It would be a lot easier to defend teachers' salaries if they weren't so darn high on the list. Nevada teachers rank 19th in the nation for pay.

Cauley crowned Miss Douglas County

Mackenzie Brynn Cauley was crowned Miss Douglas County at the 2009 Miss Douglas County and Miss Carson City pageant at the Capital Christian Center in Carson City on Saturday.

Listen and learn from your elders

Any study of the history of the United States shows cyclic ebbs and flows of the economy. People 75 years and older have lived through times of high unemployment during the Great Depression and rationing for the war effort during World War II.

Baseball: Douglas sweeps doubleheader from Galena

After the Galena baseball team escaped Minden with a one-run win on a bases-loaded balk Thursday, it was a pretty good bet Saturday's doubleheader would be a great pair of games.

Monday, March 30

Softball: Lady Tigers move into 1st

The Douglas High softball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday over Galena to move into first place in the Sierra League.

Swimming: Tigers strong at Aqua 5

The Douglas High girls' swim team had a strong showing at the Zephyr League Aqua 5 meet at the Carson Valley Swim Center on Friday.

Track & Field: Lady Tigers win Fallon Invite

Things are starting to look an odd bit familiar for the Douglas High girls' track team.

Golf: Wicker wins league tournament

The Douglas High boy's golf team took third at the Sierra League Tournament at Wolf Run Golf Course on Thursday.

Prep Scoreboard

PREPS Standings Northern 4A

Friday, March 27

Missing ingredient

Our nation needs a restoration in an area of society more desperately than in the financial sector. We have left behind a founding principle that caused our prosperity and greatness in the first place.

High Tea and Fashion Show on April 18

The St. Gall Women's Society's annual spring tea and fashion show is 1 p.m. April 18 in the St. Gall Pastoral Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. For information on decorating a table, call Claudia Broquist, 265-5588, or Cynthia Sawyer, 782-6526. To donate prizes, call Barbara McRoberts, 267-0025. For tickets, Lesley Solt, 265-5719.

Upcoming Easter events

Christ Presbyterian Church n Palm Sunday service with special music and palm branches, 9:30 a.m. April 5

Sports Fodder: Juggling act in store for Ault

Sports fodder for a Friday morning .... Are you ready for some football, Wolf Pack fans? Yes, it's OK to take a break from studying your NCAA Tournament bracket for just a moment and allow yourself to think football.

Softball: Big inning propels Douglas

The Douglas High softball team scored all nine of its runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-4 win over Galena Thursday afternoon in Minden.

Thursday, March 26

Baseball: Galena hangs on for win over Douglas

With two of the top teams in the Sierra League matched up for an early-season duel Thursday afternoon, it was a given that it would be a close game.

Try becoming legal first

This letter is in response to an article in the Nevada Appeal on March 5, 2009, about workshops to be held at Western Nevada College to guide Hispanics into college. Lupe Ramirez, director of student services at the college talking about the workshops stated they were for parents and high school students to learn the basic steps to become a college student.

Sounds like a plan

Editor: In reading the article on March 25 "Hitting the Pavement" an idea came to min

A letter to Kayden

I am not only praying for your recovery, but also I am praying for the authorities who will make the decision as to where you will be placed once you have recovered.

Former ballplayer visits Carson Valley

She's the only woman to ever collect a hit off of the legendary Satchel Paige.

Composting is an art

Composting is the art and science of combining organic wastes in a way that they decompose into rich humus. Organic wastes suitable for composting are grass clippings, manures, leaves, sawdust and non-animal based kitchen scraps.

Spirit song

Carson Valley United Methodist Church hosts concert artists Jean and Jim Strathdee for the Spirit Song inspirational music workshop, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 782-4600.

Photos of Douglas County needed for calendar

The Douglas County Historical Society's Women in History reception honoring this year's seven nominees is 2 p.m. Saturday. The presentation recognizes the ladies for all the incredible things they have done for Douglas County.

Diversions for 3-27

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

In the Spotlight for 3-27

Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department offers Adventure Camp for kindergarten to sixth-grade students beginning today. Camp includes field trips to Carson Lane Bowling, arts and crafts, group games and a snack.

Spring is here and so is burn season

The spring season for open burning began March 14 and will continue through Sunday May 17 this year. This only applies to residents of Ruhenstroth, Fish Springs, Topaz Lake, Topaz Ranch Estates, East Valley, Johnson Lane, Sunridge, Genoa, Gardnerville, Minden and the Sheridan area that is east of Foothill Road.

Spring reception

East Fork Gallery's 2009 spring reception is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Miniature artwork and Elfriede Short's hand-painted wooden Easter eggs are featured for the 27th year. Light refreshments. The gallery is at 1503 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Information, 782-7629.

Seven honored for being part of past, present and future of Douglas County

Seven women nominated for contributing to the quality of life in Douglas County will be honored in a reception for the 2009 Douglas County Historical Society's Women in History Award, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Miss Douglas County crowned in pageant Saturday

Five contestants will compete for Miss Douglas County 2009 during the pageant at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday, March 25

Golf: Tigers 10th at RedHawk

Douglas High junior Thomas Wicker shot a 77 to take 12th place in the individual standings and lead the Tiger golf team to a 10th-place finish at the RedHawk Invitational Tuesday.

Baseball: Douglas comes back to pummel McQueen

For the second time in three weeks, the Douglas High School baseball team dropped McQueen by enacting the 10-run mercy rule on the Lancers.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. " The Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls are voted on weekly by reporters from around the Northern region and compiled at The Record-Courier. Three computer formulas are included in voting, although they are given the same weight as the human voters.

Tuesday, March 24

Do you know what to do?

If someone collapsed from a heart attack or a child has fallen in a pool, would you know what to do? Fast, appropriate action could mean the difference between life and death. You could be that difference simply by learning some basic life-saving emergency techniques.

On the brink of bankruptcy

I am sick and tired of the Democrat objections to Republican criticisms of Obama, Reid and Pelosi " the Democrat triumvirate.

Democrats destroy America's spirit

Regarding the letter to the editor a few weeks ago ( What would one do to cripple the U.S.?), I can only agree and have had similar thoughts that our new Democratic government really wants to cripple the U.S.

Thanks for supporting symposium

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the community organizations and Douglas County schools that contributed to a very successful parent symposium recently held at Douglas High School.

Virtual school opens doors for Nevada students

As a long-time educator, I am proud of recent strides our state has taken to enhance the public education options available to students, including the expansion of online public school programs. If the approval of the expansion of Nevada Virtual Academy by the Nevada Board of Education earlier this year is any indicator, we can expect an exciting future for Nevada's education offerings so all of our students can thrive " no matter where they live in the state.

Wrapping up the last season

As I watch Iron Tiger football practice for the 2009 season from my office window and prepare for my son's graduation, I am forced into reality that football for me is truly over. I thought if I procrastinated long enough, this wouldn't happen.

Thanks for the advanced notice

We really appreciate The Record-Courier's publishing advance information on the Dakota Organization's latest play, "Annoyance."

3-2 split still a concern

Having authored a few critiques of county management, it's time to offer credit where credit is due.

Competence helps create confidence

"We have nothing to fear, but fear itself," President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in 1933, upon taking office not long after the beginning of the Great Depression.

R-C Sports Notebook: Baseball and softball predictions

With two weeks of spring sports under our belts, I feel pretty comfortable offering up my predictions for the baseball and softball seasons. As always, I'll pick these apart at the end of the year so you can all see how far off I was.

Estes to take a shot at reliever's role

Douglas High graduate Shawn Estes' career as a starting pitcher appears to be over, but is reporting that he will report to the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league camp this week in hopes of becoming a left-handed relief specialist.

There are no strings on me

Meneley Elementary School students dance to the song 'Give a Little Whistle' during the school's production of 'Pinocchio' on Friday. Left, Jasmyn Carr as Pinocchio dances during the Meneley production of 'Pinocchio.' The play featured students from Janine Mello's and Enid Webb's classes.

Valley students place in VFW essay contests

Two Valley students have placed in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' writing contests.

Ladybugs are a sure sign of spring

You can tell spring has sprung. My globe willow tree has green leaves at the tippy top, the daffodils have opened. It seems like that is always during a spring snow. The flowering plum and flowering pear are close to opening their buds. The ant holes have opened up again but the weirdest thing was while I was in town last Friday, I left my window cracked open only an inch and a ladybug flew into my car. Is that lucky?

Monday, March 23

Softball: Harper has big day for Tigers

There was little that Stephanie Harper didn't do for the Douglas softball team Saturday.

Track & Field: Lady Tigers stay unbeaten on the year

The Douglas high girls' track team kept its torrid pace up to open the year, winning the conference four-way meet at Reed High on Saturday by 53 points over second-place Hug.

Swimming: Douglas sweeps dual meets from Lowry

The Douglas swimming and diving teams completed their second-consecutive sweep of the year with the boys' team topping Lowry 142-72 and the girls' team beating Lowry 154-122 on Saturday.

Prep Scoreboard through March 21

Northern 4A Baseball High Desert League

Friday, March 20

Why Jesus? Why now?

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What a wonderful promise. What a comfort to know He never changes. Nor does He grow weary in His concern and love for us. We are similar in the fact that our basic human nature is the same as it has always been and will always be, unless something happens to change that nature. The Bible explains our basic human nature as self motivated, sinful, and separated from God. Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Community links connect in April

To promote April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Family Support Council sponsors the Community Links Blue Ribbons for Kids event, April 23, at the Family Support Council, 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.

Parks & Rec sponsors tot egg hunt April 9

Douglas County Parks & Recreation annual tot egg hunt for children 5 and younger is 11 a.m. April 9 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. This is a free event thanks to community sponsorship. The Easter bunny will be available for photos.

Carson Valley Easter services

n St. Gall Catholic Church celebrates Lent stations of the cross 6 p.m. every Wednesday throughout Lent followed with soup supper.

Inspirational music workshop March 28

Carson Valley United Methodist Church hosts concert artists Jean and Jim Strathdee for the Spirit Song inspirational music workshop, 9:30 a.m. March 28, at the church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 782-4600.

Sports Fodder: Nevada will grow up by next year

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... On second thought, maybe the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team should have tried wearing elevator shoes or growing a beard.

Softball: Fallon stops Douglas

FALLON " Fallon snapped a 2-all tie with three fourth-ining runs and held on for a 6-5 win over Douglas in the Sierra League opener for both teams Thursday afternoon.

Baseball: Douglas thumps Fallon in league opener

Fallon's first high school conference baseball game in the Sierra League was

Thursday, March 19

Diversions for March 20

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

Museums gear up for spring events

Spring is here, or at least it is trying to be here. The weather is gorgeous and daffodils are starting to bloom all over the valley. But the true test of spring is to look out into your flower beds and notice all the new, healthy weeds sprouting up. Yep, that's spring in Northern Nevada.

Healthy soil makes for happy plants

"Feed the soil, not the plant," is a statement master gardeners hear often during their training with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. W

Senior menu for the week

Menu for the week of March 23-27 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Driver safety class April 4

The AARP senior driver safety class sponsored by the Carson Valley Medical Center is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m April 4 at the Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Class is in the second-floor conference room of the administration building. An elevator is available.

Soroptimists thank supporters

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley would like to give a final thank-you to everyone who helped make the 14th annual Savor the Flavor event a reality. As always, Carson Valley's business owners and residents gave generously, helping to make this event a huge success again in 2009.

Food for Thought program at libraries

The Minden and Lake Tahoe branches of the library have teamed with In-N-Out Burger for their Food For Thought reading program. The program runs through April 18 and children ages 4-12 are invited to participate.

Ham it up at Kiwanis bingo March 28

It's time again to ham it up at the Carson Valley Kiwanis Club's annual Ham Bingo at 6 p.m. March 28 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Carol Burnett's story told in 'Hollywood Arms'

The Carson Valley Community Theatre Group is proud to present "Hollywood Arms," a play about Carol Burnett, the world famous comedienne who made comedy out of life and gave way to a rising star. The comedy/drama is scheduled for April 10, 11 and 12 and April 17, 18, 19 at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda in Minden.

In the Spotlight for March 20

The Minden-Gardnerville Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous holds more than 30 meetings a week at 1276 Pit Road, Unit 8, in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Newcomers meeting 6 p.m. every Saturday. Information, 265-4460.

Seven honored in remembering project

Seven women nominated for contributing to the quality of life in Douglas County will be honored in a reception for the 2009 Douglas County Historical Society's Women in History Award,2-4 p.m. March 28, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Information, 782-2555.

Leapin' lizards! Annie times 2

The two 10-year-olds have a lot in common " they're both fourth-grade students at Minden Elementary School and are both playing the character of Little Orphan Annie in the BAC Stage Kids musical production of "Annie," opening today at the Brewery Arts Performance Hall in Carson City.

Soccer fundraiser a big hit

Editor: Carson Valley USA Soccer Team would like to thank all those that made the first annual bowling fundraiser and raffle extravaganza so successful.

Voters remain ignorant

Giving Richard Frost due credit for his stated perceptions of the wit of the District of Corruption folk, I would offer a run at his question, "Just how stupid do the beltway insiders think we are?"

Two businesses worthy of kudos

Two businesses both worthy of kudos. First is Sunflower Learning Center located in Gardnerville. It has been our pleasure and privilege to have our 4-year-old daughter attend this outstanding daycare center for the past two years. It is a nourishing environment where children thrive under a caring and dedicated staff.

Connecting the community dots

OK, what exactly is the connection between, community, business, and government leaders? How are they linked? And how do these groups come together, to make your community work?

Thank you from the Lanfair family

I would like to thank everyone involved in sending their love, thoughts of concern and their support, thanks for all the cards and beautiful flowers sent on behalf of Gary.

Track & Field Preview: Crop of underclassmen should have big impact

A couple of things are readily apparent when looking at the 115 athletes that came out for track & field at Douglas High this spring.

Wednesday, March 18

Updates on former Tiger standouts

Nick Cohee, fr., Utah: Cohee came from behind after a disappointing first run to grad fifth place in the 2009 NCAA Alpine Skiing Championships Giant Slalom.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. " The Sierra Nevada Sports Media Polls are voted on weekly by reporters from around the Northern region and compiled at The Record-Courier. Three computer formulas are included in voting, although they are given the same weight as the human voters.

Softball: Errors topple Douglas against McQueen

The Douglas High softball team fell victim to four errors Tuesday afternoon at McQueen as the Lancers scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-1 non-league win.

Tuesday, March 17

Boys' Golf season preview: Tigers have strong foundation in place

It appears all the way around this year, the Douglas High boys' golf team is going to be about taking baby steps.

Chaos in Mexico

The current chaos in Mexico, particularly along our southern border, should cause a second look to be taken at our alleged war on drugs.

Hail to the Chief

The other day I heard a chap state on the radio that Obama was the smartest president ever. Since he could not quantify the reason (IQ or anything else) for his statement, I dismissed it as post-election euphoria.

Conservatives showing signs of desperation

On Jan. 21 of this year, Limbaugh the Looney publicly stated, "I hope he (Obama) fails."

Republicans resolve to support governor

A resolution by Douglas County Republican Central Committee at its regular meeting on Thursday, March 12.

A time for 'cautious relief'

During the past year as the bright glimmers of sun and moon once again brightened this lovely Sierra valley, residents attracted by its promises of outdoor beauty, recreation, and quiet rural living are cautiously relieved that the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollerville no longer rides rampant through this pristine Shangri-la.

Testing ups the ante on accountablity

Last week, the Douglas County School Board approved going forward with random drug testing for students involved in extracurricular activities.

R-C Sports Notebook: Rounding up weekend 1

The first weekend of the spring sports season offered few surprises for the Douglas High athletic teams. The Tiger baseball team advanced to its tournament championship, the softball team spent the week solving some spots in its lineup, the girls' track team is looking every bit the dark horse heading into the year and the swim team appears pretty solid.

Young women receive Soroptimist awards

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley presented three area women with cash awards and scholarships at their club meeting on Feb. 10.

Photo club names winner

Birds were the theme of the Carson Valley Photo Club's January photo contest. The first-place winner was Pam Brekas' picture, "Open Wide," of pelicans lined up for dinner taken on a recent cruise to Mexico.

Food closet receives generous donations

The month of February showed the community's generosity with donations for those in need of supplemental food assistance. Despite economic concerns of all, many found it in their hearts to help others with their contributions.

Thanks to Trader Joe's

The Douglas County Senior Center would like to thank Sam and Lucille from Trader Joe's for coming to our Senior Center on March 5. They provided a free cooking demonstration for our seniors during which we were able to sample several of the tasty items for sale at Trader Joe's.

Bishops celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

Godrey "Mac" and Catharine"Cathy" Bishop celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6, 2009.

Jacks Valley hosts spring fling sock hop

The Spring Fling Sock Hop fundraiser at Jacks Valley Elementary School was March 6. Students and teachers dressed in poodle skirts, black leather jackets, ponytails with ribbons, rolled up blue jeans and white T-shirts. It brought back memories of "Happy Days" with the Fonz.

Play poker for a good cause Saturday in Walker

At 7 p.m. Saturday at the Walker Community Center, our local Relay for Life team, the Antelope Valley Survivors, will hold the first of their scheduled Poker Nights to raise funds to fight cancer. It is such a fun evening, even if you aren't an expert at playing poker, and there is no question that it is for a great cause. Please try to come and support our group's efforts.

Open up and say 'ahh'

Great Basin Equine veterinarian Brian Peck pulls Hardy's wolf tooth while vet tech Kelly Gentile holds his head at the Douglas County Sheriff's Mounted Posse equine health clinic at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Glass demonstration at East Fork Gallery

Artist Janice Stowers gives a presentation on glass fusing at the East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville on Saturday. Some examples of Stowers' fused glass artwork.

Xtreme girl's soccer team hosts rummage sale

The Carson Valley XTreme U-13 girls' soccer team hosted a rummage sale at Carson Valley Middle School on Saturday to raise money for their team. They want to thank the community for its donations to the sale.

Felix Pottery first anniversary reception

Meet artisans of pottery, jewelry, glass and wearable art and celebrate the first anniversary of Felix Pottery & Artisans Shoppe, 4-7 p.m. March 27.

Stepping into cow pasture golf

The Antelope Valley Lions Club's ninth annual Cow Pasture Golf Tournament is April 4. Sign-up is 8-9 a.m. at Baldo Giorgi ranch, located one mile east of Highway 395 on Topaz Lane in Topaz, Calif. Signs will get you there.

Monday, March 16

Softball: Douglas High opens year 2-3

The Douglas softball team went into the weekend looking at the Sacramento Tournament as five additional scrimmage games and got the expected outcome.

Tiger swimmers sweep North Valleys

The Douglas High swimming and diving teams got their season off to a strong start Saturday morning at the Carson Valley Swim Center, sweeping a pair of dual meets from North Valleys.

Friday, March 13

Baseball: Douglas holds on for win over Damonte Ranch

After spotting the Damonte Ranch baseball team a two-run lead in the first inning, Douglas sophomore Kameron VanWinkle settled down to toss a complete-game win in a non-league matchup between two Sierra League heavyeights Friday afternoon.

Show love with actions and truth

"Love, love, love. Love is all you need," sang the Beatles in 1967. Their cry became the mantra of an entire generation and a society that has been all about finding love, falling in love and looking for love ever since. Yet like the old Marc Almond song, we are often "looking for love in all the wrong places."

Prayers around the cross on Good Friday

Christ Presbyterian Church will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Good Friday, April 10, for prayers around the cross. A large wooden cross will be in the front of the church where people may spend time in prayer, write concerns and prayer requests on the paper provided and nail to the cross.

Musical workshop at United Methodist

Carson Valley United Methodist Church hosts concert artists Jim and Jean Strathdee for the Spirit Song workshop, 9:30 a.m. March 28, at the church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Family yoga at Yoga Loft

Parents, grandparents and children may share a yoga experience at Family Yoga, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday and April 22, at the Yoga Loft, 1528 Highway 395, Suite 200, Gardnerville. Cost is $5 per person. Reserve a space at 781-1226.

Baseball: Douglas sweeps first two games

The Douglas baseball team was 37 batters and 13 innings into the young season before the Tiger pitching staff allowed its first hit.

Thursday, March 12

Test kits available to detect radon levels in the home

January was National Radon Action Month and there were several community meetings scheduled throughout the Valley to educate the public on this dangerous gas.

In the Spotlight for March 13

The Dakota Organization's production of the adult comedy "Annoyance!" by Sam Bobrick plays at the Carson Valley Inn through Sunday.

Blues guitarist featured in concert

Carson Valley Arts Council presents Chris Cain in concert today at the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Admission is a $15 donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the Carson Valley Arts Council.

Events springing up in Carson Valley

Janice Stower demonstrates basic art glass fusing techniques, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, at East Fork Gallery, 1503 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Light refreshments served.

Carson Valley Arts Council news

Carson Valley artist Nancy Clarke shows a selection of her oil landscapes of the Sierra at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 Highway 395, Minden.

Spring events include museum opening and Snowshoe Thompson appearance

Thanks and congratulations to all those involved in the Douglas County Historical Society's Student-Senior Day this month. The presentation of "Portrait of a Pioneer Lady" was a huge success with a total of about 70 people attending the two performances. Bea Fettic Jones, one of the authors of the play, was interviewed at the morning performance and she was delightful. Look for her interview as well as a video of the play on local Channel 16 in the near future. Historical society members will receive an e-mail announcing the time and date.

Diversions for March 13

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

Emotional freedom techniques workshops offered

Learn to use acupressure points to alter the brain's electrical and chemical system and reduce problems such as food cravings, pain, anger or depression at the introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques workshop, 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Carson Valley Medical Center, Gardnerville.

Explaining permaculture

The world would be a much different place if most people lived in self-sufficient communities that didn't rely on industrial agriculture production and distribution systems.

Senior menu for the week

Menu for the week of March 16-20 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Racing: Retiree finds success on the waterway

Gardnerville retiree Carl "Hercules" Jordan will be the first to tell you that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks.

Douglas softball preview: Depth will be key for Lady Tigers

It's not so much the fact that the Douglas High softball team has returning starters at every spot on the field save for center field entering the year that has coach Andy Mitchell smiling.

Wednesday, March 11

Tuesday, March 10

Support the president

As I read the frequent criticism of President Obama, I fail to see how lack of support for his attempts to stabilize our failing economy is solving the problem.

You've been lied to by the media

It is incontrovertible that the United States of America has an enormous reserve of wealth in oil, coal and natural gas. President Obama, and the Democrats, oppose utilizing our own resources and have blocked our opportunity for energy independence.

How to make money blogging

If you blog in Nevada, and many do, most of the blog editors are known as small, independent voices advocating what they believe in. There are a few which accept small donations for ads placed in their blogs but now there is a new entirely for-profit blog beast out there totally bought and paid for by no less than Boss Reid.

Symposium touches key points in lives

For two hours tonight, experts on teenage behavior will provide a map to the minefield that is adolescent life.

Rare when trouble doesn't stalk calving season

If you know any cowboys who have been assisting pregnant cows for the last few weeks, be kind. They are real tired about now and just want to get their jobs done and have some peace.

Where are the honest officials?

What is up with our elected officials? Since President Obama took office and then started trying to fill his cabinet it seems that every person he appointed to a position either had not paid some back taxes, or had other legal problems

Not fair for college to help undocumented

I am a student at Western Nevada College and working very hard to obtain the requirements to be considered for acceptance into the nursing program next fall.

Fiancee defends prison-bound beau

My name is Ashleigh Bronk. I am James Mickelson's fiancee. James is the one being accused of "throwing" his mother off of a balcony

Weekly updates on former Douglas High standouts

Pat Carlson, jr., G, CSU Bakersfield: Did not play in a loss to Cal State Fullerton.

Swimming: Dolfins host 'last-chance' meet

Three hundred and fifty-five swimmers from all over Northern Nevada and California braved the snow and rain of President's Day weekend to compete in the Douglas Dolfin's St. Valentine Meet.

Douglas High Baseball preview: Tigers come into year loaded with veteran talent

Douglas High baseball coach John Glover shouldn't have too much of a problem picking his No. 1 starting pitcher this season.

Carson Valley Girls Softball association constructing batting cages

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. " The Carson Valley Girls' Softball Association is in the process of building batting cages at Stodick Park.

Silver Spirit squads take Jamz Championship

We want to congratulate our Silver Spirit All-Stars youth squad for becoming two-time Jamz National Champions. We also want to congratulate our senior squad on their first-place win and Jamz National Championship title. We are also very proud of our mini squad for placing second in their division.

Fitness center under new management in Johnson Lane

A lot of Johnson Lane residents have become members at the fitness center here in Johnson Lane. It has been a rough road for most long-term members as the business has changed owners three times in the past five years.

Jones and Hines plan wedding at Salt Lake City

Tristan Jones and Tyler Hines are engaged to be married May 23, 2009, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake City Temple.

Minden Fortnightly Club thanks community

On Feb. 5, members of Minden Fortnightly Club met to discuss disbursing funds earned at their annual fundraiser. Minden Fortnightly fundraiser is an annual holiday ritual for many local residents. This year, the funds were given to many worthwhile causes. We sponsored scholarships to Douglas High seniors, scholarship to Girl's State, Town of Minden, CVIC Hall, City of Refuge, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, Family Support Council, Project School Days, Library Summer Reading Program, Carson Valley Arts Council and Austin's House.

'Annoyance!' dinner theater production opens Thursday

The Dakota Organization brings "Annoyance!" by Sam Bobrick to the Carson Valley Inn. "Annoyance!" is a wildly outrageous adult comedy. An extremely annoying man seeks help from two renowned therapists. In pursuit of his goal to be not so annoying, he drives both therapists over the edge.

Datsolalee is subject of museum lecture

Sue Ann Monteleone's research on Washoe weaver Datsolalee developed from her work with historic photographs and documents at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

Student achievers recognized

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley honored four young people from Douglas High School with student achiever awards for the first four months of the 2008-09 school year at a lunch at Two Guys from Italy on Feb. 17.

Monday, March 9

Friday, March 6

Upcoming theater

Carson Performing Arts presents the social awareness drama, "Juvie," by Jerome McDonough at the Carson Community Center at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 12. "Juvie" dramatizes teen issues with crime and incarceration in juvenile hall. Admission is donation only with half the proceeds going to social services. Information, (775) 230-8919.

Living your life by kingdom principles

In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus gives the parable known as the unjust steward. Parables are stories that Jesus told to teach kingdom principles. In this parable, the unjust steward hasn't been taking care of the master's goods like he should have been. He was wasting the master's goods. The master calls in the steward and basically tells him, "That's it, you're done working for me. You're fired!"

Women's society hosts spring tea and fashion show

St. Gall Catholic Church Women's Society spring tea and fashion show is 1 p.m. April 18 in the St. Gall Pastoral Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Tickets are $25.

Upcoming events

Douglas County Parks & Recreation annual tot egg hunt for children 5 and younger is 11 a.m. April 9 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville The Easter Bunny will pose for photos.

Thursday, March 5

Longtime Valley resident laid up after fall

Friends are gathering to support Gardnerville resident Peggy Pedrojetti, who was hospitalized with an infection for two months and is now bedridden.

Impact fee in for bumpy ride

Douglas County has long had trouble with its roads. One of the first reader-written diatribes in the old Carson Valley News decried the expense of building a bridge over the Carson River to serve the center of the Valley.

'Portrait of a Pioneer Lady' returns for Student-Senior Day

Ellen Caywood, Bill Lemons and Kay Hughes perform the play at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Free admission for seniors and students with accompanying adult.

'Once on this Island,Jr.' musical this weekend

Darren Krattli, Bo Khongkhatitham, Kaitlyn Barrett with Sean Derbyshire on the floor during rehearsals for 'Once on This Island, Jr.' Performances are 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road in the Ranchos. Tickets, adults $10, students and seniors $8, children $6.

About establishing community gardens

Gardening at home is one of the biggest hobbies in the United States. Some people do not have space at home for a garden. Others may prefer to garden in a more social setting. For them, community gardens are the answer.

Douglas County Senior Center events

The Douglas County Senior Center makes a day trip to the Fleischmann Planetarium in Reno on March 18. The bus departs the senior center at 10:30 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m. Lunch is at the Fandango's Rum Jungle Buffet followed by the digital shows of "Black Holes" and "Seasonal Stargazing" at Fleischmann Planetarium's SkyDome.

In the Spotlight for March 6

Performances of the All-City musical, "Once on This Island Jr.," are 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Chef for the day

The culinary arts students have the chance to be in charge of every aspect of creating lunch for Douglas High School staff every Friday.

Spring family fun helps support our schools

Everyone is invited to Meneley Elementary's annual Friendship Dinner on March 14. Come hungry " a spaghetti dinner with the works will be served at 5 p.m. Diners will be serenaded by a talented vocal group from Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and a Jump Rope for Heart demonstration will follow at 6 p.m.

Photos needed for historical society contest

We have another great winner for the Douglas County Historical Society's February photo contest. Congratulations to Anne Bothwell for her winning photo, "Young Ones." Runner-up is Dean Ward of Wellington. Please stop into the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville to see these outstanding photos.

Diversions, arts and entertainment for March 6

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

Wednesday, March 4

Tuesday, March 3

Letters to the Editor March 4

On the evening of Feb. 23, at the invitation of the Carson Valley Arts Council, Tim Jones and Robin Hodgkin of the Nevada Arts Council presented a workshop entitled community conversations at the Minden library. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate a dialogue on the state of the arts in our community, in order to assist us and the Nevada Arts Council in shaping long range plans for the arts in Nevada. There is particular concern that the arts not be marginalized during the present economic downturn.

A benefit to our readers

A copy of the New York Times is wrapped around a dead fish on the cover of Time Magazine's Feb. 18 edition. Inside is an article by former Time managing editor Walter Isaacson, suggesting that micropayments for content might be the way to save journalism in the world of the Internet.

Chancellor Rogers should apologize and resign

Chancellor Jim Rogers' latest attacks on Gov. Jim Gibbons " in a newspaper column and a television interview " were far beyond the pale in many ways and were part of a pattern of absolutely improper behavior toward the governor and many others that has badly damaged higher education in Nevada. The chancellor should do the only things he can now do to help higher education: apologize and resign.

Judge defers sentence for Valley heroin dealer

Sentencing was deferred Tuesday for a 20-year-old heroin salesman who was ordered to successfully complete Western Regional Drug Court or be sent to prison.

R-C Sports Notebook: New selection process a step in the right direction

Upon hearing of the new all-league and all-region selection process, which was given a test run this year by the Northern 4A coaches, my initial reaction was negative.

High Sierra Flycasters host fundraiser dinner March 14

The High Sierra Flycasters' annual fundraising dinner is March 14 at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue in Minden. The no-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. is provided by Hey Ewe Barbecue operated by Todd Wilcks and family.

Nevada centennial ranches recognized

If your farm or ranch has been in your family for 100 years or more, the Agricultural Council of Nevada would like to hear from you.

Artist reception at Copeland Arts Center

A reception for Carson Valley artist Nancy Clarke is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 Highway 395, Minden. A selection of Clarke's oil landscapes of the Sierra is displayed at the arts center. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information, 782-8207 or

Skinner and Hall married in Hawaii

Megan Skinner and Grant Hall were married Nov. 22, 2008, in Oahu, Hawaii, in a sunset ceremony surrounded by family and friends at the Kailua beach home of Megan's grandmother Lotus and "Uncle" Howell.

Speech contest winner competes Saturday

This Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Walker Community Center, our area winner from the Lions Club speakers competition in February, Andrew Oliveira, will be facing the Mammoth Lakes area winner.

Swing your partner and do-si-do

About 100 dancers of all abilities showed up to the CVIC Hall on Saturday to participate in the filming of a documentary on square dancing.

Monday, March 2

Northern 4A postseason honors

All-Region and all-league teams are picked by area coaches. The Sierra Nevada Media Group will release its All-Sierra Nevada teams later this week.

Updates on former Douglas High standouts

Pat Carlson, jr., G, CSU Bakersfield: Did not play in a win over Cal Poly.

Sunday, March 1