Stories for May 2009


Sunday, May 31

Saturday, May 30

Friday, May 29

The Miracle of Pentecost

Today is Pentecost Sunday. Whatever Christians may feel about the importance (or unimportance) of observing the traditional Christian calendar, one thing is certain.

Thursday, May 28

Local company offers curbside recycling

Over the past several years, I have been making a sincere attempt to be a more conscientious recycler.

One more day to enter May photo contest

You have one more day to enter your favorite photo of May in Douglas County into the May photo contest. There were so many of you at the barn tour, I'm expecting great photos. Lately it seems that our barn tour officially represents May in our Valley.

Keep plants healthy and growing by watering well

Plants need water. Everybody knows it; but we all water differently " some efficiently and some not.

9/11 attack against Geneva Convention

I have noticed President Obama's people are intensely concerned about the rights of our enemy at Gitmo, but I can't recall anyone of them ever saying the 9/11 murders of innocent civilians was against the Geneva Convention.

Ice cream social a big success

Pinon Hills Elementary School staff, students, and Parent Teacher Organization would like to thank all the generous businesses and parents for helping to make our 12th annual ice cream social such a wonderful success.

Didn't appreciate note about dog

Today my wife and I visited Walmart. We left our Jack Russsell terrier in the car, with all four windows at least half to three quarters open. He also had a bowl of water from which to drink. Our car is a Hummer H-1 with a light-colored convertible top.

Higher the growth the longer the fall

Earlier this month, in a single Sunday edition of the Nevada Appeal, there were three separate articles, each in a different section of the newspaper, but all with the same lessons to be learned. Douglas County can certainly learn some valuable lessons from the information provided.

Sports play not a right under the constitution

The Constitution of the United States does not guarantee the right to play sports, or chess or an instrument at school.

Sorensen's roots lie in the early 1900s

The story of Sorensen's Resort starts with a Danish immigrant called Martin Sorensen.

May 29 Births

Gardnerville residents Julia Acks and Zachary Haase are the parents of a daughter, Hailey Anna Haase, born May 7, 2009, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Hailey weighed 7 pounds at birth.

Softball: Lady Tigers grew into role of favorite

It's a tough role, playing the favorite for an entire season.

Powder Puff Football: Mountain Madness set for 11th year

There are some intense rivalries that have developed at Douglas High School over time. South Tahoe soccer, Reno baseball, Manogue volleyball and every team from Carson, for example.

Cycling: G-ville 100 a success

The annual Gardnerville 100 went off well on Sunday with some great support from club members Di and Michael who met riders at the bottom east side of Monitor, top of Monitor Pass and the top of Luther Pass.

Sports Fodder: Nevada hoops trying hand as Globetrotters

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Wednesday, May 27

Softball: Douglas final season statistics

22-15 overall, 16-5 Sierra League, 8-3 home, 8-3 away, 6-9 neutral, 19-8 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Tuesday, May 26

Valley teacher publishes first novel

There were 500 books piled in her living room, but Elizabeth Leiknes was too excited to acknowledge them.

Tierney has it backwards

EDITOR: I read with interest Kevin Tierney's diatribe against all conservatives and listeners of Fox News commentators Limbaugh and the "Limbaugh wannabes" Hannity, O'Reilly and Levin.

Wake up, America

Well I guess the so-called Speaker of the House should get a new title: "The Liar of the House." She ought to be impeached, but with a Democraticc Congress that will never happen.

Community resource available

With warnings every day about looming natural and manmade disasters, and remembering Katrina, have you ever wondered what our community would do in a crisis?

Thanks for donations

EDITOR: I would like to publicly thank the following businesses that donated door prizes for our annual Indian high school recognition dinner that rewards Indian students for school success:

Inquiring minds want to know

EDITOR: My "inquiring mind" was piqued by Steve Lang's letter to the editor, (R-C letters May 20, 2009 "Is Trigg qualified?") about Cindy Olivas Trigg's and her husband's finances and whether she is qualified to run for a seat in Congressional District 2.

Asking the horse

There is an old legend of a Douglas County man riding fast on his horse. Someone yells to him as he passes, "Where are you going?" The man turns to him and yells back, "I don't know! Ask the horse!"

Fire response time fantastic

EDITOR: My name is Lisa and the house that was primarily threatened was mine and my parents. We have lived out at Leviathan Mine for about seven years and have lived in the Douglas County area for about 17.

Grateful to Douglas teachers

Recently, as I was preparing for my junior year at Brigham Young University and choosing a major (again), I was thinking back to my years at Douglas High School. During this time, I realized how fortunate I was to attend such a great school filled with wonderful administration leaders and teachers.

Owen didn't say 'fun'

I was deeply saddened by what in my opinion was an unwarranted, unsubstantiated, and inaccurate attack on Cherie Owen (current president of DAWG) by Rod Moore in the May 15 Record-Courier. This attack was based on Ms. Owen's comments at the May 5 parks department meeting on the then proposed"and now approved"motocross park.

Never said animals were killed for 'fun'

When I saw the outrageous letter from Rod Moore in The Record-Couriers May 15 issue I was astonished at the excessiveness of it and the use of quotation marks where there shouldn't be any.

Budget drama not over yet

Three votes stand between Nevadans and approval of a tax package designed to balance the state budget. Both houses of the Legislature approved the bills that will balance the budget on Friday, starting a five-day clock.

Track & Field: Waggoner wins state discus title

Douglas standout Jessica Waggoner put the exclamation point on her senior season Friday afternoon, winning the state title in the discus at the NIAA 4A State Championships at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

Swimming: Tigers claim two state titles

RENO " The 4A state swim championship was largely dominated by Southern power Palo Verde, but not even the Panthers could keep up with Douglas' Haley VonSchottenstein.

Track & Field: Bertucci 4th at nationals

SAN ANGELO, Texas " This time, Ryan Bertucci is coming home an All-American. He just missed that goal " a top eight finish " by a matter of inches last year, finishing 10th.

Prep Scoreboard

BASEBALL NIAA 4A STATE PLAYOFFS At College of Southern Nevada

Northern 4A Postseason Honors

All-High Desert League Player of the Year Victor Mendoza, Wooster

Monday, May 25

Sunday, May 24

Saturday, May 23

Baseball: WNC loses 1st game at JUCO World Series

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Western Nevada College outhit the top-ranked team in the nation Saturday in the opening game of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

Friday, May 22

Baseball: Cimarron ends Douglas season with 10-1 win

After beating Cimarron-Memorial 9-5 in the first round of the state playoffs Thursday night, the Douglas baseball team was looking a little like world-beaters.

4th inning: Cimarron leads 9-0

Cimarron blew through three Tiger pitchers in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs to take a 9-0 lead.

4th inning: Cimarron leads 2-0

Cimarron is outhitting Douglas 7-1, with the Tigers' only hit coming from Tyler Hoelzen.

Pregame: Douglas-Cimarron

Junior Michael Whalin will start on the mound for Douglas in an elimination game against Cimarron-Memorial tonight.

Baseball: Gorman tops Douglas 8-0

Bishop Gorman finished off an 8-0 win over the Douglas baseball team in the second round of the NIAA 4A State Tournament at College of Southern Nevada Friday afternoon, knocking the Tigers into the loser's bracket.

Time to remember those who have gone before us

As we approach Memorial Day, do we really remember those who have gone before us and provided the quality of life we have grown accustomed to? Do we appreciate their sacrifice and the price paid for the greatest country ever? Are we planning to take a little time between our rush to prepare for the picnic, travel, family, yard work and a variety of other things to thank them in our hearts and pray for their families?

Activities for Memorial Day

Calvary Pentecostal Church invites military families and veterans as special guests honored in a patriotic service, 11:30 a.m. today, 220 W. Winnie Lane. Calvary Pentecostal Church launches the Adopt Our Soldiers ministry to adopt local soldiers and families and provide care packages and spiritual support. Complimentary barbecue lunch at Mills Park following the service. Reservations at 882-2238.

4th inning: Gorman leads 7-0

Through four complete innings, BIshop Gorman leads Douglas 7-0 in the NIAA State 4A Baseball Championships.

3rd inning: Gorman leads 5-0

Through three complete innings, BIshop Gorman leads Douglas 5-0 in the NIAA State 4A Baseball Championships.

2nd inning: Score remains 3-0 in favor of Gorman

After two complete innings, the score remains 3-0 at the NIAA State 4A Baseball Championships.

1st inning: Gorman takes early lead

Bishop Gorman scored three runs in the top half of the first inning on three hits and a Douglas error for the 3-0 lead in the second round of the NIAA State 4A Championship at the College of Southern Nevada.

Pre-game: Douglas vs. Gorman

Record-Courier photographer Shannon Litz arrived at the College of Southern Nevada about half an hour ago and reports that the facilities are "pretty nice" and that there is a decent-sized Douglas following in attendance.

Basketball: Olson to walk on at Nevada

Douglas High athletic director Jeff Evans said today that former Tiger basketball standout Keith Olson will walk on at Nevada next season.

Baseball: Douglas tops Cimarron 9-5

After defense and pitching carried the Douglas baseball team through the Northern 4A Regional tournament last week, the Tiger offense picked up its share of the load Thursday night in the first round of the NIAA 4A State Baseball Tournament in Las Vegas.

Thursday, May 21

6th Inning: Douglas 9, Cimarron-Memorial 5

Tyler May's solo home run gives Douglas a 9-5 lead heading into the top of the sixth in the first round of the NIAA 4A State Baseball Tournament.

3rd Inning: Douglas 8, Cimarron-Memorial 4

After three-complete, Douglas extends its lead for the second-straight frame.

2nd Inning: Douglas 4, Cimarron-Memorial 3

After a scoreless first, Douglas pulled out to a 4-3 lead over Cimarron through two complete innings.

Douglas & Cimarron in scoreless tie after 1

Douglas and Cimarron-Memorial are in a scoreless tie through one inning in the first round of the NIAA 4A State Baseball Tournament at College of Southern Nevada.

Golf: Wicker rolling into big summer stretch

Regardless of what happens at the NIAA 4A State Golf Championships at Red Hawk Golf Course in Sparks this week, Douglas junior Thomas Wicker has his sights set on much bigger things.

Golf: Shope advances in US Open qualifier

Eddie Shope took a shot at the US Open Local Qualifier golf tournament two years ago. Aside from some trouble putting his short game together, he did pretty well.

Track & Field: Bertucci sets sights on NCAA meet

Few athletes ever achieve All-America status in their sport, and in track and field, even fewer athletes can claim membership in the high jump's magical 7-foot club.

Wicker finishes tied for 5th at state

Douglas junior Thomas Wicker wrapped up the high school season with a tie for fifth place at the NIAA 4A State Boys Golf Championship at RedHawk in Sparks Thursday.

Mac-the-Naw: Memorial Day Fishing Report

Welcome to Memorial weekend. Just a local report to let you know what's open and what's not in our area.

Literary club donation

Kathy Weber from the Gardnerville Woman's Literary Club and Library Services Coordinator Karen Fitzgerald with books donated to the Douglas County Public Library by the organization.

Cycling: Riding around in the warm weather

The weather last weekend was beautiful for bike riding. They were the hottest days of the year, but when riding a bike apparent wind is generated so it is like having a constant breeze when riding.

Seeing the future at the science and engineering fair

Last week I saw the future. No, I'm not a fortune teller or a psychic. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, was held in Reno at the Convention Center from May 10-15.

Climate change means new plant zone maps

A few months ago, I wrote about the USDA plant hardiness zone map. This map was last updated in 1990. The new map is expected to reveal that warmer planting zones have moved northward. This could have an effect on the 82 million households that garden in the United States (National Gardening Association). It could also influence what plants and crops will grow where.

Sports Fodder: Story the most intriguing face among Pack recruits

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Back in March we thought this off-season was going to be a quiet one for the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team.

Arts & Entertainment for May 22

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

In the Spotlight for May 22

The Carson Valley Art Association meets, 1:30 p.m. today, at the UNR Cooperative Extension conference room, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Dr. Angus Quinlan from the Nevada Rock Art Foundation speaks for Nevada Archeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month. Public invited and refreshments served. Information, Ron Clarke, 782-8035.

Check out history of working barns in historical society's annual fundraiser

The Douglas County Historical Society's Great Barns of Carson Valley tour is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ag students host greenhouse sale

Junior Jill Brune, sophomore Bodean Callahan, junior Kathia Figueroa and senior Aidali Davalos put stakes in the tomato plants in the Douglas High School greenhouse in preparation for the Douglas ag students' greenhouse sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the school, 1670 Highway 88, Minden. Vegetables, annuals and perennials that do well in Nevada for sale.

Douglas drama students present 'Jumpin' Jupiter'

"Jumpin' Jupiter" is a comedy set in the 1950s about how someone's curiosity leads to mishaps and trouble for the rest of the characters.

A view inside the casual RVers' life

On a recent trip to Desert Pools RV Resort, I found myself gabbing with all sorts of folks for all sorts of reason. The park was in the process of closing down for the season and we were all extra cordial.

Senior center menu for the week

The menu for the week of May 25-29 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Historical society gears up for summer events

Saturday is the long awaited Great Barns of Carson Valley Tour. If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, call 782-2555 and reserve it by credit card today. You can't get in without a ticket.

Parks & Rec classes for June

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.

Thanks for Douglas Disposal sponsorship

I would like to take the time to thank Douglas Disposal for sponsoring the Carson Valley Saints local U12 softball team. In these difficult financial times I am proud to say that I live in Gardnerville. People have not forgotten the needs of our children. I am proud to say that one sponsor was able to help 12 girls and their families represent Carson Valley in a Sacramento Valley softball tournament. We were given such great comments from other teams and their parents on how well behaved and good sportsmanship that we displayed. I am so very proud that the Saints did Carson Valley proud!

Thanks to emergency crew

Recently I suffered a collapsed lung. Although not life-threatening it certainly is a very frightening experience. My sincere and heartfelt thanks goes to Capt. Matt Hill, EMT Kevin Repan and paramedic Andrew Chrzanowski from Station 4 and volunteer Chief Dave Thomas and firefighter Graham Golden from Station 5. A real special thanks to Andrew Chrzanowski who looked after me all the way to emergency in Gardnerville.

What's the point?

I don't get the point of Steve Lang's letter regarding Cindy Trigg's candidacy. He seems more concerned with William Trigg and his current financial difficulties. Supposing the details as outlined in the letter (and thank you so much for the publication details) are correct, who cares?

Photo club May winner chosen

The May Carson Valley Photo Club contest was about weather. First place was Carol Heinricy's photo, "Rainy Day at the Falls." Photos may be viewed at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden.

Support after fire much appreciated

One may ask what people, friends or neighbors " some you know, some you don't " are made of. Here is a first-hand report of the consideration, love, sorrow, and feelings for those that have lost over 50 years of accumulation " in other words, everything. If only it were all junk it wouldn't mean so much, which is not the case.

Wednesday, May 20

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

TeamPtsPvs 1. Douglas (5)501 2. Reno452

Tuesday, May 19

Is Trigg qualified?

I'm just wondering if Belinda Moran (R-C Letters May 13, "Congratulations to Cindy Trigg") can elaborate further on her candidate of choice about the following items which have appeared recently in the newspapers as cited below.

Commissioners should focus

I think there were some decisions made at the last county commissioner's meeting on May 12, that people need to be made more aware. Although I could write a book on the procedure for the approval of the motocross track, there was something else that seemed worse.

District must protect students

We need to address the Meneley kill list. Officials have found no "evidence" of it; however, students came forward and stated they saw it being written. The student himself has acknowledged he has one. So, it really doesn't matter where it went. What matters is that he is removed from our schools, to help insure the safety of our children.

Working on an alternative to the major parties

We need to address the Meneley kill list. Officials have found no "evidence" of it; however, students came forward and stated they saw it being written. The student himself has acknowledged he has one. So, it really doesn't matter where it went. What matters is that he is removed from our schools, to help insure the safety of our children.

Don't balance budget on county backs

This week Douglas County's governments finalize their budgets with just the faintest hints of what's to come.

Thanks for making Earth Day run fun

On behalf of the students and staff at Gardnerville Elementary School I would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support to help make the Earth Day Mile Fun Run a huge success: Walmart, Costco, Raleys and Scolari's grocery stores.

Thanks for hosting kick-off

EDITOR: I would like to thank Francisco's restaurant for hosting Cindy Olivas Trigg's Congressional campaign kick-off in Douglas County on Cinco De Mayo

Going for a ride on Mother's Day

It for sure was my best ever Mother's Day. I called my parents Thursday night and said I needed to get out of town. With the weatherman predicting warm temperatures it was time to go.

Valley 4-H'er wins at livestock show

My name is Marshall McKown. I'm a member of the Douglas County 4-H Divine Swine Project. I am 13 years old and this is my first year showing pigs, it was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun. First I would like to thank my 4-H Swine Leader, Skyler Zulian, for all of her volunteer time and guidance towards my pig Mr. Bean and I. And also Skyler's mom, Nita Vick the sheep leader, for all of her time and help too! They taught me a lot!

Hines and Jeppson to be married in June

Allison Hines and John Jeppson are engaged to married June 20, 2009, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mt. Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah.

Upcoming events

The Carson Valley Art Association meets, 1:30 p.m. Friday, at the UNR Cooperative Extension conference room, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Dr. Angus Quinlan from the Nevada Rock Art Foundation speaks for Nevada Archeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month. Public invited and refreshments served. Information, Ron Clarke, 782-8035.

Remember when for May 20

95 years ago May 22, 1914 Notice is given to water consumers that irrigation of lawns and gardens from our system is forbidden. No restrictions for domestic use of water is made. T

Valley barns in the spotlight in historic barn tour Saturday

The Douglas County Historical Society's Great Barns of Carson Valley tour is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

R-C Sports Notebook: Impressive hardware haul

My head is still kind of spinning from last weekend. The spring sports hauled in eight different regional titles in team and individual events. I can't recall Douglas High ever having such a successful weekend (Although I bet some of you are going through your memory banks trying to top it right now.)

Golf: Douglas grad advances at US Open Qualifier

Gardnerville resident Eddie Shope, who graduated from Douglas High in 2004 and runs the Line Drive U baseball and golf facility in Johnson Lane advanced to the next round at the US Open Qualifier at Genoa Lakes Monday,

Baseball: This one was all about the team

Tyler May stood in front of his team's dugout awkwardly holding the Northern 4A Regional Baseball Championship trophy.

School records fall at regional swimming

After rolling through the Zephyr League Championships last week, the Douglas High swimming and diving teams made some noise over the weekend, breaking four school records and turning in solid team finishes at the Northern 4A Regional Championships in Carson City.

Track & Field: Lady Tigers claim first-ever 4A regional title

The Douglas High girls' track team has been piling up meet victories with little trouble all season long and pulled through with its biggest of the year on probably the most important week of the season.

Monday, May 18

Saturday, May 16

Check back today for regular updates from title game

The Douglas baseball team will be facing the Reno Huskies in a regional-title showdown at Reno High School at 1 p.m. today.

Softball: Reed ends Lady Tigers' season

After holding on for a close win over Galena Friday afternoon in the Northern 4A Regional Tournament, the Douglas softball team saw its season come to an end in a 10-2 loss to top-ranked Reed.

Friday, May 15

God comes through with promises

When Abraham was 75 years old and his wife Sarah 65, God tells them to leave their country and people. To go to a land God will show them and that their offspring shall be as numerous as the stars in the sky. They obey God and 24 years later three messengers come to Abraham and Sarah and announced that next year Sarah will have a son (Genesis 18:9-15).

Carson Valley barn tour Saturday

The Henningsen barn is one featured in the Douglas County Historical Society's Great Barns of Carson Valley tour, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 23. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers and $20 for historical society members. Information at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 782-2555.

Saving higher education takes more than promise

It was interesting to learn that a 10 percent increase in student tuition would only make up 2.5 percent of the university and community college budget for the next two years.

President part of Marxist plot

Our president (along with accomplices Pelosi, Reid, etal) are about to solve our problem of overspending, overborrowing and overtaxing by overspending, overborrowing and overtaxing. Now the village idiot would question an economic policy which has never worked. Forget common sense! Just consider the implied offense to our rationality when we are expected to trust our government to solve a problem they created with a sequence of catastrophic policies. You question their IQs? Quite reasonable, but remember that ideology trumps everything.

Republicans lost for a reason

I am getting extreme enjoyment reading and watching the losers (Republicans) of the last two elections. I'm referring to Mr. Fournier's letter. Like Fox News, he gets it wrong. He missed the point of Chuck Lacey's letter, but hey, if all you watch are Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, I can't blame you. If anyone wants to really be entertained, you should listen to those two and several other so-called "conservatives" on TV and the radio. These guys are nothing but Rush Limbaugh wannabes " no one mixes truth, half-truths and lies better than Mr. Excellence in Broadcasting.

Thanks from 20-30 Club

Thank you so much to Steve and Barbara at Buckaroo's Saloon in Gardnerville for hosting an evening of guest bartending and karaoke for the Active 20-30 Club of Sierra Nevada No. 730 on April 22.

Showcase a big hit with business

On behalf of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority, I'd like to thank all of those responsible for the very successful ninth edition of the Business Showcase.

DAWG owes workers apology

On May 5, 2009, residents of Douglas County gathered at the senior citizen's center to give varying concerns and opinions about a proposed motocross park near the Douglas County Fairgrounds. In attendance were approximately 50 to 75 people ranging from young teenagers to senior citizens. All were addressing concerns to the Douglas County Board of Parks & Recreation and did so in a manner that citizens of Douglas County should be proud of.

Baseball: NIAA baseball playoffs headed for Aces Ballpark next season

RENO " The NIAA will play postseason baseball at the new Aces Ballpark as early as next season.

Softball: Douglas tops McQueen to advance

Trailing 6-0 against McQueen heading into the bottom of fifth inning Thursday afternoon, the Douglas softball team was looking to get something, anything, going.

Thursday, May 14

Tigers lead Lancers in tournament

The Douglas Tigers are ahead of the McQueen Lancers by 3-0 in the first inning of the 4A Northern Nevada Baseball Tournament.

Art studio tour May 30-31

Artists in the Johnson Lane and Stephanie Way areas of Minden display artworks in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastel, gallery gourds, porcelain and cast paper sculptures during the free Johnson Lane Art Studio Tour,

Time to make leis for grads

Rick and Davelyn Miyashiro welcome the community to their home on June 4 at 6 p.m. to make leis for graduating seniors.

Ag students' greenhouse sale this weekend

The Douglas Ag Class plant sale is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and May 23 and 24 in Douglas High School's greenhouse.

Douglas drama department's spring play opens tonight

"Jumpin' Jupiter" is a comedy set in the 1950s about how someone's curiosity leads to mishaps and trouble for the rest of the characters.

In the Spotlight for May 15

The Sierra Ringers and the Bell Cases adult and youth bell choirs of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church present a concert, 5 p.m. Sunday, at the church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

When embers arrive, will your home survive?

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week is just ending. This year's slogan was "Be Ember Aware " Will Your House Survive When the Embers Arrive?" Look around your landscape and ask yourself, "would my house survive a wildfire?"

Valley Cruisers Rockathon car show in Heritage Park Saturday

Jack Devitt of Topaz Ranch Estates and Ben Harrison of Gardnerville check out a 1924 Bugatti at last year's Rockathon car show at Heritage Park.

Arts & Entertainment for May 15

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.

Baseball: Douglas advances to semifinals with win over Damonte Ranch

Two games into the Northern 4A Regional Baseball Tournament, the potent Douglas offense of the regular season has yet to really show up.

Wednesday, May 13

Baseball: Juggling the staff a key component of regionals

It's an annual given that the team with the deepest pitching staff is usually going to have a decent shot at winning the Northern 4A baseball tournament, which opened Tuesday afternoon and will continue through the rest of the week at Reno and Wooster high schools.

1989 squad was first & last to win regional crown

When Douglas High School was bumped up to the large school classification in 1980, it seemed to many that the heyday of the Tiger athletic program was over.

Golf: Wicker takes second at regionals

Douglas High junior Thomas Wicker finished the Northern 4A Regional Golf Championships in second place Tuesday afternoon, shooting a two-day total of 155.

Tuesday, May 12

Baseball: Douglas advances in playoffs with win over Spanish Springs

Tyler May broke the Douglas High School record for career wins with a 10-strikeout, two walk performance and Troy Torres came up big at the plate as the Tiger baseball team picked up a 3-2 win over Spanish Springs in Minden during the first round of the Northern 4A Regional playoffs Tuesday afternoon.

Remember when for May 13

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Medieval Beasts present musical love story

The medieval tale of Tristan and Iseult came to Patrick Ball when he found a tiny book tucked between some large folios in a library.

Spring means gardening

Douglas High School sophomores Lexi Brennecke and Brenna White work in the greenhouse on May 6. Vegetables, annuals and perennials that do well in Nevada will be for sale at the Douglas Ag Class green house sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and May 23 and 24 in the school's greenhouse.

Who was Jack? Find out at museum lecture

Jacks Valley was named after a guy named Jack, but who was Jack? Carson Valley historian Bob Ellison tells the story of how Jacks Valley was named, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Good sales coming to Walker on Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend will provide us all with the chance to check out two really good sales.

Dance academy presents spring concert May 29-30

The Academy of Dance Arts 15th annual spring concert is presented 6 p.m. May 29 and May 30 at the MontBleu theater in the Montbleu Resort & Casino, Stateline.

Gardening volunteers needed for Dangberg Home Ranch project

Anyone who enjoys gardening is invited to a meeting about recreating the gardens at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park at 1 p.m. Saturday.

'Relinquish' CD release concert Saturday at Brewery Arts Center

Gardnerville resident Vanessa Littrell plays a concert at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall in a CD release party for her new disc "Relinquish," 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Barn tour tickets on sale

The barn at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one featured in the Douglas County Historical Society's Great Barns of Carson Valley tour, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 23.

Get wacky waddlers by the six-quack

The wacky waddlers take to the river during Carson Valley Days at the Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace at Lampe Park on June 14. Proceeds from the sale of the ducks benefit the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Saddle-trained horses available at BLM adoption event May 30 in Carson City

Sixteen saddle-trained horses from the ranges of Nevada will graduate from months of training and are looking for good homes and enthusiastic owners through the adoption event at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center off Snyder Avenue in Carson City.

Correction: New guy at fire house

Chad Lawrence is the new member of the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department. His name was reported incorrectly in a story about him in Friday's R-C.

R-C Sports Notebook: Eerily similar

We'll be printing a story in Wednesday's paper (and subsequently posting it online) commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Douglas High baseball team's regional championship season.

Monday, May 11

NIAA announces proposed realignment

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) released a letter Monday outlining proposed cost-cutting measures for the 2009-10 school year, including a three-division realignment proposal.

Swimming: Douglas claims boys', girls' Zephyr League titles

In their first meet since Molly Lahlum died in a medical episode suffered at the Carson Swim Center at the end of March, the Douglas High swim team did their former teammate proud.

Golf: Wicker 4th after Day 1

Douglas junior Thomas Wicker shot a 77 on the first day of the Northern 4A Regional Golf Tournament Monday which was good enough for fourth.

Track & Field: Waggoner shatters regional record at qualifier

The Douglas High girls' track team did what it needed to do over the weekend in order to keep its hopes of winning the regional team championships alive.

Sunday, May 10

Saturday, May 9

Baseball: Douglas finishes off sweep of Senators

Shane Fencl was the smallest player on the field Friday afternoon, but he

Friday, May 8

Softball: Wolf Pack knocks off New Mexico State

FRESNO, Calif. - No. 24 Nevada received a great pitching performance from Katie Holverson and Mallary Darby and some timely hitting as the Wolf Pack beat New Mexico State on Thursday night and advance to the next round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Softball: Lady Tigers clinch 1st league title since 2004

There was no shrieking or dogpile on the field. In fact, it was hard to tell that Douglas High School had just won its first Sierra League softball title since 2004.

Thursday, May 7

Track & Field: Jumpers take center stage for Douglas High

You could say the Douglas High girls track and field team has been a jump ahead " maybe two or three " of its Northern 4A competition this spring.

Baseball: Tigers clinch 3rd league title in last six years

Tyler Hoelzen had watched this scene develop one too many times this season.

Be careful driving

EDITOR: I live in the Johnson Lane area and my street is Squires. I have wonderful neighbors and I wave when I can when they are out. I'm the one who drives a white Ford pickup, with my three dogs in the back.

My mom's story through my eyes

Several scenes come to mind when I think of my first impressions of Mommy. It's hard to believe I can remember back that far, but these bits and pieces are ingrained in my mind and as vivid today as they were 65 years ago

Counties could cooperate

Lots of folks over the years have said that Douglas and Carson should cooperate when it comes to attracting business and industry.

Swim center remembers Gardnerville's diamond cutter

They're dedicating the indoor pool at the Carson Valley Swim Center to former East Fork Swimming Pool District Board member Leonard Ludel 11 a.m. May 17.

Don't call me Lord unless you obey me

When Saul, the first king of Israel, was given an assignment by the Lord he did not do exactly as he was commanded. Then he thought if he gave a big sacrifice that would pacify the Lord for his disobedience.

State tree nursery opens Thursday

Although many people think that landscaping is only about making their home look better, plants serve other important purposes. Choosing the right plants and planting them in the right places can resolve a number of site challenges such as water conservation, erosion control, wind amelioration, weed control or wildlife habitat. Solving these site issues requires hardy plants adapted to northern Nevada's tough conditions. Each year, the Nevada State Nursery in Washoe Valley sells plants at affordable prices that thrive in the harshest landscape conditions.

Historic Carson Valley Barns tour May 23

The Douglas County Historical Society's Great Barns of Carson Valley tour is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 23. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for Douglas County Historical Society members.

Tortoise club meets

An 8-month-old desert tortoise eats during the March meeting of the tortoise club. The next meeting is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane in Minden. Information, Eileen Cohen, 267-2557.

New guy at fire house

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. The newest member of the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department is Chad Anderson. Formerly with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Anderson spent seven years with them at Mammoth Lakes and 10 years prior to that in Orange County.

Arts & Entertainment for May 8

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.

April photo contest winner announced

Kathy Port, our April photo contest winner captured something very special about April in Douglas County. Thank you, Kathy, for your beautiful photo. And thanks also to Debi Lynn Smith of Topaz Ranch Estates for her great runner-up photo. Both photos are posted at the reception desk at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Senior menu for the week

The menu for the week of May 11-15 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Parks & Rec classes for May

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.

Mother's Day dining at CVI

The Carson Valley Inn celebrates Mother's Day on Sunday with a Mother's Day brunch buffet in the Shannon Ballroom, Sunday brunch in Fiona's Bar and Grill inside the Carson Valley Inn and Mother's Day dinner specials in Fiona's and Katie's Country Kitchen.

In the Spotlight for 5-8

The Topaz Sagehens' 33rd annual rummage sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center, 33904 Carter Way, Wellington. Chili dogs, hot dogs, soft drinks, coffee, bake sale items, homemade candy and salsa for sale. Raffle prizes. Information, 266-4013.

Big Mama's ready to roll

Crafts, food, music and classic cars will be found at the ninth annual Big Mama's Show & Shine Classic Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lampe Park Pavilion in Gardnerville.

Sports Fodder: Ramirez suspension not the end of the world

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension for using a banned substance is not the end of the world, major league baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers or even Southern California kids wearing dreadlocks.

Douglas to host rodeo May 16 & 17

Douglas County High School rodeo will be May 16 & 17 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Pine Nut Arena in Gardnerville.

New Motorcycle, ATV TT/Flat Track racing series at Reno-Fernley Raceway

On Saturday, May 16, Reno-Fernley Raceway kicks off a new eight-race TT/Flat Track series exclusively for Motorcycle and ATV racers that promises top level competition unlike any other program in Northern Nevada with special age-bracketed classes for youths through adults. RFR's Saturday Night Super Show program also includes Pro-4, Pure Stock Mini's and Mud Drags.

Cycling: Mountain biking is among us

Mountain biking this time of year is really rewarding. For road riders, cool temperatures and blustery winds are enough to keep people off their bikes.

Softball: Wolf Pack opens tournament with win

FRESNO, Calif. - The Nevada softball team got off to the right start in the WAC Tournament with a 5-4 victory over New Mexico State on Wednesday at Bulldog Diamond.

Fishing Derby in need of volunteers, sponsors

Organizers of the Kids Fishing Derby will be at the Big Mama's Car show at Lampe Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Golf: Wicker claims league title for second time

Douglas High junior Thomas Wicker clinched the Sierra League boys' golf championship for the second-consecutive season on Wednesday at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake.

Wednesday, May 6

Softball: Douglas edges Carson in extra innings

Heading into extra innings Wednesday afternoon, neither the Carson or Douglas softball teams were having much trouble getting runners on base and into scoring position.

Baseball: Douglas tops Carson in series opener 3-1

A dead heat with two games to go.

Minden school claims second consecutive win in Free Fishing Day Poster Contest

There must be something in the water at Pinon Hills Elementary.

Holverson named WAC Pitcher of the Year

FRESNO, Calif. - Katie Holverson was named the Pitcher of the Year and lead six Nevada players on the 2009 All-WAC teams, the league announced Wednesday morning at a banquet.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

TeamPtsPvs 1. Douglas (5)671 2. Reno (2)622

Baseball: Aces shut out River Cats 4-0

RENO, Nev."Tony Barnette dealt 6.1 scoreless innings and the Reno bullpen followed suit, as the Aces won a 4-0 decision over the Sacramento River Cats Tuesday night at Raley Field.

Softball: Harper tosses no-hitter, Douglas beats Wooster

Stephanie Harper threw a no-hitter at Wooster Tuesday afternoon, striking out seven and walking only one as she fell just a walk short of a perfect game. Douglas cruised to the 11-0 win.

Tuesday, May 5

Thanks for new carpeting

The participants and staff of the Douglas County Senior Center along with the Young At Heart Senior Citizens Club would like to extend our appreciation to Douglas County Commissioner Michael Olson for his generous donation to the senior center.

Motorcycle track hard on animals

I am adamantly opposed to locating the proposed "temporary" motocross track adjacent to the animal shelter. Even if it were to actually be "temporary," the damage to the shelter animals during just one trial season could be devastating.

Opposed to motocross track

This proposed motocross facility is bad for local property owners and local off-roaders. If you live remotely close to the proposed track, you should be very concerned. If you enjoy trail riding in the Pine Nuts on a motorcycle, ATV, or whatever, you should be very concerned. Pity the model airplane pilots that have enjoyed their small airport adjacent to the proposed track. I'm sure the already stressed animals and staff at the animal shelter, also adjacent the track, will be thrilled.

Motocross track important to economy

After reading the article in the paper about the concern for the animals at the shelter I understand how some may feel.

Concerned about motocross track

I am a volunteer at the Douglas County Animal Shelter and a member of DAWG. I have seen first hand how stressful it is for the animals kept there even now. Adding the noise, dust and commotion of first building a moto-cross track and then of holding the events would seriously impact these animals.

State services receding

Carson Valley hasn't always had an office of the- Department of Motor Vehicles. The Minden office opened in 1994, bringing full service to town.

TRIAD recognizes seniors

Four Douglas County seniors were recognized as TRIAD Senior for a Day winners for 2009 with a lunch at the Country Club Restaurant in Gardnerville on April 30. The 2009 honorees are Venice Reed, Bob Daniels, Gene Abrahamson and Ruby Birchfield.

Gibbons and Williams engaged

Sandra D. Gibbons and Monty Williams have announced their engagement.

Upcoming events at public library

The Douglas County Public Library is looking for volunteers to work at the children's service desk during the summer. Detail-oriented adults with experience working with children are desired. Help is needed to sign up children for the summer reading program, give instructions, and issue prizes to readers.

Lending library opens in Genoa

The new lending library is in two rooms upstairs from the Genoa Country Store and overlooks Main Street in Genoa. There are about 1,000 donated books, current magazines and a game table to play Scrabble. To borrow materials, residents write down what's checked out and when it's returned.

Register for Neddenriep family reunion on June 20-21

The Neddenriep family reunion is celebrated on June 20 and 21 with a western-style barbecue at the Neddenriep Ranch in Alpine County and brunch at Marlena Hellwinkel's home in Minden after special recognition of the family during Sunday service at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Fortnightly Club donates to arts center

Kim Chapman, chairman of the Minden Fortnightly fundraising committee, presents a $1,000 check to Krissie Thornhill of the Carson Valley Arts Council to be applied to the Big George Community Challenge, a one-to-one match up to $25,000 going toward the mortgage of the Copeland Cultural Arts Center. The goal of the arts council is to create a performing arts center and promote cultural events in Carson Valley.

Softball: Douglas season statistics through May 1

17-12 overall, 13-4 Sierra League, 7-2 home, 6-3 away, 4-7 neutral, 14-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Earth Day at Jacks Valley Elementary School

On Earth Day Jacks Valley Elementary School was a busy place. Douglas Disposal came out and spoke with the kids about recycling and how important it is so we won't fill up our landfills as much. Third-grader Cody Black said they melt down the plastic recyclables and make it into a thread to make our clothes.

Baseball: Douglas season statistics through May 1

23-7-1 overall, 12-3 Sierra League, 7-2 home, 13-3 away, 4-1-1 neutral, 20-5 vs. Northern Nevada teams.

Remember when for May 6

Near the base of Hot Springs Mountain, a practical experiment in dry farming is to be carried on this season. On 25 acres of land cleared last year by Howard Beers, a crop of wheat has been planted and compares with any growing crop in this section. No moisture other than that which falls from the sky, is available as the land is out of the present irrigation district, owing to its slightly elevated situation.

Students find outlet for creativity in art show

Hundreds viewed artwork, listened to music by the Douglas jazz band and Madrigals and bid on silent auction items at the Douglas High School annual art show on April 29.

Tickets on sale for historic barn tour

The Douglas County Historical Society's Great Barns of Carson Valley tour is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 23. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for Douglas County Historical Society members.

R-C Sports Notebook: This one's for all the marbles (sort of)

While I'm sure the coaches of the two teams would have been just as happy to have the league race pretty well wrapped up by now, as a sports fan, you have to appreciate that the Carson and Douglas baseball teams took care of their respective business last week.

Tennis: Local athletes compete in satellite opener

The first tournament of the 2009 Northern Nevada Junior Satellite Series was hosted by the Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno.

Gymnastics: Tumbleweeds wrap up season at regionals

The Tumbleweeds boys' gymnastics team wrapped up a successful season recently with a strong showing at the USA Gymnastics Region 1 Championships in Chandler, Ariz.

Coleman to be inducted into San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame

At age 73, Gardnerville resident Bill Coleman thought the glory days of his athletic career were far behind him.

Updates on former Douglas High standouts

Shawn Estes, P, Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers Triple-A): Estes carried the Isotopes through six innings allowing just one run Sunday afternoon against the Round Rock Express. He struck out three, walked two and retired 10 consecutive batters at one point. He took a no-decision in the 6-4 loss.

Monday, May 4

Track & Field: Waggoner breaks school discus record, again

For the fourth time in the last calendar year, Douglas High senior Jessica Waggoner broke the school discus record.

Sunday, May 3

Saturday, May 2

Baseball: Aces walk off with win

RENO, Nev."Agustin Murillo drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half of the 11th inning Friday night, forcing home the game-winning run in a 5-4 Aces victory over Portland at Aces Ballpark.

Baseball: Tigers complete sweep of Vikings, set up next week's Sierra League title showdown with Carson

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE " Douglas High didn't forget a key loss to South Tahoe pitcher Max DeLallo in its quest to win the Sierra Division baseball title last year.

Friday, May 1

Big-footed animal leaves unusual prints

It's been many years since we had a report that there might be a Big Foot living out here in Fish Springs. I got interested again this winter when we had some deep snow on the BLM hill that's behind our house. I saw lots of strange footprints that must have been caused by some kind of large animal.

Real war to be fought is spiritual war

Conservative politicians say we are in a culture war. That there are serious disagreements in our nation is apparent but the ongoing controversy in society, in reality, extends beyond boundaries, politics, and culture.

Mother's Day food drive

The Douglas County Democratic Women will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet at their luncheon at the Carson Valley Country Club restaurant on Monday.

Baseball: Barnette masterful in 6-1 win over Portland

RENO, Nev."Tony Barnette allowed just one run over 6.2 innings, earning his first-career Triple-A victory in a 6-1 win for the Reno Aces over the Portland Beavers in the series opener Thursday night at Aces Ballpark.

Softball: Douglas completes season sweep of Vikings with 8-1 win

Stephanie Harper carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning Thursday afternoon in Lake Tahoe as Douglas cruised to an 8-1 win to complete a season sweep over the Vikings.

Baseball: Douglas sweeps South Tahoe in doubleheader

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE " Douglas High showed in the final two innings that it's difficult to shut down its offense for a complete game.