Farewell to some old Carson Valley friends

Kurt Hildebrand

Kurt Hildebrand


After around two decades living in the East Valley, Gold Star Mom Sally Wiley and husband Mike are picking up and moving to Oregon.

A native Nevadan, Wiley was born in Winnemucca, where her father was district range manager for the Bureau of Land Management for a dozen years between 1942 and 1954.

Wiley has been an active member of the Carson Valley community for years after she and Mike moved here around the turn of the century.

But it was Feb. 15, 2009, when her son Sean was killed in Iraq in an explosion, that she found a mission.

She’d been sending Diamond care packages when he was overseas, and she started sending them to Nevada members of the armed services serving overseas.

Sally and I will sit down at some point this week and have a chat about the life journey that led through the Valley.


Minden Chiropractor Skip Parkee is retiring next week, just three days short of 38 years in practice.

His first office probably in the old Miller’s Market probably wasn’t very far from where my desk is at The Record-Courier today.

Full disclosure, I was a patient of Doc Pardee’s back in 2016 when we were trying to figure out what was wrong with me.

As with so many things, it turned out that it was what was on the inside that was the issue.

They’re having a retirement party at the office 4-7 p.m. May 28 to say farewell.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of the Carson Valley, an absolutely beautiful place to live,” he said in his note to patients.

Chiropractors Cayla Lairmore and Les Gilbert are taking over the practice, which has the same County Road location and phone number, 775-782-5143.


On Monday morning I was coming back from a little drive Out-R-Way in Fish Springs when I noticed the giant for lease sign outside of The Record-Courier Center.

It wasn’t long before I heard from some concerned folks about whether The Record-Courier was moving. It is, but not out of the building. When we reopen, we’ll be off to port a bit. Since the change of ownership, we’re just tenants in the building, and it’s been a long time since there were enough R-C employees to justify the cavernous space we occupy.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at khildebrand@recordcourier.com


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