The June 5, 2023, R-C Morning Report

Gardnerville resident Frank Dressel took this photo of Saturday's sunset.

Gardnerville resident Frank Dressel took this photo of Saturday's sunset.

Genoa, Nev. — Douglas emergency services responded to a water rescue on the East Fork of the Carson River and the first Pine Nut wildfire of the season during a thunderstorm 4-5 p.m. Sunday.

Two rafters on the East Fork above the old power dam were helped out without any report of injury. The East Fork is a popular rafting spot, but it is running very high right now. I talked to a rafter on Saturday, who said he was concerned about making the run before the water goes down a bit, so he can navigate around any new snags.

Lightning set the fire about two-thirds of the way up the slope above Stephanie. I counted more than a dozen lightning strikes in Douglas during Sunday’s storm and there were likely quite a few more. The Bureau of Land Management took charge of extinguishing the blaze.

I heard the juniors won Mountain Madness on Friday night. R-C writer Sarah Drinkwine will be writing about that for Wednesday’s edition.

Early June is planting month in Douglas County, and you could tell from the turnout at this weekend’s FFA plant sale at Douglas High School. The place was packed. I managed to snag a couple of early girl tomatoes. They’re back on Saturday at the greenhouse.

This is going to be a crazy week, and it isn’t even election season. The annual re-ride of the Pony Express and the Carson Valley Days carnival are both on Thursday. The Carson Valley Days parade shuts down Highway 395 between Buckeye and Waterloo on Saturday, so plan accordingly.

There’s a not-quite 50-50 chance we’ll see some sort of showers or thunderstorms throughout the week. If you’ve got outdoors work to do, get it done early, because Mother Nature might have other plans for the afternoon.

Showers or thunderstorms are forecast for after 2 p.m. with otherwise partly sunny skies and a high near 82 degrees. The wind will pick up out of the south at 10-15 mph before lunchtime.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Contact him at or 775-782-5122


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