The Oct. 20, 2023, R-C Morning Report

A highway worker in a trench on Highway 395 on Oct. 5 near Church Street. Work was around Centertowne Drive on Thursday evening.

A highway worker in a trench on Highway 395 on Oct. 5 near Church Street. Work was around Centertowne Drive on Thursday evening.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

Genoa, Nev. — Wine walkers watched road workers continue their march down Highway 395 in Gardnerville on Thursday night. While it was the last Main Street Wine Walk, construction on Main Street is catching its second wind.

The temptation to use the back streets through Minden and Gardnerville to get around construction is completely understandable. Let’s recognize that we are guests in those neighborhoods and take it slow.

Alpine County found out on Thursday morning that the bridge over Markleeville Creek will be closed today so CalTrans can make sure it’s safe for the winter.

County commissioners debated vacation home rentals until after 6 p.m. Thursday. It sounds like the majority of the commission has shifted toward removing the rentals north of Cave Rock.

That will entail bringing back a new revision of the ordinance for a first and second reading, even as it is the subject of a petition to eliminate the rentals from all neighborhoods zoned residential.

East Fork firefighters responded to a small wildfire near the old marijuana grow around 1:30 p.m. The fire was out and overhauled by around 4 p.m. Another call in Montaña north of Genoa 6:40 a.m. Thursday appeared unfounded.

If you’ve got lots of documents, old electronics or prescription medications lying about you’d like to get rid of, Saturday’s the day. Austin’s House is hosting a free shred and e-recycle day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First American Title, 1663 Highway 395.

Just up the street, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Partnership Douglas County are conducting a prescription drug roundup 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 1038 Buckeye Road, Topaz Ranch Estates Fire Station 4 and the Roundhill Safeway at Lake Tahoe.

The big Douglas-Carson rivalry game is tonight at Douglas High School. The Tigers are coming in hot at 7-1, but the Senators will be looking to take them down a notch. That’s my sports patter this morning.

Backyard burning begins today, adding to the general smokiness around the county. Meanwhile, the Quarry Fire near Strawberry grew 1,151 acres to 8,080acres and is pumping out smoke. With winds out of the south this weekend, we’ll get some more of that.

The forecast calls for sunny skies and a high around 81 degrees today with the smoke picking up around 9 p.m. Expect more of the same on Saturday. Cooler weather is predicted for Sunday with a chance of showers.

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


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