The Sept. 11, 2023, R-C Morning Report

Topaz Ranch Estates resident John Flaherty produced this photo illustration in honor of 9/11.

Topaz Ranch Estates resident John Flaherty produced this photo illustration in honor of 9/11.

Genoa, Nev. — Lightning set a couple of very small fires in the Wellington Hills up above Eastside Lane in extreme eastern Douglas County. The Sandwash fires are a tenth of an acre each and were reported around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, according to

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will be posting the colors 10 a.m. today at the intersection of highways 395 and 88 in honor of Sept. 11. Flags are at half staff today by order of Gov. Joe Lombardo.

I got word on Sunday that Alpine County native Fritz Thornburg died on Saturday surrounded by his family and friends. Born in 1934, he was a member of the third generation of Thornburgs in the county. His father, Ben, drove the mail stage between Minden and Markleeville in the first few years of the 20th Century.

The Airport Advisory Committee is scheduled to discuss recommending a management contract with OE Airports at its meeting 6 p.m. today at the Douglas County Courthouse in Minden.

Update: The big boat that spent the weekend parked along Highway 395 north of Minden is still parked in the chain-up lane as of 10 a.m., only now with a red tag that it could be towed.

It was a busy weekend, but the Douglas County Rodeo was easily the biggest attraction. The Minden Mill Distillery held its open house on Saturday, there was a big car show in Genoa and St. Gall conducted the Eucharist with a procession from the Church to Heritage Park on Sunday morning.

We might see clouds in the east again today as showers and thunderstorms head across the Sierra into Mono and Mineral counties. That’s expected to slow down by Tuesday. The forecast alls for a high around 83 degrees under sunny skies with the wind west at 5 mph in the afternoon and shifting southeast 5-10 mph this evening.

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


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