Killer Salsa factory finds new home in Ranchos |

Killer Salsa factory finds new home in Ranchos

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Fran Pritchard, owner of Killer Salsa, won the Entrepreneur of the Year Pioneer Award.
Shannon Litz file photo |

Gardnerville’s Killer Salsa is moving to a location on Short Court near the Pizza Factory in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Owner Fran Pritchard said the new space is twice as big as the former location on Industrial Way.

Pritchard said the location was a food manufacturing plant, so it will be easy to get back in operation.

She said she hoped to have the new factory open by the third week of December, and will host an open house in celebration of the company’s 21st year on Jan. 21.

Killer Salsa was featured in People magazine’s Entertaining Special for December.

The company is representing Nevada in the Food Gifts from Every State feature, with a holiday special of five jars, gift wrapped and sent anywhere in the U.S. for $38.

Killer Salsa’s old factory on Industrial Way is being taken over by Italian Hearts Pasta Co.

“As they continued to grow and need more room, it became necessary to find another place to make Killer Salsa,” Pritchard said.

Fifth annual Santa Crawl is Friday

The fifth annual Gardnerville Santa Crawl is Friday

Dress up in any variation of Santa or holiday-related attire to receive drink specials from participating businesses.

The crawl visits Battle Born Wine, JT Basque Bar, The French Bar, Buckaroo’s, Nevada Ugly, The New Rancho Grande, Overland Hotel. Sharkey’s Casino and The Market Cafe.

To participate, bring $5 to Battle Born Wine or The New Rancho Grande.

The donation will be split between the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and Austin’s House. Visit all the locations to be eligible for raffle prizes.

DAWG gift

tree at Max’s

The seventh annual DAWG holiday gift tree at Max’s Pet Supplies benefits shelter animals. The DAWG tree’s ornaments help shelter dogs and cats receive food, new collars, toys and grain-free treats.

Max’s is located in the Raley’s shopping center in Gardnerville on Highway 395 south of Waterloo Road. Call Kori or Jesika at 782-8088 for more information.

Walker getting new clinic

The Toiyabe Indian Health Project of Bishop, Calif., has been awarded a national New Access Point grant from the Health Resources and Services of the Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This is a national award to open community health centers.

Funds will be used to establish a Toiyabe Community Health Clinic in Walker, in northern Mono County.

The medical and dental clinic will open in the early spring of 2014 with medical, dental and mental health services for all members of the community, including military families, Medi-Cal recipients, retirees, privately insured residents and American Indians.

A total of 236 awards were granted nationally for community health centers for underserved populations in urban and rural areas.

The award to Toiyabe is only one of two provided to tribal organizations in the state of California.

The Toiyabe Indian Health Project operates two clinics, in Bishop and in Lone Pine, Calif.

It is a full service medical center that also provides complete dental care, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, dialysis, community wellness programs, a tribal WIC program and an extensive range of community based programs to improve the health care of American Indians and all members of the community. Toiyabe was founded in 1968 by seven federally recognized tribes and two Indian communities from Inyo and Mono counties.

It has expanded to provide health services to many residents of the area with private and Medi-Cal insurance.

MontBleu appoints new general manager

Stephen Ditchkus, a 25-year hotel and gaming industry veteran, was appointed general manager at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, a Tropicana Entertainment Inc. property.

Ditchkus most recently was chief operating officer at Lac Courte Oreilles Casino and Lodge, a 300-employee property in Hayward, Wisc., where he guided the resort to a nearly 80 percent income growth in slots, table games, food and beverage, bingo and lodging.

His casino management background provided leadership roles in Nevada, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Ditchkus cites a commitment to personal customer service as key to promoting and positioning the property as a leading gaming, entertainment and dining venue in Tahoe South. His plans are designed to complement Tahoe’s outdoor appeal with the property’s indoor amenities with an emphasis on gaming.

His gaming experience began at Lake Tahoe in 1988 where he saw a future flush with possibilities in hospitality, gaming and hotel management.

He pursued his career and gained first-hand experience in all phases of operations.

“Our plan is to combine the spectacular attractions of Lake Tahoe with the amenities of the property, with a focus on the gaming experience,” said Ditchkus. “It’s a great time to be back in Tahoe with the destination moving forward with all its improvements for visitors and locals, alike.”

Ditchkus is responsible for all casino and hotel management for MontBleu including its 45,000-square-foot casino, 437-room hotel, 16,000-square-foot Onsen Spa, two nightclubs, three lounges, convention center, 1,700-seat showroom, 5,200 seasonal outdoor venue, Four-Diamond Ciera Steak + Chophouse and two restaurants that provide guests with a 24/7 resort experience.

He is a native of New Jersey and graduated from Florida State University.

Ditchkus and his wife Kristin have two girls Alexis, 16 and Katie, 12.