Killer Salsa factory open house Saturday |

Killer Salsa factory open house Saturday

Staff Reports

Carson Valley salsa manufacturer Fran Pritchard will host an open house 1-4 p.m. Saturday at her new location on Short Court near the Pizza Factory in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Chips and salsa and homemade guacamole will be served. A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting will be at about 1 p.m.

Pritchard is also celebrating 21 years in business. She said the new factory is twice the size of the old shop and has the capacity to hold more raw ingredients as well as finished product.

Killer Salsa has represented Nevada in the holiday issue of People Magazine with their 50 tasty gifts from 50 states and was on the home page of MSNBC two years ago again for the state of Nevada for 50 gifts from 50 states.

All of the fresh refrigerated and shelf stable products are made at the factory in Gardnerville. Killer Salsa customers include Costco, Raleys, Safeway, Smith’s, 73 WalMarts , Savemart, Liras, Harrah’s, Carson Valley Inn, Red Hut Restaurants and numerous other accounts in the Reno-Tahoe area.

Washoe art exhibit at GadZooks

GadZooks is hosting an open house and Washoe art exhibit 2-5 p.m. Saturday at 1411 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Steven James will start the events with a Washoe prayer and story at 2 p.m. The exhibit and reception will feature songs, bead work, basketry, drawings, art history and language. Information, 782-9665.

Edward Jones receives top ranking

Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 4 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2014” list in its 15th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Carson Valley Financial Advisors.

The firm was the highest-ranking financial-services firm on the list. Edward Jones’ 15 Fortune rankings also include top 10 finishes for 11 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 8 overall.

In the Fortune survey of associates, 96 percent of Edward Jones associates said they are proud to work at Edward Jones.

The survey also revealed that 96 percent of Edward Jones respondents say firm leadership is honest and ethical; 93 percent say they are offered the training and development they need.

The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 3 issue of Fortune and now at

Cooperative extension offers pesticide training

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, is offering a free workshop Jan. 29 to train people throughout the state how to properly handle and use pesticides. The workshop is meant for certified applicators, people who regularly handle pesticides as part of their jobs, such as farmers, ranchers, park employees and groundskeepers.

“Pesticides are poisons, chemicals that kill something else,” Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Program Assistant Melody Hefner said. “So it is important for applicators to know how to apply them safely. The workshop teaches applicators how to keep themselves, other people, pets, livestock and wildlife safe and protect the environment.”

The training will be held in Reno at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way, and will be available via videoconference to 13 other Cooperative Extension locations throughout Nevada, including Battle Mountain, Caliente, Carson City, Elko, Ely, Eureka, Fallon, Hawthorne, Lovelock, Pahrump, Tonopah, Winnemucca and Yerington. The training runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, has offered pesticide application workshops for the last 20 years, training thousands of Nevadans in safe pesticide use.

The Jan. 29 workshop will help those who have not yet been certified to prepare for the next Certified Pesticide Applicator exam. The exam costs $25 and will be offered Feb. 4 in Yerington and Feb. 5 in Sparks. Exams are also given weekly at the Nevada Department of Agriculture office in Sparks by appointment only. For those who are already certified, the workshop will provide continuing education credits, which are required to maintain certification.

Hard copies of the study manual for the exam are available for purchase from Cooperative Extension for $15 or may be downloaded online for free at

Limited seating is available for the workshop. Preregister by Jan. 24 by contacting Hefner at 775-336-0247 or