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Finding love for some of Nevada’s unlovable

Amy Roby
Nature's Halloween prank? Colunist Amy Roby came across this creature while walking the other day.

While out on a cold morning walk this week, I came across a very odd-looking specimen of spider in the middle of the road.

It looked almost crab-like, with a flattened abdomen, hairy legs that jutted out in front of its body, and two prominent orbs (eyes?) on either side of its head. The creature was about ¾-inch across. It didn’t move when I poked at it with a pine needle, so I don’t know whether it was dead or frozen. In spite of my curiosity, I wasn’t too inclined to stick around and find out.

When I got home, I spent a good amount of time researching spider species found in Nevada, but none that I came across matched what I’d seen. The closest I could find was a Six-Eyed Sand Spider, but those are found in the deserts of Africa. I thought it might be related to either a Cross Orb Weave or Spotted Orb Weave Spider, or perhaps a Ground Crab Spider.

Have you ever come across one of these spiders? If you know what it is, please drop me a note. This mystery has me stumped.

I love living in a place where the wildlife keeps me on my toes. Stay wild, Nevada!

Troop care package update

Local Gold Star mom Sally Wiley shared a couple of thank you notes she received following the latest round of care packages sent to U.S. service members. One Army base chaplain wrote, “The boost to morale is greater than you will ever know.”

Wiley expressed gratitude to the Carson Valley community for their ongoing contributions in support of the care packages.

Holiday care packages will be sent the first week of December in time for Christmas. Donations should be dropped by Wiley’s house, 1846 Crockett Lane in Gardnerville, no later than Monday, Dec. 3.

Items requested include individual packets of hot chocolate and apple cider, cookies, peanut butter, popcorn, candy, jerky, and tuna; cans of Vienna sausages; Slim Jims; and puzzle booklets such as word search, crossword, and Sudoku. Small holiday-themed items are also welcome.

For more information, contact Wiley via email at or by phone at 775-783-9292.

Elks Bingo slated

Bingo Friday at the Tahoe-Douglas Elks lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with warm ups at 6 and regular Bingo at 6:30. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available.

Coverall jackpot is $1,075 in 48 numbers. Powerball jackpot is $200.

The next Tahoe-Douglas Elks Bingo night will be held Nov. 16.

Time to fall back

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Remember to turn the clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.

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