Forest service hosts open house thursday |

Forest service hosts open house thursday

by Linda Hiller

If you are interested in what goes on in the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Service district, come to an open house tomorrow in Minden to meet the newest supervisor and deputy supervisor.

The Thursday evening event is being presented by the new Forest Supervisor Bob Vaught, on the job since February, and Deputy Forest Supervisor Karen Shimamoto, on staff since December. Both are anxious to meet residents and hear their interests and concerns about the Forest Service, according to Public Affairs Officer Christie Kalkowski.

“This is a way for these new supervisors to put a face to a name and get to know people,” she said. “We are trying to reach out into communities and see what the concerns are.”

The open house will include more than 25 exhibits, featuring the Carson Valley Fishing Derby, mine dangers, the Northern Sierra plan amendment, the roadless initiative, the partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, the High Sierra Workshop, senior volunteers, native elk, a moth collection, “Burns and Obsidian,” Native Americans and a common vision artwork, where attendees can illustrate their desires for the Forest Service.

One of the displays will be on the Island Mountain Camp Chinese archeological project. This historic 10-20 acre camp near Elko, which served miners from 1873 to 1915, is being excavated by professional and amateur archeologists, Kalkowski said.

“It’s a very significant site and is still being studied,” she said.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest open house will be held tomorrow, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carson Valley Inn convention center, Shannon Ballroom. The public is invited.

– Presentation at CVI today. As part of “Humanities on the Road,” the Forest Service will host a presentation by author and historian Anita Watson, who will portray Mary Oxborrow, an English immigrant and Mormon colonist in Lund during the 19th century.

Watson will talk about Oxborrow’s life as an ox cart pioneer, Mormon plural wife, mother of 11 children, midwife and healer. Her talk will provide insight into women’s roles in the Mormon society, medical practices during that time, frontier social life and other cultural aspects in the Great Basin in the 1800s.

Watson’s presentation will begin at 2 p.m. today, in the Shannon Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395 in Minden.

For more information on the “Humanities on the Road” program, call Public Affairs Officer Kalkowski at (775) 355-5311.