Fun and games in the cold and snow |

Fun and games in the cold and snow

Record Courier Staff Reports

The best way to enjoy a nice snowfall like Saturday’s is to stay indoors with no place important to go.

Unfortunately, the storm hit on day eight of my epic move from Dayton to Genoa.

There are pioneers who moved their houses the same distance I moved my belongings this week with far less trouble.

But now we’re ready to hunker down for the next big storm.

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Someone who was able to enjoy the winter’s first real blast was Alicia Powers, who lives in Gardnerville.

She moved here last January and got some snow then, but hasn’t seen anything like Saturday’s storm. Alicia took camera in hand and snapped a few pictures.

Alicia was raised in California and used to ski, but never lived where it snowed. She retired to Gardnerville and is settling in nicely.

“I’m a country girl at heart, truck and all, my horse is off Johnson Lane,” she said.

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Back to the move. On Tuesday night, on our way to get the last official items out of our house in Dayton, we stopped for dinner at Grandma Hatties in Carson City.

There, in the back room, was Gardnerville’s Mary Jane Harding conducting a meeting of the Early Ford V8 Club of America.

It appears there were two car club meetings that night. Right next door the Corvette enthusiasts were meeting.

It might have been my imagination, but I could of sworn I heard gears grinding in the background.

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I got Hap Fisher’s age wrong in the paper last week. He is really 85, not 88. He was born in Carson City in 1919 the son of Virginia & Truckee Railroad Station Manager Gerald Walter Fisher.

The Fisher family moved to Carson in 1906, when Hap’s dad got a job with the V&T.

Hap was delivered by Carson City’s Dr. Hammer, who became the Registrar of Vital Statistics. Hap said that caused a lot of confusion for the U.S. Army because Hammer signed his birth certificate both as attending physician and on behalf of the state.

When Hap was a child, Carson City ended at Roop Street. Across the street near the intersection with East King Street was a race track and Hap says that when his baby-sitter was looking for him she could always find him watching the trotters.

“That’s why King Street ends at Roop,” he said.

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Capitol City Coordinator and State and Private Forestry Program Coordinator Tom Baker received the leadership award from the chief of the Forest Service.

Tom has been around here for a long time and was Sen. Richard Bryan’s rural representative until the senator’s retirement in 2000.

Tom and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest won the award for helping Nevada communities with economic development, small-wood utilization and quality-of-life improvements.

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A Smith Valley native will run the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley.

John Neill is the son of Harvey Neill and Carolyn Galli of Smith Valley.

He lives in Sparks now with his wife Susie and their sons, Nicholas and Jake.

— Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.