Trails association receives assistance from NV Energy |

Trails association receives assistance from NV Energy

Staff Reports

NV Energy recently provided a group of volunteers to help with trail building work on the Genoa Canyon segment of the Genoa Loop Trail.

Supervised by Carson Valley Trail Association builders, Dick Morissette and Bob Yandow, the volunteers created 100 feet of new trail on a steep mountain hillside where no trail existed before and widened a trail on the shady side of the slope to make it safer and more passable.

“I consider the work we did to be the sweat equity we put into a project we really believe in,” said Karen Ross, NV Energy community relations manager.

In addition to volunteers for trail building, NV Energy recently provided CVTA with a $15,000 NV Energy Foundation grant to fund the materials and construction of three informational trailhead kiosks for the Clear Creek/Jacks Valley area. This most recent grant is an addition to a 2008 grant in the amount of $5,000 for a kiosk recently constructed at the Eagle Ridge Trailhead north of Genoa.

These informational kiosks will feature permanent trail maps, educational information, regulations and other important trail-related information. CVTA volunteers will install the kiosks. Trail construction in the Clear Creek/Jacks Valley area is expected to begin in late 2012 or early 2013.

CVTA needs volunteers to continue trail building work in the Genoa Canyon area, located at the end of Carson Street in Genoa. During the month of November, work days are scheduled daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning on Nov. 5 and continuing through Nov. 20. No previous trail building experience is needed and volunteers can work for all or part of the day. Volunteers must wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, sturdy hiking shoes or boots and glasses or sunglasses. Hard hats and tools are provided. Bring water and lunch.

For more information, call (775) 722-8784 or visit

The Carson Valley Trails Association is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization working with partners to provide access to public lands through a recreational trail system for present and future generations to enjoy.


Redman joins Coldwell Banker Best Sellers

Mary Cioffi, broker and sales manager of Coldwell Banker Best Sellers in Minden, recently announced that Theresa Redman has joined the team as a full-time sales associate. Redman has 25 years of real estate experience and has been awarded the designation of certified residential specialist, which only 5 percent of all Realtors nationwide have earned.

Redman relocated to the Carson Valley from Michigan 13 years ago. She enjoys the beauty of the mountains and the surrounding landscape, which is why she loves to call Minden home.

She can be reached at (775) 721-4893 or through e-mail at


opportunity for

Nevada students

An application for one of America’s highly regarded scholarship awards is now available online until Dec. 15.

Since 2003, the National Federation of Independent Business’ Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded 2,095 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling $2.4 million.

Last year, more than 4,500 students nationwide applied for a YEF scholarship. NFIB was proud to award 131 scholarships to young entrepreneurs across the country, including one Nevada high school senior, thanks to the financial support from numerous small-business leaders, corporate, and foundation supporters.

Nevada high school seniors wishing to apply for a 2012 scholarship can go online at until Dec. 15. The nomination period by an NFIB member will occur Feb. 1 to March 1. NFIB members can also go to the same online address to make a tax-deductible contribute to the program.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth about the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America.

Recipients will attend the university, college, community college, or vocational/technical institute of their choice with $1,000-$10,000 in tuition assistance from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.

In June of this year, the program also honored four students selected as $5,000 scholarships winners and named the 2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, who was awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

To qualify for a YEF award, students must be running their own business. They are required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. Standardized test scores, grade point average, and class rank are also considered in the selection process. NFIB members around the country nominate applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards. An independent, outside committee selects a group of qualified semi-finalists.

For further information, please call or send an e-mail to NFIB/Nevada Member Support Manager Stacy Jenkins, (866) 307-2846 or

NFIB is a small business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business.

For more information about the Nevada office, visit

Smith’s holiday

program seeks food bank donations

Smith’s Food & Drug is offering customers a convenient way to reach out and help others during the holiday season.

Continuing through Dec. 31, the store will display a “Bringing Hope to the Table” holiday tree decorated with ornaments representing various levels of cash donations. Customers are invited to select the level of gift and present it to a Smith’s checker to add to their grocery order.

Ornament choices include: $3 to support food-filled backpacks given to feed children over weekends; $7 for holiday meal fixings or other most-needed items; and $15 for a turkey or ham.

Each store’s total donations will be given to their area food bank the week before Thanksgiving, the week before Christmas and the week of Jan. 8. Food banks will be able to purchase the items needed for holiday meals or to restock their shelves for the new year.

Smith’s Food & Drug is a leader in support for local food banks throughout its seven states of operation through cash contributions and the stores’ daily donations of nutritious yet non-sellable food items.

In 2010, Smith’s Nevada stores donated enough food to create 675,000 meals for the hungry, the great majority of whom are single women with children.

Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer. From its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Smith’s manages 133 stores throughout Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, northern Arizona and southern Idaho.

Forbes Magazine featured the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s recent list, which recognized Kroger as one of the nation’s most generous companies, having given away 10.9 percent of its 2009 pre-tax profits.