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Washoe Tribe reopens Indian Hills service station

by Linda Hiller

After being vacant for nearly a year, the Chevron gas station and convenience store – Washoe One Stop – in Indian Hills has been purchased and opened by the Washoe Tribe.

“We opened at 3:40 p.m. on Thursday,” said Kurt Weissheimer, director of the Washoe Development Enterprise. “We’ll have a formal opening later, but for now we’re just glad to be up and running.”

Weissheimer said the tribe purchased the gas station in bankruptcy court for $1.785 million. The previous owners were Kenneth and Ginger Stoner from Incline Village, who built and opened the station in mid-1997 and closed it in January 2000.

The Washoe Development Enterprise had been looking into opening a gas station at another location, Weissheimer said, but when opportunity knocked, the group decided to answer.

“We’d thought about putting it right across the street from the Smoke Shop (in south Gardnerville), but it got to be a big job, with sewer extensions and roads and all,” he said. “We were fortunate to get this, because it’s very well built. We got an outside consultant to help us run it, since this is our first gas station.”

The station is not on Tribal land, and will generate tax revenues for Douglas County, Weissheimer said.

“We’ll pay taxes, just like everyone else,” he said.

– Second time’s the charm? Weissheimer said the station operators will try to keep the gas prices more in line with other Carson Valley stations. Residents complained that the previous owners had prices far above other area stations. Friday, the price was $1.47 for regular unleaded, compared to $1.43 down the road at the Silver City RV Park, the nearest gas station.

“We’re going to keep the prices as low as we possibly can,” Weissheimer said. “And, we’re contemplating some special promotion prices for when we have the formal opening in a few weeks or so.”

The car wash is also open, he said, with prices from $4 to $7 per vehicle, and the convenience store will have grocery merchandise, including Indian crafts, to serve the 870 nearby homes as well as commuting customers, Weissheimer said.

“We’re offering a much wider range of products that are more favorably priced,” he said. “We have everything from bread, milk and eggs to all kinds of beverages and other necessities that people might need in the middle of the night.”

n Hours, address. Washoe One Stop/Chevron is located at the corner of Mica Drive and Highway 395 in north Douglas County. The store and gas station are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We were going to have the locks changed, and then we realized the doors will never be locked,” Weissheimer said.

For more information, call 267-0745.