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Welcome to Ruhenstroth, assemblyman Wheeler

by Karen Brier

A great big Ruhenstroth welcome to our very own Nevada State Assemblyman, Jim Wheeler.

Jim moved into the neighborhood with his lovely girlfriend, Eileen, their dogs and horses in October.

Jim was kind enough to talk with me about the neighborhood.



Jim had been sharing a home with Jim DeGraffenreid, while spending a lot of time in Washoe with Eileen.

“Love the neighborhood. It’s beautiful. When we finally decided that we’d move in together, Eileen graciously agreed to move.”



They wanted a place in the district where they could keep their horses and Ruhenstroth is certainly the place for that.

Eileen has already enjoyed a 10-mile ride through the Pinenuts, and now that she has met Pat Brown over on Mustang, she has offered to show her some more of the trails.

In addition to riding himself, Jim plays golf, and has a single digit handicap.

Of course, that’s when his shoulder is working properly.

He recently had rotator cuff surgery so it will be a while before he can try out the local greens.

Jim is hardly a stranger to the Carson Valley; he’s been visiting since he was a kid and moved here in part time in 2003 and full time in 2007, where he founded Powerdyne Quarter Horses.

Jim is an Air Force veteran and former law enforcement officer. He is originally from Los Angeles and attended both Pierce and USC.

All Jim’s children live out of state, two in California and one in Ohio, but he’s looking forward to them coming to visit.

He has five grandchildren from the oldest, a 19-year-old U.S. Marine all the way to the youngest who is just 4 years old.

Recently, Jim joined the DeGraffenreid’s in the Nevada Day parade, driving along in a great classic car while Eileen led her beautifully dressed Arabians.

You probably know that Jim has had an exciting month what with packing and moving and dealing with the media.

It’s great to see the house next door occupied again and by such a lovely couple.

It’s a big bonus to have those horses in the corral – we get to enjoy the sight and sounds of them without any of the work.

I only hope we can keep our lab mix, Sophie, from constantly racing through the fence to make friends (apologies in advance).

For me, I’m looking forward to getting to know our new neighbors, maybe over some long talks by the fire this winter and lazy evenings on the porch next summer — drop by anytime.

Reach Karen Brier at RuhenstrothRamblings@yahoo.com, or 790-0072.