The Oct. 26, 2020, R-C Morning Report |

The Oct. 26, 2020, R-C Morning Report

Gardnerville resident Patty Kreymborg is back with her menagerie of posed skeletons.
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Genoa, Nev. — With the windchill, the temperature at Minden-Tahoe Airport dropped to -2 this morning, which is pretty impressive for the first hard freeze of the year. Without the chill it hit 7 degrees at the airport. 

Several areas in the Valley dropped into the teens as of 6 a.m. Gardnerville, Johnson Lane and my thermometer in Genoa show 16 degrees, while Double Spring Flat was at 11 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Something in me wants to start the first fire in the woodstove since early May. Remember that many woodstoves and fireplaces haven’t burned in months, so be careful with that first fire. There may also be some smoke calls because heaters are kicking in all over the Valley.

Firefighters responded to a fire in a tree near Toler and Scotti around 3 a.m. this morning. A branch fell into a power line, prompting a call to the power company.

Only 447 people turned out to vote early in person on Saturday, bringing the total in-person vote to 5,923.  As of this morning, 18,001 Douglas residents have cast a ballot, or 48 percent of the electorate. 

The last five days of early in-person voting starts 9 a.m. today at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center in Gardnerville. Both the polls and the Election Tent will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday to drop off mailed ballots. 

The roving ballot box will be at the Washoe Tribe Community Center 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Gardnerville Ranchos Fire Station 3-6 p.m. today.

There were half-dozen new coronavirus cases over the weekend, including four on Saturday and two on Sunday bringing the county to 34 active cases starting the new week. Anyone with symptoms should call (775) 283-4789 or visit the web site at

School’s out this week for fall break, which runs up to Halloween and Nevada Day on Saturday. I’m running Halloween decoration photos on Thursday and doing Nevada Day-esque stuff on Saturday.

Bundle up today because the high temperature is only supposed to hit 48 degrees. It’s not supposed to climb above freezing until after 10 a.m. We might see the wind pick up this morning at 10 mph out of the northeast, so it will feel colder. 

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at