Honor the past, celebrate the future | RecordCourier.com

Honor the past, celebrate the future

The official start of fall is still almost a month away, but the change in seasons is already in the air.

School has begun, bears are starting their annual feed, the fuzz is coming off bucks’ antlers. The days are getting shorter, and the nights cooler.

Carson Valley’s youngest students arrived at schools to find new playground equipment and a full day of work ahead of them for the first time.

On Monday, the last class of sophomores to enter Douglas High School for the first time without having to dodge construction arrived. By next fall, sophomores will come to a school that will be very different. By fall 2015, sophomores and freshmen will arrive together for the middle schools for the first time in 20 years.

While hardly a housing boom, new homes are going up around the Valley. Business appears to be picking up, with buildings that have been vacant for years starting to attract some interest.

Nothing spectacular, just a slow trend toward what we hope is the direction of prosperity.

Change is as constant as the seasons, but we think that there’s much about Carson Valley that people who lived here a century ago would recognize.

The green fields that drew residents here then are still here today, thanks to the hard work of our ranching families. The majestic Carson Range still rises above the Valley, spurring the imagination.

And through it all flows the lifeblood to agriculture, the Carson River.

Here’s to celebrating our future without losing touch with our heritage.