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Where there’s a will, there’s a power of attorney

When I was born, President Herbert Hoover was in the White House. Orllyene entered the world when FDR was in his second term. I have lived a life as a gardener, ballet dancer, Naval Officer, and retiree. Time to make a will.

I consult our son Randy, a proficient businessman and discuss the matter with him. He suggests we try to find an attorney who will do the will on a “pro-bono” basis. (we are not impoverished, but in my later years, a “Silicon Valley income” has eluded me).

Randy contacts Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada. I receive a call from Margarita Bautista, a very kind and caring person. She requests my financial information, which I supply. She then submits the information to legal firms in the Carson City and Gardnerville area. In less than 10 days Allison MacKenzie, Attorneys & Counselors at Law in Carson City respond to my request. We are informed that Mr. Kyle Winter will be our attorney. Hooray!

The palatial lobby of Allison MacKenzie attests to the durability of the firm.

“Mr. Winter will be with you shortly,” a lovely, dignified woman (Sonja) informs Orllyene and me. She then leads us down a long hallway to a private meeting room. It contains a 4-by-6-foot oak table, nestled in among other, elegant oaken pieces. Orllyene and I leave the “head of the table” vacant. We are now alone, indisputably alone.

“Hello, I’m Kyle Winter. I’ll be your attorney,” the cheerful young gentleman says and sits down. I pass a ream of legal documents his way.He sifts through each item, makes notes and returns them. Mr. Winter has a neatly sheared, reddish beard and a “Global Warming” smile.

Every word he speaks is scrutinized until all three of us come to an understanding of clarity. We thumb through both Orllyene’s and my wills. They are exactly alike, since we have already decided on our intentions long before we sit down with Mr. Winter.

Within minutes, we have taken to addressing Mr. Winter as Kyle, not Mr. Winter. He is brilliantly intelligent and never condescending.

Randy has cautioned us to not take advantage of Mr. Winter’s time. After all, we are seeing him on a “pro-bono” basis, but a swelling of immediacy propels me to ask, “Is it possible to include a small monetary remembrance to each of our six grand-children and seven great-grandchildren in the will?”

“It’s very simple, it’s called a “right of representation, Kyle replies.”

Our wishes become a reality.

In less than an hour Kyle has winnowed the wheat from the chaff. Kyle hands us “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions” papers to study before our final meeting.

An uneasiness enters my mind. I reach into my brief case, take out a copy of “The Inside Story.” “I’ve written a book” I sheepishly mention and hand it to him. He smiles and in his generous way says, “Will you sign it for me?” and both Orllyene and I scribble in a few words of gratitude.

They may not have wings but, Randy, Margarita, Sonja, Chris (Mr. Winter’s assistant), and Kyle are angels of uncommon kindness.

Ron Walker can be reached at walkover@gmx.com

We are no longer slaves

Some folks have some difficulty accepting and appreciating the new “contemporary” Christian music. I confess, I’ve been “guilty as charged!”

I did that for a long time until I started to listen more to the words and message rather than the melody and instruments used. “Contemporary music” should be whatever song you’re into currently … whatever the Holy Spirit has led and inspired you to listen to. I’ve discovered that typically there is a wonderful, heartfelt message (just like all my old favorites) that is supported by more current instruments and a beat that can grab our newer generation. The Gospel message hasn’t changed … just the cadence.

I’m not going to ask too much of you … not too much of a “stretch.” Why not try listening to a recent song, “No Longer Slaves” sung by a wonderful group of young people from Lee University? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANH8MWuyaE

Are you a “slave to fear” (meaning – to be in awe)? Fear is something that everyone faces. For me it could be terrifyingly easy to become a slave to fear and worry — with my housing, friends, future, family and especially the cancer I face. When people and situations seem so far out of my control, all human nature within me screams anxiety and fear.

I once heard someone say that there are 365 verses in the Bible about fear — one for each day. What would we do differently day-to-day if only we knew what it meant to live fearlessly? I love that thought. An absence of fear is total surrender to a God who knows the beginning from the end. It means knowing whose son or daughter I am, and why that makes a difference in this world.

You will be truly blessed if you read the Apostle Paul’s words to the Galatian Church (Gal. 4:4-7). Love and own the words that say we are “sons and daughters … He has sent His Spirit into our hearts … and that makes us heirs.” This song reminds me that we don’t need to be victimized by fear. It puts utter peace in my heart and mind that whatever happens, I still know who the winner is. He’s my “daddy” Jesus.

Enjoy the Lee singers as you hear their lyrics. Allow the Holy Spirit to “unravel you with a melody” as the tension and fear inside unwinds and loosens its grip. Luke 4:18 tells us, “Jesus came “to set the captives free … to set at liberty the oppressed.” Let His Spirit “break every chain.” Know that God wants to “split the sea so you can walk right through it” (see Psalm 66:5-6). Carry on repeating this song until the lyrics fill your heart and His peace takes over your mind. Let it become a “contemporary” melody in your heart.

Paul states in Romans 8:14-15, “You did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! (meaning “daddy”) Father!” Know that God has “chosen you from your mother’s womb.” (as the song says) The adoption papers have been filed. If you’re a true believer in Jesus, you’re “in.” If you’re not a believer, find someone who is and join the “fearless” family.

Pastor Bill Baltz is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.

Sheridan named to National League of Cities committee

John Sheridan a Board Trustee for Gardnerville Ranchos Improvement District has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2020 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) federal advocacy committee.

This committee has the responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control and solid and hazardous waste management. The appointment was announced by NLC President Joe Buscaino, council member, Los Angeles.

“I am honored to be appointed and serve on this very important committee. Environmental Sustainability is crucial as we encounter increased economic growth and urban development,” Sheridan said. “Northern Nevada has a unique opportunity to share its knowledge and experience on how policies around energy, environment and natural resources impact our local economy and overall quality of life. I look forward to advocating for solutions on behalf of Small Towns and General Improvement Districts in Nevada.”

As a committee member, Sheridan will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

“NLC’s federal advocacy committees ensure policymakers in Washington understand the most pressing issues facing local communities,” said Buscaino said. “I am proud to have John Sheridan join NLC’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources committee on behalf his residents. Together, with a team of local officials from across the country, we will strengthen the federal-local partnership, and ultimately create stronger cities, towns and villages.”

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair TJ Cawley, Mayor, Morrisville, N.C., Vice Chair Chantia Lewis, Alderwoman, Milwaukee, Wis., and Vice Chair Ellen Smith, Councilmember, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Warrants issued in violent confrontations

Nationwide no-bail warrants were issued Tuesday for two men accused of unrelated violent offenses.

California resident Andrew S. Elliot, 52, failed to appear for sentencing on a charge of attempted assault with a deadly weapon.

Elliot was arrested Oct. 27, 2018, after deputies said they responded to a woman’s screams. The victim told deputies that she asked if Elliot’s wife was OK and walked away when he came up behind her with a knife and threatened to cut her throat.

Attorney Joey Gilbert said Elliot’s wife told him she hasn’t seen him in two days. Elliot is facing 1-5 years in prison, though prosecutors agreed to recommend probation.

A Sparks man who fought with deputies in downtown Minden on Oct. 21 failed to show up for his sentencing hearing.

Adam Majarrez Palomar, 31, was arrested after he took a swing at a deputy, which led to a general melee while deputies tried to subdue him using the Tazer and their batons.

Attorney Maria Pence said she hadn’t heard from him since he admitted the charges in October.

■ A Gardnerville woman will have to find another line of work after she was sentenced to a suspended 18-48-month prison sentence for selling methamphetamine.

Stacey Marie Amante, 44, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Chelsea Mazza pointed out that Amante said she didn’t have a drug problem, but sold them in February and April.

■ A Stateline man who denied violating his probation on Tuesday is facing drug sales and possession charges.

Frank Dennis Riley, 29, was arrested early Dec. 22 on a violation of his probation for cocaine sales.

A Feb. 18 hearing was set in the hopes that Riley’s defense attorney will have a better idea how the sales of a controlled substance charge will play out.

■ A man who removed himself from drug court faces sentencing after he failed to appear for two years.

Christopher N. Silva faces sentencing on a felony charge of stealing a bicycle, which he admitted in 2016. He was given a chance at diversion, but failed to appear for two years.

He was convicted of attempted grand larceny in Washoe County in March 2019. He faces sentencing March 3.

■ The first trial of 2020 was cancelled after a Gardnerville man entered a guilty plea to gross misdemeanor attempted possession of a controlled substance.

Bob Hoyopatubbi entered the plea last week. As part of a negotiation, he will spend two years on supervision. At the end of that time, if he hasn’t violated he will be sentenced to time served.

He was charged in connection with a May 2018 incident where he was found in possession of a trailer with 200 marijuana seedlings. He has a medical marijuana card, which he felt would allow him to have all the plants. As part of the plea deal, he will be able to continue to use marijuana as long as he has a valid medical card.

Service Feb. 1 for Gardnerville icon

It wasn’t that long ago that the first week of January would see Sharkey’s put on a big feast for Serbian Christmas, featuring its key organizer, Mashelle Begovich.

On Monday, the businesswoman, humanitarian and fight promoter died at age 60, following her father, whose nickname continues to grace the Gardnerville landmark their family established a half century ago.

A memorial service is noon Feb. 1 at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

Born March 7, 1959, Begovich was 11 when her father purchased the old Golden Bubble in 1970. Sharkey was a part owner of the South Tahoe Nugget and sank $250,000 into the building to create the Sharkey’s we know today.

Begovich first set foot in the brand new Sharkey’s when she was 12 years old, growing up in the family business.

She was 14 when Sharkey started the Cow Pasture Boxing Festival in 1973. But the event’s success may have been its downfall. ESPN and Top Rank provided television backing in 1989, but in 1992, they announced they weren’t returning.

“Economically, we can’t do it without TV anymore,” Begovich told R-C Sports Editor Dave Price.

While Cow Pasture Boxing was her signature event, she also promoted fight cards for Reno and Carson City casinos.

The 30th and last Serbian Christmas was Jan. 7, 2001, just before Sharkey sold the casino.

A fire that occurred Oct. 28, 1995, closed the casino for one of only two times in its history resulted in the cancellation of the 1996 Serbian Christmas. The Begovich’s made up for that by holding a big celebration Jan. 27, 1996, in honor of its reopening.

Ever the competitor, Begovich won her class with a 1994 Chevy 4×4 named Sharkey’s at the 1997 Carson Valley Sertoma Truck Pull.

In 1998, she organized the first Christmas Toy Run where 103 motorcyclists donated 300 new toys to Project Santa Claus

On Dec. 31, 2001, Sharkey’s was sold not long before Milos “Sharkey” Begovich himself would cash in his chips for good on Aug. 9, 2002.

“It’s a good thing my Dad taught me to have broad shoulders and a big smile,” Begovich told Sheila Gardner on her last day managing the casino.

After her father’s death, Begovich remembered him with a Swing for the Cure fundraiser at Carson Valley Golf Course for several years.

On Aug. 15, 2003, she took one more swing at Cow Pasture Boxing, which drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 fight fans.

Begovich was one of the founders of the Jethro’s Crab & Steak Feed to raise money for a variety of Carson Valley youth groups. When Gold Nugget owner Mike Schiller was injured in a collision in 2010, she was one of the organizers of a fund-raiser that brought Cap’n Monte Colburn of the television show “Deadliest Catch” to Carson Valley.

In 2014, it was Begovich’s turn to be helped when her home burned down while she was hospitalized with pneumonia. That same year longtime boyfriend Gordon Campbell succumbed to cancer on April 23, 2014.

The following year, the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club named her Citizen of the Year. She was grand marshal of the annual parade in 2016.

A horsewoman, she participated in the Nevada Day Parade on a regular basis. She is survived by daughter Mary Smith, grandchildren her brother Butch and mother Connie.

Tahoe Symphony in Minden on Jan. 31

Elizabeth Pitcairn joins Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the 10th year, performing one of the finest and most popular gems in the concerto repertoire. And the orchestra and chorus celebrate their 15th anniversary, under the direction of founding Artistic Director and Conductor James Rawie, with one of the greatest monuments in Western music. Carson Valley residents can choose between performances in Minden and Carson City.

Pitcairn has a well-deserved reputation as one of America’s most beloved soloists. Since her New York debut at Lincoln Center in 2000, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, all over Europe, and in China and Hong Kong. She plays the legendary “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720 (which inspired the Academy award-winning film, “The Red Violin”). Read her full biography at www.toccatatahoe.org.

The main melodies of Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” are immediately recognizable.

“But let yourself be swept away by the turbulent passion of the opening movement, the languid beauty of the slow movement, and the giddy, high-spirited energy of the finale,” a press release said.

“Bach’s “B Minor Mass” is the monumental summary of his life’s (prodigious!) work, an all-embracing hymn of belief. With a huge variety of musical styles (but always Bach’s brilliant fugues), you’ll hear choruses in up to six parts, plus arias that might include coloratura fireworks”

Tickets are $30 for adults ($40 preferred seating), $25 for seniors; free for youth under age 23 ($15 preferred).

For additional information, call 775-298-6989; email ToccataTahoe@gmail.com; or visit www.ToccataTahoe.org or https://www.facebook.com/toccatatahoe/.

Performances are:

Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., Minden — CVIC Hall, 1606 Esmeralda Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., Carson City — Shepherd-Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 Hwy 395

Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Incline Village — The Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd.

Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m., South Lake Tahoe — St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1041 Lyons Ave.

Turnovers hurt Douglas boys basketball down the stretch in loss to Galena

Turnovers didn’t come back to bite Douglas High boys basketball Tuesday night, but they did Friday.

The Tigers hosted a tough, now 11-3 Galena squad Friday evening and battled into the final minutes of the game, but mistakes allowed the Grizzlies to prosper in a 53-44 win.

After trailing 29-17 at the half, the Tigers put together a 17-7 third quarter to bring the deficit to two, 36-34.

The run started with a pair of Chris Thacker triples and an interior bucket from Cameron Swain.

Down 32-26, Dougie Hostler went scrambling after a loose ball to gain possession and earned a trip to the free throw line on the other end.

He sank both shots from the charity stripe before Camden Brown poked a ball loose on the defensive end and sprinted down the floor for a layup, bringing Douglas back to a 34-30 deficit.

Hostler drove the lane to make it a two-point game, which is where it stayed until the fourth quarter.

Early in the final quarter, Thacker drew a charge, which led to a Christopher Smalley basket off an assist from Swain.

Smalley’s only bucket of the game put the Tigers in front 38-37.

After giving up a putback basket on the other end, Swain battled for an offensive rebound and deposited the ball in the hoop for Douglas, again giving the Tigers a one-point lead.

Douglas led 40-39 with 6:05 to play, but Galena put together an 9-0 run compounded by a couple of costly Douglas turnovers.

Trailing 48-40, Swain added two of his 11 points after receiving an interior pass from Brown.

However, it was one of only two baskets the Tigers managed over the final 3:30 of regulation.

“We were up, … we know what we’re doing. Our kids know the situation, but we have to be able to take care of the ball down the stretch,” said Douglas head coach Corey Thacker.

Thacker said postgame Douglas committed 24 turnovers Friday night after turning the ball over 29 times Tuesday evening against Wooster.  

“We have to get it down to 15 or less,” said Thacker. “We just have to be smarter. We have to build that experience in practice and see it every day.”

For coach Thacker, focus from every player regardless of being on the floor or on the bench is a necessity.

The 13-year head coach noted the Tigers were rotating eight or nine guys through the third quarter when Douglas sprang back into action.

“That fourth quarter we still have to maintain that focus. That’s huge for us,” said Thacker. “It has to be all 15 guys thinking.”

UP NEXT: Douglas (5-10, 1-1) hits the road next week, traveling to Bishop Manogue (11-5, 2-0) Tuesday and Damonte Ranch (10-7, 1-1) Friday.

Tiger girls basketball maintains perfect league record with win over Galena

A 14-2 third quarter run served as the difference Friday evening as Douglas High girls basketball moved to 2-0 in Sierra League play with a 48-29 win over Galena.

The Tigers led by seven points, 22-15, out of the halftime intermission and proceed to score 12 unanswered points, catapulting out in front 34-15 midway through the third quarter.

The run started in part due to Douglas switching to a three-quarter trapping press defense, which forced several turnovers and resulted in quick buckets.

Riley Mello got the first steal and layup of the second half before Adaline Doerr secured an offensive rebound and hit Mello in the corner for a triple on the Tigers’ next possession.

It was Taylynn Kizer’s turn to assist Mello on Douglas’ next possession hitting her fellow team captain for an inside basket and giving the Tigers a 30-15 lead.

Mello dished out an assist herself on Douglas’ next bucket, finding Brooklyn Galliett underneath the hoop for a layup out of a Galena timeout.

Galliett scored the next bucket in transition thanks to an outlet pass from Kizer as Douglas expanded its lead to 34-15 with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter. Galliett ended the night with seven points while Kizer had 12.

“They actually wanted to try something different and I said ‘let’s try it,’” said Douglas head coach Brian Mello of the trapping defense. “That’s one thing I love about this team is they are willing to take those risks.”

The Tigers maintained their double-digit lead the rest of the night as Mello scored nine points and Campbell Dedmon added seven of her own.

In Douglas’ first two league games of the season, the Tigers have managed to allow just 34 points combined between their two opponents.

The tenacious defense is something that will be relied upon heavily as Douglas hits a tough three-game stretch featuring Bishop Manogue (11-3), Damonte Ranch (7-6) and Carson (11-4).

“Everybody just does their job. We don’t necessarily need somebody to steal the ball,” said coach Mello. “We just try to make teams uncomfortable.”

The Tigers may not need steals, but forcing opposing turnovers has been a big part of Douglas’ quick start in Sierra League play.

With a tough stretch awaiting, coach Mello and company know there are a few things Douglas still needs to cleanup as it runs through the back half – and most important part – of its schedule.

It didn’t hurt the Tigers Friday night, but finishing around the rim will be crucial as each upcoming league game determines potential postseason seeding.

“We have to be solid around the rim. Those are automatic points,” said Mello. “I think Galena did a good job of being aggressive and I think it caught us by surprise a little bit.”

UP NEXT: The win moves Douglas to 10-5 overall on the year as the Tigers will travel to both Bishop Manogue and Damonte Ranch next week

District judge faces opponent after Friday filing

For the first time since 1986, a Douglas County Department I district judge is facing an opponent for election.

On Friday, attorney Caren Cafferata-Jenkins filed for the Department I seat held by District Judge Tod Young, who has served on the bench since he was appointed in 2013. Young was unopposed in 2014 when he took his first term.

Cafferata-Jenkins was one of seven attorneys who sought the district judgeship in 2012, when Judge Dave Gamble announced his retirement. 

She first ran for First Judicial District Court Judge in 2008 and against Family Court Judge Chuck Weller in 2014.

She also applied for the office when District Judge Michael Gibbons was selected to serve on the Nevada Court of Appeals in 2015. Most recently she applied for an open seat on the Washoe County District Court Bench.

Cafferata-Jenkins serves as the director of the Nevada Board of Optometry and was executive director of the Nevada Commission on Ethics. She owns Nevada Legacy Law.

She said she has lived in Nevada on and off since 1984. She served as executive director of the Brewery Arts Center from her arrival until 1989 and a an analyst for the Legislative Counsel Bureau from 1989 to 1993, when she went to law school.

She is a 1996 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. She was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1997 and to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000.

Filing for judicial office in Nevada wrapped up on Friday with no opponent for Department II District Judge Tom Gregory, ensuring him another six-year term on the bench.

The Ninth Judicial District encompasses all of Douglas County and includes two district courts and two justice courts.

The Department II seat has seen four contested races since it was formed in 1982, with the last one in 1996 when Gibbons defeated attorney Robert Story.

Douglas roundup: Tigers win home dual over Manogue

The Tiger wrestling team bested Bishop Manogue in Minden Wednesday by a 42-30 final.

Vance Hickman (120) and Jaden Blanchard (132) were the two Douglas wrestlers to earn wins by pin.

Hickman’s win came in the final period while Blanchard quickly picked up a pin in 1:05.

Hunter Morris, Gabriel Deaton, Caine Klein and Same Hurley all won via open weight classes while Mariano Herrera picked up a win by disqualification.

Douglas is now 3-0 in duals this season, according to TrackWrestling.

Tiger boys skiing takes second, boys sixth at Alpine Meadows

Calvin Celio was Douglas’ top finisher on the boys side taking sixth in 1:11.22.

“Calvin Celio had a great race. Out of the top nine racers for the boys, North Tahoe took eight spots, with Calvin from Douglas being the lone non-north Tahoe racer,” said Douglas coach Rob Parks. “This second place finish will help the boys team in their quest to qualify for state in February.”

Dante Luri (13th), Mateo Luri (18th), akary Korzeniewski (19th) and Isaac Leigh (20th) were the next four finishers for the Tigers.

On the girls side, Ariana Bilderback was the Tigers’ top time, finishing in 1:20.15.

Kenadee Morrow was next for Douglas, taking 30th.

As a team, Douglas’ sixth-place finish was just behind rival Carson High School.