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Nevada can benefit from military lands bills, Amodei says

April 19, 2019 — Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told lawmakers this week the 116th Congress is a huge opportunity for Nevada because of lands bills filed by the U.S. military. "It's a unique opportunity for Nevada," he told a joint session of the Nevada Senate and Assembly. He said

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Norma A. Baer

April 19, 2019 — Norma A. Baer, 81, died April 19, 2019 in Gardnerville, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

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Tulé duck decoy exhibit opens at museum

April 19, 2019 — An exhibit of tulé duck decoys created by Fallon Paiute Martin George has opened at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The decoys were made from cattails gathered in the wetlands near Centerville in Carson Valley. George was the grandson of Wuzzie and Jimmy

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Minden to dedicate Splash Pad May 1

April 19, 2019 — With a new monument, new bathrooms and a splash pad, Minden Park is expected to be ready for the season late next week. Recently, the completion of a weather vane was celebrated by Minden Rotarians. Minden Rotary built the gazebo in 1984, which is observing

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South Tahoe Mayor makes first legal pot purchase

April 19, 2019 — History was made at Tahoe Wellness Cooperative just after 4:20 p.m. April 11. That's when the first legal adult-use cannabis sale occurred in the city of South Lake Tahoe. Mayor Brooke Laine made the purchase at Tahoe Wellness, the long established cannabis center that up

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The April 19 R-C Morning Report

April 19, 2019 — Genoa, Nev. — St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville is observing Good Friday 12:10 p.m. today with the Stations of the Cross, the annual re-enactment of the Crucifixion.   Earth Day is Monday, but Genoans will be conducting a clean-up on Saturday morning. I'm told

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Forest management research to help fight effects of climate change

April 18, 2019 — Prolonged drought, landscape-level bark beetle mortality, and catastrophic wildfire have been increasing in frequency, extent, and severity over the past few decades, and western forests will be increasingly stressed as temperatures rise and climate change effects intensify. Leading a team of scientists and forest managers,

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Services and egg hunts highlight Easter

April 18, 2019 — Little Branson Tierney had a full bag of plastic eggs, including one of the sparkly ones, he found while searching with 85 other Trinity Lutheran Preschool students during the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday. Preschool Director Laura Edmonds said the egg hunt tradition predates

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Cigarette butts blamed for Gardnerville fire

April 18, 2019 — A small fire at a Mission Street apartment building on Thursday morning is being blamed on improperly extinguished cigarettes. East Fork firefighters and Douglas County Sheriff's deputies responded to the report of flames seen at 9:15 a.m. "East Fork Fire arrived on scene to find

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Tahoe SWAT call determined to be swatting hoax

April 18, 2019 — A 911 call that prompted a response from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team was determined to be a case of "swatting." Dispatchers received a call 6:43 a.m. from the Live Violence Free crisis hotline center. The caller said they received

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Daughter looks back on Don Hellwinkel’s naval career

April 18, 2019 — Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series about lifelong Minden resident Don Hellwinkel's experiences in the U.S. Navy during the waning days of World War II and the start of Korea. Panmunjom, Korea. That faraway, mysterious foreign place with the difficult to

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Elderly couple starting over after losing rental

April 18, 2019 — Not all the beneficiaries of attainable housing are young working people. Linda and William Stitz have lived in the Gardnerville Ranchos for more than a third of a century. When the couple moved here, they purchased a home on Monument Peak. The couple moved into

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Letters for April 18

April 18, 2019 — Can't see the night for the lights Editor: Moving to town a few years ago, I knew it was going to be almost impossible to see a star-filled night sky. The Gardnerville and Minden light pollution glowing in the night sky can be seen from

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First Democratic presidential hopeful to visit Carson Valley

April 18, 2019 — The first presidential hopeful to visit Douglas County will be in Minden on Friday. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will visit with Douglas County Democrats 11:30 a.m. at their headquarters in the Ironwood Center. The Minden stop is the 49-year-old Booker's first in Northern Nevada after

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Time to dump those old drugs

April 18, 2019 — Prescription Drug Take Back days are held twice a year each April and October. This nationwide program "aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means" of disposing unused or expired medicines "while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications"

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JoAnne Skelly: Rainwater harvesting is now legal

April 18, 2019 — My friend Marie was told recently it was illegal to harvest rainwater in Nevada. She was referring to putting large barrels under gutter downspouts to catch and store water running off a roof. Many people have done this for years, but actually it was illegal

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Douglas youth bowling hosting fundraiser

April 18, 2019 — Douglas Youth Bowling is hosting a scholarship fundraiser tournament April 27 at Wink's Bowling Lanes in the Gardnerville Ranchos. All proceeds from entrance fees will go to the scholarship fund. Check-in is 4 p.m., with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed included in the fee, in addition

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Maybe time to dial it back

April 18, 2019 — Nearly two years after Douglas County converted land slated for a casino and commercial space in Minden to homes and multi-family housing, work has started on the project at Highway 88 and 395. The project in Minden includes some neighborhood commercial along the highway, which

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Jim Hartman: Student debt causes social, economic problems

April 18, 2019 — Last June, the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) was expected to adopt a "modest" 1.8 percent increase in registration fees and nonresident tuition for both 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Instead, they boosted fees and tuition and fees by

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Drug court drop-out back in jail

April 18, 2019 — A Gardnerville Ranchos man, who was permitted to participate in a diversion program, was returned to Douglas County on Friday for failure to appear in court. Richard Gomes, 39, admitted in February that he had methamphetamine when he was arrested on Sept. 14, 2018. Gomes

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