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Showcasing Valley business

April 11, 2019 — Today we celebrate Carson Valley's true heritage at the Business Showcase in Gardnerville. When Genoa was founded in 1851, it was as a trading post, selling food and supplies to those bound for the California gold fields. Even the vaunted Pony Express was a business

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County manager ready to serve Douglas

April 11, 2019 — Editor's Note: County Manager Patrick Cates wrote this letter to county employees. I am thrilled to be part of this great organization. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and my family. Most of my career has been spent in public service to

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395 work in works

April 3, 2019 — It has been 16 years since Highway 395 through Gardnerville was repaved, and it shows. More than 20,000 vehicles travel what we affectionately know as Main Street every day. We agree with County and Regional Transportation Commissioner Larry Walsh that there are parts of the

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Letters for April 4, 2019

April 3, 2019 — No sanctuary state in Nevada Editor: Local law enforcement would detain criminals found to be counterfeiting United States currency, a violation of federal law. Yet Assembly Bill 281, presented to the Nevada Legislative Judiciary Committee on March 29 would forbid Nevada cops from detaining illegal

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Those on the spectrum just want to be accepted

April 3, 2019 — When I tell people that my son has autism, I can usually expect one of a few different responses. "I'm sorry," or "He doesn't look autistic," or "That must be so hard," are the most common. On a rare occasion I get, "How can I

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Opportunity Scholarships deserve funding

March 27, 2019 — In business, the careful evaluation of opportunity costs can make all the difference in profit and loss. It considers forfeiting gains among the alternatives. In education, there also are opportunity costs, too, and a critical one that Gov. Steve Sisolak is neglecting, out of hand,

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Letters to The Editor for March 28

March 27, 2019 — Saving money cost county in tires Editor: I've read the letters to the editor regarding Tiregate and for the most part I see a modern vigilante mentality. The person who did this is gone. Who can realistically be hung in his place? Reports use the

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Sprinklersnot panacea

March 27, 2019 — We've no objection to extending the requirement for sprinklers to all new home construction. A proposal going before the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on April 4 calls for requiring sprinklers in new construction more than 1,000 feet from a fire hydrant. East Fork Fire

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Letting poisons hatch out of Nevada politics

March 21, 2019 — Reality now outstrips fiction. Writers without talking heads die daily on the vine. The reign of "media-critites" is proving more deadly than any meteor or asteroid shower. No matter one's political persuasion, it must be conceded the 2012 presidential candidates Obama and McCain were far

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March 21 Letter to the Editor

March 21, 2019 — Sanctuary the wrong word Editor: "Sanctuary" is probably the wrong word to describe the rural county revolt against Nevada's gun background check bill. The rural counties that have so far taken a stand against the bill are not refusing to prosecute criminal behavior, they're refusing

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Canaries in a coal mine

March 14, 2019 — You couldn't have asked for a better training scenario than the real-life incident on Tuesday. It's not that strange for transfer stations to be the source of a hazardous materials call. People back up their vehicles to the station and are pretty much on the

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Holding government accountable for Tiregate

March 14, 2019 — My first response after I took the time to read the NDI Report in its entirety was anger. I mean, how could so many people have done so much that contributed to the Tiregate embezzlement, and yet no one other than the central figure, Chris

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Fertile ground for Tiregate

March 6, 2019 — While state investigators characterized county employees they talked to as "entitled," they also uncovered that when it came to tires, there was an actual "entitlement." Until roughly 2008, county workers could get an actual, legal, discount on tires through the contract the county had with

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Lack of supervision contributed to Tiregate

March 6, 2019 — A thorough 99-page report completed on Sept. 4, 2018, by the Nevada Division of Investigations found "undeniable" evidence that former Douglas County Public Works Superintendant of Maintenance and Operations Chris Oakden used his position to defraud at least $1 million from Douglas County over six

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Douglas County speaks out against recent gun law

March 6, 2019 — The first act of our new state legislature a couple of weeks ago was to pass Senate Bill 143, a bill that revived ballot Question One, passed by Nevada voters two and a half years ago but never implemented by former Gov. Sandoval. That two-year-old

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March 6, 2019 — Here's some enlightening Editor: John O'Neill requested to be enlightened regarding the unwavering support of Donald Trump by evangelical Christians. He eloquently pointed out what a reprobate Donald Trump is. Here is my enlightened response for you John. Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and

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Opinion: Bill guts public safety to empty prisons

March 5, 2019 — For the past eight years, I have served as the Nevada District Attorney's Association appointed representative on the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice, an interim commission that studies Nevada's system of criminal justice. In January, the commission adopted a series of recommendations to

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To drive or not to drive …

February 27, 2019 — Awakening to something like an Ansel Adams photograph out my window, I measured the possible ways to spend my day by the depth of the snow. It makes a beautiful black and white, gray-toned landscape. All color is muted or neutralized by the snowfall. It

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Letters for Feb. 28, 2019

February 27, 2019 — Maybe it's not the teens Editor: I read with sadness and frustration Mr. Eggert's letter to the editor on Valentine's Day. It seems to me that the issue Mr. Eggert is having is not with teenagers at all. Perhaps the reason no teen comes knocking

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Trials and tribulations

February 27, 2019 — On Tuesday, defense attorneys sought a delay of the trial of three young Oregon men for drug trafficking to 2020, with one describing the trial schedule over the next year as "monstrous," though accepting it was "in the nature of the beast." We suspect that

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