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Debate the speech, not the forum

February 15, 2018 — On Sunday, Carson Valley residents will see our favorite part of the Constitution in full flower. Of the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment, two or three at least will be on display. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a controversial figure, which we suspect is

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Records clerk leaves fingerprint on sheriff’s office

February 15, 2018 — Not that long ago, if you went to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to get fingerprinted, the lady who handled that was Tammie Byington. On Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office said farewell to Tammie who's retiring after 14 years. Fingerprint clerk was Tammie's second profession. She

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Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

February 15, 2018 — Republicans rent space like anyone else Editor: I was at the Douglas County Republican Central Committee meeting on Feb. 6, which was protested (picketed) by a number of people exercising their First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom to assembly. As a Republican, I

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In memory of all our volunteers

February 13, 2018 — We can only describe the Hans Meyer-Kassel book as a big Valentine to Nevada's oldest town. While the famous artist only lived in Genoa for seven years, he left a big mark, which will be celebrated over the next several months with a retrospective at

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Letters to the Editor for Feb. 14

February 13, 2018 — Nevada's largest art project Editor: A huge thank you to all involved in the Willow Reindeer project. Thank you to the kids of Douglas High School basketball, the coaches, Monica Chamberlain for helping take down the willow reindeer in record time of less than two

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Death Valley a drier super bowl

February 13, 2018 — Someone out here turned 60 recently and it wasn't me. So I took him to Death Valley. No, not the place in the house where I cook. The official one, on a map. A place that looks like you road Elon Musk's rocket to land

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Farewell to an old colleague

February 8, 2018 — On Thursday, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza published its last edition. For a lot of years after I first arrived at The Record-Courier, we and the Bonanza were the Nevada newspapers covering Lake Tahoe. But there is a closer connection. In May 1989, Bonanza Sports

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Safety always a good bet

February 8, 2018 — Crossing Highway 395 anywhere in Douglas County is a challenge for pedestrians. Heck, so's driving it when you get right down to it. With all the calls to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths coming from state offices, you'd think fixing crosswalks would be a

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Letters to the editor for Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

February 8, 2018 — Editor's Note: The following letter was misattributed to Sanford Deyo. Our apologies to both he and Marshall Goldy, who is the actual author. What special interest? Editor: Terry Faff's Feb. 2 R-C letter accusing Douglas County Commissioner Nelson and his wife of attacking the county

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Letters to the editor for Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

February 6, 2018 — What special interest? Editor: Terry Faff's Feb. 2 R-C letter accusing Douglas County Commissioner Nelson and his wife of attacking the county manager to strengthen their hand in helping out special interests, but he offered no specifics. I'm curious what "special interests" Commissioner Nelson and

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Water picture drying out

February 6, 2018 — Residents are breaking out the garden hoses to start watering after a dry December and January in Carson Valley. Were it not for the dousing Western Nevada received in November, you'd think the drought were back. The U.S. Drought Monitor is indicating abnormally dry conditions

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Great economy may not be enough

February 6, 2018 — Apple CEO Tim Cook joined Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve on Jan. 17 for groundbreaking on a new $4 million shipping and receiving warehouse in downtown Reno. The ceremony came as Apple was announcing plans to hire 20,000 more workers and

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Gardnerville native nears retirement

February 1, 2018 — Gardnerville native Capt. Richard J. Meadows will be retiring from the U.S. Navy soon after serving as the 44th commander of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. A 1986 graduate of Douglas High School, Meadows played football, basketball and golf for the Tigers.

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Letters to the editor for Feb. 2, 2018

February 1, 2018 — Writer represents special interest Editor: No special interest group should ever control our county. I hope everyone in Douglas County agrees with this statement. Commissioner Dave Nelson's wife, Jeanne Shizuru's latest attack on our county manager about tiregate has nothing to do with the theft

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Countdown to campaign

February 1, 2018 — We're counting down to the two-week filing period next month for nonjudicial candidates. Since most of the partisan races in Douglas County will be decided in June, that means we're facing a short, hot campaign of just three months. Of course, several candidates have already

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Letters to the Editor for Jan. 31

January 30, 2018 — Maybe pot is answer to potholes Editor: Seems to me, the tax revenue from pot dispensaries would help alleviate the need for an additional tax to fix Douglas County roads. Why watch all that money go to Carson and Reno? D. Chaney Gardnerville A great

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Bid battle could make lawyers flush

January 30, 2018 — It's only half jokingly that we suggest county commissioners reject all bids for the North Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant. We realize the struggle accompanying the effort to bid out the project, which is running around $12 million so far. The original cost estimate was $7.5

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January 25, 2018 — Keep quality of life in mind Editor: I would like to ask everyone living in the Carson Valley and Douglas County to think about why you live here. I'm sure the vast majority of residents love the rural character, recreation opportunities, beautiful mountains, friendly people

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Many roads to go down

January 25, 2018 — There are just about as many different situations as there are miles of local county roads to maintain. Residents in the towns and road districts generally have their streets maintained. There may be some complaints, there always are, but we know that Minden, Gardnerville, the

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Too much master plan?

January 23, 2018 — It appears true that Douglas County has a lot of master plan for its size. According to information provided by the county, state law barely requires the county to have a planning commission, and not much master plan at that rate. For counties with fewer

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