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September 15, 2013
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Scene in Passing: Ghosts of eminence and imminence stalk streets & meeting rooms of Carson City

Just as August is a month of languor in the summer sun, September is enervating and stokes frenetic our efforts to prepare for wintry blasts.

So it is once again on the cusp of autumn in these Northern Nevada parts, as in much of these fitfully United States across both east and west. Lazy days are behind us, the need for a full pantry is on the horizon; never mind that this no longer is a rural world and refrigerators offer cold storage nearly without end. Our pace quickens anyway.

So it is with people, their activities and their governments. Fully vacated or not, officialdom and officious citizenry will bustle like home makers, canning bounty, attacking troubles of real or imagined consequence. And so, to the week approaching.

On Monday about noon, according to the unofficial Men’s Club in Carson City, Joel Dunn of the city’s Convention & Visitors Bureau will speak to those attending at Grandma Hattie’s. The former city official from Parks and Recreation will bring his penchant for talking of “heads in beds” and face the fierce yet friendly questioning of those on hand.

Come Tuesday, take your pick of a smorgasbord if you’re into culture or green-energy ideas.

The Brewery Arts Center from 4-6 p.m. is holding one of three Focus Group gatherings on future BAC prospects at the center’s ballroom, and the Cultural Commission begins work at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center’s Sierra Room during its September meeting.

At the Plaza Hotel Events Center, meanwhile, Sierra Nevada Forums brings experts and citizens together for a forum called “Fueling Change” on issues of an emerging renewable-energy era. That also is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

If you’re up and at ’em early Wednesday, catch the Nevada Business Connection breakfast meeting at the Gold Dust West where, at 8 a.m., you can hear from a panel of manufacturers if you pony up for coffee and victuals. Or in the evening in the Sierra Room at 6 p.m., the Airport Authority ponders air transport in and out of the state capital.

Thursday comes the big show in the Sierra Room ring. The Board of Supervisors, beginning at 8:30 a.m., tackles toughies such as finalizing a rise in water and sewer rates, on average 6 percent for the former and 15 percent for the latter. Said rates hikes will win approval, but — trust me — other items will provide the city’s mill with grist, too.

It’s mid-September, so the bustle of life’s quickening pace is in our genetic code and our voluble public palaver is reaching a crescendo. Come Friday you’re on your own, but Saturday you can check out frenetic activities of the past. At 6:30 p.m., the Carson City Ghost Walk returns to downtown starting at Third and Curry streets.

Then we’re actually falling into autumn.

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Also Monday is the Carson City Town Hall Meeting at the Bob Boldrick Theatre in the Community Center. The meeting runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

John Barrette covers Carson City government and business. He can be reached at

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