Carson Column: Women create calendar to help wild horses run free

Two Mark Twain women have created a calendar to raise money to help keep the Comstock's wild horses running free.

Julie Keller and Tina Swanner are selling the calendars which features 15 photos of horses living in Storey and Lyon counties.

Julie has lived in Western Nevada for six years coming from Texas.

"I'm from Texas, so I love horses," she said.

Tina arrived in Nevada from Los Angeles about three years ago.

"I'm from L.A., so I didn't even know," she said.

About 25 percent of the proceeds from the calendar will go to wild horse causes.

"We did the calendar to raise money to keep the horses around," Julie said. The money will go to help seed the mountains and repair fences to keep the horses out of trouble.

"We want to keep the horses from being hurt and from doing damage to other people," Julie said. "They are a natural resource and we want them to be around so our children can enjoy them."

Tina and Julie will be at the Carson City Mall today as part of the Santa's Shopping Spree Arts, Crafts and Collectible Fair.

The women are selling their calendar worldwide over the Internet. Their Web site is The calendars are also on sale at several locations around town.

This week, my boss, Managing Editor Barry Smith will be moderating a discussion about adoption at the Carson City Library.

He will be hosting a panel of five, including a woman who found her birth parents recently.

Nu-Gina Rogers is an assistant women's basketball coach at UNR who reconciled with her birth mother recently, according to library Community Relations Coordinator Andi Moore.

She will sit on the panel along with adoptive parent recruiter Mary Dunn and management assistant Sue Ballew, both from the state Division of Child and Family Services.

The discussion will come after a public screening of "First Person Plural," a film by Borshay Liem, who was adopted by an American family in 1966.

The screening and discussion begin at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Carson City Library auditorium.

The film won the Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

It will be aired at 10 p.m. Dec. 18 on public television KNPB-Channel 5, with a repeat showing at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 20.

Moore said she had hoped to have more adoptees on the panel, but the ones she contacted were more comfortable out in the audience.

"I'm hoping they open up and share their experiences once they hear others," Moore said.

"Nobody likes a math geek, Scully."

That's what David Duchovny said to his co-star Gillian Anderson on "The X-files" when she pointed out that the millennium doesn't really begin until Jan. 1, 2001.

That won't stop the Kiwanis from celebrating the real beginning of the millennium Dec. 31 at the Carson City Senior Center.

Kiwanis spokesguy Ken Beaton said tickets are going fast because there is only room for half the people they had at last year's celebration.

"There's only room for 200 people this year," he said.

While Ken didn't bring it up, I'm sure the Kiwanis plan for the lights to stay on throughout the celebration this year.

Last year, Carson partiers got a surprise when the lights went out on the stroke of midnight. Much as we'd hoped that Y2K had finally hit somewhere, it was just some mylar balloons hitting the power lines.

Washoe Valley author and Appeal contributor Jon Christensen's story about a Carson High student and punk rocker has been named runner-up in a nationwide nonfiction narrative contest.

The story was reprinted in the journal River Teeth as part of the first River Teeth Reportage Contest.

The Appeal ran the story along with photos by Christensen's wife Kit Miller as part of the newspaper's millennium coverage last year.

Santa Claus was spotted strolling along Carson Street Friday night. He ducked into the Nugget for a bite to eat and to say hello to the children.

Then he disappeared into the night, no doubt to check his list to see if Carson City children were ready for the big day.

Kurt Hildebrand is assistant managing editor at the Nevada Appeal. Reach him at 881-1215 or e-mail him at


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