Stories for April 2007

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Monday, April 30

Engagements Announced

Wiley, Miller Joanna Lyn Wiley and Ryan Scott Miller have announced their engagement. Joanna is the daughter of Mike and Janet Wiley of Carson City. She is a 2000 graduate of Carson High School and received a bachelor's degree in music education from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. Joanna is a music teacher at Rainbow Bible School in Abilene, Texas.

Checking off the to-do list makes for busy times

It seems like there is always so much to do this time of year and with so many activities going on it's hard to fit in everything you want to do along with all the stuff you need to get done. I've had a list of things I've been meaning to get off my plate, so to speak, so for the last month and a half I've been checking things off my "to do" list.

Religion briefs

Carson City Eckankar group to discuss karma Lessons of karma will be discussed at the 10 a.m. worship service on May 19 of Eckankar, the religion of the light and sound of God, held at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Community briefs

Carson City College holds annual student art show The annual Student Art Exhibition, a collection of art by Western Nevada Community College students, is on display at the Carson City campus Main and College galleries through May 11. The community is invited to view the exhibit and cast a vote for their favorite at the WNCC Bristlecone Building information desk.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • David Wages Jr., 21, a plumber from Carson City, was arrested at 1:14 a.m. Monday at North Carson and East Adams streets on suspicion of gross misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $2,500.

Voters can have their say on mayor on Election Day

We respect Rheba Montrose's recall effort of Mayor Marv Teixeira, but we do not support it. Teixeira was arrested in March for a DUI and later sentenced to 46 hours of community service, fined $650, and must pay at least $200 more in related fees.

Where are the voices of the silent majority of Muslims?

"Where have all the voices gone?" Two of our readers have posed a reasonable question, referring to the voices of Islam who make up, supposedly, the "silent majority." Out of the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, radicals are estimated at less than 1/10 of that number. So what are the rest of them doing to end the war? Are they withholding money, sustenance, arms? Or are they encouraging the Jihad against the West? Silence on the part of the greater majority implies approval, and as long as they are silent, the war will continue.

Sunday, April 29

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Julio Vasquez, 20, of Carson City, was arrested at 9:50 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of felony grand theft auto and two counts of vehicle burglary. Bail was set at $25,000.

Saturday, April 28

Bringing flavors from around the world into your home

I have always loved shish kebabs, but have found it difficult to get good ones at restaurants in this area. Instead of grilling pieces of nice-quality lamb, it is usually some kind of lamb sausage that does no justice to the dish.

Friday, April 27

Briefly

Carson City Carson City Library to sell boxes of classic magazines The Friends of the Carson City Library will be selling boxes of classic, pristine condition magazines such as Smithsonian, National Geographic, Life, Airplanes, Military History and Warship International. Each box goes for $5 per box for one week only. All sales will go to benefit the Carson City Library. Magazines are available at the Browsers' Corner at the library, 900 N. Roop St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale started Saturday.

Carson City can win against meth

Tonight, the meth dealers will be out again in Carson City. Users - teenagers, mothers, maybe someone in your neighborhood - will be making scores in parked cars, run-down apartments, maybe even in your neighborhood. At least those who have the money. The rest will be finding ways to get the cash. It doesn't matter to them if it involves breaking into a house and ripping off anything they can find of value.

Community briefs

Carson City Bill Richardson returns toCarson City today New Mexico Governor and presidential candidate Bill Richardson will visit Carson City today and Monday. From 7:30-9 p.m. today, he will speak at the Carson City Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. Monday morning from 8:30-9:15, he will hold a meet and greet at Comma Coffee. From 9:30-10:30 he will speak with AFL-CIO leaders at the AFL-CIO headquarters on John Street. At 11 a.m. he will speak with Carson High School students and parents on the Darfur situation, and from noon-1 p.m. he will meet with the Nevada Democratic Legislative Congress at the Legislative Building. He will then leave for Las Vegas.

Markets turn volatile after Dow reaches new high

As a business owner, you may not be inclined to keep yourself informed of every change in the tax law. However, the current battle over the capital gains tax rate would certainly be one to watch. A capital gains tax is a levy charged on the profit realized on the sale of an asset. While the most common capital gains are realized from the sale of stocks, bonds and precious metals, of far greater consequence is the impact of the capital gains tax when a valuable business is sold.

Carson City should take a chance and focus on small businesses

Being a resident of the Carson City community - a city with a plan - is comforting to me. Whatever concerns I have had, I have shared them openly with city and state officials. One of my concerns is what I believe to be a desensitized magnet to draw distinctive retail to our city. You can be the most socially available person sitting on a bar stool, but that doesn't always mean you'll get dated. But I've said enough about local retail (for now). One of my other concerns is aimed at what may be a mud-caked welcome mat to small business entrepreneurship that now looks like ... well ... mud. I just want to raise our awareness to this possibility and begin hosing off the mud so we can read the word "Welcome" embossed on its matting.

Thursday, April 26

Flippers flop as hot housing markets cool in Vegas, elsewhere

LAS VEGAS - In the rampant real estate speculation of the Las Vegas valley three years ago, people lined up outside Pulte Homes sales offices overnight as if they were waiting for the release of the latest video game console or hot new movie.

Global warming message is being delivered by hypocrites

"Global Warming Rally Cut Short by Cold Weather." That recent headline caught my attention as I continued to hear warnings from former Vice President Al Gore and other environmental activists about the imminent threat of global warming. But we're enduring the coldest spring in many years. So what's going on with the weather?

Business briefs

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada has announced that Patagonia's Reno Service Center is the first private company in the nation to receive incentives for its recent Gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Second annual Summit awards winners announced

The Summit Awards, awarded April 14, acknowledges and encourages excellence in commercial real estate. This year's Lifetime Achievement award was given to Preston Q. Hale, 93, founder and partner of Hale, Day, Gallagher. Other winners include:

Business licenses

CARSON CITY Business licenses issued in Carson City as of April 20:

The truth about Mary is the truth about meth

The stories about meth addict Mary Reasoner we printed Sunday through Thursday brought a variety of reactions, ranging from anger that we would run such disturbing information to praise for bringing to light the dark world of meth.

Wednesday, April 25

A $30 million Mound House

For years, Dayton has been the community of choice for families and retirees looking for affordability and proximity to jobs in Carson City.

No room for ambiguity on evils of meth

In the 18 years I have been observing people in crisis, I have discovered a few things. One of the saddest discoveries is that only very few users have ever escaped the ravages of the methamphetamine horror world. When I read morally neutral stories featuring the exciting and sexy existence of people who have destroyed their lives, their children's lives, their futures, their financial responsibility, and finally their God-given healthy bodies, I know that is just a tiny sliver of what is really happening in the semi-fascinating portrayal by a reporter or author.

Welcome to Greater, Nevada where we 'can do'

Is "can do" really just a bunch of canned poo, as some of the Appeal's online commenters have suggested? Well, it's hard to argue with $400,000 worth of research, but we're just not sure how "can do" sets us apart from any other region in the country. It was part of the brand unveiled Tuesday at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.

Community briefs

The University of Nevada, Reno and Nevada's fire agencies have created a Web site to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information and recommendations on defensible space to homeowners. Homeowners can also receive a free "Living with Fire" publication by calling their Cooperative Extension office or local fire agency.

Chicago conspiracy trial makes Las Vegas' bad old days seem like yesterday

Las Vegas is a town built by hucksters and hoodlums, fat gamblers and skinny girls. Its street historians and eyewitnesses to its notorious transition from wiseguy paradise to consummate company town have dwindled to a precious few. And most of those wouldn't talk on the record if they were subpoenaed.

Tuesday, April 24

This isn't Portland, but we should still provide room for walking and bicycling

I try to have at least two car-free days a week, doing all my errands and commuting to work on foot, by bicycle, or by riding the bus. You may have seen me walking or riding around town; I'm out there in any weather and at most times of the day. I had to agree with Mayor Marv Teixeira's assessment of bicycling in Carson City when Appeal editor Barry Ginter asked him what it's like getting to work (temporarily until he gets his driver's license back) on a bike. The mayor said, "I have a new appreciation for bicycle riders. You are the little guy!"

Carson City popping up on some favorable lists

Carson City is beginning to get noticed, and for the right reasons. The latest example was a list naming us one of the top metro areas for retail growth. Before that, our city made a Business Week list as one of the top emerging arts communities in the nation, where we were behind only Los Angeles and Santa Fe and one spot ahead of New York City. Last year, True West magazine put us on its watch list as a top Western town and hinted that completion of the V&T Railroad would cement our spot on that list for good.

Monday, April 23

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexico's success against France

Picture this. You whip into your favorite fast-food joint for a snack. But instead of a burrito supreme they're selling crepes filled with duck confit. And instead of the promotional Chihuahua they give you a bobblehead poodle for your dash board. You've just entered - The Taceau Belle.

More than 150 reasons to be proud of Carson City

The graffiti will almost certainly return, but we hope that inevitability does not discourage the more than 150 people who worked on Saturday to remove the blight from part of Carson City. What those volunteers did on Saturday was fight one battle in a long war. When the graffiti returns, we hope they'll step up again to reinforce the message that this community does not belong to the gangs. We like Supervisor Shelly Aldean's words about the message that was sent this weekend: "... they can't use this as a form of communication or to mark their territory because as soon as the graffiti appears it will disappear."

Community briefs

Carson City High school group to present 'Twinderella' Carson Performing Arts at Carson High School presents this year's Fairytale Theatre presentation of "Twinderella" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Carson City Community Center. There will also be special showings for schools, preschools and day-care facilities Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Chris Bell, 34, unemployed from Carson City, was arrested Sunday at 9:05 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of felony probation violation. No bail was set.

Leaders have no time to waste getting us out of Iraq

The headline read: "Democrats willing to bide their time on Iraq" (Nevada Appeal, April 15, p. A12). Remember, "We the people of the United States of America" INVADED Iraq, took Saddam out without any thought about what would happen next, failed to realize he was the "buffer" in that part of the world between Iran and the rest of the crazies, and didn't kick the hell out of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan like we should have. Democrats feel they will pick up more senatorial seats in 2008 and be able to end the war; but what family, with sons and daughters serving there, wants to "bide their time?" They better remember that now we are IN Iraq, and the car and suicide bombers are ruling the roost, we need to get some better "exit plans" than the ones being proposed by our so-called "leaders." "Bide your time," hell. Get cracking NOW ... there's nothing more important.

Sunday, April 22

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Martha Lopez, 27, a tax advisor from Carson City, was arrested at 12:01 a.m. Sunday at Roop Street and Beverly Way on suspicion of felony passing checks without sufficient funds. Bail was set at $1,500 cash.

Saturday, April 21

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Bridget D. Pringle, 21, unemployed from Carson City was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 10 block of Hospitality Way on suspicion of felony warrants for unlawful use of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. No bail was set.

Letters to the editor

Time has come to recall Senator Reid Harry Reid might have been elected by the people of Nevada, but he no longer represents our best interests. Now that he is the Senate Majority Leader, he is taking his "marching orders" from Howard Dean and the DNC. His priorities are to embarrass George Bush and to ensure a Democratic presidential victory in 2008, regardless of the cost to our country, our soldiers, or our future national security. He is nothing more than a party hack, and he should be recalled.

Loss of Clear Creek camp is a sad day

The story in Saturday's Appeal contained all the relevant facts about the impending removal of all the buildings at the old Clear Creek Youth Center, but there's no way an article can capture what that news really means. The Clear Creek Youth Center is part of local history, an enchanting place under tall pines where thousands of youths formed happy memories and learned valuable life lessons. For years, it has been used for meetings and gathering of groups, including Boy and Girl Scouts, Nevada Girls State and church gatherings.

Friday, April 20

Oil from algae

Gasoline prices over $3 a gallon, dire warnings about greenhouse effects and increased pollution bringing about global warming are causing some folks to think more about energy alternatives.

People bent on killing will find a way, guns or not

It didn't take long after the ordeal at Virginia Tech last week for the finger pointing to begin. Even before all the bodies were counted, people with perfect 20/20 hindsight were blaming the school for not locking down the entire campus after the first shootings were reported. Then came the police and courts for not locking up the killer before he did his terrible deed.

A lesson from Virginia massacre: It's probably going to happen again

The human psyche - such a profound and indecipherable apparatus of everything and nothing. It is by turn an academy for the wise, sanctuary for the lonely and despondent, ward of refuge to the sick, and chamber of horrific scheme for the diabolic. The brain is the attic loft to the tower of our body. For some, reaching that loft is a quick and smooth elevator lift to the top. For others, it takes a slower escalator or maybe even a slower staircase climb. The quick elevator rise could also break down on the way, or even suffer from a faulty cable that forces it to suddenly crash to the floor of the shaft.

Imus firing justified, but more is needed to curb racism

Radio "shock jock" Don Imus got what he deserved two weeks ago when he was fired from his radio and TV "gigs" by CBS Radio and MSNBC-TV for gratuitously and crudely insulting members of the over-achieving Rutgers University women's basketball team. But Imus is only the tip of the race relations iceberg that continues to damage our country so many years after our forefathers fought a Civil War to abolish slavery and treat black people like human beings.

Michael Hohl Motorpromotions announced

Michael Hohl Jr. was appointed general manager of the automotive group's two newly acquired Chevrolet stores in Carson City and Minden. Hohl will oversee all day-to-day operations at Michael Hohl Chevrolet in Carson City and Michael Hohl Carson Valley Chevrolet in Minden.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • David Lee Wages, 42, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine, and two warrants. Bail was set at $4,607.

Thursday, April 19

Business happenings

Tuesday Carson City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club, 7:30 a.m., D'Vine Wine Tasting, 200 N. Stewart St. $5 for Chamber of Commerce members, $10 for nonmembers. Visit www.carsoncitychamber.org.

Could it be time to start thinking radically?

Any editor spends a large chunk of time filtering out calls and e-mails that, while interesting, have little to do with their readers. Last week, for example, brought a call from a man in Calgary, Canada, urging us to put an investigative reporter on the fact that Hillary Clinton was actually a man and an ex-convict from Canada. I gently declined when he offered to provide proof. I'm prepared for the inevitable ridicule if some other paper ends up breaking this story.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 54-year-old machinist from Gardnerville was arrested at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of failure to comply to DUI sentence. Bail was set at $1,000.

Joining other gamers to take a stand on violence

When Candice, my friend and boss over at Advanced Media Network, IMed me the other day and told me about Gamers Against Violence Day, I thought it was the coolest idea on the planet. I didn't realize that Candice and I were going to wind up organizing the Carson City event.

Marketing ploys targeting seniors continue

After my last article on senior-marketing fraud, I started digging further into the problems seniors face. I receive a lot of periodicals for financial planners, and many of those are starting to expose some of the marketing deception targeting seniors.

Wednesday, April 18

Life with much higher rent

This week marks my last at the Nevada Appeal. After about five years in journalism in the Silver State I am breaking out into the Big Wide World.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Ernesto Benitez, 21, unemployed from Carson City, was arrested at 1:32 p.m. Tuesday at William and Brown streets on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor driving without a license and speeding. Bail was set at $2,669.

Volunteerism study doesn't reflect north state

A recent study that found that Nevada ranked dead last in the percentage of people who volunteer must not have focused very heavily on Carson City or Northern Nevada.

Community briefs

Carson City Community drum circle at WNCC A community drum circle where people of all ages come together, share a rhythm and have a good time will celebrate heart health and education from noon-3 p.m. Friday. Participants might play a drum, a set of bongos, or even an upside-down garbage can at the event organized by Western Nevada Community College nursing students.

Gambler banking on late friend's pledge to walk beloved dog in hereafter

Time has stopped for gambler Sam Angel, the man whom I years ago nicknamed the "John Cameron Swayze of the Street" because of his sideline profession selling watches and jewelry to denizens of poker rooms. Sammy was 86 when he died recently after a lengthy illness, which is ironic considering the fact that he was 86'd from most of the casinos and bars in town because of his propensity for loud conversation and prolific beer and whiskey drinking.

Tuesday, April 17

Priest ordination on June 3 for Episcopal Diocese of Nevada

A member of the Episcopal church all his life, Daniel Lediard had every intention of becoming a priest when he was ordained a deacon on Oct. 6. Lediard's wife, Jody Lediard, is already an Episcopal priest. She was ordained six years ago.

Jobs are here for laid-off employees

Carson City's manufacturing sector should be strong enough to absorb the 70-plus employees who will be laid off this year when Mr. Gasket closes, area experts say.

Health inspections

Carson City Health Department's food-service inspections and the date of inspection (all scores are on a 100-point scale, with points deducted depending on the severity of violations):

Sending rural water to Vegas a troubling precedent

So Las Vegas gets the water it's been seeking from White Pine County, at least a good percentage of it, and environmentalists mark it a victory. Problem solved? Not quite.

District court wrap

The following people appeared before Judge Bill Maddox in Carson City District Court: • Kenneth James Chandler, 46, was given six months' house arrest after violating his probation on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Justin Snyder, 28, a construction worker from Carson City, was arrested at 1:59 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of felony probation violation. No bail was set.

WNCC Web site rolls out new sections

The Web site for Western Nevada Community College, www.wncc.edu, has recently received an upgrade to include new academics sections. WNCC Webmaster Kevin Murphy spent several months working with academic divisions and administrators, and student services departments to create this new site with enhanced searchability, accuracy and types of academic program and course information.

Monday, April 16

Briefly

Carson City Guest Instructor at Comma Coffee Salsa Dance Ray Cammilleri and JoAnn Grace will host guest salsa instructor William Flanders of Mountain Salsa Dance at the Comma Coffee Salsa Night from 7-10 p.m. today at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St. At 8:30 p.m., the open dancing begins. Cost is $5 per person. Call 883-2662.

Today is the last day to file your TAXES

It's TAX DAY today. If you've put off doing your taxes, now's the time to pick up the slack. You had two days of "grace," Sunday and today (some Washington, D.C., holiday that the feds celebrate and we don't), so get to work and send the bugger in. And we hope you get a big, fat refund for your efforts.

Violence a reminder of how important a strong community is

We didn't need another reminder of how vulnerable all of us are as we go about our daily lives. Yet it came in the form of a horrific shooting Monday in Virginia, bringing home the question once again of what we can do to protect ourselves and our families. Unfortunately, there will never be a way to guarantee the safety of the people we love. The events of Monday and, much closer to home, a murder-suicide in Carson City on Thursday, illustrated that point all too well.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Cory Costner, 45, an unemployed transient, was arrested at 7:09 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Beverly Drive on suspicion of gross misdemeanor battery on a peace officer, misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer and disorderly conduct. Bail was set at $3,144.

Trinidad and Samoa without a passport

Awakening in Trinidad last week after yet another night of hearing rain on the roof, we made plans for a change of scenery. And maybe a change of weather as well.

Cooking on deadline: Blueberry muffins from scratch

Sure, you could make your own blueberry muffins from scratch. But sometimes you want a special occasion breakfast without the trouble. Likewise, it would be nice to have that fresh-from-the-oven taste without traipsing to the bakery that morning.

It's easier than you think to make delightful, deli-quality bagels at home

It's easy to dismiss bagels as a why-bother sort of baking project.

Barbecue Cajun-Style Prawns: An appetizer and a scoop

This week's recipe comes to you via a request from one of our customers through a letter written to Gourmet magazine. The request was made for the recipe of one of our longest running appetizer dishes - Barbecue Cajun-Style Prawns.

Sunday, April 15

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Kevin Allan Peters, 27, a mechanic from Sun Valley, was arrested at 11:19 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of College Parkway on suspicion of felony possession of a firearm by an ex-felon, unlawful use of a credit card and misdemeanor possession of a concealed weapon, ex-felon failure to register and a felony warrant. Bail was set at $52,737.

Saturday, April 14

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Jacob Andrew Pacheaco, 20, a construction worker from Carson City, was arrested at 8:04 p.m. Friday at Roop Street and Northridge Lane on suspicion of felony possession of prescription medication without a prescription, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor violation of alternative sentencing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $7,364.

Smart economic planning needed

For a community already searching for ways to make ends meet, this hasn't been a great week. Losing a manufacturer and dozens of jobs is barely a blip for a large metro area, but for Carson City, it's a significant step back. Those are exactly the kinds of jobs the city is working so diligently to attract.

Friday, April 13

Community briefs

Carson City Senior center to hold dance There will be a senior dance from 7-10 p.m. today at the Carson City Senior Citizens Center, 911 Beverly Drive.

Sheriffs' Log

The following are some of the calls to which deputies responded Thursday: • Vehicle injury report in the 2900 block of Menlo Drive at 7:39 a.m.

Briefly

Carson City Airport Authority workshop is today Members of the Carson City Airport Authority will meet for a Title 19 workshop at 6 p.m. today in the Terminal Building at the Carson City Airport, 2600 East College Parkway.

Investment helps the world's poor help themselves

I get hit with offers to donate to charities all the time. They usually call around dinnertime, using the technique telemarketers mastered before the No-Call List. It's hard to know what to say to them. The causes all sound good, but you can't tell if they are legitimate.

Bush and Reid allied on granting amnesty to illegal immigrants

Make no mistake about it, when President Bush urges Congress to enact "comprehensive immigration reform," he means that he intends to grant conditional amnesty to more than 10 million illegal immigrants currently residing in this country. I don't think Congress will let him get away with it.

Thursday, April 12

Wednesday, April 11

Quirky stuff I've found on the Internet

Occasionally, I'll find myself with a spare chunk of time. Actually, it happens often enough that I don't despair when I find myself thinking "Gee, I'm bored." If the library's closed and OnDemand is on the fritz, I know what to do.

Upcoming book should shed new light on old gangland tales

For a guy considered a pariah by his old friends, mob hit-man-turned-government informant Frank Cullotta suddenly finds himself, or at least his bloodstained memories, quite popular these days.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 22-year-old Carson City man was arrested at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of Highway 50 East on two misdemeanor warrants charging failure to appear. His bail was set at $1,939.

Gibbons' political tactics don't play well in Nevada

Gov. Gibbons' conspiracy theory about the Democrats and the Wall Street Journal being in collusion to bring him down have made headlines not just in Nevada, but nationwide. Most recently, Keith Olbermann, on his nightly MSNBC show, named Gibbons his "worst person in the world" for his claims about a rumored Democratic pay-off of the Journal.

Tuesday, April 10

It's up to the American family to make our schools more successful

America's constitutional republic is a "singularity," a word used in general relativity that describes an event like the "Big Bang" that happens only once; an event so uniquely different, so singularly astounding that it goes beyond precise empirical explanation or understanding.

Creating a desperation for art

When Jack Shrawder is peddling the art of selling to artists, he invokes the mystical consciousness that has made "The Secret" fly off bookshelves.

Community briefs

Carson City Historic Resources Commission meets The Historic Resources Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St. Topics include choosing places or things for this year's Historic Preservation Awards to be presented in May.

Health Inspections

Carson City Health Department's food-service inspections and the date of inspection (all scores are on a 100-point scale, with points deducted depending on the severity of violations):

Deport alien inmates? It's about time

Is it a wise idea to turn over more than 200 of Nevada's prison inmates to federal immigration officials for deportation, saving the state millions of dollars? No, that's not a trick question ... the answer is as obvious as it seems.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Helen Holquin, 31, a waitress from Carson City, was arrested at 10:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Ravenshorn Drive on suspicion of felony fugitive from justice out of Placerville, Calif. No bail was set. Also arrested was a 32-year-old painter on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. His bail was set at $1,132.

Monday, April 9

The wisdom of (any) ethnic eating

The first time I tasted white bread was on General Black, the American warship that crisscrossed the Atlantic for a number of years bringing World War II refugees from Europe to the United States. Actually, I didn't even know I was looking at a slice of bread until my mother told me that was what it was. Bread, to my mind, was always a kind of brownish-grey. As I recall, that slice of white bread seemed strangely soft and flavorless, but I was no judge, for I had no appetite for rye bread, either.

Familiar faces and new faces graced Carson this week

It was good to see Congressman Dean Heller this week in Carson City. He spoke to the Legislature, and was greeted at June Joplin's Comma Coffee at a reception in his honor. There was obviously no security at the door, since they let us in for a good chat and hors d'oeuvres. We also saw his lovely "better half," Lynne, who is an asset anywhere she goes. We were even invited to stay with them in D.C., if the occasion ever arises. Hmmmm ... wonder if they serve breakfast in bed and will drive us around? On second thought, we better quit while we're ahead. Great people. •••

English language bill means well but has flaws

English language bill means well but has flaws It was unfortunate that opponents of a bill to make English the official language of Nevada resorted to calling its sponsor, Sen. Bob Beers, a racist. SB325 should be examined on its merits, rather than on emotion and epithets.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Daniel Boyd Banks, 22, unemployed from Carson City, was arrested at 8:26 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of felony battery by a prisoner. Bail was set at $5,000.

Sunday, April 8

The alternate reality of John McCain

Spring break and bulletproof vests don't go well together. But for John McCain, it's just another day on the campaign trail. The one-time GOP frontrunner proclaimed that there are neighborhoods in Baghdad where it's safe enough to go for a walk, claiming the media is not airing the real progress being made in Iraq, and he set out last week to prove his point.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Bradley Emmans, 21, unemployed, from Carson City, was arrested at 12 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of felony failure to appear after admission to bail. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.

Saturday, April 7

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Anthony Hernandez, 44, a brick layer from Carson City, was arrested at 10:56 p.m. Friday at Eighth and Carson Streets on suspicion felony assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence third offense involving an accident, misdemeanor no valid driver's license, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and contempt of court. Bail was set at $21,601.

Friday, April 6

RSCVA promotes Northington to convention center general manager

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority has promoted Charlton Northington to general manager of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

A moment of perfection serves as a reminder of Easter's meaning

Whether you believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, or in Him as just a man, or do not place faith in His existence at all, the cross - His crucifix - has become a universal symbol of human sacrifice. It is weight, struggle, punishment, burden, pain, suffering and surrender. It is a gift, a remorseless giving of life. And for those who refuse to believe, then at least look upon that gift of life as yet another symbol - the symbol of giving up one's life in exchange for the lives of others. The cross - symbol of unremitting sacrifice and figure for thankful worship - remains universal in image.

Business briefs

The deadline for taxes has moved to April 17 this year because of Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. April 15 is a Sunday. Taxpayers can file electronically using www.irs.gov and request direct deposit.

Publisher of Gardnerville paper moving to Oregon

Publisher of The Record-Courier, Janet Geary announced her impending departure on Wednesday morning. The Record-Courier is a sister newspaper of the Nevada Appeal

A story that should live on in Nevada history

Most of the stories printed in the paper this week will soon be replaced in our memories by the unending flow of news. All but one story, that is - the death of JohnD Winters. We're happy that his name will forever be preserved in Carson City, in the form of JohnD Winters Centennial Park, which was created partially from what used to be his land.

Community briefs

Carson City Spring well start up, flushing begin today Starting today and ending June 1, the Carson City Water Division will be starting up and testing additional wells in anticipation of increased water needs. The division may also be flushing water mains in the Riverview, Stanton Park, Woodside Terrace, River Knolls, Parc De Maison and Lewis Home areas. Residences in the areas where flushing will occur will be given 24 hours in advance. Residents may notice low water pressure and discolored water during and just after flushing.

Iranian hostage-taking exposes U.N. impotence

If we follow the lead of the so-called "mainstream media," we should thank Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Wednesday's release of 15 British sailors who were seized by the Iranian Navy and held captive for almost two weeks. Instead of thanking Iran's president, however, I think we should hold him and his government accountable for violating international law and the Geneva Conventions.

Holy Week Services

Corpus Christi Catholic Community At 9 p.m. Holy Saturday, an Easter Vigil will be led with Father Jim's Intentions. There are no 4 or 6 p.m. Mass, and no confessions.

Easter events

Today • Great Virginia City Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Miner's Park, E and Carson streets in Virginia City for children ages 10 and under. Special eggs will have a sticker giving the name of a Virginia City shop where children can redeem the egg for a free gift from that store. The Easter Bunny will be on hand. Call 847-4FUN.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 30-year-old warehouse worker from Carson City was arrested at 7:25 a.m. in the 900 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a protective order. Bail was set at $3,132.

Briefly

Each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during April will receive 10 free shade trees. Arbor Day will be April 27 of this year. The 10 shade trees are red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, green ash, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in April or May with enclosed planting instructions. The trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To become a member, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE, 68410, or visit www.arborday.org, by April 30.

Thursday, April 5

Briefcase

Classic Lube & Oil Brian Sandness, co-owner 1861 E. College Parkway

Business Happenings

SiGBA Speaker Series: Biodiesel, 6 p.m., Cedar House Sport Hotel, Truckee. This event is free. Visit www.SiGBA.org.

Showcasing more than just the same old classes at Carson High

Carson High School offers more than reading, writing and arithmetic, and those options were highlighted Thursday during the school's annual Arts & Occupation Fair.

Seniors need protection from sales vultures

Few things will get me going like senior fraud. It is right up there with abusing a baby or kicking a puppy. It's quite simply a despicable crime that should garner no sympathy for those who commit such offenses.

Residents ought to be concerned about prisoner releases

It would be nice if there were a solution to the state's overcrowded prisons that was good for both the budget and the residents of the state. But there's not, and lawmakers will have to decide whether the savings they'd get from releasing prisoners early would be worth the threat to society. If they approve AB510, which would double the credits inmates get for good behavior, about 1,600 lower-risk inmates would qualify for release from Nevada's prisons. The parole of another 2,000 other inmates would expire.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 24-year-old data entry clerk from Carson City was arrested at 5:45 p.m. at William and Roop streets on suspicion of misdemeanor obstruction of a peace officer and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $1,139. Also arrested was a 19-year-old Carson City laborer on suspicion of misdemeanor driving without a license, traveling in the turn lane and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $1,401.

It's tough being a GOP freshman

It's not Dean Heller's fault that he's at the bottom of the power list in Congress. He's a minority party freshman in one of the smallest classes of new GOP Congressman in years.

Briefly

Carson City Boy Scout looking for usable rummage Boy Scout Troop No. 145 is collecting usable rummage for its 18th annual rummage sale May 5 at Seeliger Elementary School. Free pickups will be offered Saturday and April 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. No mattresses, large appliances or paint and chemicals will be accepted. Donations are tax deductible. For information or pick up, call 450-9190 or 450-9180.

Wednesday, April 4

Dos Amigos: Two friends ... Lots of tortillas

Starting in mid-May, Capital City Dos Amigos grocery store will make 250,000 fresh corn tortillas daily and sell them for 99 cents per dozen.

Alpine Meadows sale announced

Powdr Corp. has agreed to sell Alpine Meadows ski resort to JMA Ventures, the owner of Homewood Mountain Resort, according to Alpine Meadows officials.

422 reminders that your help is needed

Driving by the Legislature Building, you'll notice there are a lot of issues and people vying for your attention, ranging from trapping protesters to those calling for an end to the war. Today, you'll notice a lot of pinwheels.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 26-year-old laborer from Carson City was arrested Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of California Street on suspicion of misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $1,200.

Explanations about Dawn Gibbons' side deal less than satisfactory

Apparently, I just don't understand the nature of consulting agreements, the art of public relations and the essence of power couple politics. Gov. Jim Gibbons and first lady Dawn Gibbons understand these things. After learning that I was perturbed because their chief of staff had been less than forthcoming when I asked him in February whether the first lady had had any consulting deals with companies her husband had helped win military contracts as a congressman, they called to set me straight.

Tuesday, April 3

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Rachel Helen Collier, 20, of Carson City, was arrested at 11:14 p.m. Monday at Fifth Street and Saliman Road on suspicion of felony methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. Bail was set at $4,264.

Legislation needed to encourage Nevada's fledgling wine industry

The establishment of a thriving wine industry could be an economic windfall for rural Nevada, but apparently not everyone sees it that way. Local rancher Charlie Frey has spent the last six years investing his time and resources into developing an operational vineyard in Churchill County. His efforts have produced Nevada's first estate winery. The first bottles were sold commercially last year.

Community briefs

Carson City Resource advisory council meets today The Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council will meet from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the Bureau of Land Management Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road.

'The shot heard 'round the world' and a life-long love affair

One summer day in 1957, an 8-year-old boy growing up in a lower-middle-class family in a small town in the Midwest was indulged by his mother with 1 cent to spend at the corner market. So began a life-long love affair. He'd seen neighborhood kids playing with baseball cards, and that day he bought his first one, in a penny pack - a single card plus a powder-covered stick of pink bubble gum wrapped together in a brightly decorated paper sealed with wax. The card and the experience were enchanting, and he was hooked.

Monday, April 2

A yummy treat to share for a special day

Last month, two of my neighbors passed away, one here in Carson City who was 89 and another down in the desert who was only 59. They both passed suddenly and sometimes I think there is something to be said for not knowing that you're on your way out. I wonder if they would have chosen to do things different in their last days. I think not. I think one might wish for the most ordinary of days doing whatever it is that gives you joy.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Brian Tucker, 40, of Carson City, was arrested at Tenth and Carson streets Sunday on suspicion of felony vehicle burglary, obstructing a peace officer and violation of alternative sentencing. Bail was set at $28,407.

Holy week services

Corpus Christi Catholic Community will hold a 7 p.m. Mandatum Holy Thursday. Good Friday is a Celebration of the Lord's Passion and Death. Stations of the Cross will be presented at noon; Rosary of the Seven Dolors is at 1 p.m.; Guided Meditation at 2 p.m.; Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 3 p.m.

Good deeds and good entertainment abound on Easter week

Happy Easter on Sunday, the end of Lent, a day when all Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus (in spite of James Cameron, of "Titanic" fame, who thinks he's found the bones of Jesus), and a day when those who are forgetful among us can hide their own Easter eggs (we can hardly wait. For other Easter egg hunts, check the paper this week). May it be a wonderful day for you and yours.

Sunday, April 1

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 27-year-old self-employed Carson City resident was arrested at 4:46 a.m. Sunday at Oregon and South Roop streets on suspicion of driving under the influence second offense. Bail was set at $2,632.