Stories for March 2007

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Saturday, March 31

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Lacie Rogers, 20, a homemaker from Carson City, was arrested at 4:55 p.m. Friday at Roop and John streets on suspicion of felony probation violation, misdemeanor blocking an intersection, no valid driver's license and contempt of court. No bail was set.

Friday, March 30

Community briefs

The Bureau of Land Management will be opening the BLM campground adjacent to Indian Creek Reservoir at 8 a.m. Monday. Fees for camping will be the same they have been since the 2005 season and are similar to other facilities in the area.

Judge deserved judgment for comments on child pornography

Imagine this: A man - any man - states in public that it is only out of "... natural impulse..." that an adult would possess hundreds of child pornographic photos. The eyebrows of those listening to that would rise as if tugged by an industrial pulley chain. Thoughts would range from, "This guy must have his own reserved parking spot at an adult trading post," to "Let's get the kids and run like hell!"

Cutting English-language broadcasting will silence America's voice

Anyone who cares about America's deteriorating image in the world should be worried about what's happening to our government's leading international broadcaster, the venerable and respected Voice of America (VOA). If Congress adopts Bush administration budget proposals, VOA English-language services will be slashed in order to direct more "light" programming at the war-torn Middle East.

Can we afford to win the war in Iraq?

While Democrats and Republicans argue over whether the war in Iraq can be won, an important question goes unanswered: Can we afford to win? So much of the talk about this war has been about differences in religion and culture, we forget that the real reason we are fighting has to do with economics.

A reminder of one of our greatest threats

For all of the threats that Carson City, and any other city for that matter, presents to its residents, one of the worst was demonstrated on Thursday when a driver narrowly missed a family in a crosswalk on College Parkway, but hit and killed their dog they were walking on a leash.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 50-year-old carpenter from Carson City was arrested Thursday at 6:35 p.m. in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $1,865.

Thursday, March 29

Briefly

Carson City WNCC professor to speak on Lake Tahoe How was Lake Tahoe formed? Western Nevada Community College Geology Professor Winnie Kortemeier will share interesting facts, photos and geologic history of Lake Tahoe in a free lecture at WNCC's Marlette Hall 7 p.m. today.

Carson City well represented at a breakfast of heroes

It occurred to me on Thursday morning that I was probably eating breakfast in the safest place in Nevada. Sitting at the tables around me were heroes of all sorts. Lifesavers in the form of doctors, nurses and everyday people who suddenly found themselves thrust into life-or-death situations. There were police officers, firefighters, EMTs ... all the types you'd expect to see at such a function (including the cardiac team from Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center, which earned the award in the Medical Rescue category). But there were also plenty of heroes from professions that have nothing to do with saving lives.

What's gloomier than taxes? When disaster strikes a sub-prime lender

I have joined the ranks of the tax procrastinators. I didn't mean for it to happen. It just did. Usually, I do my taxes in February, write a little column about it, move on to the next pressing topic.

Briefcase

Raceday Automotive Enterprises Mitch Palmer, co-owner

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Theon Kambon, 34, a promoter from California, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. in the 2100 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of felony battery causing substantial bodily harm, domestic battery and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $53,864.

Wednesday, March 28

The state GOP chief and a brothel owner make perfect bedfellows

As Pahrump residents know, water is a precious commodity in their community. And Pahrump is, after all, a Southern Paiute word meaning "water stone." Water is an essential element in politics as well: not the kind you drink, but the kind one fellow carries for another.

Community briefs

Carson City Brewery to host multi-media drum show The Brewery Arts Center and Drumchik Productions present Durga: Goddess of the Drum, performing at the Brewery Arts Center Friday through Sunday. This multi-media production features six dancers and live drum performances, film, sound-tracking, and narration.

There's a sucker born every minute

When I got an e-mail forward from editor Barry Ginter the other day with the subject line "Carson City Sold," I thought it had to be a joke of some kind.

What is truth?

Pontius Pilot responded to Jesus at his trial with: "What is truth" (John 18:38)? Jesus had actually considered this just hours earlier while praying to his Father, when he said: "Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). We generally understand that this "truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come" (Doctrine and Covenants 93:24). This truth is in no way temporary; it endures forever (Psalm 117:2). But the word or scriptures are really just the beginning of truth - the springboard to greater truth. We read how this is done in John, where he notes that the Spirit of Truth "will guide you into all truth ... and he will show you things to come" (John 16:13). This won't be completed in mortality, but we can look forward to that day because "He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things" (Doctrine and Covenants 93:28).

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 27-year-old trucking company employee from Carson City was arrested at 2:17 a.m. Wednesday in the 3800 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving.

Tuesday, March 27

Carson City on front lines in battle against meth

I'm glad I got involved in Carson City's battle against methamphetamine two years ago, when it rose to the top of the city's ills, because it's a lot easier to look back on what has been accomplished than to look ahead to the work that has to be done. Unfortunately, the state of Nevada is at the starting point in the meth battle, and it has a big hill to climb.

Community calendar

Carson City Sertoma's Wild Game Feed Friday The Carson Sertoma Club will be holding its annual Game Feed at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Carson City Senior Citizens Center, 911 Beverly Dr. There will be food, drinks, raffle prizes, a shotgun door prize and the Bud Girls. Tickets are $20. Call 883-9678 or 885-7579.

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):

Sheriff's Log

The following are some of the calls to which deputies responded Monday: • Domestic battery calls in the 1700 block of East Long Street and Bryan Circle.

Monday, March 26

Helping you get through the week

We cannot stress enough the importance of having a will. Just look at what happened when Mohammed didn't leave one: The relatives are still fighting 1,375 years later.

Republican caucus brings relevance to Nevada

It looks like Nevada will have two caucuses on Jan. 19, now that the state's Republican Party leaders have come out in support of moving up the Republican event. It's a smart move for Republicans, but the Democrats must be smiling with the realization of how much power they suddenly wield in the Silver State.

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High school juniors throughout Nevada are invited to apply for the American Legion's Boys' State program. This summer leadership program allows 150 of the state's top high school boys to form a mock legislature, judiciary and executive branch as delegates from areas of Nevada. Students in public, private and home schools are encouraged to apply by visiting www.nevadaboysstate.org. There is a similar program for young women run by the American Legion Auxiliary called Nevada Girls' State.

Local briefs

An ex-con was sentenced to up to five years in prison on Monday following his arrest in a police sting. David Michael Parren, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance for sale and was given 14 to 60 months in prison by Carson City District Court Judge Todd Russell.

The little things mean a lot

We've all heard the story about the couple who divorced because one of them insisted on squeezing the toothpaste tube in the middle. Little things do get under our skin. Others may share my annoyance with loose cards in magazines, inconvenient phone calls, and super packaging of products.

Sheriffs' Log

The following are some of the calls to which deputies responded Sunday: • Misdemeanor drunken driving arrest of a 39-year-old woman on Dayton Valley Road at 2:53 a.m.

Sunday, March 25

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 22-year-old mixer from Carson City was arrested at 10:40 a.m. Sunday at Goni Road and Arrowhead Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Bail was set at $2,896.

Saturday, March 24

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Robert Lee Hardgrave, 48, a construction worker from Carson City was arrested at 12:38 p.m. Friday at Eighth and Stewart streets on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor jay walking and ex-felon failure to change address. Bail was set at $25,304.

Friday, March 23

Community briefs

The Sexual Assault Support Services at Crisis Call Center needs volunteer victim advocates for its 24-hour service to support victims of sexual assault. Training begins April 25. Bilingual advocates are needed, but anyone over the age of 18 can be an advocate. Call 784-8085.

America's obsession with the sensational hides the important

Fascination. We are all held hostage by our fascination with people and things that have no essential relevance to our own lives. Fascination dopes us, binds and mutes us, and clamps our eyes open to fixation. The kind of fascination I reference here is not one of escapism.

Yes, let's deport criminal aliens

I heartily endorse Nevada Supreme Court Justice Jim Hardesty's proposed legislation to deport non-violent criminal aliens in a policy shift that would relieve prison overcrowding and save Silver State taxpayers many millions of dollars per year. I urge state lawmakers to give Hardesty's proposal the careful consideration that it deserves.

City's problems are large, not hopeless

Carson City resident Guy Rocha seemed to hit a nerve this week when he wrote on the Opinion page about his experiences with crime in Carson City and how this is a city where he no longer feels safe. He wrote of having his home robbed by meth addicts while he was asleep and of being confronted in a grocery store by an angry young man.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 28-year-old unemployed Stagecoach man was arrested at 10:50 p.m. on two misdemeanor warrants. Bail was set at $1,806.

Thursday, March 22

Wishing a happy birthday to a newsroom fixture

There was a birthday in our newsroom on Thursday worth noting. Sam Bauman, our entertainment editor, turned 79. For all I know, that might make him the oldest editor in the state, although I've no proof of that. You see, I don't want to dwell on the age too much because, while it's my excuse for writing about him, it's hardly what's most remarkable about the person who shows up faithfully every day to the desk in the northwest corner of the newsroom.

How to buy a Nevada politician and get away with it

The case of Gov. Jim Gibbons' legal defense fund has opened up some new and interesting loopholes in the Nevada campaign finance law.

Senior menus

Note: Menus are for the week of March 26-30 and are subject to change without notice. Choice of beverage is included with meals. CARSON CITY

Pork wrapped in pancakes istasty fun

This month I'm trying a version of classic Chinese dish. Mu-shi Jon is a pork preparation, wrapped in pancakes. It is fairly easy to make, although the pancakes can be a bit of a challenge. You can always purchase the pancakes from a Chinese restaurant and then just make your fusion Mu-Shi Jon. Making this at home is very tasty and fun.

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Carson City Educators' Closet is accepting donations The Educators' Closet, 604 W. Musser St., Carson City, is a reuse/recycling program for educators in the Carson City, Douglas and Lyon county school districts. This program accepts items, which would otherwise fill up our landfill. These items are made accessible to teachers for free for use in their classroom.

Carson should welcome return of boxing program

Carson City ought to be glad that Victor Bruno has such a passion for boxing, and that he cares so much for the dozens of students he teaches. It gives those young people a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose and a sense of security.

Wednesday, March 21

Odds look good on U.S. attorney general joining unemployment line

Dan Bogden never struck me as a betting man. During his more than five years as Nevada's U.S. attorney, Bogden displayed the kind of professional, conservative demeanor people have come to expect from the chief federal prosecutor.

Carson City is proud of its powerful women

Recently, business reporter Becky Bosshart and I went round and round on her article on "powerful" women and how few (in her opinion) there seem to be in Carson City who have reached the top of their game. Her article lamented those unable to penetrate the "glass ceiling" and named a few locals who seemed to have broken through.

Premium bonds: Why pay more than maturity value?

Premium bonds are probably one of the most misunderstood types of investment vehicles in the history of fixed-income investing. The thought of paying more than $100 (i.e. $105) for a bond that matures at $100 just doesn't make sense to some investors.

The RIAA gets taken down a notch

I'm not going to claim to be an expert in the area of parenting. I can't even really claim to know anything about children. But I do know what I'd do if I opened my mail and found out that the Recording Industry Association of America was suing me over my stepdaughter's downloaded music collection. I'd freak out (as would Mr. Tasha). Luckily for music lovers - and parents - everywhere, Debbie Foster, an Oklahoma mother, didn't freak out, and she didn't back down.

Residents should be given a chance to decide on lottery

"Oddly enough ..." a feature highlighting weird news from around the world, normally appears on page 2 of the Appeal, but readers may have thought it was continued on the Legislature page on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 20

Engagement: Gooding, Ramey

Katherine Marie Gooding and Michael Alexander Ramey have announced their engagement. Katherine is the daughter of James and Anne Gooding of Carson City. She is a 1999 graduate of Carson High School and a 2003 graduate of Southern Oregon University, Ashland, where she received a bachelor's degree in communications. Katherine is a television news producer for KGW Northwest News Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore.

What's wrong with loving princesses?

The defining moment was when my 4-year-old daughter announced at dinner that she wasn't playing with the girls at preschool because "it is more important to have a boyfriend." Up until then I had been ignoring my nagging, "bad" gut-feeling about what she seemed drawn to: lacy clothes, make up, and high heels. She loves the classic princess stories: Cinderella, Snow White, and all the other damsels in distress, and she wore their costumes most days.

Boys' State applications being accepted

High school juniors throughout Nevada are invited to apply for the American Legion's Boys' State program. This summer leadership program allows 150 of the state's top high school boys to form a mock legislature, judiciary and executive branch as delegates from areas of Nevada.

Seeking peace through prayer

The days and weeks between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are for most Christians a special time of year. It is a time to reflect on our service to the Lord. Have we let the things and values of our secular culture come between our concern for self and our service to God and others?

Salvadoran masa cake with cooked potato and cheese

If you think about it, every great culinary culture has a flavor that is central to their cuisines. The Chinese have their soy sauce. For India it's curry. Garlic and basil will have you speaking Italian. And for Mexican food it's "masa", the bread of Latin life.

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):

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A factory worker from Carson City, was arrested at 11 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing. Bail was set at $237.

Monday, March 19

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Carson City Biden to revisit city The Carson City Democratic Central Committee has announced the Jefferson-Jackson presidential candidate series. The public is welcome to meet presidential candidates in Carson City. The first event is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Silver Oak Golf Club with presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, of Delaware.

Crunchy shrimp without the fryer

Don't you love those succulent shrimp with the crunchy, golden coconut coating? You know, the ones they have at all the big chain restaurants.

Get the ball rolling with tax tips

The deadline for filing taxes is 16 days away, a countdown that's costing many veteran and novice taxpayers a good night's sleep.

Local briefs

The planned closing of State Route 342 at Greiner's Bend has been delayed due to inclement weather forecast for this week. According to the National Weather Service, rain and possibly some snow is expected in the Tuesday and Wednesday in the Virginia City area.

Sunday, March 18

Sheriff's log

The following are some of the calls to which deputies responded: • A person reporting to the Sheriff's Office tested positive for drugs and was arrested at 7:32 a.m. Saturday. • Traffic citations were issued at SR 341 and Cartwright Road in the Virginia City Highlands at 8:21 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:39 p.m., 5:02 p.m. 5:34 p.m. 6:01 p.m. 6:16 p.m., 6:43 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday, March 17

Sex offender laws important, but don't replace parental responsibility

It may be OK that Nevada isn't on the cutting edge when it comes to every new trend in technology, but one place we don't want to fall behind is the tracking and regulation of sex offenders. That's exactly what's behind SB232, which would restrict people convicted of child sex crimes from living within 2,000 feet - just under a half-mile - from schools, school bus stops and day-care facilities.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 32-year-old bartender from Pullman, Wash., was arrested at 1:19 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor criminal contempt, driving on a suspended license, fictitious registration and no valid insurance. Bail was set at $3,420.

Cabbage dish is straight from the family vault

A few weeks ago I ran an Abowd family heirloom recipe at the restaurant (that of course I personally put my own touches on - what a surprise) of stuffed cabbage leaves, which was enjoyed by our customers, as they have been for many years.

Friday, March 16

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Carson City 20-30 Club guest bartends for charity The Carson City 20-30 Club will be guest bartending at D'Vine Wine and Bistro from 5 - 8 p.m. today. All tips collected will go towards helping underprivileged youth in Carson City. There will be green beer and a raffle. The drawing is at 7:30; participants must be present to win. For information, call 882-7766 or visit www.carsoncity2030.org.

The president, the purge and the politicization of justice

The image of justice in this country is supposed to be a woman wearing a blindfold and holding a scale, symbolizing fairness and impartiality. Well, there have been some changes made lately to Lady Justice. The blindfold and scale are gone. She's now wearing a "W" T-shirt and her outreached hand is giving a middle-finger salute to us all.

Community briefs

Carson City Today is the last day for Little League signups Late signups for the Carson City Little League, ages 5-9, are open until today. For information, visit www.carsoncitylittleleague.org.

Sheriff's openness and approach to crime fighting a plus for Carson City

This week, Sheriff Kenny Furlong spoke at the first of what is to be a series of community awareness luncheons at the Carson Nugget. As soon as Kenny sat down to eat, and before he was introduced to speak, the paging system of his radio went off, and did not seem to let up.

Latin American hate for U.S. is nothing new

"Protests Erupt Amid Bush's Latin America Trip" screamed the headlines during the U.S. president's recent visit to that part of the world, which concluded in Mexico last Tuesday. So what else is new? There's nothing quite so predictable as the news coverage of such VIP visits; you can almost write the headlines in advance.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Javier Martinez-Casas, 27, of Carson City, was arrested at 10:54 p.m. Thursday in the 3100 block of Imperial Drive on suspicion of felony possession of a firearm by someone who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States and misdemeanor domestic battery. Bail was set at $20,632.

Thursday, March 15

Briefly

Carson City 20-30 Club guest bartends for charity Saturday night The Carson City 20-30 Club will be guest bartending at D'Vine Wine and Bistro from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. All tips collected will go towards helping underprivileged youth in Carson City. There will be green beer and a raffle. The drawing is at 7:30 p.m.; participants must be present to win. Call 882-7766 or visit www.carsoncity2030.org.

Partisan politics or not, Nevadans deserve answers

Listening to Gov. Jim Gibbons and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, you'd think Democrats were doing something wrong by demanding accountability in the dealings of elected officials. Both have found themselves accused of wrongdoing, and both have pointed to Democrats as blowing the matters out of proportion.

Bobcat photo was worth thousands of words, and several phone calls

It didn't take long for the reaction to come from George Gussak's photograph of a bobcat caught in a leghold trap. The picture appeared in the Appeal a week ago on page A3 as a Capital Snap, a feature in which we run submitted photos from readers. They're usually pleasant subjects such as sunsets, pets and landscapes.

Road report

Construction on Carson City streets for the week beginning March 19. • Starting Tuesday, Colorado Street will be closed from Edmonds Drive to Bordeaux Street for utility relocations for the Carson City freeway. Closure is expected to last four weeks.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Jeremy Dean Newman, 33, unemployed from Carson City, was arrested at 7:56 p.m. in the 200 block of West Winnie Lane on suspicion of felony passing a forged check. Also arrested was Kevin Harward, 32, of Carson City, on felony passing a forged check and a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear. The two men allegedly learned a liquor store that didn't ask for identification when cashing checks, and so they cashed several there before the owner caught on, according to the report. Harward's bail was set at $7,970 and Newman's bail was set at $7,500.

Wednesday, March 14

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 50-year-old equipment operator from Carson City was arrested at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson and Carson streets on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance and misdemeanor probation violation. Bail was set at $2,364.

Tuesday, March 13

Forcing alternatives to tax hikes

Democrats hate it. Government bureaucrats fear it. Many in the media despise it. Even some Republicans run from it like scalded dogs. "It" is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge which Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform has been championing for over 20 years now.

The new pariahs

Walking by a tavern in the late evening, seeing smokers clumped outside the door, their shoulders hunched in the cold, puffing furtively, I'm not sure what to think. In the temper of our times, I suppose I should be pitying, maybe even scornful, looking down my nose at the wretches, slave to a demon weed, weak wastrels that they are.

Community briefs

Carson City Bethlehem Lutheran opens doors to public Bethlehem Lutheran School will be opening its doors to the public for National Lutheran Schools Week during its Spring Open House 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The school, 1837 Mountain St., has more than 170 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. Call 882-5252 ext. 100.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Christian Quirarte, 21, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Hot Springs Road on suspicion of felony battery with a deadly weapon, violation of bail conditions and destruction of property. Bail was set at $33,632. Quirarte allegedly assaulted a neighbor with a bat, and broke out the window on a vehicle.

Monday, March 12

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Carson City People to People fundraiser lasagna dinner Wednesday The Carson City student ambassadors for People to People 2007 are sponsoring a lasagna dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion, 606 Mountain St. Proceeds will financially assist the students with their educational journey to France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. A no-host bar opens at 6 p.m. with the lasagna dinner starting at 7. A 50/50 raffle will take place at 8:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are available for $10 from any Carson City student ambassador or by contacting John Copoulos at 885-7907.

Irish stories abound this week

Top 'o the morning to ya, and to start the day off, an Irish story from Connie Lord: "Paddy O'Malley is sitting in a Dublin pub staring at his drink when a big troublemaking trucker comes in, grabs the drink and swigs it down in one gulp. Poor Paddy starts to cry and the truck driver says, 'Come on, lad, I was just giving ya a hard time. I can't stand to see a man cry, so I'll buy ya another.' 'This is the worst day of me life,' Paddy sobs. 'I canna do anything right. Me boss fired me, me car was stolen and I have no insurance. I grabbed a cab home, but left me wallet in the cab. Then, when I got home, I found me wife in bed wi' the gardener. So, I came to the pub to work up my courage to end me life. Then, to top it all off, you show up and drink the damned poison.'"

The standard is Jesus

If you ever watch a major dog show, you will quickly learn that there are many breeds of dog. Each breed has its own standard. There are many standards, but only one for each breed. The standard is a composite of all the perfect physical attributes of the breed. The specimen which comes closest to its standard is judged Best of Breed. Breeders spend an enormous amount of time and money in perfecting their breed.

New casino could be good deal for Carson City

There are some new names on Carson City's business landscape following the announcement that Mike Pegram and the Carano family will be partnering to build a casino at the intersection of Highway 395 South and Clear Creek Road. For those who think casinos detract from the capital city's image, this doesn't come as good news. But the reality is that the site, because of the nonrestricted gaming license attached to it, was destined to become a gaming establishment.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 22-year-old office clerk from Dayton was arrested at 1:13 a.m. Monday in the 3400 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of failing to appear in court. Bail was set at $1,000.

Sunday, March 11

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Ricardo Rafael Arreola Nunez, 22, of Carson City, was arrested at 9:43 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Hot Springs Road on suspicion of felony hindering the reporting of a crime, misdemeanor threats and domestic battery. Bail was set at $28,132.

Saturday, March 10

The biggest story of the week was ...

T here was a huge story in Carson City this week, but it may not be the one you think. It wasn't the mayor's arrest for driving under the influence on Monday night. While that story was certainly important and justifies the tremendous response it's gotten from readers, the news of most significance to Carson City happened on Tuesday.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Thomas Benjamin Lovelace, 22, a sales associate from Carson City was arrested at 2:56 p.m. Friday in the 3700 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of a felony warrant for uttering a forged instrument. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, March 9

Casino win down in January

Casinos can blame the calendar for what appears to be a drop in total win for January.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 66-year-old transient was arrested at 7:55 a.m. Friday in the 2000 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of contempt of court. Bail was set at $1,000.

Appeal proud to have hosted presidential candidate event

I suppose there are some people who believe the Nevada Appeal's once-in-a-lifetime hosting of the recent Democratic presidential candidates in our Mallory Way facility was our embodiment of a political statement. That's about as close to the truth as President Bush is to being re-elected for a third term. If the Republican party ever decided to mirror the Democrat's monolithic forum of Feb. 28, and asked the Appeal to provide building space accommodations, we would honor them as well.

Republican caucuses may put Nevada on GOP radar

After Nevada Democrats scheduled presidential preference caucuses for next January, between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, could Silver State Republicans be far behind? No, because last Wednesday they decided to hold county caucuses on Feb. 7, 2008, two days after the Feb. 5 "Super Tuesday" primaries, which will include neighboring California for the first time.

All-day kindergarten the wrong solution

"The most fundamental form of human stupidity is forgetting what we were trying to do in the first place." Friedrich Nietzsche Few recent controversies have sparked such passion as all-day kindergarten. Problem is, we're working on the wrong problem and, therefore, will arrive at the wrong solution.

Time running out to fix health care system

I went to the drug store the other day to pick up two prescriptions. The price tag was nearly $400. I didn't really pay that much. The nice woman behind the counter said the computer ate my insurance information, and she had to enter it again. The final cost was $35.

Community briefs

Carson City Children's Concert today The Capital City Community Band will be holding it's annual Children's Concert at 3 p.m. today at the Carson City Community Center's Boldrick Theater. This concert will feature young musicians from Carson City. Call 883-2219.

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Carson City Learn to use a Web browser at library Reference librarian Susan Antipa will offer an introduction on using a Web browser at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carson City Library's Auditorium. The class is recommended for novice Web users; e-mail and chat rooms are not covered. To reserve a seat, call 887-2244.

When friends hand you lemons... make ice cream

February was an exciting month for me as a grandmother, a Democrat and being semi-retired and moving into our new little home in the desert. I want to congratulate the Dayton Dust Devils Varsity Basketball team and my grandson, Rory Torvik, for making it to the state playoffs in Las Vegas. They were undefeated until their last game. The price of two nights' stay at the Excalibur Hotel $375, lunch for four at Emeril's $150, a hug from your grandson after the big game: "priceless."

Thursday, March 8

Max's escape from life in a crate

The signs of the abuse are almost all gone from the little white dog occupying a place of honor in the front office at the animal shelter. But he's come through a lot.

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Carson City No job too big or small for Capital Christian Center trash hauling fundraiser on Saturday "Extraordinary Men" from Capital Christian Center will hold a trash hauling fundraiser Saturday. There is no job too big or too small.

Housing market took care of growth control

The market has done what the Sustainable Growth Initiative has only dreamed of doing in Douglas County. It was only a matter of time before skyrocketing home prices and increased inventory conspired to bring the home sales market to a screeching halt.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 40-year-old Carson City man was arrested at 11:35 a.m. in the 1900 block of Boeing Way on misdemeanor suspicion of violating a restraining order. Bail was set at $3,000.

Wednesday, March 7

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 20-year-old Carson City woman was arrested at 1:57 a.m. Wednesday at William and State streets on suspicion of misdemeanor minor consuming alcohol and minor in possession of alcohol. Bail was set at $374. Also arrested was a 19-year-old man from Carson City on two misdemeanor traffic warrants. Bail was set at $2,065.

Community briefs

Carson City United Blood Service offers free cholesterol screenings United Blood Service has declared March Donor Appreciation Month. Donors will receive a special "Got Blood?" T-shirt and a certificate for a free six-inch sandwich from Subway. In addition, United Blood Services will be offering free cholesterol screening with each blood donation. For

Police shouldn't be above law in using electronic surveillance

One of the inherent dangers of the digital revolution is the ability of unscrupulous people to use electronic equipment to gather information about others without their knowledge or consent.

Where women lose (on the way to the boardroom)

Without "bottom line" experience, corporate women are praised for their people skills and placed in positions that won't lead them to the corner office.

Letter to the editor

After careful analysis, Chaves Road bridge makes no sense The Feb. 23 article, "A Bridge to Dayton's Future," highlights one of Dayton's major concerns. At the recent DRAC meeting the attendees were overwhelmingly from south of the Carson River, and were overwhelmingly against a bridge at Chaves Road. In the article, comments from several Dayton residents were given, some who live north of the river. There is an analogy called "The Ham and Egg Breakfast." The chicken is involved in the breakfast but the pig is committed. The folks who live south of the river are committed to the second Dayton bridge and the folks north of the river are involved.

Starbucks chief's soul-searching a cause for universal head scratching

So Satan walks into Starbucks because he's just heard the news it's lost its soul, and because he just can't get started in the morning without a Venti cappuccino. He tucks his tail up under his long, black leather "Matrix" coat and runs smack into the morning crush of caffeine junkies and latte lushes. He's at the end of the long line behind a fair number of lawyers, secretaries, judges, teachers and insurance agents, and that tests his notoriously fickle patience.

Tuesday, March 6

It's about time to level the playing field for children

"Full-day kindergarten will deliver immediate, as well as long-term academic and social benefits, especially if we begin slowly, and we start in at-risk schools." - Governor Kenny Guinn, January 20, 2003

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Frederick Lamar Little, 42, of Carson City, was arrested Monday at 2:53 a.m. on Kit Sierra Loop on suspicion of felony eluding police, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without insurance and failure to appear. Bail was set at $8,364.`

Community briefs

Carson City Free cholesterol screenings in March United Blood Service has declared March Donor Appreciation Month. Donors will receive a special "Got Blood?" T-shirt and a certificate for a free six-inch sandwich from Subway. In addition, United Blood Services will be offering free cholesterol screening with each blood d

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):

Facing giants in your life

I would like to share some thoughts from a great message we heard at Capital Christian Center last week. Most of us remember the story of the young shepherd boy named David who killed the giant Goliath on the plains of Elah (1 Samuel 17). Although we don't have to face 9-foot giants named Goliath in our lives, we still face giants that come in the form of sexual abuse, abandonment, unemployment, discouragement or perhaps even depression.

In the kitchen with Alyssa

Mother-and-daughter baking duo Alyssa Harrison, 23, and Nanci Boehmer, 44, recently had an awakening moment while up late into the night with a two-tiered wedding cake covered in fondant icing and sunset-colored meringue ribbon loops.

Mayor has long road to rebuild his credibility

Mayor Marv Teixeira has made a serious mistake and there's no question he'll pay for it. That will come through the legal system if he is found guilty of drunken driving, of course, but the most important forfeiture will be his credibility.

Monday, March 5

Briefly

Local Applebee's restaurants will be sponsoring a special "Dine In For MS" event from 4:30-9 p.m. Wednesday. Participants are asked to bring the Applebee's flyer, obtainable through the local office of the Great Basin Multiple Sclerosis Society. This flyer will donate 15 percent of the total purchase price to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. For information, call 1 (800) FIGHT MS.

Sunday, March 4

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Daniel Scott Benson, 20, a glass worker from Carson City, was arrested at 12:06 a.m. Sunday at Carson and Musser streets on suspicion of felony possession of cocaine, possession of a prescription drug without a prescription and misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $2,707.

Saturday, March 3

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Josh Thomas Uhlmeyer, 25, unemployed from Carson City, was arrested at 6:02 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Airport Road on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $20,000.

Pasta and chicken ... mmm ... cheesy

Think about macaroni and cheese - only 10 times better. This sophisticated version combines the nuttiness of Gruyere with the intense flavor of parmesan, juicy poached chicken, and a crisp, cheesy crust.

Friday, March 2

Community briefs

The National Arbor Day Foundation will give every person who joins the foundation during March, 10 free flowering dogwood trees. The trees will be shipped post paid at the right time for planting, between now and May 31, with instructions on planting.

Hohl purchases Valley Chevrolet

(News Service and Staff Reports) - Michael Hohl has bought out the Carson Valley Chevrolet stores in both Minden and Carson City.

The Democratic forum: What we learned

Although I left town shortly after the Democratic presidential candidates' forum on Feb. 21, I've been thinking about that historic event ever since in an attempt to understand what really happened. What did we learn from our few hours in the national political spotlight? That's today's question.

There's no hope for quick fixes to meth problem

Darn. We were hoping we would be able to fix the meth problem this year and move on. But, as Gov. Gibbons' meth task force made clear at its meeting this week, this problem won't be going away any time soon.

Briefly

Western Nevada Community College is offering Millennium Scholarship Parent Nights from 6-8 p.m. today in Fallon and Wednesday in Carson City to provide answers to high school students and parents. For information or to RSVP, call 445-3263. Carson City

Global warming isn't the only reason to pay attention to the environment

Al Gore did not win an Oscar for the movie, "An Inconvenient Truth." He was the star of the documentary on global warming, and the inspiration behind it, but the Academy Award went to director Davis Guggenheim. Everyone wants to make the movie and the issue all about Al Gore. It's not.

Charges against shooter should reflect human threat as well as damage

I've just returned from back east; family health issues, you know. While I was away, it seemed like I was being held prisoner under a winter sky that appeared so overcome by its own sickness of cold that it remitted one continuous windswept sneeze of its frozen congestion in the form of snow. But for me, that endless fall of snow was remedied by the hot news of what was going on in Carson City, which seemed to vaporize all of what surrounded me and restore its discomforting cold to warmth.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Timothy Marshall, 24, of Carson City, was arrested at 6:16 p.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of North Edmonds Drive on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $3,932.

Thursday, March 1

It's amazing what you can find when you leave your comfort zone

Trent Dolan didn't quite realize what he was signing up. What he did know was he was being given the chance to co-captain a small yacht on part of its around-the-world voyage. And that in itself seemed like quite an adventure for someone who had never sailed on the ocean.

Sheriffs' Log

The following are some of the calls to which deputies responded Wednesday: • Two fraud reports in the 3800 block of Highway 50 East.

'You're special' - don't let it go to your head

College students are more narcissistic and self-centered than in years past, according to a new study. As a recent college graduate, and member of Generation Y (also known, aptly, as the Me Generation) I have one comment: duh.

Community briefs

Carson City 'Green Eggs & Hamlet' celebration The Children's Museum and the Wild Horse Children's Theater will present "Green Eggs & Hamlet" 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Saturday as a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss. There will be arts and crafts, Dr. Seuss stories and a short theater workshop. Cost is free with museum admission. For information, call 884-2226.

Seat-belt use in Nevada not a problem

The testimony of those supporting a bill to give police authority to pull over drivers who they think aren't wearing seat belts seems to suggest the state has a problem. But, in actuality, seat belt usage in Nevada is a tremendous success story.