Northern Nevada Briefly 9/11

Free wood from BLM available to cut

Northern Nevadans can heat their homes with free wood offered by the Bureau of Land Management's Mount Lewis Field Office in Battle Mountain this winter.

The firewood, consisting of pinion and juniper trees, is available to be trimmed and hauled at three locations on Roberts Mountain, northwest of Eureka.

"Most of the cut trees are along the road on the north slope of Gable Canyon, the east slope of Vinini Creek and Henderson Summit," said Mike Stamm, the field office's wildlife biologist. "The trees are not limbed, so I encourage bringing a chain saw."

Stamm asks residents to exercise caution when harvesting the wood. "Exceedingly dry conditions and high temperatures make the area ideal for wildfires. I urge people to refrain from tossing lighted cigarettes, and be aware that vehicle exhaust systems and sparks from chain saws can potentially set vegetation on fire," Stamm said. Travel is restricted to existing roads.

A permit is needed to gather the wood, and the field office will issue free permits for the Roberts Mountain locations only. Permits and maps are available at the District Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, and at the BLM Eureka Fire Station on Highway 50 one mile west of Eureka.

For more information, call Stamm at 775-635-4185.

Pinkerton Ballet to host auditions

Open auditions for the Pinkerton Ballet Theatre's 21st annual Thanksgiving weekend Nutcracker Ballet will take place Saturday at Ayako's Dance Studio at 2045 California St. in Carson City.

The audition schedule is: Boys 7 years and older, 10 a.m.; girls 7-10 years, 10:30 a.m.; girls 11 years and older, 11:30 a.m. If on pointe, warm up beforehand, wear pointe shoes to

11:30 a.m. audition.

For more information, call 775-220-4633.

Grandparents Day at the senior center

The Ladies of Harley and the Carson-Tahoe HOG Chapter are sponsoring their annual Grandparents Day at the Carson City Senior Citizens Center, 911 Beverly Drive, in Carson City on Sunday.

All seniors are welcome. The doors open at 11 a.m. and a barbecue lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bingo and raffle prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call Joyce Cabello at 246-4662.

Names of volunteers to honor sought

The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation is requesting nominations of individuals and organizations and businesses to be recognized for their contributions to Carson City's parks and recreation.

The selected names will added to a Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion.

The Parks Foundation is accepting nominations until Oct. 20 for:

• Organization of the Year

• Business of the Year

• Volunteer of the Year

• Volunteer of the Years

Send nominations with a small biography to The Parks Foundation, 181 Heidi Circle, Carson City, NV 89701.

For more information, call 882-7403.

Fall training for CASA Advocates next week

CASA of Carson City will begin its fall training of CASA Advocates from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Carson City Juvenile Court Building, 1545 E. Fifth St. in Carson City.

CASA advocates speak up in the child welfare court system for children removed from the home by Child Welfare due to abuse or neglect. It takes caring, patience and good communication skills. Applicants are background checked and interviewed.

Everyone is invited to attend the first class to learn more. The session runs 10 weeks, once a week.

For more information e-mail CASA of Carson City at casaofcc@earthlink.net or call 882-6776 or go to www.nationalcasa.org, www.nevadacasa.org, or www.casaofcc.org.

Carson class of 1969 reunion social planned

Carson High School's Class of 1969 will host its 40th reunion Oct. 2, 3 and 4. A Friday social will kick off the event at 5 p.m. at Station Grille, followed by the Saturday dinner at Silver Oak Golf Course and a Sunday barbecue at the home of Paul Sinnott.

Reunion organizers invite all CHS classes and teachers from 1966-72 to attend the Friday night social.

For more information, contact Gwen Johnson Hopper at 882-4044, ghopp69@aol

.com or Theresa Young Bachstadt at 882-4880, oogie1969@yahoo.com.

Family Swimming Night on Fridays

Families looking for fun activities to do together can swim at the Carson Aquatic Facility every Friday night from 5:30-8 p.m.

The indoor pool with diving boards is open, as well as the tot pool for small children. Cost is $10 per family.

For more information, call 887-2242 or stop by the aquatic facility at 841 N. Roop St.

Paws in the pool to raise funds for park

The Carson Aquatic Facility's outdoor pool is hosting a fundraiser for Carson City's "Parks for Paws" group at two times, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sept. 19.

Cost is $8 for one dog with a handler or $3 for spectators. No one younger than 12 years of age will be allowed.

The west gate will open for registration at 8:45 a.m. Dogs must have proof of all current vaccinations and must be at least 6 months old.

Rules for the dog swim are available at the aquatic center. It is recommended that that a copy be picked up prior to the swim day.

For more information, call 887-2242 or drop by the aquatic facility at 841 N. Roop St.

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