Stories for April 2013

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Tuesday, April 30

Obituary: Thomas James Cook

Sep. 27, 1929 - April 25, 2013 Thomas James Cook, husband, father, friend, civic leader and proud Marine, passed away Thursday, April 25th at Carson Tahoe Hospital while surrounded by his loving family.

Proposed CCSD staff changes examined

Proposed Churchill County School District staff changes met with opposition Thursday night during the regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting.

These senators sold us out

A modified and rather weak gun bill Amendment, requiring background checks, went down to defeat 54-46 in the Senate April 17. It couldn’t garner the needed 60 votes to override a Republican filibuster. Ninety percent of Americans supported this legislation making it more difficult for criminals and the insane to purchase guns frequently used in mass murders. The Senate also failed to even consider a ban on military assault weapons. Wimps.

Grants awarded to enhance fire safety

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has announced two grants for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe to enhance fire safety.

Sheldon’s 2-year superintendent contract finalized

Dr. Sandra Sheldon officially became the Churchill County School District’s new superintendent Thursday night after a two-year contract was approved by trustees during their regularly scheduled meeting.

LVN Editorial: Marketplace Fairness Act levels playing field for local government

In one week, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act, which gives states the ability to collect sales tax on goods sold on the Internet.

LVN Voice of the Community

On March 30, late afternoon, there was a high-speed chase north on Highway 95 towards our town of Fallon.

World War II worshop slated for Saturday

The State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada Archaeological Site Stewardship Program, is sponsoring a workshop on Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Churchill County Museum.

Talking to Godfrey

Godfrey is about 10 inches tall, sits down with his front paws placed in front of him and is always quiet. His ears jut out from his round face, and he has huge eyes with enormous half closed lids. My son Doug won Godfrey in one of those prize boxes where you put in a dollar and hope to use those metal jaws to pull out a toy. One year Doug got very lucky and we ended up giving a couple dozen stuffed animals to “Toys for Tots” all except Godfrey; he’s mine.

CCHS students compete in health leadership conference

Students from Churchill County High School recently completed in the HOSA Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference at the UNR Campus and Grand Sierra Resort.

Varied backgrounds characterize this year’s DWTS female dancers

The days are ticking down for 10 local celebrity contestants who will show their moves for the judges at Satureay night’s Dancing with the Stars, a fundraiser for the Fallon Swing team.

Remote Nevada air base directs killer drones to overseas targets

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Indian Springs, Nev. — Remarkable innovations in high-tech aerial warfare are being carried out at this once-sleepy and relatively-unknown USAF facility in the remote and desolate Southern Nevada desert.

McClain receives 40 years for child assault

A 29-year-old Fallon man was sentenced Tuesday in District Court up 40 years in prison for molesting a child.

Fire, smoke damage homeon Harrigan

A Monday afternoon fire caused considerable damage to a two-story Harrigan Road home and also killed one of the family pets as firefighters battled the blaze and thick smoke for several hours.

Fundraiser for former Fallon coach set for Friday

A fundraiser for Jon Short, a cancer patient, is set for 6 p.m. Friday at the Churchill Arts Center.

Rechel leads WNC past Snow

The Fallon grad pounded out five hits, scored two runs and drove in two to help lead the Western Nevada College softball team to its first series win against Snow College (Utah).

UNLV swipes 2 from Wolf Pack

RENO – In a game that went down to the wire, the University of Nevada softball team fell 5-3 to UNLV on Sunday, giving the Rebels three points in the Governor’s Series presented by NV Energy.

Eyes on a new prize

RENO — A hard fought meet turned victorious for the Fallon boys swim team on Saturday.

Decoy building to be featured at Spring Wings

The 16th annual Spring Wings Festival is returning to flight.

Nevada soars past Air Force

The University of Nevada baseball team dropped the final game of a three-game Mountain West series, 7-5, at Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday. The Wolf Pack won 8-4 on Friday and 12-8 on Saturday to take the series 2-1.

Fowler, Corkill advance to the College National Finals Rodeo

Two Fallon cowgirls will get one last opportunity to shine on college rodeo’s biggest stage next month.

Northern DI-A playoff matchups still undecided

Third is the word. The Fallon baseball and softball teams each clinched the No. 3 seed for Friday and Saturday’s Northern Division I-A playoff series.

Broken water pipe floods Banner Churchill Community Hospital

Banner Churchill Community Hospital experienced significant flooding in the east wing of the hospital Tuesday after a one-inch water pipe burst.

Monday, April 29

South calls for NDOT board shake up

The Galena Creek Bridge reared its head Monday as the Senate Finance Committee took up a bill to revamp the Nevada Department of Transportation Board.

African diplomats plan to visit Fallon

Peya Mushelenga, Niklaas Kandjii and Obrien Simasiku were entranced with their recent two-day, familiarization visit to Nevada.

Lessons of a geographic bachelor

I spent most of the last year living as a geographic bachelor. For the uninitiated, a geographic bachelor is a married guy who is living apart from his lovely and talented wife. The difference between being a geographic bachelor and being separated from your wife is that she can access your bank account without a court order and you can call her to complain about it without violating a restraining order — usually.

Brock excited to run the ball

Kendall Brock got some good news this week. “They just told me on Wednesday that I would be playing running back,” the Nevada Wolf Pack junior said. “I couldn’t have been more excited.”

BEHIND THE PLATE: Youth class serves as reminder of the fun in sports

She gets excited every Tuesday morning, almost like Christmas comes weekly.

Kaia raises $3K for Relay for Life

On April 13, Fallon Kaia F.I.T. hosted a 5K at Laura Mills Park to raise money for Relay for Life.

Nevada’s Williams, Wooten selected in NFL Draft

RENO — For the third consecutive year, the University of Nevada saw multiple players selected in the NFL Draft.

Sunday, April 28

Birth announcements

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center: • To Amanda and Christopher Lumsden of Fallon, a son, Michael Lee Lumsden, born April 13, 2013, weighing 7 pounds.

Carson Perspective: Deals bring life to North Carson Street; death knell to doldrums?

North Carson City business deals are popping, according to Andie Wilson of Coldwell Banker Commercial.

Quam signs with UT-Permian Basin

Jennifer Quam celebrated Friday’s sweep of Snow College by signing a national letter of intent to play for Division II University of Texas-Permian Basin.

Carson drops twin-bill to red-hot Cougars

Despite a doubleheader loss to Spanish Springs on Saturday afternoon at Ron McNutt Field, the Carson Senators still have a firm grip on the final playoff spot in Division I baseball.

Prep / JC roundup Clutch hit by Weintz gives Tigers split against Raiders

MINDEN — All game long, Saturday morning, the Douglas baseball team had been looking for a shot in the arm. In the end, the Tigers ended up getting it.

Legislature Analysis Lawmakers don’t divulge details of budget work sessions

The Nevada Legislature’s money committees held two major hearings last week to discuss options and the decisions they have to make in resolving budgets that make up half of state General Fund spending — K-12 schools and higher education.

Keep your hands off my stack

It’s that time in the Nevada Legislature, when all thoughts turn to money, money, money. As the state continues a long slog out of the Great Recession, it’s obvious to everyone there’s no such thing as easy dough.

Carson track teams finish third

Carson High’s boys and girls track teams each finished third at the 6th annual Carson Invitational Saturday at the Jim Frank Complex.

Saturday, April 27

Supervisors to revisit golf course controversy Thursday

When Mark Twain called golf a good walk spoiled, Carson City was a tiny state capital community and the Eagle Valley golf course complex didn’t exist.

Senators looking to win own meet today

Northern Nevada track teams converge on Carson High School for the 6th annual Carson High Invitational today.

Beck, Lostra pitch WNC to sweep

Pitching has long been the Achilles’ heel of the Western Nevada College softball team since the program’s inception.

Bill allows motorcycles to cut traffic

Nevada lawmakers considered a measure Friday that would allow motorcyclists to skip traffic jams by driving between the lanes — as long as they’re careful.

Assembly GOP renews opposition to mining tax

Assembly Republicans are renewing their opposition to a plan being pushed by some Senate colleagues to seek a 10 percent tax on Nevada’s gold and silver mine operators.

Supreme Court police plan gets initial legislative nod

The Supreme Court’s plan to create its own security force got an initial nod from a legislative subcommittee Friday.

WNC splits with league-leading CSN

HENDERSON — Western Nevada College split its Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader against College of Southern Nevada, losing 3-1 and winning 11-3 Friday afternoon at Morse Field.

Friday, April 26

Lawmakers examine university fundings

A joint Senate-Assembly committee faced a blizzard of decisions on Wednesday they must make to settle the university system’s budget for the next two years.

FFA, 4-H youth prepare for junior livestock show

For decades, even generations, the Churchill County Junior Livestock Show and Sale has been a showcase of local 4-H and FFA students to present their market and breeding project livestock for decades.

The Corps pays final tribute to Marines

March 18 will be a day etched with so many people … from the residents of Hawthorne to the friends and family members of seven Marines who were killed in a live-fire training exercise on the Hawthorne Army Depot grounds to the Marines who paid tribute to their fallen comrades in a memorial service at Camp Lejeune, N.C. earlier this week.

Fallon takes 2 from Yerington, readies for postseason

With one swing of the bat, the Fallon softball team ended the regular season on a high note.

Oasis rolls past Cougars

The Oasis Bighorns made a splash in their first-ever regular-season lacrosse game. The Bighorns defeated the Spanish Springs Cougars, 9-2, on Saturday. The Bighorns took the early lead in the game and never looked back.

Hoops extravaganza

The Gym at Venturacci Park, a 12,500-square foot facility on Venturacci Lane will be christened and host the first annual Cinco de Mayo 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Friday.

Ernst tops 100, long jump

In preparation for their final two meets of the season, the Fallon track teams had a strong showing at a six-way event Wednesday at the Ed Arciniega Complex.

Senate hears bill updating candidate residency law

Nevada lawmakers met Thursday to address shortfalls in the state’s candidate residency laws that were exposed last year when a judge ruled a candidate for the Assembly didn’t live in the district he was running to represent.

Carson pounded, but doesn’t lose ground

There was good news and bad news out of Ron McNutt Field on Thursday night.

Carson softball team unable to hold onto 4-0 lead

Carson High’s softball team started fast with a four-run first inning against Reed, but then along came Jackie Sertic, and poof went the Senators’ offense.

Mum is the word for Wolf Pack football

Sports fodder for a Friday morning... What did we learn about the Nevada Wolf Pack football team this spring? Well, we learned from head coach Brian Polian that there are a lot of positives on both sides of the ball and that 4,500 or so fans at the final scrimmage is an amazing show of support.

Las Vegas air quality gets ‘F’ in 2013 report

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas has some of the worst air pollution in the country, but it’s getting better, according to the American Lung Association said.

Prep Roundup Tigers end 7-game losing skid, beat Reno 8-5

MINDEN — Badly in need of a win, the Douglas baseball team came up with one of its best games of the year Thursday afternoon.

Minor revenues flat in projections for Economic Forum

In a prelude to next week’s Economic Forum, that body’s Technical Advisory Committee Thursday projected the state’s so-called “minor revenues” will generate $690 million by the end of this fiscal year and another $981.5 million over the coming two-year budget cycle.

Sandoval and Brown to meet over TRPA

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and California Gov. Jerry Brown have agreed to meet to discuss the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Thursday, April 25

Vaccinate your cat and walk your dog

Most everybody knows that their dogs should be vaccinated against distemper, parvo and other deadly diseases, even if owners don’t follow through. I believe that most cat owners think, because cats aren’t as social as dogs and therefore less likely to come in contact with other cats, that they can safely skip this important health factor.

AgCredit records largest cash dividends

On the heels of a successful year, Farm Credit lender American AgCredit distributed $45 million in dividends to its customers for 2012.

WNC Crop Institute offers native pollinator workshop

Pollinating insects play an essential role in agriculture, and their populations are declining worldwide. Conserving this valuable resource is the topic of a workshop hosted by Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute.

Dairy workshop set for next week in Lovelock

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency to offer an Impact of Future Growth in Nevada Dairies Workshop.

Tupelo Hassman reads from ‘Girlchild’

The Churchill Arts Council will present a prose reading by novelist Tupelo Hassman on May 4 at the Oats Park Art Center.

Photo, video campaign spotlights Nevada’s ‘Loneliest Highway’

Dee Helming faces some tough choices during her workdays in the office of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, out along Highway 50 east of Fallon.

Ormat’s test of EGS ‘a game-changer’

Ormat Technologies Inc. hopes to quickly take advantage of new technology it has successfully tested at its Desert Peak 2 geothermal site in Churchill County.

Awareness walk, displays conclude Earth Week 2013

A walk to create awareness of child abuse and a day to recognize the Earth’s importance is set for Saturday.

Supporting

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

Dancers put final touches on their moves

Ten local celebrity contestants in this year’s Dancing with the Stars, a fundraiser for the Fallon Swing team, have been patiently practicing their steps and moves for weeks in preparation for this year’s annual show on May 4 at 7 p.m. at the high school gym.

Nevada’s Krolicki says Internet sales tax possible, state could get $200 million

Sounding upbeat economic notes, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki talked Wednesday of federal Internet taxation, state legislative matters and Nevada’s rebranding efforts. Speaking at a breakfast gathering of the Northern Nevada Development Authority in the Carson Nugget, he also dipped into plans for the Silver State’s imminent birthday party to celebrate its sesquicentennial, or 150th year, in 2014. Yet it was his reply to a question on Internet taxation matters in the nation’s capital that grabbed attention.

Nolan isheadedto William Penn

Matt Nolan has excited local fans with his play on the football field and basketball court the past two seasons, and now he gets an opportunity to test his talents at the next level.

Silver State Stars present ‘Pistols and Posies’ play

Silver State High School’s performing arts group the Silver State Stars presents “Pistols and Posies,” starting tonight running through Sunday.

Prep Roundup: Carson golfers take fourth

Carson High’s golf team, led by Dalton Butler and Jonathon Butler, finished in fourth place at the Sierra League tourney at Eagle Valley West Golf Course.

Lawmakers briefed on blizzard of university budget decisions

A joint Senate-Assembly committee was faced Wednesday with a blizzard of decisions they must make to settle the university system’s budget for the next two years.

Raggio to be honored at police memorial

The late Sen. Bill Raggio of Reno will be among those honored during the 16th annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial on May 2.

Wednesday, April 24

Nevada baseball team snaps 4-game losing skid

RENO – The University of Nevada (20-20) baseball team snapped a season-high four-game losing skid on Tuesday, downing Pacific (10-25) in a nonconference game 6-4 at Peccole Park.

Fallon’s streak hits 12

FERNLEY — Fallon is streaking at the right time like it did back in 2011 when it won the state championship.

Rally leads to Lobos sweep

The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball season is now in intensive care. The Wolf Pack lost a game on Sunday at Peccole Park, 15-11 to the New Mexico Lobos, that even left their coach speechless.

Lady Wave salvages series at Fernley

FERNLEY — In today’s world of instant messaging, Twitter and Facebook, no acronym has meant more to the Lady Wave softball team than LOB.

Pack pounds New Mexico in sweep

The University of Nevada softball team swept its first conference series since 2009 with a 10-1, six-inning drubbing of New Mexico on Sunday at Lobo Field in Albuquerque.

Rechel powers WNC to win

Playing three games in one day is nothing new to the Western Nevada College softball team, but pitching back-to-back complete games certainly is.

Greenwave sunk by South Tahoe

The Fallon swim teams were axed by South Tahoe on Friday. The Vikings came away with a 142-115 victory in the girls dual and a 142-86 in the boys meet.

Field events lift Wave track

In a deep and talented field, the Fallon track teams got all they could handle on Friday.

Doolittle Raiders honored for attack from Navy Task Force

The extraordinary service of 80 men was remembered April 18 at the tribute to the Doolittle Raiders on the 71st anniversary of the Army Air Force squadron’s flight from a Navy aircraft carrier to bomb Japan during World War II.

City to consider FCC road project

Traffic passing through the Fallon Convention Center will be the topic Thursday when the Fallon City Council holds a public workshop at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 55 W. Williams Ave.

Rooting out roasting revelations

On its face, this recipe is about roasting cauliflower with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Really, this recipe is about the wonders of roasting root vegetables and a flower: Cauliflower.

Humorist to perform for Cowboy Festival

Cowboy humorist Baxter Black will appear at 7 p.m. May 2 in the Valley Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn as a kickoff to the 2013 Genoa Cowboy Festival.

Bishop Manogue pummels Senators, 13-0

RENO — Carson High’s opening game of its stretch run to hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot was short but definitely not sweet.

Community sports Cabela’s hosts Boy Scout Challenge on May 4

Cabela’s Spring Boy Scout Challenge will again be held at the Reno store on May 4 from 8:30 a.m. (check-in) to about 12:30 p.m. at the store, located on 8650 Boomtown Road (I-80 exit 4). This free and team-oriented event tests the Boy Scouts’ skills and knowledge in a variety of timed and scored events.

Breuer blanks Fernley on 5 hits

Rebecka Breuer pitched and batted Carson High’s softball team to an easy 9-0 triumph over visiting Fernley in a nonleague game Tuesday afternoon.

Health Division reorganization is approved by subcommittee

The legislative subcommittee studying Health and Human Services budgets Tuesday approved an extensive reorganization of the Health Division.

Assembly likely to repeal threat to pull out of TRPA

As the Nevada Senate did Monday night, the Assembly is expected to pass legislation repealing Nevada’s threat to pull out of the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency compact.

Bill would ban county fees on Burning Man

The bill designed to move the annual Burning Man festival outside of Pershing County’s control passed the Assembly Tuesday on a party line vote.

Nevada advances lobbying cooling-off-period bills

Nevada lawmakers advanced efforts this week to bar future elected or appointed local officials and state legislators from lobbying their former colleagues immediately after leaving office.

Reid: Democrats to ease cuts with war savings

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats gridlocked Tuesday over competing proposals to ease the impact of across-the-board spending cuts blamed for furloughs of air traffic controllers and flight delays for millions of travelers.

Tuesday, April 23

Nevada Assembly passes sex education overhaul

CARSON CITY, Nev. — State lawmakers in the Nevada Assembly voted Tuesday to revamp sex education for students.

It’s not too early to plan next year’s tax returns

For most taxpayers, the tax deadline has passed. But planning for next year can start now. The IRS reminds taxpayers that being organized and planning ahead can save time and money in 2014. Here are six things you can do now to make next April 15 easier.

An incredible coincidence

In the April 17 LVN, this column was about my home in Ambler, Pa., which I left in July 1964 heading “west” with my five sons when my husband Don and I were divorcing. His family, as well as my mother, was furious with me and astonished that I would take the children far away. But I knew that their future and mine would be better out West, so I had my son Doug close his eyes and point on a map of California. That was as far west as we could go in a car. So in early July 1964 off we headed to Santa Barbara on a two-week journey across America, the five boys and me, in an old Volkswagen bus with only $1,000 in cash from the sale of the house in Ambler.

Military names in the news

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the start of a new program during Veterans Day ceremonies at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011. The Veteran of the Month award will recognize Nevada veterans who contribute their time and energy to support the veteran and military communities.

Prisons for fun and profit

Investopedia defines privatization as “The transfer of ownership of ... businesses from a government to a privately owned entity.” The argument for privatization says “... the estimated increases in efficiency that can result from private ownership … come from the greater importance private owners tend to place on profit maximization as compared to government, which tends to be less concerned about profits.” Therein lies the problem.

IRS offers tips for dealing with notices

Each year, the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Here are ten things you should know about IRS notices in case one shows up in your mailbox.

CCSO, school district partner on anti-drug information program

The Let’s All Work (LAW) Publications anti-drug information program is returning to town through a the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and Churchill County School District partnership.

Facts to know on 2012 tax refunds and offsets

Certain financial debts from your past may affect your current federal tax refund. The law allows the use of part or all of your federal tax refund to pay other federal or state debts that you owe.

Contract negotiationscontinue for Sheldon

Consideration of the new superintendent and possible layoffs of licensed and classified personnel headline the Churchill County School District Board of Trustees’ regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the district administration office, 690 S. Maine St., in “The Pit.”

Lawmakers provide late night relief

During every session of the Nevada Legislature, our state’s lawmakers appear to spend more time trying to propose and debate frivolous bills rather than center their energy on important legislation that is good for the entire state.

BIRTHS

The following births took place at Banner Churchill Community Hospital.

Earth Angels

A group of sailors cleaning around Naval Air Station Fallon on Tuesday morning expressed their amazement with the number of bags they filled with trash.

Memorial service honors fallen Marines

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — First Battalion, Ninth Marine Regiment conducted a private memorial service today for seven Marines killed in a live-fire training incident south of Hawthorne last month.

Obituary: Marilyn Irene “Mim” Miller

Sep. 25, 1943 - April 10, 2013 Marilyn Irene “Mim” Miller, age 69 of Mesa, Arizona former resident of Carson City, Nevada passed away April 10, 2013. Mim loved the Mountains, spent countless hours climbing all over with the W.I.T.S girls, she loved crosswords, volunteering at NV Opera, and was known for her great sense of humor and quick wit.

Monday, April 22

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Tuesday, April 23

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: FRIDAY • A 22-year-old Carson City woman turned herself in at 12:05 p.m. at the Carson City Sheriff’s Department, 911 E. Musser St., on a warrant for failure to appear and another for conspiracy to commit. She was placed on a no-bail hold.

Senate unanimously passes Brianna’s Law

The Nevada Senate voted unanimously Monday to have law enforcement begin taking DNA samples from every person arrested on felony charges.

Senate removes ban on hunting from bear bill

The Senate amended Senate Bill 82 on Monday to remove the ban on hunting black bears in Nevada.

Saturday, April 20

Speaker questions moving execution chamber from Carson City to Ely

Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, made clear Friday she has serious issues with the governor’s plan to build a new execution chamber at the Ely State Prison.

Nevada legislative leaders talk education behind closed doors

Legislative leadership met behind closed doors Saturday to try to reach agreement on major changes proposed for the system of higher education budgets.

Senate bill would clear up confusion about parole rules

For years, the rules mandating parole hearings in criminal cases in which multiple consecutive sentences were imposed have confused family members and friends of both victims and inmates.

Policies endanger new officers, Nevada prison union says

Prison officials are endangering new employees by putting them on the yard before they receive proper training, the union representing corrections officers says.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Saturday, April 20

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: THURSDAY 10:41 a.m.: A 26-year-old Carson City woman was arrested in the 1500 block of North Lompa Lane on a Carson contempt-of-court warrant with bail set at $1,000 and a 24-year-old Carson City man was arrested on a Carson City contempt-of-court warrant with bail set at $1,000.

State jobless rate up slightly from February to March

While still a full 2 percent lower than a year ago, Nevada’s unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percent in March compared with February, finishing at 9.7 percent.

Roger Diez: Big crowd turns out at new Fernley Speedway

Last Saturday’s opening night at Reno-Tahoe-Fernley Speedway saw nearly 80 race cars take to the track, and there was a good crowd in the stands despite the chilly wind.

Nevada gay marriage bill amended to protect churches

A proposal seeking to clear the way for gay marriage in Nevada was amended Friday by the state Senate in a move designed to make it more acceptable to some lawmakers who struggled with their religious convictions.

Prep roundup Carson High swimmers sweep Spanish Springs

Carson High’s swim teams swept Spanish Springs Friday afternoon at the Carson Aquatic Center. The boys won 163-94, and the girls triumphed 148-38.

Friday, April 19

Mathews, Wagner join Senate Hall of Fame

The Nevada Senate on Wednesday inducted two of the body’s most respected former members into the Senate Hall of Fame.

Banfield’s superb pitching effort sparks CHS to win

It’s been a long time since Charlie Banfield picked up a pitching win — March 9 to be exact.

Board of Supervisors OKs removal of sidewalk fences downtown

The wrought-iron sidewalk fences on Carson Street’s downtown will be removed.

Newest assemblyman preparing to take seat

Nevada’s newest assemblyman is learning the ropes at the Nevada Legislature

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Thursday, April 18

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: TUESDAY 9:19 a.m.: A 52-year-old Carson City woman was arrested in the 300 block of Carson Meadows on a contempt-of-court warrant. Bail: $632.

The pistol needs to shoot bullets

Sports fodder for a Friday morning... The college football season is still four months away. There is no reason for panic. But the Nevada Wolf Pack’s famous pistol offense is shooting blanks so far this spring. We wouldn’t worry at this point in the season under normal circumstances.

Carson bats go silent in 1-0 loss

RENO — Despite outhitting North Valleys 6-2, the Carson High softball team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker Thursday afternoon in a crossover game.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Friday, April 19

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: THURSDAY • 2:38 a.m.: Brandon Saunders, 21, of Carson City was arrested at Stewart and Park streets on suspicion of DUI drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia and on a Carson City contempt-of-court warrant. Bail: $2,774.

Thursday, April 18

Another crisis to exploit

The recent bombing at the Boston Marathon is yet another sad day in American history. The victims have my greatest sympathy, and the following is by no means meant to diminish their loss.

Coming soon: Bark in the Park

Calling all dog lovers and race/walk competitors! Mark May 4 on your calendars and join us at Churchill County Fairgrounds for our annual Strut-Your-Mutt 5K Walk/Run and Bark in the Park, one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Come and be a part of a day filled with fun activities. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., and Bark in the Park will “run” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

History of the word according to Sandra

Both of you that have followed my column for more than a few years know that Sandra, my lovely bride, is a naturalized citizen of the Grassy Knoll Nation. It’s well known that Sandra has never met a conspiracy theory that she didn’t like, and after the sad and bizarre events of this week, I’ve come to doubt everything I thought I knew about human nature and history.

Nourish the ‘roots’ of your investment strategy this year

On Arbor Day, which we celebrate this week, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing trees can also guide our behavior in other areas of life — such as investing.

April workshop looks at growth of dairies

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency to offer an Impact of Future Growth in Nevada Dairies Workshop.

California man suspected of moving 8 pounds of marijuana

A California man appeared Thursday in Justice Court on numerous charges including three drug counts.

TCID lobbies for AB 310

Personal liability among the Truckee-Carson Irrigation Board of Directors opens old wounds.

Truckee River’s Whitewater park

The Truckee River Whitewater Park has changed how many people think about downtown Reno.

NHP bears down on cellphone use

April is National Distracted Driving Month and the Nevada Highway Patrol will be implementing a zero-tolerance enforcement period next week as a strict traffic safety initiative to curtail the use of hand-held phones while motorists are driving.

Tickets remain for Marco Calliari’s performance

There are still some tickets available for the performance by the world music ensemble, the Marco Calliari Sextet tomorrow night at the Art Center.

Banner Health named as one of the best

Banner Health is one of the top performing health systems in the U.S. based on quality outcomes, patient care and efficiency, according to Truven Health Analytics, a leading health care analysis firm.

Home & Garden begins Saturday

After months of cold, blustery winter weather menacing western and central Nevada, residents are ready to open the windows and bloom like the flowers and plants that dot their properties.

BEHIND THE PLATE: Lahontan Valley rivalry one to be marveled

Rivalries give teams that extra push to achieve success.

King for a day, Fernley nips Fallon

To be the champs, one must beat the champs. The Fernley softball team did just that in a pitchers dual on Wednesday at the Ed Arciniega Complex.

Fallon women’s golf club to play; fishing club to meet; Grad Nite fundraiser set

Women’s golf club breakfast, scramble on Saturday The Fallon Women’s Golf Club kick-off breakfast is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 27 at the Fallon Golf Course, 2655 Country Club Drive.

Pack chasing Mountain West title

The chase for the Mountain West crown enters the final three weeks.

Left in the wind

Despite a windy environment, Nic Stenberg’s pinpoint control left batters confused and off balance. The Fallon junior led the way as the Greenwave rolled past rival Fernley, 12-2, in six innings in a Lahontan League game on Wednesday at the Ed Arciniega Complex.

Drag season blasts off

Top Gun Raceway kicked off its 2013 season with its first points race on Sunday.

Lister opts out of Boston Marathon

Call it fate, destiny, luck or divine intervention. Whatever it was, Kari Lister was not meant to be in Boston on Monday. She wanted to after she qualified for her first Boston Marathon.

Golfers nab 7th in Elko tourney

The Fallon golf team took seventh at the Elko Invitational on Wednesday.

Lineup is set for Made In Reno music showcase

Ten artists were chosen in a online poll and 10 more were chosen by producers based on professionalism, songwriting and performing skills for the fifth annual Made In Reno music contest.

LiVe entertainment

Jimmy G’s Cigar Bar will host karaoke at 8 p.m. today at 301 N. Carson St.

Youth Theatre Carson City will celebrate its first season Sunday

Youth Theatre Carson City will wrap up its first season of performances with a season-end showcase and fundraiser at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Carson City Community Center.

Misfits return to stage in Dayton

The Misfits Theater Group will present “Gold Casino” or “Bar Be Tender” at 7 p.m. May 3,4, 10 and 11 at Odeon Hall, 65 Pike St. in Dayton.

Tucker is Senators’ ‘Mr. Dependable’

When Gehrig Tucker was 8, he and his father were watching a television program about New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig.

Lawyers for lobbyist cite earlier FBI probe

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lawyers defending a former Nevada lobbyist and developer against charges that he funneled illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid said the FBI investigated the matter five years ago and found no criminal wrongdoing.

Wednesday, April 17

CCSD bus crash ruled an accident

A school bus accident on Friday did not result in any serious injuries or citations for the driver, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Wolf Pack baseball falls to UC Davis

RENO — The University of Nevada baseball team dropped a midweek nonconference home game 10-7 to UC Davis on Tuesday.

Aces end losing skid, drop Sky Sox

RENO — The Reno Aces snapped a seven-game losing skid Tuesday night, with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Aces Ballpark.

‘Winnie the Pooh Kids’ production begins Friday

The Wild Horse Children’s Theater will present “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids” weekends from Friday through April 28 in the Performance Hall of the Brewery Arts Center.

Northrup and Purcell key Carson win over Lancers

Wins have been tough to come by this year for Carson High’s softball team, so coach Shelby Tuttle will take a victory however it comes.

Tough day for CHS, Tigers

RENO — Thanks to six errors, Carson High’s win streak ended at 5 with an 11-1 loss to McQueen Tuesday afternoon.

Community Sports Golf fundraiser scheduled for Edgewood

The 26th annual golf fundraiser for Whittell and South Tahoe high schools is set for May 4-5 at Edgewood Golf Club at Stateline.

Senate OKs yearly sessions, some in Vegas

The proposed constitutional amendment that would make the Legislature an annual event and allow lawmakers to meet in Las Vegas cleared its first official hurdle Tuesday.

Clark County leaders appoint Brooks’ replacement

LAS VEGAS — A North Las Vegas man with 23 years of public-sector experience will replace expelled Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks in the Legislature, capping a weekslong saga that left the district without stable representation.

Tuesday, April 16

CCSD bus crash ruled an accident

A school bus accident on Friday did not result in any serious injuries or citations for the driver, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Dugan nominated for state senior recognition

Ginny Dugan describes her work as a Churchill County Senior Center volunteer a fulfilling experience.

Karlson recounts Boston Marathon bombing tragedy

One of De Vere Karlson’s passions is running marathons. On Monday, Karlson, 55, was about three-tenths of a mile from the second bomb site at the Boston Marathon. She was not injured.

Navy’s ‘ghost’ fleet headed to scrapyard

BENICIA, Calif. – The aging rustbuckets, proud veterans of America’s past wars, come into view as the early morning fog begins to fade.

Transportation company returns to Nevada after deployment to Afghanistan

A loud, cheering crowd waving placards welcomed home about 50 members of the Nevada Army National Guard’s 593rd Transportation Company on Friday after a 10½-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Lady Wave enters pivotal series against Fernley

Now, Bill Archer’s club encounters its toughest test of the season as Fallon gears toward winning another Lahontan League title and the Northern Division I-A’s top seed for the playoffs.

Nevada softball walks off past Rams

The University of Nevada softball team used a pair of walk-off wins to subdue Colorado State last weekend at Hixson Park in Reno.

Tea Party rally centers on numerous issues

This year’s annual Tea Party at Millennium Park tackled a host of topics ranging from the hot issue of gun control to background checks to the federal government’s administration of public lands in Nevada.

Fishing club, Fallon Women’s golf Club set meetings

The Fishermen In Northern Nevada (F.I.N.N.) club is accepting memberships. The group is available to anyone interested in learning about fishing as well as competing in monthly club tournaments. Cost is $10 per person.

Fallon man to undergo competency evaluation

A 61-year-old Fallon man’s bail was revoked Tuesday in District Court pending a competency evaluation.

Remembering Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, who served as prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990, is most famous for teaming up with my father Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to peacefully end the Cold War and bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Commissioners meet today at City Hall for second meeting

Churchill County Commissioners are moving to a different venue for their second regularly scheduled meeting today at 1:15 p.m. at the Fallon City Hall City Council Chambers, 55 W. Williams Ave.

The Tea Party’s darling

If you have one of those bumper stickers that says “Rush is right,” you need to think again or add the word never just before right.

VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY

When I read Chuck Muth’s column in the April 10 LVN, I wondered how someone who appears to be reasonably intelligent could be so ignorant of some very basic facts.

127 N. Spring Garden St.

I’ve written previously about the places I lived in the “East” and believe I saved the best for last.

Taxpayer tips for missing this year’s filing deadline

The IRS has some advice for taxpayers who missed the tax filing deadline.

IRS details the late filing and late payment penalties

Monday was the annual deadline for most people to file their federal income tax return and pay any taxes they owe. By law, the IRS may assess penalties to taxpayers for both failing to file a tax return and for failing to pay taxes they owe by the deadline.

Facts on filing amended tax return

What should you do if you already filed your federal tax return and then discover a mistake? Don’t worry; you have a chance to fix errors by filing an amended tax return. This year you can use the new IRS tool, ‘Where’s My Amended Return?’ to easily track the status of your amended tax return. Here are 10 facts you should know about filing an amended tax return.

Senators post two tournament victories

Offense played a huge role on Tuesday, as Carson High’s baseball team opened the Spanish Springs Tournament with two victories at Ron McNutt Field.

Future track stars put on show

Strutting their stuff, 26 elementary track athletes hit the lanes and pits at the Ed Arciniega Complex on Friday for the annual elementary track meet.

Wave sweeps Devils

Rileigh Ricken donated to her own cause on Wednesday. The junior pitcher allowed two runs, but chipped in with four RBIs, as the Lady Wave rolled to an 8-2 Lahontan League win at Dayton.

Rattlesnake Raceway opens 2013 dirt track season

Drivers opened the 2013 Rattlesnake Raceway season with a thunderous roar on Saturday. Al Bishop took the checkered flag in the Gen-X main event followed by Holly Olsen and Mikki Beauchat.

Defense costs Carson dearly in 7-1 loss

Simply put, Carson High’s softball team gift-wrapped Thursday’s game for Bishop Manogue.

Wolf Pack hunts down UNLV

The University of Nevada baseball team rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat UNLV 5-4 on Sunday in Las Vegas to take the Mountain West series 2-1 from the Rebels.

Truckee claws past Greenwave swimmers

It was a clean sweep for the Truckee swim team on Friday. The Wolverines swam past Fallon as the boys lost 151-80, and the Lady Wave fell 140-106.

Senators beat Cougars again, win Easter title

SPARKS — Zak Harjes has made two starts this year for Carson, and both of them have been golden.

Carson squeezes past Cougars to reach finals

For five innings, the Carson High offense was nowhere to be found.

Carson falls; Thurman strong on track

The Carson High softball team lost the opening game of a two-game series to Bishop Manogue on Tuesday. Carson fell 9-4.

Wave, Vaqueros ready for battle

While the Fallon baseball team aims for its third consecutive league crown, the Greenwave sit in position to climb the ladder in the Northern Division I-A standings.

Bighorns win 3 at lacrosse showcase

The Oasis Academy Bighorns had a big day at the High Sierra Youth League Jamboree on Saturday in Reno. In five games, the Bighorns went 3-2, beating Spanish Springs, Truckee, and South Reno. The two losses came to perennial powerhouse North Tahoe and last year’s champion Northwest Reno.

Marsan impresses at California meet

Facing some of the top competition in Northern California, the Fallon boys track team held its own at the Glen Poole Invitational on Saturday in Roseville, Calif.

Wolf Pack softball drops 2 of 3 to San Diego State

A complete team effort from the University of Nevada softball team led the Wolf Pack to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Hixson Park in Reno on Sunday.

Scholarship deadlines

Churchill County High School seniors still have the opportunity to earn money for college or trade school. Seniors must turn in a separate scholarship application for each scholarship that they qualify for. The following is a list of the scholarships currently available:

WNC Classes

Western Nevada College Fallon campus is offering several non-credit courses for adults and kids this spring in its Community Education Division.

DIVORCES

The following divorces were issued by the Tenth Judicial District Court during March 2013.

LVN Editorial: Judiciary chairman blindsides CCW proponents

Justice was not served last week when the Assembly Judiciary Committee chairman rejected a motion for a vote on a bill that would allow people to carry guns on Nevada college campuses with a concealed weapons permit.

Turning chaos into control after a loved one’s death

Serial entrepreneur Susan Alpert captured the good life with her husband of 46 years, Larry. She had a great family and a successful career, including running several multimillion dollar companies.

How Medicare is improving coordination of your care

If two mechanics are working on your car, but they’re not talking to one another, the results may not be so good. Likewise, if a baseball coach doesn’t communicate well with his players, he’s not likely to win as many games as he could.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

A new study showing an estimated 7 percent of American teens and adults carry the human papillomavirus (HPV) in their mouths. Oral cancer is not rare, and screening should be considered just as important as testing for cervical, prostate and breast cancer.

COMMUNITY BULLETINS

The Fallon Humboldt Shredders Thrift Store is open for business at 290 S. Maine St. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Upcoming meetings

WEDNESDAY: Churchill County Commissioners will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 1:15 p.m. at the county administration building chambers, 155 N. Taylor St.

Monday, April 15

Highway bond refinancing saves state $12.6M

The Nevada Department of Transportation and state Treasurer’s office have completed a bond sale refinancing $131 million in highway bonds to get a lower interest rate.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Tuesday, April 16

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: FRIDAY • 1:30 p.m.: A 39-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested at the Carson City Jail on a Carson violation-of-a-suspended-sentence warrant. Bail: $3,000.

Tribal ceremony heals depot’s communities

The Hawthorne Army Depot community, along with members of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, took a ceremonial step in the healing process on Wednesday to bless seven Marines who were killed in March in a live-fire training exercise at the sprawling military installation 70 miles south of Fallon.

Public lands debate heard by commissioners

More than 80 percent of the land in Nevada is managed by the federal government. So, what is the future of Nevada’s public lands over the next year, the next decade, or for the next generation?

Sunday, April 14

Assembly committee doesn’t vote on gun bills

Amanda Collins burst into tears Friday as an Assembly chairman rejected a motion for a vote on a bill allowing people with concealed weapon permits to carry guns on Nevada’s higher education campuses.

WNC softball records sweep of Colorado Northwestern

RANGELY, Colo. — Western Nevada College’s softball team swept Colorado Northwestern in a Scenic West doubleheader on Saturday, 7-4 and 6-3, to improve to 11-25 in league play and 14-35 overall.

Legislature: ‘move ’em on, head ’em up — Rawhide!’

Cue the “Rawhide” music. It was a week of “rollin’ rollin’ rollin’” at the Nevada Legislature as bills awaiting floor votes in the Senate and Assembly were “rolled” to the next legislative day — and rolled again and again and again.

Friday deadline kills 264 of 1,006 bills

Seven resolutions and 264 bills died Friday when they failed to get out of committee in the legislative house where they originated.

Darrell Moody: Movie about Jackie Robinson is a must see

I love movies, always have. It’s a place where you can escape for a couple of hours and leave your worries behind.

Polian pleased with Pack defense

RENO — There is a renewed sense of energy on the Nevada Wolf Pack football team’s defense this spring.

State health division redesign aimed at bolstering services

The state’s proposed reorganization of health and disability services has drawn numerous questions from lawmakers including Ways and Means Chairwoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, who complained there were “so many moving parts.”

Carson native earns Naval Wings of Gold

Navy Ensign Tyson Roser of Carson City earned the naval aviator Wings of Gold during ceremonies at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in Texas, where he completed primary and advanced flight training.

Bayliss earns highest rank in Boy Scouts of America

Jake Michael Bayliss, 18, a member of Boy Scout Troop 16 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, earned the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Feb. 12 at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School.

Saturday, April 13

Roger Diez: Reno Tahoe Fernley’s new configurations are fast

Last Saturday’s Play Day at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway’s 3⁄8 mile clay oval was well attended as drivers tried out the high banks of the new track configuration.

Prep / JC Roundup WNC sweeps Colorado Northwestern, moves into 2nd in Scenic West

RANGELY, Colo. — Western Nevada College’s baseball team moved into second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a doubleheader sweep of last-place Colorado Northwestern on Friday afternoon.

Carson girls go 1-2 at Reed tourney

SPARKS — Carson High’s girls softball team went 1-2 during first-day action at the Reed Easter Tournament.

2013 Legislature: Defect bill dies in Senate; lives in Assembly

Defect bill dies in Senate; lives in Assembly (AP) — Republican efforts in the Nevada Senate to reform construction defect laws are on the legislative bone heap.

Private equity sports betting advances in Nevada

Private equity groups could soon place large bets at Nevada sports books and pump millions of dollars into the legal sports betting trough under a bill advanced Friday by a state Senate committee.

Friday, April 12

Hawthorne still mourns blast victims

More than three weeks have passed since an explosion at Hawthorne’s Army Depot killed seven U.S. Marines and injured seven others, and the town is still in mourning.

Indoor cats live long and so do birds

When a cat is adopted from CAPS, the adopter must sign an agreement that the new furry friend must remain indoors. Some potential adopters are put off by that and don’t adopt, but we have good reasons, some of which are discussed below.

Photographer delivers free talk at Arts Council

The Churchill Arts Council will present a talk by photographer Lee Saloutos tomorrow afternoon in the galleries at the Art Center. The conversation will deal with the large-format color photographs that are on view in the exhibition “Small Spaces: Nevada Mines.” All of the strikingly beautiful images were taken in the interiors of abandoned mining sites in Nevada.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS

Area artists display The Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios at 203 S. Maine St., will feature the work of four area artists from Monday through April 27.

ENERGY NEWS

SolarGenerations program NV Energy’s SolarGenerations program will accept applications for the next round of solar energy projects from April 22 through 5 p.m. on May 17.

The fallacy of Agenda 21

I would like to ask the liberals, progressives, whatever they call themselves these days, to consider the fact that “sustainable development” is not sustainable.

The cleanest dirty story I ever told

Sometimes the hardest part of being me is keeping my mouth shut ... no, really, it’s true! I’m continually thinking of really funny things that amuse the heck out of me but, all too often, are inappropriate to say out loud or to write in a newspaper column.

Theater shows Fallon’s history

Nearly a century of history and memories come together as a feature showing at the Fallon Theatres.

Investors can learn from our Earth Day’s lessons

This month, we observe Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an international movement whose goal is to raise awareness of the need to take action to sustain a healthy, sustainable environment. You can do your part through recycling and other measures, but you can also apply some of the lessons of Earth Day to your financial situation — and, in particular, to your approach to investing.

Keep Fallon Green concludes Saturday

Saturday will mark the conclusion of the 13th annual Keep Fallon Green project.

Saturday fundraiser to assist Fallon cancer victim

When Mike Warren was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer in September, the prognosis didn’t sound promising.

Chinese New Year, Strip increase Feb. gaming win

Baccarat play driven by Chinese New Year handed casinos a 15 percent increase in total win for February compared with January. Last year, January received the benefit of high-roller play from the annual celebration. As a result, win this January — without Chinese New Year — was down 12.4 percent.

Tractor Supply Company to open Carson City store

Tractor Supply Company will open a Carson City store near the freeway bypass with at least a dozen employees in October, a spokesman said Thursday. Work is under way at the location on East William Street, west of the Gold Dust West Casino, and a strip shopping mall about a block from the freeway’s interchange with William Street, which also is known as U.S. Highway 50 on Carson City’s east side. The site is in the 2000-2100 block on the thoroughfare’s south side.

GameCozy on East William Street plans re-opening event Saturday

GameCozy & Movies, at 1621 E. William St. in Carson City, will hold a grand re-opening event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday after more than doubling its business space.

Outlet to repair, sell musical instruments in Carson City

A trio of musicians opened a couple of businesses in one downtown Carson City location this week. Under the names Culture Shock Music Shop and Silver & Brass, Quentin Knowles joined with Brandi Graves and Lindsey Jones to open the store at 710 N. Curry St. The outlet will offer music-related products and services such as musical instrument repairs, the sale of refurbished instruments, and providing music lessons.

Friday Fodder: Burton is back, but he needs help

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ••• Deonte Burton coming back for his senior year is great news for the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Pack wouldn’t have won a dozen games without Burton in 2013-14. Unfortunately, right now, even with him they are merely a 15-win team.

Thursday, April 11

Fallon woman faces weapons charges

A 29-year-old Fallon woman appeared Thursday in Justice Court on weapons charges.

BEHIND THE PLATE: Aces ready to defend Triple-A title

The grass always seems greener on a baseball field.

Fallon grads making their mark on collegiate sporting world

The spring college season nears its end for several former Greenwave stars.

NIAA raises prices, sponsor on hold

Tough times are hitting the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Oasis lacrosse falls to NW Reno

The Oasis Bighorns fell, 8-6, to Northwest Reno on Saturday in a preseason lacrosse game at the Churchill County Regional Fields.

Runners gather for Rattlesnake Trail race

Last weekend, 69 runners crossed the finish line of the annual Rattlesnake Trail Run.

3 suspects in slaying arrive in Carson City

LAS VEGAS — Three former fugitives arrived in Carson City Tuesday night to face murder charges in the slaying of Nevada’s chief insurance examiner.

How to keep firearms from mentally ill in Nevada stirs heated debate

Opponents of legislation designed to bar the mentally ill from buying guns argued Tuesday that filing that ban with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System based on a petition from a psychiatrist violates due process and an individual’s Second Amendment rights.

AFL-CIO director wants voters to fix worker’s compensation system

Senate Bill 289 is designed to “remove inefficiencies” in the current worker’s compensation system and reduce delays by getting people to treatment faster, lobbyist Sam McMullen says.

Bill hastens curbing gun rights for the mentally ill

A Nevada state senator who supports a Republican-backed gun bill said buying a gun is not a fundamental right and due process might need to be sacrificed if it means keeping guns away from people who are dangerously mentally ill.

Youths to present ‘Cinderella’ April 5-7 at Community Center

Youth Theatre Carson City will presents “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

Nevada artists display work to protect Virginia City landmark

Nevada artists will share their work at the second annual Nevada Expressions Show and Sale to raise money to protect the Virginia City National Historic Landmark.

Live music

A jazz piano performance will be at 11:15 a.m. today at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

Exhibit at Legislature marks Folklife’s 25th anniversary

The Nevada Arts Council is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Folklife Apprenticeship program with the exhibit “One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold,” on display through April 26 at the Legislature as part of the Legislative eXhibition Series.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office SWAT team practices on helicopters

For the first time since Washoe County’s acquisition of helicopters 12 years ago, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office SWAT team trained with the flying machines.

Douglas tops McQueen, Reed

While the games didn’t count in the league standings, the Douglas High baseball team had a big day Wednesday at the Spanish Springs Tournament.

Bees sweep Aces in twin-bill

SALT LAKE CITY — The Reno Aces dropped both games of a doubleheader Wednesday night, 9-4 and 5-3, against the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Wednesday, April 10

USF silences Nevada’s bats

Austin Byler summed up the current state of the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Tuesday, April 9

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: FRIDAY • 4:24 p.m.: A 35-year-old Carson City woman was arrested in the 1600 block of Hot Springs Road on a Carson contempt-of-court warrant. Bail: $1,000.

Gambling operations big and small face off

Nevada’s major resorts want new restrictions on smaller gaming companies they say are pushing into their turf. The little guys say the big operators are just trying to shut them down to cut out the competition.

Amendment creating annual legislative sessions wins committee support

A proposed amendment to make Nevada’s Legislature an annual event is expected to get a vote on the Senate floor next week.

Bill would bring federal-private funding to Nevada companies

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would use seed money from Nevada’s Insurance Premium Tax to leverage both private and federal funding to create or expand Nevada businesses in poor communities.

Nevada Assembly considers ending ban on marijuana

State lawmakers heard passionate arguments Friday over a measure that ends the prohibition on recreational marijuana use in Nevada and funnels the tax revenues toward the underfunded state education system.

State brand: ‘A world within. A state apart’

A new brand that will be used to entice visitors to Nevada and promote everything from tourism to economic development, job training and education, was unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Brian Sandoval and other state officials.

Senate debates putting ‘fracking’ under environmental protection

Sen. Tick Segerblom’s bill to give the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection control over oil companies seeking licensing to produce oil by “fracking” was essentially termed unnecessary by that agency during a Tuesday hearing.

Packed committee action as bill deadline nears

Nevada lawmakers are picking up the pace, trying to jam hundreds of bills through committees before an approaching deadline turns their pet legislation into pixie dust. While many bills have been granted exemption from the looming deadline, others must pass out of the committee of origin by Friday or die.

Senate bill would regulate firms that offer consumer lawsuit loans

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee was urged Saturday to regulate companies that offer people a loan to cover expenses while awaiting their eventual settlement from insurance companies

Wildlife advocates divided on feeding ban

A group of Nevada senators introduced a bill last month that would prohibit intentional feeding of wildlife. Senate bill 371 would ban a person from intentionally feeding any species of wildlife other than the feathered kind, according to the bill text. A three-time repeat offender could be fined up to $1,000 or spend six months in jail.

Request for release of Brooks report denied

The legislative counsel bureau has denied the Nevada Press Association’s request to release all materials used in the decision to expel Steven Brooks from the Assembly except those declared private under federal law.

Wheeler Cowperthwaite: Here’s a recipe for German-slaying chocolate-chip cookies

When I lived in Germany, I would make a type of oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies that I’ve been making since my mother introduced them to me when I was a child.

Community sports Reid takes 14th at Arcadia decathlon

Carson High sophomore Corey Reid posted a 14th-place finish in the decathlon at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational.

Tuesday, April 9

Hometown Health unveils insurance plans

Hometown Health, Northern Nevada’s largest provider of health insurance, announces the launch of its individual and family plans.

The promise of spring

All winter I kept waiting for the weatherman’s promise of snow. I’m one of those people who just wants at least one really nice snowstorm to complete the winter, and I’ve been waiting for two years and it hasn’t happened.

UNCE healing process begins

University of Nevada President Marc Johnson appeared before Churchill County commissioners last week, discussing both the college of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

Tin-pot advice 10 years later

Tenth-year anniversaries are traditionally honored by gifts of tin, which is appropriate, since we just commemorated the 10th anniversary of the unnecessary war started by our tin-pot former president. Tin-pot: “petty, small-time, two-bit.” This is a perfect description of GW Bush and his Iraq War cheerleaders. History is proving that almost every decision these guys made was wrong, and we will be paying for their arrogance for generations.

Trustees consider 2013-14 budget

Step one in the process to set a budget for 2013-14 was taken by the Churchill County School District Board of Trustees Thursday night during its regularly scheduled meeting.

Fallon man in court on child sex charges

A 54-year-old Fallon man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in District Court to numerous charges of statutory sexual seduction.

Need more time to file?

The April 15 tax-filing deadline is fast approaching. Some taxpayers may find that they need more time to file their tax returns. If you need extra time, you can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS.

Acclaimed WNC exhibit coming home to show at Nevada Legislature

“Always Lost: A Meditation on War” is returning to its roots. Western Nevada College’s acclaimed creative writing/photographic exhibition about the costs of war will be on display in the Nevada Legislative Building’s second-floor atrium on weekdays from April 17 to May 3.

Corned beef hash can be two-holiday dish

This has been an unusual year with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter so close together. After cooking a traditional corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, it got me thinking about Easter food traditions.

Film series presents ‘One Million Years B.C.’

The Churchill Arts Council’s film series, “Strange Women: Sci-Fi Classics,” is a response to one interpretation of the Mayan Apocalypse of last December.

Think you know Carson City?

As one of Nevada’s oldest communities, it’s no surprise that Carson City, which was founded in 1858, played an important role in a number of milestones in state history.

Carson-area celebrities compete at Spring Ball dinner-dance

High Sierra Swing Dance Club’s sixth annual anniversary Spring Ball dinner-dance is set for April 27 at the Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St.

Aztecs sweep Nevada baseball team

The University of Nevada baseball was swept by Mountain West foe San Diego State last weekend in San Diego. The Wolf Pack lost 8-1 on Sunday, 5-4 on Saturday and 2-0 on Friday.

New playoff format set for Northern DI-A baseball, softball

For the first time in the Northern Division I-A, the playoffs will revert to a tournament bracket to decide a regional champion this season.

Fallon brooms Mustangs

The Greenwave baseball and softball teams picked up another doubleheader sweep over the Division III portion of their league schedule as they prepare for a critical series this week.

Cordes named to NIAA’s Top 10 student-athletes

The honors keep piling up for Cady Cordes. The Churchill County High School senior was named one of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s Top 10 student-athletes on Friday.

Burton opts to return to Pack

Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball coach David Carter let out a sigh of relief Monday afternoon when he learned starting point guard Deonte Burton will return for his senior season.

Monday, April 8

Obituary: Joan Hanna

Oct. 30, 1954 - April 4, 2013 Joan M. Hanna, 58, passed away April 4, 2013 in Carson City, NV. Joan was born October 30, 1954 in Carson City, NV, to Richard and Mary Kathleen Hanna. For the past thirty years she has resided in Virginia City, NV.

Sunday, April 7

Is your Web data secure? Be sure

Hot diggity dog! I missed pulling one of my favorite April Fool’s jokes on some folks, but then I got to thinking how many folks are “fooled” every day into thinking they are safe and secure in the way they use the Internet. Here are some bones to chew on.

Gas-tax plan wins supporters

A wide variety of business and other interests joined the parade of supporters for legislation that would more than double Nevada’s gasoline tax to build and repair the state’s deteriorating highways.

Carson City Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy accepting applications

The Carson City Citizen’s Academy is taking applications for its next session, which starts May 1. “If you are interested in law enforcement or have wondered how the sheriff’s office operates, this is an opportunity to experience the wide range of duties (officers perform),” Volunteer Coordinator Ken Smith told the Appeal in 2012.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Friday, April 5

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: WEDNESDAY • 2:34 p.m.: A 41-year-old Carson City woman was arrested in the 400 block of East Park Street on suspicion of child neglect. Bail: $2,500.

18-wheelers block U.S. Highway 50

An 18-wheeler attempting to make an U-turn near the Dixie Valley turnoff became stuck on high ground Friday afternoon, causing traffic to back up on U.S. Highway 50 about 40 miles east of Fallon.

‘Night of Boxing’ lands winning decision

After a sparring session at the Churchill County School District Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday at the middle school, the annual fundraiser was approved by the board.

Fallon hunts down ’Hawks

Fallon’s bats swayed to the hit machine Saturday by pounding out 40 runs to sweep Silver Stage in a Lahontan League baseball doubleheader at the Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex.

Education achievement

Meddles accepts scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University

‘A Celebration in Two Sharps’ to feature cellist Stephen Framil

The Carson City Symphony will present “A Celebration in Two Sharps” at 4 p.m. April 28 in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Birth announcements

CARSON TAHOE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER To Amy Peterson and Christian Hoyos of Carson City, a daughter, Iris Catherine Peterson-Hoyos, born March 23, 2013, weighing 8 pounds and 12 ounces.

Senior menus for week of April 8

Note: Lunch menus for the week of April 8 subject to change without notice. Choice of beverage included.

Darrell Moody: Rutgers coach’s ouster was long overdue

Mike Rice’s ouster/resignation at Rutgers last week was well-deserved, and quite frankly, why wasn’t he fired instead of suspended earlier in the year? I was also glad to see the athletic director who suspended him, but didn’t fire him back in November, resign.

Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary welcomes new members

The Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary held its new-member tea Feb. 25 at the Governor’s Mansion.

Carol Perry: Federal Reserve and Treasury are playing a dangerous game

It seems like we are always hearing something about the Federal Reserve Bank, aka “The Fed”. Isn’t it the Fed that keeps printing money, somehow increasing our national debt? It sounds like something important, but we all have so many things to worry about that “The Fed” rarely gets a second thought. We have jobs, kids, parents, debts and all the other things that take up our day. Why worry about things that seem so distant and out of our control? Why, indeed.

Galena outlasts Douglas, 6-3

MINDEN — The Douglas baseball team struggled to get its bats going until the final inning Saturday afternoon and suffered a 6-3 loss to Galena.

Saturday, April 6

Polian gets first look at new team

RENO — Brian Polian was pleased with his first scrimmage as the Nevada Wolf Pack’s head football coach.

Titus charges Nevada legislature to keep it up

State lawmakers in Nevada serve as examples to their counterparts in Washington because they are putting state issues ahead of politics, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, said in an address to a joint session of the Nevada Legislature on Thursday.

Roberson: Flaws in construction-defects law only help lawyers

Sen. Michael Roberson, himself a lawyer, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday that flaws in Nevada’s construction-defects law are encouraging lawsuits that only benefit lawyers.

Local racers start engines today

Local racing kicks off today with the first points race at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon and a play day at Reno-Tahoe-Fernley Speedway.

Blueberg, Tucker lead Senators to 7-2 win

RENO — For the third time in as many starts, Carson High junior pitcher Chase Blueberg followed up a loss with a victory.

Friday, April 5

Nevada president: No more Cooperative Extension cuts

Churchill County Commissioners heard concerns Thursday morning during their regularly scheduled meeting about the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and the UN Cooperative Extension (UNCE) programs.

Sailor pleads guilty to lewdness charge

A 26-year-old sailor stationed at Naval Air Station Fallon pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court to one lewdness charge.

Ghost own book honors Nevada’s past

Few folks know as much about Nevada ghost towns as author Shawn Hall. Since the late 1970s, when he was a college student, Hall has reveled in researching and learning about just about anything related to the hundreds of mining camps, railroad stops and other forgotten places scattered across the wide Nevada landscape.

Ace of diamonds

Nevada junior softball player Sara Parsons of Fallon sported an ear-to-ear grin Tuesday as she represented her club in the annual scrimmage between the Nevada baseball team and the Reno Aces at Aces Ballpark.

Lesué overcomes obstacles to reach AFL

Football’s always on his mind. Since his father’s passing when he was 2, football has helped Aaron Lesué grow into the professional football player he is now.

City recognizes officer Babiarz

An early start has paid off for Daniel Babiarz in his pursuit of his career in law enforcement. It has worked out well for the Fallon Police Department, too.

Have we lost our minds?

I get frustrated with the utter absurdity of government and societal actions to the point where I need to blow off some steam. This is writing allows me to do so.

More things that are just wrong

Some things are just wrong. I’m not talking about the obvious stuff like breaking a Commandment (I’ll admit to breaking eight out of the 10) or committing a felony ( I can’t comment on advice of counsel), I’m talking about things aren’t illegal or technically immoral … but should never happen.

Business Licenses

The City of Fallon issued the following business licenses in March 2013

Fire department responds to small brush fire

Two brush trucks from Fallon/Churchill Fire Department responded Friday morning to a small brush fire on South Allen Road.

Senate Transportation Committee hears about licenses for those in U.S. illegally

Creating a Driver Privilege Card allowing those living here illegally and others to legally drive is as much a public-safety issue as anything else, the Senate Transportation Committee was told Wednesday.

Sex-assault victim urges passage of campus-carry bill

Amanda Collins was walking to her car after finishing a class on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus when an eight-minute ordeal changed her life.

JM Furniture plans grand-opening sale marking move to Carson City

Carson City welcomes something old and something new Monday as JM Furniture’s former northern Douglas County outlet begins a grand-opening event. The old part is the company, in Carson City since 1970 with the main store now at 3333 N. Carson St. The new part is the relocation of the second and smaller outlet that was in the Topsy Lane shopping center just outside the city that now goes into space at 4370 S. Carson St. It is 9,000 square feet of display space; the main store to the north is 50,000 square feet.

Nevada Senate approves 85 mph speed limit; Assembly up next

By a 15-6 vote, the Senate on Wednesday approved legislation raising Nevada’s highway speed limit from 75 to 85 mph.

After departures, Renown focuses on collaboration

RENO — Rocked by the dismissal of four of its top executives, Renown Health will focus on restoring its relationships with Northern Nevada physicians. “This is a critical piece,” said David Line, chairman of the Renown Health board. “We need to become a physician-centric organization.”

Senate bill would ban sports kiosks from bars

The powerful Nevada Resort Association urged state lawmakers Wednesday to approve a bill banning small establishments with restricted gambling licenses from having sports-betting kiosks.

Senators counting on Blueberg to stop Reed

For the third time in as many starts, the Carson Senators are counting on Chase Blueberg to be their stopper.

Are we looking at a Syracuse-Louisville final?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...It would be fitting, in the final year of the real Big East Conference, that two Big East schools (Syracuse and Louisville) meet for the NCAA Tournament championship

Thursday, April 4

CAC film series concludes tonight with ‘Barbarella’

The Churchill Arts Council’s film series, “Strange Women: Sci-Fi Classics” will conclude tonight with a screening of the 1968 film “Barbarella.”

Bark in the Park one month away

It is that time of year to start marking your calendars for CAPS’ 2013 Bark in the Park, scheduled for May 4 at Churchill County Fairgrounds. We hope to make this year’s event bigger and better with new contests and dog and pet owner competitions. The day starts out with a 5K walk/run for both two- and four-legged competitors.

Area accidents keep NHP busy

One person was injured in a single vehicle rollover Wednesday night 12 miles west of Fallon on the Reno Highway.

Keep Fallon Green program returns Saturday

The city of Fallon will conduct its 13th annual Keep Fallon Green next week.

Nevada, Churchill jobless rates fall

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 9.6 percent in February, a 2.2 percent year-over-year drop that’s the largest of any state.

WNC offering community education classes

Western Nevada College Fallon campus is offering several non-credit courses for adults and kids this spring in its Community Education Division.

Drivers ready to bite at Rattlesnake

Rubbing and swapping paint returns to Rattlesnake Raceway. The 2013 season raises the green flag at 4 p.m. Saturday featuring the return of the popular Kart series followed by a points racing at 6 p.m.

Greenwave golfers steady on the links

Driving and putting away, the Fallon boys golf team is locked in a tight battle among the Northern Division I-A leaders.

Rolo-calling: O-coordinator ready

In a whirlwind span of about a year, Nick Rolovich went from Hawaii to Massachusetts to Reno to Philadelphia and back to Reno.

Elementary meet kicks off Friday at CCHS

Move over high school athletes, it is time for the future stars of Fallon athletics to shine.

Lacrosse showcase kicks off Saturday

The Fallon Lacrosse Showcase kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Churchill County Regional Park.

Get it while it’s good

You know it’s spring when a pale, hairy man in an American flag Speedo, an afro wig and bright green ski boots stumbles by on his way to Squaw Valley’s KT-22. Glorious spring. When the slopes turn to slush under sunny skies. When shorts and snowboard boots are decently appropriate. When the smell of hamburgers grilling on the lodge deck wafts into the lift line.

Should the state fair return to Fallon

Did you know that Fallon was once the site of the Nevada State Fair? Why not consider bringing it back here?

My once and future world

I remember when I was 6 years-old I would sit under a tree in my grandma’s front yard wondering what the world would be like when I got older. I’ll turn 56 on Sunday, and while that doesn’t even qualify as middle age here in Florida, it certainly qualifies as older than the 6 year-old sitting under that tree contemplating the future.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Wednesday, April 2

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: SUNDAY • A 21-year-old Carson City man was arrested at Lompa and Sherman lanes on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and a suspended registration and on a Carson failure-to-appear traffic warrant. Bail: $916.

Apparitions, auras and anomalies, oh my! Paranormal conference returns to Virginia City

The ghosts and apparitions that hang out in Virginia City’s historic buildings will have a host of special guests this month.

Enrollment for bluegrass workshop at Brewery Arts Center open

Enrollment for a six-week bluegrass workshop with instructor Cindy Gray is open.

‘Summer on Broadway 2013’ camp accepting applications

Wild Horse Children’s Theater is accepting applications from children in grades 1-8 for “Summer on Broadway 2013” theater camp set for June 17 through 28 in the Performance Hall at the Brewery Arts Center, 511 W. King St.

Utah governor rejects Nevada water agreement

SALT LAKE CITY — After delaying a decision for about four years, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday rejected an agreement with Nevada that would allow Las Vegas to pump massive amounts of groundwater from the states’ shared border.

Wednesday, April 3

Las Vegas judge revokes Brooks’ bail

LAS VEGAS — A judge in Las Vegas revoked bail Wednesday for a former Nevada state Assemblyman being held in California on felony charges stemming from a freeway chase and violent struggle with police last week.

NV Energy: Coal out, renewables in

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s largest utility plans to begin closing four coal-fired power plants northeast of Las Vegas and invest more money in renewable energy.

Rep. Heck touts visas, energy to Legislature

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck said Nevada’s congressional delegation is working to help the state’s core industries recover from the recession and to position Nevada as a leader in emerging high-tech and renewable energy fields.

Tuesday, April 2

Bill to lift threat of Nevada abandoning TRPA opposed

A litany of witnesses including Sandoval administration officials told the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday that repealing the law threatening to pull Nevada out of the bi-state Tahoe compact is premature and could threaten gains made in the past two years.

Nevada Assembly set to debate major gun proposals

The dominant gun proposals from both sides of the political aisle were set to be debated in the Nevada Assembly this week.

Trustees make the right decision

For the past nine months, the Churchill County School Board has been trying to move ahead after former Superintendent Carolyn Ross’ surprise resignation in late June.

Practice what we preach

The Democrats mentioned “Made in America” at their convention. “Buy American, I hear that a lot from folks who don’t practice what they preach.

Don’t miss the health insurance deduction if self-employed

If you are self-employed, the IRS wants you to know about a tax deduction generally available to people who are self-employed.

Trustees to meet Thursday

The Churchill County School District Board of Trustees on Thursday will hold their first regularly scheduled meeting of April at the district administration office, 690 S. Maine St., in “The Pit.”

Senate approves mining proposal

By a margin of 17-4, the Senate on Monday approved the amendment that would remove mining’s protection from higher taxation from the Nevada Constitution.

Army’s ‘navy’ sails to Alaska to rescue Eskimo tribe

PORT HUENEME, Calif. – This sprawling Pacific coast U.S. Navy installation about 60 miles north of Los Angeles is the home of the fabled Seabees, the Navy Test Wing Pacific and a host of other Navy units including salvage and diving companies and a cargo handling battalion.

Nine of 10, Wave softball starting to turn up heat

The Lady Wave swept Silver Stage in dominating fashion on Saturday and have won eight of their last nine games. Fallon cruised to a pair of five-inning wins of 12-0 and 19-2 over the Nighthawks.

Troopers arrest couple in high-speed chase

A 24-year-old driver of a Ford Mustang who eluded the Nevada Highway Patrol Saturday night on a 52-mile chase was transferred from Fallon to Mineral County to face numerous charges.

Choosing a good weight plan that’s right for your lifestyle

(Family Features) — Losing weight and getting into shape is a goal many Americans aspire to achieve. Choosing a weight loss plan that fits your lifestyle is a crucial first step in developing the diet that works for you.

Commissioners to meet Thursday

Churchill County Commissioners will hold their first regularly scheduled meeting of April on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. at the county administration building chambers, 155 N. Taylor St.

Governor’s plan eliminates state worker furloughs by 2015

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s staff confirmed Monday he will use money freed up by lower employee benefit premiums to eliminate state worker furloughs next year.

Monday, April 1

UPDATE:Train collides with truck in Hazen, no injuries or deaths reported

A train collided with an 18-wheeler Monday at about 10:45 a.m. at Hazen. According to the Churchill County Sheriff Ben Trotter, there were no injuries or deaths.