Stories for March 2013

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Sunday, March 31

Senate bill would allow wagering on elections

When it comes to national politics, forget political pollsters — Nevada sports books may be where the heavy action is for bettors looking to cash in by predicting elections outcomes.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Saturday, March 30

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: FRIDAY • 12:37 a.m.: Ezekial O’Kelley, 19, of Carson City and a 20-year-old Carson City woman were arrested at Cherry Creek Apartments after deputies responded to a call of shots fired about 11:30 p.m.

Cheers & Kudos

G-3-1 Korea grateful to Kiwanians, others

Military annoucnements: Julian Lomas and Nicholas Stone graduate from basic training

Julian Lomas graduates from basic training Army Private First Class Julian Lomas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

Carson High grad completes basic training

Air Force Airman Joshua R. Jorgensen graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Agnews to celebrate their 65th anniversary in April

Morrie and Norma Agnew will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary April 16. The Agnews were married in Inglewood, Calif., in 1948. Both were teachers, spending some time at Stewart Indian School in Carson City before it closed. Morrie is retired from the Navy.

Senate bill would pave way for medical pot shops

A glimmer of hope grew a bit brighter Friday for Nevadans who have been waiting 13 years since the legalization of medicinal marijuana to finally have access to it.

Brooks arrested hours after expulsion

LAS VEGAS — Hours after he became the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature, Steven Brooks led police on a chase on a freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles that ended with a violent struggle with uniformed officers.

Nevada bill constricts state trapping laws

Numerous Nevadans told horror stories of their pets becoming accidental victims of unmarked traps Thursday during a legislative committee meeting to consider tightening state trapping laws.

Business briefs

Anthony named plant manager of Basalite Concrete Products Basalite Concrete Products has promoted Jeremy Anthony to plant manager of Basalite Carson City and the Dayton Mine facility. This is Anthony’s second promotion in three years with Basalite Concrete Products.

Darrell Moody: Douglas off to a nice start; CHS needs better pitching

It’s been a strange Division I baseball season thus far. Like the NCAA Tournament, there doesn’t seem to be a dominating team.

Birth announcements

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center: • To Meredith and Steven Owens of South Lake Tahoe, a son, Kingston Steven Owens, born March 16, 2013, weighing 9 pounds and 2 ounces.

Saturday, March 30

Maher, Wolfe power CHS to big win

Luke Maher has made some adjustments at the plate the past three weeks, and it really shows. The Carson infielder extended his hit streak to six games by going 3-for-3 with a career-high six RBIs to lead the Senators to an easy 15-1 win over Hug Saturday afternoon at Ron McNutt Field.

Prep / JC Roundup: Reid, Carter enjoy big days on track

SPARKS — Corey Reid won the high jump and took second in the 400 to lead Carson High to a fifth-place finish at the annual Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational during the weekend at Reed High School.

Walk-off walk gives Pack win in 9th

RENO — Ryan Teel was left hoping and praying. Brooks Klein, at first, didn’t know what to do.

Law enforcement combs Fallon area looking for suspect

Churchill County Sheriff deputies and other law enforcement personnel conducted a house-to-house search Saturday night, looking for a 24-year-old man who escaped on foot after a high-speed chase.

Roger Diez: Racers take the weekend off

After a cornucopia of racing last weekend, with NASCAR, Formula One, and IndyCar all in action, everybody has Easter weekend off. So enjoy the holiday with your families, and participate in all the traditional festivities. I’m at that forgetful age where I can hide my own eggs, so it should be a fun day.

WNC splits with CSI

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Western Nevada split its Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader against College of Southern Idaho Friday afternoon, winning the first game 3-1 and dropping the nightcap 3-2 in 11 innings.

Bill is aimed at clarifying candidate residency rules

A Democratic and a Republican leader in the Assembly showed bipartisan support Friday for a bill to clarify a sometimes-perplexing question: Where does a candidate actually live?

Without reason, state superintendent resigns abruptly, without reason

Nevada’s superintendent of public instruction abruptly resigned Friday after one year on the job. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Dr. James Guthrie’s resignation as most lawmakers headed home for the Easter weekend.

Pack blanked by Bulldogs

RENO — It was anything but a good Friday for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Friday, March 29

Trustees offer superintendent position to Dr. Sandra Sheldon

Dr. Sandra Sheldon has been offered an opportunity to become Churchill County’s next school superintendent.

RIDING THE PINE: Parsons having banner season for Pack

Sara Parsons is tearing the cover off the ball. She and her Nevada softball teammates are giving opposing pitchers nightmares, too.

Wolf Pack football begins new era

“I’m very excited and anxious to get going,” Brian Polian said minutes before his first spring practice as Wolf Pack head coach. “I’ve seen enough of that office. I’m excited to get out in the sunshine.”

BEHIND THE PLATE: Baseball season is finally here

The grass is turning green and temperatures are creeping into the 60s.

Klein, Rowe homer as Nevada downs St. Mary’s

MORAGA, Calif. — The University of Nevada (15-10) baseball team got home runs from outfielders Brooks Klein and Jamison Rowe in a 10-6 nonconference victory over St. Mary’s College (7-18) at Louis Guisto Field on Tuesday.

Sailor accused of lewdness with a child

A 26-year-old Navy man waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Justice Court on a lewdness charge. Michael Henderson is scheduled to appear in District Court on Tuesday. He faces one count of lewdness with a child under 14, a Category A felony.

Brooks 1st expelled legislator

In a historic decision Thursday, the Nevada Assembly expelled Democrat Steven Brooks from his North Las Vegas district seat.

Galena rallies, wins in extras

For four innings, Carson High was in control and headed toward a split of its series against Galena, and then the fifth inning came along.

Prep roundup Purcell no-hits Hug, 11-0

RENO — Jen Purcell threw the first no-hitter of her career to lead Carson High’s softball team to an easy 11-0 win over Hug in a Division I crossover game Thursday afternoon.

Friday Fodder: Brian Polian was right hire for Nevada Wolf Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Brian Polian has only had one spring practice and has basically stayed within his comfort zone, recruiting coaches and players, since he got the job as Nevada Wolf Pack head football coach in January.

Utah governor agonizing over Nevada’s water play

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he was struggling over whether to let Las Vegas pump massive amounts of groundwater from the Nevada-Utah border.

Thursday, March 28

Terry accepts position with Texas firm

Michael Charles Terry, a 2008 graduate of CCHS and son of Charles and Karen Terry of Fallon, recently accepted a position with Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation in Beaumont Texas.

Egg hunts galore

The bunny rabbit has a busy weekend planned with two days of Easter egg hunts at various locations. The oldest Easter egg activity, which is sponsored by the Fallon Lions Club, begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Laura Mills Park.

Churchill sees a ‘push’ in taxable sales

The state as a whole fared even better in January, recording a 9.3 percent taxable sales gain over the previous January to $3.45 billion.

UNR awards first renewable energy graduate certificate

RENO — Amber Mann is the first graduate specialist to complete and receive the certificate from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate Program.

Trustees ponder their decision

Having gone through two long days in the interview process of their search for a new superintendent, Churchill County School District trustees are now moving on to the final step. It’s going to be the hardest one, too, the school board’s president acknowledged.

Updated news on CAPS’ ‘Bark in the Park’

Spring has been teasing us. Mother Nature throws out a few pleasantly warm days and then decides to take a rest. I do, however, see signs of spring: Most trees have leaf buds, and some actually show their greenery. Newborn calves are literally popping out in pastures all over. I look at my empty flowerbeds, thinking about what I’ll plant this year, and then a cold north wind blasts in.

CCHS inducts 32 members into National Honor Society

The Churchill County High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 32 members into their organization at Wednesday night’s NHS Induction Ceremony.

Coach Serrano back on the track at CCHS

For Bert Serrano, being at the 41st annual Fallon Elks Invitational track and field meet on Saturday was a special occasion.

Parsons to hit field against Reno Aces

In the midst of fantastic season, the 2010 Fallon grad was chosen by coach Matt Meuchel to represent the Nevada softball team against the Reno Aces at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Aces Ballpark in Reno.

FRIDAY FODDER: Polian will win at Nevada

Brian Polian has only had one spring practice and has basically stayed within his comfort zone, recruiting coaches and players, since he got the job as Nevada Wolf Pack head football coach in January. But it’s obvious already that the Nevada Wolf Pack has made a solid choice in replacing Chris Ault. Nobody knows how many games Polian will win, but he’s already energized the program in his two months on the job. He’s focused, confident, likable and seems to be a true leader. Those are the four things head coaches need the most these days. Coordinators can do all the actual coaching. The prediction here is that Polian will win at Nevada. And he’ll likely win enough to get another job higher up the college football food chain.

Youth basketball tournament nets 3 champions

Churchill County hosted the ninth annual Fallon Shootout Youth Coed Basketball Tournament recently.

Fallon seeing double diamonds

After spending two crossovers away from the Lahontan Valley, both the Greenwave softball and baseball teams return home this weekend.

Appeal, other Nevada media seek release of Assembly panel report

LAS VEGAS — A coalition of Nevada media including The Associated Press made a formal demand Thursday for the Legislature to release a report reviewed by a select panel that recommended the expulsion of Assemblyman Steven Brooks.

49ers players gather for fundraiser at Squaw Valley

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon stared at the opposing team, intent on holding his ground as the players charged toward him.

Heavenly set to host U.S. Freestyle Championships March 29-31

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Heavenly Mountain Resort will host the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships from Friday through Sunday, March 29-31 — part of a two-year deal to bring the country’s best moguls and aerials skiers back to Tahoe’s South Shore.

Nevadans protest prevailing-wage changes

More than 200 labor union workers converged outside the Nevada Legislature Wednesday to protest an Assembly Republican effort that changes prevailing wage laws in the Silver State

Decision on Brooks could come today; fate remains unclear

Assembly Democrats met behind closed doors Wednesday night as leadership briefed them on the reasons a select committee recommended expelling North Las Vegas Democrat Steven Brooks.

Department: Bonds could more quickly pay unemployment loans

Authorizing bonds to pay down the state’s unemployment-benefit loans could save money and restore the trust fund that pays those benefits faster, the head of Nevada’s Employment Security Division told lawmakers Wednesday.

Development Authority touts success, focuses on incoming Carson-area businesses

Northern Nevada business development shared the spotlight with one-stop shopping for two state programs at a Wednesday breakfast in Carson City.

Select Committee votes 6-1 to expel Assemblyman Steven Brooks

The Select Committee considering the fate of Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, voted 6-1 late Tuesday to recommend he be expelled form the Nevada Assembly.

Nevada Senate passes transgender protection bill, 20-1

By a 20-1 margin, the Nevada Senate passed legislation Thursday that expands criminal and civil liability to include crimes against transgender individuals.

State Court concerned with poor defendants

Poor defendants have trouble accessing a quality legal defense, according to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Aviation company formally reintegrates back into Nevada Army National Guard

Before a Nevada Army National Guard aviation unit deployed to Afghanistan last year, Gov. Brian Sandoval gave the unit a signed state flag to take with them to the war-torn country.

STOP says no to smoking

Students Taking on Prevention (STOP) recently took their message to raise awareness of tobacco and health to West Williams Avenue.

Bill aims to curb solitary confinement

As states around the country are beginning to examine solitary confinement methods amid concerns it has lasting, adverse effects on inmates, Nevada lawmakers were doing the same Wednesday.

State Briefly

Second campaign funding reports from candidates due Friday (Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau) — Candidates running in municipal elections across the state have until Friday to file their second campaign contributions and expense report.

Wednesday, March 27

Five companies, possibly 100-200 jobs coming to Carson City area

An announcement of five new Carson City-area businesses was on the menu for today’s Northern Nevada Development Authority breakfast meeting.

Hot Springs Spas moves from Carson Street to Fairview Drive location, expands

Hot Springs Spas Ltd. is operating from a new and larger location to offer expanded services in Carson City. The pool and spa retail and service business moved recently from 3331 S. Carson St. into 4,000 square feet of space, with a bigger showroom, at 527 Fairview Drive, according to owner Tony Grasso.

Nevada eyes paving way for same-sex marriage

Beverly Sevcick has been in a relationship with the same person for more than four decades. They’ve taken vacations and gone through trying sicknesses, and they could fill many photo albums with their memories. But because they are lesbians, they can’t get married.

Senate panel OKs lifting tax protections for mining

A Senate committee Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment to repeal tax protections for the mining industry after a hearing peppered by testy exchanges between mining representatives and a Republican lawmaker pushing for higher mining taxes.

Grizzlies feast on CHS pitching

RENO — For the second time in three games, Carson High had a dismal day on the pitching mound, and it led to a disappointing defeat.

Tuesday, March 26

Eating right every day in your own way

March is National Nutrition Month. The theme for 2013 is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is using this message to encourage personalized healthy eating styles. By recognizing that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices, registered dietitians play a critical role in helping people eat right, their way, every day.

Nevada delegation hosts academy information sessions

Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller and Representatives Joe Heck, Mark Amodei, Dina Titus and Steven Horsford will jointly host this year’s Academy Information Sessions in Northern and Southern Nevada.

Trustees interviewfinalists

Discussion of the search for a new superintendent will continue tonight and again on Thursday when the Churchill County School District Board of Trustees meets at the Old High School — in “The Pit” — 690 S. Maine St.

Back to the future, again

Proposed party platform planks: Strengthen and improve the ... effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system.

BIRTHS

The following births recently occurred at Banner Churchill Community Hospital.

Growing classes resume next month

The average carrot travels over 1,800 miles to get to our dinner plate. Processing and shipment of food accounts for 93 percent of our food cost.

Know about farm income and deductions

If you earn money managing or working on a farm, you are in the farming business. Farms include plantations, ranches, ranges and orchards. Farmers may raise livestock, poultry or fish, or grow fruits or vegetables. Here are 10 things about farm income and expenses that the IRS wants you to know.

Young Marines look for a landing

Fallon residents Dennis Hansberry and Harry Hines take pride in the Marine Corps slogan — “The few, the proud” — and they hope to generate more numbers to help their goal to lift the Young Marines Program off the ground in Fallon.

Fallon softball team nets 2 wins at Ruby Mountain crossover

ELKO — After cruising through the first three innings, things unraveled quickly for the Elko softball team Friday. Fallon, the two-time defending state champs, once again proved to be too much for the Tribe to handle in a 16-2 blowout victory.

Fallon track teams excel at Elks invite

Despite a solid performance on a chilly day, the Fallon boys track team could not overcome Division I power McQueen at the 41st annual Fallon Elks Invitational on Saturday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.

Lady Wave swimmers nab 2nd straight win

The Lady Wave swimmers are coming into form. Fallon won its second straight dual meet with a 133-100 win over Lowry on Friday in Reno. The boys, meanwhile, struggled against the larger Buckaroos as Fallon fell, 133-60.

Greenwave baseball drops 2 of 3 at crossover

ELKO — In the first crossover game of the day, the Elko Indians routed Fallon for a lopsided 13-3 win.

Parsons, Pack take 3 of 4

The long ball, as well as the double, yet again proved to be valuable weapons for the University of Nevada softball team, as it won twice on Sunday to close out the Wolf Pack Classic at Hixson Park in Reno.

Knuth ready to go as Nevada AD

Doug Knuth can’t wait to move to Northern Nevada. “I’d come tomorrow but my wife wouldn’t like that,” smiled the next Nevada Wolf Pack athletic director. “But I’m real excited.”

Oasis lacrosse team shows off talent

Despite an 8-4 loss, the Oasis Academy Bighorns lacrosse team was all smiles.

Nevada stumbles against Lobos

The University of Nevada baseball team split a Mountain West doubleheader on Sunday at New Mexico.

Resolution calls for presidential pardon of boxer Jack Johnson

Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, and Assemblyman Harvey Munford, D-Las Vegas, have joined forces to sponsor a resolution asking the president to pardon legendary boxer Jack Johnson.

Schedule tasks for the correct day

You’d like to send a note to a colleague, asking if there are opportunities at his firm. You just might boost your chances of a favorable reply if you send the note to arrive on Monday or Tuesday. People who work the traditional Monday through Friday week tend “to make plans on Monday and Tuesday for what they want to accomplish during the rest of the week,” notes Francesca Gino, a Harvard Business School associate professor and author of “Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick To The Plan”. (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)

Full English-language-learner programs are needed, not pilot, lawmakers say

Lawmakers objected Monday to the proposed pilot program for English-language learners in the governor’s budget, saying the time for study has passed.

Sunday, March 24

Guns at ancient U.S. island fort fire no more

CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – If only the walls of old Ft. Christian could talk...

Just more stumbling, bumbling fools

When Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana gave the rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address several years ago, many in the press thought his performance was so bad it destroyed any chance of him succeeding on the national political stage.

Compassion: A tale of two cities

This is a tale of two similar Nevada towns steeped in military history and nurtured in humanity.

Trouble with mirrors: They don’t care

It’s well known that I am a self-indulgent jerk; just ask any woman who ever raised, dated or married me. While you might be able to question the veracity of some of those ladies, the shear number of them willing to offer testimony lends some credence to the notion that delayed gratification is not my long suit.

CCHS friends rally around classmate

Alicia Woods Stadler has spent most of her waking moments reaching out to the community to help a classmate who died unexpectedly earlier this month.

Residents voice air quality concerns to commissioners

Air quality complaints from residents along the Carson Highway have been heard by Churchill County commissioners before.

Linn and Justice set to marry April 13

Kellie LeeAnn Linn and Patrick William Justice are engaged to be married on April 13 at Eagle Highlands Clubhouse. The Rev. Mark Frady will officiate.

Easter frittata with jalapeno has Hispanic flavor

Easter is nearly here, bringing with it signs of spring. One of my favorite things on these special days is to gather my family and friends to share good food and stories and, of course, add to the place in my mind that stores so many precious memories.

Carson City charitable organization, resident get NAC Jackpot Grants

Ventana Sierra of Carson City, a charitable organization that helps young people, was among 11 Jackpot Grant recipients identified Tuesday.

Carson High to stage ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Carson Performing Arts, the theater class at Carson High School, will present the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” for the next two weekends at the Community Center’s Bob Boldrick Theatre.

Abowd’s dancing led to trepidation despite preparation

She didn’t win, place or show in Carson City’s “Dancing with the Stars” competition. Yet she showed in the best sense of the word.

St. Patrick’s Day Art Bar salutes the Irish; film series begins next with with Sci-Fi

The Arts Council will present the St. Patrick’s Day edition of its popular Art Bar and Open House tonight at the Art Center from 5-9 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and also will be the last chance to see the current exhibitions.

Proscenium Players present over-the-top comedy, ‘The Underpants’

Proscenium Players, Inc., presents the Steve Martin comedy “The Underpants,” opening Friday at the Brewery Arts Center’s Maizie Harris-Jesse Theater.

Reno’s Alberti to have work displayed at Legislative building

Reno artist Lara Alberti is the latest to be featured at the Nevada Legislature in the Legislative eXhibition Series gallery in Carson City.

‘Vagina Monologues’ to benefit Advocates to End Domestic Violence

The “Vagina Monologues” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday in The Bob Boldrick Theater at Carson City Community Center to benefit Advocates to End Domestic Violence. There will be a silent auction at 6 p.m.

Big sixth inning carries CHS to win

RENO — In four of the first five innings on Saturday, Carson High did a poor job of hitting with runners in scoring position.

Lawmakers, educators meet on a Saturday to discuss ways to improve K-12 learning

Lawmakers and educators agreed Saturday that, before they can improve K-12 education in Nevada, they have to figure out what schools are doing right and what they’re doing wrong

Tigers sweep Wooster, improve to 6-0 in league

RENO — The Douglas High baseball team took down Wooster 6-4 Saturday to complete a season sweep of the Colts.

WNC splits with league-leading CSN

Moral victories don’t mean much to Western Nevada College baseball coach D.J. Whittemore this deep into the 2013 season.

Allen Rowe: In Nevada, old coins often are buried treasures

Here in Northern Nevada, history can abound in some of the most odd places. Over the years we have seen a number of great coins that have been found around that are, literally, in the dirt. Some have been found by people using metal detectors while others have been found by people who were just in the right place at the right time.

Ex-CHS softball stars enjoying success at next level

Carson High has done a good job at moving its softball players into the college ranks.

Birth announcements

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center: • To Kaylinn Boling of Dayton, a son, Travis John Kase Boling, born March 10, 2013, weighing 8 pounds and 8 ounces.

Saturday, March 23

Carson-area manufacturers, including Click Bond’s Collie Hutter, say education key to development

Northern Nevada manufacturers say education, education, education much as real estate agents say location, location, location. That education-and-training message was trumpeted when a panel of area manufacturers and the moderator made it the centerpiece of their dialogue Wednesday. They did so at a breakfast meeting of Nevada Business Connections, a private economic development organization, in the Gold Dust West Casino.

Hamlin gem helps WNC to split

Simply put, it was one of the most dominant and efficient pitching performances ever at John L. Harvey Field.

Series moves from Bristol to California

The 2013 racing season is well and truly under way. Formula 1 joined NASCAR and NHRA with the Australian Grand Prix season opener last weekend, and the IZOD IndyCar series kicks off this weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Nevada’s medical marijuana law is unconstitutional, ACLU says

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada weighed in Friday on the state’s medical marijuana law, calling it unconstitutional because it doesn’t allow patients with prescriptions for medical marijuana to legally obtain it.

Franklin sparks Aztecs over Oklahoma

PHILADELPHIA — Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points, James Rahon had 17 and San Diego State earned its third NCAA tournament victory, a 70-55 triumph over Oklahoma.

Friday, March 22

‘I am a dog, not a thing’

Last weekend when I was surfing the web for ideas to expand into a column, I ran across the following editorial written by Penny Eims (examiner.com). This heartfelt piece of writing appears at many websites, but perhaps you haven’t read it. CAPS dedicates this to all the dogs whose lives were ended in the recent desert killings.

What a drag (strip): Top Gun Raceway opens Saturday

Stan Hooper has taken the reins as president of Top Gun Raceway and is ready for the 2013 season, which hits the pavement at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with a test-and-tune.

Oasis lacrosse debuts in Fallon

It is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and on Saturday it will make its Fallon debut.

Smoley steps down as RTO executive director

RENO — The PGA TOUR’s Reno-Tahoe Open today announced the departure of Executive Director Jana Smoley. Well known for helping elevate the profile of the Reno-Tahoe Open and for working in cooperation with other large special events in northern Nevada, Smoley leaves the non-profit organization with a solid foundation for future growth. Smoley joined the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation as a board member in 2005 before stepping into the role of executive director in 2010. Smoley will remain an active member of its Board of Directors.

City council awards road project contract

A & K Earth Movers was awarded a contract for the New River Parkway extension project by the Fallon City Council Tuesday night during its regularly scheduled meeting.

Superintendent interviews set for next week

The search to select a new Churchill County School District superintendent will enter the home stretch next week when three candidates visit Fallon to go through their final interview process.

Democrats annual dinner features NV state senator

The Churchill County Democrats are hosting the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the Fallon Convention Center on Thursday and will feature a speaker from the Nevada State Senate, Debbie Smith.

TCID focuses on water outlook

Water rights holders came together Tuesday at the Churchill County Commissioners Chambers for the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District’s annual water users meeting.

Grad Nite poker run draws colorful crowd

A healthy dose of runners flocked to the Churchill County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Fallon track team to host stag party

For the 41st year, the Fallon Elks Invitational hits the track. The second-largest and second-longest running meet in Northern Nevada features more than 20 schools this year and kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.

Inmate found dead at CC jail

A 48-year-old inmate who was a person of interest in a Reno murder was found dead Wednesday in his cell at the Churchill County Jail.

Power propels Pack softball

The whistling sound humming from Hixson Park is not from the howl of the Nevada softball team.

Marines identified from Hawthorne accident

The U.S. Marine Corps released on Wednesday the names of seven Marines who were killed Monday night in a live-fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot.

Sci-Fi film series begins spring run tonight

The Churchill Arts Council’s spring film series, “Strange Women: Sci-Fi Classics” begins tonight at the Art Center.

Department of Wildlife expanding inspections to stop invasive quagga mussel

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is pumping about $1 million a year into the battle to block the spread of the quagga mussel in Nevada’s lakes and rivers.

12-run 3rd inning too much for Carson

Bryan Manoukian and Jon Polson have both been around baseball for a long time, but neither coach had ever experienced what happened in the third inning Thursday.

Prep / JC Roundup Weintz pitches Tigers to win over Wooster

After largely slugging its way past the competition through the first four games of league play, the Douglas baseball showed Thursday it can grind its way to a win as well.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Friday, March 22

CARSON CITY The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: WEDNESDAY • 11:20 p.m.: A 21-year-old Carson City man was arrested at the Carson City Jail on a Carson failure-to-appear traffic warrant. Bail: $1,101.

NCAA tourney is the gold standard; NIT is fool’s gold

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is always one of the most peculiar sports events of the year. Millions of people start paying attention to games they wouldn’t have watched in January even if they were played in their own backyard.

Campaign-finance bill heard in Assembly committee

Backers of a bill to close a campaign-finance loophole that allows some former elected officials to hold on to campaign cash indefinitely said Thursday that the purpose of their proposal is to instill public trust in the election and campaign process.

Nevada AG travels to Mexico to talk crime

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s top prosecutor has returned from a trip to Mexico City to discuss anti-crime efforts with Mexican federal officials.

NCAA TOURNAMENT Harvard shocks third-seeded Lobos

SALT LAKE — Give those Harvard kids an A-plus in another subject: Bracketbusting 101.

Thursday, March 21

Lawmakers leery of school-penalty plan

Lawmakers are challenging plans to move part of the university system’s budget to a system that penalizes campuses for performing poorly with some arguing the formula doesn’t do much.

Busy weekend for Wave

The Greenwave will be all over the northern part of the state this weekend. From the annual Fallon Elks Invitational track meet in Fallon to the baseball and softball teams traveling to Elko County, Fallon’s spring teams will be busy beginning today.

Lesué blazes into Arena league opener

Entering his fourth year in the Arena Football League, Aaron Lesué has become one of the league’s best receivers.

Retired Nevada Supreme Court Justice injured in Fallon accident

Retired Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rose was seriously injured Monday morning in a single vehicle rollover west of Fallon.

Hawthorne Army blast kills 7

Seven Marines were killed Monday night after an explosion during a training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.

Lady Wave blow past Mt. Rose foes

Shutouts are starting to become as trendy as the latest cold going around.

Itemizing vs. standard dedutions: How to chose the right form

When you file a tax return, you usually have a choice to make: whether to itemize deductions or take the standard deduction. You should compare both methods and use the one that gives you the greater tax benefit.

Pack softball pummels Bears, UTSA

RENO – It all came together for the Nevada softball team last weekend. The Wolf Pack rolled past Northern Colorado and the University of Texas-San Antonio at the Nevada Classic at Hixson Park.

Tax rules on early withdrawals from retirement plans

Taking money out early from your retirement plan can cost you an extra 10 percent in taxes. Here are five things you should know about early withdrawals from retirement plans.

The dental team: Careers in the dental field, part 3

When you walk into a dental office there are various people who are involved in your care and treatment other than the dentist. This is our third and final article in this series in which we hopefully have been giving you some insight into the duties and responsibilities of your dental health providers. In this article we learn about the complex and multifaceted duties of the dental hygienist. Dental hygienists have many important responsibilities within a dentist’s office, and are an indispensable member of any dental office staff.

Today’s county commissioners’ agenda includes BLM update

Churchill County Commissioners will hold their second regularly scheduled meeting of March today at 1:15 p.m. at the county administration building chambers, 155 N. Taylor St.

Superintendent search narrowed to final three

Edna LaMarca, Jose Delfin and Sandra Sheldon were selected as the three superintendent finalists by trustees Thursday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.

Amodei introduces land bills to spur economic development

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., has introduced four lands bills he says will spur economic development in Fernley, Fallon, Storey County and Carlin.

Nevada’s unemployment rate is not nation’s worse, title goes to the East

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent in January, the 18th straight month of declines.

LVN’s All Access resumes today

The Lahontan Valley News’ paid subscription system for its website will be reinstated today.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log for Thursday, March 21

CARSON CITY The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent unless proved guilty in court: MONDAY • 6:32 a.m.: Alicia Dougherty, 22, of Carson City was arrested at Beverly Drive and Marian Avenue on suspicion of DUI, driving on a suspended registration and driving on a suspended driver’s license. Bail: $1,831.

Plan for Northern Nevada’s colleges is unfair to south, Horne says

Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, on Tuesday objected to the university system’s plan that “holds harmless” both Great Basin and Western Nevada colleges from further budget cuts this coming cycle.

Lawmakers skeptical about need for death chamber at Ely prison

Members of a joint Senate-Assembly money committee on Wednesday questioned the need for a new execution chamber at the Ely State Prison.

Wednesday, March 20

Unbeaten Dominicans win WBC crown 3-0

SAN FRANCISCO — Cheers of “Dominicana! Dominicana!” rang out through the rain at AT&T Park all the way to the lively streets of Santo Domingo.

U.S. Alpine Championships kick off Wednesday at Squaw Valley

SQUAW VALLEY — More than 500 top racers from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association programs will compete alongside America’s best when Squaw Valley hosts the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships today through Sunday.

Prep Roundup Despite getting 4 hits Carson tops Wooster

RENO — Carson High’s baseball team continued to struggle at the plate, but managed to put up another victory.

Grimes, Martin showcase water crafts for Fallon

Sam Martin and Keith Grimes showed Saturday why they are two of the region’s best swimmers.

Prep Roundup: Carson’s Thurman enjoys big day on the track

Elena Thurman won the triple jump and placed second in the 100 and 200 to lead Carson past Reed in a double-dual meet at Carson High on Saturday.

Carson squeezes past Wooster in Division I baseball action

Bryan Manoukian hesitated briefly when asked to give his overall thoughts on Saturday’s game against Wooster.

Prep/JUCO Roundup Wildcats sweep arch-rival CSN

The Western Nevada College softball team earned comeback wins in both of Friday’s doubleheader games against the College of Southern Nevada en route to a sweep of its Southern rivals, 7-5 and 6-5 at Edmonds Sports Complex.

Perry’s walk-off HR beats Panthers in 8th

Carson High’s softball team is showing a flair for the dramatic — at least at home.

Friday sees introduction of 82 bills in Nevada Legislature as lawmakers hurtle toward Monday cutoff

A total of 82 bills were introduced Friday in the Senate and Assembly as lawmakers rushed to get their measures in before Monday’s deadline.

5 things to watch during seventh week of Nevada Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers may be burning the midnight oil as they face their first big deadline — along with furloughs, road trips and a possible historic Assembly sideshow when the seventh week of the Legislature kicks off Monday.

Kieckhefer bill would ban gun ownership after involuntary psych evaluation holds

Anyone held for a psychological evaluation would be barred from purchasing a firearm under a bill introduced Friday by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno.

Nevada Division of Child & Family Services budget beefs up rural services

A plan to improve and expand social services in Nevada’s rural areas was presented Friday to lawmakers by The Division of Child and Family Services.

Community Sports: Carson FC Wolfpack U15 girls take title

The Carson FC Wolfpack U15 girls started the spring season by playing in the U16 Bracket of the Sagebrush Start-up Tournament as the only Northern Nevada representative.

Berkadia chief’s comment stirs debate about pros, cons of right-to-work

Positive comments about right-to-work state status from the head of a business tied to billionaire Warren Buffett brought mixed yet muted Northern Nevada reactions. Hugh Frater, who heads Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC, said apartments in states with right-to-work laws might fare better than property elsewhere.

Tuesday, March 19

RIDING THE PINE: Mountain West must come to play in NCAA Tournament

It is time for the Mountain West Conference to step up. The annual “March Madness” begins tomorrow in the NCAA Tournament with second-round action.

De Braga shines for NFL scouts in bowl game

The audition tape has been sent in; all that’s left is waiting for a callback.

Blockbuster closing within three weeks; Home Treasures gone by May

Blockbuster on East William Street in Carson City will close within three weeks, the Carson Mall’s Home Treasures in about six weeks. Floyd Miller, manager of Blockbuster at 1442 E. William St., said during the going-out-of-business sale the local outlet of the nationwide movie sale and rental chain has sold 15,000 movies and has about 10,000 more in stock.

NV climate, environmental data network to inform research, the community

Climate data from 13 geospatial monitoring stations across the Great Basin are being made available to researchers, educators and the public by a group of researchers from the Nevada System of Higher Education. They have developed the long-term climate monitoring network specifically designed to measure variations in climate change and are now working to broaden the network’s reach to include the all types of hazard monitoring in the region.

Lahontan Reservoir launches wash stations

Aquatic invasive species are on notice. The Bureau of Reclamation, Nevada Department of Wildlife and other entities are making a pre-emptive strike on quagga mussels at Lahontan, Rye Patch and Wildhorse reservoirs.

Beaver Dam: An eastern Nevada scenic spot

There are plenty of places in Nevada where a person can take a break from the crowds and pressures of urban life but few are quite as remove—and lovely—as Beaver Dam State Park, located about a half-hour east of the community of Caliente in eastern Nevada.

Fallon baseball, softball teams take on Mount Rose foes in crossover

The Fallon baseball and softball teams had a rough outing last weekend, at least on the surface. The baseball team went 1-4 at the Mike Bearman Tournament, while the softball team finished the 1-4 at the Sacramento Victory Tournament.

John Bullis: Civil fraud penalty assessed against IRS employee

The Internal Revenue Service has many employees. That one of them did not comply with the income tax laws is easy to imagine. However, in the case of Jacynthia Quinn, Tax Court Memo 2012-178, the IRS employee was a tax compliance officer. She claimed dependency exemptions, medical expenses and charitable contributions that the Court found she was not entitled to claim. Apparently the court testimony by others contradicted the taxpayer’s claim she was not aware of the documentation and other tax law requirements.

Monday, March 18

Sunday, March 17

Short attention span rambling

It would be fair to say that focus is not my strong suit ... OK it would be an understatement to say that focus is not my strong suit. My wife calls me “shiny object boy” because once or twice over the last 26 years, I may have been distracted during an otherwise very meaningful discussion of our relationship.

Hide and sequester whoever you are

The quote above is from a man who worked for Republicans in Congress for 28 years. For over half that time, he was a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committee. He believed in what he thought the Republicans stood for, but as time went by, he realized that the Republican Party was losing its mind. He finally retired because he couldn’t stand what they were doing to the country, and there seemed no way to bring the party back to sanity.

Our caring community

If my column today seems a little disjointed please forgive me. This old lady is – I hope – at the end of a week suffering through one of those viruses that “everybody” seems to have recently. After three days of coughing and sneezing and pain, I finally went to the doctor who promised I would live. My problem wasn’t that I would live, for a while it was that I would live. You know that feeling. Now I’m just half as sick as I was a week ago, but deadlines loom, so here goes.

Senate examines gun policy

The brother of a taxicab driver killed last month in a fiery shootout and crash on the Las Vegas Strip is speaking out against gun violence.

Business briefly: Jim Wilson receives Emeritus Award for 40 years of service

Jim Wilson of Century 21 Jim Wilson Realty has been awarded the Emeritus Award from the Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors. The honor is awarded to real estate professionals who have been a member of the National Association of Realtors, Realtor-Associate or a combination of both for a cumulative period of 40 years or more.

Darrell Moody: Western Nevada baseball players having success at next level

Western Nevada College has done a tremendous job of sending players to four-year schools and into professional baseball since its inception in 2006.

Saturday, March 16

The Volunteer Connection

This continues RSVP’s regular Sunday column of outstanding volunteer opportunities. There are some really terrific positions open that should fit your talents. For more details or to sign up for any of these opportunities, please call Carol at 775-687-4680, ext. 6. Please don’t call the agency directly as they cannot process your application to volunteer.

Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge honor Lloyd Higuera

Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge 2670 honored Lloyd Higuera as their Citizen of the Year at a dinner on March 8. Higuera was recognized for his service to Carson Valley since his arrival in 1985.

Western Nevada softball team takes 3-of-4 from Southern Nevada

Western Nevada College’s softball team finished off one its best weekends in recent memory by winning three of four against College of Southern Nevada at the Edmonds Sports Complex.

Busch holds off Larson at finish line

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Larson’s first chance to get a big win in NASCAR ended with him claiming a controversial win.

Dominicans beat Puerto Rico 2-0 in WBC

MIAMI — As a reward for their latest victory, the Dominicans get a World Baseball Classic rematch against the team that eliminated them in 2009.

Leonard in 3-way tie for the lead at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Justin Leonard walked toward the 12th green Saturday at Innisbrook and saw a scoreboard that showed he was tied for the lead in the Tampa Bay Championship. He knocked in his 8-foot birdie putt, assumed he was ahead, and then never looked at another board the rest of the day.

Pack tops Air Force 6-1 in Mountain West baseball

Kewby Meyer was mad at himself Friday night. “I did terrible,” said Meyer of his 0-for-2 performance on Friday afternoon against the Air Force Falcons. “I really wanted to make up for it.”

Sweeney crowned Miss Carson City

Diana Sweeney was recently crowned Miss Carson City 2013 at the Northern Open Pageant held at Galena High School.

Food column: Spring chores and an easy meal with risotto

Spring already. Warm and balmy one day, and cold and wet the next. And we never had any real winter to speak of, just the Christmas storm, and now a light snow that will melt as soon as the sun comes out.

Sheriff, DA facing off in ‘Dancing with the Stars’

When it comes to fighting crime in Carson City, Sheriff Ken Furlong and District Attorney Neil Rombardo are on the same team. But when it comes to what truly matters — dancing — the two are going toe to pointed toe.

Carson girls open league with wild win

Freshman Bailey Allen was 0-for-4 when she stepped to the plate in the seventh inning of a tie game Thursday afternoon.

Roger Diez: Reno-Tahoe-Fernley preparing for season opener

I had the opportunity to visit the 3/8 mile dirt oval at Reno-Tahoe-Fernley Speedway on Tuesday to check out the preparations for the upcoming season

WNC splits non-conference DH

It was a case of feast or famine for Western Nevada College’s baseball team Friday afternoon against Mt. Hood.

Official acknowledges error with handling of mentally ill patient

Carson City, Nev. (AP) — The head of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has acknowledged that his agency “blew it” by discharging a patient from a Las Vegas mental hospital to a bus station before he turned up disoriented at a California homeless center last month.

Friday, March 15

Margins tax proposal will fade onto 2014 ballot

Not many Nevada lawmakers like the margins tax proposal spearheaded by the state teachers’ union to raise money for education.

Legislature gets 2 more days in Brooks matter

The Nevada Supreme Court has given Nevada lawmakers two extra days to answer claims by embattled Assemblyman Steven Brooks that he is entitled to be seated in the state Assembly.

BEHIND THE PLATE: WBC needs help; World Series trophy heads to Reno

What was developed as a global baseball championship that features countries battling to determine a true world champion is slowly losing its place in the baseball world. Fans hardly show up, even at the United States locations (Arizona and Miami), and MLB players are forced to get into October shape nine months early. Country pride is one of the main — or even the only — reasons why players skip a couple weeks of their team’s spring training to battle for a WBC title.

Sex exhibit nets arrest

Two Fallon residents were caught with their pants down.

Golf tourney benefits CCHS programs; Grad Nite run Saturday

A golf tournament to benefit the Fallon girls and boys golf teams is scheduled for Saturday at the Fallon Golf Course.

Get ready for some spring cleaningfor your finances

Spring is in the air — or, at the very least, it’s on the calendar this week. And if you’re like many people, you may be looking forward to doing some spring cleaning around your house and yard. But this year, why not go beyond your physical environment and do some “sprucing up” of your financial situation?

FRIDAY FODDER: Pack’s lineup must change next season to compete

Nevada Wolf Pack coach David Carter dropped a hint about the immediate future of his basketball team this week before leaving for the Mountain West tournament. Carter is seriously toying with the idea of starting three point guards (Deonte Burton, Marqueze Coleman and UTEP transfer Michael Perez). The idea of starting three guards under 6-foot-4 is intriguing. Coleman clearly deserves more minutes and Perez, a former UTEP starter, could be the newcomer of the year in the conference. But it doesn’t solve the Pack’s biggest problem: rebounding, toughness and defending the paint.

Fallon track teams race off to Fernley; Swimmers jump in at Aqua 5 meet on Saturday

One week after a solid opening performance at Silver Stage, the Fallon girls and boys track teams ahead across the Lahontan Valley to Fernley.

BLM’s Regional Management Plan moves forward in district

Some lively discussions at Churchill County Commissioners’ meetings during the last year have centered on the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Carson City District.

Fallon photographer achieves milestone

Skip Reeves has achieved recognition for his photography, and his image is covering the state.

Ross Miller touts tighter campaign reporting

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Secretary of State Ross Miller touted a sweeping campaign finance reporting bill Tuesday to shed light on gifts and campaign contributions received by Nevada lawmakers and other public officials.

Bill makes it harder for mentally ill to get guns

Sen. Justin Jones, D-Las Vegas, told fellow members of Health and Human Services on Thursday Senate Bill 221 would make it harder for the mentally ill to get guns and make mental health professionals report when a client makes threats.

Hearing for troubled Assemblyman Steven Brooks should happen in week or two

If investigators and the special counsel move as quickly as hoped, North Las Vegas Assemblyman Steven Brooks should appear before the Select Committee investigating his fitness to serve by the end of next week.

Fallon police continue investigation into Walmart bomb scare

The Fallon Police Department is continuing to check leads from yesterday’s bomb scare at Walmart.

Up to 7 teams seeking No. 1 seed

Up to seven teams could be in the running for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men’s tournament, the chairman of the selection committee said Wednesday, providing a lot more uncertainty than a year ago.

Carson Senators’ bats silent in 3-1 loss to North Valleys

How does a baseball team go from scoring 17 runs to 1 run against the same team in a span of two days?

More Nev. homes enter foreclosure process

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Analysts say the number of Nevada properties entering the foreclosure process tripled in February compared with a year earlier. Statistics released Thursday by RealtyTrac show nearly 2,000 homes received a notice of default last month, which is up 9 percent from January but up 334 percent from last February.

Friday Fodder: Will Pack’s Carter use 3 PGs in 2014?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...Nevada Wolf Pack coach David Carter dropped a hint about the immediate future of his basketball team this week before leaving for the Mountain West tournament.

Thursday, March 14

Prep Roundup: Douglas Tigers keep rolling along; Carson swim teams split

The Douglas baseball team sealed a key Northern Division I league sweep Thursday afternoon, defeating McQueen 9-4 in Minden.

Drost receives designation from Edward Jones

Douglas Drost of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Fallon has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certification mark CFP.

Trouble in the nanny state

Like the proverbial monkey typing for infinity and getting Shakespeare, Mayor Bloomberg’s obsession with reforming New Yorkers’ health has finally produced a brilliant ad campaign.

Churchill County weighs in on gun rights

Art Mallory’s reaction was predictable last Thursday when local residents broke into a round of applause after the approval of a resolution to support the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment during the Churchill County Commissioners’ regularly scheduled meeting.

FFA week provides learning experience for CCHS students

The students at Churchill County High School were extremely active and involved throughout the various activities and events that were held. On account of President’s Day, there was no school on Monday the 18th, which enabled the FFA members to operate the annual twine day. Members worked from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. to gather as much twine as possible. Many truckloads of twine were taken from the ranches, dairies and farms from around the valley that participate in the program.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

The following marriage licenses were issued by the Churchill County Clerk’s/Treasurer’s Office.

NHL approves realignment

The NHL map is finally in order with Detroit and Columbus heading east, and Winnipeg moving west.

NFL dreams

Law school’s calling his name loud and clear. Now it’s possibly the NFL or even the CFL who want a piece of a former multisport Greenwave star.

Pack rallies past UC Davis

The University of Nevada baseball team scored a run in the ninth to come from behind and defeat UC Davis, 11-10, on Tuesday in Davis, Calif.

Kentucky authorities looking into death of former Fallon woman

Somerset, Ky., police are investigating the death of a 1990 Churchill County High School graduate and Fallon resident who was found deceased in her car Saturday.

Nevada Health Centers’ Mammovan coming to Carson City

The Nevada Health Centers’ Mammovan will be in the Carson City area next week to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms for women 40 and older.

New LVN website rolls out today

Lahontan Valley News viewers will see a new redesign to our website today.

Bill changes how Nevada DA vacancies filled

BC-NV-XGR--DA Vacancies,81 Bill changes how Nevada DA vacancies filled

Ex-Packer Woodson meets with 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO — As safety Dashon Goldson landed his long-term deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers were already busy preparing to move forward without him.

Frenzy continues in NFL; Bush to Lions, Welker to Broncos

Wes Welker sure knows how to pick his quarterbacks.

Wednesday, March 13

Nevada Senate bill would ban keeping dangerous animals as pets

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A bill to ban dangerous animals as pets was introduced Wednesday in the Nevada Senate, a response to last summer’s rampage by two chimpanzees outside Las Vegas that left residents terrorized, one animal dead and another with a one-way ticket to an out-of-state sanctuary.

Stagecoach teen clears hurdles to compete for state youth award

Alicia Barchus has always been picked on, starting, to the best she can remember, at age 9. Over the years, the taunting turned to alienation.

‘Core’ group holds budget meeting behind closed doors

Legislative leadership held their first meeting of the so-called “core group” Tuesday night — an unannounced session behind closed doors.

Proposed 2-year lawmaker-to-lobbyist moratorium should be expanded, some say

Fellow members of the Legislative Operations and Elections Committee told Assemblyman Pat Hickey Tuesday that his proposed “cooling-off” period for ex-lawmakers to become lobbyists doesn’t go far enough.

Struggles plague Wave on diamond

The first weekend of the spring season was not too kind to both the Greenwave baseball and softball teams. Fallon competed in preseason tournaments consisting of five games, and both clubs came away with only one win last weekend.

Pack excited for fresh start

As far as Deonte Burton is concerned, the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball season is a long way from over.

Hundreds attend area’s 2nd gun show of year

Dave Greeley perched himself at the front door of Eagles Hall for three days, watching hundreds of people attend last weekend’s gun show.

‘Always Lost’ exhibition finds good company at veterans conference

Western Nevada College’s acclaimed creative writing/photographic exhibit, Always Lost: A Meditation on War, continues to make an emotional impact on thousands of people across our nation. While it tours Wisconsin this month, Marilee Swirczek, WNC Professor Emerita of English and co-creator of the exhibition, was in Long Beach, Calif., sharing the story of “Always Lost” at a national veterans conference.

Silver State Stars take free live theater to seven elementary schools in region

Silver State High School’s performing arts group, The Silver State Stars, is in the midst of its second Theater to the Schools project.

Gonzalez back to Falcons

The Baltimore Ravens are paying the price for winning a Super Bowl.

‘Battle of the Bench’ pumps up Grad Nite

Even Hanz and Franz would have been hard pressed to keep pace. Despite the absence of the comedic duo from Saturday Night Live, the Grad Nite fundraiser “Battle of the Bench” was a ripping success.

Gonzalez starts for U.S. against Puerto Rico in WBC

MIAMI — Gio Gonzalez munched on chicken wings and shrimp scampi at a sports bar in his hometown as he watched Team USA rally to stay alive in the World Baseball Classic.

Prep Roundup

RENO — Carson High’s baseball team opened its Division I season in impressive fashion by knocking off North Valleys, 17-5, Tuesday afternoon.

WNC’s Baker puts on hitting display

Freshman infielder Tyler Baker put together a doubleheader hitting performance Saturday that now tops the list in eight-year Western Nevada College coach D.J. Whittemore’s eyes.

Mauga re-signs with Jets

Days before he could become an unrestricted free agent, Fallon native Josh Mauga avoided the open market and now has a home in the NFL for next season.

Trustees have crucialdecisions to make

Trustees have a crucial decision this week regarding the school district’s future in narrowing down the field for superintendent.

Assembly introduces 2 gun laws bills

A bill mandating background checks for gun purchases, prohibiting armor piercing bullets and taxing firearm sales was introduced Monday in the Nevada Assembly.

Nevada war memorial proposed for Carson

Nevada war memorial proposed for Carson (AP) — A state senator is proposing that a war memorial be built in Carson City to honor soldiers from Nevada who’ve died in military service since statehood in 1864.

Tax expert opposes property tax bill to help local entities

Sparks Democrat Skip Daly’s plan changing property tax to help local governments drew opposition Tuesday as further complicating an overly complex tax system.

Water-research center aimed at bringing jobs

The Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved $2.37 million in state funds to start the Office of Economic Development’s first Center for Excellence, emphasizing the university system’s expertise in water.

Hickey seeks 2-year lawmaker-to-lobbyist delay

Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, R-Reno, is calling for legislation establishing a two-year cooling-off period for lawmakers before they can become paid lobbyists.

Burton can’t carry Pack past Cowboys

LAS VEGAS — Larry Nance Jr. scored 19 points and Leonard Washington scored 18 to lead Wyoming to an 85-81 win over Nevada to open the Mountain West Conference tournament Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 12

Trustees to consider retirement buyouts, superintendent finalists

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

Senators introduce bill to protect value of Purple Heart, Bronze Star

After hearing from the nation’s leading veterans organizations, Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and John Boozman, R-Ark., are introducing a bill to ensure that combat medals like the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart rank ahead of a new medal honoring service away from the front lines.

2013 calendar adjusts January’s gaming figures

Nevada casinos reported a 12.44 percent decrease in January gaming win compared with the same month a year ago.

Edgemon-Uhalde

Lee and Joyce Edgemon of Fallon are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Karice, to John Uhalde.

Monday, March 11

Nevada CSA programs deliver fresh, healthy, local food

I recently attended the Nevada Small Farm Conference in Reno. The participants were primarily local small farmers passionate about what they do.

Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau Board OKs PR firm pact, guide, logo

A $75,000 services agreement with RK/PR Inc., a public relations and marketing firm, was approved Monday by the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. The contract, which covers six months, was approved without dissent. It was followed by presentations on a new visitors guide and logo to promote the city, plus discussion of website work the Reno firm is handling.

Nearly $15 billion spent on outdoor recreation in Nevada

Outdoor recreation in Nevada supports nearly 150,000 jobs as Americans spend nearly $15 billion a year on such activities, according to the Outdoor Industry Association based in Colorado. The exact figures for the Silver State supplied by the association are 147,600 jobs and $14.9 billion over 12 months. That generates $4.8 billion in wages and $1 billion in state and local tax revenues.

Music in the office is fine, but headphone use is polite

Public relations professional Kristin Vincenzo sits next to a co-worker who listens to death metal throughout the day. For those who aren’t familiar with this genre of music, it sounds like Cookie Monster screaming and firing a machine gun. “He doesn’t play it particularly loud,” Vincenzo says, “but it is loud enough that I have to turn on my own computer and listen to the radio in order to drown out the noise.”

Behind on income tax returns? Now is the time to catch up

Normally when someone has not filed income tax returns for a few years, the IRS is willing to just get the returns filed and paid. It usually has no jail time involved. The IRS will charge interest and some penalties. However, a taxpayer named Laubly was sentenced to eight years in jail for willful failure to file a tax return and for tax evasion. Perhaps it was the tax-evasion charge that the court found as adequate reason for the jail time.

Sunday, March 10

Colorado State cruises to 77-66 win over Nevada

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Colton Iverson had 21 points and nine rebounds as Colorado State secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Mountain West Conference tournament with a 77-66 victory over Nevada on Saturday night.

Diminutive Baker on a roll for WNC

Tyler Baker entered Saturday's doubleheader with just seven hits and a .156 batting average.

Bad year for Pack basketball

For the first time that I can remember, the Nevada men’s basketball team will be in the play-in game at a conference tournament.

PREP/JC: Carson baseball finishes 3-2 in tourney

Carson High’s baseball team finished the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament with a 3-2 record after splitting two games on Saturday.

Saturday, March 9

DIEZ: Hamlin fine was an overreaction

NASCAR must be pretty sensitive about the new Gen 6 Sprint Cup car judging from their overreaction to comments by Denny Hamlin after last Sunday's Phoenix race.

PREP-JC: WNC softball swept by Snow

EPHRIAM, Utah - Western Nevada College's softball team led early in both games, but ended up losing the doubleheader, 6-3 and 6-4, against Snow College Friday afternoon in a Scenic West Athletic Conference match-up.

Carson splits tourney games

SPARKS - Carson High's baseball team earned a split decision in second-day action at the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament at Mitchell Field.

Friday, March 8

Rough start for Carson softball

SACRAMENTO - Carson High opened its 2013 softball season with an 8-0 loss to Casa Roble in the opening game of the Sacramento TOC at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

Senior Night should be for seniors

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

Manoukian Era starts with 2-1 win

Jace Zampirro and Gehrig Tucker are expected to be key contributors to Carson High's baseball team this year, and in Thursday's season-opener against Elko they came up big.

Thursday, March 7

TRACK: Carson boys look for big year

Robert Maw doesn't mince words when he talks about his Carson High boys track team.

Lobos pull away from Pack in second half

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack learned a lesson about what it takes to be a championship team Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Wednesday, March 6

COMMUNITY: Local black belts excel in Las Vegas

Taekwondo Black belts from Chi Kwan Taekwondo in Carson City along with their instructor won five medals at the 2013 US Open Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas recently.

New era for Carson High softball

There is a lot of new things within the Carson High softball program in 2013.

Tuesday, March 5

Manoukian, new-look Senators open season Thursday

With just two scrimmage games under their belts, the new-look Carson Senators open the 2013 season by meeting Elko at 4 p.m. Thursday at Ron McNutt Field.

Monday, March 4

Sunday, March 3

Saturday, March 2

Byler powers Wolf Pack to sweep

Austin Byler had a day on Saturday that he's only dreamed about before.

WNC bats go silent in DH sweep

Eight hits in two games.

Moser-led Rebels too much for Pack

RENO - There was no hidden reason for the UNLV Rebels' 80-63 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.

Pack looks for signature win vs. Rebels

RENO - David Carter insists that his Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team has not quit on the season.

Friday, March 1

A's RHP Parker sharp in spring debut, Giants win

PHOENIX (AP) - Last spring, Jarrod Parker was on edge during his time in Oakland's training camp. He was unrealistically pushing himself to make a good impression. Once he calmed down, he was solid.

AP sources: Flacco agrees to Ravens deal

Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens reached a tentative agreement Friday on a new contract that would make the Super Bowl MVP the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Belding's gem gives WNC a split

After dropping a school-record fourth straight Scenic West game, 3-2, in the opener of Friday's doubleheader against Salt Lake, Western Nevada needed a stopper in the nightcap.