Stories for December 2014


Wednesday, December 31

150 plates popular, still behind Vegas, Tahoe

There are now nearly 11,000 Nevada Sesquicentennial license plates on the road, making the plate honoring the state’s 150th anniversary of statehood one of the most popular in DMV’s inventory. The dark blue plate with a full-color state seal has proven extremely popular.

Live entertainment in Carson City area

Craig Fletcher will perform with Mick Valentino at 6:30 p.m. today at Glen Eagles, 3700 N. Carson St. Fletcher will perform with Terri Campillo and Rocky Tatarelli at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and with Gerry Wright and Campillo at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen Eagles.

Supreme Court lifts ban on firefighter layoffs

The Nevada Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision issued Wednesday, lifted the injunction preventing Reno from laying off 32 firefighters.

Carson girls pull out win in tourney

The Carson High girls basketball team came from behind for a win on the final day of the West Coast Holiday Classic on Wednesday in Southern California.

AAA offering free rides home, tows on New Year’s Eve

AAA’s Tipsy Tow program is offering everyone, not just its members, a free tow home from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Youth acting workshop focusing on auditions for Carson musical

Wild Horse Children’s Theater is hosting an audition workshop on Jan. 13 in the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall to help children prepare for auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Early morning fire engulfs out building

The Fallon/Churchill Fire Department quickly extinguished a Wednesday morning fire that completely engulfed an out building behind the home of Mike Merkley on Arundel Lane

The tops in sports

Editor’s note: The top 2014 sports stories will run in two parts. Stories Nos. 6-10 today and 1-5 on Friday.

Lady Wave take 2 of 3

It was a solid weekend for the Fallon girls basketball team.

College playoff offers big-time games

Tomorrow marks the start of history for college football. Well, at least at the Division I level.

Stadtman takes next steps to play college ball

Although the football season has been over for nearly two months, one of Fallon’s best is searching for his next home.

Tuesday, December 30

Hardesty will become chief justice of Nevada

James Hardesty will assume the title of Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court with the new year.

Gaming win flat in November

The fact Nevada’s gaming win was flat in November compared to a year ago is actually good, not bad. Gaming Control board Analyst Mike Lawton said Nov., 2013 was “a significant tough comparison.”

Course offered on owning a home

The Nevada Rural Housing Authority is offering an online course in the responsibilities of owning a home.

Prep roundup: Carson boys win finale

The Carson high boys basketball team ended the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic on a high note with a 42-40 win over Westview of San Diego on Tuesday.

Rivera, O’Keefe top four in classic

Brady Rivera and Brady O’Keefe were just able to place at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno. Rivera and O’Keefe were able to finish in the top four.

Got anxiety? Chronic worry is a double-edged sword

The other week, I had an initial session with a client referred to the Incline Village Center for Anxiety & Chronic Worry, for the treatment of her “excessive worry.”

Legislature seeks $18 million for2015 session

The legislation that will fund operation of the 2015 Legislature asks for $18 million from the state General Fund.

Dealing with doubt: North Tahoe psychologist’s clinic focuses on anxiety, OCD, other phobia-related disorders

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — According to the National Institute for Mental Health, more than 40 million people in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders. That’s roughly 18 percent of the population — or nearly one in five Americans.

Improving your ‘lines of gratification’

As we enter the year’s final days, Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, said it’s never too early to think about self-improvement for the New Year … and this year.

Journalists should skip false narratives

Although I’ve been a journalist for more than 50 years, I don’t understand some of what passes for journalism in the 21st century. Perhaps I’m just an old fuddy-duddy, but I think some of today’s “journalism” doesn’t pass the smell test, and it’s certainly not what I learned in Journalism 101 at the University of Washington in Seattle many years ago.

Take me to your leader

On Feb. 2, the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature will begin. In Nevada and several other states, Republicans have taken control of governorships and state legislatures as well as both houses of the U.S. Congress. Republicans have promised us that now that they are in control, things will get back on the right track, the direction of the country will turn around and everything will be sunshine and roses. Remember when President Ronald Reagan promised us “Morning in America?” What we got was a tripled national debt and the most scandal-ridden administration ever with over 138 investigations, indictments or convictions of administration officials, the largest number for any U.S. president. That is the kind of reform Republicans actually bring.

Fireworks, bonfire ring in 2015

A hot fire will ring out a cold day as Churchill County residents begin to countdown the final hours of 2014.

DOD reveals pay raise, compensation rates

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of Defense has announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay.

Here comes 2015

Each day, early in the morning, I turn on the lights of our Christmas tree. I may be the only one at home to see how pretty it is, but like most people, I love the holiday season with its special meaning and its beauty.

the cork at home tonight

If you’ve thought staying home to celebrate New Year’s Eve sounded like a great idea, you’re not alone.

LVN begins its Top 10 stories of 2014

Today, the Lahontan Valley News looks at the top stories of 2014 as determined by the editorial staff, readers’ input during the year and impact to the overall community.

Fallon driver’s U-turn causes head-on crash

Three occupants from two cars involved in a head-on accident on Interstate 80 east of Fernley on Monday were flown to Renown Regional Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Celebrating: Wines for any event

Life is full of celebrations, especially during the festive holiday season. From small gatherings with co-workers to large family parties, having the right wine to give or to serve is the best way to make every occasion merry.

Two-car collision slows Reno Highway traffic

A two-car collision on the Reno Highway in below freezing weather sent one person to the hospital.

Angela “Lala” Furton

Angela passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Saturday, December 13, 2014. She was born in Stockton, Calif., moved to Carson City in 1965, she loved animals and leaves behind her beloved dogs, Bella, Samson, and Moses.

Alfred “Buzz” Leonard Heckman

Alfred “Buzz” Leonard Heckman, Born April 11, 1941 in Sonoma, CA to Leonard and Constance Heckman.Buzz moved to Carson City, NV in 1959. Buzz passed away peacefully December 10, 2014 at his home in Carson City, NV. With his “better half” Karen Colleary at his side. Buzz loved hunting, and fishing in Tahoe. There will be more Elk and fish for the rest of us now. Buzz leaves behind his partner, Karen Colleary, two sons, Steve Heckman, and Garry Heckman, both of

Robert E. Waters, Sr.

Bob was born in Boise, Idaho on October 4, 1945. He died at home in Carson City, Nevada on November 18, 2014.

Mary Lou Camp

Mary Louise Barz Camp, 77, of Longmont, CO, died December 15, 2014 at The Peaks Care Center. She was born September 10, 1937 in Fremont, Nebraska to Carl and Marjorie Barz.

Franklin D. Miller

Frank Miller passed away suddenly on December 2, 2014 doing what he loved. He spent his last hours sitting in his duck blind hunting ducks at Walker Lake. Frank was born and raised in Fallon, Nevada, attended Churchill County Schools and graduated from Churchill County High School in 1957.

Daryl Captain

Daryl Captain was born in Anaconda, Montana on May 14, 1935, she passed away at her home in Carson City, Nevada surrounded by family on December 18, 2014.

Clara Litchfield

Clara Litchfield born April 23, 1928 in West Virginia to Lewis and Emma Hendricks passed away peacefully December 19, 2014 with family by her side

Cynthia Marie Gwilliam

Cindy passed away in her sleep, due to medical complications. She was a devoted Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. She is survived by her Husband Bob, Children Mikel, Cris, and Kylee, her six grandchildren, and her three sister’s Karen, Cheryl, Carolle. She was deeply loved by everyone, and is truly missed everyday.

James A. Busse, Sr.

MSGT James A. Busse Sr. U.S.M.C. Retired. James was born 11/17/1921 in Grand Rapids, MI. He passed away 12/18/2014 at the age of 93 in Carson City. James served honorably pre WWII, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam in U.S.M.C. Aviation.

Athletic trunk shows planned in Carson and Minden

Kaia FIT is hosting two Lululemon athletic trunk shows — one from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at 2231 Meridian Blvd. in Minden, and another from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 3633 Research Way in Carson City.

Monday, December 29

Carson City taxable sales increase by 9.2 percent

Taxable sales jumped 9.2 percent in the capital to $69.6 million in October. City Finance Director Nick Providenti said at 8.2 percent up for the first four months of the fiscal year, Carson City is well ahead of the 3.5 percent growth used to build the city budget.

Hickey: Reps need to stop squabbling

Pat Hickey, the deposed leader of the Nevada Assembly Republican caucus, issued a statement Monday urging fellow members of the lower house not to let partisan in-fighting make them miss the opportunities made “uniquely possible with historic Republican majorities in both houses.”

Nevada employment near top of nation’s growth rate

Nevada’s private sector employment is growing faster than all but two other states in the nation.

Four Senators still alive

The Carson wrestling team more than held its own during the first day of the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno on Monday.

Prep roundup: Carson teams fall in tourneys

A player heading to a Division I school and a defensive change proved to much to handle for the Carson High boys basketball team in a 41-27 loss to Godinez of Santa Ana, Calif., in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in San Diego on Monday.

Joseph C. Schlotterer

Joseph (Jack) Camden Schlotterer, passed away peacefully with family by his side in Carson City on December 22nd at the age of 95.

Russell M. Wilde

Russell “Russ” Wilde peacefully passed away in home on Wed. Dec. 17, 2014. Russ as his family and friends called him was actively involved in the Masons Lodge #1. He served in the military during the Vietnam war. Russ was born to Edward and Vivian Wilde in Carson City. He is survived by his wife, sons Randall and Scott and also one sister. Russ was preceded in death by his father Edward and mother Vivian.

Silver Springs woman hurt in Soda Lake Road rollover

A Silver Springs woman was injured Monday morning in a single-car rollover on the dirt portion of Soda Lake Road.

Hatfield leads all-state honorees

Fallon has made its mark statewide for two years running.

Mountain lion killed but is it the same cat from last week?

A Churchill County resident shot a mountain lion Thursday night after it attacked some ducks on his property.

Saturday, December 27

Prep roundup: Carson boys play well in defeat

Despite the loss, Carson boys basketball coach Carlos Mendeguia felt much better about his team’s effort on Saturday at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Moody column: College football playoff needs to be expanded

We are just a couple of days a way from college football’s first playoff. I think the best match-up of the day will be the Oregon-Florida State Rose Bowl contest.

O’Keefe has his own style

Brady O’Keefe is one of those guys who marches to the beat of a different drum.

Friday, December 26

It wasn’t all Fajardo’s fault

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Cody Fajardo never had a chance. The talented and likeable quarterback faced a mountain of obstacles from the moment he stepped on the University of Nevada campus.

Carson wins its opener

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Carson High opened the 25th annual Torrey Pines Holiday Classic with a narrow 38-37 win over Laguna Friday night at Carlsbad High School.

Another racing season is just a few more weeks away

I hope everyone got exactly what they wanted for Christmas. Unfortunately, there was no Shelby Cobra under the tree for me again this year. I have to start being good, I suppose.

An eye on Americana and country releases

Kacey Musgrave’s debut album is “Same Trailer Different Park” (Mercury records) and it’s garnered some notice for its quirky, often humorous, take on some of the platitudes in frequent use in the course of daily life and upending the template for the usual tropes of country music.

A second look at the Kit Carson Trail

Anyone who follows the distinctive blue line that marks Carson City’s Kit Carson Trail can’t help being impressed by the elegant design and architecture found in the community’s historic buildings.

Despite record, Fajardo second-best Pack QB

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Cody Fajardo never had a chance. The talented and likeable quarterback faced a mountain of obstacles from the moment he stepped on the University of Nevada campus.


Churchill County has issued the following business licenses in November 2014 Autowrx, LLC; Auto repair & Internet Sales; Bu & Ma: 6400 Stillwater Road; Fallon, Nevada, 89406; 775-426-9489; Owner: Denver Nygren.

Hoops back on court

A two-week hiatus makes it difficult to stay hot. Coming off solid offensive performances on Dec. 12-13, the Fallon girls basketball team aims to continue its torrid shooting.

Grapplers focus on SNC

Coming off a respectable showing at one of the country’s toughest tournaments, the Fallon wrestling team turns its attention to another big event.

Chiefs playoff hopes slim

The Chiefs are not making it easy.

De Braga competes in Scout Bowl game

Before reporting to Green Bay to begin his indoor career in February, Fallon’s Trevor de Braga took advantage of one final opportunity to wow the scouts.

Baseball begins early with FanFest

Be on the lookout for a trio of championship trophies in the next couple of months.

Looking back on 40 years of the NIAA

Between them, Bert Cooper and Jerry Hughes represent more than three decades of experience as Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association executive director.

Dealership spreads holiday cheer

Karen Bogdanowicz ensured her youngsters from the Churchill County 4-H program were standing straight and looking at the camera. After the photograph was taken, she let out a sigh, but the sparkle in her eyes remained.

Grumpy cat and Christmas feasts

What can possibly compare with the joy of a Christmas tree, warm fire, cinnamon rolls and cocoa? Having an adorable dog to share it with makes the picture perfect. After our gifts were opened, paper cleaned up and excitement toned down, a long walk was in order. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the dog park to meet and greet friends.

Nonprofit marketing: Take a business-like approach

Heather Hoffman, owner of HIH Consulting LLC in Reno, reviews waves of marketing materials from nonprofits in the region as she advises her business clients on effective use of their charitable contributions.

The year that was: Looking back on 2014

As we put Christmas in the rear-view mirror for another year, it’s time to celebrate two major events: The end of Christmas advertising and the beginning of a new year.

International terminal opens in Reno

Upgrading a small building at Reno Tahoe International Airport that had not handled the arrival of commercial travelers in 15 years proved to be a marathon venture for Clark/Sullivan Construction.

Family meeting needed to discuss financial preparations

During the holiday season, you no doubt have a lot going on in your life — work functions, gatherings with friends and neighbors, tracking down the elusive “perfect gift,” etc. But you may find it valuable to add one more event to your calendar: a family meeting to discuss those financial preparations that affect you and your loved ones.

A look at my New Year’s resolutions

Now that Christmas is over, we now need to seriously consider our New Year resolutions. New Year resolutions are always good for a laugh, but last year’s resolutions didn’t go so well. I went three for 10.

Oasis Academy creates jump-start program

Oasis Academy is expanding its newly created high school to provide a jump-start program for students to earn college credits while earning their high school diploma.


Churchill County Senior Center 310 E. Court St Fallon, NV 89406 775-423-7096

Gifts for Giving has a banner season

The Christian Life Center’s Gifts for Giving did better than anyone expected.

VFW honors trio for contributions to veterans

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1002 in Fallon presented awards to three recipients recently honoring them for their act to bring awareness to veterans; Kelly Frost, Kieran Kalt and Kaiya Scott.

Annual Cattleman’s Update coming to Fallon

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency; and other local sponsors will host the 2015 Cattlemen’s Update at locations across Nevada with daily educational programs Jan. 5–9, 2015.

Wilbur D. May Museum opens ‘grossology’ exhibit

The Wilbur D. May Museum presents the upcoming exhibit — “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body!”

UNCE to present radon presentation in January

January is National Radon Action Month, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program is offering educational presentations at various locations across the state.

Medicaid expansion pressures poor, doctors, state budget

Last year, almost 25,000 Nevadans found their health plans canceled, thanks to the so-called Affordable Care Act.

Sharla Hales reflects on 12 years of service

Editor’s note: Sharla Hales also serves as legal counsel to the Churchill County School District, a position she still holds going into the new year. This article gives our readers a glimpse into Hales’ involvement as school board member in Douglas County.

Thursday, December 25

NIAA directors saw it all

Between them, Bert Cooper and Jerry Hughes represent more than 40 years in the role of executive director for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Winter program features work by ‘Brrroque’ masters

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus kicks off its 10th annual WinterFest with Brrroque Masters, a concert series dedicated to Mark Lord, TOCCATA’s principal trumpet player for the past 9 years.

Wednesday, December 24

Auditions set for Carson City version of Disney classics

Wild Horse Children’s Theater is looking for actors, singers and dancers, ages 5 and up, for its spring productions of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians, Kids” and “Beauty & the Beast, Jr.”

Carson’s Rivera off to a strong start

When you look at Brady Rivera on the wrestling mat this year, you notice something is different.

Aguiar recalls TOC history

It is the only tournament to lay claim to legend Cael Sanderson’s final loss as an amateur. A dream to create a national tournament to rival even the powerful Midwest and East Coast was the brainchild of Fallon’s own.

TOC statement

One more win and David Hughes would have been a high school All-American.

Ski program aims for better numbers

In an all-out push, the Churchill County Parks and Recreation Department aims to re-energize its ski program.

Nevada Union drills Wave hoops

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — The Nevada Union boys basketball team bounced back from a tough weekend with a 63-38 win over the Fallon Greenwave Monday night at Albert Ali Gymnasium.

Politics and sports collide once again

A Las Vegas democrat is putting Bishop Gorman on notice. According to media reports, Assemblyman Harvey Munford has proposed a bill-draft order for the 2015 Legislature to ban Gorman football from the state playoffs.

Tuesday, December 23

CHS clamps down on Reed

Carson High’s boys basketball team heads to San Diego for a four-day tournament with a good head of steam.

Storied careers: Retired soldier and Hall of Fame journalist

HAWTHORNE – After 23 years in the Nevada Army Guard and more than 50 years as a journalist, few Nevadans can tell more incredible stories than retired Master Sgt. Tony Hughes. In fact, the Nevada Press Association recognized his extraordinary ability to recount news stories by inducting him into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2006.

Governor kicks off state park passport program

There are 23 state parks in Nevada, and Gov. Brian Sandoval became the first visitor to receive a stamp in the new Nevada State Parks Passport.

Fueling the nuke option speculation

Much like cockroaches, many politicians prefer to operate in the dark. And they go scurrying for cover when light is shined on them.

What’s new in Medicare coverage in 2015

Good news for people with Medicare in 2015: Part B costs will remain the same as in 2014.

Resolve to get healthier

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, and weight-related resolutions top the list. Unfortunately, only about 8 percent achieve any type of resolution, weight-related or not.

Reaching a happy medium for your 2015 food choices

It’s hard to believe another year has gone and it’s time for Christmas again.

Honoring the gift of Christmas

The “war on Christmas” mercifully ends today — or at the least, observes a truce that will hold for another 11 months or so. Perhaps both sides can now concentrate on what truly matters: not the trappings of the holiday, but its meaning.

Commissioners select Olsen as chairman

Pete Olsen, who was re-elected to the Churchill County Commission in November, was elected chairman by his peers at the commissioners’ Dec. 17 meeting.

Churchill unemployment remains steady at 5.4 percent

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell below 7 percent in November for the first time since June 2008.

Merry Christmas, everybody

It is always a surprise to me, that the Christmas holiday season has rolled around again. It seems like yesterday I was putting Christmas ornaments back into their proper places in cardboard boxes. Now I am looking at not one but two pretty Christmas trees both decorated.

Fallon sailor named Sailor of the Day

Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Stephen Gilbert of Fallon is the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s (CVN 70) Sailor of the Day for Dec. 5.


The following births occurred at Banner Churchill Community Hospital. November 26, 2014


REASON FOR THE SEASON Editor: The reason for the season and all seasons: Christ came to give us peace, that war would ever cease, to bring the earth release, to make our joy increase.


Local organizations and numerous local churches have made special plans to celebrate the holiday.

City approves grant process to restore theater

The Fallon City Council has approved a Community Development Block Grant to restore the downtown Fallon Theater.

Toys for a brighter Christmas

Both Toys for Tots and the Wishing Tree programs made Christmas much brighter for hundreds of children.

Spirit of love should trump adversity

Throughout the year our readers saw stories of endless love that told how the goodness of life trumped adversity.

Mary Moline

Mary Moline, daughter of John and Mary Sommavilla, born in Bretts, West Virginia. She passed away in Gardnerville of natural causes. She was a poet and a respected author. Mary was also a world traveler. Mary is survived by her children David Moline and Dawn McCoy, and ex husband, Walter Moline. She is also survived by granddaughters, Amanda, Melissa, Monica Moline and Molly McCoy. She will be greatly missed.

Barbara Lillian (Barsotti) Bernhard

Barbara passed away on November 22nd after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Barbara was born on November 24th in San Francisco Ca. to Peter and Eva Barsotti.

Joseph Alvin Elliott

An extraordinary man unexpectedly passed on November 26, 2014. Joseph Alvin Elliott was born in Seattle, WA, at Swedish Hospital on January 11, 1944.

Arne E. Oas

Arne was born June 17, 1921 in Vestnes, Norway. His parents Arne Oas and Karen Marie (Stiansen) were US citizens visiting Norway to build his grandmother a home on the family farm. He spent his first two years in Norway before returning to their home in Ruth, Nevada.

Otto “Doug” Minter

Otto “Doug” Minter, a longtime Carson City businessman and a World War II veteran, died December 10, 2014, at the age of 91. Doug Minter was born on April 12, 1923, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Frank Dutra

Frank Dutra was born in Connecticut on April 11, 1928 and died on Nov. 28, 2014. The family was so happy to have been able to celebrate Thanksgiving with him.

Madeline K. MacDiarmid

“A crossword in the back seat of the car. A little jar of jelly beans on the stand. A blanket covered chest full of photographs, A window taking up the entire wall. A tree surrounded by four birds. The four birds chirp songs of memories, giving the hush house harmonies. The birds scavenge the limb While the sun extenuates the dim The birds keep her awake as the clouds begin to break. Later, when night ventures in she will fall into a dream And the four birds will flow into her mind until the morning gleam.” Four Birds, written by Granddaughter, Emily MacDiarmid.

Bonny Boehler

Bonny was born into a Lovelock pioneer family and lived there until she trained as an X-ray technician at Washoe Med. Reno. Bonny went on to accomplish many more things during her life. Bonny wrote her own obituary a couple of years ago and in her honor here it is. “Bonny Pfeifer, Cress, Boehler”, born in Winnemucca, NV to Edna & Hallie Pfeifer June 3, 1941.

Monday, December 22

Bill to pay for 2015 Legislature seeks $18 million

The legislation that will fund operation of the 2015 Legislature asks for $18 million from the state General Fund. Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Rick Combs said that compares with the $15 million in the original bill that paid for operation of the 2013 Legislature. But Combs said that was added to late in the 2013 session with another $3 million.

Pack brings smile to Carter’s face

RENO — David Carter got the best Christmas present he could ask for Monday night.

Sunday, December 21

Carson City Sheriff’s Office hosting pedestrian crosswalk operation Tuesday

The average weight of a motor vehicle is around 4,000 pounds. The average weight of a human being is about 185 pounds. The math is simple; when the two meet the results can be deadly.

Prep Roundup | Carson wrestlers have tough day at Reno Tournament of Champions

RENO — Carson High wrestlers had a rough day at the 20th annual Tournament of Champions at the Reno Events Center.

Saturday, December 20

Capital City Arts Initiative Andy Warhol Foundation grant

The Capital City Arts Initiative has received a $50,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The grant will provide for 2015 and 2016.

Bank of America donates to Carson City Community Counseling Center

Bank of America Charitable Foundation donated $5,000 to Carson City Community Counseling Center.

Darrell Moody: Disappointing bowl performance by Wolf Pack

Quick, keep the sharp utensils out of Nevada coach Brian Polian’s hands.

Allen Rowe: Plan your metal buying strategy

Over the last few months we have seen an increase in volatility in the metals market. When numbers start bouncing, many buyers get worried. So what is one to do?

Nevada, Polian close season with 7-6 mark

NEW ORLEANS — Nevada closes the season with a 7-6 record, improving three wins from last season, and advancing to the 14th bowl game in program history.

Carson City volunteer connection

This continues RSVP’s column of volunteer opportunities. For details or to sign up for any of these opportunities, call Lauren at 775-687-4680, ext. 6. Do not call agencies directly, as they cannot process your application to volunteer

Share your favorite holiday memories

Do you have a special memory of the Christmas season that you’d like to share?

‘Ida’ & ‘Boyhood’ best movies of the year, AP says

The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:

‘Dragon Age’ beats out Warcraft, South Park for best games of 2014

The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:

‘Fargo’ Gotham’ ‘Fallon’ among best of 2014

NEW YORK — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries “The Honorable Woman” on SundanceTV to Syfy’s goofy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air.

Roger Diez: Chistmas gifts galore for racing fans

Well, Christmas is almost upon us.

State unemployment rate below 7 percent for first time since 2008

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell below 7 percent for the first time since June 2008. Both the seasonally adjusted and raw rates ended November at 6.9 percent with less than 100,000 Nevadans looking for work in a pool of nearly 1.4 million workers.

Friday, December 19

Prep Roundup: Carson, Douglas girls basketball teams post victories

Carson High’s girls basketball team made it two straight with a 59-44 crossover win over Hug Friday night at Morse Burley Gym.

Carson trio reaches semis

RENO — The Reno Tournament of Champions is the proverbial meat grinder of wrestling tournaments.

Carson High boys basketball | The Price is right for Senators in win over Hug

What a difference a day makes. On Thursday, Spanish Springs crowded Cameron Price with 6-6 Jacob White, who held the normally reliable Price without a field goal.

Youth Theatre Carson City to present holiday spectacular this weekend

Come join Youth Theatre Carson City’s Showstoppers as they present their Showstoppers’ Holiday Spectacular this weekend at the Bob Boldrick Theatre at the Carson City Community Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Join the Showstoppers as they sing you holiday favorites. Matt Wilkerson as Elvis Presley will also perform.

Elizabeth “Bette” Jergesen Paul

On December 5, 2014, Elizabeth Jergesen Paul of Carson City, Nevada, went to be with her family in heaven. Elizabeth “Bette” Paul was born on the family farm near Chinook, Montana on August 24, 1925, to Chris and Mary Jergesen.

Sofia L. Gauna

Sofia passed away on December 6, 2014; she was 102 years of age. She was born on August 21, 1912 in Moore, Texas. Sofia is survived by her only son, Daniel, his wife, Estela of El Dorado Hills, CA, and her only grandson, Forest, his wife Rachel, and two great grandchildren, Desiderio and Celeste of Alturas, Ca. There will be a memorial service at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Saturday December 13, 2014 at 1:00pm. A very special thanks to all who visited and cared for her these last few years. Those special people meant a lot to her and she really cared for each of you.

Gin L. Planeta

Gin Planeta passed away peacefully on December 15, 2014, surrounded by family. She was born February 16, 1962 in Reno Nevada.

Suzanne Ruth Conterno

Suzanne Ruth Conterno died in Carson City, Nevada on December 13 from complications of Prader-Willi syndrome, for which she dealt with grace and strength throughout her entire life. Suzanne (or Sue as she preferred) was born on March 24, 1953 in Hawthorne, Nevada to parents, Delbert Conterno and Lois Moore Conterno. At the time of her death, Sue was one of the longest living people with Prader-Willi syndrome known in the United States.

Alan “Scotty” Edison Ruff

Alan “Scotty” Edison Ruff peacefully passed away in his home on Saturday, December 13, 2014, a date of special significance, 12-13-14. Scotty and his wife, Gail, owned Sierra Nevada Printing from 1976 through 1989. He was actively involved with the Carson City Chamber of Commerce, including serving as Chairman of the “Whistle-Off” Committee during its tenure.

Panel: Inspire, train; Nevada industry jobs await

Inspiring top young people and training them for manufacturing careers are key ways to enlarge and upgrade Carson City’s and the region’s industry work force of tomorrow. So said a chorus of people at a work force development pep rally, of sorts, which took the form of a panel discussion during a Wednesday morning breakfast meeting of Nevada Business Connections (NBC). Moderating the panel for NBC, a private sector commerce and industry networking organization, was Collie Hutter, president of Carson City-based Click Bond, Inc. Click Bond makes aerospace and other industrial fasteners.

Carson girls basketball | Defense stifles mistake-prone Cougars

This was a win for the defense. Carson’s pressure held Spanish Springs scoreless for 15 minutes, and the Senators were just good enough at the offensive end to walk away with their first win in league play, 41-25, Thursday night at Morse Burley Gymnasium.

Carson High boys basketball team struggles offensively in league opener

Carson High looked like a team that hadn’t played in 10 days, especially at the offensive end.

Wolf Pack hopes to wipe out 2012 bowl memory

The Nevada Wolf Pack has a bad taste in its mouth that has lasted two years. “Every time I think about a bowl game I think about New Mexico and how Arizona came back to beat us,” senior linebacker Jonathan McNeal said of Nevada¹s last appearance in a bowl game in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl. “It¹s a bad memory.”

Carson City holiday help

Evergreen Gene’s, 1811 N. Carson St., is collecting donations of canned food, socks and gloves through Dec. 23 for the Do Drop In Center for Independent Living. Call Gene or Rowena at 775-882-1807.

Friday Fodder: Did Sanchez’s buddies buy him a job?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...The UNLV Rebels obviously believe that you can simply buy Mountain West football championships the same way Bishop Gorman High has bought the Nevada high school state title the last six years.

Thursday, December 18

Three women arrested in robbery of 99-year-old Carson City woman

Carson City Sheriff’s investigators have arrested three women on charges in the strong-arm robbery of a 99-year-old Carson woman Dec. 4. The victim, Tory Radford, told deputies she was confronted in her garage by a woman who forcefully took her purse containing $300-$500 in cash along with personal belongings. She was not injured in the robbery.

String musicians can join Christmas play-along Friday

String players of all ages and levels are invited to join the seventh annual Christmas Carol Play-along from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday inside the Carson Mall.

Seek to balance ‘risk tolerance’ and ‘required risk’

Like everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest — and when you invest, you’ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and the better you are at managing it, the greater your potential for staying invested for the long term.

JoAnne Skelly: Gift ideas for the gardener on your list

Ho! Ho! Ho! Or, when speaking to gardeners, that probably should be Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! What presents are you giving the gardeners in your life this holiday season? I started looking online for unusual gift ideas for gardeners and found some curious ones.

Gift giving made easy

With just under a week to go until Christmas, most reasonable people have probably completed most of their Christmas shopping. Of course, I can only speculate what reasonable people do, but I can tell you for sure that, as a world class procrastinator, I fully intend finish my Christmas shopping in just under a week … give or take. I definitely intend to get started this weekend … probably.

Nevada ranks poorly in life expectancy

The average life expectancy at birth for Nevadans is 78.1 years, which places Nevada 36th among all the states, according to a recent survey.

My Christmas tree angel is a Lab

Christmas is such a special time of year. I love getting out the ornaments and reminiscing about their origin. My favorite is the angel at the top of my tree. The angel is a yellow Labrador who is dressed in an angel garment, with wings and a halo. She has graced our tree for 20 years or more.

Even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness!

A minor but precious scene in “Fiddler on the Roof” raises some neat economic issues. It involves Motel, the poor tailor.

Holiday growth in Nevada expected to reach 5.4%

Retailers and consumers across Nevada enter the final weeks of holiday promotions and gift buying for friends and loved ones.

After 70 years Israel has identity problem

Israel, approaching 70, has an identity problem. At 70 you should know who you are and what you stand for, yet according to the legislation now before a dissolved parliament, Israel has no clue.


Churchill County Senior Center 310 E. Court St Fallon, NV 89406 775-423-7096

Fallon man faces trafficking charge

A Fallon man appeared Thursday in Justice Court on numerous charges including drug trafficking.

Holiday events - Dec. 17

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Relay for Life The Fallon Relay for Life is having Wrapping as a Cure for the holidays.

Trooper Talk

It’s that exciting time of year with the holidays upon us and winter weather settling in.

Sesquicentennial books make great Christmas gifts

As Nevada’s 150th anniversary year comes to a close, there’s at least one way to stretch out the celebration for a bit longer —by reading one or more of the several fine Nevada history books published in the past year or so to tie into the state’s sesquicentennial.

Music from around the world

The following recent releases are worth checking out for yourself and are also suggested for the musically inclined on your gift list.

FPD swears in two new officers

The Fallon Police Department recently swore in two new police officers as family and friends looked on.

To the big time

It is one of the toughest high school wrestling tournaments in the country.

Stay on the fast track to your retirement

What does it take to be comfortable during retirement? Conventional wisdom calls it the 4 percent rule – withdrawing about that amount from your nest egg each year to live comfortably. And, for that, millions of Americans believe they need to stick to a job they don’t like during their earning years.

Christmas plans for organizations, churches

With Christmas less than one week away, some organizations and numerous local churches have made special plans to celebrate the holiday.

Good cyber security habits essential for holidays

With so many new methods for cyber theft, it’s important to remember to take extra steps to protect your bank accounts and money this season, as criminals look to take advantage of the increased spending activity.

NAS Fallon receives $51.3 million for 3 projects

Naval Air Station Fallon and Nellis Air Force Base east of Las Vegas are receiving $110 million in government funding from the Fiscal Year 2015 Ominus Legislation that was recently passed by the U.S. Senate.

NFB honors congressmen

The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation has presented the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award this month to Congressman Mark Amodei, who represents Northern Nevada including Churchill County, and Congressman Joe Heck.

Local student to appear on Nevada NewsMakers

Churchill County High School student body president Blane Merkley will appear on the 11th annual Teen Edition Opportunity for Nevada NewsMakers on Christmas Day. (KRNV-TV-Channel 4 Reno: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Grapplers 4th at Winnemucca tourney

The Fallon wrestling team showed it will be a player throughout the season.

Nevada kicks off bowl season

December is one of the greatest months of the year. Christmas. Winter break. Tons of sweets. And lots of football.

Wave preps for Nevada Union

Over the hill and to Nevada Union they go. On Monday, the Fallon boys basketball team heads over the Sierra Mountains to Grass Valley, Calif., to battle Nevada Union.

Laura Lynne Bright Dolan Ruecker

Our beautiful Laura left us Thanksgiving morning surrounded by loving family, following a 2 year battle with cancer. We have no doubt that she is singing her heart out and playing guitar with those who have gone before her in one joyful jam session, loving every minute of it.

Donald L. Blackwell

Donald L. Blackwell, 77, Altus, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his home. Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Kincannon Memorial Chapel with Erin Martinez officiating.

Joette Christine Larsen

Joette left this earth Sunday morning headed to heaven to be reunited with her parents, grandparents, family, friends and her beloved dog Don Juan

Wednesday, December 17

Carson City live entertainment

Craig Fletcher will perform with Mick Valentino at 6:30 p.m. today at Glen Eagles, 3700 N. Carson St. Fletcher will perform with Terri Campillo and Rocky Tatarelli at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and with Gerry Wright and Campillo at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen Eagles.

Carson boys open league season on Thursday

With the first league game just a day away, Carson High boys basketball coach Carlos Mendeguia doesn’t have a good read on his team, and that’s not surprising when you consider he’s only had his full team for less than three weeks.

Gov. Brian Sandoval names appellate justices including Douglas County’s Michael Gibbons

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday named the three justices who will be the first to sit on Nevada’s newly-created appellate court. That puts the new court on course to begin hearing cases in January as planned by Supreme Court Justice Jim Hardesty who spearheaded creation of the new court.

Cheer squad wins regional competition

The Carson Pop Warner Pee-Wee cheer squad won first place in a recent regional competition in Santa Clara.

Yerington man dies Monday in single vehicle rollover

A 58-year-old Yerington man died Monday night after a single vehicle rollover accident that occurred on State Route 208 near mile marker 26 south of Yerington.

Linda Marrone: Add Italian Nut Sticks to your holiday tradition

This time of year I’m reminded of a quote from Herb Caen, the late columnist from the San Francisco Chronicle, “I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.”

Carson City Symphony seeks string players for ‘seasons’ concert

The Carson City Symphony will begin rehearsals for its third concert of the 2014-15 season from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the band room at Carson High School.

Carson City holiday help

A to Zen, 1803 N. Carson St., is holding a Christmas party and benefit for Friends In Service Helping from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food item. Call 775-691-3945.

Corkill ropes for 3rd world crown

Despite not placing as high as they would like at this year’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Fallon’s Jade Corkill and his partner, Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., are on top of the 2014 standings for another gold buckle.

Lady Wave splits on road

ELKO — The Elko girls basketball team finished its weekend undefeated in league play Saturday after defeating Fallon, 62-56.

Boys swept on road trip

ELKO — The Elko boys basketball program is off to the kind of start that is expected of a three-time defending Northern Division I-A regional champion with a lot of returning players. The Indians picked up their second league win in as many contests, defeating Fallon, 53-31, Saturday.


The California Trail Interpretive Center, volunteers and the Ruby Mountain Fiber Folk will present a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the fiber arts, “From Sheep to Shawl: Fiber Arts at the California Trail Interpretive Center.”

Frank Sinatra’s old Tahoe casino scheduled to reopen in a year

The famed Cal Neva, a North Lake Tahoe hotel-casino once owned by Frank Sinatra, will reopen to the public on Dec 12, 2015 — on what would have been Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, officials announced Friday.

Tuesday, December 16

Economists predict state labor market will continue to improve

The chief economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says Nevada’s labor market should continue to improve for the coming two years.

Carson man gets maximum sentence for 2 counts of rape

David Stone was sentenced to life plus an additional count of life in prison on Monday after his conviction on two counts of raping a 12-year-old boy. Each of the life sentences carries a minimum 35 years in prison, under the law, the only sentence that can be imposed in cases of juvenile rape.

Chuck Muth: Assembly Republicans tempt mutually assured destruction

That’s how I ended my column last week about Republican Assemblyman John Hambrick’s expected move from the tiny “Bad Boy” office he was assigned by the Democrats in the 2013 Legislature to the biggest and best office in the Assembly after his conservative GOP colleagues elected him as their Speaker-designate.

Living in a bizarro world

When I was younger and read comic books, one of my favorite storylines was Superman and his interactions with Bizarro World. This was a planet where everything was inverted and backwards. Reality was turned on its head. I always thought this was an interesting idea. Little did I know I would end up living in a version of Bizarro World, brought to us by right-wing politicians and media.

The holidays could be hazardous to your health

It’s a sad statistical fact: The holidays, from Christmas to New Year’s, are a treacherous time when it comes to our health.

Letters to the editor for Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

WE NEED TO AGREE ON NET NEUTRALITY Editor: An open letter to Rep. Amodei, Sen. Heller, and Sen. Reid

The help is unbelievable

It doesn’t matter how old your children are, they are still your kids. For personal reasons I won’t get into too much about his current health problems … but enough to tell you he is being treated in a Reno hospital.


Nevada Home-Visitation Program The clock is ticking on federal funding for a program that helps struggling parents with young children in Nevada and across the nation.

Trustees say farewell to McFarlane

It was a night of tearful good byes and well wishes for the trustees at the school board’s Thursday night meeting as they said farewell to trustee Nona McFarlane who wasn’t re-elected to the board for another four years.

County will meet today

The second Churchill County Commission meeting of December will be conducted today at 1:15 p.m. at the Churchill County Administration Building chambers, 155 N. Taylor St.

NAS Falllon conducts life-like training exercise

Naval Air Station Fallon recently conducted a multi-vehicle collision exercise for security and first responder personnel.

All I want for Christmas is my...

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. We’ve all heard the song and probably sang it as a child.

Flu update for Fallon, Churchill County

The number of flu cases continues to rise in Churchill County, reports the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Northern Nevada land bills include Fallon, Fernley

A historic package of land bills passed by the U.S. Senate last week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act includes two bills that affect Fallon and Fernley.

Wishing Tree short on fulfilling dreams

The Wishing Tree program may not be able to fulfil the wishes for almost a dozen children this Christmas season.

Holiday events - Dec. 17

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Relay for Life The Fallon Relay for Life is having Wrapping as a Cure for the holidays.

Thousands remembered at Fernley’s ’Wreaths Across America’ program

Kelly Beadle of Fallon laid a wreath at her mother’s grave. Although her mother did not serve in the armed forces, she was married to a veteran who served at Hickam Air Base when Japanese pilots bombed Hawaii 73 years ago.

Wise nipped in Dew Tour halfpipe

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — David Wise has a new rival.

Jensen signs with University of Jamestown

Andrew Jensen was known on the Douglas High School football team as a young man of few words who led by example.

Share your favorite holiday memories

Do you have a special memory of the Christmas season that you’d like to share?

Volunteers sought for local bird count

Come birding with us! Volunteers are needed for the 115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the oldest and largest citizen science event in the world.

Monday, December 15

Carson City Sen. Dean Heller named to finance, other key committees

Newly in the majority, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., has been named to a series of committee posts including the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Carson High Football | Senators celebrate seniors, season

The annual season-ending Carson High football dinner isn’t your normal awards banquet.

Rock bottom for Nevada

RENO — David Carter’s wish is that his Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team hit rock bottom Saturday night.

Worship service planned Saturday

Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God, is holding a free worship service titled Taking the Next Step Spiritually at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Community Center.

Carson City holiday help

Nevada Department of Public Safety, Capitol Police, is accepting donations for Toys for Tots. New and unwrapped toys, bicycles and warm clothing can be dropped at the Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, Attorney General’s office, Department of Motor Vehicles or the Supreme Court of Nevada by today. Call 775-687-5030.

Sunday, December 14

Shirley Cunningham

Shirley Cunningham passed away November 29, 2014 in Carson City, NV. Shirley was born June 25, 1934 in Carson City to Oliver and Edna Pratt. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Elaine Cunningham and a brother, Oliver Pratt Jr. She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Coleen Dhu, son, Larry Cunningham, brother, Gordon Pratt and one granddaughter, Kristen Dhu, lastly her loving pet, “Dandy Dog”. There will be a Funeral Mass at St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Saturday December 6th, 2014 at 1:00pm. Walton’s Chapel of the Valley is in charge of final arrangements.

Navy wins 13th straight against Army

BALTIMORE — The game was over, and it was time for Navy to celebrate its 13th straight victory over Army.

Fallon’s Corkill, Tyran defend PRCA title

LAS VEGAS — Rookie saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright used a fifth-place in the 10th and final round of the National Finals Rodeo on Saturday night to move atop the PRCA standings and win the gold buckle.

Saturday, December 13

Prep roundup: CHS quartet wins titles at Lowry

WINNEMUCCA — Brandon Basa (106), Brady O’Keefe (145), Connor Sievers (195) and Brady Rivera (215) walked away with titles at the Cody Louck Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Winnemucca Events Center.

Reid: ‘Right-wing wackos’ had my name removed

SALT LAKE CITY — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he knows who’s responsible for removing his name from an outdoor-recreation center at his alma mater in Utah.

Moody column: New format for WNC baseball; Carson City’s Paoli honored

In seven years of covering Western Nevada College baseball, I’ve never liked the format of doubleheaders on back-to-back days.

NFR; Fallon’s Corkill, Tyran still lead average

LAS VEGAS – Kaycee Feild responded like a champion Friday night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and was one of several gold buckle winners that moved to the brink of earning another world championship.

Share your favorite holiday memories

Do you have a special memory of the Christmas season that you’d like to share?

Friday, December 12

CHS wraps up Wooster

After routing Wooster Saturday at the Capitol City Duals, Carson didn’t expect much resistance from the Colts in their Sierra League match-up Wednesday night.

Prep roundup: Carson High wrestlers enjoy big day at Lowry event

WINNEMUCCA — Carson High placed seven wrestlers in the semifinals and are in second place as a team after the first day of the Cody Louck Memorial at the Winnemucca Events Center.

How to drive in inclement weather

We dodged a bullet as far as snow on valley roads with the latest storm, but winter is upon us.

Wolf Pack’s mental state concerns Carter

RENO — David Carter is worried about his Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team’s mental state.

Margaret “Peggy” Josephine Carter

Peggy Jo passed away peacefully in her home in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday December 10, 2014 surrounded by her family. Margaret Josephine was born January 23, 1934 in Ely, Nevada to Harold and Mary Jackson.

Number of flu cases increases in Churchill County

A large increase in the number of influenza cases in Churchill County has occurred since the last week of November, reports the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Northern Nevada lands bills pass Senate, set to become law

Today, in a big moment for Northern Nevada, a historic package of lands bills – six introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-2) and one by Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4) –passed the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Also included in the defense spending bill was Horsford’s Tule Springs legislation for Southern Nevada. The bills now move on to the President to be signed into law.

Mountain lion killed but is it the same cat from last week?

A Churchill County resident shot a mountain lion Thursday night after it attacked some ducks on his property.

Sylvia Frances McGuire

Sylvia Frances McGuire, 90, passed away October 27th, 2014. Raised in the Southside District of Pittsburgh, PA, she attended catholic school with her brothers, Bill and Fred, and sister Dolores.

Sydney Mae Fredrick

Sydney was born in Tacoma, WA to Floyd and Evelyn Shepard. She graduated from the Catlin School in Portland, OR and the Univ. of Washington in 1959, earning a BA in English Literature.

Marilyn Edith Elges

Marilyn Edith Elges, 76, passed away on December 1, 2014 at Renown Medical Center. Marilyn was born in Reno on August 7, 1938 to Jonas and Edith Laufman.

In Loving Memory of Guyon P. Woods

Guy Woods 56, passed away on November 29, 2014 at his home in Dayton, NV. He is survived by his wife, Angelica and daughters, Sarah and Karla.

Billy Ray Bryant

Billy Ray Bryant passed away Nov. 21, 2014 in Fallon. He was born October 9, 1932 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Joseph and Agnes Yancey Bryant. Billy was an army veteran of the Korean conflict, a boot maker and a member of the

Doris Irene Bryant

Doris Irene Bryant, age 87, passed away Nov. 26, 2014. She was born in Wyberg, Kentucky to Lawrence and Minnie Souleyrette. Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Kenneth.

Irene Minnie (Lotter) Hoffmann

Irene Minnie (Lotter) Hoffmann came into this world April 6, 1925 to Nicholas and Amelia Lotter of Queens, New York. After 89 years of loving and being loved she took Jesus’s hand on November 22, 2014.

Joseph M. “Doc” Kirkland

Joe passed away peacefully on November 29, 2014 in Oregon. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth. He is survived by his daughter Kathy McClelland (Stan, deceased), son Mike Kirkland, daughter Jackie Dougherty (Mike) and son Jim Kirkland. J

Andres Avelino Patino Cardenas

Andres Avelino Patino Cardenas, age 96, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014 in Reno, Nevada. He was born November 10, 1918 in Arequipa, Peru to Gregorio Ramirez and Felipa Flores

Thursday, December 11

Carson City Industrial survey shows 7 percent vacancy

Carson City’s industrial real estate vacancy rate is tightening to near 7 percent, Andie Wilson, an owner and broker at the local NAI Alliance office said Thursday. She said the rate, which was determined after a survey of 185 qualifying properties, was a drop of more than four percentage points from the vacancy level here in 2011.

Pack should be Ragin in New Orleans

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...The Nevada Wolf Pack should beat the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns by three touchdowns in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 20.

What you can learn from Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet, the “Oracle from Omaha,” is considered one of the most successful investors in history. Yet while the investment world may seem complex, Buffet’s advice is actually pretty simple. Here are a few Buffet quotes, along with some suggestions on putting them to use:

Why are wind-energy projects rare in Nevada?

Nevada’s renewable energy sources are made up of a hodgepodge of 20 geothermal sites in the north, seven operating solar set-ups in the south with four more in the works, and a dozen other projects based on other technologies, including, of course, the hydropower behemoth, Hoover Dam.

WNC offers funding for dislocated worker training

Western Nevada College has grant funding available for individuals who have lost their jobs and seek enrollment in an accelerated machine tool technology or welding technology program.

Reno CPA firm acquired by Eide Bailly

When the shareholders of Kafoury Armstrong & Co. gathered for a strategic planning session this summer, one of the alternatives they decided to study was sale of the Reno CPA firm.

Are redistribution, big government working for you?

Democrats, modern liberals and progressives often say they’re concerned about income inequality. So, they propose more redistribution: higher taxes on the well-off and higher public subsidies for others.

A generation never gone

Not long ago I attended the funeral of an old friend. As I sat through the service, an overwhelming sense of sadness overcame me. To be sure, I was sad for the family and their loss. But the sadness was much deeper, and for a while I couldn’t understand why. Finally it came to me. I was witnessing the last of a special breed of American.

Rocky Mountain high altitude

My visit to Bear Creek Dog Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was an eye-opener; I have never been to a park that was so huge!

The stupid things we do

For years I have cut the cheese with reckless abandon. My wife has often admonished me that if I continued to carelessly cut the cheese, I would eventually hurt someone and earlier this week it finally happened. I was attempting to remove the rind from a block of aged Gouda while keeping one eye on the football game on TV; the knife slipped, and I cut an impressive slice into my left index finger. Wait … what did you think I meant by cutting the cheese? Come on, grow up!

Pack aims to snap 6-game skid

David Carter is worried about his Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team’s mental state.

Wave aims to make splash

It is always the most difficult league road trip of the season. This year is no different for the Lady Wave basketball team.

Skier David Wise wins Grand Prix opener

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — In a heated early-season battle in the halfpipe Friday, Olympic champion David Wise of Reno took home top honors ahead of U.S. teammate Torin Yater-Wallace on the first stop of the Sprint U.S Grand Prix tour.

Grapplers set sights on Lowry tourney

After a solid opening act, the Fallon wrestling team beings its second stanza today at the Cody Louk Tournament in Winnemucca.

Drugs lead to 6 felony counts

A Fallon woman who has six pending felony charges was denied in District Court on Tuesday to be released or have bail lowered.

First case of enterovrius reported in Washoe County

The first case of enterovirus D68, which is associated with severe respiratory illness, has been reported in Nevada, said both the Centers for Disease Control and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health on Wednesday.


Churchill County Senior Center 310 E. Court St Fallon, NV 89406 775-423-7096

‘Share the road’ specialty plate available

A specialty Nevada license plate supporting safe bicycle and pedestrian programs is now available for purchase through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

George Herms and some film noir books

George Herms is a seminal artist of the California assemblage movement whose career covers many decades from the 1950s to today, and “George Herms: The River Book” (Hamilton Press) is an impressive book—two slipcased volumes—that provides an overview of his life and work.

UAV industry awaits FAA rulings

Everyone in Northern Nevada may be all excited about unmanned aerial vehicles.

On the Kit Carson Trail in Carson City

One of the first thing that many visitors to Carson City notice is the blue line painted on sidewalks throughout the west side of the city. Known as the Kit Carson Trail, the line passes many of the community’s oldest structures such as the State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion.

TCID to hear pitch for earlier season

A familiar topic was raised once again at the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District’s monthly Board of Directors meeting on Monday.

Vets cemetery participates in ‘Wreaths Across America’

Each year, the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery participates in “Wreaths Across America,” a nationwide day of recognition for past veterans through the placement of Christmas wreaths at gravesites.

Youth art impresses all

Churchill County introduced its first Youth Art Show Wednesday night at the administration building for family and friends to see what the youth accomplished.

Black named new WNC Fallon director

Sherry Black, who has been with Western Nevada College since 1987 has been named the new director of the Fallon Campus.

Reno can factory will make 600M cans each year

Ardagh Group’s new can-making plant on Waltham Way at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center will turn out more than 600 million cans each year for its primary customer, ConAgra Foods.

Wednesday, December 10

Carson City live entertainment

Craig Fletcher will perform with Mick Valentino at 6:30 p.m. today at Glen Eagles, 3700 N. Carson St. Fletcher will perform with Terri Campillo and Rocky Tatarelli at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and with Gerry Wright and Campillo at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen Eagles.

Ellen Marie Leppek - Roza

Ellen passed away surrounded by friends and family Wednesday November 26 after an eight month battle with a rare Cancer. Elle loved the ocean and was a real life “Baywatch” girl working as a life guard in Santa Monica and Malibu while attending college in Southern California.

Grant J. (Sandy) Weise Jr.

Sandy passed away peacefully but unexpectedly in the comfort of his home in Washoe Valley. He is survived by his loving family, wife Olivia, and their two sons, Travis and Brandon.

Orville Wayne Sundberg

Orville Wayne Sundberg, age 70, passed away on December 3, 2014 at his residence in Silver Springs, NV. He was born March 16, 1944 in Salina, Kansas to Harold Leonard and Thelma Marie Watkins Sundberg. Orville had a degree in Timber Management and worked many years for the U.S. Forest Service.

Marjorie Sieber

Marjorie Sieber passed away on November 29, 2014. She was 84. She was born on November 5, 1930 in Orient, South Dakota to John and Mary Anglin. Marjorie received an A.S. degree.

Connie Golsky

Connie Golsky was born on February 26, 1918 in Oakland, CA. She passed away peacefully at Carson Tahoe Medical Center on December 5, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Golsky and daughter Barbara Moore. She is survived by her son Don Tucevich (Sharon) and granddaughters Cindy Davis, Laurie Roberts, Denise Moulton, Debbie Gallagher and Rochelle Russum. FitzHenry’s Funeral Home is trusted with arrangements

Lorena Fay Goodman

Lorena Faye Goodman, age 93, passed away on December 5, 2014 at Highland Manor in Fallon. She was born Sept. 3, 1921 in Kempner, TX to Jesse George Hall and Ada Etta (Jackson) Hall and had been a Fallon resident for 40 years, coming from Hawthorne, NV.

Masini family preserves lush oasis for Bi-State sage grouse

South of the Lake Tahoe region in Nevada, the Masini Family raises 2,000 yearlings on an irrigated cattle ranch under the shadow of the Sweetwater Mountains. Their property is literally an oasis in the desert, surrounded by hundreds of square miles of rangeland, meaning it’s a big draw for wildlife and sage grouse.

Second wave

It went about as good as it could have for the first tournament of the season.

Wolf Pack get Cajun flavor for bowl game

The 2014-15 college football bowl season will kick off with Nevada and Louisiana Lafayette in the 14th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 20. The Wolf Pack (7-5) will meet the Ragin’ Cajuns (8-4) at 8 a.m. (PT) on ESPN from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

RIDING THE PINE: NIAA must hit home run with next hire

It’s time for a home-run hire. It’s time for someone to come in and take control of prep sports in Nevada.

Fallon girls find post presence

A pair of tough losses was followed by a narrow victory as the Fallon girls basketball team went 1-2 at the High Sierra Winter Classic last week in Reno.

Greenwave stumbles in Las Vegas

So close yet so far. The Fallon boys basketball team dropped three of four games last week at the Legacy Tip-Off Classic in Las Vegas.


The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is celebrating the beginning of the holiday season and the completion of the Act I renovation with the theatre & dance department’s production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” by Alan Menken.

Tuesday, December 9

Homemade recipes can make the best gifts

There are a lot of options out there on the web for Do-It-Yourself homemade food gifts.

Carson dominates postseason awards

Carson High football players — Asa Carter, Nolan Shine and Colby Brown — plus coach Blair Roman, reaped the benefits of an undefeated Sierra League season by walking off with top honors.

Second quarter costly for CHS girls

SPARKS — Take away an ugly second quarter, and the Carson High girls basketball team may have pulled off an upset of monumental proportions Tuesday night.

Prep roundup: Douglas boys and girls lance McQueen

MINDEN — Michael Johnson’s steal and layup with 2:08 remaining put Douglas on top to stay on its way to a 53-51 victory Tuesday night.

Bonine accepts Louisiana position

Nevada Interscholastic Activities Executive Director Eddie Bonine has announced he’s stepping down in order to accept the same position as chief of interscholastic sports in Louisiana.

Carson City’s Capital City Arts Initiative Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Capital City Arts Initiative is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Carson City Holiday Help list

A food drive for Advocates to End Domestic Violence, Friends In Service Helping and Ron Wood Family Resource Center will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Governor’s Mansion, 606 N. Mountain St. The drive also will take place at the Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395 in Minden.

Gibson named top gaming control lawyer

Brian Gibson of Las Vegas has been named chief deputy attorney general for the Gaming Control Board and Commission.


U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Cyril Floyd M. Manse graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Chuck Muth: John Hambrick: From the doghouse to the penthouse

In 2013 he was sentenced to the “Bad Boy” room in the Nevada Legislature. Next year he’ll have the best office in the building, including his own private washroom and a dozen political handmaidens at his beck and call.

Not the way to end a year

There are times when what is happening in one’s life, that the saying that nothing that along with God you can’t handle. Right now I am having many doubts on this score, and if you want proof, just come to my house.

Package of seven Nevada lands bills clear the House

A package of seven Northern Nevada lands bills cleared the House of Representatives last week, and the two authors say they’re confident the Senate will also approve them.

There’s only one Best of Fallon

The Best of Fallon contest in which are readers vote for their favorite businesses or individuals is nearing, and we are as anxious as our readers to open the voting.

Grants expand veteran outreach efforts

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services has actively pursued and been awarded various federal grants in 2014 which are helping expand the department’s outreach efforts throughout the state.

Nevada budget expected to be $162 million short by July

The combination of slumping gaming and mining revenues and unexpected increases in K-12 enrollment will nearly drain the state’s coffers unless Gov. Brian Sandoval and lawmakers act.

Tips to manage chronic pain

Chronic pain can be debilitating, all-consuming and even frustrating —especially when you’ve taken every test and tried every medication and you still hurt. You start to think maybe it’s all in your head (it’s not) and there’s nothing else you can do (not true.

CCSD trustees meet Thursday

A regular meeting of the Churchill County School District Board will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Churchill County Administration Office, 690 S. Maine St.

NevadaGrown event features local food producers

In partnership with local chefs and businesses, NevadaGrown continues monthly networking events every second Thursday from 6-8 p.m. to strengthen and increase awareness of northern Nevada’s local food system.

Get Healthy: Health tips for a happy holiday season

The holidays are happier if you are well and healthy to celebrate. In this week’s article, we wanted to pass along a few tips to keep you and yours safe, happy, and healthy this winter.

Capt. Lamprecht becomes newest engineer company commander

The Nevada Army National Guard’s 609th Combat Engineer Co., recently welcomed a new commander to the Fallon unit.

How to stay healthily hydrated this winter

When the mercury drops, it’s more important than ever to stay properly hydrated. During the winter, people may not seem to sweat as much as in the summer, but that doesn’t lessen one’s risk of dehydration.

Holiday events - Dec. 10

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Homestead Christmas fun Celebrate Christmas at the Homestead on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at 365 West A St.

CCHS ag instructor receives 2 state awards

Churchill County High School Agriscience teacher Kristina Moore recently won two major awards: The 2014 Nevada Agriscience Teacher of the Year and the Nevada Ag in the Classroom Volunteer of the Year.

Winter storm takes aim toward Tahoe; Fallon to expect rain

TAHOE-TRUCKEE — If the forecast pans out, it could be just what the doctor ordered heading into the Christmas holidays.

Community Bulletin Board

Toastmasters Toastmasters Fallon every Thursday. If you are interested in developing stronger speaking and leadership skills, join us at Jerry’s Restaurant, 1801 W. Williams Ave., at 6 p.m. For information, call Karla at 775-691-9537 or Linda at 775-848-3622.

Wayne Orville Ellison

Wayne Orville Ellison went home to be with the Lord on December 1, 2014. He was born in Schurz, NV., on November 11, 1943, to Ollie and Marie (Bobb) Ellison.

NBC Universal launches fitness digital network

NEW YORK — NBC Universal on Tuesday launched Radius, a digital fitness network that will allow people to work out with trainers on their smartphones or tablets.

’Downton’ producer open to taking show to New York

NEW YORK — Could the Crowley family of “Downton Abbey” — and their loyal servants — ever come to America?

Monday, December 8

Sandoval says tax system must change but gives no details

Gov. Brian Sandoval said after Monday’s Interim Finance Committee meeting that the state’s existing revenue system is no longer up to the task of meeting state needs.

Ten more added to try reduce criminal history reports backlog

The Interim Finance Committee on Monday agreed to add another 10 staff to the crew trying to reduce a huge backlog in criminal dispositions at the state Criminal History Repository.

Former Carson City sheriff seeks ‘intended’ road work

Paul McGrath, former Carson City sheriff, wants action on use of road funds after next year’s Board of Supervisors begins work or he will consider a petition drive.

Carson City holiday help

Donations of non-perishable food, paper goods, warm blankets, socks, gloves, scarves, electric heating pads, household items and cleaning supplies, crossword puzzles, magnifying glasses and other items are sought for Cram the Cruiser, an event from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fernley’s Walmart, 1550 Newlands E. Donations go to Fernley Senior Center.

Sheriff’s Office participating in Joining Forces operation

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada, will be participating in Joining Forces through the month of December. The focus of this event will be impaired drivers. Grant funding for this event is provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety. The money will be used to pay for additional deputies who will be out looking for impaired drivers

CCSO seeks more information on mountain lion sighting

While the whereabouts of a mountain lion roaming west of Fallon are unknown, Churchill County’s sheriff is frustrated because no one is calling his department to report sightings.

Carson takes third in Capital Duals

He’s among unbeatens for Senators, who finish third in Capital Duals



Disappointing finish doesn’t ruin good year for Senators

For the fifth time in seven years, Carson High football coach Blair Roman labeled the season a success.

Dolores “Amanda” Osorio Kinney Gamez

Dolores “Amanda” Gamez passed away on Friday November 21, 2014, she was 63 years old. Amanda, as she preferred to be called, was born in Auburn, CA to Amador and Lydia V. Osorio. She was known to everyone as either Sister Manda, Aunt Manda, Gu’u or Manda Bear, Big Sasa, or Yaht.

Cal Bears steal one from Wolf Pack

RENO — The Nevada Wolf Pack feels it gave the California Golden Bears an early Christmas present on Sunday at Lawlor Events Center.

A Special Thank You

The family of Virgil Getto would like to extend a debt of gratitude to the community of Fallon for the outpouring of sympathy and support in response to his recent death

Sunday, December 7

Prep roundup: Senator boys lose a tough one to West

ELKO — Carson High will not play again until Dec. 18, and one of the things coach Carlos Mendeguia will spend time on will be the Senators’ zone offense.

Struggling Nevada faces tough task in Cal

The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team is setting back the art of scoring the ball nearly five decades.

Moody column: Carson City’s Eckart excited about her volleyball plans

Dressed in blue jeans and cowboy boots, you could tell that living in Texas rubbed off on former Carson High volleyball player Danae Eckart.

Saturday, December 6

Prep roundup: CHS boys roll in opener

ELKO — Carson High opened its 2014-15 season in impressive fashion with a 78-40 win over Spring Creek at the Red Lion Invitational Thursday night.

Friday, December 5

BLM issues draft Carson City District plan

Residents are being asked to review a draft resource plan and environmental impact statement for the Bureau of Land Management’s 4.8 million acre Carson City District.

Prep roundup: Carson falls to Elko

ELKO — Elko High outscored Carson 20-14 in the fourth quarter to grab a 56-48 win Friday night at the Red Lion Invitational at Elko High School.

Package of six Nevada lands bills clear the House

A package of seven Northern Nevada lands bills cleared the House of Representatives this week and the two authors say they’re confident the Senate will also approve them.

Plenty of pre-party NASCAR events in Sin City

If you were in Las Vegas last week, you had a better than even chance of observing some of the activities leading up to Friday night’s black-tie NASCAR awards ceremonies that took place at Wynn Las Vegas.

Mackay Stadium to get $11.5 million facelift

LAS VEGAS – The University of Nevada athletics department has received approval from the state’s Board of Regents to proceed on an $11.5 million plan to renovate Mackay Stadium.

Toccata performs Dec. 17 at CVAC

“Messiah” will return to the Carson Valley by request for a Dec. 17 performance.

Todd David Alexander

Todd David Alexander passed away at the age of 55 on November 22, 2014, Fernley, Nevada. Todd was born on July 9, 1959, to Harold and Maxine Alexander in Portland, Oregon.

Dorthy (Dotty) J. McDaniel

Dorthy (Dotty) J. McDaniel was born in Belt, Montana, December 1934. She passed away Nov. 11, 2014. Dotty was a true renaissance woman as a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, artist, singer, and musician.

Donna Lynn Stark

Donna Lynn Stark of Dayton, Nevada passed away on November 27, 2014 from a long term illness. She is proceeded in death by her Parents: Woodrow and Faye Donohew , Brother: Ralph Kent Donohew . Survived by Son: Robert Joseph Rozzi. Brothers, Gary Donohew (Suzie), Larry Donohew, Sisters, Pam Donohew, Connie Gienapp, Carol Nemechek. Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephew, so many great friends. Celebration of Life is Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at Dayton Community Center at 11.00 to 3.00.

Carson City deputies searching for purse-snatcher who mugged 99 year old

Carson City Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the teenaged girl who mugged a 99-year-old Carson City woman Thursday afternoon. The victim told investigators she had just pulled into the driveway of her home when she was approached by what she described as a girl about 18, dressed all in black.

‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to Carson City

Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has long been a popular holiday movie for many families.

Fallon receives funding to increase access to locally grown food

Fallon is among 26 selected nationally for a federal program intended to spur economic development by increasing access to healthy fruits and vegetables grown locally.

Carson City holiday help

Bradway Properties, 1000 N. Carson St., is hosting an angel tree for the Salvation Army. To help, pick up a tag from the tree, buy the listed gift, and return it unwrapped and with the tag by Dec. 12. Contact Vince LoPresti at 775-232-1940 or vince@bradwayproperties.

Community Bulletin Board

Toastmasters Fallon every Thursday. If you are interested in developing stronger speaking and leadership skills, join us at Jerry’s Restaurant, 1801 W. Williams Ave., at 6 p.m. For information, call Karla at 775-691-9537 or Linda at 775-848-3622.

Placement gets focus at colleges

Western Nevada College recently hosted an evening event for students that included resume writing tips, mock job interviews and free pizza.

JoAnne Skelly: Planting disease-free garlic

Delicious, odoriferous garlic is a staple in many a cook’s kitchen. This cousin of the onion, shallot and leek has been in use for more than 7,000 years for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Check out a year-end financial checklist

As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year moves that can close out 2014 on a positive note while paving the way for a productive 2015.

Mystery of the green-eyed stranger

Sitting in the warmth of the sun on my back steps, I was surprised by a cold nose on my hand. My attention was immediately focused on a beautiful, sleek, chestnut brown cat. He meowed, stretched and reached his paw up playfully to bat my hand. I was enchanted by his boldness, but I also wanted to hold him. Not a problem, as he made himself very comfortable on my lap. He had a collar but no name tag, so I called him Green Eyes. He stayed awhile but left abruptly when I stood up.

Breaking through the marriage code

Over the years I’ve used this column to share whine about having to actually participate in my marriage. Isn’t it enough that I contribute to our bank account and our dirty clothes hamper without being asked to contribute to meaningful conversation as well? Sheesh!

Nevada Civil War general died in shipwreck

Heavily-armed Civil War secessionists are conspiring to capture Nevada for the Confederacy...

Paher’s new book looks at state’s spirit

“Nevadans: The Spirit of the Silver State” by Stanley W. Paher of Reno is a record of the state from the first explorers and emigrants through the major mining eras, through the years of the Great Depression and up to modern times. Articles in this book tell of Nevada’s entry onto the world’s stage, a story of luck, historical circumstances and crafty promotion.

Nevada Department of Agriculture announces sponsorship of food program

The Nevada Department of Agriculture has announced the sponsoring agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Nevada.

Nurse urges flu shots

Banner Churchill Community Hospital is reporting that more than 40 people have been diagnosed with the flu, said the community health nurse.


Churchill County Senior Center 310 E. Court St Fallon, NV 89406 775-423-7096

Fallon man jailed for beating

A Fallon man was sentenced to 100 days in jail Thursday in Justice Court on a domestic battery charge.

Holiday party themes

The look of your holiday party can be just as important as its other elements. So go above and beyond a plain table setting. Set the mood for your party and provide a striking visual to accompany the feast by creating a thematic holiday “tablescape.”

Thursday, December 4

Friday Fodder: UNLV should give up football

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .The good folks down south at UNLV need to call the brave souls at Alabama-Birmingham for some friendly advice. Alabama-Birmingham, you see, had the guts this week to do what UNLV should have done years ago

American Century Championship celebrates the holidays with discount on season pass

Holiday shoppers can give the gift of Lake Tahoe’s premier summer event this season with American Century Championship patron season passes. This stocking stuffer for the golfer or sports fan is available at a discounted price Monday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, Dec. 24, and is good for all six days of the tournament next July.

Fallon searches for first win

A scheduling quirk makes for an interesting start for the Lady Wave basketball team.

Memorial beginning

The annual Earl Wilkens Memorial Tournament holds a special place in Fallon wrestling coach Louie Mori’s heart.

College football:an agent of chaos

In one of my favorite director’s best films, “The Dark Knight,” Heath Ledger’s character delivers a line during a pivotal point when he’s trying to persuade a politician to join his team and rise up against the city.

Heavenly receives 14 inches of snow, opens Big Dipper

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — During the last week, Heavenly Mountain Resort received 14 inches of snow, enabling the resort to expand terrain and open Big Dipper run. This boosts Heavenly’s open skiable terrain to 3 miles.

Tahoe ski resorts rejoice after storm dumps roughly 2 feet of snow

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts are rejoicing after a moderate winter storm dumped roughly 2 feet of snow this week at high elevation areas throughout the region.

Arts Council Holiday Bar, Open House is Friday night

The Churchill Arts Council’s annual Holiday Art Bar and Open House is tonight at the Art Center from 5-9 p.m. Two new shows will be on view, so plan on stopping by to check out the new shows and have a cup of holiday cheer.

The secret to effective content marketing: Make it relevant

Given the choice, most folks would rather read something that provides value to them.

Tree lighting:A Fallon tradition since the 1920s

A long-standing tradition that brings the community together is what the Christmas Tree Lighting represents.

Fairview fades into the sun

A rectangular, concrete vault perched precariously on a crumbling rock foundation is just about all that remains of the old mining town of Fairview, located 40 miles east of Fallon on U.S. 50.

Fallon businesses team up for giveaway

Fallon and Fernley’s Kaia FIT studios and Too Cute Totes are teaming up to offer free Kaia FIT Brik sessions to two lucky women in January.

Groups seek help for youngsters, seniors

While a handful of organizations solicit toys for local children, the Nevada Highway Patrol wants to “Cram the Cruiser” with items for Churchill County’s senior citizens.

County dog ordinance comes into ‘ruff’ play

The Churchill County Commissioners approved at their Thursday morning meeting to move forward with an ordinance for nuisance dogs or at-large dogs in the county.

Fernley Comfort Inn and Suites robbed at gun point

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a male subject who allegedly robbed the Fernley Comfort Inn and Suites with a gun. The man is described as 5-feet 8-inches with a medium build. He was wearing a blue University of Nevada, Reno sweatshirt, dark pants and a white mask.

Deep Carson team kicks off season tonight in Elko

When Carson High’s boys basketball team kicks off its 2014-15 season tonight in Winnemucca against Spring Creek, coach Carlos Mendeguia will have one of the deepest teams in recent memory.

Carson City Symphony’s holiday concert set

This year’s Holiday Treat concert, the 31st by the Carson City Symphony, at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Community Center, will include performances by Carson City Symphony Chorus and Norma Conway’s Victorian Dancers.

Carson High girls basketball | Reno too much for Senators

RENO — For 16 minutes, Carson High’s girls basketball team was in the ballgame against two-time defending state champion Reno.

St. Mary’s to host Artists and Artisans Art Faire

Celebrating its 50th year anniversary as an Art + Retreat Center, St. Mary’s will be hosting the Artists and Artisans Art Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $1.

Wednesday, December 3

Upcoming live entertainment in Carson City area

Craig Fletcher will perform with Mick Valentino at 6:30 p.m. today at Glen Eagles, 3700 N. Carson St. Fletcher will perform with Terri Campillo and Rocky Tatarelli at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and with Gerry Wright and Campillo at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen Eagles.

Gov.: Revenue can’t meet demands

The governor and 2015 Legislature will have $6.33 billion in General Fund revenue to spend on the fiscal 2016-2017 state budget.

Carson streak ends — with an asterisk

Damonte defeats Senator team that wasn’t at full strength RENO — The streak is over, and so probably is Carson High’s reign as Sierra League wrestling champions.


The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is celebrating the beginning of the holiday season and the completion of the Act I renovation with the theatre & dance department’s production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” by Alan Menken.

Carson High wrestling | Senators streak on line in Sierra opener

When Carson High takes to the mat for its season-opening dual against host Damonte Ranch tonight at 6, it will have a big chip on its proverbial shoulder.

Robert Verdun identified as Dayton shooting victim

Lyon County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Kristyn Verdun in the shooting death of her husband, Robert Verdun, in Dayton. According to a press release, deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gordon Lane in Dayton at about 11 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, Robert was found in the bathroom with a gunshot wound to his torso.

Prep roundup: Lovelock tops Dayton; Douglas wins in OT

LOVELOCK — Dayton fell to 1-1 on the season after losing 59-47 to Lovelock Tuesday night in a nonleague boys basketball game.

Holiday events - Dec. 3

The city of Fallon will have several events on Friday to kick off the Christmas season.

Corleone, Escobar would be proud of this process

It’s hard to imagine how much worse the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) could have possibly screwed up bringing legal marijuana sales to Nevada despite the stated objective of the Legislature to create the national “gold standard” for regulatory approval and oversight.

Tuesday, December 2

‘Letters From Santa’ keeps children’s holiday spirit alive

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark!

Live like your ego is not your amigo

Human beings are capable of a rich inner life that, sadly, seems to elude so many, said dating and life coach Deborah Downey.

September sales taxes up statewide and in Carson City

Churchill County taxable sales were up 10.9 percent for September despite a huge drop in the Utilities category from $4.2 million to just $200,578 because of alternative energy tax credits paid back to the state.

The battle of good vs. bad cholesterol

Having too much “bad” LDL cholesterol — the kind that clogs arteries — in your blood and not enough “good” HDL cholesterol can raise your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. So it stands to reason: Lower LDL and raise HDL, and your risk decreases. But recently researchers found that taking a common HDL-boosting drug did not protect people with cardiovascular disease from heart attack and stroke. Research continues, but what experts know for sure is that taking steps to cut bad cholesterol can help keep you healthy.

The ‘fun’ of traveling with Fido

Heather Loenser, DVM, knows first-hand the joys and challenges of traveling with her dog. She and her family recently adopted a year-old Border collie named Calvin.

No more Merry Christmas

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now you’ll have to wait until Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate the next American holiday.

Stop absorbing other’s negative emotions

Emotional freedom means learning how to stay centered in a stressful, highly emotionally charged world.

Volunteering to deliver meals is a civic duty

She had just finished the first shift, assisting the kitchen crew cook turkey meals for Churchill County seniors. Linda Rupert could sit and relax until the crew began cooking Thanksgiving dinners for residents who visited the American Legion 16 hall later in the morning.


The Tenth Judicial District Court issued the following divorces during October 2014. Adriana Alaniz and Gustavo Barajas.


The following births occurred at Banner Churchill Community Hospital:

When it rains it pours

What’s that expression, “When it rains it pours?” Come to our house if you want to see it in motion; I really thought we had enough problems when one more came along to add to the fun. My son, Doug, twisted his back getting Christmas decorations down from the shelves in the garage.

Commissioners meet tomorrow

The first County Commission meeting of December will be conducted Thursday at 8:15 a.m. at the Churchill County Administration Building chambers, 155 N. Taylor St.

Community Bulletin Board

Toastmasters Fallon every Thursday. If you are interested in developing stronger speaking and leadership skills, join us at Jerry’s Restaurant, 1801 W. Williams Ave., at 6 p.m. For information, call Karla at 775-691-9537 or Linda at 775-848-3622.

Editorial: Local dollars help holiday shopping

With local retailers reporting good sale figures for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and better consumer confidence heading into the shopping season, 2015 looks as though it will be green for many communities including Fallon.

Music talents receive honor

The Churchill County High School choir will be on the fundraising bandwagon for the next several months so they’re able to attend the Music in the Parks at the University of California, Riverside in April.

Holiday shopping weekend successful for locals

With all of the holiday deals going on, sales were down nation wide for Black Friday, but sales in Fallon seemed to do well from what store representatives reported.

Community supports its veterans

Kris Carlson served his country with dignity as a Green Beret in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and as a veteran, he still considers it an honor to serve.

Weight watchers

Wrestlers must feel entrapped through the first month of the season.

Mauga, Chiefs grounded by Denver

A heavy helping of C.J. Anderson, a splash of Peyton Manning, a side of Connor Barth and formidable defense was the recipe for the Denver Broncos success on Sunday in Kansas City.

Pack nets 9 on all-league team

Nine Nevada football players were named to the 2014 All-Mountain West teams that were announced by the conference on Tuesday.

Alan Alada challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Actor-turned-part-time professor Alan Alda has a new challenge for scientists: Explain sleep to an 11-year-old.

Bobby Keys sax player with Rolling Stone’s, Lennon and Clapton dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rolling Stones’ saxophone player Bobby Keys, who also performed on recordings with John Lennon and Eric Clapton, has died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 70 years old.

Carson City holiday help

Toys for Tots Hotline is now open to families in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties. If a family is in need of toys call 884-TOYS (8697).

Man in serious condition after being hit crossing Carson Street

A 37-year-old Hispanic male is in serious condition after being hit crossing North Carson Street at Adams Street Monday night. According to Sheriff Ken Furlong the man, was in a lit crosswalk when he was hit at 8:04 p.m. Furlong said the unidentified woman driver couldn’t see the man in the crosswalk.

Carson High girls basketball | Size to be an issue for Senators

When third-year coach Nate Tolbert showed up for tryouts, he was greeted by just five returning players from last year’s 12-14 squad.

Monday, December 1

Dayton woman jailed after husband fatally shot

Lyon County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a woman accused of fatally shooting her husband in Dayton. According to a press release, deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gordon Lane in Dayton at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

Carson City news in brief

Monday’s winning Calif. lotto numbers Monday night’s winning California lotto numbers were: Daily 3 Evening: 6-8-9; Daily 3 Midday: 9-2-0; Daily 4: 9-4-7-7; Daily Derby: 1st:6 Whirl Win-2nd:1 Gold Rush-3rd:4 Big Ben, Race Time: 1:46.60; Fantasy 5: 02-12-22-26-35.

How you can give back this holiday season

Friends to All seeks names and addresses of seniors who would enjoy a visit from Santa on Dec. 13. Donations of cash, crossword puzzle books (large print, if possible), slipper socks, gloves, hats, scarves, handkerchiefs, lotions, lip balm, calendars, packaged small food items such as candy, cookies, or nuts, gift cards from grocery or gift stores, hair salons, barbershops, or restaurants that deliver, and anything a senior may be able to use, are needed.

Fallon VA ceremony

The annual flag raising ceremony conducted by the Lahontan Valley Veterans Administration Clinic will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at 345 West A St.

Fallon shoots for state run

Ahead of schedule is a good thing for a basketball program, especially when all involved are on the same page.

Great effort, lost chance for Carson

RENO — The Carson Senators have lost to Reed five times since 2008.

Clever Carson inches away

RENO — Carson coach Blair Roman always has a few different plays up his sleeve, and he used those plays several times in Saturday’s heartbreaking 28-25 loss to Reed in the Northern Division I regional championship game.

Carson ends great season just short

RENO — All week long, Carson High players talked about bringing the school its first regional football championship since 1960.