Stories for January 2015


Saturday, January 31

Wyoming beats Nevada

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Riley Grabau scored 18 points and Derek Cooke Jr. and Larry Nance Jr. both had double-doubles to lead Wyoming to a 63-55 win over Nevada on Saturday.

Local sports roundup: WNC baseball sweeps S. Mountain

LAS VEGAS — For a day, the Western Nevada College Wildcats can take solace in slaying last year’s dragon.

Darrell Moody: Dayton taking its time on new football coach

Dayton High School has yet to name a successor to replace Rob Turner as head football coach, and Principal Tim Logan said it very well could be another month before a decision is finally made.

Tahoe Fire captain faces federal child porn charge

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Lake Tahoe Fire Department Capt. Mark Wygant was federally charged with receiving child pornography Friday morning. Only one charge was presented against Wygant in federal court, but an affidavit, filed by FBI special agent Glenn G. Norling, alleged there is probable cause to believe Wygant violated at least two more pornography sections of the federal law.

Senators ‘Preston’ for win

Her steal, layup give Carson the victory It was a game the Carson High’s girls basketball team needed to win, and thanks to the fourth-quarter efforts of Michelle Perry, Teresa Boehmer and Maddie Preston, the Senators accomplished their mission.

Local sports roundup: WNC softball goes toe-to-toe in loss to No. 12 team

HENDERSON — The sample size was only five innings, but Western Nevada College’s softball team proved in its season opener on Friday that it could go swing for swing with one of the top programs in the country.

Dip in 2014 gaming win blamed on lagging Baccarat

Total gaming win by Nevada casinos fell 1.1 percent in 2014, ending a streak of four consecutive increases.

Friday, January 30

Chase Elliott chosen to replace Gordon next season

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Rick Hendrick has named teen phenom Chase Elliot to drive the 24 Chevrolet in 2016 when Jeff Gordon hangs up his helmet

Thursday, January 29

Judge narrows suit against Catalyst

In a verbal order issued from the bench, District Judge James Todd Russell on Thursday sharply narrowed the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the governor’s Catalyst Fund.

Governor’s business fee proposal: Everyone pays

Governor lays out business tax plan based on national system Gov. Brian Sandoval laid out details of his proposed Business License Fee, a plan based on the North American Industry Classification System.

Regulators issue final volumes in Nevada nuclear dump report

LAS VEGAS — Findings released Thursday by analysts in the federal agency with the power to give the go-ahead for a proposed national nuclear waste dump in Nevada appear to provide wiggle room for adopting rules to open the repository, if decision-makers want to go forward.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office: Arrange sober ride home after Super Bowl

Carson Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott McDaniel is urging Super Bowl fans who plan to see the game somewhere other than their home to arrange for a sober ride before Sunday.

Elko conviction thrown out by high court

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled on Thursday an Elko officer’s continued detention of a man after finding he had committed no crime violated the man’s rights. Ralph Torres was stopped while walking because the officer thought he might be drunk and too young to be out after curfew. But the man’s ID showed he was over 21.

Darrell Moody: CHS students need to pack the stands the rest of the season

With this being the final day of Spirit Week at Carson High, I fully expect the stands to be jammed for tonight’s game against Damonte Ranch. Anything less than a full house would be a mjor disappointment.

Carson City WNC squads begin season

WNC squads begin 2015 season today

Patriots need Brady-Gronk combo to come through

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...It’s difficult to envision the New England Patriots beating the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday without tight end Rob Gronkowski having a big day.

CARSON CITY SHERIFF’S LOG: Two arrested on drug charges

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. WEDNESDAY • At 11:31 p.m., a 38-year-old Carson man was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery 1st for allegedly trying to prevent his wife from leaving the residence on Allouette Way. Neither suffered any injuries. He was held in lieu of $3,000 bail.

Carson City’s homeless pets available at discounted rates

Nevada Humane Society is offering discounted adoption rates for cats and dogs through Monday to celebrate the Super Bowl weekend.

Highway accident injures at least 1

A two-car accident about 7 miles north of Fallon on U.S. Highway 95 injured at least one person on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, reports the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Fallon District Office.


The Tenth Judicial District Court issued the following divorces during December 2014 Helmi Jerbin Helmi Albouti and Alaynna Jane Boebel.

Nevada artists’ work to be in Legislative building

When people from all walks of life fill the halls of the Nevada Legislative Building in the 2015 session, the creations of Nevada contemporary artists are going surround and invite them. The Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative Exhibition Series spotlights the Silver State’s breadth of talent with six exhibits through June featuring different artists working in painting, basketry and mixed media.

Undersea probe tied to Fossett, Nevada

I will always remember that hot, late-summer day nearly seven-and-a-half years ago when billionaire adventurer Steve Fossett and his single-engine aircraft went missing over Northwest Nevada.

Kitty and puppy Super Bowl

It’s that time of year again, and I’m looking forward to seeing Super Bowl action with inflated balls and no cheating. Yes, sports fans on Sunday, it’s time to huddle up for Kitty Bowl II and Puppy Bowl XI. If for some reason you have missed these great events in the past, I can only urge you to tune in.

Unique musical experience planned for Fallon

Churchill Arts Council will present a unique musical experience tomorrow night at the Art Center. “You Know How I Feel” is a celebration of the music of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Abby Lincoln.

Financial mistakes can haunt your family

The impact of financial decisions people make today can carry on even after they die, and not always in a good way.

Jackson Food Stores raise money to fight domestic violence

In the 11th anniversary year of the “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign, Jacksons Food Stores and its customers, including the stores in Fallon and Fernley, donated a total of $166,768.32 ($83,384.16 from customer donations and a dollar for dollar match by Jacksons) as part of the commitment to create Compassionate Communities.

What do low oil prices mean for investors

As you’ve no doubt noticed, your trips to the gas station have been a lot more pleasant these past several months. There’s not much doubt that low oil prices have been welcome to you as a driver. But when oil is cheap, is that good for you as an investor?

Unique and one of a kind

It’s so rare to find something unique in the world, something truly one of a kind. It’s even more rare to find anything unique or even original in this column … and we’re not going to start today!

The difference between fruits and vegetables

I asked my husband this morning if a coconut was a fruit. This started a conversation about what is a fruit versus what is a vegetable. Tomatoes and string beans are fruits that everyone thinks of as vegetables.


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


The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association 49th Annual Fallon All Breeds Bull Sale will be held at the Fallon Livestock Exchange sales yard on Valentine’s Day at 11:30 a.m.

PERS response to NPRI pension study confirms accuracy of its analysis

Last week, my colleague Robert Fellner and I released a study that compared the pensions of recent full-career government employee retirees with their final year of base pay.

View from the Past

A New Bank Building. The directors of Churchill County Bank decide on a modern structure. The stability of a town and the community is judged very largely by its banking institutions, and in this Fallon and the Lahontan Valley will take a forward step, as the Churchill County Bank directors at their annual meeting decided to set aside a special fund for the purpose of erecting a handsome and permanent building to be exclusively a bank building, to cost approximately $40,000. As the new structure is to be distinctively a bank building, it will be one story and will stand out as a massive structure of reinforced concrete.

Joint Land Use Study meeting set for Thursday

Churchill County, in cooperation with Lyon County, the cities of Fallon and Fernley, Naval Air Station Fallon, and other agencies and organizations in the region, is preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to address compatibility planning around NAS Fallon and the Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC).

Pizza Factory

Pizza Factory is the newest pizza restaurant to open in Fallon. Eric and Maren Lombardi have owned the chain for almost 30 years and currently own two other stores in Fernley and Loomis, Calif.

Retail group estimates Nevadans will spend $128M on Super Bowl

Retailers and consumers are gearing up for Super Bowl XLIX when the defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks, will take on the New England Patriots in Glendale, Ariz.

Cooperative Extension offers session for growers

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers three “Great Ideas From Growers” sessions, where small farm producers from across the state can share their knowledge and experiences to help each other improve their businesses.

ROCCC disappointed with WNC budget

Members of the Restore Our College Campus Committee expressed disappointment at its Wednesday meeting that the biennium budget for Western Nevada College and Great Basin College in Elko does not contain additional money to be used as bridge funding.

Sunday: Day of Prayer for rain

A non-denominational Day of Prayer will take place Sunday to ask for a blessing from heaven to restore moisture to the area.

Fallon’s Relay for Life holds kick-off party

The Fallon Relay For Life is having a Taco Tailgate Kick-off Party on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 93 W. Center St.

FPD nabs counterfeit suspects

The Fallon Police Department arrested two men Tuesday in suspected of counterfeit operation, according to FPD Capt. Vern Ulrich.

Spikers take down bracket

The Fallon Volleyball Club competed in its first competition in Auburn, Calif., last weekend in the NCVA’s Premier League Qualifier.

Riding the wave

Hot shooting and a frenetic defense led to a quick kill for the Fallon boys basketball team. The Greenwave blitzed rival Fernley, 79-48, in a Northern Division I-A matchup Tuesday at the Elmo Dericco Gym.

No Super Bowl for this family

Almost 36 years ago, the Soviet Union continued its push toward trying to win the Cold War by invading Afghanistan, adding more tension to the situation.

Lady Wave takes down rival

What started out as a potential upset bid suddenly turned into a blowout and a fifth straight win for the Fallon girls basketball team.

Fallon grapplers tackle regional dual meet

There is no more time for tinkering. There is only time for perfecting and giving a maximum effort to avoid a precarious road to the state tournament.

Carson City Chamber hosting metal artist

The Carson City Chamber of Commerce, 1900 S. Carson St., is holding a grand opening and open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to unveil its new Artisan Showcase, a collection of work by regional artists.

CHS roars past Tigers

MINDEN — Fast starts have been the norm for Carson High this season, and the Senators followed that trend on Tuesday night.

Mo’z Motley Blues lives up to name

With nearly a century’s worth of cumulative experience, Mo’z Motley Blues lives up to its name.

CHS wraps up Tigers

MINDEN — For the record, the Carson Senators were 56-16 victors against the Douglas Tigers Wednesday night in their Sierra League season-ending dual meet.

Wednesday, January 28

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Woman arrested on suspicion of domestic battery

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. TUESDAY • At 5:30 p.m., a 50-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery 1st aftershe took a been away from her husband while he was in the shower and allegedly punched him when he tried to take it back. Bail was set at $3,000.

Carson City woman arrested for fraudulent checks

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Christen Ashlee Chamberlin, age 20, of Carson City on multiple charges related to fraudulently cashing more than a dozen checks belonging to an elderly Incline Village woman. Sheriff’s Office investigators said during a time when Chamberlin worked as a caregiver for the victim, Chamberlin fraudulently cashed 15 checks from the victim’s bank account. The total amount of money Chamberlin obtained from the victim was estimated at just more than $6,500.

Gov.: Can’t override immigration lawsuit

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Gov. Brian Sandoval said Wednesday that he doesn’t think he legally can override the state’s challenge to an order that would spare more people from deportation, but he plans to talk with Attorney General Adam Laxalt about it in the next few days.

Carson City area 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.

Former transportation worker sentenced for defrauding state

Former Nevada Department of Transportation worker Tal Pierre Smith, 56, has been sentenced to up to four years in prison for defrauding the state to more than a quarter million dollars. Smith was sentenced Tuesday by District Judge Thomas Stockard under a plea agreement in which he agreed to pay the state $250,639 in restitution.

Update: Fallon police advise business owners of serial numbers to counterfeit bills

Fallon Police Department arrested two Reno men Tuesday for passing counterfeit bills, reports Capt. Vern Ulrich. “Our agency has been investigating multiple reports of suspects passing counterfeit currency in Fallon this afternoon,” Ulrich said.

Tuesday, January 27

Carson City hospital defends denial of Medicaid inmates

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center’s decision to stop accepting Medicaid eligible inmates as patients reared its head in the legislative overview of the governor’s budget on Tuesday.

Prep roundup: Virginia City ‘Hess’ the edge over Excel

SPARKS — Clint Hess scored 32 points to lead Virginia City to a 55-46 win over Excel Christian in a Division IV boys basketball game Tuesday.

Pack frustrated by UNLV

RENO — The Nevada Wolf Pack suffered through yet another one of its frustrating and seemingly never-ending growing pains Tuesday night.

Tiger girls on board for win

MINDEN — Leonna Mortimer and the Douglas High girls basketball team crashed the glass Friday night, and in the process, ran off with a 64-52 victory in its rivalry game against Carson.

Glover returns as Douglas baseball program’s head man

MINDEN — A familiar face is returning as head coach of the Douglas High School baseball program.

Fallon police nab Reno men for passing counterfeit bills

Fallon Police Department arrested two Reno men Tuesday for passing counterfeit bills, reports Capt. Vern Ulrich. “Our agency has been investigating multiple reports of suspects passing counterfeit currency in Fallon this afternoon,” Ulrich said.

Police nab Reno men for passing counterfeit bills

Fallon Police Department arrested two Reno men Tuesday for passing counterfeit bills, reports Capt. Vern Ulrich.

Final pre-session budget hearings start this morning

The final three days of the legislature’s pre-session budget overview is scheduled to begin today with a presentation by Director of Corrections Greg Cox.

Poetry gathering boosts Elko economy at slow time

It’s no coincidence that one of the most popular special events in Elko is held at the end of January.

Lovelock Highway accident injures at least 1

A two-car accident about 7 miles north of Fallon on U.S. Highway 95 injured at least one person on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, reports the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Fallon District Office.

Nevada’s jobless rate hits lowest mark since June 2008

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in December — the first time the overall rate has been that low since June 2008. That’s the seasonally adjusted rate. The raw rate was just a tenth higher at 6.9 percent.

Governor’s budget proposal not favorable to WNC Fallon

Despite his claims community colleges, especially Western Nevada College and Great Basin Community College, will train the employees needed by high-tech companies moving to Nevada including Tesla, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget deletes the added funding to help those schools survive formula changes.

Government creates jobs like ticks create blood

Why do politicians who run on promises to “create jobs” then seemingly go out of their way to do everything humanly possible to hamstring the people who actually create jobs?

Considering cholesterol

It’s less about the numbers: That’s the crux of the new cholesterol guidelines aimed at preventing heart disease and stroke.

Got anxiety? At what point does anxiety become a disorder?

Anxiety is a good thing! Yes, you read that last sentence correctly. Anxiety is good for everyone … in the right dosage.

Shame, disgrace and ruin

The Bush administration tortured people. They have admitted that. Large portions of the U.S. population, mostly conservatives, have defended those actions. In reality, torture is indefensible, and those who claim to be patriots should know that. Opposing torture is not a “bleeding heart liberal” position. It’s being true to the principles upon which this country was founded. The following facts show why.

Voice of the Community

We were excited to read the article entitled “City Approves Grant Process to Restore Theater” when it appeared in the Dec. 24, 2014, issue of the Lahontan Valley News.

Insights on protein and fiber snack nutrition

Last October I was fortunate enough to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Food Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta. The event attracts nutrition professionals from all over the county, and it’s a very energizing and exciting thing to be a part of. There are many different types of educational sessions offered, but by far my favorite part of FNCE is the Expo. This year I learned about some really neat products that I’d like to share with you.

Creating a very safe environment for a family member with dementia

Not every person struggling with dementia lives in a nursing home or assisted-living facility.

Simulated downed aircraft puts Nevada Guard to the test

Two Nevada Army National Guard Aviation units recently conducted an integrated training mission, in order to test the unit’s ability to respond to emergencies in a timely manner.

Vets dental program reunites classmates

Many times, the cliché of “it’s a small world” describes a chance meeting in life.

Nevada casinos continue recovery since 2007 peak

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s major casinos continued their recovery in Fiscal Year 2014.

WNC, GBC funding in peril

In the governor’s State of the State speech that outlined his education spending, two stepchildren of Nevada’s education funding received a lump of coal.

Show your heart some love

Each day offers new opportunities to make choices that impact your health and overall wellness. Though hectic schedules can cause many of us to let healthy habits fall to the wayside, it is important that we give our bodies the attention and care they deserve.

Navy seeks input on Fallon Range Complex

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with ongoing and proposed training activities within the Fallon Range Training Complex.

Black to the future

There is much to be done, and it starts at the top. In December, Sherry Black was tabbed as director of the Fallon campus of Western Nevada College.

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation targets literary efforts in Fallon

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation has announced that it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Fallon and its surrounding area.

Scholarship funds approved

The Churchill County School Board met Thursday at its second meeting of the month and approved $2,000 for scholarshipsfor four students.

Relay for Life kick-off party

The Fallon Relay For Life is having a Taco Tailgate Kick-off Party on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

Smith gets prison for fraud plea

A former Nevada Department of Transportation employee was sentenced Tuesday in District Court to prison for fraud.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man arrested on suspicion of residential burglary

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. MONDAY • At 6:43 p.m., Gabriel Ramirez-Mendoza, 19 was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary after deputies were called to a home on Siskiyou Drive by a homeowner who said three men had broken into his home. The three were all caught and arrested but the arrest report didn’t include the names of the other two since they were juveniles. Mendoza was also charged with possession of stolen property and held in lieu of a total of $26,000 bail.

Reno helicopter company to offer charters to wine country

Reno Tahoe Helicopters is expanding its business to offer charter service to the California wine country, hard-to-reach fly fishing spots and shuttle serve between the Reno Tahoe International Airport and ski resorts. The 10-year old business currently offers several scenic helicopter tours of Lake Tahoe taking off from South Lake Tahoe and Truckee, aerial filming and photography services and HeliMinden, a flight instruction school based at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

Julian Leo Chada

Julian Leo Chada, 94, died on the morning of Jan. 18, 2015, at his home in Dayton. He was born on July 1, 1920, in Sagamore, Penn., one of 10 children.

John Keit Kiewicz

John died in a motorcycle accident in Malibu, CA Jan. 6, 2015. John was born Feb. 17, 1970 at Queen of The Valley Hospital in West Corvina, California. To Ed & Joyce Kiewicz

Phyllis Joyce Keegan

Phyllis Keegan, age 88, of Carson City, Nevada passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Phyllis moved to Nevada in 1970 from Southern California. She worked various food service jobs including ten years at the

Nancy Brown Grundy

Nancy Grundy, a 55-year Carson City resident, died on December 31, 2014, at the age of 83. Nancy was born in Stryker, Ohio, grew up on a farm in Rawson, Ohio, and earned her pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University. She married Richard D. Grundy in 1955 and worked as a pharmacist while he attended medical school. In 1959, she and Dr. Grundy moved to Carson City, where he joined the medical practice of

Wolf Pack hosts rival Rebels tonight

RENO —David Carter liked what he saw last Saturday at Fresno State.

Sundance Watch: ‘Cobain’ premieres, women talk Hollywood

PARK CITY, Utah — The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here’s what they’ve seen and heard:

Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers’ death

NEW YORK — While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa.

Wynton Marsalis’ JALC Orchestra to tour South America

NEW YORK — The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will tour South America in March for the first time in 10 years.

Imagine Dragons to give surprise performance on plane

NEW YORK — Imagine Dragons is ready to rock you — in the sky.

Monday, January 26

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Woman arrested on suspicion of felony battery by strangulation

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. FRIDAY • At 11:28 a.m., a 45-year-old was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving after a traffic stop at North Roop and East William streets. The arrest report says deputies chased his motorcycle several blocks before he stopped at a signal. He was also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon after brass knuckles were discovered in the bike’s saddlebag. Bail was wet at $3,000.

Wildcats lose ‘voice’ Chris Graham

Western Nevada College’s highly regarded baseball team has lost its voice. Chris Graham, the longtime voice of the Wildcats, won’t return this season to broadcast WNC baseball games over the Internet.

Whittemore’s conviction upheld over contributions to Sen. Harry Reid

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the conviction and sentence imposed on the once powerful Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.

Henry R. Heidt

Henry Heidt was born on April 5, 1949 in Hettinger, ND to Christ and Ida Heidt. He attended schools in Haynes and Hettinger, graduating in 1967.

Robert “Bob” Allen Devita

Robert “Bob” Allen Devita, 69, died Jan. 13, 2015 at his home in Minden, Nevada surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 25, 1945 in Sacramento, CA. to Dominic Albert & Gladys Katherine Devita. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Richard Devita. He is

Robert “Bob” Allen Devita

Robert “Bob” Allen Devita, 69, died Jan. 13, 2015 at his home in Minden, Nevada surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 25, 1945 in Sacramento, CA. to Dominic Albert & Gladys Katherine Devita

John Carl Erskine

John Carl Erskine, age 65, passed away peacefully at the Palo Alto VA Hospital on the evening of January 5, 2015 after a 2.5 month battle with a rare and aggressive cancer. His wife Judy and twin sister Cora were by his side and he was surrounded in a circle of love.

Raymond H. Kunz, Sr.

Ray went to join the Lord on January 17, 2015, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Pat, sons Jim (Terry), and Ray Jr. (Barbara), daughter Kathy (Bob), daughter-in-law Vicky, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his son Dennis and great-grandson, Hunter Baugher. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11:00 am at The Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA. In lieu of flowers please donate to the ALS Society in honor of Raymond Kunz, Sr.

Accident kills man, knocks out power

A Fallon man was killed Friday when he rolled his 1984 Peterbilt tractor-trailer on its side on Lone Tree Road near Jewell Place, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported Monday morning.

Saturday, January 24

Nearly 26,000 undocumented residents receive Driver Autorization Cards

As 2014 ended, there were 25,910 undocumented immigrants driving legally on Nevada roads and highways.

$1,000 reward for information on Carson City burglaries

Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) wanted in connection with the rash of residential burglaries in Carson City. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information relating to the rash of residential burglaries occurring over the past few weeks in Carson City. More than 20 burglaries have occurred resulting in the loss of jewelry, money, electronics, and other items of value.

Darrell Moody: Northern Nevada wrestling needs to change

Wednesday is a prime example why things need to change on the high school wrestling scene.

Prep roundup: Rivera rallies to take 3rd

SACRAMENTO — After a quarterfinals loss, Brady Rivera won four straight matches to take third place at the Tim Brown Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Carson City’s WNC boasts more depth in 2015

Opening the softball season with just one returning starter might cause concern for the Western Nevada College Wildcats.

Lowry dominates glass, Dust Devils

DAYTON — Dayton High basketball coach Jason Santos didn’t feel his team matched up well physically against Lowry, so his solution was to play zone defense.

New Hampshire Lottery releases bacon-scented ticket

CONCORD, N.H. — Lottery ticket buyers in New Hampshire who dream of bringing home the bacon now can smell it, too.

Friday, January 23

Renewables could spur NV job growth

More than 90,000 jobs in Nevada by 2030 are possible if new renewable energy projects ramp up, according to a report released by A Renewable America (ARA).

Lake Tahoe home sales approach $1 billion in value

LAKE TAHOE — Home sales last year around Lake Tahoe cooled a bit from a red-hot year in 2013, but even with a dip in overall sales, total sales value still approached $1 billion. The number of single-family homes sold at Lake Tahoe — 1,221 — decreased 11 percent from 2013, while condo sales dipped 8 percent to 398 units, Chase International reports.

Gordon decision highlights the week in racing

Obviously the biggest news in racing this past week:

CHS is head of the class

Carson moves into first place in Sierra League Guess who the hottest team is in Northern Nevada basketball? If you guessed the Carson Senators, go to the head of the class.

Manogue too much for Carson girls

Carson High’s helter-skelter style of play causes problems for a lot of teams. Bishop Manogue isn’t one of them.

Prep roundup: Shine, Rivera post 2-0 marks at tournament in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — Nolan Shine and Brady Rivera were the only Carson High wrestlers to post undefeated records on the first day of the Brown Invitational Friday.

Douglas, Nev., transportation proposal would raise gas, sales taxes

GARDNERVILLE — Gas taxes, sales taxes and utility operator fees are three of the revenue sources the champions of Douglas County’s connectivity plan are exploring to pay for transportation improvements.

Drugs, guns land father, son in jail

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A father and son, along with others were arrested Thursday night on drug and weapons charges, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD). A high-risk search warrant was served by the SLTPD SWAT team on the 800 block of Tallac Avenue in South Lake Tahoe. The father and son were arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and drug possession.

Gwendolyn Mary Richardson

The hands of God came for our beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother and friend on January 14, 2015. Gwendolyn (Gwen) is resting peacefully in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Lewis Gregson Portegous

Lewis Gregson Porteous passed away on January 6, 2015. He was born in 1917 and grew up on a small ranch in Hazen, Nevada. He graduated in engineering from the University of Nevada where he met his wife, Wilma Foote. They were married for 71 years until her death in 2012.

Edward Ellis Memorial Services

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Edward Ellis at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 25th at the Smith Family Funeral Home, 505 Rio Vista Drive, Fallon, Nevada. Located off highway 50 (the Austin highway), across from the Fallon Public Cemetery.

Alvery Jackson

Alvery Jackson, life long resident of Fallon, Nevada passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Alvery was born in Schurz, NV on December 6, 1948 to Lawrence and Louise Jackson, he spent his life in Fallon. Alvery graduated from Churchill County High school in 1969. He spent many years with his foster parents Tharon and Howard Turley.

Carson City Horseshoe Club closure a mystery

The Carson Horseshoe Club has closed, at least temporarily, and with no indication of when the downtown casino might reopen for business. A sign posted on the door says “temporarily closed until further notice.”

X Games Superpipe: Truckee’s Danny Davis golden again in Aspen (w/ video)

ASPEN, Colo. — Truckee’s Danny Davis and the rising stars of snowboarding crashed Shaun White’s party Thursday night at the Winter X Games.

Veterans build for the future

Veterans from across the state convened in Fallon on Saturday to learn about issues facing current and former servicemen and women and to honor state youth winners in the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay contests.

Three arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in Lyon County

A one-month investigation resulted in the arrest of three suspected drug traffickers. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday night Michael Perez, 36, of Dayton, Alfonso Tello, 56 of Mound House and Lorenna Tello, 33 of Dayton were each being held on $1 million bail for Level III trafficking of a controlled substance.

Carson City community band playing Sunday

Capital City Community Band will present its “Help the Band Play On” concert — which willpays for the band’s liability insurance and other expenses — at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Carson City, at Division and King streets.

Thursday, January 22

Cash flow issues force state to find ways to pay bills

Faced with potentially serious cash flow problems, the Nevada Budget Office has spent the last couple of months looking under every rock for money to beef up the state’s Ending Fund Balance.

Carter, if he’s still around, needs to find an alpha wolf

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team misses Deonte Burton more than it could have ever imagined.

South Lake Tahoe’s Maddie Bowman takes gold at X Games

ASPEN, Colo., — With light snow falling and the bright lights of ESPN illuminating the night, Maddie Bowman launched the 2015 Winter X Games in record-setting fashion Wednesday.

Senators drill Miners

It took longer to set up the mats and chairs for Wednesday’s dual wrestling match than it did for Carson High to demolish the Miners.

Mile High teams with Carson City students for jazz extravaganza

It’s big-band jazz times three when the Mile High Jazz Band, Carson High Jazz Band, and Carson Middle School Jazz Band present their 12th annual combined concert, the Mile High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza, at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Bob Boldrick Theater of the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.


Churchill County issued the following business licenses in December 2014. American War Birds, Inc.; Office for Offsite Stockcar & Jeep Repair; Bu & Ma: 5355 Solias Road; Fallon, Nevada, 89406; 775-881-8554; Owner: Tamara Buehn.

January is National Radon Action Month

Radon gas is becoming more of a widespread problem in the United States. In the U.S., one in 15 homes are affected by elevated radon levels. Radon cannot be seen, it has no scent, and is colorless. Radon invades homes and buildings through foundation cracks and openings and even directly through concrete.


The Amateur Radio of Churchill County (ARCC) invites all current amateur (Ham) radio operators or anyone interested in amateur radio to its monthly meeting, which is on the first Tuesday of the month at the Churchill County Administrative Complex, conference room 102, 155 N. Taylor St.

The State of the State’s education

I listened to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech last week. If you missed it, his speech centered primarily on education.

Do dogs and cats see color?

One morning while sitting at the dog park watching Inka and Rocky chase balls, I noticed that each dog always retrieved their respective ball. The balls are the same shape but different colors. Inka’s ball is blue and Rocky’s is green. I wondered if they actually saw the colors and that’s how they differentiated between the two.

Kids in college? Fill out that FAFSA

We’ve just begun the new year, but the next academic year is still months away. Nonetheless, if you have a child who will be attending college in the fall, it’s not too soon to start thinking about what might be a vital component of paying for his or her higher education: financial aid.

First projects selected for new USDA program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, including Nevada, will receive more than $370 million in federal funding as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

USDA grant funds available for rural broadband

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking applications for Fiscal Year 2015 Community Connect Program grants, said USDA Rural Development State Director Sarah Adler.

Finding reliable care a concern for pet owners

With more than 60 percent of households owning at least one pet, finding reliable pet care is likely a concern for the majority of pet owners in Fallon.

The view from the grassy knoll

It’s been way too long since I’ve taken an in depth look into the world of conspiracy theories. I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist myself, but as luck would have it, my wife never met a conspiracy theory she didn’t like and keeps a close eye on all of them from her zombie apocalypse-proof bunker atop the “grassy knoll,” so I know more about conspiracy theories than I ever wanted to … way more.

Center for Rural Affairs

Training for farmers, ranchers The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more than $18 million in funding available to support training, mentoring and development of beginning farmers and ranchers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Three arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in Lyon County

A one-month investigation resulted in the arrest of three suspected drug traffickers.


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

View from the Past

The Farmers talk. A number of Churchill County people are billed to talk to the farmers and stockman who are to gather in a meeting at the University of Nevada on Wednesday. The subject attracting greatest interest is the wool demonstration by W. T. Rich of Australia.


E.C. Best Elementary School Honor Roll Second Quarter

Virgil Monroe Dick

Virgil Monroe Dick lived a life full of adventure, learning, love and heartache. His spirit wanted to live forever but his body succumbed to the illness that took his life in the early morning of January 9, 2015. Virgil will continue his journey, being guided by his ancestors, siblings and parents, Irene J. Miller and Sidney W. Dick, Sr. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00am at Walton’s in Carson City, NV. A small reception will follow.

Charles Allen McMillen

Charles Allen McMillen passed away on January 6, 2015 after a brave fight with cancer. Chuck was born June 13, 1942 in Sherwood, Ohio to Charles E. and Esther M. McMillen.

Study reveals least breakable tablets

People of all ages and lifestyles use tablets for just about everything. Unfortunately, the way we use these fragile devices often puts them at risk for breaking, and certain models are more susceptible to going kaput.

Local beer lovers brewing their craft-beer designation

Expect to see Reno-Sparks join the ranks of craft-brew destinations like Portland, Denver and San Diego if brew makers and brew fans have their way.

Learning more about the Donner Party tragedy

It seems like every couple of years, someone publishes another book on the tragic events of the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada range.

Arts council presents talk by Bay Area photographer

The Churchill Arts Council will present an artist’s talk by Bay Area photographer, Jack Fulton, tomorrow afternoon at the Art Center.

City Council selects Employee of Quarter

The city of Fallon recognized Angela Calkins at its Tuesday night meeting as Employee of the Quarter.

Cooperative Extension experts offer free gardening classes

Gardening in Nevada can be challenging. Before digging in this spring, you can get some free advice from the experts – University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their Certified Master Gardeners.

Rivalry games loom large for Lady Wave

It is as big a weekend of basketball for the Fallon girls team as there is.

Keeping pace

In the chase for the top three, the Fallon boys basketball team is poised to strike.

FCTA approves event grants

The Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority Board approved on Tuesday nine grants for events that focus on a multitude of activities ranging from the Cantaloupe Festival to outdoor education.

Water report shows slight improvement

There is good news concerning snowpack and the prospects of a better water season than last year.

Judge declines robbery suspect’s release

The Schurz man who fled police and was on the run for a week before his arrest appeared this week in Justice Court.

Concerns raised about hunting

The Churchill County Commissioners had their plate full at their Wednesday afternoon meeting with concerned residents whose homes back up to the Carson River and are concerned for their safety from hunters.

Wrestlers enter final stretch

It’s the home stretch and time for several of Fallon’s wrestlers to turn the corner.

Williams’ generosity revisits Northern Nevada

Too often we see big-named athletes or coaches forget were their success started.

NIAA discusses soccer, realignment

While the search for the next executive director is on the front burner for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s Board of Control, last week’s meeting provided discussion and action on several other items.

La Verne holds keyto Johnson’s future

Dalton Johnson has a message for anyone who wants to play football past high school.

Tahoe’s Maddie Bowman takes gold at X Games

ASPEN, Colo. — With light snow falling and the bright lights of ESPN illuminating the night, Maddie Bowman launched the 2015 Winter X Games in record-setting fashion Wednesday.

Fallon man sentenced in Hidden Cave graffiti case

A Fallon man who defaced the historical landmark Hidden Cave north of Grimes Point appeared Tuesday in District Court. Justin Wayne McGliton received a suspended sentence of 19 to 48 months in prison. He must pay $12,589.72 in restitution plus an additional $400 fine required by law.

Newly created Nevada appeals court resolves first cases

Less than three weeks after they were sworn in as Nevada’s first appellate court judges, appellate Chief Justice Michael Gibbons Wednesday signed the three member panel’s first decisions. The first case decided by the voter-approved court upheld the conviction of Johnny William Johnson on two counts of attempted murder in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, January 21

University professors upset budget doesn’t include merit pay

University professors were angered this week after discovering the governor’s recommended budget doesn’t include the long-standing “merit pool” money used to give raises to professors who are performing above standard.

Nevada still can’t shoot straight

David Carter summed up his struggling Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team perfectly on Tuesday night.

State of the Union: Obama to work with Republicans — to a point

WASHINGTON — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP’s own plans.

CHS shuts down Galena

RENO — Carson High’s boys basketball team passed the first of three consecutive litmus test games with flying colors.

2015 Legislature: Lawmakers told sunsets vital to prevent $600 million a year budget cuts

Lawmakers were told Tuesday unless they will agree to extend all the sunset taxes, the state will have to cut nearly $600 million a year out of the governor’s proposed $7.3 billion General Fund budget

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids

ROME — Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to a Sicilian former art dealer.

Anne Hathaway heading to the stage this spring

NEW YORK — Anne Hathaway will be playing something a little different this spring — an Air Force fighter pilot in a one-woman stage show.

Asteroid 1,800 feet across to whip past Earth on Monday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An asteroid up to 1,800 feet across is headed Earth’s way. But don’t worry: It will miss us by 745,000 miles, about three times the distance between Earth and the moon.

Missing driver found dead in Churchill County

A Texas man who became separated when following another driver to Sparks was found dead on Wednesday in Churchill County, reports Sheriff Ben Trotter.

Virginia City tales told at Nevada State Museum

Nevada writers Ron and Susan James bring stories from their latest book “A Short History of Virginia City” to the Nevada State Museum in Carson City Thursday. The presentation will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

WNC offers new driver education classes

New driver education courses for teens ages 15 and older will be offered by Western Nevada College throughout the spring. Each session includes four days of instruction, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $100.

Carson dance club hosts weekly lessons

High Sierra Swing Dance Club, Yaples Ballroom, and several area dancers purchased a new dance floor for El Charro Avitia, 4389 S. Carson St. Both groups use the restaurant for the following events.

Tuesday, January 20

David Theiss: Meatballs are the perfect game day snack

I am often asked, “what’s easy to make and delicious for an appetizer?” My answer is usually meatballs.

Prep roundup: Behind Lyons, Douglas roars to victory

MINDEN — Connor Lyons scored the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds remaining and then Douglas came up with two defensive stops in the final 10 seconds to preserve its 56-55 Sierra League victory over Manogue.

Chuck Muth: Will the sun ever set for Sandoval?

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be surprised one iota if Jonathan Gruber himself hasn’t been hired to craft the propaganda campaign that’s underway to pass Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R&R-Advertising) 2015-17 budget.

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation targets literary efforts in Fallon

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation has announced that it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Fallon and its surrounding area.

Free medical radiation exposure screenings offered

Personnel from the Nevada Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) will offer free medical screenings on Feb. 7 at the School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Center located in the Brigham Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Screenings are by appointment only between the hours of 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Taking baby steps to protect your child’s teeth

Dental Care for your baby starts early. All parents are aware of the more common afflictions like coughs, colds and ear infections, but many are unaware that tooth decay may seriously affect their child’s health, and unlike asthma and allergies, is completely preventable. The health of your infant’s baby teeth is important to the healthy growth of their permanent teeth.

The political warfare of conflict exacerbation

Jan. 8, 2015, was the fourth anniversary of Jared Loughner’s burst of gunfire that took the lives of six people and severely wounded 13 others in Tucson, Arizona. To this day, retired U. S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords continues her struggle to overcome injuries suffered in that shooting. The horrific decimation of life and debilitating mayhem that Loughner left strewn in the wake of his acts of evil called for a condolence of bowed reverence — which was the respect shown the victims by most Americans.

School board meets 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.

Voice of the Community

Presumably, men and women who are elected to the Board of Trustees for Churchill County School District are elected to watch out for the education of the children. Seems that would involve doing something as researching when there is an issue causing concern, such as Common Core.

Education plan is not a slam dunk

At his State of the State speech on Thursday, Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval surprised many Nevadans with bold initiatives to improve education in the Silver State.


Lahontan Elementary School Second Quarter Honor Roll

Her name was Edna Stokes

Actually it was Edna Pearl Stokes, oldest daughter of Annie Lamare and Albert Warren Stokes. The two married after meeting on the Ferris wheel at Willow Grove Amusement Park way back in the 1890s.

County meeting today

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

Carson City Republicans to choose leadership

Leadership of the Carson City Republican Central Committee is slated to be chosen at the committee’s regular meeting Thursday.

Trouble with the shovel: Moving snow, and protecting your heart

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Did you know that snow shoveling can be dangerous for some people? Here is why: Snow shoveling puts excessive demands on the heart.

Naval air station conducts SAPR Drill

Naval Air Station Fallon recently conducted a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) exercise.

Veterans build for the future

Veterans from across the state convened in Fallon on Saturday to learn about issues facing current and former servicemen and women and to honor state youth winners in the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay contests.

‘Jump Start’ finds success

Churchill County High School students and Western Nevada College Jump Start to College program have had a successful first semester, CCHS Principal Kevin Lords said.

Man sentenced in Hidden Cave graffiti case

A Fallon man who defaced the historical landmark Hidden Cave north of Grimes Point appeared Tuesday in District Court.


After an injury-filled start to his NFL career in New York, Mauga was looking for a new home for the first half of the year. He rehabbed, worked out in the offseason and even participated in Fallon’s Hometown Heroes event in June.

Lady Wave grind out win over Vikings

It wasn’t pretty, but the Fallon girls basketball team will take it. The Lady Wave clawed and scratched their way to a 33-22 Northern Division I-A win over visiting South Tahoe on Saturday at the Elmo Dericco Gym.

Schultz earnsfirst tourneychampionship

In a dominating performance leading into the home stretch of the season, Jordan Schultz captured his first title of the season.

Greenwave pillages Vikings in rout

It was a much-needed and convincing win for the Fallon boys basketball team. The Greenwave never trailed as Fallon rolled to a 68-47 win over South Tahoe in a Northern Division I-A matchup on Saturday.

Second season crucial for Wave’s postseason hopes

Each game becomes bigger than the last for the Fallon basketball teams.

Dream Tag raffle runs through June

While the big game application process may not start for while, hunters can definitely scratch that itch by buying chances for the hunt of a lifetime with the Nevada Dream Tag raffle.

‘American Sniper’ features local Cody Kiser as Bradley Cooper’s stunt man

Cody Kiser, a Northern Nevada rodeo rider with ties to Dayton and Carson City, plays Bradley Cooper’s character in “American Sniper” as the film star’s stunt man double.

Mile High Jazz Band presenting workshop to Carson middle, high school students

The Mile High Jazz Band is presenting a free half-day jazz workshop for Carson middle school and high school instrumental students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Carson Middle School, 1140 W. King St.

New York-Reno flight a ‘fundamental shift in how people see our region’

RENO, Nev. — John Checketts, director of route planning for JetBlue Airlines, had to take the long way to get to Reno from New York last weekend. Checketts caught a flight from New York City to Salt Lake City before eventually landing in Reno, and his return trip took even longer after a stop in San Francisco.

Legislative budget briefings begin Tuesday in Carson City

The Nevada Legislature gets down to serious business this week with a series of six day-long briefings outlining Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget.

Killer gets life sentence in murder of former Gardnerville resident

The man who killed former Gardnerville resident Lacee Shupe was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, according to Shupe’s mother. Robert Michael Owens Jr., 43, was sentenced in Washoe District Court on Friday after admitting charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder of the home’s owner in early November shortly before he was scheduled to go to trial.

Monday, January 19

One dead after motorcycles collide on State Route 341

One dead after motorcycles collide on State Route 341 The Nevada Highway Patrol is reporting that a motorcyclist has died after colliding with another motorcyclist on State Route 341 (Geiger Grade) Monday night.

Venus Clara (Gilcher) Taylor

Venus Clara (Gilcher) Taylor died peacefully on January 10, 2015 in Gardnerville, Nevada. She was born on February 1, 1920 on the family farm in Vergas, Minnesota to Charles and Klara (Nachtigall) Gilcher. She spent her childhood in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Jean Ellen Marshall

Jean Marshall passed away January 10, 2015 at the age of 69 surrounded by her family in Carson City, NV. Jean was born in Victoria, B.C. Canada on Nov. 6, 1945 to parents Eve and George Garber. She attended school in Victoria until she was 11 and then the family relocated to Sumas, Washington where she attended school until her High School graduation in 1963.

Marvin H. Dennis

Marvin H. Dennis, age 71, of Carson City, NV, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Agrace Hospice in Janesville. He has been serving as a pastor for 46 years, as well as an evangelist, teacher and school administrator. He served as the pastor of Good Shepherd Wesleyan Church here in Carson City from 1987-2012 where he retired after serving for 26 years.

Robert & June Whitney

Robert A. (Bob) Whitney (91), passed away on November 8, 2014 at the home of his son in Star, Idaho. Bob and his wife of 70 years, June S. Whitney (92), relocated to Idaho after living in Carson City for 55 years. Bob was preceded in death by his wife who passed away on September 18, 2014.

Abbie Louise (Hathcock) Campbell

Abbie Louise (Hathcock) Campbell, of Carson City, passed peacefully and surrounded in love on January 13, 2015 at the age of 92. She was born in Wenatchee, WA on 10/2/22 to Thomas “Red” and Pearl Hathcock and was raised in Texas.

John Keit Kiewicz

John died in a motorcycle accident in Malibu, CA Jan. 4, 2015. John was born Feb. 17, 1970 at Queen of The Valley Hospital in West Corvina, California. To Ed & Joyce Kiewicz.

William H. Thomas

William H. Thomas, DDS died at age 95. He was born in Rexburg, Idaho to W. Henry Thomas and Mary Jeppson Thomas. He graduated from Ogden HS, Weber JC and attended University of Utah before joining the US Air Force, graduating OCS, and serving as a Weather Officer in WW II.

Wesley Barber

Wesley Barber died January 7, 2015. Wes was born on July 22, 1940, to Amy Barber and Mamo Snooks, in Woodfords, California. He was raised and grew up in Woodfords, lovingly cared for by his grandfather and grandmother, Tom and Nettie Barber, while his mother worked in Los Angeles and in Genoa. Wes loved hunting and fishing and was raised as a speaker of the Washo language. His knowledge of traditional places and the customs, history, and stories was considerable.

I-80 crash kills Illinois man

An 18-year-old man from Illinois died from his injuries in a Reno hospital Saturday after the car in which he was a passenger rolled over in the median of Interstate 80 two miles east of Fernley, reports the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Herbert R. Steffens

Longtime, former Nevada educator, Herb Steffens, passed away on January 4, 2015, at home in St. Helena, California. Herb was born on November 11, 1929, in Pocatello, Idaho, to parents Herbert and Botilla Steffens. He attended schools in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1947. From 1948 to 1951 he pursued higher education at Idaho State College and the University of Utah. Following graduation he served with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Berlin.

Raymond “Ray” Pieretti

Raymond (Ray) Pieretti passed away January 7, 2015 in his home in Carson City after a lengthy illness. Ray recently moved back to Carson City after living most of his adult life in Reno and Sparks. Ray was born to Eugenio, an Italian immigrant, and Natalina Pieretti on October 20th, 1943

Milan Andrew Johnson

Age 101 of Mpls. passed away Jan. 7. He is survived by his daughters: Kathleen Ely and Deborah White; three grand-daughters: Kim Moody, Jennifer Carlson and Anne-Marie White; seven great grand-daughters: Andrea, Elizabeth, Corey, Sarah, Rebecca, Hannah and Abby. Milan graduated from the University of MN in 1937 with a bachelors degree in chemical engineering. No services scheduled., Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651

Verda Kay Brady

Verda Kay Brady was born November, 1943 in Burley, Idaho. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse, caring and helping others throughout most of her life.

Eugene “Geno” Steve

Eugene had passed away at his home in San Lorenzo, CA, December 27, 2014. Eugene was born August 01, 1927 in Stillwater, NV to Willie M. Steve, Sr. and Maggie Cushman Steve.

William Morrison

William “Bill” Emery Morrison, Jr. 66 of Valmy, NV passed away in the early hours of December 29, 2014 in the arms of his wife Gayle, succumbing to heart failure. Bill was born on July 25, 1948, in Sacramento, CA to Ruth Morrison and the late William Morrison Sr.

James Patrick McHugh, Jr.

Jim McHugh passed away suddenly on Jan. 5 from complications with pneumonia. Jim was born in Wabash, Indiana and moved with his family to his Los Angeles at the age of 6.

Janet Kay “Wimple” Hall

Janet Kay Hall passed away on December 5, 2014 in the Carson Tahoe Hospital in Carson City. She is survived by three sons, Victor “Mike” Hall and James Hall of Carson City and Douglas “DJ” Hall of Sacramento, California, brother Dennis Wimple and sister Judith Hayes as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She had nine grand children. LeAnn, Makala, Austin and Kalee from “Mike”, Cameron from “DJ” and Brandon, Emily, Ashley and Bret Wayne from James.

Darrell Moody: 49ers 1981 draft the best

Scot McCloughan had success with the 49ers’ front office, and was recently hired by the Washington Redskins to be their general manager. I think it’s a great move if, and only if, owner Daniel Snyder can stay out of the day-to-day runnings of the franchise.

Prep roundup: Shine, Rivera win titles

VISALIA, Calif. — Led by champions Nolan Shine and Brady Rivera, Carson High finished in third place at the annual Redwood Invitational at Redwood High School.

’Selma’ stars including Oprah march in Alabama, honoring MLK

SELMA, Ala. — Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie “Selma” and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 17

Name tags necessary in this session

Days after what many have called the most aggressive State of the State speech in decades, Gov. Brian Sandoval now waits to see what the Nevada Legislature will do with his proposals.

Senior menus for week of Jan. 19

Note: Subject to change without notice. Choice of beverage included. Carson City Senior Citizens Center, 911 Beverly Dr.: MONDAY: Center is closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Carson City’s Bowler honored for popcorn sales

Carson City’s Luke Bowler was awarded a $500 Amazon gift card for selling more than $6,000 of Boy Scout Popcorn in support of the Northern Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Over 70 percent of the proceeds go to support the Boy Scouts of America here locally.

Fire destroys county house

Four fire engines and two water tenders from the Fallon / Churchill Fire Department responded to a Thursday night fire that destroyed a house on Schindler Road.

Schurz man who robbed convenience store arrested

A Schurz man suspected of robbing the City Liquor and Food Store on Jan. 11 was arrested by Walker River Tribal Police on Friday.

Friday, January 16

Washington Nationals Manager and Carson City’s Matt Williams speaks at Dolan Dinner

Matt Williams has been doing it metaphorically and literally all his life. As a Major League Baseball player he made plenty of trips home and on Friday, he made a trip to his home.

Prep roundup: Carson has strong first day at Redwood

VISALIA, Calif. — After the first day of the Redwood Invite, the Carson High wrestling team is in second place.

Opportunity knocks for CHS

Carson High’s girls basketball team was opportunistic to say the least Friday night against Wooster.

Carson tunes up for tough stretch

Carson High’s basketball team shouldn’t take long celebrating its easy 56-27 win over cellar-dwelling Wooster Friday night at Morse Burley Gym.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office seeks registration for 2015 Citizen’s Academy

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong has scheduled the next Citizen’s Academy to begin Feb. 25.

Gov. Brian Sandoval calls for end to state worker furloughs

State employees are finally going to see the elimination of the unpaid furloughs, if Gov. Brian Sandoval has his way. The second-term governor’s proposed budget, unveiled Thursday night during his State of the State speech, also includes continuation of the merit salary increases for classified employees reinstated this current fiscal year.

Carson City stabbing suspect arrested

Carson City and Lyon County deputies arrested Maxwell Thomas Scott Simon, 32, and charged him with battery with a deadly weapon Friday. The arrest comes after an altercation at the Wiskey Tavern on Highway 50 East in Carson City early Friday morning, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office seeks information about runaway Saurem August-Perez

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about Saurem August-Perez, who ran away from her home on Thursday.

Gaynelle Rebecca Watts

Gaynelle Watts, a retired public school principal and ukulele player from Santa Cruz, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 23, 2014 while visiting her daughter in Indiana.

Agnes Scrivner

Agnes Scrivner age 82 of Carson City, passed away on Jan 2, 2015 in the warmth and comfort of her home.

Johnneta Rose McGowan

Johnneta Rose McGowan passed away on December 30, 2014 at Renown Hospital in Reno. A quiet woman, she was the backbone for her family. her Mona Lisa smile that never really told us what she was thinking, let us know she was

Henry Arthur Renovato

Henry Arthur Renovato, Sr. passed away January 5, 2015 in Reno. He was born July 19, 1926 in Denver, CO to Fred W. and Elinor G. Peterson Renovato.

Verl Kately Means

In the early morning hours of January 2, 2015 Verl passed away, peacefully of natural causes, while residing at the Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carson City, NV.

Cordes raises the bar for third season

After making a difficult decision to leave the Silver State, Cady Cordes is starting to fit in nicely after her second season of playing collegiate volleyball on the East Coast.

Nevada baseball legend keynote speaker at Wolf Pack fundraising event

Matt Williams, manager of the Washington Nationals and arguably the best Nevada-born baseball player ever, will be the featured speaker at the 31st annual Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner tonight. The dinner will be hosted by the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in downtown Reno.

Pack hoops need help

The Wolf Pack basketball team is in a freefall. Once considered one of the best mid-major programs in the West, the Nevada men’s basketball team has floated to uncharted waters not seen in the last 40 years.

NIAA to conduct national search for executive director

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s Board of Control voted Wednesday in Reno to conduct a national search for its next executive director.

Playoff chase

It’s a big weekend for the Fallon boys basketball team. What is perhaps two must-win games, the Greenwave host Sparks and South Tahoe today and Saturday, respectively.

Ali vs. Ally — thick as thieves

A pair of thieves are set to steal the show Saturday on the hardwood.

Man returns to Douglas in death of infant daughter

A Gardnerville Ranchos man accused of murder in the death of his infant daughter has been returned to Douglas County. Trent Getty, 23, waived extradition in Superior Court in Sacramento and is scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Friday morning.

Carson City’s WNC baseball has young team heading into season

It will be a youthful Western Nevada College baseball team who takes the field this spring at John L. Harvey Field.

State of the State: Gov. Brian Sandoval stresses education, meeting future challenges

Gov. Brian Sandoval in his third State of the State address laid out a sweeping reform plan including elements designed to please progressive Democrats along with changes conservative Republicans have long sought.

Sen. Ben Kieckhefer reacts to Gov. Sandoval’s State of the State

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, who represents Carson City, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State address:

Lake Tahoe Brewery hopping with activity, nears opening in Carson City

The new Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. in downtown Carson City held a pre-opening event for friends and family Wednesday evening, with another set for Friday.

State of the State: Gov. Brian Sandoval calls for $1.1 billion in additional revenue

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday laid out a $7.3 billion General Fund budget that includes more than $1 billion in new revenues and extensions to the existing temporary increases balancing the current budget.

Thursday, January 15

Yosemite rock climb included coffee, chocolate and whiskey

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.

Pack hoop squad tough one to figure out

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...The Nevada Wolf Pack’s 98-42 men’s basketball loss to the Colorado State Rams on Wednesday night is, without question, one of the worst losses in school history in any sport.

Darrell Moody: Change the Northern hoops playoffs...please

Anybody who knows me knows I’m not a big fan of having crossover games count during basketball season.

State of the State: Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget pushes education advancements

The 2016-2017 biennium budget being proposed by Gov. Brian Sandoval this evening at the Assembly Chambers totals $7.3 billion. That is more than $750 million more than the General Fund projected by Economic Forum in December.

Strong three quarters is enough for Carson to win Sierra opener

RENO — For three quarters, all was right with the world.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office seeks men in connection with vehicle burglary

Carson City Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two men in connection with a vehicle burglary that occurred Dec. 30.

Sandoval unveils budget plan tonight

Today is the day Gov. Brian Sandoval lifts the veil on his plans to balance Nevada’s budget for the coming two years. His State of the State speech to the combined membership of the 2015 Legislature is set for 6 p.m. today in the Assembly Chambers.

CHS not taken down by changes, wins big

RENO — It wasn’t the normal Carson High line-up that took the mat against Galena, and it didn’t matter.

Carson City’s Hein, I Am They releases debut album

At 15 years old, Matt Hein never imagined he would become a musician, much less hear himself singing on the radio someday.

Exodus brings the end of Lionel Sawyer law offices

Once-empty desks once again are in use at the law offices of Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas.

Trio of highly acclaimed musicians to play in Fallon

The upcoming show at the Art Center, “You Know How I Feel,” will feature the talents of three highly acclaimed jazz musicians in a special collaboration paying tribute to the songs of some of their influences.

Visiting Lovelock’s historic district

Motorists racing across Nevada on Interstate 80 sometimes don’t pay much attention to communities like Lovelock — and that’s too bad.

Construction rebound brings more business to area architects

When construction work rebounded in Northern Nevada last year, so did jobs for area architects.

Copper mine moves forward

The New Year is shaping up to be an eventful one for Nevada Copper.

AKC’s ‘Canine Good Citizen’

I just became aware of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. Dog owners who want to train their dogs to receive the CGC award must prepare their pals for 10 different challenges.

Appreciating the morons among us

There’s a lot of serious and scary stuff going on in the world these days and more than enough yammering idiots in the media to tell us about it all. Fortunately for you, this yammering idiot is covering a different beat; it’s my job to write about silly and stupid human behavior that is neither scary nor serious and there’s always plenty to write about.

Remembering great movies about WW II

We have just entered the third week of 2015, and many of us this year will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War ll.

Nonstop Reno/New York flights coming this spring from JetBlue

JetBlue Airways on Tuesday announced it will begin nonstop air service from New York City to Reno this spring.

4-H program needs mentors for youth

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program is looking for positive adult role models to mentor youth enrolled in the 4-H Youth and Families with Promise Program. Mentors will be working with youth between the ages of 8 and 14, meeting one-on-one with a youth individually and attending monthly group activity nights and trainings.

Small Farm conference offers continuing ed credits

A total of 39.5 continuing education (CEU) credits is being offered to Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) during the Nevada Small Farm Conference Jan. 22-24.

Safety training offered for pesticide applicators

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, is offering a free workshop Feb. 11 to train people throughout the state how to properly handle and use pesticides. The workshop is meant for certified applicators, people who regularly handle pesticides as part of their jobs, such as farmers, ranchers, park employees and groundskeepers. Attendees will receive continuing education units.


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

View from the Past

Old Works at Virginia. Work is being resumed in the old mines at Virginia City and it is probable that hundreds of men will be seen working in that district before summer. Three of the workings have reopened during the last week.


CCMS 6th Grade A Honor Roll

Attacks on journalists are an attack on freedom

On Wednesday (1/7), the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Twelve men and women were murdered for expressing their freedom of speech. Sadly, it is not an isolated incident.

Driver’s quick thinking saves kids

A bus driver who was involved in an accident in November with a tractor-trailer is being commended for her quick thinking actions.

Common Core stirs controversy

The Common Core symposium didn’t go as planned Wednesday night at the Fallon Convention Center because the events from the forum the night before in Carson City were at the forefront of the discussion.

Police, NHP begin high-intensity enforcement

The holidays might be over, but efforts from law enforcement to reduce impaired driving is not.

FPD seeks robbery suspect

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Schurz man suspected of robbing the City Liquor and Food Store on Sunday.

Gregory avoids 12-year prison sentence

A Fallon man avoided prison Tuesday in District Court and received probation stemming from two cases.

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.

Wednesday, January 14

Copper mine moves forward in Yerington

The new year is shaping up to be an eventful one for Nevada Copper. After working since early 2011 to get 10,400 acres of federal land transferred to the City of Yerington, Nevada Copper in mid December finally saw that goal realized. The transfer of land allows Nevada Copper to proceed with plans to develop a large open-pit copper mine on 3,800 acres of former federal land that surrounds the company’s underground copper mine on 1,200 acres.

Carson girls ride herd on Mustangs

RENO — What a difference a couple of days makes.

Mile High Jazz Band presents ‘Cool Jazz in January’ Tuesday in Carson City

Warm up by getting moving when the Mile High Jazz Band presents “Cool Jazz in January,” from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

JetBlue bringing nonstop Reno to New York flights this spring

JetBlue Airways on Tuesday announced it will begin nonstop air service from New York City to Reno this spring. Flights between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport begin May 28, according to a news release.

Prep roundup: Wolverines handle Dust Devil boys basketball

TRUCKEE — The Dayton boys basketball team dropped a Division I-A game at Truckee, 56-43, on Tuesday.

Giants World Series Trophies coming to Reno

RENO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are bringing their World Series Trophies to Reno in March.

‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions coming to Nevada

Auditions for the tenth season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” are happening Feb. 12 at Bally’s Las Vegas Convention Space, 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

AP source: Sparano out of running for Raiders coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have told interim coach Tony Sparano that he will not be getting the full-time job, clearing the way for the team to hire Jack Del Rio.

Tuesday, January 13

Muffy Vhay: An ode to griddle cakes, an old cookbook and an old stove

My go-to cookbook for old fashioned comfort foods like pancakes, macaroni and cheese, chocolate pudding and more is a tattered 1959 edition (the 10th since the first in 1896) of the Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook.

Carson City’s O’Neill: I’ll represent entire district

P.K. O’Neill concedes that Assembly Republicans got off to a rocky start this season.

Douglas County infant dies; father arrested in Sacramento

An unresponsive 2-month old died after being taken off life support early this morning, and his father is in custody in Sacramento in connection with the death. The child’s father, Trent Getty, 23, was arrested at the Sacramento Greyhound station on a $1 million warrant, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office urges reflective clothing to prevent crashes

We have talked about the importance of driver’s looking out for pedestrians in crosswalks and along the roadways. So far this year, the weather has been mild but the nights have still been cold and most pedestrians continue to wear dark colored clothing at night.

Father faces murder charge in infant’s death

A first-degree murder charge was filed Monday against a Gardnerville Ranchos man accused of causing the death of his infant daughter. Trent Getty, 23, is being held in Sacramento jail pending extradition back to Douglas County.

Beginning the new year off successfully: The resolution reunion

It’s that time of year again, time to reacquaint ourselves with old health resolutions, sitting around the fire of passion and chatting with those ambitious companions: our bold plans. Far too often these exciting acquaintances fade quickly and we have to wait patiently for next year’s reunion. These are unfortunate and frustrating relationships.

Sustainable life or world domination

“…they released a pamphlet called ‘There Goes Christmas,’ in which they claimed that there was a new communist plot to ‘take the Christ out of Christmas’ by replacing Christmas decorations with United Nations iconography. The Society claimed this was part of a larger push to stamp out religion altogether and cede US sovereignty to the UN.”


CURRENT Common Core A symposium on Jan. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Fallon Convention Center will be held for a public discussion on Common Core State Standards.

Take the 17 day diet challenge

Based on the revolutionary book by Dr. Mike Moreno, 17 Day Diet Challenge, the program helps you whittle your waistline and shed pounds fast.

Neither Left nor Right has a true governing mandate

I take a bit of a contrary position from many conservatives about the meaning of this last election.

Misconceptions that won’t help when you hit the slopes

As skiers of all levels journey to the snow capped mountains, chances are that a great many of them will do some things that won’t help their cause, said world-class ski instructor Chalky White.

Taking control of diabetic foot ulcers

If you have diabetes, it is important to take care of your feet. Did you know that diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), open sores or wounds that form on the bottom of the foot, may be a costly problem for people who have diabetes?

Nevada casinos continue recovery since the 2007 peak

Nevada’s major casinos continued their recovery in Fiscal Year 2014. But total revenue of $23.9 billion — while up more than $820 million over the year before — still was less than 2007’s peak of $25.3 billion.

Focusing on education reform

Educators are curious about President Obama’s proposal made last week that a community college education should be free.


WNC Construction Management Students who are looking for a career that flexes their brain more than their muscles should take a look at Western Nevada Collelge’s Bachelor of Technology Degree in Construction Management.

A member of the pack

Our puppies, Riley and Molly really miss their “daddy” Doug, who has been hospitalized since just a week or so after Thanksgiving, and it will be some time before he’s home. In the meantime my oldest son, Don, has been here helping me and the “kids” just love having him around. They spoil each other.

BLM hosts meeting on resource management plan

As part of the draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Carson City District, the Bureau of Land Management will host five public meetings beginning this week.

Hughes golden

Gold, silver and bronze isn’t a bad showing for the Fallon wrestling team.

Lady Wave routed by Lowry

In a highly anticipated showdown between league rivals, one showed why they are the defending state champs.

Bucks nip Fallon down the stretch

Fallon’s fourth-quarter rally was stymied by a trio of turnovers in the final 3 minutes as the Lowry boys basketball team held on for a 44-40 Northern Division I-A win on Saturday at the Elmo Dericco Gym.

Charlie Heck takes game up a notch

Charlie Heck had the best season of his collegiate football career last fall.

Marshall lands coveted spot in zone honor choir

A Churchill County High School senior was recently named the 2015 Northern Zone Nevada High School Honor Choir Alto Section Leader.

New school board trustees sworn in

The Churchill County School Board swore in four trustees Thursday night at its first meeting of January.

Funding for College of Ag, UNCE stabilizing

While Gov. Brian Sandoval will reveal his plans for Nevada for the biennium Thursday during his State of the State speech, the deans for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources both think the worst in funding cuts is behind them.

NIAA Board of Control meets Wednesday in Reno

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control will meet today and Thursday at the Peppermill Resort and Casino in Reno.

Wave star off to pole vault summit

Renaud Lavillenie leads a world class field of athletes who will be showcased Friday night when UCS Spirit hosts its annual National Pole Vault Summit in Reno.

Elwood Russell Snyder, Jr.

Elwood Russell Snyder Jr., a long-time resident of Gardnerville, has passed away joining his best friend, wife of 67 years, Florence. Russ proudly served his country as a Marine in WWII where he received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

US Bowling Congress agrees to keep Reno on tourney host list

RENO — The U.S. Bowling Congress has finalized a deal that will keep a series of national tournaments in Reno over the next 11 years.

Monday, January 12

Community briefly: CASI meetings planned

Carson Animal Services Initiative, or CASI, is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Business, Resource Innovation Center, 108 E. Proctor St., to plan this year’s Woofs, Wine and Whiskers fundraiser.

Sandoval: Too many unknowns in Obama’s community college plan

Gov. Brian Sandoval said Monday there’s no way he can respond to the president’s community college proposal until details of the plan are released.

Ex-Miami assistant named Nevada women’s volleyball coach

RENO — A former assistant coach at Nevada has been named the new head coach of the Wolf Pack women’s volleyball team.

Foster/adoptive parent training

The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will hold foster/adoptive parent training on Saturday and Sunday and Jan. 24 in Carson City.

Sunday, January 11

Five CHS wrestlers win JV tourney titles

Carson High crowned five champions at Saturday’s Carson High JV Tournament at Morse Burley Gym.

Nevada doesn’t have shield versus Marvelle

RENO — Marvelle Harris put an end to the Nevada Wolf Pack’s winning streak almost by himself on Saturday.

Moody column: Usage of all-star crews is not the problem

Much has been made about the reversed ruling in last week’s Dallas-Detroit game. It was the wrong call and I’m glad the NFL came out and admitted it.

Saturday, January 10

Carson City Sheriff’s Office participating in Joining Forces operations

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will be participating in Joining Forces through the month of January. 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 funds are used to pay for additional deputies who will be out looking for impaired drivers.

Getting your skis and snowboards for the slopes

This is a little late but then many have not hit the slopes because of the lack of good snow on the runs. I’ve been up twice and now will wait for more snow.

Pair attempts world’s hardest climb up Yosemite’s El Capitan

SAN FRANCISCO — Two men are attempting what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a grueling ascent of a half-mile of exposed granite in California’s Yosemite National Park using only their hands and feet.

Carson City’s guitar man

Carson City’s Leonard Paschini once played lead guitar in a California rock band called The Bitter Seeds.

DMV moves to make temporary tags more secure

The Department of Motor Vehicles is upgrading the security on temporary vehicle tags to make them less vulnerable to fraud.

Prep roundup: Carson girls overcome slow start for win

RENO — Carson shook off a scoreless first quarter en route to a 29-23 win over McQueen Friday night at John Flynn Gymnasium.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office: Man arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. THURSDAY • At 7:49 p.m., a 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI-first offense after a traffic stop at South Carson and Sonoma streets. Bail was set at $1,000.

Douglas County man sought for allegedly abusing infant

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man after his two-month old infant was hospitalized with traumatic injuries early Wednesday morning. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said at 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to Carson Valley Medical Center for a report of an unresponsive infant who was brought in by the father, Trent Getty, 23.

New scoreboard, sound system at Mackay Stadium eyed for 2015

RENO — The University of Nevada’s plans for an extensive renovation of Mackay Stadium is scheduled to be complete for the 2016 season opener.

Swing era jazz & blues group visiting Minden

The third concert in Carson Valley Arts Council’s 2014-2015 concert series will feature music by Bay Area singer Lavay Smith, called the “Queen of Classic Jazz and Blues,” and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue in Minden.

Nevada casinos continue recovery

Nevada’s major casinos continued their recovery in Fiscal Year 2014. But total revenue of $23.9 billion — while up more than $820 million over the year before — still was less than 2007’s peak of $25.3 billion.

Carson City’s Rupert gives invocation at Gov. Brian Sandoval’s inauguration

Shown at Gov. Brian Sandoval’s inaugural on Monday are John D. Rupert, an eighth-grade student at Eagle Valley Middle School and Ayleen Perry, mistress of ceremonies at the ceremony. She is a senior at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas. Rupert did the invocation/prayer during the inauguration.

Friday, January 9

CHS carves up McQueen defense

RENO — McQueen High’s strategy of changing defenses proved no mystery to Carson High Friday night.

Fajardo wins Pack’s Golden Helmet Award

RENO – Cody Fajardo capped his Nevada career with the Golden Helmet Award as the team’s most valuable player during the 2014 season. The honor was part of the team awards announced by head coach Brian Polian Friday.

Free cooking class offered Jan. 19 at Dayton Community Center

Rebekah May, a certified Community Health Advocate, and Kim Mason, a dietician, will teach how to cook Alaska salmon albóndiga, a type of meatball soup, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Dayton Community Center.

Carson Valley Footprinters to feature music Jan. 15 at Carson Valley Inn

Krista Jenkins and All Hat No Cattle, a country music group, will perform at Carson Valley Footprinters’ next meeting on Jan. 15 at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Western Nevada College baseball team hosting bowling night Jan. 19 at Gold Dust West

The Western Nevada College baseball team is hosting its annual Wildcat Bowling Night at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Gold Dust West’s bowling facility.

Lady Wave set sights on Lowry

It may be the series to determine the league title. Fallon and defending state champion Lowry meet Saturday in a Northern Division I-A showdown at the Elmo Dericco Gym.

Rising up

There isn’t a better time to be hitting on all cylinders like the present. Not to mention with a looming showdown with Northern Division I-A power Lowry.

Wrestlers set sights on Douglas

Twenty Northern Nevada wrestling teams will assemble on Saturday to compete in the Carson Valley Lions Club Invitational at Douglas High School.

Scholz finds home in Dallas

Competing in a national volleyball tournament before her senior year at Fallon opened a door to the future.

ESPN anchor changed the industry

He was one who went against the norm against the tradition of sports broadcasting.

Carson City crime rate lowest in 20 years

Carson City’s crime rate is at its lowest point in 20 years, but Sheriff Ken Furlong says that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges coming in 2015. “The community crime reported was at its lowest ever in 2013 and we came into Dec. 4 percent below that.”


American Idol contestant Molly Seals, center, in black, is surrounded by friends and family during a viewing party at the Seals’ house Wednesday night. Back row: The ‘Band-Aids,’ Kelli Luderbaugh, Jenilla McDaniel, Andrea Hlatky, middle: Jim Seals, Marianne Seals, Jimmy Seals, Chase Annand, Molly Sinnott and Paul Sinnot. Seated next to Molly Seals is her boyfriend Kevin Sinnott. The Kansas City auditions in which Molly appears, barring her getting edited, shows tonight on Fox at 8 p.m. and continues this Wednesday. Seals is in the running to be one of the 24 finalists to become the next ‘American Idol’ and the 24 finalists were ‘introduced’ on Wednesday, shown singing in silhouettes.

‘Back To The Future’ car in legal battle 30 years later,

NEWARK, N.J. — As “Back To The Future” celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, there’s a legal tussle over the futuristic car that provided the guts for the flying time machine used by Michael J. Fox in the classic 1985 film.

Thursday, January 8

Tribal Legislative Forum to be at Carson City’s Stewart Complex

The Nevada Indian Commission has scheduled a Tribal Legislative Forum for Jan. 15 at the Stewart complex in south Carson City.

Ugly win for Carter’s crew in Sin City

Sports fodder for a Friday morning... Is there any doubt now the Nevada Wolf Pack is the best men’s college basketball team in the state of Nevada?

For role in Carson City wrestling, Pulsipher, Greiner to be honored Saturday

Cleo Pulsipher, who helped start the Carson Bulldogs wrestling program and also coached several sports at Carson High, and former 1975 state champion Bobby Greiner are going to be inducted into the Carson High Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Senate Democrats hire director of communications

Senate Democrats have hired their first-ever communications director for the upcoming legislative session.

Court: Nevada should say what’s in prison food; Furlong says Carson City OK

LAS VEGAS — A convicted pedophile’s complaint about Nevada prison food has the state Supreme Court ordering an accounting of what’s in unnamed sack lunches and “chef’s choice” dinners given to inmates, and whether the meals are healthful.

Want to turn heads at CES? Hire a celebrity

LAS VEGAS — Driverless cars of the future. Every imaginable (and unimaginable) kind of smartphone case. The latest laundry technology, even. Acres of Las Vegas convention center floor packed with gadget demos and exhibitor booths. And 160,000 people milling about. So how can a company get noticed among all the noise?

County, state gaming win flat

The fact Nevada’s gaming win was flat in November compared to a year ago is actually good, not bad.

Unique musical performance comes to CAC

Churchill Arts will present a performance by three heralded Jazz musicians in the Barkley Theatre on Jan. 31.

Eureka County farmers experiment with low-energy sprinklers

Farmers are experimenting with ways to more efficiently irrigate their crops as Nevada heads into what could be the fourth year of drought.

Fallon farrier creates custom-fit horseshoes

Trey Moncrief carefully crafts therapeutic shoes, often four at a time, for users who are on their feet much of the day and night.

Scaring up good times in Las Vegas

It turns out that what happens in Vegas stays there a long time. Like forever. At least that’s the idea behind the Haunted Vegas Ghost Hunt, a two-and-a-half hour late night journey to the city’s most haunted locales.

What’s new, pussycat?

Recently, I read an article in Family Circle that featured new developments in cat food. Cat food companies are now hiring chefs. Richard Blais, who is a Top Chef All-Stars winner and full-time chef, has developed a new line of Fancy Feast seafood-and veggie-filled broths. The broths sound so delicious that I would recommend them to all my feline friends and maybe even Watson.

A new old federal government

Before I get to today’s topic, there is a presentation regarding Common Core on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fallon Convention Center. There will be people from the Nevada Department of Education as well as nationally recognized opponents to Common Core.

Some gray hair wisdom

It seems that the older I get more people come to me seeking advice or help with a personal problem. These are generally people who don’t know me very well because my friends understand that I’m about as deep as dishwater but rarely as clear. I guess some folks just assume that old guys with gray hair automatically have some kind of useful life experience and wisdom; clearly these people do not pay attention to Congress.

New contribution levels make 401(k) plans more attractive

If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500 in 2014.

Lewis Spill project still on track

There is no doubt snowfall is on the minds of the board of directors for the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District.

What happens as political prodigies age?

What happens to young prodigies in early adult years, middle age and Medicare days? Here’s the story of one political prodigy.

2015 story: Sex offender sent to prison for child pornography

A Fallon man guilty of possession of child pornography was sentenced up to 10 years in prison during a late December District Court appearance.

Make a better impression this year

First impressions matter, particularly when you’re in the market for a new job. While a top notch resume and cover letter can help get your foot in the door, only you can seal the deal.

View from the Past

Fallon’s New School Building. Last Thursday evening marked an epoch in the educational progress of the City of Fallon, the event being an informal reception at the new public school building that has just been completed. The building is centrally located on the east side of Oats Park.

Common Core symposium is Wednesday

A symposium on Common Core State Standards will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fallon Convention Center, 100 Campus Way.

New year, new books at the library

We are busy planning an exciting and fun-filled 2015 at the library. The repurpose project will be complete by the end of February, the Every Hero Has a Story themed Summer Reading Program is scheduled and a Lego Club is in the works and storytime will continue. Under consideration are a book club, movie night and speaker events. Anything you’d like to see happen? We are open to suggestions so let us know!

Police, nhp updates

Because of a rash of vehicle burglaries committed over the weekend, the Fallon Police Department has stepped up patrols in all neighborhoods within the city, said Capt. Ron Wenger.


An unusually light breeze uncommon for early January swept across the Loneliest Highway in America east of the Lahontan Valley.

CHS girls fall to North Valleys

The game was there for the taking, but Carson High’s girls couldn’t get a key stop or a key basket in the waning moments of the game.

Schulz quick draw for CHS

North Valleys was knocking at the door, and that’s when Ian Schulz stepped up.

Wednesday, January 7

PAC seeks recall of Hambrick from leadership position

Conservative activist Chuck Muth has registered a Political Action Committee to try to recall Assembly Speaker Designate John Hambrick from office.

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 City man sentenced to prison

A Carson City man was sent to prison for up to four years after being found guilty of attempted battery by a parolee. Richard Newell, 39, admitted to getting into a physical argument with his wife.

Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center gearing up for wine and jazz event

An evening of wine and spirit tasting, food by Foodies Bystro and performances by dancers and musicians is set in Winter Wine, Spirits and All That Jazz from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Brewery Arts Center, which is sponsoring this year’s event in partnership with the Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program.

Gov. Sandoval dedicates second term to education, Nevada’s youth

Gov. Brian Sandoval told a crowd of more than 200 he would dedicate his second four-year term to Nevada’s young people and their education.

Skilled workforce in Carson City key to success in 2015 and beyond

Drilling a new generation of industry workers is one key for Carson City and area commerce in 2015. Drilling for downtown dollars, a second key this year, comes via initial steps in a probable project that may include a technology conference center, hotel and retailing complex near the Carson Nugget casino. A third key is the hoped-for reopening of the Ormsby House hotel and casino, according to some people surveyed about 2014 business and 2015 prospects. Work force needs, though, are uppermost in many minds here.

Tuesday, January 6

Nevada traffic, pedestrian, motorcycle fatalities increase

A total of 284 people died in traffic crashes during 2014. That is 18 more than were killed the previous year.

Prep roundup: Douglas boys edge Spanish Springs

SPARKS — Michael Johnson scored 19 points Tuesday night to lead the Douglas High boys basketball team to a 42-41 victory against Spanish Springs

Michael Eugene Beck

Michael (Mike) Eugene Beck passed away on December 30, 2014 at the age of 57. Mike loved rodeos, and in his younger days, rode bulls, bareback, team roped and was even a rodeo clown. Mike also loved to work in the yard. He

Fire department called out to York Lane house fire

A fire broke out in a York Lane house shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday.

December’s Veteran of the Month selected

Gov. Brian Sandoval recognized John Matthews as Nevada’s December 2014 Veteran of the Month in a recent presentation at the state capitol.

Community Bulletin Board

A symposium on Jan. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Fallon Convention Center will be held for a public discussion on Common Core State Standards.

Dousing the Fiore fury with facts

At my request, conservative Republican Assembly Majority Leader Michele Fiore, R-Clark County, set up a meeting for me with her accountant so I could review and seek clarity on this whole brouhaha related to IRS tax liens filed against her business.

Health hazards of indoor pollution

In late 2011, Dyan developed a sudden onset of severe allergy symptoms. Despite taking allergy medications daily, she continued to experience frequent sneezing, coughing and skin irritation for more than two years.

Avoiding nightmares when planning for plastic surgery

Anyone considering plastic surgery? A surgeon says a little care in planning can avert a nightmare.

Seeking IT help? Hire a veteran

In a region that’s growing increasingly hungry for skilled workers, Joseph Tucker and Tammy Richardson bring glad tidings.

Teens and driving: It’s about time

It’s about time. Nevada’s teenagers are quickly discovering that obtaining a driver’s license is a privilege, not a right.

A man eating hot dogs

Writing a column can be a challenge. My dogs Molly and Riley were both snoozing beside me on the sofa, and with Fox News and Dish Network at odds, I couldn’t watch a lot of my favorite television programs. OK, so I’m spoiled. Aren’t we all with all of the new electronic “stuff” that gives us so much fabulous entertainment and keeps us in tune with world news?


December 10, 2014 A girl, Kyla Le’ann Gelineau to Jessica Marie Henry and Christopher Justin Gelineau.

Navy educational presence provides listening ear

The Navy Partners in Education has launched its volunteer Navy personnel into the school district to be a presence and listening ear for students.

Fallon student awarded Navy ROTC scholarship

A Churchill County High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps senior recently received a scholarship to Stanford University for $180,000.


Fallon became the first community to establish a local commission to honor Nevada in 2014 as the Silver State began celebrating its 150th birthday with a series of events.

New county officials sworn in

Newly elected Churchill County officials were sworn in Monday at the Churchill County Commissioners’ first meeting of 2015.

Year’s first baby born on Saturday

The first baby born in 2015 arrived Saturday.


When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems — especially for individuals who wear glasses.

Manage and prevent diabetes

Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes and another 37 percent of U.S. adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Preying on birds

The vaunted Hug basketball team of the past is no more.

College football playoff is a home run

The first-ever college football playoff started with a bang on the field and a ratings-record bonanza for ESPN.

Lady Wave rolls past Truckee

Locking up one of the Northern Division I-A’s best shooters isn’t easy. Fortunately for the Fallon girls basketball team, they were able to do just that as the Lady Wave rolled to a 54-35 win over Truckee on Friday.

Wave nabs first league win

A cold shooting spell killed the hopes for the Truckee boys basketball team to steal a win against Fallon on Friday.

Tigers claw past Fallon

It was a toe-to-toe battle against former rivals. But the four-headed monster beat a three-headed one as Douglas slipped past Fallon, 53-44, on Saturday in a nonleague matchup at he Elmo Dericco Gym.

New Year, new run

On Saturday, the Churchill County Parks and Recreation Department held its annual New Year’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk at City Hall.

Monday, January 5

Manufacturing jobs a growing part of northern Nevada economy

Motorists headed for Lake Tahoe along Fairview Drive in Carson City probably don’t pay much attention to the Ametherm Inc. plant as they pass by. But the maker of thermistors used in electronic equipment has doubled its production in the past year as it nailed down new distribution agreements, made the strategic acquisition of a product line and moved into a new facility.

Prep roundup: Carson edges Reno

RENO — The Carson High School boys basketball team sustained a heartbreaking 48-47 loss to Reno High on Saturday.

John Bullis: A worthwhile reason to contact the IRS

IRS charges many different penalties. Failure to file (on time, including extensions) can be 25 percent of the tax due. Failure to pay is more like additional interest. Congress felt too many taxpayers were not paying IRS because the cost of the interest was low compared to getting a bank loan. The failure to deposit penalty relates to payroll taxes not paid to IRS in a timely manner. The required dates vary, but as the amount of taxes increases, the delay in paying over the payroll taxes is reduced

Briefly: Outreach centers offering free breakfast

St. John the Apostle Episcopal Outreach Center, 140 Pike St. in Dayton, is offering free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

FPD investigating numerous vehicle break-ins

The Fallon Police Department is investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins that apparently started sometime over the weekend, said Capt. Ron Wenger.

Fallon man drives into CC Communications

A Fallon man accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes Monday morning, and as a result, he drove into CC Communications on 1755 W. Williams Ave.

’Real Housewives’ star makes prison her new home

One of New Jersey’s “Real Housewives” has gone to the big house.

Nevada takes I-80 again

Pack scores 80 in win over Air Force As far as the Nevada Wolf Pack is concerned, the men’s basketball season started Saturday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center.

Sunday, January 4

Saturday, January 3

Darrell Moody: Wolf Pack teams need more support

Reno isn’t a college town and is never going to be when it comes to supporting its athletic teams.

Carson wrestling wins tournament

The Carson High wrestling team had a flair for the dramatic in winning the Granada Mat Classic in Livermore, Calif., a tournament that featured many of Northern California’s top programs.

Kelly Bullis: Open the discussion to make business tax rate more competitive

Every year at this time, my heart beats a little lighter. All the negativity, bad news, etc. of recent is now “last year’s old news.” I’m looking at a blank slate. No baggage! (Well, maybe I picked up a pound or two with all the Christmas goodies.) So what are the good things to look forward to on the horizon?

Carson City Library hosts free digital learning classes

The following is a schedule of free hour-long classes offered in January at @ Two Digital Learning Center at the Carson City Library.

Wild Horse Children’s Theater hosting audition workshop for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr

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.

Driver in fatal wreck near Lake Tahoe found, arrested on felony charges

INCLINE VILLAGE — On Friday afternoon, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported the driver who fled the scene — 34-year-old Manuel Mejia-Verduzco — was located at his apartment in Incline Village, where he had reportedly been hiding.

Friday, January 2

Roger Diez: Takeaways from the 2014 racing season

Here are some of the highlights of the 2014 racing season that I found particularly impressive:

High school basketball: Spring Creek tops Dayton

Spring Creek outscored the Dust Devils 22-1 in the third quarter en route to a 68-37 boys basketball win at Dayton Friday night.

Donna Douglas, ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ star, is dead

NEW YORK — Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has died.

Jane S. Ternau

Jane S. Ternau passed away peacefully on December 17, 2014 in Carson City, NV. She was born on March 5, 1920 in Pittsburgh, PA to Charles and Mary Sharp. Jane is survived by her son John Ternau (Margo) of Reno, NV, grandson AJ Ternau of Carson City, granddaughter Lacy (Ternau) Trapp of Reno, daughter Judy Havilland (Bill) of Renton, WA, grandson Matthew Hayward of Portland, OR, grandson Ryan Hayward of Renton, WA and great granddaughters Corinne Ternau and Ryanne Trapp.

Bono: I may never play guitar again after crash

LONDON — Bono says he now has a titanium elbow and may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling accident.

David M. Dahlinger

David M. Dahlinger, 52, after a lengthy illness left his earthly body and into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 29, 2014. He was surrounded by those who loved him

Gregg Kispert

Gregg Kispert 75 went home to be with Jesus Christmas morning after a brief illness. He is the beloved husband of Leslie (Sunny) Kispert, and cherished father of Merinda Joy (Rindy) Kispert Kacsmaryk, grandfather of Brandon Gregg Kacsmaryk and Ashton Joy Kacsmaryk, step-father of Scott Gavin and Michele Gavin and their spouses and children, a beloved big brother to Nancy Kispert Derloshon, and an awesome uncle to Gordon Gregg Osborne. Gregg Kispert was born in Fallon, Nevada on February 19, 1939 to Merium Elaine Jensen Kispert and Harold (Hal) Gregg Kisper

Lura Batjer Caldwell

Lura Batjer Caldwell passed away on December 29, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada. She was surrounded by her family and dear friends. The cause of death is believed to have been severe sepsis.

Jack Benton Ashcraft

Jack Benton Ashcraft was born April 13th,1956, in Hawthorne, Nevada to Charles and Joy Ashcraft. He passed away on December 7, 2014 in Fallon.

Calvin William Dixon

Calvin William Dixon passed away December 29, 2014 in Reno, Nevada. He was born January 14, 1945 in Fallon, NV to Harry W. and Louemma Cushman Dixon.

Charlene June Smock

Charlene June Smock passed away on December 21, 2014 at the age of 83 after a yearlong illness. Charlene was born in Los Angeles, CA on October 15, 1931 to Charles and Marion Thompson

West Coast swing lessons being offered in Carson City

High Sierra Swing Dance Club will offer a series of basic West Coast swing lessons 7:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 28 to March 4 in the Grand Ballroom at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St.

Carson City gallery among ‘unmissable’

Capital City Arts Initiative’s Courthouse Gallery in Carson City and St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center in Virginia City were two of 10 unmissable spots for art lovers in Nevada — as listed by The Culture Trip, a website showcasing the art, food and culture of countries around the world.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office seeks missing 17 year old

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in locating Ismeray Uribe, 17. She ran away from her residence in Carson City at about 4 a.m. Dec. 26. She was last seen wearing a pink sweat shirt with “LOVE” written on the front and blue jeans. Ismeray was described as being 5-feet 7-inches and about 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Ismeray has used Yesenia or Ismay as her aliases.

Driver still on loose after fatal wreck near Lake Tahoe

NCLINE VILLAGE — One person is dead and three others were seriously injured in an early evening New Year’s Day wreck near North Lake Tahoe, an official said. An unidentified man was driving a 1998 silver Isuzu Rodeo on Nevada Highway 431 between mile markers 3 and 4 near Incline Village when he crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a 2003 blue Jeep Liberty, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson.

Final countdown

1. Josh Mauga resurrects his NFL career His career was on the downswing, but Josh Mauga fought through an injury-plagued start to his career to star with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fallon jumps back into league play

A smothering defense and an improving offense will be tested today and tomorrow at the Elmo Dericco Gym.

Goings 5th at SNC

Injuries are taking a toll on the Fallon wrestling team. Two standout grapplers fell victim Monday and Tuesday at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno.

Fajardo invited to NFL combine

Nevada senior Cody Fajardo has received an invitation to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held on Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis.

Pack has shot to finish in top 5

Back in August we told you that the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts would meet in this season’s Super Bowl. So don’t exactly go out and get a second mortgage on the house and make the following bets. Now that you are warned, go ahead and take the four home teams in this week’s opening round of the NFL playoffs. The Carolina Panthers will out-field goal the Arizona Cardinals 9-6. The Pittsburgh Steelers will grind down the Baltimore Ravens, 17-13. The Indianapolis Colts will win the battle of the Andys at quarterback and beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 30-17. And the Dallas Cowboys will destroy the Detroit Lions, 28-14, because, well, it is the Detroit Lions.

Piano stores closing as fewer children taking up instrument

BETTENDORF, Iowa — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.

Nevada farmers, ranchers seek good year ahead

High demand for Nevada cattle and hay is expected to continue through 2015 and keep prices for both commodities at profitable levels for Northern Nevada ranchers and farmers.

Ringing in some new music for the new year

Petra Haden is the daughter of the late, great jazz bass player, Charlie Haden, and her most recent release is “Petra Goes To The Movies” (Anti Records). It’s a multi-tracked solo vocal collection of some of her favorite themes from the silver screen, though not exactly what you’d expect.

Churchill County’s taxable sales jump 25%

Churchill County’s taxable sales increased 25.4 percent to $22.36 million in October. But that is the first good month Churchill has had this fiscal year.

Agriculture updates

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 next week at locations across Nevada with daily educational programs.

Home of big fiberglass, plaster

Years ago someone asked me if I had ever seen any giant fiberglass cow statues in Nevada. I racked my brain and recalled that I’d seen one in front of a café in Currant, a wide spot in the road at the intersection of U.S. 6 and State Route 379.

County to hold meeting on Monday

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

Consider these New Year’s financial resolutions

Now that 2015 is upon us, you may be thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ll decide to take up a musical instrument, or hit the gym more often, or even learn a new language. All these are worthy goals, of course — but you could also gain some key benefits by working to achieve some financial resolutions.

POW held in North Vietnam for nearly 8 years dies

Ernest C. Brace was a long-time resident of Nevada, spending countless nights at famous Las Vegas “Strip” resort hotels such as the Flamingo, Thunderbird, Stardust, Riviera and Desert Inn.

It’s here: This is the future

We’re 15 years into a whole new millennia, and I’m more than a little disappointed that we’re not cruising around in cool space cars or using domestic robots to load our dishwashers.

Baking snacks for pets

The holidays gave me the opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite activities baking. Who can resist fresh-baked cookies? They don’t last long in our home. This brings me to my most recent experiment in baking: Watson’s Oatmeal Wonders (or WOW cookies).

LVN looks at year’s top stories

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.

Depot history carries on

Owners Ralph Mills and David Widmer, who also own Widmer and Mills Accounting, saw the need for another casino establishment in the community as well the historic significance of the building.

Grimes Point graffiti case continued till next week

A Fallon man accused of spraying graffiti at Grimes Point did not appear Tuesday in District Court due to an illness.

Keeping your weight-loss resolution

New Year’s Resolutions are easier to make than to keep, especially when it comes to dieting. While life can often seem at odds with your health and fitness goals, there are plenty of ways to avoid common pitfalls this New Year and stay on the weight loss track.


One New Year’s resolution to stay healthy may not last long. The flu bug continues to be a thorn in the side for many county residents.

Youth Theatre Carson City presents ANNIE, JR. at the Carson City Community Center

Youth Theatre Carson City is presenting “ANNIE, Jr.” Jan. 9-11 in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center.

Thursday, January 1

Friday Fodder: Don’t bet the house on these picks

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... Back in August we told you the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts would meet in this season’s Super Bowl.

Nevada farmers, ranchers seek good year ahead

High demand for Nevada cattle and hay is expected to continue through 2015 and keep prices for both commodities at profitable levels for northern Nevada ranchers and farmers. Northern Nevada dairymen, however, may see prices for fluid and powered whole milk dip in the coming year.

Homes market in northern Nevada begins to stabilize

The Northern Nevada residential real estate market leveled off at the end 2014, but still finished the year better than when it started, leading to optimism about the year ahead.

Trading in his uniform and badge

In his 13 years as a public information officer for the State of Nevada, Trooper Chuck Allen was the face of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Northern Command that included northwestern Nevada and much of the central part of the Silver State.

11 arrested during New Year’s celebration in South Shore

STATELINE — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested 11 people during Wednesday night’s New Year’s eve celebration in casino core area of Stateline. Highway 50 was closed to vehicle traffic at about 11:50 p.m. for public safety reasons as the celebrants flowed into the roadway. The Nevada side of Highway 50 was cleared of celebrants at approximately 12:15 a.m. and was reopened to vehicle traffic at approximately 12:22 a.m. after the crowd peacefully moved off the roadway, according to authorities.

Fallon woman involved in fatal accident

A Fallon motorist fatally struck a pedestrian in Sparks Wednesday night, reports the Nevada Highway Patrol.