Stories for March 2015


Tuesday, March 31

Veterans and military day at legislature

150 Las Vegas area JROTC cadets line up on the Capitol Plaza Thursday during Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature.

Chuck Muth: Why your power bill is higher than it should be

When it comes to electricity generation and transmission, I don’t know a kilowatt from J.J. Watt. But I do know this: If the government gets involved, someone’s gonna get shocked.

Removing sunsets from existing taxes will generate $879 million

Lawmakers were told Thursday Gov. Brian Sandoval’s bill making the temporary but sunsetted tax hikes permanent would generate $879 million to balance the recommended budget.

Irresponsible citizenship and parenting

I’ve told the story many times about my grandmother not having a mastectomy because rumors floating around the rural South claimed cancer surgery would only cause it to spread throughout the body. While her decision caused her death, it didn’t lead to the death of others.

Our very special neighbors

My readers know how I feel about March, which has now left us. This month brings with it, year after year, memories of losing my husband Van from a stroke while we were away on vacation from our home in Idaho, just after visiting many family and friends.

Voice of the Community

SEEKS PARENT INPUT ON COMMON CORE Last Thursday night I attended a regular meeting of the Churchill County School Board at the Old High School. The main agenda item was a public hearing on reorganizing the elementary schools.

Reducing pollutants, chemicals at home

The spring cleaning season is a great time to take a closer look at some of the potentially harmful chemicals present in your home — and to seek out healthier alternatives.

Nevada Legislature: Public employees protest bill to change PERS

Public employees lined up in the Assembly Government Affairs Committee on Monday to protest legislation the author conceded is designed to save money by reducing the average employee retirement check.

Nevada Legislature: Wheeler, Knecht roll out budget plan with no tax hikes

Controller Ron Knecht and a group of Assembly Republicans headed by Jim Wheeler of Gardnerville rolled out a budget plan they say would fund the governor’s education enhancements without raising taxes.

Eagle Scout project benefits recreational opportunities

Eagle Scout Projects are often the highlight of a young person’s involvement in the Scouting program.

CCSD reschedules meeting for today

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

Commissioners meet tomorrow

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

Fire destroys home off St. Clair Road

A fire engulfed and then destroyed a house Monday afternoon off St. Clair Road.

CCSD moves forward with grade-level schools

The Churchill County School District Board of Trustees voted at their Thursday night meeting to move forward with grade-level schools.


This is the third-quarter honor roll from E.C. Best Elementary School. 4th Grade A Honor Roll — Elizabeth Bodenhorn, Dustan Drinkut, Arian Evans-Zimmerman, Lillian Kranzler, Jaquelin Medrano Avalos, Thomas Openshaw, Nick Rossback, Camille Winder.

Tuition waiver extension highlights Veterans and Military Day

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s signing of Assembly Bill 76 into law Thursday highlighted the annual Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature.

Comedians to be featured at Carson City’s Nugget

Carson Comedy at the Carson Nugget is hosting two comedians, Leif Skyving and Jesse Joyce, both of whom have been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Country artist to star at Virginia City benefit

Community Chest, Inc.’s sixth annual A Night to Imagine benefit for community services will feature songs and stories by Suzy Bogguss, a crossover country music performer, on Friday, April 10, at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City.

‘Mad Men’ almost over as creator Matthew Weiner looks back

NEW YORK — How time flies in this very mad world! It seems like only yesterday that the 1960s were dawning for Don Draper, his family and his comrades at the Sterling Cooper advertising agency. Now, as if in the blink of an eye, the ‘60s are waning as “Mad Men” nears the end of its glorious run.

Carson City’s Chamber Singers holding concerts

The Carson Chamber Singers, directed by Michael Langham, will continue its 30th season with a pair of spring concerts, the first of which will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 314 N. Division St.

Simeone to turn Carson City’s Nugget into castle of comedy

Steve Simeone developed his style of storytelling around his family’s dinner table in Philadelphia, where he competed for laughs as the middle of three brothers. He will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Carson Comedy inside the Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St.

Questionable tweets by new ‘Daily Show’ host Noah draw fire

NEW YORK — A day after Trevor Noah was declared the new host of “The Daily Show,” complete with the blessing of the exiting Jon Stewart, graphic tweets targeting women, Jews and victims of the Ebola virus are causing a social media backlash.

In Loving Memory of our Father Delward G. Reed

Happy 87th Birthday Dad! It’s hard to believe you’ve been gone for more than a year. Thinking about you today and missing you. Love you forever, your Children & Family in Campbell, CA.

Monday, March 30

Bill would allow Vegas school district to disband

A group of Nevada Republicans are bringing forward a bill allowing for the break-up of the Clark County School District, despite the district’s opposition.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault with a minor

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. THURSDAY • At 2:24 a.m., a 30-year-old was arrested on suspicion of an intoxicated pedestrian and with obstructing after he was stopped because the officer was concerned he was about to batter a woman with him. The arrest occurred at Robinson and Carson streets. He was held in lieu of $355 bail.

Josephine Baldassare

Josephine Baldassare passed away, surrounded by her boys on March 18, 2015. Rest in Gods arms! Born in the Bronx, NY on June 28, 1929 to Felicidad and Ralph Rodrigues, she married in 1955 to David Baldassare. Josephine was a talented fashion designer for many years. H

Sunday, March 29

Nevada paid $6.76 million in credit card fees in fiscal 2014

The state of Nevada spent $6.77 million last year paying fees for people and companies who use credit cards to pay bills like registering a car.

Nevada unemployment flat in February; Tesla to credit from growing labor force?

Statewide, Nevada’s unemployment rate was pretty much flat in February at a seasonally adjusted 7.1 percent.

Carson City’s WNC baseball falls to CSN

Phil Bickford and his history of being a top-10 selection in the 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft didn’t intimidate Western Nevada College hitters on Saturday.

Supplemental money needed to pay the bills

Legislative money committees spent most of this week processing what are known as supplemental appropriations. Those are added funding needed to get through the rest of this budget cycle caused by unanticipated increases in costs for a variety of reasons.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee makes appearance in Carson City

Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Saturday in Carson City he will announce later this spring if he plans to run for president.

North Valleys sweeps CHS Senators

A veteran team can often times play over mistakes. A young team can’t.

Saturday, March 28

A family visit to Mexico City

My column didn’t appear last Sunday because I was returning from a visit with my late wife’s family in Mexico City, one of the most fascinating and chaotic cities in the world. It was my first visit to Mexico City in 10 years and I noted several important changes in that urban megalopolis of more than 20 million people.

Local sports roundup: Dust Devils sweep Lowry to win the series

DAYTON — Dayton High used some late-inning heroics to sweep Saturday’s Northern Division 1A doubleheader from Lowry.

Darrell Moody: Baker-Roberts steps down as CHS tennis coach

The name Diane Baker-Roberts has been synonomous with tennis at Carson High for the past 30-plus years.

Carson City’s WNC baseball splits with CSN

It was a game Western Nevada needed to win, and it was two of the Wildcats’ lesser-known players who made it happen.

CHS baseball shows plenty of fight in loss

The never-say-die attitude of the Carson Senators took center stage.

Robotics team advancing to super-regionals

Robotics Team 5326, The Enterprisers, composed of high school students from Virginia City and Reno, will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge West Super-Regional Robotics Championship from March 27-29 in Oakland, Calif.

Five more residents appointed to CASA

The Tenth Judicial District Court added five more advocates to the recently formed Churchill County CASA program.

Tickets remain for Rosco Bandana

There are still some tickets available for the concert with Rosco Bandana Saturday night in the Barkley Theatre at the Art Center.

Another trip to the state’s scenic back roads

Last week I wrote about the Bureau of Land Management’s Back Country Byways in Northern Nevada so this week I’ll take a look at the program’s scenic back roads found in the rest of the state.

Friday, March 27

Four arrested in Fernley

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people after a felony fugitive was located on C Street in Fernley Thursday afternoon. Dusten Anderson, who’s allegedly wanted on robbery and extortion charges, barricaded himself inside the residence with three other subjects, according to a press release from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. While a search warrant was being obtained, the suspects began flushing what was believed to be methamphetamine down a toilet.

Pundits say Reid’s departure is going to have dramatic impact on the state

Two of Nevada’s foremost political observers say Harry Reid’s decision to retire at the end of 2016 will have a much more profound impact than just reshaping the 2016 election.

Local sports roundup: Carson City’s WNC softball splits

HENDERSON — Kristina George tossed a two-hit shutout and Western Nevada College nearly recovered from a nine-run deficit as the Wildcats split a Scenic West Athletic Conference softball doubleheader at rival College of Southern Nevada on Friday.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Felony arrests made on battery, drug-related charges

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. THURSDAY • At 2:46 p.m., Brian Rekoske, 42, was arrested on suspicion of furnishing prescription drugs to two people, a felony. He was held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Carson City Library collecting food for community service center

Friends of the Carson City Library’s food drive — happening through Saturday, April 4 — will help the Ron Wood Family Resource Center, and the group is offering a coupon for a free book at Browser’s Corner Book Store to anyone who donates.

Maintenance at Carson City gun range scheduled

The Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range, 4000 Flint Drive, will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday for maintenance, but the facility will reopen at 3 p.m. the same day.

Carson City Community Center hosting concert celebrating video games

A free concert celebrating video game art and music, hosted by Reno Video Game Symphony, will be at 6 p.m. April 4 at the Carson City Community Center.

Joanne Cocanour

Joanne Cocanour, 73, of Euless passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Euless, Texas. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30 at FitzHenry’s Funeral Home in Carson City, Nevada.

Shirley P. Shearer

Shirley P. Shearer, 94, of Carson City, Nevada passed away on March 23, 2015 in the comfort of her home with family and with the great assistance of Saint Mary’s Hospice and Home Instead, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born November 12, 1920 in Caldwell, Idaho while her parents (Arther and Juliana Liotard Phillips) were on a “quick” trip from their home in Winnemucca, Nevada - a fact that she never forgave them for! In her heart she was a true Winnemuccan and Nevadan.

Carson City taxable sales up 24.1 percent in January

January was a banner month for Carson City businesses with taxable sales rising 24.1 percent compared to the first month in 2014. Carson City Finance Director Nick Providenti said while numerous types of businesses reported gains, the core of the increase centered on two major categories: auto and building materials sales.

Vern D. (Andy) Anderson

Andy passed away at home in Fallon. He was born in Ephraim, Utah. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served his country for 23 years. He then retired in 1965 as Chief.

Betty Anne Castillo

Betty Anne Castillo passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2015 following a long illness. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY and moved to Concord, CA where she met Edward M. Castillo, Sr, in high school and they married in July 1951.

Stewart “Stew” John Evans

“Stew” passed away at his home in Carson City. Survived by his wife Joy Evans, daughter Krista Evans, step-daughter Randee Rule and 5 grandchildren.

Olga Simmers

Olga Simmers, 35 year resident of Carson City, passed away March 19, 2015 after a brief illness. Olga was born in 1925 to parents, Joseph and Mary Pacolt, in Johnstown, PA. She married Ed Simmers in 1949 and the couple lived in Southern CA for 31 years before moving to Carson City. Olga enjoyed gardening, reading, bowling, line dancing, Pool, Tai Chi, and bingo.

Robert (Bob) L. Stillman

Robert (Bob) L. Stillman, age 78, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.Robert was born August 10, 1936 to Alfred and Josephine Stillman in Rochester, MN. Robert and Gloria Ramsey were united in marriage June 30, 1956 at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester.He joined the Air Force in November 1956 and served until November 1964.

Young Nan Lovitt

Young Nan Lovitt, age 74, of Fallon, NV passed peacefully with her husband of 51 years by her side. Born in South Korea November 24, 1940, Young dedicated her entire life to her family. She is survived by her husband William “Hank” Henry Lovitt; her children, John Lovitt, Katie Kiehl, Michelle Lovitt, and Richard Lovitt; grandchildren Joshua Kiehl, Jessica Kiehl, Nichole Lovitt and Alexis Lovitt; preceded in death by her grandson Andrew Lovitt. As per her wishes, no services will be held.

Robert W. (Monte) Montgomery

On the 19th of March Robert W. (Monte) Montgomery went to meet his maker in heaven. He left behind his loving wife, Patricia and sons, Jimmy, James, Mike; daughters, Anita, Beth and Tina; sons, BJ, Bill and Mike and a brother, William. Robert served 20 years in the Navy and then went on to serve 20 years in the Teamsters. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW where he also served on the Honor Guard.

Celebration of Life for Ms. Beverly Vawter

Rock of Ages Baptist Church1445 Lucas Rd, Fallon, NV Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:00 PM

Sandoval: I’m focused on the state, not Reid’s open U.S. Senate seat

Gov. Brian Sandoval, in Fallon on Friday for the launch of a new young entrepreneurs program to start businesses and then to visit several schools, deflected questions on running for Sen. Harry Reid’s open Senate seat in 2016, saying he is more interested in improving the state, specifically in education.

Concerns persist about the RPM

Government agencies have lost trust from the people they serve. The Bureau of Land Management has been conducting town hall meetings to discuss its Resource Management Plan, which according to the agency, “provides the framework to guide decisions for every action and approved use on the National System of Public Lands.”

Individuals, groups respond to Sen. Reid not seeking re-election

When I was a boy, I dreamed of being an athlete. I listened to those baseball games on the radio, and I envisioned myself as a man out in center field at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park in Boston. But the joy I’ve gotten with the work that I’ve done for the people of the state of Nevada has been just as fulfilling as if I had played center field at Yankee Stadium.

Errors are WNC’s downfall vs. CSN

Three late-inning errors snapped a tie and sent College of Southern Nevada to a 5-2 series-opening baseball victory over Western Nevada College on Thursday at John L. Harvey Field.

Local sports roundup: Douglas loses a heartbreaker to the Cougars

MINDEN — Dion Mortimer pitched four-hit ball over 6.1 innings, however, the Douglas Tigers fell just short with their seventh inning rally Thursday afternoon in a 4-2 Northern Division I loss at home against Spanish Springs.

UPDATE: Union Pacific begins to remove cars from train derailment

Union Pacific railroad crews began removing box and flat cars from one of the nation’s main east-west lines early Thursday morning after 34 freight cars derailed the day before, causing numerous delays on a stretch of rail 22 miles north of Fallon.

Eric Musselman introduced as men’s basketball coach for Nevada Wolf Pack

RENO — It didn’t take long for Eric Musselman to challenge his Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball players.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man arrested on suspicion of felony drug charges

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. WEDNESDAY • At 5:47 p.m., Rex Killan, 27, was arrested on suspicion of a felony drug charge as well as dispensing a prescription drug and violating probation conditions after deputies found a pack of tablets on his person. Bail was set at a total of $35,500.

Thursday, March 26

Friday Fodder: Musselman is anything but boring

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball just got a whole lot less boring.

Reception celebrating Carson City’s Pony Express station planned

The Nevada Division of the Pony Express is operating the first active Pony Express station, which will stamp cards and letters while retracing the history of the mail service operation that used horses and riders to deliver letters from Sacramento, Calif., to east of the Rockies.

Annual Carson City Kiwanis Easter egg hunt planned April 4

Carson City Kiwanis’ 38th annual Easter egg hunt, which offers more than 8,000 eggs and hundreds of prizes, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Centennial Park, 5400 Heritage Way, north of Eagle Valley Golf Course. The event is free to all children, who are welcome to meet the Easter Bunny at the event.

Carson City school hosting annual ‘egg-stravaganza’ hunt April 4

The Easter Bunny and more than 16,000 candy-stuffed eggs will be on hand at the fourth annual Egg-stravaganza Saturday, April 4, at Seeliger Elementary School, 2800 S. Saliman Road.

Carson ATA Martial Arts hosting free women’s self-defense class

Women are invited to learn about defending themselves against an attacker at a free women’s self-defense seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carson ATA Martial Arts, 3242 Research Way.

Carson City residents can spay or neuter their cats free in April

Nevada Humane Society will offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries, plus free rabies vaccinations as part of Community Cat, PetSmart Charities’ spay and neuter campaign to alter free-roaming cats.

Phone problems persist across the country

Whether you’re on the calling or receiving end, problems with telephone service can be frustrating.

Fernley welcomes new Banner Health

Banner Health Center in Fernley has moved into a new $9.8 million facility.

Be prepared for those RMDs

You might not think that 70 ½ represents any particular milestone. But when you do reach this age, you will have to make some decisions that affect an important aspect of your life — your retirement income.

Legislative bills for dogs

It seems our Legislature is going to the dogs because two bills were recently introduced concerning dog rights. The first bill, SB105, was introduced by State Sen. James Settelmeyer. This bill would allow people to bring their dogs with them into taverns and saloons.

Solomon’s Porch Counseling Center opens Fallon facility

For more than three years, Solomon’s Porch Counseling Center has been serving the people of the Las Vegas and Pahrump communities by strengthening families affected by drug and alcohol issues, adjustment disorders, behavioral issues, marital problems, mental illness and grief and loss issues ... among others

Village Art Gallery announces opening of music department

Village Art Gallery has announced the opening of its music department.

Nevada congressman friend of Abe Lincoln

In less than two months, we will be observing the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, a strong supporter of Nevada statehood and confidante of Nevada’s first congressman.

Sometimes a haircut is just a haircut

I got a haircut last week. Normally that wouldn’t be a newsflash, but it was the first haircut I’ve had in several months, so it was kind of a big deal to me.

Eye on drought: FHTC begins fifth year as water group

Back in the late winter of 2010-2011, it was feared by many of the farmers in the Fernley area there would be no water in the Truckee Canal for the upcoming irrigation season.


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

Ace in the hole

Once again, he was nearly unhittable. Fallon ace Alex Mendez spun another gem in a surgical performance to lead the Greenwave to an 8-3 win over rival Fernley in a Northern Division I-A game on Wednesday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.

Homers lift Lady Wave

A power surge lit up the softball diamond on Wednesday between two rivals gunning for league and state supremacy. Fallon’s Megan McCormick blasted two home runs to lift the Lady Wave to a 10-6 win over Fernley in a Northern Division I-A tilt.

Elks meet tradition continues

For decades a staple of the spring season has been the Fallon Elks Invitational track meet.

Fallon youth hoops dominate

Fallon hoops flexed its muscles last weekend during the 11th annual Fallon Shoot-Out Co-ed Youth Basketball Tournament at the Gym at Venturacci Park.

Fallon cowboys, cowgirls solid at Fernley rodeo

The Fallon rodeo club had a solid opening performance two weeks ago in Fernley.

Football camp highlights spring break

Youngsters are encouraged to get an early start to the football season this spring break.

Nevada baseball earns first shutout

Sophomore right-hander Evan McMahan led the 26th-ranked Nevada baseball team to its first shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory over Sacramento State on Tuesday at Peccole Park in Reno.

Simper falls short at ANW

The crowd was pumped as seen on TV, and the cameras were everywhere. It was one of those experiences Tyler Simper will never forget.

Student 2 Student is creating leaders

Churchill County High School is revamping its Student 2 Student program to help those who have just transferred to the district.

How state’s craft distillery law affects businesses

In Nevada, no one can buy more than two bottles per month of any liquor at a craft distillery. Why? Because of unenforceable liquor laws, that’s why. #TheManWillGetYouDown

Program to explore agriculture, water management on tribal lands

A competitive, $4.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will integrate research and Extension to help Great Basin and Southwestern tribal communities develop plans, policies and practices for sustainable agriculture and water management.

Dry conditions equals short water season

FERNLEY — Several dozen residents here attended the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District’s annual water users meeting at the Fernley City Hall all knowing the state of the Newlands Project is dire.

Fullbright visiting scholar to speak on crop tolerance in drought areas

Afwa Thameur, a Fulbright visiting scholar from Tunisia, will present a lecture on Research on Crop Tolerance to Drought Stress in Arid Regions on April 16 at the Western Nevada College Fallon Campus.

Community Thrift Store calls it quits after 28 years

For those who have volunteered at the Community Service Thrift Store, today has a feel of Black Friday, not because of sales but after 28 years, the store is closing.

80 years later, how would Atlantic City-based Monopoly look?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Monopoly is turning 80.

Mary J. Blige shines at unofficial SXSW show

AUSTIN, Texas — Mary J. Blige performed for a feverish crowd Tuesday night at the Samsung Supper Club in an event not sponsored by South by Southwest, another sign of unofficial concerts rivaling the festival when it comes to pulling big-name acts.

’GoodFellas’ cast to reunite at Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK — The cast of Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” will reunite for the film’s 25th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Next Spielberg film 1st in decades without score by Williams

NEW YORK — The next Steven Spielberg will be missing a familiar sound: a score by John Williams.

Nevada Legislature: Fight over public collective bargaining heats up

The latest round of conflict between Nevada Republicans and unions came to a head on Wednesday during a bill hearing that would dramatically change collective-bargaining rules for public employee unions.

Carson City’s WNC baseball hosts CSN

The start of a pivotal Scenic West Athletic Conference baseball series between first-place Western Nevada College and second-place College of Southern Nevada begins today, one day earlier than originally scheduled.

Fritsch Elementary School lockdown lifted by Carson City Sheriff’s Office

Fritsch Elementary School and the surrounding area were locked down for about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon while Carson City Sheriff’s deputies investigated a threat that came into the school at 3:37 p.m.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man arrested on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. TUESDAY At 8:15 a.m., a 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop in the 400 block of Lee Street. A drug dog found what the arrest report described as a meth pipe in a backpack. He was held in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Union Pacific begins to assess damage caused by derailment north of Fallon

Crews from Union Pacific Railroad began arriving Wednesday night to assess the damage caused from a 48-car derailment approximately 22 miles north of Fallon.

Wednesday, March 25

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.

Alumni notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing on college

BASEBALL Jace Zampirro, Carson, Feather River: One appearance last week and threw scoreless inning. Is 0-0 with 9.00 ERA.

Coroner: Nevada state prison inmate died of multiple shots

LAS VEGAS — The revelation that a Nevada state prison inmate died of multiple gunshots more than four months ago, and a ruling that his death was a homicide is making waves in Carson City.

Eric Musselman to take over Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team

RENO – Two-time NBA head coach Eric Musselman has been selected to coach the Nevada men’s basketball team and a five-year contract will be presented to the Board of Regents for their approval at a meeting on Thursday, athletics director Doug Knuth announced today.

Community spotlight: Carson City’s Stock rises to national title

Richard Stock of Carson City won the national NASTAR championship in Aspen, Colo., late last week.

Successful Shootout allows AYSO to cut registration costs

Children interested in playing AYSO soccer in Carson City will be able to do so this year at the lowest ever registration cost, said Molly Walt.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong reads to Bordewich Bray students

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong reads the book “No Talking” to third grade students at Bordewich Bray Elementary School on Monday morning. Monday kicked off reading week at the school.

Fleta Christine Henderson

God took another angel home, he took the very best. Her struggles here on earth are through, he took her home to rest. Fleta was taken home to the loving arms of her Savior and her Sweetheart, Fred, Tuesday evening the 17th of March 2015. Fleta was born in Quincy, IL to Fredrick and Ida Werner.

Zen “Zenny” J. Alldredge, Jr.

Memorial service for Zenny (Zen J. Alldredge Jr.) March 28th at 9:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Minden, Nevada...... It’s directly behind the Douglas County Swim Center. Zenny passed away Friday evening, March 13th, 2015.

Lynn R. Lillie

Lynn R. Lillie passed away March 4, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born November 24, 1919 in Sioux City, IA to Marcus and Eva Lillie. He grew up in Iowa and attended Iowa State University. He married the love of his life, Evelyn, on October 15, 1938 in Gentry, MO.

Kirk Kinne

ith sad and heavy hearts, we announce the passing our beloved Kirk Kinne on March 20, 2015. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and educator. His legacy of abundant love, kindness, loyalty and sense of humor has inspired and will continue to inspire those who had the pleasure and honor of knowing him. Kirk, a proud Nevadan, was born on November 17, 1942 to Al and Ruth Kinne in Ely, Nevada

Maria Steelsmith

Maria Steelsmith was born Maria Wachelhofer in Flachau, Austria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Josef Wachelhofer and Barbara Stocker. She passed away four days before her 92nd birthday.

Tuesday, March 24

Carson rally falls short vs. Reno

RENO — A slow start put Carson High’s baseball team behind the 8-ball early in its Northern Division I matchup against perennial powerhouse Reno.

Rep. Mark Amodei sets Carson City agricultural meeting

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., has scheduled an agriculture town hall meeting in Carson City for April 1.

`Who cut off Bennie’s whiskers?

It’s always fun looking at photos and reminiscing about the joys or sometimes the not-joys of growing up. My husband’s memories about growing up with a rowdy brother and tattling sister always make me laugh. In one of the photos there is a cat named Bennie with no facial whiskers. The one big mystery of my husband’s childhood is who cut off Bennie’s whiskers.

Snoring solutions improve relationships, health

For many people, snoring makes a night of restful sleep a far-off dream. The noisy interruptions may even have a detrimental effect on relationships and health.

Hiring veterans may become easier in Nevada

The 2015 legislative session is well underway. With all of the buzz around AB 2 (concerning guns on campus), SB 117 (immunizations for school children), and Initiative Petition 2 (background checks for gun purchases), one bill that may get overlooked in the public discourse is AB 89, a bill submitted on behalf of Governor Sandoval. This bill would revise NRS Chapter 613, a statute prohibiting employment discrimination, to allow private employers to create employment policies that give hiring preferences to veterans or the spouse of a veteran.

Nutrition, exercise is key to healthy lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month. The theme for this year is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

Protect yourself against Medicare insurance “gaps”

Medicare helps to pay for a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to hospital stays to hospice care. But it doesn’t cover everything. And it doesn’t cover all your out-of-pocket costs.

Screening may prevent diabetes

With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that they have joined forces to take urgent action to Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today™, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Section of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health joins these national leaders in health in this critical effort.

Assembly GOP should tell governor to go back to the drawing board

I remember a time back in the 6th grade when I turned in a book report. Mr. Levanis reviewed it, handed it back to me and said, “This isn’t acceptable. Go back and do it over.”

Rather stupid and not well read

Bruce Bartlett was a senior policy adviser for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush. He knows these men’s philosophies and actions and how the Republican Party functioned. And on March 2, 2015, when he was asked about today’s Republicans, he said, “Yes, they are really rather stupid and not very well read.”

The Doctors: Things to consider before getting screened for prostate cancer

New statistics show that in the past 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent. Though the progress is promising, prostate cancer still will account for one in four of all the newly diagnosed cancer cases among men this year.

‘Always Lost: A Meditation on War’ returns to Nevada Legislature

Literary work by Teresa Breeden and other Nevada writers accompany photographs of the nearly 7,000 U.S military Iraq and Afghanistan war dead since Sept. 11, 2001, part of the nationally touring arts and humanities exhibition “Always Lost: A Meditation on War.”

Lack of bridge funding concerns ROCCC

“Bridge funding” for Western Nevada College continues to be the main concern for both administrators and members of Fallon’s Restore Our College Campus Committee when they recently received an update on the campus.

The crowd roared with the Charleston

The excitement of the Roaring 20s and the lively dance steps of the Charleston gave Melissa Waite and her partner Louie Mori Jr. top honors at Saturday night’s Dancing with the Stars held at the high school’s Elmo Dericco Gym.


MILITARY DAY AT LEGISLATURE The Nevada Department of Veteran Services will host the 2015 Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature on Thursday.


CURRENT Lahontan Republican Women Lahontan (Churchill County) Republican Women will meet March 25 at noon at the Pizza Factory, 2199 W. Williams Ave.

Chinese mushrooms, really

The kid was feeling a lot better, so I thought it would be just fine if he drove himself to the doctor without his mother tagging along. The “kid” is what I call my son, Doug, most of the time. Don’t mothers always call their children kids?

Back from a mission

Gary and Lisa Evett welcomed home their son Aaron Evett from his two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Co-working space kickoff slated for Friday

A co-working space kickoff featuring entrepreneurial education sessions and guest speakers will be held Friday at the Old Post Office.

Residents upset with BLM plans

Churchill County residents and others from adjacent counties who attended a Bureau of Land Management public hearing Thursday night discovered that only questions were allowed without any answers provided.

CCSD meets tomorrow

A regular meeting of the Churchill County School District Board will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Churchill County Administration Office, 690 S. Maine St.

Grimes Point case lands another sentence

A Fallon man with a lengthy juvenile and growing adult criminal record was sentenced Tuesday in District Court for defacing Hidden Cave at Grimes Point.

Delbert Howard Sponsler

Delbert passed away at home on March 21, 2015 in Fallon, NV. He was born at home to Thelma Rosaltha and Lloyd Wesley Sponsler Sr. Next to the youngest of four siblings.

Mauga returns to K.C.

A flurry of early retirements made news earlier this month in the NFL, most notably 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis calling it a career at age 30.

Wave golfers go low

The Fallon golf team made a big leap last week at the Fernley tournament. Led by Corbin Waite, Jeff Evett and Raymond Plasse, the Greenwave had its best performance of the season by scoring a 411 and taking fourth on Thursday.

Mauga flies to win

With each meet, comes with a little more distance. On Saturday, Fallon’s T.J. Mauga unleashed his best throw yet as the hulking sophomore won the shot put at the McQueen Invitational.

Lady Wave cruises past Spring Creek

Another three-game sweep sets up the first showdown of the season for the Fallon softball team.

Fallon baseball takes down Spring Creek

He may just be the best pitcher in the league After another dazzling performance on Friday, Fallon sophomore ace Alex Mendez has put the Northern Division I-A on notice.

Wave swimmers sink Incline in big wins

Once again, the Fallon swim teams dominated the pool. The Greenwave boys drilled Incline, 104-59, while the Lady Wave followed suit with a 117-71 victory on Friday in Incline.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Woman arrested on statutory sexual seduction warrant

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. MONDAY • At 8:50 a.m., Jacqueline Benzler, 32, surrendered herself to a warrant charging statutory sexual seduction at the Carson City Jail. She was ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Reno marijuana grow plant approved

Sierra Wellness Connection has received approval from the state to operate a marijuana cultivation plant in Reno. A spokesman said that’s the first such approval issued by the state


SAFETY-NET PROGRAM DEADLINES Producers are being notified of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

Auditions for Carson Valley musical April 15 & 17

Carson Valley Community Theatre is hosting auditions for “Marvelous Wonderettes,” a musical production written and created by Roger Bean and directed by Lucille Rao.

Carson City ComputerCorps seeks volunteers

ComputerCorps, a nonprofit that provides access to computer technology and skills training to underserved families, seeks volunteers to help with office and kitchen work, disassembly, recycling sales and computer repair.

Annual ‘Eggstravaganza’ Easter hunt planned in Carson City

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, 1600 Medical Parkway, will present its Easter Eggstravaganza event featuring food, games, gifts and the Easter Bunny from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Monday, March 23

Carson City news in brief

Monday’s winning Calif. lotto numbers Monday night’s winning California lotto numbers were: Daily 3 Evening: 6-5-8; Daily 3 Midday: 8-3-0; Daily 4: 1-3-0-3; Daily Derby: 1st:7 Eureka-2nd:4 Big Ben-3rd:9 Winning Spirit, Race Time: 1:41.97; Fantasy 5: 07-15-18-37-38.

Click Bond test engineer Olga Ortiz honored with STEP award

Olga Ortiz of Click Bond, Inc., a manufacturing firm based in Carson City, will be recognized Thursday by the Manufacturing Institute for excellence in manufacturing. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards honor 130 women nationally and internationally for demonstrating excellence and leadership in their careers, and the award winners represent all levels of industry.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to speak in Carson City

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be the dinner speaker at the Nevada Republican Party’s upcoming Central Committee meeting in Carson City.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man arrested on suspicion of using another person’s ID

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. THURSDAY • At 11:38 a.m., Patricia Bigpond, 33, was arrested on suspicion of a felony drug trafficking warrant after deputies spotted her getting into a car on Woodside Drive. She was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Patricia Ann Howard

Patty Howard passed away Sunday, March 8 following complications from heart disease. She was a resident of Gardnerville Rehabilitation Center, where she had been receiving excellent care for the past few months. Her daughters, Kristi Howard and Terri Contreras (Jason), along with grandsons Cody, Josh, Tyler, and Bryce would like to thank all of her caregivers for ensuring that her passing was peaceful.

Guy Charles Outland, Jr.

Guy Charles Outland, Jr., a U.S. Army veteran and Carson City motorcycle enthusiast, died March 5th at his Dayton home with family by his side. He was 80.

Humbert Joseph “John”Ciardella

Humbert Joseph “John” Ciardella, Jr., passed away Sunday March 8th, 2015 in Fallon, Nevada. He was born December 20, 1929 in Reno, Nevada to Humbert and Julia Fleming Ciardella.

Mark Edward Ehst

Mark passed away unexpectedly, at home, on March 7, 2015. He was born in Rome, NY, lived 22 years in Las Vegas and the last 22 years in Stagecoach.

Esperanza (Hope) Santos Means

Hope Means was born Esperanza Santos on November 2, 1927. She surprised her parents with her early arrival during a family visit in Dallas, Texas. The family lore has it that her parents, Miguel and Josephina, were too poor to give her a middle name.

Leonard E. Taylor

Leonard served in World War 2 and Korean War. He has 2 Sons Gregory Taylor and Leonard Taylor Jr. He has 2 sisters Betty Elstad and Pauline Beavers. God Love him!!! Amen

William Harold (Bill) Coverley Jr.

William Harold (Bill) Coverley, Jr. passed away peacefully, March 14th at his home in Gardnerville after a 7 month battle with cancer. He was 72. Bill was born April 4, 1942 in Modesto, California to William Harold Coverley and Alice Reid Coverley. He has one brother, Jim Coverley, in Reno, Nevada.

Rose Mary Burow

Rose Mary Burow passed away peacefully on Saturday February 28, 2015. She is survived by her son Barry, 2 granddaughters Anna and Sara Lynn, 1 grandson Ryan and 6 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, son and daughter. There will be a memorial service in San Diego June 2015. She will be missed by many.

John E. Farley

John was raised in Chico Calf. by his grandmother and moved to Carson City in 1979. Preceded in death by his father, Mother, Brother, and grandmother. He leaves behind a son, Jonathan Farley and daughter Kelley Clark both of Chico Calif. He also leaves behind 2 grandsons. He is missed by many. Please join us for a celebration of life for John at Edds Doghouse, May 14 5-6 P.M. See you later handsome. Say hello to old blue eyes. A Special Thank you to Circle of Life Hospice.

Siegfried “Ziggy” (Sig) Haket

Siegfried Haket (Sig or Ziggy) was born in The Netherlands on 8/22/40 and passed away peacefully on 2/20/15. He is survived by his 6 Children: Annette, Jacqueline, Suzanne, Erik, Stephanie, and Ashley; 8 Grandchildren; 1 Great Grandchild; 3 Brothers and 2 Sisters.

A Special Thank You from the Family of Alvery Jackson (AJ)

The family of Alvery Jackson (AJ) would like to send a big thank- you to everyone who reached out with love, prayers, phone-calls and food. And support of friends, family and Community.

Mary Jean Thistle

Mary Jean Thistle, 74, passed away March 19, 2015 in Carson City, NV. Mary was born October 23, 1940 in San Jose, CA to Cornelius and Frances Bernal. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. Mary will be laid to rest in San Jose, CA. To sign the online guestbook go to

Peggy Jo Walz

Peggy Jo Walz of Fallon Nevada passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her family March 12, 2015. Survivors include her 4 children, Norman (Treesa) Lear, Wynette (Mark) Beckett, Sheri (John) Nalivka and Dana Lear. Grandchildren, Valerie Lear, Beau Alanis, Russell Beckett, Susie Nalivka, Joe Nalivka, Ross Nalivka and 3 Great Granddaughters. Mom requested no services. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to Fallon Senior Center Meals on Wheels at 310 E. Court St. Fallon NV 89406, or a charity of your choice.

Harry Alfred Martin

Harry Martin passed away March 10 in Reno following a lengthy illness. He was born July 27, 1939 to Thomas Alfred Martin Jr and Mary Ann Dunn Martin in Troy, NY. He served for 22 years in the U.S. Navy, his last duty being aboard the CVN Nimitz. Harry is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Fallon; sons Thomas S. Martin and David H. Martin of Hawthorne, and many other family members. A memorial service will be held at First Southern Baptist Church, 900 S. Taylor St. in Fallon on Sunday, March 22, at 2:30pm. The family requests that donations to the Veterans Guest House, 880 Locust St., Reno, NV 89502-0948, be made in lieu of flowers.

Barbara Jean (Dees) Adams

I write this myself, on a bright sunny day in order to remove the burden of doing so from my family. You know ... time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday while in High School in Alaska, I met and fell for my soul mate, Joe Adams.

Charles T. Ward

Charles T. Ward, 80, passed away March 3, 2015 in Reno, NV. Charles was born June 3, 1934 in Palestine, TX to Walter and Jewel Ward. He was preceded in death by a step-son, David Cain.

Louise M. Perkowski

Louise M. Perkowski, age 82, passed peacefully at home, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The cause was a long battle with cancer and other complications.Born August 12th, 1932, in Columbus, Ohio, to Mildred and Gilbert Wade, spending most of her developing years in Gahanna, Ohio.

Eunice Elizabeth (McCarthy) DuCharme

Eunice Elizabeth (McCarthy) DuCharme, a 55-year Nevadan, died peacefully March 17 in Reno, following a brief illness. Eunice raised three children in Las Vegas with her husband Roger before moving to Carson City in 1972 so her husband could help open the Ormsby House, and then co-manage the Hardman House.

Lewis George Jakubec, Jr.

Lewis George Jakubec Jr of Wellington, Nevada passed away on March 11, 2015 in Gardnerville, Nevada. A native of Chicago, he was born on March 10, 1934 to Lewis G. and Fern (Pratt) Jakubec. Lewis was a former consulting engineer in the field of EMC, and a resident of Topaz Ranch Estates since 1974 moving from Southern California. He married Dortha L. Lanagan on May 18, 1957 in San Diego, Ca.

Local sports roundup: Carson City’s WNC softball sweeps doubleheader

A one-hit shutout by freshman pitcher Kristina George and a three-run homer by Lauren Lesniak carried Western Nevada College to a dominant 7-0 victory over Snow College in the first game of a Scenic West Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday at Edmonds Sports Complex.

Satroplus walk-off HR beats CHS

RENO — It certainly wasn’t the way Carson High’s baseball team wanted to go into the toughest part of its schedule.

Joyce Hendrix

Joyce Hendrix was born in Santa Monica, California on February 18, 1945 and entered into eternal life on March 4, 2015. She is survived by Jerry Hendrix, her husband of 40 years. They have resided in Carson City, Nevada since 1995.

Anne Roberts

Annie Hall Estep Roberts was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on October 29, 1922 to George and Letha Estep. She spent her childhood in North Carolina, graduating from Greensboro College in 1943 and attending graduate school at the University of North Carolina. During World War II, Anne was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, while serving in the WAVES, the women’s branch of the U.S. Navy, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant J.G. for her work in Naval Intelligence.

Marilyn L. Supera

Marilyn L. Supera, age 79, a Carson City resident from 1944 to 2007, passed away on Valentine’s Day. A memorial service is pending. Mrs. Supera was born on November 9, 1935 in Santa Monica, CA to Orville and Mildred Schaub Johnson.

Donna Mae Byrne

Donna was born in Wausau, Wisconsin to Charles and Doris Kittel. She attended public schools in Wausau and grew up learning two of her lifetime enjoyments: golf and fishing. Donna graduated for Vitburo College, La Crosse, WI, and in 1975 with a degree in Medical Records Management and worked in the filed in Wisconsin for several years. Donna moved to San Jose, CA in 1980. There she made a career change from medical Records to Accounting. Donna met Chuck Byrne in San Jose in 1985. In 1988, the couple moved to Carson City, NV. They were married in 1989. Also in 1989, Donna began a new job with the State of Nevada, DETR. She enjoyed her work there and made many friends, retiring after 19 years of service.

Spencer Lee Merrell

Spencer Lee Merrell, 71, born in San Francisco, CA on August 8, 1943, passed away in Carson City, NV on March 4, 2015. Spencer is preceded in death by his son Christopher. Survivors include his beloved wife Linda Merrell, loving children Stephen (Peggy), Daniel (Cecelia) and Jerrod (Dena), dear brother of James Merrell, David Merrell, Bruce Affeldt and Andrew Sichak, dearest grandfather of Chuck, Angela, Alicia, McKenzie and Christopher, great grandfather of Kyra, Elliana, Abigail and Rosalee.

Leland Leroy Paulsen

Leland Leroy Paulsen, life long resident of Nevada passed away in Reno on March 7, 2015. Leland was born in Preston, Nevada on May 9,1925 to Andrew and Leah Paulsen. He attended schools in Sparks, NV. Leland was in the US

Remembering Valerie Ryan

You know when you’ve been to a funeral and people get up to share? Very often the person who has passed achieves a life much larger in death than they possessed in life. It is human nature to assign sainthood: “Best Dad”; “Best Husband”; “Best Father”, etc. Valerie, on the other hand, was the “real deal”. She was the exception to the rule. words are poor things indeed to convey what an incredible human being she was. She was brilliant and penny bright.

John L. McGuinness

John L. McGuinness, also known as “Muffler John” of Minden, NV died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon, five children: Melinda (Fremont, CA), David (Portland, OR), Paul (South San Francisco, CA), Andrew (San Diego, CA), and Jon (Hillsborough, OR) and five grandchildren. John is survived by three brothers: Jim (Novato, CA), George (Eugene, OR), and Bob (San Ramon, CA). John was born in Seattle, WA. He enjoyed fishing and working on cars. He will be in our hearts forever. Private service.

Helen V. Sikes

Helen V. Sikes of Fallon, Nevada, departed this life February 12, 2015, at Banner Churchill Community Hospital. Born March 14, 1920, in Centerville, Iowa, she was the daughter of Elmer Ellsworth Gray and Lillie May Davis Gray. In 1939 she moved to southern California to be with her sister Ruby whose husband was at sea in the US Navy. During WWII she moved to Torrance and worked for National Supply, a manufacturer of guns and airplane parts, as a timekeeper

Stephen Dale Lindsey

Stephen Dale Lindsey, 64, of Carson City, NV, passed January 23, 2015. He was born August 4, 1950, in North Dakota, he was the son of Charles and Alyce Lindsey. Steve was a veteran of the US Army. He was the owner and operator of Lindsey Automotive on Wheels in the Carson Area.

Author to hold book signing at next Carson City Wine Walk

Laura Lea White, the author of “Generational Gifts: The Legacy of Evelyn Marie,” a biography of White’s grandmother, who wrote more than 200 poems, will host a book signing event during the next wine walk from 1 to 5 p.m. April 4 at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

Nonprofit needs Carson City families to host foreign students

The nonprofit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for local families to host students age 15-18 from a variety of countries, including Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Japan.

Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee meeting April 20 is canceled

The Open Space Advisory Committee’s meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. April 20 in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center has been canceled.

Carson City Symphony Chorus calling singers to rehearse Tuesday

The Carson City Symphony Chorus is calling singers to rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Choral Room of Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road, for a spring celebration concert with the Carson City Symphony on April 26 at the Community Center.

Weekend vehicle crashes claim 2

A 19-year-old Silver Springs resident died Sunday in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 50 Alternate about one mile south of Fernley High School.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office reminds pedestrians to stay safe at night

When the weather turns warm and the nights are not too cold, many people like to walk around Carson City and enjoy the night air and the view of the stars in the sky. This of course increases the number of pedestrians at night that will be crossing the streets and using the sidewalks.

Sunday, March 22

Carson City’s WNC baseball sweeps Mt. Hood

Wildcats use eighth inning rallies to finish off sweep of Mt. Hood

Carson City’s WNC baseball sweeps doubleheader

Freshman left-hander Matt Young on Friday nearly became the third Western Nevada College pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

Saturday, March 21

Darrell Moody: Are 2015 Wildcats best ever in NCAA?

The NCAA Tournament has just completed its first weekend of play, and is there anybody out there who can beat Kentucky?

Fire department responds to brush fire

The Fallon / Churchill Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire on Edwards Lane Saturday morning. Several brush trucks and a water tender responded to the fire, which began as a controlled burn in a ditch.

Friday, March 20

Another play day at Fallon’s Rattlesnake Raceway

Last Saturday’s test and tune day at Fernley 95A Speedway saw an excellent turnout.

Carson City’s WNC softball splits with Snow

Last spring Western Nevada College ousted Snow College from the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament.

Partnership Carson City offering free diabetes self-management class

People with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or family and friends of diabetics are invited to attend a diabetes self-management class developed by Stanford Medical School.

TOCCATA — Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to mark Christ’s Passion

TOCCATA — Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform its annual presentation of J. S. Bach’s masterpiece, the Passion according to St. Matthew, in three concerts, the first of which will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 501 California Ave. in Reno.

Paiute Tribe members to feature at Pyramid Lake exhibit opening

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is opening a new exhibit, Reflections on Pyramid Lake, celebrating the history of the lake and the people who have called it home.

Nevada Legislature: $9 minimum-wage provision added to overtime bill

Republicans surprised their Democratic colleagues on Friday by tacking a provision raising Nevada’s minimum wage to $9 an hour to a bill that would repeal a law limiting the regular workday to eight hours.

Live stream: Western Nevada College hosts Mt Hood

Western Nevada College’s baseball team starts a four-game series with Mt. Hood. Catch all the action on the live stream below.

Bye, bye birdie

A mass death toll of starlings took many county residents by surprise. A recent rain of starlings fell on county residents like a pseudo-biblical plague.

Organizers say job fair was successful

A job fair co-sponsored by Western Nevada College Fallon, the Churchill Economic Development Authority and Churchill County High School provided students on Wednesday with a wealth of knowledge on different careers and prepared them for future interviews.

Beyer qualifies for Junior Olympics

Thanks to a pair of sublime runs, one of Fallon’s own is on her path to her Olympic dream.

BLM’s Indian Lakes corrals to expand

Although the calendar indicated winter, the unusual spring-like day earlier this month at the Bureau of Land Management’s holding pen for wild horses and burros northeast of Fallon gave visitors an update on the government’s care for the animals.

Nevada education needs a coherent plan

By almost any measure, Nevada’s education system ranks low, often at the nation’s bottom. Consequently, it makes sense that Gov. Brian Sandoval should elevate education to his top most priority. Our schools need attention, and the governor desires to improve them. Regrettably, however, his improvement plan falls dramatically short.

A society turned upside down

Honduran immigrants recently hurt by a train while illegally entering the U.S. are now demanding a safer way to sneak in to the USA. In a totally unrelated revelation, illegals receiving Obama’s quasi-amnesty will also receive credit for their illegal work toward their Social Security and disability benefits.


CURRENT Knights of Columbus dinner Knights of Columbus Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner is on March 21.

Turning up the crazy knob

It’s my theory that the entire human race is one bad decision or major life event away from being total nut jobs. I’m pretty sure that we’re all destined to be residents of Crazy Town at some point in life in our lives; some of us are just passing through while others arrive early, settle in and put in a change of address card. There’s no doubt that life is crazy and, lucky for me, sometimes it’s just crazy enough to be funny.

Plasse gets win

After two tournaments, the Fallon boys golf team is of the race in the Northern Division I-A. On Wednesday, sophomore Raymond Plasse led the Greenwave to fifth-place finish at the Fallon Golf Course. Plasse also took advantage of the home course and was the individual medalist with a low score of 79.

Lady Wave puts on the miles

Twelve games in 15 days is a brutal way to start any prep season. For the Fallon softball team, the Lady Wave is in the home stretch of its daunting schedule to open the season.

BEHIND THE PLATE: March brings out the crazies

A lot has changed in 11 years when Nevada became a national darling and added more madness to college basketball.

Senate bill proposes changes to CC Comm

The Nevada State Senate’s Committee on Government Affairs heard testimony on Tuesday regarding changes that would give Churchill County Commissioners more control over the local telephone company.

Golf course bridge project greenlit

The Churchill County Commissioners approved at their Wednesday meeting to move forward with the construction on the Fallon Golf Course bridge.

Howard eyes national rodeo

After qualifying three times for the National High School Rodeo Finals, Sydney Howard was ready to take the next step.

Senate plans vote on Sandoval tax plan by end of March

The Nevada Senate held a three-hour hearing Thursday to comb through details and raise technical concerns about Gov. Brian Sandoval’s business license tax plan, which could be ready for a vote by the end of March.

Gov. Brian Sandoval pulls out heavy hitters to support tax hike

Sandoval, supporters, opposition sound off in lengthy hearing on plan A joint meeting of the Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee and the Assembly Taxation Committee on Wednesday heard from a litany of witnesses for more than eight hours backing the governor’s proposed business tax.

Carson golf takes third

He leads Carson golf to third GENOA — Dalton Butler shot 3-under-par 69 and Carson finished third as a team on Wednesday during the season-opening Sierra League boys golf tournament held at Genoa Lakes Golf Club.

Carson batters McQueen

One big inning proved more than enough to carry Carson High to its fourth win in five Northern Division I games.

Carson City meth bust ends in nine arrests by Tri-NET

A total of nine people were arrested in Carson City Thursday on major drug charges after a three-month investigation by the Tri-NET Narcotics Task Force. Agents took over a house in the 3500 block of Desatoya Drive early Thursday and, during the course of the day, seized some 300 grams — nearly 11 ounces — of meth.

Thursday, March 19

Where is Kap’s career headed after changes in SF?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...Do you think Colin Kaepernick regrets signing a six-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago.

California fifth graders reaching out for Carson City keepsakes

David Banuelos and Bailey G., fifth graders at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, Calif., are looking for help from residents of Carson City and surrounding areas to complete their class reports about Nevada.

Human Society’s ‘Bark Madness’ campaign finding homes for pets

To celebrate the NCAA March Madness, Nevada Humane Society is hosting a “Bark Madness” adoption promotion, in which adults cats over the age of three are available for free, through March 29.

Dayton Valley Dog Park Committee needs items for flea market

The Dayton Valley Dog Park Committee is seeking gently used items for its flea market on May 30 at the Dayton Valley Dog Park.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man 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. WEDNESDAY • At 12:05 p.m., a 69-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI-first offense after a witness called deputies to a parking lot on Winnie Lane. He also was charged with driving on a revoked license. Total bail was set at $1,500.

Nevada appeals court sets first oral arguments

Nevada’s newly-created Appellate Court has set its first oral arguments for March 25 in Las Vegas. The three-member court was approved by voters in November and fast-tracked to get under way by the Supreme Court.

$1,000 reward offered for recovery of stolen Lake Tahoe moose head

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Sunnyside Resort’s iconic moose head is on the loose, and authorities are offering up to $1,000 to find out who stole it. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating the historic stuffed head, which was stolen between midnight and 7 a.m. on Jan. 22, officials said.

234 bills introduced as deadline passes

In the first two days of this week, lawmakers introduced more than 200 pieces of legislation. The reason: Monday was the deadline for bill introductions by individual lawmakers — a deadline leadership extended by a day because of the backlog of bills in the legal division.

Wednesday, March 18

Alumni notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing on college

BASEBALL Jace Zampirro, Carson, Feather River: One appearance last week and threw scoreless inning. Is 0-0 with 9.00 ERA.

Carson City’s Whitt picks up NCAA-leading 10th save

RENO – The 29th-ranked Wolf Pack overcame a three-run deficit following back-to-back home runs to down Cincinnati, 5-3, Wednesday afternoon at Peccole Park.

Carson City area live entertainment

Tom Miller will perform at 6 p.m. today at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson St.

BLM to hold public hearing in Fallon on Thursday

The Bureau of Land Management Carson City District is holding on Thursday a public hearing on the Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan.

Ringo Starr to be inducted by Paul McCartney into rock hall

NEW YORK — Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.

TV’s Gene Gene the Dancing Machine dies

PASADENA, Calif. — Eugene Patton, the stagehand who became “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” on television’s “The Gong Show” in the late 1970s, has died.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man arrested on suspicion of discharging a weapon

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. TUESDAY • At 10:38 a.m., a 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of discharging a weapon potentially endangering people or property after deputies responded to reports of someone firing a gun in the 1500 block of North Edmonds. He reportedly told the arresting officer he was “being stupid” and simply fired the weapon twice in the air, not at a person or structure.

Wave’s Steady climb

In just the second meet of the season, the Fallon track teams continued their growth at the Fernley Sticker Meet on Saturday. Team results were not available.

Swimmers solid at Aqua 5

Facing some of the top swimmers in the North, the Fallon teams held their own during Saturday’s Aqua 5 in South Lake Tahoe.

Baseball rolls to sweep

The bats popped, the pitching was on point and the defense stiff as the Fallon baseball team earned its first sweep of the season.

Nelson’s Lions tamed in NCAA tourney

The ride was sweet, but it came to a crashing halt.

Tuesday, March 17

Davidson named to Board of Regents

Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Robert Davidson, founder of the Davidson Academy, to fill the Board of Regents seat vacated by Ron Knecht.

Community spotlight: Cockerills grab tourney win at Thunder Canyon

Charlie and Kathy Cockerill teamed up to shoot a net 61 to win the Thunder Canyon Country Club’s Partners’ Better Ball-Shamble event on March 15.

Azevedo sparks Senators to win

SPARKS — Whether it’s summer ball or a high school game, Cody Azevedo has been a fixture at the No. 9 spot in the order for the Carson Senators for the last year.

Local sports roundup: Carson bowlers take crown

Carson High’s bowling team knocked off Reed, 39-6, to win the HDIBP championship. The championship match was bowled in a bakers format, meaning three people per team.

No guts, no glory: Don’t fear of risk won’t hold you back

Risk. It’s a word that strikes fear in the collective hearts and minds of those who are understandably reticent to get out of their comfort zone and take those barrier-busting leaps of faith.

scholarships, honors

AAUW Re-entry Scholarship The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Fallon Branch, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Churchill County resident who wishes to resume college studies.

Remembering Spring Garden Street

Outside all of our trees and bushes are blooming, and my number six son — that’s what I call Doug’s good friend Rick — is still shoveling out the snow from the front of his home in Ambler, Pa. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Look out taxpayers, here come the Republicans

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. When Republicans won the governor’s office, as well as control of the State Senate and the State Assembly last November, Nevada taxpayers were supposed to be safe. At least for this one session.

Unemployment climbs in Churchill, Lyon counties

Nevada’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up a tenth to 7.1 percent in January but the raw rate rose a full six tenths to 7.5 percent.

Silver Springs man serves at NAS Lemoore

LEMOORE, Calif. — A 2009 Silver Stage High School graduate and Silver Springs native is currently serving with the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron Fourteen — also known as the “Tophatters” — at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.

Nevada first ‘all green’ state chaplain corps meets general

Brig. Gen. David Graetz of the National Guard Bureau visited Nevada this month as part of his tour to assess state chaplain programs across the nation — and he revealed good news before his departure.

Using dental apps for kids to help increase brushing time

With mobile technology playing a major role in influencing young people’s behavior, dental apps are a great resource to promote awareness and education of healthy oral health habits, and have fun while doing it!

New thinking on infertility

If you are among the more than 7 million women in the USA having a hard time getting or staying pregnant, you’ve probably gotten lots of advice. Some is true — age does have an effect on fertility, as do smoking and obesity — but other suggestions may not stand up to the latest science. Here’s a look at studies that shed new light on some old wisdom:

Veterans, Military Day planned for Legislature

The Nevada Department of Veteran Services will host the 2015 Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature on March 26.

Sleeping with the enemy

As they say, politics makes strange bedfellows. Some Republican senators have stripped naked to the bone and jumped under the covers with the most militant anti-American Iranians. These Iranians want Iran to have a nuclear weapon regardless of the cost and are doing all they can to keep their government from reaching an agreement with the United States and five other nations. This agreement would hault Iran from continuing to develop a nuclear weapon.

Men aim to keep DWTS title for 2nd year

The male dancers in this year’s Dancing with the Stars hope to retain their title, building upon the success of last year’s winner, Paul Anderson.

We can’t afford government secrecy

Open government doesn’t cost money. It saves money. You wouldn’t know that from much of what you hear from public bodies who must deal with records requests and comply with Nevada’s Open Meeting Law.


Nevada rancher: Need to save sage grouse AUSTIN — Private landowners and conservationists in Nevada and several other Western states continue to work together to prevent the sage grouse from being listed as an endangered species.

CPR kit donated to CCMS

Wells Fargo and the American Heart Association donated a CPR kit to the students of Churchill County Middle School. Students can now be properly trained with this equipment to provide this critical lifesaving skill.

Sheldon represents state at annual school administrators’ conference

Superintendent Dr. Sandra Sheldon of the Churchill County School District recently joined almost 2,000 school system leaders from coast to coast at the 150th anniversary conference of American Association of School Administrators.

School district looks at more RIFs

The Churchill County School District Board of Trustees are gearing up for the next set of cuts that must be made before a deadline in April.

Davidson named as Knecht’s replacement

Robert Davidson of Incline Village was appointed Tuesday to the Nevada Board of Regents, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced.

Commission meets Wednesday

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

Hidden Cave case ends with final guilty plea

The last of the Hidden Cave vandals pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court for vandalizing the historical site in February 2014.

Update on Nunn’s resignation from school board

Steve Nunn, who was re-elected in 2012 to his second term as a Churchill County School District trustee, resigned his position effective March 1.

Ex-Utah assistant is new director of Nevada prep sports

SPARKS — The assistant director of high school sports in Utah has been named the new executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Bids open next month for final phase of Carson bypass

Nevada Department of Transportation officials open bids to construct the final phase of the Carson bypass project on April 2. The NDOT Board headed by Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to formally award the project at the May 11 meeting, which will enable the contractor to start work in June.

Money committees ahead of schedule

Senate Finance Chairman Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, told his committee on Monday that lawmakers are a full week ahead of schedule in reviewing the governor’s proposed budget.

Dead body found in Carson City near Lone Mountain Cemetery

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday on a body found Tuesday morning by a hiker above Lone Mountain Cemetery at Roop Street and Winnie Lane. A hiker found the body in a shallow grave and notified Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 10:52 a.m

First woman sentenced in robbery of 99-year-old Carson City woman

The woman who pleaded to charges in the robbery of a 99-year-old Carson City woman was sentenced Monday to up to 20 years in prison for robbery and possession of stolen property. Barbara “Bexy” Mora was one of four women originally charged in the case. Judge Todd Russell made the sentences consecutive, giving her the maximum 15 years prison time for robbery and the maximum five years for possession of stolen property.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Two 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. FRIDAY At 3:10 p.m., Drake Martin, 20, was arrested on suspicion on four counts of sexual assault of a person under age 14. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man 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. MONDAY • At 5:57 p.m., a 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery after a neighbor called deputies saying he saw the man wrap a belt around the victim’s neck and drag her into the house. He was held in lieu of $3,000 bail.

Five arrested after Carson City shooting

Five arrests have been made by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office after a report of multiple shots heard Tuesday in the area of the 1400 North Edmonds Drive in East Carson City.

Monday, March 16

Nevada Legislature: Bill would allow no-kill programs to rein in cat colonies

Cat lovers and bird lovers are taking opposite sides on a Nevada bill that would allow local governments to adopt no-kill programs to reduce the feral cat population.

Darrell Moody: Carter firing by Nevada was the right play

Letting David Carter go was the right move.

Sunday, March 15

Carson City’s WNC baseball beats Spartans

Kaplan pitches seven shutout innings in WNC’s win vs. CNCC

Groups protest dismissal of horse lawsuit

The Nevada Association of Counties and Farm Bureau Federation have objected to the federal court decision dismissing their lawsuit against the Interior Department over management of the state’s wild horse and burro populations.

Carson falls versus Reed

After feasting on Hug High pitching the last two games, Carson High hitters took a step backwards on Saturday.

Local sports roundup: Reid leads Carson boys to first-place finish

Carson High’s boys track team edged arch-rival Douglas in a Northern Division 1 meet Saturday at the Jim Frank Track & Field Complex.

School board trustee resigns

Steve Nunn, who was re-elected in 2012 to his second term as a Churchill County School District trustee, has resigned his seat.

New Banner Health to open in Fernley

With same-day appointments, on-site labs and X-rays, the new Banner Health Center in Fernley which opens Monday offers primary care for the entire family.

Saturday, March 14

Education achievements: University names Carson City women to dean’s list

Brayli Jade Dripps and Haley Patricia Stokes, both of Carson City, were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.

Friday, March 13

Local sports roundup: Carson City’s WNC softball sweeps Spartans

RANGELY, Colo. — Lauren Lesniak slammed her second grand slam in three weeks, Kristina George tossed a three-hit shutout and Gabriella Canibeyaz doubled twice as Western Nevada College swept a softball doubleheader from Colorado Northwestern on Friday.

Carson City’s WNC baseball splits with Spartans

After a sluggish first inning, Ty Fox was lights out in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader against Colorado Northwestern.

Hearing delayed in infant’s death

MINDEN — With the possibility he may still face the death penalty, a preliminary hearing for Trent Lawrence Getty was continued on Friday. Getty faces a murder charge in connection with the death of his 10-week-old infant daughter, Ava.

Fernley and Fallon holding sessions

Although we are still two weeks out from the start of the local racing season, Fernley 95A Speedway is going to host a test and tune session today on the 3/8 mile clay oval.

Bearded man described in Douglas prowler calls

Minden, Nev. — Bearded prowlers were reported this week in Gardnerville and the Gardnerville Ranchos, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded 2:44 a.m. Monday to a report of a man looking into a garage in the 1400 block of South Marion Russell Court.

Nevada Legislature: Bill would let Ely voters decide whether to be a city or not

The Senate Government Affairs Committee was urged on Friday to let the citizens of Ely decide whether they want to be a city or not. Ely has been a city for 100 years but White Pine County Commissioner Richard Howe said with a total population of just more than 10,000, the city and county simply aren’t big enough to justify two local governments.

Carson City man arrested on four counts sexual assault

A 20-year-old Carson City man has been arrested on sexual assault charges. Carson City Sheriff’s Det. Sal Acosta said Drake Martin was jailed on four counts of sexually assaulting a minor under the age of 16.

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

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. THURSDAY • At 9:06 p.m., a 54-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of a variety of misdemeanors following a traffic stop at Highway 50 and Nichols Lane because her license plate light was out. After the deputy discovered she doesn’t have a drivers license or proof of insurance, a search revealed a meth pipe and marijuana pipe along with a small amount of pot. She was held in lieu of $2,325 bail.

Live stream: Western Nevada College hosts Colorado Northwestern

Western Nevada College’s baseball team continues a four-game series with Colorado Northwestern Community College. Catch all the action on the live stream below.

Carson City filmmakers play on Irish theme for St. Patrick’s Day film crawl

The Brewery Arts Center, Carson TV and Wired Wednesday Digital Arts Club will hold their inaugural St. Paddy’s Film Crawl, a short filmmaking competition whose screening and judging will be held Saturday, when films will be shown repeatedly from 4 to 10 p.m. at downtown businesses.

Preliminary hearing today in Douglas County infant’s death

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today in the case of a Gardnerville Ranchos man accused in the death of his infant daughter. Trent Getty, 23, is denying he is responsible for the death of his 10-week-old daughter, Ava.

Utility officials urge Nevadans to fix leaks, save water

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing “We’re for Water” campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22, encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. In support of the campaign, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is encouraging consumers to find and fix residential leaks to save water in Nevada.

Yerington hosting evening of Cajun music March 20

The Jeanne Dini Center in Yerington will present an evening of Cajun music with the Savoy Family Cajun Band at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20.

Nevada Legislature: Amendment would reform property taxes

Senators James Settelmeyer and Pete Goicoechea on Thursday introduced a proposed constitutional amendment they say would clean up Nevada’s overly complex and disjointed property tax system.

Protesters block Carson Street over AG Laxalt’s joining immigration suit (with video)

More than 100 protesters demanding Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt back off his support of the lawsuit challenging the president’s immigration policy blocked Carson Street in front of Laxalt’s office on Wednesday.

Stand-up comics to perform at Carson City’s Nugget

Carson Nugget’s new Carson Comedy Room is hosting Kevin Farley, a stand-up comedian who has appeared in films such as “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep,” at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Arrest made for jaywalking

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. WEDNESDAY • At 10:26 a.m., a 23-year-old was arrested on suspicion of jaywalking at Fairview and Pheasant drives. He was also charged with obstructing an officer for refusing to sign the citation. Bail was set at $325.

Whittemore, Carson City’s WNC pick up 400th win

Three straight two-out hits in the third inning by Western Nevada College triggered the Wildcats’ largest hitting output of the season in a 9-6 come-from-behind baseball victory over Colorado Northwestern Community College on Thursday at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City.

Salute to Young Musicians in Carson City

Riley Gudmundson, 10, and her grandmother, Mary Lynn Atkins, practice their duet for Capital City Community Band’s annual Salute to Young Musicians, a free celebration of Carson City’s student musicians, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carson City Community Center.

Disney children’s production in Carson City

Wild Horse Children’s Theater will present Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Kids! at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 13, 14, 20, and 21, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 14, 15, 21 and 22 in the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall.

Jobless rate rises; more return to labor market

Nevada’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up a tenth to 7.1 percent in January but the raw rate rose a full six tenths to 7.5 percent.

Lopez-led Senators crush Hawks 27-0

RENO — Jesse Lopez has been an extraordinary table-setter in his two stints as Carson High’s lead-off hitter.

Bill: Let defendants of meritless prosecution seek costs

Sens. Greg Brower and Aaron Ford on Thursday asked the Judiciary Committee to change Nevada law to allow criminal defendants victimized by bad prosecutors to ask for court costs.

Judge rejects wild horse lawsuit

RENO — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by a coalition of rural Nevada counties that wanted to force the government to sell or otherwise dispose of tens of thousands of mustangs in U.S. holding facilities.

Thursday, March 12

NDF has grants for fire fuel reduction

The Nevada Division of Forestry has an estimated $500,000 available for projects to reduce the risk of wildfires and damage in wildland/urban interface areas.

Knuth decision was the right one for Nevada

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball season and the David Carter era mercifully came to an end Wednesday afternoon. Give Wolf Pack athletic director Doug Knuth credit for pulling the trigger on Carter.

Arts & cultural events in Carson City focus of meeting Tuesday

The Carson City Cultural Commission will elect its chairperson and vice chairperson and review a project that would line Carson Street with banners of images depicting local arts and culture events at its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center.

Carson City hosting Chinese artist’s calligraphy presentation

Gardnerville artist Sonia Carlson is hosting a free Chinese calligraphy workshop at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, as part of the Nevada Arts Council’s “Work of Artists” series at the Nevada Legislative Building.

Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee cancels April 20 meeting

The Open Space Advisory Committee’s meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. April 20 in the Sierra Room of the Community Center has been canceled.

Carson City museum hosting science program about desert life

Desert Adaptation, a new science program designed for all ages, is coming to the Nevada State Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Roads to Virginia City remain open despite detour

Virginia City tourism and county officials are reminding attendees of the 24th annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry on Saturday that Virginia City can still be accessed on State Route 342, also called the truck route, a detour that has been in place since Feb. 18.

Carson City’s Blue Bull hosting St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band will perform at The Blue Bull’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The event runs late and offers Irish food by Lifted Cafe, music, green beer and more.

Heller co-sponsors medical marijuana legislation

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller , R-Nev., announced he’s cosponsoring the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, S.683, to ensure states, like Nevada, have the right to determine their own medical marijuana laws.

Controller’s second monthly report: Taxes and other revenues

The second Controller’s Monthly Report is now on the state web site ( It addresses state revenues, while the first one reviewed state spending. In sum, its findings are ...


Nevada History through the Eyes of Women

Nutrient Foods will relocate to Reno

Reno has landed another company relocation.

Soviets killed U.S. Army officer 30 years ago

Throughout 2015, we will be recognizing significant events that relate to the 70th anniversary this year of the end of World War II.

Potential opportunities for today’s investors

The world of today is vastly different from the one that existed in, say, 1974. Innovations such as the Internet, smartphones, tablets, Facebook, Twitter and so on have made our lives more enjoyable, efficient and productive in many ways, and have vastly improved our access to the world’s knowledge. Yet when it comes to one important area of our lives — investing for the future — many of us may actually face more challenges today than we might have in the past.

Dognition is doggone cool

This was a busy week for Watson, my husband and me. We spent time doing cognitive tests designed for dogs. In last week’s article I mentioned Dognition, an online website where you can access your dog’s abilities. I signed up, and we had a lot of fun doing the experiments.

Railroad Earth to jam the night away Sunday at Lake Tahoe

Music lovers of many a genre will be ready to hop aboard the Railroad Earth express Sunday night at the North Shire’s Crystal Bay Casino.

Stand-up comics to perform at Carson City’s Nugget

Carson Nugget’s new Carson Comedy Room is hosting Kevin Farley, a stand-up comedian who has appeared in films such as “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep,” at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. today.

Yerington hosting evening of Cajun music March 20

The Jeanne Dini Center in Yerington will present an evening of Cajun music with the Savoy Family Cajun Band at 7 p.m. on March 20.

Nevada feels water pinch

The news about the drought is no better throughout the state. The Nevada Division of Water Resources recently began its annual measurement of groundwater in irrigation and stock wells in various basins in the state.

Rep. Mark Amodei says feds stepping up in sage hen battle

Congressman Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told the Nevada Legislature this week the federal government is finally stepping up to meet its responsibility in the battle over whether the sage grouse is threatened.


Western Nevada College is offering several interesting non-credit courses this fall through its Community Education Division.

How to pop the cork on the good lifeand the time to do is upon retirement

Imagine a bright, golden vista filled with soothing, warm sunshine – perhaps it is California’s Highway 29. You’re driving this scenic route after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a Tuesday during working hours. That’s right, you’re going to Napa.

Unencumbered by steady employment

It’s been almost a decade since I’ve had a traditional job that involved me showing up for work everyday and getting paid regularly. Believe it or not, a company once paid me for several years just not to work for their competitor. It’s not bad work if you can get it.

IRS has refunds totaling $1 billion

WASHINGTON — Federal income tax refunds totaling $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2011, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. To collect the money, these taxpayers must file a 2011 tax return with the IRS no later than Wednesday, April 15.

Career/job fair to prepare students for employment

A career fair for mostly high school juniors and seniors will focus on how to prepare for employment in a competitive environment.

DTWS women bring unique experiences to the floor

Five women and five men will put on their best moves for Fallon in a week when they take to the floor in the eighth annual Dancing with the Stars.

Commissioners told of Yucca Mountain benefits

The director of the U.S. Nuclear Energy Foundation recently informed the Churchill County Commissioners about the positive benefits the state could obtain if a repository was built at Yucca Mountain.

New Banner Health to open in Fernley

With same-day appointments, on-site labs and X-rays, the new Banner Health Center in Fernley which opens Monday offers primary care for the entire family.

BLM horse adoption ends on March 23

The Bureau of Land Management’s March Internet Adoption for wild horses has 10 days remaining.

Gov. Sandoval tax bill introduced

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s much anticipated tax plan was introduced in the Nevada Senate late Wednesday.

View from the Past

Muddy Roads Cause Trouble to Stages. The snow and rain of Sunday night left the stage and freighting roads in very bad condition. C. L. Benadum, proprietor of the Wonder-Fallon-Fairview line, stated Monday evening that the roads were of any time the past winter. The big auto truck was not taken out Monday and Tuesday mornings as usual, but a high power passenger machine took out the mail.


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

scholarships, honors

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Fallon Branch, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Churchill County resident who wishes to resume college studies.

Effort to save Carson City’s Western Nevada College athletics begins in earnest

The effort to save Western Nevada College athletics began in earnest Tuesday when a large number of supporters filled room 2149 at the Legislative Building.

Alumni notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing in college

BASEBALL Jace Zampirro, Carson, Feather River: No action last week. Has a 12.00 ERA with 0-0 record.

Sandoval tax bill introduced

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s much anticipated tax plan was introduced in the Nevada Senate late Wednesday. Senate Bill 252, a bill more than 200 pages long, was referred to the Revenue and Economic Development Committee for a hearing next Wednesday with all members of both the Senate and Assembly invited to participate.

Judiciary needs money by May 1

The chief justice of Nevada’s Supreme Court told lawmakers Wednesday without legislative action, the court will run out of money and be forced to shut down May 1.

Burrows new Dayton baseball coach

Mike Burrows has been involved with the Dayton High baseball program for the past 14 years, and now he has inherited the head coaching job after Ryan Ransdell stepped down after a 10-19 season.

Wednesday, March 11

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.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Woman arrested on felony embezzlement warrant

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. TUESDAY • At 9:15 a.m., Amie Folster, 36, was arrested on suspicion of felony warrant charging embezzlement after a traffic stop on East William Street at Anderson Street for speeding. She was held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Moyle, Pongasi no-hit Hug

Three and zero were the key numbers to remember from Carson’s league victory Tuesday afternoon.

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. MONDAY • At 3:50 p.m., a 68-year-old transient was arrested on suspicion of stealing a woman’s backpack while at the FISH store on East Long Street. He was held in lieu of $250 bail on a petit larceny charge.

Support for Northern Nevada Veterans Home

Veterans turned out in force on Tuesday to back construction of a Northern Nevada Veterans Home. At present, the only veteran’s home in the state is in southern Nevada and, with 180 beds, is at capacity.

Five arrested in Silver Springs meth ring

Five people were arrested by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Monday after a four-month investigation into the alleged selling of methamphetamine in the Silver Springs.

Rep. Mark Amodei says feds stepping up in sage hen battle

Congressman Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told the Nevada Legislature on Monday the federal government is finally stepping up to meet its responsibility in the battle over whether the sage grouse is threatened.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office offers safe haven for private sales

Volunteers with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office are creating what they hope is a safe haven for private party transactions between individuals.

Inmate receives $305,000 settlement after being shot by correctional officer

The Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved a $305,000 settlement in a case where an inmate was shot by a correctional officer.

Community spotlight: Carson City soccer club wins title

The Carson Futbol Club U-15 squad won the Northern California Spring Showcase last weekend.

Tuesday, March 10

Muffy Vhay: Spring shows its face

Spring is beginning to show its face here in Washoe Valley. Way too many fruit blossoms are ready to burst forth. It has been such an unseasonably warm season that everything is early, and we know we are undoubtedly going to have another hard freeze that’s going wipe everything out. Daffodils are blooming, tulips (the ones the deer didn’t eat) and hyacinth are all up and some have buds already. In the vegetable garden, rhubarb, chives and parsley are up but still small.

Pack ready for injury-plagued Rebels

The UNLV Rebels will limp into Thomas & Mack Center for their opening Mountain West tournament game against the Nevada Wolf Pack today.

Damonte hangs on to beat Douglas baseball

MINDEN — After falling into a big hole on Tuesday afternoon, the Douglas High baseball team saw its comeback fall short in a 10-8 Northern Division I loss at home against Damonte Ranch.

When tragedy becomes a town’s news

Reporting on death is one of the most difficult tasks a reporter must undertake.

Mori handed prison sentence

A Fallon woman who failed to appear for numerous court dates was sentenced Tuesday in District Court after a 15-month odyssey.

The Doctors: Take this advice to heart

An occasional skipped beat or racing heart is often harmless and passes quickly. But some heart rhythm problems can cause fainting, shortness of breath and chest pain, or put you at risk for heart failure and stroke. Here are common therapies, plus recent updates from the lab.

Stamps honor Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients

WASHINGTON, (DOD) — Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the ground war in Vietnam with the deployment of 3,500 Marines.

Take small steps to better health

Staying healthy doesn’t have to mean overhauling your lifestyle. Sometimes small changes can have big impacts. Take it from celebrity fitness trainer, Latreal “La” Mitchell, “Everyone can reach their health and fitness goals. It’s all about setting attainable goals and staying motivated to see results.”

Rising Sun Gallery hosts fundraiser

March is the month to celebrate the arts in Churchill County. The Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios is having its third annual Gourmet Italian Dinner fundraiser Saturday at the Fallon Convention Center.


Fallon’s future is shining a little brighter as plans to make the downtown area “the place to be” are shaping up.

The community grieves for young life lost

The community is grieving over Thursday’s death of a Churchill County Middle School eighth-grader who died by suicide.

Up, up and away

The team result is a secondary concern this early in the track season.

Swimmers nab 11 regional times

Two wins, seven regional qualifiers in 11 events is not a bad way to start the season. The Fallon boys swimmers took down Sparks, 132-15, while the Lady Wave raced past the Railroaders, 151-41, on Saturday in Fernley.

Mauga inks 3-year deal with Chiefs

Josh Mauga was aware of the challenges of the NFL, especially after being released from the Jets after back-to-back years of unfortunate injuries.

Charlotte June Esko

Charlotte June Esko, age 76, passed away on March 2, 2015 in Reno, NV. She was born June 2, 1938 in West Virginia to John and Dorothy Tressler Wilfong and was a resident of Fallon. She had worked as a clerk for the IRS.

Local sports roundup: Carson City’s WNC softball drops two

Eliminate two big offensive innings for Salt Lake Community College and Western Nevada College played the 18th-ranked Bruins pretty even on Saturday.

Beverly Dianne Hendrix

Beverley Dianne Hendrix, age 73, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at Renown Hospital in Reno. She was born on March 26th, 1941 in Oakland, CA to Clayborn “Dutch” and Olive Douglass. Her family moved to Fallon in June of 1945. Bev lived in Fallon most of her life and graduated from Churchill County High School. Bev has always had a passion for horses and started riding at a young age.

Taylar Rose Mary Hutchings

Taylar Rose Mary Hutchings left us on March 5, 2015. Taylar was born in Reno July 3, 2001, she had been a resident of Fallon for her life time. She was a student at Churchill County Middle School where she was a Cheerleader and was also involved in the girls softball program.

Carson City Emblem Club to host annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner

The Carson City Emblem Club #507 will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, which includes corned beef, cabbage, soda bread and Irish cupcakes and ice cream, at 6 p.m. March 17 at Carson City Elks Lodge, 515 N. Nevada St.

Nevada Retired School Employees to meet Friday in Carson

Sherry Rupert will give a PowerPoint presentation about Stewart Indian School at Nevada Retired School Employees’s next meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Q’s BBQ, 230 Fairview Drive.

Event honoring Lyon County women set for March 22

Historical Society of Dayton Valley is hosting an open house to honor local women who make a difference in Lyon County from 1 to 4 p.m. March 22 at the Dayton Museum on Shady Lane.

Benefit dinner for Carson Tahoe SPCA is April 11 at BAC

Vegetarian pasta sauces created by Chef Charlie Abowd of Adele’s will be featured at Carson Tahoe SPCA’s Spay-ghetti & No Balls benefit dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 11 at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St.

Carson City hospital hosting annual Eggstravaganza Easter hunt

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, 1600 Medical Parkway, will present its Easter Eggstravaganza event featuring food, fun, games, gifts and the Easter Bunny from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28. For more information, call 775-445-5161, or email

Evening of wine & watercolor helps Carson senior meals program

The Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, will present an evening of wine and watercolor whose proceeds go to the center’s meals program from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 20.

Commodity food distribution planned at Carson City Community Center

Friends In Service Helping, or FISH, will distribute free USDA commodity foods to Carson City families from 9 to 11 a.m. March 20 at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St. No one will be admitted before 9 a.m.

Governor leery of NDOT plan to computerize highway projects selection

Gov. Brian Sandoval made it clear Monday he has serious questions about the Nevada Department of Transportation request for a computer program to help decide which road and highway projects should have top priority.

Monday, March 9

Nevada Legislature: Bill would exempt independent contractors from minimum wage

A Nevada bill that would exempt businesses from paying minimum wage to independent contractors earned praise Monday from business owners who say they want the flexibility to hire people on contract.

Carson High School senior holding pet supply drive Saturday

Mykelti O’Brien, a senior at Carson High School, will collect pet food and supplies as part of her senior project from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Benson’s Feed & Tack, 2750 Highway 50 E.

Performers sought for Carson City play about motherhood

Lollipop Productions is holding open auditions from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Gold Dust West for its comedy production of “Motherhood Out Loud.”

Coin shop owner to feature at Carson City Leisure Club meeting

Allen Rowe, owner of Northern Nevada Coin and Bullion, will talk about the coin and precious metals profession at Carson City Leisure Hour Club’s meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

Carson City Symphony calling musicians to rehearse Wednesday

The Carson City Symphony is calling musicians to rehearse from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 1750 Mountain St., for its Spring Celebration concert on April 26. Other rehearsals are planned in the band room at Carson High School.

Nevada Legislature: Initiative petition sent to Assembly floor without recommendation

The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday voted to move ballot questions that would mandate background checks for gun buyers and legalize marijuana to the floor for a vote. The decision came after Chairman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, said it was his intention to send the questions to the floor without recommendation and allow leadership to decide what to do with them.

Athletics meeting for Carson City’s WNC Tuesday

Those interested in saving athletics at Western Nevada College are welcome to attend a meeting to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 in room 2149 of the Legislative Building.

CHS routs Reed, no-hit by Reno

RENO — It was a case of feast or famine for Carson High’s baseball team on the second day of the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament.

Sunday, March 8

A tough day for Senators

Carson High’s baseball team will enter its Northern Division I opener Tuesday at 3:45 against Hug in the throes of a three-game losing streak after losing twice at the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament Saturday at Ron McNutt Field.

Saturday, March 7

Darrell Moody: With UNR silent, Carson City’s Carter Nike Camp bound

Carson High’s Asa Carter is arguably the best returning football player in Northern Nevada, and for some inexplicable reason, he hasn’t attracted any scholarship attention from the hometown Nevada Wolf Pack, or any other D-1 school for that matter.

Carson City’s WNC baseball fails to sweep Salt Lake

Finding a way to win games that require a concerted comeback effort is one of many reasons why Western Nevada College coach D.J. Whittemore is on the cusp of his 400th victory with the Carson City baseball program.

Friday, March 6

Carson City’s WNC takes three straight

Western Nevada College took the suspended game from Salt Lake Community College, and then swept both ends of Friday’s regularly scheduled doubleheader at John L. Harvey Field.

Local sports roundup: WNC softball swept: Nevada baseball wins

Whether they were called upon to swing away or lay down a bunt, the Salt Lake Bruins were up to the task en route to a Scenic West Athletic Conference softball doubleheader sweep of Western Nevada College on Friday at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City.

Assemblyman has March 25 court date on DUI charge

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Las Vegas, is scheduled for an initial appearance in Carson City Justice Court March 25 on DUI charges.

Nevada Legislature: Prevailing wage bill wins final approval, headed to governor

The bill exempting school construction projects from having to pay prevailing wage to tradesmen received final legislative approval from the Assembly on Thursday.

Western Nevada College softball: Bruins take two from Wildcats

Whether they were called upon to swing away or lay down a bunt, the Salt Lake Bruins were up to the task en route to a Scenic West Athletic Conference softball doubleheader sweep of Western Nevada College on Friday at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City.

IRS scam prompts warning from state

Tis the season to watch out from telephone scams. Multiple residents reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. In a recording of the call, a man with a slight accent said they were from the Internal Revenue Services and that the resident should call or face possible arrest.

James (Jim) Yoakum

James (Jim) Yoakum passed peacefully at home in Carson City, NV on March 4th, shortly after his 93rd birthday with loving family at his side. Jim was born in Perrydale, OR on February 19, 1922 to Mamie (Kunz) Hicketheir and James E Yoakum. During his three years of gallant service as a medical supply sergeant in the South Pacific during WW II he earned a Bronze Service Arrowhead, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct and Victory Medals and Philippine Liberation Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. He returned to comlete his education at the University of Oregon.

William Ferris, Jr.

William Ferris, Jr. of Wellington Nevada passed away Friday February 27, 2015 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born June 3, 1935 in Oakland California. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sharon Ferris, his sister Lynnea Bell, sons: Anthony Ferris, Nicholas Ferris, Jimmie McCurry, Timothy McCurry, daughters: Theresa Block, Angelique Ellison, Robin Sims, 14 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

Gov. Brian Sandoval signs school bond rollover measure

With legislation allowing school districts to extend their existing bonds and lifting prevailing wage requirements from school construction stalled in the Assembly, an emergency measure with just the bond rollover language was signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval Wednesday afternoon.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office seeks information about armed robbery of casino

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 9 p.m. Thursday evening. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says that’s when two masked male suspects entered a gaming establishment in the 300 block of East Winnie Lane. Upon entry one of the suspects pointed a .22 caliber pistol at two casino employees.

Carson City’s WNC baseball game tied, suspended

Hitters don’t often receive the sign to hit away on a 3-0 count with their team trailing.

CHS opens season with victory against Truckee

For five innings, he Carson Senators seemed to be one hit away from busting the game wide open, leaving nine baserunners stranded.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office seeking Bruce Hutter

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about Bruce Hutter. Hutter was last seen by friends the weekend of Feb. 14-15. Cell phone records indicate at 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 17 he called AAA asking for a jump on his white 2005 Dodge Neon with Nevada License plates 528UJL.

Nevada Legislature: Resolution calls on feds to pay up for Angora Fire costs

The Nevada state Senate on Friday gave final approval to Assembly Joint Resolution 3, which calls on the federal government to pay what they owe to contractors who did work in the wake of the Angora Fire at South Lake Tahoe.

CCSO reports the death of Fallon student

A 13-year-old Fallon girl died at her home late Thursday afternoon of an apparent gunshot wound, reports the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office.

Prep roundup: Barry leads Galena past Tigers in tourney opener

MINDEN — Nate Barry pitched three-hit ball over five innings and Galena bunched together five runs in the fifth and sixth innings Thursday afternoon in a 7-2 season opening victory at Douglas.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Man arrested for failing to register as a sex offender

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. THURSDAY • At 1:35 a.m., a 26-year-old Shurz man was arrested on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender after he was reported living at a Saliman Road apartment. He was held in lieu of $150 bail.

Alumni notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing in college

BASKETBALL Rafe King, Carson, Columbia College: Season over. Averaged 11.7 points and shot 41 percent from 3-point range

Live stream: Western Nevada College hosts Salt Lake

Western Nevada College’s baseball team continues a four-game series with Salt Lake Community College. Catch all the action on the live stream below.

Yerington woman enters no contest plea in felony elder exploitation case

Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced former Financial Horizons Credit Union employee Daylene Tibbals, 29, of Yerington, entered a no contest plea this week on one felony count of the fraudulent use of a credit card. At a hearing before Lyon County District Court Judge Leon Aberasturi, Tibbals admitted she entered a no contest plea to avoid potentially being found guilty of more serious charges involving the misuse of her grandmother’s life savings.

Thursday, March 5

Friday Fodder: Will Nevada cut ties with basketball coaches?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning...You could argue this has been the worst basketball season in the history of the Nevada Wolf Pack athletic department.

Tonya Champa named advertising director of Nevada Appeal, Lahontan Valley News

Tonya Champa has been named advertising director of the Nevada Appeal in Carson City and the Lahontan Valley News in Fallon.

Reclamation looks at demolition, removal project

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the effects of a proposed federal action to implement the Carson River and Derby Diversion Dam tender houses demolition and removal project in Churchill and Storey counties.

Geothermal in U.S. stalls as global grows

The market for geothermal energy last year remained stagnant in the United States as it continued to grow in the rest of the world.

Demonstrating square dancing

Left photo: Linda Hartweg — vice president of Fallon’s square dance club, the Oasis Squares — tells Lahontan Elementary School students about square dancing at a special assembly last week. Right photo: Later, club dancers gave a demonstration, and then the students had a chance to take to the floor to try it themselves. A bill is before a state Senate committee to designate square dancing as Nevada’s state dance.

NV Energy offers solar energy workshop

NV Energy residential customers considering investing in rooftop solar are invited to attend a free NV Energy “Solar for Homeowners” workshop on Tuesday.

Leaving our February adventure

A month ago I wrote my first February column from the comfort of our waterfront townhouse in Florida, pausing occasionally to enjoy the view of the bay from the window.

NV attorney general offers tips on how to recover from a data breach

Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt is offering tips of recovery for victims of data breaches.

View from the Past

First Chance for the Ladies to Vote. The city election will be held on the 4th of May. That will be the first opportunity that the ladies of Fallon will have of exercising the right of franchise.

Is your dog a genius?

At last there is a way to find out how smart your dog is. Dognition is a company founded by Brian Hare, a biological anthropologist, at Duke University. At Dognition you have the ability to analyze the cognitive strengths and weaknesses of your pooch. For a small fee you have access to a series of simple experiments that assess navigation, memory and empathy.

How should you respond to higher interest rates?

If the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises short-term interest rates this year, as many financial professionals predict, what will it mean to you? As a consumer, you might experience the “ripple” effects if long-term interest rates eventually follow suit, affecting mortgages and other loans. But as an investor, you might quickly feel the impact of a move by the Fed — especially if you own bonds.

Obama’s latest blessing for us: Internet regulation

In the mid-1970s, I began a life-long professional involvement in regulation. A card-carrying liberal Democrat environmentalist in those days, I believed that all kinds of government regulation, if applied aggressively by the right people (progressive professionals like myself, of course), would hugely improve the world.

Deadline extended to March 31 for Conservation Stewardship Program

USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced that the deadline for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended to March 13.

Liberal lies: We’re only trying to help

Many liberals have the idea that only they know best how we should conduct ourselves. In their view the best way to accomplish that is via big government. Along with that premise is the idea that any disagreement with their views is akin to heresy.

BLM schedules tour of off-range horse corral

The Bureau of Land Management has announced it is offering a public tour of the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral northeast of Fallon on Saturday.

Counterfeit money class draws large showing

Local businesses came out in force as a result of a recent counterfeit currency ring hit Fallon last month.

International Night

About 60 students represented 17 countries at the Churchill County Middle School’s annual International Night. Students also learned about different cultures.

Arts Council transforms itself into Mardi Gras

The social event of late winter is transporting its guests to a Mardi Gras celebration Saturday night as the Churchill Arts Council hosts is 29th annual “An Evening with the Arts.”

County supports future senior center plans

The Churchill County Commissioners approved at their Thursday morning meeting to commit financial resources as matching funds to plan to build a new senior center.

TCID sets water users meeting dates

The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District’s annual water users meetings have been finalized.


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

CCSD budget committee recommends more cuts

The Churchill County School District Budget Committee met Tuesday night to discuss more cost-saving recommendations — including a four-day week — that could be presented to the board of trustees.

Lawmakers hear CCW testimony

CARSON CITY — The Assembly Committee on Judiciary heard testimony on Thursday on a bill that would allow concealed carry weapons (CCWs) in schools and airports.

Showcase shines

The grassroots reach of the High Sierra Lacrosse League marched its way into Fallon on Saturday for the organization’s annual jamboree at the Churchill County Regional Park.

Evett nabs first-team all-state honor

Capping a fantastic senior campaign, Fallon’s Jeff Evett added another patch to his sleeve.

BEHIND THE PLATE: Wolf Pack baseball becomes relevant

It’s been almost two decades since a baseball team dominated competition off North Virginia Street in Reno.

Nevada Legislature: Lawmakers review bill to allow concealed guns at colleges

Nevada lawmakers heard hours of testimony Thursday on a deeply divisive bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, day care centers and airports.

Carson City’s WNC to play at home

Western Nevada College’s baseball four-game series at Salt Lake Community College has been moved to Carson City because of inclimate weather.

High School basketball: Virginia City Muckers fall in state semifinals

Cold-shooting VC eliminated at state LAS VEGAS — Everything that could go wrong for Virginia City did, and the result was a short stay at the NIAA Division IV State Championship.

Community spotlight: Carson bowlers roll over Wooster

Carson High’s bowling team opened the playoffs with an easy 36-9 win over Wooster last week.

Darrell Moody: Cutting sports programs at WNC is huge mistake

I can’t help but think what a tragic mistake the lawmakers, including our illustrious governor made when they let the baseball and softball programs at Western Nevada College fall by the wayside.

Nevada baseball able to out-’Whitt’ UC Davis

RENO — Junior Adam Whitt of Carson City retired five straight batters to help the Nevada baseball team hold on to a 7-6 victory over UC Davis on Tuesday at Peccole Park.

Quilling inherits young softball group

New faces abound on the Carson High softball team, and it starts with the head coach.

Logano follows checklist to win Daytona

Once again the Daytona 500 proved staying out of trouble, making the right adjustments and pit calls, being in the right place at the end of the race, and taking advantage of a questionable red flag call by NASCAR can win the biggest race of the year for you.

Well known coaches assist Manoukian for CHS baseball

There are three new, but familiar faces, working with coach Brian Manoukian this season.

Carson City’s Western Nevada College offering classes on life and job skills

Western Nevada College is offering the following non-credit community education classes for job skill preparation and to help build life skills and provide help with personal health:

Carson City community band to salute young musicians

The Capital City Community Band will celebrate its 37th concert season with its annual “A Salute to Young Musicians,” a celebration of Carson City’s student musicians, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center.

Nevada falls to Colorado State

RENO — The Nevada Wolf Pack closed out its home season with yet another loss at Lawlor Events Center Wednesday night.

Numbers are up for Carson track program

There’s strength in numbers. If you subscribe to that theory, then it should be a big year for the Carson High track program. Entering Saturday’s meet at McQueen, Carson has 120 student-athletes currently in the program, 80 boys and 40 girls.

Carson High golfers gear up for opener

When golf practice convened this year, Carson High golf coach Rod Butler was greeted by 29 players, including a plethora of freshmen and sophomores.

Bateman named Athletic Director of the Year

A funny thing happened to Bob Bateman in Las Vegas last week.

Murder mystery dinner show benefits area arts group

The Carson Valley Arts Council and the Proscenium Players, Inc. will present “Polter-Heist!” a hauntingly hilarious murder mystery dinner theater show on Friday, March 13, at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Wednesday, March 4

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.

Laxalt wants to reorganize AG’s office for efficiency

Attorney General Adam Laxalt told the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday he wants to reorganize the office to improve efficiency and effectiveness in providing services and customer service.

Nevada Legislature: Assembly bill deals with those who represent themselves

Assembly approves charging people acting as own lawyers for misconduct The Assembly on Wednesday approved AB110, which allows judges to charge people for misconduct while acting as their own attorney in civil court cases.

Alumni notebook: How Carson City area athletes are doing in college

BASKETBALL Rafe King, Carson, Columbia College: Has appeared in all 24 games and is averaging 12.1 points and shooting 42 percent from 3-point range. Averaging 0.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

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

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. TUESDAY • At 7:40 p.m., a 49-year-old Reno man was arrested on suspicion of DUI-first offense after a traffic stop for running a red light on North Carson Street. He was also charged with driving without a valid license. Total bail was set at $1,140.

No investigation into altercation between two Assemblymen

Contrary to earlier reports, no criminal complaint has been filed in connection with a heated dispute between two members of the Nevada Assembly.

Nevada Legislature: PERS ‘hybrid’ plan supported, criticized

Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, told the Assembly Government Affairs Committee that Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement System has upward of $12 billion in unfunded liability and has been on a downward spiral for years.

Ross J. Stevens

Ross J. Stevens, 78, of Gardnerville, NV, passed away at home surrounded by his adoring family. He was born in Hollywood, CA and raised in San Pedro, CA, graduating from San Pedro High School and Harbor Jr. College, and subsequently honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1962.

Tuesday, March 3

Flexibility will be key to Carson success

When you glance at Carson High’s 2015 baseball roster, two things stand out, youth and flexibility.

Business Roundtable says trade spurs Nevada jobs

Nevada’s exports support more than 350,000 jobs, according to Business Roundtable, a business organization made up of firms employing nearly 16 million workers nationally.

Update: Missing Carson City teen found safe in Oregon

March 3 update: The Carson City Sheriff’s Office says Edward “Bubba” Moser Jr., 17, was found safe in Oregon. ••• The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about Edward “Bubba” Moser Jr., 17. He was reported as a runaway on Jan. 2.


REAP Energy Grant Workshop USDA Rural Development will hold an energy grant workshop in Fallon on Tuesday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Fallon Agricultural Center, located at 111 Sheckler Road.

Adam Laxalt proposes legal assistance program for vets

CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt recently announced the formation of an advisory committee for the potential creation of a military legal assistance program in the state.

Nevada Legislature: Judiciary hears bill to protect sellers of defective products

Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, told the Judiciary Committee on Thursday innocent product sellers shouldn’t be “dragged into court” to defend faulty products.

Getting back to normal

When I first began writing a column for the newspaper, all I had to do was fax my contribution and the editor did the rest. Then we got into all of this computer business, and this old lady was lost in never-never land.

What should we do about ISIS?

TV newscasts report that Americans are against sending ground troops to the Middle East. Most quote people as saying “The Middle East should clean up their own mess.” For months I have taken the position that we should not send ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS. However, as the atrocities increase, and ISIS gains new members and expands its barbaric terror to more and more countries, and since air strikes alone have not seemed to deter them, I find myself wavering.

Obama resurrects death tax, targets family farmers

If there’s anything more quintessentially American than baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, it’s the American family farmer. Indeed, the American Gothic painting of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and his daughter is one of the most recognized works of art in all of American culture.

USAF Band adds concert in Reno

Along with its performance at the Carson City Community Center’s Bob Boldrick Theater on Wednesday, the United States Air Force Concert Band of Washington, D.C. will perform an additional concert at the Grand Sierra Resort beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. No tickets are needed for this event, and the public is invited to just show up.

Eating out could add 6 pounds a year

A study of Americans’ dining habits finds that we eat out an average two days a week and when we do, we’re getting about 200 extra calories. This is true whether the restaurant is full-service or fast-food. And what’s worse — when we dine in restaurants instead of at home, we also eat more saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison calls for reform of teacher protection rules

If Nevada doesn’t reform rules that currently protect teachers based on seniority rather than performance, Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison says the state is just setting itself up for a lawsuit like the one which threw out those rules in California.


COMMENDS LVN LACROSSE STORY Editor: I had the pleasure of purchasing and reading a copy of the Friday edition of the Lahontan Valley News.

School choice and dogs in bars

One of the most exciting reforms on the agenda at the Legislature is school choice. Proposed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, AB165 will create an Opportunity Scholarship program that will create school choice using tuition tax credits.

Well Health Quality Care launches healthcare operating system

par8o, Healthcare’s Operating System, announced that WellHealth Quality Care (WellHealth), Nevada’s first accountable care network, has launched the company’s EMR-agnostic platform to provide a seamless transition-in-care process for all WellHealth members. par8o’s platform enables clinical coordination across the network in order to enhance the member experience, manage costs and deliver high-quality care.

Commissioners meet Thursday

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


The following births occurred at Banner Churchill Community Hospital: February 14, 2015 A boy, Bruce Neil Foley to Marissa Leween Foley and Bryan James Lynn, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 18 inches.

A healthy bedtime routine is important for children

Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is a prelude to a great night’s sleep, which is critical for young bodies and brains.

4 ways to manage constipation

It’s not your favorite topic of conversation. But if you’re having a tough time, perhaps you’ll find some comfort in knowing that you’re not alone (constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal problems in the U.S.) and that something as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables may help.

US Navy Reserve marks centennial anniversary

The Navy Reserve marked its centennial anniversary on Tuesday with a series of events starting in Washington D.C. and continuing at installations around the country during the year.

December taxable sales up 17 percent

Driven by a 37 percent increase in accommodations, statewide taxable sales rose 10.2 percent in December 2014.

January gaming down by 9.2 percent

A strong increase Baccarat win fueled a 7.75 percent overall increase in statewide gaming win for January.

‘On the cutting edge of technology’

Longtime Fallon resident Pat Bowden attended the opening ceremony for the library when it first opened its doors in 1967 at the corner of South Maine and Virginia streets.

City officials run unopposed

Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford, Councilman Robert “Bob” Erickson and Councilwoman Kelly Frost face no opposition for another term because no one “threw their hats in the ring” to run against them in this year’s city election.

Valley water in short supply

The allocation is as dry as the weather forecast.

Soroptimists offering grants to Carson City nonprofits

Soroptimist International of Carson City is accepting grant applications through April 1 from Carson City nonprofit organizations.

Carson City Supervisor Bonkowski hosting meeting Friday

Carson City Ward 2 Supervisor Brad Bonkowski will hold his monthly “Breakfast with Brad” meeting at 7 a.m. Friday at the Cracker Box, 402 E. William St.

Carson City nursery hosting spring gardening events

Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry St., is hosting free gardening seminars and other events Saturdays in March.

One more for four

Establishing itself as the top softball program in the state hasn’t come easy for the Lady Wave.

Wave looks to reverse state fortune

Getting to the playoffs has never been a problem for the Greenwave baseball team.

Fallon in running for state crown

With his future secure, there is only one item left for Nathan Heck to cross off the list — an individual state title.

Lady Wave loaded with young talent

The talent is obvious, but where they end up comes down to coaching. Paul Orong’s girls track team is littered with freshmen and sophomores, but the inexperience will take an early-season toll.

Golfers shoot for state tournament bid

A compressed start followed by a month-long break is an advantage for the Fallon boys golf team.

Grimes dives in for another state title run

One of the fastest swimmers in the north returns for his last chance at a state title.

Sandoval plan would centralize Nevada teacher professional development

Education Superintendent Dale Erquiaga has laid out the governor’s plan to centralize funding for teacher professional development under the state Board of Education.

Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ staying in session

NEW YORK — Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020.

Carson City Sheriff’s Log: Two arrested on suspicion of felony burglary from Walmart

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. FRIDAY • At 1:25 p.m., a 30-year-old was arrested on suspicion of two traffic warrants at Fall and David streets. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license and no proof of insurance. Bail was set at $2,576.

Nevada beats woeful San Jose State

Nevada defeats woeful Spartans at Lawlor RENO — The San Jose State Spartans brightened an otherwise dreary Nevada Wolf Pack season once again on Saturday.

Groups rally against push to control federal land

Several hundred people gathered Monday at rallies in Utah and Nevada to demonstrate their opposition to efforts by some Western states to seize control of federal lands.

CHS coach, players on region, league teams

CHS coach, players on region, league teams Carson High was properly rewarded for its best boys basketball season since 2003.

Monday, March 2

Carson City Elks hosting Mardi Gras murder mystery dinner show

Women of Carson City Emblem Club #507 are hosting an opportunity to test detective skills and enjoy a New Orleans-style dinner at their performances of “Murder at Mardi Gras” on Saturday and Sunday at Elks Lodge, 515 N. Nevada St.

Lyon County Republicans meeting Saturday

The Lyon County Republican Central Committee will hold its next meeting, in which anyone is welcome to drop in and meet Republican officials and learn about grass roots politics, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Smith Valley Library, 22 Day Lane, Smith.

Meeting about Dayton’s dog park planned for March 10

Dayton Valley Dog Park Committee will discuss dog training classes, fundraising ideas, maintenance of Dayton’s dog park and an upcoming flea market at its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at Dayton Valley Senior Center, 320 Old Dayton Valley Road.

Washoe Lake State Park offering a series of free hikes

Washoe Lake State Park is offering three guided hikes this month, including a full moon hike through sand dunes and along the beach, a dune trek and beach stroll, and another to the overlook on the Deadman’s Creek Trail.

Home brewers called for annual Backwash competition

The Freight House District at Reno Aces Ballpark is seeking entries for its fourth annual Backwash home brew competition, whose proceeds benefit Project Great Outdoors.

Charles “Chuck” Frederick Wright

Charles Frederick Wright passed away on February 20, 2015. Born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 13, 1932, “Chuck” was a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, an avid horse and wagon enthusiast, a Freemason, and a devoted husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Clara, and son Stephen, and survived by his wife Barbara, children Jeannette, Phillip, Richard, and Barbie, step-children Bill and Fran, 14 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015, at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 14 Veterans Way, Fernley Nevada.

Sunday, March 1