Barbecue offers teacher a winning homecoming |

Barbecue offers teacher a winning homecoming

Karen Woodmansee

A Comstocker has come home.

Everett Shropshire went to school in Virginia City, but moved to California upon graduation, marrying and settling down in the Golden State.

“I’ve been away for a few years,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to come back.”

He and his wife, Marilyn, will teach at Virginia City High School this year.

His return was made sweeter when he won the 30-30 Winchester rifle that was raffled off at last Saturday’s Jeep Posse Barbecue.

The Jeep Posse, Storey County’s search and rescue unit, raffles off a Winchester every year at their annual fundraiser, now in its 46th year.

The event brought out many locals and some from out of town – Daytonite Joey Sbragia dropped by – to eat steak, listen to Squeek LaVake and Gary Greenlund on piano and banjo, and win prizes.

Sheriff Jim Miller worked hard at the barbecue, cooking steaks and serving as emcee, raffle prize announcer and auctioneer.

“Come on, Bum, your constituents want to see you pull $40 out of your wallet,” he said to Commissioner Greg “Bum” Hess, who was busy tending bar.

Hess pulled out $100 for raffle tickets and ended up taking home the first-year Virginia City High School football jacket.

The event also featured two 21 tables, featuring former Storey County Public Works Director Rich Bacus and former District Attorney candidate Ann Langer, among others, as dealers.

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A grant that will pay to improve access to the Carson River at the Santa Maria Ranch development has been approved by the Lyon County Commissioners.

The $328,000 grant comes from the Nevada Division of State Lands and Conservation and Resource Protection Grant Program. (Try saying that in one breath!)

The money is coming from the Question 1 program, which was passed on a ballot measure in 2002 for park and recreation projects. Another $75,000 is available through a Land and Water Conservation grant.

The river access will be at the Santa Maria Ranch park.

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Now that the Lyon County Commissioners changed the ordinance that required two members of the Silver Springs-Stagecoach Hospital Advisory Board to live in Stagecoach, the board was able to fill a vacancy.

Bill Brown of Silver Springs was appointed to fill the seat left by the 2005 resignation of David Cable, who lived in Stagecoach.

No one from Stagecoach expressed any interest in serving on the board, leading to a request by remaining members that the commissioners change the rules.

Brown moved to Silver Springs from Sacramento in 2004.

• Contact reporter Karen Woodmansee at or 882-2111 ext. 351.