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The Carson City Board of Supervisors is seeking applications for an opening on the Carson City Airport Authority.

This person must be a pilot who owns and operates an aircraft based at the airport and be willing to serve up to 16 hours a month on authority matters.

The term expires in October 2011.

Deadline to apply is Sept. 15.

E-Mail, visit the city’s Web site at or telephone 887-2100 for additional information.

The versatility of Ulrich Muhe, one of Germany’s leading actors, who died last month of stomach cancer, is on display in two movies being released on DVD today: “The Lives of Others” and “The Castle.” Winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film this year, Germany’s “The Lives of Others” is set in East Berlin in 1984 and features Muhe as a secret agent with the East German secret police, the Stasi, who has been ordered to spy on a popular playwright (Sebastian Koch) and his actress girlfriend (Martina Gedeck). It’s a remarkable piece of moviemaking that heralded the arrival of a new talent: director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Extras on the DVD include an above-average production documentary, a fascinating interview with the young filmmaker and his forceful commentary, in which he discusses the difficulties in getting the film made because the actions of the Stasi are still too painful for the country to talk about.

“The Castle” ” A drama based on Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel, Muhe gives a multilayered performance as K, a land surveyor who is hired to work at a castle, only to discover he doesn’t have a permit to enter the abode. Directed by Michael Haneke, the film originally aired on German television.

“Perfect Stranger” ” Halle Berry and Bruce Willis can’t salvage this silly thriller about an ambitious New York newspaper reporter who gets in over her head when she tries to nab the high-powered ad executive who is the main suspect in her friend’s death. Extras are threadbare.

“Broken English” ” Zoe Cassavetes, the daughter of the filmmaker-actor John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands, made her feature directorial debut with this engaging romantic drama. Parker Posey plays a successful hotel executive who can’t seem to find Mr. Right. Rowlands plays her mother; Drea de Matteo is her best friend; and French charmer Melvil Poupaud is the younger man who sweeps Posey off her feet. Extras, though, are limited, with a behind-the-scenes featurette and a sequence from a TV interview with Cassavetes.

“House of Games” ” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet made his feature directorial debut with this clever 1987 thriller starring his then-wife, Lindsay Crouse, as a taciturn therapist and bestselling author with her own share of psychoses who meets a charming card shark (frequent Mamet collaborator Joe Mantegna). The compelling extras include revealing new interviews with the two stars; a compelling short documentary on the film, shot during production; and audio commentary from Mamet, who often gets a bit too heady for his own good, and the far more accessible card consultant and actor Ricky Jay.

“The Milky Way” ” Reviews were decidedly mixed for this surreal 1969 Luis Bunuel dark comedy about two French beggars traveling to Spain’s holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Extras include an informative interview with film scholar Ian Christie, who sheds some badly needed light on Bunuel’s themes in the film, and a well-crafted new documentary, “Luis Bunuel: Atheist Thanks to God.”

“Dexter: The First Season” ” Fans of this morbidly delicious Showtime dramedy were disappointed when the series’ star, Michael C. Hall, didn’t receive an Emmy nomination for his colorful, no-holds-barred performance as Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter expert working with the Miami police who moonlights as a serial killer, murdering criminals who fell through the cracks of justice. Extras include a look at how blood splatter experts help solve crime, biographies of the cast and two episodes of the Showtime series “The Brotherhood.”

“She: Deluxe Edition” ” Merian C. Cooper of “King Kong” fame produced this lavish 1935 adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s action novel about a group of explorers looking for the “flame of life” in the glacial north who encounter She (Helen Gahagan), a powerful woman who rules over a subterranean kingdom. Randolph Scott and Nigel Bruce also star. The film lost more than $180,000 at the box office and was the only movie that stage actress Gahagan made. Married to actor Melvyn Douglas, she entered politics and was defeated in her bid for a Senate seat in 1950 by Richard M. Nixon.

The special edition includes both the restored, original black-and-white version and a newly colorized version supervised by special-effects legend Ray Harryhausen, who also provides audio commentary. Other extras include an interview with composer John Morgan about Max Steiner’s evocative score; comparisons between this version and the 1911 and 1925 adaptations of “She”; production stills; and advertising art.

Also released:

“The Ex”; “Sacco & Vanzetti” and “The Dark Backward: Special Edition”

Wells Fargo & Co. said today that it has fixed a computer problem that occurred Sunday afternoon and that customer service has been fully restored.

Avid Modjtabai, head of Wells Fargo’s Technology and Information Group, said all systems are fully operational, all customer transactions can be conducted but overnight processing has not been completed and customers may continue to see end of the day Friday balances until later today.

“Using our back-up facilities, we restored Internet banking service in about one hour and 40 minutes Sunday and within hours, customers could access Wells Fargo phone bank centers and make basic ATM transactions, such as withdrawing cash and making deposits at our ATMs but not at nonWells Fargo ATMs. All point-of sales transactions, processing for mortgage, home equity, student loans, ACH, wire transfers and remittances, are now up and running.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this caused. We thank the hundreds of team members in our technology group for working so hard to resolve this problem.”

Wells Fargo & Co. is a diversified financial services company with $540 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the internet ( across North America and internationally.

Source: Wells Fargo

ProLogis, the world’s largest owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities, has completed the first of two planned buildings at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

ProLogis is looking for tenants for its 601,750-square-foot building that can be leased to one company or divided into several different sections.

Once ProLogis starts leasing the completed building, it will begin construction of a similar structure on the 26-acre site it has next door.

ProLogis also has other buildings at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center including a new 300,000 foot structure of which 180,000 square feet has been leased to AH Foam.

ProLogis has 446.9 million square feet of industrial space in 105 markets across North America, Asia and Europe.

Coming Wednesday on the editorial page, Lorie Smith Schaefer’s column titled “Don’t let a bully take away your child’s lunch money.”

In her installment of the “Fresh Ideas” column, Schaefer looks at the tradition in Western society to provide meals to needy schoolchildren.

She says the first instance dates back to Germany in the 1790s. Schoolchildren in Germany, England, Switzerland and France who could not afford to pay, were given lunches because it was recognized — even then — that children who were hungry could not “take full advantage of the education provided them.”

In fact, in 1900 Holland became the first country to adopt national legislation to provide school lunches.

For the full column, check back Wednesday at or pick up a copy of the day’s edition.

Lorie Schaefer is a retired teacher.

Talk a Walk ” Muscle Powered Walk. All fitness levels welcome to participate. Walkers must be Muscle Powered members for insurance purposes; can sign-up before the walk. Bring water and a hat. Meet at Carson Middle School parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Call 684-3205.

Ladies bunko group meets from 7-9:30 p.m. at 110 Hall St. Just for fun social gathering. Call 671-2074.

FRESNO — Mountain backpackers have discovered remains believed to be those of a missing World War II airman resting atop a glacier near where an aviation cadet’s body was found two years ago, authorities said Monday.

The second set of human remains was found in an alpine region of Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra Nevada range on Wednesday, as little as 50 feet from where climbers spotted the ice-entombed body of Leo Mustonen in October 2005, park officials said.

Space shuttle Endeavour will land at 9:32 a.m. PDT today at Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA feared Hurricane Dean would pose a landing threat and scrubbed Wednesday’s landing.

Construction continues ”

– Due to the construction of the new Sheriff’s Administration Building, Harbin Avenue is closed to traffic between Musser and Second streets. This closure will remain in effect for the duration of the construction which is estimated to be completed in September.

– Gas pipeline work will be performed on the east and west sides of Fairview Drive, from Fifth Street to Butti Way. All work will be out of the roadway.

Weather ” Sunny today with highs in the low 90s. Light winds becoming west 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight, clear with lows around 60. Light west winds in the evening.