Stories for April 2006

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Sunday, April 30

Greater Nevada part of anti-predatory-lending campaign

The Greater Nevada Credit Union has announced its participation on the Freddie Mac "Don't Borrow Trouble" campaign to help more local families learn about and protect themselves from predatory lenders. GNCU is supporting the program by making anti-predatory lending information available at all branches and on their Web site.

Missive from the Land of Oz

We have returned from Oz and seeing Dorothy and Toto ... well, not exactly ... but we are back in the land of "stick trees." Everything in Kansas is already in bloom, and green is the order of the day ... simply beautiful ... we're glad Carson City is not far behind. A few days in the 80s, and we should be as green as they are. No tornadoes, just lovely weather and wonderful friends.

Saturday, April 29

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 29-year-old unemployed Carson City was arrested at 1:14 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing. Bail was set at $237.

Friday, April 28

Thursday, April 27

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 23-year-old painter from Carson City was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of South Roop Street on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, failure to maintain lane and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $1,971.

New rule for Democrats: Don't repeat GOP mistakes

I watch with amusement and fear as Democrats rejoice at the plummeting poll numbers of George W. Bush. There is still this idea among leading Democrats that if they just keep their mouths shut, the Republicans will self-destruct during this midterm election year and hand over control of Congress.

It's time to step up to the plate and file

It's pretty clear that the election season has already started, but for all the announcements, the real deal doesn't start until Monday. For 10 working days candidates will bring their filing fees down to their county clerk's office to sign up for the chance at one of the many offices up for election.

Wednesday, April 26

Community Calendar

Fire Safe Work Weekends, Kings Canyon, Kings Canyon Road from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at both locations, 3601 Kings Canyon Road and 4360 Kings Canyon Road, and 8 a.m.-noon at 3601 Kings Canyon Road and from noon-3 p.m. at 4360 Kings Canyon Road on Sunday. Call 887-2252.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 37-year-old unemployed Carson City woman was arrested at 8:11 a.m. Thursday on Old Clear Creek Road on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $1,531.

Business licenses

Carson City Business licenses issued in Carson City as of April 20:

Outlook for capital markets looks upbeat thanks to economic rebound

Smith Barney's U.S. Investment Policy Committee, a group of the firm's senior investment strategists meets weekly to review developments in the U.S. capital markets.

Seattle is a city with a permissive drug culture

During my recent trip to Seattle the local papers were full of news about a loner from Montana who gunned down six young people he had met at a drug-saturated "rave" party. In ultra-liberal Seattle they're looking for reasons why 28-year-old Kyle Huff, of Whitefish, Mont., pulled out a shotgun and killed six people, including a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, before turning the gun on himself as police closed in to capture him. I have a two-word explanation for Huff's aberrant behavior: Illegal drugs.

Foster parents are heroes; we need more heroes

Proclamations from the governor vary in importance, but we hope the one issued by Gov. Kenny Guinn on Wednesday gets plenty of attention. The proclamation recognized May as National Foster Care Month, and paid tribute to the foster families who provide safe and supportive homes for young people in crisis.

Community news

Carson City American Legion to hold Rally for the Troops The American Legion High Desert Post 56 will hold a rally for the troops from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. today in front of the Legislative Plaza at the corner of Fifth and South Carson Streets in Carson City.

Tuesday, April 25

Applause for Chinese president drowns out concerns over his military

While Hu Jintao toured the United States and was warmly embraced from the White House to Bill Gates' estate, a criminal case that should have embarrassed the Chinese president barely made a sound. There was broad coverage of windy speeches about improving trade relations between the United States and China while the Asian giant's abominable record on human rights generated a light scolding from the Bush administration. The Chinese president received an elaborate greeting ceremony at the White House that included an honor guard and 21-gun salute. Although strict observers of presidential protocol might quibble, Hu received the general equivalent of a state visit.

Community briefs

Carson City Governor proclaims May as Foster Care month Gov. Kenny Guinn issued a proclamation Wednesday recognizing May as National Foster Care Month.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • An 18-year-old cook from Carson City was arrested at 7:40 a.m. at 2800 Menlo Drive on Wednesday on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1,132.

USS Cole captain being treated unfairly

The war on terrorism would be much more effective if we could keep in mind who are the enemies. That's important to remember when you consider what Kirk Lippold is going through. He earned a medal for saving the USS Cole after the deadly al Qaida bombing in 2000 in Yemen, but is apparently now a scapegoat.

Monday, April 24

Two wasted lives renew passion for teaching

On Thursday, I was one of 12 jurors who convicted a 26-year-old Spokane man of first-degree murder. He will spend the rest of his life - perhaps 50 more years - in a prison cell. Two human lives, his victim's and his own, are wasted forever. When I received my summons in the mail two months ago, I wondered what kind of trial this would be and hoped I would make it through the jury-selection process successfully. Although many people come up with excuses not to serve, I'd always considered jury duty a civic responsibility. What I didn't know was how that simple form letter would leave a lasting impact on my life.

Family-run means family atmosphere at Italian eatery

At Villa san Marcel Restaurant in Minden, owner Sheri Asay enlisted her son, Marcel Choux, as chef and namesake of the rustic Italian restaurant. Her niece and nephew are cooks, and her 13-year-old granddaughter is a waitress.

If buying a house is a problem, try living in someone else's

I was inspired this week by a spirited conversation about Carson City housing prices during a focus group for the economic growth of the region.

Something new, and fun, coming to the Appeal

Here's a heads-up: Plan a little extra time to spend with Monday's edition of the Appeal. We're starting a new puzzle, called sudoku, which will run Monday through Saturday on the comics page. Sudoku has become very popular, and now you'll have your chance to see what it's all about.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 29-year-old Carson City man was arrested at 2:04 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. Bail was set at $1,132.

Keeping a close eye on elderly drivers

Forrest Ladd will likely never be held to account for the July 15, 2005, accident that claimed the life of Douglas High School teenager Bridget Chambers. The 80-year-old was on his way home late that afternoon, and pulled out directly in front of Chambers' car, killing her and severely injuring her passengers.

Sunday, April 23

Briefly

Carson City ComputerCorps honors volunteers at Volunteer Week ceremony ComputerCorps, in honor of National Volunteers Week, from Sunday through Saturday, will honor its volunteers from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the ComputerCorps Community TechCenter at 6373 Highway 50 E. Awards will take place at 1 p.m. Call 883-2323.

Carson City District Court judge doles out sentences and accepts pleas

Several people appeared in Carson City District Court before Judge Michael Griffin on Monday: • Clifton James Arbuckle, 39, was sentenced to 12 to 30 months in prison on a charge of felony third-offense drunken driving.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 26-year-old casino worker from Carson City was arrested at 4:47 a.m. Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving and speeding. Bail was set at $1,219.

United Blood Services needs blood donors

Carson City Shade Tree Council meets The Carson City Shade Tree Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Capitol Conference Room, City Hall, 201 N. Carson St. Enter the building from Musser Street.

V&T has potential to solve Northern Nevada's most pressing problems

In the year 2006, Northern Nevada finds itself in a dire, complicated situation. Its population is booming, but with it comes a huge housing market in the form of subdivisions that are destroying the agriculture and natural beauty of the desert. Expenses have run high for the farmers, who, to break even, now have to sell the valuable land to the contractors who build the subdivisions. As the houses have covered such a vast expanse, the only viable means of transportation is the private vehicle. The Nevada Department of Transportation cannot build freeways and highways and roads or maintain them fast enough to serve the demand, making it dangerous to do simple, everyday tasks. And it is costly. Not only does the taxpayer pay hundreds of millions of dollars to finance the inefficient practice, but it is paid with the pollution of the air.

Here's a test to gauge allegiances in a candidate

Follow the money ... good advice for the coming election season. Keep repeating it to yourselves, and check out each candidate. By "following the money," you can see where the candidate's allegiances lie. If all their money comes from a certain PAC (political action committee), you can bet your bippy they will be beholden to them at some point down the line, and that "their PAC" will be telling them how to vote. Better they represent a whole lot of different points of view, so that one does not hold sway over another. Since the election season is soon upon us ... caveat emptor.

Nutrition policy good idea, but shouldn't be forced

Tonight, the Carson City School District board will vote on whether to adopt a tough nutrition policy that will ban the sale of soda and other excessively fatty or sugary foods. If ever there were a no-brainer, this may be it. But still we're stuck with a bad taste in our mouth from having the policy shoved down our throats by the feds.

Saturday, April 22

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 46-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested at 7:02 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of criminal contempt. Bail was set at $1,019 cash.

Friday, April 21

Thursday, April 20

Marijuana opponent missed the point on legalization initiative

Guy Farmer's editorial in the April 9th edition of the Nevada Appeal, "Return of the Potheads," is littered with scare tactics and falsehoods about the Nevada campaign to tax and regulate marijuana that just can't go unanswered. I'm writing to set the record straight. First, Mr. Farmer falsely claims the initiative will make marijuana available to "children and grandchildren at local convenience stores." Either Mr. Farmer hasn't even bothered to read our initiative, or he's lying to you readers.

Expect voter backlash against politicians supporting illegal immigrant amnesty

While I was in Seattle earlier this month, more than 20,000 demonstrators paraded through the downtown area to demand "rights" for illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, similar demonstrations took place in northern Nevada and throughout the rest of the nation. Just one question: Do illegal immigrants have "rights?"

Hoping for a less taxing April in the future

April should be a good month. The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming, and fishing season opens. But then, there is the 15th. Why do they ruin a perfectly good month by sticking income tax day in the middle of it?

Tired of high gas prices? Do something about it

Carson residents were introduced this week to $3 gas, and it's not likely it's going away soon. Even if gas prices fall again, they'll inevitably reach higher levels as the world's supply of petroleum dries up in the coming years. The best thing Nevadans can do about it is to start making changes now.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Ward Conley Smith, 39, a concrete worker from Fallon, was arrested at 12:07 a.m. Friday on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor contempt of court and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $4,254.

Wednesday, April 19

Meet Thelma Kessler, defender of wild horses - and a survivor

On Wednesday morning, as I was sifting through my experiences, thoughts and opinions to figure out if any were interesting enough to become the subject of this column, the phone rang. It was Thelma Kessler, and my problem was solved.

Community briefs

The Sierra Nevada Media Group is taking reservations for booths at its Spring Job Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20 in the Nevada Appeal Community Room.

Foreign investments: Make certain benefits outweigh risks

With so many U.S. stocks, bonds and mutual funds available, many investors overlook the potential benefits of investing outside the country. I think that this oversight could prove to be a detriment to a long-term investment portfolio.

Business licenses

CARSON CITY Business licenses issued in Carson City as of April 14:

Be part of the change at focus group meetings

Those who complain about Carson City's growth, or the status of the city's commercial outlets or jobs, have an opportunity to be heard by the decision makers. Focus groups for the regional Northern NVision economic development planning project begin this week. Why not take advantage of it?

Business calendar

Selling on eBay seminar at Western Nevada Community College, 2201 W. College Parkway, room 201, 8:30-3:30 p.m. For information, call the Carson City Chamber of Commerce at 882-1565. The cost is $50, preregistration is required.

No child should be left behind in Douglas

According to an Associated Press article published Tuesday, a large percentage of American Indians and Hispanics were not included in separate reports indicating Douglas County's compliance with No Child Left Behind. No black or Asian students were listed separately.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Kevin Patrick Mullen, 18, a laborer from Gardnerville, was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary. Bail was set at $3,754.

Tuesday, April 18

Gun-control advocate killed by a gun still can make a difference

The image of the federal prosecutor is easy to caricaturize. You know the routine: The humorless cog in the great grinding wheel of justice. Ramrod posture, expressionless profile. Dark suit, sensible shoes. More New Yorker cartoon than human, he's Joe Friday with a law degree.

Community briefs

Carson City Daughters of Norway to meet at St. Paul's The Daughters of Norway Queen Maud Lodge No. 42 will meet in at 6 p.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, at the corner of Saliman Road and Highway 50 East.

Remembering another day that changed the U.S.

No one needs to be reminded how Sept. 11, 2001, changed the United States. But fewer people are likely to remember another date that changed the country nearly as profoundly. Seven years ago today, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher at their suburban Denver high school, and the way we looked at the safety of our schools changed forever.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 34-year-old machinist from Carson City was arrested at 8:17 a.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $1,029.

Letters to the editor

Try this catch-phrase on for size So Carson City is looking for a catch-phrase to lure in tourist dollars. With the increase in new hotel rooms, I'm sure we can handle any extra business we get. Carson City's catch-phrase will have to incorporate our rich history and abundant scenery around us, so we need to include Lake Tahoe and Virginia City to some extent. Well, I have the perfect hook - first picture the famous image of the 19th century miner, on bended knee, at his feet, Lake Tahoe, behind the lake the Capitol building, and behind that, Virginia City, with the catch phrase...

Whatever it takes

When Artha Dutcher-Pugh graduates from Western Nevada Community College in May, she'll have about $14,000 in student-loan debt. Interest rates on student loans are increasing in July, but that won't stop her from taking out more during the next stage of her education.

$2M supply store designed to enhance south end of Carson

One of the main challenges of designing the Western Nevada Supply store was making the architecture appealing, said a builder working on the project. The 14,000-square-foot building supply store is located at the so

Nevada business briefs

A Canadian company doing business in Carson City has been ordered to stop loan and check-cashing services immediately.

Monday, April 17

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Mark John Meeks, 36, a car-wash employee from Dayton, was arrested at 10:58 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of North Carson Street on a Contra Costa County, Calif., warrant for suspicion of felony fugitive from justice. Bail was set at $565,000.

Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence seeks members

The Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is accepting applications for new members through June 16. The Council provides direction to the governor and Legislature on statewide domestic violence policy and legislation, increases public awareness of the magnitude and seriousness of domestic violence, advocates changes in law enforcement procedure and increases access to legal and medical services to survivors in need.

Letter to the editor

Creative ideas for solving immigration problem Since our illegal and legal brothers and sisters who come from south of the border don't seem to want to assimilate into the culture of the United States, why don't we assimilate Mexico into the United States? A wall along the Mexican/U.S. border will cost billions of dollars to build and maintain. Additional Border Patrol agents will cost us hundreds of millions per year in maintenance. Why not simply annex Mexico into the United States once and for all? Another side benefit is this will eliminate deaths along what was the U.S./Mexican border as there will be no need for coyotes and long walks through the desert.

GM's love of the game grew in Nevada

If there had been a good career in skiing, Keith Stoll would've chosen that.

Sunday, April 16

Finalists announced for EDAWN business of the year

Several companies with branches in the Carson City area are finalists for a regional development authority's business of the year award.

Booth space still available for upcoming events

Two Northern Nevada events are seeking craft booths. The Lyon County Fly-In and Air Fest, held May 20-21 at the Silver Springs Airport in Silver Springs and the Carson City Rendezvous, held June 9-11 at Mills Park, is still accepting reservations for craft and vendor booths. Booths cost $100 for crafts and $50 for nonprofit groups for the fly-In, which has about 5,000 attendees. Booths for the rendezvous are $225 and has around 30,000 attendees.

Cookbook keeps Vietnam family recipes for future generations

Ann Le's parents married in 1975, a week before the end of the Vietnam War and three days before they joined relatives in two boats for an uncertain future that led from South Vietnam to a Korean refugee camp, to Minnesota and finally to Southern California.

Moroccan vegetable ragout with raisins

Vegetarians or any vegetable fan can appreciate the combination of ingredients in this ragout. The pleasing balance of spicy and sweet - fiery hints softened with raisins' fruitiness - borrows from the imaginative cuisine of Morocco. This is one of the lively excursions that are increasingly made by cooks happy to venture beyond national boundaries and wide oceans, in search of different tastes and traditions.

New CEO named at Micromanipulator

A Carson City manufacturing company has hired a new president and chief executive officer.

Pro-Dex announces new CEO; still no expansion plans for local plant

A Southern California corporation with holdings in Carson City announced Monday that its chief executive officer has resigned, at a time when the company is falling behind in meeting orders.

Anger is natural; how we react to it is learned

Watching my daughter and her friends play has been an interesting experience as a psychologist. Their emotional world is so simple, their anger so primal. If you are frustrated, you scream or throw something. If someone takes your toy, you yank it back or hit them.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 23-year-old fast-food worker from Carson City was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Monday on suspicion of failure to appear. Bail was set at $1,450.

Saturday, April 15

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Jose Luis Garcia, 24, of Carson City, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Brown Street on suspicion of gross misdemeanor domestic battery second offense and child neglect. Bail was set at $5,000.

Friday, April 14

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 35-year-old cement worker from Yerington was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Friday at Colorado and Birch streets on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, no headlights, failure to use turn signal and failure to maintain a single lane. Bail was set at $1,373.

Thursday, April 13

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 44-year-old Carson City man was arrested at 12:48 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor criminal contempt. Bail was set at $500.

Contractors board offers senior awareness program

The Nevada State Contractors Board is offering an awareness program to help protect senior citizens when dealing with both licensed and unlicensed contractors.

Benefits companies ordered to stop selling in Nevada

American Benefits PPO of Houston and RSA Marketing of Las Vegas have been ordered to stop offering discount health plans in Nevada.

Parents should act before Internet predators harm their children

MySpace.com is a wide open space of adolescent communication. As wide an open air field as can cover our planet. Only this freedom field is not a field of dreams. It is a field filled with craftily covered traps. Land mines dug so close together that it is not a matter of if, but when, an unassuming child falls into one.

Wild salmon season

For those of you who follow the wild-salmon season of California, Oregon and Washington, we have just passed what should have been the official opening of the season.

For good of state workers, association has to cleanup its act quickly

The fight between the State of Nevada Employees Association director and its board is giving the labor movement a black eye and could result in a step back for state employees. The feuding between the director, Scott MacKenzie, and the elected board members has gotten so bad that the parent union has brought in its people to take over.

Jury finds two guilty in meth sales

Two Carson City men are facing 10-year prison sentences for drug trafficking after a jury found them both guilty Thursday. The jury deliberated for about an hour before finding Robert Nadon, 35, and Guillermo Beltran, 34, each guilty of principal to trafficking methamphetamine and two counts of trafficking methamphetamine.

Wednesday, April 12

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 51-year-old mechanic from Carson City was arrested at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of North Edmonds Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. Bail was set at $3,132. • An 18-year-old laborer from Carson City was arrested at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday at Kennedy Street on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. Bail was set at $3,132.

Post offices open extra hours for tax days

The Carson City Main Post Office at 1111 S. Roop St. will be open for tax day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and normal hours Monday with increased window staffing. In addition, after the post office has closed, the lobby will be open with a self-service, fully automated postage machine available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All mail sent through the automated postage machine will be postmarked the day it is sent.

Community calendar

UPS stores at 1894 Highway 50 East and 930 Topsy Lane in Carson City, and 9 Retail Road in Dayton, as well as UPS stores across the nation are kicking off the 2006 Toys for Tots campaign with the "Design Dale's Ride" coloring contest for kids, which runs from now until April 29.

Community briefs

Nevada's Arbor Day is celebrated on April 28, and in honor of that the National Arbor Day Foundation is offering ten free shade trees - red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, green ash, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple - to every person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation in April.

Business briefs

The Nevada Restaurant Association Political Action Committee luncheon at the Siena Resort and Spa, 1 S. Lake St. in Reno, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Election candidates Sen. Bob Beers, Rep. Jim Gibbons, Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and Sen. Dina Titus will speak and have a question and answer session. To register for the luncheon, call 702-878-2313.

Prepping income for retirement

Just as they've revolutionized American culture, baby boomers will reinvent retirement. They are expected to live longer, play harder and - most telling, of all - many are also planning to work in some way in their later years. Not surprisingly, many are also worried about outliving their savings. With 76 million baby boomers heading toward retirement, it has never been more critical to plan for what lies ahead.

Five cited in latest alcohol sting

Five out of 19 Carson City businesses were cited last week during a sheriff's department alcohol sales compliance check, a deputy said Thursday. Servers at T's Tavern, Javelins, Las Palmitas, El Torito and the Pizza Factory were cited April 6 after the Carson City Sheriff's Department conducted an alcohol compliance check using two 16-year-old female decoys, said Deputy Jarrod Adams.

Tuesday, April 11

Nothing scandalous about airport getting shortchanged by limousines, buses

Imagine my disappointment. There I was, hoping I'd found a certified scandal out at McCarran International Airport. Tipsters had been whispering for weeks about the upcoming findings of the Department of Aviation auditors, who had done an in-depth analysis of the six limousine and bus shuttle companies that have been operating under contract at McCarran for nearly five years.

Enough about steroids, let's play baseball

The other day I was lounging in my recliner when my 7 year old tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I would play catch with him. I had the slightest hesitation as I was tired from a hard day's work and felt I needed some time to clear my head. As I turned and glanced at him I saw a gleam in his eye that was so irresistible to me that I jumped out of that nice cozy recliner and said "Zack, I would be more than happy to play catch with you."

Coffee-flavored Coke? It's been done

I've been trying to avoid cola this week because I'm running the Reno marathon (OK, the half-marathon, but saying marathon makes it seem cooler) on Cinco de Mayo. My goal is to get to May 7 without drinking any type of carbonated, high-fructose corn syrup beverage.

Business licenses

Carson City Business licenses issued in Carson City as of April 7:

Big industry in a small town

SILVER SPRINGS - Thirty miles east of the Carson City limits, a red-tinted steel structure is rising from the desert floor. The Builders Choice Inc. manufacturing facility is one of the tallest structures in this rural community, and when it's enclosed it'll be the largest building.

Application for folklife apprenticeships extended

The Nevada Arts Council has extended it's deadline for the Folklife Apprenticeship Grant to 5 p.m. Monday. The grants support master artists to teach apprentices traditional art forms such as quilting, basket weaving, singing, dance, storytelling, ranching arts and many other community, ethnic, and tribally based art forms. Call 687-7103.

More time for teachers to teach is a good idea

The Carson City School District board's decision on Tuesday to cut the number of early-release days from 15 to eight is something everyone should be pleased with. Parents who work during the day no longer have to make as many accommodations as they once did to find care for their children during those afternoons. Instead of watching cartoons, students will be in the classroom.

Monday, April 10

Thoughts on spring, and other things

• What a spring! What spring? I planted about 300 bulbs last fall, and as I write this, they are just peeking out from under the snow. The great blessing is that the lakes are full, the reservoirs are bulging, and the streams are running hard. Also, the drought has been called off. I wonder if we will have watering restrictions this summer. I suspect that we will, just to keep us in training for the drought years that will inevitably return.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 29-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested at 3:44 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of failure to appear. Bail was set at $1,000.

New discussions of Douglas growth a good sign

We're pleased that negotiations have begun to settle one of the most contentious issues Douglas County has faced over the past three decades: Growth. The discussions are at an early stage, and it is easy to become overly encouraged by what could turn out to be a long process.

Study the politics of the immigration issue

The large-scale turnout of demonstrators throughout the country - including at least hundreds in Reno - is indicative of the times in which we live. Illegal immigration has been permitted for so long that many who broke the law to come across the border have found comfort in the United States, despite their illegal status. But being large in number is not the same as being right.

I'm an immigrant and America needs me

I became a part of American history March 25, when I took to the streets of San Jose, Calif., along with 15,000 other people, most of them young. We marched to protest the anti-immigrant proposals welling out of the Congress, but more importantly, we walked to honor our parents who came to this country as if it were truly the promised land.

Health inspections

Carson City Health Department's food-service inspections and the date of inspection (all scores are on a 100-point scale, with points deducted depending on the severity of violations):

Community briefs

Carson City Committee on insurance reform meets today The Health Insurance Reform Committee will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the SNEA/AFSCME Local 4041 conference room at 709 E. Robinson St. All public employees concerned with the future of health insurance are encouraged to attend. Call 882-3910, ext. 105.

Sunday, April 9

Carson company purchases Little Waldorf Saloon near university

A Carson City company announced Monday it purchased a landmark Reno bar and restaurant adjacent to the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

AM-PM embezzler sent to prison

A Carson City man was sentenced to prison Monday for stealing from his employer. Greg Sciarrotta, 60, must serve at least one year and up to three years in prison on one count of theft.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 43-year-old restaurant worker from Carson City was arrested at 4:24 a.m. Monday in the 2200 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a suspended sentence. Bail was set at $1,000.

Sheriff Furlong is doing just fine, thanks

Ain't it da truth? We'll never tell ..."A man phoned Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. 'Hello. Would you connect me to the person who gives information about patients? I'd like to find out how a patient is doing.' The voice on the other end said, 'What is the patient's name and room number?' 'Sheriff Kenny Furlong, room 302.' 'I'll connect you with the nursing station.' '3-A nursing station. How may I help you?' 'I'd like to know the condition of Sheriff Furlong in room 302.' 'Just a moment, sir. Let me look at his records. Ah, the sheriff is doing very well. In fact, he's had two full meals, his blood pressure is fine, he's been taken off the heart monitor and will probably be released soon. The man said, 'What a relief. That's wonderful news.' The nurse said, 'From your enthusiasm, I take it you are a close friend or relative?' 'Neither ... I'm Sheriff Furlong in 302. Nobody here tells me anything.'" (thanks to Vern Manke for the real scoop).

A good time to get tourism message together

If you were to call people around the country and ask them their thoughts about Carson City, it's likely a good portion of them would recognize us as being close to Lake Tahoe and Reno. But they probably wouldn't know much more about Nevada's capital city. Now is a good time to start changing that, according to a tourism specialist who visited town last week.

Host families sought for exchange students

World Heritage is seeking local families to host high school students from France, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Russia, China, Switzerland, Denmar, and Italy for the 2006-2007 academic school year.

Saturday, April 8

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 35-year-old flagger from Sparks was arrested at 11:32 p.m. Saturday in the 7000 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear on a traffic matter. Bail was set at $400 cash.

Friday, April 7

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 19-year-old unemployed Carson City man was arrested at 9:54 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Woodside Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear on a traffic matter. Bail was set at $369 c

Simple recipes for spring

I don't know if it's just me, but it hasn't seemed like a long winter. Maybe that's because I wasn't here for most of it.

Thursday, April 6

The hammer drops on The Hammer

Whatever happens to Tom DeLay from this point on, history will remember him as a political warrior, unrivaled in his time. His announcement that he is leaving Congress was seen as an end to the saga of the former House majority leader, though there seems to be at least a couple of chapters left to be written about the man they call The Hammer.

Thanks, Vi, for a lifetime of giving

It's easy to pass judgment and say someone ought to do something about a problem. But it's a lot more difficult to dedicate yourself to becoming part of the solution. Vi Bibee is one of those people and, unfortunately, she is retiring.

Wednesday, April 5

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 21-year-old carpenter from Carson City was arrested at 1:55 a.m. Thursday at Colorado and Carson streets on suspicion of misdemeanor probation violation. Bail was set at $3,000.

Telling truth from fiction in Lyon County

I could tell you that the life Tom and Lee Blomquist have chosen - living with 37 animals in a double-wide mobile home - is one of unconditional love from purring cats and well-behaved dogs. But that would be a lie.

Community briefs

Carson City Library begins spring storytimes The Carson City Library Youth Department begins its spring session of storytimes on Tuesday. Latecomers will not be admitted, so come early. Free admission tickets are required for some programs and will be available at the youth desk prior to each program

Past Pages

120 YEARS AGO Briefs: The trout are biting along the Carson River. The river mills are running to their full capacity. John Meyer and John Glozeman were admitted to citizenship yesterday. The whistle of the Steam Laundry will blow its first blast about Thursday.

FRA offers multiple scholarships

The Sierra-Tahoe Branch 137 Fleet Reserve Association's national organization will be offering multiple scholarships to qualified applicants. Applications are available online and must be submitted before Saturday. The FRA is comprised of current and former enlisted members of sea services. For information on scholarships, visit www.fra.org. For information about Branch 137, call 267-9592 or 267-3132.

Industrial company earns safety certification

American Buildings Co. completed the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program of the State of Nevada's Division of Industrial Relations in March.

TRPA: Give it the benefit of the doubt

This week. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials announced a 60-day, extended public- comment period will ostensibly delay the release of the shorezone plan and ensuing ordinances until May. This news could be negatively spun as TRPA staff spinning its wheels.

Tuesday, April 4

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • William Eugene Johnson, 47, of Reno, was arrested at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday at Telegraph and Carson streets on suspicion of sex-offender failure to register. Bail was set at $10,000.

Community briefs

Carson City Northern Nevada's blood supply low Blood supplies are still low and donors are needed. Those who donate in April can enter to win a drawing for a $40 gift certificate for Red's Old 395 Restaurant, a $25 gift certificate for the Station House, or a $25 gift certificate for Wal-Mart. For donor convenience, United Blood Services is open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with pizza being served, courtesy of Pizza Factory, from 4-7 p.m. On Saturdays United Blood Services is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and a continental breakfast for donors is served. United Blood Services is at 256 E, Winnie Lane. Call 887-9111 visit www.bloodhero.com.

Jane Auerswald likes to watch businesses grow

Jane Auerswald has settled into a quieter life in Dayton - but that doesn't mean its less exciting than living in the glamorous "OC."

Business Calendar

Silver State Fitness and Rehabilitation, 1945 Idaho St., reopening celebration with barbecue from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Briefcase

Subway Tom Christian, owner 3790 Highway 395,suite 409

Nothing funny about fake press release

Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., does not support the proposed Tax and Spending Control constitutional amendment. We just wanted to make that clear, because we're sure that a misguided April Fools' prank by his GOP gubernatorial primary opponent, state Sen. Bob Beers, R-Las Vegas, has some people believing otherwise.

Monday, April 3

Score One for Reading Week by reading with children at home

Every spring, elementary schools throughout Nevada go a little crazy. No, this particular insanity has nothing to do with achievement testing. However, it does involve crazy hair days and dressing up in silly costumes. It calls for usually dignified school administrators performing very undignified stunts., things like riding camels, spending the day on the school roof and dressing as punk rockers. It's Reading Week, and it involves a lot of foolishness, but it does get to the root of reading, the reason to read -- motivation. Without the desire to read, reading simply doesn't happen. So maybe it does have something to do with those test scores after all.

Community briefs

Carson City Carson City Democrats to meet Carson City Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. today at the State of Nevada Employees Association conference room, corner of Robinson and Roop streets.

Today

Wednesday Youth Night, 6:30-9 p.m., Soul'd Out Youth Night, 8755 Cimarron Trail. All middle and high school youth invited for free dinner, Bible study and games. Play pool, ping-pong, cards, video games and more. Call 577-4585. WNCC annual Recycled Art(icles) Show, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Bristlecone Building College Gallery, 2201 W. College Parkway. Call 445-3238.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 50-year-old Carson City woman was arrested at 7:22 p.m. Monday in the 3500 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. She allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of .20 when she choked her 16-year-old son. Bail was set at $3,132.

South-side redevelopment plan good first step

The Board of Supervisors will have a decision to make on Thursday about whether to expand the South Carson City redevelopment zone. If they approve the change, it won't be a magic pill for fixing the area, which is marked by stretches of favorable development mixed with empty storefronts and deteriorating housing.

Health inspections

Carson City Health Department's food-service inspections and the date of inspection (all scores are on a 100-point scale, with points deducted depending on the severity of violations):

Forgotten details uncovered in historic home

VIRGINIA CITY - From inside the walls of Chris and Carolyn Eichin's Victorian home, a story has emerged about a family whose fortunes were built on a Comstock-era saloon and an opera house.

Director's musical will pay tribute to Nevada troops

Jim DeZerga has found an unusual forum in which to hold a tribute to members of the Armed Forces from western Nevada who have served in the Middle East. DeZerga is directing a musical called "Cotton Patch Gospel." The play, written in the 1950s, sets the story of Jesus in modern-day Georgia.

Sunday, April 2

Briefly

Carson City Master Plan scheduled for adoption Thursday The Board of Supervisors will consider adoption of the planning documents, Envision Carson City, during their Thursday meeting. It is tentatively scheduled for action sometime after 1:30 p.m.

Fit punishments for freeway graffiti taggers

It ain't art ... graffiti has reared its ugly head on the freeway near Lompa and Carmine. So, once again, we're giving the justice system our cure for those caught doing it ... no jail time or community service ... just take some bright pink indelible paint (we'd be happy to pay for it) and paint EVERYTHING the "artist" owns, his car (inside and out), his clothes, him (or her, if the case may be), his house or apartment, his boombox or iPod, his computer and TV ... you see it, you paint it. Then, and only then, might the "artists" get an idea of what it takes to clean up the mess they have inflicted on the taxpaying public. This hurts his civil rights? Too bad ... to our way of thinking, the minute they pick up a spray can, they abrogate any civil rights they think they might have. Taggers, no doubt, are compensating for their lack of brains and their little ________ (fill in the blank with your own imagination) so they have to be "big men" by defacing others' property.

Sheriff's Log

The following are some of the 331 calls to which deputies responded Friday, Saturday and Sunday: • Accident with injury at 11:03 a.m. Friday in the 3600 block of South Carson Street. • Accident in the 3200 block of Market Street at 11:28 a.m. Friday.

Radio relay delays show a lack of common sense

The difficulties the state is having in completing a network of radio relay towers could be putting Highway Patrol troopers in danger. And the blame seems to fall primarily on a bloated federal bureaucracy in which common sense has long been buried under mountains of regulations.

Passover a time for homemade food

TEL AVIV, Israel - "Why is this night different from any other night?" Jews all over the world will recite this on the evening of April 12, while gathered among family and friends to celebrate the Passover Seder.

Stuffed veal chops for an elegant spring dinner

It is rumored that spring has arrived, so I wanted to present a recipe that is fun, different and tasty. This recipe can be an elegant and interesting Easter or spring dinner.

Ham makes handsome Easter centerpiece

Ham for Easter is a tradition. That doesn't mean it has to be ho-hum.

Saturday, April 1

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 32-year-old unemployed man from Cameron Park, Calif., was arrested at 1:01 a.m. Sunday in the 3700 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence second-offense. Bail was set at $2,632.