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Thursday, August 31

Pressure to sell off public lands will continue

Every decade or so, people start pushing the idea of selling off big chunks of public land or transferring that land to state ownership and management. Outside of small parcels, it has never happened, probably because most of us support leaving public lands in federal hands. With the recent pronouncements of Idaho's own Dirk Kempthorne, now Interior secretary, and Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho that large-scale federal land sell-offs are politically dead, it might appear that the latest attempt is finally over. Conventional wisdom says the West has grown up, and we all realize that we need those open spaces to bike, shoot, boat, ride, hike, climb and picnic in. Maybe so, but there are a couple of trends that bear watching as they lead to privatization of our birthright.

Conservatives embrace judicial activism? Has the world gone mad?

You know the world has gone whacky when Republicans start arguing that the Constitution needs to be interpreted loosely to take into account our changing world, and Democrats stand up for strict constructivism. I recently ran across a couple of discussions about the court decision declaring the Bush Administration's no-warrant eavesdropping program illegal, and I was fascinated with the arguments being put forward and accepted by conservatives.

Bilingual ballots? No, gracias!

Politically correct Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Emma Sepulveda, a Chilean - American, was at it again recently with a column titled "Bilingual Ballots? Si, Gracias." With that offering she demonstrated once again that after many years in the U.S. she still doesn't understand how things work and how most people think in her adopted country. "Let me start by saying that translating the ballot into Spanish or any other language is about giving more people access to the voting booth," she wrote. Is it ever! Translating the ballot into other languages grants precious voting rights to people who understand little if anything about the candidates or the issues, and that's not what our Founding Fathers intended. Elections are only meaningful if the electorate is at least semi-informed about the candidates and the issues on the ballot.

Sheriff's Log

The following are some of the 113 calls to which deputies responded Thursday: • At 4:34 p.m., deputies investigated a report of a missing person at 8200 block of Highway 50 East. • At 5:33 p.m., deputies were called out to the 7800 block of Cheyenne Terrace on a report of a juvenile runaway.

Wednesday, August 30

Briefly

Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee meets Tuesday The Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Capitol Conference Room at City Hall, 201 E. Musser St.

Green consultant looks to open business in Carson City

Carson City businessman Ron Clark is a green consultant - a profession that could keep him busy in the next few years as developers become interested in meeting the public's desire for earth-friendly buildings, while keeping it economic.

Community briefs

RTC will be offering special service schedules today for Labor Day. RTC RIDE will run on a Sunday schedule. RTC Intercity between Reno and Carson City will run on a regular weekday schedule. Sierra Spirit, the free downtown bus service, will run on a Monday schedule. The RTC business offices will be closed. For information call 348-0400.

Community Calendar

"Nuclear West" photography exhibit, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Nevada State Library and Archives, 100 N. Stewart St. An exhibit of landscape photographs from Western states where there has been an ongoing history of atomic weapons, nuclear energy and military land use. Call 684-3313. LaLeche League: Breastfeeding Support Group, 2 p.m., Ron Wood Family Resource Center, 212 E. Winnie Lane. RSVP with Jo requested. Call 884-2269.

Tourism cares for VC, and pays for it

In May 2007, there could be more than 300 people cleaning up the historic sites of Virginia City.

Most expiring tax rules extended under brand new legislative changes

President Bush recently signed the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (TIPRA) into law, creating many new opportunities and unexpected challenges, especially for individuals saving for retirement or a child's education.

Community News

Carson City Learn how school bond would affect taxes tonight Carson City School District officials will host a town hall meeting 6 p.m. today in the Carson High School Library to explain the effect of a school bond in light of new tax laws.

Business calendar

"A Night of Wine and Roses" fundraiser, 4-9 p.m., Moody's Bistro & Lounge, 10007 Bridge St., Truckee. Benefits Project MANA, a hunger relief organization. Cost $75, 100 percent of proceeds to Project MANA. To purchase tickets, visit www.projectmana.org or call (530) 582-4079.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 19-year-old detailer from Carson City was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at Mills Park on suspicion of misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer with violence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing and contempt of court. Bail was set at $5,683.

If you have a job, stand up and take a bow

Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday of September, originated more than 100 years ago as a tribute to American workers and the contributions they have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. This holiday is unique in that it is the only one that honors the "little guy," rather than presidents, war heroes and the messiah.

How Maria became proficient with a straight razor

I'd never had a conversation with Maria Cipriani before Thursday, but it only took me a few minutes to develop an appreciation for her. Good thing, too ... the first week of September is Barber Appreciation Week. Together, we figured out that she's given about 137,000 haircuts during her 36 years as a barber.

Tuesday, August 29

Monday, August 28

Education happens naturally for curious students

Recently, I had a refresher course in child's-play that framers of the rigid No Child Left Behind Act might have forgotten. My husband, Ron, our four granddaughters and I spent a week with my parents in California. We didn't plan field trips, play dates or swim lessons. We just enjoyed an old-fashioned, do-what-you-please vacation.

Cheney, Rumsfeld bring no real answers to Nevada

When Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited Northern Nevada, they brought praise for the troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with vague generalizations about the great successes the war is achieving. The first of those is well-deserved, as many of the troops are serving multiple tours of duty. The second falls far short of bolstering our confidence that there will be a positive outcome.

Community briefs

The application deadline for grants for the Commission of Cultural Affairs is Oct. 2. The grant supports rehabilitation of historic buildings to be used as cultural centers. Applicants must be governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations. Applications will be reviewed in March. For information, call 687-3448 or visit www.nevadaculture.org.

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):

Business briefs

Matt V. Fiamengo, senior marketing adviser with Fiamengo Insurance Agency, was awarded the certificate of excellence for recognition in the Charitable Installment and Charitable Annuity plans by the National Foundation of America.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Ashley Mccauley, 18, of Dayton, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Virginia City High School on suspicion of four counts of felony embezzlement. Bail was set at $15,000.

Sunday, August 27

Briefcase: Sierra Veterinary Hospital

Nancy Smith, veterinarian technician 1477 Saliman Road

Corn chowder that has flavor

CONCORD, N.H. - Corn chowder shouldn't taste like seafood chowder that somebody forgot to add the seafood to.

Volunteers put the clean in 'C'

Things are looking up in Carson City. Have you looked up and seen the "C" this week on C-Hill? Thanks to Adam Houghton and about 10 of his EX-friends ("ex" because he made them go up there all day to pull 3-foot weeds, replace about 3 feet of rock at the top of the C, and then paint the whole thing) and family (you can't "ex" the family ... they're stuck with you), the "C" is bright and shiny again and looking gooooood. And thanks to Sherman-Williams, Kelly-Moore and Meek's Lumber for donating the paint. We thank you, the community thanks you, and if you need new friends, we'd be glad to volunteer.

Grant applications due Oct. 13

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for several 2007 conservation programs until Oct. 13. Applications will be accepted for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), EQIP's Ground and Surface Water program, Agricultural Management Assistance Program and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.

Sheriffs' 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 man from Carson City was arrested at 1:25 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Pasture Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor arrest of a probationer, contempt of court, failure to comply and minor consuming. Bail was set at $5,200. • Gerardo Ontiveros, 27, a drywall installer from Carson City, was arrested at 1:10 a.m. Monday at Retail Drive and College Parkway on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property and misdemeanor no valid driver's license. His bail was set at $25,100.

Back to school means driving with extra caution

With children back in school, we implore drivers to be extra cautious in their travels. No matter if you're running late or trying to multi-task while at the wheel, don't forget how quickly your life would change if a child darted out in front of you and you weren't ready to brake. Fortunately, all it takes is paying attention. Many drivers who travel the same routes day after day forget to do that, instead putting their minds on auto-pilot. Remember, children are often difficult to spot. They can dart from between parked cars or suddenly appear behind your car when you're backing up. They're depending on you to be ready.

Saturday, August 26

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • James Donald Smith, 38, of Carson City, was arrested at 2:51 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of North Saliman Road on suspicion of felony burglary, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $25,000.

Friday, August 25

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 40-year-old clerical worker from Carson City was arrested at 10:40 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Broadleaf Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a suspended sentence. Bail was set at $1,000 cash. • A 22-year-old student from Carson City was arrested at 11:45 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of Slide Mountain Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer. Bail was set at $407.

Letters to the editor

Democrats at the root of today's problems Becoming 60 percent dependent on unstable foreign oil sources, and 15 million illegal immigrants, didn't just happen. Health care, social services and education have complained about the difficulties illegal immigrants have placed on their systems since the '70s.

Thursday, August 24

Bills about to come due for state residents

Highways need $3.8 billion more between now and 2014. Schools will need hundreds of millions just to cover enrollment increases this year, and millions more for programs to meet No Child Left Behind standards over the next several years. It will cost more than $200 million just to give a 2 percent raise to state workers, teachers and university employees. The list goes on and on, and it doesn't take a mathematician to figure out the state's $500 million budget surplus amounts to spare change against all the bills coming due. That surplus does little more than cover inflation in existing services.

No tolerance should be given to cheating drug-using athletes

Late-night comedian Conan O'Brien got it just about right last week when he commented on possible illegal steroid use by the 2006 Tour de France champion, American cyclist Floyd Landis. "Landis is now claiming that he tested positive for steroids because he 'accidentally' ingested testosterone from another source," O'Brien said. "Apparently, Landis accidentally ate Barry Bonds." O'Brien's biting comment came as cheating athletes invent ever more fanciful excuses to explain their apparent use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. To their credit, however, international sports federations aren't letting them off the hook so easily. As a certified anti-drug crusader, I heartily endorse efforts to identify cheating athletes and to ban them from their sports for life.

Learning to not sting the frog

Have you heard the tale of the frog that carries the scorpion across the river? The scorpion promises to not sting the frog if he will give him a ride. But halfway across, the scorpion stings the frog. "Why did you sting me?" said the frog. "Now we will both drown!" "I couldn't help it," replied the scorpion. "It's my nature."

Ease of terrorism equates to an inconvenient, scary future

"Fly the friendly skies." Only if you're a bird. And even then, I wouldn't be too sure. That communicable slogan from United Airlines took off for the first time in 1965. But it might as well have pertained to Kitty Hawk, circa 1903. The days of "friendly skies" are over. They've been over. And they're not coming back. Not in our lifetime. Not even in the lifetime of those born today. And, no, I am not referring to asking an airline attendant for two bags of pretzels and being told you can have only one.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 29-year-old painter and a 24-year-old carpet cleaner, both of Carson City, were arrested at 2 a.m. on Friday at Carson and Colorado streets on suspicion of battery. Bail for each was set at $1,132.

Wednesday, August 23

'Peace' - Can one word make a difference?

The power of a message has nothing to do with its length. There is proof of that nearly every day in the Appeal in the advertisements comprised on one word, "peace," accompanied by a peace sign. They're anonymous ads, and someone is paying us to print them.

Community briefs

Carson City Dog obedience classes offered at Fuji Park Instructor Guy Yeaman will be holding dog obedience classes starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Classes are in the Fuji Park Exhibit Hall every Tuesday.

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 Carson City man was arrested at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Hot Springs Road on suspicion of contempt of court. Bail was set $500. The following are some of the 171 calls to which deputies responded Wednesday:

Business licenses

CARSON CITY Business licenses issued in Carson City as of Aug. 18:

Thoughts on investing in confusing times

The investing environment is more sophisticated and unpredictable than ever, perhaps even more confusing. For investors, growing and protecting assets are always primary concerns, thus, making an investing mistake is simply unthinkable.

Business calendar

Carson City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club, 7:30 a.m., Western Title, 2310 S. Carson St. Visit www.carsoncitychamber.com.

The 'Passage' of the tourism dollar

Those who have ever wanted to ride bucking cattle for sport may change their minds after watching the second episode of "Nevada Passage", a one-hour televised competition set in six different rural Nevada towns.

The people cry for clean energy

Everybody seems to be interested in clean energy technology, but are we willing to invest in it?

JAC not profitable, but still worthwhile for Carson

The Jump Around Carson bus service will never be a money maker, and if it were a private business it would have shut down long ago. But that's the way of all public transportation systems, and it's not a signal that the system won't work in Carson City. It was never intended to pay for itself - most of the money comes from federal sources with local fares contributing less than 20 percent.

Tuesday, August 22

Community briefs

Sept. 1 is the entry deadline for the first regional World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which will be conducted Oct. 16 at the Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras, Ore. Three regional winners will be named at each of four contests, and the top eight will be eligible for the 2007 contest, to be June 16 in Springfield, Mo. The entry fee is $100. Contestants must be at least 18 years old and employed by an auction market that will sign a statement confirming status as auctioneer. For information or to request an entry form, call 1 (800) 821-2048 or visit www.lmaweb.com.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Michael Wogan Pincoffs, 43, a landscaper from Dayton, was arrested on Tuesday in the 1400 block of Rand Avenue on suspicion of felony failure to appear and misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $100,000. • A 42-year-old business owner from Carson City was arrested at 10:52 a.m. Wednesday in the 2200 block of Mayflower Way on misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $669.

Two new Highway 50 East businesses coming soon

Two new businesses located on Highway 50 East are expecting to open by March.

Everyone plays a role in preventing West Nile

The mosquito season is not even over in Nevada, and already the state has a record number of cases of West Nile virus. It's a clear signal that, if you haven't done so already, it's time to make adjustments to protect yourself and your family. It's something that state and local authorities need to do as well.

Campaign's cast of colorful characters deserving of higher voter turnout

Talk about a cast of characters. Talk about a variety of choices. Talk about a reason to walk through fire to get to the polls. Talk, talk, talk. If that's all you did this week - and a vast majority of registered voters didn't bother to exercise their right - you missed participating in a remarkable moment in Nevada political history.

Monday, August 21

Community briefs

Carson City BAC hosts three days of jazz variety The Brewery Arts Center announces Lydia Pense and Cold Blood will be the premier headliner of "Jazz & Beyond," starting a weekend music festival on Friday.

Business briefs

Rex Miller has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer for Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw and Ferrario, a law firm with offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City. Miller will oversee the firm's strategic planning and business operations, including legal administration, information technology, finance and marketing for its statewide locations.

Abierto para negocio

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce conducts its meetings mostly in Spanish. Members ask questions about the business permitting process and are answered by Latino mentors who have successfully navigated the complicated system.

Who will operate V&T Railway?

The operating contract of the 18-mile Virginia & Truckee Railway is between two established companies: American Heritage Railways, known internationally for operating the popular 50-mile steam train between Durango and Silverton, in Colorado, and Sierra Railroad Co., a Northern California company that operates three tourism trains.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Garry Lee Troth, 50, an unemployed transient, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of felony sex offender failure to register. Troth is a Tier 2 sex offender and was registered with the Sheriff's Department as living in the 3600 block of Tuolumne Way but was actually living at a Carson Street motel. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Legislator pay question not a big-money issue

Nevada voters should have fun with the question on the Election Day ballot about whether we should double the salaries of our legislators. It's a tempting opportunity to send a message. But in the end, voters should swallow hard and approve the pay raises. Nevada legislators are in the bottom 10 among the 50 states in terms of salary, making $3,900 per year, and they haven't had a pay raise for more than 20 years.

Sunday, August 20

Carsonite dances in Radio City Music's 'Christmas in August'

Carson City's own Rockette, Caitie McCarthy (daughter of Ann and Joe, sister of Sundae), will be on the "Today" show tomorrow (Channel 4), sometime between 7-10 a.m. Radio City Music Hall is having its "Christmas in August" gig to plug its famous Christmas spectacular in December. Look for the gorgeous redhead who high-kicks with the best of them (DON'T "break a leg"). And just remember, kiddos, dreams DO come true in Carson City.

Community briefs

Carson City Special RTC meeting set The Carson Regional Transportation Commission will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sierra Room of the Community Center, 851 E. William St.

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 heavy equipment operator from Carson City was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and failure to use a turn signal. Bail was set at $1,846.

Alas, negative television ads do work after all

Negative campaigning doesn't work. And no one eats at McDonald's or shops at Wal-Mart. It isn't that negative campaigning works so much as how well it works. Sharron Angle spent $496,294 in her effort to defeat Dean Heller in the Republican primary for U.S. Congress. Heller spent $643,751, and Dawn Gibbons spent $630,220 to stave off that challenge.

Saturday, August 19

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Amanda Cole, 25, a preschool teacher from Carson City, was arrested at 2:38 p.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of East William Street on suspicion of felony obtaining a dangerous drug by misrepresentation. Bail was set at $2,500. • A 32-year-old carpenter from Carson City was arrested at 1:22 a.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of Dori Way on suspicion of two counts of misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $482 cash.

Friday, August 18

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Aaron Samuel Clack, 23, of Carson City, was arrested at 10:22 a.m. Friday in the 3300 block of Nye Lane on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, gross misdemeanor child endangerment, misdemeanor making threats, possession of marijuana, violation of probation, interfering with peace officers and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $25,000. Also arrested was Melissa Clack, of Carson City, on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, gross misdemeanor child endangerment, misdemeanor making threats, possession of marijuana and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, August 17

Yucca Mountain project may soon be put to rest

During my two terms as Nevada's governor, perhaps no single issue has been as vexing and problematic as the efforts of the federal government to locate a repository for highly radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, just 90 miles from Las Vegas. Despite a decade of revelations about the site's fatal geotechnical flaws and the systematic falsification of scientific data by project personnel, somehow this federal project, spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE), continues to be pushed down our collective throats.

Like it or not, body piercing is a part of our society

What to do. What to do. In the past few weeks, the Nevada Appeal has taken it on the chin - err ... make that in the belly - for our feature on body piercing. The prominent photo showcased the belly of a 23-year-old woman with 20 piercings filled with tiny metal barbells.

What's going on in Cuba?

As Cuban dictator-for-life Fidel Castro celebrated his 80th birthday from his Havana sick bed last Sunday, he advised the Cuban people that he faces a long period of recovery from major intestinal surgery and warned them to prepare for "adverse news." Which raises a provocative question: What's really going on in the upper echelons of Cuba's Communist regime? "I feel very happy," Castro said in a statement to the youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde. "For those who care about my health, I promise to fight for it." But he was clearly showing his age in four photographs published by the newspaper. But then, aren't we all?

No excuses for businesses that serve minors

It may take a village to raise a child, but it would be even better if that village had businesses that looked out for its youth. Unfortunately, we learn time after time that Carson City comes up short by at least one measure. It became clear again last week when five Carson City businesses were caught serving alcohol to minors.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Ruddy Rodriguez Herrarra, 55, of Carson City, was arrested at 3:25 p.m. Thursday in the 2200 block of East Long on suspicion of felony third-offense drunken driving, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and violation of a suspended sentence. Bail was set at $11,237.

Wednesday, August 16

Community Calendar

Third annual Artists and Musicians Art Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry St. Features artists and musicians from Northern Nevada; demonstrations and sales. Call 882-8600. Kids Karnival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson St. Features more than a dozen games, dunk tank, yo-yo contest, puppet show and special guests, Nevada National Guard, McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, Smokey Bear, Bobby the Boat and more. Call 884-2226.

Does JonBenet case teach a lesson about judging too soon?

A lot of important things have happened this week in Nevada, but yet the story I can't seem to get out of my mind is the arrest in the killing of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo. Her murder became a national story a decade ago, primarily because she was the adorable daughter of affluent parents. They were ridiculed because they entered 6-year-old JonBenet in beauty pageants, and became prime suspects in her death. It made a great tabloid story.

Community briefs

Carson City Learn about the Carson City Mint The Nevada State Museum's Frances Humphrey Lecture Series will present "Carson City Mint Tidbits and Chronicles" by Nancy Oliver and Richard Kelly at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Regular admission applies. Call 687-4810, ext. 239.

Business briefs

The Public Employees Benefits Program Board has approved the appointment of Leslie Johnstone as executive officer, replacing Woody Thorne, who is retiring after five years.

Douse those flaming e-mails :-)

Mary Groves receives plenty of flaming e-mails. You know the ones: a co-worker or business associate sends an ALL CAPS or !!! message full of perceived wrongs and misdeeds, to which you usually respond with an equally venomous electronic reply.

Business happenings

All American Tire & Automotive Benefit, benefits the Austin Kirby Foundation and Austin's House. 75 percent of the company's profits Wednesday and Thursday will be donated to the foundation.

Road construction

• Work continues on the southeast sewer extension, phase 7 which will affect Valley View Drive from Edmonds Drive to Conte Drive, Conte Drive from Valley View Drive to Clearview Drive, Clearview Drive, from Edmonds Drive to Conte Drive, and Conte Drive from Bennett Avenue to Hudson Drive. Traffic controls will be in effect for the duration of the work, which is expected to wrap up Sept. 6. • Work continues on the Timberline and Combs Canyon storm water drainage project, which will have a limited affect on Combs Canyon Road between Ormsby Boulevard and Murphy Drive, and on Murphy Drive at its intersection with Van Patten Avenue. Traffic controls will be in effect, through Dec. 15.

City makes right choice for performing arts

It's good to know Carson City supervisors are backers of the performing arts. At least that's the message they sent on Thursday when they decided to continue a 25 percent discount for local nonprofit organizations that put on performances such as plays and concerts at the Carson City Community Center Theater.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Christopher Jones, 25, of Dayton, was arrested at 9:26 a.m. Wednesday near Imus Road on suspicion of felony probation violation, obstructing a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and destruction of property. No bail was set.

Community news

Carson City Donate blood; enter drawing to win TV United Blood Services has issued a call for blood donors to prepare for the Labor Day Weekend. Donors must be in good health, 17 years of age or older, and have not donated in the past eight weeks. From Monday through Aug. 31, there will be a daily drawing for UNR Wolf Pack tickets and a grand prize drawing for a 42-inch plasma television. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 887-9111.

Tuesday, August 15

As Titus turns her attention to Gibbons, hope springs eternal

Dozens of dizzy Democrats jammed the Nevada State Education Association headquarters on East Harmon Avenue on Tuesday night and watched their candidate, college political science professor Dina Titus, take primary challenger James Gibson to school. If only they were all this easy.

'World Trade Center' painful but worthwhile

The famous director Oliver Stone is taking some heat for his latest movie, "World Trade Center," from those who claim he is capitalizing on the misfortune of the 2,749 individuals who died during the worst terrorist event on U.S. soil in our history. This criticism is to be expected inasmuch as it is a grim reminder of a national tragedy that hurt millions of Americans to the very core of their being. That Stone and his backers are now raking in millions strikes some detractors as cold-hearted and opportunistic. Others argue that America is still mourning this horrific incident, and it is too soon to bring it to the big screen, which was inevitable, given its historic significance. Other concerns include glorifying the mass murderers behind 9/11 with the attention of a major motion picture.

Community briefs

The Sierra Nevada Unit of the International Airstream Club will rally in Lassen National Park's Hot Creek camping area No. 2, northwest of Susanville. This trip takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Participants should bring a potluck dish to share. There is lodging available in the park for those who do not own recreational vehicles. Call (775) 972-9392.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • James Kelm, 21, of Carson City, was arrested Tuesday on a felony warrant for failure to appear for drug court. No bail was set. The following are some of the calls to which deputies responded Tuesday:

Searching for a new image, restaurant owner chooses wings, sports and rock

MOUND HOUSE - A cosmopolitan-inspired restaurant didn't work in this industrial community centered off Highway 50 East, so the owner went to the other end of the spectrum: a wing house/sports bar.

Community calendar

Food closet, 1-5 p.m., Community Chest, 991 S. C St. in Virginia City. Barter for food or items in our New Beginnings thrift store. First visit to food closet is free. Proceeds from thrift store benefit local community programs. Call 847-9311. Terry Gerard Band performs, 7 p.m., Carson Nugget Show Lounge, 507 N. Carson St. Today and Sunday at 7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. Free. Call 882-1626.

Monday, August 14

Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever.

A world of difference, weaker dollar boost foreign markets

According to Bill Montague, of Smith Barney's Consulting Group, U.S. investors are once again taking a closer interest in foreign affairs and foreign markets. After largely shunning international stocks following the collapse of the dot-com boom and the 2001 terrorist attacks, investors are now pouring money into them at a record pace.

Crab croquettes the best way to stretch crab dollar

This week's recipe of crab croquettes is a great way to stretch your crab dollar. Croquettes came into fashion during the Depression era. It was an excellent way to use leftovers, whether fish (the most popular use of croquettes) or ham and/or chicken and turkey.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Shaun Timothy Cole, 23, of Carson City, was arrested at 1:08 a.m. Tuesday at Peters and Burton streets on suspicion of gross misdemeanor second-offense drunken driving, speeding, driving on a revoked license and driving without insurance. Bail was set at $3,471.

State briefs

(Nevada Appeal News Service) - A 41-year-old Carson City man died Monday afternoon when he fell about 30 feet off a roof of a two-story residence on North Bowl Lane off Kingsbury Grade, authorities said. The man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was attempting to avoid building material sliding from the roof, said Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Mezzetta.

Congrats, candidates; now let's get down to business

We congratulate the local and statewide candidates who emerged from Tuesday's primary and move on to the general election. Now we have a favor to ask you: During the next 11 weeks, give Nevada residents a clean, issue-based campaign that empowers them when they go to the polls on Nov. 2. We want to vote for candidates because we understand and like their ideas, not because they came out least-bloodied in a nasty campaign season. Voters are cynical enough already and who can blame them after the barrage of negative campaign ads we endured leading up to the primary.

Sunday, August 13

Uninformed voters as bad as a voter who stays home

It's voting day ... if you haven't voted in the primary election, DO IT NOW! And hopefully, you're informed about the candidates and issues. If not, stay home. An uninformed voter is just as bad as a voter who doesn't vote. It shows the world you don't support your government or care about what happens here. Think about it.

Community briefs

Carson City Open Dance Night at Comma Coffee There will be a World Dance Open Floor Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St. Sign ups are at 7 and performances at 8. Call 882-0372.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Gregory Darren Born, 45, an electrician from Carson City, was arrested at 8 p.m. Sunday in the 3900 block of Country Village Drive on suspicion of felony preventing or dissuading a witness or victim from reporting a crime. Bail was set at $7,500.

State government welcomes return of common sense

A decision by a state panel on Friday returns a measure of common sense to state government which disappeared when a hearing officer overturned the firing of a female prison guard. That guard had performed a sex act on a male co-worker. He resigned, but she contested her firing. It's a ridiculous statement on the status of our bureaucracy that her firing was overturned. The hearing officer compared it to sleeping on the job.

Saturday, August 12

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 36-year-old fence installer from Carson City was arrested at 10:49 a.m. Sunday at Goni Road and College Parkway on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $254 cash.

Friday, August 11

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Argenis Mendez-Sicis, 18, of Carson City was arrested at 12:03 a.m. Saturday at Carriage Crest Drive and Lindsay Lane on suspicion of felony using a false ID to avoid prosecution, misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs, possession of paraphernalia, no insurance and failure to appear. Bail was set at $5,000.

Thursday, August 10

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Eric Munoz, 23, a car wash employee from Carson City, was arrested at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of felony check forgery. Bail was set at $5,000.

Latest scare from the real front of the war on terror

Did you hear about the 24 Iraqis who plotted to blow up a bunch of airplanes flying across the Atlantic Ocean? Oh, that's right. They weren't Iraqis. They were Pakistanis. Did you hear that Osama bin Laden is hiding in Iraq?

There's a lot at stake on Tuesday

If you have to skip an election, it should not be Tuesday's primary. Everywhere, the races are hotly contested. In Carson City, Ward 3 Supervisor Pete Livermore, an eight-year incumbent, is fighting for his political life against Joe Eiben, Charles Kuhn and Neil Weaver. And what's a hotter issue in Carson City than the direction of its schools? Jeff Fontaine, Barbara Howe and Roger Kirkland are vying for Seat 6 on the school board.

Road report

Construction on Carson City streets for the week beginning Aug. 7: • Work continues on the southeast sewer extension, phase 7 which will affect Valley View Drive from Edmonds Drive to Conte Drive, Conte Drive from Valley View Drive to Clearview Drive, Clearview Drive, from Edmonds Drive to Conte Drive, and Conte Drive from Bennett Avenue to Hudson Drive. Traffic controls will be in effect for the duration of the work, which is expected to end Sept. 6.

Wednesday, August 9

Piercing story generating plenty of discussion

There's been quite a response to a story that ran in the Appeal on July 30 on Tamara Pachak, a girl with more than 20 navel rings. She believes she may have set a world record. The story and photos prompted a handful of letters to the editor and more than a hundred comments at www.nevadaappeal.com.

$48 million dollars to help keep Tahoe blue

While Lake Tahoe's clarity is holding steady at around 73 feet, according to the latest measurements released this week, there is another reason to hope for its improvement in the coming years. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne signed off on more than $48 million in improvement projects to benefit Tahoe's environment at a summit held Thursday at Sand Harbor. The move bolsters the federal government's commitment- which has now bridged two presidential administrations - to funding programs that "Keep Tahoe Blue."

Businesses pay tax to the environment

Despite popular notions that business is apathetic to environmental protection, there is a small group of companies across the nation that are giving at least 1 percent of their annual net revenues to organizations that promote conservation and preservation.

Business licenses

Carson City Business licenses issued in Carson City as of Aug. 4:

San Diego developers offer TVs, other incentives to sell condos

SAN DIEGO - The hip Atria condos have a lot to offer young professionals and empty-nesters - a prime downtown address, skyline views, gym, rooftop deck and units starting at $300,000.

Feds cracking down on Internet gaming

Today I'm pleased to report that the federal government has finally decided to crack down on the giant scam known as Internet gaming. The federal crackdown on gambling Web sites became public through indictments issued in St. Louis, Mo., early this month against seven officers and employees of a Costa Rica-based online sports book.

Business calendar

"Business Identity Theft: Minimize Your Risk and Liability", SVC monthly meeting with guest speaker, 5:30 p.m. Sonny's Restaurant, Virginia and Longley. Cost is $20, RSVP by Monday. Call (510) 329-6919.

Business briefs

American Ready Mix has hired Debbie Shadaram as its controller. She comes from Printer Essentials, where she was also controller.

Chili's coming to northeast Carson

Chili's Grill & Bar is the first national chain restaurant planning to build in the Wal-Mart shopping center in northeast Carson City, according to plans submitted to the city building department.

Briefly

Carson City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet The Carson City Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sierra Room in the Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Sheriff's Log

The following are some of the 156 calls to which deputies responded: • A trooper was involved in a non-injury accident in the 2600 block of College Parkway at 1:44 p.m. • Vehicle burglary report in the 1200 block of Country Club Drive at 2:17 p.m.

Community briefs

Carson City Muscle Powered to hold movie night Muscle Powered will present its first annual summer movie night at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Carson City Library. The movies to be shown are "The Bicycle Thief" and "We Are Traffic." Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, August 8

Augustine's rep for political toughness extends beyond grave

Talk about a tough campaigner. Even in death, Kathy Augustine appears to be edging her opponents in the Republican primary for state treasurer. Augustine, whose death by heart attack July 11 is being investigated, was no stranger to negative campaigning in a career that saw her win a seat in the Legislature, become state controller and survive impeachment. She surprised everyone when she announced that she was making a political comeback by running for treasurer, and the pundit consensus gave her no chance to succeed. But the crowd often has underestimated Augustine.

Community briefs

Carson City United Blood Services asks for donations United Blood Services has issued a critical appeal for people with all blood types to donate within the next week. Local usage has left the supply of red blood cells low. Walk-ins are welcome. United Blood Services is in the Salvation Army shopping center on East Winnie Lane. For information or an appointment, call 887-9111.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 22-year-old draftsman from Carson City was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Highway 50 East and Saliman Road on suspicion of misdemeanor throwing a burning object from a motor vehicle, two warrants for failure to appear and driving without insurance. Bail was set at $3,627.

Carson schools pass a major test with an A+

The Carson City School District achieved something remarkable when eight of its 10 schools met federal requirements set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act. Those results demonstrated two things: They showed that our district's teachers and staff can teach effectively in the most challenging of circumstances; and they showed that the deck is stacked against some schools and districts.

Monday, August 7

Community briefs

Carson City Free scrapbooking class at Senior Center There will be a free scrapbooking class at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Jobs Peak Room of the Carson City Senior Citizens Center, 911 Beverly Dr. For information, call 885-8230.

Closed-end funds may be a wise choice

What would you say if someone offered you thousands of dollar bills at .85 cents on the dollar? You would probably be a little wary that the offer is too good to be true, but as many investors know, similar opportunities are commonplace in the mysterious and little-understood world of closed-end mutual funds.

Progress toward a cleaner Lake Tahoe

The good news going into the annual Tahoe Summit is that lake clarity appears to be on an upswing, or at least relatively stable, continuing a trend of improvement from its low in the mid-1990s. Now, as political leaders meet this week to discuss the state of Lake Tahoe's environment, continuing the progress should be at the top of the summit's agenda. The next step is ensuring that funding promised for environmental improvement is delivered, and used effectively.

Will the 'Circle' be unbroken?

The Darr Family Circle Letter was missing. For nearly 80 years, since sometime in the 1930s, my grandmother's family had circulated a packet of letters and pictures among the far-reaching branches of the family tree. Eighty years, and now it seemed to be gone for good. No one had seen it for nearly a year. My great-grandparents, Oliver Hazard Perry Darr & Naomi McCreary Darr, had eight children in Texas and Missouri during the late 1800s. Several generations earlier, Oliver's great-grandfather, Conrad Darr, had founded Darrtown, Ohio, after arriving from Pennsylvania. The amateur genealogists in the family can trace this tree's roots back through the American Revolution all the way to Germany in 1700.

Sunday, August 6

Golfing for a good cause; kids' shots due

Want to have a good time and help someone out as you do it? Join the folks Sunday at Empire Ranch Golf Course for the Jan Sparks Memorial Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. Jan, who passed away last month, was the wife of former head pro Jeff Sparks. Her friends there are holding the tournament so that proceeds can be used for the medical expenses that were incurred. It will be a four-person-scramble format at $100 per person, which includes lunch and some really great prizes. If you don't have a foursome, they will pair you up. Call 885-2100 for information. Please don't miss it. •••

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Shawn Jordan Lawrence, 24, a painter from Carson City, was arrested at 12:43 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of felony probation violation. No bail was set.

Arbor Day Foundation gives 10 trees to new members this month

Every person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during this month will receive 10 complimentary Colorado blue spruce trees. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10 with enclosed planting instructions. They are guaranteed to grow, or will be replaced free of charge.

No Child Left Behind good for bureaucrats, bad for kids

It's been interesting to read the first rush of statistics distributed to the media recently on how much progress some of Nevada's public schools report this past academic year under the federal No Child Left Behind program. NCLB, you'll recall, holds every school accountable for whether the number of its students scoring pre-set grades of proficiency in math and reading on state tests has met U.S. government standards. The program has raised great smoke in the land, but its principle promise is that all schools in the country must and will report 100 percent proficiency among all students by the year 2014.

Parents' policing job gets even more difficult

When it comes to being a good parent, it's not only about knowing who your kids are hanging out with and what they're doing, but also to what they're listening. A story in Monday's Appeal reported on a study that determined that kids who listen to music with raunchy lyrics start having sex sooner than they otherwise would.

Saturday, August 5

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 unemployed Carson City man was arrested at 9:05 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Hot Springs Road on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear on a traffic matter. Bail was set at $1,046 cash. • Rechie Takeo Kitoaka, 51, a transient, was arrested at 3:07 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of North Curry Street on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $3,632.

Friday, August 4

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 39-year-old painter from Carson City was arrested at 10:28 p.m. Friday in the 1700 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. Bail was set at $3,132. • A 43-year-old painter from Carson City was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Friday at Fifth and Carson streets on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving first offense and impeding traffic. Bail was set at $1,199.

Thursday, August 3

Business briefs

Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX: TSX; NYSE) has announced that it has commenced its formal offer for NovaGold Resources Inc. (NG: TSX; AMEX) and completed the necessary filings with regulatory authorities in order to acquire all the outstanding shares of NovaGold in order to consolidate its interest in the Donlin Creek project in Alaska. Barrick has also commenced offers to acquire Pioneer Metals Corp., which owns the Grace property adjacent to NovaGold's Galore Creek project in British Columbia.

Voter lottery just crazy enough to work

Our first reaction to a proposal in Arizona to hold a $1 million drawing to encourage voter turnout was that it's crazy. Our second reaction was that it's just crazy enough to work. Under the proposal, the state would randomly select a voter to receive $1 million.

Business licenses

Carson City Business licenses issued in Carson City as of July 28:

All is not so quiet on the Northern Front in Iraq

In a place where good news is hard to come by, the northern Kurdish-controlled area of Iraq is a success story. While central Iraq is exploding and the south of the country simmers in anticipation of civil war, the northern part of the country has been relatively peaceful. So much so that a new public relations video has been released promoting tourism to the region, showing scenes of snow-capped mountains and children at play. Looks like the perfect vacation spot, except for the occasional car bomb.

Laws on sex offenders should be even tighter for our children's sake

I am certain that many of you noticed the Nevada Appeal published an article informing readers of the release of a tier 3 sex offender in Carson City. A tier 3 classification is like a yearbook honor roll dedicated exclusively to sex offenders who are most likely to succeed - most likely to succeed at sadistically raping our children, again, and again, and again. The Appeal made a very telling statement by publishing that article on the front page. It was more of a community alert than an article. We even featured a mug shot of this ... umm ... person.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Jaime Lopez, 18, a self-employed worker from Carson City, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the 200 block of East Long Street on suspicion of felony probation violation, providing false identification to avoid prosecution and obstructing a peace officer. No bail was set.

Wednesday, August 2

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Jennifer Anne Martin, 42, unemployed from Carson City, was arrested Thursday on Telegraph Street on suspicion of felony probation violation and obstructing a peace officer. No bail was set.

Candidates continue war of words

How nasty has this political season been? According to Dawn Gibbons, a GOP candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat, it's the worst that she and her husband, Jim Gibbons, have ever seen.

Predictions, trends and the American future

Trend setters are always looking to the future. What can we do to woo the buyer or forecast the next big "It". Seize "It", speculate and sell "It", not necessarily in that order.

Book details colorful history of Silver State gambling regulation

It will be like Old Home Week at the Appeal on Tuesday evening when my Sawyer administration friend and colleague, respected Las Vegas attorney Bob Faiss, and I present our gaming control oral histories from the 1960s and beyond as part of the University of Nevada Oral History Program's comprehensive project on gaming regulation in the Silver State.

Business briefs

Sierra Pacific Power and Nevada Power cos. are currently accepting applications for the fourth year of SolarGenerations, a statewide program that provides cash rebates to electric consumers who use photovoltaic technology to generate electricity. Photovoltaic panels, usually produced from silicon, convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. This is then converted into alternating current (AC) by "inverters" so that it can power lights and appliances. For information visit www.solargenerations.com.

Community briefs

Carson City Governor's Medallion to benefit cancer center The Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare Auxiliary will raffle a medallion honoring Gov. Kenny Guinn. First lady Dema Guinn donated the limited-edition medallion, only 10 of which were produced, to the Auxiliary in order to help raise money to benefit the new Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, 1600 Medical Parkway. Raffle tickets are $5 for one ticket or $20 for five and may be purchased at the Auxiliary gift shop at the hospital. The drawing will be Oct. 31 at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Call 445-5142.

Genoa's a hard place to run for office

Another Genoa town manager tendered his resignation on Tuesday, the third in two years to do so. The Genoa fault is not the only fissure in town, and it seems those tidal forces are nothing compared to those tugging on the position of town manager.

Tuesday, August 1

Failure to keep mouth in check on homelessness turns LV mayor into clown

A circus atmosphere follows Mayor Oscar Goodman wherever he goes. From City Hall to the Strip, "Good Morning America" to an endless string of cameo TV and movie roles, Goodman is a media ringmaster.

Community briefs

Washoe County Family sing-along at Galena Creek Local musician Larry Elliot will lead a family sing-along for all ages during a free campfire program at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Galena Creek Regional Park. Call 849-2511.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Miguel Mederos, 22, unemployed from Mound House, was arrested at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Country Village Parkway on suspicion of felony passing a counterfeit bill, possession of a counterfeit bill, obtaining money under false pretenses and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Bail was set at $28,632.

Carson's only Vietnamese restaurant readies to open doors

About 25 years after fleeing communist-controlled Vietnam by boat, Richard Tran is living the American Dream. He is a business owner in Reno and is opening his second restaurant in Carson City - the area's only Vietnamese-themed restaurant.

Ferries fit perfectly with Tahoe's tourism

At a time when Tahoe's roads are packed with traffic on any given weekend, when congestion itself is enough to repel visitors - or even keep locals from venturing out - and when fuel prices are only going higher, it was with some degree of astonishment that people are actually shooting down the idea of ferry service calling at Incline Village. Last week at a meeting of the Incline Village General Improvement District board, more than a few people voiced their opposition to a proposal that would see ferry service dock at IVGID-owned Hermit Beach, located next to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino.