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Friday, March 31

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 auto body worker from Carson City was arrested at 6:56 p.m. Friday at Lompa Lane and Highway 50 East on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $500 cash.

Thursday, March 30

Enforce the laws we have on immigration

As a country of immigrants, we sure have a tough time with immigration. All of us are immigrants to this land, even the Native Americans. We (or our ancestors) all came here from somewhere else, seeking a better life.

Land sales not the best way to fund rural schools

There are better ways to fund public schools than to sell off public lands. But that's what the Bush Administration is proposing to do with 300,000 acres of national forests, including more than 2,000 acres of Tahoe National Forest in Northern Nevada. The Bush plan would raise about $800 million.

The four stages of wealth management

In today's fast-paced world, investors have more to think about than simply their stock portfolios. When creating wealth, they must also consider issues like tax planning, risk management, borrowing needs, estate planning and charitable giving.

Business Calendar

Nevada's Annual Rural Roundup Tourism Conference begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Piñon Plaza resort on Highway 50 East. Tourism development expert Roger Brooks will share his 10 top ideas for actions communities can take to attract more visitors.

WNCC student coordinator honored for contributions

Claire Yurovchak, Western Nevada Community College student activities coordinator, was awarded the American College Personnel Association's 2006 New Professional Award in recognition of her contributions to the student affairs profession.

Lemon cake is forever festive in springtime

Almond paste complements the tart lemon and nutty poppy-seed flavors in this rich-tasting, festive cake topped with a drizzle of icing. It's an attractive dessert to serve for any occasion, holiday or family day, especially if you play up the spring-like look and decorate it with a garnish of little marzipan lemons.

Business happenings

Grand Opening Celebration for Tree House Pilates, 5-8 p.m., 343 Fairview Ave. #205, across from Lowe's. Networking mixer; bring business cards and brochures. Complimentary wine and beer, and sushi and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP by May 1 at 720-7598.

Briefcase: Walden's Coffeehouse

Walden's Coffeehouse Jeff Wilson, owner 1600 Medical Parkway, inside the new regional medical center, a kiosk in the main lobby

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • James Avery Ward, 45, a transient, was arrested at 10:14 p.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of felony probation violation. No bail was set.

Wednesday, March 29

Community briefs

Carson City Plaza Hotel hosts Chamber meeting The Plaza Hotel and Conference Center will be hosting the monthly Carson City Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.

Dangerous duty in Iraq casts doubt on war's progress

The Foreign Service Journal, a monthly publication for America's career diplomats, devoted its March issue to personal accounts of daily life in Iraq submitted by diplomats who are serving, or have served, in Iraq. Their stories paint a vivid and scary picture of actual living and working conditions in that strife-torn country and cast doubts on the Bush administration claims of "progress" in the war.

Business licenses

Carson City Business licenses issued in Carson City as of March 24:

Return of the potheads

Last month, House Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Subcommittee Chairman Mark Souder (R-Ind.) sent a letter to fellow lawmakers urging them to oppose marijuana legalization initiatives in Nevada and several other states. Good for him!

Water rates just another cost of rapid growth

Lyon County residents will be voicing their opinions at two public hearings this spring on some major increases in their water and sewer rates. But the reality is that rapid growth has left them with few options other than paying more.

Tuesday, March 28

Monday, March 27

Protesting students stood up for their beliefs

By protesting an immigration proposal that would have made illegal aliens felons, local high school students were standing up against something that would have had a direct and dramatic impact on many of their families. By most accounts, the more than 200 students who walked out of Carson High School on Monday were orderly and well mannered. Their efforts and those of many thousands of other people around the country helped steer lawmakers away from legislation that would have punished illegal aliens.

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 28-year-old cook from Fallon was arrested at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $5,000.

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):

Sunday, March 26

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 28-year-old Carson City man was arrested at 10:06 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear, violation of a suspended sentence and failure to comply. Bail was set at $3,000.

Advice for a cardinal worried about Dick Cheney's shooting

Last week, the archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick O'Malley, became a prince of the Catholic Church and was made a cardinal. In becoming one, he has had to forego the frugal attire of a Franciscan friar (black robes and sandals) and change to the brilliant "cardinal" red of his new rank. He mentioned in passing, that, in his new get-up, he could now go hunting with Dick Cheney. But, may we advise His Eminence ... wait 'til after bird season ...

Feds continue to bully Nevada over Yucca

The U.S. Department of Energy is demonstrating once again that it sees Nevada as an opponent in its headlong quest to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository. And that's just another way of saying that the feds don't care about the concerns of state residents who would have to live next to 77,000 tons of nuclear waste.

Remembering a mother's love and a brother's birth

When I was 7, we had lived in the United States for a year, and in many ways I felt at ease. No longer was English a foreign language, and I loved school. But at home, in the apartment above Kresge's dimestore, I turned back into a Latvian. My parents socialized only with the few other Latvians in town, and I didn't have any close American friends. In fact, my mother was largely my world.

Culinary teams: first time in first place

Perhaps it was the exquisitely shaped, 3-D, life-size chocolate butterfly perched upon a mousse of strawberry, kiwi, oats and pecans that did it for the ProStart judges.

Proposed industrial center aims to attract family-owned companies

A national development company will build a 87,000-square-foot industrial center in northeast Carson City aimed at attracting family-owned companies.

American children do better in life than they do on tests

We get upset when we note that American children do not perform as well on some tests as some children in other countries. More often than not, our competitive drives influence our judgment, leading us to believe that American children should perform as well or better on these comparative tests.

Nevada tourism representatives help Gulf Coast areas rebuild

Seeing Hurricane Katrina's devastation has brought a new outlook to eight Nevadans who recently helped rebuild a small part of the storm-ravaged area.

Saturday, March 25

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 45-year-old Carson City man was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Musser and Carson streets on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of probation. Bail was set at $3,000 cash.

Friday, March 24

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 26-year-old carpet layer from Carson City was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Saturday at Northridge and Ridgecrest drives on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence second offense and speeding. Bail was set at $2,719.

Thursday, March 23

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Matthew Paul Gonzi, 31, self-employed from Dayton, was arrested at 7:56 p.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor petty larceny and battery. Bail was set at $3,979.

Chinese counsel visit a success on at least one front

On Thursday, a crowd of people gathered at the Nevada State Railroad Museum got a sense of what could be. The Consul General of the People's Republic of China, Peng Keyu, was visiting for the first time, and was showered with gifts and words of welcome by the state's and city's highest officials.

America is losing the economic war to China

Here's a news flash. America is in serious debt. There was a new warning of this problem last week when Congress increased the debt limit to $9 trillion dollars. And with the budget the Senate passed the same day, it will not take long before they are increasing that limit again.

Slap on the wrist not nearly enough for Reno middle school shooter

Bang! Bang! You're dead! As simple as when we were kids playing with cap guns or air guns plugged with cork stoppers. Bang! Bang! You're dead! Today, kids are more likely to blow the back of someone's skull off and spill their brains like a cracked egg into a mug of beer. It's too easy. Just too damn easy. A gun in the hand is worth two behind the security of a display counter. Bang! Bang! You're dead!

Wednesday, March 22

Community News

Carson City Carson High School culinary team wins state championship The Carson High School culinary program took first place Monday in the Pro Start state championships at the Culinary Institute of Las Vegas.

Community Calendar

Pre-National Library Week Book Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Carson City Library Auditorium, 900 N. Roop St. Members preview from 9-10 a.m. each day; memberships available at the sale. Call 887-2244. Carson City Navy League dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Piñon Plaza, Highway 50 East at Lompa Lane. Guest speaker is Officer in Charge, Fighter Squadron Composite 13 Fighting Saints. Cost $24 per person; call to reserve. Call 883-3111.

Troopers breaking the law cannot be tolerated

b. 19, four lives ended when a Nevada Highway Patrol cruiser being driven at 113 mph by a trooper who was hurrying home for dinner smashed into the rear of another vehicle on Interstate 15 outside of Las Vegas. In response to this tragedy, NHP wants to spend $300,000 to buy high-tech driving simulators to help prevent similar incidents.

Sheriff's Log

The following are some of the 167 calls to which deputies responded Wednesday: • A Carson Middle School student was arrested for allegedly disrupting school and injuring a staff member at 8:16 a.m. • Accident at West Fifth and South Curry streets at 12:18 p.m.

Community briefs

Carson City Carson City Library begins storytimes The Carson City Library Youth Department begins its spring session of storytimes 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.

Farewell to the Liberty Belle

Newcomers to Northern Nevada don't know anything about Reno's funky old Liberty Belle saloon and its colorful history, and that's a shame because when the 48-year-old establishment closed its doors earlier this month, it marked the end of an era. The Liberty Belle opened in 1958 just four years before I came to Carson City, and I've been a frequent customer over the years, stopping in on my way to downtown Reno in the old days or to attend luncheon meetings of the "GOD" (Good Old Days) Club in recent years. The last GOD Club get-together at the Liberty Belle was on Friday the 17th, when co-owner Marshall Fey recounted the saloon's history and discussed what would become of its valuable collection of vintage slot machines, many of which were designed by his grandfather, inventor Charles Fey.

Ten steps to selecting an elder-care attorney

The plethora of services available to older adults is reassuring, but the negotiation of those systems can be daunting without expert advice.

Today

Jam session at 7:30 p.m., Re-Bar, 1305 S. Carson St. No cover charge. Call 885-0558. Tuesday Preschool Storytime,10:15-10:45 a.m., Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop St. A 30-minute storytime for children ages 4 and 5 who are independent enough to listen to stories and participate while their parent or caregiver is out of the room. Call 887-2244.

Braised short ribs great for cool weather

Even if it didn't feel like spring last week, I know that it's on its way because my bulbs were peeking out of the snow. I don't know this personally, but my husband, Ralph, has been giving me an update on the happenings and the weather in Carson City while I'm down at our little place in the desert near Palm Springs, Calif.

Tuesday, March 21

Former editors never really retire

Sue Morrow told and edited thousands of stories for the Nevada Appeal during nearly 30 years at the paper.She still edits the paper today. Before she retired as city editor in 1994 she did it because it was a job, one that she loved.

Business Licenses

Business licenses issued in Carson City as of March 17:

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Robert Moose, 45, a transient, was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of felony possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription, possession of a hypodermic device, auto burglary, possession of stolen property and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Bail was set at $25,000.

Essential pieces of state's history lost with stolen artifacts

When the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the conviction of two people accused of stealing artifacts from public lands, it sent a troubling message - the theft was not that big of a deal. But it is a big deal.

Monday, March 20

Community briefs

Homeowners who had damage to property during the floods and reside in Washoe, Storey, Lyon or Douglas counties or Carson City can receive up to $5,400 for flood damage to their homes. The Homeowner's Disaster Assistance Program is being administered by the Nevada Department of Public Safety's Division of Emergency Management. For information, call 687-4240.

Some times it costs more to do what's best for students

The Carson City School District is planning to ask voters this fall to approve $25 million in school improvements without an increase in taxes. Unlike some public entities, school districts can't fund large infrastructure improvements and upkeep by saving for a rainy day. Instead, when the roof needs renewal and the boiler is nearly blown, the school district borrows money, which requires voter approval. I support continuing the existing school tax to fund infrastructure improvements. It's the equivalent of a home equity loan for our schools and the only way the district can maintain its facilities for decades of use.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Beau Server, a construction worker from Carson City, was arrested at 5:37 p.m. Monday in the 3400 block of Northgate Lane on suspicion of felony probation hold. No bail was set.

Now is time to weigh in on regional economy

If you care what Carson City, and all of Northern Nevada, will look like in the coming decades, this is no time to sit on your hands. The Northern Nevada Development Authority is surveying residents to find out how they believe the entire region should grow.

Sunday, March 19

Jack Abramoff and Internet gambling

No one should have been surprised to learn that corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff was deeply involved with virtually unregulated Indian and Internet gambling. After all, shady activities and characters go together like birds of a feather.

Bush premise leads to what conclusion?

A syllogism, in logic, is two premises leading to a conclusion (A + B = C)...or in mathematics, a transitive property of equality (a + b = c, therefore c = a). So, explain to us how sending 700 more troops to Iraq and cutting the school safety budget by 20 percent + raising the deficit by billions more = good for this country. Speak to us, George...the logic and math don't add up...

GOP: AG candidate wanted, must be team player

Nevada's GOP must be reeling following a decision by Carson City Sen. Mark Amodei on Monday not to run for Attorney General as a replacement candidate for George Chanos. He was viewed by some as the best candidate available to keep the office in Republican control, but decided he could be more effective as a member of the state Senate.

Sheriffs' log

Deputies responded to 364 calls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court:

Saturday, March 18

Friday, March 17

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 carpenter from Carson City was arrested at 12:03 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of West Winnie Lane on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence second offense, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $4,496.

Thursday, March 16

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Ben Marshall, 41, of Carson City, was arrested at 7:20 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $25,000.

Wednesday, March 15

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 28-year-old bartender was arrested at 8:19 a.m. Thursday in the 3400 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a suspended sentence. Bail was set at $1,000.

Community briefs

As special event season approaches, the Carson City Health Department would like to remind the public how important food safety is at special events. Persons must have a temporary food permit in order to operate at a special event.

Community News

Carson City BAC hosts open auditions of 'Love's Labor's Lost' Auditions for the Brewery Arts Center's production of "Love's Labor's Lost" are at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the BAC Performance Hall. Auditions consist of cold readings from Shakespeare's play.

Community Calendar

Great Basin Gallery: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., all month, Carson City Courthouse Gallery, 885 E. Musser St. Open to the public. Call 220-0940. "Slow Drip" art exhibit, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., all month, Nevada Arts Council office, 716 N. Carson St. In the OXS Gallery; exhibit is of video still images by artist Tamara Scronce. Call 687-6680.

Hold registration-machine firm accountable

Secretary of State Dean Heller said Thursday that the statewide voter registration system will be ready for elections this year. That sounds like good news, but it camouflages some serious problems with the state's effort to comply with federal requirements.

Lessons learned along the congested highway of life

If you've ever driven into Carson City from the south during rush hour on a snowy day, you probably already know that those conditions mean: a) you'll probably be late for work, and b) you'll have plenty of time to observe people talking on cell phones and primping in their rear-view mirrors, occasionally at the same time. As cars and trucks creep along at a walking pace, it's also one of the few times when bumper stickers earn their place in the greater public discourse.

Tuesday, March 14

Community Briefs

Carson City Red's Old 395 Bar and Grill hosts Irish music The Gairin Celtic Irish musicians will liven up the evening at Red's for St. Patrick's Day from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Call 887-0395 or visit www.aufrance.com/gairin..

Sheriff's log

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 43-year-old equipment operator from Carson City was arrested at 2:06 a.m. Wednesday on 10th Street on suspicion of two counts of misdemeanor trespassing. Bail was set at $474.

Chanos' reasons for dropping out unbelievable - if not unreal

Attorney General George Chanos adjusted his tie like a lounge comic doing a passable Rodney Dangerfield and said he just wasn't cut out for politics a mere four months after his appointment as the state's top lawyer. He was the formidable favorite in the coming election, but he said, "I don't need this, and I don't want this. I don't need to be a public person."

This year's trend: dense office and residential space

Those in the market for a residential or office condo, or a townhouse in Carson City will have more options this year.

UNR professor honored; new escrow officer

University of Nevada, Reno electrical engineering professor John Kleppe was honored with the inaugural Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award for his 37-year record as an innovative engineering educator.

Local woman working to bring Chinese museum to Carson City

Carson City woman Cheryl Lau heads the committee steering the Chinese Workers Museum of America planned for the eastern portion of the city. Born in Hawaii to Chinese parents, she was educated in the United States. Lau served as Nevada secretary of state from 1991-1995. She was Nevada deputy attorney general from 1987-1991. She spent the early 1970s working as professors of both music and English at schools in Taipei.

In the beginning, there were the minds behind the museum

Since unveiling plans this past week for a $50 million museum dedicated to Nevada's 19th century Chinese immigrants, the project designers have fielded calls from interested volunteers and companies looking for work.

It takes heroes to prevent school violence

The school shooting in Reno on Tuesday that left two children injured might have been much worse had it not been for the heroic actions of a teacher who talked the boy down. It will take heroes of a less dramatic nature to ensure a similar incident won't happen here.

Monday, March 13

Community briefs

Carson City Jaycees ask for community to support annual egg hunt The Carson City Jaycees are asking community members to donate for the 30th annual Easter Egg Hunt. There are two hunts: One for the general public and one for special needs children.

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty: • A 38-year-old maintenance worker from Carson City was arrested at 7:29 a.m. Tuesday at Russell Way and Northridge Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear, failure to use due care and driving with an expired registration. Bail was set at $1,209.

East Carson City's new Irwin Union building sells for $9.8 million

A Bay area investment company purchased a 33,000-square-foot east Carson City building for $9.8 million, completing what the local broker described as a speedy sale for commercial property.

Two prayers to end the war: one uttered, one not

When historians look back at our time and try to determine what went wrong, they may point to our president, who is short on vision and long on hubris. But they will probably conclude that we, the people, simply did not understand what we were doing. Take, for example, President Bush's recent words to the American Legion:

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):

Sunday, March 12

Show us the money on Chinese museum plan

A group of Nevadans has envisioned what's perhaps the perfect development for Carson City. Now comes the hard part. The proposed $50 million Chinese Workers Museum of America, which would include a six-story glass "mountain" - on public land in east Carson City, would have 250,000 square feet of space. That's larger than the Wal-Mart in Carson City. Estimates are that it could draw a half-million visitors each year. The museum and developments around it could employ thou

Plenty of options to celebrate St. Paddy's in style

St. Patrick's Day is Friday, so the green beer thing is on, along with corned beef and cabbage. Mallard's is having its "microbrew" tasting the day before (on Thursday) at 6 p.m. (reservations 885-1019), so you know where we'll be. The Station Grill always serves great Irish fare that day, and we see that Stew's Sportatorium will be having a rousing party on Friday (along with probably every other pub in town) ... so you have no excuse to stay home and mope. Just remember that great Irish saying, "May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead."

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court: • Brian John Horigan, 28, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance. No bail was set.

Wired in Carson City? Clearly.

Starting today, Carson City customers have another option for Internet service: Clearwire Wireless Broadband.

Steaming a succulent way to cut fish calories

"A perfectly steamed piece of fresh fish is so pure and delicious that it will make you forget you are eating healthy."

Beans again? Here's how to gussy 'em up

"Brokeback Mountain" is a beautiful movie: poignantly told, splendidly acted and gorgeously photographed. It's got something for everyone.

Fruity and fresh as spring

At any time of year - especially until spring and summer fruit ripens in our yards, fields and orchards - pears and limoncello can combine to provide a refreshing option, as they do in this frosty dessert.

New motor repair shop; a unique railway

Jasmin Feliciano's proudest business moment was the day she got her license for Desert Motor Sports Paint and Body in Mound House.

Omelet a la Provençal quick, savory

Eggs are a wonderful asset when it comes to making a fast meal from scratch, since they often benefit from quick, gentle cooking - besides offering nutritional value and versatility.

State has good openness record; battles continue

A reader of the Appeal sent an e-mail this week asking why the Carson City real estate transactions weren't in the paper recently. His concern was that there is an intent on the part of the Carson City Assessor's Office to withhold important public information.

Saturday, March 11

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 43-year-old transient was arrested at 2:25 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $276 cash.

Friday, March 10

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 20-year-old retail clerk from Carson City was arrested at 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of Woodside Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor criminal contempt. Bail was set at $839 cash.

Thursday, March 9

Bush is on the ropes; can he recover?

With his popularity ratings dropping below 40 percent and his Iraqi misadventure in disarray, President Bush and his remaining Republican allies are facing an uphill battle in this fall's mid-term elections. Unless the president can turn things around before November, the GOP could lose control of Congress for the first time since 1994. The clearest indication of the depth of Bush's multiple problems is that many congressional Republicans are in open revolt against his policies, ranging from Iraq to immigration to his proposal to sell six busy East Coast ports to a company based in the United Arab Emirates.

Reba's style

It would be nearly impossible to imitate Reba McEntire's success as a musician and actor, but copying her style just got easier.

Debate over pot cuts across traditional political lines

There are a number of good debates taking place in the comments section on nevadaappeal.com, with something new every day. People have a lot to say about a whole range of issues, and believe me, they aren't shy about expressing themselves. It may get a little wild on these comment boards, but I think it's one of the best things we ever did. News should be a conversation, not a lecture, and the online comments are a way for everyone to join the discussion.

Final Kinkead chapter too long in writing

On Monday, 45 workers from the state Department of Information Technology began moving out of a building so poorly constructed that it would be comical were there not significant safety issues at stake. The Kinkead Building needs no introduction among state workers and others who have read about their plight over the years. The floor sags or tilts several inches in some of the rooms, enough to cause drawers to open by themselves and chairs to roll away.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 24-year-old unemployed transient was arrested at 3:21 a.m. Friday in the 2100 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to stop on signal of a peace officer, reckless driving, obstructing an investigation and driving on a revoked license. Bail was set at $2,803.

Wednesday, March 8

Senator Tiffany should resign if she's guilty

Everyone is innocent until proven otherwise, but if the Nevada Ethics Commission finds State Sen. Sandra Tiffany is guilty of the 20 ethics violations she is accused of, she should do what's best for the residents of this state and resign.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 56-year-old hospital worker from Carson City was arrested at 10:28 p.m. Wednesday in the 4700 block of Snyder Avenue on suspicion of domestic battery. Bail was set at $3,132.

Community briefs

Carson City Chamber of Commerce holds after-hours mixer The Carson City Chamber of Commerce will hold a free after-hours mixer from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Nevada Property Mortgage, 2310 So. Carson St. Hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar will be available.

Home owners wanted, as are faux-contractor felons

Landmark Homes' Brookhaven community in Dayton is near the completion of its second phase of construction. A few home sites are still available, offering floor plans from 1,590 square feet to 2,450 square feet in four home designs.

Tuesday, March 7

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Wesley Barbosa, 25, a transient, was arrested at 4:26 a.m. Wednesday at Nevada and Adeline streets on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $2,500.

Community briefs

Carson City Nevada Magazine holds half-off sale on calendars The Nevada Magazine is holding a 50 percent off sale on the 2006 Nevada Historical Calendars through Friday.

$100 million Summit Sierra opening in grand style

Until today, Northern Nevadans have purchased their Coach bags, Ecco shoes and Ann Taylor jackets online, or driven two-and-a-half hours to Roseville to peruse the racks of America's high-end retailers.

Gym damaged in windstorm reopens Monday

After its own pumping up, Silver State Fitness will reopen 6 a.m. Monday.

Monday, March 6

Lessons must be learned from child-abuse case

The trial date is soon to be set in one of the most heart-wrenching cases of child abuse ever seen here, or anywhere else. Esther Rios, 56; her daughter Regina Rios, 33; and son-in-law Tomas Granados, 33, face felony charges for the alleged abuse of Regina Rios' 16-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. The children were discovered Jan. 19 after the girl ran away and told police she and her brother had been locked in a bathroom for years. They were severely malnourished.

Community briefs

Carson City Historic Resources Commission meets Thursday evening The Historic Resources Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sierra Room at the Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Event organizers, squads deserve a cheer

What happens when you put 800 members of high school spirit squads in one place? You get a lot of noise, for sure, but also a healthy shot in the arm for the local economy. It also brings a reminder of how much Carson City could gain if it had a venue able to handle large conventions and gatherings.

Business licenses

Carson City Business licenses issued in Carson City as of March 3:

Foodies find culinary gold in the Eastern Sierra

LEE VINING, Calif. - A century ago, prospectors were scouring the Eastern Sierra, searching for gold. These days, foodies are doing the prospecting - and they're striking it rich.

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):

Desert Motor Sports Paint and Body

Jasmin Feliciano, Co-owner 10116 Highway 50 East, No. 109, Mound House

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Kenneth Colin McFadden, 42, of Carson City, was arrested at 11:59 p.m. in the 1600 block of Medical Parkway on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Bail was set at $237.

Sunday, March 5

Community calendar

Carson City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club, 7:30 a.m., Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 2424 S. Carson St. Cost $5 for Chamber members; $7 nonmembers, includes continental breakfast, door prizes. Call 882-1565. Nevada Landscape: The Painted Environment exhibit, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Nevada State Library and Archives, Joseph Anderson, 100 N. Stewart St. Open to the public, free admission. Call 684-3313.

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 47-year-old printer from Carson City was arrested at 12:49 p.m. Sunday in the 3200 block of North Carson Street on a Washoe County warrant for suspicion of misdemeanor failure to comply, and new charges of misdemeanor drunken driving, having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle. Bail was set at $3,015, $1,500 of which was cash only.

Eye-for-an-eye should be punishment for starving kids

We notice the defendants in the Rios trial haven't missed many meals ... they should be sentenced to the same diet they gave the kids. Judge Willis' heartfelt comments spoke for most of us at their arraignment. And speaking of the kids, we hope the other three are receiving lots of counseling and support ... their psyches have got to be in chaos, too. We wish the children and their caregivers well ... and a long sentence to their alleged oppressors ...

Dreams can help us understand ourselves

Erich Fromm once defined dreams as "a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul." Certainly, most people believe their dreaming to be important. Austrian Nobel Prize winner Otto Loewi reported dreaming of chemicals being released from the end of a nerve. He knew he was onto something but assumed his dream was incomplete so he decided to try to finish it the following night. His dream the following night helped him solve the mystery of how nerve cells transmit and receive messages.

Carson has a new editor to train; give him a call

When I got off the phone with Karen Rogers a few weeks ago, I began to sense there was something different about Carson City. I was making long-distance calls from Washington state, trying to rent a house in what was soon to be my new home. The house she was renting was already spoken for, however. Simple answer, time to get on to the next classified ad.

Saturday, March 4

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 19-year-old McDonald's worker was arrested at 12:08 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Rand Avenue on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear, minor consuming alcohol and obstructing a peace officer. Bail was set at $1,043.

Friday, March 3

Crime Report

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 38-year-old disabled man from Carson City was arrested at 11:31 p.m. Friday in the 2700 block of Carmine Street on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a restraining order. Bail was set at $3,132.

Deputy who pulled gun should be fired

In our society, police officers have a lot of power. Of course, that power is kept in check by the judicial branch of government, but, for the most part, they have a pretty wide rein. As a result, law enforcement officials are held to a higher standard. We trust that they're working in society's best interest. We trust that they're not thieves, or abusers or participate in any other criminal activity.

Plaza Hotel hires new general manager

Week 1 on the job: new General Manager Eric Bressler is introduced to the five properties, 275 total hotel rooms and the six-member management staff that he will oversee.

Thursday, March 2

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 20-year-old laborer from Reno was arrested at 10:44 p.m. Thursday at Ormsby Boulevard and Combs Canyon Road on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, minor consuming alcohol and failure to use due care. Bail was set at $1,476.

We all have our cell phone woes

I have 2,000 rollover minutes on my cell phone plan that I will probably never use. I also don't use my text messaging, but that doesn't keep me from getting charged for it.

Business Calendar

The Reno-Tahoe Chapter of the American Marketing Association lunch seminar on elevating marketing performance using cost-effective marketing measurement at Harrah's Reno Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featured speakers, Sara Hart and Jim Lynn, will discuss how organizations - from sole proprietorships to small businesses to large corporations - can use research concepts to help their businesses succeed. The cost is $19 for AMA members and students, and $29 for non-members in advance, at the door $20 for AMA members and students, and $30 for non-members. To register visit RenoTahoeAMA.com.

Why cast a vote for a meaningless Patriot Act?

You can always tell when there is an election coming up by the sounds of reasoned principles shattering as our elected representatives throw rocks through them in order to install the proper window dressings for their campaigns. There was a lopsided vote in Congress last week to renew the Patriot Act, as most senators rushed to prop up their get-tough-on-terror credentials, afraid someone might label them as weak.

Something was missing this last week from the Appeal's newsroom

There was something missing in this past week's Nevada Appeal. There was also someone missing from the Nevada Appeal, as a newspaper, and as a building. That "something" is actually part of that "someone," and both are now missing.

Wednesday, March 1

Community calendar

"Slow Drip" art exhibit, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., All month, Nevada Arts Council office, 716 N. Carson St. In the OXS Gallery; exhibit is of video still images by artist Tamara Scronce. Call 687-6680. Great Basin Gallery: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., all month, Carson City Courthouse Gallery, 885 E. Musser St. Open to the public. Call 220-0940.

Community news

Carson City Those raising others' kids can get support A support group for grandparents and other family members raising other's children will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. March 16, at Behavioral Health Services, Ross Building, 1001 N. Mountain St., Suite 3H. Call 888-0148.

Community briefs

Carson City Mile High Jazz Band presents 'Jazz and Poetry' The Mile High Jazz Band and vocalist Sheryl Adams will be joined by local poets from 8-10 p.m. March 14 at Comma Coffee in downtown Carson City. Admission is $5 general, $4 for Mile High Jazz Band Association members, and free for age 18 and under.

My favorite American ambassadors stand for America's interests

During my 28-year Foreign Service career, I worked for many American ambassadors - some good, some bad and some indifferent - and those I admired most defended U.S. national interests forcefully and without apologies. Three of our ambassadors have come to my attention lately for stepping forward and asserting themselves on behalf of our country in very difficult situations.

Knowia about your Nokia - moving on up with your Motorola

For those who live in Carson City, the area is pretty well covered by all major wireless communication carriers. There's a plethora of plans available for the family or individual. Think of choosing your network and payment plan as one of the most important financial decisions you will make. Your phone will be with you for one or two years, the standard length of wireless plans - unless you go with the prepaid phones - or longer if you like your carrier. Over a two-year contract, that $50 a month plan will cost you $1,200, not including the cost of the phone (yes, that's separate) and any extra "cool" things, like text messaging or Internet access.

Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 21-year-old man, address and occupation unknown, was arrested at 3:35 a.m. Thursday on drunken driving. Bail was set at $1,132.