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Saturday, September 30

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Dennis Leroy Lee, 20, of Silver Springs, was arrested at 11:40 p.m. Saturday at College Parkway and North Carson Street on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance and three counts of misdemeanor failure to appear on a traffic matter. Bail was set at $4,055. • A 33-year-old machine operator from Carson City was arrested at 9:16 p.m. Saturday at Woodside and Ladera drives on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, no valid driver's license and no proof of insurance. Bail was set at $2,054.

Friday, September 29

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Edith Frances Curtis, 54, of Carson City, was arrested at 9:22 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of Jeannell Drive on suspicion of felony violation of parole or probation. No bail was set. • Armando Delgado, 23, of Reno, was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Lakeview Hill on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs, open container and failure to maintain a single travel lane. Bail was set at $3,926.

Truth stranger than fiction in Northern Nevada

The arrest of Kathy Augustine's husband, Chaz Higgs, for her death in July adds yet another strange crime drama in Northern Nevada this year. Higgs, a critical care nurse, is accused of administering a paralyzing drug to Augustine. She died three days later of what Higgs told the media was massive heart failure. He later was taken to the hospital for an apparent suicide attempt.

Chowder has long history in U.S. cuisine

With the official end of summer, things have started to quiet down a bit up here in Virginia City - except for the weekends, which have continued to rock with camel races, Ferrari races, the occupying army of bikers (aka Thunder on the Comstock) and any other imaginable excuse for a parade.

Thursday, September 28

Are pot legalization opponents using smoke and mirrors?

Before you roll me in Bugler rolling papers and light me up in an exercise of pyro-paganism and effigy, today's column is not so much an opinion as it is a puff of smoke ring observations and questions. The roll-your-own question of the day is: Is the legalization of marijuana in the state of Nevada (or any state) as big a concern as publicized? My point is this (and really think about this): Will legalization make usage and abuse of marijuana that much worse?

America, the land of compassionate torture

On the morning after Christmas, 1776, George Washington staged a battle that would be the turning point of the American Revolution. At that point, the success of this colonial rebellion was considered a long shot at best. Upon his victory at Trenton, New Jersey, General Washington's army was left in possession of 221 enemy prisoners. "Treat them with humanity," he told his officers, "and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British army in their treatment of our unfortunate brethren.''

Internationaldouble standardsobjectionable

After Venezuelan President (and dictator wannabe) Hugo Chavez and Iranian President (and Hitler wannabe) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put on their demagogic Third World Comedy Show at the United Nations in New York last month, I wondered how the world would react if the roles were reversed. Imagine what would happen if President Bush, or any other high-ranking U.S. official, went to Caracas to deliver a speech denouncing Chavez as a megalomaniacal buffoon who is embarrassing his country on the international stage and bankrupting its once-thriving economy. The negative reaction would be immediate and overwhelming, unlike the mostly muted reaction of most Americans to Chavez's diatribe. Perhaps that's because we're good hosts who understand the concept of free speech.

Wednesday, September 27

Few candidates uncompromised by dirty politics

One of the inescapable lessons from any election season is that many candidates for major office don't think much of our intelligence. It's true for many offices and both major political parties. They call us on the phone and present false information about their opponents as fact. They play to stereotypes and oversimplification of voting records. They stand on pillars of self-righteousness and attack their opponents as if they have no faults of their own.

Smoking initiative Question 5 goes too far

Two competing questions on the November ballot promise to reduce the exposure of Nevadans to secondhand smoke, a proven health hazard that needs to be addressed in the state. But one initiative goes too far, too quickly. The Clean Indoor Air Act, represented by Question 5, has been endorsed by health groups such as the American Heart Association. It would prohibit smoking in almost every indoor public area such restaurants, retail stores, theaters, all bars with a food-handling license, school buildings and school property, malls and all sections of grocery stores.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 20-year-old from Zephyr Cove was arrested at 9 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor contempt of court. Bail was set at $3,000. The following are some of the 160 calls to which deputies responded Wednesday:

Community briefs

Carson City CASA to begin volunteer training CASA of Carson City will begin training CASA volunteers from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carson City Juvenile Court, 1545 E. Fifth St.

Road Watch

Construction on Carson City Streets for the week of Oct. 2 • Work continues on the southeast sewer extension, Phase 7 project, 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 Ave. to Hudson Drive. Traffic controls will be in effect for the duration of the work. The target completion date is Oct. 9.

Labor laws with your morning coffee

State law doesn't require employers to provide vacation pay, sick leave or holiday pay.

Business licenses

CARSON CITY Business licenses issued in Carson City as of Sept. 22:

Tips for controlling the unavoidable - investment risk

The word "risk" is not something that conjures up a pleasant image in the minds of most investors. Many people don't like risk. Unfortunately, risk is unavoidable. If you invest for profit, you face the possibility of suffering a loss; and if you invest too cautiously, you run the risk of earning a return that will not keep pace with inflation.

Floral Vineyard and Khristopher's Cafe

Owner: Mike and Kandy Faiss Address: 963 Topsy Lane,

Religion briefs

The public is welcome to attend the 10 a.m. worship service of Eckankar, religion of the light and sound of God, Oct. 21 at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St. During the one-hour service, a facilitator will give a brief talk, with readings, a small-group discussion and a short contemplation.

Tuesday, September 26

Wheelchairs' theft robs city of special program

What were they thinking? Did the thieves know what they were taking last week when they stole a trailer containing 21 wheelchairs used by children and adults in the city's adaptive-recreation program? What next, swipe an amputee's prosthetic limb? Run off with a blind man's cane?

Community briefs

Carson City Children's Museum to hold Spanish classes The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada will be holding Spanish language classes for young children starting Oct. 5.

SHERIFFS' LOG

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 25-year-old unemployed transient was arrested at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a suspended sentence. Bail was set at $3,000. • A 31-year-old asphalt worker from Minneapolis was arrested at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of misdemeanor probation violation. Bail was set at $3,000.

Candy Dance keeps the beat for Carson Valley

For most of the past nine decades, Genoa has supplemented its budget by holding the annual Candy Dance. The event has grown considerably from the days when the dance was the primary source of money for streetlights. Now grossing more than $200,000 a year, the Candy Dance provides the lion's share of the town budget for the course of the year.

Monday, September 25

Time to look beyond money for prison solutions

Nevada's prison population is rising constantly, and with it go hundreds of millions of dollars that won't be spent on education, health care or other services. The state is looking at spending more than $300 million on prison construction in the next few years alone. The worst part of it is that there is no good solution. The state's overall population is growing rapidly, sentencing laws here are among the toughest in the nation, and drugs have deep roots. End result: Severely overcrowded prisons to the point where the state is worried about lawsuits.

Community briefs

Carson City Free flu shots Oct. 7 With the flu season quickly approaching, Carson City Health and Human Services wants to help residents beat the bug. A limited supply of free flu shots will be offered to the public from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. All flu shots are no cost, and will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents younger than 6 months old won't be given flu shots by the city. Call 887-2190 for details.

Daisies on the menu at new north county cafe

The Floral Vineyard & Khristopher's Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, flowers and will soon be open for dinner.

Daisies on the menu at new No. Douglas cafe

The Floral Vineyard & Khristopher's Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, flowers and will soon be open for dinner.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 56-year-old unemployed man from Carson City, was arrested at 4:06 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Bail was set at $237. • A 29-year-old drywall installer from Carson City was arrested at 8:30 p.m. on Lepire Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. Bail was set at $3,132.

Sunday, September 24

Hooray for folks who made our 'C' purty again

The "C" has been repaired, thanks to Adam and Roy Houghton and "friends." We think they should be Carson's "People of the Year" for making it look "purty" once more. Let's hope this doesn't become a habit ... thanks again, guys. •••

Employee buyout plan a proactive move for city

It would be easy to perceive the city's plan to buy out some employees as a sign of economic panic. After all, there are unmistakable dark clouds on the horizon of Carson City and the nation. But rather than be alarmed, residents should gain a measure of confidence from the buyout plan. A long-held criticism of government is that it often operates in a vacuum, ignoring good business sense and spending more than it can afford. The result in some communities has been severe cuts in service and crisis-style management.

Roadrunners to camp at Lake Davis

Carson City October means tea time at Roberts House The Roberts House Museum Tea Ladies announced a tea for noon Oct. 7.

Sweet selection of sugary darlings

Newly chic though they are, appearing on an ever-wider range of social scenes, cupcakes are still their disarming little selves under all the fancy frosting and avant-garde garnish.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Jayne Kathleen Hopballe, 50, self-employed from Gardnerville, was arrested at 5:35 p.m. Sunday in the 3900 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of felony burglary and misdemeanor drunken driving. Bail was set at $26,132. • Cody Edward Davis, 21, a tile setter from Carson City, was arrested at 1:50 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of felony failure to appear on a drug charge, possession of stolen property and petty larceny. No bail was set.

Saturday, September 23

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 27-year-old advertisement worker from Carson City was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Saturday in the 90 block of Manzanita Terrace on suspicion of misdemeanor hit and run with property damage, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. His bail was set at $1,200.

Friday, September 22

Lesson from shooting range: Don't forget the neighbors

The Capitol City Shooting Sports Alliance appears to have made just one mistake in their proposal to develop a multi-use shooting sports facility - they didn't involve the neighbors in their plans. Members plan to take care of that now after being stung by comments from nearby residents of the 305-acre site east of Sedge and Deer Run roads during a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last week.

Root beer barbecue sauce?Our critics say it's delish

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

Thursday, September 21

Here's the bad news about good news

There is a Chinese proverb about how good news never gets past the door, but bad news will travel a thousand leagues away. That's the world we media folks live in, where all the bad news makes it out the door. Overall, it may be the No. 1 complaint I have heard over the years, that we always focus on bad news.

Street gangs not the biggest problem facing Carson City's youth

Small cities like Carson City are not exempt from street gangs. There are no gangicide aerosol cans at your local grocer or hardware store to ward off these urbanite creatures. Like earthworms under mud-padded rocks, street gangs just seem to exist, slinking nocturnally along their own mucus paths, and then concealing themselves as if subterranean until provoked to emerge and make their presence known.

Sheriffs' log

The following are some of the calls to which deputies responded: • A report of child abuse or neglect taken at the Silver Springs substation at 1:01 p.m. Thursday. • A report of a domestic dispute in the 500 block of Chuck Wagon Lane in Fernley at 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

Wednesday, September 20

When it comes to letters, length matters more than viewpoint

Don Barry made an interesting point in a letter to the editor in Sunday's paper by noting that a letter bashing conservatives was far longer than most letters we run. That seemed to violate the Appeal's ground rules for letters because it far exceeded 350 words. "One must conclude ... since this letter endorses the biased views of your editorial writers ... it must be acorded special, preferential treatment," Barry wrote.

Community briefs

Carson City Permits on sale today for wood sale Permits for Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park's annual wood sale will be going on sale from 12:30 to 4 p.m. today at the Carson City State Library and Archives.

Entrepreneurs have chance to Incubate

For those sitting on a brilliant business idea but who are low on funds or expertise, soon you will have a Northern Nevada incubator.

Business calendar

Sixth annual Silver and Gold Conference, by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Golden Capital Network and the Sierra Angels, at the Peppermill in Reno. Includes special three-day seminar, "Power of Angel Investing," which costs $295.

Roadrunners to camp at Lake Davis

Carson City Pregnancy-loss support group meets in Carson City Fountainhead Foursquare Church is offering a pregnancy-loss support group, Take Heart, to reach out to those whose who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or within the first months of life.

U.S. must comply with the Geneva conventions

I welcome the agreement reached on Thursday between the White House and rebellious Republican senators on new rules that will assure that terrorism suspects are questioned within the constraints of the internationally accepted (except by the terrorists) Geneva Conventions on the treatment of POWs and battlefield detainees.

Community calendar

Oil Painting 101 and How to Market Your Art workshops, 9 a.m., St. Mary's Art Institute. Taught by Sonnie Imes and Mark Tompkins. Workshop is a two-night "sleepover," potluck held second evening. Bring towel and food for breakfasts and potluck. Class cost w/room and first dinner, $225. Call 782-0035, 781-6114, 783-4046. Glenn Lucky's "Mind Over Matter" attempt to pull a semi. Come out and cheer him on at noon at the Bully's at North Carson Street and College Parkway.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Bobbie Lee Tucker, 52, of Carson City, was arrested at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of Lone Mountain Drive on suspicion of battery with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $30,000.

'C' should stand for community service for vandals

We're not certain who had the audacity to splash paint on the "C" that watches over Carson City, but it seems likely it was the work of juvenile pranksters from a rival high school. Compared to the number and severity of crimes the Sheriff's Office deals with each day - ranging from drugs to child abuse - the crime doesn't rank high in priority. But that doesn't mean the people responsible shouldn't be made to pay - preferably by repairing the damage.

Tuesday, September 19

Monday, September 18

Community briefs

ABC's series' "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are searching for new eligible men and women for the 13th season of the popular reality shows. Men and women who are looking to settle down are encouraged to apply. There is a $5,000 finders fee for friends, relatives and work associates who successfully submit the name of a friend or relative who makes it on to the show. For information e-mail erin@kasstinginc.com or call (323) 297-7102.

Community calendar

Richard McDaniel: On Location, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Mary's Art Center, 55 N. R St. in Virginia City. Focus on refining your skills of observation, strengthening your understanding of composition and color. Oils, watercolors and pastels welcome. Call 847-7774. Toddler Times, Ron Wood Family Resource Center, 212 E. Winnie Lane. One-year-olds at 9:30 a.m.; 2-year-olds from 11-noon. Call 884-2269.

Education funding: new tax structure for custodial accounts

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

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 50-year-old truck driver from Carson City was arrested at 5 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Harvest Drive on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. Bail was set at $3,132.

Teacher prepares for endless summer vacation

It is autumn, or will be by the end of the week. The air and light have changed. I feel it first in the early morning when I need to pull the covers up over my shoulders, my head against the chill. Even though the bright, warm sun of the midmorning and afternoon causes the mercury to climb, I know what is coming. For teachers fall is a time of new beginnings. Each September presents a clean slate, the hope and promise of new faces, new discoveries. This year however, has a hint of the bittersweet for me and I have felt the chill a little more profoundly and poignantly. This will be my last autumn among schoolchildren. This is the year I retire.

Yucca repository: dead or alive?

Depending upon whom you listen to, the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is still viable, or it's on life support. Personally, I side with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn on this one: The highly toxic federal project is more dead than alive and no amount of lobbying by the powerful Nuclear Energy Institute is likely to revive it. The nuclear energy lobby, which throws money around like it's going out of style, fired the latest shot in the ongoing Yucca Mountain War last week with an op-ed piece by Institute lobbyist Marvin Fertel, who assured us that "the repository will open and it will be safe." Oh sure, and the moon is made of Swiss cheese.

Sunday, September 17

Give V&T contract to operator who draws the most riders

Let's start out this week with some really great news: Pamela Putnam (ladies first), Colin Crowley and Joshua Gransberg, all of Carson High, have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. It's nice to know we have some of the best and brightest students right here in River City. Congratulations to all, and may you all become finalists in the spring. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

Decision brings closure to Wiccan's family

For the family of Sgt. Patrick Stewart of Fernley, we hope some form of peace has arrived. With Wednesday's announcement that a plaque for Stewart bearing the Wiccan symbol of the pentacle will be placed on the memorial wall at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, some closure has been brought to a yearlong struggle by his family.

Popular ABC show looking for new contestants

Carson City 'Healthsmart TV' show to focus on neck pain During this month, Dr. Alfred H. Grimes of Pinnacle Pain Medicine in Carson City will join Dr. Lyons, host of "HealthSmart TV" to dispel false beliefs about neck pain.

State briefs

The Nevada Supreme Court has again mandated domestic violence training for judges in the state. "We want our judges to be able to handle domestic violence cases in the best possible way," said Chief Justice Bob Rose. He said the order is designed to ensure every judge in the state receives adequate education to update their abilities to handle domestic violence.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Martha Ceniceros-Rodriguez, 18, was arrested at 7:59 p.m. Sunday in the 1800 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of felony removing a serial number, possession of a controlled substance and gross misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Bail was set at $7,500. Also arrested was Ramon Ramirez Carrillo, 31, of Lancaster, Calif., on suspicion of felony trafficking. Bail was set at $20,000.

Minden 6 p.m. siren deserves fair trial

It would be a lie to say we had never heard that the 6 p.m. siren was established to tell the Washoe to get out of town. It is an urban myth like many that have spread through Carson Valley and it has a nugget of truth.

Dear Mr. President: Play to win or get out

Dear Mr. President, I watched your speech on Sept. 11, and I was moved. I listened to your words about how important it is that we prevail in our battles with evil in this world, and I couldn't agree more. I didn't vote for you, but you are my president. I disagree with a number of your policies, but for the sake of the country I do not want you to lose this war. In the aftermath of 9/11, America became one. Your critics forgot about the divisive 2000 election and stood with you as we went to war.

Saturday, September 16

Friday, September 15

Dispute between state agencies expensive, unnecessary

The legal arguments in the dispute between the Nevada Tax Commission and the state's attorney general are complicated, but it leads to one simple, inescapable conclusion: Taxpayers are footing a hefty and unnecessary bill for attorney fees because one state agency is suing another. At issue is the commission's policy of keeping deliberations private when companies appeal tax bills, something that Attorney General George Chanos has challenged as a violation of the state's open meeting law.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court. • A 45-year-old Sacramento man was arrested at 1:50 a.m. on suspicion of reckless driving at 10th and Carson streets after being clocked at more than 50 mph in a 25 zone, according to the arrest report. He was also arrested on suspicion of driving without a license, failure to have valid insurance and failure to appear on driving under the influence charges in Washoe County.

Thursday, September 14

Refining the mine

GOLD HILL - It's lonely out here for Plum Mining. The processing plant at American Flat stands among the relics of Storey County's historic mining: the weathered wood pachuca tanks and the graffiti-marred cement mill that once processed ore from the underground ribbon of precious minerals known as the Comstock Lode.

Bringing the Basque Festival home

This time of year, Karen and I participate in one of Carson City's great events, the St. Teresa's Basque Festival. This event honors the great traditions inherent of the Basque people and their contributions to the history of Nevada.

Multiple events sometime seem like too much of a good thing

By John DiMambro Like a storm of meteorites, the community events in Northern Nevada (specifically Carson City and Reno) seem to often rain down in spheres of voluminous weight.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • James Kepler, 23, a golf course employee, was arrested at 10:45 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of East Musser Street on suspicion felony failure to appear and probation violation. No bail was set.

A child's first experience with God

As adults, we frequently overlook and forget the experiences children have with God. My mother, Helen Katherine Ludlam, sang in the Los Angeles English Grand Opera Company and sang and preaches at the Los Angeles Midnight Mission. When I was 5-years-old, the following occurred:

Wednesday, September 13

MSHA proposes stiffer penalties for mine safety violations

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to raise civil penalties for violations of the Mine Safety and Health Act.

Is the United States really the land of geographic illiterates?

Kirk Caraway's column last Sunday got me thinking about the importance of knowing what you're talking about. If you missed it, he agonized over the ignorance many people demonstrate toward world events, connecting it to a skit used by Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" called Jaywalking. Leno interviews people on the street with simple questions and has little problem finding subjects who can't name the vice president or point out their own country on a map.

Other's Views

Commuters may be breathing a sigh of relief in the coming months as gas prices are projected to decrease due to a healthy supply of oil and lack of hurricanes ... so far. According to a recent report from AAA Nevada, the average price of gas has decreased 11 cents in the last month in the Silver State. According to reports by CNN, the price of gas is expected to decline as summer ends, with some industry experts predicting prices to level off between $2.50 and $2 a gallon nationwide, though we question if prices will ever be that low in rural Nevada.

Community briefs

Carson City Players will hold auditions for musical Proscenium Players will hold auditions for "Blood Brothers" tonight and Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Theatre at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W King St. for the second show of the 2006-07 season.

Community calendar

Public breakfast, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Elks Lodge, 515 N. Nevada St. Cost $5 includes eggs to order, potatoes ala Emblem, Cinnabon muffins, fresh melon, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Sponsored by the Carson City Emblem Club No. 507. Call 882-3751, 882-2177. Organic Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Custom Gardens Farm, 3701 Elm St. in Silver Springs. Market honors coupons from State Purchasing Division Food Distribution (senior coupons) for fresh produce. Call 577-2069.

Business expo expands in fourth year

A business and technology expo held in Carson City for the last three years will shift focus to the region as a whole. The Northern Nevada Regional Business and Tech Expo is a collaborative effort between seven counties. In the past it has been organized solely by the Northern Nevada Development Authority.

Common mistakes of small-business owners

In the 15 years I have been with Smith Barney as senior investment management consultant, I have worked with hundreds of small-business owners and entrepreneurs. I have provided a list of traps and mistakes I believe are common among small business owners.

Cooking prime rib in a Sierra resort where time seems to stand still

I have a confession to make. I haven't been home much this summer. I have not been doing much cooking, canning or shopping at the farmers market every week. I took a job out of town, actually out of state.

Making connections that pay

Thanks to a business connection made at a Carson City networking group, Jim Bryant Jr. got his assets in line and is planning to retire.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Katrina Marie Blanchard, 33, assistant manager for Tuesday Morning, was arrested at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of felony embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses and forgery. Blanchard allegedly stole from her employer. Bail was set at $15,000.

Tuesday, September 12

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 45-year-old mason from Carson City was arrested at 11:31 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of Allouette Drive on suspicion of felony burglary. The man allegedly battered a 16-year-old boy whom he believed raped his 13-year-old daughter. Bail was set at $25,000.

Guilty pleas in starvation case welcome as long as defendants pay the right price

We're pleased that three adults have admitted their guilt in the confinement and starvation of two children. Their guilty pleas have saved the thousands of dollars it would have taken to hold a trial and, more importantly, they spared the children the trauma of having to testify. Those adults have yet to be sentenced. The grandmother, believed to be the one directly responsible for the abuse, faces anywhere from six to 70 years in prison, the mother, who claims she was unaware of the extent of the abuse, five to 55 years, and her husband two to 35 years.

CAHI to be awarded by Nevada Hispanic Services

Citizens for Affordable Homes, Inc. has announced that it is being honored as the "2006 Organization of the Year" by Nevada Hispanic Services at the annual Gala Dinner tonight the Plaza hotel.

Unlicensed contractor arrested in Sparks

Tuihalangingie Finau, aka "Tui," was arrested recently by the Sparks Police Department on warrants issued by Reno Justice Court for a felony third offense of engaging or submitting a bid without a license and a failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor for the same charge.

How to remember 9/11: Brother of one fallen firefighter finds a way

One of the challenges of preserving a painful memory is that the very act of remembering can make the mind race, the heart ache and the eyes sting with tears. It can be awful work. Sincere remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, is our duty as a people. We owe it to ourselves and to all those who lost their lives.

The truth about global warming and the coming ice age

I read this prediction 48 years ago. When a sophomore in college and enrolled in an Expository Writing class, I wrote a research paper, part of which was based upon an article by a freelance writer, Betty Friedan. This was five years before she wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963). Her inquiry, "The Coming Ice Age," was published in Harper's Magazine in September of that year. The article stirred my imagination. Since I expected to live another 100 years, I kept the magazine as a reminder to look into it 50 years later. We're almost there.

Reasons why our war on terror is likely to fail

Have we, as a people, a nation, changed since 9/11? It's sad and scary but, no, not in any meaningful way. Oh, we all have an opinion on terrorists, war, politics of war and what to do. We've added several new buzzwords to our world speak. And we here in Carson City put a big 'ol flag on a hill. Al Qaeda must be quaking in their sandals. Yes, our government has tried to take the battle to the enemy's turf, remove some bad guys and install democracies. Noble ideas, doomed to fail. And so is our war against terror likely to fail.

Monday, September 11

Record fundraiser speaks to the commitment of volunteers, community

Times are tight for many families in Northern Nevada, and several worthy causes and organizations are vying for every extra dollar. That's what makes the record-setting fundraiser on Saturday for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada even more remarkable. The Kids Auction and World's Greatest Barbecue raised $325,000 for the operation of the club, which is relied on by hundreds of parents.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Michael Kenneth Pierson, 41, a laborer in custody on burglary charges was additionally booked into jail on a Sacramento warrant charging him as a fugitive from parole. No bail was set. • A 40-year-old landscaper from Carson City was arrested at 10:54 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $1,132.

A tough question: Can 12 million immigrants belong?

What have Americans learned since 9/11? The question has filled the media everywhere this month. Answers, both institutional and personal, have been insightful, and we have likely learned as much from them as from the attack itself. One lesson near the top of the list is not new: eternal vigilance really is the price of our free and democratic society. It's plain now that not only the shock troops of a distant al-Qaida threaten us, but 'home-grown' terrorists from much nearer at hand do as well. So all of us must be prepared to stand up daily to the danger.

Community calendar

CCAI Nevada Neighbors Lecture by Jenna Montgomery, 6:15 - 9 p.m., Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop St. Nevada Neighbors XV: "Learning to Share: Collaborative Art from an Artist's Perspective." Call 775.530.0330. Digital Photography Workshop, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Mary's Art Center, 55 N. R St.For photographers and artists seeking to develop or improve their ability to create photographers, hone their digital skills and discover ways to expand their photographic perspective and style. Call (775) 847-7774.

Community briefs

Carson City Vendors wanted for Nevada Day parade Nevada Day, Inc. is seeking vendors for the Nevada Day Parade Route. The parade will be held Oct. 28, 2006 along Carson Street. Food and merchandise vendors are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Oct. 13. For information, call 882-7207.

A mother induces love for a missing father

By Ursula Carlson We have a photograph of me at age 1 wearing a pair of satin, quilted-bib overalls. If I didn't know it was me, I would think the child was a boy-for I have no hair. Well, I do have a little, but it looks like a brush cut. Only my hand looks feminine. I'm holding it up as if in mild protest, my fingers slightly bent. The expression on my face looks both startled and unhappy, my mouth a little open as if in dismay. Mother always told me I looked this way because the photo had been taken at the time Father was conscripted by the German army and I was distressed at his departure.

Sunday, September 10

Still fighting on the wrong front after Sept. 11, 2001

The awful horror of 9/11 is still raw and with us, five years and counting. We are reminded of the pain of our nation and the families so brutally affected, and that we have not yet quashed Osama bin Laden and al Qaida. We are fighting in Iraq when we should have directed our outrage to Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can only hope for strong and lucid leaders to appear soon, conquer the terrorists, and get us out of Iraq. Only then will the memories of 9/11 ease. Good luck. •••

Step up enforcement against exploitation

It is the type of thing we mostly see played out as TV drama, or headlines from another town, but every once in awhile the disturbing reality of child exploitation hits home. South Lake Tahoe isn't Anywhere, USA; it's here. And now we must cope with the reality that these heinous crimes may have been committed in our own back yard.

Sheriffs' Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Felipe Ledezma-Aguilar, 26, of Carson City, was arrested at 9:26 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Woodside Drive on suspicion of felony third-offense drunken driving, misdemeanor driving on a suspended sentence and trespassing.

Artful Italian food stars in new cookbook

By Molly Gingell I invite you to meet Liva D' Arti, who owned D' Arti's in the early days of Lake Tahoe. Liva just completed her delightful cookbook, "Momma and Me."

Letter to the editor

Marijuana is medicine for many people To Guy W. Farmer and his "loyal readers," I am a medical marijuana patient in the great state of Nevada. I have been in the Medical Marijuana Program since it was offered by the Nevada Department of Agriculture in 2001.

Community briefs

Carson City Lecture series starts at library Nevada Neighbors, Capital City Arts Initiative's lecture series on contemporary art, returns Wednesday with "Learning to Share: Collaborative Art from an Artist's Perspective," a lecture/presentation by Seattle artist Jennifer Montgomery.

Sheriif's briefs

Man kills himself in Hwy. 50 parking lot (Staff reports) A Carson City man died after shooting himself in an East Carson City parking lot early Monday morning. According to police records, the shooting happened about 8:31 a.m. Monday in the 3300 block of Highway 50 East in an alley between Longs Drugs and El Aguila Real Mexican restaurant. He was taken by helicopter from the scene, but died en route to Washoe Medical Center.

Saturday, September 9

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Cindy Shaunel Chambers, 32, a transient, was arrested at 8:51 p.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of South Curry Street on suspicion of felony grand larceny. Bail was set at $25,000. Also arrested was Bridget Diane Pringle, 21, of Carson City, on suspicion of felony accessory to grand larceny. Bail was set at $25,000.

Friday, September 8

Reflect on the good that's come from terrorist attacks

When you reflect on Sept. 11, don't dwell just on the fear that was sown that day and continues to grow. It is worthwhile to remember the other things that happened after we watched the planes strike the towers. For one, the people of our country and the world united in a way that younger generations had never witnessed. Expressions of patriotism and support came in many ways, ranging from prayer gatherings and fundraisers to the installation of a giant flag now visible from anywhere in Carson City.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Kristin Nicole Rink, 18, of Carson City was arrested at 6:20 p.m. Friday in the 4000 block of Hellsbells Drive on suspicion of four counts of felony uttering a forged instrument, four counts of obtaining money under false pretenses and one count of misdemeanor petit larceny. Bail was set at $12,632.

Thursday, September 7

Following Americans' ignorance into Iraq war

Polls can be good at gauging public opinion, but one of the more fascinating uses is when they are used to determine how connected people are to reality, kind of like a mass version of the Tonight Show's "Jaywalking" skit. That's why I found it stunning that a recent CNN poll showed that 43 percent of Americans think Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • James Michael Perkins, 47, of Carson City, was arrested at 9:47 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of East William Street on suspicion of felony probation violation, misdemeanor failure to maintain a single lane and drunken driving. No bail was set. • Robert Louis Riveria, 49, of Carson City, was arrested at 4:38 p.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Highway 50 East on suspicion of two felony warrants for failure to appear. Bail was set at $10,000.

Wednesday, September 6

Community calendar

Today "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. Square and Round Dancing, 7 - 9:30 p.m.., Capitol Cutups Square and Round Dance Club, 911 Beverly Drive. Weekly square and round dance held at the Carson City Senior Citizens Center. Call 883-2937.

If you're running for office, don't call Geraldine White

Here's a little tip for all of the candidates vying for office this fall: Don't call Geraldine White. If you do, you'll probably lose her vote. "It really ticks me off," said Geraldine. She wouldn't mind if you stopped by her house to talk face to face, but if she picks up the phone and there's a recording of you listing your accomplishments or trashing your opponent, you're dead to her.

Angle's challenge did little damage to GOP

We were pleased that congressional candidate Sharron Angle dropped her challenge to the Aug. 15 election of Dean Heller to represent Republicans in the November general election. The Heller-Angle vote was close, just over half a percent of the sprawling Second Congressional District's Republicans voted for Heller over Angle.

Be ready for the biggest deadline of all

I just received a phone message from the Nevada Appeal. I was informed that I missed my deadline for getting this column to them. OOPS! A couple of times a year the city publishes the names of people who missed the deadline for paying property taxes. OOPS! Often I follow an online auction and wait to place my bid, only to miss the deadline. OOPS!

Fellowship seeks to involve more of church community

The Carson City Ministerial Fellowship has for many years welcomed representatives of area churches to its membership. With a new slate of officers for the 2006-2007 year, the group is again extending an invitation for pastors and laypeople of Christian churches to join them in a united effort to share the word of God.

Briefly

Carson City Senior center hosting 'September Swing' tonight The Carson City Senior Citizens Center will be holding a "September Swing" dance from 7 - 10 p.m. tonight at the center.

Many Hispanics don't (or can't) vote

In last Sunday's Appeal column I argued against bilingual ballots on grounds that all American voters should have at least a working knowledge of the English language in accordance with U.S. immigration and naturalization requirements. I want to expand upon that theme today by exploring Hispanic voting patterns in Northern Nevada and elsewhere throughout our state and nation. I think this is an important election year issue as both major parties court Hispanic voters, and some opportunistic politicians pander to them; however, I believe those politicians are mistaken if they think they can win by being soft on illegal immigration, which is opposed by the vast majority of voters including Hispanic Americans.

Change can be good for business

As I sat in my office this week pondering the topic of this week's article, I took notice of my new computer software and programs, in my expanding office space. I could not help realize how things are changing.

Business briefs

First National Bank of Nevada has announced a commitment of matching funds for Individual Development Accounts, a partnership in support of asset building programs for low- and moderate-income families, the first of its kind in the state of Nevada.

Community briefs

Carson City 'The September Project' at library to remember 9/11 The Carson City Library will be participating today in The September Project, a grassroots effort to create a day of reflection on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

A nest egg: the benefit of the bored?

Carson City residents aren't saving money for retirement. Who cares? We're having fun.

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 52-year-old unemployed South Lake Tahoe resident was arrested at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in the 900 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear on a traffic matter. Bail was set at $305 cash. • A 39-year-old unemployed Carson City resident was arrested at 7:06 a.m. Thursday in the 1700 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $814 cash.

Community news

Douglas County Northern Nevada Senior Games this weekend Douglas County Senior Services will be hosting the ninth annual Northern Nevada Senior Games Sept. 9 - 16 at various locations throughout Douglas County and Carson City.

Tuesday, September 5

Communty briefs

Carson City Birding trip in Carson City Saturday The Lahontan Audubon Society and the Friends of the Silver Saddle Ranch are sponsoring a birding trip at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the ranch in Carson City.

Briefcase

Adult Guardian & Management Services LLC

It's up to volunteers to protect state's cultural resources

Nevada's population is growing every day, and the state's prehistoric and historic archaeological sites are paying the price. The state's Department of Cultural Affairs reports there has been an increase in the damage to cultural resources on public lands, and that archaeologists and law enforcement officers are overwhelmed. Among the crimes are the looting and vandalizing of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.

Poll gives challengers hope that may end when money starts flowing

In the calm before the cacophony of Campaign 2006, anything seems possible. A recent Wall Street Journal Online/Zogby interactive poll showed Democrat Dina Titus leading Republican Jim Gibbons 46.8 percent to 44.1 percent in the Nevada governor's race, and incumbent U.S. Sen. John Ensign's lead over Democrat Jack Carter had narrowed to 48 percent to 45 percent.

Monday, September 4

Vegas water grab will damage rural Nevada

Next week, the State Water Engineer will begin hearings in Carson City to determine whether to allow Southern Nevada Water Authority to extract water from White Pine County to meet the water and growth needs of Las Vegas. The hearing will consider the applications in Spring Valley, just west of the Great Basin National Park. The next round will consider the extraction of water from Snake Valley, which straddles the Nevada-Utah border.

Community news

The Nevada Division on Environmental Protection has begun accepting applications for $150,000 in grants to be awarded to municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations for projects that enhance solid waste management systems and recycling projects. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31. Call 687-9467 or visit www.ndep.nv.gov/bwm/solid.htm. Reno

'Rides for Rails' to benefit V&T project

The Northern Nevada Railway Foundation hold the first-ever "Rides for Rails" fundraiser at 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the former Wal-Mart parking lot on South Carson Street.

Sheriff's log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 31-year-old unemployed man from Reno was arrested at 4:17 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $1,126. • A 24-year-old car washer from Stagecoach was arrested at 8 p.m. Monday at Winnie Lane and Division Street on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $150.

Business, tech expo coming Oct. 4

Northern Nevada's Regional Business & Tech Expo announced Wells Fargo is the diamond sponsor for this year's event where Northern Nevada companies will have the opportunity to present their products and services to an audience of business and industry professionals. Sponsorship and exhibitor space is now available for this year's Tech Expo, which will be at the Nevada Appeal building 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4.

Health inspections

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

Community 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. Artist reception for Raymond Craig Whitehill, 5-7 p.m., Backseat Gallery at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St. Whitehill's show runs throughout September. Call 883-2662.

We shouldn't compromise on English-language ballots

In the buzz of another election year, the decades-old debate of whether ballots should be printed in languages other than English refuses to disappear. While efforts to promote voter turnout among minorities are noble, they should not compromise the use of the language that has defined our nation. We think efforts to promote bilingual ballots would be better served in the education of immigrants in English and the workings of American government.

Sunday, September 3

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 33-year-old unemployed man from Reno was arrested at 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of misdemeanor probation violation. Bail was set at $3,000. • A 51-year-old self-employed man from Markleeville, Calif., was arrested at 1 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of East Musser Street on suspicion of two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear for traffic warrants. Bail was set at $1,039.

Maybe we can get a park out of Lompa sale

It will be sad to see the Lompa Ranch be developed, but we guess that's "progress." We'll miss the cows, the wide open spaces and the big old trees. We're hoping the city can come up with some "open space" money and plunk down some for a park on part of it. Would be a nice addition to our park system.

Quick cooking: Polenta topped with prosciutto

CONCORD, N.H. - Reality is so good at changing our perspective on things.

Texas tuna burger with jalapeño mayonnaise

Getting fine flavor into a low-fat dish with a few common ingredients is a neat trick. It helps to get a hefty nudge from a recipe that's not so pared down, that's topped up with extras, i.e., helpful hints.

Kim Riggs changed the lives of many

There is no way to quantify the good that Kim Riggs has done for her community in the last eight years. You could try to count up the people like Ilona Standridge, who credits Riggs with helping her and her three children rise from a low point in their lives, when they were living out of a vehicle parked along the Carson River.

Saturday, September 2

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 31-year-old electrician from Carson City was arrested at 7:20 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of East William Street on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to appear. Bail was set at $392 cash. • A 22-year-old nanny from Reno was arrested at 2:59 a.m. Sunday in the 4300 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to signal and drunken driving. Bail was set at $1,199.

Friday, September 1

Sheriffs' log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 25-year-old installer from Carson City was arrested at 3:29 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of North Carson Street on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and destruction of property. Bail was set at $474. Also arrested was a 21-year-old laborer from Carson City on suspicion of misdemeanor destruction of property, violation of a suspended sentence and disorderly conduct. Bail was set at $1,584.

Lompa Ranch decisions important for future

The potential sale of the 413-acre Lompa Ranch in the heart of Carson City ushers in a critical phase in determining the future of the city. From the sale and development of the ranch will come important tax dollars and an opportunity to demonstrate this is a community that puts a priority on planning. It will be a chance for city leaders to show they are focused on what's best for the city, even if that's not always what's best for the developers. In fact, the city is facing several opportunities to send that message.