Stories for April 2010


Friday, April 30

Letters to the Editor April 30

Mailing licenses wastes state money

Chuck Muth: The GOP's ugly choice in the governor primary

What's a good Nevada Republican to do with the mess that is the GOP gubernatorial primary?

Thursday, April 29

Letters to the Editor April 29

Return to Ronald Reagan era not the answer

Wednesday, April 28

Jim Bagwell: Spend-a-thon putting us in the poor house

Have you paid enough yet? With little publicity, you are going deeper and deeper in debt. It seems beyond credibility that the national debt grows by about $5 million a minute. Ladies and gentlemen, national means it is your debt.

Letters to the Editor April 28

One call could have ended ordeal sooner

Tuesday, April 27

Fish farming is wave of the future

When I started this little essay it was my intention to tell you everything you need to know about farm raised salmon, culminating in a definitive conclusion and sound advice on how to buy the good stuff - fish that is sustainable, ecologically responsible and not chocked full of things found in your medicine cabinet. Turns out that it's not that simple.

The ticket to a simple, fast and satisfying meal on busy days

After a hectic work day, most cooks are kitchen-weary and looking for dishes that are simple and fast to prepare. Linguine with roasted garlic cream gets A-ratings on both these fronts.

Monday, April 26

Sunday, April 25

Letters to the Editor April 25

Harry Reid shows courage in face of abuse

Sue Morrow: Memories of a mother who went the extra mile

Mother's Day will be in two weeks, and I fervently hope those who still have their moms observe that day with special recognition of the women who reared and nurtured them.

Guy W. Farmer: The growing expense of counting Americans

Now that most of us have paid our federal income taxes, let's take another look at how Washington, D.C.-based politicians and bureaucrats are spending our hard-earned tax dollars. We can start with the census, which costs each and every one of us nearly $50.

Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels: Lowden gets nickel for political tin ear

The Nevada Appeal's "Silver Dollar" and "Wooden Nickel" feature recognizes positive achievements from the capital region and, when warranted, points out others that missed the mark.

Saturday, April 24

Letters to the Editor April 24

Candidate's program puts retired cops in schools

Eugene T. Paslov: How do we think about the current economic crisis?

I attended a Board of Supervisors meeting recently to hear the discussion about budget cuts for city services, the Sheriff's Office and the Carson City Library.

Friday, April 23

New trend in house flipping

Sue McGill stands on top of the Carson City Court House steps with a clip board in one hand and cell phone in the other while about a dozen people wait for her to start the bidding on a bank-owned home in Carson City.

Health insurance companies swamped with questions

Health insurance providers and sales agencies in northern Nevada scramble these days as they field a large number of calls from clients with questions about the new federal healthcare plan.

Tipping takes a hit in recession

Tips have dipped severely for some of the thousands of workers in Northern Nevada who make most of their annual incomes from gratuities.

DETR: Unemployment benefits extended

While the first 26 weeks of unemployment benefits are the responsibility of the State of Nevada, the federal government funds all unemployment benefit extensions.

Business Licenses for April 25

Business licenses filed in Carson City between April 19 and April 23:

Investing in Gold: The golden lining in our cloudy economy

We've all heard the expression, "Every cloud has a silver lining." But this time I think a 'golden' lining is a more appropriate label.

Business Briefs

New gym coming to Carson City Anytime Fitness will open a new location in Carson City within the next 30 days, the company said last week.

Chuck Muth: Sue Lowden's 'macaca moment' goes viral

It's not the crime; it's the cover-up. And it's not the gaffe; it's the response.

Letters to the Editor April 23

A couple of poor choices for U.S. Senate

Thursday, April 22

Letters to the Editor April 22

Livermore had it right on redevelopment

Action needed to protect the economy

There has been some rare good news about the economy recently. Last week the Dow Jones industrial average broke 11,000 points for the first time in nearly 19 months; March had the strongest job growth in three years; and many of the nation's leading economic indicators are on the rise.

Wednesday, April 21

Add watercress for unique flavor

Watercress is an interesting green legume. It has a unique flavor, slightly tart and bitter. It adds an interesting taste to many dishes.

A healthier fruit dessert

Fruit desserts seem virtuous, but butter-laden toppings or heaping helpings can negate healthful aspects. In this recipe, the fat is kept to a minimum, and individual ramekins or Pyrex containers (8-ounce) control portion size.

Start young to teach healthy eating habits

Television and peers can trump parents when it comes to influencing what children eat, but that doesn't mean families can't fight back.

Rebates for appliances still available

Despite predictions that the funds would be gone by Sunday, there is still more than $930,000 in rebates available to Nevadans who want to buy an energy efficient home appliance.

Three stores in Carson Mall opening

The doors to three businesses will open inside the Carson Mall this week.

Letters to the Editor April 21

Grateful for guaranteed health care coverage

FRESH IDEAS: Walk to school days - Inspiration for kids to exercise

Sometimes it's good news when you hear that things haven't changed - like when your doctor reports during your physical that your weight is exactly the same as last year. Whew!

Tuesday, April 20

Monday, April 19

Sunday, April 18

Saturday, April 17

Guy W. Farmer: What's next for public education?

If you're the governor of a cash-strapped state facing a public education budget crisis, you can buy time by appointing a commission to study the problem. That's what Gov. Jim Gibbons did when he named an unwieldy 28-member commission to study public education funding in Nevada.

Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels: Soroptimists making girls feel like a princess

The Nevada Appeal's "Silver Dollar" and "Wooden Nickel" feature recognizes positive achievements from the capital region and, when warranted, points out others that missed the mark.

Letters to the Editor for April 18

Fenced dog park at Fuji a great idea

Commentary: Be an educated voter - our future depends on it

Do you really have a right to vote? Certainly you have the legal right to enter a polling place and cast a ballot, but do you have moral responsibilities that go hand in hand with that ballot? My contention and strong belief is that you should not vote if you have not prepared yourself to cast your ballot intelligently.

Friday, April 16

It's all about golf: New Sunridge Golf Club owners say love of the sport motivated investment

For the new owners of Sunridge Golf Club, it doesn't matter who is better on the green. Both men love golf. It's all about the golf.

William Creekbaum column: Congress, the White House and protecting your portfolio

Greater health care spending and Washington's continued economic stimulus may spur inflation and higher tax rates. Here's how I think you can ready your portfolio for these possibilities.

Business Briefs for April 18

NNDA hosting major conference in May The Northern Nevada Development Authority will host an exposition for the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology in Reno next month.

NV Energy's Sure Bet program recognizes Harrah's and Harveys

Harrah's and Harveys Lake Tahoe were recently recognized by the NV Energy Sure Bet Program as major partners in implementing energy efficiency measures at the two casino resort properties.

Tax Tips by Kelly Bulis: Long-range tax consequences of 'Obamacare'

With all the attention on the medical issues related to the recently passed health care bill, not much has been focused on tax related details and the timeline for when they begin.

Business licenses for April 18

Business licenses filed in Carson City between April 12 and April 16: All Out Pond Cleaning LLC., out of town, Sparks, Ronald Wilson, owner, 775-750-7504

Movement afoot on Kmart property

The vacant Kmart building in North Carson City may have a new owner soon, said Realtor John Mulder of Premier Realty on Thursday.

Nevada loses another 4,300 jobs in March; Jobless rate falls slightly in Carson

The percentage of unemployed Nevadans went down slightly in March to 13.6 percent - which equates to 186,900 Nevadans looking for work.

Letters to the Editor for April 17

Thank you, Sen. Harry Reid, for supporting health care overhaul

Dr. Eugene Paslov commentary: Novel a reminder that we must never lose our humanity

My daughter recently gave me a book. She frequently shares her reading material with me because we both enjoy good books. She described it as a "chick book," which I understand to be material that has themes and plot lines that appeal to women. But she also knew I'd be interested in another plot line of the book - the Holocaust.

Thursday, April 15

Letters to the Editor for April 16

World class prices, third rate health care

Chuck Muth: Beware of Sandovals in conservative clothing

When it comes to the issue of tax hikes, Republican Brian Sandoval is the Marco Polo gubernatorial candidate - he's all over the map.

Biggest jump in 5 years for foreclosures

LOS ANGELES - A record number of U.S. homes were lost to foreclosure in the first three months of this year, a sign banks are starting to wade through the backlog of troubled home loans at a faster pace, according to a new report.

Energy Star rebates available Saturday

At 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Nevadans will be able to apply for rebates of up to $200 to exchange old appliances -refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines - for new, Energy Star-designated models.

Nugget close to having developer for $87M project

The Carson Nugget project may have a developer as early as next Thursday, said Mark Lewis, a consultant working with Carson Nugget owner Steve Neighbors.

Dennis Johnson: A steady drip, drip, drip of new taxes

Over the past months a lot has been written about the health care bill. What about some details and costs - taxes? The following taxes and fees will be imposed on businesses and the people to pay the costs related to the bill starting now, but benefits will not be realized until about 2014:

Letters to the editor April 15

How much did Haiti trip cost taxpayers?

Wednesday, April 14

MEET YOUR MERCHANT: Talents combine in family business

For years, Michael Faiss moved from city to city with his wife Kandy, a professional florist, and son Khristopher, opening Italian restaurants from Beverly Hills, Calif., to Biloxi, Miss.

MGM Mirage reports 1Q loss

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Casino and hotel operator MGM Mirage's preliminary estimates show it lost $96.7 million during the first quarter partly because of a drop in the value of its massive CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip, the company said Wednesday.

Firkin expanding to Reno

The owner of Carson City's Firkin and Fox will open a new location this summer inside the Summit shopping center in Reno.

Tuesday, April 13

Genoa museum opens April 28

The Douglas County Historical Society's Courthouse Museum in Genoa will open early this year, April 28, to catch the crowds attending the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival that weekend.

Taste Nevada's Basque legacy

Many of our bed and breakfast guests have come to this area to experience the cuisines and cultures of the West, yet most are unfamiliar with the Basque culture and the impact the Basque people have had on the lives of those of us who live in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada.

Quick, easy, healthy - and delicious - grilled asparagus

Somewhere between ages 15 and 25, I learned to love vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peas. I discovered chard and zucchini. But learning to love vegetables was easier than learning how to cook them.

Monday, April 12

Sunday, April 11

Letters to the Editor April 11

A sign of our tax dollars (very poorly) at work

Sue Morrow: Gibbons grabs headlines with health care lawsuit maneuver

After years of unwanted, unfavorable and embarrassing media attention, Gov. Jim Gibbons has finally found a way to garner what he must believe to be positive headlines for his underfunded re-election campaign.

Guy W. Farmer: Immigration reform looks a lot like amnesty

Now that the Obama administration has jammed a trillion-dollar health care reform plan through Congress, it won't be long before immigration reform is back on the national agenda. Beware, however, because "comprehensive immigration reform" means conditional amnesty for more than 10 million illegal immigrants.

Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels: Carson City proves how big its heart is

The Nevada Appeal's "Silver Dollar" and "Wooden Nickel" feature recognizes positive achievements from the capital region and, when warranted, points out others that missed the mark.

Saturday, April 10

Friday, April 9

Wanted: Big projects - Small construction jobs keeping big companies afloat in down times

Many of Northern Nevada's largest general contractors are seeking smaller projects in order to keep revenues flowing and staffs busy in the face of a severe slowdown of new construction projects.

Carol Perry column: Many sorry, no one takes responsibility for financial crises

I turned on CNBC Thursday morning to see Robert Rubin, former financial superstar and Treasury Secretary testify before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission about his role in the financial crisis.

Business Briefs for April 11

Area Realtors awarded Heidi McFadden, a Carson City Realtor with Realty Executives Nevada's Choice, recently completed her Leadership Nevada Association of Realtors program.

Investing in Gold: The balance of the coin market

With the economy's woes over the last few years, one thing that may or may not be surprising is that the demand for coins has remained strong. There have been some price corrections, but as a whole the prices of rare coins have done very well.

Business Licenses for April 11

Business Licenses filed in Carson City from April 5-9: ABC Lock & Glass, out of town, Sparks , 775-331-5307.

Letters to the editor April 9

Together, we can solve gang problem

Another Opinion: AG's politics are showing

After the attorney general refused to move forward, Gov. Jim Gibbons this week said he had put together a volunteer legal team so Nevada can join as many as 18 other states in a federal lawsuit against ObamaCare.

Chuck Muth: Nevada John and the Temple of Boom

Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican, now resembles the political equivalent of a suicide bomber. The explosive he has wrapped around skivvies is what appears to be an inevitable indictment over his cover-up efforts of his under-the-covers romp with a woman not his wife. And he doesn't seem to care one wit how many people he takes down with him when the bomb goes off ... including the entire state of Nevada.

Thursday, April 8

Commentary: The big problem with health care insurance

Private markets work well in most circumstances, but insurance markets - especially those in health care - are an exception. Whether or not you think the recent health care bill was a good idea, there is a big problem we need to solve.

Wednesday, April 7

Tuesday, April 6

Seafood and pasta fit for angels

Author Jesse Ziff Cool shares great tips and recipes in her latest book "Simply Organic" (Chronicle Books). She showcases organic, seasonal and local produce in easy recipes that are both flavorful and visually satisfying. This adaptation of her seafood pasta recipe is a perfect example of her recipe style. Tender chunks of seafood marry beautifully with thin strands of pasta, leafy chard and a creamy tomato sauce.

Crunchy French toast is signature dish

Speaking of French toast - oh, we weren't? Why not? French toast is, after all, a compelling topic.

Monday, April 5

Sunday, April 4

Jim Bagwell: NDOT, you have got to be kidding me

Years ago I was told I would have to change my driving habits, drive a smaller vehicle and conserve precious fossil fuels. Unless I missed something along the way, the cost of the new technology was paid for by the consumer in increased vehicle prices.

Guy W. Farmer: Searchlight was Ground Zero in Senate fight

They threw a big political tea party in Searchlight (of all places) last weekend, even though the "guest of honor," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), was a no-show in his hometown. But the party went on without him.

Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels: Pig-kissing teacher earns a dollar

The Nevada Appeal's "Silver Dollar" and "Wooden Nickel" feature recognizes positive achievements from the capital region and, when warranted, points out others that missed the mark.

Saturday, April 3