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Nevada gaming revenue flat in July, Carson City and South Tahoe down

Nevada gaming revenue from casinos remained relatively flat in July compared to the same period last year, while Carson City and South Shore Lake Tahoe area casinos saw declines, according to Nevada Gaming Control Board figures released Thursday.

Statewide nonrestricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $931,819,621 for the month, or a .65 percent increase over July 2013 figures.

Carson City gaming revenue fell 3.53 percent, taking in $8,137,396 for the month. In July 2013 the revenue was $8,435,440.

NAI Alliance Carson City Open House Today

Event Date: 
August 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Grand Opening Celebration of NAI Alliance Carson City will be held on Wednesday, August 27 with an official ribbon cutting event and open house.

The open house runs from 4 to 7 p.m. This will be a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada. The ribbon cutting is at 5:30 p.m.

NIA Alliance is asking for donations for the club in lieu of any flowers or gifts. The event is at 504 Musser Street in Carson City.

Column: Avoid the penalty for underpayment of estimated tax

If your individual income tax return ends up with a balance to pay of more than $1,000, you may incur a small penalty for Underpayment of Estimated Tax. Form 2210 is used to compute the penalty and it is a fun form with many special rules.

The penalty is not really only about estimated tax. If you have tax withheld from wages, retirement, social security benefits, etc. and you owe more than $1,000 with your return, you may incur the penalty.

Northern Nevada economic agencies partner for two October conferences

Three northern Nevada development agencies have partnered to bring the 2014 Manufacturing in Nevada Conference to Sparks, Oct. 1-2. The event will coincide with a Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles conference.

The events are being hosted by the Northern Nevada Development Authority, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, and Nevada Industry Excellence. The conferences feature the field's top experts, as well as showcasing exhibit booths both days.

WNC to Offer Beginning SolidWorks

Western Nevada College Professional Skills Program will offer Beginning SolidWorks, Level 1 solid modeling CAD software on Thursday evenings this fall at the Carson City campus. This 3D drafting application is popular across a wide range of industries for engineering design, documentation and simulation.

Experienced professional Bill Perez will lead students through the basics of SolidWorks 2013-2014. Classes meet in a lab setting with a workstation available to each student.

It will meet Thursdays, Oct. 16 – Dec. 18, 7-9:45 p.m. The course fee is $199.

What Works: Boundaries — Good Fences Make Good Relationships

I visited a friend’s house this weekend and noticed a dog roaming freely in their unfenced yard. At first I was taken aback and then I noticed something. They were utilizing an electric fence. Put aside your feelings about electric fences for a moment and hang with me for a bit. This concept can teach us a lot about personal and professional boundaries.

One of Carson City’s Most Popular Trainers Passes the Torch

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On Sept. 1 the Carson City fitness mainstay Body by Pilates studio will be changing hands as Master trainer and founder Jan Shaw will be handing over the reins to Carson resident and certified Pilates instructor Angela Kennedy.

Shaw became interested in Pilates after a chance meeting with legendary trainer Leslee Bender. Jan trained at Bender’s Reno Studio receiving her certifications and opened Body by Pilates in 2003. The studio quickly became a local favorite for Pilates training and Yoga and has remained a popular training campus throughout the last decade.

Carson City job fair set for Sept. 26

As many as 45 employers will take part in an upcoming Job Fair sponsored by Carson City Health and Human Services, Job Opportunities in Nevada, and the Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

The event is Friday, September 26 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for the general public. Veterans will be able to enter the Job Fair at 1:30 p.m. for early admission.

The Job Fair will be located in the large gym at the Carson City Community Center on 851 East William Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701.

5th Annual Chairman’s Scramble Golf Tournament

Event Date: 
September 26, 2014 (All day)
Thanks to our golfers last year, we were able to raise $2,000 to present to Carson High to send their best and brightest kids to competitions within the state and nationally, and we are pleased to report they did amazingly well.

We want to offer you the opportunity to again enjoy a day of golf on one of Carson City's finest golf courses followed by a very special barbecue to be cooked and served by the Culinary Pro Start and Skills USA students under the direction of the ProStart NATIONAL Teacher of the Year, Penny Reynolds who oversees the culinary programs at Carson High.

Column: What about Section 179 depreciation deductions in 2014?

For 2012 and 2013 if your business purchased equipment, you could claim the entire cost as a deduction in the year of purchase (up to $500,000). Until the law for 2014 is changed, the Section 179 deduction is limited to $25,000.

For 2014 we just don’t know yet. Congress may elect to make the Section 179 depreciation deduction the same as in 2013, but they have not acted on that yet.

What Works: Does your organization need therapy?

The environment you are surrounded by at work can lift you up, propel you forward, pull you down, or trigger feelings of being stuck. In some organizational cultures, a cycle perpetuates itself that is very similar to abuse. What do you do if your organization is stuck in such a cycle? You get therapy.

As a leader, there are a few ways you can do this without pulling in an outside facilitator. Although, if things have gotten to the point where the needle can’t move with internal efforts alone, a facilitator may be necessary.

DIY Organizational Therapy

It's Your City with Starr Nixdorf

Starr Nixdorf co-owner of Paradise Salon, Spa and Wellness in Carson City is this week’s guest on It’s Your City. Starr talks about Professional Saleswomen of Nevada, a not-for-profit networking organization. Its current membership roster encompasses a wide variety of businesswomen and businessmen who share a mutual purpose.

Its mission is to attract the finest professional saleswomen in the community for the purpose of enhancing the profession of sales, furthering self-development and building a network of success-minded women sharing a common interest.

Nevada Medicaid Health Care announces new directors and Carson City office location

The Nevada Medicaid Health Care Guidance Program, a new integrated physical and behavioral care management program serving thousands of eligible Nevada Fee-for-Service Medicaid enrollees, is pleased to announce its leadership team: Cheri Glockner, Executive Director; Erin Snell, Behavioral Health Program Director; and Dr. Amy J. Khan and Dr. Ryan M. Ley, Medical Directors.

University offers classes on ways for Nevada farmers to extend growing season

Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 8:30am

With Nevada’s climate, more farmers are looking for ways to extend the growing season. University of Nevada, Reno’s High Desert Farming Initiative is offering a class for Nevada’s agricultural producers, “The Business of Season Extension Farming,” to provide information on field-tested methods for extending the growing season, as well information on reducing risk, low-cost marketing and financial planning. The course will be 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Nye County Cooperative Extension office in Pahrump.

What Works: Discovering opportunity in adversity

It was a typical Friday. I was between appointments at the corner of Goni and College Parkway when, out of nowhere, my vehicle lost power. There was no warning, no flickering lights, just “boom, boom, out go the lights” as the song goes.

Stuck in the turning lane, there was only one thing I could do, take action. I called my insurance company which offers free towing. While on hold with them, I texted and got my 5:30 p.m. appointment handled. Once I was assured the tow truck was on its way, I paused. Everything happened so fast.

Baldini's Casino breaks ground on High Sierra Brewery, Tim Mason named head brewer

Baldini’s Casino in Sparks has begun work on its latest addition, High Sierra Brewery, a 15-barrel brew house and restaurant slated to open in the fall of 2014.

Development of the brewery is the result of a partnership between Baldini’s and High Sierra Brewing Company owner Jim Phalan. Together, Phalan and Baldini’s General Manager Craig Soper have recruited award-winning brewer Tim Mason as Head Brewer for the new establishment. The brewery relocated after leaving Carson City earlier this year.

Column: Making this year's charity tax deductions

Giving your church or favorite charity is a wonderful thing to do. Getting income tax savings helps, but that is not really why you give them your time and treasure.

The stock market has been very good, most stocks moving up in price. If you have some stocks or mutual funds that have increased in value since you purchased them, maybe you could consider using some of them to make charitable gifts?

What Works: Learn from the past, don't live in it

Pasts — we all have them. Some are darker than others, but most provide timeless lessons we can use in the present. But what is the difference between learning from the past and living in it? How can you utilize the events of the past to make your life better today? This is something I am asked regularly and I face every day.

When you learn from the past, you take the lessons you picked up and apply them to the present in a positive way. Living in the past takes the past into the present and painfully rehashes it to the point where it has a negative impact, rather than a positive one.

Carson City Chamber welcomes Farmers Insurance Agency Owner Terri Baijounas

The Carson City Chamber of Commerce welcomed Terri Baijounas, Farmers' Insurance newest Carson City agency owner, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. It is the chamber's newest member and latest business to open its doors on John Street.

Baijounas, who has been affiliated with Farmers Insurance for 34 years in Nevada and California, set out on her own in May of this year with a branch as an agency owner.

Carson City sales tax up 7.8 percent in May

Carson City sales tax is up 7.8 percent in May this year as compared to May 2013, according to figures provided Wednesday to the Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

"We attribute that to all the new retailers that chose to open their doors here," said Chamber Executive Director Ronni Hannaman.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the Chamber:

Furniture Sales – Up 24.8 percent; Sporting goods were up by 101.2 percent; General Merchandise stores were up by 37.5 percent and food and beverage stores showed an increase of 16.1 percent.

Greater Nevada Expands Business Lending Services

Over the past year and a half, Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU), the area’s largest locally-based credit union, has seen more than 115% growth in its business lending portfolio. One of the credit union’s newest products, construction loans, is taking off just as rapidly, thanks to local businesses that want to expand, and the unique services offered by Greater Nevada to help them do it.

New Outreach Supervisor Joins Greater Nevada

Michelle Hale, Greater Nevada Credit Union Member Outreach Supervisor

Michelle Hale has been named Greater Nevada Credit Union’s new Member Outreach Supervisor. She will oversee both community relations and member outreach.

Her community relations responsibilities will entail acting as liaison between Greater Nevada and the organizations it supports, including the University of Nevada Marching Band and Wolf Pack Athletics, Special Olympics Nevada, and the Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity. She will also coordinate Greater Nevada’s financial literacy efforts through local schools and other groups.

Column: Documenting vehicle expenses

David H. Garza had vehicle expenses disallowed because he did not keep adequate records and evidence as Section 274(d) and the related regulations require.

He did not record the amount, time and business purpose of each business use of his truck. He worked as an outside sales representative for Time Warner Cable.

He claimed the vehicle expenses as employee business expenses on form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Time Warner Cable policy did not provide him with any reimbursement of his business driving.

What Works: Going with the flow

When you live in the stream of life, instead of fighting the current, you find a sense of peace. This is what I realized after a deer ran into my passenger side headlight this weekend on the way back from a little getaway.

Living the Good Life nightclub grand opening tonight

Event Date: 
July 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Living the Good Life, a new upscale nightclub on the corner of Adams and North Carson Street, is celebrating its grand opening tonight with live music and dancing.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and close when the party stops. Starting at 9 p.m. Dane Reinhart will be playing music and serving as DJ.

Statewide June gaming revenue climbs, Carson City and Lake Tahoe see slight decrease

Gaming revenue for Nevada casinos rose more than 14 percent in June, while Carson City and Lake Tahoe area figures fell some for the month, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board numbers released Friday.

Carson City area casinos, which include those in Minden, Gardnerville and all other areas of Douglas County except Stateline, report a 5.5 percent decrease in gaming revenue for June, taking in $7,934,128 compared to June 2013 where gaming profits were $8,396,690.

Nevada’s nonrestricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $906,904,294 in June 2014.

Column: Some U.S. corporations are moving their tax domiciles to avoid taxes

The Congressional Research Service, a policy research arm of Congress, recently told Congress 76 U.S. corporations have shifted their tax domiciles out of the United States to other countries since 1983 to avoid U.S. taxes.

Moving the tax domicile is known as an “inversion." It is still rare, but it is becoming more common. The Congressional Research Service said 47 such deals have been done in the last 10 years and more are in the works.

What Works: Not all who wander are lost

I spent last Saturday and Sunday at Wanderlust, an amazing yoga, music, and meditation festival held at Squaw Valley each year. I feel blessed to live in Carson City and able to access festivals like this. People fly in from all over the nation to attend Wanderlust and I get to drive up and bliss out during the day and then sleep in my own comfy bed at night.

Going to this festival each year always adds tools to my toolkit, which I give freely to my clients and to you, my dear readers, today.

Here are the top ten things I learned at Wanderlust Squaw Valley this year.

WheelHouse skate, apparel and supplement store celebrates grand opening Saturday

The spirit of enterprise soars Saturday in Carson City with the grand opening of The WheelHouse, a skate, apparel, bike and supplement shop dedicated to those who push themselves upward in all the right ways.

Developed by three budding entrepreneurs committed to two and four-wheel adventures, WheelHouse is a concept store that offers a variety of urban and skate apparel, skateboards and bikes, as well as health and nutrition supplements.

Column: When can we expect tax reform?

With Congress all tied up and failing to agree on almost anything, I wonder when we can expect Congress to reform our tax laws. Recently a tax writer (staff) for the U.S. Senate vowed to work on overhauling the federal tax code by August 2015.

It is long past time to reduce the corporation income tax rates. Senator Ron Wyden said rate reduction to 24 percent (from 35 percent) is possible by “eliminating loopholes.”

What Works: Are you being kind to yourself?

This weekend provided a lesson in self-kindness I will never forget. It started with a group hike at Upper Thomas Creek Trail.

Hiking with a group, I thought, would make the experience more enjoyable. Unfortunately, initially, it didn't. It wasn't because of the group. It was because of what went on in my head as a result. In an effort to try to keep up with more experienced hikers, I focused outside myself and pushed myself too hard to keep up.

Nevada Moves Up 18 Places in Ranking for Best States for Business

Among the best states for business, the Silver State ranks No. 29 overall, a new analysis shows.

Column: Time To Be Positive

In a recent trip out of town, I found myself forced to face an ugly truth. I was beginning to let all the negativity in the news move my subconscious mind away from living in the positive side. As a cancer survivor, I can tell you that thinking negatively is bad for your body.

As a business owner, the key to the success of my business, and anybody else’s too, is what attitude we set for everybody who works with us. Just like our personal body, a negative attitude in our business is also bad for our business. If we have a great attitude, surprise, others seem to have one too.

Lake Tahoe home sales down, but prices remain steady from January to June

Home sales throughout Lake Tahoe continued to slow throughout the first half of the year, while home prices remained steady, according to a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International. Despite an 18 percent decline in overall sales volume, the figures are still significantly higher than those of 2012.

Carson Station collects cash in July to Benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada have picked the Carson Station Hotel Casino in Carson City as its spotlight business of the month. This means for the entire month of July, General Manager Bruce Jabbour and his staff and their customers will be collecting money for a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada.

Terrie McNutt assumes Carson City Chamber helm

The Carson City Chamber was incorporated in 1945 and has just recently installed the 65th Chairman of the Board. Terrie McNutt, General Manager of the Silver Oak Executive Conference Center and Silver Oak Golf, was installed as chairman at the Chamber Annual Meeting, June 27.

She succeeds Gil Yanuck who now serves as the Immediate Past Chairman. McNutt is the eighth woman to serve as chairman since 1945. The first chairman, then called President, was Ella Broderick elected in 1948.

What Works: Labels, categories, and how they hold you back

Education and learning is in my blood. I just love it. So, it should be no surprise as soon as I got my certificate from the HarvardX course “Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Development” that I jumped into a new course on EdX.org called “Tangible Things.” Also taught by Harvard professors, this course challenges students to look beyond face value and dig deeper to find new truths about the objects in the world.

L.A. Bakery Grand Re-Opening

Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell and Ali Arbabha, sales manager for L.A. Bakery, cut the ribbon for the bakery's grand re-opening.

Roesch completes specialized training to meet demands in luxury Lake Tahoe, Reno home market

Randy Roesch with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty recently completed a luxury home marketing training offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, as well as a sales strategy study conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors in response to the growing need for high-level real estate marketing demands in Reno and Lake Tahoe markets.

Column: Changes being weighed regarding minister housing allowances

Ministers have a special tax benefit for the amount of Housing Allowance they receive. They can exclude from gross income for income tax purposes the rental value of homes furnished by churches as part of their compensation.

This is also allowed for the portion of a retired minister’s pension that is designated as a rental allowance by the national governing body of a religious denomination having complete control over the retirement fund.

What Works: To-do lists, priorities and just getting started

Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” In my line of work, I see a lot of dreamers. These dreamers love to make to-do lists in their heads, or visualize a prosperous future. But some of them fall prey to a little something I call broken starter syndrome.

The passion is there. The vision is there. However, when it comes to actually stepping on the gas, they have one foot on the brake. Fear of making the wrong decision, not being able to get it all done, or facing the unknown keeps these dreamers paralyzed and stagnant.

Carson City-based Sausage Factory gourmet meats now available at Raley's

In time for summer and the July 4 holiday weekend, Carson City's own Sausage Factory now has its products in 14 Raley's supermarkets throughout Northern Nevada.

Shoppers can find 18 varieties of the gourmet sausage, made exclusively in Carson City, in the meat department of any of the grocery stores, said Sausage Factory President Joe Tonino.

"We're proud to be in such a high quality store here in Northern Nevada. Our product line matches well in their meat case," said Tonino.

Carson City Leadership Institute graduates class of 2014 tonight

Today is the official graduation ceremony of the Carson City Leadership Institute Class of 2014. They’ve spent 8 months of intensive study learning about Carson City and have made new friends and business acquaintances.

Friday night at the Chamber’s annual meeting, which is sold out, the class will unveil its unique and historic class project that has the souls of some very historic figures, including our founder Abram Curry, dancing on their graves.

May Nevada gaming earnings climbs to 8.1 percent, down 2.7 percent for Carson City area

Gaming profits in Nevada jumped 8.1 percent in May thanks to a healthy rebound at Lake Tahoe but fell 2.7 percent for the Carson City area, the Gaming Control Board reports Friday.

Casinos in Carson City and Carson Valley, including Minden, Gardnerville and Topaz had a gaming "win" of $8,618,391 for May compared to $8,858,762 during the same period in 2013.

Reimagining Carson City

Carson City has been reimagining itself for decades. The 70’s brought a concerted effort by city leaders to bring in new jobs by establishing the Carson City Industrial Airpark to attract clean, high-quality manufacturers to the airport area by offering low cost 99-year leases. The forethought paid off and, today, we have a robust manufacturing community providing many jobs.

MDVIP Personalized Healthcare Comes to Carson City

Merritt W. Dunlap, MD, AAFP, has affiliated with MDVIP, the leader in personalized healthcare with nearly 700 affiliates nationwide. MDVIP’s personalized healthcare program empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise and one-on-one coaching with some of the finest primary care doctors in America. Dunlap is the first doctor in Northern Nevada to affiliate with MDVIP.

Ronald McDonald, Marilyn, and Elvis party it up at grand opening event

When Patricia Cabrera and her family walked through the doors Tuesday night, it was to a loud cheer from every crew member: “Welcome to McDonalds!”

Cabrera just so happened to be the first “official” customer of the new McDonalds on Winnie Lane and Carson Streets. She was among the 300 first customers, all of which received a free Big Mac per week for a year. Other prizes were given to customers as well: gift cards, coupons for free coffee, free ice cream cones. These gifts were the reason hundreds — well over that first 300 — lined up hours before the store officially opened at 6 p.m.

Best Taste winner Sassafras looking for a new home

Winning Best Taste for this year's Taste of Downtown is bittersweet for the owners of Sassafras, as their landlord has given them until the end of July to vacate that space.

"We are devastated, shocked, heartbroken," said Scott Doerr, who owns the business with partner and chef Tony Fish.

Doerr said they were presented with a termination of tenancy on June 16 by Double Eagle Cubed LLC, the entity that purchased the building from Magpie Properties, LLC last year.

Column: Bad advice may excuse penalty for estate return filed late

The courts may abate or cancel certain penalties for “reasonable cause” but it is difficult to define “reasonable cause.”

In the Estate of John R.H. Thouron, the attorney gave bad advice and the Estate relied on that advice. The attorney said the death tax return, form 706 was due nine months after death and that was right.

Foodies Bystro Serves Up Diverse Deliciousness

Business Name and Year Established: Foodies Bystro/Catering, Since 2011

Business Owner: Rupal Martinez

Business Address and Number: 449 W. King St., Carson City/ 775-720-8011

Services Provided: Food Service, Catering, Cooking Classes, Spice Sales etc.

What inspired you to go into business: To be creative and share knowledge

What do you love most about what you do: I get to cook and meet some very cool people.

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