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Virginia and Truckee Railroad season begins with annual Mother's Day train to Virginia City

Mothers will be the star passengers Sunday, May 11 on a special edition train ride from Nevada's capital, Carson City to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City.

Tickets are on sale now for a window seat into Nevada's Old West aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The ride features storytelling, history and lore, shopping, a long stem rose for mom, and brunch opportunities in Virginia City.

Masters Heads to 'Speed Cubing' Competition

Ben Masters, 13, travels Saturday to University of California, Berkeley to participate in an official World Cube Association competition at Wheeler Hall.
Ben, who has been practicing his “cubing” skills about five months, has a personal best time of “about 17 seconds,” which has been perfected as he has practiced during his free time through each day and has worked up to doing five or six “solves” per hour, he said. He attends eighth grade at Dayton Intermediate School.

Women to Women Nevada with DeDe Stevens

DeDe Stevens of Carson City is this week's guest on Women to Women. Ms. Stevens was born in Bogota, Columbia of a Columbian birth mother who shortly gave her up for adoption in a Bogota orphanage.

Upon being adopted by an American family, DeDe officially entered the United States when she was 12 years old. She is a graduate of Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., with a degree in Spanish.

Ms. Stevens has also spent 26 years in the National Guard from which she is now retired.

Nevada elementary students invited to choose third Sesquicentennial medallion design

Carson City, Nev. – In honor of Nevada’s 150th birthday, the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invites all elementary age children in Nevada to participate in choosing the design elements for the third Sesquicentennial medallion.

The medallion, third of four in the Sesquicentennial series being produced throughout the year, will feature the winning design elements as chosen by Nevada students. Votes must be submitted to Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki’s office no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Kids Adventure Games at Mammoth Mountain set for Aug. 2, registration underway

Kids Adventure Games
Event Date: 
August 2, 2014 (All day)

Registration has begun for the 2014 Kids Adventure Games, the premier race for children ages six to 14 that features teams of two competing in mountain biking, hiking, zip lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slope-n-Slide, cargo nets, mud pits and more.

The race is scheduled for August 2, 2014 at Mammoth Mountain as part of a new, exciting eight-race series, the Kids Adventure Games, taking place at various locations across the nation. Event details are as follows:

'Have a Heart' celebration fundraiser at Glen Eagles generates $31,000 for FISH

Friends in Service Helping, also known as FISH, raised nearly $31,000 with 37 celebrity waiters and nearly 400 in attendance Saturday night at Glen Eagles in Carson City.

This fundraiser will allow FISH to continue renovations on their 50 year old buildings in Carson City and will help in replacing their aging homeless shelter van. Special thanks to Dick Campagni Capitol Ford/Hyundai, and Carson City Toyota/Scion for donating a $1,000 gas card for our drawing and the Glen Eagle’s staff for a flawless and delicious dinner event.

It's Your City: Exploring alternative education opportunities at WNC

Do you think college is just for those seeking a degree? Linda Whitehill and Linda Devon talk about alternative educational opportunities offered at Western Nevada College.

Comstock Lode of Cats show in Carson City this weekend

Event Date: 
April 5, 2014 - 9:00am

Attention all feline lovers: the first Comstock Lode of Cats will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, 2014 at Fuji Park in Carson City.

Action Adventure Expo

Event Date: 
May 16, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Action Adventure Expo will be held May 16 and 17, 2014, in the Pavilion at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville.

The event will feature vendors from the Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe, including Grand Sponsor David Wally's Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The focus will be on the active or adventurous lifestyle.

Adventures in food and music will be offered, as well as the latest tips or equipment for action. Free admission. Please see more at www.goldenbearevents.com

Have some birthday cake, Nevada

Mitch Gower serves up some of the giant Nevada 150th birthday cake Friday at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Women to Women interviews Kellie Butterworth of the Washoe Tribal Health Center

This week's Women to Women Nevada features Kellie Butterworth, a registered dental hygienist. She works for the Washoe Tribal Health Center and has done missionary work in South America.

Women to Women will feature an interview with Sue Lowden, a candidate for Nevada lieutenant governor, on Thursday, March 27. The broadcast had been set to air on Charter TV this week.

Carson Middle School's annual Chili and Bingo Night promises zesty good time

Carson Middle School's annual Chili and Bingo Night has become a cherished and favorite annual springtime Friday night Carson City family event.

With dozens of prizes up for grabs through bingo and raffle games, as well as a silent auction and the best homemade chili dished up in the state, Carson Middle School PTA organizers are hoping to make this year's March 28 event, the biggest yet.

UNR exhibit and speaker commemorate settlers as part of Nevada’s 150th anniversary

In recognition of the state’s sesquicentennial, Changing Faces and Places: Making Nevada is the second in a series of three Special Collections and University Archives exhibits commemorating 150 years of Nevada history at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Battle Born Birthday Cake Celebration Friday at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center

Nevadans are invited to be a part of history Friday and attend the Battle Born Birthday Cake Celebration taking place at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City from 1 to 6 p.m.

A signature Nevada 150 event, the festivities will commemorate the 150th anniversary of when President Lincoln signed an act passed by Congress enabling the Nevada Territory to write a constitution, which was our first step toward Statehood.

Carson City Democratic Women's Club History Tea photos

The Carson City Democratic Women's Club sponsored a History Tea at the Governor's Mansion on Saturday. Participants dressed in various period clothes and gave presentations on different periods of Nevada history.

Nevada Vapor Supply celebrates grand opening

Local family-owned Nevada Vapor Supply celebrated their grand opening Saturday with an open door, good food, good music, and free samples of their latest flavors.

Nevada Vapor Supply
206 N. Carson Street
(775) 884-0323

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday
Closed Sunday

Irish History and Humor for St. Patrick's Day

Gairin Celtic Music will be at Red's 395 for St. Patrick's Day

Here's a wee bit o' Irish history in honor of St. Patrick's Day, brought to you by the Gairin Celtic Musicians Tom and Mary Kay Aufrance. When did St. Patrick live?

There is a popular notion that St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, was born sometime in the 4th or 5th Century at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton. But now! Think about that! The village of Kilpatrick is on the River Clyde, which is in Scotland! If this is his true birthplace, then Ireland's patron saint would actually be Scottish! Begorrah!

Virginia and Truckee Railway at mid-century featured at March 20 Carson City lecture

The Carson City Historical Society will present its first "Third Thursday" lecture of 2014 with "The Virginia and Truckee Railway at mid-century and beyond: A personal glimpse," by Steve VanDenburgh.

The March 20, 6 p.m. presentation is at the Business Resource Innovation Center, also known as BRIC, which is a partnership of Carson City Library, Office of Business Development, Building, Engineering, Planning and Business Licensing, located at 108 E. Proctor Street.

UNR career program aimed at high school students interested in science, engineering

A STEM Career Investigation Program, hosted this semester by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Raggio Research Center, is offering Washoe County School District sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to observe current scientific and engineering research being conducted at the University and affiliated institutions.

“The idea behind this program is to offer exposure for students to realize careers in many specialized areas of science and engineering,” Jacque Ewing-Taylor, associate director, Raggio Research Center for STEM Education and institutional grants coordinator, said.

Western Nevada College offering workshop for marketing the farm experience

The growing trend in agritourism is bringing more visitors to the family farm, and effective Internet marketing can be a roadmap to Nevada's farms and ranches.

Carson City dignitaries go head-to-head March 29 in annual fundraiser for FISH

Come enjoy a great dinner and watch your favorite Carson City area celebrities battle it out for tips on Saturday, March 29. Nearly 40 local celebrities will compete at the FISH, “Have a Heart Celebration.”

Local leaders from churches, business, media, local/state government and those from the medical field are helping FISH by becoming the Glen Eagles’ service staff for one memorable night of “fine dining.”

Women to Women with Tahoe balloonist Katie Griggs

"Up up and away in my beautiful balloon" were the words of the Fifth Dimension's famous song of the 70s and those same words could describe Katie Griggs, this week's guest on Women to Women.

Griggs, a local balloonist, shares her experiences as a pilot with host Carol Paz. The great Reno Balloon Race is Sept. 5-7, and Griggs will have a balloon on Nevada Day.

Volunteers are in the mix of Nevada’s 150th Birthday Cake

Misti Gower is known by co-workers at Nevada’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as a cake baker extraordinaire. So, no one was surprised when she and Heidi Englund of the Nevada Historical Society agreed to create a 13 foot wide by 21 foot long cake in the shape of Nevada to commemorate the great cake caper of 1964.

The monumental undertaking has started to come together as DCNR colleagues and others have jumped in to help bake, build and serve the 1,300 pound confection.

Tax Tip: Get an IRA

Ben Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” That might be true, but Ben wasn’t able to open an IRA back then. If he had this option, he might have felt a little more lighthearted about paying the tax man.
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are great for people looking to save money on their tax bill and boost their retirement savings at the same time. In this volatile economy, saving money is more important than ever. Plus, when the stock market is down, it could be a good time to invest.

Driving a Pint Size Car

I first saw a Smart Car in Paris. We were visiting my daughter who was studying abroad in the Fall of 2004. My wife took a photo of me standing behind the uber compact with my arms stretching from bumper to bumper. The design and size were like nothing I had seen in an automobile; it was very Euro.

'One Kind Cookie' campaign aims to inspire acts of kindness with Girl Scout Cookies

Think Kindness and Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada are teaming up to take on bullying by inspiring more than 500 acts of kindness in the month of March, and they’re asking the community to join the cause. It’s simple:

Table set April 24 with Dining Out For Life fundraiser

Event Date: 
April 24, 2014 - 7:00am

What if you could dramatically change a life – just by dining out? On Thursday April 24, 2014, you can do just that. Join Northern Nevada HOPES for our 4th annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser, and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by HIV in northern Nevada.

Women to Women host Carol Paz in the interview chair

The tables are turned in the latest Women to Women program when regular host Carol Paz answers questions.

Agency 36 marketing owner, Carson City Quarterly publisher and Carson HorseShoe casino spokeswoman Dana Freund sits down with Paz to peel back the onion layers of life and living in Carson City. Paz discusses books she's read and digested, new friends made and those qualities that make Carson City a special place to call home.

Women to Women Nevada with Lori Bagwell

This week's Women to Women guest is Lori Bagwell, owner of Charley's Grilled Subs in the Carson Mall and candidate for Carson City Supervisor Ward 3.

In its third season, Women to Women Nevada is hosted by Carol Paz and is televised on Charter Media every Thursday at 7 pm on Channel 190 (Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Fallon, Lake Tahoe) and 15 (in Carson City, Gardnerville, Dayton). Women to Women is also being shown on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 8-8:30pm and on Sundays from 11:30-12 noon. Episodes also appear every Friday on Carson Now.

Women to Women with Rupal Wadhia

This week's Women to Women Nevada features Rupal Wadhia, owner of Foodies Bystro in Carson City. Rupal has introduced some great food and culture to Carson City. Foodies Bystro also offers a full vegan menu and high teas.

Bald Eagle Visits S. East Carson on Valentines Day

This bald eagle staged an early morning Valentine's visit to southeast Carson City in the Bennett Ave./S. Edmonds Dr. area.
He was out there for over an hour. Two days ago, while on a hike, I saw a bald eagle soaring over the Edmonds Park area - he was being escorted back to the west side by our resident golden eagle.

Women to Women program features Carson City businesswoman

Thursday's Women to Women program on Charter Media will feature a very special lady from London, England. She was born, bred and educated quite well for the world of business and customer service. She is the local owner of a popular tea and sandwich shop in the heart of Carson City.

The story behind the giant footprints at Nevada State Prison

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The story behind the giant footprints found at Nevada State Prison will be told Feb. 20 by paleontologist Gene Hattori.

Hattori, curator of anthropology and state paleontologist at Nevada State Museum, will be the featured speaker in the third lecture of a Nevada Sesquicentennial series sponsored by the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society.
His talk, “Fossils at Nevada State Prison,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Silver Oak Executive Conference Center, 1251 Country Club Drive, Carson City. It is free and open to the public.

Women to Women with Carson City Supervisor Karen Abowd

This week's Women to Women Nevada interview is with Carson City Supervisor Karen Abowd. Karen is the president and founder of The Greenhouse Project and co-owns Adele's Restaurant and Lounge in Carson City with her husband Charlie.

Our love affair with the V&T Railroad

Ask a 3-year-old what sound a train makes, and the child will give out a “whoo whoo,” even a child who has never seen a train in person.

From Johnny Cash songs to “Petticoat Junction,” said author and railroad expert Stephen Drew, railroads are a pervasive part of our culture.

Why I Teach: Racquel Abowd at TEDx University of Nevada

Racquel Abowd is a teacher in Carson City. In this video, Racquel discusses why she continues to choose to teach. She is joined in this talk by one of her students, Ivan Ramirez.

Abowd is a graduate of Bishop Manogue High School and Colorado State University, where she earned a degree in Marketing and Merchandising. Her business degree led her to work as a merchandising manager for a major retailor and then later in marketing with her brother in his financial planning business. But it was the Teacher’s Education program at Sierra Nevada College where Racquel found her calling to teach.

Carson City Library hosts gifted and talented middle school students

As a partner with the Carson City School District’s gifted and talented education program, known as G.A.T.E, the Carson City Library engaged 27 middle school students from Carson Middle and Eagle Valley schools.

The half-day enrichment was designed to sharpen student’s critical thinking skills through activities that teach students to “see” the community with data.

Fabulous 4-H Fabric and Rummage Sale

Event Date: 
February 8, 2014 (All day)

Carson City / Storey County 4-H Readying for Annual Fabric Sale

Area 4-H members are on the lookout for donations of fabric/sewing notions and clean, useable household items. Sewing notions, crafting items, sewing machines, etc. are all welcome donations. Donations can be dropped off now through January 31, 2014 at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 15, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have large items to donate, please call 887-2252 in advance. Donations will be taken at Fuji Park on Friday, February 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Carson/Storey Annual 4-H Awards Night

The Carson/Storey 4-H Council held their Annual Awards Night on Jan. 26, 2014. The event was conducted in the Fuji Park Pavilion. Members of the Silver Sage 4-H Community Club served as emcees.

Youth and leaders of the following clubs received recognition for their number of years in a project: Arrowhead Livestock, Bouncing Bunnies, Bug Huggers, Carson Cluckers, Carson Hot Shots, Comstock Hot Shots, 4-Paws, Silver Sage 4-H Community Club (SSCC), 4-H Sewing Project, and the Target Rippers.

Virginia City hopes to lure Lake Tahoe skiers with winter trolley, Ponderosa mine tours

Virginia City is offering lift tickets of the public transit and tour variety with the launch of the Comstock Lift Ticket that takes visitors on a ride through the high desert historic mining town east of Lake Tahoe.

The ticket gives visitors a 2.5-mile trolley ride, including a 20-minute narrated tour through Virginia City, a tour of the Ponderosa Mine as well as specials on lodging at any number of hotels, motels, restaurants and merchants.

'My First Day in Prison' featured Jan. 22 at Nevada State Prison Preservation Society talk

CARSON CITY, Nev. — How was your first day in prison? That’s what E.K. McDaniel and Glen Whorton will describe at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Carson Nugget.

Of course, McDaniel and Whorton were able to go home after their first day — because they worked for the Department of Corrections. And both had many days after that to learn the unique job of working on the inside.
Their talk on "My First Day in Prison" is free and open to the public.

Robotics competition set for Saturday at Western Nevada College

Creative minds will be stimulated on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Western Nevada College in Carson City.

The public is welcome to watch the 2013-14 Northern Nevada FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at the Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center. The event will begin with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

Hospitality Workshop Keys on Enhancing Guest Services

Event Date: 
February 8, 2014 - 9:30am

Western Nevada College will offer a hospitality skills workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Carson City.

Participants can gain guest service skills in the Guest Service Gold Workshop to become a more valuable employee in today’s competitive job market.

Completion of the three-hour workshop can lead to a Certified Guest Service Professional designation. For employees in the hospitality industry, CGSP is recognized worldwide and is the highest designation of award-winning guest service.

Happiness Sprinkling today at 3 p.m in front of Nevada State Capitol

Event Date: 
January 13, 2014 - 3:00pm

Imagine that you are driving down Carson Street, toward the Capitol. You see yellow clad people, holding signs, and waving at passersby. You ask yourself, "What are they protesting now?" and prepare to avert your eyes...then you catch sight of the signs themselves.

December's Empty Bowls Project in Carson City raises more than $2,700 for FISH

The Empty Bowls project, a locally organized fundraiser that culminated at the Carson City Silver and Snowflake Festival on Dec. 6 and was initiated to bring awareness of local hunger issues, raised $2,722.35 for Friends in Service Helping, also known as FISH, which feeds, houses and provides services for more than 20,000 people in Carson City annually.

Thank you for making The 1st Annual Moundhouse Christmas Festival a success

Petting Zoo and Santa!
Santa Clause and free photos.

The Outdoor Toy Store in Moundhouse held its first Community Christmas Festival. We wanted to thank all those who helped make it such a success.

The money from the raffle items went to The Ron Woods Family Center and the cans of food that were donated are going to The Dayton Food Pantry. Next year we have promises from other local businesses to help out and spread much needed donations and Christmas cheer to an area that is largely forgotten.

Cooperative Extension ‘Great Ideas From Growers’ peer-mentoring begins

RENO, Nev. – Beginning Jan. 13, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will offer five “Great Ideas From Growers” sessions, where small farm producers from across the state can share their knowledge and experiences to help each other improve their businesses.

“This provides an opportunity for owners of small, specialized farms to learn from others’ experiences” said Extension Educator Holly Gatzke, who will lead the sessions.

Women to Women Nevada kicks off third year of programming with guest Dana Fruend

Women to Women Nevada welcomes Dana Fruend to this week's program. Dana is a dynamic redhead of Irish descent who has boundless energies and super organizational skills. Dana heads up the marketing office at the Horseshoe Club Casino right here in Carson City, Nev. She is also the publisher of the Carson Quarterly, a publication of Agency 56, an enhanced interactive communication tool.

Women to Women Nevada repeat features education director of Carson City Symphony

This week's Women to Women Nevada is a repeat show from October. Host Carol Paz interviews Sue Jesch, Education Director of the Carson City Symphony as well as a private violin and viola instructor.

Jesch has taught violin and viola and performed professionally for more than 30 years. She began playing in the Carson City Symphony when she moved to Nevada in 2004 and is currently Concertmaster and Education Director.

Mystery Ship Baja Cantina, Cabo San Lucas. B.C

Event Date: 
December 20, 2013 (All day)

Saw this painting in the wall in a Cantina in Cabo San Lucas today. Wondering if anyone recognized the boat or the owners. Dates to 8 or so years ago. From some big fishing tournament held in Oct. 2006. Idle curiosity. !

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