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Carson Valley men among Nevada Dream Tag winners announced

Five lucky hunters, two of whom are from Douglas County, are preparing for their Nevada hunt of a lifetime after winning one of the five premier tags in the Nevada Dream Tag raffle on July 1.

This year the Dream Tag program saw winners from Nevada, California, New Mexico and North Dakota. The winners from Carson Valley include David Cochran of Genoa who won the Desert Bighorn Sheep tag and John Koster of Gardnerville who won the antelope tag.

Doug 'Mac the Naw' Busey's Lake Tahoe and Sierra fishing report for week of July 24

Hello fellow anglers, we are having some definite strange weather this year. Just a recommendation, if you plan to go into the back lakes that require driving on a dirt road, that road is now wet and muddy and will be for awhile.

Outdoors with Don Q: Take a vacation at Great Basin National Park

Here is an annual suggestion, if you would like to take a mid-summer vacation at an out-of-the-way location. 
Do you know that our very own White Pine County is home to one of the Nation's least visited and Nevada's only National Park?

It's the 77,000 acre Great Basin National Park.
 If you've never been there, here is a whole bunch of useful information:

Lightning strikes tree

Lightning Strikes tree.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of July 23

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of July 23, 2014.

Tahoe Temper

Event Date: 
July 20, 2014 (All day)

Lightning in East Carson City

Photo of Saturday's storm and a large lightning strike by Carson Now reader Monica Ward. In the second and third photos we see the storm brewing. Go here for more about Saturday's storm that brought rain (finally!) and hail to Carson City and go here for some amazing photos by Carson Now reader Scott Gorno that shows a progression of lightning strikes over Carson City.

Outdoors with Don Q: Some “Q-Tips” for the summer

Now that we are in the heart of summer, here are some "Q-Tips," that, hopefully, should make your visits more enjoyable to the Great Outdoors:

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of July 16

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of July 16, 2014.

Hunter field dressing, meat handling and conservation practices offered through UNR Extension

Hunters wanting a crash course on how to safely handle game after its been caught can attend a number of workshops this summer offered through the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

In a collaboration with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the workshops aim to provide a hands-on experience for Nevada hunters on field dressing techniques, safe handling and transportation of meat, and conservation.

Outdoors with Don Q: Enjoy a summer day at cooler high altitudes

Now that we are at that time of the year that I hate (daytime temperatures near, at or over 100 degrees), my thoughts drift off to hiking and fishing for trout at higher altitudes where it is cooler than here in Carson City.
When our local summer temperatures are over 80 degrees, it is miserably hot – hot – hot for this poor, sweltering soul.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for July 9-15

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of July 9-15, 2014.

Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail - Boulder Gateway Construction

Celebrating the 4th of July doing trail work, Carson City Ward 3 Supervisor John McKenna and Muscle Powered Senior Crew Leader Oliver Lieder started constructing a rock wall at the Boulder Gateway on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. Completion of this very scenic trail is expected in the late October.

Outdoors with Don Q: Good news for some is bad news for others

We have a small, comfortable home, built in the late 1940's, located in the older west side of Carson City, and we recently discovered that what is considered good news for some is actually bad news for others in our particular neighborhood. Let me explain what I mean:

Doug 'Mac the Naw' Busey's Lake Tahoe and Sierra fishing report for July 4 holiday weekend

Hello fellow anglers, happy Independence Day to you all. There will be a lot of people out and about this weekend. If you are headed out to do some fishing this weekend, I have the place.  Number one on the list this week is Caples Lake. This is what they offer, bed and breakfast rooms, cabins on the lake, general store, 12-14 foot fishing boat, kayaks or canoe rentals.

Teams participate in adventure trek to benefit Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs

Three hunting TV personalities with local ties will help a Northern Nevada outdoorsman store raise money for the nonprofit group Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs with an adventure trek covering about 54 miles in a friendly competition.

Don Q's Nevada and northern California fishing report for July 4 holiday weekend

Here is the fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra for the July 4 holiday weekend. Saturday, July 5 is free fishing day in California, which means anyone can fish without a license.

Afternoon winds Tuesday in Carson City bounce trampoline

A sudden afternoon gust pulled this 14 foot trampoline from its tie down and carried it about 60 feet to its landing spot, a Carson Now reader reports. From there the tracks show it rolled back about 10 feet and then threw its self onto a fence.

The reader says: "I just wish I had been there to see it."

Outdoors with Don Q: July 5 is one of two Free Fishing Days in California

California has two Free Fishing Days in 2014 which are close to holidays. The first is Saturday, July 5, aligned with the Independence Day holiday weekend, and the second is Sept. 6, right around the time of Labor Day.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of June 25

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 25, 2014.

Ride the River Poker Run

Ride The River Poker Run
Event Date: 
July 20, 2014 - 3:00pm

As Reno’s activity scene and small business offerings continue to rise in tandem, the Riverwalk District is putting downtown on the map with beautiful scenery and cultural diversity enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. And, while poker still races through our blood, Reno is embracing a fresh outlook on the infamous pastime.

Visit the Riverwalk District for the Ride the River Poker Run on July 20, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m. and help support the Nevada Museum of Art’s summer youth art camps.

WHAT: Ride the River Poker Run
WHEN: July 20, 2014, 3 to 6 p.m.

Doug 'Mac the Naw' Busey's Lake Tahoe and Sierra area fishing report

Hello fellow anglers, winter came back and stirred up the fishing. I now think that is behind us, for at least a week or so. This time of year never trust Mother Nature and always be prepared. I have been caught off guard back in the high country as well as an overnighter at Indian Creek Reservoir.

Outdoors with Don Q: Be fire smart and create a fire-safe zone

Last week, I wrote about the strong possibility of poor fishing this summer due to our prolonged drought period.
In addition to the possibility of poor fishing, be aware of the ever-increasing, serious fire danger surrounding us because of our current long daylight hours, hot weather, gusty afternoon winds, low humidity, bone-dry vegetation and dumb acts by humans. Not a good combination.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for June 18-24

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 18-24, 2014.

Blinky Man Bike Ride

This Saturday evening, June 14th, will be the 2nd annual Blinky Man cruiser ride, a costumed night time bike ride with lights! This fun social ride begins at 7:30PM, and visits some of Carson City’s favorite hangouts. At 8:30 PM, the sun goes down and all the lights go on.
Blinky Man Spring 2014

Remote Trail Through Nevada Has Rugged Political Path

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Hot, dry and dusty.
That's how someone who buzzed across Nevada on Interstate 80 or U.S. Highway 50 might describe the scenery.

National Trails Day 2014

(Originally published on MusclePowered.org by Jeff Potter)
We had a fantastic turnout on National Trails Day! Muscle Powered, Graceworks, Great Basin Institute and Starbucks volunteers (Thank you for the morning coffee!) showed up at the Waterfall Trailhead early Saturday morning to work on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail.

Outdoors with Don Q: Drought has the makings of poor summer fishing

With July just around the corner, unless something dramatic and unforeseen happens in the future, 2014 has all the earmarks of being a very poor fishing summer because of our ongoing drought.

Our sparse Sierra Nevada snowpack from last winter is gone, the spring run-off was almost non-existent, and that is bad news for fishing this summer in our streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs.

Fish in Nevada without a license this Saturday

If you have been trying to figure out a way to get the kids off the computer and out of the house, then the Nevada Department of Wildlife has a plan, and here’s the best part: it’s free.

Nevada Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 14. On Free Fishing Day anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for June 11-17

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 11, 2014.

Mack the Naw: Lake Tahoe and Sierra area fishing report for week of June 5

Hello fellow anglers. The weather is hot and the fishing action is catching up. Last week Renee and I took a few days to fish Alpine County. We camped at Indian Creek and ventured out to neighboring areas.

The action good and bad will be revealed in your local fishing report. The best fishing I have to tell you about though, was when I was not fishing at all. We came back late Saturday evening to make sure to be rested for the following day's event.

Outdoors with Don Q: A short vacation at high altitude

Elaine and I just returned from a three-day, two-night, mini vacation at Parchers Resort in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, west of Bishop, Calif.

The purpose of our visit was to enjoy the cozy cabin accommodations at Parchers, plus the late spring weather, spectacular scenery and the peace and quiet in that general area. Here's some miscellaneous info on our trip:

State celebrates 'Discover Nevada State Parks' with free admission June 14

In celebration of the Silver State’s Sesquicentennial, and in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day, residents and visitors are invited to “Discover Nevada State Parks” on Saturday, June 14.

Park visitors will receive free day use admission and free fishing (no license required) at all of Nevada’s 23 State Parks. In addition, the first 150 vehicles at each park on June 14 will receive a complimentary deck of commemorative Nevada Heritage playing cards provided by Nevada’s State Historic Preservation Office and its partners.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of June 4-10

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 4-10, 2014.

Push America Cyclists to Visit Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College and the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will host a ‘Journey of Hope’ Celebration Friday, June 6, for 35 bicyclists traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to support those with disabilities. This is a community event free and open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carson City campus. Food, speakers, music, dancing, karaoke and a free raffle will entertain, and flu/T-dap shots and disability resource information tables will inform visitors.

White-fronted goose picked for 2015 Nevada duck stamp art contest

The Nevada Waterfowl Association has selected the greater white-fronted goose for this year’s Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest. The 2015 Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest is sanctioned by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners, with the winning artwork to be featured on the 2015-2016 state stamp.

Outdoors with Don Q: Here's who will be going big game hunting this fall

It’s official: Systems Consultants, the private computer firm in Fallon that conducts the annual computerized drawings for Nevada’s big game hunting tags, has posted the results of the 2014 drawings at its website for the entire world to see.

Bike Month Wrap Up

As May comes to a close, it’s time to look back on all the fun events we had during Bike Month and thank our volunteers and sponsors who made it all possible!
Tour of Carson City

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of May 28

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of May 28, 2014.

Outdoors With Don Q: The First, Big Outdoors Weekend of the Summer

Memorial Day weekend is nearly here, the weather is forecast to be gorgeous and for countless folks in this general area, it will be their first big outdoor adventure of 2014.

So where to go on that weekend? Well, be advised that no matter where you go (unless it is to some God forsaken location in the middle of nowhere), you can expect to encounter big crowds of people also wanting to enjoy an outdoor outing for the holiday.

Memorial Day weekend fishing report for Nevada and Northern California

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This Memorial Day weekend report is for the week of May 21-27, 2014.

Bicycle Movie Night at Sassafras

For the final scheduled event of Bike Month, Muscle Powered and Sassafras will be presenting Bicycle Movie Night on the evening of May 20th. Ride your bike down and enjoy a classic bicycle movie with free popcorn, food and drink specials while you watch the movie, fun movie trivia, swag bags, and a lot of great raffle prizes including gift certificates and bicycle accessories! It’ll be fun for the whole family.

Bike to Work Day Coffee at Comma Coffee, Capital Coffee

Friday, May 16th is national Bike to Work Day! Many of you have been commuting by bike all week for Bike to Work Week, but if you’ve been on the fence about giving it a shot, Friday is your day to go for it. Need more incentive, or a shot of energy? Two Carson City coffee shops will be giving out FREE coffee to bicycle commuters between 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM! Show them your helmet, and tell them you rode your bike to work.

Bike to Work Week Party 2014

I hope everyone’s Bike to Work Week is going well. You really couldn’t ask for better weather here in Carson City for encouraging people to get out on their bikes. Last night we had 94 adults and 29 children signed in for our Westside Cruiser ride, and the miles and trips are really starting to rack up for the Bicycle Commuter Corporate Challenge. To say thank you for all your hard work, we’re going to throw you a street party!

Doug 'Mack the Naw' Busey's Lake Tahoe area and Sierra fishing report

Hello fellow anglers, the weather is getting warmer and the fishing is heating up. Memorial weekend is only a week away and we have some exciting things coming up.

Outdoors with Don Q: Two unforgettable, secret birthday surprises

Thursday, May 8 was my birthday, and Elaine had arranged two unforgettable, secret surprises for me as a present.

She had previously asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I told her, "Heck, I have everything I want, let's go to the cabin with Jim and Kathi (our son and daughter-in-law) and have a quiet steak and lobster dinner up there."

The Quilici Cabin is located on a steep hillside between Portola and Davis Lake in Plumas County, California, and we like to go there as often as we can to enjoy the accommodations, scenery, wildlife and peace and quiet.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for May 14-21

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of May 14-21, 2014.

Muscle Powered’s Westside Cruiser Ride

It’s time once again for Muscle Powered’s annual Westside Cruiser Ride! This event keeps growing each year, and with the weather forecast showing temperatures in the 80s on Wednesday, we hope to get the biggest turnout yet. This year’s ride will start and finish at the Brewery Arts Center at the corner of Minnesota and King Street. Signups for the ride begin at 6:00 PM, the ride starts rolling around 6:30 PM.

8 Bicycle Commuting Safety Tips

Bike to Work Week has started. I hadn’t even left the house Monday morning when I read the news that a bicyclist and a vehicle had collided in town. Thankfully, it sounds like everyone is OK. My last article was a list of bicycle commuting tips. This list expands on that information, but focuses more in the area of safety.

Spring wildflower walk Saturday at Washoe Lake State Park

Event Date: 
May 17, 2014 - 8:30am

Join park rangers for a leisurely spring wildflower walk through Washoe Valley. Discover some of the many beautiful wildflowers in bloom on this two mile, moderate walk starting at the main boat ramp. Phlox, Daisies, Lupine, and many more wildflowers will be highlighted on this walk.

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