An era comes to an end on April 1 when the Horizon Casino Resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe closes for renovations.
The resort was the one time local showcase of Elvis Presley and Liberace when the casino operated as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe.
Carson City area casinos report a 1 percent decrease in gaming revenue for the first month of 2014, with overall statewide figures declining nearly 3 percent compared to January 2013 figures, the Nevada Gaming Control Board reports Friday.
Casinos in Carson City and Carson Valley, including Minden, Gardnerville and the Topaz area, took in gaming revenue of $7,268,038 for the month compared to January 2013 which brought $7,342,100.
This is an annual reminder of my all-time favorite fund raiser. The highly-popular and fun-filled, Carson Valley Chukar Club fundraiser will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 1. This year’s fund raiser will be its 28th version.
If you are brand-new to this area, about now you are probably wondering what in the world is something called a "Chukar?"
Sunday evening, Feb. 16th, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC) held their annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. This year's theme was Nevada's Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada's admission to the Union. The event--with the largest attendance in many years--was a sellout. The Carson Valley Inn swiftly accommodated our surge of walk-ins, key to the success of the evening.
When you live in or near the state’s capital city, it’s hard to miss Kit Carson’s influence.
There’s Carson City, the Carson Valley, the Carson Pass and the Carson River. He also merits not just a mountain but the entire Carson Range, west of Reno and Carson City.
If you're not into traditional winter sports such as ice fishing, ice skating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, there is not a lot to do in late winter...for most people.
Some choose to stare out the window, complain about the snow, ice, frost and darkness of wintertime and stay glued to their TV sets. However, there are plenty of activities to take your mind off our cold weather, dark mornings and evenings, if you would like to do so.
A series of winter storms working their way through the region will bring heavy rain to the valley areas of western Nevada and Carson City region through Sunday prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch.
Snow levels are currently near 7,000 feet and are expected to rise to 8,000 to 8,500 feet by Saturday afternoon.
Feb. 9, 2014 marks a special day in the life of yours truly. It is my three-year anniversary, writing about the Great Outdoors at Carson Now.
Three years! Time certainly flies when you are having fun, and it has been both a totally enjoyable and memorable three years of writing about all kinds of activities in the Great Outdoors, both near and far away.
A wet pattern is expected into the weekend as a series of storms lined up in the Pacific should make it to the Sierra, Lake Tahoe and western Nevada, according to the National Weather Service.
The first storm is expected Thursday and will spread snow into the eastern Sierra with lighter snow near the valley floors of western Nevada. The heaviest snow is expected in the Sierra south of Interstate 80.
With snow showers overnight leaving a dusting on Carson City streets, this morning's commute has been mostly free of problems.
Carson City road crews were out early this morning with sanders getting roads prepared. Dispatch reports no major accidents in Carson City, however Reno has been experiencing a number of wrecks and spinouts, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
As I have done for many years, my last article of the year is to present the Annual Q Awards for a number of different reasons. Those reasons include such assorted things as: Outstanding, memorable, good, not so good, questionable, bad, serious, funny, dumb, head-scratching, are-you-kidding, etc.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is making preparations for the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration at Lake Tahoe starting on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013. Each year upwards of 60,000 celebrants ring in the New Year in the casino core area of Stateline, Nevada.
Conditions are expected to remain dry for the remainder of the week, which means excellent holiday travel in the Sierra and western Nevada, but no help for our snow pack.
The good news for skiers and boarders headed to Lake Tahoe resorts is that the snow that fell earlier this month along with the cold weather days, plus snowmaking, has allowed for top to bottom conditions at most resorts. High temperatures for the Lake Tahoe basin will be in the low to mid-40s Christmas Day through Sunday.
Snow cover and high pressure over western Nevada has trapped cold air in the valleys and produced strong valley inversions that will slowly worsen air quality as pollutants build in the western Nevada valleys, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued an Air Quality Alert for Carson City, Carson Valley and the Reno-Sparks area.
Holiday with a Hero fundraiser tonight at Jimmy G's; program gives homeless children gift experienceSubmitted by Jeff Munson on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 8:36am
Hoping to meet a simple task of putting smiles on faces and Christmas gifts in the hands of more than 175 Carson City school children living in shelters, motels and with family members, organizers of the 9th annual Holiday with a Hero program will hold a fundraiser tonight, Saturday, at Jimmy G's Cigar Bar.
Douglas County District Court Judge Michael Gibbons faces a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter following a fatal bicycle accident this summer, according to charges filed Friday by District Attorney Mark Jackson.
On August 20, 2013, cyclist Joseph Longo, 61, was killed in an accident near Pinenut and East Valley roads in the Carson Valley. Charges state Gibbons, 57, failed to exercise due care when overtaking or passing Longo who was traveling in the same direction. Gibbons is accused of failing to pass at a safe distance and not using due care to avoid a collision.
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Commission on Tourism has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to the state’s rural areas to support tourism efforts, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, NCOT chairman, announced Tuesday. The longstanding Rural Grants Program ultimately generates room tax revenue for the state, as grant recipients must use the monies to maximize their marketing outreach, bringing more travelers to Nevada’s rural areas.
Bently Biofuels and The Western Sustainability Pollution and Prevention Network are teaming to provide collection sites around the region so that residents have an environmentally safe way to get rid of cooking oil used to deep fry their holiday turkeys.
During the holiday season the two organizations are reaching out to the Carson City, Carson Valley, Reno and Lake Tahoe communities to encourage recycling of cooking oil used at homes throughout the region. Collection bins will be placed in various locations throughout the community from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office, the Carson City School District, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections and the Uniformed First Responders from across the Carson Valley will collaborate to make Christmas come true for students within the Carson City School District.
Buy a pie and feed a family, Carson City. With just a few days before Thanksgiving, the "Pie to the Rescue" campaign is down to its final 33 pies. Join Capital Christian Center in supporting families in need this holiday season as dozens of Northern Nevada’s best chefs, from local restaurants, donate their time and talent to bake fabulous Thanksgiving pies for the 3rd Annual Pie to the Rescue.
Choose from three delicious pies, pumpkin, pecan or apple, place your order and then pick up your pies, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, in time for Thanksgiving.
Buy a Pie, Feed a Family! Pie to the Rescue, a consortium of more than 20 Carson City chefs who are donating their time and talent to bake Thanksgiving pies, will be taking orders at the Greenhouse Garden Center Christmas Open House, 2450 South Curry Street, Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Employers wanting to know about what to expect from the Affordable Care Act are invited to a Carson City luncheon next month hosted by the Nevada Business Group on Health.
The “Look into Your Future” luncheon on Dec. 4 will feature guest speaker Russ Sullivan, attorney and vice president of Health Care Solutions for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, who will present an interactive session that draws upon lessons from Massachusetts’ seven-year health care reform experience. Sullivan will provide insight into how to prepare for the changes ahead.
Buy a pie and feed a family, Carson City. Join Capital Christian Center in supporting families in need this holiday season as dozens of Northern Nevada’s best chefs, from local restaurants, donate their time and talent to bake fabulous Thanksgiving pies for the 3rd Annual Pie to the Rescue.
Choose from three delicious pies, pumpkin, pecan or apple, place your order and then pick up your pies, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, in time for Thanksgiving.
Among the Carson City and Carson Valley runners finishing Sunday's New York City Marathon were: Brett Long of Carson City who placed 284 with a time of 02:50:20; Linda Biaggi, of Minden, placing 19,076 with a time of 04:08:04 and Lisa Schuette of Carson City with a time of 04:19:58 which placed her 24,116.
Casinos in Carson City and Carson Valley report a decline of nearly 4.2 percent in September gaming profits over 2012 figures but just up the hill at Lake Tahoe, the casinos at Stateline saw gaming "win" climb by 23 percent, Nevada Gaming Control Board reports Thursday.
Overall gaming in the Silver State for September was healthy, with a 7.4 percent gaming "win" with profits of $958,805,870. For the fiscal year, July 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2013, gaming related profits has increased 2.97 percent.
A 200-pound female yearling bear decided to explore the streets of Carson City on Friday night, climbing over fences, going through backyards and finally climbing up a tree before being tranquilized by a Nevada Department of Wildlife game warden.
The hungry bear cub was even chased by a couple of cows when she lumbered through Lompa Ranch field, said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong. Deputies and two mounted officers on horses had been pursuing the bear since early Friday evening attempting to coax her west toward the foothills.
It seems, somewhat out of the blue, that Carson Valley has become a topic of national interest. The Valley and its various amenities have been cropping up in major national publications all summer, with the JT Basque Bar & Dining Room getting the most recent mention, in a New York Magazine travel piece.
It’s the latest in what’s been a surprisingly long string of widely-varied publications and channels trumpeting the virtues of the area.
Among the many takeaways from the Critical Issues Conference at Carson Valley Inn Thursday morning was the revelation that Chris Bently, owner and CEO of Bently Enterprises, is working toward a renovation project of the property surrounding Minden Flour Mill and silos into a tourist destination district.
Have an epic story to tell about your most memorable golf shot? Switch the golf visor for a pressman's fedora and then grip, rip and write a sentence or two about it for a chance at winning a $1,500 golf trip to Carson City and Carson Valley, Nev.
“Hooked On Golf,” the seminal radio show on KNBR 680 in San Francisco and the Divine 9, Northern Nevada golf co-op of courses and lodging properties, are looking for best golf shot tales ever told, where writers take a whack via keyboard at anecdotes generally reserved for the 19th hole.
A worldwide industry leader known for welcoming and accommodating guests has awarded Western Nevada College and its Carson City business partners a grant to offer hospitality certification workshops.
Hilton Worldwide has allocated a $5,000 Travel and Purpose Action Grant to WNC and key local partners - the Hampton Inn & Suites Carson City, and the Carson Valley Inn, Carson City Chamber of Commerce, and Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce. The grant will help fund a public workshop for American Hotel and Lodging Association certification on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Hampton Inn.
Pictured left to right are Chase International senior VP and corporate broker Susan Lowe, president and owner Shari Chase, COO Craig King and Carson Valley branch manager Mike Dunn at the ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the real estate firm’s latest office to open in the region.
The Carson Valley Chase International office is located at 1644 Highway 395. The region’s premier boutique real estate company now claims ten offices in the Reno, Tahoe, Truckee, Graeagle and now Carson Valley area. For more information, visit www.ChaseInternational.com. Photo by Jennifer Linting
The job is simple: tell visitors why Carson Valley, Nev. is “Rugged. Relaxed. Reachable.” all while riding a horse. The Carson Valley Visitors Authority is looking for one horse savvy woman to become the “Carson Valley Rider.”
Launched in 2012, the “Rugged. Relaxed. Reachable.” campaign plays upon the area’s gateway status as a tourism outfitter for the region. From Topaz Lake and the Pine Nut Mountains to the Tahoe Rim Trail, Carson Valley is looking for a storyteller to bring it all together.
Strong afternoon winds and low humidity have prompted a Red Flag Warning by the National Weather Service for much of Northern Nevada and the Sierra.
While the wind is helping push some of the Rim Fire smoke out of Carson City, Carson Valley and Lyon County, it has also created critical fire weather conditions because of the low humidity created, according to the weather service.
Clearing skies through some of the smoke will persist today in Carson City, Carson Valley, Lyon County and Lake Tahoe as the Rim Fire is now 75 percent contained. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped firefighters gain on the fire which has now consumed 235,841 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park.
Even with pockets of blue sky today due to a change in air flow, smoke from the Rim Fire near Yosemite will continue to impact Carson City, Carson Valley and Lyon County through the weekend.
Dense smoke advisories continue for much of the Carson City region and into the Sierra. Heavier smoke could return Sunday and Monday, however, due to a more southerly flow of air, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore said in his speech to scientists, elected officials, environmentalists, business leaders, fire department officials, students and others in the audience of the 2013 Lake Tahoe Summit, that what we’ve learned at Tahoe can help inform the rest of the world to protect their resources and communities.
A Dense Smoke Advisory issued by the National Weather Service continues Wednesday for Carson City and Carson Valley.
Using data provided by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City and Douglas County officials continue to monitor the rapid decline in air quality. On Wednesday Douglas County sent a news release stating that overnight pollution levels moved into the "hazardous" classification.
An active wildfire season has sent Carson City Fire Department personnel on more than 20 assignments this year, including the Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park.
On Saturday Carson City Fire Department Capt. Matt Donnelly was assigned as a strike team leader with other area engines to the fire, which has chewed nearly 180,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County. Thick smoke from the Rim Fire continues to push through Carson City, Carson Valley, Lyon County and much of Northern Nevada.
Air quality in Carson City, Carson Valley and Lyon County will likely straddle between "unhealthy" and "very unhealthy" conditions through at least the week, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection reports.
Smoke and ash from the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park is being pushed in the atmosphere directly over the region causing extremely elevated amounts of particulate matter. The levels of particulate matter equate to “Very Unhealthy” on the Air Quality Index (AQI) level of health concern, according to a news release.
Here's a view of Friday morning's sun in Jacks Valley due smoke from the Rim Fire. The photo was submitted by J Maher. The fire burning in California's Tuolumne County near Yosemite National Park has filled Carson City, Carson Valley and Lyon County skies with thick, unhealthy smoke.
The Rim Fire has grown to 165 miles in size and is 2 percent contained. California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency.
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection air quality monitors in Carson City and in Gardnerville are reporting high particulate matter from smoke indicating the air quality Thursday is unhealthy, officials said.
A fire burning in Tuolumne County, Calif., near Yosemite National Park, is the main source of smoke in the Carson City, Carson Valley, Reno and Lyon County regions. The Rim Fire is estimated at nearly 54,000 acres and growing Thursday with 2 percent containment.
Nevada-Douglas County Emergency Management and The Bureau of Pollution Control are closely monitoring air quality concerns from smoke conditions drifting into the valley from the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County, according to a Douglas County news release.
The Rim Fire was estimated at nearly 54,000 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, up from 16,000 acres on Wednesday. The most recent air samples from this afternoon put the current air quality in the upper end of the "moderate" level in the Carson Valley, the news release states.