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What Works: Why so serious? Using humor to shift your attitude

There’s something special about a good parody. I always get a laugh when something is turned on its head and shown in a new comedic light. Lately, I’ve realized I can do that with my own fallible actions. When I use humor on it, I render it powerless, shut up the nagging negatively in my head, and can actually laugh at myself.

Tony Argento performs Cowboy Poetry at Nevada State Museum Thursday

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August 28, 2014 - 6:30pm

“Tuned up and twisted” is how Tony Argento describes his Western style poetry coming to the Nevada State Museum from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Argento presents “Cowboy Poetry: "The Pride 'N' Spirit O' Nevada" as part of the museum’s Frances Humphrey Lecture Series held at the museum on the fourth Thursday of every month, shedding new light on the state’s stories.

Cowboy Poetry: The Pride ‘N’ Spirit O’ Nevada

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August 28, 2014 (All day)

Please join us at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Thursday, August 28, 6:30 - 7:30 pm for a fun-filled evening featuring Cowboy Poetry: "The Pride 'N' Spirit O' Nevada" by Tony Argento, a member of the Fremont Howitzer Recovery Team.

Tony calls his style o’ recitin’ "Tuned up and Twisted." Once you see him perform, you’ll know why. A common statement heard from the audience is, "He’s quite animated." He does voice animation an’ vocal sound effects an’ makes good use o’ props. His love o’ cowboy poetry is contagious, especially to his audience.

Amodei uses humor to help make mark in Congress

WASHINGTON – Most members of Congress keep awards and honorary certificates in their Capitol Hill offices. Rep. Mark Amodei has preserved his favorite piece of hate mail.

It’s a printout of an email from an angry constituent who didn’t like one of Amodei’s bills. The subject line reads: “Are you insane?” and the message concludes with the sentiment, “Your job is over, cupcake!”

Acclaimed education author Jamie Vollmer to speak Aug. 13 at Carson City Community Center

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Repeats every day until Thu Aug 14 2014 .
August 13, 2014 - 1:00pm
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August 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

Mr. Jamie Vollmer, renown education author, speaker, and consultant will present an uplifting and entertaining message about education Aug. 13 at the Carson City Community Center theater beginning at 1 p.m.

Vollmer is an award-winning champion of public education, and the author of the highly acclaimed book, "Schools Cannot Do It Alone." Vollmer is not a professional educator.

NV150 Fair events in Carson City continue Saturday with live music, carnival and livestock shows

NV 150 Fair events continue all day long Saturday at Fuji Park in Carson City. Parking is available at Casino Fandango, with shuttle bus service to and from the fairgrounds.

Among today's activities, there will be livestock shows, sales and demonstrations, carnival rides and games, fly tying demonstrations, cloggers, a dog show at 4 p.m. Sons of Slide Mountain Band beginning at noon, Youth Theater Carson City performance at 12:30 p.m.

On stage The Mountain Girls (band) at 4:30, Ranch Rodeo at 5 p.m., live music with CW Bayer and Mr. Spoons at 5:30 p.m.

'Jazz & Beyond' Music Festival features entertainment at the Nevada Sesquicentennial Fair

"Jazz & Beyond" performers in Fuji Park on Aug. 2
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August 2, 2014 - 12:00pm

The "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival," in collaboration with Carson City, is proud to present five of several bands at the Nevada Sesquicentennial Fair in Fuji Park on Saturday, August 2. "Jazz & Beyond" runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 17 and features over 50 events, mainly in the downtown Carson City area.

The five "Jazz & Beyond" bands at the Fair on August 2 are Sons of Slide Mountain, RVGS Tantalus, Lynne Colvig Latin Jazz, the Reno Jazz Orchestra with singer Jackie Landrum, and the St. Christopher Project, featuring the music of Tom Waits.

Nationally recognized western singer-songwriter duo to perform in Carson City

Tom May and Chris Kennedy are scheduled to perform in Carson City, NV at The Brewery Arts Center performance hall, 511 West King St., Friday, July 25 at 7:30P p.m.

Tom May is a folksinger, songwriter and author who has been touring, performing, and recording for over forty years. He is also the host/producer of the radio show, “River City Folk,” heard on dozens of radio stations weekly since 1985 and on XM Satellite Radio throughout the country.

'Ghost of Mark Twain' arrives at BAC Saturday as part of Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration

The Brewery Arts Center in Carson City continues its July lineup of entertainment venues as part of its celebration of summer and Nevada's 150th year statehood with a visit from Mark Twain this Saturday.

What would Nevada's Sesquicentennial be without the musings of the legendary Mark Twain? Hear the Ghost of Mark Twain through the modern-day transporter McAvoy Layne on Saturday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. with special guests Shiloh.

BAC celebrates Nevada's sesquicentennial with July concert lineup

The Brewery Arts Center in Carson City has three entertainment venues lined up for July, including folk artists, pianists and Mark Twain as part of its celebration of summer and Nevada's 150th year statehood.

World renowned pianist Louis Landon with special guest Dallas Smith, direct from the Reno Jazz Orchestra, will appear in a one-night-only performance Wednesday, July 16.

Karson Kruzers 30th Anniversary 'RUN WHAT-CHA-BRUNG'

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Repeats every day until Sun Jun 29 2014 .
June 28, 2014 - 7:00am
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June 29, 2014 - 7:00am

The Karson Kruzers will be hosting their 30th annual "Run What-Cha-Brung" car show at Fuji Park Fairgrounds in Carson City on June 28 with the "kick-off" being held at the Carson Mall on Friday, June 27.

Romeo and Juliet comes to Carson City!!

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June 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Come and join us for our one show only, encore performance of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This breathtaking modernized version of the classic tragedy includes contemporary music, fun choreography, intense fight scenes while peppered with hilarious humor.

Performed by actors ranging from ages 12 to 14, this show is extremely heartfelt and well received.

Where: The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada
When: June 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost:$10
Contact information: Luana Olson at 775-884-2226

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.

UNR debate team crowned Season Sweepstakes National Champion

The University of Nevada, Reno debate team returns to Reno today after a week-and-a-half of grueling competitions in Flagstaff, Ariz., at the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship Tournament. With hopes to return to Reno with another trophy to add to their season’s collection, the team walked away with – yes, another trophy – but more impressively, the NPDA Season Sweepstakes National Title.

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!

Board of Regent Ron Knecht files for Nevada State Controller

Ron Knecht filed Thursday to run for Nevada State Controller as “one plain-speaking nerd” who will bring to the job new energy and wide experience in public service to voters and taxpayers.

Ralph Denny, Sr.: A good man among our common men

Saturday, I attended a funeral in a somewhat cheerful mood. It was a celebration of the life of Ralph Denny, Sr., and he would have wanted it upbeat.

Over 350 people filled Carson City’s First Christian Church’s sanctuary and foyer. Ralph was not a celebrity or public figure, and few such folks were there – just the heart and soul of our local communities in abundance.
He was a fine man with such a great and joyous impact over 50 years on so many folks that most came in the same mood as me: sad to see Ralph gone, but feeling so much richer for knowing him, and wanting to celebrate him.

New Romance Novel Features the Eastern Sierras

A Ranch to Keep book cover
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February 4, 2013 (All day)

Harlequin Books will release my debut novel, A Ranch to Keep, on February 4th, just in time for Valentines Day! And besides being a romance novel, perfect for the holiday, it’s also a sort of a valentine to the east side of the Sierras.

Outdoors with Don Q: Some suggestions for 2013 Christmas gifts

With all of the crazy “Black Friday” shopping madness (shootings, knifings, fights, etc.) now behind us, we can begin, once again, to think rationally about ideas for Christmas gifts for that special person(s) in our lives.

So, if you were not part of that frenzied mob scene on the day after Thanksgiving, or if you are still scratching your head about what to get for that person, here are some “Don Q” suggestions for Christmas gifts:

The Brewery Arts Center welcomes back the Cultures of Nevada Concert Series

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October 12, 2013 - 7:30pm

The Brewery Arts Center welcomes back the "Cultures of Nevada" concert and performance series with nationally ranked musical artists, Chris Proctor and Montana Skies in two separate concerts in October at the BAC Performance Hall, 511 W King Street.

Chris Proctor: October 12th at 7:30pm.

Divine 9 'Your Best Shot' golf contest deadline is Friday Sept. 27

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.

Villa Basque Deli and Cafe in Carson City celebrates 15th anniversary

Villa Basque Deli and Cafe in Carson City — home of Pete's Famous Basque Chorizo — is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month.

The story of the successful restaurant and its owners Pete and Martha Coscarart, is a fascinating look into Basque culture in Nevada and the American Dream they've achieved through years of honesty, integrity and hard work. Through this determination, the chorizo for which Villa Basque is famous for, has been enjoyed and celebrated the world over, feeding countless families from coast to coast and American soldiers serving in the Mideast.

Genoa Concerts on the Green features Joey Carmon's 'Guitar Man' tribute to Jerry Reed

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July 14, 2013 - 5:00pm

On warm summer evenings in Genoa, when the sun begins to dip behind the Sierra Nevada, and the shadows grow long, and the light turns amber and gold, people gather in the Genoa Park on the green grass with their picnic dinners to listen to music. Joey was born in Oneida, KY and raised in Winchester, KY. and he has the accent to prove it.

July 14th features Joey Carmon: "Guitar Man" Tribute show to Jerry Reed. Bring a picnic and a blanket to Genoa Town Park and enjoy an evening of free music!

Proscenium Players 'Taming of the Shrew' this month at Brewery Arts Center

CARSON CITY — William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” is often criticized for its misogynistic overtones. However, attendees to the Proscenium Players, Inc. version, directed by Jeff Fast, may find themselves pleasantly surprised.

Carson City Crossfire gets new name, returns to airwaves after 10-year hiatus

With political flame throwing at an all-time high, there has indeed been something missing from the Carson City air waves lately.

Sure, civility doesn't make the headlines these days, but what happens when two people can disagree, throw in some hilarious zingers at themselves and each other and still remain long-standing friends when the studio lights go dim? 

Welcome to Capital CrossFire 2.0., a program that will return to the Carson City airwaves after a 10-year hiatus.

UNR's Black Rock Press Publishes Poetry Book by Local Teacher

Photo by Doug Deacy
Fans of My Unconscious, cover image
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June 11, 2013 - 7:30pm

Minden resident Krista Lukas has published her debut poetry collection "Fans of My Unconscious." She will read from her collection at two venues in June: the Mile High Jazz Band’s Jazz and Poetry event at Comma Coffee in Carson City on June 11, 7:30 p.m., and the Ventana Sierra Advanced Writers Conference at Western Nevada College in Carson City on June 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The book is published by The Black Rock Press, University of Nevada, Reno, 2013.

Bullis and Company CPA Column: We 'Seniors' Like Respect

Well we made it to spring again! I love spring! Another year into the history books. I looked at myself in the mirror recently and wondered who was the “old guy” staring back.

Nevada Rural Housing Authority Mourns Death of Board Commissioner, Former Chairman, Vice Chairman, Tom Cook

Nevada Rural Housing Authority, Township of Gardnerville,NRHA Board of Directors

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Rural Housing Authority staff, along with its Board of Commissioners, are mourning the death of Commission member, Tom Cook. Cook died at Carson Tahoe Hospital, while surrounded by loving family, on April 25, 2013.

Comedian Paula Poundstone from NPR's 'Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me' takes Carson City stage March 29

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March 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Friends of the Carson City Library will welcome comedienne Paula Poundstone in concert at the Bob Boldrick Theater in Carson City on Friday, March 29.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Theater, located in the Carson City Community Center. Reserved seats are $45 and general admission $35. Tickets can be bought at www.ticketderby.com (go to Paula Poundstone.) Tickets can also be purchased by calling (775) 885-9807 or at the Browsers Corner Book Store at the Carson City Library.

Experience Paddleboard Yoga at Carson City Aquatic Facility

Who needs a yoga mat? Climb up on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at the Carson City Aquatic Facility, 9 a.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month and experience yoga in a whole new way.

Practicing yoga on a SUP builds endurance, balance, full body strength and coordination. It will not only require your full attention and heighten your level of awareness, but it may even tap into your sense of playfulness and humor. So pack your smile along with a towel and come join us for yoga on the water!

For more information go to: www.yogasol-carsoncity.com

Mark Twain’s Christmas Wish

“It is my heart-warm and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us-the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage-may-eventually be gathered together in heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss-except the inventor of the telephone.”
— Mark Twain, Hardford, Ct. Dec. 23, 1890

Outdoors with Don Q: Some suggestions for 2012 Christmas gifts

With all of the crazy “Black Friday” shopping madness now safely behind us, we can begin, once again, to think rationally about ideas for Christmas gifts for that special person(s) in our lives.
So, if you were not part of that frenzied mob scene on the day after Thanksgiving, or if you are still scratching your head about what to get for that person, here are some “Don Q” suggestions for Christmas gifts:

'The Next Best Thing to the King' shakes up Carson Nugget stage

"The Next Best Thing to The King" took the showroom of the Carson Nugget on Saturday night to a sold-out performance. Donny Edwards, known worldwide as one of the most authentic Elvis impressionists to take the stage, performed for 2.5 hours in front of Carson City Elvis fans. Active duty and military veterans were admitted to the show free as part of an extended Veteran's Day tribute by the Carson Nugget.

Nevada Day Party with Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours

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October 27, 2012 - 8:00pm

Nevada Day Party with Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours at the Brewery Arts Center.
Antsy and the Troubs are back for what is sure to be a fun night of music, humor and a time to celebrate Nevada Day at it’s best! Antsy will share new music from his just released CD “Living the Dream” as well as expected crowd favorites.

Saturday, October 27th, at 8:00pm
Three types of seating provide you with the type of experience you want to share,
1) $35/Reserved “Floor seating closest to the band”-free drink token included,

Authors to lead Carson City workshop on dementia Sept. 18

The Dementia Resource Center of Northern Nevada will host a workshop in Carson City that will feature three noted experts and authors who will share how families can care for their loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Caring for a loved one with dementia is daunting, creating new challenges and situations at every turn. This workshop is designed to give caregivers, family members and loved ones the skills and knowledge needed to cope with the situation, and even find some humor in it. It will also help ease the anxiety and fear that goes along with the care giving.

Learn and Even Laugh about Dementia

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September 18, 2012 (All day)

The Dementia Resource Center of Northern Nevada will host a workshop designed to educate and help people caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Caring for a loved one with dementia is daunting, creating new challenges and situations at every turn. This workshop is designed to give caregivers, family members and loved ones the skills and knowledge needed to cope with the situation, and even find some humor in it. It will also help ease the anxiety and fear that goes along with the care giving.

Charrison David Ashton

CHARRISON DAVID ASHTON, known to many family and friends as Davey, was born March 10, 1939, to James David Ashton and Nellie Margaret “Margie” Charrison in Pasadena, California. The Ashton’s moved to Kings Beach, California in 1944. After graduating from Tahoe Truckee High School in 1957 he enlisted in the United States Navy serving one term touring the Pacific.

'Once Upon a Matress'

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Repeats every day until Thu May 10 2012 . Also includes Fri May 11 2012, Sat May 12 2012, Sun May 13 2012.
May 4, 2012 - 7:00pm
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May 5, 2012 - 7:00pm
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May 6, 2012 - 7:00pm
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May 7, 2012 - 7:00pm
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May 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
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May 11, 2012 (All day)
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May 12, 2012 (All day)
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May 13, 2012 (All day)

Wild Horse Children’s Theater is thrilled to present the Tony Award winning musical comedy, and mixed up fairytale, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.

Production dates are Fridays, May 4 & 11 at 7 pm, Saturdays May 5 & 12 at 4 pm and 7 pm and Sundays, May 6 & 13 at 4 pm at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson Street in Carson City.

Former State Sen. Bill Raggio, Lion Of Nevada Politics, Dead At 85

CARSON CITY – Bill Raggio, a lion of Nevada politics and the state’s longest-serving state senator, passed away during a trip to Australia on Thursday. He was 85.

Officials from around the state expressed sorrow and sympathy for Raggio’s family when news of the loss of the highly-regarded lawmaker was first reported by Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston early today.

Longtime family friend Greg Ferraro told Ralston: “Officially, Bill Raggio passed away last night at 10pm PST of respiratory illness in Sydney Australia. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

Lake Tahoe planning agency community liaison Jeff Cowen honored by chamber

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency employee Jeff Cowen was honored as the recipient of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber and Resort Association’s Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding work as TRPA’s Community Liaison.

“I was shocked and truly honored to receive this recognition,” Cowen said about the award. “I am lucky in my job because I get to inform the community about all the great work being done by TRPA staff. I know I share this award with them,” he said.

Men of Worth

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March 16, 2012 (All day)

The Brewery Arts Center is the place to be St. Patrick’s Day weekend when a bit of Ireland and Scotland come to town. The folk duo Men of Worth will bring Celtic music to life in the Performance Hall on Friday, March 16th at 8pm.
Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher blend music and storytelling to take audiences on journey to their homelands. The self described Extreme Traditional Celtic Musicians have preserved the emotion and tradition of their homeland songs while at the same time telling new stories.

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone an merry Christmas. Here's some Christmas humor from Larry the Cable Guy:

24th annual Rhymers Rodeer melds cowboy poetry, music

Old West lore in rhyme, cowboy music and tall tales of the trail combined with humor and wit for an evening as eye-opening as campfire coffee at the crack of dawn.Cowboy poetry lovers will agree th...

Carson City IHOP shooting victims remembered

— Major Heath Kelly, 35, Reno, decorated field artillery officer, husband and father, commander of Joint Force Headquarters in Carson City, served in Iraq 2004-2005. Avid student of military history, known for his dry sense of humor. See story

— Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, 38, Carson City, father of three, served in Afghanistan 2009-2010, also served in U.S Navy for two years before joining the Guard. See story

— Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31, Reno, owner of a small baking company, well known in the company for providing cupcakes for guard functions. See story

— Florence Donovan-Gunderson, 67, South Lake Tahoe. See story| Video

Additional stories:

Customer shot in shoulder recounts IHOP attack

Four victims remembered

See all stories on IHOP Shooting

Carson City IHOP shooting: Names of deceased victims released

Names of those killed in yesterday's IHOP shooting are:

  • Major Heath Kelly, 35, Reno, decorated field artillery officer, husband and father, commander of Joint Force Headquarters in Carson City, served in Iraq 2004-2005. Avid student of military history, known for his dry sense of humor. See story
  • Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, 38, Carson City, father of three, served in Afghanistan 2009-2010, also served in U.S Navy for two years before joining the Guard
  • Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31, Reno, owner of a small baking company, well known in the company for providing cupcakes for guard functions. See story
  • Florence Donovan-Gunderson, 67, South Lake Tahoe. See story

According to Sheriff Kenny Furlong, the names of those wounded are not going to be released at this time.

One of those wounded is Wally Gunderson, husband of Florence Donovan-Gunderson, who died in the attack.

See all stories on IHOP Shooting

Movie Review: 'Colombiana' - vengeance is beautiful

"Colombiana," a thriller currently playing at the Fandango Galaxy multiplex in Carson City and other local theaters, is a revenge film starring the big blue woman of "Avatar," Zoe Saldana, as Cataleva Restrepo. The excellent Amandia Sternberg plays Restrepo as a young girl --- and if there is anyone going to star in future movies it's this young lady. She's solemn, unfazed and a real actress.

Jazz around Carson City this week

Here's what's hot on local jazz scene this week in celebration of Jazz! Carson City 2011: The Mile High Jazz Band will gather for Hot August Jazz Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. at Comma Courtyard, 312 S. Carson St.

Bridgeport Hunter/Author Wins Book Award

Tim Baugh of Bridgeport, California and his publisher, Companion Press of Bozeman, Montana, have received a design award for Spirit of a Hunter, published in June of 2010.

PubWest, the leading trade association of independent publishers in North America, has announced the winners of its 2011 Book Design Awards contest, in which Spirit of a Hunter won a Silver Award in the Sports/Fitness/Recreation category.

Milt Glick, University of Nevada, Reno president, dies

By Jane Tors
RENO — University of Nevada, Reno President Milton D. Glick died April 16, 2011. His sudden death in a Reno-area hospital following a stroke marks an incredible loss for his family, the University community and his many friends across the state of Nevada and the nation.

“Milt was a strong, extraordinarily respected leader and that, combined with his enduring belief in the power of higher education, set the stage for a remarkable legacy,” wrote University Provost Marc Johnson in an announcement to campus on Sunday morning.

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