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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:

Lyon County commissioners to address draft code of master plan Thursday

Lyon County Board of Commissioners will address changes to the draft code of its master plan when it meets Thursday.

The draft code has become a source of contention with some residents and Lyon County Manager Jeff Page is requesting the Board of Commissioners to provide him and staff direction as how they want to proceed.

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.

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.

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 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.

New driver training offered in Carson City, Douglas County through WNC

New Driver Education courses for teens age 15 and older will be offered by Western Nevada College throughout the summer. Each session includes four days of instruction, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $100. Carson City Classes also include four hours of driving simulator time.

Summer courses will meet on the WNC Carson City Campus Mondays-Thursdays, June 23-26, July 7-10, July 21-24 and August 4-7.

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.

UNR honors 2014 Foundation Professors for outstanding teaching and research

Lee Dyer, David Sanders and James Sedinger have been named the 2014 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professors in recognition of their outstanding research and teaching achievements. It is an honor set in stone as their names will be added to the list of Foundation Professors engraved in the granite pillars of the University’s Honor Court.

Interview with John P. Rutledge, Democratic candidate for Nevada governor

I had an opportunity to interview Democratic candidate for Governor of Nevada, John P. Rutledge. He has been a supporter of the Downtown 20/20 organization, and has long been devoted to seeing our great and beautiful city grow and prosper.

Mr. Rutledge is a real estate and business Lawyer at Rutledge Law Center, which is headquartered in Carson City, and is active around our state.

I first asked him what he wanted people to know about him and his campaign, and here is what he had to say.

Lake Tahoe fire agencies recognize May as Wildfire Awareness Month

With record drought conditions in the West, preparing your home for wildfire is more important than ever. May has been designated “Wildfire Awareness Month” in the Lake Tahoe Basin. This year’s theme is “Prepare Your Home For Wildfire” with a focus on creating and sustaining Fire Adapted Communities.

A Fire Adapted Community is a community located in a fire-prone area that requires little assistance from firefighters during a wildfire. Residents of these communities accept responsibility for living in a high fire-hazard area. They possess the knowledge and skills to:

Outdoors with Don Q: Expect Sierra snow ahead of opening day of California fishing season

Opening day of fishing in California is Saturday, April 26 and while thousands of anglers will be looking for their own sweet spots along rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams, there is little doubt that most favorite waterways have been affected by the ongoing drought.

Doug Busey's Lake Tahoe and Sierra fishing report for opening day of California fishing

Hello fellow anglers. There is less than four days to go before the California fishing season officially opens. When the sun comes up on April 26, 2014 there will be a lot of casting going on.

I urge every angler who has purchased a sport fishing license to also pick up a copy of the fishing regulations. The game wardens will be out checking to make sure that we all follow the regulations.

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

Hello fellow anglers. Well here we are only two weeks away from the California opening day fishing season. This when most lakes, rivers and streams open for the year, and some rivers change limit and tackle regulations.
Check your regulations before you go fishing to know these changes.

Park photo regulations rile Tahoe photographers

Outdoors photographers looking to capture the majesty of the Sierra Nevada or the splendor of Lake Tahoe might want to check to see if they're in a Nevada State Park before they whip out a smartphone or digital camera.

Changes to the way state parks regulate commercial photography have some photographers worried they could get slapped with fees — or worse — just because they aimed a lens at the wrong vista.

Amodei introduces bill to stop sage grouse endangered species listing

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei of Carson City introduced legislation Tuesday in response to the possibility of the sage grouse being listed to the Endangered Species Act.

The bird is found in 11 Western states, including Nevada. Amodei is against the possible listing. The Sage-Grouse and Endangered Species Conservation and Protection Act authored by Amodei pledges to:

WNC offers new driver education classes over spring break

New Driver Education courses for teens age 15 and older will be offered by Western Nevada College over spring break. Each session includes four days of instruction, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $100.

Two spring courses will meet on the WNC Carson City campus on Saturdays, March 15-April 5; and Monday-Thursday, April 14-17, during the Carson High School spring break.

Two classes will be offered in Douglas County at the Eastfork Fire Station in Genoa, Monday-Thursday, April 21-24, during the Douglas High School spring break.

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fishing in March

This is my annual reminder that if you are a trout fisherman and are new to our area, you may not be aware that some of our best Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fishing is at Pyramid Lake in the month of March.

Pyramid Lake (which is roughly the same surface size as Lake Tahoe) is about 30 miles north of Reno-Sparks, and it contains Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that can easily run into “Double Digits” in weight. That's big!
The lake is the terminus of the Truckee River which begins at Lake Tahoe.

John Wagner Files for Assembly District 40

John Wagner, a retired engineering instructor with Sony and 15-year-resident of Carson City filed Monday for the position of Assemblyman from District 40 held by Pete Livermore who decided not to run. Wagner filed as a member of the American Independent Party.

“After the two major parties, having caused major damage to the people of Nevada with massive tax increases and regulations, it is time for a change. The citizens of Nevada deserve better,” stated Wagner.

Outdoors with Don Q: The new Nevada fishing license year

If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman, it’s that time of the year to remind you to purchase your Nevada 2014-2015 fishing license. That new fishing license year begins on March 1 and will run through the last day in February, 2015.

As a special tip you would be well advised to purchase that new license ASAP, because if you forget, go fishing after March 1 and get checked by “The Friendly Old Game Warden,” he isn’t going to be happy nor will you.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for the week of Feb. 27

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 Feb. 27, 2014. As a reminder, the new fishing license year for Nevada begins on March 1.

Man convicted, sentenced for deer poaching

A Las Vegas man was convicted of possession of a big game animal without a valid tag, a gross misdemeanor, in the Seventh Judicial District Court Feb. 14.

Nerces Sarkis Himidian, 68, was ordered upon conviction to pay a $1,000 fine and $2,500 in civil penalties to the Operation Game Thief program.

Comments sought at Nevada State Parks meeting Feb. 27 on proposed fee changes

The Nevada Division of State Parks will hold a Feb. 27 workshop in Carson City to solicit comments on proposed regulations involving group camping fees and entrances fees for photographers with commercial photography permits.

The workshop will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Parks conference room of the Division Headquarters, 901 S. Stewart Street, Carson City.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Feb. 19-25

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 Feb. 19-25, 2014.

Don Q's fishing Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Feb. 12-18

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 12-18, 2014.

Nevada Wildlife Commission sets 2014 big game seasons

When the Nevada State Board of Wildlife Commissioners met recently in Las Vegas, its members tackled an agenda that included the establishment of big game hunting seasons for 2014 into 2015, including several “antlerless elk management” hunts that allow for combination deer and cow elk tags, combination bull elk and cow elk tags, spike elk hunts and Nevada’s fourth bear hunt.

Also on the agenda was the removal of fishing tackle restrictions on certain spans of the Truckee River.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Feb. 5-11

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 5-11, 2014.

Shield Our Children Against More Sandy Hook Style Murders

Some additional but seldom considered facts about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown Connecticut are important if we wish to protect the children rather than demagogue the issue. The following two links can provide insight into the problem while ignoring the campaign slogans and political posturing. We need to start acting like men instead and assume the responsibility that all men have to protect innocent life. Children die when grown men act like children, instead of men.

Outdoors with Don Q: 2014 fishing seasons open Feb. 8

This is an annual reminder for fishing in nearby waters: Feb. 8 is the opening day of the 2014 fishing seasons for the following waters in Lyon County:

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

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 Jan. 30 through Feb. 4, 2014. The snow is a welcome relief for drought conditions affecting the regional water ways. We hope it continues.

Don Q's fishing report for week of Jan. 22-28, 2014

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 Jan. 22-28, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 15-21, 2014

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 Jan. 15-21, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 9-14

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 January 9, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 1-7

Here is this week's fishing report of rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Jan. 1-7, 2014. Wednesday, Jan. 1 is opening day at Topaz Lake. More than 50,000 fish have been stocked by Nevada in advance of the opener.

Topaz Lake opens for fishing season on New Year's Day

This is a reminder that Topaz Lake, which is located along U.S. 395 at the Nevada-California state line, opens its 2014 fishing season on January 01.
 Here's some information that might entice you to travel there to fish.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Dec. 26-31

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 Dec. 26-31, 2013.

Outdoors with Don Q: Topaz Lake to open to fishing on New Years Day

This is my annual pre-Christmas reminder that Topaz Lake, which is located along U.S. 395 at the Nevada-California state line, will open its 2014 fishing season, one half hour before sunrise, on Wednesday, January 1.


If the weather is decent, if you don't have a massive hang-over, if you like to fish and if you don't have anything else planned, this could be a fun way to start the New Year. Are you interested?

Don Q's weekly fishing report for Nevada and Northern California waters

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and Sierra. This report is for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Don Q's Nevada and northern California fishing report for week of Dec. 11-17

Here's this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra, including Lake Tahoe.

Your best bet, at least for now, is to stay off any ice until it is determined the ice is thick enough to hold human weight. Ice fishing reports should trickle in over the coming weeks. This report is for the week of Dec. 11-17.

WNC New Driver Education Class in Carson City and Douglas

New Driver Education courses for teens age 15 and older will be offered by Western Nevada College over the winter break and in spring 2014. The cost for the winter break class is $95. After January, the cost will be $100. Each session includes four days of instruction, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WNC will offer one winter break class in Carson City, Monday, Dec. 30 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 2, 3, 4 (no class Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31 and January 1) at Silver State Charter High School.

Special offer on sports fishing and hunting licenses for veterans in California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds veterans that service-related injuries need not keep them from enjoying wildlife and the great outdoors. America’s disabled veterans get a break on the price of sport fishing and hunting licenses and are provided some special opportunities.

CDFW offers reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses to both resident and nonresident disabled veterans.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Dec. 4

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 Dec. 4.

Don Q's Nevada and California fishing report for week of Nov. 27

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 Nov. 27.

Outdoors with Don Q: Don't understand rule No. 2? See rule No. 1

With winter weather creeping around the corner, and with many California waters closed for the year as of November 15, this is an annual reminder for those fishermen who are done fishing for the year.

Many of you prefer not to fish during the winter months or have absolutely no interest in ice fishing, so this article is specifically written for you. (Hmmm, come to think of it, this article is also worth reading by those of you who plan to continue fishing until the weather warms back up, again).

Don Q's fishing report for week of Nov. 20-27

Here is this week's fishing report of rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and southern Oregon. This report is for the week of Nov. 20-27. Many California mountain waterways are closed for the season but a few remain open for fishing.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Nov. 13

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 Nov. 13. Friday, Nov. 15 is the last day to fish in most California waterways. Go here to learn more. Opening day for California fishing is the last Saturday in April.

Watch it live: Carson City Board of Supervisors

The Carson City Board of Supervisors meet today, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street. Go here for the agenda and go here to watch it live.

Among other things, supervisors will:

Outdoors with Don Q: Trout fishing at Pyramid Lake in November

If you are a trout fisherman, you might want to consider taking a fishing trip (or more than one) to Pyramid Lake this month to fish for Lahontan Cutthroat trout that can run up to double digits in weight.

Old timers told me, many years ago, that the two months of November and March are the best times of the year to fish at that large desert lake, north of Reno-Sparks. And, through the years, I have found that to be true, even though I have fished at Pyramid many other months of the year.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Nov. 6

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 Nov. 6-12.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Oct. 30 through Nov. 5

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 Oct. 30 to Nov. 5.

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