Friday, June 27, 2008

Movies and Music in the Carson Valley

Posted Friday, June 27, 2008 at 1:13 PM

The Record Courier reminds us that tonight we have a concert in Minden Park, starting at 6:30, followed by a movie in Gardnerville’s Heritage Park at dusk. Think you can make it to both?


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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Carson City outlet first to carry new Native-made buffalo and cranberry bars

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Aloha Medicinals first area retailer to offer all-natural Tanka Bars

KYLE, S.D. June 26, 2008 – A lot more people in the Carson City area are going to get a chance to “Taste the Energy” following Native American Natural Foods’ announcement today that Aloha Medicinals is introducing the Tanka Bar to area consumers.

Aloha Medicinals, 2300 Arrowhead Drive, joins more than 1,150 locations nationally where people can find the all-natural buffalo and cranberry energy bar. Prior to this, Tanka Bars were only available to Carson City consumers online and through a toll-free number.

“We are so happy to be introduced to the Carson City market,” said CEO Karlene Hunter. “People have been clamoring for us to make Tanka Bars more accessible, and now Aloha Medicinals is helping us do that.”

The Tanka Bar, which pairs prairie-raised American buffalo with tart-sweet cranberries, is a modern artisanal take on a traditional Native American recipe for “wasna” or “pemmican,” which has been described by many nutritionists as the perfect energy food. The 100 percent natural bar is 70 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per 1 ounce serving, with no trans fats.

“We are so anxious to let people try it for themselves since a meat-based energy bar is actually a new product category,” she said. “Tanka Bars don’t taste medicinal or like a candy bar. They are tender, flavorful and good for you. We’re convinced that once people taste them, they’ll choose pure meat protein-based energy over ‘enhanced’ cereal bars every time.”

For more information about Tanka Bars in Carson City, please call Aloha Medicinals at 775-886-6300.

Native American Natural Foods, which is based in Kyle, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, introduced the Tanka Bar to the North Dakota market in October. The company provides a category of natural healthy products in the marketplace that currently does not exist. By adding value to traditional Native food products, using modern scientific methods, the least amount of processing, and the lowest-stress animal handling methods possible, Native American Natural Foods innovates value-added products for the United States food marketplace.

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Still Smoky

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 2:18 PM

What’s missing from this picture of Stephanie Way?

Oh, that’s right. The mountains. The mountains are missing because there’s so much smoke in the air. From the National Weather Service:

Smoke has reduced visibilities to between 3 and 5 miles across northeast California and western Nevada this morning. The worst conditions have been observed in the Sierra from Lake Tahoe north into Plumas and Lassen counties…and in western Nevada in the the Reno-Carson City areas.


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Curry Street Promenade

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Carson Times has a photo gallery of the Curry Street Promenade. Apparently Curry Street is being slowly redeveloped, partly just to make Curry Street look better, but partly to try out a few of the design concepts that the city wants to use on Carson Street after the freeway is finished. What I notice about this Curry Street photo gallery is that many of the improvements are coming from private enterprise, not from the city. There are photos of the Firkin and Fox, and the new Bella Fiore Wines, and the new back patio that Doppelgangers recently completed. This is the way it should be. The city can make the streets and sidewalks look nice, but it’s up to these businesses to make people want to come downtown. And we’re actually seeing some nice stuff happening in that arena. So I’m optimistic for the future of downtown, and maybe by the time the freeway traffic gets off the street, we really will have a downtown worthy of standing on its own.


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Carson City Library Plans

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Carson Times: Don’t give up on that new Carson City Library just yet. After the failed boondoggle that was the city trying to acquire the old Post Office on Plaza Street, it sounds like Carson is pursuing a more reasonable plan of building a brand new library building, probably on the site of the old V&T Shops one block north. Reasonable, but expensive. The library has no money to put up new buildings with, in fact they’ve recently had to cut hours and staffing levels. But it sounds like the Federal government has programs in place to help with redeveloping the neighborhoods that their buildings are located in. So maybe the Feds would give the city money to help out with building a new library and improving that part of town. Which is a good thing, because the city sure doesn’t have any money to do any of this.

That whole part of town has been designated the “Roundhouse District”, referring to the V&T Shops that used to be on the empty lot at Ann Street. The funny thing is that the shops were never called the “Roundhouse”, because it wasn’t round. It was square, so it was properly called just an enginehouse. I think it was usually known as the shops, or the Old Stone Fort.

There’s a lot of land around there that can be improved, room for parks, fountains, even an amphitheater. If all these plans come to fruition it could really transform that part of town into something great. Of course, that’s a lot of ifs. And plans in Carson City have a way of going from “if” to “whatever happened to”, so maybe none of this will ever come to pass.


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