Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Smoke

Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 3:07 PM

The smoke is thicker than ever today, thanks to dozens of wildfires burning in California. We keep hearing that the winds will push the smoke out soon, but I can only imagine the wind pushing even more smoke in. Stay indoors!

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

New WNHPC Photos

Posted Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Crossposted from the WNHPC Blog.

I’ve had some new photos come into the WNHPC recently. All good stuff.


The St Charles for a few decades was known as the Travelers Hotel.


The McKeen Motor Car, which ran on the V&T Railroad, served about ten years time as a diner on the north side of town.


The Sweeney Building is one of Carson City’s oldest buildings.


I love the facade on the Ship Bar.

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Carson Valley Recycling

Posted Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Finally we now have curbside recycling pickup in the Carson Valley. We’re probably the last place to get it in Nevada. I think Belmont and Manhattan had curbside recycling before we did. Which is strange, because Douglas County has the highest per capita income in the whole state. I guess rich people don’t recycle. I don’t know. I only know that Douglas Disposal, our local trash pickup outfit, has never offered recycling.

So it was left to a start-up company, Carson Valley Recycling, to fill that need. Right now it’s just a husband and wife team, with one truck, serving the whole valley (or at least Douglas Disposal’s entire service area). Which is fine, because they only have 50 customers. But as their client base grows they’ll probably get stretched thin, and hopefully will be able to get more employees and more equipment. This is a service that I’d like to see succeed, and at $10 per month I’ll probably be signing up soon. Right now you have to take all your recyclables to a drop-off point yourself. The main one is at the old landfill out Pinenut road, and there are also drop-offs at many of the area schools. But usually doing that is such a pain that I don’t recycle glass and plastic, just paper and cardboard. Signing up for this service will definitely help out, and I urge all of you to sign up too. Both because recycling is the way to go, and also because we want to support this new company and make sure they don’t have to shut down.

Here’s a list of the items they’ll accept:

aluminum
plastics #1 & 2 (these can be combined)
#2’s are usually colored plastics ( Tide&Downy and milk containers)
glass~(rinsed)
tin cans (canned soups, pet food, veggies, etc.) ~ not tin foil
cardboard (must be dry) (broken down if possible)
paperboard( cereal boxes, non-wax items, egg & milk cartons) (must be dry)
plastic grocery bags
dry newspaper (ads are accepted too)
magazines&catalogs (kept dry)

You can contact them by phone, at 775-267-6524, by e-mail at cvrecycling@mac.com, or sign up on their website.

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Dangberg Home Ranch

Posted Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Record Courier: Historic Dangberg Ranch in Minden expands public tours:

Nevada State Parks has expanded visiting hours for the public to tour the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located just west of Minden.

Two-hour tours are now available beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with a second Sunday tour at 2 p.m.

Several historic buildings constructed between 1857 and 1916 will be open to the public, including the main residence, which was one of the most prominent in the region.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

New Home Depot

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Opening Day on the new Carson City Home Depot is coming up fast. June 26th is the big day, next Thursday. The new store is located right next to the new Carson City Wal*Mart, where College Parkway meets the CC Freeway. Home Depot is kind of hidden back in a corner behind the freeway’s sound wall. I didn’t even see it for the first time until it was fully formed and they were already stocking the shelves.

Dave Morgan at NewsCarsonCity has a story on the new Home Depot, and how the city is hoping that this new store will keep a lot of Carson City’s residents shopping in Carson City, instead of heading over the county line to Douglas County, and spending their money there. At issue, of course, is the long-running battle of sales taxes and which county will get them. With spending way down and everybody hurting financially, sales taxes are more important than ever.

This new store is having a grand opening party the day before it opens, Wednesday June 25th at 6pm.

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