Thursday, June 19, 2008


Posted Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM has a list of the 10 must-see waterfalls in the Lake Tahoe area.

1. Webber Falls, Truckee
2. Heath Falls, Soda Springs
3. Shirley Canyon, Squaw Valley
4. Eagle Falls, Desolation Wilderness
5. Fontanillis, Desolation Wilderness
6. Cascade Falls, Desolation Wilderness
7. Glen Alpine Falls, Fallen Leaf Lake
8. Upper Truckee Falls, Meyers
9. Horsetail Falls, Twin Bridges
10. Hot Springs Creek Falls, Markleeville


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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Then And Now Article

Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done any Then And Now articles. I think part of the problem is that I’ve wanted to do them right, so I haven’t done any at all lately since I didn’t feel they’d be up to my standard of quality.

I need to get over that. There’s nothing wrong with a quick and dirty Then and Now, so I need to get over myself. Especially now that summer is here, and it is prime picture taking season around Carson City because all the trees are green. I only have a couple of months to get out there and rephotograph all these old pictures I have.

Today is the first of what I hope to be many upcoming Then and Now articles. I had this picture submitted to me at the WNHPC, and I had no idea where it was, what it was, what part of town it was in, if it was still standing, anything. It wasn’t until a comment came in from Dwight Millard (of Millard Realty, and my boss about twelve years ago, even though he probably doesn’t remember me) letting me know where it was. I schlepped down there to check it out, and wow have things changed. It’s the same building, though. Check out the article to see what it is.


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Bella Fiore Wines Then and Now

Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM


This nondescript building sat on Third Street, one block west of Carson Street. Curry Street can be seen running along the left side of the building, and a yellow cab zone takes up the valuable parking right out front. It’s hard to tell what this business might be; they have signs for UPS, Western Union, and Greyhound, but nothing identifying the building itself. Maybe it’s the Greyhound bus depot, but I remember Greyhound stopping other places around town.

At this time, Third Street was mostly forgotten, and many of the buildings were neglected. Across the street from this place, behind the photographer’s back, was the St Charles Hotel, which at the time of this photo was just undergoing a renovation itself. This renovation would spark an interest in Third Street, and the neighborhood slowly started to rebound.


This is what fifteen years of redevelopment gets you. Since the “then” photo was taken, Third Street has come alive with shops and restaurants. The Farmer’s Market was held here for a few years, and now Friday nights during the summer it is home to Fridays@Third, a night-long block party with music, food, drinks, and dancing. 2008 especially has been a good year for this part of town. The opening of the Firkin and Fox pub, on the ground floor of the St Charles Hotel, gave the entire street an anchor, and now more people than ever are coming down to Third.

This renewed vigor is spilling over to the rest of the street. This building here is the same building seen in the “then” photo. Late 90s remodeling saw the addition of the false front, giving it more of an Old West feel. And in the summer of 2008 Bella Fiore Wines opened in this location, bring a further touch of class to this corner. Bella Fiore is a full service wine shop, offering wines by the glass or by the bottle, along with regular wine tasting events. It’s a new use for this old building, and along with the sidewalk dining, shade trees, new siding, and overhanging porch, you’d never even recognize that it’s the same place.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dogs, Cars, and Collapsing Mines

Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 3:26 PM

In the Nevada Appeal:

Dog park plans move forward

I wrote in May about efforts to get a dedicated dog park built in Carson City. Looks like the push is still on, but there isn’t a whole lot of news to report, just a lot more of “This is what we want to do, and we need money to do it.”

Suzuki dealership plans run out of gas

The Suzuki dealership that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago is now up for sale, a victim of the fumbling economy. You’d think this dealership would be doing better than others because they sold Smart Cars, which should be hot sellers with the cost of gas the way it is. But what killed the dealership is that Carson City was pushing for them to build a permanent building on the site; the mobile home they were selling out of wasn’t cutting it anymore. So rather than go through the expense of all that construction (which was to be a fully green building, according to earlier news reports), they just pulled out of Carson City all together. The land is now for sale for $1.4 million.

Historic headframe collapses in Silver City

The downside of building with wood is that wood rots. Wood falls apart. Wood collapses. And that’s what’s happening in Virginia City and other parts of the Comstock, where all the 150-year old buildings are really starting to show their age. First it was the Sargent House, which was torn down last month because there was no way to save it. And now it’s an old mine headframe in Silver City. The owners tried to have it demolished, but on the Comstock that involves piles and piles of paperwork. So the owner decided just to let nature take its course. Which it did Saturday afternoon. Timberrr!


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Bear sighting in North Carson

Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 7:45 AM

A bear was in the Goni Canyon neighborhood yesterday and has been moved. Be bear aware.

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