Until now, construction of the new part of the freeway between Hwy 50 and Fairview has only led to a few delays here and there along Hwy 50, Fifth Streets, and Fairview. But things are about to get seriously messy, as work begins on repaving and widening the street between Roop and Saliman. Basically the advice is to avoid that road completely, unless you have to drive it. And if you have to, realize that the road will be one-way for the whole month of June. You’ll only be able to drive eastbound, from Roop to Saliman, and not the other way. You’ll have to detour onto Colorado to go westbound.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Gardnerville is putting on movies in Heritage Park this summer.
- June 27 – The Goonies
- July 18 – E.T.
- August 15 – Citizen Kane
- September 5 – Meet the Robinsons
All movies start at dusk. Pack a picnic or enjoy treats offered by Carson Valley Lions Club and Boy Scout Troop 411, Coldstone Creamery, Papa Murphy’s Take ?N Bake Pizza and Subway.
The USPS has been scouring Minden looking for a place to build a new post office, and they think they’ve found one. From a list of four sites, they picked one at the corner of Ironwood and Monte Vista. You may be saying “Whaaaa? Where?”, and you wouldn’t be alone. This is a weird choice, at least right now, because at the moment this site is out in the middle of nowhere. But they must be looking towards the future, and looking at the promises that have been given by developers about that neighborhood, and decided that the population center of Minden will be shifting even more towards the spot as the years go by.
If you’re not familiar with the corner of Ironwood and Monte Vista, first check out this map.
Monte Vista is the north-south road in the center of that satellite picture. It’s unmarked, because the street is so new that Google hasn’t added it to their maps yet. But this photo does accurately show how empty this part of town is. Ironwood Drive was plowed through the middle of a cow field some years ago, and stubby little intersections were added for future streets to hook up to. So far, only Monte Vista has been built, crossing through Martin Slough. If you follow Monte Vista further to the north, you’ll come across the new La Costa subdivision (home to asynconhome.info), and beyond that it connects to the just-opened Muller Parkway.
This is a popular corner. Already the Wild Goose Villa has been proposed for this same intersection. It would slide into that green patch to the east of Monte Vista. Other developments have been kicked around for the rest of the empty land you see here, and the whole place is zoned friendly to retail and residential. So it’s clear that the Post Office sees this as the new hip part of town, and they want to get in on it now while the prices are still low and before it gets built up too much.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Summertime and reading go hand in hand but trashy beach novels and fictional thrillers are not the only summer literature that’s hot. The Nevada State Museum will host a free summer book signing event showcasing authors with books about Nevada from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2008.
The book signing will feature new releases including A Century of Enthusiasm by Dana Bennett; Radicalism in the Mountain West by David Berman, Dempsey in Nevada by Guy Clifton and A Legacy of Silver and Saddles by Paula Bear Wright.
Authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books and light refreshments will be served.
The Nevada State Museum Store is located inside the Nevada State Museum at 600 N. Carson Street in Carson City. The museum store is a one-stop shop for Nevada literature and unique Nevada themed gifts. The mission of the store is to provide an extensive collection of books about Nevada or by Nevada authors.
Due to construction visitors are asked to use the Robinson Street entrance on the south side of the museum.
We’ve mostly tamed the desert here in Western Nevada, but sometimes the desert still knows how to fight back. The one weapon mother nature will always have against us is wind, and around here that means dust devils. Big, violent ones. The Record Courier has the story of a house in the Ranchos that was hit by a monster dust devil. It smashed up his chicken coop and threw his back patio into his front yard.
These monster winds have struck our house too. Last October a particularly bad windstorm toppled the wooden playground in our backyard. It weighs hundreds of pounds, but a big gust just knocked it right down.
So we may not live in the land of tornadoes, but we still get our share of angry winds.