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We hope you enjoy this site that celebrates all things Washoe Valley- a great community. The layout is blog-style so feel free to scroll down the page to discover recent and old posts. If you are looking for a particular topic, click on a Category or a tag under Popular Topics found in the right column. Older, archived articles are in the Archives. Sections are separate pages for special topics like our Events List. We welcome your input on in the comments for each article and your articles, questions and concerns. Let us know about community events! Happy browsing!

Washoe Valley Alliance

Established in 2013 by local citizens, WVA is a member supported organization working with other organizations and individuals to educate and preserve the unique qualities of Washoe Valley. Join us in keeping Washoe Valley a haven in an urbanized northern Nevada. Memberships are only $20 a year.

For information on how you can participate, email us at washoevalleyalliance@gmail.com or visit our website at:


New Events

Our events page has been updated with upcoming State Park programs. Click the “Events List” tab at the top of the page.

fire Dept Wants To Fine You

_DSC5437What if first responders can’t fined your house in an emergency? Many times, seconds count. Address numbers easily seen day or night are key to finding your home quickly. The South Valley Volunteer Fire Department has a program to solve that problem. for $20, the department will provide you with 6″x18″ double sided sign with 3″ numbers. The signs are reflective for nighttime. I have seen them cropping up around the valley and residents are attaching them to stakes at their driveway entrance so they can be seen from both directions. The SVVFD says that some residents have donated to help those who may need assistance with the cost so don’t let that stop you. To order or for more information, call Katie Patterson the SVVFD Secretary/Events Coordinator at (775)240-6977.

Celebrate Washoe Valley Event

Threatening weather didn’t dampen the spirits at this year’s annual Celebrate Washoe Valley event. We arrived early and things were already getting lively Celebrate WV collage one 2015with a great blue grass band providing entertainment. Trying to navigate all the booths was daunting. So much information in a short amount of time! I spoke to Nathan from the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, something I didn’t even know existed. The group promotes the parks and hosts fun events. Next I learned more about our local county parks and the progress on the Washoe Valley Scenic Byway Corridor from Cheryl of Washoe County Parks. The Byway has been approved and now work is being done to implement the plan. I was also encouraged by the amount of trails and other outdoor recreation work being done that will continue to help the local economy diversify.

Next up was Donna and Bill with the Washoe Valley Garden Group. They were giving away free onion plants and offering garden advice. The group is very successful and has many members in the valley. Not only do they bring in local experts and visit local gardens, but they have pot lucks! Sounds like a fun club. Call Donna at 775-772-4953 to sign up for their email notifications of future meetings. They are always looking for new members. Bill is also involved in the Community Horticulture & Cider Making project. More on all those topics in future posts.

Long time west valley residents had a display of old photographs of the Franktown School and teacher’s and students from the 1940s and ’50s. I saw a lot of names I recognized from the old ranches. Our valley has a lot of great history to be proud of and it was great to be able to meet and chat with some of the folks that are not only descended from the pioneers but have made history themselves. I hope to see more of them in the future and get their stories.

The local boy Scout Troop did a fine job providing grilled burgers and dogs and all the fixings. The state tree nursery on East Lake Blvd had a display and handouts on the plants and trees that will be available when they officially open next Saturday on the 23rd of May. The Lahontan Audobon Society had a great display of local stuffed birds, handouts, books and knowledgeable birders. I picked up a local wildflower guide and a Western Nevada area birding guide. The Nevada Land Trust was there also. They have done a fabulous job working with the federal agencies to buy and protect open space in our valley. Developer’s in Las Vegas want urban BLM land to develop and we want our rural vistas so it has been a symbiotic relationship.

Celebrate WV collage two 2015Tables and representatives I did not get a chance to talk to because they were so busy were the Washoe Tribe, BLM and Forest Service. The Washoe Tribe had what looked like freshly made baskets and other items made in the traditional manner with reeds. That was great to see that that amazing tradition still lives. I wanted to talk to the BLM about the management plan for the Winters Ranch acreage that they have acquired. Next year we will definitely dedicate more time for this event.

In the parking lot, the Forest Service had a monstrous brush truck, Truckee Meadows Fire had two trucks and our local volunteer Fire Dept had their quick response truck. I managed to talk to them briefly and learned more about the standardized house number signs they are providing. Many times homes are hard to find because house numbers are not displayed clearly, properly or not at all. The department wants to be able to find your house as fast as possible in an emergency. I will publish a post with all the information.

Most of the services described above deserve a separate post and I will be publishing them in the coming weeks. It was really fun to meet the people behind all the services we enjoy. It was another great event and the members of the Washoe Valley Alliance deserve a big “Thank You” for putting on this event!



Seen at Washoe Lake State Park…

Hiking Weather

The bitterbrush and other desert plants are blooming giving our outback areas a sweet fragrant air. Good areas to explore are the end of Cottontail, Dead Mans Creek, the State Park and around Little Washoe Lake.  


Dead Man’s Creek 

Seen hiking the Dead Man’s Creek trail complex at the south end of the valley in the Washoe Lake State Park. 


Washoe Valley Alliance News

The Board of County Commissioners denied the special use permit for a proposed 60 ft. cell tower in Old Washoe City.  Thank you all  very much for attending the meeting, 6489089995_a742811ac1_mcontacting the commissioners, and signing the Scenic Nevada petition  in support of denial.  Verizon may reapply in the future with different types of structures in different locations that, hopefully, will be consistent with the South Valleys Area Plan and Development Code.

Thanks again!

State Park News

“Washoe Lake State Park received a Recreation Trails Grant to improve the Deadman’s Creek Trail and to build an equestrian obstacle course. You may have already noticed that 249436160_1933a9a7a3_mthe gazebo on the trail has been removed and the new one will be installed within the next few months. Our plan is to make the trail a loop and to include signage, benches, and a picnic table along the trail route. We also have two scheduled work days to build the 8 equestrian obstacles, March 21 and April 18. If you are interested in volunteering on those days, please contact the park office at 687-4319.”

Speak Out On Our Public Lands



Deadline March 27, 2015

The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District, is currently working on the Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will govern management of millions acres of public lands for the next couple of decades.  Washoe Valley is a part of the Resource Management Plan.  BLM managed lands in Washoe Valley are mainly located in east Washoe Valley but include Winter’s Ranch in west Washoe Valley.  During this process, the BLM is seeking public comments.  The comment period will end on March 27, 2015.  This is an opportunity to let the BLM staff know the importance of public lands to you and your appreciation of the job they do in managing our resources.  Commercial interests; wind farms, mining exploration, geothermal development, etc. will be commenting on particular public lands in which they have an interest in Washoe Valley.  The BLM deserves recognition for proposing to protect lands within this district, but if you have any interests in Washoe Valley’s public lands or in any particular management approaches, you need to make sure your interests are heard.

The Washoe Valley Alliance is very appreciative of BLM’s past commitment to Washoe Valley public lands.  In the last 15 – 20 years, the BLM, working with the public and various organizations and agencies, has actively acquired thousands of acres for scenic, habitat, and recreational use in Washoe Valley.  These acquisitions  include the Laborde Exchange which added 11,600 acres (2000), and the Winter’s Ranch which added 2,000 acres with water rights (2014), to Washoe Valley’s public lands.

The Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan and supporting information are available on the project web site at  http://on.doi.gov/1uYBNGT.   Comments are welcomed, reviewed, and considered throughout the planning process.

To submit comments, you may mail to:
BLM – Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Fax: (775) 885-6147 (Attn: Carson City RMP)
E-mail comments can also be sent to blm_nv_ccdo_rmp@blm.gov

Please include your name and mailing address in your e-mail (individuals may request confidentiality).

The RMP / EIS is a large document and Washoe Valley is a small part of the management area.  It may be easier to download the maps, CCD Draft RMP/EIS Volume 4 – Appendix A, and direct your comments to those maps that have or need changes for Washoe Valley.  Not all maps apply to the WV area.  Some (but not all) of the maps which may be of particular interest to Washoe Valley residents are; Priority Water Sheds, Important Bird Areas, Visual Resources, Fluid Minerals, No Surface Occupancy, Controlled Surface Use, Non Energy Mineral Leasing, and Land Tenure.

Alternative A maps represent the Current Status, Alternative B – Resource Use & Economic Development, Alternative C – Preserve & Protect Resources, Alternative D – Urban Interface Areas, and Alternative E – is the Agency Preferred Alternative.

Washoe Lake Guided Hikes

The Nevada Appeal reported on these hikes offered at Washoe Lake State Park:

Washoe Lake State Park is offering three guided hikes this month, including a full moon hike through sand dunes and along the beach, a dune trek and beach stroll, and another to the overlook on the Deadman’s Creek Trail.

An easy one-mile round-trip full moon hike will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4855 Eastlake Blvd. Attendees are asked to meet at the overflow parking lot, the first parking lot on the right after entering the park’s main entrance and turning left. Dogs are not allowed.

A 2.5 mile round-trip moderate hike through sand dunes on the east side of Washoe Lake will be from 10 a.m. to noon March 14. The event includes a talk about the history of the park and Washoe Valley. Good waling shoes are recommended. Meet at the equestrian area in the main area of the park. After passing the fee booth, turn right, pass the campground, and park near the group pavilion.

A moderate one-mile round-trip hike to the overlook on the Deadman’s Creek Trail will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 22. The trail offers a short, steep climb to the top, where views of Washoe Lake and Washoe Valley are seen.

Registration is required for the full moon hike. The hikes are free, but the cost to enter the park is $7 per vehicle, with a $2 discount offered to Nevada residents.

For more information or to make a reservation for the full moon hike, call 775-687-4319, or email washoelake@hdiss.net.IMG_0379