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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:

www.washoevalleyalliance.org

Welcome to Washoe Valley!

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!

Fire Dept Concerns

A reminder from a reader:

“There is also the very important fire consolidation issues. We fought for years to separate from Reno Fire and now there is a proposed bill to consolidate back with Reno. We (unincorporated area residents) will once again be subsidizing Reno with our dedicated fire tax dollars to provide fire protection to the city while unincorporated areas will suffer reduction in services. If Reno needs more funding then raise their taxes like the county did to Truckee Meadows residents. Please do not support consolidation as any governing board will be heavily weighted with Reno influence and we will be back where we were 4 years ago! Please keep this on the radar of WV Alliance.”

Photo: 2008 Skinner fire in Washoe Valley by washoevalley.org

Cider Press Event

Hi folks -

Big weekend of Cider pressing coming up,  Families and friends welcome to attend and participate.  See details below.

CIDER PRESS – Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Hi friends and neighbors,

We are on target to make cider again this coming weekend (October 11th and 12th.  If you have contacted me with a specific date you plan to attend we will hope to see you. If you plan to attend one or both dates and have not contacted me with a date, please do so by this Wednesday Oct. 8th, so we know approximately how many to expect.

We will again be renting the grinder and cider press this year and will accept donations toward the rental fee. We have information on how to pasteurize your fresh cider.  Know that 20 pounds of fruit will produce ~  approximately one gallon of cider. If you want enough to have some through the holidays, please plan to bring fruit.  We have not heard from anyone indicating a need for container(s). If you expect to need a container at this point, the Just Brew It shop in Carson City has a pretty good inventory.

This is a very fun activity for children of all ages since the flavors of the cider are MUCH more complex and satisfying than apple juice. The varieties of apples we have picked from the McCleary and Belli Ranches and local sites are from a wide variety of trees which should yield some wonderful and complex flavors.

Feel free to bring snacks and some to share.  Bottles of water would be a good idea.  Bring a knife to help with cutting up the apples.  If you have a canopy you’d be willing to bring, that would assist the volunteers with shade.  Let us know if you’re able to bring one.  Extra folding chairs would also be welcome.

Preparing apples, pressing and bottling
Location: 3220 Churchill Dr. Washoe Valley

Dates & Times
Saturday Oct. 11th (1:00 – 5:00 PM)
Sunday Oct. 12th (1:00 – 4:00 PM

If you plan to participate and have not yet contacted us, please call our house at 345-1515 or reply to this message by Wednesday (10/ 8). We look forward to having you join us.

Washoe City Cell Tower Hearing

Verizon Wireless – Update proposed special use permit for a Verizon Wireless cell tower located at 205 US Highway 395 N, Washoe Valley, NV (SB14-002). This item was previously heard by the South Truckee Meadows/ Washoe Valley Citizen Advisory Board on May 5 and was denied on June 5 at the Board of Adjustment. An appeal to the Board of Adjustment decision  is tentatively scheduled for the October 28, 2014 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Truckee Meadows Water Authority and Well Mitigation – Update on the Department of Water Resources and Truckee Meadows Water Authority merger including an update on well mitigation program. Washoe County Director of Community Services, Dave Salaro,  will be available to answer Citizen Advisory Board member and community questions following the presentation.

The South Truckee Meadows/ Washoe Valley Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) will meet
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 P.M., South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway,
Reno, Nevada.
Updates to be addressed:
Verizon Wireless – Update proposed special use permit for a Verizon Wireless cell tower located at 205 US Highway 395 N, Washoe Valley, NV (SB14-002). This item was previously heard by the South Truckee Meadows/ Washoe Valley Citizen Advisory Board on May 5 and was denied on June 5 at the Board of Adjustment. An appeal to the Board of Adjustment decision is tentatively scheduled for the October 28, 2014 Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Truckee Meadows Water Authority and Well Mitigation – Update on the Department of Water Resources and Truckee Meadows Water Authority merger including an update on well mitigation program. Washoe County Director of Community Services, Dave Salaro, will be available to answer Citizen Advisory Board member and community questions following the presentation.

Full Moon Hike!

100 Years Ago

From the Nevada State Journal, September 7, 1914

100 Years Ago, September 7, 1914 from the Nevada State Journal

Austria suffers losses in battles with Russia, pleads for German assistance

English order Germans out of Egypt

Pope Benedict XV crowned in Rome

Germans moving on Paris

Baltimore Mob boards English ship; Throw Flag Overboard.

Russians capture German Zeppelin with 30 passengers

Japanese planes drop bombs on radio facility in German territory of China

200 Montana National Guard troops who were sympathetic to striking miners were forced to Butte under guard to join the militia keeping the peace.

The Southern Pacific has an ad selling Railroad land for farms and ranches.

Northern Nevada mining men are in Reno for mine rescue and first aid events at UNR in conjunction with other Labor Day events.

Want Ad: Marry if you are lonely; the reliable, confidential successful club has large number of wealthy, eligible members, both sexes, wishing early marriage. Descriptions free. Mrs. Wirbel, box 26, Oakland, CA

A 5000 pound chunk of coal has been found on the surface at the 400 block of Sierra Street and is drawing curious crowds. It is not known if it is due to the recent earthquake.

Undersheriff Dunkle and District Attorney Moore returned by auto from Bridgeport with the man they suspected of being involved in the recent murder on Virginia Road. The prisoner, who gave himself up in Bridgeport,  is a Scotchman and while he admits he is the one seen at Virginia City and elsewhere he maintains he knows nothing of the crime. After questioning him closely, the investigators are inclined to believe him.

7-Eleven Closing

The 7-eleven store in New Washoe City is closing, reportedly on the 17th of this month. Already, shelves are emptying. While it is not known the behind-the-scenes reasons, it would not be surprising that the new Dollar General across the street might have something to do with it.

Washoe Valley Citizen Alert

Verizon Wireless Cellular Communications Tower Update – 09/01/14
At the Board of Adjustment meeting on 06/05/14, the Verizon Wireless Application for a Special Use Permit to build a 100 ft. Cellular Communications Tower in North Washoe Valley was denied.
Verizon Wireless has chosen to appeal this decision to the Board of County Commissioners. A formal meeting date has not been set; however, the Planning Department believes that it could be at the end of October. This could change and be sooner.
We will need continued extensive citizen involvement to convince the County Commissioners to deny this application.

Detailed information on this or future applications can be found on the Washoe County Website (www.washoecounty.us). Select DEPARTMENT LIST at the top of the page and then select Planning and Development from the drop down menu. On the left side of the Planning and Development Home Page select Application Submittals. Projects for our area are under District Two.
This notification is being provided by The Washoe Valley Alliance. Please contact us at washoevalleyalliance@gmail.com if you have questions about this notification.

100 Years Ago In Reno

News from the Reno Evening Gazette of August 19, 1914.

Pope Pius given last rites. Relapse occurs in condition of pontiff and he fails to respond to all stimulants.

Germany is advancing across Belgium towards France threatening an “immense engagement”.

Jesse R. Grant, son of President civil war general Grant petitioned the court to stay his divorce previously granted in Goldfield after meeting the 6 month residency requirement. The couple, married in 1880 both claimed desertion.

Four Goldfield motorists arrived at the Overland Hotel in their Lexington 40 having traveled 2,200 miles with their brindle bulldog. Three punctures have been the only unpleasant incidents during the journey.

From the opinion page: “A large proportion of the membership of Congress is slated for defeat. The list presumably includes every member who voted against the proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution extending the vote to the women of all states, whether or not the women of those States wanted it.”

Work is to resume on the Consolidated Virginia Mine in Virginia City. Exploration work is underway on a crosscut at the 2500′ level. Work was stopped briefly due to the Declaration of War.

Canadian women can veto their husbands enlistment in their military and that has resulted in up to 50 percent being denied in some areas.

RUUD instantaneous water heaters are advertised for “the final touch to bathroom comfort”.

A seven acre small ranch just 2 miles south of town near the Moana street car line is being “sold at once” for $2100. Includes a fine four room house and fine chicken house.

Young lovers Jack Day and Florence Tucker of the San Joaquin Valley in California stole a car and “lived the nature life in the jungles of Truckee” were located, split up and returned to their homes. It is feared Jack will be sent to reform school for his “pranks”. Florence’s mom is sympathetic.

Former resident of Reno, Mrs. Marie Hollcroft, was shot and killed in Sacramento by Earl Loomis, boy bandit.

James P. Martin, Nevada mining man, is being sued in San Francisco court for $12,500 in back alimony. He made but one payment of the $100 per month settlement she alleges.

Garden Club Event and Notes

Hi Everyone -

Garden Tour Tomorrow Night!

LOCATION, DIRECTIONS

Tomorrow night is our first farm/garden tour of this year.  Chris and Nita Taylor’s Pleasant Valley home located in Pleasant Valley, just south of the Mt. Rose Highway and Steamboat Hot Springs.  Their phone number is 848-7960.  It is at 6:30 and a potluck.  Bring a dish to share and we’ll all feast.

Chris and Nita live at 50 Connie Way, Pleasant Valley.  Take Eastlake to Old 395 and at the bottom of Washoe Hill, make your first left onto Pagni Way, go about 3 blocks to the last street which will be Connie Way.  Turn right and look for #50.

IF YOU’RE COMING FROM RENO, take Old 395 south of freeway 395 to the bottom of Washoe Hill after driving through nearly all of Pleasant Valley.  The last street on your right BEFORE you start up Washoe Hill is Pagni Way.  Turn right and drive about 3 blocks.  The last street is Connie Way.  Turn right and look for #50.

GARDEN TOUR

We will be touring Chris and Nita’s Garden.  You can ask questions about methods, watering, varieties chosen, and the how he runs his CSA (Community supported agriculture – i.e., subscription supported).  Gardening is such an individual and creative project.  Always interesting to see how other do it.

RTC AND DAVID JICKLING

Can we have and support public transportation that serves Washoe and Pleasant Valleys?  David will talk to us about what might be possible if there is enough ridership to make it pay and types of transportation methods and vehicles that might work.  What are alternatives for us for the future?  I’m sure we all know someone who does not drive or cannot who lives out here.  What kind of transportation, to where, and for how long would work for those individuals?  Are there more options?

OWLS – A SURPRISE TOPIC

Turns out David Jickling is also very knowledgeable about owls.  We recently talked about Barn Owls and how they might be beneficial to keeping the rodents out of our gardens and vegetables.  Let’s ask some questions of David and hear how these might be encouraged here.

GREEK FESTIVAL TICKETS – August 22 – 24

We always get some tickets to the Greek Festival in Reno this time of year and we have some available for those who’d like to attend.  The tickets are $12 each and give you $10 food credit.  The choices include Gyros, Loucumades, and other Greek specialities.  I LOVE Greek food so we always attend (usually Friday night – it opens at 5:00pm), and enjoy company with those who like the food and Greek dancing and cultural specialities.  Entry fees on the days of the event do not include food credit and are more than the $2.  I only have a few and must have them (and $) back by Wednesday so let me know if you’d like some.

LOST AND FOUND

I still have a stainless water bottle from several months ago and I now also have a pie server implement.  Let me know if these belong to you.  I don’t need them by my front door.  :)

See you all tomorrow.

Regards,

Donna Murphy-Sharp
775-772-4963