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  • Job readiness seminar April 10-12
    Those still struggling to find work in a slowly recovering economy can sign up for a job readiness seminar to be held April 10-12 at Carson Valley Inn in Minden. Presented By Douglas County’s Employment, Training and Job Development Program, participants in the seminar will receive hands-on, expert advice from employment professionals on the workplace readiness skills that employers seek in qualified applicants, résumé preparation, organizing and managing job searches, the essentials of networking, using social media, improving interviewing skills and effective post-interview follow-up. Pre-registration is required. The three-day seminar is free and includes lunch. Daily check-in is 8:30 a.m. …

  • Rolling out the red carpet for digital movies
    A life-long film buff and former industry executive is taking Carson Valley’s only movie theater into the digital age. Jim Sheehan, along with two business partners, purchased Minden’s Ironwood Cinemas out of bankruptcy last year. The way he talks about his investment, in light of the film industry itself, there’s no way forward but digitalization. “The industry is going digital,” Sheehan said in an interview Thursday. “I think there will be no more film by the end of 2013. You either have to convert to digital or close your doors. There’s no in between.” He wasn’t exaggerating. Four outdated film …


  • If the local economy was on life support two and a half years ago, then it’s now a patient in recovery, regaining strength daily but still years from optimal health. That was the impression imparted Tuesday night at the Douglas County Economic Vitality Showcase, where government officials, business leaders and nonprofit groups convened to assess the county’s economic progress. County Commission Chairman Greg Lynn referred to the Economic Vitality Strategy and Action Plan enacted in the fall of 2010 as “our own mini-stimulus.” “When we kicked off our economic vitality efforts, we were in bad shape,” he said. In the …


  • In the middle of the Great Recession, Douglas County officials came together to come up with ways to strengthen the county’s economy. Focusing on those things that make the county different, they determined a dozen projects. On Tuesday, the public is invited to review the progress made on implementing the plan at the Douglas County Economic Vitality Showcase 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. A brief presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is set in an open house format, is designed to give businesses, residents, and community members the opportunity to learn …

  • Whitaker named to high council
    Waddell & Reed, Inc. has announced that Jeff Whitaker, financial advisor in the company’s Minden office, has been named to Waddell & Reed’s 2013 President’s Council, one of the highest honors for the firm’s financial advisors. Comprising only 12 of the approximately 1,800 Waddell & Reed financial advisors nationwide, the President’s Council is named annually based on an analysis of investment, insurance, and financial planning sales generated by the advisor. This is the ninth time that Whitaker has earned the honor. As a member of the council, Whitaker will meet periodically with firm management and other advisors, discussing ongoing goals, …


  • Main Street Gardnerville continues its cash mob economic stimulus campaign at Cheshire Antiques on Saturday. Cash mobs are part of a new movement aimed at supporting local businesses and rebuilding communities. Cash mobbers join together and commit to spending $10-20 at a predetermined local business. Locals are asked to join the Facebook group, Main Street Gardnerville Cash Mob, then invite their friends to do the same. A business is selected via random drawing of Main Street Gardnerville business members. The next cash mob will take place Saturday at Cheshire Antiques, 1423 Highway 395. Mobbers can show up anytime during regular …

  • City National literacy grants total more than $96,000
    City National Bank has awarded 110 Reading is the Way Up grants totaling more than $96,000 to support literacy-based projects at elementary, middle and high schools in Nevada, California, New York and Georgia. Two Carson Valley schools received grants. Reading is the Way Up is a literacy initiative through which City National has donated more than 170,000 books to elementary school libraries and awarded nearly 750 teacher grants to enhance literacy totaling more $600,000 since the program’s inception in 2002. The grants, ranging from $500 to $1,500, will help augment or expand literacy projects that were judged to be creative …


  • Where there’s a plan, there’s a will, Minden Town Manager Jenifer Davidson said last week about the future of Carson Valley’s historic downtowns. She was referring to the Valley Vision project, one of 12 projects identified in Douglas County’s Economic Vitality Plan, and for which public workshops begin Monday. Development of the plan has a price tag of approximately $70,000, with a third being funded by the county and towns, and the remaining funds coming from private stakeholders. Proponents hope the visioning process will pull together discrete elements of the Valley’s pioneer towns and produce a workable plan toward shared …

  • Yarn store builds tight-knit community
    The colorful skeins of yarn stacked in the cubbies of a Minden Village suite represent a craft that’s been passed down from generation to generation. For Gardnerville residents Jennifer Huntley and Kim Christensen, the skeins also represent the building blocks of Pioneer Yarn Company, which relocated to a 1,900-square-foot suite in February. Huntley is the owner, Christensen the general manager. “The challenge now is bringing in new customers,” Huntley said on Friday. “How do we find new people and teach them to knit and crochet? How do we get more young people involved?” Like many who frequent her store, Huntley …

  • Austinpalooza raises more than $8,500
    The third annual Austinpalooza on Feb. 22 was a night of food, music and festivities that culminated in more than $8,500 in funds raised for Austin’s House and the Society of Women Engineers at the University Nevada, Reno. The event, organized by GE’s Measurement and Control employees in Minden, was held at Jethro’s Bar and Grill in Gardnerville. Both charities rely heavily on support from partners, like GE, to sustain operations. “The services provided by both Austin’s House and the Society of Women Engineers are hugely beneficial to our Northern Nevada community,” said Ernest Carey, a GE employee and Austin’s …

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