Good Morning, Carson Valley: June 24

Posted By on June 24, 2015

by Joey Crandall,

GARDNERVILLE, Nev., June 24, 2015 — While waiting for the final update of the day on the Washington Fire from the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators Tuesday evening, we had two completely random, feel good stories just sort of waltz through the door.

Photo by Rachel Radach

Photo by Rachel Radach

Rachel Radach captured the scene in downtown Markleeville as owners Nick & Ali of the Stonefly gave out free pizza and cookies to the firefighters. Rachel reported that they apparently had a gathering of community members sharing in the fun.

Thanks again to the firefighters and all of the support staff working around the clock to protect families, homes and businesses in the area. And a tip of the cap also to the people of Markleeville for finding a special and memorable way to give back even in a time of need.

And Jeff Sullivan of Jeff Sullivan Photography was kind enough to share this timelapse he captured early Tuesday morning of the Aurora Borealis over the smoke and lights of Carson Valley. That’s right, Aurora Borealis over Carson Valley. Apparently there have been other sightings in our region of the country this week, including in Utah. Jeff said he had to move further south in order to position himself to capture it.

As with the last several days, we’ll be keeping the bulk of our Washington Fire updates here at this link. It’s been quiet on that front since 10 p.m. Tuesday, but there should be an official update coming in the next hour or two.

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In the area of the fire, they’re looking at highs in the low 80s today with winds continuing to hover around 5 mph. They’re racing both the progress of the fire and a series of thunderstorms expected to roll in as early as Friday.

In the Valley, look for areas of smoke through at least 11 a.m. (The Ranchos AIQ sensor has been registering the area as “unhealthy” for the past several hours) as temperatures climb to 93 degrees this afternoon. Another good day to stay inside, if you can. We’re on an upward trend toward 98 degrees this weekend, with thunderstorms expected to start Saturday.

It is Farmers Market day in Gardnerville with the Lampe Park Farmers Market running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lampe Park parking lot and the Sierra Chef Farm to Fork Farmers Market running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sierra Gourmet Grill parking lot (1278 Highway 395).

The Douglas County Public Library hosts storytime at 10:30 at Lampe Park near the Farmers Market. Children ages three and up are invited to attend.  The program includes stories, music, and crafts.  Information,, or call the library at 775-782-9841.

The library is also hosting a free Super Space Heroes movies for ages 4 and up at the Minden branch of the Library, 1625 Library Lane, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Space Buddies (G), WALL-E (G), Rocketeer (PG).

And Minden Meat & Deli is celebrating 1,000 consecutive days of business this afternoon and evening with a parking lot party from 4 to 8 p.m. You can read more about that here.

That’s a full lid for this morning. Take care out there and have a great day.