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&i (f Wednesdays 8pm-midnight tmn . L I gur u. I v-jmv - ri fjntf t wuu in rasn una prizes LARSON&JDOUGLAS Wffli PAID ADVERTISEMENT SECTION C TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2003 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNALRGJ.COM LY Mm 11 wm map mm TODAY Veterans plan rally to support Bush, troops STAFF REPORT A coalition of northern Nevada military veterans is planning a rally at noon Wednesday at the Nevada Capitol in support of President Bush and American troops ready for war in Iraq. "Any citizen who supports our president and supports our troops is welcome," said Bud Southard, 60, of Dayton, who served 23 years in the Navy. "We're hoping for200-plus." Southard said local veterans groups are discouraged from partici- fating in protests or ral-ies because their national offices make political statements. "Military people just do not demonstrate whatsoever," he said. "We are kind of part of the silent majority." But Southard said veterans were eager to show their support. "The actual idea came from Dan Dallas, one of our Navy Leaguers," he said. "He called me and several other people and the next thing you know, we were painting signs." Southard, a Navy air crewman in the Vietnam War, said the theme of the gathering is "Rally Around the Flag." "We're not a bunch of warmongers," he said. "We just happen to have a little different view. We're not going to do anything negative. This kind of counterbalances the negative stuff." DETAILS What: Rally around the Flag When: Wednesday Where: Nevada Legislature Building, Carson City Details: Bud Southard, 246-7965 TODAY Obituaries 4C Bake, Mary Ann Bevilacqua, Romolo Fisher, Amanda Grundhauser, Elizabeth A. Hutzelman, Dorothy Ellen Main, Sidney Lynn Marcellus, Gordon Parsons, Clifford Frederick Redmond, Louis Forum What's your view on latest survey? i Today's question: Will Saddam TyTTJ Hussein tyOJcom leave Iraq Reno Gazette-Journal HBIBSMnB President Bush demanded? Yesterday's question: Will U.S. relations with France, Germany, Russia and other nations that opposed unilateral war in Iraq be repairable after the war? Results as of 9:45 p.m. Monday: 300 votes. Yes: 143 votes, 48 percent. Maybe: 80 votes, 26 percent. No: 77 votes, 26 percent. To vote: Log onto rgj.comnews. Contact us Bureau Chief: Sheila Gardner, (775) 885-5561 E-mail: Newsroom fax: (775) 885-5565 Circulation: (775) 786-8744 Classified: (775)348-7355 March 7 death: Girl played with dogs for 3 days before attack. By Sandl Wright RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL A 5-year-old Stagecoach girl killed March 7 by two Rottweiler dogs in Joshua Tree, Calif., loved animals and never was afraid of them, her mother said Monday. Carson library in a pinch Pi ' 7 i y I 1 1 h If i 55. laiiijta--ii(irTif a Photos bj Lisa J. ToldaReno Gazette-Journal BUDGET SHORTAGE: Patrons of a crowded Carson City Library search for books Friday. News that the library might have to cut hours to save money came as a surprise to many customers. Because of a budget shortfall, the library might be forced to close on Saturdays beginning July 1 . Patrons trying to prevent cut in hours Nicole Meyer is a dream patron for librarians. With 3-year-old Jenaya in tow, Meyer stopped by the Carson City Library on Friday afternoon to pick out books to read to Jenaya and her 4-year-old brother, Jayden. "I just renewed my card," she said. "Since Jayden has been in preschool, he's really into books. I love reading books to my children." Sprawled on the floor in the youth section, Jennifer Huskey, 14, was reading even though school was out for the weekend and the temperature outside was 60 degrees. Her brother Erik, 11, sat nearby leafing through "Mad" magazines. "We usually come here once a week," she said. "We have a lot of research projects at school, and I like to use the computers." News that the library might be closed on Saturdays to save money came as a surprise to the Meyers and Huskeys. "I kind of feel disappointed,r Jennifer said. "People could help keep the library open. I would encourage them to give donations." Applications open for Carson panels STAFF REPORT Carson City is seeking members for the Planning Commission and Shade Tree Council. The Planning Commission oversees matters pertaining to development, land-use and growth, meeting at 3:30 p.m. the last Wednesday or each month. The vacancy is for a term that expires in June. Volunteers must apply by Monday. Three two-year terms are The dogs attacked and mauled Jennifer Nicole Davis, known as Nicki, after she entered the back yard of a home her father was helping to landscape, said Robin Haynal, spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. "She had played in the sandbox around the dogs for three consecutive days before this, but she was always with her daddy," said Nicki's mother, Mary Davis. " She was outside the fence '05 rEm mv-m fej bop Mk Li . .w ... 1 POPULAR PROGRAMS: Just one of the many weekday programs at the Carson City Library is the Lapsit program, which includes stories, songs and rhymes for 2-year-olds and their caregivers to enjoy. It's that kind of loyalty that inspired patrons to circulate petitions asking that the library be exempt from the city's proposed 3 percent budget cuts. The board of library trustees is set to meet tonight to discuss the possible ramifications, which include closing the library on Saturdays and increasing fines and fees. When Sally Edwards went to work for the Carson City Library 25 years ago, the city's population was 29,000 and the facility was open 64 hours a week. During that year, 170,000 items CarsontDouglas roundup open on the Shade Tree Council, which provides advice concerning developing and maintaining Carson City's urban forests. The deadline for applying is March 25. Applications are available from Carson City Human Resources, 201 Carson St., Suite 4, Carson City. Information: 887-2103 or humanresources 2-day equestrian school offered The Carson City Sheriff's line with her father when, for some unknown reason, she went into the back yard," Haynal said. "The father hears noises and comes running, but has to yell and wave a hammer at the dogs to scare them off." After the attack, the child was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif., where she died at 11:27 a.m., said a spokesman from the Riverside County Coroner's Office. An autopsy March 10 showed she died of multiple M.atttl..t..Jlm.-.lMJ.l-.u-.a,.J,..n... J were circulated, and staff fielded 4,514 requests from patrons. Fast forward to 2003. Edwards is now library director at the facility serving a population that has doubled. Assistance to patrons in the last fiscal year was 66,823 and 370,000 items were circulated. In fact, the only area where the library has declined is the number of hours open to the public. The library is open 57 hours a hour week and that might change when . the next fiscal year begins Julyl. Office is offering a two-day equestrian school for civilians from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 and 23. The fund-raiser for the Carson City sheriff's mounted unit will be at Rancharrah's heated indoor arena in Reno. Training includes desensitizing training for horse and rider, formation riding and riding instruction from certified instructor T.M. Casey along with training officers Joe Bruno and Vince Parozzi and mounted deputies. Classes are limited to 25 students with horses. Cer Jennifer Nicole Davis: She died in her father's arms. Provided by Mary Davis injuries from the dogs. The girl's father, John Davis, was in Joshua Tree visiting his sister and helping her boyfriend with work around his house. Nicki, who would have entered the Head Start pro- u mum 1 1 Waif wm Uf ft 1 4 SHEILA GARDNER "The demand for books and material has never been higher," Edwards said. "There hasn't been a day that we've had less than 1,000 in the building. Some days we have 2,000." If the 3 percent cut goes through, Edwards said, patrons can expect other changes effective July 1 from a 20 percent reduction of books and materials expenditures to no paper for printing from adult computers. Mayor Ray Masayko, who's hearing from unhappy patrons, said the decision about how to trim the budget is up to the library, not the city supervisors. "We suggested all departments look at ways to trim their budgets," he said. "No decision has been made. That proposal See LIBRARY on 5C tificates will be issued by the sheriff's office. Cost is $200 for two days, with a $100 deposit required. Lunch is provided on Saturday, with a barbecue Sunday. For more information, call 246-3668. Send in your items If you have an item you would like to submit, send it to the Reno Gazette-Journal Carson Bureau, 5055 Metric Way, Carson City, NV 98706, fax it to 885-5565 or e-mail it to I gram next week, went along for the trip, said Davis. Davis said her daughter was a gentle child. She loved horses in particular, but all animals were important to her. "She had a cockatiel named Angel that used to sing with her, and a (pit bull) dog named Dexter," Davis said. "She was very loving and kind-hearted. She was raised with Dexter. She used to ride him and put barrettes in his ears," Davis said. "She was never afraid of any Opposition builds against Genoa Lakes time-share plan 156-unit project: Residents fear adverse impacts on traffic, water. By Tim Anderson RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Opposition to a proposed 156-unit time-share development at Genoa Lakes is mounting. "This kind of project just isn't appropriate for our small community. It would seriously damage Genoa's rural character and have major adverse impacts on those of us who live here," Martha DeSpain said Monday. DeSpain, secretary of the Sierra Shadows Homeowners Association, said the group sent a letter of opposition to county officials, citing the prospect of increased traffic, strained water resources and additional demands on firefighters and other services. The Genoa Town Board last week listed similar concerns in recommending the Douglas County Planning Commission deny the appli St. Patrick's DavM B. PvkerReno Gazette-Journal BRIEF RESPITE: Pam Bull, right, helps Jaime Douglas with her hat as Lisa Smith looks on Monday evening.The Reno residents were enjoying the St. Patrick's Day Party at Rapscallion's on Wells Avenue. Death penalty foes protest vet's execution By Martha Bellisle RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL As war in Iraq looms, about 20 death penalty opponents held a vigil Monday in Reno to protest the planned execution today by the federal government of a decorated Gulf War veteran who was convicted of rape, murder and kidnapping. Louis Jones Jr., 53, a 22-year Army veteran, claimed his exposure to nerve gas in Iraq made him prone to violence. He was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 4 a.m. PST today at the U.S. Penitentiary near Terre Haute, Ind. Intervention by President Bush was Jones' only hope for clemency. Jones would be the third person executed by the fed animals. How could this happen?" Davis said after the attack, Nicki was resuscitated once by the paramedics and again later at the hospital. "The third time, they let her go," she said. "This is really hard on her dad. The paramedic told him it was the most horrifying thing he'd ever seen in 36 years. All the damage was done to her head and she lost a lot of blood," Davis said. See MAULING on 5C cation by MDA Enterprises, owner of The Golf Club at ' Genoa Lakes. But company officials said they intend to pursue the application, tentatively set to be heard again April 8 before the county's planning panel. Planners heard arguments in February but postponed a decision when golf course owner Mario Antoci asked for a continuance. Antoci has offered the Genoa Lakes Homeowners Association an opportunity to acquire the site. In a letter delivered to homeowners last week, Antoci said if the resort expansion is approved by the county, the association would have a chance to buy the golf course for $26 million. Antoci, who consistently has said the addition of time share units and a fitness center at Genoa Lakes would create one of northern Nevada's most desirable destinations, was unavailable for comment Monday. He has previously mentioned the possibility of selling after obtaining approval for on-site housing. See GENOA on 5C revelers eral government in 40 years. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed June 11, 2001, followed by drug kingpin Juan Garza on June 1 9, 200 1 . Nancy Hart, president of the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty and an organizer of the protest outside the federal courthouse in downtown Reno, called capital punishment "an outdated symbol of cruelty and revenge." "Many people believe that it's wrong for the government to be killing its citizens as a response to violent crime," Hart said. Some protesters carried signs that read: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" and "All killing is wrong." See PROTEST on 5C :

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