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Opera More Cheek Than Chic ByJACKNEAL Will silliness do 9 Last Friday and Saturday Nevada Opera mounted their version of Donizetti's "Daughter of The Regiment." Silliness indeed. This was the composer's first flirtation with French opera-comique Impressario Ted Puffer has broadened that flirtation making the Donizetti tongue-in-cheek approach more cheek than chic What should have sparkled with musical wit, vocal fireworks and -comedic shenanigans, slid across the Pioneer Theater stage with the ooze of an off-target pie Katherine Hepburn recently said, "If you're silly enough . . . long enough . . . you can accomplish anything." She was jesting Friend and film director George Cukor retorted, "She's not a bit silly. Hepburn has proven you can accomplish anything with character and talent " Nevada Opera's "Daughter" was long on silliness and well fixed for talent What it lacked was character. Don't misunderstand. Local operaphiles were entertained But why settle for the mildly pleasant when you can have the wildly exciting. "Daughter of The Regiment" is a curious choice anyway The opera has little to offer musically other than to showcase great bel canto singing. Donizetti's florid vocal line -- from the wrong throats - is little more than tedious vocalizing. With Sutherland its terrific. She can do it. So can Sills Hopefully there are other prospective divas just waiting for their chance. It would be exciting to hear new voices on their way up But evidently they're not on 'Nevada Opera's mailing list of the tried and true. These kinds of voices need discovering before operatic curiosities are selected for production. Seasoned trouper Janet Winston has made great strides vocally since last season's outing here as Musetta. The voice has much better placement allowing her keen sense of musicality to shine through. But the Winston skills are not up to the Donizetti demands. Coloratura trills and roulades are craggy landscapes indeed. Winston was vocally impressive as far as she dared venture, but acres of bel canto ornamentation were missing with emasculating musical results. "Daughter's" musical interest is mostly athletic. Will she make it? Won't she make it 9 It's like watching a high wire act -- sans the net. When conductor Puffer put up the operatic net, he neutralized audience excitement. We can forgive some misplaced notes, but Donizetti without vocal risk is thrill-less and forgettable. The essence is gone. Dramatically Winston is a handsome Marie imbued with a sense of fun that under more taut, imaginative direction could have been a real theatrical hoot. As the love of her life, tenor Karl Dan Sorensen hits high C's at any sign of affection. He's been a local Nevada Opera favorite for some time, but the enamored Tonio is not right for the Sorensen voice. Tonio's aria "Eh! bien' ? . Pou mon ame quel destin" is riddled with a string of high C's -he's clearly impassioned. A most demanding moment of bel canto gulps and squeals that doesn't quite come off. Bob Trimble is neatly cast as the regimental sergeant with the John L Lewis eyebrows His vocal menage a trois -- "Is it you? What a joy!" -with Marie and Tonio during the inevitable re-uniting scene was the evening's showstopper The "gosh, ah shucks" stage presence and dashing good looks of Howard Hoffman were perfect for the corporal of the guard Marie's long lost mother, the hoity toity Marquise of Brekenfield was outrageously played by Willene Gunn. Gunn was draped in what looked to be rejected Carmen Miranda gypsy type outfits. She's also developed a vibrato wide enough to embrace Bertha, but her fallen shady lady helps sustain what plot there is with zest The final scene of quick resolution really left the realm of good operatic judgment and acquired the unrestrained zaniness of a screwball Hoffnung Festival horrotorip. Sorry gang. There's a clear difference between a screwball Hoffnung horrotorio and a Donizetti comic opera. There's also a fine line between the workable and the unworkable. You crossed it. And the set. Lovely Marie may have gone from rags to riches, but the set went from rags to pieces. "Daughter" is old The set looked older The evening had two great pleasures. The men's chorus and the orchestra -- especially the brasses. The chorus was robust, and moved well. Bravo. It would be nice to hear a larger orchestra, but what we heard was good, solid professional work. Bravissimo. Cosh Stolen Joseph Cordova, owner of the Gub Interlude, 9 E. Plaza St., told police someone pried open the door to his office and stole about $180 cash. Whiskey Taken Jeffrey Rogers, a security man with Raley's supermarket at 4047 S. Virginia St., reported to police someone entered a storage area, apparently by stealth, and took three cases of whiskey valued at $330. New Esmeralda Sheriff Will Carry Gun in Purse By GEOFF DORNAN GOLDFIELD (DPI) - The image is part of Nevada's heritage. The steel-eyed lawman, .45 on his hip, standing watch over his town as the sun, its last orange rays reflecting off his tin star, drops behind the sage-dotted horizon. The townspeople could sleep easy knowing the rights of lesser men and, above all, the honor of their womenfolk, would be protected. But, in this old mining camp, at least part of that image is about to bite the dust If the new Esmeralda County sheriff decides to carry a gun, it will be in her purse. Sarah Carter says it's a job she didn't want, didn't think she could win and isn't sure she can do, but Jan 3, she will be sworn in as the second woman sheriff in Nevada history, and the first to be elected in her own right Although she claims neither the stature of Matt Dillon nor the steely glint of Wyatt Earp, Mrs. Carter does hope to emulate one part of that image and give her people the feeling of security they want. "I ran in desperation," she said "There just wasn't any law enforcement up here. The present department seems to close down about 5 o'clock and, with all the beefing, fighting and backbiting in the courthouse, the people didn't have a chance. She said Esmeralda County's problems are not so much rampant crime as lack of service "I intend mainly to work in the office. I'll organize, get the money and equipment, make the education available I want to get the people of this county together and make them aware of what they need to protect themselves Much of the problem we have can be fixed if we can get the people involved." "For actually going out, I'm depending very much on Frank Sweeney who she has named chief deputy) "I'll probably carry a gun in my purse. If anyone's in trouble, I'll be there. I just hope I'll be some help," she said Mrs. Carter said she got involved in Esmeralda County's law enforcement problems after she and her husband decided to move back from Las Vegas, with plans of eventually retiring in Goldfield. She and her husband, Harley, who was Esmeralda district attorney in 1968, said they tried to get three different men to run for the office this year. "When they wouldn't, I ran in desperation At first, my husband didn't think a woman could win, but after I filed, he was behind me 100 per cent Even then, 1 didn't think 1 would ever end up sheriff. I didn't feel I was the person for it and I still don't, but I've got the job so now I have to get in there and do it," she said. She handily defeated incumbent Jim Bridgeman in the Democratic primary and went on to defeat both Republican Charles Cathcart and Independent James Harrison in November She said that makes her only the second woman sheriff in state history' and the first elected in her own right. The only other was Clara Dunham Crowell who was appointed Lander County sheriff in 1919 after the death of her husband" George. She left office after completing his term Mrs. Carter and her husband became aware of the law enforcement problems in Esmeralda County partially by talking with sheriff Ken Siri who resigned July 1 after a long series of disputes with the county missioners He was replaced by Bridgema who was appointed to serve until the election Mrs Carter said she ran as an unofhciz ticket along with commission candidate Edward Denton and Cliff Northrup Theyals won election "We're looking ahead and willing to together to solve the problems," she saic "Without Sweeney, my husband and severs others in the community, I couldn't do In addition, her supporters include si children ranging in age from 17 to 30 Mrs Carter, 49, said she is not planning embark on a new career "I seriously doubt I'll run again after two years is up," she said "Most of the people I feel are behind Otherwise I wouldn't have been elected course there's always some opposition. been warned there are a few who plan me a bad time Some feel a woman man's job, but I believe most voted because they thought I could and as a of what was going on," she said. "With their support, I can do the Penny Sfof Machine Going Way of Dodo By BRENDAN RILEY CARSON CITY (AP) - The ante's still a penny for some slot machines in Nevada casinos. But the penny slot, artifact from the early days of gambling, is getting harder and harder to find. Now there are just 344 penny "one-armed bandits" around the state, of a total of more than 52,000 slots. Casino operators say they're gradually being converted to handle nickles. Even the far more numerous nickle machines face the prospect of being phased out eventually as clubs try to get gamblers to play higher-denomination coins, an industry spokesman says. Pepper Hailey, manager of the Coin Castle Casino in Las Vegas, says his club is one of the dwindling number of casinos which still set up penny slots at the front door. "We use them as shill machines," he said "They're set up where the people walk by. We still have a lot of penny players. And when other gamblers see them playing the machines, then they'lj come in, too." But a state Gaming Control Board spokesman said the penny slots are gradually disappearing because casino operators often find they don't bring in enough revenue to cover taxes -- which can run $550 or more per machine yearly. That's a minimum of 55,000 pennies which has to be pumped into the small-chance slots -- and stay there instead of coming back out in jackpots for players. Tom Mulligan, sales manager for Bally Distributing Co., a major slot firm, said his company won't provide penny slots to casinos unless a special request is made, "and we seldom get requests anymore." Mulligan said the penny slot is a "gimmick" machine anyway. The standard location is at a front door or near a casino restaurant where diners can toss in their small change after paying their food bill, he said. Mulligan said the penny slot players have a good time because often they really don't care if they win or lose. "Who wants a pocketful of pennies. What's a penny worth'" he asked. Jackpots on the penny slots can run anywhere from $5 to $50 or even higher. One club once had a $500 jackpot on a penny machine. Hailey said penny slot players "are all different kinds of people. Some are poor, and others are higher-class. Some have never played slots and they play pennies to see what it's like." Hailey said that a big jackpot -- up to $50 on his penny machines -- is paid off in nickles at his clubs in efforts to encourage gamblers to try a machine which takes larger-denomination coins. "There's just not much money in a penny slot anymore," he said. journal 8~ Monday, Dec. 13,1976 Ambulance Companies Battle Journal Carson City Bureau Professional ambulance service, apparently having some financial problems and locked in a court battle with a rival firm, absolutely does not intend to leave the capital city. Carson City Manager Henry Etchemendy said Friday he received such an assurance from Saddler Enterprises, the San Francisco-based firm with which Professional Ambulance has a management agreement. Professional Ambulance was granted an exclusive operating franchise plus a $12,000 a year subsidy by Carson Supervisors last April But the Reno based firm of Aids Ambulance has refused to cease its Carson City operations, claiming that the franchise amounts to an "unlawful and illegal restraint of trade." Aids' allegations are in response to a district court suit filed against it by the city -- a suit which has broadened to the point where Aids and Professional are now asking in excess of $110,000 in damages from one another. Professional, for its part, says Aids is operating "unlawfully" in the face of the franchise ordinance to its (Professional's) financial detriment. District Judge Frank Gregory has set a trial date of Jan 24 "If Professional goes broke -- and I understand they are just about to that point -- Aids will automatically take over the service here," commented Carson Supervisor John Hayes during an informal board meeting, Thursday "And how long will it be until they ask for that subsidy?" If this should occur, Hayes suggested, supervisors should tell Aids to operate without the subsidy or face the possibility of a municipally run ambulance service based within the fire department. Hug Concert Scheduled The annual Christmas concert and raffle of the Hug High School Music Department will be held 7:30 Thursday night in the school gymnasium. Performing will be the Hug Gospel Choir, under the direction of Arma Mack, and the concert choir and band, directed by Alan Ross. The public is invited to attend. Gaming Chip Forgery Investigated ELKO (UPI) - Officials at Stockmen's Hotel have withdrawn all $25 gambling chips from their casino after learning that $25,000 in forgeries of the chips were made by a Salt Lake City printing firm. Casino spokesmen said Sunday the $25 chips will remain out of circulation until the man who ordered the printing of the forgeries is caught. "We've heard of this happening before at other Nevada casinos," spokesmen said. "The person probably planned to find another Nevada casino with $1 chips similar in color to ours, and then try to glue the inlays on top." Meanwhile in Salt Lake, detectives said the 1,000 inlays were ordered through Campbell Printing Co., last November. The firm notified the U.S. Secret Service, but the federal agency finally said the matter was under the city's jurisdiction. In the meantime the customer picked up the inlays. Police are warning Salt Lake area residents that anyone buying such chips or inlays could face charges of possession of a forgery. Legislators Given '77 Sneak Preview By BILL PHILLIPS CARSON CITY -- Like race horses in a starting gate, the Legislators are chomping at the bit as the Jan. 17, 1977 starting draws closer Their appetites were wnetted further over the weekend as a nuts and bolts session designed for freshmen assemblymen and senators brought the politicians together. In between instructions on how to determine the progress of where the men's room is located, the legislators nestled in little discuss gaming controls, sales tax on food or Equal Rights Amendment action. Political gossip interlaced campaign tales, around coffee and donuts offered between seminars on the power structure, how to use the legislative process or avoid and/or find the press and lobbyists so desires Although designed for first-termers, the crowd was filled with legislators -- rehashing information they have long digested. It like the call of the modern structure across from the traditional Capitol building was too much to ignore for veterans like Sen. Lamb or Assemblyman Don Mello. Another master of the art, former Assembly Speaker Keith Ashworth, attended legitimately as a freshman state senator elected from County this past election. Giggles would circulate the seminar of freshmen as he would ask how to use the state's complex telephone obviously in an effort to keep a "true" freshman from being by asking a silly question. The legislators were not the only ones ready for the starting open. Roaming the hallways were staff members, press corps and the present lobbyists -- shaking hands, slapping backs and maybe hint or two on a' 'proper way to vote '' Assemblyman-elect Dale Goodman, a young Texas native, walked halls of the legislative building in glowing awe as he soaked knowledge and atmosphere flowing throughout the seminars Fellow Reno Assemblyman, Pat Murphy, declared he gladly yield as "youngest legislator" to Goodman, but artfully reminded" all still is the y9ungest ever to be elected in the state's history. For the first time since construction, the legislative building will occupied soley by the Legislature and its staff - affording each his own office space for the first time in the state's history. The anxious gathering was told by State Sen. Jim Gibson, majority leader, that today's legislator can expect to be busier than those yesteryear "Between our session practically every member is assigned to subcommittee charged with a specific task," the Henderson representative warned. "This is very important work, and you should Frank Daykin, legislative counsel, weaved his dry humor into technical outline of how to draft and introduce a bill, but said on how to get it passed would have to be offered confidentially Moans could be heard in the back of the room when Assembly Joe Dini informed his charges that 8 a.m. sessions are a real possibility the beginning weeks of the 1977 Session. Time appeared as an enemy throughout the seminar as deadlines projects and past performances were discussed. Gibson announced Senate may have hearings on the ERA as early as two weeks session -- a task never accomplished in 1975. Constant references to the record-breaking 122 day session in heard, and the leadership continued to emphasize that a target or less had been mentally set. Some freshmen are taken aback when an eight inch thick binder computer readout was handed across the table to them with the that it was the spending program for the state for the past Further shock set in as the "near $1 billion" figure was casually purposely, thrown on the table by Ronald Sparks, chief deputy fiscal analyst. Lamb, noted fiscal authority in the Senate, reminded the lawmakers gaming now provides 31 cents of every dollar taken in by the you can see the effect that would have if something were to industry." Rushed to another seminar, legislators swapped information on apartment bargains -- some sneaking out in order to sign a lease place to lay one's weary head between what promises to be long, hardworking days ahead. The orientation, beginning as the sun peaked over the eastern ranges and concluding in the dark each day, gave the freshmen the future The veterans had memories revived. Astronaut To Speak NASA Scientist-Astronaut Dr. Robert Parker will be in Reno today to deliver a free public talk at 8 p.m., in the University of Nevada-Reno old gym. Dr. Parker replaces Dr. Karl Henize as featured speaker. Dr Henize, who is involved in plans for the space shuttle, was unable to make the trip to Reno. Dr. Parker served as Program Scientist for three manned Skylab missions. He was also a member of the support crew for the Apollo 15 and 17 missions. He is curently serving as chief of scientist-astronauts for NASA's Science and Applications Directorate. Dr. Parker's talk is sponsored by t h e F l e i s c h m a n n A t - mospherium/Planetarium ROBERT PARKER ... astronaut Firm Accepts Settlement Standard Resources, Inc., a Carson City corporation, Friaay accepted a cash settlement from Cyprus Mines Corporation of Los Angeles of completion of its part of a joint venture involving Standard's Grande Mine and Mill. Charles H. Branstetter, president of Standard, said his company Cyprus agreed last March on the terms of the joint venture at Grande, which is located about 27 miles south of Carson City. It called for a three-phase feasibility study to be financed by further exploration, development, and operation of the Veta Grande, which contains a quartz vein about 5,000 feet in length with a content of potentially commercial value and bearing varying amounts silver.

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