Pony Express Re-Ride to stop in Carson Valley Thursday

Commemorative re-run celebrates Pony Express 154th Anniversary Staff Reports The National Pony Express Association’s annual commemorative re-run departs from Sacramento June 11 on a 10-day journey to St. Joseph, Mo. In the interim, more than 600 riders and horses will combine to cover 1,966 miles in back-to-back legs 24 hours a day along the route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Riders carry commemorative letters … Continue reading Pony Express Re-Ride to stop in Carson Valley Thursday

2014 Primary Election results: Wheeler defeats Reedy in Douglas; Pierini and Brady outdistance Gyll

  Primary Election Results Staff Reports Jim Wheeler defeats Robin Reedy ( 62.30 to 37.70 percent of the vote) in the Douglas County portion of the Assembly District 39 primary. Sheriff Ron Pierini (69.36) and David Brady (20.67) advanced over Michael Gyll (9.97) in the race for Sheriff. 9,268 voters – 6,626 Republicans, 1,754 Democrats and 888 non-partisan – turned out for the primaries,  accounting for … Continue reading 2014 Primary Election results: Wheeler defeats Reedy in Douglas; Pierini and Brady outdistance Gyll

The Long Road: 18-year-old former Gardnerville resident, cancer survivor to speak at high school graduation in Vancouver, Wash.

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The Long Road: 18-year-old former Gardnerville resident, cancer survivor to speak at high school graduation in Vancouver, Wash.

 

From left: Elaine, Karen, Don and Andrew Brockhage in Washington. Elaine graduates from high school Wednesday and will be one of two student speakers at the ceremony. - Photo courtesy of the Brockhage family
From left: Elaine, Karen, Don and Andrew Brockhage in Washington. Elaine graduates from high school Wednesday and will be one of two student speakers at the ceremony.
– Photo courtesy of the Brockhage family

by Sheila Gardner, Special to the Carson Valley Times

Photo courtesy of the Brockhage family Elaine Brockhage and Christiana Lee at the Union High School baccalaureate over the weekend.
Photo courtesy of the Brockhage family
Elaine Brockhage and Christiana Lee at the Union High School baccalaureate over the weekend.

When Elaine Brockhage accepts her diploma Wednesday at Union High School in Vancouver, Wash., she brings to a close one more chapter in a story that began when she was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 12.

Elaine, who moved from the Gardnerville Ranchos to Washington with her family just before the  beginning of her junior year, is one of two student speakers in the class of 500 seniors.
It’s a remarkable accomplishment for the 18-year-old who less than two years ago was the “new girl” at the high school.
“I auditioned and I got the part,” she said in a recent telephone interview. “I am going to talk about what I am going to take away from high school with me. I am starting to get a little bit nervous.”

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The Brockhages moved to Washington to be closer to family, and because of enhanced opportunities for health care in the northwest and more college options.
Elaine has been cancer-free since ninth grade, but she has lingering effects from the tumor, namely balance and vision challenges.
“My balance will probably never completely come back, but it’s still improving, and that’s good,” she said.
“I have double vision and I had therapy for it for awhile while we were still in Nevada. It went away, but it came back.”
She undergoes extensive physical therapy and eye therapy at a clinic in Vancouver and travels to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University in nearby Portland for yearly MRIs, oncology visits and survivorship clinic.
Elaine said leaving her Carson Valley friends behind was difficult, but she resolved to make her mark in Vancouver as she had at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.
Photo courtesy of the Brockhage family
Photo courtesy of the Brockhage family
“I don’t tend to talk about the cancer too much,” she said. “When I go to the hospital, it’s hard sometimes to see all these kids who are still sick.”
Elaine’s mother, Karen Brockhage, said the hospital staff is astounded at the level of academic work Elaine has maintained.
As a senior, she studied physics, photography, English, current world issues and calculus.
“I am not the smartest kid in my class,” she said, but did earn membership in the National Honor Society.
In her speech, Elaine addresses how she had to convince teachers she was up for the workload.
In the past year, she decided to give up dance after more than 14 years because of balance issues.
“It’s just like I really couldn’t get better,” she said, “and it was hard watching other girls who were still good at it.”
She used the extra time for her studies.
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People are invited to send notes to Elaine Brockhage, PO Box 871072, Vancouver, Wash., 98687.

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Today’s Health Tip presented by Carson Valley Medical Center: Don’t forget those preventative health screenings

Today’s Health Tip, courtesy of Carson Valley Medical Center   In honor of Father’s Day coming up this Sunday (June 15), Carson Valley Medical Center would like to take the opportunity to remind men that age-appropriate screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, depression and colon cancer, can go a long way toward reducing premature death and disability in men. Take a look:   PLEASE SUPPORT … Continue reading Today’s Health Tip presented by Carson Valley Medical Center: Don’t forget those preventative health screenings

Carson Valley 20-30 Club Makes A Donation to Douglas County Parks

Carson Valley 20-30 Club Makes A Donation to Douglas County Parks by Melissa Blosser, Douglas County Community Relations June 10, 2014. Minden, Nevada-The Carson Valley 20-30 Club made a contribution to the Douglas County Parks system in the amount of $4,235 in support of the County’s Parks system.  Carson Valley Days uses Lampe Park as a central location for the event due to its spacious … Continue reading Carson Valley 20-30 Club Makes A Donation to Douglas County Parks

Birth Announcements for June 10

Birth Announcements Editor’s Note: Birth announcements are sent to us by Carson Tahoe Health. If you have a birth announcement you’d like included, please e-mail it to joey@carsonvalleytimes.com. (Continued Below) James Christopher Powers Rachel Zacharias and Robert Powers of Gardnerville are the parents of a baby boy, James Christopher, born June 2, 2014 at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. He weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Kai … Continue reading Birth Announcements for June 10