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V&T 'Ghost Girl' author to speak, sign books at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City

Event Date: 
August 9, 2014 (All day)

A railroad mystery, Nevada history, a dog and a ghost are the central figures in a new book by author Jan Pierson, set to visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. The author will sign copies of her book “Ghost Girl in Car No. 9,” the fifth in her series “The Ghostowners,” in the museum store.

It’s Your City: Carson TV News debuts Monday, Aug. 4

This week’s It’s Your City features Cortney Bloomer who announces a new weekly TV program, Carson TV News, to premier Monday, Aug. 4 on Charter Cable Channel 193, at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.

Follow Carson TV News at www.facebook.com/carsontvnews for updates, information and to learn more about the program. You can also submit photos and video to CarsonTVnews@gmail.com.

Carson City man jailed after police chase ends when car crashes into casino

What began as a battery investigation where a convenience store clerk was hit with a banana, ended with the arrest of a man after he crashed his vehicle into a natural gas line forcing the evacuation of a casino early Sunday morning, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested at 1:41 a.m. in the 2100 block of East Long Street after a vehicle and foot chase. He faces felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving willful conduct and eluding with endangerment as well as misdemeanor charges of DUI, obstructing and hit and run.

Panel to draft bill on energy savings

CARSON CITY — A legislative committee Friday agreed to draft a bill for the 2015 session to look at energy-savings opportunities for utility customers, but the panel declined to move forward with the specific recommendations of a public policy group.

Slow executions could affect Nevada cases

CARSON CITY — Messy executions in Arizona and Ohio that made national headlines could buoy efforts by death penalty opponents to stave off capital punishment for some 80 Nevada inmates awaiting execution.

The cases could be used to pile on to the ever-growing number of legal challenges to capital punishment in the Silver State, adding the argument that the use of lethal injection should be considered a cruel and unusual form of punishment, said Clark County Deputy Public Defender Scott Coffee.

ERA isn't nostalgia in Nevada

CARSON CITY %u2014 Mention the Equal Rights Amendment today and it might bring back memories of the 1970s, from huge protest marches to "ERA Yes" buttons.

But the proposed constitutional amendment, which fell three states short of the 38 needed to win ratification by a 1979 deadline that Congress later extended to 1982, is not a relic in Nevada.

Warning to watch out for pedestrians this summer

In the last three weeks we have had two pedestrians struck by vehicles while in crosswalks. For many this may not seem like a large number but even two is too many.

With the increase in traffic during the summer months and along with it a large amount of pedestrians out and about; we must all do our part to ensure the safety of those crossing the roadways.

Be on the lookout for lottery scams

Scammers are at it again; most recently I received a letter from a citizen who was informed that they had won the “Inter-American Lotto Powerball” held in Hawaii. Having never been to Hawaii, the individual was pretty certain they did not win.

A check had been included with the letter which the recipient was asked to deposit and return a portion of the funds received. This was to pay for non- resident fees and administrative costs. A little research on the internet and it was obvious that the letter was a scam.

California foothills fire could bring smoke to area

A wildfire in Northern California has destroyed five homes and several other structures near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the Sand Fire has burned about 1,300 acres near the border of Amador and El Dorado counties. It was about 20 percent contained Saturday morning.

Nevada Power raises rate hike request 80 percent

Nevada Power has amended its general rate increase request in a filing Friday with the state Public Utilities Commission, raising the revenue requirement to $37.8 million from the $20.8 million sought originally May 2.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through August 3

Here is the Carson City area road report for July 29 through Aug. 3, 2014. The Nevada sesquicentennial Fair will be held at Fuji Park July 30 through August 3. Additional traffic may be expected in the area. Off-site parking will be at the Casino Fandango with free bus rides to and from the fair.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will be continuing road work on Highway 50 from Deer Run Road in Carson City to just east of Highway 341 in Mound House. There will be single lane closures on weeknights from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Former Lawmaker Brooks Headed To California Prison

A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly has been ordered to two years and eight months in prison.

Care Flight called to accident involving pedestrian in downtown Carson City

Carson City fire and ambulance were called this afternoon to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 400 block of North Carson Street.

The victim was taken by Care Flight to the trauma ward of Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

The accident was reported to Carson City dispatch at 2:26 p.m. Carson City sheriff's deputies were redirecting traffic around the accident scene.

Care Flight landed behind a nearby casino parking lot at Robinson Street. No other details were available on the victim.

Pair arrested on drug charges after woman allegedly gives kids 2 joints for doing dishes

A Carson City couple were jailed Thursday on felony drug charges, including suspicion of providing marijuana to minors in exchange for chores, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Women to Women with Carson City Supervisor candidates Karen Abowd and Lori Bagwell

This week's episode of Women to Women features Lori Bagwell and Karen Abowd. Two residents who are running for Supervisor, but in different wards — Abowd, Ward 1 as an Incumbent and Bagwell in Ward 3.

Both of these women are business veterans as well as experienced in working with budgets. Karen will be running for re-election in November, while Lori will be running for the first time in an elected position.

Carson City detectives seek the public's help in solving several commercial burglaries

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a series of commercial burglaries. Since January of this year Carson City has experienced 27 burglaries at local businesses, said Carson City Sheriff's Office Detective David LeGros.

During these burglaries cash, guns and electronics have been stolen from businesses in areas throughout town and resulting damage done from the break-ins.

The majority of the burglaries have occurred in the east portion of Carson City in the area of Fairview Drive, Desatoya Drive and Butti Way.

Carson City fires director of Animal Services

After four months as the director of Carson City Animal Services, Cindy Hannah has been "let go" Carson City Manager Nick Marano tells KRNV.

Mt. Rose Highway NDOT work on hold for Hot August Nights, Kingsbury and Highway 50 Moundhouse projects altered

To make travel easier and safer, the Nevada Department of Transportation will temporarily suspend or alter construction work on three projects around the area during Hot August Nights and the Reno-Tahoe Open events.

No construction-related lane closures will take place between the evening of Friday, July 25 and the morning of Monday, Aug. 4 on NDOT’s Mt. Rose Highway project. For the Highway 50 project at Moundhouse, there will be some drainage and shoulder work that will not affect lanes of traffic, said NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese.

California man faces felony statutory sexual seduction charge

A 65-year-old California man was arrested on a felony warrant charge of suspicion of statutory sexual seduction. Ronald Gene Hicks of Highland, Calif., was brought into jail Wednesday through an extradition and a $20,000 bail amount was set. No other information was available. The warrant was issued July 8, 2014 out of Carson City Justice Court.

In other felony arrests: A 23-year-old Carson City woman, Kady Joann Werlinger, was arrested July 23 in the 4200 block of Shelbyville on felony drug charges of maintaining a drug house and possession of methamphetamine.

Nevada Capitol evacuated after false fire alarm

More than 100 state workers were evacuated from the Nevada Capitol in Carson City when a fire alarm sounded this afternoon.

Nevada wildlife wardens capture, release 11 bears since July 1

Two black bears trapped Tuesday were released back into the wild by Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens. So far, 11 bears have been safely released back into the Sierra since July 1.

Both bears were tagged, tattooed and micro chipped in order to identify them in the future should they come back in to contact with humans. Neither bear had previously been handled by NDOW.

PUC hearing today on NV Energy's petition to recover $78 million in 'smart meter' costs

NV Energy has petitioned the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada with the hopes of recovering $78 million in costs associated with implementation of electric and gas smart meters in Northern Nevada.

A hearing on the matter is set for today, Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, 1150 E. William St. in Carson City.

Statewide contest begins for final Nevada Sesquicentennial medallion

In honor of Nevada’s 150th birthday, the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invites all Nevadans to participate in choosing the design for the fourth Sesquicentennial commemorative medallion.

This medallion, the final in the series of four being produced throughout the year, will feature the winning design voted on by Nevadans. Voting begins today, Wednesday, July 23, which marks 100 days until Nevada Day, and ends Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Care Flight called to motorcycle crash at Rabe and Coffey

Carson City fire and ambulance are responding tonight to a motorcycle crash in the area of Rabe Way. The call came in at around 7:40 p.m. Care Flight has been ordered and will land near the scene of the accident.

Traffic in the area is being diverted.

Eight Nevada Guard Airmen support humanitarian mission in Tonga

CARSON CITY - Eight Airmen from the Nevada Air National Guard joined 160 people from seven nations Monday to provide humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Tonga as part of Operation Pacific Angel-Tonga.

The mission will continue until July 26. Tonga is Nevada National Guard's partner in the National Guard's State Partnership Program, the Department of Defense program that links a state's National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.

Pedestrian hit by vehicle at Washington and Stewart streets

UPDATE: Carson City firefighters responded this afternoon to a 50-year-old woman struck by a vehicle in the area of Stewart and Washington streets. The woman had injuries to her leg, arm and hip areas. She was taken by Care Flight to the trauma ward at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Emergency crews treating her at the scene said she was conscious and alert. The accident happened at around 3:20 p.m.

Attempt to Locate alert: Lost cat recently injured

Lost 1 year old grey cat. She was hit by a car on Saturday morning. She is under the care of Sierra Vet Hospital and is on pain medication. She ran off this morning at the corner of College Pky and Ormsby. Please call if you see her 775-297-3329.

House passes Nevada Congressman Amodei's Pyramid Lake bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei’s bill known as Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe – Fish Springs Ranch Settlement Act, by a bipartisan voice vote.

The bill, H.R. 3716, would ratify an agreement between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Fish Springs Ranch to resolve a dispute over water rights near Reno. It is expected to be passed by the Senate and signed into law.

BEAR Logic Month: When to contact Nevada Division of Wildlife with bear issues

July is BEAR Logic Month, a time to teach residents and visitors how to live and recreate in bear county. When a bear in its own habitat is exhibiting normal bear behavior, it’s unlikely to be a cause for concern. NDOW cautions people to never to approach or attempt an interaction with a bear. Of course the best option is to never have a bear encounter in the first place.

Enrollment underway for Nevada Performance Academy, fall opening in the works

The Nevada Performance Academy plans to open this fall despite the passing of founder and former Nevada state superintendent, Gene Paslov who died June 8, 2014 at the age of 80.

The academy currently has 70 applications and is seeking to enroll another 50 students grades 7 through 12 who want to be a part of an innovative school that will work towards a student’s academic success as well as cater to their talents and special interests. The school is located at 1600 Snyder Avenue in Carson City.

Weather Service: More thunderstorms expected this afternoon

We’re not out of the woods with wild weather yet. The National Weather Service says to expect severe thunderstorms around Northern Nevada this afternoon.

According to a special weather statement, a there’s a strong upper level disturbance that will move across northeast California and northwest Nevada.

Abundant moisture and strong winds aloft are favorable for the development of thunderstorms this afternoon with a few becoming severe, according to the weather service.

Carson City couple jailed for allegedly having sex in public

A Carson City couple were arrested Monday on felony charges after being found engaging in sex acts outdoors where people could see, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Steven Helton, 28, and Tracey L. Johnson, 44, were arrested at 5:41 p.m. in the grassy area near the DMV at South Carson and Stewart streets.

According to the arrest report, officers responded to a 911 call of a couple having sex in public. Officers met with the caller who pointed to a grassy area south of the DMV and north of Office Depot.

Locally produced fire safety children's book featured Thursday at Carson City Library

Carson City firefighters have a new tool to teach fire safety. "Fire Safety Day," an easy-to-read children's book, follows Owen as he comes home to tell his mom what he learned in school that day.

The book will be featured during two Storytime sessions at the Carson City Library beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on July 24.

Parents and children can simply show up at the library for Storytime and get a free copy of the new book in English or Spanish.

Fuji Dog Park to be closed for the NV 150 Fair

The Fuji Dog Park will be closed to the public as a dog park in Carson City during the NV 150 Fair. This will be from Monday, July 28 to Tuesday, August 5.

The park will reopen as the dog park on Wednesday, August 6. The city parks and recreation department notes it regrets any inconvenience this may cause, and during this time the public is encourage you to visit and enjoy one of its many other “dog friendly” park facilities. Those are:

— Long Ranch Park, Longview Way & Waterford Drive. Dogs are allowed on or off-leash in designated areas of the park.

Dog Town Rescue adoption event Saturday

Event Date: 
July 26, 2014 - 11:00am

It's time again for our monthly adoption event at PetCo, 911 Topsy Lane in south Carson City. We have a great variety of amazing dogs, all hoping to find that special person to love. Our dogs are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, and are available for a $100 donation.

If you would like to take your new friend home with you on Saturday, please pre-apply by downloading an application at: www.dogtownrescue.com and emailing it to us at: dogtownmutts@gmail.com

Adopters who have not been pre-approved, will have to wait until the following Saturday to pick up their dog.

Weather Service: Strong storms in Storey, southern Lyon counties

UPDATE: Strong thunderstorm being tracked 13 miles northeast of Virginia City.
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National Weather Service meteorologists were tracking two strong thunderstorms this Monday afternoon.

As of 4:21 p.m. the first storm was southeast of Smith Valley moving northwest at 15 mph. The other storm was 18 miles southwest of Yerington and moving northeast at 15 mph.

Lightning is associated with the storms as well as moderate rain and small, pea-sized hail and gusty winds to 50 mph.

Carson City firefighters respond to downed power line at Elm and Crain streets

Carson City firefighters were called to Elm and Crain streets near the base of C-Hll at around 3 p.m. for a power line that was down. The line was said to be live and sitting in both lanes of traffic. The road was closed in the area and Carson City sheriff's officers are re-directing traffic.

NV Energy has been notified. It is unknown what brought the power line down. Winds are calm, about 8 mph from the northwest.

Informant helps Carson City sheriff’s SET officers bust two for meth trafficking and sales

Two men were arrested Friday on suspicion of felony meth trafficking and sales following a sting operation that involved an informant, according to a Carson City Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team officer.

Daniel Alan Martin, 35, and Steven Vincent, 27, both of Carson City, face multiple felony charges. Approximately 16 grams of methamphetamine was recovered in the operation that involved text messaging leading up to a drug transaction.

Wild weather weekend around Carson City

National Weather Service storm totals around Carson City and Carson Valley are impressive. After months of being without rain, Mother Nature chose Sunday to spring open the clouds and pour down the buckets after a week’s worth of near record-high temperatures, thunderstorms, lightning strikes, power outages, gusty winds and wildfires.

Capital Crossfire: Our Youth At Risk

This week's Capital Crossfire, Shelly Aldean and Karl Neathammer welcome guests Judge Kristin Luis and Carson City Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Ben Bianchi. The discussion is today’s juvenile justice system and the segment is called “Our Youth At Risk.”

Judge Kristin N. Luis was appointed Juvenile Court Special Master for the First Judicial District Court in October 2010, to replace David I. Nielsen who retired from the position in November 2010. Kristin was a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and Gonzaga University, School of Law.

It's Your City with Ward 2 Carson City Supervisor Brad Bonkowski

Carson City Ward 2 Supervisor Brad Bonkowski provides an update on the actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its July 17, 2014 board meeting These actions include a review of financial policies, getting the ball rolling on the multi-pupose athletic center and new animal shelter, and renaming the Pony Express Pavilion to honor the late mayor Marv Teixeira.

Heavy rain moves into Carson City, weather service issues Flash Flood Warning

Lightning strikes, heavy rain and flash flooding are being reported this afternoon around Carson City and Douglas County. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for west central Carson City and northwest Douglas County until 5:30 p.m.

Highway 50 East repaving begins tonight

A spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation said the $6 million contract will repave and improve the highway from Arrowhead Drive at Carson City's eastern border to a mile east of State Route 341, the cutoff to Gold Hill and Virginia City.

Nevada, local government workers retiring later

Nevada's state and local government employees are retiring at a much later age than just a decade ago, a trend that will have ramifications for the financial health of the $33.5 billion public pension plan.

Photographer captures amazing progression of lightning strikes Saturday over Carson City

Carson Now reader Scott Gorno took these amazing photos of the lighting strikes around Carson City early Saturday evening. The strikes touched off several small brush fires around the north, east and west sides of town, capping a week of repeated storm systems that moved through Northern Nevada, with one causing Wednesday's Clear Creek Fire.

101-year-old veteran surprised with big check after home invasion

It has been a good week for 101-year-old veteran James Sorrentino of Carson City. It is a far cry from his Memorial Day weekend this year, when he and his caretaker were robbed at gunpoint in his home.

Earlier this week, the robbers were arraigned in court. Both pleaded guilty and face up to 35 years in prison.

Firefighters still working brush fire at Ash Canyon, rain helps douse flames at other fires

UPDATE 8:04PM: Firefighters called to a brush fire in the area of Duck Hill. Firefighters were alerted of smoke seen in the Goni Road area.

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UPDATE 7:35PM: About 70 NV customers in the Indian Hills area remain without power, according to NV Energy. There are three other areas without power: East Corbett, with 5 customers, Hiko Court, 28, and South Curry, 13.

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UPDATE: 6:27PM: A power outage continues in the area off of North Roop and William Street, also affecting John Street, according to NV Energy spokesman Karl Walquist. About 176 customers are without power there. Estimated time for it to be restored is around 8:15 p.m.

Another power outage, affecting 15 customers, is near South Curry Street between Fifth Street and Fairview. Both outages were likely caused by lightning strikes, Walquist said.

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UPDATE 6:10 PM: The two fires in Kings Canyon have been extinguished thanks to rain and citizens who helped in the firefighting efforts, said Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi.

The Ash Canyon fire is the only one burning right now, he said. It is high up into the canyon and about 1/2 mile off of the trail. Firefighters are hiking into the area. The good news is the heavy rain aided in knocking down much of the smoke and flame, he said.

A handful of firefighters remain in the field behind Little and Roop. That fire burned about 1/2 an acre and came close to nearby homes but heavy rain and hail moved in just in time to help knock it down, Giomi said. It is currently being mopped up.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through July 27

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of July 20-27, 2014: There will be road work on the section of Timberline Drive between both intersections with Prospect Drive. This section will be open to local traffic only, and through traffic will be detoured onto Prospect Drive.

There will be utility work primarily in the street shoulder on weekdays at the following locations. Minimal delays are possible.

— Gulch Road between Wagon Wheel Road and Combs Canyon Road.
— Lakeview Road west of Combs Canyon Road.
— Sandy Circle.

Clear Creek fire fully contained

Firefighters were able to fully contain the Clear Creek fire by 7 p.m. Friday night, according to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.

There will be a Type 4 Incident Comander, 2 crews and an engine working and monitoring the Clear Creek fire today. The 187-acre fire on the south side of Highway 50 west, is believed to have started by a lightning strike on Wednesday.

Highway 50 paving project in Moundhouse area begins Sunday

Major paving work is scheduled to begin Sunday evening on Highway 50 in the Moundhouse area as part of a Nevada Department of Transportation project to enhance the highway.

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