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Fire Drill Night 2: Carson City Fire Department participates in second staged event

Carson City firefighters are participating in a second night of drills, according to dispatch. This drill is centered in the 500 block of West King Street. Firefighters did a similar drill on Tuesday night. Firefighters were called shortly before 8:30 p.m. to the location.

Nevada gets 174 applications for 76 medical marijuana dispensaries

CARSON CITY — A total of 174 applications were submitted by Monday’s deadline to operate 76 medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada, the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health reported.

Douglas authorities say human remains found near top of Spooner tentatively identified

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made a tentative identification on the skeletal remains discovered June 23 near the top of Spooner Summit in a remote, wooded area between the Tahoe Rim Trail and Kings Canyon Road.

The cause of death is still pending the autopsy results. Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks said Wednesday that DNA from the remains has been collected and DNA has been taken from the parents of the person who it is believed to be the deceased.

Single female homeowners encouraged to apply for free BAWN home improvement help

The Builders Association of Western Nevada Women’s Council, which serves Carson City, Douglas and Lyon counties, continues its Helping Hands program this year by giving single female homeowners some help with upgrades and repairs to the homes they own.

Helping Hand signups continue with an August 29 application deadline.

Did you feel it? Magnitude 1.38 earthquake tremor east of Carson City

A very small earthquake measuring a magnitude 1.38 rattled Carson City at 11:54 a.m., according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory. The quake was located about 2.3 miles east southeast of Carson City.

Go here to learn more.


Tyler Turnipseed Named Chief of Law Enforcement for NDOW

Tyler Turnipseed was named chief game warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife Monday. He is only the fifth Chief Game Warden in NDOW’s history, a position that oversees all game wardens in Nevada.

Game wardens enforce wildlife and boating safety laws across the state, in rural areas and on Nevada’s waterways. Turnipseed is relocating to Reno from Winnemucca where he spent 10 years as the sole game warden for that growing community.

Carson City sheriff's arrest log for Wednesday

A Silver Springs woman was booked Tuesday into Carson City Jail on a felony warrant charge of criminal contempt, failure to appear in court, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Kathleen Elizabeth Campbell, 24, was brought in by Lyon County deputies on the warrant, filed July 28, 2014 out of First District Court, for failure to appear on a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription. She is being held without bail until a court date is set. In other arrests:

NDOT finishes important phase of Carson City freeway work

Work on a critical construction phase of the Carson City Freeway Project has finished, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Completion of the 2B-2 roadway project is considered a milestone, NDOT officials say. The project included roadway grading, utility relocation, extensive drainage facilities to channel storm water runoff and construction of an overpass bringing Snyder Avenue over the future freeway.

Fire Drill Only: Training tonight at state office on King Street

The Carson City Fire Department is doing training exercises tonight at the Nevada Health and Human Services Office at 505 East King Street. The drill, a staged scenario involving a fire with people trapped in a building, began at around 8:40 p.m.

Dog Town Rescue Adoption Event Saturday

Event Date: 
August 23, 2014 - 11:00am

Dog Town Rescue will be at the Carson City PetCo (911 Topsy Lane) on Saturday August 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a dozen or so of our amazin' canines!

All dogs and pups are spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated - they are available for a $100 adoption fee.

To see all of our dogs and obtain an application, please go to our website: www.dogtownrescue.com

Potential adopters are encouraged to obtain pre-approval, so they may take their new friend home the same day.

Four vehicles involved in Hot Springs Road accident

UPDATE: One person was taken by ground ambulance to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, according to Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi. Also, a Carson City sheriff's officer noted that four vehicles were involved, not five as was initially reported to dispatch.

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The Carson City Fire Department and sheriff's office responded to an vehicle accident with four vehicles involved, according to dispatch. The accident is in the 400 block of Hot Springs Road and was reported at around 3:38 p.m.
Arriving medical personnel were checking for injuries.

Carson City Fire Department called to gas leak near DMV

The Carson City Fire Department has responded to a gas leak near the DMV Office, at Little and Oregon streets. Carson City sheriff's deputies are assisting with traffic control in the area of the leak.
The fire department has called it a working incident. It is unknown what caused the leak. No other information is available at this time. The call came into dispatch at around 10:40 a.m.

Dayton teacher completes education training from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Students of Stephanie Fitch, of Dayton, Nev., a teacher at Dayton High School in Dayton, will be getting some valuable lessons this coming school year in learning the Holocaust as a result of their teacher having completed top-notch training this summer from educators of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Fitch was one of more than 200 participants who attended the 18th annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, an invitation-only three-day workshop for teachers hosted by the Museum in mid-July.

Carson City man faces open and gross lewdness charge

A 27-year-old Carson City man was jailed Monday on a gross misdemeanor charge of open and gross lewdness and domestic battery after allegedly throwing himself on a 16-year-old girl and kissing her, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

According to the arrest report, officers responded to the 100 block of Carson Meadows at 8:35 p.m. regarding a dispute inside a home involving two large families having a barbecue. Both families live in the home.

Vegas to Reno Race Highlights

Saturday August 16, the Vegas to Reno Race got underway. With 300 entries, 125 Bikes, 175 Cars and trucks, 9 countries, 25 states and 535 miles of the roughest, siltest, twisted, Nevada Desert to run on.

The BEST IN THE DESERT, Vegas to Reno Race is the longest and richest Desert Race in the United States. Veteran Race Organizer, Casey Folks, said "This was a great race, fantastic weather, so happy to have these amazing Sponsors and world class Racers out having a good time, there is nothing like it."

New gateway signs mark Nevada entrances to Lake Tahoe watershed

Visitors to the Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, August 19 will notice new gateway signs along three Nevada highways leading into the Lake Tahoe Watershed. Installed near Daggett Summit on Nevada State Route 207, Spooner Summit on U.S. Highway 50 and on Nevada State Route 431 the Mount Rose Highway, the decorative gateway signs read, “Entering the Lake Tahoe Watershed — Help Protect It!”

Carson City man jailed for allegedly giving 14-year-old cocaine to hold

An 18-year-old Carson City man was arrested Friday on three felony drug charges including suspicion of furnishing cocaine to a 14-year-old girl following a traffic stop, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Chase Morse was stopped by a sheriff’s sergeant at 5:47 p.m. in the 2600 block of Fairview Drive after he clocked the driver going 57 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer asked for a K9 unit to respond because of a smell of marijuana in the vehicle.

Top Tongan military official visits Carson City, Nevada National Guard

With a cooperative pact signed earlier this year, the highest ranking military official in Kingdom of Tonga, Brig. Gen. Tau'aika Uta Atu, visited Carson City Monday, the first stop on his tour of Nevada.

The Nevada National Guard and the South Pacific island nation are one of the newest official relationships created in the National Guard's State Partnership Program, a Department of Defense function that links a state's National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial agreement.

Highway 50 crash near Mound House involves gravel truck

A gravel truck has rolled over in the eastbound lane of Highway 50 near Mound House in Lyon County, according to dispatchers. The accident was reported to the Nevada Highway Patrol at 8:10 p.m.

Lyon County fire and rescue were called to the scene of the crash. Highway 50 at Mound House is at a standstill with traffic being re-direct around the crash site, which is in the area between mile markers 1 and 3.

Rain temporarily slows bear activity

It has been one of the busier summers for Nevada Wildlife officials in terms of bear activity. In July, NDOW responded to almost two dozen bear calls, but what about August?

“These rains that we have been having at the end of July and early August have actually slowed bear activity down,” said Chris Healy with the Department of Wildlife.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Aug. 24

Here is the Carson City area road report for week of August 18-24: The Nevada Department of Transportation will be continuing road work on Highway 50 from Arrowhead Drive in Carson City to Baldwine Lane in Mound House.
There will be single lane closures on weeknights from 1 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. in the westbound direction and from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. in the eastbound direction.

Woman jailed on felony drug charge after pills found without prescriptions

A 50-year-old Carson City woman was arrested Thursday in the area of Brown and Gordon streets on a felony charge of possessing prescription drugs without prescriptions, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Lillian Kay Meyer, also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of bail conditions.

Carson City’s 7.9 percent unemployment rate goes unchanged in July

July’s unemployment rate in Carson City was 7.9 percent, unchanged from June, according to figures released Friday from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Statewide, the rate held steady for the month at 7.7 percent, but is still 2.2 percentage points lower than July 2013. Las Vegas’ unemployment rate edged up to 8.2 percent. However, the unemployment rates in both Carson City and Reno remained at their June levels. Reno’s July unemployment reading was 7.3 percent.

With classes beginning Monday, motorists urged to review laws regarding school buses

With school starting Monday in Carson City, it is time to pay extra attention to school zones and crosswalks. We talk about this every school year and yes, it is important that we drive slower and take additional measures when in those areas where children are present.

What about school buses? Many students are transported by them and there are rules that apply when approaching them. For example it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
Buses are equipped with yellow and red flashing lights.

Waste Management, Lyon County partner to improve Silver Springs transfer station

The Lyon County Managers's Office announces the operation of the Waste Management Transfer Station in Silver Springs will see improvements beginning August 19, 2014. Waste Management and Lyon County have partnered to improve the access road to the Transfer Station, said County Manager Jeff Page.

Boys and Girls Club kids party at back to school bash, adults get their turn at Sept. 7 luau

A back to school bash Wednesday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada turned out to be a big end-of-summer safety splash for its members.

With the last-minute cancelation of Carson City’s National Night Out because of recent heavy rain saturating Mills Park, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office took some of the donations for the event and turned them loose for the hundreds of kids at the Russell Way club.

Lyon County leaders, planning commissioners discuss land use and development code

The Lyon County Board of County Commissioners and the Planning Commission conducted a joint workshop August 12 in Yerington to discuss the draft Title 15 Land Use and Development Code. The respective Boards agreed on the following process:

The Planning Commission will continue to review and make recommendations on the portions of the LUDC that have yet been vetted by the Planning Commission.

State of the lake: High tech equipment used to monitor water quality at Tahoe

Lowering a white disk off a boat and into Lake Tahoe’s blue waters was once the most widely used indicator of the lake’s clarity and health. Today, the Secchi disk is still an important tool, but 46 years after the University of California, Davis, first began continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe, an array of new technologies and computer models are helping scientists better understand what has proven to be a complex ecosystem.

Carson City man jailed on felony child abuse charge

A 36-year-old Carson City man was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of child abuse after allegedly hitting his juvenile-age son and kicking him out a car, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Christian Omar Rivera is being held on $40,000 bail. According to the arrest report, officers were called to the area of South Lompa Lane and Menlo Drive at 1:59 p.m. on a report of a child kicked out of a car. Dispatch reported that an adult male driving a white Cadillac got into altercation with a juvenile who was riding in the vehicle, and then drove away leaving the child behind.

UNR and Desert Research Institute activate fire cameras at Lake Tahoe

New high definition fire cameras are scanning the mountains and shoreline, while University of Nevada, Reno researchers are discovering new animal species at the bottom of Lake Tahoe and working with colleagues at the Desert Research Institute to document the dramatic decline of other bottom dwelling species and nearshore water quality.

Carson City fire command at Technology Way ends after suspicious package 'unfounded'

UPDATE: The suspicious package reported in the 4000 block of Technology Way was unfounded, according to dispatch. Carson City Fire Department and Sheriff's Office command at the location was called off at around 2:30 p.m.

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A suspicious package was reported at a state health facility at 4190 Technology Way. Carson City Sheriff's Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol have closed the road at the intersection of Arrowhead and Technology, according to dispatch.

$3.8 million project will help northern Nevada build resiliency to future droughts

Managing water in northern Nevada’s Truckee-Carson River System requires local communities to balance urban, agricultural and ecosystem needs. Changes in historical climate trends are increasingly expected to make this balancing act more challenging. A competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute in partnership with the U.S.

Williams' Friend Howie Nave: 'Everyone's got demons. Comics just show them more'

Although he starred in movies and on television, Robin Williams' roots were in standup comedy. That's where Howie Nave met and from time to time worked with him. Nave works at Tahoe radio station KRLT and hosts the Improv comedy club at Harveys in Stateline.
The full uncut taped interview accompanies this story.

State prisoner escapes, caught with help from Carson City Sheriff's Office

Traffic was rerouted earlier tonight at 5th Street and Saliman Road after a break at the prison in which gun shots were fired, according to multiple calls to dispatch.

The incident began at around 6 tonight where prison officials from the Nevada Department of Corrections Warm Springs Corrections Facility reported a prisoner that broke free in the Lompa Ranch area. The prisoner took off running and may have been met by a white van picking him up that was intercepted.

The prison facility is located at 3301 East Fifth Street.

It's Your City with Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell

Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell provides an update on the actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its Thursday, Aug. 7 meeting.

But before that Crowell addresses the success of the NV 150 Fair held at Fuji Park in Carson City earlier this month. He offers thanks to the countless volunteers, 4-H groups, FFA, city employees, as well as the efforts of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce who helped sponsor the event as well as Casino Fandango, which allowed fair participants to park and shuttle to and from the fairgrounds.

Former Yosemite National Park child care center director charged with embezzlement

A Sonora woman accused of embezzling more than $42,000 from the Yosemite National Park Child Care Center, was summoned Tuesday to appear in federal court on the charges after a grand jury investigation and indictment, according the the U.S. Justice Department.

New teachers back in school

About 50 new teachers and staff, one of the largest influxes in recent history, were welcomed to the Carson City School District on Monday.

Man jailed on felony assault charge in alleged hammer and bat attack

A 39-year-old man was jailed Monday after he allegedly attacked another man with a hammer and baseball bat, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said. Benjamin Amos Smith is being held on $30,500 bail. He also has a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest out of Reno Township Court.

Camera network will help spot area wildfires

The University of Nevada's seismological lab has installed high definition cameras throughout the Sierra, which can help watch for fires in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Graham Kent with the Seismology Lab says the network of cameras will allow fire crews to scope out terrain to see how quickly a fire is spreading, before sending crews in.

Douglas County requests State of Emergency for cumulative flash flooding

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have requested a State of Emergency due to the cumulative series of flash floods that have taken place since July 20, 2014, in Douglas County. The cumulative series of floods has now exceeded the county’s resources, and the declaration will allow for help with repairing public infrastructure such as County Maintained roads, culverts, and drainage.

Former counseling center director arrested on fraud charges

The former director of a Carson City counseling center is now under arrest facing charges of Medicaid fraud. Erik Badgett is currently in custody at the Lyon County Jail.

Monday mudslide on Carson River Road

Event Date: 
August 11, 2014 (All day)

Carson Now reader Jeff Kreck provided photos of this mudslide that closed off portions of Carson River Road near Buzzys Ranch following a period of heavy rainfall during a severe thunderstorm. Carson City is under a Small Stream Flood Advisory until 6:45 p.m. tonight. More rain is expected.

Pedestrian struck and killed by pickup, two Douglas sheriff's patrol cars Sunday near Gardnerville

A man standing on Highway 395 in the area of Spring Valley Drive south of Gardnerville was struck and killed by a pickup and then two on-duty Douglas County sheriff's patrol vehicles late Sunday night, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Reported to NHP at 10:45 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the accident involving an unidentified adult male pedestrian being struck by multiple vehicles, said Trooper Dave Gibson.

Nevada Supreme Court judge reports for jury duty

Capital city resident Mark Gibbons was at Carson District Court on Monday but the visit wasn’t in his official capacity as chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. No, Gibbons was called for jury duty, just like any other resident.

Gibbons listened with about 100 other potential jurors to District Judge James Wilson talk about the jury selection process in a criminal case involving a Douglas County man who allegedly waved a gun during an incident at the Carson City Olive Garden restaurant on July 21, 2013. The trial is expected to last through Friday.

Carson city deputies arrest five on felony charges during weekend patrol

A 50-year-old Carson City man was arrested Friday on a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle after he had been stopped and then took off running from officers before being caught, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

James Dean Anderson was taken into custody at 4:38 p.m. in the 1500 block of Continental Drive. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer and driving on a revoked license for DUI.

Amodei uses humor to help make mark in Congress

WASHINGTON – Most members of Congress keep awards and honorary certificates in their Capitol Hill offices. Rep. Mark Amodei has preserved his favorite piece of hate mail.

It’s a printout of an email from an angry constituent who didn’t like one of Amodei’s bills. The subject line reads: “Are you insane?” and the message concludes with the sentiment, “Your job is over, cupcake!”

WNC's fifth solar array takes nonprofit installer Black Rock Solar over 5 MW mark

Western Nevada College solar array by Black Rock Solar

With the August completion of a 180-kW rooftop array at Western Nevada College in Carson City, nonprofit Black Rock Solar has reached the milestone of building five megawatts of solar power capacity across the state of Nevada. The 83 clean energy projects built by Black Rock Solar since its 2007 founding include arrays for schools, hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters and Native American tribes. These arrays have been built at little or no cost to the recipients, but now provide more than $725,000 of combined savings annually on the organizations’ energy bills.

Fire burning Sunday on Genoa Peak in Douglas County

Firefighting crews in Douglas County were called to a quarter-acre brush and tree fire burning along the ridge of Genoa Peak Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported just before 2:30 p.m. Aerial support, including a helicopter, has responded to the scene.

Man arrested after drug team finds 300 pounds of pot trim at South Lake Tahoe home

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested early Thursday by South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team officers after they served a search warrant and found around 300 pounds of marijuana plant trimmings.

Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, was arrested at his Fresno Avenue home and is accused of using the trimmings to create concentrated cannabis oils through several methods, including butane fuel extraction, a dangerous process that can cause an explosion and is a felony in California.

Thunderstorm leaves some Carson City streets flooded

UPDATE 4:45PM: An Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory is in effect until 6:45 p.m. for Carson City, according to the National Weather Service. At 4:23 p.m. street flooding from heavy rain and hail earlier this afternoon was subsiding. However, showers and thunderstorms will continue to move into the Carson City area through this evening. Rainfall on saturated soils may lead to additional street flooding along with rapid rises on creeks and drainage ditches.

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