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Progress continues with Mt. Rose Highway repaving, improvement project

As crews make good progress on a project to repave and enhance the Mt. Rose Highway, the Nevada Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that paving continues on an upper segment of the highway.

South Lake Tahoe air show officials monitor King Fire developments; blaze prompts free admission to Saturday event

Smoke from the King Fire that originated in Pollock Pines has entered the Lake Tahoe Basin and is affecting visibility and air quality. City officials are closely monitoring the King Fire along with wind patterns from NOAA, visibility with the FAA and local and State law enforcement.

King Fire closes McKinney Rubicon Trail, prompts backcountry advisory for 2 wilderness areas

Because of the uncertain path of the King Fire, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has closed the McKinney Rubicon Trail and is advising against travel into the Desolation or Granite Chief wildernesses.

The Eldorado National Forest has issued a forest closure for its Desolation Wilderness trails and trailheads. In particular, hikers and equestrians should consider cancelling plans for overnight travel into the Desolation and Granite Chief wildernesses.

Carson City sheriff's arrest log for Thursday

A 25-year-old Carson City woman was jailed Wednesday on four felony charges in which a taser was deployed after she resisted arrest, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Kelsey Ann Wilkison was arrested, 6:35 p.m. at a casino in the 2260 block of East William Street after the altercation with deputies. She faces felony charges of probation violation, possession of a controlled substance and prescription pills without having a prescription, and a warrant for failure to appear.

Initial August unemployment claims fall from July but up over the year

Nevada's initial August unemployment claims fell 15.4 percent over July of this year, but are up 1.6 percent compared to 2013 figures for the month.

Initial claims have fallen compared to the previous year in 53 of the past 57 months, and August’s level, at 13,063 claims, is the fifth lowest for any month since the end of the recession, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Watch it Live: Carson City Board of Supervisors

The Carson City Board of Supervisors meet today beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room at the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street. Go here for the agenda and go here to watch it live.

Man accused of starting King Fire jailed on arson charge with $10 million bail

UPDATE: The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday the arrest of Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, charged with felony arson for allegedly starting the King Fire on federal land. He was booked Wednesday night into El Dorado County Jail and is being held on $10 million bail.
The criminal complaint filed against Huntsman states that he has been charged with felony arson with aggravating factors. The California fire has burned more than 70,000 acres since Saturday.

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UPDATE: Smoke from the King Fire burning in El Dorado County near Pollock Pines is causing visibility restrictions below one mile on Interstate 80.

Carson City residents wish bypass could be done quicker

Several dozen area residents turned out Wednesday to take a close look at the Nevada Department of Transportation’s plans for the final stretch of the Carson freeway with most saying they just wish it could get finished faster and with the full interchange at U.S. 395 south.

Nevada recoups $50 million investment with bankrupt Lehman Brothers

Six years after the collapse of financial firm Lehman Brothers, Nevada has recouped a $50 million investment it made with the now-bankrupt investor. For Treasurer Kate Marshall, the road to recovering the money has not been easy.
Marshall was treasurer when Nevada purchased $50 million worth of A-rated bonds from Lehman in 2007.

Woman jailed on DUI, resisting charges after driving pickup into a building

A 53-year-old Carson City woman was arrested Tuesday on four misdemeanor charges, including DUI, destruction of private property, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest after she drove her vehicle into a building, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

The incident happened in the 3300 block of Highway 50 East at 10:41 a.m. Officers arrived and found the woman had driven a white Toyota pickup into the north side of a business. The vehicle was running and still in drive gear, with the engine revving at a high rpm, according to the arrest report.

Future of downtown Carson Street tackled by Chamber group

Carson City Transportation Manager Patrick Pittenger said the downtown Carson Street makeover isn’t reinventing the wheel and will gain acceptance once finished.

Cameras activated at Lake Tahoe to track smoke from King Fire

The University of Nevada, Reno’s newest mountaintop camera at Lake Tahoe has just been installed, and has been tracking the smoke from the King Fire in El Dorado County, Calif., which has been inundating the Lake Tahoe Basin, Carson City and Reno areas with smoke in the afternoons.

Multiple cases of West Nile Virus found in Nevada

The Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease and Food Safety Laboratory has detected numerous cases of West Nile Virus in Nevada.

Highway 50 reopened; June Lake fire in Mono County 50 percent contained

UPDATE 330PM: According to a Tweet this afternoon from Caltrans, Highway 50 is back open but the westbound No. 2 lane will remain closed overnight because of ongoing King Fire issues. A portion of the highway and artery for traffic into and out of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, had been closed since Tuesday, from Sly Park Road to Fresh Pond, due to burning trees falling on the road.

Meanwhile, the June Fire burning in Mono County is estimated to be 65 acres and 50 percent contained.

Residents get glimpse of coming changes to downtown Carson City landscape

With a packed house and lots of questions, Carson City residents had a chance Tuesday to see what enhanced downtown landscaping, street and sidewalk improvements would look like in a planned redesign of downtown.

The Carson Street improvement project is part of an overall plan to revitalize the commercial corridors throughout Carson City. The improvements, made public during two workshops at the Carson City Community Center, will be funded through sales tax revenues, one-eighth of a cent, approved earlier this by the Carson City Board of Supervisors.

Nordyke Ranch House in Lyon County listed in State Register of Historic Places

Nordyke Ranch House in Lyon County, south of Yerington, was listed in the Nevada State Register of Historic Places on Sept. 12, 2014. As one of the few remaining buildings of the small ranching community of Nordyke, the ranch house stands as a visible reminder of Mason Valley’s agricultural development in the early 20th century.

Lifelong advocate Marge Sill to celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act at Nevada State Museum

Event Date: 
September 25, 2014 - 6:30pm

September marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, legislation that protected more than 9 million acres of federal land. Marge Sill, considered by some to be the "mother of Nevada wilderness" will help the Nevada State Museum celebrate the occasion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

Comstock Mining Inc. Refuses Support for Independent Environmental Data Review

Event Date: 
September 16, 2014 (All day)

Silver City, NV - The Comstock Resident’s Association’s (CRA) recent request for funds to obtain third-party analysis of health and safety data associated with mining activities in Gold Hill and Silver City has been denied by Comstock Mining Inc. (CMI).

Weather Service: Smoke to get worse through Thursday

The National Weather Service in Reno has provided this image which shows the probable areas of smoke through Friday based on forecast wind information and assuming the King Fire remains active.

Southwest winds will keep the smoke area in the general same area through Wednesday. Winds will turn more westerly behind a cold front on Thursday and push smoke more into western Nevada.

Carson City sheriff's arrest log for Tuesday

A 22-year-old Carson City man was arrested Monday on a felony charge of parole violation and misdemeanor charges of petit larceny after allegedly taking clothing and a watch from two department stores, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Shawn Anderson was booked into jail at 6:38 p.m. without bail awaiting a hearing for the parole violation charge. According to the arrest report, Anderson was stopped outside of Kohl’s by loss prevention after being seen leaving the store with a shirt. Anderson threw the shirt at the security officer and took off running, leaving his getaway vehicle.

Lyon County denies request for V&T commission funding

Saying Lyon County receives little or no financial benefit from the project, the Lyon County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to reject a request from the Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway for funding.
The commission requested Lyon, Storey and Douglas counties and Carson City to contribute funding to the commission’s budget, as stipulated in the enabling legislation that created the V&T Commission.

Carson City Chamber and Visitors Bureau have new homes

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, the Carson City Chamber of Commerce has officially purchased the Visitors Bureau share of the building both agencies jointly inhabited since 1989. The Visitors Bureau is now leasing space in the downtown core at the corner of Carson and Washington Street at 716 N. Carson Street.

The Chamber will remain at 1900 S. Carson Street and will occupy the space vacated by the Bureau after extensive remodeling. Both agencies will have official open houses in the near future.

Breezy conditions through Wednesday with smoke from California fires possible

Low pressure nearing the California coast will continue to produce gusty winds across the Sierra and western Nevada Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Peak gusts by Wednesday could reach 40 mph with stronger gusts in wind prone areas. Boaters on Lake Tahoe should use caution Tuesday and consider staying off the lake Wednesday. Travel may also be restricted along Interstate 80 and Highway 395 for high profile vehicles.

Forest Service to host Heavenly expansion proposal open house Thursday

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to explain and answer questions about its draft analysis of a proposal from Heavenly Mountain Resort to expand year-round, non-skiing activities at the Lake Tahoe resort.

Report: Wealth gap stunts Nevada tax revenue growth

The amount of money Nevada gets from taxes is growing at a much slower pace than it did decades ago, a statistic that a new report attributes in part to the widening gap between the incomes of the top 1 percent of earners and everyone else.

Pair hiding in crawl space arrested on felony drug charges

Two were arrested early Monday morning on felony drug and gross misdemeanor child endangerment charges after a search warrant led to their discovery in a crawl space where they were hiding, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Arrested were Michael Tiehm and Ashley Marie Makara, both 25, of Carson City. According to the arrest report, deputies went to a home in the 3100 block of Minonee Drive in an attempt to serve arrest warrants on the pair.

It's Your City: 2014 volunteer Fruit Barons harvest with Gianna Shirk and Tom Henderson

This week's edition of It's Your City is a discussion on Fruit Barons, a Carson City non-profit organization that will pick the fruit from your trees and donate it to various organizations to help the needy.

The program's founders are Tom Henderson and Gianna Shirk, who explain the core mission of Fruit Barons and upcoming events.

Drift smoke from Pollock Pines wildfire seen west of Carson City

UPDATE: Drift smoke from a large and growing wildfire in northern California was seen Sunday west of Carson City in the Hobart, Lakeview and Marlette areas. Carson City firefighters have checked the areas after several 911 calls were made to dispatch.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Sept. 21

Here is the Carson City area road report for Sept. 15-21, 2014. Beginning Monday through Thursday the Carson City I-580 Freeway will have a single lane closure in the northbound direction due to maintenance between Fairview Drive and Carson Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. During this time, the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph.

Man jailed on felony invasion charge after breaking into day care center, eating bag of chips

A Carson City man was arrested early Saturday morning on a felony home invasion charge after he allegedly broke a window of a day care center, entered the facility and ate a bag of potato chips, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Nathan Richardson, 32, was found inside an East Telegraph day care center after deputies were called at 3:52 a.m. on a report of glass being broken in the area. Arriving officers noticed a man inside the day care center in the kitchen area, and the broken window. The man was eating potato chips near the refrigerator, according to the arrest report.

Tesla to put strain on Nevada in short term

The $5 billion Tesla battery factory deal sealed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and approved by a special session of the Legislature is a high-risk, high-reward project that could be a turning point for both the electric car company and Nevada as the state diversifies its economy and establishes itself as a leader in green energy.

But in the short term during the construction phase and with the planned hiring of 6,500 permanent workers, Tesla will put a strain on Northern Nevada where it will be built — from schools and roads to police and fire protection.

Senator Square: Busy week ahead with auditions, club meetings and basketball fundraiser

And so we begin week five of this year at Carson High School. The time passes so quickly. All sports teams are on a roll, and activities and clubs are full speed ahead as well.

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Northern Nevada lands bills scheduled for final passage Monday by House

Described as a historic package of Northern Nevada lands bills — six introduced by Congressman Mark Amodei and one by Rep. Steven Horsford — will be up for final passage in the House as a bipartisan suspension bill on Monday, Sept. 15.

Carson City sheriff's office steps up saturation patrol Friday

The Carson City Sheriff's Office will do saturation patrols throughout the city limits Friday, Sept. 19.
According to a news release, the focus will be on "speeding and careless drivers which often times leads to car crashes."

Carson TV: Election Forums

There are a number of upcoming candidate events through September. The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada, in conjunction with Sierra Nevada Forums and American Association of University Women, has announced a series of election forums to be held Sept. 22 through Sept. 30 in Carson City.

Carson City Council, US Navy League 30th Anniversary!

Event Date: 
September 17, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Carson City Council of the United States Navy League will celebrate its 30th Anniversary at our meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The Dinner and meeting will be held in the Banquet Room at Casino Fandango, 3800 S. Carson St., Carson City. The social hour will be at 5:30 PM and the dinner hour will begin at 6:15 PM. Attendees can access the Casino Buffett from the Banquet Room.
Mayor Bob Crowell, the Council’s first president will speak and hopefully be joined by some of the other original members of the council to help us celebrate the occasion!

Done deal: Sandoval signs record $1.3B tax break package for Tesla

Seven days and six hours after he proposed giving the biggest tax break in Nevada history to Tesla Motors, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the deal into law late Thursday night.

Tesla signs letter promising to give $37.5 million for education

CARSON CITY — Tesla Motors Inc. has sent a letter to Gov. Brian Sandoval promising to give public schools in Nevada $37.5 million over five years.

A glimpse inside the Tesla lobbyists' Carson City HQ

Directly across the street from the Nevada Legislature sits a small, painted-brick building.

To get there, lobbyists and lawmakers alike must run the gauntlet of a crosswalk across Highway 395, where cars may or may not stop for you.

Today, sitting in the sun outside the little brick building are two gleaming Tesla Model S sports cars.

Public safety: Expect more motorcycles on road with run up to Street Vibrations

As summer gives way to fall we are seeing the last few weeks of motorcycle riding time for our recreational and fair weather riders. This has led to an increase in motorcycle activity around Carson City as the days are still warm. With Street Vibrations around the corner you will be sharing the roadway with even more riders.

Solar storms could produce Aurora borealis visible over Northern Nevada

Two recent solar storms may produce northern lights visible over Northern Nevada on Friday and Saturday.
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center predicts that the two solar eruptions that happened earlier this week will travel past Earth, producing geomagnetic storms — explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun's corona out into space.

Carson City sheriff’s arrest log for Thursday

A 25-year-old Carson City man was arrested Thursday, 8:36 a.m. in the 200 block of Hackamore Way on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer.

According to the arrest report, officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a possible structure fire. Officers were advised there had been suspicious activity in the home and that subjects with warrants for their arrests had been hiding inside.

Amodei statement on 9/11 anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“There is a commemorative license plate in Nevada featuring the words ‘United We Stand’ and ‘We Will Never Forget.’ On this 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the 2,977 victims whose lives were mindlessly taken by evil men in the name of radical Islam.

Live coverage of the Nevada Legislature special session

You can follow live play-by-play coverage of the Nevada Legislature's consideration of the incentive package being offered to Tesla here.

Southwest Gas proposes 31 cent winter rate hike adjustment for Northern Nevada customers

Southwest Gas is seeking a 2015 rate adjustment hike of around 31 cents a month in winter and 8 cents during summer for Northern Nevada customers, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.

There will be a consumer session on Thursday, Sept. 18 to hear comments regarding the annual rate adjustment application. Southwest Gas also proposes to increase the average Southern Nevada residential customer monthly bill an estimated 9 cents during the summer and 27 cents in winter. If approved by the commission, the company proposes the rate changes take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Multi-faith prayer service Sept. 17 at Governor’s Mansion to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday

Nevada’s faith leaders from various traditions will join together to pray for the welfare of the Silver State at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City on Wednesday, Sept. 17 as a part of Nevada sesquicentennial celebrations.

This multi-faith Service will include prayers by Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i, Native American, etc., leaders. A “Nevada 150 Signature Event” the gathering is coordinated by religious statesman Rajan Zed.

Reno couple pleads guilty to felony counterfeiting charges

A Reno couple pled guilty Wednesday in a Sacramento federal court to possessing counterfeit U.S. currency and counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

William Theodore Lewis, 50, and Lori Marie Dahl, 50, a married couple, remain in custody and are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on Dec. 10, 2014. Lewis and Dahl each face a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Ozmens pledge $5 million for UNR entrepreneurship center

University of Nevada, Reno alumni Fatih Ozmen ’81 M.S. and Eren Ozmen ’85 MBA have pledged $5 million to create a new entrepreneurship center in conjunction with the University’s College of Business. To date, this is the largest gift the College of Business has received.

Supervisor Karen Abowd holds monthly walk Friday at Mills Park

Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

The community is invited to join Carson City Supervisor Karen Abowd for her monthly walkabout Friday, Sept. 12 at noon in Mills Park.

Abowd has conducted these events as a way to gather input from constituents on issues and challenges facing Carson City and to gather their feedback and hear their ideas.

"Our walkabouts have been a wonderful way to hear what people think and feel about what is going on in our community in real time,” she said. “Everyone is invited to come out and share their perspectives with me or ask questions they may have.”

Sandoval issues proclamation, calls special session for Tesla deal

Gov. Brian Sandoval late Tuesday issued a proclamation calling a special legislative session to approve the deal he negotiated with electric car maker Tesla to build a $5 billion battery factory in Northern Nevada.

The special session is set to begin at noon on Wednesday and could last from one to several days, depending on whether the Democratic-led state Senate and Assembly have a lot of questions about the deal or want to amend it.

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