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Carson City auto mechanics celebrate Labor Day weekend with marathon truck rebuild

A retired mechanic from Carson City and some of his friends have pulled out all the stops this Labor Day weekend for a ‘round the clock truck building project that may rival anything done on TV reality shows.

John Jackson’s plan: Refurbish a 1969 Peterbilt 358 into an old school hotrod using parts from six similar rigs. A feat like this would take months if it were a weekend garage hobby and probably cost tens of thousand of dollars.

Dayton woman identified in Saturday crash on Highway 50 in Carson City

The Nevada Highway Patrol has identified a Dayton woman as the passenger killed in a single vehicle accident Saturday morning in Carson City in the area of Highway 50 and East Nye Lane.

Leatrice Drew, 82, died from injuries at the scene in the rollover accident, reported at around 8:55 a.m. Her husband, Daniel Drew, was also injured. It is unknown if the couple were wearing seat belts properly, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson.

Man jailed on DUI charges after allegedly hitting parked vehicles, leaving the scene

A 21-year-old Carson City man was arrested on misdemeanor DUI and hit and run charges early Monday after allegedly hitting at least three parked vehicles on Sonoma Street and leaving the scene without reporting it, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Capital Crossfire: Common Core a curse or a cure for American education?

The latest edition of Capital Crossfire features Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes and educator John Eppolito. The topic of the discussion is "Common Core, a curse or cure for American Education."

Holiday weekend thus far results in several misdemeanor, handful of felony arrests

A 61-year-old Carson City man faces a misdemeanor DUI charge after allegedly driving his Dodge Ram through the yard of a Mayflower Way home on Friday afternoon, breaking a fence and crashing into an unoccupied Jeep, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

According to the arrest report, officers were called to the residence and made contact with the driver of the pickup. The man said he was OK and told the officer that he had nothing to do with the accident. The man was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, which was flipped on its side.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Sept. 7

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of Sept. 2-7, 2014. Crews will be striping roadways throughout the city weekdays between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Minor delays are expected on roadways that are being striped while the work occurs.

Nevada public safety, health and governor partner for National Preparedness Month

Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Nevada. The Nevada Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security, and the Division of Public and Behavioral Health urges Nevadans to prepare for an emergency that would require self-reliance for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, household medical needs, and possibly without response from police, fire or rescue.

Weather Service: Hazy skies from fires in Northern California, Oregon

The National Weather Service in Reno reports on its Facebook page Sunday that hazy conditions have developed throughout the region, from Dayton, Fallon and Pyramid Lake. Carson City is experiencing blue skies.

"After looking at visible satellite and making some phone calls, we believe that it is smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon. Sierra Front is not reporting any incidents in Nevada at this time," according to the weather service Facebook page.

Senator Square: Full speed ahead with 2,117 students enrolled at Carson High

Welcome back to the third installment of Senator Square. We had an exciting week at CHS including a video message from our rivals from Douglas High School. Their staff challenged our staff to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. More than 50 CHS teachers and staff showed up for the challenge, as we could never let the Tigers out-do us.

Tahoe's next superstorm: Rare but possible

Waves that would do Oahu's famous north shore proud could likely be expected at Lake Tahoe during an epic winter storm, scientists conclude in new research.

Winds and storms often push Tahoe's azure waters into sizable waves several feet high that hammer the landmark alpine lake's shoreline in a seascape-like scene.

Several vehicles involved in pileup at Fairview and South Carson Street

UPDATE 6PM: Two people were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries in a four-vehicle accident this afternoon at the intersection of Fairview and South Carson streets in Carson City, law officers said. The Nevada Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and thus far there have been no arrests.

The accident was called into dispatch at 4:21 p.m. and caused significant backup of vehicle traffic in both directions of Carson Street. As of 6 p.m. dispatch reports the northbound lane should be opening soon.

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Carson City sheriff's deputies cite 43 in second crosswalk operation

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office held a second pedestrian crosswalk operation Friday with 43 citations issued, the majority being for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, said Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

Although the number of citations issued was down from a similar operation held earlier this month in which 50 motorists were cited, the amount of stops shows motorists still need to do more as drivers to prevent pedestrian accidents involving vehicles, said McDaniel.

The operation was held on north Carson Street at Bath Street and then at Telegraph and Carson Street.

NHP: Elderly woman dies in rollover on Highway 50 and East Nye Lane

An elderly woman died in Saturday morning's fatal single vehicle rollover at Highway 50 East and Nye Lane in Carson City, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper said. The driver of the vehicle, an adult man, was taken to the hospital with injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.

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UPDATE: Nevada Highway Patrol reports at least one person has died in this morning's single vehicle rollover accident on Highway 50 and East Nye Lane in Carson City.

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A Carson City firefighters have responded to an accident near the intersection of Highway 50 East and Nye Lane, where a small white SUV hit a drainage ditch and flipped several times.

Carson City area Labor Day weekend forecast: Breezy conditions, highs in the mid 80s

Labor Day weekend looks to have some wind with it at least through Saturday for Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Low humidity and gusty winds has prompted a Red Flag Warning through at least Saturday for Carson City, the western Nevada Sierra front and central Nevada basin, according to the National Weather Service.

Fourth suspect in McCune murder pleads guilty

Raul Garcia entered a guilty plea today in Carson City District Court in the April 6, 2013 murder of Nevada's chief insurance examiner.

Garcia was arrested in connection with the beating death of William McCune, 62, at his apartment in Carson City. Three other co-defendants — Makyla Blackmore, Anthony Elliott and Michael Evans — pled guilty to lesser charges in October. Blackmore and Evans had agreed to testify against Garcia had it gone to trial.

Brewery Arts Center lays off professional staff, will continue to operate with volunteers

The Brewery Arts Center has announced that the organization is going through a reorganization and has let go its professional staff, but will continue to operate its current programs with help from volunteers.

The following statement was posted on the organization's website:

Man jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana

An 18-year-old Carson City man was arrested Thursday, 9:55 a.m. in the 1600 block of East Fifth Street on five misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence of marijuana, following a traffic stop, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

According to the arrest report, an officer stopped the man for failing to maintain a lane of travel westbound on Fifth Street from the roundabout. During the traffic stop the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Carson City firefighters called to brush fire in Hells Bells area

UPDATE: Fire at Hells Bells and Fifth Street in Carson City Thursday night was reported extinguished at 9:04 p.m.
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Carson City firefighters were called Thursday night to a brush fire in the area of Fifth Street and Hells Bells. The fire was reported at 8:29 p.m. Arriving first responders, including Carson City sheriff's deputies, said smoke was coming from the fire, reported to be about 30 feet by 30 feet in size. It was reported under control to dispatch at 8:43 p.m.

League of Women Voters Election Forum Features Supervisors and School Board Races

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Fri Sep 26 2014 .
September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm
Event Date: 
September 26, 2014 - 6:00pm

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. The forums will present both candidates for races and ballot proposition questions that will be on the ballot for the general election on November 4. The public is invited to attend these forums, which will be held at the Carson City Community Center, Sierra Room. Doors open at 5:30 and the forum begins at 6:00 each evening.

Steam locomotive runs Labor Day weekend at State Railroad Museum

Event Date: 
August 30, 2014 - 10:00am

Family time is around the bend in Carson City as Labor Day weekend arrives. The 1905 Steam Locomotive No. 25 highlights the Labor Day weekend celebration at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. The historic Virginia and Truckee train will carry passengers on 30-minute trips departing every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

The museum’s Jacobsen Interpretive Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carson City 4-Hers prepare for 'Rockets to the Rescue' national 4-H experiment

To kick off the new school year, Carson City 4-H will participate in the annual 4-H National Science Experiment. This year’s project revolves around the popular program, “Rockets to the Rescue” where youth will be tasked with one mission.

Two escape serious injury in helicopter crash Thursday near Gardnerville

Two sustained minor injuries in a helicopter crash Thursday afternoon south of Gardnerville, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were notified at 4:15 p.m. that a helicopter had crash landed near the Horsebend area and that the occupants had already arrived at the hospital, said Sgt. Pat Brooks.

League of Women Voters Election Forum

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Tue Sep 30 2014 .
September 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

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. The forums will present both candidates for races and ballot proposition questions that will be on the ballot for the general election on November 4. The public is invited to attend these forums, which will be held at the Carson City Community Center, Sierra Room. Doors open at 5:30 and the forum begins at 6:00 each evening.

League of Women Voters Election Forum

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Tue Sep 30 2014 .
September 29, 2014 - 6:00pm
Event Date: 
September 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

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. The forums will present both candidates for races and ballot proposition questions that will be on the ballot for the general election on November 4. The public is invited to attend these forums, which will be held at the Carson City Community Center, Sierra Room. Doors open at 5:30 and the forum begins at 6:00 each evening.

League of Women Voters to hold September election forums in Carson City

Event Date: 
Repeats every day on September until Tue Sep 23 2014 .
September 22, 2014 (All day)
Event Date: 
September 23, 2014 (All day)

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.

The forums will present both candidates for races and ballot proposition questions that will be on the ballot for the general election on November 4. The public is invited to attend these forums, which will be held at the Carson City Community Center, Sierra Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 6 each evening.

Woman dies in bus accident at Burning Man

Pershing County officials have identified the victim of Thursday morning's deadly bus incident at Burning Man as Alicia Louise Cipicchio, 29, of Jackson, Wyoming.
Organizers are working with investigators from Pershing County Sheriff’s Office to determine the series of events leading to the incident.

Carson City deputies arrest three on felony charges

Two men with gang ties were arrested Wednesday in the 2700 block of Menlo Drive by the Tri-County Gang Unit. One of the men was wanted on a felony fugitive from justice warrant out of California, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Oswaldo Torres, 28, is being held without bail awaiting extradition on the California Department of Corrections warrant issued June 2, 2014. The other man, 29, faces misdemeanor warrant related charges.

Watch it Live: Carson City Board of Supervisors

The Carson City Board of Supervisors and the Carson City Board of Health are holding a special joint meeting today. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street. Go here for the agenda and here to watch it live.

Nevada panel OKs $1.25 million for drone testing

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s fledgling drone testing industry received a $1.25 million boost in state funding from a legislative panel on Wednesday.
The Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee approved allocating $1.25 million from a $4 million fund set aside in the 2013 session to help the state develop the testing of the aerial technology.

Aerial view of the Napa quake damage

Here is the footage shot from a quadcopter of the damage caused by the Napa quake:

Medicaid prisoners 'devastating' to Carson-Tahoe Health's bottom line

When the state decided to shift prison inmates to Medicaid to save the state on their health-care costs, no one asked what the impact would be on Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Kingsbury Grade reopened, firefighters make significant progress on wildfire

UPDATE 10PM: Kingsbury Grade has re-opened. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the wildfire is around around 4.5 acres.

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UPDATE: 6:40: Fire crews and aircraft have halted the forward advancement of a wildland fire Wednesday night off Kingsbury Grade in Douglas County. Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Nevada Division of Forestry, and local fire districts, including East Fork, Tahoe Douglas, Lake Valley, and South Lake Tahoe responded to the Kingsbury Fire.

Always Lost: A Meditation on War’ Exhibition at Historic Minden Inn Through Sept. 12

A Western Nevada College student veteran crouches down on her knees to search for those she served with. The mother of a fallen soldier stares at the face of her son. The Wall of the Dead quietly tells the story of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and the thousands who have died.

“Always Lost, A Meditation on War,” the nationally touring humanities exhibition created by WNC students and faculty, opened Monday at the historic Minden Inn, 1594 Esmeralda Ave., and remains through Friday, Sept. 12.

Carson City runaway teen found safe

A 14-year-old Carson City teen who was reported as a runaway earlier this month has been located, said Carson City Sheriff’s Office Detective Steve Olson.

The juvenile had not been seen since Aug. 19, when she left her Hot Springs Road home and failed to show up for school. She has since been found and is safe, said Olson.

Kingsbury Grade closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday

State Route 207, Kingsbury Grade in Douglas County will be closed near Daggett Summit beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2 through sometime in October as the second scheduled construction closure takes place for the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project.

Carson City deputies make three DUI arrests overnight

A 35-year-old Carson City man was arrested Wednesday, August 27, 12:49 a.m. in the 600 block of West Spear Street on a misdemeanor charge of DUI, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

According to the arrest report, a reporting witness observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Carson Street without headlights and had struck several curbs in a fast food restaurant drive-thru.

Comment period open for Heavenly Epic Discovery Project at Lake Tahoe

Public comments are being accepted on a draft environmental impact report for Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Epic Discovery Project until Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board directed the preparation of a joint environmental document for the project, located at the Heavenly Mountain Resort in El Dorado, Alpine and Douglas counties.

Nearly 500 back packs collected in Carson City Salvation Army Drive

The Salvation Army of Carson City is thankful to the community for their generous support of the back to school Apple Tree program. During the drive, 467 back packs as well as school supplies were collected and will be distributed to needy children from Carson City School District, Silver State Charter School, and Douglas County School District.

Researchers: Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

Climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species that has numbered as few as 35 individuals, new research by the University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute shows.

Scientists report that geothermal water on a small shelf near the surface of an isolated cavern in the Nevada desert where the pupfish live is heating up as a result of climate change and is likely to continue heating to dangerous levels.

Carson City Sheriff's Office arrest log

The following are recent felony and misdemeanor related arrests made by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Those arrested and facing criminal charges are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Investigators seek information on three suspicious fires Sunday in Gardnerville

Douglas County authorities say three fires Sunday in the Gardnerville Ranchos area may have been deliberately set and are asking anyone for information to contact them.

East Fork Fire and Paramedic District were called to a vegetation fire Sunday, 1:39 a.m. in a vacant lot behind 1309 Langley Ave, Gardnerville. The fire ignited a NV Energy power pole and cut power to a 16 unit apartment building, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pat Brooks.  

Plea change now forces trial in robbery of elderly World War II vet

One of two involved in the robbery of a 101-year-old Carson City World War II veteran will go before a jury while the other will be sentenced for the crime late next month.

Burning Man gates reopen, the party is on at the Playa

UPDATE: As of 6 this morning, the road to Burning Man is now open, according to Burning Man's Twitter feed.
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UPDATE: The Nevada Highway Patrol with other agencies assisting is temporarily holding the Burning Man participants from entering this event due to rain that has made it difficult for vehicles to travel into the Playa. NHP is asking that participants do not try and travel out to the Burning Man area until notified that the roads will be open and passable.

Five arrested after Saturday night melee at Fuji Park

A disturbance call during a party at Fuji Park in Carson City led to the arrests Saturday of five people after a near-riot broke out in which officers were punched and kicked by several suspects, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said. Officers from Douglas County and the Nevada Highway Patrol were called in as backup to control the melee.

Four jailed on felony assault and conspiracy charges after gunshots fired at vehicle

Four were arrested late Friday night and early Saturday morning on felony assault and conspiracy charges after shots were fired at a vehicle on North Edmonds Drive, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

It's Your City with Supervisor Jim Shirk

Carson City Ward 4 Supervisor Jim Shirk provides an update on recent meetings of the Board of Supervisors.

Shirk notes a recent joint meeting with the Carson City School District and discusses the outsourcing of Carson City Animal Services as well as the building department.

Lake Tahoe woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

California authorities say the woman, whose name hasn't been released, has been feeding bears for years in her yard on the lake's north shore at Kings Beach.

Firefighters called to Bunch Way structure fire

UPDATE: A fire inside a home in the 3000 block of Bunch Way has been extinguished. Witnesses said the fire put out more smoke than flame and firefighters were able to knock it down quickly before there was any real damage. The fire is under investigation.

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Carson City firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to a structure fire in the 3000 block of Bunch Way. Arriving firefighters report flames and smoke coming from inside a residence.

First woman to swim the length of Lake Tahoe recalls 1962 adventure

Some people, when they first see Lake Tahoe, think how it'd be nice to boat on top of the glass like water. Others imagine fishing on the lake stocked with big fish, while yet others think about how nice it would be to sit at the quiet and scenic shore and enjoy the sun and the view.

To nine year old Erline Christopherson, all she thought when first saw the crystal blue waters was how she'd like to swim across it. The dream was born that day in 1955.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Aug. 31

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of August 25-31. 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.

On Monday, August 25, Telegraph Street will be closed to through traffic between Division Street and Minnesota Street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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