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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.

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, including a number of candidate nights hosted by the League of Women Voters.

On Sunday, Sept. 14 is the Democratic Women and Central Committee's annual candidates barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Marv Teixeira Pavilion formerly the Pony Express Pavilion.

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.

NDOT hosts public meeting to discuss final segment of Carson City Freeway project

Those looking to know more about the future of the Carson City Freeway and its next phase of construction and final segment scheduled to open in 2017 are invited to a public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, hosted by the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The meeting will provide updates and a proposed schedule for upcoming phase 2B-3 of freeway construction, which will pave and open the freeway to traffic between Fairview Drive and the Spooner/U.S. 50 junction in south Carson City.

Chamber Soup's On! Luncheon to feature Carson City Manager Nick Marano

Event Date: 
September 29, 2014 - 11:30am

The Chamber's Soup’s On! luncheon has been set for Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m. at Gold Dust West and features Carson City Manager Nick Marano.

With all the buzz about Carson City's future, this should be an interesting luncheon since Marano will be able to provide more insight into the forthcoming changes to take place over the next three years that will transform the city we know today.

Make friends, learn history at Nevada State Museum tour guide training

Event Date: 
September 16, 2014 - 9:00am

With Nevada’s 150th birthday celebration in full gear, the Nevada State Museum in Carson City is offering interested volunteers a chance to make friends, learn history and become part of the party. Tour guide training begins at the museum Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.

No experience is necessary but volunteers are asked to be available at least four hours per month and bring curiosity and enthusiasm for Nevada’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

Washoe County fetches $16 million for Reno to Sparks transit service

Nevada will receive $29.3 million in funding for northern and southern Silver State transportation projects, Sen. Harry Reid announced Tuesday.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County will receive $16 million to develop a rapid bus transit service connecting Reno and Sparks. This will construct the a 3.6 mile 4th Street/Prater Way RAPID Transit BRT project and may include upgraded electric buses and additional electric charging infrastructure, as well as construct accessible sidewalks and bike lanes.

UNR welcomes second largest fall enrollment, 6.2 percent increase over 2013

The University of Nevada, Reno welcomed 19,934 undergraduate and graduate students to campus this fall. This reflects a 6.2 percent increase over the fall 2013 enrollment of 18,776. These numbers reveal the second-largest enrollment jump for the University; the first took place in 2001 when enrollment grew by 1,167 students, which this year’s enrollment numbers narrowly missed by nine students.

Former Vegas deputy city manager Jim Nichols accepts Douglas County Manager position

Jim Nichols has accepted the position of Douglas County Manager. After discussion at the board of County Commissioners meeting on Sept. 4, county commissioners decided to extend an offer of $172,000 and Mr. Nichols is expected to begin Sept. 29, 2014.

Carson City man jailed on felony burglary charge

A Carson City man with a lengthy criminal history including larceny and theft was arrested Monday on a felony burglary charge after allegedly walking out of Walmart without paying for a soda, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Pilot dies in crash at Reno Air Races

One pilot is dead after his sport aircraft crashed during Monday's qualifying heat of the Reno National Championship Air Races at the Reno-Stead Airport.

Reno Fire Dept. Chief Michael Hernandez says the plane suffered “significant structural failure to the aircraft" during the 3:30pm accident.

Lyon County authorities arrest two Fernley men in separate child abuse cases

Lyon County authorities are investigating two separate child abuse cases in Fernley that happened within days of each other.

Detectives arrested a Fernley man Sunday on a felony child abuse charge after a two-month-old infant was brought to Renown Medical Center in Reno with two fractures to the skull and a broken leg, said Lt. J. L. Pattison of the Lyon County Sheriff's Office.

Russell Frietze, 23, is being held on $75,000 bail on one count of child abuse with substantial bodily harm. The man is the boyfriend of the infant's mother, said Pattison.

Carson City man jailed after firing handgun from inside moving car

A Carson City man was arrested Sunday on a felony charge of discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle while on his way to the rifle range, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Oswaldo Mariscal, 29, is being held on $26,137 bail after officers were contacted about a man shooting a handgun from the passenger window of a car. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Morning showers around Carson City keep smoke at bay from growing Yosemite fire

The Meadow Fire burning in Yosemite National Park continues to grow, with smoke expected to impact the Carson City and Carson Valley areas though it has been minimal because of rain showers throughout the region.

The blaze may be a spot fire from the Meadow Fire, believed to be caused by lightning, forest and park officials said. It was discovered at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday and has grown to 2,582 acres as of Monday morning. It is burning within the Little Yosemite Valley on both sides of the Merced River.

It's Your City with Supervisor John McKenna

This week's It's Your City is with Carson City Supervisor John McKenna who provides an update on the actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 4 meeting.

It's Your City is a weekly program aimed at keeping citizens informed about city government, organizations and happenings around Carson City, Nev. Go here to learn more about Access Carson City Television.

Weather Service: Smoke from Yosemite fire headed to Carson City

UPDATE: The ‪Meadow Fire‬ in Yosemite National Park is exhibited explosive growth Sunday, producing pyrocumulus clouds visible in Carson City and Reno, according to the National Weather Service.

The fire is burning in the Little Yosemite Valley area and at last report was 700 acres and growing. Smoke from the fire will impact areas to the northeast of Yosemite. High resolution forecast models show that a layer of smoke will affect the Carson City, Reno and Carson Valley areas by Monday morning if intense burning continues, according to the weather service.

Hundreds turn out for luau fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada

The World’s Greatest Luau and Kids’ Auction was held Sunday at Mills Park in Carson City. The annual event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada and was attended by more than 800 people, including Mayor Bob Crowell, Carson City supervisors, attorneys, doctors, business leaders, political candidates and philanthropists.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Sept. 14

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of Sept. 8-14, 2014. Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, through Thursday, Sept. 11, I-580 (Carson City Freeway) will have a single lane closure in the southbound direction due to maintenance between Carson Street and US 50 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. During this time, the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph.

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