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Directors Address Library Consolidation Issues

This information is in response to several recent letters to the editor that have proposed the consolidation of libraries in Carson City. Our goal is to provide our community a better understanding of the types of libraries in Carson City. It is true there are libraries who serve the public in Carson City, but Carson City Library is the only “public library.” The other libraries are not “public libraries” and here is how they differ:

Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA)
NSLA serves patrons statewide with a focus on state (executive, legislative, judicial) and local government employees and patrons who need information regarding government services and information. It is funded under the executive branch and enabled by NRS 378. Its collections support efficient government decision-making and include unique state and local government information and databases.

Western Nevada College Library (WNC)
WNC serves seven counties: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing and Storey and maintains a branch library at the Fallon campus. WNC is funded by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and ultimately governed by the Nevada Board of Regents. WNC’s service focus is students, faculty and staff and collections directly support the WNC curriculum.

Nevada Supreme Court Library
Administered and operated by the Supreme Court as enabled by NRS 2.410. The Library’s service focus is: the Supreme Court Justices and staff; Nevada State Bar, Nevada attorneys, the legislature and government entities and public who want to represent themselves in legal matters. Its collections are focused on legal research. The Librarian serves at the pleasure of the Supreme Court.

Carson City Library
Enabled by NRS 379 and funded by Carson City, the Librarian works for the Carson City Library Board of Trustees who also has the policy authority. The public library serves persons of all ages regarding informational recreational and cultural resource needs. The collection and all services are designed to serve people from cradle to grave.

An important distinction in this conversation is the Carson City Library Board of Trustees has sole authority over the Carson City Library. It does not have authority over “libraries” in Carson City.

Carson City School District Libraries
The libraries in the Carson City School District are under the jurisdiction of the elected School Board. The libraries’ primary focus is the educational needs of K-12 students in Carson City. Computers support the educational program and are distributed throughout all campuses.

Cooperative Library Automated Network (CLAN)
Created by cooperative agreements under NRS 277.080-279.180, NRS 379.147 and NRS 379.150, CLAN is a system which shares a circulation, cataloging and acquisition system and numerous online databases. Carson City Library, Nevada State Library and Archives, Supreme Court Law Library, and other libraries located throughout the state are members of and provide funding for this cooperative.

There is not enough commonality amongst the libraries to make consolidation feasible or efficient, where we can see economies of scale we have established cooperative relationships: shared online databases and CLAN services.

Carson City, as the state capital, is fortunate to have as many libraries as they have because they all compliment and collaborate with each other- but they do not replace each other or lend themselves to be collapsed into one system.

Daphne DeLeon, Administrator, Nevada State Library and Archives
Ken Sullivan, Director Library & Instructional Technology, Western Nevada College
Sara Jones, Library Director, Carson City Library
Cory King, Carson High School Media Specialist
Dana Hines, Coordinator, Cooperative Libraries Automated Network
Guy Louis Rocha, Former Nevada State Archivist


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The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 14-year-old girl, considered a runaway. Jocelyn Morales is 5 feet 2 inches, 102 pounds with brown, shaved hair. She was last seen Aug. 19, when she left her Hot Springs Road home and failed to show up for school, said Carson City Sheriff’s Detective Steve Olson.

She was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray leggings and black Vans shoes. Jocelyn has run away in the past, however she did not bring any additional clothing with her. She is entered into the National Crime Information Center as a runaway.

Tickets for the 2014 season of the Polar Express aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad are now on sale. The perennial holiday favorite all-ages train ride from the frosty Northern Nevada landscape to the North Pole, will run from Nov. 20 to Dec. 22. The hour long V&T diesel train ride includes a keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate and cookies, entertainment and a reading of The Polar Express.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will conduct another pedestrian crosswalk operation on Friday, Aug. 29. These operations are conducted to educate the public in pedestrian and driver safety, said Carson City Sheriff's Office Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

Earlier this month, a similar operation was held where 50 traffic citations were issued along the north and south ends of Carson Street.

The operation, in cooperation with the Nevada Highway Patrol, was done as a way to address pedestrian safety and a growing number of motorists failing to yield as pedestrians cross sidewalks, said McDaniel.

Attention musicians: The Carson City Symphony will begin rehearsals for the 2014-15 concert season on Wednesday, August 27, 7:00 to 9:15 p.m., at the Carson High School band room.

The Symphony, conducted by David Bugli, is a volunteer orchestra of about 55 players who perform music from the 15th to 21st centuries. It is open to string players at any time without audition, and to other instrumentalists when positions are available. Current openings are for strings and horn. Musicians who are interested in joining should contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

The Carson City Board of Supervisors are meeting today in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center. Go here for the agenda and here to watch it live.

A 50-year-old Sacramento man, Timothy Eric Seibel, was arrested Wednesday, 2:56 p.m. in the 3300 block of East Fifth Street on a felony parole violation charge, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said. He is being held without bail until a court hearing.

In other arrests: A 33-year-old Carson City man was arrested Thursday, 2:19 a.m. in the 900 block of South Carson Street on the following misdemeanor charges: Possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, no valid insurance, and two counts violation of a suspended sentence.

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.

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.

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.

As many as 45 employers will take part in an upcoming Job Fair sponsored by Carson City Health and Human Services, Job Opportunities in Nevada, and the Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

The event is Friday, September 26 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for the general public. Veterans will be able to enter the Job Fair at 1:30 p.m. for early admission.

The Job Fair will be located in the large gym at the Carson City Community Center on 851 East William Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701.

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.

Nevada middle and high school students and schools are encouraged to enter in the Nevada Prescription Drug Prevention Video Contest sponsored by Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

This is an opportunity for Nevada students to get creative and use social media to promote awareness about prescription drug abuse and encourage their peers to stay away from abusing prescription drugs.

Winners will be selected from each Nevada school district. Final winners will be announced Nov. 3, 2014.

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.

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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.

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.

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:

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug 20-27. Varying conditions exist due to extreme drought conditions.

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.

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.

Sales of the third Nevada Sesquicentennial medallion will end Aug. 26, 2014 at 5 p.m. The medallion is the third in the series of four being produced throughout the year.

The third medallion features some of the Silver State’s legendary landmarks including the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, the Reno Arch and Wendover Will. Last month, Lt. Gov. and Nevada 150 Chairman Brian Krolicki invited Nevada students to participate in choosing the design. Over 200 classes participated in the contest, receiving close to 5,000 total votes.