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Recent Highway 50 tragedies prompt zero-tolerance policy by Carson City Sheriff's Office

CARSON CITY — Anyone who has lived in Nevada for very long knows that U.S. Highway 50 is dubbed "The loneliest road in America." For those of us who have travelled its length through the Silver State, we find a mix of beauty and desolation.

If you have travelled it often, you no doubt have had your share of scary moments. Everything from the errant cow in the road to the inattentive driver who frightens you as they cross the center of the roadway and then, realizing they have done so, return quickly before the two of you pass.

For the most part, these are rural issues and are some of the risk we take whenever we get behind the wheel for an extended trip. But, what about Highway 50 when it enters into a more urban area?

What obstacles do we face? In the past few months we have seen many tragedies in our section of the highway. For the first part of this release I would like to address the issue of pedestrians. Ever since we were small children we were taught to look both ways before crossing a street and to always use the crosswalks.

Somewhere along the line as we entered adulthood those messages seemed to have faded from memory for many. It is not uncommon for someone to cross against a light, jaywalk, or worse yet, leave their lives in fates' hands as they cross a busy highway, especially at night.

Just as drivers have a responsibility to look out for pedestrians, pedestrians have a responsibility to ensure that they do not put others at risk by their actions. Let's face it, poor decision making leads to death. When you cross a busy highway without utilizing the provided crosswalks and signal lights, you are putting yourself and others in harms way.

The chain of events that follow touch everyone you know and even those you don't. Responding emergency personnel, witnesses, involved individuals and your family are all affected by your decision to cross.

As I write this, I can hear the sirens from emergency vehicles as they respond to another crash on Highway 50. This one is very close to another crash that claimed lives in the same vicinity near the top of what we know as "Dump Hill."

What will be the determination of this crash? Driving while intoxicated? Driver inattention? Cell phone use? The mind spins with questions on how this happened and what can be done to reduce such tragedy in the future.

Later as I speak with Carson City Sheriff Furlong about the most recent crash I am told that these situations have not gone unnoticed. Currently the Carson City Sheriff's Office is working with the Nevada Highway Patrol, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Nevada Department of Transportation in an effort to find a way to "change the characteristics of the drivers who travel on Highway 50."

This will be a long term solution with the public's safety being the most important part of any plan that is developed. In the meantime, a zero tolerance for traffic-related offenses will be initiated.

As a citizen of this and the surrounding communities, you have an expectation that law enforcement will do everything in its power to protect those who travel on the roadways within your area.

Help us help you. Drive defensively, watch for pedestrians, put down the cell phone and enjoy the drive. let's not make Highway 50 "The deadliest road in America."

Sgt. Scott McDaniel
Carson City Sheriff's Office


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On your “Must Not Miss” list, is the popular Downtown Wine Walk – held the First Saturday of every month from 1- 5pm. For just $10 (which supports the Downtown Business Association you’ll receive a commemorative wine glass and endless reasons to sip, stroll, and shop, the afternoon away, through Historic Downtown Carson City. Bring your wine walk glass with the Carson City Logo on it and pay only $8. Don't forget the after Wine Walk raffle prize party, 5:00pm, at the Cabaret Lounge, Carson Nugget Casino!

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The month of July ended with the Nevada Department of Wildlife dealing with 20 black bears in the 31 days.

“That is a faster than normal pace,” says NDOW biologist Carl Lackey, “but it is really the calm before the storm with potential nuisance bear activity in western Nevada. This is the time of year that the bears expand their search for food and during that search bears and the activities of people often come in to conflict. August, September and October should be very busy with our bears.”

Are you looking for a way to enjoy your Sunday afternoons? The Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival is offering free concerts in the Legislative Plaza between the State Capitol and the Legislature Building in Carson City on three Sundays: Aug. 3, Aug. 10, and Aug. 17, 2014.

This week's Women to Women features Elinor Bugli, President of the Carson City Symphony Association. She is also an organizer for the Jazz and Beyond Festival. Elinor and her husband have been instrumental (pun intended) to the creation of the Carson City Symphony and many, many other aspects of Carson City arts.

Visit jazzcarsoncity.com to get the schedule because It's happening now through Aug. 17.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell presided over the official ribbon cutting to open the Fair on Thursday.

Acting on several tips of drugs allegedly being sold out of a home with children inside and local from a taxi cab driver, Carson City Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team officers arrested five people Thursday night at a Condor Circle home.

Officers confiscated small amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, more than 30 pieces of assorted drug paraphernalia and cash after a search warrant was granted. Three children — two four-year-olds and a seven-year-old — were taken into protective custody, according arresting Carson City sheriff’s officers.

UPDATE: NV Energy reports power fully restored Friday morning after outage in Dayton affects 2,114 customers.

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UPDATE: NV Energy reports power being restored to the south and east of Dayton Valley Airpark. As of 11:17 p.m. there were 936 customers without power.
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UPDATE: As of 10:50 p.m. there's been more reported outages, back up to 1,672 customers south and east of Dayton Valley Airpark.

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UPDATE: As of 9 p.m. 942 NV Energy customers remain without power south of Dayton Valley Airpark.

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Since 2009, Western Nevada College has actively sought ways to be sustainable in the operation of its campuses. Through continuing efforts and a commitment to use green energy, that vision is rising to new heights.

Black Rock Solar, a nonprofit corporation in Reno that specializes in expanding the use of renewable energy, just completed installation of 666 panels atop the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus. At 180 kilowatts, the project is Black Rock’s largest roof array to date.

The Carson City Chamber of Commerce welcomed Terri Baijounas, Farmers' Insurance newest Carson City agency owner, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. It is the chamber's newest member and latest business to open its doors on John Street.

Baijounas, who has been affiliated with Farmers Insurance for 34 years in Nevada and California, set out on her own in May of this year with a branch as an agency owner.

If you're looking for a camping and fishing trip after this week's NV 150 Fair at Fuji Park, my suggestion is a special location that is not too far from Carson City, south of here off of Highway 395.

If you're not familiar with Lundy Lake, Calif., you are probably asking yourself, "What is Lundy Lake and where in the heck is it?"
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Today’s NV150Fair, celebrating Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration, has something for everyone and admittance and all shows this day are FREE. Parking can be found at Casino Fandango with shuttle buses running continuously to take you there. Here's what's on tap today.

11 am – Be part of the history!

The Nevada Department of Transportation will begin a $800,000 project to construct turn pockets for enhanced safety and mobility on U.S. 395 south of Gardnerville Sunday, Aug. 3.

Proposed 2015 health insurance for individual and small group markets in Nevada are now available online, state Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper announced Thursday. The proposed rates are for plans sold both on and off Nevada’s health insurance exchange.

Nevadans who wish to view proposed health insurance rates for plan year 2015 can go here. The Division has made proposed rate information available in two different formats.

Carson City sales tax is up 7.8 percent in May this year as compared to May 2013, according to figures provided Wednesday to the Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

"We attribute that to all the new retailers that chose to open their doors here," said Chamber Executive Director Ronni Hannaman.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the Chamber:

Furniture Sales – Up 24.8 percent; Sporting goods were up by 101.2 percent; General Merchandise stores were up by 37.5 percent and food and beverage stores showed an increase of 16.1 percent.

A 23-year-old Carson City man was arrested Wednesday on felony drug charges, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said. Troy Lee Lindsey was booked on the felony charges after officers found two baggies of suspected methamphetamine in the man’s shoe.

According to the arrest report, a Carson City Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team officer observed the man make a sudden turn on North Roop Street to East Washington at 9:26 p.m., nearly causing a collision between himself and another vehicle.

Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of August. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Aug. 1 through Aug. 14.

Thunderstorms are moving into the Carson City region, prompting an alert from the National Weather Service in Reno. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for Carson City, Carson Valley, Dayton and Virginia City.

Firefighters have also responded to reports of lightning strikes seen in areas south and east of Carson City. As of about 1:30 p.m. Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center said there have been reports of lightning strikes and smoke near Carson River Road and near Stephanie Way but but nothing confirmed as wildfire.

Fruit trees throughout western Nevada blossom in the spring and will produce ripened fruit in mid-summer. As the fruit develops, the black bears in western Nevada are sure to take notice.

Armed with a sense of smell that is 2,100 times better than a human’s, black bears can tell when it is time to venture down the hill into places like west Reno, Washoe and Pleasant Valleys, Carson City and the western edges of the Carson Valley including Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa.

The fourth graders worked at the computer screens for hours, fingers dancing over the keyboard and figures on the screen spinning, growing and changing colors. And, their parents were happy. The students weren’t playing games; they were designing and building things like a whistle, buildings, hot air balloon, cars, DNA models, bracelets, airplanes and more, using a 3-D modeling and CAD design program.

Project Americans Coming Together local director Carla Wilson, and event coordinator Joy Evans will hold an informational meeting and auditions for two local original productions designed to bring both national and local history to life.

This meeting will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints located at 411 N. Saliman Road in Carson City.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A package of Northern Nevada lands bills — six introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-2) and one by Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4) unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.

The bipartisan support clears the way for the legislation to be brought to the House floor in September as a non-controversial suspension bill, according to a news release from Amodei's office.

The compromise agreement was made possible after adjustments to the legislation were made to a version passed in January.