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Sierra Front: Bison Fire in Douglas County expected to be contained by Sunday

The Bison Fire burning in southeast Douglas County is between 1,200 to 1,300 acres in size with 15 percent containment as of Friday morning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.

No structures have been damaged and no injuries reported. Approximately 220 firefighters are working this blaze, which was reported at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Containment and control of the fire is expected Sunday, according to Sierra Front.

The attack plan has been outlined and, has identified major hazards and risks to fire fighters working this fire, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pat Brooks. These risks are, but not limited to, working in hot weather conditions with lower humidity and the potential for higher winds later today, extremely dry fuels and extreme fire behavior, unidentified mines and steep terrain.

The plan objectives to fighting this fire are, safety of all personnel assigned to this incident, minimize fire impacts to structures in the area, minimize fire impacts to the Bi-State Sage Grouse habitat and using air support early, said Brooks.

The fire crews are going to make a significant effort early this morning in anticipation to the predicted wind event later today.

Firefighters are actively engaged in structure protection and perimeter handline construction designed to keep the fire contained to the Pinenut Creek area. The Pinenut 2 road that leads into the residential areas has been closed except to residential and emergency traffic, according to Sierra Front.

The fire is operating under unified command between East Fork FPD and the BLM. Washam's Sierra Front Type 3 Team will be taking over command of the fire on Saturday morning. Aircraft will be back working the fire later this morning.


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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.

The fire’s size was estimated to be as large as six acres at one point, but it has been downgraded to 1.5 acres, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Gabor.

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.

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.

Western Nevada College has named 68 students to the Summer 2014 Dean’s List. To qualify for WNC’s Dean’s List, students must complete at least six units during the semester and accumulate a grade point average of 3.50 or higher. 


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Fremont Elementary School faculty and staff take the ice bucket challenge for ALS on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Carson City, Nev. ​

Next April, I will be traveling with the Carson City Chamber of Commerce Travel Club on a trade mission to China. This trip is open to anyone who wants to go, and is a great way to see this country for a really great price. Here are nine reasons why you should go:

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.

The deadline to submit applications for Official and Signature Nevada 150 events will be 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Over 400 events have been held across the Silver State since Nevada Day 2013, in celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, with many more ahead. To submit an event application please visit www.Nevada150.org. For questions or additional information please contact Scott Carey, events and community relations manager, at 775-687-0645 or shcarey@nevada150.org.

The following events will be held Sept. 1 through Sept. 14.

Nevada's steam driven Sesquicentennial celebration culminates in Carson City with the Saturday, Nov. 1 Nevada Day Parade. This year’s parade theme, “Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada” encourages Silver State revelers to salute Nevada’s Oct. 31 1864 admission to the union as the 36th state.

"We at Nevada Day are very pleased to be adding three new events to this year's Nevada Day Celebration, in addition to bringing back reoccurring favorites," said Nevada Day committee president Ken Hamilton.

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.

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.

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of August 27 through Labor Day.

If your individual income tax return ends up with a balance to pay of more than $1,000, you may incur a small penalty for Underpayment of Estimated Tax. Form 2210 is used to compute the penalty and it is a fun form with many special rules.

The penalty is not really only about estimated tax. If you have tax withheld from wages, retirement, social security benefits, etc. and you owe more than $1,000 with your return, you may incur the penalty.

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.

Words become pictures, framed art in their own right, as poetry and prose by beloved local writers are exhibited at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery in Carson City. In “Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press,” 34 one-sided printed pages show the work of noted authors, produced with handset type and relief plates. The exhibit runs Sept. 8 to Oct. 31.

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.

Three northern Nevada development agencies have partnered to bring the 2014 Manufacturing in Nevada Conference to Sparks, Oct. 1-2. The event will coincide with a Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles conference.

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I visited a friend’s house this weekend and noticed a dog roaming freely in their unfenced yard. At first I was taken aback and then I noticed something. They were utilizing an electric fence. Put aside your feelings about electric fences for a moment and hang with me for a bit. This concept can teach us a lot about personal and professional boundaries.

Western Nevada College Professional Skills Program will offer Beginning SolidWorks, Level 1 solid modeling CAD software on Thursday evenings this fall at the Carson City campus. This 3D drafting application is popular across a wide range of industries for engineering design, documentation and simulation.

Experienced professional Bill Perez will lead students through the basics of SolidWorks 2013-2014. Classes meet in a lab setting with a workstation available to each student.

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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.