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Polar Express Carson City holiday train tickets on sale now

Returning with more rides and seat options for its third season after two consecutive years of sold-out tours, tickets to the Carson City Polar Express aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad are on sale now for the 2013 holiday season.

With just 30 trains in the U.S. that travel to the North Pole, the Polar Express aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad has captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of children, their parents and grandparents making the train tour into a holiday tradition for Carson City area families.

The Polar Express returns to Carson City with 15 additional train rides to accommodate 3,600 more passengers. This all-ages ride from the frosty Northern Nevada landscape to the North Pole will depart Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 22 through Dec. 22.

Polar Express rides are based on the iconic holiday feature film and beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The story is about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. The V&T Railroad has partnered with Rail Events Inc. (through Warner Brothers Consumer Products, Inc.) to bring the magical experience to Carson City again this holiday season.

The V&T’s 100-year-old steam engines and holiday decorated passenger cars leave the Carson City Eastgate Depot (seven miles east of downtown Carson City) and travel nearly two miles before stopping at Santa's mythical North Pole retreat.

During the journey, the Conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic. At the North Pole, Santa will step aboard and greet the children.

A VIP ticket option aboard the 30-seat historic parlor car features additional entertainment, extra time with Santa Claus, a special holiday treat and a souvenir ceramic Polar Express cocoa mug. Passengers who upgrade to the parlor car will have seats facing the windows allowing the best views of Santa’s Village and room for dancing, games and caroling during the trip.

The boarding area at the Carson City Depot, Eastgate Siding Road, will feature heated tents where riders can take photos with Santa Claus and purchase holiday souvenirs. All tickets include a keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment and a reading of the famous book that made it all possible.

The limited VIP tickets are $62 for children 2-12 (free for children under 2 who sit on a lap), $72 for adults, with coach tickets at $38 for adults and $29 for children. The Polar Express departs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., from Nov. 22 to Dec. 22. Santa suggests everyone re-confirm times prior as the schedule could be subject to demands from his elves at the North Pole. Santa also recommends passengers arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.

To purchase tickets, call 877-724-5007 or 775-291-0208 or visit www.vtrailway.com. Information is also available at www.polarexpressride.com.


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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!

Tickets can be purchased at Bella Fiora Wines, Cactus Jack’s, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Carson Nugget, and Horseshoe Club, where you will receive hand stamps, glasses, and maps.

Sponsored by the Carson City Downtown Business Association, our goal is to carry on a local tradition, hosting an event which showcases a monthly Downtown celebration. It’s a Saturday stroll with a glass of wine through historic downtown Carson City where boutiques, local shops, galleries, restaurants and casinos, pull out all the stops to awaken your taste buds and tantalize your senses... experience a Downtown taste sensation!.

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UPDATE: Strong thunderstorm being tracked 13 miles northeast of Virginia City.
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National Weather Service meteorologists were tracking two strong thunderstorms this Monday afternoon.

As of 4:21 p.m. the first storm was southeast of Smith Valley moving northwest at 15 mph. The other storm was 18 miles southwest of Yerington and moving northeast at 15 mph.

Lightning is associated with the storms as well as moderate rain and small, pea-sized hail and gusty winds to 50 mph.

It's time again for our monthly adoption event at PetCo, 911 Topsy Lane in south Carson City. We have a great variety of amazing dogs, all hoping to find that special person to love. Our dogs are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, and are available for a $100 donation.

If you would like to take your new friend home with you on Saturday, please pre-apply by downloading an application at: www.dogtownrescue.com and emailing it to us at: dogtownmutts@gmail.com

Adopters who have not been pre-approved, will have to wait until the following Saturday to pick up their dog.

Carson City firefighters were called to Elm and Crain streets near the base of C-Hll at around 3 p.m. for a power line that was down. The line was said to be live and sitting in both lanes of traffic. The road was closed in the area and Carson City sheriff's officers are re-directing traffic.

NV Energy has been notified. It is unknown what brought the power line down. Winds are calm, about 8 mph from the northwest.

Two men were arrested Friday on suspicion of felony meth trafficking and sales following a sting operation that involved an informant, according to a Carson City Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team officer.

Daniel Alan Martin, 35, and Steven Vincent, 27, both of Carson City, face multiple felony charges. Approximately 16 grams of methamphetamine was recovered in the operation that involved text messaging leading up to a drug transaction.

I spent last Saturday and Sunday at Wanderlust, an amazing yoga, music, and meditation festival held at Squaw Valley each year. I feel blessed to live in Carson City and able to access festivals like this. People fly in from all over the nation to attend Wanderlust and I get to drive up and bliss out during the day and then sleep in my own comfy bed at night.

Going to this festival each year always adds tools to my toolkit, which I give freely to my clients and to you, my dear readers, today.

Here are the top ten things I learned at Wanderlust Squaw Valley this year.

Tom May and Chris Kennedy are scheduled to perform in Carson City, NV at The Brewery Arts Center performance hall, 511 West King St., Friday, July 25 at 7:30P p.m.

Tom May is a folksinger, songwriter and author who has been touring, performing, and recording for over forty years. He is also the host/producer of the radio show, “River City Folk,” heard on dozens of radio stations weekly since 1985 and on XM Satellite Radio throughout the country.

Youth Theatre Carson City is thrilled to announce our upcoming production of SEUSSICAL, JR., an exciting adventure through the world of Dr. Seuss. The show will run two weekends, July 25 – August 3, 2014 in the Bob Boldrick Theatre at the Carson City Community Center. SEUSSICAL, JR. is great fun for the whole family. Over 70 young local performers portray all the characters from the popular Dr. Seuss books in this fantastical musical extravaganza.

John C. Fremont, the famed explorer who named, mapped and trekked the Great Basin comes to the Nevada State Museum in Carson City at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in a theatrical presentation by Chautauquan Alastair Morley Jaques. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the one-person performance that is part of the monthly Frances Humphrey Lecture series.

National Weather Service storm totals around Carson City and Carson Valley are impressive. After months of being without rain, Mother Nature chose Sunday to spring open the clouds and pour down the buckets after a week’s worth of near record-high temperatures, thunderstorms, lightning strikes, power outages, gusty winds and wildfires.

Carson City Ward 2 Supervisor Brad Bonkowski provides an update on the actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its July 17, 2014 board meeting These actions include a review of financial policies, getting the ball rolling on the multi-pupose athletic center and new animal shelter, and renaming the Pony Express Pavilion to honor the late mayor Marv Teixeira.

Lightning strikes, heavy rain and flash flooding are being reported this afternoon around Carson City and Douglas County. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for west central Carson City and northwest Douglas County until 5:30 p.m.

Food and restaurant inspections are made weekly by the Carson City Health and Human Services Environmental Health Division.

Nevada's state and local government employees are retiring at a much later age than just a decade ago, a trend that will have ramifications for the financial health of the $33.5 billion public pension plan.

Carson Now reader Scott Gorno took these amazing photos of the lighting strikes around Carson City early Saturday evening. The strikes touched off several small brush fires around the north, east and west sides of town, capping a week of repeated storm systems that moved through Northern Nevada, with one causing Wednesday's Clear Creek Fire.

UPDATE 8:04PM: Firefighters called to a brush fire in the area of Duck Hill. Firefighters were alerted of smoke seen in the Goni Road area.

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UPDATE 7:35PM: About 70 NV customers in the Indian Hills area remain without power, according to NV Energy. There are three other areas without power: East Corbett, with 5 customers, Hiko Court, 28, and South Curry, 13.

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UPDATE: 6:27PM: A power outage continues in the area off of North Roop and William Street, also affecting John Street, according to NV Energy spokesman Karl Walquist. About 176 customers are without power there. Estimated time for it to be restored is around 8:15 p.m.

Another power outage, affecting 15 customers, is near South Curry Street between Fifth Street and Fairview. Both outages were likely caused by lightning strikes, Walquist said.

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UPDATE 6:10 PM: The two fires in Kings Canyon have been extinguished thanks to rain and citizens who helped in the firefighting efforts, said Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi.

The Ash Canyon fire is the only one burning right now, he said. It is high up into the canyon and about 1/2 mile off of the trail. Firefighters are hiking into the area. The good news is the heavy rain aided in knocking down much of the smoke and flame, he said.

A handful of firefighters remain in the field behind Little and Roop. That fire burned about 1/2 an acre and came close to nearby homes but heavy rain and hail moved in just in time to help knock it down, Giomi said. It is currently being mopped up.

It has been a good week for 101-year-old veteran James Sorrentino of Carson City. It is a far cry from his Memorial Day weekend this year, when he and his caretaker were robbed at gunpoint in his home.

Earlier this week, the robbers were arraigned in court. Both pleaded guilty and face up to 35 years in prison.

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of July 20-27, 2014: There will be road work on the section of Timberline Drive between both intersections with Prospect Drive. This section will be open to local traffic only, and through traffic will be detoured onto Prospect Drive.

There will be utility work primarily in the street shoulder on weekdays at the following locations. Minimal delays are possible.

— Gulch Road between Wagon Wheel Road and Combs Canyon Road.
— Lakeview Road west of Combs Canyon Road.
— Sandy Circle.

Firefighters were able to fully contain the Clear Creek fire by 7 p.m. Friday night, according to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.

There will be a Type 4 Incident Comander, 2 crews and an engine working and monitoring the Clear Creek fire today. The 187-acre fire on the south side of Highway 50 west, is believed to have started by a lightning strike on Wednesday.

Author Novella Carpenter, left center, tours the Greenhouse Project with founder Karen Abowd, left, and garden educator Camille Jones, on Friday, July 18, 2014. Carpenter, who wrote the New York Times Bestseller "Farm City," will speak at the Carson City Library Summer Reading Program for adults event at the Farmer's Market Saturday at 11 a.m.

Major paving work is scheduled to begin Sunday evening on Highway 50 in the Moundhouse area as part of a Nevada Department of Transportation project to enhance the highway.