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Kristina Pickering named Chief Justice at Nevada Supreme Court

Leadership at the state's highest court will change Jan. 5 when Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry ends his term and Justice Kristina Pickering begins the administrative role of Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Pickering will represent Nevada’s courts at the 2013 Nevada Legislature and will give the State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers early in the session. She will serve as Chief Justice until January 2014.

“Justice Pickering will have her challenges with the Legislature, but I am confident that with her leadership and energy the Nevada judiciary will continue to excel in resolving cases and providing access to justice,” Chief Justice Cherry said. “All of the justices look forward to working with and supporting the new Chief Justice.”

The Chief Justice is administrative head of the state’s legal system, speaking publicly for the Court and representing the Nevada Judiciary nationally.

The Chief Justice presides when the Supreme Court sits as the full court, but does not serve as a member of a three-justice panel to hear cases. The Chief Justice, however, does substitute for other justices on panels who must recuse because of conflicts. This gives the Chief Justice roughly half the caseload of other justices in addition to the extensive administrative and public duties.

Under the Nevada Constitution, only Justices in the last two years of their current 6-year term of office are eligible to be Chief Justice. The current cycle included three eligible justices who agreed to share the leadership duties. Justice Michael Douglas served from January to September 2011 before handing off the position to Chief Justice Nancy Saitta.

Chief Justice Cherry, who has led the court since May 7, 2012, had a busy term having chaired the Commission on Judicial Selection during the processes to nominate successors for five District Court vacancies — four due to retirements and one because of the death of 10th Judicial District Judge David Huff.

“Serving as Chief Justice was a very memorable and fulfilling experience despite the Supreme Court’s growing caseload and the state’s challenging economic climate,” said Chief Justice Cherry. He lamented that funding for the Supreme Court has become “bare bones” with staff being required to take pay cuts and furloughs.

“I hope the Legislature restores full pay for the court employees who have been loyal and efficient, but are the lowest paid of government employees,” Chief Justice Cherry said.

He also:

— Headed the Court as it took “Justice on the Road” for oral arguments by the full court at Douglas High School in Minden on September 7, 2012 – the first time the Court ever sat in Douglas County.

— Presented the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice’s Award to retired Eighth Judicial District Judge John McGroarty and retired Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Nancy Oesterle for their decades of service and innovative programs they began. Judge McGroarty was a longtime child advocate who was instrumental in the creation of the Family Court and the Mental Health Court. Judge Oesterle hosted the television show Law for the Layman and created the Keys to the Courthouse program to educate Clark County students.

— Presided over the presentation of the Legacy of Justice Award to retired Supreme Court Justice Miriam Shearing. Justice Shearing was the first woman elected as Justice of the Peace in Las Vegas (1976), the first woman elected as a District Court judge in Nevada (1982), and the first woman elected to sit on the Nevada Supreme Court (1992). In 1997 she became the first woman to serve as Chief Justice.

— Attended the Conference of Chief Justices in July in St. Louis, MO, where his counterparts from across the country focused on ways to address the states’ court funding dilemma.


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Garcia was arrested in connection with the beating death of William McCune, 62, at his apartment in Carson City. Three other co-defendants — Makyla Blackmore, Anthony Elliott and Michael Evans — pled guilty to lesser charges in October. Blackmore and Evans had agreed to testify against Garcia had it gone to trial.

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Several local churches will be uniting together tonight to worship and pray for Carson City. The event, called "Engage" begins at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 29, at the Carson City Community Center.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and several local ministries will be on hand to share the work that is being done in our community. This is the third Engage event in Carson City and momentum has continued to grow with each event.

This week on Women to Women is Jo Etta Brown, executive vice president of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

In its third season, Women to Women Nevada, hosted by Carol Paz of Carson City, is televised on Charter Media every Thursday at 7 p.m. on Channel 190 in Carson City, Gardnerville, Dayton, Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Fallon and Lake Tahoe. The program also airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 8-8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Episodes also appear every Friday on Carson Now.

From 120 members in 2012 to 180 in 2014, the University of Nevada, Reno has seen its marching band, the “Pride of the Sierra,” grow in numbers, support and pride.

Kicking off during Saturday’s Wolf Pack football game against Southern Utah, Greater Nevada Credit Union continues its fundraising campaign, “It’s Time to Support the Band.”

An 18-year-old Carson City man was arrested Thursday, 9:55 a.m. in the 1600 block of East Fifth Street on five misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence of marijuana, following a traffic stop, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

According to the arrest report, an officer stopped the man for failing to maintain a lane of travel westbound on Fifth Street from the roundabout. During the traffic stop the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

UPDATE: Fire at Hells Bells and Fifth Street in Carson City Thursday night was reported extinguished at 9:04 p.m.
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Carson City firefighters were called Thursday night to a brush fire in the area of Fifth Street and Hells Bells. The fire was reported at 8:29 p.m. Arriving first responders, including Carson City sheriff's deputies, said smoke was coming from the fire, reported to be about 30 feet by 30 feet in size. It was reported under control to dispatch at 8:43 p.m.

New and returning Western Nevada College students were treated to a barbecue lunch Thursday, an annual Carson City event hosted by the Associated Students of Western Nevada College. WNC officials report a significant increase in full-time student enrollment, with more than 4,000 total students registered this semester.

Carson High School faculty and staff accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS from Douglas High on Aug. 28, 2014 and extended a challenge to Carson Middle School, Eagle Valley and Pioneer High. Water courtesy of Cinderlite Trucking.

Family time is around the bend in Carson City as Labor Day weekend arrives. The 1905 Steam Locomotive No. 25 highlights the Labor Day weekend celebration at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. The historic Virginia and Truckee train will carry passengers on 30-minute trips departing every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

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Two sustained minor injuries in a helicopter crash Thursday afternoon south of Gardnerville, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were notified at 4:15 p.m. that a helicopter had crash landed near the Horsebend area and that the occupants had already arrived at the hospital, said Sgt. Pat Brooks.

The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada, in conjunction with Sierra Nevada Forums and American Association of University Women, has announced a series of election forums to be held Sept. 22 through Sept. 30 in Carson City.

The forums will present both candidates for races and ballot proposition questions that will be on the ballot for the general election on November 4. The public is invited to attend these forums, which will be held at the Carson City Community Center, Sierra Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 6 each evening.

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Two men with gang ties were arrested Wednesday in the 2700 block of Menlo Drive by the Tri-County Gang Unit. One of the men was wanted on a felony fugitive from justice warrant out of California, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Oswaldo Torres, 28, is being held without bail awaiting extradition on the California Department of Corrections warrant issued June 2, 2014. The other man, 29, faces misdemeanor warrant related charges.

The Carson City Board of Supervisors and the Carson City Board of Health are holding a special joint meeting today. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street. Go here for the agenda and here to watch it live.

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Statewide nonrestricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $931,819,621 for the month, or a .65 percent increase over July 2013 figures.

Carson City gaming revenue fell 3.53 percent, taking in $8,137,396 for the month. In July 2013 the revenue was $8,435,440.

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CARSON CITY — Nevada’s fledgling drone testing industry received a $1.25 million boost in state funding from a legislative panel on Wednesday.
The Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee approved allocating $1.25 million from a $4 million fund set aside in the 2013 session to help the state develop the testing of the aerial technology.