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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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A retired mechanic from Carson City and some of his friends have pulled out all the stops this Labor Day weekend for a ‘round the clock truck building project that may rival anything done on TV reality shows.

John Jackson’s plan: Refurbish a 1969 Peterbilt 358 into an old school hotrod using parts from six similar rigs. A feat like this would take months if it were a weekend garage hobby and probably cost tens of thousand of dollars.

The Nevada Highway Patrol has identified a Dayton woman as the passenger killed in a single vehicle accident Saturday morning in Carson City in the area of Highway 50 and East Nye Lane.

Leatrice Drew, 82, died from injuries at the scene in the rollover accident, reported at around 8:55 a.m. Her husband, Daniel Drew, was also injured. It is unknown if the couple were wearing seat belts properly, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson.

The latest edition of Capital Crossfire features Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes and educator John Eppolito. The topic of the discussion is "Common Core, a curse or cure for American Education."

A 21-year-old Carson City man was arrested on misdemeanor DUI and hit and run charges early Monday after allegedly hitting at least three parked vehicles on Sonoma Street and leaving the scene without reporting it, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Carson City Visitors Bureau and the Brewery Arts Center are partnering to promote the acclaimed film, "Find Your Way: A Busker's Documentary" Sept. 19. Leading up to the showing, performers will be taking to the streets of Carson City to showcase their talent and promote the film.

Take a Super Full Moon lit hike next Monday and learn some of the backlit history of the Washoe Valley. This is an easy one mile round-trip hike north of Carson City to the gazebo on the Deadman’s Creek trail at the start of the third "Super Moon" of the year.

Time to lace up the jogging shoes and strut with the pooches Saturday, Sept. 20 in Carson City. It's the third annual Carson Animal Services Initiative's 5K9 fun run/walk at Riverview Park on East Fifth Street in Carson City.

The fundraising event is a great way for families to show off their pets while giving them some exercise too. Awards will be given to the 1st place male and female K9 finishers. Every participant receives a free gift.

Check-in time is between 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. with the run beginning at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged and discounted fees are offered.

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of Sept. 2-7, 2014. Crews will be striping roadways throughout the city weekdays between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Minor delays are expected on roadways that are being striped while the work occurs.

A 61-year-old Carson City man faces a misdemeanor DUI charge after allegedly driving his Dodge Ram through the yard of a Mayflower Way home on Friday afternoon, breaking a fence and crashing into an unoccupied Jeep, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

According to the arrest report, officers were called to the residence and made contact with the driver of the pickup. The man said he was OK and told the officer that he had nothing to do with the accident. The man was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, which was flipped on its side.

The National Weather Service in Reno reports on its Facebook page Sunday that hazy conditions have developed throughout the region, from Dayton, Fallon and Pyramid Lake. Carson City is experiencing blue skies.

"After looking at visible satellite and making some phone calls, we believe that it is smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon. Sierra Front is not reporting any incidents in Nevada at this time," according to the weather service Facebook page.

Welcome back to the third installment of Senator Square. We had an exciting week at CHS including a video message from our rivals from Douglas High School. Their staff challenged our staff to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. More than 50 CHS teachers and staff showed up for the challenge, as we could never let the Tigers out-do us.

The Carson Chamber Singers and Carson City Symphony Chorus, conducted by Michael Langham, are beginning their 2014-15 season. Carson Chamber Singers were founded in 1985 as the select choral group of the Carson City Symphony.

They perform several concerts each year and have sung throughout the area. They sing regularly with the Carson City Symphony and have performed in several concerts with the Reno Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra.

Visitors and locals alike will find a variety of activities to enjoy in South Lake Tahoe Sunday, culminating with the Annual Labor Day Fireworks show.

The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL - AM 1490. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks are visible from all over town.

Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Nevada. The Nevada Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security, and the Division of Public and Behavioral Health urges Nevadans to prepare for an emergency that would require self-reliance for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, household medical needs, and possibly without response from police, fire or rescue.

Is nothing sacred? The institution of Marriage comes into question at the upcoming Mystery Dinner Show: The Wedding from Hell!

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UPDATE 6PM: Two people were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries in a four-vehicle accident this afternoon at the intersection of Fairview and South Carson streets in Carson City, law officers said. The Nevada Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and thus far there have been no arrests.

The accident was called into dispatch at 4:21 p.m. and caused significant backup of vehicle traffic in both directions of Carson Street. As of 6 p.m. dispatch reports the northbound lane should be opening soon.

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Waves that would do Oahu's famous north shore proud could likely be expected at Lake Tahoe during an epic winter storm, scientists conclude in new research.

Winds and storms often push Tahoe's azure waters into sizable waves several feet high that hammer the landmark alpine lake's shoreline in a seascape-like scene.

An elderly woman died in Saturday morning's fatal single vehicle rollover at Highway 50 East and Nye Lane in Carson City, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper said. The driver of the vehicle, an adult man, was taken to the hospital with injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.

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UPDATE: Nevada Highway Patrol reports at least one person has died in this morning's single vehicle rollover accident on Highway 50 and East Nye Lane in Carson City.

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A Carson City firefighters have responded to an accident near the intersection of Highway 50 East and Nye Lane, where a small white SUV hit a drainage ditch and flipped several times.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office held a second pedestrian crosswalk operation Friday with 43 citations issued, the majority being for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, said Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

Although the number of citations issued was down from a similar operation held earlier this month in which 50 motorists were cited, the amount of stops shows motorists still need to do more as drivers to prevent pedestrian accidents involving vehicles, said McDaniel.

The operation was held on north Carson Street at Bath Street and then at Telegraph and Carson Street.

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.

The museum’s Jacobsen Interpretive Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.