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Tesla to put strain on Nevada in short term

The $5 billion Tesla battery factory deal sealed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and approved by a special session of the Legislature is a high-risk, high-reward project that could be a turning point for both the electric car company and Nevada as the state diversifies its economy and establishes itself as a leader in green energy.

But in the short term during the construction phase and with the planned hiring of 6,500 permanent workers, Tesla will put a strain on Northern Nevada where it will be built — from schools and roads to police and fire protection.

Attract tourist dollars to Nevada by using Highway 95

As an incentive for Telsa and other companies to build in the Reno – Tahoe Industrial Center on USA Parkway and benefit Nevada, Interstate 11 should be built from Yerrington to tie into the Reno – Tahoe Industrial Center and to I-80. This should be presented to Telsa now.

Interstate 11 should be built parallel to US Highway 95 from Las Vegas to Tonapah on a straight line from Tonaph to Yerrington. Also I- 580 should be extended from Carson City to Yerrington which would give a direct route to Carson City and Reno.

Tesla Freebies

The choice in the Tesla deal is not between socking the corporation with higher or lower taxes; the choice is between getting nothing from them if the don't come, or getting all the increased sales tax revenue as their employees spend their money HERE. THAT is a win for everybody.

But conventional thinking always degenerates into the predatory socialist politics of greed, and sees everything only in terms of windfalls, favors or corruption. What's the loot, who gets what, who wins, who loses.

Tesla Motors -- Good News Is... Bad News?

The plain news is that Tesla motors sealed a deal with Nevada to locate a major new plant in Reno. You'd think that would be good news, with major investment and thousands of permanent jobs for the area. People should be cheering. But it comes in exchange for major tax breaks. That’s the bad news. So, instead of cheering, some people are turning on the Governor and others. Some, like the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) are raising policy, legal and constitutional issues.

Skyward forward: Nevada colleges receive $500,000 space and science education grant

Nevada's private space industry has been making headlines in recent months as private companies continue to blaze the trail with new partnerships with NASA and other leading private space-based initiatives. But now, Nevada's students are about to be the next in line to take a bold step into the unknown.

Carson City’s 7.9 percent unemployment rate goes unchanged in July

July’s unemployment rate in Carson City was 7.9 percent, unchanged from June, according to figures released Friday from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Statewide, the rate held steady for the month at 7.7 percent, but is still 2.2 percentage points lower than July 2013. Las Vegas’ unemployment rate edged up to 8.2 percent. However, the unemployment rates in both Carson City and Reno remained at their June levels. Reno’s July unemployment reading was 7.3 percent.

Douglas County explains why it didn't file disaster declaration following July's flash flood

Douglas County Commissioners and Douglas County Emergency Management’s decision not to file a disaster declaration has come under question, been criticized, and created opportunities for much public comment and debate. The recent flash flood event in north eastern portion of the Johnson Lane, Central Johnson Lane, and Fish Springs areas of the county was a significant event that many would think would warrant a disaster declaration.

Committee vote sets Northern Nevada lands bills on path to final House passage

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.

V&T 'Ghost Girl' author to speak, sign books at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City

Event Date: 
August 9, 2014 (All day)

A railroad mystery, Nevada history, a dog and a ghost are the central figures in a new book by author Jan Pierson, set to visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. The author will sign copies of her book “Ghost Girl in Car No. 9,” the fifth in her series “The Ghostowners,” in the museum store.

Deep Thoughts, Cheap Shots & Bonbons

I was not the first to share the news of the Hyatt Hotel project; as it was already alluded to by the Northern Nevada Development Association on its website. In addition to numerous rumors that ran rampant throughout the community.

UNR hosts scientific gathering to track socio-environmental systems in mountain regions

An ancient forest of mature pine trees, standing upright under 100 feet of water in a small lake in the Lake Tahoe Basin, helps scientists as they study how changing climate can affect mountain environments and the communities in them. The trees, discovered and studied by a University of Nevada, Reno, researcher, are remnants of a 200-year-long medieval drought.

The site is a stop on one of the field trips of a four-day international conference on mountain observatories held at the University of Nevada, Reno July 16-19.

Nevada jobless figures lowest in six years, Carson City at 7.9 percent in June

Unemployment figures for Carson City continue to improve, dropping to 7.9 percent for the year after slight improvements in June. Statewide, Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 7.7 percent in June, the lowest it has been in nearly six years.

Over the year, unemployment in the Reno/Sparks metro area is down 2.8 points, and Carson City is down 2.5 points, according to figures released Friday from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Reno/Sparks and Carson City each fell by 0.1 percentage points to 7.2 and 7.9 percent, respectively.

New Nevada agriculture license plate available Monday

To support the Buy Nevada campaign, special license plates will go on sale at the Department of Motor Vehicles beginning Monday, July 14 with the proceeds to benefit agricultural education and promote the state’s ag industry, the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Nevada FFA announced Friday.

Foodies Bystro Serves Up Diverse Deliciousness

Business Name and Year Established: Foodies Bystro/Catering, Since 2011

Business Owner: Rupal Martinez

Business Address and Number: 449 W. King St., Carson City/ 775-720-8011

Services Provided: Food Service, Catering, Cooking Classes, Spice Sales etc.

What inspired you to go into business: To be creative and share knowledge

What do you love most about what you do: I get to cook and meet some very cool people.

Carson City's May unemployment figures unchanged, 200 more jobs added

Carson City's 8 percent unemployment rate for May didn't budge from its dramatic 2.5 percent drop in April, but it still managed to add 200 more jobs to the payroll, according to figures released Friday by Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Kids Count: Nevada Poverty Rate for Children Exceeds National Average

Despite an economy that is starting to turn around, the number of children living in poverty in Nevada is slightly above the national average, according to an annual analysis of children’s well-being released Wednesday.

Nell J. Redfield Foundation pledges $2 million to UNR Pennington student center

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation has pledged $2 million in support of the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, a 78,000 square-foot building that will unite a myriad of student services now scattered across campus. It will connect students to dedicated and convenient services to support their academic success and timely graduation, as well as foster diversity, student engagement and student success.

Deep Thoughts, Cheap Shots and Bonbons

“We have a fresh start and renewed optimism.” That’s what some are saying, but to me, with the increases in city service fees and the taxes voted in over the past 18 months the actions taken are intriguing and problematic.

Candidates for Nevada Legislature seats representing Carson City talk taxes, education funding

Four Nevada legislative candidates who hope to represent Carson City took to the microphone Wednesday night at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce candidate forum.

Each touted their qualifications, noting their conservative credentials and their commitment as Republicans to tackle a legislative body dominated by southern Nevada Democrats.

Photo gallery: Carson City Sheriff's Office 'Cops and Kids' Open House shines under sunny skies

For 11 years the safest street party in Carson City continued live up to expectations with well over a thousand attending Saturday's Cops and Kids Sheriff's Office Open House.

Carson City unemployment sees significant drop after new jobs added

Unemployment in Carson City fell by 2.5 percentage points to 7.8 percent in April, after employers added 300 jobs between March and April making it one of the best metro areas for job growth in the state, according to figures released Friday by Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

In April, Nevada’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8 percent, down from 8.5 percent in March. This is the largest drop the state has seen in its unemployment rate since 1983. The number of unemployed fell from 117,300 in March to 110,000 in April.

Artsy Fartsy Art Galleries third anniversary party to benefit American Cancer Society

Event Date: 
May 17, 2014 (All day)

Join Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery LLC as we celebrate our 3rd year in business with a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society for prostate cancer research.

More than 50 northern Nevada artists will take part in this one-of-a-kind chair show, entitled "Sit On This."

A portion of all chair sales will go directly to The American Cancer Society. A raffle table will be available with all proceeds to benefit prostate cancer research. Carson City Confections will be on hand with their amazing cupcakes. Many surprises throughout the day.

Historic McKeen Car to run this weekend at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City

Event Date: 
May 10, 2014 - 10:00am

The Nevada State Railroad Museum’s historical 1910 McKeen motor car, a National Historic Landmark, will carry passengers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 2180 S. Carson St. in Carson City.

The McKeen motor car will operate for only four days in 2014; two of those days are this weekend. The event celebrates National Train Day, which is May 10.

This weekend, the McKeen will run every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rides are $8, $4 kids ages 4-11; free for children younger than 4.

Carson City Sheriff's Office 'Cops and Kids' Open House set for May 17

Event Date: 
May 17, 2014 - 10:00am

The 11th annual Carson City Sheriff's Office "Cops and Kids" Open House, billed as the "Safest Street Party in Carson City," will be Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the sheriff's office, 911 East Musser Street.

The free community event features, activities, ID kits for children, food, music, games and more.

On hand will be the sheriff's office K9 dogs, motorcycle patrol unit, Special Enforcement Team, stellar squad, a new SWAT unit, representatives from DARE, and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Interview with John P. Rutledge, Democratic candidate for Nevada governor

I had an opportunity to interview Democratic candidate for Governor of Nevada, John P. Rutledge. He has been a supporter of the Downtown 20/20 organization, and has long been devoted to seeing our great and beautiful city grow and prosper.

Mr. Rutledge is a real estate and business Lawyer at Rutledge Law Center, which is headquartered in Carson City, and is active around our state.

I first asked him what he wanted people to know about him and his campaign, and here is what he had to say.

Lake Tahoe roadside boat inspection stations open Thursday for season

Headed up to Lake Tahoe for some spring boating? Most roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft will begin Thursday, kicking off the 2014 boating season.

A station at Highway 267 south of Truckee will open May 22. Because of budget constraints, the station at Homewood is closed.

Dozens of teams, hundreds of players in Carson City for AYSO boys soccer tourney

Dozens of boys soccer teams from Nevada, California and Idaho are in Carson City this weekend for the second round of the 21st annual AYSO Comstock Shootout Soccer Tournament.

Hosted by the Carson City American Youth Soccer Organization Region #140 and Carson Futbol Club, the weekend tournament at Edmonds Sports Complex brings hundreds of players from three states to compete in a series of shootout competitions. It is recognized as one of the largest competitions of its kind in region, said tournament director Molly Walt.

Nevada's 8.5 percent unemployment rate remains unchanged in March

Nevada’s unemployment rate remained at a seasonally-adjusted 8.5 percent for March, the same as February, and down from 10.2 percent year-over-year, according to figures released Friday from the state's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

March figure equates to 117,000 Nevadans out of work. Metro area unemployment rates for Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas will be available next week.

NEA announces $768,500 in arts funding for Nevada

The National Endowment for the Arts will award $768,500 in grants to the Nevada Arts Council, the Western Folklife Center, the Churchill Arts Council and the Nevada Ballet Theater as part of the second half of NEA’s fiscal year 2014 funding, Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced Thursday.

The NAC was awarded $663,500 for the third year of its Partnership Agreement Grant, which supports the agency’s programs, outreach activities and various grant categories.

Comstock Shootout soccer tournament kickoff weekend in Carson City underway

Dozens of teams, hundreds of players and car loads of parents arrived in Carson City this weekend for the 21st annual Comstock Shootout Soccer Tournament.

Hosted by the Carson City American Youth Soccer Organization Region #140 and Carson Futbol Club, around 80 soccer teams are playing in the girl’s tournament this weekend with 68 boys teams set to play April 25-26. The tournament is an open tournament sanctioned by AYSO and US Club Soccer.

Lucas Oil adds second off road race at Wild West Motorsports Park

Event Date: 
May 30, 2014 (All day)

The Wild West Motorsports Park will host two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events this summer, showcasing northern Nevada as a premier racing site and giving fans double the action.

The Lucas Oil Series announced that Wild West Motorsports Park will host weekend races May 30-31 in addition to the race planned for Aug. 22-23. This is the third year in a row Wild West Motorsports Park has hosted a Lucas Oil Off Road Race and the first time there has been two races in one season.

Silver Springs Tops List of Best Nevada Home Buying Opportunities

Lyon County, Nevada was the fastest-growing county in the United States prior to the 2008 economic collapse took one of the biggest hits statewide in the foreclosure crisis. The state overall was one of the hardest hit nationally and the housing market is still in recovery.
A glimmer of hope was seen in 2013, as home values headed up while foreclosure rates headed down, according to a report from the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Carson City Supervisor Karen Abowd holds April 11 walkabout

Event Date: 
April 11, 2014 - 12:00pm

Carson City Supervisor, Ward 1 Karen Abowd, hosts her monthly Walkabout Friday, April 11 at Mills Park. Abowd, who recently announced her second run for this position, invites everyone to meet for an open discussion of the myriad challenges and good things happening in Carson City.

Lawsuit settlement needed by April 4 or South Lake Tahoe July 4 fireworks show canceled

The message to Joseph and Joan Truxler is simple and clear: Meet with us, come up with a solution and drop your lawsuit by April 4. If the suit isn't dropped by then the South Lake Tahoe 4th of July Fireworks display will be canceled.

Nevada’s unemployment rate drops again in February; Carson City at 9.9 percent

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in February, according to figures released Friday from Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Carson City had the highest unemployment rate among the state’s three metro areas in February at 9.9 percent. Las Vegas had the lowest jobless rate at 8.6 percent.

Cyber security tops list in Nevada Homeland Security funding priorities

Cyber security, intel sharing, public information, operation coordination and communication are the five top priorities for 2014 determined by the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security, chaired by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval and 16 voting members made the list of five spending priorities, with cyber security being No. 1, using a $4.7 million grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that was secured by Nevada last week.

Douglas County to host April 4 job fair in Minden

Event Date: 
April 4, 2014 - 10:30am

Local businesses and job seekers can look forward to connecting opportunity with talent at the Carson Valley Job Opportunity Fair on April 4, 2014 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda, Minden.

With attendance of 33 employers and agencies at the same event a year ago, an even greater turnout is expected this time around.

Denise Castle, representing Douglas County’s Workforce Development Program, stresses that the key is ‘opportunity.’

UNR exhibit and speaker commemorate settlers as part of Nevada’s 150th anniversary

In recognition of the state’s sesquicentennial, Changing Faces and Places: Making Nevada is the second in a series of three Special Collections and University Archives exhibits commemorating 150 years of Nevada history at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Nevada’s January unemployment rate falls to 8.7 percent

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell in January to 8.7 percent. January also marked the 37th month of year-over-year job growth, according to figures released Monday by Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

The unadjusted jobless rates in Carson City climbed to 10.3 percent, compared to 9.2 percent in December. The Reno/Sparks unadjusted unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in January 2014, which compares with 8.2 percent in December.

Paulina Urantowska-Torres promoted at Nevada Rural Housing Authority

Paulina Urantowska-Torres has been promoted to the position of Compliance Specialist for the Nevada Rural Housing Authority’s Home at Last department.

Her primary focus will be processing the Mortgage Credit Certificate files for NRHA and to support the agency’s new partnership with NHD for MCCs in the Reno and Las Vegas areas, according to a news release.

Congressman Mark Amodei files for reelection

On the morning before the 30-month anniversary of his first election to the U.S. House, Congressman Mark Amodei of Carson City filed for reelection Wednesday at the Secretary of State’s office as a Republican candidate for Nevada’s 2nd District.

Nevada JobConnect launches campaign for Carson City, Douglas and Lyon employers

In an effort to put more Nevadans back to work, Nevada JobConnect will host a special campaign in Carson City, Douglas County, and Lyon County to get more employers to list their job openings with the state’s One-Stop Employment Centers.

Nevada JobConnect and the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) Employment Security Division are inviting employers to participate in its second Job Quest campaign being held in Carson City from March 10, 2014 to March 15, 2014.

UNR student Sontag competition team awarded $50,000 for entrepreneurship

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition winner, Irrigo, is the recipient of $50,000, which will help further develop water efficiency services for flood irrigated agriculture. Using flood gate automation, field surveys and water and soil sensors all connected to the cloud, Irrigo is developing a more efficient way to irrigate agricultural fields.

Tax Tip: Get an IRA

Ben Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” That might be true, but Ben wasn’t able to open an IRA back then. If he had this option, he might have felt a little more lighthearted about paying the tax man.
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are great for people looking to save money on their tax bill and boost their retirement savings at the same time. In this volatile economy, saving money is more important than ever. Plus, when the stock market is down, it could be a good time to invest.

Annual Nevada jobless revisions shows Carson City improving

Annual adjustments to Nevada’s labor market data show that job growth statewide was stronger than initially estimated. Specifically, job estimates increased statewide by 9,200 from preliminary readings, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced Thursday.

Carson City’s benchmark revealed the area’s economy lost fewer jobs than initially estimated in 2013. Carson City employment still fell by an annual average of 200 jobs over-the-year, a decrease of 0.6 percent from average 2012 levels, however the benchmark put back 100 more jobs than was initially reported in 2013.

Senator Reid slams House efforts to gut money from Nevada land sales

One of Lake Tahoe's biggest funding mechanisms for clarity and restoration efforts, as well as millions for parks, trails and firefighting efforts in the state, money drawn from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, is under threat by members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid on Wednesday denounced House efforts to gut the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act as part of the Tule Springs legislation mark-up to take place Thursday morning.

Changes coming to Carson Now

This past year and a half has been like a rocket ride for us at Carson Now.

Our readership has exploded to the point where we are now the most visited news website for local Carson City readers. We have also seen rising interest in advertising from local businesses, reflective of the increase in traffic as well as an improving economy.

Karen Abowd announces run for second Carson City Board of Supervisors term

Karen Abowd on Tuesday announced her second run as Carson City Supervisor Ward I, citing her desire to see through many projects currently in process, as well as her commitment to the future of Nevada’s Capital City.

“Carson City has gone through some tough economic times and continues to,” Abowd said. “We have needed to be careful in our planning and how we spend available dollars in order to create sustainable, relevant opportunities that have immediate positive impacts, and build a future we can be proud to leave our children and grandchildren.”

Outdoors with Don Q: Drought poses serious problems this summer if snowpack doesn't build

While the short-term forecast shows a change this week from the overall stubborn pattern of warm and dry conditions over the region, the drought for this part of the far west is severe and unless we get a lot of snow in the coming few weeks, we're going to face much more serious issues this coming summer.

Volunteers to help prepare tax returns at Carson City's BRIC

Millions of workers could overlook a special federal tax credit because they don't know about it. As a result, they could miss out on up to $6,143 extra in their federal income tax refunds through the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. In 2011, on average, the credit boosted refunds for eligible workers in Nevada by $2,200.

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