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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

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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

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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

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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.

Lyon among nine Nevada counties to get federal primary disaster status due to drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated nine counties in Nevada as primary natural disaster areas due to the drought. The counties included are Lyon, Washoe, Churchill, Mineral, Lander, Pershing, Clark, Nye and Humboldt.

Farmers and ranchers in Carson City, Douglas and Storey counties as well as Esmeralda, Lincoln, White Pine, Elko and Eureka counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

December's Empty Bowls Project in Carson City raises more than $2,700 for FISH

The Empty Bowls project, a locally organized fundraiser that culminated at the Carson City Silver and Snowflake Festival on Dec. 6 and was initiated to bring awareness of local hunger issues, raised $2,722.35 for Friends in Service Helping, also known as FISH, which feeds, houses and provides services for more than 20,000 people in Carson City annually.

Nevada Department of Agriculture to promote state’s food, farming businesses

The Nevada Department of Agriculture announced Thursday its newly created Buy Nevada brand program to promote Nevada food and agriculture.

“Buy Nevada has been in planning for more than a year,” said Jim Barbee, director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. “We have been actively seeking to have a program that promotes the state’s food and agriculture industry as a whole because of the Department’s statutory mandate to advance Nevada agriculture.”

UNR poised to support Nevada as national drone development center

RENO, Nev. – The FAA has selected the State of Nevada as one of six states designated as a center for the development of unmanned aerial vehicles and outdoor testing of unmanned autonomous systems, Nevada Gov.

Nevada picked among six drone development centers

Nevada has been picked as one of six locations to be a center for drone development in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday.

As a drone development site, the state would benefit by providing thousands of jobs with an average wage of approximately $62,000; an estimated $2.5 billion in economic impact in present dollars; and an estimated $125 million in annual state and local tax revenue.

Nevada Senators Reid, Heller issue discussion draft on Sage-Grouse Act

Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller jointly released a discussion draft Friday of the Nevada Sagebrush Landscape Conservation and Economic Development Act. The proposal would conserve sage-grouse habitat in Nevada while providing economic development opportunities to industries and local governments throughout the state.

Carson City jobless rate falls to 9.1 percent in November, statewide drops to 9 percent

The jobless rate in Carson City fell to 9.1 percent in November, part of an overall trend statewide for the month where Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 9 percent, down from 9.3 percent in October, making it the most significant improvement in the unemployment in a year, according to the state's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

School of Medicine, education center release Nevada 2014-2015 health care career manual

RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada School of Medicine and the High Sierra Area Health Education Center announce the release of Health Care Careers in Nevada 2014-2015.

This updated edition of the manual contains a wide range of current information on more than 80 health care occupations in Nevada, including an overview of job requirements, Nevada employment outlook and average salary data in Nevada for each occupation. The guide also provides a detailed inventory of educational certificate and degree programs in Nevada for each type of health care job.

NNDA: Shared Abundance for the Sierra Region

We all grew up learning to share with each other and with most things in life, some learn better than others. It’s with this thought in mind that we reflect on the idea of shared abundance.

First, we all need to focus on the many things we have to be thankful for. We have been blessed with great richness here. The wonderful lifestyle we have is hard to be critical of. Our communities have leaders who care about our collective future.

Downtown Carson City vision plan promotes small business, provides incentive for new business

There has been a lot of controversy and negative press over the last few years regarding our downtown and the movement of the 20/20 group. Many of you remember Carson City having a downtown. Some of you are new to our area within the last 30 years, and some are of a generation who grew up here and only know what you have been familiar with. In all these scenarios change is very unsettling.

Federal grants available to assist in rural economic development

CARSON CITY — Tribes, economic development authorities, non-profits and towns in rural Nevada that want to support rural business or create a revolving loan fund for business may want to consider applying for USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

Editorial: Shopping locally will help boost Nevada's economy

The mathematics of it is pretty simple: The best thing that we can do for Northern Nevada's struggling economy this holiday season is to shop at home.

Sharing roles, risks, responsibilities and rewards: Carson City Supervisors to meet with school trustees

Event Date: 
November 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATE: The Carson City Board of Supervisors will meet jointly with the Carson City School Board beginning at 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 13. From the Community Center’s Sierra Room, located at 851 E. William St., the 12 elected officials will discuss the school district’s strategic plan, Empower Carson City, and meaningful linkages to the City’s initiatives related to education and lifelong learning.

Nevada looks at 'drones' for economic development and natural resource efforts

Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as drones, may be relatively small, but could have a big impact on Nevada’s economy and natural resources, especially when the necessary pieces and experts come together to do the work and research.

To that end, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the University’s Center for Economic Development at the College of Business, is holding a public workshop on unmanned aerial systems, with a focus on how communities in Nevada can become involved with this economic initiative.

Lake Tahoe leaders hail House introduction of Restoration Act

The reauthorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act was introduced Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives, following the Senate’s introduction of the bill in August.

The legislation, sponsored by Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei, co-sponsored by California Representative John Garamendi, and Nevada Representatives Joe Heck, Dina Titus, and Steven Horsford, would continue another 10 years of federal government investment in the Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program.

Graham's Word: Community Sports and Clubs Provide Outlets to Kids; Reduce Crime and Violence

We are hearing so much about bullying these days. Of course it's been around since the dawn of time. I believe the best way to combat bullying is sports/after school activities or clubs.

A lot of the kids that are bullied go straight home and do nothing but think about the bad stuff that happens to them and how they are going to make it stop. It consumes their thoughts.

I was bullied in school, but I never had time to think about any of that because I was involved in sports (baseball, basketball, bowling, soccer)

Reno-Sparks Cash Mob aims to bolster local economy

by SAGE LEEHEY  In April 2012, Steve Funk and Randy Pease of the Reno marketing and public relations company PROBIS Ltd. were looking for a way that to use their talents to give back to the Reno-Sparks community. The result was the... Read More ›

Sunday's Capital Crossfire examines changing dynamics of environmental regulation at Lake Tahoe

Join Karl Neathammer and Shelly Aldean for Capital Crossfire with guest Joanne Marchetta, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency as they discuss the changing regulatory climate at Lake Tahoe and the initiatives being taken to protect the environment while strengthening the economy and preserving the social fabric of the Basin.

Nevada demographer: Carson City population for 2013 projected at 55,122 residents

The Nevada State Demographer’s Office at the University of Nevada, Reno has released its most recent population projections for Nevada and its individual counties, projecting through 2032. After seeing population declines in 2011, 2012 and this year with 363 less people living here, Carson City's projected population is 55,122.

“As our state recovers, people should bear in mind that Nevada was hit by three economic factors in the last decade: the housing bubble, the spike in fuel prices, and the financial crisis. Even so we grew by 35 percent from 2000 to 2010,” Jeff Hardcastle, state demographer, said.

Column: Sorry Southern Nevada, but we did need a new road

As a resident of Northern Nevada, I want to thank our neighbors to the south for helping fund the new Interstate 580 link between Carson City and Reno.

I would also like to apologize for the $575 million price tag, which means less funds to help Southern Nevada's traffic congestion problems.

Open letter To The Senior Senator from Nevada (Harry Reid)

Letter to the Editor: Disrupting our economy is a terrorist tactic

To All Fair-minded Americans: At this juncture in our history, we are facing a new terrorist threat. Not from a foreign entity but from a radical extremist sect of the Republican Party. The anti-American factions around the world must be rejoicing to see the government shutdown and know that all the ramifications of this action are caused by our own government.

Northern Nevada Development Authority announces $1 billion in economic impact

With job creation key to Nevada's ongoing economic recovery, Gov. Brian Sandoval and Northern Nevada Development Authority officials announced Monday that the agency's work has led to a milestone, making a $1 billion economic impact across a five county region over the past three years.

Bonanza Kennel Club of Carson City presents dog shows, rally and obedience trials at Fuji Park

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Repeats every day until Sun Sep 29 2013 .
September 27, 2013 (All day)
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September 28, 2013 (All day)
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September 29, 2013 (All day)

More than 780 dogs from around the world will compete in the Bonanza Kennel Club of Carson City’s 24th Annual Dog Shows and Trials starting Friday, September 27, 2013 at Fuji Park in Carson City. Events run through the weekend commencing with specialty dog competitions. Additionally, there will be Obedience, Agility, Best of Breed, Junior Handler, All-Breed and Best of Show competitions. There are 109 Breeds or Varieties represented in this year’s shows and trials. Vendors will be on hand with pet products and food items. The event is Free to spectators.

Amodei votes to defund Obamacare, prevent government shutdown

Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) voted Friday for a bill to fund the government through Dec. 15 and to permanently delay and defund the Affordable Care Act. The Continuing Resolution keeps in place sequestration spending levels. The measure passed the House 230 to 189.

Amodei stated the following in a news release:

Sen. Reid: WNC and two other college grants designed to provide innovative training

With news this week that Western Nevada College is the recipient of a $1.5 million grant, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, announced two other grants for area colleges, Truckee Meadows Community College and Great Basin College.

The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program, which was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill. WNC's portion of the grant is $1,567,530. TMCC received a grant of $ 3,201,968 and Great Basin College, $4,009,331.

Western Nevada College students to benefit from $1.5 million grant

CARSON CITY — Western Nevada College students will have more opportunities to prepare for skilled technical jobs in the coming years, following Wednesday's announcement of a $1,567,530 grant workforce training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. It is part of $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs.

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