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Virginia and Truckee Railroad season begins with annual Mother's Day train to Virginia City

Mothers will be the star passengers Sunday, May 11 on a special edition train ride from Nevada's capital, Carson City to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City.

Tickets are on sale now for a window seat into Nevada's Old West aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The ride features storytelling, history and lore, shopping, a long stem rose for mom, and brunch opportunities in Virginia City.

Magazine field rep in Carson City on behalf of drug prevention efforts

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office would like to advise the local community that a representative from L.A.W. (Let’s All Work to Fight Drug Abuse) publications will be in the area for the next two weeks selling ad space to produce the latest edition of their magazine which is customized for Carson City.

The ad space purchased is not only used for the purchase of the latest L.A.W. publication, but also pays for materials for crime prevention, teen related material, coloring books, and other safety related materials.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 16-22

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 16-22, 2014. Opening day for most fishing on California waterways is Saturday, April 26.

Masters Heads to 'Speed Cubing' Competition

Ben Masters, 13, travels Saturday to University of California, Berkeley to participate in an official World Cube Association competition at Wheeler Hall.
Ben, who has been practicing his “cubing” skills about five months, has a personal best time of “about 17 seconds,” which has been perfected as he has practiced during his free time through each day and has worked up to doing five or six “solves” per hour, he said. He attends eighth grade at Dayton Intermediate School.

'Guitarslinger' Shane Dwight Performs at Carson Station Saturday, April 19

Shane Dwight's new album This House will be released this week.
Shane Dwight performs at Carson Station on Saturday, April 19
Event Date: 
April 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

Northern Nevada residents will get a rare chance to see Shane Dwight perform at Carson Station Casino, Carson City, Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. The concert is free.

In the music industry, there is often a preference to try and quickly define an artist and his music by placing him in one or two genre categories. The problem is a preconceived model doesn't fit someone like Dwight.

Third Annual Easter Egg-stravaganza

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April 19, 2014 - 10:00am

The third annual Egg-stravaganza takes place Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at Mark Twain Elementary School in Carson City.
This 16,000+ candy-filled egg hunt is a FREE event for Carson City children. Aged zones are set up for toddlers through 11 years old, with a separate zone for special needs children. Even the Easter Bunny will be there for pictures and to celebrate with the kiddos.

Genoa's Sweet Sippin' Sundays

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May 4, 2014 (All day)

The first SWEET SIPPIN' SUNDAY for the 2014 Sippin' Season is May 4th. As if that’s not enough excitement....we have even more to share! We’ve partnered with the Town of Genoa so that your SWEET SIPPIN' SUNDAY admission purchase will get you FREE ADMISSION into any (Sunday, May 4th) Genoa Cowboy Festival event! That's right, 2 EVENTS for the price of one!

Reno Coin Club’s 30th Anniversary featured at annual National Coin Week Celebration at Nevada State Museum April 25-26

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Repeats every day until Sat Apr 26 2014 .
April 25, 2014 - 10:00am
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April 26, 2014 - 10:00am

With the theme, “Celebrating Civic Service,” Nevada State Museum in Carson City and the Reno Coin Club will join coin collectors from across the United States the for the 91st Annual National Coin Week, April 20 to 26. Nevada’s observance is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26 at the museum, the site of the original U.S. Mint in Carson City.

Inside Vendor Sidewalk Sale

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Repeats every day until Sun Apr 27 2014 .
April 23, 2014 (All day)
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April 24, 2014 (All day)
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April 26, 2014 (All day)
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April 27, 2014 (All day)

Inside the Carson Mall. Free Event From 10am April 23 to 5pm daily until April 27, 2014. Find jewelry, handmade crafts, unique foods and more.

Randy Ide is "Key'd Up"

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Repeats every week until Wed Jun 25 2014 .
April 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
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April 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
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April 30, 2014 - 2:00pm
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May 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
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May 14, 2014 - 2:00pm
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May 21, 2014 - 2:00pm
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May 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
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June 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
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June 11, 2014 - 2:00pm
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June 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
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June 25, 2014 - 2:00pm

At Bridger Mountain Boutique inside the Carson Mall every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. The event is free and one you are sure to enjoy.

Investigate the Bundy Ranch Incident

The following is 200 words, precisely at the limit for a letter to the editor of a newspaper. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE IT.

Dear Governor,
US Senators and Congressmen,
State Senators and Assemblymen,

Please launch a full investigation of the Bundy Ranch incident last week.

Tommy's Bar salutes veterans Saturday

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April 12, 2014 (All day)

This Saturday, Tommy's bar at 260 Winnie Lane in Carson City is honoring and giving thanks to veterans by offering a promotional free beer (with military ID) . This is a big thank you to the veterans from Tommy's, the Bourcier's, the Colemans and the community.

What's a Senior-Senior Prom?

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May 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

So what exactly is a senior-senior prom? Senior-senior prom is an opportunity to relive that amazing prom night you had some years ago.

The first "senior" theoretically represents the class of 2014 high school seniors, and the second "senior" represents anyone who has already gone to prom and looking to have a great time just like the glory days of your high school prom night.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces May Caregiver Schedule

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May 1, 2014 (All day)

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health announces its May schedule for the “Lunch and Learn” weekly education series broadcasted live from Las Vegas.

The program is designed for family and professional caregivers, featuring topics of interest to those who care for individuals with ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, dementia and other neurocognitive disorders.

Empire Ranch anniversary features $17 rounds of golf, deals and hole-in-one contest

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April 27, 2014 (All day)

Empire Ranch Golf Course in Carson City is celebrating its 17th season with a birthday bash special that runs from April 27 to May 13.

Golfers can pay $17 for an 18-hole round of golf with cart. Or they can pay $25 and receive an additional free round of golf in June or July and a $5 value coupon to use for food or beverage at Mallards. (Some restrictions apply.)
Enter the hole-in-one contest daily for a chance to win a car sponsored by Carson Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

Silver State Stars of Carson City presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Repeats every week until Sun May 11 2014 .
May 2, 2014 (All day)
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May 9, 2014 (All day)

The Silver State Stars of Carson City presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory May 2 through 11. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The Greens’ Peak-Oil Limits-to-Growth Apocalypse That Wasn’t

A few years ago, some experts predicted the world was about to reach a peak in global oil and gas production to be followed soon by marked decline. It would cause “war, famine, pestilence and death” – the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Another version: “war, starvation, economic recession, possibly even the extinction of homo sapiens.”

Masto Reminds Crime Victims of Their Rights During Week-long Observance

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto observes National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, which began April 6th, reminds Nevadans of their rights, and promotes the Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) program.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 9-15

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 9-15, 2014. Opening day for stream and lake fishing along most California waters in Saturday, April 26.

Carson City partners with Remote Area Medical's free three-day Reno clinic

Remote Area Medical, an organization dedicated to providing free, quality health care services to those in need, will host a free clinic April 11-13 for adults and children of Northern Nevada.

Groups and individual volunteers from throughout Northern Nevada including Partnership Carson City, Carson City Health and Human Services and Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey counties, are key partners in the event that will take place at Hug High School, 2880 Sutro Street in Reno.

Feel the heat at Virginia City's 31st annual Chili on the Comstock

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May 10, 2014 (All day)

Virginia City, Nev.’s 31st annual Chili on the Comstock is no mild affair. The cook-off returns to the historic town Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Taking place along C St., the historic town's main drive, the event promises plenty of heat, the return of the Fireball Crawl and family-friendly activities.

WNC Softball: Covione’s superlative pitching effort falls short

They did everything but secure their first Scenic West Athletic Conference softball victory in a month.
Salt Lake pushed two runs across the plate in the seventh inning to rally for a 4-3 victory over the Western Nevada College Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

“To have the lead all the way and to end it like that was devastating,” said WNC coach Leah Wentworth. “I’m happy we put ourselves in position to win. We need experiences like that, and moving forward, we need to learn from it.”

WNC instructor to offer April 17 Alzheimer's talk

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April 17, 2014 - 7:00pm

Western Nevada College history instructor and researcher Lane Simonian will offer a free presentation on Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday, April 17, 7 to 9 p.m. on the Carson City campus, in Bristlecone Building room 332.

Lane Simonian, who teaches European civilization at WNC, will focus his presentation on the role that peroxynitrites or potent neurotoxins have in triggering Alzheimer’s disease.

CCAI Books and Writers Series: Indelicate Angels featured April 8

Writing workshop and reading
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April 8, 2014 - 4:00pm

As part of National Poetry Month, the Capital City Arts Initiative invites you to attend a reading and writing workshop with poet and writer Ismael García Santillanes at the BRIC, 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City.

The writing workshop will take place Tuesday, April 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The reading follows immediately at 5:30 p.m.

The free events are part of CCAI’s Books and Writers series co-sponsored with the Carson City Library. CCAI and the Library enthusiastically invite all readers and writers to attend the workshop and reading.

Nevada 150 events lined up statewide throughout April

Many great events are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of April to celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood.

Children’s theater production of Disney’s Mulan, Jr. runs April 4-13 in Carson City

Carson City's Wild Horse Children’s Theater invites you to travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China with Disney’s Mulan, Jr., the action-packed, musical stage adaptation of the Disney film.

Complete with authentic Chinese dancing and even an avalanche, this production of Disney’s Mulan, Jr. will be marching its way to Northern Nevada on April 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:00 p.m. and April 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King Street in Carson City.

Carson City Tattoo Artist’s Skills Run More Than Skin Deep

Artistically INKlined, the art shows that showcase the non-skin works of art of Carson City’s tattoo artists, will return to the summer wine walks in 2014.

Located at The Westside Pour House, formerly known as Mo & Sluggo’s, the show is a collection of multiple mediums on display from 1pm – 8pm.

Column: Paying options for long term nursing care

The cost of nursing home as of May 2013 is about $7,139 per month in Nevada. The cost of nursing services in the home by qualified caregivers can be that much or even more for 24 hour care.

Hopefully we won’t need that care or not for very long. However, it seems the average need is about three years of care.

If a veteran has low income and less than $80,000 in assets, war veterans may be eligible for up to $2,000 per month for home health care, a nursing home or assisted living. A look at www.veteranaid.org will give some information about that program.

Sausage Factory hits third season home run as official hot dog vendor for Reno Aces

With Thursday's Reno Aces opener, baseball fans will again line the stands for peanuts, beer and a hot dog made exclusively here in Carson City.

For the third consecutive season The Sausage Factory is the official hot dog and sausage for the Reno Aces. Some 4,500 pounds of product were sent off to Reno last week in preparation of Thursday's opening day.

Mile High Jazz Band presents April 8 Jazz anniversary concert at Comma Coffee

For 13 years, Mile High Jazz Band has been playing at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson Street, on the second Tuesday of every month. Come celebrate this milestone with us on April 8.

Hear sensational big-band music with vocalist Sheryl Adams and guest vocalists Cindee LeVal and June Joplin, and enjoy anniversary cake at intermission. General admission is $5 at the door, and it's free for age 18 and under.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 2-8

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 2-8, 2014. Opening day for fishing in California is Saturday, April 26.

Apocalypse now: population bomb to global warming

“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines – hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death …”

So began The Population Bomb, a 1968 advocacy book by Dr. Paul Ehrlich. He indicted American affluence and uncontrolled procreation as key parts of the over-population apocalypse he foresaw and thus as pernicious problems to be solved by Draconian public-sector and even international action.

Grand Opening of the Browsers Corner Bookstore

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April 12, 2014 - 9:30am

The Friends of the Carson City Library are excited to announce the Grand Opening of a beautiful, new Browsers Corner Bookstore on Saturday, April 12th at 9:30 am. The new location is just across the street from the Library at 711 East Washington Street. There will be a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. with the Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be served and there will be a free raffle.

UNR announces plan to go tobacco-free in 2015

The University of Nevada, Reno announced Monday, March 31, its plans to implement a Tobacco-Free University policy effective Aug. 1, 2015.
This action has been endorsed through resolutions of support by the UNR Faculty Senate, Staff Employees Council, Graduate Student Association and Associated Students of the University of Nevada. The University will join nearly 1,200 other U.S. colleges and universities that have implemented a tobacco-free policy.

Great Basin Young Chautauqua Celebrates the Sesquicentennial

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April 5, 2014 - 1:00pm

Nevada State Museum presents something new for the April 5 Family Fun Saturday:
Great Basin Young Chautauqua Celebrates Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, a program for all ages featuring young costumed performers depicting historical characters and modern personalities with ties to Nevada:
John C. Fremont (Max Johnson)
Jedediah Strong Smith (Alex Johnson)
Wild Horse Annie (Danielle Shumard)
Eilley Orrum Bowers (Katie Fralick)
Mark Twain (Aaron Tucker)
Sarah Winnemucca (Jordyn LaPlante)
June Carter Cash (Genna Kirgin)
Janis Joplin (Jillian Kirgin)

FREE Employment Preparation Workshops

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Repeats every month until Fri Apr 25 2014 .
April 22, 2014 - 8:30am

JOIN, Inc. provides FREE Workshops monthly. The first day is on Lifeskills, Job Search and Networking; the second day is on prefecting your 60 Second Me; the third day is Resume building; and the last day is on Interviewing Skills. Update your skills with these workshops which are held monthly and are free to anyone interested. They are from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. Contact the Carson City JOIN office at 283-0125 ext 18 to sign up.

Public safety column: Moped, motor scooter riders equally responsible for sharing the road

Recently, I have received many requests for information in regards to riding scooters on city streets and so I am providing an update to my September 2013 column.

Motor scooters and mopeds have become common on the streets of Carson City. I am regularly asked if mopeds and motor scooters are legal as many are unregistered. Yes, some scooters may be operated upon the roadways however, there are restrictions. First, you cannot operate the scooter in a travel lane where the speed zone exceeds the scooters maximum speed.

Vets in Carson City gather Saturday for national Vietnam Veterans Day

More than 100 veterans from the Vietnam War gathered Saturday at the Carson Nugget to pay tribute to each other, those who died and those who remain missing in action as part of national Vietnam Veterans Day.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. Many consider the resolution the official start of the Vietnam war, though many Americans were fighting and dying in Vietnam beginning in the mid 1950s. It also marks the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of combat troops from Vietnam.

Assembly candidate rejects Carson City GOP vetting, Central Committee explains process

A Republican candidate for Assembly District 40 said he rejects the idea of being vetted by the Carson City Republican Central Committee, a policy the committee has in its bylaws.

Candidate Jed Block stated earlier this week that he was informed that a "secret Republican Vetting Committee" asked to see him in a closed meeting. He called the committee "a handful of self-promoted political bosses" who would "inform, if not instruct, the so-called rank-and-file how to think, how to vote."

Carson City Republic Central Committee vetting designed to find candidates who meet CCRCC values

The Carson City Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) is an organization of local citizens interested in participating in and promoting Carson City Republican Party values and it's candidates for public office.

The membership meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Silver State Charter High School. Anyone can attend these meetings and can, as a registered Republican, become a member of the CCRCC. It is an excellent venue to learn the views of local candidates and public office holders as well as share with them your views.

Lake Tahoe watercraft inspection program fees go up, Homewood inspection station to close

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board approved a $10 fee hike Thursday for its watercraft inspection, invasive species decontamination program, reduced marina funding for the programs and agreed to close an inspection facility at Homewood, officials said.

The fee hike was one of the changes to the watercraft inspection program recommended by the multi-agency Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinating Committee following a reduction in the federal funding that has helped support the program since it began in 2009, according to a news release.

Chocolate Tasting Parties

Host a chocolate tasting party and earn free products! Contact me to schedule your party today! We will come to you, bring the chocolate and have tasting samples available for everyone at your location. It can be kept simple or we can host beer and chocolate tasting, wine and chocolate tasting, cheese and chocolate tasting, birthday parties, etc... Let us know what you want and we will set it up.

Every month there are different specials for the host and their guests.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 26 to April 2

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 26 through April 2, 2014.

Action Adventure Expo

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May 16, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Action Adventure Expo will be held May 16 and 17, 2014, in the Pavilion at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville.

The event will feature vendors from the Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe, including Grand Sponsor David Wally's Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The focus will be on the active or adventurous lifestyle.

Adventures in food and music will be offered, as well as the latest tips or equipment for action. Free admission. Please see more at www.goldenbearevents.com

NDOW sponsors March 26 tag application workshops

Sportsmen who want to learn more about Nevada’s big game management programs and the annual tag application process can attend a free informational workshop hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Information on big game management, tag quotas and allocations, draw odds, harvest data, bonus points, common application errors and the computerized draw will be presented. New procedures for this year’s drawing will also be discussed.

Join Us for Family History Day

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April 26, 2014 - 10:00am

JOIN US FOR: Family History Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014 At 10:00 A.M.
Saliman Chapel
411 North Saliman Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701

Connect Your Family—Past, Present, and Future

Attend Family History Day, and learn how to strengthen your family across generations.

Hear encouraging messages from experts in the industry and other popular speakers who will help inspire you to:
• Seek out your ancestors.
• Build your family tree.
• Discover and share your families’ stories.

ATTENDANCE IS FREE
Sign up at www.lds.org/familyhistoryfair

Free Live Music at the Spoke Bar and Grill

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March 28, 2014 - 8:00pm

Free Live Music @ The Spoke Bar & Grill, Friday, March 28th, 8pm to Midnight! The Trey Stone Band!

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.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 19-25

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 19-25, 2014.

ADOBE POND, CALIF:
Closed until Saturday, April 26, 2014.

ALMANOR LAKE, CALIF:
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500) (www.shastacascade.com) reports:
Fishermen are reporting that the north fork is a bit clearer.
You may have fair catches from Canyon Dam to Lake Cove this week.
Courtesy of Almanor Fishing Adventures.

ANGEL LAKE, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

NHP reports two DUI arrests during St. Patrick's night revelry period

The Nevada Highway Patrol logged two DUI-related arrests Monday night in the Northern Command area that includes Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe counties during the evening hours of St. Patrick's Day, said Trooper Dave Gibson.

Carson City Sheriff's Office figures have not been released yet. The arrests were made in the Reno-Sparks area.

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