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NV Energy petitions to recover $78 million in 'smart meter' costs

NV Energy has petitioned the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada with the hopes of recovering $78 million in costs associated with implementation of electric and gas smart meters in Northern Nevada.

A hearing on the matter is set for Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, 1150 E. William St.

Carson City man jailed for allegedly forging prescription from doctor

A 41-year-old Carson City man was arrested Thursday, 4:32 p.m. in the 500 block of East William Street on felony suspicion of forgery, a Carson City sheriff's deputy said.

Robert Wayne Smith was jailed on $5,000 bail. Officers spoke with the pharmacist who received a call from a local doctor who asked the pharmacist not to fill any new prescriptions for the man as they were all forged, the arrest report states.

Anti-fracking Suit Tries to Block Nevada Drilling

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada group is asking a federal judge to block the sale of oil and gas leases they say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and other development that poses a much greater threat to sage grouse and other wildlife than the U.S. government claims.

Carson City man arrested for child neglect after unrestrained toddler falls out of moving car

A 29-year-old man was arrested Monday on gross misdemeanor charges of child neglect and endangerment after the man's unrestrained 18-month old son fell out of a moving car, a Carson City sheriff's deputy said.

The incident was witnessed by an off-duty Carson City deputy near a gas station in the 2100 block of North Carson Street at around 10 a.m. According to the arrest report, deputies and an ambulance were called to the scene where the off-duty deputy saw the toddler fall out of the car.

Carson Tahoe HopeFest 2014

Event Date: 
August 22, 2014 (All day)

Annual benefit concert supporting local cancer patients. Nationally famed folk-rock band, Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours known for their cowboy jazz, Tex-Mex waltzes, country ballads and soulful R&B dance tunes will headline the seventh annual event.

Kings Beach woman arrested on suspicion of third DUI

A 22-year-old Kings Beach woman was arrested Sunday on a felony charge of third offense DUI after Carson City sheriff's deputies who were at the scene of a traffic accident on Highway 50 said she nearly hit them as she passed.

Gloria Estefan Grajeda was arrested in the 4600 block of South Carson Street on suspicion of felony DUI and four misdemeanor charges.

What Works: To-do lists, priorities and just getting started

Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” In my line of work, I see a lot of dreamers. These dreamers love to make to-do lists in their heads, or visualize a prosperous future. But some of them fall prey to a little something I call broken starter syndrome.

The passion is there. The vision is there. However, when it comes to actually stepping on the gas, they have one foot on the brake. Fear of making the wrong decision, not being able to get it all done, or facing the unknown keeps these dreamers paralyzed and stagnant.

Fire restrictions begin today in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Fire restrictions go into effect in the Lake Tahoe Basin beginning today, Thursday, June 26. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire-related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season.

“With record drought conditions in the West, agencies in both California and Nevada are anticipating increased fire activity,” said Fire Management Officer, Kit Bailey. “Fire restrictions help reduce the possibility of accidental human caused fires.”

On National Forest System land fire restrictions mean:

Inspectors flag 13 Lake Tahoe-bound vessels for invasive species since May

The July 4th holiday and fireworks celebrations always bring a welcomed influx of boaters to the Lake Tahoe Basin. With sunny skies and warm temperatures predicted for the 4th of July holiday week, boaters are urged to Clean, Drain and Dry their boats before arriving at the roadside inspection stations in Tahoe to avoid delays and decontamination fees. As a reminder, all stations close at 5:30 p.m., so please plan your travel accordingly.

Forest Service urges holiday visitors to stay safe over July 4 weekend

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is the busiest time in the Lake Tahoe Basin. For those visiting during the weekend and attending one of the firework displays over the lake, expect extremely crowded conditions and excess traffic.

Oil, Gas Project OK’d on Nevada Sage Grouse Land

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers have approved an oil and gas project involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a portion of northeast Nevada identified by state wildlife officials as essential habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.

PUC to hold consumer session on proposed NV Energy rate cut for Northern Nevada customers

A consumer session to discuss NV Energy's proposed rate decrease for Northern Nevada electric and gas customers will be presented by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada on Wednesday, June 25, 6 p.m. in Carson City.

For electric customers in Northern Nevada, NV Energy proposes to cut rates an estimated 11.78 percent across all rate classes. The average monthly residential bill is estimated to decrease $5.64, or 6.04 percent. For gas customers in Reno and Sparks, NV Energy proposes to decrease rates an estimated 0.12 percent across all rate classes.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for June 18-24

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 18-24, 2014.

Outdoors with Don Q: Drought has the makings of poor summer fishing

With July just around the corner, unless something dramatic and unforeseen happens in the future, 2014 has all the earmarks of being a very poor fishing summer because of our ongoing drought.

Our sparse Sierra Nevada snowpack from last winter is gone, the spring run-off was almost non-existent, and that is bad news for fishing this summer in our streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs.

Outdoors with Don Q: A short vacation at high altitude

Elaine and I just returned from a three-day, two-night, mini vacation at Parchers Resort in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, west of Bishop, Calif.

The purpose of our visit was to enjoy the cozy cabin accommodations at Parchers, plus the late spring weather, spectacular scenery and the peace and quiet in that general area. Here's some miscellaneous info on our trip:

Fire restrictions begin Friday in Western Nevada

Fire restrictions will begin Friday on public land throughout western Nevada, eastern California and the Sierra, according to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Below-average precipitation this winter and spring and a third consecutive year of drought have led to abnormally low soil-and-fuel moistures, increasing the potential for large and potentially devastating wildfires, the agencies announced.

Outdoors With Don Q: The First, Big Outdoors Weekend of the Summer

Memorial Day weekend is nearly here, the weather is forecast to be gorgeous and for countless folks in this general area, it will be their first big outdoor adventure of 2014.

So where to go on that weekend? Well, be advised that no matter where you go (unless it is to some God forsaken location in the middle of nowhere), you can expect to encounter big crowds of people also wanting to enjoy an outdoor outing for the holiday.

Carson City weekend arrests include several felony and misdemeanor-related offenses

The Carson City Sheriff's Office made several felony and misdemeanor arrests over the weekend, many for drug offenses and court warrants.

A 47-year-old Carson City man, Jon Michael Dietmeier, was arrested Friday, 11:07 p.m. in the 2600 block of Highway 50 East by Carson City sheriff's SET officers on felony drug and weapon charges.

Carson City sheriff's SET officers arrests pair on suspicion of selling heroin to informant

Two people were jailed Saturday on multiple felony drug charges after allegedly selling heroin to an informant, according to the Carson City Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Team.

Kevin Shaw, and Sarah J. Jones-Nicholson, both 35 and from Carson City, were arrested at 10:18 p.m. in the 3200 block of North Carson Street.

Carson City Republican Central Committee May 22nd General Meeting

Gerald O’Driscoll is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a widely quote
Event Date: 
May 22, 2014 - 6:30pm

A two percent (2%) gross receipts tax is estimated to cost Nevada 9,000 jobs and will make Nevada one of the highest corporate tax states in the country. Equivalent to ~15% corporate income tax (CA has 8.8% corporate income tax).

Consumers will pay this tax through the increased cost of goods and services we purchase, things like Gas, Milk and Childcare.

Outdoors with Don Q: It’s that time of the year again for a special fishing guide

It’s that time of the year again for a widely-distributed and widely-read, outdoor publication known as “Fishing The California Alps.”

That annual newspaper is your personal guide to the fishing, camping, sightseeing and vacationing world in this part of the west, and it has many pages of detailed, in-depth information provided by experts in their specific areas of knowledge and experience.

Environmental groups appeal Lake Tahoe Regional Plan update federal ruling

The April court decision to uphold the 2012 Lake Tahoe Regional Plan is being appealed by the Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore according to a notice filed Wednesday.

HorseShoe Club celebrates grand opening Friday of its Downtown Pub and Grille

The Carson City HorseShoe Club will host a grand opening party of its newly refurbished Downtown Pub and Grille on Friday, May 9, from noon to 9 p.m.

The Downtown Pub and Grille is located inside the HorseShoe Club, a family owned casino located at 402 North Carson Street at the corner of Telegraph Street. Cake and champagne will be served. The new name was picked to reflect a commitment to revitalization of the downtown Carson City area, according to management.

Doug 'Mack the Naw' Busey's Lake Tahoe area fishing report

Hello fellow anglers. Well here we are only two weeks away from the California opening day fishing season. This when most lakes, rivers and streams open for the year, and some rivers change limit and tackle regulations.
Check your regulations before you go fishing to know these changes.

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.”

Federal court strikes down Sierra Club lawsuit, upholds Lake Tahoe Regional Plan

A federal court Monday ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, affirming an update to the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan that took years to craft, according to the agency.

The lawsuit was filed by the Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore in February 2013 following nearly a decade of public input to update the plan originally adopted in 1987.

'Have a Heart' celebration fundraiser at Glen Eagles generates $31,000 for FISH

Friends in Service Helping, also known as FISH, raised nearly $31,000 with 37 celebrity waiters and nearly 400 in attendance Saturday night at Glen Eagles in Carson City.

This fundraiser will allow FISH to continue renovations on their 50 year old buildings in Carson City and will help in replacing their aging homeless shelter van. Special thanks to Dick Campagni Capitol Ford/Hyundai, and Carson City Toyota/Scion for donating a $1,000 gas card for our drawing and the Glen Eagle’s staff for a flawless and delicious dinner event.

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.

WNC Baseball: Wildcats keep foot on gas pedal in sweep of Saints

The Western Nevada College Wildcats may look back to Friday, March 14 as a pivotal point in their season. Two dramatic walk-off victories gave the Wildcats a momentum boost that inspired them to workmanlike 17-2 and 7-5 nonconference wins over Mount Hood Community College of Gresham, Ore., on Saturday in Carson City.

The four-game sweep improved WNC’s overall record to 19-9 and righted the club after splitting four games the previous weekend at Colorado Northwestern.

Outdoors with Don Q: Escaping from winter to a tropical paradise

If you're getting tired of our winter cold, frost, ice and snow (what little we have received so far), you might want to consider a vacation trip to Hawaii.

Elaine and I, our son Jim, daughter-in-law Kathi and my cousin Lorraine Scholes and her husband Bob just returned, earlier this week, from a fun-filled 14-day vacation trip to Honolulu on the Island of Oahu (4 days) and to Poipu on the Island of Kauai (10 days).

Carson City man arrested after allegedly stealing father's truck

A 35-year-old Carson City man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony grand larceny after allegedly stealing his father's truck.
Josh Baroni is being held on $25,000 bail. According to the arrest report, Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 600 block of of Kay Court in reference to a stolen vehicle.

Gifts of Grace Dinner Auction

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Sat Mar 08 2014 .
March 8, 2014 (All day)

Enjoy fine dining, student performances, and unique opportunities while supporting local students and families at the Sierra Lutheran High School Gifts of Grace annual dinner and auction Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Genoa Lakes Golf Club.

Activities include an elegant dinner prepared by The Supper Club at Genoa Lakes Golf Club, silent auction for unique gifts and activities, live auction for vacation and party packages as well as drawings (Dollar$ for Scholar$) for a Smart TV, HP 2-in-1 Notebook and a $500 gas card.

Proposed 20/20 Group Compromise

Let's ignore the 80/800 group of businesses in Carson City, for the moment, and consider meeting the 20/20 group in a compromise over the sales tax increase to pay for their proposed ten million dollar corridor improvements. Why not have them put up half the money of $5 Million ($250K each) and the city can match their investment for the remaining half? Let's all compromise and meet them halfway. If they are willing to put up their money, where our taxes are to be spent, then let hear it for compromise.

Carson City SET officers arrest man on felony drug charges

A 27-year-old Dayton man was arrested Feb. 14, 6:31 p.m. in the area of Caroline and Valley streets in Carson City on suspicion of felony conspiracy, possession with intent to sell and transportation of heroin. Gilbert Raymond Ramirez, was being held on $35,000 bail.

According to the arrest report, officers with the Carson City Special Enforcement Team worked with a person who agreed to make a transaction while wearing a wire. The transaction would be for four "points" of heroin, which in street terms a point is .10 grams for a total of $80, the arrest report states.

TRPA launches online exchange to help property owners restore sensitive land

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV - The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has launched an online marketplace for property owners, realtors and land banks to use to increase the environmental improvements that come from transferring commonly-traded development rights in the Lake Tahoe region.

The new, online Transfer of Development Rights Exchange allows buyers and sellers to create postings, explains transfer incentives and eligibility requirements, and makes it all viewable on an interactive map. As the TDR Exchange is used more, it will also track market trends.

Carson City deputies make string of alcohol-related arrests

Carson City sheriff's deputies have made several alcohol-related arrests since Monday. A 50-year-old Galt, Calif., man was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, having an open container and not having a valid driver's license, all misdemeanors.

The man was reported by a witness to be passed out in his vehicle for more than an hour at a gas station in the 1600 block of East Fifth Street. Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies arrived and found the man sleeping with the vehicle running and the lights on, according to the arrest report.

Fourth annual CHS Safe Grad 5k Run/Walk set for Saturday, Feb. 15

Event Date: 
February 15, 2014 - 10:00am

Please join us next Saturday, February 15 for the fourth annual PTSA Carson High School Safe Grad - Safe and Sober 5K Run/Walk to be held at the Carson High School Track and Field with the race start time of 10:00am.

You can still register for the race at www.race360.com or at CV Sports on February 12th from 5 to 8pm. Even though online registrations ends on Wednesday, there will be late registration available the day of the race.

Search continues for armed burglary suspect following Monday night car chase

UPDATE TUESDAY 9AM: The search continues this morning for a man who led Carson City sheriff's deputies on a vehicle chase near the Prison Hill area. Both detectives and deputies continued the search and the investigation overnight and into this morning.

The suspect allegedly broke into two homes, stole several weapons and other property and fled. A woman walked in on the suspect as he was stealing guns from her home and gave authorities a description of the vehicle the man was seen driving.

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.

It's Your City with FISH director Jim Peckham

This week's It's Your City is with Jim Peckham, executive director of Friends in Service Helping, otherwise known as FISH, located in Carson City.

FISH provides food, shelter, clothing and access to healthcare with a "hand up rather than hand out" philosophy. Peckham provides an update this winter season's happenings at the thrift stores, dining rooms, and homeless shelters.

Outdoors with Don Q: Escaping Carson City in the wintertime

For several years, Elaine and I have fled Carson City for a short time in the month of January or February to escape the cold, snow and ice of our area in the wintertime. This year was no exception, except, sadly, there is no snow.

We had been invited to be guests at the home of my cousin Lorraine and her husband Bob Scholes of Dayton, who spend the winter months in Indio, Calif.
If you, too, would like to temporarily escape winter in Carson City for the next couple of months, here is what we did:

Carson City to Lone Pine:

Outdoors with Don Q: Go ice fishing, catch a nice fish and win a trophy

Mark Saturday, Feb. 1 on your calendar to be a contestant in the annual ice fishing tournament at Davis Lake in Plumas County, Calif.

How to get there: Davis Lake is about 80 miles from Carson City by a combination of I-580 and
U.S. 395 north to Hallelujah Junction. At that junction, take California S.R.70 to the west and travel through Chilcoot, Vinton and Beckwourth toward Portola.

4th Annual Carson High School Safe Grad 5k Run/Walk

Event Date: 
February 15, 2014 - 10:00am

Please join us on February 15th for the fourth annual Carson High School Safe Grad - Safe & Sober 5K Run/Walk. This event is organized by volunteers of the Safe Grad Committee.

Carson High Safe Grad program has been an annual tradition in Carson City for over 20 years. It provides our graduating seniors with a safe and sober, all night celebration on the evening of their graduation, followed by a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park in Northern California.

Recycle your holiday turkey grease into biodiesel

Event Date: 
Repeats every week until Tue Dec 31 2013 .
November 28, 2013 (All day)
Event Date: 
December 5, 2013 (All day)
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December 12, 2013 (All day)
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December 19, 2013 (All day)
Event Date: 
December 26, 2013 (All day)

Bently Biofuels and The Western Sustainability Pollution and Prevention Network are teaming to provide collection sites around the region so that residents have an environmentally safe way to get rid of cooking oil used to deep fry their holiday turkeys.

During the holiday season the two organizations are reaching out to the Carson City, Carson Valley, Reno and Lake Tahoe communities to encourage recycling of cooking oil used at homes throughout the region. Collection bins will be placed in various locations throughout the community from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve.

Outdoors with Don Q: Another fun-filled day in the great outdoors visiting Caples Lake

Elaine and I spent an enjoyable day in the Great Outdoors last Sunday, which included spincasting for trout and taking photographs.

It was a fun-filled day that you might want to replicate in the near future, before Old Man Winter arrives with all of his cold, frost, snow and ice.

Man jailed for reckless driving, nearly hit children while allegedly doing 'doughnuts' in parking lot

An 18-year-old Carson City man was arrested Nov. 8, 7:28 p.m. in the 3000 block of North Roop Street. He faces a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.

According to the arrest report, the man, driving a red 1998 Ford Mustang, was accelerating quickly, spinning his tires and doing "doughnuts" in a convenience store parking lot near the gas pumps in front numerous citizens and small children. It was observed that people were grabbing their children and moving them to safety away from the vehicle as the man was pulling the stunts.

Wood stove rebate program offered to Carson City, Douglas County residents

A voluntary wood stove change-out program available in Carson City and Douglas County has been launched by two state environmental agencies.

The program, operated through the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the Bureau of Air Quality Planning, provides rebates ranging between $600 and $1,000 to homeowners who remove their pre-1992 wood stoves and replace them with new, clean-burning EPA-certified wood, pellet or gas stoves installed by a licensed contractor.

Fundraiser for The Longest Walk 4!

Event Date: 
November 2, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join Conway's Management and AIM Northern Nevada teaming up to present this awesome evening of music and dance. It will start out with some traditional singing, followed by a rock band, and will close with hip hop music. The majority of artists performing will be young Native Americans.

Christina Trejo and Burton Malotte will be opening up the show with a couple of honor songs and some circle dance songs. Following them will Truckee River Band, Ty Wrekz and then 89ENT.

Carson City Sheriff's Office arrest reports for Oct. 18

A 20-year-old Carson City man was arrested Friday, Oct. 18, 12:52 a.m. at the intersection of College Parkway and Sherman. He faces misdemeanor charges of contempt of court warrant, minor consuming alcohol and possession of marijuana.

According to the arrest report, officers with the Special Enforcement Team were patrolling northbound on College Parkway when a vehicle was seen stopped with its hazard lights on.

NV Energy warns of telephone scammers threatening to cut off service for payment

Reports of utility scammers continue to surface, with NV Energy being the latest to alert customers about individuals trying to get credit card information.

NV Energy spokeswoman Faye Andersen said the company has learned about phone callers identifying themselves as employees of the company and threatening disconnection of service if a credit card payment or cash transfer isn't immediately made over the phone.

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