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Weather Service: More thunderstorms expected this afternoon

We’re not out of the woods with wild weather yet. The National Weather Service says to expect severe thunderstorms around Northern Nevada this afternoon.

According to a special weather statement, a there’s a strong upper level disturbance that will move across northeast California and northwest Nevada.

Abundant moisture and strong winds aloft are favorable for the development of thunderstorms this afternoon with a few becoming severe, according to the weather service.

Youth Theatre Carson City presents Seussical The Musical, Jr. beginning July 25

Youth Theatre Carson City is thrilled to announce our upcoming production of SEUSSICAL, JR., an exciting adventure through the world of Dr. Seuss. The show will run two weekends, July 25 – August 3, 2014 in the Bob Boldrick Theatre at the Carson City Community Center. SEUSSICAL, JR. is great fun for the whole family. Over 70 young local performers portray all the characters from the popular Dr. Seuss books in this fantastical musical extravaganza.

Photographer captures amazing progression of lightning strikes Saturday over Carson City

Carson Now reader Scott Gorno took these amazing photos of the lighting strikes around Carson City early Saturday evening. The strikes touched off several small brush fires around the north, east and west sides of town, capping a week of repeated storm systems that moved through Northern Nevada, with one causing Wednesday's Clear Creek Fire.

'Farm City' author tours Carson City Greenhouse Project ahead of Saturday talk

Author Novella Carpenter, left center, tours the Greenhouse Project with founder Karen Abowd, left, and garden educator Camille Jones, on Friday, July 18, 2014. Carpenter, who wrote the New York Times Bestseller "Farm City," will speak at the Carson City Library Summer Reading Program for adults event at the Farmer's Market Saturday at 11 a.m.

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.

Army Guard, Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association team up for new partnership

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Army National Guard is set to team up with the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association and become one of the association's partners for the 2014-2015 academic year, Nevada Guard and
NIAA officials said Thursday. The NIAA is the non-profit organization of secondary schools in Nevada that acts as the governing body of high school athletics and activities.

Artown has gone to the dogs!

Visit us at Art Paws
Event Date: 
July 20, 2014 - 10:00am

Join thousands of revelers and best fur friends at Art Paws, Artown's only dog-friendly event. Enjoy a variety of food vendors, animal artists, canine activities and contests, beer and wine libations, great live music, hourly raffles and a silent action. Sunday, July 20 from 10-5, McKinley Arts & Culture Center Park @ 925 Riverside Dr.

Pets of the Homeless, a nonprofit will be there collecting pet food for the disadvantaged in Northern Nevada. To learn more about Pets of the Homeless visit www.petsofthehomeless.org

Northern Nevada Dream Center Annual Toiletries Drive

Event Date: 
July 26, 2014 (All day)

The Northern Nevada Dream Center is partnering with six Northern Nevada Walmart stores for our annual toiletries drive. Volunteers will be at each store from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM collecting travel sized toiletries to fill our Rescue Bags that are distributed to folks in need in our local communities. Come by and make a donation! Visit us here.

Girl Scouts seek Women In Leadership nominees

Event Date: 
November 20, 2014 (All day)

Do you know an extraordinary woman who has distinguished herself as an outstanding member of the community?

The Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada will honor women from across northern Nevada who truly stand out for their commitment to the community. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 TRIUMPHANT: Celebrating Women In Leadership awards program.

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.

Active 4-H clubs in Northern Nevada empower youth with agriculture education

As we countdown to the NV150 Fair in Carson City, we want to honor the kids that make the fair so very special. These are the kids who raise the animals so lovingly, yet are willing to release them for sale. These are the kids now bringing attention to the farm-to-table movement and are learning the value of a job well done.

As the late Whitney Houston sang, “I believe children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”
4-H clubs were formed to teach our children the importance of agriculture and to learn new ways to better farm or raise their animals.

Nevada 150 celebrates statehood with events through July

Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of July. These Nevada 150 celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held July 18 through July 31.

Record Temperatures and Energy Demand

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Northern Nevada is seeing some record breaking temperatures in the region. Higher temperatures can bring higher energy demand, as more people turn on their air conditioning and turn down their thermostat.

Author, ag expert to have 'kitchen table' conversation during Carson City Farmer's Market

New York Times author Novella Carpenter will be at the 3rd and Curry Street downtown Carson City Farmer’s Market on July 19 at 11 a.m. to chat about her bestselling memoir, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.

Carpenter and northern Nevada agriculture expert Mark O’Farrell, of Hungry Mother Organics, are set to engage in a kitchen-table visit. Under a large tent, with seats for 100, the conversation will be led by northern Nevada’s KTVN news anchor Erin Breen. The special event is aimed at raising awareness about the vital role farmers play in our lives.

Virginia City celebrates July 4 with annual parade

Many across the country, including here in northern Nevada, are celebrating Independence Day. For those who wanted to have more of a vintage 4th of July celebration, hundreds came to the Comstock for the annual parade.

"It's an awesome small town parade," said Karen Woodmansee, parade organizer. "If you want to know what America was like, it's still up here in Virginia City."

Two-day Highway 50 saturation patrol results in 107 citations; DUI checkpoint continues Friday night

Speeders along Highway 50 between Carson City and Lake Tahoe may have felt the pinch in a two-day saturation patrol by the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

In the Wednesday and Thursday stepped up traffic patrol, known as "saturation" 107 citations were issued, with the majority, around 95 percent of those stopped, for speeding violations, said Carson City Sheriff's Office Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

Wild West Murder Mystery theater train and barbecue aboard historic V&T July 18 and Aug. 15

Hijinks on the Comstock with a twist comes to Carson City this summer with "Where is the Gold?" a Wild West melodrama and murder mystery dinner set aboard a vintage Virginia and Truckee Railroad steam engine train, July 18 and August 15.

"Where is the Gold?" produced by the Brewery Arts Center will entertain with plenty of Comstock legend and lore intertwined with spellbinding whodunit mystery. The audience will be invited to help the cast of characters solve the mystery of who stole the gold, and who is responsible for the death of Mr. Big.

Carson City Visitors Bureau, NV 150 Fair launch summer photo contests

The Carson City Visitors Bureau and NV150 Fair have launched three photo contests designed around summer visitors to Nevada's capital city and beating the heat. Participants have a chance to win lodging, dining and entertainment passes, rodeo tickets and more. Here's a list of the contests:

Holiday DUI checkpoint Friday near Lake Tahoe in Douglas County

Several northern Nevada law enforcement agencies will team up and “Joining Forces” this Independence Day as an additional security measure in providing for a safe holiday weekend.

On Friday afternoon and evening, police officers from the Reno and Sparks Police Departments, deputies from the Washoe, Lyon and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices, and troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI road block on Highway 50 in Douglas County near Lake Tahoe. Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be briefly greeted by one of the law enforcement officers.

Teams participate in adventure trek to benefit Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs

Three hunting TV personalities with local ties will help a Northern Nevada outdoorsman store raise money for the nonprofit group Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs with an adventure trek covering about 54 miles in a friendly competition.

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.

ESL 10th Year Award Ceremony

Event Date: 
June 28, 2014 (All day)

June 28, 2014 was a gala day for many of our most disadvantaged families, as 42 adults from the ESL in-home Program of Northern Nevada, a no-cost-to-student program, were presented with certificates of achievement in English language and literacy. The program also tutors GED preparation and Citizenship Study at no cost.

Soaring heat brings motorcycles, bicycles to streets and the risk for crashes

It is going to get hot this coming week in Carson City and Northern Nevada. With the weather we can expect to see more bicycle, moped, and motorcycle riders out and about on roads and highways trying to keep cool in the summer heat.

In addition we will also see an increase in pedestrians as school is out and many children are on foot as they travel to locations within the city.

Carson City-based Sausage Factory gourmet meats now available at Raley's

In time for summer and the July 4 holiday weekend, Carson City's own Sausage Factory now has its products in 14 Raley's supermarkets throughout Northern Nevada.

Shoppers can find 18 varieties of the gourmet sausage, made exclusively in Carson City, in the meat department of any of the grocery stores, said Sausage Factory President Joe Tonino.

"We're proud to be in such a high quality store here in Northern Nevada. Our product line matches well in their meat case," said Tonino.

Nevada agencies step up water patrol this weekend looking for boaters under the influence

Boaters taking to Nevada waters this weekend should take note: operating a boat under the influence is the same as driving under the influence. Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens and law enforcement will be looking for boaters operating under the influence this weekend in waters across the state as part of a nationally coordinated enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Dry Water.”

MDVIP Personalized Healthcare Comes to Carson City

Merritt W. Dunlap, MD, AAFP, has affiliated with MDVIP, the leader in personalized healthcare with nearly 700 affiliates nationwide. MDVIP’s personalized healthcare program empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise and one-on-one coaching with some of the finest primary care doctors in America. Dunlap is the first doctor in Northern Nevada to affiliate with MDVIP.

Lingering Drought Takes Toll on Northern Nevada Wildlife

RENO — Lingering drought is taking a toll on wildlife across Northern Nevada, shrinking deer herds on the high desert, drying up fisheries in the valleys and starting to push everything from bears to snakes into urban areas they normally don’t frequent.

Best Taste winner Sassafras looking for a new home

Winning Best Taste for this year's Taste of Downtown is bittersweet for the owners of Sassafras, as their landlord has given them until the end of July to vacate that space.

"We are devastated, shocked, heartbroken," said Scott Doerr, who owns the business with partner and chef Tony Fish.

Doerr said they were presented with a termination of tenancy on June 16 by Double Eagle Cubed LLC, the entity that purchased the building from Magpie Properties, LLC last year.

Give blood Wednesday and enter to win a new Toyota

Give blood on Wednesday at the Carson City Courthouse and enter for a chance to win a 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Plus courtesy of Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers.

The blood drive runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 25 in the United Blood Services Blood Mobile located in the parking lot of the Carson City Courthouse on Musser Street.

All presenting donors from June 1 through Sept. 6 will be able to enter a drawing to win the car. To donate blood, be sure to eat a good meal, drink plenty of water and bring your ID.

Buyer emerges for Empire Ranch Golf Course

Silver Oak Golf Course owner Garth Richards has taken steps to buy the struggling Empire Ranch Golf Course, according to documents submitted this week to the Carson City Assessor's Office.

GSR Investments, a company connected with Richards, owner of Silver Oak Golf Course, has bought the deed of trust to the struggling 27-hole Empire Ranch Golf Course and has paid outstanding taxes owed to the city.

Women to Women with Nevada Magazine Publisher Janet Geary

This week's episode of Women to Women features Janet Geary, publisher of Nevada Magazine.

In January 1936, Nevada Highways and Parks, known today as Nevada Magazine, was introduced by the state highway department. Always an information source for Nevada residents and tourists, what started as a digest-sized bulletin has grown into a colorful magazine.

Bill Advances to Expand Nevada Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON – A bill to expand the reservations of seven Indian tribes in Northern Nevada advanced in Congress on Thursday.

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.

Amodei announces new additions to team

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei had added several new faces to his office staff including Bernie Curtis, who recently retired as chief of the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation.

Curtis, of Gardnerville, will serve as field representative in Amodei’s Reno office. He brings more than 36 years of experience from across Northern Nevada in law enforcement, local government and the private sector, including serving as Douglas County Commissioner.

Nevada Indian Reservations to Grow Under Reid Bills

WASHINGTON – Two bills introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate would grant more than 26,000 acres of federal land to the Moapa Band of Paiutes outside Las Vegas and expand reservations of seven Northern Nevada Indian tribes.

Four Carson City deputies on administrative leave following Friday chase, shootout at Sand Mountain

Reno police are now involved in the investigation involving Friday night's chase from Carson City to Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Churchill County in which a possible suspect in a double homicide earlier in Washoe Valley was killed during a shootout with authorities.

High school students attend hands-on multimedia training boot camp at UNR

A select group of northern Nevada high school students who will be seniors this fall have a unique two-week opportunity from June 16-26 to learn as much as they can about digital media technology at the Smallwood Multimedia Boot Camp at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Children's Museum of Northern Nevada Annual Yard Sale

Event Date: 
July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada Annual Yard Sale will be Saturday, July 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Children's Musuem (a non-profit corporation receiving no Federal or State funding).

Effective June 15th we are accepting donations of items to sell. All donations to our yard sale are tax deductible. Please contact Kris 884-2226 at to donate your gently used items.

Women to Women features Carson Animal Services Initiative directors

Here is the second of a two-part interview with Women to Women, Lisa Schuette founder and chair of the Carson Animal Services Initiative, a non-profit organization with a mission of raising money to assist Carson City as it builds a safe and modern animal shelter. Also featured in this interview is CASI's vice chairman, Chuck Crittenden. Go here for the first 30-minute segment.

Dove Chocolate Discoveries Expanding into Northern Nevada

Event Date: 
June 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

MINDEN, Nev., – DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES™ has arrived in Northern Nevada and is looking to use the power of chocolate to transform lives. The young and growing company, backed by MARS, Incorporated – one of the world’s largest, iconic chocolate companies – is looking to expand its network of U.S.-based independent consultants to Northern Nevada.

The consultants sell exclusive Dove® brand chocolate and create entirely new ways to experience chocolate through in-home tasting parties and unique products like its Sweet ‘N’ Smoky Chocolate BBQ Sauce and Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Cocoa Rub.

The Floyd at Brewery Arts Center

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Sat Jun 14 2014 .
June 13, 2014 (All day)
Event Date: 
June 14, 2014 (All day)

If you're a fan of Pink Floyd, the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City sends a "hey you" shout out from above and beyond. The Reno-based tribute band known as "The Floyd" will launch a full array of stunning sight and sound glory in the capital city June 13-14.

The Floyd is well known throughout Northern Nevada for its uncanny musical stylings, spectacular laser light show and iconic Pink Floyd eye-popping videos.

Mountain ecosystems scientists convene at UNR to discuss social ecology issues

The allure of pine forests, majestic granite peaks and rushing rivers has always drawn mankind to mountaintops. The same intrigue drives the work of scientists around the world, many of whom will convene at the University of Nevada, Reno for a multi-day conference on social, biological and environmental systems in mountain regions, especially important as climate and land-use changes affect mountain environments and the communities in them.

Western Nevada College Peace Officer Academy honors 19 cadets

The Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy at Western Nevada College honored 19 students Tuesday, preparing them for careers in law enforcement and other criminal justice fields.

Graduating cadets represent seven cities in Northern Nevada. They completed a 30-credit program that includes 756 hours of Category I training, according to Academy Coordinator Katie Durbin.

Western Nevada Peace Officer Academy to Honor 19 at Tuesday ceremony

Nineteen graduating cadets from the Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy will be honored Tuesday in Carson City during a ceremony at Western Nevada College's Carson Nugget Community Hall.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Graduating cadets represent seven cities in Northern Nevada. Cadets completed a 30-credit program that prepares them for careers in law enforcement.

WNC Criminal Justice Professor Richard Finn will welcome the graduates. The keynote address will be offered by instructor Joe Sanford.

It's Your City with Supervisor Jim Shirk

Carson City Ward 4 Supervisor Jim Shirk gives an update on the latest city government news, provides an update on board action from its June 5, 2014 meeting and looks ahead when supervisors meet again.

Moth population on the rise around Northern Nevada

State agriculture scientists say northern Nevadans can expect to see more moths over next couple of months. The Nevada Department of Agriculture entomology laboratory has noted an uptick in inquiries about the number of moths flying around. The moths are the adults of the army cutworm, and an insect native to Nevada.

“There were very high populations of the larvae in several areas of the West this year, including Nevada,” said Entomologist Jeff Knight. “We are now seeing the adults from those larvae.”

Women to Women features Lisa Schuette of the Carson Animal Services Initiative

Lisa Schuette is this week's guest on Women to Women. Lisa is founder and chair of the Carson Animal Services Initiative, a non-profit organization with a mission of raising money to assist Carson City as it builds a safe and modern animal shelter.

Firkin Friday's summer outdoor concert series kicks off with Baker Street

Event Date: 
June 6, 2014 - 7:30pm

The Firkin & Fox Carson City kicks off its summer concert series this Friday, June 6, with local rock n' roll favorite Baker Street beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Known for churning out the classics from the 1970s and 80's, Baker Street has developed a loyal Northern Nevada fan base, with its guitar-driven licks and crisp vocal stylings. There's no better way to celebrate summer than with music that rocks to it.

The Firkin Friday's outdoor concert is at 310 South Carson Street. There will be plenty of food, barbecue and drink specials going on inside.

NNDA awarded $600K EPA grant designed for Lyon, Churchill county redevelopment sites

Northern Nevada Development Authority was recently awarded a $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will be used to identify underused redevelopment sites in Lyon and Churchill counties.

The assessment grant allows NNDA to evaluate and catalog areas that had been considered environmentally contaminated. The grant will be used as a future road map for redeveloping effected sites and is the first step in creating projects directly geared toward economic development.

Watch it Live: Carson City Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors meet today beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street. Go here for the agenda and here to watch the meeting live.

Items up for discussion and possible action include:

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