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Nevada public safety, health and governor partner for National Preparedness Month

Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Nevada. The Nevada Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security, and the Division of Public and Behavioral Health urges Nevadans to prepare for an emergency that would require self-reliance for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, household medical needs, and possibly without response from police, fire or rescue.

Weather Service: Hazy skies from fires in Northern California, Oregon

The National Weather Service in Reno reports on its Facebook page Sunday that hazy conditions have developed throughout the region, from Dayton, Fallon and Pyramid Lake. Carson City is experiencing blue skies.

"After looking at visible satellite and making some phone calls, we believe that it is smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon. Sierra Front is not reporting any incidents in Nevada at this time," according to the weather service Facebook page.

Carson City area Labor Day weekend forecast: Breezy conditions, highs in the mid 80s

Labor Day weekend looks to have some wind with it at least through Saturday for Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Low humidity and gusty winds has prompted a Red Flag Warning through at least Saturday for Carson City, the western Nevada Sierra front and central Nevada basin, according to the National Weather Service.

Outdoors with Don Q: Virginia Lakes is a fun-filled destination high in the mountains

Elaine and I recently returned from a fun-filled, three-day, fishing and hiking destination in the mountains; and if you like hiking, trout fishing, together with good food and comfortable accommodations, you might be interested in knowing about the Virginia Lakes area in California.

How to get there:
It's easy, just take U.S. 395 south from Carson City, through Minden, Gardnerville, Topaz, Coleville, Walker and Bridgeport to the very top of Conway Summit. At the summit, take the paved road on the right for six miles to the end of the pavement at Little Virginia Lake.

Kingsbury Grade reopened, firefighters make significant progress on wildfire

UPDATE 10PM: Kingsbury Grade has re-opened. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the wildfire is around around 4.5 acres.

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UPDATE: 6:40: Fire crews and aircraft have halted the forward advancement of a wildland fire Wednesday night off Kingsbury Grade in Douglas County. Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Nevada Division of Forestry, and local fire districts, including East Fork, Tahoe Douglas, Lake Valley, and South Lake Tahoe responded to the Kingsbury Fire.

Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial events lined up through September

The deadline to submit applications for Official and Signature Nevada 150 events will be 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Over 400 events have been held across the Silver State since Nevada Day 2013, in celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, with many more ahead. To submit an event application please visit www.Nevada150.org. For questions or additional information please contact Scott Carey, events and community relations manager, at 775-687-0645 or shcarey@nevada150.org.

The following events will be held Sept. 1 through Sept. 14.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Labor Day weekend

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of August 27 through Labor Day.

Nevada Day 150 celebration features new events, 'Steampunk Ball' and Famfest

Nevada's steam driven Sesquicentennial celebration culminates in Carson City with the Saturday, Nov. 1 Nevada Day Parade. This year’s parade theme, “Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada” encourages Silver State revelers to salute Nevada’s Oct. 31 1864 admission to the union as the 36th state.

"We at Nevada Day are very pleased to be adding three new events to this year's Nevada Day Celebration, in addition to bringing back reoccurring favorites," said Nevada Day committee president Ken Hamilton.

Comment period open for Heavenly Epic Discovery Project at Lake Tahoe

Public comments are being accepted on a draft environmental impact report for Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Epic Discovery Project until Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board directed the preparation of a joint environmental document for the project, located at the Heavenly Mountain Resort in El Dorado, Alpine and Douglas counties.

Researchers: Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

Climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species that has numbered as few as 35 individuals, new research by the University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute shows.

Scientists report that geothermal water on a small shelf near the surface of an isolated cavern in the Nevada desert where the pupfish live is heating up as a result of climate change and is likely to continue heating to dangerous levels.

Carson City Sheriff's Office arrest log

The following are recent felony and misdemeanor related arrests made by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Those arrested and facing criminal charges are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Lake Tahoe event celebrates 50th anniversary of 1964 National Wilderness Preservation Act

Attendees of the Valhalla Art, Music and Theater Festival at Lake Tahoe learn how to use a cross-cut saw, the primary tool used today to keep trails open and accessible in the Wilderness. The event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 National Wilderness Preservation Act.

U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit staff provided saws, logs and gloves and guided over 50 participants of all ages as they cut through a 10-inch log and received the souvenir slice branded with the 50th Wilderness Anniversary logo.

Carson City couple picked for Peace Corps assignment in Nicaragua

A Carson City couple have made a commitment to take on the toughest job they're destined to ever love. Warren and Anita Shaul have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will begin work in Nicaragua this month as volunteers.

Warren Shaul says he was motivated to join the Peace Corps because when he has traveled, he enjoyed experiences where he had the opportunity to stay in one place and build friendships with the people he worked and lived with.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for August 20-27

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug 20-27. Varying conditions exist due to extreme drought conditions.

Congressional Candidate Kristen Spees Announces I-80 District Tour

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 17, 2014KristenSpeesforCongess@gmail.com Congressional Candidate Kristen Spees Announces I-80 District TourTour campaign stops announced ELKO, NV-- Today Kristen Spees announced the start of her congressional campaign’s I-80 District Tour throughout Northern Nevada. 

Ken Beaton travel log: More similarities than differences

When visiting foreign countries, you can communicate knowing 30 basic words, facial expressions and hand movements including pointing. In Nevada when you hear, “We don’t do it like that in California,” do you have a knee jerk reaction? Be a great visitor. Learn how they do it in your host country. Taste foods you’ve never dreamed of tasting. Become the Marco Polo of cultural experiences.

Grab your chair or blanket and enjoy great music tonight at the Governor's Mansion

The USAF Golden West Winds, a division of the USAF Golden Band of the West, will entertain Saturday evening, August 16, in the beautiful backyard of the Governor’s Mansion beginning at 6:30 pm.

The concert is free and gates open at 5:30 p.m. The Carson City Elks will be on hand to serve beer, wine and a light supper. Or, bring your own.

Please be sure to bring a blanket or chair. Come early for best seating. The event is being sponsored as a community service by the Carson City Chamber and the Carson City Elks. Veterans are encouraged to attend.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for August 13-20

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug. 13-20, 2014.

It's Your City with Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell

Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell provides an update on the actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its Thursday, Aug. 7 meeting.

But before that Crowell addresses the success of the NV 150 Fair held at Fuji Park in Carson City earlier this month. He offers thanks to the countless volunteers, 4-H groups, FFA, city employees, as well as the efforts of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce who helped sponsor the event as well as Casino Fandango, which allowed fair participants to park and shuttle to and from the fairgrounds.

Former Yosemite National Park child care center director charged with embezzlement

A Sonora woman accused of embezzling more than $42,000 from the Yosemite National Park Child Care Center, was summoned Tuesday to appear in federal court on the charges after a grand jury investigation and indictment, according the the U.S. Justice Department.

'Deathways of the Comstock Chinese' exhibit opens August 14 in Virginia City

The Comstock History Center in Virginia City, in partnership with the Comstock Cemetery Foundation, is pleased to announce the opening of a new museum exhibit entitled Deathways of the Comstock Chinese.

The exhibit, which highlights the death and burial practices of the Chinese, features artifacts, photographs, video and an accurately reproduced, life-sized Chinese gravesite. The free exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Douglas County requests State of Emergency for cumulative flash flooding

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have requested a State of Emergency due to the cumulative series of flash floods that have taken place since July 20, 2014, in Douglas County. The cumulative series of floods has now exceeded the county’s resources, and the declaration will allow for help with repairing public infrastructure such as County Maintained roads, culverts, and drainage.

Carson city deputies arrest five on felony charges during weekend patrol

A 50-year-old Carson City man was arrested Friday on a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle after he had been stopped and then took off running from officers before being caught, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

James Dean Anderson was taken into custody at 4:38 p.m. in the 1500 block of Continental Drive. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer and driving on a revoked license for DUI.

WNC's fifth solar array takes nonprofit installer Black Rock Solar over 5 MW mark

Western Nevada College solar array by Black Rock Solar

With the August completion of a 180-kW rooftop array at Western Nevada College in Carson City, nonprofit Black Rock Solar has reached the milestone of building five megawatts of solar power capacity across the state of Nevada. The 83 clean energy projects built by Black Rock Solar since its 2007 founding include arrays for schools, hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters and Native American tribes. These arrays have been built at little or no cost to the recipients, but now provide more than $725,000 of combined savings annually on the organizations’ energy bills.

Thunderstorm leaves some Carson City streets flooded

UPDATE 4:45PM: An Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory is in effect until 6:45 p.m. for Carson City, according to the National Weather Service. At 4:23 p.m. street flooding from heavy rain and hail earlier this afternoon was subsiding. However, showers and thunderstorms will continue to move into the Carson City area through this evening. Rainfall on saturated soils may lead to additional street flooding along with rapid rises on creeks and drainage ditches.

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Weather Service: Thunderstorms developing across the region

The National Weather Service says a number of isolated showers and thunderstorms are developing through much of Western Nevada and the Eastern Sierra, including Carson City, Carson Valley, Dayton and Virginia City.

The storms were moving to the east-northeast at 5 to 10 mph. Due to the slow movement of the storm cells, localized moderate to heavy rain is possible through this afternoon with any bouts of heavy rain being brief.

Douglas County briefing on Wednesday flash flooding in Fish Springs area

Douglas County agencies and departments are currently working on flood recovery measures in the Fish Springs area as a result of the Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 flash flood event.

The following information is to assist citizens affected by the recent flooding and to provide information on public safety concerns. This incident produced hazardous condition due to the amount of water and dark evening hours and created safety concerns and inhibited immediate damage assessment.

Toulumne County man indicted for starting 2013 Rim Fire

A 32-year-old Tuolumne County man, Keith Matthew Emerald, has been indicted on four counts of allegedly starting last year's 250,000-acre Rim Fire, the largest fire in the Sierra Nevada in recorded history. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore announced the indictment Thursday.

The Rim Fire, which burned for nine weeks and sent heavy smoke that choked Carson City, Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe air for weeks, included large areas in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park.

Obituary: Michelle Geri Monge Byrd

Michelle Geri Monge Byrd of Reno, Nev., died July 29, 2014. She was 61. She was preceded in death by her father William G. Monge.

She is survived by her mother, Caridad Byrd; her husband of 20 years, Paul Sherman; brothers Bruce Monge and John Andriola; sisters-in-law Sevil Monge, Clara Andriola, and Gail Sherman; brother-in-law Dr. Gene Sherman; stepdaughter Jocelyn Diaz and grandchildren Sophie Diaz and Mollie Diaz of Carson City.

She is also survived by eight nieces and nephews and four grand nieces and nephews.

Four-year-old's food drive effort for Carson City’s hungry culminates Sunday at Ross Gold Park

A very young Northern Nevada boy has set out on a very mature mission on behalf of his community. Four-year-old Garrett Triner says he doesn’t want to see people go hungry and told his mother, Randi Vigna, he wanted to do something about it after he saw a homeless man on the sidewalk.

The boy asked his mom several questions about hunger and food and why people sometimes go without. That’s when the idea came up to do a food drive, which is happening this weekend with a drop off Sunday at Ross Gold Park in Carson City from 2 to 5 p.m.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Aug. 6

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug. 6-12, 2014.

Carson City Animal Services and Nevada Humane Society announce partnership

After more than a year plagued with internal problems and public criticism, Carson City Animal Services has entered into a partnership with the Nevada Humane Society in what Carson City Manager Nick Marano calls "a new chapter in animal services in the capital city."

Carson City has reached a conceptual agreement with the Nevada Humane Society, Nevada’s first and most highly regarded animal welfare group, in a new partnership to lead Carson City’s Animal Services, to include adoptions, shelter, and regulation services, said Marano.

Tahoe Queen gets stuck on sandbar: 258 passengers taken to safety

What started off as a leisurely 90 minute cruise on the Tahoe Queen turned into quite the adventure for passengers on board Monday afternoon.

The boat was about 30 minutes into its Emerald Bay cruise when it became stuck on a sandbar on Lake Tahoe. At about 3:30 p.m., South Lake Tahoe Fire Department received a call that the Tahoe Queen was stuck off the Regan Beach shore. It is not known at this time why emergency personnel weren't called to the scene until 90 minutes after the Tahoe Queen got stuck.

Motorists can dial 511 for Nevada road updates

With the recent rain and other weather conditions around the Silver State, the Nevada Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that they can receive free, up-to-the-minute state road updates through 511 Nevada Travel Info.

Motorists simply dial 511 or log onto www.nvroads.com before driving for current traffic and road incident, weather and construction reports. Out-of-state callers dial 1-877-NV-ROADS to receive the same service.

Weather, ground saturated at Mills Park forces Carson City to cancel National Night Out

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform everyone that the 12th Annual National Night Out in Mills Park, set for Tuesday, August 5 at 5 p.m. has been canceled.

It has been determined that with the park's current ground saturation from the rain, the quantity of “heavy” public safety vehicles, aircraft and equipment that was scheduled to be on the grassy area of the park would cause irreparable damage. Further, at this late hour, there is insufficient time to orchestrate a reasonable relocation of the event location, according to a news release which continues below.

Volunteers turn out to help storm victims in Minden

When our children sing the song about the rains came down and the floods came up, they fail to tell us about the mud that comes with the flood. But the residents of Minden, Nev., on Mac Drive, know firsthand how much mud comes with the floods.

Sunday afternoon, July 20, 2014, the rains came in force for about 20 minutes. "It started raining and hailing, we were getting it on video, and then heard a loud noise and the whole mountain started coming down in our backyard," recalls Daylin Olson, a resident of Mac Drive.

Donations sought, families invited to Saturday back to school clothing drive

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts its sixth annual clothing drive to help families in Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville, and Dayton, Nevada communities get ready for school.

The event is open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 411 N. Saliman Road, Carson City.

David Haws, President of the church’s local organization, says families are invited to pick up needed clothing in preparation for the new school year.

NV 150 Fair at Fuji Park concludes with Sunday finale of rodeo events, music and rides

The final day of the NV 150 Fair at Fuji Park in Carson City kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Ranch Rodeo finals at the grandstand. Come down and see all the bucking broncos and barrel racing events. The rodeo runs until 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the grandstand or here.

NV150 Fair events in Carson City continue Saturday with live music, carnival and livestock shows

NV 150 Fair events continue all day long Saturday at Fuji Park in Carson City. Parking is available at Casino Fandango, with shuttle bus service to and from the fairgrounds.

Among today's activities, there will be livestock shows, sales and demonstrations, carnival rides and games, fly tying demonstrations, cloggers, a dog show at 4 p.m. Sons of Slide Mountain Band beginning at noon, Youth Theater Carson City performance at 12:30 p.m.

On stage The Mountain Girls (band) at 4:30, Ranch Rodeo at 5 p.m., live music with CW Bayer and Mr. Spoons at 5:30 p.m.

Nevada 2015 proposed health Insurance rates available online

Proposed 2015 health insurance for individual and small group markets in Nevada are now available online, state Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper announced Thursday. The proposed rates are for plans sold both on and off Nevada’s health insurance exchange.

Nevadans who wish to view proposed health insurance rates for plan year 2015 can go here. The Division has made proposed rate information available in two different formats.

Carson City sales tax up 7.8 percent in May

Carson City sales tax is up 7.8 percent in May this year as compared to May 2013, according to figures provided Wednesday to the Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

"We attribute that to all the new retailers that chose to open their doors here," said Chamber Executive Director Ronni Hannaman.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the Chamber:

Furniture Sales – Up 24.8 percent; Sporting goods were up by 101.2 percent; General Merchandise stores were up by 37.5 percent and food and beverage stores showed an increase of 16.1 percent.

Sesquicentennial Fair in Carson City highlight Nevada 150 events throughout August

Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of August. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Aug. 1 through Aug. 14.

Slow moving storms prompt Flash Flood Watch for Carson City area

Thunderstorms are moving into the Carson City region, prompting an alert from the National Weather Service in Reno. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for Carson City, Carson Valley, Dayton and Virginia City.

Firefighters have also responded to reports of lightning strikes seen in areas south and east of Carson City. As of about 1:30 p.m. Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center said there have been reports of lightning strikes and smoke near Carson River Road and near Stephanie Way but but nothing confirmed as wildfire.

Cause Warrior Ride Passes Through Dayton, Northern Nevada

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In early morning fog on Sunday, July 20, 2014, a team of six riders began a 70-day long journey across the U.S. to bring awareness and support to today’s wounded warriors and their families. The 2014 Cause Warrior Ride Team will stop in over 70 cities and towns along the route to historic West Point in New York. They arrived in Dayton, NV on Friday, July 25, departing the following morning.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report through Aug. 5

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 June 30 through Aug. 5, 2014.

Greater Nevada Expands Business Lending Services

Over the past year and a half, Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU), the area’s largest locally-based credit union, has seen more than 115% growth in its business lending portfolio. One of the credit union’s newest products, construction loans, is taking off just as rapidly, thanks to local businesses that want to expand, and the unique services offered by Greater Nevada to help them do it.

New Outreach Supervisor Joins Greater Nevada

Michelle Hale, Greater Nevada Credit Union Member Outreach Supervisor

Michelle Hale has been named Greater Nevada Credit Union’s new Member Outreach Supervisor. She will oversee both community relations and member outreach.

Her community relations responsibilities will entail acting as liaison between Greater Nevada and the organizations it supports, including the University of Nevada Marching Band and Wolf Pack Athletics, Special Olympics Nevada, and the Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity. She will also coordinate Greater Nevada’s financial literacy efforts through local schools and other groups.

Always Lost War Exhibit Comes to Douglas County

Douglas County is hosting the Western Nevada College “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” arts and humanities exhibition as part of a special Nevada Sesquicentennial tour sponsored by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

PUC hearing today on NV Energy's petition 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 today, Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, 1150 E. William St. in Carson City.

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