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Lake Tahoe fire officials: There are no evacuations at this present time

The following news release is from North Tahoe Fire Protection District Fire Chief Michael Schwartz and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District Chief Tim Alameda regarding the King Fire burning in El Dorado County. This announcement was forwarded Thursday evening by the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit public information officer:

Tahoe Residents and Visitors, There are No Evacuations at this present time

Carson City Visitors Bureau asks: How do you say 'Sesquicentennial?'

The Carson City Visitors Bureau recently asked: "How do you say 'Sesquicentennial'? The results are as wide as the Silver State. Check out the video below and Celebrate 150 years Nevada Day weekend in Carson City, Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.

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.

King Fire closes McKinney Rubicon Trail, prompts backcountry advisory for 2 wilderness areas

Because of the uncertain path of the King Fire, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has closed the McKinney Rubicon Trail and is advising against travel into the Desolation or Granite Chief wildernesses.

The Eldorado National Forest has issued a forest closure for its Desolation Wilderness trails and trailheads. In particular, hikers and equestrians should consider cancelling plans for overnight travel into the Desolation and Granite Chief wildernesses.

King Fire slows Thursday; Man faces arson charges, $10 million bail; Highway 50 closed, Lake Tahoe open

UPDATE: The King Fire was much less active Thursday and firefighters were able to gain control on the southwestern end of the fire near Pollock Pines. The fire is 10 percent contained as of Thursday night and has consumed 73,124 acres, Cal Fire officials said.

According to a Cal Fire public information officer the northernmost 'finger' of fire is around the west side of Hellhole Reservoir, headed to Chipmunk Ridge. There was structure protection preparation work at Hellhole Reservoir.

Highway 50 is closed from Pollock Pines to Riverton. Smoke levels continue to plague western Nevada, particularly Carson City and Reno but the forecast calls for winds to change direction some and drive the smoke away, according a National Weather Service forecast discussion briefing issued Thursday night.

Cameras activated at Lake Tahoe to track smoke from King Fire

The University of Nevada, Reno’s newest mountaintop camera at Lake Tahoe has just been installed, and has been tracking the smoke from the King Fire in El Dorado County, Calif., which has been inundating the Lake Tahoe Basin, Carson City and Reno areas with smoke in the afternoons.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Sept. 17-23

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Sept. 17-23, 2014.

Residents get glimpse of coming changes to downtown Carson City landscape

With a packed house and lots of questions, Carson City residents had a chance Tuesday to see what enhanced downtown landscaping, street and sidewalk improvements would look like in a planned redesign of downtown.

The Carson Street improvement project is part of an overall plan to revitalize the commercial corridors throughout Carson City. The improvements, made public during two workshops at the Carson City Community Center, will be funded through sales tax revenues, one-eighth of a cent, approved earlier this by the Carson City Board of Supervisors.

Weather Service: Smoke to get worse through Thursday

The National Weather Service in Reno has provided this image which shows the probable areas of smoke through Friday based on forecast wind information and assuming the King Fire remains active.

Southwest winds will keep the smoke area in the general same area through Wednesday. Winds will turn more westerly behind a cold front on Thursday and push smoke more into western Nevada.

Major Sports Need Major Overhaul In Domestic Violence Policies

So for the last couple of weeks we have seen the issue of domestic violence come into the forefront of major sports and its athletes. The NFL of course taking most of the attention with the Ray Rice turmoil. MLB has also been put into the spotlight when its commissioner Bud Selig was asked about the issue during his farewell tour in San Francisco. Here is part of what he had to say on the subject:

Breezy conditions through Wednesday with smoke from California fires possible

Low pressure nearing the California coast will continue to produce gusty winds across the Sierra and western Nevada Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Peak gusts by Wednesday could reach 40 mph with stronger gusts in wind prone areas. Boaters on Lake Tahoe should use caution Tuesday and consider staying off the lake Wednesday. Travel may also be restricted along Interstate 80 and Highway 395 for high profile vehicles.

Forest Service to host Heavenly expansion proposal open house Thursday

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to explain and answer questions about its draft analysis of a proposal from Heavenly Mountain Resort to expand year-round, non-skiing activities at the Lake Tahoe resort.

Pair hiding in crawl space arrested on felony drug charges

Two were arrested early Monday morning on felony drug and gross misdemeanor child endangerment charges after a search warrant led to their discovery in a crawl space where they were hiding, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Arrested were Michael Tiehm and Ashley Marie Makara, both 25, of Carson City. According to the arrest report, deputies went to a home in the 3100 block of Minonee Drive in an attempt to serve arrest warrants on the pair.

Statewide Nevada 150 events held throughout second half of September

Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of September. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Sept. 15 through 30.

Solar storms could produce Aurora borealis visible over Northern Nevada

Two recent solar storms may produce northern lights visible over Northern Nevada on Friday and Saturday.
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center predicts that the two solar eruptions that happened earlier this week will travel past Earth, producing geomagnetic storms — explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun's corona out into space.

Public invited to 911 ceremony Thursday at Mills Park World Trade Center Steel I Beam memorial

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September 11, 2014 - 9:00am

There will be a service Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 9 a.m. at the World Trade Center Steel I Beam at the eastern edge of Mills Park in Carson City.

The beam was given to Carson City by the Port Authority of New York to mark that fateful day. The public is invited.

Multi-faith prayer service Sept. 17 at Governor’s Mansion to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday

Nevada’s faith leaders from various traditions will join together to pray for the welfare of the Silver State at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City on Wednesday, Sept. 17 as a part of Nevada sesquicentennial celebrations.

This multi-faith Service will include prayers by Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i, Native American, etc., leaders. A “Nevada 150 Signature Event” the gathering is coordinated by religious statesman Rajan Zed.

Reno couple pleads guilty to felony counterfeiting charges

A Reno couple pled guilty Wednesday in a Sacramento federal court to possessing counterfeit U.S. currency and counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

William Theodore Lewis, 50, and Lori Marie Dahl, 50, a married couple, remain in custody and are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on Dec. 10, 2014. Lewis and Dahl each face a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Sept. 10-17

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Sept. 10-17, 2014.

Project Empty Bowls: Free pottery making event Saturday to end Hunger in Carson City

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September 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Design your own pottery for the greater good this Saturday at the Children's Museum in Carson City. Project Empty Bowls will be working with all ages making bowls from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Dec. 5 Empty Bowl's soup feed fundraiser at the Carson City Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Lights.

No experience necessary. Come create a bowl to donate and help the Empty Bowls Carson City Project to feed the hungry in our valley.

Wilderness and camp training program Saturday at Nevada State Museum

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September 13, 2014 - 10:00am

In partnership with Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the U.S. Forest Service, “Family Fun Saturdays” returns to the Nevada State Museum in Carson City with a program to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Saturday, Sept. 13.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will explore how to set up a tent, leave no trace, name that animal, be safe and find directions using a compass. Visitors will learn skills to help plan their own camping trips to Nevada’s wild lands this fall.

Washoe County fetches $16 million for Reno to Sparks transit service

Nevada will receive $29.3 million in funding for northern and southern Silver State transportation projects, Sen. Harry Reid announced Tuesday.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County will receive $16 million to develop a rapid bus transit service connecting Reno and Sparks. This will construct the a 3.6 mile 4th Street/Prater Way RAPID Transit BRT project and may include upgraded electric buses and additional electric charging infrastructure, as well as construct accessible sidewalks and bike lanes.

'Top Chef' restaurateur Ryan Scott returns Saturday to Fallon for Tractors and Truffles

Northern Nevada’s premier local food event returns Sept. 13 to Fallon, Nev. showcasing three of the region’s top culinary experts during Tractors and Truffles, a day of farm tours, wine tasting and fine cuisine topped off with a multi-course dinner prepared and served on-site in Fallon’s beautiful Oats Park.

Morning showers around Carson City keep smoke at bay from growing Yosemite fire

The Meadow Fire burning in Yosemite National Park continues to grow, with smoke expected to impact the Carson City and Carson Valley areas though it has been minimal because of rain showers throughout the region.

The blaze may be a spot fire from the Meadow Fire, believed to be caused by lightning, forest and park officials said. It was discovered at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday and has grown to 2,582 acres as of Monday morning. It is burning within the Little Yosemite Valley on both sides of the Merced River.

Weather Service: Smoke from Yosemite fire headed to Carson City

UPDATE: The ‪Meadow Fire‬ in Yosemite National Park is exhibited explosive growth Sunday, producing pyrocumulus clouds visible in Carson City and Reno, according to the National Weather Service.

The fire is burning in the Little Yosemite Valley area and at last report was 700 acres and growing. Smoke from the fire will impact areas to the northeast of Yosemite. High resolution forecast models show that a layer of smoke will affect the Carson City, Reno and Carson Valley areas by Monday morning if intense burning continues, according to the weather service.

General Motors Dealership Celebrates 30 Years in Carson City

Throughout September, Michael Hohl Motor Company will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with weekend entertainment, $5,000 in cash giveaways, along with special sale and service offers.

Michael Hohl and his wife, Karen, founded Michael Hohl Motor Company in 1984. Originally, the dealership carried four lines: Oldsmobile, Buick, Cadillac and GMC Trucks. Chevrolet was added in 2007. Michael Hohl Motor Company is the longest serving General Motors dealership in Northern Nevada and the largest full line General Motors dealership in the state.

Lake Tahoe native mussels being relocated to protect species

Quagga mussels have been getting all the press lately because of the looming threat to Lake Tahoe but this week it was the river mussel's turn for some attention.

Native to the western U.S., the river mussel is now a protected species due to their population being threatened by dams, habitat modification due to the disappearance of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout from the Upper Truckee and other river habitat changing occurrences.

Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company features November production of 'My Fair Lady'

My Fair Lady, the exquisite musical often considered the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Musical Theatre, is playing in Carson City for three weekends this November. The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company is presenting the captivating, award-winning production November 8 through 23 at the Carson City Community Center.

Forest Service opts to restore wetlands, remove Incline Lake Dam

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit plans to restore wetlands and remove the dam at the site of the former Incline Lake, according to a decision by Forest Supervisor Nancy Gibson issued Wednesday.

District Attorney presents DAWG program to Carson City Board of Supervisors

At the Aug. 28 meeting of the Carson City Board Supervisors, the District Attorney’s Office presented its newest component to its Victim Witness Services unit.

DAWG, which is an acronym for District Attorney Witness Guide, was introduced by District Attorney Neil A. Rombardo, along with Subaru, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Sept. 3-10

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Sept. 3-10, 2014.

Nevada PUC promotes lifeline telephone assistance program

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is promoting Lifeline Awareness Week, Sept. 8-14. Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund that provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.

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.

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