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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.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of July 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 July 23, 2014.

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.

Column: Some U.S. corporations are moving their tax domiciles to avoid taxes

The Congressional Research Service, a policy research arm of Congress, recently told Congress 76 U.S. corporations have shifted their tax domiciles out of the United States to other countries since 1983 to avoid U.S. taxes.

Moving the tax domicile is known as an “inversion." It is still rare, but it is becoming more common. The Congressional Research Service said 47 such deals have been done in the last 10 years and more are in the works.

Weather Service: Strong storms in Storey, southern Lyon counties

UPDATE: Strong thunderstorm being tracked 13 miles northeast of Virginia City.
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National Weather Service meteorologists were tracking two strong thunderstorms this Monday afternoon.

As of 4:21 p.m. the first storm was southeast of Smith Valley moving northwest at 15 mph. The other storm was 18 miles southwest of Yerington and moving northeast at 15 mph.

Lightning is associated with the storms as well as moderate rain and small, pea-sized hail and gusty winds to 50 mph.

Wild weather weekend around Carson City

National Weather Service storm totals around Carson City and Carson Valley are impressive. After months of being without rain, Mother Nature chose Sunday to spring open the clouds and pour down the buckets after a week’s worth of near record-high temperatures, thunderstorms, lightning strikes, power outages, gusty winds and wildfires.

Heavy rain moves into Carson City, weather service issues Flash Flood Warning

Lightning strikes, heavy rain and flash flooding are being reported this afternoon around Carson City and Douglas County. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for west central Carson City and northwest Douglas County until 5:30 p.m.

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.

Firefighters still working brush fire at Ash Canyon, rain helps douse flames at other fires

UPDATE 8:04PM: Firefighters called to a brush fire in the area of Duck Hill. Firefighters were alerted of smoke seen in the Goni Road area.

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UPDATE 7:35PM: About 70 NV customers in the Indian Hills area remain without power, according to NV Energy. There are three other areas without power: East Corbett, with 5 customers, Hiko Court, 28, and South Curry, 13.

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UPDATE: 6:27PM: A power outage continues in the area off of North Roop and William Street, also affecting John Street, according to NV Energy spokesman Karl Walquist. About 176 customers are without power there. Estimated time for it to be restored is around 8:15 p.m.

Another power outage, affecting 15 customers, is near South Curry Street between Fifth Street and Fairview. Both outages were likely caused by lightning strikes, Walquist said.

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UPDATE 6:10 PM: The two fires in Kings Canyon have been extinguished thanks to rain and citizens who helped in the firefighting efforts, said Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi.

The Ash Canyon fire is the only one burning right now, he said. It is high up into the canyon and about 1/2 mile off of the trail. Firefighters are hiking into the area. The good news is the heavy rain aided in knocking down much of the smoke and flame, he said.

A handful of firefighters remain in the field behind Little and Roop. That fire burned about 1/2 an acre and came close to nearby homes but heavy rain and hail moved in just in time to help knock it down, Giomi said. It is currently being mopped up.

Flash Flood Watch in effect through Friday night for much of the Carson City region

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Friday evening for Carson City, Lyon, Storey, Douglas and southern Washoe counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Slow moving thunderstorms such as those that moved through the area Tuesday and Wednesday, are capable of producing heavy rainfall in a short amount of time.

Sarah A. Chichester, New Associate at Allison MacKenzie Law Firm

(Carson City, Nev., July 17, 2014) – Local talent, Sarah A. Chichester, returns to the area and accepts associate position with Allison MacKenzie Law Firm effective May 15, 2014. Committed to providing exceptional service to clients, Sarah will practice in various legal areas with emphasis in family law and probate law.

Carson Nugget welcomes comedy headliner Sean Peabody with two Saturday shows

The Carson Nugget is proud to present headlining comedian Sean Peabody. Sean performs on Saturday, July 19 at 7pm and 9pm at the Carson Nugget on 507 North Carson Street, Carson City. Enjoy a great date night with full bar. The doors open a half hour before each show.

Born in San Diego and raised in the Bay Area, Sean P is a true California native. With a Polynesian background he has adapted to all styles and types of comedy.

Sean has been exploding on the comedy scene for the last ten years.

Containment of Clear Creek fire unknown

East Fork Fire and Paramedic District are currently in a unified command with Carson Fire and the U.S. Forest Service. The fire started from a lightning strike on Forest Service land. The fire quickly spread in the dry brush north of Jacks Valley Road and south of Clear Creek Road on a mountain side.

Fire crews quickly responded to the scene and air suppression was used until darkness. Hand Fire Crews will remain on scene fighting this fire through the night. Fire equipment will be staged in the neighbor surrounding the fire for residential structure protection if needed.

Lightning starts brush fire in Old Clear Creek area, 150 acres and growing; evacuation advisory underway

UPDATE 3 AM: Evacuation orders were instructed for Golf Club Drive, Jeffery Pine Lane to Old Clear Creek Road. There are about 20 to 30 homes in the area. Evacuees are urged to go to the Carson City Community Center. Animals can be sent to Fuji Park. The orders came down at around 1:45 a.m.

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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.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of July 16

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of July 16, 2014.

Gusty walls of wind and dust move into Carson City

UPDATE: NV Energy reports 621 customers are without power after winds caused damage to power lines. Spokeswoman Faye Anderson said she hopes to narrow down the affected areas soon. Readers report the outage continues as of around 5 p.m. around the northwest side of town.

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UPDATE: National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Tolby said Carson City experienced a "gust front" shortly after 4 this afternoon, bringing strong winds and kicking up walls of dust in town. Much of the front has moved out of the area and, as of 4:30 p.m., was south of Reno.

Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez to Make His Debut at the 25th Annual American Century Golf Championship

Event Date: 
July 18, 2014 - 8:30am

Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. NMLS ID 3277, (Sun West) is proud to announce that its national spokesman, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez will be participating in the 25th Annual American Century Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course at Lake Tahoe.

Weather service: Heavy rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding possible this week

Abundant moisture and instability will lead to increasing chances for thunderstorms this week for the Carson City and Douglas County region, Western Nevada and the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Due to light winds aloft and high moisture content, the storms may produce heavy rain and bring the potential for flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued Wednesday for Douglas County in Nevada and Mono and Alpine counties in California.

Infant safe sleep awareness event offered Wednesday through Nevada public health

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health will offer a Safe Sleep awareness event Wednesday, July 16 from 10 to noon at the Smith’s Food & Drug Store at 750 South Meadows Parkway, Reno.

The event hopes to draw new mothers and help them in the prevention of No. 1 cause of infant death between the ages of one month and one year. A Safe Sleep bus provided by the Regional Transportation Commission will be on site, as well as Safe Sleep and injury prevention materials from DPBH and Cribs for Kids of Safe Kids Washoe County.

'Ghost of Mark Twain' arrives at BAC Saturday as part of Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration

The Brewery Arts Center in Carson City continues its July lineup of entertainment venues as part of its celebration of summer and Nevada's 150th year statehood with a visit from Mark Twain this Saturday.

What would Nevada's Sesquicentennial be without the musings of the legendary Mark Twain? Hear the Ghost of Mark Twain through the modern-day transporter McAvoy Layne on Saturday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. with special guests Shiloh.

Weather Service issues Heat Advisory for Carson City region

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Monday for Carson City, Dayton and much of Western Nevada.

Strong high pressure over Nevada will bring mostly sunny and very hot conditions through early this evening. Areas in western Nevada will reach triple digits with many areas in the Sierra reaching the upper 80's to low 90's. Anticipated highs for Dayton are 103 today, and 102 for Carson City, and near 100 in Carson Valley, according to the weather service.

Tasters go for the bold and zesty during first day of Carson City chili cook-off

Lots of shady trees, a nice gentle breeze and plenty of ice cold beer were enough to keep the heat down a notch Saturday at the High Sierra Regional Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair in Carson City.

The two-day event at Glen Eagles Restaurant, which continues through Sunday, has brought dozens of the best chili cookers from around the region hoping for a chance to win prize money, bragging rights and a trip to Las Vegas for the World Chili Cook-off Championship. The public is invited to Sunday's event and sampling costs next to nothing, organizers said.

Women to Women with Judy Bendure

This week's Women to Women is with Judy Bendure, a 46-year resident of Carson City. Judy is retired from the State of Nevada after 25 years of service. However, her energies and drive to maintain excellent health and balance for her own body have led her to become one of the area's foremost certified trainers in Pilates.

Judy is certified as an aerobic instructor,as well as a certified Personal Trainer. Her personal story and that of the history of Pilates is well worth viewing.

Thunderstorms expected this evening through Carson City region

Thunderstorms, some possibly quite heavy, are expected through at least 6 tonight in Carson City and Carson Valley, Dayton and Virginia City, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms will continue to develop late this afternoon from Reno south, producing moderate to heavy rain and gusty winds to 45 mph.

Travelers along Interstate 80, 580, and Highway 50, Highway 395, and State Route 431 and 341 may be impacted by heavy rain and gusty winds, according to the weather service.

Inspectors stop quagga mussels, snails from entering Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Resource Conservation District watercraft inspectors stopped a boat with quagga mussels and an unidentified snail species hiding in the anchor locker, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency announced Thursday.

The boat, coming from Lake Mead, a known quagga-infested water body, was inspected Wednesday at the Spooner Summit inspection station on Highway 50 in Nevada.

Outdoors with Don Q: Enjoy a summer day at cooler high altitudes

Now that we are at that time of the year that I hate (daytime temperatures near, at or over 100 degrees), my thoughts drift off to hiking and fishing for trout at higher altitudes where it is cooler than here in Carson City.
When our local summer temperatures are over 80 degrees, it is miserably hot – hot – hot for this poor, sweltering soul.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for July 9-15

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of July 9-15, 2014.

Thunderstorms possible through the afternoon and early evening

UPDATE: Thunderstorms were developing this afternoon east of Dayton and north of Virginia City toward Reno, according to the National Weather Service.

At 4:05 p.m. the weather service issued a flash flood warning for north central Storey County and south central Washoe County. The storm was said to be producing torrential rainfall of three inches ore more in one hour, according to a weather service bulletin. The storm was located south of Interstate 80 near USA Parkway.

Volunteers remove 2,260 pounds of trash from Lake Tahoe beaches

More than 120 volunteers for the League to Save Lake Tahoe removed 2,260 pounds of trash from six of Tahoe’s most popular beaches on July 5, the day after tens of thousands of people flocked to the lake to enjoy the July 4th festivities.

The debris represented almost 10 cubic yards, or a dump truck full, of trash. It included over 3,000 cigarette butts, 1,200 cans, 800 glass and plastic bottles, and 320 plastic bags. Other cleanup projects also included a 17th annual one by K&K Services.

What Works: Labels, categories, and how they hold you back

Education and learning is in my blood. I just love it. So, it should be no surprise as soon as I got my certificate from the HarvardX course “Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Development” that I jumped into a new course on EdX.org called “Tangible Things.” Also taught by Harvard professors, this course challenges students to look beyond face value and dig deeper to find new truths about the objects in the world.

26 arrested, 8 for DUI over holiday weekend in Douglas; 18 arrests in South Lake Tahoe

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 2014, 4th of July celebration in Douglas County went well. The celebratory crowds in the Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove areas of Lake Tahoe were large and with exception of a few altercations in the downtown Casino Core area, Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove Beach, the crowd was relatively well behaved. Motorists were cooperative with the road closures and traffic control required for the fireworks display.

Heat continues with a chance of thunderstorms

Hot weather and near-record temperatures will continue in Western Nevada and the Sierra this week, as a ridge of high pressure settles over the region early this week.

Some areas in western Nevada will reach triple digits again with many areas in the Sierra reaching the upper 80's to lower 90's. Carson City is forecast Sunday to reach 97 and 101 on Monday, with Tuesday around 99, according to the National Weather Service.

July 4 holiday weekend activities lined up for Carson City and surrounding areas

The July 4 holiday weekend has arrived and there are plenty of activities going on today through the weekend around Carson City.

The Nevada Rural Counties RVSP carnival runs through the weekend at Mills Park. Tonight RSVP will host a spectacular fireworks celebration over Carson City to go along with its 22nd annual holiday carnival.

Forest Service and BLM make revisions to sage-grouse draft environmental statement

Revisions made to a draft Environmental Impact Statement designed to protect sage-grouse habit were announced Thursday by the supervisor of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The Forest Service and BLM management plan amendments will specifically enhance management direction for the Bi-state sage-grouse habitat. This Bi-state sage-grouse population occurs in portions of Lyon, Mineral, Esmeralda, and Douglas counties in Nevada and in portions of Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties in California.

Public Safety: Enjoy and be safe this July 4 holiday weekend

Independence Day is upon us and many of you will take to the roads to visit our local lakes, rivers and parks. Should you find yourself celebrating the holiday with adult beverages, remember to designate a driver or take a taxi cab home.

If you are boating, stay sober while on the water. Operating a watercraft on a crowded lake takes skill and reflexes to avoid crashes or injury to swimmers. Enjoying this time with friends and family can be fun however they are expecting you, their Captain, to get them back to dry land safely.

Forest Service: No significant impact on proposed Lake Tahoe food and refuse storage order

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to require food storage and refuse disposal in developed recreation sites on public land in the Lake Tahoe Basin has been determined to have no significant impact and now enters into a 45-day comment period for anyone who objects.

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit issued the draft decision Wednesday for the proposed Forest Order.

Because bears are attracted to anything edible or scented, improper storage of human food and other scented items and improper disposal of refuse is a leading cause of human-bear conflict.

BAC celebrates Nevada's sesquicentennial with July concert lineup

The Brewery Arts Center in Carson City has three entertainment venues lined up for July, including folk artists, pianists and Mark Twain as part of its celebration of summer and Nevada's 150th year statehood.

World renowned pianist Louis Landon with special guest Dallas Smith, direct from the Reno Jazz Orchestra, will appear in a one-night-only performance Wednesday, July 16.

Roesch completes specialized training to meet demands in luxury Lake Tahoe, Reno home market

Randy Roesch with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty recently completed a luxury home marketing training offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, as well as a sales strategy study conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors in response to the growing need for high-level real estate marketing demands in Reno and Lake Tahoe markets.

Don Q's Nevada and northern California fishing report for July 4 holiday weekend

Here is the fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra for the July 4 holiday weekend. Saturday, July 5 is free fishing day in California, which means anyone can fish without a license.

Grocery Outlet in Carson City launches Independence from Hunger food drive

To help members of our community put food on their tables, Grocery Outlet in Carson City is hosting its fourth annual Independence from Hunger food drive.

For the past three years during the month of July, Grocery Outlet stores and their customers have collectively donated more than $500,000, and in 2014, the retail grocer is hoping to raise even more support to help fight hunger.

"We are happy to be a part of this community and able to help in any way we can," said Dave Cox, the Carson City store owner-operator.

Fire investigators say arsonist started four brush fires along Lake Tahoe hiking trails

Lake Tahoe fire officials, the U.S. Forest Service and Douglas County authorities are investigating a number of intentionally set brush fires lit near four hiking trails in the Stateline and Zephyr Cove areas.

In the past two weeks, four separate small brush fires have been started off of hiking trails, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pat Brooks. Because of the nature of the fires, they are believed to have been started by the same person or persons, Brooks added.

Volunteers invited to clean up Tahoe beaches Saturday

Event Date: 
July 5, 2014 - 9:00am

The League to Save Lake Tahoe will host its annual Keep Tahoe Red, White & Blue Beach Cleanups at five locations throughout Lake Tahoe on July 5. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the effort from Tahoe City to Nevada Beach and South Shore.

Thunderstorms, gusty winds and heat prompt Red Flag Warning for Tuesday

With expected triple digit heat, low humidity, gusty winds and possible thunderstorms ahead for Tuesday, a Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

The area extends from the greater Lake Tahoe area, Carson City, western Nevada Sierra front, from Mineral and Southern Lyon counties and runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Nevada Governor Declares July as 'BEAR Logic Month'

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared July BEAR Logic Month. BEAR stands for Bear Education, Aversion and Research, and BEAR Logic Month is an opportunity to help educate the public about living in bear country.

Weather Service: Western Nevada temperatures to soar above 100 early next week

Enjoy the light winds and upper 80s and low 90s temperatures this weekend because after Sunday it is going to get triple-digit hot in some areas around western Nevada, according to the National Weather Service.

Richard R. “Dick” Beaudette

Service date and time Richard R. “Dick” Beaudette, 89, of Carson City passed away June 17, 2014 at his home. A Celebration of Life wi...

Volunteers invited to clean up Lake Tahoe area beaches July 5

Event Date: 
July 5, 2014 - 9:00am

The League to Save Lake Tahoe will host its annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanups at five locations throughout Lake Tahoe on July 5. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the effort from Tahoe City to Nevada Beach and South Shore.

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.

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