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Carson City area road report for week of April 21-27

Road construction projects around Carson City and Lake Tahoe are underway. Carson City Public Works reports the following projects for the week: There will be lane closures and traffic control on Fairview Drive at the intersection with Carson Street from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22.

Cute bear cub left at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care gets happy in new video

Remember this little bear cub brought to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care a few days ago? She's since been named "Tahoe" and continues to do well, seeming pretty contented in her surroundings, according to those taking care of her.

Just how relaxed and at ease you ask? In this short video below she's making a purring, chortling noise that is basically her way of saying she's at peace.

South Shore Lake Tahoe fuels reduction work resumes Monday

Tree thinning and brush removal efforts as part of the Healthy Forest Restoration Project will resume in around South Lake Tahoe beginning Monday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The project will thin trees and brush on National Forest System land to improve forest health and reduce the risk of severe wildfire on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Women to Women with Sally Zola and Brenda Silis of Capital City Circles Initiative

This week's Women to Women Nevada guests are Sally Zola and Brenda Silis. Both are involved in the Capital City Circles Initiative in Carson City.

This community effort is maintained to help elevate people out of poverty by creating healthy relationships that cross economic and social barriers to help establish self-reliance.

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

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

Five pound bear cub greeted at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

A 5.4 pound bear cub is the newest guest at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. The female, about 10 weeks old, was dropped off at the front door of the Bear League without a note or any word on where the bear came from or where her mother may be.

The cub is just learning to walk, but according to LTWC, she doesn't quite have the hang of it. They say her overall condition is good and she is eating pretty well, even with being so young.

CTH Auxiliary Hosts Annual Benefit Rummage Sale

Event Date: 
May 2, 2014 - 8:00am

The Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary hosts a rummage sale Friday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m. to noon at the Eagles Lodge, 1380 E. 5th St. (between Roop and Saliman streets) in Carson City.

Donations for the sale are also needed. Items can be taken to the Eagles Lodge, Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Auxiliary members will be there to accept your donations. NO LARGE APPLIANCES, COMPUTERS, OR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT PLEASE!

For more information, call Gwenn at 775-220-6116.

Some Lake Tahoe recreation sites to open early

Some recreational areas around Lake Tahoe will be opened early for the 2014 season, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday. Inspiration Point, Logan Shoals, Chimney Beach, and Secret Harbor open April 21 and Sawmill Pond and the Sandpit OHV areas open May 1. Baldwin Beach and Nevada Beach and Campground open May 9.

Carson City area road report for the week of April 14-20

Here is the Carson City area road report, courtesy of the public works department, for the week of April 14-20, 2014. There will be a single lane closure on N. Carson Street northbound approaching the intersection with Hot Springs Road on Monday, April 14, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Only the left turn lane of the intersection will be affected.

Park photo regulations rile Tahoe photographers

Outdoors photographers looking to capture the majesty of the Sierra Nevada or the splendor of Lake Tahoe might want to check to see if they're in a Nevada State Park before they whip out a smartphone or digital camera.

Changes to the way state parks regulate commercial photography have some photographers worried they could get slapped with fees — or worse — just because they aimed a lens at the wrong vista.

Women to Women Nevada with DeDe Stevens

DeDe Stevens of Carson City is this week's guest on Women to Women. Ms. Stevens was born in Bogota, Columbia of a Columbian birth mother who shortly gave her up for adoption in a Bogota orphanage.

Upon being adopted by an American family, DeDe officially entered the United States when she was 12 years old. She is a graduate of Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., with a degree in Spanish.

Ms. Stevens has also spent 26 years in the National Guard from which she is now retired.

Second Annual Tahoe Treasures Tour

Event Date: 
July 12, 2014 - 11:00am

The Second Annual Tahoe Treasures Tour is slated for July 12, 2014. Sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women, Tahoe Nevada Branch), the event will feature some of Incline Village's most elegant, creatively decorated homes, lush and lovely gardens, Asian, western and local art, and inspiring lake views.

Gold Hill Hotel series features talks on Sinatra's Tahoe gaming license, Nevada film history

Event Date: 
April 15, 2014 - 5:00pm

The Gold Hill Hotel features two Nevada historical presentations this month, one involving the controversial Cal-Neva Lake Tahoe gaming license associated with Frank Sinatra and the other focusing on Nevada's place in film history.

The Tuesday Night Lecture Series on the Sinatra's gaming license will be held April 15 with the film presentation on April 29. Programs begins with dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. with the lecture at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for dinner and lecture and $5 for the lecture.

Aerosmith with Slash added to Tahoe Summer Outdoor Concert Series

How’s this for a Summer Concert Series topper: Aerosmith with Slash have been added to the most ambitious lineup at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.

The latest show announced joins the Eagles and Lady Gaga where the highest-priced tickets are sold for more than $200. Bruno Mars went for $199.50.

Nevada bicycle and pedestrian leaders recognized for advocacy

Former Tahoe Rim Trail Association director Mark Kimbraugh and Carson City Muscle Powered's Kelly Clark were among several Silver State cycling and hiking advocates recognized recently by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.
 
Awards were presented at the 12th annual Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit in Reno. The board praised individuals, agencies and groups for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety and advocacy.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 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 April 9-15, 2014. Opening day for stream and lake fishing along most California waters in Saturday, April 26.

Tickets on Sale for High Sierra Swing Dance Club's Annual Spring Ball

Event Date: 
April 26, 2014 - 5:30pm

High Sierra Swing Dance Club invites the public to its seventh-annual Spring Ball dinner-dance on April 26 at the Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City.

The semi-formal/formal-attire evening begins with hors d'oeuvres and no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and continues with dance performances at 6:30, buffet dinner at 7, open dancing 8-11 pm to West Coast swing,
nightclub two-step, country two-step, waltz and Latin tunes.

Chase agents complete Lake Tahoe bear aware training

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Karen Bruno and Megan Warren have always shown their commitment to their community. They continued to improve their knowledge and dedication to the Lake Tahoe lifestyle by completing the BEAR League’s response team training last month.

Nevada elementary students invited to choose third Sesquicentennial medallion design

Carson City, Nev. – In honor of Nevada’s 150th birthday, the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invites all elementary age children in Nevada to participate in choosing the design elements for the third Sesquicentennial medallion.

The medallion, third of four in the Sesquicentennial series being produced throughout the year, will feature the winning design elements as chosen by Nevada students. Votes must be submitted to Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki’s office no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

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

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

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

Silver Springs Tops List of Best Nevada Home Buying Opportunities

Lyon County, Nevada was the fastest-growing county in the United States prior to the 2008 economic collapse took one of the biggest hits statewide in the foreclosure crisis. The state overall was one of the hardest hit nationally and the housing market is still in recovery.
A glimmer of hope was seen in 2013, as home values headed up while foreclosure rates headed down, according to a report from the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Prescribed fire activity continues around Lake Tahoe

Prescribed fires are planned around Lake Tahoe beginning Monday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Recent rain and snow made conditions too wet for burning this week, but fire management staff expect conditions to be dry enough for burning next week.

Smoke from March 29 prescribed fires in the Stateline area did drift into Carson City and Lyon County.

Sportsman’s Warehouse to hold official Carson City grand opening, ribbon cutting Saturday

The long-awaited Sportsman’s Warehouse is going to hold a really big ribbon cutting this Saturday morning to “officially” open their new store located in the Carson Mall.

Though they have had a “soft” opening this past week, the official opening is on April 5. Executives from Sportsman’s corporate and the Carson City Board of Supervisors will be attending the event coordinated by the Carson City Chamber of Commerce beginning at 8:30 a.m. Also in attendance will be the following beauty queens:

Nevada 150 events lined up statewide throughout April

Many great events are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of April to celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood.

Man jailed Monday after making threats, charged with breaking glass window at Carson City Jail

A 41-year-old man, arrested earlier this week after allegedly making threats directed at the president and a Carson Tahoe Hospital doctor, faces a gross misdemeanor charge of causing damage to Carson City jail property after he broke a window with a cup.

According to a Carson City Sheriff's Office report, the inmate called a jail deputy to the cell door where food is passed. The jail deputy, on two occasions, asked what the man needed but didn't get a response.

Carson City man arrested at motel on suspicion of felony parole and probation violation

A 27-year-old Carson City man was arrested early Tuesday morning and placed on a felony parole and probation hold after allegedly violating conditions of his alternative sentencing agreement.

Mark Edward Davis was booked into Carson City Jail on the charge after being arrested at a motel in the 2700 block of South Carson Street. A Reno man was also arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

South Lake Tahoe fireworks back on, lawsuit settlement reached

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority announced Tuesday that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the lawsuit ensuring South Lake Tahoe’s future fireworks celebrations will continue.

“Preserving the 4th of July and Labor Day shows and keeping Lake Tahoe and its beaches clean are of the utmost importance to our community,” said LTVA Executive Director Carol Chaplin.

Several drinking related and warrant arrests keep Carson City deputies occupied this weekend

A 37-year-old Carson City man was jailed Saturday after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol with a small child in the car without a safety seat.

According to the arrest report, a Carson City Sheriff's Office deputy observed the man driving and failing to main his lane of travel and changing directions onto the Carson City freeway without using a signal.

The vehicle then was observed going southbound between Highway 50 East and Fairview Drive, drifting over the broken white line and crossing the right fog lane line, the arrest report states.

Weather Service: Another storm to bring snow to the Sierra

While rain and snow showers didn't quite make it to Carson City over the weekend, winter storms did give the Sierra and Lake Tahoe areas a much-needed snowpack boost with more on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

Video: Pro skater rides ramp floating on Lake Tahoe

Pro-skater Bob Burnquist has skated on almost every surface imaginable. Now he can add the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe to that list. Hope it floats.

Smoke from Lake Tahoe prescribed fire blows into Carson City, Dayton

A prescribed fire in the Round Hill area at Lake Tahoe is putting up a lot of smoke that has made its way into the Carson City and Dayton areas, officials said Saturday afternoon.

A Douglas County Sheriff's Office dispatcher confirmed the prescribed fire is off of Kent Way and is part of an active controlled burn that is indeed putting off a lot of smoke. Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has a crew on the prescribed burn. The U.S. Forest Service reports a prescribed burn in the Cave Rock area as well.

Carson City area road report for week of March 31 through April 4

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of March 31 to April 6, 2014. The Nevada Department of Transportation will be performing road maintenance on Highway 50 between Lompa Lane and Deer Run Road. There will be lane closures between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays, but the road will remain open to traffic in both directions.

Winter storm headed for Lake Tahoe and Sierra, possible dusting in the valleys

Another round of storms will impact the region, bringing more snow to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra by Saturday with another system moving in Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the greater Lake Tahoe area beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday and extending through early Sunday morning.

Lake Tahoe watercraft inspection program fees go up, Homewood inspection station to close

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board approved a $10 fee hike Thursday for its watercraft inspection, invasive species decontamination program, reduced marina funding for the programs and agreed to close an inspection facility at Homewood, officials said.

The fee hike was one of the changes to the watercraft inspection program recommended by the multi-agency Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinating Committee following a reduction in the federal funding that has helped support the program since it began in 2009, according to a news release.

Lawsuit settlement needed by April 4 or South Lake Tahoe July 4 fireworks show canceled

The message to Joseph and Joan Truxler is simple and clear: Meet with us, come up with a solution and drop your lawsuit by April 4. If the suit isn't dropped by then the South Lake Tahoe 4th of July Fireworks display will be canceled.

Nevada gaming revenue in February falls 14 percent, Carson City down 1.8 percent

Nevada casino gaming profits fell by nearly 14 percent in February, with Carson City area casinos seeing a 1.8 percent decrease, according to figures released Friday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Carson City area casinos, which include gaming establishments in Gardnerville, Minden and all other areas of Douglas County except Lake Tahoe, took in gaming revenue of $7,458,457 in February, compared to $7,598,406 in February 2013.

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center earns Gold Seal of Approval for Accreditation

Carson Tahoe Health Earns Gold Seal of Approval From Joint Commission

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center has recently earned Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. As the only Joint Commission accredited hospital in the Carson City, Douglas County region, the award acknowledges Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance and health care excellence with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Passenger in Saturday's Carson City motorcycle crash at Roop and Fairview dies

The South Lake Tahoe passenger of a motorcycle that crashed Saturday in Carson City has died, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Audrey G. Rugamas, 21, died of injuries after she was taken off of life support on Wednesday. Rugamas had received severe injuries sustained from the motorcycle crash with a vehicle, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson.

Agencies, counties and employers continue to push job hiring in the region

Employers and job seekers have been connecting this winter and spring through a number of initiatives including job fairs in Carson City, Lake Tahoe, an April 4 event planned in Douglas County and most recently through Nevada JobConnect.

A weeklong job quest campaign in Carson City received 1,047 job openings in a variety of industries from entry level to executive level jobs, well above the goal of 500 job openings set by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said DETR Director Frank Woodbeck.

Clear Creek Trail

Looking for some new singletrack to ride? Just south of Carson City is the new Clear Creek Trail! The Clear Creek Trail is almost 10.5 miles long, is open to hikers, mountain bikes, equestrians and dogs, has no exit, and is currently 21-miles round-trip.

Guild Mortgage opens Carson City branch

Guild Mortgage Company announced Wednesday the opening of a new location in Carson City. The new branch will be a satellite to the Zephyr Cove-based branch at Lake Tahoe.

Deborah Mae (Debbie) Humphrey, branch manager of the Zephyr Cove location, will also manage the new branch. Humphrey has more than 20 years of experience serving Carson Valley and is enthusiastic about expanding Guild's presence.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 26 to April 2

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 March 26 through April 2, 2014.

Recent fish plants in Western Nevada by NDOW

Here are the most recent fish plants in Western Nevada by the Nevada Department of Wildlife:

Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 2,940 rainbows: 10.1 inches.
Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 1,608 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Wall Canyon Reservoir in Northern Washoe County: 4,136 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20 Paradise Pond in Reno: 498 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Truckee River in Washoe County: 6,200 rainbows: 9.3 inches.

For information, call the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Headquarters in Reno at 688-1500 during regular business hours.

Action Adventure Expo

Event Date: 
May 16, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Action Adventure Expo will be held May 16 and 17, 2014, in the Pavilion at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville.

The event will feature vendors from the Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe, including Grand Sponsor David Wally's Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The focus will be on the active or adventurous lifestyle.

Adventures in food and music will be offered, as well as the latest tips or equipment for action. Free admission. Please see more at www.goldenbearevents.com

Douglas County to host April 4 job fair in Minden

Event Date: 
April 4, 2014 - 10:30am

Local businesses and job seekers can look forward to connecting opportunity with talent at the Carson Valley Job Opportunity Fair on April 4, 2014 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda, Minden.

With attendance of 33 employers and agencies at the same event a year ago, an even greater turnout is expected this time around.

Denise Castle, representing Douglas County’s Workforce Development Program, stresses that the key is ‘opportunity.’

Strong winds move into the region ahead of storm

A storm moving into the region will bring strong winds to the Sierra, Carson City and western Nevada areas today and overnight into Wednesday, with up to 18 inches of snow expected near the Sierra crest, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Wind gusts today and tonight will approach 45 mph in valley locations with stronger gusts in wind prone areas. Ridge gusts will approach 80 mph.

Trails and Vistas presents Sept. 6 and 7 art hikes at Spooner Lake

Event Date: 
September 6, 2014 (All day)

Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, Trails and Vistas’ Art Hikes blend art experiences with the beauty of being immersed in nature. This year’s guided art hikes will take place along an aspen lined trail at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7.

Victims identified in Carson City motorcycle crash

The Nevada Highway Patrol has identified the victims involved in a motorcycle crash in Carson City late Saturday night.
They are Andrey L. Gallegos, 20, of Sparks, who was the driver of the motorcycle and passenger Audrey G. Rugamas, 21, of South Lake Tahoe, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson. The two are reported to be critically injured and on life support.

Fights, foot chases and felony drug arrests keep Carson City deputies busy over weekend

A 19-year-old Carson City man was arrested Sunday on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after a chase through a field near Highway 50 and Fairview Drive.

Hector Cervantes is being held in Carson City Jail without bail on a parole violation charge and $10,428 bail for other charges.

According to the arrest report, Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies responded at 12:31 a.m. to the 2800 block of Century Drive where there had been several people outside a home yelling and screaming. It turned out to be a large house party where several underage people were drinking.

Weather Service: rain in the valleys, snow in the Sierra this week

Weather systems will move into the region this week, bringing much-needed rain to the valleys around Carson City and snow to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

The first cold front will move eastward toward the west coast Tuesday and bring increasing winds to the Sierra and western Nevada. Wind gusts Tuesday and early Tuesday night will approach 45 mph in valley locations with locally stronger winds in wind prone areas. Ridge gusts will approach 100 mph.

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