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State Superintendent Visits Pioneer High School in Carson City

Left to right: Pioneer High School Principal Jason Zona, Nevada State Superintendent Jhone Ebert and Carson City School District Director of Fiscal Services Andrew Feuling. 

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Jhone Ebert, Nevada’s state superintendent of public instruction, exhibited the traits of a great leader during her April 16 visit to Carson City School District’s Pioneer High School (PHS).

During a tour of the campus, she spoke with individual students, teachers, Principal Jason Zona and members of the PHS student leadership team. She took the time to visit nearly all of the classrooms and see what every-day-learning is like at PHS. Ebert listened intently as students, such as leadership student Hailee Olsen, expressed their views of education at PHS.

She also took the time to visit with PHS teachers and learn about their approaches to learning. Amy Westre, a science teacher at PHS, especially appreciated Ebert’s interest in the innovative projects her students are working on. Ebert noted that the Pioneer staff have “built an amazing home for students to learn.”

She also expressed that every student she spoke with “was happy to be there.” PHS students were thankful for Ebert’s willingness listen to their viewpoints. The staff at Pioneer were truly honored to host Ebert’s visit and appreciated the time and attention to the students in Carson City.

Besides the everyday campus life at PHS, Ebert also had the opportunity to learn more about the exciting future of Pioneer Academy. For the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, the Carson City School District is shifting all full-time online education for elementary, middle school and high school students to Pioneer Academy.

The Pioneer Academy grades 1-12 consists of three Carson City Schools: Pioneer High School (9-12) On Campus and Online, Pioneer Online Middle School (6-8) and Pioneer Online Elementary School (1-5). The staff at Pioneer Academy are excited for the new framework, and they are eager to meet the needs of learners all across the district. For more information regarding Pioneer Academy, please visit

By Becky Allen, PHS Teacher

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Weekend Update and Daily Update

Covid-19 Virus

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Weekend Update and Daily Update

Quad-County COVID-19 Weekend Update: Saturday (4/17/2021)- 28 New Cases and 13 Recoveries

For Saturday, April 17, 2021 CCHHS is reporting 28 new cases and 13 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brought the total number of cases to 12,234, with 11,589 recoveries and 222 deaths; 423 cases remained active.

Quad-County COVID-19 Weekend Update: Sunday (4/18/2021)- 9 New Cases and 16 Recoveries 

For Sunday, April 18, 2021 CCHHIS is reporting 9 new cases and 16 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brought the total number of cases to 12,243, with 11,605 recoveries and 222 deaths; 416 cases remained active.

Quad-County COVID-19: Monday (4/19/2021)- 2 Deaths, 25 New Cases, and 17 Recoveries

CCHHS is reporting 2 additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individuals were a female Lyon County resident in her 80’s and a female Lyon County resident in her 50’s. CCHHS is also reporting 25 new cases and 17 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The weekend numbers and today’s numbers bring the total number of cases to 12,268, with 11,622 recoveries and 224 deaths; 422 cases remain active.

Total Cases  Active Cases Recoveries Deaths *Population
Carson City 6,354 186 6,046 122 56,546
Douglas County 2,758 95 2,628 35 49,695
Lyon County 3,063 135 2,864 64 57,987
Storey County 93 6 84 3 4,465
Quad-County 12,268 422 11,622 224 168,693

*Population information taken from the Nevada Health Response Dashboard found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents

Testing is for Quad-County (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County) residents ONLY, all others will be turned away. Testing is free of charge, no appointments or reservations. To view all upcoming events visit

Date Time Location
4/20/2021 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New Yerington City Hall

14 E Goldfield Ave, Yerington

4/21/2021 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Storey County Emergency Management Satellite Office

20 E St., Virginia City

4/23/2021 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mills Park Seely Loop

Seely Loop (enter off of Saliman Rd), Carson City

For COVID-19 questions, vaccine appointment confirmations, or to arrange for testing, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.

A tragic story of love, drugs and getting arrested…

A couple from California gave themselves away in the parking lot of a downtown casino over the weekend.  Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies watched some suspicious activities by a man and a woman right outside the casino.  It appeared that the two were under the influence of drugs.  The deputies closed in and confronted the two.  After surveying the situation the two suspects allowed the deputies to search their car.  And the deputies suspicions were dead-on.  The car was full of drugs.  Deputies suspected the two were both active distributors and that’s how they made money.

Both were arrested and taken to jail.  Deputies ran record reports on both Padilla and Salmon.  They discovered that Padilla has numerous arrest warrants out on him in California.  Deputies also arrested Salmon as a participant in their illicit operations.  Deputies also learned that Salmon had three young children – but Child Protective Services took them away from her and found them suitable homes.

And the beat goes on – drugs, drugs, drugs

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It’s one of those sad, sad stories about how too many American families are caught at the bottom of the economic totem pole and they turn to illegal drugs.

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies report that a couple from Dayton were pulled over near College Parkway and Roop.  Their vehicle had expired temporary license plates.  When deputies pulled Christina and Jaime Leon over deputies knew that they were looking at another tragic family on wheels.  In addition to mom and dad in the front seat, there were three children in the back ranging in age from 2 to 13.  Two of them were not secured in a safety seat.

Deputies say they discovered rotten food inside the car, along with mold growing on it.  Dirty diapers from the two year old were scattered about.  Spoiled milk in a bottle – some of it possibly baby formula.  Trash, water bottles and clothing were also strewn about the back seat area.  There were unsecured tools inside the passenger area which, deputies say could have become deadly projectiles for mom, dad and the kids should they get into a traffic crash.  Deputies say the younger of the three children wore dirty clothes and looked like they hadn’t taken a bath in a while.

Deputies continued the car search and they quickly found methamphetamine that was concealed inside a phone wallet. 

Deputies contacted Child Protective Services and summoned personnel to the scene.  After surveying the situation all three children were taken in to protective custody.   Parents Jaime and Christina Leon were cuffed and transported to the Carson City Jail.  Deputies say they were booked on charges of Child Neglect, Child Endangerment, Possession of Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Carson Children’s Choir – Ready to roll on May 5th!

Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir
To Begin Spring Mini-Session on Wednesday, May 5

Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir will begin a Spring Mini-Session on Wednesday afternoon, May 5, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King Street in Carson City. It’s a free, fun activity led by Michelle Powers, for children ages 4 to 12.  They will learn at least one fun song and then record for viewing.

The Spring Mini-Session includes three one-hour rehearsals, May 5, 12, and 19, and a recording. Each rehearsal will develop students’ musical skills, strong singing voices, and joy in music as they prepare for the recording. Everyone will wear masks and observe social distance. Space is limited and pre-registration is necessary.
Although tuition is free, parents are encouraged to join the Carson City Symphony Association to help offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, instructor’s stipend, and recording.

Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir, an educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, was founded by Nancy Jones in 2017 and has been directed by Michelle Powers since fall of 2019. It is supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and by private donations. 
For more information and registration form, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or

Vehicle ran off a road near Lloyds Bridge and plunged upside down into the Carson River

A young man and woman were very lucky they weren’t killed Saturday night. Had the river been in  a Spring surge it could have become tragic.

9:24pm  Report of a car plunging into the the Carson River near Lloyds Bridge, landing upside down in the river.  Both occupants are out of the car, but there are injuries.  Care Flight was put on stand-by.

10:00 pm  Injuries to both man and woman occupants were judged to be enough to get them checked out at Carson-Tahoe RMC.

It appeared that the car had turned off of Pinion Hills Road and south onto Sierra Vista Lane that follows the river toward the south.  Reports at the scene indicate the car was going too fast to navigate a sharp curve to the left causing the car to lose control and roll down a very steep bank, landing upside down out in the river just downstream from Lloyds Bridge.  Both the man and woman managed to crawl out of the vehicle.  Both were checked out inside a Carson City Fire-Rescue Ambulance for a quick trip to the hospital.

Two very lucky young people.  Their names were not immediately released.

Driver inattention causes three car smash-up at 50E and College Parkway

At least one person was rushed to Carson Tahoe RMC Friday morning after a three car accordian crash at Highway 50E and College Parkway.  Highway 50 going westbound from the top of the hill at Mound House all the way west to Carson City has turned into a high velocity speedway which makes for hazardous driving no matter the time of day.  It’s a very unsafe stretch of highway because those who drive the speed limit are intimidated by vehicles who roar up behind them, flash their lights and honk their horns. 

The three car rear-enders is yet another example of confusing a municipal parkway with a speed track. 

Nevada Prison Inmate is awarded $1.35 million for being wrongly accused of murder…

Aaron Ford
Nevada AG

Attorney General Ford Announces Board of Examiners Award Approval for Frederick Steese Following Wrongful Incarceration

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford is pleased to announce that the Nevada Board of Examiners approved the award of damages for Frederick Steese, following the court’s grant of a Certificate of Innocence and award of $1,350,000.00 from the State of Nevada as compensation for the 18 years Steese spent in prison following his wrongful conviction. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jasmine Lilly-Spells entered stipulated orders on March 1, 2021, which AG Ford fully supported. Today, the Board of Examiners approved this payment.

“Today, Mr. Steese’s innocence was fully acknowledged by the State and he will be compensated for the years he has lost,” said AG Ford. “I’d like to thank the members of my office who worked on this case and helped Mr. Steese pursue his innocence.”

In 1992, Steese was arrested for the murder of his friend, Las Vegas performer Gerard Soules. Nearly three years later, despite extensive alibi evidence placing him in a different state at the time of the murder, Steese was convicted by the State of Nevada for Murder with Use of a Deadly Weapon, Robbery with Use of a Deadly Weapon, Burglary, and Grand Larceny Auto.

In 2012, following extensive evidentiary hearings, the Eighth Judicial District Court granted Steese’s post-conviction petition for writ of habeas corpus, finding that Steese was actually innocent. The State agreed to permit Steese to enter a nolo contendere plea to reduced charges of second-degree murder. Steese was released on a time-served sentence on February 28, 2013. In 2017, Steese received a full, unconditional pardon from the State of Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners based on his actual innocence.

In 2019, the Nevada Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 267 – codified in NRS 41.900 et seq. – to compensate persons who have been wrongfully incarcerated if they can prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that they did not commit the crime for which they were convicted, were not an accomplice, and did not otherwise cause their own conviction. Additional costs, including reasonable attorney fees, educational expenses, counseling services and certain other reimbursements are also permitted. Steese is the fourth person in Nevada to receive a Certificate of Innocence under this new statute.

This matter was handled by the Attorney General’s Post-Conviction Unit by Chief Deputy Attorney General Heather Procter, Deputy Attorney General Jaimie Stilz, and Deputy Attorney General Sheryl Serreze.

Oregon’s job recovery is improving…but not by much…

Oregon’s unemployment rate edged down to 6.0% in March, from 6.1% in February. For the past three months, Oregon’s unemployment rate has ticked down by a tenth of a point each month. During the past 11 months the pace of recovery in Oregon’s unemployment rate has mirrored the national experience. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.0% in March, from 6.2% in February.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose 20,100 jobs in March, following a gain of 15,300, as revised, in February. Two-thirds of all the jobs gained in March were in leisure and hospitality (+13,900 jobs). Three other major industries each added more than 1,000 jobs: manufacturing (+2,000 jobs); professional and business services (+1,300); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,100). Construction and private educational services each added 700 jobs. All other major industries performed close to their normal seasonal patterns.

The 20,100 total nonfarm jobs added in March was Oregon’s largest monthly gain since 38,300 jobs were added in July. March’s gain was the third monthly increase, following a large drop in December that was the result of temporary, heightened restrictions at the time.

In March, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment totaled 1,840,600, a drop of 132,400 jobs, or 6.7% from the pre-recession peak in February 2020. Oregon’s employment dropped to a low of 1,687,500 by April 2020. Since then, Oregon has recovered 153,100 jobs, or 54% of the jobs lost between February and April 2020.

Over the past year, the employment gyrations in leisure and hospitality have accounted for a large share of the swings in Oregon’s total employment. This broad industry includes restaurants, bars, coffee shops, hotels, golf courses, and fitness centers. It employed a peak of 216,300 jobs in February 2020 which was 11% of total nonfarm payroll employment. Then, within two months, leisure and hospitality cut over half its jobs. Since then, the industry recovered about half the drop, to employ 165,200 jobs by November. Then, hit by renewed COVID restrictions, the industry retrenched to 136,800 jobs in December. Since then, the industry added 25,900 jobs over the past three months and is close to its recent high point from last November, but is still far below its February 2020 peak.


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