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Pick-up fire in the area of I-580 and Fairview

Pick-up started smoking, then burst in to flames. Firefighters got the driver out and away from the vehicle.

8:45pm  Pick-up smashed into a guard rail at southbound I-580 and Fairview.  Emergency responders are enroute.  Those on scene say there doesn’t appear to be much of a fire…just smoke.

8:50pm  Pick-up now reported to be fully engulfed in flame.  Emergency responders are pulling up to the scene on I-580.  Driver of the pick-up appears to need an ambulance.

Firefighters made sure the driver got out okay. Driver was transported to CTRMC.  Driver appeared to be the sole occupant in the vehicle.   Further information when available.

It took 18 years to free an innocent man from a Nevada Prison

Atty Gen. Aaron Ford

Attorney General Ford Announces Certificate of Innocence for Frederick Steese Following Wrongful Incarceration 

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford is pleased to announce that the Eighth Judicial District Court granted Frederick Steese a Certificate of Innocence and court approval for an 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. 

“As attorney general, my job is justice, and I’m thrilled that Mr. Steese has been declared an innocent man,” said AG Ford.“While no amount of money can ever replace our freedom, Mr. Steese will be compensated for the years he has lost. I want to thank the attorneys in my office who have worked tirelessly on this case. Your work means so much in the eyes of Nevadans.” 

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 of 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.  

Carson City’s Strategic Plan…

Carson City City Hall

Carson City is in the process of updating the City’s Strategic Plan which includes the vision, mission and goals that drive the work of the Board of Supervisors and the City Manager for the next five years.  The City is seeking the community’s input on the draft 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, please visit carson.org/plan to view the draft and submit feedback.

Carson City held a Strategic Planning Workshop on February 27 of last year as part of the annual Board of Supervisors’ workshop.  The workshop provided an opportunity for the Board of Supervisors, along with elected officials and executive staff to discuss recent accomplishments, long-term goals and strategic objectives for the next five years.  At the workshop, attendees voted for the City’s top priority objectives.

Last October the City conducted an online public survey to gauge overall citizen opinions on the proposed goals and objectives intended to steer City operations for the next five years.  Based on the information collected from the workshop and the public survey, staff drafted the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.

On February 22, 2021, the draft Strategic Plan was posted on Carson City’s website for public review and comment at carson.org/planOn March 4th, staff will present to the Board of Supervisors the draft 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, online public survey results, and any additional public comments received on the draft plan. 

Here’s a sneak preview:

Carson City’s Top Ten Strategic Objectives:

Carson City held a Strategic Planning Workshop on February 27th of last year as a part of the annual Board of Supervisors’ workshop. The workshop provided an opportunity for the Board of Supervisors, along with elected officials and executive staff, to discuss recent accomplishments, long-term goals for Carson City, and strategic objectives for the next five years. 

Following discussion of the strategic objectives, attendees were asked to vote for the City’s top priorities. Each attendee was given 10 dots for voting; five of one color and five of another to represent two levels of priority for the strategic objectives.

Priority 1 Objectives will have the top priority of the Board and staff so that significant progress can be made or they can be completed over the next 5 years.

Priority 2 Objectives will be worked on as time and resources allow. The remaining strategic objectives were listed as Priority 3 and kept on the list; however, it is understood they are not a priority for staff time and resources so as to not impede progress on Priority 1 and Priority 2 objectives.

As a result of the voting, the following were ranked as the City’s top ten Priority 1 objectives.

1.Construct a new fire station that includes Emergency Operations Center, training, and backup dispatch center.

2.Increase funding for street maintenance; work in partnership with residents and businesses to develop long term solutions to fund road maintenance.

3.Explore the costs and funding options associated with construction of a new juvenile justice facility or addition to existing facility to meet the needs of current and future populations.

4.Implement Asset Management Program and explore and implement funding opportunities/reserves to provide for the maintenance and replacement of City assets.

5.Explore opportunities to fund arts & culture.

6.Update Carson City Municipal Code.

7.Establish the “Tone at the Top” – management’s commitment towards openness, honesty, integrity and ethical behavior.

8.Complete a new Cyber Security Response Plan which complies with requirements and upgrade the City’s Cyber Security portfolio by increasing partnerships and cooperation with other regional governments and businesses and enhancing the use of predictive analytics.

9.Construct infrastructure, parking lot and sidewalk improvements downtown to create a readily identifiable downtown core.

10.Foster partnerships with affordable housing developers to increase affordable housing units.

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 35 New Cases and 49 Recoveries

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Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 35 New Cases and 49 Recoveries 

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 35 new cases and 49 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 11,196, with 8,897 recoveries and 207 deaths; 2,092 cases remain active.

 

 

Total Cases Active Cases Recoveries Deaths *Population
Carson City 5,881 1,113 4,654 114 56,546
Douglas County 2,506

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2,011 33 49,695
Lyon County 2,731 510 2,164 57 57,987
Storey County 78 7 68 3 4,465
Quad-County 11,196 2,092 8,897 207 168,693

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

CCHHS COVID-19 Vaccinations- 65+

Starting March 1, 2021 CCHHS will be vaccinating Quad-County residents ages 65 and older. These vaccinations will occur simultaneously with the employment lane vaccinations. CCHHS opened a vaccination event on March 2, 2021 specifically for residents ages 65 and older. The event is by appointment ONLY. Quad-County residents 65 and older will be able to schedule an appointment at any future CCHHS vaccination event. To make an appointment and to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccine/. 

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. Events may be canceled 48 hours in advance if inclement weather is expected. Testing is free of charge, no appointments or reservations. To view all upcoming events visit  https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/.

Date Time Location
2/26/2021 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Carson City Corporate Yard

549 Airport Rd, Carson City

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.

Covid-19 Update: Friday, February 26

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 11 New Cases and 46 Recoveries 

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 11 new cases and 46 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 11,207, with 8,943 recoveries and 207 deaths; 2,057 cases remain active.

Total Cases Active Cases Recoveries Deaths *Population
Carson City 5,883 1,080 4,689 114 56,546
Douglas County 2,511 463 2,015 33 49,695
Lyon County 2,735 507 2,171 57 57,987
Storey County 78 7 68 3 4,465
Quad-County 11,207 2,057 8,943 207 168,693

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

CCHHS COVID-19 Vaccinations- 65+

Starting March 1, 2021 CCHHS will be vaccinating Quad-County residents ages 65 and older. These vaccinations will occur simultaneously with the employment lane vaccinations. CCHHS opened vaccination events next week specifically for residents ages 65 and older. The events are by appointment ONLY. Quad-County residents 65 and older will be able to schedule an appointment at any future CCHHS vaccination event. To make an appointment and to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine visithttps://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccine/. 

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. Events may be canceled 48 hours in advance if inclement weather is expected. Testing is free of charge, no appointments or reservations.

Date Time Location
3/02/2021 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Douglas County Community Center

1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville  

3/03/2021 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New Yerington City Hall

14 East Goldfield Ave, Yerington

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.

 

Attorney General Ford, 29 States Urge Federal Communications Commission to Provide Funding for Remote Learning During Pandemic 

Contact: Monica Moazez

MMoazez@ag.nv.gov  / 702-486-0657 

 

Ashley Forest

AForest@ag.nv.gov – 702-486-8849

 

 

Attorney General Ford, 29 States Urge Federal Communications Commission to Provide Funding for Remote Learning During Pandemic 

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford joined 30 attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fund Internet connectivity and Internet-enabled devices to K-12 students whose schools are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and who are learning online, at home or in other locations.

This month, the FCC asked for comment on petitions urging the commission to temporarily waive some restrictions on its E-Rate program to allow schools to extend their broadband Internet networks to students’ homes and to allow E-Rate funds to support Wi-Fi hotspots or other broadband connections for students who lack adequate Internet connectivity to participate in remote schooling.

In their comment letter to the FCC, the attorneys general urge the commission to promptly take action to unlock the doors of the virtual classroom while physical schools remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At least 55 million K-12 students in the U.S. have, at one time or another, been forced to rely on online learning when their classrooms were closed,” said AG Ford. “When schools are closed, the living room, bedroom, or basement becomes the classroom and deserves the same E-Rate support which is why I wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging this funding.”

The E-Rate program provides funding to better connect schools and libraries in all parts of the nation—urban, suburban and rural. Now, all parts of the nation are struggling with the best means to educating K-12 students during the waves of a pandemic.

School districts stand ready to use E-Rate funded services to rapidly connect their students to high-speed Internet. In a recent survey of more than 2,000 E-Rate program participants, 93% reported that they would use E-Rate funds to connect students at home for virtual schooling, if allowed by the FCC.

The attorneys general also state in their letter that, given the special circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCC is authorized to amend or waive E-Rate program rules as necessary to provide broadband connectivity for remote schooling.

In addition to Nevada, other states participating in this action include: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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