10:25pm A cement truck on fire is reported to be on southbound 580, just south of the Fairview exist.
The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division is warning taxpayers about Child Tax Credit-related scams, which criminals may use to steal money and personal information.
While millions of American families started receiving the advance Child Tax Credit payments last week, criminals were already looking for innovative tactics to take advantage of unwitting victims. Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a variety of phone, e-mail, text message and social media scams targeting families eligible for the credit. Any communication offering assistance to sign up for the Child Tax Credit or to speed up the monthly payments is likely a scam. When receiving unsolicited calls or messages, taxpayers should not provide personal information, click on links, or open attachments as this may lead to money loss, tax-related fraud, and identity theft.
“For the first time, Americans are receiving advance payments of the child tax credit, giving rise to historic relief for millions of working families. Unfortunately, with these payments, there are those who, driven by greed, will try to exploit you for your child tax credit payment,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Corinne Kalve. “Taxpayers need to be aware of these threats and act with caution.”
“Advance payment of the child tax credit will give much needed support to millions of American families. Unfortunately, some individuals see these payments as an opportunity to enrich themselves at the cost of hardworking parents. Along with our partners at IRS, we will do everything in our power to prevent criminals from taking advantage of these families,” Said Scott Erik Asphaug, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.
Although scammers constantly come up with new schemes to try and catch taxpayers off-guard, there are simple ways to identify if it is truly the IRS reaching out.
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers via e-mail, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information, even information related to the Child Tax Credit.
- The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent, or threatening messages. Aggressive calls warning taxpayers about a lawsuit or arrest are fake.
- The IRS will not call taxpayers asking them to provide or verify financial information so they can obtain the monthly Child Tax Credit payments.
- The IRS will not ask for payment via a gift card, wire transfer or cryptocurrency.
For taxpayers eligible for advance payments of the Child Tax Credit, the IRS will use information from their 2020 or 2019 tax return to automatically enroll them for advance payments. Taxpayers do not have to take any additional action. Taxpayers who are not required to file a tax return or who have not provided the IRS their information, may visit IRS.gov/childtaxcredit2021 to provide basic information for the Child Tax Credit.
To report suspicious IRS-related phishing and online scams, visit IRS.gov.
COVID-19 Case Update –
For the week, CCHHS is reporting 3 additional deaths due to COVID-19. The individuals were 2 Lyon County residents and a Carson City resident. CCHHS is also reporting 99 new cases and 57 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 13,331, with 12,872 recoveries and 233 deaths; 226 cases remain active.
|Total Cases||Active Cases||Recoveries||Deaths||*Population|
*Population information taken from the Nevada Health Response Dashboard found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.
Carson City had 1 death, 37 new cases, and 11 additional recoveries of COVID-19 this week. The current 14-day moving average for Carson City is 5 new cases per day with a 7.7% test positivity rate.
Douglas County had 27 new cases and 14 additional recoveries of COVID-19 this week. The current 14-day moving average for Douglas County is 3 new cases per day with a 6.2% test positivity rate.
Lyon County had 2 deaths, 35 new cases, and 30 additional recoveries of COVID-19 this week. The current 14-day moving average for Lyon County is 4 new cases per day with a 10.2% test positivity rate.
Storey County had no new cases and 2 additional recoveries of COVID-19 this week. The current 14-day moving average for Storey County is 0 new cases per day with a 0.0% test positivity rate.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
As of July 21, 2021, approximately 167,659 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered by Quad-County providers. CCHHS has administered 68,830 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Approximately 72,473 Quad-County residents have completed vaccination (received both doses of a 2-dose series vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna or received the single dose Janssen vaccine) and 78,945 have initiated it (received the first dose of a 2-dose series such as Pfizer or Moderna). Data is not CCHHS’ and is taken from the Nevada Health Response Dashboard which can be found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/.
In Carson City, 28,156 residents have been completely vaccinated and 30,587 have initiated vaccination. Approximately 56.28% of the population 12 years and older have completed vaccination.
In Douglas County, 22,775 residents have been completely vaccinated and 24,377 have initiated vaccination. Approximately 51.62% of the population 12 years and older have completed vaccination.
In Lyon County, 21,064 residents have been completely vaccinated and 23,460 have initiated vaccination. Approximately 42.02% of the population 12 years and older have completed vaccination.
In Storey County, 478 residents have been completely vaccinated and 521 have initiated vaccination. Approximately 11.68% of the population 12 years and older have completed vaccination.
Upcoming CCHHS Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
All vaccines are available on a walk-in basis at every event for first and second doses. COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or proof of first dose is required for second dose. To find more COVID-19 vaccination events visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/.
|Pfizer- Ages 12+||Moderna– 18+||Janssen- 18+|
|7/27/2021||3 p.m. to 4 p.m.||Fuji Park
601 Old Clear Creek Rd, Carson
|7/29/2021||3 p.m. to 4 p.m.||Douglas County Senior Center
1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville
|8/1/2021||9 a.m. to 10 a.m.||St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
305 N Minnesota St, Carson City
|8/3/2021||3 p.m. to 4 p.m.||Fuji Park
601 Old Clear Creek Rd, Carson
|8/5/2021||3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Storey County Senior Center
100 Mill St, Virginia City
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing For Those With Symptoms Or Who Have Been Exposed
CCHHS will be hosting a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event in Fernley on July 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fernley City Hall (595 Silver Lace Blvd. Fernley). This event is for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Tests are available on a first come, first serve basis; no appointments or pre-registration needed.
Protect Your Health From Wildfire Smoke Exposure
Wildfire season is here and with it came the smoke. Wildfire smoke creates tiny particles in the air that can cause health concerns such as coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, eye irritation, Asthma attacks, sore throats, and headaches. Those with heart and lung issues, children, pregnant women, adults age 65 and older, and smokers may feel the effects of wildfire smoke exposure the most. Protect your health when smoke is in the air by limiting your time outside, close the windows and doors when possible, set your air conditioner to recirculate, and drink plenty of water. For more information on protecting yourself from wildfire smoke exposure visit https://www.cdc.gov/air/wildfire-smoke/default.htm.
For COVID-19 questions, testing resources, or vaccine assistance, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The hotline is closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.
Due to poor air quality in Carson City from wildfire smoke in the region, Carson City may close some parks and recreation facilities for the safety of the public and employees. The sites that will primarily be affected by this include the Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range and the outdoor pool at the Carson Aquatic Facility. City staff will evaluate the AQI (Air Quality Index) and the daily forecast each morning and determine whether or not facilities can remain safely open. If the AQI is at 150 or higher, the facilities will be closed to the public. All other facilities will remain open as scheduled.
The Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range will not have City staff on site to provide oversight for public shooting in instances of poor air quality, so the Range gate will be closed when the AQI is above 150. Range reservation groups that provide their Range Safety Officers for their own private/non-profit events or activities will be allowed to use the facility at their discretion.
Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department will be posting closures on the following sites:
Carson City Parks and Recreation Facebook
For further information about closure of the Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range and outdoor swimming pool, please contact Parks Administration at (775)887-2262 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email at email@example.com.
Reports keep coming in to the Carson City Fire Department that the recent wildland fire atop Prison Hill keeps re-igniting. Neighbors down below the hill have been calling in to report a re-kindle of the fire that broke-out from lightning strikes a few weeks ago. But every time the fire department rushes out to the site it’s just another dust devil kicking up the dry dust left behind from the original fire.
So, for those along Carson River Road who have a front row seat on that particular hillside, look at it real close. Make sure it’s just a dust devil created by the wind flowing from west to east. So far, all the reports turned out to be exactly that.
10:27am Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office are providing escorts for residents located in the evacuation area to secure pets, papers and emergency items. Escorts will take place from 10 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM on July 20, 2021. Additional escorts on future dates will be determined by fire activity. If you are interested in receiving an escort to your residence please proceed to Mad Dog Café located at 290 Old Pony Express Way, Markleeville, CA 96120.
The growth of the Markleeville area fire has slowed a little bit. At 7pm last night the fire was at 23,078 acres in size and very little of it contained.
The lightning-caused Tamarack Fire is burning roughly 30 miles south of South Lake Tahoe near Markleeville. Firefighters still have no containment as of Monday morning.
The U.S. Forest Service said in an update that the fire has grown to 23,078 acres. The USFS reported that a mapping flight will be conducted to provide more accurate information about the size as soon as conditions allow it. It’s extremely smokey in the area.
Crews are still securing Markleeville by mopping up hot spots. Reports say crews performed a back-firing operation Sunday night along a containment line from Highway 89 to Diamond Valley Road. They’re also trying to keep it away from Highway 88 and Carson Canyon.
Fortunately, there’s a 60% chance of rain in the area today, which is good for knocking down part of the fire but which could, at the same time, trigger flooding and debris flows. The U.S. Forest Service warns that just because possibly there is rain on the way, everyone should still stay out of the area so they don’t get caught in flash floods which are fully capable of killing lots of people and wildlife.
You are invited to a recital featuring the music of Beethoven, de Beriot, Debussy, and Kreisler with Brian Fox (violin), Maddy Kao (cello), and Eric Kao (piano).
Friday, July 23rd, 7pm
Steinway Piano Gallery,
500 E Moana Lane, Reno
Saturday, July 24th, 7pm
Shepherd of the Sierra
3680 US-395 S, Carson City
Admission is free. Performances will also be live streamed via Facebook.
Please contact Brian (775) 848-5643 with any questions.
Carson City Supervisors are making plans to purchase the old Bank of America building directly across Highway 50 from Smith’s Grocery. The plans are just now starting to take shape which includes consolidating many far flung city offices and additional space for courtrooms, meeting rooms, public contact services and Supervisors’ meeting room. It’s going to take a lot of planning and interior alterations. Again, it may take a couple of years to get it all up to snuff.
The supervisors also introduced first reading of a city ordinance that forbids marijuana smoking in stores that sell marijuana, no smoking marijuana in all other stores as well on the streets and other public places. The new regulations could be made official in a few weeks.
The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) reports that on Wednesday, July 14, a community trusty walked away from Casa Grande Transitional Housing in Las Vegas, Nev. Inmate Freddie Wright, #52812,43, left the facility at 2 p.m. for work but did not report to his approved job site. Escape procedures were initiated around 3:30 p.m.
Wright arrived at the Nevada Department of Corrections on Jan. 30, 2018, from Clark County. He is serving a sentence of 48-120 months for Driving Under the Influence.
Wright is 5-feet-11-inches tall and 160 pounds. He is black with brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on both arms, back and chest, including “Kimberly” on his right hand and “Wifey Right” on his left. He is also known as Jabari, Hassell, Miniker and Bar. He is affiliated with the Crips gang. A retake warrant has been issued. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wright should immediately call 911.
It took several hours Thursday morning for the Lyon County Commission to make their decision. On a three to two vote among the commissioners, a proposal to rename Old Dayton Valley Road “President Trump Way” failed. A number of residents, both for and against renaming the road, made some strong points from “We want it to be President Trump Way” because he was President of the United States and he accomplished a lot in his four years as President” to others who decided they want the historic avenue through town called “Old Dayton Valley Road” to remain because it has deep historical meaning to the community. And it would cost a pretty penny to replace the signs to reflect the former President’s time in the White House. Others worried about Dayton students learning about Trump’s bumpy ride in the White House and his role in whipping up a huge crowd that stormed the U.S. Capital Building, killing five people – one a police officer – as well as others being wounded during the onslaught.
As everyone knows those who like the former President have great respect for the Donald Trump while others have quite the opposite opinion. Trump and a number of business affiliates are being investigated by several federal and state agencies that strongly suggest the road ahead for Mr. Trump might be more than a little troublesome.
But for time being, Old Dayton Valley Road will remain Dayton Valley Road. But there could very well emerge a community petition to put the issue on the ballot to get the wide view of how the Dayton Community feels about it.
Carson City Seeking Applicants for Hearing Officer
(Carson City, NV) – The hearing officer must have training in administrative law, or equivalent experience, sufficient to enable the officer to conduct fair and lawful hearings. This is a contract position appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Compensation will be based on credentials.
Carson City’s Nuisance Ordinance addresses dangerous structures, litter, weeds, dry grass, abandoned vehicles and more. When Code Enforcement officers observe these conditions, a notice of violation is issued, before the notice of violation is recorded, a property owner may request an administrative hearing.
An administrative hearing is conducted by the hearing officer, who will review the substantive and procedural matters of the case, at that time, may affirm the Code Enforcement officer’s decision or find it is improper and invalidate it.
The position description and application can be found on the City’s website at carson.org/hearing. Applications are due August 2, 2021 by 1:00 p.m.
For more information on this position, please contact Community Development Director Hope Sullivan at 775-283-7922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around 6pm, thick black smoke began billowing high the air over Duck Hill just above Highway 395. Fire Engine crews from both Washoe Lake and Carson City raced up the steep terrain and immediately began spraying a lot of water on the burning vehicle and the vegetation surrounding it. Homes were very close to the scene.
It didn’t take long for the firefighters to knock down the flames engulfing the vehicle and the surrounding brush. No reports of any injuries. A specific cause of the blaze has not yet been released. But a word to the wise – temperatures are rising into the 100’s over the next few days making off-road vehicle driving extremely dangerous – if not deadly.
3:02 Report of a traffic crash at Highway 50 East and Deer Run Road. Everyone is out of their vehicles. So far, no major injuries.
3:04pm Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of one car jumped into another vehicle and sped away.
NV Energy Asks Customers to Conserve Electricity today and tomorrow between 6 and 9 p.m.
NV Energy is urging its electric customers in both northern and southern Nevada to conserve electricity today and tomorrow between 6 and 9 p.m. in order to offset energy supply issues caused by record-breaking heat and wildfires affecting electric transmission lines throughout the western United States.
Conservation is the best way to reduce strain on the local power grid.
- Turn off lights
- Turn off pool pumps
- Unplug appliances not in use
- Avoid using large electrical appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and electric clothes dryers
- Adjust the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher to reduce the use of air conditioning during this time, barring any medical issues, and use ceiling fans to cool people and pets. Pre-cool your home prior to 6 p.m.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible
- Close window coverings to keep the heat out
- Do not charge electric vehicles between 6 and 9 p.m.
More energy saving information is available at nvenergy.com/powershift
“We appreciate the support of our customers to voluntarily conserve energy during the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. today and tomorrow,” said Josh Langdon, NV Energy Vice President of Transmission. “These efforts will have a big impact on helping us continue to maintain a stable power grid and reliable service for all of our customers.”
For more information about the current status of the company’s electric system visit nvenergy.com/call-for-conservation or follow NV Energy on Facebook and Twitter.
NV Energy provides a wide range of energy services to more than 1.5 million customers throughout Nevada and a typical tourist population of 56 million annually. NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. NV Energy is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about NV Energy is available on the company’s website, which can be accessed via nvenergy.com.
Announcing a newly established service originating from the integration of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and the School Resource Officers. Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 to 12:30 at Camp Carson – Carson City Community Center. 851 E. William Street. Enter through the doors to the gym on the southeast end of the Center.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping our community’s kids safe. Detection K-9s sniff out drugs, explosives, and dangerous weapons and in certain situations can be more effective than traditional security. Please join the Carson City Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Department’s Camp Carson, Campagni Auto Group, Carson City School Resource Officers, and the K-9 Unit in welcoming the new community ambassador for school safety…
The University of California-Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency released findings from the annual Lake Tahoe Clarity Report, which showed average clarity – or how deep a 10” white plate can be lowered into Lake Tahoe before it becomes invisible from the surface – of 62.9 feet for the year 2020.
2020’s annual average tracks closely with measurements from the past decade, illustrating that the League’s efforts to stop the steep downward trend in clarity loss from the 2000s have been successful. On the flip side of the coin, clarity is still declining, meaning major progress is needed to Keep Tahoe Blue.
The following is a statement regarding the 2020 Lake Tahoe Clarity Report from League to Save Lake Tahoe CEO Darcie Goodman Collins, Ph.D.:
“The latest Clarity Report shows us once again that we need to take bold action to slow climate change’s negative impact on Lake Tahoe’s clarity, ecology and natural beauty.
Tahoe’s surface waters are getting warmer, acting like a seal that prevents mixing between layers in the Lake’s water column. So when fine-grained particles of dirt and pavement from overused roads flow into the Lake during a rainstorm, they get trapped near the surface, hurting the Lake’s clarity. Warm, nutrient-filled waters are also the perfect habitat for harmful aquatic invasive species to spread.
If Tahoe was untouched by humans, the Lake’s natural pollution filters – its marshes, meadows and wetlands – would strip those fine-grained particles out of the water before reaching the Lake. But decades of short-sighted development paved over those natural filters. And Tahoe’s roads are constantly bombarded with traffic, chewing up the pavement into fine particles that enter the Lake as stormwater pollution.
To Keep Tahoe Blue – and therefore clear – the League is working across the public and private sector to:
- Restore Tahoe’s wetlands to revitalize their natural pollution-fighting function and build Tahoe’s resilience to climate change;
- Put aquatic invasive species in check, so Tahoe’s shallows don’t turn into a murky, green mess;
- Repair, repave or replace Tahoe’s ailing roads with modern infrastructure on a Basin-wide scale; and
- Create transportation solutions in Tahoe to break the dependence on private car travel and stop stormwater pollution before it starts.
For future generations to enjoy a clean, clear Lake Tahoe, business-as-usual will not deliver. The League is pushing for the dollars, political will and innovative ideas to turn these plans into action. We can overcome these challenges. Join us, and together, we will Keep Tahoe Blue.”
To learn more about the League to Save Lake Tahoe and healthy lake practices, visit https://keeptahoeblue.org.