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Well…it appears we survived yesterday’s earthquake(s)

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(not yesterdays shaker)

Yesterday’s substantial shock-style earthquake shook the east side of the Sierra Nevada just before 4pm.  Geologists say the first shock was almost a 6.0…but it was a bump and then nothing.  But over a period of hours the aftershocks were 4.2 down to the lower 3’s.  No damage or injuries were reported.  There could be more aftershocks.  So heads up!!

New NNDA Executive Director – Philip Cowee

NNDA Announces Philip Cowee, CPA as New NNDA Executive Director

CARSON CITY, NV – August 18, 2021 – Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA.org) today announced that Philip “Phil” Cowee has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Mr. Cowee replaces Rob Hooper who recently retired after leading NNDA for twelve years.

A businessman and sixth-generation Nevadan, Mr. Cowee has over 20 years of professional experience developing properties and running businesses in Lyon County. Most recently, from November 2017 to January 2021, he was the State Director of USDA Rural Development in Nevada. Prior to that, Mr. Cowee entitled and developed many commercial and industrial projects and led the Lyon County School District (LCSD) as Finance Director from 2012-2016. Recently, he was elected to the LCSD Board and currently serves as Board Clerk. Mr. Cowee is also a member of t of Nevada, Reno.

Mr. Cowee said, “It is a great honor to have been selected to serve the communities of Nevada’s Sierra Region. I look forward to continuing the work Rob started to recruit new business to the region, while nurturing current companies to expand into a thriving economy. We are fortunate to have an array of community partners dedicated to developing a workforce to fill the demand of these prospering businesses.”

“The NNDA Executive Board looks forward to working with Mr. Cowee as Nevada and our Sierra Region navigate economic recovery from the pandemic,” said Greg Dye, Chair, NNDA Executive Board. “Workforce development and obtainable workforce housing are priorities locally and statewide. Phil’s experience in both areas can help NNDA address the needs of Sierra Region employers and residents.”

Since 2010, NNDA has assisted 116 companies with relocation and expansion. Its economic development efforts have generated over 5,000 jobs and more than $2 billion total economic impact for the Sierra Region.

he school district’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Committee that coordinates and collaborates with the Nevada Department of Education CTE Program. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Accounting from the University

A Reminder: Kids are walking to school – WATCH OUT FOR THEM…

School zones in Carson City have been activated. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be working with Western Nevada Safe Routes to School (WN-SRTS) throughout the year reminding drivers and pedestrians to use caution while negotiating school zones.

Remember, ALL school zones in Carson City, when in operation, are 15 mph. Drivers are responsible to watch for the school zone speed signs and know the times the school zones are in effect, not all are the same, some are all day school zones and some are not. Watch for children and bicyclists. Parking on or within 20’ of a crosswalk and U-turns in an active school zone are traffic violations.

Western Nevada Safe Routes to School (WN-SRTS) wants to remind you that there are several ways to get your child to school. You can walk; ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard! If you live farther away, try parking closer to the school and walking in together. Take time to remind your child about how to walk safe and bike safe. Walk safe by always looking left, right, and then left again before crossing a street.

When riding your bike remember the 5 points of safety:

1. Protect your head- Wear a Helmet!

2. Be Visible

3. Use Bike-Friendly Routes

4. Be Predictable- Always let traffic know where your bicycle is headed.

5. Ride Defensively- Always make eye contact with drivers and assume that vehicles do not see you.

Have a fun and safe school year!

A view of Carson City from the Lyon County line…

View of the Sierra Nevada west of Carson City from North Deer Run Road in East Carson City

Carson City residents haven’t seen the Sierra Nevada Mountains for quite while.  The obliteration of our view is caused by the Caldor Fire burning southwest of Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County.  It’s burned 6,500 acres. There is no control lines around it. The fire Is burning in the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River Canyon four miles south of Grizzly Flats.  It’s sending smoke and ash into the Lake Tahoe Basin and into northern and western Nevada.

Skies in the Carson City area are a combination of grey, red and orange which is probably the sun sending light through the high level smoke.  It’s probably best to keep your doors and windows closed and your air-conditioner and/or your evaporative coolers on HIGH.  And wear a formidable face mask if you’re out and around.  A K-95 mask is strongly recommended.  Not one of those thin, flimsy blue things.

The weather service says it’ll be rather cloudy and hazy for the next couple of days, then it should clear if the firefighters get a handle on the fire.

Nothing Sweeter Than a Joyful Noise!!

        Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir directed by Michelle Powers in Spring of 2021.

Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir
To Begin Fall Session on Thursday, Sept. 2

Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir will begin the Fall Session on Thursday afternoon, September 2, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., upstairs at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City.

Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir led by Michelle Powers, welcomes children ages 4 to 12. Everyone will wear masks and observe social distancing.

Powers said, “Each rehearsal will develop students’ musical skills, strong singing voices, and joy in music.” I am so excited about beginning a new season of singing and playing, creating music, and making new friends!”

Tuition for the semester 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 more.

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 mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

20 Years in prison – and he wasn’t guilty…

Attorney General Ford Announces Certificate of Innocence for Frank Lapena 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 compensation for Frank Lapena, following the Eighth Judicial District Court’s grant of a Certificate of Innocence and court approval for a total award of $1,980,900.00 from the State of Nevada as compensation for the 20 years Lapena spent in prison after his wrongful conviction. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Gloria Sturman entered stipulated orders on June 30, 2021, which AG Ford fully supported.

“Today, Mr. Lapena’s innocence was fully acknowledged by the State, and he is free to enter into a new chapter in his life,” said AG Ford. “No amount of money can ever replace our freedom, but with this decision, Mr. Lapena will receive some redress for the years he has lost. As attorney general, it is my job to pursue justice, and I would like to thank the members of my office who worked vigorously on this case.

In 1974, Lapena was arrested for the murder and robbery of Hilda Krause, wife of casino magnate Marvin Krause. Lapena and his former girlfriend were named as the masterminds by the actual murderer, Gerald Weakland. Weakland then changed his testimony at Lapena’s first trial and testified that Lapena was innocent but changed his testimony again at Lapena’s second trial. Lapena was nevertheless convicted in 1977 by the State of Nevada of First-Degree Murder and Robbery with Use of Weapon in Commission of a Crime.

In 1982, the Nevada Supreme Court overturned Lapena’s first conviction, but Lapena was re-tried and re-convicted in 1989. Subsequently, in 1997, the Eighth Judicial District Court vacated Lapena’s conviction pursuant to a post-conviction petition for writ of habeas corpus; however, the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the decision in 1998.

 

In 2003, Lapena sought and received a sentence commutation from the State of Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners. In 2017, following extensive evidentiary hearings, the Eighth Judicial District Court determined DNA testing and evidentiary testimony confirmed that Weakland lied about Hilda Krause’s murder. Finally, in 2019, Lapena sought and 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, later amended by AB 104 (2021) – 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. Lapena is the fifth 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.

CC Sheriff’s Office needs help in tracking down “other” driver in crash August 8th

On August 8, at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the area of College Parkway and Airport Road, calls from citizens reported a dark colored SUV had crashed, rolled over and the driver was ejected. Nevada Highway Patrol and Carson City Sheriff’s Officers responded along with Carson City Fire Department.

A 61-year-old male had been ejected and was found on the roadway. The male was transported by Care Flight. Witnesses indicated that a silver-colored SUV was seen leaving the area at the time of the crash. The silver-colored SUV is believed to be a 2011-2014 Jeep Cherokee.

If you have any information regarding this crash or witnessed the events leading up to the crash, you are encouraged to call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Joe Trotter #T494 at 887-2020, extension #45494.

Attached is the image taken from traffic cameras, additionally, an image taken from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for reference.   

Suspect Car

 

Mike Cullen #3171

Sergeant, Patrol/ Traffic/ Motors/ OHV Unit/ Patrol Field Training

Carson City Sheriffs Office

911 E. Musser St.

Carson City, Nevada 89701

Main 775.887.2500

Desk 775.283.7887

mcullen@carson.org

Finally – True Progress

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Dear Fellow Nevadan,

The Senate just passed bipartisan legislation that makes historic investments in Nevada, from upgrades to our roads and airports to support for drought and wildfire mitigation. My colleagues and I—Democrats and Republicans alike—were able to come together to support a whole host of programs that will help Nevada prepare for a sustainable future and create good-paying jobs and economic growth across our state. You can find more information about the bill here, but let me just highlight some of the great things it does.

I made sure that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will help our state build water infrastructure and drought resilience, prevent and fight wildfires, support Nevada’s mining industry, and create new union jobs here in the U.S. I also worked to secure improvements for our public transit systems and airports, expand access to reliable high-speed internet, and allow us to produce and charge more electric vehicles. And I ensured the bill includes significant investments in our students, providing funding to upgrade school buildings and keep kids safe when walking or riding the bus to class.

I’m so pleased that these investments will strengthen our economy for years to come. They’ll let us make our lives more sustainable and get Nevadans and visitors where they need to go more quickly and easily. They’ll connect students to education and businesses to their customers. And they’re all part of my Innovation State Initiative to take advantage of the technology and creativity in Nevada in building a better future. I look forward to the positive changes this legislation will bring our state, and I’ll keep working to get us every resource to thrive.

Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada U.S. Senator

 

Smoke rising on “C” Hill – Firefighters enroute to check it out…

10:27pm  Report of smoke rising up from an area near C-Hill.  Firefighters are enroute to check it out.

10:29pm  Reports now say that there are flames and smoke north of the “C and Flag” area of C-Hill.

10;32pm  Reports from neighbors say they still see smoke but no flames. 

10:41pm  Reports from the area where the light and smoke was coming from – there is no fire up there and there is no smoke.  The light is coming from lanterns being carried by hikers up there.  No fire.  No smoke.

HEY CARSON CITY!!!

                   Picture of children walking to school.

Carson City kids will be starting school soon.  Starting next week, August 16th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office patrols will be working with an organization called Western Nevada Safe Routes to School and will keep up the patrols throughout the school year.  They’ll be reminding drivers as well as pedestrians (young and old) to be extremely careful when walking or driving through school zones.

Last, but not least, please remember ALL school zones in Carson City are 15 mph.  And if you violate that speed limit and you get a ticket, it’s going take a big chunk out of your Christmas shopping

Time To Get Your Chugger On!!

V&T Railroad
Crankin’ it back up Saturday, August 28th, 10am. Runs through October 31st. Tickets for sale at VTRailway.com

 

It’s been a year and a half since the last trip was made by the V&T Railroad.  But despite the continued explosion of the Covid-19 “plus” Delta variant the V&T Railroad officianados are going to fire the old train right back up and get back down to business.  Those who run the train say they’ll re-install roundtrip rides from Carson City to Virginia City starting Saturday, August 28th, departing at 10 a.m. The shortened season kick-off will be launched with a ceremony and festivities at Eastgate Depot in Carson City launching regular Saturday and Sunday trips through October 31, followed by the return of the Polar Express just in time for the Christmas holiday season.

Tickets are now on sale for regular season trains only at VTRailway.com.

And the deadly beat goes on…

Covid-19 Virus

Quad-County COVID-19 Weekly Update: August 5 – August 11, 2021

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is providing the Quad-County community with a weekly update for the week starting August 5 and ending August 11, 2021.

COVID-19 Case Update

For the week, CCHHS is reporting 476 new cases and 171 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 14,274, with 13,218 recoveries and 235 deaths; 821 cases remain active.

Total Cases  Active Cases Recoveries Deaths *Population
Carson City 6,954 237 6,591 126 56,546
Douglas County 3,291 179 3,075 37 49,695
Lyon County 3,897 398 3,430 69 57,987
Storey County 132 7 122 3 4,465
Quad-County 14,274 821 13,218 235 168,693

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

Carson City had 136 new cases, and 44 additional recoveries of COVID-19 this week. The current 14-day moving average for Carson City is 21 new cases per day with a 16.8% test positivity rate.

Douglas County had 114 new cases and 59 additional recoveries of COVID-19 this week. The current 14-day moving average for Douglas County is 9 new cases per day with a 16.7% test positivity rate.

Lyon County had 218 new cases and 66 additional recoveries of COVID-19 this week. The current 14-day moving average for Lyon County is 24 new cases per day with a 24.6% test positivity rate.

Storey County had 8 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 7.7% test positivity rate. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Update 

As of August 11, 2021, approximately 173,016 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered by Quad-County providers. CCHHS has administered 69,596 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Approximately 75,425 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 83,722 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, 29,432 residents have been completely vaccinated and 32,427 have initiated vaccination. Approximately 58.83% of the population 12 years and older have completed vaccination.

In Douglas County, 22,855 residents have been completely vaccinated and 24,903 have initiated vaccination. Approximately 51.8% of the population 12 years and older have completed vaccination.

In Lyon County, 22,463 residents have been completely vaccinated and 25,638 have initiated vaccination. Approximately 44.81% of the population 12 years and older have completed vaccination.

In Storey County, 675 residents have been completely vaccinated and 754 have initiated vaccination.  Only 16.5% of the population 12 years and older have been fully vaccinated.

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+
Date Time Location
8/17/2021 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Carson City Community Center Ponderosa Room

851 E. William St, Carson City

8/18/2021 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mark Twain Community Center

500 Sam Clemens Ave, Dayton

8/19/2021 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fernley City Hall

595 Silver Lace Blvd, Fernley

8/26/2021 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Douglas County Senior Center

1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville

8/31/2021 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Carson City Community Center Ponderosa Room

851 E. William St, Carson City

 

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing For Those With Symptoms Or Who Have Been Exposed

CCHHS will be hosting COVID-19 testing events throughout the Quad-County Region. Tests are available free of charge, on a first come, first serve basis; no appointments or pre-registration needed.

  • August 18, 2021 | 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Mark Twain Community Center (500 Sam Clemens Ave, Dayton)
  • August 19, 2021 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Fernley City Hall (595 Silver Lace Blvd, Fernley)

CCHHS is resuming testing at our building in Carson City. Testing is for those who are experiencing symptoms or who have been exposed and will take place by appointment only! CCHHS testing is subject to change based on demand and transmission. To be tested, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline at (775)434-1988. To find additional COVID-19 testing locations visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/cchhs-covid-19-testing/.

For COVID-19 questions, testing, 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.

Looking for a job in paradise?

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Resort at Squaw Creek Host Career Fair on August 18 – Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino and Resort at Squaw Creek will host a career fair on Wednesday, August 18. The North Lake Tahoe resorts are currently seeking colleagues in a variety of full time, part time, and seasonal positions in departments ranging from culinary and banquets to front office and recreation.

“We are very excited to host a dual career fair to welcome new members to the Hyatt family here in North Lake Tahoe,” said Melissa Rouse, area director of human resources for Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Resort at Squaw Creek. “Starting a career with Hyatt offers countless opportunities. Not only do our colleagues work in a relaxed resort-style setting, they receive incredible benefits and growth opportunities for a fulfilling career.”
A full list of open positions for both properties can be found by visiting careers.hyatt.com. Candidates are encouraged to fill out an online application in advance of the career fair through the site. The event will provide on-site interviews and on-the-spot job offers for qualified candidates.

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Person shot while golfing at Silver Oak Country Club – Possibly from a pellet gun

1:22pm – A man playing the 12th hole at Silver Oak Country Club was shot in the left thigh shortly after 1pm.  The victim thinks it was a pellet gun that was involved. 

1:27pm – Firefighters and medics are arriving at the golf course.

1:30pm – Sheriff’s Deputies are escorting the victim, who is driving a red golf cart, headed for the golf course main building.  Anyone knowing who had the rifle should call the sheriff’s office.

Carson City Students are hitting the streets next week…


School zones in Carson City will be in effect starting next week August 16th. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be working with Western Nevada Safe Routes to School (WN-SRTS) throughout the year reminding drivers and pedestrians to use caution while negotiating school zones.

Remember, ALL school zones in Carson City, when in operation, are 15 mph. Drivers are responsible to watch for the school zone speed signs and know the times the school zones are in effect, not all are the same, some are all day school zones and some are not. Watch for children and bicyclists. Parking on or within 20’ of a crosswalk and U-turns in an active school zone are traffic violations.

Western Nevada Safe Routes to School (WN-SRTS) wants to remind you that there are several ways to get your child to school. You can walk; ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard! If you live farther away, try parking closer to the school and walking in together. Take time to remind your child about how to walk safe and bike safe. Walk safe by always looking left, right, and then left again before crossing a street.

When riding your bike remember the 5 points of safety:

Protect your head- Wear a Helmet!

  1. Be Visible
  2. Use Bike-Friendly Routes
  3. Be Predictable- Always let traffic know where your bicycle is headed.
  4. Ride Defensively- Always make eye contact with drivers and assume that vehicles do not see you.

Have a fun and safe school year!

Rachael Schneider
Community Relations Coordinator

City Hall/201 N. Carson Street

Carson City NV 89701
O: (775) 283-7011

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