Governor Steve Sisolak made it clear during Monday’s news conference that his patience for business owners who aren’t following the Covid-19 rules are going to get a rude awakening – fines or even business closures. Governor Sisolak says there are still many business owners who have resisted rules about patrons wearing face masks, 6 foot distancing, mandatory hand-washing and allowing only 50% of their legal limit for customers while sanitizing their facilities during normal hours and following up after they close. Sisolak said “We’re five months into the Covid-19 Pandemic which is plenty of time for business owners to know what they CAN do vs. what they CAN’T do. And inspectors will not be shy about writing violation tickets or even shutting down businesses that have a habit of ignoring state law. Governor Sisolak added that it will require cooperation from every Nevadan to fight the pandemic – to squeeze it down to where it is no longer a lethal threat to our friends, families and fellow Nevadans.
Governor Sisolak said the state’s business inspectors are closely monitoring popular establishments that are known to serve their patrons well. Governor Sisolak says there’s no law against having a good time – but there is a law that limits how many people can inhabit any given business at any given time.
Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada’s initial high ranking for Covid-19 infection has improved nearly 50% but he wants to see it lower. And, that wearing a mask, keeping a six foot distance between customers as well as sanitation against the virus is critically important. Those businesses that don’t cooperate risk losing – in a big way.
Governor Sisolak went on to comment on other publicly frequented businesses and services. He also mentioned churches that were recently ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to limit the number of church-go’ers to 50 patrons at a time. FIFTY. The high court didn’t elaborate on why they selected the limit of 50, but many observers suspect that church-go’ers, who are known to be very supportive and loving of their friends and neighbors – lots of hugs – even kisses – along with singing loudly – are very likely to cause further Covid-19 outbreaks – not only in their churches but taking it home to their families, neighbors and friends.
On the subject of “Voting By Mail” Governor Sisolak says this week the Nevada Legislature will begin to take up the issue. The Governor said there has been a lot of controversy over allegations that “Vote-By-Mail” is a sinister plot to corrupt the vote counts. But Governor Sisolak mirrored the statements of postal experts, and the public at large, that voting-by-mail is a secure and reliable method for mailing a ballot. You’re also not exposed to the Covid-19 Virus while waiting for hours in line to fill-out and then turn-in their ballot. Here’s one report about the popularity of Mail-In-Ballots:
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Clearly, fierce opposition to mail-in ballots lies overwhelmingly with Republicans. Many Democratic Party leaders and independent “poll marshals” contend that there may be a tiny amount of voter fraud – but in no way has it been enough to corrupt an election. Democrats contend there has never been any proof that voter fraud, using bogus mail-in-ballots, has ever changed the outcome of a presidential election, nor has any opposing party ever proved that such corrupt actions ever kidnapped any election. Yet our current President claims otherwise, saying “there’s always a first time,” without providing any proof.
As far as the Covid-19’s impact on other areas, Governor Sisolak says Nevada’s 18 public school districts are acting independently trying to customize their own unique “back-to-school” management program – one that maximizes education with minimal threat from the virus. Various approaches involve rotating two groups of students through the week so that classroom capacities are cut in half. Students still perform an additional two to three more days of school-work at home. Meanwhile the third group of students study their own course-work Monday through Friday at home (depending on their parents, of course). Bus routes will also be modified to accommodate the new arrangement.
In short, it’ll be a four day week for most students and 100% home-schooling for the rest. We’ll see what the Carson City School Board decides.
By the way, from the looks of things, a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus, which disrupts more than just schools, won’t be widely available until late Winter or early Spring. It means Carson City’s “hybrid” school schedule will likely continue through the first half of 2021. So, “Back To Normal” probably won’t arrive until August of next year.
Oh…by the way…all school sports are postponed until next Spring, hoping that the Covid-19 vaccine arrives before then.
And finally, Governor Sisolak says there’s a large amount of federal grant funding for families who need money for rent, mortgages and food. Republicans are offering their own “lower amount” versions. The next few weeks in Washington DC will get very, very interesting.
From the National Weather Service, Reno
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA... * CHANGES...None. * Affected Area...Fire Zone 270 Surprise Valley California, Fire Zone 271 Western Lassen, Eastern Plumas, Eastern Sierra, and Eastern Nevada Counties, Fire Zone 272 Greater Lake Tahoe Area, Fire Zone 278 Eastern Lassen County, Fire Zone 420 Northern Sierra Front including Carson City, Douglas, Storey, Southern Washoe, Western Lyon, and Far Southern Lassen Counties, Fire Zone 423 West Humboldt Basin in Pershing County and Fire Zone 458 Northern Washoe County. * Thunderstorms...Isolated thunderstorms this morning will become scattered by afternoon. Thunderstorms will start dry and transition to hybrid wet/dry storms in the afternoon. * Outflow Winds...Gusts to 50 mph possible from any thunderstorms. * Impacts...Lightning can create new fire starts and may combine with strong outflow winds to cause a fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity. Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires. Follow local fire restrictions. Check weather.gov/reno for updates and livingwithfire.info for preparedness tips.
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6:15pm Two vehicle accident on south Carson Street in the 31-hundreds block. One lady is injured after impact with her steering wheel. Emergency responders are enroute.
Nobody is being transported to the hospital.
Quad-County COVID-19 Update: One Death, Thirteen New Cases, and Eleven Recoveries
(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. The individual was a male Lyon County resident in his 80’s. It is unknown at this time if he had underlying conditions. CCHHS is also reporting thirteen new positive cases and eleven additional recoveries. This brings the total number of cases to 567, with 430 recoveries and 10 deaths, 127 cases remain active.
The new cases are:
- An adult female Douglas County resident in her teens with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Lyon County resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Lyon County resident in her 60’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Lyon County resident in her 30’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Lyon County resident in her 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Lyon County resident in his 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Douglas County resident in his 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Douglas County resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Carson City resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Douglas County resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Douglas County resident in his 50’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Douglas County resident in her 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Carson City resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.
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Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).
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 5:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.
For weekend updates visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/, like us on Facebook @CCHHS, follow us on Twitter @CCHealthEd.
Funding Assistance for Non-Profits
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Treasury has allocated funding to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. In turn, the Carson City Board of Supervisors has allocated $1,000,000 of these Coronavirus Relief Funds to non-profits operating in Carson City to help with direct and indirect expenses associated with COVID-19. The funds must be used specifically for:
1. Necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19,
2. Expenses not accounted for in the budget most recently approved through your organization, and
3. Expenses incurred and paid during the period that begins March 1, 2020 and ends December 30, 2020.
Guidance can be found at: https://home.treasury.gov
The federal assistance will be distributed, on a reimbursement basis, through Carson City, Nevada for expenses associated with COVID-19.
1. Please refer to the guidance to ensure that expenses requested are allowable and provide a Letter of Interest.
2. Please provide a detailed budget for the proposed program.
3. Please provide a plan of expenditure which should be no more than four pages in length and include the following:
a. Brief problem statement(s) explaining why funds are needed.
b. Estimate or exact amount of funds required to meet this need.
c. An explanation of how funds are expected to be used to respond directly to the COVID-19 public health emergency or for secondary effect.
d. If funds are expected to be allocated to other entities, how funds will be allocated and the nature of their work (e.g. food bank, home care providers, etc.).
e. How the agency receiving the funds will ensure the use of funds meet federal guidance.
4. Projects must be completed, and all funds must be reimbursed by December 30, 2020.
5. Applicants will need to submit a Letter of Interest, budget and plan of expenditure; to the Grants Administrator by 4pm on August 5, 2020. Those three documents will be deemed to be the “application.” Documents can be submitted to Carson City via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail, to the following address, but complete applications must be received by Carson City no later than August 5th, 2020:
201 N. Carson Street # 3
Carson City, NV 89701
Attn: Grants Administrator
6. Funding will be determined based on the application, the eligibility of expenses, and the level of need throughout Carson City. Funding will also be dependent on the number of requests received and dollar amount of those requests.
7. All questions can be e-mailed to the Carson City Grants Administrator at email@example.com or by phone at 775-283-7069.
Carson City will assemble an Application Review Workgroup (ARW) to review, read and score all applications. The ARW recommendations will be presented to the Carson City Board of Supervisors; and the Board of Supervisors will have final approval of the funding.
A fast wind-blown brush fire roared over the hilltop separating the Native American Indian Reservation from Douglas County this afternoon. An air flotilla of twin and single engine fire retardant bombers pounded the flames into submission on the north side of the hill, just shy of the cemetery. Firefighters say just prior to the fire erupting there were lightning strikes just to the south creating a wall of flames heading north. That’s where firefighters from Douglas and Carson City muscled the fire to a stop.
The biggest factor in the fire was the 30 to 40 mph winds, blowing up from the south. They finally subsided after about an hour. Value of property lost is unknown. The burned area is largely vacant, covered with typical desert vegetation with some houses mixed in at the north end. It appeared that at least one major building was destroyed later described as an “out building.” No inhabited homes were lost, according to East Fork Fire officials, although one home suffered minor damage.
A Carson City man has been arrested by Sheriff Deputies at his place of employment after a warrant was issued alleging he had sexually assaulted a child under the age of 14.
Deputies went to his job site and asked him to step outside, which he did. It wasn’t but a few seconds later Steven Forsythe, 61, was wearing handcuffs and being placed in a sheriff’s patrol car enroute to the Carson City Jail.
Forsythe was booked on the charges along with a quarter million dollar bond.
9:30pm Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies say a husband and wife got into an argument at their Camp ‘n Town dwelling and that the wife stabbed the husband in the face. The wife suffered a cut on her leg. Deputies are coming on scene.
9:37pm Deputies on scene are investigating what happened. None of the injuries sound life-threatening.
A small dump truck depositing fill dirt in the front yard of a home in the 55-hundred block of South Edmonds wound up knocking out the power for that particular home, and a number of others on both sides of Edmonds.
The drump truck was dumping fill dirt in the front of a home. Unfortunately, when the dump truck’s bed tilted high in the air, it hit an overhead power line and the power to the home went away….as well as for a number of homes in the immediate area.
Nevada Power was summoned to the scene and fixed the break. It was assumed that power would be restored on both sides of South Edmonds in time for dinner.
4pm Reports are coming in that there is a power outage on South Edmonds, 5500 block. Wires are down on or near the road and the power company is enroute.
Governor Sisolak is barely wrapping up his first legislative launch to tightly manage state revenues due to the Corona Virus – but now he’s digging in to the second half of his budgetary journey to keep Nevada financially above water. Here’s his message to the legislature and to the citizens of Nevada:
His focus: law enforcement reform, fixing the state’s unemployment system and setting standards for business and employee safety to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Governor’s Sisolak’s view of all things Legislative:
I convened the Legislature for the current special session, which is now on Dday number 12, to take the necessary legislative actions to address state government’s top priority – the historic $1.2 billion budget deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, my Administration’s other top priorities still remain as critical as ever, including our need to manage the public health crisis and protect the health and safety of Nevadans.
Since the start of this budget special session, we have also been working to manage our increases in cases and hospitalizations as they hit record numbers. While it was my previous intention to call an immediate subsequent special session to discuss extraordinary policy issues that I believe cannot and should not wait until the regularly scheduled 2021 legislative session, I have serious reservations about having our lawmakers convene again for a similar – or longer – period of time in the midst of this spike in our State.
To be clear: our State is in a dangerous situation, and it is necessary for my administration to dedicate all of our time and energy toward mitigating the spread and addressing the increases we are currently facing.
My goal is still to issue a proclamation for a second special session, but I will only do so when I am confident the Legislature, in coordination with my office, has fully reviewed all policy items and is ready to conduct a thorough, organized and efficient second special session. This is the responsible decision to make in order to protect the time needed to address the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Critical policy issues I am planning to include for the second special session:
- Addressing criminal and social justice policy reform
- Working to ensure Nevadans, businesses, workers and the unemployed have the support and protections they need as they battle COVID-19, including the following:
- Ensuring Nevadans can exercise their fundamental right to vote in a way that does not dangerously expose them to increased risk of COVID-19 infection
- Helping stabilize Nevada businesses so they don’t suffer continued economic hits and establishing safety standards for the workers who are keeping our economy going
- Removing statutory barriers impeding the work of Nevada’s unemployment insurance program
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- Deploy 5G Network: Within three years of the close of the merger, T-Mobile will deploy a 5G network in Nevada with at least 64 percent of the State’s population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 100 Mbps. Within six years of the close, the network will cover at least 94 percent of Nevada’s general population and 83 percent of Nevada’s rural population, with access to download speeds equal to or greater than 100 Mbps.
- Low-Price Mobile Plan Commitment: For at least six years, T-Mobile will offer all Nevada consumers new, low-priced plans that include unlimited talk, text and at least 2 GB of data for $15 per month, and 5 GB of data for $25 per month. Furthermore, T-Mobile will incrementally increase the amount of data provided under both plans, so that each plan’s data allotment will nearly double within four years.
- Commitment to Preserve Nevada Jobs: All retail T-Mobile and Sprint employees in Nevada will receive an offer of employment with T-Mobile, with comparable duties and wages. T-Mobile will also maintain the existing Sprint call center in Las Vegas by converting it to a T-Mobile Customer Experience Center, with at least 450 employees for the entire six-year term of the agreement. The agreement protects the rights of employees to participate in unions or organized labor; and T-Mobile will launch a paid apprentice program, selecting at least 10 apprentices per year, including at least three management or professional trainees.
- Philanthropic Contribution for Minorities, Women, Small Businesses and Nevada Native-American Tribes: T-Mobile will make a charitable contribution of $30,000,000 in three equal installments over a three-year period to fund programs through grants that enhance entrepreneurial opportunities and workforce development for, and expand small businesses owned by, minorities and women in the State of Nevada. The recipients and use of these grants will be at the discretion of Nevada’s attorney general. Funds may also be used to pre-pay or reimburse costs associated with eligible broadband improvements made for the benefit of Nevada’s Native American Tribes under a program administered by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.
Quad-County COVID-19 Update: One Death, Seven New Cases, and Three Recoveries
Students and community members will be welcomed back on WNC’s campuses starting July 27.
Phase 3 also includes remaining employees who didn’t return in Phases 1 and 2 coming back to campus on July 1.
At the heart of WNC’s reopening plan is ensuring the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. To provide that safety the college is asking visitors to practice social distancing and to wear a face covering while on WNC’s three campuses.
Students or anyone visiting the campus not wearing a mask can be told to do so and will be asked to leave if they do not comply. Exceptions will be made for individuals who can’t wear a face covering due to a medical condition, disability or who are unable to remove a mask without assistance. Persons exempted from wearing a face covering should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as face shield.
Because plans are in flux and match mandates from Gov. Steve Sisolak, refer to this webpage for updates.
All employees return to work as “normal” as possible in Phase 3.
WNC will work to secure as much PPE as possible, although supplies are limited. Employees who need PPE should contact the Office of Human Resources.
WNC is working on being as flexible as possible with the various needs of our employees. The HR office, led by Melody Duley will be the point of contact for requesting return to work exemptions.
2:50 pm Tuesday – Fifteen year old boy pulled a gun at the Mills Park Skate Park. He cocked the gun and pointed it at a nearby child. Somebody call the sheriff’s office. Boy scurries off with the gun heading south toward Robinson Street. Deputies think the boy dropped the gun while running through backyards. They capture him.
2:55pm Boy detained by deputies on Robinson. Deputies think they know where the boy dropped the gun. They find the gun – no bullets it. It was suspected the boy had bullets in the gun earlier. Boy in custody.