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Governor extends moratorium on evictions through the end of May

Governor Steve Sisolak
Extending renters stay through May. After that??

Governor Steve Sisolak has enacted a two-month renters extension to Nevada’s eviction moratorium, that was initially scheduled to expire today, March 31st.  At the same time the Governor said there will be no extensions past the end of May.

The federal Center for Disease Control announced the extension of the federal evictions moratorium on Monday. The goal of Nevada’s extension is to allow counties and courts to offer faster help with eviction mediation or rental assistance when “move-out” notices are filed against the renters.

Governor Sisolak said “Our State is currently going through a difficult transition period as we continue to navigate the ever-evolving pandemic and subsequent crises.  Kids are back in school, we are in the process of transitioning renter negotiation authority to local governments and people are heading back to their workplaces.  We must transition out of our eviction moratorium but do it in a way that protects tenants and landlords to the greatest extent possible.”

Covid-19 Variants are in our area…

Corona Virus – The variants have landed in our area.

Four County Update: 

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting the second case of the B-117 COVID-19 variant in the four county region of Washoe, Carson City, Storey and Douglas counties. The Nevada State Public Health Lab confirmed the detection of the variant in a Douglas County resident. The individual has no travel history and no known exposures or connections to the previously reported B-117 case in Carson City.  Health officials are conducting extensive contact tracing in hopes of reducing or stopping the spread of the variant.

This is the second discovery of the medically renegade variant in the four county region. Health officials are encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. Getting vaccinated and staying diligent with COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, staying home when sick and practicing proper hand hygiene are incredibly important to slowing the spread of COVID-19 – especially its B-117 variant.

Starting April 5th,  our four county COVID-19 vaccination events will be open to Nevada residents and employees ages 16 and up. Vaccine inoculations are by appointment only! Appointments for April 7-13 are now available. Those ages 16 and 17 are authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine. When scheduling an appointment, the vaccine name is included in the title. To schedule an appointment and for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit by clicking here.

For more information on the B-117 and other COVID-19 variants, click here.

Another Crash at Spooner Junction/South Carson Street

8:04am  Nevada Highway Patrol is headed for Spooner Junction at I-580 on a report of a traffic crash.  No word on injuries yet.

8:09am  Arriving fire-rescue crews are now on scene.  Moderate damage to the vehicles according to reports.  Crews on scene are sufficient.  All other fire-rescue units are returning to their respective stations,  

Thousands of Nevada workers are in for a pay raise starting July 1st!

Nevada’s minimum wage and daily overtime rates increase beginning July 1st

New minimum wage rates and overtime rates take effect this summer.  The Office of the Labor Commissioner is giving a heads-up to Nevada employers that the state minimum wage will go up July 1st. A bill passed by the 2019 Nevada Legislature increases the minimum wage in increments of 75 cents an hour annually through 2024

Nevada has two versions based on whether health benefits for workers are included in their paychecks. From this July 1st through June 30th of next year, the minimum wage is $8.75 per hour IF the employee gets health benefits – and $9.75 per hour IF the employee does not get health benefits.

The increase in the minimum wage will also push up the daily overtime rates for the same period beginning July 1st (with some exceptions.)  Employees who earn more than one and one-half times the minimum wage for both tiers – $13.12 per hour for those offered health care and $14.62 per hour for those not offered health care – are eligible for overtime at one and one-half times their regular wage for working more than 40 hours in a week.

In addition to overtime pay after the traditional 40-hour week, Nevada law also provides for overtime pay at one and one-half times an employee’s regular rate of pay for working more than 8 hours in a 24-hour period.  Again, these minimum wages increases take effect July 1st of this year and will repeat through 2024.

Incidents that may or may not require use of deadly force…Law Enforcement perspective…

The Nevada Assembly has approved a bill that more clearly defines when law enforcement officers should or shouldn’t use deadly force.  If AB 268 is formally passed and signed by the Governor, all Nevada State Law Enforcement agencies must adopt guidelines that approve the use of deadly force when an officer is confronted by someone who could take the life of law enforcement officer(s) or civilians. If an incident lacks such a threat, de-escalating tensions should be the #1 priority.

Each law enforcement agency shall adopt a written policy regarding the use of force. The written policy adopted by the law enforcement agency must include, without limitation: Guidelines for the use of force: Guidelines for the use of deadly force:  A requirement that peace officers utilize de-escalation techniques: Crisis intervention and other alternatives to force, when feasible: A requirement that peace officers use de-escalation techniques for responding to persons with mental illness or experiencing a behavioral health crisis:  A requirement that the law enforcement agency, when feasible, send a peace officer who has been trained in crisis intervention to respond to an incident involving a person who has made suicidal statements: That there are other factors for evaluating and reviewing all incidents which require the use of force. A peace officer who has been trained in crisis intervention” means a peace officer who has been issued a certificate of completion of the training program developed and approved by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.

In carrying out his or her duties: A peace officer shall not use deadly force against a person based on the danger that the person poses a threat to himself or herself: If a peace officer would reasonably believe that the person does not pose an imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm to the peace officer or another person:  As used in this section, “peace officer” means any person upon whom some or all of the powers of a peace officer are conferred according to law.

We await to see if Assembly Bill 268 gets passed by the State Senate, or is modified sufficiently that it’s returned to the Assembly for further review.

We knew it had to happen. You’re only as safe as you make yourself safe.

 Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting the first case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in the Quad-County Region. The Nevada State Public Health Lab confirmed the detection of the variant in a Carson City resident. The individual has no travel history and no known exposures. The Health Department is conducting extensive contact tracing on the confirmed case to reduce the spread of the variant.

The B.1.1.7 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom in the fall of 2020, spreads more easily and quickly than other variants according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. Current ongoing studies suggest that the antibodies generated through vaccination with the currently authorized Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines recognize this variant. However, it is still unknown how this variant affects the authorized vaccines – studies are still underway.

Health officials are urging the public to stay diligent with COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, staying home when sick, practicing proper hand hygiene, and getting vaccinated when eligible.

For more information on the B.1.1.7 and other COVID-19 variants, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html.

It doesn’t pay to disobey….

On March 24th, a Carson City Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy conducted a traffic stop at the corner of Saliman and Williams Street on a driver that used the parking lot at Walgreens to avoid the signal. Nevada Revised Statutes makes it unlawful to use private property to avoid a signal light. The driver of the vehicle did not have proof of insurance and was using a fictitious license plate.  The driver also had a revoked driver’s license, drugs, paraphernalia, and a firearm found in the vehicle. The driver also happened to be an ex-felon which made possession of the firearm unlawful under Nevada law.

30–year–old Tyler Mitchell Woolley was booked into custody at the Carson City Jail on felony charges accompanied with the traffic violations.

Raiding Carson City mailboxes lands man and woman in jail…

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies report that a couple from the San Francisco Bay area boldly attacked a large number of mailboxes at an apartment house at 900 North Saliman.  Their motivation was to find mail either with cash in them or other valuable financial and personal information.

Once Ryan Pritchett and Vanessa Martinez rifled through the mailboxes, deputies says the two left in their black Ford Edge and took off down the road.  Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies spotted what was described earlier to them to be the Ford vehicle.  They pulled the male and female over and were ordered out of their vehicle.  It didn’t take long for the deputies to realize who they had and where the suspects were going to be spending the night…in jail.  Deputies found evidence of the apartment house robbery and immediately arrested them and transported them to the Carson City Jail.  Evidence included burglary tools, no driver’s license, illegal drugs and other indictable charges.

CCSD converting on-line learners to one school for grades 1-12

Full-time Online Learning in Carson City to be Offered Only through Pioneer Academy (Grades 1-12)  

For the coming 2021-2022 school year, the Carson City School District (CCSD) is shifting allfull-time online education for elementary, middle and high school students to one consolidated site: Pioneer Academy (grades 1-12). Pioneer Academy will replace all individual school site remote learning models the district created at the start of the 2020-2021 school year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Pioneer Academy is a consortium of three schools. Pioneer Online Elementary School will serve grades one through five, Pioneer Online Middle School will serve grades six through eight and Pioneer High School, which is already a fully accredited high school serving grades nine through twelve in both traditional in-seat and online options, will now serve all full-time online high school students in the Carson City School District. 

Because these shifts in practice have in essence created an entirely new school, the district is requiring all families that wish to continue with (or enroll in) full-time online learning to complete an application for acceptance into Pioneer Academy. Pioneer Academy has a limited number of spaces available for all three levels (elementary, middle, and high). As a result of this limited space, CCSD is asking all interested families to complete and submit applications on or before Friday, April 23, 2021 in order to be considered. Applications received after April 23 will go onto a first-come, first-served waiting list. 

“In the last 11 years of online education in CCSD, piloted at Pioneer High School, the school increased its graduation rates and more students from both high schools were able to graduate on time,” said Jason Zona, principal of Pioneer High School and Pioneer Academy. “Because of this success, Pioneer Academy was created and expanded to include grades 1-12. We are honored and excited to meet the challenge, and our team at Pioneer Academy will work to make the highest level of education possible for those who need or choose online options in Carson City.”

The full-time online learning model offered through Pioneer Academy is a 5-days per week, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. commitment. School days and hours will mirror that of those students who are learning full-time, 5-days per week, in-seat, in-person. All testing and assessments for full-time online learners will be provided in-person at a designated school site.

Once enrolled, Pioneer Academy will be the student’s assigned school for the year. In order for students enrolled in the full-time online learning model to return to the district’s in-seat, in-person learning model, families will need to apply for a variance to their assigned/zoned brick and mortar school.

“At the start of this past school year, we had more than 25% of our student population learning full-time online/remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tasha Fuson, associate superintendent of Educational Services for the Carson City School District. “There were adjustments made to best meet the needs of those full-time online learners at each of our individual school sites. Moving forward for next year, we are consolidating and staff members at Pioneer Academy (grades 1-12) are preparing to serve as the District’s sole source of online learning in the 2021-22 school year.” 

Due to the unique challenges of online learning, CCSD has determined students and families will be best served under one consolidated location with teachers and staff who can focus efforts on the needs of full-time online families, Fuson continued. Many current full-time online families have children at multiple grade levels. In many cases, this has placed full-time online siblings at different schools. Since Pioneer Academy will now serve all full-time online learners, parents will have a single point of contact regardless of their children’s current grade levels. In addition, a consolidated site will also provide a unified teaching staff for online learning, as well as a single administrative staff and office staff. 

CCSD began the 2020-2021 school year in a hybrid learning model where students would spend two days per week in-person, in-seat with half for their classmates and their teacher. The other three days of school that week were done online/remotely. The transition of returning more students to school campuses from their hybrid model Tuesdays through Fridays began in October with pre-kindergarteners to second graders, in January with third to sixth graders and March 23 with seventh and eighth graders. Mondays continue to serve as remote learning days for all students.  

Each time the district reintroduced more students on a more tradition educational model, it had several full-time online/remote students also return to the more traditional hybrid learning model. Currently, nearly 14% of CCSD’s student population is engaging in full-time online learning. The district anticipates that number to decrease further when they begin school again in the fall.

“As educators, we feel the best education is offered where a student is present with classmates and a teacher directly in front of them,” Fuson said. “But we also understand there will continue to be a demand for some form of online alternative.”  

For more information, download the Pioneer Academy application for the 2021-2022 school year from the Pioneer Academy website: pioneer.carsoncityschools.com

 

Carson Chamber Singers putting Spring Zest into the music

Carson City Symphony Association Announces
Project Euterpe Episode 12
“Far From Me” – Carson Chamber Singers

Carson City Symphony Association announces release of Project Euterpe  (you-TER-pee) Episode 12, “Far From Me.”  It features the Carson Chamber Singers, an affiliate of the Carson City Symphony, performing works by Claudio Monteverdi and Elaine Hagenberg, conducted by Richard “Ricky” Hutton.

Hutton said, “I selected these pieces to be performed as a set that engages with the experience of choral musicians (and many others) during the pandemic. The text of Monteverdi’s ‘Longe da te, cor mio’ from his fourth book of Italian madrigals speaks of loved ones separated by distance yearning to be reunited. Brian Newhouse’s two texts, set by Elaine Hagenberg as companion pieces, also speak to the feelings of isolation and longing for connection. Hagenberg dedicates ‘Songs from Silence’ to ‘the choral community in hope of healing during times of silence and distance.’”

The video can be viewed on YouTube.com by searching for Carson City Symphony, or by linking from Facebook.com/CarsonCitySymphony or the Symphony’s website CCSymphony.com.  Several other videos by Carson City Symphony musicians are also available for viewing on the Symphony’s YouTube channel.

This video is dedicated to the memory of Lucy W. Bouldin, a member of the Carson Chamber Singers, who passed away on Feb. 9, 2021.

The Carson City Symphony and its associated ensembles have been entertaining people in the Carson City area since 1984.  Because they can’t perform in person, they are presenting Project Euterpe, a series of episodes that highlight the talents of Symphony musicians, ensembles, and guest artists.

Carson City Symphony Association performances are supported by public funding from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Carson City Cultural Commission, and private donations. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call 775-883-4154.

Project Euterpe Episode 12, “Far from Me” – Carson Chamber Singers sing works by Claudio Monteverdi and Elaine Hagenberg

Traffic Crash up Highway 50 at Golf Club Drive

7:15pm  Driver lost control of the vehicle on Highway 50 off Golf Club Drive. It crashed into a dividing wall on the westbound side of Highway 50 going uphill.  Black Mazda damaged.  A medical helicopter is being summoned for a rescue flight to a trauma center.

7:24pm  Fire-Rescue cancels air ambulance.  Driver not injured.

A quite sizeable prison inmate decided to leave prison on his own….

Inmate walks away from Stewart Conservation Camp in Carson City

The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) reports that on Sunday, March 21, 2021, a minimum-security inmate walked away from Stewart Conservation Camp in Carson City.  Inmate Jonathan Autry, #1239543, a 34-year-old male, was went missing from during the 1 a.m. scheduled count.

Escape procedures were initiated around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, and search teams remain in effect.   Autry arrived at the Nevada Department of Corrections on Dec. 2, 2020, from Washoe County. He is serving a sentence of 24 to 60 months for 2 counts of Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, 1 count Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and 1 count Making Counterfeit Money.

Autry is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with blue eyes and red hair. He has a military symbol tattoo on his left arm, praying hands on his right arm, a Crucifix and military symbol on his chest, and a tribal and military symbol on his back.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Autry should immediately call 911.

In-Person Learning for 7-8 Graders, 4-days per week, to Begin March 23

Richard Stokes
CCSD Superintendent

The Carson City School District School Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to offer in-person, on-campus instruction to all seventh and eighth graders, four days a week, Tuesdays through Fridays. The first official day of this more traditional education model will begin at the start of the final fourth quarter, Tuesday, March 23rd. The district had already announced a return to four-days-per-week, in-person learning for 3rd to 6th grade students Jan. 19, 2021 and all Pre-K to 2nd graders Oct. 20, 2020.

“Students and families currently enrolled in the full-remote model at any school will continue to have the option to remain in the full-remote model if they choose,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District. “Hybrid students not interested in attending 4-days per week may elect to transition to full-remote learning. Further adjustments to school operations may be made if additional restrictions are removed.”

With the addition of 7th and 8th grade students returning to school in-person four-days per week, the district reminds all students (at all grade levels) throughout the Carson City School District, Mondays will remain remote learning days. Students, both full-remote and in-seat, will check in with their homeroom teachers electronically and work independently throughout the school day. The wearing of face masks and maintaining social distancing between students is still expected.

Bus capacity increased to 66% occupancy, but the school board and district administrators continue to invite parents and families to help the buses maintain that percentage by making their best effort to get their child to and from school by their own means. Athletic equipment such as balls will also be permissible during recess at elementary school levels beginning March 23.

The school board also decided that all Carson High School (CHS) students in grades ninth through twelfth will remain in their assigned cohort groups and will continue to receive instruction via the hybrid-blended learning model through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Pioneer High School, the district’s alternative high school, has been fully operational, four-days-per-week since January 19, 2021. And CHS previously invited more than 200 remote learning students, who were struggling academically, back to in-person learning within the hybrid model at the beginning of the second semester, also on January 19, 2021.

The topic of returning more students to CHS, however, posed the most difficult challenge to modify, given the Governor’s new guidance, Stokes said during the board meeting. Increasing the occupancy rates to 75% doesn’t help operational conditions at CHS at all.

“At CHS, the real challenge is being able to increase the number of students in classrooms,” Stokes continued. “Even with the reduced social distancing measurements from 6 feet to 3 feet, the school would have to reschedule approximately 500 students and modify the academic daily schedule in order to bring back all of the Hybrid Model students on a daily basis. Additionally, there are 176 classes at CHS that would have 25 or more students in classrooms if we were to combine cohorts. The challenge of modifying the schedule is exacerbated by the varying sizes of the classrooms at CHS.”

The fundamental question in all of this, Stokes advised, is whether the major upheaval required is worth the addition of 18 extra in-person school days (four-days per week) or 25 extra in-person school days (five-days per week) instead of staying with the existing Hybrid model.

“Re-scheduling at least 500 students at CHS would require students who have become accustomed to the operations, methods and processes of a teacher over three-quarters of the school year to ‘start over’ with a new teacher and new classmates,” Stokes said. “While doable, a change of this magnitude would be a significant upheaval. In a year when regular change has been the norm, do we want to make a shift of this size at this point in the school year?”

Another important aspect of changing the CHS schedule is the driving consideration of the 5-day school week for the entire District. The Block Schedule currently used at CHS requires ten days per two weeks to operate as it is designed. Trying to establish the existing academic block schedule to a four-day school week would require the creation of a very complex and confusing schedule that would likely require the rescheduling of even more students.

The school board also noted that special considerations should be made for student athletes who may miss their one in-person class on days where they are scheduled to attend a sporting event. In certain strenuous circumstances, accommodations may warrant a need to modify hybrid schedules to best meet the needs of students with conflicting school commitments.

For more information regarding hybrid learning models and schedules or full-remote learning, the district invites parents and families to contact their child’s individual school.

Christmas coming REALLY early for many Nevada communities…

Governor Sisolak announces $1.9 million in Community Development Block Grants

21 Projects in seven rural areas will receive COVID-relief funding 

CARSON CITY, Nev. –The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has received $2,049,574 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) to be used for COVID-related projects in rural parts of Nevada.

“This is much needed relief funded through the federal government that will go directly to our rural communities in support of projects stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “I am grateful for GOED’s continued work with our rural communities to ensure they have access to this important funding for Nevadans across the State.” 

The projects funded include: 

  • Elko County: Nevada Health Center: Negative Pressure Rooms Project – $43,600
  • Elko County: Health Center: Covered Parking Structure Project – $139,100
  • Lyon County: Healthy Communities Coalition: Silver Springs Food Pantry Expansion Project – $97,034     
  • Lyon County: Healthy Communities Coalition: Silver Springs Transportation Expansion Project – $70,000 
  • Washoe County: Food Bank of Northern Nevada: Food Distribution Expansion Project – $144,300
  • Washoe County: Food Bank of Northern Nevada: Trailers for Food Distribution Expansion Project – $30,000
  • Washoe County: Rural Senior Centers Food Distribution Project – $11,747
  • City of Wells: Senior Center Facility Project – $332,000
  • City of Yerington: Boys and Girls Club Expanded Services Project – $125,000
  • Carson City: NVHC Covered Parking Structure Project – $57,191
  • Carson City: Spirit of Hope-Vehicle Purchase Project – $51,585
  • Carson City: Boys and Girls Club Expanded Services Project – $19,826
  • Carson City: Nights Off The Streets Warming Shelter Project – $20,080
  • Carson City: COVID-19: Planning and Grant Management – $28,322
  • Carson City: Boys and Girls Club Transportation Expansion Project – $60,000
  • Carson City: Senior Meals on Wheels – $70,426.00
  • Carson City: Domestic Violence Shelter Transportation Project – $35,677.00
  • Carson City: Nevada Health Centers Vaccine Storage Project – $45,275.00
  • Esmeralda County: Fish Lake Valley Community Center Expansion Project – $200,000
  • Esmeralda County: Goldfield and Silver Peak HVAC Replacement Project – $70,000
  • Mineral County: Boys & Girls Club Expanded Services Project – $255,000

These grants went to rural cities under 50,000 in population and rural counties under 200,000 in population. Clark County, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno and Sparks are Entitlement communities and receive separate allocations and conduct a separate application process.

 

Here comes the “vax,” here comes the “vax”

The shot that cures

Nevada is making all residents ages 16 and older eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting April 5.  The idea is to inoculate as many Nevadans as possible.

Governor Sisolak says the timeline could mean appointments in the coming weeks open to hundreds of thousands more people in Nevada, where roughly 61% of the population is older than 18 and younger than 65.  “Availability of vaccine and appointments will still be dependent on the allocation of doses we receive from the federal government,” Sisolak said.  But President Biden says that vaccine production is so high that there should be plenty to pass around the country.

The state’s new timeline satisfies the goal that President Joe Biden announced last week, when he said he wanted everyone in the U.S. 18 years and older to be eligible for vaccines by May 1.  Nevada also plans to make residents ages 16 and older with underlying health conditions eligible for shots on March 22 through partner pharmacies.

Traffic Crash on Southbound 580

6:12pm  Traffic crash on Southbound 80 north of the Fairview exit.  A dark grey Honda Civic went out of control and spun out, hitting the guard rail.  No reports of any injuries.  Emergency responders are coming on scene.

Baily’s Fishing Pond is closed for the time being – needs lots of TLC….

Fuji Park fishing is taking a break….

Fuji Park’s Baily Fishing Pond Will Have Limited Access

(Carson City, NV) – The floating dock in Baily Fishing Pond at Fuji Park and Fairgrounds has broken free from its concrete anchors and sustained further damage where the dock attaches to the shoreline.

Beginning March 16, 2021, the fishing dock will be closed to the public while City staff work to inspect the dock, repair anchoring devices, and restore concrete to ensure the safety of park users before it can be reopened. It is undetermined at this time how long the closure will take place. Please anticipate intermittent closures to accommodate the work schedule and limited access to the dock. Water levels in the pond may vary while work is underway.

For more information on Baily Pond or Fuji Park, visit carson.org/parksandrec or email the Parks Operations Manager dkastens@carson.org.

Vehicle vs. Bicyclist at Telegraph and Division

7:57am  Report of a vehicle striking a bicyclist at Telegraph and Division.  Bicyclist is bleeding from a cut above his right eye and is complaining of “all body” pain.  Careflight is being called to transport him to Renown.

8:09am  Victim is being transported to Carson City Airport for a quick flight to Renown in Reno.

8:19am  Ambulance arrives with the patient at the airport.

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