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N-DOT and CalTrans have re-opened Lake Tahoe travel along Highway 50

Fearless wildfire fighters have made it possible to re-open Highway 50 from Carson City all the way to California and beyond.  It’s been a long time since many motorists have been given permission to top the passes and swap states.  Firefighters are in the process of putting out some of the biggest forest fires in the history of California and Nevada.

We’re starting to put the conflagrations in our rear-view mirrors.  Let’s hope the worst is over.  

Happy motoring.

Traffic Crash at Imperial and College

11:15am Traffic crash at College and Imperial – two vehicles. Sheriff’s Deputies report that there are injuries in both vehicles – one woman with a head injury, another with chest pain and a five year old with a possible arm injury.  Appears to be a rear-end type collision.

Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players

Adult Intermediate String Ensemble Seeks Members

Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR), a program of the Carson City Symphony Association for adults who recently began to play—or returned to playing—string instruments, is looking for additional people who want a chance to play with a friendly, noncompetitive, welcoming ensemble.

NQR meets weekly, September to June, on Thursday mornings from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, under the direction of Symphony Associate Concertmaster Laura Gibson.  Participants, ranging in age from twenties to eighties, develop skills in ensemble music playing and performance.  Current guidelines require face masks be worn in the building.

Laura Gibson said, “Some of our players have ‘graduated’ from NQR and now play with local community orchestras, and some play in both. We have openings for more violin, viola, cello, and bass players. NQR is a drop-in activity with no auditions and no fees, although donations and Symphony Association memberships are welcome. We even provide the sheet music!”

For more information about joining NQR, contact Education Director Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584 or susanjesch@gmail.com. This free program is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

CONSORT CANZONA EARLY MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

CONSORT CANZONA EARLY MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

BEGINS REHEARSALS at CARSON CITY SENIOR CENTER

Consort Canzona, an early music performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, rehearses on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. The ensemble – recorders, cello, and harpsichord – plays music from the Renaissance through the Baroque periods and has openings for experienced recorder players.  

Current COVID-19 guidelines require face masks be worn in the building except when playing, and that musicians be fully vaccinated. Participation is free; donations and Symphony Association memberships are welcome. 

For more information, contact Jane Johnson, 775-267-3427 or jane3491@charter.net, or call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154.

Carson City Symphony Association performing groups are 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. 

More jobs emerging despite the continued pounding from Covid-19

Covid-19 Virus

According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s August economic report, Nevada added 11,900 jobs over the month as the state continues to recover from the COVID recession.

Employment remains below normal levels, but they’re up 103,300 since August of last year – an annual increase of 8.3%. The large increase in employment over the year reflects the significant effects of the pandemic over the last year – thousands of lost jobs since the beginning of the pandemic.  There have been improvements along the way but again slowed by the stubborn resistance from those who refuse to get vaccinated.

Total statewide employment is estimated to be 1,350,400.

Las Vegas employment increased by 7,000 jobs (0.7 percent) since July, an increase of 78,700 jobs (8.9 percent) since August 2020.
– Reno employment had an increase of 900 jobs (0.4 percent) since July, an increase of 13,600 jobs (5.8 percent) since August 2020.
– Carson City employment had an increase of 300 jobs (1.0 percent) since July, an increase of 1,300 jobs (4.4 percent) since August 2020.

Overall, employment continued to recover at a rapid pace. The nearly twelve thousand jobs added over the month is near the high end of the COVID recovery period, rebounding from a slower pace in July. The leisure and hospitality industry added the most jobs over the month, adding 3,900 jobs since July. The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.7 percent this month, likely to remain one of the highest rates in the nation and reflecting the long road still to travel in order to restore the state’s labor market.”

To see additional labor market data view the department’s employment and unemployment dashboards located at www.nevadaworkforce.com.

Young male pulls out a gun at Mills Park

6:35pm  Report from Mills Park of a hispanic boy, age 17, 5 foot 3, wearing black with a black hat.  Witness says he pulled a gun from his backpack.  Then he put it back into the backpack.

6:44pm  Sheriff’s Deputies disarm the boy.

6:45pm  Turns out that the boy’s weapon was a B-B gun.  Deputies are talking with the boy.

And “The scams go on, and the scams go on…”

Attorney General Ford Announces Sentencing of Man on Multiple Transactions Involving Fraud or Deceit 

Reno, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Alec Steven Kolodge, 26, of Reno, was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison for committing multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit. Second Judicial District Court Judge Tammy Riggs handed down the sentence, which also included $145,728 in restitution payments to the victims, on Thursday. The crimes were committed between February 2017 and November 2018 and carried a maximum sentence of 20 years.   

“My office will aggressively pursue and prosecute individuals like Kolodge,” said AG Ford. “His conviction should warn criminals that we will not tolerate fraud or deceit in Nevada, and it should reassure Nevadans that we will protect you from these schemes.” 

Kolodge posed as a pharmaceutical company manager or officer as part of his elaborate scheme to swindle nearly $500,000 from family, friends, employees and others. He defrauded many with cons, which included offering non-existent employment at sham businesses, passing bad checks and using a false name. 

The investigation of this case was jointly conducted by the FBI and investigators in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecution Division prosecuted this case.

Crook who wasn’t aware of security cameras. Know him? Call 9-1-1.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance with identifying and locating an unidentified man who on August 14th, 2021 at about 5:00 pm stole a wallet from a purse. The victim was shopping at Costco looking at items in the isles. Her purse was in her shopping cart. She was not far from her shopping cart when the suspect removed the wallet from her purse.
The following photographs was taken from video surveillance footage and depicts the White or Hispanic male who was wearing a white colored shirt with “DKNY” logo on the front, has black hair, blue jeans, white and black tennis           shoes, and green hat.

Cello Talk with Priscilla Hawkins in Carson City

Carson City Symphony Association Presents

Cello Talk and Workshop with Priscilla Hawkins
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 

The Carson City Symphony Association will hold a Lecture-Demonstration-Workshop on Tuesday, September 21, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., in the orchestra/band room at Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road, Carson City.  The event features Priscilla Hawkins, who has performed as cello soloist and chamber musician; taught strings and presented cello workshops in Michigan, and California; been guest Master Teacher in the Azores Islands; and recorded two CDs.

Ms. Hawkins will discuss “The History and Development of the Cello,” and then lead a workshop on “The Mechanics of Producing Your Best Cello Tone.” The presentation will include a rare, brief video of brilliant cellist Emanuel Feuermann playing “Spinning Song” by Popper in the 1930s.

Carson City Symphony’s “Symphony Youth Strings” cellists, Carson City Middle and High School orchestra cellists, and adult cellists will participate. Student musicians and the public are invited to attend as observers.

Admission to the Cello Lecture-Demonstration-Workshop is free. Current COVID-19 guidelines require all participants and visitors to be masked in the building.

This event is a partnership between the Carson City Symphony Association and the Carson City School District, and is funded in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154, email carsoncitysympony@gmail.com, or see CCSymphony.com.

Nevada AG joins the battle against Texas abortion debacle…

Aaron Ford
Nevada AG

Attorney General Ford Joins Coalition in Support of DOJ’s Lawsuit Against Texas Abortion Ban
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Amicus Brief Filed in Federal District Court Rejects Texas Law Banning Abortions After Six Weeks

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) challenge to Texas’ new unconstitutional six week ban on abortions.

The brief specifically supports DOJ’s motion for a preliminary injunction of the law, which went into effect earlier this month.  “Let me make this clear, Texas has directly attacked the constitutional reproductive rights of its residents, who must be allowed to access safe and legal abortions,” said AG Ford. “The Texas abortion ban is a push for control by a movement who wants to return our nation to the past. We must learn from the mistakes of the past, not repeat them. Women must be allowed to make their own decisions when it comes to their health care and bodily autonomy.”

The brief, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, argues that by banning nearly all pre-viability abortions within Texas’s borders, the law, Senate Bill 8 (S.B. 8), violates nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent affirming the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before viability. The brief further contends that the Texas Legislature sought to circumvent prior Supreme Court rulings and to prevent judicial review of the law by delegating enforcement authority to private individuals instead of the government and, as such, S.B. 8 is an “unprecedented attack on our constitutional order” and the rule of law.
The coalition contends that the clear purpose of S.B. 8’s private enforcement scheme is to produce an “across-the-board ban on constitutionally protected activity,” and that the private enforcement mechanism does not shield Texas’s unconstitutional law from judicial review.

The brief describes how Texas created a structure within its state court system that requires courts to provide monetary and injunctive relief to claimants who bring cases against providers and those who “aid and abet” such constitutionally protected care. The coalition argues that the federal district court should not allow Texas to render the constitutionally protected rights recognized in Roe v. Wade legally void through the law’s transparent scheme.  The brief describes how the law is already significantly impacting abortion provider clinics in Texas and beyond, including in amici states. Clinics in nearby states are already reporting a rise in calls from Texas patients seeking abortions, and one day after the law went into effect, all abortion clinics in New Mexico were reportedly booked for weeks. This rise in abortion caseloads in other states from Texas patients and the increase in needed travel for patients could result in many people – especially low- income people – being unable to receive the care they need.

The law also threatens the many people who help patients in Texas obtain access to an abortion by creating a more than $10,000 potential liability for anyone who so much as gives a patient a ride to an abortion provider or otherwise “aids or abets” an abortion. The amici states, the brief explains, are committed to shielding their residents and clinicians from these harms when they help a patient in Texas obtain constitutionally protected care.

Finally, the brief argues that it is essential for the federal district court to enjoin the law immediately to stop the irreparable harm that S.B. 8 is inflicting on people in Texas and across the country including the amici states. Forcing a patient to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, the brief argues, will lead to negative health and socioeconomic consequences, including placing people who are forced to carry a pregnancy to term at greater risk of life-threatening illnesses and harming their ability to maintain full-time employment.

In addition to Nevada, other states joining the amicus brief include the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

CC Board of Supervisors moving the city forward…

A contract involving the state and the city of Carson City will soon be using prison inmate services year-round to maintain park upkeep throughout Carson City’s parks system. The contract is to run through June 30, 2025 and includes provisions for earlier termination if desired by the City. The Department will pay inmate workers $1.00 per hour to start with incremental increases up to a maximum of $2.50 per hour based on continuous employment. The use of inmate services provides an effective, low-cost alternative to augment Carson City’s parks maintenance labor force within the Department.

On another city project, the city is putting in curb and gutter along the eastern side of Conte Drive between Hudson and Snyder Avenues.  The project involves installing rock for erosion control from the back of the new curb to the end of the City’s right-of-way line. In addition, existing driveways will be replaced in order to match the new curb and gutter along Conte Drive.

The video surveillance system in the Carson City jail is getting an overhaul to enhance the safety and security of the facility, staff and inmates. In March of 2021, the Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of the cameras and equipment for this project as well as additional data storage units. This contract is for the cabling and electrical and is the final funding piece to move the jail enhancement forward.

Sheriff Ken Furlong’s most consistent supporter has died

With a tremendously heavy heart Carson City is learning that the wife of Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, Phyllis Furlong, died this morning after a long battle with medical issues.  The Furlongs, long time pillars of our community, bore two children who then bore five grandchildren.

Our love and blessings go out to Sheriff Furlong, his family and grandchildren.

Celebrate Nevada Public Lands Day, Saturday 25th – No fees charged! Enjoy yourselves…

CARSON CITY — Nevada residents and visitors are invited to celebrate Nevada Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 25 with a “fee-free” day at Nevada’s State Parks. Park fees, including entrance, camping (Saturday night) and boating, where applicable, will be waived at state parks throughout Nevada.

Nevada Public Lands Day encourages Nevadans to discover the many exciting and affordable recreation opportunities right in their own backyards.

“Nevada’s state parks offer an exciting line-up of outdoor opportunities,” said State Parks Administrator Bob Mergell. “For example, visitors can discover a historic oasis in the desert at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, tour the ruins of Fort Churchill, or spend a relaxing afternoon fishing on the reservoir at Wild Horse.”

Several State Parks across Nevada are hosting special events in honor of Nevada Public Lands Day. Here’s what’s happening:

Northern Nevada:
Walker River – Introduction to Archery
Join Park Rangers at the Walker River State Recreation Area for an introduction to archery demonstration and class, followed by a fun archery shoot to test your accuracy. Park staff will assist and all equipment will be provided by the park. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are on a 6-foot leash. Meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m., the class will begin shortly thereafter. There will be a short break until 12:00 p.m. and then a friendly fun accuracy shoot will begin for all who want to participate. Dress for the weather and bring your water bottles.

Registration is required. Please call (775-463-1609) or email wrsra@parks.nv.gov to sign up.

WHEN: September 25, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Please meet at the Visitor Center at the Walker State Recreation Area, Pitchfork Ranch, 211 E. Walker Rd., Yerington. From Yerington, head south on Hwy 208 and turn left on East Walker Road, continue for 4 miles to the entrance of the Pitchfork Ranch.
COST: The $5.00 day use fee per vehicle is waived for Nevada Public Lands Day.
CONTACT: Shawn Horton (775) 463-1609, shorton@parks.nv.gov

Washoe Lake – Guided Hike
Join park staff for a guided hike along the North Loop Equestrian Trail. This is a 3.5-mile loop that will begin from the North Boat Ramp Equestrian parking lot, located off Douglas and Lakeshore. This is an easy hike but involves walking in loose sand and uneven ground. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a six foot leash at all times.

WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Washoe Lake State Park North Boat Ramp parking lot (on the north end of Washoe Lake). Take Exit 10 from I-580 and drive north on Eastlake Blvd. approximately six miles. Turn left onto Douglas Drive, and drive west, 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive and take an immediate left turn into the park.
COST: The $5.00 day use fee per vehicle is waived for Nevada Public Lands Day

Southern Nevada:
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort – Indigenous People Market and Festival
The event was a huge success two years ago and this year should be even better! We will have over 25 vendors, several dance presentations, and amazing food options.

The event runs from 10am to 3pm and since it is Nevada Public Lands Day entry is FREE! Come celebrate with us!
WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park is located at 500 E Washington Ave. Las Vegas.

COST: Entrance fee is waived for Nevada Public Lands Day

Carson City Library – Smoke on second floor – coming from the roof

Hook & Ladder truck crew scrambled up their ladder and found a failing air conditioning unit spewing smoke…

10:11am  Smoke on second floor of the Carson City Library.  Fire-Rescue crews are enroute.  Library occupants are evacuated.

10:35am  Hook and Ladder Truck fire personnel scrambles up the ladder to find a roof air conditioner overheated.  It is blowing smoke.  All occupants of the library are evacuated.  No reported injuries.  Firefighters have shut down the air conditioner and they’re checking it out.

11am  Library is back open to everyone!!

Light at the end of the tunnel – fire crews knocking down the flames in the Sierra. Covid getting hammered as well…

Firefighters attacking the Caldor Fire (225,000 acres burned) near Lake Tahoe are finally getting the upper hand with outside help – the Caldor firefighters knocking down 70% of the fire.  Other fires including Echo Summit and Strawberry (Highway 50) are being mopped up.  Tahoe residents are gradually getting back in to their homes and businesses.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 viruses are still pounding away at communities and those who live in them.  Here in Nevada there have been 400,000 Covid-19 virus victims statewide.  Statewide deaths have surpassed 6,700.  Washoe County has suffered nearly 58,000 infections with nearly 800 deaths.  In Carson City nearly 8,000 infected cases with over 130 deaths.  Douglas County has added up just over 5,200 cases with 80 deaths and Storey County experiencing 150+ cases and 4 deaths.

Squaw Valley Ski Area name goes bye-bye

It appears that times have changed and so Squaw Valley Ski Resort decided on a name change.  After a long debate over what the new name should be the resort big guns came up with a the new name – “Paradise Tahoe.”  “Tahoe Paradise” would have been more easily remembered…but we weren’t in on the name selection.

Resort officials haven’t yet settled on sub-ski area names but we’re sure they’ll come up with some winners.

Good signs that the worst may be over..

Caldor Fire Evacuation Shelter Update

The evacuation shelters for El Dorado County residents who evacuated from South Lake Tahoe were relocated to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (4590 South Virginia St, Reno) for those without pets and the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (1350 N Wells Ave, Reno) for those with large animals and with campers. No cots are available at the Livestock Events Center. For a list of additional shelters visit https://dem.nv.gov/DEM/Emergency/CaldorFire/.

Relocating the El Dorado County residents to these locations was done by request of El Dorado County and the American Red Cross to provide evacuees a central location with the most up-to-date information on the Caldor Fire, repopulation efforts for their county, and the resources available for El Dorado County residents to help them get home and reconnected with friends and family.

The two evacuation shelters that were opened in Carson City, one at the Community Center and one at Fuji Park, have been closed. The Community Center shelter is ready to reopen if the need arises to support our neighboring communities during this challenging time.

We have received numerous inquiries regarding donations. Due to the generous outpouring from our community, we have no immediate needs at this time. Those who wish to donate to the Caldor Fire Evacuees can contact the Carson City Manager’s Office at 775-887-2100 to be connected with the donation coordinators. The Nevada Humane Society in Carson City (549 Airport Rd, Carson City) is accepting animal supply donations as well as monetary donations.

We are extremely proud of the outpouring of support from everyone in Carson City. We will continue to do everything we can to support those impacted by the fire.

Carson Chamber Singers: Rachmaninoff” All-Night Vigil

Carson Chamber Singers to present Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, November 6 and 7

Carson Chamber Singers, a 50 person chorus directed by Richard Hutton, performs the a cappella masterwork, All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff in two beautiful venues: St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral (310 W. 2nd Street, Reno) on Saturday Nov. 6th at 7:00 p.m., and St. Mary in the Mountains (111 E Street, Virginia City) on Sunday November 7th at 4:00 p.m. The concert is 60 minutes without intermission.

Hutton said, “All-Night Vigil, commonly known as ‘Vespers,’ is a work that the singers are excited to perform. The chant-based music is gorgeous.”

General admission tickets are $15; discounted tickets for seniors (age 62 plus), students, and members of the Carson City Symphony Association are $12. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available online at CCSymphony.com, on Facebook.com/CarsonCitySymphony, and at the door.

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Chamber Singers have sung at several venues in northern Nevada and in California as far west as Sacramento. They sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno in 2017, have sung with the Reno Philharmonic, and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony, most recently on July 4th at the Genoa Americana Celebration.

Open to singers high-school age and above, the Carson Chamber Singers generally perform in five concerts each year. Participation is free.  For information about joining the choral group, call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154, or see CCSymphony.com/ccsingers.htm. Concerts are 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. 

 

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