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Homes, parks and stairs…

CC Board of Supervisors
Thursday, Oct 3

The Carson City Board of Supervisors is making it easier for senior citizens to walk from the Senior Center bus stop to the Senior Center itself.  Supervisors were told that with the way things are at the moment, seniors exit the bus and then must traverse the center’s parking lot to access the center.  To fix all that the Supervisors agreed to create a better pathway and stairs to access the center.   They said it’ll discourage individual seniors fanning out across the parking lot rather than walking together – definitely a safety issue.  Expect to see the project move ahead soon.

The Supervisors also approved the 4th phase of the Schulz Ranch subdivision at the south end of town.  One hundred more homes will be built.  And the supervisors accepted the dedication of the Schulz Ranch Park & Recreation area which includes restrooms, a basketball court, playground, lawn and detention basin and parking lot.

And Supervisor Brad Bonkowski expressed concern that someone will eventually seek permission from the Board of Supervisors to grow industrial hemp within the city limits.  Hemp is basically marijuana plants without the psycho-active ingredient THC.  Industrial hemp is grown to make shoes, clothing, rope, paper, insulation, even biofuels.  Bonkowski said such groves of hemp are often mistaken for marijuana which creates a visual as well as odorous nuisance as passers-by jump out of their vehicles and cut off pieces from the plants.  He said it’s just a matter of time before someone comes in seeking a permit to grow hemp.  He strongly implied the city needs to stay ahead of that issue.

Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren visits Carson City – Lays it on the line…

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren at Boys and Girls Club in Carson City Wednesday.

Democratic candidate for President of the United States Elizabeth Warren brought her campaign through Carson City Wednesday claiming that our country is under the control of the top 1% – the very wealthy – while the vast majority of American families struggle harder and harder just to make ends meet while housing costs skyrocket and wages remain mostly flat as related to buying power over the last three decades.

Warren reminded a packed crowd at the Boys and Girls Club that when she was growing up, the federal minimum wage could support a family – not handsomely – but they could “make it.” Warren said it would take many times the current minimum wage to support a family today. Warren strongly hinted that the country was becoming very difficult to live in for those who aren’t wealthy.

Warren said she grew up wanting to be a school teacher. She said tuition at the local junior college was $50/semester and she worked part-time as a waitress to keep herself in school because she wanted to teach “special needs” children. But eventually she felt the draw of law school. Back then it was $450 per semester. But she stuck with it and three years later she graduated as a lawyer. Her family grew and she eventually began teaching law in a law school.

Warren said in her law practice she learned the ins and outs of life through contract law, commercial law, corporate finance, bankruptcies and more. It eventually struck her how increasingly hard it was for working families just to survive. She said she realized more and more that the country’s economic system made the wealthy even more rich, while the middle class was left twisting in the wind.

Warren watched as government worked more and more in favor of giant drug companies, major corporations, oil companies and huge manufacturers while the cost of health care and higher education drifted ever upward, out of reach of middle and lower income families. She added that the ever-growing wealthy class started investing in members of Congress who now obey their donors rather than helping average American families.

Warren says corruption has engulfed Washington DC. She says we need to end corporate lobbying as we’ve known it. We have to shut the revolving door where corporate lobbyists come through and get laws passed that further fuel the wealthy elites at the expense of middle and lower income families. Warren called for a higher quality U.S. Supreme Court that adheres to a higher level of ethics. She also called for a stead-fast requirement that anyone running for federal office must reveal their tax returns. Warren also called for stronger anti-trust laws. She called for easier worker access to labor unions and revamp labor laws that makes unions and their members more effective in bargaining for their fair share of wages and other benefits.

Warren also called for a tax increase on America’s super wealthy. She said for those with incomes over $50 million a year, she would seek legislation that would levy a 2% tax on every dollar over $50 million “earned.”  With that provision in place, Warren predicted that college could be free or nearly free for our young people. Black colleges would be better funded. College graduates with huge debt loads could have them paid off so they wouldn’t suffer the burden of heavy debt through their early working years. School teachers would be paid a more livable wage.

For those wealthy complainers who say they are self-made millionaires Warren said they are not self-made. She said all Americans pay for roads, streets, highways and freeways. All Americans pay for bridges, dams and other water projects. All Americans pay for police, fire protection, schools and airports. Therefore, she said, the wealthy must do more to contribute their fair share through a more fair and realistic tax code.

Warren railed against corruption – often carried out in plain sight, she said. She called for a constitutional amendment that guarantees every vote counts in our elections. Political gerrymandering must end and the country must roll back voter suppression laws common in many states.  And Warren said Citizens United must be repealed to ensure that votes prevail – not money.

Warren said these reforms and others will restore dignity to the American people and if elected president, she would work tirelessly to make sure it happens.

A complete waste of eggs and damaging property while doing it….

Over the weekend of September 28-29, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office received numerous complaints throughout the community from residents reporting their vehicles had been damaged by thrown eggs.  More complaints were received throughout the week and involved all areas of the community.  The exact number of incidents has not been well documented, since most of the reports were received only as informational phone calls.

Deputies announced the widespread egg-throws throughout the community.  As a result, tips as to the identity of the suspects have been called in, along with neighborhood video surveillance.  Deputies are reporting substantial progress in identifying ALL of the suspects involved in the weekend vandalism.  Since the investigation remains open while more suspects are being interviewed, the names and identity of those already known (all adults) are being withheld.  Officers anticipate arrests of all of those involved very soon.

The Sheriff’s Office needs documented complaints from those who have not yet filed statements.  Anyone who suffered losses as a result of this vandalism spree is encouraged to file a report at the Sheriff’s Office, at 911 Musser Street, as soon as possible.  Anyone with information regarding these widespread incidents is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 887-COPS(2677).


Walk to School Day!

Walk to School Day
Stopping off at the Governor’s Mansion

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Today, thousands of schools across the country – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

In conjunction with Nevada Moves Day, a statewide event held in March each year, the day celebrates the fun and benefits of walking and bicycling to school. It also encourages K-8 students, school staff and families to get physically active.

CC Parks and Recreation Commission gets an eyeful…

Teen-ager Jacob Buddwill presented to the Carson City Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday evening his Eagle Scout project at Carson River Park. Jacob told the commission he wants to to improve the park’s appearance. In his presentation, Jacob shared his proposals to re-paint and landscape the Monument Sign, replace the faded Aquatic Trail sign, replace faded interpretive signs, and re-level some picnic tables that were damaged by flooding. Trails Coordinator Gregg Berggren is the staff lead who is assisting with the planning and project implementation.

The Parks and Recreation Commission was very receptive to Eagle Scout Jacob Budd’s proposal.  They gave it their blessing and is sure to receive the same go-ahead from the Carson City Board of Supervisors.  This project comes on the heels of a very recent project by another Carson City Eagle Scout who supervised the restoration of our town’s emblem on “C” Hill that overlooks Carson City from the West.  They not only re-arranged the rocks to re-configure the letter ‘C’ but they also repainted all the rocks with a fresh coat of white paint so that it can be read not only from many miles away, but possibly from the U.S. Space Station high above the Earth.

End of Kings Canyon, entry to Kings Canyon Falls area.

Parks and Recreation Commissioners then dove in to a somewhat controversial plan to upgrade the parking area for those who like to hike beyond the end of Kings Canyon Road.  There is a dirt and gravel parking area from which to begin their hike up to the falls.  Nearby is a portable restroom and a turn-around area.  Trouble is, it’s a very popular hike-origination spot to the falls and points beyond – all of which is quite up-hill. But there’s more difficulty with the site in that very close homes and driveways that are frequently blocked by well-intentioned hikers but also late night and week-end “party people.”  They not only overcrowd the area, some take it upon themselves to be boisterous and play their car stereo systems quite loud – especially all hours of the weekend.

Beyond the loud parties and occasional fist fights, there are fears among the neighbors that in the event of an earthquake or rapid snow-melt flooding, that their “escape route” could be blocked by cars thereby preventing their own evacuation.

City staff assured the commission that they are formulating improvements to the Kings Canyon turn-around area which will up-grade and relocate the restroom facilities.  The commissioners lauded staff’s effort and said they are eager to receive and review staff’s final plans to ensure the reconstruction of the turn-around area is what everyone can agree to.

The Parks and Recreation Commission was also presented with the improvements made to the Schulz Park development at the southeast end of town.  Besides new homes surrounding it, here are some park amenities the city has installed…



Kitchen fire Monday night puts a scare into apartment dwellers on So. Harbin Street

Kitchen fire in apartment at 217 So. Harbin, Apt 5

Tenant put food on stove, fell asleep on the couch. Woke up to smoke.

Carson City Firefighters raced to the scene of a reported apartment fire at 217 So. Harbin Monday night. It was shortly after 9pm that the fire was reported in apartment 5. Preliminary evaluation indicates that a tenant in the apartment put food in a pan and put it on the stove.  Unfortunately, he turned around and fell asleep on the couch. The tenant awoke to flames coming from the stove and called the fire department. Quick acting firefighters put the fire out before any major damage could set in. Smoke damage looked minimal.

Moral of the story – If you’re going to sleep don’t cook. If you’re going to cook, don’t sleep.

Goal of CC School District: Improve Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety at, to and from School

Safety Review Study Set to Improve Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety at Schools

 — Beginning October 1, parents, families and teachers may see drones flying above and around their schools during morning student drop-off or afternoon pick-up. The Carson City School District is working with Carson City government officials to conduct a safety review study designed to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in school zones.

Headway Transportation, a transportation planning and design firm, will use the drones to capture bird’s-eye footage during high-traffic times at each school. Using an aerial perspective, they hope to identify pinch-points and overall circulation around the school. They will conduct surveys using drones of each site on the following days.

  • Carson Middle School – October 1 (Afternoon) and October 2 (Morning)
  • Empire Elementary School – October 4 (Afternoon) and October 8 (Morning)
  • Fremont Elementary School – October 9 (Morning) and October 11 (Afternoon)
  • Fritsch Elementary School – October 8 (Afternoon) and October 17 (Morning)
  • Eagle Valley Middle School – October 10 (Morning) and October 9 (Afternoon)
  • Seeliger Elementary School – October 10 (Afternoon) and October 11 (Morning)
  • Bordewich Bray Elementary School – October 15 (Afternoon) and October 16 (Morning)
  • Mark Twain Elementary School – October 15 (Morning) and October 16 (Afternoon)

The results from the studies will be incorporated into a master plan of future safety improvements and educational efforts aimed at making walking and biking to school safer. The effort is focused on encouraging students to walk or bike to school.

Headway Transportation has assured the school district the drone pilot will work with the Carson City Airport to notify them of each flight.

Vehicle fire on 395 1 mile north of Airport Road – Turned out was just a smoking blown tire.

2:27pm. Report of a vehicle fire on northbound Highway 395 a mile north of Airport Road.  Watch for emergency responders.  There’s also a report that a hay truck might be involved in some way.  Fire caused by a bad wheel on a vehicle according to a report from the scene.

2:30pm. Arriving firefighters find that there wasn’t a fire – just a blown tire.

Congressman Mark Amodei – He’ll await the arrival of all the evidence before he makes up his mind…

During an over-the-phone news conference with Nevada news reporters this week Nevada’s lone republican Congressman said that he favors the investigation of President Trump’s actions surrounding the Ukraine controversy.  “But I’m not going to say one way or the other whether I’ll vote to impeach him.  All the facts aren’t in yet.”

Amodei, Nevada’s only republican in the Congress, said there was confusion over what he meant last week when he indicated he supports the INQUIRY on grounds for impeachment – not IMPEACHMENT itself.  Amodei says he wants the full impeachment investigation to be on the table before he casts his vote with the rest of the House of Representatives.

State Education Committee says…”It’s time to overhaul education funding….”

Governor Steve Sisolak
“Nevada needs to catch up…”

The recently created Nevada Commission on School Funding has started to roll up their sleeves on how to improve education funding in the state.  The current funding formulas are literally over a half-century old.  The commission met Friday for the first time and claimed they’re prepared to revamp the way Nevada raises education funding and how to target student groups that have been falling behind.  The Commission says streamlining funding and being transparent about it will vastly improve the fuel that runs our state’s K-12 schools.

Governor Steve Sisolak has been raising the bar over his own frustrations over anemic levels of spending for Nevada students who have a huge challenge in meeting employment demands nationwide. High tech, high tech, high tech. Yet there are student groups who barely speak English at one end of the spectrum with many gifted and talented students on the other. Disparities in family incomes and children coming home to empty dwellings caused by the absolute requirement that both parents work, are also taking a toll on Nevada students.

The 11 member Commission is tasked with guiding the Department of Education’s work so that there will be noticeable educational improvements by the end of the 2021 school year.

A shout-out for coats for needy school students…

New Coats Sought for Needy Students in Transition in Carson City

This weekend will see the season’s first cold snap and dip below freezing temperatures. The McKinney-Vento Students in Transition Program in Carson City is seeking donations of new (not used) coats and jackets for students in transition. Students in Transition are those individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

The organization needs all sizes including small youth to adult XXL. Jackets and coats may be dropped off now through October 29 at the following locations, days and times:

  • Professional Development Center, 618 West Musser Street

Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Vitalant (previously United Blood Services), 256 E. Winnie Lane

Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Carson City Middle Schools Receive Grants for Hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Carson City Middle Schools Receive Grants for Hands-on STEM Programs

Students and teachers at the two middle schools in Carson City (Carson Middle and Eagle Valley Middle Schools) now have access to a program that will give students a boost in their education and future careers through enhanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM.. The opportunity was made possible with the help of Tesla’s K-12 Education Investment Fund, the Nevada Department of Education and Project Lead The Way (PLTW).

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on computer science, engineering and biomedical science programs in the classroom.

Carson and Eagle Valley Middle School students will also be introduced to Automation and Robotics which will open many doors through high school, college and future employment.

“Our world is rapidly evolving, and that has serious implications for our students,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Bertram. “We are proud to partner with the Carson City School District to empower students with knowledge and skills that will help them no matter what career path they choose.

Elizabeth Warren coming to Carson City, Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, Boys & Girls Club

Elizabeth Warren
Boys & Girls Club on Russell Way, Oct 2, 5pm doors open. No tickets required

Democratic candidate for President of the USA Elizabeth Warren will visit Carson City on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Boys and Girls Club at 1860 Russel Way. Ms. Warren is holding one of her huge rallies in celebration of her dramatic rise in the presidential polls over the last month.

Doors open at 5pm, with Ms. Warren’s trademark high energy entrance promptly at 6pm. Due to Ms. Warren’s popularity those who plan to attend should get there early. Tickets are not required.

Growing lots of marijuana in plain sight – and they’re busted…

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A Carson City couple growing excessive amounts of marijuana in plain sight has been arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies.

Deputies obtained a search warrant on the residence of Brian and Tanya Walkem at 1116 Fremont in Carson City. When deputies knocked on the door they told the couple that they were there to investigate whether they were in possession of too much marijuana and whether they were growing more than the legal limit under the law.

The Walkem’s proceeded to escort the deputies around the property showing plants growing against the backyard fence, along a side yard, growing in a well lit grow-house, and more plants inside the home. Deputies also found evidence of a process of concentrating marijuana in to a more potent product which is against the law. All-in-all more than $50,000 in illicitly grown and processed marijuana.

Both Brian and Tanya Walkem were arrested – Brian for Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession For Sale, Illegal Trafficking and Cultivation of Concentrated Marijuana. Tanya was charged with Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana and Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Congressional candidate: Clint Koble on Ukraine controversy

From Candidate for Congress Clint Koble:

I support Speaker Pelosi and the U.S. House of Representative’s decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. His actions regarding the whistleblower incident, and the exchange he had with Ukrainian president Zelesnky regarding the Bidens, is alarming and unconstitutional. These latest actions by President Trump cross the line into impeachment territory.

One of the founding principles of our country is that no one is above the law. The House needs to follow through with the impeachment inquiry, and uncover the facts. Our democracy has been held hostage by this President long enough – he ignores our laws and our principles, and even basic human decency. We need to restore a system of checks and balances to prevent abuse of power by the Executive Branch. Our American democracy is defined by those willing to defend and fight for it. There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing.













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