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Nevada Jobs are up while unemployment increases slightly

Employment in Nevada is up 5,200 over the month July to August and 43,400 over the year. The state’s unemployment rate is at 4.1 percent (up 0.1 percent point from June) and is down 0.4 percentage point when compared to last July. Governor Sisolak reacted to the numbers by saying “I am pleased to see that this month’s labor market report reflects positive employment growth both over the month and over the year in Nevada. Although there was a slight increase in the unemployment rate this month, it continues to remain the lowest rate we have seen in the month of July since 2006.While this month’s labor market measures remain positive, we must continue to seek opportunities for improvement in our state’s economy and work to provide all Nevadans with an opportunity for a bright economic outlook moving forward.”

DETR’s report also notes that Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund ended the second quarter of 2019 with a balance of over $1.52 billion, another record level. At this level, the Trust Fund balance would cover nearly 17 months of benefits if a similar recession to the Great Recession of 2008 were to occur. “With employment continuing to grow at a steady pace and the unemployment rate remaining relatively low, Nevada continues to have a stable labor market. However, even in this strong labor market there are still opportunities for improvement. For example, our rate of involuntary part-time workers – those who are working part-time but want to be working full-time – remains high compared to the rest of country. Overall, the economic picture around the state remains positive but with rising uncertainty nationally, we will continue to monitor Nevada’s labor market for signs of a turning point.” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR.

Additional July Report Highlights: •Total employment rose by 3.1 percent over the year, more than double the current U.S. growth rate (1.5 percent). • Professional and business services have added the most jobs out of all sectors using a 12-month moving average through July over the same year time last year, up 13,100 jobs.

From March through June of this year, summer-related employment in leisure and hospitality saw a rise in 7,400 jobs which is historically slightly above average.
• Industries with the highest “net” employment gain in the fourth quarter of 2018 were leisure and hospitality (+3,672), construction (+2,285), and manufacturing (+2,010).
• Nevada’s largest sector employment gain was in leisure and hospitality services at approximately 22 percent compared to ten percent for the nation.
• In June 2019, Nevada had the 17th-highest unemployment rate in the nation with 15 states (plus Washington, DC) having higher unemployment rates.
• In July 2019, most of the unemployment insurance claims without earnings came from the administrative and waste management sectors which has been a typical trend over time during the month of July.
• In the middle of 2018, Nevada experienced an increase in unemployment in the 16-24 age group for men and women, a contrast with the national trend where unemployment has been running steady at approximately 6 percent for women and men since early 2018.
• Year-to -date through July, 204,416 ads have been posted for jobs in Nevada, an increase of 39,659 (24 percent) from the same period last year.

Second Washoe County resident dies from the Hantavirus

Deer Mouse
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The Washoe County Health Department has announced that a second Washoe County resident has contracted hantavirus and died. This is the second fatal case of hantavirus since 2017 and reaffirms the seriousness of outbreak.

“Although hantavirus is extremely rare, when it does occur, the disease can be fatal,” said Dr. Randall Todd, Director of the Washoe County Health District Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness Division. On average, 38 percent of hantavirus cases are fatal.

Infected rodents, most commonly deer mice, shed the virus in their droppings, urine, and saliva. Hantavirus is mainly transmitted to people when they breathe in air contaminated with the virus. (Stay out of dirty garages with mouse holes.)

It may also be transmitted if a person touches anything contaminated with droppings, urine, or saliva and then touches their nose or mouth.

This typically occurs when working or recreating in areas where mouse droppings, urine, or saliva may have collected or when cleaning up rodent droppings or nesting material. Hikers and campers may be at higher risk if they are in areas that are common for heavy rodent infestation such as old cabins, stables, and barns. Scientists also suspect that people can become sick if they eat food contaminated by droppings, urine, or saliva from an infected rodent.

The Health District urges everyone to take precautions when entering spaces where mice may have been, such as storage places, garages, sheds, cabins and barns. Since it is hard to tell if a rodent carries hantavirus, it is best to avoid all wild mice and rats and to safely clean up any rodent urine, droppings, or nests in your home.

Listed below are specific guidelines to follow when cleaning in areas with rodent activity:

— Do not sweep or vacuum the area with urine, droppings, or nesting material.

— A solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water should be used when cleaning urine and/or droppings. Let it set for 5 minutes before cleaning the area.

— Wear gloves (i.e., latex, vinyl, rubber) and a face mask to avoid touching or breathing in viral particles.

— Identify areas where mice are getting in and set traps.

— Identify and plug openings that may allow rodents entry. A deer mouse can fit through an opening the size of a nickel. Plug holes using steel wool and put caulk around the steel wool to keep in in place.

Apartment fire at 2900 Menlo #16 – Heavy Damage

Firefighters responded to upper apartment fire at 2900 Menlo just after 12noon

The fire destroyed a rear window from the heat.

Inside was gutted and blackened by the very hot fire.

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to see if the fire had gotten in to the attic.

Carson City Firefighters raced to the scene of an apartment fire that was shoving flames out the windows at 2900 Menlo, #16. Firefighters quickly determined there was no one at home at the time.

Firefighters knocked the fire down rather quickly because of the close quarters. The Carson City Fire Marshal is examining the evidence as to the specific cause of the blaze.

Again, no one was home, therefore no injuries. The fire was confined to the single apartment. Neighbors on both sides of #16 and downstairs from it were allowed to go back into their apartments.

Wildland Fire threats abound in the West

Getting in to the driest part of the year…
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With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working hard to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities.

This year, the BLM began analyzing a significant 11,000-mile stretch of strategic fuel breaks to combat wildfires in the Great Basin which includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah.

As DOI continues to evaluate innovative ways to best limit the destruction of wildfires, it is nearing completion of more than 2,500 wildfire risk-reduction projects on more than 1.2 million acres of DOI and tribal-administered lands in some of the most fire-prone areas of the country.

California: The BLM California Bishop Field Office made improvements to existing fuelbreaks adjacent to residential areas. Wildland fire crews cut and removed downed trees and limbs on BLM-managed lands, reducing the available fuel load. The project was undertaken in partnership with residents of the community of Wilkerson, Inyo National Forest, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Nevada: More than 85,000 acres of land will be treated. One project already completed includes: The BLM Nevada Battle Mountain District has recently completed over 2,115 acres of treatments along roadsides including thinning, masticating, herbicide application, mowing, drill seeding, and broadcast seeding to create fuel breaks to limit the wildfire growth potential of roadside ignitions. In 2018, this fuel break allowed the district to successfully suppress a fire, keeping it from becoming a larger, more destructive disaster.

As wildfire activity likely increases, DOI, in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, is moving wildfire suppression resources to the most susceptible areas around the country. At the center of this coordination is the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which coordinates eight different agencies and organizations’ emergency management responses. The NIFC produces a monthly “National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook,” which provides wildland fire potential forecasts for the country. The most recent outlook forecasts potential for above normal fire activity in western Oregon and Washington, parts of California and Nevada, and the interior of Alaska.

“Most of the western states experienced a wet spring, which allowed vegetation to grow thickly and quickly,” said Fire Weather Program Manager Bryan Henry. “The wet, cool spring delayed fire season, though now, we are seeing hot and dry weather throughout most of the western states, which is rapidly drying the abundant vegetation and creating fuel for wildfires.”

Due to a cool, wet spring season, wildfire activity has been below normal this year with 27,191 wildfires burning 3,325,456 acres. This is much lower than previous years as around 39,700 wildfires burned over 4.1 million acres at this point in the season last year and 5.8 million acres in 2017.

Last year was one of the most tragic years on record with more than 58,000 wildfires burning over 8.8 million acres. Additionally, nearly 26,000 structures were destroyed, more than double the previous annual record.

The DOI is currently managing wildfire incidents in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington, and has deployed personnel, aircraft, and equipment throughout the country to work with interagency firefighting partners.

Brush fire atop hill just south of Lepire

Fire atop Moffat Open Space off Lepire Drive

Fire driven by stiff winds from the west. Firemen worked quickly to contain it.

Once contained, the blaze got boxed in and put out.

Digging and soaking to ensure all embers were put out.

Fire started here, at the top, right next to parking area.

A one acre brush fire broke out at the top of a hill – part of the Moffat Open Space area – that has some benches and places to BBQ.

Somebody either barbecuing or just taking a break atop the hill probably threw down a lit cigarette then left.  The starting  point of the fire was right up against the paved path that goes to the top of the rise just to the east of the picnic area.

Carson City Firefighters rushed to the scene and discovered the fire, blown by a strong westerly wind, had torched the hill from the picnic spot, down slop and was hemmed in a bit by the bike path that goes south from Lepire. Firefighters quickly got ahead of the fire and stopped it before it jumped the hiking and biking path.

Within an hour firefighters had the blaze knocked down and were switching to soaking the ground to help ensure nothing burning at ground level, or just below, could re-ignite.

Firefighters say they can’t tell what exactly started the fire other than something with a flame got too close to something dried out and the fire took off from there.

Of course, if anyone knows who or what ACTUALLY started the fire, please call the Carson City Fire Department.

Thursday morning crash/rollover on Highway 50 at Airport

Nevada Highway Patrol says a rollover accident Thursday morning at Highway 50 and Airport injured one woman while others in the SUV were not seriously hurt. The NHP reports that the white SUV was headed west on Highway 50 when, for some reason, the driver ran a red light at Airport. At that split second, a pickup was headed north on airport and was hit by the SUV – the SUV also hit a pickup that was waiting to turn north onto Airport.

Again, one person transported to the hospital but the others were okay. NHP was expected to issue the driver of the SUV a traffic ticket for failure to obey a red light resulting in a multi-vehicle collision.

Auto vs Pedestrian at Carmine and Lompa

8:00pm  Report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian at Carmine and Lompa.  Reports indicated the pedestrian was not seriously injured.  The victim said the vehicle hit her, but she was not seriously injured.  The black car then drove off quickly.

Walking after the sun goes down on busy roads is very much recommended against by law enforcement and safety experts.  After dark, it’s best to drive to walking paths and walk with a partner

Carson City Fire Dept: Be careful with fire. Obey City Laws

The Carson City Fire Department is implementing fire restrictions on city and privately owned lands within Carson City.

Vegetation in western Nevada has dried out significantly. A large crop of grass and brush is evident at lower elevations and trees and other forest vegetation at higher elevations are quickly drying out. The public is encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands, bearing in mind that human-caused fires annually threaten human life, private property and public land resources every summer.

Off-highway motor vehicle enthusiasts are advised that hot exhaust systems can ignite dry grasses. The potential for another devastating fire during the summer is very real. Report fires to the Carson City Dispatch Center by calling 911.

Fire Restrictions Prohibit:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.

3. Operating vehicles or other motorized equipment off of existing paved, gravel, or dirt roads.

4. Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.

5. Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.

6. Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.

7. Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets while recreational shooting.

8. Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush and yard debris).

In addition, the Nevada Division of Forestry has placed travel restrictions within the Sierra Fire Protection District. These restrictions prohibit operating vehicles off of existing hard surface gravel roads or dirt roads in wildland areas, and operating vehicles or equipment traveling on or using wildland areas without at least an axe, shovel and one gallon of water. The BLM and the Forest Service recommend avoiding cross-country travel whenever possible to prevent grass from igniting from hot exhaust systems. Those city agencies that have responsibility to perform off road work should pay particular attention to where vehicles are driven, parked, or stopped.

These restrictions do not prevent individual property owners from the safe use of BBQ’s, Chimeras, or patio fireplaces provided they are used on non-combustible surfaces away from ignitable wildland fuels on their own property.

Robbery starts in Sun Valley – Robber chased to Carson City

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office reports that a robbery that occurred Saturday night in Sun Valley, just north of Reno, wound up traveling 30 miles south to Carson City.

Deputies catch up with the man pursuing another man for robbing his girlfriend.

Preliminary information indicates that a young woman was paying for gas at a Sun Valley gas station when a man approached her and forcefully demanded money. The money was given and the robber took off. The victim’s boyfriend learned of the heist and managed to catch up with the robber in Washoe Valley. The robber got off the freeway using the eastbound off-ramp at College Parkway. At the end of the off-ramp, at the signal light, the pursuing male reportedly fired at least one shot at the robber.

What happened after that is sketchy but Carson City deputies quickly spotted the pursuer’s white sedan and soon had the driver out and on the ground at the Shell station, across from the Carson Mall.  The man appeared to cooperate with deputies.

In the meantime, other deputies were searching the area off the eastbound I-580 off-ramp at College Parkway where the one shot was fired at the robber. Four or five deputies were using their flashlights to discover any available evidence that may have been left behind.

Shooter suspect, chasing robber

Deputies searching I-580 off ramp area where shot was fired at the robber.

Other details remain sketchy.  We hope to have more information later this morning.

Elderly male suffers heart attack while driving. Ends tragically on South Edmonds.

Elderly male driver likely suffered a heart attack while driving north on So. Edmonds.

An elderly man driving southbound on South Edmonds Friday afternoon is believed to have suffered a heart attack causing him to lose control of his car.  The car drifted to the right – left the pavement – and smashed in to a concrete driveway culvert.  The impact was very violent and demolished half the car.  Witnesses told a sheriff’s deputy that the man was trapped in the wreckage and was not breathing.

Arriving Carson City Fire-Paramedics worked hard to get him out of the wreckage…but it took a while due to the caved-in interior of the two front seats.

Paramedics quickly got to the man who was reported to be not breathing.

Paramedics loaded the victim inside an ambulance which did not leave the scene right away.  The deceased driver’s name was not immediately released as per protocol – that his family should be informed first.

Paramedics and Firefighters finally extricate the victim.

Help prevent identity theft – Shred old documents no longer needed…

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a “Shred Day” at the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot located at 225 West Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365. The event is being held in an effort to combat identity theft and financial fraud for our citizens and assist them in protecting their personal privacy. 

Shred Day is a free event open to the public. Please bring your paper documents, files, notebooks, canceled checks, or any other document that contains your personal or sensitive information. We also accept CDs and DVDs that contain personal or sensitive information. The shredding is 100% secure and will be conducted by an iSecure truck on site. 

There is no limit to the amount of shredding that you may bring; however, once the truck is full, we will not be able to accept any more documents.   

Shredding is one of the most important things you can do to prevent identity theft. Below are just a few examples of items you should shred and not place in your trash can. 

– Expired or unused credit and debit cards 
– Credit card statements 
– Pre-approved credit card offers and applications 
– Checking and savings account statements 
– Canceled checks 
– Investment account statements 
– Pension account statements 
– Paycheck stubs 
– Phone and utility bills 
– Tax returns and statements 
– Medical records or bills 
– Insurance policy or claim information (auto, health, life) 
– Expired identification documents (driver licenses and passports) 

Questions? Please call 541-265-4912 .

Sheriff’s Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony

Please join Carson City Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and Carson City Sheriff’s Office staff for a moment of remembrance honoring Carson City’s fallen law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice.

John L. Blackburn, Sheriff, End of Watch December 9, 1861, Stabbed During Arrest Incident

Timothy G. Smith, Sheriff, End of Watch December 17, 1867, Shot During Arrest Incident

Vernon B. Carvin, Deputy, End of Watch October 31, 1949, Heart Attack During Combative Inmate

Daniel E. McDaniel, Deputy, End of Watch June 19, 1963, Auto Accident

Carl G. Howell, Deputy, End of Watch August 15, 2015, Shot/Domestic Dispute


What: Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony

When: August 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

 Where: at the Sheriff’s Office, 911 E Musser

Refreshments following the ceremony in the Ormsby Room.

Domestic violence and break-up spawns gunfire, children saved, but father fatally wounded

Update on N. Edmonds SWAT action last Saturday:

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who was shot dead by SWAT team members in Carson City Saturday

A sheriff’s office release says the deceased male was identified as 32-year-old Cortney Ronald Staley. They said he was the biological father of the infant involved.

The CCSO said he died during an exchange of gunfire with a SWAT team just before 9pm following a long stand-off with Carson City Sheriff’s sharp-shooters. On more than one occasion Staley came out with his infant son pressed against his chest, screaming profanities at deputies. On one occasion Staley came out to yell at the deputies some more, while holding a pistol to his own head. After night-fall, the CCSO SWAT Team forced their way into the apartment, overwhelmed Staley with gunfire. Moments later Staley was dead. The infant was not injured.

A mother and father and their three young children went through Domestic Violence hell Saturday afternoon in Carson City as a fight between mom and dad turned deadly.

Scene of a tragic end to a marriage and one life…on No Edmonds

The estranged father was authorized by a judge to visit their children at their apartment on North Edmonds but a battle of words broke out causing the mother to scoop up two of the couples’ youngsters and all three fled the apartment, leaving the father holding the third child, an infant, in his arms. His estranged wife contacted the Sheriff’s Office and deputies began arriving on scene very quickly.

SWAT deputies took their positions in preparation of what looked like a long stand-off.

They surrounded the apartment at 1402 No. Edmonds where the father was hold-up with his infant son inside the apartment.

Holding his infant son, and a gun to his own head, the father demanded that law enforcement leave….

Deputies called the father out to talk to him. But the father spewed long tirades of profanities and when he came out holding his son in one arm he held a pistol against his own head yelling at deputies to leave.

Gun blast took out the west side window…

The father and infant went back inside. Soon there was a gun blast from inside the apartment. Then another and another and then more. Finally the west side window of the apartment was blown out by a gun blast.

SWAT team rushes the apartment. Lots of gunfire leaving the father dead. His son who survived is scooped up and taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Right around sundown, the Carson City SWAT team rushed up the stairs and threw a “flash-bang” device into the apartment which went off like a bomb. Quickly the SWAT team went inside to bring the stand-off to a close – and that’s what happened. The father was killed but the infant was still okay. The infant was likely rushed to Carson Tahoe Hospital to be checked and evaluated.

No names have yet been released in connection with the incident.

Major traffic crash at 580 and 50 in south Carson – Minor injuries but it was a mess.

Large delivery truck with weak brakes barrels down Hwy 50 into intersection with I-580.  Note the collision spot when one car was punched sideways.

Truck barreled through a red light. Loses front bumper hitting a car.

Damage was considerable.  Five other vehicles were damaged. Truck driver not injured and nobody went to the hospital.

This vehicle appears to have been blown sideways. Notice drivers side windshield.

Traffic north and soundbound on I-580 was backed way up.













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