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Finally!! It’s going to be open!!!

Beginning Monday of next week the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen all of their branch offices throughout the Nevada.  Offices will offer only limited services to Nevadans who have been the most affected on driver’s license suspensions, no valid form of identification or having purchased a vehicle with no license plates.

Drivers should visit the DMV website, dmvnv.com, before visiting the office nearest you.

Guidelines posted for three general groups:

— Do it online or at a kiosk – it is more important than ever to use the DMV’s alternate services. (Less paper)
– An automatic extension on expired documents is in effect. Other transactions that can wait include personalized license plate orders, new resident licensing and registration and Real ID upgrades.
— Be prepared if you do come in – visit the website, gather all necessary documents and have forms filled out in advance.

At the offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno, DMV staff will be walking the lines outside the offices using these same three steps.

Customers who can legally drive should avoid visiting the DMV for at least the first 30 days. Any driver’s license or other DMV document that has an expiration date from March 16 through July 14 has an automatic extension. The DMV website has an extension letter motorists can print and present to law enforcement. There is no rush to renew.

Customers who are served may be asked to wait outside in their vehicle until called. The offices may stop accepting new customers each afternoon depending on demand.

Appointments and driving skills tests will be available beginning June 15. The department staff, brought back to work May 26, has been contacting customers with previous appointments and has been serving vehicle registration customers on a drop-off basis.

Driving skills tests are resuming this week. Skills tests will be administered by appointment only. No stand-by tests will be allowed. To ensure safety, drive examiners will be wearing full personal protective equipment including face shields, rubber gloves and gowns.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is also implementing two new technology services that were in the planning stages prior to the COVID-19 closure.

The MyDMV online services portal, at dmvnv.com/mydmv, now allows motorists to set up an account without using a Social Security number. This enables approximately 60,000 Driver Authorization Card holders to have full access to DMV online services including address changes, duplicate licenses and vehicle registration cancellation. MyDMV also now asks all customers to answer security questions as an added security enhancement.

The second new technology service will benefit walk-in customers at DMV field offices. “Mobile Ticket” will allow customers to check in and join the line by using their cell phones to scan a QR code or entering a web address. Mobile Ticket will send text messages showing the customer where they stand in line, allowing the customer to wait elsewhere, even away from the DMV.

Keeping mom and grandmother’s happy and in good shape!

Medical experts continue to remind us that early detection is vital in the fight against breast cancer.  Mammography screenings are critically important especially for women over the age of 40.  But screenings are still common among women younger than 40,  but they need a screening referral from a doctor.
Here’s where the Mammography Van will be in your neck of the woods:

— Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10, Carson City, 7:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. NVHC Sierra Nevada Health Center, 3225 Research Way.

— Thursday, June 11, 7:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., Fallon Tribal Health Center, 1001 Rio Vista Drive Fallon.

— Friday, June 12, 7:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Carson City, NVHC Sierra Nevada Health Center, 3225 Research Way.

— Tuesday, June 16, Reno, 7:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., Reno, Community Health Alliance, 1055 S. Wells Ave.

— Wednesday, June 17, 7:40 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carson City,  NVHC Sierra Nevada Health Center, 3225 Research Way

— Thursday and Friday, June 18-19, 7:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Hawthorne, Mount Grant General Hospital, 200 South “A” Street 

For more information go on line: http://www.nvhealthcenters.org

 

Delirious male wandering out onto Carson Street at Park

11:07am  Alert!  Older man wearing a black jacket and black pants is wandering around in the middle of Carson Street at Park.  Law enforcement is enroute. 

11:09am  Man is now off Carson and walking down a sidewalk.

11:13am  Man has been engaged by sheriff’s deputies at Carson and Adams.

11:16am  Reports say the man was having an argument with someone – since ceased.  Man was admonished to stay away from a particular business.

Announcement from Congressional Candidate Patricia Ackerman

More from Patricia Ackerman:

This is why I am running for Congress:

Our current Congressman, Mark Amodei, has been so un-involved in helping create solutions for rural Nevada that he has earned the title, “worst Congressman for the rurals in the state’s history.” His voting record is why.
Mark Amodei has voted over and over for policies that destroy our healthcare, despite a desperate need for solutions to make access and affordability a priority. And, he bold-faced lied about it and how it would adversely affect Nevadans.

Healthcare is my top priority. Given my conversations with residents, it is also what I hear as the most pressing concern for the majority on Nevadans.

Most important to me – develop an accessible, secure healthcare system. We are NOT FREE if we cannot afford to seek medical care without the risk of financial collapse. I will lead the charge in creating a public option.

In 2019, Mark Amodei voted against the bill “Strengthening Healthcare and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act.” I would consider backing an even stronger version of this bill, which includes increasing the minimum number of drugs that will be subject to negotiation, up from 35, and fully repealing the ban on Medicare negotiating drug prices. As the bill stands now, it creates an exception allowing a limited number of drugs to be negotiated, rather than fully repealing the ban.

Veterans have not been treated very well by our current Congressman’s votes. Just one example: Amodei voted against an amendment to the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill to make it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana. The amendment had bi-partisan support. This is just one of many votes by our incumbent Congressman hurting our veterans.

I support H.R. 2191, the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act, which would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefit administered by the Secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a State-approved marijuana program. 33 states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational uses.

I support authorizing the Veterans Administration to receive reimbursements from TRICARE and Medicare.
I support making nursing home eligibility part of the VA health benefits package.

In addition, we must:

Strengthen our public schools. When we educate our children and all Nevadans, our economy thrives. Federal policies that work in favor of public schools have my vote.
Close the gender pay inequality gap and help families get ahead. Move toward a $15 minimum wage, no later than by 2023.
Make Nevada a renewable energy powerhouse that will create a minimum of 8,000 new jobs that cannot be outsourced overseas.
Preserve and protect our public lands and wild horses.

Congressman Amodei has failed us over and over again. From agriculture and food issues, transportation and infrastructure, broadband/internet, mining, energy, privacy issues – Amodei’s voting record is abysmal. When you see how his votes have hurt us – you’ll be ready for the change too. When you hear how we can do it, you’ll rest easier knowing someone who truly cares about Nevada is ready to lead.

“Leadership is not about being the best. Leadership is about making everyone else better.”
I pledge to do just that.

Patricia

Family help when it’s really REALLY needed!

Ron Wood Family Resource Center, Northridge Complex

The Ron Wood Family Resource Center in Carson City remains open to help individuals and families during the current Covid-19 virus outbreak. Walk-in clients can receive food, important information and referrals for further assistance.

The Ron Wood Family Resource Center also provides computers to get information on benefits for unemployment, welfare and social security. The Center also offers free access to phones so people can contact other agencies for other kinds of help.

If a person or family has questions or needs that are not an emergency, they urge you to call the Ron Wood Family Resource Center at 775-884-2269. You can also fill out an information request on their website at carson-family.org.

The center is located at 2621 Northgate Lane in Carson City. Their advocates and social workers are available daily to assist you.

Corona Virus Update, Saturday June 6th

Corona Virus still very much with us…

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Three New Cases and Four Recoveries 

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting three new positive cases and four additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 230 with 159 recoveries and six deaths, 65 cases remain active.

The new cases are:

  • A male Lyon County resident in his 60’s
  • A male Carson City resident in his 50’s
  • A male Carson City resident in his 30’s

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.

County Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Deaths Hospitalized
Carson City 109 24 80 5 6
Douglas County 38 10 28 0
Lyon County 82 31 50 1
Storey County 1 0 1 0
TOTAL 230 65 159 6

Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

Community-Based Testing for Quad-County Residents Without Symptoms

There are two community-based testing opportunities next week for Quad-County residents without symptoms. Testing is first come, first served, no appointments or reservations.

  • June 9, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Carson High School (1111 N. Saliman Rd., Carson City)
    • 400 tests available
  • June 10, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Fernley City Hall (595 Silver Lace Blvd, Fernley)
    • 150 Tests available

Additional community-based testing opportunities will be announced as they become available.

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.

Stay informed. For updates and more information on COVID-19 visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.

 

Patricia Ackerman continues to draw official endorsements….

Thank you for your support, BAC Local #13 Nevada.

Americans are suffering the worst economic inequality we’ve seen since the Great Depression. Strengthening unions, raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, and closing the gender pay gap are just a few ways I’ll fight to reverse this.

As a former SAG-AFTRA member myself, I know the power of unions. I am honored to be in this fight with BAC Local #13 Nevada.

Patricia Ackerman, Candidate
U.S. Congressional Representative
Douglas County resident

Here comes summer and there’s lots to occupy our kids and parents

Carson City Recreation programs are re-opening after Governor Sisolak gave the green light for Phase 2 of the region’s recovery from the initial outburst of the Covid-19 virus.

The Multipurpose Athletic Center has reopened and the Aquatic Facility and Community Center ar reopening on Monday, June 8.

New safety measures including no packed-together crowds. Keep a distance of six feet.

Meanwhile, the MAC – Multipurpose Athletic Center – at 1860 Russell Way re-opened today, Friday. Hours 8am to 7pm.

For other team sports, only three people are allowed on each half-court basketball court. Four people are allowed on a pickleball court, and 10 people is the maximum allowed on the walking track.

Reservations are required and can be made by going to www.carson.org/ccpr, by phone at (775)-887-2339 or in-person during business hours.

Participants are also required to bring their own equipment including basketballs, pickleballs and paddles. They will not be loaned out by the MAC at this time.

Basketball court rentals is $9 and a pickleball court rental is $12. Restrooms are open and ready but there are no changing areas.

Social distancing measures will be enforced.

Participants on the basketball courts are not required to wear a facemask – but if you really want to reduce the chances of getting sick, wear one!!  They’re cheap and can save you life and the life of others!

Carson City Aquatic Facility

The Carson City Aquatic Facility, located immediately south of the Community Center (off Roop) opens June 8 with its Monday through Friday hours from 5:45AM to 2PM and 4PM to 7PM.  On Saturdays, the facility is open from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed Sundays.  Reservations are required and can be made online at www.carson.org/ccpr, by phone at (775)-887-2242 or in-person during business hours. Lanes can be reserved for lap swimming.

Staff expects a busy reopening day at the facility.  They’ve probably had about 30 or so reservations for Monday, if not more, he It’s been about 4 or 5 reservations every hour for the lanes that are open. There is still plenty of space, but planning needs to be taken seriously.

The 50-meter pool and Therapy Pool will be open and available to everybody. A maximum of eight people are allowed in the Therapy Pool at one time. One person is held per swimming lane and increases to three people per lane if they come from the same household.

Restrooms and showers will be available for participants, but access to locker rooms and changing areas is closed. Swimmers are encouraged to leave the facility in their swim attire in order to reduce the number of people gathering and changing at the facility.

Participants are required to bring their own equipment such as fins, kick-boards and other aqua equipment. They will not be loaned out by the facility.

Water exercise classes and other team activities can be offered in a later phase, but there is no official timetable set yet.  Additional social distancing measures are expected to be put in place.

Carson City Community Center

The Carson City Community Center, located on 851 E. William St., reopens June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Instructor-led classes resume as soon as individual instructors are prepared and have the required social distancing measures established.

The Camp Carson Summer Youth Program is expected to begin June 29. Recreation staff will contact those who signed up on the waiting list to register for camp beginning next week.

Outdoor recreational facilities including neighborhood parks, trails, outdoor sports courts, archery range, golf course and disc golf are all open with social distancing restrictions (six feet). Picnics and park gatherings with groups of less than 50 people are allowed. But not over 50.  Playgrounds and sports fields will remain closed.

Recreation classes including fitness and drivers education courses can start as early as next Monday if the plan is approved. More courses and classes can start back up in the near future.

Those who want to sit down in meeting spaces must wear a mask and sit far apart.

For more information on the recreational facilities in Carson City, visit the link here.

A damaged underground natural gas line forces evacuation of home on Brush Drive

CC Firefighters arrive on scene of a post-hole digging mistake…

8:30am  Carson City Firefighters this morning responded to a report of a natural gas leak at 1776 Brush Drive.  Initial reports indicated the family was replacing a fence post when they accidentally punctured an underground natural gas line about three feet underground.

8:40am  Family is being evacuated.

Arriving Carson City Fire-Rescue crews quickly cleared the immediate area.  They stood by while the gas company patched the leaking line behind the house.

Fire truck at the top of the driveway with water at the ready…

Carson City Firefighters would like to remind all Carson City residents that before you dig anywhere on your property it’s best to know where things are “down there.”  To prevent what happened on Brush Drive today just pick up the phone and dial 8-1-1.  The gas company will come out to your home, use an “underground radar” device to locate your underground pipes…mark the ground so you know what’s down there and how far down – so you don’t get a blast of natural gas when you dig.  And when you dial 8-1-1 you can “dial with a smile” because there is NO CHARGE for the gas company to come out and mark the EXACT ROUTE of your pipes and/or underground utilities.

Diesel fuel going up a nickel a gallon – help repair Carson streets

Still burning fossil fuels. Wikipedia photo

Carson City Supervisors this week decided to bump up the price of diesel fuel a nickel a gallon effective August 1st.  The additional nickel-a-gallon diesel tax was voted thumbs up by the Supervisors on a majority vote seeking funding for street repairs around town.  The tax will be collected at the local diesel pumps through December of 2022 for trucks as well as for diesel powered cars.

If the city wants to extend the tax, or push it higher, they’ll have to put the issue on a future election ballot and hope it passes.  If the tax extension proposal fails, the Board of Supervisors could resort to issuing municipal bonds to generate revenue to meet street repair needs.  Of course using investment bonds makes the costs noticeably higher in the long run.

City Supervisors keep the ball rolling on “freshening” the air at the Lyon County line

Carson City Supervisors Thursday gave Tahoe Western Asphalt a bit more time to solidify their plans to reduce odors from their asphalt plant that drift across the county line into Lyon County – Mound House in particular.

It appeared that Tahoe Western is in the final stages of negotiating with the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to ensure that the asphalt plant, which gives off an odorous exhaust smoke, more time to install special equipment. The new equipment is supposed to eliminate smoke and odor pollution from drifting across the county line and in to a nearby neighborhood just east of the county line.

Tahoe Western’s attorney said, in so many words, that any kind of pollution that drifts across county lines is usually monitored by a state agency and that they expect NDEP to prescribe and review the effectiveness of the new equipment that Tahoe Western has already agreed to purchase.

Carson City Supervisors laid out a timeline for all the improvements to be installed with a completion date in late October.

Welcome to Summer – Pedestrians are everywhere – all ages…


Pedestrian Safety Reminder from CCSO Sgt. Mike Cullen

The Carson City Sheriffs Office will be joining forces with other law enforcement agencies statewide focusing on pedestrian safety June 5th through June 21st.  We are in our summer weather patterns and everyone is anxious to get outside and enjoy it. If you are driving or walking here are some tips to keep in mind.

While walking:

Whenever possible, walk on the sidewalk; if no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic
Cross streets at crosswalks
Look left, right and left again before crossing the street, making eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you
Stay alert – avoid cell phone use while walking
Avoid alcohol and drug impairment when walking
Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, and use a flashlight at night
Children should cross the street with an adult

While Driving:

Watch for pedestrians and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, it’s a good idea to make eye contact, let them know you see them
Never pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks
Do not drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Distracted driving can be just as bad, texting can wait

Please be careful out there and have a great summer.

CCSO Sgt. Mike Cullen

Carson Farmers Market debuts Saturday, 8:30am, 3rd and Curry, downtown

Carson Farmers Market
3rd & Curry

The Carson Farmer’s Market launches their first opening of the season this Saturday at 8:30am at 3rd and Curry Streets.  It closes at 1pm.  There will be no crafts.  No pets allowed.  Just food.  Under the circumstances of the Corona Virus market management insists on these regulations:

Carson Farmers Market Rules and Procedures for COVID-19 2020

Faced with the COVID 19 Pandemic, we remain committed to creating and maintaining the highest quality venue while incorporating a win-win-win philosophy for the growers, vendors and our faithful public. Traditionally, Farmers’ Markets are places of social gathering and community. Markets are also where we find fresh produce, local meats, tasty food, handcrafted items, gourmet foods, and unique home businesses.  But the current COVID requirement for social distancing challenges the traditional Farmers’ Market model. In fact, we now find ourselves 180 degrees from that norm.  Given this circumstance, the management and vendors must do all we can to make the best of the situation.  If there is a silver lining, it is twofold: First, Farmers’ Markets are considered essential; and second, the timing of this disruption is prior to the height of Nevada’s Market season.

Nevertheless, the following guidelines will be in place immediately and include social distancing, restricted food handling, and restricted monetary handling.

The Carson Farmers Market General Guidelines

  • Required: Additional space between vendor booths, 10 feet wherever possible, and reconfigured for easier access and departure and where customers can spread out 6ft.
  • Required: Handwashing stations or hand sanitizer stands for customers where possible
  • Eliminated:  All entertainment, promotions, seating areas, or anything else that encourages customers to linger
  • Eliminated: Drinking stations
  • Eliminated: All sampling
  • Eliminated: Onsite food preparation
  • Eliminated: All artisan vendors (arts, crafts, non-food vendors)

Carson Farmers Market Specific Guidelines

Measures to be taken by Vendors:

To help keep everyone safe at our farmers market and support social distancing, we have enacted the following changes:

  • Vendors and employees who deal directly with the public must wear facemasks, pursuant to the State of Nevada requirements for businesses in Phase I Guidance
  • Posted signs with safety guidelines
  • Frequently perform enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, wipe down payment terminals and areas where customers touch between each customer.
  • Vendors may not touch reusable bags belonging to customers
  • Ensure the tables in vendors’ booths are set up to prevent customers from crowding in vendor booths with 6ft distancing
  • Strongly encourage grab-and-go, pre-packaged produce
  • Require handwashing stations or hand sanitizer and gloves for their staff. Must wash their hands several times throughout the day and replace gloves often. Make sure to wash your hands before putting a new pair of gloves on
  • No cloth tablecloths allowed, only tablecloths that can be wiped down or no tablecloths at all
  • Unpackaged food and cash/scrip /card may not be handled by the same person. We are requesting, if possible, a minimum of two people in the booth to maintain 6ft from one another. One handling cash/scrip/card and one handling produce. If you only have one vendor, you must use one hand for the product and one hand for card/cash/scrip. No cross-contamination
  • Market staff/volunteers will actively encourage social distancing and ask customers to leave the Farmers’ Market if met with refusal

Measures to be taken by Customers:

Practicing social distancing requires everyone’s participation to be effective. We need your help to create a social distancing friendly environment and are asking you to follow these guidelines when you visit our modified market:

  • If you are sick, stay home and ask a friend or family member to pick things up for you instead
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before coming to the market
  • We highly recommend everyone to wear masks
  • Read all Market signs and vendor signs
  • Maintain 6 feet of space from other shoppers and allow others their space when shopping
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, sneeze or cough into a tissue or into the crease of your elbow
  • Shop quickly to limit crowding
  • No sampling of products
  • Buy pre-bagged items whenever you can – some farmers are preparing them ahead for you
  • Your reusable bags will not be allowed to be handled by vendors; you will have to place your product in your own bag
  • Minimize the size of your group when shopping and keep your group together – this is especially important when shopping with young children
  • Wait outside the booth until it is free of other shoppers, then take your turn
  • You will not be able to spend time socializing or linger at the farmers’ market and will be asked to leave if you do so
  • Do not touch anything for sale before you buy it. The farmer/vendor will pick out what you want and bag it for you
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.
  • Thank your farmer.

 Everyone to Remember:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Make sure to wash your reusable bags before coming to the market
  • Wash all produce thoroughly before using it
  • We also want to emphasize that pets are not allowed at our farmers market – only service animals.

We want to ensure our market stays open by following all local rules and guidelines for the market, we ask you to please adhere to these rules so we can all enjoy the market this summer. 

From the Carson Farmers Market to you, may this be a great yet modified Market Season!

Breana Coons
Carson Farmers Market Manager

Gas Leak at 4333 E. Highway 50

12n – Report of a natural gas leak at 4333 East Highway 50 (between Fairview and Sherman). Watch for emergency vehicles. A natural gas line has been damaged. Caution in the area.

12;05pm  Appears to be caused by NV Energy crews erecting a new power pole.

“A pretty good save” as they call it….

Garage fire at 5040 Hells Bells Road, Tuesday morning…

Garage boiling with fire. Firefighters battle to keep it from spreading to the rest of the house.

Firefighters vent the roof over living quarters. Fast action by firefighters saved the home. 
CC Fire Dept. photos

A fire broke out at a rambling upscale home near the end of Hells Bells Road Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived to see flames shooting high over the garage. A fast attack knocked the flames down before they spread to the rest of the home. The garage was heavily damaged as well as to a vehicle parked inside. A small travel trailer parked about twenty feet away was singed by the heat.

Firefighters knocked down the garage fire then concentrated on checking to see if the fire had spread to the main living quarters of the house. They opened two small sections of the roof and began checking for any fire extension.

The exact cause of the fire has not yet been released. There were no injuries to firefighters or the home’s occupants.

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