One of many Radon Gas test kits….
American Lung Association Busts Top 5 Myths about Radon, Second-leading Cause of Lung Cancer
1 in 15 homes at risk for dangerous levels of radon, which causes lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths. Hiding in far too many homes is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, radon. This January, during Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association clears up five common myths around this deadly gas.
“Radon is a naturally occurring gas that hides invisibly in homes, yet is the nation’s second-leading cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths, so to save lives people need to be aware of and take action on radon,” said Terry Huertaz, executive director of the American Lung Association in New Mexico. “The good news is that testing for and reducing the high radon levels is straightforward and effective. We encourage all families, schools and daycares to test for radon to protect everyone’s health.”
Myth #1: Radon is not really harmful.
Fact: Not only is radon invisible, it’s also radioactive. While you can’t see it, exposure to high levels of radon over time can cause lung cancer, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. In fact, radon ranks as the nation’s second-leading cause of the disease. Radon-related lung cancers are responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths every year in the United States.
Myth #2: Radon is rare and doesn’t impact our community.
Fact: The reality is that radon is found at dangerous levels in an estimated 1 in 15 homes nationwide. Your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor’s home does not. It doesn’t matter in what part of the country you live. Radon comes from rock and soil, so it can be found anywhere. It then enters the home or building through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundation and other openings, and can exist at dangerous levels indoors.
Myth #3: Testing for radon is expensive.
Fact: The only way to detect dangerous levels of radon in your home is to test the air. Various do-it-yourself test kits are simple to use and inexpensive. Some places offer free kits. Schools and daycares should use professional help to do the testing.
Myth #4: Even if I test, I couldn’t afford to fix the problem.
Fact: Fixing radon problems in most homes costs between $500 and $1,500—roughly the price of a new television set or computer.
Myth #5: Our schools are safe.
Fact: Testing for radon in schools is not required in most states, nor is fixing the problem. Not only children, but teachers and other staff who work in schools can be exposed to dangerous levels of radon. The last nationwide survey of radon levels in schools, completed in 1993, found that nearly one in five schools had at least one classroom with dangerous levels of radon. The American Lung Association leads a coalition of groups working to highlight the importance of testing for radon in both schools and daycares through the National Radon Action Plan.
To learn more about radon and how to test homes, visit Lung.org/radon or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.
For media interested in speaking with an expert about radon gas, the National Radon Action Plan or lung cancer, contact Holly Harvey at Holly.Harvey@Lung.org or 206-512-3292.
2:33pm Report of a three vehicle traffic crash at Long and Roop. There are injuries. Avoid the area. Find an alternate route. One vehicle ran a red light.
Eugene Nichols, 48
Sexual Assault on child under the age of 14 and Lewdness with a Child under the age of 14, CCJ photo
Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a 48 year old Carson man on charges of Sexual Assault on a child under the age of 14 – 2 counts. Eugene Nichols was also charged with Lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
Deputies were out looking for Nichols when they spotted him getting into his car at 2344 Gregg Street. They boxed him in the driveway, ordered him out of his car and promptly informed him of the charges against him and placed him under arrest.
Nichols was transported to the the CC Jail where he was booked on the above charges and is behind bars on one million dollars bail.
7:45am Bicyclist hit by a vehicle at Carmine and Poole. Bicyclist bleeding from a leg wound. He’s up, walking around. Paramedics are just about on scene.
8:00am Bicyclist is being transported to Carson Tahoe Medical Center for treatment of wound.
Good citizen turn-out to evaluate plans to make Prison Hill more accessible for outdoor recreational hiking.
A pretty big crowd of outdoor recreational citizens gathered at the Carson City Community Center Thursday evening to help the city make up its mind on how to improve access and overall enjoyment of the 25-hundred acre city-owned Prison Hill.
Proposed plan with all parking only at the end of Koontz Lane.
The city’s big water tank is very close to the proposed “make-over” area. City staff said citizen polling indicated that they would like to see dramatic improvements to the dirt roads in the area, while others prefer to see an access road reach much higher on the hillside. Staff seemed to prefer a simple parking area at the eastern end of Koontz Lane after it crosses Edmonds Drive. It was plain that they enjoy primarily the lower reaches of Prison Hill. But others would like to see easier access to the higher reaches of Prison Hill with a parking area higher up.
A possible second option might include building both parking areas – either both at the same time of one below first, then the higher one later on.
But there was a third suggestion – that as long as the city is contemplating a lower elevation parking lot, why not add another one higher up, expanding the hiking opportunities from the top of the western slope and beyond to the Carson River on the east side. There were also those who observed that with a higher access point it would reduce the number of motorists congregating at the bottom of the hill where vehicular noise levels might be disruptive to nearby homeowners and their families.
The meeting was very well attended prompting city staff to closely examine all options suggested by local citizens, especially as they pertain to the cost of the various designs. It was also suggested that depending on the cost of a “two site” parking proposal, that the city could afford to build the lower parking area first, then the one higher up could be built with funds from a community-wide fundraiser. Lots to think about
No definite decisions were made which means no construction for quite a while. They’re still looking for funding which requires a completed design of the project before any grant money can be awarded.
Governor Sisolak encouraging prison inmates to pursue higher education and skill sets for a more productive and happier life.
“The results we are seeing from educational and vocational programs within our state prisons are incredible,” said Governor Sisolak.
Governor Sisolak Discusses Education and Workforce Development at Nevada Prisons
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak visited Ely State Prison (ESP) and Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) to discuss with inmates educational and workforce opportunities available to inmates. “The results we are seeing from educational and vocational programs within our state prisons are incredible,” said Governor Sisolak. “Past mistakes brought these inmates to prison, but now they are seizing opportunities to earn an education and learn work skills. This knowledge is transforming them into better people and preparing them for re-entry into our communities – leading to a safer Nevada for everyone.”
At ESP, Sisolak met Warden Bill Gittere and his staff, and discussed vocational and other educational programs that help prepare inmates at Nevada’s only maximum security prison for successful reintegration into society.
At NNCC, he met Warden Isidro Baca and his staff, and spoke with five inmates who explained how taking college classes and learning skills through Silver State Industries is changing them for the better.
Inmate Michael Cu told the governor he used to be a gang member who wanted nothing to do with education. “Now, I’m receiving straight A’s for classes I’m taking at Western Nevada Community College,” Cu said. Business 101 and 108, Communication 101, Math 101, and Welding 211 and 212. “I never did anything on the streets to make my family proud, but it’s at NNCC that I’m finally doing something they can be proud of.”
NNCC launched its education program in 2019 by offering two classes in welding during the first semester, and eight classes covering a variety of topics during the current second semester. More classes will be offered to more inmates during the third semester which is slated to begin in 2020. “An inmate who re-enters society with a college degree or a specialized work industry certification is more likely to secure employment paying a livable wage,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC Director. “The residual impact of earning a college degree or trades certification greatly reduces the probability of the recidivism.”
The inmates expressed similar sentiments during their discussion with the governor.
“NDOC’s college programs are working,” said Inmate Jesus Mena, who is enrolled in business, film, financial literacy, and literature classes. “It is providing us tools that help correct our thought process, change our behavior for the better, and offer opportunities to apply ourselves.”
“I didn’t know I had a talent and love for welding until I started working at prison industries,” added Inmate Jared Wagner. “Thanks to NNCC’s college program, I’m building on those skills by taking an Associate of Sciences Welding class. I’m moving closer to earning a welding certification.”
Joining Governor Sisolak during his December 10, 2019 visit to NNCC were Thom Reilly, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education; Michael Flores, Chief of Staff, Nevada System of Higher Education; Craig Von Collenberg, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovations; Vincent Solis, President of Western Nevada College; Kim Thomas, NDOC Deputy Director of Programs; and Isidro Baca, NNCC Warden.
View of Slide Mountain and Carson City from Prison Hill trails
The Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department will be hosting an open house to discuss planning for the 2,500-acre Prison Hill Recreation Area and adjacent public properties. The open house will be held in the Bonanza Room in the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., on Thursday, January 9, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Recently, the department gathered public feedback through an online survey to consider appropriate land uses and examine existing trailheads. In particular, the survey focused on land use for a City-owned property on the west side of Prison Hill near Koontz Lane and the water tank. Feedback from the community will guide future improvements, prioritize expenditures, and will be used as a means to seek grants and donations for the implementation of various site improvements. The open house is an opportunity for recreationists and residents to learn more about the Prison Hill Recreation Area, review survey results, and discuss ideas with City staff.
For additional information please contact Gregg Berggren, Trails Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-887-2262, ext. 7219.
Rene “Scrappy” Hernandez Garcia. Photo: U.S. Marshall’s Service
A Central American resident who allegedly belongs to a latino gang has been arrested in Carson City by immigration authorities and the Nevada Highway Patrol. The young man belongs to a gang known as Shadow Park Locos in the country of El Salvador. The gang reportedly is involved in homicide, extortion and carrying out terrorist activities.
Reno authorities caught wind that Rene Hernandez-Mejia was in the U.S.A illegally and ultimately tracked him down in Carson City. Mejia was booked into a jail cell reserved for immigrants who try to bypass normal immigration procedures. Hernandez-Mejia was being held in custody until he can be sent back to where he allegedly committed various crimes – El Salvador in Central America. Immigration agents will ensure Mejia is properly charged for his crimes listed by El Salvadoran authorities.
A man suspected of driving under the influence was driving around Reno Wednesday morning smashing into cars. Around eight vehicles were hit. But he kept driving.
The police caught up with him but he led them on a high speed chase south on 395. The chase continued for over 20 miles.
Officers were able to stop him near the north Carson Street exit because by then two of his tires were going flat. The driver was apprehended and taken to jail. His name has not yet been released.
Jeep about to be hijacked while parked outside a business on Highway 50 East. Video (below) runs 3 minutes.
Wanted for auto theft
Update Tuesday, 11:30pm
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division wants to inform the public that the stolen Jeep Cherokee from December 31st has been located and returned to its owner. The vehicle was located by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Kings Beach, on the California side of Lake Tahoe.
The male suspect has been identified as Mark Susoeff out of California. Mark is still outstanding and if anyone sees him please contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Mark is known to frequent the Reno and Carson City areas as well.
Thank you to the public for your assistance.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch
(775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Deputy Sam Torres (775) 391-6205, Investigations Captain Brian Humphrey (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900
Case # 2019-8716
Here’s a clear example of why you SHOULD never, ever, EVER leave your keys in your vehicle. The following video shows how fast your vehicle can be stolen – even right in front of you!
An apparent recent car burglary and theft occurred on the evening of December 30th as the owner of a black Jeep Cherokee parked his vehicle behind a business at 3579 Highway 50 East. When the owner went inside a young male showed up while the business’s automated video camera was activated. The male briefly looked inside the Jeep through a window but then walked off. But less than a minute later he returned, got inside the Jeep, started it up and began to pull out of the parking spot. Just then the owner comes outside and tries to stop him but the male guns the motor and takes off.
Carson City Deputies are looking for the male and likely the car. If you know who this person is, call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775.887.2677 or Secret Witness at 775.322.4900.
203 home subdivision off Mountain and Long on Carson City’s west side.
A group of westside Carson City residents met Monday evening to review a proposed 203 home housing subdivision to be placed on the the sprawling remnants of the Anderson Ranch, west of Mountain Street, south of Long Street, and north of Ormsby Boulevard.
The developer plans include at least 203 homes on various lot sizes, the majority of which will be on the smaller end of the scale. During the mini-town hall meeting Monday night, the neighbors once again complained that the west side is an historical place in time, beautifully frozen in history – but something that out-of-state developers want to transform into a California-style subdivision. Surrounding residents decry the cookie-cutter plans that will cram over 200 homes onto the historic Andersen Ranch that, until recently, was used to raise beef cattle.
Anderson Ranch developers say there will be green space that surrounds pretty much the whole development, with walking paths and lots of shade trees. But as you can see from the above photo, the walking path lies within a thin band of green circling the subdivision that the developer contends is open space. Many disagree with that designation complaining that the circle of green around the housing development is very narrow – not exactly expansive open space.
Residents of nearby neighborhoods who want to see the ranch preserved – not built on – believe 203 homes on just over 40 acres means crowded, tightly packed single family homes, the layout of which will clash with surrounding neighborhoods, bringing traffic congestion in the morning and late afternoons, increased wear-and-tear on streets and more pressure on local schools and medical facilities which are already stretched thin. The developers admitted probable impacts from traffic and indicated that although there will be more traffic, it’s manageable. The neighbors disagree. They claim that over 200 new homes means a lot more cars and utility vehicles coursing through surrounding neighborhoods to access major arterials. Neighbors contend that their tranquil residential streets will become bustling lines of traffic at least two to three times a day during the week – in short, a substantial drop in quality of life for residents who live in the area, not to mention worsening the challenge for already overburdened schools and local medical facilities.
In response the developers cited a traffic study they sponsored to ascertain the traffic impacts from the proposed Andersen Ranch subdivision. Residents complained that the study, which suggested tolerable levels of added traffic, was done during a slack time of the year when schools were transitioning into summer vacation and when nearby arterials were being upgraded using heavy construction machinery which caused many drivers to avoid the area. The developers disagreed with those assessments.
The Anderson Ranch subdivision proposal comes up before the Carson City Board of Supervisors on January 16th at the Community Center. No official time has yet been officially set.
Suspect caught on camera….
Update Tuesday morning:
A report from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning reveals that a sheriff’s deputy spotted a stolen white utility truck on Airport north of Highway 50 at around 3pm yesterday. The deputy believed the vehicle was involved in a string of commercial burglaries in Reno and Carson City. When the deputy turned around and sped after the truck, the truck driver sped up, went around backed up traffic and turned left on Sherman. The suspect stopped the truck and took off running with two deputies in foot pursuit. It took a while but deputies say they found the suspect hiding in a backyard. He was subdued, cuffed and transported to the city jail where they questioned him. Earlier reports indicated that the suspect was involved with other suspects in the string of commercial burglaries in Reno and Carson City.
The suspect was identified as Joseph Desjardin, 37 with a criminal record including burglary, possession of stolen property, felony eluding authorities, failure to appear in court and for violating parole and probation. Desjardin is being held at the jail on a no bail hold. The investigation into the string of burglaries allegedly carried by Desjardin continues with authorities trying to track down Desjardin’s suspected co-conspirators.
Update Monday night: One of several suspects in a series of thefts from Home Depots in Reno and likely local home improvement stores in Carson City, is in custody following a pursuit in the Carmine/Airport Road area, north of Highway 50. The suspect ran from Sheriff’s Deputies Monday evening. Deputies found the suspect just before 5pm hiding in a trash receptacle. The suspect was taken to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for interrogation.
Earlier story: Carson City Investigators were contacted by Home Depot Asset Prevention staff, informing CCSO investigators that the thieves may have also been operating in the Carson City area. The same suspect and suspect vehicle was identified following thefts at Reno Home Depots. The thefts occurred during the early morning on January 4th and January 5th at the Damonte Ranch and South Virginia Street Home Depot locations. Snow blowers and large tool boxes were taken. Attached are photographs of the suspect and vehicle from Home Depot.
Suspect #2 caught on camera
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public assistance in identifying suspects in two separate incidents.
On December 26 2019, there were two commercial burglaries during which property was taken in Carson City. Surveillance video showed a suspect vehicle, a white Ford truck with a black lumber rack and a tool box on the left side of the truck bed used in the Reno heists – so the plot thickens
Suspects’ vehicle also caught on camera….
Attached is a photograph of the truck from one of the burglaries. The truck is a white Ford F250 with a black lumber rack and a white tool box along the left side of the truck bed.
Anyone with information or questions is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Dispatch (775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Detective Sam Hatley (775)283-7852, Investigations Captain Brian Humphrey (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900
Case # 2019-8633, 2020-119
Detective Sam Hatley
Carson City Sheriff’s Office
(775) 887-2677 Dispatch
3:27pm – Reported smell of natural gas inside Carson Tahoe Therapy facility at 1122 South Stewart. The facility has been evacuated.
3:37pm – Situation appears to be under control. Releasing most of the CCFD units. Turned out to be a leaky tank on a fork lift. Everyone evacuated are now back inside.
Nevada State Capitol
When the clock hit midnight Tuesday, one second later a whole slew of new state legislative bills became laws, including upgrades on the availability of health care for citizens in the Silver State. Also taxes levied on vaping products, and a lot more.
Here’s the list of bills that Governor Sisolak signed into law earlier this week as reported in The Nevada Independent. Click here
1:30pm Traffic Crash on Edmonds between Fairview and Brown. One possible minor injury. Minor damage to both vehicles.
12:26pm There is a tan Chevy pickup parked at Snyder and Bigelow with a possible suicidal subject inside. Avoid the area. Law enforcement is enroute.
12:32pm Law Enforcement is following the vehicle southbound on 395 entering Douglas County.
12:45pm Situation handled.
Carson City Shooting Range. Major upgrades are being made with full installation in place by mid-to-late March.
Carson City’s Rifle and Pistol Range got the blessing of the Carson City Board of Supervisors Thursday morning by the Supervisors agreeing to spend nearly a million dollars in upgrades to the facility between the east side of the river and the Ormsby Landfill.
Construction of the improvements are expected to be completed by mid-March if the weather cooperates – late March if it doesn’t. City staff said once the upgrades are made there should be greater access for the public in addition to various agencies and shooting groups.
But city Supervisors also acknowledged that as Carson City’s population grows with more development on the east side of town, there will be a need to eventually create a new shooting range farther to the east in partnership with Lyon County.
1:03pm Traffic crash in the northbound lanes of Highway 395 at Spooner Junction. Watch for emergency vehicles.
Nevada State Capitol
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