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Letter to the Editor

Clint Koble
Candidate for NV Congressional Dist. 2

The following endorsements for Clint Koble for Congressional District-2 are strictly those of the submitter and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Carson City Journal, its staff or management. They are solely the statements of the submitters.

  • The Culinary Workers Union Local 226
  • Nevada Veteran’s Association
  • Richard Bryan, former U.S. Senator and former Nevada Governor
    • “I endorse Clint Koble for his candidacy in northern Nevada’s 2ndCongressional District. With Clint’s rural background, experience in small business and federal government, and his tenure at USDA as a state director, he understands urban and rural issues. Clint’s work ethic, commitment, and leadership make for a great profile of representation for the citizens of Nevada.”
  • Frankie Sue Del Papa, former Nevada Attorney General
    • “Clint Koble knows Nevada. Clint Koble knows how to work hard for Nevada. Clint Koble also knows how to work well with others to get things done. Let’s send Clint Koble to Congress.”
  • Janice & Patrick Flanagan, former Chair of Washoe Dems and retired Veteran
    • “Our family is pleased to endorse Clint Koble for Congress in 2020. Clint is just who we need as Nevada’s representative in Washington DC. Clint Koble is an honorable truth-teller who exemplifies Nevada family values. Clint will bring our state back to a vibrant economy and help all of Washoe County’s families prosper and move forward to a bright future. Please join our family in voting for Clint Koble for Congress.”
  • Mylan Hawkins, Community Activist
    • “I am pleased to endorse and support Clint Koble for Congress representing CD-2. Clint is uniquely qualified to be our Representative having experience with both of our urban and rural communities. He understand the challenges we face and has the will, commitment, compassion and skill set that will bring us through difficult times and give us a real voice in Congress. Please join me by supporting and voting for Clint Koble.”
  • Jan Lockard, former State and National President of the Woman’s Historical Preservation and Lineage Society
    • “I endorse Clint Koble for Congress because he can be trusted to support the people of Nevada and their concerns; not vote on behalf of big corporations and their special interest PACs. Clint understands business, government, urban and rural concerns. He will fight on issues that benefit women and be responsive to the need for action on climate change.”
  • Brian Melendez, Chair, Nevada Statewide Native American Caucus
    • “We endorse Clint Koble because of his sincere care for Indigenous populations. Under Clint’s leadership, I believe we will see an unprecedented expansion of sovereignty and self-determination for Tribal Peoples of Nevada.”
  • John Scire, PhD and UNR Adjunct Professor of Foreign Policy, Energy Policy and Climate Policy
    • “As an Adjunct Professor of Foreign Policy, Energy Policy and Climate Policy, I am worried for the survival of our democracy under the current President and his current errand boy, Mark Amodei. I very strongly endorse Clint Koble to be our Congressman. He will stand up for Nevadans, for our environment, for our industries, and for employment opportunities for our citizens.  He will ensure that the clean energy industry is not further injured by the current administration which is pulling all support for clean energy and is massively funding the dirty oil and coal industries. Our current congressman never speaks up when the President says stupid things and does things that hurts us Nevadans. He has to go and Clint Koble is the man to replace him and help us Nevadans liver healthy, prosperous lives.”
  • John Shipley, President, American Federation of Musicians Local 368
    • “Clint has decades of leadership experience having worked with small businesses in northern and in rural Nevada. As a businessman in Northern Nevada and an appointee under the Obama administration as state director of the Farm Services Agency, Clint has shown his dedication to the people of Northern Nevada and we need him to be our voice in Congress. I support Clint because of his stand to make healthcare more affordable, help students to pay for college, create a sensible immigration policy, and help workers put bread on the table by increasing the minimum wage and empowering unions to create new collective bargaining units. Clint is a friend to labor and will support issues for musicians and workers in Nevada and nationally. Since the 1980s musicians and entertainers in Nevada, and through the country have been overlooked and unpaid. Thanks you Clint, for being the only candidate to show interest in the plight of musicians in Northern Nevada…”
  • Chris Wicker, Chair Emeritus of the Washoe Dems, former Vice Chair of the State Democratic Party
    • “I have known Clint for many years and I greatly admire his work ethic and knowledge of the issues facing Nevada and this country. As the Chair Emeritus of the Washoe County Dems, former Vice Chair of the State Party, and a former DNC member, I have seen a lot of candidates. Clint is particularly well qualified to serve Nevada. I unreservedly endorse his candidacy.”

 

Candidate Distinctions

  • Candidate Distinction,  Moms Demand Action

 

‘Tis the season for the Carson City Farmers Market

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.
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Natural Gas Leak: 4181 Conte Drive

11:24am  Report of a natural gas leak at 4181 Conte Drive.  A construction crew accidentally hit a natural gas line.  Southwest Gas is enroute to the scene to stop it.

11:26am  Conte is shut down from Valley View to Fairview.

11:29am  Southwest Gas says they will arrive on scene at 11:40am

11:33am  Southwest Gas arrives on scene.

11:34am  It’s a half-inch natural gas line that’s been damaged.

11:37am  The gas line has been sealed.  Fire Department and Sheriff’s Deputies have been released from the scene.  Repairs underway.

Carson City man arrested for alleged sex crimes on a girl under the age of 14

Kahlil Williams
Sexual Crimes

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Carson City District Attorney, is releasing the photograph of Kahlil Deshaun Williams, 24. Williams remains in the Carson City Detention Facility on the charges of Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault of a Minor Under 14, Lewdness With a Minor Under 14, and False Imprisonment. His bail is $250,000.

Williams was taken into custody on May 4th, based on detailed information provided by the victim of an alleged abduction that took place earlier in the day. At the time Williams was taken into custody, Detectives, in concurrence with the District Attorney, believed, that the release of his photograph could have unduly hampered the investigation, and therefore delayed the release of his photograph until this date.

Williams has an extensive residency in the California Bay Area, and he is known to have lived in or frequented the Reno, Sparks, Carson City areas for several years. He has family who reside in Carson City and he may have been in the Carson community for a limited time before the alleged abduction took place near his family’s residence. He has an extensive arrest history, including acts of Domestic Violence and Fugitive From Justice.

It has been alleged that Williams was in the area of his family’s residence on Hot Springs Road when he abducted a minor under the age of 14 and took her to a location where he attempted to sexually assault her. The minor was later released and reported the incident to her family who in turn contacted authorities. Detectives worked throughout the day confirming the information that was disclosed and by late afternoon were able to provide a public safety press information release. Within minutes of the release, the Sheriff’s Office received information that a person matching the description provided was in Mills Park near the skate park frequented by juveniles. Contact was made with Williams and Detectives were able to confirm sufficient information that provided them with probable cause to arrest Williams.

Anyone with information associated with the arrest of Kahlil Williams is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887-COPS (2677).

Ken Furlong, Sheriff
911 East Musser Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Office: 775-283-7800
Fax: 775-887-2026

While the country suffers the CoronaVirus, our young people are reaching for tomorrow and beyond….

Carson High FBLA Students Win State Awards

Carson City, Nev. (May 11, 2020) — Nearly two dozen Carson High School (CHS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students claimed more than 40 top-ten awards including five state championships at the Nevada State Business Leadership Conference. The conference was previously scheduled to be held in Reno, but due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the event was held digitally.

Any student placing in any of the top four spots qualified them for the National Business Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Again, due to COVID-19, the national conference has also been switched to a virtual format.

The State Final Award Session was held Friday, May 8, and the following students were recognized. The final awards ceremony for nationals will be at the end of June.
Nevada FBLA Alumni of the Year: Hannah Golik (CHS Class of 2018)
Nevada FBLA Who’s Who Award: Kiana Martinez
National Business Honor Roll Awards:
Jaden Anderson
Serena Dantzle
Bahar Jazani
Heba Syeddah
Carlos Alberto Torres
Abby Golik
Kiana Martinez
Gloria Valdenegro
5th Place for CHS FBLA in Chapter Sweeptstakes
Nevada Advisor of the Year: Angila Golik

“These students are to be commended for their business skills and putting forth the effort to compete even though so much of the event was completely differ3ent from what any of them had experienced before,” said Angila Golik, American Government teacher and FBLA advisor at Carson High School. “Congratulations to all the Carson High School FBLA members for their awards.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps more than 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. FBLA’s programs focus on:
Leadership Development — members develop essential soft skills by holding chapter officer positions at the local, state and national levels; by networking with accomplished business professionals and by participating in business-focused workshops, seminars and academic competitions.
Academic Competitions — members demonstrate their business expertise at high-profile regional, state, and national competitive events. The top students are recognized with trophies and cash awards.
Educational Programs — members create career portfolios, enhance their knowledge with world-recognized skills certifications and have access to select college scholarships.

Results: Nevada FBLA State Business Leadership Conference 2020
Advertising:
3rd: Kiana Martinez
8th: Bradley Wiggins
Agribusiness:
7th: Bita Jazani
Banking & Financial Systems:
5th: Kiana Martinez
Business Calculations:
3rd: Bradley Wiggins
7th: Jens Robison
Business Communications:
1st (State Champion): Carlos Torres
9th: Will Breeding
10th: Heba Seyeddah
Business Ethics
4th: Heba Syeddah
Business Plan:
5th: Walker MacKenzie, Bradley Wiggins, Jens Robison
Client Service:
3rd: Abby Golik
4th: Bahar Jazani
6th: Makayla Mueller
8th: Christofer Palacio
9th: Jaden Anderson
Cyber Security
6th: Jaden Anderson
Economics
7th: Walker Mackenzie
Graphic Design
7th: Berenice Ramirez
Health Care Administration
4th: Abby Golik
Impromptu Speaking
1st (State Champion): Carlos Torres
9th: Sam Nichols
10th: Clayton Bensmiller
Intro to Business Communication
7th: Naomi Nguyen
Introduction to Business Presentation
8th: Naomi Nguyen and Macie Wilson
Introduction to Public Speaking
3rd: Erin Peterson
Job Interview:
1st (State Champion): Kiana Martinez
2nd: Gloria Valdenegro
4th: Abby Golik
8th: Rebecca Howard
Organizational Leadersip
3rd: Bahar Jazani
4th: Heba Seyeddah
6th: Bita Jazani
Personal Finance:
1st: (State Champion): Jens Robison
5th: Clayton Bensmiller
8th: Gloria Valdenegro
Publication Design:
1st (State Champion): Makayla Mueller
9th: Will Breeding, Serena Dantzler, & Carlos Torres
Public Speaking
4th: Gloria Valdenegro
Sports & Entertainment Management:
3rd: Ryan Lawlor, Walker Mackenzie, Christofer Palacio

For more information about CHS FBLA, contact advisor Angila Golik at agolik@carson.k12.nv.us.

Protect Communities From Disaster – Like the one already plaguing us…

Extreme weather stops for no virus. At a time when we must keep our distance from each other and isolate ourselves in our homes, flooding, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events that threaten our communities are particularly worrisome.

This spring and summer, the ramifications of COVID-19 could be worsened by flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, and heatwaves.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies are already stretched thin providing response and recovery to help communities around the country, and will be further strained from compounding extreme weather events projected for this spring and into the summer.

Urge your representative to prioritize robust funding for FEMA and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pre-disaster mitigation programs in future federal economic recovery and relief packages.

Some parts of the United States are already facing flooding and extreme heat conditions, which will likely worsen across the nation. By funding these federal programs as part of our nation’s economic recovery efforts, Congress can ensure resources are going to prepare communities most in need, including African American, Latinx, and Native American communities that are experiencing the brunt of the pandemic.

Tell your legislator to support federal funding for FEMA, HUD, and other federal pre-disaster mitigation programs to minimize compounding extreme weather and COVID-19 impacts to communities, and specifically direct resources to tribes, low-income, and otherwise underserved communities.

With adequate funding, these programs can help alleviate some of the burdens on already affected communities, and minimize impacts of extreme weather across the country.

Take Action!

Yours sincerely,
Union of Concerned Scientists

Sheriff’s Deputies investigate a loud argument that ended in gunfire at Carson and William Streets

An argument broke out Friday night between a driver in a red car and a motorcycle rider at William and Carson Streets. The driver of the red car pulled out a gun and fired a shot. No one was hit.

Deputies talked with the cycle rider who was still on scene.

Deputies searched the area for a possible shell casing but none was found.  The investigation continues.

Construction update on South Carson Street

The Construction Map has been updated to reflect May 11 – 15 cone zone.
 
5th Street to 10th Street: SNC will be performing sewer work; one lane in each direction will be open, the cone zone will remain in place around-the-clock.
 
10th Street to Rhodes: SNC will be performing storm drain work; one lane in each direction will be open, the cone zone will remain in place around-the-clock.

Frontage Road is open to two-way traffic. Intermittent closures to Frontage Rd driveways. SNC will maintain at least two points of access onto Frontage Rd.

Sonoma Street at Frontage Road and Carson Street will be closed all week for concrete work. Use alternative streets to access Frontage Road or Carson Street.

Rhodes to Clearview: SNC will be performing multi-use path work; one lane in each direction, the cone zone will remain in place around-the-clock.

Rhodes will be closed for storm drain work on Monday, May 11 – Wednesday, May 13, with southbound detours to Moses St and northbound detours to 10th St. 

 
 Construction is subject to weather conditions.

Welcome to the jungle…Phase I

Gov. Steve Sisolak
Taking it step at a time…

Governor Steve Sisolak has given the green flag to Nevadans who can’t wait to get out and re-acquaint themselves with what use to be called “normal.” Once outside they’ll be allowed to dine out – but the restaurants are allowed to seat only half their capacity. Tables must be a minimum of six feet apart. Restaurant employees MUST wear face masks.

Retail stores are allowed to be open but like the restaurants admit only 50% of what might be construed as a normal crowd. Barber shops and hair salons may open – strictly by appointment – no casual walk-ins. And workers must wear face masks.

On the NO side of the ledger…no bars will be open, no nightclubs, no massage parlors, spas, gyms or fitness centers….no brothels, strip clubs, indoor theaters (drive-ins are okay) no bowling alleys, sporting events and NO casinos.

On the domestic side, there will be no evictions , no non-essential travel, no visits to senior centers and, all gatherings, whether indoors or out,  cannot exceed ten people.

Welcome to PHASE 1. How long it will drag out is anyone’s guess. We’re in unchartered waters, folks.

Looks like Carson High’s graduation ceremonies will be one big long drive-thru!

Who knew that the graduating Carson High School Senior Class of 2020 would turn in to a summertime          drive thru.  But instead of a cheeseburger, fries and a drink, they’ll be getting their high school diplomas and hopefully have a spot waiting for them at a junior college or university somewhere.

Graduation is June 6th and the procedure will be that the grads-in-waiting and their families will drive up along-side a raised platform – exit their cars, walk up – accept their diploma and then rejoin their families in their vehicles.  Not quite as celebratory as if all the graduates were seated together but with the corona virus laying waste to the world it seems like a valid, if not poignant protocol.

Teachers may also be seated or standing, roughly six feet apart along the driveway to say hello and good luck to students as they’re driven through the campus.

 More details will be revealed as June 6th approaches.  Graduating seniors have been told to drop off their Chromebooks, any lingering library books, textbooks and other classroom materials no later than June 1st.  Graduating seniors can pick-up their pre-purchased Senior Yearbook, Senior Awards, Cap and Gown, any gifts associated with the Senior Prom, anything left in the lockers and anything with their Varsity letters and logos on their jackets.

Meanwhile, Pioneer High School grads will participate in an over-the-internet “Virtual Graduation” on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Carson Middle School will host a pre-recorded virtual promotion celebration available on-line on Wednesday, June 3rd and will be available for viewing on-line at at cmnewz.org.

Meanwhile, Eagle Valley Middle Schoolers will be entertained as they drive through their 8th grade promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 4th from Noon to 1pm.

And finally, a fifth grade promotion ceremony will be conducted at Mark Twain Elementary sometime in August just before the start of a new school year.  More details to follow.

Corona Virus still very much with us…

Corona Virus still very much with us…

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: One New Case and Four Recoveries 

(Carson City, NV)- Quad-County Emergency Operations Center (Quad EOC) is reporting one new positive case and four additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 110, with 69 recoveries and one death, 40 cases remain active.

The new case is:  A female Lyon County resident in her 20’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 case will be released.

 

County Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Deaths Hospitalized
Carson City 51 20 30 1 3
Douglas County 22 3 19 0
Lyon County 37 18 19 0
Storey County 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 110 40 69 1

 

Gender and age break down of the cases by county 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 Those Without Symptoms  

Our community-based testing for those without symptoms continued today with almost 400 individuals being tested in Lyon County. On Tuesday, 417 individuals were tested at the Carson City sites. As of today, we have received 200 of the 417 results and they are negative for COVID-19.

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline 7 days a week, 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/.

 

A big thank you to the teachers and staff of the Carson City School District

Teacher Appreciation Week in Carson City 

Carson City — If there ever were a silver lining amid a pandemic, many parents, forced into homeschooling their student(s) via Remote Learning, may have discovered a new found appreciation for teachers. For National Teacher Appreciation Week in Carson City, principals, office managers and administrators alike have also found novel ways to recognize and celebrate educators.

Where schools typically provide a close proximity for teachers to celebrate together, social distancing has proven to be a challenge to recognize the endless hours and emotional attention educators devote continuously for their students.

Administrative staff throughout the Carson City School District, particularly from Fritsch and Seeliger Elementary Schools, have gone to ‘great lengths’ to show appreciation for their teachers. Many have driven several miles and delivered appreciation care packages, signs and other bags and goodies to each individual teacher’s home. ‘Thank You’ signs and other banners were also staked out on lawns or waved as proclamations to recognize all their hard work.

Since the teacher population covers a large geographical area (many teachers live outside of Carson City in areas north, south, east and west including Reno, Sparks, Dayton, Minden, Gardnerville, South Lake Tahoe, etc.), administrative teams racked up the miles to recognize each.

Additionally, online video messages from students, newsletters and drive-thru donut and fruit events have all been planned or have been published for teachers.

In line with National Teacher Appreciation Week, Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes provided encouraging words and appreciation in a districtwide statement to all teachers and staff.

“Dear Friends,

There is no doubt that the 2020 school year will be a memorable time of our lives. For most, the conditions and experiences of the last two months have changed our personal and professional lives dramatically. We have gone from our comfortable and familiar school and personal routines to a world of change, confusion and fear. All around us, the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed has evolved at every turn. These changes have been especially notable in our professional venues and methods. Today our students stay home to attend school. Our instructional practices require interaction with our students from a remote stage. Conditions demand that we modify our techniques in order to maintain our most fundamental objective of teaching, supporting and nurturing our students.

I initially believed that these extraordinary times would be a brief inconvenience and life as we once knew it would return quickly. Now I find myself asking, “is this the new normal?” While many unanswered questions remain, important constants regarding the indomitable quality of the human spirit remain and give me hope. I recognize these importance qualities in each of you, our educators. Your creativity, your tenacity, your patience and your care for others are qualities that exist in great abundance in our teachers, nurses, support staff and administrators. How grateful I am to have you as colleagues. Thank you for your service, for your care and for your encouragement to the students and families of our community.

As we look to the future, I have great confidence we will not only prevail against the virus threat, but we will also thrive. The qualities that have carried us through difficult times in the past will continue to bless our lives as we face the present. I encourage you to continue to provide messages of encouragement and hope to our students and families. Our work is the most important of any other being done today. Thank you for being a positive influence in the lives of your students. With your skill and determination, what could be more appealing than creating a better world and a happier future.

Thanks for all you do. You are truly appreciated!”

Richard Stokes, Superintendent
Carson City School District

Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

The 23rd Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

For 22 years, the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial hosted a ceremony to bear witness to the unification of statewide law enforcement agencies and honor Nevada’s officers killed in the line of duty. Today marks the 23rd annual Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial, whereas the memorial did not host agencies statewide, rather with heavy consideration to the lives of Nevada’s Law Enforcement Officers, the safety of their families and communities, this memorial service was performed with limited attendance. Since 1861, 134 officers have either died or been killed in Nevada. This year, no names were presented on the memorial. Next year’s memorial will honor Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Ben Jenkins, an Elko native who gave his life to serve and protect Nevada communities.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office filmed the wreath laying to allow communities witness and honor the memorial during a global pandemic. All are encouraged to join the memorial spirit and shine a blue light on their front porch steps through the month of May. Additionally, shining blue lights outside businesses and residences during the month of May, will serve as a beacon of support for all peace officers and a tribute to those killed in the line of duty.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said “It is essential that even in these times of restricted movements and social gatherings that we continue to honor those law enforcement officers who have in our history given their lives for the protection of society. The acknowledgement of their losses, the devastation to their families, friends, and communities, should never be overlooked, even in these most trying times of the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Here is a link to the YouTube Videohttps://youtu.be/dPSyotAP0xY

Carson City Supervisors “punt” on accepting grants for more firefighters…

Carson City Supervisors today decided to wait a year before applying for federal grants to expand the town’s firefighting force.  Although the department was given hefty credit for doing a good job of protecting the public from fires, gas leaks, traffic crashes and the like, the FEMA grants came with strings attached.  If they accepted the grants, the fire department would be bound to an agreement that once hired, the additional 6 to 9 firefighters could not be laid off due to unforeseen circumstances.

The supervisors acknowledged that the fire department needs four firefighters per engine which the FEMA grants would provide. But if the nation’s economy fails to regain “full health” quickly, it could force cuts to other departments city-wide – not the least of which is street rehabilitation.

In the end, the Supervisors, including former Fire Chief – now City Supervisor Stacey Giomi – agreed to postpone applying for the extra positions until the economy improves enough so the city could not only hire, but also retain the higher level of firefighting personnel.

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