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Corona Virus “Delta” is making waves….

Wear face mask away from home…

The recent emergence of fast moving and fast infecting Delta Covid-19 has prompted Governor Steve Sisolak to grab the virus with both hands which entails mask wearing for EVERYONE in the Silver State.  Dodging the virus means wearing a tight mask on your face and maintaining a protective distance between you and anyone else around you.  Also, wash, wash, wash your hands.  Carry a bottle of disinfectant so you can keep your hands free of the virus – and other sit-down situations – whether restaurants, meeting rooms or inviting passengers into your vehicle, etc.  Proximity is the unit of measure.

Here’s more on the story from Nevada State News:  Click Here

How Carson City Schools are going to open up this fall…

Carson City School District on Mask Mandate 

The Carson City School Board approved the Carson City School District’s Safe Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 school year, at a recent school board meeting. Tuesday,  School district officials say they have no plans to change or alter the approved plan.

However, because Carson City currently has a “substantial or high transmission rate” of the COVID-19 virus or its variants, our community joins 11 other counties in the state that will begin the school year with a facemask mandate for all students, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

“I was hopeful that we could begin school as described in our reopening plan…without facemasks,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District. “Unfortunately, this will not be the case. I am asking for cooperation of staff, students, families and the public as we make the best out of this unexpected situation.”

The Governor’s new mandate indicates that transmission rates in each county will be reviewed weekly. When the county’s transmission rate falls into the “Low” category and stays there for two consecutive weeks, the facemask requirement will be lifted.

For those interested, Carson City School District is re-opening the application and registration process for full-remote learning options through Pioneer Academy. Applications are found on the Pioneer High School webpage pioneer.carsoncityschools.com. This program serves remote students 5-days per week in grades 1-12 from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM during each school week.

For more information, please review Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery, the Nevada Health Response press release or visit the Carson City School District website at carsoncityschools.com or contact the school district at 775-283-2100.

Centers for Disease Control – Half-a-loaf and a kick in the pants…

Corona Virus – Still with us… get vaccinated!!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the Covid-19 rental eviction through October 3rd – roughly a two month reprieve. But not all down-and-out residents in Nevada will qualify. Recovery efforts are limited to 12 of 17 counties and they MUST be in counties that have high Corona Virus infection rates.

The big fear, of course, is the growing threat of the so-called “Delta Variant.” It’s highly infectious and it’s a very efficient killer of those who have not been vaccinated.

So if your household is truly twisting in the wind financially, you may get a 2 month rent extension.  Check with your landlord. However, a two month rent extension is quite likely to be small potatoes in the long run. Tenants could get thrown out on the streets after two more months.

It’s estimated that up to 66,000 Nevada households can’t pay their rent. But again, even with a two month check from the federal government, the future still looks awful. The rent extension applies mostly to communities that are suffering terribly from a damaged economy. Counties in Nevada that could get slam-hammered again after the two month extension include Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko. Lincoln, Mineral, Nye, Storey, Washoe and White Pine.

Meanwhile, everyone is supposed to be wearing masks – inside buildings and outside buildings. But the Delta Variant is a cruel animal and remains a stalker of death. What doesn’t make sense is that our nation prints its own money causing many people to wonder if there’s so much money swirling around why can’t we beat this beast by distributing freshly minted $50 bills to those who face life and death everyday.  Why can’t the federal government print the money and give it to the down-and-out rather than watch the country sink – and people die?!  We’ve got the money…but in who’s hands? 

America has horribly, HORRIBLY lost its way.

A more creative approach to the motoring public…


Nevadans will see creative new traffic safety messages on electronic freeway signs as the Nevada Department of Transportation displays vote-winning safety reminders.

In summer 2020, NDOT invited Nevada drivers to submit contest entries for traffic safety messages to be displayed on freeway signs. Nearly 1,000 submissions were received and the following messages were selected:

  • That’s The Temperature, Not the Speed Limit
  • Camp In The Mountains, Not the Left Lane
  • Turn Signals Come Free with Vehicles. Use Them.

The winning messages will periodically be displayed on some of the approximately 400 electronic freeway signs statewide.

Ain’t we got fun? Attend and find out!!!

Ain’t We Got Fun!
JAZZ & BEYOND MUSIC FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN CARSON CITY, AUGUST 13
 The First Weekend of Entertainment Features Two Toe-Tapping Marquee Events,
Headliner Lacy J. Dalton, and Much More  
 
CARSON CITY, Nev. – August 3, 2021 – Mile High Jazz Band Association’s annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival returns for the 18th year, opening with marquee events on Friday, August 13, featuring Brass Knuckles at the Governor’s Mansion, and Sunday, August 15, featuring Lacy J. Dalton at the Silver Saddle Ranch. Additional music will be all-day on Saturday, August 14. The weekend musical extravaganza serves as the downbeat for 17 days of free entertainment at multiple locations in the capital city. This year’s festival runs through August 29. (See jazzcarsoncity.com.)
Music lovers roar back into the 1920s on Friday, August 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a ‘20s-themed soiree sure to be the “bee’s knees” at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion on the corner of W. Robinson and Mountain Streets. The event will feature music by Scot Marshall’s seven-piece band, Brass Knuckles.  Period dress is encouraged: Come as a flapper, or come as you are. Dress like a gangster or a silver screen star! There will be plenty of “giggle water”—a cash bar for wine and soft drinks—as well a food truck or two to keep attendees smiling. Bring Your Own Chair for a guaranteed seat!
For a musical feast on Saturday, August 14, after hearing Kantu Inka’s Andean music at the Farmers Market (8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), folks can head over to Comma Courtyard, 312 S. Carson Street, for lunch and listen to jazz singer Colleen Medina with Peter Supersano on keyboard, Joe McKenna on bass, and Andy Heglund on drums, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. For an afternoon treat, Bill Rose and Laurie Blue, a singer-songwriter duo rooted in the Northern Virginia music scene, will play original rock and classic covers from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Laxalt Plaza, the cozy outdoor patio between the Paul Laxalt State Building and Carson Nugget’s Alatte Coffee and Wine Bar. The day’s finale is the Levitt Concert at the Brewery Arts Center, where KAB (Keith Alan Barnett) and Lonesome Polecat band opens for Southern Drawl at 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday, August 15, join a boot-scootin’ afternoon from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Silver Saddle Ranch, just out yonder at 2648 Carson River Road.  Boots and hats are not required but are always a good idea when country music gets your toes tapping:
·       2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: Back by popular demand, the seven-piece Sagebrush Rebels band opens the afternoon with bandleader Cherie Shipley, lead vocalist, and Nancy Barker on keys, JR Johnston on bass, Mark McKinnon on guitar, Catherine Matovich on fiddle, Tommy Stiles on pedal steel, and Bill Heise on drums.
·       4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Go back in time with a reading by cowboy poet Larry Marinel and learn about ranch history with Craig Swope.
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Lacy J. Dalton

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.: North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame headliner Lacy J. Dalton, with Dale Poune on guitar and Bruce Thompson on bass, will treat everyone to great country favorites.

The Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch will sell vittles and soft drinks, and Scoupswill bring out the ice cream for some sweet treats. Visiting cowpokes are welcome to bring their own food and drink, too. Mule-drawn wagon rides by Hee Haw Haven Mules will provide tours of the ranch land.   Don’t forget to bring chairs, as haybales are limited!  The event is sponsored in part by Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Dept. and Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch.
The Jazz & Beyond Festival is an annual production of the Mile High Jazz Band Association, a non-profit organization delivering compelling musical experiences to residents and visitors of Northern Nevada. The series is admission free through the generous funding of our sponsors and donors, grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. 
This year’s Jazz & Beyond Festival features 17 days of entertainment with more than 35 musical performances held throughout the city from August 13 to 29. Visit jazzcarsoncity.com for more information.

Everybody – students, teachers and staff – MUST “mask up” when school starts

CC School Kids wearing masks into the classrooms.  CCSD photo

The Carson City School Board has approved the Carson City School District’s Safe Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 school year. The Plan passed with a unanimous vote of 7-0. School district officials say they have no plans to change or alter the approved plan.

However, because Carson City currently has a “substantial or high transmission rate” of the COVID-19 virus or its variants, our community joins 11 other counties in the state that will begin the school year with a facemask mandate for all students, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

“I was hopeful that we could begin school as described in our reopening plan…without facemasks,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District. “Unfortunately, this will not be the case. I am asking for cooperation of staff, students, families and the public as we make the best out of this unexpected situation.”

The Governor’s new mandate indicates that transmission rates in each county will be reviewed weekly. When the county’s transmission rate falls into the “Low” category and stays there for two consecutive weeks, the facemask requirement will be lifted. 

For those interested, Carson City School District is re-opening the application and registration process for full-remote learning options through Pioneer Academy. Applications are found on the Pioneer High School webpage pioneer.carsoncityschools.com. This program serves remote students 5-days per week in grades 1-12 from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM during each school week. 

For more information, please review Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery, the Nevada Health Response press release or visit the Carson City School District website at carsoncityschools.com or contact the school district at 775-283-2100.

Nevada and California Governors survey the wildland fire damage…

Getting in to the driest part of the year…
USFS photo

The shoes of Governors Newsome and Sisolak were crackling and crunching across the wildfire devastation near Markleeville – both Governors realizing that wildland fires are likely to be more common in our neck of the woods. It’s all due to climate change and pent up desires of American recreational campers  and hunters who want to get back to “normal.”

Governor Sisolak re-iterated that wildland fire seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer due to global weather conditions.  Governor Sisolak commented that “there may be getting in to a 12 month fire season, and we’ll have to deal with it.  We must change how we approach these new challenges.  And we’re going to need a lot of help from our federal government to more intelligently approach this growing threat.  We need more resources, said Sisolak. We need more firefighters. We need to raise their pay.”

Governor Newsome chimed in that “The forest service is under-equipped and understaffed.  It’s been this way for years and years. Governor Sisolak is right. You look at the federal pay for these men and women and it’s deplorable.”

Both governors committed to bending the ear of President Biden so our fire seasons eventually become less destructive.

Travel trailer rollover accident southbound I-580

Southbound I-580 just south of the Carson Street off-ramp.

2:42pm  A utility vehicle was headed downhill pulling a large travel trailer just south of Washoe Valley on I-580 when for some reason the large trailer careened out of control just north of the Carson Street exit.  The trailer rolled over onto its side – fortunately not into both travel lanes.  Both vehicles – still attached – came to a sliding stop against the freeway’s outer sidewall.  The occupants in the utility vehicle quickly crawled out and waited for the Nevada Highway Patrol to arrive.  What caused the initial swinging and swaying of the vehicles was not immediately revealed.  But again, nobody hurt.   They were very lucky.

1:45pm  A vehicle pulling a travel-trailer southbound on I-580 lost control just north of Arrowhead.  The trailer rolled over.  Those in the tow vehicle are okay and are out of their vehicle.  Caution in the area.

Dressing up Carson City!!

In collaboration with the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority and the Carson City Redevelopment Authority, the Carson City Cultural Commission is accepting applications for the Redevelopment Special Event Grants. These grants are intended to support professional arts and culture events such as community festivals, special performances, exhibitions, concerts within the fields of Theater, Music, and Visual Art held within Carson City’s established Redevelopment Districts.

Grants up to $10,000 are available at the discretion of the Carson City Cultural Commission.

  • Up to $5,000 for recurring arts and culture events (this includes recurring events of a similar nature such as different theatrical productions by the same theater company each year)
  • Up to $10,000 for new/emerging arts and culture events that have the potential to become an annual/recurring event

    All grants require a 50% cash match.

    Applications must be submitted using the fillable PDF Grant Application Form that can be found at carson.org/eventgrant and submitted via e-mail to CTAArtsandCulture@visitcarsoncity.com by September 30, 2021.

    Please note that the grant process was delayed this year due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funds awarded under this year’s program can only be used for events that will take place from November 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, subject to Carson City Board of Supervisors’ approval (anticipated to be October 21, 2021).

New Carson City Utility Billing Program….

Carson City City Hall

Carson City announces changes to Carson City utility billing and online payments

(Carson City, NV) – Carson City Public Works and the Carson City Treasurer’s Office are excited to announce the launch of Carson City’s new utility billing program. Starting Tuesday, August 3, 2021, customer utility bills will have a different look, and will be more user-friendly so that customers can find and review utility billing information and consumption history. In addition, this new utility billing program will also allow customers to manage all aspects of their utility account through a new online portal, where the customer can view, print, and pay utility bills.

During this transition, the current online payment portal Click2Gov will be disabled, and will no longer work to process online utility payments. Effective Friday, August 6, 2021, utility customers can make online payments through the new self-service payment portal located at https://selfservice.carson.org/.

Carson City Public Works and the Carson City Treasurer’s Office appreciate your understanding as they transition to this new system and look forward to working with you in the new utility billing system. Should you need any assistance or have any questions as it relates to this transition or re-establishing your recurring monthly payment, please contact either Carson City Public Works or the Carson City Treasurer’s Office at the following:

Carson City Public Works: 775-887-2355 ext. 2 or utilitybilling@carson.org, Carson City Treasurer’s Office: 775-887-2092 or treasurer@carson.org

Fun Time Coming Up at Mills Park

On Tuesday, August 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the whole town’s invited to celebrate Sheriff’s Night Out at Mills Park, located at 1111 East William Street.Explore multiple law enforcement agencies and community resource programs while enjoying free family activities centered on crime prevention and awareness. 

Sheriff’s Night Out coincides with many nationally celebrated crime prevention platforms, yet here in this community, we celebrate all public safety entities, our military, lateral partners, and other supporting agencies.  Partnering with multiple organizations from around the area, this year’s event will have more than 40 agencies and organizations participating; bringing with them: aircrafts, law enforcement vehicles, mounted horses, fire engines, informational fliers, prizes, music, games, and much more.  

There will be many hands-on activities and games, to go along with the many prizes being handed out.  The Elks Club will be barbecuing hot dogs to go along with free chips, water, and sodas. Also, Sheriff Furlong and Campagni Auto Group will be making a special presentation to introduce the newest member of the Sheriff’s Office, Camper the K-9.  Camper is the sixth K-9 Officer joining the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and is specifically trained to support the schools in the community. 

The Sheriff’s Night Out is a community outreach program designed to heighten awareness of crime and substance abuse, generate support for participation in local anti-crime programs, bring a greater awareness to local community organizations and the resources they offer and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.  

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office extends a tremendous gratitude for the following community partners for their sponsorship of this event; Grocery Outlet,Flocchini Family Provisions, Campagni Auto Group, Michael Hohl Motor Company, Carson City Hyundai, Tractor Supply Company, Home Depot, Nissan of Carson City and Walmart. Each one of these businesses made enormous contributions to ensure this event is possible. 

While Mills Park provides a spacious outdoor environment for the event, visitors and employees should adhere to personal protective measures that recognize the size of the crowd and close contact conversations.  Protective measures, such as masks, may be recommended for everyone, and certainly for those who have not been vaccinated or are otherwise vulnerable.  

Hot August Jazz!!

Jakki Ford & Mile High Jazz Band

Mile High Jazz Band will present “Hot August Jazz,” a live, in-person performance on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  It’s an outdoor dinner show at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City.  The music is free, donations welcome; food and drink can be ordered from the menu. For reservations, text 775-720-5834 before 5:00 p.m. or call 775-841-4663 after 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The August 3rd event, the fourth of a series of monthly dinner shows Mile High Jazz Band has scheduled at Living the Good Life, includes favorite big-band jazz tunes and features the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford.  Pianist and band leader David Bugli said, “Our monthly shows draw a large audience, and every performance is different.”  Some tunes on the August program are “Take the ’A’ Train,” “Four Brothers,” Here’s that Rainy Day,” “All Blues,” and several others.  Jakki Ford will sing “The Summer Wind,” “Girl from Ipanema,” “Somebody Loves Me,” and more favorite tunes.

Mile High Jazz Band and Jakki Ford will also perform a free big-band concert with the Carson High Jazz Band on Tuesday, August 24, 7:00 p.m., at McFadden Plaza as part of the 2021 Jazz and Beyond Music & Art Festival.

Mile High Jazz Band is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Governor’s Office of Economic Development provided additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant for 2021.  For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com

Covid-19 Virus is still hammering away

Corona Virus – Still with us… get vaccinated!!

The Covid-19 Virus never sleeps among our four counties.  The latest figures show that the four counties racked up 162 new cases which is a 63% increase from the last tabulation.  Recoveries also increased as well, from 57 recoveries last week to 74 recoveries this week.

Lyon County is leading the four county pack with 140 – a 52 percent increase. Carson City and Douglas County are tied for second with a 30 percent increase each; Carson City had 76 active cases last week, and 99 cases this week, which Douglas County had 57 active cases last week, and 74 active cases this week.

Storey County, which has remained relatively low throughout the pandemic, only had one active case last week, and continues to only have one active case this week as well.

As they say on TV…we could wrap up this Covid-19 disaster if everyone got their vaccinations.  And they’re all over the quad county area.

In the meantime, all 27,000 (or so) Nevada state employees will soon be given a choice of getting vaccinated as required as opposed to those who, for whatever reason, don’t want to be vaccinated.  So they’ll have to be tested weekly.  Whoever comes up infected will have to talk with their boss.  This virus is nothing to fool around with.  If you remember your polio shot you can endure a quick Covid-19 vaccination.

 

Violent male chased by CC Deputies. Ends well.

11am – Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies learned that a man was at a house on Buzzy’s Ranch Road and that the man had pulled a knife on the woman who lives there.  The man jumped into his vehicle and took off northward toward Highway 50 East.  By then law enforcement was in pursuit of him.  The deputies chased the male out Deer Run Road, then back around to Flint Drive and then dropping down toward the City’s Shooting Range. 

Deputies say the man slid off the road before the range.  He jumped out of his vehicle. and took off running.  But deputies quickly caught up with him and they slammed on the cuffs.  The male was transported to the City Jail.  Officers say he’s a well known figure in Carson City with a long history of unpredictable behavior. 

Close Call at Apartment Complex on Imperial

Carson City Firefighters and Paramedics rushed to an apartment building Friday morning on a call that there was a fire in a ground floor apartment at 3300 Imperial. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene and the lone occupant of the apartment was taken outside. Burned bedding was visible on the front lawn.

CC Firefighters quickly removed the burning fabrics from the victims bedroom.

Elderly lady was quickly removed from the smokey apartment and was evaluated on her own front porch.  The victim will likely be offered temporary shelter while the damage is evaluated to her apartment.  Smoking materials may have been involved.

Finally…the federal government will pay you $100 to get vaccinated against Covid-19

Corona Virus – Still with us… get vaccinated!!

The White House has shared a fact sheet detailing new actions the Biden administration will take to get more Americans vaccinated which will slow down the spread of the terribly deadly Delta Variant Virus.

President Biden will announce that, in an attempt to protect workers, “every federal government employee and the onsite contractor will be asked to attest to their vaccination status.”

Employees who have not been vaccinated “will be required to wear a mask on the job no matter their geographic location, physically distance from all other employees and visitors, comply with a weekly or twice-weekly screening testing requirement, and be subject to restrictions on official travel.”

In addition, the President is expected to announce a directive ordering the Department of Defense “to look into how and when they will add Covid-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations for members of the military.”

More on the actions: Also included in the administration’s efforts announced Thursday — expanded paid leave for employees who take time off to get themselves and their family members vaccinated.

The President will also call on states, territories, and local governments to do more to incentivize vaccination, including offering $100 to Americans getting vaccinated (Treasury released an announcement touting the incentive Thursday).

Finally, the President will call on school districts nationwide to host at least one pop-up vaccination clinic over the coming weeks “in an effort to get more kids 12 and older vaccinated.”

How to ensure you get your Covid-19 shot(s)…

All Nevadans ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They are safe, effective, and available free of charge at a Carson City Health and Human Services event as well as pharmacy locations throughout the Quad-County Region. We have 200,000 reasons in the Quad-County Region to get vaccinated- including you!!  Check your telephone Yellow Pages under “Pharmacies” or on the internet under “Pharmacies” and ask them when to come in and get your shot(s).

Check here for more access to the vaccinations:  https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/

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