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Elizabeth Warren Supporters Open CC Campaign HQ off Hot Springs near North Carson St.

Elizabeth Warren Carson City HQ just east of North Carson Street off Hot Springs Road.

Elizabeth Warren HQ right off Hot Springs Rd. Plenty of parking.

The Elizabeth Warren for President campaign opened their local headquarters in Carson City on Saturday, welcoming Carson City area voters to come inside and learn more about the progressive Massachusetts Democrat.  Those who might like to volunteer some time to the Warren campaign are invited to stop by their headquarters at 2307 Hot Springs Road.

The Warren for President Carson City Headquarters are open:
Tuesday……….1pm-9pm
Wednesday…11am-9pm
Thursday…….11am-9pm
Friday…………11am-8pm
Saturday………9am-8pm
Sunday………. 9am-9pm

Posada Event at Mark Twain Elementary to Increase Family Involvement

Mark Twain School

From CCSD:  Administrators and educators at Carson City’s Mark Twain Elementary School will host Posada 2019, Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event, open to all students and families, is part of the English Second Language (ESL) Department’s iCan Initiative designed to increase parent and family involvement for students and to help reinforce and extend learning taught during regular classroom instruction. It will include piñatas, face painting, traditional Hispanic holiday food and music, family activities, photos and more.

We are hoping to build a strong home-to-school connection by providing these activities and allowing students to showcase some of their talents and traditions during this event, said Mark Twain Elementary Principal Ruthlee Caloiaro.

“Of the 600 students here, 58 percent are minorities with more than 300 that are English Language Learners,” Caloiaro continued. “We are also a Title 1 school, and 100 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. This is just another way we can support an already disadvantaged population.”

We need to involve our families in the learning process to build a greater understanding of the type of learning that occurs at school, she said. By providing this event, we will educate and empower our families as we provide them with the knowledge and information necessary to support learning at home.

In September, Carson City School District announced 70 percent of the schools within the district showed improvements in the latest Star Ratings report, according to the Nevada Department of Education State. With the release of the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF), Mark Twain Elementary School was one of the schools in Carson City to improved enough to earn a higher star ranking, 4 stars up from 2 stars last year.

Suspected drug users nabbed and their infant taken from them by deputie

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies say the parents of a 19 month old infant girl were found to be living in a drug infested apartment on Rand Street with drugs easily in reach of their infant who also slept in the same bed as her parents.

Derek Huntley 32, and his “wife to be” Rena Avery, 27, were stopped outside their apartment by Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies because their plates were phoney.  Deputies discovered Huntley’s drivers license was revoked and he had no insurance. Deputies also noted that their 19-month old daughter was not safely secured in her car seat.

When deputies followed them up to their apartment they found the place disheveled and full of evidence of drug use, scattered feces and trash, all within reach of the child. The deputies’ drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs – and deputies found them – heroin and meth. Huntley was immediately arrested for drugs in his pocket along with a meth pipe. Their bedroom mattress was a mess with soiled diapers and evidence of feces and urine.

Deputies learned that the infant slept with her parents which bothered the deputies. They mentioned that adult heroin overdoses cause erratic, uncontrolled movements that are known to suffocate an infant sleeping next to them.

A county social worker arrived on scene and took possession of the infant for a thorough check up and will be cared for for as long as it takes for Huntley and Avery get their lives straightened out. Both were booked in to the Carson City Jail on charges of possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, child abuse, child neglect and child endangerment.

All three Carson High Schools move up the achievement ladder

For the fourth year in a row, Carson City School District’s high school students graduated at the highest rate ever at 86.8 percent for the Class of 2019, an increase of 6.5 percentage points since 2016 where it averaged 80.3 percent.

Carson High School achieved a graduation rate of 95.9 percent, up 7.8 percentage points since 2016 when it averaged 88.1 percent. Pioneer High School, the alternative high school in Carson City, achieved a graduation rate of 82.4 percent, up 10.4 percentage points since 2016 when it averaged 72 percent.

“These are very impressive numbers to look at when you consider all the effort that already goes into ensuring our students succeed academically,” said Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes. “It is extremely difficult to gain even a half of a graduation rate percentage point from year to year. The continued uptick in the numbers speaks to the ongoing effort and success of students, families, community partners and every employee within the district. This is a combined effort that should be celebrated among all of our partners and staff.”

Some of the effort and success is also attributed to effective office administrators who help track down students who may have registered for school, and may only attend for a short period of time before moving out of town to a new school, he continued. Probably the hardest hitting factor in graduation rates are those students who do not attend school, but we cannot document where they ended up, which is often another school. Some of the office staff members often become private investigators tracking down missing students.

Nevada AG Takes Aim at Highly Addictive ” Fentanyl”

Attorney General Ford Calls for Fentanyl to Remain a Schedule I Drug 

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford joined a bipartisan coalition of all 56 attorneys general calling for Congress to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

In the letter, the attorneys general urge Congress to pass S. 2701, the Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Fentanyl is a dangerous and addictive drug that has devastated Nevada families and many others all around the country,” said AG Ford. “In 2017, the CDC found that 40 percent of the 72,000 nationwide drug-related deaths involved fentanyl or related compounds. This drug must be classified to reflect the danger it poses to our communities.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary scheduling order in February 2018 to schedule fentanyl-related substances that has allowed federal law enforcement authorities to bring criminal actions against individuals who manufacture, distribute or handle fentanyl-related substances. This scheduling order is set to expire less than two months from now on Feb. 6, 2020.

The FIGHT Fentanyl Act codifies DEA precedent to schedule fentanyl-related substances, and will ensure law enforcement agencies and courts retain the tools needed to keep those who traffic in this deadly substance off the streets.

Attorneys general from every state, territory and the District of Columbia signed the letter. With the support of every attorney general, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has chosen to endorse the legislation as one of its official policy positions. NAAG typically endorses around a dozen policies a year.

CCSO is looking for this hit and run pickup

Sheriff’s Office trying to track down the driver of this pickup involved in hit and run in Carson City

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in a hit and run incident.

On December 5, 2019, at approximately 8:40AM, a Carson City resident was driving north on Airport Road near Carmine Street when her white van was sideswiped by a black, 99-06 model Chevy Silverado Crew Cab. The Chevy approached the white van from the rear at a high rate of speed and attempted to pass on the left. As the Chevy passed, it collided with the van causing damage. The Chevy fled the scene and was last seen traveling east on College Parkway near Highway 50 East.

The following pictures contain photos of the suspect vehicle driving north on Airport Road.

Anyone who may recognize this suspect vehicle is asked to contact Deputy Christopher Arrison at 775-887-2020 ext: 45709

Christopher Arrison
Carson City Sheriff’s Office
911 E Musser St.
775-887-2020 ext. 45709

Bella Kordonowy headed for UNR and UNR Softball

Bella Kordonowy signs on UNR’s dotted line

CHS’s Bella Kordonowy Signs with Nevada for Softball 

Carson High School Senior Bella Kordonowy, 18, signed with the University of Nevada for Softball earlier this morning during her lunch break in the school’s Morse Burley Gym. Friends and family gathered in support for the highly recruited student athlete. Topping the list of those present included her mother and father, Colleen and Jerrad Kordonowy.

L-R, Assistant Coach Leah Wentworth, Coach Carlos Mendeguia, Bella Kordonowy, Colleen Krodonowy and Jerrad Kordonowy

“Over the past four years, I’ve been able to watch Bella compete in high school sports, primarily basketball and obviously softball, and one of the things that really stands out to me about her, is her competitiveness,” said CHS Athletic Director Blair Roman to the crowd of supporting classmates, teachers, administrators and friends. “She is a person who her coaches can rely upon, she is an outstanding student, person and leader at this school. And I cannot think of a better person to earn such an honor as this.”

 

Bella and well-wishing Friends….

AG Aaron Ford calls for protection from internet trolling for youngsters….

Aaron Ford
NV Attorney General

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking the agency to strengthen its rules prohibiting websites, mobile applications and other digital marketing companies from collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 and using that information to track children across the internet. In addition to AG Ford, 25 other state attorneys general submitted their comments to the FTC.

“Children are more susceptible to deception and exploitation, which is why I’m proud to push for added legal protections for our minors,” said AG Ford. “No one should be allowed to take advantage of Nevada’s children by collecting their private information.”

Many websites and mobile applications collect personal information from users, including geolocation information, browser histories, search histories, voice recordings and more. In 1996, Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibiting this type of data collection from children under the age of 13. Both the FTC and all state attorneys general are empowered to enforce COPPA, though only the FTC is empowered to issue regulations based on COPPA.

In his letter, AG Ford is urging the FTC to expand its definitions of personal information to include things like faceprints used to unlock consumers’ cellphones, health data from Internet-connected smart watches, and kids’ genetic information. The  letter also urges the FTC to clamp down on companies that embed code in children’s mobile applications and collect data in order to serve children behavioral advertising, and to examine how the rules apply to school-issued laptops that are “free” so long as companies get to collect information from the students using them. The attorneys general also urged the FTC not to create exceptions to the rule that would allow massive websites like YouTube to skirt COPPA’s requirements.

In addition to Nevada, other attorneys general participating in this letter include: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders campaigns in Carson City Today


Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders came to Carson City Monday to lay out his campaign platform – none of it especially new – but clearly described for a packed gymnasium at the Stewart Community Center.

Here it is:

* Too few at the top of our society have over half the money in the country. And it’s badly hurting the bottom half.
* We need to overturn Citizens United, which allows unlimited political donations – many of them anonymous.
* We need public funding for elections and anyone turning 18 is automatically signed up to vote.
* Our economy may look good on paper but it’s lousy for too many American families – some of them have two adults working more than one job. Half of our families live paycheck to paycheck. 500,000 Americans are homeless – 30,000 veterans sleeping on the street or in emergency shelters. Government is NOT working for all Americans.
* We need a $15/hour minimum wage. Not the $7.25 that’s been on the books for years.
* Equal pay for women.
* Expand labor unions.

* America has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the developed world.
* America needs universal child care so they get what they need and parents can work knowing their children are being cared for in stimulating environments.
* We need a better public education system. Higher pay for teachers. School systems that are behind the average, need extra funding. One trillion dollars from the country’s extreme wealthy should pay for it.
* Cancel all student debt and get the revenue from a modest transfer from Wall Street profits.

* Health Care should be a right, not a high cost burden on society. Health Care is free in much of the free world. Why not America? With the taxes America’s families pay, taxing the wealthy should help fund national free health care. It’s common in Europe.
* America’s health care should expand to cover dental care and eyeglasses. Taxes on the wealthy would easily cover it without the wealthy having to move out of their mansions.
* Greed should be removed from the medical industry. Drug prices in America are the highest in the world. Many nation’s pay 10% of what Americans pay for many drugs. $69 Billion in drug company profits are way too high. Medical care should include hearing aids.
* The way we create Medicare for All is to phase it in. First, those who are 55 and older, then a little later 45 and older, then 35 and older until everyone is eligible for Medicare. Between “some” taxes for medicare and the wealthy paying their fair share, America could catch up with what is far more reasonably priced medical coverage as we see in Canada and throughout Europe. Sanders says the first $29,000 in family income would be exempt from medicare taxes.

* Climate Change is a clear and present danger to every person on the Earth. We cannot turn our back on our kids and our grandkids. Scientists have under-estimated the speed by which climate change is taking control of our weather. Sanders says if we don’t do enough to reverse our use of fossil fuels the situation will become uncontrollable within ten years. Widespread disease, wild fires – especially along the U.S. West Coast, climate refugees due to drought, large international military conflicts, acidification of Earth’s oceans which will affect fishing industries. The world’s people need to tell the fossil fuel companies that their profits are not worth the decimation of humanity.
* We can create 20 Million new jobs fighting climate change using $1.8 Trillion dollars to get the job done. All our lives are worth more than $1.8 Trillion dollars.
* On the political front – Donald Trump is dividing the country and it must stop. We need to end racism and support immigration reform. We need to fix our criminal justice system. There are 400,000 people behind bars because they can’t afford their bail. We need to end private (for profit) prisons, end the war on drugs (it isn’t working) and legalize marijuana.
* We need gun reform. Establish universal background checks on ALL GUN SALES. Ban assault weapons and end gun show sale loop-holes.
* At the end, Sanders got a rousing standing ovation.

Sanders holds another Town Hall Rally tonight (Monday) at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 South Virginia Street in Reno.  Doors open at 4:30pm. Event starts at 5:30pm. It’s free and open to the public.  Come early.  Seats are limited.

Another presidential candidate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, holds a rally TOMORROW NIGHT at TMCC in Reno at the Eardley Student Center. Doors open at 5pm. Warren takes the stage at 6:15pm.

Carson City School District brings home the gold…

Carson City School District and Trustees Haul in Awards at State School Boards Meeting 

The Carson City School District was a big award winner at the Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) Annual Conference in Reno.  The school district and trustees hauled in nearly a quarter of all the awards (4 out of 19) among the 17 districts statewide. Additionally, two Carson City School Board trustees were recognized for their service and achievements in their roles as NASB elected officers.

The Carson City School District’s School Board of Trustees was honored as the state of Nevada’s School Board of the Year,Stacie Wilke-McCulloch was named the state’s Individual School Board Member of the Year, Mike Walker was recognized as the state’s New School Board Member of the Year and Andrew Feuling, director of fiscal services for the Carson City School District, and Paul Johnson, White Pine County School District chief financial officer, were jointly honored with the District Level Administrator Impacting Student Achievement award.

Mrs. Wilke-McCulloch is the current Carson City School Board President and previously served as president in 2014. As a Trustee and Board officer, she brings a wealth of school board experience. She served on the Board previously from 1999 through 2003 and her current tenure began in 2008.

First ever “Homestead Holidays” celebration at Silver Saddle Ranch

Silver Saddle Ranch
City of Carson City Photo

From Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space

Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space invites the community to the first ever Homestead Holidays event at Silver Saddle Ranch, December 13-15.  The ranch will be open 5 p.m.-8 p.m. each night. Homestead Holidays is intended to be an old-fashioned holiday celebration with handcrafted decorations, holiday lights ornamenting historic ranch buildings, and family activities for all ages.  Silver Saddle Ranch is located at 2648 Carson River Road, off Carson River Road, south of Eagle Valley Middle School.

This event is a collaboration of many community partners; Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch will be offering horse-drawn wagon rides, Kiwanis will be cooking chili, Carson Now is hosting Letters to Santa which will be published on Carson Now, decorated antique tractors, local craft vendors, live music, Santa, and more.

Entrance to the event is free, with minimal fees or donations for some of the activities. Parking at Silver Saddle Ranch requires driving on a dirt road for a short distance. Additional parking and shuttle is available at Eagle Valley Middle School.

For additional information or questions, please contact Dan Earp, Recreation Superintendent at djearp@carson.org or 775.283.7422. For more information on this and other community events, please visit www.carson.org/parksandrec.

Why play hookey when you can watch Hockey!!!

Vegas Golden Knights to Host Hockey Clinics at Schools in Carson City

WHAT: Carson City School District is pleased to announce the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team will host youth hockey clinics at two Carson City schools Friday, Dec. 13th. The first clinic will be held at Bordewich Bray Elementary School from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Later that day, the hockey team will host a clinic at Carson Middle School from 12:00 noon to 1:40 p.m.

As part of the clinics, the team will provide high-end equipment and materials to the schools to incorporate floor hockey as part of physical education programs.

Following the clinics that day, the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) will host a watch party beginning at 4 p.m. in the Nevada Room at the Governor’s Mansion to witness firsthand the VGK play against the Dallas Stars. Admission to the watch party is free, and fans will have the opportunity to win a variety of Vegas Golden Knights prizes.

“Our upcoming trip to Northern Nevada provides another opportunity to grow the VGK Worldwide following as well as the great game of hockey,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “Each day we are extremely thankful for our passionate fans and we are always looking for ways to give back to those that support our organization far from Las Vegas.”

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2019

WHERE: Three locations and times:

  • Youth Hockey Clinic: Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson Street in Carson City, from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Youth Hockey Clinic: Carson Middle School, 1140 West King Street in Carson City, from 12:00 noon to 1:40 p.m.
  • Watch Party (Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars): in the Nevada Room at the Governor’s Mansion, 606 Mountain St. in Carson City, beginning at 4 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is coming to Carson Monday – Tomorrow!

Community Center
Clear Creek Avenue
South end of town

This just in….Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders will be conducting a town hall meeting in Carson City at the Stewart Community Center at 12Noon on Monday. Tomorrow!!  Not the Community Center on William…the Community Center at 465 Clear Creek Avenue – south end of town.

Town Hall in Carson City with Bernie Sanders
Monday, December 9
Event starts at 12:00 p.m.
Stewart Community Center
465 Clear Creek Avenue
South Carson City

Sheriff’s Office still seeking help in locating this man…

Have you seen this man. He’s been missing from his Carson City home for days.

From Sheriff Ken Furlong:

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is attempting to locate 74 year old male James Tickner. James was reported missing on December 3, 2019 by his roommate in Carson City. James was last seen on the morning of Saturday November 30 2019 near his home on Pine Lane in Carson City.

James does not have a vehicle. James is known to frequent the McDonald’s at Winnie Lane and North Carson Street, Mills Park and the Smith’s grocery store at 599 East William Street.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of James Tickner is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch at (775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Detective Sam Hatley (775)283-7852, Investigations Captain Brian Humphrey (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900.

 

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