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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.

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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…
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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.

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