It doesn’t take much….
6:30 pm A lightning bolt hit the hillside overlooking the Indian Colony in Southwest Carson City early Friday evening. It was a pretty good hit because it caused a very visible fire. A neighbor down below near the intersection of Boyle and Wialaki grabbed a bucket of water, walked up the side of the hill and doused most of the flames. Carson City Fire Fighters joined in and some spotty rainfall helped finished off the rest.
But neighbors in the area should not let their guard down. With so much dry brush, a hiding spark could erupt and cause an encore.
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2:53pm Vehicle crash on I-580 near Fairview. Watch for emergency vehicles. Involves a large pickup. NHP is taking a report and the accident should be cleared shortly.
“Racism is a public health crisis nationwide.”
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a proclamation this week to formally declare “Racism is a public health crisis nationwide.”
Nevada’s chief executive said “Given Nevada’s diverse population as a minority, majority state, this call to action raises awareness so Nevada does not perpetuate poor health outcomes due to systemic racism during and after the pandemic.
“Institutional and systemic racism has gone on far too long in this country and in this State. Based on research, we are taking a proactive approach in joining fellow leaders around the country to declare racism as a public health crisis, “ said Gov. Sisolak. “I am grateful to be joined by the Nevada Legislature in recognizing that racism manifests in measurable ways, including public health. I look forward to working with Nevada leaders and the Office of Minority Health and Equity on this critical issue.”
Experts and studies have shown that negative social determinants, with racism being at the forefront, have adversely affected the health of minority communities. This has also been demonstrated in many forms including unequal access to mental health services and a lack of educational and career opportunities, among many others.
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the challenges caused by racial disparities within Nevada’s communities, especially in the form of virus and environmental exposure risks, and through all major stages of health care.
With this proclamation, Nevada joins other state and local governments that have passed or are considering similar declarations to raise awareness and with the goal of instigating long-term change across all sectors of government, including education, housing, and criminal justice. Importantly, this proclamation also enhances work already being done by the State’s Office of Minority Health and Equity, which was initially created by the Nevada Legislature in 2005 and expanded in 2017.
The Office of Minority Health and Equity engages communities statewide to promote health equity and combat health disparities through advocacy and education. For example, the Office is supporting important legislation signed by Governor Sisolak during the 2019 Session which addresses the results of systemic racism and requires cultural competency training for health care providers.
CC Board of Supervisors
Carson City Supervisors were all over the map Thursday working with Carson Tahoe Hospital on plans to construct an enclosed walkway from the hospital’s main building, across Eagle Creek and into CTH’s surgical center. The plan was approved. The Supervisors also approved the layout of catch basins to reduce the likelihood of any major flooding up or downstream from the surgical center. The addition of the new enclosed walkway will make patient transfers from the main hospital building to the surgical center much easier. Nearby wetlands will also be better protected with carefully regulated water flows through the downstream area. The hospital is paying for the improvements.
The Supervisors were quite pleased to acknowledge the arrival of what amounts to a huge check from Washington DC. Nevada state officials notified Carson City that there is over $10 Million available to be split between the city, the Carson City School District as well as Carson Tahoe Hospital and Eagle Valley Care Center, all under the umbrella of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.
And finally, the Supervisors were convinced that instead of buying new they can pay half-price for what will be the rebuilding of the city’s main landfill trash compactor. It’s got a lot of miles on it. Landfill employees were given permission to rebuild their Al-Jon 500 trash compactor that arrived in Carson City back in 2012. 11,000 work hours later it needs an over-haul. The restoration of the compactor will be handled by Tri-County Equipment and Repair and is a sole source for Factory Certified Re-manufactured Al-Jon compactors in the United States. The over-haul will run the city just under a half-million dollars. A totally new unit would run well over one million dollars.