The California Highway Patrol reports that a collision between a truck hauling fuel and possibly a Prius car caused a huge explosion and fire on a Highway 50 bridge heading south out of South Lake Tahoe Saturday afternoon. Reports from the scene indicated that a portion of the burning fuel got into the creek and that the truck driver perished in the fire.
Highway 50 WAS closed in both directions for a time. Highway 50 has since been re-opened.
A motorcycle crash atop Spooner Summit Saturday night killed the passenger and injured the driver. The victim was transported down Highway 50 to Carson City’s Emergency Landing Area at the foot of Highway 50 at Highway 395.
Paramedics and Care Flight personnel helped load the injured motorcyclist into the chopper.
Moments later the chopper lifted off for a quick trip to Renown in Reno.
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong announced to the Carson City Board of Supervisors this morning that the Carson City School District has received a grant to expand the number of law enforcement officers stationed at Carson City Schools. Currently there are three – it’s going to five officers.
It’s been a horrendous experience for a number of school districts around the country to be subjected to gun violence. Psychologists have been very vocal about the mental stress it’s put on students, their families, teachers and administrators nationwide about these mindless, deadly attacks.
CarsonCityJournal.com contacted Sheriff Kenneth Furlong who described the program in some detail. First off, two new officers will be added to the other three. It will give schools greater law enforcement “presence” and thereby more confidence that there is greater attention paid to suspected troubled students – both perpetrators and victims – with emphasis in Carson City’s two middle schools.
Sheriff Furlong indicated it will take a few weeks – maybe a little more – to get everything in place, adding that law enforcement will be able to discover “troubled” young teens earlier and get them the help they need.
This story is evolving. Many updates to follow in the weeks and months ahead.
Schulz Ranch Phase 4
The Carson City Supervisors failed to approve 100 new homes on the east side of Carson City on Race Track off Bigelow. The project lacks some easement approvals for drainage. The homes will be on relatively small lots off Bigelow, bordering Cone Peak. The issue comes back hopefully for resolution at the Supervisors next board meeting in two weeks.
Butti Way near Parks and Recreation Department.
The Supervisors also began consideration for a 160 unit apartment project labeled as affordable/work force housing for low income families in Carson City. It’s a little ways out into the future but could contain up to 160 families with rental rates that are quite affordable. Various developers will be eventually submitting bids on which developer can come up with the best deal for the city and its citizens.
The Supervisors decided to further formulate a path for a developer who will eventually emerge as the one to build it. Final selection of the developer is expected to occur at the November 21st Supervisors’ meeting. Preparation for such a big project will take some time to get through all the red tape and conditions. Construction could be as much as two years down the road. There will be several tiers of tenant eligibility from a few “market rate” units up to 30%, 60% and 80% of market rate.
Lightning strike north of Jacks Valley School sets off a wildfire headed south.
Fire Trucks pinch off southern progress of the fire which was caused by lightning.
Surveillance chopper reports back to base the fire’s spread and ultimate containment.
4:25pm Brush fire from a lightning strike burning through brush across from Jacks Valley Road.