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The Caldor Fire – not goin’ down easy…

Wildfire smoke from SW corner of Lake Tahoe blowing across the lake and into Douglas-Carson City.  The fire is only 14% contained.  Will firefighters keep it out of the Tahoe Basin?  Not likely.  The south end of Lake Tahoe is being drained of tourists and residents who have high-tailed it out of the area.

South Lake Tahoe area being emptied out – Caldor Fire is creeping up Highway 50

The Caldor Fire is burning its way up Highway 50 on the California side of Lake Tahoe.  The humongous fire is still running toward the South Lake Tahoe part of the lake.  A big fire threat to Lake Tahoe.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, all evacuation orders and warnings remain the same.  Go here for the areas, via Cal Fire.

Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).
• The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Sawmill Road
• Highway 50 at Sawmill
• Pioneer Trail at Elks Club
• Elks Club at Highway 50
• Highway 89 at Highway 88 junction
• Fallen Leaf at Tahoe Mountain

Final evacuations include South Lake Tahoe to the Nevada State Line.  Evacuations also include to Tahoe Keys, Tahoe Island, Al Tahoe, The Sierra Tract, and Bijou. 

Those seeking shelter from the fire can find temporary arrangements at Douglas County Community Center and Truckee Veterans Hall.  Barton Memorial Hospital has been completely emptied of patients 

Great Music inside with an Orange Sun outside…

Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music & Art Festival

Carson City’s 18th annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival, presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association, completes 17 days of music and art on Sunday, August 29. The following events are not cancelled, and all will be held indoors:

Update on six Jazz & Beyond concerts this weekend – All are indoors – Times and locations:

~Sat., Aug. 28, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lucky Diamond and the Gents o’ Jive – inside the BAC Performance Hall. This a ’20s and ’30s hot jazz band is lead by Mark Ashworth (Lucky Diamond) on drums, with Jef Derderian on trumpet, Joe Cadena on trombone, Dallas Smith on reeds, and Jimmy Vermilion on keyboards.

~Sun., Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – the Red Tango at Mallard’s (for brunch $25, reserve at jazzcarsoncity.com/events). The Red Tango sizzles with rhythm, class, and superb musicianship. Musicians are Olga Archdekin and David Haskins, violins; Catherine Matovich, viola; Eileen Brownell, cello, and Zack Teran, bass. There’s space for dancing, but not a dance floor.

~Sun., Aug. 29, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Passing Thru – inside the BAC Performance Hall. Passing Thru is a new instrumental jazz group from Reno. The band members are leader Tim Gay, alto sax; Joel Stevens, tenor sax; Nick Bentz, piano; Shawn Wang, bass; and Zachary Howarth, drums.

~Sun., Aug. 29, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (new time) – Reno Jazz Orchestra with Tristan Selzler – inside the BAC Performance Hall. The festival ends in a big way with the traditional Jazz & Beyond closing concert by the 18-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra. This year’s guest artist is Tristan Selzler.

Masks are required in the BAC Performance Hall. For a complete schedule of events, visit jazzcarsoncity.comFor additional information, call 775-883-4154 or email info@jazzcarsoncity.com.  Mile High Jazz Band Association’s Jazz & Beyond Festival is funded 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.

Putting on the Brakes of Human Trafficking

The Nevada Department of Public Safety – Highway Patrol Division Puts the Brakes on Human Trafficking with Statewide Campaign

The Nevada Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Division is teaming up with Truckers Against Trafficking, The Nevada Trucking Association and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to educate truckers on the signs of human trafficking.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Division is furthering its mission to promote safety on Nevada’s highways with the launch of a new, statewide anti-human trafficking campaign across multiple platforms now through October 10. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), the Nevada Trucking Association (NTA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have combined efforts with the Nevada Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Division to educate commercial vehicle drivers on identifying the signs of human trafficking while positioning State Troopers as a resource to help human trafficking victims.

Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery, defined as when human beings are purchased and sold for forced labor or sexual exploitation. The UNLV Center for Crime and Justice Policy reported Nevada tied for ninth in the nation for human trafficking cases reported in 2017, with the state’s average of 89 percent exceeding the national average of 71 percent. Sex trafficking has steadily proved to be the most prominent form of human trafficking in Nevada, with 1,500 women and children in Northern Nevada alone sold online for sex every day (Creighton University).

Human trafficking is a heinous crime against humanity, and with our allied partners, we will work together to address it immediately,” said Nevada Highway Patrol Colonel Anne Carpenter. “The DPS Highway Patrol is grateful for our partners at Truckers Against Trafficking, Nevada Trucking Association and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in joining our fight here in Nevada. Together, we will be one step closer to protecting and saving the lives of human trafficking victims across the state.”

Capitol Police • Office of Criminal Justice Assistance • Emergency Management/Homeland Security
State Fire Marshal • Records, Communications and Compliance • Highway Patrol • Investigations • Parole and Probation •Office of Professional Responsibility • Office of Traffic Safety • Training • Office of Cyber Defense Coordination •Emergency Response Commission

These staggering statistics serve as the driving force behind the statewide combined efforts of the NV DPS Highway Patrol Division, TAT, NTA and FMCSA. The trucker-oriented campaign takes a victim-centered approach that educates and encourages commercial vehicle drivers to spot the signs of human trafficking; take action to report suspected trafficking; and be a part of the solution while positioning State Troopers as a resource for victims.

Campaign efforts will be focused in rural areas, on open highways, near truck stops and on state lines along Interstates 15, 95, 80, 395 and 160. Messaging will be amplified through PSAs on radio stations, social media outlets, including Facebook, outdoor billboards, and earned media efforts. For additional information and to follow along with the campaign, please visit https://nhp.nv.gov/.

Horrible Story…but worth knowing because it sounds like it’s 1935 on the streets of Carson City

The division of the “haves” and the “have-nots” could not have been more starkly revealed in Carson City.  A family with two young children were homeless and couldn’t find shelter – they said.  So they proceeded to take over a large area of a tunnel off North Carson Street.

Sheriff’s Deputies found out about it and went over to the tunnel to talk with the woman, her husband and their children  who had set up two tents and some food preparation equipment inside the tunnel.  Mother of the two children, Bobbi White, 41, said they couldn’t find a place to stay while waiting for housing so they settled for a tunnel.
Deputies took inventory of the situation and discovered that the family was living in a hazardous environment – filth all around, feces, urine and remnants of what the deputies determined to be illegal drugs.  Ms. White admitted to taking drugs and said her husband smoked drugs but not around the children.

Deputies say that they took Ms. White into custody and put her in jail while Child and Family Services gathered up the kids who were put into protective custody.  No word on the whereabouts of the husband.

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