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Light at the end of the tunnel – fire crews knocking down the flames in the Sierra. Covid getting hammered as well…

Firefighters attacking the Caldor Fire (225,000 acres burned) near Lake Tahoe are finally getting the upper hand with outside help – the Caldor firefighters knocking down 70% of the fire.  Other fires including Echo Summit and Strawberry (Highway 50) are being mopped up.  Tahoe residents are gradually getting back in to their homes and businesses.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 viruses are still pounding away at communities and those who live in them.  Here in Nevada there have been 400,000 Covid-19 virus victims statewide.  Statewide deaths have surpassed 6,700.  Washoe County has suffered nearly 58,000 infections with nearly 800 deaths.  In Carson City nearly 8,000 infected cases with over 130 deaths.  Douglas County has added up just over 5,200 cases with 80 deaths and Storey County experiencing 150+ cases and 4 deaths.

Squaw Valley Ski Area name goes bye-bye

It appears that times have changed and so Squaw Valley Ski Resort decided on a name change.  After a long debate over what the new name should be the resort big guns came up with a the new name – “Paradise Tahoe.”  “Tahoe Paradise” would have been more easily remembered…but we weren’t in on the name selection.

Resort officials haven’t yet settled on sub-ski area names but we’re sure they’ll come up with some winners.

Good signs that the worst may be over..

Caldor Fire Evacuation Shelter Update

The evacuation shelters for El Dorado County residents who evacuated from South Lake Tahoe were relocated to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (4590 South Virginia St, Reno) for those without pets and the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (1350 N Wells Ave, Reno) for those with large animals and with campers. No cots are available at the Livestock Events Center. For a list of additional shelters visit https://dem.nv.gov/DEM/Emergency/CaldorFire/.

Relocating the El Dorado County residents to these locations was done by request of El Dorado County and the American Red Cross to provide evacuees a central location with the most up-to-date information on the Caldor Fire, repopulation efforts for their county, and the resources available for El Dorado County residents to help them get home and reconnected with friends and family.

The two evacuation shelters that were opened in Carson City, one at the Community Center and one at Fuji Park, have been closed. The Community Center shelter is ready to reopen if the need arises to support our neighboring communities during this challenging time.

We have received numerous inquiries regarding donations. Due to the generous outpouring from our community, we have no immediate needs at this time. Those who wish to donate to the Caldor Fire Evacuees can contact the Carson City Manager’s Office at 775-887-2100 to be connected with the donation coordinators. The Nevada Humane Society in Carson City (549 Airport Rd, Carson City) is accepting animal supply donations as well as monetary donations.

We are extremely proud of the outpouring of support from everyone in Carson City. We will continue to do everything we can to support those impacted by the fire.

Carson Chamber Singers: Rachmaninoff” All-Night Vigil

Carson Chamber Singers to present Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, November 6 and 7

Carson Chamber Singers, a 50 person chorus directed by Richard Hutton, performs the a cappella masterwork, All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff in two beautiful venues: St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral (310 W. 2nd Street, Reno) on Saturday Nov. 6th at 7:00 p.m., and St. Mary in the Mountains (111 E Street, Virginia City) on Sunday November 7th at 4:00 p.m. The concert is 60 minutes without intermission.

Hutton said, “All-Night Vigil, commonly known as ‘Vespers,’ is a work that the singers are excited to perform. The chant-based music is gorgeous.”

General admission tickets are $15; discounted tickets for seniors (age 62 plus), students, and members of the Carson City Symphony Association are $12. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available online at CCSymphony.com, on Facebook.com/CarsonCitySymphony, and at the door.

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Chamber Singers have sung at several venues in northern Nevada and in California as far west as Sacramento. They sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno in 2017, have sung with the Reno Philharmonic, and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony, most recently on July 4th at the Genoa Americana Celebration.

Open to singers high-school age and above, the Carson Chamber Singers generally perform in five concerts each year. Participation is free.  For information about joining the choral group, call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154, or see CCSymphony.com/ccsingers.htm. Concerts are supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. 

 

Have you seen this young lady? She’s missing…

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance with locating 17-year-old Jordan Dennis. Jordan left her home on August 31, 2021 and has not been seen by her parents since. Jordan does not have any medical problems and is not considered at risk.
Jordan Dennis is 5’03” / 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what Jordan was wearing the day she left her residence. Jordan is known to frequent Mills Park, the Tanglewood Apartments and may be visiting friends at the Cherry Creek Apartments in Carson City, Nevada.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Sergeant Craig Lowe (775) 283-7815, Captain Daniel Gonzales at (775) 283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.

 

A Message from Univ. of CA Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Climate change is making wildfires more frequent, larger, and increasingly intense. It is also changing where they occur.

A new study shows that wildfires in the western United States have been spreading to higher elevations due to warmer and drier conditions. Between 1984 and 2017, wildfires in the West were found to be moving to higher elevations at a rate of 25 feet per year.

Fires are burning higher on mountainsides because areas that used to be too wet are now drier due to warmer temperatures and earlier snowmelt. The study also showed that drier air—which makes vegetation dry out and burn more easily—is moving upward at a rate of about 29 feet each year. This makes an additional 31,500 square miles (20,000,000 acres) of the mountainous West more vulnerable to fires.

The map (second photo above) shows where fires have moved upslope since 1984. Shades of yellow, orange, and red show the intensity of the elevation gain by mountain range. Some of the highest changes are here in the Sierra Nevada.

There are important impacts of high-elevation fires. Fires change how snow accumulates and melts, altering the meltwater availability downstream and in reservoirs. That impacts over 60 million people in the western U.S. who rely on these water sources. Fire debris, ash, and chemical retardants can also pollute the water. Much of the plant life at high altitudes is not fire-adapted and may grow back differently. Streams near high-elevation fires can also become much warmer, threatening native animals and plants that depend on cooler water and air.

Assessing the impacts of the 2021 fires on Lake Tahoe commenced within days of the fires starting. TERC, as part of the Tahoe Science Advisory Council, is working with research partners to assess the water quality as well as the biological and chemical changes to the lake from the current smoke and ash fallout. In the coming weeks, plans for monitoring winter runoff from the burned sections of the basin will be finalized, along with the plans for assessing the impacts to the forest, meadows, and the ecosystem they support. As a result of this rapid mobilization, from the ashes of a disaster, new information on the impacts of wildfire will emerge.

Our sincerest thanks go to the agencies and organizations who responded so quickly to guarantee of funding necessary for this intensive scientific effort.

And a huge thank you to the entire firefighting and first responder communities whose skill, bravery and extraordinary efforts prevented the impacts of the fires from becoming an even greater tragedy.

Mile High Jazz Band presents…..

Mile High Jazz Band Presents “September Songs,” An Outdoor Dinner Show

Live Big-band Jazz with Vocalist Jakki Ford

Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m., at Living the Good Life

Mile High Jazz Band will perform “September Songs,” on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  It’s an outdoor dinner show at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City.  The music is free, donations welcome; food and drink can be ordered from the menu. For reservations, text 775-720-5834 before 5:00 p.m. or call 775-841-4663 after 5:00 p.m.

The September 14 event, the fifth of a series of monthly dinner shows Mile High Jazz Band has scheduled at Living the Good Life, includes favorite big-band jazz tunes and features the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford.  Pianist and band leader David Bugli said, “Our monthly shows draw a large audience, and every performance is different.”  As a tribute to fire evacuees and first responders, the band will play “Moment of Sorrow,” with trumpet solo by Cassidy Robinson and trombone solo by Phil Jerome. Jakki Ford will sing “There’ll be Some Changes Made,” “Just Friends,” and more favorite tunes.

Mile High Jazz Band is supported 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.  For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com.