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Another Spooner Junction Crash

3pm – A fast moving Corvette went out of control at Spooner Junction, smashing against a median guard rail.  The southbound sports car has two occupants in it.  Medics are enroute.

3:08pm  No injuries to the driver or passenger.

They knew something was wrong by the smell…

Yes, copper has value even if it’s bolted under an apartment building.

Renters in the Chaparral Apartments on East John Street were subjected to an overpowering smell of toilet waste today causing law enforcement and city public works to come out and determine that somebody had been under the apartments cutting and stealing sewer and water pipes. The copper market is apparently getting a good price for used pipes.  But none-the-less the city health department ordered 50 tenants to immediately leave their apartments.

Authorities say all occupants of the building were being assigned temporary shelter (courtesy of the apartment complex owner) until the plumbing repairs are made which could take some time.  Meanwhile authorities are tracking down those who were responsible for the highly unusual theft that should have made some noise during the pipe heist.

Anyone knowing who was involved with the Chaparral Apartment’s vandalism are encouraged to call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 of the Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2677.

 

More New Laws Hitting the Books…

Attorney General Ford Announces Improvements to Consumer Protection Laws in Nevada

Assembly Bills 61 and 47, Senate Bill 62 signed into law by Governor

Carson City, NV –Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford praised the passage of three of his bills that were recently signed into law: Assembly Bill (AB) 61, Assembly Bill (AB) 47, and Senate Bill (SB) 62.  All three bills will enhance protections for consumers in Nevada, a priority for AG Ford’s administration, and will take effect on October 1, 2021.

“One of my biggest priorities as attorney general is you, Nevadans,” said AG Ford. “You are all consumers and every week you are purchasing products or services. That is why I have a division in my office called the Bureau of Consumer Protection that is dedicated to helping and protecting you from fraud and scams. These three bills were created with you in mind so my office can help you fight unfair business practices and different kinds of fraud. I am grateful to the Legislature and to Governor Sisolak for helping my office pass these important bills into law.” read more…

CC Rifle and Pistol Range

Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range Short Range Closes on June 15 – Long Range Closes on June 29.

The Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range will be closing the short range for maintenance on June 15th. On June 29th, the long range will be closed for maintenance.

For safety reasons, all shooting activities, including reservations and public use, are cancelled during maintenance at the areas of the facility mentioned above. However, the shooting bays will be available.

For more information on the Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range, visit www.carson.org/range or email the Range Coordinator at ccrange@carson.org.

Attorneys General Across the America are Yelling “STOP!”

Atty Gen. Aaron Ford
“Don’t throw Covid-19 victims out on the street…it’ll make things worse….”

 23 Attorney Generals Argue that Millions of Evictions While Pandemic is Ongoing Would Increase the Spread of COVID-19 and Threaten U.S. Pandemic Recovery

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford has joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general around the country in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) order that prohibits evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This order is aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.    

In an amicus, or friend-of-the-court brief, AG Ford and the attorneys general argue that the CDC’s eviction moratorium should remain in place and that states would face potentially catastrophic harm if it is suddenly lifted. Specifically, the coalition argues that without the moratorium in place, millions of vulnerable individuals would be unsafely forced from their homes and onto streets, crowded shelters, and others’ homes across state lines, risking the spread of COVID-19. With only about half of Americans fully vaccinated, such action could jeopardize the U.S.’s fragile health and economic recovery. Numerous jurisdictions passed their own local moratorium on evictions, but the CDC’s Order is critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across state lines.   

“Americans need help, and that’s the bottom line,” said AG Ford. “Even though vaccinations are rolling out, we are still in a pandemic and going through unprecedented times. While businesses are reopening, it will take time for those struggling to get back on their feet so my office is urging the Supreme Court to keep the eviction moratorium in place. We must help each other during these unexpected hardships as we move into a new normal.” 

In 2020, Congress passed COVID-19 relief legislation, which included a 120-day eviction moratorium for certain rental properties. When that legislation expired in July 2020, the CDC issued its own eviction moratorium order under its authority to protect public health. The CDC order protects certain tenants who aren’t able to pay full rent because of a loss of income or medical expenses from being evicted at residential properties nationwide. The order was originally set to expire on December 31, 2020, but was extended by Congress through January 31, 2021, and has been further extended by the CDC. It is currently set to run through June 30, 2021 and could be extended again.   

The eviction ban was challenged by property owners, managers, and trade associations who want to resume evictions. The lower court in this case ruled that the CDC does not have the authority to order a national eviction ban but granted the government’s request to stay the court’s decision pending appeal. After the court of appeals denied plaintiffs’ motion to vacate the stay, the plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court, asking for the stay to be vacated.   

In their amicus briefthe attorneys general urge the Supreme Court to allow the CDC’s eviction moratorium to remain in place because:   

  • Eliminating the CDC Order would throw state COVID-19 responses into disarray: To stop the spread of COVID-19, every state has implemented some measure of social distancing and has, in some form, encouraged or required individuals to stay at home if possible. States relied on the CDC Order as part of their broad COVID-19 response, with some states expressly adopting the CDC Order under state authority. Others relied on the CDC Order to stop evictions and did not pass their own eviction regulations to avoid creating confusion. For states that enacted their own, more expansive protections against eviction, the CDC Order acts as a national floor, preventing spillover effects from neighboring states with fewer protections against evictions.
      
  • The pandemic is still ongoing and suddenly vacating the ban would irreparably harm the states: The risk of COVID-19 remains potentially catastrophic even amid the vaccine rollout. Roughly half of U.S. adults remain unvaccinated, and the vaccine is currently available only for those 12 years of age and older. And, although numbers are declining, more than 14,000 cases are still reported daily, and over 2,500 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 each week. If the CDC’s Order was vacated, millions of people would suddenly be thrown out of their homes and forced to move in with friends or family, into shelters, or onto the street. According to the CDC, as many as 30-40 million American renters are at risk of eviction, and at least four million are at “imminent risk.” If these individuals and families are evicted, that would significantly increase the potential for the spread of COVID-19. This would not only harm the individuals directly affected, but it would also threaten entire communities and public health.
      
  • Renters and their families remain disproportionately vulnerable to COVID-19: Americans at risk of eviction are disproportionately unlikely to be vaccinated. Both evictions and COVID-19 transmission are more frequent in lower-income neighborhoods. Additionally, a significant percentage of renter households who have fallen behind on rent have children, many of whom cannot currently get vaccinated.
     
  • COVID-19 does not respect state borders: A national response, like the CDC’s eviction moratorium, is needed to control the spread of COVID-19. A patchwork jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction approach cannot contain a virus that moves with infected people across state lines. Additionally, research has shown that when households are evicted, they move in with friends or family. Mixing households—which may happen across state lines—increases the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
      
  • A pause on evictions is still needed for economic reasons: Many people still cannot pay the back rent they owe while the nation slowly reopens. The federal government has appropriated over $45 billion to help renters catch up on their rent, and these funds are being provided to state and local governments. It takes time for states to properly disburse these payments to their residents.  In addition to Nevada, other states who signed the brief include: California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
     
    To view the full legal brief, click here

Nevada Parks Wants Us to Know…

Lake Tahoe
Gem of the Planet
TravelActivities.com

Nevada residents and visitors alike are invited to “Discover Nevada State Parks” this Saturday, June 12.  All visitors will receive free day-use admission and free fishing (no license required) at all Nevada State Parks.

 “Nevada’s state parks offer a great diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities,” said State Parks Administrator Bob Mergell. “For example, visitors can explore the slot canyons of Cathedral Gorge, step back in time at Mormon Station, or spend a relaxing afternoon fishing at South Fork.”

“Discover Nevada State Parks Day” is also an opportunity for visitors to take the passport challenge and add a stamp to their passport booklet, or if they don’t have one yet, pick one up while visiting any state park. Once visitors have their passports stamped at 15 different parks, they earn a free annual day-use pass to all Nevada State Parks.

For more information on the Nevada State Parks Passport Booklet, or to find a list of state parks visit parks.nv.gov.

Carson City Health Dept. has dropped daily Covid-19 Updates. Thursdays only.

Corona Virus – Still with us… get vaccinated!!

Carson City Health and Human Services will no longer provide daily COVID-19 updates. Beginning June 10, CCHHS will provide weekly COVID-19 updates on Thursdays.

Updates will include the number of cases, recoveries, and deaths from the previous Thursday through the Wednesday before the update is released. There will be no update Thursday, June 10. The next COVID-19 update will be Thursday, June 17, 2021.

The Quad-County COVID-19 Dashboard will continue to be updated daily, Monday through Friday.

The dashboard can be viewed at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/

As of Wednesday, June 9, CCHHS is reporting 8 new cases and 16 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 12,928, with 12,494 recoveries and 228 deaths; 206 cases remain active.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Appointments are still available; a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted.

Visit https://booking.appointy.com/en-US/quadcovidvaccine/bookings/service to schedule an appointment.

Here are the next vaccination clinics:
— June 15: 2:30 to 3 p.m., Fuji Park, 701 Old Clear Creek Rd, Carson City, Janssen ages 18 and older

— June 15, 3 to 4 p.m., Fuji Park, 701 Old Clear Creek Rd, Carson City, Pfizer ages 12 and older

— June 17, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Douglas County Fairgrounds, Pinenut Rd, Gardnerville, Janssen ages 18 and older

— June 17, 3 to 4 p.m. Douglas County Fairgrounds, Pinenut Rd, Gardnerville, Pfizer, ages 12 and older

For COVID-19 questions, vaccine appointment confirmations, or to arrange for testing, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.

Strings in the Summer 2021

Carson City Symphony to Begin

Two “Strings in the Summer 2021” Programs

 

Carson City Symphony Association announces “Strings in the Summer 2021,” two free programs for string-instrument players of all ages, in July and August.  Each program has two levels.  The four-day July program will begin on Tuesday morning, July 6, including an informal concert on July 9.  The two-day August “Boot Camp” will be held on August 3 and 5.  

Fiddle and Fun meets from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on July 6, 7, and 8, with a concert at 10:00 a.m. on July 9. It is designed primarily for younger students, and for violinists, violists and cellists of any age who have limited experience.  Participants must be able to play a one-octave D scale and read notes within the staff.

String Ensemble meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on July 6, 7, and 8, with a concert on 10 a.m. on July 9.  It is for advanced beginner to intermediate players of all ages, including adults.  The ensemble will play fun tunes arranged for violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Boot Camp, August 3 and 5, gives string players a head start before school and orchestra seasons begin. New and returning beginning violins (Symphony Youth Strings Allegro level) meet from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. New and returning advanced beginning strings (Symphony Youth Strings Vivace level) and above meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All classes are held at
 St. Paul’s Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Road in
 Carson City.  The July 9 performance is at Carson Mall.  Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster of Carson City Symphony, is the instructor.  Masks are required and students are asked to bring a music stand if possible.

Registration and tuition are free, donations welcome. For more information and to register for Strings in the Summer, contact the Symphony’s Education Director, Sue Jesch, at 775-450-5584.

Carson City Symphony Association’s educational programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and
 the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by private donations.

Brush Fire near 3450 Jacks Valley Road

Brush fire just west of Jacks Valley School. Fire Departments from all around are fighting it.

422pm – Firefighters have responded to a significant grass fire in the vicinity of 3450 Jack Valley Road.  Likely to be a crowded Jacks Valley and Bavarian Drive area so caution in the area.

5Pm  The fire explodes and starts scorching the countryside along Jacks Valley Road.  The winds are blowing very strong…likely around 50 to 70mph.  The fire is hopscotching its way toward the east and a lot of homes.   The fire has reached Jacks Valley School.  It’s partially surrounded by flames to the south.

Law enforcement and other agencies are recommending local residents grab their papers and other valuables and get out of the area.   Hopefully when the sun goes down the winds will die down.

More to come.

Flames are horrendous being blown by over 60 mph winds. Air tankers are bombing the flames along with helicopter dumps.

6:10pm Evacuations have been issued for the areas of Arcadia, Pawnee, Cherokee and Green Acres south of Jacks Valley Road.

The Douglas County Community and Senior Center is available as an evacuation site.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) says Jacks Valley Road near US-395 is closed in both directions. US-395 is still open  but very crowded.

The fire is estimated to be 30 acres large now and 0% contained.

Structure protection is in place but with 60 to  70 mile an hour winds no telling where the fire may spread to.

The cause is unknown

Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue is on scene, along with crews from East Fork Fire Protection District.

6:46pm  Emergency evacuations have been ordered toresidents in the area west of Highway 395.  The evacuation center is the Douglas County Community Center.

As the sun began dipping behind the Sierra, the fire hit over-drive west of Jacks Valley School and turned southeast from the school.  It came up against the backside of Indian Hills…but firefighters managed to hold the line along a firebreak installed for these specific kinds of circumstances.  They stopped the fire cold in several spots.  But again, the fire was still  raging elsewhere.  Firefighters in the air and on the ground finally stopped the blaze west of Vista Grande and Micah Drive at the top of a hill where the water tank is located.  Many neighbors breathed a deep sigh of relief when the fire came right up against the water tank and a helicopter dumped a lot of water on the fire, stopping it.
Firefighters are expected to mop up the remainder of the fire and monitor the area to ensure that another piece of the blaze doesn’t re-kindle.  They’ll also be investigating what or who started the fire in the first place.