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Board of Supervisors…Golf and Covid-19…

Covid-19 Virus

The Carson City Board of Supervisors tried to get their arms around some alternative uses for the city’s golf course out east of town.  There was considerable dialog about the role of the golf course and the role of the city’s treated effluent used to water the course.   Those mildly in favor of turning the golf course into something else (new housing?) made the supervisors pause to think things through.  But city supervisors reminded everyone that the city’s treated wastewater system is what keeps the treated water flowing and the golf course green.  The supervisors made it clear they don’t want to lose the golf course because it has some real potential to make Carson City all the more inviting when out of town tourists enjoy Carson City’s geographical location and small town charm.  In the end, the issue was put on the “To Be Continued” category.

And the Supervisors discussed a range of methods to step-up the rate of Covid-19 vaccinations.  All across the country there seems to be about 30 to 40% of Americans who STILL don’t want to get vaccinated.  So, the year-long campaign to get everyone vaccinated is somewhat stalled.  So the Centers for Disease Control are making it easier to take the vaccine distribution “on the road,” using buses and utility vehicles to bring the vaccine to the people rather than the people having to go to small medical clinics, local large medical facilities, schools, etc.  Such a wider approach to distributing the vaccine seems to be more effective than any other plan to pump-up the number of Americans who otherwise might not make themselves available to get the shots.

A high speed pursuit in Carson City ends with a crash…

A high speed pursuit of an old Chevy sedan through neighborhoods in the north area of Carson City was wild and woolly – but pursuing Sheriff’s Deputies finally caught up with him.  From the Sheriff’s report the pursuit of the wanted driver was pretty well boxed in – in and around the neighborhood with Hot Springs Road and streets north of College Parkway and then south to Retail Street.  Reports say he narrowly missed colliding with vehicles and people riding bicycles.   One deputy caught up with the fugitive and rammed the back end the fugitive’s car.

Fugitive Ruben Angel (an adult), was quickly handcuffed and transported to the city jail on charges of Hit and Run, Speeding, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting Arrest, No Registration and No Driver’s License.

Carson City still fighting the tree smoke…

Due to continued poor air quality forecasted to remain for the next several days and possibly weeks or months, the Carson City School District will use the U.S. EPA “Air Now” website to determine whether school will be cancelled.

At the beginning of each school day, the superintendent will review the AirNow.gov Air Quality Index (AQI) and the day’s weather forecast. If the AQI is reported at or above 400 by AirNow.gov for the 89701 zip code by 5:30 a.m. and the weather forecast predicts that conditions are not expected to improve, all employees, students and families will be notified that school will be cancelled. Additionally, if the school day begins and the AQI reaches or exceeds 400, school will remain in session for the day and students and staff will remain indoors.

On days where the Air Quality Index (AQI) is “Unhealthy” or above 150 AQI, all outdoor activities including athletics, physical education and recess will be canceled or moved indoors.

The district’s building management system adheres to fresh air standards and has taken steps prior to the start of school to contract with a HVAC specialist to perform a HVAC Readiness and Pre-Occupancy Assessment so that staff, students and families can return to the schools with confidence. This activity has been performed on HVAC, filtration, ventilation and domestic water systems. A final engineering report was produced and summarizes the general recommendations of OSHA, CDC and ASHRAE. Additionally, the district has upgraded air filtrations systems to at least a MERV-13 filter for all air-handling equipment. System filters are changed 3 times per year.

The district feels the safest and best place for students to learn during a scheduled school day is in their desk at school. However, parents are encouraged to use discretion. Students with respiratory or other pre-existing health conditions may necessitate individual adaptation. Additionally, if parents have not already done so, the district is asking them to coordinate any medical related needs with the school nurse.

If at any time parents feel that conditions are unsafe to take or send their student to school, they may keep their child home for the day regardless of the district’s decision to hold school. The schools will support the parent’s decision and work with them to make up any schoolwork or assignments. However, students who do not attend school will be counted as absent.

On days where air quality is unhealthy, school buses will operate with all windows closed. For those concerned about their student(s) waiting outside at a bus stop or walking to school, the district invites families to make arrangements to transport their child(ren) to and from school and avoid the unhealthy conditions as best as possible.

The district also reminds families that if parents DO NOT receive a text, email or phone call or see a banner announcement on the district’s homepage indicating a delayed start or school closure, schools will remain open and in session.

If schools are closed because of a natural disaster, inclement weather, accident or any other extraordinary circumstance, per instruction from the Nevada Department of Education, Smoke Days are not considered “days in school” regardless of the digital ability to provide remote instruction. Consequently, neither teachers nor students are expected to participate in remote learning activities during a canceled school day.

On days where school has been canceled, teachers should not assign homework using virtual means and assignments will not be due until the next regular day of in-person school. Additionally, no student activities, schoolwork or programs will occur, including remote instruction via Pioneer Academy. This includes school-course assignments, homework, afterschool programs and practices. No school services such as transportation, nutrition or student health will be provided.

With any school closure, students and employees should expect an extension of the school year, further extending school days in June. As such, families and employees should not schedule vacations or expect to exit the school year before calendar obligations are met. Click here for more information about school related closures.

CC School District: Masks to be worn inside schools and while riding on school buses

Effective Thursday, September 2, 2021, all Carson City School District students, parents, vendors, volunteers, visitors and guests, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings when indoors and while on school buses. The new requirement comes in response to increased student exclusions from close contacts of some infected students in schools throughout the district.

Per the CDC criteria for close contacts, only those who were within 3 to 6 feet of the infected student would be considered close contacts, if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) wore well-fitting masks. If any infected student was not wearing a mask, then an entire class may need to be excluded from school and quarantined for a 10-day period. Vaccinated students do not need to be excluded or quarantined nor do students wearing masks, sitting more than 3 to 6 feet of the infected student(s).

Since the start of the school year, more than 500 students in the Carson City School District have been excluded from school for up to 10 days due to COVID-19 guidelines for Close Contact Tracing.

“One of our greatest desires is to keep schools open where students can attend in-person,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District. “If students wear masks, it greatly decreases the number of students excluded from in-person learning because of ‘close contact’ and quarantine requirements.”

The mask requirement will be set in place throughout the month of September. If the process results in fewer students excluded from school through close contact tracing, it is anticipated the facemask requirement may be lifted by Friday, October 1. The Carson City School Board of Trustees previously approved, in a unanimous vote of 7-0, the district’s reopening plan, July 13, 2021, which recommended but did not require students to wear masks indoors.

Per the District’s Reopening Plan, the temporary use of facemasks may be employed anytime during the school year as part of a multi-layered effort to end a localized outbreak of COVID-19 or one of its variants.

“I am not advocating for this change based on the effectiveness of wearing a face mask to prevent illness,” Stokes continued. “The decision instead is intended to minimize the loss of learning and operational inefficiencies that are occurring when large numbers of students are excluded from school. In this case, the exclusions are coming from close contacts due to exposure to COVID-19.”

The district also re-emphasized the critical role parents play in helping schools remain open for in-person learning. The district continues to plead that parents complete a Daily Self-Screening each morning before school and keep any child home if they experience any cold or flu symptoms.

Attorney General Ford Announces Confirmation of Opioids Manufacture Purdue Pharma’s Bankruptcy Plan

Attorney General Ford Announces Confirmation of Opioids Manufacture Bankruptcy Plan

Includes Funds to Address Nevada’s Opioids Epidemic

Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced his support of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s decision to confirm approval of a bankruptcy plan for Purdue Pharma that will dissolve the opioids manufacturer and maker of Oxycotin. Nevada will receive a portion of the proceeds as part of the bankruptcy settlement plan, which will be used to address the opioid epidemic in the state. The State of Nevada is anticipated to receive an estimated $50 million.

“Nevada will receive much-needed funds as a result of this settlement to help combat the state’s opioid crisis, which has become even worse during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said AG Ford. “This settlement represents only a small portion of what the companies and individuals responsible for creating the opioid epidemic owe. Accordingly, we will continue to pursue litigation in our courts to hold other opioid defendants accountable for their actions and to receive what Nevada needs to fight the devastating effect of opioids on our state and its residents.”

In a lawsuit filed by Office of the Nevada Attorney General, Nevada alleges that Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family are primarily responsible for starting the deadly marketing campaign that led to the deaths of thousands of Nevadans. Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy shortly after Nevada filed its complaint in 2019.

While the bankruptcy court has confirmed approval of the bankruptcy settlement plan, it will take time for the bankruptcy trustee to liquidate the assets according to the plan and determine how much money Nevada and other states and creditors will receive. The Office of the Attorney General will be submitting a recent agreement entered into by every county and litigating local government in Nevada to the bankruptcy trustee for anticipated approval.

With bankruptcy trustee approval, the funds will be distributed among the state, counties and litigating cities in a fair and equitable manner as part of the terms of the allocation agreement. The money will be used in evidence-based programs and infrastructure to combat the effects of opioids on the state and its residents.

In the settlement plan, Purdue Pharma agreed to dissolution of the company, and the assets will shift to a new company which will be sold at the end of approximately three years. In addition, the Sackler family, which owned the company since its inception, will contribute approximately $4.3 billion to the total monetary amount and will relinquish control of the company. Purdue will also make several million documents public in a repository as a part of injunctive terms.

The Hon. Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed approval of the plan Wednesday morning.

 

Governor Steve Sisolak closely monitoring the Caldor Fire’s forward movement….

Becoming a Lake Tahoe Fire….

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency in response to the ongoing Caldor Fire and the anticipation of the fire crossing from California into the State of Nevada in the coming days.

Declaring a state of emergency ensures resources from the local, state, and federal levels are available to assist as needed during this emergency.

“On behalf of the State of Nevada, I would like to thank all of our brave first responders, local government agencies, and nonprofit entities who continue to go above and beyond to assist our communities during the Caldor Fire,” said Gov. Sisolak. “We will continue to use all our available resources to fight this fire and assist those in need.”

Nevada state agencies continue to work in close coordination with California partners and those at the local and federal level on the Caldor Fire.

Go here for the latest information and resources to those in need.

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/.