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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.

CC Firefighters putting out fire at Mountain Street Trailhead

1:45pm  Carson City Firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire at the trailhead at the west end of Mountain Street.  Firefighters found what looked to be an overnight warming fire that was not properly extinguished.  It looked like whoever lit the warming fire failed to ensure the fire was dead-out when they left.  Firefighters quickly drowned it.

Putting those federal dollars to work…

Work crews are  replacing of sewer and/or water lines on West Caroline Street, West Robinson Street, West Spear Street and West Telegraph Street, as well as  roadway reconstruction on West Robinson Street for a total amount not to exceed nearly three million dollars.The Wastewater Division currently spends significant time within the Project area cleaning and maintaining the sewer lines due to their poor condition. Completion of this project will allow the Water and Wastewater Divisions to provide more reliable service to residents in their neighborhoods and allow crews to perform more maintenance work in other parts of the City.

In alignment with the Department of Public Works’ goal to “dig once”, staff has combined several needed utility
rehabilitations as well as street repair into one project. This lessens the impact to the public and saves the City
a considerable amount in construction costs.

Putting that federal government money to work in Carson City!!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impacts, the U.S. Department of Treasury is issuing the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established under the American Rescue Plan Act. ARPA funds have been issued to provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide of the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

The Carson City Board of Supervisors has allocated $1,300,000 to non-profits or governmental entities operating in Carson City to help meet the requirements of the Grant and needs of the Community.

The funds were approved to be awarded for the following categories:

1. Mental health treatment;
2. Substance abuse treatment;
3. Crisis intervention and other behavioral health services;
4. Services or outreach to promote access to health and social services;
5. Affordable housing / rent subsidies / homelessness;
6. Employment or job training services to address negative economic or public health impacts experienced due to a worker’s occupation or level of training.

Guidance can be found here.

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law, and established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (“SLFRF”) program.

The funding distribution will be through a federal assistance, reimbursement program provided by Carson City, Nevada.

1. Please refer to the guidance link to ensure expenses requested are allowable.

2. Awardee’s will be subject to regulatory requirements of the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200).

3. For this program Carson City requires a Letter of Interest. You can obtain the Letter of Interest on the Carson City website: https://www.carson.org/government/departments-a-f/finance/grant-funding

4. Provide a program budget, including a breakout of line items, such as Salaries, Benefits, Supplies, Equipment etc.

5. Provide a plan of expenditure, which should be no more than four pages in length, please include the following:

a. Brief problem statement(s) explaining why funds are needed.

b. An explanation of how funds are expected to be used to respond directly to the COVID-19 public health emergency or for a secondary effect of the pandemic.

c. Provide internal controls of the agency receiving the funds, as subrecipient monitoring will be necessary to ensure the use of funds meet federal guidance.

6. Funding dates January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

7. Any unspent funds will be advertised for a second round of applications, the following year.

8. Applicants will need to e-mail the Grants Administrator by 4pm on September 30, 2021 including the letter of interest, budget, and plan of expenditure; as these three documents are deemed to be the “application”, at grants@carson.org. Documents can be submitted to Carson City by mail but must be received by Carson City no later than September 30, 2021:

Carson City
201 N. Carson Street # 3
Carson City, NV 89701
Attn: Grants Administrator

9. Funding will be determined based on the application, the eligibility of expenses, and the level of need in the Carson City community, as well as dependent on the number of requests received and dollar amount of those requests.

10. All questions can be e-mailed to the Carson City Grants Administrator at grants@carson.org or by phone at 775-283-7069.

Carson City will assemble an Application Review Workgroup (ARW) to review, read and score all applications. The ARW recommendations will be presented to the Carson City Board of Supervisors; thereafter, the Board of Supervisors will have final approval on funding.

Carson City Boys and Girls Club suffers a Covid-19 visit

Covid-19 Virus

Vaccinations, vaccinations, vaccinations!!  The Center for Disease Control has been blowing its anti-Covid bullhorn lately so that more and more Americans and their families can be tempted to get anti-Covid-19 shots.  Up to nearly half the country has decided to “see what happens” with the virus rolling up and down every street in the country.  The Delta variant of the virus is quite deadly and is taking lives far faster that the earlier viral outbreak last year.

So it comes as no surprise that the Carson City Boys and Girls Club is closed, and will remain closed until next Monday following an outbreak of Covid-19 at the facility.  Those returning will have to under-go nose swap testing.  Reports say the virus is filling up the entire country largely due to the spread the virus by those who have NOT BEEN VACCINATED.  In short, the word from the CDC is that if you’ve got covid symptoms head for your nearest clinic or hospital.

Unfortunately some of the staff and possibly a number of kids at the Carson City Boys and Girls Club were exposed to the virus without warning.  So now they may be in trouble depending on circumstances.  It was announced the Club doesn’t have enough staff that is virus free to run their recreational programs.  And recovery time can vary widely.

The Club says they expect to bring their kids back to the facility starting next Monday.  But they won’t get in the door before they’re tested for the virus.  Any kids showing the slightest signs of having been infected by the treacherous bug will be sent home with recommendations to meet the virus head-on – recommending a quick trip to a hospital or doctors’ offices.

Apartment Fire at 1600 Airport Road in Carson City

1:05pm  Carson City Firefighters rushed to the scene of an apartment fire at 1600 Airport Road.  An apartment there was filling with smoke due to an overheated air-conditioner.  Firefighters unplugged the unit, put the fire out and checked for any fire in or around the unit.   Firefighters said the fire was out.

Lesson:  When your air conditioner is on…pay close to it. Visit it up close several times a day…especially in these hot, hot, hot summer days.

CC Schools turn to high tech evaluation to see if kids can safely come to school


View of Carson City from Morgan Mill Road in East Carson City

Carson City School District provides additional guidance regarding school closures

Due to continued poor air quality that is expected to remain throughout Northwestern Nevada for what could be weeks or months, the Carson City School District will use the U.S. EPA “Air Now” website to determine whether school will be cancelled.  The EPA is a branch of the Federal Government.

At the beginning of each school day, the Superintendent of Schools will refer to 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 when 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 an HVAC Readiness and Pre-Occupancy Assessment so that staff, students and families can return to the schools with confidence that they’ll be breathing clean air.

The district feels the safest and best place for students to learn during a 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 require 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 keep the school open. 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 when 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 when 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, after-school 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 deeper into 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.

Bad Traffic Crash at College Parkway and Otha

7:02pm  Bad wreck at College Parkway east of Otha.  Serioius injuries.  Careflight is summoned.  Crash occurred in the westbound lanes of College Parkway.  Looks like the motorcycle rider lost control on the initial curve at the east end of the parkway where it turns westerly.  Eastbound traffic is reduced to one lane.  No word on the condition of the motorcyclist.