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Forging a check

From the Carson City Sheriff’s Office

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is asking for assistance in identifying an unknown suspect alleged to have forged checks and fraudulently cashed them.

In June of 2020 a male suspect entered a bank in Carson City, on two separate occasions and cashed checks he had forged. The checks are believed to have been collected from mail, washed, and then re-written for fraudulent use.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Detective Darin Riggin (775)283-7853, Investigations Lieutenant Daniel Gonzales (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900.

Corona Virus
Update…

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting two additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the four country region: Carson City, Lyon, Storey and Douglas Counties.

The individuals were a male Lyon County resident in his 80’s with underlying conditions and a female Lyon County resident in her 80’s with underlying conditions. CCHHS is also reporting thirteen new cases and twenty-two additional recoveries. This brings the total number of cases to 665, with 526 recoveries and twelve deaths. 127 cases remain active.

Latest cases of Covid-19:

• A female Douglas County resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Lyon County resident in her 70’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Douglas County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Lyon County resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Lyon County resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Carson City resident in his 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Douglas County resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Lyon County resident in her 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Douglas County resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A female Lyon County resident in her 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Lyon County resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
• A male Carson City resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease.

TOTAL
-665 Total Cases (+13 from 7/29)
-127 Active (-11 from 7/29)
-526 Recovered (+22 from 7/29)
-12 Deaths (+2 from 7/29)
-10 Hospitalizations (-2 from 7/29)

Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789

How to “tool” around Carson….

How to Visit Carson City…Safely

It’s an interesting time in the travel industry. A divide between safety and sanity leaves us all feeling torn. Visit Carson City can help navigate the waters. If you decide to get out and about we can guide you on how to safely explore the capital city. We’ve compiled a list of all things that have changed due to COVID and how you can visit Carson City safely. Click the link below to learn more.

What’s New in Carson City

Railbikes Come to Carson City

There’s a new ride in Carson City other than this roller coaster ride we’ve been on since COVID hit in March. You can now hop on a Carson Canyon Railbike Tour starting August 8th! This stunning tour for all ages and fitness levels takes you into the Carson River Canyon all while learning about the history and culture of the area. Don’t worry, there’s a motor-assist to help you back up the canyon. Click below to purchase tickets and for all the details of the experience and the safety precautions that will take place before each ride.

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Carson City’s Newest Restaurant Opens

The spirit of our beloved Adele’s lives on in the newest Carson City restaurant, Piazza. This wine and cocktail bar, inspired by the owner’s European travel, serves some of the most delicious small plates we’ve ever tasted in a cozy, feels-like-home ambiance. The salvaged stained-glass windows from Adele’s restaurant and the warm smiles from the incredible wait staff provide a wonderful dining experience in our McFadden Plaza.

Click below to learn more and to see all food and drink options in Carson City.

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Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum Reopens

Thanks to a generous donation by a local family, the new Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum was able to reopen after a temporary shut-down due to COVID-19. The Stewart Indian School served as the only off-reservation Indian boarding school in Nevada from 1890 through 1980. Its stone buildings are an icon of education and life for many American Indians in the West. In 1985, the school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District and is currently managed by the State of Nevada. Stewart is a must-see on your trip to Carson City.

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Safely Relax

This is the centerpoint of a true Nevada experience. Our hotels have been diligent in going above and beyond safety and sanitizing standards. Find a hotel to call home for the night.

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All Things Outdoors

We’ve compiled the complete list of all outdoor activities you can do to social distance while still getting out of the house this summer. From trails to historic walking tours, Carson City has you covered.

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Parents and Families Need to Communicate Intent for School by Aug. 5 

 Carson City, Nev. (July 29, 2020) — The Carson City School District School Board of Trustees approved the district’s proposed School Reopening Plan last night by a 4-3 vote. The trustees also voted to update the 2020-2021 Academic School Calendar, moving the official first day of school for students to begin Monday, Aug. 24, a week later than the day previously set for Monday, Aug. 17.  

As part of the approved reopening plan, the district needs all parents and families to communicate their student’s intent for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible and no later than Aug. 5. The reopening plan offers parents the opportunity to select whether their student(s) will participate in school via full-time online learning (recommended for students who have known medical issues or family members in high risk categories for COVID-19) or through a hybrid – blended learning model where students will attend in-person twice weekly and participate remotely three days each week.

An online Parent Intent Form (available on the district’s website and in Spanish here) needs to be completed and submitted by the parents or guardians of each student as soon as possible (no later than Wednesday, Aug. 5) so cohorts can be assigned and student schedules finalized. Students will either be assigned by individual school sites to Cohort 1 (in-person attendance: Tuesdays and Thursdays with remote learning Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or Cohort 2 (in-person attendance: Wednesdays and Fridays with remote learning Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). 

The school district emphasized that families with multiple students will be assigned to the same cohort, alleviating household scheduling conflicts. Also for ease, the Parent Intent Form allows families to submit one form per household instead of multiple forms for siblings.  

In addition to completing the Parent Intent Form, parents and guardians will still need to complete their annual online registration updates in Infinite Campus (IC) for each of their students. Families who have completed the IC updated for the coming school year will only need to complete the Parent Intent Form. 

The district also said the Parent Intent Form must be submitted electronically using desktop or mobile internet resources. Parents and families without access to internet or electronic mobile device means are asked to contact their school site or the district office for assistance.  

Students will also need to register for transportation (buses) this year, which will be submitted through the Parent Intent Form. As detailed in the reopening plan, buses will not exceed 42 seats (less than 50 percent occupancy).  

“This is obviously not the most ideal situation to face a return to school under these circumstances,” said Superintendent Richard Stokes. “Given the restrictions of social distancing and building occupancy, we understand there is not one plan that will meet everyone’s needs. All people will face some risk to return to school, but we are seeking to minimize risk the best way we can while still fulfilling our mission to empower students with skills, knowledge, values and opportunities for them to thrive and be contributing members of our community.”  

The reopening plan also detailed some additional considerations including  

  • Face masks for all (all students, employees, volunteers, visitors and contractors are required to wear face masks at school) 
  • Health wellness checks at home (conducted by parent or guardians) 
  • Social-distancing 
  • Limited school activities and visitors 
  • Employ cleaning and disinfecting protocols 
  • Follow local health agency guidance 
  • Nutrition Services available 
  • Social and Emotional Learning and Services 

The district has also provided a helpful Frequently Asked Questions document in both English and Spanish that should provide additional information.  

 

Friday kicks off another Special Session of the Nevada Legislature – so much going on…

Governor Steve Sisolak reconvenes the State Legislature Friday morning – and he and the legislators have a very full plate.  Governor Sisolak wrote in a press release, “I again look forward to collaborating with Nevada legislators to meet the challenges that are unfortunately before us.  In order to protect the time necessary to address the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, my expectation is that this special session will be thorough and as efficient as possible.”

Items included for consideration are:

Governor Sisolak begins another Special Session of the Nevada Legislature Friday, July 31st….

  • Addressing criminal and social justice policy reform 
  • Working to ensure Nevadans, businesses, workers and the unemployed have the support and protections they need as they battle COVID-19 
  • Ensuring Nevadans can exercise their fundamental right to vote in a way that does not dangerously expose them to increased risk of COVID-19 infection  
  • Helping stabilize Nevada businesses so they don’t suffer continued economic hits and establishing safety standards for the workers who are keeping our economy going  
  • Removing statutory barriers impeding the work of Nevada’s unemployment insurance program  
  • Providing authority for the Judicial Branch to implement alternative dispute resolution measures in cases of rental evictions 
  • Additional items requested by Legislative Counsel Bureau related to the Legislative Branch 

 

Speeding up re-growth of our national forests

Innovative Finance Model Accelerates Forest Restoration

The North Yuba Forest Partnership plans to use a Forest Resilience Bond to finance forest restoration across the 275,000 acre North Yuba River watershed.

The USDA Forest Service manages 193 million acres of forests and grasslands, 58 million of which are in need of restoration. Forest Service scientist are doing this by thinning and conducting prescribed burning that restores natural tree density, improves forest health and mitigates wildfire risk. 

Restoration of national forests comes with an estimated price tag of $65 billion. The Forest Resilience Bond (FRB) is an innovative public-private partnership model that presents a scalable financing option to help take on the costs of this critical work to protect people, communities and resources.  

The FRB supports USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda, which seeks to make the landscape more resilient by investing in active forest management and restoration. It also aligns with the Forest Service’s Shared Stewardship Strategy of collaborating across boundaries to meet landscape-scale restoration needs.

Developed by Blue Forest Conservation in partnership with the World Resources Institute, the FRB allows private capital to cover the upfront cost of forest health treatments. The model brings together stakeholders that benefit from restoration to share the cost of reimbursing investors at a moderate rate of return as the environmental and social benefits of project activities are realized. By covering upfront project costs, the FRB accelerates the pace and scale of restoration work – tackling fire risk now and avoiding the much greater cost of inaction. 

In 2018, the Forest Service signed an agreement with Blue Forest Conservation documenting their shared commitment to landscape-scale restoration. Later that year the Tahoe National Forest and Blue Forest Conservation partnered to launch the Yuba Project. This is the first FRB, and provides $4 million in private capital from four investors to finance ecological restoration treatments across 15,000 acres of national forest. The State of California and a municipal water and hydroelectric utility are repaying investors at contracted rates as restoration work is completed, with the Tahoe National Forest providing in-kind support and funding for project planning, development and execution. 

The North Yuba Forest Partnership plans to use a Forest Resilience Bond to finance forest restoration across the 275,000 acre North Yuba River watershed.

Now that FRB financing in place, the Tahoe National Forest is working with their long-time partner, the National Forest Foundation, to implement work on the ground through a Master Stewardship Agreement. FRB financing has made it possible for the Tahoe to accelerate work and complete projects in just four years instead of the projected 10 to 12 years.

Collaboration around the Yuba FRB has also laid the groundwork for a new partnership. In 2019, nine federal, state, tribal and nongovernmental partners established the North Yuba Forest Partnership, a collaborative focused on forest restoration across 275,000 acres of public and private lands in Northern California. The Partnership plans to finance more than $100 million of unfunded restoration work using a FRB.
With this success, national forests across the West are partnering with Blue Forest Conservation to see how FRB might be applied to other areas. This is just the next step in the Forest Service’s larger mission to leveraging resources, support partners and build on successes to take on the challenges that face America’s forests and rural communities.

— U.S. Forest Service

CC Planning Commission votes “no” on city paying for street upkeep on new horseshoe-shaped development.

                                   Planned home development for a spot near College Parkway and Emerson

A new housing development planned for an empty spot at College Parkway and North Emerson ran into a rough patch Wednesday evening before the Carson City Planning Commission. The commission basically voted “no” on the project over uncertainty as to who is going to pay for the streets upkeep.

Normally major housing developments build their houses and the city pays for the upkeep of the streets. But in the case of the College Parkway and Emerson project, which is quite small as subdivisions go, the developer wants city taxpayers to cover the year-after-year maintenance costs even though the pavement loop serves only a tiny amount of houses. In fact the developer had originally agreed that the project’s homeowner’s association could handle the upkeep. But – they all changed their minds – too few houses and too high a bill, they said.

The developer eventually managed to make a deal with the Board of Supervisors that the developer would install the looping street and maintain it. But then the developer changed his mind. The homeowners’ association also chimed in saying there weren’t enough houses to support the debt to keep the road up to city standards. Up to ten years, probably. 

The Board of Supervisors who had earlier given the project a tentative ‘thumbs up” will now have to give the project the OFFICIAL “thumbs up” to get the project out of the barn along with an agreement that the supervisors will advance the money to the homeowners association for a slurry seal on their loop road when it’s need sometime in the future.

Left on the table is the question: what will happen when other builders of small “loop drive-thru” projects want the same deal?  It’s no secret that the city is low on street construction and maintenance money.  Some years back, a desperate Board of Supervisors put a measure on the ballot requesting Carson City voters agree to raise the local gas tax because city streets were getting really old and bumpy.  Unfortunately the voters said no.  And…that’s why Carson City’s streets are beginning to look like the streets of Tijuana.

The issue will no doubt be back before the voters in the near future – obviously after the world wide bout is over with the Covid-19 virus.

Carson City School Board takes the first step – The Hybrid Model

The Carson City School Board Tuesday evening adopted, on a 4 to 3 vote, to begin the new school year on August 24th with what’s referred to as The Hybrid Model – for elementary, middle and high schools.  The Hybrid Model has half the students at school on Tuesdays and Thursday with the other half of the students coming to school Wednesdays and Friday.  Students who are not attending class in person on any given day participate in off-site remote learning.  Students at home will use virtual curriculum resources and materials to complete instructional tasks assigned by their teachers.

it’s basically a four day school week – for most students.  Mondays it’s teachers getting their teaching week organized along with teaching on-line students Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday.  In-school students – Group 1 – will be in class Tuesday and Thursday – then Group 2 students will be in class Wednesday and Friday .

All students, K-12, will have access to a Chromebook computer so they can hook up to the school via the internet.  Schools and teacher will work with students and their families to ensure their students have access necessary technology to take advantage of the educational opportunities of the Hybrid Model.

On Mondays, there are generally no lunches served at the school, although there are some exceptions. 

School Scheduling looks like this:  Elementary Schools: Start at 8:25am, end at 3:15pm.  Middle Schools: Start 7:45am, end at 2:15pm.  Carson High:  Start at 7:40am, end at 2:05pm.  Pioneer High:  Start at 7:35am, end at 2:15pm.

The school district will eventually ensure that each student in a household can access the internet to do their homework.

School District officials are also developing a multi-layered approach to building sanitation.  Carson City Schools fully support high standards to produce clean, healthy, educational and environmentally appropriate surroundings. The district has purchased personal protective equipment, hand washing materials and cleaning supplies that will be made available to staff.  Liquid/foam sanitizer stations are placed at every building and classroom.  Hand pump dispensers are also provided in office areas.

Carson City Schools will continue to provide nutritious food services throughout the school year depending on need and scheduling.

Parents of students should familiarize themselves about which buses go where and when or when riding bicycles.

All students, employees and the general public are required to wear facemasks.  However, the rules don’t apply to those who have unique medical issues.  Teachers have the authority to ensure that regardless of age, students should wear face masks in the classroom.  In addition, handwashing is critically important for students.  Students should never share food, snacks, school supplies or other materials.

In addition to private day-care providers, the Boys and Girls Club and Carson City Parks and Recreation are working with the school district to help the community with child care choices during the 2021 school  year.

Carson City Schools will re-open for the first day of school for students grade 1 through 12 on August 24th – one week later than normal.  But that’s the date – August 24th

More information is available on the Carson City School District website at CarsonCitySchools.com

A missing 4 year old living on Long Street has been found

A missing 4 year old girl living in the 18-hundred block of Long Street “ran away from home” around 8:30pm this evening.  Sheriff’s Deputies and neighbors were out combing the area for any sign of her.  At about 8:49 pm she was found and returned to her family’s apartment. There may be some extenuating circumstances. Deputies are looking into it.  The little girl appears to be okay.