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Donald Trump: No Room at the Inn

Trump rallies in Vegas and Reno evaporate…

It turns out that President Trump’s plans for big political rallies in Reno and Las Vegas have evaporated. The main reason is that Governor Sisolak and the state’s two biggest airports where the rallies were planned said no because there is a face-mask mandate and a crowd size limit of 50 people.  Trump’s rallies are a little bit bigger than that.

Car headed north on Deer Run rolls off the road…

Some young folks in a car headed northbound on Deer Run Road near Sedge Road Wednesday afternoon are probably a bit more skeptical of the driver’s motoring skills.  The vehicle left the east side of a straightaway, lost traction and slammed top-first into a high embankment.  Fortunately, nobody badly hurt.  But the car looks pretty totaled.

New boat ramp hours begin Tuesday at Tahoe’s Sand Harbor and Cave Rock

As fall creeps up on the High Sierra the Nevada Division of State Parks is changing the hours of operation for launching boats at both Sand Harbor and Cave Rock State Parks.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Sand Harbor State Park boat ramp will be opening at 7am and close at 5:30pm. Any Weather Service wind advisory will trigger a closure.

The boat ramp and parking lot at Sand Harbor will close for the season on Oct. 15. However, the main parking lot will remain open for the winter which will allow non-motorized watercraft to launch from the main beach.

Meanwhile, the Cave Rock State Park Boat Ramp will get you on the water starting October 1st. Boaters are asked to check with Tahoe Boat Inspections for hours and ramp/parking lot closures.

For more information about Sand Harbor and Cave Rock State Parks, go to and follow NVStateParks on Facebook.

The threat of Covid-19 has materialized and bus employees have tested positive – possibly students have been exposed

Carson City School District to Temporarily Halt Transportation Services – Covid-19 cases

Due to the number of employees who have been advised to isolate from a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Transportation Department and out of an abundance of caution, the Carson City School District will temporarily halt all transportation and bus services. Based on the last day of exposure, those identified will quarantine for the recommended isolation period and transportation services will resume as soon as possible (at the earliest, Sept. 15, but possibly longer if more employees test positive).

The district is working closely with Carson City Health and Human Services on contact tracing and will continue to follow the enhanced cleaning protocol in all schools including additional cleaning and disinfecting of the transportation facilities and all buses according to Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Any person, student or staff, who may have had close contact will be contacted by phone today.

Additionally, the school district asks that all parents and families make arrangements to transport their child(ren) to and from school on their assigned cohort days. Any families unable to transport their student(s) to and from school will be able to participate in school learning via full-remote online until transportation services are allowed to resume.

WNCC offers all kinds of occupational pathways to our future…

Western Nevada College

They’re our next paramedics, nursing assistants, machinists, mechatronics engineers and computer information technologists. But, right now, they can’t afford the higher education training those fields require.

That’s where the William N. Pennington Career and Technical Education Scholarship at Western Nevada College comes into play. Through the generosity of the William N. Pennington Foundation, Western Nevada College is offering full scholarships in rewarding career fields. The William N. Pennington CTE Scholarship has been created to support students who are pursuing certificates and degrees in fields that are in high demand with local employers.

“During my years in business, I was fortunate to work with thousands of wonderful employees, all of them Nevadans. I am grateful to all of them for their hard work, commitment and friendship. Their efforts helped create this Foundation, and I hope this Foundation will, in turn, help future generations of Nevadans for many years to come,” the late William N. Pennington once said.

Olivia Parkerson of Fallon is a recent recipient of the scholarship. She has a short-term goal of becoming a certified Emergency Medical Services technician and a long-range goal of completing WNC’s new paramedicine program.

“I aspire to become a life-saving paramedic, the men and women who risk their lives every day to save those in need under any and all circumstances,” Parkerson said. “Paramedics are the medical professionals who are out in all kinds of weather saving those who need immediate medical attention. This profession is what makes a difference in the healthcare system every day as they draw the line between life and death.”

To enhance his chances at employment, 62-year-old student William Gumm of Gardnerville is pursuing a new career in manufacturing through the William N. Pennington Foundation CTE Scholarship.

“In the future I will use the Machine Tool Technology degree I am earning at Western Nevada College to work as a machinist or CNC machine operator in local manufacturing,” said Gumm, who has made the Dean’s List at WNC. “I want to thank Pennington and WNC in advance for assistance in helping me reach my educational and future employment goals.”

The scholarship is also helping mechatronics student Mohammad Esmaeilisarbaghi earn more credentials at WNC so he can increase his chances at a promotion to TESLA’s engineering team.

“I love my job and right now this work is as enjoyable as any hobby I might pursue,” said Esmaeilisarbaghi, a maintenance technician at TESLA. “Working in the field of high tech allows me to be on the cutting edge of many advanced technologies. I’m excited to help bring sophisticated and sustainable solutions to address modern problems. I specifically hope to join the engineers on the design team, where I will be able to focus on problem-solving and improving production processes.”

Western Nevada College was granted $200,000 in scholarship funding for students pursuing professional careers in welding, automotive mechanics, machine tool technology, manufacturing, construction, building/home inspection, truck driving, phlebotomy, nursing assistance and emergency medical services.

This generous funding will enable students the opportunity to learn valuable skills to enter Nevada’s diverse workforce.  The William N. Pennington Foundation CTE Scholarship application will remain open until funding is exhausted.  More than 150 students received Pennington Scholarships last year.

Apply now for a William N. Pennington Scholarship at or call 775-445-3240 for additional information.