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Rolling along like a tumbling tumble weed…and the neighbors don’t like it…

Westerly winds scoop up tumbleweeds from the Anderson property on Mountains Street and deposits them all around homes on Mountain Street, just south of Long.

This homeowner has cleared out his front side yard several times.

But the homeowner’s side and back yards are still full of tumbleweeds which are clearly a fire hazard.

The city arranged for dumpsters to be brought out so neighbors can fill them with tumbleweeds. The dumpsters are all full-up with tumbleweeds as of late Sunday afternoon.

Tumbleweeds trapped against the fence catapult other tumbleweeds right over the fence and into the neighbors’ yards.

Better schools protection, city lot sold for $300K , new R/V “resort” approved, efforts to bring run-down motels in line, and Carson still on the grow…

Carson & Eagle Valley Middle Schools getting more attention from CCSO…

Efforts on prevention, rather than incarceration:

The Carson City Board of Supervisors today accepted a $626,000+ grant from the state to hire additional Carson City Sheriff’s personnel to patrol Carson City Schools (with emphasis on Middle Schools) to head off student behavior problems which includes drugs and violence.

The role of the additional “School Resource Officers” is to enhance patrol coverage within schools but not with a heavy hand. Officers told the City Supervisors that getting to know the “problem” students and shepherding them through their life challenges is the primary directive. Officers will familiarize themselves with students who may have a challenged home life that spills out onto Carson City streets and into Carson City Schools. Referrals to social workers and psychology experts is seen as an effective method for saving problem children from dangerous lifestyles.

This stepped up law enforcement “compassionate” approach toward troubled kids is paid for with state funds for the next two years. Sheriff’s deputies said if after two years there occurs a change in funding, the Sheriff’s Office and the city appears to be open to creatively maintaining the program, although no specific funding scenario was mentioned. The hope is, of course, that the state will continue to fund such over-sight and enforcement activities in our schools and that it will take root and become even more effective for our kids and our community.

Brown Street property purchased by realtor/developer

Long time realtor/developer Dwight Millard was the sole bidder on some city-owned surplus property on Brown Street, west of Edmonds. It was initially targeted for affordable housing rentals or condos, but the lot was deemed too small. So Millard told the Supervisors that his plans for the property include commercial uses. Millard paid $300,000 for the lot which was the minimum bid requested by the city. Millard was the only bidder for the property.

New upscale R/V park approved by Supervisors

The Supervisors Thursday approved a 227 unit R/V condo-type park at 1400 Old Hot Springs Road. The R/V spaces are owned by private individuals who, based on the sale conditions, can live in the park 180 days at a stretch, but then they must move out for at least 30 days. The idea is to capture the “high income” travel-birds that want to be home-based somewhere yet be free to travel for a month, and then come back home. During those 30 days another customer to the park can use the space during the thirty day gap. The park will have a clubhouse, central kitchen, restrooms, tennis courts – even a golf course. The developer says the use-style is unusual because it’s aimed at higher income retirees who like the “high-desert-next-to-the-mountains” lifestyle but still want to travel around the country. During the 30 day intervals another R/V customer can use the space for up to thirty days – the arrangement tightly managed by the R/V park administration.

City twisting owners’ arms of below standard motels to come up to standards

Carson City Supervisors got an update on what is a near-constant struggle to get a number of Carson City motels to bring their facilities up to city code and safety standards. Common problems with most of the seven motels circle around heating, hot water, bed bugs, general sanitary conditions even electricity. So many local residents who are financially forced to rent from substandard businesses are said to be often pressured by motel owners who know there’s no other place else to go other than the streets. But city officials told the Supervisors that they’re making good headway on most of the violations.

City Supervisors quickly arrived at the conclusion that this situation cannot go on and asked city inspectors to keep close tabs on motel owners who are not operating according to city laws and regulations. But city staff again reminded the Supervisors that there is a “humanitarian” element in the mix so they’re trying to shepherd the worst violators to “straighten up and fly right.” Several properties appear to be in ownership transition.

Economic Update from the Planning and Building Departments

City Manager Nancy Paulson gave an economic update on building permits and other economic factors:

1. New building permits valued at $7.5 million during September, $118 million for the year so far.
2. Of that $118 million – $82 million for residential and $18 million for new commercial, industrial and remodeling.
3. Residential permits for September, 15 single family stand alone homes, 6 single family attached homes. Total for the year 238.

On the economic development front:

1. Grandma Hatties on South Carson will be demolished and a new casino built on the site.
2. 42 new single family homes on Emerson Drive near College Parkway and the Freeway.
3. 126 new apartments on the south side of Little Lane, next door to the Post Office.
4. A new Chase Bank will be built once the old IHOP restaurant is demolished.
5. A new Dutch Brothers Coffee outlet on the corner of Appian Way and south Carson Street.

So although there’s a constant low-level drum beat that an economic recession is around the corner, you couldn’t tell it from what’s going on in Carson City.

Sale falls through on the long shuttered Ormsby House – 15 years and counting

Many locals said the business plan wouldn’t work. So the old gaming resort remains closed.

The owners of the long-shuttered Ormsby House Hotel-Casino have revealed that a possible sale of their 15-year empty prime property on Carson Street has fallen through. No explanation has hit the streets as to why the sale went stale but there were many local business people who are knowledgeable about the “OH” and the resort industry said the business model didn’t add up – that very wealthy senior citizens who were the target market for the property would not likely pay the sky-high rents proposed by the prospective buyer – even if the building was home to a medical care unit aimed mainly at aging seniors.

So the “Olde Gal” Ormsby House remains a financial wallflower until somebody comes up with a viable plan to breath life back into the long-closed resort.

New Schulz Park off Race Track formally dedicated and opened to the public!

Mayor Bob Crowell a playful child cut the ribbon formally opening the new Schulz Park to accommodate the new neighborhood that was recently constructed with more on the way.

Mayor Crowell remarked that a park this size came from funds not only from the city, but also from the Schulz housing developer who has kids of his own.  Mayor Crowell reminded the crowd that parks are a key element in building close knit communities like Carson City where citizens can gather informally, have picnics together, watch their children play together and have everyone just get to know each other.  There’s even plenty of room for outdoor sports like football, catch, and neighborhood badminton games and more.  The big expansive sunken green field will in the middle of the park will accommodate all that while doubling as an intake area for local flood mitigation. Several other parks are expected to be added to the city’s portfolio in the years ahead.

Children’s playground near the picnic pavilion.

Picnic pavilion with lovely views of the Sierra…

On the slopes of the big and wide storm water catch basin evening visitors to the park can enjoy a “Sit In” movie.

Schulz Park ribbon cutting at 5:30pm Wednesday – Race Track Drive & Wheeler Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carson City and Lennar Homes are pleased to announce the grand opening of Schulz Ranch Park on October 16 at 5:30 p.m. Schulz Ranch Park will be the first new park in Carson City in 12 years. The park was built by Lennar Homes, but is owned by Carson City, with maintenance funded through the City’s first Landscape Maintenance District.  This 3.5-acre park is home to the second universally accessible playground in Carson City. Other amenities include a basketball court, restroom, multi-use path, picnic pavilion, landscaping, and a large multipurpose turf area that also serves as a water quality basin. The park represents a $1.4 million investment in outdoor recreation for the benefit of the public.

Schulz Ranch Park is in the Schulz Ranch subdivision, a Lennar community, located on the corner of Race Track Rd. and Wheeler Peak Dr., in south Carson City. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a movie in the park, Hotel Transylvania, at 6 p.m. All are invited to celebrate the opening of the City’s newest park. Please dress for the weather, bring blankets and low-back chairs for the movie, have your dogs leashed and no glass containers.

WHAT:  Ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for Schulz Ranch Park

 WHERE:  Schulz Ranch Park – corner of Race Track Road and Wheeler Peak Drive

 WHEN:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019  

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

    Movie in the Park – Hotel Transylvania at 6 p.m.

For additional information or questions, please contact Dan Earp, Recreation Superintendent at djearp@carson.org or 775.283.7422. For more information on this and other Carson City parks, please visit carson.org/parksandrec.

Vehicle Burglaries in and around Carson City….

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is asking for information in several vehicle burglaries in Carson City for the month of October.

On October 13 2019 several vehicle burglaries were reported in the Silver Oak area of Carson City on Turner Court, Drysdale Court and Sarratea Drive. Car windows were broken out with an unknown object. Attached is a surveillance video of a male suspect looking inside a vehicle with a flashlight.

Also on October 13th additional vehicle burglaries were reported on Molly Drive in the Northridge area of Carson City.

On October 8 2019 two vehicle burglaries was reported at the park and ride on Highway 50 West of Highway 580 and farther up Highway 50 and Clear Creek Road at a trailhead. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to not leave valuables in their vehicles such as wallets, purses, credit card and firearms in vehicles while especially at park and rides and trailheads

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch
(775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Detective Sam Hatley (775)283-7852, Investigations Captain Brian Humphrey (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900

Detective Sam Hatley
Carson City Sheriff’s Office
Investigations
(775) 283-7852
(775) 887-2677 Dispatch

Knowledgeable grown-ups are needed on the school district’s Family Life Committee

Parent Volunteers Needed for Family Life Committee

The Carson City School District is seeking applications from parents to serve as board members on the district’s Family Life Committee. Appointment to the committee shall be for an initial term of three years. There are four positions open.

The primary purpose of the Family Life Program is to provide a well-defined course of instruction, which is endorsed by the Board of Trustees as the district’s sex education program. The program includes factual instruction concerning acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and instruction on the human reproductive system, related communicable diseases and sexual responsibility.

The committee is comprised of five parent volunteers of children who attend schools in the district and four representatives, one from each of the following professions or occupations:
* Medicine or nursing
* Counseling
* Religion
* Teaching or pupils who attend schools in the district

Meetings are held monthly throughout the school year with occasional special meetings.

Individuals interested in applying for the positions should submit their qualifications no later than 5pm, Wednesday, October 23rd. Only those who submit a letter of interest and resume will be reviewed.

Those interested may submit their qualifications and documents to the Educational Services Department at 1402 West King Street, Carson City, Nev. 89703 or through email, pcamara@carson.k12.nv.us.

For more information, please contact Paige Camara at 775-283-2009.

Wendy’s Restaurant robbed by a man claiming to have a gun…

Wendy’s Robber
Sunday night, So. Carson

Carson City Deputies say a hooded male Sunday evening robbed the Carson City Wendy’s restaurant on South Carson Street.

Deputies say he walked into the restaurant shortly before 10pm without a mask, but then put one on. Restaurant employees told deputies that he claimed to have a gun. The robber then helped himself to the cash drawer and then ran off into the dark.

The robber is described as a white male, about 5’10”, 160 to 200 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck, a pointy nose and a scruffy beard. He was last seen wearing a “Carhart” cap, hoodie sweatshirt, gray shorts and black Nike Shoes. In addition to tatoos on his neck witnesses say he had tatoos also on his legs and hands.

 

Wendy’s Robbery
Neck tatoos

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2677, Detective Chris Rivera (775)283-7855, Captain Brian Humphrey (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900.

Wild fire stopped just short of a house on Shady Oak

Wild fire in back yard on Shady Oak…put out quickly.

Carson City Firefighters raced to the scene this afternoon to a report of a fire behind some homes on Shady Oak.  When the owner of the home at 1155 Shady Oak looked outside she saw tall flames coming straight for her garage.  She called the fire department and neighbors helped to slow the blaze down using garden hoses.  Upon arrive Carson City Firefighters had it knocked down very quickly.

The lady of the house said there had been some teen-agers back in that same area, outside her home’s fence line.   Whether they had anything to do with the fire is unknown.

Statewide Fire Departments Commemorate Fallen Fellow Firefighters at Carson City Memorial

Nevada Firefighter’s Memorial Commemoration, Mills Park

Families of fallen firefighters as well as families whose loved ones still carry on their professional commitments to saving lives and property across Nevada met today in Carson City. The 2019 Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial featured the names of four former firefighters who served many years on their respective fire departments all of whom trained and worked alongside new as well as veteran professionals.

During the commemoration of the lives recently lost, Memorial Chaplain Ruth Hanusa celebrated their lives, reminding everyone that God loves all of his earthly creatures just as firefighters do what is humanely possible to save lives caught up in house fires or horrific traffic crashes.

 

 

Nevada Firefighters Honor Guard

Reverend Hanusa said God’s universal love for the Earth is clearly reflected in the hearts and minds of firefighters committed to their fellow human beings.

Four new memorial plaques were added to the wall of the Nevada State Firefighter’s Memorial:
* Leroy Leavitt, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
* Thelonious Adams, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
* David Croston, Clark County Fire Department, and
* Tim Lucich, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

 

 

Rev. Ruth Hanusa and Tod Carlini, Chair of 2019 Memorial Induction Ceremony

Following the honoring of the fallen, The Nevada Fire Service Honor Guard performed the “Ringing of the Bell” signifying each fallen firefighter’s “End of Duty.” And tears flowed….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, The Firefighters’ Prayer was read:

When I am called to duty, God,
Wherever flames may rage,
Give me strength to save a life,
Whatever be its age

Help me to embrace a little child,
Before it is too late,
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert,
To hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling,
And to give the best in me,
To guard my neighbor and
Protect his property.

And if according to Your Will
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with Your protecting hand
My children and my wife…

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