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Son of CCSD Athletic Coach dies after colliding with a tree while snowmobiling…

A tragic story coming from the Carson City School District – the death of a recent graduate of Carson High School. The district says Jake Roman, who was very active in high school sports, was snowmobiling and was fatally injured. Jake was the son of the high school’s Athletic Director Blair Roman and middle school teacher Susan Roman.

The school district issued a statement to the community:

“All our hearts are aching for all the Roman family this morning as we mourn the tragic passing of their son this past weekend. Jake was well liked throughout the school district among his friends, peers, coaches and educators. We appreciate his example, and the memory of his legacy will forever be impressed upon our souls. Our sincerest love goes out to his parents, Coach Blair and Susan as well as his siblings, Lily and Michael.”

The family said Jake would have turned 21 last Monday. Jake died after his snowmobile collided with a tree near Blue Lakes Road west of Carson Pass.

Democratic Hopeful Declares Candidacy for Congress

Congressional hopeful Patricia Ackerman publicly announces her candidacy for Congress in front of State Legislative Building.

Douglas County resident Patricia Ackerman made it “on-the-street official” that she has filed her candidacy for U.S. Congress District 2. She will be running against incumbent Congressman Mark Amodei in the November election.

Standing in front of a supportive crowd Ackerman lamented that most Americans began losing their faith in government long before Trump was elected in 2016. Ackerman pointed out that fair and viable incomes have been falling in buying power over the past couple of decades causing millions of American families to be home renters rather than home buyers, not to mention the growing legions of families having to resort to homeless shelters.

Ackerman says many Americans are today suffering under swelling poverty, violence and disease due to lack of health care. Ackerman told her supporters that the country desperately needs to increase the nation’s minimum wage to $12/hour and soon-after to $15/hour.

“Health care for everyone is long overdue in this country,” said Ackerman. “What is loosely referred to as ‘American health care is really just disease management which is extremely profitable for the medical sector while causing death and family bankruptcies at an alarming rate. By the way, insurance companies are making a killing – literally. I believe when we offer all Americans universal health care, a number of very good things will happen:

1) Medical costs will fall dramatically,

2) Truly accessible health care will mean healthier lives for all Americans and

3) Medical care will no longer bankrupt countless American families. Our current congressman voted over a dozen times against our well-being and lied straight-faced about how his votes would affect Nevadans.”

“As for prescription drugs our congressman voted against a bill which was designed to lower prescription drug prices to relieve financial pressure on struggling families.”

Ackerman went on to mention her support for labor unions which have been decimated over the past twenty-five years. Ackerman called for protecting the rights of labor union members which is the most effective way to enhance family wages and to push-back on corporate economic dominance. Ackerman said she was a longtime member of two major unions and understands very clearly why supporting union membership means better support for our families and our country as a whole.

When it comes to Public Lands Ackerman accused incumbent Congressman Mark Amodei of favoring wealthy special interests, putting their desires ahead of tourism, outdoor recreation and treating Nevada’s open spaces as exploitable assets rather than welcoming areas for Nevada residents and visiting tourists from around the world.

Ackerman went on to outline the existential threat to our Planet Earth due to human effects on climate. Ackermen said “We have very little time to make dramatic changes from fossil fuels to sustainable, clean renewable sources of energy.”

Ackerman said that transitioning to non-fossil fuels will produce at least 8,000 new, stable jobs in Nevada once we commit to renewables. She also pointed out that putting oil and coal in our rear-view mirror also means dramatically reducing economic threats from foreign sources of fossil fuels.

Ackerman went on to point out that Nevada is a geothermal center of gravity for Nevada and our nation – that underground energy is the smart alternative to our country’s energy challenges. Ackerman says current Congressman Mark Amodei voted at least nine times to block renewable energy funding.

On the topic of Education Ackerman pointed out that the quality of Nevada’s education system is rated second from the bottom among all 50 states. To turn that that situation around Ackerman proposes

1) Debt-free community colleges and trade schools,

2) Universal Pre-Kindergarten,

3) Social services to ensure our kids have the classroom and tutorial support they need to stay focused on learning which involves healthy food, stable housing, mental health support and violence-free environments and
4) Better federal support for students Kindergarten to 12th grade.

On Immigration, Ackerman calls for pathways to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. Research on contributions to the American economy are well documented.

As for womens’ reproductive rights, Ackerman says “A woman’s body is sacred to herself and that others have no right to tell her if or when to have a child.” Ackerman also says she’s a strong supporter for equal pay for equal work, not only for women but for African American women, Latinas, Native Americans, Homosexual men and woman and Transgenders.

Mining has made Nevada unique among the states. But Ackerman says she’s troubled by the Bureau of Land Management’s inadequate staffing levels that often can’t sufficiently monitor and control mining activities that have caused pollution problems. She’s also alarmed that exotic metals mined in Nevada that are refined to build high tech jet fighters assembled in Chinese manufacturing plants, don’t have to export the planes or technology back to America. That’s contained in a recent bill that was passed in the Congress with the support of Rep. Mark Amodei. The same exotic elements are included in the construction of high tech equipment that treat human tumors with neutron therapy.

Ackerman adds, “I pledge, in the interest of bipartisan national security interests that our own domestic natural resources are not used to promote or increase Chinese and Iranian business interests at the expense of American taxpayers. I want to ensure that American minerals stay HERE and help make OUR supply chain stable.

When it come to Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada, Ackerman says she’s absolutely opposed to the area being used as a nuclear waste repository.

On Veterans priorities, Ackerman says the government should:

1. Authorize the Veterans Administration to receive reimbursements from TRICARE and Medicare.
2. Modernize VA health IT systems so they function in our 21st century digital environment.
3. Expand tele-medicine and tele-health options to better serve veterans who must drive long distances to VA clinics in Elko, Fallon, Gardnerville and Reno.
4. Make nursing home eligibility part of the VA health benefits package.
5. Fully fund Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for veterans and their families.
6. Support U.S. House Resolution 2191, the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act, which would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefits administered by the secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a stqte-approved marijuana program. Thirty-three states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.

…and finally…

Patricia Ackerman says she’s been a gun owner for decades. She says “I support full background checks and closing loopholes like those at gun shows. I believe assault weapons should be banned. I intend to foster a culture that works toward peace – not violence. And I will never accept any money from the National Rifle Association.”

Patricia Ackerman can be contacted by E-mail:
by phone: 775-721-1910
on her website:

Andrew Yang heading for Carson City….

Andrew Yang
Candidate for President

Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang will take the floor during an upcoming luncheon at the Carson City Round Table Pizza place at 3325 Retail Drive – very close to Walmart at the north end of town.

There are still 11 presidential candidates vying for THE big seat at the White House. Yang is among those vying for a shot at political glory. The January 20th get-together at Round Table will give Mr. Yang a chance to convey his view of the country’s overall condition and what lies ahead for the nation.

The all-you-can-eat pizza and salad bar lunch buffet is available for $8. A suggested donation for Mr. Yang is $5. All are welcome. For more information contact Rich Dunn at 434-8783 or email to

If you drive don’t “cell,” if you “cell” don’t drive!!

Distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes and injury to both drivers and pedestrians. The Carson City Sheriffs Office is working together with other Nevada law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for distracted drivers.

Nevada Revised Statute 484B.165 is the law that prohibits drivers from using cell phones while driving.
Simply put, you cannot:
Engage in non-voice communications on a cell phone or hand held device.
Engage in voice communications (unless you can do it without using your hands)
There are a few exceptions such as:
Public Safety Officers acting within the course and scope of their employment
Any person reporting an emergency, criminal activity or safety hazard or asking for help in a situation requiring immediate assistance or public utility personnel responding to an emergency.

Fines can be:
First offense within 7 years = $50.
Second offense within 7 years = $100.
Third or subsequent offense within 7 years = $250.

Plus, you could face a double fine if caught in certain areas like pedestrian safety zones, school zones or construction zones.

Put your phone down and pay attention to the road, other drivers and pedestrians. Talk hands free if you must, but wait till you arrive safely before you text and tweet.
By keeping these tips in mind you can reduce your chances of being involved in a crash, reduce your chances of a traffic citation and help to keep our roadways safe through these winter months.

Andersen Ranch housing development gets the green light…

Tentatively OK’d: 203 home subdivision off Mountain and Long on Carson City’s west side.

The 45 acres that are left of the old Anderson Ranch west of Mountain Street  will soon stop growing tumbleweeds and start growing very expensive, tightly packed-together homes on very small lots – much to the disappointment of many nearby neighbors.  Thursday night the Carson City Board of Supervisors, on a 4 to 1 vote, approved a 203 home subdivision on the property because the Supervisors said that the city’s land use ordinances allow such a project to be built there.

Neighbors like Maxine Nietz decried the decision pointing out that the new subdivision will change the character of their traditional, if not historical neighborhood into something resembling Los Angeles urban sprawl.  Since Carson City’s land use regulations allows such a project, it opens the door to a similar decision if any builder wanted to construct another tightly-packed subdivision somewhere else on the west side.

None-the-less, more home construction was supported by others who said Carson City’s housing market is financially straining many families and that the city knows that building homes, condos and apartments could help moderate housing prices.

Meanwhile many long-time Carson City residents lament what they call “an erosion of Carson City’s trademark small town historical ambiance.”  Several Supervisors noted that a number of city land use laws haven’t been revised in quite a while so it may be time to investigate possible regulatory changes to better preserve Carson City’s historical integrity before it’s too late.



Carson City Schools start two hours late…

Schools on 2-hour Delay:

Attention: Due to winter related conditions, all schools in the Carson City School District will begin 2-hours later than their usual start time, Friday, Jan. 17th. All Pre-K and Early Childhood classes are canceled. Principals will adjust the school schedule for the shortened day. Educators and staff should arrive safely and as early as they are able, well before school is to begin on the shortened schedule. Please take caution and plan 2-times your normal travel time depending on driving conditions. The school day will end at the normal time. Breakfast will not be served.

Click here for more information about weather related school closures.

Deputies head off what could have been a tragic ending….

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 864 South Saliman on a report of one roommate holding a rifle, pointing it at the other, ordering him to move out.  The victim said he was terrified and that his assailant grabbed his cellphone and wallet.

Somehow the victim managed to summon law enforcement who arrived to find gunman John Shelly with a rifle in his hands, wrapped in a blanket.  Deputies quickly disarmed Shelly and cuffed him up.

The reason for the confrontation was not revealed in the criminal complaint.  Shelly was jailed on $60,000 bail for Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.













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