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Nevada Jobs are up while unemployment increases slightly

Employment in Nevada is up 5,200 over the month July to August and 43,400 over the year. The state’s unemployment rate is at 4.1 percent (up 0.1 percent point from June) and is down 0.4 percentage point when compared to last July. Governor Sisolak reacted to the numbers by saying “I am pleased to see that this month’s labor market report reflects positive employment growth both over the month and over the year in Nevada. Although there was a slight increase in the unemployment rate this month, it continues to remain the lowest rate we have seen in the month of July since 2006.While this month’s labor market measures remain positive, we must continue to seek opportunities for improvement in our state’s economy and work to provide all Nevadans with an opportunity for a bright economic outlook moving forward.”

DETR’s report also notes that Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund ended the second quarter of 2019 with a balance of over $1.52 billion, another record level. At this level, the Trust Fund balance would cover nearly 17 months of benefits if a similar recession to the Great Recession of 2008 were to occur. “With employment continuing to grow at a steady pace and the unemployment rate remaining relatively low, Nevada continues to have a stable labor market. However, even in this strong labor market there are still opportunities for improvement. For example, our rate of involuntary part-time workers – those who are working part-time but want to be working full-time – remains high compared to the rest of country. Overall, the economic picture around the state remains positive but with rising uncertainty nationally, we will continue to monitor Nevada’s labor market for signs of a turning point.” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR.

Additional July Report Highlights: •Total employment rose by 3.1 percent over the year, more than double the current U.S. growth rate (1.5 percent). • Professional and business services have added the most jobs out of all sectors using a 12-month moving average through July over the same year time last year, up 13,100 jobs.

From March through June of this year, summer-related employment in leisure and hospitality saw a rise in 7,400 jobs which is historically slightly above average.
• Industries with the highest “net” employment gain in the fourth quarter of 2018 were leisure and hospitality (+3,672), construction (+2,285), and manufacturing (+2,010).
• Nevada’s largest sector employment gain was in leisure and hospitality services at approximately 22 percent compared to ten percent for the nation.
• In June 2019, Nevada had the 17th-highest unemployment rate in the nation with 15 states (plus Washington, DC) having higher unemployment rates.
• In July 2019, most of the unemployment insurance claims without earnings came from the administrative and waste management sectors which has been a typical trend over time during the month of July.
• In the middle of 2018, Nevada experienced an increase in unemployment in the 16-24 age group for men and women, a contrast with the national trend where unemployment has been running steady at approximately 6 percent for women and men since early 2018.
• Year-to -date through July, 204,416 ads have been posted for jobs in Nevada, an increase of 39,659 (24 percent) from the same period last year.

Second Washoe County resident dies from the Hantavirus

Deer Mouse
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The Washoe County Health Department has announced that a second Washoe County resident has contracted hantavirus and died. This is the second fatal case of hantavirus since 2017 and reaffirms the seriousness of outbreak.

“Although hantavirus is extremely rare, when it does occur, the disease can be fatal,” said Dr. Randall Todd, Director of the Washoe County Health District Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness Division. On average, 38 percent of hantavirus cases are fatal.

Infected rodents, most commonly deer mice, shed the virus in their droppings, urine, and saliva. Hantavirus is mainly transmitted to people when they breathe in air contaminated with the virus. (Stay out of dirty garages with mouse holes.)

It may also be transmitted if a person touches anything contaminated with droppings, urine, or saliva and then touches their nose or mouth.

This typically occurs when working or recreating in areas where mouse droppings, urine, or saliva may have collected or when cleaning up rodent droppings or nesting material. Hikers and campers may be at higher risk if they are in areas that are common for heavy rodent infestation such as old cabins, stables, and barns. Scientists also suspect that people can become sick if they eat food contaminated by droppings, urine, or saliva from an infected rodent.

The Health District urges everyone to take precautions when entering spaces where mice may have been, such as storage places, garages, sheds, cabins and barns. Since it is hard to tell if a rodent carries hantavirus, it is best to avoid all wild mice and rats and to safely clean up any rodent urine, droppings, or nests in your home.

Listed below are specific guidelines to follow when cleaning in areas with rodent activity:

— Do not sweep or vacuum the area with urine, droppings, or nesting material.

— A solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water should be used when cleaning urine and/or droppings. Let it set for 5 minutes before cleaning the area.

— Wear gloves (i.e., latex, vinyl, rubber) and a face mask to avoid touching or breathing in viral particles.

— Identify areas where mice are getting in and set traps.

— Identify and plug openings that may allow rodents entry. A deer mouse can fit through an opening the size of a nickel. Plug holes using steel wool and put caulk around the steel wool to keep in in place.

Apartment fire at 2900 Menlo #16 – Heavy Damage

Firefighters responded to upper apartment fire at 2900 Menlo just after 12noon

The fire destroyed a rear window from the heat.

Inside was gutted and blackened by the very hot fire.

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to see if the fire had gotten in to the attic.

Carson City Firefighters raced to the scene of an apartment fire that was shoving flames out the windows at 2900 Menlo, #16. Firefighters quickly determined there was no one at home at the time.

Firefighters knocked the fire down rather quickly because of the close quarters. The Carson City Fire Marshal is examining the evidence as to the specific cause of the blaze.

Again, no one was home, therefore no injuries. The fire was confined to the single apartment. Neighbors on both sides of #16 and downstairs from it were allowed to go back into their apartments.

Wildland Fire threats abound in the West

Getting in to the driest part of the year…
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With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working hard to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities.

This year, the BLM began analyzing a significant 11,000-mile stretch of strategic fuel breaks to combat wildfires in the Great Basin which includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah.

As DOI continues to evaluate innovative ways to best limit the destruction of wildfires, it is nearing completion of more than 2,500 wildfire risk-reduction projects on more than 1.2 million acres of DOI and tribal-administered lands in some of the most fire-prone areas of the country.

California: The BLM California Bishop Field Office made improvements to existing fuelbreaks adjacent to residential areas. Wildland fire crews cut and removed downed trees and limbs on BLM-managed lands, reducing the available fuel load. The project was undertaken in partnership with residents of the community of Wilkerson, Inyo National Forest, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Nevada: More than 85,000 acres of land will be treated. One project already completed includes: The BLM Nevada Battle Mountain District has recently completed over 2,115 acres of treatments along roadsides including thinning, masticating, herbicide application, mowing, drill seeding, and broadcast seeding to create fuel breaks to limit the wildfire growth potential of roadside ignitions. In 2018, this fuel break allowed the district to successfully suppress a fire, keeping it from becoming a larger, more destructive disaster.

As wildfire activity likely increases, DOI, in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, is moving wildfire suppression resources to the most susceptible areas around the country. At the center of this coordination is the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which coordinates eight different agencies and organizations’ emergency management responses. The NIFC produces a monthly “National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook,” which provides wildland fire potential forecasts for the country. The most recent outlook forecasts potential for above normal fire activity in western Oregon and Washington, parts of California and Nevada, and the interior of Alaska.

“Most of the western states experienced a wet spring, which allowed vegetation to grow thickly and quickly,” said Fire Weather Program Manager Bryan Henry. “The wet, cool spring delayed fire season, though now, we are seeing hot and dry weather throughout most of the western states, which is rapidly drying the abundant vegetation and creating fuel for wildfires.”

Due to a cool, wet spring season, wildfire activity has been below normal this year with 27,191 wildfires burning 3,325,456 acres. This is much lower than previous years as around 39,700 wildfires burned over 4.1 million acres at this point in the season last year and 5.8 million acres in 2017.

Last year was one of the most tragic years on record with more than 58,000 wildfires burning over 8.8 million acres. Additionally, nearly 26,000 structures were destroyed, more than double the previous annual record.

The DOI is currently managing wildfire incidents in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington, and has deployed personnel, aircraft, and equipment throughout the country to work with interagency firefighting partners.

Brush fire atop hill just south of Lepire

Fire atop Moffat Open Space off Lepire Drive

Fire driven by stiff winds from the west. Firemen worked quickly to contain it.

Once contained, the blaze got boxed in and put out.

Digging and soaking to ensure all embers were put out.

Fire started here, at the top, right next to parking area.

A one acre brush fire broke out at the top of a hill – part of the Moffat Open Space area – that has some benches and places to BBQ.

Somebody either barbecuing or just taking a break atop the hill probably threw down a lit cigarette then left.  The starting  point of the fire was right up against the paved path that goes to the top of the rise just to the east of the picnic area.

Carson City Firefighters rushed to the scene and discovered the fire, blown by a strong westerly wind, had torched the hill from the picnic spot, down slop and was hemmed in a bit by the bike path that goes south from Lepire. Firefighters quickly got ahead of the fire and stopped it before it jumped the hiking and biking path.

Within an hour firefighters had the blaze knocked down and were switching to soaking the ground to help ensure nothing burning at ground level, or just below, could re-ignite.

Firefighters say they can’t tell what exactly started the fire other than something with a flame got too close to something dried out and the fire took off from there.

Of course, if anyone knows who or what ACTUALLY started the fire, please call the Carson City Fire Department.

Thursday morning crash/rollover on Highway 50 at Airport

Nevada Highway Patrol says a rollover accident Thursday morning at Highway 50 and Airport injured one woman while others in the SUV were not seriously hurt. The NHP reports that the white SUV was headed west on Highway 50 when, for some reason, the driver ran a red light at Airport. At that split second, a pickup was headed north on airport and was hit by the SUV – the SUV also hit a pickup that was waiting to turn north onto Airport.

Again, one person transported to the hospital but the others were okay. NHP was expected to issue the driver of the SUV a traffic ticket for failure to obey a red light resulting in a multi-vehicle collision.

Auto vs Pedestrian at Carmine and Lompa

8:00pm  Report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian at Carmine and Lompa.  Reports indicated the pedestrian was not seriously injured.  The victim said the vehicle hit her, but she was not seriously injured.  The black car then drove off quickly.

Walking after the sun goes down on busy roads is very much recommended against by law enforcement and safety experts.  After dark, it’s best to drive to walking paths and walk with a partner

Carson City Fire Dept: Be careful with fire. Obey City Laws

The Carson City Fire Department is implementing fire restrictions on city and privately owned lands within Carson City.

Vegetation in western Nevada has dried out significantly. A large crop of grass and brush is evident at lower elevations and trees and other forest vegetation at higher elevations are quickly drying out. The public is encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands, bearing in mind that human-caused fires annually threaten human life, private property and public land resources every summer.

Off-highway motor vehicle enthusiasts are advised that hot exhaust systems can ignite dry grasses. The potential for another devastating fire during the summer is very real. Report fires to the Carson City Dispatch Center by calling 911.

Fire Restrictions Prohibit:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.

3. Operating vehicles or other motorized equipment off of existing paved, gravel, or dirt roads.

4. Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.

5. Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.

6. Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.

7. Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets while recreational shooting.

8. Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush and yard debris).

In addition, the Nevada Division of Forestry has placed travel restrictions within the Sierra Fire Protection District. These restrictions prohibit operating vehicles off of existing hard surface gravel roads or dirt roads in wildland areas, and operating vehicles or equipment traveling on or using wildland areas without at least an axe, shovel and one gallon of water. The BLM and the Forest Service recommend avoiding cross-country travel whenever possible to prevent grass from igniting from hot exhaust systems. Those city agencies that have responsibility to perform off road work should pay particular attention to where vehicles are driven, parked, or stopped.

These restrictions do not prevent individual property owners from the safe use of BBQ’s, Chimeras, or patio fireplaces provided they are used on non-combustible surfaces away from ignitable wildland fuels on their own property.













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