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Vehicle ran off a road near Lloyds Bridge and plunged upside down into the Carson River

A young man and woman were very lucky they weren’t killed Saturday night. Had the river been in  a Spring surge it could have become tragic.

9:24pm  Report of a car plunging into the the Carson River near Lloyds Bridge, landing upside down in the river.  Both occupants are out of the car, but there are injuries.  Care Flight was put on stand-by.

10:00 pm  Injuries to both man and woman occupants were judged to be enough to get them checked out at Carson-Tahoe RMC.

It appeared that the car had turned off of Pinion Hills Road and south onto Sierra Vista Lane that follows the river toward the south.  Reports at the scene indicate the car was going too fast to navigate a sharp curve to the left causing the car to lose control and roll down a very steep bank, landing upside down out in the river just downstream from Lloyds Bridge.  Both the man and woman managed to crawl out of the vehicle.  Both were checked out inside a Carson City Fire-Rescue Ambulance for a quick trip to the hospital.

Two very lucky young people.  Their names were not immediately released.

Driver inattention causes three car smash-up at 50E and College Parkway

At least one person was rushed to Carson Tahoe RMC Friday morning after a three car accordian crash at Highway 50E and College Parkway.  Highway 50 going westbound from the top of the hill at Mound House all the way west to Carson City has turned into a high velocity speedway which makes for hazardous driving no matter the time of day.  It’s a very unsafe stretch of highway because those who drive the speed limit are intimidated by vehicles who roar up behind them, flash their lights and honk their horns. 

The three car rear-enders is yet another example of confusing a municipal parkway with a speed track. 

Nevada Prison Inmate is awarded $1.35 million for being wrongly accused of murder…

Aaron Ford
Nevada AG

Attorney General Ford Announces Board of Examiners Award Approval for Frederick Steese Following Wrongful Incarceration

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford is pleased to announce that the Nevada Board of Examiners approved the award of damages for Frederick Steese, following the court’s grant of a Certificate of Innocence and award of $1,350,000.00 from the State of Nevada as compensation for the 18 years Steese spent in prison following his wrongful conviction. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jasmine Lilly-Spells entered stipulated orders on March 1, 2021, which AG Ford fully supported. Today, the Board of Examiners approved this payment.

“Today, Mr. Steese’s innocence was fully acknowledged by the State and he will be compensated for the years he has lost,” said AG Ford. “I’d like to thank the members of my office who worked on this case and helped Mr. Steese pursue his innocence.”

In 1992, Steese was arrested for the murder of his friend, Las Vegas performer Gerard Soules. Nearly three years later, despite extensive alibi evidence placing him in a different state at the time of the murder, Steese was convicted by the State of Nevada for Murder with Use of a Deadly Weapon, Robbery with Use of a Deadly Weapon, Burglary, and Grand Larceny Auto.

In 2012, following extensive evidentiary hearings, the Eighth Judicial District Court granted Steese’s post-conviction petition for writ of habeas corpus, finding that Steese was actually innocent. The State agreed to permit Steese to enter a nolo contendere plea to reduced charges of second-degree murder. Steese was released on a time-served sentence on February 28, 2013. In 2017, Steese received a full, unconditional pardon from the State of Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners based on his actual innocence.

In 2019, the Nevada Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 267 – codified in NRS 41.900 et seq. – to compensate persons who have been wrongfully incarcerated if they can prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that they did not commit the crime for which they were convicted, were not an accomplice, and did not otherwise cause their own conviction. Additional costs, including reasonable attorney fees, educational expenses, counseling services and certain other reimbursements are also permitted. Steese is the fourth person in Nevada to receive a Certificate of Innocence under this new statute.

This matter was handled by the Attorney General’s Post-Conviction Unit by Chief Deputy Attorney General Heather Procter, Deputy Attorney General Jaimie Stilz, and Deputy Attorney General Sheryl Serreze.

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 24 New Cases and 19 Recoveries

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 24 new cases and 19 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 12,191, with 11,561 recoveries and 222 deaths; 408 cases remain active.

Total Cases  Active Cases Recoveries Deaths *Population
Carson City 6,325 190 6,013 122 56,546
Douglas County 2,745 93 2,617 35 49,695
Lyon County 3,029 120 2,847 62 57,987
Storey County 92 5 84 3 4,465
Quad-County 12,191 408 11,561 222 168,693

*Population information taken from the Nevada Health Response Dashboard found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/

Quad-County COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

COVID-19 vaccination appointments for CCHHS are now available through May 4, 2021. CCHHS opened over 5,000 appointments for Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. At this time, Moderna is authorized for use in those ages 18 and older. When booking your appointment, the date of your second dose will be provided. Please be sure you are available the date of your second dose appointment. If you will not be able to make it to your second dose appointment, please delay your first dose to a time where you will be available both dates. To schedule an appointment and for more information the vaccine visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccine/. 

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents

Testing is for Quad-County (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County) residentsONLY, all others will be turned away. Testing is free of charge, no appointments or reservations. To view all upcoming events visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/.

Date Time Location
4/20/2021 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New Yerington City Hall

14 E Goldfield Ave, Yerington

4/21/2021 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Storey County Emergency Management Satellite Office

20 E St., Virginia City

4/23/2021 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mills Park Seely Loop

Seely Loop (enter off of Saliman Rd), Carson City

For COVID-19 questions, vaccine appointment confirmations, or to arrange for testing, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.

Joyful Noise: Carson Children’s Choir

                         Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir

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Carson Children’s Choir To Begin Spring Mini-Session on Wednesday, May 5

Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir will begin a Spring Mini-Session on Wednesday afternoon, May 5, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King Street in Carson City.
Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir led by Michelle Powers, welcomes children ages 4 to 12.  The Spring Mini-Session includes three one-hour rehearsals, May 5, 12, and 19. Everyone will wear masks and observe social distance. Space is limited and pre-registration is necessary.
Powers said, “We will learn at least one fun song and then record for viewing. Each rehearsal will develop students’ musical skills, strong singing voices, and joy in music as they prepare for the recording.  I’m so excited about beginning a new program of singing and playing, creating music, and making new friends!”
Tuition for the semester is free.  Parents are encouraged to join the Carson City Symphony Association to help offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, instructor’s stipend, and more.
Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir, an educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, was founded by Nancy Jones in 2017 and has been directed by Michelle Powers since fall of 2019. It is supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and by private donations.
For more information and registration form, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or mrees@nevada.unr.edu.

Frontier Motel still on the rocks – Gov. Sisolak trying to be optimistic – and shutting down a stinky asphalt plant

Frontier Motel being shut down by CC City Hall.
Filthy living conditions –

Carson City Supervisors lowered the boom Thursday on the owners of The Frontier Motel at 1780 No. Carson Street.  All tenants are moving out due to the unhealthy conditions in the motel rooms.  One of the owners said he and his company will bring the facility back up to code, but gave no deadline for the rehabilitation.  The Supervisors,  who have followed The Frontier Motel deterioration very closely set May 20th for another meeting with the Supervisors to see what improvements the owners made.

Governor Sisolak sees light at the end of the tunnel

The Board of Supervisors noted a surge in “variant” Covid-19 viruses – all 7 of them – which are spreading throughout the country.  Supervisors pointed out that this is no time to lower our guard.  They urge everyone to wear masks, wash hands frequently, keep social distance and don’t get involved with big crowd events.  Governor Sisolak has announced that he may re-open the state in June if virus levels drop dramatically. 

Mound House residents grow very weary of holding their noses

And finally, the Supervisors re-revisited the long running dispute between Tahoe Western Asphalt  (TWP) and residents of Mound House.  The company has an asphalt plant right on the county line with Lyon County.  Residents of Mound House have long complained about the asphalt plant’s odors that are carried by chronic westerly winds that blow across the plant and carry the odors into a large neighborhood – again just across the county line.

Meanwhile, Carson City’s Planning Commission, taking Mound House neighbors to heart, laid it on the line.  They said that TWP must eliminate the odors coming from the plant.  State authorities also agreed and shut the plant down last August.  The Board of Supervisors were told that even though TWP has been shut down since then, odors are still escaping the plant.  It would appear that the ball is in TWP’s court. 

 

Scammers never sleep – they just keep ripping off the public…

DMV Carson City

CARSON CITY — The Nevada DMV is warning the public to avoid scams involving DMV appointments for sale.

Director Julie Butler says scammers have been booking DMV appointments and trying to sell them to others. Fraudulent offers have been spotted recently on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.

The only way to get a place in line is for you to actually phone or message the DMV and get your business handled directly.  There are no middlemen, except for rip-off crooks.  Go the DMV’s web page to learn what you must do to obtain drivers or vehicle licenses

 

Gov. Sisolak: “Nevada will be back open 100% by June 1st!”

Governor Sisolak opening up Nevada businesses wider…hoping there’s no economic, educational or medical backlash…

From Governor Steve Sisolak

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday his goal to have all Nevada counties open to 100 percent capacity by June 1.

In an effort to help meet that goal, the Governor also announced that the statewide social distancing mandate will be removed on May 1 and that decisions on social distancing will transition to local authority in accordance with the Roadmap to Recovery timeline that was previously announced.

“Across Nevada great strides have been made in our response to COVID-19 to strengthen our partnerships, build capacity within our public health infrastructure, and vaccinate Nevadans,” said Governor Sisolak. “It’s because of this progress that I am proud to announce the goal of having every county in Nevada reopen to 100 percent on June 1. I am confident that if Nevadans continue to remain vigilant as more and more people get vaccinated, we can accomplish this together.”

COVID-19 mitigation measures will transfer to local authority starting May 1 and each Nevada county has been working with the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force to finalize plans for this transition.

As a result of this transition to local authority, each county will be able to make decisions based on what is best for their communities while taking into account transmission of the virus, vaccination, testing and other infrastructure needs specific to their communities.

Under the Governor’s plan, the Gaming Control Board will continue to maintain authority over gaming areas of licensed properties in Nevada and decisions related to mitigation measures in Nevada schools will transition to school districts.

While the State will be transitioning authority over social distancing measures to the counties, the mask mandate will remain in effect statewide.

For more than a year, local governments, state health officials, emergency managers, local health authorities and community partners have come together in a statewide response to COVID-19. Processes are now in place to support testing, contact tracing, disease investigation and vaccine rollout in communities across Nevada.

On April 5, vaccine eligibility opened to all Nevadans 16 and older and, as of today, about 40 percent of Nevadans 16 and older have started the process and one quarter of Nevadans 16 and older are fully vaccinated.

The Governor’s Emergency Directive implementing these changes will be finalized and published later this week.

 

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