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Here comes summer and there’s lots to occupy our kids and parents

Carson City Recreation programs are re-opening after Governor Sisolak gave the green light for Phase 2 of the region’s recovery from the initial outburst of the Covid-19 virus.

The Multipurpose Athletic Center has reopened and the Aquatic Facility and Community Center ar reopening on Monday, June 8.

New safety measures including no packed-together crowds. Keep a distance of six feet.

Meanwhile, the MAC – Multipurpose Athletic Center – at 1860 Russell Way re-opened today, Friday. Hours 8am to 7pm.

For other team sports, only three people are allowed on each half-court basketball court. Four people are allowed on a pickleball court, and 10 people is the maximum allowed on the walking track.

Reservations are required and can be made by going to, by phone at (775)-887-2339 or in-person during business hours.

Participants are also required to bring their own equipment including basketballs, pickleballs and paddles. They will not be loaned out by the MAC at this time.

Basketball court rentals is $9 and a pickleball court rental is $12. Restrooms are open and ready but there are no changing areas.

Social distancing measures will be enforced.

Participants on the basketball courts are not required to wear a facemask – but if you really want to reduce the chances of getting sick, wear one!!  They’re cheap and can save you life and the life of others!

Carson City Aquatic Facility

The Carson City Aquatic Facility, located immediately south of the Community Center (off Roop) opens June 8 with its Monday through Friday hours from 5:45AM to 2PM and 4PM to 7PM.  On Saturdays, the facility is open from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed Sundays.  Reservations are required and can be made online at, by phone at (775)-887-2242 or in-person during business hours. Lanes can be reserved for lap swimming.

Staff expects a busy reopening day at the facility.  They’ve probably had about 30 or so reservations for Monday, if not more, he It’s been about 4 or 5 reservations every hour for the lanes that are open. There is still plenty of space, but planning needs to be taken seriously.

The 50-meter pool and Therapy Pool will be open and available to everybody. A maximum of eight people are allowed in the Therapy Pool at one time. One person is held per swimming lane and increases to three people per lane if they come from the same household.

Restrooms and showers will be available for participants, but access to locker rooms and changing areas is closed. Swimmers are encouraged to leave the facility in their swim attire in order to reduce the number of people gathering and changing at the facility.

Participants are required to bring their own equipment such as fins, kick-boards and other aqua equipment. They will not be loaned out by the facility.

Water exercise classes and other team activities can be offered in a later phase, but there is no official timetable set yet.  Additional social distancing measures are expected to be put in place.

Carson City Community Center

The Carson City Community Center, located on 851 E. William St., reopens June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Instructor-led classes resume as soon as individual instructors are prepared and have the required social distancing measures established.

The Camp Carson Summer Youth Program is expected to begin June 29. Recreation staff will contact those who signed up on the waiting list to register for camp beginning next week.

Outdoor recreational facilities including neighborhood parks, trails, outdoor sports courts, archery range, golf course and disc golf are all open with social distancing restrictions (six feet). Picnics and park gatherings with groups of less than 50 people are allowed. But not over 50.  Playgrounds and sports fields will remain closed.

Recreation classes including fitness and drivers education courses can start as early as next Monday if the plan is approved. More courses and classes can start back up in the near future.

Those who want to sit down in meeting spaces must wear a mask and sit far apart.

For more information on the recreational facilities in Carson City, visit the link here.

A damaged underground natural gas line forces evacuation of home on Brush Drive

CC Firefighters arrive on scene of a post-hole digging mistake…

8:30am  Carson City Firefighters this morning responded to a report of a natural gas leak at 1776 Brush Drive.  Initial reports indicated the family was replacing a fence post when they accidentally punctured an underground natural gas line about three feet underground.

8:40am  Family is being evacuated.

Arriving Carson City Fire-Rescue crews quickly cleared the immediate area.  They stood by while the gas company patched the leaking line behind the house.

Fire truck at the top of the driveway with water at the ready…

Carson City Firefighters would like to remind all Carson City residents that before you dig anywhere on your property it’s best to know where things are “down there.”  To prevent what happened on Brush Drive today just pick up the phone and dial 8-1-1.  The gas company will come out to your home, use an “underground radar” device to locate your underground pipes…mark the ground so you know what’s down there and how far down – so you don’t get a blast of natural gas when you dig.  And when you dial 8-1-1 you can “dial with a smile” because there is NO CHARGE for the gas company to come out and mark the EXACT ROUTE of your pipes and/or underground utilities.

Diesel fuel going up a nickel a gallon – help repair Carson streets

Still burning fossil fuels. Wikipedia photo

Carson City Supervisors this week decided to bump up the price of diesel fuel a nickel a gallon effective August 1st.  The additional nickel-a-gallon diesel tax was voted thumbs up by the Supervisors on a majority vote seeking funding for street repairs around town.  The tax will be collected at the local diesel pumps through December of 2022 for trucks as well as for diesel powered cars.

If the city wants to extend the tax, or push it higher, they’ll have to put the issue on a future election ballot and hope it passes.  If the tax extension proposal fails, the Board of Supervisors could resort to issuing municipal bonds to generate revenue to meet street repair needs.  Of course using investment bonds makes the costs noticeably higher in the long run.

City Supervisors keep the ball rolling on “freshening” the air at the Lyon County line

Carson City Supervisors Thursday gave Tahoe Western Asphalt a bit more time to solidify their plans to reduce odors from their asphalt plant that drift across the county line into Lyon County – Mound House in particular.

It appeared that Tahoe Western is in the final stages of negotiating with the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to ensure that the asphalt plant, which gives off an odorous exhaust smoke, more time to install special equipment. The new equipment is supposed to eliminate smoke and odor pollution from drifting across the county line and in to a nearby neighborhood just east of the county line.

Tahoe Western’s attorney said, in so many words, that any kind of pollution that drifts across county lines is usually monitored by a state agency and that they expect NDEP to prescribe and review the effectiveness of the new equipment that Tahoe Western has already agreed to purchase.

Carson City Supervisors laid out a timeline for all the improvements to be installed with a completion date in late October.

Welcome to Summer – Pedestrians are everywhere – all ages…

Pedestrian Safety Reminder from CCSO Sgt. Mike Cullen

The Carson City Sheriffs Office will be joining forces with other law enforcement agencies statewide focusing on pedestrian safety June 5th through June 21st.  We are in our summer weather patterns and everyone is anxious to get outside and enjoy it. If you are driving or walking here are some tips to keep in mind.

While walking:

Whenever possible, walk on the sidewalk; if no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic
Cross streets at crosswalks
Look left, right and left again before crossing the street, making eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you
Stay alert – avoid cell phone use while walking
Avoid alcohol and drug impairment when walking
Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, and use a flashlight at night
Children should cross the street with an adult

While Driving:

Watch for pedestrians and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, it’s a good idea to make eye contact, let them know you see them
Never pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks
Do not drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Distracted driving can be just as bad, texting can wait

Please be careful out there and have a great summer.

CCSO Sgt. Mike Cullen

Carson Farmers Market debuts Saturday, 8:30am, 3rd and Curry, downtown

Carson Farmers Market
3rd & Curry

The Carson Farmer’s Market launches their first opening of the season this Saturday at 8:30am at 3rd and Curry Streets.  It closes at 1pm.  There will be no crafts.  No pets allowed.  Just food.  Under the circumstances of the Corona Virus market management insists on these regulations:

Carson Farmers Market Rules and Procedures for COVID-19 2020

Faced with the COVID 19 Pandemic, we remain committed to creating and maintaining the highest quality venue while incorporating a win-win-win philosophy for the growers, vendors and our faithful public. Traditionally, Farmers’ Markets are places of social gathering and community. Markets are also where we find fresh produce, local meats, tasty food, handcrafted items, gourmet foods, and unique home businesses.  But the current COVID requirement for social distancing challenges the traditional Farmers’ Market model. In fact, we now find ourselves 180 degrees from that norm.  Given this circumstance, the management and vendors must do all we can to make the best of the situation.  If there is a silver lining, it is twofold: First, Farmers’ Markets are considered essential; and second, the timing of this disruption is prior to the height of Nevada’s Market season.

Nevertheless, the following guidelines will be in place immediately and include social distancing, restricted food handling, and restricted monetary handling.

The Carson Farmers Market General Guidelines

  • Required: Additional space between vendor booths, 10 feet wherever possible, and reconfigured for easier access and departure and where customers can spread out 6ft.
  • Required: Handwashing stations or hand sanitizer stands for customers where possible
  • Eliminated:  All entertainment, promotions, seating areas, or anything else that encourages customers to linger
  • Eliminated: Drinking stations
  • Eliminated: All sampling
  • Eliminated: Onsite food preparation
  • Eliminated: All artisan vendors (arts, crafts, non-food vendors)

Carson Farmers Market Specific Guidelines

Measures to be taken by Vendors:

To help keep everyone safe at our farmers market and support social distancing, we have enacted the following changes:

  • Vendors and employees who deal directly with the public must wear facemasks, pursuant to the State of Nevada requirements for businesses in Phase I Guidance
  • Posted signs with safety guidelines
  • Frequently perform enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, wipe down payment terminals and areas where customers touch between each customer.
  • Vendors may not touch reusable bags belonging to customers
  • Ensure the tables in vendors’ booths are set up to prevent customers from crowding in vendor booths with 6ft distancing
  • Strongly encourage grab-and-go, pre-packaged produce
  • Require handwashing stations or hand sanitizer and gloves for their staff. Must wash their hands several times throughout the day and replace gloves often. Make sure to wash your hands before putting a new pair of gloves on
  • No cloth tablecloths allowed, only tablecloths that can be wiped down or no tablecloths at all
  • Unpackaged food and cash/scrip /card may not be handled by the same person. We are requesting, if possible, a minimum of two people in the booth to maintain 6ft from one another. One handling cash/scrip/card and one handling produce. If you only have one vendor, you must use one hand for the product and one hand for card/cash/scrip. No cross-contamination
  • Market staff/volunteers will actively encourage social distancing and ask customers to leave the Farmers’ Market if met with refusal

Measures to be taken by Customers:

Practicing social distancing requires everyone’s participation to be effective. We need your help to create a social distancing friendly environment and are asking you to follow these guidelines when you visit our modified market:

  • If you are sick, stay home and ask a friend or family member to pick things up for you instead
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before coming to the market
  • We highly recommend everyone to wear masks
  • Read all Market signs and vendor signs
  • Maintain 6 feet of space from other shoppers and allow others their space when shopping
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, sneeze or cough into a tissue or into the crease of your elbow
  • Shop quickly to limit crowding
  • No sampling of products
  • Buy pre-bagged items whenever you can – some farmers are preparing them ahead for you
  • Your reusable bags will not be allowed to be handled by vendors; you will have to place your product in your own bag
  • Minimize the size of your group when shopping and keep your group together – this is especially important when shopping with young children
  • Wait outside the booth until it is free of other shoppers, then take your turn
  • You will not be able to spend time socializing or linger at the farmers’ market and will be asked to leave if you do so
  • Do not touch anything for sale before you buy it. The farmer/vendor will pick out what you want and bag it for you
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.
  • Thank your farmer.

 Everyone to Remember:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Make sure to wash your reusable bags before coming to the market
  • Wash all produce thoroughly before using it
  • We also want to emphasize that pets are not allowed at our farmers market – only service animals.

We want to ensure our market stays open by following all local rules and guidelines for the market, we ask you to please adhere to these rules so we can all enjoy the market this summer. 

From the Carson Farmers Market to you, may this be a great yet modified Market Season!

Breana Coons
Carson Farmers Market Manager

Gas Leak at 4333 E. Highway 50

12n – Report of a natural gas leak at 4333 East Highway 50 (between Fairview and Sherman). Watch for emergency vehicles. A natural gas line has been damaged. Caution in the area.

12;05pm  Appears to be caused by NV Energy crews erecting a new power pole.

“A pretty good save” as they call it….

Garage fire at 5040 Hells Bells Road, Tuesday morning…

Garage boiling with fire. Firefighters battle to keep it from spreading to the rest of the house.

Firefighters vent the roof over living quarters. Fast action by firefighters saved the home. 
CC Fire Dept. photos

A fire broke out at a rambling upscale home near the end of Hells Bells Road Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived to see flames shooting high over the garage. A fast attack knocked the flames down before they spread to the rest of the home. The garage was heavily damaged as well as to a vehicle parked inside. A small travel trailer parked about twenty feet away was singed by the heat.

Firefighters knocked down the garage fire then concentrated on checking to see if the fire had spread to the main living quarters of the house. They opened two small sections of the roof and began checking for any fire extension.

The exact cause of the fire has not yet been released. There were no injuries to firefighters or the home’s occupants.













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