Planned home development for a spot near College Parkway and Emerson
A new housing development planned for an empty spot at College Parkway and North Emerson ran into a rough patch Wednesday evening before the Carson City Planning Commission. The commission basically voted “no” on the project over uncertainty as to who is going to pay for the streets upkeep.
Normally major housing developments build their houses and the city pays for the upkeep of the streets. But in the case of the College Parkway and Emerson project, which is quite small as subdivisions go, the developer wants city taxpayers to cover the year-after-year maintenance costs even though the pavement loop serves only a tiny amount of houses. In fact the developer had originally agreed that the project’s homeowner’s association could handle the upkeep. But – they all changed their minds – too few houses and too high a bill, they said.
The developer eventually managed to make a deal with the Board of Supervisors that the developer would install the looping street and maintain it. But then the developer changed his mind. The homeowners’ association also chimed in saying there weren’t enough houses to support the debt to keep the road up to city standards. Up to ten years, probably.
The Board of Supervisors who had earlier given the project a tentative ‘thumbs up” will now have to give the project the OFFICIAL “thumbs up” to get the project out of the barn along with an agreement that the supervisors will advance the money to the homeowners association for a slurry seal on their loop road when it’s need sometime in the future.
Left on the table is the question: what will happen when other builders of small “loop drive-thru” projects want the same deal? It’s no secret that the city is low on street construction and maintenance money. Some years back, a desperate Board of Supervisors put a measure on the ballot requesting Carson City voters agree to raise the local gas tax because city streets were getting really old and bumpy. Unfortunately the voters said no. And…that’s why Carson City’s streets are beginning to look like the streets of Tijuana.
The issue will no doubt be back before the voters in the near future – obviously after the world wide bout is over with the Covid-19 virus.
The Carson City School Board Tuesday evening adopted, on a 4 to 3 vote, to begin the new school year on August 24th with what’s referred to as The Hybrid Model – for elementary, middle and high schools. The Hybrid Model has half the students at school on Tuesdays and Thursday with the other half of the students coming to school Wednesdays and Friday. Students who are not attending class in person on any given day participate in off-site remote learning. Students at home will use virtual curriculum resources and materials to complete instructional tasks assigned by their teachers.
it’s basically a four day school week – for most students. Mondays it’s teachers getting their teaching week organized along with teaching on-line students Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday. In-school students – Group 1 – will be in class Tuesday and Thursday – then Group 2 students will be in class Wednesday and Friday .
All students, K-12, will have access to a Chromebook computer so they can hook up to the school via the internet. Schools and teacher will work with students and their families to ensure their students have access necessary technology to take advantage of the educational opportunities of the Hybrid Model.
On Mondays, there are generally no lunches served at the school, although there are some exceptions.
School Scheduling looks like this: Elementary Schools: Start at 8:25am, end at 3:15pm. Middle Schools: Start 7:45am, end at 2:15pm. Carson High: Start at 7:40am, end at 2:05pm. Pioneer High: Start at 7:35am, end at 2:15pm.
The school district will eventually ensure that each student in a household can access the internet to do their homework.
School District officials are also developing a multi-layered approach to building sanitation. Carson City Schools fully support high standards to produce clean, healthy, educational and environmentally appropriate surroundings. The district has purchased personal protective equipment, hand washing materials and cleaning supplies that will be made available to staff. Liquid/foam sanitizer stations are placed at every building and classroom. Hand pump dispensers are also provided in office areas.
Carson City Schools will continue to provide nutritious food services throughout the school year depending on need and scheduling.
Parents of students should familiarize themselves about which buses go where and when or when riding bicycles.
All students, employees and the general public are required to wear facemasks. However, the rules don’t apply to those who have unique medical issues. Teachers have the authority to ensure that regardless of age, students should wear face masks in the classroom. In addition, handwashing is critically important for students. Students should never share food, snacks, school supplies or other materials.
In addition to private day-care providers, the Boys and Girls Club and Carson City Parks and Recreation are working with the school district to help the community with child care choices during the 2021 school year.
Carson City Schools will re-open for the first day of school for students grade 1 through 12 on August 24th – one week later than normal. But that’s the date – August 24th
More information is available on the Carson City School District website at CarsonCitySchools.com
A missing 4 year old girl living in the 18-hundred block of Long Street “ran away from home” around 8:30pm this evening. Sheriff’s Deputies and neighbors were out combing the area for any sign of her. At about 8:49 pm she was found and returned to her family’s apartment. There may be some extenuating circumstances. Deputies are looking into it. The little girl appears to be okay.
At approximately 9:21 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous report of a dead body in a vacant field at the corner of Silver Sage Drive and Stafford Way in South Carson City.
Patrol Deputies responded to the area and located the body of an adult male near the center of the field. The scene did not resemble a homeless encampment and the deceased has not yet been identified. At the scene, the deceased could only be identified as a bearded adult male, but due to decomposition of the body, no other determinations could be made. There were no evident injuries.
Carson City Detectives and Coroners Office are investigating. The deceased will be transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, along with identifying information.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887- COPS (2677).
Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Fifteen New Cases and Six Recoveries
Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting fifteen new positive cases and six additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 615, with 461 recoveries and ten deaths, 144 cases remain active.
The new cases are:
A female Douglas County resident in her 50’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A female Douglas County resident in her 70’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Lyon County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident in his 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 50’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident under the age of 18 with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident under the age of 18 with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Lyon County resident in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Douglas County resident in his 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Lyon County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City in her 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents Without Symptoms
There is one drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents without symptoms this week. Testing is free of charge; first come, first served, no appointments or reservations.
July 29, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Douglas High School (1670 NV-88, Minden)
For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.
Carson City, NV (July 24, 2020) – Today, Patricia Ackerman, Congressional Candidate, addressed the unwanted, unrequested use of federal troops in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.
Federal troops were deployed to Portland in response to people protesting the killing of George Floyd. As tensions escalated near federal buildings on Thursday and Friday, militarized troops took extraordinary measures, forcibly taking people off of the streets and into unmarked cars.
“I’m deeply concerned by the federal government’s abuse of civil liberties at the direction of Donald Trump. This is a political stunt that is endangering American citizens & violating their rights,” stated Ackerman. “The deployment of troops is an example of severe government overreach. We should not allow this to continue to happen. It’s disheartening to see Mark Amodei, so often quick to call for state’s rights, now silent. Leaders lead even when it may make you unpopular with your party bosses.”
Many public officials have taken a stance on these unconstitutional actions, however incumbent and opponent Mark Amodei is yet to make a statement addressing this.
Ackerman continued: “Imagine if this was occurring in Reno; camouflaged individuals walking Virginia Street, firing rounds into crowds and deploying tear gas against our citizens. The way this is being handled is simply un-American.”
Ackerman addresses Amodei’s recent vote to allow nuclear testing in Nevada
– This week, Patricia Ackerman, candidate for Nevada’s Second Congressional District, addressed Rep. Mark Amodei’s recent congressional vote, which would allow President Trump to resume nuclear testing in Nevada.
A$740 billion defense billwas passed in the House of Representatives this week, containing measures to block the expansion of an Air Force training range into 840,000 acres of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, preventing a massive public land transfer for military use. In addition, the bill also includes an amendment that prohibits nuclear testing from resuming in Nevada.
“This Refuge is home to bighorn sheep and the area has great significance to our Native populations. I agree with conservation and environmental groups that preventing this expansion is critical to protecting our public land,” Ackerman stated.
In responding to Amodei’s vote against the amendment that would prohibit nuclear testing, Ackerman stated: “It is concerning and disheartening that my opponent, Rep. Mark Amodei, would allow nuclear testing to resume in rural Nevada. This testing would have detrimental impacts on the biodiversity of our state and put the health and safety of Nevadans at risk. It is time for Amodei to prioritize Nevadans, not out-of-state interests.”
Nevada’s three other Congressional Representatives voted in favor of this amendment, claiming explosive testing is “unnecessary” in Nevada.
This week, millions will lose $600 a week in enhanced COVID-19 unemployment benefits, as coronavirus continues to spread. With rent due on the 1st, families are in imminent danger. But Rep. Mark Amodei voted NO on an extension, as Republicans in Congress propose a pathetic $200 a week.
Patricia Ackerman is running to flip Nevada’s 2nd District and pass coronavirus relief that helps the people — not Wall Street and big corporations.
Gov. Steve Sisolak Stepping up Covid 19 enforcement….
Governor Steve Sisolak made it clear during Monday’s news conference that his patience for business owners who aren’t following the Covid-19 rules are going to get a rude awakening – fines or even business closures. Governor Sisolak says there are still many business owners who have resisted rules about patrons wearing face masks, 6 foot distancing, mandatory hand-washing and allowing only 50% of their legal limit for customers while sanitizing their facilities during normal hours and following up after they close. Sisolak said “We’re five months into the Covid-19 Pandemic which is plenty of time for business owners to know what they CAN do vs. what they CAN’T do. And inspectors will not be shy about writing violation tickets or even shutting down businesses that have a habit of ignoring state law. Governor Sisolak added that it will require cooperation from every Nevadan to fight the pandemic – to squeeze it down to where it is no longer a lethal threat to our friends, families and fellow Nevadans.
Governor Sisolak said the state’s business inspectors are closely monitoring popular establishments that are known to serve their patrons well. Governor Sisolak says there’s no law against having a good time – but there is a law that limits how many people can inhabit any given business at any given time.
Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada’s initial high ranking for Covid-19 infection has improved nearly 50% but he wants to see it lower. And, that wearing a mask, keeping a six foot distance between customers as well as sanitation against the virus is critically important. Those businesses that don’t cooperate risk losing – in a big way.
Governor Sisolak went on to comment on other publicly frequented businesses and services. He also mentioned churches that were recently ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to limit the number of church-go’ers to 50 patrons at a time. FIFTY. The high court didn’t elaborate on why they selected the limit of 50, but many observers suspect that church-go’ers, who are known to be very supportive and loving of their friends and neighbors – lots of hugs – even kisses – along with singing loudly – are very likely to cause further Covid-19 outbreaks – not only in their churches but taking it home to their families, neighbors and friends.
On the subject of “Voting By Mail” Governor Sisolak says this week the Nevada Legislature will begin to take up the issue. The Governor said there has been a lot of controversy over allegations that “Vote-By-Mail” is a sinister plot to corrupt the vote counts. But Governor Sisolak mirrored the statements of postal experts, and the public at large, that voting-by-mail is a secure and reliable method for mailing a ballot. You’re also not exposed to the Covid-19 Virus while waiting for hours in line to fill-out and then turn-in their ballot. Here’s one report about the popularity of Mail-In-Ballots:
Americans’ Support for Voting By Mail
Would you favor or oppose your state allowing all voters to vote by mail or absentee ballot in this year’s presidential election?
Gallup, April 14-28
Clearly, fierce opposition to mail-in ballots lies overwhelmingly with Republicans. Many Democratic Party leaders and independent “poll marshals” contend that there may be a tiny amount of voter fraud – but in no way has it been enough to corrupt an election. Democrats contend there has never been any proof that voter fraud, using bogus mail-in-ballots, has ever changed the outcome of a presidential election, nor has any opposing party ever proved that such corrupt actions ever kidnapped any election. Yet our current President claims otherwise, saying “there’s always a first time,” without providing any proof.
As far as the Covid-19’s impact on other areas, Governor Sisolak says Nevada’s 18 public school districts are acting independently trying to customize their own unique “back-to-school” management program – one that maximizes education with minimal threat from the virus. Various approaches involve rotating two groups of students through the week so that classroom capacities are cut in half. Students still perform an additional two to three more days of school-work at home. Meanwhile the third group of students study their own course-work Monday through Friday at home (depending on their parents, of course). Bus routes will also be modified to accommodate the new arrangement.
In short, it’ll be a four day week for most students and 100% home-schooling for the rest. We’ll see what the Carson City School Board decides.
By the way, from the looks of things, a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus, which disrupts more than just schools, won’t be widely available until late Winter or early Spring. It means Carson City’s “hybrid” school schedule will likely continue through the first half of 2021. So, “Back To Normal” probably won’t arrive until August of next year.
Oh…by the way…all school sports are postponed until next Spring, hoping that the Covid-19 vaccine arrives before then.
And finally, Governor Sisolak says there’s a large amount of federal grant funding for families who need money for rent, mortgages and food. Republicans are offering their own “lower amount” versions. The next few weeks in Washington DC will get very, very interesting.
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT THIS EVENING
FOR THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA...
* Affected Area...Fire Zone 270 Surprise Valley California, Fire
Zone 271 Western Lassen, Eastern Plumas, Eastern Sierra, and
Eastern Nevada Counties, Fire Zone 272 Greater Lake Tahoe
Area, Fire Zone 278 Eastern Lassen County, Fire Zone 420
Northern Sierra Front including Carson City, Douglas, Storey,
Southern Washoe, Western Lyon, and Far Southern Lassen
Counties, Fire Zone 423 West Humboldt Basin in Pershing County
and Fire Zone 458 Northern Washoe County.
* Thunderstorms...Isolated thunderstorms this morning will become
scattered by afternoon. Thunderstorms will start dry and
transition to hybrid wet/dry storms in the afternoon.
* Outflow Winds...Gusts to 50 mph possible from any
* Impacts...Lightning can create new fire starts and may combine
with strong outflow winds to cause a fire to rapidly grow in
size and intensity.
Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry
vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires.
Follow local fire restrictions. Check weather.gov/reno for
updates and livingwithfire.info for preparedness tips.