12:46pm Traffic crash at Roop and Long. Assessing injuries, if any. Two children in one vehicle are being evaluated.
10:58pm – Report of a natural gas leak at a home at 1834 Newman Place. CCFD is enroute. Southwest Gas is also enroute to the scene.
11:06pm – Firefighters found a propane tank that feeds a backyard bar-be-cue emitting gas. Firefighters took care of it.
2:13pm Report of a traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 50 and Airport. Sounds like both vehicles are pulling off the road. Both have pulled into the Taco Bell parking lot. Appears to be non-injury.
American Lung Association Busts Top 5 Myths about Radon, Second-leading Cause of Lung Cancer
1 in 15 homes at risk for dangerous levels of radon, which causes lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths. Hiding in far too many homes is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, radon. This January, during Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association clears up five common myths around this deadly gas.
“Radon is a naturally occurring gas that hides invisibly in homes, yet is the nation’s second-leading cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths, so to save lives people need to be aware of and take action on radon,” said Terry Huertaz, executive director of the American Lung Association in New Mexico. “The good news is that testing for and reducing the high radon levels is straightforward and effective. We encourage all families, schools and daycares to test for radon to protect everyone’s health.”
Myth #1: Radon is not really harmful.
Fact: Not only is radon invisible, it’s also radioactive. While you can’t see it, exposure to high levels of radon over time can cause lung cancer, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. In fact, radon ranks as the nation’s second-leading cause of the disease. Radon-related lung cancers are responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths every year in the United States.
Myth #2: Radon is rare and doesn’t impact our community.
Fact: The reality is that radon is found at dangerous levels in an estimated 1 in 15 homes nationwide. Your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor’s home does not. It doesn’t matter in what part of the country you live. Radon comes from rock and soil, so it can be found anywhere. It then enters the home or building through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundation and other openings, and can exist at dangerous levels indoors.
Myth #3: Testing for radon is expensive.
Fact: The only way to detect dangerous levels of radon in your home is to test the air. Various do-it-yourself test kits are simple to use and inexpensive. Some places offer free kits. Schools and daycares should use professional help to do the testing.
Myth #4: Even if I test, I couldn’t afford to fix the problem.
Fact: Fixing radon problems in most homes costs between $500 and $1,500—roughly the price of a new television set or computer.
Myth #5: Our schools are safe.
Fact: Testing for radon in schools is not required in most states, nor is fixing the problem. Not only children, but teachers and other staff who work in schools can be exposed to dangerous levels of radon. The last nationwide survey of radon levels in schools, completed in 1993, found that nearly one in five schools had at least one classroom with dangerous levels of radon. The American Lung Association leads a coalition of groups working to highlight the importance of testing for radon in both schools and daycares through the National Radon Action Plan.
To learn more about radon and how to test homes, visit Lung.org/radon or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.
For media interested in speaking with an expert about radon gas, the National Radon Action Plan or lung cancer, contact Holly Harvey at Holly.Harvey@Lung.org or 206-512-3292.
2:33pm Report of a three vehicle traffic crash at Long and Roop. There are injuries. Avoid the area. Find an alternate route. One vehicle ran a red light.
Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a 48 year old Carson man on charges of Sexual Assault on a child under the age of 14 – 2 counts. Eugene Nichols was also charged with Lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
Deputies were out looking for Nichols when they spotted him getting into his car at 2344 Gregg Street. They boxed him in the driveway, ordered him out of his car and promptly informed him of the charges against him and placed him under arrest.
Nichols was transported to the the CC Jail where he was booked on the above charges and is behind bars on one million dollars bail.
7:45am Bicyclist hit by a vehicle at Carmine and Poole. Bicyclist bleeding from a leg wound. He’s up, walking around. Paramedics are just about on scene.
8:00am Bicyclist is being transported to Carson Tahoe Medical Center for treatment of wound.
A pretty big crowd of outdoor recreational citizens gathered at the Carson City Community Center Thursday evening to help the city make up its mind on how to improve access and overall enjoyment of the 25-hundred acre city-owned Prison Hill.
The city’s big water tank is very close to the proposed “make-over” area. City staff said citizen polling indicated that they would like to see dramatic improvements to the dirt roads in the area, while others prefer to see an access road reach much higher on the hillside. Staff seemed to prefer a simple parking area at the eastern end of Koontz Lane after it crosses Edmonds Drive. It was plain that they enjoy primarily the lower reaches of Prison Hill. But others would like to see easier access to the higher reaches of Prison Hill with a parking area higher up.
But there was a third suggestion – that as long as the city is contemplating a lower elevation parking lot, why not add another one higher up, expanding the hiking opportunities from the top of the western slope and beyond to the Carson River on the east side. There were also those who observed that with a higher access point it would reduce the number of motorists congregating at the bottom of the hill where vehicular noise levels might be disruptive to nearby homeowners and their families.
The meeting was very well attended prompting city staff to closely examine all options suggested by local citizens, especially as they pertain to the cost of the various designs. It was also suggested that depending on the cost of a “two site” parking proposal, that the city could afford to build the lower parking area first, then the one higher up could be built with funds from a community-wide fundraiser. Lots to think about
No definite decisions were made which means no construction for quite a while. They’re still looking for funding which requires a completed design of the project before any grant money can be awarded.
“The results we are seeing from educational and vocational programs within our state prisons are incredible,” said Governor Sisolak.
Governor Sisolak Discusses Education and Workforce Development at Nevada Prisons
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak visited Ely State Prison (ESP) and Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) to discuss with inmates educational and workforce opportunities available to inmates. “The results we are seeing from educational and vocational programs within our state prisons are incredible,” said Governor Sisolak. “Past mistakes brought these inmates to prison, but now they are seizing opportunities to earn an education and learn work skills. This knowledge is transforming them into better people and preparing them for re-entry into our communities – leading to a safer Nevada for everyone.”
At ESP, Sisolak met Warden Bill Gittere and his staff, and discussed vocational and other educational programs that help prepare inmates at Nevada’s only maximum security prison for successful reintegration into society.
At NNCC, he met Warden Isidro Baca and his staff, and spoke with five inmates who explained how taking college classes and learning skills through Silver State Industries is changing them for the better.
Inmate Michael Cu told the governor he used to be a gang member who wanted nothing to do with education. “Now, I’m receiving straight A’s for classes I’m taking at Western Nevada Community College,” Cu said. Business 101 and 108, Communication 101, Math 101, and Welding 211 and 212. “I never did anything on the streets to make my family proud, but it’s at NNCC that I’m finally doing something they can be proud of.”
NNCC launched its education program in 2019 by offering two classes in welding during the first semester, and eight classes covering a variety of topics during the current second semester. More classes will be offered to more inmates during the third semester which is slated to begin in 2020. “An inmate who re-enters society with a college degree or a specialized work industry certification is more likely to secure employment paying a livable wage,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC Director. “The residual impact of earning a college degree or trades certification greatly reduces the probability of the recidivism.”
The inmates expressed similar sentiments during their discussion with the governor.
“NDOC’s college programs are working,” said Inmate Jesus Mena, who is enrolled in business, film, financial literacy, and literature classes. “It is providing us tools that help correct our thought process, change our behavior for the better, and offer opportunities to apply ourselves.”
“I didn’t know I had a talent and love for welding until I started working at prison industries,” added Inmate Jared Wagner. “Thanks to NNCC’s college program, I’m building on those skills by taking an Associate of Sciences Welding class. I’m moving closer to earning a welding certification.”
Joining Governor Sisolak during his December 10, 2019 visit to NNCC were Thom Reilly, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education; Michael Flores, Chief of Staff, Nevada System of Higher Education; Craig Von Collenberg, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovations; Vincent Solis, President of Western Nevada College; Kim Thomas, NDOC Deputy Director of Programs; and Isidro Baca, NNCC Warden.