Carson City Supervisors were all over the map Thursday working with Carson Tahoe Hospital on plans to construct an enclosed walkway from the hospital’s main building, across Eagle Creek and into CTH’s surgical center. The plan was approved. The Supervisors also approved the layout of catch basins to reduce the likelihood of any major flooding up or downstream from the surgical center. The addition of the new enclosed walkway will make patient transfers from the main hospital building to the surgical center much easier. Nearby wetlands will also be better protected with carefully regulated water flows through the downstream area. The hospital is paying for the improvements.
The Supervisors were quite pleased to acknowledge the arrival of what amounts to a huge check from Washington DC. Nevada state officials notified Carson City that there is over $10 Million available to be split between the city, the Carson City School District as well as Carson Tahoe Hospital and Eagle Valley Care Center, all under the umbrella of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.
And finally, the Supervisors were convinced that instead of buying new they can pay half-price for what will be the rebuilding of the city’s main landfill trash compactor. It’s got a lot of miles on it. Landfill employees were given permission to rebuild their Al-Jon 500 trash compactor that arrived in Carson City back in 2012. 11,000 work hours later it needs an over-haul. The restoration of the compactor will be handled by Tri-County Equipment and Repair and is a sole source for Factory Certified Re-manufactured Al-Jon compactors in the United States. The over-haul will run the city just under a half-million dollars. A totally new unit would run well over one million dollars.
A group of seasoned professors at Western Nevada College have some sage advice for new and returning students: Enroll in Strategies for Academic Success (EPY 150) class this fall.
You can thank them later when you have completed your college education and are a happily employed professional.
Essentially, what the course will do for students is set them up for success in higher education. It will help them learn how to learn.
But some may say, “We’ve had 13 years of elementary and secondary education before coming to college so we know what it takes to learn.”
Yes, but in EPY 150 there is an opportunity to gain more insight into what it takes to be successful in college courses and the chance to become more self-aware of what will make you a better learner.
“I like to think of it as a course that is designed to assist students in their personal journey, whether it is their academic journey or their own intrapersonal journey and to help them engage in the process of reaching their own individual potentials — wherever those potentials lie,” said History Professor Kim DesRoches, who has also served as the college’s interim Liberal Arts director.
Listen to those who have taken the course.
Nayelli Lara-Gutierrez said she was apprehensive heading into her freshman year at WNC, but fortunately registered for EPY 150 her first semester.
“I was a nervous new college student with no real idea of what college had in store,” said Lara-Gutierrez, who recently graduated with an Associate of Arts degree. “But this class taught me how to handle my stress, how to take good notes and what learning style best fit me. I use all these habits now and this class made me a better student. I highly recommend taking this class; it gave me the confidence to succeed.” (more…)
Quad-County COVID-19 Update: One Death, Six New Cases, and Fifteen Recoveries
(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individual was a female Lyon County resident in her 80’s with underlying conditions. There are also six new cases and fifteen additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 746, with 615 recoveries, and fourteen deaths, 117 cases remain active.
The new cases are:
A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
An adult male Lyon County resident in his teens with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Douglas 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 Douglas County resident in his 20’s with no 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
There is one drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents this week. Testing is free of charge; first come, first served, no appointments or reservations.
August 7, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
New Yerington City Hall (14 Joe Parr Way, Yerington)
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.
Nothing but progress as far as the eye can see on South Carson Street. Not only are lanes being added but there’s a HUGE roundabout that’s already made an impressive footprint there at South Carson and Stewart. The underground work on storm water, sewer and water utilities have been completed making it possible to start building a very large circular intersection which is completely devoid of traffic lights. You just get into the circle and drive – and you exit when it suits you!
The Stewart Street portion of the intersection at South Carson is closed until the middle of next month when there will be some sort of gala opening of the roundabout – the first since Carson City Public Works installed the first roundabout at 5th and Edmonds over ten years ago.
The mid-September opening of the east side of the roundabout will provide northbound movements on Carson Street and northbound movements to Stewart Street. City public works expects to fully open the new roundabout in early to mid-October.
In the meantime detour signs will direct drivers to Roop Street and to Fairview Drive. Curry Street won’t be marked as a detour and will no doubt provide easier north-south driving until the roundabout is fully functional.
Sierra Nevada Construction will resume repaving the week of Aug. 10, starting from Sonoma to Stewart streets, which should be finished that week. Northbound lanes between Stewart and 5th streets should be done by mid-September and the southbound lanes by early October. The stretch from Sonoma Street south to Appion Way will be repaved by mid-October.
One nice this about this very large round-about is that by being larger there is less tire wear as drivers navigate the wider circle. It’s much larger than the roundabout at Edmonds and 5th.
Democrats protest new rules that have slowed the delivery of absentee ballots
Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill told President Trump that preserving funding for the U.S. Postal Service and removing new rules that have slowed down the mail already, are essential components to a newcoronavirusrelief bill – especially in a year when millions of Americans plan to vote by mail rather than stand in long lines for hours just to vote – not to mention the Covid-19 Virus being carried everywhere on the winds.
“Elections are sacred,” Senator Schumer told reporters after a meeting with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “To hold back the mail when all ballots have to be counted we can’t say, “Oh, we’ll get 94 percent of them!” Schumer reminded everyone “In this country we count ALL the ballots – not just some of them.”
But Trump has shot back with an ominous threat.Click here.
Walmart is expanding it’s “atmospheric attractions” by setting up drive-in movies in their expansive parking lots. The first movie showings here at the Carson City Walmart runs August 14th, 7:30pm with “Spy Kids.” Other movies include Marooned and Spiderman into the Spider-verse. Drive-in parking starts at 6pm with the main movie event beginning at 7:30pm. By the way NO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IS ALLOWED. By the way, tickets are free but you have to pick them up inside the store well in advance of the movie.
Before each movie, Walmart previously said that it should show “one of a number of short films, including ‘Bilby,’ ‘Bird Karma,’ ‘Brooklyn Breeze,’ ‘CROW: The Legend,’ ‘Fire in Cardboard City,’ ‘INVASION!,’ ‘Looney Tunes’ Boo! Appetweet’ and ‘Marooned.”
Oregonians will continue to receive increased food benefits in August
The Oregon Department of Human Services has received approval by the federal Food and Nutrition Service to continue in August to provide increased food benefits and waive the interview requirement for new applicants – making it faster and easier for Oregonians to access benefits.
This will result in an additional $30 million to eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in August 2020.
“As the pandemic continues, access to food has worsened greatly,” said Self-Sufficiency Programs Deputy Director Claire Seguin. “Providing another month of emergency assistance will help ease the threat of chronic hunger in Oregon.”
SNAP households will automatically receive the additional allotment in the same way they receive their current benefits. For most customers this is an EBT card. The additional benefit amount will be disbursed on the schedule below to all eligible SNAP households.
No additional action is needed from Oregonians already enrolled in SNAP. The increase brings all households to the maximum SNAP benefit. Households that already receive the maximum benefit will not receive any additional benefits.
Governor Steve Sisolak, finding out there’s no nice way to politely get rid of the Corona Virus, has launched a very targeted strategy against people who walk around like they’re not going to get the disease and yet they come down with it – and spread it around more.
Governor Sisolak apparently got tired of playing the “nice guy governor” and instead brought out the heavy artillery. The Governor has assembled a team of health related experts and applied lessons learned from around the country that there’s no nice way to slap down the virus. It takes strong discipline.
Governor Sisolak has formed teams of health and virus experts to fan out across Nevada to track down where the virus is replicating itself. If there’s only a little bit of virus, they track down who’s got it and send them home and tell them to stay there and then get tested again. Where cases are more common or more severe they send them home for up to two weeks to ensure they’re not spreading the virus even further. And then they also get tested. Keep in mind we still don’t have a vaccine to stop the spread. From the ‘get-go’ it’s all about testing-testing-testing. And it’s going on more and more – truly the only way we can track down the human sources of the virus.
Casinos, movie theaters, restaurants and family gatherings where there’s not a facemask in sight will be “dealt with accordingly” according to state officials. Most of the time they’re being ordered to hunker-down at home for 14 days to see what happens. Again, medical treatment-mixes work on most Covid-19 victims. Only a small fraction of those infected die.
Again, the central strategy of Governor Sisolak’s “Strike-Team-Covid” is to fan out across the state, assess the spread of the pandemic, put communities and business owners on notice that they must follow the rules on wearing facemasks, even in public, stay six feet away from the nearest human, wash their hands frequently throughout the day and stay away from crowds – ANY CROWDS.
Scientists say developing a vaccine to fight the virus is a giant horse-race around the globe. Something like 30+ vaccine operations are racing to see who can get an effective vaccine to market the quickest. We expect the first vaccine to hit the market sometime before Christmas. Only those that are medically vulnerable will get the first vaccinations. Those without troublesome medical conditions will likely get their inoculations starting in March or April. But some medical sources say it could be sooner depending on how fast the new vaccines are created and distributed.