In recognition of Historic Preservation and Archeological Awareness Month, the City’s Historic Resource Commission has organized the 2021 Scavenger Hunt. This year’s hunt “Founding of the Historic District” focuses on building foundations in the historic district and in the downtown commercial core.
Also, at the Board of Supervisors’ May 6 meeting, the 2021 Historic Preservation Award will be presented to the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority dba Visit Carson City for the interpretive markers on the Kit Carson Trail. Visit Carson City was the lead agency on this project, and partnered with Silver State Industries, the Carson City Historic Society, and Carson City Public Works to make this vision a reality.
Until recently, the Kit Carson Trail, a walking tour through the historic district, was marked with a blue line on the sidewalk. Visit Carson City has “refreshed” the Kit Carson Trail by installing sandstone markers on the planting strip in front of forty-seven historic buildings, homes, churches, and sites throughout the West Side Historic District. The sandstone pieces are approximately two feet by one foot by 8 inches, the names are engraved and powder coated on brushed 60/61 aluminum and repurposed medallions from Carson Street are embedded in each sandstone piece.
Carson City’s West Side Historic District encompasses approximately seventy acres at the historic core of Nevada’s capital city. Most of the city’s surviving early houses were constructed to the west of Carson Street, where there is a concentration today that forms the historic district. The period of significance begins with the platting of Carson City in 1858 and concludes in 1945 with the shift to post-war architectural traditions.
Carson City’s historic buildings literally rest on a variety of stone, brick, and concrete foundations. These anchor the buildings and keep wooden sills from direct contact with the ground. Earliest foundations were as simple as large boulders placed strategically at intervals to level and support the wooden structure.
Sandstone blocks quarried at the Territorial Prison (now the Nevada State Prison) were often used to create a more permanent and fully enclosed foundation. Brick and concrete were also favored foundation material.
For the third year in a row, Jim Phelan of the Fox Brewpub is donating a gift card to the person whose hunt is drawn from the correct entries.
You can download or complete the hunt online using a mobile device by visiting carson.org/hunt, or pick up a hard copy at the Planning Office, 108 East Proctor Street. To be considered for the prize, your completed hunt must be turned in by May 28, 2021.
Maps of the Kit Carson Trail are available at Visit Carson City, 716 North Carson Street. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the 2021 Scavenger Hunt and the Kit Carson Trail.
On Wednesday, April 28 authorities executed search warrants on a Storey County home and vehicle. Two people were arrested. David Bennett and Katerina Rakow are suspected of being responsible for multiple vehicle burglaries throughout Carson City and Lyon County over a two-week period. Bennet used a tool to break windows and gain access to victim’s vehicles. Bennett and Rakow have confessed to their involvement in multiple vehicle burglaries. Stolen property and evidence from the vehicle burglaries were recovered from the Storey County home and the vehicle Bennett and Rakow used in the commission of their crimes.
Bennett and Rakow are in custody at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. Bennett is charged with Burglary of a motor vehicle, Fraudulent use of a credit card and Obtaining money under false pretenses. Rakow is being charged with Burglary of a motor vehicle and Conspiracy to commit burglary.
Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Investigation Division, Detective Kevin Murry (775) 283-7853, Detective Sam Hatley (775)283-7852, Sgt. Craig Lowe (775)283-7815
Schools Seek Community Member Opinions on Strategic Plan Tuesday
Carson City, Nev. (April 30, 2021) — The Carson City School District is needing local community members to attend, weigh in and provide opinions at the quarterly Community PLC (Professional Learning Community) meeting Tuesday, May 4, 6 p.m., inside Carson High School’s Senator Square.
The school district holds these meetings once each quarter during the school year. The purpose of these quarterly meetings with school officials is to accumulate feedback from community members on how the school district’s Strategic Plan is performing and suggest ideas and systems to better help meet the goals, objectives and strategies of the district’s plan. Previous topics have also ranged from equity in education to family engagement.
The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30 p.m. Community members may park along the curb (both sides) in front of Carson High School and enter the building at the south entrance near the flagpole. Individuals planning on attending are welcome to share this invitation with colleagues, friends and neighbors who might be interested in attending this meeting and/or joining the group.
Carson City School District Honors Educators and Employees of the Year
CARSON CITY, Nev. (April 28, 2021) —Tad Williams, Jr., fifth grade teacher at Fritsch Elementary School, was honored last night as the Carson City School District’s Educator of the Year. Additionally, Jillian Shufelt, Distance Education assistant at Pioneer High School, was recognized as the Education Support Professional (ESP) Employee of the Year for the district.
During the school board meeting and annual event, the Carson City School District also recognized Dan Brown, principal at Fritsch Elementary School as the district’s Administrator of the Year.
Williams and Shufelt were selected from 25 site winners including 11 teachers and 14 ESP employees who were selected from peers and administrators from various sites and schools within the district. The Administrator of the Year was selected from nominations from 27 school administrators. Each candidate endured a series of strenuous interview questions from a panel of comprehensive judges. Upon conclusion of those interviews, the panel then made the difficult decision of selecting “one” ESP employee of the year, “one” educator of the year and “one” administrator of the year.
All ESP Employees and Educators of the Year winners recognized and honored include:
- Lavon Sollberger, administrative assistant at Carson High School
- Ananda Campbell, librarian at Carson High School
- Jillian Shufelt, Distance Education assistant at Pioneer High School
- Daniel Echebarria, Social Studies and English teacher at Pioneer High School
- Mayra Dyer Valarde, para professional ESL at Carson Middle School
- Shelly Randall, LD/Special Education teacher at Carson Middle School
- Pamela Molleson, para professional at Eagle Valley Middle School
- Brittany Witter, 7th/8th Grade Social Studies teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School
- Dan Owen, Lead Custodian at Al Seeliger Elementary School
- Mary Wright, LD/Special Education teacher at Al Seeliger Elementary School
- Janet Ingram, para professional at Bordewich Bray Elementary School
- Heather Thomas, Kindergarten teacher at Bordewich Bray Elementary School
- James Phillips, cook/baker at Empire Elementary School
- Kayleigh Robinson, 4th Grade teacher at Empire Elementary School
- Jennifer Jacobsen, Special Education para professional at Fremont Elementary School
- Sandra Huffman, LD/Special Education teacher at Fremont Elementary School
- Patrick Smith, lead custodian at Fritsch Elementary School
- Tad Williams, Jr., 5th Grade teacher at Fritsch Elementary School
- Mike Ulrych, custodian at Mark Twain Elementary School
- Christi Schmid, 1st Grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School
- Rosella Jordan, administrative secretary for Student Support Services
- Janet Silvestro, speech language pathologist for Student Support Services
- Rebecca Hawkins, bus driver for Transportation
- Kevin Mezquita, mail delivery driver for Operations Services
- Mark Gruver, lead technology support technician for the District Office and Professional Development Center Administration
“Each of these individuals regularly inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, and have earned the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District. “Great teachers and employees are the core of a great educational system. They change the lives of individual students, daily. These winners are not only wonderful representatives for our school district, but they also make profound differences in our community each day.”
Mile High Jazz Band Presents An Outdoor Dinner Show
Live Big-band Jazz with Vocalist Jakki Ford
Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m., at Living the Good Life
Mile High Jazz Band will present its first live, in-person performance of 2021 on Tuesday, May 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s an outdoor dinner show at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. For reservations, text 775-720-5834 before 5:00 p.m. or call 775-841-4663 after 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
The program includes favorite big-band jazz tunes and features the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford. Pianist and band leader David Bugli said, “We are so happy to have the opportunity to perform for the public again.” Some tunes on the program that relate to performing again are “The Opener,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” and “Day by Day.” Jakki Ford will sing “Come Fly With Me,” “Pick Yourself Up,” “The Nearness of You,” and more.
The May 11 event is the first of a series of three outdoor dinner shows Mile High Jazz Band has scheduled at Living the Good Life. The next two will be on Tuesday, June 8, and Tuesday, July 6. Reservations are recommended.
Mile High Jazz Band is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development provided additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant for 2021. For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com.
8:21pm Report of a gas leak at an apartment at 2419 Dori Way, Apartment 4. Fire-Rescue personnel are enroute. Residents in the area should use extreme caution. Gas is nothing to play with.
(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 25 new cases and 24 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 12,468, with 11,832 recoveries and 225 deaths; 411 cases remain active.
*Population information taken from the Nevada Health Response Dashboard found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents
Testing is for Quad-County (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County) residents ONLY, 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/.
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||Douglas Community Center
1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville
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||Fernley City Hall
595 Silver Lace Blvd, Fernley
For COVID-19 questions, vaccine appointment assistance, 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.
Open for pleasure!
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park’s Sand Harbor and Cave Rock boat ramps will open for the 2021 season this Saturday, May 1. From May 1 to May 27, the Sand Harbor boat ramp will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the Cave Rock boat ramp will be open from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beginning May 28, boat ramp hours at Sand Harbor and Cave Rock will be extended to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and remain at these hours until they either close for the season or close due to low water levels.
Boaters are reminded to complete all watercraft inspections with Tahoe Regional Planning Agency prior to arriving at the boat ramp. For more information on the Invasive Species Program and inspection locations, visit tahoeboatinspections.com.
Nevada State Parks urges visitors to enjoy a safe boating season by observing water safety practices. Always wear a life jacket, don’t mix alcohol and boating, check the weather forecast before you go and file a float plan. When swimming, be aware that high altitudes may cause you to tire more quickly, remember that cold water will take your breath away and be sure to enter water slowly to allow your body time to acclimate to cold temperatures.
Visit parks.nv.gov for Nevada State Park activities, updates and more.
Proposed sports field on Morgan Mill Road east of Empire Ranch Road. (Google Maps)
Local developer Dwight Millard Wednesday evening ran into a brick wall – the Carson City Planning Commission. Millard and his staff appeared before the commission and tried to convince them that the northwest corner of the Empire Ranch Golf Course should be the place for a large recreation complex for inside and outside sports – complete with night lighting and noisy, cheering crowds attending football, soccer and maybe even baseball games.
The neighbors on the phone to the planning commission repeated over and over about what a bad neighbor a noisy sports center would be, especially right next to the golf course as well as to the Empire Ranch neighborhood. Citizen callers to the planning commission were adamant that the sports center would disrupt the peace and quiet of the area – many neighbors saying they didn’t move to Empire Ranch just to hear lots of noise and be subjected to bright lights for evening games.
Although a couple of Millard’s supporters at his office said they could be flexible about the number of playing fields, resident callers to the planning commission again pointed to the fact that there would still be noisy and crowded sporting events that they never expected to have to endure.
In the end the planning commission decided that Millard’s plans were very premature and needed a lot of work. They recommended that Millard withdraw his current application from the planning commission. But Millard and his employees decided to let the situation float until they can figure out opportunities that would work for the property. The next bite of the apple may take some time if it happens at all.
A couple of other points, the land in question is right off Morgan Mill Road, a very narrow and poorly maintained stretch of roadway. It’s crumbling from near Empire Ranch Road and quite a ways to the east. There are no sidewalks and pedestrians sometimes take their lives in their own feet just walking alongside the edge of the crumbling pavement. Definitely not safe for pedestrians. Parking along-side Morgan Mill Road doesn’t appear to be feasible.