AG Aaron Ford
NV Attorney General
Attorney General Ford Joins a Coalition of 21 Attorneys General in Fighting to Protect Women’s Access to Abortion Services
Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in Planned Parenthood South Atlantic v. Wilson arguing that South Carolina’s pre-viability abortion restrictions harm women’s health care as a whole and a lower court’s ruling blocking the law should be upheld. Additionally, the coalition also argues that the collective impact of numerous states across the country enacting restrictive abortion laws, or eliminating access to abortions, harms health care nationwide.
“Like Texas, South Carolina has directly attacked the constitutional reproductive rights of its residents, who must be allowed to access safe and legal abortions,” said AG Ford. “Women must be allowed to make their own decisions when it comes to their health care and bodily autonomy. Our office will not sit on the sidelines and watch as these shameful attacks on necessary health care continue.”
In February 2021, South Carolina passed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act that prohibits abortions upon the detection of an embryonic cardiac activity, effectively banning abortion after six weeks. Immediately following the passage of the Act, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic filed suit seeking a temporary injunction, which the federal district court granted.
In their amicus brief, the coalition argues that access to safe and legal abortion is an essential component of women’s health care and restrictive abortion laws, like the South Carolina law, lead to worse health outcomes for women. The coalition also argues that laws banning abortion after the detection of a fetal cardiac activity have harmful spillover effects on miscarriage treatment and other health care needs.
Additionally, AG Ford and his colleagues argue that the restrictions the Act places on women could also threaten residents of neighboring states as well as those states’ health care systems, explaining, “South Carolina’s restrictive abortion laws will cause its citizens to seek abortion care in [neighboring states], potentially straining their health care systems.” The coalition further says, “[g]iven that numerous states across the country have enacted similarly restrictive or more restrictive legislation than South Carolina’s Act…[and] [i]f access to safe and lawful abortions were banned in large geographic portions of the country, it would create vast “abortion deserts” in which access to abortion care may be unobtainable for many people due to the obstacles created by the sheer distance from lawful abortion care.”
In addition to Nevada, other states joining the amicus brief include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
It’s looking better than earlier in the week…but keep your fingers crossed…
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Thousands of people who were chased from their homes at the south end of Lake Tahoe by a big wildfire may soon begin returning to their homes as of 3 p.m. Sunday. Fire managers say calmer winds and better weather helped them keep the flames under control over the past few days – keeping the fire at 43% contained. The fire is still a few miles out from the California-Nevada border. Firefighters maintained a “do not pass” fire line which caused visiting the Tahoe Basin mostly impossible. The Labor Day weekend was a big zero.
Luckily no homes have been lost on the eastern side of the fire nearest the lake. But as we all know the big blaze burned hundreds of homes on the west slopes of the Sierra. Only one firefighter lost his life fighting the blaze. The fire is nearly half-contained. But the blaze has destroyed nearly 1,300 homes and other buildings in its march to the east.
Weather scientists say fires are getting bigger and more deadly over the past ten years as Climate Change has made the West far warmer and drier over the past third of a century. And it’s likely to get worse unless the world comes to grips with reality.
There’s been no word on whether residents might be allowed to return home. Fire crews will continue to smother embers and mop up hot spots to make it safe for Tahoe area families to return home around South Lake Tahoe – “in the coming days” they said.
Meanwhile, Douglas County authorities urged residents to stay alert, saying the fire still has the potential to threaten more homes.
Becoming a Lake Tahoe conflagration….
South Lake Tahoe – With forest fires caused by lightning strikes and careless campers as we’ve seen in and around Lake Tahoe, it’s getting through to the state and federal governments that they’re going to have to hire a lot more year-round fire fighters if we are to protect our forests, our homes, recreation areas and our fellow citizens. They’re going to have to take a whole new view of how to better manage and grow more HEALTHY forests as well as to protect them and those who live in and around them.
Scientists have long said that we say we love our trees and the wildlife among them. But when careless campers and powerful guns and thunder storms rise up it’s obliterating our environment. Something must be done. And many government leaders say it’s time to take care of our forests like they’ve always taken care of us.
Here’s the story: Click here.
Carson City School District Invites Evacuated Families in Carson City to Enroll Students
Carson City, Nev. (Sept. 3, 2021) — The ravaging toll of wildfires have caused thousands of residences and families in Lake Tahoe communities to evacuate their homes and be displaced to shelters throughout northern Nevada. The Carson City School District is inviting all evacuated families in Carson City with school-aged children to enroll their students through the McKinney-Vento Students in Transition program.
“If there are any families with school-age children who have been evacuated to Carson City, and they are interested in having their students attend school, please reach out,” said Christie Perkins, McKinney-Vento Liaison and special projects coordinator with the Carson City School District. “The program is designed for all those lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.”
The district is seeking to return a sense of normalcy to the lives of these students and families impacted by the fire, Perkins continued. Students can be enrolled in school immediately, where they can receive free breakfast and lunch, as well as assistance with clothing needs and school supplies. Counselors, peers and other resources are also available to assist.
So far, more than a dozen families have reached out and have been able to enroll their students and attend schools in Carson City. For more information, please contact Christie Perkins, 775-283-1537, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
11:35pm A bicyclist at 5th and Carson has been hit by a car and is lying in the street with people standing around him. Fire-Rescue is enroute.
11:38pm Bicyclist was helped by Good Samaritans and is now out of the roadway. He’s being checked by paramedics.
Effective Thursday, September 2, 2021, all Carson City School District students, parents, vendors, volunteers, visitors and guests, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings when indoors and while on school buses. The new requirement comes in response to increased student exclusions from close contacts of some infected students in schools throughout the district.
Per the CDC criteria for close contacts, only those who were within 3 to 6 feet of the infected student would be considered close contacts, if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) wore well-fitting masks. If any infected student was not wearing a mask, then an entire class may need to be excluded from school and quarantined for a 10-day period. Vaccinated students do not need to be excluded or quarantined nor do students wearing masks, sitting more than 3 to 6 feet of the infected student(s).
Since the start of the school year, more than 500 students in the Carson City School District have been excluded from school for up to 10 days due to COVID-19 guidelines for Close Contact Tracing.
“One of our greatest desires is to keep schools open where students can attend in-person,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District. “If students wear masks, it greatly decreases the number of students excluded from in-person learning because of ‘close contact’ and quarantine requirements.”
The mask requirement will be set in place throughout the month of September. If the process results in fewer students excluded from school through close contact tracing, it is anticipated the facemask requirement may be lifted by Friday, October 1. The Carson City School Board of Trustees previously approved, in a unanimous vote of 7-0, the district’s reopening plan, July 13, 2021, which recommended but did not require students to wear masks indoors.
Per the District’s Reopening Plan, the temporary use of facemasks may be employed anytime during the school year as part of a multi-layered effort to end a localized outbreak of COVID-19 or one of its variants.
“I am not advocating for this change based on the effectiveness of wearing a face mask to prevent illness,” Stokes continued. “The decision instead is intended to minimize the loss of learning and operational inefficiencies that are occurring when large numbers of students are excluded from school. In this case, the exclusions are coming from close contacts due to exposure to COVID-19.”
The district also re-emphasized the critical role parents play in helping schools remain open for in-person learning. The district continues to plead that parents complete a Daily Self-Screening each morning before school and keep any child home if they experience any cold or flu symptoms.
2021 Taste of Downtown Postponed to June 2022
Advocates to End Domestic Violence has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Taste of Downtown due to events currently impacting our community. We always look to the Taste to be a celebration and true community event. When public safety is at risk, due to either air quality or the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, that celebration needs to be postponed to another time. Our vendors, bands and sponsors as well as involved entities have been notified so as to not spend financial or personnel resources on an event that won’t be taking place. Their partnerships and support are crucial to the success of the event and their continued support is always appreciated.
We’re working through all of the logistics required to cancel an event of this size and ask for your patience as our small staff and team of volunteers take the necessary steps to notify everyone involved. If you are a ticket holder, please be on the lookout for an email to the address associated with your online purchase with options. Thank you to everyone who was planning to attend. We are looking forward to being back in 2022. Mark your calendars for June 18, 2022!
The Carson City Board of Supervisors tried to get their arms around some alternative uses for the city’s golf course out east of town. There was considerable dialog about the role of the golf course and the role of the city’s treated effluent used to water the course. Those mildly in favor of turning the golf course into something else (new housing?) made the supervisors pause to think things through. But city supervisors reminded everyone that the city’s treated wastewater system is what keeps the treated water flowing and the golf course green. The supervisors made it clear they don’t want to lose the golf course because it has some real potential to make Carson City all the more inviting when out of town tourists enjoy Carson City’s geographical location and small town charm. In the end, the issue was put on the “To Be Continued” category.
And the Supervisors discussed a range of methods to step-up the rate of Covid-19 vaccinations. All across the country there seems to be about 30 to 40% of Americans who STILL don’t want to get vaccinated. So, the year-long campaign to get everyone vaccinated is somewhat stalled. So the Centers for Disease Control are making it easier to take the vaccine distribution “on the road,” using buses and utility vehicles to bring the vaccine to the people rather than the people having to go to small medical clinics, local large medical facilities, schools, etc. Such a wider approach to distributing the vaccine seems to be more effective than any other plan to pump-up the number of Americans who otherwise might not make themselves available to get the shots.
A high speed pursuit of an old Chevy sedan through neighborhoods in the north area of Carson City was wild and woolly – but pursuing Sheriff’s Deputies finally caught up with him. From the Sheriff’s report the pursuit of the wanted driver was pretty well boxed in – in and around the neighborhood with Hot Springs Road and streets north of College Parkway and then south to Retail Street. Reports say he narrowly missed colliding with vehicles and people riding bicycles. One deputy caught up with the fugitive and rammed the back end the fugitive’s car.
Fugitive Ruben Angel (an adult), was quickly handcuffed and transported to the city jail on charges of Hit and Run, Speeding, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting Arrest, No Registration and No Driver’s License.
Due to continued poor air quality forecasted to remain for the next several days and possibly weeks or months, the Carson City School District will use the U.S. EPA “Air Now” website to determine whether school will be cancelled.
At the beginning of each school day, the superintendent will review the AirNow.gov Air Quality Index (AQI) and the day’s weather forecast. If the AQI is reported at or above 400 by AirNow.gov for the 89701 zip code by 5:30 a.m. and the weather forecast predicts that conditions are not expected to improve, all employees, students and families will be notified that school will be cancelled. Additionally, if the school day begins and the AQI reaches or exceeds 400, school will remain in session for the day and students and staff will remain indoors.
On days where the Air Quality Index (AQI) is “Unhealthy” or above 150 AQI, all outdoor activities including athletics, physical education and recess will be canceled or moved indoors.
The district’s building management system adheres to fresh air standards and has taken steps prior to the start of school to contract with a HVAC specialist to perform a HVAC Readiness and Pre-Occupancy Assessment so that staff, students and families can return to the schools with confidence. This activity has been performed on HVAC, filtration, ventilation and domestic water systems. A final engineering report was produced and summarizes the general recommendations of OSHA, CDC and ASHRAE. Additionally, the district has upgraded air filtrations systems to at least a MERV-13 filter for all air-handling equipment. System filters are changed 3 times per year.
The district feels the safest and best place for students to learn during a scheduled school day is in their desk at school. However, parents are encouraged to use discretion. Students with respiratory or other pre-existing health conditions may necessitate individual adaptation. Additionally, if parents have not already done so, the district is asking them to coordinate any medical related needs with the school nurse.
If at any time parents feel that conditions are unsafe to take or send their student to school, they may keep their child home for the day regardless of the district’s decision to hold school. The schools will support the parent’s decision and work with them to make up any schoolwork or assignments. However, students who do not attend school will be counted as absent.
On days where air quality is unhealthy, school buses will operate with all windows closed. For those concerned about their student(s) waiting outside at a bus stop or walking to school, the district invites families to make arrangements to transport their child(ren) to and from school and avoid the unhealthy conditions as best as possible.
The district also reminds families that if parents DO NOT receive a text, email or phone call or see a banner announcement on the district’s homepage indicating a delayed start or school closure, schools will remain open and in session.
If schools are closed because of a natural disaster, inclement weather, accident or any other extraordinary circumstance, per instruction from the Nevada Department of Education, Smoke Days are not considered “days in school” regardless of the digital ability to provide remote instruction. Consequently, neither teachers nor students are expected to participate in remote learning activities during a canceled school day.
On days where school has been canceled, teachers should not assign homework using virtual means and assignments will not be due until the next regular day of in-person school. Additionally, no student activities, schoolwork or programs will occur, including remote instruction via Pioneer Academy. This includes school-course assignments, homework, afterschool programs and practices. No school services such as transportation, nutrition or student health will be provided.
With any school closure, students and employees should expect an extension of the school year, further extending school days in June. As such, families and employees should not schedule vacations or expect to exit the school year before calendar obligations are met. Click here for more information about school related closures.