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January

3: Levi Alan Buscay Leuty was the first baby born in 2013 in Carson City, coming into the world at 1:14 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

4: Carson City’s Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 for a motion directing staff to solidify plans for micro-paving and re-striping the street.

5: The body of Petaluma, Calif., resident Alyssa Byrne was found Friday morning in South Lake Tahoe. The discovery came after a three-day search for Byrne, who was reported missing Jan. 1 after coming to South Lake Tahoe to attend SnowGlobe.

6: Jan. 5 marks five years since the Fernley flood that damaged more than 800 homes.

8: Mayor Robert Crowell, Supervisors Brad Bonkowski and Jim Shirk, Justices of the Peace John Tatro and Tom Armstrong, Carson City School Board members Laurel Crossman, Stephen Reynolds and Joe Cacioppo were sworn in.

9: 31-year old Carson City resident Jaron Malone was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Highway 395 and Riverview Drive in south Gardnerville.

10: Rep. Mark Amodei told a group of 250 that current levels of federal spending are unsustainable, but Congress hasn’t had the courage to make the tough decisions that will fix the problem.

11: U.S. District Judge Miranda Du has agreed to let the U.S. Bureau of Land Management resume the roundup of dozens of wild mustangs in Northern Nevada but says she remains concerned about critics’ complaints the agency is treating the animals inhumanely.

12: Former Carson City resident David Griffith Osborne, accused of robbing two Lake Tahoe banks in 2010, pleaded guilty to a string of Northern California bank holdups.

15: Sen. Reid’s office said he was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay the senator to make a federal investigation disappear.

16: Mayor Robert Crowell’s State of the City speech reflected fiscal facts, but he added the city faces challenges that city government and private sector people can overcome.

17: Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed expanding all-day kindergarten to nearly half of Nevada’s elementary schools, boosting programs for English-language learners, and investing more in the Millennium Scholarship during his State of the State address.

18: Carson City’s Board of Supervisors voted to buy a downtown office building and extended into 2014 the chance to help Carson Mall secure a major tenant.

19: Nevada’s unemployment hit its lowest rate in nearly four years in December 2012.

22: President Barrack Obama took the oath of office for his second term at the 57th presidential inauguration.

24: Gov. Sandoval said that Nevada agriculture is becoming a targeted sector for growth, on a base exceeding $5 billion, as his administration revised economic-development plans.

27: Hundreds attended the second annual Health, Wellness and Beauty Faire hosted by the Chamber of Commerce held at the Carson Nugget.

29: Father Chuck Durante of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Community stood with community members and other church leaders at a prayer vigil against gun violence in front of the Legislature building.

31: Desiree Bragg, 19, died from injuries suffered during an alleged road-rage attack involving Leonardo Cardoza, 28.

31: The director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife resigned abruptly at the request of Gov. Brian Sandoval, following months of pressure from representatives in rural Nevada over deer-management and agency efforts to stave off federal protection for sage grouse.

February

1: The average U.S. retail price for gasoline rose 13 cents over the past two weeks to $3.42 per gallon, and within a few days it likely would set a record for this time of year.

3: Runners and walkers set out under overcast skies and chilly temperatures for the Safe and Sober 5k fundraiser at Carson High School.

5: The 77th session of the Nevada Legislature opened for business with the usual pomp and circumstance but little of the drama members were afraid might occur around the swearing-in of Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-North Las Vegas.

9: John Boggs, 46, was struck and killed on William Street by a driver who sped away from the scene.

12: Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation.

13: President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s middle class during his State of the Union address.

14: Students at Carson High School danced in solidarity with the global environmental demonstration Idle No More, a movement launched in Canada in opposition to a bill that relaxes protection of native lands.

17: Sheriff Ken Furlong and other community leaders have partnered with the state in the Forensic Assessment Services Triage Team to focus on getting help for mental health patients.

20: Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, presented a resolution to a Senate committee to tell the federal government that “enough is enough” and declare Nevada a sovereign state, recognizing federal jurisdiction only in areas specified in the U.S. Constitution.

21: Sen. Harry Reid described the term-limits amendment to Nevada’s constitution as “wrong-headed and counterproductive” during an address to the Nevada Legislature.

22: Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation legalizing online gambling in Nevada, beating casino rival New Jersey to the online-gambling punch.

23: Western Nevada College officials said they had suffered general-fund cuts of more than 30 percent in the past five years.

24: Nevada wasn’t meeting the intent of a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana because the law makes it legal for residents with a medical marijuana card to possess the drug, but illegal for them to obtain it, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were told.

26: Four-year-old Mason Geist of Gardnerville died after being hit by a runaway U-Haul truck in a relative’s driveway near Spring Valley.

27: Carson City coin dealer Allen Rowe scooped up the lion’s share of recluse Walter Samaszko Jr.’s gold collection, winning the bidding for nine of the 11 lots by committing $2.68 million to buy the coins.

28: A bill that eliminates the categorization of semiautomatic pistols and revolvers, and instead refers to them as “handguns” sailed through a Senate committee and headed to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill means applicants who want to carry both types of guns would no longer be required to undergo separate training.

March

3: Officials from both Fallon and Carson City expressed reservation on the impact of the military cuts set forth by sequestration.

5: A fundraiser held at the Paul Mitchell Beauty Academy in Reno brought in thousands for the son of Desiree Bragg, who died from injuries obtained from an alleged road-rage incident in January.

6: The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high, beating the previous record it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and Great Recession.

7: Lisa Stocke-Koop at Eagle Valley Middle School hosted a districtwide Science and Technology Night in conjunction with the Carson City School District Science Fair, with 32 presenters from throughout the community.

8: A bill requiring universal background checks to purchase a firearm and faster reporting of people suffering with mental illness into a federal database was introduced in the Nevada Senate, the same day Congress began debate on bills restricting firearms.

10: Nevada’s Supreme Court justices were set to present their budget at a hearing before the money committees, and the center of attention was expected to be the plan to create their own security force.

12: Students and staff members at Carson Middle School returned to find several windows covered in cardboard after vandals struck throughout west Carson City during the weekend.

13: Secretary of State Ross Miller touted a sweeping campaign-finance-reporting bill to shed light on gifts and campaign contributions received by Nevada lawmakers and other public officials.

14: From “the end of the earth,” the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis.

15: Questions galore greeted city officials at a workshop on a downtown Carson Street traffic plan aimed at promoting pedestrians, many of them from people who then shifted to opposing comments.

16: Anyone held for a psychological evaluation would be barred from purchasing a firearm under a bill introduced by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno.

17: Carson High School officials considered a standard dress code similar to those being enforced at other schools in the district for students next year, and were hosting two public workshops to gauge community interest.

19: Cynthia Ann Munroe, 48 was arrested on suspicion of fatally striking a 27-year-old pedestrian on Highway 50 East in Carson City.

20: A mortar shell explosion killed at least seven Marines and injured several more during mountain warfare training in Hawthorne, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapons until an investigation could determine their safety, officials said.

22: A proposal to implement uniforms at Carson High School prompted dozens of students to sign a petition opposing the idea.

23: The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada weighed in on the state’s medical marijuana law, calling it unconstitutional because it didn’t allow patients with prescriptions for medical marijuana to legally obtain it.

24: Lawmakers and educators agreed that, before they could improve K-12 education in Nevada, they had to figure out what schools are doing right and what they’re doing wrong.

26: Rep. Mark Amodei said he will see what the U.S. Senate does before making a judgment on proposed gun legislation and added that he has serious questions about whether new restrictions can make a difference.

27: The Select Committee considering the fate of Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, voted 6-1 to recommend he be expelled from the Nevada Assembly.

28: Bolster Carson City schools and improve downtown, participants at a Chamber of Commerce public luncheon urged.

29: In a historic decision, the Nevada Assembly expelled Democrat Steven Brooks from his North Las Vegas district seat.

30: Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 9.6 percent in February, a 2.2 percent year-over-year drop that’s the largest of any state.

April

2: By a margin of 17-4, the Senate approved the amendment that would remove mining’s protection from higher taxation from the Nevada Constitution.

3: January through march were the driest first three months of a year on record for much of the Sierra Nevada range, according to the chief of the California Cooperative Sow Survey program.

4: Carson City welcomed something old and something new as JM Furniture’s former northern Douglas County outlet began a grand-opening event.

5: A wide variety of business and other interests joined the parade of supporters for legislation that would more than double Nevada’s gasoline tax to build and repair the state’s deteriorating highways.

6: For about 2 1/2 hours, Carson High baseball players were able to experience the thrill of playing in a professional baseball stadium at Aces Ballpark.

7: Four Carson City-area residents, two of whom were arrested on suspicion of murder, were in custody following the disappearance of 62-year-old William McCune.

10: In a preliminary approach to make up for an estimated $3.8 million shortfall, Carson City School District officials planned to draw $2.5 million from district reserves while cutting $1.7 million from district expenses to balance a $59.87 million budget, according to Superintendent Richard Stokes.

11: After leading the Carson City Library for six years, Sara Jones announced she was leaving in July to take a job as director of the Marin County Free Library in California.

12: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced the U.S. Navy had, for the second time in its history, named a warship after Nevada’s capital city.

14: Fire prevention on Carson City’s west side got its annual boost from sheep with hundreds crossing Kings Canyon Road on Friday morning from the Anderson Ranch to the north of Kings Canyon, once part of the old Lincoln Highway.

17: High school graduation rates in Carson City, and across most of the state, continued to drop in the second year of using a new system to calculate them, according to a Nevada Department of Education report.

19: The Board of Supervisors made the decision to remove the wrought-iron sidewalk fences lining downtown Carson Street.

23: The Nevada Senate, after an hourlong, soul-searching debate about equality, love and marriage, passed a resolution repealing the state’s heterosexual definition of marriage.

24: Carson City’s Muscle-Powered group and other organizations will tout safe walking and biking at the Legislature, in part as a prelude to National Bike Month in May.

25: Carson Middle School health teacher Lisa Schuette was named the Carson City School District’s Educator of the Year.

26: A preliminary version of Carson City’s next government budget adds just one full-time worker and is based on estimated revenues of $62.3 million next year.

May

2: Cycling advocates, enthusiasts and beginners will take to the streets in coming weeks as Carson City joins in National Bike Month.

3: Police from across Nevada gathered on the Capitol grounds as three more fallen officers’ names were added to the Peace Officers Memorial — including that of Carson City Police Officer Vernon Carvin.

4: The ranch cattle sorting regional championships drew about 750 teams of two to Carson City throughout the weekend.

5: Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they will do everything they can to restore at least part of the 2.5 percent pay cuts state workers have sustained during continued budget trimming.

8: Actor Nicolas Cage testified before the Senate Finance Committee in support of drawing filmmakers to Nevada by awarding them tax credits they can sell to other businesses.

9: Sports tourism is expected to have an economic impact of at least $25 million for Carson City this year, survey estimates show.

10: Sherry Rupert was appointed as one of six new members to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.

11: After an overwhelming public response against the proposal, Carson High School administrators decided this week not to require school uniforms next year.

12: For their work in establishing the Greenhouse Project, Karen and Charlie Abowd will be recognized by the Ron Wood Family Resource Center as Leaders of the Year.

14: The Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau board chose Joel J. Dunn, city recreation operations manager, to serve as the bureau’s new executive director.

15: Detectives investigating a string of five homicides, including the discovery of a body near the Mustang Ranch brothel, warned residents to remain vigilant even after an arrest in connection with the case.

16: Three passengers survived a crash of a single-engine Cessna 182 that departed Carson City Airport.

17: An Assembly panel approved a measure to repeal the constitutional tax cap on net proceeds paid by mining companies, a move long advocated by mining foes who claim the industry hasn’t paid its fair share of taxes.

18: Lawmakers approved education budgets that increase total funding for all-day kindergarten classes to $81 million during the upcoming biennium.

21: The 2013 Western Nevada College graduating class is the largest in school history with more than 500 students graduating in Fallon and Carson City.

24: A candlelight vigil for 12-year-old Gage Wilkinson was held in Dayton. Wilkinson was killed in an accidental shooting.

25: The money committees voted to put $76 million back into K-12 education budget.

26: The summer season for the V&T Railroad opened Saturday with nearly 190 excited people boarding three historic passenger cars lined up behind the V&T No. 18 steam engine.

28: Under drizzly skies and huddled against the cold, a couple of hundred people gathered at Lone Mountain Cemetery Monday to honor those who served in the armed forces.

29: Janice R. Ayres, executive director of Nevada Rural Counties RSVP and a former Carson City supervisor, died Monday at the age of 92.

June

1: The Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees voted unanimously to restore the 2.5 percent pay cuts state workers have endured the past four years.

2: Sierra Lutheran class of 2013 graduated as the second-largest class, made up of 17 students.

4: Lawmakers put the finishing touches on a $6.5 billion general fund and a $19 billion total state budget for the coming two years, closing down the 2013 Legislature.

5: Fifty-nine graduates received diplomas during Silver State Charter’s commencement ceremony at the Carson City Community Center.

6: Pioneer High School graduated its largest class — 68 students — at its commencement ceremony.

7: Students at Bordewich Bray Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year at the school’s 22nd annual field day.

8: Fritsch Elementary School received five stars, the highest score available in the state’s new ranking system, according to results released Friday by the Nevada Department of Education.

9: Hundreds of graduating students received diplomas at Carson High School’s 2013 commencement ceremony.

11: Barbara Vucanovich, the first woman to represent Nevada in Congress, died Monday after a brief illness. She was 91.

12: Carson City’s C Hill was converted to “13” over the weekend, coinciding with the Carson High School’s graduation.

13: Carson City School District officially reviewed its lockdown policies after a false report identifying a student with a gun on campus locked down Carson Middle School on May 29.

14: Nevada Department of Transportation director Rudy Malfabon said the freeway extension will be finished by 2017.

15: Stewart Indian School is alive this weekend with the sounds, smells and sights of the annual Father’s Day Powwow, featuring competition dancing, Native American arts and crafts, Indian tacos and drum groups.

16: The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada threw open its doors for a birthday party to celebrate 25 years of fun — and learning.

18: Food for Thought’s second annual summer lunch program seems to be growing. More than 100 children showed up for lunch Friday, numbers the group didn’t see last year until late summer.

21:Fremont Elementary School held its last day Thursday, ending its long run as the city’s only all-year school.

22: Malia Wong, 27, and Tara Lyn Stowbunenko, 28, were sentenced to up to four years in prison after the pair admitted to burglarizing several homes on Carson City’s west side and selling heroin to undercover officers.

23: Nine homeowners opened their garden gates to the public Saturday for the Carson City Historical Society’s “Down the Garden Path” fundraiser.

25: The one-day special session called after lawmakers failed to pass the bill to put more police officers on the street in Southern Nevada cost the state $30,353.97.

27: Supreme Court ruling wiped away part of a federal anti-gay-marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. They also left in place a California court’s ruling that the state’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

28: After a spell of showers and cooler temperatures, the Carson City region will hit 100 degrees in the coming days.

29: Mary Ann Weiss retired after nearly 16 years with the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada.

30: Lawmakers voted in the 2013 session to restore the 2.5 percent pay cut imposed on state employees for the past five years.

July

2: Nineteen men lay dead in the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years in Prescott, Ariz.

3: Susan Haas, a former aide to Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, was named executive director and CEO of the Nevada Rural Counties Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

4: Nevada is getting another specialty license plate — this time, to celebrate the state’s upcoming 150th anniversary.

6: The Bison fire grew to 2,000 acres, as 30 mph wind gusts fanned flames in a thick mix of pinon and juniper trees.

7: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada opened its Leader in Training program to students in sixth and seventh grades in June. The program provides a stepping stone into becoming a junior staff and earning an hourly wage once members reach high school.

9: A state of emergency was declared in Douglas County as the Bison fire continued to grow, reaching 21,337 acres.

10: Western Nevada College President Carol Lucey says legislative budget cuts have taken a toll not only on her, but on the campus she has shepherded for nearly 15 years. She announced she is stepping down.

11: Charlie, the black Lab mix puppy who was discovered June 20 abandoned outside the Dayton Community Center, appears to be making a marked recovery.

12: Dayton residents Ellis Lee, Louise Erwin and Dayton Valley resident Michelle Marie Stratton were killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 50, about 5 miles east of Dayton.

16: It would cost $35 million to improve Carson City’s aging wastewater-treatment plant and $135 million for a new plant, people touring the facility were told.

17: The supervisors will consider a five-year capital improvement plan to upgrade water pipes and related systems and improve aging equipment at the wastewater treatment plant, as discussed at a forum.

19: Up to $34,000 for a fraud hotline program and a $1 million for preliminary sewage-treatments plant repairs won approval from Carson City’s Board of Supervisors.

20: A former Las Vegas Strip cocktail waitress has settled a federal lawsuit that accused former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons of threatening to rape her after drinks at a restaurant just weeks before his election in November 2006.

23: David Paul Lane, 56, was taken into custody after threatening Olive Garden employees with a gun.

24: Students will not have to pay a fee to participate in school activities next year and others services will be restored, according to a revised budget approved by the Carson City School Board.

25: Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of Amber Marie Bently, a socialite whose body was found in a Gardnerville apartment.

26: Recent legislation passed in California is propelling several weapons firms to head east to set up shop in Northern Nevada.

27: At least a dozen officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Lyon and Carson City sheriffs’ offices issued dozens of citations on U.S Highway 50 to curb speeding as part of operation “zero tolerance.”

30: A Downtown 20/20 organization plan proposed Monday ranked transportation in the following order, top to bottom: pedestrians, public transit, bicycles and then automobiles.

31: State officials say they have now found mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Carson City, Washoe County and Mason Valley.

August

1: The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners granted O.J. Simpson parole on his most serious offenses — kidnapping and armed robbery.

2: Steven Gillim, 57, was arrested with 2.6 pounds of meth in his SUV — about $67,000 worth on the street.

3: Marcus Gabriel Henderson, a Carson City man arrested Thursday on child-pornography charges, taught in the Carson City School District as a substitute teacher during the past school year.

6: After 28 years as the leader of the Douglas High School Fighting Tiger Marching Band, Bill Zabelsky, 59, accepted the position at Carson High School late last week.

7: The remainder of a massive gold and silver collection belonging to the late recluse Walter Samaszko Jr. fetched $3.2 million in an auction Tuesday at the Carson City courthouse.

8: Mike Warren, who is walking across America in support of cancer research and education, made his way to Carson City on Wednesday night.

9: A $6 million advertising blitz to tell uninsured Nevadans how to get health benefits kicks off in earnest next month.

10: The lawyer for Jeraldine Archuleta, a Carson woman upset that her dog was euthanized at Carson City Animals Services, is gathering information for a possible lawsuit.

11: The University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Anthropology collaborated with the Nevada Indian Commission and the Washoe Tribal Historic Preservation Office to conduct a dig of the Stewart Indian School.

14: About 60 upperclassmen who make up the Link Crew at Carson High School met with incoming freshmen to mentor and welcome to school on Tuesday.

15: The State of Nevada surpassed its 2012 recycling goal for counties with 45,000 residents or more, including Carson City.

16: The Board of Supervisors approved the downtown revitalization plan presented by the business group 20/20 on Thursday after Supervisor Brad Bonkowski told the group that “no part of your plan is set in stone.”

17: UFO buffs and believers in alien encounters are celebrating the CIA’s clearest acknowledgement yet of the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories for decades.

18: Wild horse advocates Saturday hailed a judge’s ruling that temporarily stops unbranded horses gathered by a Nevada tribe from being auctioned for possible slaughter.

20: Former Vice President Al Gore warned of the dangers of global warming Monday during the Lake Tahoe Environmental Summit.

21: Sheriff Ken Furlong announced illegal drugs seized by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will meet their demise in a new incinerator about 3 miles from the city center.

23: City government has made management changes at Carson City Animal Services following controversy over putting down an unlicensed dog.

24: Event cancellations mounted Friday as heavy smoke continues to linger in Carson City and surrounding areas, prompting a “very unhealthy” air quality designation from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

25: Bordewich-Bray Elementary School’s new principal Karen Simms comes into the job with 21 years of teaching experience at Carson High School and six years as vice principal at Eagle Valley Middle School.

28: Skip Thurman announced he will close Thurman’s Ranch House bar and restaurant on Sept. 11.

29: Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday.

30: Some of Nevada’s local governments say they won’t approve marijuana farms or dispensaries because doing so would violate federal law, state officials were warned Thursday.

September

1: President Barack Obama unexpectedly stepped back from a missile attack against Syria on Saturday and instead asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad’s regime for the alleged used of chemical weapons.

3: Nevada’s Republican governor and labor’s International Workers of the World shared Virginia City’s C Street on Monday at the Virginia City Labor Day parade.

4: Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said Tuesday he has no problem with cancer patients and others being prescribed medial marijuana as part of their treatment.

6: The city faces a lawsuit filed by former Carson City Animal Services manager Gail Radtke stemming from the euthanasia of a dog last month.

7: About 50 Nevada Guard soldiers and airmen gathered Friday to honor Guardsmen killed two years ago at IHOP.

8: Brig. Gen. Michael Hanifan, a Fallon native who now resides in Indian Hills, became the state’s highest ranking guardsman.

11: President Barack Obama told the nation Tuesday that diplomacy suddenly holds “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” in Syria without use of force, but he declared the U.S. military will “be ready to respond” against President Bashar Assad if other measures fail.

12: Carson High School students are receiving national attention for the work they’ve done over the past six months as part of a citizen science research project exploring the outer solar system.

13: Lyon County officials have proposed a zoning ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas, fearing the shops would attract violence and organized crime.

14: Despite a slight increase in enrollment last year, the Carson City School District’s numbers dropped again this year, continuing a decade-long trend.

15: Dozens of children from small tykes casting their first fishing line to preteens with years of experience gathered around Baily Fishing Pond early Saturday for the fourth annual Tom Brooks Memorial Kids Fishing Day.

17: An employee at the Washington Navy Yard went on a deadly shooting rampage Monday, killing 13 people including himself.

18: Four schools in the Carson City School District slipped in their ranking in the school accountability framework released this week. Five remained the same, and Carson Montesori School received the only five-star rating.

19: Western Nevada College has been awarded a grant of $1,567,530 from the U.S. Department of Labor.

20: Food for Thought will provide some families with baskets full of enough food, most fresh produce, to feed a family of five.

21: A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park has left a barren moonscape in the sierra Nevada mountains that experts say is larger than any burned there in centuries.

22: Carson Search and Rescue teams, deputies, members of the mounted unit and pilots from the air squadron combed the hills west of Carson City on Saturday looking for a woman and her two missing sons as well as a 34-year-old man who disappeared after a fight with his brother.

24: Gasoline costs were below $3.50 a gallon Monday at some Carson City locations and are averaging about a nickel more throughout Nevada, and analysts say the price might head even lower nationwide.

25: City government can’t do anything about The Ormbsy House and the hotel may open next year as a new community focal point, a Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience was told Tuesday.

26: After serving six hears as vice principal of Mark Twain Elementary School, Ruthlee Caloiaro is now its principal.

27: Carson Sheriff Ken Furlong says a new wave of drug abuse has emerged for teens and 20-somethings, and it starts in the medicine cabinet at home.

October

1: The Affordable care Act, unaffectionately known as Obamacare, officially launched this morning.

2: The head of Nevada’s Department of Administration says the state can handle the federal government shutdown for up to three weeks, but if it goes longer, there will be serious problems.

3: More than 600 freshmen at Carson High School spent the past two days interacting with leaders from the manufacturing industry and learning about career opportunities.

4: Planting a $75,000 seed, Carson City’s Board of Supervisors on Thursday cleared the way to have a Nevada Sesquicentennial Fair next year at Fuji Park.

5: The number of initial foreclosure notices in Nevada spiked just before Oct. 1, the day a state law that adds more steps for lenders seeking to foreclose took effect.

8: Furloughed civilians reported to work Monday at Naval Air Station Fallon, while about 583 military technicians and civilians statewide are heading back to their jobs today with the Nevada National Guard.

9: City Manager Larry Werner resigned effective Dec. 19 in a letter this week to Mayor Robert Crowell, voicing regret but saying in an interview that retirement and travel beckon.

10: Carol Lucey finished her last day as president of Western Nevada College on Wednesday, leaving the reins to Chet Burton as executive officer until a new president is appointed.

11: A 7-mile trail in the hills of west Carson City is being built to connect Ash and Kings canyons along the east-facing slopes of the mountains.

12: Five candidates for the position of library director are scheduled to be interviewed by the Carson City Library board of trustees Oct. 24.

15: City officials and residents watched the removal of the old sign in front of the Carson City Community Center on Monday morning, as it was replaced with a state-of-the-art LED sign.

16: Nevada is far from alone when it comes to paying a premium for its aging inmate population, said Director of corrections Greg Cox. He said the issue stems from the “truth in sentencing” movement of the 1990s.

17: Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

18: Carson City’s population is projected to grow at a faster pace than had been expected just a year ago, reaching nearly 64,000 by 2032, the state’s demographer said Thursday.

19: A gay-rights advocacy group on Friday appealed a federal judge’s ruling that upheld Nevada’s constitutional ban against same-sex marriage, the same day New Jersey’s Supreme Court paved the way for gay marriages to commence there next week.

20: Mike Shaughnessy, chairman emeritus and member for life of the Nevada Day Committee, will lead off the annual Nevada Day Parade this year.

22: A student at Sparks Middle School opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two 12-year-old boys and killing a math teacher who was trying to protect children from their classmate.

23: It could cost the state’s Petroleum Trust Fund at least $1.5 million to clean up the environmental pollution caused by leaking underground gasoline and diesel tanks at Eagle Gas at the north end of Carson Street.

24: It’s official: The federal government will reimburse all the money withheld from Nevada and other states during the government shutdown.

25: Sena Loyd, @ Two Digital Learning Center manager at the Carson City Library, was selected Thursday to be Carson City’s next library director.

26: Gov. Brian Sandoval pressed a two-sided coin and received Nevada 150 medallion he made Friday, then declined to take sides going into Saturday’s Nevada football game.

27: Betty Johnson climbed back in the saddle to ride in the 75th Nevada Day parade Saturday. As a 14-year-old girl, Johnson rode in the first Nevada Day in 1938.

29: Boasting upwards of 130 jobs, with 30 percent of them full time, Buffalo Wild Wings of Carson City’s owners are hiring and preparing for a Nov. 18 grand opening on South Carson Street.

31: Social Security benefits will rise 1.5 percent in January, giving millions of retired and disabled workers an average raise of $19 a month to keep up with the cost of living.

November

1: The only veterans’ center of its kind in Northern Nevada opened officially with a celebratory event Thursday on the Western Nevada College campus.

2: Methods for finding a new city manager and choosing someone as an interim manager until that selection process runs its course will go before the Carson City Board of Supervisors on Thursday.

5: Carson City’s Michael “Sean” Giurlani is the Nevada Highway Patrol’s most senior trooper, receiving badge No. 1 in a ceremony Monday at the Highway Patrol’s Carson City headquarters.

6: After teaching physical education and health at Carson High School for five years, Ann Britt took over as the school’s leadership adviser.

7: Gasoline prices at several Carson City gas stations dipped below $3.30 a gallon this week for unleaded regular, joining a national trend of moderation in fuel costs.

8: Carson Middle School students sang patriotic songs in a tribute concert to honor veterans on Thursday.

12: Among others, the Marine Corp League’s Silver State Detachment 630 marched in the Veterans Day parade in Virginia City on Monday.

14: Engineers for the Carson freeway bypass project told the state transportation board Wednesday they expect to advertise for bidders in fall 2014 and begin construction in spring 2015, with a likely completion date in 2016.

15: Trustees this week deemed Carson City School District Richard Stokes superior in his annual performance evaluation.

16: The Carson girls soccer team celebrated its overtime win over Coronado on Friday morning in the state soccer semifinal.

17: Photographer and cyclist Rick Gunn talked to students at Carson Montessori School about his Wheels for Peace program and how he would like to get them involved.

19: A crowd lined up outside Carson City’s new Buffalo Wild Wings eatery for its grand opening Monday.

20: In solemnity, thousands gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered.

21: Photography teacher Brian Reedy announced he would be leaving Carson High School after 15 years after experiencing progressive symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

22: Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was shot to death by an assassin armed with a high-powered rifle.

23: Cindy Hannah has been named the manager of Carson City Animal Services.

24: Pinkerton Ballet Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” ballet with live music performed by the Reno Pops Orchestra.

26: September’s taxable sales were up 9 percent over the same month last year, just topping the $4 billion mark.

27: An array of 130 rooftop solar panels worth $112,000 was recognized at Carson City’s charitable F.I.S.H. organization Tuesday as a pre-holiday season gift that will keep on giving.

28: Local artists are joining a national grassroots movement to raise awareness about hunger in the community through the Empty Bowls Project, which will benefit F.I.S.H.

29: More than 1,000 people turned out for the Carson Nugget’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner feast.

30: Local retailers are set to capitalize on this weekend’s solid start to the holiday season, hoping to lure clientele into continual cornucopia-like indulgences as December dawns.

December

1: Using reserves built up by lower-than-expected demand for medical services, the Public Employee Benefits Program board voted last week to restore some benefits to state workers.

3: Almost $160,000 to upgrade Fuji Park and Fairgrounds power and lighting, which would accommodate a Sesquicentennial Fair and other events, was recommended Monday.

4: Carson City’s first snow of the season dumped 3-4 inches beginning mid-morning Tuesday, causing several traffic accidents and forcing the closure of Roop Street and Interstate 580 through Washoe Valley late in the afternoon.

5: Porfirio Jauregui, a senior at Carson High School, set up shop this week in the back of Comma Coffee to provide free computer service to accumulate donations for Let Them Be Kids, a volunteer organization that helps students in Ghana.

6: Nelson Mandela, a beloved statesmen who negotiated to end white minority rule in South Africa, died at the age of 95.

7: Santa Claus came to town with his wife for Nevada’s and Carson City’s seasonal tree lighting ceremonies, delighting old and young alike despite numbing cold.

10: The Interim Finance Committee on Monday approved spending $1,878,795 to hire as many as seven full-time employees to implement the new medical marijuana law.

11: A desperate search for a couple and four children missing for two days in the below-zero cold of Nevada’s rugged mountains turned jubilant Tuesday when rescuers found them alive near their overturned jeep.

12: Thousands of Nevadans will lose unemployment assistance days after Christmas, the result of a budget deal worked out by congressional negotiators that omits continuation of federal jobless benefits implemented at the height of the recession.

13: Remodeling the old Citibank building downtown begins next year, said Steve Neighbors, The Hop and Mae Adams Foundation trustee overseeing the foundation’s Carson City property.

14: The Northern Nevada Food Bank and KTVN Channel 2 Reno partnered again for their annual food drive Friday.

17: Two people accused in the murder of Nevada Insurance Examiner William McCune were sentenced to prison Monday.

18: A suicidal gunman opened fire at a Reno hospital campus Tuesday, killing one person, critically wounding two others and sending police on a door-to-door search within the facility amid the chaos.

19: Rainbow Girls Carson Assembly #7 is partnering with the Carson Mall once again to provide gift wrapping to holiday shoppers as its 35th annual fundraiser.

20: Larry Werner exited the role of Carson City’s city manager to enter retirement Thursday.

21: Bealls, a department and outlet store business based in Florida, will open a store in former Gottschalk’s space at the Carson Mall in the spring.

24: The state will miss the Legislature’s April 1 deadline to begin accepting applications from medical marijuana providers and growers.

26: Carson City’s Harry “Wayne” Wheeler, a deputy with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and a master sergeant in the Nevada Air Guard, was among eight airmen to receive the Air Force Combat Action Medal this month.

27: Perhaps the most visible change to come to the Carson City School District in 2014 will be the new, more secure entrances that should all be complete by the fall.

28: Fewer than 13,000 Nevadans had signed up for health insurance on the state-run exchange by Monday’s deadline to obtain coverage at the start of the new year.


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