Stories for August 2020


Monday, August 31

13 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday; Quad County area passes 1,000 total

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 13 new cases and 15 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,021, with 921 recoveries and fifteen deaths, 85 cases remain active.

Orpha "Orva" Hooper Snooks George

In Loving Memory Orpha "Orva" Hooper Snooks George December 27, 1921 – August 26, 2020

Deborah Sue King

Deborah Sue King June 14, 1962 - August 25, 2020

BobiLyn Jones Imus

BobiLyn Jones-Imus January 10, 1949 - August 22, 2020

Michael George Austin

Michael George Austin, 78 of Carson City, passed away on August 28, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 888-6800.

Aramis Paul Pabon

Aramis Paul Pabon, 67 of Dayton, passed away on August 26, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 888-6800

Sharon Kay Springmeyer

Sharon Kay Springmeyer, 76 of Carson City, passed away on August 29, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 888-6800.

Carson City deputies cleared in shooting of man holding infant hostage

Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury issued a report Monday clearing three Carson City sheriff’s deputies of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Cortney Staley.

Sisolak extends moratorium on evictions in Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday announced he is extending the moratorium on residential evictions and pumping $10 million more into the rental assistance program.

JoAnne Skelly: GROW – Thanks for the Beauty

As I drive the freeway through Carson City, I am reminded of one of the best Master Gardener Volunteers’ gifts to the community. From the spectacular eagle sculptures at either end of the freeway to each of the metal sculptures along the rest of the freeway and on/off-ramps to the landscaping, multi-use path and the patterning on the walls, I remember a group of Master Gardeners from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension who created what we see today.

Nevada launches new wildlife app to help nab poachers

RENO — Nevada wildlife officials have launched a new online tool to help catch poachers and others who violate the state's wildlife laws.

Movie to start filming in Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville

Northern Nevada Development Authority and Visit Carson Valley’s cooperative partnership to promote Carson Valley as a film location is not only creating awareness, it is driving results. Filming begins in early September in Carson City (Telegraph Square), Minden, and Gardnerville for “Once Upon a Main Street,” a new Hartbreak Films Christmas movie to air on the Lifetime Channel this winter. The film company was also in Carson City earlier this month filming scenes for another Christmas movie titled “Feliz NaviDad.”

RSVP director retiring after 13 years

A leader in Carson City’s nonprofit community is retiring. Susan Haas, longtime executive director of Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc., is leaving the organization on Sept. 17 after 13 years.

Carson City supervisors to determine how next Ward 3 supervisor is chosen

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday will determine how the next Ward 3 supervisor is chosen. Supervisor Lori Bagwell, the current Ward 3 supervisor, ran for Carson City mayor with two years left on her term as supervisor. She won the mayor’s race in the primary when she garnered more than 50 percent of the vote and is resigning her supervisor seat on Jan. 3, 2021, the day before she becomes mayor on the first Monday of the new year.

Sunday, August 30

Pro Group earns U.S. company of the year Alternative Risk Transfer Solutions award

Pro Group Captive Management Services, Inc. has been named the winner of the U.S. company of the year Alternative Risk Transfer Solutions award for the second year in a row. Since 2006, the ACQ Global Awards has recognized achievement, innovation, and brilliance in their annual award programs. Annually, surveys are conducted with more than 210,000 voters to identify the companies and individuals that are responding most successfully and intelligently to the issues, challenges and needs that face business. Those companies that bring expertise, world class solutions and contributions to their industry are among the elite award winners for 2020.

Carson City rail bikes adding rides, events

Carson City’s recently launched rail bikes tour have proved so popular, the V&T Railway is already enhancing its offering.

Adam Romo: Triple B sandwich is a fall wow (recipe)

Kids are headed back to school, (well sort of) which means fall is just around the corner. For many, a favorite fall food is butternut squash. At the Cracker Box, we combine it with bacon and basil on a sandwich for a taste WOW! Here’s how to make the always popular Triple B (butternut, bacon, and basil) sandwich.

Chambers focuses on staff, students in new role as Carson High principal

2020’s not going to be a throwaway year, Carson High School Principal Bob Chambers promises the students and the Carson City community.

Kelly Bullis: Having trouble paying the IRS?

You know what makes me sick? You know what makes me so mad that I want to just fill my gas tank up with water and call it quits! (I had to borrow the above from one of my favorite sarcastic commentators, Earl Pitts.) When I hear one more radio commercial promising to get you out of trouble with the IRS… Folks! They are usually just Offer In Compromise (OIC) mills. They charge high fees to fill out the official IRS OIC forms, many are automatically disqualified 6 months later, but the poor, desperate taxpayer doesn’t know they’re being ripped off until it’s too late and now they have bigger troubles with the IRS than they did before.

Carson City School District announces new principals, administrators

First-day jitters are not just for students. The Carson City School District was pleased to announce the appointment of seven new principals and district administrators (alphabetically by school) for the 2020-21 school year at its school board meeting Tuesday evening.

Saturday, August 29

Deborah S. King

Deborah S. King, age 58, of Dayton, NV passed away on August 25, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-264

Conni Valley

Conni Valley, 70 of Carson City passed away on August 27, 2020. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is trusted with arrangements, 775-882-4965.

Myra M. Cantrell

Myra M. Cantrell, age 75, of Dayton, NV passed away on August 26, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

Andrew S. Baird

Andrew S. Baird, age 67, of Mound House, NV passed away on August 10, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

Sidney D. Fowler

Sidney D. Fowler, age 93, of Carson City, NV passed away on August 24, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

Michelle Nanette Heister

Michelle Nanette Heister, 55, of Carson City Nevada, passed away on August 26, 2020 and is in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations (775) 888-6800.

Mary Kathryn Wilber

Mary Kathryn Wilber, 84, of Carson City Nevada, passed away on August 27, 2020 and is in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations (775) 888-6800.

Carson City road report for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2020

The following information applies to the period of Aug 31-Sept. 6: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: 8th Street will be closed in both directions between S. Carson Street and Stewart Street, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for utility work.

Buck Shaw started with Nevada Wolf Pack, became great after leaving

The Nevada Wolf Pack helped launch the career of one of the greatest football coaches in history. Lawrence Timothy “Buck” Shaw, the only coach to ever defeat Vince Lombardi in an NFL playoff game, spent six seasons with the Wolf Pack in the Roaring Twenties while Babe Ruth was hitting home runs, Red Grange was scoring touchdowns, Knute Rockne was winning college football games and Jack Dempsey was winning boxing titles.

The romance of the open road comes to life on the Loneliest Road in America

Nevada’s open roads are beckoning travelers who have been home-bound since mid-March. At a time when 18 states currently won’t accept Nevadans unless they quarantine for two weeks, it’s tempting to hop in the family car and explore Nevada history and nature giving you the opportunity to escape the tedium caused by the pandemic and to temper your wanderlust.

Roger Diez: 2 playoff spots on the line at Daytona

Late breaking news for local race fans. Flooding caused by Wednesday’s rain in Fernley has caused the postponement of Saturday’s oval track race. New date to be announced.

Carson City student receives martial arts academy from owner

Black belt Maddox Sweet, 14, helped purple belt Julian Romero, 10, with his punches and kicks last week. The repetitive exercises were essential for both to make sure they’re developing self-defense techniques and focusing on strategies for attack only if necessary. Maddox Sweet already has demonstrated his expertise in the martial arts and held this ranking for more than a year. Now, the Carson High School student has been given the No Limits Martial Arts Academy by retiring owner Shawn Goodner, and the young man is taking up the business with the help of his mother, Brenda Sweet, who is also a full-time real estate agent, in the studio’s location at 444 E. William St., suite 1.

Jim Valentine: Buying a rental property during COVID-19

The COVID-19 protections for tenants have caused changes in how income properties are bought and sold. Buyers aren’t allowed to enter the property to look at it so they have to rely on old pictures, pictures the tenant may have taken, or old pictures that the seller may have to share. Offers are made after the potential buyer does a drive by of the property to assess the neighborhood and outside condition of the property.

Nevada unemployment claims fall to lowest level since pandemic began

Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to their lowest level since the start of the pandemic last week. For the week ending Aug. 22, just 10,938 new claims were filed with the state. On top of that, continued claims fell by 12,143 to 228,203. That is the fewest continued claims since the week ending April 11.

Friday, August 28

19 new COVID-19 cases as Quad County region nears 1,000 cases total

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 19 new cases and four additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 990, with 884 recoveries and 15 deaths, 91 cases remain active. The new cases are:

Tesla targeted in failed ransomware extortion scheme

BOSTON — In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk solved a mystery involving a 27-year-old Russian, an insider at an unnamed corporation and an alleged million-dollar payment offered to help trigger a ransomware extortion attack on the firm. Prosecutors declined to name the target, but Musk was happy to oblige. According to the billionaire, the scheme took aim at the electric car company's 1.9 million-square-foot factory in Northern Nevada, which makes batteries for Tesla vehicles and energy storage units.

Senator Square: Quiet first week of school at Carson High

It is wonderful to be back in school, to again see the smiling faces of young people walking throughout the building, going from class to class with excitement and anticipation, gently pushing at their friends to move along, so no one ends up being late to class.

Eckl: What a weird first year it has been

To even begin to try to describe my first year in Northern Nevada seems outlandish.

Sisolak says in-person voting safe but wants to avoid lines

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said Friday that it will be safe to vote in person this November, but he prefers that people to stay home and vote by mail or vote early to avoid big crowds at Election Day polling places.

EPA awards funds to study microplastic pollution at Tahoe

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on Wednesday announced $97,000 in grants to identify and control microplastic pollution at Lake Tahoe. The grants will fund projects including a study by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center to determine the types of plastics in Lake Tahoe.

Passed out in the men's room, then the day got worse, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

In a week of layoffs, MGM Resorts adds 18,000 more

MGM Resorts is laying off 18,000 people as an unchecked pandemic leaves economic scars across numerous U.S. industries, particularly those that really on healthy crowds of people. Casinos in Nevada closed March 17. Unemployment in the state reached 28.2%, topping levels last seen during the Great Depression. Casinos reopened in early June, but the climb back has been long and slow.

Several Nevada counties still have high risk of coronavirus transmission

Six of Nevada’s 17 counties are still listed as having a high risk of virus transmission.

District urges families to perform daily self-screening of students before school

The Carson City School District has offered information to help parents perform health screenings of their students and assess symptoms before they enter a school bus or district campus on a daily basis. The school district has a “Daily Self-Screening” tool available under the “Parents” tab on to help families determine if their child has flu-like symptoms and, if so, whether they should contact their medical provider or their local health district.

Nevada braces as pandemic-prompted eviction moratorium ends

Gina Giambra worked as a massage therapist on the Las Vegas Strip until being laid off this spring and doesn't know how she's going to pay her rent in September.

Western Nevada College offers full scholarships in tech-related fields

They’re our next paramedics, nursing assistants, machinists, mechatronics engineers and computer information technologists. But, right now, they can’t afford the higher education training those fields require

Thursday, August 27

Carson City inmate charged with trying to escape (he didn't), says sheriff's office

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

4 new COVID-19 cases in Carson City and Lyon County on Thursday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported four new cases and 11 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 971, with 880 recoveries and 15 deaths, 76 cases remain active.

Dorothy M. Smith

Dorothy M. Smith November 18, 1928 ~ August 21, 2020

One week to go in Nevada traffic sign contest

There is just one week left for people to submit contest entries for creative traffic safety messages.

The Mirage joins Las Vegas hotels open after coronavirus hiatus

LAS VEGAS — Another iconic Las Vegas Strip resort has joined casinos that have reopened since being closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Mirage reopened Thursday in what MGM Resorts International chief executive Bill Hornbuckle called a step toward economic recovery for employees and the community.

Country music at Carson City Flatbed series Saturday

Keith Alan Barnett & The Lonesome Polecat Band bring their style of country rock to the Flatbed Concert series Saturday. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and is hosted by the Brewery Arts Center.

Joe Santoro: NBA should cancel and NFL may follow

The NBA should cancel the rest of this insignificant season. Hardly anyone is paying attention anyway. Television ratings are down, the games are boring without fans in the stands and the players’ minds are obviously elsewhere. And their minds should be elsewhere, given the disturbing events in the country right now. Their famous faces and influential voices also need to be elsewhere right now, too. They should be in the communities affected most by the issues they care about. They should be knocking on the doors of politicians demanding action. They should be leading protests and giving a voice and a face to the issues. So forget about the games. We haven’t had normal games since last March anyway. We’re not even watching. Go change the world.

Carson City teachers adapt even in professional development

Former kindergarten teacher Kari Pryor is thrilled that Carson City’s teachers have the tools now to create the interactive learning environment to keep their students engaged at home in such a brief time after their training. “Anything you want now that exists, you can replicate from a classroom,” Pryor said Monday. “The only thing that you can’t replicate is that warm, fuzzy hug the teacher would give. But our teachers are connecting with our learners in every way possible online and building relationships.”

Carson City Planning Commission backs hemp growing in some areas

The Planning Commission is recommending Carson City allow the cultivation of hemp outdoors on land zoned agricultural and conservation reserve and indoors in industrial areas. The commission voted Wednesday to recommend an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors that would permit hemp growing in limited industrial, general industrial and general airport industrial zones inside buildings with odor controls in much the same way marijuana is grown and on agricultural land and conservation reserve, which allows farming use.

Nevada hotel sues state over coronavirus rule on gatherings

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada hotel that was fined for hosting a Trump campaign event in defiance of coronavirus restrictions sued the state and the city of Las Vegas over the health mandates.

Nevada to expand, speed up coronavirus testing

Health officials announced plans on Wednesday to expand coronavirus testing capacity in Nevada after the number of residents taking tests daily fell over the course of August.

Carson City taking comments on possible road projects

Carson City Public Works is evaluating five major road projects for fiscal year 2021. The department now divides the city into five construction zones and focuses on a single area each year to maximize efficiencies.

Wednesday, August 26

4 new COVID-19 cases in Douglas and Lyon counties on Wednesday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting four new cases and two additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 967, with 869 recoveries and fifteen deaths, 83 cases remain active.

Ronald "Ron" Burnside

Ronald "Ron" Burnside It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ronald "Ron" Burnside (85) on August 9, 2020.

Nevada health officials reject new, loosened CDC COVID testing guideline

Nevada health officials say they won’t adopt the new and loosened COVID-19 testing guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control.

Nevada man charged with fraud, taking $500,000 in virus funds

A Henderson man has been arrested on charges he fraudulently obtained $500,000 in coronavirus funding and laundered the money through friends to buy a house.

Nevada job gains continue but slowly

Carson City has added 800 jobs since June, cutting its jobless rate to 8 percent. The Reno/Sparks metropolitan area was in similar shape with 1,500 more jobs and a jobless rate of 8.1 percent since June. But since Las Vegas still has an unemployment rate double that in western Nevada, the statewide rate remains 14.2 percent.

Churchill school district, county address delayed opening of school

The Churchill County School District and the county conducted an hour-long Facebook conference on Tuesday in the commission chambers to discuss the latest developments affecting the delayed opening of school.

Nevada gaming win makes major improvement in July but still down from 2019

Nevada casinos rebounded in July, winning $756.8 million. “This month’s numbers, I think, exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Gaming Control Board analyst Mike Lawton. That’s a major improvement over the $566.8 million casinos won in June but still 26.2 percent or $268 million less than they won in July 2019.

Best of Carson City 2020 results

Link to this year's Best of Carson City winner's publication.

Hearings set in Republican suit against Nevada tax bills

Carson District Judge Todd Russell has set a briefing schedule and oral arguments in the lawsuit over the constitutionality of two tax bills passed by a simple majority at the end of the 2019 Legislature.

Melons: ripe and sweet and ready to eat

Lahontan Valley grower Rick Lattin can gauge the success of his crops with the summer weather.

Oasis welcomes students back on Monday

After watching her staff pull a rabbit out of the hat when Oasis Academy switched to distance learning in March, Melissa Mackedon was amazed once again.

Fire department seeks voter approval for capital improvements

Editor’s note – Churchill County residents will be asked to vote on a general election measure this autumn to approve major capital improvement over the next six years for the Fallon Churchill Volunteer Fire Department.

Commissioners tab Sommers as full-time public defender

Churchill County commissioners voted at last week’s meeting to hire Fallon attorney Jacob Sommers as its full-time public defender.

Treat your dog to a special treat

Today is National Dog Day and it’s doggone time to treat your BFF to a special surprise. It’s amazing that so many places catering to humans are now including dogs. I did a little research on the fast food places that offer specialties for your pet, and I would like to share that with you.

The Nevada Traveler: Being sent to Eastern Nevada’s Fort Ruby was no gem of an assignment

It wasn’t easy being stationed at Fort Ruby in Eastern Nevada. Established in September 1862, the fort provided a military presence to protect emigrants heading to California and Oregon as well as the Overland Stage and Mail Service.

WNC News and Notes: WNC implements safety measures for classrooms

Students are no different at Western Nevada College. They enjoy being around other students and collaborating in the learning process. They also feel it is easier to learn new material and remain focused when a professor is lecturing or leading a discussion when they are in the same room.

WNC president reaffirms commitment to region

Vincent Solis touted the role of WNC and its commitment to rural Nevada during a presentation at the August breakfast of the Churchill Economic Development Agency’s Business Council.

Sierra Nevada Realtors elects 2021 board

For Sierra Nevada Realtors, election season is over. The association, whose members serve rural Northern Nevada areas including Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville, Dayton, and Fallon, just held elections for its 2021 Board of Directors. Next year’s board members include:

Children’s Museum re-opens in Carson City but faces uncertain future

The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada is open again and it wants your business. “We need your help,” said Christine Brandon, executive director.

Tuesday, August 25

Nevada will apply for Lost Wages Assistance Program funding

Gov. Steve Sisolak has directed the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to apply for the added Lost Wages Assistance program created by President Trump.

11 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in Quad County region

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eleven new cases and thirteen additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 963, with 867 recoveries and fifteen deaths, 81 cases remain active.

Marge Lister

Marge Lister The family of Marge Lister would like to Thank you for the cards, flowers and donations to causes that meant so much to her.

Cheryl R. Miller

Cheryl R. Miller, 74, died August 19, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial, 775-882-1766.

Lawrence N. Kemp

Lawrence N. Kemp, 68, died August 21, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Shauna Lynae Stelling

Shauna Lynae Stelling, age 38, of Fallon, NV passed away on July 24, 2020. Arrangements were in the care of Smith Family Funeral Home, 775-423-2255.

Bud Norris

Bud Norris, 85, died August 21, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Robert M. Seaman

Robert M. Seaman, age 64, of Mound House, NV passed away on August 21, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

Russian charged with trying to extort Nevada business

A Russian man has been arrested on a charge he tried to get an employee of a western Nevada high tech company to load malicious software into the company’s computer system so he could extort ransom money from the company.

Welcome to the show

Opportunities to make it as a Major League Baseball umpire are even less frequent than getting a call to the show as a player. For 2007 Carson High grad and Reno resident Clint Vondrak, the waiting game has finally paid off. Last week, Vondrak made his MLB debut as an umpire at second base in Houston as the Astros hosted the San Francisco Giants.

Coroner attributes California death to Las Vegas mass shooting

LAS VEGAS — The death of a California woman last November stemmed from wounds she received in the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017, a coroner has determined.

Sisolak won't make 'ballot harvesters' register

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak ratcheted up tensions in Nevada's increasingly partisan battle over election management when he rejected a request from the Republican secretary of state to require so-called "ballot harvesters" to register with her office.

Carson City schools welcome students back to new, different year

Carson City mother Tonya Reyes dropped off her son, Elijah, 11, Tuesday for his first day physically back on campus in the sixth grade at Eagle Valley Middle School, taking his picture and reassuring him he would be fine. “I feel okay,” she said afterward. “It’s certainly different. He was fine but then he was scared. He got scared and nervous. ‘I don’t know if I want to go,’ he said. But I feel fine.”

Gov. Steve Sisolak announces Nevada climate initiative

Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced a climate initiative he says will provide the state a framework for climate action.

Squaw Valley ski resort changing name, citing offensive word

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — California's Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word "squaw" is a derogatory term for Native American women, officials announced Tuesday. The site was the scene of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Number of new virus cases slowing in Nevada

As of Monday, Nevada had logged a total of 66,010 cases of the coronavirus. But that was an increase of just 409 cases — significantly fewer than even the past week when the state averaged 578 new cases per day.

Monday, August 24

9 new COVID-19 cases in Carson City, Douglas and Lyon on Monday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting nine new cases and nine recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 952, with 854 recoveries and fifteen deaths, 83 cases remain active.

Lawrence Neil Kemp

Lawrence Neil Kemp June 4, 1952 ~ August 21, 2020

Partnership Carson City to mark Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday

Partnership Carson City, a local organization that inspires a healthy community by building strong families and successful youth, is honoring those who have lost their life to an overdose with a Facebook live event Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. The event coincides with International Overdose Awareness Day.

Investigation opens into Carson City jail inmate death

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate who became sick while in the Carson City Jail. Michael Scott McElfish, 42, was admitted to the jail Aug. 19 on charges of violating a domestic violence protection order and obstructing a peace officer. The day after that, he complained to jail deputies that he felt sick.

Report of man 'made out of bugs and not of this world' leads to DUI arrest, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

How to perform health screenings of your child before school each day

With the anticipation of students and employees once again physically going back to school in Carson City this week, the Carson City School District has provided a guide for parents to use to perform health and wellness screenings of their student(s) before they step on a school bus or enter a school campus each day.

Big California wildfires burn on as death toll reaches 7

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — Three massive wildfires chewed through parched Northern California landscape as firefighters raced to dig breaks and make other preparations ahead of a frightening weather system packing high winds and more of the lightning that sparked the huge blazes.

Nevada Wildlife Board of Commission has first chairwoman

RENO, Nev. — The first female sportsman ever appointed to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission has now become its first chairwoman.

Elks name Park as Citizen of the Year

The B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge recognizes annually people who have excelled in volunteering their time to help make their respective communities a better place for all. This year the Carson City Elks Lodge has proudly recognized Carol Park as citizen of the year. She has stepped up and volunteered on numerous committees for various organizations in the local area. The following is a small list of the many tasks she has taken on in a volunteer capacity:

Sunday, August 23

Advocates to End Domestic Violence soon to realize two of three goals

Building a campus dedicated to aiding, sheltering, nurturing, and educating victims of domestic violence and sexual assault has been the dream of Advocates to End Domestic Violence Executive Director Lisa Lee and her board for the past 25 years. It’s taken every spare dollar and countless hours to come to the point where two of the three goals to building an all-inclusive campus have become reality. The first of her three goals was realized in November of 2017 when the ribbon was cut to re-open Classy Seconds in a more visible location.

Nevada jobless rate drops a percent in July as slow recovery continues

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell 1.2 percent in July as the state’s slow recovery continued. The state finished the money at 14 percent after adding 14,800 jobs during the month. Total employment in the state is now at 1.28 million. Employment, Training and Rehabilitation director Elisa Cafferata said she is encouraged that more people are going back to work but that, “we still have a long way to go.

Carson City Road Report for Aug. 24-30

The following information applies to the period of Aug 24 – Aug 30: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work:

BLM chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

BILLINGS, Mont. — A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley.

School funding commission submits recommendations, starts examining optimal funding

The Nevada Commission on School Funding has submitted its first series of recommendations to Gov. Steve Sisolak and the state for consideration as mandated, but figuring out how to fund districts at an optimal level according to the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan on limited resources is now its next hurdle.

Saturday, August 22

Albert L. "Griz" Gasper

Albert L. "Griz" Gasper June 15, 1926 - August 12, 2020

Two busted with 60 pounds of meth

LAS VEGAS — Nevada U.S. Attorney Nick Trutanich said a Mexican national and a Californian were brought before a federal judge this week on charges of possessing more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine.

Senator Square: CHS senior Jaden Earle, on going back to school

He is a senior at Carson High School, and his last year is, to say the least, unconventional. Adults have had their say, so how about a chat with this popular young man as he sports a 1980s hairstyle called a mullet in which the hair is short on the sides and long at the front and back.

Nevada agriculture department seeks applications for federally funded grants

The Nevada Department of Agriculture is seeking applications to receive funding through the Agriculture Adaptability and Recovery Program.

Western Nevada College News and Notes: WNC launching pilot ground school class for fall semester

Aviation has come full circle for Troy Wadsworth as he prepares to teach his first Private Pilot Ground School class at Western Nevada College this fall. Wadsworth was that student of aviation in the 1980s when he took flight training at Carson City Airport. Now, he will lead future pilots into the stratosphere and other rewarding aviation careers.

Carson City seeks comment on zoning ordinance

The Carson City Planning Division is seeking public comment on possible revisions to the city’s zoning ordinance, Title 18. The city’s Planning Commission has conducted several workshops and has drafted proposed amendments for portions of Title 18,

Nevada election officials preparing for huge November turnout

Election officials say they are preparing for what will be a huge turnout in the Nov. 3 election. Wayne Thorley, the Secretary of State’s elections deputy, said he expects statewide turnout could exceed 70 percent. Aubrey Rowlatt, Carson City Clerk Recorder, said turnout by voters in the capital could be as high as 95-97 percent of those registered.

Friday, August 21

14 new cases, 8 recoveries reports Carson City Health and Human Services

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting fourteen new cases and eight recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 926, with 809 recoveries and fifteen deaths, 102 cases remain active.

Carson City Board of Supervisors vote to retain an license South Carson Street right-of-ways

The Board of Supervisors decided to retain and license right-of-ways it now owns along South Carson Street. The city acquired the patchwork of right-of-ways when it took over the road from the Nevada Department of Transportation two years ago. Most of the property is used by businesses along the route for parking, signage, and landscaping.

District stays at forefront of student, parent digital needs

The Carson City School District prepared approximately 8,500 Chromebooks for its campuses to assign and distribute to students this week in preparation for the start of school Monday.

Food, nutrition services resume Monday for students in Carson City

Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, breakfast and lunch for students in the Carson City School District will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. at all school sites for pickup. Students can go to any school to get meals regardless of the school they attend.

California wildfires some of largest in state history

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lightning-sparked wildfires in Northern California exploded in size Friday to become some of the largest in state history, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes and other structures as reinforcements began arriving to help weary firefighters.

Apply now for full scholarships at WNC in Technology-Related Fields

They’re our next paramedics, nursing assistants, machinists, mechatronics engineers and computer information technologists. But, right now, they can’t afford the higher education training those fields require.

3 large corrals approved for western US wild horse roundups

RENO — The federal Bureau of Land Management has approved construction of three new corrals to hold more than 8,000 wild horses captured on federal rangeland to accelerate horse roundups slowed by a lack of space in existing holding pens.

Governor appoints new state information technology officer

Gov. Steve Sisolak has named Alan Cunningham as the new state Chief Information Officer to direct the state’s information technology operations. He has been the Washoe School District’s information security officer since 2016 after a 14-year IT career in the private sector.

Birth announcements

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center To Hailee Meservey and Jose Dominguez of Carson City, Easton Alan Dominguez, born July 29, 2020, weighing 6 pounds.

In Plain Sight Marketing welcomes three new team members

In Plain Sight Marketing LLC announces the addition of three new members to the Carson City based marketing and public relations agency. Sierra Davies, MBA, was added as a new an account manager, Pierce Baker as a public relations specialist and Elizabeth Pearson as a public relations coordinator. Davies will manage the day-to-day accounts of several IPSM clients while Baker and Pearson will assist various clients with social media managing, writing and content creation.

Jim Valentine: Still more questions for your agent

Showing feedback is important for Listing Agents and Sellers alike. It is a peek into the perception of a Buyer that has looked at your home. They are asked to give their opinion on price. Are they interested in the property after seeing it? Additional comments they may have. After a showing Sellers want to ask their Agent what the people thought that went through their home. Ideally you will get the opinion of the Buyer and their Agent. It is amazing how few Agents are providing feedback these days. You can ask your Agent what the feedback was, but if they aren’t getting it there isn’t much they can do without the cooperation of the other Agent.

Kelly Bullis: Early distribution from retirement if NOT in 2020

Come on? Haven’t we already heard enough from you about retirement plans Kelly? Well, a lot of folks want to know more than just the special rules for 2020 only. When you are under 59 ½ and take an early distribution from your qualified retirement account, normally there is a 10% penalty along with paying regular income tax on that distribution. (Except in 2020, read two week’s prior article for more on that.) There are exceptions. Let’s take a little detour. Can you imagine a GPS navigator talking like an IRS instruction publication? “Turn right on Main Street, unless you are driving a red car, in which case, you could turn left, but then you would need to turn left again immediately, at which point you can choose if you want to go one or two blocks before turning left again…”

Community sports: Johnson fires low gross at Silver Oak

Larry Johnson shot a three-over par 74 to take the low gross honors at the Sunday Men’s Club event Aug. 16 at Silver Oak Golf Course.

Roger Diez: The days of the ‘road course ringers’ are behind us

Those of you who have been following NASCAR for a while will remember the days of the “road course ringers.” They were drivers like Ron Fellows and Boris Said who were hired by teams specifically for road course races because of their expertise at turning right as well as left. As Chase Elliott demonstrated at Daytona last Sunday, those days are gone forever.

Continuing unemployment claims decrease dramatically

The number of continuing unemployment claims decreased by 95,622 in the week ending August 15, a reduction of more than 28 percent compared to the week before.

JoAnne Skelly: What’s wrong with my maple?

It’s only August and the leaves of the “Autumn Blaze” maple (Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred') at The Greenhouse Project are completely yellow. What’s going on?

Nevada judge denies mass payout of late unemployment claims

A Nevada judge decided Thursday not to require the state unemployment office to pay out benefits en masse to laid-off workers whose claims have been erroneously delayed or denied.

Longtime Carson City band showing off new look for Flatbed concert Saturday

Stones Throw gets its first chance to show off some live music Saturday as part of the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Series. The band from Carson City formed from a project that played around Carson City for several years: Hick’ry Switch. Stones Throw is a 5-piece and includes electric instruments, different than the acoustic bluegrass band.

Prep sports: Six weeks at a time

It’s hard to find satisfaction during a pandemic. For high school athletes determined to grow their talents to the best of their abilities, the NIAA’s announcement to push all high school sports to January – while limiting each season to six weeks – was crushing.

Diane Grace Keeney

April 12, 1941 - August 14, 2020 Born to Benjamin and Grace (White) Penner in Calgary. In January of 1943 the family moved to California.

Sports Fodder: Basketball next challenge for Mountain West

Sports Fodder . . . The next issue on the table for the Mountain West Conference, which has already canceled fall sports at least until the spring, is whether or not the college basketball season will start on time.

For Dick Trachok, coaching in Reno was a way to avoid the mines

Dick Trachok led a true sporting life. “My dad worked in the coal mines and I got into athletics to get out of the mines,” Trachok, who died Aug. 2 at the age of 94, told the Reno Gazette-Journal in 1986. “I decided in high school I wanted to be a coach.”

Six new cases, 10 recoveries CCHHS reports

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting six new cases and 10 recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 912, with 801 recoveries and fifteen deaths, 96 cases remain active.

Speeders on Carson City Sheriff’s radar through Sept. 2

One-third of fatal crashes nationwide involve speeding, a statistic that is prompting local law enforcement to crack down on speeders in Nevada.

Thursday, August 20

Mildred Edna Heinz

Mildred Edna Heinz Mildred entered into rest after a long illness at the age of 84.

Walter Clair Bickett

Walter Clair Bickett April 2, 1938 - August 14, 2020 Walter Clair Bickett passed away peacefully on August 14, 2020 in Carson City, NV. Walt was born on April 2, 1938 on a farm outside Gooding, Idaho.

Governors, including Nevada's Sisolak, join to improve telehealth services

The governors of Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and Washington have joined to improve telehealth services across their borders.

Three counties can open bars. Three others including Clark and Washoe, can’t

Three of the six Nevada counties where bars and taverns are shut down will be allowed to open some or all of those businesses at midnight Friday.

Driving and drugs don't mix, the Carson City Sheriff's Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Tahoe to get $5.2 million transportation grant

The federal government has awarded the Tahoe Transportation District $5.2 million through the CARES Act.

Western Nevada College Recognizes 93 Students on Summer Dean’s List

Western Nevada College is proud to announce that 93 students have qualified for the 2020 Summer Dean’s List. To earn this recognition during the summer session, students attained a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and completed six units of classes or more.

Recipe: Lemon chicken, at home and at the campsite

This week I would like to share a recipe for lemon chicken. This recipe originated from the famous Rao’s Restaurant in New York City. However, I have made changes to the method by which it is cooked.

Carson City offers program for elementary students when not in school

Carson City is offering an all-day program during the week for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the days they do not have in-person school. The program runs from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Community Center and is run by Parks, Recreation and Open Space.

Nevada joins 14-state Postal Service lawsuit against Trump

Nevada joined 13 other states suing President Donald Trump on Tuesday to block changes at the U.S. Postal Service, amid fears of problems with mail-in ballots in November. The multi-state legal effort was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington state, headed by state Attorney General Robert Ferguson there.

Wednesday, August 19

Hit and run leads to 3 drug arrests, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

12 new COVID-19 cases as Quad County region passes 900 total

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 12 new cases and 39 recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 906, with 791 recoveries and 15 deaths, 100 cases remain active.

David A. Griffin

David A Griffin, age 63, of Carson City, NV passed away on August 17, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

Mark R. Timm

Mark R. Timm, 69, died August 16, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Carson City Sheriff's Office investigating stolen bicycle

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is requesting assistance with identifying a grand larceny suspect. The suspect cut a lock and stole a bicycle from Dotty’s on E William Street.

Lawyers for suspect in 4 murders request delayed trial

RENO — Lawyers for a Salvadoran immigrant charged with killing four people in January 2019 are asking a judge to postpone his murder trial indefinitely.

Carson High's Blue Thunder brings boom on Zoom (video)

Sixty-five marching band students learning four Bruno Mars and CeeLo Green songs in five days just don’t have time to mess around, but their commitment to their music paid off.

Failure to wear mask carries $100 fine in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Violators of California's mask requirement will be subject to a hefty fine in South Lake Tahoe by the end of the week.

Sports briefs: Reno 1868 rolls through Portland, CV men's golf update

There doesn’t seem to be any slowing down Reno 1868, at least as far as the early parts of the season have gone.

University of Nevada anticipates large budget shortfalls without fall sports, reduces staff

The upcoming fall college sports landscape started to dwindle this past week as conferences across the country opted out of having fall sports due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Sparks Mayor Ron Smith dies after two-year battle with cancer

SPARKS — Sparks Mayor Ron Smith has died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fee hikes proposed for Carson City parks and rec facilities

The Parks and Recreation Commission is proposing a new fee schedule for Carson City facilities beginning next summer. The commission on Tuesday voted to recommend the Board of Supervisors approve the new charges, which raise most fees between 10 to 33 percent plus a 10 percent asset management fee to maintain the facilities. The asset management fee is not planned for Lone Mountain Cemetery or the Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range.

Jazz & Beyond festival moves in new direction

The Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival is taking a new direction in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was founded in 2004.

Nevada secretary of state seeks ballot harvesting oversight

Nevada's top election official requested an emergency regulation adding more oversight to the state's newly passed law allowing ballot harvesting. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske sent a request to Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak Monday seeking the regulation that would add rules to the collection of ballots by people who are not related to other voters, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

CCSD to provide free meals to all students

No student will go hungry during the upcoming school year.

CCSD transportation faces limitations in routes, capacity

Reduced capacity, limited routes and masks are several of the transportation changes to expect this school year within the Churchill County School District.

Lions Club taking applications for annual Labor Day parade

The Fallon Lions Club is planning to hold its annual Labor Day parade, the longest running event of its type in Nevada, is supporting the law enforcement community.

School begins next week for Churchill County School District

With teachers coming back to campus ahead to welcome students for the first time since March, Matt Hyde was pleased with what he saw last week.

NDOT installs four-way stop on busy intersection

Lane closures and lane shifts are taking place on U.S. Highway 95 at Sheckler Road this week as the Nevada Department of Transportation transforms the intersection to an all-way stop.

City, county partner to allocate federal CARES Act funds for businesses

More than a quarter-million dollars in federal CARES act funds have been allocated to city and county businesses. Managed by the Churchill Economic Development Authority, the COVID-19 Business Support Grant program was rolled out last week and businesses located in Fallon and/or Churchill County qualify to receive up to $10,000 of the $300,000 allotment.

Rental assistance applications open Monday

The Nevada State Treasurer’s Office and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development have announced small businesses and non-profits will be able to apply for the state’s commercial rental assistance program beginning Monday.

Registration opens for CARE program

Registration is open for the Churchill-Aquatic-Recreation-Education (CARE) program. CARE, which is available through Churchill County Parks and Recreation, provides high quality, structured, education and enjoyable care for students enrolled in Churchill County School District, Oasis Academy and Logos Christian Academy schools in grades K-8

Do dog years really tell your dog’s age?

Watson here and according to the latest scientific findings it’s a misconception that one human year is equal to seven dog years. There is some logic to this myth, because people observed that with optimal care an average-sized dog would live one-seventh as long as its human owner. However, the truth is more complicated.

The Nevada Traveler: Myron Lake and his Reno mansion – Part 2

After acquiring land from Myron Lake, the man who owned nearly all of the property in the middle of the Truckee Meadows, for a depot and to develop a community, on May 9, 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad auctioned 400 town lots, some for as much as $1,000.

Carson City schools working to update student discipline regulation

Training for Carson City school administrators started this week and the Carson City School District will be creating a board policy and plan for driving efforts on restorative justice for students in need of disciplinary removal.

Tuesday, August 18

Motorsports racing highlights upcoming weekend

Both Rattlesnake and Top Gun raceways will be in action this weekend as the racing season is nearing its end. Rattlesnake Raceway kicks off the weekend with its final race of the month with the Northern Nevada Modified Tour at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Greenwave Hall of Fame golf tournament set for Oct. 3

In place of the annual dinner, which was postponed into 2021 due to the pandemic, the Greenwave Hall of Fame will be hosting a four-person scramble golf tournament on Oct. 3.

Carson City, Lyon County report 8 new COVID-19 cases and 20 recoveries

Carson City Health and Human Services reported eight new cases and 20 recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 894, with 752 recoveries and 15 deaths, 127 cases remain active.

Shylo Watson

Shylo Watson, 29 of Carson City passed away on August 13, 2020. Arrangements are under the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Doak Davis

Doak Davis March 6, 1956 – July 13, 2020

Carson Tahoe’s first COVID, intubated patient leaves center (video)

Monday at approximately 4:20 p.m., Carson Tahoe Health wheeled its first COVID-positive, intubated patient, Linda McCain, out of the Regional Medical Center and back home to her family, according to a news release.

NV Energy asking residents to conserve energy in face of heat wave

NV Energy is urging its electric customers in Nevada to conserve electricity today and Wednesday between 2 and 9 p.m. in order to offset energy supply issues caused by record-breaking heat throughout the western United States, according to a news release.

Jazz & Beyond Festival presents free drive-in movie 'High Society'

The Mile High Jazz Band Association presents a jazz-related drive-in movie, “High Society,” on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug. 20, as part of the 2020 Jazz & Beyond Festival.

Judge won't force Sisolak to open Nevada bars

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge has rejected a bid to force Gov. Steve Sisolak to lift a bar closure order he re-imposed July 27 to prevent people from gathering and spreading COVID-19. An attorney for 62 area bars didn't immediately respond Tuesday to messages about whether he'll appeal Judge Kerry Earley's order late Monday endorsing the governor's decision to close bars as within his power and "rationally related to a legitimate governmental purpose."

Nevada OSHA fines 11 businesses over coronavirus compliance

LAS VEGAS — A Walmart in Mesquite and high-end retailer Nieman Marcus on the Las Vegas Strip were among 11 businesses statewide fined last week by inspectors for failure to comply with coronavirus pandemic mitigation measures including mask-wearing and social distancing, officials said Monday.

Endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout thriving in remote Nevada lake

RENO — A half-century after being added to the endangered species list, Lahontan cutthroat trout are thriving with help from a Native American tribe at a remote lake in Northern Nevada.

Monday, August 17

5 new COVID-19 cases in Carson and Lyon; 22 recoveries on Monday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting five new cases and 22 recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 886, with 732 recoveries and 15 deaths, 139 cases remain active.

James "Jim" Lee Ritter

James "Jim" Lee Ritter August 28, 1934 - August 16, 2020

Ronald Burnside

Ronald Burnside, age 85, of Carson City, NV passed away on August 8, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

Ronald Prett

Ronald Pratt, 56 of Carson City passed away on August 13, 2020. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is trusted with arrangements, 775-882-4965.

Melvina Steffan

Melvina A. Steffen, 94, died August 14, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Sheriff: Oregon jail escapee found in Carson City, charged with using fake ID

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Nevada, West face reckoning over water but avoid cuts for now

The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future.


1943 – 2020 Born Harriet Bonnie Matton in Oakland, CA, July 28, 2020 marked the passing of a truly amazing woman. Along with being a wonderful person,

Lightning sparks new wildfires across California

LOS ANGELES — A rare summer thunderstorm brought lightning that sparked several small blazes in Northern California on Sunday and stoked a huge wildfire that has forced hundreds of people from their homes north of Los Angeles.

Supervisors look at Carson Street rights of way acquired from state

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday will take a look at the myriad rights of way Carson City acquired when it took over South Carson Street from the Nevada Department of Transportation. The board could vote on a plan presented by staff for dealing with rights of way along Carson Street from Appion Way to Fairview Drive.

Sunday, August 16

Kelly Bullis: Trump’s payroll tax holiday

Well, somebody once said, “The only constant in the universe is change.” When it comes to taxes, in 2020, that is sooo true! We’ve had several acts by Congress and even the president through executive order. Now we get another one. I think it is interesting that another Trump executive order at the same time was to increase the unemployment benefits by $400 a week and then his critics complain that this executive order only benefits folks who work. Do they realize that the extended unemployment benefits only help those who DON’T work? Well, I’m glad there is something out there for working folks, not just unemployed folks.

Bridget Jean (Hanifan) Selmi

Bridget Jean Selmi (Hanifan) November 21, 1931 - July 29, 2020

Western Nevada College holds registration rallies this week

Receive the help and support you need to attend Western Nevada College for fall semester 2020 all in one visit at upcoming Registration Rallies on the Carson City and Fallon campuses.

27-0: 1992 Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team unbeatable at home

Peccole Park has always been kind to the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team.

Jim Valentine: Questions for your agent

Communication is important when you are buying and selling real estate. In a dynamic market it is critical that you are in steady contact with your agent. There are four primary means by which you can communicate with your agent and we recommend that you identify with your agent which will be the most effective between you in assorted circumstances.

Carson City schools increasing Breakfast in Classroom program to elementary schools

The Carson City School District will expand its Breakfast in the Classroom program to all elementary program schools during the 2020-21 school year with Chartwells, as presented during Tuesday’s regular Board of Trustees meeting. Elizabeth Snyder, director of Nutrition Services, outlined a series of new implementations at Carson City’s school sites for the hybrid and online schedules that will allow students to access meals when they’re on campus and at home.

Saturday, August 15

Cheryl Evans sells property management business

Cheryl Evans with NAI Alliance Carson City is retiring and has sold her property management business to Kevin Sigstad, RE/MAX Premier Properties. “RE/MAX Premier Properties is a great fit,” said Evans. “They have extensive property management experience and a stellar reputation in both the Carson City and Reno markets. I am ready to spend more time with my grandchildren, but I will stay on as long as necessary to be sure the transition is seamless.”

Bärbel Naeslund

Bärbel Naeslund October 11, 1941 - June 30, 2020

Arlene I Niles

Arlene I Niles Arlene Niles, 75, passed away at home in Silver Springs on August 7th.

Albert L. Gasper

Albert L. Gasper, 94, died August 12, 2020 in Dayton, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Carson City road report for August 17 to 23, 2020

Road Report as of Aug. 13. The following information applies to the period of Aug 17-23: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: • Mountain Street will be closed in both directions between Robinson Street and Spear Street, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for utility work.

Don’t use your cell phone while driving, especially if you have an outstanding warrant, Carson City Sheriff’s Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Casey Neilon promotes three team members

Casey Neilon, an accounting consultancy with offices in Reno and Carson City, announced the promotion of three employees in August. Senior Accountants Marie Cove, CPA and Thaaron Kalt, CPA were promoted to Managers and Haley Munns was promoted from Staff Accountant to Senior Accountant.

Carson City school trustee: ‘Most people want to come back’ to school

Carson City School District trustee Joe Cacioppo hopes he and his fellow board members can put many minds at ease before bringing students back for the start of school officially on Aug. 24. They’ve been taking in a number of concerns in the past few months, and this month he hopes site administrators, staff members and parents will be especially careful as 2020-21 begins in the midst of a pandemic.

Roger Diez: Indy 500 qualifying leads off busy race week

Last weekend was an interesting one in the world of racing — a canceled race (IndyCar), a new winner (Formula 1), and a double-repeat winner (NASCAR Cup). This weekend should prove no less interesting, with all three top NASCAR divisions on a new track (to them), Indy 500 qualifying, and Formula 1 in Spain.

Friday, August 14

15 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday in Quad County region

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 15 new cases and 11 recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 869, with 688 recoveries, and fifteen deaths, 166 cases remain active.

JoAnne Skelly: Invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug

Recently, I received a photo of a stink bug that I suspected was the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). However, the insect seemed to be more charcoal gray than the typical brown color.

NIAA 'reaffirms' decision to push all sports to January

In a press release published Friday at 4 p.m., the NIAA reaffirmed its decision to push the high school sports calendar to January 2021.

Nevada readies plans for six counties with high virus spread

LAS VEGAS — Nevada officials said Friday they are developing plans to lower the possibility of contracting the coronavirus in six, high-risk counties.

Crews that dropped atomic bombs on Japan trained for mission in Wendover

Nine days in August changed the course of World War II.

Carson City School District offers a Back-to-School Launch Video

The Carson City School District has prepared a Back-to-School Launch Video with all its teachers and employees, which details the various nuances and changes associated in going back to school in Carson City this year. With the start of the 2020-21 school year hindered by a pandemic, school officials said things will look a bit different.

Carson City trio Ev & The Electric Soup performs on flatbed Saturday

Ev & The Electric Soup will show off their musical talent Saturday at the Flatbed Concert Series hosted by the Brewery Arts Center.

Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged that he's starving the U.S. Postal Service of money to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him reelection.

Joe Santoro: Play or not, college football decision is about money

There will be no high school or college football in the state of Nevada this fall. Relax. It’s not the end of the world as we know it. It actually isn’t even the end of this football season as of right now. The hope is that some sort of a season can be played starting in February or March. So instead of complaining that you don’t have football to obsess about this fall you should take comfort in knowing that our student athletes’ health and safety will not be at risk.

Thursday, August 13

18 new COVID-19 cases Thursday as Quad County region tops 850 total cases

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eighteen new cases and eight recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 854, with 677 recoveries, and fifteen deaths, 162 cases remain active.

Jean Elizabeth Rost Sullivan

Jean Elizabeth Rost Sullivan August 29, 1927 - July 1, 2020

Susan Hernandez

Susana Hernandez 1929 - 2020

Reno agrees to settle wrongful conviction lawsuit for $3 million

RENO — A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence will receive $3 million under a settlement approved by the Reno City Council.

Carson City avoids stricter COVID-19 measures

Carson City improved one of its three COVID-19 criteria this week and will not have to implement a stricter mitigation plan. The criteria are used to monitor Nevada’s counties and determine if a county needs to do more to stop the spread of the coronavirus as part of the state’s Road to Recovery: Moving to a New Normal plan.

Search called off for missing boater on Lake Tahoe

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect the boater went missing on Monday, not Sunday as originally reported. The search for a 29-year-old New Jersey man who went missing during a boating trip on Lake Tahoe Monday afternoon has been suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Tahoe, according to a news release.

Michelle Palmer: 'tis the season for tomato

Tomato season is here! There is nothing like a fresh NEVER been refrigerated tomato. Tomato, (Solanum lycopersicum), flowering plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), cultivated extensively for its edible fruits. Labelled as a vegetable for nutritional purposes, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and the phytochemical lycopene.

New Carson City Salvation Army captains welcome chance to ‘do the most good’

Carson City is the new home for Salvation Army Capts. Dora and Mark Stearns and 17-year old son Adam. They expressed joy to be in the type of city where your neighbor comes over to welcome you the morning after your arrive, something this couple has never experienced in previous postings.

Wednesday, August 12

Man seen carrying woman, then found to be carrying heroin, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

20 new COVID-19 cases, 10 recoveries, in Quad County region Wednesday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 20 new cases and 10 recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 836, with 669 recoveries, and 15 deaths, 152 cases remain active.

PETA seeks federal probe of Fallon meatpacker

RENO — Animal rights activists are urging the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into a Fallon meatpacker that's been cited three times in two years on accusations of inhumane handling and slaughtering of livestock. The U.S. Agriculture Department temporarily suspended operations at York Meats last month after officials said an inspector watched a worker shoot a squealing hog with a rifle three times before a fourth shot left the animal unconscious.

Stokes: 25% of Carson City school families choosing 100% online option

Approximately 25 percent of Carson City families prefer the 100 percent online option, according to responses received from the Carson City School District’s recent parent intent form seeking feedback on choice about enrolling children in method of learning for the 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Richard Stokes reported at the Carson City School Board meeting.

Trina Machacek release news book 'They Call Me Weener, 55 Giggle Producing Chinwags'

I am more than excited to announce the release of my new book They Call Me Weener, 55 Giggle Producing Chinwags after over 12 years of writing my weekly column “Is This You?” This book is a mix of some of the most commented on columns and some new stuff that will keep readers turning the pages—as I say—just to see what happens next. I have been very blessed by readers across the country and by editors who squish my words into their papers. I hope to grow the more than 20 papers that carry the column now. If there was ever a time that we all need some distraction with some giggle producing chinwags it’s NOW!

Smith’s recalls cheese dips because of possible health risk

Smith’s is recalling cheese dips sold at their stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Nevada State Librarian appointed to Vaclav Havel Library Foundation board

Nevada State Librarian Tammy Westergard has been appointed to serve on the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s International Advisory Board, which is co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former first lady Laura Bush, and former Czech first lady Dagmar Havlova.

Sisolak signs business liability and worker protection bill

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Tuesday expanding workplace safety protections for hotel and casino employees and shielding businesses that follow health directives from coronavirus-related lawsuits. "It's about acknowledging that Nevada relies heavily on the single industry — the hospitality industry. In order to make it through this historic storm," he said. "We must ensure that that industry survives."

Eagle Scout picks up 5,000 pieces of trash in Grimes Point

Eagle Scout John-Aaron Bozanic of Fountain Valley, Calif., is on a quest to pick up 1 million pieces of trash. He collected about 5,000 pieces of random items and shards of broken glass in Northern Nevada alone last week while stopping at Grimes Point and the Hidden Cave east of Fallon taking in the site’s historic petroglyphs at the same time.

TCID sets meeting with Reclamation

The Truckee Carson Irrigation District is conducting a public meeting Thursday to update the community on contract renegotiations with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Seven veterans honored at July’s unaccompanied service

The Nevada Veterans Coalition recently conducted an unaccompanied military service for seven veterans at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

Sheriff’s report: Beware of a Facebook scammer

A short time ago, a post on a Fallon resident’s Facebook page was brought to our attention. This post is concerning as it relates a conversation dealing with a potential scammer and while this agency has not taken any fraud reports like this, the potential is there.

Wreaths Across America Golf Tournament

The Nevadans4 Vets annual Wreaths Across America Golf Tournament is Saturday at The Club at Arrow Creek with official ceremonies beginning at 8 a.m. and shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Gay, Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada expands to Carson City

The Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada is announcing its expansion to the Northern Nevada LGBTQ+ business community. The advocacy nonprofit provides business development opportunities, financial access, educational resources, supplier diversity and procurement opportunities to LGBTQ+ and allied business professionals statewide.

Reno’s controversial founder Myron Lake and his Reno mansion – Part 1

While the first person to erect a bridge over the Truckee River was Charles William Fuller in early 1861 — planting the seed for what would eventually become the city of Reno — the man who took it to the next level was an ambitious businessman named Myron Lake.

County agencies ask for school supplies

Two Churchill County agencies are trying to lessen the stress associated with the purchasing of school supplies.

Commissioners receive COVID updates

The Churchill County Commission received updates on the coronavirus pandemic at Thursday’s meeting and how it’s affecting the community.

City announces completion of the New River Substation

The City of Fallon announced Monday the completion and successful commissioning of the New River Substation.

Marines in love: Young recruit served her nation as war effort began to wind down

Editor’s note — World War II and Korean War veterans visited Pearl Harbor earlier this year as part of Honor Flight Nevada’s first trip to Hawaii. The end of World War II in both Europe and the Pacific occurred 75 years ago beginning with Victory Europe Day in May, followed by the Japanese unconditional surrender in August and the Instrument of Surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.

School board meets to discuss reopening plans

A Regular Meeting of the Churchill County Board of School Trustees will be held Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the in the Virtual Platform of GotoMeeting, 690 S. Maine St., Fallon, Nevada 89406.

No close shaves for some furry pals

When the weather is hot, and your dog is hot, it’s tempting to shave him. Before you begin, check to see if your dog is one of the double-coated breeds that shouldn’t be shaved. The breeds that should never be shaved include huskies, malamutes, golden retrievers, border collies, and Bernese mountain dogs.

Carson City developments moving ahead, if slowly

Carson City’s many residential development projects continue to move forward, although several developers are reporting delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Government agencies have come to a screeching halt,” said Scott Christy, president, Christy Corp. Ltd., the engineering firm working on Andersen Ranch Estates. “We hope to have our LOMR approved by the end of the year.”

Tuesday, August 11

13 new COVID-19 cases, including Storey County, reported Tuesday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 13 new cases and 26 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 816, with 659 recoveries, and 15 deaths, 142 cases remain active.

Jon H. Bode

Jon H. Bode February 17, 1938 ~ July 26, 2020

Kevin Howell

Kevin Howell October 14, 1947 ~ August 8, 2020

Beverly J. Black

Beverly J. Black, age 80, of Dayton, NV passed away on August 7, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

Jonathan Phillip Brown

Jonathan Phillip Brown Jonathan Phillip Brown (Phil Brown – Couch), 70, loving husband, father, son, brother and friend, passed away from complications of Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer on June 12, 2020. His wife Kelly was by his side, and in his final days he was surrounded by family, friends, and much love.

Carole Camp Brewer

Carole Camp Brewer, 87 of Carson City, NV passed away August 11, 2020, Arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 775-888-6800

Timothy Clark

Timothy Clark, age 63, of Dayton, NV passed away on August 7, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

Susana Hernandez

Susana Hernandez, age 91, of Carson City, NV passed away on August 9, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

18-year-old driver occupies 3 agencies for a while, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Nevada utilities plan to resume nonpayment service shutoffs

LAS VEGAS — Nevada utilities NV Energy Inc. and the Las Vegas Valley Water District plan to resume disconnecting some customers for nonpayment.

Military service conducted for World War II pilot

“Part of the Soldiers Creed represents Army values … always place mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade behind.” Maj. Donny Crendell, chaplain for the Nevada National Guard, praised World War II pilot Lt. Lowell Twedt as a hero and member of the Greatest Generation who died on Oct. 20, 1944, when German anti-aircraft downed him and two other P-38J Lightning pilots from the 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group near Bolanzo, Italy. Twedt received full military honors Saturday at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in a time-honored tradition for a fallen warrior.

$2.25M going to innocent Las Vegas man imprisoned 22 years

Nevada state officials gave final approval Tuesday to paying $2.25 million to a Las Vegas man who spent more than 22 years in state prison for a 1994 murder before he was determined to be innocent and released in 2017.

Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office joins pedestrian safety enforcement effort

Through Aug. 21, law enforcement agencies statewide will be Joining Forces to heighten enforcement of the state’s pedestrian safety laws through the dedication of extra traffic patrol deputies, according to a news release.

Man drowns while boating at South Lake Tahoe

STATELINE — Authorities are investigating a drowning at Lake Tahoe. A South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Team responded to a report of two men who became separated from their boat about 1.5 miles offshore at about 3:40 p.m. Monday.

'Fire Weather Watch' issued for Carson City area through Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a “Fire Weather Watch” for the Carson City area starting Tuesday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday evening. The NWS release warns of thunderstorms and new fire starts Tuesday followed by gusty winds and low humidity Wednesday.

Carson High Class of 2020 proudly featured on downtown banners

Those who have been traveling along the downtown section of Carson Street since July 22 will have noticed the many young faces on the colorful banners now gracing our light poles. Those faces belong to graduates of Carson High whose parents elected to honor their 2020 graduate in this most public and unusual manner allowing the citizens of Carson to honor them as well.

Reno Spaghetti Bowl project starts Sunday with northbound lane closures

Editor's Note: this story has been updated to correct the start date of the project. ••• Northbound Interstate 580 lanes will be shifted and reduced directly south of the spaghetti bowl starting Sunday, Aug. 16 as Nevada Department of Transportation launches the Spaghetti Bowl Xpress project, according to a news release.

Monday, August 10

Douglas County reports first COVID-19 death as total cases top 800 in region

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 male Douglas County resident in his 80’s with underlying conditions. There also eight new cases and five additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region.

Mountain West cancels football, fall sports

The Mountain West has announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports contests and MW championshipevents in response to ongoing challenges with the effective mitigation and management of the COVID-19 virus in conjunction with athletic competition.

Suspect sought in Carson City Republican Party Headquarters vandalism

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of acts of vandalism that occurred at the Carson City Republican Party Headquarters located at 1971 California Street in Carson City.

Mangia Tutto owner takes lease for Bank Saloon in Carson City

The Bank Saloon has a barkeep. The Nevada Builders Alliance, the historic property’s owner, has leased the space to Richard Braigel, owner of the Mangia Tutto restaurant on Stewart Street.

Feds grant Nevada $7 million to help domestic violence victims

The federal Justice Department has awarded Nevada $7 million to help law enforcement, tribes, state and local governments across Nevada curb domestic and sexual violence.

Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition

RENO — Facing fierce opposition from conservationists and tribal leaders on multiple fronts, Nevada's largest mining company has suspended its proposed expansion of what would become one of the biggest gold mines in the world.

Kelly Bullis: Early 2020 retirement distribution? Check this out

Forget what you’ve heard or read prior to 2020. Much of that went out the window, but just for 2020, then it all goes back to the old rules in 2021. What am I talking about? Normally, if you take a distribution from a retirement account prior to turning 59 ½, there is a 10% tax penalty on top of the regular tax. (Sure there are some exceptions such as Disability, Medical Emergency, Paying Medical Insurance Premiums, Paying for Higher Education, and 1st Time Home Purchase. I won’t get into those at this time. Maybe another day soon.)

Sisolak signs bill allowing 30-day eviction proceeding stay

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law Friday a measure allowing courts to slow down the rental eviction process to allow landlords and tenants to try to work out a resolution.

Sunday, August 9

Carson City Sheriff log: Sleeping at the wheel is often a hint

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Jim Valentine: COVID-19 continues, but market is busy

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives in ways we don’t necessarily totally understand yet. When things were shut down plans to protect tenants from eviction and landlords from foreclosure were put in place immediately. Time goes on and many of those protection policies have been extended, but the consequences aren’t really clear.

Western Nevada College begins fall classes Aug. 31

Take advantage of the variety of course platforms that Western Nevada College is offering to students this fall. Whether you have family commitments or a regular job, build your schedule in the format that works best for you. WNC plans to offer in-person, online and flex classes. WNC will use live-stream technology such as Zoom and Hangouts for flex classes, which will be offered to students at designated times and allow them to learn in a setting that is safer or more comfortable for them, or in person.

Minden center to share $1M to help stop human trafficking

LAS VEGAS — The top federal prosecutor in Las Vegas says two Nevada organizations will, together, receive almost $1 million in grants to provide transitional or short-term housing help for victims of human trafficking crimes.

Saturday, August 8

Carson City birth announcements for July 24 to 30, 2020

To Brittney Much of Carson City, Mckenzie Renee Tackett, born July 24, 2020, weighing 6 pounds and 6 ounces. To Alexis Strey-Brown and Jason Brown of Dayton, Charlie Alexander Brown, born July 25, 2020, weighing 8 pounds and 5 ounces.

Nevada regents approve Title IX change after heated exchange

LAS VEGAS — After a heated meeting, the Board of Regents voted to change the sexual harassment policy to comply with new federal Title IX regulations, which critics say make it harder for sexual assault victims to obtain justice.

Most people at demonstration support Douglas Sheriff

An estimated 700-1,000 pro-law enforcement demonstrators turned out to support Sheriff Dan Coverley on Saturday while only a few dozen Black Lives Matter protesters total turned out during the day in separate groups.

Alva Graydon Burton

Alva Graydon Burton May 14, 1934 - August 4, 2020

Jeanette Cooksey

Jeanette Cooksey, age 95, of Carson City, NV passed away on August 3, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

William Downey

William Downey December 11, 1930 - August 2, 2020

Carson City road report for August 10 to 16, 2020

Road report as of Aug. 6. The following applies to Aug 10-16: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work:

JoAnne Skelly: What’s wrong with my tomatoes?

You might be noticing issues with your precious tomatoes such as blackened leathery spots on the bottom, cracks on top or catfacing. Gardeners work hard to grow delicious tomatoes and when the fruits aren’t thriving, they worry.

Five tips for buying or selling a home mid-COVID

In these unprecedented times, there are some important steps to take to ensure a smooth real estate transaction. Members of Sierra Nevada Realtors from rural Northern Nevada shared their insights about this new world and recommend the following five tips to help navigate the process of buying or selling a home a little more easily. Buyers should take extra time to prepare for showings

How Northern Nevada helped build UNLV athletics

Northern Nevada has helped build the UNLV Rebels.

Nevada will have 5 statewide questions on November ballot

LAS VEGAS — Two proposed statewide initiatives failed to gather enough signatures to make the November ballot in Nevada, leaving five proposed constitutional amendments for voters to consider, including a measure to recognize same-sex marriages.

Roger Diez: When the rubber meets the road ...

Tires were the big story in last Sunday’s races – Pirelli left fronts in Formula 1, Goodyear right fronts in NASCAR. This weekend is a busy one with Formula 1 back at Silverstone, a NASCAR Cup doubleheader in Michigan and Xfinity race at Road America, the NTT IndyCar series at Mid-Ohio, and the NHRA Dodge Indy Nationals.

Friday, August 7

18 new COVID-19 cases spread across Carson, Douglas and Lyon counties

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 18 new cases and seven additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 764, with 622 recoveries, and 14 deaths, 128 cases remain active.

Evan LaDell Allred

Evan LaDell Allred August 18, 1932 - July 21, 2020

MIA World War II aviator receives his medals

Army 2nd Lt. Lowell S. Twedt, whose remains were discovered three years ago in northern Italy and identified in December, is slowly making his final journey home.

Campfires banned on all state and U.S. lands in Nevada

RENO — State and federal officials are banning campfires and elevating other restrictions in Nevada and parts of eastern California due to severe wildfire risks and an unusually high number of human-caused blazes so far this year.

2-for-1 at Saturday's Flatbed concert in Carson City

This week’s flatbed concert features two solo acts. Nick Alberti, of Kingwhistler, and Eric Andersen, formerly of The Novelists, will entertain Carson City on Saturday as part of the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert Series.

Sisolak signs police reforms that include ban on chokeholds

Nevada's governor has signed into law two measures passed by legislators in an emergency session to address laws governing police conduct in light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer pressed a knee to his neck.

Showcasing what you’ve got

Even though their high school season may be shortened and moved to the spring, a few Douglas High football players are still finding ways of getting their names into the atmosphere of college scouts.

Carson City supervisors move forward with stormwater rate increases

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted to raise stormwater rates. To change the rates, the board will need to pass an ordinance, which must be voted on twice at separate meetings to pass.

Appeals court denies bid to resurrect Bundy standoff case

LAS VEGAS — A U.S. appeals court has refused to resurrect the criminal case against states' rights figure Cliven Bundy and family members stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents trying to round up Bundy cattle around the family ranch in Nevada.

Thursday, August 6

Lyon County woman is 14th COVID-19 death in Quad County region

Carson City Health and Human Services on Thursday reported the 14th death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. The individual was a female Lyon County resident in her 80s with underlying conditions. There are also six new cases and 15 additional recoveries Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 746, with 615 recoveries, and 14 deaths, 117 cases remain active.

Richard Sandborn

Richard Irving Sandborn December 17, 1934 - June 13, 2020

Donna Rose Cagle

Donna Rose Cagle Donna Rose Cagle, 72, passed away on June 20th, at her residence in Mesa, AZ with her daughter by her side.

Sisolak names former speaker Buckley to head task force to fix DETR

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday named former Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley to head a strike force to fix the problems plaguing the unemployment system including reducing the claims backlog and hunting down scammers defrauding the system.

Douglas County bats test positive for rabies

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting that there have been two bats that have tested positive for rabies in Douglas County within the last two weeks. There was both animal and human exposure to these bats.

Women’s suffrage specialty Nevada license plate available

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, the Nevada Commission for Women announces that — in addition to a commemorative specialty license plate for vehicles — a decorative souvenir license plate is also available.

Nevada elections official refutes Heller's claim people can vote twice

LAS VEGAS — Elections officials say Nevada has safeguards in place to prevent people from voting twice in elections, refuting an assertion from former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller that the system makes it possible for voters to cast more than one ballot.

Joe Santoro: What does schedule mean for Nevada Wolf Pack?

The Mountain West has finally come to its senses. The Colorado-based conference announced this week that its football season will begin no earlier than Sept. 26 and consist of each team playing eight league games. The league also left open the door of each school playing as many as two non-league games.

Carson City Market Street Walmart to host drive-in movies

The Market Street Walmart in Carson City will host a drive-in movie on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22. The store was selected as part of Walmart’s nationwide project to host pop-up drive-in movies across the country.

Mountain West revises fall sports schedule

The Mountain West announced plans to have its football teams play an eight-game conference schedule and up to two nonconference games, starting Sept. 26.

Carson Street project halfway, roundabout construction starts

Carson City’s $20 million South Carson Street project is halfway done and on schedule to finish by year-end. The underground work on stormwater, sewer and water utilities is complete and construction of the roundabout at Stewart Street started.

Wednesday, August 5

Carson City man is 13th death in Quad-County region due to COVID-19

Carson City Health and Human Services reported Wednesday an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. The individual was a Carson City resident in his 50s. There are also seven new cases and 26 additional recoveries in the region. This brings the total number of cases to 740, with 600 recoveries, and thirteen deaths, 127 cases remain active.

Update: Nevada lawmakers pass liability protection for business, not school districts

Nevada lawmakers voted to shield certain industries from coronavirus-related legal liability and require hotels and casinos to enact worker protection measures after days of complicated negotiations with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office and the state’s most powerful labor and business interests.

Robert (Bob) Candee

Robert (Bob) Candee October 11, 1929 - July 28, 2020 Bob passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

Jorge L. Guillen Portillo

Jorge L. Guillen Portillo, 63, died August 3, 2020 in Dayton, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Western Nevada College creates virtual dance ensemble, offers class

The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company is used to building big Broadway productions this time of year, generally drawing from 6,000 to more than 7,000 people from 20 states and Canada. But there’s a bit of a problem.

GOP protests Nevada law to mail ballots to all active voters

LAS VEGAS — A few hundred people in Las Vegas chanted "open up the polls" and "Recall Sisolak" Tuesday as they held signs for President Donald Trump and protested a law signed this week by Gov. Steve Sisolak to mail ballots to all of the state's active voters ahead of the November election.

Nevada awarded total of $16.7 billion in COVID-19 funding

Nevada’s Department of Administration says the state has been awarded a total of $16.7 billion in COVID-19 funding.

Trump encourages mail voting in Florida, sues to stop it in Nevada

WASHINGTON — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law.

Rowe retires from Sheriff’s Office

A ceremony was conducted Friday at the Churchill County Sheriff's Office to honor Capt. John Rowe and his retirement from the Churchill County Sheriff's Office.

Monthly CEDA breakfasts resume

Churchill Economic Development Authority is resuming its monthly business council breakfasts.

Commissioners meet Thursday morning

Churchill County commissioners meet Thursday at 8:15 a.m. at the Churchill County Administrative Building, Commission Chambers, 155 N. Taylor St. This meeting will also be conducted on Zoom.

Fallon man receives life sentence for sexual assault

A Fallon man received life in prison last week for sexually abusing a juvenile and then skipping out for a jury trial in 2005.

Managing anxiety in the midst of COVID-19

Did you catch your heart beating a little faster than necessary? You’re not alone! COVID-19 has flipped your world upside down and, as with any major lifestyle change, that change comes with stress. Be proud of yourself for how you’ve coped thus far. It is a testament to your resilience that you are seeking out and reading this article. Now that the world is starting to open back up, a whole new set of stressors will be popping into your life. Chances are you’ve already noticed a few.

The Nevada Traveler: Check out the beautiful drive on Verdi’s Dog Valley Road

Not many of us have ever seen it because it’s only found in Dog Valley, a scenic depression nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, just west of Verdi.

Daisy, the rescuer, needed to be rescued

A recent story caught my imagination, because it was about a magnificent St. Bernard named Daisy who needed to be rescued from a mountain in England. It seems that Daisy and her people were hiking up Scarfeld Pike in North West England when Daisy was overcome with pain in her legs and couldn’t move.

Man sought in larceny at Costco

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is releasing information about a larceny that occurred at Costco in Carson City.

Rare wildflower could jeopardize Nevada lithium mine

RENO — A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that new documents show could jeopardize the project.

Tuesday, August 4

15 new COVID-19 cases in Carson, Douglas and Lyon on Tuesday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 15 new cases and seven additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 733, with 574 recoveries and twelve deaths, 147 cases remain active.

Lawmakers nearing end of agenda for special session

Sisolak signs bill to allow mail-in ballots in November Lawmakers are on track to complete the 32nd special session on Wednesday. After marathon sessions by the Assembly on Sunday and Senate on Monday, lawmakers had completed the majority of the things listed in Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proclamation, including Assembly Bill 4 making November primarily a mail-in election.

Jerry Barth

Jerry A Barth, 77 of Carson City, passed away July 18, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations, 775-888-6800.

William I. Downey

William I. Downey, 89, of Carson City, passed away August 2, 2020. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is trusted with arrangements, 775-882-4965

Sisolak extends Nevada guard deployment through year’s end

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday issued an order extending the deployment of Nevada National Guards through the end of this year.

Drunk man walking adds resisting to charges, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

University offers agricultural crop research tours at Field Day in Fallon

A recent story caught my imagination, because it was about a magnificent St. Bernard named Daisy who needed to be rescued from a mountain in England. It seems that Daisy and her people were hiking up Scarfeld Pike in North West England when Daisy was overcome with pain in her legs and couldn’t move.

Carson City Library part of national virtual tour Thursday

Nevada has been recognized as an innovative library leader and chosen as one of a dozen states to give a virtual, open-to-the-public tour to American Library Association President Julius Jefferson.

Sisolak signs bill to ensure mail-in elections

Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday he has signed Assembly Bill 4, the bill ensuring that Nevadans can vote by mail-in ballot in the November elections.

Nevada voter rolls grow by 25,133 in July

The number of active registered voters increased by 25,133 in July and the largest number of them listed themselves as nonpartisan. Nonpartisans added 10,992, raising the total number of voters in that category to 378,338.

Monday, August 3

Sisolak says state shutdown not sustainable

Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday that the state can’t shut down long term and that his administration is moving to a targeted approach that examines what’s happening in individual counties.

10 new COVID-19 cases in Carson, Douglas and Lyon on Monday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 10 new cases and 19 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 718, with 567 recoveries and 12 deaths, 139 cases remain active.

James B. Perazzo

James B. Perazzo March 17, 1937 - August 1st, 2020

Joseph R. Handley

Joseph R. Handley, 39, died July 24, 2020 in Fernley, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Paul Victor Cirac

Paul Victor Cirac 1955 - 2020 Paul Cirac passed away peacefully at home in Virginia City on Sunday, August 2, surrounded by his family. Paul was born April 14, 1955 and was a proud 5th generation Nevadan whose French ancestors settled in Central Nevada.

More than 8,400 file for Nevada rent assistance

Treasurer Zach Conine says 8,404 people filed for help from Nevada’s residential rental assistance program in just the first two weeks of the program.

Raiders won't have fans in stadium first season in Las Vegas

The Raiders will play their first season in Las Vegas without any fans at their home games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team sent a letter to season ticket holders on Monday saying that after discussion with health care officials and local leaders, the decision was made not to allow fans.

Carson City supervisors may hike stormwater rates Thursday

On Thursday the Board of Supervisors will vote whether to raise stormwater rates. Staff is recommending a change in the rate structure which would base the calculation on impervious surfaces such as parking lots and charge by classes for commercial users.

Carson City Sheriff's log: You CAN be arrested for being a nuisance

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Trustees approve hybrid model to begin school

Plans are progressing to open school later this month after the Churchill County School Board approved last week a hybrid model of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.

Wolf Pack great Dick Trachok dies

Dick Trachok, an athlete, teacher, coach and administrator whose career spanned parts of nine decades and was dedicated to the betterment of the University of Nevada Athletics program, died Sunday on Reno, surrounded by his family. He was 94.

Sunday, August 2

Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity worsens amid wet winter

RENO — Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity got worse last year during an especially cold and wet winter as sedimentation, algae growth and a tiny invasive shrimp continued to pose restoration challenges for the famed clear water of the mountain lake straddling the California-Nevada line.

Army aviator’s remains come home: After 75 years, Reno man reunites with his father

Passengers on Friday’s Southwest Airlines Flight from Las Vegas watched intently as a casket smartly draped with the Stars & Stripes slowly rolled down a conveyor belt to a waiting honor guard.

Nevada reports 1,131 more coronavirus cases, passes 50K mark

LAS VEGAS — Nevada has now passed the 50,000 mark in positive COVID-19 cases. State health officials on Sunday reported 1,131 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total to 50,205 since the pandemic began.

Special Session: Senate approves eviction mediation and mail in balloting for November

During the Special Session on Sunday, the Senate voted out four bills including the creation of an eviction mediation program proposed by the Nevada Supreme Court and the mandate to provide mail-in ballots to all active voters for November’s elections.

Special Session: Three different Mining Tax amendments moving through Legislature

Three different joint resolutions that would dramatically change the constitutional language controlling taxation of Nevada mines have now been approved by the legislature.

UNLV scientist to be among first to see Mars rock samples

LAS VEGAS (AP) — If the Mars Perseverance Rover was lifting off from Cape Canaveral at almost any other time, University of Nevada, Las Vegas geochemistry and astrobiology professor Elisabeth "Libby" Hausrath would have had a front-row seat.

Carson City Road Report for Aug. 3-9

The following information applies to the period of Aug. 3-Aug. 9: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: • Airport Road remains closed in both directions to through traffic between US 50 and Woodside Drive, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Residential and business access will be allowed. JAC service will continue; however, detours will be in effect.

Saturday, August 1

Special Session: Assembly approves police conduct reforms bill

The Assembly on Saturday voted to pass Assembly Bill 3, the bill imposing reforms on conduct of police officers including a ban on chokeholds.

Special Session: Mining tax amendment passes Senate over strenuous GOP objections

Over the strenuous objections of Republicans, the Senate Saturday passed the resolution designed to overturn the mining industry’s constitutional protections in Nevada.

Frances Joan Brown

Frances Joan Brown July 2, 1933 - June 22, 2020 We lost our joan on June 22, 2020, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

David N. Harris

David N. Harris June 10, 1957 - July 21, 2020

Raymond Milton (Mickey) Park

Raymond Milton Park (Mickey) July 14, 1948 - April 2, 2020

Letos named Capitol Police Chief

John Letos has been appointed chief of the Capitol Police Division.

Reno-Sparks industrial developers, landlords seeing healthy market conditions

Businesses across the region are experiencing financial hardship under COVID-19 restrictions, but one sector of the regional economy continues to thrive despite the coronavirus. Northern Nevada’s core strengths in logistics, coupled with the emergence of newer industries such as advanced manufacturing and technology, along with constant consumer demand for goods, is helping Nevada’s industrial market weather the COVID-19 storm.

Team DeBug: DeBugging the dreaded blue screen of death

These blue screens are never fun. And a blue screen with a frowning face doesn’t really explain the cause of your computer crash, either. But don’t panic. The Blue Screen of Death is usually caused by issues with hardware or hardware driver software (a group of files that communicates between the computer’s hardware devices and the operating system).

Drinking With Clowns performs on flatbed Saturday

Drinking With Clowns brings its Latin funk dance party to Carson City Saturday as part of the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert series.

Kelly J. Bullis: Senior tax help

As I get older, I appreciate any help I can get. For our senior citizens, it only makes sense that we do everything we can to make life as easy and comfortable as possible. They took care of us while we were growing up and getting started in life; now it’s their turn. Here are some thoughts for those of you who might be new to the “senior citizen” world.

Jim Valentine:  Outside influences in real estate

As big as the real estate industry is, there are influential factors that occur once in a while that are beyond our immediate control. These can be wide ranging and their influence varied, impacting some but not all, or impacting everybody. Once identified, quantified, and qualified, the true impact can be assessed and a perspective developed for the specific buyer/seller and situation.

Past Pages for Aug. 1- Aug. 4

Saturday 150 Years Ago An attempt to break jail: (White Pine News). Flynn who has been sentenced for seven years in the State Prison tried to break jail after someone furnished him with a knife. He cut through the door of his cell. When discovered, he was heavily ironed and chained to the floor. He will be kept in that position until he is taken to Warm Springs.

Roger Diez: Harvick the favorite in New Hampshire this weekend

This weekend is relatively quiet on the racing scene, with two major series in action. The NASCAR Cup series is racing on the flat one-mile oval at Loudon, New Hampshire Sunday with coverage on NBC Sports Network beginning at noon. As has been the practice since the series resumed racing, there is no practice or qualifying prior to the race. NASCAR has announced that it will keep that format in force for the remainder of the 2020 season. ESPN will cover the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which is scheduled to start at 6:10 a.m. Sunday.

Senior Menus for the week of Aug. 3

Note: Menus for week of Aug. 3 subject to change without notice. Choice of beverage included. Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive:

Wendlings celebrate 50 years

Mike and Karen Wendling of Carson City are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1, 2020. Mike and Karen met at the USO in San Jose, Calif., while Mike was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Birth announcements for June 24-July 23, 2020

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center To Angelina Santos and Gabriel Chadwick of Carson City, Areille Amara Santos, born June 24, 2020, weighing 4 pounds and 6 ounces.