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Friday, July 31

Special Session: Nearly identical constitutional amendments proposed to change mining tax

Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly on Friday introduced nearly identical resolutions to amend the state constitution so Nevada can collect more tax revenue from the mines.

16 new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 16 new cases and eight additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 681, with 532 recoveries and twelve deaths, 137 cases remain active.

Nevada unemployment back up to 24.9%, gig worker claims jump

Nevada officials said Friday that unemployment statewide has risen again to 24.9%, with a wave of more than 18,000 people filing initial claims for benefits last week during an ongoing economic slump following mid-March coronavirus closures.

Special Session: Proposed law would ban chokeholds and limit police use of force

Lawmakers on Day 1 of the 32nd special session introduced a bill that would prohibit Nevada police from using choke holds or physical restraints that interfere with a subject’s breathing or blood flow to the brain.

Girl Scouts to help prepare kindergarteners in August virtual series

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada and Girl Scouts of the USA are starting up a new Make New Friends virtual series entitled “Ready, Set, Kindergarten!” for girls in kindergarten to help them develop social and problem-solving skills before school starts in the fall.

Nevada Legislature begins 2nd special session of summer

Gov. Steve Sisolak convened the Nevada Legislature on Friday for a special session to address policy issues related to the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests that swept Nevada and the nation in May and June.

NIAA should be commended with sports schedule decision writes Joe Santoro

Sports Fodder . . .The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association cares about the health and safety of your sons and daughters. That was never more apparent than this past week when the NIAA announced it is delaying the start of all sports practices and events until at least January.

Cantaloupe Festival cancelled for 2020

The board for the 35th annual Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair decided it was too risky to have it this year because of the various state restrictions placed on the number of people attending large events. The festival joins a long list of cancelled events in Northern Nevada including the Reno Air Races, Candy Dance and the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

Carson City Sheriff's Office seeks help investigating suspect in forged checks case

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is asking for assistance in identifying an unknown suspect, alleged to have forged checks and fraudulently cashed them.

Charges added in Vegas police officer protest wounding case

LAS VEGAS — Prosecutors in Las Vegas have filed four more felony charges Thursday against a 20-year-old man accused of attempted murder in a shooting during a Las Vegas Strip protest that left a police officer wounded and paralyzed.

2 small air-tankers collide fighting Nevada wildfire

CALIENTE — Two small air-tankers collided in mid-air in southeast Nevada on Thursday while battling a growing wildfire about 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Two people jaywalk, get questioned and then arrested on drug charges say Carson City Sheriff's Office

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

Thursday, July 30

Sisolak calls Nevada Legislature into Special Session Friday morning

Nevada lawmakers will return to Carson City at 9 a.m. Friday morning for another special session. Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a formal proclamation Thursday evening. The proclamation calls for the legislature to:

Two Lyon County residents die from COVID-19; 13 new cases

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting two additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individuals were a male Lyon County resident in his 80s with underlying conditions and a female Lyon County resident in her 80s with underlying conditions.

H. Bonney Matton

H. Bonney Matton, 76 of Dayton, passed away on July 28, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 775-888-6800.

Mercedes Ella Horton

Mercedes Ella Horton, 84 of Carson City, passed away on July 29, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 775-888-6800.

Bear-proofing trees

I can’t believe what I’ve been doing this past week. All gardeners realize there are a lot of repetitive, often tedious, tasks involved in gardening successfully. But seriously! I have been snipping off hundreds, no thousands, of crabapples. Most people let the crabapples stay on the tree for fall color. Believe me, I would like to do that, but…

My favorite enchilada: Recipe by David Theiss

In passing the other day I mentioned to a friend that I love enchiladas of any kind: chicken, beef, bean or cheese. It’s the delicious combination of sauce and filling that makes such a great Mexican flavor.

RSVP offers Farmers Market Coupons for Carson City Seniors

RSVP has free Farmers Market coupons available for Carson City low-income seniors. “The SFMNP is a cooperative effort provided by RSVP, the USDA, the Nevada Department of Agriculture, and the State of Nevada Division for Aging and Disability Services,” said Susan Haas, Executive Director & C.E.O. “RSVP distributes these coupons each year to ensure that low income seniors, who may not be able to afford fresh produce, have the opportunity to enjoy the bounty of the farmers markets.”

NDOT completing roadside drainage on Spooner Summit

Single lane closures will take place on U.S. 50 between Carson City and Spooner summit beginning Thursday, July 30 as the Nevada Department of Transportation wraps up a project to reduce roadside erosion and help preserve water quality. Between July 30 and Aug. 7, drivers will see single lane closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays on both directions of U.S. 50 in areas between Tahoe Golf Club Drive and Spooner Summit.

Don't run a red light if you have an outstanding warrant man learns: Carson City Sheriff's log

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

Nevada IFC approves $100 million in CARES Act funding

The legislative Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday approved more than $100 million in CARES Act funding, the majority of the money to support laboratory and epidemiology programs for both testing and contact tracing.

Wednesday, July 29

Nevada gaming win for June bounces back but still down 45 percent with slower recovery in Vegas

With the exception of the Strip and downtown Las Vegas, Nevada’s gaming markets made a strong rebound after being allowed to reopen in early June. The Strip was down 61.4 percent compared to June of last year and downtown off 55.5 percent. Because of the slow recovery in the south, statewide win was down 45.55 percent to $566.8 million for the month. A year ago, total win topped $1 billion.

27 recoveries, 16 new cases on July 29 in Quad-County region

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting sixteen new positive cases and twenty-seven additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 652, with 504 recoveries and ten deaths, 138 cases remain active.

Raymond Milton (Mickey) Park

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

Paula Baker

Paula Baker, age 68, of Carson City, NV passed away on July 19, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

Catherine Mary Bodnar

Catherine Mary Bodnar, 60 of Silver Springs, passed away on July 28, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800.

Sisolak issues school reopening rules including reduced social distancing

Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued a directive setting the rules for re-opening schools in Nevada. The rules include reducing social distancing requirements for pre-K, kindergarten and middle school students to three feet. He said that is in line with the recommendations by the American Association of Pediatrics.

Carson City Schools issue more on re-open plans; parents need to fill out 'intent form' before Aug. 5

The Carson City School District is seeking input from parents and families about whether they intend to participate in school through full-time online learning or a hybrid learning model in which students would attend class in-person twice a week and remotely three days a week.

Nancy Joy (Brown) Dunlap

Nancy Joy (Brown) Dunlap May 24, 1944 - July 8, 2020 Nancy Joy (Brown) Dunlap passed away July 8, 2020 in Carson City.

Man faces up to 20 years in DUI that killed Carson man

A Californian admitted Tuesday he was high on methamphetamine last year when he crossed the centerline on Highway 50 at Lake Tahoe and caused the death of a Carson City father of three.

Tuesday, July 28

'Subject to change:' Carson City schools will have hybrid model to start year

The Carson City School Board on Tuesday approved a hybrid model for its school reopening plan in a 4-3 vote after a lengthy discussion covering special considerations such as sanitizing school campuses or how the district might support working parents.

NIAA pushes sports to 2021

Minutes before addressing his team, Churchill County High School football coach Brooke Hill felt relieved.

Poker run to benefit Wreaths Across America

A poker run to help raise funds for Fallon’s annual Wreaths Across America program is Saturday.

Flight surgeon eulogized as a man who loved his nation

Cmdr. Zathan Baker eulogized his close friend as a man who embodied life, liberty and country in a memorial service Monday morning conducted at Naval Air Station’s Fallon’s Hangar 7, home of the Longhorns Search and Rescue.

Commissioners approve contracts at special meeting

The first steps were taken at a special Churchill County Commission meeting Friday to begin work on a county civic center near the arena at the fairgrounds.

Dognition for pandemic boredom

Do you and your dog need a break from the boredom of pandemic shut-in? A fun solution is Dognition. Dognition is the brain child of Dr. Brian Hare from Duke University. He and his team designed activities that assess your dog’s abilities. You work with your dog doing the activities and record the data on line.

WNC News and Notes: Students thriving in WNC’s homeschool program

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4-H youth and Bureau of Land Management host horse adoption auction

This spring and summer, five youth in the Nevada 4-H Youth Development Program dedicated some of their time during the COVID-19 quarantine preparing four wild horses and one burro for adoption. On Saturday, the girls will show the animals, and two of the horses will be auctioned off for adoption at Nevada’s first-ever Halter-started Wild Horse & Burro Event and Adoption auction.

Trains and toilet paper: Railroads step up during the COVID pandemic

The Union Pacific Railroad’s Community page earlier this year stated, “The average U.S. Household (2.6 people) uses 409 regular-sized toilet paper rolls per year, according to the manufacturer Georgia-Pacific.”

Blood Drive set for Aug. 11

Banner Churchill Community Hospital along with Vitalant will be hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the Banner Churchill Community Hospital Tahoe Room.

Fallon Girl Scout nominated for PBS Reno Extraordinary Young Neighbor Award

Churchill County High School sophomore and Girl Scout Senior Arian Evans is one of three finalists for PBS Reno’s Extraordinary Young Neighbor Award.

The Nevada Traveler: Urban oasis: Reno’s Virginia Lake

One of the many projects constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Nevada in the 1930s was Virginia Lake, located south of Plumb Lane between South Virginia and Plumas streets.

Results from July 11-12 races at Top Gun Raceway; next race is Saturday night

The following results are from the Summit ET and Junior Drag, ET Challenge and Junior Dragster Challenge on July 11-12 at Top Gun Raceway.

July 28: 21 new COVID-19 cases reported

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting twenty-one new positive cases and sixteen additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 636, with 477 recoveries and ten deaths, 149 cases remain active.

Joshua Dustin Reynolds

Joshua Dustin Reynolds April 12, 1982 ~ July 25, 2020 Joshua pasted way in his sleep Friday night from a heart attack.

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.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Carson Tahoe Health #1 for 'Best Hospitals' in Nevada

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings, today released the 2020-21 Best Hospitals rankings, naming Carson Tahoe Health #1 for Best Hospitals in Nevada.

Nevada parks division seeks grant pre-applications for trails program

Nevada’s Parks Division is seeking pre-applications ahead of the Federal Highway Administration’s 2021 recreational Trails Program.

NHS to livestream Adopt a Duck from Reno shelter

The Nevada Humane Society will be livestreaming its Duck Race event from its Reno shelter this year at noon Aug. 29. To determine this year’s raffle prize winners, the NHS’ own shelter pets will compete in fun games and contests including:

Nevada DMV emergency rules to allow most driver’s license renewals online or by mail

Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed emergency regulations that will allow motorists to renew their licenses online or by mail and give seniors automatic one-year extensions of their licenses.

Vegas health district issues warning about fentanyl deaths

LAS VEGAS — Health officials in Las Vegas warned Monday of a spike in deaths involving the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl and similar drugs, saying the region has had more than twice as many fentanyl overdoses this year than last year.

Male's body found in Carson City field

The Carson City Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a male. At approximately 9:21 a.m. Tuesday, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office received a report of a dead body in a field at the corner of Silver Sage Drive and Stafford Way in South Carson City.

New chairman, member named on Nevada Gaming Commission

LAS VEGAS — Nevada has a new state Gaming Commission member, and a longtime commissioner has been promoted to chairman of the five-member panel.

GOED awards $150,000 to 30 small businesses

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has awarded $150,000 in federal grants to 30 small Nevada businesses. Gov. Steve Sisolak said the grants are designed to support the expansion of those businesses into foreign markets. These grants follow the $204,000 awarded to 38 businesses through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

Carson City, Minden airports receive safety and infrastructure grants

The Carson City Airport received an $80,000 grant from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on Tuesday for infrastructure work. Minden-Tahoe Airport received $187,570 to install weather reporting equipment.

Jim Valentine: A little bit of knowledge

Every transaction has dozens of decisions to be made in a multitude of expertise arenas, each with its respective consequences. As things occur Buyers and Sellers have questions about what is happening, what happened, or what is going to happen. Agents usually explain in a cursory manner so there is a logical explanation as to what is going on and why they are doing, or not doing, something.

NDOT completing roadside drainage on Spooner Summit

Single lane closures will take place on U.S. 50 between Carson City and Spooner summit beginning July 30 as the Nevada Department of Transportation wraps up a project to reduce roadside erosion and help preserve water quality.

Retired Army colonel named Nev. Guard's chief diversity officer

Retired Army Col. Alvin Bolton of Reno has been named the Nevada National Guard's first chief diversity officer and he will begin his new position in Carson City on July 28. In his position, Bolton will manage the Nevada Guard's equity and inclusion programs and initiatives and advise Nevada Military Department managers, supervisors and employees on all matters concerning diversity and inclusion. Bolton will also monitor the composition of the Nevada Military Department's employee workforce and identify underrepresented classes in certain military occupations and ranks. Additionally, he is set to boost the Nevada Guard's community outreach efforts and will participate in meetings with community action organizations aiming to on improve their equity, inclusion and equal employment opportunity relationships.

Real world biological hazard doesn’t quell ‘Quenching Steel’ exercise, 92nd Civil Support Team

CARSON CITY -- Undeterred by nation’s prevailing real-world biological hazard of coronavirus, the Nevada National Guard’s 92nd Civil Support Team was declared fully trained and validated by U.S. Army North evaluators at the conclusion of the “Quenching Steel” exercise July 23 here in the Silver State’s capital. The results of the evaluation were released July 24.

U.S. mulls endangered status for Nevada plant in mine fight

RENO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there's enough scientific evidence that two rare plants in Nevada's desert could go extinct to warrant a year-long review of whether to list them as endangered species, including one at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine.

Monday, July 27

Governor scraps phased re-opening plan

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday that he planned to scrap the phased reopening plan put in place in March and replace it with a “long-term mitigation strategy” that will rely on more local indicators of the spread of the coronavirus and provide a clearer picture of the state’s reopening plan for businesses, residents and local officials.

15 new cases, six recoveries reported in Quad-County region

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting fifteen new positive cases and six additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 615, with 461 recoveries and ten deaths, 144 cases remain active.

David N. Harris

David N. Harris, age 63, of Carson City, NV passed away on July 21, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

David J. LaCour

David J. LaCour, age 74, of Dayton, NV passed away on July 21, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

Jazz & Beyond Open Studios Tour scheduled for August

The Jazz & Beyond festival committee is rescheduling many of the events originally planned for August 2020 because of the recent rise in coronavirus cases. However, the committee plans to go ahead with the second annual Open Studios Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 22-23. Admission is free.

Students take on STEM challenges at Camp Invention in Carson City

Robots, sports complexes and water purification systems came to life in the hands of creative campers this week at Bethlehem Lutheran School’s Camp Invention, a nonprofit summer enrichment program for youth. The summer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program conducted with the National Inventors Hall of Fame along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Kelly Bullis: IRS gets nice; don’t get used to it

One of the “benefits” of this COVID crisis is a nicer IRS. I know, you’re saying, “Kelly! Are you kidding me? It’s not in the IRS’ genes to be nice.” Well, maybe President Trump is forcing them to be nice, but in either case, at least for now, we can enjoy a “friendly” IRS. Here are some of the things the IRS is doing right now to make it easier for folks suffering financial hardships due to the COVID disaster.

Carson City helps schools with safer transportation routes, projects

Reno transportation planning firm Headway Transportation LLC presented its Safe Routes to School draft master plan to the Carson City School Board demonstrating areas to improve walking and biking safety measures around some of the district’s public schools.

Sunday, July 26

Toxic algae bloom closes Pyramid Lake north of Reno

RENO — A toxic algae bloom has shut down Pyramid Lake north of Reno.

Nevada reports 1,018 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths

LAS VEGAS — Nevada health officials report 1,018 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths around the state as of Sunday. The numbers released by the state Department of Health and Human Services pushes the total number of known deaths to 734 with 42,843 coronavirus cases.

Master Sergeant Charles W. Pumphrey III

Master Sergeant Charles W. Pumphrey III, age 72, of Dayton, NV passed away on July 21,2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

Repeat offender sentenced to federal prison

RENO — Martane Wade, 39, of Las Vegas was sentenced in Reno on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison.

'First salvo of the civil war': When the Nevada-UNLV rivalry began

The world, at least as far as the Nevada Wolf Pack and its loyal silver and blue supporters were concerned, was about to become a whole lot smaller.

Reno’s Little Nugget closing, Carson Nugget not going anywhere

With the announcement that the Little Nugget in downtown Reno is closing its doors, some folks seem to have gotten confused and think the Carson Nugget is the casino closing. Carson Nugget CEO Dean DiLullo said the Nugget, now in its 66th year of continuous operation, isn’t going anywhere.

Carson City school board expected to vote on reopening plan Tuesday

The Carson City School Board of Trustees meets Tuesday to provide an update on the 31st special session of the Nevada Legislature, with district chief financial officer Andrew Feuling leading the discussion.

Saturday, July 25

Carson City road report for July 27 to Aug. 2, 2020

Road Report as of July 23. The following information applies to July 27-Aug 2: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: • Airport Road remains closed in both directions to through traffic between U.S. 50 and Woodside Drive, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday-Sunday, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Residential and business access will be allowed. JAC service will continue; however, detours will be in effect.

JoAnne Skelly: Maintenance for wildfire defense

Watching the news on the Numbers Fire south of Gardnerville reminds us how important it is to create and maintain defensible space around your home. The fire burned 18,380 acres in the week it took to get it contained. Have you taken responsibility to make your home/landscape defensible and survivable?

Committee could decide fate of Fallon, Nellis ranges

Both the U.S. Senate and House passed on Thursday their versions of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which renewed land for military training for both Naval Air Station Fallon and Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada.

Marilyn Foster: Yearning to travel once again

Like many of you, I have been following the governor’s command to “Stay Home for Nevada,” and in doing so, I now have a cleaner home, an almost weed-free yard, and have rediscovered my kitchen.

Regular unemployment claims rise in Nevada

A total of 15,548 people filed for unemployment in the week ended July 18, an increase of 882 initial claims over the week before. Continued claims — those already receiving benefits —increased by 10,083 to 306,077. That is the third straight week of increases in continued claims.

Roger Diez: Austin Dillon guarantees spot in playoffs

We saw a second driver lock into the NASCAR Cup playoffs in Kentucky last Sunday as Austin Dillon took his first win of the season for Richard Childress Racing. Kyle Busch did the triple and took the checkered flag in both the Xfinity and Gander Truck series, but a disqualification dropped him to last in the Xfinity order. He finished second to Dillon in the Cup race. And in an unusual Thursday night race, Denny Hamlin resumed his winning ways at Kansas, scoring his fifth season win for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Super Start Batteries 400. The Cup drivers can now rest until Aug. 2, when they visit New Hampshire for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Today both the Xfinity and Gander Truck series are on tap, the trucks for the second day in a row. The truck race will air at 11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports 1 with the Xfinity cars on NBC Sports Network beginning at 2 p.m. And X-Games star Travis Pastrana will return to NASCAR for a one-off ride today in the No. 40 Chevy usually driven by Ross Chastain.

Friday, July 24

U.S. Supreme Court denies Dayton church's appeal of virus rule

RENO — A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court denied a Dayton church's request late Friday to strike down as unconstitutional a 50-person cap on worship services as part of the state's ongoing response to the coronavirus. In a 5-4 decision, the high court refused to grant the request from the Christian church to be subjected to the same COVID-19 restrictions in Nevada that allow casinos, restaurants and other businesses to operate at 50% of capacity with proper social distancing.

Lyon County man is region's 10th reported COVID-19 death

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 Lyon County resident in his 80s. It is unknown at this time if he had underlying conditions. CCHHS is also reporting 13 new positive cases and 11 additional recoveries. This brings the total number of cases to 567, with 430 recoveries and 10 deaths, 127 cases remain active.

Paulette Bloomfield

Paulette Bloomfield January 15, 1948 ~ July 19, 2020

Alan Carl Edwards

Alan Carl Edwards July 13, 1932 - February 6, 2020

H2O 2020 exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

The Courthouse is located at 885 E. Musser St. The public is invited to the second-floor gallery which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of the artists’ work is focused on the theme of water, selected as an appropriate and cooling theme for Carson City’s hot and dry summer days.

Nevada coronavirus cases approaching 41,000

As of Friday, Nevada has recorded 40,885 cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 966 cases since Thursday.

Americana music on a flatbed Saturday in Carson City

Spike McGuire hopes to “make things feel a little bit normal for a day” on Saturday when he brings live music to Carson City. McGuire and two members from his band, Six Mile Station, will perform as part of the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert Series.

Introducing Piazza on the Bob McFadden Plaza

Hello Carson City, it’s great to be back. Here we are 16 months after the tragic fire at Adele’s where Mark and I worked for almost our entire careers.

UNLV hires administrator from Detroit as president

LAS VEGAS — A university administrator and African American families researcher from Detroit has been hired as the new president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, university officials announced Thursday.

High school fall sports to begin in February, winter sports moved to January

Minutes before addressing his team, Churchill County High School football coach Brooke Hill felt relieved. His team will still have a season, but it won’t start until February after the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association announced on Thursday that fall sports would be pushed to 2021, while winter sports will start almost two months later.

Man, 61, held for sex assault on child under 14, 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.

Thursday, July 23

12 new COVID-19 cases in Carson City region; Storey sees 3rd case

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 12 new positive cases and 23 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 555, with 419 recoveries and nine deaths, 127 cases remain active.

Lennard I Carlson

Lennard I Carlson, 77 of Stateline, passed away on July 20, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations, 775-888-6800.

Mile High Jazz Band presents ‘Running Out’ virtual jazz and poetry

The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. recently produced a video, “Virtual Jazz & Poetry: Running Out.”

NIAA moves all high school athletic competition to 2021, state tournaments 'not anticipated'

The NIAA announced Thursday afternoon that all athletic competition will be moved into January of 2021.

Forward progress stopped on Topsy Fire

As of 6 p.m. forward progress on a 25-30-acre fire burning between homes and watershed on Topsy Lane. Set by lightning around 4 p.m. the fire resulted in Topsy Lane east of Highway 395 being closed. Firefighters say two outbuildings have been lost with damage to one home.

Review fast tracked for Nevada vanadium mine, first in the U.S.

RENO — Invoking President Trump's executive order streamlining environmental reviews of projects critical to U.S. security, federal land managers have launched an expedited permitting process for the first U.S. vanadium mine at a high-desert site in Nevada.

Nevada high school fall sports being moved to the spring

Carson High School athletic director Blair Roman confirmed Thursday the fall high school sports season in the state of Nevada is being moved to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Builders Alliance plans to open Carson City's historic Bank Saloon

The Nevada Builders Alliance says it is closing in on finishing the renovation of the Bank Saloon in downtown Carson City. The historic stone block structure across from the Nevada Legislature first opened as the Bank Saloon in 1899. For years until it closed, it was known as Jack’s Bar where countless legislative compromises were worked out.

Joe Santoro: Nevada Wolf Pack best in the West (Division)

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team has been picked to finish second in the West Division of the Mountain West by the league’s media. San Diego State received 19 of the 21 first-place votes (the Pack got the other two) and was picked to win the division. The Wolf Pack should have been picked to win the division. The Wolf Pack beat San Diego State 17-13 last year in San Diego. The Pack beat San Diego State in 2018 at Mackay Stadium. The Wolf Pack returns practically its entire offense this season. San Diego State hasn’t had an offense since Rashaad Penny’s last year in 2017. The Aztecs have a new coach (Brady Hoke) this year after Rocky Long retired. The Aztecs have to come to Mackay Stadium this fall. This is the Wolf Pack’s year. The Pack is the team to beat in the West.

Miles Construction wins Summit Award for Nissan dealership

Miles Construction was awarded Retail Development of the Year for the Carson City Nissan dealership during the annual Summit Awards. The annual awards acknowledge and recognize commercial real estate development and brokerage agencies for work completed in the prior year.

Probation for Incline Village man who voted twice in 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. — An Incline Village resident has been sentenced to three years of probation for voting twice by mail in the 2016 general election. State prosecutors said 62-year-old Randy Allen Jumper of Incline Village, formerly of Tucson, had pleaded guilty last month to one felony count of attempted illegal voting.

Lyon County receives grant funding for tablets to alleviate senior isolation

In Northern Nevada, local experts having been developing programs to combat social isolation and to continue meeting basic physical needs for seniors who are unable to easily leave their own homes. Lyon County’s Senior Services Division Manager Rebecca Williams looks forward to the possibilities some new grant funding will provide in helping its older population to socialize through the use of tablets.

Wednesday, July 22

Fallon physician Gary Ridenour dies

On July 22, at approximately 6:52 a.m., the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the Ridenour residence advising of a male subject that was down and unresponsive. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and Banner Hospital responded while family initiated CPR on scene.

11 new COVID-19 cases, 14 recoveries in Carson City region

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 11 new positive cases and 14 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 543, with 396 recoveries and nine deaths, 138 cases remain active.

James Scott Foster

James Scott Foster, 58 of Carson City, passed away July 21, 2020. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is in charge of the arrangements, 775-882-4965.

Joan Ruth McDonnell

Joan Ruth McDonnell 1930 - 2020

Cage: New COVID-19 deaths predate actions in June

LAS VEGAS — A state official on Wednesday attributed a second straight daily record number of reported COVID-19 deaths to what people were doing five weeks ago — before Gov. Steve Sisolak made mask use mandatory and closed bars again in late June.

Smaller Nevada communities have not received U.S. relief funds

As Congress negotiates a second coronavirus aid package, every local government in Nevada besides Clark County and Las Vegas is waiting for relief money the state received from the U.S. government. The delay has stymied local response efforts amid rising virus cases, officials say.

FEMA awards $18.4 million for essential worker PPE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Nevada $18.4 million to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for essential workers.

Eckl: Losing friends sucks

There’s never a good time to hear one of your friends has passed away.

Carson City-based Simerson Construction builds new HQ

Simerson Construction has built a new headquarters at 1617 Forrest Way in Carson City. The $1,250,413 deal included a 3.204% interest SBA 504 loan, with only 10% down, facilitated by Nevada State Development Corp. Heritage Bank of Nevada partnered in the financing package.

Carson City’s Foothill Trail receives additional TLC

There’s nothing better than fresh air to restore the mind, body, and soul, and in these troublesome days when we must wear masks just about everywhere, it is nice to be able to breathe in fresh air as we exercise our bodies and clear our troubled minds.

Let the lights shine: NDOT plans to activate traffic signal at major intersection

After years of waiting and more waiting, the Nevada Department of Transportation will let the lights shine on Churchill County.

Community remembers Cmdr. Christopher Joas

From his role as senior flight surgeon at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) to riding with the Longhorns Search and Rescue team to being a doting father of four sons and keeping a strong tie with his own family, Joas made a mark.

UNR is an arboretum?

Among the things that first-time visitors to the University of Nevada, Reno immediately notice are the presence of plenty of trees and other foliage. The 320-acre campus is a virtual nursery of mature trees, shrubs and other landscaping.

New laser-sensor tech developed for real-time quake monitoring

Earthquake damaged buildings, bridges and other critical infrastructure may be evaluated more quickly for safety and response options following an event with new optical sensor technology and software that is being developed and field tested by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Are you getting flaky? Find out why

Watson here and since we have been staying home, I’ve been getting extra attention. Yes, everyday mom or dad brushes me, cleans my teeth, and makes sure I’m comfy. Actually, I’m spoiled rotten. Recently, during one of my brushing sessions, mom uncovered flakes.

Thomas Ranson: A glimpse in how fall sports could look like

In less than a month, student-athletes and coaches report to their respective campuses to begin fall sports.

Despite pandemic restrictions, Greenwave tennis sees increase in workout numbers

The Greenwave tennis program is getting back into the swing of things after the pandemic put sports on hiatus.

Youth football, cheer organizations cancel 2020 season

Sagebrush Pop Warner and Sierra Youth Football League jointly announced last week the cancellation of their football and cheerleading season.

Northern Nevadans work together to help seniors overcome loneliness

Carson City resident Mary Liveratti’s father Edwin Burns lived to be 95. A Marine for 22 years and a teacher, he was a lifelong learner, grabbing an encyclopedia and always engaging in conversation with others at every chance, his daughter recalled.

Tuesday, July 21

Carson City woman is ninth reported COVID-19 death in region

Carson City Health and Human Services reported the ninth death due COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Tuesday. The individual is a female Carson City resident in her 60s with underlying health conditions. CCHHS is also reporting seven new positive cases and three additional recoveries of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases to 532, with 382 recoveries and nine deaths, 141 cases remain active.

Kathleen L. Cass

Kathleen L. Cass, 89, of Carson City, passed away July 20, 2020. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is trusted with the arrangements, 775-882-4965.

21-year-old blames accident on her drinking; Carson City Sheriff's Office agrees

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

Western Nevada College reopening campuses Monday

Western Nevada College has maintained service to the public remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the college is officially welcoming students and the public back to all campuses beginning Monday, July 27. After conducting classes and business virtually since closing its three campuses to the public in mid-March, WNC has been given the OK by state officials to reopen in preparation for fall semester.

Nevada reports 28 additional deaths from coronavirus

Nevada reported 28 additional COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday, the highest single-day total since the start of the pandemic, bringing the statewide total to 676 deaths.

Dayton church blasts Nevada's 'litigation tactic' at Supreme Court

RENO — A Dayton church trying to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend Nevada's 50-person cap on worship services is accusing Gov. Steve Sisolak of adding the church's county to a list of those with elevated cases of COVID-19 as part of a "litigation tactic."

Nevada's economic reopening restores half of lost jobs in June

June’s partial reopening of the Nevada economy restored nearly half of the jobs lost to the shutdown. The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports that the jobless rate fell from just about 30 percent in April to a raw rate of 15.2 percent in June.

Carson City Sheriff's Office still seeking woman missing since January

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in locating a missing endangered person.

Western Nevada College launches 4-year degree in project management

Western Nevada College is now offering a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Organization and Project Management that provides a career advancement pathway for students who’ve earned an associate degree. The bachelor of applied science degree blends leadership and management studies with 21st century skills such as project management and data informed decision making.

Lily H. Reedy

April 10, 1953 - July 13, 2020 Lily Reedy died peacefully at home on July 13, 2020 in Carson City with her two sons and husband by her side. Lily bravely battled Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) for the last two years, and advocated to turn it to a chronic and treatable disease even in the last days of her life.

Judge rules Nevada gig workers should get stopped benefits

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge said Monday the state unemployment office has to begin paying pandemic relief benefits to out-of-work gig and independent workers who haven't completely stopped working and were cut off from receiving payments. Judge Barry Breslow in Reno ruled that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments should begin next week, said Mark Thierman, an attorney representing nine plaintiffs among a group he said totals nearly 190,000 people. Another hearing is scheduled July 30.

Nevada short term rent assistance program taking applications

The Nevada Treasurer’s Office is now accepting applications for the state’s short-term rent assistance program. The financial help is available to Nevada tenants with a current lease who owe back rent. Treasurer Zach Conine said applicants must be able to demonstrate financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means loss of employment, reduction in work hours and/or a reduction in wages.

Monday, July 20

Partnership Carson City expands staff to meet community needs

Partnership Carson City, a local organization that inspires a healthy community by building strong families and successful youth, announces two new team members joining the ranks to support education, collaboration and engagement with residents.

12 new COVID-19 cases, 19 recoveries in Carson, Douglas and Lyon

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 12 new positive cases and 19 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Monday. This brings the total number of cases to 525, with 379 recoveries and eight deaths, 138 cases remain active.

Chris Pincoffs

Chris Pincoffs April 17, 1959 - July 10, 2020 On Friday, July 10, 2020, Chris Pincoffs, loving father of three children, passed away at the age of 61.

Marjorie Ann Lister

Marjorie Ann Lister June 17, 1932 - July 15, 2020

Calvin Mickelson

Calvin W. Mickelson, 86, died July 20, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Paulette Bloomfield

Paulette Bloomfield, 72, died July 19, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766

Nevada reports more than 36,700 COVID-19 cases

As of Monday morning, Nevada had reported a total of 36,714 COVID-19 cases. Of those, pandemic response officials Caleb Cage and Julia Peek said 880 of the new cases were in Clark County and just 54 in Washoe.

Reno's Eldorado finishes $17.3 billion buyout of Caesars Entertainment

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada company that started in 1973 with a single hotel-casino in Reno announced Monday it has completed a $17.3 billion buyout of Caesars Entertainment Corp. and will take the iconic company's name going forward as the largest casino owner in the world. Eldorado Resorts Inc. said the combined company will now own and operate more than 55 casino properties in 16 U.S. states, including eight resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.

Dayton auto parts store cited by state

A Dayton auto parts store is one of two businesses cited for violating health and safety measures, according to a news release from the Nevada Department of Business & Industry. O’Reilly Auto Parts, 9 Retail Road number 2 in Dayton, was cited July 17 and penalized $8,675, according to the release. The citation at O’Reilly Auto Parts was issued after officials observed noncompliance with one or more requirements of general and industry-specific guidance and directives during both the initial observation and a follow up visit by division officials.

Carson City Sheriff joins crackdown on distracted driving

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be joining forces with other Nevada law enforcement agencies from July 20 through Aug. 3 to be on the lookout for distracted drivers.

Man mistakenly ID'd by deputy, arrested for fleeing, 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.

Appeals system for Nevada self-employed and gig workers up and running

The online system for self-employed and gig workers to appeal benefit denials is now up and running.

Sunday, July 19

Sisolak says second special session on hold for now

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying the plan to call a second special legislative session is, for now, on hold.

Nevada Legislature passes cuts to health care, education

Having made substantial progress, lawmakers deliver the final piece of legislation to the governor’s desk about 7:15 p.m. Sunday. AB3 is the bill that actually cuts and repurposes state General Fund spending. AB1 was originally the companion measure that included state worker furloughs, redirecting the Governmental Services Tax and other changes.

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum receives WESTAF Grant

The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum received approval of a grant from the Western States Arts Federation CARES Act Fund in the amount of $20,000.

50 years ago, Chris Ault was a champion – in high school

One of the greatest football coaches in college football history learned his trade on the high school fields of Northern Nevada.

Nevada lawmakers may revisit police misconduct investigation bill

Police reform advocates are demanding lawmakers use a special session to repeal a recently passed state law that strengthens protection for officers facing misconduct allegations.

Saturday, July 18

Jon K. Peters

Jon K. Peters 81, of Carson City, passed away July 10, 2020. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is trusted with arrangments 882-4965.

James S. Dondelinger

James S. Dondelinger 23, of Carson City passed away on July 12, 2020. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is trusted with arrangements 882-4965.

Steve M. Charles

Steve M. Charles February 6, 1960 - March 22, 2020 It is with great sadness to the Charles family to announce the passing of their loved one Steve M. Charles.

Carson City road report for July 20 to 26, 2020

Road Report as of July 16. The following information applies to July 20-26. Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: • Airport Road remains closed in both directions between Woodside Drive and Menlo Drive for installation of new sewer and water utilities. Airport Road will also remain closed to through traffic between U.S. 50 and Woodside Drive, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Residential and business access will also be allowed. JAC service will continue; however, detours will be in effect.

Sinnott retires as Carson High cross country coach

If you take one step inside of Pete Sinnott’s office, you can tell what his time coach Carson High cross country has meant to him.

Joe Santoro: Nevada Wolf Pack needs non-conference football to pay the bills

The Pac-12 and Big 10 have already announced they will play only conference football games this season. The SEC, ACC and Big 12 are supposedly thinking about doing the same.

Jim Valentine: Update from the trenches

We are in the middle of a global pandemic with interest rates so low they are practically paying borrowers to take the money and the market is booming. Despite having to practice social distancing by meeting buyers at the home in separate cars, wearing masks to enter homes, and being limited as to what we can touch in the home, houses are jumping off the proverbial rack.

July 4 parties caused jump in virus cases, Carson City supervisors told

Social gatherings caused a recent jump in coronavirus cases, according to public health officials. “The surge is due to Fourth of July parties,” Nicki Aaker, director, Carson City Health and Human Services told the Board of Supervisors Thursday.

Roger Diez: Seems like everybody is on a track

Another busy week of racing behind us, and another ahead as all the major series try to make up for lost time. NASCAR is at Texas Motor Speedway, IndyCar is at Iowa Speedway for the second doubleheader in a row, Formula 1 is in Hungary, IMSA has the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the NHRA is at Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis for the second weekend in a row.

Friday, July 17

7 new COVID-19 cases, 10 recoveries; Quad-County passes 500 cases

Carson City Health and Human Services reported seven new positive cases and 10 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 501, with 348 recoveries and eight deaths, 145 cases remain active.

V&T Railway to offer rail bikes through Carson River Canyon

A new way to explore the Carson River Canyon on the V&T Railway is coming soon. Carson Canyon Rail Bike Rides, operated by the V&T Railway Commission and Freedom Rail, is expected to launch on Aug. 4.

Bump stock manufacturer seeks Las Vegas shooter's estate

LAS VEGAS — The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, the firearm attachments used by the Las Vegas gunman in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, has filed a claim against the deceased gunman's estate that could divert money expected to go to victims' families.

Carolyn Dolan & Big Red perform in Flatbed Concert Series on Saturday

Carolyn Dolan & Big Red bring the blues to Carson City as part of the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert Series Saturday.

New Jersey regulators OK Eldorado-Caesars deal

A $17.3 billion buyout creating the world's biggest casino company won final approval Friday, with New Jersey gambling regulators agreeing to let Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc. acquire Caesars Entertainment Corp. It comes after an antitrust analyst had assured the New Jersey Casino Control Commission that the deal affecting four of the nine casino-resorts in Atlantic City would not concentrate too much of the local gambling economy in one company's hands.

Nevada health care providers to get $53 million in federal grants

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has announced that Nevada health care providers will receive $53.27 million in grants from the federal Health and Human Services department.

Mining tax proposal falls 1 vote short in Nevada special session

After a week of mostly behind-the-scenes discussions, the Nevada Legislature's emergency special session grew contentious Thursday during middle-of-the-night sparring over a proposal to cap tax deductions for mining businesses that stalled hours after it was introduced.

Prison inmate becomes jail inmate, 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.

Thursday, July 16

JoAnne Skelly: Crocosmia beauty

I’ve fallen in love with some impressive summer-blooming plants given to me by my friend Peggy. They are Crocosmia “Lucifer,” sometimes called coppertips.

15 new COVID-19 cases reported as Carson City region nears 500 total

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 15 new positive cases and no additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 494, with 338 recoveries and eight deaths, 148 cases remain active.

Carson City businesses fined for COVID-19 safety measure failures

The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations fined both Carson City Walmarts, the Jacks Valley Road Home Depot and the Dayton Grocery Outlet for violations with COVID-19 safety measures. Nevada OSHA in a Thursday press release said the Carson City stores were all fined $8,675.

White House says Carson City is in 'yellow zone;' recommends more stringent guidelines

Carson City is in a “yellow zone” with recommendations for more stringent guidelines to mitigate the community spread of the coronavirus, according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The unpublished document from the White House was forwarded by the Nevada Association of Counties to the Carson City mayor and city manager Thursday afternoon.

Fallon man serves as performance analyst for MLB team’s future players

Mid-March gave Fallon’s Josh Morrison an uneasy feeling. With Major League Baseball teams closing down their spring training camps in Florida and Arizona because of coronavirus, hundreds of players and staff members were left in limbo.

Update: Woman released from custody

Update from the Carson City Sheriff's Office: The woman was released from custody. She has been cooperative with authorities; further details will be provided pending the results of the autopsy report.

Sheriff: Man shot during Carson City home invasion

A man was shot during a home invasion in Carson City on Thursday morning, according to a Carson City Sheriff’s Office news release.

At least 123 visitors to Nevada tested positive for virus

LAS VEGAS — At least 123 visitors to Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus while visiting the state in recent weeks or shortly after returning home, according to state health data.

Nevada urges U.S. Supreme Court to deny church's virus appeal

RENO — Nevada's lawyers urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a Dayton church's appeal to the state's 50-person cap on attendance at worship services. The lawyers claim the church's assertion that the restriction infringes on the constitutional right to exercise religious beliefs is false, arguing that protecting Nevadans against the spread of the coronavirus weighs "heavily against injunctive relief."

Churchill County to open schools Aug. 25

The Churchill County School Board voted Wednesday to open schools on Aug. 25 after discussing the district’s plans for almost three hours.

Virus tops 30,000 cases in Nevada but growth rate slowing

COVID response officials say Nevada now has over 30,000 positive cases of the virus.

Harry Reid says Trump is making Democrats viable in GOP states

Harry Reid, the former U.S. Senate majority and minority leader, said Tuesday that Donald Trump is making Democratic chances to reclaim the majority in the Senate a strong possibility. “What we have every day with Trump talking and tweeting, every day is a good day for Democrats because he’s making a fool of himself,” said Reid in a Zoom press conference with Nevada reporters. “People are interested in people who want to be constructive. They know that President Trump has done a terrible job.”

Wednesday, July 15

Senate passes bill to take mining tax, governmental services tax

Late Wednesday, the Nevada Senate passed the bill that will pump money into the General Fund by pre-paying the Net Proceeds of Mines tax, taking a huge chunk of the Governmental Services Tax and granting an amnesty if delinquent taxpayers pay up.

5 new COVID-19 cases, 16 recoveries reported Wednesday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported five new positive cases and 16 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 479, with 338 recoveries and eight deaths, 133 cases remain active.

Nevada Assembly takes up bill that would cut budget

Members of the Assembly finally got into the meat of the special session on Wednesday, undertaking a detailed review of AB3, the measure that will cover the vast majority of the estimated $1.2 billon shortfall in Nevada’s fiscal 2021 General Fund budget.

Tomasa"Tammy" Raye Sherman Lee

Tomasa "Tammy" Raye Sherman Lee June 8, 1962 - July 10, 2020

NJCAA moves majority of fall sports competition to spring

Monday afternoon, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced that most fall sports will be moved to the spring.

Carson City School Board of Trustees: ‘School is going to look different this year’

Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes presented a draft plan from his Reopening Instructional Committee during Tuesday’s school board meeting that includes a hybrid model combining on-campus and distance learning for all levels.

Unemployment down to 15 percent, Nevada adds nearly 100,000 jobs

Nevada’s unemployment rate dropped from more than 25 percent to 15 percent in June as the state added back 98,900 jobs. A spokesman said the vast majority of those jobs were in the hospitality industry as hotel-casinos across the state reopened for business — 72,700 of the total.

Nevada accepts nearly $35 million in pandemic relief grants

The Legislative Interim Finance Committee on Tuesday approved acceptance of four federal pandemic relief grants totaling nearly $35 million. The money will support distance learning for K-12 students, rent relief, augmented food stamps funding and programs for seniors in assisted living facilities.

Nevada man whose murder conviction was dismissed awarded $2.25 million

A Las Vegas man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1994 murder and freed from prison in 2017 after more than 22 years behind bars has been granted a certificate of his innocence and approved to receive $2.25 million in damages.

Traffic signal at U.S. 50 and Sheckler Cut off in Fallon to be activated

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Transportation will activate a permanent traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Sheckler Cut Off in west Fallon this month, according to a news release.

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all stores

NEW YORK — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.

'Fire Weather Watch' issued as T-storms forecast for 2 days in Carson City area

The National Weather Service has issued a “Fire Weather Watch” for Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds. The watch covers Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and southern Washoe counties.

Community , Navy work together with conservation easements

A sensible approach to protecting agricultural land as a buffer to Naval Air Station Fallon has been a win-win for local ranchers, Churchill County and the military.

School board meets to discuss reopening plans

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

Fallon Food Hub executive director appointed to state council

The executive director of the Fallon Food Hub has been appointment to the Nevada Food Security Council as a representative of an organization involved with the processing and distribution of food.

Commissioners meet Wednesday afternoon

Churchill County commissioners meet Wednesday at 1:15 a.m. at the Churchill County Administrative Building, Commission Chambers, 155 N. Taylor St. This meeting will also be conducted on Zoom.

Churchill County escapes closure

Seven Nevada counties have been ordered to close their bars at midnight to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Nevada Traveler: Long Journey to Jarbidge is worth the effort

For years, a trek to Jarbidge has been on my unofficial bucket list. I’d seen plenty of photos and videos, and read lots of travel guides, but for some reason I had never made it to the town that is said to have the some of the purest air in the United States.

Smoking cats, just looking for trouble

I recently saw the greatest lawn sign I have ever seen. The sign had a large photo of an orange cat and the following message: Please do not throw your cigarette butts on our lawn. Our cat sneaks out at night and smokes them. We are trying to get her to quit. Please help us!

Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike brings awareness to veteran suicide

Veterans and active duty service members will take to the streets of Reno on July 18 for the Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike to bring awareness to veteran suicide.

Apartments planned for old Copeland Lumber site in Carson City

A new Carson City apartment complex is on the drawing board. A five-story, 248-unit development planned for 906 S. Stewart St., underwent a major project review with the city. The complex is slated for the 3.4-acre vacant lot at the corner of Stewart and 9th streets, where Copeland Lumber was formerly located.

Tuesday, July 14

14 new COVID-19 cases in Carson City, Lyon and Douglas counties

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 14 new positive cases and five additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 474, with 322 recoveries and eight deaths, 144 cases remain active.

Pamela Lee "Cordoni" Ross

Pamela Lee "Cordoni" Ross October 27, 1947 ~ June 19, 2020

Willida Jeanne Lord

Willida Jeanne Lord, 84, of Carson City Nevada, passed way on July 9, 2020 and is in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. (775) 888-6800.

Nevada Senate passes bill to give state line of credit

The Senate on Tuesday amended and approved the bill designed to provide state government with a line of credit — essentially a short-term loan — to cover any unexpected, emergency funding issue. Treasurer Zach Conine, whose office developed the plan, said Senate Bill 4 would give the state Board of Finance several mechanisms of covering an existing, legislative approved debt if it was temporarily unable to pay that bill. The line of credit, note or debentures would be backed by future state revenues and would only be good for three years.

Nevada official traces new high in COVID-19 cases to July 4

LAS VEGAS — A record high on Tuesday in the daily number of positive coronavirus tests in Nevada may be the result of lax mask-wearing and a lack of social distancing during the Independence Day holiday, state officials said.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort eyes name change

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — California's popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort is considering changing its name to remove the word "squaw" — a derogatory term for Native American women — amid a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality.

Boyd Gaming laying off workers in 10 states

LAS VEGAS — A U.S. casino company with 29 properties in 10 states is laying off thousands of employees, citing a slow restart to business following closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. said in a statement Monday that an unspecified number of furloughed employees will not return to work.

NAS Fallon releases name of pilot killed in small airplane

Naval Air Station Fallon released on Monday the name of a medical officer who was killed Tuesday (July 7) in a single-engine airplane crash in the South Lake Tahoe Basin.

Leader of Nevada fight against Yucca Mountain nuclear dump retires

LAS VEGAS — The man whose name is synonymous with Nevada's opposition to building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain northwest of Las Vegas is ending a career after three decades of service under Democratic and Republican governors.

Monday, July 13

Sisolak lists federal cash to Nevada to fight the pandemic

The Sisolak administration on Monday released documents laying out the CARES Act and other federal money Nevada has received to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

First budget bills of special session get a vote

After five days, lawmakers in the 31st Special Legislative Session finally voted on two bills, passing them late in the evening and sending them to the governor’s desk.

7 new COVID-19 cases in Carson, Douglas and Lyon

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting seven new positive cases and two additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 460, with 317 recoveries and eight deaths, 135 cases remain active.

Laura Lee Daniels

Laura Lee Daniels September 18, 1957 ~ July 1, 2020 Passed away unexpectedly in Carson City, NV at the age of 62.

Matthew Lafayette Mahe

Matthew Lafayette Mahe December 31, 1981 - June 30, 2020 It is with great sadness that the family of Matthew Mahe announces his passing.

Dora Mollie Ellen Rogallo

Dora Mollie Ellen Rogallo June 29, 1917 ~ July 9, 2020

Ivar Norman Jones

Ivar Norman Jones, 88 of Gardnerville, passed away on July 9, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 775-888-6800.

Judge denies Nevada off-road challenge to grouse protection

RENO — A federal judge has upheld the U.S. Forest Service's authority to keep a 250-mile motorcycle race out of sage grouse habitat in Nevada's high desert, rejecting a lawsuit by off-road vehicle enthusiasts who argued the agency illegally short-circuited the environmental review process.

Carson City Chamber Leadership Institute graduates 20

The Carson City Chamber Institute Leadership Class of 2020 graduated on Wednesday, July 8. Twenty students were presented their Leadership Certificate of Completion by Mayor Robert Crowell — honorary graduate of the Class of 2012 — who has presented each class with their certificates since becoming mayor in 2008.

Summer league baseball resumes with safety challenges

As the big leagues look to open in the coming weeks, high school baseball in Northern Nevada has been quick to re-launch after losing a majority of the spring season.

Western Nevada College offers comforts of home to students in uncertain times

Many high school seniors and current college students will have difficult decisions to make before entering or resuming their college education this fall. In wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the way instruction is delivered, many students are waiting to see what colleges and universities are planning for their mode of instruction for fall semester and what contingencies are in place.

Rabies confirmed in bats in Northern Nevada

The Nevada Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Laboratory has confirmed seven positive rabies cases in bats in Clark and Washoe counties, according to a news release.

Nevada reports 845 additional COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

Health officials in Nevada reported 845 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday along with one more known death. That pushes the totals to 27,683 positive coronavirus cases around the state with 593 known deaths.

Carson City supervisors could reinstate capital projects

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday will decide whether to go ahead with capital improvement projects postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, Carson City finance staff projected sales tax revenue could drop as much 35 percent due to the government shutdown so the board decided to delay some capital improvement projects until actual collections came in.

Sunday, July 12

Carson City birth announcements for June 8 to July 1, 2020

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center To Laura Musgrave and Franklin Laidiey of Carson City, Kalena Genee Malia Laidiey, born June 8, 2020, weighing 5 pounds and 2 ounces.

10 new COVID-19 cases in Carson and Lyon on Sunday; total cases past 450

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 10 new positive cases and no additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Sunday. This brings the total number of cases to 453, with 315 recoveries and eight deaths, 130 cases remain active.

Study: Realign Appion, Snyder in south Carson City

A traffic study has concluded realigning Appion Way and Snyder Avenue and adding a traffic signal is a priority for fast-growing south Carson City. The study by Headway Transportation was commissioned by Public Works and funded by redevelopment money and in response to both the south Carson Street project, which is reducing lanes on the road, and continuing development in the area, which is increasing traffic at the same time.

Top 30: MLB’s best have been visitors in Reno

The best of Major League Baseball has graced Greater Nevada Field since the Reno Aces arrived in Northern Nevada in 2009. Most Valuable Players, Cy Young Award winners, Rookies of the Year, major league home run champions, batting champions, Gold Glove winners, pitchers who have tossed no-hitters as well as World Series champions have played in downtown Reno near the banks of the Truckee River.

Kelly Bullis: Will 10-year averaging work for you?

Now here’s a tax trick for some folks. If you were born before Jan. 2, 1936 and you’re taking a lump-sum distribution from a qualified retirement plan, you may use an OLD tax strategy, long forgotten, called “10-Year Averaging.” 10-Year Averaging is exactly what it says, in effect, you’re treated as if you’re receiving the payout over 10 years for tax purposes. Why is this helpful? Tax rates go up when your income goes up, and by basically coming up with the top applicable tax rate if you only reported 1/10th of the lump-sum amount, your total tax could be significantly lower!

Man with 3 warrants now has new drug 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.

Bill would create line of credit to cover Nevada budget shortfall

Prompted by the pandemic’s impact on state revenues, Nevada Treasurer Zach Conine has introduced a bill that would give the state a way to cover a fiscal emergency by opening a short-term loan backed by the state’s future revenues.

Saturday, July 11

9 new COVID-19 cases in Carson, Douglas, Lyon; 14 recoveries

Carson City Health and Human Services reported nine new positive cases and 14 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Saturday. This brings the total number of cases to 443, with 315 recoveries and eight deaths, 120 cases remain active.

Della Louise McKnight

Della Louise McKnight April 24, 1927 - July 8, 2020

Robert Roy Jones

Robert Roy Janes, 73 of Carson City Nevada, Passed away on July 7, 2020 And is in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations (775)888-6800.

Joe Santoro: Ivy League shows it's the smartest, again

Leave it to the Ivy League to be the voice of reason in college athletics. While the rest of college athletics is proceeding as if the coronavirus pandemic is a thing of the past, the Ivy League recently announced it has canceled its fall sports season. Harvard, Yale, Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia and Princeton will not conduct athletic events until at least Jan. 1, 2021. “We are entrusted to create and maintain an educational environment that is guided by health and safety considerations,” the Ivy League Council of Presidents said in a statement. The Ivy League was also ahead of the curve when it announced March 10 it had canceled its postseason basketball tournament. Right now, as coronavirus cases spike throughout the country (nothing much has changed since March), it would make sense for other conferences to follow the Ivy League’s lead once again. But don’t count on it.

Jim Valentine: Problems in the escrow

Problems will arise during the course of the escrow process, it just happens. We’ve long said about our real estate profession “The essence of the job is solving problems!” Things can be sailing along when out of nowhere a challenge is presented. That is when your agent will earn his keep. Escrow challenges can come from either party or outside influences. Outside influences can include a lender issue, whether it be their incompetence in performance, or their efficiency that turns up a processing problem.

Sheriff says Carson City crime down for first 6 months of 2020

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong on Thursday released a report showing that overall crime decreased 6 percent in the first six months of 2020 compared with the same periods of 2018 and 2019.

Nevada unemployment claims rise 12 percent in week ended July 4

The number of initial unemployment claims increased 12.4 percent in the week ended July 4, to 12,484. That is the second consecutive week of increased regular claims. Just 131 new claims were filed in Carson City and 69 in Douglas. Churchill reported 24 new claims and Lyon County 66. Storey County reported just one initial claim for the week.

Roger Diez: Wall-to-wall racing ahead

If you thought last weekend had a busy racing schedule, just wait for the upcoming week. We have NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, and Formula 1 all in action from this past Thursday to next Wednesday.

Friday, July 10

Carson, Douglas report 11 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 11 new positive cases and nine additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 434, with 301 recoveries and eight deaths, 125 cases remain active. The new cases are:

Louie Raymond Houlet

Louie Raymond Houlet September 3, 1948 - July 2, 2020

COVID-19 positive test reported at Nevada Legislature

Someone who works in the Nevada legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus as lawmakers debate emergency measures involving the pandemic, an official said Friday.

Churchill County doesn’t meet state’s criteria for shutting down bars

Thanks to an ongoing community-based testing effort and a relatively low COVID case numbers, Churchill County has not met any of the state-mandated criteria for closing bars and distilleries.

Carson City Sheriff's Office seeking 16-year-old runaway

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is asking for assistance in locating a runaway juvenile.

Sisolak adds 5 counties to bar closure list

LAS VEGAS — Bars in seven Nevada counties were ordered Friday to once again shut their doors and re-impose limits on restaurants because of the coronavirus.

Phreemium performs Saturday at Flatbed Series

Phreemium plays in Carson City on Saturday as part of the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert Series.

Nevada Democrats aim to block Nellis bombing range expansion

LAS VEGAS — Gov. Steve Sisolak said he is backing Nevada's Democratic congressional delegation, which is opposing a military effort to widen the boundaries of a vast U.S. Air Force bombing range into a national wildlife refuge.

Summer means salads, by Linda Marrone

My goodness, it’s already July and the year is half over and in the case of 2020, this is a good thing. I’d like to think the worst is behind us but I’m not sure about that either. One thing I do know though is cooking as well as eating are both still happening and that is a positive.

Dayton church appeals virus attendance cap to U.S. Supreme Court

RENO — Leaders of a Dayton church are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend the state's 50-person cap on religious gatherings while an appellate court considers their claim that COVID-19 restrictions treating casinos and others more leniently violate their constitutional right to freely exercise their beliefs.

Lawsuit: Nevada lawmakers violate law with government day jobs

LAS VEGAS — Nine Nevada legislators who also work in state and local government jobs are violating a provision of the state constitution separating powers, a conservative think tank argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless gets COVID-19 grant from Humane Society

Feeding Pets of the Homeless, a national animal welfare nonprofit based in Carson City, received a $5,000 grant. The Humane Society of the United States grant helps to provide financial assistance towards fulfilling their mission.

Thursday, July 9

Sisolak again orders bars to shut down in some counties

Pointing to the rapidly rising number of positive virus cases, especially in Nevada’s large urban areas, Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday ordered bars to once again close their doors at midnight Friday.

11 new COVID-19 cases, 21 recoveries reported Thursday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 11 new positive cases and 21 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 423, with 292 recoveries and eight deaths, 123 cases remain active.

Matthew Mahe

Matthew Mahe, age 38, of Reno, NV passed away on June 30, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

John B. McWhorter, Jr.

John B. McWhorter, Jr. October 20, 1930 ~ July 3, 2020 With profound sadness we announce the passing of John B. McWhorter, Jr., loving husband and father, on July 3, 2020.

Rickey Robert

Rickey Roberts, age 57, of Carson City, NV passed away on July 4, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

William Glen Arell

William Glen Arell, 46 of Mound House, passed away on July 8, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 775-888-6800.

elliotte "Edge" Shoshone

Elliotte "Edge" Shoshone age 29, of Carson City, NV passed away on July 5, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

No pardons issued yet for low-level marijuana convictions

LAS VEGAS — Three weeks after Nevada announced the state would unconditionally pardon people who were convicted of possessing a small amount of pot, no pardons have been issued.

Petition wants Carson City schools to reopen

A new online petition is available for parents and community members asking the Carson City School District to open schools full-time in the fall for the 2020-21 school year. The petition is collecting signatures ahead of the school board’s meeting Tuesday during which trustees will hear the first draft of Superintendent Richard Stokes’ reopening instructional committee’s plan.

School board OKs Chartwells food services contract

The Carson City School District Board of Trustees has approved a food service management contract with Chartwells for 2020-21 not to exceed a $50,000 administrative fee and a management fee not to surpass 8 cents per meal for 10 months with funding to be provided from the district’s nutrition fund. The contract also includes a guaranteed subsidy of $280,138 that Chartwells agrees to cover as the district typically runs a deficit in its nutrition services program on an annual basis. If the program generates a larger deficit at a cost of $300,000, hypothetically, Chartwells would cover the $20,000 balance, district chief financial officer AJ Feuling said.

JoAnne Skelly: Honey bee colony counts

The Bee Informed Partnership (www.beeinformed.org) is a national collaboration of leading agricultural science universities and research labs that examines and tries to better understand honey bee declines in the United States.

CARES Act could cover large percent of Nevada special session costs

Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Brenda Erdoes said Thursday it looks like the federal CARES Act will pay for a large percentage of the cost of the special legislative session. Erdoes said that includes not only increased staff and operational costs but to cover costs of the Plexiglas shields and other modifications LCB has had to make in the building and the Senate and Assembly chambers.

Virtual forum on police practices set for Saturday

Sierra Nevada Forums is holding a virtual event on policing practices. The event will be Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. via Zoom online conferencing.

Study: COVID-19 test results undercount Nevada case numbers

RENO — The first coronavirus antibody study conducted in Nevada suggests COVID-19 test results dramatically underestimate the number of people who actually have been infected by the disease, health officials said Wednesday.

Alcohol server training offered remotely through Partnership Carson City

Partnership Carson City, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and school resource officers are working together to offer a no-cost, certificate education on Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws. The collaborators are providing a server training 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 via Zoom. Upon successful completion of the hour-long course, participants receive a certification to sell and serve alcohol.

Nevada Supreme Court hears racial arguments on DUI murder charges

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Supreme Court justices are considering whether to overturn a second-degree murder charge against Ronald Leavell, who authorities say caused a fatal crash in 2017 while high on marijuana and driving up to 80 mph over the speed limit.

Nevada regulators OK Reno's Eldorado buying Caesars

LAS VEGAS — Reno-based Eldorado Resorts Inc. received the go-ahead Wednesday from Nevada casino regulators to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a $17.3 billion deal creating a gambling giant owning or operating 55 properties in 16 U.S. states and several other countries.

Nevada senator calls for veterans’ cemetery in Elko

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., is asking the BLM and National Cemetery Administration to support the creation of a national veterans’ cemetery in Elko.

Wednesday, July 8

Special session convenes to cover a nearly $1.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget deficit

The 31st special session of the Nevada Legislature convened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, charged by Gov. Steve Sisolak with cutting almost $1.2 billion from the fiscal 2021 budget

11 new COVID-19 cases in Carson, Douglas and Lyon on Wednesday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eleven new positive cases and five additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 412, with 271 recoveries and eight deaths, 133 cases remain active. The new cases are:

Steven Duane Linnell

Steven Duane Linnell March 16, 1955 ~ June 9, 2020 Steven D. Linnell passed away June 9, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada.

Virginia Ann Lerud

Virginia Ann Lerud October 25, 1934 - July 2, 2020

Cahal Doherty

Cahal Doherty, 85 of Carson City passed away on June 23, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Joan Ruth McDonnell

Joan Ruth McDonnell, 90 of Carson City, passed away on July 8, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800.

James A. Hooper

James A. Hooper, 75 of Incline Village, passed away on July 7, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800.

Christian A Kiechler

Christian A Kiechler, 81 of Virginia City, passed away on July 6, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800.

Carson High grad, Livermore, takes over as golf development professional at Silver Oak

For Ryan Livermore, the chance to return home to Carson City and Northern Nevada presented an opportunity he couldn’t pass on.

Moretto selected as this year’s Cantaloupe Festival queen

This year’s Fallon Cantaloupe Festival queen made her first official appearance Saturday in the annual Fourth of July parade.

Special session raises coronavirus concern in Carson City

A day before the Nevada Legislature convened for a special budget session, Kelly Crompton, a lobbyist for the city of Las Vegas, boarded a Southwest flight and headed north to Carson City. Air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic felt wrong, Compton wrote in a Twitter post . But as a consolation, she observed that half of the passengers were also headed to the state's special legislative session. Compton wore multiple face coverings as protection against COVID-19.

Carson City church school gets $72,000 homeland security grant

Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, both D-Nev., Monday announced $10 million in homeland security grants for the state of Nevada. They said the funding will be used to protect the state and cities as well as places of worship and public transportation systems.

Carson Tahoe Health reopens clinics at Walmarts

Carson Tahoe Health’s clinics inside the Topsy Lane and Market Street Walmart stores have reopened. “We realize the threat of COVID-19 is not the only medical concern people are experiencing. As always, our top priority is the safety of our patients, staff, and community,” said Erin Meyering, spokesperson for the Carson City hospital.

Flags at half-staff to honor slain Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has ordered that flags at state buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff Wednesday in honor of a Highway Patrol sergeant killed in the line of duty.

Fourth of July parade recognizes health workers

This year’s annual Fourth of July parade recognized the community’s health care workers as well as honoring the theme of “Spring Sports, Apple Pie and the 4th of July.”

Commissioners approve ballot question for fire department

Churchill County Commissioners approved a resolution at their July 1 meeting that authorizes an election to provide funding for the Fallon Churchill Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase and repair of major fire equipment.

Churchill, Lyon counties to receive over $2.3 million

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has announced the U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded Nevada counties a total of $27.87 million through the Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

What long-term effects could COVID-19 have on your lungs?

It has been non-stop discovery for medical professionals battling COVID-19. That can be hard to see when we’re living in the here-and-now. But it’s true.

Fallon Food Hub receives funding through CARES act

The Nevada Department of Agriculture has announced 13 organizations including the Fallon Food Hub will be awarded Community Food Response relief funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Pets are perfect for pandemic relief

Staying home is great for a while but if you live alone it can get very lonely as the weeks wear on. Interestingly, the COVID-19 virus and all its restrictions have sparked an uptick in pet fostering and adoptions across America. According to PetPoint, the fostering rate is up 87 percent over last year.

The Nevada Traveler: Nevada rules when it comes to unusual place names

While many of the Nevada’s mountain, canyons, cities, springs and geographic landmarks have pretty traditional names and honor politicians, pioneers or pathfinders, the state is filled with places with decidedly more colorful monikers like Forlorn Hope Springs, Halfpint Range and Hogpen Shoot.

Guiding principles for high school sports

The NIAA released an update last week regarding the fall high school season, which includes guiding principles about competition, adjustments in sites for the state tournaments and the first girls wrestling tournament.

Greenwave HOF announces 4th induction class

During his time playing on Bradley Field, John Kitts started as the team’s center as a sophomore and never looked back.

Nevada virus cases approaching 24,000 but ventilator use remains low

But Caleb Cage, who is managing the governor’s virus monitoring program, said contrary to what one website said, the Silver State does not have the nation’s highest percentage rate of positives. He said the evidence is that Nevada’s positive rate is similar to other states.

Tuesday, July 7

Sisolak calls special session to start Wednesday morning to address $1.2 billion shortfall

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday issued a fiscal report estimating the budget shortfall for the 2021 fiscal year at $1.2 billion. But it wasn’t until after 5 p.m. Tuesday that he issued the constitutionally-required proclamation calling the Wednesday at 9 a.m. session — less than 16 hours before the session start.

Carson man is eighth COVID-19 death in region; 10 new positive cases

Carson City Health and Human Services reported an eighth death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Tuesday. The individual was a male Carson City resident in his 60s with no reported underlying conditions. CCHHS is also reporting ten new positive cases and six additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region.

Sidney (Sid) Dennis Smith

Sidney (Sid) Dennis Smith July 9, 1954 - June 29, 2020

Louie R Houlet

Louie R. Houlet, age71, of Silver Springs, NV passed away on July 2, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home.

LauraLee Daniela

LauraLee Daniels, age 62, of Dayton, NV passed away on July 1, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home.

JoAnne Skelly: Taking it indoors

I’m not a fan of toiling in the heat. I do very little yard work when it’s hot. Sure, I could get up at dawn and garden for a couple of hours or stay up late and work in the yard at sunset, but I rarely do. After our COVID-19 spring where I put in long hours doing yard maintenance, I have succumbed to the heat and taken my gardening, such as it is, indoors.

Nevada businesses, hospitality got $4B in federal loans

LAS VEGAS — Nevada business received more than $4 billion in loans under a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Data released by the U.S. Treasury Department this week showed more than 42,000 loans were issued to businesses in the Silver State, with some of the biggest benefactors including the state's hospitality industry, along with doctors, dentists, lawyers and car dealers, according to federal data.

Carson City-based development district gets $400,000 in fed funding

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce has awarded $400,000 to the Western Nevada Development District of Carson City to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release.

Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike brings awareness to veteran suicide

Veterans and active duty service members will take to the streets of Reno on July 18 for the Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike to bring awareness to veteran suicide. During the 2020 season, more than 60 events will bring thousands of veterans together across the United States including Nevada. Veteran and military participants hike anywhere from 6 to 14 miles, some carrying heavy packs, some in wheelchairs, but all in a spirit of support and camaraderie with a singular mission — to eliminate veteran suicide.

After dismal spring, business is booming at Reno-Carson tattoo shops

Mark McKinnon knows tattoos are not essential. In fact, he’ll go out of his way to tell you. “I’m always the one to tell my clients, if it’s family, if it’s emergency, if you need to pay your power bill, do not get a tattoo,” McKinnon, owner/tattoo artist of Marked Studios, said in a phone interview with the Northern Nevada Business Weekly. “It’s not that important — it will wait.”

Panera, Chick-Fil-A delayed, Capriotti's open in Carson City

The retail mall and future site of Carson City’s first Chick-Fil-A and Panera Bread restaurants has been delayed. “It’s a combination of Starbuck’s pulling out of it and COVID,” said C.W. Clark, the San Diego-based developer who is building the project. “But we got a good tenant out (of) it, Panera Bread.” Chick-Fil-A is building its own building at the South Carson Street site and should begin construction on it in the next few weeks, said Clark.

Monday, July 6

State budget shortfall projected $1.2 billion for FY 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak Monday issued a fiscal report estimating the budget shortfall for the 2021 fiscal year at $1.2 billion. The new numbers are based on the most recent tax collections in a laundry list of revenue streams including the sales tax that provides the largest percentage of General Fund revenue.

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

Carson City Health and Human Services reported six new positive cases and no additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Monday. This brings the total number of cases to 391, with 260 recoveries and seven deaths, 124 cases remain active. The new cases are:

Thurman Hiskett

Thurman Hiskett July 10, 1940 - July 6, 2020 Thurman Hiskett passed away at his home in Fallon on the morning of Monday, July 6, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born July 10, 1940 in Fallon, Nevada to Howard and Irene Hiskett.

Cynthia Diane Burchard

Cynthia Diane Burchard May 23, 1957 - July 2, 2020 Cynthia Diane Burchard, age 63, passed away on July 2, 2020 at her home in Fallon, NV. She was born May 23, 1957 in Dinuba, CA to Chalmus and Georgia Yarbro Tuey.

James Russell Beattie

James Russell Beattie May 18th, 1965 - May 31st, 2020 James passed away at home May 31st, 2020, he was 55 years old. He was born may 18th, 1965 in Redwood City, CA. to Arville Glenn(Bud) and Joan Demar Beattie.

Carson City hosts ‘drive-in’ movies starting Wednesday

Movie theaters may be closed, but Carson City has a makeshift drive-in theater for the summer.

Agriculture funds 13 community food providers with pandemic money

The Nevada Department of Agriculture has awarded 13 organizations across the state Community Food Response Relief funding through the federal CARES Act. Ag Director Jennifer Ott said the application process was very competitive with 48 organizations applying for more than $11 million in funding. Agriculture had just $2.88 million to give out to address pandemic food insecurity.

Keep supporting your local business owners, by Angela Bullentini Wolf

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every industry, and small business owners are trying to keep up with the challenges presented by tweaking their business models to meet the changing needs of their customers, all the while doing what it takes to stay open in this difficult market.

County experiences jump in COVID cases

Churchill County officials reported Monday a jump in positive COVID cases to a total of nine active positives among county residents.

ATV not street legal and neither is meth, 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.

Critical fire danger warning issued for Monday afternoon

A red flag warning for critical fire danger has been issued for 2-9 p.m. Monday along the Sierra Front. Gusty winds and low humidity are expected along the Highway 395 corridor through Western Nevada, according to the National Weather Service.

Cortez Masto joins legislation to overturn Trump’s citizenship data order

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has joined in sponsoring legislation to strike down President Trump’s order requiring federal agencies to share citizenship information for political purposes.

Backed by GOED funds, ag-biotech startup spins out of DRI

In 2014, Reno native Brian Speicher took a job that brought him back to the Biggest Little City. After carving out a 20-year career in the life sciences private sector on the East Coast, primarily in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry, Speicher returned home to be the Desert Research Institute’s first-ever business development lead.

Sunday, July 5

Carson, Douglas, Lyon report six new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported six new positive cases and no additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Sunday. This brings the total number of cases to 385, with 260 recoveries and seven deaths, 118 cases remain active.

Unlike cities, rural Nevada schools plan classroom lessons

In Goldfield, a historic small mining town between Las Vegas and Reno, students and teachers are relatively unfazed by the idea of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

First responders gain wellness support via new website

Statewide partners collaborated to launch Nevada’s first website focused on first responder Crisis Intervention Team training and other behavioral health resources which can be found at nvcit.org.

Kelly Bullis: Happy Independence Day – except for taxes

I saw a funny post on Facebook recently. It said, “I think on July 4, I’m gonna throw some candy out the front door, cook a turkey, put the Christmas tree up and Sing Auld Lang Syne. I’m done with 2020!” Half the year is now behind us, and for those who are going to stick it out using the normal calendar, hopefully it will get better. I mean, how bad can it get? Is an alien invasion next? Maybe the Rapture?

Gambling support led to accusation 1948 Nevada football team threw game

The 1948 college football season brought a seemingly non-stop whirlwind of national headlines, records, recognition and scandal to the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Dozens of prospects, thousands of jobs in Reno-Carson pipeline

Back in 2014, when Mike Kazmierski and members of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada visited the Bay Area in efforts to attract companies to the region, they often left empty-handed — they often got “yeah, but…” feedback. “I’d have people say, ‘you’re right, Reno is the best move for us, but there’s no way my employees would even consider moving to Reno,’” Mike Kazmierski said in a phone interview with the Northern Nevada Business Weekly. “Their perception and image of Reno was very negative.”

Saturday, July 4

7 new COVID-19 cases in Lyon, Douglas and Carson on Saturday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting seven new positive cases and no additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 379, with 260 recoveries and seven deaths, 112 cases remain active.

Carson City road report for July 6 to 12, 2020

Road Report as of July 2. The following information applies to the period of July 6-12: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: • Airport Road remains closed in both directions between Woodside Drive and Menlo Drive for installation of new sewer and water utilities. Airport Road will also be closed in the southbound direction only between U.S. 50 and Woodside Drive, Monday-Friday, all day. Northbound Airport Road will remain open. Residential and business access will also be allowed. JAC service will continue; however, detours will be in effect.

Joe Santoro: Nevada Wolf Pack receivers have great names, great hands

Why did the New England Patriots decide to sign Cam Newton instead of Colin Kaepernick? Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016 but Newton was injured last year. Newton is 31-years-old and a little beat up. Kaepernick is 32 and fresh. Newton has completed 59.6 percent of his NFL passes while Kaepernick has connected 59.8 percent of the time. Newton has 182 touchdown passes and 108 interceptions while Kaepernick, in 56 fewer games, has 72 touchdowns and 30 picks. Newton has 4,806 yards rushing while Kaepernick, one of the greatest running quarterbacks in the history of the sport, has 2,300 yards on 559 fewer carries. Both took a team to a Super Bowl and lost. Both were drafted in 2011. They are basically the same quarterback except, of course, that Kaepernick has taken a knee during the anthem. We need the answers to just two questions now. Does Kaepernick really want to play? Does the NFL really want him on a roster? Until the answer to both those questions is yes, nothing else matters.

Carson City's Charlotte Sulzbach celebrates 100th birthday

Charlotte Sulzbach of The Lodge in Carson City will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 5.

Jim Valentine: Who will buy your house?

When you make plans to remodel, paint, add on to, or otherwise change your home, one thing to always consider is who will buy your home. Even if you “aren’t ever going to sell,” you should make your changes with the buyer of your home in mind for things change over time and you just might find yourself selling for one reason or another. Homes come in all sizes, shapes, floorplans and styles to appeal to the varied tastes, wants and needs of buyers. Whether you are just making changes, or ready to sell, it is a good idea to identify who would be a typical buyer for your home.

Gold Star memorial marks one-year anniversary

One year ago, the Northern Nevada community dedicated its first Gold Star Families Memorial to remember the sacrifices of people losing a loved one in military service to their country. For others, time is measured in different increments.

Friday, July 3

11 new COVID-19 cases in Carson, Douglas and Lyon; 13 now hospitalized

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 11 new positive cases and two additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 372, with 260 recoveries and seven deaths, 105 cases remain active.

Nevada senators demand Amtrak protect rural jobs, long distance services

Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, both D-Nev., joined by two other Democratic senators, are urging Amtrak not to reduce service in rural areas.

Roger Diez: Historic weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

This is a historic weekend. It’s the first time both NASCAR stock cars and the open-wheel Indy Cars will run on the same weekend at the same facility. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is hosting both the IndyCar GMS Grand Prix on the road course and the NASCAR Cup on the oval. And the Xfinity series will also be on the road course for the Pennzoil 150. The IndyCar race will air starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the Xfinity series to follow at noon. Sunday coverage of the NASCAR Cup Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 will begin at 1 p.m. PDT. All three races will air on NBC.

Laughlin casinos confirm COVID-19 employee cases; some close

LAUGHLIN — Some hotels and casinos in Laughlin. Nevada, have closed again after employees tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

‘Battleborn band’ Moxy Ruckus entertaining Carson City for the Fourth

A new band with deep roots in the area is ready to rock Carson City as part of the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert Series.

Sisolak’s mask mandate prompts push to 'live free'

LAS VEGAS — A coronavirus mask mandate by the Democratic governor of Nevada is drawing protests and organized opposition from a self-described conservative Republican activist who vows to target elected officials he says threaten personal liberty

Legislative Police get pay grade increase but director says no actual pay raises

The Legislative Commission earlier this month approved a three-grade reclassification for the Legislative Police. However, Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Brenda Erdoes said at this point none of the officers will actually get more money in their paychecks.

Carson City Sheriff's Office investigating property destruction case

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is asking for assistance in identifying subjects involved in a destruction of property case.

Carson City Sheriff’s probing anti-law enforcement graffiti

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is asking for assistance in identifying subjects involved in a destruction of property case.

Churchill County School District works with NDE on instruction options

The Churchill County School District’s Board of Trustees discussed at their monthly meeting Wednesday local plans to restart instruction for the next school year.

Nevada counties will get almost $28 million to offset non-taxable federal land

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced Tuesday the federal Department of the Interior has awarded Nevada counties a total of $27.87 million through the Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

Thursday, July 2

Carson, Lyon report 7 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Carson City Health and Human Services reported seven new positive cases and three additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 361, with 258 recoveries and seven deaths, 96 cases remain active.

Marcella Yvonne 'Marcey" George

Marcella Yvonne "Marcey" George August 16, 1958 - June 22, 2020

Barbara Jean Thornton

Barbara Jean Thornton April 2, 1942 - June 29, 2020

Organizers end effort to try to recall Las Vegas mayor

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada group that organized to try to recall the mayor of Las Vegas says it is ending the effort after failing to collect voter signatures.

Unemployment website offline Thursday night

The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation website will be shut down this evening for system upgrades.

Rate of Nevada virus cases nearly triple from late May

LAS VEGAS — Officials said Wednesday that the rate of coronavirus cases reported each day in Nevada is nearly three times higher than a month ago.

Half of Carson City area coronavirus cases exposed by unknown source, supervisors told

Half of the individuals who have contracted the coronavirus in Carson City and Quad-County area were infected through community spread. That means that half the 345 people known to have the virus were exposed to it from an unknown source. The other half of infections can be traced back to contact with an individual — family, friend, co-worker or other person — who had already tested positive.

Nevada's Cortez Masto calls for vote on Senate pandemic stimulus bill

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., said Thursday that she and numerous other senators are waiting for a vote on the latest pandemic stimulus bill. “We all want to know why we’re waiting,” she said. “The House passed their bill a month and a half ago. One man thinks we’re not ready yet. That man is Mitch McConnell.”

Carson City commits funds to Bank Saloon project

The Bank Saloon restoration project is getting a boost from Carson City. The Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee approved a $25,000 match under the city’s Facade Improvement Program for the historic building’s exterior rehab.

Nevada gaming control inspecting and monitoring licensees

The Gaming Control Board has opened 111 investigative cases looking into allegations of non-compliance with health and safety policies since Nevada casinos were allowed to reopen June 4. But that is a small percentage of the 1,453 inspections of non-restricted licensees and 6,008 inspections of restricted licensees conducted over the past month.

Wednesday, July 1

Misty J. Buttner

Misty J. Buttner, 59, died June 30, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

8 new COVID-19 cases in Carson, Douglas and Lyon counties; 12 recoveries

Carson City Health and Human Services reported eight new positive cases and 12 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region on Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 354, with 255 recoveries and seven deaths, 92 cases remain active.

Sisolak calls special session of Nevada Legislature for July 8

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday plans to call the Legislature into special session July 8 to deal with the state budget crisis. Because of the economic shutdown ordered to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Nevada finance experts say state revenues fell more than $812 million below what was originally budgeted in the fiscal year ended this week and will be as much as $1 billion below budget for fiscal 2021.

Carson City summer concert series canceled

The Brewery Arts Center has officially canceled this summer’s Levitt AMP concerts.

Nevada defends attendance cap in U.S. appeals court case with Dayton church

RENO — Lawyers for the state of Nevada say the 50-person cap placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn't infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn't target anyone's ideology or opinion.

Peavine Mountain wildfire 95% contained

RENO — Fire officials say a wildfire on the edge of Reno that destroyed a home and forced hundreds of evacuations over the weekend is now 95% contained but they still haven't determined what started it. More than 100 personnel remain on scene focusing primarily on fire suppression repair. A federal team managing the incident plans to turn control of the fire back over to local jurisdictions on Thursday.

8 residents, 14 staff positive for virus at Northern Nevada State Veterans Home

SPARKS — The Northern Nevada State Veterans Home was notified Tuesday that two additional residents and nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release.

Vegas officer shot at protest heads to spinal cord center

LAS VEGAS — A police officer who was shot in the head during a Las Vegas Strip protest of the death of George Floyd departed Wednesday for an out-of-state medical facility.

Carson City moves forward on hemp lawsuit, policy

Carson City is working on a policy for hemp growing as it continues to fight a lawsuit brought by a cultivator who wants to grow on city open space land. The city recently responded to an amended complaint filed by Tahoe Hemp LLC, which now brings two other plaintiffs — James Jarrard as trustee of the Jimmie Pete Jarrard Children's Trust and Nevada Division of State Lands — into the action.

Otuafi, Andrews ink letters to play football at Feather River

A pair of state champions penned their letter of intent to continue playing football at the collegiate level.

Arizona man sentenced for illegally making ammunition related to Las Vegas massacre

A Mesa, Arizona man has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for manufacturing ammunition without a federal license.

Should you venture in? 4 coronavirus safety questions to consider

Is it really safe to return to the gym? Can I take yoga classes again? What about getting my hair and nails done?

News from Churchill County Sheriff Richard Hickox

The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office is in agreement with other area Sheriff's Offices regarding the Nevada Governor's Mask Directive issued on June 24.

County 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 celebrates America’s birthday

Fallon’s annual Fourth of July festivities are giving the nation a red, white and blue salute in the Lahontan Valley on Saturday.

Grand re-opening of an iconic landmark

Opening night — or in this case the Friday re-opening of Fallon Theatre after remodeling — sparkled on South Maine Street.

Hot dogs, hot paws and hurt pups!

Watson here, and in just a few days I’ll be eating hot dogs and celebrating Independence Day. Hot dogs are my absolute favorite treat! Hot dogs are great, but leaving your dog in a hot car isn’t. When mom and dad take me to Safeway, one of them stays in the car with me.