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Wednesday, September 30

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

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 19 new cases and 10 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,323, with 1,220 recoveries and 16 deaths, 87 cases remain active.

Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen, 59, of Fernley, passed away on September 29, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Lawsuit seeks emergency listing of rare Nevada wildflower

RENO — Environmentalists are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to try to force the emergency listing of a rare wildflower as an endangered species after much of its population was destroyed at the site of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada.

Mint 150 anniversary celebration continues with Saturday event in Carson City

The year-long sesquicentennial celebration of the Carson City Mint continues with a special minting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St.

Judge approves $800 million Las Vegas shooting settlement

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge has approved a total of $800 million in payouts from casino company MGM Resorts International and its insurers to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting that was the deadliest in recent U.S. history.

Voters to receive ballots beginning later this week

All active Churchill County voters should be receiving their ballots for the Nov. 3 general election beginning lager this week.

Fallon media responds to community on fatal crash

Both Editor Rachel Dahl from The Fallon Post and Editor Emeritus Steve Ranson from the Lahontan Valley News have been working together on the accident that killed a young Fallon boy, Jaiden Barajas, on Friday. Our community has also been rocked by the death of Miya Bentsen, who was also killed as a result of a crash, and Cesar Alvarado-Jauregui, whose body was discovered Friday morning.

Gaming win down 22 percent in August as major Nevada markets struggle

While Nevada’s major gaming markets continue to struggle, smaller, primarily local markets are doing better and are at or above what they were a year ago before the pandemic shut down the economy. Still hardest hit is the Las Vegas Strip which finished August at 39.2 percent or $317.3 million below what it was a year ago. The problem is the half-dozen major Strip resorts still closed including Park MGM, Planet Hollywood, the Rio and Tropicana.

Community offers support at candlelight vigil

More than 150 members of the community attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night to support the family of Jaiden Locarnini Barajas, a 13-year-old Churchill County Middle School student who was fatally struck by a GMC truck Friday morning near the intersection of Carson River Road and Rice Road.

Desert Oasis Teff & Gain receives SBA award

John Getto and Dave Eckert began growing teff as an experiment a decade ago but several years ago, they built a seed cleaning operation and began growing more types of gluten-free grains.

Spross named new public works director

With an eye toward growth, Churchill County welcomes Chris Spross as its new public works director.

Falling is no laughing matter

September is National Falls Prevention month, and with good reason. Falls are the number one cause of preventable injury-related deaths for those 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Today is dogs in politics day

Watson here and I want you to know that my family is over political commercials! That said, I’ve decided to take a stand on politics and run for elective office. I pledge not to interrupt your TV programs with my political ads.

The Nevada Traveler: Tonopah Historic Mining Park reaches deep into history

There is no better place to learn the story of central Nevada’s early 20th century mining boom than the Tonopah Historic Mining Park.

Frey Ranch Distillery wins top awards in Whiskies of the World awards

Frey Ranch Distillery, which recently released its Straight Bourbon and Straight Rye Whiskeys, has announced that both its whiskey releases have received gold medals, the top honor at the 2020 Whiskies of the World awards.

WNC News & Notes: High school seniors, Promise Scholarship deadline nears

High school students graduating from a Nevada high school in spring 2021 and planning to attend Western Nevada College in fall 2021 must apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship no later than Oct. 31.

Protesters won't leave street – until they're taken to jail, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

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

Nevada health insurance exchange posts rates for next year

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange announced Monday that insurance rates will increase 4.2 percent for 2021.

Tuesday, September 29

7 new cases, 12 recoveries Tuesday in Quad County COVID-19 report

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting seven new cases and 12 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,304, with 1,210 recoveries and 16 deaths, 78 cases remain active. The new cases are:

Lawrence Alfred Wahrenbrock

Lawrence Alfred Wahrenbrock March 21, 1949 - September 5, 2020 Lawrence Alfred Wahrenbrock passed away at age 71 on September 5th, 2020 at his home in Silver City, Nv. He was born to Orville and Barbara (Jayne) Wahrenbrock on March 21, 1949 in Glendale, CA. His attending physician was Dr. Miracle, a telling beginning to his incredible life.

Keneth A. Brimmer

Keneth A. Brimmer Keneth (Ken) Brimmer was born in Realto, California, where he spent his summers surfing and riding horses. He and his first wife, Virginia Magee (West), owned 140 acres where they raised their four daughters: Kimberly West, Victoria Russell, Kelly Workman, and Valorie Brimmer.

William D. McCulley

William D. McCulley, 52, died September 26, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Irene Luhrs

Irene s. Luhrs, 97, died September 27, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Sisolak raises limit on gatherings from 50 to 250 people during COVID-19

Gov. Steve Sisolak is lifting the limits on public gatherings in Nevada from 50 people to 250 in churches and other venues.

Goats helping reduce wildfire risk in Clear Creek

Goats from High Desert Graziers in Smith Valley are munching away on everything from sage and manzanita to cheat grass and even low-hanging pine branches in the Clear Creek watershed, reducing the risk of wildfire in that rugged terrain.

Standoff with woman asking Carson City deputies to kill her ends peacefully

A woman who called deputies asking them to kill her was on her way to the hospital Tuesday after a three-hour standoff on Prison Hill.

Goats helping reduce wildfire risk in Clear Creek

Goats from High Desert Graziers in Smith Valley are munching on the underbrush in the Clear Creek watershed, reducing the risk of wildfire in that rugged terrain.

MGM Resorts outlines COVID-19 screening option for conferences

LAS VEGAS — Casino giant MGM Resorts International is teaming with a firm that provided COVID-19 screenings for the National Hockey League playoffs and a health care provider to high-volume events in an optional conference attendee safety plan at its U.S. hotels and casinos, the company announced Tuesday. A system dubbed "Convene with Confidence" could help conventions and meetings resume, using technology and expert advice collected since the coronavirus pandemic began, MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle said.

Only one applicant so far for Carson City supervisor seat

The Ward 3 Supervisor opening has so far attracted one applicant. Robey Willis, who served as a Justice of the Peace for 22 years, from 1989 to 2011, has applied. Asked why he was applying, Willis said, “To pay back Carson City for being so good to me.”

Nevada one of 48 states in settlement over surgical mesh

Nevada is one of 48 states and the District of Columbia to receive payments from C.R. Bard, a maker of surgical mesh implants.

Photos: 3 killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California's wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuated. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

Lake Tahoe drowning victim pulled from 1,565-foot deep water

LAKE TAHOE — The body of a man who apparently drowned last month has been recovered from 1,565-foot deep water in Lake Tahoe, according to authorities. South Lake Tahoe Police Department officials said the recovery was the deepest ever recorded in Lake Tahoe, which is the second-deepest lake in the United States and fourth-deepest in North America at a maximum depth of 1,645 feet.

Bay Area-based tech company revolutionizing videoconferencing plugs into Northern Nevada

It’s a Friday morning in mid-September, and Steve Ernst has already been in offices in Vancouver, Atlanta, New York, London and Denmark. He’s met with people, popped into meetings, roamed offices. And he did it all from his house in the Carson Valley.

Monday, September 28

7 new COVID-19 cases, 13 recoveries in Quad County area Monday

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting seven new cases and 13 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Monday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,297, with 1,198 recoveries and 16 deaths, 83 cases remain active. The new cases are:

Rodney Richard Friedline

Rodney Richard Friedline, 76, of Carson City Nevada, passed away on September 26, 2020 and is in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations (775)888-6800.

Nevada awarded human trafficking grant

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has announced grants totaling more than $1.1 million to two groups working to support victims of human trafficking.

Clark, Nye counties keep coronavirus positivity rate near 10 percent

Nevada recorded no new deaths from the coronavirus since Sunday.

Column: Busch family hobby goes full circle at home in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The racing bug hit the Busch family long before the NASCAR champion brothers were born. Their father attended the first Daytona 500 in 1959 with his parents, and later, while working as a mechanic at a Las Vegas car dealership, he decided to try racing at the local short track.

Larkin commits to George Mason volleyball

After nine years of playing competitive soccer, Carson High’s Cami Larkin stepped into the Senator’s Morse Burley Gym as a freshman with a different attitude.

Nevada Department of Veterans Services announces veteran, supporter of month awards

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services has named John Warden as veteran of the month and Wendy Simons as veteran supporter of the month for September 2020. Warden, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has held leadership positions in many veterans’ service organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, the American Legion and the United Veterans Legislative Council.

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.

Nellie Mighels Davis takes her place in Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame

A pioneer in journalism for Nevada women was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame last week. Nellie Mighels Davis, former owner and publisher of the Nevada Morning Appeal, was inducted. Davis, Don Digilio, Dennis Myers, Cory Farley and Thomas Mitchell are the latest journalists to join Silver State giants like Mark Twain, Hank Greenspun and Mike O’Callaghan in the distinguished group.

Sculptor shapes weapons into memorial of Las Vegas massacre

LAS VEGAS — Using 600 decommissioned guns from a New Mexico-based group, a Las Vegas artist has created a sculpture to be displayed in downtown Las Vegas on the third remembrance of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Work starts Tuesday on two Carson City parks

Carson City is investing more than $450,000 of residential construction tax revenues into playground improvements at John Mankins Park and Ronald D. Wilson Memorial Park, according to a news release. Improvements will include sidewalk and drainage repairs and the installation of benches along with new soft fall tile surfaces at both parks.

New fire scorches Napa-Sonoma wine country

ST. HELENA, Calif. — California firefighters battled destructive new wildfires in wine country north of San Francisco on Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already badly scorched state.

Fallon woman indicted for hiring hitman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kristy Lynn Felkins, 36, of Fallon, was indicted Thursday for a murder-for-hire plot, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Carson City supervisors examine possible zoning code changes

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday will discuss possible changes to Carson City’s zoning code. The Planning Commission has been reviewing Title 18, the section of the municipal code that covers zoning, as part of a years-long citywide project to overhaul the city code.

Sunday, September 27

Carson City's Brewery Arts Center adds another mural

A mural by artist Diana Uzzell now adorns the Second Street wall of the Brewery Arts Center. “When Diana approached us about creating a mural on the wall, I asked her to create ‘something Banksy’ with the pipes and obstacles already there. A few days later she sent me the design and I was beyond thrilled. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent we have here in Carson City,” says Gina Lopez, BAC executive director.

NDOT: Political signs not allowed on rights of way

The Nevada Department of Transportation is reminding folks that both state and federal rules prohibit political signs on highway right of way. In addition, they point out that the ban isn’t limited to political signage. The rules also bar yard sale, event, realty and business signs.

Carson City's Sierra Academy of Style celebrates 100th graduate

Sitting in class when she was younger, Hanna Masters took to styling other girls’ hair without realizing it. She developed such a knack for it, it became her dream. “I wanted to make other people feel good about themselves and be happy with how they look,” she said.

Jim Valentine: Leaving a trail

The good old days of shaking hands on a deal and calling it good are long gone. In fact, they are so far gone that a simple written contract isn’t sufficient any more to keep you out of potential legal trouble. Not that you’ve done anything wrong, but there are people floating around these days that look for opportunities to glean unjust riches from accusing without merit. Because of this real estate agents like to have a trail of written documentation to support their understandings and memorialize their communication.

Reno-Tahoe ski resorts prepping for unique season ahead in age of COVID

Back on Aug. 24, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe posted to Instagram a photo of sunbeams breaking through the clouds and splashing its terrain that overlooks Lake Tahoe. The caption read: “We’re getting ready for clearer skies and cooler temps. It won’t be long before the snow’s falling again!”

Saturday, September 26

James Ray Magness

James Ray Magness 1952 - 2020 James Ray Magness age 68, passed peacefully into eternal paradise on September 3rd 2020.

Carson City road report for September 28 to October 4, 2020

Road Report as of Sept. 24. The following information applies to Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: 8th Street will be closed between Carson Street and Stewart Street, Thursday, 4 a.m. to noon for utility work.

Red Defection: 4 days that turned college football in Nevada upside down

For four days in November 1993 the always tenuous world of college football in the state of Nevada was turned upside down.

Nevada mulls data reporting as rapid tests grow more common

As facilities throughout the United States prepare to expand the use of rapid coronavirus tests, Nevada officials are weighing how to incorporate them into the data they present to the public.

Kelly Bullis: Non-filers to get economic impact payment letters

Remember this number: 94,472. That is how many adults in Nevada did not file a tax return in either 2018 or 2019 with the IRS. They might be folks who only get Social Security and thus are not required to file. Perhaps their taxable income totals less than the Standard Deduction, and are thus not required to file.

Dayton girl to earn Eagle Scout, one year after girls admitted into Boy Scouts of America

With three brothers active in Boy Scouts of America, Suzanna Stankute grew up going to meetings. Still, she knew she would not have a chance to advance through the ranks or fully participate in the activities. “I never got to go on the campouts or any of that fun stuff, but I was always in the background,” she recalled.

Roger Diez: NASCAR starts round of 12 in Las Vegas

And then there were 12. Four drivers were eliminated from the NASCAR Cup playoffs last Saturday at Bristol, and the three-race round of 12 begins at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval Sunday. And Formula 1 is back in action after a week off.

Car stopped for no license plate, passenger arrested, 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.

Friday, September 25

6 new COVID-19 cases in Lyon County on Friday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eight new cases and 12 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,278, with 1,163 recoveries and 16 deaths, 99 cases remain active.

Churchill County sheriff investigating Friday morning homicide

The Churchill County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Friday morning death as a homicide.

NHP investigates crash that killed Churchill County Middle School student

The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a Friday morning crash that killed a Churchill County Middle School student shortly before noon.

Senator Square: Spirit Week begins at Carson High

It may be a bit quiet around the high school lately, but this will not stop the CHS Student Council from making their senior year one to remember. Leadership Adviser Ann Britt said, “I am pleased to announce the coronvirus cannot take the fun out of everything, so we are hosting a Spirit Week, Sept. 25 through Oct. 2, at CHS.” The theme is Retro-Homecoming, and the tie-dying began Friday with students bringing in their old shirts to school.

Walker Lake group to take water suit back to federal court

Lawyers representing Mineral County and the Walker Lake Working Group announced this week they intend to take a water rights case with broad implications back to federal appeals court to ask whether Nevada can adjust already allocated water rights to sustain rivers and lakes long-term.

Nevada virus positivity rate drops below 10 percent

Nevada’s cumulative positivity rate since the pandemic began is now below 10 percent for the first time in months.

Carson City official: Coronavirus vaccine for front-line workers possible in October

There’s a possibility a coronavirus vaccine will be available for first responders and critical medical personnel by the end of October. Carson City Health and Human Services Director Jeanne Freeman said Friday that the vaccine will be available to first tier workers.

Nevada lawmakers OK $20 million grant for rental assistance

The legislative Interim Finance Committee on Friday approved a series of grants to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic totaling $28.75 million. The grants covered a range of needs ranging from expanding access to rental assistance for businesses to plans to distribute the vaccine once a vaccine is available.

After delay, ballots to be mailed to Washoe County next week

Ballots will not be mailed to Washoe County residents this week because a vendor was unable to print them in time. Washoe County Registrar Deanna Spikula said ballots will instead be mailed out Oct. 2 and voters should start seeing them appear in their mailboxes soon after.

Railroad Track Car Excursion on the V & T Railway

On Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27, West Coast Railroaders Group will lead an excursion of railroad track cars on the Virginia and Truckee Railway. These track cars, once used by railroads to inspect and repair tracks, now exist primarily in the hands of private owners. Working with host railroads such as the V & T, West Coast Railroaders Group arranges such excursions so as to provide these private car owners a safe and legal means of enjoying operation of their cars.

Carson City schools to resume bus service Tuesday

The Carson City School District’s transportation services, which have been inoperable since the second full week of September, are scheduled to resume Tuesday, Superintendent Richard Stokes said at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Pizza with ingredients from the Carson City farmers market

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired: of COVID, the smoke, the political rhetoric, of cooking and more than cooking of planning what to cook.

Thursday, September 24

Storey, Lyon, Douglas counties see 8 total new COVID-19 cases

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eight new cases and 12 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,272, with 1,146 recoveries and 16 deaths, 110 cases remain active.

Erratic driver running stop signs doesn't have valid license, 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.

JoAnne Skelly: Build up your soil

I have often written about my friend Laura’s fantastic gardens. She has always had horses and chickens. Then, also having a tractor, she was able to turn and aerate large piles — all the ingredients and tools for outstanding compost.

Joe Santoro: Raiders representing Nevada

It is just a patch. We get it. It will not change the world. The rest of the country likely hasn’t even noticed it. But if you live in the state of Nevada it has to give you a sense of pride.

Nevada COVID-19 positivity rises after month-long decline

RENO — Likely spurred by increased exposures to the coronavirus at social gatherings during the Labor Day weekend, Nevada's statewide daily positivity rate for COVID-19 is on an upward trend after a steady decline over the past month, health officials say.

Sheriff: Crowds, alcohol, drugs fueling Las Vegas Strip violence

LAS VEGAS — Authorities are investigating the latest shooting outside a Las Vegas Strip resort amid a spike in violent crime around the city's marquee tourist area that police said Wednesday has led to at least 1,100 arrests since Aug. 1 and the seizure of more than 60 weapons.

New Reno DMV office to open in November

RENO — The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles plans to open its new office in south Reno on Nov. 2. The office, 9155 Double Diamond Parkway, has three kiosks outside to help expedite the customers’ experience, including the first drive-through kiosk in the nation. Other features include:

Eureka County asks Nevada lawmakers for open meetings law exemption

Officials in a rural Nevada county with significant mining assets want state lawmakers to carve out an exemption in the state's Open Meeting Law to allow them to discuss environmental assessments before the reports are released to the public.

The Nevada Traveler: Fred Hart, the Lying Club, and the town of Austin

Nineteenth-century journalist Fred Hart knew exactly what he was doing when he created the Sazarac Lying Club in the pages of Austin’s Reese River Reveille in 1873.

UNR researcher aims to advance understanding of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases

Every person carries around a 3-pound universe filled with billions of cells that communicate and orchestrate everything we do — from thinking to moving to sensing.

Wednesday, September 23

10 new COVID-19 cases in Carson City, Lyon County on Wednesday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 10 new cases and 14 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,264, with 1,134 recoveries and 16 deaths, 114 cases remain active.

Cheryl Lynn Crews

In Loving Memory Cheryl Lynn Crews March 4, 1949 – September 21, 2020 Devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother.

Donna Barnes

Donna Barnes February 9, 1947 - September 21, 2020 Donna Barnes, 73, of Fallon, Nevada, passed away September 21, 2020. She was born on February 9, 1947, in Reno, NV, to the late Donald and Margaret Armstrong.

Harold Russell Hall

Harold Russell Hall, 93, of Silver Springs, passed away on September 18, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Nevada sees 509 new cases in past day, more than 80 percent in Clark

Nevada added 509 new coronavirus infections since Tuesday, 425 or 83.5 percent of them in Clark County.

Carson City offering personal protective equipment to businesses

Carson City is making available personal protective equipment to businesses under its Business Supply Assistance program. Starting Thursday, businesses with a valid Carson City business license can apply to receive disposable gloves, masks, sanitizer and other PPE and sanitation supplies needed to comply with current public health requirements.

Nevada driver’s license renewals available online

The system allowing most Nevadans to renew licenses and ID cards online is up and running

Carson City School District providing weekly COVID-19 updates

The Carson City School District is offering weekly online updates on active COVID-19 cases on its website for community members interested in staying informed on monitoring the health of its staff and students. Superintendent Richard Stokes announced Tuesday to the school board in his regular report the district had received inquiries about its COVID reporting. The district partners with Carson City Health and Human Services to identify any positive cases and determine when contact tracing needs to begin and whether staff members or students would need to be isolated from school property.

Western Nevada economy rebounds despite pandemic, Carson City panel says

A panel of experts from real estate, banking and construction painted a positive economic outlook for western Nevada Wednesday saying the economy here is rebounding despite the pandemic. And a significant reason, they agreed, is the flight of California businesses to the region. “California is doing us a big favor right now,” said Northern Nevada Development Authority Director Rob Hooper. “They’re pushing lot of people our way.”

Carson City teacher gets $2,000 grant for innovative teaching

Adrienne Wiggins, a science, technology, engineering and math teacher at Empire Elementary School, has received a $2,000 grant as part of the Voya Financial, Inc. 2020 Unsung Heroes awards competition, according to a news release from the Carson City School District.

Secretary of State offers Nevadans ability to track mail-in ballots

The Secretary of State’s Elections Division has set up a service that allows voters to track the status of their mail-in ballot. The electronic service will let voters know when the ballot is mailed to them, when it is received by the county and when it has been counted.

NDOT removes all-way stop on U.S. 95

The Nevada Department of Transportation on Thursday removed the recently-installed all-way stop at U.S. 95 and Sheckler/Wildes roads and re-established the free-flow intersection for U.S. 95 traffic.

Virtual Candidates Night set for Oct. 7

A virtual Candidates Night on Oct. 7 for the one Churchill County Commission opening and the School Board will be aired on radio stations KVLV (980 AM) and KKTU (99.5 FM) beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Fallon grad becomes Pyramid Lake principal

Working as a law enforcement dispatcher while getting her four-year degree in Reno, Mandie Lister found her calling.

Crowell spent years as an advocate for all veterans

More than a half century ago, a young Navy ensign and Stanford University graduate raised his right hand, listened to the words to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, and said “I do.”

CCSO investigating fatal crash on Leter Drive

A single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning killed a passenger and injured the river, the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said.

Wow, free adoptions at CAPS!

Watson here and I’ll bet that headline caught your eye. Yes, adoptions of dogs and cats will be free Friday through Sunday (Sept. 25-27). CAPS is extending the hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all three days. Because of COVID, we are suggesting that you make an appointment to avoid waiting. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Local nonprofit launches student fellowship program

LEAD On, a local nonprofit serving Churchill County youth since 2017, launched an innovative fellowship program for high school students.

Ex-Wave track star sets eyes on Olympics

PETERSON TAKES A DIFFERENT PATH TO QUALIFY FOR THE SUMMER GAMES The final 100 meters of the 4x100 state race. Fifteen minutes of video review.

Dalager named finalist for Sierra Nevada Influential Women Award

After becoming the first women to both coach a high school boys basketball team and win a state championship, Fallon’s Chelle Dalager has been named one of 40 finalists for the Most Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada.

Nevada unemployment continues to drop; only Clark in double digits

Unemployment rates continued to fall across Nevada in August. Only Clark County remained in double digits with a 15.5 percent jobless rate. Nye County was second highest at 9.6 percent. Western Nevada statistical areas were faring much better ranging from 7.2 percent in Washoe County and 7.3 percent in Douglas and Carson City. The outlier was Lyon County at 8 percent unemployment.

Tuesday, September 22

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

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 11 new cases and eight additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,254, with 1,120 recoveries and 16 deaths, 118 cases remain active.

Gary R. Reynolds

Gary R. Reynolds, 71, died September 20, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Richard Dean Beck

Richard Dean Beck August 30, 1945 - September 4, 2020 Richard Dean Beck, went home to the Lord on September 4th, 2020.

Remains found near Marlette Lake in Carson City

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is investigating human remains that were found at Marlette Lake.

Variety of artwork now showing at Western Nevada College

Students are back on Western Nevada College’s campus for fall semester and so is art. WNC Art Galleries is now showing “Ink, Paper, Print” from the Capital City Arts Initiative in the Bristlecone Gallery.

Carson City judge sides with GOP in tax fight; Dems say they'll appeal

Nevada Democrats promised Tuesday to appeal a state judge's ruling in a lawsuit by Republicans on a question crucial to the beleaguered state budget: Whether lawmakers in 2019 improperly approved two funding measures without a constitutionally required two-thirds majority vote.

Recipes for fall, by Ellen Nadreau

Fall is coming! Mark and I love living in Northern Nevada, where we can enjoy the four-season climate. Fall is a favorite for us, so as the summer flowers in our yard fade, after bringing us beauty and joy for the past few months and the nights and early mornings get a little cooler, we are excited... Fall is coming!

Santa's Drive-Thru Village to replace Polar Express in Carson City

The V&T Railway is replacing the popular Polar Express train ride this year with Santa’s Drive-Thru Village.

New Senate and Assembly fiscal analysts named to replace retirees

Wayne Thorley, currently elections deputy to the Secretary of State, has been named Senate Fiscal Analyst and Principal Deputy Fiscal Analyst Sarah Coffman has been named Assembly Fiscal Analyst.

Sisolak won't withhold funding from Douglas County for Trump rally

Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday that he does not plan to take back the $8.9 million in coronavirus relief that Nevada allocated to Douglas County, despite local officials agreeing to welcome President Donald Trump for a campaign rally in defiance of state pandemic directives.

Nevada joins federal lawsuit against campus Title IX changes

Nevada has joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in a federal lawsuit arguing that U.S. Department of Education changes to university Title IX regulations weaken student protections against sexual harassment and violence.

CC Comm, Charter offer discounted internet plans for families

Families can still take advantage of community-partner deals for their internet service. CC Communications and Charter Communications are both offering several options for families still needing internet installed as Churchill County students are nearing their first month of the new school year.

League of Women Voters will present virtual candidate forums in October

The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada, in partnership with Sierra Nevada Forums and AAUW Capital Branch will present a series of virtual election forums on October 9, 12, 13, and 16 beginning at 6 p.m. each night. The forums are co-sponsored by NGBN-TV and the Nevada Appeal.

Monday, September 21

3 new COVID-19 cases, 10 recoveries on Monday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting three new cases and 10 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Monday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,243, with 1,112 recoveries and sixteen deaths, 115 cases remain active.

Daniel Martin Alegre

Daniel Martin Alegre Sr In the comfort of his home and lovingly surrounded by family Daniel Martin Alegre Sr., gently passed away.

Nevada Department of Transportation awarded more federal cash

The Nevada Department of Transportation has been awarded $46.8 million in additional federal funding.

Next week will tell if Labor Day increased COVID-19 infections in Nevada

The head of the governor’s Coronavirus Task Force says next week’s data will tell the impact of bar re-openings , gatherings and parties over the Labor Day weekend.

JoAnne Skelly: Evacuation preparedness

Fires are raging around us darkening skies with acrid smoke. Some of us have been lucky so far in that fires aren’t threatening our homes. Others have had to evacuate. Because of this, I decided to revisit our evacuation plan. We’ve been evacuated before and it’s very stressful when it’s happening, making it hard to think clearly. It’s wiser to plan ahead before an event requires action.

Judge dismisses Trump challenge to Nevada mail voting law

LAS VEGAS — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenging Nevada's new vote-by-mail law, saying the campaign failed to show how it could be harmed by the law. The campaign, which has filed lawsuits in several states over voting rules, had asked the judge to block a new Nevada law that calls for mail-in ballots to automatically be sent to all active Nevada voters, a change prompted by efforts to contain the coronavirus.

Carson City HHS offers combined COVID-19 test/flu shot events

Carson City Health and Human Services will be combining drive-thru COVID-19 testing and flu vaccination events for Quad-County residents (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey counties). Residents can choose to receive a flu vaccine and/or a COVID-19 test at each event from the comfort of their vehicle. No appointments or reservations needed.

Parts of now smoky rural Nevada lack government air monitors

Nevada has been largely spared from the blazes roaring through the West; the state is currently experiencing no active wildfires.

Carson City school foundation adapting to COVID-19 needs

The Carson City Schools Foundation considers itself a small conduit of information, but its volunteers are keen on funneling resources in powerful ways that will help the local school district. Foundation President Steve Reynolds, secretary/treasurer Casey Gilles and board member Keith Squires, along with five others, are focusing on efforts to support the Carson City School District’s staff and students financially in ways its sites might be limited to doing on their own. The foundation also is open to adapting to scholarship requests that have happened in recent months with COVID-19 and new needs in the classroom that have arisen for district staff members.

Sunday, September 20

Inmate charged for damaging jail during escape attempt, 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.

Protests to resume high school sports hit the Capitol Saturday

Those in favor of playing high school sports in the midst of a global pandemic continued to make their voices heard on Saturday afternoon in downtown Carson City.

Higher calling: Reno’s Rob Richie reached the Major Leagues then gave it all up

Rob Richie was Northern Nevada’s bolt of lightning, a thunderous clap of thunder and a meteor flashing through the sky. Power, speed, quickness, style and grace. That was Rob Richie on a football field, basketball court and baseball diamond. And then he was gone, stunning us with a departure equally as graceful and powerful.

Carson City schools' retiring English learner program director looks back on 39-year career

Teaching and leading an English learner program is so much more than just knowing the language, said Laura Austin of the Carson City School District. That’s primarily because no matter what, people won’t always agree no matter how they communicate, whether it’s English, Spanish, Chinese or whichever language the conversation might take place in for the individuals or group.

Jim Valentine: Real Estate tid bits

One never knows what you will encounter in the world of real estate. We often say that it is a people business, and that the changes and challenges come from the people involved, but that isn’t always the case. The real property can present surprises as well.

Legislative Counsel Bureau approves pay grade increases amid pandemic

The Legislative Counsel Bureau has approved pay grade increases for eight to 10 different job classifications including a three-grade increase for the legislative police. Each grade increase is worth between 4 and 5 percent more pay.

Saturday, September 19

Wendy Ruth (Crosby) McConnell

Wendy Ruth McConnell (Crosby) September 27, 1950 - September 12, 2020

Joseph T. Jones

JOSEPH T. JONES November 2, 1930 – September 9, 2020 Joe Jones passed away at his home on September 9, 2020. He was born in Waterloo, New York, on November 2, 1930.

Carson City road report for September 21 to 27, 2020

Road report as of Sept. 17. The following information applies to Sept. 21-27: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work:

Initial unemployment claims rise slightly as continued claims fall for fifth straight week

Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly this past week, up 381 to 8,332. But continued claims decreased for the fifth straight week. The 189,007 continued claims is the lowest that number has been since the week ending April 11.

Kelly Bullis: Is it a hobby or a business?

Let’s get one thing straight, there is no such thing as making money and it not being subject to tax. Perhaps you rebuild motorcycles and then sell them to friends, etc. Taxable income. Maybe you do wood-working projects and build things for friends and they pay you for it. Taxable income.

Bob Crowell was an advocate for both his community and veterans

More than a half century ago, a young Navy ensign and Stanford University graduate raised his right hand, listened to the words to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, and said “I do.” Robert “Bob” Crowell, who died one week ago, never stopped helping his constituents. The Carson City mayor retired from the Navy as a captain after 23 years of service including a tour aboard a destroyer off the coast of Vietnam; he led a distinguished law career; and he worked tirelessly for his fellow veterans either out front or behind the scenes.

Roger Diez: A trio of amazing things from racing world

Three things amazed me about last weekend’s racing. First, the NASCAR Cup short-track race at Richmond was remarkably calm, with yellow flags only for a competition caution and at the end of stages. Second, the Formula 1 race at Mugello was a wreckfest featuring two red flags and three restarts. And third, Scott Dixon went winless twice at his most successful track the IndyCar circuit, significantly tightening the points race.

Friday, September 18

Lyon County man is 16th COVID-related death in Quad County region

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting an additional death due to COVID-19 on Friday. The individual was a male Lyon County resident in his 80s with underlying conditions. CCHHS is also reporting eight new cases and six additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,225, with 1,078 recoveries and 16 deaths, 131 cases remain active.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Virus numbers continue to improve as Nevada tops 75,000 cases

Nevada finished the week with 75,096 cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 2,290 over the previous Friday.

Senator Square: Times have changed at Carson High

Remember the old days when school would get cancelled for weather aberrations like snow? Aww, the excitement of that early morning phone call and the joyfulness of being able to go back to sleep with the anticipation of a full day ahead of hanging out in pajamas and watching Netflix or Amazon Prime. Yup, those were the days, the old days. That was then, and this is now.

Massive damage of rare plants probed at Nevada mine site

RENO — State and federal authorities are investigating the mysterious loss of a significant swath of a rare desert wildflower that's being considered for federal protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada with some of the largest untapped lithium deposits in the world.

Silver closes out Flatbed Concert Series on Saturday in Carson City

Silver finishes out the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert Series on Saturday. Greg Gilmore said he’s happy to be playing in front of a live crowd since they have not been playing any shows due to the pandemic.

Jimmy Gleich of Think Kindness to speak at Rotary Meeting

Kindness is on the agenda at the next Rotary Club of Carson City meeting. Jimmy Gleich, from the Think Kindness organization will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, September 22. The public is invited to attend. The organization’s mission is to inspire acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world. What began as a challenge to schoolchildren to document thousands of acts of kindness in two weeks, has now grown into a global movement. “Given the current climate in the United States and the world, we want to remind people that it’s important to be kind, “said Gleich, adding “an act of kindness doesn’t cost anything and it can make the world a better place.”

Las Vegas and Elko win approval to reopen bars

The governor’s coronavirus task force agreed Thursday to allow bars in Elko and Clark County to reopen at midnight Sunday.

Carson City supervisors boost capital projects spending

The Board of Supervisors allocated more money to capital improvement projects since tax revenue came in better than expected despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis. But the first supervisors’ meeting since Mayor Robert Crowell passed away last week started with a tribute to the longtime Carson City resident, lawyer, and public servant.

Energy Committee votes to seek amendment to transportation funding rules

After hearing concerns from multiple unions and construction associations, the interim committee studying energy needs voted Wednesday to amend the proposal to remove constitutional restrictions on the use of the gas tax.

Thursday, September 17

Carson City Schools to go full-remote Friday due to smoke conditions

Due to the continued and forecasted very unhealthy air quality, all hybrid students will be on a full-remote learning day Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Students will not attend classes in-person on campus. Staff will receive specific instructions from their site administrator. Please check the district website for additional information. Families requiring nutrition services may pick up meals at individual school sites between 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Man drives into tree, then makes matters worse, Carson City Sheriff's Office says

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

23 new COVID-19 cases Thursday in Quad County region

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 23 new cases and 10 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,217, with 1,072 recoveries and 15 deaths, 130 cases remain active.

Sandoval named new University of Nevada, Reno president

RENO — Former Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been named president of the University of Nevada, Reno. University regents voted Thursday to hire the former two-term Republican governor, U.S. District Court judge and MGM Resorts International executive to begin Oct. 5 with a four-year contract.

Mary Lee Knight

MaryLee Knight November 11, 1959 - September 12, 2020 Mary passed away in Carson City, Nevada at Carson Tahoe Hospital due to a variety of health issues. She was 60 years old.

Wynn Resorts tallies 548 positive COVID-19 tests in workers

LAS VEGAS — One Las Vegas Strip resort said Thursday that it tallied 548 positive tests for COVID-19 among its 12,000 employees since May. Wynn Resorts reported that testing found 51 positive cases of the new coronavirus among returning workers before the hotel and casino reopened June 4, and 497 since then.

Carson City School Board sponsors American Citizen Essay Contest

The Carson City School District’s Board of Trustees is pleased to sponsor the 19th Annual American Citizen Essay Contest. Completed essays are due to the Carson City School District at 1402 W. King St., no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

NV Energy cancels fire safety outage event in Tahoe Basin

NV Energy has canceled the Public Safety Outage Management event it had planned for Friday. A spokesman said it won’t be necessary to trigger outages in different parts of the basin because weather conditions have improved.

Joe Santoro: Pack may play football in 2020 because money

Don’t be stunned if the Nevada Wolf Pack football team plays games sometime in the next three months. The Mountain West, remember, is a follower, not a leader.

Google receives $25M tax break from Nevada to build facility

RENO — Google will receive more than $25 million in tax breaks after pledging an additional $600 million for a new data center in Southern Nevada, state officials said. The company previously committed $600 million to the data center in Henderson.

Defense seeks indefinite delay in Douglas County, Reno murders case

RENO — Public defenders say the state's "rush" to convict an immigrant of four capital killings in Northern Nevada violates his constitutional rights as they press for an indefinite trial delay due to COVID-19 travel restrictions keeping them from gathering evidence in El Salvador about his intellectual ability.

Water shortages in West likelier than previously thought

There's a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West.

Wednesday, September 16

Tahoe Basin power outages may snarl traffic

The Nevada Department of Transportation is warning motorists that, if NV Energy has to shut down power in extreme fire risk areas of the Tahoe Basin to prevent wildfires, traffic signals in some areas may be non-operational. The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for western Nevada for Thursday and Friday. NV Energy said it “likely” would cut power to Incline Village sometime Friday due to anticipated high winds.

9 new COVID-19 cases, 6 recoveries in Quad County region on Wednesday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting nine new cases and six additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,194, with 1,062 recoveries and 15 deaths, 117 cases remain active.

Lorelei McFadden

Lorelei L. McFadden age 73, of Mound House, NV passed away on Sept 15, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

Donna Lou Bulick

Donna Lou Bulick, 70 of Carson City, passed away on September 13, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800.

Carson City CTA working on new contract for Epic Rides

The Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority this week took the first step to cancel the current contract for the Epic Rides bike race and negotiate a new deal. The current contract with Mountain Bike America, LLC, the event organizer, runs for five events but the final race was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nevada unemployment numbers continue to improve but slowly

August saw another 6,500 Nevadans get back to work, but the jobless rate is still double-digit at 13.2 percent. Total employment in the state finished the month at 1.29 million, 133,600 below what it was in August 2019. In addition, the number of unemployed Nevadans seeking benefits decreased by 17,103 in Aug

School district releases statement on personnel issue

The Churchill County School District issued a statement Wednesday to the Lahontan Valley News regarding a reported personnel issue.

Sisolak says Minden, Henderson could be penalized for Trump rallies

Gov. Steve Sisolak says the state is looking into whether Douglas County and Henderson violated agreements by allowing President Trump campaign rallies. At the Wednesday pandemic update, Sisolak said every local government that received CARES Act funding signed an agreement to follow all directives. Asked whether he was considering withholding funding to those governments, he said:

Best of Fallon nominations open through Oct. 4.

While the COVID-19 couldn’t have hit at a worse time for the Best of Fallon contest, we are happy to announce that the contest will take place in 2020.

Churchill County School District releases statement on personnel issue

The Churchill County School District issued a statement Wednesday to the Lahontan Valley News regarding a reported personnel issue.

Prostate cancer to men is like breast cancer to women

Editor’s note: September is Prostate Awareness Month. In this three-part series, LVN Editor Emeritus Steve Ranson gives a look into the start-to-finish procedure to eradicate the cancer, one of the leading cancers that kills men. Prostate cancer is to men as breast cancer is to women. I learned that comparison while sitting in my urologist’s office last year.

Reno product John Savage is a baseball treasure

John Savage has always been his own man. His decisions. His own path. His timetable. His goals.

Settlement will help ITT Tech students

Nevada ITT Tech students will get $6.19 million in debt relief under a settlement with 48 attorneys general. Nationwide, the settlement will result in debt relief totaling $330 million for 35,000 borrowers. The settlement is with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by the for-profit college and affiliated with Deutsche Bank. ITT filed for bankruptcy in 2016.

Fire Weather Watch issued for region; NV Energy warns of ‘likely’ outage in Incline Village

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for gusty winds and low humidity, which is in effect from Thursday morning through Friday evening. The watch area includes Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties.

1-15 near Las Vegas Strip closed 9 hours after fatal, possible road rage, shooting

LAS VEGAS — A key freeway in Las Vegas reopened Wednesday following a more than nine-hour closure to investigate a crash that revealed a driver was shot in the head and killed in what investigators think might have been a road rage killing.

Carson City Sheriff looking for fraud suspect

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office investigation division is asking for assistance in identifying a subject involved in a fraud.

Carson City extends hours for 15 mph limit in school zones

Carson City has extended hours for school speed zones, according to a news release from the Carson City School District. The new rule is a 15 mph speed limit in school zones from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. when school is in session. Previously, the lower speed limit was in effect for two-hour windows before and after school, the release said.

Communities honor the spirit of 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001, was remembered as a special day in both U.S. history and of the sacrifice from first responders in New York City and at the Pentagon and from heroic passengers aboard Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

Fallon Lions Club Labor Day Parade results:

The Fallon Lions Club Labor Day Parade celebrated its 70th anniversary last week. The theme was “Support our Law Enforcement.”

Preserving our way of life: Specialized fire equipment needed in Churchill County

The Fallon/Churchill Volunteer Fire Department keeps our community safe thanks to its specialized equipment designed to fight fires and perform rescues in the vast rural desert of Churchill County.

Nature’s firefighters: Similar tactics but different enemy

Seven years ago, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, Ariz., died when a raging wildfire caused by dry lightning overwhelmed them.

SEPTEMBER 11: CHRONOLOGY OF TERROR

8:45 a.m.: A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire.

Area news briefs

Instead of having its monthly breakfast meeting this week, the CEDA Business Council will have a mixer at its office on Sept. 18 from 4-6 p.m.

Me and Ow queens of the laptop

I recently received a cute photo from my friend Renee who is presently working at home. The photo was of her cats Me and Ow lounging on her laptop. Renee was a bit exasperated because moving the cats has become a regular chore. They have taken up residence on her lap and laptop. The caption of the photo was “Why me?”

Final Fall Film movie: ‘Pulp Fiction’

The Churchill Arts Council presents John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction” on Friday at 7 p.m.

Commissioners meet Wednesday afternoon

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

Attorneys General, including Nevada’s Ford, sue over ERA

Three attorneys general including Nevada’s Aaron Ford have sued to force the Trump administration to recognize the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the Equal Rights Amendment.

Tuesday, September 15

31 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday in Quad County area

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 31 new cases and eight additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,185, with 1,056 recoveries and 15 deaths, 114 cases remain active.

Carson City schools full-remote Wednesday due to smoke

Due to the continued very unhealthy air quality, all students will be on a remote learning day Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Carson City School District said in a news release Tuesday. Students will not attend classes on campus. Staff will receive specific instructions from their site administrator. Please check the district website for additional information.

Roland N. Davis Sr.

Roland N Davis Sr July 29, 1947 - September 4, 2020 On Friday, September 4, 2020, Roland N Davis Sr, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 73 at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Dale Ecklund

Dale Ecklund January 19, 1961 - September 3, 2020

Doreen Bacus

Doreen Bacus March 16, 1949 – September 1, 2020

Joseph T Jones

Joseph T. Jones, age 89, of Carson City, NV passed away on Sept. 9, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. 775-882-2644

Lawrence Earl Welton Jr.

Lawrence Earl Welton Jr, 75 of Carson City, passed away on September 13, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800.

Ann M. Rawlings

Ann M. Rawlings, 83 of Carson City, passed away on September 6, 2020, arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations 888-6800.

Nevada Supreme Court blocks 2nd-degree murder charges in DUI cases

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Supreme Court ordered a change in the handling of DUI cases involving fatal crashes by prohibiting prosecutors from charging defendants with second-degree murder.

‘Blessed to be here’

The emotions in the parking lot of the Carson-Tahoe Cancer Center on Monday morning crossed the entire spectrum for the Almeida family. After a three-and-a-half year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Trent Almeida walked out of treatment one final time with his arms raised above his head.

Rural Development agency awarded another $1 million

The USDA has awarded the Rural Nevada Development Corp., another $1 million to loan to businesses in the state.

Sisolak proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month

Gov. Steve Sisolak has proclaimed the period from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Nevada. “We are a great state and a great nation because of the impacts made by those with diverse backgrounds,” he said.

JoAnne Skelly: Herbicide bloopers can be deadly to plants

Throughout the years, I have seen or heard some big herbicide bloopers. A man came with samples of damaged leaves and I told him it was herbicide damage. He insisted it couldn’t be because where he used herbicide wasn’t anywhere near these plants. He exclaimed, “Come to my house and look. You will see I’m right!” I was curious what else it could be, so I went.

New Nevada university chief focusing on transparency, trust

LAS VEGAS — The new head of Nevada's university system is no "ivory tower academic," she said, and thinks growing up as the daughter of a teenage mother and a father who struggled with addiction makes her a lot like the 100,000 students in the Silver State's higher education system.

Carson City Board of Supervisors accepting applications for Ward 3 seat

Applications for appointment to the Board of Supervisors as Ward 3 Supervisor are now available. To be considered for appointment, the candidate must: (a) be an actual and bona fide resident of Carson City for at least six months immediately preceding the date of appointment; (b) be qualified elector in Carson City; (c) be a resident of Ward 3; and (d) not be in office as a Carson City official in any other capacity at the time of appointment.

Mobile businesses in Northern Nevada trying to navigate roadblocks during coronavirus pandemic

In early 2018, Carson City native Laura Burns, a disabled Navy veteran, was waiting to get her blood drawn at the VA hospital in Reno when she was struck with a business idea. The “aha” moment came as Burns watched an elderly veteran in a wheelchair, who was driven to the lab by a friend, get pushed into the waiting room.

Carson City Schools on remote learning day due to air quality

Due to the very unhealthy air quality today, Sept. 15, 2020, all students and staff will be on a remote learning day. Students will not attend classes on campus. Additionally, unless they are a member of the emergency response team, it is recommended all teachers and staff work from home. Please check the district website for additional information. Families requiring nutrition services may pick up meals at individual school sites between 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Monday, September 14

10 new COVID-19 cases among Carson, Douglas and Lyon counties Monday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 10 new cases and 16 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,154, with 1,048 recoveries and 15 deaths, 91 cases remain active.

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon July 17, 1928 - September 2, 2020

Larry Lee Taylor

Larry Lee Taylor December 1, 1937 - September 6, 2020

Shannon Renae de Braga

Shannon Renae de Braga December 25, 1960 - September 8, 2020

Gary Barriault

Gary Barriault, 61, of Carson City, passed away on September 13, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

With $12M from feds, University of Nevada, Reno to decontaminate building

RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno has secured $12 million in federal money it will use to start decontaminating a campus building that was once used to test radium. The school's Facilities Services Building has been vacated and the 30 employees working there have been relocated since low levels of radiation were detected in 2016.

Secretary of State says U.S. Postal Service voter postcard wrong

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske says Nevada voters should ignore the U.S. Postal Service postcard advising them how to safely vote this election. She said the information on the card is wrong in Nevada.

Celebrating 100 years of mail by air

One hundred years ago, the Transcontinental Air Mail Service began in the United States. The first pilots didn’t have gauges for altitude or radar for navigation, but instead relied on following train tracks across the country – simply to deliver mail.

Washoe County School Board settles lawsuit with ex-superintendent

RENO — The Washoe County School Board has agreed to pay a former superintendent up to $70,000 for a year of payment into her state retirement after she was fired.

Sisolak signs emergency regulation to enable coronavirus immunizations

In anticipation of an eventual coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday signed an emergency order authorizing pharmaceutical technicians to administer immunizations once a vaccine is available.

Lawyers seek higher wage for Nevada inmates doing state work

LAS VEGAS — A lawsuit claims state inmates who perform manual labor outside correction facilities are paid well below Nevada's minimum wage of $8 per hour, making their work akin to slave labor.

Jim Valentine: Interest rate payment comparisons

We’ve talked a lot recently about interest rates, how they’ve remained low, or lower, and how they are helping to drive the current dynamic market. For someone sitting on the fence about buying a home, or renting and not giving it serious thought, we thought it might help if we illustrated the point in dollars. That is, after all, what it really is all about when it comes to interest rates and their benefit to a buyer.

Trump holds indoor rally in Henderson

Associated Press LAS VEGAS — In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration's pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was "making the last turn" in defeating the virus.

Carson City supervisors will consider additional spending

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday will revisit spending on major projects and supplemental requests for fiscal year 2021. When the 2021 budget was approved in the spring, staff recommended the minimum in terms of capital improvement projects and did not make any supplemental spending requests such as additional personnel or equipment, all in anticipation of a drop in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, September 13

DMV extends expiration moratorium on drivers’ license renewals

Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles is giving drivers with expired or soon to be expired licenses another 60 days grace to get renewed.

Cilantro sauce contains a century of memories, by Jean Kvam (recipe)

My Mom, Billie, was a great home cook. She came by it honestly as her father was a chef in the San Fernando Valley during the early 1920s and had one of the first drive up restaurants in Los Angeles.

$19 billion in coronavirus funding sent to Nevada

The governor’s finance office told lawmakers Friday that Nevada has received $19 billion in coronavirus aid. But the state itself got just $836 million of that total. The vast majority of the money went directly to a total of more than 90 programs including $6.8 billion in paycheck protection funding that went directly to businesses and individuals.

COVID impacts Carson City school enrollment, early budget outlook by $1.25M

Declining enrollment figures at the start of the 2020-21 school year and recent staff turnover are weighing in a loss of about $1.25 million for the Carson City School District, according to early budget projections.

Saturday, September 12

President Trump kicks off West Coast swing in Minden

Thousands of supporters swarmed Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday night to get a glimpse of the President. Airport businesses were warned to anticipate 10,000 people and it’s possible that number was exceeded.

Conni Valley

Conni Valley 1949 - 2020 Conni Valley, 70, of Carson City, Nevada lost her battle with cancer on August 27, 2020

Carson City road report for Sept. 14 to 20, 2020

Road Report as of Sept. 10. The following information applies to Sept. 14-20: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: 5th Street will be closed periodically at Carson Street as part of the S. Carson Street Project, Monday - Thursday, 7 am to 5:30 pm.

Bob Crowell remembered at Carson City ceremony

Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall to pay their respects to Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell who died early Saturday. The mayor was transported from Reno and the procession, escorted by Carson City police and fire personnel, stopped in front of City Hall Saturday afternoon.

Nevada unemployment claims continue to fall

Initial claims for unemployment benefits and continuing claims continued to fall this past week.

Sandoval one of four finalists for UNR president

RENO — Experienced leaders at universities in Arizona, Texas and Ohio have joined ex-Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval as the four finalists who will be interviewed next week in the search for the next president of the University of Nevada, Reno. Sandoval, a former federal judge who also served in the Legislature, became one of the favorites for the job at his alma mater when he resigned from MGM Resorts in April in a bid to succeed outgoing President Marc Johnson.

Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell dies

Robert L. "Bob" Crowell was a native Nevadan, born in the mining town of Tonopah and raised in Carson City. An attorney by profession, Bob was a Vietnam Veteran and retired Navy Captain. He died early Saturday. He was 74.

Kelly Bullis: Work Opportunity tax credit

One of my favorite quotes is from Judge Learned Hand. “There is nothing evil, sinister, or wrong about arranging one’s affairs to pay taxes as low as possible; taxes are enforced extractions, not voluntary contribution.” Well here is an opportunity for employers to “arrange their affairs” to “pay taxes as low as possible” and lending a helping hand to somebody who is trying to climb out of a financial hole at the same time.

Carson City supervisor candidates also running against coronavirus

Both Maurice White and Stacie Wilke-McCulloch knew how to campaign when they filed for Carson City Ward 2 supervisor in March. White ran for the same office four years earlier and Wilke-McCulloch, a Carson City School Board trustee, is a campaign veteran, too.

Roger Diez: Fernley 95A returns to action this weekend

Last weekend featured the first NASCAR Cup playoff race and a strange Monza Formula 1 race with an unusual result. This weekend is even busier with all three NASCAR touring series at Richmond for four races, F1 at a new venue, and a doubleheader for the NTT IndyCar series at Mid-Ohio. And Fernley 95A Speedway is back in action as well.

Friday, September 11

10 new COVID-19 cases Friday in Quad County region

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 10 new cases and seven additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,131, with 1,009 recoveries and 15 deaths, 107 cases remain active.

Jim Powell

Jim Powell, 81 of Dayton passed away on September 8, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Carson City School District: Three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19; transportation suspended until Sept. 22

The Carson City School District on Friday reported an additional three positive COVID-19 cases. Two of the persons work in the transportation department with a connection to the previously reported case. Those employees previously identified will continue to quarantine for the recommended isolation period, and transportation services will resume as soon as possible. At the earliest, services will resume Sept. 22, but could be halted longer if more employees test positive. The third confirmed case is an individual at Carson High School.

Senator Square: From Carson High grad to CHS teacher

One of her favorite quotes is from French dramatist Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh, who said, “Things are beautiful if you love them,” and Hannah Etchison, Carson High’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program coordinator, loves people, loves Carson City and said, “I wanted to help in the community that raised me.”

Carson City Sheriff's Office seeks credit card fraud suspect

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is asking for assistance in identifying an unknown suspect, alleged to have fraudulently used a stolen credit card.

CAPS: Watson is the ugly duckling of Labs

Watson here and I have great news! I’m an uncle to a beautiful Fox Red Labrador puppy. I actually didn’t know that there were Fox Red Labradors, but when I looked it up I found out that they are a variation of Yellow Labs.

A day to remember a nation’s resolve

A wreath, a dozen red roses and the Stars & Stripes all placed in front of a steel beam taken from the World Trade Center illustrate the importance of Patriots Day when almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the worst orchestrated incident of terror on American soil.

Louie Jones aka Tim Jones

March 16, 1961 - September 7, 2020 At the age of 59 Tim Jones passed in his home with his wife of 42 years, Debbie Jones by his side.

New Wave Crave brings the ’80s to the streets of Carson City

New Wave Crave is going to load up everyone in its DeLorean time machine and transport Carson City back to the ’80s.

Frey Ranch Distillery wins 2 gold awards, Best in Class

A local wine distillery added a pair of awards from this year’s Whiskies of the World competition.

Judge confirms Douglas, Reno murders' case can be tried in Washoe County

A Washoe County judge denied an attempt by attorneys to dismiss charges against a man accused of killing two Gardnerville Ranchos women in their homes in January 2019.

Man accused of killing trucker who stopped to help in Smith Valley

A Sun Valley man is in custody after a shooting in Smith Valley resulted in the death of one truck driver and injury to another.

UPDATE: Trump campaign website posts listing for Minden event

UPDATE The Trump campaign website has posted a listing for and event Saturday, 7 p.m. at Minden-Tahoe Airport. Doors open at 4 p.m. INITIAL STORY

60,000 sq. ft. lithium battery plant planned for Fernley

Time after time, new or relocating businesses coming to Northern Nevada usually cite some combination of a favorable business climate, location and logistics as the driving reasons for choosing the region.

Stolen cigs, the fetal position, and many assaults means no holiday for Carson City Sheriff's Office

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

Sept. 11, 2001: A chronology of terror

8:45 a.m.: A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire.

Thursday, September 10

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

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 15 new cases and four additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,121, with 1,002 recoveries and 15 deaths, 104 cases remain active. The new cases are:

White House rejects National Guard funding for Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak says the White House has denied Nevada’s request to have the federal government fully fund the state’s National Guard's ongoing COVID-19 response efforts through the end of the year.

Lori Lynn Royal

Lori Lynn Royal June 3, 1959 – September 3, 2020

Carson City road projects get go ahead

The Regional Transportation Commission gave the go ahead to Carson City’s next major road projects. The five projects are all in what Public Works calls district 3 comprising east Carson City south of Highway 50.

‘Being There’ plays Friday in the Fall Film Series

The Churchill Arts Council presents Peter Sellers in the 1979 movie, “Being There” on Friday at 7 p.m.

Feds fund plan for road to connect Pyramid Highway to U.S. 395

The federal transportation department has awarded Nevada $23 million to build a road connecting the Pyramid Lake Highway to U.S. 395. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced the grant saying Pyramid Highway carries nearly 50,000 cars a day.

Washoe bars, taverns, can reopen at 50 percent at midnight on Wednesday

Washoe County bars, taverns, wineries and distilleries can reopen at midnight Wednesday. The governor’s COVID-19 task force voted to let Washoe bars reopen at 50 percent capacity provided the county implements promised enforcement and penalty enhancements by Wednesday. Those include mandating a 36-hour closure for a first offense violation, 14-day closure for a second offense and an indefinite, potentially permanent closure for a third violation.

Carson City School District confirms three more confirmed cases of COVID-19

Three additional positive COVID-19 cases were reported by the Carson City School District Thursday. Two persons work in the district’s transportation department and have a connection to the original case reported Sunday, according to district officials.

Data about UNR alumni, donors may have been stolen in May

RENO — University of Nevada, Reno alumni and donors may have had their information stolen in a data breach that occurred in May, university officials said.

Realtors say ‘thank you,’ spruce up Carson City wall in annual effort

About 20 local real estate agents refreshed a portion of Carson City on Thursday morning by taking to College Parkway between Diamond Avenue and Imperial Way in the annual Realtors@ Give Back event. The group gave about a half-mile of brick wall lining the heavily traveled avenue a scraping and a fresh coat of paint as part of an annual event the Realtors from Carson City, Lyon, Douglas and Churchill counties take part in in partnership with Sherwin Williams, which supplied the materials for the effort.

Joe Santoro: Tampa Bay a Super Bowl favorite?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it seems, have become a Super Bowl favorite. Sportsbooks, according to media reports, are getting a lot of money on the Bucs to win the title. An average team (at best) adds a 43-year-old quarterback and suddenly people think that team can win the Super Bowl. Only in America. But the Tom Brady mystique defies rational thinking.

Churchill County School District reports positive COVID test

Churchill County School District is reporting a high school student who attends in-person has tested positive for COVID-19.

Fallon modernization and Navy environmental stewardship

We would like to provide information to correct the assertions made by Ms. Connie Howard, a member of the executive committee of the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, regarding Department of the Navy stewardship of land and our proposed modernization of the Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC).

California fire that killed 3 threatens thousands of homes

OROVILLE, Calif. — A Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes Thursday after winds whipped it into a monster that incinerated houses in a small mountain community and killed at least three people.

Trump campaign asks judge to kill Nevada vote-by-mail law

Attorneys for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign are urging a federal judge in Las Vegas to block a state law and prevent mail-in ballots from going to all active Nevada voters less than eight weeks before the Nov. 3 elections and amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sisolak signs proclamations committing to fight suicide

Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed two proclamations aimed at supporting suicide prevention efforts in Nevada. The first declared September as suicide prevention month in Nevada.

Sept. 11: Navy aviators pressed into action

Many people had left their homes for work in lower Manhattan, New York City’s central borough for government and business; students had either arrived at school or they were on their way; and the military began its day with training and operations. On this clear, picturesque Tuesday morning, two passenger jets flew intentionally into the World Trade Center, shattering the day’s tranquility and killing more than 2,600 people who were either trapped in one of the towers or held hostage of one of the jets.

Work to start on Carson City's Lompa Ranch development

Ryder Homes announced it will begin moving dirt next week on its Lompa Ranch residential development. On Sept. 14, the homebuilder will start work on infrastructure including roads, drainage channels and utilities. Home construction is expected to start after the new year with the first houses on the market in the summer of 2021.

Wednesday, September 9

6 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Carson City, Douglas and Lyon counties

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting six new cases and nine additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,106, with 998 recoveries and 15 deaths, 93 cases remain active.

Terry Callison

Terry Callison January 26, 1948 - September 4, 2020

Louie Jones

Louie Jones, 59 of Carson City passed away on September 7, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Air Force captain receives belated military funeral

FERNLEY — It snowed on the day last September when Air Force Capt. Donald Hyatt was supposed to be honored with a military service at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

Forest Service closes campgrounds, day-use areas at Lake Tahoe

All campgrounds and day use areas on all forest service land in the basin closed Monday evening, including Eldorado National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen National Forest, Plumas National Forest and Tahoe National Forest.

Nevada Day parade canceled; organizer says other events planned

The 2020 Nevada Day parade has been canceled, according to the organizer, but other activities for the statehood celebration are in the works.

Western Nevada College hosts Sept. 11 events Thursday, Friday

It’s been nearly two decades since the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda crashed hijacked passenger airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. To remember the 2,977 lives lost in that tragedy, the Western Nevada College Veterans Resource Center and Wildcat Veterans Club is inviting students, staff and the community to attend commemorative 9-11 anniversary events on Thursday and Friday on the Carson City campus.

National Finals Rodeo moves from Las Vegas due to coronavirus

LAS VEGAS — The marquee National Finals Rodeo is moving this year from Las Vegas to Arlington, Texas, due to coronavirus restrictions, event officials announced Wednesday. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and Texas Rangers officials said the Western horse sports championship will be held Dec. 3-12 at Globe Life Field, a retractable-roof stadium that opened this year and seats more than 40,000 people.

Free school meal program extended to all Carson City children

The U.S. Agriculture Department has extended the free school meal program to millions of children nationwide. The program allows families in need to pick up free food from any convenient school campus, even if their child is not enrolled there.

Plaque honors victims of IHOP shooting

A smoggy Sunday morning didn’t detract from the Nevada National Guard’s ninth annual 5K walk/run to honor the victims of the 2011 International House of Pancakes shooting. Emotional reflections from Lt. Col. Laura Boldry, retired Nevada Guard Maj. Kenneth Curtzwiler and Carson City Sheriff Kenneth Furlong preceded the annual event.

UPDATE: Trump still visiting Nevada despite virus limits on rallies

LAS VEGAS — President Donald Trump is planning to travel to Nevada this weekend, though large airport rallies initially set for Las Vegas and Reno appear to have been scuttled after local officials warned they would violate Nevada's coronavirus-related ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.

Wild horses roaming near U.S. 50

Due to increased horse activity on U.S highway 50 and Alternate U.S. 395, Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials urge motorists to use extreme caution when driving in the Virginia Range area.

Nevada Board of Examiners OK's project cuts forced by revenue reductions

The Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved $13.24 million in federal CARES Act funds to pay for COVID-19 testing, outreach and monitoring for all Nevada educators. The contract is with the Teacher’s Health Trust.

Fallon Chamber of Commerce moves to new office

The Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the Churchill Economic Development Authority are now sharing the same office on 448 W. Williams Ave.

Carson City marks Sept. 11 anniversary on Friday

Nineteen years ago, many in the United States viewed Sept. 11 as a defining moment after hijacked passenger jets slammed into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon. Passengers took control of Flight 93 from terrorists, but they couldn’t prevent the jet from nosediving in a field in western Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 souls died on that day and more than 6,000 were injured.

Tuesday, September 8

9 new COVID-19 cases, 15 recoveries in Quad County area on Tuesday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting nine new cases and 15 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,100, with 989 recoveries and 15 deaths, 96 cases remain active.

Valerie Lynne (Brown) Mastelotto

Valerie Lynne (Brown) Mastelotto July 5, 1957 ~ August 28, 2020

Michael Smith

Michael Smith, age 72 of Coleman, Texas passed away September 5, 2020. Arrangements are in the care of Stevens Funeral Home, 325-625-2175.

William P. Henderson

William P. Henderson, 73, died September 7, 2020 in Minden, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Lori Lynn Royal

Lori Lynn Royal, 61, died September 3, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada. Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation & Burial 775-882-1766.

Max Eugene Neely

Max Eugene Neely, 81 of Dayton, Nevada, passed away on September 6, 2020 and is in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations (775)888-6800.

Michael J. Perna

Michael J. Perna January 19, 1927 ~ August 29, 2020

Marie Eleanor Rogers

Marie Eleanor Rogers September 16, 1920 ~ September 5, 2020

Brewery Arts Center director breathes new life into Carson City arts community

The Brewery Arts Center has been around since 1976, and it was the hope of then-arts activist Betty Block (Brogaån) and other artists who needed a special and permanent space to showcase their diverse talents that the BAC would serve as the very heart of the local arts community bringing the arts under one roof.

WNMTC virtual choir brings performers’ passion in unison

Creative muscles, like the body, can atrophy without proper use over time, Western Nevada College professor of music Stephanie Arrigotti says, and local artists and performers have been seeking to flex their imaginative power any way they can.

Double homicide claims 2 in Virginia City; alleged shooter found dead

Two Virginia City residents are dead after a double homicide on Monday and the alleged shooter was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound later in the day, according to a news release from the Storey County Sheriff’s Office.

Las Vegas Monorail files for bankruptcy as part of sale

LAS VEGAS — The dormant Las Vegas Monorail has filed for bankruptcy. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported Monday that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is part of a sales agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Nevada granted $18 million for mental health, drug use and water quality programs

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., said Tuesday that Nevada will receive just over $18 million from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services to treat substance abuse and support health centers as well as monitor water quality to protect public health.

Breslow tabbed to lead Churchill Fallon Economic Development

Bruce Breslow has been selected as an independent contractor to lead the efforts of the newly formed Churchill Fallon Economic Development (CFED).

Carson City supervisors discuss cellular service rules

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday took steps to regulate equipment needed to bring the next generation of cellular service to Carson City.

Monday, September 7

NFL is now betting big on once-taboo gambling industry

DENVER — It wasn't that long ago that the NFL nixed Tony Romo's fantasy football convention at a Nevada casino because of the league's strict policy against having anything to do with sports betting.

Enjoy these wonderful Fallon melons while they last (recipe)

It’s late summer and the delicious melons from Lattin Farms in Fallon are at our Farmers Markets in abundance. Lattin Farms has been farming in the Lahontan Valley for five generations. The wonderful folks from Holley Family Farms have them for sale at their booth at the Saturday Carson Farmers Market. Drop by to check out their beautiful produce, pork, and beef.

Photos: Labor Day in Fallon

The Fallon Lions Club Labor Day Parade celebrated its 70th anniversary on Monday. The LVN will have more photos on its Facebook page and also in next week’s newspaper.

Carson City School District to halt transportation services

Due to the number of employees who have been advised to isolate from a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Transportation Department and out of an abundance of caution, the Carson City School District will temporarily halt all transportation and bus services, according to a Monday news release.

Churchill County at odds with state testing figures

Churchill County commissioners displayed their displeasure with the State of Nevada lab that conducts the coronavirus testing for the northern part of the state.

Western Nevada College student helps design women’s suffrage license plate

Western Nevada College graphic design student Maxine Thew won’t have to worry about her legacy as a young artist. Starting this fall, her artwork is guaranteed to be seen every day in Nevada going forward and only the future knows when her art will no longer be visible. You see, her “everlasting” art will frequently appear on roads and freeways around the state.

Nevada lawmakers fund teacher testing plan as schools reopen

Nevada lawmakers allocated $6.2 million in federal relief to a program that will test thousands of teachers across the state as they return to classrooms for in-person instruction.

Sunday, September 6

Man arrested for jaywalking (and 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.

Carson City School District reports first COVID-19 case

The Carson City School District reported its first positive COVID-19 case for the school district, according to a Sunday news release. The person works in the transportation department. The district is working with Carson City Health and Human Services on contact tracing, but no other employees were identified as close contacts, the release said.

JoAnne Skelly: A long-term landscape

I found photos last week of our landscape when we bought the house in 1988. There were trees lined up like soldiers along the borders of the property and lawn everywhere else. No flowers, no shrubs. Everything was flat. Although this was boring, it certainly was easy to maintain. Thirty-two years later, I look back at that landscape and think, why did I plant so much?!

Kelly Bullis: What’s new with the IRS?

Sometimes it is helpful to know what changes are being implemented and what are being discussed. Here are some key items right now. Charitable Contribution Deduction for folks who do NOT itemize. In 2020, there will be a new line item to deduct up to $300 as a direct line item on the Form 1040. Only allowed if the taxpayer does NOT itemize their deductions. This day and age, most folks are happy to just take the Standard Deduction rather than actually Itemizing their deductions.

Carson City elementary honored as governor-designated STEM school

Carson City’s Empire Elementary School has met the requirements to be designated as an official Governor’s STEM School, according to a news release.

Dairy Queen wants to add 8 franchises in Carson City, Reno

In the years to come, drought or not, Northern Nevada could see more Blizzards headed its way in more ways than one. Dairy Queen, the international purveyor of soft-serve ice cream and fast food, has its sights set on opening up to eight new restaurants in the Reno-Sparks and Carson City region.

Saturday, September 5

Carson City births for August 5 to 27, 2020

Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center To Caillah Lott and Joseph Chandler of Carson City, June Monroe Chandler, born Aug. 5, 2020, weighing 7 pounds and 2 ounces.

Mary E. Sendejas

Mary E. Sendejas, age 82, of Carson City, NV passed away on September 2, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775)882-2644

Elvin G. Burroughs

Elvin G. Burroughs, age 74, of Silver Springs, NV passed away on September 2, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775)882-2644

Carson City road report for September 7 to 13, 2020

Road Report as of Sept. 3. The following information applies to Sept. 7-13: Road closures are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work: • 5th Street will be closed at Carson Street as part of the S. Carson Street Project, Tuesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Western Nevada College offering retraining for laid-off workers

Nevadans who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be retrained at no cost to work in high-demand manufacturing careers with a federal grant from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Manufacturing Technician (MT1) Express Online Certification Prep is a new program offered through Western Nevada College, in partnership with Empower America; Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno; and Nevada Industry Excellence.

Area veterans watch anniversary of the end of World War II

Twenty veterans who served during World War II and in Korea gathered Wednesday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno not only to enjoy camaraderie but also to reflect on the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945. The Atlantis and Honor Flight Nevada hosted a luncheon for the veterans, and they also watched the day's festivities on a big-screen live-feed presentation from Pearl Harbor that marked the 75th anniversary of the official surrender. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke at the ceremony.

Jim Valentine: Timing is everything

Everything in real estate is about the timing. Normal times allow for predictable timing on the assorted components of the offer and acceptance, and escrow processes, that are easily established when planning the timing of the escrow. These are not normal times.

Nevada unemployment claims decrease for third straight week

Initial claims for unemployment benefits have now decreased for the third straight week in Nevada. For the week ending Aug. 29, just 8,032 new claims were filed, 826 fewer than the week before. This is the fewest initial claims number since March 14, the week before the pandemic shut down

Roger Diez: A little extra time but playoff roster set

The NASCAR Cup playoff roster was settled at Daytona last week in overtime. William Byron locked himself into a playoff berth by scoring his first Cup win in the No. 24 Hendrick Racing Chevy that took Jeff Gordon to four championships and 93 race wins.

Friday, September 4

New COVID cases reported in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 10 new cases and one additional recovery of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,067, with 944 recoveries and 15 deaths, 108 cases remain active.

Donald Alan Rhodes

Donald Alan Rhodes 1942 ~ 2020

L.Nora Weaver

L.Nora Weaver

S. Dale Fowler

S. Dale Fowler May 29, 1927 - August 24, 2020

Senator Square: Here comes the sun at Carson High

They wore pajamas, were wrapped in blankets and carried cups of Dutch Bros. and Starbucks as they gathered to celebrate the beginning of their senior year and the almost end of the soothing summer weather. The Class of 2020-21, while practicing social distancing and wearing the latest fashion in face masks, gathered together at 6 a.m. Fridayon the bleachers of the CHS football field to watch their sun rise; it is the beginning of their last year at CHS, and their last year as public school students, many of whom were raised attending the Carson City School District from kindergarten or even preschool. Time moves quickly, and fall is in the air, too.

Washoe, Clark, Elko, Pahrump bars remain closed

Bar owners in Washoe County asked the governor’s COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday to let them reopen saying they are committed to following the rules but that if they can’t open soon, a large number of them will go out of business.

Carson City supervisors will decide who fills vacant seat

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday decided to appoint a new Ward 3 supervisor rather than hold a special election to fill the seat.

Dual singer/songwriter show on Saturday for Carson City Flatbed concert

A dual singer/songwriter show takes the stage as part of the Flatbed Concert Series on Saturday hosted by the Brewery Arts Center.

Nevada judge rules state pot licensing process can go ahead

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge ruled Thursday the state's marijuana licensing process can resume, with some new retail marijuana stores allowed to open, some applications for licenses reviewed again by state officials and some companies still denied the licenses they didn't get in December 2018.

Nevada health insurance exchange says jobless may qualify for help

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange has issued a notification that people who recently lost their jobs or are otherwise uninsured may qualify for a special enrollment period and an increase in the subsidy that helps pay for health insurance.

Thursday, September 3

11 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in Carson, Douglas, Lyon

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 11 new cases and four additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,057, with 943 recoveries and 15 deaths, 99 cases remain active.

The Honorable Thomas L. Steffen

The Honorable Thomas L. Steffen July 9, 1930 ~ September 1, 2020

Nancy Mindoro

Nancy Mindoro 1939 - 2020

Doreen Bacus

Doreen Bacus, 71 of Virginia City passed away on September 1, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Patricia Ann Benson

Patricia Ann Benson, 84, of Carson City Nevada, passed away on September 2, 2020. and is in the Trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations (775) 888-6800.

Linda L Vukota

Linda L Vukota Feb 1, 1951-May 25, 2019

Donald Arthur Parcells

Donald Arthur Parcells November 30, 1941 ~ June 25, 2020

Pony Express honored with special medallion Saturday in Carson City

A special medallion honoring the Old West Pony Express mail route will be stamped on historical Coin Press No. 1 Saturday at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Medallions will be minted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sisolak: Nevada COVID numbers improving but too soon to reopen

Gov. Steve Sisolak told reporters Thursday the Labor Day weekend that starts Friday will be a major test for Nevadans.

Palmer continues to push toward Olympic dream

Hitting the water for the first time in several months has taken some readjustment for Olympic hopefully Krysta Palmer. Being away from the diving board has allowed some rust to creep in, but that’s been due to lack of access, not lack of effort.

'Golden Boy' Jackie Jensen had a full life before he became a Northern Nevada celebrity

Very few athletes in the history of American sport have ever compiled a resume as imposing, unbelievable, eclectic and brimming with wonder and awe as Jackie Jensen.

Dayton church resumes court battle over COVID-19 rules

RENO — A Dayton church is trying again to persuade the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals that the state's 50-person cap on religious gatherings is unconstitutional. Lawyers for Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley filed new briefs with the San Francisco-based appellate court on Wednesday after the Supreme Court narrowly refused in July to grant an emergency order suspending Nevada's COVID-19 church cap.

Joe Santoro: How good is Tom Brady? We're going to find out

Football is back. There was already a college football game last weekend (Central Arkansas beat Austin Peay, 24-17) and more are on the way this weekend. The NFL season is just a week away. This month just might be the greatest in sports history with Major League Baseball, the NHL, NBA, NFL and college football all active and playing meaningful games. It wasn’t that long ago when the only thing sports fans had to watch was a one-sided Michael Jordan documentary that reminded us that he was really good at basketball. Now we will find out if Tom Brady is still really good at football.

Changes made to commercial rent assistance program to expand eligibility

The treasurer’s office and Governor’s Office of Economic Development on Monday announced changes to the commercial rent assistance program to expand the number of businesses eligible for help.

USDA implements measures to help rural residents

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a news release.

Nevada voters to consider repealing same-sex marriage ban

LAS VEGAS — Nevada will vote this November on whether to repeal a same-sex marriage ban from the state's constitution, the first statewide vote on such a ban in the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the marriages nationwide.

Carson City supervisors hope to open meetings to public in October

Carson City is working to reopen its board and committee meetings to the public. A project is underway to equip the Community Center’s Bob Boldrick Theater for public meetings while the much smaller Sierra Room, where most meetings are usually held, is renovated to accommodate the public under restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, September 2

14 new COVID-19 cases, 5 recoveries in Quad County area

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 14 new cases and five additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,046, with 939 recoveries and 15 deaths, 92 cases remain active.

Patrick Bystrom

Patrick Bystrom, 38 of Carson City passed away on August 31, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 775-882-4965.

Officials warn drivers about Virginia Range horses

The Nevada Departments of Agriculture and Transportation are warning motorists to use extreme caution when driving in the Virginia Range area. “We see an increase in horse activity during the summer and fall months when horses in this area cross roadways or enter neighborhoods in search of food and water sources,” said Doug Farris, agriculture’s Animal Industry division administrator.

Carson City school, health districts have COVID-19 plan ready

Procedures for conducting investigations into active cases for persons with or have had close contact with others who have had confirmed symptoms of COVID-19 potentially impacting the Carson City School District have been prepared and are available for use if necessary, according to both entities.

Tourism authority to buy idled Las Vegas Monorail for $24M

LAS VEGAS — The idled Las Vegas Monorail is being bought by the local tourism authority with plans to arrange the system's second Chapter 11 bankruptcy after 16 years of operation by a not-for-profit corporation. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Tuesday approved spending $24.26 million to acquire the 3.9-mile elevated train system from Las Vegas Monorail Co. a series of 12-1 votes by the authority board, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman voted no.

Visions of Nuremberg: Soldier had a front-row seat to the trials after World War II

The former Army soldier slowly walked past the exhibits, stopping at several that grabbed his attention and reminiscing of a journey he witnessed more than seven decades ago.

Las Vegas records hottest August; ends triple-digit streak

LAS VEGAS — September has already brought temporary relief from record high temperatures in Las Vegas, ending a 61-day triple-digit streak which ran from July 1 to Aug. 31, experts said.

USDA approves loan to build new Virginia City water tanks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $344,000 loan to replace water storage tanks that serve Virginia City. The project is the fourth phase of the VC, Gold Hill water and sewer work. It will replace tanks originally built in the 1950s and 1980s with two 500,000-gallon tanks that will serve 557 residential connections.

Carson Tahoe has new vice president and chief nursing officer

Carson Tahoe Health recently welcomed Joanne Miller as vice president and chief nursing officer. She has more than 30 years of hospital operations and nursing experience. Before joining CTH, she served as VP & CNO of Patient Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine/Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Nevada law enforcement targets impaired drivers

The Nevada Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are conducting another drive to find and prosecute impaired drivers.

SEC complaint filed over Nevada mine that could threaten rare plant

RENO — Conservationists have filed a complaint with the Securities Exchange Commission accusing an Australian mining company of misleading investors about how soon it might start building a Nevada lithium mine at the center of a fight over a rare desert wildflower.

Surrender: 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

Seventy-five years ago on the other side of the globe, the world’s most devastating war officially ended on a Sunday morning. People crowded around their radios to learn of the surrender on V-J (Victory Japan) Day, and special editions of newspapers soon rolled off the presses screaming “Victory” or “Surrender.”

Tuesday, September 1

CCSD updates community on recent developments

With the district ready to welcome students and teachers back on campus for the first time since March, the re-opening plan changed abruptly.

Labor Day parade hits anniversary milestone

To celebrate the role of the men and women in law enforcement, the annual Fallon Lions Club Labor Day parade wants to say “thank you” to those who risk their lives to help their neighbors.

Clerk’s office issues voting requirements

Last day to register, update registration, or change party affiliation for the General Election by mail or by appearing in person at the Churchill County Clerk’s Offices. Also, last day to register or update registration at State Agencies (DMV, Welfare etc.)

Otuafi transfers from BYU to Utah Valley

Fallon’s career points leader is on the move.

Sorghum studied for beer-brewing potential and public use

When Melinda Yerka came to the University of Nevada, Reno in 2017 as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, she knew she wanted to work with fermenting sorghum.

The Nevada Traveler: Winnemucca boasts a new walking tour book

Many Nevada communities have found that visitors love to hear about a town’s history.

Fall Film Series features Cary Grant movie

The Churchill Arts Council presents its Fall Film Series, beginning with “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Friday at 7 p.m.

Dogs have eyes that color our world

Last week I featured a beautiful husky with deep blue eyes. After describing her I wondered how many different eye colors dogs have. Eye color in dogs is determined by the amount of melanin found in the iris. Brown eyes contain a high concentration of melanin, while green or blue have less.

Feds, state offer assistance with ag loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., recently designated Churchill, Lincoln, Lyon and Pershing counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought.

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.

World War II’s surrender: Naval aviation has refined its techniques at Fallon because of the lessons learned in the Pacific

On Sept. 2, 1945, shortly after 9 a.m. in Tokyo Bay aboard the battleship USS Missouri, representatives from both Japan and the United States signed the Instrument of Surrender to end World War II in the Pacific Theater, almost four months after Germany surrendered on May 8.

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

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 11 new cases and 13 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,032, with 934 recoveries and 15 deaths, 83 cases remain active.

Dennis Michael Achurra

Dennis Michael Achurra May 28, 1962 ~ August 24, 2020

Michael Scott McElfish

Michael Scott McElfish November 8, 1977 ~ August 23, 2020

John Paul Watkins

John Paul Watkins, age 35, of Silver Springs, NV passed away on August 30, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644.

D. Adam Strosnider

D. Adam Strosnider, age 46, of Dayton, NV passed away on August 20, 2020. Arrangements in the trusted care of Fitzhenry's Funeral Home. (775) 882-2644

Elaine Carol Cowan

Elaine Carol Cowan, 83 of Carson City, passed away on September 1, 2020. Arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. 775-888-6800.

Man moons deputy, gets butt (and all the rest) hauled to jail, 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.

Carson City Sheriff probing rifle 'discharge' at Capitol protest

Carson City Sheriff’s deputies and the Legislative Police are investigating an alleged accidental shooting by an armed Black Lives Matter protester.

Bombing runs over Germany

Thirty-two missions over hostile territory in less than six months. Daylight bombing runs targeted Limborg, Koln, Dresden, Berlin, Leipzig — to name a few of the German cities receiving the brunt of allied bombs. Togglier Sheldon Beigel or “Shel” carried out missions over Germany as a crew member on a B-17G during the wind down of World War II against the Nazis.

Green Dining deals ahead in Carson City

The Green Dining District banner will be flying over Carson Street again, which means you can expect to find Green Dining deals at some of your favorite green restaurants. For one week, customers who check-in to the Green Dining District on social media will receive a free stainless steel straw kit with their order.