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Bones found during excavation for a waterline at Saliman Road and Little Lane on Friday are likely cow or horse, said Carson Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Marshall.

A construction worker unearthed the bones just before 11 a.m.

Law enforcement officers and a Sheriff’s Department forensic specialist arrived at the scene, but based on the size of the bones, they will more than likely be determined to belong to a large animal, said Marshall.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Department is taking applications for residents interested in learning more about the department’s operations.

The Citizen’s Academy will be from Feb. 4 through March 25 on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Ormsby Room of the Carson City Sheriff’s Department, 911 E. Musser St.

Classes are open to adults 18 or over, with a preference given to Carson City residents and merchants.

The Academy explains the Sheriff’s Department’s operations as well as the importance of “Community Policing.”

Participants will learn about patrol operations, arrest procedures, defensive tactics and the graffiti and gang units.

For further information or to request an application call Ken Smith at (775) 887-2020 ext. 41932 or visit the Musser Street office.

James Raymond Buhler, of Carson City, was sentenced to two terms of life in prison on Thursday for the sexual molestation of a Mound House child last summer.

According to court records, in October, Buhler, 27, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of lewdness with a minor under 14. He was initially charged with sexual assault of a child under 14 and one count of lewdness with a child. Sexual assault carries a penalty of 20 years to life.

Third Judicial District Judge Robert E. Estes sentenced Buhler to two concurrent life sentences in Nevada State Prison, with the possibility of parole after 10 years.

In the summer of 2008, Buhler, on two occasions fondled a 4-year-old girl during a barbecue at friend’s house in Mound House.

The Carson City School Board announce the winners of the seventh annual American Citizen Essay Contest.

The topic this year was, “Freedom Isn’t Free ” The Sacrifices Our Military Makes For Us.”

The contest was open to all public, private, charter or home-schooled students in Carson City.

First-place winners read their essays at a school board meeting last month and received a $250 savings bond. Award money was donated by school board trustees and Wells Fargo Bank.

The winners are:

Elementary School

First place: Anna Lee Vaca ” Capital Christian School

Second place: Savana Rogers ” Fremont Elementary School

Third place: Juliana Anderson ” Bethlehem Lutheran School

Middle School

First place: Kidrick Fore ” Bethlehem Lutheran School

Second place: Rachel Anderson ” Bethlehem Lutheran School

Third place: Rachel Giurlani ” Carson Middle School

High School

First place: Hannah Dudley ” Carson High School

Second place: Haydn Jensen ” Carson High School

Third place: Kelsey Mammen ” Carson High School

Las Vegas ” A consumer advisory has been issued by the Attorney General’s Office warning against a scam by an advertising company offering to place ads on school athletic posters as a fundraising effort.  

The advisory comes as a result of complaints from businesses who have been approached to be local school athletic sponsors.    

One such company has targeted sponsors for the Pahrump Valley High School in Nye County.

The advertising company claims to be a booster for the school and is authorized to print an athletic poster on the school’s behalf, with money from the business ads on the poster provided to the school to support athletics.  

In some instances, the caller has claimed to be from the school athletic department itself. The company has contacted businesses in Pahrump and Las Vegas.

Similar complaints of fundraising scams have been reported in the states of Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New York. In some cases, the advertising company sent invoices to the businesses, even after they declined to participate in the fundraiser. When the invoices were not paid, collection notices with threats of further action followed.

Before donating, the Bureau of Consumer Protection advises business owners and consumers to contact the school designated to confirm that their contributions are going to that school or one of its officially recognized boosters and the organization soliciting the donation is legitimate.