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Eagle Valley Middle School teacher placed on administrative leave

An Eagle Valley Middle School teacher has been placed on administrative leave Monday following an incident that included alleged discriminatory remarks made during class, according to a statement released by the Carson City School District.

The incident occurred Nov. 20 and prompted a peaceful demonstration by the Native American community on Monday at the school district’s administrative office at 1402 W. King St., where more than 25 community members appeared on site to have a discussion amongst each other about potential next steps once the school district has completed an investigation.

Ray Bacasegua Valdez, director of the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada, led participants in a prayer circle and songs and invited everyone to provide general comments.

“We want the union to have an unbiased hearing and to investigate it,” Valdez told the Appeal. “We ask that the administration do the right thing, that this community have some cultural understanding, and we’re not going to be silent.”

The district released a statement earlier Monday.

“Administrators were made aware that an Eagle Valley Middle School teacher allegedly made discriminatory comments during a class lesson Friday, Nov. 20,” according to the district’s statement. “The district is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and opposes any statements or actions considered as discriminatory. The necessary steps are being taken to fully investigate the allegations. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Rocky Boice, co-director of AIM, a former student of the district, said it was important the issue wasn’t “swept under the table.”

“We don’t know the full story to everything,” Boice said. “But a lot of things are the same as they’ve always been, and we’re asking for some change. … The trouble with the history books that are still being used today is they don’t teach the truth.”

Valdez’s discussions with Superintendent Richard Stokes have only been via e-mail, he said, but after the incident with the teacher was first reported.

Community members in attendance on Monday at the district office included native and non-native members in support of further action, including forming a Native American committee to promote a greater understanding of cultural traditions and sensitivity in the classroom. However, Valdez said it was important that the district complete its inquiry first.

“We just have to be patient,” Valdez said. “We got rid of Columbus Day in Reno. We held the mayor accountable and the city council accountable. … We didn’t go away. We’re pretty patient. We’re protectors, but we’re prayerful. We’re coming at it in a traditional way, in a kind way, but we’re going to hold our spot.”

Lyon County reports 17th COVID-19 death; 124 new cases Monday

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individual was a Lyon County resident.

CCHHS is also reporting 124 new cases and 3 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 4,893, with 2,413 recoveries and 34 deaths; 2,446 cases remain active.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease.

CountyTotal CasesActive CasesRecoveredDeaths
Carson City2,5221,4211,08714
Douglas County1,0154675453
Lyon County1,30153375117
Storey County5525300

Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code, found at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/ will be updated as information becomes available. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents

CCHHS is continuing to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing events for Quad-County residents throughout December. The events are COVID-19 testing only, no flu vaccine will be available. Testing is for Quad-County (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County) residents ONLY. All others will be turned away. Events may be canceled 48 hours in advance if inclement weather is expected. Testing is free of charge. Events are first come, first served, no appointments or reservations. View all upcoming events at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/.

12/2/202012 p.m. to 2 p.m.Storey County Public Works100 Toll Rd, Virginia City
12/4/202012 p.m. to 2 p.m.Carson City Public Works3505 Butti Way, Carson City

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.

Nevada promotes mental health resources as COVID-19 cases surge

Nevada had 152,169 cases of the coronavirus and a positivity rate of over 17 percent as of Monday.

Task Force Director Caleb Cage said the state continues to see an upward trajectory in hospitalizations that, in both in the north and south, have more than doubled in the past 30 days.

“The numbers are likely to surge in the next couple of weeks” he said.

Every county in the state is now flagged for increased risk of transmission except Storey.

As a result, Dr. Stephanie Woodard of Health and Human Services said there has been a significant increase in the number of people struggling with emotional distress and stress — including among children.

She said the number of adults reporting they are struggling with the emotional toll of the pandemic has increased as much as four-fold.

The causes range from loss of jobs to caring for children and elderly parents to struggling to pay the bills.

Woodard said the Nevada Resilience Project is working to provide support to help people cope with that stress and connect them with the resources they need.

That website is found at: https://www.nevada211.org/nevada-resilience-project/

She also referred people to the suicide prevention website at: http://suicideprevention.nv.gov/ and: https://reportingonsuicide.org/

Carson City is now listed as having 2,476 cases of the virus but remains at 14 deaths.

Churchill has 12 deaths among its 837 infections and Douglas just three deaths among 976 cases.

Lyon continues to struggle with 16 deaths in 1,264 cases.

Test positivity is in double-digit percentages in all those counties with Douglas highest at 24.8 percent.

Nevada COVID-19 surge threatens hospital capacity statewide

Nevada health officials reported 1,642 new coronavirus cases and eight additional deaths on Monday, warning that the statewide surge shows few signs of slowing as the deadliest month of the pandemic comes to a close.

Nevada has reported 152,169 confirmed cases and 2,144 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Officials said the positivity rate, as measured by dividing new cases reported over the last 14 days by test encounters, had reached a record-high of 17.3% on Monday. Hospitalizations also peaked with 1,545 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment.

Throughout the state, 76% of staffed hospital beds are occupied. In southern Nye County, all 25 staffed beds are occupied and in northern Churchill County, the hospital has 30 patients but only 28 beds.

Healthcare facilities in Northern Nevada “are now showing signs of serious strain,” the Nevada Hospital Association wrote in a daily bulletin.

The association added: “Patients are being treated within alternative care sites, hospitals are functioning under crisis standards of care and some intensive care level patients from rural communities are being transferred to hospitals in Idaho, Utah, California, or Arizona for definitive treatment.”

Nevada COVID-19 response director Caleb Cage warned that colder weather, indoor activities and back-to-back holidays could exacerbate the spread of the pandemic. He said the state did not yet have data to evaluate if recent holiday gatherings had spread the virus.

“At this point, it’s too soon to determine the impacts from the Thanksgiving holiday. It is possible that we may see an increase in testing numbers within the next week if people chose not to seek testing over the holiday or because locations were limited,” Cage said.

Nevada last week tightened capacity caps on businesses to 25% of what fire codes allow. In the first week under the new rules, state inspectors issued one citation. Owens Market & Ace Hardware in the small Elko County city of Carlin was fined $2,603 after an employee was seen not wearing a mask.

As cases have surged and state officials have renewed emphasis on compliance with health and safety guidelines, some cities have struggled to inspect the number of businesses they promised to in plans they submitted to the state’s coronavirus task force.

Under a state-approved plan, Clark County is required to visit 750 businesses per day to observe for compliance, but Las Vegas — the county’s largest city — has struggled to keep pace with the plan.

The plan directs Las Vegas officials to inspect 1,946 businesses per week. But in October, the city reported 975 to 1,375 inspections each week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Sam Metz is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

Chicken Marsala for two, from Js’ Bistro (recipe)

Chicken Marsala is one of the most popular dishes at Js’ Bistro. Chef’s Larry Lawrence and Brandon Kealoha are sharing the recipe so you can enjoy this flavorful dish at home.

4 small boneless chicken breasts, about 4 ounces each

3 tbsp flour

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp minced garlic

3 tbsp minced shallots

8 oz sliced mushrooms

1 oz thinly sliced onions

2.3 cp Marsala wine

2/3 cp chicken Stock

2/3 cp cream

3 tbsp butter

2 tsp chopped parsley

8 oz cooked fettuccini

Salt and pepper to taste

In a sauté pan cook the onions over low heat until caramelized, they should be a deep brown color. Set aside to cool.

Season the flour with salt and pepper, then dredge the chicken in it.

Over medium high heat, add oil to sauté pan. Add the chicken and brown for two minutes on each side. Add the garlic, shallots, mushrooms, onions, and salt and pepper and continue to sauté for 1 minute. Add the Marsala, and reduce by half, add the chicken stock and cream and reduce again by half. Add butter, stir until melted. Serve over the pasta and sprinkle with parsley.

Js’ Old Town Bistro serves dinner Tuesday – Sunday from 4 P.M. The restaurant is located at the corner of Main and Pike Streets in Old Town Dayton. Reservations are strongly recommended, 774-246-4400.

COVID spotlights Las Vegas’ need to offer more than tourism

LAS VEGAS — The coronavirus pandemic’s widespread impact has reminded Las Vegas officials that they need to diversify their economy beyond tourism.

There hasn’t been a lack of trying but the need has been laid even more bare thanks to COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

With people afraid to enter hotels and casinos and residency shows postponed till next year, there have been wrenching job and revenue losses. Resort operators themselves have tried to broaden their offerings to all ages on casino and hotel floors. But it’s not enough for some.

“We’ve got all our money in one stock,” North Las Vegas City Manager Ryann Juden said.

The region has successfully wooed many businesses and real estate developers in the last decade with tax breaks and a relatively cheap cost of living. Between 2010 and 2019, Nevada officials passed a combined $728.7 million in tax breaks for more than 180 companies setting up shop in Clark County. Southern Nevada has also become a distribution hub for online retailer Amazon, baby products maker The Honest Co. and other ventures that don’t involve casinos.

But there have also been ventures that fizzled. Faraday Future had proposed a 3.4 million-square-foot factory that would build up to 150,000 electric vehicles annually. Lawmakers even passed a $335 million incentive package. Faraday officials broke ground in 2016. But in 2017, the project went nowhere after reports of financial troubles. The company took over an existing facility in California instead.

Some analysts say Southern Nevada still doesn’t have the assets that some are looking for. Sin City’s party image, underperforming schools and a shortage of doctors don’t appeal to families.

Bob Potts, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, said a good jolt in the local economy would be some sort of industrial park south of Las Vegas near the California border.

But, “you don’t build those kinds of things overnight,” Potts said.

Mountain West rankings: Boise takes over as Nevada Wolf Pack falls

The Nevada Wolf Pack helped turn the entire Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football program around last Saturday night.

“We took a giant step forward in developing our culture,” Hawaii coach Todd Graham said after a stunning 24-21 victory over the Wolf Pack at Aloha Stadium.

“It was important for our guys.”

Hawaii’s victory also ruined Nevada’s perfect season and knocked the Wolf Pack from the top of the Nevada Appeal Mountain West rankings. The Wolf Pack, now 5-1, fell from No. 1 to No. 2, while Hawaii jumped up three spots to No. 4.

“We beat a very good football team,” said Graham, whose Rainbow Warriors improved to 3-3.

This is the second time in recent years that Hawaii has destroyed a perfect Pack season. The 2010 Wolf Pack was 6-0 before it also lost at Hawaii 27-21. That Pack team recovered nicely to win its last seven games to finish 13-1.

“We’re obviously very disappointed,” said Norvell, giving his stock answer he’s given after many of his losses since becoming the Pack head coach in 2017. “We just fell short in every phase, really, offensively, defensively and special teams.”

Norvell’s Wolf Pack will host No. 5 Fresno State at Mackay Stadium on Saturday, hoping to keep its Mountain West championship hopes alive.

“We let one slip away,” Norvell said. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow.”

Hawaii had lost three of its last four games. Rainbow Warriors’ quarterback Chevan Cordeiro completed 26-of-32 passes for 246 yards and also ran for 62 yards on 15 carries.

“We’re not even scratching the surface on where he can be,” Graham said of Cordeiro.

Wolf Pack quarterback Carson Strong was 20-of-25 for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Just one of his completions went to wide receiver Romeo Doubs, the leading receiver in the Mountain West going into the game.

“It was a very big win,” said Hawaii linebacker Darius Muasau, who had 14 tackles and a sack. “Each win means a lot for us because you don’t know when it could be your last game. You have to play every game like it’s your last. This was a big momentum shifter for us.”

Hawaii and Nevada were indeed fortunate just to be able to play their scheduled game last week. Half of the league’s games (San Diego State at Fresno State, Colorado State at Air Force, San Jose State at Boise State) last week were called off because of COVID-19 complications.

Just two weeks are left in the regular season with No. 3 San Jose State (4-0 overall and 4-0 in league play) as the only remaining undefeated team in the Mountain West. No. 1 Boise State is also unbeaten in league play at 4-0 but it is 4-1 overall after losing to BYU three weeks ago. The two teams with the best league record will meet in the conference title game on Dec. 19.

“The season’s not over,” said Norvell, whose Wolf Pack will meet Fresno State and San Jose State in pivotal Mountain West games to close out the regular season.

San Diego State (3-3, 3-2) dropped two spots to No. 6 after a 20-10 non-league loss at Colorado. The Aztecs, whose league game against Fresno state was canceled last week, scheduled the game on Thursday and had just one full practice day in preparation for the Pac-12 opponent.

San Diego State also played the game without two key starters, quarterback Lucas Johnson and running back Greg Bell, who were both injured in a 26-21 loss at Nevada the previous week.

Their absence was noticeable as the Aztecs had the ball for just 22:32, picked up just 10 first downs, did not score a touchdown on offense and had just 155 total yards. The only Aztec touchdown came on a 57-yard interception return for a score by Darren Hall.

No. 9 Wyoming whipped No. 12 UNLV, 45-14, at Las Vegas. Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay went 78 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game.

The Cowboys ran for 399 yards on 57 carries (Trey Smith had 164 on 24 carries) and held UNLV to 290 total yards. Wyoming quarterback Levi Williams ran for three touchdowns.

UNLV running back Charles Williams had just 24 yards on nine carries. “I’m aware that defensive coordinators know I am one of the best backs in the conference,” Charles Williams said. “Defenses are going to lock in and try to stop the best player. But I have to make plays if I’m going to call myself the best player.”

The Rebels, who allowed five sacks, fell to 0-5 on the season. It is UNLV’s longest losing streak since it lost six in a row in the middle of the 2018 season.

“Wyoming came in and did what they wanted to do and you can’t have that happen,” UNLV first-year coach Marcus Arroyo said.

Arroyo is the first UNLV head coach in school history to lose his first five games. Harvey Hyde lost his first four in his first season in 1982.

The Rebels faced a 4th-and-3 from the Wyoming 46 early in the third quarter and didn’t make the first down after a pass to Williams lost seven yards. “I’ll take that call back,” Arroyo said. “That’s on me.”

No. 10 Utah State (1-4) earned its first victory of the season by beating No. 11 New Mexico 41-27 on Thanksgiving Day. Redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Peasley made his first start and completed 14-of-21 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns and also led the team with 118 rushing yards and another score.

Peasley, who was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, also went 62 yards on the ground for a touchdown to close the scoring and seal the victory. Peasley, who had missed the previous week’s game because he had tested positive for COVID-19, was thrown into a starting role, in part, because regular starter Jason Shelley had been kicked off the team because of a team rule violation.

“That’s the beauty of having a dual threat quarterback,” Utah State interim head coach Frank Maile said. “He always finds a way. He wrestled away from what should have been a sack and made a big play. He didn’t give up.”

The Aggies also were honored with the Defensive Player of the Week (linebacker Nick Heninger) and Special Teams Player of the Week (kicker Connor Coles) this week. Maile’s nephew, freshman linebacker Kina Maile, blocked a punt and also returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown.

“This is just a huge burden off our shoulder,” Frank Maile said of the Aggies’ first win of the year. “We’ve been itching to get the zero (in the win column) off our record.”

The Nevada Appeal’s Mountain West football rankings:

1. BOISE STATE (4-1, 4-0): Last week: San Jose State at Boise State, canceled. This week: Boise State at UNLV, Friday.

2. NEVADA (5-1, 5-1): Last week: Hawaii 24, Nevada 21. This week: Fresno State at Nevada, Saturday.

3. SAN JOSE STATE (4-0, 4-0): Last week: San Jose State at Boise State, canceled. This week: Hawaii vs. San Jose State, location to be determined, Saturday.

4. HAWAII (3-3, 3-3): Last week: Hawaii 24, Nevada 21. This week: Hawaii vs. San Jose State, location to be determined, Saturday.

5. FRESNO STATE (3-1, 3-1): Last week: San Diego State at Fresno State, canceled. This week: Fresno State at Nevada, Saturday.

6. SAN DIEGO STATE (3-3, 3-2): Last week: Colorado 20, San Diego State 10. This week: Colorado State at San Diego State, Saturday.

7. AIR FORCE (2-2, 1-2). Last week: Colorado State at Air Force, canceled. This week: Air Force at Utah State, Thursday.

8. COLORADO STATE (1-2, 1-2): Last week: Colorado State at Air Force, canceled. This week: Air Force at Utah State, Thursday.

9. WYOMING (2-2, 2-2): Last week: Wyoming 45, UNLV 14. This week: Wyoming vs. New Mexico at Las Vegas, Saturday.

10. UTAH STATE (1-4, 1-4). Last week: Utah State 41, New Mexico 27. This week: Air Force at Utah State, Thursday.

11. NEW MEXICO (0-5, 0-5): Last week: Utah State 41, New Mexico 27. This week: Wyoming vs. New Mexico at Las Vegas, Saturday.

12. UNLV (0-5, 0-5): Last week: Wyoming 45, UNLV 14. This week: Boise State at UNLV, Friday.

Carson City Library receives grant for middle school Bionics Learning

Reimagining learning, the Carson City Library is bringing robotics technology and engineering to Carson City middle school students in 2021. Utilizing analog and digital learning, students will build components of a bionic fish, elephant, and chameleon over the 3-day Bionics Camps designed to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related career exploration and development.

This project is made possible through a grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records.

“Books are just the surface of what the Carson City Library offers local residents,” said Carson City Library Director Tod Colegrove. “We’re about meeting their need through various forms of education. Our upcoming Bionics Camps provide an incredible opportunity for us to engage with our local youth on the importance of science, innovation and creativity in developing technology and as a future career path. Nothing takes the place of hands-on learning and this will provide an exceptional opportunity for our inspiring STEM students.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is predicted that STEM jobs will grow twice as fast as other fields in the coming decade, including bionic fields.

Bionics study the mechanical systems that function like living organisms or parts of living organisms. The library will use the Bionics4Education program which was developed by a team of engineers, designers, computer scientists and biologists to help with ideation, creativity, problem-solving and the excitement around bionics and STEM to bring these skills to life in an instructed setting. The nature-based finished robots are controlled remotely with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

A locally trained bionics educator and Carson City Library staff will lead the Bionic Camps. Carson City Library staff will be able to continue offering this educational opportunity after the funding period ends.

Bionic Camps are scheduled to start in February. Camp registration will be available beginning in January. As part of the camp, each attendee will learn how to use the NV Career Explorer database as a foundational element to encourage increased career and educational opportunities.

Camps will be conducted following strict health and safety protocols including one kit per student, ensuring proper physical distance by limiting each table to one student, limited participation, face coverings and/or face shields (face shields are produced on-site using 3-D printing technology at the library’s Capital Makers space), hand sanitation stations and other sanitation procedures and providing food/snacks and drinks individually wrapped and containerized. This project is 90% funded with the Institute of Museum and Library Services federal money with an additional 10% locally funded. Federal funds for this project are $26,376.

Anna Maria Pierini

May 1949 – November 2020

A first-generation Italian American, Anna Maria Pierini always felt her most fulfilling blessing was to be an Italian born in America.  She was born in 1949, in Reno Nevada, to Pete and Maria Pierini, natives of Lucca, Italy who kept the Italian language and cultures strong in the home.

Anna Maria’s youth was spent between Carson City, NV, Lake Tahoe, CA and Italy.  At age 4, she flew on Pan Am airlines for her first trip to Italy.  She attended St. Theresa of Avila Catholic School (’63) and Carson City High School (’67). She moved to San Rafael, CA, to attend Dominican College (BA ’71), where she resided until her death at home, from a complex cancer complicated by a stroke, surrounded by her life-long friends on November 19, 2020.

After graduating from Dominican College, she began her first career of 19 years with Irwin Memorial Blood Banks in Marin and San Francisco, and the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA) in the East Bay.  During her tenue at ACCMA, she was invited to speak, in Russia, Poland and Hungary, by the Dwight Eisenhower Ambassadorship Program, as an expert in non-clinical organization development in allied health fields.  She earned her MS in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MS HROD) at University of San Francisco in 1989.

In 1996 she became the tenth Executive Director of the Italian Community Services (ICS), dedicated to the Italian Community since 1916. It was to this position that she brought her organizational skills, management style, and Italian heritage. She felt deep pride in her work there.  Under Anna Maria’s leadership, ICS became a national model for Italian non-profits.

Anna Maria was recognized as Citizen of the Yearby UNICO (the largest Italian American Services Agency in the USA) National California District II in 2004. In 2010 she was awarded, in Lucca, Italy, the Medaglia d’Oro (Gold Medal) by the City of Lucca, for being an Italian who has distinguished herself abroad.  Of the fifteen honorees from around the world, she was the sole woman.

In 2014, she was awarded a Certificate of Honor by the City and County of San Francisco, recognizing her dedication and commitment to serving the older populations and those with disabilities.  Additionally, Il Cenacolo, an Italian Cultural Club founded in 1928, recognized Anna Maria as the 2017 Woman of the Year.  It is said that she “broke the glass ceiling” by becoming one of the first women to be accepted as a member.

She participated on many boards over the years including the California Blood Bank Society, On Lok, and the Advisory Council to the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services where she served two terms as Council President. She was a polished media spokesperson, well-known and beloved in her San Francisco Italian communities.

In addition to her many professional activities, she enjoyed tennis, walking, volunteer service, and gathering with friends for an Italian repast.  Anna Maria will always be remembered for her signature red lips, quick quips, wonderful phone calls, a phenomenal memory, exciting world adventures, her genuinely caring service to others, a love of everything Italian and babies, and her effervescent spirit.

She is survived by a loving circle of extended family and friends throughout the Bay Area, Nevada and Italy.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic no services are planned.  Donations may be made to: Dominican University   dominican.edu/makeagift    Choose “Other” and enter “LAE Scholarship.”

or The Santa Venetia Marsh Preserve, www.marincountyparks.org/about-us/donations

Fino a quando ci incontriamo di nuovo!

Nevada surpasses 150,000 virus cases; over 2,100 deaths

Nevada health officials say the number of confirmed coronavirus cases statewide has surpassed 150,000.

Nevada’s coronavirus dashboard on Sunday reported 150,527 cases of COVID-19 since the outset of the pandemic. There have been more than 2,100 related deaths.

Concerned by the virus’ continued spread, Gov. Steve Sisolak on Nov. 22 announced the state’s most expansive mask mandate to date and reduced the capacity at casinos, restaurants, bars and many other businesses from 50% to 25%.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.