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Carson City Schools First Day of the School Year Launches August 15th

With the first day of school (K-12) fast approaching, Monday, August 15, Carson City School District wants all students and parents to be aware of some important back-to-school information that will impact students and families.

New Bus Routes and Extended Walking Zones
Due to recent, increasing bus driver shortages, the Carson City School District is modifying the walking zones for all high school and middle school students from 2 miles to 2.5 miles for the 2022-2023 school year. Additionally, some bus routes have been consolidated for elementary, middle and high school routes.

If your student(s) have previously ridden the bus, please click on this link to see the updated bus schedules. You should be able to locate bus stops closest to your home based on your child’s designated school. Where possible, parents and families are encouraged to transport their students to and from school.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we implement these changes. Those interested in applying to become a bus driver and receive a $2,000 hiring bonus are invited to contact Human Resources, (775) 283-2130.

Meningococcal and Tdap Vaccinations
All current 12th graders (seniors) attending any Nevada public, private or charter school for the 2022-2023 school year, must have a second dose of the MCV4 (meningococcal) vaccine and all 7th graders must have their first dose of MCV4 and Tdap prior to the start of the school year, Monday, August 15, 2022.

There is a regional shortage for both vaccines, but Nevada Health Centers does have MCV4 and Tdap doses available and is working diligently to immunize as many students as possible within the next week. We have also been made aware that many local pharmacies like Save Mart, CVS or Walgreens may have additional supplies. If you have not already, please make an appointment.

As such, if you or your student is not immunized prior to the first day of school, they will be “conditionally enrolled,” and will be notified (by phone and mail) when additional supplies become available.

For more information or questions, please contact Sheila Story, chief nurse, 775-283-1675 or

Volunteer Application Portal Now Open
The online volunteer application portal for new and returning volunteers is now available!

The Carson City School District is using Raptor as its volunteer management system, which will simplify and standardize parent and volunteer engagement across the district. Parents and families are encouraged to complete applications and get approval as soon as possible, so they may be ready to volunteer when opportunities arise and the district can easily communicate with them.

Money again flows to help push economic development in the Silver State

Governor Steve Sisolak
Outlining growth potential coming up soon….

CARSON CITY — Nevada was awarded more than $14 million Wednesday to help more Nevadans reach their full potential and secure good-paying jobs that are vital to building competitive economies and a thriving middle class.

Nevadaworks, Northern Nevada’s hub for job seekers, was awarded a $14,895,601 grant by the U.S. Economic Development Administration within the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Nevadaworks is one of 32 grant recipients across the country as part of the EDA’s $500 million Good Jobs Challenge, aimed at supporting equitable pathways to quality jobs across the country.

The grant for Nevadaworks is expected to support job placement for 648 jobs with a focus on healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and the transportation, distribution and logistics industries.

“As our economy continues to grow to new heights, we need to ensure that our State prioritizes opportunities for underserved communities and supports organizations doing on-the-ground work to get Nevadans into good-paying jobs,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “I’m grateful to the Economic Development Administration for recognizing the hard work being put in by Nevadaworks to connect our rural and indigenous communities to lucrative jobs and industries.”

“We appreciate the support from the Economic Development Administration and the State so we can continue our critically important work on behalf of those living and working in Northern Nevada,” said Milt Stewart, the Chief Executive Officer of Nevadaworks. “We want to make sure individuals trying to join the workforce — or trying to advance in their careers — have every opportunity to do so. That helps us bring a more prepared workforce to
Northern Nevada.”

The Good Jobs Challenge awarded grants to awardees providing tangible opportunity and security for American workers, particularly women, people of color and workers from historically underserved communities — as well as connecting employers with the trained workforce they need to grow and remain competitive.

Nevadaworks is the Northern Nevada local workforce development board and receives funding from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) through Title I Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) subgrants from the Department of Labor to service the Adult, Dislocated Workers and Youth.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) wrote a letter of support for the organization for this grant opportunity as did the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (GOWINN), the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DWSS), and the Western Nevada Development District.

Nevadaworks is building a regional workforce system to place workers into jobs across four key industry sectors – manufacturing, healthcare services, information technology and transportation/logistics. The Northern Nevada Equity in Employment Project includes four backbone organizations: Nevada Industry Excellence (manufacturing backbone, a Manufacturing Extension Partnership center), Nevada Hospital Association (healthcare), the Economic Development Authority for Western Nevada (information technology) and Truckee Meadows Community College (transportation/logistics).

Finally – We’re catching up…

New Housing will soon be growing rather fast off Butti Way – New low income apartments are on the horizon!

During a Supervisors meeting Thursday, Supervisors learned low income families just might “get a move-in” with 81 unit affordable apartments looming on the horizon – right on Butti Way ON CITY OWNED PROPERTY.  

Supervisors are approving an agreement that will lead the city to chip in some money of its own and combine it with developers and other sources.  A separate development agreement, passed in 2021, stipulated that the city-owned land will be conveyed to Oikos Development Corp., at no cost, but the land must be used for low-priced affordable housing for at least 51 years.

The average rent for an apartment in Carson City is currently just over 14-hundred a month, and that’s for a not-so-big apartment. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in Carson City is $58,305 but there are sooooo many Carson City workers that don’t make that much.

Traffic Crash at Baker and Koontz

2:45pm  Vehicles collide at Baker and Koontz.  One woman is suffering from a chest injury.  Law Enforcement is enroute.

2:49pm  Minor damage to both vehicles. 

Dangerous situation in Carson City at 430 Jeanelle, Apt. 102

1:15pm  A dangerous confrontation between three armed males outside an apartment at 430 Jeanelle Apartment 102.  One male has a knife out in his hand with several other knives in his pocket.

1:21pm  Arriving sheriff’s deputies say there is no one standing outside the building.

1:24pm  Deputies say the area is clear – no protagonists anywhere outside the building.  They must have fled or entered an apartment…although the three subjects took off running or took off in a vehicle.

Ahhh…summer brings along downpours…

Thunderstorms are in our forecast Sunday through Tuesday throughout western Nevada,  While it’s turned a bit cooler Sunday will arrive with lightning, heavy winds over northern California and Nevada.  Storms will likely begin Sunday along the tops of the Sierra Nevada with the potential to push off into the Sierra front, which includes the Reno, Carson City, and Carson Valley areas.  There’s even a chance of some small hail and flash flooding.

Showers and thunderstorms will likely develop Sunday afternoon across northeast California and into northern Washoe County. These isolated storms will initially produce little rainfall but will increase the risk of new fire starts. Strong and gusty winds will also be likely.

Thunderstorms could produce lightning along with locally heavy rainfall.  Even flash flooding could pop up.

There is a forecasted series of thunderstorms that could let loose lightning blasts which could obviously cause wildfires. Farther south, more widespread showers and thunderstorm are likely — especially south of US-50. These weather blasts will be capable of generating localized flash flooding – especially across burned over terrain through Tuesday.

Three vehicle collision on Highway 50 Friday afternoon

Three car crash at Highway 50 and Sherman. One driver taken to the hospital.

Friday, 7:45pm.  Three vehicles headed in different directions collided on Highway 50 Friday evening.  Up  to 6 passengers wound up pretty banged up.  Nevada Highway Patrol said one car was going down the highway when someone coming the other way made hard turn to the north causing a collision.  Another one hit the other two vehicles…scattering debris from all three of them.  The driver of an ancient volkswagen bus was ejected onto the street.  He was rushed to Carson Tahoe Hospital with notable injuries. The victim was talking with the medics and seemed to be okay

It’s all happening at Mills Park…

On August 2, at 5 o’clock until sundown, in Carson City’s Mills Park, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will again host Sheriff’s Night Out, featuring every state and local public safety organization in the area.  This year marks the 19th consecutive year for the community and regional celebration of giving crime the boot out of Carson.  Sheriff Ken Furlong and Fire Chief Sean Slamon invite everyone out to meet and greet the most fantastic men and women of fire and police services, as well as our military counterparts, service organizations, and non-profits giving a helping hand.

The annual celebration has taken foot in Carson City and is one of the most well attended events during the summer months.  It features an array of public help organizations that will have representatives on hand to provide guidance and information for the services that they provide.  Free hot dogs and drinks, hosted by the Elks Lodge, have always been a feature attraction for the kids and families.  Entertainment options are available to the kids at every booth, as well as free giveaways from the main stage area.

Sheriff’s Night Out was originally hosted in conjunction with National Night Out, a world-wide thrust to reduce crime.  But in Carson City, we have taken the path that every organization, non-profit, and business associations in the community support the endeavors of the Sheriff and Fire Chief, as well as many others.  As we see disasters across the country, we always look to ways to prevent them from occurring here.  And, as a response, Carson City’s coordinated efforts with everyone reaching out together to help one another is at the core of prevention.

Join everyone else Tuesday evening in celebrating Carson City as a safe community with wrap-around services for anyone who is in need and everyone who works and plays in the region.     

Ken Furlong, Sheriff

911 East Musser Street

Carson City, NV 89701

Office:  775-283-7800

Fax:  775-887-2026

Fraud Scam Alert!!

Sheriff Ken Furlong

Fraud Scam Alert

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeing a spike of fraudulent scams with a large increase of citizens becoming victims. The following are examples of fraudulent scam activity being seen.

Anyone calling or sending text messages claiming to be from a company telling you that you owe them money, threatening utility services being turned off or claiming your subscription is going to expire can be a scam. To verify this is not a scam, call and confirm the business is the true entity. Do not use the number used to contact you and do not use phone numbers provided by the caller.

Anyone calling you stating they are a family member or calling on behalf of a family member saying they need money for various reasons can also be a scam. If you don’t recognize the phone number and this behavior is unusual for the claimed family member it is likely a fraudulent scam.

Anyone reaching out through means of social media claiming to be a friend or family member asking for money for an investment opportunity, applying for government grants or asking for assistance to cash checks for them is most likely a fraudulent scam.

Anyone calling you and telling you there is a warrant for your arrest, you owe money to the IRS or that your Social Security benefits have been compromised is likely a scam.

Indicators of Fraud

-Anyone requesting payments through gift cards, Zelle, Bitcoin, any type of cryptocurrency, wire transfers or cash through the mail is fraud.

-If you have an active arrest warrant, law enforcement will simply arrest you. Law enforcement and government agencies will never contact you to tell you there is a warrant for your arrest. Law enforcement will never tell you that you can settle the warrant by payment.

-The IRS or Social Security will only contact you through mail. These agencies will never call you. Government agencies will never call you to tell you that you have qualified for a grant for money.

-Never deposit a check into your bank account at the request of another person.

-If someone tells you that you will receive money by giving them money it is most likely fraud.

-If you never entered a sweepstakes or a lottery, you cannot win money. If payment is needed to collect your “winnings”, it is scam.

***If it sounds too good to be true, it is!***

How to prevent becoming a victim:

The best way to combat scammers is to not engage in conversation with them. Do not provide your computer login information to anyone. Do not share your driver’s license information or send photos of your driver’s license with anyone. Do not share your social security number with anyone. Do not create online accounts with anyone over the phone. Do not transfer your money into cryptocurrency accounts at someone else’s instruction. Do not cash or deposit checks from other people into your bank account.

If you become a victim:

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will take your report. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office also encourages reporting to the FBI through IC3.GOV.

Gift card information, Zelle transfers, wire transfers, and cryptocurrency transfers are traceable. However, these transactions are moved quickly (within minutes) and most often the funds go overseas. These types of transactions are typically NOT reversible. They also have a low probability of having the funds recovered.

If you deposit a check into your bank account that returns as unpayable, your financial institution will hold YOU financially responsible for any loss of funds.

Fraudulent scam training is offered by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for businesses, service groups and the community. Anyone with questions, please contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Investigation Division, Detective Kevin Murry (775)283-7853.


Reno Jazz Orchestra Merges with Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra

~ Music Director Doug Coomler, John Bennum Executive Director
to Fill Shoes of Chuck Reider – RJO’s New Board President

Reno Jazz Orchestra’s New Music Director, Doug Coomler, Performs at Summer Soiree Fundraiser

(RENO, Nev.) July 20, 2022 – The Reno Jazz Orchestra announced its unprecedented merger with the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra and welcomed its new leadership during its Summer Soiree fundraiser in Reno, Nevada, on July 19, 2022. Over $32,000 was raised to support the organization’s youth jazz education programs.

Since the Reno Jazz Orchestra’s (RJO) inception in 1997, the non-profit organization’s mission has been to build a greater appreciation of jazz and support jazz education through its various mentorship programs.

“It has always been a dream of ours to have the region’s finest youth jazz musicians as part of our organization,” said Chuck Reider, the new Board President of the Reno Jazz Orchestra. “Today we unveiled a significant development in jazz education and jazz performances throughout the Silver State. With this addition, we will continue to contribute and enhance the vibrancy, diversity, cultural vitality, and quality of music education and our community’s artistic life.”

The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) is a non-profit organization established in 2006. Its mission assembles, by audition, the top middle and high school jazz talent in Northern Nevada. Today, as a partner with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the organization will continue to provide opportunities for the performance, preservation, appreciation and study of Jazz to the most exemplary student jazz performers in the region.

Here they come again and we are quite pleased!!

Reno Jazz Orchestra plays often at Lake Tahoe

Carson City’s 19th annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival, presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association, offers 17 days of free entertainment and more than 30 performances. The beat returns this August in multiple venues around the city, beginning with the festival opener on Friday, August 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion, on the corner of W. Robinson and Mountain Streets. It features the Andean music of Kantu Inka followed by the 16-piece big band, the Reno Jazz Orchestra. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

In collaboration with Carson City Classic Cinema Club, the the Glenn Miller Story will be shown on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the BAC Performance Hall. The acclaimed tribute to the successful big-band leader features James Stewart and June Allyson. The movie was released in 1954, nominated for three Academy Awards, and won the Award for Best Sound.

Spend an afternoon at the historic Silver Saddle Ranch, 2648 Carson River Road, along the Carson River, on Saturday, August 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Visitors can wear their boots and hats and enjoy the music of the Stones Throw followed by the Sagebrush Rebels. Mule-drawn wagon rides by Hee Haw Haven Mules will provide a tour through the ranchland. Some hay-bale seating is available; audience may bring lawn chairs. This annual event is sponsored in part by the Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department, and Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch.

In partnership with the Nevada State Museum, Jazz & Beyond will present The Trumpet, a lecture with live music by Josh D. Reed, on Thursday evening, August 18, at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street. Dr. Reed, a performer, recording artist, and band leader, is an Assistant Professor of jazz trumpet at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The festival’s fourth annual Open Studios Tour, expanded to three days, will feature more than 20 artists at 9 locations, Friday, August 19, through Sunday, August 21. Visitors can see the art works, watch art demonstrations, and listen to musicians performing at many of the locations. The tour includes the Bliss Mansion, the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, the Nevada State Museum, the Carriage House at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, and private studios.

Jazz & Beyond Music Festival’s final performances will be on Sunday, August 21, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. This date is the 117th anniversary of the birth of the great band-leader, William “Count” Basie. The audience is invited to sit under a canopy of trees and bring a picnic or enjoy on-site food-truck selections, and listen to the music of the Jazzettes and a Basie tribute concert by the Mile High Jazz Band with vocalists Jakki Ford and June Joplin. Audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Other performances include the Bijou Bell quintet, the Bayberry Cast, the Red Tango, Sagebrush Swingers Dixieland band, Niall McGuinness and the New World Jazz Project, Cherie Shipley’s Take This, the Reno Video Game Symphony Jazz Ensemble, RoseBud’s Dance Band, CeCe Gable, and lots more.  For a complete schedule of events, visit For additional information, call 775-883-4154 or email  Mile High Jazz Band Association’s Jazz & Beyond Festival is funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Carson City Cultural Commission, and private donations.

Three vehicle pile-up at Spooner Junction – South end of town

2:50pm   Three vehicle pileup at Spooner Juncton, at the south end of Carson City  Report from the scene say one driver had a seizure, lost control and created the accident. 

2:53pm   Emergency responders are arriving on scene.

2:54pm  Report of summoning Careflight to the scene which indicates serious serious injuries.

2:56pm  Careflight is enroute to the scene.

Bad traffic crash near Secret Harbor at Lake Tahoe

5:50pm  Report of a traffic crash – a vehicle and a motorcyclist colliding near Secret Harbor at Lake Tahoe – on the northeast shore of the lake. Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement personnel are inbound to the scene.  It will take some time for all rescue units to arrive. No reports yet on the condition of the motorcyclist.

The crash is on the east side of the lake, south of Incline Village and close to Sand Harbor.

Monkeypox is growing world-wide but and so are the vaccines – but they’re in short supply

Here comes “Monkeypox”

The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the Monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency.

“I have decided that the global Monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Issuing a Public Health Emergency of International Concern enhances coordination and sharing of resources and information among nations. The declaration comes even though the WHO emergency committee considering whether or not to issue the emergency declaration had failed to reach a consensus.

Tedros said the outbreak is spreading rapidly and there is a “clear risk of further international spread.”

The Monkeypox outbreak is largely among men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners. There are more than 16,000 cases globally and according to the Centers for Disease Control, 2,891 cases have been confirmed in the U.S.

There are vaccines available for Monkeypox, but those supplies are strained.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 191,000 doses have thus far been delivered to states and city health departments. HHS says the federal government will have close to 7 million doses by the middle of next year.


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