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Heads Up on State Route 28 – Incline Village area improvements…

LANE REDUCTIONS ON SR 28 AS PART OF NDOT’S INCLINE VILLAGE-AREA IMPROVEMENTS

Carson City, Nev. – Drivers will see lane closures on State Route 28 south of Sand Harbor State Park beginning May 9 as the Nevada Department of Transportation continues enhancements to State Routes 431 and 28 near Incline Village.

From May 9 through mid-June, traffic will be reduced to a single lane, controlled by an automated temporary traffic signal, 24-7 on State Route 28 near the Thunderbird Lodge south of Sand Harbor State Park. Similar to a standard traffic signal, drivers will stop on a red light to allow traffic to drive safely through the work zone. Speeds will be reduced to 45mph.

Drainage improvements will be made where Marlette Creek crosses underneath SR 28, reducing pooling water on the roadway and enhancing water quality and ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe. As part of the work, trees do need to be removed under U.S. Forest Service permit. For every tree removed, five new native pine trees will be planted.

Day and nighttime single lane closures will also continue on other sections of State Route 28 from Crystal Bay to the Sand Harbor State Park area, and on Mt. Rose Highway from the summit to the State Route 28 roundabout. While the majority of delays will be minimal, drivers can anticipate delays of up to 30 minutes with alternating directions of traffic through the work zone. No lane closures will take place over holiday weekends.

  • May 2-May 13: single lane closures will take place 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
  • May 15-October: single lane closures will take place from 8 p.m. Sundays through noon Fridays.
  • May 2-October: commercial trucks with air brakes (26,000 pounds or greater) will once again be prohibited 24-7 from traveling westbound over Mt. Rose Highway between the Mt. Rose ski resort and Incline Village. The truck closure is a safety precaution to prevent trucks traveling down the mountain potentially encountering brake issues in the road work zone. Trucks will be allowed traveling eastbound.

Construction during the 2022 season will include:

  • ITS conduit line installation – SR 28 from Nevada/California border to south in front of the casinos, and from the Northwood/Southwood Boulevard intersection in Incline Village to Ponderosa Ranch
  • Select roadway cross slopes will be reconstructed for enhanced roadway alignment and drainage
  • Drainage and guardrail improvements will enhance roadside safety and water quality, ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe
  • Enhanced sidewalks, sidewalk ramps, and driveway accesses
  • An aging timber retaining wall on SR 28 approximately a half mile north of Memorial Point lookout will be reinforced
  • Drainage improvements will be made where Marlette Creek crosses underneath SR 28, enhancing water quality and ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe
  • SR 431 from SR 28 roundabout in Incline Village to Tahoe Rim Trailhead at Mt. Rose Summit:
  • Repaving eight miles of SR 431- Three inches of roadway asphalt will be removed and replaced
  • Approximately three miles of new concrete barrier rail
  • Select roadway shoulders will be reconstructed and flattened

For additional information, please visit InclineHighways.com. You can also call the project hotline at (775) 560-0402, e-mailInclineHighways@gmail.com or text INCLINE to (775) 242-9168 to sign up for text alerts.

Additional state highway information is available at dot.nv.gov or by calling (775) 888-7000. Also follow @NevadaDOTReno on Twitter for traffic and project updates in northern Nevada, and @nevadadot on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates from across the state.

Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.

Board of Supervisors pushing some pretty hefty progress…

Carson City’s Board of Supervisors began revealing that some pretty good futures are ahead for Carson City residents and families who have been forced to live in some pretty low-level apartments and crowded homes.

Supervisors referred to new apartments for low income families that soon will be their new homes – 126 apartments off Roop and Northridge.  And what’s even better is that there will be property tax exemptions for them thanks to Northern Nevada Community Housing.  Let’s hope the city finds other sites for newly incoming families.

Supervisors are also supporting a draft Master Plan for upgrades to Fuji Park.  It’s starting to expand.  The plan includes a large dog park, a riparian area for quiet walks, new grandstands, shade structure over the grandstand, new playground and more.

Biking Ash Canyon Trails…

Beyond Fuji Park is an area high on the hills to the north – 81 acres of Ash Canyon that will soon invite those who love the great outdoors with a wide open view.  There’s a lot of wide-open spaces and breathtaking views – but it’ll take some time to get everything situated according to the master plan that’s moving forward through Spring and Summer.

Wild Horses not having a good time…

Wild Horses
BLM photo

Last week, we alerted you to a highly contagious and deadly infectious disease outbreak occurring in real time at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Cañon City holding facility in Colorado. In just the last 11 days, at least 124 wild horses have died in these holding pens — making this possibly the deadliest disease outbreak in BLM history.

Nearly 2,500 wild horses are confined in this facility and remain at risk  — please speak up for them now by calling on your members of Congress to demand an investigation into the BLM’s holding corrals.

Since we last emailed you, the BLM was able to identify the virus that has killed dozens of these cherished animals — Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) — a virus that the BLM is supposed to vaccinate wild horses and burros against once they are rounded up and removed from the wild. 

The BLM reported that the 124 mustangs killed were either entirely unvaccinated or only partially-vaccinated against the deadly virus even though they had been at the facility for over 9 months. 

At the same time, an active disease outbreak is occuring at the BLM’s off range holding corrals in Wheatland, Wyoming, where a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes strangles has so far infected half of the 2,750 horses confined there. 

This developing situation raises serious concerns about the conditions in the BLM’s off-range holding system where 59,749 wild horses and 862 wild burros are being held — and we deserve answers.

Please contact your members of Congress now to call for an investigation into the BLM’s off-range corrals. Also, urge them to support federal appropriations language to allocate at least $11 million of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program budget to fertility control vaccines to keep wild horses and burros in the wild and out of holding facilities in the first place.

 

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Thanks for your help, David.

— AWHC Team

Outlaw Drugs Making Their Moves…

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEES RISE IN FENTANYL POSSESSION AND FENTANYL OVERDOSES

Fentanyl has gripped the residents in Carson City, Nevada, and left family members behind to grieve. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has seen a significant increase in contacts with persons involving the possession of fentanyl powder, fentanyl pills, and victims of fentanyl overdoses. Last year in 2021, the Sheriff’s Office reported 22 Fentanyl-related incidents for the entire year. This year, in the first four months, the Sheriff’s Office has already encountered ten reported drug incidents involving Fentanyl.
 
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. It was initially designed for medical purposes to treat pain. However, due to its potency, it has been converted by members of drug cartels into an illegally distributed narcotic sold in all 50 states. Fentanyl can be lethal in doses as small as two milligrams. Drug dealers often combine Fentanyl with other narcotics already known to be fatal in high amounts to increase the effects of the euphoria experienced. When combined with other narcotics, it can be disguised as any other illegally used narcotic, as well as marijuana sold on the “black market.”
 
Fentanyl can also be used, similar as other narcotics, by oral consumption, inhaling, or injecting. It causes intense, short-term, temporary feelings of euphoria. However, the intentional or unintentional use of fentanyl can inhibit the normal respiratory function and reduce blood pressure. In lethal amounts, it can cause fainting, seizures, and even death.  
 
On April 6th, 2022, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) saw a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events involving three or more overdoses occurring close in time at the same location. They report that there have been at least seven confirmed mass-overdose events across the United States in just the past two months, resulting in 58 overdoses and 29 overdose deaths.
 
Locally, Fentanyl-related activities have spiked within the Carson City area causing an elevated concern among first responders:
 
December 22nd, 2021
A married couple, a 32-year-old male and a 29-year-old female, were discovered to be overdosing on Fentanyl. The female was able to be revived. However, the male passed away due to the effects of the drug.

February 2nd, 2022
A mother discovered her 28-year-old son as he suffered from the effects of Fentanyl. The subject admitted to the sheriff’s office that he was using Fentanyl. He could not walk independently and had to be transported to the Regional Medical Center by medics for further evaluation.

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Nasty Traffic Crash at southbound Carson and I-580

2:37pm  Nasty vehicle crash at the intersection of southbound Carson Street and I-580 (Spooner Juction).  There is one serious injury but the other two vehicles didn’t have any injuries involved.  Law enforcement on scene say those who weren’t injured are out and walking around.  No word on how the accident unfolded.  One other involved car is said to be parked behind a building just south of the crash scene.  Officers are checking it out.

Car with a couple inside plows into Roundhouse Inn on North Carson

12:55  A couple in a small car heading south today on North Carson Street – South of Adams – was forced off the asphalt, over the sidewalk and into the Roundhouse Inn.  The couple were lucky they were not seriously hurt.  But their car was badly damaged.  They said a vehicle that swerved in front of them failed to stop.  A description of the vehicle was given to the Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies and to be on the look-out for that car and driver.

Carson City still working on getting Highway 50 to look more like a town….

Carson City Invites the Community to Attend the East William Complete Streets Information Meeting 

Carson City, NV – Carson City will host an informational meeting to present preliminary design concepts and input received from the community for the East William Complete Streets Project. The City launched a survey and interactive comment map in January 2022.  Since then, the project team has developed a preliminary project design based on comments received and design constraints. The community is invited to provide comments on the initial design and overall project.  A presentation will begin at 5:30 pm and the project team will be available to answer questions.  Orsmby Room at Sheriff’s Office,

911 E Musser Street

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 5 to 7 pm

Presentation begins at 5:30 pm

About the Project

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) transferred East William Street to Carson City after the completion of the I-580 Freeway. Before the freeway was built, East William Street was a state highway (US Highway 50) serving as a major roadway to move vehicle traffic quickly through Carson City. The current roadway is wide, with traffic moving at higher speeds, and there are few bicycle or pedestrian amenities. In some sections, there are no sidewalks. While traffic has decreased since the completion of the freeway, crashes have increased. The amount of travel lanes remain the same with four west of North Carson Street, and six lanes at I-580. Blocks are long, and intersections with protected pedestrian crossings are infrequent. The result is a vehicle focused corridor with only minimal accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. Carson City planners and engineers are working to transform the corridor from a high-speed vehicle thoroughfare to a destination roadway shared by all users including drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians; otherwise known as a Complete Street.

 

For additional information on the project and the upcoming public meeting visit,  contact Darren Anderson or visit http://carsonproud.com/east-william-complete-streets-project/

East William Complete Streets Information Meeting

Carson City Invites the Community to Attend the
East William Complete Streets Information Meeting

Carson City, NV – Carson City will host an informational meeting to present preliminary design concepts and input received from the community for the East William Complete Streets Project. The City launched a survey and interactive comment map in January 2022. Since then, the project team has developed a preliminary project design based on comments received and design constraints. The community is invited to provide comments on the initial design and overall project. A presentation will begin at 5:30 pm and the project team will be available to answer questions.

Orsmby Room at Sheriff’s Office
911 E Musser Street
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 5 to 7 pm
Presentation begins at 5:30 pm

About the Project
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) transferred East William Street to Carson City after the completion of the I-580 Freeway. Before the freeway was built, East William Street was a state highway (US Highway 50) serving as a major roadway to move vehicle traffic quickly through Carson City. The current roadway is wide, with traffic moving at higher speeds, and there are few bicycle or pedestrian amenities. In some sections, there are no sidewalks. While traffic has decreased since the completion of the freeway, crashes have increased. The amount of travel lanes remain the same with four west of North Carson Street, and six lanes at I-580. Blocks are long, and intersections with protected pedestrian crossings are infrequent. The result is a vehicle focused corridor with only minimal accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. Carson City planners and engineers are working to transform the corridor from a high-speed vehicle thoroughfare to a destination roadway shared by all users including drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians; otherwise known as a Complete Street.

For additional information on the project and the upcoming public meeting visit, contact Darren Anderson or visit http://carsonproud.com/east-william-complete-streets-project/

Bureau of Land Management – no fires allowed on BLM land

Dry conditions and high fire risk have led officials at the Bureau of Land Management to prohibit specific fire-related activities on BLM-managed lands. The fire prevention order will be in effect from May 1 through Oct. 31.

The fire prevention order prohibits the use of explosive materials – such as explosive targets or fireworks – and steel component ammunition, on BLM lands. Those who violate the order could be subject to paying to put out the fire as well as covering the cost to rehabilitate burned areas.

Paul Petersen, a fire management officer with BLM in Nevada, said much of the state is experiencing record dry conditions, and severe drought in some places.

“The current, national wildland fire potential outlook indicates that we could be in for a challenge this summer,” Petersen said. “It’s important for the public to understand and comply with the fire prevention order to help keep human-caused wildfires from needlessly damaging natural and cultural resources.”

Additional fire restrictions may be handed down by other agencies operating in the state, including the U.S. Forest Service. Additional information is at https://www.nevadafireinfo.org/.

Has anyone seen or know of the whereabouts of Gizelle Bringas?

Carson City Sheriff’s Office Seeks Juvenile Runaway

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance with locating 15-year-old Gizelle Bringas.
Gizelle is 5’3’’and 120 lbs, has ash blonde hair and brown eyes. Gizelle left her home on April 25, 2022. Gizelle was last seen in the area of Mills Park and in the area of Rand Avenue.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Sergeant Craig Lowe (775) 283-7815, Captain Daniel Gonzales at (775) 283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office Seeks Juvenile Runaway

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance with locating 15-year-old Gizelle Bringas. Gizelle is 5’3’’and 120 lbs, has ash blonde hair and brown eyes. Gizelle left her home on April 25, 2022. Gizelle was last seen in the area of Mills Park and in the area of Rand Avenue.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Sergeant Craig Lowe (775) 283-7815, Captain Daniel Gonzales at (775) 283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.

Major construction improvements on Highways 207 and 341

CARSON CITY, Nev.Daytime single lane closures will be in place on State Routes 207 and 341 in Douglas, Storey and Washoe counties beginning May 2 as the Nevada Department of Transportation replaces roadside drainage berms and guardrail.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays May 2 through mid-June, one-way traffic will be in place on sections of the roadways as traffic flaggers and pilot cars alternate directions of travel. The work will take place on small sections of the Carson Valley side of Kingsbury Grade, and from the base of Geiger Grade to northwest of Virginia City.

While most travel delays will be minimal, up to 30-minute delays are possible through the work zones. Bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes when possible.

Aging and eroded roadside asphalt drainage berms will be replaced for enhanced drainage. Sections of damaged guardrail will also be replaced. Both improvements will enhance roadway safety for drivers.

Over recent years, NDOT has also installed more than 1,500 linear feet of new storm drain pipe and reinforced additional aging roadway drainage pipe and roadway drainage inlets on Kingsbury Grade.

Additional state highway information is available at dot.nv.gov or by calling (775) 888-7000. Also follow @NevadaDOTReno on Twitter for traffic and project updates in northern Nevada, and @nevadadot on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates from across the state.

Authorities looking for a man wanted on numerous felony charges….

Dan McNeil, 27
Numerous warrants for his arrest…

Carson City deputies need your help finding a man wanted on several felony warrants.  27-year-old Daniel McNeil is white, 5’10” inches tall and approximately 170 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.  McNeil has a tattoo on his left arm, wrist, right hand and fingers.  McNeil’s last known address is in Dayton.

McNeil was last scene driving a 2000 white Ford F-150.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Sergeant Craig Lowe (775) 283-7815 or Captain Daniel Gonzales at (775) 283-7850.

You can also call or text your anonymous tip to Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.

Another Snow Storm barreling down on the Sierra Nevada…

3pm  We’ve got another set of storms coming ashore across Oregon and Northern California.  They’re packing high winds and snow levels at two to three feet in the higher elevations above Lake Tahoe.  So far, one foot of snow at Lake Tahoe is forecast and up to three feet in the higher elevations.

While it’s expected to be snowy-white up top, there will be rain showers in the lower elevations with possible light snow at lake level this evening.  Winds will be howling at 30 to 40 mph making it dangerous for those who are tempted to launch a boat or sailboat trying to harness the late winter winds.  Authorities say boating will be very dangerous over the next day or so.

Vehicle off an embankment on Highway 50 West

8:25am  Report of a vehicle leaving Highway 50 at Kings Canyon Road.  The vehicle reportedly went up and over the guard-rail, plunging down an embankment.

8:32am  Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle went over the side of eastbound 50.  Miraculously, two people managed to get out of the vehicle.  Injuries may not be as severe as feared.

NDOT GATHERS PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON ROSE HIGHWAY CORRIDOR PLAN

 

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation is gathering public feedback to finalize the Mt. Rose Highway Corridor Study.

The plan outlines future enhancements to the lower segment of Mt. Rose Highway (State Route 431).

The plan can be reviewed by logging onto www.dot.nv.gov/mtrose and selecting “provide your feedback.” Comments can be sent to NDOTMtRoseStudy@c-agroup.com by May 18. Those needing assistance accessing the plan can contact 702-232-5288 for printed materials.

In 2021, NDOT hosted two public meetings to gather feedback on the Mt. Rose Highway Corridor Study.

The feedback was used to develop a blueprint and potential action plan to enhance safety and address the growing needs of the Mt. Rose Highway. Community members can now provide their feedback on the plan before it is finalized this summer. The master plan will provide a high-level vision for potential options to improve traffic safety and mobility for all transportation types. Potential future improvements would be coordinated between Washoe County, City of Reno, Nevada Highway Patrol, RTC Washoe and others.

With average daily traffic on the valley section of the highway growing from 15,000 vehicles daily in 2014 to nearly 23,000 in 2019, NDOT conducted the corridor study on Mt. Rose Highway from the South Virginia Street intersection to Douglas Fir Drive. The study also reviews Geiger Grade from the South Virginia Street intersection to the Veterans Parkway roundabout.

Additional state highway information is available at dot.nv.gov or by calling (775) 888-7000. Also follow @NevadaDOTReno on Twitter for traffic and project updates in northern Nevada, and @nevadadot on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates from across the state.

Joining Forces to Save Lives in Nevada

Pedestrian Safety is a Two-Way Street

Pedestrian Safety Operation coming up…

The Nevada State Police Highway Patrol is partnering with other participating Nevada law enforcement agencies in the Joining Forces program and is urging pedestrians and drivers to be aware of each other and to share the road responsibly. From today, April 18th through the 25th, 2022, the Joining Forces law enforcement team will be issuing citations to pedestrians and motorists who are violating traffic safety laws.

Most people are a pedestrian at least once a day. Between 2015 and 2019, 378 pedestrians lost their lives in pedestrian crashes on Nevada’s roadways. This represents a 23.6% increase in pedestrian traffic fatalities from previous years. In an effort to reverse this trend, Troopers will be looking for traffic offenses made by pedestrians and drivers alike.

The Nevada State Police Highway Patrol remains dedicated to bringing the number of fatalities on our roadways to zero through promoting safe pedestrian and motorist behavior. Whether you are in a vehicle or on foot, stay alert and safely share the road.

Yes, we’ve got lots of ’em – Be Aware, Be Alert, Be Armed, Never Hike Alone…Nevada Dept. of Wildlife

Nevada Department of Wildlife photo

Mountain lions occupy areas with rocky terrain throughout Nevada, especially where mule deer live. Like most wild cats, they are solitary and tend to avoid areas with human disturbance. Occasionally they will be spotted passing through the outskirts of urban areas where food is readily available. Encounters with mountain lions are rare and the risk of an attack is extremely small.

About 3-4 times the size of a bobcat, adult mountain lions weigh between 100-150 lbs. They can be distinguished by their long tail which is one-third of their total body length.

Living in mountain lion country:

You may live in or recreate in lion country. Like any wildlife, mountain lions can be dangerous. With a better understanding of mountain lions and their habitat, you can coexist with these magnificent animals. To reduce the risk of problems with mountain lions on or near your property, we urge you to follow these simple precautions:

  • Remove anything that might attract deer or other prey animals
    • This can include birdseed, pet food, trash or compost, water features, fallen fruit, excess shrubs, woodpiles, decks or other structures that can provide cover or a place to den.
  • Make efforts to discourage deer from being present in your yard – deer are one of the top food sources for mountain lions, so if they are in your yard, a lion could be too.
  • Install devices to scare away the lions – motion-activated lights and/or sprinklers are a great place to start!
  • Closely supervise children whenever they play outdoors. Make sure children are inside before dusk and not outside before dawn. Talk with your children about lions and teach them what to do if they encounter one.

Pet safety:

  • Keep your pet under control. Roaming pets are easy prey and can attract lions. Bring pets in at night. If you leave your pet outside, keep it in a kennel with a secure top. Don’t feed pets outside; this can attract raccoons and other animals eaten by mountain lions. Store all garbage securely.
  • Place livestock in enclosed sheds or barns at night. Close doors to all outside buildings since inquisitive lions may go inside for a look.

Hiking in mountain lion country:

  • Stay alert when on the trails and do not wear headphones.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active – between dusk and dawn.
  • Parents – supervise small children closely and teach them about lion safety.
  • If you run across a dead animal, especially if it’s partially eaten and then covered with brush or dirt, move away. Lions return to their kills.
What if I see a mountain lion?
  • Do not approach a lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation.
  • Do NOT run away from it or corner it—give it space to leave. Back away slowly if you can do so safely – running may stimulate the ‘chase instinct’ that many predators have.
  • Do all that you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you’re wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won’t panic and run.
  • If the lion is aggressive, throw stones, branches, or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly. What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may be a danger to the lion.
  • In the rare event of an attack—ALWAYS fight back. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools, and their bare hands successfully. Remain standing or try to get back up!
Am I in danger?

Human and mountain lion conflicts are extremely rare; taking the above precautions will help limit conflicts that may arise. Learning how to interact with mountain lions is an important step in making sure Nevada and our wildlife stay wild!

If you see a mountain lion in a residential area, report it to the Nevada Department of Wildlife dispatch line at (775) 688-1331.

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