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NDOT NEARLY COMPLETES PROJECT TO REDUCE VEHICLE-HORSE COLLISIONS ON U.S. 50 IN DAYTON 

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation has substantially completed a project to install livestock fencing to reduce vehicle-horse collisions on U.S. 50 in Dayton.

Fence installation, begun in early January, was completed over recent weeks, with more than eight miles of four strand, four-foot high livestock fencing installed on both sides of U.S. 50 to reduce vehicle-animal collisions and enhance safety in these areas:

  • Between State Route 341 intersection to just west of River Street (near “Our Park” in west Dayton)
  • Between Fortune Drive and western Occidental Drive
  • Between Six Mile Canyon Road and Chaves Road

In coming months, brief roadway shoulder closures will take place as roadway lighting is installed at the end of each fenced section for enhanced visibility.

Between 2017 and 2019, 27 horse-related crashes were reported in areas where the new fencing has been installed. To continue residential and business access to the highway, fencing was not placed in high-density residential and business areas.

The new fencing joins the nearly 24 miles of existing highway fencing on U.S. 50 between Dayton and Silver Springs. Many other highways bordering the Virginia Range wild horse populations have also been fenced, including USA Parkway and U.S 50A north of Silver Springs. In addition, NDOT has installed three wildlife under-crossings in the Virginia Range.

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.

DRIVING SAFELY IN WILDLIFE-PRONE AREAS

  • Obey all speed limits, traffic signs and regulations.
  • Wear seatbelts and limit distractions while driving.
  • Heed animal warning signs. Be alert for the potential of wildlife, particularly where wildlife warning signs are posted.
  • Actively scan all sides of the road as you drive and look for any signs of wildlife.
  •  Slow down or otherwise adjust driving speeds if necessary to help reduce the chance and impact of an animal collision.
  • Remember that many accidents are not due to colliding with wildlife but are the result of driving into another car or truck in the opposite lane while trying to avoid colliding with the animal.

State resumes inmate visitations

NDOC resumes contact visits, suspends other COVID-19 protocols

The Nevada Department of Corrections announced Monday, April 11, 2022, it will resume approved-physical-contact visits and will suspend most other COVID-19 protocols related to visitation. Visitors will still be medically screened upon entering. All other provisions will be suspended, including:

  •   Use of masks, unless elected to be worn by individual
  •   Social distancing
  •   Barriers between participants
  •   Sanitation measures beyond those previously required“The health and safety of our staff and offenders is of paramount importance to the Nevada Department of Corrections,” said Deputy Director of Operations William Gittere. “As we have seen the number of COVID-19 cases reduce dramatically, we no longer deem necessary strict precautions. We know offenders and their friends and families have waited a very long time to hug one another.”The Department will maintain all infection-control equipment, and procedures are subject to change depending on infection rates.

Carson City Historical Society Hosts “The Comstock Chinese & Other Chinese Immigrant Communities in Northern Nevada”

Carson City Historical Society Hosts “The Comstock Chinese & Other Chinese Immigrant Communities in Northern Nevada,” a Lecture by Erica Hill
Thursday, May 19th

Carson City Historical Society (CCHS) is proud to host a lecture on “The Comstock Chinese & Other Chinese Immigrant Communities in Northern Nevada,” on Thursday, May 19th, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker is Erica Hill.

Around 1850, Chinese immigrants began arriving in the U.S. in record breaking numbers because of the California Gold Rush. Throughout the mid-19th century, Chinese people quickly formed Chinese settlements across the American West in places they could find work while protecting their traditions and being insulated from racial violence. In Nevada, Chinese people lived and worked in mining communities, railroad camps, and other boomtowns across the Comstock Lode and surrounding area. This project discusses the Chinese who lived in Northern Nevada, how they were instrumental to the rapid expansion of the American West, and how they faced extreme racial violence which forced them to form Chinatowns and then abandon them.

Erica Hill is the Community Arts Development Specialist at the Nevada Arts Council in Carson City. She earned her MA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University in 2021 and wrote the thesis Chinese Childhood Play: Deconstructing Hegemonic Narratives in Northern California Chinatowns. Hill holds a BA in Anthropology (CSUC) and two AA degrees in Anthropology and Humanities (MJC). Highlights of her professional experience include Archaeological Technician at the Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, Cultural Landscapes Intern at the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office in San Francisco, and Student Curator at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSUC.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To sign up for Erica Hill’s Zoom Lecture on May 19th, at 7:30 p.m., go to http://cchistorical.org/signup.htm, where there is a link to use to sign up. You will be asked to fill out a Google Form with name, email address, phone number, and other questions. [Note: If the appropriate lecture is not listed on the sign-up page, you may need to refresh that page in your browser.] If your request is accepted, we will send you a link to the Zoom session within about 3 days. If you need to make special arrangements, send an email to DCBugli@aol.com with “Erica Hill Lecture” in the subject line or call David Bugli at 775-883-4154.

After a hiatus of several years, the CCHS resumed a monthly lecture series in January 2021. Most lectures are presented on Zoom on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Some past lectures are also available on the Carson City Historical Society’s YouTube.com page. Additional information about the CCHS is available on its webpage, CCHistorical.org.

Visits to Nevada State Prison resumes

The Nevada Department of Corrections announced Monday, April 11, 2022, it will resume approved-physical-contact visits and will suspend most other COVID-19 protocols related to visitation. Visitors will still be medically screened upon entering. All other provisions will be suspended, including:

 Use of masks, unless chosen to be worn by an individual
 Social distancing
 Barriers between participants
 Sanitation measures beyond those previously required

“The health and safety of our staff and offenders is of paramount importance to the Nevada Department of Corrections,” said Deputy Director of Operations William Gittere. “As we have seen the number of COVID-19 cases reduce dramatically, we no longer deem necessary strict precautions. We know offenders and their friends and families have waited a very long time to hug one another.”
The Department will maintain all infection-control equipment, and procedures are subject to change depending on infection rates.

Carson City Symphony presents LatinXpressions IV Concert

Flutist Boglarka Kiss
Carson City Symphony
Sunday,  April 24th, 4pm

Carson City Symphony presents LatinXpressions IV Concert

Sunday, April 24, 2022 – 4:00 p.m.

The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, continues its 38th season on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., with “LatinXpressions IV” at the Carson City Community Center’s Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City.  The concert highlights music of Latin America as well as classical compositions.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 18 and under.  Tickets are on sale online at CCSymphony.com or at the door. “Flex” tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Featured soloists are flutist Boglárka Kiss, playing Mozart’s Concerto in D Major, and violinist Brian Fox, playing Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion. Guest group is Mariachi Cazadores de Nevada, performing El Son de la Negra, orchestrated by David Bugli. The program also includes South of the Border by Jerry Neil Smith, Tango Pictures by Adriana Isabel Figueroa Mañas, and A Night in Mexico by Paul Creston.

Boglárka Kiss, a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, recording artist, and college dean, resides in southern California. The April 24 performance will be her second appearance with Carson City Symphony. Dr. Brian Fox is Concertmaster of Carson City Symphony and Director of Carson City School District Orchestras.

Pre-show entertainment by Mariachi Cazadores de Nevada begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. A Meet-the-Soloists concert preview with conductor David Bugli and soloists Boglárka Kiss and Brian Fox begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The LatinXpressions concert series is funded in part by a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The 2021-22 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Carson City Cultural Commission, and private donations.

For information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.

Some drivers hit and run…but later it all catches up with them…

Hit and Run Crash

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit would like to thank the citizens of Carson City for their help in locating a suspect in a hit and run crash published on 04/05/2022.  The Traffic Unit was able to locate a suspect and conduct an interview with the suspected driver.  Working closely with the District Attorney’s Office, the Traffic Unit was able to obtain a search warrant for the suspect vehicle, and arrest warrants for the driver and an accomplice.  The arrests were made on 04/09/22 with the assistance of the Special Enforcement Team (SET).  We are thankful for the community’s support and the collective teamwork of all teams and divisions involved.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office: 911 E Musser St. Carson City, NV 89701       

Traffic unit

Captain Clay Wall: 775.283.7885, Sgt. Matt Smith: 775.283.7887,  Dispatch: 775.887.2008

Carson City Sheriff’s Office to Conduct Law Enforcement Training in Downtown Carson City

Carson City, NV – The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting law enforcement training in the area of Carson Street and Adams Street in Downtown Carson City, Nevada on April 12th and April 13th, 2022, from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM on both dates.

Residents and businesses in the area should expect to hear loud bangs or explosions, as well as increased police activity. Public spectators will not be permitted. The following road closures will be in effect during this time:

Adams Street, from Carson Street to Fall Street Park Street, from Carson Street to Fall Street

Local business access will be permitted.

For additional information on this training event, contact Sergeant Brett J. Bindley or visit

Ken Furlong, Sheriff

carson.org.

Waldport: Beach, Bike & Blues Festival!

The Waldport Chamber of Commerce is happy to spread the word.
Please join us in Waldport on Saturday, April 30th for the inaugural
BEACH, BIKE & BLUES FESTIVAL.  Celebrating the 10th Annual
Oregon Coast Gravel Epic.
Beach, Bike & Blues is a county-wide celebration open to all ages.
Free admission, too.
Live blues music, beer & beverage garden, food trucks, vendor faire,
cool merchandise for sale.
The venue is the Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center/Waldport Heritage Museum.
A poster is attached so please spread the word.
Visit www.findyourselfinwaldport.com for more information.
We hope to see you all in Waldport!

Uh oh…here we go again…

Coronavirus cases are rising again.  They’re increasing in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco counties (they like to gamble in Nevada), likely a result of the Omicron subvariant BA.2 that emerged recently.  Another primary cause is decreased use of masks and reduced immunity. It’s unclear whether this is a brief slow down, the beginning of a larger wave of cases or something else.

WEAR YOUR MASK!!

And not those flimsy little blue things….

Honoring our fallen Civil War Americans

Tribute to our Forgotten Civil War Soldiers

Carson City, NV – On April 10, at 1:15 P.M., the public is invited to a tribute to the Forgotten Civil War Soldiers Project at the Lone Mountain Cemetery. The tribute-organized by the Nevada State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) pays homage to those who have served and are serving this great nation. We are honored to have DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren provide remarks along with Nevada National Guard Brigadier General.

Renovations are well underway, with the planting of trees, painting of the fence that encircles the Union Soldier statue, a new flagpole, and the replacement of numerous flag holders that are either bent, broken, or missing.

Further renovations include the replacement of a veteran’s gravestone, new section markers, a new bench, coving repair, and the installation of a new water irrigation system. These renovations are to be completed by Veterans Day 2022.

A special recognition to Zachary Forrest—a candidate for Eagle Scout—for his contributions to this project.

“I am so honored to be a part of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Mayor of this community. Both honor our veterans with pride. Please join us to pay tribute to these soldiers,” Mayor Bagwell.

Fuel Reduction Project with Sheep Returns to Carson City

(Carson City, NV) – The Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department will be coordinating the annual Fuel Reduction Program using sheep starting this week. This project is also in coordination with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada Division of State Lands, the Washoe Tribe and Carson Community Council and private property owners.

This year, there will be two bands (groups) of sheep grazing in Carson City. The first band will enter Carson City on the north end of town near Timberline and behind Western Nevada College starting Friday, April 8th. The second band will be grazing the area behind Greenhouse Garden Center starting Wednesday, April 13th. The sheep will be grazing in Carson City through May 31st.

Our Department encourages the public to get out and enjoy the sheep, but please keep your dogs on a leash or at home to help avoid conflicts with the sheep. There will also be guard dogs accompanying the sheep for protection from predators. There will be temporary signage placed at trailheads where sheep are currently grazing to alert users to their presence, and the sheep will only graze a specific area for 3-4 days. Additionally, remember to maintain distance from the sheep and avoid loud noises or running while observing them, and lastly please maintain proper social distancing protocols while visiting. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.

For more information on the project, or to report a wayward sheep, please contact the Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department at 775-887-2262.

CC Board of Supervisors…

The Carson City Board of Supervisors Thursday dropped a hammer on what was a number of liquor businesses that failed to count some of their sales – 116 businesses reported their sales – 31 failed to do so.  The 31 businesses were checked out and were fined.  The Supervisors made it clear that taverns and stores must pay closer attention to what’s coming and going.

The Supervisors also made some progress in getting a number of Northgate city “business buildings” filled with non-profit organizations to better serve the Carson City community.  Discussions went round and round but no final decision was made as to what organizations will eventually move in.  Those who represent such community services will vie for space – to be determined in the near future.  There will be sealed bid offers from a number of non-profits to get the green light to move in.  All bids must be turned in to the city by 5pm, June 15th.

And the Supervisors decided they won’t let a 5-cent/gallon tax on diesel fuel slip through their fingers.  The current fuel tax will be up for renewal at the end of the year.  The 5-cent/gallon will end or be renewed by the voters on December 31st.

This Sunday there will be a Lone Mountain Cemetery clean up to commemorate the 44 Civil War Soldiers that are buried there.  Activities begin Sunday, 1:15pm.

And finally, there was mention of Carson City’s desperate need for low income housing, but the conversation was fairly short.  Earlier mentions of low income housing pertains to an area off Airport Road.  To be continued….we hope..

Sheriff’s Department still looking for driver of the pickup

White truck driver standing over the injured moped rider…

Carson City, NV – The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in locating and identifying a driver in a hit and run crash that occurred on Saturday March 26, 2022 at approximately 6:55 PM. A white GMC pickup with a white utility shell was witnessed crashing into a moped at the intersection of Clearview Lane and Silver Sage Drive. A white male adult was seen exiting the vehicle and briefly checking on the rider of the moped before fleeing the scene. Witnesses were able to capture photos of the vehicle. 

The rider of the moped was transported to Renown by Carson City Fire for suspected non-life threatening injuries. The suspect vehicle is a white GMC pickup and white utility shell with Nevada license plates.  The driver is described as a white male adult possible in his 30’s, possibly short light brown hair or blond with a beard.  Wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.  

Please contact Deputy Jim LaChew or Deputy J. Dickey with any information.

jlachew@carson.org, (775) 887-2020 ext. 45671 jdickey@carson.org (775) 887-2020 ext. 45476 

 

High Speed Pursuit headed toward Reno from Carson City

10:22 pm  Local law enforcement is in high speed pursuit of a vehicle headed northbound on 395. 

10:26pm  Fugitive driving at high speed, headed north on 395 toward Reno.  Carson City units back off.  The chase is being taken over by other law enforcement officers – possibly Nevada State Troopers.

10:35pm  State Troopers found the fugitive’s car stopped two miles south of the Mount Rose Highway.  There’s nobody in the car.  The car reportedly is not his.  Law enforcement searching the area.  

10:56pm  The fugitive was located, handcuffed and is headed for a jail in the area.  Details of why the fugitive was running from the law not immediately determined.  Details likely to follow.  

Probable Murder of Naomi Irion in Churchill County – Suspect arrested and headed for confession or trial

“On Tuesday, March 29th Investigators from the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office along with a Detective from the Lyon County Sheriff’s office responded to a remote part of Churchill County following a tip regarding the disappearance of Naomi Irion.  
Their investigative actions led them to a possible gravesite. Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Investigative Services team was contacted and responded to assist in processing the scene.
The body of an adult Caucasian female was recovered from that gravesite. The body was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and to confirm identification.
On March 30th the remains were confirmed as those of Naomi Irion and the family has been notified.
No further information can be released as this is still an open and active investigation.  Authorities extend their sympathy and condolences to the Irion family and thank all the volunteers for their hard work in trying to find Naomi and bring closure for the family. 
The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work closely on these cases.”

Earlier Wednesday, Troy Driver made his first court appearance for his alleged involvement in the case.

Tuesday night hillside wildfire off Highway 50 East and up Drako Road.

Huge travel trailer goes up in flames east of Carson City off Hwy 50 and Drako Road.


The travel trailer was huge it burned quickly. Firefighters were suspicious that whoever pulled the vehicle up the hill stripped it of all valuable equipment. Firefighters had the fire out in about a half hour. They also soaked the sage in the general area.

Firefighters and Nevada State Police hinted there may be some indications of where the vehicle came from and who owned it. But if the owners pulled all the tags, it might be a laborious search for whoever dumped the trailer. Fast moving firefighters quickly scanned the sage brush hillside to ensure no sparks set off another range fire. Anyone having an idea who owned or stole the rig should contact the Nevada State Police and/or the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

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