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New Space for Creative Carson City Area Artists and Would Be Artists!

Brick + Pine welcomes the community into a unique, peaceful space perfect for photo sessions, classes and more opening May 22


Brick + Pine Studio is a new venue nestled in the heart of Nevada’s capital that provides a calming, inviting atmosphere for the community to let their creative juices flow. Opened by local photographers Kelsea Claassen and Lauren Casto, the studio is offering a brand new experience for the people of Carson City.

With 16 years of photography experience between them, Kelsea and Lauren are excited to bring this new concept to Carson City. Brick + Pine Studio is an open concept space that is well suited for all kinds of activities. Need a place to shoot some family portraits? Brick + Pine offers natural lighting and tasteful, rotating backdrops that compliment the season. Thinking of a chic venue for your next meeting? The studio boasts 1,200 square feet of open space for your gathering. Even if you just want to get out of the house for a change of scenery while you work, you will find an inviting environment where you can focus – and sip on a cup of local coffee.

“We couldn’t be happier to finally open our new studio to the community,” said Kelsea. “We’ve dreamed of such a space like this for a while now, and we’re happy to say we’ve finally made it a reality.”

Brick + Pine Studio is a collaborative space which can be used for almost anything – whether you are taking family portraits, hosting a wellbeing event or teaching a weekly class. Located within walking distance of parks and restaurants, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better venue. Head over to their website to easily book for your event. You can reserve by the hour or book whole and half days.

Want to check out the space? Brick + Pine Studio will kick off its grand opening on May 22 from 11 am-2pm. Come by for food and refreshments and find a showcase of local businesses making use of the studio’s offerings.

“It’s wonderful to see local businesses already showing interest in our studio,” said Lauren. “We’re ready to offer the people of Carson City a fresh and inspiring space to allow their creative spirits to soar. We hope to see you there!”

Highlights

The Brick + Pine Studio is a bright, casual venue nestled in downtown Carson City and is the perfect space for your photography sessions, gatherings, workshops and more

Founders Kelsea Claassen and Lauren Casto bring with them 16 years of photography experience and have crafted the studio in a way that will bring out the best of your creative talents

The grand opening will be held on May 22nd from 11 am-2pm and will feature local businesses and refreshments as you tour the innovative space 



*** About Brick + Pine Studios 
Brick + Pine Studio is a bright and inspiring space ready for a variety of creative uses. We are located in the heart of beautiful and historic downtown Carson City, Nevada and love the feeling of our growing, vibrant town. Brick + Pine Studio is available to rent out as a natural light photography studio, as well as an open space for workshops, classes or gatherings.

Contact
Phone: (775) 230-7368
Email:hello@brickandpinestudio.com

Website
brickandpinestudio.com

Motorcycles: They can be deadly – especially on mountainous curvy roads…

Nevada State Police is reporting three fatal crashes Sunday afternoon in Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.

NHP is reporting a fatal rollover crash Sunday afternoon on State Route 88 at Kimmerling Road that involved two vehicles – one person was killed.  The road was blocked as of late Sunday afternoon.

There were two fatal motorcycle accidents Sunday afternoon.  There was a fatal motorcycle crash on SR-341 at mile marker 7 at 3:15 p.m.

Nevada State Police also reports a fatal single motorcycle crash on SR-341 at Lyon County Mile Marker 4 reported at 3:56 p.m. According to NHP, the rider was killed.  No word yet on what caused the rider to lose control and crash. The roadway was blocked for quite some time.

Bottom line:  Ride like you want to return home safely.

Guns produce nothing but cemeteries…

Sen. Ron Wyden
“Our country is at risk”

From Senator Wyden: Racial hatred and relaxed gun laws added up to a toxic combination yet with lethal consequences for innocent people in Buffalo, NY. They are now grieving forever-lost loved ones. Plain and simple – guns have become too easy to acquire by those who would launch blind domestic terrorism.

Law Enforcement Update: They Catch Up with a Dangerous Fugitive

Law Enforcement swarms a home in the south end of Carson City – They apprehend the suspect.

On Thursday May 12th, U.S. Marshals contacted the Carson City Sheriff’s Office to report that a heavily armed escaped inmate was possibly in the Carson City and Douglas County areas.  The inmate – Andrew Kristovich, 38, had escaped from a federal prison camp in Oregon.  Information from the Marshals indicated that Kristovich was likely armed with a high powered assault rifle intending to engage with law enforcement as he tries to flee the state.  They also advised that local law enforcement knew that he had been incarcerated for possessing weapons and drugs and was a suspect in a rape allegation in Washington following his escape.

Throughout Thursday and into Friday, U.S. Marshals, Carson City Sheriff’s Detectives and eight other local, state and federal agencies worked tirelessly to isolate a probable location of the suspect.

By Friday morning a likely location was identified but the information could not be confirmed.  Due to the extreme risk to the public and law enforcement at 11:30am, an order was given by Sheriff Ken Furlong to deploy SWAT teams from both Carson City and Douglas counties. The area was populated with new homes and quite near the Northern Nevada Correctional Facility in the southern most area of Carson City.  Warnings were issued by law enforcement ordering residents to shelter in their homes and lock their doors.

About forty deputies and marshals surrounded the suspected property where Kristovich was hiding out.  It wasn’t long that Officers spotted Kristovich and took him into custody.

Sheriff Ken Furlong credited inter-agency support and cooperation for putting fugitive Andrew Kristovich so quickly back behind bars.

 

Kantu Inka to Perform Music of the Andes

In Carson City, Saturday, May 21st

 The Carson City Symphony Association will present a free concert featuring Music of the Andes on Saturday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m., at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive in Carson City. The concert features Kantu Inka – Carlos and Julie Ocampa – who have been presenting Peruvian Andean music in the U.S. since 2003.

Kantu Inka’s performance will include an introduction to Andean wind, string, and percussion instruments, music, dance, geography, and clothing. They will be joined by about a dozen students of all ages playing zampoñas (Peruvian panpipes) and string instruments for a special rendition of “El Condor Pasa,” a well-known piece written in 1913 by Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles. String parts were arranged for this project by Carson City Symphony musician, Bill Melendres.

This performance is the culmination of four workshops at which Kantu Inka shared their passion for Andean music with members of Carson City Symphony’s Youth Strings and Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall adult string ensemble. Each participant learned to play and care for a 17-pipe bamboo zampoña, hand-made in Peru.

This free performance is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Here we GROW again….

Join tours on Thursday, May 12 around 5 p.m. for the opening of a new 197-home community in Carson City

Local home builder Ryder Homes hosts a ribbon cutting event to open their four new model homes and sales center at their newest housing community in Carson City. The community, named Cross Creek, consists of nearly 200 new homes with five different floor plans ranging in size from approximately 1,800 to 2,900 square feet, with prices starting in the mid $500,000s. Cross Creek is located in the historic Lompa Ranch and in the Blackstone master planned community, a 400-plus acre site located to the south and east of Carson High School.

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 170 Wildcat Peak Drive, Carson City, NV 89701

CONTACT: Paul Klein at 775-830-7285

                                        New homes rising from the Carson City prairie

New homes rising from the Carson City prairie.

Lane Closures on Koontz/Clearview Bridges over I-580 in Carson City

Lane Closures on Koontz/Clearview Bridges Over I-580 in Carson City

Intermittent single lane closures will take place beginning May 16 on the Koontz Lane and Clearview Drive bridges over Interstate 580 in Carson City.

Periodic single lane closures will take place weekdays between 7 am  to 5 pm May 16-27 as the Nevada Department of Transportation resurfaces the bridges. One lane will remain available over the bridges at all times, with traffic flaggers alternating directions of traffic.

The maintenance work will provide a smoother bridge surface. Nevada’s bridges were ranked some of the nation’s very best for the previous eight years. This year, American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) analysis of 2021 U.S. Department of Transportation bridge inventory data (www.artbabridgereport.org) shows Nevada bridges as the nation’s best, tied with Texas and Arizona.

It’s time to take all drunk drivers off the road for a year. Yes…A YEAR.

                                         Citizen’s Report of a Reckless Driver Resulted in Carson City DUI Arrest

On Monday, May 9th, Troopers with the Nevada State Police Highway Patrol responded to a call of a reckless driver failing to maintain their travel lane and driving on the shoulder. The reporting party was a driver who observed the unsafe driving. Fortunately, Troopers were able to locate the vehicle and get it stopped before it crashed or hurt anyone. Suspecting the driver was impaired, Troopers conducted a DUI investigation. The driver was ultimately arrested for suspected DUI (alcohol).

With the alarming number of recent fatal crashes in northern Nevada alone, the Nevada State Police Highway Patrol is asking drivers to call in reckless drivers. If drivers observe unsafe/reckless driving behavior, they are encouraged to dial *NHP on their smartphones or simply call 911. The location, direction of travel, a vehicle description, and if possible, a description of the driver is helpful in locating the vehicle and getting unsafe drivers off our roads. These actions save lives.

The Nevada State Police Highway Patrol reminds drivers not to drink and drive. If there is a chance of being impaired by any substance, simply do not get behind the wheel. Drive Safe Nevada.

Update: Arrest Made in Fatal Wrong Way Crash on US-395 at Airport Road in Minden

Troopers with the Nevada State Police Highway Patrol have made an arrest in the fatal crash that occurred on Saturday, April 23  on US-395 and Airport Road. The driver of the silver 2020 Ford F-150 pickup, Matthew Primo (a 26 year-old Carson City Resident), has been arrested and booked at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

  • DUI (2nd) causing death (Felony)
  • DUI (2nd) causing substantial harm (Felony)
  • Driving on the right side of road required (Misdemeanor)
  • Basic Speed 21+ (Misdemeanor)
  • Seatbelt Required (Misdemeanor)

    This crash is being investigated by the Highway Patrol Division’s Northern Command West Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T.) – Case #220401626. If anyone has any information about this crash, please send an email to ncwmirt@dps.state.nv.us and reference the case number.

Street Drugs Quite Plentiful- Deputies Doing the Best They Can…

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.

February 3rd, 2022
The sheriff’s office discovered a 19-year-old male in possession of 14 “M30” blue pills of Fentanyl.

March 11th, 2022
A 24-year-old male driver was arrested on a warrant and found in possession of a jar with fentanyl residue.

March 17th, 2022
A 19-year-old male was discovered overdosing on Fentanyl. He was revived by the responding Carson City deputy but needed to be transported to the hospital by medics for further evaluation.

March 18th, 2022
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to a 26-year-old female discovered by others dead in her apartment after overdosing on Fentanyl.

April 20th, 2022
A deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 35-year-old male driver whom the sheriff’s office discovered to have 10 “M30” pills in possession.

April 21st, 2022
31-year-old male stopped for littering was discovered with less than a gram of Fentanyl in his possession. Medics transported two officers affected during the male’s arrest to the hospital for further evaluation.

April 27th, 2022
33-year-old male was taken to jail on separate charges. Deputies located a folded piece of foil in his sock with fentanyl residue during processing.

April 27th, 2022
A 42-year-old female was stopped for a traffic violation and discovered to have methamphetamine and heroin in her possession. After deputies arrested her, the female admitted having Fentanyl hidden in her bra. The female was released from handcuffs, retrieved the narcotic, and turned it over to the arresting deputies.

Sheriff Ken Furlong has grave concerns for everyone who is a victim of a Fentanyl overdose, as well as the first responders who are encountering these events. It is critical that overdose victims and exposed persons receive immediate emergency medical care. Any delay in the treatment of an overdosed victim can result in irreparable medical conditions or even death.

If you or anyone you know comes into contact with a substance or area potentially contaminated by Fentanyl, don’t hesitate to contact the Carson City Communications Center on a 911 line, or if not an emergency, call (775) 887-2677 (COPS).

For further information, contact Sergeant T.J. Boggan at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at (775) 283-7888.

We try to keep music inside the city limits….

Call for Artists – Two Jazz & Beyond Opportunities

Art Contest for Poster and Program Cover

Open Studios – Tour Entries

The 2022 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival is calling artists for two opportunities. First is an art contest for poster and program design. Second is participation in the fourth annual Carson City Open Studios Tour in August. Entry deadline for both is May 17, 2022.

For the art contest, Nevada artists, including teachers and students, are eligible to submit entries. The winning design will be used to promote the Jazz & Beyond festival, will be featured on the festival poster, program cover, and potentially on a T-shirt, and the winner will receive a cash award of $100. Entry forms are available for download at milehighjazz.com/artcontest2022.pdf. Participation is free and artists may submit up to three entries.

For more information, email info@milehighjazz.com.

The Carson City Open Studios Tour will include one-day and two-day options. Visual art from painting, sculpture, and 3D art to jewelry and photography, will be exhibited and demonstrated in about a dozen individual and shared studio spaces. Each artist selected will also have one piece exhibited in the month-long NAA Summer Show.

The one-day tour will be Friday, August 19, 12 to 5 p.m., at the Bliss Mansion and the NAA (Nevada Artists Association) Gallery. The two-day tour will be Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at multiple studios throughout Carson City. Artists may participate in either the one-day tour, the two-day tour, or both. Some locations will include live music. Application forms are available at http://milehighjazz.com/arttour2022.htm.

For more information, contact ccopenstudio@gmail.com.

2022 Scavenger Hunt

2022 Historic Resources Commission Scavenger Hunt 

Carson City, NV – In recognition of Historic Preservation and Archeological Awareness Month, the City’s Historic Resources Commission has organized the 2022 Scavenger Hunt.  This year’s hunt focuses on identifying the unique elements that reflect the architectural styles of the period from 1868 to 1900. 

A copy of the 2022 Scavenger Hunt can be obtained at 108 East Proctor Street or at carson.orgCompleted answers are due by 3 PM May 31, 2022.  Answers may be submitted in person at 108 East Proctor Street or emailed to planning@carson.org For the 4th year in a row, Jim Phalan of Fox Brewpub is donating a gift card to the person whose hunt is drawn from correct entries.

Also, at the Board of Supervisor’s May 5 meeting, the 2022 Historic Preservation Award will be presented to the Nevada Builder’s Alliance in appreciation of their contributions to Carson City’s Historic Preservation, including the preservation of the Bank Saloon.

For additional information regarding the 2022 Scavenger Hunt contact, the Planning Division or visit carson.org.

Carson Chamber Singers Concerts in Reno (May 14), In Carson City (May 15)

Carson Chamber Singers Concerts
in Reno, Saturday, May 14, and
Carson City, Sunday, May 15

Be Staid…a choral reflection for our time
Don’t miss the Carson Chamber Singers, a 50-member chorus directed by Richard Hutton! They will perform on Saturday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral (310 W. 2nd Street, Reno) and on Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (200 N. Division Street, Carson City).

The concerts feature Randall Thompson’s Frostiana and John Rutter’s Requiem, both accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. They have also programmed two smaller works by these composers: Thompson’s The Last Words of David and Rutter’s A Ukrainian Prayer. Ricky Hutton said, “I chose two composers whose work is among the most performed of 20th century choral literature, eager to revisit these cherished pieces, which many of our choristers know well and love.”

Carson Chamber Singers Future Events
Pops Party Concert: Carson Chamber Singers will perform with the Carson City Symphony on Sunday, June 12, at 6:00 p.m., at the Capital Amphitheater in Carson City. Click here for more information. Admission is free.

Genoa Americana Celebration: Carson Chamber Singers will perform with the Carson City Symphony on Monday, July 4, at 4:30 p.m., at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa, NV. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.  Admission is free.

Watch for automated flaggers on state highways in Douglas County

Watch Out for NewTraffic Control Devices in Work Zones  

Douglas County motorists traveling between Interstate 5 and the Oregon coast may notice new traffic control devices in state highway work zones.

For the next month, Oregon 38 (Umpqua Highway) traffic will be reduced to a single lane through Scottsburg (milepost 16). Meanwhile, motorists on Oregon 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway) will see intermittent weekday lane closures west of Camas Valley (milepost 45-52).

Traffic at each location will be controlled by an automated flagging system. Each system consists of a modified traffic signal with a crossing arm at each end of a work zone. During the signal’s red-phase, the arm will lower to block traffic in one direction. During the yellow-phase, the arm will lift, allowing traffic to pass through the work zone. There is no green phase.

Similar “robot” flagging systems have been used for nearly a decade throughout Oregon. They are designed to keep everyone, including flaggers, safe on the highway. ODOT has provided a video that explains the system.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution through each work zone and watch for advance warning signs.

The lane closure in Scottsburg will allow prime contractor Hamilton Construction to work on the north approach to the new bridge across the Umpqua River. Traffic is likely to be shifted onto the new bridge later this month, though work will continue throughout the summer.

On Oregon 42, ODOT and prime contractor Suulutaaq recently began work on a six month project that will pave 6.8 miles of Oregon 42, stabilized a slide area and repair several bridges.

For more information, contact ODOT Public Information Officer Dan Latham at 541-817-5200 or Dan.Latham@odot.oregon.gov.

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.

 

TAKE ACTION →

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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