Eight northern Nevada high school students got the opportunity of a lifetime. They too were in Washington D.C. for the inauguration. The Sage Ridge High School students got tickets from Senator Dean Heller’s office.
Five of the state’s six congressional reps are in Washington, D.C. for Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. Republican Rep. Mark Amodei decided to stay in Reno and watch it with friends. He says his choice shouldn’t be viewed as a criticism of the Trump administration. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto joined many Democrats at the inauguration for what she and many of them say is out of respect for the office and to witness the peaceful transfer of power.
A man suspected of murder in Arizona was stopped in Nevada and Utah-before either state knew he was a wanted man. Police say Caleb Bartels was stopped Monday in Nevada – just before his name and face were plastered across the area as a wanted man. He’s accused of killing a high school teacher in Mesa, Arizona. Bartels who’s still on the loose is considered armed and dangerous. Police say he could still be in Nevada.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe is calling for the resignation of Virginia City High School’s basketball coach. The school’s girls basketball coach Ken Fujii apparently sent a text that said “get ready to scalp or be scalped” to his team before it competed against Pyramid Lake High School. The tribe’s chairman calls it hate speech and wants him gone. Fujii-who is Japanese– says he didn’t mean any offense by the text and apologized for what he called a poor choice of words.
A Women’s March will be held in Reno this weekend. It’ll happen at the same time as the massive women’s march that’s scheduled to draw hundreds of thousands in Washington D.C. Reno’s march is on a much smaller scale. They’re expecting about 2,000 people. It’s happening from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. It starts at District Court downtown and ends at City Plaza. The march is aimed at getting women to come together and showing solidarity at a time when our country is politically divided. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the protest will close Virginia Street from Stewart to Second streets late Saturday morning.
A boil water order has been lifted for residents of Sutcliffe. Water restorations in that area have been successful and crews say it now save to drink. State Route 446 was completely closed in that area for more than a week from severe flood damage. There was a hole in the roadway big enough to swallow an entire car. It’s now open only to residents.
The recent storm that caused flooding across northern Nevada cost the state nearly $7 million. KOLO-TV reports most road projects are complete, but the emergency repairs to pot holes–and in some cases–sink holes–cost a pretty penny. NDOT says they’ve exhausted all resources to expedite repairs. The money spent will likely be reimbursed by the federal government due to Governor Sandoval’s emergency declaration.
More snow falling around the area today,and the morning commute has been a little tricky because of it in Reno and Sparks. Meteorologists are calling for 1 to five inches of snow in Reno and 6 to 12 inches at Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District has canceled classes for the day, along with Zephyr Cove Elementary. And, there’s a two hour delay for schools in Incline Village.
Nevada’s state treasurer says the $60 million Governor Brian Sandoval is setting side for his controversial private school vouchers program isn’t enough. Treasurer Dan Schwartz says the money wouldn’t even fund existing accounts let alone new ones. Schwartz says the program needs $80 to $100 million to be viable. The Education Savings Account would give families up to $5,000 for private or alternative schooling. Democratic lawmakers oppose the ESAs and say public dollars shouldn’t go towards private schools.
Self-driving buses could be hitting Reno’s streets. The University of Nevada Reno says it’s testing autonomous driving technology on buses already in use. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the first buses with driver-assisted sensors will roll down the streets of downtown in the spring along the Sierra Spirit Route that loops downtown to UNR. But don’t worry-the buses will still have someone behind the wheel. For now, the sensors are just collecting data to see how the buses with technology interact with traffic lights, pedestrians, and other vehicles.