Archives for April 2017

Trump Review Of National Monuments Criticized In NV

Supporters of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada are criticizing an executive order signed last week by President Trump.

(The order instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to re-examine all national monuments created since 1996, but it is unclear if the administration will try to revoke some designations or shrink some of the boundaries. Jaina Moan, executive director of the group Friends of Gold Butte, said many legal scholars think the Antiquities Act gives the president the ability to create a monument but not to get rid of one.

Just before President Obama left office, he designated a national monument at Gold Butte and another at Bear’s Ears in Utah, which Trump called a “massive federal land grab.” Dozens of other monuments have been created since 1996, including Basin and Range in Nevada.)

Witness recants in Sparks Nugget Casino gang killing

He was called the state’s star witness in the shooting of a notorious gang leader at a Sparks casino, and now he’s recanting. Documents obtained by the AP show Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick says he lied under oath when he testified that the murder of Hells Angel leader Jeffrey Pettigrew, on the Nugget casino’s gambling floor, was part of an elaborate plot by a rival gang. His testimony put Ernesto Gonzalez in prison for life. Rudnick was released from prison last year after doing just two years on conspiracy to commit murder charges. He’s now changing his story, saying he lied, under pressure from prosecutors. Rudnick’s recanting could make it hard for prosecutors to convict Gonzalez again. He’s scheduled to head to trial a second time after his last conviction was thrown out due to improper jury instructions.

Man charged after downtown fight

A man is arrested after a fight downtown. It happened Thursday. Reno police tell KOLO-TV that Anthony Baker was charged with suspicion of battery after he allegedly punched another man in the head and knocked him to the ground at East Sixth and Record streets. Police say the victim was bleeding from the head. He’s in critical, but stable condition.

3 Washoe Co. schools rank among top 10 in state

Three of the state’s best high schools are right here in Washoe County according to U.S. News & World Report. The Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology ranked third while Reno High School and McQueen High School came in seventh and eighth, respectively.

NV gets $6M to fight opioid addiction

Nevada is getting nearly $6 million to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic that’s gripping the nation. The federal money from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be used to fight back against prescription drug abuse through added prevention and treatment programs and an expansion of Naloxone, which can reverse overdoses. Nevada has taken steps to try to decrease overdoses by reducing criminal penalties and increasing scrutiny over patients’ prescription drug histories.

Library Books Infested With Bedbugs

Bedbugs discovered in library books. It happened at the Carson City library, where Director Sena Loyd says a staff member spotted the bugs on five books within minutes after they were returned. The books were removed from the library and destroyed. All the books in the return bin were quarantined, too. Loyd says the public has nothing to worry about.

Airport Stages Mass Casualty Drill

Things looked scary for awhile at the airport yesterday, but it was only a drill. Nearly 100 volunteers took part in the full scale disaster drill at Reno-Tahoe International Airport Thursday, so the community is prepared in the event of a mass casualty incident. The drill simulated an explosion on an international flight.

Reports Of Vehicle Submerged In Lake

There were reports early this morning of a vehicle submerged in the water of Pyramid Lake. Calls reporting the incident came in to authorities just past 2 am, and crews from Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District responded.

Breadware Company Moves To Reno

A company called Breadware has moved its headquarters and business operations to Reno. City officials say the company intends to fill 15 permanent full time positions including sales,marketing, financial and engineering. The company was previously headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Breadware created a hardware and software service that can be used by entrepreneurs and businesses wanting to develop products in the Internet of Things space.

Recommendations Offered For School Safety

School safety was the subject at a meeting of the Safe and Healthy Schools Commission in Reno last night. The commission conducted a two year independent audit of the Washoe County school district. Security consultants recommending implementing safety measures in all the schools. Those would include single-point entries, secure perimeters, closed circuit camera systems and changing classroom door handles so they can be locked from the inside.