Archives for December 2017

A slow start to snowpack this season

Snowpack in the Sierra is off to a slow start. Mount Rose has about three feet of snow and 11 inches of water content, according to the SNOTEL site. That’s 84 percent of the normal rate. Experts say this is one the driest starts for those areas of higher elevation since recordkeeping began in 1981. In the Tahoe Basin, snowpack is only 30 percent of the normal rate. At the Truckee Basin, it’s at 59 percent. But there’s still time, January is typically our wettest month of the year.

Small wildland fire sparked in Gardnerville

A 25-acre wildland fire is burning in Gardnerville. Crews are in the Pine Nut area…close to where last year’s Preacher Fire-sparked by lightning–burned 5,300 acres.

Flu season: ‘It will get worse’

It’s going to get worse before it gets better-that’s health experts are saying about this year’s flu season. The Centers for Disease Control say Nevada is one of 10 states in the nation experience a very high rate of flu activity. What’s causing it? Epidemiologists tell News 4 that the Silver State has the lowest vaccination rate in the country with just 36 percent of people getting the flu shot. This season, three people have died from the flu in Washoe County.

Man Arrested For Arson

A man was arrested for arson in the wake of a fire that destroyed a home in Lemmon Valley early yesterday morning. The 38 year old man was taken into custody, after an investigation at the house on Palace Drive that involved the Sheriff’sOffice and the Nevada State Fire Marshall.

Woman Stabbed In Domestic Disturbance

Police are looking for the man who stabbed a woman early this morning in Reno. The stabbing happened during a domestic disturbance at the Silverada Estates on Oddie Boulevard around 1 in the morning. The victim was taken to the hospital. The man who stabbed her got away on foot.

Cars, RV Destroyed In Garage Fire

Firefighters were out in the cold early today battling a structure fire on Reno Park Boulevard. The fire started around 3 am in a detached garage. Multiple cars and an RV burned, and flames started a small wildfire as well. Everything was extinguished, and no one was hurt.

Reno Has More Murders Than Last Year

Reno police report that murders are on the decline in our city. That’s in spite of the fact that the number of murders here increased slightly in 2017. Police say there has been a general downward trend over the last several years. There have been murders in Reno this year, up from nine in 2016.

Nevada Ranked Last For Flu Shots

Three Washoe County residents have died from the flu so far this season. Health officials warn the flu numbers will get worse before they get better. Only 36 percent of Nevada residents have gotten a flu shot, ranking our state last in the nation.

Snowglobe Festival Gets Underway

About 20 thousand people are expected to attend the Snowglobe Music Festival,which gets underway today in South Lake Tahoe. The event has sold out for the last three years.

Truckee police warn of return of vacation rental scams

Truckee police are warning you about vacation scams. You’ll usually find them on Craigslist. Police say people post photos of homes-that aren’t even theirs, and say they’re available for rent. They then ask for check or money wired to lock down the rental. If you are planning on a vacation rental, especially in a tourist area, they recommend you use legit sites and book with a credit card so you have fraud protection.