No in-person start to the 2021 Nevada Assembly. Rich Hancock reports;
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Rich Hancock reports on the virtual statrt to the 2021 Nevada Assembly;
It’s a virtual start to the 2021 Nevada Assembly. Rich Hancock reports;
The 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature begins virtually today with health and safety measures in place. Expect regular COVID testing of lawmakers, staff and press, while observing COVID mitigation protocols such as social distancing and mask wearing.
Lyon County Commissioners have declared an economic state of emergency due to COVID-19 restrictions. They took a unanimous vote to approve a resolution encouraging the sheriff to use discretion not to enforce or respond to complaints about the governor’s emergency directives. They add the DA is encouraged not to prosecute such violations. Commissioners also agreed to continue to cooperate with public health and the Quad-County Health to incorporate recommendations and encouraged businesses to continue to operate within the governor’s emergency directives though they condemn all infringements on liberty. The resolution also encourages commissioners to encourage state lawmakers to support statutes that would limit the governor’s authority in a State of Emergency.
It’s the biggest storm of the season so far-no doubt. Several feet of snow fell in the Lake Tahoe area boosting snowpack by as much as 20%. It’ll likely be a crowded weekend at ski resorts with lots of fresh snow. For now, though California State Route 89 is closed in Emerald Bay due to avalanche concerns. A rare blizzard warning was lifted in the Lake Tahoe area early this morning. Another round of snow is pushing through the area Monday into Tuesday and could bring up to 3 feet in areas of high elevation and could bring between 5 and 14 inches at lake level.
Nevada is still waiting on an answer from the federal government on why it’s received less vaccine than virtually any other state. Governor Steve Sisolak penned a letter on the topic earlier this week. Health districts across the state say it’s hard to get shots in arms when supply is lacking. Federal officials have only told Nevada they’re getting more than 42-thousand doses next week-that’s 18% more than in the past.
Washoe County’s death toll from COVID-19 is inching closer to 600. The county added six deaths Thursday for a total of 595. The county added 120 new cases and 480 recoveries.
Meantime, in the Quad-County region, there were no new coronavirus deaths. The death toll there stands at 184. The area added 27 new cases and 185 recoveries.
A convicted sex offender is back behind bars after failing to change his address on the registry. 57-year-old Wayne Copeland was arrested in Washoe County. He’s a Tier-3 sex offender–the most dangerous level. He’s previously convicted of crimes against children
We’re learning more about a fatal shooting Wednesday night near midtown. While police haven’t released details about what went down-they say the shooting was in self-defense. It happened on South Virginia Street near Hillcrest.
A man is in the hospital with serious injuries after he was drug under a car for several hundred feet in Reno on Thursday afternoon. Police responded to the intersection of Wrondel and Grove St. on the report of a crash involving a pedestrian. The driver did not see the pedestrian and hit him. Police say he was pinned under the truck and was dragged for about 300 yards. The pedestrian was taken to a nearby hospital with severe but non-life threatening injuries.