Archives for January 2015

Pot grower popped

A California man has pleaded guilty to growing more than 3,700 marijuana plants on a national forest northwest of Lake Tahoe. Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Alejandro Soto-Silva changed his earlier not guilty plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. He faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and possible deportation to Mexico at his sentencing April 15. Police say he may be in the country illegally.

State jobless figure down

Nevada’s unemployment rate dipped in December. The epartment of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says the state’s jobless rate dropped to a seasonally adjusted 6.8 percent in December compared to 9 percent a year ago. The agency’s chief economist Bill Anderson says the unadjusted unemployment rates in all of the state’s 17 counties is now below 10 percent and the rate fell in each of the state’s statistical regions. Jobless rates in Southern Nevada and Reno region each dropped 2 percentage points compared to a year ago to 6.9 percent and 6.2 percent respectively. The Carson City area’s unemployment dropped 2.2 percentage points in December to 7 percent.

School choice week marked in Nevada

72 school choice events are scheduled this week across Nevada for School Choice Week. It’s a small portion of more than 11 thousand events happening nationwide to promote school choice.
School Choice Week events in Nevada include open houses, information sessions, policy roundtable discussions and more – planned by schools, organizations, homeschool groups and individuals. The goal of the events is to inform parents about the K-12 education options available for their children, while raising awareness of the benefits providing families with a variety of different options for their children’s education.

December jobless claims up

Nevada officials say initial claims for unemployment insurance climbed in December in line with a seasonal trend, but were about half what they were at their peak six years ago. Officials with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said more than 18,000 claims were filed in December. That’s up from about 16,000 claims in November, and up 1 percent from the same time a year ago.

State shows possible solutions for budget shortfall

State officials say they have found a way to fill most of the $162 million shortfall in the state’s budget by using reserve funds.

Budget officials have shown lawmakers the proposal at an Interim Finance Committee meeting.

Latest health care sign up numbers

Officials say nearly 5,000 more Nevadans signed up for insurance through HealthCare.Gov in the week before a key enrollment deadline. More than 52,000 people had enrolled in the program as of Jan. 16. Signing up by then ensured consumers would have coverage that started Feb. 1. The open enrollment period for the federal insurance marketplace ends Feb. 15. Peop

Fatal crash victim ID’ed as Reno man

The Nevada Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash on Geiger Grade over the weekend as a 34-year-old Reno man. Troopers say Trenton Perry was riding his 2003 Harley Davidson south on State Route 431 south of Reno at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday when he crossed the center line and collided with a 2014 Harley Davidson. Perry and the other motorcyclist, 34-year-old Jerald Bailey of Reno, both were thrown from their bikes. Perry was flown by helicopter to a Reno hospital where he later died.

Latest high school grad rates being released

Education officials are set to announce the graduation rate for Nevada’s Class of 2014. The Nevada Department of Education is expected to release annual statistics on Thursday. The rate for the Class of 2013 was 70.7 percent, which was more than 7 percentage points higher than the year before. The national average that year was just over 80 percent.

One person dead in motorcycle crash

Police say a collision between two motorcycles killed one rider in northern Nevada. The Nevada Highway Patrol says it happened Monday night on State Road 341, also known as Geiger Grade.
The Nevada Appeal reports one driver died at the scene near Carson City and the other was in serious condition after the crash. Neither motorcycle rider was immediately identified.

IRS Says Nevada Taxpayers Can Begin Using Free File Software

A federal tax official says most Nevada taxpayers will be able to begin using Free File software and electronic filing beginning today.Internal Revenue Service spokesman Raphael Tulino says the program is supported by the Free File Alliance and can help in new health care law calculations, too.Since there’s no state income tax in Nevada, the program can make tax filing truly free for hundreds of thousands of people in the state.