Archives for April 2015

Air Quality is Just Average

The air around here, not quite as clean as it looks.
Washoe County Health officials say our air got an F from the American Lung Association, when it comes to our air containing fine particulates and small particles. Washoe County Air got a C in the ozone category. Ozone is created by the reaction of sunlight on emissions from cars and other sources. Health officials say our air is certainly safe to breathe, but in the grand scheme of air quality, it’s just average.

Evacuation Drill Planned

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, along with Washoe County Emergency Management, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID, and cooperating agencies will host a Community Evacuation Drill on Saturday, May 30.Making a plan, assembling a kit and staying informed are some of the key components of emergency preparedness. The drill will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Man Threatens to Jump From Casino Ledge.

There was more than the usual amount of excitement at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Stateline Nevada on Friday afternoon. Emergency personnel arrived with sirens wailing and lights flashing after a man threatened to jump from the eighth floor ledge. Crisis negotiator worked to try and talk the man out of making the plunge and it took awhile, but after about three hours, the man was taken safely into custody.

Gas prices up

More pain at the gas pump, as we get closer to the 3-dollar a gallon mark for gas. Nevadagasprices.com puts the statewide average price for gas today at $2.94 a gallon, which is up 14 cents a gallon in the last week, and it’s up 13 cents a gallon in the last month. By comparison, the national average is at $2.54 a gallon, which is up nine cents a gallon in the last week, and it’s up 11 cents a gallon in the last month. A year ago the statewide average was $3.77 a gallon, and the national average was $3.70 a gallon.

Vigil Honors Survivors

A candlelight vigil honor the survivors of violent crime in Reno last night. Community leaders honored the survivors of violent crime in our community and the heroes who help them in a candlelight vigil Wednesday night. The Alliance for Victims’ Rights presented several advocates in the community with awards for their service to victims and families. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office’s, Crimes Against Children Unit was honored for their dedication.

Sparks police looking for victim in vehicle burglary

Sparks police need help finding a possible victim of a vehicle burglary. A suspect in the case has been identified, but investigators need to identify the victim to keep moving with a criminal case. Police have found recovered property, including a camera, phone charger, a fan, along with a baby bag with a knit hat, mittens, and a blanket. If you think you are a victim of the crime, you should go to the front desk at Sparks police.

Time to rehab Reno arch?

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve says it may be time to consider whether the “Biggest Little City in the World’s” iconic downtown arch needs a face lift. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the issue came up Tuesday as the city council discussed possible ways to spend a $10 million budget surplus. Schieve confirmed a city staff member has been working with a group of people who think the current arch installed in 1987 is outdated. The mayor says she doesn’t necessarily support replacing the arch, but believes it’s time for a community-wide discussion about its future as the city continues to try to reinvent its image.

Reno Has Budget Surplus

The Reno City Council is expected to finalize plans today on how to spend a surplus of 10 and a half million dollars. The unexpected budget surplus being attributed to more sales tax and property tax revenue than had been expected. The council had workshop yesterday to discuss possible ways to spend the money. Some of the possibilities include capitol improvements for public buildings and parks.

Reno leaders look at extra money

The Reno City Council is looking at how to spend a budget surplus. 2 news says the city unexpectedly has an extra $10.5 million to spend in this fiscal year, and yesterday the Council had a workshop to talk about where the money should go. Restoring jobs that were cut during the recession is not an option for this extra money, but it could be a part of talks for the next budget cycle. Ideas that are on the table for this extra money include putting it into capital improvements for public buildings and parks, or putting in free public wifi in the Midtown area. The extra money is because of more sales and property tax revenue than expected. The plans could be set in stone today.

Nevada a top priority in Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid

What happens in Las Vegas, for Hillary Clinton won’t just stay there – it will reverberate across the nation The Las Vegas Sun reports that Nevada is a key path for Clinton. Nevada is an early caucus state for the Democratic primary and a critical swing state in the general election. The Sun reports if the former secretary of state and first lady wins Nevada, her chances in 49 other states will be strong. After she announced her presidential bid in a video last weekend, Clinton’s campaign made it clear Nevada was an election priority. Hillary for Nevada is already a Twitter handle and Facebook page with the state featured as one of just five states on her campaign website. Clinton’s platform tries to convince Americans she’s a regular person, but she’ll have to work hard to get message across to Latin and Asian-American voters in Nevada.