Archives for March 2017

Titus considers challenging Heller in 2018

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus is considering a run for Senate next year. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the Las Vegas Democrat is considering a run against Republican Senator Dean Heller. Titus says she thinks a Democrat could win that seat, given the climate created by the Trump presidency. Titus says she’ll make her decision in a few months.

4 wanted in connection with 2 separate stabbings in Douglas Co.

Police are looking for four people in connection with two separate stabbings in in Douglas County. The stabbings happened about two hours apart Wednesday night. Washoe Tribal Police say they found one person stabbed in the Dresslerville colony in Gardnerville. The person suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A second person was stabbed about two hours later in Gardnerville Ranchos. The man was airlifted to Renown with serious injuries.

Man found stabbed, bound and gagged in S. Lake Tahoe apartment

A man is found stabbed–bound and gagged–in a South Lake Tahoe apartment. Police say they found the victim at his home on the 3600 block of Spruce Avenue, Wednesday, where they believe he may’ve been for almost 24 hours. A co-worker apparently found him first and called 911. He was hospitalized in stable condition. Police say the victim’s car is missing; i’s a 2000 Subaru Outback station wagon in blue or grey. Police say the crime is of a sensitive nature and they won’t be releasing any other details. They say there’s no threat to the residents of South Lake Tahoe.

Voters May Be Asked To Abolish Sales Tax On Feminine Hygiene Products

Nevada voters may be asked to abolish state and local taxes on feminine hygiene products. A number of states have exempted those products from sales taxes since 2015. Two female lawmakers are proposing Nevada’s first attempt to get rid of those taxes. At Thursday hearing, lawmakers were told that taxes those items is fundamentally unfair. They said the taxes add up to hundreds of dollars for women over the years they buy those products. Thee’s no estimate available yet from legislative analysts of how much money the state collects by taxing feminine hygiene products.

Washoe Schools Require Meningitis Vaccination

A new vaccine requirement is now in place for Washoe County students. Any student entering the seventh grade in the fall will need to have had the meningitis vaccine. This is the first time the school district has required the vaccine against meningitis, which is an infection of the spinal cord and brain. Young people are most at risk for the disease, which can led to brain damage, hearing loss or even death. The vaccine guards against the most common causes of the illness.

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle

A pedestrian who was crossing the street in a crosswalk was struck by a vehicle on Thursday. Sparks police say 18 year old Frida Gomez-Hernandez was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Pyramid Way at Prater Way. The vehicle was driven by a 21 year old woman who was making a left turn to go south on Pyramid Way. The victim was taken to Renown Medical Center.

Burning Man sells out in 35 minutes

35,000 tickets gone in just 35 minutes-that’s how long the Reno Gazette-Journal reports it took for Burning Man to sell-out this year. Tickets cost $425 apiece. If you didn’t get yours-there’s still hope. A little bit anyway. Another 500 tickets go on sale next Wednesday. The week-long music festival in the Black Rock Desert runs from August 27 through September 4.

Wait time for ride-sharing companies bill killed

A bill that would’ve placed a 15 minute wait-time on pick-ups for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft has been withdrawn. The measure would’ve also made drivers for ride-sharing companies employees over independent contractors-but would still require them to have a business license. A spokeswoman for Uber tells the Reno Gazette-Journal it was the worst attempt at regulating the industry she’s seen this year. Senator Kelvin Atkinson tweeted the bill is dead because it’s simply “bad policy.”

Permanent fix to Lemmon Valley flooding could cost $100M

A permanent fix to flooding in Lemmon Valley could cost up to $100 million. News 4 reports before deciding whether such a costly flooding mitigation project is necessary, the county will have to figure out who would pay for it and whether Lemmon Valley would see this kind of flooding again any time soon. This was the wettest year on record for northern Nevada. A similar flooding mitigation plan in Spanish Springs was–at least in part–paid for by residents.

Motorcycle Crash Claims Woman’s Life

A woman was killed on Wednesday afternoon in Reno when the motorcycle she was riding drifted into oncoming traffic. The Highway Patrol says the woman was riding northbound on Eastlake near I-580 just past 5 pm when she struck a southbound RV head-on. The motorcycle rider was thrown into Washoe Lake. No one in the RV was injured.