Archives for May 2017

CA woman rescued after falling in treacherous terrain in the Sierra

A California woman had to be rescued by helicopter after she fell trying to rescue a dog in the Sierra. The Sacramento Bee reports the woman fell backwards nearly 30 feet Sunday while she tried to boost a dog onto a ledge. A helicopter had to rescue her and take her to the hospital. Her boyfriend and the dog weren’t hurt.

Wet winter means more mosquitoes

Our wet winter likely means more mosquitos. Washoe County is taking action-health officials are asking for $200,000 to help fight back. They’ve already seen the first case of West Nile Virus – in southern Nevada and it’s a bit early. But with all the snowmelt, standing water is inevitable. County commissioners are expected to vote on a request for more funding next month.

Public meeting tonight for future of US 50 in S. Lake Tahoe

The future of U.S. 50 is up for discussion tonight. NDOT says it wants narrow U.S. 50 to one lane in each direction to accommodate turning lanes in South Lake Tahoe. News 4 reports they’re also considering adding roundabouts, bike lanes and parking spots on certain sections of the road between Spooner Junction and the state line. The public meeting runs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Zephyr Cover Elementary School.

Sexual Assault Suspect Arrest

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault that happened near the Sparks Marina early Monday morning. It happened around 4:30 am in the 300 block of Howard Drive. 62 year old Robert Cofield of Washoe County has been charged with one count of sexual assault. He was booked into the Washoe County Jail, and the investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Secret Witness.

Sentencing Scheduled In Dumbbell Attack

A Reno man convicted of beating his mother’s boyfriend with a dumbbell faces sentencing tomorrow in Washoe County District Court. 33 year old Rafael Arellano was found guilty of domestic battery with use of a deadly weapon. He faces a possible ten years in prison. The victim survived the assault,with severe lacerations on his head.

Tahoe climber joins only 200 to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen

A Tahoe-area climber achieves something few in this world have done. Adrian Ballinger climbed to the top of Mount Everest without the help of any additional oxygen. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports this is Ballinger’s 7th time to climb the summit-but his first time without extra oxygen. He attempted a climb last year without oxygen-but suffered hypothermia and didn’t make it. Just 200 people have climbed Mt. Everest without oxygen.

2 rescued from Truckee River on Memorial Day

Memorial Day was busy for rescue crews. The Reno Fire Department had to save two people who’d fallen into the Truckee River. Firefighters say both victims were holding along the side of the river, but refused to let go. The two were rescued by a boat near Wingfield Park. They weren’t hurt.

Wet winter runoff lowering Lake Tahoe clarity

Look into Lake Tahoe-and it may not be as clear as in years past. The lake’s clarity level is dropping-and with our record-breaking winter-snow melt and debris are making things worse. 2 news reports the runoff is responsible for algae growth too. And it may not be at its worst point yet-since a lot of snowmelt won’t happen until summer. The hope is the lake will get clearer come this fall.

Legislative push seeks to drive Uber, Lyft out of NV

A push to end Uber and Lyft once and for all in Nevada A last-minute amendment to a bill aims to force the ride-hailing companies to have $1.5 million in insurance. That’s five times the level a taxi driver is required to have. The companies call Assemblyman Richard Carrillo’s bill a “death blow.” The Reno Gazette-Journal reports no one spoke in favor of the bill while a number of drivers spoke against it. The committee took no action-but still has time to do so. The ride-sharing companies already fought off a bill that would’ve required them to wait 15 minutes to pick up a person who requested a ride.

Online charter school for at-risk students to stay open for now

An alternative charter school that was threatened with closure will remain open-for now. 2 News reports Nevada Connections Academy-an online charter school for struggling students in grades K through 12 can stay open at least through the next school year. That was the decision from the state’s public charter school authority. The school has a high school graduation rate of just 53 percent–that’s dramatically lower than the statewide average