Archives for July 2017

Small fire breaks out near Washoe Lake Saturday

Fire breaks out over the weekend near New Washoe City. It happened not far from Washoe Lake, south of Reno. The fire burned about an acre and a half before it was fully contained Saturday. No word on a cause

‘Burning Man’ being constructed in Reno

The most important component of Burning Man is being built in Reno. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the “Burning Man” himself is being made in an old and vacant bottling factory. The man is made out of wood and is 40 feet tall. This year, he’s being built inside a temple with a golden spire. Before the end of the week-long music festival in the Black Rock Desert, he’ll be a pile of ashes.

Road Closure Begin Today

Road closures are underway today for work on the Highland Canal Storm Drain Project. The work is expected to take about four weeks. Beginning today , drivers will find construction on on Mesa Park Road/Mae Anne Avenue with road closures from West Fourth Street to Leroy Street. The project is designed to capture and convey stormwater in a constructed collection system to reduce sources of stormwater pollution into the Highland Canal.

Man Shot In Reno Park

A man was shot in Reno’s Paradise Park on Saturday night. Police say it happened just past 8 pm. The victim is in stable condition and is expected to live. According to police, they have no suspect , and they don’t know why the shots were fired.

Drowning Under Investigation

A man drowned in Lake Tahoe over the weekend. It happened on Saturday at Sand Harbor. According to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department, the victim was a man who appeared to be in his late 20’s. Lifeguards pulled the man from the water around 5 pm and began life saving measures. He was rushed to a hospital in Incline Village where he later died. The circumstances leading up to the drowning remain under investigation today.

Hot Week Ahead

Forecasters are predicting a very hot week ahead with high temperatures in the triple digits in the Reno area through Thursday. In fact, a heat advisory has been issued to the Truckee Meadows tomorrow through Thursday. So far, we’ve had eight days with temperatures in the 100’s here in Reno. The record for the most 100 degree days in a year is 12.

Gustavson won’t run for re-election in 2018

Nevada Senator Don Gustavson won’t be running for re-election next year. The conservative lawmaker represents a wide area– 38,000 square miles–a portion of his district is in Washoe County. The Republican has served since 1996 for a total of five terms in the Assembly and two terms in the Senate. The 74-year-old Senator says he came to Carson City–not to make friends-but to make a difference. But now he’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife and family.

Bike thefts on the rise from Tahoe area

Bike thefts are on the rise in the Tahoe area. The Truckee Police Department is warning high-end mountain bikes are most at risk. They say many of the bikes are being stolen from unattended, unlocked vehicles. In other instances, police say thieves are even cutting cables on bike locks being kept on public racks. They say if you have an expensive mountain bike, you’re urged to write down the serial number-it’s the only way to track it back to its owner.

Record warming happening on Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is getting warmer-a lot warmer…and at a rapid speed. A new report shows the giant alpine lake is warming a half-degree Fahrenheit each year, all due to climate change. They say global warming is also contributing to the growth of more algae in the lake-and that’s reducing lake clarity.

Sandoval moves to protect transgender soldiers

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval says he’ll do whatever he can to protect transgender people serving in the military. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Sandoval immediately moved to find out what protections the Silver State could put in place for transgender soldiers after seeing President Trump’s statements on Twitter. The Nevada National Guard says it has no intention of changing its policies unless requested to by the Department of Defense.