Archives for October 2017

Man killed in head-on crash on I-80 was from Reno

We now have the name of a man killed in a wrong-way crash on I-80 last week. He is 39-year-old James Liston of Reno. Police say he was heading west on I-80 near Garson when he struck another vehicle head-on. Liston was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.

Warm Springs Fire hotspot sparks separate fire

The Warm Springs fire sparks a separate brush fire. News 4 reports the new fire that’s about an acre in size was started from a leftover hotspot from the larger fire near the Moon Rocks area, north of Reno. No structures were threatened.

Good News On Graduation Rate

School officials in Washoe County are celebrating a significant increase in the graduation rate. A new report shows the district with an increase of more than 7 pecent, with a graduation rate of almost 84 percent.

Car Strikes Moped

A moped rider was struck by a car Monday afternoon in Reno. It happened near the Bonanza Casino on North Virginia Street. The rider suffered head injuries.

Emergency Landing For Military Plane In Reno

There was an emergency landing at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Monday morning. Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin says a C-130 military aircraft had a nose-gear malfunction. The plane had 40 thousand pounds of fuel onboard, and 14 people. The pilot saw the problem right after takeoff from the airport and burned off some fuel before landing. Luckily, the pilot was able to land the plane safely.

Man Arrested In Fatal Hit And Run

A Reno man has been arrested for allegedly fleeing the scene of a fatal hit and run early Sunday morning. Police say tips from the public led them to 46 year old Jessie Downing. They found him at a Reno hotel and arrested him on Monday afternoon. The crash happened on West Fourth Street between Stoker Avenue and Summit Ridge Drive. The pedestrian killed was a 24 year old Reno man.

Finalists Picked For New School Name

They’re closing in on a name for one of the new elementary schools being built for the Washoe County School District. The naming committee has narrowed the list of suggestions down to three finalists, which will be put forward to the Board of Trustees for the new school to be built in the South Meadows. The finalists are Nick Poulakidas Elementary, Ann Jones Carlson Elementary and John Bohach Elementary. The new name will be finalized by mid-November.

‘Love’ sculpture from Burning Man survives CA wildfires

A piece of art from Burning Man survives the California wildfires. The 12-foot tall rustic steel sculpture of the word “Love” lives at the Paradise Ridge winery in Santa Rosa. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the winery was largely destroyed in the state deadliest week of wildfires. But “Love” and the winery’s grapes will live on. They’re calling the sign a symbol of hope in so much destruction. The 21 fires have killed dozens and destroyed 3,500 homes and nearly 200,000 thousand acres.

Reno, Sparks, Washoe Co. to owe millions over tax issue

Reno is among local governments having to come up with shares of an unexpected $27 million tax refund owed to an unidentified company for sales taxes paid to Nevada but actually owed in another state. Reno will likely dip into reserves and not make budget cuts for its $2.7 million share. A memo by Reno’s finance director says Washoe County could owe $4.6 million and Sparks could owe $1.4 million.

Table Fire in El Dorado Nat’l Forest growing

A fire burning in the El Dorado National Forest is growing. After smoldering for a month at just a half-acre, it’s now at 420 acres. The Table Fire is just 25 percent contained. No structures are threatened, but KOLO-TV reports smoke is visible from U.S. 50. The fire was sparked by lightning in early September and crews let it burn as a natural prescribed burn to kill off excess vegetation, but heavy winds whipped the flames last week, and now it’s out-of-control.