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Sparks City Council drops appeal but still pondering Greyhound’s use of Centennial Plaza

Greyhound service at Centennial Plaza next to Nugget complex

Greyhound passengers boarding bus at Centennial Plaza

Sparks City Council de-escalates confrontation with Greyhound

The Sparks City Council, that has been battling Greyhound for months to kick it out of the city’s transit hub Centennial Plaza, took a step back from the fray Monday. The move may signal a re-thinking by the city which, up to now, has opposed Greyhound using Sparks’ plaza hub facility. The city’s position indicates that the plaza project was designed for local mass transit – not long trip bus service.

One local gaming establishment owner complained to the council that a major portion of Greyhound riders arriving in Sparks don’t book hotel rooms, don’t gamble or dine in casino restaurants. He said he wants Greyhound to return to downtown Reno – their old operations center. But whether it’s the old 4th street facility or the old Amtrak building, Greyhound claims the buildings are too small and too old. Greyhound officials also reminded the council that their use of Centennial Plaza is well justified; that there is plenty of room for Greyhound buses with opportunities for growth. Greyhound has also reminded the city that their Centennial Plaza was built largely with federal transit funds – a status that mandates the facility be made available to just about any transit operation, including Greyhound.

But undaunted, the city filed suit to prevent Greyhound’s participation in Centennial Plaza. Legal discussions by attorneys for Greyhound and a federal judge put a stop to Sparks’ attempt to exclude Greyhound. The latest development appears to re-affirm Greyhound’s assertion that as long as federal transit money went in to Centennial Plaza, any transit operation is qualified to use it – by law.

At the city council meeting Monday night the council unanimously voted to do some back-peddling – withdrawing their challenge against Greyhound while not acknowledging that Greyhound has the right to use Centennial Plaza.

To be continued….

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The next Sparks Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin March 12th. The Academy is at no-cost to students. It’s a 10-week program designed to safely give participants an opportunity to learn more about Sparks Police, their department culture and their duties & responsibilities. Tuesday nights 6pm to 9pm beginning March 12 and graduating May 14. There are also two Saturday sessions.

Students will learn more about the police organization and the men and women who serve our community. Each instructor has specialized knowledge and experience to share with students throughout the program. Our goal is to meet or exceed your expectations by providing comprehensive instruction and materials to each student.

Some topics taught in the CPA are: Sparks Police Hiring Processes, Internal Affairs, Legal Issues, OIS Protocol, Media Relations, Basic Tactics, K-9, Case Studies, Bomb Squad, Investigations, Evidence and Emergency Vehicle Operations to name a few. Participants will also have the opportunity to do a ride-a-long with an officer to see first-hand what it’s like to patrol our City or a sit-along in Dispatch to see first-hand what’s it like to coordinate the response to incidents.

Anyone ready to sign up for this exciting opportunity can download and complete the application from the Sparks Police website (link below) or stop by the front desk during normal business hours. Turn in your completed application no later than Monday, March 11th at 4:00pm. Class size is limited, so don’t delay.

For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, please call Support Services: (775) 353-2299 or visit us online: www.sparkspolice.com/our-community/citizen-police-academy (copy and paste URL into browser if link doesn’t work).

More accidents…

6:55pm
Traffic crashes in NW Reno. The first is a crash on 395 at Panther Valley. The second is on northbound 395 at Lemmon Drive.

Three freeway accidents – Slow down out there…

6:52pm Update: First responders can’t find the accident at 580 and South Meadows.

6:37pm
Three freeway accidents – one at southbound 580 at South Meadows Parkway. Another on northbound 395 and Golden Valley. A third crash just occurred at southbound 580 at Damonte Ranch. Watch for emergency vehicles at all three locations.

Crash alert: Large crash northbound 395 and westbound I-80

6:07pm
Report of a traffic crash on northbound 395 and westbound I-80. Use extreme caution in the area.

6:16pm
Arriving first responders report that the vehicles have pulled off to the side of the freeway. Appears to be no injuries. Awaiting for NHP and tow trucks.

Reported stabbing at 3150 Neil Road

2:25pm

Report of a knife attack at 3150 Neil Road, Reno.  Female victim has a laceration to the neck.  Assailant is reported to be a white male in his 20’s, thin build, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, white Nike shoes.  Shirt with skull imprint.

Brush fire at Glendale and Galletti Way

9:15am
Firefighters are enroute to a report of a brush fire at Glendale and Galletti Way. Reports says it’s possibly a warming fire that got away from some homeless individuals.

9:30am
Took firefighters a few minutes to find it. Warming fire.

Oregon Senator introduces bill in the Congress to legalize marijuana nationwide

Processed retail marijuana.
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Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has proposed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and allow states where marijuana use is already legal to operate without fear of a U.S. government crackdown.

With a majority of U.S. states, including Oregon, now allowing recreational or medical use of the plant, Wyden’s legislation, called the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, removes marijuana from the controlled substances list and sets a sliding scale of taxation, beginning at 10 percent and increasing to 25 percent over five years.

The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act is one of three bills included in a legislative package Wyden and others have called the Path to Marijuana Reform. The bill would create a licensing process through the U.S. Department of the Treasury and set up other regulations similar to those governing the sale and distribution of alcohol in states where cannabis is legal.

The specifics of what a nation-wide legal cannabis market would look like will likely depend on individual states, as well as federal agencies vested with power over pot’s cultivation and sale. However, studies estimating tax revenues from already legal states suggests that the bill could be lucrative for national, state and local government entities.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates about half of all drug busts are for marijuana-related offenses and mostly target individuals with small quantities intended for personal use. Marijuana industry supporters say the decriminalization of marijuana could be a major step toward ending unnecessary and aggressive law enforcement activities.

We’ll see how Senator Wyden’s legislation fares during the current session of the U.S. Congress.

Here comes the snow….

Slide Mountain
More snow is enroute to the Truckee Meadows.


Nevada’s snow-water figures are below normal so far, but it appears Mother Nature may be starting to cooperate. A new winter storm is moving into the Sierra and will be dumping a foot of snow up there tonight as well as up a few inches on the valley floors through Saturday morning.

The biggest snow punch hits Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening with 1 to 2 feet of new snow at lake level at Lake Tahoe and 2 to 4 feet above 7,000 feet. Down here in the Truckee Meadows we may see as much as 6 inches on the valley floors depending on where you live.

CHAINS: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM….

U.S. Department of Energy pulls a fast one on Nevada – snuck deadly plutonium in to the state

Gov. Sisolak angry that DOE slipped a half a ton of weapons grade plutonium into Nevada without notifying anyone. Sisolak claims violates federal law.

Top Nevada officials are hopping mad after they learned that the U.S. Department of Energy snuck a half-ton of weapons grade plutonium into a federal nuclear waste site half-way between Las Vegas and Tonopah, off Highway 95. Governor Steve Sisolak said Nevada was negotiating with DOE about receiving such a shipment when they found out that DOE had already delivered it to the waste storage facility without informing Nevada that it was already there.

Governor Sisolak immediately inquired as to whether another shipment might be enroute, and found out there is, indeed, a second shipment. Governor Sisolak immediately ordered staff to file a court injunction against the shipment.

The plutonium was ordered by a federal court to be removed from a South Carolina holding site, leaving it to DOE to handle the paperwork and required notifications to public safety authorities across the country as well as to government officials in Nevada that the waste is enroute. Governor Sisolak filed a request with the courts to stop the shipment until the whole situation can be sorted out and answer questions about why legal requirements on notification and transportation were being ignored.

The head of the DOE is Rick Perry, the former Governor of Texas, appointed by President Trump.

Sierra Snowpack is stacking up just fine – much better than around New Year’s

Slide Mountain at Mother Nature’s Snowy Dinner Table asking for thirds

U.S.G.S. is reporting a rapidly rising snowpack in the Sierra. Measurements this week indicate that what was a paltry snowpack right around New Years, Mother Nature has turned on the snow blowers and the latest measurements show quite a snowy January. Snowpack measurements this week show snow depth of ten feet and with very high water content. Not bad for being only half-way through winter.

Sparks Police trying to track down daytime thefts of packages

Suspects in theft of delivered packages left by front doors.
Sparks Police photo

The Sparks Police Department says they need help identifying suspects of a larceny case at the 3000 block of Sterling Ridge Circle.

Police say three females stole a package from the front door of an apartment and that they were prowling the entire apartment complex for other packages – even checking for locked doors.

Sparks Police are asking that anyone with any information on who the lady burglars are should contact the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2231 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. And you can remain anonymous.

Road Conditions headed west from Reno

NDOT and Cal Trans are reporting snow and icy conditions headed west over Donner Summit:

**FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC:
CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW
TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM TRUCKEE (NEVADA CO) TO 3 MI WEST OF KINGVALE
(PLACER CO)

EASTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED AT APPLEGATE (PLACER CO) – DRIVERS MUST
HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO PROCEED – PERMIT LOADS ARE
PROHIBITED

WESTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED AT OVERLAND TRAIL RD /IN TRUCKEE/
(NEVADA CO) – DRIVERS MUST HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO
PROCEED – PERMIT LOADS ARE PROHIBITED

PLEASE RESEARCH CHAIN CONTROL LOCATIONS AS CALTRANS IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO
UPDATE CHAIN CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS FOR CONSISTENCY WITH INTERNET MAPPING,
LIKE GOOGLE MAPS & MAPQUEST.

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