Reno Plans to Buy Newspaper Building for Police Headquarters
RENO — The city of Reno is moving forward with a plan to buy a building housing a newspaper to use as its new police headquarters.
The city council voted Wednesday to proceed with negotiations to purchase the 7-acre (3-hectare) Reno Gazette Journal property for $7 million.
The city estimates that moving the police department to the more spacious property will cost about $33 million.
Reno plans to pay for it through grants, borrowing and property sales.
Reno Gazette Journal Executive Editor Brian Duggan says the newspaper will start looking for a new office that “will better suit our news organization’s digital future.”
The city aims to have the sale finalized by September.
North Vegas Assistant Police Chief Resigns After DUI Arrest
LAS VEGAS — A North Las Vegas assistant police chief who was arrested last weekend on drunken driving and other charges has resigned.
Clinton Ryan turned in his badge Wednesday, three days after he was stopped by Nevada Highway Patrol troopers while off-duty, driving a pickup truck towing a trailer with a horse inside, Police Chief Pamela Ojeda said in a statement
“We expect the highest standard of conduct from our officers, and particularly from our command staff,” Ojeda said.
The highway patrol on Wednesday released dashboard and body-worn camera video of Ryan getting out of a pickup and trailer that were seen weaving on a Las Vegas-area freeway about 6 p.m. Sunday.
Ryan, 44, tells a trooper he was driving home from Kingman, Arizona; that he’d consumed three or four beers; and refused to take a field sobriety test.
Ryan was a North Las Vegas police officer for 22 years, including stints as a supervisor in internal affairs and special operations.
He faces a September court date on charges of driving under the influence, open container in a vehicle and failing to maintain a travel lane. Records do not indicate if he has an attorney.
Grasshoppers on the go Make Migratory Stop in Las Vegas Area
LAS VEGAS — A migration of mild-mannered grasshoppers sweeping through the Las Vegas area is being attributed to wet weather several months ago.
Nevada state entomologist Jeff Knight told reporters on Thursday the number of adult pallid-winged grasshoppers traveling north to central Nevada is unusual but not unprecedented and they pose no danger.
Knight says the insects don’t carry disease, don’t bite, and probably won’t damage anybody’s yard before they’re gone in several weeks.
He says they’re usually attracted to ultraviolet light sources.
Knight recalls several similar migrations in his more than 30 years at the state Department of Agriculture, including one about six or seven years ago.
This year, the Las Vegas area recorded more rain in six months than the annual average of just under 4.2 inches (10.7 centimeters) per year.
Nevada Rep. Titus Joins Call for Trump Impeachment Inquiry
LAS VEGAS — U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada is joining about 100 Democrats in the U.S. House in calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Titus, a Democrat who represents Las Vegas, announced Monday that her decision is based on what she called “mounting evidence” that the president repeatedly broke the law to protect his own interests.
Titus cited special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, payments the president’s lawyer and “fixer” arranged to silence two women who said they had extramarital affairs with Trump and the president’s refusal to fully divest from his businesses.
An impeachment inquiry is the first step in a lengthy process.
Democrat Will Again Challenge Nevada GOP Rep. Amodei
RENO — Nevada Democrat Clint Koble says he plans to run for Congress again in a bid to unseat 2nd District Republican Rep. Mark Amodei.
Koble scheduled his 2020 campaign launch for last Thursday in Reno.
Amodei beat Koble with 58% of the vote in 2018 in the mostly rural district that has never elected a Democrat since it was created in 1982. It’s the safest GOP seat in the western battleground state expected to play a key role in the 2020 presidential election.
Koble is an Obama-era appointee to the U.S. Agriculture Department. He picked up several labor endorsements last time around but was outspent by a 9-to-1 margin.
Amodei has represented the district that includes Reno, Elko and Carson City since he won a special election in 2011.
2 Boats with Invasive Mussels Quarantined at Lake Tahoe
RENO — Boat inspectors recently prevented two vessels infested with invasive mussels from launching at Lake Tahoe.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency said Wednesday both boats were quarantined until they could be decontaminated.
Chris Kilian of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District says it’s a stark reminder of why inspections are mandatory at Lake Tahoe.
Inspectors say they found about 100 invasive mussels — many suspected to be alive — in the hull of a powerboat traveling from Lake Pleasant, Arizona.
The infestation was so large inspectors couldn’t remove them all so the boat wasn’t allowed to launch.
A small sailboat that the owner said had been out of the water for about four years eventually was allowed to launch at nearby Donner Lake after officials removed approximately 20 dead mussels from the hull’s keel locker.