Construction begins soon on new Reno indoor sports dome
RENO — Construction begins in south Reno later this month for a 120,000-square-foot (11,150-square-meter) indoor sports facility for children and adults.
KOLO-TV reported Thursday the new Sportsdome XL on South Meadows Parkway will be three times bigger than the current Reno Sportsdome north of downtown.
It will provide indoor turf and court space for soccer, flag football, futsal, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, pickle ball and softball. It also will feature a bar and lounge with an expanded menu and be available to book for corporate events, trade shows and birthday parties.
Owner Owen Blake says the original Reno Sportsdome will remain open. He says there have been some construction delays for the new facility but they’re back on track and ready to break ground.
It’s expected to open sometime next year.
Proposed wildfire fuel breaks plan released for 3 states
Authorities have released plans to stop devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada with one option creating 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of fuel breaks up to 400 feet (120 meters) wide along existing roads.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a draft environmental impact statement for the Tri-State Fuel Breaks Project and is taking public comments through the end of November.
The BLM says creating fuel breaks by clearing vegetation will help firefighters stop wildfires and protect key habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife on land also used by ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The BLM says options include fewer miles of fuel breaks all the way down to no fuel breaks at all.
The region in recent decades has seen repeated giant rangeland wildfires.
Northeast Nevada’s September weather one for record books
ELKO — A wacky month of September weather was one for the record books in northeast Nevada in a wide variety of categories including heat, rain and even snow.
It began with a record-tying high of 97 degrees (36 Celsius) on Sept. 1 at the Elko Airport, equaling the mark set in 1950.
The 1.02 inches (26 millimeters) of precipitation Sept. 19 broke the old record of .72 (18 millimeters) set in 2004, and the trace of snowfall recorded on Sept. 28 was the first time measureable snow had fallen that day since the National Weather Service started keeping records in 1888.
The service says another record could fall early Thursday when overnight lows are forecast to drop into the teens. The record low of 17 degrees (-8 Celsius) for the date was set at the Elko Airport in 2003.
Washoe County confirms 2nd case of West Nile Virus
RENO — Health officials have confirmed the second case of West Nile Virus in Washoe County this year but they say threat levels are decreasing due to colder weather.
Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick said Wednesday the person infected likely was bit by a mosquito carrying the virus while hiking in the meadows near Mount Rose southwest of Reno in mid-August.
The victim developed severe symptoms in early September, sought medical care within days and is expected to fully recover.
The county’s first case this year was confirmed in September.
That victim had been fishing along the Truckee River and at the Sparks Marina, but also had been in Fallon so authorities don’t know for sure where the virus was contracted.
Eight of 10 people infected with the virus don’t develop symptom but some severe cases can be fatal.
Victim of South Tahoe hit-and-run was 78-year-old local man
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Authorities have identified the 78-year-old California man who was struck and killed while crossing a street in South Lake Tahoe in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend.
Police say Edwin Harshman of South Lake Tahoe was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8 p.m. Sunday.
The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Marlon Cruz, fled the scene initially before turning himself at the South Lake Tahoe police station about five hours later.
Cruz has been charged with felony hit-and-run.
Police say an initial investigate indicates Harshman was crossing Lake Tahoe Boulevard outside a crosswalk.
Cruz of Idaho Falls, Idaho is a sophomore at Lake Tahoe Community College and starting goalie for the school’s men’s soccer team.
Reno police seek pickup in fatal hit-and-run
RENO — Reno police have released a new description of the pickup truck that fled the scene after striking and killing a man who was lying in the middle of a street near downtown about two weeks ago.
Police said Thursday a review of surveillance tape in the area shows what appears to be a silver RAM 1500 Express Cab with a bed liner. It’s likely a model year from 2013-2018.
Police emphasized they don’t believe the driver was at fault, but they’d like to talk to the person.
Witnesses told police 38-year-old Travis Stratton laid down in the middle of Fourth Street near Evans Avenue before he was hit at about 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information should contact police at 775-334-2141 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.