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Wrong-way driver in fatal crash still recovering

The wrong-way driver involved in the Nov. 20 crash that killed two children and two adults will be charged with multiple counts of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter, Nevada County District Attorney Jesse Wilson said.

Michael Scott Kelley, 32, of Antelope, will face four charges of murder and four charges of gross vehicular manslaughter for the deaths of two 29 year olds — Brittney and Antonio Montano, of North Highlands — as well as their 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

A third child, a baby held in the arms of one of the adults, survived the crash and was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, reports state.

According to Officer Jason Lyman of the California Highway Patrol’s Gold Run office, a five-member family was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 in a 2018 Honda Civic when a 2018 Jeep Wrangler hit them heading westbound on the wrong side of the Interstate.

“They were on the eastbound side,” Lyman said of the family of five. “The jeep was traveling the wrong way — it was going westbound in the eastbound lane.”

Kelley was airlifted to a hospital in Reno from the site near Eagle Lakes Road, Lyman said, where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries. Lyman said court dates remain pending given the severity of the wrong-way driver’s injuries and the time required to recover.

“I don’t know the exact time, but I know he’s in serious shape and it’s likely to be a little while still,” Lyman said.

Lyman said because the defendant is still in Nevada recovering, authorities there will have to extradite him to California.

Lyman said officers suspect substances were involved.

“We’re suspecting a DUI,” Lyman said. “They did blood stuff, but it hasn’t been completed yet.”

There were three vehicles involved in the crash that took four lives the weekend before Thanksgiving, Lyman said, adding that the driver of a 2004 GMC pickup who suffered relatively minor injuries has been released.

Lyman said he has seen wrecks like this that have taken lives.

“It was definitely a horrible, horrible collision,“ Lyman said. ”It could have been avoided by using better judgment, but also you need to drive defensively.

“I don’t know how much time elapsed from the time one person could see the other vehicle headed the wrong way, but if you have the thought in the back of your mind, keep on the lookout.”

Rebecca O’Neil is a staff writer with The Union. She can be reached at roneil@theunion.com

Nov. 30 update: Nevada County COVID-19 cases rise by 14

Nov. 30

Nevada County recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 9,685. There were 244 active cases, 12 more than the previous day.

There were 9,328 people released from isolation, and 113 total deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 48,377,531 total cases, and 778,489 deaths, the CDC stated.


Nov. 29

Nevada County recorded 98 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, making the new total 9,673. There were 232 active cases, 10 more than the previous Wednesday.

There were 9,328 people released from isolation, and one new death making 113 total deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 48,160,971 total cases, and 776,703 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 24

Nevada County recorded 17 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, making the new total 9,575.. There were 222 active cases, 10 fewer than the previous day.

There were 9,241 people released from isolation, and three new deaths making 112 total deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eleven people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 47,916,623 total cases, and 773,779 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 23

Nevada County recorded 20 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, making the new total 9,561. There were 232 active cases, 10 more than the previous day.

There were 9,220 people released from isolation, and 109 total deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ten people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 47,813,982 total cases, and 772,180 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 22

Nevada County recorded 83 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, making the new total 9,542. There were 222 active cases, 30 more than the previous Friday.

There were 9,211 people released from isolation, and 109 total deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nine people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 47,649,156 total cases, and 770,890 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 19

Nevada County recorded 37 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, making the new total 9,460. There were 192 active cases, 8 more than the previous day.

There were 9,159 people released from isolation, and 2 new deaths bringing the total to 109 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 47,352,367 total cases, and 764,473 deaths, the CDC stated

Nov. 18

Nevada County recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, making the new total 9,424. There were 184 active cases, 14 fewer than the previous day.

There were 9,133 people released from isolation, and 2 new deaths bringing the total to 107 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eleven people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 47,352,367 total cases, and 764,473 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 17

Nevada County recorded 34 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, making the new total 9,414. There were 198 active cases, one fewer than the previous day.

There were 9,111 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eleven people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 47,244,379 total cases, and 762,994 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 16

Nevada County recorded 47 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, making the new total 9,392. There were 199 active cases, 45 more than the previous day.

There were 9,088 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ten people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 47,145,861 total cases, and 761,426 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 15

Nevada County recorded 38 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, making the new total 9,347. There were 154 active cases, 15 fewer than the previous Friday.

There were 9,088 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nine people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 46,993,724 total cases, and 760,266 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 12

Nevada County recorded 34 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 9,311. There were 169 active cases, four more than the previous day.

There were 9,037 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19, no change from the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,783,309 total cases, and 757,663 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 10

Nevada County recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 9,282. There were 165 active cases, 27 fewer than the previous day.

There were 9,012 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19, two fewer than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,626,034 total cases, and 755,201 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 9

Nevada County recorded 69 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 9,273. There were 194 active cases, 62 more than the previous day.

There were 8,974 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Fourteen people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19, one fewer than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,541,113 total cases, and 753,564 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 8

Nevada County recorded 50 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 9,204. There were 132 active cases, one fewer than the previous day.

There were 8,967 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Fifteen people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19, one more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,405,253 total cases, and 752,196 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 5

Nevada County recorded 27 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 9,154. There were 133 active cases, three more than the previous day.

There were 8,916 people released from isolation, and 105 deaths. Everyone five and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Fourteen people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19, two more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,268,465 total cases, and 749,876 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 4

Nevada County recorded five new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 9,125. There were 129 active cases, 28 fewer than the previous day.

There were 8,891 people released from isolation, and one new death making the total 105 deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19, two more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,180,190 total cases, and 747,790 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 3

Nevada County recorded 37 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 9,120. There were 157 active cases, four more than the previous day.

There were 8,859 people released from isolation, and 104 deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ten people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19, two fewer than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,100,477 total cases, and 746,705 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 2

Nevada County recorded 1 new COVID-19 case on Tuesday making the new total 9,084. There were 153 active cases, 3 fewer than the previous day.

There were 8,827 people released from isolation, and 104 deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19, one more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 46,024,349 total cases, and 745,274 deaths, the CDC stated.

Nov. 1

Nevada County recorded 82 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 9,089. There were 156 active cases, 37 more than the previous day.

There were 8,829 people released from isolation, and 104 deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eleven people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19, one more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,889,173 total cases, and 743,926 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 29

Nevada County recorded 27 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 9,002. There were 119 active cases, two fewer than the previous day.

There were 8,779 people released from isolation, and 104 deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ten people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19, no change from the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,759,230 total cases, and 741,566 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 28

Nevada County recorded 3 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 8,976. There were 121 active cases, 45 fewer than the previous day.

There were 8,751 people released from isolation, and one new deaths making the total 104 deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eight people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19, two fewer than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,655,635 total cases, and 740,348 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 27

Nevada County recorded 96 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 8,969. There were 166 active cases, 70 more than the previous day.

There were 8,700 people released from isolation, and two new deaths making the total 103 deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ten people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19, one more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,571,532 total cases, and 737,990 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 26

Nevada County recorded four new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 8,879. There were 96 active cases, two fewer than the previous day.

There were 8,682 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nine people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19, no change from the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,468,434 total cases, and 736,048 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 25

Nevada County recorded 27 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 8,873. There were 98 active cases, 241 fewer than the previous day.

There were 8,674 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nine people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19, one fewer than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,363,116 total cases, and 734,752 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 22

Nevada County recorded three new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 8,848.

There were 339 active cases on Friday, no change from the previous day. The number of active cases is inaccurate due to a transmission problem between two state data systems, according to the county.

There were 8,408 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ten people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19, four more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,235,796 total cases, and 731,931 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 21

Nevada County recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 8,845..

There were 339 active cases on Thursday, 307 fewer than the previous day. The number of active cases is inaccurate due to a transmission problem between two state data systems, according to the county.

There were 8,405 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Six people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19, no change from the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,149,234 total cases, and 730,368 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 20

Nevada County recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 8,824.

There were 646 active cases on Wednesday, 52 fewer than the previous day. There were 8,077 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths.

The number of active cases is inaccurate due to a transmission problem between two state data systems, according to the county.

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Six people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19, four fewer than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 45,070,875 total cases, and 728,125 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 19

Nevada County recorded 48 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 8,810.

There were 698 active cases on Tuesday, 42 more than the previous day. There were 8,011 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths.

The number of active cases is inaccurate due to a transmission problem between two state data systems, according to the county.

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ten people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19, three more than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 44,979,605 total cases, and 726,206 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 18

Nevada County recorded 32 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 8,762.

There were 656 active cases on Monday, 38 fewer than the previous Friday. There were 8,005 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths.

The number of active cases is inaccurate due to a transmission problem between two state data systems, according to the county.

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Seven people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19, one fewer than the Friday before.

Nationwide, there were 44,857,861 total cases, and 723,205 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 15

Nevada County recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 8,731.

There were 694 active cases on Friday, 30 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,936 people released from isolation, and 101 total deaths.

The number of active cases is inaccurate due to a transmission problem between two state data systems, according to the county.

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eight people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19, one fewer than the day before.

Nationwide, there were 44,709,010 total cases, and 720,228 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 14

Nevada County recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 8,723.

There were 724 active cases on Thursday, 11 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,989 people released from isolation, and one new death bring the total to 101.

The number of active cases is inaccurate due to a transmission problem between two state data systems, according to the county.

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nine people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 44,615,528 total cases, and 718,681 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 13

Nevada County recorded 42 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 8,706.

There were 735 active cases on Wednesday, 39 more than the previous day. There were 7,871 people released from isolation, and 100 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Seven people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 44,518,018 total cases, and 716,370 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 12

Nevada County recorded 74 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 8,665.

There were 696 active cases on Tuesday, 14 more than the previous day. There were 7,869 people released from isolation, and one new death bringing the total to 100.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Five people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 44,401,209 total cases, and 714,243 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 8

Nevada County recorded 34 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 8,601.

There were 682 active cases on Friday, no change from the previous day. There were 7,820 people released from isolation, and 99 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Seven people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 44,105,375 total cases, and 708,784 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 7

Nevada County recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 8,567.

There were 682 active cases on Thursday, 4 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,786 people released from isolation, and 99 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eight people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 43,997,504 total cases, and 707,065 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 6

Nevada County recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 8,554.

There were 686 active cases on Wednesday, 14 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,769 people released from isolation, and 99 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eleven people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 43,878,517 total cases, and 704,233 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 5

Nevada County recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 8,533.

There were 700 active cases on Tuesday, one more than the previous day. There were 7,734 people released from isolation, and 99 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Fourteen people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 43,773,573 total cases, and 702,360 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 4

Nevada County recorded 84 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 8,531.

There were 699 active cases on Monday, 21 more than the previous day. There were 7,733 people released from isolation, and 99 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Thirteen people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 43, 605,623 total cases, and 700,176 deaths, the CDC stated.

Oct. 1

Nevada County recorded 29 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 8,447.

There were 678 active cases on Friday, 15 more than the previous day. There were 7,670 people released from isolation, and 99 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nineteen people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 43,409,950 total cases, and 696,603 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 30

Nevada County recorded 26 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 8,420.

There were 663 active cases on Thursday, two more than the previous day. There were 7,660 people released from isolation, and 97 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eighteen people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 43,289,203 total cases, and 694,701 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 29

Nevada County recorded 26 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 8,398.

Western county has 6,657 cases, and eastern county had 1,739. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 661 active cases on Wednesday, eight fewer than the previous day. There were 7,642 people released from isolation, and 95 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Seventeen people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 43,169,823 total cases, and 691,517 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 28

Nevada County recorded 47 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 8,373.

Western county has 6,643 cases, and eastern county had 1,731. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 669 active cases on Tuesday, 42 more than the previous day. There were 7,612 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nineteen people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 42,850,746 total cases, and 686,639 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 27

Nevada County recorded 44 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 8,328.

Western county has 6,594 cases, and eastern county had 1,723. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 627 active cases on Monday, 15 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,609 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eighteen people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 42,850,746 total cases, and 686,639 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 24

Nevada County recorded 21 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 8,283.

Western county has 6,559 cases, and eastern county had 1,714. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 642 active cases on Friday, five more than the previous day. There were 7,549 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twenty-three people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 42,635,447 total cases, and 682,646 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 23

Nevada County recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 8,261.

Western county has 6,542 cases, and eastern county had 1,710. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 637 active cases on Thursday, 34 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,532 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nineteen people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 42,501,643 total cases, and 680,688 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 22

Nevada County recorded 32 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 8,252.

Western county has 6,532 cases, and eastern county had 1,708. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 671 active cases on Wednesday, 30 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,489 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twenty people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Nationwide, there were 42,363,951 total cases, and 677,086 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 21

Nevada County recorded 51 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 8,222.

Western county has 6,508 cases, and eastern county had 1,708. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 701 active cases on Tuesday, 51 more than the previous day. There were 7,429 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twenty people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 148,359 tests performed locally, 5.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 42,234,211 total cases, and 675,071 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 20

Nevada County recorded 75 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 8,171.

Western county has 6,464 cases, and eastern county had 1,701. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 650 active cases on Monday, 29 more than the previous day. There were 7,429 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twenty-two people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 148,359 tests performed locally, 5.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 42,031,103 total cases, and 672,738 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 17

Nevada County recorded 24 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 8,096.

Western county has 6,401 cases, and eastern county had 1,689. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 621 active cases on Friday, six fewer than the previous day. There were 7,383 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 144,472 tests performed locally, 5.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 41,754,903 total cases, and 668,442 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 16

Nevada County recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 8,072.

Western county has 6,383 cases, and eastern county had 1,683. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 627 active cases on Thursday, 45 fewer than the previous day. There were 7,353 people released from isolation, and 92 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Nineteen people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 144,472 tests performed locally, 5.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 41,593,179 total cases, and 666,440 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 15

Nevada County recorded 79 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 8,060.

Western county has 6,371 cases, and eastern county had 1,683. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 672 active cases on Wednesday, one more than the previous day. There were 7,297 people released from isolation, and 91 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Eighteen people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 144,472 tests performed locally, 5.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 41,426,425 total cases, and 662,620 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 14

Nevada County recorded 1 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 7,981.

Western county has 6,311 cases, and eastern county had 1,664. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 671 active cases on Tuesday, no change from the previous day. There were 7,219 people released from isolation, and 91 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 112,236 doses as of Tuesday.

Seventeen people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 144,472 tests performed locally, 5.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 41,262,574 total cases, and 660,380 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 13

Nevada County recorded 123 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 7,980.

Western county has 6,310 cases, and eastern county had 1,664. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 671 active cases on Monday, 46 less than the previous day. There were 7,218 people released from isolation, and 91 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 112,104 doses as of Monday.

Twenty people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 144,472 tests performed locally, 5.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 40,870,648 total cases, and 656,318 deaths, the CDC stated

Sept. 10

Nevada County recorded 19 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 7,857.

Western county has 6,209 cases, and eastern county had 1,643. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 717 active cases on Friday, 35 less than the previous day. There were 7,051 people released from isolation, and 89 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 111,642 doses as of Friday.

Twenty-two people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 141,125 tests performed locally, 5.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 40,703,234 total cases, and 654,409 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 9

Nevada County recorded 93 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 7,838.

Western county has 6,195 cases, and eastern county had 1,638. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 752 active cases on Thursday, 46 less than the previous day. There were 6,997 people released from isolation, and 89 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 111,386 doses as of Thursday.

Twenty-two people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 141,125 tests performed locally, 5.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 40,523,954 total cases, and 652,480 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 8

Nevada County recorded 3 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 7,745.

Western county has 6,108 cases, and eastern county had 1,632. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 798 active cases on Wednesday, 2 more than the previous day. There were 6,859 people released from isolation, and 88 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 111,219 doses as of Wednesday.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 141,125 tests performed locally, 5.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 40,345,484 total cases, and 649,299 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 7

Nevada County recorded 218 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 7,742.

Western county has 6,106 cases, and eastern county had 1,631. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 796 active cases on Tuesday, 104 more than the previous week. There were 6,860 people released from isolation, and 86 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 111,047 doses as of Tuesday.

Twenty-three people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 141,125 tests performed locally, 5.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 40,085,811 total cases, and 647,461 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 2

Nevada County recorded 140 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 7,503.

Western county has 5,899 cases, and eastern county had 1,599. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 712 active cases on Thursday, 75 more than the previous day. There were 6,706 people released from isolation, and 85 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 109,984 doses as of Wednesday.

Twenty-two people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 136,642 tests performed locally, 5.2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 39,488,866 total cases, and 641,725 deaths, the CDC stated.

Sept. 1

Nevada County recorded 10 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 7,363.

Western county has 5,775 cases, and eastern county had 1,583. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 637 active cases on Wednesday, 215 fewer than the previous day. There were 6,641 people released from isolation, and 85 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 109,781 doses as of Tuesday.

Twenty-three people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 136,642 tests performed locally, 5.2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 39,279,057 total cases, and 638,689 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 31

Nevada County recorded 197 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 7,353.

Western county has 5,766 cases, and eastern county had 1,582. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 852 active cases on Tuesday, 198 more than the previous day. There were 6,416 people released from isolation, and 85 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 109,781 doses as of Tuesday.

Twenty-five people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 136,642 tests performed locally, 5.2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 39,110,086 total cases, and 637,385 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 30

Nevada County recorded 122 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 7,156.

Western county has 5,583 cases, and eastern county had 1,568. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 654 active cases on Monday, 11 fewer than the previous day. There were 6,417 people released from isolation, and 85 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 109,573 doses as of Monday.

Twenty-four people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 136,642 tests performed locally, 5.2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 38,852,582 total cases, and 636,015 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 27

Nevada County recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 7,034.

Western county has 5,478 cases, and eastern county had 1,553. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 665 active cases on Friday, 64 fewer than the previous day. There were 6,284 people released from isolation, and 85 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 108,865 doses as of Thursday.

Thirty people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 132,816 tests performed locally, 5.1% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 38,527,411 total cases, and 632,786 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 26

Nevada County recorded 78 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 7,011.

Western county has 5,453 cases, and eastern county had 1,554. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 729 active cases on Thursday, 32 more than the previous day. There were 6,197 people released from isolation, and 85 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 108,865 doses as of Thursday.

Thirty-two people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 132,816 tests performed locally, 5.1% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 38,341,339 total cases, and 631,440 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 25

Nevada County recorded 148 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 6,933.

Western county has 5,382 cases, and eastern county had 1,548. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 697 active cases on Wednesday, 138 more than the previous day. There were 6,153 people released from isolation, and 83 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 108,566 doses as of Wednesday.

Thirty-one people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 132,816 tests performed locally, 5.1% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 38,150,911 total cases, and 629,139 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 24

Nevada County recorded 1 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 6,785.

Western county has 5,245 cases, and eastern county had 1,537. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 559 active cases on Tuesday, 1 more than the previous day. There were 6,145 people released from isolation, and 81 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 108,247 doses as of Tuesday.

Thirty people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 132,816 tests performed locally, 5.1% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 37,996,672 total cases, and 628,000 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 23

Nevada County recorded 101 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 6,784.

Western county has 5,244 cases, and eastern county had 1,537. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 558 active cases on Monday, 27 fewer than the previous day. There were 6,145 people released from isolation, and 81 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 108,044 doses as of Monday.

Twenty-six people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 132,816 tests performed locally, 5.1% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 37,768,911 total cases, and 626,833 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 20

Nevada County recorded 60 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 6,683.

Western county has 5,152 cases, and eastern county had 1,528. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 585 active cases on Friday, 45 fewer than the previous day. There were 6,017 people released from isolation, and 81 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 107,168 doses as of Friday.

Twenty-six people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 129,522 tests performed locally, 4.9% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 37,396,282 total cases, and 624,213 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 19

Nevada County recorded 57 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 6,623.

Western county has 5,100 cases, and eastern county had 1,520. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 630 active cases on Thursday, 27 more than the previous day. There were 5,912 people released from isolation, and 81 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 107,1681 doses as of Thursday.

Twenty-four people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 129,522 tests performed locally, 4.9% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 37,259,886 total cases, and 623,244 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 18

Nevada County recorded 136 new COVID-19 cases and on Wednesday making the new total 6,569.

Western county has 5,055 cases, and eastern county had 1,513. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 603 active cases on Wednesday, 59 more than the previous day. There were 5,886 people released from isolation, and 80 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 106,041 doses as of Tuesday.

Twenty-five people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 129,522 tests performed locally, 4.9% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 37,079,850 total cases, and 621,344 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 17

Nevada County recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases and on Tuesday making the new total 6,433.

Western county has 4,934 cases, and eastern county had 1,498. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 544 active cases on Tuesday, 44 fewer than the previous day. There were 5,810 people released from isolation, and 79 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 106,041 doses as of Tuesday.

Twenty-four people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 129,522 tests performed locally, 4.9% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 36,951,181 total cases, and 620,493 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 16

Nevada County recorded 133 new COVID-19 cases and on Monday making the new total 6,417.

Western county has 4,919 cases, and eastern county had 1,497. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 588 active cases on Monday, 42 less than the previous day. There were 5,750 people released from isolation, and 79 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 105,853 doses as of Monday.

Twenty-seven people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 129,522 tests performed locally, 4.9% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 36,720,973 total cases, and 619,564 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 13

Nevada County recorded 102 new COVID-19 cases and on Friday making the new total 6,284.

Western county had 4,795 cases, and eastern county had 1,487. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 630 active cases on Friday, 83 more than the previous day. There were 5,577 people released from isolation, and 77 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 105,413 doses as of Friday.

Twenty-four people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 125,348 tests performed locally, 4.7% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 36,410,213 total cases, and 617,787 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 12

Nevada County recorded 30 new COVID-19 cases and on Thursday making the new total 6,182.

Western county had 4,707 cases, and eastern county had 1,474. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 547 active cases on Thursday, 70 fewer than the previous day. There were 5,558 people released from isolation, and 77 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 105,230 doses as of Thursday.

Twenty-three people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 125,348 tests performed locally, 4.7% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 36,268,057 total cases, and 617,096 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 11

Nevada County recorded 53 new COVID-19 cases and on Wednesday making the new total 6,152.

Western county had 4,681 cases, and eastern county had 1,470. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 617 active cases on Wednesday, 32 fewer than the previous day. There were 5,458 people released from isolation, and 77 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 105,001 doses as of Wednesday.

Twenty-six people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 125,348 tests performed locally, 4.7% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 36,125,176 total cases, and 616,459 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 10

Nevada County recorded 184 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 6,099.

Western county had 4,635 cases, and eastern county had 1,463. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 649 active cases on Tuesday, 159 more than the previous day. There were 5,374 people released from isolation, and 76 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 104,696 doses as of Monday.

Thirty people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 125,348 tests performed locally, 4.7% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 35,991,203 total cases, and 615,778 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 9

Nevada County recorded 144 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 5,915.

There were 490 active cases on Monday, 56 more than the previous day. There were 5,349 people released from isolation, and 76 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 104,696 doses as of Monday.

Twenty-five people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 125,348 tests performed locally, 4.7% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 35,824,258 total cases, and 614,856 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 5

Nevada County recorded 78 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 5,771.

Western county had 4,321 cases, and eastern county had 1,448. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 434 active cases on Thursday, 76 more than the previous day. There were 5,262 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 103,930 doses as of Wednesday.

Fourteen people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 121,116 tests performed locally, 4.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 35,392,284 total cases, and 612,958 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 4

Nevada County recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 5,693.

Western county had 4,255 cases, and eastern county had 1,436. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 358 active cases on Wednesday, 54 fewer than the previous day. There were 5,260 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 103,930 doses as of Wednesday.

Thirteen people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 121,116 tests performed locally, 4.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 35,286,935 total cases, and 612,386 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 3

Nevada County recorded 142 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 5,682.

Western county had 4,245 cases, and eastern county had 1,426. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 412 active cases on Tuesday, 84 more than the previous day. There were 5,195 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 103,776 doses as of Tuesday.

Eleven people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 121,116 tests performed locally, 4.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 35,171,679 total cases, and 611,791 deaths, the CDC stated.

Aug. 2

Nevada County recorded 124 new COVID-19 cases on Monday making the new total 5,540.

Western county had 4,112 cases, and eastern county had 1,426. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 328 active cases on Monday, 81 more than the previous day. There were 5,094 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 103,562 doses as of Monday.

Twelve people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 121,116 tests performed locally, 4.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,972,532 total cases, and 611,051 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 30

Nevada County recorded 66 new COVID-19 cases on Friday making the new total 5,416.

Western county had 4,000 cases, and eastern county had 1,415. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 247 active cases on Friday, 31 more than the previous day. There were 5,094 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 102,714 doses as of Friday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Nine people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 119,851 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,818,278 total cases, and 610,264 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 29

Nevada County recorded 26 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday making the new total 5,350.

Western county had 3,937 cases, and eastern county had 1,412. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 216 active cases on Thursday, 11 more than the previous day. There were 5,059 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 102,565 doses as of Thursday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Seven people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 119,851 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,722,631 total cases, and 609,853 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 28

Nevada County recorded 24 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday making the new total 5,324.

Western county had 3,914 cases, and eastern county had 1,409. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 205 active cases on Wednesday, 12 more than the previous day. There were 5,044 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 102,380 doses as of Wednesday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Eight people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 119,851 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,631,447 total cases, and 609,441 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 27

Nevada County recorded 68 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday making the new total 5,300.

Western county had 3,890 cases, and eastern county had 1,409. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 193 active cases on Tuesday, 69 more than the previous day. There were 5,032 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 102,026 doses as of Monday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Seven people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 119,851 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,548,847 total cases, and 609,012 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 26

County COVID-19 cases rose by 23 on Monday making the new total 5,232.

Western county had 3,823 cases, and eastern county had 1,408. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 124 active cases on Monday, six fewer than the prior day. There were 5,033 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 102,026 doses as of Monday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Seven people were hospitalized locally Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 119,851 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,413,532 total cases, and 608,528 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 23

County COVID-19 cases rose by 27 on Friday making the new total 5,209.

Western county had 3,804 cases, and eastern county had 1,404. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 130 active cases on Friday, 14 more than the day before. There were 5,004 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 101,457 doses as of Friday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Five people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 118,170 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,312,832 total cases, and 608,113 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 22

County COVID-19 cases rose by 23 on Thursday, making the new total 5,182.

Western county had 3,778 cases, and eastern county had 1,403. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 116 active cases on Thursday, two more than the day before. There were 4,991 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 101,165 doses as of Thursday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Seven people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 118,170 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,248,054 total cases, and 607,684 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 21

County COVID-19 cases rose by four on Wednesday, making the new total 5,159.

Western county had 3,758 cases, and eastern county had 1,400. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 114 active cases on Wednesday, eight fewer than the day before. There were 4,970 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 101,165 doses as of Wednesday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Five people were hospitalized locally Wednesday with COVID-19.

Of the 118,170 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 34,030,494 total cases, and 607,289 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 20

County COVID-19 cases rose by 13 on Tuesday, making the new total 5,155.

Western county had 3,754 cases, and eastern county had 1,400. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 122 active cases on Tuesday, no change from the previous day. There were 4,958 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 101,165 doses as of Tuesday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Five people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 118,170 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 33,896,296 total cases, and 606,618 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 19

County COVID-19 cases rose by 60 on Monday, making the new total 5,142.

Western county had 3,741 cases, and eastern county had 1,400. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 122 active cases on Monday, a rise of 27 from over the weekend. There were 4,908 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 100,973 doses as of Monday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Five people were hospitalized locally Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 118,170 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 33,896,296 total cases, and 606,618 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 16

County COVID-19 cases rose by 15 on Friday, making the new total 5,082.

Western county had 3,685 cases, and eastern county had 1,396. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county a case resides.

There were 95 active cases on Friday, a rise of five from the prior day. There were 4,912 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 100,734 doses as of Friday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Six people were hospitalized locally Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 116,510 tests performed locally, 4.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 33,836,677 total cases, and 606,190 deaths, the CDC stated.

July 15

Coronavirus cases in the county reached 5,067 Thursday, an increase of 6 from the day before.

Western county had 3,670 cases, and eastern county had 1,396. The discrepancy is because officials haven’t yet determined what side of the county several cases reside.

There were still 90 active cases on Thursday. There were 4,902 people released from isolation, and 75 deaths.

Everyone 12 and older in Nevada County is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The county has given 97,112 doses as of Thursday.

Cases have continued to climb in the county, though they’ve slowed. There were 4,892 on June 15. That rose to 4,931 on June 22, and 4,958 on June 29. There were 4,974 on July 6.

Six people were hospitalized locally Thursday with COVID-19.

Of the 115,311 tests performed locally, 4.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 33,830,231 total cases, and 605,987 deaths, the CDC stated.

Incline court closed to public due to possible virus exposure

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Due to possible coronavirus exposure, the Incline Village Justice Court is closed to the public and is holding proceedings and arraignments online until it is able to reopen.

For more information, call the court at 775-832-4100 or email ijcinfo@washoecounty.gov.

 

Suspicious suitcase in Incline Village not a bomb

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. —A suspicious suitcase that was reported to authorities Monday in Incline Village was not dangerous.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded Monday afternoon to a report of a suspicious package on the 300 block of Village Boulevard.

After investigating, the squad deemed the suitcase safe, and empty, and did not evacuate the area.

Authorities responded Monday to a report of a suspicious package.
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Parent company of The Union, Sierra Sun sells to Ogden Newspapers

Swift Communications — the parent company of The Union, Sierra Sun and other newspapers — is selling its local media and publishing businesses to West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers, the companies announced Tuesday morning.

​​Ogden Newspapers is a fifth generation family-owned and operated newspaper company, founded in 1890 by H.C. Ogden. In his announcement, Robert Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers and The Nutting Company, reiterated his family’s commitment to the industry and the critical role of community newspapers.

The deal is scheduled to close Dec. 31, and with the acquisition Ogden Newspapers will publish 54 daily newspapers and a number of weekly newspapers and magazines in 18 states.

“We are the proud successor owners of great newspapers in The Union and Sierra Sun that have served their community so well for decades,” Nutting said. “The Union and Sierra Sun have a legacy of strong local journalism that we are privileged to continue.

“We are particularly excited to be working with a team at The Union and Sierra Sun that have been recognized as innovators in community journalism. We’re sure we will learn much from the dedicated employees who will be joining our team.”

Founded in 1975, the second- and third-generation family-owned Swift Communications has operated magazines, newspapers, websites, book publishing and other digital products in western state cities. In California, that includes Grass Valley, Truckee, and South Lake Tahoe; and Carson City in Nevada. In Colorado, that includes the Times and Snowmass Sun, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Vail Daily, Summit Daily News, Steamboat Pilot, Craig Press and Sky-Hi News near Winter Park. Swift also includes publications and offices in Park City, Utah.

“The publications, communities and most of all the great people who have been a part of our company since its founding in 1975 will be very much missed,” Bill Waters, CEO and chairman of the Board of Swift Communications, said in the announcement. “We know the time has come to pass the baton of stewardship to new owners who can carry forward the important mission.”

Ogden Newspapers will continue Swift’s focus of publishing newspapers that provide unique and compelling local content to readers and value to the newspaper’s business partners, Nutting added.

“We also are excited for the opportunity to work with and serve the businesses in these markets to help them continue to get their message in front of customers,” Nutting said. “Our company’s goal is to be a positive force in the communities we serve — celebrating each market’s unique strengths while also working to provide realistic solutions to areas of concern. We believe that strong, responsible and connected local newspapers are critically important to building and supporting strong communities now more than ever.”

Ogden will continue to operate the existing Swift publications under the name Swift Communications. After the close date, Swift will change its name to Questor Corp. Acres USA and Breaking Ground Institute will be part of Questor along with a portfolio of commercial and residential real estate properties in various states.

‘Operation Save the Basin’: Fire district raising money for Tahoe-based helicopters

A helicopter drops water on the Caldor Fire.
Provided/Kaleena Lynde

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has launched a campaign to purchase a helicopter, which would be a key piece in protecting the basin from future wildfires.

The campaign, “Operation Save the Basin,” is a fundraising and education effort to help change the way the Basin prepares and fights fires.

When Tahoe Douglas Fire Chief Scott Lindgren joined the district in December 2014, he was already very aware of the gap in air coverage fire districts around the basin were experiencing.

Lindgren has a background in aviation and previously worked for Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit, where he had access to McClellan Air Force Base.

According to Lindgren, when Cal Fire set-up their air tanker program, they were spread out based on a 20-minute air response time to anywhere within their jurisdiction. However, in the early 90s, Lindgren said changes to the budget led to many bases being cut, including a base in Auburn, which was closest to the basin.

Their justification for the cut was that the Forest Service had helicopters in Grass Valley, Placerville and Bridgeport. There are several reasons why that’s a problem for the basin.

“The problem is the Forest Service ones don’t staff the same, for the same length of time, they don’t own the helicopter, it’s smaller, not as capable and they’re a national resource so those helicopters go all over and you can’t count on them being there,” Lindgren said.

Not only that, but flying a helicopter from the valley into the basin is difficult and technical flying, which slows down response time.

While there is a Super Scooper at Lake Tahoe Airport, it’s a national resource and is often used in other fires around the country.

The Tamarack Fire is a very recent example of why there needs to be a helicopter in the basin, according to Lindgren. It was a lightning fire that the Forest Service decided to let burn itself out. However, it didn’t burn out and spread and devastated parts of Alpine County and Nevada.

In Lindgren’s opinion, the initial fire could have easily been put out with a helicopter.

“If we had this helicopter program in place, nobody would know what the Tamarack Fire was,” Lindgren said.

Lindgren said about 40% of fires in the basin are started by lightning and with climate change and drought conditions, firefighting needs to be more aggressive.

“To me, fires give you a window of opportunity,” Lindgren said. “Whether it’s 2 o’clock in the morning or 2 o’clock in the afternoon, whenever it gives you that window of opportunity to either put it out or gain ground on it, you have to go after it.”

During the Caldor Fire, another lightning fire, the Glen Fire, started in the TDFPD’s jurisdiction just above Glenbrook. Air tankers already in the area for the Caldor Fire were able to easily put that fire out.

In an ideal world, Lindgren would like to purchase two Type 1 helicopters. Those helicopters can carry up to 10 ground crew members and up to 1,000 gallons of water, that’s compared to the Forest Service helicopters that carry up to 150 gallons. A typical fire engine carries about 500 gallons.

Lindgren said he would take one helicopter over 30 engines every day because of their capacity and ability to quickly access remote areas.

The district would also need to build a helibase and they are currently working with Douglas County on several potential spots. While the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has banned any more airfields in the basin, they do have an emergency use clause, which Lindgren is hoping to use.

The total cost would be about $60 million and according to Lindgren, the Tamarack Fire cost almost $9 million to suppress and did over $300 million in damage.

The helicopters wouldn’t just be used for wildfire either. They can be used for backcountry rescue. While it wouldn’t take the place of air ambulances, there have been times when local air ambulance services have had so many calls that rescue could take up to an hour and a half. A lot of times, people don’t have an hour and a half, so these helicopters can be used for immediate rescue, then the patient can be transferred to medical helicopters.

It also can read heat signatures, so it can be used to quickly find people during an avalanche.

With many of Lake Tahoe’s casinos aging, in case of an emergency, it can be used for roof rescues.

And while TDFPD is taking the lead, Lindgren said he has the support of all the fire chiefs in the basin and it will be a basin-wide resource.

In addition to campaigning for the helicopters, Lindgren is also raising awareness about the need to change how the basin prepares for fire.

“The Tahoe Basin has been really good at doing fuels reductions but we don’t have a legitimate fuel break,” Lindgren said.

What Lindgren means by fuel break is a 300 to 1,000 foot area around the whole basin where the forest is thinned, its shaded and oftentimes grassy. He describes it as a “place where you can make a stand and protect the communities.”

“I don’t want people to think I’m only interested in protecting the communities, because I’m after keeping the lake blue and protecting the animals and the wildlife and the environment and the forest. It’s a treasure to us that we’ve got to protect,” Lindgren said.

But he fears that if they don’t move fast on building the fuel break, there won’t be a basin to protect.

During the Caldor Fire, crews had to quickly get in front of fire and build the fuel break before it reached communities, which fortunately for the basin, they were able to do.

“If you’re trying to build those breaks as the fire is advancing, you can’t do as good of a job, you’re pressed for time, you’re just trying to cut them in quick,” said Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshal Eric Guevin.

However, many sensitive habitats, such as the Angora Meadow were destroyed during the building of the fuel break. So, if built before a fire even starts, they can be built around sensitive habitats and in a way that protects the environment.

This will be an expensive and timely project but Lindgren said he’s gotten support from the Forest Service and other Tahoe districts.

Another benefit of the helicopter is that when its not being used for fire or rescue, it can be used to lift out large trees during the building of the fuel break.

This campaign is a huge undertaking and Lindgren is currently giving presentations to local politicians, agencies and neighborhood associations.

The district is asking for donations that will be used solely on the helicopter program and Lindgren said any amount will help.

They’ve already raised $50,000 and Lindgren said if they can’t reach the $60 million goal, the money will be put towards either a used helicopter, a smaller helicopter or to rent helicopters during the fire season.

In addition to financial support, Lindgren is also looking for help spreading the news of the campaign throughout the whole basin and help marketing and fundraising for the campaign.

Lindgren said he’s happy to come give his presentation to anybody interested in hearing it.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit https://tahoefire.org/helicopter.

Helicopters collect water to help fight the Caldor Fire.
Provided/Kaleena Lynde

Laney Griffo is a staff writer for the Tahoe Daiy Tribune, a sister publication of the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at lgriffo@tahoedailytribune.com

Truckee weather: Highs to slowly drop over this week

This week will be sunny, though highs will slowly start to drop as the days pass, the National Weather Service said.

Highs today will reach 59. Lows will drop to 29 tonight.

Wednesday’s highs will reach 58, and Thursday’s will hit 60. Lows will land around 30 both nights.

Highs will hit 58 on Friday, 56 on Saturday, and 55 on Sunday. Lows will hover in the mid- to upper 20s all three nights.

There’s a slight chance of showers on Monday. Highs will make it to 55.

Washoe tribal women reflect on Tahoe resort name change

The generations of Wašiw women that came together rejoiced when they were able to walk upon their land, knowing it no longer held the derogatory term it had before.
Provided/Helen Fillmore

The Wašiw Tribe took a step forward in September of 2021 when Squaw Valley announced the name change of their resort to Palisades Tahoe. The name was changed following an official yearlong process of planning and working with the Wašiw (Washoe) Tribe of Nevada and California, along with several public discussions.

While many eager, and some angry, onlookers from around the country waited only a year for the official name change of the resort, the Wašiw Tribe was finally able to breathe a small sigh of relief after decades of fighting the oppressive word.

In August of 2020, when the resort announced it would begin the process of changing the name, Sierra Nevada University alumnae and journalist, Emily Tessmer, was drawn to the story immediately after hearing the news.

“I thought this could be such a cool story — to get feedback on the name change, what it means to them [the tribe] and to give them a platform to stand on and speak their truth,” said Tessmer.

Tessmer reached out to a few tribal members she had previously known to put together a documentary titled, Walking With My Sisters.

“The history of colonialism is horrifying,” said Tessmer. “There hadn’t been any public acknowledgment of what happened.”

The 8 minute documentary gives voice to the women of the Wašiw Tribe and helps viewers understand why the word is so offensive and how that oppression has over time stuck with their people.

Cara James-Denetsosie is a large advocate for her people. Through education and providing helpful resources to those who need them, James-Dentesosie is bringing the knowledge of her tribe to light and slowly helping those who will come after her reclaim their land and heritage.
Provided/Emily Tessmer

The History of Wašiw and the term squaw

The Wašiw creation story says the center of the Wašiw world is DaɁaw (Lake Tahoe) and the people of the Wašiw were brought to the land that surrounded the lake by Gewe (the coyote). The lake is the center of the world for the Wašiw people, both geographically and spiritually.

“We all have a connection with Tahoe,” said tribal member Karen Pete. “The areas around [the lake] are places where people get their food and the things that they use like the willow for baskets, the medicine, and the plants.” For thousands of years, the tribe followed the seasons and lived off the land not only to survive, but to learn and carry on their traditions.

While many tourists enjoy the heavenly views of the basin, there are very few that know who took care of the land long before colonization. Karen explained that when the Wašiw people still lived in the basin, they were able to visit the lake whenever they liked and saw the water as a form of life.

“It is a sacred place to the Wašiw people,” said Karen. She explained that it is a sacred Wašiw tradition to wash yourself with the water from the lake. This tradition — along with many others — was difficult for the Wašiw as more settlers poured into the area and pushed the Wašiw out. Even today, tribal members are required to pay the same fees as tourists to visit their own tribal lands.

In the documentary, Tessmer talked with Ron Cohen, former Chief of Operations of Palisades Tahoe, who was a large proponent of changing the name of the resort due to the violent history of the term. Cohen explained that original stories paint an idyllic picture about settlers arriving and coming in contact with Native women and children in the fields.

“But what we learned when we did the research, is that isn’t what actually happened,” explained Cohen in the documentary.

He explained that what truly happened is that the settlers came to the land with the intention to kill the women, who the settlers referred to as squaws.

“That is actually the oldest and most authentic origin story of this name,” he said. “That name was given because somebody had been murdered here.”

While the term’s meaning has been disputed and even argued that it actually honors Native American women, Miriam Webster dictionary states the English-derived term is “derogatory, dated, disparaging and offensive” to Native American women.

On Palisades Tahoe website, the resort clearly states, “No matter the true origin or intent of the name, we do not believe you can honor someone with a name that they clearly consider to be offensive.”

On the resort’s website they provide their stance, reasons and derogatory examples of the term in early literature including:

“…the crafty ‘squaw’ … the squalid and withered person of this hag,” written by James Fenimore Cooper in the novel, The Last of the Mohicans in 1826.

“…the universal ‘squaw’ – squat, angular, pig-eyed, ragged, wretched, and insect-haunted,” written by Lt. James W. Steele (Memoirs, 1883).

The website also provides common stereotypes correlated with the “Princess” and the “Squaw” including:

“A squaw is a ‘failed’ princess, ‘who is lower than a bad White woman’” – Bird, 1999, p. 73.

“Where the princess was beautiful, the squaw was ugly, even deformed. Where the princess was virtuous, the squaw was debased, immoral, a sexual convenience. Where the princess was proud, the squaw lived a squalid life of servile toil, mistreated by her men—and openly available to non-Native men.” – Francis, 1995, pp. 121–122.

Palisades Tahoe isn’t the first place to dump the term from its name. Since 2003, seven states have worked to remove this name from geographical features, landmarks, and even the outright prohibition of its use in Oregon.

The long road to get here

Many people have fought for this name change among the Wašiw. Tribal elder Dinah Pete remembers the late Linda Shoshone, who served as the cultural director for the tribe over 20 years ago.

“She was the only one that was fighting against that name because it was really insulting to our Wašiw women and what the settlers were doing to them,” said Dinah. Dinah’s daughter Karen agreed that it has been a long time coming for the name change.

“We’ve been oppressed for so long that they [Native Americans] won’t say anything even if it makes them angry,” Karen said. “It wasn’t a Wašiw word.”

Although the ski resort had the name for 70 years, the valley has held the name for over 150. After decades of lobbying and waiting for change, the mother-daughter duo noticed support from the new management at the ski resort and finally began to see change.

“Some of the people [proponents] understood how the Wašiw people felt and I’m really glad those people were behind the Wašiw Tribe,” said Dinah. “Our leaders are really glad that we are changing that name.”

Dinah is hopeful that now that the name change has happened, it will open more doors for education within the Tahoe Basin and hopefully bring more peace for her tribe.

“Hopefully, they’ll understand and know what had gone on before,” said Dinah. “Our younger generation is now realizing what happened to the women.”

While there was an abundance of excitement for this change, there were those who were unhappy with the announcement last fall and are still upset.

“We’ve seen a lot of angry comments about the name change,” said Karen. “It’s sad that people have such angry hearts.”

Tessmer has always felt the indigenous people’s culture has been grossly underrepresented.

“We need to imagine what it must have been like to be in their shoes,” said Tessmer. “I know many people are saying, ‘Oh, the word doesn’t mean anything negative, but it does.”

Education is key

“I was there that day in August 2020,” said tribal member Cara James-Denetsosie. “Us Wašiw ladies visited the land within the Truckee area in celebration when we heard that they were changing the name.”

James-Denetsosie recalled the day her and other tribal members went to the land that was once touched every day by their ancestors.

“As a Wašiw woman, it was the first time in our lives we were allowed access to that area and just be Wašiw,” James-Denetsosie said. “We sang songs and reconnected to the land, plants, water, mountains, and animals. I’ll cherish those memories forever because it’s important that we are able to maintain those relationships with the land and the water. It’s even more important to pass it down to the next generation.”

James-Denetsosie attributes her knowledge of the culture to her grandfather Steven James, a respected elder and one of the last remaining fluent speakers of the language.

“He carries himself in the traditional way,” said James-Denetsosie, “I’ve had the honor to be his caretaker for the last three years. Simply observing him and immersing myself in the language has reconnected me and shown me how to be.”

But she has found that not everyone has had the honor of learning about the tribe from someone so knowledgeable. Other tribal members like Dinah and Karen have pointed to the lack of education on the subject or general hiding of it.

“It’s a hidden sin,” said Karen.

Tessmer said that for those who want to learn about Wašiw culture, there’s no better way than to introduce yourself at one of the Wašiw communities near the basin.

“Immerse yourself in their culture,” said Tessmer. “If there’s an art exhibit, a film, go explore your own backyard because that oftentimes can lead you to discovering what their issues are and learn what they need help with.”

James-Dentesosie believes that education for everyone on the land is the first and only place to start.

“We need to keep educating people on our history,” said James-Dentesosie. “We need to remind them of the land they are on.”

One education piece is through a land acknowledgment before entering Wašiw land out of respect for the area and its people, which is a common practice in many places around the basin.

“They start out with a land acknowledgment which is a polite way to say, ‘Hey, we’re standing on your land. We know who you are, we respect you and your continued presence in this area,’” she said.

James-Dentesosie hopes that with the name change and the raised awareness around the subject, it will help others see the importance of the land and the history to the Wašiw women and tribe. She hopes this will help keep the culture of the Wašiw alive as many of the older generations who lived the traditional Wašiw life are almost gone.

“Our world is rapidly changing and unpredictable due to the aridification of the land we now reside on,” said James-Dentesosie. “If we’re not there to take care of the land, the land will get sick. I’m still trying to carry on our culture; my grandfather used to have grandkids down at his feet and he would tell us the legend from the land, animals, plants and how they’re all alive.”

In addition to participating in traditional hunting and cooking, along with carrying on ancient stories and legends, the Wašiw tribe continues their tradition and education of future generations.

The changing of the resort’s name is just one small step in the long journey of the Wašiw people reclaiming their history.

Editor’s note: This story appears in the 2021-22 winter edition of Tahoe Magazine.

Miranda Jacobson is a staff writer with the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication of the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at mjacobson@tahoedailytribune.com

South Tahoe woman wanted for arson, trespassing, FTA

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office is searching for South Lake Tahoe resident Amy Riemer.

Riemer is wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for $45,000 for arson, trespassing and failure to appear after being released on her own recognizance.

Riemer is a 42-year-old white female with black hair and blue eyes, is 5-foot-4 and weighs about 130 pounds.

Riemer is currently listed as a transient in the South Lake Tahoe area.

Anyone with information as to Riemer’s whereabouts are asked to contact Investigator Andrea Luckenbach at 530-621-3879.


The Tahoe Daily Tribune is a sister publication of the Sierra Sun.

Volunteers continue to measure Caldor Fire impact on Tahoe

A participant collects data for the Lake Tahoe Interagency Monitoring Program during last month’s storm.
Courtesy of League to Save Lake Tahoe

Last month, during the storm driven by an atmospheric river, the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s staff and Pipe Keepers citizen scientist volunteers collected stormwater samples, made qualitative visual observations, and took quantitative measurements of water quality indicators, including turbidity.

Participants monitored stormwater at 25 sites, including 16 stormwater pipes and eight stream sites on Tahoe’s south shore that drain areas burned by the Caldor Fire. While readings from the Pipe Keepers’ work represent one set of measurements and are not conclusions, officials were surprised to find lower-than-expected turbidity given the intensity of the storm and precipitation on recently burned areas.

Work done last month provided a snapshot of conditions at select sampling sites at a single moment in time, according to a news release from the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and therefore does not tell a complete story of how the Oct. 24 storm, or any weather event since the Caldor Fire, has impacted the water quality or clarity of Lake Tahoe.

Stormwater monitoring must continue by agencies, research institutions and citizen scientists, and the results must be compared and synthesized over time to gain a conclusive understanding of the short- and long-term impacts on Lake Tahoe that may be occurring due to the Caldor Fire. The Pipe Keepers will continue monthly stream monitoring at 10 sites through at least June of 2022, with additional monitoring taking place as determined over the course of the project.

Data collection by the league’s citizen scientists and staff follows standard methods and protocols, including quality assurance and quality control, to ensure validity, accuracy and the ability to compare with other monitoring efforts. The Pipe Keepers citizen science data collection complements the water quality and stream flow monitoring that takes place through the Lake Tahoe Interagency Monitoring Program, which uses autosampler devices and stream flow gauges at fixed locations around the Tahoe Basin. The US Geological Survey and University of California, Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center also contribute to the program, along with many others.

The Tahoe Science Advisory Council recently approved an expansion of the monitoring program in light of the high probability that winter precipitation could move soils and ash off of slopes burned during the Caldor Fire and into Lake Tahoe. The League to Save Lake Tahoe advocated for the expansion of the program, knowing data it produces may be crucial to understanding how wildfire can create delayed aftereffects for Lake Tahoe.

The contribution of Pipe Keepers provides visual observations and qualitative data that is not otherwise captured, including photographs and descriptive reports of the environment surrounding sampling sites. It also adds further measurements of nutrient loads and turbidity, which are determined through lab analysis.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is celebrating Giving Tuesday by looking to raise $50,000 to go toward wildfire, drought, and invasive species prevention.

The Merrill Family Foundation will match all donations up to $25,000. As of Wednesday more than $11,500 has been raised.

For more information or to donate, visit www.keeptahoeblue.org.

Justin Scacco is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at jscacco@sierrasun.com