Community reflects on January 6 a year later

Northern Nevada activists hold rally to mark January 6 anniversary
By Bert Johnson, West Mountain Information Office

Activists condemned the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and the continued attempts by some Republican officials to undermine the 2020 presidential election. Edwin Lyngar, a resident of Reno, told the crowd these efforts were pushing the country towards autocracy and urged them to take action.

“Saving democracy will take effort, discomfort and rage. And we have to express it! Lyngar said through a megaphone.

Lyngar supports the abolition of the Electoral College and the elimination of filibuster. The Reno rally was part of a national day of action organized by progressive groups.

Anti-government sentiment could continue halfway through
By Bert Johnson, West Mountain Information Office

Over the past year, right-wing media and politicians have sought to downplay the violence from the mob that left five people dead on January 6. Many Republicans pushing the narrative have close ties, according to a new report from the non-partisan watchdog group anti-government extremism in the West.

It links the insurgency to previous conflicts over ranching and mining on federal lands.

“The anti-public lands movement is fertile ground for this type of animosity which helped amplify and contribute to the events of January 6,” said Karl Frisch, spokesperson for Accountable.

Frisch said politicians in Utah, Colorado and Arizona were ready for the insurgency because of their previous involvement with the far right. He predicts the movement will continue to grow stronger as the midterm elections approach later this year.

Remarks by Nevada Senators on the Anniversary of the January 6 Uprising
By Kaleb Roedel

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto spoke in the Senate on the anniversary of the January 6 uprising. She spoke about her personal experience that day and stressed her commitment to protecting voting rights.

“I will not stop fighting to protect our country and our democracy. I will continue to work with my colleagues to pass voting rights legislation. We need to follow Nevada’s lead and protect access to polls, and we can’t let anyone silence the voice of Americans in their own government, ”she said.

Senator Jacky Rosen said January 6 should remind us how fragile our democracy can be. She said it also gives us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to upholding the values ​​of our nation.

Nevada changes course to join multi-state opioid regulations
Through The Associated Press

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford is backing down and joining a multi-state opioid settlement he dismissed months ago as insufficient. Nevada was one of a group of recalcitrant states that did not join the proposed $ 26 billion settlement in July with the nation’s three major drug distributors and Johnson & Johnson in July.

Ford said delays in payments from other opioid settlements convinced him the facility would allow Nevada to help communities affected by the opioid crisis as quickly as possible. New Mexico has also turned the corner and joined the deal. Washington is preparing to sue the distributors.

Reno Fire Department responds to record 47,000 calls in 2021
By Kaleb Roedel

The Reno Fire Department is answering more calls than ever before, and this is due to the region’s rapid population growth. Last year, the department answered more than 47,000 calls, surpassing its previous record of around 43,000 set in 2019.

During the pandemic, Reno Fire also administered more than 11,000 COVID-19 vaccines and held nearly 100 vaccination events. His next event is today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reno 11 fire station on Mae Anne Avenue.

Chairlift manufacturers on the rise again after pandemic fall
By Madelyn Beck, West Mountain Information Office

Most industries experienced a crisis at the start of the pandemic. This includes chair lift manufacturers, but they have made a comeback alongside ski resorts. There are two major chair lift manufacturers in the United States: Doppelmayr USA, based in Salt Lake City, and Leitner-Poma of America, based in Grand Junction, Colorado. Daren Cole is President of Leitner-Poma of America. He said that in 2020 things didn’t look so good.

“Pretty much once the pandemic hit, I think it was March 19, we saw a pretty sharp downturn in business,” he said.

The projects are behind schedule. New orders have slowed down, but now, he said, they have a record number of orders as ski resorts open, expand and improve equipment.

“We have pretty much a complete dossier for the summer of 2022,” Cole said.

He said plans range from major expansions at large resorts like Vail, as well as smaller independent operations across the country.

Nevada Men’s Basketball Game in San Diego State Postponed Due to COVID
By Kaleb Roedel

The men’s basketball game scheduled for Saturday between Nevada and San Diego State has been postponed. This is because of the coronavirus issues within the Wolf Pack program.

This is the sixth game in Nevada’s last nine scheduled contests that has been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 issues. The Wolf Pack is expected to resume operations on Wednesday, Jan.12 when it hosts Boise State. That is, if it passes COVID protocols on time.

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