Washoe County and the Proposed Public Lands Bill

Learn more about the proposed Public Lands Bill
Washoe County is hosting two open houses in September

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Chris Ciarlo

Reno, Nevada. Sept. 14, 2016. Washoe County is hosting two open house meetings in the atrium of the Washoe County Administration Complex Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 and Monday Sept. 19, 2016, so those interested have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed Public Lands Bill.

The Washoe County Public Lands Bill will make the following a priority:

Making certain federal lands surrounding the greater Reno-Sparks area available for future economic development opportunities
Expanding recreational opportunities in Washoe County by providing land for parks and trails
Creating opportunities for local jurisdictions to acquire federal lands to support their varied needs
Designating new wilderness areas and providing funding for habitat restoration and other conservation efforts

Who: Washoe County

What: Public Lands Bill Open House

Where: Washoe County Administration Complex at 1001 E. 9th St. Reno, Nev.

When: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Washoe County Community Services published two, new maps of proposed areas that Washoe County is requesting be transferred out of federal ownership for economic development, conservation and other civic purposes. Mapping includes requests from the local jurisdictions and public stakeholders. Commissioners approved the draft mapping of the areas that may be impacted by the transfer of land.

The two maps can be seen here (See map one and map two). Washoe County has also created an information page for residents to view online.

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Call For Submissions for Sierra-Nevada Autumn Photo Exhibit

From Washoe County Website:

Bartley Ranch Regional Park is pleased to announce Sierra-Nevada Autumn Photo Exhibit

Share your fall-themed photos with Washoe County.

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Chris Ciarlo

Reno, Nevada. Sept. 7, 2016. Bartley Ranch Regional Park invites the public to submit photos for the 2016 Sierra-Nevada Autumn Photo Exhibit. Enter your favorite fall photo of Nevada and the Sierra.

Share your favorite fall-themed photographs with thousands of Washoe County visitors by entering Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s Sierra-Nevada Autumn Photo Exhibit.

Photographs will be on display in the park’s Western Heritage Interpretive Center throughout October. The exhibit is free to the public and will be open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors will be asked to vote for a People’s Choice Award and all participating photographers will be asked to vote for an Artist’s Choice Award.

There is no entry fee. Participants are asked to submit no more than two framed and ready to hang photos that express views of autumn throughout Nevada and the Sierra.

What: Sierra-Nevada Autumn Photo Exhibit

When: Exhibit display from Oct. 1-31, 2016

Where: Bartley Ranch Regional Park

Details: No cost to enter, limit two ready-to-hang photos per person.

Contact: Bartley Ranch Regional Park Office at (775) 828-6612

“Fall brings the most dynamic colors of the season in our state. From mountain canyons laced with orange and gold Quaking Aspen groves, to the magnificent Cottonwoods along desert creeks, the state of Nevada and the bordering Sierra mountains inspire us all,” said Ranger John Keesee.

Photos must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. To make arrangements, please contact Bartley Ranch Regional Park staff at (775) 828.6612. Participant applications are available at http://www.washoecountyparks.com.

For more information please contact:

Park Ranger John Keesee

(775) 828.6615 or jkeesee@washoecounty.us

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy Program

Washoe County Announcement

All Washoe County Library Branches Support Early Literacy Program
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes reading to newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea Tavener

Reno. Nevada. Sept. 6, 2016. Washoe County Library System’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success!

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at any Washoe County Library location. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. Washoe County Library Director Jeff Scott states, “Washoe County Library System is dedicated to helping children succeed by providing a variety of Early Literacy opportunities for parents and young children such as 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. We encourage parents to read to their children every day.”

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. For more information on this program please visit http://www.washoecountylibrary.us.

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South Truckee Meadows Washoe Valley Citizen Advisory Board September Meeting Cancelled

From the Washoe County Website
South Truckee Meadows Washoe Valley Citizen Advisory Board
The meeting of the South Meadows Washoe Valley Citizen Advisory Board scheduled on Thursday, September 8, 2016, has been cancelled.

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Washoe County Manager John Slaughter To Deliver the 2016 State of the County on Thursday, Sept 1 – Rescheduled 9/13

Top Five Items from State of the County Address

Rescheduled for Sept 13th

2016 State of the County Invite
Watch the State of the County Address live.

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Chris Ciarlo

Reno, Nevada. Aug. 31, 2016. Join community residents and business leaders as Washoe County Manager John Slaughter delivers the 2016 State of the County at 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

The theme for 2016 is #WashoeImpacts. Whether you’re a business owner, community leader or resident, Manager Slaughter will highlight:

How Washoe County impacts economic development for local businesses
Our investment into our beautiful parks and trails that you visit with your family
Our role in maintaining a safe, secure and healthy community

Who: County Manager John Slaughter and Board of County Commissioners

What: 2016 State of the County

When: 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

Where: Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park (6000 Bartley Ranch Rd., Reno).

Media: County Manager John Slaughter and Commission Chair Kitty Jung will be available for interviews following the presentation.

You can watch the State of the County on Washoe County Television Charter digital channel 193, on Facebook or on the county website.

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Pickleball Courts to Make Their Debut at Hidden Valley Regional Park

Pickleball is a fast-growing sport known for social and health benefits popular with residents.
(Maybe you have heard that there will be 4 additional pickleball courts at the ArrowCreek Residents’ Center as well. The ACHOA Board approved the conversion of a tennis court to 4 pickleball courts at the last board meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Pickleball is new at ArrowCreek. See page 3 of the Jul-Aug 2016 Newsletter.)

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Oxarart

Reno, Nevada. Aug. 19, 2016 Washoe County and Truckee Meadows Pickleball Club will be celebrating the opening of the new pickleball courts at Hidden Valley Regional Park on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. Media and citizens were invited for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Pickleball is considered one of the fastest growing sports because of its social and health benefits for all ages. It’s a cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton. It’s played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to about 34 inches at the center. Players use composite or wooden paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles and hit balls similar to Wiffle balls back and forth across the net.

The recently-completed courts are the first permanent courts available in Washoe County’s park system. Pickleball players have been playing at Hidden Valley Park for several years, but have been using portable nets. A grant to resurface numerous hard courts throughout Washoe County, including Hidden Valley, provided a great opportunity for residents. Hidden Valley originally had two tennis courts, but during the resurfacing project one of the courts was converted into four permanent pickleball courts.

“Requests for pickleball courts have increased substantially over the last several years, but we haven’t been in a position to build any new facilities,” said Eric Crump, Operations Division Director for the Washoe County Community Services Department. “Repurposing the tennis court to provide a facility for this growing sport just made great sense, and it shows what great things can happen when a community works together.”

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Hidden Valley Regional Park, 4740 Parkway Drive, Reno last Monday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m.

Hidden Valley Regional Park is owned and operated by Washoe County, through its Community Services Department. The Department’s mission is to provide exceptional parks and open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. For more information on these or other County Parks visit http://www.washoecountyparks.com or call 823.6500.

Reno Pickleball website

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Updated ArrowCreek Cell Tower Information Mailed to Some AC Homeowners – Meeting Agendas Not Yet Available at Washoe County Website

Some ArrowCreek neighbors received a new postcard from Washoe County on Thursday, August 25, 2016, regarding the cell tower at the Golf Club at ArrowCreek. The Washoe County website has not been updated yet for meeting schedules and agendas beyond August, but the amended application is at the webpage indicated on the postcard. Click on the card below to go there.

County Notice 20160824

wt1 The cell tower is now proposed to be located at the golf club maintenance building disguised as a water tower instead of at the golf cart storage area near the clubhouse disguised as a tree.


The amended application is here: county website or PDF. It has more before and after photos in it.

If you are interested, attached here is the old application where there are before and after “tree” photos for comparison.

ctaltsSeveral locations were surveyed as possible cell tower sites.

Previous mentions on this website before the first application was withdrawn are on 06/09/16, 05/27/16, and 04/30/16.

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First Zika Virus Pregnancy Confirmed in Washoe County

The case highlights risks for those traveling to Zika virus areas especially if planning for children

Media ReleaseZika
For Immediate Release

Contact: Phil Ulibarri
775.328.2414 or 775.772.1659

RENO, NV – The Washoe County Health District has confirmed that a woman who travelled to a country with documented Zika virus transmission and returned to Washoe County contracted the Zika virus. She is the fourth confirmed case of travel-associated Zika virus infection in Washoe County. Health officials are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol and are providing the woman and her healthcare provider with the most current information regarding pregnancy outcomes after Zika virus exposure.

According to the CDC current reports reflect poor outcomes among pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection. The poor birth outcomes reported include those that have been detected in infants infected with Zika virus such as microcephaly, calcium deposits in the brain indicating possible brain damage, excess fluid in the brain cavities and surrounding the brain, absent or poorly formed brain structures, abnormal eye development, or other problems resulting from damage to the brain that affects nerves, muscles and bones, such as clubfoot or inflexible joints, and confirmed hearing loss.

“It’s hard to imagine the heartache involved with knowing that your pregnancy has been affected in one way or another with the Zika virus. We wish the best for this woman and her family,” said Washoe County District Health Officer, Kevin Dick. “This incident highlights the risk anyone who is pregnant, or planning to become pregnant takes, if they or their partner, travel to Zika virus areas. There is much that we still do not know about Zika virus,” said Dick.

CDC guidance for travelers to Zika areas can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/

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Rabies Found in Five Separate Cases in Washoe County

The following News Release from Washoe County abut positive rabies tests stresses the importance of keeping your pet’s rabies shots current!

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Phil Ulibarri
775.328.2414 or 775.772.1659

RENO, NV – Within the past 60 days the Nevada State Animal Diseases Laboratory has confirmed that five bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) infected with rabies have been found in Washoe County.

According to health and animal services officials, in one recent case four domestic pets came in contact with a rabid bat. Eventually the pet owner’s cat had to be euthanized and the three dogs which were not current with their rabies vaccinations had to have booster shots. One of these dogs, while at the veterinarian’s office bit an attendant who then had to submit to post exposure treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention typical rabies post exposure prophylaxis consists of a dose of human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine given on the day of the exposure, and then a dose of vaccine given again on days 3, 7, and 14.

Scenarios such as this one can be prevented if pet owners make sure their animals are current on their rabies vaccinations. Washoe County Regional Animal Services offers low-cost vaccination clinics on the first Tuesday of every month at their office at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno, from 3 pm – 7 pm. For more information about these valuable resources to help keep your pet healthy visit http://www.washoeanimals.com.

Rabies is usually transmitted by a bite or a scratch from an infected animal. The animals most likely to transmit the rabies virus include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and other wild carnivores. Rabid bats are often unable to fly and can be found by pets in yards and along trails and footpaths. Unvaccinated pets that come in contact with infected animals may develop rabies. Pets must be vaccinated before exposure to be protected.

For more information on rabies and rabies vaccinations visit http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ . To report possible rabies activity or if you find a dead or sick wild animal like raccoon, skunk, bat, or fox, do not risk exposure to a possible rabid animal by trying to pick up or rescue the animal. Instead contact the Washoe County Health District Vector Borne Disease Prevention Program at 785-4599 or Washoe County Animal Services at 322-3647.

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August 24 2016 Property Value Update from Washoe County Assessor Records

Here is the report for the August UPDATED ‘FACTS’ from the Washoe County Assessor Records since July 27, 2016 posting. Since the beginning of the year and over the past twelve (12) months:

1. ArrowCreek properties continue to sell in the premium class within Washoe and Douglas Counties as previously reported. However, as you read this report you will see that prices have definitely improved for properties on the golf course while prices for non-custom homes not on the golf course have continued to decline over the past month.

a.) Six (6) properties were were recorded sold in ArrowCreek between 8 July and 8 August 2016 (According to the Washoe County Assessor), holding steady in the low double digits. This brings the total number of properties transferred this calendar year to 54 and over the past twelve months to 87 or 8.0% turn-over rate for our community. A relatively low rate, still in the single digits, that may be attributed to a general satisfaction with living in our gated community.

b.) Three (3) of the properties were on the golf course (the property boundaries actually touch the golf course, not just have a ‘view’ of it). Two (2) were homes that sold for 78% above, while the third property sold for 4.6% below the rolling 12 month average for July of $890,825. However, the true selling price, again measured over the past twelve months, increased to $246.18 per square foot. An increase of $8.71 per square foot from July’s value. No additional lots, on the course, were sold. The average selling price for undeveloped property on the golf course still stands at $290,418.52 per acre for the 12 month rolling average.

c.) Three (3) properties were sold that are not connected to the golf course. One (1) home sold below the rolling average for July. This drove the declining rolling average further below the golf course property values with the average price dropping to $227.81 per square foot. As a consequence, the average price dropped by $2.27 per square foot or a continuing 1% decrease from the July value. The sales price 12 month rolling average was $819,438. Two (2) undeveloped lots were transferred during this time period. The rolling 12 month average selling price stands at $185,529.87 per acre, an increase of 7.3% over the past month.

d.) ArrowCreek homes have moved to a market rate that remains above that for Damonte Ranch and D’Andrea. So the rise in values appears to reflect the desirability of living within our community.

e.) There were four lots sold but a premium remains if the lot has a common boundary with the golf course (56%). This value between the two categories, in general, appears to be following market trends. However, there’s little explanation for the $104,888 per acre difference between the vacant lot purchase prices, as the difference does not show up in the closing home sales prices. However, it is worth noting that there are a very limited number of ‘golf course’ lots versus those not on the golf course.

f.) As charted in the figure below, the trends for our property values indicate that over the past twelve months of tracking, the values of homes off the golf course have declined at a fairly consistent rate. In the meantime, homes on the golf course have appreciated significantly over the past year. It’s also clear from the chart below that ArrowCreek had a ‘soft patch’ between November and April that continued for homes not on the golf course thru May. The market continues to strengthen and that bodes well for our community.

AC Aug24 DolPerSqFt

2. The housing market in Northern Nevada for existing homes continues to follow economic trends. As the fall selling season is upon us, perhaps we are definitely seeing a boost to our unique community.

Going forward let’s focus our energy on improving the amenities we currently have and build out those that were in the original ArrowCreek/Southwest Point development plan, by using our already available acreage and funding. With that we should see a better environment for all home owners and buyers.

If you wish to support The Club at ArrowCreek, you are urged to become a either a full golf or social member. In addition, the FOA LLC is certainly open to new investors.

By Ron Duncan

Updated from the July 27, 2016 posting of the July Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

…which updates the June 20, 2016 posting of the June Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

…which updates the May 27, 2016 posting May Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

…which updates the April 27, 2016 posting April Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

…which updates the March 25, 2016 posting March Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

…which updates the Feb 24, 2016 posting February Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

… which updates the Jan 21, 2016 posting January Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

… which updates the Dec 22, 2015 posting December Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

… which updates the Nov 22, 2015 posting November Fact Update From the Washoe County Assessor Records

… which updates the Oct 19, 2015 posting October Fact Update: Here Are Facts

… which updates the Sept 21, 2015 posting September Fact Update: Here Are Facts

… which updates the Aug 22, 2015 posting August Fact Update: Here Are Facts

…which updates the July 27, 2015 posting July Fact Update: Here Are Facts

…which updates the June 26, 2015 posting June Fact Update: Here Are Facts

…which updates the June 4, 2015 posting You Want Facts: Here Are Facts.

June 2015 Study on Golf Course Closure Impacts On Home Values in Northgate and D’Andrea.

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