Genoa, Nev. — Around 50 people crowded the Douglas County School Board meeting on Monday night to protest requiring students wear masks when school starts. The requirement is included in the school reopening plan trustees approved 5-2 after two hours of public comment. At one point there were 191 people watching the meeting virtually. School starts Monday.
Students returning to Nevada institutions of higher learning will also have to mask up, but Nevada System of Higher Education regents aren’t allowed to require vaccinations, according to a statement issued Monday night. Freshmen are already required to be vaccinated for a half-dozen other diseases. The University of Nevada, Reno, opening ceremony is Aug. 15.
A bear visited the house last night, which means they are making their way into the neighborhoods looking for food. The apple crop isn’t quite ripe yet, and while not extreme, is likely to bring even more ursines looking to bulk up for hibernation given conditions in the mountains.
The Type I firefighting team working the Tamarack Fire turned it back over to the Sierra Front on Monday night. Firefighters have a line around 82 percent of the fire, and plan to pin it against the Sierra crest. Power went back on to Markleeville on Monday.
Gardnerville Town Board members are holding the final public hearing on a trash rate increase today. Also up at the 4:30 p.m. meeting is a progress report on the former Gardnerville laundry. Town board members meet their offices located at 1407 Main St.
Bronze medalist Krysta Palmer is flying into Reno today after her Olympic victory. There are plans afoot for additional celebrations.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday across most of the Sierra for low humidity and gusty winds. I anticipate that will be a red flag warning by the end of today.
It was 95 degrees out on Monday, but it felt extra hot to me for some reason. The high today is supposed to hit 97 degrees under sunny skies. The zephyr will pick up today to 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph before it shifts to the east.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org