The Aug. 9, 2021, R-C Morning Report

The sun turned orange on Saturday morning.

The sun turned orange on Saturday morning.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.


Genoa, Nev. — School buses are rolling around Carson Valley and the school zones are activated. Take it easy past the schools, as the sheriff’s office and the Nevada Highway Patrol will be on hand to enforce the lower speed limits.

The traffic signal at Highway 88 and Mottsville isn’t cycling, a deputy reported. Be careful through there because with school back in session, that route will be busy.

The smoke isn’t too bad this morning with the air quality monitors from the Gardnerville Ranchos to Carson City reading moderate. Visibility at Minden Tahoe Airport was 8 miles at 6:15 a.m., which is decrease of a couple of miles since 5:15 a.m. The Dixie Fire is still burning near Lake Almanor, and still smoking like a tramp steamer.

Krysta Palmer’s homecoming was at the Carson Valley Swim Center on Sunday. I’m reaching out to find out how it went, but I certainly hope the place was packed with well wishers.

Douglas is flagged on all three criteria for the coronavirus, with testing up to 47 a day, short of 50, a case rate of 166 over the last 30 days and a test positivity of 16.9 percent. The state site has us up to an average of eight new cases a day. The number of deaths remains 37.

Tamarack the Bear was sighted last week by hikers in South Lake Tahoe, still wearing his bandage. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care still wants to take him in, but they’re being careful. The fire he’s named after still hasn’t been entirely lassoed either, at 80 percent containment today.

Expect hazy skies with a high near 93 degrees and the wind picking up out of the west at 5-10 mph this afternoon. Precipitation is back in the forecast for Thursday.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at


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