State fines county, airport manager in connection with Sept. 12 rally for President Trump
A Gofundme account has raised more than enough money to pay $5,553 in fines levied by the state over President Donald Trump’s Sept. 12 visit to Minden-Tahoe Airport
The state announced the fine just before lunchtime Monday and by 7 p.m. organizer Blaye Osborn had the MAGA Peaceful Protest site up and Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, became the largest donor with $912.
The state announced Monday that it was fining Douglas County $2,950 and ABS Aviation $2,603 for public attendance to a live event without the submission of a safety plan at the state. ABS Aviation is the firm that manages the airport on behalf of the county.
County Manager Patrick Cates said earlier he anticipated that there would be a fine after several meetings with the state.
Under an emergency directive issued by the governor, gathering were limited to no more than 50 people and required submission of a plan to the Department of Business and Industry.
Douglas County acknowledged they’d received notice of the fines on Monday.
An estimated 26,000-30,000 people attended the event that was organized days after the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority shut it down because the 5,000 expected visitors would violate the state’s and Washoe County’s directives limiting the number of people allowed to gather in one place.
The governor told reporters shortly after the event that his office would look into whether Douglas violated the conditions for receiving federal coronavirus relief funds by allowing it to occur.
The governor eventually decided against pulling the federal funding, but the Division of Industrial Relations’ Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been fining entities for failing to obey emergency directives issued by the governor.
It has been a month since the Nevada Gaming Control Board fined the owner of the COD Casino in Minden $30,000 for failing to enforce directives related to the directives.
The original complaint alleged that a gaming agent inspected the casino on July 15 and found a half-dozen patrons not wearing masks.
A second count claims that three employees were improperly wearing masks on July 20 on the casino floor and that the slot shift manager and the employee were interacting with each other while not wearing their masks correctly. At the same visit the agent said three patrons were not wearing face coverings while several others were improperly wearing them.