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Last Monday, it was reported that two bodies were recovered near Topaz Lake, which is on the California-Nevada border southeast of Carson City. Both victims were men from the Sparks, Nevada area, who had drowned over the weekend in a boating accident. They were later identified as Bert Pederson (45 years old) and Jesse Gregory (50 years old). A third man, Scott Wise, survived the accident, and was treated and then released from the Carson Valley Medical Center.
Once the ball has dropped and the champagne has been finished, many treat the new year as a time to reflect on the past and set intentions for the coming year. More than half of adults make resolutions at the new year. New Year’s resolutions can range from simple behavioral shifts, like making the bed each morning, to major life changes involving body, career, or relationships.
Last week two officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were investigating a crash involving a suspected drunk driver when their vehicles were struck…by a suspected drunk driver. Over the decades the Las Vegas region has done a great deal to rebrand itself as a launching point for the outdoors, a cosmopolitan arts and retail scene, a dynamic business environment, and a community of underdogs who are relentlessly #VegasStrong.
On the morning of Sunday January 6th, a massive accident involving two semis and seven passengers caused severe delays on southbound Interstate 15 close to Primm, NV. Both north and south bound lanes were closed for over an hour due to truck accident, with all southbound lanes only reopening at 5:45 PM according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The cause of the accident may have partly been a result of a vehicle pursuit of a suicidal passenger which had already stalled southbound traffic causing delays. One of the victims was transported by helicopter to UMC in Las Vegas in critical conditi.
Each holiday season, many look forward to reuniting with family around the Christmas dinner table or toasting old friends on New Year’s Eve. For the lucky few who live close to family, or who are visited by others, preparations for these celebrations may involve simply cleaning house, washing some linens, and checking visitors’ flight information. For the rest of us, the holiday season involves some amount of travel and a couple of nights in a hotel. This year, the American Automobile Association(AAA) forecasted that more than 30% of Americans would be travelling over the holidays.
The holidays are a time for getting together with family and uniting over shared memories and favorite meals. Childhood ornaments are hung on the Christmas tree, a careful practice which household pets and young children often frustrate by removing the “low-hanging fruit.” Relatives linger around the dining room table snacking on stale cookies and sipping warm drinks or the last of the red wine. It is a time of warmth and laughter. However, when long meals meet jovial story-telling and vacation from work, it is often easy to drink more alcohol that we would on a typical night.
The holiday season is fast approaching. Many of us are putting in extra hours at the office so that we can take time off for a family vacation in the coming weeks. Gifts are being purchased and wrapped. Festive lights are being strung, and blow-up Santas and other Christmastime creatures welcome us into neighboring houses. Cookies are being baked and delivered, and children are bringing home colorful art projects and home-made Christmas tree ornaments. Amidst all the excitement, many of us may find ourselves distracted, leading to possible accidents or injuries.
On December 7, two vehicles collided at the roundabout at E. Fifth Street and Fairview Drive in Carson City. Although there were no reported injuries at the crash, the vehicles did block traffic for some time, and officers were forced to temporarily perform traffic control. Motorists were advised to seek an alternate route until the area was cleared, around 4:55 p.m.  Luckily, this crash was relatively minor and resulted in no injuries.
On November 30, the coastal city of Anchorage, Alaska experienced the largest earthquake the city had seen since the 1964 good Friday quake. At roughly 8:30 in the morning, as residents were finishing breakfast or arriving at school and workplaces, a magnitude 7.2 quake struck the city with no warning.  The tremor knocked over furniture and sent items flying off shelves. Viral videos quickly made the rounds, showing schoolchildren cowering under desks, cars bouncing down driveways, and parents grabbing their children’s hands and fleeing their houses.
On Friday, October 26, a cyclist was struck by a vehicle in the Las Vegas area. The cyclist, who had been riding a mountain bike, was critically injured and was transported to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The incident took place on Decatur Boulevard around 6 p.m. The motorist was driving a 1989 Honda Accord and was not impaired.  Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Cyclists, who share the road with cars yet take up much less space, are extremely vulnerable to injury.