For the past month and a half, Americans have navigated the longest government shutdown in the history of this nation. On December 22, it became evident that a crisis was at hand. A spending bill needed to be passed in order to keep the government open and functioning. President Trump demanded billions of dollars to fund his border wall (a campaign promise he is keen to keep), but lawmakers, especially Democrats, refused to accept any government spending on a measure they considered wasteful. The shutdown continued over the holidays, with no likely compromise in sight.
The winter often brings foul weather and tricky road conditions, including rain, low light and sometimes even snow to Nevada roadways. This leads to more hazardous driving conditions due to the elements. Coupled with Nevada's large tourist contingent that may not be familiar with the area, accidents seem to swell during this time of the year and whether it’s a distracted local or an overwhelmed tourist, many of the folks behind the wheel these days are potential hazards.
This past Monday marked the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, often referred to as MLK Day. MLK Day is a federally recognized holiday in the United States commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most famous leaders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, and MLK Day was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983 (it was first observed three years later). Some states resisted the holiday initially, and it wasn’t until the year 2000 that all 50 states celebrated the holiday.
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.
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