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KUNR Today: New Workforce Housing in Tahoe, Nevada Adds Rapid Testing to COVID-19 Data


Here are the headlines of the local news for Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Nearly 300 affordable and workforce housing units opened in North Lake Tahoe area
By Lucia Starbuck

Nearly 300 affordable, workforce-friendly housing units have opened in five different locations in Truckee and Placer counties. Some accommodations are specifically for people who work within the geographic boundaries of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

“These will provide housing not only for young architects, filmmakers and dreamers, but also for hotel workers, dishwashers, our firefighters, our teachers, our nurses. People in our community need a place to live, ”said Placer County District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson.

Some units are intended for households earning no more than 80% of the region’s median income. In Placer County, that percentage rises to over $ 78,000 per year.

According to Tahoe Prosperity Center, less than a fifth of Lake Tahoe residents could afford to buy or rent a median-priced home in 2018.

Nevada Adds Rapid Tests to COVID Tally, Joining Most States
Through The Associated Press

Nevada health officials now count the results of rapid antigen tests in the coronavirus data they present to the public instead of just counting traditional molecular tests processed in labs.

The state updated its health response dashboard on Monday and added more than 600,000 tests to its tally. Prior to Monday, only Nevada and Maryland did not publicly display data on probable cases of rapid tests in their online tally.

Nevada health officials say the change will give them a more complete picture of the pandemic as rapid testing becomes more common in the United States.

Nevada organizations secure federal grants to support victims and public safety
Through Noah Glick

The US Department of Justice is awarding Nevada organizations more than $ 21 million to help improve and support victim services and public safety. The Nevada District Attorney’s Office made the announcement on Monday.

The grants will go to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Nevada Intertribal Council, and the Division of Child and Family Services, among others.

The goal of the funding is to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in justice, and assist victims.

U.S. Supreme Court tackles complicated water battle
By Madelyn Beck, West Mountain Information Office

The highest court heard oral arguments in the case on Monday, which involves Mississippi alleging that Tennessee is taking too much water from an aquifer that flows under the two states.

The attorneys general in Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming are backing Tennessee, and they don’t want to complicate the water law any further by opening a new kind of groundwater lawsuit. That’s what Mississippi did.

“It’s going to create a lot of controversy, and I think it would lead to an increase in lawsuits,” said Dylan Hedden-Nicely, who teaches environmental law at the University of Idaho.

Hedden-Nicely said we have a long history of dealing with surface water disputes and have legal tools to help us resolve them, but it is not clear how this applies to groundwater.

Regardless of what happens in this case, he said climate change is likely to increase friction between states over groundwater. He said it would be best if we didn’t have to fight legally or physically about it, but instead figured out how everyone can get enough water.

Senator Rosen Introduces Bill to Help Solve Medical Supply Shortages
By Lucia Starbuck

In response to pressure from COVID-19 on manufacturers, a new bill in Congress would create a list of domestic suppliers who can produce masks, ventilators and other equipment in the event of severe shortages.

The Strategic Planning for Emergency Medical Manufacturing Act was jointly introduced by Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy.

The legislation would also allow manufacturers to identify their production capacity and raise a hand when they need technical assistance or federal assistance. The US Department of Health and Human Services would create and maintain this list.

Nevada RB Taua and Kicker Talton named MWC Player of the Week
Through The Associated Press

Nevada running back Toa Taua was named the Mountain West Conference’s offensive player of the week after rushing for a peak of 124 yards on 12 carries to lead the Wolf Pack to their first road victory against Boise State since 1997.

The senior from Lompoc, Calif., Averaged 10.3 yards per carry and scored twice on 12 and 22 yards in Nevada’s 41-31 win at Boise on Saturday. He also caught seven passes for 44 yards.

Nevada kicker Brandon Talton was also named the league’s special teams player of the week. He made his four field goal attempts on 33, 37 and twice on 38 meters.


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