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winter. the snowpack on mount rose... is currently 110-percent or normal. hydrologists from the natural resources conservations service conducted the first snow survey today and finding 15-point-nine inches of water in the snowpack. average this time of year... is only 14 and a half inches. experts though... are cautiously optimistic... because they have seen the storm cycle shut off in the past. "we were roughly 140-percent or normal and after that the storms quit coming. january was extremely dry and the rest of the winter was dry in 2013. we ended up the season just above 50-percent." hydrologist are hopeful the storms continue and leave us with an above average snowpack. but don't expect the drought to be considered "over"... the last four years have left us a year behind in terms of precipitation. president obama is
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and instead of waiting on congress to take action, abc news has confirmed he plans to do it on his own. that decision gaining cheers from supporters, and outrage from critics. abc's elizabeth hur has more from new york. president obama meeting with attorney general loretta lynch at the white house.. this on the eve of his big announcement.. bypassing congress to take action on what he calls an "epidemic of gun violence" in america.. president obama: "although, we have to be very clear, this is not going to solve every crime in the country. it's not going to prevent every mass shooting. it's not going to keep every gun out of the hand of a criminal. it will potentially save live in this country." on tuesday.. the president is expected to take executive actions that his administration believes will make it more difficult for the mentally ill .. criminals and terrorists to get guns. president obama said he is making sure.. his measures will not violate the second amendment.
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to tighten background checks and prevent those on the no fly list from buying guns. the divisive issue.. sure to spark a debate has presidential candidates already weighing in. sen. ted cruz, r-presidential candidate: "we don't beat the bad guys by taking away our guns. we beat the bad guys by using our guns." sen. bernie sanders, d- presidential candidate: "criminals or people with mental issues, mental health issues, should not guns. i think that's what the president is trying to do and i think that will be the right thing." gun rights groups are promising to take legal action.. and white house officials maintain.. the president's orders will stand up to a court challenge. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. last week's shooting at pat baker park in northeast reno is now a homicide. last tuesday afternoon at altercation ended in gunfire. the 16 year old victim has died and this afternoon, the 15 year old accused of shooting him? was rebooked on a
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charged with murder was automatically tried as an adult, but that's no longer true. at the moment juvenile court still has jurisdiction over the 15 year old, but the d-a's office will be seeking to have him certified as an adult. hicks: "the facts are dramatic. they are egregious and they warrant going forward as an adult, taking him as an adult for what he did." this is the first case in washoe county to be tried under changes in the law which went into effect in october of 2014. the d-a's office will have to file a motion with the court asking that the teen be certified as an adult. and a decision on that motion will follow an evidentiary hearing on the case. hicks says he expects the process to take 60 to 90 days. the 15 year old remains in custody at the jan evans juvenile justice center.### do you know what to do when you see emergency lights in your rear view mirror? due to recent confusion - the carson city
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offering this reminder of what to do when an officer, ambulance or fire truck comes your way. +l3 they say - as a driver, it is your duty to yield to an emergency vehicle. that means pulling to the side of the road to let them pass... stop if it is safe to do so. if not, just slow down so that they can pass easily. do not stop in an intersection, because the emergency vehicle may be attempting to turn on to a side street. traffic on the opposite side of the roadway should also pull to the side - incase the emergency vehicle needs to use your side of the roadway to get where it is going... but they add, emergency vehicles will only use oncoming traffic lanes if it is absolutely necessary a man serving life in prison for first degree murder has died. the nevada department of correction releasing information today that 69-year- old cread lyons died around midnight last night. he was at northern nevada correction center, after being commited from clark county in may, 1993. the cause of his death
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scheduled. an estimated two point two million dollar project could bring new athletic fields to north valleys regional park. softball , baseball, soccer, and football from the existing park. the city hopes the new development at other parks. andy bass, dir., parks & rec., city of reno, "current softball is in disarray. we would like to could move the softball leagues here. then we could repurpose that space at our mayor's mcalinden park. " coming up at five kolo 8 news now's paul harris will tell you how the city of reno and washoe county will have to work together to make this athletic park... a reality. a crew member from truckee meadows fire station 18 spotted smoke from a camper shell fire in the back yard of a home, before
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"the residents were home, however they did not know that the storage unit to the rear of the structure was on fire, it was the diligent efforts of our mechanic and our crew ffrom station 18 that noticed the smoke within the neighborhood and rapidly responded and they were the ones that warned the residents of the fire" no one was injured and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. with the new year... many people are cleaning out their closets and donating unwanted items to charity. at saint vincent's thrift store... some of those items donated range from the obscure to rare. thrift stores are known for being the place to find unique items... things that are out of style... or just not used anymore. at st. vincent's thrift shop... they're usually more than happy to take your unwanted items. most donations translate into food and services for those in need. "a bag of clothes for instance is 32 meals in the dining room so it's very helpful"
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left in the donation bin... isn't very helpful. the charity has recieved dirty socks with holes in them, soiled mattresses and even human ashes. but among some of the crazy donations... a treasure can be found. saint vincent's has an area where items are sold... but when it comes to warm clothes, hats and shoes... those are given away to anyone in need. advocates for solar power users trying to put the breaks on a rate hike.... a vote expected this week to determine power-buy back rates for solar users, and whether to raise rates by an average of six dollars. and.... armed protesters gathering in oregon demanding the local government offer assylum to a rancher sentenced to jail for arson...that rancher meanwhile - doesn't seem to want their support. "you're watching kolo 8 news now at 4:30 with sarah johns and weather with meteorologist jeff thompson this is kolo 8 news now at
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the f-b-i is now investigating an intense standoff with a group of militiamen in rural oregon. the group is armed, and for the third straight day is occupying a federal building on a national wildlife refuge. brandi hitt reports on why they're vowing to stay there for years. the f-b-i is now stepping in... hoping for a "peaceful ending" to this tense oregon standoff ... where openly armed militia men -- calling themselves "citizens for constitutional freedom"
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a federal wild-life refuge... lead by amman bundy. amman bundy, rancher: "because we have allowed our federal government to step outside the bounds of the constitution... they're coming down into the states... and taking over the land and the resources." the group claims this land doesn't belong to the federal government... and they're ready to defend themselves... should officers move in. the standoff started saturday after this rally in support of ranchers -- dwight and steven hammond. the two have been ordered to serve a five year sentence ... for an alleged arson fire on federal land. 127 acres -- burned. dwight hammond, rancher: "i'm going to jail for five years... for 127. it seems like a bit of an overkill." while the hammonds and bundys have many supporters... some feel uneasy. monica mccannan, burns resident: "i don't like the militia's methods." kainan jordan, burns resident: "it's sort of frightening. people touting guns." president obama has also been notified. josh earnest, white house press secretary: "this ultimately is a -- a local law
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monitoring the situation." "back up! commotion" the bundy family was also involved in this confrontation with the government two years ago... over grazing rights. but say their actions here -- will be peaceful. meantime dwight and steven hammond say they don't support the militia's methods ... and reported to prison peacefully today. brandi hitt -- abc news -- los angeles. energy regulators are slated to meet this week to discuss solar rates. the decision could mean customers who tried saving money by going green may soon be paying more. so what kind of weather can we expect tomorrow, and into the rest of the week? we will have a closer look at our forecast...and what you can expect in the days to come...right after the break. for news while you're on the go, listen to our newscast partner,
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freezing temperatures didn't do anything to stop people from participating in the 25th annual topaz lodge fishing derby which started this weekend. they stock the lake with tagged trout. if you catch a tagged fish you get 100 dollars cash. if you catch any trout weighing two-pounds or more? you are entered into a drawing to win up to a thousand dollars cash or two thousand dollars in fishing gear. the derby continues through april 17th. we want to thank gail gardner-dublanc for sending in these pictures. winter storm warning for the high sierra and west slope from 10 pm until 10 pm tuesday, and from 7 am to 10 pm tuesday for mono county. snow totals of 8-14" are expected in the high sierra, with 4-8" possible down to highway 395 in mono county. expect controls on sierra passes and travel delays. winter weather advisory for the sierra front, including reno-sparks and carson city tuesday, from 7 am until 7 pm. snow totals of 2-4" above 5000' and a slushy inch or two on valley floors, are possible.
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the tahoe basin tuesday, from 4 am until 4 pm. snow totals of 4-8" are likely around the lake, with road controls. expect winter driving and travel delays. tonight: a slight chance of snow showers before 4 am, then scattered rain and snow showers. cloudy, with a low around 33. south wind around 5 mph. chance of precipitation is 30%. new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. tuesday: scattered rain and snow showers before 10 am, then snow likely. cloudy, with a high near 39. southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. chance of precipitation is 70%. new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. tuesday night: a 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. cloudy, with a low around 26. south wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the evening. new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. wednesday: a slight chance of rain and snow after 1 0am. mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. southeast wind around 5 mph. chance of precipitation is 20%. wednesday night: a chance of rain and snow. cloudy, with a low around 29. chance of precipitation is 40%. new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. thursday: a 20 percent chance of snow showers. cloudy, with a high near 38. thursday night: a chance of snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. friday: mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. friday night: mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. saturday: a chance of snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. saturday night: a chance of rain and snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. sunday: a slight chance of snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. "math is often taught do this, do it that way. it's often boring, it's often repetitive. math is interesting if you get the right kinds of problems, and if you have the right mindset towards it. and if you do that anyone
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enjoying a little break from the classroom this week - some young brainiacs are hanging out at math camp. they're covering fun topics in alegebra, geometry, counting principles - and probablity. despite what you may think - they say math is not all about workseets and taking notes. they're playing with road controls. expect winter driving and travel delays. tonight: a slight chance of snow showers before 4 am, then scattered rain and snow showers. cloudy, with a low around 33. south wind around 5 mph. chance of precipitation is 30%. new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. tuesday: scattered rain and snow showers before 10 am, then snow likely. cloudy, with a high near 39. southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. chance of precipitation is 70%. new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. tuesday night: a 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. cloudy, with a low around 26. south wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the evening. new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. wednesday: a slight chance of
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mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. southeast wind around 5 mph. chance of precipitation is 20%. wednesday night: a chance of rain and snow. cloudy, with a low around 29. chance of precipitation is 40%. new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. thursday: a 20 percent chance of snow showers. cloudy, with a high near 38. thursday night: a chance of snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. friday: mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. friday night: mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. saturday: a chance of snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. saturday night: a chance of rain and snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. sunday: a slight chance of snow showers. mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. "math is often taught do this, do it that way. it's often boring, it's often repetitive. math is interesting if you get the right kinds of problems, and if you have the right mindset towards can do math." while most students are "math is often taught do this, do it that way. it's often boring, it's often repetitive. math is interesting if you get the right kinds of problems, and if you have the right mindset towards it. and if you do that anyone can do math." while most students are enjoying a little break from the classroom this week - some young brainiacs are hanging out at math camp. they're covering fun topics in alegebra, geometry, counting principles - and probablity. despite what you may think - they say math is not all about
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games and going head-to head to test their skills. the program is aimed at students in grades six through eight. and is designed especiall for students who want to participate in "math counts" or "math rocks" middle school competitions. nevada energy regulators are meeting this week to decide whether to hold off on new rates for solar power customers. the nevada bureau of consumer protection filed a request last week to put a hold on the new rate structure. this came just two days after the public utilities commission voted to move forward with their plan. nevada consumer advocate eric witkoski ... who filed the request ... says solar customers who bought their panels years ago may not have been aware that their rates could change along with those for future customers. he also says the changes could drastically alter private contracts consumers signed with rooftop solar companies, and that could be legally
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surrounded by controversy. solarcity ... which is the largest solar installer in the u-s ... has said that it will stop selling and installing solar panels on rooftops across nevada because of the decision to move forward with the new rates. the changes ... which were scheduled to go into effect on january first ... would raise the base service charge for southern nevada solar customers from roughly 13-dollars to nearly 18-dollars per month. for people here in northern nevada it would go from around 15 to 21. the change would also reduce the amount the utility pays to buy power back from rooftop solar panels. the public utilities commission says, their plan reflects the declining price of solar-generated power. but many critics are arguing that there wasn't enough warning about the scope of the rate structure. the new rules are expected to raise rates over a five-year period for net metering customers. meanwhile - nv energy has announced it is starting the new year with another rate reduction. they sayteh average
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point-five percent drop in cost. that's about two dollars and 22-cents per billing statement. this is the fourth consecutive quarterly rate drop for n-v energy customers in northern nevada. on another note... could you use 400-million dollars? that's how much the next powerball winner could possibly win this week. on saturday, three- contestants each won a million dollars.....someone else won two-million. many others won smaller prizes......but no one bought the grand prize-winning ticket. the next chance to win is wednesday. officials say the chances of winning the big prize is about one in 300-million. the largest powerball ticket was won in 2013. that person, a floridian, took home more than 590-million. a criminal's unusual actions lead police right to him.... how he literally left his "calling card" behind.
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announcer: here's to the things that can keep us safe. and, now, those that we carry with us everywhere will bring us wireless emergency alerts, with a unique sound and vibration, you'll be in the know, wherever you are. california say they were able to track down a robbery suspect - because he exchanged snapchat information with one of his victims. police say 18 -year-old victor almanza-martinez and two others men went to lover point park wednesay and allegedly robbed 4 victims of their belongings, including a car. before leaving in the stolen car - they say - almanza-martinez and a female victim exchanged snapchat information and posed for a selfie together. investigators say the
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martinez, who is now charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. jeff is back with your ..... forecast. tonight: a slight chance of snow showers before 4am, then scattered rain and snow showers. cloudy, with a low around 33. south wind around 5 mph. chance of precipitation is 30%. new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. tuesday: scattered rain and snow showers before 10am, then snow likely. cloudy, with a high near 39. southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. chance of precipitation is 70%. new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. tuesday night: a 50 percent chance of snow showers,
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tonight on kolo 8 news now... a look at the sierra snowpack. numbers from the first snow survey of the season are in.
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but the prosecution of the alleged shooter, will bring the case into new legal terrirtory. and a standoff with armed protestors at a rural oregon federal building is now in it's third day. godd evening and thanks for joining us. i'm sarah johns. i'm noah bond. it's no surprise... this winter is getting off to a much better start than last winter. we've seen storm after storm pass through our area. and today? validation they're making a difference... kolo 8 news now's colin lygren is live at the mount rose summit where hydrologists confirm our precipitation is above average. colin? sarah and noah... above average... but not by much. currently our snow pack is 110-percent of normal. that number notable when compared to this same survey last year... that showed we had just 60-percent of normal. nats - the first snow survey
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