2nd Group Inducted into the RSIC Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony inducted its 2nd Athletics Hall of Fame class yesterday with a mission not just to honor its past athletes and its culture, but to inspire its current generation of athletes.

With a class of 24 inductees, the RSIC’s 2017 Hall of Fame class is highlighted by its first female athletes—Ramona Darrough, Ivy L, Christy and Lorri Chasing Crow; and two former Golden Glove boxers—cousins Steve and Chuck Sampson.  Steve Sampson boxed during his service as a United States Marine in the late 70s.

The ceremony, held at the Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Rd., started with prayer, a community dinner, honor songs, a keynote speaker and speeches by representatives of the inductees.

Randy Melendez, an assistant in the RSIC Recreation Department, who developed the idea for the Athletics Hall of Fame, gave the keynote.

A retired high school educator who is a member of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame, Melendez was part of the RSIC’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Furthermore, Melendez who is responsible for most of the historical research, said that the tribe wants to have an Athletics Hall of Fame for three reasons.

“We want to honor our past because these athletes were really remarkable and sports like running and basketball are still a big part of the culture of our community,” said Melendez, a former college athlete.  “Plus, we want to send a message to our youth that these are role models and if today’s athletes work hard, they too, can be anything they want to be.”

Melendez also believes there skills learned through athletics are important like skills, too.

“Sports guided me to my place in the world,” Melendez said.  “From an early age, with support from my family and some very influential coaches, I saw the value and opportunities that athletics could provide me not just to stay close to sports, but ultimately to build a career.”

Among the United States’ 562 federal recognized American Indian tribes, Native Americans are the most under-represented ethnicity on NCAA teams.

“We believe that by honoring our past athletes, our youth will be inspired to strive for their own excellence,” Melendez said.  “My dream came true and I got to be teacher and coach, so I am proof that athletics can lead to a healthy, happy, quality existence.”

Following is a complete listing of the 2017 RSIC Athletics Hall of Fame members:

NAME                  GRAD YEAR         SCHOOL
                               

Sam Uribe                   1948                Stewart Indian School

Dean Paddy                1955                Reno High

Ralph Bryan                1957                Reno High

James Wasson             1968                Pershing County High (Lovelock)

Bob O’Daye                1970                Wooster High

Bucky Sampson          1970                Stewart Indian School

Nelson Aleck              1972                Wooster High

Chuck Sampson          1974                Wooster High

Jonsey Dressler           1973                Wooster High

Steve Sampson            1977                Reed High

Kevin O’Daye             1982                Wooster High

Ralph Sabola               1977                Wooster High    

Ramona Darrough       1982                Pyramid Lake High

Ivy L. Christy              1984                Washoe High

George Moore             1987                Pyramid Lake High

Allan Tobey                1988                Pyramid Lake High

Bennett Nutumya        1988                Pyramid Lake High

Curtis Cypher Jr          1988                Pyramid Lake High

Jody McCloud            1992                Wooster High

Shawn O’Daye           2001                Wooster High

Sonny Malone             2001                Pyramid Lake High

Lori Chasing Crow     2002                Pyramid Lake High

Kyle Coffman             2004                Pyramid Lake High

Lyndsey Rivers           2004                Pyramid Lake High

 

Some of the 24 people inducted into the 2017 RSIC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Tribal Health Center Doctor Gets Emergency Duty Call

In response to recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, 58 United States Public Health Service officers including the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center provider Dr. Tara Van Orden, were deployed and continue to assist victims from three of the worst weather events in history.

“A day did not go by without someone asking about her,” said Andrea Johnson-Harper.  “We are so very proud of her.”

Dr. Tara Van Orden

In mid-September, Van Orden initially reported to Houston and was eventually sent to help at a shelter in Fort Myers, Fla.  She just returned this week from assisting hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Van Orden and other health service officers form Disaster Medical Assistance Teams which are professional and para-professional medical personnel organized to provide rapid-response medical care or casualty decontamination during a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other incidents in the United States.

“It was stressful leaving the health center, especially my patients, but I knew the people impacted by the hurricanes needed help,” Van Orden said in between her assignment.

The three hurricanes caused record levels of rainfall and flooding which affected millions of people in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Latin America.

During hurricanes, high winds cause water surges, flooding and are often followed by additional damaging winds and rainfall.

“We actually were onsite when Hurricane Irma hit Florida,” Dr. Van Orden said.  “Typically, we arrive after a disaster, but in this case, we sheltered in place in a high school building just like thousands of others.“

The Indian Health Service (IHS) United States Public Health Service Officers work to assess the needs of local service units, tribes and tribal organizations to assist with health care and medical needs for those impacted by the storms.

The deployed officers represented 11 of the 12 IHS area offices.

The Public Health Service officers provided support with efforts such as delivering pharmaceutical supplies, assisting those who rely upon electricity-dependent medical equipment like wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and blood sugar monitors; evacuating hospital patients; and staffing Federal Medical Stations.

In the aftermath of the storms, a group of 36 mental health team members continued to provide emergency support in the form of direct clinical, behavioral and mental health services, including individual and family crisis intervention, staff and workforce protection counseling, emergency on-call service and disaster case management.

Hurricane Irma impacted the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Catawba in South Carolina, Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama, Eastern Cherokee in North Carolina and the Pamunkey Tribe in Virginia, though Van Orden’s assignments have not been in Indian Country.

The IHS preparations include taking protective measures, assuring food, fuel, water and ice with contingency plans, and establishing points of distribution.

According to an official press release distributed by IHS, the agency takes great pride in providing help to tribal nations and to all members of the public who have been affected by the recent hurricanes.

And there’s no doubt that pride extends right back to the RSTHC.

Editor’s Note:
Much of this article was provided by Leonda Levchuk, IHS Public Affairs Specialist, whose agency granted permission to the RSIC to reproduce her work.

 

2nd Street Striping Starting Soon

Below please find the project update for the week of October 30 and upcoming traffic control and construction activities.

The team will begin permanent striping operations the week of November 6, weather dependent. Some driveway access will be restricted to right in-right out only movements for up to one hour while the paint dries.
Traffic Control through November

  • Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between McCarran Blvd. and Kietzke Lane.
  • Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
  • Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.

Traffic control is weather dependent.

For more information please call the project hotline at (775) 352-1920 or email info@GlendaleProject.com.

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Below please find the project update for the week of October 16 and upcoming traffic control and construction activities.

Electrical work is done at a traffic signal on Glendale .

 

Roadway Striping
The project team is working on final striping and raising utilities throughout the project. Temporary striping is used until the final layer of pavement cures, but the layout is the same as the permanent striping. The team anticipates final striping will be complete the first part of November. Utilities located in the ground are lowered during construction to avoid damage from construction activities and raised to the roadway grade to provide access after final improvements.

Traffic Control week of October 23, 2017

  • Restricted turning movements at Rock Blvd.
  • Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between McCarran Blvd. and Kietzke Lane.
  • Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
  • Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.

Traffic control is weather dependent.

For more information please call the project hotline at (775) 352-1920 or email info@GlendaleProject.com.

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The northbound and southbound on and off-ramps from I-580 to Glendale Ave./Second Street have been re-opened and will remain open for the duration of the construction project.

The final phases of the construction process, for example permanent striping, will be taking place soon.

Construction Progress Video

The following traffic controls remain in effect:
• Rock Blvd., is open but turn movements are restricted.
• A single lane in each direction remains open on Glendale & Second St., from Kietzke to McCarran. Please consider an alternate route to avoid congestion.
• Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.

For more information please call the project hotline at (775) 352-1920 or email info@GlendaleProject.com.

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Below please find the project update for the week of October 2 and anticipated traffic control for the week of October 9, 2017.

 

 

 

 


Open Graded Paving
The team will continue placing the final layer of pavement surfacing and temporary striping the week of October 9th. Drivers can expect delays and possible intermittent restricted access. This is the final major paving operation on the project. It takes one full week for the pavement surface to cure and then permanent striping can be installed which will occur the week of October 23. The team will be raising utilities throughout the project limits and performing general maintenance into December. Depending on weather, minor finishing work could occur next spring.

Temporary Ramp Closures
The northbound and southbound on and off-ramps from I-580 to Glendale Ave./Second Street will temporary close Monday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 6 a.m. until afternoon.

Businesses and residences such as Walmart and the Reno Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop will always have access and will remain open. Some intermittent delays and rerouting are inevitable.

Traffic Control week of October 9, 2017
• I-580 Glendale/Second St. on and off-ramps will be temporally closed on Monday and Tuesday morning until afternoon.
• Rock Blvd. is open but turn movements are restricted.
• A single lane in each direction remains open on Glendale & Second St. from Kietzke to McCarran. But, use an alternate route to avoid congestion
• Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.
• Traffic control is weather dependent.
Business Support

For more information please call the project hotline at (775) 352-1920 or email info@GlendaleProject.com.

 

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Below please find the project update for the week of September 18 and anticipated traffic control for the week of September 25, 2017.

Open grade is a permeable surface that reduces tire splash/spray in wet weather and typically results in smoother surfaces. The high air voids trap road noise reducing tire-road noise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Grade
The team will place the final layer of pavement and temporary recessed striping the week of October 2. Drivers can expect delays and possible intermittent restricted access. Flaggers will be on site to help drivers navigate through the work zone. This is the final major paving operation on the project. It takes approximately one week for the striping to cure and then permanent striping will occur the week of Oct. 16. The team will be raising utilities throughout the project limits and performing general maintenance into December. Depending on weather, minor finishing work may occur next spring.

Temporary Night Ramp Closures
The northbound and southbound off-ramp from I-580 to Glendale Ave./Second St., will temporary close from 7:30 pm to 5:30 am from Sunday, Oct. 1 to Thursday, Oct. 5. Businesses including Walmart and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop remain open.

Traffic Control week of October 2, 2017
• I-580 Glendale Avenue/Second Street northbound and southbound off-ramps are closed from 7:30 pm to 5:30 am. Sunday to Thursday. Please use alternate route.
• Restricted turning movements at Rock Blvd.
• Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane.
• Night time work from 7 pm to 5 am.
• Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from McCarran Blvd. to Kietzke Lane
• Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
• Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.
• Traffic control is weather dependent.

For more information please call the project hotline at (775) 352-1920 or email info@GlendaleProject.com.


 

Below please find the project update for the week of September 25 and anticipated traffic control for the week of October 2, 2017

New pavement on Glendale Ave./Second Street at I-580.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Second Street off-ramp from southbound Interstate 580 is OPEN. The ramp has been closed since Sept. 6 as crews reconstruct Second Street in the area. Drivers will see improvements immediately when they exit onto the new, smoother surface on Glendale Ave. / 2nd Street.

Final Paving
Paving of the final top surface of the roadway is anticipated to occur the week of October 2. This operation is temperature sensitive and may be completed during the day. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route and should expect minor delays throughout the project area. Turning movements will be restricted.

Traffic Control week of September 25, 2017
* Restricted turning movements at Rock Blvd
* Lane closures on Glendale Ave., between Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane
* Night time work continues from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
* Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from McCarran Blvd., to Kietzke Lane
* Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones
* Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone
* Traffic control is weather dependent


Utility work continues on Second Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I-580 Southbound Off-Ramp CLOSED
The southbound off-ramp from I-580 to Second Street will close 24 hours a day, seven days a week through approximately Thursday, September 21, 2017.  Businesses including Walmart and the Reno Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop remain open.

Traffic Control week of September 18, 2017
•    Restricted turning movements at Rock Blvd.
•    I-580 Glendale Avenue/Second Street southbound off-ramp is closed.
•    Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane.
•    Night time work continues from 7 pm to 5 am.
•    Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from McCarran Blvd. to Kietzke Lane
•    Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
•    Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.
•    Traffic control is weather dependent.

Utility work continues on Second Street

Flashing Red Signal at Rock Blvd
There is one travel lane open in each direction: north and south on Rock Blvd. at Glendale Ave. Turning movements are restricted and there is a flashing red signal condition at the intersection.  Flashing red signals are treated the same as stop signs. The signal will be fully operational after the team installs median islands, paves open grade and places permanent striping. These operations are in process and will be complete in early to mid-October, depending on weather. Please use caution through the intersection.

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Below please find the project update for the week of September 4 and anticipated traffic control for the week of September 11, 2017:

New signals and concrete intersection at Rock Blvd.

 

I-580 Southbound Off-Ramp CLOSED
The southbound off-ramp from I-580 to Second Street will close 24 hours a day, seven days a week through approximately Thursday, September 21, 2017.  Businesses including Walmart and the Reno Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop remain open.

Traffic Control week of September 11, 2017

  • I-580 Glendale Avenue/Second Street southbound off-ramp is closed. Please use alternate route.
  • Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane.
  • Night time work begins from 7 pm to 5 am.
  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from McCarran Blvd. to Kietzke Lane
  • Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
  • Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.
  • Traffic control is weather dependent.

 

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New pavement on the south side of Glendale Ave./Second Street.

 

The I-580 northbound on and off ramps and the southbound on ramp at Glendale Avenue/Second Street are OPEN.

Beginning Wednesday, September 6, the southbound off-ramp from I-580 to Second Street will close 24 hours a day, seven days a week through approximately Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Businesses including Walmart and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop remain open.

  Traffic Control week of September 5, 2017

  • I-580 Glendale Avenue/Second Street southbound off-ramp is closed. Please use alternate route.
  • Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane.
  • South Rock Blvd. is closed at Glendale Ave. Detour in place. Rock Blvd. is scheduled to reopen after the Labor Day holiday.
  • Night time work begins from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from McCarran Blvd. to Kietzke Lane
  • Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
  • Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.

Traffic control is weather dependent.

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Crews pour concrete at Glendale Ave. and Rock Blvd.

I-580 Northbound Glendale Ave.
Off-Ramp to Open Ahead of Schedule
The project team will open the Glendale Avenue/Second Street off-ramp from I-580 northbound late Friday evening, August 25 around 9 pm. Glendale Ave. will remain under construction and drivers are encouraged to use extra caution in the work zone and expect minor delays and congestion. The remaining ramps (southbound and northbound on-ramps) are anticipated to open August 31.

Burning Man Drivers can expect increased traffic toward the end of this week with the arrival of Burning Man attendees. Please pay attention and watch for workers, obey traffic signs and laws and slow down in construction zones.

 

Traffic Control week of August 28, 2017

  • I-580 and Glendale Avenue/Second Street southbound on-ramp and northbound on-ramp are closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Marked detours are available via Mill Street and Rock Boulevard.
  • Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane.
  • South Rock Blvd. is closed at Glendale Ave. Detour in place. Rock Blvd. is scheduled to reopen around the Labor Day holiday.
  • Night time work begins from 7 pm to 5 am.
  • No free right turns at northbound Kietzke Lane to eastbound Glendale Ave.
  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from McCarran Blvd. to Kietzke Lane
  • Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
  • Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.
  • Traffic control is weather dependent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Street Project Update
This week the project team began removing the old asphalt from the I-580 ramps west to Kietzke Lane.  The team is working on the south side of the roadway and is scheduled to pave the week of August 21. After paving the south side, crews will move east towards Galletti Way and then move to the north side of the roadway between Walmart and Kietzke Lane for removals around August 31.  When crews are working on the south side, the I-580 southbound off-ramp will be closed. I-580 and Glendale Avenue/Second Street southbound on-ramp and both the northbound on and off-ramp will be open.

Rock Blvd. Update
Crews are working to make the final concrete pours at Rock Blvd. around August 25. Once the concrete reaches strength, between 8 and 10 days, the team will install median islands, complete the signal system, place striping, and open the roadway.  We sincerely appreciate the patience of the community and businesses on and around Rock Blvd.

Burning Man
Drivers can expect increased traffic toward the end of this week with the arrival of Burning Man attendees. Please pay attention and watch for workers, obey traffic signs and laws and slow down in construction zones.

Traffic Control week of August 21, 2017

  • I-580 and Glendale Avenue/Second Street southbound on-ramp and both the northbound on and off-ramp close 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the end of August.
  • Lane closures on Glendale Ave. between Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane.
  • South Rock Blvd. is closed at Glendale Ave./Second Street. Detour in place. Rock Blvd. is scheduled to reopen around the Labor Day holiday.
  • Night time work begins from 7 pm to 5 am.
  • No free right turns at northbound Kietzke Lane to eastbound Glendale Ave.
  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from McCarran Blvd. to Kietzke Lane
  • Speed limits may be reduced in certain construction zones.
  • Bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes around the work zone.
  • Traffic control is weather dependent.

Business Support
Please support your neighborhood businesses in the project corridor. Sign up to receive project updates at GlendaleProject.com and you are eligible to receive a $25 gift card to a participating local business of your choice!  One gift card distributed every week during construction.

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Beginning Monday, August 14, Interstate 580 ramp closures and surface street lane shifts will take place as part of the NDOT construction. This construction may impact residents and visitors coming to and from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

See the map below which shows the suggested detour routes as the southbound on-ramp exiting  the Colony and both the northbound on and off-ramp between I-580 and Glendale Avenue/Second Street will close 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

However, the southbound I-580 off ramp getting into the Colony will remain open during this time.

Also, major construction will continue on Second Street/Glendale Avenue between Kietzke Lane and Galletti Way. The road will remain open to traffic, but both directions of traffic will first be shifted to the north side through the road work zone.

November at the RSIC

November means:

  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Caregivers Appreciation Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Real Jewelry Month
  • National Sleep Comfort Month
  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

1    WEDNESDAY
Elder Home Training, 10 a.m.
Fun Interval Training, 3NWC, 12:15 p.m.
Balancing Your Life & Diabetes Group Education, RSTHC, 12:10 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Essential Oils for Beginners, RSTHC, 5 p.m.
Spinning With Michelle, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Law & Order Committee, Tribal Court, 6 p.m.
2    THURSDAY

Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Cardio Boxing, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
3    FRIDAY
Native Art Classes, RSTHC Behavioral Health, 9 a.m.
Tai Chi with Christian, 3NWC, Noon
Elder Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spartan Training, 3NWC, 5 p.m.
4    SATURDAY
Tribal Election 7 am. – 7 p.m.
Youth Basketball Clinic, Hungry Valley Gym, 10 a.m.
6    MONDAY
Mammovan, RSTHC, 8 a.m.
Education Advisory Committee meeting, Education Conference Room, Noon
Elder Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Senior Advisory Committee meeting, Senior Center, 1 p.m.
Enrollment Advisory Committee meeting, Enrollment Office, 5:30 p.m.
RSIC Veterans Color Guard meeting, 34 Reservation Rd., 6 p.m.
7    TUESDAY
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Mini Workout, 3NWC, 12:145 p.m.
Cooking Class, Nothing To It!, 6 p.m.
8    WEDNESDAY
Balancing Your Life & Diabetes Group Education, RSTHC, 12:10 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Rethink Your Drink, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
9    THURSDAY
Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Mini Workout, 3NWC, 12:145 p.m.
10  FRIDAY
Veterans Day Observed, RSIC Administration Offices Closed
11  SATURDAY
Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Reno, 11 a.m.
Burton Pete Art Exhibit Opens, THPO, 1995 East 2nd St., 12-4 p.m.
Veterans Day Dinner, RSIC Gym, 6 p.m.
13  MONDAY
Elder Home Training, 10 a.m.
Elder Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
14  TUESDAY
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Mini Workout, 3NWC, 12:145 p.m.
Grocery Store Tour, RSTHC, 6 p.m.
15  WEDNESDAY
Elder Home Training, 10 a.m.
Chair Volleyball, Reno Gym, 10 a.m.
Balancing Your Life & Diabetes Group Education, RSTHC, 12:10 p.m.
Fun Interval Training, 3NWC, 12:15 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spinning With Michelle, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Tribal Council Meeting, 34 Reservation Rd., 6 p.m.
16  THURSDAY
Great American Smoke Out
Team Weight Management First Weigh In, RSTHC, 8 a.m.
Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Mini Workout, 3NWC, 12:145 p.m.
Cardio Boxing, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Healthy Holiday Eating & Oils, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
17  FRIDAY
Team Weight Management Weigh In, RSTHC, 8 a.m.
Native Art Classes, RSTHC Behavioral Health, 9 a.m.
Tai Chi with Christian, 3NWC, Noon
Elder Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spartan Training, 3NWC, 5 p.m.
18  SATURDAY
Youth Basketball Clinic, Hungry Valley Gym, 10 a.m.
Archives & Records Preserving Our Family’s History,
34 Reservation Rd., Multipurpose Room, 10 a.m.
19  SUNDAY
Thanksgiving Celebration, Hungry Valley Christian Fellowship, 10:30 a.m.
20  MONDAY
Christmas Distribution, 34 Reservation Rd., Multipurpose Room, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Elder Home Training, 10 a.m.
Elder Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
21  TUESDAY
Commodity Distribution, Senior Center, 8 a.m.
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Mini Workout, 3NWC, 12:145 p.m.
Executive Health Board meeting, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
22  WEDNESDAY
Washoe County School District Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Celebration, RSIC Administration Offices Closed at noon
23  THURSDAY
Thanksgiving Day, RSIC Administration Offices Closed
Washoe County School District Thanksgiving Break
24  FRIDAY
Washoe County School District Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Celebration, RSIC Administration Offices Closed
Eagle Wings After Thanksgiving Fair, RSIC Gym
N7 Nevada Women’s Basketball, Lawler Events Center, 2 p.m.
27  MONDAY
Elder Home Training, 10 a.m.
Elder Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Housing Advisory Board Meeting, Hungry Valley Recreation Center, 6 p.m.
Archery, RSTHC, 6 p.m.
28 TUESDAY
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Chair-Based Yoga, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Mini Workout, 3NWC, 12:145 p.m.
29  WEDNESDAY
Elder Home Training, 10 a.m.
Balancing Your Life & Diabetes Group Education, RSTHC, 12:10 p.m.
Fun Interval Training, 3NWC, 12:15 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spinning With Michelle, 3NWC, 5:45 p.m.
Economic Development Meeting, 34 Reservation Rd., 6 p.m.
N7 Nevada Men’s Basketball, Lawler Events Center, 7 p.m.
30  THURSDAY
Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Mini Workout, 3NWC, 12:145 p.m.
Talking Circle, RSTHC Behavioral Health Division, 4 p.m.
Cardio Boxing, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Living in Balance Diabetes Jeopardy, 5:30 p.m.
 

RSTHC Emergency Exercise Helps Staff Train, Fends Off Flu

Reno, Nev. In a four hour period, during “Operation Take Your Best Shot” the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center staff inoculated 192 patients for the flu, all the while preparing for a potential real-life emergency.

“This was an ideal situation,” said Andrea Johnson-Harper, Director of the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center (RSTHC).  “Our staff will benefit from the mock drill, while nearly 200 of our patients not only can got a flu shot to stave off future illness, but they also got a glimpse of the inner workings of our emergency plan.”

As a recent regional influenza report paints a picture of just how dangerous and deadly the flu is, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in partnership with the Washoe County Health District for the second year, performed the  joint emergency drill  to prepare for the possibility of an epidemic.

Suzanne Thomas, the RSIC Human Resources Clerk, smiles after being vaccinated by one of the volunteer nurses helping with Operation Take Your Best Shot.

All RSIC health care divisions and emergency respondors—tribal police, public works, public relations and emergency services—tried to vaccinate as many people as possible from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Tribal facility located at 1715 Kuenzli St.

Statistics released from the Washoe County Health District 2016-17 Influenza Surveillance Report show that out of 2,408 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in Washoe County last flu season, 312 (13 percent) were hospitalized for more than 24 hours and eight cases patients died.

A 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study indicated that American Indians are four times more likely to die of the flu than other Americans, but experts aren’t sure why. Dr. John Redd of the Indian Health Service (IHS) said that since American Indians are more likely to have chronic health conditions such as diabetes and asthma, that is one possible reason that could explain the high death rates.

The CDC recommends flu shots to reduce chances of becoming sick with the flu and passing it along to others.  The national health protection agency states that if you have received a flu shot it can also reduce the severity of symptoms if you do catch the flu.

In the scenario for Operation Take Your Best Shot, the Washoe County Health District will have declared a health emergency due to the epidemic influenza.  RSIC community members, the Urban Indian population and RSIC employees were invited to get his/her annual flu shot while the staff tests its preparedness plan.

In addition, a mock media briefing with a description of the identified threat, statistics on the epidemic, real-time inoculation numbers, as well as a question and answer session was held in the 3Nations Wellness Center within the RSTHC.

The RSTHC is a tribally-owned and operated comprehensive clinic. The health center is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all of American Indians by providing a culturally competent and patient-centered continuum of care.

The RSTHC has a staff of over 100 employees and recorded over 50,000 patient encounters
in 2016. These encounters ranged from a simple check-up to chronic and acute conditions, or pre-natal visits, to name just a few.

Since opening in its new location in 2008, this 65,000-square-foot clinic offers specialty care in podiatry, ophthalmology, physical therapy, diabetes treatment and awareness, women’s health, psychiatry, substance abuse counseling, and more.
For additional information about Operation Take Your Best Shot, the RSIC community, culture, departments, economic developments, business opportunities and services, please contact Stacey Montooth on her cell phone at 775/842-2902, at her desk at 775/329-2936, ext. 3268 or by email at smontooth@rsic.org .

Subway Restaurant Opens on Tribal Land

The First Fresh Forward Subway® in Northern Nevada is open.

The new restaurant is located at 420 Old Highway 40W, near the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s  Smoke Shop IV in Verdi, Nev.

On Oct. 1, the eatery unveiled its new Subway® Fresh Forward design, including features such as self-ordering kiosks for quick order and accessibility, Wi-Fi, curated music, a Free Style machine with 100 flavors, and a designated area for easy mobile order pickups.

The Subway® Fresh Forward design has improved each aspect of the customer experience –from how the food is displayed, ordered, served or picked-up. The redesigned
location reflects today’s modern food culture – complete with curated music and lighting,
contemporary work spaces that allow Sandwich Artists™ to be more efficient, and open vegetable displays that showcase the brand’s commitment to serving fresh produce.

“It only made sense for the in-shop atmosphere to match the freshness of our food. As we continue to focus on providing flavorful and new products, we want our guests to not only taste our menu, but have a total sensational experience,” said Shawn Hazeghazam, Franchisee for Subway® . “This particular location will also offer one of the first 3rd-generation kiosk drive-thrus in the region, which allows customers who are deaf and hard of hearing to place, pay for, and receive their orders in a fast, efficient, hassle-free way.”

The 3rd-generation kiosk drive thru is touchscreen and requires zero interaction with an intercom, creating an easy and frictionless experience for customers. The drive-thru kiosk will be available for use 24 hours a day, Monday through Sunday.

The Subway® restaurant location owner, Hazeghazam, has a  history with the brand which dates back to his high school years where he learned the ropes by working at a nearby Subway®.

He officially became a franchisee in 2004 and currently owns 13 Subway® restaurants, in addition to serving as the board chair in the Reno market and a board member in the Sacramento, Calif., market.

 

October at the RSIC

According to time&date.com, in ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following and measuring the moon’s revolution or a lunar month rather than the solar year.

For millennia, Native American tribes named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical.

This year, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says that the Oct. 5 Full Moon, will also be a Harvest Moon because it is the full moon closest to the Northern Hemisphere’s autumnal equinox.

Around the Harvest Moon, the moonrise happens soon after sunset for several evenings in a row, which traditionally allowed farmers to have much more light to finish their harvest.

The birthstone for October is the opal and it is said that the opal will crack if it is worn by someone who was not born in October.

2 MONDAY
Senior Advisory Committee meeting, Senior Center, 10 a.m.
Education Advisory Committee meeting, Education Conference Room, Noon
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Enrollment Advisory Committee meeting, Enrollment Office, 5:30 p.m.
Honoring the Gift of Heart Health, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
3 TUESDAY
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Drug Endangered Children Information Evening, 34 Reservation Rd., 5:30 p.m.
4 WEDNESDAY
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 12:15 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spinning With Michelle, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Law & Order Committee, Tribal Court, 6 p.m.
5 THURSDAY
Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Zombie Paintball, Andelin Farm, 6 p.m.
6 FRIDAY
Native Art Classes, RSTHC Behavioral Health, 9 a.m.
Tai Chi with Christian, 3NWC, Noon
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spartan Training, 3NWC, 5 p.m.
9 MONDAY
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Honoring the Gift of Heart Health, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
10 TUESDAY
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Chair Volleyball, Reno Gym, 10 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
11 WEDNESDAY
Operation Take Your Best Shot, RSTHC, 1 p.m.
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 12:15 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spinning With Michelle, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Tribal Council Meeting, Hungry Valley Rec Center., 6 p.m.
12 THURSDAY
Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
13 FRIDAY
Native Art Classes, RSTHC Behavioral Health, 9 a.m.
Fall Fest Craft Fair, RSIC Gym, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tai Chi with Christian, 3NWC, Noon
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spartan Training, 3NWC, 5 p.m.
14 SATURDAY
Family Health Fair, Anderson Park, 10 a.m.
Fall Fest Craft Fair, RSIC Gym, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
15 SUNDAY
Name, Address Changes Due for Christmas Distribution, Enrollment Dept.
16 MONDAY
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Executive Health Board meeting, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
Honoring the Gift of Heart Health, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
17 TUESDAY
Commodity Distribution, Senior Center, 8 a.m.
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Candidates Night, 34 Multipurpose Room, 6 p.m.
18 WEDNESDAY
Free Mammograms, RSTHC Parking Lot, 8 a.m.
Balancing Your Life & Diabetes Group Education, RSTHC, 12:10 p.m.
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 12:15 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Patch, Andelin Farm, 5-7:3 p.m.
Spinning With Michelle, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
19 THURSDAY
Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Hungry Valley Head Start Halloween Parade, 10 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Candidates Night, Hungry Valley Recreation Center, 6 p.m.
20 FRIDAY
Native Art Classes, RSTHC Behavioral Health, 9 a.m.
Tai Chi with Christian, 3NWC, Noon
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spartan Training, 3NWC, 5 p.m.
23 MONDAY
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Honoring the Gift of Heart Health, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
Housing Advisory Board Meeting, Hungry Valley Recreation Center, 6 p.m.
24 TUESDAY
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Halloween Community Celebration, Hungry Valley
25 WEDNESDAY
Reno Head Start Halloween Parade, 10 a.m.
Balancing Your Life & Diabetes Group Education, RSTHC, 12:10 p.m.
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 12:15 p.m.
Senior Numa (Paiute) Language Class, RSIC Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Spinning With Michelle, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Economic Development Meeting, Hungry Valley Rec Center, 6 p.m.
26 THURSDAY
Elder Hot Springs, Carson Hot Spring, 9 a.m.
Yoga, 3NWC, 12:10 p.m.
Cardio Kickboxing, 3NWC, 5:30 p.m.
Halloween Community Celebration, Reno
27 FRIDAY
Nevada Day, RSIC Administration Offices Closed
28 SATURDAY
Nevada Day Parade, Carson City, 10 a.m.
30 MONDAY
Fit For Life, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.
Honoring the Gift of Heart Health, RSTHC, 5:30 p.m.
31 TUESDAY
Elder Aquacize, 55-years+, Alf Sorensen, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks, 9 a.m.
Chair-Based Yoga, Senior Center, 12:30 p.m.

Wildfires Sear Northern Nevada, Edge Hungry Valley

It has been called a wildfire season on steroids, and Hungry Valley Volunteer Fire Management Coordinator Lance Chantler agrees that 2017 has been like no other.

“There are so many volatile fuels—cheat grass, sage brush, even juniper, which can start a fire very easily,” Chantler said. “All conditions indicate that in the coming weeks and months, conditions will remain very dry and any spark can start a fire, so we will remain vigilante.”

Indeed, residents of Hungry Valley saw firsthand the uncertainty and daunting anxiety which accompanies wildfire as the Long Valley Fire skirted our tribal community last month.

Sparked on July 11, the Long Valley Fire took 10 days of intense firefighting against unpredictable winds, extremely high temperatures, and saturating humidity finally to control the blaze which burnt  83,733 acres, or about 131 square miles.

For the Hungry Valley residents, besides the plumes of smoke, the glow of the Long Valley Fire could be seen after sundown which added to the unease.

“As per our protocols, we were in direct communication with the Long Valley Command Post,” Chantler said. “We have great partners in the SoCal Fire, Bureau of Land Management and all the area agencies which were equipped and ready had the fire remained dynamic and reached our trigger point, which it never did.”

In addition to the fire department, other Reno-Sparks Indian Colony representatives attended the daily operational briefings and the planning briefings. Throughout the active event, RSIC Emergency Management Services including law enforcement, public works, housing and public information personnel were on call.

The Long Valley Fire started near the California / Nevada border town of Doyle and travelled southeast toward Moonstone and Winnemucca Ranch roads.

The fire burned into the north end of Spanish Springs, and in its later stages, the fire moved eastward toward Pyramid Lake. Advisory evacuation orders were issued for Sutcliff, Grass Valley and Palomino Valley.

At one point Pyramid Highway, SR 445, was closed in both directions just north of SR 446 before the fire was contained on Tule Ridge and Dogskin Mountains.

Since the Long Valley Fire in late July, the Hungry Valley Fire Department was first on the scene and the lead agency, at two small fires, one on and one off the Hungry Valley land base.

“Our crew did an excellent job in especially difficult conditions, containing a 13.62 acre fire on the reservation,” Chantler said. “Since we had been working nearly two straight weeks, this effort was especially significant.”

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With continued high temperatures, winds and low humidity, Northern Nevada and much of the entire western part of the United States has endured several red flag warning days.

A Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread.

See the following link for red flag warnings: https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=Red%20Flag%20Warning

In addition, warnings and updates about regional wildfires will be sent via the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s emergency alert system, via employee email, and at the Colony’s website.

Please remember, wildfire conditions can change quickly without warning and human interference can threaten lives.

“We have had reports of people parking on Eagle Canyon road to watch the fires,” said RSIC / Hungry Valley Fire Management Coordinator Lance Chantler.  “Blocking access roads is a hazard to responders and ultimately, the community.

He said that during the nearby Prater Fire in Sparks, so many cars blocked the road that law enforcement had to assist.

Chantler also emphasized that drones complicate and disrupt emergency efforts. â

“Drone use during a fire needs to stop,” Chantler said. “A drone anywhere in the Valley could hamper firefighting aircraft.”

Residents living in or around a fire area like Hungry Valley, can monitor conditions at the following link:     https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Also KOH AM radio 780 is our civil alert emergency radio. Tune in to get breaking news.

Finally, to sign up for alerts, contact RSIC Emergency Services Manager, David Hunkup at dhunkup@rsic.org or by phone at: (775) 997-3524.

The cause of the Long Valley Fire is still under investigation.

 

 

 

Update: Electricity Outage in Hungry Valley

Reno, Nev. (updated 7 a.m.) After least 150 households on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s Hungry Valley land base went without electricity, most likely do to a storm, power was restored to some homes at 1:51 a.m., while others were dark until 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

RSIC staff including the recreation department, emergency responders—fire and police; extended the hours of operation at the Hungry Valley Recreation Center until 11:15 p.m., as about 45 people used the facility as an emergency shelter.

Community members impacted by the power outage were fed at the complex. The shelter operation was terminated at 11:15 p.m.

Below are safety tips for dealing with a power outage:

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours.
    A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.