FORE! Carson Shitty Empire Ranch Golf Course has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection listing $1.2 million in debt owed to 19 creditors plus an IRS claim.

keep-calm-and-yell-fore-4Empire Ranch Golf Course has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection listing $1.2 million in debt owed to 19 creditors plus an IRS claim.

Owner Dwight Millard said the filing in Reno court is the second time Empire Ranch has been in bankruptcy court.

“We were there once before and it was dismissed,” he said.

He made it clear the bankruptcy filing involves only the golf course, not his other business operations.

“It’s just the golf course. Everything else is doing fine right now,” he said.

He said Empire had to file because the mortgage was due in September.

“We’ve got a substantial appraisal and a small mortgage,” he said. “This gives us a chance to reorganize because things are doing so much better.

“It’s not a big deal,” he said.

Millard, a contractor, has substantial other holdings in Carson City.

He owes the city $185,000 in back taxes for the course.

The future of the course has been of key interests to the homeowners around the 27-hole course and clubhouse, who have repeatedly expressed concern about what the city or a new owner would do with it.

For the city, what happens is of interest because the course has a contract with the city to take treated wastewater effluent.

Treated effluent goes to water the course in part because federal requirements say it cannot be discharged into the Carson River.

POLICE STATE ALERT: Carson Shitty’s Sheriff’s Office participating in “Joining Police State Forces” operations

nevada is a police stateThe Carson City Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will be participating in Joining Forces through the month of January. The focus of this event will be impaired drivers.

Grant funding for this event is provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety. The funds are used to pay for additional deputies who will be out looking for impaired drivers.

Other events that will be held in the future focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving. The object of these events is to increase safety on our roadways and reduce crashes which can lead to death and injuries.

A total of 284 people died in traffic crashes during 2014. That is 18 more than were killed the previous year.

A spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation said fatalities have increased in recent years after a number of years of decreases from the state’s all-time high of 432 in 2006.


FUDGING THE NUMBERS TO LOOK GOOD: Carson Shitty’s crime rate is at its lowest point in 20 years, but Sheriff Ken Furlong says that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges coming in 2015.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny FurlongCarson City’s crime rate is at its lowest point in 20 years, but Sheriff Ken Furlong says that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges coming in 2015.

“The community crime reported was at its lowest ever in 2013 and we came into Dec. 4 percent below that.”

He said homicides, rapes, robberies are all down and the total value of property stolen in 2014 was less than $1 million, “for the first time in I don’t know how long.”

By comparison, that number was $1.7 million in 2012 and $1.2 million in 2013.

“That’s enormously significant,” he said.

He said the way to combat the rising number of burglaries is to focus on “the druggies.”

The number of robberies, he said, “I can’t talk about that without meth coming to mind.”

“Meth still has a very strong hold on Carson City,” he said.

He said the department has gotten a much better handle on the drug problem and drug-related crime in the past few years.

“We’ve got the druggies scared,” he said.

To keep them that way, Furlong said he created a new Special Enforcement Team headed by Sgt. Dan Gonzales to keep the pressure on.

That team, he said, will focus its efforts in areas where drug problems occur and on known users.

“I want to focus very heavily on it in the coming year,” he said. “When special enforcement goes down, crime goes up. When drug arrests are declining, crime is increasing.”

Furlong said residents themselves can help greatly — especially with the increasing number of daytime burglaries.

“That’s where the community can serve us best because they know what belongs in their neighborhood,” he said.

He said that means, if something doesn’t look right it probably isn’t right. Call the sheriff’s department.

Furlong said even though the numbers are better than ever, there are a couple of things he sees in the 2014 statistics that concern him — especially the number of juvenile runaways and arrests his deputies have made. Juvenile arrests, he said, are up 30 percent.

“I see so much positive but these two flags stand out,” he said.

He said his people, school district officials and juvenile officials are all trying to figure out what’s going on. He said about problems with juveniles — “that’s a significant indicator of what’s going on in our community.”

“When we’re looking at those juveniles, you’re looking at the future,” he said.

He said he plans to send more officers to area schools to help build relationships with students and adults.

Relationships and trust in the community, Furlong said are vital to his department’s success.

“We have to have a level of trust in order to function in the community,” he said.

But he said recent national events involving law enforcement “have derailed relationships across the country.”

“What we don’t want is people afraid to call us,” he said.

After drug-related crimes, Furlong said the big problem for his deputies is assaults. As of the end of November, there had been 695 assaults in 2014.

But contrary to what many think, he said it’s not the downtown bar scene.

“That’s not an accurate statement,” he said. “The bulk of them are in homes, domestic batteries.”

He said area bar operators have been making a serious effort to reduce the problems in their establishments. He pointed to the new owners of Remedy’s saying they promised to make changes “and they’ve turned it around.”

Furlong’s simple advice to area residents: “Stop hitting each other and stay away from the drugs and we can have a great 2015.”

Your Tax money = Tourism grants help market Carson Shitty

Carson City is better positioned to draw in tourists after receiving $17,200 from the Nevada Commission on Tourism recently, said Joel Dunn, executive director of the Carson City Visitors Bureau.

“It allows us to build on and expand on the many ways we’re marketing Carson City to potential visitors,” Dunn said. Perhaps the most exciting, he said, is $4,000 to partner with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office to help promote the Extreme Motor Officer Challenge. It brings in about 50-60 officers and their families to participate in the competition June 26-27 in downtown Carson City.

Dunn said the visitors bureau will work with the Nevada Day Inc. to put on the Battle Born Brew Fest and a roller derby and tattoo contest the same weekend.

“It’s part of the effort to provide ancillary events so participants will be more inclined to stay in Carson City,” he said. “We’re going to continue to build off the success the sheriff’s office has already had, and create better visibility to attract more visitors to this great, two-day event.”

The bureau also received $4,200 to maintain and host its mobile app, a smart-device guide to all the city has to offer — including recreation, arts, shopping, gaming, dining and more.

He said the bureau is working to update the app to allow users to customize it by geographic location or individual interests to filter information.

“The Carson City Visitors Bureau created the benchmark for mobile apps,” Dunn said. “We continue to fill the technological gaps to provide the best user experience.”

Another $4,000 will be set aside to produce and print 20,000 visitors’ guides, which he said are already in demand through online outlets. They will also be available for distribution at travel and tradeshows, he said.
The final $5,000 grant will be used for traditional marketing tools, such as website maintenance, press releases and newsletters.

“The grant will allow us to stay on top of the market,” Dunn said. “Not only have we rebranded Carson City, but we have maximized our search engine optimization to be on the front page of any search relating to Carson City.”

To learn more about the Extreme Motor Officer Challenge, Battle Born Brew Fest and the Carson City Visitors Bureau go to The free visitcarsoncity mobile app is available for both iPhone and Android at the App Store and Play Store.