FALLON, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — It’s a wild west competition you may have to see to believe. 200 of the worlds fastest gunslingers are loading up to compete in the Annual Fastest Gun Alive World Championship. The Cowboy Fast Draw Association (CFDA) is hosting the world championship of cowboy fast draw and wild west festival at the Churchill County Fairgrounds October 3rd through October 5th.
Participants have been highly trained in safety procedures and compete across the country to earn the crown of the “Fastest Gun Alive.”
“We had 21 title championships across the United States this year. This is the last one. This is the end of the season for us. This is the big title. This is the world championship. This is the one everybody goes for, there can only be one fastest gun alive man and one fastest gun alive lady,” CFDA Executive Director “Quick” Cal Elrich says.
Dozens of vendors selling their arts and crafts and food will be at the festival as well. There will also be a Civil War enactment during the weekend.
The whole family is invited to catch the action. The event runs Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An environment rife with arsenic, tungsten, cobalt and jet fuel does not seem adequate to explain an unusually high incidence of childhood leukemia – three deaths and 16 cases in all – that first struck Fallon, Nevada, almost a decade ago. Despite a major public health investigation launched by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no smoking weapon of a caliber sufficient to account for the cluster has been found. Still, driven by lingering pain and frustration, affected families in this rural town – 60 miles east of Reno on a stretch of US Highway 50 dubbed “the Loneliest Road in America” – are determined that the search continue. UCSF molecular epidemiologist Joseph Wiemels, PhD, is one of three scientists recently awarded new research grants to study the Fallon cluster. Local families had a hand in moving politicians to appropriate the money and, along with the usual scientist “peers,” in deciding which research proposals to support. Not content to round up the usual toxic suspects, Wiemels will be looking for clues in past weather patterns and for viral traces in human DNA. He is even eyeing a massive radiofrequency transmitter. That may sound offbeat, but Wiemels is acknowledged as a mainstream expert on the origins of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the type of leukemia diagnosed in all but one of the children in the Fallon cluster. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, he has investigated both prenatal and postnatal causes of the disease. Most notably, Wiemels has found associations between variant forms of enzymes that metabolize folic acid and specific leukemia-causing genetic defects in infants, and he has discovered that several leukemia-inducing mutations occur before birth. Cancer Clusters: Cause or Chance? Many epidemiologists do not like to see scarce research dollars go to investigations of individual cancer clusters. One reason is that some small populations – simply by chance – will experience more cancers than others over the same time frame. However, when residents recollect multiple cases occurring in close proximity, many often conclude that some unseen environmental exposure is responsible, even when the local environment is no worse than average. Continue reading →
The El Dorado District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a bail bondsman for an October incident that spurred a protest against the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
On Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe filed five misdemeanor counts against bail bondsmen Douglas Lewis for an October incident in the Sierra Tract neighborhood in which bounty hunters allegedly entered the home of Todd “Ty” Robben in an attempt to bring him into custody on a Nevada warrant.
The counts against Lewis include unlawful arrest, aggravated trespass, vandalism, battery and damaging a vehicle, according to court documents.
A man who answered the phone at Justin Brothers Bail Bonds Tuesday morning declined to say how Lewis could be reached. The man said there is no comment on the charges before hanging up.
During the October incident, bondsmen from the company entered the Pinter Avenue home of Robben and shocked him with a Taser in an attempt to take him into custody, according to Robben’s account of the incident.
Robben contends the bondsmen did not have a legal warrant for the search.
The pace of the investigation into the incident led Robben to organize a protest against the police department along Al Tahoe Boulevard in January