FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

MUM’S THE WORD IN THE DESERT

There is a festival out in the Black Rock Desert (200 miles north/northeast of Reno) held every year at this time where freedom of expression rules. Interestingly enough we have been banned from using the festival’s name. So much for true freedom of expression.

Pictured above is Devine making a delivery to a location we call Urning-bay An-may (pig latin for the actual name).

CAPITOL GAINS

Bennie at NV CapitolRecently, Bennie Gamble, VP Nevada for Devine Intermodal made a call on Nevada’s state capitol to talk to lawmakers about issues important to trucking specifically and to logistics as a whole.

At the same time, the American Trucking Associations, “Share the Road” truck and trailer were on site giving lawmakers and the motoring public tips on safely sharing the road.

Bonus question:  What is the capitol of Nevada?

Answer: If you guessed Las Vegas, you might want to revisit your 3rd grade elementary school teacher.  The correct answer is Carson City.

SPEEDERS REJOICE

While it does not apply to trucks, the speed limit in Northern Nevada between Fernley and Winnemucca has been raised to 80 mph! Watch the video above for more details.

For all you speed demons, lead-foots, and autoists…sounds like a summer road trip is in order.

FROM NORTHER NEVADA: RENO SAFETY MEETING

Reno Driver Mtg Apr 2017 011Our commitment to safety was in full force at our Reno Driver Safety Meeting last month.  Quarterly, we gather the fleet at each of our terminals to review safe driving skills and general housekeeping.

 

The hardworking men and women from our Reno terminal traverse Donner Summit in all kinds of weather as well as travel on California’s heavily congested roadways.  Thank you all for doing your jobs so professionally.

MORE FROM NORTHERN NEVADA: GOOGLE’S NEW HOME

Wild Horses NevadaThe Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), about 20 miles east of Reno, is not only home to wild horses, large-scale distribution centers and Tesla’s gigafactory but also now to Google.

Google just purchased 1,210 acres of land in TRIC.  They have not announced their development plans, but their filing with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission indicates robust power needs.  Maybe a data center?  Maybe a collaboration with nearby Tesla on self-driving technology?  Google is being mum about their plans, so we will have to wait and see.  Stay tuned.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA: LAKE BLACK ROCK?

Water on Black Rock DesertNormally, the Black Rock Desert is a dry, dusty, desolate place.  This winter’s wet weather has covered the desert in a lake of water.  Don’t worry.  It should be dried out in time for this year’s festival for which tickets went on sale last week and were sold out in a manner of minutes.

MOVE OVER TEXAS, THINGS ARE BIGGER IN RENO

Switch Data CenterSwitch, a global leader in data center design, cloud services and telecommunications, recently opened a data center east of Reno in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.  At 1.3M square feet, this data center is the largest in world, and it is the first of several buildings planned for the project.

 

Switch is committed to using green-energy technologies, and the data center is powered by 100% renewable energy.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

usa-parkway-niov-2016USA Parkway is the main drag in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, which is about 15 miles east of Reno and home to large-scale distribution centers. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has fast-tracked a plan to complete the roadway to connect I-80 with Hwy 50.  This connector will allow for better access to cargo and commuters. Construction will continue through the winter and is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2017. 

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA: OUTHOUSE RACES

Yes, you read that correctly.  Outhouse. Races.  Every year the town of Virginia City, NV, about 30 miles south of Reno, closes main street for some old-fashion fun, including outhouse races, plunger relays, and general tom-foolery.

Click the video above and put it on your calendar for next year…you just missed this year’s festivities.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA: HEADLESS BURNERS

burning-man-2015-001aEvery Labor Day weekend, out on the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada is an arts festival that attracts about 70,000 people each year.  The week-long event culminates with the burning of a 40′ wooden effigy.

This year’s theme is da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.  The plan was to have the “man” rotate on a circle like da Vinci’s drawing.  However, when it came time to rotate the structure, it was discovered the gears were broken. Now, the poor guy is upside down and headless.

And, yes, that is one of our trucks making a delivery out there.  We have been a transportation provider to event-goers for many years.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

Reno USA Parkway ExtensionThe Nevada Department of Transportation is fast tracking a planned connector between I-80 and Hwy 50 through the Tahoe Regional Industrial Center (TRIC).  TRIC is about 15 miles east of Reno and is home to large scale distribution centers as well as Tesla’s battery gigaplant.

USA Parkway is the off ramp from I-80 running through TRIC.  The expansion to Hwy 50 was scheduled for completion in 2019, but due to the growth in the region, it will now open late 2017.

Upon completion, this connector will reduce travel time and be a vital delivery corridor for both freight and employees.