Hundreds Stranded When Crash Shuts Down Burning Man Highway
RENO — A fatal crash shut down a rural highway leading to the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s desert, snarling traffic for hours and temporarily stranding hundreds of festivalgoers at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
The victim of Sunday’s crash was identified Monday as 61-year-old Lonnie Richey of Carson City.
A preliminary investigation indicates he was driving a pickup southbound on a county road near State Route 447 when he crossed the yellow lines and hit a northbound RV. Two RV occupants were treated for minor injuries.
KOLO-TV reports nearly 800 festival-goers spent Sunday night at the airport or found local motel rooms with help from local airport and tourism officials.
Most boarded buses Monday bound for the celebration 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Reno.
Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin says about 20,000 Burners are expected to travel through the airport this week.
Officials Warn of High Yeast, Mold in Some Pot Products
LAS VEGAS — Nevada officials are warning that some marijuana sold at three Las Vegas recreational pot shops showed high levels of yeast and mold and should not be consumed.
The Nevada Department of Taxation says some flower and pre-rolled joints sold at Acres Medical, The Apothecary Shoppe and Blackjack Collective between July 11 and August 19 tested higher than legally allowable levels for yeast and mold.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal says there have been no reports of any illness related to the products yet and the state has sent samples to an independent lab to check the results.
State officials are warning people to avoid consuming the product, particularly if they have suppressed immune systems or are susceptible to yeast or mold.
Evacuations Lifted at Fire Along California-Nevada border
RENO — Authorities say a fast moving wildfire