Sparks man is the brain behind Pickles comic strip
As far back as Brian Crane can remember, he dreamt of one day becoming a cartoonist. When he was a child, he would flip through the newspaper to read the comics in the morning before heading to school. There he would often doodle on any blank piece of paper he could find, even if that meant compromising the margins of a school paper. Now 64, the routine hasn’t changed much for Crane. Each morning, Crane grabs the day’s newspaper from his porch...
Teaching, training give Sparks resident balance
Mike de la Torre moved to Carson City from southern California when he was 9. He graduated from Carson High and lived in the Capital City for a few more years, but after living in the Rail City for the past 24 years, it’s definitely safe to say Sparks is home. In fact, homes in Sparks have been his a few times. “When I moved up from Carson, my parents had a condo on Lincoln Way,” de la Torre said. “That’s where I lived before I got married and...
Sparks residents taking advantage of housing program
Since the Home At Last Access program was instituted by the Nevada Rural Housing Authority in July 2012, the Rail City has been at the forefront of utilizing the program. Of the 528 families in Nevada helped by the program over the last year, 155 of those have been in Sparks — 32 percent of the total participants. The program provides a free cash down payment equal to 4 percent of the home loan amount. The grant does not have to be repaid and ...