Teen girls ‘reign’ in new program
Painted rocks with a favorite word or written notes expressing gratitude for the help given to nine girls sat on a table Friday, expressing heartfelt messages to the staff and case managers of the McGee Center in Reno.
County’s budget woes alter center’s residential services
The Washoe County Department of Juvenile Services’ McGee Center, which provides intervention and prevention assistance to at-risk youth, recently had to eliminate its residential placements at its location on Longley Lane, instead of contracting out that service to a group home provider.
Smart water use slows the flow
On Friday morning, the door to a trailer that is criss-crossing the country opened to display toilets, faucets and shower heads, all with a special feature in common. Each item in the Responsible Bathroom Water Conversation Tour’s mobile unit uses new technologies in an effort to use less water.
Morrison reflects on first year
Washoe County School District Superintendent Heath Morrison wasn’t happy to make the decision to cut $37 million from the budget for local schools, but he is proud of the collaboration that has resulted from the reductions in his first year on the job.
Sparks motorcycle accident victim dies
SPARKS — A 30-year-old motorcycle rider died Wednesday morning from injuries suffered in an accident Tuesday night. On Tuesday at 9:47 p.m., Sparks police responded to the area of 85 Coney Island Drive on a report of a single-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. Officers arrived within a minute of the call and found that the operator of the motorcycle, later identified as Matthew Tarver of Sparks, was injured but was talking and refusing t...
Appeal filed in killing of UNR officer
RENO — A man convicted and sentenced to die for the 1998 hatchet killing of a University of Nevada, Reno police officer has filed a new appeal in federal court. Siaosi Vanisi argues Washoe District Judge Connie Steinheimer violated his rights by refusing to let him fire his lawyers and represent himself. In a petition filed in U.S. District Court in Reno, Vanisi also says the judge wouldn't allow his lawyers to withdraw from the case after Van...
Judge overturns Calif. gay marriage ban
A federal judge overturned California's gay-marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed.