School year in review, part II: District dealing with the do...
Editor’s note: This is the second of two columns by education reporter Jessica Garcia examining the Washoe County School District’s actions for the 2009-10 school year. Bad budget news reared its ugly head early on as the spring semester got underway. Despite multiple cuts made prior to the start of 2010, the district still had a $37 million shortfall to grapple with. Administrators went to the teachers union and managed to renegotiate some ...
The biography of a shadow
The Fourth of July weekend celebration started late Friday afternoon in my neighbor’s backyard. The boxes of firecrackers were waiting for their official sendoff, the barbecue was fired up and the refrigerator on the patio was stocked with several different brands of beer. By the time the shadows from the sun disappeared, everyone was ready for Independence Day. My neighbor’s elderly aunt was sitting alone in the shade of the sycamore tree. Sh...
Keep Reid in the game
Eighty-five percent of Nevada’s land is owned by the federal government. That means Congress pretty much manages most of the Silver State. We are experiencing one of the hottest senatorial contests in recent memory with the battle between Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate, and Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic candidate and 24-year incumbent. Each side, of course, finds fault with the other, as is want for any political campaign. I think i...
Here’s an idea . . .
We reported this week that the city of Sparks has the opportunity to receive a federal grant of $2.3 million to hire 11 more firefighters.
Ray Bradbury, the dean of mid-20th century “Science Fiction,” once observed that when it is time for railroads, someone will invent trains.
Good government: Kudos to Sparks’ volunteer weed abatement p...
Whenever you think of code enforcement or any kind of compliance mandated by government, there is usually some opposition by people who are most affected by regulations. But on July 12, the Sparks City Council is scheduled to hear a proposal by City Clerk Linda Patterson for a volunteer weed abatement program that should be noncontentious, approved by council and accepted by every resident of Sparks. Due to budget constraints, Sparks is limite...
Out of date
The age of empires depended on a vast gap in technology and social organization and once any tribal chieftain in some dark continent backwater could use a cell phone to order satellite television for his village, it was pretty much all over.
My Life as a Marathon: Exhaustion and exhilaration
Sometimes you set out running at full speed, not knowing what is ahead of you. Despite the uncertainty and butterflies in your stomach, you do it anyway. That, for me, was the 28-hour, 27-minute Reno Tahoe Odyssey Adventure Relay. The 178-mile run winds through downtown Reno, west to Verdi, past Stampede and Boca reservoirs, through Truckee, around the rolling tree-lined hills of Lake Tahoe, down into the Carson valley, through Virginia City a...
Butchering our honored anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’
Watching sporting events is a national pastime for many of us. Before the games begin, our national anthem usually is sung out of respect for our national heritage. The anthem is a symbol of our courage, bravery and valor during the Revolutionary War. In reverence to our legacy and the American flag, we place our right hand over our heart and reflect on the words and meaning of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But over the years, the anthem has ev...
World Cup runneth over
World Cup soccer is in full swing. The entire world literally is glued to any and every television or radio broadcast concerning the games and their outcomes 24 hours a day. The United States has even finally come out of its soccer (or football, as the world calls it) closet and embraced the sport more than it ever has. For the uninformed, the World Cup is the Super Bowl of soccer. The World Cup is held every four years. The only reason I beli...
Welcome to the Big Top
Money and politics have been sharing a bed together since the first politician denied that he would be running for public office and then proceeded to solicit donations anyway.