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First Hindu temple in northern Nevada to break ground
RENO — Northern Nevada’s first Hindu temple plans to have its own building in the near future and its ground-breaking, or “bhoomi-pooja,” ceremony will be held Oct. 16 in Reno. According to temple spokesman Rajan Zed, priests will perform this ceremony following ancient Hindu traditions based on Sanskrit scriptures. This project has been possible after years of community efforts under the umbrella of Hindu temple Sanathan Dharam. Various elect...
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NV Supreme Court Justice Cherry honored nationally
CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry is being honored by a national group for his efforts to ensure the rights of criminal defendants who cannot afford to hire their own attorney. The Washington D.C.-based National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers named Cherry the 2011 winner of its Champion of Indigent Defense Award. Cherry is a former public defender who chairs the Nevada Supreme Court’s Indigent Defense Comm...
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Two Nev. mining companies donate to school leaders
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two mining companies with operations in Nevada are each donating $50,000 to help launch a statewide academy to train school principals. Officials said Thursday the $100,000 from Barrick Gold of North America and Newmont Mining Corporation will go to the nonprofit Public Education Foundation and will be matched with $100,000 in Nevada general funds. The arrangement comes after the Nevada Legislature passed a bill earlier this y...
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Science Week: ‘Life’s a Beach,’ free field trip Oct. 15 or 16
RENO — The Nevada Bureau of Mine and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno plans its 14th annual Earth Science Week free field trip for the public on Oct. 15 and again on Oct. 16. In keeping up with the National Earth Science Week theme, the focus of the 2011 trip is the Cenozoic geology of the region around Grimes Point and the Lahontan Mountains east of Fallon. The tours will include exploration of evidences of a large Pleistocene lake i...
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Vegas jury finds Navy SEAL guilty
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas on Friday found an active-duty Navy SEAL guilty on 13 of 15 charges alleging he smuggled machine guns and explosives from Iraq and Afghanistan and conspired with three convicted co-defendants to sell them in the United States. The jury returned the verdict in U.S. District Court after about 10 hours considering the fate of Petty Officer Nicholas Bickle. Prosecutors say federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tob...
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Halloween haunt at Silver Legacy
RENO — You are not going to want to miss the 11th Annual Wild 102.9 Erotic Ball at the Silver Legacy. It’s where scary and sexy collide.  Starting Oct. 28 at 9:00 p.m., the party won’t wind down until the wee hours of the morning with drink specials, live music and more. Enter the costume contest for cash prizes and dance the night away with your favorite Wild 102.9 personalities spinning the best tunes in town. Tickets are available at Silver...
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Kids Cafe dinner program in session
RENO — Kids Cafe is a free meal program for children ages 1 to 18 years. During the school year, a free dinner is available at 27 locations throughout Washoe County. Kids Cafe meals are supported by USDA and child and adult care food programs and are available to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability.  The Food Bank of Northern Nevada serves Kids Cafe dinners at 27 different sites throughout Washoe ...
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Pancake breakfast with firefighters
SPARKS — Don’t forget the Sparks Fire Department’s 22nd annual pancake breakfast is today from 8 a.m. to noon at the headquarters station located at 1605 Victorian Ave. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 with a canned food donation. Children under 12 and senior citizens get in for just $2. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, ham, juice, milk and coffee. Events include station tours, an auto extrication demo and a kitchen fire demo. Funds generated go to...
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Sparks Elks event
SPARKS — The Sparks Elks proudly present the annual Wine n’ Cheese Affair. There will be wine tasting, a silent auction and raffles. Live music is provided by San Dee. This event is scheduled for Oct. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. Parking is available at Baldini’s Casino with a shuttle service to and from the lodge. Cost is $20 per person (includes 1 raffle ticket). Additional tickets may be purchased for $1 each or six for $5. Cash prizes will be annou...
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BLM approves Salt Wells geothermal projects
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office has approved the Salt Wells Geothermal Energy Projects proposed by Ormat Nevada, Gradient Resources and NV Energy by issuing three Records of Decision on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the projects, which are all located in Churchill County.  The Salt Wells Geothermal Energy Projects include an NV Energy transmission line that would ext...
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Traditional chukar hunting areas affected by wildfire
RENO — The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) urges chukar hunters to avoid popular chukar hunting areas recently damaged by extensive wildfire in northeastern Nevada. Despite these fires, the department is still predicting excellent chukar hunting success this season. Hunters are asked to stay away from China Garden in the Bloody Run Mountains, Tom Basin in the Santa Rosa Range, the northern portion of the Izzenhood Range south of Midas, th...
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Blackhawk to Heybourne 120kV transmission line project withd...
CARSON CITY — NV Energy is withdrawing their request for a right-of-way grant for the proposed Blackhawk to Heybourne 120 kV transmission line. The company determined that the line is not needed at this time. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office has been hold since May 2010 for the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the impacts of the proposed 120 kilovolt electrical ...
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Tribe battles BLM over NV gold mine in US court
RENO (AP) — Tribal leaders and environmentalists are back in court in Nevada trying to block a big gold mine expansion on a mountain some tribes consider sacred. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks scheduled a hearing in Reno Thursday for federal land managers to explain why he should lift an injunction the Western Shoshone and others won nearly two years ago blocking part of Barrick Gold’s Cortez Hills project. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ru...
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2 wounded in North Las Vegas walk-up shooting
NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and a teenager also was wounded in a walk-up shooting outside an apartment in North Las Vegas. North Las Vegas police say a person with a gun apparently approached a vehicle where the two were sitting and opened fire about 1 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Road. The critically...
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Jury in Vegas gets Navy SEAL weapons dealing case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas is set to decide the fate of active-duty Navy SEAL facing charges that he smuggled machine guns from Iraq and Afghanistan and conspired with others to sell weapons and explosives in the United States. The jury begins deliberating Thursday, a day after Petty Officer Nicholas Bickle sat during closing arguments in his Navy uniform while his attorney, James Pokorny, said he should be acquitted. Bickle ...
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Hospital workers dance to raise awareness of breast cancer
RENO — Why would perfectly sane and incredibly busy hospital workers agree to dance in a YouTube video viewed around the world? The short answer is to get people talking about breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer death. To help raise this awareness, Renown Health filmed and submitted a video entry for the 2011 national ...
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You ‘CAN’ cheer to stomp out hunger
RENO — A hometown food drive and cheerleading fundraiser to support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Virginia Street Gym. Cheer on your favorite cheerleader to support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and the Sierra Spirit All Star Youth and UNR cheerleading programs. Special cheerleading performances will be presented by the UNR Cheer and Stunt Team, the SSC All Star ...
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Salvation Army needs help this Thanksgiving
RENO — As the economy struggles to recover and unemployment rates remain high, The Salvation Army is sounding an urgent call to residents of the Truckee Meadows to help the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Army is asking for immediate donations of cash and non-perishable food. The number of families finding themselves in desperate financial straits continues to increase in Washoe County. The need for compassionate support from the public ...
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Learn to paint pumpkins at Rail City Garden Center seminar
SPARKS — Rail City Garden Center’s Green College Seminar on pumpkin painting is open to everyone who wants to create a silly or scary pumpkin. The weekend seminar is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Rail City Garden Center, 1720 Brierley Way. Cost is $5 per pumpkin. Astonishing artist and crafty craftswoman Linda Hollis will teach the seminar offering tips and techniques for successful pumpkin painting. Seating is limited so ca...
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Green College class features garlic, winter vegetables
SPARKS — Learn all you need to know to have a spring harvest of garlic and winter veggies in a free Green College class at 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 at Rail City Garden Center, located at 1720 Brierley Way in Sparks. Jedi master gardener Randy Robison will share his years of successful gardening experience and provide tips on how you can achieve success with winter vegetables and enjoy a spring harvest of garlic. Seating for the class is limited and ...
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