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Reno-Tahoe Open changes scoring system
RENO — The Reno-Tahoe Open, now entering its 14th year on the PGA Tour, announced this week the 2012 tournament dates, July 30 – Aug. 5, and changes to a Modified Stableford scoring system, typically used only in professional competition. Reno is currently the only tournament on the PGA Tour to use the Modified Stableford scoring system, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole, with the goal of achieving the hi...
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Small business tries to make a large splash
RENO — In an effort to stimulate the local economy and meet vital community needs, Reno-based NPcatalyst has created the Community Catalyst Charitable Fund for small businesses. Through the fund, companies with annual revenues less than $500,000 will work together to meet specific charitable initiatives and programs. The goal is to contribute $10,000 or more to local nonprofit organizations each quarter. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of ...
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Winterizing your yard, irrigation systems
Learn how to keep your yard and irrigation system in good shape over the winter in a free Green College Class at Rail City Garden Center at 11 a.m. on Nov. 5.
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Parvo afflicts local dogs
Washoe County has posted signs out at the pasture in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park warning of parvo cases.
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Two to be sentenced in Vegas cosmetic surgery death
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A husband and wife from Colombia face sentencing in Las Vegas in the death of a 42-year-old woman following a botched backroom buttocks enhancement surgery. Ruben Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Torres-Sanchez each face up to nine years in prison and up to $12,000 in fines after pleading guilty in August to manslaughter, conspiracy and practicing medicine without a license. Relatives of the dead woman, Elena Caro, protested and sa...
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Local nonprofits encourage statewide day of giving
RENO — NevadaGIVES and several local and statewide nonprofits will formally announce Nevada’s Big Give, taking place on Nov. 17, which will benefit all participating nonprofits in Nevada. Nevada’s Big Give aims to raise $1 million in a single day, improving the overall strength and wellbeing of Nevada communities. The announcement event will take place at 11 a.m. on Oct. 24 at the new Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum located at 490 S. C...
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Vegas teen pleads not guilty in death penalty case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas teenager pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping, rape and mutilation slaying of a 15-year-old high school sophomore in his first court appearance since prosecutors announced they’ll seek to have him put to death if he’s convicted. The 19-year-old Javier Righetti appeared in court Thursday in Las Vegas with wrists and ankles shackled. His trial is set for next Oct. 16. Righetti is charged with the deadly attack on Aly...
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Legal aid fairs mark Pro Bono Week around Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The State Bar of Nevada and the Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission are coordinating Pro Bono Week legal fairs around the state to help people with civil legal proceedings. Family law, bankruptcy, foreclosure, landlord-tenant disputes and other consumer issues are among questions that can be put to lawyers and community partners. “Bankruptcy Ask-A-Lawyer” is Saturday morning at the Legal Aid Center of Southern ...
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Occupy Vegas group gets permit for site near UNLV
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A group called Occupy Las Vegas has county permission to camp in a vacant lot near McCarran International Airport and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. But they’ll have to bring their own toilet paper. A Clark County spokesman says the group obtained a 30-day permit Friday for the site near the Thomas & Mack Center arena — and within walking distance of the Las Vegas Strip. He says the group must provide portable toilets. T...
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UNR video game project helps blind
 children
RENO — A research project at the University of Nevada, Reno has received a $410,220 grant to explore how video exercise games can be played without using visual feedback so the visually impaired, especially adolescents, can improve their health through increased activity. The funding comes from the human-centered computing program of the National Science Foundation. “Lack of physical activity is a serious health concern for children with visua...
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University departments celebrate a century of teaching
RENO — This year, the University of Nevada, Reno departments of economics and sociology celebrate 100 years of instructing students. “The 100th anniversary of the Department of Economics and Sociology reveals that despite being separate and distinct, the disciplines of economics and sociology are both social sciences with a common history at the University of Nevada, Reno,” Johnson W. Makoba, department of sociology chair and associate profess...
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Apply now for City National literacy grant
LOS ANGELES — City National Bank announced Oct. 13 that it is now accepting applications for grants to support literacy-based projects at public and private elementary, middle and high schools in California, Nevada and New York. This is the seventh consecutive year that City National has been offering literacy grants to educators in its service area. Educators interested in applying for a literacy grant can access an online application by visi...
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Globetrotters bring rookie class to Reno
RENO — On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to Lawlor Events Center in Reno at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012. The outstanding rookies include Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7-feet 8-inches tall; Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-feet 2-inches; and Fatima “TNT” Maddox of Temple University...
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Saint Mary’s Health Plans hires underwriting director
RENO — Saint Mary’s Health Plans (SMHP) announced that Chuck Tomkinson has joined the organization in a new position as underwriting director. Tomkinson will work with the existing underwriting team in pricing all large and small group renewals and new business. Tomkinson has more than 25 years experience in health care consultation, insurance eligibility, financial analysis, pricing and underwriting. Most recently, Tomkinson was employed at H...
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Class teaches how to draw birds to your yard
SPARKS — Learn how to attract and identify birds in your yard and find out the benefits they provide to your garden in a free Green College Class at Rail City Garden Center, 1720 Brierley Way in Sparks at 11 a.m. on Oct. 22. Dr. Alan Gubanich, UNR emeritus professor of ornithology, will share information on how to attract birds and how and what to feed the birds this winter. Seating for the class is limited and reservations are recommended. Ca...
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TMWA to hold rates, winterization workshops
RENO — The Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) will be holding workshops to teach customers about water rates and winterizations. On Nov. 9, TMWA invites the community to submit public comments regarding a proposed rate adjustment at a public workshop at 5:30 p.m. at TMWA’s main offices located at 1355 Capital Blvd. in Reno. Participants will learn how TMWA sets water rates, including the costs associated with delivering water to 330,000 re...
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Renown Health earns Consumer Choice award
RENO — The National Research Corporation (NRC) has awarded Renown Health with the 2011 Consumer Choice Award. Renown Health has won this award the past eight years in a row for northern Nevada, which is every year that NRC has surveyed here. NRC rated Renown Health as a top hospital for 2011 based on four essential consumer metrics: best overall quality, best image and reputation, best doctors and best nurses. Renown was the only health care p...
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Nevada Farm Bureau to hold annual meeting
SPARKS — The 2011 Nevada Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 17 through 19 at the Fallon Convention Center. Farm Bureau voting delegates from throughout the state will join together to vote on 2012 Nevada Farm Bureau policy and elect 2012 Farm Bureau leaders. “This year our annual meeting looks to be fantastic,” Nevada Farm Bureau President Hank Combs said. “It is an opportunity for agricultural producers and friends to joi...
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UNR to host first Great Basin Consortium conference
RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno will host the first Great Basin Consortium (GBC) conference from 1 p.m. Nov. 7 through noon on Nov. 9, on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. The conference is open to the public, and those interested in restoring and conserving resilient Great Basin ecosystems and human communities are encouraged to attend. The meeting will allow member organizations — the Great Basin Landscape Conservation...
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Winners of Golden Pinecones announced
Environmentally conscious honorees to be awarded Nov. 9
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