Region In Brief
Reno Fire Department to test hydrants
RENO — Throughout the next several months, within the city of Reno and unincorporated areas of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, the Reno Fire Department (RFD) will be testing fire hydrants that are located south of the Truckee River.
Testing often results in temporary clouding of nearby residential and commercial water supplies for a short period of time. When testing occurs, debris in water mains can be stirred up, including pie...
Las Vegan named to Nev. Econ. Forum
CARSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval has named a Las Vegas finance executive to the state Economic Forum, a panel that analyzes economic trends and projects state revenues.
Ken Wiles will fill the unexpired term of John Restrepo, former chairman of the five-member panel who resigned amid his own financial difficulties and bankruptcy filing.
Wiles currently serves as managing director of Acceleron, a firm specializing in investment banking ...
Las Vegas man accused of spamming on Facebook
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Las Vegas man on charges he sent more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users.
Forty-year-old Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed “Spam King,” turned himself in Thursday to face charges outlined in last month’s indictment filed in San Jose, Calif.
Prosecutors said Wallace compromised about 500,000 Facebook accounts between November 2008 and March 2009 by sending massive amo...
Judge denies conflict in CD2 ruling
CARSON CITY (AP) — A Carson City judge said he didn’t consider it to be a conflict of interest when he ruled on procedures for Nevada’s special election to fill an open congressional seat, even though he co-owns a small mining claim with a top contender in the race.
District Judge James Russell holds the $500 mining claim with Republican Mark Amodei. Russell didn’t reveal the relationship before he ruled May 19 that Nevada’s political partie...
Public input sought on ward redistricting
SPARKS — The Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee will host a public workshop to gather citizen feedback and opinions on proposed changes to city ward boundaries. Citizens interested in providing input are encouraged to attend from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, located at 1200 12th St.
The redistricting process comes on the heels of last year’s census, which showed the population within certain wards througho...
Marshall slams Amodei on Medicare
LAS VEGAS (AP) — State Treasurer Kate Marshall is blasting Republican Mark Amodei’s Medicare views in a new TV spot for the Nevada special election. The Associated Press has learned that Marshall’s third TV ad of the campaign, which first aired Friday, will run for at least a week. The ad features Amodei praising Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare for anyone younger than 55. Amodei has applauded Ryan’s budget over...
EIS issued for travel project
ELKO — The Mountain City, Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge ranger districts in northeast Nevada have published the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) regarding motor vehicle use in the Combined Travel Management Project that began in January 2009.
The preferred alternative, as identified in the FEIS, would designate approximately 2,042 miles of National Forest System (NFS) roads and trails as open for motor vehicle use and allow motorize...
Reno fire near containment
RENO (AP) — A fire that broke out Thursday night at the base of Peavine Peak is near containment.
Reno fire officials said the cause of the fire that burned about 150 acres is under investigation.
It started Thursday night and was 90 percent contained by early Friday.
Though flames came too close for comfort to some homes, no structures were burned.
Political collectibles expo comes to town
RENO — Collectors, pop culture junkies and even President Theodore Roosevelt will converge Aug. 12 through 13 for the west’s largest show and sale of political campaign memorabilia.
This convention will offer thousands of vintage political campaign buttons, badges, posters, 3-D items and ephemera from campaigns past.
“The convention is a nostalgic, star-spangled opportunity to buy and trade political pop culture items, advertising pinbacks, c...
Senior phone patrol ice cream social
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department will hold its fourth annual Senior Phone Patrol Ice Cream Social at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the training room of department headquarters, located at 1701 E. Prater Way.
This event is being held for the 48 Sparks senior citizens currently enrolled in the department’s Senior Phone Patrol program. In addition to root beer floats, a raffle, classic cars and a DJ, this year’s event will include a performance by D...
Ruby Pipeline starts natural gas delivery
RENO — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has authorized the start of service on the Ruby Pipeline, a 42-inch diameter, 678-mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of federal land beginning near Opal, Wyo., through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and ending near Malin, Ore.
The Ruby Pipeline Project was initiated in March 2008. In January 2010, FERC and eight cooperating agencies, including the Bureau of La...
Volunteer at the 30th Great Reno Balloon Race
RENO — The Great Reno Balloon Race is heading into its 30th year and local enthusiasts are invited to join the Aeronauts, the official volunteer group for the Balloon Race. This year’s event takes place Sept. 9 through 11 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
As official Balloon Race Aeronauts, volunteers are trained in crewing hot-air balloons and get to serve on chase crews during the event. In addition, Aeronauts also help with security and s...
Nev. first lady asks author to share parenting experiences
RENO — The Children’s Cabinet offers unique programs and recently found merit in a book written by Susan Peticolas titled “Surviving a Traumatic Parenthood, Tools to Use After Your Child is Arrested and Goes to Rehab.”
Kathleen Sandoval, the director of The Children’s Cabinet and wife of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, contacted Peticolas and asked that she edit the book to meet the needs of their clients. Although the first book was written for p...
First orthopedic trauma fellows graduate from local program
RENO — Dr. Ken Thomas is the first orthopedic trauma fellow to graduate from a fellowship program designed by Reno Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) and implemented at Renown Regional Medical Center.
ROC offers the one-year clinical fellowship in orthopaedic trauma surgery under the supervision of the orthopedic traumatologists at Renown Regional Medical Center: Drs. Tim Bray, Timothy O’Mara and Pete Althausen. The fellowship program combines clinical ...
NDOW puts on two-day spin fishing clinic
VERDI — The Nevada Department of Wildlife is offering a two-day moving water beginning spin fishing clinic on Friday and Saturday.
The Friday session will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Verdi Community Library and Wildlife Education Center, located at 270 Bridge St., adjacent to Verdi Elementary School. This session will cover rod and reel selection, casting, line selection, basic knots and rigging for lure, bait and fly fishing with spinning ...
‘discover’ new museum
RENO — The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will partner with the Reno Aces on Sunday for “Discovery Day” at the ballpark. The ballpark will take on a unique “Gilligan’s Island” theme in honor of Terry Lee Wells Foundation chairman, Dawn Wells.
Wells, also known as Mary Ann Summers on the popular 1960s television comedy “Gilligan’s Island,” will be outside the main entrance of the ballpark to greet fans, take pictures and sign autograp...
NNMC offers tests at low-cost health fair
SPARKS — Northern Nevada Medical Center is hosting a health fair from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday in the main lobby of the hospital. This is an opportunity for community members to receive low-cost preventative health screenings. NNMC will also offer several free screenings including body fat and blood pressure.
The full menu of health screenings is as follows:
• Blood pressure: free
• Body fat: free
• Complete blood count: $15
• Heart electr...
Shakespeare play adapted
RENO — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Company is bringing a free performance of a one-hour children’s adaptation of the classic Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night” to the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park at 7 p.m. Monday.
This special performance is presented by the festival’s D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program.
The D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program serves as an internship program for young and aspiring ac...
Saint Mary’s retains
RENO — Saint Mary’s Health Plans (SMHP) HealthFirst HMO/POS recently completed its third survey by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and has again received NCQA’s highest accreditation rating of “Excellent.” This accreditation denotes Saint Mary’s HealthFirst as Nevada’s first and only commercial HMO/POS health plan to earn the prestigious honor or distinction, according to a company press release.
“Having received such a di...
Silver Star Nominations now open
RENO – Nominations for Truckee Meadows Tomorrow’s Silver Star Awards are now open and can be submitted by filling out an online nomination form at http://truckeemeadowstomorrow.org. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 19.
Silver Star Awards salute the people and organizations that make a measurable difference in the community. Submit a business, organization, individual or community partnership that has positively impacted our community...