Region In Brief
Saddle-trained horses up for adoption Saturday
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the Nevada Department of Corrections are hosting the first of three annual saddle-trained horse adoption events in Carson City on Saturday at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC), off Snyder Avenue on the south side of Carson City.
Sixteen wild horses from BLM-administered public lands will be offered for adoption at the NNCC corrals. The pu...
Learn to be a volunteer for the May Arboretum
RENO — Learn how to care for a garden from the roots up by taking part in a series of free volunteer training workshops offered by Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum in March.
Classes cover volunteer opportunities at the arboretum as well as a number of plant and garden care topics, including proper pruning and planting techniques, basics of botany, information about insects that are both good and harmful to gardens, weed identificati...
Arenacross Series returns to Reno
AURORA, Ill. — The longstanding tradition of indoor dirt-bike racing in Reno continues next weekend, as the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series returns to the Biggest Little City for its 11th round of the championship.
Defending champion, and current series points leader, Tyler Bowers leads the world’s best arenacross competitors into back-to-back nights, Feb. 17 and 18, at the Reno Livestock Events Center.
Action kicks off at 7 p.m. Amateur Day clos...
One more week to enter school upgrade project
RENO — Public and publicly funded charter K-12 schools in Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and Washoe Counties have one week left to enter Dolan Automotive Group’s $30,000 School Upgrade Project. Starting Feb. 15, project proposals go through two rounds of voting by fans of Dolan’s Facebook page and one elementary, one middle and one high school will be selected to receive $10,000 each to fund the proposed...
Smoke alarm program
SPARKS — Fire department personnel are once again visiting homes in Sparks
to install free smoke alarms and give personalized fire-safety education to residents. The Project SAFE program (Survive a Fire Emergency) will target up to 1,000 homes during its second year.
“Your family is twice as likely to survive a fire if you have working smoke alarms,” Sparks Fire Marshal Bob King said in a press release. “It’s very important to have
Plunge into Tahoe for a good cause
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Teams of super heroes, penguins, pirates and other characters jumped into Lake Tahoe last winter, and on March 17, they’ll do it again.
Residents are invited to join them as Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada co-host Polar Plunge 2012 at Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe. The event is open to all and will include entertainment, a costume contest and prizes, as well as Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunte...
KUNR names news director
RENO — Michael Hagerty has been named news director for KUNR 88.7 FM – Reno Public Radio.
Hagerty comes to KUNR from his position as senior producer and news director for KNPB-TV Public Television in Reno, bringing to the job more than a decade of public radio and public television experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has past experience at two university-based NPR member stations.
BLM doing rehab work on public lands in the Washoe Drive Fir...
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District is set to begin rehabilitation work Monday on public lands administered by the BLM that were burned in the Washoe Drive wildland fire area.
About 600 acres will be aerially seeded with a variety of native and non-native plant species. The selection of these plant species is based on their ability to aid in erosion control, evasive species control and fire resistance.
Rep. Berkley cosponsors ‘Visa Waiver’ bill
WASHINGTON — Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) issued a statement Monday that she has cosponsored legislation that will expand the Visa Waiver Program in order to increase the number of foreign tourists traveling from abroad to such places as Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno and other destinations in the Silver State.
“Job creation should be our top priority and promoting tourism — Nevada’s largest industry — will help put people back to work and get...
UNR Extension helps farmers give operations to successors
RENO — University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and Utah State University Extension are co-sponsoring a four-day workshop titled “Estate and Farm Transition Planning,” Feb. 14 and 15 and March 12 and 13 at the Grand Sierra Resort.
The workshops are intended for owners, operators and successors of farming and ranching operations who are planning to transition their operation to successors. Attendees will develop a business succession plan ov...
Applications being accepted for public safety dispatcher
RENO — The city of Reno is accepting applications for public safety dispatcher in emergency communications (ECOMM). The closing date for accepting applications is Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.
ECOMM provides the point of contact for the citizens of Reno and Washoe County when an emergency strikes. They provide dispatch services for the Reno Police Department, Reno Fire Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, University of Nevada-Reno Police, Truckee M...
BLM welcomes acting manager in Elko District
ELKO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office welcomes aboard acting District Manager Michael Herder.
Having attended the BLM’s leadership academy in Phoenix, Ariz. last week, Herder will assume the DM duties today. He will be filling in behind Elko District’s current DM, Kenneth E. Miller, who has accepted a job as associate director of the BLM’s National Operations Center (NOC) in Denver.
Herder has been with the BLM sin...
Animal Services thanked for Washoe Fire response
Several northern Nevada residents are expressing their appreciation for the efforts made by Washoe County Regional Animal Services during the recent Washoe Drive Fire through letters, donations and even a couple of home-made pies.
Washoe County board approves Mount Rose upgrades
RENO (AP) — The Washoe County Board of Adjustment has approved plans by Mount Rose Ski Tahoe to upgrade the resort southwest of Reno with a mountaintop restaurant, faster chairlifts and a second snowmaking pond.
The board gave its unanimous support Thursday, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
The projects covered under the special-use permit “are pretty well thought out, good for the community and good for their business,” said Richard Cieri,...
Mt. Hope mine project through March 1
BATTLE MOUNTAIN — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held two public comment meetings in January, and will continue to accept written public comments on the Eureka Moly, LLC proposed Mt. Hope Mine Project draft environmental impact statement (EIS) through March 1.
Public comment meetings were held Jan. 16 and 17, in Eureka and Crescent Valley. About 120 people attended the Eureka meeting and Crescent Valley had about 75 people in attendance....
Granite wins award for asphalt paving
LANHAM, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced Thursday that Sparks-based Granite Construction Co. has won a 2011 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The company received its award at a special ceremony during the
association’s 57th Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif.
The Quality in Construction Award recognizes asphalt pavements of excellence. “NAPA selects the reci...