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Summer trail talks with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association
INCLINE VILLAGE — This summer, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) will be offering a host of informational trail talks in and around the Tahoe Basin as well as directly on the Tahoe Rim Trail. These one-hour informational talks are designed for trail enthusiasts to meet like-minded users and learn about what the TRTA does, from trail improvements, numerous educational opportunities and providing a world-class trail experience. Upcoming tra...
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Ray May fire rehab area to be temporarily closed by BLM
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front Field Office has issued a temporary vehicle use restriction and temporary closure to wood harvesting and tree cutting on BLM-managed land in the Ray May Fire burn area on the west side of the Pine Nut Mountains south of Gardnerville in Douglas County. The order will be in effect until Aug. 1, 2014. Over the next several years, the BLM will implement post-fire rehabilitation and sta...
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11 Renown nurses to be honored
RENO — Eleven nurses from a wide range of disciplines at Renown Health were honored Friday as 2012 Nurses of Achievement. The awards, given to nurses in northern Nevada, took place at the end of Nurses Week. Nine of the Renown Health winners took home honors from 13 award categories, while facility winners were named from Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center/Post Acute Services. These Renown Health nurses were...
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Comment on proposed Churchill Co. land sale
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office, is seeking public comments on a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed direct sale to Travis Farm in Edwards Creek Valley, about 30 miles west of Austin, in Churchill County. The public is invited to submit comments on the EA through close of business on June 8. The proposed land sale consists of disposal through direct sale of ap...
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BLM Director Abbey to retire after 34 years
WASHINGTON, DC — Bureau of Land Management Director Robert Abbey announced last week that he will retire from public service at the end of May to rejoin his family full time in Mississippi. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Abbey’s three-year tenure in leadership of the nation’s largest land management agency marks the culmination of a 34 year career of state and federal service. “Bob has devoted his life and career to the service of his c...
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Sparks honored for 31 years of excellent financial reporting
SPARKS — Thirty-one years is an impressive series of wins. The city of Sparks has once again achieved the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). For the 31st consecutive year, the city received this award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. “The city of Sparks is dedicated to applying objective and sound fac...
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BLM opens Black Rock Station near Gerlach
WINNEMUCCA — The Black Rock Station visitor contact center will open Wednesday for the 2012 season. The station is just west of Gerlach in the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District. Visitors may obtain information about the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA) at the visitor contact center, which will be open over the weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, and will...
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Bowlers attend 50th tournament
Judy Dugas of Lafayette, La., and Mary Lou Baird of Steger, Ill., both made their United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships debuts at the 1963 event in Memphis, Tenn., and they recently joined elite company by making their 50th-consecutive tournament appearances.
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Food bank partnership helps cut costs
The staff at Washoe County Child Protective Services announced Thursday that they have found a way to increase the amount of food on their shelves and save money.
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City of Sparks Arts in Bloom Festival sets new date
The city of Sparks’ 10th annual Arts in Bloom Festival announced Friday that the community’s annual celebration of the arts is now set for July 21.
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Bishop Manogue holds spring concert and bake sale
RENO — Bishop Manogue’s Music Department announced Thursday that its annual Spring Concert featuring band, orchestra, choir and guitar students will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym. Admission is free, but students will be holding a bake sale and “passing the drum” to raise funds in support of Maddie Iroz. Maddie is a Bishop Manogue sophomore who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer. She has undergone surgery in San Francisco and...
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National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day
SPARKS — With the theme, “It’s Your Time,” National Women’s Health Week 2012 will begin Sunday for a week long awareness campaign that encourages women to make their health a top priority, and take simple steps for longer, healthier, and happier lives.  During National Women’s Health Week, women are encouraged to get regular checkups, and preventive screenings, get active, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and manage stress and avoid unhealthy be...
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Tahoe-Pyramid host cookie ride
RENO — The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway announced Thursday their plans to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway’s first project by hosting the public, bikeway members and the Procrastinating Pedalers on a group ride May 20 from Idlewild Park in Reno to Crystal Peak Park in Verdi. In 2005, the bikeway group built a 1-mile paved bikeway that runs north of Interstate 80 from Mogul to Verdi to get bicyclists off of the freeway, u...
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Food Bank partnership helps cut costs
Reno — The staff at Washoe County Child Protective Services (CPS) announced Thursday that they have found a way to increase the amount of food on their shelves and save money through the help of a partnership with the Kids to Seniors Korner Program and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN). Historically CPS, which is a division of Washoe County Social Services, has had a food pantry filled with non-perishable items to provide emergency food ...
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Renown Institute for Neurosciences to host Stroke Awareness ...
RENO — Renown’s Institute for Neurosciences is hosting a Stroke Awareness Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Atlantis Casino Resort. The luncheon costs $10 to attend and will focus on stroke education, including how to recognize stroke warning signs. “By recognizing the warning signs and taking action, you may be able to prevent a stroke or reduce its severity,” said David Veillette, executive vice president of specialty...
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Jones named Earth and Ecosystem Sciences director at DRI
RENO — Dr. K. Bruce Jones has been named the executive director of the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (DEES) at the Desert Research Institute (DRI). He is currently a senior scientist in the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Las Vegas coordinating research on climate change vulnerability assessments across regional centers. “We are both pleased and excited that Dr. Jones has accepted the executive division direct...
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Various faiths to bless Sparks High grads
SPARKS — The 30th annual Sparks High Schools multi-faith baccalaureate service will be held on May 20, blessing the graduating seniors. Besides prayers and blessings by area religious leaders belonging to Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jewish traditions, it will also include prayers, musical numbers and speeches by students from various Sparks high schools. Hindu leader Rajan Zed, who will be reading a blessing prayer in Sanskrit from Rig-Veda,...
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Nugget celebrate $1M raised for United Way over 14 years
 SPARKS — In celebration of its employees raising $1 million in donations for United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) over the past 14 years during workplace campaigns, John Ascuaga’s Nugget will give employees “One in a Million” themed T-shirts to wear during an employee photo op on Friday commemorating this achievement. JA Nugget employees will also be able to wear the shirt during their work shifts throughout the day. The Ascua...
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Rangeland Cheatgrass Research Project
Winnemucca — The Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District has issued an authorization to Dr. Jeremy James, Research Ecologist, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns, Ore., to conduct a four-year study on seedling establishment within cheatgrass dominated areas of the District. The research is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The broad objective...
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Renown to have 24/7 cardiac care
The emergency room (ER) at Renown Regional Medical Center now has a cardiologist on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, hospital officials announced last week.
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