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Town hall seeks to prevent underage drug use, drinking
RENO — To raise awareness in the community that substance abuse is an issue that affects everyone, ACCEPT will host a Prevention Town Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. At the event, recovering youths, local police department representatives and a local attorney will be part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Prevention Week 2012, a time for communities to come together and focus on the i...
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Rangers to hold ‘If Parks Could Talk’ series
RENO — Oh, the stories Galena Creek Regional Park could tell. Galena Creek is no stranger to local history having witnessed the Comstock Lode’s unprecedented demand on natural resources, the early days of recreation in the Sierra, severe mountain floods and the birth and development of one of the county’s most popular parks. Join Washoe County Park Ranger John Keesee for an evening of stories from Galena Creek Regional Park at 7 p.m. on May 31...
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Jehovah’s Witnesses to hold convention
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — People often hear the expression “follow your heart” but rarely hear “Safeguard your heart.” The latter phrase will be heard many times this weekend during the 2012 “Safeguard Your Heart!” district convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, scheduled to begin Friday morning at Sacramento Convention Center. The convention will highlight Biblical references to the heart. The program also will encourage self-scrutiny and reflection, ...
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School district seeks input on search for new superintendent
RENO — The Washoe County School District board of trustees has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to gather information from the public regarding the search for a new superintendent of schools. This is an opportunity for members of the community to offer input as the district moves ahead with the recruitment and selection process. During these informal conversations, board members will listen to parents, district employees and community ...
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Update on Truckee Meadows Tomorrow
RENO — Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, a local non-profit, sent an announcement last week stating that, with the current economic climate, it was unable this year to conduct its annual community-wide survey. The organization has, however, been able to continue research into community quality of life indicators, which show both positive and negative movement in several areas. A snapshot of those indicators is below: • For Families in the Truckee Mead...
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Summer program expected to feed hundreds of children
RENO — Swimming, skateboarding, biking and playing on the monkey bars are all summer activities for children — except those who are hungry. Low-income children who depend on free lunch and breakfast at school can be at risk of hunger during the summer break when school meals are not available. About 28,000 students, or 44 percent of students in Washoe County School District, qualify for free lunch at school. Many don’t know where to turn for a...
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UNR scientists design indoor navigation system for blind
RENO — University of Nevada, Reno computer science engineering duo Kostas Bekris and Eelke Folmer presented their indoor navigation system for people with visual impairments at two national conferences in the past two weeks. The researchers explained how a combination of human-computer interaction and motion-planning research was used to build a low-cost, accessible navigation system called Navatar, which can run on a standard smartphone. “Exi...
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Buy a radio ad, help a veteran
RENO — My Journey Home of Nevada, a local non-profit founded by Elaine Voigt, announced Friday its newest member of the board of directors, Bill Thomas of Reno. Besides being a Marine Corps veteran who served as a “tunnel rat” in Vietnam, Thomas is also the host of the popular radio talk show “The Wounded Veteran,” heard on 99.1FM TALK, Fox News Radio. The talk show also is promoting a special through which advertisers can help veterans find w...
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Get viewers for today’s eclipse
The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, expects to have a few viewers left for sale today to view the eclipse that will occur late this afternoon.
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Outdoor displays, unlimited rides on Memorial Day
For those with a taste for travel on Memorial Day, the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City offers up a full menu Saturday through Monday.
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Public meeting on Plumas Street changes
Residents, bicyclists and individuals who frequently drive on Plumas Street are encouraged to attend an upcoming Regional Transportation Commission public meeting regarding proposed improvements to Plumas Street.
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Incline Elementary School honored for raising donations
Students of the Washoe County School District have stepped up to help children with cancer and their families in northern Nevada.
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United Way to reduce child abuse, feed senior citizens
United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra announced Friday funding for two partner agencies in its region: Child Assault Prevention in Washoe County and Senior Citizens of Humboldt County.
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Adventure Day returns to Sparks Marina
SPARKS — People with disabilities and their friends and family are invited to explore summertime sports at Mark Wellman’s Adventure Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at the Sparks Marina Park. This free event will feature hand-cycling, kayaking, sailing and adapted rock climbing in a safe, fun environment. All ages and abilities are encouraged to come out and try something new. Sunscreen and close-toed shoes are required. For more information...
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Stout, sweet stout
RENO — Great Basin Brewing Co. brought home the silver medal in the Sweet Stout category for its Outlaw Oatmeal Stout at the World Beer Cup in an awards ceremony that took place in San Diego, Calif. on May 5. This year, a record 799 breweries from 54 countries vied for the awards, with 3,921 beers entered in 95 beer style categories. Great Basin’s silver medal award is one of only 284 awarded by the Brewers Association that evaluates beers fro...
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Supreme Court to hear possible foreclosure mediation changes
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court will conduct a public hearing on July 9 regarding proposed amendments to the state’s foreclosure mediation rules. The proposed amendments are attached as an exhibit to the order scheduling the hearing, which is available online at www.nevadajudiciary.us/index.php/viewdocumentsandforms/func-startdown/8839/. The hearing will be held in the Nevada Supreme Court Courtroom at 201 S. Carson St. in Carson City a...
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Solar viewers sell out at planetarium
RENO — As Sunday’s solar eclipse nears, the Fleishmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeing great interest in the purchase of solar viewers. In fact, the planetarium has sold about 17,000 viewers and is currently out of stock. More are expected to arrive mid-day today, but it is anticipated this additional shipment will go quickly. UNR experts remind residents that it is not safe to watch the solar eclipse...
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Extreme Rock Crawling to hold season opener at ‘The Giant’s ...
RENO — The Cal-Neva Extreme Rock Crawling competition will start the 2012 crawling series with Round 1 at the Giant’s Throne, Exit 28 just outside Reno Saturday and Sunday. Presented by Yukon Gear & Axle, Cal-Neva Extreme is a four-round, natural-terrain competitive rock crawling series that delivers an action-packed weekend with more than 120 courses run each day, all open to the public. Cal-Neva hosts several rock biting teams, coming from a...
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Arm wrestling championship this weekend
RENO —  Harrah’s Reno, and the Ultimate Armwrestling League, proudly present the 2012 USAF Unified National Armwrestling Championships on Saturday. This distinctive one-of-a-kind sporting event will treat fans to a high-energy night filled with music, gorgeous go-go girls and knock-down, drag-out, arm wrestling mayhem. The Saturday main event will feature finals in each weight class competing for a chance to represent the United States at the ...
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AAA office ‘pays it forward’ to benefit Special Olympics
CARSON CITY — An open house event today at the AAA Carson City office will benefit Special Olympics Nevada. The event will include a silent auction, special insurance counseling, travel advice and ample refreshments. Proceeds from the silent auction, with items ranging from a glider plane ride to a round of golf, will benefit the local Special Olympics. Pat Shaw, who runs the AAA Carson City office, was motivated by her husband, John. Shaw’s h...
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