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Lockwood Trailhead closed for tree trim, removal
RENO — Washoe County’s Lockwood Trailhead will be closed through Monday for tree pruning and removal. This work, which began Wednesday, is part of ongoing restoration efforts at this trailhead located along the Truckee River east of Sparks. Restoration work increases the health of the remaining trees and enhances the trailhead’s use as a unique location for hiking, fishing and bird watching. The Lockwood Trailhead is managed by Washoe County’s...
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Give input on Virginia St. bridge rehab
RENO — The public is invited to provide input and get involved in the future of a Reno icon. A Virginia Street bridge project public outreach open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center, located at 925 Riverside Drive. At this meeting, attendees will learn about the project, its process and its progress. This is a great opportunity to provide feedback about the bridge types and preliminary themes ...
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Learn about volunteering with the county
RENO — Washoe County will be hosting an information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 28 to discuss new volunteer opportunities with several of the county’s departments. All interested citizens are invited to attend. Washoe County Manager Katy Simon and county officials from the departments involved in the volunteer efforts will be on hand to talk about opportunities for citizens to help provide critical human services to some of the county’...
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TMCC to unveil new nursing program
RENO — Truckee Meadows Community College will recognize a donation from the Maxine S. Jacobs Foundation in an official naming ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the college’s Dandini Campus. The ceremony, which will honor the foundation’s namesake and late wife of Herb Jacobs, will include an unveiling of the sign for the newly named Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program, the top-rated nursing program in Nevada. Dr. Maria Sheehan, president of TMCC, and...
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ProNet hosts blood drive
RENO — ProNet staffing service is sponsoring a summer blood drive on Monday for United Blood Services of Reno at the organization’s office located at 1201 Terminal Way, Suite. 100. The United Blood Services mobile unit will be on hand taking blood donations from former and current ProNet members in the parking lot behind ProNet’s office. To sign up, stop by the ProNet office or call 674-5408. Each unit of donated blood can help save three live...
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Silver College redesigned for retiree learning
RENO — Truckee Meadows Community College’s Silver College has expanded and increased ease of registration to enhance retirees’ learning experiences. New categories include music, arts and crafts, language and tai chi, which complement the college’s photography, computer and writing classes that have always been offered. Classes start Aug. 29. Registration for these noncredit classes is faster and easier, as students no longer have to submit an...
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Mixer to gather supplies for needy students
RENO — The Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce monthly business mixer is a good place for members to network in a social setting. The event Thursday will still provide a networking opportunity but also will benefit the community. The Salvation Army is hosting a barbecue for the July meeting and is asking chamber members to donate school supplies to help fill backpacks for students from low-income families. The Salvation Army’s back to school progr...
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BLM seeks Comments on McCoy II project
CARSON CITY — The Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment (EA) for the McCoy II Geothermal Exploration Project proposed by Magma Energy (U.S.) Corporation. The BLM will accept public comments on the EA through close of business on Aug. 18. The proposed geothermal exploration project is in the northern area of Edwards Creek Valley, in Churchill...
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NDOT project named among best in region
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Projects that reduced congestion, shortened project delivery times, improved access to rural communities and made commuting safer were recognized Monday as winners of America’s Transportation Awards at the annual meeting of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). “Our states are doing great work in challenging times,” said Susan Martinovich, AASHTO president and director of the Nev...
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Volunteers needed in August to build Tahoe trails
INCLINE VILLAGE — The 2011 Rim to Reno trail season kickoff has been postponed until Aug. 6 due to heavy snow in the project area. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is seeking volunteers to construct trail that day at the first workday of the year starting at 9 a.m. at the Mt. Rose Trailhead near the summit of the Mt. Rose Highway. In October 2010, representatives from the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Carson Ranger District of the United States ...
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Statewide health insurer partners with national network
RENO — Saint Mary’s Health Plans (SMHP) has announced a new partnership with First Health, which will serve as the statewide health plans’ national PPO network for use outside Nevada. The network is now being offered to all new group PPO plans and, throughout the next year, SMHP will be available to all insured groups at the time of renewal. “Being part of a national PPO network strengthens our product offerings and expands health care access ...
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Create a unique silk scarf using materials from the garden
RENO — Flowers and other materials growing in the garden make for wonderful natural dyes. Learn how to use these garden materials to create a unique silk scarf during a hands-on workshop offered by the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6 in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum. Botanical Society member Marilynn Clark will demonstrate how to extract dyes from dead-headed flowers to color scarves. Clark is an expert on natural dyeing...
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VIP parking now on sale for Balloon Race
RENO — After many years of requests, Great Reno Balloon Race officials have made VIP reserved parking available for advance purchase at the Balloon Race website, www.renoballoon.com. Parking passes are $20 per day and will allow spectators to park closer to the launch field than ever before. There are only 150 passes available for each day of the event, Sept. 9, 10 and 11 and they are expected to sell quickly. VIP parking must be purchased onl...
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Book signing helps the arts
RENO — Doug Nelson, founder and senior adviser of TCI Wealth Advisors, recently published “Art, Artists and Money,” a book aimed at helping artists better understand their financial options. Nelson will be hosting a free book signing event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sierra Arts Gallery. For a minimum donation of $10 to the Sierra Arts Foundation, guests will receive a signed copy of the book. The Sierra Arts Gallery is located at 1...
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BLM seeks public input for Spruce Mtn. Rec Area
ELKO ­— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wells Field Office is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues for the Spruce Mountain Recreation amendment to the 1985 Wells Resource Management Plan (RMP).  The BLM is seeking public input to develop recreation management planning for off-highway vehicle use in this area.  A notice of intent to prepare a plan amendment and environmental assessme...
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BLM/DOE release Environmental Assessment
ELKO — In cooperation with the Department of Energy, the Bureau of Land Management’s Elko District Office, Tuscarora Field Office released an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Tuscarora Geothermal Plant and corresponding Electric Transmission Line. Ormat Nevada Inc. is the project proponent. The DoE and BLM prepared a joint EA providing current analysis regarding the impacts of the proposed geothermal power plant and electric transmission l...
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Make history at Tahoe Rim Trail backcountry camp
INCLINE VILLAGE — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA), will host two Backcountry Camps on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT), Aug. 6-7 and Sept. 3-5.  Volunteers have shown their appreciation for this public recreation trail through 25 years of backcountry camps. Both camps will be held at near the Mt. Rose Trailhead of the TRT, at the top of Hwy 431. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. The Tahoe Rim Trail circles the moun...
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BLM to repair roads to Pine Forest Mountain Range
WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District will begin repairs within the next two weeks on damage to roads and/or camping areas in the vicinity of Knott Creek Reservoir and Onion Valley Reservoir as well as to Blue Lakes. Severe washouts to the roads in this area of the Pine Forest Range from the unusually wet spring and vehicle traffic caused the damage. The repairs are needed in order to avoid further deterioration...
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Superhero pub crawl to benefit school district
RENO — Reno’s original Superhero Pub Crawl presented by Reno Tahoe Tonight will start at 8 p.m. today at Biggest Little City Club at 188 California Ave. This year the event will feature 17 different bars serving $2 and $3 drink specials. $5 A map and cup to participate in the specials cost $5. Special VIP cups are available at the event website, www.superherocrawl.com, offering to save purchasers more than half their money by granting them one...
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‘The Discovery’ hires marketing, PR manager
RENO — In preparation for its opening in September, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum recently hired a marketing and public relations (PR) manager. Patrick Turner, who will now handles marketing and PR for the organization, comes with 15 years of experience in marketing and advertising. Additionally, Katie Green was hired as office manager in March and Mikaela Medieros joined as marketing/development intern in May. The Discovery, whi...
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