Region In Brief
Nevada AG reminds about overdraft rules
CARSON CITY — As part of the 14th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is advising consumers to be aware of the rules issued by the Federal Reserve requiring banks to get a consumer consent, or “opt-in,” to pay overdraft fees for debit card single purchases and ATM overdrafts.
“If consumers have previously opted in, they have the right to opt out at any time,” Masto said. “I encourage consu...
Candidates file for office
CARSON CITY — The secretary of state’s office reported Monday that numerous candidates filed to run for various offices in this year’s general election.
• Russell Best filed as an Independent to run for Congressional District 2.
• Nancy Price file as a Democrat to run for U.S. Senate.
• Dean Heller filed as a Republican to run for U.S. Senate.
• John Ellison filed as a Republican to run for Assembly District 33.
• Janine Hansen filed as an In...
Sparks first to provide government programming on U-verse TV
SPARKS — The city of Sparks and AT&T Nevada announced Monday that the city’s local government access channel, Sparks Centennial Television (SCTV), is now available on AT&T U-verse TV Channel 99. Sparks is the first local government in Nevada to become part of the U-verse line-up.
SCTV has been accessible through Charter Communications since 2001 and can currently be viewed on Charter channel 215. The combined television access through Char...
March is Red Cross Month
RENO — March is Red Cross Month in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe. For nearly 100 years, United States presidents have called on the American people to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. Red
Cross Month is the perfect time to join the mission and help people in need by making a donation, volunteering or taking a class to learn how to save a life or...
SPARKS — In Monday’s edition of the Daily Sparks Tribune, a front page story entitled “Oh, To Be Irish!” stated that the local chapter of The Sons and Daughters of Erin held a fundraiser for St. Patrick’s grove at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno. This was incorrect.
Sunday’s fundraiser was for the Sparks Heritage Museum. The Tribune apologizes for this mistake.
March is Donor Appreciation Month at UBS
RENO — United Blood Services has declared March as its official Donor Appreciation Month.
During the month-long promotion, donors who give a pint of blood, which could save up to three lives, will receive a specially designed T-shirt. Every blood donor receives a free cholesterol test.
Potential donors can make an appointment online at www.BloodHero.com or by calling 324-6454.
SOS announces candidate filing appointment schedule
CARSON CITY — Secretary of State Ross Miller announced Friday the appointment schedule of individuals who plan to file Declarations of Candidacy for non-judicial offices in the 2012 election.
To date, five people have scheduled appointments with Elections Division.
• Ira Hansen, Assembly District 32: 8 a.m. today in Carson City
• Delmar Leatham, Assembly District 36: 9 a.m. today in Las Vegas
• Tom Grady, Assembly District 38: 10 a.m. today in...
Plan for traffic at Sen. Raggio’s memorials
The Nevada Highway Patrol will be staffing additional troopers on duty today for Sen. William J. Raggio’s rosary recitation and Monday for his funeral mass to provide assistance for the church services at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Reno.
Nevadans reminded to be better consumers
evada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and the Bureau of Consumer Protection are joining with federal, state, and local government agencies and national organizations to celebrate the 14th annual National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-10, 2012.
Vinger pulls out of county
RENO — After a great amount of discussion with the leadership of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, friends and family, Todd Vinger, the current Washoe County Undersheriff, has made the decision to remain with the Sheriff’s Office and is no longer pursuing candidacy for the office of Washoe County Commissioner for District 4, which encompasses Sparks, Spanish Springs and Wadsworth.
Vinger came to the Sheriff’s Office in early 1988. He began ...
Basque lecture series begins Saturday in Reno
RENO (AP) — A lecture series on Basque culture kicks off Saturday at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno.
The discussion to begin at 2 p.m. will focus on Basque migration to the American West.
A lecture on Basque art and politics is scheduled March 10, followed by a talk on the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum on April 7.
The lecture series corresponds with a new art exhibit featuring wax-on-muslin rubbings of carvings left by Basque shepherds on a...
Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence
partners with KPS3
RENO — Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) has chosen KPS3 Marketing, a full-service marketing and communications firm, to assist the organization with its statewide public education campaign against statutory rape.
Funding for the project was provided by the Nevada State Health Division through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. KPS3 will be responsible for strategic communications, messaging and theme...
Kitty Jung announces
candidacy for Reno City Council
RENO — Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung announced Friday that she will run for the Reno City Council Ward 5 seat. Ward 5 encompasses northwest Reno, the University district and the downtown core. The seat will soon be vacated by Councilman Dave Aiazzi due to term limits.
During her tenure serving the citizens of Washoe County, Commissioner Jung has been a strong proponent for public safety as well as a voice for quality of life indica...
City of Reno sets priorities for upcoming fiscal year
RENO — On Wednesday the Reno City Council held their strategic planning session for fiscal year 2012-2013, creating strategies that foster economic progress and stability, along with identifying and prioritizing value-added community programs.
The Reno City Council establishes annual priorities that are short-term goals for the city. These short-term goals are intended to enable the city to attain long-term goals and achieve the council’s vis...
AT&T invests $300 million in Reno-Sparks
RENO — AT&T invested more than $300 million in its greater Truckee Meadows area wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011, with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.
During 2011, AT&T made more than 125 wireless network upgrades in three key categories in the Reno-Sparks area.
“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said...
Think tank has suggestions for Nevada
CARSON CITY (AP) — A conservative think tank has released a laundry list of suggestions it says are necessary to put the Nevada on sound fiscal footing.
The report, “Solutions 2013,” was released Thursday by the Nevada Policy Research Institute as a handbook for state lawmakers in advance of the 2013 legislative session.
It includes many familiar conservative platforms, such as ending collective bargaining for public workers, revamping public...
Board approves water rate hike in southern Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southern Nevada Water Authority board has approved a rate hike that will raise residential customers’ bills by an estimated $5 a month.
Fees approved at a meeting Wednesday are based on the size of a customer’s water line. Small businesses will see an increase of about $36 per month, while a large resort would see its water bill climb by about $2,200 a month.
Water authority officials expect the price hike to generate abo...