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Carson City ready for annual ghost walk
CARSON CITY — The rich and intriguing history of Nevada’s capital will be explored and theatrically relived in the 19th annual classic ghost walk. The Carson City ghost walk is a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s Victorian era and diverse past. Meet lingering spirits of the past, with many haunted and paranormal stories to take in. Some of the spirits even lead the guided walking tours of the downtown district’s...
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Social Security to dedicate new hearing office
RENO — The Social Security Administration will dedicate a new hearing office at 10 a.m. Friday at 300 Booth St., Suite 4000. Social Security’s administrative appeals operation, under the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, is the largest administrative judicial system in the world. Agency administrative law judges conduct hearings and issue approximately 750,000 decisions each year. This is the second permanent hearing office located...
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Firefighters to make pancakes for pencils
RENO — It’s “Pancakes for Pencils” on Saturday as the Lemmon Valley Volunteer Fire Department holds a pancake breakfast to help support the students and staff of Lemmon Valley Elementary School. “The school is in need of basic supplies such as notebooks, pencils, highlighters, colored pencils and dry erase markers,” said Lemmon Valley VFD member Dulcie Lilly. From 8 a.m. to noon, Lemmon Valley’s volunteer firefighters will serve a pancake brea...
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Boot filled with $22,000-plus
SPARKS — Firefighters were overwhelmed by the charity witnessed during the 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association event this past week. MDA donations to “Fill the Boot” were taken from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 at two locations in Sparks: the Nugget Rib Cook-Off on Victorian Avenue and the Sparks Mercantile Center at the corner of North McCarran Boulevard and Pyramid Way. Between the two locations, a total of $22,046 was collected. “I was overwhelm...
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Crexendo offers web-building experience to UNR students
RENO — Despite whether they have any previous experience building websites, interested students at the University of Nevada, Reno will have free website software and web hosting until the end of December, and the opportunity to win a share of $18,000 being awarded to students who build the best sites in a university-wide student competition. The Crexendo University Program (UP) is a college program sponsored by Crexendo Business Solutions, Inc...
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Help clean up at Carson River
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office, the Kiwanis Club of Carson City, the Carson River Advisory Committee and the Don’t Trash Nevada Campaign invite local residents to join them from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 17 in Carson City for an annual cleanup of public land along the banks of the Carson River, Brunswick Canyon and Prison Hill Recreation Area. Meet at the BLM-Carson City Distri...
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Nevada’s gas prices rise last week
CARSON CITY — Average retail gasoline prices in Nevada have risen 11.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.67 per gallon by week’s end. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67 per gallon, according to gasoline price website NevadaGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Nevada during the past week, prices yesterday were 87.9 cents per gallon higher than t...
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Off-duty policeman fatally hits pedestrian
HENDERSON (AP) — A 58-year-old pedestrian from Henderson has died of his injuries after he was struck by a pickup truck driven by an off-duty southern Nevada police officer. Authorities say 39-year-old Henderson police officer Wavie Reed was making a left turn on a green light Friday afternoon when he hit a man in a crosswalk. The man was taken to the hospital but died early Saturday. Reed has been an officer for 10 years. Officials say they a...
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Western Region Button Show
SPARKS — John Ascuaga’s Nugget will host the Western Region Button Show Oct. 14 – 16. Featuring 53 tables of buttons and 24 notable dealers, this one-of-a-kind show has something for all collectors and crafters. A $6 door donation gets you in for the whole weekend of button shopping. For more information, contact Gil Biggie at 223-0542 or dbgb@charter.net.
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North Valleys CAB meeting rescheduled
NORTH VALLEYS — The regular meeting of the North Valleys Citizen Advisory Board Scheduled for Sept. 12 has been cancelled. The meeting has been rescheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Cold Springs Community Park, 3355 White Lake Parkway in Cold Springs. For more information, visit www.washoecounty.us/comdev/boards_commissions/cab/north_valleys/nv_index.htm
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Gov. pushes ‘spirit of service’ as Sept. 11 nears
CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada Volunteers is asking residents to join their governor by pledging to serve as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks nears. The statewide volunteering commission says their campaign aims to capture the attitude of service and outpouring of donations that followed the terrorist attacks. Officials say Gov. Brian Sandoval will be signing his own community service pledge before the anniversary. Nevadans can find the...
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Firm’s solar trash compactor gains support at UNLV
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County’s waste management contractor and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have teamed up to find a way to go green while treating trash. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Republic Services of Southern Nevada has installed the Las Vegas-area’s first solar-powered trash compactor at UNLV. Officials say the compactor will conserve energy and save money. The device is built by Alabama-based Marathon Equipment Co....
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Obesity Forum Thursday
RENO — The Washoe County Health District and numerous community partners will host the third annual Obesity Forum from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the UNR Joe Crowley Student Union. The forum’s goal is to inspire individuals and organizations to support efforts to prevent and reduce obesity in Washoe County through education and collaboration across all sectors. The event is free and limited to 200 participants. Registration information...
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HOPES appoints new executive director
RENO — Northern Nevada HOPES is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sharon Chamberlain as its new executive director. Chamberlain has an impressive background spanning nearly 20 years in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Her previous work involved  being the executive director for an HIV organization in Los Angeles. She also sat on the county commission for HIV in LA. Sharon also worked for an agency in Eugene, Ore., where her hard work resulte...
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Best-selling author featured in Discover Science Lecture Series
RENO — Take an entertaining trip into the science of life in space with best-selling author Mary Roach in the first presentation of this year’s Discover Science Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The writer and humorist will focus on her latest book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, in the free Sept. 13 lecture. Knowing that space is a world void of the things we humans need to live and thrive — air, g...
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Tennis Open coming soon
RENO — The Nevada Tennis Open #3 will be held Sept. 24 and 25 at the Reno Tennis Center on Plumas Street in Reno.  This year’s event has two formats, one open to juniors singles 10-18 years old and it is USTA sanctioned; also an adult doubles tournament is open for all skill levels for adults 18 years and older. Entry fee is $43.50 per player for juniors, and $60 per team for adults which includes T-shirts and a lunch provided by Port of Subs ...
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Mercedes-Benz presents annual charity golf tournament
RENO — The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championships will take place Sept. 19 at Montreux Golf and Country Club. A portion of all event proceeds will go directly to The Children’s Cabinet. All participant registrations include 18 holes of golf with cart and range, as well as a tee gift courtesy of Nike golf, post-play dinner and libations and a silent auction. In addition, The Children’s Cabinet will receive $100 per registration. For more than ...
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Get Out The Vote program in congressional special election
RENO — The Reno-Sparks NAACP this week voted to immediately launch a major Get Out The Vote (GOTV) drive for the Congressional District 2 (CD2) special election. The local civic engagement effort is part of the National NAACP “This Is My Vote 2012” campaign which was launched at the July NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles. Seven adults and four youth council members from the Reno-Sparks branch attended. Early voting locations are availab...
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‘Try Eryn Tri’ Triathlon at Sparks Marina on Sept. 11
SPARKS — The first ever “Try Eryn Tri” Sprint Triathlon will take place at the Sparks Marina Park on Sept. 11 to benefit children with rare genetic disorders. The race begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee includes a technical T-shirt, barbecue catered lunch, and direct support to the Coffin-Lowry Syndrome Foundation.  Registration rates and details are available online at www.TryErynTri.com. Register online or on the morning of the event. “Try Eryn ...
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Inspiring Nevadans to volunteer
RENO — In honor of the spirit of service that followed the events on 9/11, Nevada Volunteers is asking Nevadans to pledge to make a difference for the coming year. So many Americans were inspired to volunteer in numerous ways immediately after 9/11. Ten years later, we want to re-ignite that spirit of service. Nevada Volunteers, the state commission on national and community service, is asking residents across the state to think of unique ways...
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