Region In Brief
Berkley, Heller, trade jabs over gas prices
CARSON CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley are pointing fingers at each other for rising gasoline prices and trying to tie consumers’ pain at the pumps to each other’s votes on the Keystone pipeline.
Berkley on Tuesday criticized Heller for voting against a bill stipulating that no crude oil from the transcontinental pipeline could be exported. Berkley says Heller would rather send oil overseas then us...
Fitzgeralds in Vegas to become the D
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fitzgeralds hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas is planning to rename itself the D Las Vegas and spend $15 million to renovate while it remains open.
Casino owner Derek Stevens said Tuesday that he bought the casino last year with the intention of changing its name and sprucing things up to make it a hotter spot.
“I really didn’t want to buy the hotel to maintain the (current) hotel,” Stevens told The Associated Press.
Road project changes I-15 access to route 215 west
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A major road construction project is changing the way drivers get to Clark County route 215 westbound from southbound Interstate 15.
Starting Wednesday morning, drivers must enter an access road just south of Tropicana Avenue to get to route 215 or Russell Road.
Traffic from Tropicana Avenue and Russell Road will be able to access I-15 southbound, I-215 eastbound, and route 215 westbound via the access road.
Traffic heading ...
Springtime a challenge for wild birds
RENO — March is one of the most difficult and stressful times of the year for wild birds. After surviving the long, barren winter, birds still face the challenge of finding food.
Birds’ natural food supply is at its lowest point of the year. Insect populations are low, and the few remaining wild fruits, berries, seeds and nuts are either hidden or undesirable. Spring’s unpredictable weather doesn’t make life any easier. Sunny, warm, spring-li...
Kids University returns to UNR this summer
RENO — Registration begins March 24 for another summer of KIDS University, presented by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.
This day camp is open to children entering grades 2 through 8, with seven weeklong sessions to energize minds and bodies all summer long. The camp runs Monday through Friday, from June 11 to July 27. Online registration is available from 8 a.m. March 24 through July 22. Early registration is encouraged as...
Group’s poll shows much
support for Yucca Mtn.
RENO — A group called Nevadans 4 Carbon Free Energy issued a release last week stating that 34 percent of Nevadans say the research project at Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada should be closed, according to a survey by Public Opinion Strategies of 500 likely voters.
The poll, taken in late February by pollster Greg Bolger, showed that 62 percent of Nevadans support the creation of a research park for the study of reprocessing of spent nuclea...
comm. facility near Fernley
WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office has issued a Decision Record (DR) to move forward with the Shamrock Communications ROW Project, a 1,469-foot tower with a beacon that includes a transmitter building, an electrical distribution line and road access. The project involves 67 acres of public lands located about 22 miles northeast of Fernley in the Jessup area north of Interstate 8...
UNR students to spend break rehabbing
RENO — While other college students will be heading off to tan in Cancun, a team of University of Nevada, Reno students will be volunteering in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada. The group will be investing their time and energy into maintaining public hiking trails, naturalizing unauthorized vehicle routes and planting native vegetation.
The students will be camping out under the stars from March 18 through 24 in undevel...
People to plunge into Tahoe for Special Olympics
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Hundreds of brave souls, many dressed in crazy costumes, are jumping into Lake Tahoe this Saturday as part of the 2012 Polar Plunge, co-hosted by Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada. The community is invited to participate in the festivities, which will include entertainment, a costume contest and prizes, as well as Special Olympics athletes, coaches, and volunteers who will share their experiences with the orga...
drumming, hand games at trail center
ELKO — From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Native American singers and drummers will perform at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Songs, passed down through generations of the Shoshone or Newe people will be sung.
Featured performers are Bryan Hudson, Lois Whitney, Jeremiah Jones and more. These Native American Artists will pass down their musical traditions to the Shoshone youth of Elko and Battle Mountain as well as for the enjoyment of the ...
County treasurer issues update on Incline tax refund
As the result of a challenge lodged this week in District Court by a group of Incline Village/Crystal Bay taxpayers concerning the applicability of a legislative change, the rate of interest to be paid on court-ordered property tax refunds is currently in dispute.
AmeriCorps supports rural communities
AmeriCorps members at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation and the Winnemucca Nevada Outdoor School positively impact education, public safety, health and the environment in rural Nevada.
Alliance for Victim’s Rights seeks award nominees
RENO — The Alliance for Victim’s Rights (AVR) will honor outstanding individuals and businesses who have contributed to the betterment of victims of crime in Northern Nevada through the 2012 “Bringing Respect and Honor to Victims” awards.
AVR is looking for nominations in the following categories:
Outstanding Community Member (Helping Hands Award)
Outstanding Advocate (Essence of Advocacy Award)
Outstanding Volunteer Advocate (Kind Heart Awar...
Residents in long-term care facilities need advocates
RENO — The sate’s Aging and Disability Services Division has added a volunteer component to its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Volunteers will serve as advocates for residents over the age of 60 living in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the number of baby boomers in Nevada who are 65 and older has increased since 2000 by 48 percent, compared to a 15 percent increase nationwide. With this i...
Volunteers saluted during AmeriCorps Week
RENO — Everyday AmeriCorps members are serving across the state of Nevada to make our communities safer, stronger and healthier. Join Gov. Brian Sandoval as he proclaims AmeriCorps week, March 10 through 18, as an opportune time for all Nevadans to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service getting the vital work done in communities across Nevada.
“I decided to join AmeriCorps to give back to my community. It gives me not only the ...
tournament to benefit Washoe Drive Fire
RENO — Pacific 5 is holding a Texas hold-em poker tournament at the Grand Sierra Resort Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.
An entry fee of $70 is required with a $50 buy-in plus a $20 GSR sign-up fee. Entry fees are tax deductible. Prizes include $1,000 to $500 or a weekend getaway. Food, drinks and entertainment will be provided.
100 percent of the funds raised will be going to the victims who lost their homes in the Washoe Drive Fire. At the c...