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Free event for military personnel
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — With the holiday season now upon us, should any editorial opportunities arise, please consider this free, benevolent military event in the Palisades Room at The Village at Squaw Valley USA is hosting an event for military members on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Put on by the nonprofit Forgotten Soldiers Program and the Healing Light Institute, the event will provide free for military soldiers, officers, nurses, vetera...
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17 businesses fail alcohol stings
In follow-up to last week's alcohol sting in which eight out of 17 businesses failed and were cited, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office conducted a pre-Thanksgiving holiday operation on Monday between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight. During this operation a total of 13 establishments were visited by plainclothes deputies and an undercover minor who was able to purchase alcohol at nine of the businesses visited. Citations were issued to each o...
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Report calls for emissions standards
LAS VEGAS — Environment Nevada has released a new report and fact sheet that looks at carbon dioxide emissions, dates of construction and pollution per unit of energy produced for all 13 of Nevada’s fossil fuel-fired power plants. The report, “America’s Biggest Polluters,” uses data from 2007, the most recent year for which final data is available. It also contains data for every power plant in every state in America, through which the report ...
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Be a fan of the flood project
Facebook users are invited to become one of the first “Fans” of the Truckee River Flood Project now on Facebook. Keep up to date with the latest events, meetings, construction projects, photos, happenings and more with the Flood Project right on your own personal wall, as well as having access to the Flood Project’s Web site by clicking on the “Info” tab on the Flood Project’s page. If you have a Facebook page, search for the “Truckee River Fl...
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Apply to serve on Citizens Advisory Committee
SPARKS — Residents can apply through Monday to become members of the Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC), offering input and opinions directly to members of the City Council. Ten committee seats and five alternate seats are open to all residents, including high school students. After reviewing the applications, each member of the Sparks City Council will appoint two citizens from his or her ward for two-year terms. To apply online, go to...
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Sparks assistant city manager honored
SPARKS —Assistant City Manager Stephen W. Driscoll was recently awarded the University of Phoenix, Northern Nevada Campus, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs’ Student Leadership Award for Graduate Programs in the John Sperling School of Business. This award recognizes leadership and academic excellence and celebrates the contributions of business students who represent the very best attributes and accomplishments of the en...
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BLM seeks public comments on solar project
TONOPAH, Nev.— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tonopah Field Office seeks public comments on for the proposed Crescent Dunes Solar Energy project in Nye County, Nev. The public comment period will close Dec. 24. The comments will be considered in drafting an environmental impact statement. Two open house public meetings are scheduled for Dec. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tonopah Convention Center, 301 Brougher Ave., Tonopah, Nev., and Friday, D...
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St. Vincent’s cooks up two holiday events
RENO – St. Vincent’s Dining Room and St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, both programs of Catholic Community Services of Northern Nevada (CCSNN), will feed hundreds of area homeless and low income families this Thanksgiving. In time-honored tradition, St. Vincent’s Dining Room is offering a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner to more than 1,000 homeless men, women and children at its 325 Valley Road Dining Room on Thanksgiving Day at 11:30 a.m. John As...
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Police teach on Web how to deal with an active shooter
What Fort Hood, Columbine High School, Orlando, Fla. and Virginia Tech have in common is an “active shooter” situation in which people were killed and injured. According to Reno police, an “active shooter” is defined as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shoote...
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An old- fashioned Christmas
SPARKS – Reno Pops Orchestra presents its fourth annual holiday concert at The Rock Church at 4950 Vista Blvd. on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Guest conductor Joel Munc will lead the orchestra in an assortment of holiday music including “Polar Express,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and LeRoy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” A vocal ensemble will join the orchestra for Alfred Burt’s “Christmas Caro...
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RTC Ride’s community spirit on display in parades
SPARKS – Two local parades will feature Regional Transportation Commission transit in support of community programs for local children and seniors. RTC’s Toyland Express will roll in Reno’s Holidazzle parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday and the agency’s historic 1950s Bus 109 will ride in the Sparks’ Hometowne Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. on Dec. 5. In Reno, the RTC Toyland Express will promote the annual Camp Christmas, a partnership with the Salvati...
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Cornucopia of Corn at Lattin Farms
FALLON ––Their corn maze is finished for the season and farmer Rick Lattin, of Lattin Farms in Fallon, and family are giving it away. On Dec. 12, visitors can come to the farm to harvest, shuck and grind as much corn as they can carry. This is the second year for the free event. Several antique corn shellers and grinders will be available for use. The dried corn can be used for cooking and baking, bird seed or chicken feed. The farm bakery and...
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Sparks groups collecting goodies for Nimitz crew
SPARKS – The Sparks Greenbrae Lions Club and Washoe County’s Sparks Senior Center are teaming up once again to gather goodies for crew members aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz. The first effort in September collected 69 boxes filled with everything from candy to games and magazines. The response from the crew was emotional and ecstatic so it was only natural to follow up with a holiday delivery. The ship already carries most of the basic supplies, so ...
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Towing company donates van lift
SPARKS – M and M Towing, with the assistance of Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, donated a commercial electronic van lift used to lift wheelchairs into vehicles to the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living in Sparks (NNCIL). M and M Towing owner Mark Dingley acquired a new transport shuttle bus that had been in a collision. While the bus was inoperable, the lift attached to it was brand new, undamaged and in good working order. Washoe C...
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Toy, clothing drive to benefit “Christmas on the Corridor”
RENO – Terrible’s Rail City Casino, the Reno Sparks Corridor Business Association (RSCBA), and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office hope to bring Christmas to many children who would otherwise go without this holiday season. A toy and clothing drive will be held on Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rail City parking lot. The goal is to fill a 17-foot by 24-foot truck with items to be given to needy children through the “Christmas on the Corri...
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RTC Ride bus schedule on Thanksgiving Day
RENO – RTC Ride will follow Sunday service schedules on Thursday. RTC Sierra Spirit, the free service in downtown Reno, operates on the regular schedule every day of the year, including holidays. RTC Intercity will not operate.  For information, go to rtcwashoe.com or call 348-RIDE. The RTC is the regional public agency responsible for all aspects of surface transportation in the Truckee Meadows.  For complete RTC information go to rtcwashoe.c...
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2009 UNR Winter Commencement
The University of Nevada, Reno’s Winter Commencement will take place on Dec. 5 at Lawlor Events Center. Students and faculty leaders will assemble for commencement at 8 a.m. and the formal processional begins at 8:30 a.m. University President Milton Glick will welcome attendees. Public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, directly north of Lawlor.
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Mayors to attend community Thanksgiving dinner
A coalition of community churches and businesses are behind an effort to serve a community Thanksgiving dinner to those in need on Monday and Tuesday. Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini will attend the holiday outreach program located at Sixth and Center streets on Tuesday at 11 a.m. On Monday, coffee and donuts will be served all day. Harrah's will provide a Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. that evening. On Tuesday, the Silver ...
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Enter to win car from National Automobile Museum
The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, has raffled 14 cars and generated $295,000 in proceeds to benefit the museum over the years. The winning ticket is drawn at the Museum’s anniversary party each November. After the winner is announced the raffle car for the upcoming year is unveiled during the anniversary celebration. The 2009 raffle car winner is a former Reno resident who has since moved to Louisiana. He was visiting his ...
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Grant supports HIV testing and AIDS programs
The city of Reno's Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs) are showing support for services and programs aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as offering counseling and other services to those who have AIDS or been exposed to the AIDS virus. The NABs in Wards One ($1,000), Two Central ($1,000), Two South ($500), Three ($1,000), Five Northwest ($1,500), and Five Old Northwest ($1,500) approved a request for a total of $6,500 in Commun...
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