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Burning holiday paper is not recommended
RENO — The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department is asking Truckee Meadows residents not to burn wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and Christmas trees. “As tempting as it may be to quickly clean up the paper by putting it in the fireplace or wood stove, residents need to remember that burning colored and metallic papers releases toxic pollutants into the air,” AQMD Director Kevin Dick said in a wr...
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Police try to help homeless find services
RENO — Hoping to reach out to homeless individuals and connect them with available services, the Reno Police Department walked along the banks of the Truckee River on Wednesday. “Our goal for the outreach was to let people know of the available services there are in our community, including services for veterans, and hopefully connect them with the programs and resources that can help them,” Lt. Shannon Wiecking said. The outreach was conducte...
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Salvation Army launches drive for last-minute tax deductions
People looking for a last-minute tax deduction for 2010 are in luck. The Salvation Army will be accepting donations at two locations on New Year’s Eve until midnight.
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Keep families safe during the holidays
The Sparks Fire Department would like to remind the public about these guidelines when preparing holiday trimmings and goodies.
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Reid: Rural counties receive geothermal revenues
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday announced that as part of a bill providing government funding through March 4, a provision was included that will restore much-needed geothermal revenue to rural counties throughout Nevada.
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City of Sparks holiday closures
SPARKS — In observance of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, Sparks City Hall will be closed on Friday for Christmas Eve and Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve. The city’s Community Services Department (formerly Public Works and Community Development), Municipal Court and Parks and Recreation departments will be closed, including the Alf Sorensen Community Center and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center. In addition to the Christmas and New Year’s Day...
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Free seminars about home preservation
RENO — The Washoe County Senior Law Project is holding several free seminars concerning home preservation. These seminars are open to the general public. Basic foreclosure information: This is a general informational seminar covering such issues as the time frame of the foreclosure process and common options that are available from mortgage companies. There will be a question and answer session at the end for more specific concerns. This semin...
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Public meeting about Sheldon Land withdrawal
WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office is holding a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the BLM office located at 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information associated with the proposed 20-year extension of a withdrawal of 457,800 acres for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge from federal mining laws, but no...
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Nevada Magazine’s anniversary edition available
CARSON CITY — In January 1936, the state highway department introduced Nevada Highways and Parks — known today as Nevada Magazine. In 2011, the state’s official tourism publication celebrates its 75th anniversary. To honor the milestone, the magazine has produced a 192-page special edition, now available for purchase. Subscribers, history buffs and general Nevada enthusiasts can order the 75th-anniversary edition now at www.nevadamagazine.com ...
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Senior Care explains health care reform
RENO — Senior Care Plus, a Medicare Advantage Plan offered by Hometown Health, is concerned that many Washoe County Medicare-eligible beneficiaries are unaware of recent health care reform changes that will affect their opportunity to select private health insurance for next year. The Medicare annual enrollment period ends Dec. 31 with an effective date of Jan. 1. During the annual enrollment period Medicare-eligible beneficiaries can sign up ...
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Time running short for 2010 tax moves
SAN DIEGO — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers they have about two weeks left to make their final financial moves for the 2010 tax year. Taxpayers might find tax planning done now could save time and money later. Several key points to consider: • Charitable contributions — Make 2010 deductible charitable contributions no later than Dec. 31. If the taxpayer’s goal is a legitimate tax deduction, give to a qualified public charit...
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Local hosts weight loss challenge
RENO — Local resident Stephene Rose has launched a 12-week non-profit course that offers tips on nutrition and exercise, paired with a hint of competition and a lot of fun. The challenge will be held on Monday nights at 6 p.m , beginning on Jan. 3 at Rose’s home in Reno. There is a $35 entrance fee to join the challenge, $25 of which will be paid out in cash and prizes to the three people who lose the biggest percentage of their weight. It is ...
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NVAR makes statement on energy audits
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Association of Realtors (NVAR) issued the following statement Friday about new energy evaluation regulations set to take effect next month in Nevada. “On Dec. 16, 2010, new regulations were passed regarding a home seller’s energy evaluation. These regulations go into effect Jan. 1, 2011. There is a lot of false information circulating regarding these regulations,” said NVAR President Linda Rheinberger, broker and owner o...
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Redfield funds UNR’s National Merit Scholars
RENO — The Nell J. Redfield Foundation has committed $750,000 to establish the Nell J. Redfield Foundation National Merit Scholarship Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Redfield Foundation will sponsor a total cohort of 20 National Merit Scholars beginning this fall, with the potential to make this an ongoing program. “We are tremendously grateful to the Redfield Foundation for their generosity and commitment to our efforts to recr...
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Local Dems applaud repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
RENO — The Democratic Party of Washoe County (WashoeDEMS) issued a statement Sunday applauding the U.S. Senate’s actions Saturday in repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” military policy, and expressing disappointment in the Senate’s rejection of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would have given young illegal immigrants a chance to gain legal status. “We are very appreciative of Sen. Harry Reid’s leade...
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Two weeks left to recycle phone books
RENO — The annual AT&T Real Yellow Pages phone book recycling program Project ReDirectory ends on Dec. 31. For two more weeks, residents can recycle their phone books at area Scolari’s and Sack ’n Save stores, Waste Management Recycle America and AT&T offices or with curbside recyclables. AT&T and the Arbor Day Foundation will donate trees to area parks when the books are recycled at select park locations. In Sparks, bring phone books to the S...
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Saint Mary’s announces nationally accredited breast center
RENO – Thursday, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center announced it has become the first and only medical center in the state of Nevada with a nationally accredited breast program, earning its certification from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The community gathered for a special celebration outside Saint Mary’s Center for Health while pink-clad performers rappelled from the roof of the building, revealing two lar...
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Worm research has implications for human disease studies
RENO – It’s just a worm, a tiny soil-dwelling nematode worm – but the implications are big for biomedicine and circadian biology as shown in a recent study authored by University of Nevada, Reno researcher Alexander van der Linden. The article on the circadian clock of the Caenorhabditis elegans worm was published in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal, PLoS Biology. “Circadian rhythms are important in all organisms because they regulate bi...
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Securities Division helps investors assess risks of peer-to-...
CARSON CITY - Secretary of State Ross Miller’s Securities Division is issuing an alert to encourage investors to be mindful of the risks of online loan “matchmaking,” which is known as peer-to-peer lending, social lending, person-to-person lending or P2P. Peer-to-peer lending is on the rise as borrowers and lenders find traditional loans harder to come by and so turn to the Internet to locate one another. “Peer-to-peer lending allows individua...
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Nevada announces $13.25 million settlement
LAS VEGAS — The Office of the Nevada Attorney General announced recently that DIRECTV would pay $13.25 million to settle consumer protection allegations of deceptive practices. As a result of an investigation into DIRECTV, 49 states and the District of Columbia alleged that the satellite TV provider engaged in deceptive and unfair sales practices.  The Executive Committee leading the multi-state investigation included Nevada, Tennessee, Massac...
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