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Emergency manager: give ‘emergency’ gifts
RENO — If you are looking for a Christmas gift that will continue giving or are just having difficulty finding the right or unusual holiday gift, Reno Fire Department Division Chief Sandy Munns, who also serves as the city’s emergency manager, suggests giving gifts that can play a critical role in an emergency or can help prevent one. Items that should be included in any emergency kit include a battery-operated or hand-crank power supply radio...
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Reno council reviews steps to shore-up budget shortfalls
RENO — The City Council will meet again on Jan. 8, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. in the Reno City Council chambers to discuss ways to shore up a projected shortfall of $3.6 million in the current fiscal year 2009-2010 budget. Another budget session is set for Jan. 27, 2010 to deal with an anticipated bigger shortfall of $16 million in the fiscal year 2010-2011. City Manager Donna Dreska and Finance Director Mary Ann Parrot told members of the council this...
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Airline adds flight from Reno to Portland
RENO — Reno-Tahoe International Airport announced Tuesday a new non-stop flight between Reno and Portland on Southwest Airlines. The new service on a 136-seat Boeing 737 begins in May 2010 and tickets went on sale Thursday. It brings the number of non-stop flights between Reno and Portland to three each day. It also brings the total number of Southwest daily departures at Reno-Tahoe International to 35. “We have been working tirelessly to buil...
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Contractors to help Evelyn Mount
On Thursday, member firms of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) will drop off food collected for the Community Outreach program.
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NCHS: Nevada third lowest mortality rate for diabetes
Nevada has the lowest mortality rate for diabetes and the third lowest rate for Alzheimer’s disease out of the 50 states, according to a release from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
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Two weeks left to recycle phone books
Phone book recycling ends on Dec. 31, so make sure to recycle old, outdated AT&T Real Yellow Pages at area Scolari’s, Sak ‘N Save, Waste Management Recycle America and AT&T offices or with curbside recyclables.
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Free workshop on Medicare enrollment
RENO —­ The Nevada State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) invites northern Nevada Medicare beneficiaries to a free Medicare Part D Session on Tuesday to review their current prescription plan. This free session will be held at the Reno Senior Center on 1155 E. Ninth St., from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. From Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, Medicare beneficiaries can change their prescr...
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Teacher’s Warehouse accepting donations
RENO — The Teacher’s Warehouse, located at 380 Edison Way, is accepting donations of office supplies, paper products, seasonal goods, arts and crafts, furniture, teacher aids, books and other usable items. The warehouse is the perfect place for businesses and individuals to donate the usable items that are no longer needed. Washoe County School District teachers can shop at the warehouse for free and use these items to enhance learning in thei...
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Fleischmann celebrates Year of Astronomy
RENO — As part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, marking the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of an astronomical telescope, the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno is offering a limited supply of Galileoscopes. “Galileoscopes were designed by a team of leading astronomers, optical engineers and science educators as an inexpensive but effective way to see the celestial wonders that Gal...
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City Council to open with Sanskrit twice in 2010
SPARKS — The City Council will start its public meetings with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on Feb. 8 and July 12, 2010. Rajan Zed, a well-known local Hindu leader, will deliver the invocations from Sanskrit scriptures. After the Sanskrit delivery, he will read the English translation of the prayer. Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in...
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Contractor cited for alleged 
unlicensed activity
The Nevada State Contractors Board investigators recently conducted sting operations in Reno for unlicensed contracting activity. James Gott III, dba J.G. Painting, was issued a criminal citation for contracting without a license. He submitted a painting bid for $3,150. Gott has a canceled Nevada State Contractors Board license, James Gott Painting, license number 67881, (painting, wall covering, taping and finishing and sandblasting), based o...
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Protect seniors from severe winter weather
RENO — The blanket of winter white that’s covering Reno could be deadly for seniors. Senior Helpers, a provider of in-home care for seniors, advises families and friends to frequently check on the elderly during this cold time. “We know about the dangers of falling on ice, but we need to learn there are even greater winter risks for seniors, such as dehydration and hypothermia,” said Fran Graves, owner of Senior Helpers in Reno. “Dehydration a...
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City Council to help with demolition
SPARKS — Join the City Council on Monday at 11 a.m. for the start of demolition on a two-story brick building at 1212 Victorian Ave. as part of the Sparks Victorian Square redevelopment project. In June 2005, the council approved a plan that calls for parallel north-south streets flanking the central plaza and connecting Victorian Avenue and Avenue of the Oaks. The plan calls for additional dining and retail businesses along the route of the p...
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Moana Nursery donates $3,900 in trees and shrubs to Washoe C...
RENO — Moana Nursery recently donated more than $3,900 in trees and shrubs to the Washoe County Parks and Recreation department. This donation benefited Rancho San Rafael Park, and included 27 trees and six shrubs. Moana Nursery encourages people to plant trees because they alter the environment in which we live by moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water and harboring wildlife.
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‘Jump Shots for Jackets’ on Sunday
RENO — To help serve underprivileged members of the local community in the winter months, the Reno Bighorns NBA D-League team will be hosting Jump Shots for Jackets, a special coat and winter clothes drive, on Sunday at the Reno Events Center prior to that day’s game. The Bighorns will team with Ashlee’s Toy Closet, the Reno police and fire departments, the cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County through the involvement of the Community As...
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Black Rock environmental assessment open for public comment
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office is seeking public input on the Black Rock National Conservation Area (NCA) Facility Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) for its proposed administrative facility. The facility would be located on public land less than one mile north of Gerlach, Nev., in Washoe County. The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the EA by Dec....
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School of Medicine’s book signing rescheduled
CARSON CITY — The book signing and reception for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s Greasewood Press’ “The Birthplace of Nevada Medicine: Carson City,” has been rescheduled for this coming Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sierra Surgery Hospital, 1400 Medical Pkwy. This event was originally planned for Monday but canceled due to bad weather. Authors Anton P. Sohn, M.D., and Richard G. Pugh will be on hand to sign copies of the b...
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Winter camping instruction at Lake Tahoe
Locals who want to learn to camp in the snow can join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association volunteer guides on an overnight trip to familiarize themselves with winter camping in “Snow Camping 101.” Led by two experienced TRTA guides, Jordan Summers and Wayne McClelland, and staff, this one-night excursion is designed to share the joys to be found in the snow-filled backcountry overlooking Lake Tahoe. With an emphasis on safety, comfort and fun, Sum...
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‘Round Up’ to benefit Boys & Girls Club
RENO — JCPenney encourages holiday shoppers to “Round Up” this week to benefit after-school programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. From now through 11 p.m. on Sunday, customers may “round up” the total price of purchased items to the nearest dollar, with the excess amount accumulating toward a donation to the club. More than 1,000 children from across the Truckee Meadows participate in after-school programs at the Boys & Girls C...
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Detention Response Team gifts to seniors event
RENO — The Washoe County Detention Response Team (DRT Team) will be passing out gifts to seniors who reside at the Life Care Center, 445 Holcomb Ranch Lane, today at 2:30 pm. The team took up an internal collection amongst members and purchased approximately $600 worth of presents to be distributed among the 50 residents at the Life Care Center. The DRT team is made up of 15-20 deputies and is a specially trained team designed to effectively d...
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