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State competes in contest to help pregnant women and new mot...
CARSON CITY — The Nevada State Health Division announced last week its participation in the 2012 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest, a national competition to enroll pregnant women and new mothers in the text4baby program. Text4baby, the country’s first free, health education program in the form of text messages, provides timely tips and expert advice sent directly to the cell phones of pregnant women and new moms. Pregnant women and new mothe...
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NDOW to hold spin fishing moving water clinic
VERDI — The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is offering a two-day moving water beginning spin fishing clinic Friday and Saturday. The Friday evening session will take place at the Verdi Community Library and Wildlife Education Center at 270 Bridge St. (adjacent to the Verdi Elementary school grounds) from 6 to 8 p.m. This session will cover rod and reel selection, casting, line selection, basic knots and rigging for lure, bait and fly fis...
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Personal use firewood cutting begins mid-July
CARSON CITY — The Carson Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will open both dead- and live-tree firewood cutting areas on July 15. Dead-tree cutting areas include Hope Valley and Leviathan/Poor Boy, while live-tree cutting areas include Beagle (Dog Valley area), Atoma (Mt. Rose area) and Scotts Lake (south of Woodfords, California). In the live-tree cutting areas, only designated trees may be cut and slash must be piled. “Designa...
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Renown appoints new director for rural care
Marie McCormack will oversee primary care in Fallon, Fernley, Silver Springs
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Tanker ‘heavily fragmented’ after Utah crash 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An air tanker that crashed and killed two pilots fighting a wildfire in southern Utah was reduced to fragments that shed few clues about the accident’s cause, federal investigators said Wednesday. The wreckage will be recovered within days for a closer look, said Debra Eckrote, deputy regional chief at the National Transportation Safety Board’s Seattle office. “It’s heavily fragmented obviously,” Eckrote said Wednesday. “...
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Free Emergency Prep Academy this weekend
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps is conducting a free “Emergency Preparedness” Academy this weekend and next at the Regional Public Safety Training Center. This program has successfully trained more than 2,500 Washoe County residents during the past seven years, providing valuable information on emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, sheltering and resiliency. “Currently, the Citizen Corps program has more than 500 m...
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Nevada game wardens seek info on deer poaching
CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada game wardens say a mule deer was illegally shot near Pioche and left to suffer before it died. The animal was found May 31. Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say the otherwise healthy buck was shot in the spine with a small-caliber bullet. Investigators say evidence shows the animal’s back legs were likely paralyzed and it struggled on its two front legs before it died. The animal was found a few miles each of P...
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Summer hours set for high schools
Reno — During the month of July, all high schools in the Washoe County School District will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that students may pick up their records. Students who are currently enrolled in a high school in the district may get transcripts from their school’s registrar with 48 hours’ notice, so the registrar has time to ensure the accuracy of the transcript. Students who are no longer enrolled in ...
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Powerbroker tied to Nevada Sen. Reid goes to court
RENO (AP) — A former developer and lobbyist with long ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada’s political elite turned himself in to federal authorities Thursday after being indicted on criminal charges involving federal campaign contributions. Harvey Whittemore planned to plead not guilty later in the day before a federal magistrate in Reno, his lawyer, John Arrascada, told The Associated Press. Whittemore, 55, was indicted by a ...
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Houston’s daughter not charged in Vegas casino case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A regulator says Whitney Houston’s 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, isn’t going to be prosecuted on an underage gambling allegation in Las Vegas. The official says investigators and the Clark County district attorney decided Wednesday that a cellphone video posted to a celebrity website wasn’t enough evidence to pursue a misdemeanor case. Brown was at the MGM Grand casino May 20 while attending the Billboard Music A...
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Regulators recommend new operator of Boomtown Reno
CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada gambling regulators are recommending M1 Gaming take over as operator of the Boomtown Casino and Hotel west of Reno. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Nevada Gaming Control Board members unanimously approved the unrestricted gaming license Wednesday. The matter goes before the Nevada Gaming Commission on June 21. It’s a major development in M1 Gaming’s $12.9 million acquisition of the casino from Pinnacle Entertainment ...
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Lake Tahoe water level hits likely annual high
The water level of Lake Tahoe hit what could be its high mark for the year after a dry winter and scant spring runoff.
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Renown ‘nurse navigator’ program now catering to heart patients
RENO — Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health announces the region’s first and only heart nurse navigator offering heart patients an experienced registered nurse dedicated to be an ongoing resource for them. Renown first introduced nurse navigators nearly five years ago at its Institute for Cancer. The specialized nurses provide patients with a knowledgeable and supportive “go-to” person to help them move smoothly from diagnosis, through...
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Saint Mary’s cancer leader receives statewide recognition
RENO — The Nevada Cancer Coalition recently hosted its annual Cancer Control Summit, in which it named Patty Sredy, administrative director of oncology services at Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer, recipient of the Denise Faye Dunning Award. The award recognizes individuals who have exemplified the essence of passion and leadership in controlling cancer in their respective community, region or state. The coalition developed the award program in ...
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Carson Valley barn tour to be held June 23
GARDNERVILLE — Spend a day going back in time in beautiful Carson Valley, the birthplace of Nevada, as the Douglas County Historical Society will host the “Historic Barns of Carson Valley” tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 23. These historic barns provide a look into the history of ranching and agriculture in the Carson Valley and Nevada. Some are still associated with family ranches. They represent a time when ranching and agriculture were m...
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American Medflight names new physician medical director
RENO — American Medflight, a provider of fixed-wing air ambulance services serving Nevada and the region, announced Monday that it has named Bret W. Frey, MD, as its new physician medical director. In his capacity as medical director, Dr. Frey will provide medical direction to the company’s flight nurses and paramedics, as well as update medical treatment protocols, establish a new continuous quality improvement program and perform chart audit...
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Carson City Rendezvous provides slice of Americana for new c...
CARSON CITY — Fourteen of Nevada’s immigrants will be treated to a uniquely American adventure on Saturday at the Carson City Rendezvous. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will naturalize them during the opening ceremonies at Mills Park, 1111 E. William St. The new U.S. citizens will become part of Nevada’s rich and storied history during this educational and entertaining journey. The opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. in the ...
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UNR to host telescope viewing of transit of Venus
RENO — The very rare transit of Venus today will best be viewed through a filtered telescope rather than the cardboard viewers that tens of thousands in the Reno area donned May 20 for the annular eclipse, astronomers at the University of Nevada, Reno said. The university is hosting a telescope viewing event from 3 p.m. to sunset today at its observatory at the Redfield Campus in south Reno during the transit as Venus passes between the Earth ...
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Fish to be delivered Thursday for Kids Free Fishing Day
SPARKS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will be delivering more than 4,000 trout to the Sparks Marina at 10 a.m. Thursday to prepare for the 11th annual Kids Free Fishing Day Event sponsored by the Sparks Rotary Club from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The annual event draws about 2,000 area children, many of whom have never experienced holding a fishing pole before much less catching a fish. NDOW and the city of Sparks Parks and Recreation ...
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RARA to hold Young Eagles Flight Day
RENO — The Reno Air Racing Foundation (RARF) gives young northern Nevadans the opportunity to learn more about aviation through hands-on learning activities during a day-long flight camp. The Experimental Aircraft Association Air Race Chapter 1361 (EAA) Young Eagles First Flight Day offers the region’s youth an experience of a lifetime as they participate in demonstrations, tours and other exciting flight-related activities. The event begins w...
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