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Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years
RENO — The Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada (GSSN) announced their centennial celebration to be held on Saturday, June 23 at Rancho San Rafael Park to celebrate a milestone in Girl Scout history: 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence and character. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the GSSN 100th Anniversary Round Up will be all about connecting the community with Girl Scouting of the past, present and future. With an expected turn out of 4,...
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Moana Nursery announces June seminars
RENO — Locally owned Moana Nursery has released its schedule of June gardening workshops. June 2 – Summer Pruning: Yes, Virginia, there are many trees, shrubs and perennials that will benefit greatly from pruning now. Join Moana Nursery plant doctor and Certified Arborist Jon Bruyn to learn what and how to cut for beautiful, healthy plants. This hands-on workshop is for seasoned and newbie gardeners alike. Wear appropriate clothing for outside...
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United Way welcomes two members to board of directors
RENO — United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) has announced the addition of two members to its 2012 board of directors. Greg Boyer, CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center, and Ron McLemore, general manager of the Walmart Distribution Center in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, officially joined the board in May. Prior to joining Renown in 2010, Boyer served as CEO at hospitals in Florida and most recently at the 400-bed Valley Hos...
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Local bikeway to receive national award
RENO — The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway has been recognized as one of the top trail projects in the country for 2012, garnering a design and construction award in the annual Coalition for Recreational Trails competition. Janet Phillips, president and founder of the non-profit group in Reno, will accept the award in a ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in early June. The coalition of public and private t...
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Red Cross website helps track Wellington Fire victims
RENO — The Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross (NNCARC) has activated the safeandwell.org website to track the well being of Wellington Fire evacuees to give family and friends updates on their safety and status. Evacuees can go to the site and click “Register Myself as Safe and Well” to let concerned family and friends know they are safe and well. Concerned family and friends can search for those registered by clicking on “Searc...
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Tribes to protest proposed groundwater pipeline
LAS VEGAS — More than 25 tribal leaders from four states will gather today to issue a joint statement asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to deny the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) proposed groundwater pipeline project application. “Imagine your life without water. Tribes throughout the West may not have to imagine it much longer — if the ill-advised SNWA’s pipeline project is approved it will become their reality,” a press re...
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Nevada Planned Parenthood endorses candidates
RENO — Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates (NAPPA), in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte (PPAMM), last week released their first round of endorsements in the 2012 election. NAPPA is the independent, non-partisan political education and advocacy arm for the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Nevada. PPAMM is the independent election arm of the Mar Monte affiliate. NAPPA endorses pro-choice candidates at the st...
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NDOW sponsors Kids Carp Derby
CARSON CITY — The entire family can hook a good time at the Kids Carp Derby on June 2 from 8 a.m. to noon at Lahontan Reservoir, sponsored by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Staff and volunteers will be available to teach the little ones how to drop a line. Prizes will be awarded for the largest carp caught by children in different age categories. This clinic is designed for children and is free to all participants. Additional sponso...
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Tahoe science conference highlights environment, economics, ...
RENO — More than 350 scientists, environmental policy makers and economic stakeholders are discussing Lake Tahoe’s environmental and economic future at the annual Tahoe science conference “Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate,” which started Tuesday and runs through Thursday in Incline Village. The conference, this year being held at Sierra Nevada College, features a scientific poster session and the opening of “Visualizing Change, ...
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Town hall seeks to prevent underage drug use, drinking
RENO — To raise awareness in the community that substance abuse is an issue that affects everyone, ACCEPT will host a Prevention Town Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. At the event, recovering youths, local police department representatives and a local attorney will be part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Prevention Week 2012, a time for communities to come together and focus on the i...
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Rangers to hold ‘If Parks Could Talk’ series
RENO — Oh, the stories Galena Creek Regional Park could tell. Galena Creek is no stranger to local history having witnessed the Comstock Lode’s unprecedented demand on natural resources, the early days of recreation in the Sierra, severe mountain floods and the birth and development of one of the county’s most popular parks. Join Washoe County Park Ranger John Keesee for an evening of stories from Galena Creek Regional Park at 7 p.m. on May 31...
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Jehovah’s Witnesses to hold convention
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — People often hear the expression “follow your heart” but rarely hear “Safeguard your heart.” The latter phrase will be heard many times this weekend during the 2012 “Safeguard Your Heart!” district convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, scheduled to begin Friday morning at Sacramento Convention Center. The convention will highlight Biblical references to the heart. The program also will encourage self-scrutiny and reflection, ...
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School district seeks input on search for new superintendent
RENO — The Washoe County School District board of trustees has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to gather information from the public regarding the search for a new superintendent of schools. This is an opportunity for members of the community to offer input as the district moves ahead with the recruitment and selection process. During these informal conversations, board members will listen to parents, district employees and community ...
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Update on Truckee Meadows Tomorrow
RENO — Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, a local non-profit, sent an announcement last week stating that, with the current economic climate, it was unable this year to conduct its annual community-wide survey. The organization has, however, been able to continue research into community quality of life indicators, which show both positive and negative movement in several areas. A snapshot of those indicators is below: • For Families in the Truckee Mead...
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Summer program expected to feed hundreds of children
RENO — Swimming, skateboarding, biking and playing on the monkey bars are all summer activities for children — except those who are hungry. Low-income children who depend on free lunch and breakfast at school can be at risk of hunger during the summer break when school meals are not available. About 28,000 students, or 44 percent of students in Washoe County School District, qualify for free lunch at school. Many don’t know where to turn for a...
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UNR scientists design indoor navigation system for blind
RENO — University of Nevada, Reno computer science engineering duo Kostas Bekris and Eelke Folmer presented their indoor navigation system for people with visual impairments at two national conferences in the past two weeks. The researchers explained how a combination of human-computer interaction and motion-planning research was used to build a low-cost, accessible navigation system called Navatar, which can run on a standard smartphone. “Exi...
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Buy a radio ad, help a veteran
RENO — My Journey Home of Nevada, a local non-profit founded by Elaine Voigt, announced Friday its newest member of the board of directors, Bill Thomas of Reno. Besides being a Marine Corps veteran who served as a “tunnel rat” in Vietnam, Thomas is also the host of the popular radio talk show “The Wounded Veteran,” heard on 99.1FM TALK, Fox News Radio. The talk show also is promoting a special through which advertisers can help veterans find w...
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Get viewers for today’s eclipse
The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, expects to have a few viewers left for sale today to view the eclipse that will occur late this afternoon.
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Outdoor displays, unlimited rides on Memorial Day
For those with a taste for travel on Memorial Day, the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City offers up a full menu Saturday through Monday.
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Public meeting on Plumas Street changes
Residents, bicyclists and individuals who frequently drive on Plumas Street are encouraged to attend an upcoming Regional Transportation Commission public meeting regarding proposed improvements to Plumas Street.
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