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Cascades of the Sierra associate wins Caregiver of the Year
SPANISH SPRINGS — Cascades of the Sierra, located at 275 Neighborhood Way in Spanish Springs, is proud to announce Carolina Urizar was named the in-facility caregiver of the year by the Nevada Caregiver Coalition at the fifth Annual Caregiver Awards Recognition Luncheon. More than 30 nominations were submitted from across Nevada in multiple categories, including in-facility caregivers, in-home paid caregivers, family caregivers, volunteer comm...
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Last week for Christmas tree recycling drive
RENO — This is the final week for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s Christmas tree recycling program available to residents of the greater Reno-Sparks area. Tree collection will run through Jan. 17 at three community drop-off sites including Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks. Collection sites will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A minimum $3 donation is requested to ...
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NDOW finalizes two-year fish stocking plans
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) recently held its annual fish stocking coordination meeting to finalize stocking numbers for calendar years 2011 and 2012. Approximately 1,212,000 fish will be stocked in waters throughout Nevada’s three regions, eastern, southern and western, in 2011 and 1,172,000 in 2012, with nearly 96 percent stocked as “catchables,” between eight and 10 inches. While most of the fish stocked are rainbow trout (942,...
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Renown now provides cystic fibrosis care
RENO — Charlotte Ravenelle, 20, and Haley Stempeck, 18, are active young adults. Charlotte’s passion is music and Haley is a self-proclaimed book worm. These two young women share a common trait: They are living with cystic fibrosis (CF), a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Ravenelle and Stempeck are patients at the new cystic fibrosis program at Renown Childre...
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Downtown Enforcement Team conducts operation
RENO — During the first week of January officers of the Reno Police Department’s Downtown Enforcement Team (DET) continued their anti-crime operations in the downtown corridor. Plainclothes officers worked at identifying drug dealers and aggressive panhandlers throughout the area. DET officers made one arrest for possession of a controlled substance, three misdemeanor arrests for aggressive panhandling and three other arrests for alcohol viola...
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Year-end home sales slow after credit expires
LAKE TAHOE — The Reno-Sparks real estate market benefited from the first-time home buyers federal tax credit, but despite a strong first two quarters, the year ended with a three percent decline in sales volume and a one percent increase in units sold, according to a year-end report from Chase International. “There was a lot of activity in late 2008 and early 2009, but once the tax credit expired on June 30, the market began to regress a bit,”...
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Coalition urges joint committee on spending reduction
LAS VEGAS — A coalition of 36 state legislators and leaders of various citizen groups and party organizations on Friday submitted a letter to Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford and Assembly Speaker-elect John Oceguera urging the creation of a joint spending reduction committee. The suggested committee is similar to a congressional committee formed after World War II that was charged with identifying waste and inefficiencies in gover...
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Project Helping Hands seeks volunteers for medical teams
PORTLAND, Oregon — Project Helping Hands (PHH) is recruiting volunteers to join medical teams serving low-income people in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, the Philippines, Sudan and Uganda in 2011. There currently are 12 trips scheduled for this year, and eight are still open for volunteer applications including: 1. Cochabamba Bolivia – June 2. Philippines – June 3. Haiti – July 4. Pando River, Bolivia - Amazon Lowlands – August...
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Stay safe on the ice this winter
SPARKS — The recent cold weather has created ice on many of our area ponds, streams and along the banks of the Truckee River.  The Sparks Fire Department reminds everyone to be cautious around these ice formations and to please consider the following precautions: • Although current temperatures may quickly make ice on non-moving and slow-moving water, it is rarely thick enough to safely walk on. • If you see a person that has broken through ic...
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Doctor certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy
RENO — Dr. Howard Chen, supervising physician for Renown Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, has earned a Certificate of Special Qualification and a Certification in Clinical Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine from the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Chen is now the only physician in northern Nevada to hold this type of specialty certification, emphasizing his distinct qualifications in working with hyperbaric oxygen therapy patients. Hyperbar...
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ProNet blood drive on Jan. 24
RENO — ProNet will host a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the ProNet office. A United Blood Services (UBS) mobile unit will be on hand taking donations from former and current ProNet members in the parking lot behind the offices, located at 120l Terminal Way Ste. 100, at the corner of Terminal Way and Vassar. Prospective donors can contact Candy Nolte at 336-4450 ext. 202 to sign up for the blood drive, obtain additional in...
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US Route 395 ramp closures
RENO — Granite Construction Company announced that on Monday, Mill Street in both the eastbound and westbound directions from the ramps on the east side of the U.S. 395/Mill St. interchange (northbound on and off ramps) to the ramps on the west side of the U.S. 395/Mill St. interchange will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Also, from Tuesday through Thursday, Glendale Avenue will be closed in both the eastbound and westbound directions from the...
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Nev. alert: deed service offer
The Office of the Nevada Attorney General is alerting consumers concerning Title Compliance, a company using a Las Vegas post office box that is sending notices to Nevada homeowners regarding property deeds.
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FBNN receives $30,000 grant
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN) is one of 36 food banks in 18 states to receive a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation as part of a $1.1 million donation to Feeding America to connect low-income Americans with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly named the Food Stamp Program.
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New voters choose to reject major parties
Nearly half of all voters who registered in December chose not to be affiliated with either major party, the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office announced on Wednesday.
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Lego tourney, expo Saturday
The First Lego League (FLL) tournament and Body Forward Challenge is coming to northern Nevada for the first time on Saturday at Sparks High School.
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Care Flight improves training with TraumaMan
With the purchase of the region’s first self-owned TraumaMan System, a cutting-edge surgical simulator, Care Flight nurses and paramedics can learn and practice surgical skills more realistically and easily.
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Holiday decor winner named
After six years of competing in the Sparks Heritage Museum’s Christmas decorating competition, the Nevada Stamp Study Society took home the coveted Traveling Fruitcake Trophy for the first time this year.
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Pack fans lead text challenge
In the recently announced texting challenge between the Wolf Pack and Boston College fans, Kraft Foods officials announced Tuesday that the Wolf Pack currently is leading the charge.
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22nd MLK Jr. celebration
The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS) is honoring the life and legacy of a true visionary with the 22nd annual 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Dinner at the Peppermill Resort Casino on Jan. 18.
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