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BBBS reaches 1,000 children milestone
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada has achieved a significant benchmark, with serving 1,009 children by providing them with a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor during the calendar year 2010. This is a 7 percent increase from 2009, when 940 children were served.
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Jan. is Radon Action Month
In recognition of National Radon Action Month, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and its partners are sponsoring a Test Your Home for Radon and Win contest for residents of Douglas, Carson City and Washoe counties.
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Largest Gold Rush nugget to be sold
RENO — A gold nugget weighing nearly 100 ounces from a Gold Rush-era mine will be auctioned off on March 15 in California. Named the Washington Nugget because it was discovered near the famous northern mother lode Gold Rush mining camp of Washington, Calif., this monster gold nugget and several others were found in an unmined section of the Omega-Malakoff Tertiary Channel in February 2010 by a lucky area land-owner.  Authenticated by geologist...
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Fund set up for fire victims
SPARKS — Resident Anne Bergendahland has set up a fund to solicit donations for her neighbor who lost everything in a house fire on Dec. 18. The fire occurred in the 800 block of F Street. The occupant’s belongings were all burned and five pet cats died. No people were hurt in the blaze. Bergendahland has set up a disaster fund in her neighbor’s name at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations will be used to buy clothing, everyday household items and need...
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Taxable sales up in October
CARSON CITY — Statewide taxable sales of $3,137,100,116 for October represents a 2.2 percent increase over October 2009 and a 3.6 percent increase for the four months of fiscal year 2011, the state Department of Taxation reported last week. The largest increases in statewide taxable sales were in food services and drinking places, up 8.1 percent; accommodations were up 17.3 percent; clothing and clothing accessories stores were up 10 percent; ...
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Watershed council meets Martis Fund grant matching
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee River Watershed Council announced on Dec. 23 that new members of its Together for the Truckee Society have pledged a total of $30,000 a year for the next five years. This achieves the full amount of the matching grant given by the Martis Fund. The Martis Fund announced in May a matching grant worth $30,000 a year for five years. In the past seven months 22 individuals, families and businesses joined the society, p...
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NV Supreme Court changes leadership
LAS VEGAS — With the beginning of a new year, leadership at the Nevada Supreme Court will once again change. Ron Parraguirre concluded his term as chief justice for 2010 and Justice Michael Douglas assumed the position as administrative head of Nevada’s judicial branch. Douglas, 62, is the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court. He will serve as chief justice during what is expected to be a contentious 2011 legislature session. No...
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Residential Dump Days are this weekend
Waste Management will hold the first Residential Dump Days of 2011 at the WM transfer stations in Reno on Saturday and Sunday.
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New Dept. 15 judge elected
The Second Judicial District Court for Washoe County announced last week that Judge David A. Hardy has been elected to the new general jurisdiction Department 15. Hardy began his official duties as the Department 15 judge on Monday.
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Celebrate the new year with 10 free trees
Residents of Nevada can ring in the New Year by receiving 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. Anyone who becomes a member of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two golden rain trees. The free trees are part of the foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipp...
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Living Stones comes to Sparks
SPARKS — A few months after opening the downtown Reno campus, Living Stones is now opening an additional campus in Sparks on Jan. 16. The grand opening of the Sparks campus will be held at 5 p.m. at The Rock Church located at 4950 Vista Blvd. Living Stones Christian church has worked to build partnerships in Reno with the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, Children’s Cabinet, Midtown Nights, Washoe County ...
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Electricity rates lowered, gas rates go up
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has approved an overall decrease in electric rates for NV Energy’s northern Nevada electric customers and an overall increase for Reno-Sparks natural gas customers effective Jan. 1. For the typical residential customer using 745 kilowatt hours of electricity per month, this means a decrease of approximately 1.8 percent, or $1.57 per month, from $87.97 to $86.40. For the typical residential custo...
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Local named Caregiver of Year
SPANISH SPRINGS — Cascades of the Sierra, located at 275 Neighborhood Way in Spanish Springs, announced last week that Carolina Urizar was been 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 all over Nevada in multiple categories, including in-facility caregivers, in-home paid caregivers, family caregivers, vol...
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Wolf Pack fans encouraged to text for hunger free community ...
RENO — Whip out those cell phones Pack fans. Kraft has announced a new twist to rally people to join the fight against hunger leading up to the Kraft Fight Hunger Football Bowl pitting the Nevada Wolf Pack against Boston College Eagles on Jan. 9.  Kraft has created a text challenge for fans of each team to help make a difference with hunger issues in their region. University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack fans can text the word “Nevada” followed by...
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Meet your goals with TMCC
RENO — Truckee Meadow Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division (WDCE) has the classes local residents need to keep their resolutions and meet their goals. Some of the classes that TMCC WDCE offers are pilates, spinning, weight training, kickboxing and dance. A wide range of classes and hours are available. Other class offerings include Spanish for Health Personnel or the Spanish English Court Interpreting pro...
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Shooting range fees to change
RENO — Washoe County’s Regional Shooting Facility will have a new fee schedule for public use of the range in the new year. Changes include: • Adults — $8 per day • Youth (3 through 17) and seniors (62 and over) — $5 per day • Annual pass, adult — $140 • Annual pass, youth and seniors — $100 Winter hours are Friday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be a half hour break from noon to 12:30 p.m. during days of operation. During th...
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Apply now to be a part of the TMWA volunteer committee
RENO — The Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) is an oversight committee made up of Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) customers. It reviews budgets, rate proposals and other items, reads reports and provides feedback from the customer perspective. The committee reports its findings and makes recommendations to TMWA’s board of directors. This volunteer committee meets at 3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Those interested in serving ...
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Start off the New Year by adopting a pet
RENO — Nevada Humane Society (NHS) will be open this weekend for pet adoptions at the adoption center located at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno. Nevada Humane Society has just topped the goal of placing 1,200 pets in loving homes during the Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Drive. Given the higher-than-normal number of animals arriving at the shelter, NHS is still in great need of finding homes for animals and is hoping to see 1,400 adoptions completed ...
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Free Wolf Pack rally towels for bowl game
RENO — Silver and Blue Outfitters, the official merchandiser of Nevada athletics, located in the Meadowood Mall, announced Wednesday a partnership with community businesses to give away 15,000 rally towels for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Jan. 9. Towels are sponsored by Silver and Blue Outfitters, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, Great Basin Brewing Co., The Wolf Den and Tamarack Junction. Towels are available now while supplies last. Each distributi...
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Sheriff’s Office gets grant for river cleanups
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office recently was awarded a $12,695 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s Truckee River Fund to support the continued use of the sheriff’s community service work crews for clean-up projects along the Truckee River. The grant was accepted by the Washoe County Board of Commissioners during its December board meeting. Since 2008, the Truckee River Fund has awarded the sheriff’s office close t...
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