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Workshop shows the benefits of container gardens
RENO — Learn how container gardening can create colorful gardens on patios and other small areas of a home, condominium or apartment during a special spring workshop offered by the May Arboretum Society from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2 in the Ranch House adjacent to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum. The class fee is $40 or $35 for members of the May Arboretum Society. Part of the proceeds will benefit Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanic...
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Mayors to square off in pinewood derby
RENO — Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Sparks Mayor Gino Martini have challenged each other to compete in the inaugural Corporate Pinewood Derby on May 24 at Reno Toyota. As a benefit for the Nevada Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, the race happens on the official Boy Scouts pinewood derby race track and features prizes for top competitors. Companies across the area are encouraged to join in the fun as entrants are placed in either an open or...
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Volunteers help out at Washoe Golf Course
RENO ­— A number of volunteers young and old helped Washoe Golf Course get ready for spring by participating in this year’s Spring Volunteer Day on Saturday.  Young golfers from The First Tee of Northern Nevada and their families spent the morning planting ornamental shrubs and flowers outside the newly remodeled Shoe Bar and Grill. Later in the day, Reno Men’s Golf Club members Ted McPhie, Joe Atencio, Dave Reed and Boies Hall teamed up with ...
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BLM to begin EIS for Bald Mountain Mine North
ELY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Barrick Gold US, Inc., proposal to expand the Bald Mountain Mine located in White Pine County, about 70 miles northwest of Ely and 30 miles northeast of Eureka.  The notice opens a 30-day public scoping period that will end May 16.  The BLM has scheduled four public scoping meetings from 4 to 7 p.m. on the following dat...
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Dream big and read this summer
The Summer Reading Program runs from May 1 to Aug. 1 at all Washoe County libraries.
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Learn to watch out for invasive pests on plants
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Department of Agriculture will present a first-detector training workshop on May 2 in Sparks.
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Solar, geothermal hybrid project to be dedicated
FALLON — Enel Green Power will dedicate the world’s only solar-geothermal hybrid renewable energy project with a special dedication event Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Enel Green Power’s Stillwater solar-geothermal hybrid plant generates a combined 59 megawatts of power. Energy generated from the plants has helped NV Energy reach its commitment to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The dedication event will be attended by Gov. Brian Sandoval,...
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Winner named in Free Fishing Day poster contest
When it comes to the Free Fishing Day poster contest, an annual art contest for the Silver State’s fourth and fifth graders sponsored by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, this round definitely goes to the girls.
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22 to graduate from Reno Citizens Institute
RENO — Twenty two area residents will receive their certificates of completion from the Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program during today’s Reno City Council meeting at noon. Over the past eight weeks, the residents have spent their Tuesday evenings learning how their local government works through presentations and discussions involving all city of Reno departments. “The RCI program offers a great opportunity for those who want to serve on o...
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County seeks input on budget
RENO — A budget survey is being launched on the Washoe County website allowing citizens to give their feedback on preparations of the final adopted FY 2012/13 budget over the next few weeks. The survey lists more than a dozen services provided by Washoe County that are mainly supported by sales and property taxes with a dollar amount representing the budget currently allotted to each service, allowing public input on how best to divide funds o...
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Administrator named for Aging and Disability Services Division

CARSON CITY ­— Mike Willden, director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announced Tuesday that Mary Liveratti has been named administrator of the Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) effective May 7. Liveratti, currently the DHHS deputy director, was previously the ADSD’s administrator from November 1999 thru January 2003. Liveratti worked in ADSD for 23 years prior to moving to the director’s office in 200...
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Tahoe Symphony Youth Orchestra to hold spring concert
INCLINE VILLAGE — The Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (TOCCATA) will hold the spring concert presentation of the newly formed Tahoe Symphony Youth Orchestra at 7 p.m. today at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village. Original pieces/arrangements by Eric Ewazen, Robert Longfield and John O’Reilly will be presented, as well as arrangements of several light pieces for the spring season from Händel, Mozart and Gustav Holst, and a sur...
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District seeks feedback to assess school climate
RENO — The Washoe County School District is inviting students, parents and employees to help determine how each group views its school environment. Each group will be surveyed during the next few weeks. These climate surveys are one way in which the district hopes to measure its progress in providing a positive experience to its students and staff members. The survey will address questions about a school’s quality of education, communication w...
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Forum today to talk about mining industry
RENO — The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), a statewide organization with more than 30 member groups, will host a mining accountability forum today with a panel of distinguished Nevadans and mining experts. This forum is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to come to hear different perspectives on the industry, such as mining’s history, effects of the industry on water and on the sovereignty of indigenous people...
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Food bank asks community to ‘plant a row’
MCCARRAN — The Food Bank of Northern Nevada gained more than warehouse space when it moved to the Donald W. Reynolds Food Distribution Center about three-and-a-half years ago. The organization also gained an increase of refrigeration and freezer space that was 20 times larger than the previous Sparks location. This increase in refrigeration capacity has contributed to a major change in what can be distributed to the hungry in the region. The F...
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ReCharge Nevada economic summit set for Thursday
RENO — Leaders of all sectors of northern Nevada’s economy will convene for the second time at 9 a.m. Thursday for “ReCharge Nevada.” The summit is designed to address the challenges and opportunities facing the region. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at 1001 E. Ninth St. The public is welcome to attend. ReCharge Nevada is a regional economic development group made up of key governme...
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One-act play ‘Get Ready to Go’ cancelled
ELKO — Due to a sudden illness, the one-act play “Get Ready to Go” scheduled for Wednesday at the California Trail Interpretive Center has been cancelled. The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located eight miles west of Elko, at Hunter exit 292. The center is currently closed in preparation for the grand opening that will take place on June 2 in conjunction with the ninth annual California Tra...
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Indian Hills celebrates new clean water systems
CARSON CITY — Jack’s Valley Elementary School students learned a lot about clean water for their Earth Day Celebration on Friday. After taking their annual Earth Day aerial photograph, the fifth and sixth grade students’ day was focused on learning about water and wastewater treatment systems with staff from the Nevada Rural Water Association and the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD). One thing they learned is...
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Volleyball association returns to area
The Northern California Volleyball Association is holding its Far Western National Qualifier at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center this weekend, marking the 12th year the organization is holding this event in northern Nevada.
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