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Sage-grouse habitat map now available
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has completed a greater sage-grouse habitat categorization map that will be used as a planning tool for the management of the bird and its habitat. This map can be viewed at NDOW.org. The habitat categorization map incorporates lek observations, telemetry locations, survey and inventory reports, vegetation cover, soils information and aerial photography. “This mapping project strictly prov...
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Restaurant with a cause to open Friday at West Street Market
RENO — Mayor Bob Cashell and members of the City Council will be on hand at 11 a.m. Friday for the opening of Z Pie, a new restaurant at 138 West St., in the West Street Market. This newest addition to the city-owned West Street Market is comfort food with a twist. Z Pie owner Lynette Eddy opened the gourmet pot pie restaurant to help teen boys who are transitioning out of foster care. Attend the grand opening and learn more about the program ...
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Nominate your favorite Nevada spot by Friday
CARSON CITY — Time is ticking to nominate a Nevada treasure. Midnight Friday is the deadline to share your favorite spot in the Silver State. Visit www.discoveryournevada.com to nominate your Nevada treasure as part of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” campaign. A treasure can be anything from a favorite hiking spot, natural attraction, hotel, watering hole — things that make Nevada a diverse, surprising and amazing sta...
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Rural Housing Authority renews assistance program
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Rural Housing Authority announced Tuesday that it is again making available the Home At Last program to help veterans and first-time homebuyers with low-interest loans and down payment assistance. “With falling home prices and NRHA’s exciting financing program, this may be the best time ever for first-time homebuyers and veterans to purchase a home,” said Gary Longaker, NRHA executive director. “Without a doubt, these ...
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BLM offers mustang training for youths
RENO — The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program, in partnership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation, is offering a unique 12-week employment opportunity to 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth ages 15 to 18 to train a yearling wild horse, while earning up to $750 and preparing the horse to be showcased at an adoption event during Reno Rodeo week in June. The Nevada 4-H and FFA Trained Youth and Yearling Adoption a...
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Breakfast fundraiser for Make-A-Wish is back
RENO — Make-A-Wish Northern Nevada will host the annual Waffles & Wishes event from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on March 27 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. All funds raised at the breakfast event helps the chapter to grant wishes in northern Nevada. The event will include a silent auction, as well as an appearance by honorary wish granter and Nevada first lady Kathleen Sandoval, as she helps grant a “movie-star makeover” wish for an 8-year-old girl w...
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Home sales in Sparks down in February
SPARKS — The Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors (RSAR) on Tuesday reported that Sparks (including Spanish Springs) saw 129 sales of existing single-family homes in February, a 2 percent decrease from February 2011 and a 13 percent decrease from the previous month. The Sparks median sales price for an existing single-family residence in February was $145,00, no change from February 2011 and a 15 percent increase from January. All sales numbers...
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Bartley bridge destroyed by Caughlin Fire to be replaced in ...
RENO — Washoe County District Ranger Colleen Wallace-Barnum reported Monday she expects the trail bridge that was destroyed when the Caughlin Fire burned through Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Nov. 18 will be ready for use by the end of March or early April. Once repairs on the bridge are complete, parks staff will re-open the portion of the Ranch Loop Trail that connects Bartley Ranch with Anderson Park. “Restoring the bridge is truly a major...
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Coroner in Vegas ID’s body as missing hiker
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clark County coroner says a body found in Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas was a 46-year-old hiker reported missing in mid-January. Coroner Michael Murphy said Tuesday that Ronald Kirk was identified using dental records and the help of family members. The body was found Saturday in rugged terrain at the popular hiking area several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. A cause and manner of death are p...
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DRI receives grant for road improvements
RENO — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced a $2.8 million Economic Development Administration grant award to the Desert Research Institute for critical roadway infrastructure to serve the Dandini Research Park. The 328-acre Dandini Research Park, which encircles DRI and the Truckee Meadows Community College campuses, is designed to attract private sector companies seeking collaboration with the faculty, laboratories and research at D...
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Resident hurt in mobile home fire
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a mobile home resident is hospitalized after being overcome as firefighters doused a blaze that destroyed his home east of downtown Las Vegas. A Clark County spokeswoman says county firefighters found the mobile home ablaze when they arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday off Vegas Valley Drive and Lamb Boulevard. Spokeswoman Stacey Welling says no one was home when the fire started, but one of the two people was...
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Berkley, Heller, trade jabs over gas prices
CARSON CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley are pointing fingers at each other for rising gasoline prices and trying to tie consumers’ pain at the pumps to each other’s votes on the Keystone pipeline. Berkley on Tuesday criticized Heller for voting against a bill stipulating that no crude oil from the transcontinental pipeline could be exported. Berkley says Heller would rather send oil overseas then use ...
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Fitzgeralds in Vegas to become the D
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fitzgeralds hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas is planning to rename itself the D Las Vegas and spend $15 million to renovate while it remains open. Casino owner Derek Stevens said Tuesday that he bought the casino last year with the intention of changing its name and sprucing things up to make it a hotter spot. “I really didn’t want to buy the hotel to maintain the (current) hotel,” Stevens told The Associated Press. Stev...
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Road project changes I-15 access to route 215 west
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A major road construction project is changing the way drivers get to Clark County route 215 westbound from southbound Interstate 15. Starting Wednesday morning, drivers must enter an access road just south of Tropicana Avenue to get to route 215 or Russell Road. Traffic from Tropicana Avenue and Russell Road will be able to access I-15 southbound, I-215 eastbound, and route 215 westbound via the access road. Traffic heading to...
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Springtime a challenge for wild birds
RENO — March is one of the most difficult and stressful times of the year for wild birds. After surviving the long, barren winter, birds still face the challenge of finding food. Birds’ natural food supply is at its lowest point of the year. Insect populations are low, and the few remaining wild fruits, berries, seeds and nuts are either hidden or undesirable. Spring’s unpredictable weather doesn’t make life any easier. Sunny, warm, spring-lik...
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Kids University returns to UNR this summer
RENO — Registration begins March 24 for another summer of KIDS University, presented by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. This day camp is open to children entering grades 2 through 8, with seven weeklong sessions to energize minds and bodies all summer long. The camp runs Monday through Friday, from June 11 to July 27. Online registration is available from 8 a.m. March 24 through July 22. Early registration is encouraged as ...
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Group’s poll shows much support for Yucca Mtn.
RENO — A group called Nevadans 4 Carbon Free Energy issued a release last week stating that 34 percent of Nevadans say the research project at Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada should be closed, according to a survey by Public Opinion Strategies of 500 likely voters. The poll, taken in late February by pollster Greg Bolger, showed that 62 percent of Nevadans support the creation of a research park for the study of reprocessing of spent nuclear...
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BLM OKs comm. facility near Fernley
WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office has issued a Decision Record (DR) to move forward with the Shamrock Communications ROW Project, a 1,469-foot tower with a beacon that includes a transmitter building, an electrical distribution line and road access. The project involves 67 acres of public lands located about 22 miles northeast of Fernley in the Jessup area north of Interstate 80,...
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UNR students to spend break rehabbing desert
RENO — While other college students will be heading off to tan in Cancun, a team of University of Nevada, Reno students will be volunteering in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada. The group will be investing their time and energy into maintaining public hiking trails, naturalizing unauthorized vehicle routes and planting native vegetation. The students will be camping out under the stars from March 18 through 24 in undevelo...
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People to plunge into Tahoe for Special Olympics
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Hundreds of brave souls, many dressed in crazy costumes, are jumping into Lake Tahoe this Saturday as part of the 2012 Polar Plunge, co-hosted by Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada. The community is invited to participate in the festivities, which will include entertainment, a costume contest and prizes, as well as Special Olympics athletes, coaches, and volunteers who will share their experiences with the organ...
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