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Sandoval signs regulation banning designer drugs
CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed an emergency regulation to outlaw the sometimes deadly designer drugs known as bath salts. The regulation approved earlier this month by a panel of state lawmakers and the state Board of Pharmacy makes the drugs and controlled substance and prohibits sale or possession. Sandoval signed the measure on Wednesday. Bath salts can cause heart palpitations, disorientation, extreme paranoia and...
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Light Up Reno event for polio awareness
On Feb. 23, businesses throughout Reno and Sparks joined forces to display their support for eradicating polio.
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Tickets available for Greece dinner
Local nonprofit the Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet and The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint Anthony Church have announced that the second Taste of Greece Dinner will take place Saturday at Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church.
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Washoe County property taxes due March 5
The Washoe County Treasurer is reminding property owners that March 5 is the due date for the fourth installment of 2011-12 property taxes.
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Washoe burn code program ends
Each day since Nov. 1, the Washoe County Health District issued a daily burn code informing residents when burning was restricted or prohibited.
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Walmart giving program accepting apps until Friday
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that Nevada nonprofit organizations have until March 2 to apply for grants awarded by the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.
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Wilderness medicine courses could save a life
INCLINE VILLAGE — This spring, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is partnering with the American Red Cross, Wilderness Medicine Institute, Lake Tahoe School and Crested Butte Outdoors for a series of Wilderness Medicine Courses. These courses will teach the skills needed to respond to a backcountry emergency when help is delayed. April 5-7: “Wilderness First Responder Recertification,” by Crested Butte Outdoors. Classes to be held at Lake...
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Gutierrez joins race for county commission
SPARKS – Longtime community leader, health care professional and businessman Jesse Gutierrez has announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat on the Washoe County Commission. Current commission chairman Bob Larkin is vacating the seat. Gutierrez, a self-described conservative Republican, said he was motivated to run because “we are facing difficult times in northern Nevada and need a hard-working, problem-solving leader who brings people to...
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Clark County sets up court in mental hospitals
Clark County courts have launched a new program to bring the courtroom into mental hospitals.
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Public awareness of right-of-way laws for pedestrians
 RENO — Officers from the Reno Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting enforcement activities focusing on pedestrians today.  The operation is designed to increase public awareness of how right-of-way laws apply to pedestrians, helping to reduce the potential for pedestrians being injured or killed in accidents. The enforcement activities are funded by a grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. The event will take place at...
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Veterans Guest House wins $25,000
RENO – The Veterans Guest House in Reno has won $25,000 from The Home Depot in by competing in Aprons in Action, The Home Depot Foundation’s unique Facebook voting program. The organization will go on to compete for $250,000 from The Home Depot in March on www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. During the Aprons in Action contest, which began in April 2011, 11 monthly winners, including Reno’s Veterans Guest House, were selected. Each monthly w...
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Vaughn Hartung to run for county commission
RENO — Washoe County Planning Commissioner and small business owner Vaughn Hartung has announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat on the Washoe County Commission. The seat currently covers Sparks, Spanish Springs and Wadsworth. Hartung is a 25-year small business owner and his approach emphasizes small- and medium-size business development as one component to revive northern Nevada’s regional growth and provide expanded job opportunities....
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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
 RENO – This year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) brings eating disorder awareness to campuses and communities around the world during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week from Feb. 26 through March 3. The University of Nevada, Reno Student Health Center and University Counseling Services have partnered with the local Center for Hope of the Sierras for a week of awareness events on campus, part of a 25-year national effort...
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NNMC Health Fair provides one-stop shopping
SPARKS — Northern Nevada Medical Center is hosting a health fair on March 1 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital. This is an opportunity for community members to receive low-cost preventative health screenings. NNMC will also offer several free screenings, including body fat and blood pressure. Fasting is required for best results in blood screenings. NNMC Advantage members get a 10 percent discount on all tests, and sign ups...
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2011 visitor profile survey results
RENO — The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) recently released the results of a year-long survey of Reno Tahoe USA’s recent visitors. EMC Research, Inc. conducted the internet-based survey of 2,797 individuals who visited Washoe County in 2011 on behalf of the RSCVA. RENO – Results of the survey show visitors to Reno Tahoe USA are overwhelmingly satisfied with their trip and plan to return to the area. Eighty-one percent of...
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Veteran of the Month Award for February
CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval proudly presented the Veteran of the Month Award for February to Jerry Finley for his ongoing service and assist to veterans throughout the state. “I have a profound respect for Mr. Finely, for what he’s done for veterans throughout the state,” Sandoval said during the presentation. “I cannot tell you how proud I am to present this award to him today.” Finley is the second recipient of the Veteran of the Month...
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County commissioner hosts Oceguera fundraiser
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is hosting a fundraiser for U.S. House candidate John Oceguera. Oceguera is the Democratic Nevada Assembly speaker challenging Republican Congressman Joe Heck this November. Giunchigliani is a well-known Democrat in Las Vegas who ran for mayor and lost last year. She is holding the fundraiser at her home Saturday afternoon. Voters sent Heck to Washington in 2010, after he defeated ...
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Driver in crosswalk crash fined, will lose license
NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 78-year-old Henderson woman has been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and will lose her driver’s license for two years after an October car crash that killed a 6-year-old girl and badly hurt two other children. KTNV Channel 13 reports that Alice Alava pleaded no contest Thursday to five misdemeanor counts against her. Alava was accused of unlawfully passing vehicles stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to give ...
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