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RENO — As cartographer for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Jack Hursh has traveled thousands of miles across the Silver State, visiting remote places few Nevadans ever see. An award-winning photographer, Hursh always brings his camera along so he can share his adventures with others. Share the Nevada adventure when Hursh presents the slide-show “Discover Nevada” at 6:30 p.m. on July 9 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Hursh will tell sto...
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Let’s Move Outside with Elko Ed-ventures!
ELKO — Join the Elko District Bureau of Land Management for a fun, free, family educational adventure at Mountain View Park on Argent Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon on July 9. In conjunction with the Let’s Move Outside initiative started by first lady Michelle Obama, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service, the city of Elko Recreation & Parks and Nevada Home Health Care are teaming up to provide a day of outdoor activities that ar...
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Wooden boat show blows ‘White Smoke on the Water’
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — To borrow from a classic rock n’ roll tune, there will be “smoke on the water” for this year’s South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic (STWBC), scheduled for July 29 and 30 at the Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club. The STWBC is one of the West’s largest classic boat shows, and this year the headliner will be White Smoke, which was originally delivered to South Lake Tahoe’s Pope Estate and is currently part of the Tahoe Maritime...
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Paid election workers needed
RENO — The Washoe County Registrar of Voters is looking for individuals who are willing to serve as paid poll workers for the upcoming Sept. 13 Special Election. In order to serve as a poll worker you must be a registered voter of Nevada and a resident of Washoe County, be physically able to assemble equipment and not be a relative of a candidate for nomination or election. If you are willing to commit to a long but rewarding day serving the c...
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Program helps people cope with chronic conditions
RENO -- In order to help people with chronic diseases manage symptoms and live a more healthful lifestyle, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center offers a free, six-week Chronic Disease Self Management Program. The program, “Healthy Aging: Up2Me,” was created through a partnership with the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno. The next series of workshops begins at 9 a.m. on July 14 at the Neil Road Recreation Center at 392...
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College of Education at UNR uses tough times to build quality
RENO – When University of Nevada, Reno College of Education Dean Chris Cheney convened a task force of faculty to look at the undergraduate and teacher licensure programs to consider areas of savings, consolidation and revision, she had no idea the result would be a totally revamped program for future elementary teachers, so different than the previous one that it would need approval from the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regent...
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Teen seriously hurt in bicycle accident
GARDNERVILLE — A 16-year-old is in critical condition after being struck by a moving vehicle while riding his bicycle. At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nevada Highway Patrol was dispatched to a serious bicycle accident at Industrial Way. The preliminary accident investigation details indicate that Kody Lance Wilson, a Gardnerville resident, was riding a bicycle southbound on U.S. Highway 395 in the center turn lane. Wilson crossed into the southbou...
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‘Fan Club’ helps local seniors survive the summer heat
RENO — KOLO TV viewers are helping Washoe County’s Department of Senior Services by donating new electric fans for distribution to seniors in need. Everyone who wants to help seniors survive the summer heat is encouraged to join the KOLO “Fan Club” by dropping off new fans at the station or at the Washoe County Senior Services Center on Ninth Street. “Last year, KOLO Fan Club members helped out over 250 local seniors who did not have a way to ...
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New website launched for Tahoe-Pyramid bikeway
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Cyclists can keep tabs on the latest developments of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway through the organization’s new website, www.tpbikeway.org. On the new website, visitors can learn about the organization’s vision of a foot and cycling path that follows the Truckee River from its source in forested Lake Tahoe to its desert terminus, Pyramid Lake. The website also features section-by-section trail descriptions with accompanying dow...
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Former Seattle Times editor joins UNR
RENO – Veteran news executive Michael R. Fancher will join the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, this fall as the Reynolds Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism. Fancher examines the topic of journalism innovation in a discussion paper titled, “Local News: Re-imagining Journalism for a Networked World,” to be published by the Aspen Institute this month. Fancher, for 2...
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Cabela’s honors ‘Hometown Heroes’
RENO — Cabela’s stores nationwide will honor the contributions of people who serve by offering employee pricing to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire personnel and EMS personnel today through Friday. The Hometown Heroes event will recognize the service and sacrifice of those who protect and serve our country and communities every day. “Cabela’s values the contributions of our nation’s military and service pe...
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Downtown Improvement Association elects new directors
RENO – The Reno Downtown Improvement Association (DIA) has elected its 2011/2012 board of directors. The board members are: President: Steven Polikalas – Watson Rounds Immediate Past President: Jim Hunting – Sierra Pacific Federal Credit Union First Vice President: Grant Sims – CB Richard Ellis Second Vice President/Treasurer: Jeff Hollingsworth – Sierra Pacific Federal Credit Union Secretary: Roberta Ross – Ross Manor Dick Bartholet – UNR Sma...
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NNMC to hold health fair
SPARKS — Northern Nevada Medical Center is hosting a health fair from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on July 7 in the main lobby of the hospital. This is an opportunity for residents to receive low-cost preventative health screenings. NNMC will also offer several free screenings, including body fat and blood pressure. The full menu of health screenings is as follows: • Blood pressure: free • Body fat: free • Complete blood count: $15 • Heart electrical activ...
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Summer ozone season begins
RENO — Warm summer weather has arrived in the Truckee Meadows and with it unhealthful levels of ozone, a major ingredient of smog. According to Washoe County Health District officials, ozone concentrations in the air reached unhealthful levels for sensitive groups for several hours late Saturday and Sunday afternoons. High levels of ozone can recur throughout the summer. Ground-level ozone forms when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitro...
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Nevada Humanities accepting board nominations
RENO — Nevada Humanities is seeking new members to serve three-year terms on its board of trustees. Applications and nominations are due by July 15 for terms beginning Nov. 1. An application/nomination form is available at www.nevadahumanities.org. Nevada Humanities is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of trustees and is one of 56 state and territorial humanities councils affiliated with the National Endowment for the Huma...
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JA Nugget employees raise $37,612 for the United Way
SPARKS — In their annual fundraising campaign for the United Way, employees at John Ascuaga’s Nugget raised $37,612. The majority of the funds were direct contributions from employees. About $1,500 was raised through employee fundraisers such as bake sales and poker tournaments. The campaign took place from mid-April through mid-May this year. “I am honored to work in a business that values community involvement,” said Terry Maine, employee re...
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Residential Dump Days return to help with cleanup
RENO — Waste Management (WM) announced Monday that the third quarterly Residential Dump Days to be held in 2011 will be this weekend at the WM transfer stations in Reno. The dates for this event are Saturday and Sunday. Residential Dump Days are held solely at the transfer stations in Reno since the Lockwood Landfill is closed on weekends. In an effort to assist residents with household cleanups and curb illegal dumping, WM will be offering re...
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Carson City to host ‘Heal the World’ picnic
CARSON CITY — Various faiths are coming together to have a picnic in Nevada’s capital, Carson City. Christians of various denominations, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Baha’is and others will share food, music, games, prayers, a “peace cake,” etc., and will try to find similarities between their diverse traditions at the second annual “Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada” on July 31. In addition, the participants, who include clergy ...
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RSVP for ‘Innovation Needed’ roundtable
RENO — Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) will hold its second quarter community forum on Wednesday focusing on legislative impacts to the region’s quality of life and the innovation needed to transform the community. How will local governments continue to provide a social safety net and deliver services that improve the region, while continuing to cut expenditures and absorb more unfunded state programs? How can we work together as a community to...
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Health District investigation featured in medical journal
RENO — Four members of the Washoe County Health District’s Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness Division have been published in the June 22 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Lei Chen, Melissa Peek, Denise Stokich, MPH, and Randal Todd, DrPH, were recognized for identifying Japanese encephalitis as the cause of death of a healthy 11-year-old child who had traveled outside the United States and died nine...
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