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Bearded ladies, cross dressers, noise makers to celebrate Purim
RENO — Area Jewish organizations will host a community Purim party at 6:30 p.m. on March 10 at the Atlantis Resort Casino. Purim is one of the most festive of the Jewish holidays. It is a time of great laughter, noise makers and food. The festival of Purim celebrates the deliverance from the Jews from a destructive plot, as described in the Biblical book of Esther. The March 10 festivities will include a costume contest, Israeli dancing, belly...
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Yerington lands bill introduced in the House
WASHINGTON — Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), along with original co-sponsors Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and Joe Heck (R-Nev.), announced last week the introduction of the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act. The bill would convey approximately 10,000 acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the city of Yerington for commercial, industrial, recreational and cultural development. The city and Lyon...
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BLM seeks new pasture for wild horses, burros
WASHINGTON — As part of its responsibility to manage and protect wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for new, publicly accessible pasture facilities located in the continental United States that provide a free-roaming environment.  The solicitation is for one or more long-term pasture facilities accommodating 400 to 2,000 wild horses.  Each pasture facility must be able to provide humane care for a one-year...
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Meeting to discuss distracted driving
RENO — Attorney Lindsay Eaton and paralegal Kristin Smith of the Las Vegas law office of White & Wetheral will focus on the dangers and penalties associated with distracted driving at the Washoe Zephyrs Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) networking meeting today at the Claim Jumper Restaurant at 4905 S. Virginia St. Distracted driving involves texting, surfing the Internet, playing games and talking on cell phones with...
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Sparks City Hall closed Monday
In honor of Presidents Day, Sparks City Hall will be closed Monday.
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Reno-Tahoe International named top airport for skiers
Professional skiers ranked Reno-Tahoe International the third best airport for skiers in the nation, ahead of major hub airports like Denver and Salt Lake City, according to Ski Magazine.
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City of Reno closures for Monday
Reno City Hall and administrative offices will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.
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Cabela’s offers free hunting and fishing seminars
Cabela’s is kicking off spring by offering a series of free seminars and demonstrations on a variety of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities during it’s annual Spring Great Outdoor Days celebration March 3 and 4 at its Reno store.
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Secretary of State addresses nominating process
Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office is in consideration of several potential vacancies for District Judge office during the course of the 2012 election cycle.
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Make an imprint on Nevada with AmeriCorps
Each year Nevada AmeriCorps grantees impact the quality of life in Nevada through national service funding provided through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
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BLM to host communication forum
The BLM is hosting an open communications forum Feb. 29 to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about projects being undertaken by the Elko District as well as a forum to provide input to the BLM.
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Kirkwood to host inaugural festival
The inaugural High Up Fest, a one-day musical event that brings together the popular reggae movement with rock and hip hop, will host a national line-up of musical acts at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on March 24.
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15 hours of free flapjacks at IHOP
SPARKS — On Feb. 28, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations made at IHOPs in the Sparks area w...
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NV court says man’s $3M estate goes to the state
CARSON CITY (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court says the $3 million estate of a man who disinherited his family reverts to the state. In a unanimous opinion Thursday, justices reversed a lower court judge in Clark County who awarded the estate of William Melton to his daughter, Vicki Palm. Melton disinherited Palm decades ago. Melton signed a formal will in 1975, leaving most of his estate to his parents and saying his daughter “was to receive not...
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Calif. senator calls Nevada Tahoe law inflammatory
CARSON CITY (AP) — A leader in the California Senate has some strong words for Nevada over its threats to withdraw from the decades-old Lake Tahoe Compact. Sen. Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat from Sacramento, calls Nevada’s move to possibly leave the bistate Tahoe Regional Planning Agency “inflammatory” and “provocative.” Nevada lawmakers complain that votes needed on the 14-member governing board to approve regulations and projects within the ...
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BLM signs revised agreement for tribal consultation and publ...
CARSON CITY — Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey this week signed a revision to the BLM’s agreement that clarifies how the agency consults with tribes and other consulting parties on activities that might affect historic properties. The PA has three signatories: the BLM, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO). Abbey, ACHP Executive Director J...
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Computer classes certify employees’ skill levels
RENO — Employers continue to rank computer proficiency as a very important quality for their employees to possess, according to the 2012 Job Outlook Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Truckee Meadows Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division has developed three non-credit computer skills certification programs that offer proof of one’s software prowess. “We’re here to build their con...
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Leadership program Alumni Association hits 50 members
RENO — Leadership Reno Sparks, a program of The Chamber, announces 50 members have joined the program’s new Alumni Association. Started in spring 2011, the LRS Alumni Association has representation from the inaugural 1985 class, the most recent class and many in between. The mission of the Leadership Reno Sparks Alumni Association is to enhance relationships and act as a liaison between The Chamber and its leadership programs while strengtheni...
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License plates to support mining education
RENO — The Nevada DMV has accepted the Northern Nevada Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (NNSME) application and $5,000 surety bond for a special license plate to support Earth sciences education in Nevada. This is the first step in a three-step approval process to issue a new Nevada license plate. The second step is authorization by the Commission on Special License Plates,  comprised of five state legislators. The third step is ...
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