Region In Brief
AT&T invests $300 million in Reno-Sparks
RENO — AT&T invested more than $300 million in its greater Truckee Meadows area wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011, with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks. During 2011, AT&T made more than 125 wireless network upgrades in three key categories in the Reno-Sparks area. “Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said T...
Think tank has suggestions for Nevada government
CARSON CITY (AP) — A conservative think tank has released a laundry list of suggestions it says are necessary to put the Nevada on sound fiscal footing. The report, “Solutions 2013,” was released Thursday by the Nevada Policy Research Institute as a handbook for state lawmakers in advance of the 2013 legislative session. It includes many familiar conservative platforms, such as ending collective bargaining for public workers, revamping public ...
Board approves water rate hike in southern Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southern Nevada Water Authority board has approved a rate hike that will raise residential customers’ bills by an estimated $5 a month. Fees approved at a meeting Wednesday are based on the size of a customer’s water line. Small businesses will see an increase of about $36 per month, while a large resort would see its water bill climb by about $2,200 a month. Water authority officials expect the price hike to generate abou...
Nevada teen arrested after HS officer draws gun
HENDERSON (AP) — School officials say a campus police officer was injured and drew his gun to end a confrontation with a 15-year-old student who was involved in a cafeteria fight at a high school in Henderson. Acting Clark County Schools Police Chief James Ketsaa tells the Las Vegas Sun the teen left Green Valley High School and then returned after administrators broke up a fight between him and another student about noon Wednesday. Officials ...
Coroner rules Nevada prison guard death a homicide
CARSON CITY (AP) — A medical examiner says a Nevada correctional officer’s unexpected death was a homicide related to an inmate attack in December. Because of that finding released Wednesday, prison officials are asking the attorney general to pursue criminal charges against the inmate involved. The Nevada Department of Corrections says Officer Tracy Hardin was leaving High Desert State Prison in southern Nevada on Jan. 20 when other staff saw...
Epic Poker League parent files for bankruptcy
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The parent company of the Epic Poker League has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Federated Sports + Gaming filed the bankruptcy in Maryland late Tuesday. The company was started by former World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. Pollack says in a statement on the Epic Poker League’s website that the company would continue seeking a partner and had been searching si...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....