Furry friends need health care, too
The 30-second ad spot follows a Jack Russell Terrier named Pretzel to the vet’s office for a routine examination. The commercial is part of the Maddie’s Fund northern Nevada ad campaign aimed at increasing pet welfare and health care. “We hope to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals,” Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino said. “Nevada is one of the least funded states by donations for animal causes.” Avanzino explained...
Local growers give up the dirt on hydroponics
As shoppers wander past Nevada Naturals' produce at the Sparks Hometowne Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, they may not notice anything spectacular about the half-pound bags of lettuce selling for $3 a piece. What they might not know is that the lettuce has never touched soil. Reno-based Nevada Naturals uses hydroponics, a system that grows vegetables in a bed of water rather than dirt. The plants sit suspended on a table with their roots dangling...
Big country meets the Big Apple
When Brandi Carmichael wakes up in the morning, she starts her day by feeding her hogs, homeschools her four children and tends her horses on a several acre ranch out past Spanish Springs. Carmichael is many things but reincarnated goddess is not one of them.
Texan brings a big heart to his music
Not many people can say that Sammy Davis, Jr. gave them personal advice, they have played in Radio City Music Hall or that they were a guest on the Larry King talk show. But Dasan Alchesay is not like many others.
Veteran Tribune reporter moves on, recognized by city
It was the summer of 1998. President Bill Clinton was under fire for his relations with a White House intern, Washoe County commissioners were arguing over school funding, Terry Nichols was sentenced for his role in the Okalahoma City bombing and Janine Kearney swung open the doors of the Daily Sparks Tribune looking for an internship. She got it.
Goodness and growth graduate preschool
Goopy squishes and cheerful giggles surrounded the table at the Pebbles Preschool Friday. The 4 to 5-year-old class was nearing the end of its finger-painting project and a swirl of gloppy greenish brown filled the formerly white canvas. The Christian preschool at The Rock church on Vista Boulevard opened its doors to 62 anxious learners between the ages of 2 and 5 earlier this year. Today it will hold graduation ceremonies for its inaugural c...
Local artist proves he doesn't have to starve
Scott Harvey's art studio has paint buckets stacked several feet high, full-wall mural set ups and even a band studio in the back. And this Sparks resident oil painting teacher is glad he never listened to his parents' warnings.
Hip-Hop master class teaches all the 'tight' moves
Every "B-Boy" and "B-Girl" can perfect their "popping" and "power moves" at a local dance class on Friday, so don't get caught in a "headspin." Break dancing and hip-hop moves are gaining renewed popularity among young dancers and up-and-coming artists. Hip-Hop's popularity was reflected during the recent MTV dance competition show, "America's Best Dance Crew" produced and hosted by "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson. The show's March 27 fina...
Nevada Geography Bee winner calls Reno ‘home’
A 10-year-old boy from Reno began to explore the wide world long before he won top honors at the National Geographic Bee for the state of Nevada this year. Alex Wade, a fifth grader at Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School in Reno, recently returned from the national competition in Washington, D.C., on May 20 and 21. As the youngest competitor in a field of 55 students in the fifth through eighth grades, Alex placed 14th and 20th, respectively. “...