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Artown director’s visit to GOD club
Reno’s longest event, time wise, is Artown which runs through the entire month of July each year. Beth Macmillan, the executive director of Artown, noted in a June appearance before the Good Old Days (GOD) club, “Think of July having 32 days this year as we will run through Aug.1. Because Artown is known for expanding boundaries, we are expanding this year’s July by one more day. Our closing night will feature the Funk Brothers, who are the mu...
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Rodeo pastimes and parking woes
If Wednesday of this week was any indication, the most pressing need for the annual Reno Rodeo is a state-of-the-art parking facility. Vehicles were parked to the west, south and north of the Livestock Events area. General parking on the lot on the north side was listed at $6 and across the street at private facilities you could park for $5. And this wasn’t even the weekend. As the Rodeo continues to grow and attract more fans, it is becoming ...
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Marilyn Monroe stops at the Eldorado
Of all the thousands of celebrities who have visited the northern Nevada area over the decades, none has left a more lasting impression than the ultimate screen goddess, Marilyn Monroe. Now much larger in fame and idolatry more than 40 years after her passing than she ever was in life, her memorabilia and image have proliferated worldwide. On the local scene, in commemoration of her birthday, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno is featuring a di...
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Sen. Reid playing with electric trains
To many youngsters of my generation, the ultimate Christmas present was a Lionel Electric train. A story that broke early this week called back to mind the smell of the smoky transformer and the way some of the track sections did not fit together too well in those days of yesteryear. That story pertained to Nevada’s U.S. Sen. Harry Reid switching his support for a MagLev train between Las Vegas and Disneyland to a different type of train — an ...
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What the Legislature hath wrought
That collective sigh of relief you heard emanating from all four corners of the Silver State on Tuesday morning was due to the Nevada State Legislature having adjourned on time. With the plethora of new taxes that the Legislature was able to push through, you will now be paying more gas tax at the pump, more when you buy retail goods and, if you are an upper-tier business person, your payroll tax will be going through the roof. All of this in ...
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Rewane: Consolidation of local services
The name of the Reno High School yearbook, Rewane (Re-Wa-Ne, abbreviations of Reno, Washoe County and Nevada) may soon come to be a reality if news from earlier this week is to have any credence. The announcement that Reno and Washoe County will actively engage in consolidation talks has come to the forefront due to the economic conditions in northern Nevada. Merging of the city and county has long been the dream of many politicians since it w...
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Opening life up to interpretation
Adriana Garcia learned to speak English as a little girl by watching Looney Toons. Her parents say she picked up her second language in a matter of weeks. Now, as she prepares to graduate from Sparks High School, Garcia’s drive for learning has continued to serve her well. The class valedictorian with a 4.89 weighted grade point average is going to Colgate University in New York in the fall to eventually become the first in her immediate famil...
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Sparks High School graduates
Sparks High School Graduation: Friday, June 5, 2009 5:00 p.m. Lawlor Events Center Roberto A. Acosta Cecilia Aguilar Joann Pumaras Aguilar Jose Carlos Garcia Aguilar Oscar Armando Aguilar Victor A. Aguilar Luis A. Aguirre Alarcon Jesse J. Agustin Gladys Alcala Ta-Tiana Marie Anderson Hall Rose M. Anzelmo Samantha Lorena Aquil Giovana Armendariz Avila Adrianna Christina Arroyo Susel Avila-Ortega Brandon Matthew Ayala Patricia Ayala Tania I. Aya...
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Life moves on, stays put
Reed High School co-valedictorian Christopher Salls won’t be dealing with the homesickness factor this fall when he stays in Sparks to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Salls recently signed to attend UNR in the fall as a National Merit Scholarship finalist, one of 16,000 students nationally with the highest Scholastic Aptitude Test scores. Reed principal Mary Vesco spoke highly of Salls, who graduates with a 5.1 grade point average and w...
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READY TO EXPLORE LIFE
Annalise Vine says she’s directionally challenged when it comes to the map, but she appears to know where she’s going on her career path with her dreams of one day becoming a doctor. The 17-year-old soon-to-be graduate from Reed High School wasn’t afraid to work hard for her Advanced Placement courses, was a ballet dancer, completed an internship in pathology and is co-valedictorian this year with a 5.1 grade point average. Unlike graduates wh...
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Reed High School graduates
Reed High School Friday, June 5th 8:00 p.m. Lawlors Event Center Cesar Acuna Colin Adams Adeel Afsar Adrian Aglugub Angelica Aguilar-Hood Eric Aguilar-Hood Humberto Aguilar-Hood Marcus Akana-Pearson Fernando Alejo Emma Almaraz Enilah Almaraz Chaz Alt Jennifer Anderson Justin Anderson Israel Arevalo Christian Atud Nicole Ayala Amanda Bailey Bre'anna Bailey Harmanpreet Bains Alyssa Baker Cecilia Balderas Glenn Barbosa Shelayna Bardin Christopher...
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Spanish Springs valedictorian heads to business school
Spanish Springs High School’s class of 2009 valedictorian, Nick Strozza, said it is four years of hard work that has placed him at the top of his class and on his way to a prestigious California college. Part of the duty of being class valedictorian is giving a speech to the graduating class. Stozza said his speech will be reflective while at the same time send his fellow graduates off onto their future journeys. It was lots of hard work that ...
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Spanish Springs High School Graduates
Spanish Springs High School Graduation Ceremony: 8 p.m. Thursday June 4th @ Lawlor Events Center Number of Graduates: 395 Valedictorian: Nicholas Strozza Salutatorian: Shani Penn SSHS 2009 Graduates* Alyssa M. Abina Cameron J. Aceves Thomas J. Ackerman Brandon R. Adams Uate M. Afu Adanary A. Aguirre Emma W. Alameda Stacy I. Alaribe Michael A. Amaya Jacob L. Anderson Clayton O. Apalategui Oscar C. Arellano Lindsay R. Arthur Brittany V. Ashlock ...
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Bishop Manogue High School graduates
Bishop Manogue High School Baccalaureate Mass: June 4 at 5:30pm St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Graduation: June 6 at 10 a.m. Bishop Manogue Football Field Nicholas Altieri Baruc Anguiano Ryan Baker Paul Bright Amber Clark Eduardo Cruz Joshua DuPree Jeffery Gallagher Lauren Gurule Ian Hansen Kassi Hargrove Alex Hargrove Jordan Hill Roohi Hutchinson Marcus Iannacchione Paul Jacques Brian Kernan Tyler Knop Samantha Lilla Justin Lopez Nicole Lut...
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Weekend walk to raise money for Nevada Humane Society
The Nevada Humane Society is encouraging people to slip into their walking shoes for Saturday’s Walk for Animals at the Sparks Marina in hopes of raising $100,000 for the animal shelter. The 2-mile walk is open to people and pets, as long as pets are on a leash, which is something that Diane Blankenburg, the development director for the Nevada Humane Society, said makes the event unique. “Animals can actually participate, which makes it more f...
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Locals compare current recession to Great Depression
Northern Nevada was visited this past week by a film crew from Southern California that was here to shoot interviews for an upcoming documentary entitled “When the World Breaks.” The principal interviewees were Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, retired philanthropist Link Piazzo and former Nevada state archivist Guy Rocha. The premise of the film is to compare the current economic downturn with the Great Depression of the last century. In order to do th...
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Spot Needs His Shots
Rescue group puts on low-cost vaccination clinics
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Nugget gives $1,000 to 22 local seniors to help with college
When Sparks High School senior Jessica Marie Koptke starts her freshman year at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall, she will carry with her the pride and pressure of being the first in her family to go to college. “They’re really excited and really proud,” Koptke said Tuesday. “I’m nervous because I don’t know what to expect,” she added of being her family’s first college student. Koptke was among the four high school students from Spa...
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Spencer Remembers: Bad news for the RSCVA and golf with a Sc...
Since the skybridge between the Atlantis Resort and Casino and the convention facility opened, there has been a noticeable drop in parking revenue for major events at the RSCVA.
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A lottery at last, RSCVA woes and a little basketball 'Bonanza'
Best news out of the Nevada State Legislature this week was that the Assembly had passed a bill that is the first step in establishing a lottery for the state of Nevada. Now it goes to the Senate, where the recent leadership change from Republican to Democrat could see it also get approval. To date, Gov. Jim Gibbons has not taken a stand on the issue but since the lottery is often described as a “voluntary tax” it is not expected to gain a vet...
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