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Marshall slams Amodei on Medicare
LAS VEGAS (AP) — State Treasurer Kate Marshall is blasting Republican Mark Amodei’s Medicare views in a new TV spot for the Nevada special election. The Associated Press has learned that Marshall’s third TV ad of the campaign, which first aired Friday, will run for at least a week. The ad features Amodei praising Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare for anyone younger than 55. Amodei has applauded Ryan’s budget overhau...
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EIS issued for travel project
ELKO — The Mountain City, Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge ranger districts in northeast Nevada have published the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) regarding motor vehicle use in the Combined Travel Management Project that began in January 2009. The preferred alternative, as identified in the FEIS, would designate approximately 2,042 miles of National Forest System (NFS) roads and trails as open for motor vehicle use and allow motorized ...
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Reno fire near containment
RENO (AP) — A fire that broke out Thursday night at the base of Peavine Peak is near containment. Reno fire officials said the cause of the fire that burned about 150 acres is under investigation. It started Thursday night and was 90 percent contained by early Friday. Though flames came too close for comfort to some homes, no structures were burned.
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Political collectibles expo comes to town
RENO — Collectors, pop culture junkies and even President Theodore Roosevelt will converge Aug. 12 through 13 for the west’s largest show and sale of political campaign memorabilia. This convention will offer thousands of vintage political campaign buttons, badges, posters, 3-D items and ephemera from campaigns past. “The convention is a nostalgic, star-spangled opportunity to buy and trade political pop culture items, advertising pinbacks, ca...
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Senior phone patrol ice cream social
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department will hold its fourth annual Senior Phone Patrol Ice Cream Social at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the training room of department headquarters, located at 1701 E. Prater Way. This event is being held for the 48 Sparks senior citizens currently enrolled in the department’s Senior Phone Patrol program. In addition to root beer floats, a raffle, classic cars and a DJ, this year’s event will include a performance by D...
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Ruby Pipeline starts natural gas delivery
RENO — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has authorized the start of service on the Ruby Pipeline, a 42-inch diameter, 678-mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of federal land beginning near Opal, Wyo., through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and ending near Malin, Ore. The Ruby Pipeline Project was initiated in March 2008. In January 2010, FERC and eight cooperating agencies, including the Bureau of Lan...
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Volunteer at the 30th Great Reno Balloon Race
RENO — The Great Reno Balloon Race is heading into its 30th year and local enthusiasts are invited to join the Aeronauts, the official volunteer group for the Balloon Race. This year’s event takes place Sept. 9 through 11 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. As official Balloon Race Aeronauts, volunteers are trained in crewing hot-air balloons and get to serve on chase crews during the event. In addition, Aeronauts also help with security and s...
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Nev. first lady asks author to share parenting experiences
RENO — The Children’s Cabinet offers unique programs and recently found merit in a book written by Susan Peticolas titled “Surviving a Traumatic Parenthood, Tools to Use After Your Child is Arrested and Goes to Rehab.” Kathleen Sandoval, the director of The Children’s Cabinet and wife of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, contacted Peticolas and asked that she edit the book to meet the needs of their clients. Although the first book was written for p...
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First orthopedic trauma fellows graduate from local program
RENO — Dr. Ken Thomas is the first orthopedic trauma fellow to graduate from a fellowship program designed by Reno Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) and implemented at Renown Regional Medical Center. ROC offers the one-year clinical fellowship in orthopaedic trauma surgery under the supervision of the orthopedic traumatologists at Renown Regional Medical Center: Drs. Tim Bray, Timothy O’Mara and Pete Althausen. The fellowship program combines clinical ...
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NDOW puts on two-day spin fishing clinic
VERDI — The Nevada Department of Wildlife is offering a two-day moving water beginning spin fishing clinic on Friday and Saturday. The Friday session will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Verdi Community Library and Wildlife Education Center, located at 270 Bridge St., adjacent to Verdi Elementary School. This session will cover rod and reel selection, casting, line selection, basic knots and rigging for lure, bait and fly fishing with spinning ...
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Reno Aces ‘discover’ new museum
RENO — The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will partner with the Reno Aces on Sunday for “Discovery Day” at the ballpark. The ballpark will take on a unique “Gilligan’s Island” theme in honor of Terry Lee Wells Foundation chairman, Dawn Wells. Wells, also known as Mary Ann Summers on the popular 1960s television comedy “Gilligan’s Island,” will be outside the main entrance of the ballpark to greet fans, take pictures and sign autograph...
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NNMC offers tests at low-cost health fair
SPARKS — Northern Nevada Medical Center is hosting a health fair from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday in the main lobby of the hospital. This is an opportunity for community members 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 electri...
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Shakespeare play adapted for children
RENO — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Company is bringing a free performance of a one-hour children’s adaptation of the classic Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night” to the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park at 7 p.m. Monday. This special performance is presented by the festival’s D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program. The D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program serves as an internship program for young and aspiring act...
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Saint Mary’s retains ‘excellent’ accreditation
RENO — Saint Mary’s Health Plans (SMHP) HealthFirst HMO/POS recently completed its third survey by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and has again received NCQA’s highest accreditation rating of “Excellent.” This accreditation denotes Saint Mary’s HealthFirst as Nevada’s first and only commercial HMO/POS health plan to earn the prestigious honor or distinction, according to a company press release. “Having received such a dis...
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Silver Star Nominations now open
RENO – Nominations for Truckee Meadows Tomorrow’s Silver Star Awards are now open and can be submitted by filling out an online nomination form at http://truckeemeadowstomorrow.org. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 19. Silver Star Awards salute the people and organizations that make a measurable difference in the community. Submit a business, organization, individual or community partnership that has positively impacted our community’...
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CommRow begins hiring for September opening
RENO — This September, Reno will welcome CommRow, its first non-smoking, non-gaming “urban adventure destination,” located at the landmark Reno Arch downtown, and along with it a bevy of new jobs. This new property will feature the world’s tallest climbing wall and state-of the-art bouldering facility, 11 eateries and beverage stations, plus two entertainment venues. The pet-friendly HANG Hotel will launch in spring of 2012, and an “adventure ...
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Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer releases 2010 report
RENO – Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer recently released its 2010 Annual Report, which highlights the accomplishments and research milestones the center has made in the past two years. Included in the report are patient testimonials, national quality measures, cancer registry data and clinical trial information. Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer opened in 2006. In 2009, the center identified 1,070 new cases with a lifetime follow-up rate of 97 per...
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UNR scientists to shake five-story building in Japan
RENO — Landmark earthquake engineering tests this summer in Japan by the University of Nevada, Reno could open the door for earthquake-proofing technology applied to hospitals, nuclear power plants and emergency-response facilities to be more common in the United States, and confirm the capabilities for the technology used in Japan and the rest of the world. The tests on the five-story, 500-ton steel-frame building, supported by two different ...
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Pyramid Lake triathlon this weekend
NIXON — The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reminds the community that the 2011 Pyramid Lake Sprint Triathlon will be held on Saturday. The start and finish line for this year’s triathlon will be at the marina in Sutcliffe, which is located 33 miles north of Sparks on the Pyramid Highway. The tribe invites the public to come watch the athletes compete and support this great race. Tribal members and visitors should exercise caution while traveling in...
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Santo to take over casino at Grand Sierra
RENO — As of today, Santo Gaming will begin managing the casino operations at Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) on behalf of the resort’s owners, The Meruelo Group. CEO Tony Santo and his team were originally brought in to manage all non-gaming assets in 2010. Santo Gaming has extensive experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, and currently manages and operates the Plaza Hotel and Casino, the Las Vegas Club Hotel and Casino and the Western H...
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