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County parks hold events this weekend
Volunteer Planting Day at fire-damaged Bartley Ranch Regional Park today will have more than 45 volunteers help replant areas of Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are expected to help park staff replace 25 trees and 80 ornamental shrubs and grasses that were destroyed when the Caughlin Fire swept through the park. Bartley Ranch Regional Park is located at 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd. in Reno. Adventure Da...
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NV to receive $21M in grants
CARSON CITY —Nevada is one of seven states to be awarded a $21 million federal grant over seven years to help prepare high school students for college. Officials say the $3 million a year GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education will benefit more than 5,400 students in 19 targeted middles schools located in nine of Nevada’s 17 school districts. Counties were selected on economic need. The program will focus on providing students wit...
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Construction resumes on South McCarran
RENO — Construction resumes on a $16 million project to improve South McCarran from Virginia Street to Mira Loma Drive on Sunday at 7 p.m. Granite Construction is the contractor for the project designed by consultants Wood Rodgers. In 2011, Granite completed the work from Virginia Street to just west of Longley Lane. The work this year includes reconstruction and widening of South McCarran from the existing four lanes to six lanes between Long...
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Bus Roadeo competition Sunday
SPARKS — The 26th Annual Wild West Roadeo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Victorian Square. The competition and community safety fair is set for Earth Day and will include participants who will be timed navigating 38,000-pound vehicles between tennis balls aligned for parking, blue barrels for precision narrow spaces and other maneuvers that test drivers’ skills. This year’s event is hosted by MV Transportation and RTC’s contracto...
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Nevada “N” made of recycled water bottles
RENO — The atrium of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, which housed a 9.5-foot tree made entirely of old books during the holiday season, is now the site of another display using recycled goods. In celebration of Earth Day, Knowledge Center employees have erected a 7-feet-tall, 8-feet-wide “N,” constructed with 1,580 recycled water bottles collected in the center’s recycling receptacles. Alden Kamaunu, manag...
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UNR conference to promoting service learning
RENO — Following through with promises made by former University of Nevada, Reno President Milton Glick, the university’s Cooperative Extension program is hosting the first annual service-learning conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory on campus. The conference is being hosted by the Service Learning Council, a group of 12 university and state representatives from programs such as the Sanford Center for...
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International children’s festival bridges cultures
RENO­ — Coral Academy students will have an opportunity to taste the local food of Germany, see the Korean Shinee pop dance and will be thrilled with seeing Native American dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. today as 23 countries and cultures will be represented at the third International Children’s Festival. Each country will have a booth and it will have stage performances with singing and dancing. “It is great to learn about other cultures,” said Arl...
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BLM seeks input on proposed Pan Mine Project
ELY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed open-pit gold mine about 50 miles west of Ely in White Pine County. The notice opens a 30-day public scoping period that will end May 16. The BLM has scheduled three public scoping meetings in Nevada from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates and locations are: • May 1, Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 Sixth Street, Ely • M...
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County seeks residents for planning commission
Washoe County is seeking applications from registered voters living in any part of the unincorporated county to serve on its planning commission.
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Dilworth students to tour Mars
Steven Squyres, Ph.D., this year’s recipient of the Desert Research Institute Nevada Medal, will take a group of students from Dilworth STEM Academy on a tour of the surface of Mars in DRI’s DRIVE6 virtual reality facility at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
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Treasurer sponsors financial fitness pilot
State Treasurer Kate Marshall said Wednesday that her office is sponsoring a financial fitness pilot program in several Nevada high schools, as well as one middle school.
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Picnic for the Planet on Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Day, The Nature Conservancy in Nevada and partners are hosting a community “Picnic for the Planet” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McKinley Arts Center and Park, 925 Riverside Drive in Reno.
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Reno Fire Department partners with the bike project
The Reno Fire Department and the Reno Bike Project, a non-profit community bicycle shop and advocacy group, are partnering to make donating bicycles more convenient for the community.
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UNR holds unique Hindu baccalaureate service
RENO — A one-of-a-kind baccalaureate service was held at University of Nevada, Reno on Sunday. The fifth annual Hindu baccalaureate service of UNR (Dikshant Utsav) blessed the graduating class in the traditional Hindu style, complete with applying tilak (religious mark) on the foreheads of graduates, participatory reading of Gayatri Mantra in Sanskrit and keynote addresses by a swami and kirtan (sacred chant). In addition, it also included ble...
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TMCC hosts annual GED graduation ceremony
RENO — On Friday, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) will host its ninth annual General Education Development (GED) graduation ceremony. The ceremony will recognize more than 100 students who have completed the program, as their family and friends congratulate them on their accomplishment. The GED program at TMCC is part of a federally funded Adult Basic Education program, which provides basic literacy and education classes in listening,...
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Town Hall at Traner to address underage drinking, drugs
RENO — ACCEPT, in collaboration with the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, will hold a town hall meeting with students, parents and educators on April 25 to discuss underage drinking substance abuse prevention. Underage drinking is a pressing public health concern that affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth, their families and our community. In 2010, about 10 million, or one in ...
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University of Phoenix to host career branding workshop
RENO — University of Phoenix will host a two-hour career-branding workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Reno campus, 10345 Professional Circle, Suite 200 in the South Meadows area just off U.S. 395. The workshop is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. “Despite improvement in February, Nevada continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the nation,” said Dr. Bob Larkin, University of Phoenix Northern Nevada Campus...
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Nevada holds College Savings Day Contest
CARSON CITY — State Treasurer Kate Marshall announced Monday her office is once again sponsoring the fourth annual 2012 Nevada $529 College Savings Day Contest, which is open to all Nevada students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Five students will receive a prize of a $529 gift to be used to open a college savings plan account or to enhance an existing account. Two students from Clark County, one from Washoe County and one each from a ...
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Volunteer host needed for the Rhyolite historic town site
TONOPAH — The Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteer hosts for the Rhyolite historic town site located just south of Beatty in Nye County. This popular historic site, near one of the gateways to Death Valley National Park, features remnants of a large mining town that flourished in the gold mining days of the early 1900s. The Tom Kelly Bottle House, Cook Bank Building ruins, the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad Depot and several othe...
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WNC offers hoop house workshop
SMITH — Hoop houses are burgeoning across Nevada as local farmers continue to benefit from increased vegetable production and sales. To meet demand for training in this innovative technique, the Western Nevada College (WNC) Specialty Crop Institute will hold a low-cost hoop house construction workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at Smith Valley High School, 20 Day Lane, in Smith. Cost is $35 for those registering by April 25, and $45 after Apr...
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