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Vegas schools go door-to-door looking for students
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas-area school administrators are enlisting volunteers for a push to find and encourage students to return to the classroom in a district where half never make it to graduation. Sign-ups are being accepted through Friday at the Clark County School District Partnership Office for the so-called “Reclaim Your Future” effort that starts Sept. 10. Schools chief Dwight Jones and a deputy superintendent say teams that include ...
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Nevada Ag board opposing Vegas water pipeline plan
CARSON CITY (AP) — The Nevada state Board of Agriculture is opposing a Southern Nevada Water Authority plan to pump millions of gallons of water from eastern Nevada and pipe it to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun reports the board agreed to send a letter of opposition to federal Bureau of Land Management officials considering allowing the pipeline to cross federal land on a 285-mile route from White Pine and Lincoln counties to Clark County. State...
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Newspaper carrier calls in Henderson house fire
HENDERSON (AP) — A newspaper carrier on an early morning route is credited with alerting Henderson firefighters to smoke and flames in the garage of a home in a Green Valley neighborhood. Everyone in the house escaped unhurt, but one Henderson firefighter was injured battling the 5 a.m. Friday fire at a home near Valley Verde Drive and Silver Springs Parkway. The firefighter was later able to return to work. A cause of the fire wasn’t immediat...
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Mini b-ball league for kids
SPARKS — Give your child the opportunity to learn the skills and fundamentals of basketball and play games with a team during the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department’s Mini Basketball League. The program, geared for boys and girls in kindergarten through 2nd grade, will be held Sept. 13 to Oct. 20 at the Alf Sorensen Community Center, 1400 Baring Blvd. One-hour games/practices will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and ...
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Sealed papers order at issue in Vegas Sands case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to unseal documents in a case filed by members of an elite security team that protects the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro gave the parties until next Thursday to agree which information should be made public. The judge says the presumption is that documents should not be sealed. Nine ...
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Rotary Club hosts charity golf tourney
SPARKS — The Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce its Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Red Hawk’s Lakes Golf Course in Sparks. This will be a fun, scramble-style tournament with lots of snacks, beverages, lunch, a buffet dinner and great prizes. Please call 775-560-2883 any time for more information.
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City Hall closed Monday
SPARKS — In observance of Labor Day, Sparks City Hall will be closed Monday, Sept. 5. This closure includes the Community Services Department. Also, the Parks & Recreation Department will be closed, including the Alf Sorensen Community Center and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center.  Labor Day weekend swim hours at Sparks Marina Park will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 3 – 5. Recreational swimming is permitted in the designated swim area at the ...
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Master Plan amendment open house
RENO — All interested residents, property owners, citizens and Washoe County Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) members are invited to review and provide comment on proposed amendments to the Washoe County Development Code and Master Plan. Washoe County staff will be available to answer questions and gather feedback on the proposed amendments. The open house will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Washoe County Administration Comple...
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Teens sought for advisory board for The Summit
RENO — The Summit mall located in south Reno is now accepting applications for its first SummitUP Teen Advisory Board. This gives students who have a passion for community service and the retail and fashion industry the chance to team up with other students to head The Summit’s teen initiatives. “We are excited to offer students this one-of-a-kind experience in fashion and community service,” said Alexia Bratiotis, area marketing manager for T...
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Sparks firefighters out to “Fill-the-Boot” at Rib Cook-Off
SPARKS — The Sparks Fire Department and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1265 will once again combine efforts to participate in this year’s annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill-the-Boot” donation drive. MDA donations to Fill-the-Boot will be taken from two locations this year: • At the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off on the corner of Victorian Avenue and E. Victorian Plaza from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday (...
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UNR ranked among the world’s top 500
RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno, has been named to a list of the world’s top 500 universities. The 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities includes institutions from 40 countries. “This ranking emphasizes faculty quality and research output, and therefore makes an important statement about the commitment and progress of this university,” said University President Marc Johnson. “Joining this worldwide list reflects the high-caliber te...
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Bill Harrah to be honored today at Aces Ballpark
RENO — Before there was Caesars, or the Paris or Rio hotel casinos, there was Harrah’s Bingo Club founded by gaming magnate William F. Harrah in 1937. Harrah believed, “to be successful, you have to do things the best way.” And successful he was. His lone Reno bingo hall started the Caesars empire. Harrah would have turned 100 years old today, and the city of Reno is set to honor this historic Nevadan and celebrate his legacy by proclaiming Se...
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Psychologist from UNR studies grief recovery, worked with 9/...
RENO — A University of Nevada, Reno psychologist who has worked with 9/11 survivors is bringing the lessons he learned from working with the survivors to others trying to cope with prolonged grief. Tony Papa, now an assistant professor of psychology at the UNR was working on his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Columbia University under George Bonanno when the 9/11 tragedy occurred. About one month after the attacks, Papa and Bonanno...
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Special balloon open house at May Museum
RENO — Great Reno Balloon Race spectators are invited to enjoy a free open house at the Wilbur D. May Museum as part of their early morning visit to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Admission is free throughout the weekend. The museum will open early Sept. 9 through 11 to accommodate visitors to the balloon races. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 10, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 11. The museum will display two art exhibits during the...
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Join the Arbor Day Foundation, get 10 trees
RENO — As part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, everyone from Nevada who joins the Foundation in September will receive 10 free Arizona cypress trees. Trees for America is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation that encourages everyone to plant trees to help the environment. The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to planting trees, with more than 1 million members n...
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Children’s Cabinet to hold 9/11 tribute
RENO — In honor of the spirit of service that followed the events on Sept. 11, 2001, join the Children’s Cabinet, Nevada Volunteers and the Nevada National Guard in celebrating service in our community. On Sept. 10, these organizations will hold a 9/11 day of tribute family event with food, games, face painting, guest speakers, memory quilt-decorating and more. Attendees also will learn ways to volunteer in the community and will be able to si...
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Cabela’s to host Waterfowl Classic
RENO — Cabela’s outdoor outfitter will host its Waterfowl Classic, the retailer’s biggest waterfowl event of the season, Sept. 17 and 18, at stores across the United States, including the Reno store. Some of the biggest names in the waterfowl industry will be on hand to sign autographs, demonstrate products and help participants become better duck and goose hunters by conducting seminars and visiting one-on-one. With giveaways, early-bird spec...
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Reward offered in shooting of Sparks teen
SPARKS — Secret Witness is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with the shooting death of a young man in the area of the Lansdowne Apartments, located at 1215 Sullivan Lane. At 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Sparks Police responded to the above area on reports of multiple gun shots being fired. Upon arrival, they found 16-year-old Abel Meza-Campos inside an apartment suffering ...
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Nevada Magazine names winners of annual photo contest
CARSON CITY — Following the theme of its 75th anniversary, Nevada Magazine’s 2011 photo contest is a celebration of the best images from the state’s six tourism territories: Las Vegas Territory, Pony Express Territory, Cowboy Country, Indian Territory, Nevada Silver Trails and Reno-Tahoe Territory. Also new this year is a “Then & Now” category, in which photographers were asked to re-create former Nevada Highways and Parks or Nevada Magazine c...
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