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Volunteers needed to replant Bartley Ranch park
RENO — Volunteers are needed to help replant fire-damaged areas of Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Saturday morning. About 50 volunteers are needed to help park staff replace 25 trees and 80 ornamental shrubs and grasses that were destroyed when the Caughlin Fire swept through the park last November. Loss of vegetation and erosion issues caused by fire damage have made parts of the park’s popular trail system unstable and unsafe...
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Trains Freestyle Contest coming to Alpine Meadows
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The High Fives Foundation, Alpine Meadows, VolklSkis and Marker Bindings present the Trains 2012 Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Contest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. The competition will be held on a slopestyle course on the Dance Floor Terrain Park. A unique format at a competition unlike any other, Trains will showcase the talents of 30 competitors vying for top honors and the chance to donate ...
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Reno Coin Club celebrates National Coin Week
CARSON CITY — The Nevada State Museum and Reno Coin Club are partnering to celebrate National Coin Week with a special event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 and 21 in Carson City. The Historic Coin Press No. 1, once a part of the U.S. Mint and now a central piece of the museum, will mint medallions having the famous “CC” mintmark. The coins are available for purchase at the museum’s coin press or in the store at 600 N. Carson St. Reno Coin Clu...
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Prescribed burns planned in coming weeks
CARSON CITY — The U.S. Forest Service is getting ready to implement a planned understory burn in Dog Valley, about 10 miles northwest of Reno in Sierra County, Calif. This burn may be implemented in the next few weeks as weather conditions permit. “Prescribed fire is an efficient way of removing woody debris, providing ecosystem benefits, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large scale fire...
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Great Basin advisory council to meet April 19
ELKO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will hold a meeting on April 19 at the California Trail Interpretive Center. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will take place at the California Trail Interpretive Center located off Interstate 80 at Hunter exit 282. The meeting will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Agenda items for discussion include: term permit renewal process, greater sag...
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Bass restriction removed for urban ponds
RENO — A recent change in Nevada’s fishing regulations has relaxed the limit on black bass in Washoe County urban ponds from two bass to three, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) announced last week. Previously, the regulation allowed for a total of three fish of which no more than two could be black bass. The limit for Washoe County urban ponds is still three fish total. “We dropped the restriction on black bass as a way to simplify the...
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‘Speed dating’ for businesses Thursday
SPARKS — If you are a small business looking for “face time” with government contracting officers and prime contractors, Source Connection is for you. Source Connection is a free opportunity to present your business to federal agencies and prime contractors from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. Small-business specialists, small-business liaison officers and contracting officers will be available to meet wit...
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Piping Rock Equestrian Center under new ownership
TRUCKEE, Calif. – Piping Rock Equestrian Center recently was purchased by longtime horse enthusiasts Lisa Fielding and Ed Svendsen. Formerly called Tahoe Meadows Equestrian Center, Piping Rock is in operation year-round, offering a wide variety of English and Western lessons for all ages, summer camps and horse-boarding. Svendsen and Fielding purchased the 26-acre facility and 45 adjoining acres in summer 2011. They own and operate hay and cat...
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Credit Union raises money for children’s hospitals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first-ever Credit Union SacTown 10 Mile Run took place April 1 in downtown Sacramento, raising more than $140,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in California and Nevada, including Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno. The event was sponsored by CU Miracle Day, Inc. along with 64 credit unions and credit union businesses, including Carson City-based Greater Nevada Credit Union. The SacTown race took place the s...
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Renown stroke support group at new location
Renown Institute for Neurosciences offers a monthly stroke support group to help patients and families respond to the stress of a stroke and learn about the recovery process in a supportive, open environment.
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Celebrate National Library Week with local events
“You belong @ Your Library” is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, today through April 14.
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Sparks offers golf lessons for all ages
Registration is open for the city of Sparks’ golf program for the spring and summer season held at Wildcreek Golf Course, 3500 Sullivan Lane.
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ACLU praises domestic 
partner benefit for public employees
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada commends the Nevada’s Public Employees’ Benefits Program Board for its unanimous decision on March 29 to approve the same subsidy for health insurance for domestic partners of public employees as it does for spouses.
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Moana Nursery hosts waterfowl seminar today
RENO — Today, join Moana Nursery for “Waterfowl . . . Ducks for the Whole Family,” from 10 a.m. to noon as part of its April seminar series. Who knew there were so many different varieties of ducks in Reno?  Join local birding guru and longtime Audubon Society member Alan Gubanich for a slide show and pointers for identifying various duck species, followed by a field trip to Virginia Lake to practice what you’ve learned. Meet in the Landscape ...
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Reno Jr. League holds Kentucky Derby Day
RENO — Junior League of Reno presents the first annual “Kentucky Derby Day - Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz,” from noon to 4 p.m. May 5 at Hidden Valley Country Club. With limited tickets available, the major fundraising event is expected to sell out, creating a much-anticipated launch to the organization’s new fundraising initiative. Open to the general public, the derby event will feature a live running of the Kentucky Derby horse race and a South...
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Forest Service plans prescribed burns west of Reno
RENO — The U.S. Forest Service plans prescribed burns in the Dog Valley area northwest of Reno to reduce fuel loads. The agency says about 150 acres are targeted for underbrush removal, and hand crews and engines will be on site to monitor the fires. Agency officials say the burns will be conducted over the coming weeks as weather allows. They also advise that residents can expect to see smoke and may encounter some travel delays in the area w...
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Nevada Bighorns Unlimited to hold banquet
RENO — What began as a backyard barbecue 32 years ago has evolved into one of the country’s single largest fundraising events for the protection and enhancement of Nevada’s wildlife resources. The 32nd Annual Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) Fundraising Banquet was held Friday night at the Peppermill Resort and Casino. More than 2,000 hunting and wildlife enthusiasts were expected to attend, including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada Sen. ...
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Washoe DEMS to hold county convention
RENO — Hundreds of delegates and volunteers have signed up for the Washoe County Democratic Convention on April 14 at Wooster High School, featuring officeholders, state and local candidates and the election of delegates to the state convention, the next step in the process of nominating President Barack Obama to seek re-election as president. Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is running against Republican appointee Dean Heller for the U.S. Senate, wi...
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County offers summer camps for children
RENO — There are two sides to Washoe County School District’s Community Education summer camps. This summer, children in 2nd through 12th grades can enroll in 16 different camps held at 17 area schools. Registration is now open. Space is limited. For more information, visit www.washoecommunityed.org and click “Register Now” at the top or call 829-9010. Prices range from $50 to $200. Community Education offers programs that will teach your chil...
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Health Week: Improve reproductive, sexual health
RENO — As part of National Public Health Week, April 2-8, the Washoe County Health District reminds residents that taking measures will lower the risk of disease and deaths. “Discussing sexual health with your partner, your family and your health care provider may be difficult and uncomfortable for many people,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Dr. Joseph Iser. Iser and other public health professionals point particularly to the impo...
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