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Burn season closed due to dry conditions
RENO — Fire officials issued a reminder Thursday that the period for open burning of vegetative materials within areas protected by the Reno Fire Department and Sierra Fire Protection District remain closed due to dry conditions.   The Reno Fire Department and Sierra Fire Protection District suggest property owners consider non-burning techniques for vegetation management, including composting and chipping vegetation.  Burning is only allowed ...
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Event starts at Bartley Ranch
RENO — A Celebration of Life 5K Fun Walk/Run will start at Bartley Ranch Regional Park at Lakeside Drive and Barley Ranch Road in Reno at 2 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the life of Maison T. Ortiz, 15, who died in a snowboarding accident January 2011. The fundraising effort was launched two months after Maison’s death to raise money for a memorial section of the library at Elizabeth Lenz Elementary School, where Maison attended. The event will rai...
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Apply now for Range Camp
CARSON CITY — Applications are now being accepted from high school students to attend the 52nd Nevada Youth Range Camp to be held June 17-23 at the U.S. Forest Service’s Big Creek Campground in central Nevada. Applications must be submitted by April 30. Nevada Youth Range Camp is a teenager’s best opportunity to learn about Nevada’s desert and mountain rangelands and diverse ecosystems, while experiencing them first hand. The Society for Range...
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Health District recognizes World TB Day
RENO — Each year, the United States and other countries recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). It also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions, and to support worldwide TB-control efforts. Local public health officials know that the goal o...
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Safeway kicks off campaign to support people with disabilities
SPARKS — The Safeway store at 2858 Vista Blvd. will kick off the company’s nationwide fundraising campaign for Easter Seals and Special Olympics with a special event at 11 a.m. on March 30. Representatives from Easter Seals Nevada, Special Olympics and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini will greet a special torch run led by Trooper Ron Larson of the Nevada Highway Patrol. He will be joined by the Sparks Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Of...
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Ameresco to work on energy efficiency for schools
LYON COUNTY — Ameresco, an energy-efficiency and renewable energy company, announced Thursday its Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Lyon County School District (LCSD) in western Nevada.  The $3.6 million ESPC is expected to save the state’s fourth largest school district over $345,000 annually for 15 years. LCSD includes one of the oldest continuously operating schools in the state, and serves approximately 8,400 students.  The c...
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Give Back Like Jack pep rally on Saturday
Join Give Back Like Jack partner organizations this Saturday for a morning of community service starting at 8 a.m., culminating with a pep rally-style luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club’s, 2680 E. Ninth St.
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Celebrate National Arbor Day by planting shade trees
National and Nevada Arbor Day is April 29, and the best way to celebrate is by planting trees.
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Minority students get more discipline, less math in Nev. sch...
Statistics released March 6 by the U.S. Department of Education reveal that minority students in Nevada receive disproportionate disciplinary sanctions and are underrepresented in advanced math and science classes.
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NV Energy releases Community Impact Assessment
NV Energy had a statewide economic impact of $944 million in 2010, according to the company’s first-ever Community Impact Assessment.
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Sparks Fire Dept. back on Project SAFE
Sparks Fire Department personnel are once again visiting homes in Sparks to install free smoke alarms and give personalized fire-safety education to residents.
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$12M in funds available to rural Nevada
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development has nearly $12 million in funds available to assist rural communities and nonprofits in need of essential public services such as fire trucks, or to build senior centers or health care clinics.
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Junior League accepting grant proposals
RENO — Junior League of Reno, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and developing the potential of women, is accepting grant proposals from qualified community programs. Grants will be awarded through the league’s Community Enrichment Fund. To be eligible for funding, applicants be 501(c)(3) non-profits and show the benefit of their program to women and children. A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded. Recent Community En...
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Friday rally joins ‘religious liberty’ effort
RENO — On Friday, rallies are planned in more than 50 U.S. cities over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception, sterilization and abortion mandate. Rallies in Reno, Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and more cities will gather at federal buildings under the theme, “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!” The rally in Reno will start at noon at the Bruce R. Thompson Federal Bu...
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Safe Kids reminds parents about poison prevention
RENO — For National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, Safe Kids Washoe County reminds parents to make sure they store hazardous materials – such as medication – out of their children’s reach. Each year, unintentional poisoning is the cause of death for approximately 100 children ages 14 years and young. Poison control centers in the United States receive 1.2 million calls as a result of accidental poisoning of children ages 5 and under. Nea...
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Education non-profit names 2012 board of directors
LAS VEGAS — Communities In Schools of Nevada (CISN) announces its board of directors chosen to advise the education non-profit throughout the 2012 year. The organization has compiled a group of diverse individuals from all sectors of Nevada with a strong community presence and demonstrated dedication to the welfare of children in Nevada. The CISN board of directors includes: • Elizabeth Blau: founder and CEO of Blau & Associates, a strategic r...
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LPGA hall of famers to play Pro-Am at Hidden Valley
RENO — The field of 20 golf legends for the second annual Patty Sheehan & Friends Pro-Am, an official LPGA Legends Tour event, includes four LPGA Hall of Famers: Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Hollis Stacy and Patty Sheehan. The tournament, scheduled for June 1, returns to Hidden Valley Country Club with proceeds benefitting the Patty Sheehan Foundation, supporting local women’s and children’s charities. The cost for a Pro-Am foursome is $4,000. “Th...
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César Chávez Celebration X set for March 31
RENO — Nevada César Chávez Day X takes place on March 31 at Circus Circus Hotel-Casino in Reno. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. As always, members of César Chávez’s immediate family have been invited, as have Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature’s new Latino Caucus. The legendary labor leader was born March 31, 1927, near Yuma, Ariz. In accordance with the bi-partisan measure passed by the 2009 legislature, the governor wil...
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Nevada State Museum to honor founder
CARSON CITY — A “For Sale” sign on the U.S. Mint building in Carson City gave birth to the Nevada State Museum when Clark Guild happened by on a walk one Sunday morning in 1939. The determined and devoted District Court judge, considered the father of Nevada State Museum, will be celebrated with the dedication of a bronze bust at the place it all began. Members of the Guild family and relatives in the Russell family will be honored at a public...
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DRI scientist wins top honor in China
RENO — Dr. Judith Chow of the Desert Research Institute received the 2011 Sanqin Friendship Award, one of the highest recognitions by the Chinese government, for her scientific contributions to the Shaanxi Province. The award certificate and plaque were presented to Dr. Chow on March 1 by Yaotang Lei, chair of the Shaanxi Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs, during a ceremony in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province, at the Institute of Eart...
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