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New book examines ecological history of Great Basin habitat
For millennia, the ecology of the Great Basin has evolved because of climate change and the impacts of human presence.
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Parts of fire-damaged trail at Bartley Ranch re-open
RENO — A heavily used section of Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s trail system that was damaged during the Caughlin Fire in November is now back open to the public. The park’s western and southern ridges were heavily damaged when the fire swept through the park and much of the park’s popular trail system has remained closed for rehabilitation and for the safety of the public. The Ranch Loop Trail, which connects Bartley Ranch to neighboring Ander...
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Quarter Auction to support SSHS programs
SPARKS — The third annual Spanish Springs High School Quarter Auction Dinner will be held from 6 to 10 a.m. April 7 at the Boys & Girls Club at 2680 E. Ninth St. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go directly back to SSHS students. Spanish Springs High School is the largest in Washoe County with 2,408 students enrolled this year. SSHS has only been open for 11 years and it needs to continue to build a strong relationship with ...
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UNR to honor photojournalist for coverage of conflicts
RENO — Los Angeles Times photojournalist Barbara Davidson doesn’t know exactly what inspired her to become a photojournalist, but she decided it was what she wanted to do when she was 15 years old, before she ever took a photo. “I guess it was just a calling,” she said. Now, a couple of decades and Pulitzer Prizes later, the issue-driven photojournalist will add another award to her shelf when she receives the Frank McCulloch Award for Courage...
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Reserved VIP parking now available for 2012 Reno Balloon Race
RENO — Reserved VIP parking passes for the 31st annual Great Reno Balloon Race, held Sept. 7 - 9, are now available for $20 each day. Only 150 passes will be sold each day. “More than 350 passes were sold last year, with both Saturday and Sunday selling out after only a month of going on sale,” Pete Copeland, executive director of the Great Reno Balloon Race said. “We’re anticipating an even bigger draw this year based on the increase in shape...
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Get free STD testing in April
RENO — Planned Parenthood Mar Monte marks Aprils’ Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness month by offering free testing every Wednesday in April from 2 to 4 p.m. Patients can contact Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s health centers in both Reno and Carson City for the free testing of chlamydia and gonorrhea, two common STDS without symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends all sexually active people age 26 a...
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Grants announced to help homeless Nevada veterans
RENO (AP) — Nevada will receive about $1 million in federal grants to help homeless veterans find permanent housing. Under the grants announced Tuesday, Clark County will get $670,000 and the Reno Housing Authority will get $348,000 for housing vouchers to aid homeless veterans. The funding is part of the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program, a joint effort between federal and local agencies. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Housing a...
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MMA fight on Friday canceled
RENO — The MMA Maniac Fighting Championships “An Evening with the Shamrocks,” scheduled for Saturday at the Reno Ballroom has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. No future appearance has been scheduled to take its place. Refunds will be available to those who have purchased tickets for this show. All reimbursements will be given at point of purchase. For more information, contact individual ticket distributors.
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Renown cancer institute hires new VP, medical director
RENO — Renown Institute for Cancer announced Monday that Barry Hamp has been named the new vice president and Dr. James Harris is the new medical director. Hamp has extensive senior management experience in the health care field, most recently as senior vice president of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, Pa. and Phoenix, Ariz. for the past five years.   Hamp is a former U.S. Navy hospital corpsman and is a current member...
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3rd District Court Judge David Huff has died
FALLON — Tenth Judicial District Judge David Huff, who recently announced his retirement, died Thursday morning in Fallon following a lengthy illness. He was 72. Judge Huff was on the District Court bench for 15 years, serving first on the 3rd Judicial District Court and then became the first judge on the 10th Judicial District Court when it became effective in January. The 10th Judicial District was created in 2011 when Churchill and Lyon cou...
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Greater Nevada Credit Union honors longtime members
CARSON CITY — Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) held its 63rd Annual Meeting on March 13 at the company’s headquarters in Carson City. At the meeting, 163 individuals were recognized for attaining 35 years of membership with GNCU over the past year. Since GNCU began the recognition program in 2008, more than 500 members have been recognized for achieving that milestone. During the Annual Meeting, GNCU also announced the new board of directors...
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Sierra Arts receives Brew HaHa proceeds
SPARKS — Sierra Arts Foundation Executive Director Stacey Spain and members of the Sierra Arts board of directors received a check Friday morning at John Ascuaga’s Nugget for $28,568, the proceeds from the annual Brew Ha Ha fundraiser held Feb. 3. John Ascuaga’s Nugget CEO Michonne Ascuaga presented the check, made possible by the more than 1,500 attendees at the annual music and beer event. For the past 17 years the Brew HaHa has helped gener...
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Free spring break programs at area Boys & Girls clubs
RENO — The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will be offering free spring break all-day programming for all northern Nevada members during the week of April 9 through 13. As always at the club, the emphasis is fun with sports, art, computers, games, rock wall climbing, leadership projects and field trips all week long. The club also offers free meals for all kids and teens up to age 17, regardless of membership. The Boys & Girls Club will b...
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Law project expands free services
RENO — The Washoe County Senior Law Project (WCSLP) announced an improvement of public services Friday in its efforts to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. The WCSLP offers free seminars on foreclosure prevention as well as the opportunity to meet with a certified housing counselor from the federal Housing and Urban Development department. The next seminars are scheduled for 9 a.m. April 7 and noon on April 20 at 1155 E. Ninth St. in Reno. The...
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Reed and Sparks High PEO scholars honored
Twenty female scholars will be honored at the 72nd annual P.E.O. Scholar Award Dinner hosted by Chapter I, Philanthropic Educational Organization of Sparks.
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Unlicensed health care task force to meet next week
The second ad hoc task force meeting on unlicensed health care in Nevada, led by former Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa, will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
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‘Walking School Bus’ makes stop at Beck Elementary
A group of students from Jessie Beck Elementary School will launch the Walking School Bus program starting at 8:15 a.m. Monday.
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Workshop teaches high desert growing
Learn the best ways to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in northern Nevada’s challenging climate when the May Arboretum Society offers a workshop on High Desert Edible Gardening Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on April 11.
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Statewide walk to fund brain injury programs
SPARKS –– The second of two Nevada fundraising walks in support of the Brain Injury Association of Nevada (BIAN) takes place today at the Sparks Marina, check-in beginning at 9:00 a.m, where Mayor Geno Martini will present BIAN with a Proclamation. The First Annual Statewide Walk for Thought will raise critical funds to provide resources and programs to thousands of Nevadans that live with a brain injury.  “Although there has been recent media...
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High school artists compete in Poetry Out Loud
RENO — After months of hard work and preparation, 13 young people with a heart for poetry will put their talents to the test in the national poetry recitation competition known as Poetry Out Loud. Student artists from 13 Nevada counties will join Gailmarie Pahmeier, a University of Nevada, Reno poet and instructor of creative writing and contemporary literature, in reciting great works.  The competition is from noon to 3 p.m. today at Cargo in...
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