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Draft order released in Nevada smart meters
LAS VEGAS (AP) — State regulators are proposing NV Energy Inc. offer digital electric meters that can be read from a moving vehicle to customers who oppose the utility’s new smart meters. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Public Utilities Commission released a draft order Thursday outlining a program for ratepayers who want to opt out of smart meters. Company officials say replacing 1.45 million analog meters statewide with meters that ...
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Trucker can try to do Nevada prison time in Canada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas is giving a 52-year-old Quebec trucker who pleaded guilty in a big Nevada cocaine bust a chance to serve his six-to-15 year prison sentence in Canada. Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney agreed Thursday to let lawyers for Gaston Danjou apply to Nevada and federal authorities to invoke a 1977 international prisoner transfer treaty in Danjou’s case. The judge noted that Danjou speaks only Fren...
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Reno completes nine solar installations
RENO — The City of Reno has announced the completion of nine solar installations, which is anticipated to save the general fund $1.6 to $3 million over the next 20 years and means the city is now receiving 15 to 18 percent of its total power from solar. The nine installations are located at the Reno-Stead Wastewater Plant; the Public Works Corporation Yard; the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center; Reno Fire Station 3 on Moana Lane; Reno Fi...
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Bones found in Douglas County are human
MINDEN (AP) — Authorities say bones found by a backcountry traveler in northeast Douglas County have been identified as human. The Douglas County sheriff’s office says the remains were found Wednesday in a drainage wash located on land owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They were identified as being human on Thursday. It’s not known how long the remains were in the area or the identity of the person. Sheriff’s detectives and BIA agents are...
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Black history festival to return to downtown Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Organizers say a Black History Month festival is returning to the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas one year after the attraction’s casinos skipped on hosting the event and said it didn’t draw enough business. Organizer Charles Tureaud tells The Associated Press that the two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday will include heavyweight boxers Leon Spinks and Ken Norton, who will sign autographs and help coordinate...
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NNMC Health Fair provides one-stop shopping
SPARKS — Northern Nevada Medical Center is hosting a health fair on March 1 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital. This is an opportunity for community members to receive low-cost preventative health screenings. NNMC will also offer several free screenings, including body fat and blood pressure. Fasting is required for best results in blood screenings. NNMC Advantage members get a 10 percent discount on all tests, and sign ups...
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Anti-racism speaker Wise to visit UNR
The University of Nevada, Reno and the Washoe County School District have partnered to bring anti-racist speaker Tim Wise to the community on Feb. 29.
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TMCC to host financial aid info night
As a way to help students plan for the cost of college, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is hosting a “Leap into Financial Aid” night on Feb. 29.
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USGBC to honor local members
USGBC of Nevada’s annual leadership awards program on March 1 is the organization’s way of recognizing its dedicated members, friends of the chapter and green building leaders in our community.
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Reno names two assistant city managers
Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger announced Monday a reorganization of city offices, part of his initiative to improve the way the city delivers services.
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Executive 'kidnap' to help CARE Chest
On Feb. 29, local businessmen and businesswomen will be “kidnapped” to raise funds to support the ongoing services offered by CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada.
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Support the Veterans Guest House at radiothon, on Facebook
RENO — Residents have two ways to help the Veterans Guest House in the coming weeks. First, the Veterans Guest House has been selected as a finalist for Aprons in Action, The Home Depot Foundation’s unique Facebook voting program, and has the opportunity to win a $25,000 gift card from The Home Depot. Voting runs through Thursday at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. The organization with the most votes will win the $25,000 prize and be in ...
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New parents asked to weigh in on child immunizations
RENO — As health care becomes more complex, parents are often bombarded with health information but given little chance to express their own concerns and opinions. Through a new online survey about childhood immunizations, parents have the ability to give their opinion on the health care discussions that affect their children. The survey is available through Feb. 29 for expecting parents or parents of children up to age 35 months. Anyone who c...
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BLM seeks comment on Tungsten Mtn. geothermal project
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office, is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Exploration Project proposed by Ormat Technologies Inc., in Edwards Creek Valley, Churchill County, about 36 miles west of Austin, Nev. The BLM will accept public comments on the EA through close of business on Feb. 28. The proposed geothermal explor...
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Tohoku shows potential for Pacific NW megaquake
RENO — The March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake is a grim reminder of the potential for another strong-motion mega-earthquake along the Pacific Northwest coast, geophysicist John Anderson of the University of Nevada, Reno told members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in a lecture at their annual conference Sunday in Vancouver, B.C. “The Cascadia fault line, which runs from southern Canada all the way to Northern Californi...
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Plaintiffs appealing Vegas casino age bias ruling
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six former Las Vegas Strip casino spa employees are asking an appeals court to overrule a federal judge and let a jury decide if they were dismissed because of their ages. Lawyer Michael Balaban said Tuesday he’s asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt’s decision to toss out the age discrimination suit filed in 2010 against the Treasure Island hotel-casino. Hunt ...
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Clark County swears in new district attorney, Steve Wolfson
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County has its new district attorney, and Las Vegas is beginning a process to fill the City Council seat he left. Steve Wolfson was sworn in by Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry during a Tuesday ceremony before the Clark County Commission. Wolfson is 57. He’s a former county and federal prosecutor turned defense lawyer. He’s been in private practice in Las Vegas since 1987. He’s married to Jackie Glass, the for...
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NV Energy reports lower year-end profit in 2011
LAS VEGAS (AP) — NV Energy Inc. says cost controls will be a priority during the new fiscal year, after reporting net income of $163.4 million, or 69 cents per share, for 2011. The year-end figure reported Tuesday compared with net income of $227 million, or 96 cents per share, for fiscal 2010. Revenue was down from $3.3 billion in 2010 to $2.9 billion in the year ending Dec. 31. Company losses of $25.2 million, or 11 cents a share, in the fou...
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Local financial partner named to Ronald McDonald House board
RENO — Steve Rose, partner and lead financial advisor at Abowd & Rose Financial Group, was recently name to the board of trustees for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) for northern Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Rose will serve on the RMHC Scholarship Committee and the Finance Committee. “I am honored to be a part of the rich 25-year history of the Reno Ronald McDonald House,” Rose said. “The RMHC U.S. Scholarshi...
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SHS seeks donations for athletic fundraiser
SPARKS — The Sparks High School Athletic Department will hold its 11th annual Quarter Auction at 6 p.m. March 31 at the Sparks Recreation Center, 98 Richards Way. The evening will open with a silent auction and no-host cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. and live auction at 7 p.m. The school is seeking donations of both items and services from businesses in and around the Truckee Meadows. All proceeds from the auctioning of these i...
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